7 Kid-Friendly Recipes and 3 Must-Have Blogging Resources

Welcome Fellow Ultimate Blog Party Friends… It is sure to be a fun week!  :)

As I write this post for The Ultimate Blog Party, I am thinking about all of the moms (or dads!) who tirelessly meal plan every week for their families as a labor of love, aiming for nutritious meals that their families will enjoy.  It can be a tough job!  All too often, it seems we find recipes that one of our kids loves but the other isn’t so crazy about.

We, of course, can and will eat most anything within reason.  Our priority for now is them… one day we can meal plan to include all of our favorites and we would not trade this time and those sacrifices parents make while children are young for anything!

Those who’ve been a part of The Ultimate Blog Party in the past know that it is a fun week of socializing around the web, so I thought what better time to put together a collection of kid-friendly recipes that have been popular with at least one of our children and some blogging resources that have been cream-of-the-crop level for us.

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When you get to have fun meeting new friends AND you find something great for yourself or your family it’s just a win-win!

[To view any of these kid-friendly recipes, just click on the image]

Easy Toddler Smoothies Recipe chuckwagon smiley

Corn Dog Muffins sauteedbroccoli2

If you like these recipe ideas, check out our eBook, What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eaters, which includes one of these and 20+ more family-favorite main-dish recipes in addition to some tips and resources.  It’s getting rave reviews from moms…

First, I love that this book starts out with tips and how children learn to eat and the possibility of food sensitivities. Second, the recipes are creative, yet simple. My children range in age from three months up to 16 years and these recipes are appetizing for all ages and adults.  ~Allegra

*Note:  More Kid-Friendly Recipes Coming Soon….. Another smoothie recipe with “hidden greens” that my son LOVED and Vegetable Surprise Casserole!*

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Before we move on to the blogging tips, I want to invite you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter where we share more recipe ideas, kitchen ideas, cooking tips, seasonal recipes and more each week, including our most recent blog posts, so a great way not to miss out on those.  I am working on a special offer for our subscribers directly related to family meal planning that you will not want to miss.  Subscribe here now!

Best Blogging Resources

When The Chef and I started blogging on 2011, we had no clue what we were doing!  We just figured we’d jump in and see what happened.  It has been a rewarding and fun journey and we have learned a tremendous amount along the way.  There are so many resources out there…. it can become overwhelming as information overload sets in.

My #1 blogging tip if you are serious about blogging as more than a hobby would be to find someone who is experienced with blogging, who has experienced some success, who you can relate to, and who is “real” and begin following that person.  After about a year of blogging we started receiving requests from companies interested in advertising with us.  We knew at that point that we wanted to focus more on the business opportunity that blogging offers and it was about that time that my path crossed with a Mompreneur who was having great success doing this and she was very approachable and relatable, so I began following her.  She was sharing things that had been helpful for her and not only that, she was upbeat, positive and encouraging.

I had some previous business experience in the past, so I knew that at some point in business, investment becomes necessary if you want to move forward.  I decided to invest in my new mentor’s book and immediately began applying the information in it.  Within weeks, we had a phone interview with a major media outlet (we decided for personal reasons not to pursue that particular media opportunity), were featured on an award-winning blog here and experienced an increase in our traffic.  In the months following those initial results, we have been featured on other sites, such as The Daily Meal, and one of our recipes won an award!

So where can you get this book?  Here you go!  And you will love the price point for what you get.  The ROI for us made the price feel like… FREE!

Get Famous Bloggers Resource

 

So why would you want to learn from her?  I mean, I did find her to be relatable and real but the truth about that is we don’t all feel the same way about people.  Right?  We’re all different and we experience life differently and have varying opinions about everything under the sun.  So here are a few more reasons why I chose her, aside from the obvious results she’s gotten as reflected above:

  • Prior to becoming a Mom, she was an entertainer.  She had experience dealing with the media firsthand before becoming a blogger!
  • She has been featured on the Wall Street Journal’s website as well as Yahoo and many more.
  • Her blog has won a number of awards.

Heard that statement, “The proof is in the pudding”?  Or how about this one:  Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is called insanity?  DO something different…. learn from someone who’s done what you want to do and move forward towards your goals.  Get this amazing resource here now and see for yourself.

A Program that Focuses Specifically on Getting Media Exposure

Now the book will give you lots of different tips about blogging and a LOT of great resources, but if you are wanting to focus on getting featured by media to increase traffic and maximize your exposure as a blogger, then you will want to get Lisa’s Pitch the Media Like a Pro program.  This package includes a ton of information that will help you learn the best ways to pitch AND she also includes 3 bonuses with the program, one of which is a one-hour coaching call.  It was Lisa’s coaching that helped us get that phone interview when we were considered for a major media opportunity.

Pitch the Media Like a Pro

Put her experience and success to work for you…. get yours here.

