October 28, 2021

Kids Bento Lunch Boxes (small)




I came across these cute containers  on Amazon for my kids' lunch back in the summer.  I have three bigger size ones as well, but I prefer this size. Each day as I started packing her lunches, I was noticing a pattern.  It's that they don't have too much time during lunch to actually eat everything and they get too distracted anyway. If they are hungry, they'll eat whatever is there ( for the most part).

 When my daughter first started school this year, I didn't over pack her lunch, but I was giving her a snack bag with either graham crackers, popcorn , pretzels or goldfish- her favs. Her class does snack time at 11am. I don't really understand the whole idea behind snack time and I personally think it's silly and the time should be 10am, not 11am, which is one hour before their lunch time.  It's obnoxious, especially as the kids get older. So I noticed with giving her an applesauce, ( the only fruit she will actually eat these days) AND a snack bag, and then her lunch mainly consisting of the above photo, she was barely eating most of what was in her bento box.

 So recently, I've changed things up and I'm seeing a considerable difference.  She's eating most of her lunch and better now because there is less food!  Let me explain.  Again, kids' attention spans are so small these days, even for 2nd graders. And as my daughter has gotten older, I have been waiting for her to tell me when she is hungry.  I mention a snack here and there after school, or lunch over the weekends, but these days, that's really it.  Kids will eat when they are hungry, I promise. So besides her lunchbox, even at dinners, I have been giving her smaller portions than our meal, or one slice of pizza instead of two on pizza night. And guess what, like clockwork, after she gobbles up her first slice, she immediately asks for another one.

 I hate wasting food, and that's what kids do. They're pretty wasteful.  Start on the smaller side with whatever meal you are giving them and I promise shortly after they are "finished", they'll be asking for more.

 So now, I've ditched the snack bag and put a crunchy component in her lunchbox instead and guess what!? the lone applesauce pouch that barely ever got touched because of the other snack, is now gone everyday.  Stick with a protein ( salami/ham/turkey + a cheese they like or yogurt) a carb ( any crunchy snack like goldfish, crackers or pretzels) a fruit of the child's liking, and something sweet. I always add a few candy pieces or mini oreos, especially around Halloween time! 

 I hope this was helpful!  Good Luck and Happy Halloween! :) 



September 27, 2021

Whole Wheat & Chia Blueberry Muffins

 OK!  Hi there!  It's been a while. I wanted to share a delicious and super simple muffin recipe that's so damn good for you too!  These beauties are packed with fiber and protein, along with some natural sweetness from the blueberries.  These are moist, yet dense, which helps keep you feeling satisfied. Add a little peanut butter too while they are warm!  


I thought I'd get going with the recipe instead of writing a novel that keeps you scrolling seven times before getting to the thing you actually want...the RECIPE!


So, I said hello, I hope to be back soon with another fun blog post and recipe.  In the mean time, enjoy! 


 Whole Wheat & Chia Blueberry Muffins

Bake @ 375 for about 20-25 min. Insert a toothpick inside a muffin.  If it comes out clean, they are more than done!

*Butter or spray a muffin tin or use liners. Make sure to spray the liners if using liners.


Dry Ingredients:

 -1 & 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

- 1 tbsp chis seeds

- a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, I usually go with a tsp. 

-1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder 

-pinch of salt


Wet Ingredients:

 -1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted.

- 2 eggs

-3 & 1/4 cups brown sugar ( I used Truvia but regular ol' brown sugar, preferably light, is fine too) 

-dash of vanilla extract

-1/3 cup milk  (I used skim and just sort of eye balled it)

- 1-2 cups of fresh blueberries



1. Combine the dry ingredients together on a medium bowl.

2. Combine the sugar and melted butter together in a different bowl.

3. Add the vanilla and stir.

4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mix well.

5. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredient bowl and stir well until combined.

6. Add the milk.

7. Mix everything together until combined well. 

8. Fold in the blueberries.

* optional: add a little more cinnamon on top of your muffins before placing in the oven.

