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Best of 2009

Here’s my post and product review faves from 2009.  Enjoy the re-cap!

Favorite Posts:

  1. Going Back to Work After Staying Home with Baby
  2. Date Night Re-Cap
  3. Caring for Cloth Diapers
  4. Camping
  5. Country Capers
  6. Children in Church
  7. Real Food on a Budget
  8. Getting Back in Shape
  9. Make Your Own Baby Leggings for Less than $2

Favorite Product Reviews for Women:

  1. Best Practical Accessory – Gardening Gloves by Ethel
  2. Best Hair, Skin Care & Body Care – Bubble & Bee Organic
  3. Best Mineral Make-Up – Alima Pure
  4. Best Jeans – Stella by Chip & Pepper
  5. Best Meals – Dream Dinners
  6. Best Footwear – Tony Lama Stars Boots
  7. Best Sunglasses – Native Eyewear
  8. Best Trail Running Shoes – Mountain Masochist GTX by Montrail
  9. Best Apparel – Lacie Tunic Top (for her) and Axiom Jeans (for him) by prAna
  10. Best Tech Gadget – PC Back-Up System Replica by Seagate

Favorite Product Reviews for Children:

  1. Best Toddler Sandals – Newport H2 by Keen
  2. Best Snack – Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps
  3. Best Children’s Travel Bag – Kushies My Bag
  4. Best Summer Apparel – UV Skinz
  5. Best Sneakers for Toddlers – Flex by Pediped
  6. Best Hydration System – Stainless Insulated Water Bottle by Camelbak
  7. Best Toddler Play Apparel – Jasper Hearts Wren
  8. Best Travel Toy – Zoobie Pets
  9. Best Safety Item – Safety 1st / Air Protect infant to toddler convertible car seat
  10. Best Sentimental Gift – Little Baker Suitcase by Child to Cherish

Favorite Tuesday Travels:

  1. Visiting the Local Fire Station
  2. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
  3. Painless Travel Tips
  4. Visiting the Local Airport
  5. 5 Tips for Road Trip Solace with Toddlers

Favorite Health Happy Round-Ups:

  1. Natural Defense Against Allergies
  2. Vaccine Awareness
  3. Safe Fun in the Sun
  4. Prevent Picky Eating
  5. 7 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep for Children
  6. Skin Care for Moms and Babies
  7. Breastfeeding Benefits
  8. Extended Breastfeeding

Favorite Recipes:

  1. Healthy Yogurt Fruit Dip
  2. Raw Food Dessert
  3. Banana Pancakes, and Ratatouille Recipes
  4. Chicky Chicky Hummus
  5. Buckwheat and Acorn Squash Pancakes
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Health Happy Round-Up: Safe & Healthy Tips for Weight Loss

Welcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up that  focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, or tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.

The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote in this month’s health newsletter from Spinal Health & Wellness.   There’s some great tips for weight loss, especially for new moms.  Enjoy!

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Crash diets and sporadic exercise plans may not only prevent you from reaching a desired goal of losing excess weight and maintaining those results, but they can also lead to some serious health risks to the sudden (instead of gradual) stress on your organs and joints.
There are safer methods than yo-yo diets or weekend warrior workouts:
  1. There’s evidence that breastfeeding and taking probiotic enzymes may help new moms shed post-partum pounds.
  2. A study conducted over 12 weeks found that exercise alone (1 hour per day, that can be split up into 2 to 3 intervals instead of continuous) without dietary restrictions resulted in substantial weight loss. Read more.
  3. Reduce sugar intake…that includes fructose that is linked to weight gain.  In fact, fructose converts more cells to fat than any other sugar!
  4. Drink more water.  Your cells and your body are comprised of 70% water, but how much do you drink?  Simple formula: drink half of your body weight in ounces.  For example, if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day.  If you’re well below this average, slowly increase by 1 cup per day.  If you’re pregnant, nursing, or in hot and arid climates, you should increase your water intake even more than the general formula.

Remember, always consult your physician if you begin a weight loss program and feel dizzy or unwell…be safe, be healthy, and be well!

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Health Happy Round-Up: Banana Bread Recipe

A few weeks ago, Elisa B. invited Calvin and I over to hang out with the puppies.  Just before we arrived, she baked homemade banana bread since she had an overstock of bananas.  What a treat for our noses and bellies.  There’s hardly any sugar and extra oily gunk.  It’s sensational, and I highly urge you to try it!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Directions

  1. Lightly grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar. Add applesauce, eggs, nuts, and mashed banana. Beat until blended.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Elisa B.

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Health Happy Round-Up: Turkey Leftover Recipe Ideas

The Thanksgiving day feast is done.  Sure, you could re-heat plates with leftovers, but eventually, you’re gonna get tired of roasted turkey.  Here’s a few of my favorite options for leftovers:

1. Create a turkey casserole.  Use rice, potatoes, mushrooms, turkey, a little turkey broth, and cheese.  If you’re a follow-the-recipe person and “winging it” in the kitchen (no pun intended) isn’t your thing.  Then check out, the Nourishing Gourmet for some fantastically nutritious and economic recipes!

2. Create turkey tacos.  Dice 2 cups of turkey meat into small 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch cubes.  Heat up a cast iron pan to medium-high heat with 1 – 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and lightly brown 2 cloves of crushed garlic.  Then, fry up the turkey cubes in the garlic and coconut oil until crispy.  While cooking, season turkey meat with smoked paprika, cumin, sea salt, and a dash of red or green chile powder.  Serve the turkey meat along with small bowls of toppings and sides such as roasted tomatillo sauce, fresh salsa, cilantro, diced onions, grated monterrey jack cheese or queso, sour cream or whole-milk plain yogurt, steamed white corn tortillas, and shredded lettuce.

