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Getting Ready For Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween?!? It's a little over a month away!

Time to start planning those Halloween costumes, getting treats and decorating.

If it's your baby's first Halloween it can be a very exciting time picking out their first costume, taking the perfect pictures and taking them trick-or-treating.

My little ones have their costumes picked out already, this year I will have a hot dog, cat witch, unicorn princess and a dinosaur.

What are your children going to be for Halloween?

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Summer Outdoor Activities

Summer is in full swing and it looks wonderful outside! No more staying cooped up inside with the kids, time to get out and explore! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Nature Walk: Just a simple walk in your own yard or down your block. Look for leaves, sticks, bugs and birds.

– Go to the Park: Swings, slide, money bars and new friends!

– Water Play: Get out the pool, a few buckets, some cups, squirt guns, etc. Kids love to get wet!

– Zoo, Aquarium, Museum: Head out for some educational fun, many offer summer classes for kids of all ages.

Share your ideas! What are you doing with your kids this summer?

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Valentine’s Day Tradition

[two_third] Traditionally Valentine’s Day is known as a day for lovers but now that you’re a parent it is the perfect time to start some new traditions with your children. It is a day for love, a day to tell those you love how much you love them.

Start a new tradition with your children on Valentine’s Day; find a way to share the love with your whole family! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Decorate their bedroom door with some streamers for a fun surprise when they wake up in the morning.
  2. Make a Valentine’s Day themed breakfast.
  3. Have everyone in the family make each other cards and write one thing they love about each other.
  4. Call extended family members and tell them that you love them.

How do you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day with your children?

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5 Easy Steps to Make & Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

new year's resolutionEach year, families create their own New Year’s resolutions to try and live healthier lifestyles, spend more time together, improve their finances, and more. Unfortunately, it’s much easier to craft a New Year’s resolution that it is to stick to them. This is especially true when you make them as a family and everyone has to do their part to achieve the goal. However, it is better to work as a team and support each other. Resolutions are also a great way to teach kids about the effectiveness and importance of setting goals, and how to see them through. Here are 5 tips to help you make and stick to your New Year’s resolution.

1. Brainstorm an idea together.

As a group, your whole family should come up with ideas together, and then decide on which works best for you all. Typically, families want to save more money, use less energy, get more fit, or spend more quality time together. Have every person contribute one idea so everyone feels included. Then, think of some creative ways to actually meet your goal. Will you take a short walk every evening? Will you designate a movie night?

2. Measure your progress.

It’s important to set milestones for yourself so you know if you’re working towards your goal or just slacking. Set up a calendar or list somewhere public in your house that everyone can access. Then, write down what each person’s responsibility will be so everyone knows how they’re accountable. This will help everyone stay motivated and working toward the goal.

3. Reward yourselves.

Often achieving the resolution isn’t enough to keep us motivated. Come up with a clear reward for each person involved. Ideally this is something that can be broken into mini-rewards and given out along the way by meeting your mini-goals. If your resolution is a lofty goal (like loose 20 pounds or save a bunch of money), you’ll need to find some way to reinforce your sense of accomplishment and keep you going.

4. Try something different.

Break up the monotony of a boring routine by meeting your resolution differently. If your resolution is to be more environmentally conscious, do 1 new thing each month to ease yourself into the new lifestyle. This will help prevent sliding back into bad habits. If you’re trying to loose weight, perform different exercises so the same routine doesn’t get boring. Don’t try to do too much at once or you risk giving up all together.

5. Tell your family and friends.

Once you spread the word that you’e trying to change yourself with  a New Year’s resolution, it’s good to let the people in your life know about it. This will make you feel accountable to them and keep you motivated. You don’t want to disappoint your friends! Plus, with all the support and cheering you’ll receive, it will make the whole task easier. You might even convince them to make a change in their own lives!

