Blogging beyond bugs...a curated blog about healthy living, modern parenting and things that make us smile!

How Something You Spray On Your Kids Can Melt Your Car’s Paint. May 16 2016

I found this article last year (or maybe it found me).   While DEET has it's place and in some environments is appropriate, daily use, on our littles does not seem to be that place.  

The DEET within the product — an oily liquid known as diethyltoluamide that mosquitos and other inspects intensely dislike. DEET has been known to destroy the varnish on wooden tables, melt plastics, and even permanently mark TV screens. (One Internet goer claims bug spray with DEET is the perfect solution for a quick headlamp restoration, which is telling to its level of ferocity.)

I created Buglet so my own children would have a safe, non-toxic option for everyday play outside.  The idea of rubbing this into their sensitive little skin (their largest organ!) was terrifying.  


Pizza Pops - A home-run idea! May 10 2016

This awesome recipe from @weeliscious is a home-run for a number of reasons (I'm gonna work with the baseball analogy, so stick with me on this one).  And really with 3 ingredients, you can't go wrong.  Enjoy!

  1. Cheese
  2. Dough
  3. Pizza sauce
  4. Portable (this is the home-run part - kids will use their hands anyway so why not make it fun food they can hold!)

It's all about how you choose to look at it! May 09 2016

Last week I stumbled on this picture.  I was struck by the contrast of my memory of the feeling in that moment (sheer terror: he is so tiny...that wave is so big...how far out are they going?!' ) and my sense of it today, as I view it in my living room with my child safely tucked in bed.   That day, 3 years ago, my then 4-old-son was having the time of his life, feeling invincible (likely coaching his instructor to help him get more air time).  As his parent, my belly ached with worry.  

Three years ago, that moment was overwhelming.  Today I see his bravery and accomplishment: the storm looks less scary, more stunning and the waves seem less dangerous, more invigorating.  Some of this perspective comes with time of course, but some of it comes with choosing to see the possibility in the moment.

This week, I am going to look for all the possibilities in the stormy moments (cause with any business, there are bound to be stormy moments!).  Happy Monday!


Yummly Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars! May 06 2016

Because...

  1. I can't resist dark chocolate
  2. granola is 'healty' and
  3. putting it all into a bar means I can eat it on the go

This has been a home-run recipe in my house!  These Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars are delicious and i don't feel an ounce of guilt eating a chocolate snack (come on, it's DARK CHOCOLATE people!)


Mosquito Magnet May 05 2016

This is a question posted time and again to my Instagram & Facebook pages - 'why do bugs like me so much?!'  The truth is there are a number of factors that contribute to your nibble-ability (my term).  There are a number of great articles explaining the most recent findings but the main points are: 

  1. Genetics: As a whole, underlying genetic factors are estimated to account for 85 percent of the variability between people in their attractiveness to mosquitoes—regardless of whether it’s expressed through blood type, metabolism, or other factors.
  2. Blood type (you do not want to be an O - sorry folks).  One study found that in a controlled setting, mosquitoes landed on people with Type O blood nearly twice as often as those with Type A.
  3. Carbon dioxide: One of the key ways mosquitoes locate their targets is by smelling the carbon dioxide emitted in their breath—they use an organ called a maxillary palp to do this, and can detect carbon dioxide from as far as 164 feet away
  4. Exercise and metabolism: Mosquitoes find victims at closer range by smelling the lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia and other substances expelled via their sweat, and are also attracted to people with higher body temperatures. Because strenuous exercise increases the buildup of lactic acid and heat in your body.
  5. Skin bacteria: particular types and volume of bacteria that naturally live on human skin affect our attractiveness to mosquitoes...this also might be why mosquitoes are especially prone to biting our ankles and feet—they naturally have more robust bacteria colonies.
  6. Pregnancy: In several different studies, pregnant women have been found to attract roughly twice as many mosquito bites as others, likely a result of the fact the unfortunate confluence of two factors: They exhale about 21 percent more carbon dioxide and are on average about 1.26 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than others.

Great article from Smithsonian

Another good read: webmd.com


Too many hats... May 04 2016

It has been some time since I posted...and I have lots of excuses...please don't judge!  

I have lists.  I have lists of lists.  Some lists I can't find.  Some lists keep growing.  The one common thing on every work list is FINISH THE LIST.  But that has yet to happen (familiar anyone?!).  And it all boils down to wearing too many hats. 

