February 2015 - Baby Steps in High Heels

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: The Food Babe Way

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Review: The Food Babe Way

Product Details
Earlier this month I received an advance copy of The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari. I was lucky enough to be provided with a free copy in exchange for my honest review. Here is what I think about her book …

I have followed The Food Babe for a while now, so I was excited to hear that she was coming out with a book. The more I learn about the adverse effects of food additives, preservatives, artificial colors, etc., the more concerned I become about what I eat. 

More importantly, I am incredibly concerned about what I feed by kids.

And, it is incredibly overwhelming to try to wade through all the information that is floating around out there! 

I really like Vani’s book, because she covers a lot of ground in one place.

She talks about the research she has done on certain companies, restaurants, the effects of specific additives, etc.

She also lays out a plan to start eliminating various chemicals from your daily diet. 

Finally, she concludes the book with recipes. 

It is a really nice, cohesive way of putting everything together in one place, which I find incredibly helpful. 

I have read other reviews that are not very positive, and I get it. She is a blogger, not a scientist or doctor. Some of the book reads more like a blog, but why wouldn’t it? It isn't supposed to read like an academic journal. She is reporting on her own work and findings, and that is exactly what you will read about in her book.

I don’t know if I will ever get aaaallll the way over to The Food Baby Way, but I appreciate that she has molded her research into an action plan. It certainly makes navigating clean eating a little easier for me, and I really appreciate this … we busy moms need every bit of help we can get!

I also think the work she is doing to expose these additives is incredibly important. I wish I could give a copy of this book to every single person I know. If you are looking to eat cleaner, reduce chemicals/preservatives/artificial dyes from your diet, The Food Babe Way will be a great resource for you.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

How I get my kids to eat what I cook ...

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How I get my kids to eat what I cook ...
If I had a nickel for every book, blog, and pin I have scoured to find the trick to get my kids to eat what I cook … well, I’d be a pretty happy momma.

There are tons of ideas and suggestions and methods out there, and I have researched them all.

My kids are the quintessential picky eaters, and meal time can be the toughest part of our day.

I have thought about every aspect food, micro-planned meals and snacks, and obsessed right there with the rest of you.

I am not here to tell you that I have the trick, but I do want to share one little thing that I have learned along the way.

It recently occurred to me that half the food battle is just helping kids to overcome their uncertainty about what is on their plate. For kids, it’s not just about what it might taste like, but what it looks like, what it feels like, and probably so much more.

I have realized that some of the very many circus tricks I have performed over the years to get my kids to eat have one specific thing in common …. When something was new, I added in a bit of familiarity.

When we introduced lasagna for the first time, we simply called it pizza-sagna.

With chicken and rice (and sometimes even spaghetti), I add some melted American cheese to make it resemble their beloved macaroni and cheese.

When we tried oatmeal, I added sprinkles. 

Okay, we still add sprinkles to oatmeal almost every single time.

What seems to work best is to help them find something familiar in new foods. It puts them at ease and gives them a little bit of courage.

This is not to say that we don’t endure epic meltdowns prior to their even trying the food. Nope, we’d never be lucky enough to escape that special experience. But it has helped get them through the first couple of bites, which usually leads to the following conversation …

Kids - Oh, mommy! You were right! I love this!

Me – Wonderful, honey. Now do you see what I meant? You can trust your mom. I know what I’m talking about.

Kids – I don’t know about that mommy. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

A morning in the life of a working mom ...

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A morning in the life of a working mom ...
Lately, it seems like every day is a little different around here, but a typical morning for this working mom looks something like this ...

5:30 We start to hear the baby making poop sounds over the monitor. Lovely. At least it’s 5:30 today and not 5:08. Or 4:39.

5:45 Alarm goes off, and I get up if I haven’t already been up to change a diaper. Then I stumble through my first cup of coffee, dress two small children, prepare breakfast, and pack lunches. At some point, my eyes adjust to the light and start to open without hurting.

Thank goodness for Husband, because he is usually helping with all of these things or unloading the dishwasher. We might never have clean dishes if he wasn’t here to handle this … I would probably be all paper plates, all the time.

6:30 We finish up feeding the kids, putting on socks and shoes, brush teeth, apply any necessary lotions, medicines, jackets, hats, Band-aids, etc. I’m not gonna like … Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is also a big part of our morning routine.

7:00 Hugs, kisses, and Husband is out the door to take the kids to day care. And I’m still in my pajamas. Haven’t even brushed my teeth yet. I check a few emails, respond to anything urgent, then brush my teeth. 

Work out, shower, check more emails, get ready for work. Then … work.

At this point, I feel like it should be lunch time already. But it’s not.

It is, however, time for more coffee.

What does your morning look like? 

What does your morning look like? 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

I don't want to be that family ...

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I don't want to be that family ...
From the backseat, The Boy screamed, “I go church! Mommy! I go church!”

My daughter added, “PLEASE, Mommy! I want to go to church. I want to get ‘rashes’ today!”

