Yep, crazy

Watching the parade of lights - 12/8/07At the parade of lights - 12/8/07Yes, we are crazy. We braved the cold and all of the snow (we must have 8 to 10 inches) to go to the parade of lights and a holiday lights walk tonight. Lots of bundling and layering was done to ensure adequate warmth. And I had my little heater (Julian) strapped to the front of me. 🙂

Other than some grousing by Jody as we drove there (well, he drove as he cursed the windshield wipers that were not doing their job) and walked five blocks (he with Ava on his shoulders, and me with Julian in the Ergo) to catch the parade before it ended, it was a good time.

Ava in the snow - 12/8/07The kids enjoyed the parade and lights. We got free hot chocolate and cookies, saw fireworks, and Ava said she saw “two Santas!” So it was a bit crazy with the cold and the snow, but it was a good, fun kind of crazy. 🙂

Can ya tell I took that pic on the right of the 4 of us with my arm outstretched? Don’t I look a bit manic? LOL See, crazy.

Crazy?

snowIt’s been snowing all day, the current temperature is 18 degrees and feels like 6 degrees and it’s not even dark yet, but we’re planning on taking the kids to watch a holiday parade of lights tonight. Are we crazy? Quite possibly, yes.

Flaunt it Friday: Guilty Pleasures

I saw this carnival over at Penny’s blog and thought this week’s theme – guilty pleasures – seemed like a fun one to jump in on.

chai teachai teaMy newest guilty pleasure is Celestial Seasonings’ Chai Tea – Vanilla Ginger Green Tea flavor with some honey and rice milk mixed in. It’s divine I tell you, and a lot cheaper than picking one up at Starbucks. 🙂 I’m drinking some right now. It’s really the perfect drink for cold snowy mornings, like today.

vanilla ice creamcookiesMy old stand-by guilty pleasure is chocolate, and of course, ice cream. What better thing than to combine my two loves with vanilla ice cream (Alden’s is delicious!) and chocolate sandwich cookies? Mmmmm. I could eat some of that right now and it’s only 9:30 in the morning. 😉

John KrasinskiMy other non-food guilty pleasure is watching “The Office” or, more specifically “Jim Halpert” (played by actor John Krasinski). It would appear that my subconscious mind has developed a crush on Jim, because two weeks ago I dreamed about him three nights in a row. He told me he was going to leave Pam for me (LOL), but I had to prove that I was committed to the relationship. Of course, I couldn’t do that since my subconscious remembered that I am married and have two kids! So it looks like Jim and I won’t be hooking up after all. :oP

Hmm. Drinking chai tea, eating ice cream and cookies, and watching The Office? Now that would be a tasty combination!

What about you? What’s your guilty pleasure?

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NaBloPoMo burnout

Julian at the park - 12/4/07Am I the only one who’s been feeling slightly less enthusiastic about blogging since NaBloPoMo ended? I admit having the pressure of posting every day removed has allowed me to be a bit more lax in my blogging efforts, and I’m enjoying the break.Julian & Ava at the park - 12/4/07

It’s allowed me time to take the kids to the park when the temps nearly hit 70 degrees on Tuesday (fun!), and to catch up on cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry (not so fun).

It’s allowed me time to submit some pictures to a magazine photo contest – America and the Sea (crossing my fingers).

It’s allowed me more time to spend reading “Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care.” The book is now overdue from the library, but I can’t bring myself to return it until I finish it. Hopefully that will be in the next couple of days or I’m going to start racking up some serious overdue charges. 😉 I plan on reviewing the book once I finish it so you will hear more about it. So far though it’s been excellent!

It’s also allowed me time to work on a new holiday gift guide for women (well, many of the gifts would be great for men too), with lots of giveaways and coupon codes, that I think you will like. That should be up early next week. Yes, I know that’s for my blog, but still. (Jody’s boss has told him that’s the way to win any argument. End it with, “yes, but still.” hehe)

What about you? Are you keeping up with the daily blogging now that NaBloPoMo is over or are you taking it easy and enjoying a bit of a break?

No need for vegetable deception if you breastfeed?

Do you recall the recent controversy over Jessica Seinfeld’s book “Deceptively Delicious?” Some people think the book is a godsend and others (myself included) think she goes a little too far to deceive her kids all in the name of sneaking a very small amount of vegetables into their food. (You can read my thoughts here).

Ava eating carrot soup with a carrotA new study confirms what I have long suspected, breast-fed babies are more likely to like fruits and vegetables (if their mother ate them while breastfeeding) than their formula-fed counterparts. It makes sense to me. A breast-fed baby is able to experience all of the flavors of the foods that his/her mother is consuming through her breast milk. A formula-fed baby, on the other hand, is just experiencing the single flavor of the formula (until, of course, he/she starts eating solid foods).

“It’s a beautiful system,” says Mennella. “Flavors from the mother’s diet are transmitted through amniotic fluid and mother’s milk. So, a baby learns to like a food’s taste when the mother eats that food on a regular basis.”

“Babies are born with a dislike for bitter tastes,” explains Mennella. “If mothers want their babies to learn to like to eat vegetables, especially green vegetables, they need to provide them with opportunities to taste these foods.”

This makes me curious if Jessica Seinfeld breastfed her children? Anyone know?

I’m not saying there aren’t picky eaters who were breastfed, because I’m sure there are (though my kids don’t seem to fall into that category). But I am curious what your thoughts on all of this? Is breastfeeding the solution to getting our children to enjoy a variety of foods and flavors? I’d love to hear you/your children’s experiences one way or the other. Keep it respectful, please.

Yes, that is Ava at 1 1/2 yrs old enjoying some carrot soup with a carrot spoon. 🙂

Best Shot Monday – 12/3/07

Nothing spectacular to share this week, but here’s a family pic of us that my mom took at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park while we were on vacation last week. Too bad the kids were looking in opposite directions. hee, hee.

Our family at the Stanley Hotel - 11/30/07

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Green tip of the week #4 – rechargeable batteries

rechargeable batteriesWith the holidays coming up and the myriad gifts that may require batteries – digital cameras, children’s toys, portable CD players or radios, and other electronics – how about spending a little extra money to buy rechargeable batteries?

From Wikipedia:
Rechargeable batteries can offer an economic benefit when used instead of one-time-use disposable batteries. Most rechargeable battery technology has been adapted into the standard “AA,” “AAA,” “C,” “sub-C,” “D,” and “9-volt” configurations that consumers are familiar with. While the rechargeable versions of these types of cells have a higher up-front cost than disposable batteries, rechargeable batteries can be discharged and recharged many times. Some manufacturers of NiMH type rechargeable batteries claim a lifespan up to 3000 charge cycles for their batteries.

Rechargeable batteries are also great for baby swings (that gobble up juice like nobody’s business) and household items like TV remote controls, alarm clocks and flashlights.

While rechargeable batteries aren’t the most exciting gift, they make a great stocking stuffer, will save you money over time and, perhaps most importantly, will help save planet Earth.

NOTE: Disposable one-time-use batteries should not be thrown into the trash. “Batteries are a unique product comprised of heavy metals and other elements that make things ‘portable.’ Some of these toxic heavy metals include nickel cadmium, alkaline, mercury, nickel metal hydride and lead acid, which can threaten our environment if not properly discarded.” For information about proper disposal of one-time-use batteries, visit Earth911.

Have any green tips you’ve recently learned? Please email them to me and I may include your tip with a link to your site or blog in a future post. 🙂