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Savory Spinach Rolls Recipe

 

This is one of my favorite recipes for kids lunchboxes or guest parties. It’s really easy to make so even amateur chef like me can prepare it perfectly.

Spinach Rolls Recipe

Just remove the ham from the filling, and it’s also a fantastic vegetarian main dish!

Spinach Rolls Recipe

Here is what you will need for Spinach Rolls Recipe:

For sponge cake layer:
6 eggs
6 tsp of flour
3 tsp of water
3 tsp of milk
1 bag of Baking powder
1 tsp of salt
500 g frozen spinach (defrost before using)

For filling:
You can go crazy with filling for this and put anything you like. Here is my favorite combination:
300 g cream cheese
savory cream
200 g of ham (cut it in small pieces)
100 g of pickles (finely chopped)
baked egg (grated)

What’s next:

1. Beat egg whites and salt together in a small mixing bowl.
2. Add egg yolks to the mixture and mix well.
3. Add milk and water. Mix again.
4. Add flour and baking powder. Mix.
5. Add spinach and mix one last time.
6. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Put greaseproof paper on the pan (a 23×33 cm) and fill it with the batter. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
7. When it’s done leave it so it can cool down and make the filling in the meantime. Just mix everything together and spread filling over spinach roll. Roll it back up snugly and leave in the fridge to cool down. I love to serve it with yoghurt!

Can this Spinach Rolls Recipe be any more simpler? Yum! And the best thing about this recipe is that you can add anything to the mixture so it can be the right fit for your taste buds!

I didn’t find many recipes like this tasty spinach rolls recipe, so I really hope everyone will enjoy it. If your kids don’t really like spinach (or maybe you don’t), I bet they will love it this way. Try it, you won’t regret it!

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13 Smoothie Bowls That You And Your Kids Will Love This Summer

 

I love smoothie bowls – even though they are sometimes too pretty to eat, don’t you agree? Here are some of my favorites!

Most delicious smoothie bowls

1. Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl

This banana and berries smoothie bowl is made with Strawberry Shakeology, but you can use any flavor you like. Sliced almonds and chia seeds adorn the bowl to give it texture and healthy omega-3 fats. Found on Beach Body.

2. Red Berry Vanilla Almond Smoothie Bowl

This easy breakfast recipe uses raspberries, strawberries, almond milk, Greek yogurt, and Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder to make the prettiest, tastiest smoothie bowl! Found on A Latte Food.

3. Mango Smoothie Bowl

If you like mango, this will now be your favorite smoothie bowl! Found on Down Shiftology.

4. Peach Pie Smoothie Bowl

A healthy and filling smoothie bowl that is reminiscent of a slice of delicious summer peach pie! Found on: Recipe Runner.

5. Raspberry Orange Mango Smoothie Bowl

The sweet and tart balance of orange, mango and raspberry is seriously one of best fruit flavor combinations. Found on In it 4 the long run.

6. Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl

Love apple pie? Now you can eat it for breakfast and not feel an ounce of guilt! Found on Fit Food Finds.

7. Grapefruit Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

This Grapefruit Breakfast Smoothie Bowl recipe will help you get going with an energizing and filling breakfast packed with fruit. Found on Frugal Mom.

8. Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowl

dark cherry smoothie bowl

Another great smoothie bowl from Down Shiftology.

9. Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

Found on Simple Vegan Blog.

10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

Found on Simple Vegan Blog.

11. Acai Smoothie Bowl

Found on Pumps and Iron.

12. Honeydew Smoothie Bowl

This Honeydew Smoothie Bowl combines honeydew, oats, kale, and coconut milk into one healthy and creamy smoothie bowl. Found on The Almond Eater.

13. Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl

Found this great recipe on With food and love.

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An Open Letter To All The Single Dads Around The World

An Open Letter To All The Single Dads Around The World

 

Hey Single Dads,

We know it is hard!

Single parenting is extremely hard and has its list of positive and negative effects. And you understood them. You maintained a positive attitude about the adverse things and tried to overcome them.

Doing your daughter’s hair is hard. Those braids and plaits are complicated. Seeing that she doesn’t starve herself to be stick-thin, encouraging her during her low self-esteem episodes, keeping track of her periods and loading the fridge with ice creams and chocolates, it isn’t easy.

