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HOW TO USE A BABY STROLLER

Babies, too, love some fresh air, and taking them out would be easier with strollers. This way, you are hands-free, and carrying babies for a long time may be hurtful to your back as well. It’s a wonder if you get your hands on strollers that come with a car seat too. Parents can have real big savings in buying such products for their babies instead of buying them separately. These combos work out well for busy moms who don’t have time to carry two of them along each time you prepare to go out as there are so many other things to worry about as well. The car seat can be easily clipped on to the stroller without any hassle. You could allow the kid to enjoy the stroll or nap without any disturbance. There are various options and the size and as well the kind of machine you would prefer would help you to make the right choice for your baby. Check out the best baby strollers with car seat.

Benefits of choosing best

If you want something compact and lack spaces wherein you live, the best model to try would be the three-wheel system. But if you feel sturdiness is your best bet, then the four-wheel system would work out for you. Parents who want to exercise as they stroll their babies would love this combo of a jogger travel system, which can manage any terrain. If you want to go stroll and jog as well with two infants in a row, you get the above in double travel system as well. The choices are plenty either in retail stores or online with a lot of offers and other kinds of features that will benefit parents who seek help through these systems enable us to look after the babies well. Get the best baby strollers with car seat.

Every care is taken to make these stroller cum baby seats as comfortable, safe as well as affordable for parents to reach out and buy them. Now it’s much easier to travel with your little one. All the convenience can be found through this system. You will know your babies are safe too. The materials that have used to manufacture them are sturdy and child safe. The crossover is great for parents who are quite busy and would love to combine their activities with the babies involved too. It helps them to get quality time with the kids and also go with life and compromise on their work or schedule. The all-terrain jogger system is great as you could take the stroller to places where you prefer to jog and not worry whether you could take your baby there too.

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The stroller can be folded in a snap with one hand hold system. This mechanism will allow you to open and fold the stroller in a second. The attaching process to the car seat is also just one step, and you could hear the click when its fastened safely. The wheels are sturdy with a locking system that doesn’t fail. You will find that you can see there are awesome attachments that can help you place baby things or your things such as feeding bottles, among other things. There is a canopy for the baby to be protected from the sun when you take it for a stroll. There are also reflectors attached to the strollers when you happen to take the stroll in low lit places. The parents have to check out how much weight the stroller can handle, and going for sturdy ones are a good option to take.

There are some stroller combos with two handles, one for the fold and another for the carrying. When you fold the front wheel is designed to rotate inward and allow you to make the stroller as compact as possible. If you want to install the car seat permanently, there is also an option for that and attach it to your car and not have to do so each time you travel. The car seat for babies has multiposition seating, which allows the baby to have free movement even when strapped. There is a feature of allowing the baby to recline when taking a nap. You can also find an adjustable canopy for protecting the baby from the sun’s rays. All these features are added so that the comfort of the baby and parent is compromised in no way where ever you are.

There are other stroller and car seat combos your way with advanced features as well that you can check out online. The best part of buying the latest systems allows you to use them more as the stroller and car seat grows with your kid too. The baby car seat has now four-position recline which is a must-have for ultimate comfort. There is a full canopy that your kid will love. The stroller baby car seat combo is certified after going through numerous tests for the safety and comfort of the child at all times. Since they are durable, they definitely will be a good buy for your baby even when there is a growth spurt. Make the right choice and get the best baby strollers with car seat.

Various other strollers have a great framework such as steel so that they are sturdy and you wouldn’t have to worry when you are using them. They are made in such a way that any terrain will not be bumpy for the baby. There is a basket too for keeping the baby things. The safety has been given prominence and one of the features to demonstrate it was the five-point harness system which has a footrest too — the add on reflectors for better visibility. There is great padding to support the baby’s neck when you take it for a stroll. There is a child tray along with the basket. The sun canopy has a peek a boo window for you to check in on your baby. There is an impact protection system so that the baby’s safe even there is a collision. It happens through the energy-absorbing shell.

