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Banana Blueberry Buttons

Here’s a quick recipe for a fun little indoor frozen treat. I made it initially with just bananas, but it was such a hit with out middle child, that I added blueberries and changed the name from “banana treat” to “buttons”. We’re having a blast making these with different ingredients, and it’s a fun change from traditional smoothies in a cup.

Ingredients:
2 bananas (peeled)
Handful of blueberries

Instructions:
1.Blend blueberries and ONE banana together
2.Pour into your Kiddo Feedo tray, filling each compartment 1/3 of the way
3.Slice your second banana into round 1/2inch pieces
4.Place a small piece into each compartment
5.Freeze for 4 hours or until frozen
6.Once frozen, simply pop out and serve!

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Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate

As a mom of three, I have to say that weaning is definitely one of my favourite stages of our childrens’ lives so far. It’s a time to taste new flavours, see new colours and feel new textures. It’s just a beautiful time of exploration for the little ones, and I am honoured to be able to see it happen first hand. Of course during this stage, our children are perfecting their motor skills, and slowly figuring out exactly what eating entails, so messes and spills are expected. With that said, every so often, there comes a time where a product comes out on the market that helps make our lives as parents just a little bit easier. This is where this new plate by Nuby comes in.

The plate I am referring to is the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate. It’s made of 100% silicone, and suctions to most flat surfaces, making it harder for children to pick up the plate or tip it over. We have an adorable and energetic little girl who uses the “pick it up and chuck it” technique to let us know she has completed a meal. Our middle child used to do the same thing, and while it can be cute to see the look of satisfaction on their faces, cleaning up the mess is not always as amusing. These suction plates make it a little harder for children to pick up, which means I have the pleasure of being able to blink without fear of her making a swift move and making a huge mess.

My Favourite Features:
•They are made from 100% silicone, which is BPA free, and a lot safer for our children than plastic plates. Many parents are shying away from plastic tableware because toxic chemicals can leach into the food. That is a scary thought.
•The material is also microwave and dishwasher safe. So you’re free to reheat your child’s food without worry.
•They stick to the table and high chair! If you pick it up from a corner, it comes right up. Our baby girl is a year old, tugs at the sections of the plate, and has no success in flipping it over. I can’t count how many possible messes I have avoided cleaning.
•Separate compartments on one plate allow you to serve multiple items without them touching.

Additional Thoughts & Observations:
The plate does not fit the tray for baby’s high chair. I would love to see a slightly smaller model of plates. In the meantime, if you have the same issue, you can strap baby in the high chair, and push the chair to the table to eat with the adults. You can see from the images above that she’s still slightly short for the table, but she reaches her food fine and enjoys eating at the table with her older siblings.

Another thing I noticed is that if the flat surface of the plate is the slightest bit oily, it will not stick half as well. Be sure to wash it well, be it through the dishwasher or by hand. Also take note that it fits MOST surfaces, and I say that because I have seen one or two reviews stating that it didn’t actually stick to someone’s table. We have a wooden table, and a glass table, and our plate sticks firmly to both with no problems at all. Overall I am happy with our suction plate by Nuby, and our children approve of it as well!

Purchase yours at Sears Canada and Canada’s Baby Store:
http://www.canadasbabystore.com/en/search/Nuby%20Sure%20Grip/brand/n%C3%BBby

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*****I have received a sample for review purposes. I have not been financially compensated for writing this review. All opinions are my own.

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Review: Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker

As a mom of three, it is my mission to organize my household tasks in a way that saves me time. Keeping the children engaged throughout the day is a task in itself, so I can’t afford to spend hours in the kitchen, despite the fact that I enjoy it so much! I’ve been making homemade baby and toddler food for a few years now, and while I absolutely enjoy the health benefits of making their food myself, it can take up a considerable amount of time. Then, in comes Baby Brezza‘s One Step Baby Food Maker. I have been using it for the last few weeks and I have lots to share about it and my experiences with it.

The Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker provides parents with a way to prepare homemade organic baby food without the fuss of standing in front of a stove while it’s cooking. At the push of a button, you can steam and blend a combination of ingredients to create gourmet masterpieces for your little ones. The bowl holds 2.5 cups and the machine only weights 3.3Lbs!

