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Your new bundle is on the way, congratulations! Here is your guide to some of the best hospitals in the Greater Cincinnati area to get you started on your new journey!

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL
10500 Montgomery Road
513-865-1111 • trihealth.com/womens

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 3,881
(Please check back for more info as it becomes available.)

MERCY HEALTH WEST HOSPITAL
3300 Mercy Health Blvd.
513-215-2030 • mercy.com

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 700-800
LDR/LDRP: LDR (with a separate postpartum unit)
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level II NICU Special Care Nursery
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Natural birth room; midwifery clinic; regular OB clinic; behavioral health specialist; private suites in the special care nursery.

PREMIER HEALTH ATRIUM MEDICAL CENTER
One Medical Center Drive, Middletown
513-424-2111 • atriummedcenter.org/maternity

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 950
LDR/LDRP: LDR in the Family Birth Center and LDRP in the Natural Beginnings Birth Center
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level II Special Care Nursery
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Offers rooming-in, so moms and babies are together; childbirth and family education classes; flexible birthing options, a variety of laboring and birthing aids; private and relaxing place for labor and birth; and post-delivery massage therapy. We also offer Natural Beginnings, the only natural birth center in the greater Cincinnati area.

ST. ELIZABETH HEALTHCARE’S THE FAMILY BIRTH PLACE
1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood
859-301-2000 • stelizabeth.com

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 4,400+
LDR/LDRP: LDRP
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level III NICU
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Beautiful birthing suites with your comfort in mind; high-risk patients cared for within unit; Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission; certified nurse midwives on staff; board certified lactation consultants on staff; certified clinical aromatherapists on staff.

UC HEALTH UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI MEDICAL CENTER
234 Goodman St.
513-584-1000 • uchealth.com/womens-health

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 2,400+
LDR/LDRP: LDR (with a separate postpartum unit)
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes (provide prenatal care)
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level III NICU
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Family-centered care; private, spacious birthing
suites; maternal fetal medicine specialists on-staff; OB Emergency Services available 24/7; Centering Pregnancy and Daddy Boot Camp programs provided; Perinatal Certified by The Joint Commission; baby-friendly designation by the World Health Organization.

UC HEALTH WEST CHESTER HOSPITAL
7700 University Drive, West Chester
513-298-3000 • uchealth.com.westchesterhospital/services/maternity-services/

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 980
LDR/LDRP: LDR (with a separate postpartum unit)
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: No
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level II
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Family-centered care; private, spacious birthing suites; maternal fetal medicine specialists on-staff; Level IIB Special Care Nursery; weekly Baby Café breastfeeding classes; special dinner for parents the night before discharge; birthday cakes for newborns.

MERCY HEALTH FAIRFIELD HOSPITAL
3000 Mack Road, Fairfield
513-870-7000 • mercy.com

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 1500
LDR/LDRP: LDR (with a separate postpartum unit)
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level II B NICU Special Care Nursery
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Special care nursery; four bed triage unit; all labor and delivery staff certified in external fetal monitoring; many staff certified in in-patient obstetrics and neonatal nurses are also certified in low-risk neonatal care; prenatal clinic staffed by nurses; all staff cross-training.

THE CHRIST HOSPITAL
2139 Auburn Ave.
513-585-2000 • thechristhospital.com

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 3,050
LDR/LDRP: LDR
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level II NICU Special Care
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Private rooms, hydrotherapy, free sleep sack, gentle C-section, seven day lactation support, nitrous oxide, 24-hour neonatologist, natural childbirth supported, childbirth prep and breastfeeding classes, wireless fetal monitoring, Baby Café – free breastfeeding support group, room-service style nutrition.

FORT HAMILTON HOSPITAL
630 Eaton Ave., Hamilton
513-867-2000 • ketteringhealth.org

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 600
LDR/LDRP: LDRP
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level II Special Care Nursery (SCN)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: The newly renovated Special Care Nursery with eight private rooms offers moms and babies around-the-clock access to neonatologists, specialized nurses and state-of the-art equipment. The labor and delivery suites are spacious and private to accommodate Mom, Baby and a support person.

