Gardening with Kids

Posted by Kathleen George on May 02, 2017 0 Comments

A few weeks ago my mother in law planted (pun intended) the idea of growing a garden in my preschoolers mind. Thanks a lot grandma! I know nothing about growing fruits and vegetables or really growing anything for that matter. I definitely don’t have a green thumb and I have managed to kill every flower or plant I have owned. I can’t even keep flower arrangements alive for longer than a day or two.

 

While I was initially able to deflect and postpone my little guys repeated requests to plant a garden his persistence got the best of me. I had no idea how to even get started but off we went to Home Depot! I really should have done some research prior to our shopping trip but assumed it couldn’t be much more complicated than dirt, seeds and a pot. I was under the impression we were going to plant one pepper and maybe a tomato but my son quickly informed me that a “garden” was much bigger than just two plants. Well two hours and a couple hundred dollars later we had all we needed to get our garden started. 3 peppers, 3 herbs, 2 tomatoes, 4 cumbers and a watermelon. Apparently when you are 4 years old that is what is required for the garden to be sufficient!

 

I was very surprised at how fun this activity turned out to be for both of us. It was a great way for us to do something new together and it provided a learning experience for us both as well. The greatest part for me is the ownership my son takes for his garden. He helps water it everyday and likes to remind me that the plants need their special food. I am pretty sure he just likes squirting the plant food bottle. Let’s just say the garden is probably a little over fertilized.

 

Shockingly all of the plants are still alive and our little garden is thriving! I guess my thumb might have a hint of green in it after all.

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Tummy Time!! or Torture Time?!

Posted by Kathleen George on April 26, 2017 0 Comments

Tummy time! I really dislike those two words. In our house we now refer to this necessary evil as torture time. My 3 month old has yet to get the hang of or enjoy her dreaded tummy time sessions. It’s so hard to watch her sweet head bobble and wobble back and forth as she screams and cries. I feel like I’m tormenting this tiny little human. For us tummy time resembles more of an ancient torture technique than a strength building exercise. Our sessions usually end with the inevitable face plant at which point we are both worn out. However everyday we repeat this painful process several times.Image result for tummy time

I understand the fundamental reasons for putting my child through such agony multiple times a day but I’m getting to the point where I am about to throw in the towel. I’ve tried all the tricks I know. Propping her over a pillow, laying in front of her so she can see my face, cheering and babbling, singing, shaking a toy but none of that seems to help. Is tummy time even really necessary? I mean, what’s the worst that can happen by not doing it? I doubt there are any long term consequences of taking a reprieve and forgoing tummy time for awhile. However I fear that once I stop I won’t want to start again.

 

I would really like to catch a ride on the fast track to tummy time success. The back of my daughters head is starting to look a little flat, actually very flat, and I know spending time on her tummy gives her flat little noggin some relief. It also helps to strengthen her core, neck and chest muscles so she will eventually not resemble a bobble head. I know it’s just a matter of time and she will eventually enjoy playing on her belly and seeing the world from a new angle. I just wish that time would hurry itself along!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Corn Dip Recipe

Posted by Kathleen George on April 01, 2017 0 Comments

This is our first recipe post! We thought it would be fun to change things up a bit and with BBQ season coming up and family gatherings underway who couldn’t use a great appetizer recipe. This one is also EASY and can be made ahead of time and just sit in the fridge until it’s time to bake. Here goes:

 

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Corn, frozen or canned (2 cans)

1 can of minced Hatch green chiles*

8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened

1/3 Cup Mayonnaise

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add the corn, chilies, mozzarella, salt and pepper and mix. Pour into a baking dish (I use a glass pie plate but a cake pan works great as well) and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden. Serve with tortilla chips and/or crackers.

 

*More heat can be added with hot sauce or jalapeno’s if you like your dip spicier. That’s what is great about this recipe is it can be catered to your taste.

This dip will go very fast! Hope you enjoy the recipe.

 

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Working Out After Baby

Posted by Kathleen George on February 15, 2017 0 Comments

Well, we are all guilty of it. We promised ourselves we would only gain 20 pounds during our pregnancy but cravings (and life) took over and we went a liiiiitle over that. Fine, a lot over that! It was all worth it for our healthy, well-fed, little bundles of joy. But now, it’s been three months and baby-wearing will only cover up this body for a few more so it’s time to get back in gear! Here are some basic tips from Moms that we’ve picked up and decided to pass on.

