World Prematurity Day

I personally would like to honor World Prematurity Day today.  It was 9 years ago that I gave birth to triplets at 24 weeks gestation and millions of families watch their early babies fight for their lives and many get the opportunity to thrive thanks to our modern technology and medical advances.  The NICU was a world I never knew existed as my first born, Kaleb was a healthy 8 lbs. 14 oz. I had no idea the NICU would be my home for six months after the birth of Liam, Aiden and Zoie and that today they would still be struggling with the effects of their prematurity.

I honor today the countless people who blessed and still bless the lives of our family.  I give great praise to the  Doctors, NICU Nurses, OT’s, PT’s, ST’s, RT’s, NICU staff, family and friends who gave me the courage to hang on and for the tireless hours it took for the team of experts to keep these little one’s alive.  I am forever grateful to be the mother of two beautiful boys Liam and Aiden and to have our angel Zoie looking down on us from heaven.

Join me today, 17 NOV on World Prematurity Day in helping educate everyone around us! If you are a parent of a preemie, please share your story with us on our facebook page!

 

 

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Food Fridays- Cut The Fat!

The holidays are always a great time to get together with family, share some great meals and blow your diet! Everyone cooks a little different. Some people use butter, some use margarine and others may use shorting.  You may not be able to control what other people make, but you do have say over the dish you bring to parties and family functions.

Offer to make dishes that are usually high fat so that you can modify the recipe.  That will help you to stick to your diet and maybe even help out family members without them knowing. Baking is one of the best opportunities to cut out some unwanted fat and calories.

 

Here is a chart of substitutions that you can use to cut the fat. Practice using your favorite recipe with these substitutions for your next holiday event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy baking from bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments. -Lisa Sato

Thrifty Thursdays

One of the most expensive things about being a woman is our beauty products. The creams, lotions, makeup….it never ends.  I’ve got a great mask that I tried and loved. The best part is you can make it from things in your home.  This mask is made with aspirin, lemon juice and baking soda.

Instructions:

  1. Mash up about 10 non coated aspirin (use the cheap stuff)
  2. Add lemon juice until you get a paste
  3. Apply to the mask to the face and let sit for 10 mins
  4. Remove the mask by dipping a cotton ball in in baking soda and water.

 

The aspirin acts like acetylsalicylic acid and exfoliates the skin while the lemon juice has vitamin C and repairs the skin.  It also wards off oxidation just like when you put lemon juice on apples to prevent them from turning brown. The baking soda neutralizes the lemon juice.

Use this treatment 1-2 times ta week for great looking skin.

If the mask feels too drying, just add a teaspoon of honey to the mixture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments.  -Lisa Sato

Tip Tuesdays

With Thanksgiving around the corner it seems fitting that these tips are about food and entertaining and this week is no different.  I got this tip from a friend and loved it!

After making your turkey, you might want to use the drippings for your gravy. The juices are delicious but very fatty.  If you want to remove some of that fat without skimming it off with a spoon, use and ice cube! That’s right. Just drop and ice cube in and the fat will attract to it.  Spoon out would ice cube and voila, your fat is easily removed.

You can use this trick with any meats that you bake, roast or slow cook. Happy cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Diane Lindberg for the great tip

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments – Lisa Sato

Fat Kid Pizza – Food Review

This week I went on a date with my 9-year-old son to a pizza place in down town salt lake.  You can find a “Fat Kid Pizza” inside restaurant’s and bars around the state.  This one was in Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery located at 9-exchange place.

The restaurant has a great atmosphere with huge round booths; dim lighting and the slices are served on sheets of paper. I would describe it as a hybrid between east coast pizza joint and Irish pub. There is a huge bar on one side of the restaurant so I would recommend family dining earlier in the evening.  They also offer live music Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays.  We went on a Wednesday so we weren’t able to check that out.

The pizza here was great! It’s a thin crust pizza cut into huge slices. The sauce and toppings are delicious.  You can buy a slice and add any toppings you want or go with one of their specialty pizzas such as the “Italian Stallion” that comes with Pepperoni, sausage and grilled chicken.  They also offer salads, appetizers and have a variety of cheesesteaks. The dessert is a cookie pizza that you can get in chocolate chip or peanut butter. It’s served with ice cream and comes out freshly baked. This was rich and delicious. We couldn’t eat the whole thing. 4 people could probably share this.

