Monday, 14 July 2014

Homemade Brown Rice Cereal

I decided to skip the whole rice cereal with my son as a first food. After much research I found that firsts and vegetables would be a better option. I also avoid giving my son foods that contain fillers and additives. When my son turned 9 months old I decided to introduce rice into my his diet to add a bit more texture to his meals. This is when I began experimenting with short-grain brown rice. Brown rice also provides great nutrients, such as: Vitamin B, iron and fibre. 

Ingredients:
  1. 1/4 cup short-grain brown rice
  2. 1 cup water

Directions:
  1. Place the brown rice in a blender or food processor and grind until you have a finely ground powder, about 1 minute.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and add in the brown rice powder while stirring.
  3. Reduce heat, simmer, and continue to stir until the water has evaporated and the rice is tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Serve warm and watch your little one enjoy!




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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Organic Avocado and Turkey Puree

Avocado is a well-loved fruit full of nutrients and monounsaturated fat. Turkey is high in protein and iron too. These two ingredients make a wonderful combination.





Ingredients:
  1. 1 organic turkey drumstick
  2. Avocado oil (I choose avocado oil since my son tried avocado as his first food)
  3. 2 organic avocados  
  4. Plain boiled water

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease the baking dish with avocado oil
  3. Add the drumstick to the baking dish
  4. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes (until the juices run clear)
  5. Remove the pit from the avocado and spoon out the flesh
  6. Once the drumstick is ready remove the bone and cut into pieces
  7. Place the drumstick, avocado, and some water into a blender or food processer and puree
  8. Slowly add more water and puree until you have reached the desired consistency




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Monday, 16 June 2014

Beef Liver and Vegetables Puree

Does your child need an iron boost? This puree will do the trick.



Ingredients 
  1. 1 tablespoon organic beef liver
  2. 1 white potato peeled and diced
  3. ½ zucchini diced


Directions
  1. In a sauce pan cook the potato and zucchini in about ½ of water. Bring the contents to a boil and simmer until soft.
  2. Remove only the vegetables from the saucepan.
  3. Put the liver into the saucepan with the remaining cooking water and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Once the liver is done, combine all ingredients into a blender or food processer and puree.
  5. Slowly add the water and/or remaining cooking juice and puree until you have reached the desired consistency.




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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Footprint Keepsake for Father's Day

Still searching for something to make your hubby for Father's Day? Here is what I did:




My son and I had a busy morning making his footprint. In case you'd like to do the same here are the links I used to help me:


The first thing you'll need to do is make homemade play-doh. I used the recipe from The Imagination Tree

Now that the play-doh is ready, here is a helpful step-by-step blog post on how to make the plaster of paris print. Kindergarten Kids: Mother's Day Plaster of Paris Handprints 

I also obviously didn't have sentence strips lying around so I used the plastic from my Cascade dishwasher tablets instead. This step is really important to avoid the plaster from leaking everywhere. I found this link helpful with this step: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432014#axzz34ElW4vh5




Here is also a great video from Hillside Artisans Children's Boutique that you can watch too. 

After following the above links you should end up with something like this:



Then all you'll need to do is paint a gloss varnish over the footprint,  print out the Footprints poem, put it into the shadow box and then glue the print into the other side and your done! 


Enjoy!



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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Organic Apple Pork Chop Puree

Pork is a great food for iron. Babies need iron for strong blood and energy.  Apples are a good source of fibre, vitamin C and flavonoids.




Ingredients:
  1. 1 organic centre cut pork chop
  2. Avocado oil (I choose avocado oil since my son tried avocado as his first food)
  3. 2 Gala apples
  4. Plain boiled water or cooking juice (save the juices that you cooked the apples in)

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease the baking dish with avocado oil
  3. Add the pork chop to the baking dish
  4. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes (until the juices run clear)
  5. Peel, core, and chop the apples into small cubes and steam for 10 minutes.
  6. Once the pork chop is ready chop it into 1-inch pieces.
  7. Place the pork and apples into a blender or food processer and puree.
  8. Slowly add the water or cooking juice and puree until you have reached the desired consistency.




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Friday, 30 May 2014

5 Ways to Treat Clogged Milk Ducts


Clogged milk ducts are no fun! When your mammary duct is clogged milk is unable to flow through that particular duct leading to swelling and discomfort. It is extremely important to treat clogged ducts ASAP. You do not want it to lead to mastitis.

Here are some of things I did to help unclog my mammary duct:
  1. I took multiple hot showers and let the hot water run down on my breast while massaging into the clogged area and pushing down towards the nipple 
  2. After the hot water massage I applied cold raw cabbage leaves over my breast
  3. I tried to get as much rest as possible (great opportunity for the hubby to take care of you)
  4. To boost my immunity to help reduce my risks of developing mastitis I drank hot lemon and honey water
  5. Most importantly I continued to breastfeed by only offering the sore breast to my son. It is also recommend that your baby's bottom lip is as close to the clogged duct as possible. I would pump the other breast when it was too engorged. 

Following these 5 steps helped me unclog the duct within a day or two. Please seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen and/or you develop a fever.


Have you struggled with a blocked milk duct before? How did you treat it?



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Saturday, 24 May 2014

OutGROW OutPLAY Spring Mega Sale


I am super excited for the 2014 OutGROW OutPLAY Spring Mega Sale. The sale will be taking place on Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga. If you’re a new mom interested in saving 50-90% off on children’s items then this sale is for you. Or if your little one have outgrown their items this is a great way to recycle and resell those items too. Now don’t let the idea of buying second-hand items turn your off. I can assure you that the OutGROW OutPLAY only accepts high quality, new or like new children’s items. After all it’s Canada’s largest upscale children’s consignment sale ever!

The most popular item sold at this sale are toys. However, you’ll find other things there too such as: children's clothing, furniture, nursery bedding, maternity clothing, nursing accessories, infant equipment such as strollers, high chairs and portable cribs and much much more!
I can’t lie; I am most excited about the toys. Toys can be so expensive and sometimes children get little use out of them. I’ll be moving into a new home in a few weeks and am so fortunate to have adequate space for a dedicated playroom. As soon as my husband and I bought our home I quickly began thinking of playroom ideas. It didn’t take me too long to realize how expensive playroom items are.  Did I just see a $965 toy kitchen? Ouch! Although, I would love to be able to afford that kitchen, I am determined to find something less expensive. After all, who knows how fast my little one will play with it or better yet, destroy it. So without further ado, I will definitely be shopping at the OutGROW OutPLAY sale in hopes to find all of my playroom items.

Are you ready to “sell, shop and save a bundle” too?



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