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nursing pillowGuest blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

When Clark sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed, Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, who is a mother herself, said, “The San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud Double Blessings (Clark’s company) for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin polyfiber Eco*Loft™, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

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Win it Wednesday with AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers

This week, we’re keeping it all natural… and all bright and fun too!! AppleCheeks cloth diapers has a great selection of fun, bright colors. Like us, their company focuses on the fun. You should check out the reveals they do for their diapers – talk about fun!!!

AppleCheeks gives you the chance to cloth diaper the way you want to. These diapers can be used as a pocket diaper, or an All in Two and you also have your choice of inserts. There’s something for everyone with AppleCheeks.

We took one look at the color selection for these diapers and realized there were not one, but THREE!!! colors that would look great with a Lol! Sucker. This week, enter to win your choice of St. Lucia, Cherry Tomato, or Lemon Zest Little Bundle.

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Win It Wednesday with Sign My Shirt!

Welcome to Win It Wednesday! This is a new feature we are hoping to run every couple of weeks. We thought it would be great fun to introduce you, our awesome fans to some other companies we think are Earthy, Edgy, Fun, or some combination of all three!! We didn’t think it would be fair to leave you without the chance to win an AppeTEETHER as well, so each giveaway will be paired up with a teether we think matches the other brand’s product the best (or in some cases, we’ll let you choose!).

This week, we have a giveaway from Sign My Shirt! Sign My Shirt is a super fun company and makes for great keepsakes or memories for your events! Be it a baby shower, a gender reveal, or maybe a first birthday, Sign My Shirt will help you create shirt you’ll love! You design the shirt, and then send out invites to all of your friends asking them to “sign.” Signing is done virtually and is quick and easy. Once your friends have signed, you go back in and layout all the signatures on your shirt. Then with a simple click, your shirt is ordered and on it’s way to you!! Sounds beyond fun to me!!

I'm 2To get this feature started in the most fun way possible, we’re going to let you choose your AppeTEETHER this week. That means you get a fully customizable shirt, AND whichever teether is your favorite! Entering is easy, just check out the form below!

 

Calming a Fussy Baby

calm a fussy babyEvery parent has experienced that moment when the baby cries and cries and cries, and there seems to be nothing you can do to stop the tears. You’ve tried feeding. You’ve changed the diaper. You’ve sung songs. It seems hopeless, but it’s not. Every baby has their own unique personality, so you’ll have to try different methods until you get one that works best. Here are seven methods you can try to sooth your fussy baby.

1. Recreate the womb experience

Babies are used to the security, warmth and comfort of mom’s womb so recreating this environment for baby can be incredibly soothing. Swaddling baby is encouraged because it does a great job of replicating the womb environment. There are many different swaddles on the market to choose from. However, once baby begins to roll, that means it’s time to stop swaddling for safety reasons, but transitioning baby from swaddling is not an easy feat. Use a transition swaddle that gives babies the warmth and security of a swaddle but leaves them some mobility.

2. Give baby a massage

Babies find it very relaxing for mom or dad to gently stroke their tummies and massage their arms and legs. You can warm up some lotion and gently spread it all over baby while kneading the skin without applying too much pressure. This can be a bonding experience for parent and baby and it can also help put your baby to sleep.

3. Use a white noise machine

Babies are also accustomed to the loud noises they heard in mom’s womb and white noise can help to reduce stress in babies, help them fall asleep more easily and reduce their crying. Have the white noise machine be louder than your baby’s crying for it to be effective.

4. Run a warm bath

For some babies there is nothing more soothing than a warm bath, especially before bed time. A lavender body wash relaxes baby and makes baby sleepy when it becomes a part of your regular nightly routine because she will associate the warm water with falling asleep.

5. Breastfeed your baby

Breastfeeding baby doesn’t just calm her hunger, it also serves to comfort your baby. It’s a very powerful way to soothe baby as she feels much closer to mom. Nursing baby for comfort also regulates baby’s breathing and heart rate.

6. Rock baby to sleep

Babies love rhythmic motions like rocking, swinging, dancing, and jiggling. Swaying while holding a fussy baby or putting baby in a swing or bouncer usually helps to keep her calm. Sitting down with baby in a rocking chair will also help as well as pushing baby in a stroller around the house or taking baby for a ride in the car.

