Milestones

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We are all familiar with the milestones our babies do, rolling over, crawling, walking. We wildly anticipate them for our first child waiting with baited breath at the first sign of a crawl, phone in hand to document. By the second and third we are so distracted by the craziness of it all that the younger ones could be talking in paragraphs by the time we finally realize it.

What about the not so fun milestones? The first time they decide to use whats in their diaper as finger paints. the first self inflicted haircut.

I have four daughters and who knows how I have gotten so lucky but some of these things had not happened at my house…. until now. My youngest has proven she wants to change our good streak we had going.  She is a spitfire, the type of child that can get head to toe filthy after giving her one M&M

While playing on the trampoline with her sisters a few weeks ago (something I should have been paying more attention too) She broke her leg. I have never experienced a broken leg before. It was so sad! At the moment she is sporting a bright pink cast that covers her entire right leg. This girl is such a trooper. she has not let it get in her way and hobbles around like a champ. I think part of her enjoys the attention this brings her. The adorable smile she flashes at people who enquire what happened is quite charming. She even let her dad adorn her cast with a cute picture that was oh so fitting. She gets the cast off in a little over a week thank goodness. Until then I have learned how to somewhat keep it dry during baths, and not to care when I see her drawing on it with anything she gets her hands on, including Oreos.

Sometimes I think I have this parenting thing down. Been there done that. but no, not so true at the moment and something tells me that is not going to change any time soon.

 

 

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Survivors Ready!

As I have mentioned here before the Screamettes and I are huge Survivor fans. We love it! We have the best time watching it together, that is until they lose interest and start jumping all over me. I also make sure there is a treat each week while we watch as well because everything is better with a treat!

The new season started last night and we were ready. We even made round two of our own Survivor buffs. They turned out so much better than the last time I tried to make them! Like they actually function! I am so bad at crafts, and am reminded how terrible I am every time I try! (which is rare) Seriously, can some one just tell me to never try to make anything again? This time I found already made plain head wraps at a store. They are pretty much like the actual buffs. I then enlisted my husband once again to help me with the graphic and we printed them on fabric paper and ironed them on the buffs. I am so glad he humors me!

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Don’t they look adorable? I hope they have fun memories of this when they are older and somehow forget the parts where I am yelling at them to stop talking and moving around so I can just watch the show!!

 

 

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Five Healthy Lunches

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Intermountain Healthcare all opinions are mine.

After learning all about what makes a healthy lunch a few weeks ago and writing about it here. I am thrilled to announce that this past week I made Five healthy lunches. This was a little out of my comfort zone and I am happy to share my results. Let’s face it, part of me is quite shocked that I prepared five healthy lunches without throwing in fruit snacks once or twice! I went with a simple approach. As much as I love the adorable super clever themed lunches, it  just is not in me to do that at the moment. They were all healthy and delicious and loved by my kiddos so without further adieu here they are.

#healthylunches #LiVeWell From top to bottom

1.Kale and bacon pasta salad (bought at health food store) Wheat pretzels with hummus, peaches and plums, yogurt covered raisins.

2. Salad with cheese and turkey (small packet of ranch included) Peaches and grapes, a few dark chocolate covered almonds,  whole wheat raspberry bar.

3. Red and gold pepper slices, chipotle ranch for dipping, Turkey sandwiches on wheat with string cheese, and a plum. (this was as cute as I could come up with having them be X’s and O’s)

4. Granny smith and Gala apples with a small amount of caramel, sliced peppers and a cheese quesadilla on a corn tortilla, hummus.

5. Chicken salad with cranberries and pecans (bought at health food store) on whole wheat bread, string cheese, dries fruit and nuts, carrots and wheat pretzels with hummus.

I loved using the rubbermaid bento style lunchbox all week, They were easy to clean and the portion sizes are perfect! Want to win one of your own? Go to the Intermountain LiVeWell Facebook page and enter the giveaway.

