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Why You Need to Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early

Are you one of those people who signs up for a gym membership at the beginning of a new year?

Or, someone who will plan on starting to eat healthy, goes to the grocery stores and buys all of the beautiful produce; just to let it go to waste because your cravings kick in?

You may plan on getting in shape or eating well this new year. But, if the ‘New Year’ is the only motivation you have to become and stay healthy; then you’re not going to have an easy time sticking with it.

Our country’s weight is growing; and it’s not from a lack of new gym memberships at the beginning of every New Year. It could be from the lack of actually using those memberships all year round, though.

If you need the New Year to help keep you motivated to stay healthy, then go ahead and enjoy the extra motivation; but, that shouldn’t be your only motivation.

You need more than just motivation to keep healthy and fit; you also need self discipline, for when you lack  motivation. Go here if you need help with finding or strengthening your self discipline. If you’re self discipline is not the problem and you’re just looking for some better reasons to start your healthy lifestyle New Year’s Resolution NOW, then keep reading.

To Feel Ahead of the Game Before it Even Begins

Even if you can just get all of the planning done and prepare for your New Year’s Resolutions now; you’ll be ahead of everyone else. And, yes, you’re not supposed to compare yourself to others. But, wouldn’t it make you feel good if you know you have a plan and know how you can succeed this next year before this next year even starts?

It would feel awesome!

So, get out a pretty notebook and start a plan of action for everything you want to accomplish this next year. And, once you’re done with that; start.

Don’t wait for the New Year, start when you have the momentum and your plan. Do what you can before the next year starts. Get ahead, and then stay ahead as long as you can; it’ll help keep you moving forward simply to know how far you have come. Plus, if you slip up for a few days, or even a month, you’ll be much more likely to get right back to it, knowing you had some built in buffer time from starting early!

Check out The Ultimate Guide to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution All Year Long! for help planning out your resolution to be healthy this next year.

You Can Start Fresh Every Day

If new beginnings and fresh starts are what motivates you at the New Year; think of how each and every day can be a fresh start for you.

Start working towards a goal, and if you have a bad day and feel like you can’t get back into the groove of things; remember, it’s just one day. Simply go to bed and then wake up the next morning knowing that it’s a new day; start fresh and get back into the groove of things.

There’s no mistake so big that you have to wait a whole year for a fresh start. Take everything day by day. Or, hour by hour or moment by moment; depending on what you want accomplished. (Moment by moment may work well with a goal of becoming a better parent or person.)

This is also your reminder to not let one bad day ruin a streak of good days. Life can get rough sometimes; remembering that everyday is a fresh start can help ease the rough times. There’s always a better, brighter future ahead!

You’re More Likely to Keep on Track

If you start working towards your New Year’s resolutions now instead of waiting for the new year; you’ll be more likely to actually stick with it and stay on track. Starting before hand usually means that you’re not making up excuses or waiting for motivation to come to you.

You have more self discipline, and you strengthen your discipline by not using a motivator, like the New Year, to start working on your goals. This is why you will be one of the very few people to keep on track all year round, instead of giving in and quitting when the new-ness of the New Year wears out.

Plus, if you’re able to start now, that really shows some self discipline. It can be tough to start working towards new goals this time of year with the holidays; especially if those goals pertain to becoming healthy.

Set Realistic Goals

Many people set unrealistic goals and resolutions for the new year; thinking that anything and everything is possible because of this new start.

Unfortunately, not everything is possible to do in a single year. And, using the fresh start of a New Year as the motivator to accomplish these unrealistic goals; you’re just setting yourself up for failure.

Starting now can help you set goals without the pressure of having to share your goals, or New Year’s resolutions with anyone else. There’s no pressure setting goals now; if you try them out for this week and decide you want to change your goals, then go ahead. No one is going to be nagging you about keeping your New Year’s resolution at this time of year.

Feeling extra motivated? Check out The 12 Week Year and get more done in 3 months than most people do in a whole year!

Think of How much closer you will be to your goal

On the same note about setting realistic goals before the New Year; you will also be that much closer to your goal even by the time the New Year rolls around!

If you want to become fit this next year, an extra week can make a huge difference in your progress.

Or, if your goal is eat healthier, even if you don’t start eating healthier til the New Year; you can still find healthy meals, recipes, and snacks to make. You can start meal planning and prepping so that the transition to eating healthier goes a lot smoother.

Or, if you want to start being a better person this next year; there is no better time to start than Right Now!! There is so much good that can be done during the Holiday Season.

Just imagine how much you can accomplish between now and the New Year if you get to work on your resolutions NOW!! You may even impress yourself!

And, Adjust the Goals when the New Year comes (if need be)

If you start now and realize that your goal, or resolution, is a lot harder to do than you thought; adjust your goals so that they’re more realistic. That way when people ask you what your New Year’s resolution is and you tell them, you’ll feel more confident that you’ll actually accomplish it.

And, that’s pretty impressive; to actually stay strong and hold onto your New Year’s resolution.

It will show other’s just how disciplined you are and that you actually do what you say you will. It’s a win-win.

Or, on the other side of things; if you try out your resolution now and it’s too easy then go ahead and adjust your goal to challenge yourself. You need to make a resolution that’s challenging enough to change you and motivate you to change, but not too challenging that you simply won’t stick with it.

This balance is hard to find, and the sooner you start, the easier it will be to find the balance and adjust your goals accordingly. Maybe make smaller goals that lead up to a large one and reward yourself along the way. Use some positive reinforcements as motivation!

If NOW isn’t the Best Time, what Makes the New Year the Best Time?

One of the biggest reasons to start now instead of waiting is because there will never be the ‘right time’ or ‘best time’ to start. If you can’t motivate yourself to start now, or even prepare to start now; what’s going to make it so you start at the New Year and actually stick with it the whole year?

If you don’t have the self discipline to start now; will you have the self discipline to start the first day of the year?

Sure, it may seem like it would be easier to start working towards your resolutions at the New Year, when everyone else does. But remember, everyone else does not stick with their resolutions for the year and do not accomplish their goals.

Only the people who have enough self discipline will actually stay with their New Year’s resolutions. And, those people with enough self discipline are probably still working on their resolutions from last year and adjusting their goals for this next year; and getting a head start on them right now!

Don’t you want to be one of those people, who actually gets things done and accomplished? Don’t you want to be where they are now, next year at this time; and not feeling like you failed last year’s resolutions? Start now, and show yourself who’s boss and in charge of your life!

