The Happiest Baby {Giveaway} – CLOSED

It’s been a long time since I updated you on our happenings on the family front, but can you guys believe that our baby girl is NINE freakin’ months old? When did that happen?! Over the span of a week, she figured out how to sit up from lying down position and then how to pull herself up from sitting. Can I just say that it freaks me out just a bit (okay – maybe a lot) to see her lying down one second then she’s sitting or standing straight up talking to herself two seconds later, before I even have the chance to blink. I can barely handle how quickly she is growing!

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Zero to nine months.. Seriously?!

Anyhooo.. like with most conversations I have these days, I digress! With growing up comes the territory of ever evolving eating habits, not just for Madison, but us also! Although we’ve tried for the last few years to eat well as much as we can, the biggest change we’ve implemented into our lifestyle is going organic. Many people see organic as the latest fad, but we feel informed and well-educated enough to know that this is the right decision for us as a family. Obviously it’s not possible to eat organic all day every day, but when we can, we do!

We like to make Madison’s food from scratch, but sometimes things are just too busy that we need a more convenient option. We also like to give her diet a bit of variety, so that’s where Happy Family’s Happy Baby line comes to the rescue! You may remember me raving about their adult pouches many, many (pre-baby) months ago. Well, their line of baby nom noms have come in handy many a time over the last few months when we’ve realized Maddie’s freezer stash was gonezo or that she needed a little spice  in her life. We love to mix things up by offering her a pouch of their Homestyle Meals or mixing one of their fruit & veggie medleys into a serving of her baby cereal. She’s currently obsessed with their brown rice pudding with banana, apple, and cinnamon – and who can blame her!

Happy Baby products

How could we not be happy with such a great selection of yumminess!

So what do we love most about the Happy Baby food pouches?

  • They’re organic.
  • They’re healthy.
  • They’re convenient.
  • They’re tasty!

We can literally just toss them in our diaper bag on the way out the door and know that we have a healthy option for the bub when we’re on the go. And let’s face it, that’s us pretty much every day,every week – but who isn’t as a parent, really?

Step 1: Squeeze. Step 2: Slurp. Step 3: Slurp. Step 4: Slurp some more....

Step 1: Squeeze. Step 2: Slurp. Step 3: Slurp. Step 4: Slurp some more….

Whether your little person is just starting off on solids or isn’t such a little person anymore, they have something for every stage and every age. Don’t believe me? You can find out more about the Happy Family Organic Superfoods brand and all of their product lines on their website.

So.. have I convinced you yet that Happy Family needs to be a part of your family’s crazy and busy life? Good! Because here is your chance to win a free snack pack from Happy Family! You can enter by clicking the Rafflecopter link below:

Enter for a chance to win a free Happiest Baby Giveaway pack!

This giveaway will be open starting today July 14th and ends in two weeks on July 28th, so hurry and enter to win a nutritious and tasty pack of yumminess! Best of luck to everyone and Happy eating!

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Red and White Bean Turkey Chili

It’s the start of parka-wearing season in Boston. That means it’s cold and will soon be bone-chilling, stay-inside-as-much-as-possible, stay-under-the-blankets-all-day cold. Sometimes it seems like the only way to stay warm during winter in New England is by snuggling under a fuzzy blanket (or two) and eating a piping hot bowl of stew, soup, or chili. My husband and I love making chili because a) it’s super easy, which is perfect for us as new parents and our time is precious and b) we can stuff our faces and not feel too guilty about it because of its relatively low Points Plus value. Fiber FTW!

We decided to do something a little different with our chili recipe this time around by exchanging ground beef for turkey and substituting pinto beans for small white beans. We then meddled with the recipe just a little bit more to perfect it. This will definitely be our go-to recipe for many more winters to come!
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 oz canned tomato sauce
  • 6 oz dry red kidney beans
  • 10 oz small white beans
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 9 oz canned corn
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium pan or skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the diced onion and turkey and brown the meat, approximately 10 minutes.
  2. When browned, transfer the meat and onion to your crockpot or slow cooker.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the water, and mix evenly.
  4. Place the lid back on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 – 7 hours.
  5. About 15 – 30 minutes before the cooking time is done, add the water to your slow cooker and mix well. Allowing the chili to cook for additional time with the added liquid will help the flavors meld together and will help the sauce thicken a little bit.
  6. Taste before serving. If needed, add some salt and pepper to taste. If it’s to your liking, top with some freshly grated cheddar cheese and enjoy!

Source: Inspired by Rival Crock Pot Slow Cooker Recipes

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NUTRITIONAL INFO*

[does not include cheddar cheese nutrition facts ]

Servings Per Recipe: 8 • Serving Size: 1.5 – 2 cups • Calories: 384.8
Total Fat: 8.8 g • Cholesterol: 60.0 mg • Sodium: 1,080.6 mg
Carbs: 46.5 g • Dietary Fiber: 20.6 g • Protein: 30.2 g
WeightWatchers® PointsPlus™: 8 per serving
*All nutritional info is estimated using SparkRecipes.com. Actuals may differ based upon product brand.

I Moustache You a Question…

For the last three years, my husband Rich has grown an epic ‘stache during the month of November in the name of men’s health awareness, which has come to be known as Movember. It’s an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers. In 2004, the Movember movement was launched in Australia and New Zealand and is now supported globally in other parts of the world, including Ireland, Canada, Spain, the UK, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States.

Normally I’m not a supporter of facial hair, but I am a supporter of a good cause, and Movember is one of them. November isn’t over, which means there’s still time to donate! What other time of year (and I’m not talking circa 1990) is it socially acceptable to be a mirror image of Tom Selleck or, in Rich’s case, Chopper Read?

If you’d like to contribute, please visit Rich’s Movember page by following the link or clicking the photo below and donate any penny or dollar you can. Every little bit matters.

And of course I couldn’t end this post without sharing a photo of Rich’s epic ‘stache. Ain’t he handsome?

Please donate and pay it forward!