Easy Homemade Baby Food

Easy Homemade Baby Food

Thank you to Cuisinart for sponsoring today’s post and keeping my little guy’s meals quick and healthy.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own!

You definitely do not have to be a culinary wizard to prepare simple, healthy, fresh baby foods and puree’s for the little ones in your life.  I only wish I had jumped on the make-your-own-baby-food bandwagon with my first child like I did with my second.  He is such a better eater than his big brother already.  And now, making his food is even easier with the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker.

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Before I could begin making a few new puree’s for my littlest, we hit up our local grocery store and went straight to the organic produce.  The boys had fun helping me choose some fresh fruits while they sat in the race car cart guiding me along the way.

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On this particular day, we picked up a few pears, peaches, apples, bananas, and fresh spinach.  Once we got home, and they snuggled in for their naps, this mama got busy creating some delicious new baby food blends.

My personal favorite {and Henry’s too} was what I’m going to call, The Green Machine.

Make homemade baby food for your little ones the easy way, with the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker #HomemadeBabyFood #Cuisinart #sp

I followed the instructions that came with the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and added about 100 ml of water to steam the peeled and chopped peach.  After turning the dial to steam, the baby food maker knows just the right amount of time to actually steam the fruit or veggie you place in the machine.  How awesome is that?!  Once the peach was steamed to perfection, I added the banana and the fresh spinach and then turned the dial to chop.  In less than a minute, the puree was prepared and absolutely delicious!  I love that I had control of how much I wanted to chop/puree the food.  Since Henry is over one now, he doesn’t need his food to be super thin, so I left the consistency a bit thicker than one would for a baby just starting out with fruits and veggies.

So, why should you get a Cuisinart Baby Food Maker?!

This powerful machine steams, chops and purees your nutritious ingredients with ease making homemade baby food the gold standard for your baby.  And it’s seriously the easiest thing EVER!

The  4-cup work bowl produces large batches of vegetables, meats and even fruits that you can freeze and store for convenient future use.

Make baby food in 3 simple steps, first steam raw ingredients by using the integrated measuring cup to add the right amount of water. Next start by first chopping the ingredients then puree for quick and easy baby food with a perfectly smooth consistency every time!

The steam blade creates even steam distribution for quicker, more efficient results; the bowl seal prevents spilling and steam escape, and when you’re ready to pour the patent pending blade lock system keeps the blade in place and out of your way.

And, when making batches of baby food conveniently save them in the Cuisinart® Baby Food Storage Containers!  With specially designed racks that fit neatly inside the Baby Food Maker, they reheat your baby food quick and easy!

Make homemade baby food for your little ones the easy way, with the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker #HomemadeBabyFood #Cuisinart #sp

The Cuisinart Baby® Food Maker also includes a built in function to perfectly warm baby bottles!  Perfect for those late night feedings!

If you are past the point of needing a baby food maker in your life, this would make a wonderful {and much appreciated} baby shower gift for any new and expecting mom, trust me!

You can visit the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker page for recipe inspirations.  What are you waiting for?!

 

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Patriotic Ribbon Flags Tutorial

I’m over at The Ribbon Retreat Blog today sharing a simple tutorial for some Patriotic Ribbon Flags, perfect for a slice of strawberry pie or some delicious cupcakes this 4th of July!  Stop by today to see how to make a few for your next get together!

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Happy 4th of July!

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Button Snake Tutorial

I’m over at Smart, School House sharing a super simple tutorial for a Button Snake!  This is the perfect way to start introducing your headstrong toddler or preschooler how to button things for him or herself.  Once those fine motor skills are mastered, they’ll be well on their way to dressing themselves!

Button Snake Tutorial via Wait Til Your Father Gets Home #preschool #buttonsnake #toddlers #finemotorskills

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Monster Eye Mobile

Monster Eye Mobile

Let the birthday decor sharing continue.  Last week I shared one of my favorite projects from the Monster Themed 1st Birthday Party, this Torn Fabric Birthday Banner.  Today, I’ve got another fun and inexpensive idea, a Monster Eye Mobile!

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To make your own, you’ll need:

{this post contains a few affiliate links}

8-10 inch embroidery hoop

ribbon

white card stock

black card stock

glue stick

sewing machine

fishing line

 Cricut Explore™

To get started, I found a simple circle in Cricut Design Space™.  I cut out about 100 2 inch circles in the white card stock and another 100 1 inch circles in the black card stock.  With the Cricut Explore, this took no time at all!  I then used a regular old glue stick and started to glue the black circles to the white ones…instant monster eyes!

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After they were all glued, I used my sewing machine to create lines of 10-12 eye balls.

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This is another step that seriously took no time at all…super fast to sew paper eye balls people, try it!  Once they were all sewn, I attached each row of eyes to the embroidery hoop.  To do this, I removed the inner hoop, tied the thread to the outer loop, then once all rows were attached, I inserted the inner hoop back inside the outer hoop.