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Brussels Sprout Salad & Reminder to turn back your clocks

A friendly reminder that daylight savings time is Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 AM. Time to fall back an hour!

Also just in time for fall, here is a hearty yet healthy salad to enjoy as the days grow darker and it seems harder to eat healthy, especially with all the leftover Halloween candy! This salad is crisp, sweet and salty.

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Brussels Sprout Salad with Sweet Potato, Cranberries and Pistachios

Ingredients:

2 9oz Shaved or Shredded Brussels Sprouts

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

1/2 cup Pistachios- deshelled

2 Sweet Potatoes- cooked and cut into bite size pieces (We are always about saving time, so I microwaved the sweet potatoes for 8 minutes or until cooked all the way. Let it cool and then cut into pieces.)

1/3 cup crushed Wasabi Peas (Measure, put in a plastic bag and then use a mallet.)

For Dressing:

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard

½ tsp honey (or a little more if you prefer sweeter)

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.)  Combine all ingredients except for the wasabi peas.

2.)  Pour dressing and toss. Sprinkle wasabi peas on top.

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Easy & Healthy 3 Step Turkey Chili

This recipe is a family fall favorite. Our Turkey Chili Recipe calls for clean ingredients- turkey, beans and veggies. A bonus is you only need one pot for cooking, which makes cleaning up easy too!

Feel free to swap in your family’s favorite veggies and beans. This recipe is also a great leftover when all you feel like cooking is warming something up.

3 Step Turkey Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lb of lean turkey

1 tbsp of EVOO (a Jolly Oak favorite)

1 cup of chopped mushrooms

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 yellow pepper chopped

1 orange pepper chopped

1 can of beans (I used black beans) but use your favorite

2 8 oz cans of diced tomatoes

2 tbsp of tomato paste

1 package of low sodium chili seasoning

*Optional: oyster crackers, finely diced onion and shredded cheddar cheese for topping.

Directions:

1.)  In a large pot, add EVOO and brown the turkey.

2.)  Add remaining ingredients, stir and cover.

3.)  Simmer on low for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Apple Muffins

Our apples from apple picking are finally gone! Here is one last apple recipe that was the kids favorite.
For a healthy twist, we substituted applesauce for butter, took out some sugar (your kids won’t notice) and added olive oil. My kids insisted we add chocolate chips, and they were right, the perfect Fall muffin! These muffins taste decadent straight from the oven or served warm. Perfect for this cool Chicago October day! And since it is October 1st, don’t forget to say and have your family say “Rabbit Rabbit” for good luck this month!
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Chocolate Chip Apple Muffin Recipe: (yields about 8-10 muffins):
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar and then 2 tbsp for topping
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup applesauce
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 apple- diced into little pieces (I used honey crisp)
2 tbsp cinnamon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine all ingredients until smooth except the apple, cinnamon and sugar topping.
Pour each muffin cup half way with batter, layer with apple pieces, then cover with batter to top of muffin cup.
Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top of each muffin and then swirl with a fork.
Bake about 30-35 minutes.

Eat Clean This Spring

With the first day of spring approaching on March 20th, here in Chicago we can’t wait to shed our winter blues (and coats, hats, scarves, and gloves) and eat clean with more sunshine bringing more veggies, fruits and whole grains!

For more vegetables, we are roasting in season veggies like asparagus at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes until tender and a little crispy with a drizzle of EVOO, sea salt and pepper. Don’t forget right when they come of the oven, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh shredded Parmesan cheese on top. It is easy and yummy to eat clean!

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For more whole grains, start off our day or enjoy as a snack with Jolly Oak (OF COURSE)! Try your favorite flavor on Greek Yogurt or with almond milk. Perfect energy before a workout or to power through the rest of your day.

For less sugar, enjoy fresh fruit dressed up with chocolate sauce on the side. Or, try blending fruit like frozen sliced bananas, frozen mango or frozen strawberries with a little almond milk and mini chocolate chips for the best homemade sorbet!

