Whole Wheat Banana Muffins
Moist, delicious and healthier banana muffins, with and without chocolate chips.

Moist, delicious and healthier banana muffins, with and without chocolate chips.

Today I am making Whole Wheat Banana Muffins and want to share this wonderful recipe with you.  These muffins are delicious warm or cold.  We love these muffins for breakfast, snacks or even dessert.  This recipe does not take a lot of time to prep or even cook.  It won’t be long, and you will have some moist, yummy muffins to munch on.  And if you can’t wait, go ahead and have some of the dough – there’s no egg in this one.  If you really want a treat, add some chocolate chips to the muffins before you bake.

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Whole Wheat Banana Muffins
Moist, delicious and healthier banana muffins, with and without chocolate chips.

Moist, delicious and healthier banana muffins, with and without chocolate chips.

Today I am making Whole Wheat Banana Muffins and want to share this wonderful recipe with you.  These muffins are delicious warm or cold.  We love these muffins for breakfast, snacks or even dessert.  This recipe does not take a lot of time to prep or even cook.  It won’t be long, and you will have some moist, yummy muffins to munch on.  (more…)

Healthier Oatmeal Cookies

Here is one of our family’s favorite treats.  It is an oatmeal cookie made in a healthier way.  This reduced sugar treat uses whole wheat flour and organic ingredients for a more nutritious dessert.  Parents can feel better knowing these are a healthier option than regular recipe cookies or store bought cookies.  Our kids give this recipe a 5 star rating and ask for it often. (more…)

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Apple Bread

I found this recipes years ago, but I tweaked it to make it better and healthier, and now it’s a family favorite.   So, what makes these apple muffins so good? For starters, they’re made with whole wheat flour, which gives them a wonderfully wholesome flavor and texture. They’re also chockfull of apples and raisins,  and are scented with the wonderful smell of cinnamon.  They are sweet even though I don’t put a lot of sugar in them (the apples and raisins really sweeten these up). (more…)

Get Your FREE Guide to Preventing and Dealing with Picky Eaters

This e-book guides parents in teaching their children – whether toddlers or big kids – to enjoy eating all kinds of food.  These easy to do tips prevent and cure picky eating, while putting the fun back into family meal times.

I think this will be of great value to you as it guides you in helping your kids go from yuck – to – yum.

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Preparing A Perfect Crib for Your New Born

The joys of parenthood are outstanding to every parent who have had the chance to hold their bundles of joy in their hands. It is the epitome of a long journey started nine months ago but finally seemed like a nine years long. The joy of bringing the newborn home is complete when we have a perfect place prepared for them to sleep and enjoy the rest of their growing days.Preparing A Perfect Crib for Your Newborn

A baby crib is highly essential to allow your child the comfort they require once you bring them home.  Before purchasing it, there are a few points to consider to ensure you end up buying the crib worth investing in.  These are:

  • How safe is the crib? the bars, the material used etc.
  • How much does it cost?
  • Has the crib been recalled back before?
  • What type of a crib do I want wooded or metal?

These and more questions willallow you settle on a baby crib that is worth your investment.  These questions should not just fill your mind but rather they should guide you in your search for a perfect crib that offers 100% safety.

Answer your questions first before you shop for your baby’s crib.  Using this simple guide you are able to answer most of the questions you may have.

A Simple Guide to Buying a Safe Crib

  • Bars – The bars are most important as they provide safety to a child while they sleep. Bars should be well spaced out not more than 2 3/8 inches apart, it can only be smaller than this but not wider as it poses as danger to your child.
  • Mattress – It should fit perfectly on the baby crib with no space between the mattress and the crib walls. It should also be firm enough to hold his weight without sagging, giving the child the support deserved while sleeping.
  • Firm frame – The frame must be hard and stable with no unnecessary cutouts or gaps that may pose as dangerous to your child. The head board and foot board should be firm with their edges all finished well to avoid injury to both you and your child.
  • Bumper pads – they are advised to be used in the baby crib but there is no evidence that they prevent injuries. In fact they have been known to pose the risk of suffocation, entrapment or strangulation and cause crib deaths.  They also pose danger to older kids who would use it to climb off the crib and may sustain falls.
  • Drop rails – they are not safe at all, do not purchase or use any crib that has drop rails.
  • Beddings – They should be kept light and warm to allow the child q comfortable night. Bulky blankets, pillows, large toys and comforters should not be put in the crib as they pose a risk to children.

Once purchased, it is time to bring your crib home and set it in your child’s room.  The work is only half done with the crib purchased, setting it up at the right place is as important as buying it.  Wrong positioning of the crib will result to your child having uncomfortable nights and may prompt lots of crying.

Setting Up Your Baby’s Crib At The Right Place:

Place the baby crib on the farthest point in the room away from the window as it brings in direct light.  If your room is small and there is no far point you can place it from the window, use dark heavy curtains to cover the window and ensure they are not seeping light or heat through.  Ensure there are no hanging strings from the curtain that older kids can play with and lead to injury.  Keep everything trimmed and well arranged.

Tuck the beddings away leaving no loose or hanging beddings to avoid suffocation.  Babies sleeping styles are fine and you do not need to use extra support such as rolled blankets to keep them on a certain posture.  If it is a comfortable posture the baby will automatically assume it and sleep soundly.  If not they tend to cry or be fussy until you change their position.  Learn these signs early to avoid overcrowding the baby’s crib with unnecessary cloths that maybe hazardous to the child.

Ensure that every part of the crib is safely fastened to ensure no accident especially with a little older children who tend to try climb off their beds.  The rails if adjustable should be firmly screwed in and tested to ensure maximum protection of your child.

A Few Options To Check Out:

  • The Standard Crib: this is the most basic in today’s market.  It does not come with all the bells and decors that many cribs have adapted.  It gives you a choice between a single and a double rail where a single will only allow a single side of the crib to come down for easier access.  The double rail allows two rails to be adjusted either up or down.  The standard crib is easy to use and clean, mostly comes with a mattress and its price is average.
  • Canopy Crib: this is an upgraded version of the standard crib with four posts and a cloth that looks like a real canopy just for making it more appealing to the eye although most parents have ben overheard complementing that the canopy encourages better sleep.  It is higher in price compared to the standard crib.  The posters may become destructive when the child is a bit older and may start to climb on them prompting trouble.

You will introduced to more options as you shop around for your baby crib – most of these new designs come at an extra cost sometimes for no reason.  The more appealing to the eye it looks the more you tend to forget the important factors and end up paying much more than you had planned.  Keep your mind focused on quality and your price range to allow ensure you get quality worth your money without regrets.  Don’t be hungry over other designs that are only appealing to the eyes but are not long lasting.

Energy Balls

energy-ballsPacked with protein, fiber, omega 3s, antioxidants and totally satisfying – these are awesome!  Like candy but a whole lot healthier!  And since they taste like candy, kids love them.

They are a great on-the-go kind of snack!  They are easy, healthy, no bake, and bite size…so perfect really. (more…)

Homemade Fish Sticks

fish-sticks-and-sauceWith everything unknown about what goes into commercial fish sticks, making your own at home is a great thing to do for your health!   That’s why I love this recipe for homemade fish sticks. You can have your own fish sticks at home with real ingredients that you can pronounce, and without added chemicals and preservatives. (more…)

Barbecue Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

chicken-and-veggie-kabob-300x245I love grilled foods in the summertime.  Part of the fun of this time of year is grilling out.  Why not keep it healthy but still savory?  These barbecue chicken and veggie kabobs are not only delicious, but are super healthy as well.  This is one vegetable meal my kids will eat!  My kids aren’t much different from most kids in that they aren’t real fond of a lot of veggies.  They eat some, but not as much as I would like, or that’s recommended by dietitians. (more…)