Archives for November 2012

Meet Mia, Our Honey Badger…And She Don’t Care

This is me and little Mia…otherwise known as the Honey Badger. Sure she looks sweet and she’s definitely a cutie, but underneath all that cuteness there is definitely a little monster. Ethan used to be the monster, but Mia’s taken over that title. Mia is our Honey Badger, and she don’t care.

Now if you have never heard or seen the Honey Badger clip on You Tube, none of this is probably making sense and definitely wouldn’t be funny. But sit tight because I’ll get to that in a minute…

I’ve told you before that we rarely call our kids by their names and that we always call our kids by their nicknames – and they have a lot of them! The one that has stuck around longest for Mia (and that all of our family calls her too) is Honey Badger. Why? It’s a long story…

We used to call her the Silent Assassin because when the other kids picked on her or pestered her, she would act like she didn’t care. And then? When they weren’t paying attention to her? She’d plan her attack and catch them off guard – hitting, biting, or pulling hair. She don’t care.

She can be mean, very mean. And when she is tired or crabby, her attitude can be downright scary. You don’t mess with The Badger. So Jason coined her The Honey Badger. I think it’s because it’s a cute name for something (or in her case someone) who can be so mean and nasty.

Then one night at work, Jason was telling his co-workers about her. They didn’t know what a Honey Badger was so they did what we all do – they went to You Tube to look for a video of one in action. And that’s when we found this little gem.

I swear I laugh every time I watch it! Randall is hilarious! Honey Badger don’t care…she don’t give a shit.

And we were out and about one day and I saw someone wearing this t-shirt:

My goal in life has become getting this t-shirt with Mia’s face in place of the badger’s. I really need to get a life.

So if you hear me refer to Honey Badger, Badge, or Badgey, you’ll know that I’m talking about my Mia.

Do You Use Eco-Friendly Products Within Your Home? Here’s Why We Do

Do you use eco-friendly products within your home? We sure do…and we use a variety of different ones. From diapers (when the girls were still in diapers) to cleaning products and paper products to composting and hand-me-down/reused/upcycled decor and clothing, we do what we can. And surprisingly to most people, it doesn’t cost more to do it.

I think it is very important to help try to keep the Earth as healthy as possible, and even more importantly, to teach my children how to do it so that they don’t even think about it as being anything other than something that just comes naturally to them.

They understand recycling, they help us grow our veggie garden (and they even understand that things like celery and green onions will regrow!), they love planting flowers (Mia is in the process of planting popcorn kernels so that she can grow her own popcorn tree and have popcorn whenever she wants), and they know that they have to donate their old toys before Christmas and their birthdays to kids less fortunate…they understand reusing instead of throwing away.

For me, I feel it’s my duty to explain and make it a priority in their lives. And that’s why I have been a fan of The Honest Company for so long. I am such a fan that I even wrote a review of The Honest Company over at Smart Mom Picks at the beginning of the year!

I like how they describe their brand: “…savvy style, sustainability, and extraordinary service & convenience all wrapped in a passion for social goodness, tied with a bow of integrity and sprinkled with a little cheeky fun. The company is obsessed with product design that’s functional, effective and durable – and also beautiful, fresh and fun.”

Their products are products that you can and will use in your everyday life. They look great, are made with organic and natural materials, are affordable, and even more importantly, their products work.

We used their diapers when the girls were still wearing diapers and they worked just as well as other major brands. They have a huge variety of patterns to reflect your kids’ personalities, and they were affordable. And if you compost, these diapers are made of all natural ingredients…this means that if it’s just a wet diaper, you can compost them!

You don’t have to change your entire way of living to live a little greener – just try working a few eco-friendly products into your family’s lifestyle!

The Honest Company was started by a mom and a dad who, like many modern parents, were increasingly worried about products made with questionable chemical ingredients. But the alternatives they found were often expensive, inaccessible, bland, or ineffective. In response to this clear need for something better, they created The Honest Company to ensure that parents (or anyone for that matter!) could easily find natural and non-toxic eco-friendly products that are beautiful, effective, and affordable. From customized product bundles to diapers and wipes to an ever-expanding line of cleaning and personal care products, you can find everything you need at Honest.com and have it delivered directly to your front door.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Honest Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

Ethan Draws Pictures Of Me…And According To My Work Description, You Can Just Call Me The Maid

Did you guys see the picture that Scary Mommy’s son drew of her? It was hilarious to see the drawing…which she said made her look like Honey Boo Boo’s Mom. One of this week’s writing prompts that Mama Kat does for Writer’s Workshop was to ask your child to draw a portrait of you and share it. So I did.

Now this is a picture that Ethan drew of me a few months ago. I love the bouffant and the big cheery smile (never mind the fat cheeks). The “iLU” means I Love You. It made me so happy when he gave it to me and has been hanging on the fridge since.

Yesterday, I asked him to draw another picture of me. Here’s what I got:

Aside from the ginormous hands and what may or may not be a penis, I think it’s pretty good!

Then at dinner, we were talking about how big he was getting. Just within the last couple of weeks, the kid eats nonstop. NON.STOP. We had carnitas tacos for dinner, and he ate three of them! So I mentioned he was eating so good and was going to get so big and strong. His reply was to tell me not to worry, he still needed a Mommy.

This of course melted my heart and so I asked him why he needed a Mommy. He said “I still need a Mommy to wash the dishes. And do the laundry. And to take me to school. And to cook dinner.”

