Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes

Fall is such a fun season full of colorful leaves, apple picking and pumpkins! Now we may be a little biased, but we especially love Fall in Michigan. In honor of the beautiful season that is upon us, we have whipped up a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes that the whole family can enjoy.

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread :: The perfect snack for anytime of day, for you and the family. Yum! Get the full recipe from Clean Food Crush.


  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup all-natural pumpkin puree
  • 5 Medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup mini dark chocolate chips


Pumpkin Pie Milkshake :: Do we dare say more? This is such a yummy treat, especially for your children! Whip up this milkshake for an after-school snack surprise or dessert after dinner. For a fun twist: add sprinkles! Full recipe from Gimme Some Oven.  


  • 1 cup lowfat milk (or almond or soy milk)
  • 1/2 cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 cup ice cubes


Smoked Pumpkin Chili :: As the months begin to become cooler, this chili is the perfect dinner to make for your family to warm up! Check out the full recipe from Never Home Maker.


  • 1 medium to large cooking onion, chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cans (or one large can) of dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1 can of low-sodium corn kernels, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, keep the juice
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (or beer of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (or regular)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 to 15 sage leaves (optional)

Savory Pumpkin Dip (with bacon) :: If we didn’t before, we have your attention now! Yes, you read that right: pumpkin dip. But trust us, it’s delicious and a perfect snack for Saturday football, after school, or a dish to pass at a family party . Full recipe from Gimme Some Oven.


  • 1 (8 oz.) brick low-fat cream cheese, softened (I used low-fat cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 4-6 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon


Which one will you be making first? Let us know! 


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JPE Referral Program

Do you love your kiddo’s Jonas Paul Eyewear frames?

Do you want to let your other friends know about our stylish frames? 

What if you could receive money for referring your friends?

Now you can!

At Jonas Paul Eyewear, we have implemented a referral program.

How does it work exactly?

1. Buy a pair of kids glasses from us! 

2. Head to our referral program page. It will ask you to enter your email and will create a link!

3. Share this link with your friends, family, across social media, etc. and they will receive 15% off! 

3. When your friend makes a purchase via the link, you will receive $15 CASH paid via PayPal for every friend that makes a purchase. 

Sounds like a win-win to us! Start sharing, today: Referral Program

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How To: Manage Work-Life Balance

Your maternity leave is coming to an end and you are about head back to work. A flood of emotions come swarming towards you and you begin to question if this is the right approach.

Should I go back to work? Am I a terrible mother if I do? How do I create a work-life balance? 

While we start to feel overwhelmed, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. 

We have rounded up a few our favorite articles about creating a work-life balance that is easy(ier) to manage, won’t make you feel guilty, and helps you create time for date night & family activities. 

It Will All Work Out. 

We love the article from Parents about whether or not work-life balance for moms is BS. They state, “While we definitely have our moments where we think that we’re barely keeping the boat afloat—incredibly, we still feel pretty optimistic that somehow, some way it will all work out.” It just has to, right? 

Be 100% Wherever You Are.

Great article by Working Moms Against Guilt discusses 8 essential tips every mom needs for a work-life balance. One tip they share is to be 100% at work (and 100% at home). “The best remedy is to develop routines and habits that allow you to be as efficient as possible while you’re still in the office so that none of the work carries into your home.”

Do Not Feel Guilty.

Another article from Parents discusses 10 ways Moms can balance work and family. One being – Get rid of the guilt. “Rather than dwell on how you’re not with your child, think about how your role in the company is benefitting the family.” 

You’re Not Alone.

The Muse posts an article from a working mom herself & how she finds balance. A piece of advice she gives? Connect with other working moms. “These women understand the emotions and challenges that come from balancing working and parenting.”

We hope that these articles will help you find some balance and remember, you are not alone. Sure, everyday won’t be perfect but it’s important to remember that “It’s okay to not do it all.” (PC via @lovelyindeed)

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Raising Confident Children

Seeing your child grow up and build independence can be such a hard adjustment for us parents. One day they are needing our full attention and the next they are texting us (yes, texting!) their plans for the night. 

Though they may not need us as much as they once did, you have to remember that them requiring less attention is a good sign because you raised them to be independent and confident. 

And confidence is such an important trait to develop, especially at a young age. But how do we raise our children to be confident without falling into the fear of trying too hard or not enough? 

Well we have done our research and we are sharing a few tips on how to raise a confident child.

  • Lessen the compliments: Parent Magazine states, “Your child can get so accustomed to hearing “Good job!” that he or she may have a hard time realizing when his accomplishments are worth celebrating.” Though it’s important to encourage your children, there is a fine line between encouraging just enough or too much where they will continuously expect this type of gratification.
  • Let them Fail: Kids Health states, “Give kids the opportunity to try something new, make mistakes and learn from them.” In time they will learn to overcome these obstacles on their own and will become more confident because of it.
  • Give Them a Task: Ask your child to help set the table, wash dishes, clean their room, etc. By letting them accomplish these chores, you are allowing them to demonstrate their competence and your son or daughter will feel that their contribution is valuable. (Article from Todays Parents). 
  • Be a Positive Role Model: Children learn best while mirroring their parents. If you are constantly criticizing yourself and putting yourself down, your children will feel that is how to behave and begin to imitate this trait as well. Reflect a positive, confident image and they will, too.
  • Engage with Them: When your child asks you to play, try your best to really be there. If you are playing with your child, but your mind is focused elsewhere, your child will think that you have lost interest, which will in turn make them feel that they are not important. Ask Dr. Sears states, “What may seem like a meaningless activity to you, means a lot to your baby.” So set aside some time with them and make sure you are really present. 

At Jonas Paul Eyewear, we are constantly encouraging confidence among children – especially through eyewear. Growing up and becoming confident is already a hard enough task to take on, wearing glasses that increase our self-esteem shouldn’t be. Through our company, we hope to inspire confidence each & everyday through each pair of glasses a child places on their perfect face. 

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Partnership with Vitamin Angels

At Jonas Paul Eyewear, our mission is to help children feel beautiful in their glasses, provide sight to children in need and prevent blindness with the most vulnerable children through nutrition and preventative medicines. 

Vitamin Angels is an organization that provides nutritional support across the critical window of a child’s development. By providing vitamins to mothers and children under five at risk of malnutrition, they strive to reduce preventable illness, blindness and death to all around create a healthier world. 

Together, we can help save the lives of 4 children with just one purchase. 

Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) is the number one cause of childhood blindness. Through our partnership with Vitamin Angels, we will donate Vitamin A supplements to children in need to help strengthen & fight off life threatening illnesses such as blindness. 

With each purchase of our Jonas Paul T-shirts, we will donate $2 to provide Vitamin A supplements to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. 


Learn more about our impact and see how you can make a difference.

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