*Allow to cool a few minutes. Can be eaten warm or room temp.

* These freeze well- at least 6 months! Take one, wrap in a paper towel, microwave one minute. Pure joy!




 Enjoy!! these are seriously so damn good!!  

These make great snacks, quick breakfast or sweet treat before bed! 



March 29, 2020

Quarantine 2020: Things I've Noticed

1. What is makeup anymore?
2. You must move your body, some way, some how.  Get those steps in. Get fresh air. Mental health/sanity is number one.
3. Hot showers at 4pm are my new normal and they feel amazing after what feels like a 17 hour day.
4. The insatiable hunger is real and it's SO EXTRA right now.
5. Maybe put locks on your pantry doors.
6. Honor your true appetite.  Eat if you truly feel hungry.  Now is NOT the time to cleanse or diet.  Chill.
7. It's time to get creative in the kitchen. Bake something.
8. Eat the chocolate, ice cream or nachos. at any time.
9. Time is on our side right now,so no need to stress and try to get everything in on one day.  Spread it out!
10. People wearing jeans.  Stop it.  That's not a priority right now. and I can hear the uncomfortable-ness.
11. Our children do not have a routine right now, so that means their eating habits will be a little off , as is ours.  and that's okay.
12. You will hear "i'm hungry" every hour from your child.  If you don't, you may be doing this "homeschooling" wrong.
13.  Your child will refuse to eat pretty much anything they DID eat when you packed their lunch and sent them off to school.  Weird, but very true in my case. Also make sure they're having regular bm's. it's important.  At least once a day bm's.
14. Don't force any school work. it doesn't work out well for either people.
15. DO offer them a choice so they do some work, and make it sound fun even though it feels corny. "we can do this math worksheet right now with the cute bears on it or this sentence story where you can also color in the crayons at the bottom."
16.Make a big deal about coloring their work, using markers or crayons.  Any chance my daughter gets to color AND do some school work is a win in my book!
17. Bring their work outside on a nice day. Fresh air always helps!
18. SIDEWALK CHALK!  Amazon Prime that shit!
19. You have already seen this everywhere but GoNoodle is great to get their bodies moving and CosmicKids Yoga!  Catchy songs too that will be stuck in your head all damn week.
20. Try to video chat in some form with family/friends and your kids classmates at least 2-3 times/week.
21. I find it to be tiresome, (video chatting) as I'm not a huge fan of talking on the phone or even sitting down to video chat , but it's good to do right now and obviously good for your kids too.
22. Skyping with your kids' classmate really just means you and the mom are interviewing one another and catching up on this crazy thing we call LIFE right now.
23. The kids will just say "hi and goodbye", out of the entire 30 minutes of video chat but that's okay.
24. If you have a dog, walk it a lot more simply because you have the time to. It's great exercise for you both.
25. It's okay to rest and not have a productive day too. Go with how you feel that day.
26. Feeling exhausted by 3pm?  I am.  that's normal.  We've been going nonstop with little ones since 6 or 7am.  Don't be hard on yourself.
27.  Feeling bored times?  Make a list!
28. Have that cocktail you REALLY want. Destress. Enjoy.  Just go easy. Remember, the kids are home 24-7 with you.  Hangovers will not be enjoyable the next day.
29. Call your grandparents at least once a week to catch up.  I miss my 94 year old grandmother like crazy and just want to give her a big hug!
30. Remember to keep laughing. Watch a comedy and lighten up about things, as hard as it can be certain days.
31. You may need to cut your spouses' hair. I did tonight and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. He's lucky.
32. Give your dog a bath. I may need to cut his hair soon too.  Eek!

September 22, 2019

The Not-So -Fast Runner

Tomorrow begins week 11 of my training plan for my first marathon!  I'm excited and of course nervous, because when I have a long run of 12 miles and feel like death by mile 10, I wonder, How the F am I going to run 26 miles?!  Well, we just do.  We somehow make it work.  And that's pretty much how I have been taking this training, one day at a time, making it work, even when I am so exhausted from adulting and moming during the week. 