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It’s okay to have excess thread showing around the hoop because the next step covers all that up.  Take a roll of ribbon {what ever color will go best with the rest of your party decor} and wrap it around the entire embroidery hoop.

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Once it’s all wrapped, your mobile is finished and ready to hang!  I used three pieces of fishing line and tied it to a light we have in our kitchen.

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It was so fun, and all the kids loved seeing it when they walked in, ready to celebrate my littlest guy!

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5 Steps to Super Mom Status

Today’s post is sponsored by Huggies, a company I trust and use daily with my little ones.  All opinions are 100% my own!

I’m coming up on three years of being a mom, obviously by no means an expert {I wonder at what point you can say that you are, if ever}, but I’d like to think I’ve got a pretty good grasp on a handful of tips and tricks I swear by.

1.  Buy baby essentials online.

For real.
You will love this.
I promise.

While it’s fun to take a trip to the store with my two little guys every once in a while, with both of them in tow, there aren’t many spots to store the boxes of Huggies diapers I typically need to purchase.

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On this particular day, I had to entertain the toddler with a popcorn and icee bribe and luckily little man was fast asleep, however his car seat took up my prime diaper storage area.  Let’s just say the boxes kept sliding out from under the cart every 20 seconds or so.

Enter diapers{dot}com…their diapering products include more than 1,411 items {I’d say they’ve got us Super Mom’s covered}. You’ll get great prices on all products. No lines. No heavy bags. No driving. Just the products that keep your life in balance, conveniently shipped to your door faster and easier than any errand you’ve done before. And the best part, they’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

And as for Huggies, don’t even get me started.  They are seriously the best diaper.  Hands down.  I’ve never had an issue.  I might even be a little sad on the day that I don’t have to buy them anymore.  Maybe.

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Huggies Little Movers Diapers have a NEW design that includes Double Grip Strips that fasten at four points, for a better fit that provides your baby with a hug that lasts.  The SnugFit Waistband helps the diaper stay in place, and with their absorbent LEAK LOCK® Technology your baby gets up to 12 hours of leak protection {perfect for a peaceful sleep through the night}.  And of course, their little baby bums will look super adorable sporting your pals {and mine} Mickey and Minnie!

2.  Spend some time each week to meal plan for your family.

Yes, it takes time.
Yes, it can get repetitive.
Yes, you will sometimes have a meal planned and meat thawed and just not feel like cooking and end up at McDonalds, BUT…

I promise if you start meal planning, this will lead to a more organized grocery shopping trip {try to avoid taking the kiddos to get groceries also}, more healthy, home cooked meals, and a happier family.  For meal planning tips and tricks, check out this post!

3.  Take advantage of free or inexpensive activities for your kids.

At least two or three times a week, I make it a point to get up, get myself and the kids dressed and get out of the house before anyone needs a nap.  Especially during the summer, there are so many events and activities around our town that are either absolutely free or super inexpensive.

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Some of our favorite get outta the house activities include: story time at the library, a trip to our neighborhood pool, the local splash pad {ours cost $2 per kid}, trips to the park {definitely a morning activity because it’s HOT}, playdates with friends, you get the idea, right?

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The trick is, get up, get them fed, get outta the house and tire their little bodies out.  That way, when you all come home they are more than ready for a nice long summer afternoon nap and us Super Moms can have a few moments of peace {to do our online diapers{dot}com shopping and other fun things like going to the bathroom in private and sitting down to eat a meal}!

4. Accept the fact that every square inch of your house will not be clean at the same time.

And IT’S OKAY!  Yes, us Super Moms do need to clean the house and wash dishes and do laundry, but don’t make it a daily stress in your life.  I’m a firm believer in cleaning a room or area at a time.  Usually I dust mop our hardwoods daily {we’ve got dogs and I’ve got little ones all over the floor}, and our kitchen counters are always cleaned after meals, but as far as the other stuff, I take care of it as needed and sort of lumped together.  If I feel like it’s time to tackle a bathroom, I usually pay attention to all of them.  If it’s time to dust furniture in our bedroom, I’ll take care of all the dusting on that level of the house.  You get the idea.

One day the messes will go away.

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And you’ll miss them {or so I’m told}.

5. Keep a candy stash in your purse {suckers for the kids chocolate for you}.

I rarely venture into public without a couple of  Dum Dum’s in my purse or the diaper bag.  In fact, if I do, I sometimes freak out and usually pray that I won’t need them on that particular day.  If you’re one of those moms that has never given your little one any kind of sugar or candy…what’s your secret?!

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 Now that you know some of my tips, not only would I LOVE to hear some of yours, but I’m also excited to share a super awesome deal with all of you diaper buying mamas today!

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