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Thursday
Apr032014

Easy homemade baby food recipes 

Issie has at such a fun age. He is trying to walk, he laughs at everything and he is having a great time trying new foods. 

Seriously- look at those fat little short legs! 

 

A few months back I won a Baby Bullet (disclosure policy) from the awesome, awesome, awesome ladies of What's Up Mom's

I made baby food when Ry was a baby, but I used just my ordinary blender, which was hard to clean and had a lot of parts. But this baby bullet- man, it's a game changers. 

So Issie and I thought we would share some of our favorite baby food recipes. 

1. Bananas and Homemade Yogurt - I used one ripe banana and a half cup of yogurt. You can find my homemade yogurt recipe here, but store bought yogurt is perfect as well. 

I just put it all in the blender and blend until smooth. It's usually pretty liquidy so I either pour it in a sippy cup or thicken it with baby oatmeal. 

2. Spinach and apple sauce. Issie loves homemade apple sauce, he would eat apple sauce all day if I let him. But I do worry he isn't getting enough iron since he is still breastfed. So I throw some spinach in there with the apple sauce and he is good to go. He loves it. (That's what he is eating in the photo up there!) 

3. Green baby smoothie. This sort of combines the two recipes above.

I use one ripe banana, a handful of fresh spinach, some yogurt and a little breast milk or formula. I throw it all in the blender. 
If your child has lactose sensitivity and you don't want to use yogurt you can omit the yogurt completely an use a frozen banana and dilute it with a little water. You could also use coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk. And there is also kefir, which is lactose free.

 

4. Quinoa and blueberries. Okay, I know this sounds strange, but I promise babies love it. I use a cup prepared organic quinoa and some frozen organic blueberries, steamed. 

Then I combine them in the bullet with a little breast milk. 

I actually saw some quinoa and blueberry pouches at my local Target for $1.50 each. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? That's highway robbery. 

 

I purchased some of these BooginHead pouches from Amazon and I reused them over and over. (Affiliate link, here is my disclosure policy.)

Have you made your own baby food? It's so easy and will save you so much money! 

Sunday
Mar232014

Hack your diaper Genie tutorial 

 

Let's face it, diapers are a way of life when you have babies. And they stink. And you have to dispose of them.

The costs of all these things add up. Here comes the diaper pail! Personally, I thought a garbage can could do the same job. But then someone gave us a pail at our shower and then the baby came and I realized that yes Virginia, diapers do smell.

So I am forever grateful for my diaper genie. But the refills can get expensive. The three packs run $15- $18 on Amazon.

I am cheap. So I decided to hack my Genie and create my own refills for pennies!

What you'll need:

Your diaper genie

A pack of garbage bags - A pack of 28 for $1 at The Dollar Tree

Take out the insert of Diaper Genie bags. Wrap the garbage bag around the insert. 

Pull the garbage bag through the hole.

Feed the bag through the Genie!

Toss the rest of the roll of bags in the bottom of the Genie. I also recommend sprinkling a little baking soda in there.

Voila! Pennies!

Note: This post contains affiliate links. Meaning, if you click the link and make a purchase I do earn a portion of the purchase. I am not asking you to buy anything, I am just being upfront with you guys.

Monday
Feb172014

Create a memory game from leftover Valentine's Day Cards 

My toddler got a HUGE amount of Valentine's cards last week. In fact, my daddy sent him an entire box of Thomas cards. 

As you can see from the photo above Ry is a BIG Thomas fan. Loves the show and anything related to it. When I showed him all the cards he named each character with perfect clarity. 

But I don't need a TON of Valentine's just lying around my house. So I decided to upcycle them into a fun memory game for Ry. 

What you'll need:

Construction paper

glue stick

old cards

OPTIONAL: Contact paper or a laminator. 

Step one, make sure each card has an indentical twin. Recycle the ones that don't or same them for something else. 

Step 2. Cut into squares, all about the same size. 

Step 3. Glue them to some construction paper. 

Step 4. Cut out the cards that you glued to the paper. 

Step 5 would be to laminate them, but I don't have a laminator at my house so I wll have to save that step for later. 

Clearly Ry LOVES them. Right now he doesn't understand the concept of mathing, but he is only two so we will get there. 

How are you recycling all those cards at your house? 

 

Thursday
Feb062014

You might be a Stay At Home Mom If….

I love being at home with my boys. I wouldn't trade this sweet time for anything in the world. But sometimes spending all your time in the baby and toddler world means you are out of touch with what is going on in other parts of the world. 

Don't get me wrong! I watch the news. I listen to NPR. I read the paper. I am informed. But there are a few pop culture things that have escaped me. 

Fill in the blank: You might be a Stay At Home Mom If......

 

 

Wednesday
Jan222014

Save time and money on toddlers and babies

I've only been a mom for 26 months. So I am not an expert. But I have written about what I have learned over the past two years. And I thought I would compile some of those ideas (links) in one post for you to reference. 

1. Saving Cash on Clothes. 

Saving cash on babies ( or click HERE to download the free ebook)

2. Gear up on the Cheap

The Lowdown on Cloth Diapers

Hack your Diaper Genie

Why you should make your own baby food

Super Gentle Reusable Baby Wipes

3. Keep 'em Entertained 

Keep an Infant Entertained

Indoor Activities to Keep a Toddler Happy and Busy

Homemade Finger Paint

Entertain a Toddler on A Rainy Day

Toddler Play the Old Fashioned Way

4. Encourage Mom

Managing a Toddler and a Newborn

New Mom Care Package

Five Tips for New Moms

5. Focusing on What Matters 

He's Still a Baby