I’m so pleased to introduce a new guest columnist to Go West Young Mom, and her name might be familiar to you. She’s Rachel Engelhardt, the owner of A Closet of Her Own, an online business that features t-shirts in girly colors and styles decorated with images usually reserved for boys' clothing. We did a great giveaway with A Closet of Her Own a few weeks ago, but even before then, I was so impressed with Engelhardt that I was hoping I could recruit her as an occasional guest columnist. The following column ran previously on the A Closet of Her Own blog, and you can subscribe there to make sure to get notified of new posts.
Some of Engelhardt’s favorite topics to write about include children’s books, ideas for keeping active, healthy snack recipes and ways to nurture creativity and curiosity in children. She also uses her columns to share her hope that all children will feel both free and encouraged to pursue their interests, even when those interests go beyond traditional gender stereotypes.
Her first Go West column focuses on healthy summer snacks, but look for blogs on topics as varied as dirt and yoga in coming weeks!
Here are some of my family's favorite healthy summertime snack recipes. We enjoy making them together. All of these are great for young kids who like to help. My kids are 5 and 2 ½, and they help with all of these.
1. The classic "ants-on-a-log" - small slices of celery, spread with some kind of nut-butter (or nut-butter alternative), and topped with raisins. We enjoy using small carrot slices instead of celery. I also like to mix two parts peanut butter with one part carrot baby food (homemade or commercially-prepared). This makes for a good dip for apple slices, too.