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Gingerbread Waffles

 

As much as we love to promote healthy living and eating, sometimes we need a treat!

The Gingerbread Man always comes around this time of year, Gingerbread Houses set up shop in millions of kitchens this month but we have been missing one crucial element of the gingerbread family. Waffles. Yes we said it. Gingerbread waffles. As the drool commences, take a look at this tasty, delicious recipe for the family this holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon

 

Instructions:

1) Combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk to combine.

 

2) In a separate bowl, combine the eggs yolks, butter, milk, Greek yogurt and molasses and mix well.

 

3) Add the egg whites to a large bowl and beat with electric mixers until they reach stiff peaks. Add the wet milk/molasses mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

4) Gently fold in the egg whites.

 

5) Heat a waffle iron and grease with butter or cooking spray. Add about 1/4 cup of batter to the hot waffles iron (or more, depending on what type of iron your using).

  • 6) Serve warm with syrup. Also tastes great with cut up bananas and icing sugar!

 

6 Steps to Plan a Staycation This Vacation

The holidays are approaching and no matter what you celebrate there is one commonality…kids are home! With the prices of vacations, flights and hotels at their all time high this time of year many of us have resorted to staying home rather than actually being at a resort.

 

But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Plan a vacation at home with this easy step-by-step and you and your family will have the ultimate stay-cation!

 

  • Pick a place or theme

Centre your stay-cation around a place or a theme. Maybe Paris? Or do you want to bring a little Mexican flavor to your home? Hawaii is never a bad choice, but how many people have said they travelled to The North Pole? The beauty of this trip is it can be anywhere you want, without the jetlag!

 

  • Decorate in that theme

Pretty flowers for your Hawaiian retreat, or warm up the fireplace for your northern getaway. Fill the house with sounds of salsa or cha cha music if you’re feeling the fiesta or pull out the fancy linen for an evening in Europe. Wherever you want to be make sure you turn your home or a room into your dream destination. Have fun, be creative and don’t forget to let the kids help!

 

  • Dress the part

Packing is such a drag. The bonus of your stay-cation is everything you need is already in one spot! Make sure the family dresses the part for where you are. Bring out the flip-flops from the back of the closet they are making a comeback this December!

 

  • Fill up on good food

We all can agree that when the food is good we remember the trip a whole lot more! Again stick to your theme, pinterest and google will be your best friend in helping you find recipes that help your children not only try new things but learn about different cultures and places in the world. My vote would be the tacos.

 

  • Music & Moves

The room looks great; the food was awesome, now it’s time for some fun. Put some great music on and find an activity that suits your destination. Have fun, laugh, be silly and enjoy; you’re on vacation! Maybe the whole family could learn a hula tutorial from youtube, why not build a fort in the living room (I mean the North Pole) to keep warm. Ever do the family limbo? Now you have a reason! The possibilities are endless!

 

  • Capture the moment

Lastly, don’t forget to take pictures, it’s key when on vacation so why not a stay-cation? Capture the time your whole family went to Italy and back in a day! The pictures of dad doing the limbo alone would be priceless. Of course if you need any help- those great snapchat filters make it fun!

 

Bon Voyage!

 

– Sincerely Mama Beetle

Tips For The Ultimate Bedtime Story

Dear Moms,

Drawing a blank at the request of a bedtime story? Whether it’s a creative original or a spin on a classic tale, your bedtime story may need a bit of work. If you are lacking inspiration here are ten ways to get a bedtime story started when your littles want to hear a tale.

Align With An Interest

With out a doubt your child is probably currently obsessed with something, whether it is an animal, tv character, or toy. Create a story around that interest, the topic alone is what they will love!

Keep It Short And Sweet 

There is no need to go into intricate detail on these stories. The shorter the better. Just follow the simple structure: problem, problem becomes larger, problem get solved.

Recall One Of Your Childhood Favourites

We all know you remember your favourite tale from childhood, why not share it with the little one as well. Some tales are simply timeless and we are sure your kids will love it.

Give The Story A Moral

Reinforce life lessons by incorporating them into your bedtime stories. If James was territorial about his toys that day, create a story about a boy who hated to share and let others play with him, and how things turned around once he did change his attitude on sharing. Always end the story on a positive note, with the lesson learned.

Do It Together!

Sometimes it’s more fun when you aren’t the one doing all the work. Why not take turns with your child creating the story. You could go sentence by sentence creating an epic one of a kind story.

Recreate Your Own History

It’s always reassuring for kids to hear that their parents may have experienced the same thing in their childhood. Retelling experiences from your childhood becomes the perfect story-telling material.

Get Cultured

Prepare for story time by researching old folklore from different countries. One night you could go Greek, others you can dip your toes into African or Native American folklore. Its a lot of fun to retell these tales, however just keep in mind that some can get a little graphic and may need to be changed to be appropriate for your child’s age.

Gain Inspiration Through Art

Use your child’s recent masterpiece to spark a story. Ask them to explain what’s going on and just carry on from there. Your kid will love that you were able to bring their artwork to life!

