BE | On Remembering Barbara Bush

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It’s an interesting thing how I found myself this afternoon – slowly becoming more engrossed in watching the funeral of a woman I never met. Crying during her eulogies as if they were talking about a member of my own family.

I didn’t know much of Mrs. Barbara Bush, former First Lady of the United States, other than her politics and obvious ties to the presidency.  I didn’t even realize she was ill until about a week ago when a friend made a passing comment on Facebook. Then I started to take notice.

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EAT | December Meals

Wow. Here we are at the end of December. Somehow I’ve made it through an entire year of tracking our meals on Post-its or teeny scraps of paper. I recorded some meals from memory, some immediately on the night of. It’s been strangely fun, although if you know me you’ll know I like to do weird things like this.

Now that the year is over I look forward to a few things in 2018:

  1. Going through 2017’s meals to get some analytics on what we ate and how often;
  2. Recording 2018’s meals more thoroughly and in a less stressful fashion (usually because I seemed to misplace the Post-it when the month was almost over, fearing I’d lost 25+ days of data);
  3. Getting a little more serious about meal-planning (because let’s be serious, I’m not going to do it every week);
  4. Making some goals for the kitchen (like adding a few more things to my repertoire like homemade veggie burgers);
  5. And learning new recipes to add to our monthly menus.

Here’s to December and a Happy New Year!

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DO | Holiday Traditions

Growing up I recall many traditions for Christmas. Once I moved out of the house for good about 8.5 years ago (to live with my then-boyfriend now-husband) all of those changed. I’m a sucker for nostalgia, but everyone keeps telling me I have to “make my own traditions.” I think this was the first year I actually felt that I could do that while still holding my old traditions dear.

Here’s a few of my favorite Christmas traditions, new and old:

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TODDLER | Books We Love 3yo – Q2 (Spanish too!)

This is the first time I’ve been late on a book post. I was incredibly on top of Christmas organization this year (cards arrived in friend’s homes starting Nov 30!) but getting a post out on the actual day I wanted to get it out was apparently a challenge. Sigh.

We visited the library a few times this month and took out some more fantastic books. So many great books, in fact, that I have to remind myself not to buy them all. “Just because I like it doesn’t mean we need it!” So I put them on our Amazon wish list for Christmas. Easy solution.

Speaking of Christmas (Merry Christmas Eve!), although my daughter would read Christmas books all year long if I kept them out, I don’t, so when I brought them back out this year (and added a few more) those have topped the list of bedtime stories.

I thought last quarter’s list was massive… this one tops it. Phew. Here goes.


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EAT | November Dinners

As I’m typing these all at once, it reads like we’re eating the same things over and over. Of course, at the time every 24 hours seems like a lot to come up with new meals and standbys are easy and quick.

I think January will also bring about a new attempt at meal planning. I’ve done it before and it’s so helpful – I just need to KEEP doing it. Always the hard part, right?

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EAT | September Dinners

Guys. It’s December. Almost January. I haven’t posted dinners in almost 4 months. Somehow I’ve saved all of the notes, though, so here goes. Another fast and furious quarter of what we ate.

Truth be told (though if you know me you’re not surprised) I’m excited to take the entire year’s worth of data and see how it breaks down. How many nights we ordered in, how many nights we had pizza, how many nights we had the same old same old…

This year I feel like I added a lot of new meals to my repertoire, but I’m feeling the need to do that again. And, does anyone else feel heavier at the end of the year? Not weight wise, but overall body and spirit? I feel like January is always a jump start for fresh, clean eating and lifestyle overhauls. It’s a good starting point. Not necessarily a “resolution” persay, but a deadline to begin some changes.

We’ll see what happens in a week or two here. Until then, here’s the meals.

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