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What YOU Really Want: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

Wondering what in the world to ask for, for yourself, for Christmas? As a stay at home mom it's hard to know what we want. Check out this gift guide for some ideas you'll love! #giftsformom #giftguide #gifts #christmas #momlife #stresslessbehealthy

What YOU Really Want: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

Being a stay at home mom, you don’t get to think much about what you want.

You’re too busy worry about the wants and needs of everyone else in your family; your kids, pets, husband, parents. Basically, anyone you’re related to or see often enough to care for.

Oh, you’re on the list somewhere, way at the bottom. That’s why it’s so difficult for you to come up with what you want whenever anyone asks you.

I get it.

It’s hard to think about your own wants or needs when you’re so preoccupied thinking about others.

That’s why I’ve created the list below with some things us stay at home moms could really appreciate in our non-self-centered lives. From items that we need, things that you could certainly use but may not have thought of, to things that you actually want and will enjoy!

Just in case you do need some ideas for you kids, as well:
The Best Gifts for 2 Year Old Girls This Year!
Gift ideas for 3 year old girls
Gift Ideas for 5 Year Old Girls
Gift ideas for 6 year old girls

 

Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

Items we NEED: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

You know that there are things you need that you just can’t think of when asked, like new socks because all of yours have holes in them. But, the ideas below are a little more unique than just socks!

(But, in all honesty, if all your socks have holes in them, just get them for yourself already. This is your sign if you needed one. I know I’m due for some new socks!)

Slippers

Ok, so you don’t have to ask for these unicorn slippers. But, slippers are very useful as a stay at home mom. We’re on our feet more often than others think we are; with hard wood floors, it can be rough on our feet and slippers are advised.


 

A Nice Coffee Mug

I love this coffee mug! If only it were true; my toddler is quite strong, my coffee can’t even begin to compete. I still love the coffee mug my mom got for me right after I had my first daughter. It said “Mommy’s Sippy Cup”. I haven’t been able to find it online anywhere, but it was one of the taller travel mugs; perfect for moms who like to enjoy their coffee.

I just have one suggestion, especially for any new stay at home moms out there, make sure the coffee mug you ask for is microwave safe. This is vital, as half the life of your mug, it’ll be sitting in the microwave waiting to be heated up…again. (The one above is microwave safe, I already checked!)


 

Things Use Could Use and Appreciate: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

One step up from asking for what you need, is asking for things that you can appreciate more and could use for yourself! Not just new slippers because yours got worn out.

An ‘I will watch the kids for a few hours’ Gift Card

What a great idea! Just have whoever wants to get you a gift make you a ‘gift card’ that gives you a number of free hours that they will watch your kids. This gift doesn’t cost any money for the person giving it, simply time. And, I can’t think of a single woman I know, who’s a mom, who will deny the chance to get a break, or time to themselves for a few hours, or even a single hour!

Living Well Planner

Maybe it’s just me, but I need a planner; a nice one, too. Ever since I got my first one in middle school, I was addicted to staying organized with a planner. Finding the right planner can be difficult, if you haven’t already found one you’re in love with. The Living Well Planner is perfect. It has a place to plan each day (by the hour), a place to meal plan, and a place to set goals for yourself. It also has a section for you to budget, but I use my own budget sheets, which are a bit simpler and more customizable to use.

 

Things YOU Actually Want: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

Then, there’s the things that you actually want, not ‘want’ because you ‘need’ them. Unless, you haven’t gone shopping since before you had your first child, or you’ve gone shopping, but it’s never for you. If that’s the case, then you really need the gifts below, don’t be afraid to ask for them!

Gift Cards

Ask for a gift card for a store where YOU can buy YOURSELF something, whether it be clothes or something else you enjoy. Just make sure you don’t ask for a generic gift card, like for Walmart, where you’ll be tempted to buy groceries or stuff for your kids with.

This is supposed to be a gift for you, not your fridge or your kids. Don’t worry, your kids will get enough presents over the Holidays, and if they’re anything like my girls, they really don’t need any more toys, anyways.

Yoga Pants

Alright, maybe this is just me again, but I like wearing yoga pants; they’re better than sweat pants because it’s completely acceptable to go pick your kids up from school in them. Plus, they’re comfy, and no one can tell that you didn’t just come from working out! The pair above even has a hidden pocket, perfect for holding keys while carrying a tantrum throwing 2 year old while picking up your older child. Oh, wait, maybe that’s just me…

Something for a favorite hobby

Whatever you favorite hobby is, I’m sure there’s something that you’d love to have for it, but maybe haven’t thought of yet. Whether you like to read and just want a few new books, like to cook and need something new or unique for the kitchen, or maybe you’re like me and blog and would prefer something for that, like this for taking photos.

Whatever you ask for this year, just make sure it’s actually for YOU and something YOU would enjoy.

As moms, we tend to ask for things that our children want or to make our children or family happy. Which isn’t bad, it’s just we deserve to get something just for us. Not for us to make our family food, unless of course baking or cooking is a passion of yours.

And, of course, this Holiday season and gift ideas above are not all about being selfish and only worrying about yourself; you’re a mom, you can’t even if you wanted to. But, you deserve to feel special, just like everyone else that you buy gifts for. Simply think like a kid and think of what you would want for Christmas; ask for it, and believe in the magic of Christmas this year!

Wondering what in the world to ask for, for yourself, for Christmas? As a stay at home mom it's hard to know what we want. Check out this gift guide for some ideas you'll love! #giftsformom #giftguide #gifts #christmas #momlife #stresslessbehealthy

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christmas traditions

7 Christmas Traditions to Start with Your Family This Year!!

This Holiday season is upon us!

Thanksgiving was a few days ago and Christmas music is on the radio.

Decorations for Christmas started to plague all the stores a few weeks ago. And, although a lot of things we do for Christmas costs money, there are still some family traditions that are basically free (or, at the very least, affordable).

The traditions I’m talking about aren’t abnormal or even really different from ones that you probably have.

But, they are the essence of Christmas for your kids!

Some of the traditions I had when I was younger, other’s I started myself for my own little girls. Either way, they are important enough for me to write about, so they’re pretty important!!

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1. Decorate As A Family

My family and I did this when I was a kid. And, even after having kids of my own, there hasn’t been a year in my life where this tradition was skipped.

As soon as your child reaches the toddler stage; they can start helping with the decorating, even if it means hanging up the non-breakable ornaments at the bottom of the tree. You may have to spend more time evening out the ornaments after your little one goes to bed. But, it’s completely worth it letting them join in on this holiday tradition!

