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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Toddler Easter Treat

Are you looking for a quick and easy Easter toddler treat for your kids classroom Easter party? Well, look no further! I have these super easy peeps "recipe" that you can whip up in no time, and there are two ways you can do them too. 

Like I said, I am talking easy, all you need is about thirty minutes, some Easter peeps (can be the birds or bunnies), and candy melts.

-Melt the candy melts in the microwave.
Takes about 45 seconds at the most.
-Dip the bottom halves of the birdie Peeps into the chocolate.
-Set the Peeps on wax paper to dry. 

It is that easy. I told ya so. 

Or there are the ever so easy pops. Just grab a pack of paper straws, cut them in half to make them more kid friendly and slowly wiggle the straw just above the dried chocolate. Eat and enjoy!

Kids love these fun treats and to make the pops more kid friendly, choose a bright colored Peep, melting chocolate and paper straw. You could even add a fun printed cellophane bag and tie it up for your kids class and add a cute printable. Before you know it, you will have a  cute "Martha Stewart" Easter treat for your kids class in no time. It will look like you spent hours on this cute creation but in all reality, it only took about 30 minutes and the kids will go crazy over them. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Make Your Own Baby Food

Making your own baby food can be cheaper and healthier than store bought. When making my son's baby food I prefer to buy organic produce. Which is why in the sentence above I put "can be cheaper". Since organic baby food is historically more expensive, the price of the baby food may actually equal out to the price of store bought baby food or in some instances, it may even be more. Now, I bet no one has told you that before. But, its true. Just because you make your own baby food doesn't always mean its cheaper, most of the time yes but not always. For example, I just bought a small container of organic spinach from Publix (I live in the South) and it was $3.99. When all I was all done with making his greens it did not even fill one ice cube tray, which equals out to about maybe give feedings of two cubes per feeding. If you catch Publix's BOGO on Earth's Best than my homemade baby food is way more expensive. However, I have not found any baby food company that sells organic spinach. 

The reason behind me making my son's first baby foods is simple. Babies have not developed system like us adults, so all these extra pesticides can be potentially harmful to their little bodies. There is a new study out there (of course there is right?) about how they are linking pesticides to ADHD and other mental disorders in children. Do I know much about it? No? But, it's out there and they doing more research on it. I also don't like how baby food companies put extra sodium into the food. They are sweet babies for crying out loud. Why all the extra crap? I get it that its a preservative but still. Just because I think feeding my son organic baby food DOES NOT mean that I never feed either of my kids junk because I do. My toddler gets the famous Donut Friday if he is good all week and he gets prepackaged snacks and so on. And, Austin has gotten canned baby food before, I do believe everything in moderation. 

Now onto my tips and tricks of the easiest way to make your own baby food. I promise it is easy. So, if this is your first time or you are trying to see if it will work for your lifestyle. The answer is yes. You don't need any of those expensive baby food cookers, do they make the process easier? Maybe yes and maybe no. Depends on the person. 

- Steamer.
-Wooden Spoon.

All you do is, buy whatever produce it is that you want your baby to consume. Wash it really well. Pop it into the steamer. Steam it for about 20-30 minutes depending on what it is. Scrape out the food with a spoon into the blender (I find the wooden spoons easier since they don't transfer the heat and are 100% BPA free) and then puree and/or liquefy the food. 

Now, I prefer the larger steamer over those baby food cookers because the steamer/blender combo can handle larger quantities. I find that the baby food cookers take me three times as long because they are smaller and can only hold a little bit of produce at a time. The baby food cookers do have the steamer and puree all in the same appliance which makes that part easier. However for me, when I make baby food, I go big or go home. I make large batches. 

