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Baby Food Escapades

IMG_2628Finally! That moment when you get excited because your baby can now explore another part of what the world has to offer, FOOD! As a mother we all want the best for our children, our babies. With this being my third time around (3rd baby) I became wiser and figured there has to be more benefits to making my own baby food than buying it. (Disclaimer: I have nothing against people who purchase baby food) When I came up the notion to make my own, I was a little unsure how I was going to do this so of course I took to Pinterest. Making baby food is not as hard as it may seem, somewhat time consuming but well worth it. Through trial and error I am listing the ways that I have successfully made baby food and stored it. I wanted to make sure I did this correctly especially if I am sharing it so it took me some time due to make mistakes and what not. Enjoy and please share with me what your baby liked and didn’t like.

What we have tried: Avocado, Banana, Apples Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Pineapple, Zucchini, Peaches, Plums, Carrots, Pears

Storing options: 4 oz. mason jars work great for us. The ice cube tray method is popular and your fresh food will last longer. You can use either or, the reason I like using the mason jars is because I can put them in the freezer and heat them up as well as feed her from the jar. Mason jars work when you’re on the go as well.

What we used: A bullet blender. You can use a baby blender, a bullet blender or a regular blender.

Bananas and Avocado– Take one half of a banana and one avocado (half) and blend together. This will fill 4 Jars (tread lightly and just make fresh for the day as it does turn brown) Blend to your babies liking

Bananas: One whole banana makes 4 jars (turns brown as well best made fresh daily) Blend to your babies liking

Apples: 4 Pink lady apples = 4 jars Cut into four pieces and boil in a pot(with peel)until soft allow to cool, peel and blend

Sweet potatoes: 2 medium to small potatoes = 4 mason jars. Peel and boil in a pot until soft allow to cool a bit and blend to your babies liking.

Butternut Squash: 1 Butternut squash= 4 jars Cut in half and scoop out the seeds, bake in the oven on 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until soft. Once soft and a bit cool scoop out the inside and blend to your babies liking. Tip: add a coat of olive oil on the outside before baking.

Pineapple4 cubes= 1 jar Because of it’s acidic nature this is used to mix with other fruits like apples etc. Cut into cubes or buy in a jar and blend.

Pears: 2 pears= 4 jars Cut pears in half with the peel and boil until soft. Allow to cool and scoop the inside out and blend. Tip: If you allow the pears to sit for a day or two you won’t have to boil them.

Carrots: 2 large carrots= 4 jars Peel cut into pieces and boil until soft. Allow to cool and blend to you babies liking

Peaches 2 Peaches= 4 jars Depending on how soft or hard the peach is you may or may not have to boil. I didn’t boil the peaches I went straight to blending and they came out great

Plums: 3 nice sized plums= 4 jars This is another fruit that you may not have to boil depending on if it soft or not. I did not boil this fruit I went straight to blending

Zucchini: This was one that I did not puree, we are moving onto baby led weaning so I cooked this with some butter until soft and cut it into small pieces. (Note: If your baby is not displaying readiness to eat chunky foods please spare you and your babies time.)

Note: I use a dry erase marker and mark the top with the date so I know which food to use first and when it will expire. It is advised to not use any refrigerated food after 72 hours.

Have fun with mixing and making!

Thank you for reading, it’s all LOVE ❤

Remember to relax your mind and open your heart ❤

 

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Product Review

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Shea Moisture Baby! With this being my third baby I understand that babies tend to have sensitive skin and we as parents have to be careful when it comes to allergic reactions. I became more cautious after my first when we found out that she is allergic to peanuts. Nyleh was about 4 maybe 5 weeks old when she developed bumps on her face which then spread on her body. As I noticed the “rash” spreading I began to think, is this heat a heat rash or baby acne? Not once did I think eczema, so after doing my research I began to use raw organic coconut oil. The coconut oil seemed to work but not fast enough, so I then used breast milk. The breast milk cleared up the bumps on her forehead which seemed like over night.

Unfortunately the “rash” returned and with her being so young I decided to take her to the doctor, rewinding a little bit. Nyleh started to become really irritable to the point where we didn’t know what was wrong and that isn’t like her at all which is another reason why I took her to the doctor. With all said and done we found out the she has eczema. We were advised to use Cetaphil (a very good lotion) and to basically bathe her with nothing LOL…

I came across this wash and shampoo at Target, what sold me was how it is all natural. After I bought it I wasn’t sure what the ingredients were so I looked them up Myrrh is a sap like substance that comes from a tree called Commiphora Myrrha which is related to Frankeincnse. This essential oil is commonly used for a number of benefits but in this case it is used for relaxation.

What this is used can be compared to a night time lavender baby shampoo just all natural. I  have noticed that it soothes Nyleh after bath time and the biggest benefit is I can use it and don’t have to worry about her eczema flaring up. In actuality I seen an improvement when I switched from a popular lavender baby wash, her skin wasn’t so dry and her bumps stayed away.

All and all I recommend this baby shampoo for your precious baby, It smells good and it lather so well a little definitely goes a long way. Oh and we can’t forget, this does not bother their eyes it is most definitely tear free!

