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Farmers Market Fruit Smoothie
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Festive & Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Waffles
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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?
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Green School Lunch Ideas
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Beet Cashew Dip with Crudités
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Why Naturepedic Is A Notch Above The Rest
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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe
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Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies
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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps
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Rest and Restore: A Guide For Creating a Morning and Evening Yoga Ritual

Farmers Market Fruit Smoothie

Our friend Renee from Raising Generation Nourished shared some tips for how to do farmers market shopping with kids. Read on for the tips, plus a yummy smoothie recipe you can use for all those fresh fruits and veggies you find. This time of year, you can find just about every color of the rainbow at your nearest farmer’s market! Even I get into a rush sometimes, just trying to get my list pounded out for the day, but it truly is amazing when you slow down and get the kids involved while you are produce shopping at your local farmer’s markets this summer. My tips for farmer’s market shopping with kids: 1. Plan a little bit before you go. This doesn’t have to be a big thing. Talk to the kids about what season it is along with what produce they might find at the farmer’s market this month where you live. Then, let them help decide what they[…]

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Festive & Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

Looking for the perfect treat for mom this weekend? Try this recipe from our friend Emily at Recipes to Nourish, for a breakfast in bed that will wow mom and start her day off right. Strawberry Shortcake Waffles with layers of homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries is the perfect way to spoil your loved ones for breakfast. These delicious, crispy and fluffy vanilla waffles are reminiscent of traditional shortcakes. They have a lovely texture and are begging to be topped with a generous amount of honey-sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries. This beautiful breakfast is meant to be celebrated! Why not celebrate by serving these strawberry shortcake waffles in bed? Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed?! Plus how can you go wrong with healthier strawberry shortcake … served for breakfast! These delectable waffles topped with fluffy, honey-sweetened whipped cream is such an extra special treat. You will get all of the big heart eyes when you serve these beauties.[…]

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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?

I’m sure we’ve all been there- you’ve followed the bedtime routine perfectly, baby is tired (you KNOW she is tired!) and yet the minute it comes time to sleep… she fights it! Here’s a quick guide to why babies fight sleep and what you can do about it. What does ‘fighting sleep’ mean? Your baby may put up a very good fight against falling asleep. Or so it seems. So if you’ve noticed that she is arching her back, crying, fussing, squirming, kicking and generally protesting about going to bed- that’s fighting sleep! She is tired but she does not want to give in! Sound familiar? Read on… Why do babies fight sleep? There can be many reasons why your baby is fighting sleep today, but in general the following three causes are usually to blame: – Overtired. – Undertired. – Separation anxiety. Any of those seem to be the case for you? Overtired An overtired baby is a disaster[…]

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Green School Lunch Ideas

Happy Earth Month to You! The birds are chirping, the sun is making an appearance longer, and everything is turning green! In honor of Earth Month, our friend Renee from Raising Generation Nourished, is sharing some Green School Lunches that are fun and yum! Your kids will be asking you to pack veggies & salad after you try these green lunch ideas. Little Kids Make the Best Observers Have you ever really stopped to listen to what “wow’s” your kids? Every spring it never fails! The wonder and excitement over trees budding, flowers blooming, and fresh green grass to roll around in. I love hearing my kids’ amazement over the new growth in the spring. Start a conversation about how green everything is in the spring, and then turn it into a game to list all the green fruits and veggies they can name! Celebrate Spring and Earth Month with a Fun “Green” Lunch! I wanted to share a plethora[…]

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Beet Cashew Dip with Crudités

In honor of Earth Month, our friend Emily from Recipes to Nourish, is sharing a stunning recipe that is the perfect and yummy way to celebrate our Earth! This delicious beet cashew dip is smooth and creamy, full of flavor, absolutely gorgeous, and perfect for spring celebrations. It’s quite the eye-pleasing show stopper served with seasonal crudités. Naturally vibrant pink and so pretty, this dip always has people asking about the stunning, bright color. Where does the color come from? Beets! They seem pretty fitting for the month that we celebrate our Earth. They’re grown in the ground, have a lovely earthy flavor and produce the most beautiful color! I absolutely love beets. They also happen to be one of my favorite things to eat. I try to incorporate them into as many meals as I can. Snacky-type food with dippy things is always fun. Who doesn’t love to dip yummy foods into special creamy dips? This type of meal[…]