A few things to decorate:

  • Christmas Tree
  • Fire place (if you have one)
  • Your Kitchen (you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time in here with all the holiday baking- might as well look like the holidays, too!!)
  • Entry way
  • Windows
  • Railings for indoor stairs
  • Anything else you can imagine- you could even create a Holiday Display on a table!! (My mom always did this with a mini Christmas village.)


2. Make Christmas Presents

This is a great tradition, especially if your budget is real tight this year. My 2 girls, who were both under 5 two years ago, made the mugs below for their grandparents for Christmas!

Well, my older daughter and myself made them. My younger daughter was less than a year old so she didn’t help much.

However, we also made non-toxic clay-like ornaments and painted them, my 11 month old at the time, had a blast with that!! We had so much fun last year, that I’m hoping we can do this every year as a tradition. Not the same presents over and over again, but the DIY presents, even if my girls are just making presents for each other or myself and husband.

holiday mugs

There’s a ton of other presents you or your children could make as well this year. Such as:

  • Ornaments (clay, puzzle piece, paper, glass, beaded, embroidered, etc.)
  • Picture Collage
  • Cookie Ingredients in a Jar
  • Hot Cocoa Gift Package
  • Personalized Candles (look up how to get a picture on them-it’s supposedly as easy as aiming a hairdryer)
  • Christmas Cookies
  • Coasters

Simply check out DIY Christmas Presents on Pinterest for plenty of ideas! Don’t forget to follow my Christmas Board on Pinterest for more Christmas ideas!

3. Watch Christmas Movies as a Family

Ever since I could remember I have been doing this, whether it’s been watching Christmas movies before Christmas (like Rudolph or How the Grinch Stole Christmas), or on Christmas day with the new movies that Santa brought myself or siblings.

I still love watching Christmas movies before Christmas and make it a point to do so with my husband and 2 girls, now.

This is the best tradition to have, especially with little kids. It gives them a chance to wind down, and calm down, for an hour or so, if we’re lucky. It also gets them in the holiday mood and excited for the magical time of year that most of us call Christmas!!

It also has us adults remembering the simpler times of when we were kids and starts to bring back a little bit of that magical Christmas feeling. Along with giving us some peace and quiet from our childrens non-stop talking. Here are some essential movies to watch before Christmas:


4. Bake Christmas Cookies Together

I have always loved baking Christmas Cookies, ever since I can remember. I even remember one year, probably when I was a teenager or almost a teenager, I made most of the Christmas cookies myself. Or, at least it felt like I made most of them myself. Either way, I made quite a few dozen cookies!

It was a tradition to always make what felt like an obscene amount of Christmas cookies every year. We’d take them to Christmas Parties at my grandparent’s houses on both sides of the family, every year. We would also eat quite a few of them before they made it out the door. And, I also remember my mom staying up late almost every year on Christmas Eve making even more cookies; we could never have enough!

Even after having my own kids; I continue to make a ton of Christmas cookies every year. My older daughter has been helping me with this since she was two. My younger daughter joined in on this tradition last year, right before she turned two!

I may have created some of my own cookie recipes; taking my favorite Christmas cookie and making it healthier and vegan!!

Here are some must have Christmas Cookies to make this year:

  • Peanut Butter Balls (also known as buckeyes)
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • Sugar Cookies (this is the only time of year I allow white sugar to be in my home, all other times it is practically banned)
  • Chocolate-Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
  • Ginger Bread Cookies

5. Stay Home on Christmas Day

Staying home on Christmas Day is another one of the best traditions you can have, especially with kids.

Do this for as long as you can; one day your kids may move out and then you may not have them home for Christmas anymore. Most kids probably won’t mind this tradition either; they get to stay in their pj’s all day long and play with their new toys and watch their new movies.

What more can a kid possibly ask for?

Even teenagers can enjoy this; playing with their new electronics. Plus, with all the social media out there for our consumption, it’s not like teenagers will really be missing much anyways. When I was a teenager, MP3 players were a big thing. One year I spent most of Christmas day filling my new device up with a ton of songs; transferring them from CD to my MP3 player. (Do they even make MP3 players anymore?)

Staying home also reduces the stress of having to get kids ready to go places, even if it is to a relatives.

It makes the whole day just that much better. Also, there’s not many places even open on Christmas, so you can’t exchange that one present your child doesn’t like anyways.

No going anywhere, no stress, just a relaxing day with your immediate family!

6. Leave Out Cookies for Santa

If your children still believe in Santa, then help them leave out some cookies and milk (or soymilk) for Santa. Even if you have younger kids who do believe in Santa and older kids who don’t; don’t let your older ones spoil the magic of Christmas for the younger ones.  And, if all your kids are old enough and don’t believe in Santa; make them leave milk and cookies out for Santa.

This is where part of the magic of Christmas comes from, and a necessity on the list of Christmas traditions families need in their lives.

You’r child leaves out milk and cookies for Santa, and in the morning they’re half gone; you’re child believes that Santa actually came to leave them presents and toys in their stockings, and you get some extra Christmas cookies. It’s a win-win, if you ask me!!

7. Write a Letter to Santa (if your child is old enough, but not too old)

Actually, having your child write out a list of things they want would even be a great tradition to teach, on a few different levels.

My older daughter is just starting to write, so this year is going to be the first year I have her try to write out a Christmas list for us. Who knows, she may even want to write a letter to Santa when I bring it up. (I’ll just need to tell her how to spell every single word she writes.)

One reason this is a great tradition is because year after year they are going to be asked what they want for Christmas; might as well get them in the habit when they’re young.

Writing a Letter to Santa also helps them with their writing skills; whether it be spelling, grammar, or learning to write in the style of an actual letter, and not just scribbles.

This little holiday exercise even helps with the skill of decision making. That is a huge skill to learn, and an important one. Honing in on it with a simple list of what they want for Christmas is an easy and fun way to start building up that skill for little ones!!

Why Holiday Traditions?

Holiday traditions have been around forever and they are what make the holidays The Holidays.

They bring the holiday feeling to life, help us enjoy and appreciate family more (and cookies). They bring hope and joy into our lives. And, they end with a New Year; a chance to start again. To start the New Year right, and surrounded by those who are most important to us.

For Christmas, it’s not the presents that matter, or even the food.

What matters is being with our children and strengthening the bond we have with them. One of the best ways we can do this is by creating, or instilling, Holiday traditions in our homes that are meaningful and that everyone will enjoy and participate in.

This Holiday season start some of your own with your children. Share this post if you found it useful, or leave a comment to let us know some of your holiday traditions!!

Happy Holidays!!

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The Best You Can Get: 7 Presents for 3 Year Old Daughter

Looking for the best presents for 3 year old daughter? Well, come check out these 3 year old approved Christmas gifts that your daughter will love!