She meant ‘ashes’ and she wanted to go because she knew one of her friends would also be at the Ash Wednesday service at our church.

The service started in 11 minutes, and we were at least 15 minutes away. The Boy was covered, literally covered from head to toe, in day-old snot. In fact, he had greeted me at the day care door by screaming, “Boogers! Mommy, boogers!”

I didn’t have a change of clothes for him (or a diaper bag) because I had come straight from work.

And, Miss Mighty was already on the verge of her typical end-of-day meltdown. The day before, she had screamed and cried for 48 minutes because of a Band-Aid.

Even so, there was something really wrong with this scene, and it was not my children’s physical and mental state.

It was me.

They were begging me to go to church, and I was making excuses.

We didn’t go.

There is just something that my Type A personality plus loud, small children that I cannot seem to make work with the quiet, traditional, Catholic mass.

I don’t want to be that family, the one that walks in late, can’t sit still or quietly, and ends up walking the halls most of the time anyway.  

I don’t want to be the family that ruins it for those sitting near to us.

I really wish I was better at this, less uncomfortable.

I know the Lord wouldn’t have cared if we were late, disheveled, or even loud.

But I also know that we were supposed to try not to be those things, and we were already 0 for 3. 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Random Acts of Kindness

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Random Acts of Kindness
Today in Random Act of Kindness Day.

Will you participate?

Kindness is an amazing think, y'all.

It can be big. It can be small.

It can be random or planned. given or received.

It can be personal or anonymous or somewhere in between.

Will you share your kindness with us today?

Remember, even the tiniest ripple can make a difference.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Even the tiniest ripple: Valentine's Day

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Even the tiniest ripple: Valentine's Day
I haven't done much yet with my project, Even the tiniest ripple.

Probably because I'm not yet sure exactly what I want it to look like.

However, I really don't want to just sit on it until it becomes a perfect plan. Because, honestly, that might never happen.

So, until then, I'm going to wing it. Which means it might look different with every post for a while, and it will also probably be a little unstructured at first. But I think that's okay. Don't you?

Let's just give it a shot.

How can we make tiny ripples in making the world a better place?

Since Valentine's Day is one week away, let's aim for finding REAL ways to spread a little love.

I am not suggesting we forego the flowers and candy and special dates, but let's also think a little bigger.

Here are a few ideas for you ...

-I bought the cutest books on Etsy last month that say I Love You Because on the front cover. The inside leaves room to write 100 reasons why you love that person. I think real reasons from your own heart totally trump a store-bought card, don't you? Tell the ones you love very specific things that you love about them!

-Instead of small (or even big) gifts that might be overlooked in just a little time, consider purchasing gifts with a purpose. They're almost sold out, but you might still be able to snag the very first Purpose Box. Or what about donating a farm animal, clean water, or medical supplies to those in need? You can do this through many amazing programs like Samaritan's Purse or World Vision, and you can make your donation in honor of your own special loved one.

-When I think of all the love my family enjoys, it makes me what to ensure that other children have the same emotional luxuries we often take for granted. We sponsor several children through Compassion International, but you can also just call your local children's shelter to spread a little love. Drop off gently used stuffed animals or even handmade Valentine's cards.  

-Valentine's Day is also a great time to introduce new and fun foods to your kids. You can make a special date out of the entire process - the shopping, cooking, and eating. The memory of spending time together will far outlast the heart-shaped box of chocolates.

-Ask your kids to write personal Valentine's cards to their friends instead of just picking up the ready-made ones at the store. Or, if you're like me and don't have the time to walk your young kids through that process, you can discuss and select a Bible verse about love to print in lieu of traditional cards. This gets your kids involved in the process of loving others intentionally, which, in my book, is a great way to start making ripples.

-Anonymously drop off Boxes of Joy to those who might need a little bit of uplifting. We all know a mom (or dad) who might have had a rough time lately and who won't likely be getting much in the way of gifts for Valentine's Day. Fill a small box with lotion, jewelry, a candle, a nice card, etc., and leave it on their front porch.

These are just a few ideas that I have been tossing around. We will get to some this year and keep some in mind for another time. I would love for you all to share your ideas on how we can make some tiny ripples this week in the name of love ...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cruise Control

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Cruise Control
Hi again. It’s been a few days since I last posted because I have been on the road again

What a hectic start to this sales season!  It is always a little chaotic, but this time around feels even more frenzied.

It almost feels like that little reality check Husband and I had when our second child was born.

Do you know what I’m talking about?

When The Boy was born, we kinda had this attitude of ‘we’ve got this’ … you know, since we had done it before. Then, WHAM! A little reality check brought us back into the real world and we realized that this was not going to be cruise control. We had a lot to figure out, even the second time around.

That’s how I’m feeling right now about work. I’ve done this so many times over the last decade that it should totally be on cruise control. But it is not quite that simple.

So today, although I will use my cruise control in my car (for my THREE hour drive … uhg!), I am going to try to turn off the cruise on my attitude. It’s time to get back to reality, be a little better prepared, and get down to business.

Happy Tuesday, y’all!