ShopWell App

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably know by now that I am very conscious of food allergies because members of my family suffer from everything from lactose intolerance to Celiac Disease.  The ShopWell App has become a go-to as a method for determining what is safe to eat.

shopwellThe ShopWell App allows you to customize your food preferences and dietary restrictions, so that you may scan the bar code on an item and know if it matches your lifestyle.  Have a wheat or peanut allergy?  Just set the app and it will alert you as to whether the food you scan contains that particular allergen.  It also highlights nutrition facts and ingredients so that you can make healthier choices about what you put in your body.

I’m all for making smarter food decisions.  This app is a great tool to do just that!

Dinosaur Hoodie

What munchkin doesn’t love dinosaurs?  I know Dinosaur Train is one of my daughter’s favorite shows.  When I saw this adorable children’s dinosaur hoodie by Swanky Panky Designs on Etsy, I was blown away by the cuteness.

il_570xN.301996443This unique sweatshirt is made to order so you can pick your favorite color and pattern combo for your ferocious little T-Rex.  He’ll love pretending to be a dinosaur, and you’ll love the smile this hoodie will bring to your face.

Photo courtesy of Swanky Panky Designs.

Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

My father has Celiac Disease, so my family is always on the lookout for good gluten-free recipes.  This gluten-free banana muffin recipe by Yammie’s Gluten Freedom my sister discovered fits the bill, and is absolutely delicious.

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You’ll need:

-3 ripe bananas (about 1 cup mashed)
-2 eggs
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup rice flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-3/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 cup vegetable oil (we used coconut oil)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large Ziploc bag (yup, this lady wants to make your life as easy as possible so you don’t have as many dishes to do!), mash the bananas.  Add the eggs, seal the bag, and squish until combined.  Add sugar and mix well.  Add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and mix it up.  Add the oil and vanilla, and squish until combined.

Snip the corner of the Ziploc to make a very small hole, and gently squeeze the batter into a lined muffin tin.  Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

She includes a recipe for a glaze, but these delicious muffins don’t need it.  Enjoy!

PS – Yammie’s Gluten Freedom is an awesome site for all the gluten-free mamas out there. Awesome recipes, easy-to-follow instructions, and great pictures.  Check them out!

Water Wow

Coloring books can be a great activity that also keeps a toddler’s attention for more than two minutes. The problem? You have to hover over the toddler to make sure he doesn’t use the crayons or markers on your wall, the floor or his face (been there). Recently, a friend bought my son Melissa & Doug’s Water Wow Coloring Book and I am forever indebted.

Water Wow

You fill the pen with water, give it to your child and let them color on the special paper. The colors show up as long as the paper is wet and when it dries, they disappear. So it is reusable. There is also a spot on the front page to store the pen so it is easy to use on the go. My son can’t seem to get enough and he can’t make a mess. That makes it worth double what it costs.

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