Menu Plan Monday ~ June 3/13 + Fearless Feeding Giveaway!


Hello!  Welcome to the first MPM of June 2013!  I can’t believe it’s June already…this month is super busy for us as it’s the last month of the school year.  So many end of school activities, blah.  Can’t wait till it’s all done!  I’m really jealous of all of you that are already done and now into enjoying summer.

Recipe Highlight:

Last week’s recipe highlight definitely goes to the Chili Pasta Skillet.  It was super easy to throw together.  I made a couple of changes though….I used rotini rice pasta and instead of tomatoes just added a small can of tomato sauce.  It was good!

Chili Pasta Skillet


Today I’m excited to tell you about a brand new book out called Fearless Feeding by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen.  Maryann has a blog called Raise Healthy Eaters and is a long time Menu Plan Monday participant.  I’ve linked many times to blog posts Maryann has written because I’ve found them so helpful.  I’m so excited for her and Jill and the release of their fantastic new book designed to teach us how to raise healthy eaters from high chair to high school.  Both Maryann and Jill are registered dietitians with many years of experience.

Fearless Feeding

Find Fearless Feeding on Amazon here

I honestly can’t say enough good things about this book and highly recommend it to any parent that is responsible for feeding a child.  Over the years I’ve not only dealt with picky eaters but also a highly food allergic child with severe food aversions and this book would have been a lifesaver for me.  Although believe me this book isn’t just for picky eaters.  It’s for kids of all ages and how to help them eat a healthy balanced diet using the fearless fundamentals of what, how and why.

Fearless Feeding is your comprehensive and credible road map to conquering all of the modern-day nutrition and feeding obstacles.  This book is filled with positive strategies for raising healthy kids.  Make these components part of how you feed your child, and you will have a much easier time navigating nutrition.  And, best of all, your fear, worry, and guilt will melt away.

There is also a whole chapter on meal planning and shopping strategies that is full of fearless facts and tips to help you successfully manage menu planning for the whole family.

Getting Meals on the Table

Today I have a copy of Fearless Feeding to giveaway to one lucky reader.  Simply leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered.  The giveaway will close on Sunday, June 9th at 4:00 pm PST.  Open to everyone.  Good luck!

For more information on Fearless Feeding, please visit the Fearless Feeding Facebook page.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Caesar Chicken Burgers

Tuesday:  BBQ Cowboy Casserole

Wednesday:  Creamy Bacon Pasta

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Grilled Pineapple Pork Chops served with baked potatoes and grilled zucchini

Saturday:  Homemade Pizza (dough in the bread machine)

Sunday:  Picking night or popcorn and smoothie night like we had last night 🙂


Have a great week everyone!


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join the growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

One of my favorite menu planning resources:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Filed under: Giveaways, Menu Plan Monday


178 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ June 3/13 + Fearless Feeding Giveaway!

  1. 1
    SusieQTpies says

    That book sounds awesome! I know some moms who can use it! Thanks for the review. Love that Caesar burger recipe! I will try it on my girls. Thanks for the weekly link party! susie

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    Jon Spee says

    The book sounds great! I’d love to win it 🙂

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    Amy says

    Enter me, please! Sounds great.

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    Anna @ Frugal For You says

    Yay! What a great looking book. Would love to get a copy! Last week I remembered to follow the menu plan. I think I enjoyed cooking more because of it. That seems silly but I am slowly breaking bad habits (like making lists and not posting them anywhere visible). Thanks for the link party and the giveaway.

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    Paula says

    Oh yes please, enter me in the giveaway. Ella is such a picky eater, I swear she’s living on white pasta and white bread. I have no idea how’s she’s nearly as tall as me (at 7) 🙂

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    Dianna says

    I would love to have that book. I have been really trying to get myself organized as so many changes are happening here at home. What with summer visitors, vacation, new grand baby due to arrive, and a complete kitchen remodel. I am sure hoping that Menu planning will be a key part of keeping sane.

