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Catherine McCord has had a lot on her plate – figuratively and literally! – since debuting her family-friendly recipes website, Weelicious, five years ago.
Not only is she busy running behind her two adorable school-aged kids (Kenya, 6, and Chloe, 4), but the Institute for Culinary Education alum recently released her second book, Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box, this fall.
McCord gave us a sneak peek and from stuffed pizza rolls to chocolaty vanilla wafers, it’s chock full of yummy dishes your kids will love to pack up for school.
Even better? To help you get a jumpstart on making healthy and delicious lunches for the tots, the meal planning guru is sharing some of her fave recipes. Check them out below:
Asparagus Ribbon Salad: This is a great example of how to get your kids involved in preparing their own food. Give them a great vegetable peeler and let them shave the asparagus into gorgeous ribbons.
Carrot Hummus Sushi Sandwiches: These are fun, colorful and bite-size for small hands. Be creative with your fillings! The carrot and hummus combo packs some great nutrients.
Baked Blueberry Doughnuts: You can use fresh or frozen berries to make this delicious treat. If you opt for frozen, use the same amount as indicated in the recipe, keep them frozen when you mix them, and very gently fold them into the batter to avoid bleeding.
Green Machine Pizza: Making pizza has become a weekly Sunday night ritual in my house. The kids love to roll up their sleeves, knead the dough and put their toppings on. Sure sauce and cheese are a great combo, but this one is a protein powerhouse and packs some serious flavor!
Wheat Germ Parmesan Crackers: My readers are always looking for fun, easy snack ideas that can last a couple of packed lunches. This recipe freezes beautifully. Just cut out the shapes you desire (I like using mini cookie cutters) and freeze before baking or after baking and let them thaw out on the counter when you’re ready to devour.
Matzo Chicken Tenders: The matzo gives these chicken tenders a crunchy coating. Pair it with your child’s favorite dip for a fun, interactive lunch.
Courtesy Old Navy
If your little one is anything like Hollywood’s mini caped crusaders Zuma Rossdale, Honor Warren or Louis Bullock, then you’ll want to arm them with the best (and cutest!) crime fighting gear available.
And from graphic tees and felt masks to cool action figures, there’s plenty to choose from. Luckily, we’ve rounded up our faves to make your superhero shopping a cinch.
In honor of the new Man of Steel movie hitting theaters today, our first pick includes Old Navy’s Superman tee ($13, left), which features a retro-style image of Clark Kent’s alter ego in flight.
Just welcomed a new baby? They’re never too young for their own superhero-worthy duds, including this crocheted cape and mask set ($30), which is perfect for fun photo ops.
We can’t stop obsessing over the kiddie superhero graphics on this adorable birthday invites ($16.50 for 10). Captain America, Spider-man, Superman and Batman never looked cuter.
Kaboom! Pow! Zap! Brighten up your child’s room with these Lichtenstein-esque prints ($42 for set of 3) featuring some of comic books most iconic sayings.
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Every good hero needs a sidekick. So, fill up your tot’s entourage with Djeco Arty’s collection of action figures, including the bow-bearing Starboy ($10).
Figuring out the source of your super strength is part of every superhero’s folklore. In Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom ($12.70), the main character – a scrappy kid named Rocco – gets his powers from his wild red mane. And he has a crew of long-haired pals to help him fight evil.
Super Me!’s colorful backpacks, which come with a cape and mask, are perfect to hold all of your kiddie’s gadgets. Plus, they’re water proof.
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Footwear is an important part of any hero’s costume. And these comfy Superman flip flops ($18) from Havaianas will have your tot flying high in no time.
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When they’re not off keeping evil at bay, make sure they keep hydrated on the go with this too-cute water bottle ($20) that you can customize with their name.
Is your kid as big an Iron Man fan as this little boy? Then he’ll love the new Sonic Boom Blasting Action Figure ($35), which lights up.
Courtesy Red Carpet Kids
Eva Shure and partner Craig Saslow specialize in once-in-a-lifetime events for kids through their company, Red Carpet Kids.
And recently, they opened their first event space in N.Y.C., where kids can film a movie, get interviewed on the red carpet and attend the premiere.
They were also nice enough to share their cool ideas on how to throw an Academy Awards-themed party for your kids. Check them out below.
VIEW THE GALLERY: 6 Fun Ways to Celebrate Oscar Night with the Kids
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To help take one thing off your holiday to-do list, we’ve put together a gallery of chic, fun and festive kids looks from brands like Gap, Burberry, Nautica, Appaman and more.
From a navy velvet band jacket and jacquard frock to doggie sweaters and a gray plaid suit, these stylish ensembles will make your tot dazzle this season.
VIEW THE GALLERY: 15 Adorable Kids Looks for the Holidays
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When close friends offered to plan her “laidback” baby shower, Jenna von Oy was more than relieved, especially once she saw the sweet touches including the adorable baby booty cupcakes complete with pink bloomers.
“We couldn’t have asked for better hosts! Needless to say, they truly outdid themselves,” von Oy shared in her PEOPLE.com blog.
Planning a shower and don’t know where to start? From Jessica Simpson‘s cozy knitting station to Molly Sims‘s mommy & daddy baby photos, we’ve rounded up our fave celebrity ideas that are guaranteed to delight your guests.
VIEW THE GALLERY: Star-Inspired Baby Shower Ideas