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Happy 3rd Birthday Super Hero Miles Storm!

September the 16th 2013 marks my Son’s 3rd Birthday, and I have mixed emotions about that. Part of me feels like he is growing up way too fast and everything is slipping by, and another part of me is so proud with the way he is growing into such a happy, considerate and caring little boy. I love being his Mum so much!

Planning his 3rd birthday ended up being a last-minute affair, which was okay as I work really well on deadlines. It was my main responsibility to organize his Birthday Party as my husband, being so busy with work has limited time for domestic duties. In retrospect, this is probably for the better, otherwise we probably would’ve argued over the finer points.

When Miles Storm woke up he had a cake and we sang Happy Birthday to him, yes on this one special day of the year it was Cake for Brekkie. Continuing on at his morning school group he had cupcakes, a BIG Happy Birthday sign and his class sang the traditional song! Later in the afternoon he had his official birthday party! Fortunately, the building we live in has a Children’s play room, which served us well as the venue for his Rockin’ birthday party. He had so much fun and it was a huge success. A lot of his friends came, with Mummies and Nannies alike.

Thankfully, we did have some help from different people who really helped make this a good time all around. The party might not have been so exciting without them!!

The local Williamsburg Brooklyn Children’s indoor play facility Klub 4 Kidz generously offered Miles a free face painter, with Miles choosing to be Batman for the occasion. Klub 4 Kidz is an awesome facility that has an Indoor Rock Climbing Wall, Toddlers Room, a 3-tier playground, as well as a disco room. They offer many special events as well as amazing birthday parties. Thank-you Tina for that!

One of our friends and up and coming celebrity photographer, Brock Fetch, came and took the photos of Miles Storm’s birthday party. So grateful for that, as now we have physical keepsakes (not just Iphone photos) to remember this day always. Miles and Brock have a very special relationship having quickly bonded over a short amount of time together, which is very interesting to watch!

Also, want to give a HUGE thank-you to the Bedford Baking Studio for making the most amazing vegan, gluten-free birthday cake and cupcakes. All the cupcakes went so fast, and the cake was not too far behind. Who says you need dairy products in cakes? I remember going into Bedford Baking Studio for Miles Storm’s 2nd Birthday last year to ask if they did Gluten Free or Vegan products and the answer was a definite No. A year later, the same bakery offers many many options in these categories. Surely a sign of the times. If you are in Williamsburg Brooklyn and need a cake I highly recommend a visit to the owner Tolga, he is so accommodating and willing to work with you to create something amazing.

Happy 3rd Birthday Super Hero Miles Storm!

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PS – In case you are wondering who did the awesome artwork on the blackboard, it was me! Ha.

**All photos Copyright Brock Fetch Photography

Super Awesome Vegan/Vegetarian Lunch Options for Little Ones!

The most popular posts that I put up on the Willy B Mum Facebook Page are the pictures of Miles Storm’s lunches that I make for him. So today, I am dedicating my writing to highlighting a group of those plate creations.

I do often get compliments on how healthy the lunches are that I put together for my Son. Some people are even in disbelief as to how I came up with such combinations. To me, it is quite normal and all that I know to do for him. However, I guess to others trying or starting out with a vegetarian/vegan diet, it can be confusing and frustrating to navigate through, especially if having eaten meat most of one’s life. And, I understand that, as once upon a time I ate meat and I did not have a Son.

Since my husband and I became parents almost 3 years ago now, we have really stepped up our game in the food department. The majority of the food we consume is organic and Non-GMO. We also try to buy local and seasonal food. During the summer months we grow our own produce including tomatoes, kale, beans, watermelon and eggplants. Not to mention, we cook nearly everything ourselves so we can control and know exactly what is going into our family meals.

In my opinion, the divided plates (that you see in the photos) are a genius concept as it gives children a variety of options as to what they want to eat and really leaves the eating experience up to them. You may also notice that all the foods can be eaten with the hands. My toddler is very much into eating this way, so all the food choices, for this stage of his life, reflect that.

