Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cool Kids Clothes

Hands down the cutest baby pants for boys or girls. They're handmade and available here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cool Kids' Room Decor

I don't know why all the murals for babies' rooms are so "precious."  I'm not into it.  Besides the vintage-looking photos I posted earlier, I also love these posters from the Ashes and Snow exhibit, for either a boy's or girl's room.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Design Your Own Baby Shoes

The coolest shoes I've seen are French, and totally vegan. Canvas ballerinas and slip-on tennies by Ben Simon are available here.

If you buy leather shoes for your baby, there are other options besides Robeez. At moxiesbabyshoes.com you can design your own, right down to the color(s) and style. There is also an option to personalize with your child's name and/or a decal.

For girls, my favorite shoes are the Baby Bloch ballerina slippers. Somewhat hard to find online, Garnet Hill seems to have the most in stock.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Healthy and Easy Mac and Cheese

There is no doubt what my daughter's favorite food is; she likes mac and cheese better than anything else she's tried.  So, rather than fight it, I'm trying to work it.  Tonight, I made her favorite with a twist.  It ended up looking very green, but she scarfed it down like she hadn't eaten in a week.


Annie's Organic Deluxe Mac and Cheese made with whole wheat shells
Flax seed or Omega 3 oil
Nutritional yeast
A few leaves of kale, stemmed and chopped up in the food processor

First, prepare the mac and cheese as directed.  Then, drizzle flax seed oil on top, along with some nutritional yeast.  To top it all off, put 2 or 3 tablespoons of chopped up kale (chopped in the food processor) on the top.  (This amount was for Isla's tiny-sized serving.  Adjust the amount of kale to taste, and stir the rest of the kale in with the leftover pasta to eat yourself.)  

Banana-Kale Muffins

Inspired by my visit to the Little Woods Pre-School Food Fair, and the muffins we tried there, I made up a new recipe this evening to sneak some healthy into yummy foods for my husband and daughter.  Actually, "sneak" isn't a good word, because I'm trying to encourage Isla to like foods like kale by preparing them in a way that's kid-friendly.  These muffins taste like dessert, but are a much healthier option:


one bunch organic kale
three or four small organic carrots
three very ripe organic bananas
one cup organic whole wheat flour
one tablespoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon nutmeg
big dollop of organic plain yogurt
one free-range organic egg
sesame seeds (1/4 cup or so)
one tablespoon baking soda
one tablespoon baking powder
one dollop organic honey
1/4 cup or so organic canola oil

pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
in a food processor, chop up the bunch of kale (after removing stems), the carrots, and the banana.  
put all three in a large bowl
dump in the other ingredients
mix by hand until blended
drop in greased cupcake pans (I use the mini kind)
bake until done - approx 10-14 minutes

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fall Sweaters

Looking for a new favorite sweater for your little one? My top two sources are Craft Junkie Creations and The Anecdotes.