When we found out I was pregnant with Kaylee we decided right away we would be making our own baby food. Both Khloe and Keira never had a big interest in store bought jarred food and at most would only eat the fruits. They both ended up having whatever we were eating mashed or cut up and jarred food sat in our cabinet going to waste. We knew that our little Kay needed to eat, but couldn’t justify throwing away money on food our older two had not even touched.
When I was given the chance to try the Annabel Karmel line from Infantino I was thrilled, you didn’t have to ask me twice. The only down part was by the time I replied and the line arrived Kay was already done with purees and preferred her food cut up so she could feed herself so I was worried I wouldn’t find a use for the Fresh Food Mill, Freeze Tray and Mash & Serve Bowl…. boy was I ever wrong.
One of my favorite items in the line is the Fill & Freeze Puree Pops. My girls will not eat yogurt, though they both loved it in the past. I knew it was more of a texture problem and not the taste so I decided to give the yogurt a try in frozen pop form. These were a big hit, the problem is I can’t make and freeze them fast enough. I take some fruit on the bottom yogurt, mix it all up and then pour it into the Fill & Freeze Puree Pops tray. Once frozen I run under cold water for a few seconds, pop them out and I have a great after dinner treat or a easy add on to our breakfast that is healthy and they will all eat.
The Double Decker Meal Box is another product that since receiving it I have found I can’t live with out. I can take snacks for all the girls, a sandwich for myself or for them to share when we are heading to the park to play. It is all in one place and I don’t have to go rummaging through the diaper back looking for each child’s snack. I just pull out the Double Decker Meal Box and it is all right there. It even has it’s own little spoons that stores nicely in the top of it. No more wondering where to put dirty silverware after meal time on the go. Just place them back in their storage area and no worries about getting food all over the other stuff in your bag.
Not going on a longer trip and want something smaller than the Double Decker Meal Box? Don’t worry there is the 6 Stackable Food Pots. These are great for all kinds of uses. Want to store some left over dinner in the freezer? Fill up the Stackable Food Pots, put on the lids and stack them on top of each other for easy freezer storage. Rushing out the door one day before lunchtime? No problem grab on of your pots out the freezer, heat it in the microwave and you can grab your little one’s meal to go. I found them extremely useful in taking along a different portion controlled snack for each of the girls for short walks or car rides.
The next two are the Steam Release Micro Dish and Mash & Serve Bowl which I had the pleasure of trying with my niece and great nephew. On one of her recent visits she had no baby food with her and I mentioned I had the Annabel Karmel line and she was super excited to use it. She ran to the store and picked up some carrots and bananas for her little man, then came back and got to work. She cut up the carrots and placed them in the steamer, following the directions she placed it into the microwave. Once it was done we removed it (be careful we learned the bowl can become extremely hot) and placed the cut up carrots into the Mash & Serve Bowl. She then cut up some banana and added that to the carrots and quickly fed her son. It didn’t take very long at all and her son had a healthy and tasty meal in minutes.
The Fresh Food Mill has become very handy with treats for the girls. As I mentioned Kay isn’t a big fan of pureed food (well except maybe some mashed potatoes) so I was really worried I wouldn’t be able to find a use for the mill, but I did! One night we were having some sundaes after dinner and it came to me. I had strawberries in the fridge that were going to waste. I quickly rinsed them off, cut them up and put them into the mill. Within minutes I had a tasty topping for our dessert. The girls loved having the strawberries with their ice cream. I also used it during the holidays to create some fresh fruit toppings for my pies and cheesecake. They were a hit. I also use it with the Fill & Freeze Puree Pops. Simply puree one fruit or several, place them into the pop tray and freeze for some amazing whole fruit popsicles.
The last item in the line was my biggest fear. What was I going to prepare and freeze in the Freeze Tray? Then it dawned on me, when I cook I over cook. I think it is due in part to growing up in a large family and all the recipes are designed to feed large families and we never worked to cut them back. I have found these come in amazing when I make Kaylee’s favorite MASHED POTATOES! After our meal I simply separate what is left into the tray and freeze. Now whenever I want I can pop one out and heat it up without the hassle of having to cook and entire batch of mashed potatoes.
The entire Annabel Karmel line is BPA free and dishwasher safe. The Stackable Food Pots and Steam Release Micro Dish are both freezer to microwave safe and the Double Decker Meal Box removable food containers are microwave safe. Which I find to be best of all, you can easily grab your little one’s meal or snack on the go in a matter of minutes. Annabel Karmel and Infantino have outdone themselves with this line of products. They are the perfect gift for any new mom or mom to be!
I received the product/s mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my honest opinion.
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I have a stroller
addiction obsession, so when I heard that Mamas and Papas was now going to be available in the US I was beyond excited. I had heard about them from my friends overseas, but never looked into them because I knew they were not available here. These strollers are truly drool worthy beyond belief, they are beauty in a lightweight stroller.
By far my favorite is the Tour, with it’s beautiful dotty design. With an adjustable back and leg rest as well as a canopy window and pocket makes riding comfortable for baby and eases mom’s mind because she can see baby. I love that it can be carried with a shoulder strap and is lightweight (only 14lbs) while still being a 5 point harness stroller. It even includes a toy loop right on the canopy to attach a toy for your little one.
The Tour isn’t the only stroller in the Mamas and Papas lightweight stroller line, they also offer the Trip, Trek, Cruise and Voyage. They really put thought into their designs while maintaining function and ease of use. Are you excited about them being available in the US now? Well you can learn more about them on their website Mamas & Papas or purchase them at Babies R Us. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
By writing this post I will be entered to win 1 of 5 Mamas & Papas strollers being given away. This has had no influence on my opinion of the strollers.
Welcome to the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop! This event has been months in planning and I am super excited that the day is finally here! Both prizes I donated myself. The Amazon gift code is virtual and will be sent to the winner once they confirm and the Target gift card is a hard store card and will need to be mailed to the winner. Thank you so much for joining me in the Hop. I wish that I could offer more, but between Halloween, Thanksgiving, sick children and a teething infant I just got so busy over the last few weeks I couldn’t work on getting more.
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