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Need a Valentine's Day Gift Idea?

Valentine’s day is upon us and we thought you might need some inspiration for a cute gift idea. Voila – how great is this!?

 

Print a cute quote on a sticker, attach it to our EazySqueezy food pouch and you’re set – and all while keeping the planet green.

Food pouches are super popular these days- for good reason - because they make food on-the-go easy. But keep in mind that with every non-reusable food pouch you are adding to the landfills.

Kinderville’s food pouches are not only reusable, but they are also dishwasher safe, BPA-, BPS-, phthalates-, and formaldehyde-free.

Plus, you get to choose what goes in them. Bulk sales, here we come. So get your supermom or superdad cape on and help us keep the planet healthy.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Kinderville!

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Let the Baking Season Begin!

Let the Baking Season Begin!

Look, we realize it is a bit early to start baking cookies for the holidays, but practice makes perfect, right? Also, Gingerbread cookies actually taste better when they've had time to develop flavor - at least that's our excuse.

Oh - and no molasses needed - which means that you may actually have all the ingredients sitting in  your pantry right now! Time to roll up the sleeves...

GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES WITHOUT MOLASSES

What you'll need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg

 

Time to get to work:

  1. Whisk together the first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and honey. Beat well. Gradually add the reserved flour mixture to the butter mixture.
  3. Scrape the dough onto plastic wrap, shape into a ball and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours. You an make this dough as much as a week ahead of time.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  5. To roll out the dough, place it on flower-sprinkled parchment paper, and top it with plastic wrap. You essentially want to sandwich the dough between parchment paper and plastic wrap to roll it out (it will help prevent the dough from getting stuck on the rolling pin). Roll it out to a 1/8 inch thickness. Pull off the plastic wrap and cut out your gingerbread men.
  6. Instead of removing the cookies, remove the excess dough. The cookies themselves are quite fragile. If it is difficult to remove the excess dough because it has become too soft, stick the baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes. Once the dough has become more solid again, it is much easier to remove.
  7. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. 
  8. Remove baking sheet and let set 5 minutes before removing cookies to a cooling rack.
  9. Decorate cookies & enjoy!

 

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Healthy Treats for Fall

Is Thanksgiving really only a couple of weeks away??

With shorter days and the winter fruits and veggies appearing at the farmer’s markets we have found ourselves in the kitchen a bit more than usually and have discovered some tasty seasonal snacks that we wanted to share with you.  

Don’t worry – they are super easy to make and kiddo-approved!

 

Nut butter-Persimmon Toast with Sea Salt

  1. Toast your favorite whole grain bread - we love the super nutty ones.
  2. Spread your favorite nut butter on the toast (we used almond-hazelnut butter).
  3. Add a drop of honey if you prefer a sweeter snack (optional).
  4. Add sweet Fuyu persimmon slices.
  5. Top with some sea salt.

Warning: This is addictive and your kids will ask for more!

 

Cinnamon-Apple Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit (110 degrees Celsius).
  2. Slice apples into thin slices. A mandolin works best for this.
  3. Arrange apples on a metal baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the apple slices.
  5. Bake until apples are dried and edges curl up - 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Put them into a Kinderville® Snack Pouch for the kids to take to school.

 

Cinnamon-Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal (great to make ahead of time)

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
  2. Stir in 1 cup of steel cut oats and 1 cup of peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples.
  3. When the oatmeal begins to thicken (about 5 minutes) reduce heat to low.
  4. Simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Take off the heat, and stir in cinnamon and desired amount of honey.
  6. Top with your favorite toppings like nuts or raisins and don’t forget some cute cut-outs of fresh apple.

 

What are your favorite fall snacks? Let us know if you tried any of the above recipes in the comments!

Happy Eating!

~ The Kinderville Team

 

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Environmentally Friendly Lunches? Yes please!

The initial stress of back to school is over, and we can finally focus on the little things .. like environmentally friendly lunches. 

So much of what is being packed into a lunch box goes into landfills, from yogurt containers to food pouch packaging, to ziplock bags. 

There is a better way - the Kinderville way! =)

To make it easy for you, we've compiled a helpful chart for you. 

Happy Eating!

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Have Your Back To School Jitters Started Yet?

It’s that time of the year: Back-to-school is just around the corner, and with it comes the anxiety – not just for the kiddos, but also for the parents.

We hope to make it a bit easier for you with a couple of last-minute back-to-school tips:

The Kissing Hand

Read “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn with your little one the day before school. It’s a book that deals with separation anxiety in an adorable way. You can also download the audio version.

  

Prep Lunches

Take the stress out of your morning and give your child some extra attention in the morning by prepping their snacks and lunches the night before.   

  • Use cookie cutters to cut out some cheese and lunchmeat shapes for their snack pouch.
  • Cut some fruits shapes (watermelon, pineapple, kiwi, and pears work well), mix them with some berries.
  • Pack their favorite PB & J into their sandwich pouch. You can even cut their sandwich into cute shapes.
  • Don’t forget to write a sweet note on their napkin.

