Category Archives: Finger Food

Couscous, Broccoli & More

Full Plate Details:
Couscous
Steamed broccoli
Pear slices
Orange
Strawberries

Couscous Details:
Boiled up a mix of beans with various spices (using cooking instructions on package), added onions, more water, and two cups of couscous, then covered the pot, turned off the stove and walked away!

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(No Egg/No Flour) Granola Breakfast Bites

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
1 dash of cinnamon
2 dashes of nutmeg
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup granola clusters
7 pitted dates

Instructions:
1.Preheat oven at 300°F
2.Peel your bananas and hand mash them until the texture is smooth
3.Add your nutmeg and cinnamon, and let it sit for five minutes
4.Chop your dates into small pieces (really small to avoid choking hazard for smaller babies. Larger for toddlers/adults)
5.To the mashed banana, stir in your chopped dates, granola and oats
6.grease your Kiddo Feedo tray with a little oil of your choice (I used EVOO)
7.Fill up each compartment with the mixture (fill each one to equal size with one Kiddo Feedo tray)
8.Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes. I turned off the oven and let it sit for another 5 minutes because I wanted it a bit more cooked

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WIN a Lansinoh Smartpump™ & Pump 2 Nurse Pump Storage Purse!

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!
Enter TODAY on our Instagram page for a chance to win two fantastic prizes!
1 x Smartpump™ Double Electric Breast Pump with Bluetooth
1 x Pump 2 Nurse black lace wet/dry bag to store pump parts

WIN THESE AMAZING PRIZES: ENTER HERE

Lansinoh Smartpump™
Breast pumps have been a lifesaver for me throughout my four years as a mom. They are useful for boosting or maintaining milk supply, for keeping a backup milk stash in my freezer and more.

This NEW breast pump on the market by our friends at Lansinoh called the Smartpump™ Double Electric Breast Pump has an extra feature that is fit for a modern mom. You can connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth® when using the FREE Lansinoh Baby™ App! Track your pumping sessions, set reminders and lots more.

You can find my product review on the Lansinoh Signature Pro here. The winner of this giveaway will enjoy the features of the Signature Pro, plus more with the newly released updated model!

Pump 2 Nurse Pump Parts Bag
Are you pumping at work? Do you pump at home and use plastic bags to store your parts in the refrigerator between pumping sessions? Pump 2 Nurse is your solution for keeping your pump parts secure and away from contact with food and idle hands.

This stylish black lace bag comes with two compartments which allow you to separate wet and dry pump parts. When you are not using your pump, this bag is also great for carrying diapers and wipes, a lunch and more. You can find my product review for this Pump 2 Nurse bag here.

WIN THESE AMAZING PRIZES: ENTER HERE

WIN THESE AMAZING PRIZES: ENTER HERE

LINKS:
Lansinoh Smartpump™
Lansinoh on Instagram
Pump 2 Nurse on Amazon
Pump 2 Nurse on Instagram

Giveaway Rules: Must be 18+. This giveaway is USA only. This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram.

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Review: Mumma’s Little Helpers Food Catcher

Messy eaters are so adorable to watch, but cleaning up after them is not as sweet of an experience. Whether your little one is fed home made purées, or eats finger food on their own, a high percentage of the food does not make it to their mouths right away. Food can end up on their clothing, in their hair, on us, and (the worst place) on the floor or carpet. I have gone through numerous precautions to avoid messy floors, including putting down a towel under their high chairs, and even relying on my good old fashion reflexes to catch the food before it makes it to the ground. While those tactics have proven to be somewhat effective, there are many alternatives, such as these food catchers by Mumma’s Little Helpers.

About the Product:
These Food Catchers by Mumma’s Little Helpers are (Australian made) material cape made of cotton PUL, and designed to attach to any high chair to catch the mess that would otherwise end up on the ground. As a busy mommy of three, I am always on the hunt for products that save me some time. Every second counts! When that food falls, there’s no need to worry about it damaging your carpeting, or crusting up on your floor (which makes it harder to remove). Once baby is finished eating, simple grab a bowl and scoop out the contents of the catcher. Problem solved!

