Cooking with Kids, Beef Stew

My twins will be 4yo this summer, and I find that I’m often unsure what they’re really capable of, in terms of gross and fine motor skills.  Sometimes, I over-reach and give them tasks that are just a bit too advanced for them (better to try, though, right?), while other times, I find that they’re…

WIP Wednesday, one day removed

I’ve been working on another pair of stripey socks, and I’m loving these colors.  Nothing too interesting, in terms of pattern.  These are the Tootsie Roll pattern, and I love they way they are kind of slouchy, 80s-style.  The yarn is from Nomadic Yarns, and the colorway is Indio.  These will also get an afterthought…

Getting antsy and frustrated

It’s a rough day.   I’ll admit it.   I’m struggling.  For the second day in a row,  I’ve been unable to go to the gym.  This morning,  the baby was awake and wanting to nurse at 5:45, the time when I’m usually sneaking out the door for my daily gym time.   I was…

Tip Tuesday:  Snack Edition 

Partially because I’m post-bariatric  (tiny tummy), partially because it’s healthier, and partially because I’m a snacker by nature, I like to come up with healthy snacking options that offer nutritional value.  I very rarely sit down to a proper, large meal, but instead I opt for snack sized portions spaced throughout the day.  it keeps…

Progress and Reflections:  Week 3 Check-in

Mondays are weigh-in days for me,  and they also provide me a moment to reflect on my successes, my failures,  and my challenges (as well as how I responded to those challenges). Weight loss confuses and frustrates me.   I understand that the basics are simple.   It’s basic math.   Burn more calories than…

Sock Madness, Delayed

My knitting of choice tends to be socks by default.   With 3 small children,  it’s the best option for me,  as they’re practical (my feet are always cold) and relatively mindless (no counting and easy to put down and pick up at will). I love to knit fancy cabled and lace sweaters, but the…

Hippie/Country Mama in the ‘burbs:  Homemade Hamburger Buns

We’re pretty darn poor, being on one income.  I admit it.  We made a lot of concessions in order to have an at-home parent.  We don’t do dance classes or sports.  We don’t do music lessons or art lessons or movie theaters or amusement parks.  But we DO have a parent at home in their…

On the Hunt for Healthy Nutrition Bars:  Week 2 Check-in

Mondays are my weigh-in days, so on a positive note, I’m down from where I was (Weight:  215.4, down 7.6 since I started the blog 3 weeks ago, and still down 114.6 since pre-bariatric surgery).  I’d still like to get down to 140ish, so I still have 75ish pounds to lose to hit my goal….

Back to the Gym

If you want to lose weight and get healthy, you have to exercise.  You just do, bariatric or not. And I’m currently a SAHM, so I’ll admit that self-care has taken a backseat to caring for my 3 little hooligans. Recently, I decided that I need to take better care of me again and get…

Coloring Progress 

I really like the gel pens.  They’re smooth and really vibrant.  They make me happy. I need more coloring books.  I prefer the smaller, more intricate, non-animal ones, I think.  And for some reason, the stark white background bothers me.   I’ve been looking at the coloring books that feature black backgrounds like this: Any…

I Love Socks (it’s an obsession)

I tend to be a rather conservative,  casual dresser.   Before becoming a SAHM, I wore lots of loose, comfortable clothing with Birks or Docs, depending on the season.  Now,  as a mother of 3 tiny,  quick,  high-energy forces of nature, I need to stay comfortable and casual for different reasons.   I need to…

Reflections on Coloring for Tightly-Wound Girls

I’ve tried to color as a destressing activity a few times before.   I’m very intrigued by the adult coloring trend.  I think it’s because it’s nostalgic, a little bit nerdy, and because I could spend hours in an office supplies store,  coveting all the organizational and writing tools. Any time I am in a…