Category Archives: Raising Weaners

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Naturally Dyed Easter Egg Recipe

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs! We had some fun in the kitchen over the weekend coming up with natural ways to dye easter eggs. It was kind of like a science experiment, and everyone really enjoyed it! Check out below for a quick recipe for our faves. ⠀ ⭐Ingredients needed⭐⠀ ⠀ ✔️Distilled Vinegar⠀ ✔️White Eggs (hard-boiled)⠀ ✔️3 Beets (sliced)⠀ ✔️3 tbsp Turmeric powder⠀ ✔️3 cups Red Cabbage (sliced)⠀ ✔️Black Grapes (just use grape juice, it’s easier!)⠀ ✔️3 Yellow Onions (skins only)⠀ ___________________⠀ ⠀ What makes each color egg?⠀ ⠀ Pink = Beets⠀ Yellow = Turmeric⠀ Blue = Red Cabbage⠀ Violet/Black = Black Grapes⠀ Brown = Yellow Onion⠀ ⠀ If you want to get fancy and start mixing liquids you can get some more colors out of these ingredients. Think primary and secondary colors.⠀ ⠀ Green = Turmeric + Red Cabbage⠀ Purple = Beets + Red Cabbage⠀ Orange = Beets + Tumeric⠀ ___________________⠀ ⠀ ⭐Directions⭐⠀ ⠀ 1️⃣ Slice up the beets and cabbage separately. ⠀ 2️⃣ Add each ingredient (beets, cabbage, turmeric, grape juice, onion skins) to its own pot. ⠀ 3️⃣Fill each pot with water until the ingredient is fully covered.⠀ 4️⃣ Add 3 tbsp of distilled vinegar to each pot.⠀ 5️⃣ Heat to boil. Lower to simmer and leave for 30 min. ⠀ 6️⃣ Turn off heat.⠀ 7️⃣ Hard boil the number of eggs you want to use.⠀ 8️⃣ Once eggs have cooled off add them to the mixtures. For best results let them sit overnight.⠀ 9️⃣ Be very careful when removing eggs from each mixture. The colors will easily come off when wet, but once dry they are good to go!⠀ 🔟 If you are wanting to mix colors, let the first color dry on the egg before dipping it in another color.⠀ ___________________⠀ ⠀ ⭐Tips⭐⠀ ⠀ 🔹 Use smaller pots. We used a 1.5 and 2.5 qt pots⠀ ⠀ 🔹For a bright yellow we hard boiled the eggs in the turmeric mixture instead of in plain water. For the blue we left the already boiled eggs sit in the mixture overnight in the fridge.⠀ ⠀ 🔹 Feel free to double/triple dip the eggs to get more color. Just be sure to let the egg dry fully in between dips.⠀ ___________________⠀ Pick up your Wean Bowl Garden Pack-perfect size for dying eggs:) SHOP HERE

Banana Split

Crockpot Apple Sauce

Tai Peanut Quinoa Salad

Homemade Granola

Chicken Rice Dish

Easy Pasta Salad

Quinoa Cereal

Pumpkin Mush

Cherry Puree

Fingerprint Ornaments

Reindeer Dust

  We sprinkle dust on the lawn at night So the moon will make it sparkle bright It’ll show the reindeers where to go From teh night sky they’ll see it glow The dust will guide them to our home As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam. We’ll go to bed like good girls and boys And see if Santa brings some toys Print Recipe Reindeer Dust Course Craft Servings Ingredients 2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats1/2 cup glitterribbonpaper & pen Course Craft Servings Ingredients 2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats1/2 cup glitterribbonpaper & pen Instructions Pour oats into a big bowl and add glitter. Stir until all mixed together. Separate mixture into wean cube for each child. Add poem to recite while sprinkling dust. Click the link at the bottom of the page to see the poem. 1 Wean Cube per child Recipe Notes poem

Earth Day Birthday Finish Line!

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Earth Day Birthday Scavenger Hunt!

