Brilliant Baby Products
Today's mom spends more time on-the-go than ever before. That means it's more important than ever for her to have everything she and baby need while out and about.
Kathleen Tomes, of Scottsdale-based Brilliant Baby Products, has searched through thousands of products to find those that are truly" brilliant," and make parenting easier and more fun.
She shared her top five "must-have" diaper bag essentials with Good Morning Arizona:
Travel Kit and Lip Balm
Protect your baby's delicate skin from the harsh outdoor elements with Dolphin Organics. The Deluxe Simply Citrus Travel Set comes with travel-sized sunscreen, shampoo and body wash, har conditioner lotion, and bubble bath -- all infused with natural and organic citrus extracts. Also prevent chapped lips with the Dolphin Organics Naturals Lip Balm. Each sold for $2.95 to $34.95 on the Dolphin Organics website.
Forget those bulky diaper changing pads that you have to wash after every use. Daddy & Co.'s Disposable Diaper Changing Pads are ultra absorbent to quickly lock in moisture and ensure no liquid will seep through onto your changing surface. They are sold in packs of 10 for $7.95 on the Daddy & Co. website.
Dr. Brown's Tooth & Gum Wipes are perfect for teething babies and little ones learning healthy dental routines. They are fluoride-free and can be used on new teeth or just gums. Dr. Brown's also offers nose and face wipes and pacifier and bottle wipes. The wipes are sold for $8 to $10 each at Babies"R"Us, Walmart, Target, Buy Buy Baby, and online through Dr. Brown's and 7am Enfant.
Style and function merge in the 7am Enfant Voyage Diaper Bag. The soft, lightweight bag keeps contents organized and accessible. Whether your travels take you to the streets or up in the air, the Voyage Diaper Bag can be an elegant or a casual accessory for one-day or weekend outings. It's also unisex, so both moms and dads can feel comfortable carrying it. It is sold for $98 on the 7am Enfant website.
With the Moby Go, not only can you leave the bulky stroller at home, you can reap the benefits of carrying your baby. Babies who are carried are believed to cry less and get sick less often than babies who are not. The Moby Go from Moby Wrap is made for infants weighing 15 to 45 lbs. The carrier evenly distributes the baby's weight across mom's shoulders and hips, and also encourages the baby to sit in an ergonomically correct position. Sold for $79.95 on the Moby Wrap website.
For more information on all of these products, visit www.brilliantbabyproducts.com.
Hitch n' Fish
Eighth Annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show
What: "Fashion Through the Ages" is a fundraising event for the programs and services of Childhelp throughout the state of Arizona. Sponsored by Services Group of America and BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, the fashion show will also will also celebrate Childhelp's 55th anniversary.
Who: Wings is a family volunteer group that supports the programs of Childhelp and promotes service to the community. The goal of Wings is to expose young adults to a variety of service opportunities and foster a desire to continue philanthropic activities as adults. The Wings children are presented many opportunities for self-improvement, etiquette, positive self-image, safety and more.
Raven-Symoné will host this year's fashion show. Raven-Symoné is an American actress and singer who launched her career in 1989, after appearing in The Cosby Show as Olivia Kendall. From 2003 to 2007, she starred in the Disney Channel series "That's So Raven," in which she played Raven Baxter -- a psychic teenager who tried her best to keep her powers a secret. She recently debuted in the Broadway musical "Sister Act" as Deloris van Cartier.
Letitia Frye will be the auctioneer.
Apparel for the fashion show will be provided by Robert Black Fashion, Just Ruby clothing, Elan Style, Annie Boomer Vintage, and Peek clothing. Robert Black will also provide vintage fashions including several museum pieces, as well as offer commentary on the clothing during the fashion show.
When: Sunday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
10:30 to 10:45 a.m. -- Media availability with Raven-Symoné
11:30 to 1:30pm -- Lunch, live auction and fashion show
Where: Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253
About: CEO and Co-Founder Sara O'Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959 to help victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. The nonprofit organization's approach focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It receives calls from across the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp's programs and services also include residential treatment services; children's advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the Childhelp National Day of Hope, which is held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse. For more information about Childhelp, call 480-922-8212 or visit www.childhelp.org.
Tickets: Adults are $100 and children are $50. Tickets are available for purchase at www.childhelp.org/wings-2014 or 480-922-8212.
Chef Dad's Southwestern Cream of Asparagus Soup
-3 bunches asparagus (bottom 2 inches of each stalk removed)
-1 onion (diced)
-1 jalapeño (minced)
-6 garlic cloves (minced)
-4 tbsp. butter
-1 tbsp. olive oil
-1 Poblano pepper (roasted; stem, seeds and skin removed, then diced)*
-6 cups chicken stock
-1 cup heavy cream salt and pepper
1. Preheat your toaster oven or regular oven to 450 degrees. Put your Poblano peppers on a foil-lined pan, then bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the pepper skins are dark brown over most of the peppers. Remove them from the oven and place in a Ziploc bag, then close for 10 minutes. Remove them from the bag, peel the skins off, remove the stem and seeds from the inside, then dice. Set aside.
2. After removing the bottom few inches of the asparagus, discard those ends. Slice your remaining asparagus into 1-inch pieces and set aside.
3. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, melt your butter and olive oil together. Then add your asparagus, onion, jalapeño and garlic, plus 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Sauté everything together for 15 minutes.
4. Add the chicken stock, diced poblanos and cream, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste the mixture for seasoning if you think it needs any. Turn off heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
5. Move mixture in batches into your food processor or blender with the center piece removed from the lid. Only fill a little over halfway. Cover top opening with a towel and pulse a few times to make sure you won't get overflow from the soup being too hot. Increase speed to puree until mixture is smooth and consistent. Repeat with remaining batches. Serve with garlic or Parmesan croutons.
Cooks Notes: *The Poblano pepper is optional but gives the soup a nice southwestern flavor. You can always substitute with a small can of diced green chilies. If you're sensitive to slightly spicy food, remove the stems and seeds from the jalapeño before using it or eliminate the jalapeño from the recipe all together. This recipe makes about 12 cups of soup.