We love to pack it all into the adorable lunch totes from SoYoung.

 

More tips and tricks: 

For more tips and tricks, check out Edutopia's Back to School resources including how to best manage a change to a new school. 

Happy Back-To-School!

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Hit The Road!

Who says you have to go far to experience something new and exciting? Pack up the fam, get in the car, and off you go on an exciting road trip.

Okay, maybe it’s not that simple, but with some strategic planning, a day trip is a great way to change things up a bit, and even offer some new learning experiences for the little ones.

 

Where to go:

A Google search will offer a bottom-less list of ideas of where to go – close enough to home, yet far enough to completely change your surroundings. Get some inspiration from Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet, where you can search by location and activity type.

You could even check out your local transportation system websites, if you’d rather travel by train.  A couple of examples are Bartable.gov (San Francisco Bay Area), and Dart.org (Dallas). They offer a great resource for activities close to public transportation.

 

What to bring:

This is the tricky part. The Baby Center has compiled a great list of the essentials for your kids, your car, and your snacking needs. To take the stress out of packing we have created a nifty checklist for you to consult.

While we’re on the topic of what to bring - SNACKS! Let’s be honest – food is half the fun of a road trip. We love the Banana Oat Energy Bites from Tip Hero. Add some cocoa powder for an extra chocolaty taste.

Voila! You are ready to go…

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What's Your Plastic IQ?

Did you know that 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use only once and then throw away? 
Or, that there is a “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, which can be found off of the coast of California? It is a floating mass of plastic twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one [Eco Watch].
Check out Eco Watch for more disheartening facts about plastic pollution.
 
What doesn’t end up in the ocean is dumped into landfills. Millions of tons of plastics are added to landfills each year, where they take up space, are hazardous to the environment, and won’t decompose for hundreds of years, if at all. Even recycling options for plastics are unsatisfactory, and “much of the plastic collected for recycling is shipped to countries with lower environmental regulation” [World Watch].
 
Certain consumer trends, like single-use food pouches, add to the problem. Despite creative solutions like TerraCycle, only about 15% of the single-use food pouches are actually recycled  [Pacific Standard Magazine].
 
There are some amazing people out there, who have figured out how to live a plastic-free life, but since we can’t all be super heroes, here are some tips for how to reduce waste when shopping and at home:
 
In Stores:
-       shop for products made with recycled materials
-       buy items with less packaging
-       buy refillable, reusable containers
-       bring reusable cloth or canvas bags to the grocery store.
-       Buy only what you need or what you know you will use (applies to food as well)
-       Buy in bulk if possible to reduce packaging
 
At Home:
-       Don’t throw away anything that can be reused or repaired
-       Use materials that last (glass, ceramic, stainless steel, silicone)
-       Use refillable, reusable containers 
-       Reuse plastic bags
 
And you know what’s great? Not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint – you will also get some cost-savings by paying attention to buying reusable and refillable items, not paying for single-use bags, etc…
 
Here’s your quick-guide for how to reduce your consumption of plastic, and live a better life.

There’s something else we’d like to mention – the chemicals in plastic. They are bad for the planet, and they are bad for us as well! Whether it is BPA, BPS, formaldehyde, PVC, or one of the countless others… they are all good reasons to avoid plastic as much as possible.  Find alternatives whenever you can. You can start by choosing Kinderville®.

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Get Ready To Indulge!

Fourth of July marks the first holiday of the summer, and we are excited to celebrate with some delicious food! To beat the heat we decided to make some tasty home-made ice pops, and we have some recipes to share!

If you think that ice pops will be too messy of a treat to bring to a BBQ, think again! Kinderville’s Ice Pop Moldsare specifically designed so that the melting mess will go back into the mold instead of over your little one’s crisp holiday outfit. And - should some picky little eaters decide that they are done after eating only half of the ice pop - you can simply put the lid back on and stick it back into the cooler. Easy peasy.

 

Now let’s get down to business. We found two great recipes for you to try:

Chocolate Ice Pops

You will notice, that the Chocolate Ice Pop recipe calls for instant coffee. For little ones, just leave it out… But who says there can’t be an adult version =).

 Red, White, and Blue Double Berry Coconut Pops

If you want to be a bit more patriotic, try these Red, White, and Blue Double Berry Coconut Pops. They will make for a fun surprise when the ice pop is pushed out of its mold.

 Wishing you a happy 4th of July from the Kinderville Team!

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Kinderville is featured on Entrepreneur Magazine!

Ever wonder about Kinderville's story? Entrepreneur Magazine did a great Q & A session with Oliver Albers, the founder of Kinderville, and featured it on their Instagram feed

Without further ado, here's their write-up:

[Kinderville] started in 2008 almost out of necessity after Oliver Albers and his wife, Kathleen, were unable to find a safe product to store and serve their baby Gigi’s food at home and on-the-go. Launching with BPA- and BPS-free food grade silicone pouches, containers and bibs, the Albers family created a line of safe storage products based on scientific research, a desire for a healthy lifestyle and concerns for the environment -- not to mention the peace of mind the couple has when feeding their two daughters. 
Albers shares with Entrepreneur his thoughts on business and fatherhood. 


