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Am I Raising a Baby or an Animal?

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bearHave you ever asked yourself this question about your child? I hope I’m not the only one! I think my son is the cutest thing ever and I love him dearly. But at times, I really wonder if he’s a baby or an animal haha. It’s funny, but when I talk to people who have pets, Joey really does seem to have so much in common with their animals! I guess babies and pets really are quite similar!

I’m not sure exactly when it started, maybe around 6 months old, but Joey figured out how to growl. It’s a crazy, deep growl at times. And rarely is it an angry growl. Instead he growls when he’s excited, when he’s laughing, or even when he wants to show affection. I love his growl, but when he starts to loudly growl as we shop for groceries, I do get quite the stares from those around us!

Growling isn’t the only reason I feel as though Joey’s an animal sometimes. For instance, try feeding him. He grabs the spoon and won’t let go, leading to food being splattered everywhere (I feel like I’m fighting with a dog over a bone with the spoon fights). He loves to bite any type of cloth and carry it around in his mouth. For instance, if I’m folding laundry, he will come over, put a washcloth in his mouth, and carry it away! We find it hilarious, but really, I would expect this more from a puppy than my baby. Oh well, I love him and he’s a happy little guy- even if he does seem to be part animal!

Kitchen Mania Monday: Cinnamon Carrot Sweet Potato Bites

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If your little one is like mine, then he most likely insists on feeding himself. This can be a challenge, especially when trying to get him to eat foods packed full of nutrients. Joey loves pureed vegetables, but he can’t feed them to himself. However, when I give him cut up pieces of some of his favorite vegetables, he tends to stick them in his mouth, suck on them, and then pull them back out (very gross I know!). Most likely he does this since he isn’t fond of the texture of these foods.

 

To help him get in more vegetables and fruits, I have been wracking my brain to come up with healthy finger food recipes that he will like and eat up. One that has been a success is this easy to make recipe. In fact, the whole family really enjoys it! It’s packed full of vitamin A, fiber, and even protein. Give it a try and see if your little one is a fan as well.

 

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes

1 cup fresh or frozen carrots

1 ½ TBS cinnamon

½ cup cottage cheese

¼ cup butter, softened

1/3 cup all purpose flour

2 large eggs

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 F. Clean sweet potatoes, puncture with a fork, and wrap in foil. Place your sweet potatoes in the over for 45-60 minutes, or until soft. Remove from the oven, remove skin, and place insides into a large bowl. Using a fork, mash the sweet potatoes until all the large clumps have been removed.

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Steam carrots until soft. Once soft, place into a food processor and blend until smooth.

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Add the mashed carrots into the sweet potatoes and mix to blend evenly. Add in eggs and mix thoroughly.

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In a food processor or blended, mix together softened butter, cottage cheese, flour, and 1 Tbs cinnamon and blend until smooth. 

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Add blended mixture into vegetables and mix until all ingredients have been evenly distributed.

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Lightly grease a large baking pan. Pour mixture onto pan and using a spatula, evenly spread mixture over the pan. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon on top.

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Bake at 400 F for 35-40 minutes or until edges are light brown and crispy. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and cut into small bite size pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentines Day to all the parents and children out there (and to everyone else as well!). I hope you all get to spend the day with the people you love.

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To celebrate, I thought it would be cute to get a picture of Joey covered in “kisses” (thank you Pinterst for the great ideas!). Unfortunatley, I am not nearly as good of a photographer as many of the great mothers on Pinterest (and my child is not as cooperative as some of the babies either). There were some great moments, but I wasn’t quick enough and only captured a blurry image of them. Oh well, I’ll try again next year!

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For Joey’s Valentine’s Day “treats,” he’s been on a huge freeze-dried fruit kick lately, so I stocked up on some great freeze dried organic berries, apples, and mangos. I also stocked up on his favorite yogurt bites (the Happyyogis, which is one of the only brands I have found that doesn’t have sugar as the first ingredient and contains probiotics).
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He’s a big dark chocolate fan too, so I am sure he will have a little bit, but this way, I will feel good about his “treats” being rich in nutrition and fiber. Now I just have to work on my husband’s idea of a treat LOL!

Friday Fitness Challenge: The 100 push-ups per day challenge!

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So it’s freezing outside, your exhausted, and the last thing you want to do is head out to the gym – sound familiar? If so, try setting a fun fitness challenge for yourself to work on achieving at home. Yes, the gym is great, but it’s not the only place you can get in a productive workout. Working out at home can be great too. And, you can spend the extra time you would have spent in the car driving to the gym working out instead.

Each week, I plan to post a “Friday Fitness Challenge” with a fitness activity I want you to aim to do every day for one week at home (or at the gym). This can be done in addition to your typical workout, or even if it’s the only workout you get for the day, it can still help you to achieve your health and fitness goals.

This week’s challenge: The 100 push-ups per day challenge!

If you’re not a push-up person, thinking of doing 100 a day may scare you, but don’t let it. You don’t have to do 100 all at once. This is a cumulative exercise goal for the day. What I love about pushups is even though they seem like an arm-only exercise, they really help to give your whole body a workout. Doing a push-up with correct form helps to strengthen and tone your chest, back, triceps, core, and even your glutes and quads.

For this challenge, start out by doing ten sets of 10 pushups a day. Do 2 sets when you first get up in the morning, 2 sets around your lunch time, an afternoon set, 2 sets before dinner, a set after dinner, and a set before bed. BAM! 100 pushups- done!

Or, if you can, do 20 at once. 2 sets in the morning, 2 at lunch, one at dinner- done!

It’s that easy! If you need to, start by doing knee pushups, which are still a great way to work your upper body and core. After 7 days, you may find yourself being able to do full pushups without a problem as well.

How do you plan to complete your #100PushupPerDay Challenge?

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