Showing posts from November, 2011

I'm Warning You, Beware of Cowl Neck Sweaters

Today I reached a new level of public embarrassment. I usually have bright red cheeks a healthy glow, but today my flushed skin went from hairline to chest. So what in the world did I do?

This morning I was out doing some birthday shopping for my soon to be 5 year old when I just quickly perused the women's sweaters in the shop I was in. I tried on a cute sweater and it was a steal, so I decided to buy it. I got home ripped the tags off the sweater and tried it on. I looked in the mirror and was confused. Somehow I had brought home the wrong sweater.

Did I set down the sweater I wanted while looking at other things? I mentally traced my steps in the store to think when such a switch would've occurred.

Then I thought, how in the world did I buy the wrong sweater? It was the same color and brand, but I didn't even try on a flowy sweater like the one I saw draped on my body in the mirror. Odd, just odd.

I decided to head back to the store and look for the sweater I wanted. Wh…

Tuesday Tips: The Broken American Food Supply

With great eloquence and candor, a mother (Robyn O'Brien) tells her story about why she started paying attention to the broken American food supply. She doesn't know me, but I am on her team. Join us.

Eggnog Cake with Eggnog Buttercream Recipe: Fabulous and Easy Holiday Dessert!

Invited to dinner and want to whip up something easy and fabulous to wow your friends and family? The possibilities are endless, but it's November and a great way to celebrate the season is with an Eggnog Cake. While I was surprised to find that there were very few eggnog cake recipes online, I was also surprised that the ingredients were so varied. I actually came up with this recipe after not finding exactly what I wanted. It turned out wonderfully. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
From the picture of the buttercream, you can see it was made with love! What a moment to capture. 

Eggnog Cake with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

Cake batter:
1/2 cup butter soft at room temperature (NOT melted)
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp rum extract
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 cup eggnog

2 sticks butter soft at room temperature (NOT melted)
1lb Confectioner's Sugar
1/3 cup eggnog
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
*1 t…

A Post Wherein I Judge Another Mother

Eight years ago, I left my full time teaching job to stay home to raise my daughter. Over the years my absence from the classroom was lengthened after the birth of my second daughter. This decision never came lightly, but I can wholeheartedly say I have never regret my decision to stay home to raise my children. While I wish I could candidly say it's been all rainbows and Rockwell moments, I don't think I could go that far. There's some witty quote about the hardest job you'll ever have just waiting to be thrown in here. I definitely have my fair share of hard days, but I guess how I choose to handle it varies differently from my experience today.

While I was running a few errands in the morning, I was walking down the aisle of a store when I came across this mother...

Let me break down what you are seeing. A mother on her cell phone talking so loudly, that I gathered she was speaking to her mother about the wonderful pillows she just found. The search was over for pil…

Hike Boulder: Mallory Cave from NCAR

I'm a creature of habit. I have trails I like and I pretty much hike from two trailheads in my neighborhood. On Sunday J and I went for a hike without the girls and when we rolled up to one of our go-to trailheads, it had more cars parked than I've ever seen before. I suggested we drive up to NCAR and hike from there. NCAR is the sandstone building you see perched on the mountainside in South Boulder. If you drive west on Table Mesa Drive, the road will dead end into the NCAR parking lot. There is no fee to park here.

If you proceed to the backside of NCAR, you will find the Walter Orr Roberts Trail which leads to the Mesa Trail. The Mesa Trail can take you from NCAR to Eldorado Springs if you head south or to Chautauqua Park if you head north. In between there are many routes to take and on Sunday, we hit the Mallory Cave Trail.

J and I had a short window of time for our hike, the most important one was it was late afternoon and I wasn't sure what time the sun would be dr…

Where To Buy Bentos in Los Angeles [w/ Photos]

There's a great little section of Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles that is referred to as Little Osaka. While you may find yourself wandering around a number of shops in the area, including a great grocery store, I wanted to share the best spot for bento supplies I found.

Tokyo Japanese Outlet is like a dollar store, it's stuffed with all sorts of unique goodies like skin care products, stuffed animals, stationary goods, bento supplies, and many household items. You can see what some folks on YELP enjoy about this particular location. The bento boxes they carry are very plain, but super affordable (average $5 or less). I didn't pick up any bentos, but rather some accessories such as rice molds and small hand towels.

Tokyo Japanese Outlet

West Los Angeles, Sawtelle Center 
2109 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA Tel: 310-914-5320
Hours of Operation: Sun-Th 10:00-23:00 Fri & Sat 10:00-24:00

Sometimes Lunch Packing Isn't Awesome!