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
375 Dixmyth Ave.
513-862-1400 • trihealth.com/womens

LDR/LDRP: LDRP
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: 58 “Mother Baby” suites
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level III NICU
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: A newly renovated and expanded triage unit with valet parking, bedside registration and concierge services. All-private rooms with spacious birthing suites and room-service style nutrition services’ provide 24-hour in-house coverage for anesthesia, OB and neonatologist/ Neonatal; provide Family-Centered Care and promote hydrotherapy and natural birthing options. Kangaroo Care available for moms and babies without complications to promote bonding, temperature regulation and breastfeeding success. Provides 24-hour support by Maternal Fetal Medicine Physicians. Specializes in patients with congenital or acquired heart disease with the Center for Maternal Cardiac Care; Magnet Hospital, received Perinatal Certification by the Joint Commission.

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP BIRTHING CENTER
6939 Cox Road, Liberty Township
513-585-2000 • thechristhospital.com

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 425
LDR/LDRP: LDRP
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level II Special Care
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Single-room care in one of nine LDRP rooms with kitchenette; private, special care nursery rooms; two dedicated C-Section birthing rooms; gentle C-Section; the region’s only C-Section viewing room allowing families to be in a room adjacent to the operating room and
watch a planned C-section through a window with prior permission from the doctor; hydrotherapy and extra-large showers with seats for moms planning a natural childbirth; inpatient and outpatient lactation services; room-service style nutrition service; free sleep sack; childbirth prep and breastfeeding classes; wireless fetal monitoring; Baby Café – free breastfeeding support group.

MERCY HEALTH ANDERSON HOSPITAL
7500 State Road
513-624-4500 • mercy.com

BIRTHS PER YEAR: 1,900
LDR/LDRP: LDRP
CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE: Yes
CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT: Yes
NICU LEVEL: Level II Special Care Nursery
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: 24-hour in-house OB coverage; 24-hour in-house anesthesia coverage; baby friendly, neonatal nurse practitioner; 100% certification of labor nurses on electronic fetal monitoring; nitrous oxide for labor pain relief; natural birth friendly hospital; hydrotherapy for labor pain relief.

NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU) SERVICES KEY:

Level I: Facility provides basic care for uncomplicated maternity and neonatal patients who are low-risk.

Level II-Obstetric: Facility provides a broad range of maternal-fetal services for normal patients and for those with mild or moderate obstetric illnesses or complications.

Level II-Neonatal: Facility provides specialty services for infants born at or beyond 32 weeks who have problems that are expected to resolve rapidly and are not anticipated to need subspecialty care on an urgent basis. These units provide care for babies convalescing after intensive care.

Level III-Obstetric: A broad range of maternal-fetal services for normal patients and those in need of intensive care. Can handle deliveries for all gestational ages.

Level III-Neonatal: Provides care for infants born less than 32 weeks or have complex medical conditions. These units have the means to provide life support for as long as needed.

Level IV-Neonatal: Has capabilities of Level III units with additional functions and considerable experience in the care of the most complex and critically ill newborns. Pediatric medical and surgical specialty consultants are on site 24 hours per day. Can provide surgeries for complex conditions.

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I recently took my 22-month-old son and fur-baby to a movie in the park in Independence, Kentucky. We had a blast AND it was free! He was even able to run around and play while watching A Dog’s Way Home. The best part, (parents, this is for you!) I took my son in his pajamas, and he fell asleep on the way home! Bonus!

Below is a local list of outdoor summer movies for the family:

Kentucky

Randolph Park (226 E 8th St., Covington) showing:
Coco – July 19 at 9 p.m.
Free and weather pending. Check their Facebook page for more information. 

Memorial Park Amphitheater (2003 Jack Woods Pky., Independence) showing:
How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World – July 27 at 9:30 p.m. 
Dumbo – August 17 at 9:30 p.m. 
Free. If it rains, the movie will be held inside the Senior Center. Go to cityofindependence.org or their Facebook page for more information.

Bill Cappel Sports Complex (4305 Decoursey Ave., Covington) showing:
Ralph Breaks the Internet – September 20 at 9 p.m.
Free and weather pending. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Photo by Kelsey Kreke

Ohio

Washington Park (1230 Elm St., Cincinnati) showing:
The Little Rascals – July 10 at 9 p.m.
Ratatouille –  July 17 at 9 p.m. 
ET – August 7 at 9 p.m.
Free and weather pending. Go to washingtonpark.org or their check their Facebook page for more information. 

Colerain Park Amphitheater (4725 Springdale Road, Cincinnati) showing:
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – July 19 at 8:30 p.m.
How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World – August 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Dumbo – August 16 at 8:30 p.m.
Free (free popcorn, too). Go to colerain.org or check their Facebook page for more information. 