 

One last resource worth mentioning!

Remember we said we knew nothing about blogging when we started out?  Well, we read up a little about WordPress when trying to decide which platform to use.  We would love to have started out with it but we weren’t sure about the “tech” side of it so we decided to go with Blogger since it seemed a little easier to use.  But of course as time went by we realized how much better WordPress truly was and decided we wanted to switch over.

With almost two years’ worth of blog posts and data, it was a scary decision because we did not want to lose any of our hard work if something went wrong!  We decided upon high recommendation from Lisa to use RFE Hosting.

Blogger to WordPress Migration

Every step of the process, Aaron completed the migration with minimal stress for us and he did a wonderful job.  He made sure we were satisfied with everything before parting ways.  Had we needed hosting if we had not been pleased with our current host or if we find ourselves in that position in the future, we will be looking him up again for hosting services… that is how good his customer service was during our migration.  We were so pleased with the job he did and loved the new look of our blog.

It has definitely been a learning curve but there are lots of resources available that will help you figure out WordPress.  We would not go back for anything!  If you want to switch over but like us the tech-y part of it is holding you back, I found a theme that has drag and drop type admin panel that makes customizing much easier and it is backed by an excellent customer support team that I have found to be extremely helpful when I have had questions.  We used it on our other website and you can contact me if you have questions or would like more information!

Have FUN this week at The Ultimate Blog Party and be sure and leave a comment letting us know you were here so we can pay you a visit if we have not made it by your blog yet!

 

Before you go…. just 2 more things!

  1. Let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+…. and one last chance here to subscribe to our weekly newsletter!
  2. We totally missed the UBP last year but the year before we put together a fabulous collection of “Mom-Friendly” Recipes!  If you missed it or would like to revisit it, click the image and enjoy:

Mom-Friendly Recipes

If you’ve never participated in the Ultimate Blog Party before, you can get all the details here:

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About the Author

Adopted at age 2, grew up in the Charlotte, NC area. Obtained Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. Loves being a Mom of two and taste-testing Chef John's culinary creations and sharing them with readers.

Comments

  1. Great blog post! As a mom I gave my kid the best food to intake. I usually gave her fruits and vegetables.

  2. I’m stopping by from the UBP13. I'm loving your kid friendly recipes!! I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.
    Hugs,
    Cathi http://simplesojourns.com/2013/04/ultimate-blog-p

  3. Happy Partying! I am super excited to try some of these recipes. Especially the corn dog muffins. I'm always look for great kid friendly recipes to try.

  4. Wow, I can't believe I found you, lol! Your profile is private so when you left a comment and I clicked on your name, I could not track back to your blog. I couldn't find you on the UBP either, but there's a lot of stuff to look at over there and I wasn't sure which linky party to look under, lol!

    Fortunately I was able to google "lucky wife" and "feast of ages." I always did like a little challenge, haha.

    Re: your comment: I remember when mine were 6 and 2. They keep you busy don't they? Especially the two year old, lol!

    I used to pay my son 50 cents or one dollar (back then it was a lot more money, haha) to "babysit" (amuse and play with his brother) for 30 minutes to an hour so I could get some stuff done, lol! Of course I was nearby, often within sight! But it meant that he was willing to amuse his little brother while I did laundry or whatever. That four year age gap came in handy sometimes, haha!

    You have a lot of lovely recipes on here! I am going to follow you in my reader or email (whichever options you have available)!

    • Oh, my…. I can't believe that happened! I did not remember seeing it was posting as anonymous…. glad you found us anyway! Yes, definitely they keep us busy. Exhausted too, lol. But lots of fun, usually, at this age, when they aren't about to kill each other! Thankfully, those times are not too often yet… we're keeping our fingers crossed and trying to get them to learn how to work things out between them and get along. :)

  5. We love fun family recipes! I have a linky every Tues called Kids in the KItchen – where we share family recipes or tips for cooking with kiddos – I'd love to have you come link up sometime. Visiting from the party. I'm Here: http://www.adventurezinchildrearing.com/2013/04/b

  6. wagthedoguk says:

    I love cooking and your recipes look like something I would love to try. Thanks too for the tips on blogging always real good to hear about successful and friendly bloggers!

  7. queenof5dollarbling says:

    Great post and thanks for those resources I will check them out soon. Have a nice week.

  8. Stopping by to say hi from UBP!

  9. I am bookmarking this site with all the great recipes ! If you get a chance to look I my site you can find out quickly I am not the best cook.

  10. Thank you for this Anne :) As always great food!

  11. momssmallvictories says:

    Visiting from UBP13 and glad to have found you. As mom of 3 boys, 2 of which are picky eaters, I'm glad to have found you!

  12. Yay first one.. I am in love. I Love food blogs and something thats more for kids.

    Come see me.. @ imust-acheyoumama.blogspot.com

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