The Distractions:  Someone called the other day and asked for 'do you sell Buglets in my small town?'.  Turns out we do not have any boutiques stocking in that market but I assured her she could order on our site or through Amazon.  She chuckled.  'I am 90 years old...I don't know how that stuff works!'.  Turns out she had read about Buglet in her favorite publication Mujer, and wanted one for herself to enjoy her evenings on her deck.  (13 minutes on phone)

The Learning Curve: EVERYTHING is new.  It's like raising a child.  Once you master one thing (I use the term master VERY loosely) something new and intimidating introduces itself and you can't skip around it and pass it off to someone else - you just gotta figure it out.  (HOURS)

My goal is to find ONE hat at a time and wear it well.  What do you think - is it possible?  Wish me luck!

*In the time I set aside for this post, I have had 3 distracting calls...mostly good but they pulled me away from this.  Oh, and 2 trips to the fridge and one coffee re-heat. (47 minutes)

Irresistible Chewy Trail Mix Cookies - Compliments of Oh She Glows August 19 2015

I can't stop.  As much as I try I cannot stop popping these little beauties into my mouth.  I made them for my littles for school snacks...they are Trail Mix Cookies - vegan to boot!  And they are INSANELY good (and I fancy myself a cookie connoisseur).  Found them on Oh She Glows - the BEST!  

They are a little more time consuming than I like and they do require a fair amount of ingredients BUT you can buy most of them in bulk, they freeze perfectly - so double batch and pop 1-2 in your kiddos lunch...or your mouth :-)

HINTS:

As with all cookies, I use a cookie scoop - the littlest one.  Because (1) treats come out uniform looking (2) they will cook evenly (as opposed to 1/2 crunchy, half raw) (3)  Cookies LOOKS prettier when formed with a scoop (4) small cookies mean portion control (which translates to I CAN EAT TWO!)

Finally, PLEASE don't overcook these gems.  Cut the time in half...then set the timer...then check regularly until just golden on the bottom...leaving them a little undercooked means once you thaw them, you can pop them in the toaster and they will taste fresh from the over without risk of becoming crunchy on the inside.

http://goo.gl/FYFlqv


Blueberry Galette - A Summer Fave! July 30 2015

We don't eat a lot of dessert in our house...I should say, I don't let my kiddos eat a lot of desserts.  We save them for special treats (except for days like today when donuts were 2 for 1 at our fave local joint! :-) This dessert is special enough to be considered a real treat while still being reasonably healthy (unlike the 2 for 1 donuts mentioned earlier).  

Simple ingredients.  

Basic mixing.  

Quick baking.  DONE!  

Blueberry Galette by Epicurious is a MUST!

 


Power Pesto w Cyd June 28 2015

2 cloves garlic, smashed

1 C. walnuts, lightly toasted (if desired)

1 C. tightly packed fresh basil leaves, washed and dried thoroughly

3 C. tightly packed greens of choice, washed and dried thoroughly.  I used 1~5 oz. package Earthbound Farms Deep Green Blends:  Power with baby kale, chard and spinach.

3/4 C.  grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving

1/2 t. kosher or sea salt

1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper or to taste

1 C. good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Place all ingredients except the olive oil in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse about 30 times until the mixture is finely chopped, scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.  With the motor running, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the feed tube.  Serve immediately stirred into warm  spaghetti or freeze up to 3 months in small containers.

Yield:  2 1/3 C. Pesto

NOTES:  When serving with pasta, cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente.  Reserve a cup of the pasta water.  Drain pasta and return to the pot.  Stir in desired amount of pesto along with some of the reserved pasta water for a creamy texture.  If you want to go really crazy, stir in some softened cream cheese, about a T. per person...over the top delicious!

 

OTHER SERVING IDEAS

Put a poached egg onto of your bowl of Power Pesto Pasta for extra protein!

Spread it on a grilled cheese sandwich!

Stir it into tomato or butternut squash soup!

Serve it on toast with fresh ricotta!

Dollop on top of your mashed potatoes!

 

MORE THOUGHTS

All of these greens make a delicious pesto so use what you have on hand or can forage in your garden:  Kale (make sure you chop this before putting in the food processor), Baby Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Arugula…. or just make it with all basil!  You can substitute nuts as well:  pine nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, even pepitas!


Summer Blueberry Smoothie with Granola Crunch June 13 2015

SUMMER BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE WITH GRANOLA CRUNCH

1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish, rinsed

1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt

2 T. maple syrup

1 t. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/3 cup whole milk

2 heaping T. granola

Place blueberries in blender or food processor.  Puree 1 minute.  Add yogurt, maple syrup, lemon juice and milk.  Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.  Add extra milk as needed for desired thickness.  You can also throw in a banana for even more deliciousness.  Pour into tall glasses.  Top with sliced blueberries and granola.