The Best You Can Get: 7 Presents for 3 Year Old Daughter

Ever wonder what presents you can get for your 3 year old daughter that they will actually appreciate, and not forget about 5 seconds later?

Well, my younger daughter will be 3 right after Christmas this year and I’ll tell you what toys she has and loves, or points to and would love to have either at the store, or on my computer screen (with sticky fingers and all).

They’re not quite toddlers at this age, but they also are just getting big enough for some more of the kid toys that they actually want. It seems like kids always want the toys that are just above their age level. Which, I guess is a good thing, right?

If you’ve been buying presents at the stores with your little girl with you, hoping to goodness that she won’t remember what was put in the cart; now may be the time to either find a sitter for her, or simply shop online. Three year olds will remember and may ask for ‘their’ toys that you tried to sneak past them in the check out line.

All the links below will redirect you to Amazon, I am an affiliate for them, but love their selection, ease of purchasing items, and the fact that my 3 can’t grab a toy she wants and chuck it into the cart hoping we don’t put it back on the shelf before checkout (true story). Plus, it’s the most trusted place to buys kids toys, or anything else for that matter, online!

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Barbie Bakery Chef Doll

So, not too long ago, this Barbie doll set ended up in our shopping cart at Walmart and neither my husband or I put it in, our 6 year old didn’t either. Our almost 3 year old daughter snuck it in the cart, maneuvering it behind other items, to ensure we didn’t see it until unpacking the cart to check out!

She knew exactly what she was doing, and my husband couldn’t tell her no, so she ended up getting the set. She has played with it everyday since she has gotten it and even tucks her Barbie in at night. The set is kind of neat, too! The cupcakes and bread ‘pop up’ while in the ‘oven’, and if you get the little sponge at the end of the frosting holder wet and then ‘frost’ the cupcakes, it looks like you’re actually frosting cupcakes.

(I’d highly recommend getting this item on Amazon rather than at the store; we went to Walmart, and the set is actually cheaper on Amazon. Especially with the free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get a free trial here for all your Christmas shopping!)


 

Baby Rapunzel Doll

 

Sometimes three year olds’ just want to enjoy their baby dolls and pretend they’re mommies. Both of my girls do this; they treat their dolls like they’re alive and helpless little babies that need their mommy to take care of them. This is the one my six year old likes, and this is the one my almost three year old wants! You can’t go wrong with baby dolls at this age, especially if they’re made in the image of their favorite Disney Princesses.


 

Stuffed Animals

What little girl doesn’t want a stuffed animal for Christmas?!

My husband and I have had to limit our girls to getting one stuffed animal per year to not have their room turn into a stuffed animal zoo!

This specific brand of stuffed animal, Aurora, is one of my favorites; other than T.Y. of course. (I was born in the 90’s, so I may be a bit biased.)


 

Blocks

Building blocks are the perfect gift for little girls. My almost 3 year old daughter is always so proud when she builds anything with these blocks and then comes to show me what she made!

These help with hand eye coordination, building skills, and logic. Plus, kids love to build things.



Grab these free Christmas Activity Printables for your 3 Year Old TOO!

Little Kitchen

I cannot recommend getting your little ones a little kitchen enough! Whether you have a little girl or a little boy, they could benefit, and have fun, with this toy.

This is one of both of my girls favorite toys, and it was a huge hit with all the kids in my moms home daycare when she was running one over 10 years ago. This classic toy, and learning resource, will never go out of style! Get one here, so you don’t have to lift it into your car or hide it from your little one.


 

A Doctor’s Set

My girls are obsessed with Doc Mcstuffins! My 6 year old would rather an older kids show, but my almost 3 year old absolutely loves this show.

She dresses up as Doc and gives me a weekly check up! (Every week.) Get a check up set for your child here.


 

Play-Doh

Little kids love play-doh, and it’s a great sensory activity for our kids!

My almost 3 year old loves squishing it in her hands and making fun shapes with it. Rolling it out and then asking me to make a custom butterfly shape out of it. Her favorite thing right now is butterflies! She will literally only wear a shirt if it has a butterfly on it.


 

There are literally 100’s of other gifts that could go on this list! Three year olds aren’t usually that hard to shop for, unless trying to find the perfect gift; in which case, you’ll find above.

At this stage, they are generally still in the happy go lucky phase and won’t take much to please. Just wait til next year, they’ll be a bit more picky!

 

Looking for the best presents for 3 year old daughter? Well, come check out these 3 year old approved Christmas gifts that your daughter will love!

 

Top Gift Ideas for 6 Year Old Girls

 

Trying to find perfect gift ideas for 6 year old girls? Look no further, this list was created by a 6 year girl and llimited to the top 10 gift ideas! #giftguide #christmasgifts #christmasgiftideas #girls #stresslessbehealthy

Top Gift Ideas for 6 Year Old Girls

Curious what six year old girls are into this year?

YES

That’s what I thought.

Just so happens, I have a six year old girl and she was not shy, not even for a moment, to tell me EVERYTHING she wanted for Christmas. We went on Amazon and looked around…I don’t think that there were 5 seconds that went by without her saying she wanted something. It can be too easy sometimes to get our kids to tell us what they want for Christmas.

The tough part is sticking to our Christmas spending limit and getting the toys that they will cherish all year long, not just Christmas day.

There are tons of toys that they will point out to you, especially at six years old, but most may be chintzy, or toys that will be forgotten or easily broken. And, sure, you could buy them a ton of chintzy, breakable, and forgettable toys for them for Christmas and stay in budget. Or, you could get them less toys, that may be a bit more expensive, but completely worth it.

This year, for my six year old girl, I’m opting for toys that she will cherish and care for and that she actually wants.

To make sure this list doesn’t get too long, I put a limit of the 10 best presents that any six year old girl would love to get for Christmas! Starting with her favorite toys she got from her birthday last week.

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These tiny American Girl Dolls, which are cheaper than regular American Girl Dolls, are wonderful for mature 6 year old girls. My daughter just turned six and received the one above as a birthday present, she LOVES it. She treats it like her own little girl, plays with her, bakes cookies in her easy bake oven with her, and even tries to read to her. It’s so cute. I’m sure your daughter would love one, too! Check out all the dolls here.


 

Popular Girl Toys: Easy Bake Ultimate Oven

If your daughter loves to bake with you, is capable of being patient, and willing to let you help when needed; then she’ll LOVE an easy bake oven for Christmas! It does suggest your child is 8 before using this, so adult supervision will be required. But a mature 6 year can absolutely use this as long as they can follow your direction, and of course, have patience. Get it here!


