Polkadots and Moonbeams, Unique Baby Gifts

Check out this impressive website, owned by my cousin Julie in Missouri, for the unique treasures offered at Polkadots and Moonbeams. These personalized baby gifts are perfect for showers, birthdays, Christmas, baptisms, or your own nursery.

Unique Gifts for New Beginnings

These beautiful works of art are hand crafted in home based studios, each one made to order, never mass produced. Custom designs are created with the details (colours, names etc) that you specify upon ordering. Orders are received in Rolla Missouri, items are crafted by individual, independent artisans throughout the USA, then shipped to your door. The concept itself is unique and very creative!

Currently, the only items available for international shipping (outside USA) are the silver pacifier clips, but Julie is working on changing that. So, be sure to check back often to see her progress! Because these unique items are made and shipped by different individuals, items ordered together may ship separately.  Please see individual product page for availability times. Your purchases can be delivered directly to your recipient too. If you wish to order several items to be shipped to different recipients, order each item separately.

If you cannot decide which item is perfect for the baby you are shopping for, Polkadots & Moonbeams gift cards are available. They have no extra processing fees and are delivered by email with instructions on how to redeem them.

Let Polkadots & Moonbeams help you celebrate the new beginnings in your life with a unique, customized, hand-crafted gift! Check out the website for further details on all the gift options and company policies.

Customized Cobb Salads; a healthy summer dinner idea


On a hot summer evening, I like to prepare customized salads for my family.  Traditionally Cobb salads include bacon and many other ingredients arranged in a fancy pattern, but I like to customize mine to suit our food preferences and my food allergies. Sometimes I arrange the toppings in rows, but usually just sprinkle them on as presentation is not my strong suit.

I do include chicken and garlic stir fried in olive and coconut oils, romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, red peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, shredded cheddar cheese with a choice of salad dressing.

Customized Cocktails of Vitamins

Home Remedies

Years ago, I began making breakfast smoothies for my sons to ensure they started their school day off well.  Check out one of my earliest posts.  In time, their smoothies evolved over the years to become customized cocktails. They loved them and it gave me great comfort knowing they were on the way to daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every morning.

Smoothies vs Pills

Do you hesitate to take pills to supplement your diet? In that case, create your own customized cocktails of vitamins and minerals. As a result, get only the benefits you need without the negative side effects.

For years I have found that every pill (including vitamins and medicine) I take gives me side effects much worse than the benefits.  As a result, I would much prefer to get the  vitamins and/or minerals I need in my food from natural sources like fruit and vegetables, instead of supplementing my diet with pills. 

As I get older my list of ailments and health issues grows, but I still feel that I would like to treat and/or prevent only these specific issues…

Ingredients by Symptoms in Customized Cocktails

In due time, I started making my own customized vitamin and mineral cocktails.  To learn which ingredients to use, I researched each of my own personal health issues to find out the recommended vitamin and/or mineral.  Subsequently, I discovered the best food source for each of the  vitamins/minerals on my list.  As a result, the following chart was customized for my own ailments and health concerns. In summary, it displays the vitamin or mineral and the best smoothie-suitable food source to combat each ailment/concern:

ArthritisALA (omega 3) Spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil
 Quercetin Citrus, green tea, dark cherries/berries
 Collagen Nuts, seeds, green tea, red/blue berries, vitamin C, gelatin
 Cumin/turmeric Cumin/turmeric/curry powder
Bone densityAlkaline mineralsCalciumSpinach, thyme, molasses, almond milk, dairy products
  ManganeseCloves, dark chocolate
  MagnesiumCoriander, dark chocolate, almonds
  IronSpinach, molasses
  PotassiumSpinach, avocado, bananas
EnergyCo-Q10 Spinach, avocado, parsley, red/blue berries
CancerResveratrol Dark berries, dark chocolate, red grape skins
 Quercetin See above
 Pterostillbene Blueberries, spinach
MenopauseVitamin D Almond milk, dairy milk
 Ginseng Ginseng drops/tea
 Phytoestrogens Flax seed oil, dark cherries
Memory & Brain FogPterostillbene See above
 Resveratrol See above
 Omega 3s See above
Immune SystemCo-Q10 See above
 Quercetin see above
Co-ordinationResveratrol See above
CholesterolPterostillbene See above
DigestionAlkaline minerals See above
CirculationCo-Q10 See above
Toxin Removal (antioxidants)Alkaline minerals See above

My Personal Concoction

My personal, customized cocktail contains fresh organic baby spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil, lemon juice, green tea, dark cherries, blueberries, almond milk, strawberries, cumin or turmeric, molasses, dark chocolate, coriander and avocado. Obviously, my recipe was created from the researched ingredients that I like and have easy access to. However, there were many more to choose from.

Research your own needs, pick your favorite ingredients, and whip up your own delicious customized vitamin and mineral cocktail today!

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