Q: How do you balance being a dad and running a company?


A: It is non-stop between my passion of being a father and running my own business. I am fortunate that I can walk my kids to school, and participate in their lives, whilst running a modest company close to home. It is 24/7, but I’ve gained a balance and ability to participate in my children's’ lives: something I was unable to attain at previous jobs.

Q: What difficulties did you face when you were just starting out?

A: Gaining momentum was difficult at first, and I had to balance starting my new company whilst having a full time job. However, once we were able to find our competitive edge, have repeat clients, and create an on-going revenue stream, we started to grow year-over-year.

Q: What’s the biggest lesson you have learned from your children?

A: Having patience, being open to a creative process and unconditional love.


Q: What advice do you have for other fathers wanting to start their own company?


A: Know your product(s) or service(s), do your research, and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Make sure what you are offering is as new and unique as possible. Don’t chase, instead try to lead. Always accept constructive criticism. Most importantly, take breaks and spend time with your family. It is very easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day when one is laser-focused, especially since your involvement is the leading force for your company’s growth. 

Family is what matters most.

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International Picnic Day

It’s International picnic day, and the weather is playing along. What a perfect day to grab a blanket, a couple of games, and some snacks to head to the park, your favorite beach - or simply your own back yard.

Picnics go hand in hand with some fun in the sun activities. From twister, to a bean bag toss - there are tons of games that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. So be sure to plan ahead. For some inspiration, check out Brit + Co’s blog on DIY outdoor games.
If you’d rather not bring along extra props, your kids will love finding shapes in the clouds, playing I spy, or 20 questions. 

Finger food is key! We at Kinderville are big fans of healthy food, but here and there, life has to be celebrated with some cake - we chose cheese cake bites. They are delicious, easy to make - and your little ones with love them!! 
(Make sure to keep them in a cooler until you’re ready to eat them).

Of course, we bring lots of healthy fruits, and veggies as well. We packed some bite-size pieces of bell pepper in the Kinderville snack pouch, used the jars for yogurt with granola and raspberries,  and filled the new food pouches with applesauce. 
Bring some half frozen water, or orange juice for a cooling drink! Easy peasy!
For more inspiration of what snacks to bring, check out Produce for Kids’ blog for Healthy Picnic-Friendly Recipes.

Here are some tips to keep away those pesky crawlers:
Put some water and sugar in a Kinderville jar and stir to dissolve; put the sugar-water about 20 feet from your picnic blanket. Bees will leave you alone and go right to the sugar water. To keep ants away spritz some Listerine on your picnic blanket before you leave the house.

Voila! You are ready for International picnic day!

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Here's an Alternative to Plastic Food Pouches...

Parenting is hard! It is even harder when you are on-the-go and need to bring a million things for your kids to make sure they are entertained, fed, and happy!

One of the great solutions of the past few years to simplify this task has been the portable food pouch, filled with yoghurts, fruit purees, apple sauce, and the like… It is a perfect quick and easy snack – no mess, nutritious, and kids love them.

But there is a major downside to these food pouches. Most food pouches are non-recyclable, and end up as one of billions in landfills.

The good news?

The Kinderville® Eazy Squeezy® Refillable Food Pouch lets you have all the benefits of a portable solution, while also helping the planet! Tadaa!!

Our well-designed and engineered food pouches are without any plastic collars, caps, or couplings. Like all of our other Kinderville® items, the new food pouches are all-silicone.

And as if that’s not enough, here’s a list of some of the many other benefits of the Kinderville® Eazy Squeezy® Refillable Food Pouches:

Now, what are you waiting for? Get your Kinderville® Eazy Squeezy® Refillable Food Pouches and have your kids snacking on healthy food on-the-go, all while helping the planet! You now have Parenting Superstar status!!

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Our New Divided Plates and Bibs are Finally Here!

Our new divided plates and bibs are finally here! We are ecstatic to introduce more healthy and earth-friendly products to you!

Being a parent and trying to always do the right thing can be frustrating and disheartening, especially as more and more studies become available about the adverse effects of materials like plastic and melamine (specifically for small children). We want to help and offer a complete line of products that makes feeding time simple.

 

Like the rest of our product line, our new divided plates and bibs are made from silicone, a natural material that does not contain BPA, phthalates, lead, or PVC. To further simplify mealtimes most of our products are microwave and dishwasher safe. So go ahead, and microwave your toddler’s food in our new divided plate, and place it in the dishwasher afterwards (check our cleaning instructions for more details).

 

The adorable new bibs are perfect for at home or on the go. Simply wipe and use again – no need to wash loads of fabric bibs.

 

Find more detail on the product pages, and let us know your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you: contact@kinder-ville.com.

 

Happy Eating!

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