Village Green Park (301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield) showing:
Incredibles 2 – August 2 at 8 p.m. 
Wonder Park – September 6 at 8 p.m.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation –  October 4 at 8 p.m. 
Free and weather pending. Before the movie begins, the Fairfield Fire Department hosts giveaways! If the event is canceled due to rain, it will be postponed for the following week. Go to fairfield-city.org or check their Facebook page for more information. 

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(Feature photo by Amanda Ciani)

Newport Aquarium

Make underwater discoveries with Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Freshwater Falls. This exhibit features 13 unique fish tanks and rippling waterfalls. Also new at the Aquarium is a baby epaulette shark — guests also get the chance to name the new baby shark this summer. This fall, Mermaids return to the aquarium (Sept. 27 – Oct. 13) and Scuba Santa visits to see who’s been naughty or nice this winter (Nov. 29 – Dec. 31). Call 1-800-406-3474 or visit newportaquarium.com.

GameWorks Newport

Gameworks

GAMEWORKS at Newport on the Levee has a new feature attraction. With 20 brand new Alienware Gaming PC’s, The eSports Lounge gives gamers the chance to compete nationally for huge prizes. Fifteen console gaming options and over 100 game options insure there is a game for everyone. There are plenty of new game options on the Gameworks floor this summer for everyone! Call 859-581-7529 or visit gameworks.com/location/newport.

Jump! Zone Florence

Jump! Zone Florence

Let the kids burn up some energy by bouncing, climbing and sliding on inflatables at JUMP! ZONE FLORENCE. This location is under new management with great upgrades including more seating for parents, gross motor sensory activities, two HUGE new inflatables set to be delivered this summer, an upgraded toddler zone for youngsters 5 years old and younger. For more information, call 859-282-6444 or visit jumpzoneparty.com for more details.

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Cincinnati Museum Center

After years of necessary structural restorations and exhibit hall closings, local families are overjoyed to get back into the Natural History & Science and History Museum at CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER. With classic favorites like Cincinnati in Motion, The Caves and OMNIMAX reopening, new dining options, the return of special events like 1940s Day (August 10) and the addition of an amazing special exhibit Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs (through August 18) there are now more reasons to visit the CMC! Call 513-287- 7000 or visit cincymuseum.org.

Cincinnati Observatory

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a trip to the CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY. This historic local landmark will be hosting a celebratory, out-of-this-world family event on July 20 from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, rocket launches, face painting, moon rock displays, astronaut food tasting, a moon selfie station, sun viewings and more for $15 per person / $12 per observatory members. Tour the building, explore the galaxy with telescopes and enjoy more STEM learning year-round – visit the observatory website for calendar details. Call 513-321-5186 to register for the Anniversary Celebration or visit cincinnatiobservatory.org.

Coney Island

CONEY ISLAND has a new attraction open this summer, Cannonball Cove. Swimmers can take a turn diving, jumping and cannonballing from one of three diving boards — the highest of which is 9 feet high in the air! Head back to Coney on September 21 for Fire Up the Night – the only international Fireworks Competition in the U.S. — featuring a spectacular show by Rozzi’s! Call 513-232-8230 or visit coneyislandpark.com.

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Sending your child off into the world can be nerve wrecking! Will they make friends? Will they miss me? Will they eat all of their lunch?! There are so many questions. But they (and you!) will do great! Send your kiddo to school with confidence. Check out these items to help ease the pre – k process.

Fenrici Backpacks & Bento Boxes

[See image gallery at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com] To boost your child’s excitement for school, have them pick out a cute new backpack! Fenrici has adorable toddler backpacks that also give back- 5% of proceeds go to non-profit organization Global Genes to fund research for rare pediatric diseases. The toddler backpacks are available in a variety of super cute designs including puppies, butterflies, tigers and more! A major bonus- the toddler AND big kid backpacks are all on sale right now. So get to the Fenrici website and get your order in ASAP! 

While you’re on the website, be sure to browse their Bento Boxes. Packing lunch is such a breeze with these boxes! Four leak proof compartments help keep foods separate so you don’t have to worry about yogurt leaking all over your kids sandwich. Fenrici Bento Boxes ensure  everything stays put and there are no soggy messes! Plus, the snap-on clasp is easy for kiddos tiny hands to use. Once the box comes home from school, pop the removable tray in the dishwasher. Easy peasy. Have your kiddo pick their favorite color from blue, green, pink or purple and pack it up with their favorite foods for a big back to school hit. 

