Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bean patties for baby and the rest of us!

I had the chance to meet and spend some time with Maria Menounos when she appeared on a television show I was working on, and she made the most amazing bean patties that episode!

These same bean patties are also featured in her book, “The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life”.

I finally decided to make them the other night because I was out of ideas for what to feed Chloé, my 19-month-old, for dinner. I happened to have all of the ingredients in my pantry, so I figured why not try it?

It turned out Chloé loved the bean patties! And of course, so did my husband and I. We ate the leftovers with our fish. Win win!

Bean Patties
Serves 6 to 8

Two 15-ounce cans white beans, drained and mashed
2 small red onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs. diced and seeded hot green peppers
1 Cup breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ cup olive oil

Hot pickled vegetables to taste, chopped
(I added some hot pickled vegetables in my bean patties. You can find it in the grocery store near pickled peppers and artichokes.)

Mix all ingredients (except oil) up to and including the salt and pepper together in a medium-size mixing bowl.

Form the bean mixture into patties.

In a large frying pan heat the olive oil over a medium flame.

Fry the patties on each side until golden brown.

Giveaway from The Honest Company: Win a one-month supply of eco-friendly family essentials!

I am so excited to offer this fantastic giveaway from The Honest Company! Many of you know by now, their products are my new obsession, and now I can get to share the love with one lucky Mod Mommy reader!

Read more: “Honest” review of The Honest Company products

The contest is open from Wednesday, March 14 to Wednesday, March 21. One winner will be chosen at random to win this awesome bundle!

Winner will receive a one-month supply of non-toxic body care and household cleaning products for your entire family. Package includes Honest Shampoo, Body Lotion, Hand Soap, Healing Balm, and Laundry Detergent. ($35.95 value)

It’s really easy to enter, just comment below and tell me which Honest product you’re excited to try.
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The Honest Company Giveaway Rules


1. How To Enter: Promotion begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on March 14, 2012 and ends at 12:01 a.m. EST on March 21, 2012. To enter you must enter a comment saying which Honest Company product you are excited to try. One winner will be chosen at random. All entries must be submitted by 12:01 a.m. ET, March 21, 2012, when the promotion ends.

2. Participation: Promotion is open to legal residents of all 50 States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. Employees of The Mod Mommy, participating hired bloggers and The Honest Company are not eligible to participate. This promotion is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void in Puerto Rico where restricted or prohibited by law.

3. Winner Validation: Winners will be selected after the entry period from all valid entries received. Winners will be selected randomly by The Mod Mommy using as a selection tool. All decisions of The Mod Mommy are final. By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of the judging organization. Winners will be notified by email sent by via within 48 hours of contest end and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. All submissions become the property of the The Honest Company and can be used in advertising or otherwise without any compensation to entrants. Winner agrees to permit The Mod Mommy and the The Honest Company to use her or his name, voice, photo, or likeness for reasonable promotional and marketing purposes for up to 90 days after the end of the Giveaway.

4. Prizes and Odds:
One (1) Prize: Winner will receive a one-month supply of non-toxic body care and household cleaning products for your entire family. Package includes Honest Shampoo, Body Lotion, Hand Soap, Healing Balm, and Laundry Detergent. ($35.95 value). No transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution of prize is permitted. Prize Winner is responsible for all taxes on prize, if applicable. The odds of winning will be based on the total number of entries at the end of the contest period.

5. General Conditions: By entering, you agree to indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor (The Honest Company), The Mod Mommy, and their respective affiliated and parent companies, and related entities including officers, directors, employees, licensees and assignees of each; advertising and promotion agencies from all claims or damages arising out of your participation in this promotion and/or acceptance, ownership or use of any prize. The Mod Mommy and The Honest Company are in no way responsible for any technical or server malfunctions on third party websites like Twitter. The Mod Mommy and The Honest Company shall not be responsible for the interruption, delay, termination or malfunction Twitter. If for any reason any portion of the promotion is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the promotion. The Mod Mommy and The Honest Company reserves the right at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with any entry process, and to award prizes among eligible entries not affected by the problem. The Mod Mommy will provide the name of the winner for any Giveaway, upon request, for 90 days after that Giveaway’s entry period ends.

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Reminder: Words not to say in front of your children

Just this morning I made a list of all of the words Chloé is saying now. I realized she is saying a ton now, so I emailed myself some of her phrases so I can document them in her baby book later today.

