Book Review: Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball

Nick’s Very First Day of BaseballNicks-Very-First-Day-of-Baseball

I have an almost-four year old and we recently discovered the book Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball, by Kevin Christofora. Baseball is a big topic around our house even though neither my husband nor I are big fans. I think our son hears about it in school a lot. The book follows a little boy named Nick from when his mom signed him up for baseball to the end of his first practice. The book has little activities in it too. There is one page where the child has to find all the baseballs and at the end is a list of words that might be new and a quiz.

Recipe: Wholesome Organic Peanut Butter Banana “Milkshake”

Healthy "Milkshake"

Healthy “Milkshake”

I’ve been trying to find ways to sneak protein into Franci’s diet since she stopped eating the super-purees I used to make her.  She won’t eat tofu, fish or beans, and only keeps meat in her mouth long enough to suck out all the flavor before spitting out the fibers.

After doing a little research on non-dairy milk, I decided Non-GMO organic soy milk was a good source of protein to begin incorporating into her diet. Then I decided to add a little of this, a little of that, and the High-Protein Peanut Butter Banana “Milkshake” was born.

“Unshopping” Month Update

Franci's Rummage Sale Finds

Franci’s Rummage Sale Finds

I wish we could claim ultimate success during our “unshopping” month, but we’ve had a few slip-ups. Nothing to loose sleep over, but enough that I’m going to extend the challenge to see if I can actually succeed for a few weeks.

Allison and I made a last-minute trip to Rebecca’s book release party, and I was able to confine my spending to consumables, but there were probably too many of those.  Oh, and those pairs of used overalls and sunglasses for Franci to wear gardening are not edible.  As much as I wanted to avoid buying anything for the girls, I’ve been looking for overalls for months and hadn’t found any second-hand until then.  I just couldn’t pass it up.

Product Review and Giveaway: All Good GOOP and Kid’s Sunscreen

Elemental Herbs

When it comes to skincare, we usually stick to the basics. That means if we’re not making our own lotion or shampoo, we look for products that contain a few simple ingredients that get the job done. Elemental Herbs has many great products, and including an all-purpose healing balm and several sunscreens.

Besides using organic, medicinal quality ingredients, the Elemental Herbs facility runs on solar power, and all products are cruelty-free. They are an Eco-friendly corporation you can feel good about supporting. For more information, take a look here.

All Good GOOP Healing Balm

Healing Balm

Healing Balm

We live in a dry, high altitude climate that can be harsh on the skin. Dry, cracked skin and rough cheeks are a regular occurrence in our household, enough that Franci frequently requests “lotion” for her “owies”. I feel comfortable rubbing on a little bit of All Good GOOP, because I recognize all the ingredients (and usually put them in my own balm, when I actually have time to make it).

And The Snipe Hunt Game Winner Is…

Goin' on a Snipe Hunt

Goin’ on a Snipe Hunt

Congratulations, Katie, you have won a Snipe Hunt Game from Education Outdoors.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and for reading our blog! If you missed the giveaway, please visit the post to read all about The Snipe Hunt Game.

Besides the Snipe Hunt Game, Education Outdoors has come out with several other Camp Games, some for inside and some for outside.

Product Review: JAWS Cleaners

JAWS Just Add Water System

Just Add Water System

Just Add Water System

We recently received a JAWS – Just Add Water System Complete Home Cleaning Kit to review. JAWS uses reusable spray bottles and little cartridges of highly concentrated cleaning ingredients. You just fill the spray bottles with water and all you need to buy after investing in your first set is the cartridges of cleaning solution.

We tried all four — Shower, Hardwood, Kitchen and Glass. In terms of efficacy, these products are good. My favorite was the glass cleaner. I looked online at other reviews and I am not alone. The stuff really works. It’s way better and more effective than Windex or its generic equivalents. My mirrors are all streak-free and I hardly used any of the cleaner.

Fun With Babywearing


Eco-Friendly Kickstarter Campaigns

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Little Lotus Kickstarter campaign, and then it occurred to me that there are probably dozens of sustainable and Eco-friendly campaigns going on right now.  I decided to do a little looking around to find other Kickstarter campaigns going on right now that are worth your consideration.

Aquasana Filter Bottle

Aquasana Filter Bottle

Aquasana Filter Bottle

We reviewed Aquasana’s glass water bottle last year and it is still my favorite glass water bottle. When I heard they were starting a Kickstarter Campaign to design and manufacture a filter bottle, I was excited to check out their idea and support their campaign.

Product Review and Giveaway: Snipe Hunt

Snipes in their Nest

Snipes in their Nest

Snipe Hunt Review

Now that spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner, we’re on the lookout for outdoor games and activities to keep Franci occupied. She will spend hours at her water table playing imaginary games and getting nice and wet, but I’m not willing to set it up for short-term play.  I have to be sure she’s going to be at it for at least a couple of hours on a day that is warm enough to be in wet clothes.

We found a great short-term activity that is perfect for outdoors, but is also good for indoor fun as well.  For months, one of her favorite games has been Hide and Seek, and Snipe Hunt takes it to a whole new level.  The best part is that I don’t have to do the hiding or seeking myself!

Recipe: Almond Cream


Almond Cream

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert for Mother’s Day, this simple Almond Cream is perfect! It only takes a few minutes to make, requires no skill in the kitchen, and tastes like a special occasion! I like to serve it with raspberries, but any fresh berries, stone fruit or even a compote will compliment the light almond flavor.


Especially if you are serving a rich dinner, Almond Cream is a dessert that is light and will satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling stuffed.

Almond Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 7 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 C

Almond Cream


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 C cold water
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 C half & half
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • Raspberries (or other fruit)


  1. In a 4-Cup glass measuring cup (or a microwavable bowl) sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand for 5 minutes
  2. Microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until gelatin dissolves (this won't take more than 2 minutes)
  3. Add sugar and stir until dissolved
  4. Stir in half & half and almond extract
  5. Pour into six 1/2-cup serving dishes
  6. Chill at least four hours
  7. Before serving, top with raspberries, mandarin oranges, blueberries, cherries or your other favorite fruit