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Cucumber Celery Lime Agua Fresca
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Nursery Designed by Mother Nature
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Berry Breakfast Sausages Recipe
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The Environment and Your Child’s Mind
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Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea
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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Recipe
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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep
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Winter Sleep Tips For Baby
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Gluten Free Cinnamon Pear Breakfast Strata Recipe
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Snowball Cookies A Classic Holiday Treat

Cucumber Celery Lime Agua Fresca

Green juices are always in! Especially when they’re vibrant, refreshing and nourishing! Spring is here and it’s the time of year when we’re all thinking about “green-living”. It’s also a great time of the year for supporting your body with green juices. While many people rush to do all kinds of detoxes in January and the winter, according to Chinese Medicine, spring is actually a better time of the year for cleansing. What better way to give your body a boost naturally, than with a delicious, hydrating, GREEN agua fresca?! Traditional Mexican agua frescas or “fresh waters” are thirst-quenching, cooling drinks. They’re a popular drink, especially during the spring and summer months when everyone is looking for revitalizing drinks. Authentic agua frescas are full of refined sugars though, and that’s not beneficial when you’re wanting something that’s healthier. I’ve got the perfect solution for that – Cucumber Celery Lime Agua Fresca! This “green” version is packed with green juices and[…]

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Nursery Designed by Mother Nature

By Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest Spring is finally here and we can’t wait to get outside. The budding trees, chirping birdies and warm sunshine make us feel refreshed. At YouthfulNest, we love using inspiration from everything around us. So why not bring some of that beauty designed by Mother Nature right back indoors with us to enjoy all year round. There are endless possibilities, but I’ve put together this chic collection of décor for children’s rooms that would make any mother proud. 1. This Rocks Leave no rock unturned because you might just find beauty and magic like that in a geode or agate. You’ll find this natural beauty in everything from bookends to wall art to nursery mobiles. If you want to incorporate strength and beauty in your room, this earthy element is just the right chic combo. Mobile by Pottery Barn Kids, made of natural agate and metal. 2. Wooden-it Be Lovely Wooden items are both practical for babies[…]

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Berry Breakfast Sausages Recipe

Berry Breakfast Sausages are so easy to make and they’re jam-packed with vibrant flavor. With juicy little bites of fresh blueberries and strawberries and the perfect blend of seasonings, these little protein bites are sure to please. Homemade breakfast sausages are perfect for quick weekday mornings and on weekends for a relaxed brunch. When you make up a couple batches of these sausages, you can either pop them in the refrigerator for a few days or store them in the freezer. Then all you have to do is reheat them in the morning and you’ll have a super quick, protein-rich breakfast ready in minutes. There’s really no need to run to greasy spoon restaurant when you can make sausages at home in minutes. The best part is you can make sausages that taste better than restaurant sausages with healthier ingredients! Most restaurants and store-bought sausages use non-organic meats and vegetable oils that are not so healthy. When you make your[…]

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The Environment and Your Child’s Mind

What We Now Know about Which Chemicals Can Damage Brain Development All parents are aware that so many of our children face the risk of serious cognitive troubles. The threat of developing various degrees of autism spectrum disorders, of experiencing ADHD, or of struggling with a variety of learning disorders is all too much present. We are aware. What is Causing the Increase of Abnormal Development of the Mind? Now, in the last year, a group of the nation’s most distinguished experts in epidemiology and the toxicology of various chemicals, have teamed together to publish real evidence that neurodevelopmental disorders can be caused by exposure to certain chemicals. To make this urgently important more clear, we make poisons that damage our baby’s developing brains, causing autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning disorders. This is a very hard point to prove. We all are constantly exposed to a wide range of chemicals, how do you know which if any cause complex[…]

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Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea

One of the inevitable charms of infancy is that babies are messy. Whether it’s a diaper blowout or a spit-up debacle, you’re almost always cleaning something up. Diapers help tremendously, whether you choose cloth or disposable, but there’s always a risk of extra leaks at night while baby is sleeping. Since babies aren’t always convenient to keep clean, it’s a good idea to get a crib mattress that is. For some reason, many companies that make infant crib mattresses are moving away from making their mattresses waterproof. The market seems to be moving towards seeking a softer, quilted look and feel. The problem is that this look and feel, so nice for grown ups, invites problems when it soaks up urine, stool, and other messes. Once these contaminants get into the inside of a mattress, this invites mold, mildew, and bacteria to proliferate, which leads to potential health concerns (and a pretty yucky smell). Urine and stool should have no[…]

