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Family Matters: Leaving Your Toddler with a Caregiver


Leaving Your Toddler with a CaregiverHow do you know if your toddler is ready for a Mother’s Day Out or preschool program?

Well, kids show readiness in different ways. Does your toddler socialize and thrive in play groups? If so, they might be ready for a Mother’s Day Out program one or two days a week.

Is your toddler shy and quiet? He might also benefit from some socialization with other kids one or two days a week to start.

Start by visiting the facility you’re considering for his first away-from-home experience. Make sure it’s clean, friendly and that the teachers gel with your desired attributes. Find out how they discipline and what kind of snacks they offer. Also, ask about the daily schedule and routine, and make sure the facility is licensed.

Let your child interact in the room. It’s fine if he doesn’t seem thrilled at first; chances are great that he’ll warm up to it.

You might have to visit more than once before you leave him for the first time.

The first time my son stayed with another caregiver, it was in a childcare center at our local gym. I wanted to work out. It turns out that my workout for that day was going up the stairs to the gym before I was called back to childcare to pick up my crying toddler. We tried again the next day and the next. It took him about 3 weeks to be able to stay there for an hour. Then, he became the kid who didn’t want to leave when I arrived to pick him up. Point being, it might take a little work on your part, but your child will likely learn to love his playtime with friends.



Family Matters: Traveling with Baby


Traveling with BabyTraveling with a more alert baby can be a challenge at times. They love new scenery and adventures, but they don’t have quite the tolerance for it that adults have.

If you’re driving, make sure baby can see out the window. He’ll like to watch the trees go by. Pack a bag full of his favorite toys; he’ll need them for distraction on a road trip. If baby is eating solids, pack some of his favorite snacks. Who doesn’t love a car snack? Make sure you have his favorite blanket or stuffed toy for the car, as well. You might find that baby loves to hear his favorite music on the car stereo system or to see a familiar video on your car entertainment center. Mom and Dad might grow weary of Baby Einstein playing, but it sure beats a squalling baby. Make sure you have plenty of water, milk or juice so that he stays hydrated. Stop frequently if you need to. Bring a picnic blanket for the lawn at a safe rest stop or other area, so baby can move around a little when you stop.

If you’re flying, don’t forget that bag of toys! Baby wants to move around and wiggle, but there’s not much room for him to do so on an airplane. For his sanity and yours, you might want to consider getting him his own seat. That gives him a little more room to spread out (or to lay down if he has to nap). Baby books and toys like beads, rings or anything else that is attached and can’t be easily lost are great options. Bring his favorite snacks and plenty of fluids to keep him hydrated.



Family Matters: Traveling with a Newborn


Traveling with a NewbornSummer means vacation, even when you have a new little one!

Traveling with baby doesn’t have to be hard, but it does take some planning.

If you’re driving with your infant, consider a pull-down shade for the window closest to baby’s seat (that should be right behind the driver). Baby’s sensitive skin can get sunburned through the glass of the window. Make sure you’re diaper bag is well-stocked with all the essentials you’ll need in the car, including extra diapers and wipes, a bag for disposing of dirties, a burp cloth, formula and bottles if your baby uses them, a pacifier if needed, infant Tylenol and any other medications your baby takes, a teething toy, and a familiar blanket or lovey.

Baby might be comforted by having a parent ride in the back seat with him, at least during portions of the trip. Don’t be tempted to take your baby out and hold him if the vehicle is in motion. If your baby is fussy and upset, stop at a restaurant or safe rest stop where you can get out, stretch your legs and get baby some fresh air.

If you are flying, pack all of the above in a diaper bag. Consider feeding your baby during takeoff and landing, as pressure changes can hurt their ear drums. Keep a pacifier on hand to give them something to suck on as well, for the same reason. Try to schedule flights during your baby’s naptime; he might sleep the entire flight. If you are carrying a car seat with you for your destination, make sure it is properly installed in your vehicle after you arrive.



Mi Blog Hispano: La Avena – Un Desayuno Nutritivo


La Avena – Un Desayuno NutritivoAl pasar los años nos damos cuenta que nuestros cuerpos necesitan menos azucares y más proteínas y comidas saludables.  Dejamos los cereales dulces y decidimos por algo más nutritivo como avena o oatmeal, como le dicen en inglés.

De chica nunca me gusto comer avena.  Mi mama la hacía y llegue a probarla, pero simplemente no me gustaba.  Me quede con la idea de que la avena no tenía sabor.

Hace poco vino a visitarme mi hermana con su familia y compre avena porque les gusta comerla.  Ya que se fueron, quedaron algunos paquetitos.  Una mañana andaba a la carrera y con hambre.  Vi aquellos paquetitos y decidí hacerme una avena por lo rápido que es, y ¿qué creen?  ¡Me encanto!  Me quede pensando cuanto tiempo dure sin comer esta deliciosa y simple comida.  Ahora la como casi todos los días por la mañana, y vieran lo bien que me siento.  Les ofrezco a mis hijas pero no les gusta, y me recuerdan a mí cuando era chica.  Les digo que no saben de lo que se pierden, y que un día les va a encantar.

