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Make-Ahead Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

While we’ve been sending lunches for our kids to their grandmother’s (who kindly sits for us) for several years, this is the first year our son will be actually eating lunch at school. Can you hear my anxiousness about this whole thing? Kindergarten is rough, guys. 😉

Add to that the fact that I’m starting at a new school in our district so my hours are way earlier (leaving a lot to fall on my poor husband) and, y’know, my pregnancy, I’m looking for ways to streamline and simplify our lives to make mornings easier on everyone.

Enter meal planning, stage left. When we think of this concept, it usually involves dinner planning – and that’s something I’m hoping to do more of – but today I’m talking LUNCHTIME!

As far as our son’s concerned, he’s all ready to go – he got his Beat Bugs lunch tote. For us, Read More

Staying in Shape While You are a Full-Time Parent and More!

I am far from a jock. I am not a fitness guru either. I don’t do yoga and I have a deathly fear of group aerobics classes. But I try to stay in shape in the limited time that I have between school drop offs and pick ups, grocery shopping, dentist appointments and all of the rest of parental duties we all have.

We are members of the YMCA so I have access to the daycare for two hours a day. But I don’t always make it. And I love to exercise outside in the fresh air so that I can get both the kids and our crazy little dog burning off their excess energy at the same time. Kate’s first grade class had a play date yesterday so the kids and parents could get to know each other better. It was about a mile and a half away and … Read More

Early Testing for Pregnancy? Good Idea or Bad Idea?

positive pregnancy test

positive pregnancy test (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was beyond excited to get pregnant after my husband and I were married. I remember that agonizing two week wait after ovulation, but before the start of my period in which miraculous changes may or may not have been taking place inside my body. Was there a little zygote free-floating down my fallopian tubes? And if so, would it successfully burrow it’s way into my uterine lining? Could I possibly wait to see if my period was late or would I buy one of the many early home pregnancy tests on the market?

Early home pregnancy tests look for the smallest traceable amounts of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone (cCG). Some pregnancy tests say that the earliest you can get accurate results is the day after a missed period. Several early home pregnancy tests claim you can get a positive result up … Read More

Garden Pests: The Two-Legged Species

Last year I had a huge garden. I started my seedlings inside and by the time I transferred them to my garden plots, they were healthy little plants. I had yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beets, carrots, green beans and sweet peas. I even started a small strawberry patch on the side of my house. Unfortunately, due to a freak hail storm early in the summer of 2013, my plants were badly damaged and they spent a lot of time and energy regrowing broken and ripped leaves instead of producing a lot of food. In the fall, when I should have been harvesting what little my garden did produce, we experienced the 100 year flood here in Boulder. The four days of non-stop torrential rain effectively rotted what I had spent all summer tending after the damage from the hail. But at least, during … Read More

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month? If you watch TV and don’t skip the commercials (unlike my parents who never watch commercials) perhaps you’ve seen the commercial with the man and woman sitting down for what looks like a meal at a restaurant. The gist of the commercial is for the viewer to understand that a personal struggling with mental illness needs to be able to talk about it if he or she chooses. Don’t stay silent, that’s the mantra for the campaign and I couldn’t agree more.

The statistics from 2011 stand clear: One in five adults struggles with a form of mental illness; one in ten young people will experience a period of major depression. As someone who struggles with depression I cannot tell you how freeing it is to speak openly about it. I’ve always been the kind of person who lives my … Read More