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How to get your Child to eat more Fruits and Vegetables…

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I hear it ALL the time! “My kids won’t eat their Fruits & Veggies” – Here’s are my Solutions!

Daily Gummies – I give my kids their daily dose of fruits and veggies in gummy form which they love! I use the Juice Plus brand and have been using it for years. It was actually recommended to me by my kid’s pediatrician. I buy the monthly subscription service so I know we’re always stocked up.

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These gummies are Gluten Free, Vegan & Non-GMO and packed with various fruits and veggies! Nothing else. That’s why I love them and have been using it for years. Not only are my kids less sick since using them, but they became better eaters after using these as well!

Shakes for Snack – What kid doesn’t like either shakes or smoothies?? Mine love them! So the trick here is to make them tasty so that it hides all the healthy stuff kids usually dislike! Mine love smoothies with Strawberry, Bananas & Milk. What they don’t know is that I add some Spinach or Kale in there as well (Tip: Not too much, because it’ll make it too green & suspicious! lol). =)

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Another thing I add to them If I feel my kids need an extra boost of vitamins & minerals is a small scoop of Certified Vegan Shake Mix. It’s safe for kids over Age 1 & packed with nutrients! The kids love it & I’m happy that they are getting their nutrition in.

Soups & Stews – This one is huge in our house. I make soups or stews at least 2 times a week and make extra for leftovers. Cook down meats with all types of veggies & seasoning until everything is nice and tender & incorporated. Remove all but the broth and place the items in a blender with a splash of broth or water. Once blended, add it back to the soup or stew. Doing this makes your Soup or Stew slightly less watery but still not thick. Perfect for kids! They have no idea they’re eating all that goodness. Add some fun shaped little pasta to it and it’s even better!

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Let me know in the comments section below if you’ve tried any of these methods for your kids. There are so many more ways as well, but these are my 3 easiest quickest ways I recommend!

 

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Homeschool Or Real School This Coming Fall 2020 During COVID-19?? The Question All Parents Are Asking Themselves Right Now

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What’s The Right Answer??? There is no right answer, but I know what I’ll be doing…

Last week I was given a choice. It was sent to me via Email from my child’s school district. Do I want my child to return to school in the Fall with very strict rules and guidelines? Or Do I want to continue my virtual learning (Which we did from March-June because we had no choice)?

Want to know what I chose??

I CHOSE to continue virtual learning….

It’s not something I ever planned on. Homeschooling is not something I ever really considered. I was one of those parents that used to actually enjoy dropping my kid off at school knowing that they were getting everything they needed there and I was able to go about my daily life of working, running errands, etc. It was a nice break for me since I have 3 small kids. Unloading 1 daily to school almost felt like a vacation every morning! LOL (For those of you with multiple children, I’m sure you totally get it!)

Why did I choose this option?

I’ll let you know just a few of the new guidelines in the school that were listed when our two options were given. I am just NOT comfortable sending my soon-to-be 1st Grader to school with these guidelines. School is supposed to be a fun learning environment for them. It’s supposed to be where they get social interaction. Do circle time, have recess, have lunch with their besties and make real connections with their teachers.

In these NEW GUIDELINES, I saw none of this.

I envisioned a kid that may get scared, be uncomfortable and would rather be home with her Mom homeschooling her again.

Because of this vision, I made my decision.

Here were some of the guidelines:

  • Special Classes and Electives will continue to be remote anyway
  • Staff will wear masks with option of face shields and desk shields
  • No Lunch in school (They can do a Grab-and-Go)
  • No Recess

I’m afraid my child won’t ENJOY school later once this is all over if she goes into a school environment like that.

I’d honestly rather just suck it up and Homeschool for another few months to avoid this possibility.

At home she won’t be taught by someone wearing a mask, face shield or desk barrier.

At home she’ll have play time (indoor and outdoor).

She’ll be able to have lunch with her siblings like normal.

Although she won’t be in school, her life will still feel normal. And that’s what I want. For her to FEEL some sort of NORMALCY.

Even though she is very aware that COVID-19 exists, she’s old enough to see the differences, new guidelines and precautions. There’s no need to worry her. As her Mom, I’m here to protect her and my other children in any way that I feel is best.

Some may not agree with my decision and that’s OK.

What matters is that WE are ok with it.

Share your thoughts on this by leaving me a comment.

What do you plan to do this fall?

 

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A Basic Guide to Introducing Solids to Your Baby – For First Time Moms

Are you a 1st Time MOM and not really sure how to start feeding your Baby solids? If so, then I hope this post will lead you in the right direction!

 

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As a first time Mom, I know how hard it can be when making decisions like this about your baby, and not knowing what the heck you’re doing! I totally get it and I’VE BEEN THERE!! It’s OK to NOT know. The important part is that you do have resources that can help you make these big decisions.

