Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guest Post: Flourless Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hi, guys! Since we are moving a half an hour away this week, I've got some great guest posts lined up to take my place. I hope you enjoy the recipes and posts from some great bloggers. Be sure to check out their blogs and social media pages! First up, is a really yummy and healthy recipe from Ally of Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats, who is a blogger local to me! ~Farrah




Hi folks!

I'm Ally.  I'm a wife, stay-at-home-mom and food blogger.  For the past {almost} five years, I've been dishing up my favorite family meals, side dishes, drinks and desserts.  My food blog is my outlet away from real life.  Because everyone takes photos of what they eat, right?  {And makes their family wait to take their first bite until I've finished photographing, right?}

Well, not really.

Also during these past five years, I've birthed three babies, changed jobs twice and most recently became a stay-at-home-mom this summer.  We live in the small town of Wilton, Iowa, enjoy the simple things in life and try to keep our heads above water while raising three children under the age of 5.  Remember, my blog is MY outlet.  As most moms know, you need time "away" from the daily tasks to just do something you love.

Cooking, baking and sharing it with others is what I love.

When Farrah asked for some guest posts while she would be away I jumped at the chance.  I love finding new readers and giving them some insight into my life.  So here we go!

Here is my kitchen story.  I make at least 90% of our meals and snacks.  Not because I have to, but because I like to.  I take pride in knowing what goes in our mouth and if I can be honest, homemade usually tastes better than store bought!  So when I have free time {very little} or are bored {very rare} I cook!  And bake, as sweets are my thang.

Today I wanted to share a super easy muffin recipe.  These of course are great for breakfasts, but we also eat them daily as snacks.  I try at least once a week to bake up something for snacks.  Are they always healthy?  No.  But at least I know where they came from.  Requiring no flour, these are easy.  And who doesn't always have that one lonely brown banana sitting on their counter?  As for the chocolate chips?  Well, those are just a given.
 


Flourless Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 very ripe banana
1 egg
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 T. vanilla
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 c. chocolate chips

 
1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.  Line with liners if desired.
3.  Combine all ingredients minus the chocolate chips in a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth and creamy.
4.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
5.  Fill muffins tins halfway up with batter.
6.  Bake for 13-15 minutes or until springy to the touch.
7.  Will stay fresh for 3-4 days in an airtight container or in the freezer for 3 months.



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

What To Do When Baby is Breech

So you're nearing the end of your pregnancy and you find out your baby is breech...what do you do?! With our third child, we experienced this and it was terrifying. We declined a c-section and chose to have a vaginal breech delivery. When I was attempting to get him to turn, I tried all sorts of ways to get Avery to turn head down. He went head down...and then he turned breech again! So yes, I really did give birth to a 9lb breech baby.

However, for many pregnant women, this equals an automatic c-section. The truth of the matter is that most care providers won't deliver a breech baby any way other than a c-section. But that doesn't always have to be the case. Even if you and/or your provider isn't comfortable with a vaginal breech delivery, there are some things you can try to do to get that baby to get in a vertex (head down) position.

Also, know that before 30 weeks or so, a breech baby is still really common!


Webster Technique. Finding a chiropractor certified in the Webster Technique is really helpful. In fact, a chiropractor near where we live has a high success rate at turning breech babies.You can find a chiropractor certified in this at the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association website. Read more about the Webster Technique here.

External Cephalic Version. This is a procedure in which your OBGYN or other care provider would attempt to turn your baby. Sometimes the doctor will give a medication to relax the uterus and prevent contractions. Then the doctor uses his/her hands to flip and turn the baby into a vertex (head down) position. It can be a painful procedure. However, 73% of women who had successful versions went onto having vaginal births. Evidence Based Birth has more information published by the CDC that you can read here.

Forward Leaning Inversion. Spinning Babies is a really popular website about fetal positioning. The inversion is meant to give stretch the ligaments, giving baby plenty of room to remain head down. You can learn how to do an inversion here.


There are many, many tips out there for flipping a breech babe. I've heard of playing music near the bottom of mom's belly, having mom go swimming, acupuncture, and more. Above all, educate yourself and discuss options with your care provider. 


Have you had a breech birth? Do you have any tips on helping a breech baby turn?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back-to-School Eye Care Tips for Kids

Our oldest child has some eye problems that really affect his schoolwork. We were so glad when his eye doctor caught the problems that require vision therapy. Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, a top Beverly Hills Ophthalmologist, has a few tips parents can use to help protect their kids’ eyes this school year.


Matthew, when he got his glasses a few months ago.



