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MAKE Inexpensive Organic Baby Food!

Some people think feeding a baby must be incredibly expensive, and for some people it really is.

It isn't so for everyone, though.

Wish you had a step-by-step, fruit-by-fruit guide to reveal some amazing secrets on how to feed your baby the green goodness without spending too much of your own green goodness?

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Quick Tip Of The Day!

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Perezitos Quick Tip

Perezitos.com's mommy expert, Amy Malin's Quick Tip:

"Premium cables costs a small fortune. For just $7.99 a month you can watch as many movies and TV shows as you want on Netflix. The coolest part is that you can download the FREE Netflix app on your iPhone or iPad and watch everything on the go. Perfect to have for long flights!"

For more tips, follow Amy on Twitter @TrueheartEvents.

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EXCLUSIVE: Inexpensive Gift Ideas To Give To Your Holiday Party Host

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It's always polite to give a nice gift to the host or hostess of any holiday party.

But with so many events to attend around the holiday season, that can become quite costly!

Luckily, Perezitos.com correspondent and party planning expert Amy Malin of True Heart Events has some great inexpensive gift ideas!

A Perezitos.com reader asked:

What is an appropriate and not too expensive gift to bring to a holiday party that my family is attending?

Here's what Amy has to say:

Happy Holidays! Here are some cost effective, festive and thoughtful gift ideas for your holiday party host:

#1 If you're attending a family holiday party, frame a beautiful photo of you and/or your kids to gift. Grandparents especially love this sentimental gift.

#2 If you're attending an adults only holiday party, wine makes a great gift. You can purchase nice bottles of wine that aren't expensive. I'm personally not a drinker, but many of my celebrity clients love The Naked Grape which they say tastes great and is very affordable. It is even sold at grocery chains such as Ralph's.

#3 If your host has a canine companion, bring something cute for the dog, which is guaranteed to make the party host smile. I once brought a Santa hat for my friend's dog and she had a blast taking photos of all her guests with her dog in his red and white fuzzy holiday hat. You can buy these hats at drug stores or party supplies stores for between $5- $10.

#4 If your party host has a baby or kids, bringing a gift for their children will score major brownie points. Happy Baby/Happy Children Equals Happy Mommy & Daddy. For babies, buy a reindeer, Santa, snowflake, Menorah or any other festive designed onesie. So many stores sell them for between $5 - $12 dollars each, such as Babies R Us, Target, The Children's Place or Baby Gap.

#5 If you want to cook something for your holiday party host, steer clear of fruitcake. Your host won't want to offend you, but let's be honest, your fruitcake is either most likely going in the trash when you leave, being used as a paper weight/doorstop or being re-gifted to their boss. Make something that your party host will actually enjoy and could even serve at their holiday party if they'd like. Holiday cookies are festive, fun, cheap and take minutes to prepare. Get a holiday themed cookie cutter from your grocery store or at Bed Bath & Beyond for a few bucks and make your cookies in the shape of XMas Trees, Menorahs, stars, snowflakes etc. I'm obsessed with these yummy Vegan chocolate chip cookies by Eat Pastry. They are half the calories of ordinary chocolate chip cookies and they are delicious!

Have fun party hopping!

So many great ideas!

For some more organizing, party planning or motherhood tips, follow Amy at @TrueheartEvents

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Helpful Ways To Stay Healthy Without Breaking The Bank

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Eating healthy doesn't always have to mean spending a lot of money.

Here are 11 very helpful tips that will keep you fed and fit without feeling like you've been robbed!

1.) Fresh berries too pricey? Swap 'em out for frozen berries! They cost much less and they're always frozen at their peak so you still get all that nutritious goodness.

2.) Instant oatmeal seems like the most convenient choice, but try picking up quick oats instead. It's more cost-effective and doesn't have all those pesky added sugars and calories.

3.) Vegetable chips seems like a great alternative to yummy, but very salty, very fatty potato chips. But, they can be expensive. Instead, Try homemade kale chips. With less than 50 calories a cup, and something you can make at home, it's just a mere fraction of the cost of store-bought chips.

4.) Fresh seafood such as salmon sounds really good right about now. But your wallet isn't too happy about it, right?? Pick up canned salmon instead. It's got the same omega-3s and is waaaay less expensive. Bonus: it's a perfect way to pack a punch in dull lunch salads.

5.) Don't want to shell out the money for whey protein powder? Go for the cheaper tofu. You can still add it in your smoothies and gives you the same nutrients.

6.) Lärabars are yummers, but they ain't cheap! Just use the ol' reliable yet equally delicious dried fruit option. It's a good cheap way to satisfy that sweet tooth.

7.) Some items may be worth the splurge, such as almond butter and Greek yogurt. Deeelicious and healthy.

8.) Plan your meals on a weekly basis. This helps you to keep track of you're eating and will prevent you from buying unnecessary products when you're at the grocery store.

9.) Look at what you already have! You never know, you may find a delicious can of beans in the pantry or some really good produce that's still fresh. Doesn't hurt!

10.) When planning meals, look at your schedule. This helps to be prepared for when any unscheduled events might pop up.

11.) And lastly, go ahead and buy that bruised produce. Just because it has a few blemishes, doesn't mean it's bad. Besides, it can always be peeled and put in the freezer for delicious smoothies and shakes.

See? It wasn't that bad. Now you have no excuse! Go out there and get healthy!

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