Diapers.com went green!

Have you seen Diapers.com’s new Green site? The site is full of great organic and natural baby products, household items made from sustainable materials, natural beauty and cleaning products, and much more.

They’ve got everything from Plum Organics Baby Food, to Method Cleaning Products, to Dr. Bronner’s Bath & Body products, and even furniture!

We are so excited that Diapers.com launched this site and made going green easier for parents.  Head over to the new site and check it out. We are pretty excited about it!

xo
~ Delighted Child

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Recipe: Quinoa Black Bean Salad


This recipe is a big hit with children and parents alike. Not only is it tasty, but it’s also very nutritious and easy to make. All you need to do is mix equal parts quinoa, black beans, corn, chopped red & yellow bell peppers, and chopped tomatoes in a medium sized bowl. Then add olive oil, red wine vinegar, black pepper and sea salt to taste. {We recommend starting light and adding as you go. You can always add more, but never take away!} Once you are satisfied with the taste, add one clove of chopped garlic and finish off with some Italian parsley. Mix all together and serve. Bon appetit!

xo
~ Delighted Child

to cloth diaper, or not to cloth diaper

Cloth diapers are a big topic of conversation with parents of new babies. Cloth diapers have many great benefits, but also require quite a bit of work on your part. Delighted Child is a big supporter of cloth diapering your child, but we understand the amount of time and energy it takes to use cloth diapers. Not only do we have some cloth diaper brand recommendations for you, but we also want to introduce you to services that will deliver your cloth diapers, launder them, and provide you with bigger sizes as your child grows.

Kelly’s Closet has a lot of options on their site. We are also big supporters of gDiapers and bumGenius which we highly recommend. They are soft, natural, and will help to eliminate the possibility of diaper rash.

For those that are looking for a service to help you with your quest for using cloth diapers, Happy Nappy Diaper Service in Canada does just that! They offer weekly pick-up & delivery, and laundry service. Dy-Dee Diaper Service out of Pasadena, California, does the same. Diaper Kind in NYC is an option for our East Coast friends. We think these are great services for parents who want to use cloth diapers but don’t have the time, energy or want to do what it takes to keep up with the cloth diaper process in-house. If you don’t live in Canada, Cali or NYC, just google “cloth diaper service {your town}” to find the closest service to you.

We’d love to hear about your experiences with cloth diapers. Shoot us an email or leave a comment.

xo
~ Delighted Child

Make your own Green cleaning products!

Do you use green cleaning products? If not, have you thought about switching over? There are many benefits to using green cleaning products – they are safer for your home, your children, your animal friends, and the environment. Plus, they cost less! What’s great is you can make these products yourself. We have some recipes for you to help you get started.

No. 1 ~ A green all-purpose cleaner:
~ mix vinegar and salt together for a good surface cleaner
~ pour some baking soda and vinegar on a damp sponge- it will clean and deodorize your kitchen and bathroom surfaces

No. 2 ~ How to remove crayon markings: {only for the floor or table}
~ rub with some toothpaste on a damp cloth.

No. 3 ~ How to remove grease spots:
~ immediately pour salt on the grease spot to absorb and prevent staining

No. 4 ~ A green oven cleaner:
~ while the oven is still warm, pour salt on grimy areas. if areas are dry, dampen with water before applying the salt. when oven cools down, scrape the grime off and wash clean
~ spray grimy areas with vinegar-water and apply a layer of baking soda. rub gently with a fine steel wool pad and wipe off. rinse with water and wipe dry.

No. 5 ~ A natural toilet bowl cleaner
~ sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then drizzle with vinegar and scour with a toilet brush. this combination both cleans and deodorizes.

No. 6 ~ Glass cleaner
~ mix equal amounts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. wipe the glass with newspaper for a streak-free shine.

Vinegar alone has many cleaning uses. Did you know it removes stickers that have been used by your children for “decorative” uses? It also eliminates unwanted odors overnight, when mixed 50/50 with water it can be a stain treatment, and can be used for chemical and grime building in the bathroom. We urge you to give it a try!

If you want to use green cleaning products but don’t want to make them yourselves, we think this all-purpose spray is a good option, as well as this bathroom kit. Happy cleaning!

xo
~ Delighted Child

The fashion motherload

            
Guess what! We found IT. We found the *best* children’s boutique and we are so excited about it. Have you ever heard of Redfish Kids Clothing? They are based out of Vancouver, but have a website as well. When we tell you they have the most adorable skirts, dresses, pants, and tops for children, we mean it. Their designs are so gorgeous, we only wish they made adult clothing as well. Their philosophy is “courage for children” – with such a great message, and such amazing product – Redfish has quickly become our new favorite brand. We encourage you to visit their site and purchase a unique item for your little one. We think every little girl needs to rock a kimono! 🙂

xo
~ Delighted Child

Be a farmer for a day

What child wouldn’t love to be a farmer for a day? Depending on where you live, it could actually be a reality for your kiddo! If you live in Vancouver, Maplewood Farm located 20 minutes outside of the city offers children the opportunity to “be a farmer for a day” this fall! Your child would learn how to collect and wash eggs, groom horse, feed the animals, and more!

