Quick & Easy Banana Muffins

I’ve had several favorite peanut butter banana muffin recipes, but I’ve been on a chia seed kick lately! They are an amazing superfood  full of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients.  I’ve been putting them in my smoothies, but decided to get a little creative this morning and throw together a recipe for some yummy banana muffins that my 2 year old and I could enjoy!

The chia seeds and coconut oil are completely optional, but they super healthy and beneficial!  They are great ingredients to start incorporating into your daily diets!

Ingredients

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  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 4 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (I used vanilla because that was in my fridge)
  • 2 eggs (farm fresh is best!)
  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1.5 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 2 tbs chia seeds (optional)
  • 3 tbs coconut oil (optional, but strongly encouraged!)

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Natural Cloth Wipe Solution

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When I started thinking about using cloth diapers, I immediately knew that I was going to use cloth wipes as well.  I ordered a few from Charlie Banana, but most of my wipes are old baby wash cloths that I had laying around.

When we first started using them, we would just walk to the sink and wet them with warm water.  It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t too much trouble either.  My son gets extreme diaper rash, and I was hopeful that when we started using cloth diapers and I began making his baby powder and using an all natural diaper cream the issue would be solved.  Unfortunately, he still got diaper rash after the switch, so I started thinking about making a recipe for a cloth wipe solution that would soothe his sensitive bottom.

It has been a success!  He hasn’t had a diaper rash breakout since I first made this solution!

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Listen Mamas…We’re All Messing Up

I was recently in a Facebook group created by ladies in the town in which we were living called Crunchy Mamas.  I was excited to join this group to ask questions, get suggestions, and have local support from ladies near me that had the same ideas  and values as I did.  I quickly found, however, that many of the mothers involved in the site, especially the ones running it, had strong opinions about raising children…and if you didn’t agree with these opinions, you were either criticized, talked down to, or kicked out of the group.  The very young mother who had started the group clearly has much pride for it and likes to keep close control over everything posted.  When a mother asked a question about something that may have caused friction, this girl was quick to remind every one that she had the power to remove anyone from the group if she wasn’t happy with their response.

Apart from the politics of the site, what was most disappointing to me was the fact that the group of mothers that I had been so eager to join for support were in fact the most unsupportive and disrespectful group of parents I could have imagined.  I know that certain parenting methods can be somewhat controversial, but I had never actually experienced people’s brutal opinions until this Facebook group.

In my mind, how other parents choose to raise their children is of no concern to me.  My husband and I, before we were even pregnant with our first child, discussed the important values and beliefs that we felt were vital in the bringing up of our children.  We wanted to make sure that we were each on the same page and had each other’s back for the important aspects of creating a decent human.  Unfortunately, conversations like these don’t always take place.  I truly believe that is why there has been such a rise in divorces after children and single parents.

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FUN 2 year old activities!

I love being a stay-at-home mom!  Summer was great because we moved into a house in the country with a huge backyard and we were always venturing outside to explore and play.  Now that fall is officially upon us, the colder, damp weather has kept us indoors and we’ve had to get a creative so that we don’t end up doing the same things every day!  My little man is so smart and I want to keep up with his passion for learning by creating new and fun activities.  Here are a couple things that we’ve come up with so far!

 

The Color Game

This one is simple!  I took a box of Fruit Cheerios and some colored mixing bowls and set them out for my little man.

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He didn’t need much prompting.  He loved dumping one bowl into another bowl.  We tried sorting by color, but he was too excited about dumping them into other bowls!  As he gets older, sorting by colors will be easier, and counting, too (we can only get up to 10).  While he was playing, we talked about which were the little bowls and which were bigger bowls.  We also used Baby Sign Language to talk about the different colors of the bowls.

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He could also snack as he played, which he really enjoyed!  I got out my muffin pan so that we could count out cereal into each tin, but again, he was more interested in dumping the bowls over the pan.  We’ll try again another time!

Overall, it was a simple and successful game that kept us busy for about an hour before he started making a mess, which was my cue that he was done!

Little Monsters

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Mini Lasagnas

One of my husbands favorite meals is mini lasagnas!  I love them equally because they are so easy and fun to make!  When we’re running low on time or just need a quick meal because we’re both too tired to put a lot of effort into anything, these are my go to!  My 2 year old even loves them!

 

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Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: ~10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • wontons (usually found in your organic section of the grocery store, or kept with the prepackaged veggies)
  • ricotta cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey (or beef if you prefer)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce of choice
  • Parmesan cheese
  • seasonings of preference

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Brown ground turkey and season; drain and add sauce
  3. While waiting for meat to brown, grease cupcake pan and press one wonton in the bottom of each cupcake tray
  4. When meat is done, spoon the sauce into each wonton
  5. Spoon in ricotta; sprinkle some mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses
  6. Cover with another wonton and layer with cheeses again
  7. Sprinkle some Italian Seasoning on top before popping them into the heated oven
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and wonton edges are brown

ENJOY!

Three mini lasagnas is probably a good portion, but honestly, my husband and I both usually go for the fourth because they are so yummy!  Because the cupcake pan makes 12, we always have some delicious leftovers, too!  These would be a great party appetizer, as well!

 

One of those days…

It’s been one of those days.  As a matter of fact…it’s been one of those weeks.

You know what I’m talking about.  When nothing seems to go right.

When the dishes didn’t get touched and the laundry sat in the washer for much too long.

When you haven’t peed all day because making sure the babies are dry, fed, and breathing is much more important.

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DIY Natural Deodorant

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There have been a lot of rumors swirling around about how deodorants and antiperspirants can be a cause of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease, so I did some research to find out why…

According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no solid scientific proof that deodorants and antiperspirants are a cause of breast cancer; however, parabens (used as a preservative in deodorants) have been proven to mimic estrogen, which can promote the growth of breast cancer cells.  That’s enough to make me worry.  Breastcancer.org states that 1 in 8 women (that reach the age of 70) will develop an invasive form of breast cancer.

Antiperspirants contain aluminum that is engineered to plug up the sweat ducts.  Alzheimer’s patients have a much higher content of aluminum in the brain making the correlation seem pretty suspicious.  The Alzheimer’s Association predict a 44% increase in the disease growth by 2025!

While there is no concrete evidence that deodorants and antiperspirants cause these incredibly devastating diseases, the rise in people contracting these diseases is eerie.  Clearly, we’re doing something wrong!

Why we don’t need antiperspirants and deodorants

Our bodies are made to sweat.  Other than keeping our bodies cool in warm climates, sweating is a natural detox.  Antiperspirants clog up our sweat ducts, preventing the toxins from being released and putting aluminum on your skin to be absorbed into your system.

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