Product Review: Calazime Skin Protectant Paste

Best Diaper Cream

Best Diaper Cream

We’ve reviewed and recommended a lot of different diaper creams over the years: Burt’s Bees, Angle Baby Bottom Balm, Weleda Calendula Diaper Care, and more.

While I previously had a strong preference for Weleda, I was randomly turned on to a kind I never previously considered: Calazime Skin Protectant Paste. It’s not generally advertised under baby care, so it was not previously on my radar.

The first thing I noticed was how thick it is. It spreads easily and leaves a thick layer on the skin. Even after a full night of sleep, when most other creams have dissolved into oblivion, the Calazime is still there.
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Cooking With Kids

Cooking!

Cooking!

Franci got a super cute apron for Christmas, but she hasn’t had a chance to use it. I have yet to include her in any of my cooking or baking until now, because she’s not even two yet. After seeing a few holiday pictures of other toddlers helping their moms cook, I began to wonder what I was waiting for. She knows how to follow directions and loves to help with other house work. I’m sure she will be able to help pour ingredients into a bowl, even if she can’t yet stir them in.
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Milk Debate: Best Non-Diary Alternative

Straight from the Source

Straight from the Source

If you’re allergic to milk, or prefer to limit your dairy intake, it doesn’t really matter if the milk is non-homogonized or raw. How do the non-dairy alternative out there stand up?

I suppose it all depends on your definition of “best”. Are you looking for the best flavor? Best value? Best nutritional content? Best homemade milk?

It seems like every year there is a new “milk” out there (hello, hemp milk), but let’s stick to the four most available options: rice, soy, almond and coconut.

Here’s what I discovered, with a little research:

Rice Milk: most allergy friendly milk, but high in carbs, sugar, calories, and low in protein (this makes me want to try making a brown rice version at home!).
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DIY: LED Button Box

Enjoying the LED Button Box

I’m not the only member of our household that enjoys DIY projects, althought I tend to stick to the fabric-and-yarn varieties.

While most of us lounged around on Thanksgiving while the turkey cooked, Franci’s dad was busy making her an LED Button Box. All it took was an interest in electronics, a few basic components and very basic soldering skills.

With the press of a colored button, the corresponding LED lights up and you can press more than one at a time. Not only can your toddler work on identifying colors, you can practice numbers with it as well (“press two buttons”). When she is a little older, we’ll try out sequences and see if she can repeat them.
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Milk Debate: Is raw milk really any better for you?

As fresh as it gets!

As fresh as it gets!

Last week I posted about non-homogenized milk, and it got me thinking about the raw milk movement. Advocates claim it is a sort of magical elixir that can cure aliments like allergies and asthma. It contains proteins and compounds that stop the immune system from reacting to allergens and is full of enzymes and beneficial bacteria.

There are no studies that support these claims, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. Some say “no one is allergic to raw milk” because of its live enzymes.  The lactase digests the lactose and the protease helps the protein and lipase digest the fat.
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Milk Debate: Is non-homogonized really any better for you?

My great uncle was an OBGYN and he always said that the homogenization of milk was one of the worst “advances” in science. He said the body was meant to process the small and large milk particles at different rates, and that homogenized milk had particles all the same size which meant the digestive system had to process them all at the same time. Or so it was explained to me.

To homogenize or not to homogenize?

To homogenize or not to homogenize?

Keep in mind that homogenization (making all the milk particles the same size so there is no separation) is not the same as pasteurization (heating milk in order to kill bacteria). Raw milk is non-homogenized and unpasteurized, where as non-homogenized milk has been pasteurized.
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Recipe: Sweet and Salty Pecans

Sweet and Salty Pecans

Sweet and Salty Pecans

I am usually a big cookie baker around the holidays. Each year I go through at least 10 lbs of sugar and even more butter. I decided months ago to not do any baking because I knew I would have my hands full with a newborn. Making that decision before the holidays were approaching was easier than getting sucked into it once Thanksgiving hit.

Just because friends, family and neighbors aren’t getting cookies this year doesn’t mean they aren’t getting something homemade! I decided to go the easy route and package up my popular Sweet and Salty Pecans. You can do two pounds with little effort and store them in the freezer for months.
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Non-Gift Related Holiday Traditions

Homemade Ornaments

Homemade Ornaments

It may be the season of giving, but the holidays don’t have to be entirely about gifts. We like to focus on togetherness and shared experiences, since the memories will last so much longer than any gifts!

If you’re looking to start some new traditions this time of year, how about celebrating the Winter Solstice on December 21st? Some years we’ve packed a picnic, or at least a thermos of hot chocolate, and driven out a dirt road to watch the sun set and the stars come out on the shortest day of the year.

The tradition of wandering from door to door singing Christmas Carols began in the Victorian Era, when a collection of carols was published in 1833. It might not be as common as it once was, but it is still a fun group activity that will put a smile on the neighbor’s face.
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Book Review: What Do Fairies Do All Day?

A Must Read!

A Must Read!

If you are a fan of our Latebloomer Comics, you will love
What Do Fairies Do All Day? (A Fairy Nice Series) (Volume 1).  Written by Jessika Lindstrom and illustrated by The Green Baby Guide’s resident Cartoonist, Jaime!

Your kids will love to see how fairies spend their day, and each page is richly illustrated with lots of detail.  Each time you read though it you will find a fairy you didn’t notice before.

This is the kind of book you can read through quickly, or linger on each page talking about what each fairy is doing and pointing out all the tiny details. This makes a great for toddlers and young elementary kids alike.
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TBT: Green Holiday Gift Ideas

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Green gifts wrapped in reusable wrapping!

The most eco-friendly holiday gift is no gift at all, but where’s the fun in that?! If you’re looking to stay green this holiday season, whether that means making your own gifts, up-cycling used presents or buying new gifts that are greener than their counterparts, check out some of our old posts to get those creative juices flowing!

 

 

Top Eco-friendly Toys for Babies and Young Children

Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Baby

Green Holiday Gifts for Him

Wooden Toys for Babies and Kids

Low Cost Children’s Presents: Getting Creative With Thrift Store Gifts for Kids

Top Five Green Holiday Gifts for Pregnant Moms
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