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  • Chief Family Officer’s Favorite Things: The Sneaky Chef’s No Nut Butter

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    Chief Family Officer's Favorite Things: The Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter

    I have been meaning to write this post for quite a while now, because The Sneaky Chef Creamy No-Nut Butter has become a staple food in our house.

    It’s not the healthiest food, nor does it follow the “real food” rules of being minimally processed. The ingredients include powdered sugar with cornstarch, palm fruit oil, and mono and diglycerides from a vegetable source. But at least the main ingredients, golden peas and canola oil, are non-GMO.

    And it’s a great replacement product for us. Because where most families can use a 100% natural, organic, minimally processed nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter, or the popular alternative, sunflower butter, we eliminated those options when we discovered one of the boys is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, and most seeds, including sunflower. Thankfully, his allergy is not so bad that the tiniest whiff of one of these forbidden items produces a reaction. But I certainly wouldn’t risk having any of these things in my house.

    I stumbled across No-Nut Butter about six months ago while doing research for an article, and since peanuts and soybeans – like golden peas – are legumes, I wasn’t entirely sure that it would be safe for my son. But he’s been able to tolerate it without issue, and I’ve been delighted to discover that No-Nut Butter freezes and bakes well.

    In fact, I can prep ahead and make No-Nut Butter & Jam sandwiches to freeze for school lunches:

    Freezer-friendly No-Nut Butter Sandwiches - chieffamilyofficer.com

    I freeze half-sandwiches, since that’s what I pack for each boy. Each half goes into a plastic baggie, and then the baggies go into the bag the loaf of bread came in. When I’m getting lunch ready in the morning, I just pull a sandwich out of the freezer! {Making my own sandwich bread is one of my cooking dreams/goals, but I’ve yet to find a recipe that the kids like.}

    No-Nut Butter also served me well in a modified version of these Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, and is great in smoothies as well.

    Of course, if you know of any other peanut-free, nut-free, seed-free alternatives, especially if they’re less processed/more natural, I’d love to try them, so let me know in the comments!

    Buy The Sneaky Chef Creamy No-Nut Butter for $7.49 at Amazon or Vitacost.

    Chief Family Officer’s Favorite Things: Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother

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    Burt's Bees After Sun Soother - Chief Family Officer's Favorite Things

    For some of you in other parts of the country and the world, it may feel like fall has arrived. But here in Southern California, we’ve been experiencing an extreme heat wave with temperatures 20 to 25 degrees above normal. In my corner of Los Angeles, we had multiple days well over 100 degrees this past week!

    Our family is actually really good about applying and re-applying sunscreen, which is important because we spend countless hours outdoors due to the boys’ sports. But inevitably, we all end up getting too much sun at some point.

    Which is why I’m so glad I discovered Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother:

    Unlike every other aloe product I’ve tried for sunburn, this stuff really works. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m quite fair and redden and burn incredibly quickly. When I apply Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother, the redness is almost always completely gone the next day, and if it’s not totally gone, it’s at least gone down significantly. Perhaps most importantly, any pain associated with the overexposure to the sun is always gone.

    The After Sun Soother works well on my kids too, although they don’t seem to respond to it quite as well as I do. But at least I feel ok about using it on them because it’s 99.5% natural and is free of parabens, sulfates, and other possibly harmful ingredients. (And honestly, I’d use it on myself even if it weren’t so natural because it’s so effective!)

    Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother is $10.66 at Amazon and $9.99 at Drugstore.com.

    Chief Family Officer’s Favorite Things: Nexcare Waterproof Bandages

    CFO Favorites: Nexcare Waterproof Bandages

    When the boys were little, I discovered Nexcare’s Tattoo Bandages, which covered a cut or scratch in every direction, and were so waterproof that the boys could swim for hours, take a long bath, and still need to have them pulled off. The tattoo bandages were so great that my husband and I used them regularly, even if it meant we were wearing Star Wars or superhero characters – a small price to pay for a bandage that stayed in place!

