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Hey there…I had some computer issues but all is good now so let’s get this post going!

A teething baby, eating real food baby, drinking out of a sippy cup baby!  I am so sad my little boy is checking off all the milestones a little too quick for this mama!

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In the past few weeks I have come across some really neat “new” baby products that I have to share.

The first is this little spoon you screw onto the end of these baby food pouches.  They are perfect for when I am out of the house and Axel needs to eat a meal.  Super easy, easy clean up and less mess.  Two come in a package and I picked it up at the local grocery store.

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The second is this little gadget called a “first spoon”.  The baby can put it in their food and it helps them to get the hang of using a spoon.  It is perfect for Axel while he is teething, he loves to knaw and chew on it while in his highchair.

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The third is this Baltic Amber teething necklace.  No the baby does not chew on the necklace, instead they wear it under their clothing so the amber beads touch the babies skin.  The healing properties of the amber resin gets absorbed into the babies skin, which helps with all the inflammation and discomfort that comes with teething.  I found this question and answer page from Teething SOS that does a great job on explaining the necklace.  You can see Axel with the necklace on in the first picture.

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Well off to get the kids up from naps…have a wonderful rest of the day!

Marisa

 

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Soup is a family affair…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to make this wonderful soup that I had while on our getaway last week.  I decided to make it while the twins were awake…  I have learned to put only plastic things within reach and to move very quickly so that I can get what I need done and they don’t unload the entire fridge.  The soup I had on our trip was Kale and White Bean at a Whole Foods.  I searched the Whole Foods site and did not find a recipe like the one I tasted so I ventured into a search online.  I came across a wonderful version of the soup at The Clean Eating Mama and adapted it to my liking.  This is what I made up:

 

Kale & White Bean Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 T coconut oil

chopped onions

4 cups veggie broth and 2 cups water

2 cans of white beans drained

1 can of diced tomatoes

2 carrots diced

2 cups peas

2 T basil

2 T parsley

1/2 T chipolte chili pepper powder (Omit if you don’t like spice…this sure added some zing!)

1 bunch of kale chopped, most of the stems removed

 

In a large pot heat the oil and onions until the onions are translucent.  Add the carrots and peas let them cook for a few minutes.  Add the broth, water, beans, tomatoes, basil, parsley and chipolte chili pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat add kale and let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The end result was a very flavorful yummy soup.  When I make a bowl up for myself I add some cooked quinoa to the bowl and then top with the soup.  This adds to the great flavor and quinoa is such a wonderful grain.

Enjoy!

Marisa

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