Shop for a cute new backpack and a nifty Bento Box to go in it at Fenrici.com or on amazon.com 

Pre – School will be a ROARing good time for the lucky winner of the pre – school giveaway! They will win one Fenrici Tiger backpack and a Fenrici green kids bento box! Be sure to follow us on Facebook.

  Ikiki Shoes

[See image gallery at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com] Start the school year off on the right foot with some new shoes! Your little one will be jumping for joy with these absolutely adorable sneakers. These cute kicks have the ability to be “squeakers”, with the patented iSqueak in the heel. Yes, the squeak is cute but it is also functional as it encourages proper “heel-toe” gait when kiddos are walking. Need quiet time? Simply turn the squeaks off with a tiny slide switch on the side of the shoes. The shoes come in a variety of delightful designs and colors including unicorns, giraffes, puppies, cats, owls, narwhals, hippos and more. They are also a breeze to put on with a single strap design and wide opening.   

My little guy LOVES jumping and making his shoes squeak. The first time he tried on his Rafiq Rumble rhino shoes, he jumped and ran and really got his gross motor skills working. He thought the squeak was hilarious! Sometimes it is hard to harness a child’s energy… but once they exert some physical energy, it is much easier to have them sit down and focus. My little guy jumped and hopped and ran until he wore himself out, then he sat down and relaxed with a good book and some time playing with puzzles. I also love that I can give my son a *little* bit more freedom when we are home. If he leaves the room, I can listen to his squeaks and hear where he is going and what he is getting into. My son recently wore his Ikiki Shoes to the Zoo and got tons of compliments on his cute rhino shoes… in fact, everywhere he wears them, people “awwww” over them. 

Get your kiddos some super cute critter shoes, head over to ikiki.co today.  

L’il Critters Vitamins

[See image gallery at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com] Help boost your kiddos immune system with a tasty gummy multivitamin! L’il Critters Gummy Vites Multivitamins are chocked full of goodness including vitamins A, B-12, B-6, C, D and E. They are free of artificial sweeteners and flavors, they don’t have high fructose corn syrup, they use no synthetic dyes and they are also gluten and dairy free. 

All 3 of my boys love taking these vitamins because they are super tasty and they love gummy snacks. And I love feeling like I am helping keeping them healthy! 

Help keep your kiddos healthy, buy some L’il Critters Gummy Vites Multivitamins at local grocery stores and find out more at http://www.gummyvites.com/en/Lil-Critters.

Universal Yums

[See image gallery at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com] If your child is anything like mine, they love snacking… a lot. It is easy to get in a snack rut, and I am always on the hunt for unique snack options that my boys will enjoy. Universal Yums subscription boxes allow kids to sample snacks from all over the world! Boxes include salty and sweet snacks from a different country each month and a 12 + page booklet to encourage kids to learn even more about world culture and the snacks. It’s a feast for the mind and for the belly!!! 

My kids were super excited to see what was in their Universal Yums snack box. My family loves getting mail- whether it is a letter or a package, the anticipation of what is inside get’s us riled up. Once we peeked inside, we saw lots of colorful packaging and tons of interesting treats. We talked about how we were unfamiliar with the brands and didn’t really know what was inside each wrapper – it was kind of fun to guess what the snack would taste like and if we would like it or not. The unfamiliarity of the Indonesian  treats made it super FUN to try something new. Sometimes my kids will say “I don’t like that” before they even try something, but because these were truly NEW snacks, the novelty of the snacks helped my kids curiosity take over. They loved tasting and learning about the snacks in our box and I loved broadening my kids flavor profiles and their cultural knowledge. Our favorite treats were the melon and milk chewy snacks, coffee flavored crackers and some garlicky corn nuts. YUM! The strangest thing? Cheese wafers that were super sweet and some beef flavored “tic tacs”. We loved learning about each snack and tasting them- it was truly a cultural flavor journey across the globe! 

Universal Yums are available as a monthly subscription service OR as a gift! You can purchase a box for one occasion, 3, 6 or 9 months… or you can choose to get snacks all year long. There are even different sized boxes, to fit any budget! The Yum box (6 + snacks per box), Yum Yum box (12 + snacks) and Super Yum box (20 + snacks) are all great options for children who enjoy snacking and learning about different cultures! Universal Yums is entertaining, educational, tasty and super fun.