Please enjoy the photos below, I hope that they are inspirational in helping to create some lovely healthy vegetarian/vegan options for your Little One’s lunches.

Maybe you can send some suggestions my way too, as I am always looking to add to Miles Storm’s menu!

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INNOBABY – Din Din Divided Bus Plate
Buy It HERE
BPA, Phthalate, PVC & Lead Free
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We bought ours at Mini Jake in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn NY

Feta Cheese with Raw Almonds, Roasted Broccoli, Home Made Tomato Sauce, Blueberries with Strawberries and Gluten-Free Pasta

Cage Free Hard Boiled Egg, Kiwi Fruit, Grilled Corn Niblets, Carrots with Guacamole and Gluten-Free Pasta with home-made tomato sauce

Edamame, Feta Cheese, Raw Almond Butter for dipping, Vegemite with Olive Oil on Gluten-Free toast and Sliced Pears

Hard Boiled Cage-Free egg, Sliced Purple Grapes, Baked Miso Tofu (RECIPE HERE), Carrots with hummus and Baked Cauliflower with Broccoli

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Coconut, Blueberry, Banana, Macadamia Nut Mini-Muffins

These mini-muffins are perfect for breakfast

My little boy has allergies to cow dairy products and gluten, so not wanting him to miss out, I created this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, sugarless mini-muffin recipe by taking and adding from a few different recipes.

It was my first time experimenting making muffins, and besides over cooking the first batch a little too much, these turned out surprisingly well; being super moist and really delicious. I am very proud of myself!

Happily, Miles Storm was eager to help out in the kitchen which turned into a fun afternoon activity for both of us. Cooking with him is such a lovely bonding experience – a lot of mess, a lot of questions and a lot of laughter!

I suggest serving the mini-muffins plain (above photo) as part of a healthy breakfast, or even decorated (bottom photo) with toppings like fresh banana. Who doesn’t love bananas! Alternatively, as a special treat, dress the mini-muffins with sprinkles. For this batch I used the Australian multi-colored alternative known as “hundreds and thousands”.

Enjoy.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 2 Cups of Almond Meal
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)
  • 1/3 cup of apple cinnamon sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Apple Sauce with Cinnamon)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed until smooth
  • 1 cup of macadamia nuts, chopped small
  • 2 cups of organic blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of coconut shreds

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We Love Klub 4 Kidz!

Being a Stay-At-Home-Mum in New York City is not always easy, especially during the colder weather. It is definitely not like the environment where I grew up in Australia where my Mother told me and my brother and sisters to go outside and play every day; you just do not have that choice here as a parent.

Thankfully, there are options. The indoor play spaces are a rapidly growing trend which are a godsend to young city-based families. Not just because they are indoors, but also because they are safe and friendly venues specifically targeted towards our Little Ones.

Here in Williamsburg Brooklyn where I live, there are a few options, with one of my top preferences being Klub 4 Kidz, which is located off Bedford Avenue on North 4th Street.

On Halloween 2010 K4K was officially opened by mother herself, Tina Klideris, who had dreamed about opening something-of-the-like for over 10 years; see dreams really can come true!

For the older children, 2 years to 10 years of age, there is a 18 foot rock climbing wall, and 4 tier state-of-the-art playground which includes zip line, crawl tubes, mazes, and slides. Pretty amazing right!

THE NEW TODDLER ROOM

For the younger children, like Miles Storm, K4K recently introduced a “Toddler Room” which we had the opportunity to check out last week. My Son loved it, we were there for 2+ hours and he actually started crying when we had to leave. Now he constantly asks if he can go back to the “Kub 4 Kidz” -  really cute!

The Toddler Room is specifically for newborns to children 2 years of age, which is reassuring because it means Little Ones will not be scared or knocked-about by the bigger children in the playground. There is a soft mat on the floor with plenty of toys and books to explore.