There you have it. I sure learned a ton. One of those things being that my kids love hummus. Who knew? Will I stop having my kids eat school lunch and continue to make lunches like these every single day? Realistically no,  but I know I will implement lunches like these more often now. I am so glad I took what I learned from the Intermountain LiVeWell healthy lunches campaign and made a week of  nutritious lunches for my kids. I did notice my grocery bill was a little higher, but with time I know I will get better at making these lunches for less money. I also thought more throughout the day about how awesome it was that my kids were getting a nutritious lunch, and that is worth it for me. If I can do this, literally anyone can I promise!

 

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Say Hello to Your Friends

Netflix has opened a whole slew of options for my girls to lazily watch explore. It never ceases to amaze me what they find. The other day I heard a familiar song playing from the TV downstairs and when I went down to check on what they were watching, a trip down memory lane followed, It was The Babysitters Club! Pretty much my favorite book series, and TV show when I was younger, even if it is embarrassing to admit. I laughed at what it seems like now. My girls were mesmerized by the frizzy hair and oh so superb acting. While watching it with them one phrase came into my mind “I feel old!” I am in my mid thirties and have always felt young until the last few years. I think the amount of energy my four daughters have is aging me much more quickly then the number of years since my birth implies.

It is crazy to look back on something you enjoyed when you were younger and everything is different, even if leg warmers have made a comeback.

That night my oldest went to sleep with her hair in a braid. when she woke up she brushed the heck out of her long brown hair and hollered at me to come see. “Look Mom, I look just like the girls on that show!”

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Although she did look like one of the girls in the Babysitters club, she looked even more like me! It was as if I was staring into a mirror. A mirror that showed myself 25 years previously. It was pretty trippy in a sentimental kind of way of course.  People always have told me that my oldest and I look a lot a like but wow, did it ring more true with her hair done the same way I did mine way back in the day.

Things will change drastically for her from now until she is an adult just like they did with my childhood. Who knows, maybe she will be laughing about how uncomfortably tight skinny jeans were with her kids. 

 

 

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Switching to Healthy Lunches

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Intermountain Healthcare. All opinions are my own

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The start of a new school year always brings more organization. I have a much easier time planning things and running errands with only my two year old home with me while her sisters are in school all day. I love it!  My family dinner plans have been  better  with me incorporating veggies and more healthy ingredients for our night time meals, but guess what I had over looked? Lunch. I realized this when I was eating the left over mac and cheese that my daughter had finished eating and thought to myself that this needed to change.

My daughters eat school lunch most of the time, but how much better would it be if I sent them with a more healthy filling homemade lunches more often? The timing was perfect because I recently got invited to learn all about making healthy delicious lunches with Intermountain Healthcare and their LiVe Well healthy lunches program. A nutritionist came to speak with us about all of the great healthy options that will help our children grow strong. I loved all of the information she shared and all the effort that they are putting into educating people about healthy lunches.

They have tons of information, even print outs to help you plan your week of lunches. I love the planning sheets and can’t wait to use them with my when I plan my families lunches.

We were given an awesome bento style rubbermaod lunch box with tons of containers that fit perfect size portions for lunch. I love that there is an icepack that connects to the containers as well. If you head over to the Intermountain LiVe Well Facebook page you can enter to win one of 8 of these hard to find lunch boxes! You can also find the lunch printout helps there as well.

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We then had a chance to a prepare a lunch of our own with tons of fun options. I loved the little packages of cheese and can’t wait to buy some for my girls lunches.

Healthy Lunches

I learned that it does not have to be super difficult to plan a healthy lunch. It can take minimal prep and be so beneficial. Here are a few tips they mentioned to help the whole process of smoother.

* Have your children come to the store with you and help pick the items.

* Have your child help prepare the lunch the night before with you.

*Use fun shapes and themes for the lunches. (To get more ideas on packing lunches you can follow them on Pinterest.)

I am really excited to implement what I  learned! I know my family will be so excited to try their new lunches and the benefits of eating a healthy lunch will be even better.

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