 

      1. Join a gym with childcare. Not only will you make other gym mom friends, you will get that much needed break to do something for yourself.

     

      1. Find a Mommy work out group if you can’t join a gym. There are so many work out groups run by local Moms. Hop on-line and find one in your area. You’ll get outside (or inside depending on the time of year) with your baby AND make new friends.

     

      1. Exercise with your baby. Ok, so you are not much into getting out and making new friends these days but bonding with baby is happening! There are lots of great exercises you can do with your baby to get back in shape. Here is a great link for ideas.

     

      1. Re-examine the way you eat. Your life is changing in so many ways and so will your diet. You may have to alter the type of food and the times you were used to eating. You may even find that some foods you loved before are no longer satisfying to you. Look at this as a great way to try new things and mix up your diet.

     

      1. Start tracking your food and/or exercise. My Fitness Pal is a fabulous app that allows you to input your daily food and exercise. At the end of the day, you can see your macros, calories burned and progress. This helps tremendously in keeping on track and not grabbing little snacks here and there that can add up throughout the day.

     

      1. DRINK WATER! I know, it can’t be said enough but, especially if you are breastfeeding, make sure to drink LOTS of water. A good rule of thumb is to drink your weight in ounces of water. Yes, it’s a lot but it will make a difference in your weight loss, skin and overall health.

     

      1. Subscribe to on-line support groups, fitness magazines, blogs and more. Keep your weight loss journey top of mind by subscribing to media material that provides tips and advice regularly. It will help keep you motivated and on track.

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    New Year, New Baby? Congrats! Here are 5 Ways Life, as you Know it, Will Never be the Same

    Posted by Kathleen George on January 05, 2017 0 Comments

    Just fewer than four million babies are born in the US each year (based on 2013 stats). The most popular months to give birth are August, followed by July, October and September. If you are quickly doing the math, it means people are getting busy during the holidays and right around the New Year.

     

    Look to your right and look to your left…one of those women is probably pregnant. Just kidding, but I am part of this statistic. When I had my first baby it was mid-October because my husband and I decided to “try” for the first time after the New Year. Again, if you are quickly doing the math, this mama is very, ahem, fertile.

     

    The birth rate increase in July and August shows that people are getting into the holiday spirit. There is something so magical about the holidays and we are always more keenly aware of how meaningful family is and how they shape our lives. And yes, this makes some of us decide we want to get pregnant.

     

     

    So, here’s to the newly pregnant mamas out there…some that may not even know it yet. If it’s your first time here is a quick list to prepare you for how your life will change.

     

    1. 1. It’s Never Quite Like You Imagined - You see pics of your friends on Facebook with their cute adorable babies and think, “Awww, I can’t wait to do this with my baby!” Well, guess what? That happy little shot took 20 minutes and 3 breakdowns. By the parents. Get over whatever fantasies you have about how the experiences you had in your mind will actually turn out in reality.

     

    1. 2. Sleeping in Will Be A Distant Memory - Your baby will eventually sleep through the night but you will never sleep late in the morning. They will ALWAYS get up. Even when you think the morning play date, afternoon trampoline park visit and late night dance off will result in hours of blissful morning snoozedom you’re wrong. They will get up and you will too.

     

    1. 3. Your Child’s Wardrobe Will Be Better Than Yours – I know this is hard to imagine and for some of you painful to think about but it happens. Boxes will still arrive from late night on-line shopping sprees but sadly, they won’t be for you. We will just leave it at that.

     

     

    1. 4. You Will Have Arguments About About Broccoli and Chicken – No matter how well you think you are preparing your child to have a global palette, the fact is, at some point they will only want the three main kid food groups…chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and pizza. You will make glorious meals that you find on Pinterest that guarantee your kids won’t notice the spinach and then everyone will be happy and satisfied after a nice family dinner together. Yeaaaa. Unicorns.

     

    1. 5. It Will Be the Hardest Job You’ve Ever Had – Working is tough, don’t get me wrong and I have spent many long days and nights working. I also spent weekends working and would often be travelling more in one month than I spent at home but being a Mom is truly THE hardest job you will ever have. It is also the most rewarding, as cliché as it sounds.

     

    So hang tough, future Mama!! Your life will change in so many crazy and beautiful ways.

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