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Delicious Vegetarian Dish: Stuffed Tomatoes

Guest Blog, By: MJ


I love tomatoes. I love stuffed peppers. Why has it taken me 23 years to try stuffed tomatoes??

This was a cooking experiment for me. I did not use any recipes or directions, because, well, isn’t it just more fun that way?


2 large tomatoes (one for each person), Spinach, Bell pepper, Italian pepper, Onion, Artichoke hearts

Minced garlic, Bean Sprouts

Rice, Fake meat*

Spices (I used Creole seasoning.)

Cheese & breadcrumbs for topping


  1. Prepare the rice
  2. Core the tomatoes
  3. Chop up the insides along with the other vegetables Image
  4. Start sautéing the veggies
  5. Add in fake meat & continue cooking
  6. Mix in the rice


  1. Scoop the mixture into the tomato shells
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes (Sprinkle bread crumbs & cheese on top a few minutes before removing from oven.)

*I used MorningStar Crumbles, but I think it would work with a different type or beans or even eggs


I can think of so many variations on this, so get creative & have fun! Bottom line: this is a delicious dish (if you like tomatoes).

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Hm… this is interesting. I’ve honestly never heard of the term “Continuum Parenting”. I like it though. It’s interesting to see the difference between that and AP, although to be honest, it seems as if I practice both of these to an extent. Does it really matter though? Do we need to be so focused on the proper labels, or actually implementing these strategies? I just follow my instincts.

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What I wish more people would realize is that it’s not just about calorie consumption, but also about the quality of the food we eat. If everyone in the world replaced at least one meal a week with organic, whole foods that were properly portioned, with more fruits and veggies or even (gasp!) no meat, I bet we would all be so much healthier.

Health & Family

The good news: we’re eating fewer calories. The bad news: that’s not translating into lower obesity rates.

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I love this movie, and this quote! It’s so very true to the cause of attachment parenting.

Meet The Herbalist


“Love is always patient and kind it is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish, it does not take offence and it is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth. Love is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.” from the movie “A Walk To Remember”

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Baby’s First Art

By guest blogger MJ:


Baby’s First Art

Today, my baby girl reminded me that messes can be fun!

I have been trying to come up with a sensory learning activity for my 8 month old, specifically one that my 6 year old stepdaughter could enjoy with her when she visits. The obvious answer hit me today: Finger Painting!  It seemed like a perfect idea, but since my LO puts everything in her mouth at this stage, I was worried. I decided to try edible, homemade, finger paints. (Bonus: This gave me a use for all the baby food jars I have saved!)

The ingredients are so simple: 4 tbs. water, 2 tbs. corn starch, food coloring



Mix. The result will be the consistency of watercolors, but it will thicken as it sits.


As I expected, the first thing my LO did was spill it and try to drink it.


I tried pouring it into a raised plate…. That wasn’t successful either.


Finally, I just let her play in the paints already covering the table, because the important part really is the learning experience. Thankfully, cornstarch and water are easy to clean up, and food coloring washes out of clothing!


Ultimately, I think she is still a bit young for finger paints, but it was fun for us both! I can’t wait to try it again in a few months!

–        MJ

(Many thanks to this blogger for the recipe!:


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Obviously I’m human therefore I love chocolate. Okay maybe being a Homo sapien does not necessarily predispose one to love chocolate but I have yet to meet someone who detests it! With all the chocolate recipes floating around the internet due to Valentines day I developed some strong chocolate cravings. While torturing myself reading about amazing cocoa concoctions I stumbled upon a recipe on the civilized caveman. He has created a brownies recipe that is not only sugar free but also grain free! What’s the secret ingredient? Sweet potatoes. I was intrigued. I love weird food combinations so I couldn’t wait to try this recipe out! I’m not going to post my version of the recipe because I followed it almost exactly, the only substitutions I made were replacing the butter with earth balance to make it diary-free and I couldn’t find coconut flour so I used rice flour instead…

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More Open Ended Crafting: The Craft Tub

tub1 I got this idea when I was at my local craft supply store and was browsing through this kids sections. They had a giant plastic tub filled with what seemed like every kid’s craft item possible. But at a whopping $35, I thought maybe it would be best to make one on my own. The great thing about this project is that not only is it frugal, but it’s open-ended play and you can add whatever items you like to the tub! You just sit your little one down at a table, and hand them the bucket. They get to do whatever they like with it and with the contents inside. Get ready for hours of the silent treatment from the kids with this one.

tub2What you will need:

-A storage container, like an old round snack mix tub that’s empty and cleaned.

-Some cash and a trip to the Dollar Tree to grab up some cheap craft items. You can pick out things such as: poms poms, pipe cleaners, crayons, paint and paint brushes, construction paper, popsicle sticks, beads, glue on eyeballs, glue, scissors, felt, foam squares… anything you could imagine that would be good in the craft tub. The possibilities really are endless!


That’s it! You can label your craft tub or if you want to rev up the excitement factor for the kids you can have them decorate the tub by painting it. So much fun in such an easy package!



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Open Ended Crafts for Kids

If you are looking for a cheap way to offer a creative craft for your little one, this is definitely a great idea. It’s very open ended, which means it offers your child the ability to spur his or her imagination and get very creative. You can use it for learning letters, or just to allow your little one to make an endless amount of shapes. The great thing about open-ended play is it creates an environment for the child that supports imagination, as well as  helping to promote cognitive ability and problem solving skills.


For this project you will need:

a package of colored popsicle sticks

stick on velcro

a crayon box or other similar storage container (or even just a ziploc bag)


sticksWanna know how easy it is? All you have to do is peel the backs off of the stick on velcro and stick it on each end of the popsicle sticks. You can also put it on both sides to allow for more shapes to be made.

I absolutely love this project for the kids, and they can help make it too! It’s amazing how something so simple can be not only educational but allow for hours of fun and creative play time.

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Super Mom’s Super Skin Balm

This is a recipe for a completely organic, preservative free skin balm. It’s great for dry skin, stretch marks, chapped lips, skin burns, and the itchiness that some of us moms get during pregnancy. It’s a real lifesaver for me.


Small Mason jar with lid

Raw, Unrefined, Organic coconut oil

10 Vitamin E 400 Oil capsules (found in the vitamin section of your grocery), preferably a natural/organic brand

Organic olive oil (optional)

essential oils for scent if desired




Melt the coconut oil down to a liquid. This can be done by letting the container sit in hot water for a few minutes.

As the coconut oil is melting, carefully cut the tips off of the Vitamin E capsules and squeeze the oil into your mason jar. Don’t just throw the capsules in, you need to remove them from their shell first.

Fill the container the rest of the way with the now liquid coconut oil. If you prefer a softer balm as opposed to a firm one, you can also add a little bit of olive oil.

Add essential oils for scent if desired.

Pop the lid on the mason jar and shake shake shake til it’s all mixed together nicely. Let set in the fridge until firm. All done!

The wonderful thing about this balm is that it stays solid a room temperature, and melts almost immediately after coming into contact with your skin. Not only that, but you don’t need any preservatives like you do with traditional lotion/balm-making, because the Vitamin E 400 is a natural preservative. I love applying it to my tummy and legs after a nice shower, or adding a spoonful to my bath for some much needed super-mom relax time!

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