Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Inturruption of Service!

Hello friends!  It is great to be back after the hurricane.  All is well here but it took extra time to get our internet back up and so I am not even close to ready for a post tomorrow.  We are also expecting a new addition to be delivered to our door in the middle of the day and I am so excited!!!  So many exciting things to share with you soon including fun lunch options, how school is going, a commissioned quilt and a sweet new dog love.  I'll be back later in the week.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wellness Wednesday: Packing Lunch (part 1)

Next week our little Bug starts "school."  This will mean lots off changes but the most constant new thing is that his lunch will have to be packed every day.  And that means we have to be ready.  Every. Day.  This is not really my style.
Also, even though I have been feeding him nearly everyday for over two years (sometimes I let him starve ;-) I still feel unsure about how to pack a lunch.  Because we eat a little here, a little there.  We eat messy leftovers and lots of apple sauce.  And fruit, tons of fruit.  But not so much sandwiches or whatever.  Hummus and crackers.  Things that seem a little hard to pack with out a) mess and b)waste.  Two things I don't really like.  I'm sure we'll get though it and I'll be a pro in no time but right now, I'm a little obsessed.
I started with trying to figure out what kind of containers would work for a toddler to be able to get into and out of easily.  This is really hard.  (and turns out, not too important.  his teachers will be helping him a whole lot. whew!)  I found two really fabulous things: one is called "lunchskins" and is perfect for nuts and crackers and grapes.  We have been using these the last few weeks and we all like them.  The velcro goes all the way across and keeps things very neat.  They can be a little tricky for small hands because of that.

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Even better are the sandwich/snack wraps my sister-in-law is making.  I put in an order as soon as she announced she was selling them.  Very easy for a small person, doubles as a place mat and a napkin.  Freaking brilliant.  We already use them daily. 
You might want to know why I didn't just pick ziploc bags.  They are easy but then you have all that waste.  Something like 300 days a year we will pack lunch.  That is way to much to trash.  (Also, plastic bags aren't cute and teach your child that it is normal to make trash every time you eat.) Erica told me that her son's school encourages the kids to be good stewards of the planet, so they remind parents to use reusable containers and waste-free packaging and to pack healthy lunches.  They'll even send home junk food if it appears in a lunchbox.  All of his lunch items are in reusable containers, including his water bottle, and he even has a cloth napkin. Isn't that what we want to be doing for ourselves and our children?
Now we just have to figure out how to pack a rainbow every day. I'll be back next week to talk more about what we are actually packing and how it is going.

What do you pack for lunch?  

ps- I also just ordered this for hot/cold/or messy things (like quinoa.  how much are the teachers going to hate me??)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Our Bathroom Redo

If you wanted to see what we did you can check it out over here.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Came and Went

Thursday came and went.  I'm still waiting for that post for you all so when it gets here I will put it up.
In the mean time things have been fast and fun here.  Readjusting.  Learning new skills.  Finding our rhythm again.

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He has discovered scissors.  And gotten more interested in drawing.  Look at those papers.  Multiple colors and lots of lines.  This is very new.  Before it was one or two lines and then eat the crayon or marker. 
The scissors are his favorite.  It seems to be going around right now.  Soulemama and Meg from Sew Liberated are also posting these kinds of images.  He tells me, "I need cut." and "Trimmy, trimmy, I need trimmy."
And of course, stickers.  He is able to take them off the sheet and place them all by himself now.  It is quite amazing really.  When you watch someone trying this for the first time and you see just how hard it really is.  Amazing these things we do everyday and don't even think of.  But really, it is so complex.  Walking. Stirring. Peeling stickers and putting them on another piece of paper.

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In the gifted time he sits and diligently works at this table I have been knitting.  My sister in law, Erica, taught me how on Saturday.  I decided I was ready to learn.  And it turns out, it is so easy.  I went to the yarn store and told the lady working there that I needed to get yarn and needles because I was going to learn to knit that day.  She asked if I wanted yarn for a scarf.  I said I was planning on a sweater.  She asked if I had a pattern.  I said no, just an idea.  She tried not to laugh.  It was funny.  I would have totally responded the same way.  She did help me and was lovely.   This is the sweater shape I am doing.  See?  You don't need a pattern for that.
This was what I did on day one.

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Have a lovely weekend!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wellness Wednesday: Ready? Steady. Go!

Good morning!  Are you ready to lose some weight and feel great about yourself?  Take control of cravings and upgrade your whole life?  Well- you are in luck!  Today I am excited to announce that I will be able to take 5 new clients in September.  And the first three who sign up will get a 20% discount! 

Are you ready to:
*reach your optimal weight?
*reduce cravings?
*increase sleep?
*maximize energy?
*feel great about yourself?

If you can say yes to any of these let's talk!  A one hour consultation has the power to change your life forever.   Are you ready to start feeling better than ever? Schedule an initial consultation with me today!

Remember that the first three clients to sign up will receive a 20% discount! Do you want to learn more about what I do?  Start here.

And don't forget to check back tomorrow for a new guest post with a delicious recipe!

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