Looking for a fun DIY Valentine inspired creative project? Something made with love by your own two hands? I'm ready to get crafty and I'll be watching the links at That DIY Party for Valenine inspiration but in the meantime, check out a few of these Valentine ideas from DIYShowOff past: Fun Valentine DIY Ideas
As any parent who has had a colicky baby will tell you, it can turn your world upside down. However, a recent review of studies reveals that the answer may be as simple as the probiotic “Lactobacillus reuteri.” There is crying, and then there is colic. If you have ever parented a colicky child, or have known someone who has, it's an agonizing condition. Infant colic is defined as excessive crying of unknown cause that occurs for at least three hours a day for at least three days per week. While the majority of babies grow out of colic by the time they are six months old, those months can feel like an eternity to their exhausted caregivers. While there are very few proven treatment options for infants who suffer from colic, you won't find a parent who hasn't tried them all. From mothers who alter their own diets, to father's buying every formula option, to homeopathic remedies, desperate parents have been mostly unsuccessful at finding a cure. Sadly, colic has been shown to increase maternal depression, cause stress in family relationships, and negatively impact breastfeeding. Related: Colic Treatments: Parents Share What has Worked for Them A new meta-analysis published in the journal Pediatrics has found that a probiotic called Lactobacillus reuteri, or L.reuteri, can effectively reduce colic symptoms in babies. The international team of researchers examined four double-blind, randomized controlled studies from Italy, Poland, Canada, and Australia that included 345 infants who experienced colic. Of the babies involved in the research, 174 received the L. reuteri probiotic and 171 received a placebo. The study found that exclusively breastfed infants who received the probiotic were twice as likely to reduce their crying by 50 percent after only 14 days of treatment. In fact, after three weeks, breastfed babies who were given the probiotic experienced almost an hour less of crying than those babies who did not receive the supplement. The same findings did not ring true for those infants who were formula-fed, although the authors admit that there was not sufficient data from the one study that examined formula-fed babies. “Parents who are worried about their baby's crying should still see a doctor to check that there is no underlying medical cause for their baby's crying,” lead author Valerie Sung told ScienceAlert. Related: Calming Yourself During Colic: Expert Tips for Inconsolable Babies and Parents “If parents are still keen to try something for their baby, then this probiotic is the best option for those who are breastfed. It should be given directly to the baby as five drops a day for three weeks,” she said. While the results are promising, not everyone agrees that probiotics are the answer. An accompanying editorial argues that there is still insufficient evidence to recommend probiotics for colicky babies. The post Study: Probiotics Help Relieve Colic in Breastfed Babies appeared first on Mothering.
Deva and Sam scored an extra appliance-and a storage bonanza
Project: Revitalize a basic kitchen and maximize storage in Queens Before: The kitchen in Deva and Sam's 1,000-square-foot co-op in Jackson Heights functioned just fine. It was also incredibly bland with a floor at the tail end of its lifespan. “We wanted the kitchen to feel bright...to be modern and clean, but in a way that wouldn't feel quickly dated,” said Deva. The couple saw the storage potential in the hallway connecting the kitchen to the rest of the apartment. The two Ikea butcher blocks they had there were only handy for additional food preparation space; with no power outlets nearby, a long, awkward extension cord was needed to plug in the coffee machine. But, after living in the apartment for six months, what really motivated them to renovate was getting that life-changing mechanical device called a dishwasher. Sam and Deva often have friends over for dinner on Friday night, which meant piles of dirty dishes that hung around for half the weekend. After: To maximize the space, Deva and Sam spent a lot of time measuring their kitchen. “We didn't want to change the footprint too much in order to stay on budget,” said Sam. One problem area was the refrigerator, which ate up plenty of cabinet and counter space while casting a shadow over the oven. Their contractor, who they found through Sweeten, a free service that connects homeowners with vetted general contractors, suggested moving it to a corner. “It was hard to picture at first,” said Deva, but concluded, “it was absolutely the right choice.” The hallway now features extra outlets where the coffee machine sits full-time along with drawer storage for other countertop appliances. Their formal dishes-previously stowed in storage-are now showcased in new glass-front cabinets above. The couple also tried to keep all their appliances both cost- and environmentally-conscious. In the end, due to the new layout, they had to bring in a smaller stove but were able to keep their refrigerator. A hiccup occurred when a co-op policy caught Deva and Sam off-guard. As they were renovating, they were required to replace their old 1940s fuse box with a modern circuit breaker. That, in turn, meant they had to rewire much of the apartment. And that became Deva's best advice to renovators: “Know what your co-op board requires, in detail, before you get started.” Bonus: A friend was renovating her kitchen around the same time and gave Deva and Sam her old dishwasher. The only catch was it needed to be picked up. While the couple was struggling to maneuver it into the passenger seat of their car (because it didn't fit in the trunk), a stranger jumped in to help. “He simply said 'My kid's in the car, and I want him to know that when someone's having trouble, you help them,'” recalled Deva. Style finds: Floor tiles, backsplash, and countertops: Desire Kitchen and Bath. Kitchen cabinets and sink: Ikea. Cabinet hardware: Lowe's. Faucet: Kohler. 18-inch dishwasher: Whirlpool. 24-inch stove: Avanti. Microwave: Samsung. Lighting and fan: Lowes. White Dove in eggshell: Benjamin Moore.
Every so often, we scour the site for cool recipes from our community that we then test, photograph, and feature. This one comes from community member Stockout, who shares a one-pot cabbage side dish just right for all of your holiday meals.
When it comes to special holiday dinners, normally it's a show-stopping main dish (hello, holiday roast!) that gets all of the attention. Sometimes, though, a simple can find a way to steal the show, as is the case with Grandma Netta's Red Cabbage.
Hey there good lookin'. Photo by Rocky Luten
Grandma Netta kept it simple, eschewing the typical additions of apple and onions. But you won't miss them at all. Her cabbage perfectly balances between sweet and sour, and, as our editors noted when this was first tested, the glazing that occurs during the uncovered phase of cooking “not only concentrates the delicate sweet-and-sour flavor, but also creates a nice shine, which prevents the tender cabbage from looking dull on your plate.” You know it's the holiday season when even side dishes are getting dressed up!
Grandma Netta's cabbage is incredibly simple to prepare. All of the ingredients go into a large pot, then simmer, covered, for an hour, and simmer some more with the pot uncovered until the liquid is almost entirely reduced. You're left with a simple, sweet, sour dish and only one pot to wash-but we're still in favor of following the Stockout's family's rule: “whoever gets a bay leaf.....the dishes are all yours.”