Handstand Kids

Yum for Kids: Food & Fun Magazine Feature!

Yvette Garfield and Handstand Kids Cookbooks were featured in this month’s issue of Yum for Kids: Food & Fun Magazine! The article talks about how the holiday time can be an opportunity to explore other the traditions of other cultures with your kids! With that in mind, make sure to check out our online store to do your holiday shopping, our cookbooks make for great gifts!

Have A Healthy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!! One of a child’s favorite parts of Halloween is going trick-or-treating in their costumes to collect candy. But how can you help your kids have a healthier Halloween without taking take the fun out of the “treat” part of the holiday? Take a look at these tips for a happy, healthy holiday!

  • Feed your kids a big healthy meal before taking them out trick-or-treating, that way they’ll be less hungry for candy later!
  • Instead of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, hand out other snacks they are sure to enjoy such as rice crispy treats, popcorn, yogurt covered raisins or even trail mix!
  • Try handing out little toys and knickknacks to trick-or-treaters like stickers, bubbles, temporary tattoos or even SillyBandz!
  • Moderation is key, limit the amount of candy both you and your kids get each day. Freeze some of it and take it out only on Sundays as a treat. You may also want to donate or give some of it away!
Tell us how you and your Handstand Kids celebrate this Halloween via Facebook or Twitter!

Halloween Costume Contest

With Halloween just around the corner and countless costume options available, we want to encourage you to get creative! Until November 1st, we’ll be holding a Handstand Kids Costume Contest! To enter, post a photo of your Handstand Kid wearing his or her most imaginative Halloween costume to the Handstand Kids Facebook page. We’ll feature your photos on Facebook and on November 2nd, we will select one lucky winner!The most creative costume will win a copy of our fabulous Handstand Kids Baking Cookbook! We can’t wait to see those imaginations run wild, good luck!!

Vote Yvette For The “Women Who Shine” Contest!

Right now, Yahoo.com is putting on the “Women Who Shine” contest for women who have been doing all kids of exceptional work and the founder/creator of Handstand Kids, Yvette Garfield, has been nominated! Make sure to check out the “Women Who Shine” contest and cast your vote for Yvette here! Let’s help Yvette and Handstand Kids take home this amazing award! Thanks for your help!

Celebrate National Pizza Month

The month of October is National Pizza Month!! Pizza doesn’t always have to be unhealthy, take a look at this awesome recipe from our Italian Handstand Kids Cookbook!

To make National Pizza Month extra fun, let your kids’ creativity roam free when arranging and decorating your pizzas! Let us know what fun you have with pizza this month via Facebook or Twitter!

Kids on the Run

According to this article from US News and World Report, if a child shows an interest in running it is important as a parent to encourage them to partake in this activity. Running is a great inexpensive way to help keep kids fit and in shape. Take a look at these tips to help your little runner from the American Council on Exercise:

Let us know how you help out your little runner via Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson: Cucumbers

The cucumber or cucumis sativus is a widery cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine which bears cylindrical edible fruit when ripe. We wanted to take the day to give you a quick language lesson. Try saying “cucumber” in these different languages:

Spanish - pepino

German – gurke

French – concombre

When you’ve mastered all of these words, try them out in the following recipes:

Spanish Cucumber Salad from About.com is a perfect dish for a warm day – light, tasty and refreshing!

Gurkensalat from AllRecipes.com is a traditional German favorite.

This French cucumber recipe from Food.com was a favorite of legendary chef Julia Child.

If you like our cucumber lesson today, let us know on our Facebook or Twitter!

Celebrity Ambassador of the Month: Maria Liberati

As a former international supermodel, Maria Liberati never dreamed that she would go from being a fashion diva to a domestic diva. Ironically, while jet setting off to modeling assignments around the world, Maria became closer to the simplicity of life and food in the country setting of her family’s vineyard in the mountains of central Italy. She began to experience the real tastes of food that she knew from her childhood.

An Award Winning  cookbook author and Celebrity Chef -her passion with food began at the early age of 4, when she would accompany ‘nonno’ (grandfather) on his early morning Saturday trips to the Italian Market in Philadelphia to pick out all the fresh ingredients for the Sunday family meal.Today, Maria is considered one of the foremost experts on Italian Cuisine and culture, has been called the Italian ’Martha Stewart’.

Maria’s  philosophy is to create recipes that simply transform the freshest ingredients without changing their essential flavors…”that is an art and cooking is an art..a basic art”. For more tips on cooking, foods, style and decorating, visit  Maria’s blog where food meets art, travel and life!

What do you think of Maria and her recipes? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

*All information about Maria Liberati was taken from her website.

Back To School Snacks

With the school year starting back up, it is always hard to come up with new ways to get your kids to not fill themselves up on junk food. Here are a few healthy snacking ideas that you can make for your kids. Say goodbye to potato chips and hello to fruit and veggie chips!

Squash Chips

Directions: slice thin, add salt, lay on baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours. Then enjoy!

Sweet Potato Chips

Zucchini Chips

Kale Chips

Let us know what healthy chips you decide to make for your kids on Facebook and Twitter!

Charity of the Month: Operation Smile

One of the most heart warming aspects of a having a child is seeing their smile every day. But sadly, there are children born who are unable. Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life. This is where Operation Smile steps in. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. To learn more about Operation Smile and how you can help give the gift of a smile to a child make sure to check out their website. Also, make sure to let us know how you help give the gift of a smile via Facebook or Twitter!