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Chai Spiced White Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
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The Importance of a Bedtime Story
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Preparing Siblings For a New Baby
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Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe
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Silly Pumpkin Face Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
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Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect
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Keeping Your Baby Safe From Suffocation During Sleep
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Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes
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A Sleepy Bedtime Snack: Tart Cherry Chia Pudding

Chai Spiced White Hot Chocolate Recipe

This luscious Chai Spiced White Hot Chocolate is full of enticing, sweet and spicy flavors, paired with extra rich, creamy white chocolate – and none of those store-bought white chocolate chips. This is the real deal, homemade white hot chocolate with wholesome ingredients. That’s right! Did you know that you can make homemade white hot chocolate and skip the sugar-laden, heavily processed white chocolate chips? Well, you can! It’s so easy too. This homemade white hot chocolate is made with real food ingredients and pure, food-grade, high-quality cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is the extra special ingredient that makes white hot chocolate rich and creamy, with a chocolaty taste. It provides some healthy, good-for-you fats too! Chai spices are the other stars in this non-traditional hot chocolate. These distinctive spices bring a warmth and comforting flavor to this nourishing drink. Fresh ginger, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves and tiny amount of black pepper slowly infuse in warm milk to create the lovely[…]

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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Let’s cozy up to some warm, winter soup! These cooler months just beg for warm bowls of nourishing soup, and my kitchen is no stranger to the soup pot being filled up on almost a daily basis. Using power packed bone broth and seasonal mineral rich vegetables takes your fall and winter soups up a few notches, giving your family the nutrients they need to fight off winter cold and keep the immune system robust. Not to mention making cold evenings a bit warmer.  Nourishing, Nutrient Dense Players While sweet potatoes on their own are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and energy giving, slow burning carbohydrates, we can bump up the nutrients with a couple key players to nourish your family or holiday party guests! – Sweet potatoes: Packed with vitamins (A and C), minerals, and antioxidants. Loaded with fiber for better blood sugars and even energy. – Bone broth: Bone broth is packed with amino acids (protein building blocks)[…]

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The Importance of a Bedtime Story

For some children, even the best bedtime routine does not guarantee a great night’s sleep, but for most it is essential. Young children especially need to know that their day is coming to an end and that they are now required to settle down for the night. One of the best ways to do this is with a quiet moment or two, which is why today’s post is all about the importance of the bedtime story. Babies and the bedtime story. Babies are never too young for a bedtime story. Most babies are able to sit up and hold their heads by the age of six months, so this is an ideal time to think about introducing a book at bedtime. Some parents may even read a bedtime story sooner- only you will know whether or not it’s appropriate. Don’t expect to be able to get through an entire book in one sitting- choose shorter books with muted colors so[…]

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Preparing Siblings For a New Baby

A new baby brings so much to a family- including chaos and upset! There is no denying that gaining a brother or sister is, in the long run, an amazing event, but it must also be said that existing children may not always see it this way at first! There are many ways that you can prepare siblings for a new baby and often you will find that the settling in period is very short-lived after all. If you do think that your little one will need to be prepared, try these tips: Consider your timing. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to wait before you announce your pregnancy. Spend some time getting used to the idea of a new baby yourself before expecting your child to do the same. Remember that very young children will not have an adult’s concept of time, so if you start preparing them for a new baby at only eight[…]

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Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Granola is full of delicious, seasonal flavors and packed with lots of textures, just the way granola should be. This chunky granola is perfect for snacking but also perfect sprinkled on yogurt, smoothie bowls, homemade ice cream or served as cereal with your favorite milk or non-dairy milk. This seasonal granola is brimming with lots of healthy, real food goodies! Apples of course, because this is an apple cinnamon granola! You’ll find two kinds of apples in it – chopped up fresh apples as well as softer, dried apples. The chopped apples help act as a binder for the granola and the dried apples add a mouthwatering texture plus they taste so good! You’ll notice this is a nut free granola. Most granolas are jam-packed with nuts. But if you’re like me and can’t have nuts, then it’s kind of hard to find a packaged granola that you can eat. This granola’s base is made with sprouted sunflower[…]