La avena es una comida bastante simple y sencilla de preparar, y tiene unos beneficios tremendos.  Ayuda a adelgazar, ayuda al corazón, contiene fibra, disminuye los niveles de colesterol y azúcar en la sangre, y algunos estudios enseñan que hasta nos protege contra el cáncer.  Al conocer esto de la avena decidí hacer un cambio y desayunar avena entre semana.  Yo compro la avena instantánea (Instant Oatmeal) de marca Brookshire’s por que esta sabrosa, viene en diferentes sabores, también porque me sale más barata que las marcas populares.  Mi esposo también empezó a comerla más.  A él le encanta agregarle nueces y plátanos para darle un poco más de saborcito.

Les recomiendo comer más avena para ayudar a cuidar su salud.



Shop the Sale: Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken


Grilled Honey-Lime ChickenOne of the easiest things to do for dinner in the summertime is to throw some chicken on the grill!

It’s even tastier if you’ve marinated it overnight. This is a great recipe for an evening after a long Monday. I make it up on Sunday afternoon and leave it in the refrigerator until I need to grill it on Monday night. The only prep work you have to do on Monday is throw together a few side dishes (hello, baked potatoes and salad).

The lime juice is a wonderful acidic touch to the sweetness of the honey in this dish. I love adding heat to sweet, so I added the Sriracha to the marinade. You don’t have to include it, but I think it adds a depth of flavor that really complements the chicken.

Brookshire’s Combo Packs of chicken are on sale this week. Since this recipe doesn’t call for a specific piece of chicken, it’s perfect and definitely will please everyone in your family. Bone-in chicken is great for the grill because the bones help keep the juices in the meat somehow. Maybe it’s magic or maybe it’s the marinade, but it’s delicious anyway.

Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken

Ingredients:
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs Sriracha
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 lbs Brookshire’s Chicken Breasts, Thighs, Wings and Legs, skin removed

Directions:
Mix lime juice, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, Sriracha, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper in a gallon-sized zip-top lock bag. Add the chicken, and place in the refrigerator. Marinate a minimum of 3 hours up to overnight.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill each side of the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked through and juices run clear.

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 410, Calories from Fat: 75, Fat: 8 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 140 mg, Sodium: 731 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 28 g, Protein: 53 g.

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Healthy Living: Pokemon Go


Pokemon GoYes, yes, I know people have fallen down cliffs, tripped on snakes and stepped out into traffic, but we have common sense and know how to take advantage of a gaming app that gets you out and moving.

Pokemon Go, if somehow you haven’t heard of it, is an app for your phone where you chase Pokemon figures to different locations and “catch” them, earning points, fighting battles, gaining strength and moving ahead to win the game.

Emphasis on moving.

No matter the downsides to the game (because some people can make anything good bad), this is a great way to get out and active with your kids.

I went out with my kids the other evening (supervision is key because no one wants their kids wandering around alone). We ended up walking five miles that night, just chasing little animated critters. While we were out (our local park and running trail seemed to have a lot of things to catch!), we saw lots of other families out chasing Pokemon. Not only were they out walking, but they were talking, laughing, joking and having fun. Yes, we also saw people with their faces buried in their electronic devices, but they were still out walking.

We found several landmarks in our town that we didn’t know existed, including a beautiful fountain that we pegged as a great location for a future picnic.

It was fun. We laughed a lot, and we walked a lot. We got moving as a family and had a good time. That was a win in my book.



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Food Storage Containers


Brookshire’s Food Storage ContainersYesterday, I cleaned out my container cabinet. You know, the one just to the right of the sink, on the bottom, in the corner, with loads of space and easy access to the food storage containers stored there?

Yeah. Right.

Things had hit critical mass in my house.

The cabinet doors were only held closed by the firm bump of a hip and the push of a knee. When we did venture to open them, an avalanche of containers came tumbling out. I decided it was time to put an end to the chaos.

I dutifully removed all containers from the cabinet, sorted them by size, and then matched them to their lids. Well, I matched some of them to their lids. After that, there was a pile of random food storage container bottoms with an even larger pile of plastic lids that did not match anything in my house.

In addition, most of the storage containers were not a practical size anyway!

Torn by my desire to be frugal and my desire not to have a cabinet that exploded every time I opened it, I culled the pieces that didn’t have matches, and I found uses for some of them in other places, like outside in the garage to hold gardening gloves, hooks and nails, or in the “craft closet” to hold yarn, paints and tubes of glitter.

The others, well, they just went into the trash.

Then, it was off to Brookshire’s for new sets of clean, matching food storage containers. The quart-sized are my favorite; that seems to be the size we need most.

