Livin’ La Vida Loca(vore)

Jul 16, 2014 by

When I moved to our small CT town nearly five years ago, I’d never heard the term CSA before. Suddenly, I was hearing it everywhere, and I began to wonder what the fuss was all about. Did I need a CSA too? Yes? Maybe?? I didn’t even know! “CSA” is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture. It basically means that you’re buying a percentage of a farm’s harvest and paying in advance. When you buy in, you’re doing so understanding that what you get is somewhat unknown. You share both the potential abundance and failure of the crops. Our local farm offers three CSA share sizes: small, regular, and large. As first timers looking to add more vegetables into our life, we opted for a small share. The price ($475, due before the harvest began!) seemed steep to me initially. However, I quickly realized that this worked out to about $25 per week, which is approximately what I spend on not-so-fresh produce that has traveled the world before hitting my plate each week at the grocery store. We are now about two months into our first CSA experience, and these are my thoughts on it from the perspective of a working mom of young kids:

My Summer Dilemmas (advice needed!)

Jul 9, 2014 by

I love summer just as much as the next person, really, I do. And I enjoyed, and thoroughly agree with, Jillian’s post about how great it is to share it with my kids, especially now that they’re old enough to really do things with us. Those parts of summer, I love. But there are some parts of summer that are throwing me for a loop. I’m the kind of person who thrives on order and routine, and summer as a part-time working mom with my sons, ages five and three, has proven to be not-so-orderly and not-so-routine. There are a lot of factors at work here: my job changes a bit in the summer, my kids are around more, etc. So, as someone who does not deal well with randomness in my life, I’d love suggestions on how to fix/cope with the following summer issues:

Last-Minute Fourth of July Fun for Little Ones

Jul 2, 2014 by

I absolutely love the Fourth of July. It’s one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love? Shorts, flip flops, swimming, grilling, fireworks…I love it all. My kids are three and five, and they are at a fun age where they anxiously await all holidays. Whether it’s Christmas or Groundhog Day or Pi Day, for goodness sake, we celebrate it. In the spirit of our never-ending party planning, I thought I’d share a few of our plans in case you’re looking for fun ideas for the little ones in your life this weekend!

Feeding the Beasts (err…Kids) in Summer

Jun 25, 2014 by

Is this just a phenomenon at my house, or do your kids eat about a billion times more during the summer months? Seriously, between all the fresh air, the swimming, and the running around, my kids have been eating as much as fully-grown people these days! I’m starting to feel like all I do is grocery shop and pass out snacks. We’re quickly tiring of our usual snack rotation of crackers, cheese sticks, and fruit, so I’ve been searching the web for some new and tasty snack ideas to fill them up and give them some sustained energy for their warm weather adventures. Here are some favorites we’ve discovered!

Having stress-free “Tough Talks”…through a stuffed animal

Jun 18, 2014 by

There are some conversations we, as parents, need to have with our kids to keep them safe. What would you do if another child hurt you on the playground? What if a stranger asked you to get in his or her car? What do you do if you get lost in a public place? For super-sensitive kids like my older son, however, these conversations are unbearably hard. I tried broaching the subject of what to do if he loses me in a store when he was about three and a half, and he literally shut down. He was terrified even thinking about it, and he wanted no part of the conversation. I didn’t want to leave him afraid, because honestly, he likely won’t get separated from me anyway, but I wanted to be sure he would know what to do should it happen. Kind of by accident, we found the perfect solution. Enter “Pig”:

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