Friday, 22 November 2013

How I Got My Kids to Eat Fruits and Vegetables Without Hiding Them

One of my favorite discoveries this year is my weekly organic fruits and vegetable delivery service.  The seed was planted when my good friend, Liz, told me about her weekly delivery and I was intrigued.  I love to cook and I love good food and I am always striving to eat healthier.  And then I found the Groupon.  It was for $15.00 for the first delivery.  It was a no-brainer.  The first morning I woke up to my delivery outside my front door I was so excited.  I opened the box and emptied it onto the counter.  When the kids woke up and saw it, they were excited too.  The box contained things they loved, things they didn’t love and things they didn’t even know the names of yet.  When I told them that everything was fresh from the farm, they wanted to try it all…even the things they knew they did not like.

 

We’ve been receiving our delivery since August and every Tuesday morning there is still a race to the front door to get the box and empty it onto the counter.  The kids are still willing to try anything…at least once.  It has also broadened my menu planning.  I will plan meals around what is in the box.  With the exception of my monthly run to Costco for the basics, this leaves me with minimal grocery shopping for the week.

 

The service we use is Farmfreshtoyou.com.  You can change your schedule or  cancel at any time.  The cost did double after the initial Groupon but I find that it is worth it for my family to eat healthy and we are supporting our local farmers.

 

Tonight I will be making butternut squash lasagna.  Do you have any yummy vegetable or fruit recipes to share?

 

Do you receive organic produce delivery service in your area?

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Joovy at Fall Fest Event by Club MomMe

The Bel Air Bay Club was the scene for the Fall Fest Event by Club MomMe.  It was a gorgeous day to catch up on all the latest and greatest baby products and trends in the baby world.  Check out the beautiful venue and see if you spy Joovy there!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

When Life Hands You Persimmons, Make Persimmon Cookies!

We receive a weekly delivery of organic produce at our house. Our delivery includes whatever fruits and vegetables are fresh from the farm that week.  Our children look forward to seeing what is in the box and trying new things.  This week we received A LOT of persimmons.  I’ve heard of persimmons but being a girl from New England, I didn’t know how to eat them or what to do with them.  Luckily, my California-raised husband shared that his mother made wonderful persimmon cookies when he was young.  One email later and I had the recipe.

 

Persimmon Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream Together:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

Fold In:

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

 

My mother in law’s recipe suggests you may add raisins and/or nuts.  I got creative here and made three different batches adding chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and macadamia nuts individually.

 

Drop by heaping teaspoon on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 15-18 minutes.

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These cookies were beautiful and cake-like.  My kids loved them.  It was fun to sneak something healthy into such a yummy cookie.

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Making these with one of my daughters, sharing some of my husband’s family history, created an even more memorable experience than simply baking together.  Surprising her Dad with one of the treats from his childhood was an extra perk for Eva.

 

Thank you, Jane!

 

What recipes has your mother-in-law shared to meld your husband’s childhood memories with your own so they become important to the next generation?

 

 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen Joovy Tuesday Giveaway!

We’ve got winners in the 11,12,13 Joovy Tuesday Giveaway!  Each winner will receive $100 to spend at Joovy.com.  The lucky ladies are:  Melissa Cleaveland, Megan Crose and Larissa Bloedel.  Please check your inbox for your prize information!  Congratulations!

What?  Eleven, twelve, thirteen?  Yes, that is today’s date.  Wouldn’t this be the coolest birthday or anniversary?  Do something today that you’ll remember including entering our Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen Joovy Tuesday Giveaway!  You could be one of three winners of $100 to spend at Joovy.com!  Who would you treat with something Joovy? And, what would you buy ?  Share with us what Joovy product you’d spend your $100 on!

Entering is easy!  Good luck and please share with your friends!

 

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

A Joovy {Boob} Story

From a new mom…..”So far he’s been a REALLY good baby. He basically just cries when he’s hungry. He was a tank at 9lbs 4 oz and looks exactly like his older brother. I LOVE my Joovy bottles!! I was using Born Free but they leak and have so many parts. My hubby really likes the Joovy bottles too, easy to put together for a man in a frenzy over a crying, hungry baby.”  from a “VERY satisfied mom”

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Thankful Joovy Tuesday

We are THANKFUL for all of you!  The winner of this week’s Thankful Joovy Tuesday is:  Amy Bolda Pugmire!  Congratulations Amy!  Check your inbox for information about redeeming your prize.  And, we’d be thankful to see you pushing your new Joovy Scooter!  Please share!

It’s the month of thanks and today we are wondering what you are thankful for?  Share with us on this Thankful Joovy Tuesday for a chance to WIN A JOOVY SCOOTER in Blueberry or Purpleness!  The new Joovy Scooter is incredible with great contemporary styling and lots of great accessories to expand its functionality.

Be sure to check out the Scooter at www.joovy.com to see the great features and versatility offered by this new Joovy stroller. The Scooter has world class looks, great functionality, and high quality components, making it the best value available in single strollers today. Enter the Rafflecopter below and please share with your friends.  They will be even more THANKFUL for you!

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

A Perfect Autumn Night

You can take the girl out of Boston but you can’t take Boston out of the girl.  We had the perfect autumn evening last night…homemade soup for dinner, carving pumpkins and the RED SOX WIN THE WORLD SERIES!!!

 

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A Joovy Story

Hi Jeannie!

I want to come back to thank you and the Joovy team for being so kind in
helping us in our foster/adopt journey!!! For blessing us in our journey
with the discount!

My husband and I love the stroller!!!! Love how the handle is high up,
wheels are awesome, turns great, doesn’t weigh a lot, easy to clean, and
love all the parts snap on and off!!! And it folds up and unfolds it is just
plain brilliant!!!

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Thank you!!!!!!!

Julie Held,  country singer and Joovy Mom.  To learn more of our journey check out www.julieheldmusic.com

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Do You Take Your Children Trick or Treating on Halloween?

You may want to sit down before you read any further.  Whenever I tell people what I am about to tell you, jaws drop wide open.  I NEVER went trick or treating as a child.  EVER.

Yes, it is true.  My parents didn’t feel it was safe.  It was back in the day of horrible stories of razor blades hidden in candy apples and poisoned candy.  Hospitals volunteered to x-ray your candy for free to keep children safe.  Were there any truths to these stories or were they just urban legends?  If I was a parent with young children thirty years ago, I may have made the same decision as my parents.

I want to tell you that I never felt deprived or even thought I was missing out on trick or treating.   My parents put a lot of effort into making it a very special holiday for us.  We always had spectacular costumes, sometimes homemade and sometimes store-bought.  Our Halloween parties were the talk of the neighborhood.  They were so much fun with homemade treats and spooky games including a haunted house.   During the month of October,  our family would watch Halloween specials on TV like, Charlie Brown and the gang in It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and The Legend of Sleepy Hallow narrated by Bing Crosby.  On Halloween night, we would always dress up in our costumes and hand out candy to our neighbors and friends as they trick or treated.  I loved seeing all the different and creative costumes at our front door.

I went trick or treating for the first time when I was 28 years old.  My husband and I took my stepdaughter.  I was very excited.  We live in a very quiet and safe neighborhood.  It was a lot of fun to see all the children running down the streets with their overflowing bags of candy.  Today, our children go trick or treating and they love it.

After experiencing the trick or treating for several years now, I have to say that I am ready to stay home again and hand out the candy.

Whatever your Halloween traditions are, be true to your beliefs.  There are many ways to enjoy the holiday and have fun.

What are your Halloween traditions?

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Denver Rock and Roll Half and Full Marathon!