Broaden your kiddos flavor profiles and learn more about Universal Yums by heading to universalyums.com   

We loved opening our Universal Yums box so much that we want to help someone else have this amazing experience. Be on the lookout for a WINSday giveaway for a Universal Yum box on Facebook as a part of our pre – K giveaway bundle!

  PBS KIDS Playtime Pad+

[See image gallery at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com] Heading to pre – school is a big transition for little kiddos. There are new routines, activities and of course lots of friends! Whenever I pick my boys up from school, I know to have 1) a snack ready 2) a quiet activity planned and 3) a dark quiet room at the ready in case they need a nap. Learning is hard work, and lots of kiddos need to physically and mentally recharge after school. I always want to pick up my boys from pre – k and go do something fun… but after many melt-downs, I have come to understand that they simply need some time to relax after doing so much fun stuff already.

As a way to get some pre – k r & r, check out the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad + with your children. This tablet was designed specifically with toddlers in mind and with all of their favorite PBS Kids friends included! Instead of letting your child zone out with random videos on the internet, enjoy playing games with Super Why, Daniel Tiger, Pinkalicious and so many more… or watch an educational episode of one of many family favorite PBS shows. This tablet comes pre – loaded with PBS Kids Games, PBS Kids Videos and Play and Learn Science. This kid – safe tablet was designed by parents, kids and the #1 Educational Media Brand for Children, PBS KIDS so you can be sure your child is not only enjoying some down time, but they are doing it safely and learning along the way. My older boys love showing my youngest son the fun games and bonding with him. They love this super cute tablet! 

Pick up a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad + from local Wal-Mart locations or online at https://www.walmart.com/ip/PBS-KIDS-Playtime-Pad-7-HD-Kid-Safe-Tablet-Live-TV-PBSKD7001/609104687 and enjoy some pre – school friendly STEM learning.   

He Is All Boy Learning Products

[See image gallery at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com] Preschool learning doesn’t have to stop once it’s the weekend; keep up the learning all weekend long… with lots and lots of laughs along the way. He Is All Boy products encourage early literacy skills with fun products like flash cards, matching cards and books. More than just an educational line, these items are designed to be silly, a little yucky and very imaginative. 

Help your child learn their ABC’s and 123’s with activities that include funny images like pooping pigs, farting foxes, robot rockets and mud monsters. While these learning toys are a bit unconventional, they are sure to keep your kids attention and become family favorites.

Find out more by visiting http://www.he-is-all-boy.com/learning-tools or buy some totally hilarious He Is All Boy learning tools on amazon. 

Laugh and learn with a set of flash cards, matching cards and books! Be on the lookout for a pre – school  giveaway bundle on Facebook! 

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My three year old won’t poop in the toilet. He won’t even tell me he needs a diaper. I have tried the sticker chart, bribery, yelling (not good) and even the nonchalant method. I’ve tried everything – all of the “recommended” steps – what now?

My five year old decided to carve her first initial on the van door with a tool she found in the garage. Sure, it is just a van and it is bound to get a few scratches, but it bothers me to have a big ‘R’ on the side of my van. This is tough. I cannot let it slide, but what is a reasonable and meaningful consequence? She loves crafts so I took her beads away for two days in hopes it leaves an impression, but did that really happen? Not really.

The baby knows how to play me with that fake (my sad) little cry when she wants to be held. She also cries at 3 a.m., and I give in and feed her. Man they start young!

I love being a mom, but this is the hardest job. This is actually the hardest thing I have ever done. It does not matter a bit that I have a masters degree either – there is nothing to predict the funny and challenging behaviors each kid exhibits.

I can dwell on the hard stuff and get on that negative downward spiral, but God gave me three beautiful kids with their own unique personalities and gifts. That is a miracle!

My three year old loves trucks and remembers interesting facts about them. He is a bustle of energy but also loves to read books.

My five year old can do a whole row of monkey bars and taught herself to ride a bike with little intervention in three days.

The baby is the chunkiest and happiest person I know! 

It’s the little things.

I love my kids, and though I feel like I may be going a little crazy at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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(Feature photo by Colleen O’Connell Owner/Instructor at Fit4Mom Central Cincinnati)

You decided to head to the last minute Fourth of July party you’ve been pondering about. Sure, you’ll go. But what will you bring? Don’t fret – we rounded up some quick, delicious and healthy recipes you can whip up in a flash – and the kids can get in on it, too!