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    Tiffany T says

    That book looks extremely helpful! My kids are very picky, but feeding them healthy meals is very important to me. I like how it mentions teaching them good eating habits. That’s the most important way to ensure their future health. (I’m always telling them that are not going to live on frozen pizza and ramen noodles when they move out of my house! That’s why I have them cook with me…) Anyway, I’d love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

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    Donya says

    Thanks for the invitation to link up! This is my first time on your site. There are lots of great meal ideas here and I can’t wait to try some new recipes! Thanks again from A Southern Soul.

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    Christina C. says

    Enter me in the drawing for the book, please!

  10. 12
    Sonya says

    Please enter me for a chance to win the book!

  11. 13
    Leila says

    I would love to win!

  12. 14
    Mason says

    I would love to win this book – because I am so NOT a good meal planner! And I have a ‘selective’ eater, and I really need help because I am at my wits’ end!

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    Kelly Moran says

    The book looks great! Would love the chance to win! Thanks for the linky!

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    Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist says

    This book sounds awesome. We’re starting a family and now is the perfect time to get us all eating well.

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    Jodi says

    It looks like a great book, thanks for the opportunity!

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    Quiltin Jenny says

    That book looks great! And what a great gift for new parents!

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    Janet @ Frugal & Focused says

    With a picky eater, I’m always looking for strategies to help me get her to eat healthier. I’d love to win this book . Thanks for hosting.

  18. 20
    Alicia rosienewoutlook says

    As an often unispired and culinarily challenged person I could REALLY use this book! 🙂 Thanks for your weekly Menu Planning Monday inspiration!

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    Alyssa says

    Love Popcorn and smoothie night what a great idea! this is my 2nd week to link up. Thank you for having me.

  20. 22
    Heather says

    I’d love to get a copy of Fearless Feeding. My kids are pretty healthy eaters, but it’s always great to get some new ideas and expand our food choices.

  21. 23
    Amy says

    I’d love to win Fearless Feeding!

  22. 24
    Elissa says

    I’d love to win a copy of this book – I found their site through you! Thanks!

  23. 25
    nicole C. says

    I would love to be entered into the drawing! I need a good book like this.

  24. 26
    Adrienne says

    Sounds like a great book! I really hope I win it!!

  25. 27
    Julie says

    Picky eaters? Check. Food allergy family? Check. I want this book! Can’t wait to take a look at it or maybe even win a copy! Thanks for sharing

  26. 28
    Laura says

    I’ve been following her blog for years and would love to read her book!

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    Tammy1409 says

    I would love to win this book!

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    Karin A. says

    I SO need this book! If I don’t win it, I will be buying it. Just seeing the title of Chapter 8, “Getting Meals on the Table” makes me KNOW I need this book!

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    adena says

    Would love to win 🙂

  30. 32
    Kaylee says

    Raising healthy kids is my name goal, I struggled w parents not emphasizing good eating habits and now I’m trying to turn it around it my kids 🙂 I’m very excited for this book and cant wait to read it 🙂

  31. 33
    Tracy says

    I have a really picky, slow eating almost-5 year-old and a bottomless pit 17-month-old! I definitely think this book would be helpful!

    • 33.1
      Karen says

      Oh my, that sounds familiar. My almost 5 year old eats peanut butter and…peanut butter. The 12 month old eats anything that isn’t moving. And in the middle, my 3 year old who used to eat everything has started listening when her big brother tells her that they don’t like [fill in the blank]. Trying to keep everyone fed is an almost impossible task. If my husband didn’t cook, I don’t know if we’d eat anything more than cereal. I can barely feed myself. I’m willing to learn how to provide healthy meals, but without direction or help it feels like a hopeless cause. This book looks like it could actually equip me with useful information and new skills. And winning it would be a bonus. 😉

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    Dee H. says

    This book would be a great addition to our family. I really work hard to change the bad eating habits I grew up with.

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    Kylee says

    What a great giveaway – I’d love a copy of that book!

  34. 36
    Rose says

    That chili mac looks yummy! We are in the middle of restructuring they way we ALL eat in our house and this would be a great addition! Love you your advice!

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    frances says

    Oh please OH please enter me into the contest. I need all the help I can get in the area of healthy planning. Thank yoy.

  36. 38
    Chelsea Helm says

    I would love to be entered into the Giveaway. My LO is almost 2 and has become extremely picky with his food. thank you:)

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    Stephanie says

    Would love to have a copy of that book!!!

