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Back in Business

It’s been a very long time and I do apologize for not writing for such a loooong period of time….but we are back and we have some exciting news and very interesting new projects.

Mummy’s been very busy with work and Little Miss Sunshine’s been very busy with growing up…and learning so many new things, so fast! She can count, she can sing, she recognizes her favorie music videos, and we recently learned to jump.  Yesterday she turned 17 months and Oh My, we still wonder where the time flew?!?!

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We cannot wait for Spring, to be honest I kind of had enough of this cold winter. Besides, Hessy has many S/S outfits that need to go out of the closet…and they need to be worn fast… size 12-18months is turning dangerously slim fit.

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As we passed the puree period, struggles with the finger food and crunchy, munchie recipes appeared. Because I am a sucker for everything that’s called, or thought to be healthy, I tried a variety of recipes for toddlers.

So, for today’s lunch we tried a really great half invented- half taken from a book recipe.

Red Lentil, Sweet potato & Apple quick stew.

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You will need:

Soybean Oil (chiefly a poly-unsaturated fats rich vegetable oil. Linoleic acid (omega-6) is the major poly-unsaturated fatty acid found in it. Additionally it is low in saturated fats, and free from cholesterol; making it as one of the healthiest cooking oils.

1 apple, 1  small size sweet potato, 1  small cup of red lentils

1 garlic glove

1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger

Seasoning & Spices ( I used: pink himalayan salt, cardamon,  cinnamon, basil,

Cooking method:

Leave the cup of lentils to soak in cold water, for 20-30 minutes

Chop the sweet potato and the apple in small cubes.  In a cooking pot add a little ( 1 tablespoon) of soybean oil and heat it. Chop the garlic clove in small bits and add it to the oil for aproximately 1-2 minutes at low to medium heat. Add the chopped ingredients in the pot over the garlic and drain the lentils from the water they’ve been soaked. Over the ingredients, add 300 ml water into the pot.  Add the lentils, the grated ginger and the spices you want. Leave it to boil on medium heat for aproximately 15 minutes ( until the lentils are cooked).

Enjoy and let the Toddlers get messy. 🙂

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Summer Laziness

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”

 

Please excuse us for not posting anything these last weeks but the heat got us all. During this season  we spend most of the hours outside. My beautiful earth child, I am in awe of her love of nature…For me, teaching your children to love nature is the second most important thing in life, after Love. Being outdoors helps create a sense of wonder in children, which they can carry over to other aspects of their life.Outdoor activity offers children the opportunity of fresh air and exercise. And I am sure we all know both are important to help children keep physically and mentally fit.

Modern life is too regimented and deprives children of the opportunity of exploring and learning by themselves. In this context, the role of nature to stimulate their curiosity is even more important.

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In a couple of weeks we are going away on vacation in Croatia. This will be our first long drive ( 8 hours) and to be honest Mamma’s very stressed. At 10 Months my daughter loves her car seat but we never drive more than half an hour with her in the car so I guess I cannot say what  her reaction will be. We decided to departure somewhere early in the morning (I’m thinking 05.00 am).

Her car seat is Kinderkraft and I find it magical.

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CAR SEAT SMART KINDERKRAFT

SMART car seat is certified for use with ECE R44/04 for Groups 1/2/3, for children from 9 to 36 kg.

  • Height adjustable headrest and safety harness
  • Five-point safety belt
  • Beaded back, taking care of the growing spine
  • Special pages Security
  • Easy installation: just put the car seat and lock three-point harness
  • Long life for use: one seat for children from about 12 months to 12 years
  • Removable Cover
  • spacious seat
  • High quality materials (no sweating)
  • modern Design
  • comfortable armrests
  • Detachable backrest

Age: 9-36 kg

I thought of summarizing 3 esential ideas on how to prepare on a long car journey:

  • Have enough baby necessities on board. Think of diapers, wipes, baby food, and so on. Whatever is age-appropriate, just make absolutely sure you don’t run out.
  • Have a high-quality car-seat for the baby. This is the single most important thing for the safety and comfort of your baby.
  • Ensure the long-duration comfort of the parents. They are going to have it the hardest, not the baby. This includes sitting in front if that’s the most comfortable (it usually is, in most cars), adjusting the seat properly, having enough food and drink for yourselves or just stop everytime you need, taking a leg-stretching break at least every 2 hours, and so on.

One of the most important things is pit stops. They are a key way to keep a baby happy on a road trip. Make frequent stops, so children can stretch their little legs and  during these stops: emphasize that frequent pit stops are a key way to keep a baby happy on a road trip.  Make sure to play. Get them laughing and tire them out a bit.

My daughter loves to play with water, we also went to a swimming-pool for babies only and she loved it. But will the salty water change her mind? What do we need to make our babies feel comfortable for the first time at the seaside?

It may seem as if need everything but the kitchen sink simply for a day on the beach with your baby. But, as you know, it’s tricky to travel light now you are a family. Here are some items you’ll need to have with you:

  • windbreak
  • picnic blankets
  • towels
  • sun tent
  • umbrella
  • cool bag with water and food
  • formula feeding equipment
  • sunscreen
  • sun hat and long sleeved tops
  • spare clothes for when they get wet, sandy or blown away
  • jelly or beach shoes for toddling babies
  • swimming costume for you and your baby
  • first aid kit
  • armbands, rubber ring or float suit
  • bucket, spade, beach ball

And of course, take a camera to capture your baby’s trip to the seaside!

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We will be back with more info and stories in  early August. Happy Summer Vacation to our readers!

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Bibusch loves Green

Ok, It’s official warm outside. It is not only the trees that are blooming or the flowers, all my vegetables in the garden are growing healthily. Leafy greens boast high amounts of iron and folate. While spinach is perhaps the best known of this group, there are many other varieties, including kale, chard, and collard greens. Brimming with folate, fiber, and calcium, broccoli is also known for its cancer-fighting properties, says dietitian Kate Geagan, author of Go Green, Get Lean. And thanks to its sulfur compounds, it has a unique flavor that can help expand your baby’s tastes.

Today for my little munchkin I chose the greenest lunch ever! So we can feel the Spring!!! I guarantee you after this recipe, your baby will not need Iron supplements .

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In March you have the nicest wild spinach, and the most aromatic parsley.  What you can see the upper picture is all bought from the local market. No additives I assure you. My favorite part of the year is definitely Spring. Everything is so fresh and tasty…

So for today’s 6mnths + baby recipe I am going to show you how to make what I call The Green Explosion:

  • Fresh Salad
  • Wild Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Olive Oil
  • Baby Bam Condiments.(Find it here:  http://www.pastaidevanilie.ro/amestecuri-condimente/360-mix-condimente-pentru-copii.html)

1. take the wild spinach (or you can you baby spinach) and wash it thoroughlyImage

 

2. Do the same with the Parsley and the Spring onion and brocolli.

3. In a cooking pan add a little extra virgin olive oil, the spring onion and the parsley. Stir for 2 minutes.

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4. Add the spinach, Salad leaves, the broccoli and enough water just to cover it.

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5. After boiled, and you can smash the broccoli with the fork just blend it and it is ready to Enjoy!

TIPS:

To give it a better taste I use Baby condiments. They contain sweet paprika, garlic, oregano, parley, basil, celery seeds. No salt or Sugar.

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I use it whenever I make my daughter vegetable mash. Order for yourselves at http://www.pastaidevanilie.ro/amestecuri-condimente/360-mix-condimente-pentru-copii.html

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