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Waiting Room Tip for Toddlers

Waiting Room Tip for Toddlers: Why Didn’t I Think of this Sooner??! 

Ok, I know what you are thinking. Joy, you are a Registered Nurse! You have spent YEARS with pediatric patients in a trauma hospital. You should have thought of this before. Joy, you have 3 kids!! You should have your stuff together by now right?! Wrong. Every day I am learning something new. Every day I ask myself- how could I have made this day go a little better tomorrow? Every day I feel like something that worked with my child #1 is not working at all with my child #3. And then sometimes….I think of something and I am SO happy and yet at the same time I ask myself, HOW DID I NOT THINK OF THIS SOONER?! This day was one of those times.

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I had already realized the value of having a clip board for each child. Those cost about 99 cents at the store. We bring a backpack and our daily work with us because honestly you never know when something will go off track and I will need to entertain 3 kids for longer than expected. The only plan that works is the plan to have a back up plan 🙂

I had the clipboard, so my older kids were squared away. But what about the toddler who was waiting for a well check up? No matter what health choices we all may make: to vaccinate, not to vaccinate, to see a MD, DO, NP, or Chiropractor: chances are, we will participate in routine well care visits, and chances are, we will need to wait for them. Chances also are, that any one of our kids will have a melt down.

We had a well check for another sibling a few days prior that included a meltdown as my Littles waited. I looked at the situation from my toddler’s perspective and I thought: How can I make this go better for next time? After brainstorming, I came up with this plan, and tried it out. My only hope was that the waiting room portion would go better this time.

And it DID! 🙂

It dawned on me….there is always paper in every room we wait in. On the table. Where my kid is sitting. Waiting. Just bring some crayons! 

I brought out the crayons and told the kids they could color on the paper. They were SO HAPPY! We were busy coloring, tracing, creating, and singing. The Doctor eventually walked in, looked really happily surprised, and so happy that we were happy! The visit went excellent and I thought….How did I not think of this sooner?! BUT, Better now than never, right?!

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She was happy, quiet, did not make a mess, and the waiting room time seemed to go by so much faster!! No melt downs!

If you need some supply ideas, here you go! (affiliate links)

(3 Pack, Sturdy Build)

(I love these Twistable Mini Crayons, because I can close them when done to avoid wall coloring 😉 

What other waiting room tip do you do? ~ Joy

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Flower Box Snack: Gluten Free Sandwich and Fresh Fruit

Flowerbox  Snack
Food Allergies are Real! Snacks that avoid them are Fun @  TM!


Flowerbox Snack: Gluten Free Sunflower Butter Sandwich and Fresh Fruit

by Joy (Featured in San Diego Family Magazine)

I made this fun and healthy snack for my 3 daughters who are allergic to nuts. We love creating healthy snacks that make having food allergies fun in my home! We keep extra pieces of fruit on the side, to plant more flower “seeds” on our plates. I teach my daughters that no matter what food allergies they may have, if we keep a joyful heart, our food can still stay nutritious and fun!

Flower Box Snack
This healthy and fun snack was created for my 3 daughters with a nut allergy. It uses fresh fruits, vegetables, sunflower seed butter, and gluten free bread. All cutting needs to be done by an adult.
  1. Orange Sections
  2. Blueberry
  3. Apple Slice
  4. Raspberry
  5. Strawberry
  6. Celery
  7. Sunflower Seed Butter
  8. Gluten Free Mini Loaf Bread (2 slices)
  1. Use fresh cut celery for each flower stem.
  2. Peel and section an orange, arrange the pieces with a blueberry in the center.
  3. Slice an apple section and cut into petal shapes. Place a raspberry in the center.
  4. Slice a strawberry into sections, arrange in petal shape.
  5. Use gluten free mini loaf bread (or cut a sandwich in half) to make the flower box. We use Sunflower Seed Butter for a delicious, healthy, and fun, allergy friendly snack!
  1. "Food Allergies are Real! Snacks that avoid them are Fun @! TM"
I Believe in Joy!
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Ice Cream Cone Avocado and Gluten Free Chip Snack

“Ice Cream Cone” Avocado and Gluten Free Chip Snack

“Ice Cream Cone” Avocado and Gluten Free Chip Snack
Ice Cream Cone Avocado and Gluten Free Chip Snack

“Ice Cream Cone” Avocado and Gluten Free Chip Snack

by Joy (Featured in San Diego Family Magazine)

I created this healthy, allergy-free “ice cream cone” snack for my 3 girls, who are allergic to nuts. I have a 4 year old, and prior, the only green food she really liked was green mint-chocolate chip ice cream. Now, she loves this healthy and nutritious, allergy friendly snack! I hope you enjoy it as much as we all have ~ Joy

"Ice Cream Cone Snack"
Healthy, Allergy Friendly Snack using avocados and vegan brown rice chips. Created for my 3 daughters who have nut allergies.
  1. freshly mashed avocado (or your favorite organic guacamole)
  2. organic brown rice
  3. gluten-free, dairy-free vegan chips
  4. cherry tomato (halved)
  1. Place three scoops of avocado on a plate (centered near the top). Easy tip: Use an ice cream scoop with a lever.
  2. Place 3-5 chips in a triangle shape to form the “cone.”
  3. Put the tomato on top of your “ice cream.”
  4. Serve a few extra chips on the side.
  1. "Food Allergies are Real! Snacks that avoid them are Fun @ TM!"
I Believe in Joy!