Strawberries, Pineapple, and Brownies on a stick!


Ella celebrated her birthday in school this past Wednesday.  She is a summer baby (July 7th), but the class threw a cute little party for her since they won’t be together for her real birthday.  I needed to send in a birthday treat for the impromptu event.  I decided to forego the cupcakes, cake and ice cream.  I wanted to make a healthy snack, but I also wanted to make it “special” because it was her birthday.  In this case, ‘special’ means some sort of chocolate or candy or sweet yummy goodness that almost always includes frosting and almost always is not healthy for you in any way.  I went with brownies sans the frosting.  Then I got creative (by my standards anyway!).  How about fruit and brownies on a stick?  Um, hello!  Perfect.  What kid doesn’t like a treat on a stick?  Am I right?

I went to the craft store and picked up some ribbon and some lollipop sticks.  I stopped at the grocery store and bought organic strawberries, an organic pineapple, and some organic brownie mix.


Quick and easy:

  1. Follow instructions for brownie mix, bake and allow time for them to cool.
  2. Wash your strawberries and pineapple before cutting.  Cut pineapple into chunks.  Cut stems off of strawberries.
  3. When brownies are  nice and cool, cut them into 1 1/2″ squares.
  4. Layer the pineapple, brownie, and strawberries onto the lollipop stick.
  5. Tie a ribbon onto the stick. Done!
Obviously you can alter the recipe to include any type of fruit you prefer!  I went with pineapple and strawberries because they mesh well with chocolate, but grapes, kiwi, oranges, apples, etc. will also work great!  Also, I found  lollipop sticks to be much safer to use than skewers (not so pointy!).  The sticks are shorter as well, which make them able to hold the perfect amount of food for the little ones.
Let me know if you try it!  Have a great weekend!

Homemade Organic Baby Shampoo and Wash

Quick and easy recipe for homemade baby wash and shampoo (16oz.).  It’s great for hand soap as well!  We use it in our office and at home.  I have to add if you try this recipe using the essential oils (optional) make sure to use pure, unadulterated organic oils.  These are NOT synthetic.  If you use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps, the Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap works best for my kiddos.  You can purchase it here.

Also, Dr. Bronner’s has an array of scented soaps that work wonders if you are going to make hand soap – these include tea tree, rose, peppermint, lavender, citrus orange, eucalyptus, and almond.  I would stick to very mild scents or unscented for the baby wash.  Always remember to change-up the recipe to suit your needs, such as your baby’s skin type, age, and/or possible allergens.  In my opinion, warm water is all you need for the wee little ones!

Side note: If you do use this soap on your babies, make sure to avoid their eyes because it’s not tear-free and it will sting a bit.

If you have a homemade recipe please share it below.  I am always looking for new ideas!  Anything with olive oil, coconut oil, oatmeal, etc.  I am currently on the hunt for a great natural DIY laundry detergent.  Anyone have one?