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The backpacks are packed and hanging by the door, filled with brand new running shoes, pencil cases, and water bottles.  As the summer comes to a close, parents and kids alike are both nervous and excited for the new school year. Will they get the teacher they want? Will their best friend be in their class? 

 

 

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While I don’t claim to feed my kids healthy food all the time, I do enjoy baking healthy snacks to pack in their lunches.  

 

One of my favourite recipes is these delicious fruit and veggie packed muffins. With banana, carrot, and even squash, you can pack in some seriously healthy stuff in a yummy treat! The recipe calls for a jar of squash baby food purée. While you are more than welcome to roast and purée a squash yourself, not only would that take way longer than necessary, you would also end up with way more than you need. Although I also like to toss some in pasta sauce to sneak some veggies in there 😜

Once they have cooled, I toss them in a ziploc bag in the freezer and can easily grab one each morning and they are perfectly thawed by lunchtime  

 

Fruit and Vegetable Muffins

 Ingredients 

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar  

2 large mashed bananas  

1 jar squash baby food

1 cup grated carrots

2 eggs

1 cup whole wheat flour  

1/2 cup oats

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice  

1/2 tsp salt

 

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 375 & fill muffin tins with liners
  • In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar 
  • Add in bananas, squash, carrots, and eggs
  • Stir in flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 full & bake 15-20 minutes  

 

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It finally happened. After 8.5 years of parenting, I finally had to clean puke out of a car seat. It’s a rite of passage no Parent wants to make, but it seems to happen at least once to every one of us (even those of us who thought we’d escaped it!)

 

Do you know what to do when it happens though? Aside from cleaning up the vomit covered kid, now you have to clean the car seat. And it’s not as simple as it seems.  

All car seats have different rules when it come to cleaning, so your best bet is to read your manual. Don’t have it anymore? Most of them are available online. 

No matter what seat you have, there are two main rules that apply to every seat;

1. No harsh cleaners. This means gentle detergents and no bleaches or Lysol wipes

2. Car seat straps cannot be submerged in water. No throwing them in the washing machine. Wipe them down with a damp cloth or baby wipe

Of course you want to get the stink out of the seat, and it may seem that wiping down the straps won’t do it, but it usually does. And if not, set the seat out in the sun for a few hours and that natural sunlight should take care of it.  

In extreme cases, or for those with weak stomachs, usually replacement covers and harnesses can be ordered, but always remember, when in doubt, always contact the manufacturer to see what exactly can or cannot be done. 

Now excuse me while I go re-assemble and install a car seat!