FEEDING YOUR KIDDOS

Hope you are having a great start to the new year. Mine has been shitty but not in a bad way, in a good way....we have officially potty-trained Rex!! No more diapers (pull-ups at night for a while longer). We only had one major poop disaster too! I feel like once the child sees and feels poop all over them and the house, they know they don't want to do that again! It took about a week and a half of naked bottom and following him around the house, but we got it done. This morning he got up at 5am and went potty on the toilet and then back to his room to play all by himself. He's a genius (I say that about both my kids often...get used to it:).

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I was able to take a few weeks off for the holidays so I was in charge of feeding my kiddos every meal. Usually we have help with this so I am not 100% aware of what they eat on a daily basis. My husband handles breakfast and I do dinner most nights but grandma is generally in charge of snacks and lunch. I have two picky, food-wasting, nonsense-eating, tiny monsters and I bet you do, too. I wised up! I ordered little lunch boxes for them and filled them with something new, something they love, and something with protein for each meal. These boxes (link here) are microwaveable, dishwasher-safe, stackable, and come in fun kids colors. Kids like variety and snacking. They also like to have control. If we give them options that we believe in, we take back the control. The snap-on lids make it easy to put the food out and save (not waste) what they don't eat for another time. I still make them eat breakfast and dinner with the family but for lunch and snack time these boxes are a life saver. 

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I mix it up but my go-to kid food is....

  • Fresh fruit

  • Black bean burritos (beans, cheese, tortilla)

  • Chicken salad (recipe in another blog post here)

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  • Baked beans

  • Broccoli-cooked

  • Mac n’ Cheese (I usually add pureed butternut squash to the store-bought kind)

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  • Protein balls (recipe in another blog post here)

  • Sliced Cucumbers

  • Carrots-raw

  • Crackers & Hummus

  • Cashews

  • Peas-my kiddos like them frozen but if you have normal kids, feel free to heat them up

  • Dried Fruit

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Use your imagination and see what you come up with!

Treat yo' elves

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love entertaining and finding the perfect gifts for my family and friends. Gifts don't have to be expensive, they just need to come from the heart. My favorite way to give is to think about some of the gifts I’ve loved and received in previous years and try to recreate them in a more personal way. This year everyone is getting a collection of homemade items mixed in with some items from some local shops I can't stop going to.

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URSA is a Bayview shop with the best candles, jewelry, pillows, blankets, incense...everything. The owner has amazing style, loves plants, and always wears a smile.

HOMESPUN COLLECTION is an online shop built by 2 local babes that believe we should fill our homes with simple, beautiful, thoughtfully-made products. They love meaningful items and a clean and cozy atmosphere. I literally want to buy/gift every single item they sell. 

Along with gifts purchased from these shops, we (my team of amazing females that keep me afloat and happy everyday...I do nothing alone :) made some lovely items with our hands and hearts. 

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Earth-friendly counter spray How To Make an All-Natural Kitchen Cleaner

Knit sponges HOW TO

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Bath Balls how-to-make-your-own-bath-bombs - OK, we made bath soak instead. Pour into cute jar and label - ha!

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Who doesn’t love marshmallows?

What do you call an elf who sings?

A wrapper!

We also made a variety of cookie doughs to freeze so our clients can make homemade warm cookies for their kiddos effortlessly whenever they want.

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It was so fun getting the girls together and crafting our day away. There's something about making stuff, eating pizza, and drinking spiked egg nog that gets me going. 

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And don’t forget to get your pie orders in by the holidays! 6 different varieties for $35. Available for pickup at Stone Bank Farm Market in Oconomowoc or delivery to your door for $10. Go to Holiday Orders above:

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Blend and Cleanse

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A couple of weeks ago, I did a cleanse with a few of my clients. For me, the best part was that I felt lighter and healthier. I didn’t have to think about what to eat or drink all day because it was all right there ready for me. The flavors in the soups, juices and vinaigrettes are fresh and vibrant. I drank no alcohol or coffee and swapped it with peppermint tea morning and night instead. And, bonus, I noticed afterwards that my appetite was smaller and I needed less food to feel satisfied. It’s always good to do a little recharge and reset your digestive system.

Starting today until Sat 12/29, you will be able to order the 3-day cleanse for delivery or pickup on JANUARY 2ND. Make sure to add delivery to your cart. Pick up at Stone Bank Farm Market in Oconomowoc.

ORDER 3-DAY CLEANSE HERE!!

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Just in time for all those New Year’s Resolutions and Wellness Goals ;)

Click on Holiday Orders for more info.

The cleanse will include 3 days of teas, soups, salads and juices including:

Get Up & Glow: Pineapple, Cucumber, Kale and Apple 

24 Carrot: Carrot, Apple, Lemon, Pear and Ginger

Toxin Flush: Watermelon and Mint

Mother Earth: Cucumber, Apple, Spinach, Kale, Parsley and Fennel

Liquid Gold: Golden Beet, Fennel, Lemon, Orange, Pineapple and Turmeric

Healing Lemonade: Lemon, Filtered Water, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cloves, Maple Syrup and Cayenne

Metabolic Bomb: Lemon, Ginger, Apple, Celery and a pinch of cayenne

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Apples are not only detoxifying but also good for lowering cholesterol, aiding in digestion and helping your skin.

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Carrots are packed with vitamins and minerals, especially the antioxidant beta-carotene. The carrots overall nutrient value helps prevent aging, enhances immunity and aids in eyesight.

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Cucumbers contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.

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Ginger is helpful in aiding in digestion and helps prevent colds and flu.

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Kale feeds beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and helps boost the immune system.

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Lemons are high in vitamin C and have various beneficial plant compounds that support heart health, weight control, digestive health and more.

Oranges have vitamin C, flavonoids and beta-carotene to help boost the immune system, fight the flu and reduce the effects of aging.

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Pears are cleansing and full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They gently cleanse the liver and help the flu; relieving thirst and reducing phlegm.

Peppermint helps improve hydrochloric acids levels in the stomach to help with better digestion.

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Watermelon is extremely hydrating and also flushes toxins out of the digestive tract.

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Turmeric contains curcumin, which has numerous health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, protecting healthy cells from free radicals, which can cause damage. Consuming turmeric with black pepper increases the amount of the curcumin the body can absorb.

ORDER THE CLEANSE HERE

See you next week!