Join us for Wean Green’s annual Earth Day Birthday Scavenger Hunt!  The hunt will begin on Earth Day (April 22nd) at 9:00am MST!  This year’s prize is valued at over $1,300! Click below to enter the contest and then visit Wean Green’s Facebook page to reveal the first clue! Don’t forget to get your entries for our Earth Day Birthday Bonuses: Kiddodle TV, Bebe au Lait and Silikids bonus Monkey Bars, Kanga Care and Watch & Roll bonus a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Dr. Seuss, a unique look at environmental issues from… 1971

The first time I read Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’ was in my second year of University.  My professor was giving a lecture on the importance of teaching children about the environmental impact humans have on the earth and referred to ‘The Lorax’ as the leading educational tool. I have to laugh thinking back to the first time I read ‘The Lorax’ to a group of six year olds.  I was anticipating a light discussion on doing things like picking up garbage in the playground or making sure their families recycle.  That is not at all what happened!  We ended up spending the entire morning brainstorming ways to save the planet, and we were not just talking about picking up garbage.  One idea that they came up with was to start an environmental campaign in our city schools that encouraged teachers to have at least one paper free work day a week.  I have to say, I was shocked!  I realized at that moment that my little group of munchkins with the brain capacity of, well six year olds, had the ability to help change the world. Think about how many teachers have read this book to a group of similar kids since it was published in 1971, now think about if each one of those classrooms initiated and maintained an environmental project (like the one I mentioned).  Just a thought… I am passionate about this book and the goals that they can set for not only children, but also adults.  Conservation International, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Random House have launched a campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire earth-friendly action worldwide. Check out this site with your kids to see how you can help: www.theloraxproject.com.

BPS = BAD

When I started working at Wean Green I told Melissa (the boss) that I used BPA-free plastic containers.  I thought she would be so proud until she asked me “what do you think they use instead of BPA”?  This was such a great perspective that I never even considered.  In most cases when companies take out the BPA the replace it with BPS which is just as bad.  This local study has asked the same question and gave some answers: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/bpa-alternative-disrupts-normal-brain-cell-growth-is-tied-to-hyperactivity-study-says/2015/01/12/a9ecc37e-9a7e-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html?tid=sm_fb Kat

Eco Friendly School Supplies

The most eco friendly school supplies you can send your child to school with this year? Their school supplies from last year! If they have completely destroyed that opportunity (as mine have) make sure you are aware of what evil chemicals can lurk in the school supplies you send. Here are some awesome back 2 school school supplies that don’t involve chopping down the rainforest or bathing the class in nasty toxins. Top Ten ‘Must Haves’ for an Eco Friendly School Year: [SlideDeck id=’2353′ width=’100%’ height=’300px’]  

Benefits of Using Tempered Glass Containers

Tempered Glass is simply glass that has been strengthened during the manufacturing stage.  There are several advantages to using tempered glass and it should be the only glass used in safety applications and applications that require a lot of temperature changes (such as freezing and heating). Tempered Glass is Freezer Safe Tempered glass is designed to be able to be frozen.  Regular glass is not designed to withstand sudden and drastic temperature changes. When non-tempered (or regular) glass is frozen it has a large probability of breaking off into microscopic shards and entering your food.  Tempered glass is 4-5 times stronger than regular glass When you accidentally drop tempered glass on your hard wood floor the chances of it breaking are extremely less than that of regular glass! If you drop a drinking glass on a hard floor it will probably break. Tempered glass is normally designed to be able to withstand large drops (up to 4′) Tempered glass is microwavable When you heat non-tempered glass there are micro air bubbles and as they get hotter they will expand to the point where they blow up (trust me!).  Because tempered glass has been treated to withstand heating there are no micro air bubbles that allow it to blow up.  With ALL glass, tempered or not, it is still susceptible to thermal cooling shock.  One example of thermal cooling shock is when a hot container is thrown in a bowl of cold water, it will break! Tempered Glass is infinitely recyclable  Continued proper use will not cause tempered glass to breakdown.  It can go from the freezer to the microwave to the dishwasher six times a day and still obtain its strength.  When non-tempered glass is used in such applications it is even more susceptible to breakage. Glass is made out of recycled glass. So even if you do break a container-put it in the recycling! One of the reasons that tempered glass is used in many safety applications (such as windshields) is that it breaks in a specific pattern that is less harmful than that of other types of glass.  When tempered glass breaks, it breaks into small, circular pebble type pieces instead of breaking into shards and splinters that have sharp edges. Tempered Glass has NO Chemical Migration While tempered glass is superior to regular glass for food storage it is also superior to all other food packaging materials such as plastic, stainless steel, Styrofoam, and cardboard due to its recycling qualities as well as chemical compositions. Tempered glass is free of BPA, PVC’s, Phthalates +. Think of a plastic container with tomato sauce-the plastic will go into your food just as easy as the tomato sauce stains the plastic. That isn’t possible with glass because it is non-porous.  Are Commercial Baby Food Jars Tempered? Over the short course of business we have had many people ask us why we didn’t simply buy commercial baby food in glass jars and then reuse those jars.  It is extremely important to note that commercial baby food jars […]

