Thursday, February 20, 2014



My kids love, love, love muffins.  But I never want them to have all those carbs for breakfast!  So I went on a hunt for a healthier muffin that would be a good choice for breakfast.  Something to fill them  up!  

I adapted a recipe I found online and came up with this.  They taste really, really healthy (aka bland.)  But my kids liked them...  Just spread some butter on one for yourself!

Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Chia seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup nuts (optional) (I used chopped slivered almonds)
  • 1 cup fruit, fresh or frozen or raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 2 muffins tins with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nuts, Chia seeds and raisins or dried fruit.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, syrup or honey, and egg. Combine wet ingredients with dry.
  4. Batter will be very loose and wet. Evenly distribute oatmeal/fruit mix into lined muffin tins. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until muffins are just golden brown. Bake time may vary depending on size of muffin tins and oven. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. If not serving immediately, refrigerate in air tight container. To freeze muffins, cool completely before storing.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Baby Advice - No Sunscreen?!



Someone recently asked me what to do about sunscreen on her two-month old baby.

The books will say that a baby shouldn’t wear sunscreen until 6 months.  I asked my doctor about this when my first son was born and he said it has to do with the percentage of skin they have compared to adults and that you should use products sparingly – or something like that!!  But the important thing he said was that obviously it is better to use sunscreen than not.  

I always, always had a hat on my babies and tried to keep them covered by the car seat awning as much as possible.  I tried to use sunscreen as little as possible before 6 months (because I'm a ruler follower.)  I even kept an umbrella over my second baby when we were at my older son's t-ball game.  D-O-R-K!

As for sunscreen, I tried many that were all natural and they just didn’t work.  My kids are so fair that they would burn with the natural ones.  Also, they have to have a sunscreen with an SPF 50+.  An SPF 30 is not enough for them.  

The other surprising thing is that the stick kind doesn’t work for them.  I have to use a spray or lotion type.  Even though I try to use all-natural products on my family, I do use Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 (or maybe it is 55.)  It is in a pink metal can that sprays.  I always spray it on my hands and spread it around their skin.  I buy it at Target.  It probably has terrible chemicals, but it really works!  I figure it is better to put some chemicals on their skin rather than get burned and get melanoma.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Toddler Help - great recipe for a healthy treat!

Some of you know, I LOVE Weelicious!  Her recipes are unique, healthy and delicious.  Oh yah, and almost always SUPER easy!  This one did not disappoint.  Our entire family loves it.  www.weelicious.com



Coconut Snow Balls

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, ground in a food processor
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (you can also use almond, cashew or sunflower butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
Preparation
  1. 1. Place the oats in a food processor or blender and pulse until finely ground.
  2. 2. Stir the peanut butter and honey in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. 3. Add the ground oats and continue to stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. 4. Using 1 tsp of the mixture at a time (I like to use a mini ice cream scooper or a spoon), roll into balls or logs (Kenya’s idea).
  5. 5. Place the coconut in a separate bowl or plate and roll the balls or logs in the coconut to completely cover.
  6. 6. Serve.
  7. **Freezing: place balls on a sheet tray and freeze for 30 min. Remove, place in a ziploc bag, label and place back in freezer. Can be frozen up to 3 months.

Friday, July 6, 2012

New Baby Advice - Must-Have Toys

I'm sure you will agree, whether your kids are babies, toddlers or big kids, the amount of toys in your house is IMMENSE.  And not all toys are created equal.  The following baby toys, I can confidently tell you, are winners all around the board!  Register for them or buy them for friends.  You can't go wrong.

Manhattan Whoozit - this is generally for slightly older babies, like maybe 4-6 months, up to almost a year.

Sassy Rings - this is your baby's first toy!  A newborn will respond to these, and a 6 month old will enjoy bang them all over the place.
 Lamaze Dragonfly - a baby will notice this around 4 or 5 months when you rattle it in her face, but then will love to hold it and shake it at 6 months plus.
 Vulli Sophie the Giraffe - this is new since my first son was born and it is all the rage!  Allegedly hand-made in France, it is a sweet, squeaky toy that is entertaining and a teether.

Rhino Oball Rattle - this is also a new addition to our arsenal with baby number two and it has been his very favorite toy, starting very early on.  Initially, we would shake it in his face, and now at the age of 7 months, he shakes it and throws it across the room.  And then gets mad because he can't retrieve it (yet.)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Just for Fun - Baby & Kids Books Summer Reading List

I have a great friend from childhood who always gives me the best recs for kid's books. And it occurred to me that I posted MY summer reading list, so I should post one for babies and kids too!

BABY BOOKS:
Goodnight Moon
Runaway Bunny
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Goodnight Gorilla
Time for Bed
Hush Little Ones
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Bear and Kite
But Not the Hippopotamus
Miss Spider's Tea Party

KID BOOKS:
I Love You Stinky Face
If I Build a Car
Down by the Sea with Mr. Magee
Where the Wild Things Are
Madeline
Angelina Ballerina
Eloise
McElligot's Pool
The Polar Express
Miss Spider's Listening Walk
Every Friday
Diary of a Worm
Diary of a Spider
Llama Llama Red Pajama
Pout-Pout Fish
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie
Corduroy
Cactus Hotel
The Kissing Hand
Otis
Pinkalicious
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
Cat in the Hat
Nate the Great series
Arthur series
Berenstain Bears (all of them!)

Let me know your favorite books, we are always looking for new reads!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Just for Fun - Our Easy Summer (Edible) Project

I love the website www.amazingmoms.com.  There are some incredible craft projects and AMAZING treat recipes.  I came across these adorable "edible tea cups," when the photo popped up on my Facebook News Feed.  Click here for the Mommy Wisdom Facebook Page




My older son loves these treat projects, mainly because he likes to eat the ingredients while we are prepping.

Here us our rendition.  This is the outcome when you don't locate the directions first.  Not bad considering we did some improvising!


Tell me one of your favorite treat projects.  It is raining here today, so we need some new ideas!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just for Fun - Kids and Outdoor Play

I received this terrific guide from our preschool director entitled "A Parent's Guide to Nature Play."  It says that American kids spend 27% of their time in front of media (video games, TV, computers and music.)  I am guessing it is higher in a lot of homes!

It also says that kids spend only 15 of their time in outdoor play - and get this - that includes structured outdoor play like a soccer or baseball game.  Unstructured outdoor play amounts to 1% a week!  

And I believe it.  I have to beg my 5-year old to go play outside.  What happened to roaming around the yard, digging in the dirt or making mud pies?

This guide is 17 pages long and talks about what happened to outdoor play, why it matters and what to do about it.

I'll sum it up.  We are more urbanized, kids have longer school days, there are more dangers, and of course media.

It matters because kids need activity/to be active, it is proven to help ADHD, it helps immune systems develop properly and it teaches conservation values.

The guide goes on for several pages about what you can do as a parent.  The three key ingredients to good, old-fashioned nature play that is UNSCRUCTURED are:

1. The right kind of place: the site must have ways to discovery nature: rocks, dirt, trees, bugs, rough patches of land, etc.

2. The right kind of play:  children should initiate the play themselves, there are no rules and they play with nature not just in nature.

3. The right kind of re-play: play in nature every day, again and again.

There are even more suggestions on exactly what you can do (or not do) to your backyard.  The guide says that having an untouched mound of dirt is a GREAT thing for kids to explore.  

For much, much more, including many specific (and creative) things to do to your backyard, request a guide.  Go to www.greenheartsinc.org