Breastfeeding and bottle products on Zulily today

Whether you feed your baby from the breast, bottle or both, Zulily has great deals from bottles, to nursing covers and scarves, to pillows. Take a look at this deal on a set of 3 9-Oz. Born Free Glass Bottles. They are BPA-free.

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Back in the saddle

After a too long break, I’m getting back into the game! I look forward to bringing you more great information, challenges, and resources you can consider. I’ll share fun family and kid crafts or outdoor fun. I’ll also share great deals on some of my favorite Eco-friendly, safe, ethical, fair-trade or sustainable products. I will do more product reviews as well. I look forward to seeing what’s to come and hearing your feedback.

Births of today – are all these interventions necessary?

I am about to give birth to our third child, thus have been reading a lot more about pregnancy, birth and babies. Kinda goes with the territory.

I will say I am saddened by what I read. Birth has become such a medical procedure. What happened to the beauty of birth designed by God? I am not saying all medical interventions are completely unnecessary, as they have saved lives, but are they overused? And are we doing ourselves a favor to embrace them or should we avoid them?

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor am I giving medical advice. I am just a mama sharing evidence-based articles so other mamas and mamas-to-be may also learn and make educated decisions of their own.

1. This is a great article of 10 decisions parents must make concerning their newborn. Decisions like delayed cord clamping, koala care, eye ointment, Vit k injection and more. I love that she gives both sides and is not biased in her delivery.

2. Consumer Reports even chimed in. They have a list of 10 pregnancy/birth procedures to avoid, as well as a list of 10 things to do when you are pregnant. One of those things includes considering a midwife. So excited to see such a list from a more mainstream media. The fact of the matter is of all developed countries, the US has the highest infant mortality rate. While no one is sure why, it is true that the US has the highest medical interventions of these countries. Poor diet, obesity are other factors that have been tossed around.

3. Delayed cord clamping. Did you know that 1/3 of the baby’s blood volume resides in the placenta at the time of birth? That blood is the baby’s, so should have the rights to it, but immediate cord clamping has become common practice. Here is a great article debunking common myths about cord clamping. Even the World Health Organization recommends delaying cord clamping. Some recommend delaying 3-5 minutes, others recommend waiting until the cord stops pulsating, usually 10-15 minutes. Others decide on a Lotus Birth where the placenta stays attached until the cord and all fall off on its own. Now, I personally can’t see toting around a placenta and a baby for that long, but this is a common practice in some countries.

I will be posting more articles, but right now, this mama is too tired to think anymore!

Hearty Vegetable Soup recipe

When I need something easy to make, vegetable soup is always a nice go to, as long as I have everything on hand of course. But the great thing about vegetable soup is you can improvise and use the vegetables you have on hand. I made this last night and it was a hit, so jotting it down here so I can repeat it in the future. This will give us about 4 meals (I froze 1 meals worth, then we will have 1 lunch and 1 dinner ready for this week. Woohoo!)

I used:
2 onions, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 box vegetable stock (organic)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp basil
1 box Pomi chopped tomatoes
4 cups of water (use more as needed)
4 cups organic mixed frozen vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, edemame)
1 1/2 cups frozen black eyed peas
8 oz pasta (optional, but you’ll want to add a little more water if you do)
4 medium potatoes, diced

In a large stock pot, heat 2 tbls oil. Sauté onions until tender, during last minute, add the garlic. Then add vegetable stock and other ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour (or longer to let all the flavors blend together more). Next time I am going to try fresh celery (and eliminate the celery seed), and sauté with the onions. Either way, this soup was yummy!

Healthy lunch box round up

Here is what I have packed lately

Create your own lunchable. Ham and cheese slices, whole wheat crackers, organic Oreo, strawberries, grapes, yogurt.

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Same for my boy…with popcorn too

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Oranges, ham, carrots, strawberries, grapes, chocolate covered pecan.

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Pizza quesadilla, pears, strawberries, carrots, kiwi.

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Same for my son.

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Pizza quesadilla once more, kiwi, oranges, strawberry, pecans.

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Pancake peanut butter and jelly sandwich, kale chips, grapes and kiwi.

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Yogurt, granola, carrots, apple slices and peanut butter

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Turkey on homemade whole wheat roll, red Bartlett pear slices, tangerine slices and Annie’s bunny Graham’s (from Halloween).

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My son had mostly the same but with avocado and tomato on his turkey sandwich.

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Peanut butter and jelly sushi rolls (used lavash), blueberries, pineapples, pears.

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Same as above for my son only added cucumbers too. He loves them!

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Pumpkin waffle sandwich with cream cheese and strawberry fruit spread, boiled egg, pineapple, and kiwi, oh and raspberry yogurt covered pretzels. She asked me to pack this lunch for her every day. :)

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Son didn’t think he’d like the sandwich (not much he doesn’t like, so surprising), so I gave him a sample sandwich and cut his pumpkin waffles up and gave a little container of syrup.

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Healthy lunch box round up

So I was tired and lazy and have not posted each lunch daily, so here are the ones I have missed…

Ham & romaine lettuce rolled in whole wheat tortilla, yogurt with granola, apple slices with peanut butter and water. Oh and a couple M&Ms my parents got the kids against my request (we are about to be hit with Halloween candy.)

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Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat cut into hearts, orange slices, grapes and homemade sweet potato chips.

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My son also had a PB&J on whole wheat but I cut his into a Mickey Mouse shape. And I ate the extras off their sandwiches… No waste! :)

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See other lunch box ideas.

Keep checking back daily for more healthy lunch ideas.

Today’s healthy lunch box: do it yourself lunchable

Lunchables are a fairly popular item for quick lunch boxes, but contain ingredients I don’t care to offer my kids, not to mention you can make these a lot cheaper on your own! Men’s Health listed the turkey lunchable meal the kids meal with the most sugar and a group of dietitians for the non profit Cancer Project reviewed 60 pre packaged kids lunches and listed the 5 worst here. Bottom line is that pre packaged, processed foods are convenient, but not good for you.

Making your own lunchable with healthier options of real, minimally processed cheese, no hormone and nitrate-free meat (organic is possible), and whole wheat crackers make a better option. Certainly, a lunchable style lunch is a little more fun too.

It’s actually easy and not as time consuming as you would think. My DIY lunchable was Canadian bacon (ham) cut into triangles, cheese slices and whole wheat crackers. I also included yogurt, granola, strawberries, grapes and an organic “Oreo” for our special treat. Our drink was a treat too, took a break from our usual water and offered raspberry lemonade.

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My son had the same, no granola, but I gave him a little popcorn.

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See other lunch box ideas.

Keep checking back daily for more healthy lunch ideas.

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