Price wise this was a little more than going to pizza hut, but worth it.  Slices are $3 then you add $.50 for each topping.  A whole cheese pizza is $16 +$2 for each additional topping.  Their specialty pizzas are $21.  The sandwiches are a little steep at $10, but they are good size.  We were lucky to get there before 6pm. They have buy one get one free slices until 6pm then again after 11pm.  If you can get downtown before 6, I’d recommend that deal.

The service here was very good.  The hostess was friendly and we were seated immediately. Our server was very attentive and we were checked on frequently.

Overall I give Maxwell’s eatery and their Fat Kid Pizza two thumbs up!

Happy eating From bizzy babee.

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Thrifty Stain Fighting

 

 

 

 

Have you had a stain that you cant get out? Maybe you’re treating it wrong? It’s hard to know what kind of solution takes out what kind of stain. Here are some great ways to remove stains without buying 5 or 6 different products at the store.

Hydrogen Peroxide. Removes blood from clothing. Pour a bit on to dirtied clothes; it will start bubbling on all the blood. After 10 minutes, stick on a cold cycle in the wash.

Baking Soda. Adding baking soda to your wash will help brighten your whites.

Lemon Juice/Vinegar. Saturate stains in either of these, then wash in your machine.

Rubbing Alcohol. Saturate or blot ink stains with rubbing alcohol and then wash.

Nail Polish Remover. This will remove pen ink stains

Borax/Water Paste. A paste made from these two and rubbed on to your clothes before washing in the machine will do wonders for your stains.

Dish Soap. Rub into oil stains before washing.

Bleach. Use only on white, natural fabrics, and make sure to wear your paint clothes, as bleach will stain the clothes you’re wearing if it splashes.

Happy cleaning!

 

 

 

 

 

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments. -Lisa Sato

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

 

 

“People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”  -Elizabeth Kubler -Ross

Such a true statement.  Hope you shine today!

 

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Baby Vs. Pet – The Showdown!

Are you a pet lover? Sometimes our pets are our babies, but when a new baby is on the way our love is shared and not all of the babies in the house are happy about it! If you have a new baby on the way or are considering a new pet and have a baby at home, take a look at these helpful hints about bringing your new little one home.

 

Bringing home your new baby is an exciting moment.  We certainly don’t want to spoil that moment with “acting out” from our pet.  Our pets are used to a certain amount of attention and a new baby can take away from our pet time.  This can lead to acting out or even acts of aggression from our pets.  A pet might start jumping on legs, chewing, spotting, barking, scratching and could even nip at you or your baby.  Let’s avoid these issues and talk about ways to prevent these moments.

 

  1. Keep your pet schedule – I know your time is going to be spread thin, but if you did daily walks at 7am, stick to it! Put baby in the stroller and take them along, but don’t skip out on routine events. This will ensure that your pet is still getting the things they expect and they will be less likely to act out.
  2. Start creating rules – Start setting some rules before baby ever gets home.  If there is a room dedicated for the nursery, start making that a “no go” zone now.  If you allow your pets on the couch etc.. you might want to start breaking them of that habit before the baby is home so you are able to feed your baby without pets jumping on you.
  3. Play Dates – If this is your first baby, you might want to expose your dog to other babies before hand.  This should be done slowly, in a controlled environment and possibly with a little older baby. A trip to the park with a friend and her baby might be a good way to introduce new faces.  Finding a common area rather than bringing a baby into their home is less threatening for your canine.
  4. Pet Vet – Before your baby comes home, make sure your pet is up to date on shots, healthy, has a fresh teethe cleaning and is spayed or neutered. This will ensure that your pet feels great and takes care of one more errand you wont want to run with a new born!
  5. Breeding Friends – Consider the breed of dog you choose. I know you might have grown up really wanting a fire truck Dalmatian or a fluffy Chow, but not all breeds are as kid friendly as we’d hoped.  Lets leave some breeds to the breeders and find a pet that will fit well with your family.

 

If you have a young baby at home and are considering a new pet….. get a fish!  If you must have a 4-legged friend, I would consider the pros and cons of a puppy vs. rescue.

Puppy:

Pros: Cute, Able to train, Friendly, Puppy and baby can grow up together

Cons: Diapers and potty training – Yikes!, Chewing, Crying, Training, new puppy vet bills

Rescue:

Pros: Typically more mature and less hyper, already trained, neutered, Saved a life

Cons: Unsure of previous owner/environment, can be snippy with babies, Older dog medical concerns/bills

I hope this helps you bring your new baby and pet together under one happy roof.

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments!  - Lisa Sato