Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Painting our Pinterest inspired art project.
More often than not I tune out the moms gushing about Pinterest inspiring their kiddos birthday parties, home decorations, or art projects. It’s just too much for me. I mean, who has time for that? Surfing Pinterest, getting supplies, and then making all of those projects? Good grief.
Well, there’s a first time for everything I guess.
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
My latest love: crunchy, light, nutritious, and delicious.
These little freeze-dried wild blueberries (organic) are my latest obsession.
Here’s the backstory: We’ve been dabbling in the organic freeze-dried fruit options (berries, primarily) the past month, because Kamea (my 4 year old) really loves them. I can’t find any fault with them. They’re convenient, organic, don’t require thawing, and I’m guessing pretty nutritious (I’m presuming they retain some nutritional value after undergoing the freeze-dried process. If anyone knows any better, please advise – that said, they’re still a decent little snack).
We were buying a brand sold at Whole Foods Market, Just Tomatoes, which offers many different kinds of berries. Kamea loves the Just Tomatoes – Cherries. But, their blueberries leave a bit to be desired. In my attempt to save money, by shopping on Amazon to restock the freeze-dried goodness, I stumbled upon these Nova Scotia freeze-dried wild blueberries. They’re not necessarily cheaper but they’re tastier.
Totally love at first bite.
For starters, they actually taste like blueberries. Almost better, the texture is light, airy, and delightful. My favorite part is when I stumble on a cluster of them in the bag. Mmmmmm yum. We are raving fans of this brand for freeze-dried organic blueberries.
Kamea eats these by the handful. My favorite way is in whole-fat, organic, grass-fed yogurt, as pictured above (I add raw almonds, too). They’d also be great on ice cream. Or, toss some on top of your next salad.
Such a good kiddo (and mama-on-the-go) snack. Go get some.
Egg Scramble – Good Brain Food
Here’s a relatively quick lunch I threw together for Kamea.
We eat a lot of eggs (pasture-raised only) in our house, because they give us important nutrients for our brain (and body) – choline, retinol, vitamin E, vitamin D, and more. Oh yeah, they taste delicious, too. In fact, I was dreaming about scrambled eggs when I first considered leaving my vegan life behind and end that chapter of my life.
On this day, I had leftover roasted brussels sprouts (my favorite roasting method here), and decided they’d make a nice addition to an egg scramble.
Eggs are great any time of the day. Proof: I was watching Family Feud the other day and they surveyed 100 people to ask what food is good any time of the day. The answer? Eggs.
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Quick Kid Friendly Lunch – Kamea was dying to get in the picture.
I have a very special place in my heart for lunches that are quickly put together. If I don’t get breaks in my day, for myself, then I’ll pull my hair out and scream. I’m no wonder woman or super mom. :) I do have some red boots, though, so I can pretend.
I’ve become quite comfortable putting quick meals together. This easy lunch is no exception, and it’s great for kids. Here’s a post I wrote with a bunch of other Real Food Fast Food ideas.
I find, more often than not, that I don’t worry about getting a fabulous lunch put together for my family. I usually spend more attention on breakfast and dinner. I let lunch be a little more flexible, cuz I just need to. Of course, that doesn’t mean I feed junk. It means having things that are easy to grab and put on a plate without much fuss. Okay, I admit, I fussed with the almond butter a tiny bit, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Don’t expect that of me every time though!
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Kamea having fun outside of True Food Kitchen. A great memory for us.
I started a practice at the end of 2013 that I’m so glad I started. It goes on the list of the best things I’ve done.
I started a journal for (and about) my daughter, Kamea. It’s a journal where I simply write a few notes about the day we had, or things that were special, or just a little something about my feelings for her. Capturing the moment for her (and me) as best I can.
It’s not only a beautiful thing to read myself, thinking back on our time together as I read the entries, but it’s going to be something special for her. When she’s older I will put it all in a book or something and give it to her as a gift. I keep it a secret for now. Perhaps I’ll tell her about it sooner than later, but for now, it’s my own special gift to us.
