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We eat yogurt daily in our home, and have been feeding our little ones organic yogurt since they started solids! Happy Family has always been one of our go-to organic brands for snacks, yogurt, solids, and squeeze pouches… and so finding this delicious recipe for pancakes that uses their Whole Milk Yogurt Cups has me really excited! Breakfast, anyone?

Yummy Yogurt Pancakes

Ingredients

4 Happy Baby Whole Milk Yogurt Cups (pick your favorite fruity flavor!)
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup whole milk* (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 egg**
Butter or oil for cooking (“Mom” prefers organic butter or coconut oil)

Preparation

STEP 1
Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl.

STEP 2
In a separate bowl, mix together yogurt, milk, and egg.

STEP 3
Combine yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and mix. Batter will be a bit thick.

STEP 4
Heat a small amount of butter or oil in a pan over medium high heat.

STEP 5
Place a few tablespoons of the mixture in the pan, cook until bubbles appear, and then flip. Cook until golden brown. Repeat.

STEP 6
Freeze the remaining pancakes, and enjoy for a quick meal or snack in the future.

Makes about 20 small pancakes.

Please Note:

*This small amount of cow’s milk is safe before 1 year if your baby doesn’t have a milk allergy. If they do, use a plant-based milk.

**If your baby has an egg allergy, replace the egg with 2 to 3 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Happy Family.*

School’s out for the summer, and to help your children stay on track with their reading, we have chosen 5 of our favorites for preschoolers and early elementary school-aged kids. These 5 titles are engaging and enjoyable… and will help pass the time on rainy summer days, too!

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Sesame Street: 5 Little Rubber Duckies

Does your child adore Elmo like my son? Little ones who are a fan of Elmo and the gang on Sesame Street will love this educational counting book for ages 2 and up, as they learn their numbers with Elmo and friends!

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Join Ernie and his friends on Sesame Street as they try to find five cute rubber duckies in this engaging, hands-on board book! With touch and trace elements perfect for little hands and plastic duckies to push and count along, this book is the perfect story time activity for early learners. Also available in Spanish!

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10, 9, 8… Owls Up Late! 

Help your kiddos learn to count with this adorable book filled with gorgeous illustrations! Ten little owls are playing in a tree, hopping and hooting happily. But Mama Owl calls from down in the nest, “It’s bedtime now; it’s time to rest.”

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Peek through the pages and spot the mischievous owls in this fun counting book, perfect for bedtime! Featuring fun rhyming text, funny illustrations and peek-through die-cut pages. Recommended for ages 3-5.

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When Fur and Feather Get Together

Do your children love rhyming books? Then they will fall in love with this newly released title, When Fur and Feather Get Together, by David Margrave!

Complete with rhyming lessons about what groups of animals are called when they get together, children will love learning things like: a group of rhinos is a crash, as assembly of owls is a parliament, and unicorns together are a blessing. At the end of the book, Margrave closes with something that applies to all of the groups, which is the beauty and meaning of family. We had just as much fun learning about the different groups of animals as our son and daughter!

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BigFoot Visits the Big Cities of the World

Help your older child avoid the summer slide, and combine reading with learning about the world’s most popular cities! Sharpen your search and find skills by locating BigFoot at his favorite metropolis. It won’t be easy! BigFoot is visiting ten major cosmopolitan destinations, from the Big Apple and London to Paris, Athens, Tokyo, Toronto, and more.

This handsome hardcover book presents each urban oasis as an immense two-page visual puzzle, full of teeming people and creatures. Your task is not only to find BigFoot and his legendary footprint, but also more than 500 other unusual and sometimes unexpected personalities and objects. Fun facts and pictures accompany each scene to help you learn more about the popular cities included in the book.

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BigFoot Goes on Vacation

Remember the Where’s Waldo series of books? The BigFoot series is similar, and just as much fun to read with your children!

In this book, BigFoot is enjoying his holiday in ten different ways, from deep sea diving and joining a balloon festival to taking a cruise, going to the beach, visiting Yellowstone National Park, and more. This handsome hardcover book presents each getaway as an immense two-page visual puzzle, full of teeming people and creatures.

*Companies generously provided review copies and cover images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
~Robert Browning~

Finding a perfect Mother’s Day gift to embody all that you feel for your own mother can be tough – how do you wrap up love? We have put together our 2018 Mother’s Day gift guide, filled with items that pamper the mom in your life!

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FabFitFun Subscription Box

Does your mom love learning about the latest beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness finds? Each season, fabulous premium brands handpicked by the FabFitFun team are showcased beautifully in the latest box and sent to her door… all for a fraction of the cost at $49.99. Filled with 8-10 full-sized items valued at over $200, this is an exciting way to indulge and explore the newest items in fitness, home, beauty and more. You can learn more about this subscription service at fabfitfun.com.

