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Great Ideas! 6 Yummy (and Kid-Friendly!) Lunch Recipes from Weelicious

Catherine McCord: Weelicious Lunches Think Outside the Lunch Box book

Maren Caruso

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:

Weelicious Asparagus Ribbon Salad

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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.

Weelicious Carrot Hummus Sushi Sandwiches

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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.

Weelicious Baked Blueberry Doughnuts

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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.

Weelicious Green Machine Pizza

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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!

Weelicious Wheat Germ Parmesan Crackers

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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.

Weelicious Matzo Chicken Tenders

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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.

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Great Ideas! 10 Stunning Ways to Decorate Your Child’s Room

Just because it’s the bedroom where junior sleeps doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it dreamy. Thankfully, the gals (Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio) from Project Nursery have a few decorating ideas to share. So whether your kid is into bold colors or chic safari motifs, here are 10 cool kids room designs that are guaranteed to even make grown-ups swoon.

Sizzling Colors. Children are never boring so why should their rooms be? Consider embracing today’s hot color combos to complement your child’s shining personality. Here designer Andrika King infuses a white room with bright fuchsia and orange bedding and accessories. She then takes this punch of color up a notch with unexpected, bold painted moldings.

Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Dual-Purpose Beds. As your tots grow, so does their need for floor space when it comes time to play with toys and friends. A mattress positioned against the wall acts like a sofa during the day allowing for playtime and a bed at night. Rebecca Propes of Petite Party Studio creates her very own DIY palette beds perfect for the pint-sized men in her life.

Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Mini Offices. Homework starts early these days so help make it fun. New York City blogger and father of two, Greg McHale of OnTheRealNY energizes his children’s workspace with a brightly colored desk and hip industrial accents.

Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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World Traveler. Julie Frank and Alessia Corpino of children’s design firm, My Tiny Nest, create a tailored big boy room featuring a floor-to-ceiling map mural, encompassing both art and education. It’s a big, big world out there and now this lucky kid is sure to score an “A” in geography.

Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Beach Boy. This is the number one theme in boy’s rooms nationwide! Could it be that parents are hoping calm waters and ocean breezes may have positive side-affects? From seaside cottages to So. Cal surfers, all it takes is a touch of citrus hues paired with navy or aqua (here by Anthology Interiors) to make a room summer-y all-year round.

Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Performance Nooks. First there was the reading nook, then the costume nook and now, future American Idol contestants take note of this kid-friendly stage. Liz Carroll Interiors’ playful design encourages a child’s artistic side by dedicating a corner of the room for playtime theatrics.

Custom Lofted Beds. The concept of bunking two kids in one room is soaring to new heights! Take cue from style blogger, Nicole Feliciano of Momtrends.com. Nicole creates extra storage by lofting the beds for her two daughters in a seriously stylish little girl’s room.

Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Yellow + Gray. This mix of hues wins hands-down for the most popular color combo of the year! Gerri Panebianco of the celebrity nursery design duo, Little Crown Interiors, chooses this winning combination for her own kids room in a modern safari theme, reinforcing how versatile these colors can be.

Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Creative Storage Solutions. Why not make your storage solution look cool too. TrendyPeas.com’s creative director Patchi Cancado wanted to create a room for her son that was both functional and stylish. Utilizing modern floating shelving and large drawers for storage gives this room an organized and clutter-free vibe.

Sophisticated Patterns. Bold prints in darker colors are popping up in kids rooms everywhere. J and J Design Group uses an ultra stylish trellis patterned wallpaper in navy for maximum wow factor. Coupled with the coral nightstands this room is fit for one sophisticated little lady.

Project Nursery Kids Room Decorating Ideas

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Great Ideas! 10 Superhero-Worthy Picks For Your Kids

Old Navy Man of Steel T-Shirt

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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.

Etsy Superhero Cape and Mask for Baby

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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.

Etsy Superhero Invite

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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.

Etsy Superhero Wall Prints

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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.

Djeco Arty Action Figures Starboy

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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).

Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom book

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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 Hero Backpacks

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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.

Superman Havaianas Flip Flops

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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.

Superhero Water Bottle

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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.

Iron Man 3 Sonic Blasting Action Figure

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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.

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Great Ideas! 6 Fun Ways to Celebrate Oscar Night with the Kids

6 Fun Ways to Celebrate Oscar Night with the Kids

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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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Great Ideas! 15 Adorable Kids Looks for the Holidays

Great Ideas! 15 Adorable Kids Looks for the Holidays

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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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Great Ideas! Star-Inspired Baby Shower Themes

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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

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