Photo and recipe by Colleen O’Connell Owner/Instructor at Fit4Mom Central Cincinnati

These are always a hit with our ‘independent’ tots! Here’s how to make these healthy #flags:

Ingredients:
Graham crackers
Greek yogurt fruit dip – 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup whipped cream (we LOVE toasted coconut Greek yogurt)
Sliced strawberries plus blueberries 
 
For more easy patriotic recipes, check out the FIT4MOM blog: blog.fit4mom.com/berry-easy-4th-of-july-fruit-recipes
 
(All photos and recipes below by Rhian Allen, founder ofThe Healthy Mommy.)
 
Dragon Sauce Turkey Burgers

Serves 2
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins

Turkey is a great lean protein, making a burger you can enjoy, while still working towards your weight loss goals.

Ingredients:

1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
4 teaspoon tamari gluten-free soy sauce
4 teaspoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
Pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1/4 pound lean ground turkey
1 free-range eggs
1/2 medium carrot, finely grated, 1/2 yellow onion, finely grated, cooking oil spray
2 whole wheat bun (5.64 oz)
1/4 medium avocado (1.06 oz)
1 cups baby spinach (1.06 oz)
1/2 tomato, sliced (1.76 oz)
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced (0.88 oz)

Instructions: 

Make the dragon sauce by combining the garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, tamari, tomato paste, seeds, some pepper and the chili flakes in a saucepan over a medium heat.

Simmer for 5 – 10 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly. Set aside, keeping warm. Make the burgers by combining the turkey, egg, carrot and onion in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly and then divide into 2 portions and roll into patties.

Heat a frying pan or barbecue grill over medium heat and lightly spray with cooking oil spray. Add the patties and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Slice open the buns and spread the bottom half of each with some avocado. Top with some baby spinach, tomato, red onion and a turkey patty on each burger. Drizzle over the dragon sauce and top with remaining half of bun (per serving) to serve.

Beef Burger with Herby Cheese and Zucchini Fries

Serves 1
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be boring or expensive when you can make these tasty, restaurant style burgers served with a side of vegetable fries at home. The perfect meal to make for your next barbecue.

Ingredients:
1/4 pound lean ground beef
Salt
Pepper
1 zucchini, sliced into batons, 1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 whole wheat bun
4 teaspoon reduced-fat cottage cheese
4 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tomato, sliced
1/2 cup mixed lettuce leaves

Instructions:

Season beef with salt and pepper and form into one burger patty per serving. Cover and place in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper. Dust the zucchini in cornstarch. Place on the prepared tray and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tender and golden brown. While zucchini fries are cooking, heat a frying pan or barbecue grill over medium – high heat. Cook each burger patty for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking.

Slice the bun(s) in half. Combine the cottage cheese, parsley, dried herbs and garlic. Spread this mix over the bottom half of each bun. Place in the oven, with the zucchini fries and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese topping is golden. Assemble the burger(s) by placing a beef patty on top of the cheesy half of each bun and top with tomato slices, lettuce leaves and the remaining top half of each bun. Serve with zucchini fries on the side.

BBQ Beef With Salsa Verde

Serves 1
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins

A tasty barbecue meal that will appeal to many tastes. Creating a delicious herby, salsa verde makes this recipe a little bit different from the usual meat and salad. You can even make the salsa ahead of time so all you need to do is cook the beef and prepare the salad when ready to serve.

Ingredients:  

1/4 pound lean beef sirloin
Cooking spray
1/2 tomato 
1/4 red onion
4 teaspoons fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 clove garlic
1 teaspoon small capers, 1/4 bunch fresh parsley
1/4 bunch fresh basil leaves
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Instructions: 

Heat the barbecue grill to high heat and add a little cooking oil spray. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Cook the meat for 5-10 minutes on each side, until cooked to your liking. While the beef is cooking, dice up the tomatoes, onion and cilantro and combine in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of olive oil per serve and half the lemon juice per serve to dress and toss together well.

Prepare the salsa verde, by pulsing the garlic, capers (drained), parsley and basil in a blender and then slowly adding the remaining lemon juice and olive oil until everything is well combined. Place the steak on a plate and top with the salsa verde and the tomato salad on the side (divide salsa verde and salad evenly between however many serves you are preparing).

Steak with Rainbow Curly Fries

Serves 1
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins

A healthy version of steak and fries. These curly fries are a great way to get the family to try new vegetables with their funky shape and fun colors.

