Now that Chatterbox is in Kindergarten, I know firsthand what parents have been complaining about when it comes to school lunches. The menu options are limited (chicken nuggets, pizza, veggie burgers) and the nutritional content medicore. [My favorite meal on her menu is "Chips Ole." How healthy could that be?] Oh and the "breakfast" of a honeybun and milk. So hearing about Jamie Oliver's new show on ABC called Food Revolution hit home with me. His mission is to promote healthy foods and teach cooking skills for children. He's even started a petition that he plans to send to the White House. I've taken to making her lunch everyday. But really, the schools should be offering better choices for our kids. So sign the petition if you would and help send a message to the powers that be. Then we can all really say "Ole!" … [Read more...] about Join the Food Revolution
shedding the dead weight
Yup, I did. Let's see how it goes. … [Read more...] about I Joined Jenny
So I'm going to Dallas, Texas on Monday. I've been invited, along with the other ladies of MamaLaw, to participate in the American Heart Association's Go Red for a Better U makeover program set to launch in June! It's an exciting opportunity and I can't wait to get started for the simple fact that I could definitely use a kick in the rear to jumpstart my health and fitness routine. I have started going to spinning classes at the gym and have lost 3lbs since last week, so I am glad to be on the right track. Anyway, we're all headed to Dallas on Monday for a health assessment (including a treadmill test - yikes), a photo shoot, video interviews and media training. It sounds like so much fun and I'm totally looking forward to it. Dallas, here I come! … [Read more...] about Yee-Haw!!
My sister is training for a half-marathon and runs a silly amount of miles multiple times a week. She tried to get me out "running" with her over the weekend. I went twice and I am already worn out. To be clear - she runs. I do the walk-run-jog thing. And trust me, it's enough. This morning I read in February's Washington Parent that medical professionals recommend that women wait 2.5 to 3 years in between having babies so that their bodies have a chance to heal. Aha! That explains it. I've had 3 babies in 4 years. No wonder I'm a walking wreck. I have to admit though, that exercising outdoors is invigorating and now that it's warming up, it's even better. So I'm going to try to keep the walking-running-jogging up (as long as my joints will let me). … [Read more...] about Walk Jog Run *Pant*
I got the sweetest email the other day from one of my aunts. She was giving me advice about balancing life as a working mother of three and said:"It is about keeping the balls in the air and keeping a smile, one that comes from deep down. Enjoy the love around you, think ahead, and everything else will fall into place. Buy a new accessory from time to time and don’t fret. Manage the essentials, and let the rest go." Her words were right on target, since I feel like I am always in the middle of my very own circus and my special talent is juggling. If you didn't know any better you might actually think that I was good at it. Ha! I've got tons of balls in the air, all able to come crashing down at any given moment. I've got the WORK ball (it's a heavy one) of trying to get here on time, have coherent conversations, produce decent work, pretend that I have energy and get out of here on time. I have the HOME ball (it's a slippery one) of trying to remember who needs to bring what to school for Show & Share on which day, making sure the leotards are washed in time for ballet class on Saturdays, cooking healthful meals, keeping track of what sleepers the baby has outgrown, trying to read bedtime stories nightly, squeezing in the needs of a patient and supportive husband, and the list goes on. And last (and lately the least) I've got the ME ball. I always have a lot going on: Moms Group; Church; PTA; Blogging; Side Businesses; Social Events; Exercise, Grooming, etc, etc.It's a constant struggle to keep all of these balls in the air. Every now and then one of them falls, but, inevitably bounces back up and finds its way back into the rotation. I think that was a big part of my aunt's advice - to know that everything will fall into place as long as the really important things are taken care of. Lately, instead of living in a frenzied state and obsessing over the juggle, I've been trying to take a page from my aunt's book. Particularly the part about buying a new accessory from time to time. After all, it would be just plain rude to disobey my elders. … [Read more...] about I’m Juggling, Baby