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October 18, 2019

Eating Schedule for a 7 Month Old

This post is sponsored by Nature’s Heart. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands I love!

It’s hard to believe we are already here, at 7 months, but my smallest is no longer a newborn and guys she loves to eat. Ever since turning 4 months Cami would just drool over our food so she was more than ready and when we got the okay from the doctor we made it happen.

Which is why I am SO happy we found the NEW Nature’s Heart baby food at my local HEB! This line is certified USDA organic, non GMO Project Verified, has no added sugar or artificial colors or flavors. The carefully selected organic fruits and veggies come together to make a delicious homemade taste!  PLUS beginning November, the Nature’s Heart pouches will be 100% recyclable through TerraCycle!

As a mom, I want to give my baby the best. With the NEW Nature’s Heart I feel all the confidence that I am giving her something that is not only great tasting, but also good for her!

Also HEB is offering a deal! SAVE $.75 off ANY TWO (2) Nature’s Heart® Organic Baby Food Items! For this offer you will need to download the coupon from 10/7-12/4! This coupon expires 12/31/19. Download that coupon and get to saving, yay!!

 I have shared a lot of recipes and foods that we give Cami, so today I will be sharing our schedule as a 7-month-old. I will say this, Cami just turned 7 months on 9/15 so it’s a work in progress.

6:30-7:00 Wakes up

7:30 Eats breakfast

8:00-8:30 Playing- We let her crawl around with a few toys to entertain herself.

8:30- Nurses or takes a bottle- Currently doing 4-6oz

8:30-10:00 Morning nap

10:00-11:00 Playing- She tends to either crawl all over the house, play in her playpen or jump in her bouncy.

11:00 Snack (of course, the NEW Nature’s Heart pouches have been our go-to lately) and nursing session

11:00-12:00 More playing

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 1:30 Nurses or takes a bottle

1:45-4:00 Afternoon nap

4;00-4:30 Afternoon snack

5:00-5:30 Nurses or takes a bottle

5:30- 6:15 Plays. Again she is pretty much all over the house. We also add a bath in this time.

6:15-6:45 Dinner

7:00-7:30 Small nap. This nap helps us if we go to church that evening.

7:30-9:00 Family time. Playing and being carried.

9:00-9:15 Bedtime. If we go to church it’s pushed a little but she falls asleep on the way home.

She will usually wake up anywhere from 11-2am nurses or takes a bottle and back to sleep until 6-7.

Cami is a busy girl so when she is up she is moving and all over the place so keeping her fed and strong is very important. Nature’s Heart has made this so easy!

I tend to make her food from scratch but I make it in batches. I cook one time a week and that will last me 3-4 days. Some weeks I just don’t have the time, so on those days, I count on Nature’s Heart baby food to keep her going! Knowing these wholesome organic baby purees are made from the best, make my mom heart so happy! Plus Cami loves the taste so it’s a win-win! Pick up yours today at your local HEB!

 

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October 5, 2019

Low Fat, No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

 

Have I told you how much of a sweet tooth I have?

Well if not let me fill you in. I’m in love with anything and everything sweet and if you are like me, this recipe is for you!

Plus is super quick and there is no baking involved!

 

Unfortunately, I’m going to be a bad blogger and not show you any of the processes photos since it was that quick!

You’ll need:

  1. Blender
  2. Mini cupcake pan

 

Ingredients:

2 blocks of low-fat cream cheese

1 can of La Lechera fat-free condensed milk

1 box of Keebler Graham crust

1 cup of any low-fat butter or even coconut oil

 

Steps:

  1. Mix the cream cheese and condensed milk.
  2. Melt butter and mix with Graham Crumbs
  3. While the cream cheese and condensed milk mix completely start setting the crumbs in the mini cupcake pan.
  4. With a small spoon pour mixture  in the pan
  5. Set for 2 hours

 

And that’s it!

Easy right! The best thing they are delicious and “considered” low-fat!

You like that trick, so you can eat it during the week when your toddler is driving you up the wall accompanied with a great cup of coffee!

Hope you enjoy it!

 

 

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October 4, 2019

How to get Over Hand Foot and Mouth

You see that spot on her cheek? That’s one of them!

As a parent, having a sick child is the worst.
No matter the age, it breaks your heart into a million pieces and even more when nothing can be done about it.