 

Imaginative Toys for Girls: Play Kitchen & Cafe

If you daughter has an imagination and loves serving you ‘coffee’, then she’ll love this little cafe. My six year old has been playing ‘cafe’ or ‘bakery’ on and off for the whole past year, with no end in site. She’s made signs to put on her door letting us know that her little cafe is open 24/7. She’s made a ‘menu’, where she drew out everything that she serves, including my blueberry muffins and healthy chocolate chip cookies that she loves so much. Honestly, I would’ve been surprised if she hadn’t found this online!


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Disney Toys: Baby Belle Doll

Sometimes six year olds’ just want to enjoy their baby dolls and pretend they’re mommies. Both of my girls do this; they treat their dolls like they’re alive and helpless little babies that need their mommy to take care of them. This is the one my six year old likes, and this is the one my almost three year old wants! You can’t go wrong with baby dolls at this age, especially if they’re made in the image of their favorite Disney Princesses.


Don’t forget to grab these Free Christmas Activity Printables for your 6 year old, too!

 

Educational Toys: Books

Books are always a great present to give children for Christmas. Sure, it may not be the most exciting thing, but watching the excitement on my daughters face as she’s starting to be able to read to me; it’s priceless! So, whether you buy them books to wrap up under the tree, or stick them in their stocking when being ‘Santa’, I hope you can experience the excitement on your childs face as they are learning to read.


Trying to find perfect gift ideas for 6 year old girls? Look no further, this list was created by a 6 year girl and llimited to the top 10 gift ideas! #giftguide #christmasgifts #christmasgiftideas #girls #stresslessbehealthy

Princess Toys for Girls: Princess Tent

And, of course, they’re going to want a place to read their new books…in peace and quiet. What better place than their own little tent! My daughter actually got this as a present last year for Christmas, but still uses it as often as possible. She loves to play with her dolls in it and even shares with her little sister. If she didn’t already have it, she told me she would put it on her Christmas list this year! Help your little girl feel like a little princess, like my daughter does, with this tent.


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Practical Toys for Girls: Table and Chair Set

With this being your childs first or second year of school, they may start asking you for a desk. Why not get them a table and chair set instead, so they can use it for more than just homework. And, yes, some kids get homework in Kindergarten; my daughters homework is called ‘home fun’, which I thought was adorable and helps with her wanting to do it every night! This table and chair set would be perfect for her. She can use it to set up in her ‘cafe’, take the middle section out of the table and push her small cafe toys in it, and then focus on her homework. Or, use the middle section, with the net under it, to help keep a few of her school supplies hidden from her sister. (Not sure how that would last, haha.)

 

Imaginative Toys for Girls: 8. Pastry Tower

Of course, for any six year old girl who wants to open her own cafe, or simply play tea party; this will be the perfect gift! It’s quite affordable, as well. This will probably be what get’s tucked away in the net under the table above when it’s ‘home fun’ time!

 

Popular Girl Toy:  Barbies and Dream House

I was always against the idea of my little girls getting Barbie dolls, because of the social standards (and body type) that they portray of girls and women that are impossible to live up to. Luckily, with the introduction of their show on Netflix, they’ve introduced new dolls with different body types, and personality types that aren’t ‘perfect’. My 6 year old did not leave this classic girl doll off her Christmas wish list this year.


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 Musical Jewelry Box

Give them something they will treasure for the rest of their lives. It doesn’t matter if your 6 year old has tons of jewelry, or none, they’ll still appreciate this musical jewelry box to help keep their treasured possessions safe. Plus, by this age, they should be able to keep this in good condition for years to come!

 

Being 6 at Christmas time is a special year; they still believe in Santa and love their baby dolls with no shame (and should never feel shame for playing with dolls). However, I feel your struggle with trying to figure out what to get for little girls at this age. They’re still pretty little, but they are also growing up and wanting to act like a ‘big girl’. Which is why there are toys on this list that are suitable to younger girls, and ones that older girls would love as well. A happy medium, if you may.

Use this gift list, that my 6 year old helped me create, as a guide for buying for the six year old girl in your life!

Trying to find perfect gift ideas for 6 year old girls? Look no further, this list was created by a 6 year girl and llimited to the top 10 gift ideas! #giftguide #christmasgifts #christmasgiftideas #girls #stresslessbehealthy

21 Vegan Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make this Holiday Season!

The are the best vegan christmas cookies recipes for kids all pulled into one post! Easy and healthy, some are even gluten free. Find gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more!

21 Vegan Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make this Holiday Season!

Nothing says Christmas time like baking cookies!

It’s always been a tradition for me to make an absolutely ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies during the holiday season. It started when I was little. I even remember my mom putting me in charge of making most, if not all, of the Christmas cookies one year when I was a teenager. Or, was it before I was a teenager I can’t quite remember.

We’d start a week or so before Christmas to start making them, and it didn’t end at Christmas, either. I remember my mom staying up late making more cookies on Christmas eve so that we’d have plenty on Christmas day. We ate SO many cookies.

Since I’ve become a mom, I’ve slowly started to remake the Christmas cookies I loved as a child to be a bit healthy and 100% vegan! For my kids, and for myself. (My husband seems to run away from any food I make that I call ‘healthy’ or ‘vegan’; honestly, he’s truly missing out. This is the only healthy vegan recipe I’ve been able to get him to eat…and love. And it’s only because I simply told him to try it…..he ate half a batch.)

So, if you’re looking for healthier, vegan, possibly gluten free Christmas cookies; take a look below and enjoy!

Pssst…you’ll find two of my own recipes below.

Pine Needle Shortbread Cookies

Photo from avirtualvegan.com

Enjoy these classic shortbread cookies! Just try not to eat them all in one day.

 

SNOWMEN MERINGUE COOKIES (VEGAN & GF)

Photo from veganhuggs.com

I usually opt for an easier cookie to make, but these are so adorable they are worth the time and effort you put into them. Plus, their great for impressing friends and family; just wait til you tell them they’re vegan, too! And, yes, these are egg whites free, which is why they are called vegan.

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

This was my all time favorite recipe as a child; now veganized and a bit more filling. You know, to help us from eating them all at once! Even this healthy version is the first type of xmas cookie to disappear in my home.

 

BUTTERY SOFT JAM THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Photo from veganhuggs.com

Great as a gift, or eat them yourself; up to you!

 

Chewy Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Photo from delightfuladventures.com

Looking for a gingerbread cookie that isn’t rock hard; check out these chewy gingerbread cookies for Christmas!