The second I put it down on the kitchen counter, I realized that it had little suctions at the bottom. This means that it won’t slide around, which is essential when handling hot food. The Baby Brezza One Step is straight forward and easy to use. Add your water, wash and cut ingredients of your choice, add them to the bowl, set the timer and the machine does the rest! It’s pretty user friendly. The kids helped me prepare my first batch and we all had fun. It’s not as loud as our conventional blender, and the blending process is fairly quick.

It makes me sound lazy to say that life is easier when everything is at the touch of a button, but in all honesty, having kids requires much of our time and energy, and any device that allows you to get work done with minimal attention is a great help.

Pros:
•At only 3.3Lbs, this compact machine is easily portable, which makes it perfect for travel. Take it on vacation and use in your hotel room, bring it with you while seeing family or friends. Not only is it convinient, but might just encourage someone else to make their own homemade baby food someday.
•It beeps before switching from steaming mode to blending mode. This feature seems simple, but it’s more useful than you think. Last week I was preparing food with it, and baby fell asleep. Once the beeping began, I was able to jump up and stop the second stage from taking place. Baby slept soundly for another two hours, and I was able to blend the food at a later time that day.
•BPA/phthalate free and easier to clean than my larger size blender
•A regular handmixer works fine for making baby food, but if you’re looking for a machine that does everything for you, this is the way to go.
•Compact space helps the food steam faster

Cons:
•Many parents are gravitating towards glass and silicone products that are designed for baby feeding. While the Baby Brezza One Step bowl is made of plastic, it’s also BPA free.
•Keep in mind that the bowl is NOT leak proof. If you prepare food and want to store some for the same day, it’s best to store it in an air tight

Notes/Tips on the Product:
•Although the Baby Brezza One Step is marketed as a tool for making purees, I noticed fairly quickly that it’s useful even after the early weaning stages. You can prepare steamed veggies, fish and more for both children and adults. Prepare tasty smoothies, applesauce and more with it. The possibilities are endless.
•Do you prepare your baby food in advance and freeze for later? Many parents are reluctant to use a microwave to defrost frozen food. The Baby Brezza one step allows you to defrost your homemade baby food.
•Afraid of overcooking or undercooking? Keep their cooking guide handy.

Video credit: Baby Brezza on Youtube

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*****I have received a Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker to try out. I have not been financially compensated for writing this review. All opinions are my own.

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Kiwi Served up Three Ways

Serving up delicious kiwi in three different ways! It was a fun Oogaa challenge, and I definitely plan to do this again with other ingredients. The kids’ favourite produce really depends on the day of the week, but lately we’ve been enjoying kiwi, so I chose this ingredient for my challenge. Raw is a fun way to go, because you can make or prepare your dish within minutes. So I chose to make an ice pop, serve it fresh, and make some chia pudding.

Ice Pop Ingredients:
1 kiwi
7 guavas
1 tangerine
cashew “milk”

Ice Pop Instructions:
Blend all ingredients
Pour into mold
**I used this mold by KiddoFeedo

Kiwi & Chopped Cherries:
1 kiwi cut in half
6 dark cherries cut length ways into four slices each

Kiwi Chia Pudding Ingredients:
3-4tbsp. chia seeds
5oz breastmilk
1/2 kiwi

Kiwi Chia Pudding Instructions:
Peel and chop kiwi into really small pieces
Place ALL ingredients in a container
Seal it tight, and let set overnight
The following day, open and serve
**To prep the chia pudding, I used this container by Innobaby

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Spinach, Blackberry & Apple

Ingredients:
2 apples
1 cup chopped spinach
1 handful of blackberries

Instructions:
1.Wash, peel and chop apples (into about 8 pieces)
2.Wash and chop spinach
3.Add all ingredients to pot of boiling water
4.Put burner on medium and let simmer until apples are tender all the way through
5.Mash everything together with a potato masher or fork
6.Serve immediately
7.I poured the remaining portions in my silicone @kiddofeedo tray to save for later!

Don’t forget that these trays are also oven safe. You can freeze, refrigerate, freeze, and even BAKE in them! This combo is also great as a smoothie or ice pop.

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