Fun Strawberry Lemonade Mocktail Recipe

 

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! My name is Lauren Pickens and I’m so excited to be posting my second guest blog here on The HighChair Chic. You can read my first post here, which is a Healthy Eating Essentials post. You can also visit my website, where I discuss pop culture, lifestyle, and much more!

Today I will be sharing a recipe for a strawberry lemonade mocktail. It’s super easy and a drink that you can enjoy with the whole family.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of water


Lemon juice

Plain seltzer water

Ice cubes

The first half of the ingredients will be used to make your strawberry simple syrup. Simple syrups are used in cocktails and other drinks to give a powerful burst of flavor. Instead of using store bought syrups that are full of preservatives and chemicals, we’re going to make our own!

Put the strawberries, water, and sugar into a medium sized pot and bring your ingredients to a boil.

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Next let it simmer for around 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once you strawberries are falling apart take it off of the heat. If you are using frozen strawberries it will take about 25 minutes.

Using a strainer filter out the bits of strawberry skin and put your syrup into a bowl so that it can cool.

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Now your simple syrup is done! All that’s left to do is to put it in the refrigerator to cool until it is completely chilled. For me this was a few hours.

Once the syrup is done cooling you can mix your drinks. You can change the portions depending on how sweet/sour you want your drink.

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In each of my cups I put about 4, cubes of ice, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of strawberry syrup, and filled the rest of the glass up with seltzer to balance out the flavors.

Once you have added the ingredients use a straw or spoon to stir it and enjoy!

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This would be perfect for a holiday party or family night when you want to do something a little special!

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Alarming Rise in Highchair Accidents

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Are you using your highchair properly?  If you do not or are not sure….listen up!!

U.S. emergency rooms now attend to an average of almost 9,500 high chair-related injuries every year, a figure that equates to one injured infant per hour. The vast majority of incidents involve children under the age of 1 year.

“We know that these injuries can and do happen, but we did not expect to see the kind of increase that we saw,” said study Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr Gary Smith says “supervision is a must”. “Stay with your child during meal time and make sure he or she doesn’t defeat the restraint.”   “Even if a chair does meet current safety standards and the restraint is used properly, there’s never 100 percent on this . . . Parents will always need to be vigilant.”

While The Highchair Organizer was not tested in this study, it does however offer a solution to mom’s constant getting up and down during mealtime. Whenever you leave the highchair, you in fact leave the baby unattended and this is when accidents can happen. The Highchair Organizer stores everything needed for baby’s mealtime adventure at the highchair so moms never have to leave baby unattended in the highchair.

Here’s information on how you can prevent injuries:

1. Make sure the highchair has safety straps with either a 3-point or 5-point harness.
2. Make sure it has a crotch strap.
3. When you buckle the child in, make sure the straps are attached firmly to the chair and that they’re snug around the child so he can’t wiggle out.
4. When you set up the highchair, put it in an area where the child cannot reach anything and make sure it’s away from the table or a wall or counter so they can’t kick or push the chair over.
5. Use booster seats that secure to a chair and have a tray, and make sure they are firmly attached, with no wiggle room.
6. In restaurants, make sure the highchairs or booster seats they provide have functional straps that are in working order. If they don’t, ask for one that does.

Lastly, make sure your buckle your child in their highchair and/or booster seat each and every time!!