October 31, 2010 § 2 Comments
Halloween: A Retrospective:
This year we’re handing out Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops to our lucky trick-or-treaters (updated: to my husband’s horror and embarrassment)!
Here’s why I decided to make these our Halloween treat:
- certified organic
- no chemical dyes
- 100% natural colors and flavors
- real fruit extracts
- 100% vegan
- no corn syrup
- soy free
- gluten free
- dairy free
- nut free
And, yes, they are delicious!
Have a fun, safe, and spooky time with your little goblin, witch or Spiderman!
October 14, 2010 § 1 Comment
1. our dine ‘n play room (dining room/play room. It’s awesome. Everyone should have one.)
2. that I can’t name more than 4 types of fruit (Really, Amy? How about cherries, peaches, plums, pineapples, nectarines, apricots…)
3. that my son will be joining the ranks of Robert Plant and Steven Tyler someday. (Can you see that vein pulsing in his neck? What he lacks in tone he makes up for in passion. Brilliant.)
4. that said son was given a blueberry dum-dum lollypop at SuperCuts which has stained his mouth indefinitely.
September 22, 2010 § 8 Comments
Right down to the food-stained sweater:
Yes, Peter thinks his new iPad is nothing more than a “game” that, to his newfound delight, also plays Thomas the Train and Curious George videos.
Every 3-year-old needs an iPad, right? Right? OK, I’ll admit that it was a bit pricey for a 3 year old’s birthday gift, but there are a ton of free educational apps and it’s amazing how quickly Peter picked up on how to use it. This thing is freakishly intuitive. I’m afraid that he’ll soon start looking like a mad conductor, thinking that the world works like an iPad – swooshing his fingers in the air trying to change a red stop light to green, or attempting to pinch and slide a bag of M -n- Ms into our Target cart. It will be a sad case of the realities when he finds out that life cannot be pinched, widened and slid around like the “games” on an iPad!
Oh, and I’ll be using it as well to manage the zillion pictures I take each week. So it was a happy birthday for the two of us Make that the three of us. Pete just emerged from his office to mess around with the new ‘Pad.
Even though it was in the 90s today, I’m thinking of crock pot recipes. I’ll post the good ones here. Feel free to share any that you love in the comments section :-)
September 21, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Peter’s school throws a birthday party for each child on the class day nearest to his or her birthday. So, today is Peter’s first school birthday party! And that requires me to provide the snack for the day.
I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the days of bringing birthday cupcakes to school are over. It says so right in the school’s handbook. You see, those cupcakes may contain peanuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, gluten, chocolate, and for all we know, mad cow disease. Cupcakes and birthday cakes are forbidden at many schools now since they may contain potential allergens.
I take allergies very seriously. My niece has a peanut allergy and because of that I held off giving nuts to Peter until just a few months ago. Thankfully he is not allergic, which makes snack time so much easier now that I can give him the nut-filled Lara bars that I am addicted to often eat. Being a student of nutrition, I am confounded by the number and types of allergies kids have these days. I just don’t get it. Searching the web brings up an array of theories, none of which provide a definitive explanation. But, that topic can be a post (or book) on its own.
I wanted to bring a snack a little more festive than a box of Goldfish crackers, so today’s post is about the wacky, but hopefully allergen-free, ”cupcakes” I made for Peter’s class this morning. I got the idea from Angela at Oh She Glows . (Thanks, Angela!)
I made a “frosting” by combining sunflower seed butter and brown rice syrup fluff:
Cored and halved organic apples:
Plopped the “frosting” on the apple halves and jazzed them up by topping them with carob chips:
(I apologize for the horrendous pictures. I was running very late this morning.)
OK, so this version tastes…fine. However, when I make them for us at home, I’ll definitely use the peanut butter and fluff “frosting” with real dark chocolate chips version. Peter liked both versions, actually. Regardless of the version, I think it is a cute idea and it will be fun to experiment with different types of “frosting.”
I’m off to pick up Peter from school. We’ll see how well these “cupcakes” went over with the rest of the class!
June 6, 2010 § 1 Comment
Setting: Peter’s nightlight-illuminated room. Bedtime. Mama is patiently rocking in rocking chair. Peter is chatting and roaming around room, attempting to prolong the bedtime ritual for as long as humanly possible.
He picks up his green sippy cup.
Peter: Juicy water*?
Mama: Nope, just plain water.
Peter: Plain water? (lifts cup of PLAIN water over his head and starts flying it as if it were a PLANE.)
The English language is so confusing.