3. I think I’m going to make turkey enchiladas based on this chicken enchiladas recipe from All Recipes.

4. I always prefer to use a roasted chicken or turkey carcass to make homemade broth.  In fact, you use my chicken broth recipe–easily adaptable to turkey broth.  I’ll use the broth to make my favorite vegetable soup, Golden Winter Soup.

YOUR TURN: What is your favorite thing to do with leftovers from Thanksgiving?

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Health Happy Round-Up: Child-Proofing Tips

health happy round-upWelcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up that  focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.

Kimberly Mitchell, Child Safety Expert and “professional childproofer”, recently wrote Childproofing 101 to offer parents tips on childproofing a home…beginning as early as pregnancy.

D1428Child-Proof-PostersMitchell’s got some great ideas for new parents…yet when I read her article, I can’t help, but recall a hilarious scene from Baby Mama movie where adoptive mom-to-be, Kate  (played by Tina Fey) childproof’s the toilet seat long before baby’s even arrived…and pregnant Angie (played by Amy Poehler) struggles to unlatch the toilet seat lid in time to relieve herself.  Failing that, she ends up going in the sink.

We’ve done some babyproofing with our son.  We have rubber bands around the cabinets that are accessible to my son.  However, when the rubber bands are off, he helps secure them back on–obviously they were better at keeping him out of the breakables when he was younger.

We also used child-proof gates to keep him out of the bathroom…definitely a safety concern.  I still use a gate on occasion at the office to keep him from wandering behind the front desk and turning the computer off.

Although I think child proofing is a good idea, I do think it can go overboard.

I have a curious child who wants to explore his world.

However, if there are certain things that are off limits, I’d rather make that clear by explaining it to him, and enforcing those boundaries with discipline.  My son understands when he’s not supposed to touch something or open something.

I can’t child-proof every place we visit, so I’d rather train my son to be obedient to prevent him from wandering across the street or out of plain view, and to prevent him from opening cabinets and drawers when we visit other people’s homes.

Although I can’t be everywhere at once, I can teach my son to listen and obey–far more effective and longer lasting than most child-proofing products on the market.

YOUR TURN:

What’s your approach to child proofing?  What’s been most successful for you with keeping your child safe?

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Natural Cold Care

health happy round-upWelcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up that  focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.

I’ve had my fair share of colds during my pregnancy – really though, is it ever “fair” to be pregnant and sick at the same time?! You probably already know you shouldn’t be taking over the counter medicine while pregnant if you can avoid it, so here is my list of natural home remedies that can help relieve your symptoms and lessen your recover time.

  • Badger Balm. This stuff is the natural equivalent of Vick’s Vapor Rub. It smells great, when you can smell, and relieves congestion when you can’t.
  • Essential Oils. Cinnamon essential oils help break up phlegm in your chest and reduce coughing. I’ll often walk around the house just sniffing from the bottle, or you can also drop some into a pot of steaming water and the scent from the steam will permeate your house (smells like Christmas!). Hang over the pot and breathe in – what a relief! If you don’t like the smell of cinnamon, consider giving eucalyptus oil a try.
  • Herbal Expec. This is another natural remedy for coughing. No more robatussin needed.
  • Homeopathy. When I was miserably sick and pregnant I was given free reign from my midwives to try whatever homeopathic remedies I wanted in my search for relief. A lot of the remedies you’ll find on the shelves at your natural food store contain what they termed “buckshot” homeopathy – meaning it contains several different cures for congestion, runny nose, etc, assuming that you don’t know which one you specifically need to address. I certainly had no idea, so buckshot homeopathy worked well for me.

We’re coming up on cold and flu season, so I hope this information is helpful. Feel free to post your comments on what natural remedies worked well for you and your family!

Healthy Mamas and Breastfeeding Back Survival

health happy round-up

Welcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up that  focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.

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Hey Moms!

If you’re an expectant or nursing mom living near Charlottesville, there’s not one, but TWO opportunities to attend a free Healthy Mama Workshop taught by moi.

The first Healthy Mama Workshop will include postural considerations for mom and baby in breastfeeding and babywearing at 11:45 AM on Saturday, November 7th at Downtown ACAC located at 111 Monticello Avenue. The event is part of ACAC’s pre-natal and post-natal seminar, and it’s free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served, and new moms and their children will have the opportunity to socialize and meet with others.  So fun!  Bring your baby carrier and nursing pillow, if you have one.healthy mama small

The second workshop takes place on Friday, November 13th at 4PM at Sugar Snap Consignment located at York Place on the historic Downtown Mall.  This workshop is primarily focused on postural considerations for mom and baby during breastfeeding.  Bring your nursing pillow, if you have one.

Both events are free and open to the general public.

I’m soooo excited to share the Healthy Mama Workshops with Charlottesville mothers. I want to help new moms learn how to take of themselves while nursing, so they’re confident, and comfortable at giving their 100% to baby and continuing a wonderful breastfeeding bonding experience.

I previously taught the Healthy Mama Workshops at Nature’s Child in 2008, and ACAC’s pre-natal seminar in October 2009. For more information on the Healthy Mama Workshops, please visit www.scoliosisdoc.com.

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