Klub 4 Kidz also has a café which offers, wait for it, gluten-free and organic food choices, not to mention coffee! They offer a variety of Pop-In classes like my favorite Eco friendly Pop Art. There is also Pre-school Klub, Music Class, PeeWee Pop Art and a Science Class which are held on Tuesday and Thursday. You can find more information about that HERE.

Another awesome offering from K4K is $10 Tuesday, which is exactly as it says only $10 for unlimited Open Play ALL day. This definitely has to be one of the best deals in the local “Willy B” area, $10 is such a relief compared to some of the prices of other activities available! At the end of the week K4K holds Funtastic Friday which is from 3PM – 6PM and includes free rock wall and face painting. Additionally, the party room is open with board games and WII music and dancing. Woo Hoo!

If you are in “Willy B” I definitely suggest you stop by. And, if you are visiting Williamsburg Brooklyn feel free to check it out, I know your children will Love It, like my Little Boy does.

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Miles Storm enjoying the Toddler Room at Klub for Kidz

Inspirational Vibes – deLIFEful Foods!

For my 4th episode of Inspirational Vibes, I am so happy to have had the opportunity to interview and spend some time with Tirrell Barronette who is the brainchild behind the up and coming raw organic juice company - deLIFEful Foods.

I met Tirrell at the Open House of the Brooklyn Chapter of the Holistic Mom’s Network that I co-lead with another Mummy in Williamsburg Brooklyn. We were looking for sponsors for the event, and with the help of my friends at Gourmet Guild, (where monthly meetings are held and who also stock deLifeFul), the connection was made. Tirrell was so excited to get the juices into us local Mummies hands that he actually showed up to Gourmet Guild a day early. And, I love that story. Tirrell has one of the those welcoming happy smiley personalities that it is impossible not to love, and deLIFEful Foods is a perfect reflection of that.

Tirrell started deLIFEful Foods in 2011 with some College friends and his juice-genius Uncle who had previously worked in the industry. Shining a bright light, the company came to par after noticing that the healthy products on the market available for children, well, were limited and kind of sucked (can I say that – Ha). deLIFEful originally shopped 8 ounce bottles known as”Shorties” to vendors as a drink for youngsters, but the general feedback was that consumers would not buy raw organic unpasteurized juices with that idea in mind. Taking a step back, they upped it to a 16 ounce adult focused bottle and at the moment they are distributing 500 bottles of juice in the NY area a week!

Here is my thing though, first of all most mothers breastfeed their children on raw organic milk, and really, what is the point of heating juices (pasteurizing) to such a point that you kill most of the nutritional benefits? It is my opinion that raw juicing is the way to go, it just seems silly to me to drink it any other way. Personally, I have no problem giving my 2.5 year old raw cold pressed juices. Let’s just keep it as nature intended shall we!

Thankfully, deLIFEful recently decided to add their initial idea of 8 ounce “Shorties” back on to their product list which should be available, with children in mind, at the end of March. Another thing I love about deLIFEful foods is that before they even offered their juices to the public they let a bunch of Little Ones try it and ONLY sell juice that have Children’s seal of approval on the flavors – LOVE that (please watch the interview below for more insight on this).

The deLIFEful shorties will be an 8 ounce variety to our current juices. There will be slight variations to some of the formulations but we will not sacrifice on taste or quality of ingredients. The product maintains the same level integrity as our current juices. The product will be released at the end of March and available at select stores — Tirrell Barronette.

Did I mention that all juices are certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, Non GMO, free of food colorings, preservatives or added sugar? Of course they are! Additionally, to ensure quality and to maintain nutritional content juices are cold pressed daily. The majority of ingredients are sourced from Samascott Orchard in New York and Lancaster Farms in Pennsylvania. Well, besides the Pomegranates and Pineapples which are harvested on a farm in sunny California.

deLIFEful has 3 different varieties at the moment – Green Revival, Kickin’ Ginger (my favorite), and Sweet Sweet P & P. The juices are available in select stores in the NY area, (like my local Gourmet Guild in Williamsburg Brooklyn) and are also available online HERE.

deLIFEful Foods are an awesome company doing great things for us adults and for our Little Ones, and to me that is an Inspirational Vibe!