*(“juicy water”= watered-down juice)
May 13, 2010 § 4 Comments
“She’s too busy,” is the comment made by my 2.5 year old son that simultaneously stopped my heart, brought tears to my eyes, and left me with this unrelenting pit of guilt in my stomach. To make matters worse, he made the comment to my HUSBAND who is always on me about how much time I spend on the computer. I’m the first to admit that I’m having a hard time disconnecting from my laptop. Up until August, I’d worked on a computer all day, 5 or 6 days a week, since 1992. When I don’t have access to a computer I feel like I’m missing an appendage. But I have never in my life told Peter that I was “too busy” on the computer to play with him. I’ve never uttered those words and hearing it from him nearly brought me to my knees. Where did he hear that phrase and how did he know how to use it in the proper context??? And why for the love of God did he have to say it to my husband?!? My husband, who now imagines that I plant Peter in front of the t.v. all day watching SpongeBob while I fiddle away on the computer shouting “I’M BUSY” when he asks me to do something. That’s not how it is, I swear!
After Peter’s daycare closed in July, my husband and I decided that it would be best if I left my job to become a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), which contrary to what some people believe, is a job. Being a SAHM means that Peter is my #1 priority, of course, but I also have the desire to start a health counseling practice or at least do some writing about health and wellness (hence, this blog) to put my education to use and maybe help people who are struggling with their health. Starting a business takes time. I try to limit my computer time to first thing in the morning when I’m making breakfast (my new office is the kitchen counter), then during Peter’s nap time which is 1.5-3 hours in the afternoon, and then after I put him to bed at 8:00.
OK. Sometimes in the morning I do end up farting around on FB and/or Twitter and/or my email before I realize that I’m supposed to be making breakfast for the kid who is now standing in front of the open refrigerator saying “I’m hungwy.” Ooops. Where did the time go? But even in those odd moments, I don’t say “I’m busy. I’ll feed you later.” I stop whatever time-sucking activity I’m in the middle of and make us breakfast.
So then we go about our day until nap time. As I said, I have 1.5- 3 hours to get stuff done. Of course, I want to devote this time to building my business, but there’s laundry to be done, bills to be paid, and other blogs to be read. Before I know it, I hear Peter yelling “MaMaaaa”! indicating that nap time is ovah, as they say in Boston.
So then we go about our evening until I put him to bed. Night-night. Now, if I were a different type of person I’d have 3 or 4 productive hours ahead of me. But I am not a different type of person. I am me, a person whose brain really does turn off at around 8:00. Really. I can manage to read a book or watch t.v., but writing something intelligible is out of the question. It’s ridiculous to even consider doing something constructive and it’s soooo disappointing. One of my friends is up until midnight/1 a.m. working on her business and I feel like such a slacker in comparison.
I’m telling you this to explain why I’m not posting on the blog, FB, or Twitter as often as usual. I’m consciously spending less time on the computer so Peter will never again think that I’m ”too busy” for him. It’s becoming clear to me that I need to wait until he starts preschool in the fall to accelerate my business. I can use those hours when he’s off on his own to get my stuff done. Right now my time is his time, and that’s the way it should be. I need to be present, in the moment, while playing with him, not off in the ether thinking about my next blog post or what “important” tweets I’m missing. I can’t compete with the bloggers who post more than once a day. I will try to post something useful/informative at least once a week. That’s the best I can do for now. I’m so lucky to have this time with Peter…time flies…I mean, if I feel like I’m missing an appendage when I don’t have access to a computer, how am I going to feel when I don’t have access to him?
April 5, 2010 § 2 Comments
A new post (a few days late) is up at Momma Wisdom re: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and the part I’ve decided to play in it. http://mothersandcompany.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/so-are-you-in/
March 26, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Read my post over at Momma Wisdom: http://mothersandcompany.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/jamie-olivers-food-revolution/
March 4, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Every parent should take a few quiet minutes to watch this video. After having a couple of challenging days with my son, I was bawling from the beginning through to the end. I think one of the most important mantras of parenthood is “this too shall pass.” The phases our kids go through may seem interminable while we’re going through them (like the horrific grocery shopping trip we experienced yesterday), but my son will not be two forever. With the grocery store moment behind us, Peter woke up this morning and was the same little kid I know and love, hands knotted tight behind my neck, kissing my face over and over while saying “my mama” between kisses.
But, later this morning, for the first time ever, he peed on the couch and an hour after that he decided to try eating a snack of shells and rocks. To say this is atypical behavior is an understatement. I have taken a few deep breaths (enough to make me feel light headed), watched this video and have reassured myself that this bizarro 2-year-old behavior will pass. Before I know it he’ll be crying at the nursery school door when I drop him off. Soon after that he’ll be sneaking beer from our fridge with his friends. And soon after that he’ll be packing up his room to head off to college. But not yet. We have many ordinary days to savor before he leaves his mama.
February 4, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Read this post over at Momma Wisdom: http://mothersandcompany.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/eating-on-the-run-is-so-2009/