How to actually keep your resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are shiny and fun and the first few weeks of January they feel necessary and cool. All the cool kids are pledging to make 2018 the best year ever! It should be a great year and I want you to have the best year ever, but NEWSFLASH having the best year ever involves doing work and making changes NOW.

The three pictures in the post are in the running for nursery artwork. Any suggestions or votes for a favorite are appreciated. Source: Rocky Top Print Shop

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

As the first post of 2018 I thought I would revisit a few posts from this year. We started this blog with the first post on April 25th. As mostly first-time bloggers this has been a year of exploration, we are still figuring what we want this blog to be and the best way to share our creativity with all of you.

But, here are some of our great ideas from 2017:

Rainbows of playdough

We are stretching out Christmas break as long as possible, but I am looking forward to a new year and some new projects. And before too long this baby girl will be here and probably throw off all my plans 😉

My yummy lunch from today.

The gift of presence

Ever since I left my job a few months ago (more about that here) I have been trying to focus on spending more quality time with my son. Of course some days go better than others, but during the month of December I decided to try and make a more concentrated effort.

I made these gingerbread cookies and made an effort to let him direct the decorating.

I thought I would do a little round-up of some of the activities we did together. None of them were particularly fancy or expensive, but we had a great time together. This seems like the first Christmas that my son has really been able to understand what is going on and I am loving it! Continue reading The gift of presence

Why (& How) I Force Feed My Child

For the record I am not a child feeding expert. But, I have figured out how to resolve one problem that my child seems to have relatively frequently. If your child, or someone else in your life suffers from HANGRY this might help.

Involving your child in meal preparation definitely helps him feel more a part of the meal.

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Musings of a sick pregnant girl

I’m sick. And I don’t think women who are 23 weeks pregnant should be allowed to get sick- just throwing that out there. So, while I have made a menu plan for the week (I will share it at the end of the post.) the most adventurous thing I have done in the kitchen lately is adding leftover rice to my chicken noodle soup.

In between naps and hot baths and binge watching re-runs of The Office I have been putting together what I want this little girls nursery to look like. Continue reading Musings of a sick pregnant girl

What’s Behind School Lunch- An Introduction

I am calling this an introduction because I am sure I will not be able to cover everything here. Also, feel free to leave specific questions or topics of interest in the comments and I can address those in future posts.

I used to think that the field of Child Nutrition was unique that it must (oddly) be the most highly regulated field on the planet. While it is WAY more regulated than it should be (in my opinion), I have had small glimpses into other worlds and realized that many or maybe most professions are working under an ridiculous number of guidelines. The outside world just doesn’t notice until something goes wrong. There are a number of factors specific to the Child Nutrition (aka School Lunch) field that propelled it into the spotlight seven years ago, but I won’t get political here. Let’s delve into what is going on behind the scenes and try to clear a few things up.

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Being a Stay at Home Mom – Week 1

My feet hurt, and I was literally counting down the minutes until David knocked on the door and turned my falling apart 3-year-old into a laughing, giddy little boy again. And it’s only Monday. (Although, for the purposes of my week it counts as Wednesday because my husband has been working all weekend and we only have to make it two more days.)

Ok, to my point. I have only been a stay at home mom for a week. I am admittedly NOT any kind of expert. But, my measly one week of experience has shown me that one important factor to me being able to do this is that I need to feel productive.

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