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Archive for February, 2012

Wholesome Comfort Cookbook GIVEAWAY ~ Worldwide ~ CLOSED

I love comfort food.

And it’s always so bad for you! Gooey, cheesy, creamy, sweet, often highly processed…all the stuff you want to curl up with on a cold day – generally feels like you shouldn’t be eating it.

But my favorite real food cookbook author Kate of Modern Alternative Mama has saved the day again with yet another yummy book of recipes – and this one’s all about comfort food made from real ingredients – no guilt and incredibly tasty!

I really love having the opportunity to share Kate’s books with you as she’s been one of my top inspirations for both turning to real food and coming up with all kinds of meal ideas – I always find her recipes easy to make and super satisfying.

Also have to say that this one has probably been the biggest hit with the husband. When I made the meatloaf recipe from Wholesome Comfort, his response was, “Honey, this is the kind of thing you should make more often – stuff like you used to make, only healthy.”

I did used to make meatloaf fairly often, using conventional ground beef and a packet of seasoning from the convenience aisle with a serving of powdered mashed potatoes and canned gravy on the side.

Consider now the alternative – grass fed beef, individually added spices, homemade bread crumbs, homemade beef stock gravy, real mashed potatoes – both better for us and waaaaay better tasting than the gunk I was making before!

Another recipe from this book I was highly anticipating was the tuna casserole – one of my very favorite dishes growing up (and one I’ve never been able to convince the husband to like). Former ‘recipe’ – egg noodles, 2 kinds of canned Campbell’s soup, a ton of cheese, milk and tuna. Read the rest of this entry »

Mamatography 2012 ~ A 365 Day Photo Project ~ Week 7

I look back on these pictures and can never believe the week’s gone by so fast!

Also can’t ever get over how cute she is. :D

Hope you enjoy this week’s Mamatography!

February 13 - Pretending that it's summer, apparently

February 14 - Won't you be my Valentine?

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Monday Menu Plan ~ February 20, 2012

Trying to get more veggies into breakfast...

After a particularly difficult week with both Bean and I not feeling our best, I’ve been extremely gratified to get the kitchen clean this weekend, as well as plan a menu and finally get signed up for our Mama Earth Organics order again!

The husband was super helpful with the kitchen too – he took the initiative to clean the nastiness out of the fridge (mainly leftovers that never got eaten :p), and filled the dishwasher several times (I wasn’t exaggerating about it being a difficult week!).

Of course, it’s been quite helpful to have an extra day off, too…why can’t every weekend be a 3-day weekend??

At any rate, here’s the plan for this week. Thanks to some organizational help from Pinterest, I’m quite excited about the breakfasts I’ve got planned. We’re also going to be making more of an effort to get things done at night that we often find ourselves scrambling to do in the morning to make sure we have time for breakfast goodness.

Fingers crossed!

Monday: Read the rest of this entry »

Mamatography 2012 ~ A 365 Day Photo Project ~ Week 6

Mamatography 2012Woohoo! Getting all caught up on my Mamatography this week!

I’m loving having all these picture to look back on and so looking forward to pulling them all together at the end of the year.

Bean has been growing by leaps and bounds in so many ways…it’s easy to feel she’s slipping from my grasp faster than I can hold on. It’s so great to have these pictures to remind me of things like her absolute joy in going on walks, the fun she has with our pets, and all the little games she initiates on her own.

Now I just need to get some recordings of her singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Ring Around the Rosie… :)

In the meantime, here are our pictures from Week 6!

Feb. 6 ~ Climbing the hill with Daddy & Luther

Feb. 7 ~ I love jammies :)

Feb. 8 ~ Peek a Boo!

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The Thing You Don’t Know

Welcome to the February 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Respectful Interactions With Other Parents

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have focused on how we can communicate with other parents compassionately.


At the Baby Loves Disco party Sunday afternoon.

“The most important thing about a person is always the thing you don’t know.”

This quote is one of the central ideas of the book The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver; it is a statement made by artist Frida Kahlo to fictional protagonist Harrison Shepherd, following a mutual revelation of previously undisclosed tragedy to one another together with the realization that both had judged the other wrongly.

The idea continues as a theme throughout the book and is one of the meanings of the word “lacuna” - a gap or missing piece of the story.

Shepherd ultimately becomes a famous author during the infamous McCarthy era in the US - first judged wrongly by most everyone who fawns over him, and finally judged even more harshly when the tide of public opinion turns against him.

Having recently read this book (twice – it is a really good one), this idea of ‘the thing you don’t know’ was one of the first that jumped out at me when I thought about the concept of respectful interactions with other parents that is the subject of this month’s carnival.

As most of us know, parenting is a pretty darn personal subject for a whole lot of people. Essentially, criticizing (or even gently communicating) a ‘lack’ in someone’s parenting skills amounts to criticizing or calling out who that parent is as a person – probably because when you become a parent, it becomes a major part of how you define yourself as a person. If someone has a problem with your parenting style, they have a problem with who you are. Read the rest of this entry »

Mamatography 2012 ~ A 365 Day Photo Project ~ Week 5

Mamatography 2012One of my projects for 2012 (inspired by Luschka of Diary of a First Child) is to take a photo of Bean every day of the year.

I’ve been lagging on posting my pics over the past couple of weeks so this is a bit of catch up, but getting closer to being on track. :)

Hope you enjoy!


Jan. 30 ~ Sleeping Angels

Jan. 31 ~ Felt Salad

Feb. 1 ~ Out for a walk!

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Mamatography 2012 ~ A 365 Day Photo Project ~ Week 4

Mamatography 2012 OK…so we’ve gotten a little behind on our Mamatography project..

I’ve been taking the pictures – just failing in the area of uploading them. :) This week will be an attempt to play catch up. Here’s Week 4!



Jan. 23 ~ Jus' Chillin'

Jan. 24 ~ Maybe I should start my own blog...

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What Size Will Our Family Be? It’s a Mystery!

Welcome to the first Family Size Blog Carnival!

This post was written for inclusion in the Family Size Blog Carnival hosted by Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling and Patti at Jazzy Mama. Today our participants share their decisions on family size and whether or not to grow their families. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


I was very intrigued to see the invitation to this blog carnival, as the size of our family has been something I’ve been contemplating a lot lately!

The reality is - I have NO idea where we will end up in the question of choosing how many children to welcome into our family.

It’s kind of funny – up until about 6 months ago, I was completely certain of the answer to this question. My husband and I agreed – we wanted 4 children, ideally around two years apart in age. We wanted to have our first child before the age of 30, which happened (just barely), and begin trying to conceive again when Bean turned one.

I know to many people that whole paragraph may sound like the craziest of crazy, but we were completely secure in our plan and knew it was what we wanted.

As I’ve thought about it more over the past months though, I don’t think this is what I want anymore. And no one is more surprised about this than me (though you’d think having been a parent for the past 18 months would have taught me by now that you kind of can’t really “plan” anything).

There are so many factors rolled into this change of mind, but I’ll try to be brief…

1 – I don’t know if I could handle any more! Read the rest of this entry »

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