 

VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES

Photo from naughtynutrition.co

Check out these gluten free and vegan molasses cookies, your kids are sure to love them! Plus, they are super healthy so you don’t even have to feel bad about feeding them cookies.

PALEO & VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIES

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Peanut butter blossoms were another one of my favorites growing up. However, if you or your kids have a peanut allergy try out Laura’s peanut free recipe, so you all can still enjoy the glory of this Holiday time cookie!

Enjoy these chocolaty cookies, whether it’s Christmas time or not! You don’t need an excuse to make these.

 

VEGAN CHERRY PISTACHIO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP MOLASSES CRINKLES COOKIES

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VEGAN CARAMEL-STUFFED DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN VANILLA CUT-OUT COOKIES

Photo from unconventionalbaker.com

3-INGREDIENT BUTTERY SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Photo from chewoutloud.com

Super simple and kid friendly, these cookies won’t last long! Just make sure to use vegan butter, like earth balance, to keep it vegan.

 

SALTED CARAMEL THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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VEGAN DANISH BUTTER COOKIES

Photo from wallflowerkitchen.com

PERFECT VEGAN SUGAR COOKIES

Photo from itdoesnttastelikechicken.com

Don’t you just love walking into the kitchen when Christmas cookies are baking in the oven?

It’s such a warm and welcoming scent, that’s probably why they make sugar cookie candles. Warm up your home this year with the vegan Christmas cookies above. Don’t be afraid to try them all, if you want, and make a ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies this year, like I always do! Don’t forget to share with friends and family, especially those on specific diets such as vegan, gluten free, and paleo!

The are the best vegan christmas cookies recipes for kids all pulled into one post! Easy and healthy, some are even gluten free. Find gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and more!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? Let me know in the comments!


13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Looking for some healthy vegan thanksgiving desserts? Check out these 13 dessert recipes to have at your next Thanksgiving get together!

13 Mouth Watering Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving would not be complete without the delicious desserts after dinner; because you know, we don’t stuff ourselves enough during dinner!

And, thankfully, because of the recipes below and many others, we don’t have to feel left out as vegans. There are plenty of vegan Thanksgiving desserts that will make us feel thankful we’re vegan and not adding to the cruelty of this festive Holiday.

From pies to puddings and more; you’ll be sure to find enough vegan desserts below to feed your whole extended family for Thanksgiving! They won’t even know these delicious desserts are vegan, either.

So, save a few animals from suffering this Holiday season, save some calories, and encourage healthy eating (without even realizing it); enjoy the recipes below!

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GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN APPLE PIE

Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

You CANNOT have Thanksgiving without Apple pie, and Rhian’s recipes are some of the best recipes I’ve had. I am constantly going back to her site to try new recipes and feature them in my posts. Check out her apple pie recipe here!

Other posts Rhians recipes have been featured in:

23 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School

27 Healthy Smoothie Bowls and Smoothie Recipes for Kids

and more!

Gluten-Free Crustless Apple Pie (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

If you’re not a fan of the crust when eating pie, or have a picky eater you’re trying to please; you may want to opt for a crustless apple pie recipe. Don’t worry, it’s still vegan! Check it out here.

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The Healthiest Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

Another Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pie! Just like the crust-less apple pie recipe above, this one is crust-less as well. Check it out here!

THE BEST GRAIN-FREE VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE

Photo from evolvingtable.com

If you like the pie crust, like I do, then try out this grain free pumpkin pie recipe here!

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Caramel Sauce

Photo from avirtualvegan.com

Want a little something extra with your pumpkin pie? Try this recipe with caramel sauce!

THE BEST Vegan Apple Crisp!!

best vegan apple crisp
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Want a healthy version of apple crisp? This is a must try recipe! You bake the granola topping and then bake it on top of the apples to add a little extra crunch to it.

Related Post: Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

Paleo Triple Berry Crisp

Photo from cleanlivingcleaneating.com

If you love crisps, then check out this flavorful triple berry crisp recipe! It’s paleo and vegan, to help please your Thanksgiving guests with special diets.

Nutty Pear Crumble- Vegan and Gluten Free

Photo from vintagekitty.com/

 

Related Post: Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Blossoms

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

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Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

Looking for a healthy alternative to sugar filled pumpkin cookies? You’ll want to try, and give your kids, these pumpkin cookies; made with oat flour instead of white, at least half the sugar you’re used to, and a secret ingredient! Check it out here.

INSTANT POT BROWNIES WITH PUMPKIN {VEGAN}

Photo from ecipesfromapantry.com

Brownies may not be a classic Thanksgiving dessert for some, but then again, who’s going to say no to chocolate? Get the recipe here!

Related Post: The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

SPICED BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHIA PUDDING

Photo from theforkedspoon.com

 

SLOW COOKER PUMPKIN SPICE TAPIOCA PUDDING (VEGAN)

Photo from boulderlocavore.com

PUMPKIN PIE CHIA PUDDING

Photo from veggiessavetheday.com

There are so many vegan Thanksgiving desserts you can try, like the ones above, that you won’t feel left out when it comes to stuffing yourself at Thanksgiving.

Whether you veganize an old family favorite, like I did with the pumpkin cookies and apple crisp above, or find a brand new vegan recipe you love; you’ll be sure to get more nutrients in than fellow Americans eating a SAD (standard american diet).

You may not eat as much, either, keeping your health (and waistline) in check, with all of the filling nutrient rich desserts there are available!

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family and I do. Don’t forget to save this post on Pinterest and share with friends looking for a vegan or healthy alternative to Thanksgiving desserts!

Looking for some healthy vegan thanksgiving desserts? Check out these 13 dessert recipes to have at your next Thanksgiving get together!

The Best Christmas Movies for Families to Enjoy Together

The best classic christmas movie for kids to watch all in one incredible list! These are must watch funny movies, movies for kids or whole families to watch together to embrace the magic of Christmas once more!

The Best Christmas Movies for Families to Enjoy Together

Christmas is a time to be together with family and friends, enjoying the little moments, get together’s and all the good food! Sometimes we may lose that feeling of together-ness and lose the magic of Christmas as we grow up and start having families of our own. We get swept up with the spirit of spending money, not holiday cheer. We start to think that the magic of Christmas is just for the kids. This is where the best Christmas movies for families come in!

Do you remember when you were little and still remembered in Santa Clause?

Or, even when you were a bit older, but still left cookies out for ‘Santa’ so that ‘he’ would still bring you everything you wished for Christmas?

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The excitement and magic of Christmas doesn’t have to diminish with our age. We can keep it alive! And, the easiest way we can do this is by watching our favorite Christmas movies from our childhood.

