Easiest baby costume ever!

Whether it’s trick or treating, trunk or treating or just a neighborhood Halloween Party, easy is what I need. Yes, those wriggly, squiggly babies can be tough to chase down or hold down to dress up for this fabulous Halloween holiday so I definitely needed a costume that my three month old could be a part of but not annoyed by. 

We are that family for sure. The ones that will try to pick a theme and go for it on Halloween. So when my son saw the storm trooper of course we were on board. 

You might be that Pinterest mom that loves to sew but I’m more of a mom that can piece a costume together and after looking at what we had I and costume pieces online I realized three things:

1. Baby costumes never fit just right. Unless you are sewing one to the exact measurements of your baby out of comfy material or piecing it together out of their current wardrobe it will be too big or too small and definitely not look like it looks on the image. And finding something that can be converted to the star wars theme is way harder than it looks. 

2. Screaming babies are not fun while trick or treating with two other kids. So make the costume count if you are planning on walking around. 

3. Carrying a small baby is a great option since I need two hands for my other two kids. So a baby carrier is a must. 

I looked online to try to find that uncomfortable baby costume that would be visible and o think Google knew just what I needed when it populated dog costumes even though we don’t have any pets. 

  
Funny I thought so I went over to my local baby wearing Facebook page to see what folks were doing. 

Yes, I found my solution that Google had already showed me. The dog costume!!! Dog costumes in size XL fit perfectly over the back of the baby carrier. PetCo R2D2 costume link.  Mine in this case was an Ergo. The carrier straps went through the hood and arm holes and the baby never knows the difference. The baby can wear their regular comfy perfect fitting clothes while going along for the ride as a contributing costume member. 

  

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Whipped Banana Graham

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The best 3 minute snack for after school. Whipped banana Graham’s are the perfect for a more healthy sweet snack time. My kids wanted a sweet treat and so I went to the refrigerator and the pantry.

I was thinking about banana cream pie for some reason and also just discovered that whipped cream had less than 2g of sugar per serving. And thus the whipped banana graham was conceived. Needless to say my kids loved it!

Whipped banana graham

1-2 bananas

1 can of spray whipped cream

1 package of graham crackers

Slice bananas into 1/2 inch slices. Break graham crackers in half. Spray whip cream on top of each of the banana slices so the cookie doesn’t get soggy. Assemble by setting the whipped topped banana on the graham cracker. Serve and enjoy immediately.

Note: bananas will turn brown and the whipped cream will liquify if not enjoyed immediately.

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Gluten Free Cheerios are here!

Have you heard about the new Gluten Free Cheerios? Living Gluten Free can be a challenge. But breakfast just got easier. As a kid I loved Cheerios whether with bananas or strawberries or even just plain.
I was so happy when I went to Costco and the Honey Nut Cheerios I usually buy my kids now had a gluten free emblem on it!!! I thought maybe I was mistaken so when I got home I put the boxes side by side and sure enough they are now gluten free. I can enjoy Honey Nut Cheerios Gluten Free now with my kids instead of buying two different cereals. Here is the side by side view of the old and the new.

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What’s the difference between Gluten Free Cheerios and Cheerios? The difference between the marked and unmarked boxes is that the boxes with the Gluten-free seal means that the product was produced in a facility that is completely free of any ingredient that could contain gluten. Many times facilities produce more than one item and there is cross contamination. The item after produced is then tested for gluten. To be certified it must be free from any gluten.

Where to buy Gluten Free Cheerios:
-Kroger
-Publix
-Whole Foods
-Costco
-VICS IGA

Glutino Fluffy Pancake Mix Gluten Free Giveaway

I am happy to offer a Glutino Gluten-free giveaway! Gluten free eating can be just as confusing and frustrating as learning a foreign language. I love pancakes and finding gluten-free pancakes that have the nutritional value, flavor and texture I would like. I recently tried Glutino Fluffy pancake mix. At first I was off put by the initial flavor without syrup. It wasn’t as sweet as the Pamela’s Pancake and baking mix. So what did I think?.

Glutino Fluffy Pancake Mix has more nutritional packed ingredients than other brands. They have added fiber to the pancake as a lot of gluten free options are low in fiber. After dressing up my pancakes they were a “healthy” tasting option. It was not sweet like my favorite Pamela’s but I did find that they were filling and I didn’t have to eat as many to feel satisfied. The texture was just a little drier than other brands and I did have to use more syrup but it didn’t bother me.

I had a lot of left over pancakes so I popped them in a Ziploc freezer bag and a few days later I pulled a few out and tossed them in a 350 degree oven to warm them and enjoyed them again. I actually preferred them more after they were frozen.