If you live in California, this opportunity is available at McClelland’s Dairy Farm in Petaluma. Midway Farms offers this event in Oregon. Wherever you live, simply type “farmer for a day” and your city into a Google search and hopefully you’ll be able to find this opportunity at a farm near you! It sounds like a really fun experience for your little one. Try it out and send us a photo of your kiddo and we will feature it on our site.

xo
~ Delighted Child

Book review: Bringing Up Bebe

Have you read Bringing Up Bebe yet? We LOVE this book. It’s safe to say, we think this is the best “parenting” book on the shelves. Of course there are other great books out there, like books about what to expect when you’re pregnant and information on the first year of your baby’s life. But this book spoke to us on a different level.

Bringing Up Bebe is about an American mother, Pamela Druckerman, living in Paris with her husband and children. Pamela writes about how parents can make their lives less stressful by taking some pointers from French parents. She discusses her own experiences and struggles, and how once she started emulating the French parenting style, she began to see positive changes in her family structure and her kids’ behavior. We found it funny, insightful, endearing, and informative. If you only read one book about parenting- let it be this one!

xo
~ Delighted Child

One for mini, one for mama

The weather is changing, summer is drifting away and fall is rolling in. It’s time to pick up some new clothes to stay warm. The fall is our favorite season. It gives us an excuse to wear cozy scarves and cute hats. We have some adorable recommendations for you today- an outfit for the mama and an outfit for the mini.

For the Mini :
    

    

For the Mama:

   

For the Mini: Hat  Sweater  Dress  Leggings  Mary-Janes
For the Mama: Jacket  Top  Necklace  Pants  Wedges

After a long day, change into some cute mama & baby pajamas, snuggle up with your little one and read a good book together. Have you read this book yet?

xo
~ Delighted Child

A dinner trick

During dinner time, do you ever have trouble getting your kids to eat their vegetables? We have a little trick to share: serve the vegetables as an appetizer.

Tell your littles it’s dinner time and to sit down at the table (or wherever your family eats dinner). Have an empty plate sitting in front of them, alongside their beverage and cutlery, and serve the veggies first. After the vegetable appetizer is served, continue with preparing dinner and let your child feed themselves.

When they first sit down for dinner, that is when they are the hungriest. They will start eating the veggies first simply because they are hungry. We’re not talking about a few lonely carrots plopped down on a plate, but a nicely presented plate of steamed broccolini with a small drizzle of melted organic cheese, or a bowl of shredded carrots with a vinaigrette dressing.

I know what you’re thinking, “but what if they don’t like carrots with vinaigrette dressing?” Not to worry, mom. We believe that it’s beneficial to experiment with different ways of serving veggies. That way, your child can try a variety of options and decide which recipe works for them.

The message we are trying to share is that vegetables, full of fiber and vitamins, are one of the most important staples in a child’s diet. We want them to love veggies from the start and when presented with the option, to always reach for that celery stick!

We have a few different vegetable appetizer recipes to share in case you are looking for some inspiration:

No. 1~ A bowl of shredded carrots and celery in a light vinaigrette dressing
No. 2~ Slices of roasted beats accompanied by goat cheese and arugula
No. 3~ Oven roasted asparagus pieces, drizzled with warm honey
No. 4~ “Ants on a log”~ celery stalk pieces filled with organic peanut butter , topped with organic raisins
No. 5~ Caprese salad~ tomato chunks, basil pieces, & small mozzarella squares, mixed together with a light vinegar dressing finish

A great snack option: Kale chips~ wash kale pieces, dry completely, lay flat on a baking sheet, preheat to 350 degrees, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Bake about 10-15 minutes, or until crispy. A terrific alternative to potato chips.

Give these veggie appetizers a try and let us know what your kids think!

xo
~ Delighted Child

Mother Dolphin Gives Birth

We are big animal lovers over here at Delighted Child. We feel that animals give a lot love and companionship to their human families. Have you read this article about how pets can make kids healthier? Pets, especially dogs and cats, can be great sources of comfort for children. As a child, I used to curl up with my family dog and read books at night. You can never be lonely if you have a furry four-legged friend around.

My husband sent me this video of a mother dolphin giving birth. It was so incredible to watch and quite moving. We realize not everyone might be interested in seeing a dolphin give birth, so only watch it if it’s something you might find fascinating. Dolphins are smart and playful, not to mention absolutely beautiful. We only wish we could have a dolphin as a pet! 🙂

xo
~ Delighted Child