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Family Matters: Getting a New Pet


Last week, we got a cat, and my dog, Astro, isn’t very happy about it.

Well, Astro WOULD be happy about it, but the cat, Carl, isn’t about to make friends with my dog. In fact, Carl has pretty much come in and taken over.

So, Astro has been feeling a little left out.

When I was in Brookshire’s recently, I decided that Astro needed a treat. I grabbed some Milk-Bone® Original Biscuits for Large Dogs and brought them home for Astro.

Not only do they clean his teeth and freshen his breath, but their satisfying crunch and 12 vitamins and minerals are things that I can feel good about giving my big dog, while indulging him in a treat that makes him feel special and loved.

Astro got his treat while sitting in his special chair – no cats allowed.



Family Matters: Tippy Toes Puffed Snacks


The latter half of your baby’s first year is about the time they will start to gobble everything in sight! At least, that was the case with my boys (and wait until the teenage years, but that’s another blog post!).

Tippy Toes by Top Care for Brookshire’s makes a line of baby’s first foods that I could feel good about giving my boys. I loved to make homemade baby foods with fresh, organic foods from the produce department, but it wasn’t always practical to have a refrigerated, vacuum-sealed jar of homemade food with me. It was practical and easy to have a canister of Puffed Snacks!

These little snacks are good first foods because they’re easy for your little one to pick up, encouraging fine motor skills. They’re fun for baby to eat on his own, keeping him entertained and giving him a sense of accomplishment. They come in blueberry, strawberry-apple and banana flavors, and puffed snacks are made with whole-grains and no artificial flavors.

They’re easily portable and great for on-the-go!



Family Matters: Tippy Toes by Top Care Baby Wipes


When my boys were babies, wipes were the No. 1 item I felt that I needed 24/7.

I needed them for diaper changes, of course, but I also needed them for spit-up emergencies, for quick “sponge” (ie, wipe) baths, for meal clean-ups, for a quick refresher (especially for my summertime baby) and for ME when I needed a quick clean-up as well.

Baby wipes came in handy as the baby grew, too, because the messes just seemed to get bigger as they did. If I’m being 100 percent honest, I still have a package of baby wipes in my purse, and my babies are now 13 and 15 years old. There’s nothing better for a quick clean-up!

Back to babies, Brookshire’s Tippy Toes by Top Care Baby Wipes are gentle on your baby’s skin. They are soft, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic and alcohol-free, so I always felt good that my boys’ bottoms – and other parts – were well-protected. The Tippy Toes line features scented, unscented and sensitive products, so you can choose what’s best for your baby.



Family Matters: Brookshire’s Milk


After your baby’s first year of life, they can probably safely switch to cow’s milk (check with your pediatrician for his guidelines, and watch your baby for signs of allergies or sensitivities.)

Brookshire’s brand milk comes from their dairy close to home, so it’s getting to your stores at the peak of freshness.

My younger son used to go through a gallon of milk a day, it seemed. He loved it so much, and it was so good for his growing bones and teeth. Whole milk supplies crucial vitamin D and calcium, and it is important to the development of not only strong bones and teeth but brain cells, too!

Start to introduce your baby to whole milk by adding a small part to his pumped breast milk or formula to see how he tolerates it. Gradually increase the amount of whole milk until it replaces the breast milk or formula entirely.



Family Matters: Kids and Books


Yesterday, we cleaned out a spare room in our house, as it was way overdue for a thorough cleaning.

We had a wonderful trip down memory lane as we did so, boxing up what turned out to be hundreds of books from my boys’ childhoods.

My sons are 13 and 15 now, and we still had bookshelves full of toddler, preschool and elementary school readers that they loved. We had fun talking about the countless hours we’d spend flipping through picture books, reading chapter books, sounding out words as they learned to read, and talking about the imaginary endings they’d make up for some of their favorite stories.

Books were such a big part of their childhood, and it was a little sad to pack so many away. Both boys still read, although mostly for school these days. I have high hopes that all the hours spent with a book in the early days will circle back around, and they’ll read for pleasure when they have more free time.

We sorted the books into piles. Each son got a pile of books that were given to them with special messages written inside from grandparents, aunts and uncles. Then, childhood favorites were added to those piles. “Frog and Toad” for one son, all the hardback Dr. Seuss classics for the other. We boxed those up and put their names on them.

We also made another pile of childhood classics from our shelves, some of which were mine as a child, that we’d keep at my house, and maybe their children can enjoy someday when they come to visit. We boxed those up and labeled them as books to save.

After that, we still had almost 200 books left. We boxed those up, and I made a post on social media about “books free to a good home.” The first respondent claimed them and picked them up two hours later. Those books are now at home with two more little boys on their shelves and hopefully will provide hours and hours of enjoyment, just as they did for mine.

