Creating a New Normal | Efficient Homemade Baby Food » styleberry BLOG Unlike cloth diapering, making my own baby food was something I have known I would do for years. I have a “system” (you’ll see this theme with me) for making, carrying, storing & feeding the baby food I make and it is easier than you probably think. Would you believe me if I told you that I have only made baby food about 8 times? Well, you heard it! I am a master of efficiency when it comes to this subject & I want to show you how simple it really is. So, here it goes. I want my baby to grow up thinking it is totally normal to eat five different fruits and veggies a day. Getting my baby used to different textures is also a big part of why I make my own baby food. Some may say it is cheaper. There are a lot of fancy tools out there as companies are now capitalizing on the home made baby food market. stock pot & lid with a vegetable steamer basketblender (a good one. One of the big myths about making your own baby food is that it takes FOREVER. COOK BOOKS: I only have two.
Make Your Own Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo … Why spend a lot of money this summer on condiments from the grocery store that are, in most cases, loaded with corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives? It’s easy to make your own ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and more right at home with ingredients you probably already have. Here are a few simple recipes for these favorite summer cookout staples: Homemade Ketchup Ingredients: 1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes in purée 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Blend tomatoes and purée from the can in a blender until smooth. Homemade Mustard Ingredients: 1/2 cup dry mustard 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup water 2 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 3 teaspoons cornstarch Directions: Dissolve mustard in vinegar. Directions: In a small bowl, beat together egg yolks, salt, mustard, sugar, pepper, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, until very thick and pale yellow.
Nap 101, Post 1: Does my baby have a nap problem? | Baby Sleep Science: Sleep Resource Center It’s not too surprising that the most popular blog topic requested by our Facebook followers was “how do you teach a baby to connect sleep cycles?” Nap problems are the hardest to fix and since napping needs are constantly evolving it can be hard to figure out if you are asking your baby to do something that he’s able to do. Since naps are so complicated, we’re splitting this blog into four parts: in this post, we’ll talk about what is normal by age and what to do for a baby who isn’t old enough to put nap cycles together. In our second post, we’ll cover how to teach your baby to nap independently (which often leads to nap consolidation). In our third post, we’ll cover strategies for nap extension if teaching your baby to nap independently doesn’t quite do it. In our last post, we’ll talk about the timing of nap transitions. The Science of the Problem: Every parent knows that daytime sleep cycles in infants last between 30-45 minutes. Does my baby have a nap problem? Have a question?
Sidetracked: Nursery Fun! | small shop [a brand styling studio] by Erika Brechtel Already coming into the world in style Recently a dear friend asked me to help her with the nursery for her bun-in-the-oven. Knowing that this friend is particularly stylish (and particular), I was excited about the challenge. Our jumping off point: a large giraffe stuffed animal received for Christmas. 1. The walls will most likely be a warm tan, and curtains will be white with the mustard yellow velvet trim. OK, now back to my real job!! Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes So, after being gone all last week, this has been catch up on the house week. Mostly laundry actually. Man, who knew that a weeks worth of laundry from 5 people could be so daunting. Yikes!! Oreo and Peanut Butter Brownie Cakes 1 box brownie mix, 8x8 inch size 24 Oreo Cookies 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 muffin cup baker with paper liners. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Makes 12 servings Recipe from picky-palate.com foodsnots.com
Teaching Your Baby to Put Himself to Sleep How do you get your baby to go to sleep and sleep through the night? She may accomplish that milestone on her own, soon. Or she may need a little help from you to learn how to put herself to sleep. We all need to learn how to get back to sleep when the normal rhythm of our sleep cycles takes us into a slightly wakened state repeatedly during the night. You'll be interested to know that most babies around the world either do not fall asleep without being held, or do not sleep all night long in their own crib. It simply isn't a "normal" thing for small humans to do, biologically speaking. You can teach babies to fall asleep without rocking or sucking, without leaving them to cry. If you'd like to begin developing good sleep habits early, you'll want to start by helping your baby learn to put himself back to sleep. 1. Most newborns and babies will cry if they are put down when they're sleepy. So work WITH Mother Nature, not against her. 2. 3. 4. 5. Related Articles
Concept to Reality: Jackson’s Nursery | small shop [a brand styling studio] by Erika Brechtel A nursery fit for a little king Many thanks to Paloma Contreras and High Gloss Magazine (pages 48-49) for the opportunity to share with their readers all the fun I had with the baby shower and nursery for the cutie pie! He did arrive into the world bright blue eyed on May 13th, 2011, all safe and sound!! As a follow up, here are a few photos we took of the nursery, and the original concept board. Didn’t his mommy do a fantastic job bringing it all to life? There are a few pieces that haven’t arrived, but this should give you a pretty good idea how it came out! For sources, please visit the original post here. [ snuggly bedtime reading spot ] [ Melanie of Plum Cushion always does a beautiful job ] [ the little lion's mane mirror and giraffe-like lamp are perfect! [ great IKEA hack! [ a Lucite tray in tan zebra from Erin Condren couldn't be more perfect ] [ an animal in the kingdom ;o) ] [ the little king ] Photos and styling by Erika Brechtel
