Christmas. An amazing time to be with friends and family. We spent it with my lovely Norwegian friends this year, we flew to Oslo to have an amazing time, filled with "Kose", food and love. Some of my dearest friends live there, so what better opportunity for Pepa to fly for the first time. It was a very peaceful flight even though I have always been so scared of babies on a plane (even more than snakes on a plane). she slept all the way and she was as happy as a unicorn.
We spent a whole week and it couldn't have been better. Pepa´s Godmother, Helena, lives there as well and she made terrific pictures of Pepa. Take a look:
Bonnet: Briar Handmade
Sweater and wool pants: Zara
Nussarashttp://www.justanotherfoodstory.com/ Baby, Amanda:
Alpaca Romper: Made by me after Paelas pattern
Wintersuit: Lala bought at Stylechild
Coat: "Era Coat" from Acne Studios
Belt: Tiger of Sweden
What did you do normally on christmas? Do you ever fly away from home for the holidays?
I like going the natural route if possible, but on the other hand I love facts! So a lot of this magnetic-bracelets, aura healing crystals, green tea detoxifying foot patches, etc just makes me drive up the walls. Though lately I have been seeing many babies wearing All-Natural Amber Necklaces and I thought I should take a look at that hype? trend? german custom?
What I learnt through my old friend Google: They seem to be necklaces that are supposed to relieve teething pain and make it all-around a more tolerable experience. Even Supermodel Gisele Bündchen posted a photo to her Instagram showing her son wearing a teething necklace. The way they’re supposed to work is by the Succinic Acid contained in the amber. When placed against the skin, the acid is supposed to be absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a natural pain killing effect.
I went to the next baby store and got Pepa an Amber Necklace. It looked terrible and was orange and it just didn't fit AT ALL with any outfit. I thought: It has to be a better looking Amber Necklace. And thanks to Instagram I found Summer & Storm.
Beautiful Amber Necklaces made in Australia. And when I saw the beautiful forms and colors, I fell in love with "The PROTECTIVE kind"
It is made out of FLUORITE + POLISHED BALTIC AMBER. And as it says on their website: "Baltic amber has been used for thousands of years for many ailments. It is believe to help ease pain, stimulate the healing process and posses ani-inflammatory properties. The ancients would traditionally gift amber to their young children to help protect them from misadventure and help ease growth."
I am sometimes a bit superstitious (have to admit that!!!) and while growing up in South America, we believed that having a red wristband would protect you to the evil eye. So I was very happy this necklace has Fluorite. "It is a highly protective stone. Wearing the crystal close to the body it known to help improve the physical and mental coordination. Emotionally fluorite is known to have a stabilising effect on the body and is also known to protect the body from chaotic vibrations by evening them out in an orderly manner."
Visually it is WAY better than the generic Amber necklaces and they threw in some protection for the evil eye.. SOLD! The Amber stones come in a beautiful very dark brown just like Pepa's eyes and the crystals in some of my favorite colors.
I read a lot about some accidents of babies wearing teething necklaces. But if you buy the right size and remove it at night it shouldnt be a problem at all. Pepa's new necklace measures 33cm.
Does it work? The only think I can say is: I noticed a change of mood while wearing it. Today Pepa was radiant and happy. Best mood in days since she started teething. And if putting her a necklace MAY improve my daughters life. Then so be it! (at least better than painkillers, tylenol & Co.)
The PROTECTIVE Kind its sold out, but you can get The CHAKRA Balance that is made of the same crystals.
I love cooking! That is no secret. I do own a Food Blog, But cooking for a baby is another thing completely. And let's face it, as a single mom and having to cook 2 times, one for me and one for Pepa its quite time consuming. I try to not buy baby food, Cause I want Pepa to get use to the food tastes I like and cook.
So here is one of my tricks: Leftovers Baby Food. Lets start with something I do way too much when I cook: Bolognese Pasta! One of the things you have to think about if you want to do this is: No salt! As the little kidneys of a baby can't take that amount of sodium. Cook your sauce as regular (no pepper either) You will get used to add salt later on.
What you will need is a food processor, a blender and/or mixer, bags, permanent marker and a scale if you are like me :)
First things first, if u had spaghetti leftovers, re-cook the pasta until they are very soft. Or cook a new batch for your baby. Soft, soft, soft! Babies do not appreciate "al dente". Now, If your kid has no teeth like mine, separate the batch in 2. Use a food processor to cut in small pieces and a mixer or blender to puree the other half.
Why I don't puree the whole batch? If a baby eats only purely pureed food, their stomachs don't get used to process more solid food, and that might bring stomachal problems later on. So lets make that tummy WORK, work, work!
Now that you have all parts done, mix them all together in a bowl. I like to have 2 portions of pasta for each of sauce. But if you prefer to give your baby less sauce, it works as well ;)
Take out your bags and scale!!!! I know by now that Pepa eats about 190 grams of food (equivalent of a baby food jar) So I separate the food in bags with each 190 grams. Fold, label and put them on the freezer.
Do not leave your baby food longer than 3 months in the freezer, and do not forget to label or write with permanent marker which food it is and when did you make it.
To use your portion, take off the freezer and rest on boiling water. Cut a corner of the bag and serve. I am pretty sure that in no time your baby will get used to the things you cook and like so you can later one eat from one pot!
I'm Andrea - a food enthusiast and blogger. Recently I noticed I have been answering a lot of questions about what I buy for my daughter Pepa, or what are my thoughts in certain "mom stuff". This is how I realised I should start a blog about being mom.. Or "Mom" like me! I hope to share my thoughts, amazing, things I buy and amazing recipes with other moms, just like me!