A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.
~Princess Diana~

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Dreaming Tree Wines

Treat Mom to a delicious bottle of wine this Mother’s Day! Dreaming Tree Wines are produced by renowned musician, Dave Matthews, and New Zealand native, Sean McKenzie. We love that their lightweight bottles are manufactured with clean-burning natural gas, 100% recycled paper labels, and recyclable corks! With five distinct varieties to choose from, plus wine gift sets, Dreaming Tree Wines is the perfect choice to serve for Mother’s Day brunch or just give Mom as a gift. Visit dreamingtreewines.com.

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.
~Unknown~

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Desert Essence

Desert Essence’s bath and body range makes it easy to find just the right body lotion or sustainably-sourced, vegan, gluten-free soap bar to shower mom’s skin with delicious nutrients! Treat mom to a gift basket of goodies from this incredible line… with natural fragrances such as Spicy Vanilla Chai or Island Mango, it will be hard to select just one to delight mom! See the entire line at desertessence.com.

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.
~Unknown~

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Nosh on healthier holiday-inspired snacks through the holidays! Nutritious and festive, this Gingerbread Granola will have the entire family clamoring for more!

Gingerbread Granola

Ingredients

4 Cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 Cups of raw pecans
1 Teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/2 Scoop of VeganSmart Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 Cup of melted coconut oil
1/2 Cup Molasses
3/4 Teaspoon of vanilla (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1/3 Cup of chopped, dried cranberries
1/3 Cup of chopped candied ginger

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Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, pecans, salt, VeganSmart Vanilla, cinnamon, and ground ginger into a mixing bowl. Stir mixture thoroughly.

Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla to the mixture. Continue to mix together until fully combined.

Turn the granola mixture out onto your prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the granola from the oven and stir to make sure the granola cooks evenly. Place the pan back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

While the granola cooks, chop the dried cranberries and candied ginger.

After 10 minutes is up, remove the pan from the oven, add the chopped cranberries and candied ginger to the granola and mix to combine.

Let the granola cool for about 10 minutes before eating. As the granola cools off, it will continue to cook and may be wet at first, this is normal.

Enjoy gingerbread granola on-the-go or around the house as you celebrate the holidays this season!

*Recipe and image courtesy of VeganSmart.*

Embracing the Filipino purple yam or ube trend, this is a delicious and unique recipe from TV personality, cake designer, chef and Cake Boss: Next Great Baker contestant, Greggy Soriano. The Purple Yam Bars are sure to make a statement this holiday season! ​Top with organic powdered sugar for that extra touch!

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Prep​ ​Time:​ ​5​ ​Minutes Cooking​ ​Time:​ ​1​ ​Hour​ ​15​ ​Minutes Total​ ​Time:​ ​1​ ​Hour​ ​20​ ​Minutes

Ingredients

The​ ​Crust:

2​ ​cups​ ​Graham​ ​cracker​ ​crumbs  (“Mom” prefers Annie’s Organic Honey Grahams, crushed)
1/2​ ​cup​ ​sugar (“Mom” prefers Organic Sugar in the Raw)
1​ ​tsp.​ ​kosher​ ​salt
8​ ​Tbsp.​ ​unsalted​ ​butter,​ ​melted (“Mom” prefers organic)

The​ ​Filling:

2​ ​cups​ ​grated​ ​purple​ ​yams​ ​(Use thawed​ ​if​ ​frozen.​ ​​​You​ ​could​ ​also​ ​use​ ​whole​ ​Purple yams,​ ​cooked​ ​until​ ​tender​ ​by poking ​with​ ​fork​ ​and​ ​wrapped​ ​in​ a ​moist​ ​paper​ ​towel​ ​in a microwave​ ​for​ ​7-8​ ​minutes​ ​on​ ​high).​ ​​
1 ​14oz.​ ​can​ ​of​ ​Eagle​ ​Brand®​ ​Sweetened​ ​Condensed​ ​Milk
3​ ​large​ ​eggs (“Mom” prefers cage-free, organic eggs)
2​ ​tsp.​ ​pure​ ​vanilla​ ​extract (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1​ ​cup​ ​heavy​ ​cream (“Mom” prefers Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream)
Organic Powdered​ ​sugar​ ​for​ ​garnish​ ​(​optional)

Preparation

How​ ​to​ ​Make​ ​the​ ​Crust:

1. Preheat​ ​oven​ ​to​ ​350°.​ ​Line​ ​an​ ​8″-x-8″​ ​baking​ ​pan​ ​with​ ​parchment​ ​paper​ ​with​ ​two pieces​ ​overlapping​ ​each​ ​other​ ​with​ ​extra​ ​parchment​ ​coming​ ​up​ ​the​ ​sides​ ​of​ ​the pan.​ ​​ ​You​ ​can​ ​use​ ​binder​ ​clips​ ​to​ ​secure​ ​the​ ​parchment.​ ​ ​In​ ​a​ ​bowl,​ ​add​ ​graham cracker​ ​crumbs,​ ​sugar,​ ​salt,​ ​and​ ​melted​ ​butter​ ​until​ ​combined​ ​and​ ​holds​ ​it’s shape​ ​when​ ​pressed​ ​together.​ ​​ ​Press​ ​into​ ​pan​ ​and​ ​bake​ ​until​ ​golden,​ ​10​ ​minutes.

How​ ​to​ ​Make​ ​the​ ​Filling:

2.​ ​​​Mix​ ​together​ ​all​ ​filling​ ​ingredients​ ​until​ ​evenly​ ​combined.

Bake:
3.​ ​​Add​ ​filling​ ​to​ ​crust​ ​and​ ​bake​ ​until​ ​set,​ ​about​ ​for​ ​48​ ​to​ ​50​ ​​ ​minutes.​ ​Set​ ​aside​ ​to cool.​ ​Garnish​ ​by​ ​dusting​ ​powdered​ ​sugar​ ​on​ ​top.​ ​​​Slice​ ​and​ ​enjoy!

Makes ​12-16​ ​servings.

*Recipe and image courtesy of TV personality, cake designer, chef and Cake Boss: Next Great Baker contestant, Greggy Soriano.*

As a busy momma, I love learning about the solutions other moms have come up with to meet a need or challenge that all parents face! One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a mom is finding the time to cook and prepare healthy, nutritious meals for my little ones. I am a big advocate for food as your medicine… that what you eat is so incredibly important for your health and well-being, and I have wanted to make sure my children have all started off on the right foot! Our fridge and pantry are always stuffed with organic, natural brands, tons of fruits & veggies, organic yogurt and cheese…but it was sometimes hard to make all of the baby purees and foods that I would have liked. Pure Spoon addresses that issue, head-on!

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Pure Spoon is 100% fresh certified organic fruits and veggies that are cold pressed, cold packed and delivered to your door! As my little guy learned to self-feed with a spoon, he got to try delicious & nutritious flavors such as Butternut Squash, Apples and Oats, which he happily gobbled up!

What makes Pure Spoon stand out is that the company uses a process called High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP). Foods are placed into a high-pressure chamber that is flooded with cold water and pressurized in order to kill pathogens without heat, thereby retaining those fresh tastes and a maximum amount of nutrients. Plus, Pure Spoon was concerned with the lack of iron found in the food choices for young children/infants at the grocery store. They carefully included ingredients such as spinach, avocados, broccoli, and gluten-free rolled oats to add iron.

The difference shows in both taste and quality, and we are now huge fans of the line! There hasn’t been a flavor that my son hasn’t enjoyed, and our samples disappeared in no time!

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Pure Spoon currently has the following flavors available: Apples & Broccoli, Blueberries, Bananas & Apples, Butternut Squash, Apples & Oats, Carrots & Zucchini, Creamy Avocado & Apples, Simply Apples, Simply Carrots, Simply Pears, Spinach, Pear & Bananas, and Sweet Potato & Apples. You can learn more on their website, https://purespoon.com/.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

How is it the middle of November already? With Thanksgiving a short two weeks away, and the weather cooling down for many parts of the country… cold + flu season is here! With my daughter facing seasonal allergies & a cold, and my son sick all weekend with a tummy bug, it was the perfect time to break out all of the germ-fighting essentials from one of my go-to brands, Babyganics!

Babyganics offers an array of essentials and remedies you need to protect your little ones (and you!) from germs… at home, school, daycare, and just out and about during the day!

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Tuck this mini hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack, purse or diaper bag, or on hand in the car for a quick clean up on-the-go!

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Throw alcohol-free sanitizing wipes in your diaper bag to wipe down sticky hands and yucky surfaces anywhere, or keep in close proximity at home for clean-up, too!

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Should colds and flu happen, Babyganics has a Vapor Bath that offers gentle relief to your little one, and helps to open nasal passages as your child soaks & relaxes in the tub. The Vapor Bath has fragrances of menthol, eucalyptus, and rosemary to work on baby’s congestion, achiness and crankiness.

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Afterwards, use the Cold Relief Chest Rub to soothe your child with a natural blend of eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender.

Babyganics is available at Target, Walmart, Amazon, CVS, Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us, as well as on their website.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*