Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
We are currently "tracked out," which means we aren't doing any REAL school. We are still reading because I don't want to lose what he's gained in that department-he's doing SO WELL! But, other than that, our only learning is about Christmas traditions around the world and how they are similar to and different from ours. We only have this week, and a few days before Xmas to do this because (SHHHHHH...this is a secret) Santa is bringing us another trip and we'll be gone the entire week before Christmas.
Here's what I downloaded from TPT (one of my favorite sites, in case you didn't know that already.)
Christmas Around the World Facts and Snacks
My Christmas Pinterest Board (ideas of things to do/make)
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I need to get up, and go bake, and do stuff. My family is having thanksgiving together this year. We haven't celebrated this holiday together in a 3 years. I started a new tradition for just the family that lives in my house (we celebrate with The Bestie and her family...who have adopted me.) I LOVE it, it's just the way I want Thanksgiving to be. This year, I get both. My family is pulling together because of a tragedy that is upon us, but we're not going to focus on that, we're going to just enjoy one more GREAT holiday together. And, then, I'll head over to The Bestie's parents place for a lot of laughter and more food.
It's supposed to be CLEAR tomorrow, which means there will be sunshine (it's been completely overcast for the last 5 days..no joke) and I shall bundle up and BASK in it and hopefully RUN. If I don't chicken out because of the cold.
The Punk and I went to the store this morning, alone. It was good to be alone, but I'm so grumpy I don't even want to be around myself. SO, his opinion may vary.
On the 'falling off the paleo wagon' front, I'm going to go back to full on paleo as of Friday. I'm waiting until then because I want to drink tomorrow. Truth. Alcohol isn't really paleo, so I will wait that out. The family has been pretty paleo with our meals too, because I'm the one who cooks. But, as of Friday, Three is going full on paleo with me. He has some serious skin issues going on and we thought it was triggered by food dyes, but now I'm thinking it's something more. We've been really tight with the food dye for almost a month, and I've been slathering him twice a day with an insanely expensive eczema treatment lotion for a couple weeks and his skin still looks horrible. Sigh. As a result, we're going to give paleo diet a two week trial for him to see if it will help clear up the skin issue so we can try to pinpoint what it is that's causing it. If that just bombs, then we'll be seeing a dermatologist before the new year.
Now, I'm off to bake some sweet potatoes, make some pumpkin cookies and muffins, and blast some music to make myself happy! And, GO!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
We came home, I showered and we headed back out to meet some friends at the park. We met and chatted while the kids all played...ahem, the big kids HUNG OUT. They have informed me that they do not "play." *eye roll*
I outlined a plan for One's school work. They went on a week vacation with their bio-dad and now she's behind. However, she is already trying to cram a full school year into six months so her work load is higher AND she only has 8 weeks left to finish so she can't just stretch it out. Now, I just printed some of the freebies from TpT I shared yesterday, so that I can get to school with Three and Four.
I'm exhausted, and truth be told, I just want to lie down for an hour or so.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Retelling Sticks--I can see these being really useful with Three right now.
Number Line Math Game--We are currently working on addition and subtraction with the number line. This game has a space theme, and Three is all about any GAME to get his work done.
Witches Brew--this is a Halloween themed trail mix. We won't be making it because a.) money is tight, and I don't have enough of these things just lying around to say "well, I'll only have to buy XY." and b.) Four couldn't eat it, and he has enough of that "Look everyone else gets this fun stuff, you get none." shit going on is his life already. BUT--if you aren't dealing with either of those situations? This is a cute, yummy way to get kids measuring in the kitchen with you (which I'm a huge proponent of.)
Pumpkin Seed Counting--this one has the numbers out of order, so they have to pay attention and really recognize the numbers. We will be carving pumpkins today, so we will be counting some seeds this week (the few that I don't hoard and roast.) I will most likely create my own sheet with higher numbers (this one only goes to 10.)
Dia De Los Muertos--create your own calavera bilingual worksheet. Awesome!
There is also the idea of keeping all the candy wrappers (or using the actual candy) and making a graph of what you got. We will be using Switch Witch this year (Four can't have the candy--allergies. And Three gets what we refer to as "candy spots" which are really bad eczema flair ups because of food dye) so all the candy will be gone on the morning of Dia De Los Muertos. Yay for me (it's SOOOO tempting to have it in the house.)
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
OOOOOK. I'm so excited about the apple bacon chicken salad recipe. I've been wanting to try it since I found it on Monday afternoon. Now, I haven't had a chance because I haven't been home at lunch time all week. Today I was, but my husband cooked all the bacon yesterday so I was short that. I will rectify this. Trust me.
I'm thinking this will be lunch for a couple days next week. I love it because it uses greek yogurt in place of mayo. I LOATHE mayo. LOATHE isn't even a strong enough word truly. I hate the look of it, the smell of it, the feel of it....just IT. BLERGH.
Now, greek yogurt isn't paleo, but I'm not being super strict about dairy. I'm not going out of my way to eat it, but I'm not really going out of my way to avoid it either. And cheese, don't even get me started on my unwillingness to part with the GREATNESS that is cheese. Not. Going. To. Happen.
My plan for having this as a lunch while out of the house involves cooking up the bacon and chicken and mixing it up with the apples (submerged in a little lemon juice, because I don't want brown apples at lunch) and then packing the yogurt in the ice pack and mixing it in when I'm ready to eat.
One of my BIGGEST issues with being paleo is lunches out. We are out of the house at lunch time three days a week. And, I don't like raw veggies of any sort (I know, I know...) so I'm limited in what I can pack. Especially, now that it's getting cold out and some things I just don't want to eat cold. I need a portable microwave or a camp stove for the back of my van.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
And did you know about this?? If you did, I may come beat your TUSH for not telling me about it sooner. Online stories from National Geographic Kids on a WIDE variety of subjects! WHAT the WHAT???