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    Brenda A. says

    This sounds like a great resource for my picky eaters!

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    Christy says

    Ooooh! Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂 Love your inspiration.

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    kerri says

    great tool to use for my twins

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    Megan Stalvey says

    i’d like to be entered.

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    Heather Zielinski says

    I need this book. 🙂

  43. 45
    Amy W says

    The book sounds great, I’d love to win! Thanks!

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    Tamara Hunter says

    Here’s hoping for some good luck today! 🙂

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    Pearl says

    This book would be wonderful for my 3 kids!! great time to work on healthy meals this summer!! thanks for sharing.

  46. 48
    benessi says

    I’d love to win this book! My son to be 4-year old is starting to be picky about his eating thses days so all help is needed!

  47. 49
    Diane Wilkinson says

    As director of a busy child care center & preschool, we are ALWAYS looking for new healthy ways to serve meals! (being non-profit, we are looking for CHEAP ways, too!) Thanks for the opportunity!

  48. 50
    Amelia Harris says

    I would love to be entered for your giveaway! With 3 kids this book would be great. Thanks 🙂

  49. 51
    Vanessa says

    Would love to receive a copy of the book. I have a 2 year old who is a pretty good eater – but it would be great to have strategies for being more healthy and for any changes down the road. Thanks!

  50. 52
    Geneva Nunez says

    The book sounds great. I am once again trying to conquer meal planning especially being the summer and the kids are home all day every day…Hoping I can win this!! Thanks!

  51. 53
    Jenny says

    I’d like to be entered!

  52. 54
    Elizabeth says

    This sounds like the perfect book for my daughter and her 10 month old. I would love to be entered in this drawing please.

  53. 55
    Rebecca says

    I would love to be entered! I’m making an effort to feed my 3 children healthier/ better. I know the value of family meals and need to shift priorities to bring this one back… sports and extracurricular schedules have been getting the best of us, but I know with a little advance planning I can do it!

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    Patty Ojeda says

    This book would be great to give to my children! There children could really benefit from it!

  55. 57
    Amanda says

    I would like to be entered!!!!

  56. 58
    Erica says

    I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  57. 59
    Alison says

    I would love to win a copy of this cookbook. I have a son with multiple food allergies so meals are difficult enough……….would love some extra ideas and tips.

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    Christy says

    I’d love to figure out how to get my kids to eat healthy and not eat as much processed food!

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    Leslie Barrett says

    I would love to win this book!

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    Lisa says

    I have three children under five and could really use some helpful tips for healthy eating.

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    Annette {This Simple Mom} says

    I have 2/3 picky kids! This might be helpful!!

    Do you make your own pizza sauce, too? I think that and whole milk mozzarella cheese are the key to a good pizza!

  62. 65
    Penelope says

    Hello, I would like to be entered in the Fearless Feeding book drawing as well. Thank you and have a nice day!

  63. 66
    Kathy says

    I’d love to win a copy of the book! Thanks for posting!

  64. 67
    Jodi Girard says

    Just had a new baby and would love to start him out right! Would love this book!!!

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    Teresa says

    i would love to be entered to win this cookbook.

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    Pam A. says

    Please enter me for the book – it sounds awesome!

  67. 70
    Roxann says

    I am new to meal planning and would love to gain some insight offered in this sample from the book.

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    Cheri says

    I would love to be entered to win this book!

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    Amanda S says

    I would love to with this book. Please enter me 🙂

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    Vanderbilt Wife says

    With three kids under 5, the youngest being 11 weeks, I definitely could use this manual!

  71. 74
    Kathy says

    Please enter me for the Fearless Feeding by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen give-away. Thank you for the offer!

  72. 75
    Evelyn says

    This looks like a fabulous book. Thanks for posting. Crossing my fingers!

  73. 76
    Dev F says

    Please enter my name for the book!

  74. 77
    Tanya H says

    I’d love to be entered for the book!

  75. 78
    Julie G. says

    I’d love to be entered into this giveaway. I surely thank you for the opportunity!!

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    Shellie says

    I would love to be entered!

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    Anna A says

    Hello, I’d love to be entered for this giveaway. Thank you.

