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First Bites with Beech-Nut {Review}

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Feeding your baby solids for the first time has got to be one of the funnest milestones!  I love picking out just what they’ll try and documenting every bite with pictures and giggles.  I feel like the introduction to solids really makes them babies instead of infants.  We love Beech-Nut products around here, so I was tickled to get to try out a variety of their newest flavors!

IMG_0150Aren’t these jars beautiful!?  Especially when they are packaged like this, you feel like you’re feeding your baby only the best.  These colors together are so vibrant!  And so healthy!  Its great knowing that there are no artificial colors or flavors, so this coloring is for real and the taste isn’t enhanced or sweetened.  That vibrant beet red and carrot orange are nothing but the good stuff.

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Here is baby Grant trying out these goodies for the first time!  He’s only had one or two encounters with the new flavors and textures of solids, so it was a very new experience for him!

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Beech-Nut actually has over 40 new flavors.  Here we have “just honeycrisp apples, “just carrots”, “beets, pear, and pomegranate” and “just spinach, zucchini, and peas”.  As you can see, they are slightly larger than the typical baby food jar size, and if you yourself have fed an infant for the first time, you know how these jars last for several feedings at first, and then suddenly, your little person is downing one or two of these in a sitting.  More food and less glass means less waste, so I’m glad to see these a little larger than normal, but not enough to go bad before your ‘freshy’ can get to it all in a few days.

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One thing I really like about Beech-Nut products is how the Stage is listed on the jar so that you know if what you’re feeding your baby is appropriate for their age and abilities.  There are four stages (1, 2, 2.5, 3, and 4) which range from 4+ months to 12+ months.

feedGrant did pretty well :).  He liked some flavors more than others (the greens were a little weird), but I think it was a good experience overall.  The honeycrisp apples were a favorite.

Beech-Nut contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, which is extremely important for babies who are used to nothing but milk, as well as crucial in eliminating potential allergic reactions in these early stages.  You can find these Beech-Nut products on store shelves soon!

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Beech-Nut and MomSelect.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

NurturMe {Review}

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When my son was a baby, I made all his baby food. I would cut up fresh fruits and vegetables, blend them or boil them if needed, and then freeze them in ice cube trays and store them in the freezer. It was a great way to save money and know I was giving him the freshest food possible. However, when Number Two came along, life got significantly crazier, and I opted for store-bought, jarred baby food. I wish I had known then about NurturMe, a better alternative to the stuff in the jar.

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NurturMe was created in 2008 by two moms in Austin, TX, who wanted a better way to feed babies than “pureed nutrition in thick glass containers.” After lots of messy experimenting in their kitchens, they partnered with experts in the freeze-drying organic farming community and launched their first line of products in a Texas store in 2010. Since then they have expanded to grocery stores nation-wide, national big-box retailers and online retailers, but their product goals have remained the same:  to create a product that is Certified Organic, Non-GMO verified, Kosher, perservative-, salt-, sugar- and gluten-free, AND made in the USA!

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NurturMe offers Cereals, Singles, Blends and Snacks. I was sent some Singles, some Blends and some Snacks. I’ll start with the Singles and Blends. The powders can be mixed with water, milk or breast milk to make better baby food, but since my youngest has been over “baby food” for at least a year, I knew I had to get creative in trying these powders. So I used some of their recipe ideas and got to work. First, I tried the Crisp Apple powder added to vanilla yogurt. Unfortunately, the powder didn’t mix in well and so the texture was grainy instead of smooth. The apple taste was great, but the texture was definitely off. My girl “Sunny” wouldn’t eat it. Next, I tried mixing in a Sweet Potato/Raisins/Carrots blend into our Ground Turkey Stroganoff dinner. The kids didn’t seem to notice that the flavor had been altered and ate it just fine. I tasted it and it was good! I could taste a bit of the sweetness from the raisins and sweet potato, but overall it was a good nutritional additive.

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Next we tried the Snacks. They are small bags of premium dried fruits and veggies cut up into tiny, bite-sized pieces. Bountiful Bites (apple, banana, broccoli) was a good combo with its sweet, tart and slightly bitter flavors. We all ate some and really liked it. Happy Harvest (pea, sweet corn, apple) was also a good combo, but the crunchy peas were occasionally too crunchy for my taste. I appreciated the fact that the dried fruit was definitely high-quality; every pea, corn kernel and chunk of apple was perfectly shaped and not wrinkled, shriveled or maimed in any way.

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NurturMe Blends and Snacks definitely seem more geared toward babies, and I don’t know that I would buy the powders just as a nutritional additive for my older kids, but as a substitute for jarred baby food these powders are great. I especially like that they are very portable; you could bring these camping, to the park, on a plane, etc. , and all you would need is some water or milk and you would have a nutritious meal for a baby! NurturMe foods can be purchased online or at select retailers, including Target, nationwide.

