My allergies are the worst, not gonna lie. The tree pollen is at an all-time high and I find myself carrying tissues around with me at all times. There isn’t much you can do when you are pregnant with allergies but you can offer up advice to others. Sometimes, allergies are just so bad that you need to do something to help ease the symptoms.

Making homemade baby food is something wonderful you can do for your kids. It allows you to know exactly what goes into every meal and more importantly, what doesn’t. Even if a jar says “preservative-free” or “all natural,” that still means the once healthy whole fruits and veggies have been super-heated and processed beyond recognition, removing tons of nutritional value and flavor. If it was simply a nutritional benefit to make baby food at home, that would be enough of a reason, but it is also a huge financial benefit! In the beginning, you may think a $1 jar of store baby food bananas is way cheaper than getting set up with steamers, blenders and a month supply of organic food, but that’s not the case. Places like Pish Posh Baby and others have all of the products you need to get set up at amazing prices. It’ll only take you a month or two to save the money you would have been spending on store bought foods, especially if you planned to buy organic baby food. Here are a few saving tips to turn you into a baby food pro. Soon your friends will want to know all of your secrets:

1 medium red onion, chopped
1/4 cup chicken broth or apple juice
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup zucchini, chopped
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups corn (frozen or fresh off the cob)
2 (15 oz) cans whole tomatoes (30 oz. total)
1/2 cup natural brand chunky style salsa
2 (15 oz) cans black beans (30 oz. total)
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 bag Mary’s Gone Crackers Chipotle Tomato Pretzels

I saw an amazing picture of the Eight-Layer Chicken Chili Dip on Food Network and immediately knew that I would have to test it out. However, I decided that given it was a 10-12 serving sized recipe, I would wait until I hosted a party or playdate or went to a pot-luck and use my friends as testers. The recipe is not only beautiful to look at it, and fresh ingredients it is delicious. My friends said to keep using them as my taste testers. The other way I knew it was good was that there was hardly and leftovers.

What do you get when you take cake mix and turn it into a cookie? A rich soft melt in your mouth treat! There are tons of recipes on how to take a cake mix and turn it into a cookie. This one is rich, colorful and delicious and sure to be a hit with anyone that you share with.