Because I’ve been there before, I want to be able to help other new Moms that may be going through this at the moment.

So let’s get into, how you know your baby may be ready for solids?

Things to ask yourself:

Is your baby still hungry after formula or breastmilk feedings? Waking more at night, due to hunger? Staring at you while you’re eating your food? Trying to reach for your food? All these are signs that your baby may be ready.

What month you start is really up to you. It’s usually between 4-5 months, where I’ve seen most Moms get their babies started. I started all my babies at the 5 month mark and worked my way up gradually.

Let’s talk about what’s first. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “Just add some rice to their milk”? If you’re an experienced Mom, you know exactly what that means, but if you’re new, you’re like “what? rice? how? how much?” It can be so confusing!

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What I did to start, was pour a teaspoon full into my baby’s bottles, shake it up and give it to them. This way they get used to the taste and the new texture a little bit. Once the baby adjusts to that, the next move was to try feeding them the cereal in a small bowl with a spoon. Mix it with either formula or breastmilk and make it more liquidy (if that’s a real word, lol) at first. As your baby gets used to it, you can make it thicker over time.

So now that we got our rice cereal down, time to move on to the  veggies.

If you notice on the rice cereal packaging above, in the lower right corner, it has a nice indicator of when your child is ready for that particular food. Super easy guide to follow!

My next food after rice cereal has always been carrots first. Although, you can go with any single veggie of your choice. I say “single veggie”, because it’s not good to mix different food together at first. In Stage 1 of Baby Food, you’ll find that they are all single foods. This is because, the rule of thumb is to introduce foods alone at least 3 days apart from each other to make sure your child doesn’t develop a food allergy from it. If there are signs of an allergic reaction, you’ll know exactly which fruit or veggie was the culprit.

This is what I chose first:

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If you’re wondering if you can make your own first foods, you totally can!! For me personally, it was just always easier to buy these, being a busy working Mom. I also personally chose to use Gerber on all 3 of my kids. But again, that was my choice. There are many brands out there that are also good. Since I used Gerber, I’m using these as my reference for this blog post.

Next, once your baby got to try all the 1st Single Food options, it’s time to start mixing and moving on to Stage 2 when your child is ready. Again, remember to look at the guide listed on the baby food. It’s such a great resource and helps you to make the right feeding decisions that coincide with your babies milestones.

As age does play a role in feeding, so do milestones. Make sure to check with your baby’s pediatrician as well to make sure timing is good to start feeding solids. Every baby shows growth differently and you never want to rush something if you’re baby isn’t ready.

I hope this quick guide to feeding first foods has been able to help you if you’re a new mom! Leave me a comment and let me know how it went. =)

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Until Next Time,

Mommy Mirjana

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Living Through a Pandemic with 3 Small Children…

Only a few months back, we all (those of us in the U.S.) sat around and watched what was going on in the world with the new Coronavirus….

As we watched, we started panicking…Will our children be ok? What if something happens to us? Who will take care of them? Will there be space in the hospitals for us God forbid we did get sick? Will we have enough food to feed our children (due to all the “panic buying”)? And the list goes on…

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The truth is, we all freaked out and we all got scared of our future and the unknown. And that is OK!

Once the virus made it’s way to the U.S. and it was declared a Pandemic, we got even more terrified. With new lockdown orders, restrictions, business closing, schools closing, many of us losing our jobs, we did the only thing we could do.

We made sure our children were as protected as they could be.

What does that mean for us parents? Following social distancing guidelines as much as possible. Having only 1 parent at a time leave to go to the store to make necessary purchases. Stop all social interactions with friends and family. Keeping all 3 kids home for months! Switching up to homeschooling for my oldest who is 6, and I was shocked, by the way, at the amount of school work she was given on a daily basis!

While homeschooling (which I’ve never done before) a 6 year old, we had to make sure to still entertain our 4 year old and take care of our 1 year old.

What happens while trying to do this???? Absolute chaos!

Yes, it’s always technically chaotic in our home with 3 small children, but this is different. When you can’t go anywhere, or take the kids out for a playdate or to the park for a breather. You literally drive each other bonkers 24/7!

But this was the new “normal”…

As restrictions start to slowly lift now, and there’s still a lot of “unknown” out there, many of us will be hesitant to go back to our old lives (pre-pandemic), even with all the new rules and new way of living.

Parents…this was HARD. VERY HARD, especially for those of you who had to work virtually from home, unable to bring your children to daycares or hire a sitter. You did all of it on your own!

However you decide to make your way back into the new norm and the new version of society, do it at your own comfort level and don’t judge others.

This whole experience only made us stronger as humans and as parents!

Until Next Time,

Mommy Mirjana