Tip Tuesday – Party Ice!

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Do you have a dinner party coming up? Maybe just a backyard birthday? If you have guest coming over and know you will be using ice in a carafe or decorative jar, try this trick….

Boil your water before you freeze your cubes.  Your cubes will come out crystal clear and beautiful. No more foggy ice. Give it a try for your next soiree!

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Food Friday – 10 Worst Foods to Feed Your Kids

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Hang on to your horses because this one is going to sting. We know that there are a lot of foods that aren’t necessarily healthy, but our kids love them and they are convenient. We were surprised about a few that made the list. We know that stripping all 10 of these away might send your house into a tail spin, so we suggest substituting those you can then gradually removing or replacing items a little at a time.

Here are the Foods that you need to watch:

1. Breakfast Cereals – Capt. Crunch leads the pack with the least nutritional value so steer clear and look for cereals with at least 3+ grams of fiber and less than 10 grams of sugar. Of course switching to oats with fresh fruit is an even better option.

2. Granola Bars – Great news! These can go from the top of the worst list to the top of the best list. Just look for bars without added sugars, preservatives, and ingredients you can pronounce. Fiber and protein are great for filling your little ones up and giving them energy.  If you are really ambitious, try making bars at home. There are several great healthy recipes available on line.

3. Lunch Meats – This is a tough one.  The prepackaged lunch meats are filled with nitrates, sodium, fats,  and a bunch of stuff we can’t read. The first step would be to move to the deli counter and look for low sodium options. Healthier and cheaper alternatives include: Slicing your own meat from home (i.e.. chicken or turkey breast), add tuna to your sandwich regiment, or try Trader Joe’s “off the bird” meats.

4. Snack Cakes – This one is a no brainer! Cupcakes, zingers and twinkies just need to leave the lunch box.  replace with natural sugars like grapes.

5. French Fries – If you don’t eat out a lot, this should be an easy one to eliminate. If you are out to dinner or lunch, try one of the other options such as fruit. If your kids melt down, maybe incentives them with something other than food if they make the better choice.

6. Pizza- Ordering pizza is ok now and then.  If you find yourself ordering pizza several times in a month or even week, pump the breaks. A homemade pizza is significantly healthier than delivery. Make it a fun evening for the family. They can help with toppings such as BBQ chicken or Hawaiian.

7. Juice boxes – This one is difficult if your child takes their lunch every day. Try to get them to drink milk (not chocolate) or water at meals. If they absolutely have to have a juice at lunch, look for juice with less sugar.

8.  Crackers-  These re a great snack right? Well sometimes. Check the label and at least make sure you are getting some fiber and grains in each serving. This will help to keep tummies full and add nutrients.

9. Soda – Don’t drink it.

10. Fruit Snacks – What are those little jelly shapes made of anyway? It’s candy lets face it. Replace with real fruit or organic applesauce. Dried fruit is also a good option.

 

Like we said….baby steps! Try replacing one this week.

If you want more information about the worst foods to order when dinning out, click on the link below. You might be surprised!

 

Diet and Nutrition on NBC News

 

Thrifty Thursday – Free Shipping!

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If you missed our sale at Zulily don’t fret. We are offering a promo code for free shipping! This only lasts for 1 week so act fast. Visit our site at Bizzy Babee and add your new cover(s) to the cart.  Use promo code shipspring to get free shipping on all US and Canada orders. Don’t forget to check out our new spring color, TEAL!

Offer expires 4/2/14.

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Tip Tuesday -Easy Lazy Hair Day Tips!

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If you’re a woman you’ve had this problem….HAIR! From bad hair days to not enough time, sometimes our hair is just too much to handle. We found this great thread that has some fun, quick and easy hairstyles for those bad hair days.

Click on the link to see them all and get instructions on how to do them.

 

26 Lazy Girl Hairstyling Hacks

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Zulily!!!

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We’ve had several people ask about coupons and special offers and it’s finally here! The first sale of the year starts tomorrow!!! Visit the “Nursing Necessities Collection” tomorrow for a huge discount on your bizzy babee nursing cover.