Last December Bella got hand, foot and mouth disease (HFM), and I would probably go ahead and say this is the worst sickness known to a healthy child.
Everything hurts, itches and eating normal food is not an option yet you are healthy and no medicine is prescribed.
Bella got it right in between Christmas and New Years and it was the worst for both her and us.

The thing with HFM is that no medicine is actually given. It’s one of those things where you just have to let it run its course, meanwhile, this disease gets worse before it gets better.

It appears as innocent spots and before you know your child is completely covered.
Now, there are cases where the child doesn’t even seem to bother by it and others where it gets very bad.
With Bella, it began with a fever, a fever that seemed to have no limit (104.9). We took her to the ER and after waiting 3 hours without seeing a doctor we took her to the next best thing, an Urgent Care clinic. Once the doctor saw her and spotted 3 red dots on her stomach she knew right off the bat.

*There is a misconception that these spots will only appear on the hand, feet, and mouth, going by it name, but in reality, they can show up anywhere on the body*

Within a few hours, she was completely covered and the worst part began. Her fever continued, the crying started and she began to feel very, very uncomfortable. The worst part was that every time we touched her it seemed to bother her more and more, yet she wanted to be carried and held tightly.

After 3 days the worst seemed to be behind us and Bella began acting normal, but her spots continued to appear and did so for about 4 more days. She was able to eat a little better and the itching stopped. Her spots started disappearing 2 weeks in and by 4 weeks they were completely gone, and to say I was relieved doesn’t come close to reality.

As the season of HFM circles back around we are taking every precaution possible to avoid it happening again, and I want to share with you how we are doing it and also a few tips that can help if your child already has it.

To prevent it is pretty simple, yet even more simple to catch.
– Wash hands after being in any public setting, especially splash pads and parks. Remember that germs reproduce in hot areas. This may be anywhere! Our daughter caught it from her cousins at my mom’s house.
– Use a lot of disinfectants. We carry a bottle of this in the car and always have Baby Ganics in our diaper bag. Bella loves this one as is a foam.

When your child has it:
– Ask your doctor for a prescription mix of Benadryl and Maalox.
This was our saving grace. This allowed Bella to sleep, eat and be a bit happier for a while. I was honestly afraid to give it to her since is does have Benadryl, but according to our doctor  (and the web of doctors, if you know what I mean), the amount of Benadryl is lower than the recommended dose going by your child’s’ age.
– Pick up at your local pharmacy (or you can always order it online here) Calamine Lotion and feel free to spread it as much as possible. This helped Bella with the healing, scarring, and ITCHING!
– This is the time to spoil them! Give them lots of TLC. Like I stated above, doctors don’t give medicine for this so only our love can make them feel better.
– To avoid any scratching we used cotton these PJs.
– Squeezy pops, Outshine fruit bars anything and everything cold.

Hope these tips help, but as always if you have any further questions feel free to email me!

 *This post contains some affiliate links. With a purchase from these links a small commission can be made, which helps keep this blog running. Thank you for your support*

 

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October 3, 2019

Box Cake Hack

 

We love cupcakes and even more when its an easy cupcake recipe.

Homemade recipes are wonderful but we don’t always have the time to sift the flour.

So if you feel the same way keep on reading.

 

This recipe is so simple that I kind of feel silly posting it but it is something that I get asked a lot. It’s very simple yet many people don’t do it, but I guarantee you that if you make this subtution you too will have people thinking you are a master baker. (wink wink)

This can be done with your favorite brand of box cake mix. To me, it all depends on what’s on sale that day, honestly. Whether Betty or Duncan your outcome will be the same and it will taste amazing.

Whats’s the hack?
EASY !
Substitute the oil for butter, cold butter and add a teaspoon of vanilla and that is.
The cold butter makes the cupcake taste moist and full of deliciousness and the vanilla just kicks it over the top.
Bake it as you normally would and put it in a pretty paper liner and don’t tell anyone your secret.
I love to make Italian Merengue, but again it takes time and multiple steps and for a Wednesday afternoon its definitely too much. So we used the regular icing but made it in to a yummy looking ganache by taking the aluminum off, completely, and putting in the microwave for 15 seconds.
The icing comes in shiny, beautiful and really yummy.
We dipped the cupcakes in the icing container.
No mess, no spatula, or the little cool knife that bakers use to spread icing.
Sprinkle sprinkles . and call it a day!

And the best thing, this little cutie ate it all up!

A bath was required after, of course!