Mills’ blog is found at kitchenfunwithmy3sons
“Any mom who likes to get creative in the kitchen would probably enjoy looking through our site for fun ideas. Anybody whose having trouble with their kids on eating — we have a lot of stuff geared toward healthy foods that will get your kids to try different foods,” said Mills, who started the blog two years ago.
Mills created the blog on Google blogger at the encouragement of friends and family.
“I used to do pretty big parties with my boys where I made a lot of fun food. A lot of my friends and family said I should start a blog. I’d never even been to a blog. I didn’t know anything about blogs,” she said.
The blog gained popularity when another site craftgossip.com picked up on Mills’ blog. “(Craft Gossip) put up one of our creations. Everything started taking off. We’ve got about 40,000 followers now. We never thought it would have taken off like that. It’s turned into a second job for me,” said Mills, who works at WellStar Health Place.
Since starting the blog, she has become the fun food contributor for the Kellogs’ site snackpicks.com and contributes to PBS Kids and Pillsbury as well.
Many of her food ideas encourage children to try new things. “My middle one was a really picky eater. I created a lot of the fruits and vegetables in fun looking ways just to get him to try it. It really worked with him. He will eat anything now but at the time he wouldn’t eat anything,” Mills said.
“I get emails daily from people saying that their kids will try new foods because of the creations that they’ve made from our site,” said Mills, a Powder Springs resident. She and her husband, Josh, have three sons, 9-year-old Von, 7-year-old Dane and 2-year-old Levi.
An example of her food crafts is Ice Cream for Lunch, one of their most popular items where she creates an ice cream cone from a grilled cheese sandwich and fruit.
A variety of fun foods for children such as character and cartoon food, silly snacks, and healthy treats can be found on the site. “We do everything — breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. Anybody with kids who wants to make edible crafts (will enjoy the blog),” she said.
New ideas are posted 3-4 times a week. Fun Finds Fridays is updated once a week where Mills shares favorite inspirations found on the Internet; a link party is available on Thursdays where other bloggers can link their creations to the site; and Mills shares her ideas and those of others on Facebook.
“(The blog) has been a lot of fun. It’s great to get to do something fun. A lot of what we do is kid friendly that they could do on their own,” Mills said.