Sure, I would buy them again for a healthier pancake option but don’t take my word for it but try them yourself by entering to win a free glutino product below. I was not compensated in any way for my review and the comments are my opinion based on trying the product.

Click below on “Raffelcopter Giveaway” to enter and comment on the blog for an additional entry:

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Introducing the new LulaRoe Classic Tee, LulaRoe Perfect Tee, LulaRoe Jade Leggings, and LulaRoe Jordan Leggings

I can’t wait for the LulaRoe Classic Tee and the LulaRoe Perfect Tee especially since I love the LulaRoe Randy Tee and the LulaRoe Irma. After being introduced to LulaRoe and their buttery soft leggings I couldn’t believe I actually found comfortable clothes that I could wear pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and post pregnancy. Now those leggings I love come in a yoga band to make them extra comfy for the changes.

I didn’t think it could get any better, but recently they revealed the LulaRoe Classic Tee, the LulaRoe Perfect Tee, The LulaRoe Jade capri length leggings, and the LulaRoe Jordan leggings. So what’s the big deal? Well, now there are more styles to mix and match with your favorite leggings, skirts or dresses. Whether you are an xxs like me or a 2X like my aunt there is something for everyone.  Here is a sneak peak of the pictures.

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The release date has not been set but the excitement surrounding these new items is already creating a buzz. And pictures are out.  Which one is right for you? That’s the wonderful thing about LulaRoe, you can order online or you can contact a boutique owner and they will come and set up a pop-up boutique shopping experience for you and your friends at your house. I don’t sell LulaRoe but I will say it is addicting. And if you don’t want to cry always wash LulaRoe on delicate or hand wash cycles in cold and hang or lay flat to dry. It’s worth the extra care to keep them soft and lovable.

My Kid Rockin’ Rice Recipe

I admit I was raised as a minute rice kid. What does that mean? Anytime we had rice it was from a box that said it would cook in five minutes or less. It was 12 years ago that I started the mostly Gluten-free journey for my threshold sensitivity to flour. It was the closest diet change I could make that would help. Yes, it helped that I lived abroad in Uruguay for a year and a half and had some amazing rice and that I knew a lot of Mexico natives after being raised in California, and then working for a Japanese restaurant to add a lot of rice to my diet instead of pasta.

I learned rice is very versatile and can be cooked a variety of ways. Did you know that most French don’t even measure out water to rice but fill up a large pot and boil however much they desire in it for 25 minutes and drain it and serve? Then you have the Italian Risotto that can take forever to cook but boy is the texture amazing and creamy after adding hot broth constantly during cooking. Yes, I owned a really nice rice cooker (a wedding gift from my restaurant buddies that came with a huge bag of rice as well) and had many epic fails to find the perfect rice.

Now my kids love rice but are pretty picky as far as flavor, salinity and texture. This simple recipe finally came after many conversations with different people and ethnicities and lots of batches of rice and combinations for my kids to love and enjoy. Remember rice absorbs flavor exceptionally well so feel free to add “extras” once you get used to what your family likes, or remove ingredients like garlic if your family isn’t a fan. I mean my italian great aunt couldn’t stand the taste of garlic…so use your culinary judgment. On my rice journey I ended up going through the bag of rice that was our wedding gift and buying a huge bag of Jasmine Rice from Costco.  The quality and price of the rice is fantastic. Remember this is not a brown rice recipe. Cook times vary based on brown vs. white rice, long grain vs short grain, and par-boiled.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Jasmine Rice

2 Cups of Water

1 Tbsp of Canola Oil

3 Chicken Bouillon Cubes

1 minced or crushed clove of Garlic

Put pot of medium heat with the 1 tbsp of canola oil. Add the 3 chicken bouillon cubes and smash in the oil. Reduce heat to low and add the garlic and the Jasmine rice. Turn heat to medium and stir until the rice is coated and looks slightly clear. Add the 2 cups of water to the mixture. Cover and turn heat to high. Once water appears to boil (about 3 minutes) reduce heat to low and set timer on 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Serve as a side dish or main dish.

Now variations of this recipe include adding onion during the sauté stage and or substituting tomato sauce for a portion of the liquid to give the rice the red Mexican rice look. This rice, once it’s been cooled, may also be made into fried rice by sautéing in a pan with some canola oil, soy sauce and vegetables. Want to make it for stir fry you can even add a little ginger to the rice, or for tacos we have been known to add taco seasoning with the bouillon cubes. Have fun and remember that in 30 minutes even without a rice cooker you can have delicious rice. Your kids will love you and you will be the super rockin’ mom chef you hope to be.