You can simply use a cloth to wipe any residue from the catcher once you are finished. Since the food catchers are machine washable, you can also toss them in the wash at the end of the day as well. This is what I do, as we also have cloth diapers and bibs to include in the load as well.

Pros:
•Less mess of course! That means more time for us parents and less stress.
•I LOVE that they are machine washable. Cloth diapers, muslin wraps and bibs are part of our everyday wash load, so adding our food catcher to the mix is a breeze. I hang my catcher overnight to dry.
•Attaches to both high chair trays and under the dining table. They basically grow with your child for the entire weaning stages.

Cons:
•If you want to attach it to other chairs, it comes with a case that helps you pack it neatly with your belongings. However, you will need to purchase extra pieces of Velcro, or save some cash by simply taping it to the chair of your choice.

Notes/Tips on the Product:
•We use a dinning room chair with a booster seat rather than a high chair, and our food catcher fits that as well.
•When I am feeling lazy, I sometimes just lay my food catcher flat on the ground rather than set it up the standard way. When completely flat, it covers enough ground to still catch the food without assembling.

More Fun Uses:
Changing Pad: Lay it flat on a couch or carpet to change baby. When you’re on the go, use the case to also include an extra diaper and spare wipes.
Emergency Crib Mattress Cover: Is your little one sleeping in someone else’s home? Your catcher can protect the mattress from a possible mishap
Play Mat: When your toddlers are in the mood for some messy playtime and crafting, this makes for a great plat mat as well.

Mumma’s Little Helpers Online:
Website: http://www.mummaslittlehelpers.com.au/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mummaslittlehelpers/

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Review: Pump 2 Nurse Wet/Dry Bag

Do you ever run into a product that you wish you knew about years ago? That was pretty much my reaction when I found out about Pump 2 Nurse, the wet/dry bag. I pumped exclusively with our first born, nursed/pumped/formula fed our second, and I am breastfeeding/occasional pumping our third. Whatever method you choose to feed your child, there’s no doubt that there are products on the market that are designed to help make our journey of motherhood just a bit easier. With that said, I introduce to you the Pump 2 Nurse Wet/Dry bag. It is a fashionable polyester bag designed for you to discreetly transport your pump parts.

Our Experience:
If you know me personally or have read most of my previous reviews, you will know that as a mother of 3, versatility in a product is pretty much a MUST. I took one look at Pump 2 Nurse, and knew right away that I would be able to use it in many ways both before, during, and after pregnancy.

I love the lace design, as I have spent the last few years sporting diaper bags. It’s refreshing, and a (dare I say) sexy design that doesn’t scream “Mommy/baby products inside!”. Using this bag to store pump parts in a refrigerator outside of the home can now be discrete. Mind you, I am not saying that pumping is a shameful thing that needs to be hidden, especially since I do both breastfeeding and pumping. For me, Pump 2 Nurse is about organization, and keeping baby’s food safe from possible contamination.

Pros:
•Better for the environment than plastic bags
•Comes with a strap for easy transport
•Water resistant. This means you can store items like snacks, cloth diapers, bathing suits, used bottles and more
•2 compartments allow you to separate wet items from dry ones
•Great way to avoid possibly contaminating your pump parts with the dirty hands of others, or food in the fridge

Cons:
•No cons for this product, as it does exactly what is advertized and more.

Notes:
•Hang it off the end of your stroller bar for quick access to water bottles, pacifiers, toys, cameras and more
•I sometimes use it to separate dirty and clean diapers. The sky’s the limit, and the goal is always to be that much more organized.

Pump 2 Nurse Online:
Amazon: Pump 2 Nurse
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pump2nurse

*****Pump 2 Nurse was kind enough to send us a sample to try out. I have not been financially compensated for writing this review. All opinions and images are my own.

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