The Tomato Sauce Experiment…

Having an impermeable and non-porous container is the shizzle right? If you understand what that really means, than yes, it rocks! I spoke to someone the other day and told them I did this experiment and now I will share the Tomato Sauce Experiment. I used a tempered glass Wean Green Wean Cube and a BPA Free Plastic Container that I purchased just for this experiment. Both had never been used before and both were given the exact same treatment.   So to further explain my opening statements…Impermeable = nothing can get through, it is impassable. Non-porous = air, water, fluids (& tomato sauce) are not able to cross the surface. It does not allow them through. What this means for you = your food stays in the container and the container does not put any parts of the container in your food or take any parts of your food from the container. Conclusion = Wean Green tempered glass food containers do not allow food to pass into the glass nor do they allow for anything inside the glass to pass into your food, keeping your food fresher, healthier and more awesome. As you can tell I am not a photographer. I know it is a little harder to tell that I am not a scientist…;) Cheers, Melissa

194 Days of LitterLESS Lunches

Tis the season…for getting up early, rushing around and getting the kids out the door with healthy lunches in hand. As a mama of 2 I GET IT! I understand why there are SO many rich companies getting rich off of us busy mamas by selling us prepackaged foods read to throw into a lunch box. Unfortunately there are some problems when feeding our kids these pre-packaged lunches. Check out some of the nutritional downfalls of a popular pre-packed lunch item in Michael F. Jacobson’s Huffington Post Blog. They are not the most appetizing facts. Better yet-just grab a pre-packed grocery store item and look at the never ending list of ingredients. After feeding my kids fresh produce, homemade grains, organic meats and homemade snacks I can’t imagine what a Lunchables would do to their systems! The other downfall-THE GARBAGE! Oh. My. Goodness. It is disgusting to see the amount of waste that one class can produce during lunch (trust me-I used to be a teacher). It seems like everything is coming prepackaged these days, even crackers! Last year at a seminar I found out that the average elementary student produces 67 lbs of lunch waste a year!  My other beef? Cost. I was at the grocery store yesterday and there was a sale on prepacked fruit (in those horrible plastic containers). It was $3 for 6 5 oz containers (that is the size of a Wean Bowl). I bought a bag of apples for $4.00. With that bag of apples, I can cut them up into the same cute size and fill about 10 5oz containers! Grades of Green has a little break down on the cost/garbage analysis, check it: So, now that you know WHY I want to pack  LitterLESS Lunches lets put the challenge out there. I am planning on making sure my kids have a LitterLESS Lunch every day of the 2013/14 school year. Don’t think you can do the full year with me? Try doing Grades of Green Trash Free Tuesdays! It is a great starting point for building a great habit and teaching our kids we care about the environment. Who is with me? Let us know in the comments what you packed and how you made it litterLESS. Every month we are going to choose 1 person from the comments of this post and send a LitterLESS Lunch prize pack (will include lots of goodies from our other friends that make cool products).