Next, you can either freeze the food or go ahead and have fresh food for the week. If prefer to freeze the food (you normally do this when you are making big batches), pour the baby food into ice cube trays and throw them in the freezer for about 24 hours. After the baby food is frozen you can pop out the cubes and separate the fruits from the vegetables into their own separate freezer safe baggies and put them back into the freezer. When you are ready to feed your baby, take out however many cubes you want, let them thaw and maybe do a quick zap in the microwave before you feed the food to your baby. Remember to make sure the food isn't too hot or too cold for the baby. 

If you prefer to keep the food fresh and not freeze it, I have found that this Infantino Squeeze Station works great. It simplifies the process and doesn't take up much room in your refrigerator. It really doesn't get any easier than this.  These pouches are not reusable so that does stink and adds another cost into the mix but they are very very easy. They even sell screw on spoon caps to make feeding on the go easy. 

Another food pouch option is the Little Green Pouch.  What is awesome about these pouches are that they are reusable and big. Whenever I am on the go and know I need to feed A while I am out, I will put a couple of frozen cubes into a Little Green Pouch, seal it up and throw it in my diaper bag. By the time he is ready to eat has been thawed out and ready to consume. 

And there you have it. The whys and hows behind my organic baby food making experience. Please feel free to ask me any questions. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stitch Fix Review Part 3

If I have said it once, I have said it a million times. I love Stitch Fix! If you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a monthly subscription box perfect for busy women and here are all the details you need...
  •  They deliver clothes right to your front door step. 
  •  Fill out a style profile of your body shape, the areas that you want to flaunt and/or hide, and then tell them about your style and maybe even throw in your Pinterest board for good measure. The more details you give them the better your box will be.
  • Then, you wait, you wait patiently for your delivery.
  • Upon arrival, squeal to your front door, grab the box, run inside and rip open the box, oogle all over the fun goodies, try them on and figure out what you want to keep by trying it all on.
  •  Send back what you want and then check out online. It is that easy!

This top is gorgeous. The bright blue detailed with the lace is just perfection, if you are tall that is. I am five foot nothing so this top hit my funny. Plus, I am not a fan of things being tied around my waist. My middle section is my problem area so I like to not draw attraction to it, and by having this tie around my waist, I feel it did just that. Hey, look at my not flat stomach will ya!! No thanks.

As for the price of this top, if I am remembering correction it was around $78.00. I am not going to pay $78.00 for a shirt unless I am absolutely in love with it, and it's made of gold. So Stitch Fix, please think about reducing your rates for tops, this isn't a dress, its a small shirt.

I adore chevron, but not on my small frame. It's too much on me. Plus, I am 100% not a fan of this jersey material. It grabs guessed mid section and does not do it any justice. Plus, this top was pretty high priced for what it was, $58.00 for a chubby shirt. Sorry, I'm going to have to pass.

Yes! This top is totally me. Boring I guess. But it's a perfect staple, and it has ruffles! I heart ruffles! It's cut was a bit low on me and like I said, it's so me that I already have 3 shirts in this same color that look identical. Not to say I couldn't use more though. You can never have to much navy in your closet. I would have paid the price (approximately $40 something) because let me say it again, a girl can never have too many good quality and excellent fitting staples in your closet.

Now, finally for what I kept!This shirt looks so cute on, is flowy and perfect for spring. Totally obsessed and have already worn it twice. Yes, the back is jersey knit but that OK, because its on my back and not clinging to every inch of my problem area. This Collective Concepts top was $58.00 which I think is on the high side, but it is very nicely made and I know I will wear it a lot. I can dress it up with a pair of work pants and accessories or even hanging out with the kids on the weekends by throwing some shorts and flip flops on with it.

Normally the box contains five items, if you look in my first photo you will see that they also sent a set of chevron bangles. I just didn't photograph them, I didn't think they were all that great, but wish I did now so you could see them. They were navy, white and a light blue if I remember correctly. For $38.00 I just could not justify it. So, needless to say I passed.

Feel free to ask me any questions about Stitch Fix, I am signed up and ready to get my 4th box! The clothing and customer service supersedes any form of online and even in store shopping. They rock!