Baby’s 1st foods

With each of our babies, we always enjoy feeding them real food for the 1st time. With Camden (4 years old now), we started with pureed zucchini at 7 months, Cadence (2 years old now) with the same at 7 months, and Miss Caelyn (1 year old now) with bananas at 5 months.

As you see below, each of their reactions is different and pretty funny. I find it funny that their reactions to those foods really describe their personalities now! Camden LOVES to eat and will eat just about anything. Cadence is super picky and expressive and Caelyn is like, I’ll give it a shot and just smile!

This is our #ThrowbackThursday video, but over the next few days, I’ll share tips and tricks to getting ready to feed your baby their first real food!

****Oh yeah, today was day 1 of weaning Caelyn, the 1 year old! Pray for us!

#HealthyTipTuesday: Buy Organic!

I know, I know! It seems like it’s always something. And honestly, I feel that way too. But I can personally tell you that eating healthy doesn’t have to be that hard and it gets easier over time!

Once upon a time, you could take a trip to the grocery store and leave knowing your fruits and veggies were safe to eat! Unfortunately that’s not the case anymore. I hate to break it to you, but there’s a lot more on your veggies than the price tag!

I know it seems like “buying organic” is the popular thing to do and who has extra money to be popular? I know we don’t! However in my opinion it’s just the safest thing to do.

It’s like investing in shoes that you know will last a while versus those that look nice but are made cheaply and will tear up after a couple of wears. I hope that made sense and sorry to compare your food to shoes but that’s the best this #MommyBrain could do lol.

In case I haven’t sold you, check out this quick, yet informative video.

http://realfarmacy.com/family-never-ate-organic-what-happens-bodies-make-switch/

And in case that STILL hasn’t convinced you, check out this article about the hundreds of pesticides on strawberries.

As I said earlier, eating healthy and safely doesn’t have to be hard… The Environmental Working Group devised a great list of fruits and veggies that you should definitely buy organic, “The Dirty Dozen” and then there are other fruits and veggies that are ok to buy conventionally (non-organic), “The Clean Fifteen”.

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Tips for buying organic:

  • Stay within your budget
  • Buy in bulk and freeze when prices are low(er).
  • Buy what’s in season.
  • Skip what’s too costly!

I will buy something from the Clean Fifteen list in a heartbeat versus spending $5 for 1 package of strawberries.

#JustSayin

 

 

#HealthyTipTuesday: Wash your hands!!!

This week’s round of #HealthyTipTuesday is pretty cut and dry. It’s just an IMPORTANT reminder to wash your hands!! Last week I wasn’t able to post a healthy tip because I was busy caring for my 2 year old who was throwing up all day due to a stomach bug aka the “norovirus”.

While I don’t know how she caught it, I do know that we could have done a much better job with washing everyone’s hands prior to!

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Veggie of the week: BEETS!

If you’re anything like me, you stick to the things that you know best, you know the simple things in life. After-all, with our super busy schedules and lack of attention spans these days, who wants to try something new, let alone a vegetable lol.

Well, I’m here to tell you that venturing outside of your comfort zone with food is not so hard, especially if you have someone testing it out beforehand, ie, ME!

Each week I’ll share basic info, tips, and recipes for a specific veggie and/or fruit!

This week happens to be… BEETS!

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#WCW: Loving on MYSELF!

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#WCW Excuse me while I give a shout out to MYSELF lol! Sometimes people say I’m too hard on myself, that I’m hyper critical, etc, etc. Honestly I just like to keep it real, but I will admit that I can be a little “extra” with the details of our lives at times. 🙂

But cheers to me, a woman who has grown so much while remaining true to who I am. I love “networking” and have never been afraid to talk to anyone lol.   So here I am at the screening of the movie, The Kids Menu with Joe Cross (creator of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead).

This was one of those, “Welcome home hunny, dinner’s on the stove, gotta run type of nights” I love learning about all things healthy and what better way to have spent a night in a movie theater full of like minded people.

Fast forward to today…

Recently I’ve felt a strong urge to “do me” as most would say and truly work to fulfill these dreams that God has placed on my heart.

What are you proud of YOU for? Nothing coming to mind? Take a moment to pray and ask God to spark the fire inside of you that propels you to action! Trust me, your future self will be SO thankful!

P.S. – Since we’re loving on ourselves today, let me ask… Have you subscribed to my YouTube channel yet? It features this video of me stepping out on faith and “doing me” at The Black Family Expo.

#HealthyTipTuesday: Embrace the poop & ditch the chemicals!

For me, having an infant means mess on top of mess! And unfortunately, I must admit that I haven’t quite mastered the “keeper of the home” concept. The good thing is that I haven’t given up and neither has my loving and patient husband, Austin.

Each day is another opportunity to do better… Really for things to get messed up again (Rolls eyes) Ok, that’s enough of my rant.

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#FlashbackFriday: DeKalb Farmers Market

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Your DeKalb Farmers Market
3000 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, Georgia 30030
9:00am – 9:00pm Daily

If you’re from the metro Atlanta area, you’ve either heard of or have been to the DeKalb Farmers Market. Our first visit was 3 years ago when we began our healthy journey and I’ve loved going ever since.  I remember it very clearly, I went alone with my 1 year old and was so excited about what was to come.

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Benefits of using a cast-iron skillet

My earliest memories of cast-iron skillets were from my mom cooking homemade pancakes, that she usually burned LOL. Let’s pray that she never reads this!!! 🙂

But I recently discovered ALL of the perks of using one. Our experience actually began when my husband looked at YouTube videos on cooking the perfect steak. I’m not sure if the stainless steel pan that he cooked it in was the problem, but THIS was pretty much the result…

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Ready or not, here she comes!

The aftermath

February 5th, 2015

DISCLAIMER: This is my super long version. For a shorter one, click here to gain my husband’s point of view.

Let’s start by giving you background on my pregnancy pre delivery… I had a very healthy and uneventful pregnancy.  Since I was in school (taking 5 classes), a stay at home mom to a rambunctious little boy, and help meet for my husband and his new business ventures I didn’t have much time to focus on my pregnancy.  Until the end. The last month seemed like it would never end.  At my 37 week check up I was told that I was 1 centimeter dilated and 70 % effaced. This didn’t surprise me as I’ve been told that labor and delivery would happen much faster with my 2nd child as opposed to my 1st.  The next week (38 weeks) I was told that I had progressed to 3-4 centimeters and was 80% effaced.  The last appointment (39 weeks) yielded the same results as the previous.  So while I was excited about my body’s ability to progress naturally, I was anxious to get the show on the road.  Continue reading