This Thermos Saved Us $360

After my recent playground duty experience, I stumbled upon these cute little thermoses on a few lunch tables. Miss C refuses to eat cold food after being spoiled by hot lunches everyday at day care. She looks at you sideways if you even think of packing her a cold lunch. Sandwiches, no! Cheese and crackers, no! PB&J, absolutely not! Don’t even think about bagels and cream cheese. I ordered one immediately and packed it with spaghetti for Miss C yesterday. It actually keeps food hot for four hours which is just long enough to make it to lunch time for her. Of course, after the boys saw the thermos they wanted one as well. Thankfully, they come in a ton of cute designs on diapers.com.


After paying attention to how we spent every dollar paying off our student loans, I would cringe paying $4-5 bucks for Miss C’s lunch at school everyday AND the portions are teeny tiny. When compared to a home packed lunch, we were paying a 50% premium for the convenience it provided. This little thermos has the potential to save us several hundreds of dollars and would fall number one on my list of mommy-approved essentials for pre-schoolers. If you’re looking for other great hacks and finds, check out this new mommy gift guide from the folks at Diapers.com.


Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Quidsi for this blog post OR I received compensation.



Children, Motherhood, No Amazon - 01.13.170 comments

The Best Marriage Advice We Ever Received

Ironically, the best marriage advice we received was also the most crass and straightforward statement ever given to us. We were at a dear friend’s business school going away party which was also her parent’s wedding anniversary celebration. Hubby and I were going through it at the time. He was working on Wall Street which meant his work day ended after the market closed, after the after-work dinner, after he came home and worked some more, and then he was available to change diapers for our then one and three-year-old boys.


My friend’s parents had been married for a gazillion years and had two grown-up children with kids, so we figured they checked the box on being qualified through years of experience. As we enjoyed finger foods, Hubby casually asked “so what’s the best advice you have for a young couple?” to which we hear, “it’s cheaper to keep her.”


Now, at the time I seriously thought he was joking. Here we were, earnestly seeking sage advice for how to reverse the downhill trend our six-year marriage was on. And yet, he summarized decades of marriage wisdom into one frivolous, albeit, pithy rhyme.


What’s ironic is that it’s actually pretty good advice. His advice centered around the fact hardly anything is worse than divorce. I can’t imagine what that experience is like, but I believe there is a cost to it that’s more than financial. By “cheaper,” we believe it meant to include the emotional, physical, and spiritual ramifications of ending a marriage.


What’s the best marriage advice you ever received?








Life, Marriage - 01.09.170 comments

Pancakes

I love the heartiness of this meal. It’s filling, vibrant and you {almost} don’t even miss the sugar.



Breakfast, Daniel Fast & More - 01.06.170 comments

What I Learned on Playground Duty

I stress every day that the lunches I pack for the kids will be judged. I have two picky eaters who are content to eat the same cheese sandwich each and every day. Along side the sandwich I’ll add sliced apples or mango, peanuts (but not at the nut-free table), carrots or popcorn and maybe a fruit strip with no sugar added of course. I worry they don’t have enough protein, and when the lunch boxes come home with food still in them, I worry their rail thin frames will wilt away. Today, I spent two and a half hours at the kids’ school on playground duty, which included helping during K-8 lunch periods and here’s what I learned.


1. Not Everyone Has Gluten-Free Organic Non-GMO 100% Natural Fair-Trade Lunches
In fact, I saw everything on the list of the liberated parent: Rice Krispie Treats, Cheetos, Smuckers Uncrustables, GoGurts, and gasp, plastic-swathed deli meat in Mickey shaped trays (apparently, these are called Foodles?! Who knew). I also didn’t see any Pinterest-worthy hand-cut, cartoon shaped crustless sandwiches. I mean, come on now.


2. Some Parents Actually Pack Home-Cooked Meals
Miss C refuses to eat cold lunches. Every day she gets a hot lunch from school, but this practice is not economically sustainable. My prayers were answered when I saw a little boy unscrew a small metal thermos, only to see steam rise from his rice and beef stew. And it smelled good. I saw noodles, soup and even greens staying warm in those cute little heat-trapping insulated jars. Various styles of stainless steel bento boxes housed left-overs, neatly organized by experienced homemade-lunch packers throughout the lunchroom.


3. Foodies Start Young
As I walked around stabbing tiny straws into Capri Sun pouches, carefully peeling back the plastic lid on peaches in heavy syrup and cleaning up V8 Fusion spills, I spied a girl intently focused on her meal. While most kids were laughing, talking, and even coloring, she was sprinkling red pepper flakes onto sliced cucumbers from the tiniest bottle of Asian spices. She delicately seasoned each cucumber in her plastic tray and then savored each bite. You should have seen the shock on my face.


What do you pack for your kid’s lunch? Do you ever pack something you know they won’t eat because they should eat it?



Children - 01.05.172 comments

Interview with a Five Year Old


1. Who’s your best friend?
One or two? How ever many you want. Isabella, Catalina and Rowan.


2. What do you want to be when you grow up? A chef. Why? Because I want to cook.


3. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
A force-field. It’s like a circle. It’s a huge circle around everybody to be safe.


4. What are your five favorite things to do?
Eating and drinking and jumping in the pool and having fun and doing activities.


5. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
Can I skip?


6. If you had three wishes, what would they be?
I wish Teen Titans were real and Raven birds.


7. What are the best things about Mom and Dad?
Can I tell you something? There is this girl named Aubin who you would let babysit us. And after dinner she would give us candy.


8. What are the worst things about us?
About getting us on time out.


9. Can you name one thing that scares you?
The dark.


10. Would you rather give up TV, chocolate or friends?
Why would I give up my friends at school?! I wouldn’t do that.


11. What does heaven look like?
It looks like a world with a rainbow pony and animals and a lot of angels and Jesus and God. And a lot of animals. Did I already say that?


12. What is the most disgusting thing you can think of?
Bugs.


13. If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be and why?
Could it be a Disney character? Yes. I pick Ariel. Cause she’s so beautiful. And if they were not a Disney character who would it be? Like Mickey Mouse? Not a cartoon, a real human being. I pick Mauricia. Why? Because she’s so kind to me.


14. What’s the hardest thing about being a child?
Cleaning up your room.



Caterpillar, Our Quiver - 01.03.170 comments





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