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Invitation to free new website that helps moms better manage their kids? group activities
Hello Mommies,

I am a fellow member of the Mommies Network and the creator of a new website called 

Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids'

group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)

Kids today are overscheduled, and keeping up is a challenge:  

? What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids? 

? Who is driving to the scout meeting? 

? When am I signed up to bring the team's snacks?  

These are just a few of the many little details that busy parents have to keep straight.  

Try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks.  We all need a little help 

to stay organized. 

I?d like to invite you to join our brand new website.  To join, just go to http://

www.podanize.com and click Get Started to create a "Pod" for any real-world group, or 

even just your family for now. You can create a Pod if you?re a group leader or a group 

member. It?s quick, easy and free.  Then "get your Pod going" by adding discussions 

or events, and inviting others to join your Pod.  Podanize can also be accessed via a 

mobile browser, and our mobile app will be available in late 2013. 

Our mission at Podanize is to help ease the stress that comes with keeping our 

kids active and involved.  To this end, we welcome any feedback you have.  Podanize 

is for you and is built to get better over time by adding your suggestions ? I?d love 

to hear from you. Also, if you know of other moms (or dads) who might benefit from 

Podanize, please share this with them.

Podanize is ideal for all extra-curricular activities: soccer, little league, playgroups, scout 

troops, swim teams, theater groups, school classes, PTA, etc. The list is endless and 

includes anything with a need for ongoing communication and coordination.

Again, just go to http://www.podanize.com to get started.

Best,

Nikki Sacks

Co-Founder of Podanize



Mom's Adventure with Organic and Homemade Baby Food Blog Series
Hello everyone! I am new at blogging so be patient with me please!

I have a beautiful 4 month old baby girl, and I am new to learning all of the organic, No-GMO, etc, lifestyle. All I do know is that after reading the literature that is available on what the processed JUNK we are putting into our bodies can do, I do not want to give it to my baby girl.

So, this blog series will be all about me feeding Charlotte. I will do my best to give the specifics, recipes, and everything to help you feed your baby as well.

I wish I could tell you I was breastfeeding, but my milk just didn't come in :( But we are doing the best we can do.

Tonight we tried solid food for the first time!! We had organic oatmeal. Since I know nothing about oatmeal, and after looking at the whole foods store it look like it would be about the same price to buy and make. So I bought some organic whole grain oatmeal baby food. I added water until the oatmeal was almost a liquid consistency.



I started by letting Charlotte play with the spoon, just so she could get used to the idea of the spoon in her mouth. Then, I tried feeding her, making sure I was patient enough with her, because not much went it her mouth. She started out by not actually swallowing much, but by the end of the little bit a made, she was actually swallowing some.





I don't think she could taste it because she didn't hardly react, so we might not be on oatmeal very long! Check back next week to see what we try for our next food. What will it be??? Liver? Egg yolk? Sweet potato? Avacado? Who knows!
 





Make Your Own Kombucha! Part 2

You have brewed your first batch of kombucha... now what?

A few options to condiser:
~drink as-is
~bottle for a second ferment to add carbonation
~bottle for a second ferment to add flavor with or without carbonation

I love flavored kombucha with a little bit of carbonation, so that's the route I chose.  I'll show all options here, though.

First thing- after washing your hands thoroughly, take your scoby out of your jar and place in another container; add 1 cup of your brewed kombucha.  Cover with a towel and set aside.


Transfer the remaining kombucha to glass containers of your choice.  I use empty store-bought kombucha bottles that I have saved, but any glass container with a lid will work.  Leave about 1.5 inches room in your container.  Beware, this can get messy.  I use a measuring scoop with a handle to transfer the kombucha from the jar to a funnel resting on the bottle.



If you want to drink it as-is, you are done!  Just put the lid on your bottles and put in the refrigerator.

If you want to do a second fermentation for carbonation, put the lid on your bottles and put back in your warm, dark place for at least as 2 days, depending on the level of carbonation you want.  It might take a couple batches of playing with timing before you get that perfect level you are looking for.

If you want to flavor your kombucha, keep reading!



Flavoring is where you can be creative with your kombucha.  Fruit, herbs, flowers, spices, and any combination of the above can be used.  For ideas, look at the ingredients of your favorite store-bought flavors.  For fruit, you can use juices, purees, or chunks. 

I added one tablespoon of cherry juice and one tablespoon of frozen blueberries to each 16oz jar. 


After adding your flavor, put the lids on your containers and place back in your warm, dark place for 2-3 days.  If you do not want any carbonation, burp your containers every 12 hours by removing the lid to relieve pressure, then replacing the lid. 



When your second fermentation is over, place your bottles in the refrigerator to chill, then enjoy!  I usually strain mine with a mesh strainer before drinking to get out the fruit and any baby scobies that may have grown.

Remember that scoby you took out at the beginning?  Use it to start another batch of kombucha! 

With each batch you make, your scoby will grow.  You can separate the layers to have more scobies.  Give them to friends or start more batches of kombucha!  You can even chop up your extra scoby and add it to your pet's food or use it as plant food.

I hope you enjoy your homemade, cost efficient kombucha as much as I enjoy mine!



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