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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Recipe

Extra special, and made with love, these luscious chocolate raspberry truffles are so easy to make and so much healthier than store-bought chocolates! Did you know that February is National Chocolate Lovers Month?!! Not that you need an excuse to enjoy some chocolate, but it’s certainly a great reason to indulge in some delicious, homemade, chocolaty goodness. Plus Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time for you to make some special treats for yourself or for your loved ones. You can even drop some homemade truffles off at your neighbor’s house and surprise them. A small “random act of kindness” like that always puts a smile on someone’s face. These healthier chocolate raspberry truffles are super easy to make and don’t take a lot of hands-on prep time. You’ll only need 4 to 5 ingredients to make these sweet truffles that are made with no sugar! Yes, no sugar! And you won’t be able to tell.[…]

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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep

No one appreciates sleep more than a parent of a newborn or young infant. This is because sleep is a completely different experience in the first four months of life, from the way sleep is experienced the rest of one’s life. For all children 4 months of age and older, and all healthy adults, sleep is a well-regulated and incredibly necessary activity, that really does offer balm to the mind, and helps the mind think. The pattern of sleep from ages 4 months and onward is defined by a very regular pattern of light sleep becoming deep sleep, then deep sleep becoming lighter sleep, moving into a phase of REM sleep (when most dreams occur), and then emerging from REM sleep at which point everyone gets to choose – wake up or do another cycle. The sleep cycle in a person 4 months of age and older goes as follows: – Stage I: a brief period that happens just as you fall[…]

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Winter Sleep Tips For Baby

As the cold winter months march on, you might find yourself wrapping up in extra layers and perhaps turning the heating up a little higher too. And as you take measures to keep warm this winter, it’s a good idea to also take a look at your sleeping habits too. It can be tempting to add lots of extra layers for babies when it gets cold, but actually, it’s not always necessary. Here are some tips for winter sleep and keeping baby safe when it’s cold. Sleeping inside Studies have found that too many layers on baby can lead to overheating and can put them at risk. With this in mind, here are some tips for winter sleeping inside: – Remember that too many layers in an already warm room can hinder your baby’s ability to regulate her temperature and can play havoc with her natural breathing pattern. Make sure you convey this important message to all caregivers so that[…]

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Pear Breakfast Strata Recipe

Bursting with cinnamon flavor and sweet seasonal pears, this delicious cinnamon pear breakfast strata is so fun and special for holiday breakfasts and weekend brunches. Need a breakfast that’s mostly hands off so you can spend time with your loved ones? Breakfast strata is the perfect choice! They’re so easy to make and require very little prep time. If you’ve never had a breakfast strata before, it’s basically like a combination of a bread-based casserole and bread pudding. This naturally sweetened cinnamon pear version is similar to a “French toast” casserole made with gluten free bread. Breakfast strata gives that cozy, comforting feeling and make your family or guests feel loved. This special breakfast casserole is always a crowd pleaser! It’s perfect for breakfast in bed for two, fun for serving your whole family, and extra special for holiday breakfasts or entertaining guests. This is the kind of breakfast that you want to bring right to the table and serve[…]

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Snowball Cookies A Classic Holiday Treat

Happy holidays from Naturepedic! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than by getting the kids into the kitchen to make some fun cookies! Grab some cute aprons and get the kids pulled up to the counter to help make some fun snowball cookies for your next holiday gathering, cookie exchange…and I just happen to know Santa just loves having these cookies left out to munch on! The perfect cookie for little hands! Listen, I’ll be the first one to admit, I’m the mom that will break those massive sugar cookies in half when we are at a party! I figured out early on in my momma career that it definitely pays to get smaller cookie cutters and to make smaller, kid sized cookies…because kids are so smart. They know when they are getting half a cookie! These snowball cookies are the perfect little bite for little kids with just the right amount of sweetness to[…]

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