Pom garlands are becoming ever-so trendy right now, especially for nurseries. It is no secret that our founder, Modern Day Mom Jessica, is pregnant. I am beyond stoked for her as this has been a long journey for her to conceive Baby #2. While browsing Instagram one day, I saw a nursery with pom garland and I thought it was an absolutely adorable piece of decor. And what is even better is it is simple and inexpensive to make.

INGREDIENTS:
½ pkg House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft, patted dry with paper towels
¾ cup all purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 tbsp whole milk
Salt & pepper
Smoked paprika
½ cup fresh corn, stripped off the cob
3/4 cup red bell peppers (about 3 large peppers)
3 tbsp sliced scallions, or chives
Pinch of chili flakes
Canola or grapeseed oil for frying

We love going to sea aquariums and sea life in general. So, I thought we would try this edible craft, that is super easy and fun! I call it the edible fish aquarium, because we do not need any more real pets at my house.

Having your baby transition from baby food to solids can either prove to be a breeze or a challenge. Many first-time parents ask which age is appropriate to introduce their child to solid food from puréed ones. A pediatrician can help decide when and what to feed your baby. And while there isn’t a set period for the transition, there are practical ways to prepare your bundle of joy for real food.

In an effort to make something different to bring with me on New Years Eve and given that pies are not my specialty, I decided to try out the Cherry Pie cookies. They turned out to be easy to make and extremely delicious.

INGREDIENTS:
1 (12 oz.) pkg House Foods Tofu Premium or Organic Extra Firm or Super Firm, drained and pressed
2 whole celery stalks, minced
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp relish (dill)
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
2 Tbsp vegan mayonnaise
Pinch of turmeric
Dash black pepper
Dash salt
Pinch of dill (optional for garnish)

Each part of pregnancy brings new experiences and new opportunities to connect with baby. Bellybuds has just launched Journey Into Pregnancy, a meditative series of intentional explorations for the expectant mother. Designed to complement an expectant mother’s journey as she progresses from conception through birth, this four-part series begins with meditations on balancing the chakras and continues through the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters.  For every album sold, Belly Buds will donate a portion of proceeds to Little Ripples, a Darfuri refugee preschool program tailored to a population exposed to severe trauma.

Winter is a fun time to play outdoors with the kids, but it’s important to be aware of the temperature and wind chill to prevent hypothermia from setting in.  Taking proper precautions for the colder weather is paramount to keeping your family healthy this year.