Saturday, 28 March 2015

My accident and life now

It's been pretty quiet around here lately and today I'm going to explain why. I've written this post in my head a few times and I know I'm not going to edit it. I'm just going to write. It may be very stream of consciousness so bear with me. It will also be very text heavy.

This post is very personal and very raw. Everything is new and the emotions I'm sharing are real. This is my life now. It's something my family and I have to adjust to. 


This post is something I have gone back and forth with whether I should share it or not or how to. In the end, maybe it can help someone, maybe you're interested to know what happened... so for better or worse, I'm going to share this with you. 


I do ask one thing from those of you that read this: this is a hard post to write filled with many emotions and personal topics. Please, please, please keep your comments (if you choose to leave them) kind and appropriate. Thank you so much in advance!


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Africa themed practical life and fine motor activities for toddlers

Mr. Toddler had so much fun exploring Africa in the month of February. I am so excited to finally share the works that we had on our shelves with you today! We kept these works up for quite a bit of time in comparison to our usual shelf rotation. The reason being that Mr. Toddler just loved them!  

I do want to point that these works accompanied our Africa themed printables - all of which are linked at the bottom of this post. These were 'inspired' by Africa (a large continent with a rich history and just tons of topics to cover) and were a very fun and simple way to start delving into the topic with my toddler. 

Toddler Activities: Africa inspired Montessori activities #toddleractivities, #montessoriactivities

Thursday, 12 March 2015

How to make your own baby food

I am so excited to be sharing something very special today - a guest post by a lovely Mommy Blogger - Flora who writes over at Just a Stay At Home Mom

Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood

DIY baby food – easy!


I know some parents think that making their own baby food is too much work, but I have found that with about an hour of work on a Saturday or Sunday, I can have great, healthy food for my little man for at least a few weeks. Totally worth it! 

Here are some ideas for making your own baby food for 6-18 month olds! 

6-9 months-old: Pureed mixtures


These are easy to defrosted and spoon feed to baby. 

Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood

Squash/Carrot/Apple



  • Cut an acorn squash in half, brush with 1tbs olive oil on the open side, and place open-side down onto a rimmed baking sheet for 30 min.  Let cool. Then cut into 1-inch pieces (they don’t have to be perfect).
  • Steam 2 peeled carrots and 2 apples until very soft.  Let cool.  Then cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Use a food processor or whatever type of food mixer you have to puree the squash and carrot mixture.  I used homemade bone broth as the liquid to thin the mixture to the consistency I wanted, but you can use any kind of broth you’d like.  Some people choose to include some coconut oil or ghee as well, so there is some fat to help your little one digest the veggies better. 
  • Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.  I then usually take the cubes out of the tray and store them in a zip lock bag, so I can have the ice cube trays ready when I want to make my next batch.
  • Just take 2-4 cubes out of the freezer each night, for using the next day and they are presto ready when it’s time for a meal!

Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood

Other items to prep and freeze in ice cube trays:


Apple sauce homemade, peas, green beans, applesauce and quinoa or even liver! I pureed liver with stock and surprisingly my son loves to eat is just slightly defrosted (and it’s super healthy!).

9-14 months: Squeeze Packets and small diced veggies


Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood

Squeeze Packets are SUPER easy to make. You can learn all the steps here!

Just a few ideas for Packets include:

  • Smoothie: Whole milk, Greek Yogurt, Frozen fruit, coconut oil (to help digestion), and I sneak in some cooked beets.
  • Carrots, Butternut squash and coconut oil
  • Quinoa and applesauce
  • Chicken, apples, and yams


Veggie suggestions


Carrots, beets, squash (acorn or butternut), zucchini, celery, apples (can add a bit of sweet to the veggie mixes). 

Diced veggies


  • Place 1 tbs olive oil in a large frying pan, on medium-high heat.  
  • Dice 1-2 cups of any veggies you’d like and place them in the frying pan.  
  • Sauté for about 3 minutes and then add 1-2 cups bone marrow stock or any stock you would like (the same amount as the veggies you are using).
  • Let simmer on low for 20 minutes until the veggies are very soft (the softer the better for our little ones). 
  • Let cool.  
  • Spread them out on a plate with wax paper and place them in the freezer. 
  • Within about 2 hours, you should be able to put them in a plastic bag, so they are ready when needed.
  • Take 2 tbsp of the veggies out of the freezer each night, for using the next day and they are presto ready when it’s time for a meal! 


Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood


Sometimes my little man likes to eat them slightly frozen, so if you want to just soften them, you can place a handful of the veggies in a container with warm water covering them for about 4 minutes, and they can be served partially frozen (especially great if your little one is teething)! 

Connect with Flora 


Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood



Flora from 'Just' a Stay-at-Home Mom is a new post-career SAHM, living in Bozeman, Montana. She shares stories and ideas from parenting with a Montessori and Positive Discipline inspired perspective. Also, she loves DIY projects and finding great ways to use thrift store or hand-made toys for her little one.


Homemade Baby Food by Just a Stay At Home Mom featured on Welcome to Mommyhood! Here are some fabulous recipes and TIPS for making and storing homemade baby food! This guide is a fabulous way to make sure that your littlest ones start eating healthy from the start! #homemadebabyfood, #babyfoodrecipes, #howtomakebabyfood

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