Yield:  2 cups

Serves 2

Take your smoothie and a straw and a long spoon (for eating the crunchy stuff and getting every last bit from the bottom of your glass), grab a friend or your favorite book.  Find a cozy spot under a nice big tree.  Sit, sip, read and enjoy.

Healthy Eating with Cyd June 12 2015

Twelve years ago I met an amazing woman…I instantly loved her sass and envied her style…then I tasted her food!   While she is known for her food styling (for the likes of Ina, Martha and just about every food publication you can list), I personally love her eats! When I told her that I was trying to make Buglet more appealing to like-minded folks – who aim to live a healthy, simple, and full life – she agreed to contribute some recipes for us. The only rules: no 10-ingredient items and nothing that takes more than 30 minutes start to finish.

Introducing one of my favourite people – Cyd McDowell (check out her work here: www.cydmcdowell.com).

Watch for yummie recipes each week :-)


LIME HAS ARRIVED...and so have Summer Popsicles June 01 2015

Coconut Lime Popsicles by The Kitchen Corner (www.thecornerkitchenblog.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 limes, juiced & zested
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine coconut milk, skim milk and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool fully.

When the milk mixture has cooled, stir in lime juice and zest, and shredded coconut.

Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds. Freeze at least 3-4 hours.

To remove the popsicles, run the molds under hot water for a few seconds.

Yield: Makes 10 popsicles

 

ENJOY!

 


Whole Foods, meet Buglet! May 08 2015

We are so thrilled to announce that Whole Foods will now be carrying Buglets!  What an amazing opportunity for our little brand...we are so excited to to tackle this.  

Thank you for all of the support - it helps us get here and we couldn't have done this without our loyal friends.  Y'all are the best.

 


Moms Best Award...for real! May 08 2015

What an awesome way to kick off Mothers Day weekend!  So honoured.  And EXCITED...check out those other brands!


Where are you Buglet?! April 02 2015

In the spirit of open, honest communication, I have to admit I'm frustrated today!  The port issues on the West coast (see below) don't seem to have an end in sight which is a little stressful for a new business like Buglet.  Clearly I'm not the only person frustrated by this issue.  I read this earlier: 

The mess created by the delays is etched in retailers’ minds and margins, and according to an analysis from management consultant firm Kurt Salmon, costing the retail industry up to $7 billion in lost sales and expenses.

But I'm working on not letting it wind me up: I'm trying to convince myself that not knowing which one of those containers is full of Buglets (or even when it will be unloaded) is therapeutic.  I can only control what I can control, and the rest will settle itself out! 

Hmmmm, was that convincing?

We are going to have to find a way to celebrate our shipment when it arrives :-)  Stay tuned friends!


Hop to it...Easter basket ideas... March 26 2015

We love Easter - mostly for the Cascarones and candy.  But this year we are moving to fun gift ideas and less sugar.  We curated a fun basket we thought kids would love.  The common ground on these gifts? Kids love them; they have no sugar in them and they make perfect Easter basket fillers!  Best of all you can get them all on time for Easter if you order soon.

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What's your favourite thing about Easter?!


Grocery delivery ROCKS... March 07 2015

My fridge is healthier when I do grocery delivery (not sure if it is because I don't impulse shop or because I am embarrassed to order my staple Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams BUT whatever the reason, today, I am super grateful for Whole Foods Market delivery! Do you order groceries in? Why? What service do you like best?!

http://redtri.com/grocery-and-food-delivery-services-to-try/


Introducing Buglet... March 02 2015

Introducing Buglet...a revolutionary way to protect your kiddos (and yourself) from pesky mosquitoes! DEET free protection kids WANT to wear. Perfect for sensory issues and skin conditions (no rubbing into the skin/no spraying)

What ALL children's hospitals should look like... February 08 2015

Just because hospital visits suck doesn't mean we shouldn't make an effort to make everyone smile when they are there...this SHOULD be the norm. Thanx Bored Panda for sharing this goodness!  A must view...

http://www.boredpanda.com/artists-mural-design-royal-london-children-hospital-vital-arts/

 


Sharing our thoughts... February 03 2015

Buglet is about helping people enjoy the outdoors more...but it's also about enjoying and connecting with our kids to the fullest.  Our posts are not just about bugs or our product: they are a curated list of stories, posts, suggestions, ideas, podcasts, etc that we find fascinating (and sometimes funny).  We hope the things that we find enlightening and thought provoking connect with you somehow.  And we hope that some part of your day includes a little fun!  

We'd love your feedback.