Picnic Essentials and Giveaways!

Whether it’s at the park, beach, river or forest, we love summer picnics!  Our kids jump at any chance to get away from home, even if it’s just for an hour or two.  The break in routine alleviates summer boredom and they get to run wild without wrecking the house, which makes mom (and therefore kids) happy.

The best part about picnics is that you don’t have to go very far to enjoy fresh air and a bit of nature.  Oh, and all that running around wears the kids out while we get to relax in the shade on a blanket!  With the right essentials, a picnic can be a quick and low-stress activity for the whole family to enjoy.
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And the Mineral Fusion Winners Are…

Congratulations to Nataly, Elizabeth and Blythe!  You’ve won a bronzer and a blush from Mineral Fusion!  Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway and for supporting our blog!

Bronzer

mineral-fusion-bronzerAdd a hint of warm glow to your skin with a hint of this gentle bronzer that blends flawlessly and lasts all day. Not only do Mineral Fusion Bronzers add contour and definition to the facial features when applied, they provide skin benefits with its mineral-based ingredients including Pomegranate, Red Tea, White Tea, Aloe Vera plus Vitamins C and E.

This silky, lightweight powder provides natural UV protection and defends against free radical damage.

Blush

mineral-fusion-blushGive your cheeks a hint of color with Mineral Fusion Blush by applying to apples of your cheeks and provide contour by applying along your cheekbones. Use just a little create a healthy, youthful glow, or build layers of color until desired intensity is achieved.
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Natural Nut and Seed Butters for Baby

Have you given up on peanut butter? I am so-o-o glad I didn’t read that doctors are recommending pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid peanuts when I was pregnant five years ago.  As a vegetarian, I live off of peanut butter!

Once my daughter was eating solid foods, I waited patiently until she was two before introducing nuts. (Which was the recommendation at the time.) She was really underweight for a while there, and it was frustrating to withhold peanut butter for so long. I know I gave her almond butter first, but now I can’t remember when I introduced it.

Has anyone tried feeding babies sunflower seed butter? All the peanut butter alternatives out there are so much more expensive, but it seems like a good way to get some protein and calories into a young child’s diet. What do you think?