Use Improv

Improv shows always get the audience involved in creating their story lines. Take this trick and add it to your story telling skills. Have your child provide the who, what, where and then you can take it from there.

Make Them The Star

Who wouldn’t love a story starring themselves? Make your little one the star of the show, give them some amazing super powers, or send them on a fantastic journey. We always tell them they can be anything they want, right?

Well, That’s The Juice!

Until Next Time,

Little Beetle


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How-To Avoid Boredom On These Chilly Nights

Dear Moms,

Colder weather is approaching and you may have noticed your kids are getting a little stir crazy from staying in the house a little more than usual. With Halloween out of the way and Winter Holidays around the corner, it may be time to start brainstorming some fun indoor activities that don’t involve video games or the television.
Have no fear, as we have 4 great ideas to share with you in order to keep the littles pre-occupied.

1. Start A New Winter Sport

Winter sports can be lots of fun for kids. There is ice-skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and much more! The cooler temperatures make for the perfect time to try one or all out with your child.
The best part about these winter sports is that they can all be done as a family! Make it a plan to head to the local ice arena for the public skate, or plan a trip to the local ski hill, the possibilities are endless.

2. Bring The Outdoors In

Not everyone loves snow- kids included, and not everyone can afford to take a winter vacation. So why not try to bring the sunny summer season that we know and love, inside for a night. Here is all you have to do. Plan an indoor beach day! Wear your favourite summery outfit, and break out the flip-flops. Find the fruitiest frozen drink recipe from Pinterest and a delicious family dinner recipe that includes ham and pineapple or your favourite summer meal.
After enjoying a delicious Hawaiian feast, challenge the family to a limbo contest. Winner of the contest gets to choose their favourite vacation movie to watch for that night.

3. Get Artsy

Staying active during the cold winter months is not the only thing to be done to beat the cold winter blues. Your kids will love the opportunity to help make their surrounding environment (your house) look its best. Head to the craft store and buy some canvases and paint that match your current décor. Allow the kids to have at it and paint the canvases however they would like. You’ll be surprised by the beautiful rustic masterpieces your little’s can create.

Or you can get a head start on your christmas decorations and do some DIY crafts!

4. Host a Campout (Indoors)

Continuing with the idea of bringing the outdoors in, why not have an indoor campout? Pitch the tent in the living room ( or build a fort), and create a pretend fire. Toast some s’mores in the oven and share your favourite summer memories. You could even go so far as to create your own starry night with this Pinterest DIY.

Well, That’s The Juice!

Until Next Time,

Little Beetle


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Sort, Toss, or Let Them Have At It?

Dear Moms,

Halloween is always a great adventure. Watching your kids get excited over dressing up and hitting the streets to collect some goodies. They may have been the type to walk until all pumpkin candles had been blown out, or maybe they were the type that walked to the familiar houses and then called it quits. Either way, we are sure you have a big-ol’-bag of candy sitting somewhere just taunting your little one (and you if we are being quite honest).

Its day two-post trick or treating, and hopefully your kids have come down from their Halloween high. However, now you’re stuck with this loot of sugary treats and are unsure of what to do with it.

Your routine may go a little differently but for most, candy is brought home, dumped on the table and then the sorting begins. Now each Trick or Treater has their own process, as I am sure most parents do as well. First you check all candy for any holes or broken seals. Then you discard any unfamiliar brands that you and your kids may have never heard of before. THEN, the fun begins. They pick their favourites, you pick yours… and essentially you have a somewhat endless supply of happy sweet treats.

What we want to know is what is your go-to Halloween routine?
Do you play the rule of thumb- one sweet and one salty treat per day?
Do you apply the Parents candy tax- for every ten candies Mom and Dad get one each, after all, you were the ones who took them out trick or treating.
Or do you just let them have it; they’ll learn the discipline needed with sugary treats when they are managing a tummy-ache later.

Each parent has their own style! And we are not saying one is right over the other, but we want to know! Comment your answers in the comment section below.

In the meantime, here are a few ideas you can consider on what to do with all the candy?

Freeze It!

You can practically freeze any form of candy, especially the chocolate kind. This allows you to spread out the consumption longer. Plus, have you ever eaten a frozen Mars bar?

Take it to your dentist

You may not have known this, but some dentists will buy back your child’s Halloween candy. Some may even give a dollar per pound! Inquire with your dentist to find out more.

Bake a special treat!

Who wouldn’t want to eat all their candy at one time!( well sort of at one time). Skim Pinterest for some delicious left-over Halloween candy recipes. Our favourite is this delicious Leftover Candy Brownie!

Well That’s The Juice!

Until Next Time,

Little Beetle


little beetle mascotLittle Beetle is a small but mighty bug that has all the knowledge on keeping your kids healthy and active! By pulling together a community of healthy active professionals – who are also tough Moms and Dads, we hope to become your one-stop-shop for all the juice on leading a healthy and active lifestyle with your kids.

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