Tip Tuesday – Breastfeeding Tip

In celebration of breastfeeding awareness week, we’ve got some breastfeeding tips for you.

1. Lanolin – It’s a great moisturizer for your nipples to help prevent cracking or bleeding. There are lots of products available out there. Remember that your baby is ingesting whatever you put on your nipples. Be sure that it is safe! If you don’t want to use any substitutes, try using a little of your own breast milk around your nipples after feeding to prevent dryness and cracking.

2. Breast shields – If your baby is having a hard time latching on, try a breast shield before giving up.  Most times your baby knows how to suck and just needs a little help with latching.

3. Sanitary napkins – Thats right! If you have leakage (everyone does).  Try a sanitary napkin instead. They area cheaper, more absorbent, and have a sticky back to hold them in place.

Happy Nursing!

 

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Breastfeeding Awareness Week!

It’s here again! The beginning of August marks a week of events, awareness, and celebration. With events taking place all over the world, this is a great week to volunteer, participate, and educate. We here at bizzy babes Inc. are located in beautiful Utah, USA where we are helping with breastfeeding cafes, silent auctions and raffles. If you are in the Utah areas, check out the calendar of events here: http://breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com/events-2013/. Outside of Utah, check out the World breastfeeding website at: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org where you can get information, join a photo contest and register to participate in “the big latch on”.  If you are interested in supporting the breastfeeding community please visit the sitghts listed below where you can participate in an auction, volunteer your time or donate to your local chapter.

In Utah: http://breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com/silent-auction/ 

In Utah: https://www.facebook.com/BreastfeedingCafeSLC

Internationally: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org

Internationally: http://www.llli.org

 

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Tip Tuesday – Easy Garlic Peeled in Seconds!

We all know that you can peel garlic with a hit of the flat side of the knife, but what if you need an entire bulb peeled? We’ve got a way to peel several cloves all at once in just a few seconds!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• 2 deep bowls of equal size, made of a hard material like metal or Pyrex
• A dry (not fresh) head of garlic

 

DIRECTIONS:

Smash the head of garlic with the heel of your hand. Sweep the cloves into one bowl, and invert the second bowl over the top of the first bowl. Hold the bowls together where the rims meet and shake the dickens out of it for 10-20 seconds, until the garlic cloves have been released from their skins.

OR –  just watch this martha stewart video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcAJ8yMB4XA

 

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Food Friday – Pretty Dessert’s

This dessert is both easy and attractive! Don’t waste a lot of time on high sugar treats that have a lengthly preparation. Pick out your favorite colorful fruits and add them to a pretty glass for a beautiful presentation. Top with some fresh whipped cream and you’re ready to serve. If you don’t have champagne glasses try a scotch or even a juice glass instead!

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Thrifty Thursday – Money Saving Make-Up

Women know how to do a few things really well! One of them is saving money.  We know how to budget, coupon and bargain shop. And why do we do all that saving? Sometimes it’s for a vacation or an improvement on the house. But sometimes it’s for that fabulous purse, new shoes or a few new items for the wardrobe. We all have our priorities on what we can buy generic and what has to be “name brand”.  One area that is always up in the air is make-up! Some women swear by their department store counter brands, some from the catalogs their mothers shopped from, and others buy at the drug store. We found a great blog by Sparkle & Mine that compares the name brand favorites to the drugstore equivalents. The savings were tremendous and worth a shot for the price you’re paying. Take a look at the full story at:

http://sparkleandmineblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/drugstore-dupes.html

 

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Tip Tuesday- Crisp Apples

Apples are a great snack for the kids. They love a freshly cut apple after school, but never seem to finish all the “brown” apples in their lunch. If you make lunches the night before the brown gets even worse. Next time to want to add a little fruit to the lunch box, try cutting your apple then holding it back together with a rubber band. This will keep your apple fresh a little longer.

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Breastfeeding Pays Off

If you haven’t already seen this circulating you should take a look. This story isn’t just about breastfeeding. This story is about kindness, decency and equality.  In a time when we are still fighting for people to feel comfortable being who they are, this story bring hope and smiles to our faces.

 

 

 

Breastfeeding Note From Pizza Waitress Pays It Forward

Photo courtesy of Jackie Johnson-SmithA breastfeeding mother at a pizza restaurant got the surprise of her life when she received a free pizza and a kind note on her receipt from a waitress.