Zulily

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Tip Tuesday – No-stick BBQ Grills

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It’s not quite summer but it is getting warm enough to start having a few dinners on the grill.  Nothing is better than the taste of grilled veggies, chicken or burgers. Nothing is worse than walking in with a tray of mangled meat and veggies that got stuck to the BBQ.  Don’t fret, we have a solution.

1. Take an onion and cut it in half

2. Rub your heated grill with the cut side of the onion

That’s it folks! It really works!

 

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We Support You! – Huffington Post

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Here at Bizzy babee we provide a product that promotes a mothers choice to breastfeed.  We know that being a mother is one of the hardest jobs in the world. We also want to say that we support every mothers choice whether its to breastfeed or use formula. We found this great article by the Huffington Post and wanted to share it with our followers.

You can click here to see all the great photos of support:  Huffington Post

 

8 Tips for Saying ‘I Support You’ to Formula-Feeding Moms

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After I had an incredibly difficult time feeding my first baby, I became a crusader in support of formula-feeding moms. I started a blog on the topic and even wrote a bookabout it. But I don’t think I realized how desperately all moms need better support, until Kim SimonJamie Lynne Grumet and I started the ”I Support You” movement, a social media campaign to bridge the divide between breastfeeding and formula-feeding parents. Everyone had dramatically different experiences with breast and bottle, but we all agreed on one thing: There’s more than enough pressure on parents to be perfect, and the last thing anyone needs is more stress.

We need to open an honest dialogue about the first raw days of new parenthood and how we can help each other through it. That can start by acknowledging the offensive and hurtful things we sometimes say to each other.

Obviously, the world has a long way to go before nursing moms can feed their children freely, wherever and whenever they want, and for however long they feel is right. But we bottle-feeders get our fair share of hurtful comments too. I believe most people don’t mean to offend, so I hope that following a few rules of the road will minimize the risk of stumbling over emotional potholes.

6 Things You Should Never Say to a Formula-Feeding Mom:

1. “Why aren’t you breastfeeding?”
There are so many reasons why a woman might be feeding her child formula, and some are very personal. She could have adopted her child. She could have had breast cancer. She could be exclusively pumping because she was sexually assaulted as a teenager and breastfeeding gave her post-traumatic stress disorder. Or maybe she tried to breastfeed, and it just didn’t work for her (meaning she also may be mourning the breastfeeding relationship she never had).

2. “I have a great lactation consultant. Would you like her number?”
Nearly every mom I met in the first three months recommended a professional to me. If I’d been asking for help, this would have been an entirely welcome response. But I’d already paid for nine different lactation consultations, so the advice felt more like an accusation (the implication being I hadn’t tried hard enough, and the “right” person would have made my body work the way it was supposed to).

And if I’d been one of the many women who didn’t want to breastfeed in the first place, a question like this could make me feel like I couldn’t tell you the truth about my choice. Either way, it’s probably best not to email your LC’s info to the bottle-feeding mom in your playgroup unless she asks.

3. “I’m so sorry…”
When other new moms heard I wasn’t breastfeeding, they’d express their condolences and ask what happened. I appreciated their concern, but the pity made me feel as if I had something to be ashamed of. Many women turn to formula because it’s the best option for their family, and it can be a lifesaver in some situations. It’s important for moms to feel proud of nourishing their babies, regardless of how they do it. If a bottle-feeding mom tells you she’s hurting or regrets not nursing, feel free to express sympathy, but don’t assume she’s unhappy with her parenting choice.

4. “Don’t you worry about your baby eating high fructose corn syrup (or GMOs or BPA)?”
Here’s the problem with this question. There’s no good way to answer it. If a mom simply says “no,” she sounds like she doesn’t care about her baby’s health. If she launches into a long explanation of the research and reality behind these claims, she sounds defensive. And if she actually does worry about these things, bringing it up just rubs salt in the wound. There’s a time and place to demand better formula quality and options (something we could all fight for together), but casual conversation is not that time.

