10 Ways to Cope with Food Shortages and Rising Prices

  Have you noticed a lot of empty shelves at your local grocery store? That’s because the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in food shortages across America. The pandemic has caused breaks in our food supply chain. It’s also brought an influx of consumers panic-buying, leaving grocery store shelves empty. Restaurants, grocery stores, and food suppliers have…

Impactful Fall Routines for Families

Fall is arguably the coziest season of the year, so why not implement some cozy fall routines to improve the well-being of your family? According to Northwestern Medicine, having a routine can significantly improve overall health. A routine can improve sleeping habits, mental sharpness, performance, emotional well-being, and energy levels. Routines also help to reduce…

Planning for Winter Power Outages

Almost everything we do at home requires electricity, from cooking dinner to keeping ourselves and our families entertained. Because electricity is a part of our everyday life, it’s easy to forget how much we depend on it – until there’s an outage. Before a winter storm takes out your electricity, do what you can now…

Get Your Kids in the Kitchen

Did you know that kids learn about food and eating at a very young age? That getting your kids involved in the kitchen can help shape their eating habits for the rest of their lives. Positive experiences about food early on in a child’s life may help them develop healthy eating habits in the future.

Kids & summer weight gain

When school is out for the summer it may be more important than ever for kids to get regular physical activity and eat a nutritious diet. According to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health, kids tend to gain three times as much weight during the summer as they do during the school year.

Vitamin D and Sunscreen

Now that it’s summer you’re probably ready to lather on the sunscreen. But you may also be wondering about news reports that say sunscreen interferes with the body’s ability to make vitamin D, a nutrient you must have to absorb calcium and build strong bones.

Elementary School Chef?

As parents, one of our most crucial responsibilities is to create independent adults. Too often however, we leave some of the most fundamental teachings until the very last minute.

How to Enjoy Dinner with the Young Kids

Whether you’ve just popped a Dream Dinners entrée into the oven or spent an hour or more cooking a meal from scratch, you want your family to enjoy their time together while eating.

Yet nothing’s more frustrating than having kids gulp down food in mere minutes, fuss through a meal or otherwise be uncooperative during dinnertime. It can be especially tough with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Their hunger comes on its own schedule, not often in synch with the family meal. Juggling your own cooking tasks with their demanding needs can turn a daily event from calm to chaotic.

What’s a busy mom to do? Put a few strategies in place! We discovered a terrific article with ideas from moms all over the country at Parents.com. Written by Tricia O’Brien, it affirms everything we at Dream Dinners believe – that creating quality time around the table is one of the most important things you can do for your family.