Butternut Squash Pie - Delicious Butternut Squash Pie Recipe This is a delicious butternut squash pie with the flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon, and it's sure to bring a smile to your face. Try it instead of pumpkin pie at the next holiday dinner or get-together. Large Photo of Butternut Squash Pie Ingredients: 1 unbaked and chilled 9-inch pie shell1 large butternut squash, cooked and pureed, about 1 1/2 cups pureed squash1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed3 large eggs3/4 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons all-purpose flour1 tablespoon melted butter1 teaspoon vanilla Preparation: To cook squash: Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove stem and scoop out the seeds. Reduce oven to 350° F and position an oven rack in the center of the oven. More Recipes Butternut Squash CupcakesDeep Fried Butternut SquashButternut Squash and Apple Casserole
8 Things Boy Moms Should Know About Their Sons Contrary to popular opinion in our modern society, boys and girls are wired differently. God has created men for different purposes than women. This isn’t to say that men are better than women or vice versa. Just different. I was fortunate to hear Dr. During the program, Dr. Some of the points Dr. Here are 8 Important Things to Understand About Our Sons: 1 – Their brains work differently Sometimes, it’s difficult for us moms to understand what is going on in our son’s mind, and that is because their brains don’t work the same way that ours do. Another important point is that boys generally have fewer pathways connecting the left and right hemispheres of their brain than do girls. 2 – They need to move It’s not unusual to see boys tapping their pencils, bouncing their foot, fiddling with objects, pacing the floor, or squirming in their seats. If you want to have a conversation with your son, do something with him at the same time. 3 – They need us to believe in them Paid Content:
Winter Maternity Session Dec Winter Maternity Session Things have been going non-stop since September and I realized I have NOT kept up this blog at all. I do not like Facebook's resolution so I hope I can stay on top of this so that clients and friends can see my photos in better quality! Yesterday I had a fun and easy going Maternity session with soon to be first time parents M and S. They braved the cold and all the snow and then came indoors for some belly shots. Posted 29th December 2010 by Melissa Champagne Labels: maternity Add a comment Champagne Photography Magazine Loading Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Pie- Perfect! — architectmom.com by Joan Robinett Wilson on July 16, 2011 perfect! Isn’t it amazing how procrastination works. Every year, I resolve to fight it, but by June my best intentions have been led astray. Currently, I have a load in the wash with roughly five more loads to do on top of the five loads that have been patiently waiting for weeks in the hallway to be folded.Ugggh! Now, I have to admit, peanut butter is not my first choice for a pie. the whole pie Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Pie Ingredients: Cooking Directions: For the crust - mix together flour, butter, peanuts and sugar.
5 Secrets of an Introverted Mother Sign up to receive biweekly Nurture Notes and learn practical skills to be a more grounded, calm, and peaceful mother. Send it to me!. I almost flunked 4th grade. I was in an independent study program and I couldn’t focus enough to get my work done. Fortunately, my teacher was observant and creative. I didn’t know the term “introverted” back then, and likely my teacher didn’t either. I have been thinking of the quiet of that back patio daydreaming time often recently. By the time my man gets home from work I’m crawling up the walls, snapping at Bean to stop climbing on me and please be quiet for just a minute so I can think. And then I get her asleep and I collapse on the couch while two cats climb on my lap and my man snuggles up to tell me about his day or what he’s reading or turn on a movie for us to watch. not right now. When I get to this point I can’t bear to be touched. I withdraw from everyone. Insist on daily quiet time Naps are awesome. Make sure her needs are met Write it out
Games for Babies - Infant Activities A few generations ago, we didn't think much about babies' brains. We knew about reflexes, such as the rooting reflex that causes a newborn to turn his head when you gently stroke his cheek. But for the most part, parents, physicians, and researchers thought of the newborn's brain as little more than a blank slate waiting to be written upon by his environment. But the more we study infants, the more we realize that their brains and senses are remarkably active, even at a very young age. We can even get some indication of their personalities during the later stages of pregnancy. Some of the clues to babies' brain development are obvious; others are quite subtle. Here are a few things you can do that will help you see the incredible ways in which your infant is able to use his brain to handle the challenges of early life. Age: Newborn Long before your baby can talk, his expressions and physical reactions tell you a lot about his personality and developing sense of recognition.
Homemade Bread: Cheap, Delicious, Healthy, and Easier Than You Think Over the last year, I’ve gradually moved more and more towards making my own food at home. There are several reasons for this: it tastes better, it reduces preservative intake, it’s more nutritious, and it’s often substantially cheaper than what you find in the store. It does take time, but once you get used to it, most food preparation doesn’t take much more time than going to the store, buying it, taking it home, popping it out of the package, and following the directions. Breadmaking is a prime example of this phenomenon. Homemade bread is substantially tastier than store-purchased bread, isn’t laden with preservatives, is very inexpensive to make, and doesn’t take all that much time, either. The Problems With Industrial Bread Most people in the United States today view the bread purchased at the supermarket as what bread should be. There are two big explanations for this. The other bothersome part of industrial breadmaking is the appearance of a healthy dose of preservatives.