Celebrate Earth Day April 15 at Stop & Shop Hingham

Earth DayCelebrate Earth Day early!

Stop & Shop and Ben & Jerry’s are teaming up on April 15th from 11:00 am to 2 pm to raise awareness about climate change, focus on environment stewardship and encourage customers to be part of the solution by using reusable bags and reducing waste.

As part of the effort, you can celebrate the “First Taste of Summer” Ice Cream social at the Hingham Stop & Shop (400 Lincoln Street) on Wednesday, April 15th from 11 to 2 pm in the store’s parking lot.  Everyone is invited!

  • Hear Co-Founder Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s live and in action discussing climate change
  • Enjoy a FREE SCOOP of favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors from 11-2 pm along with a DJ and giveaways

For more than 40 years, Earth Day, April 22, has helped to mobilize the environmental movement and promote green policies at home and all over the world. As a responsible retailer, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC has a long track record of looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and help customers go green on Earth Day and every day.

“This event will raise awareness about the importance of taking small steps to protect the environment. An easy way to reduce the impact of too many plastic bags ending up in landfills and waterways is to encourage our customers to bring their reusable bags with them each time they shop,” said Jihad Rizkallah, Vice President of Responsible Retailing. “These bags are environmentally friendly, larger and fit more groceries than a traditional plastic grocery bag.”

“At Ben & Jerry’s we are asking people to get involved in the climate movement by joining Avaaz.org, a global web movement that brings people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere, and calling on world leaders to support a transition to 100% clean energy.” said Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s. “We are happy and proud to support Stop & Shop and their customers on their Earth Day efforts.”

Jerry Greenfield will speak at noon to customers and associates in the store parking lot. Shopper can enjoy music as DJ Lisa from WXKS-FM will be spinning tunes along with another DJ as well. Giveaways will be handed out and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream scoops will be available.

April 14, 2015 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: April Vacation 2015

School Vacation Ideas

April School Vacation is looming!  Here are 4 sites to check our for ideas on where to bring the kids all week long, especially for Earth Day, April 22:

1.  Get prepared with great ideas from MassVacation.com.

2. The whole week and after places are celebrating Earth Day around the world.  Check out Boston’s Mommy Poppins for Earth Day events.
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3.  Native Perspectives on Mother Earth at Plimouth Plantation.
4.  EcoTarium in Worcester is having a 1/2 price admission Earth Day event on Friday, April 24.
Have fun!

April 9, 2015 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Activities for Special Needs Children

Sing Explore Create

Sing Explore Create, a studio in Rockland, Mass., for special needs children, specializes in classes for kids with all types of disabilities, such as autism, but also offers classes for the general public and adults.

The studio helps children of all ages who may have a hard time interacting with other people socialize and cope with physical and/or mental disabilities through music and art.  Classes are available for infants all the way up to teens.  A dedicated team of therapists, artists, musicians and teachers all work together to help kids relax and enjoy life by exploring the arts.  Many summer camp classes are available to both the general public and for those who need assistance.

Click arrow to hear more details about Sing Explore Create in the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD’s South Shore Morning News Show with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian. MommaJam on WATD

Related Story:  Blind Artist’s Altruistic Vision (Inspiring! Must read!)

Go to SingExploreCreate.com for more information, class schedules and camp details.

Additionally, South Shore Conservatory is offering Yoga for the Special Child, a comprehensive training course for those who want a basic certification to teach the theory and practice of yoga to babies and children with learning or developmental disabilities.  The training class runs from July 11 through 17 at the South Shore Conservatory in Duxbury, Mass.

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March 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD: Easter and Passover Traditions with Kids

Chalkboard EggsNew Ways to Color Easter Eggs

Spring is here, and with Easter about two weeks away – Sunday April 5 – now is the time to plan when your family is going to color eggs this holiday season.

South Shore Mamas, a popular parenting blog on the South Shore, has a recent post with lots of fun, new ways to color eggs. My favorite is the chalk board paint style.  You can buy chalk board paint at your local craft or hardware store.  Obviously, these eggs are NOT edible, but they are cute looking! Other fun ideas that South Shore Mamas includes are:

  •  Washi Tape.  Washi tape is a great creative supply to have in your craft bin.  Staples and cute tape, an online store, have a hugeWashi Tape selection of colorful washi tape.  It’s not cheap – in fact several rolls make a great birthday gift for kids who are into crafting – but worth the few extra dollars for  beautiful designs and colors.

Related Story:  Washi Tape Discussed on MommaJam

  • Tattoos!  Every mom has tattoos leftover from birthday party goodie bags.  Gather them up and use them to decorate eggs this year.  Or, buy a certain style that you like – hearts, rainbows, bunnies, etc.  Go to South Shore Mamas for the complete tutorial on coloring Easter Eggs.

Click arrow to hear the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD’s South Shore Morning News Show with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  

We’ve talked about the MommaJam kitchen brewing up natural dyes for Easter Eggs a few years ago…. it was a true science experiment!  While it was fun and healthy, we found natural dyes don’t have the same vibrant punch as the Paas tablets.  If you want bright colors, go for the store bought kits.

Related Story:  Coloring Eggs with Natural Dyes Discussed on MommaJam

Kid-Friendly Passover Dinners 

Passover starts the evening of April 3.  Time for menu planning.  It’s hard for little kids to “do without” for a week, so we’re sharing PopSugar’s ideas for kid-friendly dinners during Passover.  My favorite idea is the brisket taco with a matzo soft taco shells – matzo meal replaces the corn mesa.

Also, try making matzo at home with kids with this recipe from Kitchn, a terrific website for anyone who likes to cook.  This easy recipe also demonstrates how bread doesn’t rise and provides a history lesson for kids of all religious backgrounds.

MommaJam airs live every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET on 95.9 WATD-FM.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.

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March 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 4 Fun Tips for Valentines Day

Red Velvet Cupcakes, Photo and Recipe By Kitchen Scoop

Red Velvet Cupcakes Photo and Recipe By Kitchen Scoop

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Here are 4 fun tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family.95.9 WATD

1.  Crafts!  

Get out the glitter, get out the glue.  Valentine’s Day is the best holiday for crafts with kids.  You could spring for the boxed cards from the super market, but it’s way more fun to create homemade valentines.  Use magic markers, colored paper, stickers, glitter and glue to create one of a kind Valentines.  Get your supplies today, so you have every thing you need to work on the project over the weekend during the blizzard.  Don’t forget to make cards for your favorite teachers, crossing guards and other special people in your kids’ lives.

2.  Kick off Valentine’s Day Week with Pink Pancakes

We talk a lot about cooking on MommaJam.  This idea is from Tara Hollander of Doorknock Dinner, a company in Norwell that makes homemade meals and delivers them to your door step.

Tara suggests getting creative in the kitchen with your kids by make pink heart-shaped pancakes on the griddle.

Use roasted, peeled and then ****pureed beets instead of sketchy red food coloring.  Fold the beets into the pancake batter to make it turn pink.  Top pancakes with fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream.   This is a great idea for the weekend.   We have pancakes every Sunday morning.  We are going to kick off Valentine’s Day Week with Tara’s Pink Pancakes.

*** Test Kitchen Note:  Try juice from defrosted frozen raspberries instead of beets for sweet taste.

3.  Make Heart Shaped Sandwiches for Kids

Mandy Keith, owner of Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop suggests making a Valentine’s Day lunch.  Cut kids’ sandwiches into heart shapes and add fruit shaped hearts to their plates.  This is a fun way to surprise your kids next Thursday on Valentine’s Day.  They will love it when they open their lunch box at school and see heart shaped foods.  Make the moment extra special and pack a sweet  Valentine’s Day note.

Mandy runs Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop out of her home in Hanover.  She teaches moms how to prepare a series of meals and gives you the ingredients to take home and later make the meals on your own.

During February, Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop is making Dishes with with a romance flair, such as Tender Loving Tenderloin.

4.  Splurge on Treats! 

We just finished a January series on wellness… but every now and then it’s fun to splurge.

Three words:  Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 2, 2015 at 10:00 am 2 comments

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Animals Help Kids with Autism

Rayanie Castillo and Chief, NEADS.Org

Rayanie Castillo and Chief, NEADS.Org

A recent study by Autism Speaks‘ Autism Treatment Network in Missouri further confirms that children with autism do better with pets.

