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Why Mindy Kaling is feeding her baby peanut butter—and you should consider it, too

Anyone with a Hulu subscription knows Mindy Kaling is a creative genius, and now the mama of one is getting creative in the kitchen, too.

Her daughter, 7-month-old daughter Katherine, is eating solids and the baby is being treated to some homemade goodness. Kaling's fans get to follow along as she shares what is essentially a cooking/comedy show in her Instagram stories.


In her most recent "episode" Kaling shared her recipe for banana date peanut butter. "This is one of those baby foods that like I legit would eat," she tells viewers.

Bananas, pitted dates and Trader Joe's Peanut Butter go into the blender and out comes baby food fit for baby Katherine, and her mom.



"This is so good. Should I have it instead of giving it to my daughter?" Kaling asked her followers.

One of those followers is fellow celebrity mama Jessica Alba, who is hoping Mindy's new cooking "show" might give her some inspiration when it comes to feeding baby Hayes.

"Get it girl," Alba commented on Instagram after Kaling's first kitchen Story. "And text me some recipes baby will eat—Hayes is only into carrots and sweet potatoes."


He might be into peanut butter if Alba tries out Kaling's latest recipe. While many moms are hesitant to give kids Hayes and Katherine's ages peanut butter due to allergy concerns, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recommend parents serve up peanut-based pureed or finger food as a way to avoid allergies.

Early exposure to peanuts can decrease the chances of your baby developing a nut allergy later in life. Babies with severe eczema or an egg allergy are at the highest risk for peanut allergies, so parents should talk to their doctors about when, where and how to introduce a high-risk baby to peanuts, but for babies who aren't high-risk they can be introduced freely according to the AAP.

So follow along with Kaling and add some peanut butter to your baby's menu, mamas. It'll be fun and delicious. Just save some for baby.

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Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


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