Happy Feet

I had one of the most enjoyable shoe shopping experiences last week! Currently, I’m training to run the Big Sur Marathon as part of a 5-person relay team. My leg is 7 miles with a challenging 2-mile climb. With all of the training runs I have planned, I figured it was time to invest in a new pair of running shoes. My last three have been Nike’s Air Pegasus. They fit my narrow feet like a glove, breathe well, and offer ample cushioning and absolutely no “support” in terms of pronation. This is ideal for me since I’ve had my gait and foot strike examined and I’m not prone to under- or over-pronating when my feet strike the ground. Early in my running (15 or so years ago) when they first started coming out with shoes specific to certain types of foot strikes and surfaces, I learned the painful way that running in the wrong shoes will do more damage than good. For me it was unwittingly wearing shoes that corrected over-pronation. Fortunately around this same time, the stores that specialize in running and shoes started putting people on the floor knowledgeable in this arena to help fit you in the best shoe based on your specific needs. Now, I always bring my current running shoes that I’m replacing into the store with me along with a pair of athletic socks. The socks are because the ones I run in are usually a little thicker than my everyday socks and often, living in California, I don’t wear them at all with the flats or sandals I wear into the store. The wrong socks or no socks at all will affect fit and shoe size! I bring my shoes because if the folks know what they’re doing, they’ll be able to tell by examining the heels how your feet strike the ground and thus, which shoes you should be running in. If you’re new to exercise, they can also examine an everyday shoe that you wear regularly. This coupled with what kind of exercise you want to do can get you in the right shoes!

Okay, back to my shopping experience.

My go-to running shoe store did not have my shoes in stock, so after a little lunchtime research on Yelp, I headed over to another locally-run athletic store. From what I read, this is where the local high school track & fielders go along with the more serious runners. Bingo! Right when I walked into the store, I felt “at home.” Although no one greeted me at first — they were busy fitting other customers — I could see they had a great supply of shoes, gear, and garb. Not too much time passed before an older gentleman helping another couple saw me studying the shoes and asked if I’d been helped. From overhearing snippets of his conversations with others, I concluded he must be a former track coach. Cool. Soon enough, he had me in the next generation Pegasus. He invited me to take a run around the block in them which I would recommend to help make a definitive decision. I, on the other hand, was already old friends with the shoe and knew they were the ones for me, so I declined. As I was paying, he generously matched the discount I usually receive from my other running shoe place “just for being a great customer.” The best part, though? I inquired about group runs. I’ve found more often than not, neighborhood running stores have organized weekly runs that start and finish at the business. Not only did I get the scoop on several groups and weekly meet-ups, but I also got a personal invitation along with a cell number from one of the women working at the store to join her on a weekend run. Turns out we run the same pace… only she runs for twice as long. This weekend I’m looking to run 14 miles, 7 miles each day. She wants to do that in one run. One of these days I will get there. Especially with the stellar products, customer service, and support in the form of running groups I just discovered!

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Breakfast for Dinner…why not lunch for dinner too?

blt sandwichThe BLT is one of the most popular sandwiches in the US, and with good reason: Crunchy and salty bacon harmonizes beautifully with the crisp taste of fresh lettuce and sweet tomatoes. Add a little mayonnaise to give the sandwich a rich and creamy flavor, and put it all on some toasted bread for a quick, easy and amazingly delicious meal.

Of course, not all BLTs are the same. Some clever little tricks will make for an even better sandwich. Grab your chef’s hat, a cutting board and your favorite knife, and let’s make a delicious BLT sandwich!

Ingredients:

  • Sliced bread or sandwich rolls
  • Fresh tomato
  • Fresh lettuce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Bacon

Procedure

Bacon:

I prefer crispy bacon for my BLTs. Not only is the crisp bacon lower in fat (Most of the fat gets cooked off), it still has the same pleasing flavor, and it has the perfect crunch to make your sandwich a delight to eat.

The easiest way to get the bacon crispy is to use the microwave. Simply lay a few paper towels on a microwave safe plate, lay your bacon on the paper towels, then cover it with another paper towel. Give the bacon 4-6 minutes on high, and your bacon will usually be almost there. Let it cool for a minute or two, remove the greasy paper towels, and lay down some fresh ones on your plate. Lay the bacon on top of the clean paper towels, and give them 1-2 more minutes in the microwave on high. After this, you should have perfectly crispy bacon. Set it aside to cool off.

Here’s a trick to make the bacon even better: Instead of cooking the bacon in a single, long strip, consider folding the bacon into thirds to form a sort-of square patty before cooking. I have found that this shape fits very well in a sandwich, and provides a perfect crunch.

