Today would have been my dad’s 82nd birthday. It’s hard to imagine him that age. My mom makes 82 look vibrant and even enviable, but I’m afraid that my dad’s Parkinson’s would have made his life miserable at this age, if the cancer hadn’t taken him first.
There is a very specific memory I have of my dad from my college days. It’s a night we danced the night away at a father daughter dance and I tell the story in this week’s vlog. I also review the film, About Time, in this vlog, which, (more…)
Target is one of my favorite places to shop. The fact that I can grab a Starbucks coffee, buy everything from clothes to household goods to groceries, and get 5% off every time with my Red Card just blows my mind every time. When I was offered a sponsored post to feature Kraft products that are sold at Target I thought, Bullseye!, because we are also big fans of the Kraft brand.
If it wasn’t for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, my kids would go hungry on many an occasion (more than I am comfortable admitting), and, though I will admit that I tried to get them to eat a few of the organic brands from Whole Paycheck, my kids will ONLY eat Kraft, which has led me to this motto:
Once you go Kraft, you never go back.
Once I started reading a list of the various products made by Kraft and sold at Target, I realized we use almost all of them, including our most favorite item, Kraft shredded cheese. I want to marry the person who came up with the concept of packaging pre-shredded cheese, in an easy-to-seal package. Not just because that person must be filthy rich, but also because I am that in love with pre-shredded cheese.
Besides mac n’ cheese, anything Mexican is our next favorite and most made food group (that is a food group, right?); quesadillas, tacos, burritos, all with loaded with cheese. Why? Because they are yummy AND EASY!
The video below demonstrates an easy way to make a BBQ chicken quesadilla (when you make as many quesadillas as I do, you have to come up with ways to switch it up).
All you need for these tasty quesas is:
Shredded cheese (Kraft of course)
Tortillas (I use flour)
Shredded or cubed cooked chicken
Watch and learn the science behind the perfect BBQ chicken quesadilla . . .
So now that you are salivating, and pining away from some cheesy goodness,
Todays’s Ask the Moms segment on Fox 5 was cut a little short due to some breaking news, but we had time to tackle one tough parenting question on how a parent can talking to your kids after one of the parents is diagnosed with cancer. This subject is close to my heart since one of my best friends battled cancer a few years back, while in her 30′s and with two young children.
In the video below, the psychologist on our panel, Dr. Rachel Goldenhar (who is amazing, by the way, if you are in the market for some therapy), has great advice for parents who are dealing with this tough situation.
I’m a big fan of photo gifts, both giving and receiving them. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! Last year my sister framed some baby photos of my dad and it was my most treasured gift of the year.
In this age of easy-to-use photo technology, websites like Shutterfly and apps like Instagram, giving photo gifts is easier and better than ever before. I’m a big proponent of the photo calendars and photo books, which are always a big hit with the grandparents (at least I hope they are since I give photo calendars to all the grandparents EVERY YEAR), but these days there are so many other ways you can share photo love with your family and friends this holiday.
Here are some ideas for creative photo gifts:
I am a chick magnet, I mean, I am a chick and I love magnets. So what could be better than magnets of photos of me, I mean, my family?!?! StickyGram.com is a company out of the UK that makes magnets out of your Instagram pics. It’s a super easy process and makes for a fun gift. But if you’re thinking about ordering these, be sure to order by 12/12 to guarantee delivery by Christmas.
This post, entitled, “Holiday Gift Ideas for the Ladies,” should more appropriately be called Mama Mary’s Christmas Wish List and I should be printing it out and taping it up on my husband’s side of the bathroom mirror. Instead of being that obvious, I will just tell my kids to tell my husband to read my blog. Fingers crossed it works!
Before having kids I used to burn candles all the live-long day, but as soon as I had a little ones around the house, I gave up that addiction for fear of them setting the house, or themselves, on fire. Now my girls are old enough to trust around the candles so I’m back on the burning train, and these AURA candles are my candle of choice. They have some of the yummiest scents, including CHAMPAGNE (they call it Bubbly) and the smell lingers long after you’ve blown out the flame.
Disclaimer, I met the owners through The Dailey Method and have since become friends with one of them, but I fell in love with the candles even before I knew that my friend was part owner. They did not compensate me for this post aside from a complimentary candle a long time ago, but I’ve already spent money on buying these for all the females in my life for Christmas because I truly love them!
We covered two hot topics for parents on yesterday’s Fox 5 Ask the Moms. The first question was about how to help out a stressed out senior and the other was about how to help young girls establish a healthy body image.
In doing research on the subject of helping girls with their self esteem, I found a few great articles, including this one listing nine ways you can help build your daughter’s self esteem. Being a mom of two young daughters, this topic is particularly important to me right now, and the biggest point made by the therapist, Tracy Carson, in the segment below, and also in the article, is that the best way to help our girls’ self-esteem and positive body image is to have a healthy body image ourselves.
That point got me thinking about how much I talk about wanting/needing to get a Dailey Method class or not eating certain foods because they’re bad for me. I try never to use the words skinny or fat and I want to make sure I am not putting too much emphasis on the wrong things, but it’s certainly a challenge, considering weight is something is on my mind all of the time. I have another post brewing about how I (more…)