Friday Morning Coffee Date

Friday Morning Coffee Date

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful week.  I still can’t believe we are over halfway done with winter – bring on the spring!  I wanted to keep things light on here this morning, as we are headed out of town later this afternoon for our second family ski vacation.  To say the kids are excited is an understatement!  So grab your coffee, tea, or warm lemon water and let’s chat. Meals – Hits and Misses Now that…

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Pick me up, Mommy!

Pick me up, Mommy!

“Pick me up, Mommy!”  I hear this phrase daily too many times to count.  As Reagan is our youngest (our “baby” so to speak), it is hard to ignore this request.  And honestly, I love nothing more than picking her up to give her hugs and kisses and hear her special stories.  Unfortunately, as cliche as it sounds, life really does get in the way sometimes.  There seems to always be something else that needs my attention – laundry to…

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Snow Day 2017

Snow Day 2017

This past Thursday it seemed like the entire state of New Jersey shut down for the impending storm.  The forecasters were calling for 8″+ of snow along with high winds.  This translates into a VERY happy husband and son!  We spent a good portion of the day outside, and the kids were zombies by 7pm.  I call that a success!  I apologize in advance for the photo dump, but it was just so pretty I couldn’t help myself.  Plus I…

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Embracing the fat

Embracing the fat

When I think back to the first time I became aware that what I put in my mouth affected my body/weight, it was probably during the low-fat and non-fat fad.  My mom fully embraced this, and she and I were always striving to find the next best food with no fat.  Non-fat ice cream?  Non-fat cookies?  For some reason this brought us satisfaction as well as an all-access pass to eat as much as we wanted.  No fat meant no…

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Am I A Bad Mom?

Am I A Bad Mom?

I am willing to bet there isn’t a mom out there who hasn’t at some point doubted her abilities.  I know that I have – too many times to count.  Being a mom is hard work!  I’m not taking anything away from all the fathers out there, but for some reason moms worry about things dads never even think of.  Does my child feel loved and cared for on a sick day home from school?  Will changing schools be the…

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Clean Kiddo Meals

Clean Kiddo Meals

It’s no surprise that we put a lot of thought into what our kiddos eat.  Always trying to make sure they are getting healthy fats, protein, and fruits/veggies.  I was reading a school newsletter this weekend about Graham’s school cafeteria food offerings, and I was honestly appalled at some of the things I read.  They defend their choice to serve Lucky Charms as their feature cereal because it is within the “healthy school lunch requirement.”  And the current snack offerings…

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Dear Reagan – Age 3

Dear Reagan – Age 3

I wrote this post last week reflecting back on Graham’s 5th birthday, so I figured it would be fun to do the same with Reagan.  Fun fact: their birthdays are just a week apart so we tend to celebrate for the entire month of July.  Stressful but a total blast!  Here is a look back at our little princess just 6 months ago.  Wow, what a change! July 17, 2016 Dear Reagan, Wow, 3 years old already!  And what a…

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Food pics from the weekend

Food pics from the weekend

Hi everyone!  I meant to get on here yesterday but the day just kind of slipped away from me.  Mondays can be like that.  But I wanted to share my weekly meal prep with you guys, as it’s such a small thing that makes such a big impact in our weeks.  As we are all so busy with work, school, the gym, and sports (not to mention keeping the house clean and the laundry baskets from overflowing) I love the…

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Quick and Easy Homemade Applesauce

Quick and Easy Homemade Applesauce

During the fall and winter months apples are one of my family’s favorite fruits.  And it’s so versatile too!  We eat apple slices with peanut butter, I make TONS of my mom’s famous sour cream apple pie, apple cinnamon muffins, and of course applesauce!  When searching online for applesauce I was inundated with crock pot recipes.  And while I love a good crock pot recipe (who doesn’t really?!) – I was hoping for a quicker option for those times when…

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How (and why) we are ditching the chemicals

How (and why) we are ditching the chemicals

I know the terms “green” and “natural cleaners” have been buzz words for quite awhile now.  Everyone is trying to remove chemicals from their lives – organic food, essential oils, and safer beauty products.  When I became pregnant with Graham we decided to overhaul the products we used to clean our home.  We went to the grocery store and chose the first things we saw that said “green” on it.  I have no idea what they were, but we felt…

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