Ingredients:
1/2 zucchini
1 medium fresh beet, peeled
1/2 small sweet potato, peeled 
1/2 medium carrot, peeled
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 pound lean steak of choice
1 tablespoon reduced fat mayonnaise 
1/2 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon lemon juice 
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and line a tray with baking paper.

Use a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to slice the zucchini, beet, sweet potato and carrot into thin noodles. Combine with the olive oil and spread over the prepared tray. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crisp and golden.Season the steak with salt and pepper and cook in a frying pan or on a barbecue for 4-5 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking.

Combine mayonnaise with garlic and lemon juice. Place steak on a plate with rainbow curly fries and garlic mayo. Sprinkle with parsley to serve.

Chicken Skewers With Mango Salad

Serves 1
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 8 mins

 An easy to assemble family dinner. Marinate the chicken ahead of time if you like and then just cook and prepare the salad when you’re ready to serve. A delicious meal for your next barbecue.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons tamari gluten free soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 mango 
1/4 red onion 
1/4 cucumber 
5 mint leaves
1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
2 teaspoons lime juice

Instructions:

Combine the lemon juice with tamari/soy sauce and half the finely diced ginger to create a marinade. Dice chicken breast and pour over marinade and place in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. Thread marinated chicken onto skewers per serving and barbecue or pan fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through. Meanwhile, prepare the mango salad. Remove the skin and stone from the mango and finely dice. Finely chop the onion, cucumber and mint leaves. Combine in a bowl with the mango. 

Combine the remaining ginger, sweet chili sauce and lime juice and pour over the mango salsa. Spoon salsa over chicken skewers and serve with lime wedges.

Notes: If using wooden skewers, place skewers in chilled water for 1 hour before use to avoid them burning on the barbecue.

Grilled Corn with Spicy Salsa

Serves 1
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins

A great meal to prepare using the barbecue. Make the salsa ahead of time so you have a healthy dinner on the table in minutes.

Ingredients:

1/2 tomato, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced 
1/4 red onion, diced
1/4 small red chili, seeds removed
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons lime juice 
1 corn cob 
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

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Check out what’s new in your city!

– Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Behringer-Crawford Museum will be offering free admission to military families (up to five family members) through the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families Blue Star Museum initiative, a nationwide program. For more details, call 859-491-4003 or visit bcmuseum.org.

– Gameworks at Newport on the Levee has a new feature attraction. With 20 brand new Alienware Gaming PC’s, The eSports Lounge gives gamers the chance to compete nationally for huge prizes. Fifteen console gaming options and over 100 game options insure there is a game for everyone. There are plenty of new game options on the Gameworks floor this summer for everyone! Call 859-581-7529 or visit gameworks.com/location/newport.

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There are lots of new and exciting changes happening at the zoo!

The recent Elephant Yard expansion allows the zoo’s resident pachyderms more space to explore, and in 2020, more changes are expected as a part of the “More Home to Roam” campaign. The new Roo Valley will be home to a 15,000-square-foot Kangaroo Walkabout, Little Blue Penguin Viewing Area, an adventure ropes course for all abilities and a beer garden. Also note the brand new Entry Village in 2020 featuring more family restrooms, a calming room and additional parking.
Expect lots of new animals, too!

• Masai Giraffe, Tessa, recently welcomed her 147-pound male calf, “Fennessy,” to the world, and Masai Giraffe, Cece, is expecting this fall.
• New flamingo chicks, and for those who love avian friends, there’s the Eurasion eagle owl habitat, home to Archimedes and Minerva.
• Painted Dog Valley in Africa has welcomed a rambunctious new pack of pups; there are five new females and five new males on exhibit.

Call 513-281-4700 or visit cincinnatizoo.org.

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Sending your child off into the world can be nerve wrecking! Will they make friends? Will they miss me? Will they eat all of their lunch?! There are so many questions. But they (and you!) will do great! Send your kiddo to school with confidence. Check out these items to help ease the pre-k process.

Fenrici Backpacks & Bento Boxes

To boost your child’s excitement for school, have them pick out a cute new backpack! Fenrici has adorable toddler backpacks that also give back- 5% of proceeds go to non-profit organization Global Genes to fund research for rare pediatric diseases. The toddler backpacks are available in a variety of super cute designs including puppies, butterflies, tigers and more! A major bonus- the toddler AND big kid backpacks are all on sale right now. So get to the Fenrici website and get your order in ASAP! 

