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Healthy No-Bake Granola Bites

by Kari Weingart

It’s safe to say that if you are a mom, there are times you feel that your nonstop job is feeding your kids. Food is fuel. Your children require natural, healthy food to keep up their energy, grow and develop. It’s easy to see how the task of feeding them can feel like an overwhelming responsibility. Providing quality, healthy foods and skipping things that are simply empty calories does not have to be hard though.

Healthy, no-bake granola bites are a fantastic healthy snack for your children.  Whether you are on the go and need a snack, or are simply looking for a fast, easy idea for something you can make for your kids, this recipe is the perfect solution.

They take minutes to make, and you can freeze them and have them on hand whenever the need for a quick nutritious snack arises.

Ingredients

2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup ground flaxseed

1 cup crispy rice cereal

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup mini chocolate chips

2/3 cup locally sourced honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons coconut oil 

Preparation Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Using a cookie scoop make rounded balls about the size of a tablespoon and place onto a parchment-lined cooking sheet. 
  3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and your snacks are ready!

Storage Tips

Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to a week, or if you want to keep them longer, you can freeze them for up to several months.

Preparation Tips

You could use whole grain oats, but pulse them in a food processor a few times first. If not you may need to add a little extra peanut butter or honey to the mixture to help them stick together.

 

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Choosing The Right Baby Stroller Is A Breeze WIth Fawn&Forest

by Kari Weingart

One of the most important features of a stroller is for it to feel like a safe and comfortable space for your little one when you're out of the house.

A Buying Guide for Picking the Right Stroller

Learn what to do when picking a baby stroller for your little one’s first year and beyond. Our buying guide goes over common stroller types and add-ons.

 

A baby stroller is perhaps the most substantial piece of baby gear that will be purchased for your child. There are many considerations to take into account when choosing the perfect stroller. First, you need to consider where you live and what types of daily activities you will be participating in. For instance, do you like to go on mini-weekend adventures and travel? Do you need something that is easy to open and close during your endless daily errands? Your activities play a big part in determining the type of stroller you should choose for your little one.

Stroller Features

If you are a new parent, it is easy to underestimate the value of a light weight, easy to fold baby stroller. If this is your first time buying a stroller, don’t be afraid to pick one that exceeds your basic expectations of what a stroller should do. Simping on features will, inevitably, lead to regret. Here are a few features we recommend you look for.

Adaptability

An adjustable handlebar that can lengthen for your comfort or one-hand fold functionality that allows you to break the stroller down while holding a diaper bag and/or a squirming baby will help you adapt to the inevitable unforseen situations you will find yourself in.

Storage Space

A stroller with a storage basket can be a lifesaver, especially for long outings like spending the day at an event or a theme park. You’ll be surprised at how handy storage can be. We use our stroller to pack blankets, food, toys, and dozens of other things. Most of the time, it’s much easier to let the stroller do the heavy lifting than to add a backpack or shoulder bag.

Bells & Whistles

Not every feature will be useful to you as a parent. Then again, if you’re a first-time parent, it can be tough to know which add-ons you’ll need. Cup holders are fairly universal. Freeing up a hand is always helpful when caring for little ones. Another fairly common feature is a canopy that acts as a sunshade in the heat or a rain cover in the event of inclement weather.

Types of Strollers

There are several different stroller types out there, and it’s unlikely you’ll have the opportunity to borrow a niece or nephew and test drive them all before day one. However, if you take a close look at your current lifestyle, you may have an idea of what your stroller needs might be for your first year and beyond!

Full-Size Stroller

A full-size stroller covers all the basics. They will typically have a stronger frame, swivel wheels for maneuverability, a footrest for you, and a reclining seat for the baby. These strollers tend to have larger wheels to handle rough terrain like dirt trails or sandy playgrounds and may even feature shock-absorbing for uneven terrain. This can help to reduce the chance of waking a sleeping baby when going over a curb.

Lightweight Strollers

Even if this is not the kind of stroller you want to use as your primary stroller, having an extra lightweight travel stroller or umbrella stroller, is usually a good idea. These lightweight strollers, not much more than a stroller frame and canvas seat, fold down to a manageable size, ideal for public transportation or an overpacked car. The tradeoff for these strollers is that they have minimal features, can only be used on hard smooth surfaces, and have a lower weight limit.