There’s nothing better than a good book for imagination and relaxation. Maybe visit the local library, little library, second-hand bookstore or a yard sale soon to see what treasures you can find.



Family Matters: Foraging Treats for Pet Rodents


While searching for treats for small pets, I came across an absolutely ingenious idea that is not only a food reward for your small rodent (rat, mouse, guinea pig) but also a great foraging activity as well.

Start with a bell pepper. Cut a small hole in the side, leaving the top intact. Remove seeds and pith through the hole. Stuff the bell pepper with a few baby carrots, some 2-inch sections of celery, some sugar snap peas and chunks of the removed piece of bell pepper. Hang the stuffed pepper from a string in your rodent’s habitat, and let him forage in it to get his treats. Remove when vegetables begin to get limp, before they spoil.

 

TIP: Only offer this treat on an occasional basis, as too many fruits and vegetables can cause intestinal distress in rodents.



Family Matters: Pet Bird Treats


Help keep your pet bird cool this summer, even if he is an indoor pet, with some frozen treats that will keep him chilled and help his foraging skills.

Simply freeze some chunks of berry, banana and apple in an ice cube tray. Add in some birdseed if you wish. Let harden, and then give your bird a cube when he needs some good, cool fun.

He’ll enjoy pecking out the parts he likes, and he’ll stay cool doing it.

You can even freeze one of his favorite small toys inside an ice block, and let him chip it out with his beak.

TIP: Peel a banana, and freeze the fruit itself for another way to let your bird enjoy a cold, tasty treat.



Family Matters: Frozen Chicken and Apple Dog Treats


It’s so hot outside, and I can’t even imagine what it feels like to have a layer of thick fur on when you spend a couple hours a day outside.

My pup has plenty of shade and water when he has to be outside during the day, but it’s also great to be able to make him some cold, tasty treats to enjoy to help him beat the heat.

This super-simple recipe is nice for him to enjoy when he is outside in the hot, summer sun.

Frozen Chicken and Apple Dog Treats

Ingredients:
2 cups chicken stock (prepared without onion)
1 apple, thinly sliced

Directions:
Place multiple apple slices in the compartments of an ice cube tray. Pour chicken stock on top of apple slices. Freeze until solid. Serve to your pet one at a time when he’s outside to help cool him off.

TIP: Substitute fresh green beans or shredded carrots for the apples or coconut water for the chicken stock.



Family Matters: Catsicles


I recently adopted a cat. More accurately, he adopted me. He was abandoned by a neighbor who moved away. After a few months of seeing him wander the neighborhood sadly, I couldn’t take it anymore, and he became mine. He’s mostly an outdoor cat, so he needs to stay cool and healthy in the summer heat.

He loves this catsicles, and I’ve learned that they sell milk for cats (don’t use human milk! Your cat can’t digest it well, no matter what myths you see and hear!)

Keep some of these in your freezer, and your cat will come running.

Catsicles

Ingredients:
2 bananas, mashed
2 cups cat milk
1/4 cup dried cat food, crushed

Directions:
Combine the mashed banana and cat milk in a bowl; mix until smooth.

Crush the cat food, and place in the bottom of a small paper cup (like the kind you use in a bathroom). Pour banana mixture on top. Freeze cups until mixture is firm. When ready to serve, peel cups away from catsicle, and let your cat enjoy it outside.

TIP: Your cat might also enjoy eating wet cat food frozen. Simply freeze a pate-style food in a paper cup. When ready to serve, peel cup away, and let your feline enjoy it outside.



Family Matters: Summertime Fun


Summertime FunSummers are a toddler’s best friend. Nothing is more fun than all the adventures you can have while traipsing about town with your toddler.

Splash pads are so much fun for you little one. Put toddler in a swim diaper, invest in a swim shirt to help protect them from ultraviolet rays, and prepare to have a great time. Splash pads are fun because there is no deep water. They can usually run in and out of jets of water at their own pace, and they have more control over how wet they get. They can even stay cool, and they have a good time from the periphery of the action if that’s their personality.

The local zoo or aquarium is a great place to visit with your toddler. If they enjoy your first visit, invest in a season pass for many memorable hours with fabulous animals.

Check out story time at your local library. Aside from developing a love of literature, story time can help you and your little one make some new friends, possibly learn some new crafts, and engage in group activities together.

Check into other group classes like music lessons, gym or yoga classes, or swim instruction. Your toddler will learn socialization skills and have a lot of fun while learning a new skill.

Plant a garden or grow a few potted vegetables with your toddler. Involve him in the process from beginning to end, and let him eat the fruits of his labor.

Visit playgrounds outside of your neighborhood. Your little one will like new scenery, and you will both make new friends.



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