5. “It must be so nice not to have to wake up for feedings (or be able to just leave or not have to be the only one to take care of your baby).”
Just because a mom is bottle-feeding, it doesn’t mean that she isn’t getting up at night. (My formula-fed babies ate two or three times a night, and I snuggled them at every feeding.) And it doesn’t mean she hands off her baby to someone else every chance she gets. You probably don’t mean to imply anything negative, but she might be feeling defensive about bonding because so much emphasis is put on attachment and breastfeeding. Comments like these just feed into every myth and insecurity about formula-feeding.

6. “Breastfeeding moms really need support.”
That is absolutely true. Breastfeeding is a learned skill, and it’s vital to be surrounded by supportive, knowledgeable peers who can help you overcome hurdles. Though it would be a huge step toward ending the breast vs. bottle battle if we could amend this frequently uttered statement to “all moms need support.”

Practical support is one thing, and emotional support is another. Many bottle-feeding parents don’t have access to either until their babies are old enough to take to classes (typically around 8 weeks). Formula-feeding moms don’t have the advantage of La Leche League meetings or lactation clinics at the local hospital, both places where new moms can form bonds with each other. While we ensure that breastfeeding moms are getting the support they need to feed their babies, let’s also make sure that other moms aren’t being denied support simply because they ended up feeding their babies a different way.

2 Things You Should Say to a Formula-Feeding Mom:

1. “Did you watch Scandal last night?”
Living in a community where breastfeeding is prevalent can make it hard for a non-nursing mom to feel like she fits in with her peer group. If you are with a formula-feeding friend in a group setting, and the conversation is veering into formula bashing or becoming boobcentric, change the subject. There are a million things for new moms to talk about that aren’t divisive, and it might do everyone some good to focus on something else for a while.

2. “How’s it going?”
The best thing to say to a bottle-feeding mom is also the best thing to say to a breastfeeding one. Rather than passing judgment on her parenting philosophy (even with a positive comment like “good job” or “you’re such a great mom”), give her the opportunity to let you know how she’s feeling. She may be perfectly confident in her decision. And if so, it doesn’t even need to be a topic of conversation.

On the other hand, if she’s struggling and feels like talking about it, reassure her that motherhood is about so much more than food. Ask her if there’s anything you can do to help her get into a better frame of mind. For example, you could ask her to go with you to a Mommy and Me class or join you for a walk.

By allowing your friend to simply express what kind of support she needs from you, you’ll avoid the trap of overanalyzing or censoring yourself. Every woman has her own journey, her own fears and her own pain. Instead of alienating each other with insensitivity and assumptions, imagine what we could accomplish if we just listened.

This article originally ran on the Seleni Institute website. Seleni is a nonprofit organization providing clinical care, research funding, and information to transform mental health care and wellness for women.

Read more about the “I Support You” movement here.

 

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Food Friday – Bacon Stuffed Pancakes

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Are you riding the bacon wave? Who isn’t! We saw these posted on several sites and thought we would give them a shot.

For an easy morning, use your favorite pancake mix. If you like to make them from scratch, we’ve included a pancake recipe for you.

Instructions:

1. Cook your bacon as you usually would. Set aside on paper towel to drain grease

2. Mix pancake batter

3. Use an ice cream scoop to pour batter on heater griddle. Pour batter in long rectangle shape rather than a circle.

4. Take a strip of cooked bacon and lightly place it into still wet batter. Do not push all the way to the griddle.

5. Use a little more batter and cover the bacon

5. When batter starts to bubble, flip!

 

Pancakes:

1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

1. In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in milk, eggs, and oil. Mix until smooth

2. Heat a large skillet to 350 degrees or medium/high. Use a scoop or small measuring cup to spoon out batter. Pour in heated skillet to make desired size pancakes (aprox 5 in.). Wait until packs start to bubble. Use cinnamon mix and swirl on pancake. Cook another min and flip. Cook another 1-3 minutes. Place on plate to cool.
You may also want to try crumbling the precooked bacon right into the batter. Small bits of bacon in every bite is delicious!
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