Product Review: Bitty Foods Cricket Flour

Bitty Foods Cricket Flour and Cookies

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1lb bag of baking flour blend

Ever since the United Nations published a report in 2013 touting the massive benefits of edible insect consumption and urging Western Nations to get on board, interest in the subject has surged. You are probably thinking “Has it?  I hadn’t noticed”.  As a former biologist and insect lover (aka:nerd) I have definitely noticed this particular trend and apparently so has Bitty Foods.

Bitty Food’s mission, according to their website, is simple. “We make delicious foods with cricket flour”. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of their products. The idea of eating insects as a source of protein is something I have been interested in and excited about for some time now and I was delighted to receive a bag of baking flour blend and a package of cookies from Bitty Foods. At $20 per pound for the flour blend and $10 for a bag of cookies, it’s not cheap. I was curious to find out if their products were worth the money.
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“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.
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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.
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May Unshopping Challenge

Garage Sale Toys

Sorry, Franci!

About once a month, around the time the bills come trickling in, my husband and I have the same conversation. It goes a little something like this:

“I have everything I need right now. There is seriously nothing else I need to buy.”
“Me too! I just bought a pair of shoes and now I really don’t need anything else at all.”

Yet somehow, the next day we find ourselves having an opposite conversation:

“I think our living room could use another side table.”
“Amazon is having a sale on dog toys right now and our dog has almost chewed through the current one.”
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Earth Day Roundup

Eco-Friendly Products

Earth Day is right around the corner, and here are some great green products we have been enjoying lately. We encourage you to check them out for yourself, and leave us a comment about what Eco-friendly items you are into these days!

Boob Nursing Wear

Nurse in Comfort

Nurse in Comfort

We have always been big supporters of breastfeeding, for so many reasons, and every breastfeeding Mama knows that the right support makes all the difference.  Whether it be your family, workplace,  local lactation consultant, or the new Mamava Lactation Station at the airport, every little bit of encouragement counts.

A little physical support doesn’t hurt either, especially when it comes to nursing bras.  Boob Fast Food T Shirt Bras are comfortable enough to sleep in.  And like all the Boob maternity and nursing apparel, they are made with sustainable materials like organic cotton, fleece made from recycled bottles.  And they only work with factories that adhere to their strict code of conduct to ensure their workers receive a decent pay.
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Little Lotus Kickstarter to Help Vulnerable Infants in Developing Countries

Embrace Warmer

Embrace Warmer

It’s easy to take for granted the tools we have in the US to care for premature and at risk babies. For example, there isn’t a hospital in this country that doesn’t have an incubator to help underweight babies regulate their body temperature.

In developing countries, hospitals don’t always have enough incubators, or even the electricity to run an incubator. While I don’t know this fact for certain, I can only imagine that small or remote villages don’t have an incubator handy for premature babies or low weight babies at risk of hypothermia.

Little Lotus Swaddle

Little Lotus Swaddle


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Why Choose Cacao Over Cocoa?

"The Nourishing Food That Aids Digestion"

“The Nourishing Food That Aids Digestion”

They come from the same plant and look the same when powdered, but are Cacao and Cocoa the same thing?  Both are derived from the dried and fermented seed that comes from the Theobroma cacao tree, from which we also get cocoa butter. Are there any other differences?

Cacao beans naturally contain fiber, sulfur, essential fatty acids and minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc.  They also contain  phenylethylamine and anandamide, which keep you alert and make you feel happy.

Cacao and cocoa powder rate high on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, often being scored in the top 10, which means it is a good source of antioxidants.  Like most “nutrient powerhouses”, the more processing done to the cacao beans, the less benefits they retain.
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth The Energy?

Daylight Saving Time vs. Standard Time

Daylight Saving Time vs. Standard Time

If you’re a parent of young children, you already understand the steep emotional and psychological costs of switching from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to Standard Time. This year, it took us a month to get Frances to re-adjust to the earlier schedule and stop waking up an hour before the alarm clock went off. I’m not sure who it was harder on; the parents who had to get up extra early each day, or Franci that couldn’t seem to make up for the lost sleep during her nap.

Environmental Impact

Personal issues aside, what about the environmental impact of changing the clocks twice a year? It turns out to be a bit of a wash, and very much dependent upon where you live. While you might not turn your lights on until later in the day, residents in southern locations are more likely to turn on their AC when they get home and leave it running for more hours. Despite the fact that DST was implemented to promote energy conservation, it no longer achieves that result because of the proliferation of AC units in residential locations. Back in the 1970’s, studies showed that the country’s electricity usage was down one percent per day during DST months, but 45 years later, it is actually up 1-4% due to cooling expenses.
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To Spank or Not to Spank

A better source of parenting advice than the Pope.

A better source of parenting advice than the Pope.

Pope Francis has made headlines with his story of a “good father” that chooses to smack his children a bit, but “never in the face so as not to humiliate them”.

I realize that priests are often called upon to give advice to parishioners, but maybe parenting advice is a little out of their purview. Of course, children of his generation were whipped, smacked, and spanked with abandon. Nowadays you can get sent to jail if someone finds out about it, even in the Pope’s home country of Argentina.

Corporal punishment is definitely falling out of favor. Studies suggest that spanking doesn’t correct behavior over the long term, and can erode the trust between children and their parents. It is not, however, illegal in the US. Unless the judge decides the punishment was abuse.  In fact, about 60% of American parents believe in spanking.
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The Environmental Impact of School Bus Seatbelts

Safer and More Environmentally Friendly?

Safer and More Environmentally Friendly?

I have always wondered why school buses don’t have seatbelts. Not that I minded when I was riding them, since it was easier to wiggle around unrestrained. It was especially nice on field trips when you could lounge around, lie down, or face backwards, not like riding in a car at all!

Good Morning America did a piece on putting seatbelts on school buses, and it sounds like a logistical nightmare. Not that there should be a compromise for our children’s safety, but what exactly would the trip to school look like if they put seatbelts on every bus?
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