7. Offer baby a pacifier or teething toy

A pacifier will soothe baby’s instinctive need to suck and allows baby to self soothe. Be careful not to let baby sleep with a teething toy as this could be a safety hazard. But for those times, where baby is fussing during the day or if you make sure to take the pacifier and teething toy from them after they fall asleep, this is a great way to calm a fussy baby. Most babies will wean themselves off the pacifier when it is no longer needed. If baby is fussy because she is teething, a teething toy will help soothe baby’s sore gums and ease her discomfort.

Important Note: Although all of these are great ways to help calm your fussy baby, make sure to not become too reliant on any of these so that your little one doesn’t learn how to self-soothe on their own. Anything that could potentially become a sleep aid, like rocking and nursing should be used sparingly so that your little one doesn’t become dependent on any one particular thing to fall asleep. If a baby becomes used to needing to nurse in order to fall asleep, for example, you can be creating a habit that is difficult to break. You don’t want a little one who needs to feed in order to sleep even if they may not be hungry. The Zipadee-Zip has been used by moms everywhere to help reduce the need for sleep aids and encourage self-soothing.

transition baby from swaddleGuest blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

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3 Simple Recipes for Picky Eaters

Some kids are picky eaters. They refuse to try anything new and want to stick to their favorite dishes. This can be frustrating for a mom who wants to make sure her child gets healthy, nutritious food. Some times we have to trick our kids to get them to eat right and hope they like it. Fortunately, most picky eater grow out of it. In the mean time, here’s three great recipes that even picky eaters will love.

1. Healthy Baked Polenta Fries & Ketchup

This gluten-free polenta is tasty and made kid-friendly. It’s finger food your kids will enjoy because they look just like French fries. It’s healthy because their baked, not fried.

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Ingredients for the fries:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 qt (2 l) water
  • 1 lb instant polenta
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz/60 g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Ketchup, homemade (below) or your favorite store-bought, for serving

Instructions for the fries:

  1. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and line the pan with parchment paper.
  2.  In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and slowly add the polenta while whisking constantly. Cook, continuing to whisk, until the polenta has thickened, about 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat. Add the milk, Parmesan, butter, 1 tbsp salt, and 1?2 tsp pepper and stir with  a wooden spoon until thoroughly incorporated and the polenta is smooth.
  3. Pour the polenta into the center of the prepared baking sheet. Using a rubber spatula, spread it toward one end of the pan, pushing it into the corners and then to the edges, covering about two-thirds of the pan in an even layer. Spray a second piece of parchment with cooking spray and gently press the coated side onto the polenta to level and smooth the surface. Let cool at room temperature until set, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Remove the top sheet of parchment and cut the polenta into strips about 1?2 inch (12 mm) wide and 4 inches (10 cm) long. Using a spatula, transfer the strips to a clean rimmed baking sheet, spacing them about 1?2 inch (12 mm) apart. Spray the fries lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake until the fries have developed a crust and the edges are golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, then serve with the ketchup.

Ingredients for the homemade ketchup:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz/875 g) plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, with their juices
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup (7 oz/220 g) firmly packed golden brown sugar
  • 1?2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) cider vinegar
  • 1?2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions for the homemade ketchup:

  1. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about
  2. 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices and crush with a fork to release the flavor. Add the tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, and salt and stir to mix well.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a very low simmer. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 1 hour. Stir more often at the end of cooking to prevent scorching.
  4. Let cool slightly, then transfer the ketchup to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled and the flavors have developed, about 2 hours, before using. The ketchup will keep, tightly covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 weeks.

2. Kid Friendly Crudite Platter

Turn your kid’s snacks into something special by building a little scene out of their food. They’ll love the animals you create and forget that they’re eating healthy food!

