Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Recipe

I have never in my life made banana bread. In fact, I've only eaten banana bread a few times that I can remember. I knew though that I wanted to make some and give it a go. 

I almost purchased the store bought mix when I decided to try it on my own by searching for recipes and then making it my own. So today, I am sharing with you this easy and super moist and  OH MY GOSH so yummy recipe!

Most of my readers know that I am an oiler. So for an added punch, I added 4 drops of Lemon Vitality oil to my banana bread recipe. This isn't something that you have to do for this recipe, but if you're an oiler - I totally recommend it. Every now and again, I would taste the tiniest hint of Lemon zest and it was so good. 

Ingredients for Recipe:

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 5 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 5-6 Tbsp of Milk or Buttermilk (I used milk)
  • 3/4 bag chocolate chips
  • 2 mashed over ripe bananas
  • 1 cup soft butter or margarine 
  • 4-5 drops of Lemon Vitality oil (optional) 

Step One:

Mix together sugar, eggs, milk and soft butter. Add in flour, baking powder and bananas. Mix on low or spoon in the chocolate chips. Add lemon oil if desired for one final mix in. 

Step Two: 

Let it set. I let mine sit out for about 30 minutes before cooking. Meanwhile I greased my bundt pan and cleaned up my mess. A Happy kitchen is a clean kitchen...amen. 

Step Three: 

Bake. I baked mine at 350 for about 35 minutes (maybe longer). Check after around 30 minutes too see if it is done. Sometimes in the bundt pan the middle of the cake will still be raw, just leave it in for another couple of minutes. 

Step Four:

After your cake has been removed from the pan and has cooled off, slice a giant piece and savor the yummiest and easiest dessert ever. Now, you have no excuse for having brown bananas in the home. Make a simple recipe with real ingredients. And have no shame in serving the kids this for dessert, snack time and mayyyybeeee even breakfast! ;) 

 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Essential Oils and More for Babies

Using essential oils for babies is a beautiful, wonderful thing. With the right guidance, you can easily help support your little one from head to toe with just a simple touch of nature. 

While using essential oils on little ones can be intimidating for some, it's honestly a very easy and glorious task. Essential oils can support your baby and help them sleep better, feel better and even cry less. Why yes, that sounds beautiful right? 

When using oils for babies, you want to use only true, 100% pure oils. Unfortunately many labels out there are misleading and claim to be 100% pure when in fact they are not. In fact, they only have to be 5% pure to receive that fancy label. This means that other brands often contain synthetic ingredients or they are heavily watered down. Some companies even add man made smells to make their oils smell better - so crazy!

I only trust Young Living oils for my little ones because I know that by using just a drop or two, I am giving them all that they need because it is so pure and effective. I know that no toxins or chemicals are going into their bloodstream. It's a beautiful thing when you can support your family naturally. In our home, we strive hard to kick the toxins out and use only plant based products and essential oils. We aren't perfect, but we are pretty mindful and everything that touches our skin is pure. It's a passion I have as a mother, and if it's not yours, that's totally okay. We all get there in different ways eventually or perhaps just a few small changes is all that you are looking for. 

Below are some tips for using essential oils for babies and what to use them for:

  • Always dilute. There are some people who don't dilute, but I like to recommend to my readers to dilute for their little ones. You can easily search Pinterest for dilution ratios but honestly, we always do about two drops of oil to one, heaping tablespoon of coconut oil. Or we use one drop with a few pumps of the Young Living V6 carrier oil. Normally the ratio for babies is 1:30. 
  • Read Gentle Babies. Gentle Babies is a great book for pregnancy, mothers and babies. You can find this on amazon and it will breakdown a lot of the safety of oils for little ones. 
  • Invest in the Kidscents oils. These oils are already diluted, so just add a roller top to them and they are safe for your little ones. 
  • Do not apply citrus or photosensitive oils to areas that will be in direct sunlight. Normally your little one won't be in the direct sunlight anyway and typically citrus oils are rarely applied, so this is just something to file away and remember if needed. 

So what can you use your oils for? 

  • Baby Massage
  • Dry Skin, Irritations and bites 
  • Fussiness, Colic 
  • Gassiness, Indigestion, bellyaches
  • Immune support
  • Calming 
  • Teething 
  • Constipation
  • Coughing 
  • Cradle Cap
  • Diaper Rash 
  • Even cleaning! 

Which oils are great for what?

  • Sleep: Lavender, Frankincense, Orange, Peace and Calming, Dream Catcher, White Angelica, Sleepyize, Gentle Baby
  • Fussiness: Gentle Baby, Frankincense, Lavender, Orange, Peace and Calming, White Angelia, Joy, 
  • Tummy Troubles: Peppermint, Tummygize or DiGize
  • Immune: Frankincense and Thieves
  • Teething: Clove Vitality or Copaiba Vitality
  • Skin + Diaper Rash: Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium 
  • Constipation: Peppermint, Fennel, DiGize, Tummygize 
  • Respiratory: Snifflease, RC, Eucalyptus 

Where to apply them? 

Essential oils can be either diffused to be inhaled or applied topically. Young Living oils are so pure you can even ingest some of them, but we're not recommending that for the little ones. Just a simple diffuser in their nursery or a rub on the feet is typically all it takes. 

