Measuring Flower

Measuring Flower is a blog all about real food and green living!

TJ is a winner of Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms - 2013

What's a fun way to repurpose household items into toys or crafts?

Since there are a couple of medications that my husband has to be on now (though I'm working towards treating his troubles with nutrition), we often have a lot of empty medicine bottles to either reuse or throw away. I've found these empty medicine bottles to be handy for holding paint for my son to use, to store homemade sprinkles for when we decorate cookies, and to wrangle together any kind of small toys or art objects. They're also good for storing spices.

Do you know any great children's books that teach kids about being eco-friendly?

I really like chef Lidia Bastianich's Nonna's Birthday Surprise ( This colorful, fun book encourages eating local, home grown, and in-season foods. It also provides some simple, delicious recipes that you can make with your little kitchen helper based on each season of the year.

What organic or healthy snacks do your kids love? Please share a link to a recipe if you have one.

A few of the things we enjoy are fresh fruits, homemade yogurt, homemade Larabars, applesauce, anything with peanut butter, and homemade real food fish crackers (