Clearly the kid doesn’t need a Mommy, he needs a maid! But it doesn’t matter. I’ll take it. And I know he loves me and still likes my snuggles and hugs and kisses. And that’s enough for me.

Mama’s Losin’ It I wrote this post for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #2: Ask your child to draw a portrait of you and share it with us. (Inspired by Scary Mommy)

Nutella Recipe: Nutella & Banana Won Tons

Yesterday I told you about a book I’ve been reading called Body Back (It’s good! You should check it out!) and how I want to start losing weight again. Today, I’m sharing a Nutella recipe for fried Nutella & Banana Wontons…oh, the irony!

Since I made my Jalapeno Poppers recipe and got a little creative by frying them in won ton wrappers, I’ve been trying to come up with ways to use the million won ton wrappers that come in a package. We made Lasagna Cupcakes (these are healthy because they’re baked and have lots of veggies in them) and the kids liked them.

Then I was talking to a friend of mine who told me about a friend of hers who put Nutella in a won ton and fried it. I decided to switch up the idea, and came up with this:

A Nutella recipe that combines Nutella and banana in a won ton wrapper. Fry them and top with cinnamon and sugar. They will be gone in no time!

Nutella Recipe: Nutella & Banana Won Tons

These are so easy to make…you just need Nutella, a sliced banana, won ton wrappers, sugar and cinnamon.

Place the won ton wrappers on a flat surface and add 1/2 teaspoon or so of the Nutella to the center of each won ton. Next, place one banana slice to the side of the Nutella.

A Nutella recipe that combines Nutella and banana in a won ton wrapper. Fry them and top with cinnamon and sugar. They will be gone in no time!

Dip your finger in a bowl of water and run your wet finger around all edges of each won ton. Fold the won tons over the filling, pinching the edges to seal to make a triangle and removing any air bubbles.

Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a pain over medium heat.
TIP: Do you know how to tell when your oil is hot enough to start frying in? Place a wooden utensil (spoon or spatula) in the middle of the hot oil. If the oil bubbles around the wood, it’s ready!

Fry the won tons in batches in hot oil until browned and crispy. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm.

These were a HUGE hit with the kids…HUGE! They ate all of the ones I made and still wanted more! It will be fun to experiment with other fillings and fruits…maybe next we’ll try Nutella and apples? And if you are want more yummy desserts, check out all of these easy desserts. Still want more? Check out my board Desserts on Pinterest.

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Do you have a Nutella recipe to share? What is your go-to snack recipes for the kids? I think this might be my new one!

Getting My Body Back with Heather Porter

Back at the end of October, I told you that I was going to be working on getting back in shape (again) by doing BodyRock.TV workouts and the Brazil Butt Lift workout. Why? Because after losing 11 inches doing the Brazil Butt Lift, in just 4 months I gained back 9 of the 11 inches that I had lost. Turns out after just one week I quit, and haven’t worked out since. Now the holidays are here and I am afraid I’ll use the excuse “after the holidays” to do it, except that I started reading Body Back, and I think I’ll be able to get through the holidays while still focusing on not gaining more inches.

Body Back is written by Heather Porter, a mother of 4 who “gets” what it’s like to have your body totally change after babies. She says, “For me, it wasn’t just about shedding the pregnancy pounds but about learning to be attractive and healthy again, both emotionally and physically.”

That’s exactly how I feel about it too! It’s about coming to terms with the fact that my body is physically different now, and will never be the same as it was pre-babies.

This book isn’t just about exercise though – it’s so much more. Heather shares her own experiences of getting her old self back. She shares information on her exercises, eating habits, beauty tips, dress sense, and more.

When I got the book, I thumbed through it to see what it was all about. Throughout the book, she shares “Body Back Tips” which I love because I love tips and being able to quickly scan through all of them to get a feeling of what information she’s sharing.

Since it’s the holidays, I immediately flipped to her section titled All About Food and started reading. It’s full of information that I can use in my daily life, not just stuff that I can reference if I am looking up something particular. One of my favorite sections was about Superfoods and how they can keep you from getting sick, promote great skin and help slow down the aging process. These are foods we should all be eating anyways, and foods I love (like carrots and broccoli and cranberries and garlic!) I also learned that apples and bananas are both fat-burning foods, so I can eat those throughout the day and not worry about all the sugar.

And one Body Back tip that I am starting today:
Fill a jug with water and cucumber and drink it all day to stave off the temptation of caffeine and soda.

Such a simple change, and one I was doing when I was eating healthy. I mix it up and sometimes do water and lemon or water and basil…anything to give the water some flavor.

This book is set up to be read by busy moms – the topics are short and can be read quickly. There’s a ribbon bookmark attached to the book so you won’t have to worry about losing your place if you have to put it down. Heather writes in an easy to understand way, and not only gives you information, but tells you why it’s relevant. It’s a book you don’t have to read all at once – you can skip around to different sections or only read about particular topics.

Want to learn more? You can visit Heather’s Body Back website to check out more of the book, get tips, read more about Heather’s journey, and all kinds of other good stuff. You can follow Heather on Facebook and Twitter as well.

You can buy the book too! You can find Body Back on Amazon…the Kindle edition is just $7.99!

 

Have you read Body Back? What did you get out of it? If you haven’t read it, do you want to read it?

Disclosure: I received a copy of Body Back to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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