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Kamea playing with her kiddo card holder.
My daughter is about 4.5 years old and she’s getting to the age where we play cards. Yay! I have so many memories of playing cards growing up with my mom and my nana. Imagine my excitement when Kamea asked me to play again and again after we played Crazy 8s… Frozen style of course.
My mom bought this box of Frozen games (I think at Target, but it’s on Amazon now too), and it’s soooooooooo good. It comes with a whole slew of Frozen games that are actually really good. I even like them.
Anyway… in the box of games is the game Crazy 8s and we love playing it. Trouble was that Kamea always played it open handed because she struggled holding all of the cards in her cute little hands.
We were at Nana’s one day and the two of them were playing the Frozen Crazy 8s and Nana had a solution! OMG it’s perfect! (My sister-in-law’s mom came up with the idea – brilliant. Thanks, Chris!)
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Monday, February 9th, 2015
Kamea depicts how I feel many mornings.
Do you have mornings like me where it’s all go-go-go? I think Kamea’s face shows you perfectly how I am many mornings.
- Get up!
- Make coffee! Oh, the dishwasher can be emptied – empty dishwasher while scrambling eggs between going to and fro from dishwasher to cupboards.
- Get Kamea up, dressed, feed her – wait! No, feed her first and then dress her so she doesn’t get food on clean clothes.
- Now… brush teeth. I missed brushing them first thing. Darn.
- Charge phone. Check email quickly and delete the crap.
- Yadda yadda yadda.
It seems like that is my morning on at least three days a week and it’s just too darn crazy. Man, I think to myself, I gotta slow down more. But who has the time? I certainly don’t want to wake up any earlier because sleep is too precious.
Life shouldn’t be this way.
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Saturday, February 7th, 2015
I made this ice cream in about 60-seconds.
It’s the middle of the day and the conversation between Kamea and I just went something like this:
Kamea: Mom, can I have something to eat?
Me: Sure, what do you want?
Kamea: Well, what are my options?
Me: Hmmm… well, we have sardines, we have bell pepper, or hmmmm … how about I make you some berry ice cream?
Kamea: BERRY ICE CREAM!
I knew she loved frozen organic berries and I knew I had a bit of grass-fed organic whipping cream in the fridge. We’re at mom’s for the weekend and I remembered to pack my MCT oil, too. And, of course, being at mom’s you know I have access to an orchard of citrus, namely oranges for this recipe.
I went to work and whipped up this deliciousness in an easy breezy 1 minute. Literally.
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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Our “project table” (from IKEA – it has a leaf not shown – so it gets even bigger).
Today, I was inspired to share some of the things I do with my four year old daughter. Our living space isn’t huge but we make the best with what we have. Perhaps, if I didn’t have extra shelves filled with pots and pans taking up space, we’d have more, but that’s not going to happen. I need my pots.
So, here are the things we did today.
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Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Kamea enjoying the dry erase whiteboard side of her easel.
My daughter likes to color and do artsy things in general. What 4 year old doesn’t?
So we did what a lot parents do and we bought her an easel to facilitate and encourage those artsy inklings. We bought the Melissa and Doug one featured above. (Turns out there’s a less expensive, and probably just as good, option at IKEA – if I remember correctly. Truth be told when I saw it at IKEA I tried to forget I ever saw one for that price knowing what I spent on mine. So, don’t quote me.)
Having an easel has been terrific. She doesn’t use the chalkboard side much, perhaps because it’s shoved up against that side by the wall. But, then again, who really likes chalk (unless it’s on a sidewalk)? She uses the dry erase whiteboard a lot though. A lot.
She uses the dry erase whiteboard so much, off on her own in a wonderland of drawing, that sometimes I don’t even hear much from her. Translation: I can do something myself like sip on coffee and ponder world peace
or wash dishes or close my eyes or waste time on Facebook.
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