Brookshire’s Food Storage Containers are stackable (or, if you’re like me, you can just put the lid right back on them so it doesn’t get lost. It doesn’t store as efficiently, but at least the lid hasn’t gone rogue to the pantry somewhere). They are dishwasher-safe (yay!), and they keep leftovers fresh for days on end.

They’re priced exactly right for replacing the hodgepodge of mess under your cabinets, while still being frugal.

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Dine In: Meatball Bundles


Meatball Bundles‘Twas the night before vacation, and since we were getting up at 3am to catch an early flight out of Texas, dinner had to be quick and easy, and we couldn’t leave any leftovers sitting in the refrigerator because ain’t nobody got time to clean fuzzy food out of a refrigerator when they get home from vacation. Not to mention, while we were on last year’s vacation, my air conditioner stopped working, so we were dealing with that when we got home. The year before, the power had gone out in the house for almost a day, so ALL the contents of the refrigerator had to be relocated to the large, green can outside. That’s not a pleasant way to come home from vacation.

Anyway, dinner the night before vacation has to be easy, and it has to be eaten in its entirety.

This recipe is just the thing. I guarantee you that there won’t be a crumb leftover.

Meatball Bundles

Ingredients:
12 oz can Pillsbury Homestyle Butter Tastin’ Refrigerated Biscuits
8 large precooked Italian-style meatballs
1 cup marinara sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
4 Tbs butter, melted
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray liberally with nonstick cooking spray. Warm meatballs in microwave until lukewarm, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove biscuits from can, and flatten each into a 4-inch round.
Spread each round with a heaping tablespoon of marinara. Top with about 2 tablespoons cheese, and then place a meatball on top. Wrap the dough around the meatball mixture; press edges together to seal.

Place seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with all biscuits and meatballs.

In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Drizzle on top of each biscuit. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden-brown. Serve immediately with more marinara for dipping, if desired.

Makes 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 505, Fat: 32 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 1242 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 28 g.

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Shop the Sale: Grilled Chicken Peach Salad


Grilled Chicken Peach SaladSummer is prime time for a salad supper, which is super easy when Fresh Express Salad mixes are on sale this week at Brookshire’s. For $6, you get three bags of crisp, fresh lettuce mixes, and you have the base for three fabulous summer salads.

I love to offer this meal at parties. Make up three salads, and let guests mix and match. It keeps guests cool and keeps prep work simple.

I was picking up a few Fresh Express salad mixes recently when a Brookshire’s employee in the produce department gave me a helpful tip.

When buying Fresh Express salad mixes, choose the flattest bags. That means most of the air was squeezed out of them at processing for the crispest, freshest leaves inside.

Thanks for that!

Grilled Chicken Peach Salad

Ingredients:

MARINADE:
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts 

VINAIGRETTE:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

SALAD:
10 oz Fresh Express Spring Mix or Spinach
1 lb peaches, sliced (about 3 small)
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup) and soaked in ice water for 30 minutes to remove harshness
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Directions:
For the marinade, whisk olive oil, basil, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl, muddling the basil as you stir to help flavor seep from the leaves.

Place chicken breasts between sheets of waxed paper, and pound each to about 1-inch uniform thickness. Place chicken breasts in a zipper-lock bag, and pour marinade over chicken. Place bag with chicken in refrigerator, and let it marinade at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest. When chicken is well-cooled, slice into strips or dice.

Blend all vinaigrette ingredients well. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. This can be made ahead of time.

In a large serving bowl, toss Spring Mix, peaches, pecans, onions and chicken together. Sprinkle with vinaigrette, and top with goat cheese. Serve immediately.

Serves 5

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 534, Fat: 37 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 215 mg, Carbohydrates: 16.5 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 12 g, Protein: 36 g.

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Healthy Living: Disinfecting Wipes


Disinfecting WipesA few years ago, I was working in an office when pretty much everyone contracted the flu.

Not the “Oh, I have the flu” because your stomach got upset one night flu but the diagnosed, Type A flu that you need rest and a couple of days off of work.

Did my co-workers take those days off? No, they did not. Major pet peeve. Don’t even get me started. The flu spread around the office like wildfire. I was lucky enough, at the time, to have my own office with a door that closed, and I took full advantage of that closed door; let me tell you. When people, sick people, did come into my office, I’d whip out my container of disinfectant wipes and wipe down everything that person had touched: the chair, my desk, a pen, even the door knobs, door casings and the door itself.

I did not get the flu.

Disinfectant wipes are a great product to keep in your car, your office, your house and even your purse because who loves to touch the handle of grocery carts after 79 other people have handled them that day, maybe even after blowing their nose or shaking hands with a person who was sick.

At home, I also wipe down everything after someone in my family has been sick.

At work, I wipe frequently because I just don’t always have control over who comes into my office. Besides, for my day job, a lot of kids come through my office who have serious illnesses. I want to protect them, too.

Disinfectant wipes come in handy dispensers or travel packs for places like your car or your purse.

Pick some up today, and grab an extra package or two to send to school with your child.

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