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Why Naturepedic Is A Notch Above The Rest

Debra Lynn Dadd is a well-known author who recommends safer, nontoxic products for people who want a healthier lifestyle. She literally wrote the book on toxic chemicals in consumer products! She’s been a friend of our company for years and we’re proud to be recommended by her program. Discover more about what she thinks of our company in this guest blog. I’ve been recommending nontoxic products for more than thirty years, so I have a pretty good idea of what to look for when choosing safer products. After three decades of recommending nontoxic products through books, and then in my online directory Debra’s List (www.debralist.com), In January 2016 I decided to create an official program called Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products. I’ve never been a fan of seals of approval because while seals say they meet a standard, they don’t ever give details. Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products goes way beyond a seal of approval. It’s a Letter of Recommendation[…]

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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe

This year we’re welcoming guest blogger, Renee from Raising Generation Nourished to the Naturepedic blog. Renee has a passion to see the next generation of kids growing up knowing where their food is coming from and how food affects their bodies. We reached out to Renee to put together some yummy kid friendly snack ideas that are sure to be a crowd and tummy pleaser. Stay tuned for lots of nourishing recipes from Renee on the Naturepedic blog in 2017! First up, a kid friendly strawberry fruit snack recipe. Strawberries and daylight! My favorite signs of spring! Spring has yet to decide if it is going to stay snowy or perk up a bit around where I live, but I can tell spring is around the corner when I’m seeing more sunshine, and strawberries from warmer climates arriving at the store. The snow clouded ceiling of winter is on its way out, and with the extra sunshine, my kids are[…]

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Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies

Who doesn’t love pie? In honor of Pie Day we’re featuring a recipe from our friend Emily at Recipes to Nourish, a wife and mommy who is dedicated to making nourishing food and using safe products for her family. Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies are a fun and delicious way to enjoy breakfast. These beautiful mini pies are filled with shredded meat, Brussels sprouts, flavorful celery root, sweet apples, vibrant thyme and a hint of maple. Pies are just one of those things that are celebrated and loved by all. Everyone loves pie! Most of the time when we hear the word pie, we think of delectable sweet treats like seasonal fruit pies, meringue pies or autumnal/holiday custard filled pies. But pies can be so much more than just sweet. If you think about it, just about every different culture has their own version of meat stuffed pies or pastries. Latin cultures have empanadas, Eastern European cultures have pirozhki, the[…]

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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps

Naps. Us parents love them. It’s our chance to have a little breather during the day, to recharge our batteries and get ready for the next round. And for the little ones, naps are essential. Babies and young children need to get enough sleep in a 24 hour period for many reasons- to aid physical and mental development, to boost brain power, and to aid in rejuvenation and growth. So in honor of this much needed daily occurrence, here are 9 things you need to know about naps. 1. Naps are not just for babies and children. Yes, we’ve all been given that gem of advice to sleep when the baby sleeps- and we all know that in reality that just isn’t going to happen often. But consider this. A sixty-minute nap can improve your alertness for up to ten hours. That’s ten whole hours more that you can keep going, on just one hour’s nap. An hour’s sleep will[…]

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Rest and Restore: A Guide For Creating a Morning and Evening Yoga Ritual

Yoga is becoming a popular activity to help people improve their fitness, practice mindfulness, and reduce stress. It turns out that a yoga practice can also help you be more rested! We reached out to Jesi Verchota, the founder of Altruistic Yoga, for this guest post that will help you create a simple morning and evening routine to feel rested and refreshed. — Most of us lead lives working busy days and then collapse in exhaustion –or- stay up late overstimulating ourselves with television, internet, or using our mobile devices. Yoga encourages balance between pure exhaustion and overstimulated days. Taking time out to rest and restore is imperative to living well, and can lead to improved attitudes and increased productivity. The more often you practice, the more you will feel the effects and notice any change. Below are some yoga poses you can do to create a ritual and stick with it. Restore: Poses for waking up in the morning[…]

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