Win A Copy of Sending You Sammy!

There’s an educational and fun way to win a copy of Sending You Sammy to meet BananaBoy and it’s available until the end of this month!

By signing up to the free newsletter with The Eating Game you can receive tips and information in your email box and win prizes!

What’s the Eating Game?

The Eating Game is an effective tool designed first to help the parents of autistic, and other, children who struggle at each meal time. Dealing with autism makes it difficult to decide on what to have to eat and ensure it’s healthy. It’s common that sufferers of autism don’t do well with change – whether it’s simply the colour of their food or the taste.

Fellow Nova Scotian, Jean Nicol, worked to design a tool which can be used by every parent who struggles to introduce a new food to their menu. Being able to let your child decide what to have with each meal from a selection you present makes it easy to have them control what the family eats and you decide which foods to choose from.

How You Can Win!

Simply sign up for The Eating Game’s free newsletter this month and have your name put into a draw for a free signed copy of Sending You Sammy at the end of August. Stay enrolled for other amazing prizes to be won all year!

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Sarah Butland

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Picky Eaters Shouldn’t be Tricky

Some parents struggle with improving their children’s health but it’s easier than most of us think.

I, too, was a very selective eater but eating vegetables and fruits was always encouraged. Hot dogs were never on my menu but cereal and bed lunch was and, not that I’m older, wiser and with child myself, I realize how easy it is not to have these either.

My four year old never really heard of having a snack before bed until recently. If he was hungry before going to bed we’d feed him but his selection was limited – yogurt, a piece of fruit or nothing. He’d never go to bed hungry even though what he really wanted was some crackers or cereal and this made him appreciate healthy choices even more. It would also be the test to determine if he was really hungry or just trying to stay awake a few minutes more.

You buy the groceries for your house so what goes in the cart and on your shelves is up to you. When you’re making the list, ask your kids for suggestions and explain why you’ll add them or not. Give them the power to choose what’s for dinner or to pack in their lunch and you’ll notice they’ll be happy choosing items that you have in the house.

Be sure to always have different fruits and vegetables to try, not always their favourites.

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Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

Have you Ever Eaten a Dragon?

Be adventurous today and try a dragon for breakfast!

You’ve read about dragon’s in fairy tales but now you can eat one in the form of a dragon fruit. Similar taste to a kiwi, dragon fruits look amazing and distinct among the other fruit in the produce section.

Also known as pitaya, the edible parts of this fruit when eaten raw consists of mostly water and carbohydrates, with some protein and fat content. Pitayas contain slight amounts of calcium, phosphorus, iron and other nutrients.

You’ll find videos on YouTube on how to peel this wonderful fruit and more information at:


Thanks for reading and being adventurous!


The Lemonman (A Party, some rain and Wiggleworm Lane)

Brilliant story with magnificent rhymes and colourful illustrations, The second of The Lemonman series, A Party, some rain and Wiggleworm Lane, teaches a wonderful lesson.

Weather is out of our control but how we react to it and enjoy it is something we can all learn to do. While the worms hope for more rainy days they plot and scheme their way to make their town more ideal for them… or so they think.

Follow the Lemonman as he is invited to a party of worms and later to their secret domain to learn what this book has in store.

I am eager to read it to my four year old to get his reaction to the whimsical and musical story of how the Lemonman made it rain.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

Brown Paper Teddy Bear Review

The brilliant illustrations on cardboard paper of a wonderful story made this extra impressive.

My almost 4 year old’s eyes shone bright with the details of each page, almost like a photograph more than a drawing.

The story of a young girl waking up to a magical brown bear to go on an adventure every kid only dreams of. Meeting new toys brought to life with the words and colour, the story circles to Jessica’s grandfather who owned the brown bear when he was a child.

A recommended read for children and parents alike. Excellent for a Christmas traditional story time.

Thanks for reading,
Sarah Butland