Next Sunday, the 29th, will be my 3rd half marathon.  I'm looking forward to it as I did this one in Ocean City, NJ three years ago.   I recall it was  HOT day and that's what I am dreading the most.  It being a hot, humid day, sun beaming, etc.  I don't care about temps, but if the sun remains out the entire time, it's an issue.  Most runners don't care for that.  I'm hoping it's overcast.  Cross your fingers for me or say a prayer.  I would say so far, most of this training plan has been actually pretty great.  I have been sticking to all of my runs, but the past two long runs I had to cut short by 2-3 miles because I .WAS.SPENT. Running puts a ton of stress on your body, and while mainly my diet has been pretty great, mostly healthy foods and fueling correctly, it's still  a lot of stress on the body.

I'm up most days by 530.  I prefer to do all of my runs early morning, that's honestly just how I have been since having a kid.  I like starting my day before the rest of my family is up.  It can't always go that way though, so I make adjustments when necessary. I also HATE eating before a run and that's a big struggle for me because with no fuel in your body, running more than 5 miles/over an hour, you're going to start depleting your muscles and fatigue will set in.  But I have stomach issues and sorry if TMI, but running makes you poop.  A LOT. You are literally sloshing around your organs and the bowl movements get irritated, hence, you'll need to use the bathroom at least twice.  I carry water with me sometimes, but I don't at a race because there are water stations everywhere.  Thankfully, while training, a coffee shop near my house offers free iced water in a pitcher.  It's glorious.  So aside from needing to use the potty on most training runs ( mainly only my long runs) and needing to stop for a bite of bagel and water, I have been feeling like I've been kicking some ass.  This Saturday however, was a different story.

 I was supposed to run 12 miles.  I ran 7.76 miles.  Most of those miles sucked.  I wasn't feeling the run at all and my music kept getting messed up.  I also wore a bulky jacket that isn't even meant to workout in, but it was 45 degrees when I started and I wanted something to cover me.  I also didn't have anymore gum, so I had to suck on a cough drop.  It was gross but did the job.  I like having something in my mouth while running so my mouth doesn't get dried out. Anyway, I called it for what it was, I felt tired and annoyed and pretty much burned out...and I still 9 WEEKS! to go until the marathon.  HOW THE F.....?!  Send help.

But getting to this point and with that run being so far, the only run I truly dreaded and was not into, that's actually not bad.  It's about to happen at some point.  I have only been running three days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for long runs.  Everyone is different, and this schedule works for me, with two days typically being a 30-40  min strength circuit.  Resting at least two days.  I only ran on Tuesday this past week and did one 30 min strength.  I was hoping I'd have more stamina by Saturday and fresh legs for 12 miles, but it just didn't work out that way, and that's OK.

I might be getting 'stonger' with all the training, but I am definitely not getting faster.  Part of it is definitely my age, not getting even close to an 8 min mile like I did four years ago.  I'm averaging 9:45-10:30 min  miles.  It's all good and honestly , I feel that's a great pace.  I try not to start out too fast, but of course, it's hard not to because I haven't exerted myself that much yet.  My goal for my half marathon is to break my 2:20 and 2:18 times; hitting just 2 hours would be amazing.  But my past few longer runs aren't showing that.  My best run yet was 12 miles at the end of August hitting 12 miles @ 2:03.  Which would bring me to 2:13 for a half marathon.  I'd love to get under 2 hours but we will just see what the day brings! 

For my first marathon, my only goal is to get across that finish line.  So I'm not stressing about time and it's been very liberating.  I would, however, LOVE to get close to Oprah's time, yes Oprah!  She ran her first and only marathon in DC in 1994 at age 40.  I'll be 37 in another month and my only goal was to complete a full marathon before I'm 40.  Oprah clocked in at 4:29. with a pace averaging 10:17.  That's an amazing time and pace and one I hope to match!