For spring, enjoy Jolly Oak at our lowest price ever at 50% off with code JOSPRING50 at www.jollyoak.com. Offer expires March 30, 2015.

Pan Roasted Flat Iron Steak with Help From Madison & Rayne

I prefer meals that are simple and quick to cook. Recently, I was at an event and tried a heavenly chicken quinoa. When the woman serving it said I could easily cook it at home, I was intrigued. With a little help from Madison & Rayne, a new Chicago food delivery service from Josh Jones, who was a chef at Spring Restaurant, you can transform into the fancy chef at home (minus the hard parts)!

My kids helped me choose and cook the Pan Roasted Flat Iron Steak, which also came with a watercress salad with faro, shaved vegetables, and a delicious homemade balsamic dressing. My son declared the steak “fabulous”! Even better, the delicious meal presented beautifully!

I was apprehensive at first when choosing what meal to order because the recipes sounded complex, but the ingredients came easily labeled and fresh. All ingredients are from local farms. Even the watercress had a damp paper towel in the bag to keep it crispy.

Each recipe comes with a card with easy to follow directions. My glamorous meal took all of 15 minutes! No stopping at the grocery store for ingredients, no measuring, and no chopping. Madison & Rayne is a personal shopper and delivery service all rolled into one. Minimal prep and minimal clean-up means my time is better spent enjoying dinner! It really was simple after all!

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Save time and break up the monotony of cooking the same meals each week. Enjoy as a family or put those kiddos to bed and take pleasure in a restaurant style meal in the comforts of your own home! Order at www.madisonandrayne.com.

Ground Sirloin with Spinach and Black Bean Taquito Recipe

My kids requested steak tacos tonight. I didn’t have steak or taco shells, but I did just watch Giada At Home and remembered her turkey taquito recipe. I altered it to fit my family’s request, made it a tad healthier, and this is what we came up with.

My daughter and son loved this crunchy and healthy dinner! They had fun dipping the taquitos in salsa and guacamole. It was a fun change to taco night. Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

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Ground Sirloin with Spinach and Black Bean Taquitos Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lbs ground sirloin

about 6-8 corn tortillas

2 cups baby spinach- chopped

½ onion- chopped

1 can black beans- drained and rinsed

½ cup low fat cheddar cheese

1 tbsp olive oil

 1 tsp hamburger seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.)  In a sauté pan on medium high heat, add olive oil for 30 seconds. Then add chopped onion and caramelize for about 5-7 minutes.

3.)  Add ground sirloin to the onion and sprinkle on hamburger seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Chop meat and stir until meat browns.

4.)  Pour in black beans, and using a fork, mash the black beans right into the pan.

5.)  Add spinach and a little more salt and pepper to taste. Blend until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.

6.)  In a separate pan, warm to medium heat and spray with olive oil spray. Warm tortillas on both sides for 30 seconds.

7.)  Fill each tortilla with the meat mixture at one end and roll so the tortilla is completely wrapped where both ends are overlapping.

8.)  Spray a 9×13 baking dish and side by side place rolled up tacos. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

9.)  Bake taquitos for 25-30 minutes.

Skinny Warm Apple Pie Sundae

If you live in Chicago, it still feels like winter! My son requested a warm dessert tonight. He loves apple pie so I created a much healthier version and, even better, he helped make it!

We chopped up two apples, which I didn’t have time to peel, but feel free. He sprinkled on the cinnamon and poured in the water. He even enjoyed setting the microwave timer, watching every minute go by and stopping and starting it. When the apple was soft, we topped the apple mixture with vanilla frozen yogurt and crunchy granola. He gave a big thumbs up! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

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Warm Apple Pie Sundae- 2 servings

2 apples- diced (Use your favorite flavor.)

½ tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp water

½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt

½ cup granola (I used 1 package Jolly Oak Blueberry Crunch Granola.)

Directions:

1.)  In a microwave safe bowl, combine diced apple, cinnamon, and 2 tbsp water.

2.)  Microwave mixture for about 3-4 minutes. Stopping at each minute and stirring until apple is soft.