If your baby suffers from eczema this is what works for us:

Cetaphil Lotion- 2-3 times a day

Shea Moisture baby- Every other day at bath time

Wash clothes in Dreft or non scented detergent on a two rinse cycle.

 

Thank you for reading, its all L<3VE

Remember to relax your mind and open your heart ❤

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Success Of Failure

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Yes! you read it correctly the success of failure, you may ask “how can someone be successful at failing?” Being a mother of  three adding to that a mother of a new baby as well is heartwarming and at times overwhelming. As a mother we are scared to fail, we are scared to let our kids down and have them think we aren’t the best mother. This question comes to mind, How can we be a failure to our kids if all they know is what mommy and daddy does?

Last weekend we got invited to a birthday party and as excited as we all were little did I know everything that could have happened was going to happen. My husband (Brandon) and I woke up pretty early to have some adult time since we have to get in where we fit in around here LOL, it was about 5 am. Well once we were up we were up! We cooked breakfast together for the family and knew the day was going to be a good day WELL not so much haaha. 10 am rolled around and we ended up falling asleep. Once we woke up we realized what time it was and started to get dressed(rushing of course). Brandon was supposed to get a haircut and I still hadn’t gotten a gift. Once I dropped Brandon off I went to wal mart and that is where it began. I realized earlier I had forgot the wipes,, it was no big deal because wal mart has those. I was all finished, ready to check out and Nyleh has a blow out (extreme poop that leaks through the diaper and clothes) I then realized I forgot a change of clothes once I looked in the diaper bag.  I had to walk all the way to the back of the store grab an outfit and go.

Once everything was paid for I got the the car and began to change Nyleh when I realized I forgot to buy wipes. In a panic I was like what do I do now? It was hot I was sweating, the kids were asking me a million questions(only 3 but it felt like a million) and suddenly a light bulb went off.  I remembered that I had put some wipes in the wipe case that came with her diaper bag. Although they were almost dried out they worked! We made it to the party late but at least we made it.

I shared the story with you all because in the midst of all of that my children didn’t see me any different they still seen me as the mommy they love. I was the one who felt bad for forgetting clothes and wipes.

It is important to learn from a failure, we will all fail at something and at that moment when you realized you have failed is when you should get the strength and courage to try again. A failure is only an attempt to perfection.

As a mother I know I will have many failures and many attempts but that only gives me the drive to continue on each day, if one day didn’t work out then try again the next day. We have 24 hours in a day to do something, once that 24 hours is up we have another 24 hours to try again.

Thanks for reading!

Remember to relax your mind and open your heart ❤

Living in the now!

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It has been 4 weeks since our little baby has been born. She is so beautiful and get’s all the attention now a days. Breaking into reality how is life now? Of course life is full of happiness, smiles, and sleepless nights. Although I have two other children I do not remember some of the postpartum things that happen like hot flashes. Oh my goodness sometimes at night I would wake up drenched in sweat and then some nights I would have chills and even the three blankets that were on me didn’t keep me warm, I would be shivering like I was wearing a bathing suit in Antarctica. People seem to not talk about what happens after birth and I wasn’t interested in what wasn’t happening to me. One morning when my husband left to drop the kids off at school I was so cold and in pain I turned the heater on like 85 so when he came home he was like why is it so hot in here! Apparently your hormones are changing and your body sweats to release all of the excess fluid you have stored from being pregnant. Interesting isn’t it?

Everything that my body has gone through amazes me and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world, why because it is all temporary. Pain doesn’t last long, excess weight doesn’t stay on forever and being sleep deprived will soon end. Something that people don’t talk about is the amount of stress that is placed on a mother regardless if she has help. Sleepless nights can get the best of you and cause anxiety, depression, stress, and an overwhelming feeling. Thankfully I did not fall into depression, I overcame getting close. I had to have a conversation with God and myself, I told myself that you can not keep your emotions bottled in and smile like nothing is wrong. I kept telling myself that I am fine and realized that maybe I am not “fine” when I found myself crying for no reason. I hadn’t been anywhere not even to the front door. I became consumed with being a new mom again and getting rest that I didn’t pay attention to anything else other than our newborn baby.

When I realized I was allowing myself to fall I prayed and asked God for strength. The next day I got dressed like I was going somewhere(although I wasn’t) and stepped outside for some fresh air while my kids rode their bikes. Let me tell you, fresh air and sunlight does wonders to emotions. I had to find a way to release my emotions because when I kept them in I found myself more irritable and sometimes angry. I told myself to cry, and when I tell you that it felt so much better than keeping everything in. You may be surprised at what crying and letting things out can do. I encourage anyone, not just new moms to find that outlet it will do you nothing but good. Other than realizing how to deal with my emotions I have also learned to be patient. I am used to just going, a newborn will get the best out of you when it comes to time. I was used to rushing because I was always behind with time I am now sufficient with time so that way I won’t have to rush. So many things can happen like a blow out diaper or an instant need to breastfeed you just never know now a days. I have learned there is no need to stress just take a deep breathe, nothing is going to come out perfect and if something goes wrong try again the next day.  I usually am not open about my life but this is reality and I told myself when I wrote this blog that I would speak the truth because I could help someone else.

 

Thank you, hopefully you enjoyed reading just as much as I enjoyed sharing.

Don’t forget to open up your heart and relax your mind.