Follow deLIFEful on Twitter here – @deLIFEfulFoods
Like deLIFEful on Facebook here – /deLIFEfulfoods

GET YOUR JUICE ON PEOPLE AND CHECK THEM OUT!

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Miles Storm’s journey with becoming Eczema Free

Six months ago, my then 1.5 year old Son & I made the long journey back to my home town of Melbourne Australia to celebrate my Mum’s birthday. We visited for 3 weeks, and while we were there Miles Storm developed a scaly rash all over his body and face. I really did not think anything of it at the time. I figured it was dry skin due to the climate change and would eventually clear up.

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Why Miles Storm cannot eat Gluten – Sweet Potato & Carrot with Brown Rice Pasta.

My 22 month-old Son is going through a phase where he loves Pasta. He walks around the apartment saying “Pasta Pasta” in the cutest baby voice a Mum has ever heard. As I am on a “Cooking Roll” this week, today for lunch I made him Sweet Potato & Carrot Sauce with Gluten- Free Brown Rice Pasta. He loved it!

A few months back, returning to NYC from a visit in my home town of Melbourne Australia I noticed Miles Storm was covered head-to-toe with the skin condition Eczema. All of a sudden he had turned from a soft skinned baby into a scaly fish!

We have 2 Pediatricians for Miles Storm – one who is traditional in Western Medicine who believes in vaccines, and the other is holistic in natural remedies and not a big fan of vaccines. It is a good contrast for me being holistic-minded to hear from both sides of the fence and then making a decision, with my husband, about what is the right path for us to take.

I first took Miles to our traditional Pediatrician in Brooklyn and was told quite casually to put steroid Cortisone cream all over his untainted body a few times a day until it was gone. I am sorry but that was a huge NO NO for me. There are risks with using cortisone for adults being that as it is a strong chemical it can penetrate skin, causing an allergic reaction resulting in blood poising. For children, I assume the risk is greater as their bodies are smaller? Either way, why use steroid creams if there is a non-toxic way to achieve the same results? So, I made an appointment with our holistic pediatrician upstate NY, where I was told to cut out all cow products and gluten from his diet; which we did straight away. Two days later Eczema completely gone, just like that! I really am a firm believer that you are what you eat, and the proof was in the pudding on this experiment. See, that is why I like having 2 Pediatricians!

My Son and I are predominately vegetarians. I have been for 22 years and am very happy with my choice. I eat hardly any dairy and like to call myself a try-hard-vegan! Funny. My Son eats eggs, and absolutely loves goat milk and yoghurt. Other than we eat grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables. My husband is an amazing cook and we are always making new and interesting dishes. We did have to take it to the next level when Miles stopped eating gluten as we really did not know much about it. Now, nobody in the family really eats gluten – can’t say we miss it. Thus, the reason in this recipe I am using gluten-freen brown rice pasta (in case you were wondering).

I get a lot of questions from other Mummies about what are healthy, quick and easy meals to make, this dish is one of them. Sweet Potato is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Pantothenic AcidRiboflavin and Thiamin. While carrots are high in Vitamin A, K and C and they help you see better my Mum always told me! This  literally took me under an hour to make (including cooking time). It is really yummy and keeps well in the fridge for a few days.

YOU WILL NEED

  • One Organic Sweet Potato
  • Three Large Organic Carrots
  • 4 Cloves of Organic Garlic
  • Sea Salt
  • Water
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese
  • Gluten-Free Brown Rice pasta

THE RECIPE

  • Preheat oven to 350 Farenheit
  • Roughly cut up the sweet potato, carrots and garlic
  • Add Olive-Oil with a sprinkle of sea-salt to baking pan, add sweet potato, garlic, carrots and cover with aluminium foil
  • Roast until tender roughly 45 minutes
  • Once cooked purée in blender until smooth
  • Cook pasta as per instructions
  • Place pasta in bowl, cover with carrot/sweet potato sauce and serve with goat cheese.

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