As I stared at the list, I scanned it to make sure the phrases were age-appropriate. And it got me thinking, Chloé is at a point now where she is repeating EVERYTHING, so we all have to be careful in what we say.

Here’s a peek at what’s coming out of her mouth these days:
Hi puppy!
Thank you
Good boy
“Iley”, yells for Riley our dog
All done
Good night
Ma-nana (banana)

And the list goes on…but it’s all adorable stuff, I promise!

Hours after I made that list I came across an article on Lil Sugar called “10 words to avoid around kids”, and I couldn’t agree with them more.

Here are the 10:
1. Hate
2. Stupid
3. Retard
4. Gay
5. Loser
6. Dumb
7. No
8. Shut up
9. God
10. Bad

Check out the entire article to see their reasons to support their list.

“Honest” review of Jessica Alba’s “Honest Co.” products

Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I was given these free samples along with other mom bloggers by The Honest Company. All opinions expressed are my own.

Now that I’m a mother I am more aware of everything. Aware of what we’re eating as a family, to what’s inside every product in our house.

So, when I heard about Jessica Alba’s new company “The Honest Company“, I was intrigued from the get-go.

The Honest Company has started a monthly service that delivers either a diaper bundle or family essentials bundle to your door. But what sold me was the fact the diapers and wipes were 100% non-toxic, plant-based, chlorine-free and more.

Read more: Jessica Alba unveils “Honest” products line

From what I was spending on diapers and wipes, the monthly service made sense for me.

The other products made by The Honest Company are equally as awesome. They’re either USDA organic, plant-based, biodegradable or vegan. None of the products have synthethic chemicals in them so they are completely safe!

I had the chance to test out several products, and am beyond pleased. Below is a breakdown of what I’ve tried.

Some products I was able to sample from The Honest Company

Honest Diapers: 5 out of 5
These are not your standard white diapers. They come in adorable patterns and are durable. I can count the times Chloé has leaked through them. My daughter sleeps 12 hours a night and 98.9% of the time wakes up completely dry. But, still my favorite part is the fact that they are earth-friendly and chemical free.

Honest Wipes: 3.5 out of 5
I’m being a little hard on the wipes because I feel they’re a bit smaller than what I used to use.

They are a little thin, so it’s tough when you have a messy diaper. You’ll end up using quite a few. But, the plus side is, they didn’t irritate my little one and the wipes are extremely versatile. They’re safe to wipe down a snack tray, toys or countertops. Nothing harsh found in these, just vegetable and plant extracts.

Honest Face and Body Lotion: 5 out of 5
I love this lotion! This is the first lotion I’ve ever been able to use on both my face and body. The texture is creamy, it smells great, and it can be used for both the baby and me.

Honest Healing Balm: 4 out of 5
This healing balm works well, don’t get me wrong. But, it’s a little greasy, so that’s why I gave it a 4. It’s filled with USDA organic oils, hence the greasiness. But that’s what happens with balms and that’s why they cure the roughest skin. This balm has worked on Chloé’s eczema and diaper rash. I apply it each time she gets a diaper change, and so far she’s done great with it.

Honest Bubble Bath: 5 out of 5
This smells fantastic!!! This ultra-soothing, tear-free bubble bath makes some serious bubbles. The bubble bath works great for baby and also for moms who want to take a much-needed soak in the tub. Another great product the whole family can enjoy.

Honest Conditioner: 5 out of 5
I haven’t found a conditioner I love until this one. I have fine, straight hair, so most conditioners leave my hair feeling dirty or greasy. However, not this one! This conditioner is safe for baby and color-treated hair. It smells like vanilla and leaves my hair manageable and frizzy-free. I especially like how light the formula is. I only use a little bit because of how fine my hair. This bottle will last me months I’m sure!

Honest Laundry Detergent: 5 out of 5
The Honest Company says this detergent is the purest and most effective around, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s super concentrated so you don’t need to use a lot, which will make it go a long way. There’s no chemicals in it, but it still took out a food stain on my daughter’s shirt. I’m just happy to be using an earth-friendly product that’s safe for my family and their skin.

If you’re as earth-conscious as I am than I would definitely recommend either bundle from The Honest Company if it fits your family’s needs. The Honest Company has been great to work with, and they say you can cancel your membership at anytime if you’re not satisfied.

I can’t remember the last time I was this obsessed with products from an entire line! It is very hard to find these days.