Top 5 Back-to-School Eye Care Tips for Kids

1.       Get your child an eye exam before school starts: Problems with your children’s vision can be detected through a routine eye exam. It’s important to correct these issues, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, before they create more serious complications such as difficulty learning or the development of recurrent headaches.
2.       Kids should wash their hands regularly: According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, more than 164 million school days are missed due to the spread of infectious diseases. Three million of those missed days are the direct result of acute conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. It’s important to remind your children to wash their hands regularly and avoid touching their eyes as much as possible.
3.       Ensure children wear protective eyewear when playing sports: Most eye injuries among kids aged 11 to 14 occur while playing sports, with nearly 35,000 incidents per year according to the National Eye Institute. Protective eyewear, such as goggles or a helmet-mounted eye/face shield, can drastically reduce the risk of serious eye injury. As parents, a great way to help is by setting a good example whenever you participate in sports.
4.       Encourage kids to give their eyes a rest: With the school year in full swing, your children will likely be spending a lot of time with their nose stuck in books or staring at the computer screen. Over time, this can cause eye strain, headaches, blurred vision or even nearsightedness. Remind your children to give their eyes a rest every 20 to 30 minutes. It’s a good idea to minimize glare where they are working, as this can force the eyes to work harder than need be.
5.       Purchase your children high E-SPF glasses: A lot of activities that kids participate in after school expose them to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Over time, UV exposure can lead to a host of problems for the eyes, including the early development of cataracts. By purchasing protective, high E-SPF prescription glasses or sunglasses for your child, you’ll foster and encourage their good eye health years to come.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Munchables Teething Jewelry Review + Giveaway

DISCLAIMER: THIS BLOG (A FULFILLED MOMMY) is helping promote this giveaway hosted by Life in the O.D.D. Lane. She received a promotional product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% her own. If you have any questions, contact Kristen at lifeinoddlane@gmail.com.

LIFE IN THE O.D.D. LANE'S REVIEW:


As a mother to a kiddo with Sensory Processing Disorder, I know how important it is to have things on hand that my child can chew on. Preferably, something other than his fingers and clothing. AJ will chew on his fingers until they bleed, and he puts holes in his clothes. Neither of those are things I want him to do. Clothing isn't cheap, and as for his fingers? It hurts! Enter Munchables. Munchables is a WAHM company, located in Canada. This mom set out to provide affordable teething jewelry for moms, that is aesthetically pleasing. But, she not only offers necklaces for mom. She also offers pacifier clips, bracelets, and even children's jewelry. I messaged Munchables, and soon Laura and I were in discussion for the perfect necklace for AJ. I told her what colors he liked, and she came up with this beauty.
These beads are food-based silicone, dishwasher safe, BPA free, and exceed safety standards. The clasp is designed to snap open in an instant so as to avoid choking risks. The beads can certainly take a lot of chewing, and hold up fabulously. As soon as it came in the mail, it was in AJ's mouth. And there it stayed for the majority of the day. While was chewing, he said it was a weird, but pleasant feeling. It didn't hurt his teeth, like chewing on his shirts sometimes did. He wasn't harming himself, like he did while chewing his fingers. I didn't have to worry about germs getting into his mouth, like I do when he gnaws on other items. Because this necklace doesn't touch the floor, it stays relatively clean. Since I don't own a dishwasher, I hand wash it every so often. Just a quick wipe down with a soapy hand gets the job done.
There are a TON of different beads to chose from, styles, lengths, designs, etc! The possibilities are ENDLESS!! The best part of this company, in my opinion, is the excellent customer service. Laura is so kind and easy going! I am VERY indecisive, and couldn't decide on how I wanted his necklace to look. As I said above, all I did was tell her the colors he liked, and she put together his necklace. It may be simple, but it's perfect for my boy. A big bonus is that they replace the clasp for FREE for the first year of ownership! AJ has a habit of chewing the clasp, and I have to remind him often that it's not made for chewing, but so far we have no issues with it opening and closing. If you have a teething baby, or a child with SPD, please consider Munchables!! You won't be disappointed! One lucky reader will win a Munchables item of THEIR choice! All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below! Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza (Ends 9/2)

Welcome to the

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights

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Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect

Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier

 I can't believe it's that time of year again! It's time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers - and their kids - we want to help you get ready for back-to-school by helping one lucky reader get the year started with a bang. That is why we teamed up with our blogger friends and a few generous sponsors to bring you the chance to win this fantastic giveaway! One winner is going to receive a prize package worth over $430! This giveaway includes something for everyone in the family from preschoolers through college students.
  Here is what is included:
  • Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet, Wifi, 16 GB  & $100 Target Gift Card from Failing Perfect (Retail Value: $269.00)
  • Personalized Lunch Box & Personalized Backpack from Dibsies Personalization Station (Retail Value: $78.00)
  • $50 Zazzle Gift Code from Zazzle
  • Hot Dots Laugh It Up! Math Vocabulary Cards for grades 1-3, Hot Dots Reading Informational Text for grades 4-6, Hot Dots Pen, & GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope for ages 3+ from Educational Insights(Retail Value: $79.95)
  • The winner's choice of one activity kit:  I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace!, I Can Pound!, I Can Build Uppercase! or I Can Build Lowercase! from Fundanoodle (Retail Value: $32.99) 
Back-to-School Palooza Giveaway: The Details
  • Giveaway will begin on August 18th, 2014 and will end at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (US) on September 2nd, 2014.
  • Open to residents in the continental US, 18 years or older.
  • One entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • Winner will have 24 Hours to respond to winner notification email, or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org.
  • The winning entry will be verified.
  • Sponsors will be individually responsible for prize fulfillment.
If you agree to the above terms, then enter using the Giveaway Form below. Good Luck!! 

Good Luck!

Disclosure:  This blog did not receive compensation and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This post may contain affiliate links. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these rules and the decisions of Failing Perfect ("Sponsor"), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Failing Perfect is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, andor any other social media. Please contact michelle@failingperfect.com with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. 
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