One of the biggest mistakes of being passionate about packing healthy and cute nutritious lunches Monday through Friday, is not having fresh ingredients on hand. I'm being honest when I say as someone who LOVES packing lunch, it can be dreadful with an empty pantry. This morning it was crunch time to get the girls out the door for school and we were out of bread (well except for 4 heels). I'm not usually thrown back with no bread in the house, I simply reach for a tortilla or pasta leftovers.

No tortillas in the house. No leftover pasta, only stuffed peppers. I just couldn't see packing stuffed pepper leftovers to my 8 year old. Not only did it have a food safety issue, I feared the social impact would've been greater.

I did what anyone does in a pinch, I cut off as much of the hard end of crust as I could and threw together gently crafted a sandwich with almond butter and jelly. I included some frozen edamame and an apple with a little sprinkle of Italian Volcano Lemon …

My New Unicycle Riding Elephant Fetish

Really Chris Martin? You had to one up this bizarre intrigue I have with you by skillfully riding a unicycle in an elephant costume? I didn't know you could peak my interests any further, but they're totally tuned in. I'm going to call this one, check mate. Hot, hot, hot.

photo credit

Interview with Mat Whitecross the Director of the Paradise Video! Great Story.

Tuesday Tips: Contemplating a Conscious Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner and knowing some of you are already done shopping, my thoughts are just turning to how I want our Christmas to be. I've taken a few different approaches during the holidays, one year avoiding items Made In China (that is tough work), another year keeping a tight budget per child (that is tough work), and others just picking up things here and there that caught my eye which I like to refer to as mindless Christmas shopping. I remember one year on Christmas Eve feeling as if I hadn't done enough and running around trying to find something meaningful for the girls. I can guarantee I did not accomplish what I set out to do on Christmas Eve. I never feel good about the mindless approach, especially in January when my bank statements arrive and I see toys strewn about.

Here's where my intentions are going into this Christmas Season:

1. Handmade items, for example my oldest daughter has a special blanket called, Silky,  that a friend of mine …

Mom, I Need A Break From Carrots

I've always wanted to post a photo collage on Fridays of what my daughter's bento looks like when it arrives home everyday. At her school, they aren't allowed to dump leftovers in the compost from lunches that were brought from home. I'm not sure if this is a new rule or if it's even a rule, it's just what my daughter has mentioned. So I believe what comes home to be a true representation of how she ate that day.

The only problem I have with posting "how'd she do" today photos is that I actually have to follow through with taking them. I'm not so good with that. I see a lunch box return home and I just want to get it into the sink. I'm going to work on my follow through because I do find leftovers interesting.

I recently purchased a 10lb bag of EarthBound Organic Farms carrots from my wholesale club. I feel like we have carrots coming out of our ears, which also may be represented by the photo below.

While I love Laptop Lunches for their wast…

I swear that hot dog is a penguin... Bento

Back in March I picked up two different hot dog shape makers. One turns a hotdog into a penguin, the other into a crab. Today I tried the penguin, can't you tell...

Organic chicken hotdog, bun, organic ketchup (joyful bear) strawberry hearts veggie booty red pepper flowers raspberries

Wordless Wednesday: In Awe of Murmuration

Fruity French Toast Bento

It doesn't take much thought when you glance over and see an extra piece of French Toast just sitting there. My reaction is to cut it up and put it Sj's lunch for the day. Easy enough.

Vanilla yogurt with fresh raspberries in the thermal container grapes, carrot flowers, heart strawberries french toast (no syrup, I figured the yogurt was sweet enough)

Tuesday Tips: Genetically Modified Foods, Americans Are In The Dark

Did you know that the United States of America is one of the only developed countries in the world to NOT label GMO's (genetically modified organisms) or GE (genetically engineered) foods? You can find  labels on foods in Europe to Japan, but Americans are still in the dark on this issue. ABC recently reported that 93% of Americans polled are in favor of labeling GMO's in our food, but the FDA continues to drag it's feet. Do you know how incredibly amazing it is to have the support of 93% of Americans surveyed, Wow! Could we actually call this a true bipartisan issue?!?

What is standing in our way? Corporations that buy elected officials which skirt the concerns of everyday Americans. I believe it's time for our voices to be heard.

Sign the Just Label It Petition now, let the FDA know we want action.

Do we really want to be the family represented in this video? I certainly DO NOT!

More GMO related posts I've written, can be found here NOgmo.