Tomatoes:

I like to slice my tomatoes thin. I use a medium-sized tomato, and carefully cut it into 1/4″ – 1/8″ thick slices. An average sized tomato will yield 8-10 slices this size. With the smaller, remaining pieces of the tomato, I chop them up in to a course mince. I’ll set the minced tomato aside to add to my mayonnaise.

Lettuce:

The best kind of lettuce to use for your BLT is fresh. I usually just tear a few leaves off the head, rinse, then let dry on a towel. If they’re big leaves, I’ll cut them in half before using them. Lastly, I’ll chop a half a leaf or so into a mince, and add this to my mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise:

Use whatever kind of mayonnaise you like, whether it is regular or reduced fat, or even vegan. I add my tomato and lettuce mince to a portion of mayo in a small bowl. I’ll add a little salt then mix it all together.

Assembly:

  1. Toast your bread lightly in a toaster or toaster oven.
  2. Spread the mayonnaise on your bread
  3. Arrange the bacon
  4. Put tomatoes on top of the bacon
  5. Put lettuce on top of the tomatoes

Easy, right? Add a small salad or soup to the side, and you have yourself a meal!

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

Award Season is here!

It’s that time of year again! The award season has kicked off to a great start with the Golden Globes. We loved seeing a radiant Natalie Portman, stylish Rachel Zoe and beaming Jane Krakowski It is great to see celebrities proudly showing their baby bump while still looking like a million bucks…oh to be a celebrity!

You know what else is great about the award shows? Well, for the celebrities. The great swag that they all receive for attending the show, there are reports that each bag was worth $85,000 last year!!! Unfortunately, we can’t offer that but read through this posting and you might be in for a chance at a little swag yourself.

It certainly has been the year of the baby boom. It seems every day there is a new baby bump sighting – hard to keep up with all of it.  Just this week we are awaiting the birth of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s bundle and next week Christina Applegate is due…stay tuned!

Today they are announcing the Oscar nominations…word on the street is Natalie Portman will be nominated for Black Swan. How fun if a pregnant mama won, we are keeping our fingers crossed for her! For some, the Oscars are comparable to the Superbowl – do you have your party planned yet? Where else can you find all the celebrities, the best movies of the year and fashion, fashion, fashion! Mark your calendars, the Oscars are going to be airing Sunday February 27th

And with all this talk of awards and nominations it got us thinking about the Cribsie Awards, which is going on now! The Cribsies are like the Oscars of parenting! It gives moms and caretakers the unique opportunity to “nominate” all the fantastic products, services and gear that you can’t live without. With all that being said, we would love it if you nominate any of your favorite Bebe au Lait products! And all you have to do is go to Cribsieawards.com and fill out the simple form. AND, if you do nominate us for a Cribsie, come back to this blog and comment which product you nominated us for! We’ll choose one winner and you will receive that product!  Nominations for the Cribsies end February 4th!

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

Hanging up my Hooter Hider….For Now

Recently I’ve been counting the days until I’m done nursing and can wear a dress again. I hated that I was limited to two piece outfits only – pant and shirt, short and shirt or skirt and shirt. Seems like such a small thing to miss but I’ve finally started to feel a little limited with my wardrobe. Maybe it ‘s because the pants are still a little tight from the baby weight and the dress seemed like it would hide the excess weight a little better. Whatever the reason, I ‘m looking forward to the end of nursing.

My goal was to nurse my son until he was a year old and switch to regular milk and skip formula altogether. My son is now 14 ½ months and we are down to one feeding a day, typically before bed. We’ve gone back and forth from 1-2 feeds a day for the past two months. It has been a struggle for me because he had surgery right after his first birthday and it seemed mean to not give him what he wanted when he didn’t feel well. Then a couple weeks ago he had a bad cold and he needed the extra snuggles more than the milk, but it also helped him go to sleep faster without a fight from a sick baby.

When I first started weaning I tried to give him a bottle instead of nursing, but he just wasn’t having it. The only thing that worked for him was a sippy cup. The trick that has been working for me so far is changing up our routine before I put him in his crib for a nap. Instead of nursing him, I sit with him in the rocking chair. I offer him his Sippy cup – even though he declines it when he knows it is naptime. Then I either read him a couple of books or I sing him a song as he holds his blankie. Then I lay him in his crib and he takes a nap. I know I just have a few more rough nights of refusing him and we will probably be done.

I think at this at point it is about me struggling to let go of my baby and accept the toddler he has become. I struggle when he looks up at me with his big brown eyes and long eyelashes. He just melts my heart. The only thought that makes it easier to wean my son is the fact that we are planning to have another baby at some point and more importantly I am confident Bebe au Lait will have new fabrics that I will just have to have with the next baby.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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