Parenting Resources: Family Food, Podcasts and Apps

I am always excited to find new resources for parenting, especially if they involve geekery like podcasts, ebooks and apps. Just recently I have found three new online resources that I just had to share. None of these resources are sponsored, I just really like them, and thought you might too.

Family Food: The Dinner Edition ebook

Two of my favourite Australian bloggers, Christie from Childhood 101 and Kyrstie from A Fresh Legacy, have combined super powers to create this tasty and family friendly collection of recipes in Family Food: The Dinner Edition. We have already tried five of the recipes – they’re all winners so far and we’ll be using them again. We’ve tried the Chicken Pie, Tuna Patties, Tasty Beef Casserole, Easy Beef Burritos and Tuna Bake. I love that the recipes are easy to follow and are fresher, lighter versions than I might normally cook. The flavours are all child friendly, and Pebble particularly loved the Tuna Patties and Chicken Pie. There is also some good advice for cooking with children, growing your own food and encouraging reluctant eaters. Thank you to Christie for giving me a free copy of the ebook to try. The ebook is available for instant download for $AU11.95.

Raising Playful Tots podcast

Raising Playful Tots Index
I have recently found and become addicted to the Raising Playful Tots podcast after listening to an interview with fellow blogger and super mama Debs. The podcast has become a new favourite on long drives when Pebble is sleeping, or when I get my fortnightly cleaning day all to myself. I never thought I’d look forward to cleaning the house – but when it means that Grandma looks after Pebble AND I get to listen to my favourite shows, well, what’s not to love!? It’s SO much easier to clean without a toddler under my feet. Raising Playful Tots is produced by Melitsa Avila, a long time blogger, former teacher and mother to three boys. She features an interview with a play or parenting expert each week, and I am really enjoying all the  new ideas and different perspectives. I listen to Raising Playful Tots using Stitcher on my phone, but you can also subscribe through iTunes or download shows manually from the web page. Click here to find out more.

Baby Bump Pregnancy App

There are loads of pregnancy apps to choose from but what I really like about this one is the kick counter. My baby was particularly quiet from about 20 – 27 weeks, and it was very reassuring to use the kick counter to record fetal movements. When the time comes, the app also has a contraction counter (eeek!), baby name search, pregnancy journal, week by week pregnancy information, a photo journal, and a pregnancy forum. Not all of these features are available on the free version – I decided to upgrade to Pro for $2.99 purely for the kick counter. I love that the design of this app is really clean and easy to use, it’s not clunky or awkward like a lot of other apps. Available for iTunes and Android.

Have you found any new parenting resources lately? Please share!

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