3.)  Equally divide warm apple mixture into 2 serving bowls. For each bowl, add ¼ cup vanilla frozen yogurt and ½ bag of Jolly Oak Blueberry Crunch Granola.

Skinny PB & Jelly Muffins

Here is a fun twist on your usual PB & J sandwich. Turn it into a muffin with nutritious ingredients! I used whole wheat flour for fiber, a touch of ground flaxseeds for omega-3s, and vanilla Greek yogurt for protein and sweetness.

Both my kids helped prepare these easy muffins. They mixed, measured, and carefully concentrated on adding the jelly to the middle. They turned out delicious for breakfast and an afternoon healthy snack! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

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Skinny PB & Jelly Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour

3 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp sea salt

1/4 cup sugar

¾ cup fat free milk or almond milk

2/3 cup natural peanut butter

½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt

2 eggs

¼ cup your favorite jelly (My daughter picked raspberry.)

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.) In a large bowl, combine flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and sugar.

3.) Add in milk, PB, yogurt, and eggs until smooth.

4.) Fill muffin cups half full with batter and then add 1 tsp jelly.

5.) Fill rest of muffin cups with remaining batter.

6.) Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden in color.

7.) Let muffins cool before enjoying!

Summertime Activity with Simple Strawberry Shortcake

I asked one of my friends who I consider healthy if she had a strawberry shortcake recipe. It is one of my favorite summer desserts, and I had never baked it from scratch!

Her recipe entailed store bought angel food cake, smothered in Cool Whip, and decorated with strawberries. I will admit it, I have also created strawberry shortcake this way and it is delicious and a time saver! However, in honor of National Strawberry Shortcake Day (honestly, who declares this?), I figured I would bake it from scratch for a fun afternoon activity with my kids (I could not go to the park or get in a pool again today)!
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While I have always considered this dessert a healthier choice, as I researched recipes, it is loaded with sugar and butter! Here is my version (which I simplified and healthified (and made up a word)) to celebrate this beloved summer dessert!

My daughter loves her Strawberry Shortcake Doll and was excited to bake! My son wanted to know what superpowers Strawberry Shortcake possessed and was disappointed that she does not shoot berries or have super strength; however, he was not disappointed in the fun mess we made (and baking this entertained them for an hour)!

When I served this dessert, my guests could not believe I baked it from scratch or that it was healthier than other strawberry shortcake. My daughter enjoyed the shortcake without topping it with whipped cream or sweetened strawberries. I divided my recipe into three simple steps. Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!

Simple Strawberry Shortcake Recipe:

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The Strawberries:

16 oz fresh strawberries- hull (slice off tops) and cut into cut into pieces

2 tbsp white sugar (measuring utilizes math skills)

The Shortcake:

1/3 cup white sugar

2 cups white flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

2 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

¼ cup cold unsalted butter- slice into the batter

¼ cup applesauce

1 cup low fat milk

1 tbsp lemon juice

The Whipped Cream (this part is MAGICAL to kids):

1 cup heavy cream (make sure the cream is cold, it will whip better- thanks for this tip from my friend who is a pastry chef!)

2 tbsp powdered sugar

1.)  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.)  In a bowl, toss cut strawberries with 2 tbsp sugar. Set aside.

3.)  In a mixer, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in butter pieces, milk, and lemon juice.

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4.)  Sprinkle flour on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pat dough flat onto parchment paper (warning- dough is sticky) and form a giant rectangle.

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5.)  Thoroughly sprinkle white sugar over dough.

6.)  Bake 22-25 minutes or until golden around the edges. Allow time to cool before slicing.

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7.)  If you are ambitious and want homemade whipped cream, it is SUPER EASY and kids find whipping cream magical! In a mixer combine cream and powdered sugar until peaks form (this means your whipped cream is ready!).  *If short on time, Cool Whip is a pretty darn good substitute but don’t tell my pastry chef friend that!

8.)  Slice the shortbread into servings. My batter produced about 12 big pieces. When ready to serve, layer with whipped cream and sweetened strawberries.