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Playground Days

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The kids had a great time at the playground a few weeks ago. The playground is one of their favorite places to go, in addition to being my secret pre-nap time weapon.

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>Mommy Deals: Free American Girl Doll Dress Pattern

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Get a Free American Girl Doll Dress Pattern from Designer Micah Caitlin, for your favorite American Girl. All you have to do is go to the page, once it loads click the “Alternate link to download free dress pattern” to get your Free Doll Dress Pattern.

>Homemade Nutella Recipe from Kidspot Kitchen

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I found this cool homemade nutella recipe, while browsing for new family friendly recipes to try at home. This recipe caught my attention because I thought of the money that could be saved by making homemade products, instead of always buying reliable store brands. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but it seems like an easy one to follow. I guess it’s time for me to invest in a food processor soon, so I can try cool recipes like this one. Check out the recipe below:
Homemade Nutella Recipe:
  • 2 cups of roasted hazelnuts without the skins
  • 1 cup of caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • 1/4 cup of almond or vegetable oil (I wonder if coconut oil would work)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Method: 

In a food processor, process the hazelnuts until they turn to powder and then liquify. Add the sugar, cocoa and vanilla to the bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil with the food processor running until you have a smooth consistency.

Notes:
  • The natural oils in the nuts activates to make hazelnut butter in this recipe.
  • Make sure that you only add the oil half a teaspoon at a time and you stop the food processor to check the consistency.
  • You can use this to fill yummy cupcakes or just spread it on fresh bread or brioche.
  • Your end product may be a little grainy. No matter how much I processed this I couldn’t make it entirely smooth.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.
For more family friendly recipes, go to http://www.kidspot.com.au/index.asp.
if you have any family friendly recipes to share, please send them to Doublestuffplus1@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to post them.

>Time Flies!

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It’s been a long time since updated this blog. It’s not because I don’t enjoy blogging about all things in Mommyville, it’s just that life has kept me way too busy to keep up. As you can see, the children have grown too much and too fast over the past few months. When I browse through some of their pictures over the past, I can’t believe how fast time flies by.
It’s like the twins went from newborn to 18 months overnight, and my baby girl is three and a true social butterfly. She has no problem with making friends at the park, and teaching her brothers new things. I love to hear them sing their ABC’s in unison, it’s the cutest thing ever!
Being a student, and being home with the kids everyday can have it’s frustrating moments, but I’m aware that it won’t last forever. That’s why I’m trying to enjoy it, even though I’m currently looking for a job in my field. I’m sure that I will miss these days when the time comes for me to punch in on somebody’s clock everyday, that’s why I’m cherishing the time that I have with them.

>Freebies and Coupons: Nutrition for Kids

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The Cancer Project’s new free booklet, Nutrition for Your Kids: A Dietary Approach to Cancer Prevention, provides information on how diet affects cancer risk. It also includes nutrition information for children in every age group, delicious recipes, and tips on how to instill healthful eating and exercise habits in kids.

To request you free booklet, click here.

>Product Recalls: Fisher-Price Toddler Trikes and Tough Trikes

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Fisher-Price has announced a voluntary recall of their Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricylces. The popular trikes, which encourage a toddler’s motor skills, are being recalled due to serious injury concerns mainly to little girls.   
About 7 million Trikes and Tough Trikes have been recalled due to risk of serious injury after 10 injuries were reported. 6 injuries required medical attention. The injuries were to little girls between the ages of 2 and 3 due to them falling on the plastic pretend key that is sticking up out of the trike. Some of the children also experienced genital bleeding from their falls. The recall includes trikes with a plastic disc shaped or D shaped pretend key. The key is located about 3 inches from the seat. Model numbers of the recalled toys are J72633, 72639, 72642, 72643, 72644, 72792, B8775, B8776, K6672, K6673, M5727, N6021, T6209, V4270. These models include some featuring popular characters such as Barbie, Dora, and Diego. Model numbers can be found under the seats in the storage compartments. Models that include flattened D shaped keys are not included in this recall. Models with numbers higher than 1670Q2 are aslo not included in this recall. The trikes are intended for ages 2-5. The models that are being recalled were manufactured between January 1997 and September 2010. The trikes were sold in Raleigh area Target, Walmart, and ToysRus stores for about $25.Parents can contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday-Friday to obtain a free replacement key. Parents can also visit the firm’s website at www.service.mattel.com for more information.

Source: Examiner.com/Raleigh

>Freebies and Coupons: Free Beech Nut Next Step Kit

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Beech Nut is offer a free next step kit for moms. All you have to do is fill out your basic mailing information, and sign up for their newsletter. By signing up for the newsletter, you will receive coupons for Beech Nut right in your inbox. You will also be up to date on the latest Beech Nut products.

To sign up for the newsletter and get your free next step kit, Click Here.