Movies move us in ways that are sometimes unexplainable. So, be moved and go watch the movies below with your kids and have the magic and joy of Christmas in you once more!

These may, or may not, be favorites from a 90’s childhood, so enjoy!

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The best classic christmas movie for kids to watch all in one incredible list! These are must watch funny movies, movies for kids or whole families to watch together to embrace the magic of Christmas once more!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Or, grab the book here.

Who doesn’t remember watching the Grinch before, or on Christmas? Whether you enjoy the cartoon with your kids, or prefer the live action film; I’m sure this movie will help you get your holiday cheer back, just as Cindy Lou Who helps the Grinch. The Jim Carry version is one of the best Christmas movies for families!

 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Get the blu ray copy here.

Remember singing Rudolph the red nosed reindeer song in elementary school, or maybe even playing the music to it in the school band? Ok, maybe that’s just me. But, I’m sure you watched this movie as a kid; bring it back to life, inspired your children, and teach them not only about the holidays but also how it’s good to be a little different!

 

Frosty the Snowman & Frosty Returns

Get this Christmas Classic here. 

“Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul…”

Just try looking at, or thinking about, Frosty the snowman and not start singing his song! It’s a tune very hard to forget and may just be stuck in your head all season long! Now it’s your turn to get it stuck in your children’s head and enjoy watching their faces light up with the magic in this classic movie.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

(and other Peanuts Holiday Movies)

Get the Peanuts Movies here. 

I don’t know what it is about these movies, but these were always on during holidays; at least the Christmas ones at Christmas time.

Related Post: 8 Ways to Teach Children Thankfulness + Questions to ask kids to encourage thankfulness!

Elf

Grab this hilarious film here. 

This is one of the the best Christmas movies for families because it shows us what the magic of Christmas is all about and that we never have to give up believing in the magic!

 

The Polar Express

Get the Blu Ray here.

A story about a little boy about to stop believing in Santa Clause climbs aboard a magical train to the North Pole to be given the chance to never forget that it indeed does exist! It may not make you believe in Santa again, but with the beautiful artwork in this film; you and your kids will end up adoring this masterpiece.

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Jack Frost

Get the movie here. 

Ok, so this movie may not be as popular as others, with the dad becoming a snow man and all. But, I loved it when I was growing up; not even sure what it was about it that I liked.

 

Home Alone 1 and 2

Get these Home Alone Movies here.

Another classic movie…that my husband has us watch anytime of the year. Centered around parents accidentally losing one of their kids in a crazy rush to get to their chosen Christmas vacation destination. Everyone will have a good laugh at these movies and how brilliant this child is when ‘home alone’!

 

The Santa Clause (with Tim Allen)

Get these family favorites here. 

You simply can’t have Christmas without watching these movies! And now, there’s no excuse to not get these movies; with the Disney Movie club you can get 4 movies for $1 as a new member! Click above to buy on Amazon, or click here to sign up for the Disney Movie Club and get it for much cheaper!

 

Curious George: Holiday

Don’t forget to grab these Curious George movies for you little ones! My two little girls love these movies and would honestly watch them over and over and over again, if I would let them!

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Don’t leave this page without knowing which movies you’ll watch with your kids this year, and invest in a more together-ness time of year by getting a Christmas movie you don’t already have but know your kids would love!

The best classic christmas movie for kids to watch all in one incredible list! These are must watch funny movies, movies for kids or whole families to watch together to embrace the magic of Christmas once more!

Head over to Amazon or join the Disney Movie Club and bring the magic of your childhood Christmas back with all your favorites! And, have fun creating new memories with old traditions that your whole family would enjoy!

31 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Even Your Kids Will Eat

Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

31 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Even Your Kids Will Eat

Raising a vegan child, or coming up with food to eat on Thanksgiving as a vegan doesn’t have to be hard!

Even though this holiday is sometimes called ‘turkey day’ does no mean you’re missing out, or denying your child of Holiday fun, by replacing unhealthy non-vegan food with recipes that will actually provide nutrients and value to the diet!

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Sides are a really simple way to add in more veggies to a Thanksgiving meal. Plus, most sides are already vegan, or only need a few ingredient swaps to make them so.

Check out the recipes below for some delicious ideas for vegan Thanksgiving side dishes that your children will actually eat!

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving side. There’s also around a thousand (exaggeration, but then again, there’s probably more) ways to make mashed potatoes! So, there are certainly plenty of ways to make mashed potatoes vegan, check out the recipes below.

There’s even a purple mashed potato recipe below, to make things fun for your little ones who are picky eaters, let’s not forget to make this fun!

THE CREAMIEST VEGAN CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES {GF}

 

Photo from vnutritionandwellness.com

 

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic

Photo from garlicandzest.com

Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com
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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Other Potato Side Dishes

You can never have enough potato dishes at Thanksgiving!

Whether it’s sweet potatoes, or regular potatoes you use; they’re so versatile, filling, and delicious. Make them simple, or complex. Check out the recipes below for your Thanksgiving sides this year.

Healthy Sweet Potatoes – No Marshmallows Needed

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

 

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Stuffing

Even if you’ve never really been a fan of stuffing (like me), the recipes below will change your mind on that! Go check them out and try them for yourself.

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing Recipe

Photo from thriftyjinxy.com

 

The Best Gluten Free and Vegan Stuffing

Photo from pinkfortitude.com

 

The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

 

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Cranberry and Apple Sauces

These may be your go to side dishes when feeding your little ones, so make them feel special and make these recipes yourself!

SUGAR FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE (KETO, LOW CARB)

Photo from savorytooth.com

My Simple Homemade Applesauce (that you’ll regret not making)!!

simple homemade applesauce
Photo from stresslessbehealthy.com

 

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Gravy and Hummus

Gravy is a Thanksgiving classic, so be sure to check out the vegan and gluten free recipe of that below. Plus, kids love to dip their food in things, have them try the hummus below for a healthy alternative to store bought.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM GRAVY {VEGAN & GF}

Photo from vnutritionandwellness.com

PUMPKIN SAGE WHITE BEAN HUMMUS (VEGAN + GF)

Photo from rhiansrecipes.com

 

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Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Green Beans

ROASTED JICAMA WITH GREEN BEANS – WHOLE30, PALEO

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Cold Green Bean Salad with French Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing

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ROASTED GREEN BEANS

Photo from tosimplyinspire.com

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Other Veggies

There are so many different types of produce that are in season in the fall, don’t forget to include them in your Thanksgiving sides!

