My husband, bless him, took time recently to help me write this handout for dads who are about to find themselves in the world of food allergies.  A dad’s role in helping the mommy deal and investigate food allergies is paramount in the successful healing of your child, and the survival of your marriage. In this handout, we educate you concisely on how your child’s allergies happened, what to look for, how to support your partner, how to heal, and what the long term prognosis is…

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Congrats to my cousin and his wife who just told me they are expecting.  I am so excited for them and can’t wait to be a long distance “Auntie”.  My cousin’s wife asked me for a list of my must have baby items, and here it is: My Top 10 Can’t Live Without Baby Items

A Breastfeeding Resource, an Itzbeen Timer, a Moby Wrap, a cosleeper, the BOB running stroller,the Space Saver High Chair, swaddles, a fire-retardant-free mattress, a food steamer and a hand blender! Read more to see pictures of these items and links on where to buy.

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The holidays are here and if they haven’t been naughty, your kiddos will likely be raking in a few gifts.  Unfortunately, many states do not require retailers to pull recalled toys from their stores shelves. Here are some resources to cross check those new gifts and ensure they are safe for your little one.

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Food: Homemade NT Based Almond Milk
Date Started: 12/21
First Meal: Breakfast
Trial Amounts: 1/4 cup
Trial End: 12/26
Top 8 Allergen: YES

We saw the allergist last week and he’d like to see us get more aggressive with trying new foods, with the goal to be off the Elecare formula ASAP, but definitely by the time the little guy turns 2.  So to get closer to that goal, we are trying out almond milk.

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A little spicy, a little nutty, this dish kicks it up a notch and adds a little Asian flare to your table.

Time: about 45 minutes start to finish

Ingredients:
4 boneless but skin on chicken thighs
1 Pkg rice noodles
4 baby bok choy
1/2 small bag of snap peas or sugar peas
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup coconut milk (or other milk sub)
Cayenne Pepper to taste
1/2 cup thai peanut sauce (like Thai Kitchen’s Peanut Satay Sauce or House of Tsang’s Bangkok Padang Peanut Sauce)
Grapeseed oil
Toasted sesame oil
6 pieces of naturally pickled ginger, plus 2 tsp of ginger juice
1 -2 cups coarse chopped almond meal (like that leftover from making homemade almond milk)

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So last night I began making homemade almond milk.  Why homemade you ask? Well, I know there is a very delicious alternative with Diamond Almond Breeze, but there are added ingredients like Xantham Gum, Carageenan, and other emulsifiers that I don’t know if our son would react to.  Plus, I don’t know how the milk is made and whether they soak the almonds before hand.  I’d rather take the time to make my own and know I did everything to make it digestible and nutrient dense for our little guy.

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Nuture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merriman.  So I will be honest, I was nervous when I read the summary of this book in the Kindle store, which stated our intuition in raising our children is often wrong.  That’s the premise I follow in parenting, listening to my gut and checking that against what is biologically driven and expected (aka monkey parenting).  I really didn’t want to spend my precious free time reading something that told me I was……WRONG! But so far, and I am only 1 chapter in, I am on board and it is a very interesting read.  And so far, I’m not wrong 🙂