Most frequently you'll want to apply them to the bottoms of the feet for things like immune support, sleep and bellyaches. You can also massage the belly in a circular motion and for skin and calming support, a baby massage (or diffusing) is the perfect choice. For respiratory support, you can make a chest rub or diffuse for baby. We apply Copaiba Vitality oil straight to the gums for teething and it helps nix the fussiness. 

Oils for emotions. 

Young Living has many oils and essential oils blends that can be safely used for emotions. Since little ones aren't dealing with a ton emotions though, most of the time you can just get by with using Lavender + Frankincense (available in the starter kit) and maybe Gentle Baby (a favorite of mine!). 

Oils for sleep. 

Again, the possibilities are endless for oils for sleep. There are so many recipes and blends that you can use to help your little ones sleep. In fact, this is often the biggest testimony I receive from people is that oils helped their little ones to sleep better. Most people again just use Lavender and Frankincense from the starter kit and see success with this (we do!). Others often love Gentle Baby, White Angelica, Orange, Peace and Calming or Dream Catcher. 

Beyond the oils. 

The beauty of Young Living is that their products for little ones goes well beyond just essential oils. While you can easily make your own DIY products with essential oils, sometimes you just like the ease of ordering the essentials and being done. Young Living has a new baby line, Seedlings, that is so wonderful. Pure and natural products with a scent of essential oils that smells so incredibly dreamy. Their products include wash, diaper cream, linen spray, lotion, baby oil and baby wipes. 

I love the security and confidence I can have with using safe products and truly pure oils on my baby and even my older children. And this is just the start. Essential oils can support you and your emotions SO much (hello and goodbye postpartum ickiness). 

If you think that this is something for you and you still have more questions or it seems overwhelming, it's my job to take care of that and help guide you on this journey. Email me at themushymommy@gmail.com or chat with me on my Facebook page. Lastly, if you're ready to go in to this natural journey with no fees, no monthly obligations and no crazy rules or obligations, then check out this link here to learn more. I would love to hold your hand down this journey to wellness, health and hopefully more sleep! 

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Essential Oils and babies

Handling the Internet and Young Children

Internet Safety

Raising kids comes with lots of fears and that main fear is almost always in regard to their safety. We want nothing more than for our children to be safe in this big and sometimes scary world. We want to give them the reins to take the ride of life on their own but we first want to make sure they know just how to safely ride. 

In our home, social media (for me) is obviously a big thing. I run my businesses off of social media and like others, I love scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest to find inspiration for everything from messy hair buns to keto recipes. 

But what about my children and the Internet?

What about social media? Granted they are too young for social media now, but it doesn't help to think about what you "think" you'll do when the time comes and how you'll handle it. 

I know many, many young children have their own smart phones and iPads, but that is simply not the case here. My children play educational games on MY iPad and honestly they usually just scroll through our family photos and videos. Giving them each their own iPad is something that I have no intentions of doing - not even close. Maybe teenage years I'll consider it, but even then there will be some heavy monitoring. There's just simply no need for it for our own personal reasons. 

Internet safety for kids

What about social media for young teens? 

My daughter still has several years until she enters the world of the teens (thank gosh), but I can't help but think of all the young girls I know who already have access to social media. Do I think that chatting with their friends is a bad thing? Of course not. But just like the internet does, social media opens up a portal to things that children may not be ready to see and shouldn't see. Not to mention that social media has become the modern day hallways of school bullying, something that I want to steer my children clear from. 

But you can't protect them from everything? 

No you can't. I can't protect my children from everything. They may not have iPhones and social media and still may see images online from peers' phones. They may not have access to the internet at my house but can easily access it at a friend's home. I know these things, I was a kid once. But as a parent I feel it is my duty and obligation to protect my child as best as I can, and to me that is not just handing off electronics to allow free range. 

But one day they'll need a phone. And the internet for school. 

Absolutely! One day my children will need a phone and when that time comes, I will decide on if we go with a smart phone (probably not) or a regular phone just for calls and text. And of course my children will always have monitored access to the internet at home for school purposes or even if their curiosity strikes and they need to Google something. 

I recently came across the cutest book about internet safety for children that covers the basics: not giving out personal info, not falling for phishing scams, social media safety and more. This adorably illustrated book is easy and catchy to read and straight to the point. 

After speaking to the brains behind Internet Kids Road Trip, I realized that a lot of thought went into this project. From surveying mommy friends and discovering that they didn't totally know what their kids were doing on the internet, to designing and illustrating the book themselves, this book was a labor of love to help protect the innocence of our children out there. 

Internet Kids Road Trip
Internet Kids Road Trip

I hope you take a peek at this book and share it with those that need it. You can grab a free digital download here and pass it along to your young children. This book is excellent for children around the ages of 6-13 who are just beginning to understand the internet and social media. Or you can be like me, and try to shield as much as possible! 

Deciding what is right for your family's internet usage is truly a "to each their own." Do what works for you and decide where your priorities lie in keeping your children safe on the internet. And please give this adorable book a read! 

Also, can we remember to always respect and not judge others when it comes to their own personal rules. Don't think someone is being ridiculous because their young child doesn't have a phone and vice versa. Respect without ridicule is huge here. Coming from someone who had her identity used for disgusting purposes on Facebook, I have every right to shield what feels right for me. 

Mamas, do what works for you and what is right for your kids. And please, give this book a read to your children so they can understand the dangers of the internet a little more. 

This is a sponsored post. All reviews and opinions are my own. 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos.