Friday, August 28, 2015

DIY Baby Food: Peas

My baby girl is now one and no longer eats "mush", but when she was just learning to eat solid foods, I decided to try making some of it. I was shocked at how easy it was!
Make Your Own Baby food: Peas

To make peas into baby food:
  1. Purchase frozen peas. I bought frozen peas at our local Aldi...I was even more thrilled to find their organic peas super cheap. 
  2. Use a steamer basket in one of your pots. Fill it with about an inch of water (make sure it doesn't come over the bottom of the basket). Cover with a lid.
  3. Put that on the stove and when the water boils, pour the peas into the steamer basket. Cover.
  4. Let it steam for 3-5 minutes and check to see if the peas are tender. I had to stir mine because the middle peas would still be frozen together.
  5. After the peas are tender, remove from heat and rinse in cold water to stop them from cooking more.
  6. Pour the peas into a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth, and add water as needed to get the consistency you want. I usually had to add 1/2 cup or more so they would blend.
  7. Pour the puree into an ice cube tray and freeze. When they are frozen, you can remove them from the tray and put them in a freezer bag.
  8. When it's time to eat, put a cube of peas in a bowl in the microwave. I heated ours on 50% power for 45 seconds and it was perfect. If it's too thin, add some rice cereal to thicken it up.
This might seem like a lot of steps, but it truly goes quickly. I bought my peas for $0.89 and would get at least 1 1/2 ice cube trays worth, with each cube making about an ounce of food (12-16 ounces total?). The store bought baby food was $1.19 for two containers of baby food.  All in all, it was worth the little bit of effort to save some money and to know baby girl was getting food with as few preservatives as possible.

Thank you Parents.com for your guidance :). I’ll be linking up to Making Your Home Sing Sunday, Mama Moments MondayMom’s Library, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, The Mommy Club,

Friday, August 21, 2015

Orkin Household Pests & a giveaway! (Ends 8/30/15)

Disclosure: I will receive a prize for this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I detest bugs in my house. My kids, however, are so excited when they find new "pets"! If you have a pest problem in your home, take the quiz in the app below to see if you know how to think like a pest. Once you've done that, enter the giveaway form below that to win a this:
#LearnWithOrkin prize pack! 

 What kind of pests are you struggling with this year?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Back to School with Febreze & a giveaway! (Ends 8/31/15)

Back to School is coming fast, and I'm teaming up with Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator to offer a back to school giveaway.
 Enter this Back to School giveaway from Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Walmart, $50 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods and Febreze In-Wash to get rid of the stink this fall!
One winner will take home a $100 Walmart gift card, $50 Dicks Sporting Goods gift card plus Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator to help you expel the smell.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Eggs-periment!

My boys are very into experiments lately! One day my 6 year old decided to try an "eggs-periment" by putting an egg into vinegar.
Eggs-periment soaking egg in vinegar
We put the egg in a cup and covered it with vinegar. Each day we checked it's progress. Over time, the shell vanished and all that was left was the raw egg in the membrane (we did have to rub some of the shell off).

My son loved squishing it and especially loved bouncing it! And, our dog enjoyed the results of it breaking on the deck :). Be gentle as you handle the egg because it can break.

Thank you CWIST & Totally Kids Times for the fun idea! I’ll be linking up to Making Your Home Sing Sunday, Mama Moments MondayMom’s Library, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, The Mommy Club,

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fuel Your Kids with Pirate's Booty

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Pirates Booty Aged White Cheddar snack Summer is flying by here! We are well over half way through and I am not looking forward to school starting. I love the carefree, low-stress pace of summer, and I enjoy having all my kids home. I admit, there are days it drives me nuts, and I will not miss the summer heat (or the bugs!) once fall comes, but I do truly love this time with my kids.

One aspect of summer that I struggle with is making lunch creative. I love routines, but my kids get bored of the same treats/snacks/meals. Somehow, PB&J sandwiches (which are normally fine for sack lunches at school) don't fly quite as well when we're all eating at home. I'm frequently trying new lunch add-ons and new snacks to get us through the day. We do a lot of crackers!

Until recently, I had never heard of Pirate's Booty...at least as a snack :). Pirates Booty® is a delicious baked snack made from puffed rice and corn, and blended with white cheddar cheese. It is also:
  • Gluten free
  • Made without artificial colors, flavors and preservatives
  • Available in a 6 pack of 1 oz lunch bags
 Before I know it, my boys will be back in school, and I think they would enjoy finding this snack in their lunches occasionally! If you're looking for a way to liven up lunches at home, snack time, or sack lunches once school starts, look into Pirate's Booty. Though, this sounds like a snack I would enjoy for myself too :).

What sorts of snacks do you enjoy serving your kids?

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