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Silly Pumpkin Face Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Happy Halloween! Little kids spend the whole month of October figuring out their costumes (some maybe even giving it careful thought in September!), and health conscious mommas everywhere spend the whole month of October figuring out how they will make it through the sugar crazed holiday with as little teeth rotting candy as possible! I’ve got your back! Dear momma, I’m here to tell you it’s ok to feel that way. It’s ok to care about what goes in your kids’ bodies! In fact, you’ll get momma guilt coming from both ends of the spectrum on Halloween (and every other holiday for that matter!). Some will say “for crying out loud, lighten up!”, and others will say you aren’t a “true” real foodie if you let your kid have some sugar… So my answer is always to listen to your momma instinct… Balance is key I’ve found a happy medium for Halloween that works for my family. It usually revolves[…]

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Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect

First things first. Newborn babies are not designed to sleep through the night. They are not designed to sleep longer than two or so hours at a time. Yes, they sleep a lot in the first weeks, but all of that sleep is in fragments. Secondly, please do not be under any illusion that newborn babies can be sleep trained. Newborn Sleep Patterns: What To Expect Expect to be a little sleep deprived! You are probably used to at least eight hours sleep a night, with no interruptions (although often late pregnancy hampers this a little for mums to be!), but that just isn’t going to happen with a new baby in the house. That’s why it’s important to have an idea of how newborn sleep patterns work. A newborn baby will sleep on average for 16 hours a day. Usually, this is more or less split equally between day and night. As already explained, babies this young have no[…]

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Keeping Your Baby Safe From Suffocation During Sleep

By Debra Lynn Dadd According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 3500 infants die every year in the United States from sleep related infant deaths like accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. Since October is Safe Sleep month, here are some simple things you can do that are known to reduce the risk of suffocation, which may also help other sleep-related deaths. And, as well, here are some facts regarding “breathable mattress” myths. Breathable Mattresses Aren’t the Solution To Avoid Suffocation In recent years, “breathable” crib mattresses have come into the marketplace, in an attempt to address the perceived risk of suffocation when the baby is lying face down. When a baby sleeps on a crib mattress that is firm and flat, it’s impossible for the baby to go head down into the mattress and suffocate. There is certainly nothing wrong with providing extra air around a baby, but “non-breathable” mattresses (i.e. typical mattresses with firm surfaces) are not[…]

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Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes

These delicious, seasonal, Chai Spiced Apple Pancakes are super easy to make and sure to please for breakfast! They’re full of wholesome ingredients, have no refined sugar and can be made ahead of time for quick breakfasts. It’s that time of the year when the air is crisp, the trees are shifting to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows, and seasonal produce is at its finest. Apple trees are overflowing with fruit and ready to be harvested. Apple pies are baking, mugs are full of hot spiced apple cider, bags of apples are being turned into applesauce and homes are filled with the beautiful aroma of sweet, spicy goodness. Apple season is in full swing and these deeply flavored pancakes are waiting to meet your plate. These pancakes smell amazing when cooking. They have hints of sweet cinnamon, spicy ginger and clove and a little bit of vibrant fennel and cardamom. These delicious chai flavors go perfectly with juicy, sweet apples.[…]

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A Sleepy Bedtime Snack: Tart Cherry Chia Pudding

In honor of Safe Healthy Sleep… …let’s talk about kids and sleep! This topic probably feels anything but restful and peaceful to many parents, but hear me out! They need it {and we know you need it!} Young children spend almost half their day sleeping – or should be anyway. And rapidly growing teens aren’t much different. Every house has that 1 kid though. The one that is always up before everyone, or who has the hardest time falling asleep… While there are many factors that play into children sleeping well, there is one piece to the puzzle that affects every child. Food Choices It’s pretty hard to argue that food doesn’t play a role in a child’s behavior and sleep, so while I am probably “preaching to the choir,” I thought we could have a quick refresher on how food can affect sleep, just in case one of these things has slipped by the radar! 1. Keep the sugar[…]

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