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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

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 are going to be taking part in. For instance, do you want to take your baby on regular runs around your neighborhood? Do you like to go on mini-weekend adventures and travel to new and interesting places either on trains or in the car? Do you need something that is easy to open and close as you find yourself doing endless amounts of errands day-to-day? Your activities play a big part in the type of stroller you should choose for your baby.

The weight, ease of folding and overall function of your baby stroller should exceed your expectations of what you need the stroller to do. You do not want to skimp on these features. If you do, inevitably you’ll end up regretting your purchase.

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

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.

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 are here to answer all your questions, helping you make the decision that best suits your needs, ensuring your purchase will exceed all your needs and expectations.

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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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a sweet little sale

by Summer Robertson

a sweet little sale | fawn&forest

 

Happy Valentine's Day, dear friends!
 

Enjoy 10% off with code LOVE at checkout.
Sale ends Monday, February 12th.

Some brands are excluded including Stokke, Oeuf, Babyletto, Bumbleride, Monte & Naturepedic. Cannot be combined with rewards discounts.


my weekly gatherings

by Summer Robertson

A gathering of things that I have been reading, doing & making. 

Ginger kombucha (pregnancy) mocktail would make you feel extra special then and would be a delight after baby is born. 

Wool acorns are an Autumn decoration that has more longevity than the whole lot of most fall decor and is a fun project to do in the company of children. 

> If you follow Katrien on Instagram you'll find this interview lovely and inspiring. You can follow along with her beautiful life in the Italian countryside with her family, here!

> & if it's something your babe deals with, i found these natural solutions to sooth and deal with baby constipation very helpful. 

     

     


    a peek into our fawn&forest life

    by Summer Robertson

    You can take a peek into our fawn&forest life (with a few motherly sentiments added in for good measure) by following along with us on Instagram, @fawnandforest

    As I shared in my last entry, my husband and I recently bought 20 acres in the heart of Oregon Wine Country just outside of the tiny little town of Yamhill. And though there are plans of building the perfect farmhouse in the coming year, we're enjoying the little house life right now. Literally. Our home is 160 square feet, a little home on the hill and we're loving every moment of it with our 4 children (3 boys and a baby girl), 2 Dwarf Nigerian goats, 11 Swedish Blue Ducks and 18 hens, a rooster, 2 barn cats and our trusty ol' German Shorthair Pointer pup of 12 years. Next? The family milk cow, a Jersey as soon as the barn is built. 

    And what I shared on our About Us page rings so sincere, I wanted to share it here... 

    As our family has settled into country life these past few years it has deeply impacted us. The sweet connection to nature and seasons, but also the respect for heritage and intention, for family and real meaning.  As shop owners, we've grown dissatisfied with the hustle of trying to pawn off the trendy new whatever, such a fragile race to run with fleeting value!  The new f&f is a reflection of our love for living simply with children.  You do not need much, but what you do have should be with intention and of lasting quality.

    That is us, that is fawn&forest, true and authentic in a nutshell.
    For daily peeks, just follow along on our adventure.... 

     


    for you, a sale. happy mother's day

    by Summer Robertson

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Enjoy 12% off with code MOM at checkout. 
    For details, click here.

    Sale ends Friday, May 13th. Midnight pst. 

     

     

     


    a mother's arms

    by Summer Robertson

     

    A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
    -Victor Hugo

    There is the common motherhood sentiment that time needs to slow down. Time feels like a thief and how does one arrest it, if only to slow it down? So desperate are we to soak up all these moments, to enjoy the time that feels so fleeting. 

    Just hold them, that is the answer. 

    In a mother's arms is tenderness and rest, understanding and grace. You will never regret holding your child too much, too often, so close and sweet. Forever you will have the way your child feels in your arms engraved on your heart. So much satisfaction and fulfillment comes from simply embracing all the moments. 

    Your arms are made of tenderness.
    Happiest Mother's Day to you. 

    ps. The youngest of my four children, my daughter Lucy & I. You can read more, here


    enjoy your laundry

    by Summer Robertson

    I will not kid, every day is laundry day. But Mondays, a necessity. I stopped chucking all the clothes in the washer in haste and have spent some time right-siding things lately, checking for stains & in pockets as I gather loads of wash. A bit of thoughtfulness adds joy and folding suddenly comes with ease ...


    More on Instagram @fawnandforest

     

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