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Monday, October 4, 2010

Inspired By Finn Amber GIVEAWAY **CLOSED

**Giveaway closed, congratulations Tyson!

As I mentioned before, we got little man an amber necklace to help with teething.  Somewhere between 2-3 weeks in we noticed an incredible difference.  He was significantly less fussy, less drooly, and all around happier!  And did I mention super cute?!

I have been hearing more and more amazing benefits to Amber, including treatment of  general aches and pains, reducing inflammation, arthritis treatment, increasing energy, and even sensory issues.  When Amber is worn close to the skin, the body's warmth heats up the Amber and releases succinic acid healing oils.  Click here to read fascinating testimonials!

Inspired By Finn has been gracious enough to offer one of my followers a FREE piece of jewelry, 16" or smaller.  Woot woot!  Here's how to win:

Mandatory entry: "Like" Inspired by Finn on Facebook and become a follower of A Natural Transition.  Leave a comment telling me you did these things.  Also leave your email address so I know how to contact you if you win!  

Extra entries (more chances to win!):
  • Visit Inspired by Finn and leave a comment with what piece of jewelry you would like to win
  • Leave a comment with a link to your favorite "mommy blog"
  • Put a link to this giveaway on your facebook page
  • Tweet about this giveaway (please leave me a link)
  • Purchase something from Inspired By Finn
  • Leave a comment with something else Amber can be helpful for that I didn't mention
*Please leave a separate comment for each entry
**Winner will be drawn via at approximately 10pm central time on 10/17/2010
***Winner will be notified immediately and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another winner will   be drawn
****Winner's shipping info and and jewelry choice will be forwarded to Inspired by Finn and will be shipped directly from them

Here are a few current promotions/discounts from Inspired By Finn:

TO SAVE 20% on an order with us, join us by clicking the "Like" button toward the top of our "Wall" tab.

TO SAVE 25%, join us by clicking the "Like" button + use the "Suggest to Friends" link near the top left of this "Wall" tab to suggest this page to your Facebook friends.

The discount code is entered/applied during checkout, and the discount is given off of prices on our website -

The codes to use once you have completed the criteria above -

To save 20%: FB20
To save 25%: FB25
Fine Print: The views on this blog are my own, and I was not compensated in any way by Inspired by Finn.  
Little man showing off his Amber:


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Homemade Baby Food Makin'

We've been amazed at how much money we save by making our own baby food...we figure it is close to 15x more expensive to buy Gerber jars.  We have also found it to be super easy, and FUN!  There are many different ways to make it, but these are the "tools" that we use:
  • Food Processor
  • Super cheap steamer basket that sits in a pot w/a lid
  • Ice cube trays with lids (We use Fresh Baby)
  • Freezer bags
So far, little man has only had one jar of Gerber food.  Oddly was the one meal he refused to eat!  It was peas.  A couple of days later we offered him our homemade baby peas, and he scarfed them down like nobody's business.  Interesting stuff!

The cooking: Baking or steaming fruits and veggies are probably the two best choices for preserving nutrients. We tend to steam just long enough to soften the food up a bit, then run them through the food processor.  You can add a little breast milk while pureeing, but note that you shouldn't use frozen milk for this and then refreeze.  Either use fresh milk or freeze the food without any milk and add milk after the food is thawed. 

The freezing: After pureeing, just spoon the food into your ice cube trays.  When they're frozen, pop them out into a freezer bag and label with date and type of food!  The trays can run through the dishwasher, and you are ready to go for another round of goodness.

The thawing: The safest method is probably to take a couple of cubes out the night before and let them thaw in the fridge overnight.  You can also run the bag of cubes under cool-warmish (not hot) water.  If you are comfortable microwaving, you can certainly thaw them that way.

Most of the foods we have made so far are fairly basic, since our little man has only been on solids for one month.  We did introduce spinach, egg yolk, and chicken this weekend, though!  Here's how.  The spinach: We took raw spinach leaves and steamed them until they looked wilted.  Tossed in the food processor and ready to rock!  The egg yolk: We hard boiled eggs and popped the yolk out (babies under 1 year should not have egg whites according to many).  We mashed the yolk up with a fork and mixed it with applesauce.  I realize this sounds disgusting to most adults, but he LOVED it!  The chicken: we cooked chicken all day in a slow cooker with nothing but water and carrots.  Pureed the shredded chicken with carrots and breast milk!  He loved this, too...but the texture was a little gritty.  Next time I will use more veggies with it, I think.

I will be adding more recipes as we try them out.  In the mean time, check out for great meal ideas, tips, and other homemade baby food resources!