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Ingredients:

  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Carrots for ears
  • Snap peas for nose
  • Cabbage for tail
  • Cheese for eyes

Instructions:

  1. Hardboil eggs and let cool.  Remove shells.
  2. If your bunnies will not be presented in an egg dish, then cut a very thin slice from the bottom of the egg (lengthwise) so egg will not roll around.
  3. Cut thin carrot slices and shape into rabbit ears with a knife, making sure one end is very pointy. Insert pointy ends into egg for ears.  Cut off tip of snap pea for nose.  Push the pointed end into the front end of the egg.  Make a small round tail from a white piece of cabbage, once again making a pointed end to push into the back of the egg.
  4. For eyes, cut two small little circles, using a small straw as a cutter, from your slice of cheese.  Make sure the egg is not wet when you set the cheese eyes in place or they may slide out of place.
  5. Other veggies may be substituted for the nose and tail.

3. Zucchini Muffins

Your kids won’t even notice the vegetables in these yummy muffins. Plus, they’re so easy to make you can teach your kids.

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Into a large bowl mix:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Stir in:

  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 apple peeled, cored and grated

In another bowl, beat:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola)

Stir into flour mixture until batter is just combined. Spoon into well greased muffin cups, filling to the top. (Note: If you are using muffin liners you may need to spray with cooking spray to prevent the muffins from sticking to the paper.) Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles  / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

teething toysWritten by Lori Bredemeier, Founder of Little Toader.

Lori Bredemeier is the co-founder of Little Toader with her husband Michael. They are the inventors of AppeTEETHERS, safe and effective teething toys for babies that look like real foods!

What makes AppeTEETHERS safe:

1. AppeTEETHERS are solid silicone and extremely durable. There are no parts and there are no surface materials that could possibly come apart or detached.

2. Lori and Michael are germ-a-phobes! This is another reason they chose silicone. AppeTEETHERS are not porous so they do not absorb germs, dirt, or any other undesirable deposits. This makes them very easy to clean at home or on the go.

3. AppeTEETHERS do not have topical paint. All of our coloring is the actual color of the silicone. There is no risk of flaking or having the paint rub off into your baby’s mouth.

Consistently ranking in the top teething toys, AppeTEETHERS are a truly unique teething solution. Babies love them and parents get a kick out of watching their precious bundle of joy using them. All Little Toader products are tested and are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant.

Visit www.littletoader.com.

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Making Your Own Baby Food – 3 Simple Recipes

make your own baby foodI know how messy it can get when you’re feeding a baby, or two, or even three! The type of food you put in your baby’s bowl can make it easier for them to learn how to feed themselves. Soft and creamy foods can be made at home and are best for easy feeding. You also save money by making them at home. This let’s you be absolutely sure your baby is eating healthy. Here are 3 recipes every parent should know.

1. Easy Applesauce

Applesauce is a great first food for little ones. Always choose organic applies that are firm without blemishes. Babies love the sweetness of Red Delicious apples. First, wash and peel the apples, then core and chop into little pieces. Boil for 10 minutes, drain, and rinse for 3 minutes. You can puree them in a food processor until creamy smooth.

2. Rice with Apple and Butternut Squash Puree

Slice apart your squash and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves face down in a pan and cover with an inch of water. Bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Once cooked, place it in a food processor with cooked rice and applesauce. Add water as necessary for consistency.

3. Traditional Oatmeal Cereal

Throw 1/2 cup old fashioned oats in a food processor until it’s as fine as you can grind it. Boil a 1/2 cup of water and sprinkle int 2 tablespoons of the oats and a bit of cinnamon for flavor. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then every so often to keep it nice and smooth for your little one.

Image courtesy of marin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

non slip baby bowlGuest blog by Barbara Schantz, Mom and Inventor of the Baby Dipper Bowl

The Baby Dipper bowl was invented by mom of two sets of twins, Barbara Schantz, a stay-at-home mom who faced the daunting task of feeding her twins at the same time. She became frustrated with the bowls she already had and searched everywhere for a better solution. She knew that she needed to find a bowl that would let her use just one hand to feed a baby. Disappointed with the baby bowls on the market, Schantz soon envisioned the Baby Dipper bowl and after much learning and hard work she was able to finally bring her vision to life. This innovative, mom-invented bowl is designed to stay put without the need to hold the bowl. It makes mealtime fun, easy and clean!