Getting your baby boy eat was such a task, wasn’t it? He’s all grown up now, he eats his food and does his laundry. But watching out for any bullies, taking care that he doesn’t get used to substance abuse or unhealthy habits, due to the so-called masculine requirements, it isn’t easy.

You were there. You wanted to be there for everything. You were emotionally available when your daughter was bullied, and you walked her through those tough years. You were there when she went through her first heartbreak. You were there for your son’s graduation. You were there with him during all those sleepless nights he spent during his years of loneliness.

Amidst this, you also managed to write that book of yours. You did that presentation your boss asked. You woke up two hours early and left to work on time every morning. You denied that role which required you to spend more time at work, so you don’t neglect your kids in the process. It wasn’t easy.

Although your kids apologized multiple times for curbing your chances of getting remarried because they’re consuming your whole time, you never blamed them. You saw difficult times pass, and you put your kids’ needs before yours. You brushed off any hardships and had a smile on your face through all of them.

Also, your dad jokes were funny, even if your kids rolled their eyes and asked you to stop. Your jeans were cooler than theirs. Your bacon was always better, and your lasagna was always crispier. You did the boring grocery shopping all by yourself, you ironed the clothes, and did the dishes and never, even for a second, felt ashamed about all those not-so-manly jobs.

You always worried about your kids’ future. You counseled them when they were flunking. You explained the importance of education to them. You did those extra weekend shifts when your kids were on a holiday with their grandparents. You knew it could get harder down the road so you saved every penny and managed your finances accordingly.

You did all of this for your kids, and they love you and are grateful for that. But they also want you to take care of yourself. They want you to remember that self-love you might’ve forgotten. They want you to hit that gym and stay fit. They want you to start dating again. They want you to be happier. You’ve done more than enough, and no amount of thanks will do the job.

For all that you’ve done, your kids love you. They love you more than you think we do.

Happy Fathers’ Day

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Happy Jar for your Favorite Memories

 

I love simple craft projects where I can recycle things that I would otherwise just threw away in the garbage. Whenever I find such an idea on some other blog, I bookmark it for later.

happy jar

Happy Jar

So, last weekend I decided to check what do I have in my ‘DIY folder’ on Pinterest and I found this. It is so simple and yet so perfect. I wanted to try to make this immediately! It is a happy jar or maybe we should call it a memory jar – a place where you can put all your happy memories with your kids so you will never forget them.. Since I was a little girl I was always writing journals, letters, taking photos and doing everything so my memories would never be lost. And when I read about happy jar I knew I had to make one for myself! And here it is!

Happy Jar

How does it work? Each day you wrote down something that made you happy and put it in the happy memory jar, and at the end of the year you can read all those little papers and remind yourself of good times you had that year.. Isn’t that such a great idea? Or you can even open it when you are feeling down. Reading your favorite memories will definitely make you smile!

You don’t have to use lots of tools to make this amazing happy jar. You will just need a simple jar and some stickers. Of course, you can make it more ‘professional’ by using ribbons, glitter or anything else you like, but this one is good enough for me.

I can’t wait for this year to finish so I can open my happy memory jar and read all the wonderful stuff that happened to me and that made my smile every single day.

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How to Teach Your Child to Draw

 

How to Teach Your Child to Draw

infographic about drawing
  • Drawing can be both fun and educational, aiding children in developing fine motor skills, dealing with strong emotions, and understanding the world around them.
  •  Drawing helps children to interpret unfamiliar objects and events, encapsulating confusing ideas into easily understood symbolism.
  •  An interest in drawing, however, has been noted to wane around the ages of 9 to 11. What can parents and educators do to keep children’s interest in the arts alive?
  •  How can children be helped to gain skill in drawing without stifling their creativity?
  •  Consider the following ten suggestions for helping children to retain this vital skill. If you’d like to see some additional details, you can find more in the original article at Easy Drawing Guides
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What is the ‘growth mindset’?




 

What is the ‘growth mindset’? Hints and tips for parents.

 

It’s been taking the U.S. by storm, and it’s about to hit the shores of the U.K. The ‘growth mindset’ movement is the latest way that psychologists think education could be changed for the better. So before it hits, let’s take a look at what exactly a ‘growth mindset’ is, and why the idea is proving so popular.

 

The idea originated with Carol Dweck, an American psychologist, and the gist of it is that increased effort generally leads to success. Dweck divides learners into groups with ‘growth mindsets’ and ‘fixed mindsets’, which is the difference between believing that effort or innate ability drives success.