Here's to doing you! and not worrying about anyone else!  This is one mantra that I try to tell myself every single day and I'd be lying if I said I don't have negative, shitty thoughts about all of this and doubt myself.  Running is so mental, but oddly, I feel better running now, even after taking last year off from races, than compared to when I started running four years ago.  My diet is much healthier (80% of the time) and keeping up with weights really does help with strength. Comparison is definitely the thief of Joy as they say, and even though I'd be lying if I said I didn't do that, I'm learning every day to worry about myself and do what's best for me!

I may be three margaritas in, but it's Sunday Funday.  Enjoy!

Cheers!  and good luck to any one racing this year!!

August 7, 2019

Is It September Yet?

Time is flying! The Summer is flying by and to be quite honest, I'm very much ready for Fall.  It's my favorite season; the cooler air, the falling leaves, Halloween, Pumpkin Spice scented everything, apple and pumpkin picking, my wedding anniversary is in October and so is my birthday, and the most important thing of Fall, BACK TO SCHOOL!  Not for me, for my Kindergartner!  That's a whole other level of craziness right there- how is my only child entering elementary school already!? 

The Summer has been lots of fun, but since I'm home right now and not working, I am with my child 97% of the time and I.am.exhausted.  We are currently going through still not getting up to use the potty in the middle of the night, ( my kid, not me) but she is a pretty good sleeper and a DEEP sleeper so, after trying a few different concoctions with bedding,bed time routines, stopping liquids an hour before bed,  going pee one last time right before getting into bed and explaining why we need to get up and go in the middle of the night, with tons of nightlights on and bathroom light on, I feel drained and defeated.  We've only been at this for a whole month so, work in progress?

I'll report back in two months and in the mean time purchase more mattress pads and liners. Ugh.  My daughter has also been going through what I hope is a phase of being basically an asshole who steals my stuff, doesn't tell me, and hides it in her purse and then later shows me what is in her purse. But she's five and isn't a bad person- she really has no clue what she's doing, but on the same token, she's not a baby anymore and definitely has some idea.  She has taken two packs of my gum and put them in a purse for a week and just yesterday, we were watching a movie and she showed me the gum she was CHEWING.  I was pissed off at first but also concerned because that's a choking hazzard.  We went into her room and I calmly discussed how we don't take things (add in the crying and yelling on her part for a few minutes) that aren't ours and to ask and tell what we are doing first before taking and hiding things.  This is when I also found three of my nail polish bottles in a different purse that she took and hid.  I told her the same spiel but adding that they are glass bottles and if she were playing with them and were to drop them, it would shatter the glass and stinky nail polish would be everywhere.

Have kids they said.  It will be fun they said.

Fast forward to right now where I am enjoying a break from my kid, catching up on a few things job search related and blogging while she is spending some quality time with daddy who is off work this week. I'm exhausted and feeling a little out of my mind because she is growing and learning new things every day and I try my hardest every day to soak that all up but it is exhausting trying to entertain her all of the time. And yet I know I don't HAVE to entertain her all the time.  For the record, she did ask me about keeping the gum in her purse when she first saw the new packs and I said 'yes', but that was agreed upon her NOT opening it and NOT taking a piece out and chewing it.  She told me numerous times she would not chew it and she did eventually. Classic case of a rebel, no?  I don't know.  It's a daily struggle for me to not think that I'm ruining my child.  The more you tell a person they can't do something, they want to do it.  But it's soooooo much harder telling that to a 5 year old who thinks they know everything.

 Each day sure is an adventure.  My daughter is truly a sweetheart 90% of the time and really, a great kid.  She's been getting more and more independent and wants to play in her room alone, which is totally cool.  But again, it's not all good because after this stealing and hiding conundrum, I can't totally trust her alone.  As of late, I've heard a lot of " that's why you have a second kid so they can entertain each other."  I get that, but it's not logical. I'm not making another human just so my kid has a play date and also they could easily hate one another and hate playing with each other.  No thanks.

So I'm still struggling with and working on that other 10% every day.  Here's to back to school and all you hard working moms out there, especially with more than one kid.  How are you people still breathing?!