Namaste…

Have you ever tried yoga? I know it’s not for everyone. I have been going to classes off and on for the past (not sure I want to say this number out loud) actually, I will cheat and say since I was 18. Anyway, every time I go to a class I leave feeling like I have rejuvenated my mind, body and soul and can take on whatever I have coming to me next. This feeling lasts until I walk in the door of my house….but oh, those 15 minutes are wonderful!

Yesterday, we hosted a Superbowl party at our house. One of my girlfriends suggested we hit up a yoga class that we occasionally go to before the party. It was a great idea, and hour and a half of yoga before my house is filled with children and beer drinking daddies sounded like just what was needed.

There is a beautiful yoga studio just 5 minutes from my house. It is a converted church, so it has gorgeous stain glass windows and a chapel and just feels like you are reconnecting with yourself. It was a great class; it’s for beginners so it’s lots of low impact stretching, which is perfect for me….almost 5 months postpartum, I am still not up for anything strenuous yet.

My favorite part of the class is the relaxation part at the end. When else in your daily life do you take five minutes (doesn’t seem like a lot but it does the trick), to lie on the floor with your eyes closed, covered in a blanket and just do nothing? Try doing this at home and the three year old thinks it is time to take mama out and the baby cries…you know the routine. I am still working on actually relaxing during this time and not running through my mental checklist but I am getting better.

As I was leaving the class, I thanked my friend for getting me there before the big day. I felt relaxed and ready to have a house full of people. I felt connected to myself and that I could move through the day feeling just a bit lighter….that is until I helped myself to the chicken wings the boys had cooking at home!

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The Best Books For Kids

The world of fiction is an ideal starting point for a child’s intellectual, moral, and cognitive development. Through exciting adventures, fun rhymes, beautiful illustrations, and the occasional sensory experience, a child begins to make sense of the world, as well as the words we use, and the language we speak.

Here are some of the best books for kids.

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Did I really just say that?

I always used to think that my mom was so crazy when she would call me by my sister’s name or even worse by one of the dog’s name. But now that I have reached motherhood myself, I realize that crazy doesn’t exactly explain it. As a mom, you have (at minimum) five to ten simultaneous thoughts going on in your head at all times. These of course range from (as I try and write this so many things just zinged through my head that I was temporarily rendered paralyzed), I digress. Did I feed the dog, the baby, the three year old? Does the dishwasher have clean or dirty dishes? Did I run it last night? Have I changed the baby’s diaper oh no, did I get the 3 year old on the potty yet? I probably don’t need to continue with this train of thought as I probably just got you spinning off in your own, did I remember to…

But as I was saying, how “crazy” my mom was and how the apple has now not fallen far from the tree. My sister and I would also laugh so hard when our mom would tell us to get into the bathroom and wash our teeth and brush our face…this would of course have us burst into hysterical, sometimes maniacal laughter that would then produce something even funnier out of our mom’s mouth! Now, you all know where this is going…I of course, being completely sane and never having a crazy moment (huge lie here) have never said something like this to my daughter! Just the other night I heard my husband chuckling as I said to her, “now get into the bathroom and wash your teeth and brush your face.” I looked at him like he was daft to be laughing at me until I realized what I had said….yes, I am officially a mom now.

There are postings all over about the silly words/phrases that your toddler and preschool age children say but what about the gem of quotes that we could trade with each other? I have said so many things to my daughter that I crack myself up. Just this morning, we were leaving a store and I had the baby on the cart and the three year old was walking next to me, I turned to her and in my mind I said, “hold onto the cart or my hand please.” That wasn’t exactly what came out, what I said was, “Hold onto the curb please.” Huh? The three year old looked at me like I had lost it and my Grandmother (who we had taken to the pharmacy) was giggling and shaking her head with that Grandmotherly fondness.

This is only going to get worse I think. And instead of being scared of it, I have decided to embrace it. I want to call out to all you mamas and instead of telling us the cutie saying your little one did, how about your mama ditty for the day. I know it will brighten my day!

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What’s for dinner Wednesday – Pork Chops, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes & Green Salad

Dinner time…the coming together at the end of the day! My husband and I believe that it is important for us to sit down together and share a meal. While this was a romantic notion to start with, it is now a necessity with our growing family. We still enjoy cooking a meal and getting to sit down together, but most nights it’s just about all we can do to get through the meal with an almost three year old and four and half month old!

Challenges: Getting the three year old to eat and keeping the baby entertained so you both can eat with two hands! Ready, set go!

Shopping list (this should feed two adults and one picky 3 year old)
Two Pork Chops (we got center cut and typically try to get organic meats)
Broccoli (one large head)
Two large potatoes
Green salad – we used a salad bag of mixed greens, tomatoes and avocado (use what veggies you have)

Pork chops: Cook uncovered for 6-8 minutes on each side – do not overcook. (Cook until there is barely any pink inside)

  • Medium to heavy – salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Heat the frying pan to medium-high, once hot add approximately 1 tbs. of butter
    • Tip: You want to cook on high heat for a shorter amount of time to not dry out the chops.

Broccoli: Sauté, uncovered for 6-8 minutes…stir every so often.
We have been just steaming our broccoli for so long “because it’s better for you” but my husband started making it this way and it’s still just a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and tastes sooo much better!

  • Cut up to just use the florets, you can use the stem if you like but we really only like the “tops”
  • Heat frying pan on medium and once hot, coat the pan with EVOO, add broccoli and liberally sprinkle garlic salt.

Mashed Potatoes
Cook these as you normally would. We tend to leave the skins on, for the extra fiber and honestly it’s just one less thing that needs to be done. We do like to add a healthy dose of garlic salt/powder, butter, milk/cream and salt!

Tossed Green Salad
We always have a bag or box of mixed salad greens on hand. Throw those on your plate and any cut up veggies that you have in the fridge and voila – salad!

Grab the children, gather your plates, get to the table and breathe! You have completed the first part of the challenge….now to get the three year old to eat and the baby to stay happy! Good luck and happy eating!

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