While you’re on the website, be sure to browse their Bento Boxes. Packing lunch is such a breeze with these boxes! Four leak proof compartments help keep foods separate so you don’t have to worry about yogurt leaking all over your kids sandwich. Fenrici Bento Boxes ensure  everything stays put and there are no soggy messes! Plus, the snap-on clasp is easy for kiddos tiny hands to use. Once the box comes home from school, pop the removable tray in the dishwasher. Easy peasy. Have your kiddo pick their favorite color from blue, green, pink or purple and pack it up with their favorite foods for a big back to school hit. 

Shop for a cute new backpack and a nifty Bento Box to go in it at Fenrici.com or on amazon.com 

Ikiki Shoes

Start the school year off on the right foot with some new shoes! Your little one will be jumping for joy with these absolutely adorable sneakers. These cute kicks have the ability to be “squeakers”, with the patented iSqueak in the heel. Yes, the squeak is cute but it is also functional as it encourages proper “heel-toe” gait when kiddos are walking. Need quiet time? Simply turn the squeaks off with a tiny slide switch on the side of the shoes. The shoes come in a variety of delightful designs and colors including unicorns, giraffes, puppies, cats, owls, narwhals, hippos and more. They are also a breeze to put on with a single strap design and wide opening.   

My little guy LOVES jumping and making his shoes squeak. The first time he tried on his Rafiq Rumble rhino shoes, he jumped and ran and really got his gross motor skills working. He thought the squeak was hilarious! Sometimes it is hard to harness a child’s energy… but once they exert some physical energy, it is much easier to have them sit down and focus. My little guy jumped and hopped and ran until he wore himself out, then he sat down and relaxed with a good book and some time playing with puzzles. I also love that I can give my son a *little* bit more freedom when we are home. If he leaves the room, I can listen to his squeaks and hear where he is going and what he is getting into. My son recently wore his Ikiki Shoes to the Zoo and got tons of compliments! 

Get your kiddos some super cute critter shoes, head over to ikiki.co today.  

L’il Critters Vitamins

Help boost your kiddos immune system with a tasty gummy multivitamin! L’il Critters Gummy Vites Multivitamins are chocked full of goodness including vitamins A, B-12, B-6, C, D and E. They are free of artificial sweeteners and flavors, they don’t have high fructose corn syrup, they use no synthetic dyes and they are also gluten and dairy free. 

All 3 of my boys love taking these vitamins because they are super tasty and they love gummy snacks. And I love feeling like I am helping keeping them healthy! 

Help keep your kiddos healthy, buy some L’il Critters Gummy Vites Multivitamins at local grocery stores and find out more at http://www.gummyvites.com/en/Lil-Critters.

Universal Yums

If your child is anything like mine, they love snacking… a lot. It is easy to get in a snack rut, and I am always on the hunt for unique snack options that my boys will enjoy. Universal Yums subscription boxes allow kids to sample snacks from all over the world! Boxes include salty and sweet snacks from a different country each month and a 12 + page booklet to encourage kids to learn even more about world culture and the snacks. It’s a feast for the mind and for the belly!!! 

My kids were super excited to see what was in their Universal Yums snack box. My family loves getting mail- whether it is a letter or a package, the anticipation of what is inside get’s us riled up. Once we peeked inside, we saw lots of colorful packaging and tons of interesting treats. We talked about how we were unfamiliar with the brands and didn’t really know what was inside each wrapper- it was kind of fun to guess what the snack would taste like and if we would like it or not. The unfamiliarity made it FUN to try something new. Sometimes my kids will say “I don’t like that” before they even try something, but because these were truly NEW snacks, the novelty of the snacks helped my kids curiosity take over. They loved tasting and learning about the snacks in our box and I loved broadening my kids flavor profiles and their cultural knowledge.

Universal Yums are available as a monthly subscription service OR as a gift! You can purchase a box for one occasion, 3, 6 or 9 months… or you can choose to get snacks all year long. There are even different sized boxes, to fit any budget! The Yum box (6 + snacks per box), Yum Yum box (12 + snacks) and Super Yum box (20 + snacks) are all great options for children who enjoy snacking and learning about different cultures! Universal Yums is entertaining, educational, tasty and super fun. We loved opening our Universal Yums box so much that we want to help someone else have this amazing experience. Be on the lookout for a WINSday giveaway for a Universal Yum box on Facebook!

Broaden your kiddos flavor profiles and learn more about Universal Yums by heading to universalyums.com   

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