 

ROASTED CELERY ROOT AND RADISHES

Photo from lowcarbyum.com

 

5-Minute Sugar-Free + Vegan Cream-Style Corn (Gluten-Free)

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

CARAMELIZED ROASTED PUMPKIN

Photo from boulderlocavore.com

BAKED BROWN SUGAR CINNAMON ACORN SQUASH

Photo from tosimplyinspire.com

Orange Ginger Carrot Recipe – Whole30 Recipe

Photo from reusegrowenjoy.com

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Breads and More!

For when they need some ‘normal’ Thanksgiving side dishes to feel like everyone else.

Plus, the pumpkin bread below is moist and delicious and possibly even better than the kind my mom made when I was young; I’m not just saying that because it’s my recipe, either!

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Vegan Pumpkin Bread
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Rustic Gluten-Free Cornbread

Photo from strengthandsunshine.com

 

Rosemary Sweet Potato Rolls / Pizza Dough

Photo from vintagekitty.com

LENTIL MEATLOAF MUFFINS (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE)

Photo from veggiessavetheday.com

Whether you were looking for ways to turn your favorite side dishes into vegan side dishes, or find some new vegan family favorites; I hope you were able to find them here!

The recipes above are delicious, healthy, and ones that even my picky eater will eat! Be sure to save this post as a future reference for Thanksgivings in the future, and be sure to subscribe to receive my emails and get access to some great printables. (Like, the list of produce in season in the fall, questions to ask your children to encourage thankfulness, and plenty more!)

Looking for health vegan thanksgiving sides? Something easy to make that you know your picky eater child will actually eat? Check out these 31 side dish recipes that are picky eater approved, contain veggies, and are actually healthy! From green bean recipes and mashed potatoes, to more!

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan)

Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie from your childhood?

Is it healthy?

Or, is it full of sugar and butter?

(I’m going to guess the latter, mine certainly was!)

My all time favorite Christmas cookies are peanut butter balls, or some people call them buckeyes.

Since going vegan I changed the original recipe my mom always makes, slightly.

I wanted to be able to enjoy these and know that I’m not just consuming empty calories. Or, feeding my girls fat and sugar. So, I changed up the recipe to make these a bit healthier (and, with a lot less sugar)!!

My healthier version of peanut butter balls isn’t really new to me this year; I created the recipe a few years ago and wrote it down in my recipe book. (Thank goodness!! I don’t have much of a memory since having kids.) T

This recipe happened all because my moms recipe calls for almost 3 cups of powdered sugar and half a cup of butter, among other ingredients, and I wanted a healthier version to feed myself and my girls.

(Although, I still really appreciate anytime she makes them and gives me some!! When I had my second daughter right after Christmas a few years ago, my mom brought peanut butter balls to me in the hospital, and they were amazing!)

I did try finding a healthy version online a few years ago and tried out a few recipes….didn’t go over so well; most of them called for dates as the sweetener. My older daughter who was about 2 at the time was the only one who liked them, I doubt she’d like them now.

So, after those failed attempts to make something so delicious that mom makes, into something healthy by following a strangers instructions; I knew I had to just go with trial and error til I got it right!

(And, I knew it had to be more so based on my moms recipe; but with healthy alternatives I have on hand all the time.)

Let’s Bake!

Start by getting out the ingredients.

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

There aren’t that many, but look, no sugar.

That’s right, I replaced all of the sugar from the recipe I loved, with maple syrup. And, guess what?! They are still just as delicious. And, no wax! I use coconut oil instead; it’s way better for you!

Once you have out all of your ingredients; mix together the oat flour, maple syrup, and peanut butter til it forms a dough that can then be formed into balls.

If you don’t already have oat flour or don’t know how to make it, it’s simple. Start with oats, I use these(or the store brand), then grind in a nutribullet, food processor, or blender til fine.

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

If the dough is too soft after mixing you can leave it in the fridge, covered, for a half hour or so, and then try rolling the dough into balls.

Don’t forget to get your kids helping you with the cookies!! Simply remind them to wash their hands and break them off a piece of the dough to roll. In all honesty, my five year old rolled these better than I did; hers were more round than the ones I rolled. Next time, she’s rolling all of them!

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

Once all the dough is rolled, or while you let your kids roll it for you, go ahead and start melting the chocolate and coconut oil.

My mom has a double boiler for this part in her recipe. She went many years without one though, just as I probably will. (Not that they’re really all that expensive, like this one.)

So, just grab two different sized pots. Fill the larger one a quarter to half way with water, set on the stove and turn to medium heat.

Then, place the smaller pot inside the larger one, making sure the water touches it but isn’t anywhere near the top of either pot.

Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the smaller pot to melt.

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

Once the chocolate chips and coconut oil is completely melted, dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate and roll them in the chocolate til completely covered. You can do this one at a time, or more. I did 5 at a time, but that’s just me.

Lay them carefully on a baking sheet once covered in chocolate. I put parchment paper down on my baking sheet for an easier clean up; this is optional, but recommended. They should start to cool on the baking sheet when out, but you’ll need to place them in the freezer to solidify.

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

Once these are solid; enjoy!! And, try to share with your friends and family!!

I highly recommend keeping these in the freezer til you’re ready to serve them. Using coconut oil instead of wax does make them a bit more melty if simply kept in the fridge instead of freezer. But, the good thing about these is that you can eat them right out of the freezer and they are delicious cold!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

Taking my all time favorite Christmas Cookie and making it vegan and adding in some nutrients. No more empty calories and loads of sugar. And, they still taste delicious!! During the holiday times you can't sacrifice taste for health, and with these cookies you aren't!!
Servings 3 Dozen
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips such as Enjoy Life
  • 1 ½ tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Start by making your oat flour if all you have is oats, and no oat flour. (Simply grind the oats in a nutribullet with the milling blade, process in a food processor, or even blend in a blender, until fine.) 

  2. Then mix the oat flour with the peanut butter and maple syrup. 

  3. Once this forms a dough and you can't 'see' the flour anymore; roll into small balls. 

  4. Set aside until you melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil on the stove. (I use two small pots for this next step; the larger pot has water in it and the smaller one sits inside the larger one touching the water, but the water is not high. The smaller pot has the chocolate and coconut oil in it. If you have a double boiler then use that.)

  5. Once the chocolate and oil is melted; roll the balls in it til they are completely covered. 

  6. Then move to a parchment covered baking sheet to cool. 

  7. When all the balls are covered in chocolate, place the baking sheet in the freezer for the chocolate coating to solidify. Enjoy!! 

Recipe Notes

Keep in the freezer until ready to devour them!!

If you enjoy this recipe, please share it so we all can have a little bit healthier holiday season this year!! And, to help those with children reduce the sugar at their holiday parties!

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