    To my great relief, though – especially since the boys are no longer into character bandages – Nexcare makes an adult version called Nexcare Waterproof Clear Bandages.

    The hubby recently got a nasty little cut on his arm, and the Nexcare Waterproof Bandage stayed in place for a full 24 hours, until he pulled it off himself. I had to use one a couple of weeks ago when I had one of those small but annoyingly irritating and painful cuts on my hand, and the small waterproof bandage did the trick by covering it up so I didn’t keep rubbing it accidentally.

    I can’t recommend these bandages highly enough!

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    Chief Family Officer’s Favorite Things: Powdered Sunscreen

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    Thanks to my boys’ constant participation in sports, I spend a lot of time in the sun. But the irony is, I hate being in the sun. My skin burns easily, and I quickly turn red in the heat. So I’m known as the lady with the parasol, because I have a lovely one that I always have with me.

    But even when I have my own shade, I think it’s important to have a coat of sunscreen on my face. A few weeks ago, I was slathering on some Neutrogena lotion at the soccer field, when another mom saw me and showed me her recent find:

    It’s powdered sunscreen! It goes on like regular translucent powder, but it has a mineral powder sunscreen that you can just brush on your face.

    I was at the mall a few days later to meet a friend for lunch, so I popped into Sephora and bought a slightly different powdered sunscreen (mine is SPF 30 and meant for oily skin; my friend’s was SPF 45). I’ve been using the powder regularly since. It goes on easily, and actually works great as a basic powder to minimize shine, with the added benefit of sun protection and no gooey mess.

    I do usually still rub in a layer of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer before I leave the house, and then use the powder to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. I’m so excited to have found powdered sunscreen!

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    Chief Family Officer’s Favorite Podcasts

    CFO's Favorite Podcasts - chieffamilyofficer.com

    In the last year or so, one of my favorite ways to get centered and expand my horizons has been by listening to podcasts. If you’re not familiar with podcasts but have a smartphone, all you really need to know is that you can listen to podcasts pretty much the way you listen to music – you just download the podcast from iTunes or Android Marketplace, then play back the audio file using a podcast app on your phone (I just use the one that came with my iPhone).

    The first podcast I listened to was Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life. Its focus is on leadership and personal development, and it reminds me a lot of the things my dad used to say to me when I was growing up. A few of my favorite episodes include #90: How to Discern Your Calling, #36: How to Develop More Discipline, and #9: Is Work-Life Balance Really Possible?.

    Then I discovered these podcasts, which I’ve added to my list of favorites:

    Internet Business Mastery – IBM is hosted by Jeremy Frandsen and Jason Van Orden, who focus on helping listeners build an online business, but with an eye towards personal development and achieving success no matter the path. Some of my favorite episodes are #222: How to Never Run Out of Amazing Ideas, #203: Single Motivating Purpose, and #195: How to Create Habits that Stick.

    Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy – Amy Porterfield is a Facebook marketing expert, but her podcast is broader and covers a wide variety of internet-related topics. A few of my favorite episodes are #22: How to Start and Build a Profitable Podcast with John Lee Dumas, #18: A Backstage Pass to the Inner Workings of My Business, and #4: Proven Video Marketing Strategies with James Wedmore (who had lots of great tips on making a video).

    Entrepreneur on Fire – I found this podcast because it’s hosted by John Lee Dumas, who was a guest on Amy Porterfield’s podcast, and it turns out Entrepreneur on Fire was named one of the best iTunes podcasts in 2013. There’s actually a new interview with an entrepreneur every day, which is pretty incredible considering most podcasts release new shows weekly or less often. There are far too many shows to list any favorites, but it’s fabulous to have fresh material to listen to at all times.

    There are many other podcasts, of course, including Freakonomics and The Dave Ramsey Show. If you have a favorite, please share it in the comments as I’m always looking for new great content to listen to!

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