Mighty 4

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By now, my one year old eats whatever we are eating. We introduced him to non-pureed foods a lot earlier than I did with my older son because it was just so much easier. It is harder to find on-the- go snacks for him, though, because the poor little dude only has a few teeth. Thankfully I just found a new line of pouches from Plum Organics called Mighty 4 that make the perfect on the go snack for him. The pouches are substantial enough to fill him up and have great ingredients like quinoa, greek yogurt and spinach. They are really easy to transport and I won’t lie, his eyes light up every time I take one of out of my bag. Which is basically a five star review from a one year old.

Traveling Baby Gear

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I just got back from trip to California with my whole family. My goal when traveling with my kids is to limit the amount of things I bring to only necessities. With kids, that usually means clothes, toiletries and about six bags of toys that absolutely cannot be left at home. To try and minimize the back and shoulder pain (and the checked bag fees) from all of this extra luggage, I have started to rent items instead of trying to bring them. I frequently use a service called Babies Away, which has locations all over the U.S. and it has changed how I travel. At least a few weeks before I leave, I go online, rent the gear I need, including cribs, high chairs, strollers and most importantly, a big box of toys. The company will confirm the availability and then set up the delivery. So far, each location I have used has been extremely accommodating about delivering my items at a time I choose. They even set up and break down all of the gear. Renting these few items, instead of trying to bring everything, has made a huge difference in making my trips with my kids easier. The baby gear is always in good condition and very clean.

I also have to give a shoutout to a company based in Los Angeles called LA Bound Babies. When Babies Away was not available, I found LA Bound Babies through a friend. The owner was very easy to deal with, she arranged to have the baby gear delivered before we arrived and she even gave us some extra toys. I cannot recommend this company enough if you are traveling to LA.

Photo credit: Kenziepoo / Foter / CC BY

Split Pea Soup

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Last week, I was faced with a LOT of leftover ham from Easter, and decided to make split pea soup. It was a big hit with the family, and even though I wouldn’t classify the meal as nutritious (there is after all a decent amount of ham in it), it was healthy enough with a solid serving of fresh split peas. I made my homemade croutons from leftover stale bread for the top, and voila, we had an awesome dinner.

You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chopped medium onion
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 16 oz reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bag green split peas, picked over and rinsed
  • Ham bone plus 2 cups ham cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

In a pot, heat olive oil. Cook onion, carrots, celery and thyme and season with salt and pepper for about ten minutes. Add broth, split peas, ham bone and 5 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover partially. Simmer until peas are soft, approximately 45 minutes. Remove ham bone. Puree soup with hand blender carefully. Add the ham cubes and simmer until heated through. Add salt, pepper, and some lemon juice to taste. Top each bowl of soup with croutons and serve!

Now, what to do with the rest of the ham…

Skin Care Tips from a Beauty Expert!

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Jennifer Gibson, our guest blogger, is a local mama and Rodan+Fields consultant. Contact her here!

As a mom of two, I know what its like to be sleep deprived and have no energy to care how I look. That is until I see myself in a picture and realize I’m no spring chicken anymore. I don’t feel old. I still look at my kids and can’t believe I am finally a mother.

Enough about me, let’s talk aging. We are all aging all the time. As much as we might deny it, we can’t stop growing older. Every smile, every scowl and every frown leaves its mark on your face over time. Not to mention any bad habits you might have or all the time spent in the sun unprotected.

Good news is you can do something about it. There are ways to fight back and regain the smooth, glowing skin you once had. Below are 3 tips you can put to use right away.

  1. Protect with UVA/UVB sunscreen daily. The sun is the number one skin ager, accelerating collagen breakdown and other signs of aging.
  2. Train yourself to sleep on your back. Nightly face plants on your pillow will cause sleep creases that will become permanently etched into your skin
  3. Cool down that cream in the fridge. The cool eye cream helps restrict blood vessels, reducing puffiness and soothing those tired eyes.

Your skin care concerns might be complex but your solution doesn’t have to be. Whether you are worried about wrinkles, dark spots, sensitivity or acne, Rodan+Fields can help you put your best face forward. Contact me to get started.

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