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Mealtime Favorites and What Produce You Need to Buy Organic

Does it ever get easier? Does it ever get less messy?

Questions I ask at least twice a day for the last 4 and a half years. 
Here are a few of our favorite tools that help me stop asking those questions (so often). 
These silicone lids fit perfectly on the stainless steel cups below. When the cups are dropped they rarely spill. It's difficult for toddlers to pull these off, which definitely helps save some messy situations. We make smoothies often and the straw rinses super clean. 
Love these cups, drinks stay really cold and they are so easy to clean. They don't scratch or dent and stainless steel is so much safer than plastic. 
 
Non Toxic Bamboo dishware from a really amazing company. I had one bowl crack and they sent me 4 new ones free of charge immediately. They are FDA approved, BPA free, Phthalates free, PVC free, lead-free, cadmium-free, mercury-free, with a chemical free finish. They have a lifetime waranty that covers chips, scratches and cracks. These ultra-durable bamboo plates are also Dishwasher safe!
Made of high-quality food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, corrosion-resistant, non-rusting. They are non-toxic, healthy and eco-friendly. Also dishwasher safe and the stainless steel helps keep foods cold. 
You might think I'm insane for buying glass dinnerware for kids, but Duralex tempered glass is 2.5 times stronger than ordinary glass. It's impact, chip and shock resistant, so they aren't going to shatter because of temperature changes. They also shouldn't break when dropped, unless it's on concrete outside because that happened. But it's tempered glass so it breaks down into smaller pieces that have less sharp edges. I love serving anything dark like pasta sauces in these, because they don't stain. They are also freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe. 
Our "dog bowls" or "camping plates" are actually the kids favorite. They can be used as a plate or bowl because of the curved edges. They fit perfectly on our Boon High Chair and the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat
. They are also 100% Food grade and BPA free. 
Plastic or silicone flatware gets gross fast. The colors fade, scratches and bite marks show, they can crack, generally just look "used" way quicker than stainless steel. Obviously not a choice for babies, but my 2 year old uses them. The forks are sharp enough to pick up food but aren't sharp enough to cut your mouth. These are mirror polished, premium stainless steel (18/0). They won't scratch, break, chip, rust or dent. 

Here are some options we loved from the baby stage

 

Clean Fifteen™

EWG's Clean 15 

Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods 

* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.

 

Dirty Dozen™

EWG's Dirty Dozen

Always buy these organic to avoid the highest levels of pesticides

 *These images were copied from EWG.org, EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. An excellent website that covers everything you ever wanted to know about living a healthier lifesyle. Here is their mission statement:

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.

We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  

We work for you.  Do you know what's in your tap water? What about your shampoo? What’s lurking in the cleaners underneath your sink? What pesticides are on your food? How about the farms, fracking wells and factories in your local area? Do you know what safeguards they use to protect your water, soil, air and your kids? Which large agribusinesses get your tax dollars and why?  What are GMOs? What do they do to our land and water?

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