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Yummi Pouch {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I couldn’t agree more that no two children are alike.  I’m finding that is more and more the case with my two boys as they grow up.  One of the most obvious divergent characteristics I’ve been picking up on lately is how ‘dependent’ my oldest seems to be, and how ‘independent’ my youngest is.  Child #1 will find a problem, try to tell me what it is, and wait for me to fix it, while Child #2 will dive right in and solve the issue himself.  Feeding is no different.  #1 preferred to be fed for quite a while, but #2 has been grabbing the spoon out of my hand and attempting to feed himself for several months now.  Since he’s not quite a year old yet, there is a LOT of spilled food, splatters, and nasty floors around here!  I have a few friends who really like this plastic and portable food container called Yummi Pouch for its on-the-go usefulness, and since I was able to review several of these pouches, I found them to be the perfect solution for the super-independent baby who wants to feed himself!

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These little pouches are fabulous!  They are reusable and refillable, so a set of six for $14.99 will keep you in business for as long as you’d like.  They are dishwasher safe and can even be put in the freezer.

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They are made of a very sturdy plastic with an intense seal, so you don’t have to worry about any leaking or any explosion out the top.  The pouches expand on the bottom and can hold up to 6oz. To easily expand it, you can blow into the mouth piece with the top sealed or just use your fingers to expand apart.  The pouch can hold probably 3 heaping tablespoons of yogurt, which is just right for the baby.  He LOVES being able to feed himself, and I love that I’m not cleaning up yogurt splatters from him waving a spoon around!  No spoon required!

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The toddler is a big fan as well 🙂 He keeps pulling these out of the cupboards and begging me to fill them with food–yogurt, applesauce, anything squishy…

We took a few of these on our big roadtrip earlier this month, and they were great in the car.

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While I think these pouches are fantastic, what I’m really loving more than anything is this Grass Countertop Drying Rack from Yummi Pouch!

81qQuhRzheL._SL1500_The whole time that “Rocket” was using bottles, I never found a good system for where to place the bottles and tops while they were drying.  They really took over our counter, and since I always needed them accessible, they rarely got put away for long, before I had to pull them out again.  The counters were always soppy, cluttery, and all the plastic really distracted from the clean kitchen I was trying to maintain.

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This grass is the perfect thing for all my assortment of bottles, and SO IDEAL for drying these Yummi Pouches!  When you expand the bottom of the pouches, they can stand up by themselves and generally stay open pretty well by themselves, but I still worry about them drying completely after being washed, so the grass blades on this drying rack keep the pouches open, upside down to drain, and kept in a contained space off my counters!  I’m just so happy to have found a system that works, and I think its kind of fun next to my plants in the kitchen!  It measures a little larger than 9 x 9 inches, and comes in two pieces so you could rinse it off if desired.

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Yummi Pouch has some other way fun and useful “accessories” for your pouches–like useful funnels, markers, and even mustache stickers!  And there is even a Yummi Pouch Kids Boutique with some adorable tutus and leg warmers!

From one mother to another, I will definitely be recommending these to a other mommy friends!  Thanks Yummi Pouch!

TWO winners will each receive a set of 6 Yummi Pouches!

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Little Green Pouch {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I was joking with my husband the other day that it feels like most of my “modern” pregnancy and infant parenting choices are not so modern anymore.  I beg for an epidural when I walk through the door of L&D rather than birthing naturally, I nurse for only a couple of months before switching to formula and bottles, I prefer to have my babies in their own cribs without any blankets or crib bumpers rather than in bed with me, I use disposable diapers, and the list goes on.  The only thing that I’ve done with my boys that is semi-“modern” is make my own baby food.  I LOVED being able to throw fruits and vegetables into the Magic Bullet and come out with great, fresh baby food in just a couple of seconds.  One of my main problems, though, was transporting it and feeding them when we were out of the house.  Frankly, I think this is concern even with store-bought food — it’s just not easy to find a suitable high chair substitute and then to use a spoon with the little containers.

Meet my new favorite modern product, Little Green Pouch!!  The Little Green Pouch is a reusable food pouch that can be filled with healthy foods of your own choosing, that can save money, and that is a green alternative to disposable food pouches.

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I absolutely love these Little Green Pouches!  While their use for baby food is obvious, they are easily used for older kids as well.  I can’t even begin to count the number of times my four-year-old asks for sugar-filled Gogurt or another pricey applesauce pouch after he’s completely downed one in record time.  We’ve used them for our boys (22 months and 4 years old) in the past couple of days, and they work like a charm.

openA friend of mine mentioned that she’s freezed food in them so they can thaw out throughout the day and be ready for lunches or snacks on the go.  These would be perfect to keep food cold in lunch boxes at school or day care.

And, another one of my modern-but-not-modern choices is to use the dishwasher instead of washing by hand, so thank heavens that these Little Green Pouches are dishwasher-safe!

Enter below to win a Little Green Pouch 4-Pack to try at your house!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, March 9th, and emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Little Green Pouch, but all opinions are strictly my own.

41 Meals

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Forty-one.  That’s the number of baby food meals I made over the weekend.

 

It will last Ruby roughly 13.7 days.  Give or take.

Then I’ll just start the process all over again.

You know what I’ll be doing in about 10 days…

 

Do you make your own baby food?  If you do then feel free to share away!  I could use some new recipes to mix it up a bit.  🙂

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