More on Yahoo! Shine: Country Club Snubs Breastfeeding Mom 

Jackie Johnson-Smith, 33, a stay-at-home mother from Ankeny, Iowa was celebrating her 33rd birthday on Sunday at Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines with her husband and their three kids, ages 4, 3, and 12 months, when her youngest started fussing. “I usually don’t go downtown for dinner because lots of places aren’t family-friendly but I had heard good things about Fong’s,” Johnson-Smith told Yahoo! Shine. “It was chaotic—I had one kid licking the honey container on the table, another standing on his chair, and my baby was fussing.”

More on Yahoo!: Danish Mothers Hold Public Breastfeeding Protest 

So Johnson-Smith threw on a nursing cover and began discreetly breastfeeding her 12-month-old. “I usually don’t like to breastfeed in public because people can be judgmental,” she says. “The waitress kept walking by, and I was worried she didn’t want me nursing in the restaurant.” Eventually, worried that her baby would continue crying, Johnson-Smith left the restaurant and finished nursing in the car.

Shortly after, Johnson-Smith’s husband walked out with a huge smile on his face. “He handed me the dinner receipt and at first I was confused—why is he showing me how much my birthday dinner cost?” said Johnson-Smith. To her surprise, there was a handwritten note on the paper:  ‘I bought one of your pizzas. Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!’

“I was in total shock and started tearing up,” said Johnson-Smith. “After dealing with people’s reactions for so long, it was like the universe was giving me a pat on the back. I was too stunned to go back inside and thank the waitress.”

Photo courtesy of Jackie Johnson-SmithWhen Johnson-Smith got home, she posted a photo of the receipt to her Facebook page with the message: “I have breastfed three children… I have breastfed them in a countless number of places both pleasant and unpleasant, discreetly and out in the open. I have gotten many looks and stares, but tonight erases any negativity I have ever received. I ate at Fongs for the first time tonight. Having a fussy baby I nursed him for awhile in the booth and eventually left the table early as to not disrupt the restaurant. The waitress gave this receipt to my husband. I was speechless and emotional. Although I don’t need a pat on the back for feeding my child, it sure felt amazing. It is amazing how we women can make each other feel when we empower each other.”

As of Thursday morning, the photo has been shared over 2,000 times and received more than 100 likes on Facebook.

Waitress Bodi Kinney, 33, told Yahoo Shine, “I noticed Johnson-Smith nursing and was so thrilled she did it. I tried not to stare because I didn’t want to seem creepy or make her feel uncomfortable, but I felt like doing jumping jacks.”

Kinney, a mother herself, is familiar with the burden of breastfeeding in public. “Although I nurse my baby no matter where I am—at the supermarket, in clothing stores—people often react negatively. Recently, I had to leave my daughter’s school play to nurse my 8-month-old for fear of offending someone. I wanted to let this woman know in some shape or form, that she was doing the right thing.”

That meant to the world to Johnson-Smith. “She has no idea what that note meant to me,” she said. “I just want her to get the recognition she deserves.”

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Food Friday – Summer Strawberry Pie

I know we try to keep these recipes healthy but sometimes a good pie just needs to be on the list! What a great summertime dessert to bring to your next BBQ. This tasty treat will be worth the time (and calories). Just make sure to share your pie with lots of friends and partake in that potato sack race and those calories will be gone before you know it!

 

Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely crushed pretzel sticks
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted $
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries $
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened $
  • 4 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. strawberry gelatin (1/2 [3-oz.] package)
  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 3 ingredients; firmly press on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 10-inch pie plate. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
  2. 2. Process strawberries in a food processor until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
  3. 3. Beat condensed milk and next 2 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. (Use the whisk attachment if using a stand mixer.) Add strawberries; beat at low speed just until blended. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. 4. Beat 3/4 cup whipping cream at high speed until soft peaks form; gently fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture. Spoon into prepared crust. Cover and freeze 8 to 12 hours or until firm.
  5. 5. Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups whipping cream at high speed until foamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spread over pie. Freeze 1 hour or until whipped cream is firm.

 

Thanks to My recipes  for providing this tasty treat

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