Animals have a unique way of “talking” to kids with disabilities, according to John Moon of NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services), a non-profit based in Massachusetts.

NEADS is one of the top organizations in the United States that trains and places therapy dogs for people of all ages with disabilities.

Click arrow to hear the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD’s South Shore Morning News Show with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.MommaJam on WATD

We spoke with John for additional information on how animals, particularly therapy dogs, help autistic children.  NEADS works with families all over the country, including the South Shore.

Animals big and small help calm autistic kids and give them social skills, which is a huge bonus for those who have a hard time connecting with people.

NEADS dogs are specially trained from when they are puppies.  You get on a “waiting list,” but really it’s “time” to make sure you are matched with the right dog.  It could be two weeks to six months.

It’s a big deal to have with a trained therapy dog, but all worth the effort.  The relationship between dog and child can change lives and positively  impact a whole family.  NEADS asks families to fundraise to help cover the training costs of their dog and to show commitment and dedication to the process.

Go to NEADS.Org for more information.

Local South Shore Resources

January is read-to-a-dog month at the Hingham Library.  Boo and Dash, two trained therapy dogs, will be at the Hingham Public Library on the remaining Saturdays in January.  Kids can register to read to these adorable dogs.  Go to HinghamLibrary.Org for more information.

Pleasant Meadow Farm, also in Hingham, offer horse back riding for families with disabilities.

There are several riding centers on the South Shore that cater to families.  Last year, I covered horse therapy for South Shore Living magazine and profiled Hidden Hollow Farm in Pembroke.  This barn  also help boys and girls with autism and/or medical illness.

Tune into 95.9 WATD-FM on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9:22 a.m. ET to hear Lisa interview John Moon from NEADS on Paws and Claws.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

January 12, 2015 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 6 Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Real Food, Not Junk

Pomegranate Power!

Pomegranate Power!

How do you inspire kids to eat whole foods?

The two hardest parts to overcome are convenience and habit.

Here are 6 tips for getting your whole family into a healthier eating lifestyle.

1.  Flavor!

Believe it or not, kids love yummy food just as much as grown ups.  Start by making fun, flavorful dishes right in your own kitchen.  Have healthy, fresh snacks readily available – red pepper slices, cucumber circles, and homemade hummus, which is so easy to make.

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2.  Explain Where Food Comes From

Teach kids how to cook and teach kids where food comes from:  is it imported from Italy, South America or California?  Explain to kids the difference between manufactured foods infused with chemicals and preservatives like hydrogenated trans fats, which are linked to cancer, versus fresh from your backyard garden, CSA or local, regional supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables like South Shore Organics.

Also discuss topics, such heritage cooking and whether a recipe is passed down from your family or certain region in the world.

3.  Use Cookbooks

Three cookbooks we suggest:

Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollencamp, a new overall cookbook that is a beautiful Cooking 101 Cookbook with family-friendly recipes.

Naptime Chef by Kelsey Banfield has easy recipes that busy moms can make while taking care of the kids.

Tyler Makes Pancakes by chef Tyler Florence is  fun book about where food comes from and culminates in making pancakes.

All of these are available at the Westwinds Bookshop in Duxbury.

4.  Take Cooking Lessons

Take a family cooking lesson or let kids take their own lessons to learn basic skills, new recipes or new food genre.

The South Shore Seafood Exchange is teaching lessons on how to cook with fish on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Maritime Center in Scituate.  My favorite provider of fresh fruits and vegetables, South Shore Organics, will be there.

5.  Let Kids Loose in the Kitchen 

The part!?  Let kids loose in the kitchen.  Have kids create their dishes, recipes and shopping lists.   More advanced kids can even make a budget for their menu items to get a better understanding of how much food costs.

Project Idea:  Make a family cookbook with iPhone photos and everyone’s favorite recipes.  Kids love getting involved in a project and having them design and create their own cookbook or a family cookbook is a winner on many levels.

While creating your cookbook, your kitchen becomes a bonafide Test Kitchen.  This is a great way to get kids to try new foods.

6.  Have fun!  

Check out the MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM interview with top chef Denise Herrera from Burtons Grill to learn how to set up a your own turnover bar – it’s a fun segment packed with ideas for cooking with kids.

Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

January 12, 2015 at 10:00 am 1 comment

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