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It’s in the bag: Our favorite on-the-go items

There is nothing easy about traveling with babies, especially when there are more than one. After 26 months and a few major fails (out to eat and realize holy crap we forgot their pacifiers), I think we’ve finally got our diaper bag act together. We even have a specific place we keep it: on the counter in our laundry room so you have to walk passed it to go to our garage; it is almost impossible to forget. And when it isn’t left there, we still do leave without it.

Besides from the obvious diaper bag gear, here are some of our twin diaper bag favorites: Read the rest of this entry »

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Here comes the sun, protect those little darlings!

It’s almost sunblock time… unless you’re my sister, who starts applying in January. It’s also about time for my yearly rant about the bad things in most sunscreens. You can once again thank the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for making me paranoid, not to mention a super crazy mom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yummy Green Pasta

Or “geen pasta” as one of my little monsters call it.

Like most of my recipes, embarrassingly simple. This is like a pesto with a little extra protein and fiber kick from the beans.

For this version, I used:

Green Pasta

Green Pasta

  • 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • About 1/2 bunch of cilantro that I had leftover from another dinner
  • Garlic, oil, salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: milk or cheese

Boil pasta, and puree the spinach, beans, cilantro, and peeled garlic cloves in a food processor or blender. Add in oil, water, or chicken broth to thin it out. When your pasta is done cooking, drain and reserve some of the water (or use chicken broth) in case the puree is too thick. Add the puree into the pot, and dinner is served.

For leftovers the next night, I added some milk and parmesan cheese to make it a little creamier. They loved it, and we did too.

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Cleaning pacifiers the healthy way: DIY

Bruce Jr, Bruce III & Salvatore

My binky boys @ 5 months (and 29 years)

Good news about your instinctive method of cleaning pacifiers

Finally, a sigh of relief. It’s great to here a positive story about something you probably do anyway (if you are lucky enough to have a pacifier-addicted child). The Keehn beans are three weeks binky-free, but this was too good not to share.

The short and sweet news: Spreading germs to your kids by cleaning their pacifier with your own mouth can actually decrease their chances of having allergies, eczema, and asthma. Throw away those silly paci wipes that you forget to use anyway (or save them for those disgusting public restroom falls).

Here is the fancy explanation from Pediatrics, The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Parental sucking of their infant’s pacifier may reduce the risk of allergy development, possibly via immune stimulation by microbes transferred to the infant via the parent’s saliva.  More semi-snoozeworthy info here

So suck that binky clean, guilt free!

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BRING FOOD…and other advice for visiting a new mom and baby

I was so happy when I read this HuffPost Parents blog by Megan Cottrell explaining how to be the best visitor ever- it’s spot on. Unfortunately, most of the people who need these tips probably don’t read blogs or frequent Facebook, but maybe this will get back to them (fingers crossed). Not only are new moms sleep deprived and overwhelmed, they are also doing something that most of us seem to forget about: recovering from a pretty serious (and sometimes traumatic) physical event. So yes they’re tired- but also, literally, getting back on their feet. So please be easy on them, and follow this author’s advice:

1) Call before you come. Do not, I repeat, do not, stop by unannounced. Also, give your buddy a bit of time to respond to a request to visit. She’s likely not as glued to her cell phone or email as she once was. I often had people send me an email at 2:00 p.m. saying, “Hey, can I come by at 4?” Yes, but I didn’t get your email until 6, so no.

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