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
These are delish! My kids like them, but I won't share because they aren't "all in" paleo, and so they have other treats that I cannot eat. I'm a selfish mom like that. If they want to move "all in paleo" I would share, until then--MINE. These are cake like, and not dry at all. I'm eating them without icing and they are FAB but there is a link to some icing recipes listed on the blog post as well.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Now, on to what I wanted to post about this week. :)
I think I may have mentioned Paleo lifestyle before (I prefer lifestyle to diet, because honestly since the first four days, I haven't felt like I'm on a diet AT ALL.) If not, quick recap: it's eating like a caveman. You only eat things that would have been available 'back in the day.' I've been eating Paleo for almost 2 weeks (which in internet time makes me an expert.) Everything that I read said to expect to feel like hell for at least a week, and possibly up to two. Luckily, it didn't last that long for me, but I have to say that the first 4 days were ROUGH. The sugar withdrawal was brutal. I had a headache for 4 days straight. The worst was when The Punk told me I was actually asleep with my hand on my forehead (yes, my head hurt SO BAD that I was aware of the pain, even in my sleep. Sweet, right??) That particular headache had rendered me useless (it hurt so bad I couldn't think!) However, the next day? It was over. Apparently, those sugars and grains put up a fight on the way out.
I love this lifestyle. Let me list the reasons:
1. I have so much more energy. Honestly, this was one of those things I've read but FEELING it within my own skin has still stunned me. Prior to starting to eat differently, I was tired all the time. I wanted a nap EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I was sleeping as late as possible (when The Punk would get up with the boys) and being miserable on the days that I couldn't. Even with all that love of sleep, I needed sleeping pills to actually FALL asleep. It was a crazy vicious cycle. Now? I'm falling asleep sans pills around 10:30 every night. I've been awake BEFORE the kids every day this week. And my kids wake up before the sun. For the last 3 days, I've been up at 5:15. Just awake. Not miserable about being awake. Just awake.
2. Everything I've made so far has been YUMMILICIOUS. And, the paleo versions of a few foods I was bemoaning having to give up (spaghetti--my very favorite meal and chili--as we enter fall/winter,) have blown me away with yumminess so it's ALL GOOD. AND, at a dinner get together I attended last weekend, someone showed up with "ultimate paleo chocolate chip cookies," it was like the universe was rewarding me for not eating the cupcakes that had been on the counter for two hours, or gobbling up those chips.
3. My kids are eating better, just because they want what I'm having! No one else in my house is currently paleo (One is vegetarian.) The Punk is totally supportive of this choice for me, and has decreased his intake of the "no-no's" and he's definitely eating better because he's eating with me. A couple nights ago, I made garlic-cauliflower faux-tatoes. The kids all ate it! Three complained that he didn't like it, but he complains about almost all food that is put in front of him right now (except watermelon) so, I was expecting that. One kept repeating how much she LOVED the potatoes that night. Yesterday morning, I told her what it REALLY was and explained that that's why she liked it so much (she loves cauliflower, like her mama.) Two ate them, and while she wasn't raving about them, she also wasn't complaining. Personally, there was too much garlic for me and I think Two felt the same. Next time, I'll dial that back a little.
4. When I open my fridge, I get to marvel at an astounding number of fruits and veggies. I know this seems simple, but we can hardly fit anything in there for the grapes, watermelon, pineapple, kale, mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, apples, carrots and peaches!
5. I've lost 4 lbs. I need to lose about 15. And, one of my hopes for going paleo was to lose this belly fat (abs are made in the kitchen, ya know.)
Like most diets or lifestyle changes it's not for everyone, clearly. And I'm not saying YOU SHOULD ALLLLL GO DO THIS NOW! BUT, for ME, it has been truly amazing. Not only do I feel great, and the food is yummy...I'm just HAPPY. I've been able to give up taking all my vitamins (and let's be honest, while a pill form vitamin is better than not getting them...but they are never as good as ACTUAL FOOD) and still feel amazing. *Hallelujah*
So, now that I've touted how amazing I'm feeling, let me confess something. Yesterday was "Talk Like Pirate Day." Krispy Kreme doughnuts gives you a free doughnut if you come in and talk like a pirate. They will give you a free DOZEN if you come in dressed like a pirate. Their definition of "dressed like a pirate" and mine differ...so when we showed up in pirate bandana's and t-shirts meaning to claim A free doughnut (one for One, Two, and Three...none for me, being Paleo, and none for Four because of his allergies.) they sent us home with TWO DOZEN. *slow blink* I've never been good with temptation. It's just not my bag. I gave away a dozen almost immediately upon arriving home. One, Two and Three all had 2 doughnuts a piece. And, me? I ate 4. Four. FOUR. *shakes head in shame* It is what it is. It's over and done. I was still up at 5:15 today, and I still feel great. I do want MORE sugar again, which I had stopped really feeling (but sugar makes you crave sugar.) I'm fighting that with water. Tons of water. Trying to just flush it from my system.
None of us are perfect. We all fall. We all eat doughnuts.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Today was awesome! So awesome. Taught my Zumba class this morning, and had probably the best time I've had to date! So fun. Stopped at the store on the way home and picked up the few remaining food items needed for the week. Came home made an AMAZING lunch (zoodles, italian sausage and homemade spaghetti sauce!) Cleaned, taught the small kids a great amount of school (which has really been taking a back burner,) made a really banging dinner and went on a walk as a family.