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    Solange says

    I like to read that book. I have two very picky eaters and need help with them

  79. 82
    Denise T says

    I would love to win this book! I have a young preschooler who is going through the picky eater phase.

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    Hilary Yao says

    Hi! I would love to be entered to win this book. I’m actually currently 7 months pregnant with my first baby & would really love to get them started off on the right track! Thanks!

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    Kristie says

    I would love to win this book!!

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    Becky Avella says

    Thank you for the chance to win. I would love to read this book.

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    Mary @ The Calm of His Presence says

    I have 1 very picky eater and 1 that will just about anything but is on a nonhealthy kick. This book would be perfect for us. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Diane says

    Would love to read this book! My son is ridiculously picky. I need to figure out how to get over his hurdle of trying new things.

  85. 88
    Jill Mays says

    The book sounds great. I will add it to my wish list on Amazon, but I really hope I win it first!

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    Rachel @ reprezent98201 says

    I’d love to be entered. We just have one kiddo right now (9 months old) and would love to start her off on the right foot!

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    Teresa Eskew says

    This would be great. I can always use kid friendly healthy recipes.

  88. 91
    Charlotte says

    Thanks for a great giveaway – looks like a really helpful book!

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    Jessica W says

    this sounds like such a great resource!

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    Tova says

    I can’t wait to start reading this book. I’d love to win my own copy!

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    Kelly Kulers says

    This looks like a great book. How I need help getting meals on the table with my picky eater and my kid on the go:)

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    lori says

    Good luck to me!

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    Katie Ault says

    The book sounds like it would be a great read!

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    Lore McSweeney says

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. Having 5 kids I’m always looking for ways to make getti g dinner to the table quicker and easier!!

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    Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free says

    Healthy eating — that’s definitely a desirable goal to teach children! Lots of adults, too 🙂 I’d like to read that book!

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    Erin says

    I’d love to be entered to win “Fearless Feeding!” I’m trying to get my, shall we say, selective 2-year-old to expand her menu. It looks like it would be very helpful.

  97. 101
    Callie says

    That sounds like such a neat book. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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    Wayne McDougall says

    I’d like to be entered to win the book please.

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    Brennan's Mom says

    I’m always looking for ways to feed my son! He’s a good eater but with a long history of Type II diabetes and obesity in the family, any information is good info!

    Thanks for hosting, Laura! Your menu looks good!

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    Catherine Brooks says

    Please enter me in the book giveaway, I am struggling with getting my 6 year old son to eat much of anything and I could really use some advice and new ideas! Thank you 🙂

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    Carrie Dodd says

    Enter me!!

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    Jennifer Gierent says

    Enter me in to win the book fearless feeding 🙂

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    Bridget says

    Oh I would love this book! Our house is 2 picky eaters and 2 who will eat anything!

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    Karen S. says

    I’d love to win!

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    Stevie Luplow says

    Would love to be entered into the giveaway! Sounds like a book that could help me out right about now!

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    Kate says

    Please enter me in the drawing!

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    Heather says

    I’d like to be entered, please. 🙂

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    Verena says

    crossing my fingers 🙂

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    Joellyn A says

    I’d like to be entered to win. 🙂

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    Lynn Delahunty says

    Would love to win this book – I definitely need help planning meals!!! Love your website!

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    Dina says

    I’d like to be entered in the contest. I’m a teacher and have to plan lessons to teach on a daily basis. It makes sense then to also plan for what my family will eat daily.

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    Amanda says

    I would love a copy of this book!

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    Rebecca says

    Sounds like a great book! Would love to win a copy.

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    Rachel says

    I’d love to win the book!

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    Haley says

    Please enter me in the giveaway!

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    LB says

    I’d love to be entered. Having food issues with my kiddo!!

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    JAMIE G says

    I’m interested in the book giveaway.

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    Sarah says

    As a busy mom of a one year old and a very picky soon-to-be three year old, this book sounds awesome! Thanks for the menu and all your other wonderful ideas. I just LOVE your blog!!!

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    valerie says

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway

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    Katherine says

    With three kids under 4 years old, I’d love any helpful hints I can get!

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    Mindy Brown says

    Please enter for fearless feeding book giveaway.