Jogging Strollers

Do you want to take your baby on regular runs around your neighborhood? If so, a jogging stroller might be a good choice. A jogger usually has a single front wheel, hand brake, air-filled tires, safety harness, and a suspension system to ensure a smooth ride for you and your baby.

Travel Systems

A travel system is more than just a single stroller. Rather, as the name suggests, it’s a combo system that not only grows with your baby’s rolling needs but also their car seat needs. A high-quality travel system will include an infant car seat, complete with a five-point harness, that functions as a bassinet style car seat carrier. The bassinet can be clipped into a car seat adapter or attached to the stroller frame.

Double Strollers

When you think about double strollers, you may be picturing side-by-side stroller seats holding twins. While this may be true of basic models, the best double strollers have the seating in tandem (one in front and the other behind), and can accommodate both your new baby and an older child. Many of them are convertible strollers with a range of options like having an infant carrier on the front and a seat with a platform that a toddler can climb in and out of as the mood strikes them.

Choosing the Right Baby Stroller is a Breeze with fawn & forest

Whether you are looking for something lightweight, something that can withstand high-intensity activity, or extra room for your growing family, we’ve taken every need into consideration in order to offer you the broadest range of safe, quality strollers to meet your needs.

We have carefully chosen our collection of strollers to meet your needs, provide ultimate versatility and take precedence in overall safety with a collection of accessories to make life easier.

If you are in search of the perfect baby stroller but aren’t sure where to begin, contact us anytime. Our team of dedicated customer service representatives is here to answer all your questions, helping you make the decision that best suits your needs and ensuring your purchase will exceed all your needs and expectations.


Why Your Baby's Crib Has To Have A Natural Crib Mattress

by Kari Weingart

It would seem logical to assume that a new crib mattress would be safer than an old one. After all, as years go by, we continue to regulate more and more. There is even a certification for crib mattresses, so how could they be less safe? The truth is they are.

You would think that since crib mattresses are regulated and certified by a giant safety seal they would be safe. That's not entirely true. 

The University of Texas did a study and found that

  • New crib mattresses release about 4x as many VOCs (organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature.) as old crib mattresses.
  • Body heat increases emissions.
  • Toxic chemical emissions are strongest in the sleeping infant’s immediate breathing zone.

Part of the cause of the problem is the manufacturers. Manufactures want to make as much profit as possible, manufacturing as much product as possible, so as long as it passes government regulations, they feel they’ve done their jobs. The real problem though is that the regulations are not very strict.

So why should you buy an organic crib mattress? Is a healthy crib mattress necessary for your baby's health? In short, yes.

Here are just a few of the unhealthy components found in a standard crib mattress. 

Why You Should Get A Natural Crib Mattress

1) Brominated Fire Retardants

These fire-retardant materials are cause for concern wherever children may come in contact with them. This applies to sofas and any other soft furniture where they may be present, as well.

Countries in Europe have banned harmful chemicals like flame retardants entirely. These retardants get stored in the human body with every exposure, making them bioaccumulative (the gradual accumulation of substances, such as pesticides, or other chemicals in your body).

In experiments with mice, PBDE's lead to problems with the thyroid, developmental problems with learning and motor skills, and cancer.

PDBE's are in numerous places such as televisions, computers, carpets, and couches, so it is worthy of taking note of this and whenever possible trying to limit your exposure.

Non-Natural Crib Mattresses Use Cheap Glues

Why do you want to avoid cheap glue? Simply put, cheap glues contain a number of harmful chemicals that are toxic to children, and standard crib mattresses contain a disproportionate amount of these glues to keep it firm and rigid.

Non-Natural Crib Mattresses Have Polyester Fabrics

Fabrics and batting in crib mattresses are often made with polyester. Polyester can cause respiratory tract irritation and severe skin rashes. 

Conclusion

It's not hype, buying an organic crib mattress could be one of the most important purchases you'll ever make for your baby or child to ensure their safety while they sleep.

An organic crib mattress helps increase blood flow and relieve pressure so your baby can get a good night’s sleep. Organic baby crib mattresses are made with non-toxic materials so your baby will avoid sleep interruptions due to exposure to chemically treated fabrics.

 

 

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