Author: Tamra

Avocado Oil Now at Costco

Avocado Oil Now at Costco

What a great deal! I’m always looking for good fats to add to Birkley’s shakes/meals. Now can buy it at Costco for $8.99 for 1 Liter. Normally around $10 for half this size. Tweet

Special Living Today Getting a Makeover

Special Living Today Getting a Makeover

We want to become your place for finding out about new products invented by moms like you and me or products currently out there that we have never heard of before. Want us to be able to share what we have found because I find […]

Shake Recipe Ideas if Main Source of Food

Shake Recipe Ideas if Main Source of Food

If looking for some recipe ideas, hope these can help. After years of looking, researching and trying to figure out a healthier way for my daughter to eat, enjoy what she’s eating and receiving a healthy and balanced meal, we finally have some great mixes that work well. Plus affordable too.

Apple Pie Shake
(alter to make strawberry, blueberry shake)

Makes 2 / 8 oz shakes

12 oz. almond or soy milk (can use cow’s milk as well)

¼ scoop of Raw Meal – Vanilla (sometimes I use ½ cup soy/regular vanilla yogurt for variation)

2 graham cracker sheets

1/8 cup cinnamon applesauce (replace with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

1/8 – ¼ cup Gerber Mulitgrain Cereal, Rice Cereal or Oatmeal
(will depend on how thick you need your shake)

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* Add little over ½ tsp of oil to 8 oz poured – if need more fat.
Don’t add to the mix above, add after your have poured the desired amount in your bottle or cup.
(I use safflower or sunflower because I want a buttery flavor and better than vegetable oil)

Notes:

• Every feeding for Birkley is 8 oz. so this recipe is for 2 feedings for her.

• We use the Cuisinart Smart Stick because it’s fast and a perfect size for making 2 at a time, easy for travel and only $30 – $35.

• If add oil, want to try to use right away. Don’t want to put back in the frig as the shake will start to separate. For this reason, we usually add oil two times a day to her 8 oz shakes. Plus most likely enough added fat.

• We alter her shakes using soy and almond milk throughout the day since soy has more protein and don’t want to hurt her stomach.

Depending on what your child needs, can add honey for more sugar, less oil if don’t need added fat, whatever you need to do, can alter easily. In our case, Birkley uses Avent bottles with a slit at the top so can drink thicker shakes easily without choking.

Peanut Butter and Banana Shake

Same as above but instead of Rawmeal and applesauce, add about a 1 TB to 1 ½ TB of peanut butter or almond butter and add ½ a banana

 

Summer Camps are Already in the Works – Ideas?

In the Denver area, I’ve heard of a few camps being offered but always looking for other options. Know of any? Please comment below if do. I would like to make a running list for everyone so when the time comes, we aren’t all stressing. […]

No More Live-in Nanny

So we tried but just couldn’t do it. Our nanny was here for two months so feel we gave it a good shot but just didn’t work for us. For one, I just couldn’t get used to the fact that someone was living downstairs (finished […]

Hunting for Non-slip Ideas for Bathing

So I finally came across a site with some good ideas on how to make non-slip surfaces for the water. I don’t want to pay $500 or so for a bathing chair for Birkley so I’m buying another First Years Reclining Booster Seat and adding a non-slip surface to the bath tub so it doesn’t slip. She sits in the chair perfectly and it only costs around $30 and even with adding any of these ideas, I won’t be paying more than $50. So much better.

Here’s the link:
The Boat Galley

I’ll keep you posted as to what worked for us. Yeah! Finally I’m getting somewhere.

The Need to Slow Down

The Need to Slow Down

  When I dropped Birkley off at school today, her physical therapist stopped me for a little to go over some things she is working on with Birkley. I knew she’s been improving but so fun to see her therapist so excited about her and […]

Birkley in Hands and Voices Communicator

Birkley in Hands and Voices Communicator

  Hope does a good job communicating our story to everyone. Wish was online but don’t see anywhere. Find out more about Hands and Voices. Tweet

Needing More Help, Live in Nanny Takes Time

So we have finally hired our first live in nanny but keep in mind, we don’t have her 24/7. We do a little trade for free living and a little paid to use her for about 20 hours a week. Works better for us. Anyway it’s taken some time for us to get used to the new situation but I have to say that after a few weeks, things are going great. Still not sure how long we’ll do this but has been a huge break for me and definitely gives me time to work more and really just have some time away from the crazy life of having a child with special needs. Don’t get me wrong, great for help with the other kids too but it’s Birkley I needed a break from.

Keep you posted but if any questions, feel free to ask away.

Finally a Live in Nanny!

Thanks to everyone who helped me with all my questions, concerns, etc. We finally figured out a situation that worked and now our new live in nanny starts next week. Yahoo!! Think she’ll be great but will keep you posted. So excited for Birkley to […]