DIY Pumpkin Puree – Easy, seasonal, BPA free, and less expensive than canned

DIY Pumpkin Winter Squash Puree that is Thick

Pumpkin puree is used in breads, muffins, pies, and even pumpkin smoothies at this time of year.  It can come from a can, but then you have the question about where your pumpkin actually came from as well as what’s in the packaging.  When you opt for organic squash in a BPA free can, the […]

Meal Plan – October 2014 – Grain Free Meal Plans Free Printable

Grain Free Meal Plan - one week printable - oct seasonal menu

  I know how important meal planning can be for families, it can make or break both a special diet and a limited budget (and who has an unlimited budget?!).  I wanted to share a sample menu plan for you, so you can get started on the right track this week!  Print it out, and […]

Troubleshooting Breastfeeding: Free Printable to tuck in your hospital bag or keep by your bed

Breastfeeding newborn troubleshooting printable

The breastfeeding relationship can either be the easiest thing in the world (Look at this! Milk! Right here in bed! Pre-made and pre-warmed!) or can be the most frustrating thing ever (This is supposed to be natural! And it feels like the most unnatural thing ever!). For moms who want some help at their fingertips […]

How to Bake a Whole Squash – No Peeling, No scraping out seeds

Easy winter squash bake for baby - the seeds are way easier to scoop AFTER baking - awesome

Food for the first year is for fun, exploration, and a little bit of nutrition. For the first year, babies are getting the bulk of their nutrition from breast milk.  Some babies may LOVE to be included with real food in the family meals, and some may not care to ingest food at all, favoring […]

New to cooking? Here’s how to make sure your recipe goes well

New to cooking

Whether you’re just starting out cooking as a teen in your mom’s kitchen, or are 30 and determined to break the fast food cycle, or you’re switching from cooking standard american food with many pre-packaged ingredients in favor of whole foods and traditional recipes, these tips will help you make sure the recipes turn out. […]

Why Your Family Needs Cod Liver Oil

why your family needs to take cod liver oil

Why we take cod liver oil The alarm goes off, the sleepy children are woken up by mama, they crawl out of bed. Sleepiness gives way to routine…beds are made, young bodies get dressed, hair is combed, lunches put in backpacks… Amidst the morning flurry, a certain bottle of amber liquid comes out of the […]

42-Weeks to an Informed Pregnancy- What Do You Wish You Knew?

42 Weeks to an Informed Pregnancy

  I wanted to let you in on a little project that you may have heard about here and there, but mostly I’ve kept it under wraps.  I’m writing a pregnancy book!  I’m not the only one who thinks that there’s a need for this sort of thing, Kristen and Heather and Sally Fallon and […]

GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet for Rookies

The GAPS Diet for Rookies - an overview

  No longer on the GAPS Diet?!  What?! Yes, that’s right. The goal of GAPS is to actually get off the diet eventually! While that doesn’t happen for all people, it does for most. Let’s take a closer look at the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet, and then below I’ll give you some resources […]

Read this before you use Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Rosemary Essential Oils (1,8-cineole)

Peppermint and Eucalyptus  - Use With Caution

1,8-cineole, a compound found in Eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary (and possibly others, these are the ones I’ve heard of though), is referenced by some bloggers to cause slow breathing and possibly even stop breathing in infants.  Scary stuff! The last thing we want to do is cause respiratory problems by using essential oils.   The […]

7 Habits to Encourage Healthy Dinner Tables this Fall

Fall meal dinner habits

  As our children grow older, we no longer can count on them following us around the house until we stop and listen to their stories.  I’ve been a mom for nearly 8 years now, and as I wonder where the time went, I’m making sure I start some healthy habits that we can carry […]