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      Kaila says

      I would love to win a copy of the Fearless Feeding book! My 7 year old is very picky and often will not eat what we make for dinner…I worry he is not getting enough and have had to find things he will eat as a meal when he does not like what the rest of us are eating!

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    Lindsy says

    I would live to be entered!!!

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    Alicia says

    I NEED this! Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

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    Lisa Muniz says

    I’d love to win a copy, but just in case I am headed over to amazon to add this book to my wish list. I have four kids who love their junk. One has allergies and the youngest is now heavier than his older (by two years) brother. He’s like a bottomless pit and loves his sweets. I need guidance! Thanks for offering this. . . love your site!

  125. 130
    Amanda Redman says

    I would like to be entered into the giveaway for Fearless Feeding!!!! Thank you!!!!

  126. 131
    Robin Guzauckas says

    Please enter me into your drawing. It sounds like a fabulous book!

  127. 132
    Amy says

    I would love this book.

  128. 134
    Debbie Pitman says

    I would love this cookbook! I have a picky eater! She used to be such a great eater!

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    Amy m says

    With 3 picky eaters under 5 I would love a chance to win a copy of the book! 🙂

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    Susan M says

    I would love to have this book, it is much needed!

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    Angela says

    I need this book!

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    Kristin says

    What a great book! I would love to have this in my hands to read more!

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    Jennifer Josephsen says

    Please enter me in the drawing for the fearless feeding book.

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    Erin says

    I would love to win this book. Currently I am battling how to plan healthy meals for my twin girls that are 20 months old. I don’t want them to grow up thinking fast food is just part of our every week menu! I have one good eater and one picky eater. Makes for challenging meal planning!

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    Nancy Pickard says

    Please enter me into this contest. This book might be a lifesaver for my family. I have a set of 12 year old twins who have food aversions (no allergies though.) They eat the same meals for lunch and dinner with very little variation. They ate fine as babies and toddlers, but at some point started gagging and crying when new foods are introduced. If this book has tips that would help me and them get some variation into their diet, I would be forever grateful.

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    Dana says

    Would love a copy of the book! Have kids and one “big” kid who I constantly struggle to keep full and healthy. Always looking for new ideas, strategies and recipes to keep the meals coming as fast as they can eat them!

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    Monica Brooks says

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

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    Kari says

    Please enter me in the drawing!

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    susan g says

    Thanks for the giveaway – sounds like a very helpful book!

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    Daisy says

    I’d love to win this book! Thanks for the competition! xx

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    Theresa - Ready Aim Organize says

    Great giveaway. Wow, sounds like this is the book I need. Don’t think a day goes by where I don’t say “why won’t she eat, it’s so frustrating. She ate ____ yesterday and won’t touch it today. argh!” The joys of an 18mos old picky eater 🙂

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    Jennifer DeGirolomo says

    Great book. WOuld love to win this for healthier meals for my 8 year old who tends to eat not healthy and for my 10 year old who is picky and I have food allergies. So meal time is definately a challenge!

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    Louise Furlong says

    Please enter me for this book give away. I need ideas for my very picky Aspie eater.

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    Sarah says

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Katie says

    i would love to win this book

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    Beth says

    This book looks great. I’m a Registered Dietitian (and mom) and hadn’t heard about this book yet. I can’t wait to check it out! Always looking for great resources that encourage healthy eating for families. I have enjoyed and recommended the book Baby Bites by Bridget Swinney (RD) which has information about feeding babies through toddlers. This new book looks like a great addition to that and a good resource following toddlerhood! Thank you!

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    teresa says

    I would love to have Fearless feeding, have a 7-year-old who is very selective to feed. Also excited to start using Menu plan Monday links.

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    Misty says

    I love Maryann’s blog, & would love to read her book!

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    Carly says

    I’d love to win a copy of this book and use it both at home & in my

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    Carly says

    (sorry, posted too early as I type this with a baby in my arms!) I was just saying the Fearless Feeding book would also be useful in my work with children with feeding problems, thanks for entering me!

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    Jill Hill says

    Hi! Thank you for this give away! Oh girl–I need this book. 🙂 Happy Sunday!


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