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3 Christmas Cookie Recipes for Santa

cookies for santaIf you have little ones who are still excited about Santa Claus visiting their house on Christmas Eve, you’ll probably be leaving cookies and milk for him. Nice kids will leave him his treats to thank him for his generosity; the naughty ones will try one last bribe to get their presents.

Leaving cookies for Santa evolved from the German tradition of honoring Saint Nicholas. St. Nick was a German bishop who is remembered for being especially kind to children. Long ago, a feast would be held in his name, and children would leave food and drink out over night for him and his attendants. Since this tradition happens near Christmas, over time the two celebrations became associated.

Here are 3 great (and simple) cookie recipes for you to make with your kids. Use this as an opportunity to build excitement with your children and talk with them about the meaning of Christmas and the importance of giving.

Holiday Sugar Cookies

You can turn a plain ole’ cookie into something special simply by cutting them into festive shapes. And everyone loves sugar!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter – softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Cream together butter and sugar until light.

3. Add vanilla and egg and stir until well combined.

4. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until a soft dough forms.

5. Shape dough into a flat disc and wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour before rolling.

6. Dust rolling surface with an equal mixture of all-purpose flour and powdered sugar. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes.

7. Place cut cookies onto a baking sheet prepared with cooking spray or covered with parchment paper.

8. Decorate with colored sugar or other decorations as desired.

9. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until very lightly golden.

10. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.

Buttery Chrisp XXL Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa’s a big guy and he needs a big cookie. Not only are these giant, gooey, and buttery, but they’re super simple to make and require minimal clean up.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place butter and sugars into a medium mixing bowl, beat with spoon until well combined. Add beaten egg and vanilla, mixing to combine. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Stir a couple timesheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. add chocolate chips, stirring to combine. Scoop dough into the middle of your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until baked through. Let cool for on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing.

4. Place on a plate for Santa Christmas Eve along with a glass of milk!

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are delicious and a bit different. Instead of raisin-y, they’re buttery, crisp, and chewy. Santa won’t be able to resist!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 stick butter (I use salted)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)

Instructions:

1. Heat the oven to 300º F and prepare a large cookie sheet. Cover with parchment paper for even browning and easy clean-up, but you could grease it instead.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, flour, sugar, and salt. Meanwhile melt the butter and syrup together in a small pot over low heat.

3. Stir the baking soda into the boiling water, then stir this into the butter and syrup and pour all of it over the dry ingredients. Stir well, then drop cookie-sized amounts onto the baking sheets, leaving plenty of space for them to spread.

4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, switching the pan around for even baking if needed, until the cookies are golden all over and quite brown on the edges (keep an eye on them — they can burn quickly); the cookies will look puffy when you remove them from the oven, and then they will sink and go a bit lacy. Leave them on the cookie sheet for 3 or 4 minutes before removing them with a spatula to cool on a rack; if you go at them too early, they will fall all to pieces.

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eco-friendly bagsWritten By Lisa Paul Heydet of ZizzyBee Bags 

At ZizzyBee, we believe children bring fun and whimsy to our lives…along with the need for organization of hundreds of teeny, tiny little toy parts. And like most moms, we believe it is important to keep organized while using products for our children that are safe, washable, well designed, and practical. With this in mind, full-time single mom and entrepreneur Lisa Paul Heydet, saw a need and created ZizzyBee Bags.™

ZizzyBee Bags eliminates the need for baskets and bins and makes toys portable and travel a snap.  The attractive bags look good hanging from a hook or stacked in a diaper bag or suitcase. Keep children’s rooms organized by storing toys and clothes in ZizzyBee Bags. With two different sizes to choose from, you can use ZizzyBee Bags to keep items organized in desks, closets and more. They are easily packable and transportable for vacations, gym and work, road trips, school, grandparent’s house, playdates, strollers and so much more.

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All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Little Toader makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.


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