 

Basically, Dweck believes that a growth mindset can benefit the way that we learn and improve by helping us to overcome setbacks, like a low test score. It’s already been dubbed the next self-esteem movement. [1] Without a doubt, it could help your child’s development- so read on for some helpful hints and tips that you can use to get ahead of the curve.  

 

 

  • Don’t praise the A grade, praise the effort that it took to achieve it.

 

 

This point is first for a reason. It’s definitely the most important part of creating a growth mindset. After an exam or a piece of homework gets marked and handed back, you have two options: to think of the short term success or failure of your child at a particular task, or to think of how to help them grow long term.

 

Encouraging effort is the cornerstone of a growth mindset. According to Carol Dweck’s own website, telling kids that they’re smart, or naturally gifted encourages a fixed mindset whereas praising hard work encourages a growth mindset. After all, if their success is natural to them, why should they try hard to overcome the challenges they will face in life? This leads to negative long term results as opposed to praising the effort they put in instead. [2]  

 

 

  • Don’t criticise a low test score. Honestly appraise the effort they put in.

 

 

Of course, sometimes things go wrong. A piece of homework gets a low mark, or an unexpected question comes up in an exam. But when things do go wrong- and they will go wrong, at some point- it provides your child with an opportunity to grow. Giving bare criticism without a suggestion of how to further improve is absolutely detrimental to development.

 

By keeping criticism positive, we can encourage rather than discourage future success. Laura Reynolds, an author at InformED, described her experience: after giving a nerve-racking presentation on killer whales, she was harangued with negative feedback about her skills and ability… By her teacher… In front of the entire class! [3] This put her off public speaking for years to come.

 

But assessing performance using effort as a metric rather than technical correctness, it’s possible to give constructive criticism to the failure of a test or other task: it gives your child a concrete platform on which to move forward. At the same time, maybe they did put the effort in but failed anyway; being praised for trying their best can help lift their spirits and do better next time. It’s a win-win.

 

  • Set a good example by practicing what you preach

 

 

Now, this isn’t intended to be a criticism- just an honest appraisal of the effort you put into your own life! Setting a good example should be one of the first steps to encouraging your child to take on a growth mindset. Try taking on a growth mindset towards the everyday challenges of your life, and it will help both you and your child.

 

For example: do you complain about your job? Are you unhappy about your life? Is your house a tip? Well, what are you doing about it? Your child will know full well if you’re asking them to put the effort into their work, when you don’t put the effort into yours. And that’s likely to put them off the idea altogether.

 

 

  • Encourage your child to try new things

 

 

Don’t tell your child to play to their strengths. Far better for growth is to encourage them to try new things- and to turn effort itself into one of their strengths. Some children, for example, take like a duck to water to Maths, or to Art, or to Music; but it’s unlikely that your child will succeed in every single subject.

 

It’s tempting to tell them, in response to them failing to get to grips with a certain subject: ‘It doesn’t matter. It’s just not your strong suit!’ But this limits their growth, and stops them before they start trying to succeed.

 

Far better is to tell them that although they might not succeed at first, effort always beats out talent. If your child aces Maths tests but completely fails in Music, encourage them to pick up an instrument. They might not ever ace Music like they do Maths- but they’ll learn a valuable lesson about effort, that what you put in is what you get out.

 

  • Remember: there is no such thing as a pure growth mindset.

 

It’s tempting to think that the ‘growth mindset’ movement might be the answer to complete future success. But it isn’t. Carol Dweck herself says that it is impossible to completely embody the growth mindset, since every single one of us will always be partly fixed in our old ways of thinking, no matter what we do to try and remedy that.

In an article on the subject, she said that ‘if we want to move closer to a growth mindset in our thoughts and practices, we need to stay in touch with our fixed-mindset thoughts and deeds.’ So rather than being something to avoid, a fixed mindset is actually essential to cultivating a growth mindset. Don’t forget that cultivating a growth mindset is a means to an end, and not an end in itself.

James Goldsmith Bio

LinkedIn: James Goldsmith

James graduated from The University of Sussex in 1996 and completed his P.G.C.E teaching qualification in 1997.  Since then, James has worked as both a teacher, examiner and in management across a broad spectrum of the State and Independent Education sectors.  He is committed to constantly upgrading his teaching skills and raising standards.