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Gratuitous cute cousin photos

 

We found the cutest little skate spot/coffee shop last night and had to go back again today. Three of the four insisted they bring their boards on this trip which was interesting (annoying and inconvenient) to navigate on the plane and in our tiny rental car. Feels good to find places to use them. @ridenature

Waffle House, then a stroll through a nature preserve, then sorting great-grandma’s buttons

and doing a puzzle with grandpa. A simple pleasures kind of a day.

                                                                            Spring-break bound!

 

Regression || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from June 2009.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009.

There has been more and more baby talk around the house this month, as we start really preparing for her arrival. (And by her, I mean the “baby who has no name”. Yeah. Still haven’t decided). Less than two more months till d-day! YAY! We’ve moved India out of the crib and into a bed. The crib has been outfitted with a mobile and adjusted to the correct mattress height for an infant. India’s closet has been taken over with infant clothes. Toys have been moved out of the room to make way for a baby swing. There is endless talk of her role as a big sister, and suggestions of how great it will be to have a new baby. Today, we pulled in the infant carseat and baby bathtub. Our house is ready.

And India’s reaction to all of this upheaval and change?

She has completely regressed to acting like a baby.

She walks around the house cuddling on her blanket (sometimes even laying on the floor with it). She pretends she can’t talk and speaks in goo goo ga ga phrases, pointing to what she wants (despite being one of the more verbally precocious toddlers I’ve ever seen). She found a pacifier somewhere, and has taken to wearing it. She pretends to cry and need consoling. She pretends she’s cold and needs to be held.

She is pretty much showing us, in every possible way, that she is not comfortable being usurped as the baby of this family system. We learned about this “regressive” behavior in my child development classes. But leave it to India to so thoroughly and dramatically personify this psychological theory. There is no subtlety with India – she is saying it loud and clear.

This is in stark constrast to Jafta, who cannot wait to see the baby, asks about her every day, demonstrates how he will hold her and feed her, and seems to be thrilled to be a big brother to one more little girl.

But India. Oh, India. It may be a rough road for her.

Wednesday’s Child: Nick

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

Sarah’s Big News, Getting a Good Haircut, CBD for Anxiety, And More | Selfie Episode 77

We are taking reader questions and Sarah has an announcement! We’re talking haircuts: how to find the right stylist and how to ask for the right haircut for your face shape. We are also divulging our experiences with  CBD products and even medical cannabis to address anxiety. Kristen chats a bit about self-care and dating for single moms, and we talk silicone pads for wrinkle reduction.

In this episode we also talked about:

Eucalypso organic eucalyptus pillowcases for better skin

Edge Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate sweetened with stevia and 35 calories per bar

CBDistillery CBD topical patches

Wrinkles Schminkles silicone smoothing chest pad

Meli’s Monster Cookies – the best gluten-free cookies ever

Puppies for Dummies

Cow Ears (gross)

Bull Sticks (even more gross)

Photo by Orlando Gutierrez on Unsplash

 

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Did a little tween room refresh with India today. Swipe left for the “before.” Gallery walls are my love language.

Kindness week at school. ❤️❤️

 

Just feeling really good tonight about the example of active living I’m setting for my kids. 😂

Jafta and I had a blast this morning at @stonewallkitchencs’s cooking school. We learned to make gazpacho, avocado toast, arancini, and panna cotta. Thank you @anatomyofabite and @maxschlutz#foodiejafta

 

First grade was apparently a rough year for Sam and Karis. (When your neighbors are more like siblings 😂😂) @cleezy

How to Salvage Leftover Night || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from February 2009. 

 

A couple months ago, Mama Manifesto highlighted an idea we had seen on several other mommy blogs: Muffin Tin Monday. I must admit, I thought it was a cute idea, but I never got around to doing it. But . . . I found another great use for that muffin tin: leftover salvage.

Last week, we had one of those nights where the fridge was full of single-serving leftovers that needed to be eaten. We had a half-full box of takeout, a couple of previous nights’s meals in tupperware, and a few perishable items that just needed to be eaten asap. Lots of food, and yet none of it was enough to stretch out for the whole family. However, I knew that no matter how much I strategized, if each of us was eating a seperate meal around the dinner table, there would be trouble. My kids are notorious for coveting the food on someone else’s place, and a single-serving leftover night seemed like a recipe for disaster. Enter the muffin tin equalizer.

Rather than casting lots for each individual meal, I used our muffin tins to create equal portions of the leftovers we had. Each kid got a bit of mexican lasagna, shredded chicken, sweet potato stew, chinese fried rice takeout, and some fruit and corn chips. A mish-mosh of a meal? YES. But . . . the kids were thrilled. They thought this was the coolest dinner ever. Jafta was so excited that he asked me numerous times, “Mommy, how did you do this???” (Um, the microwave, my dear). They didn’t care that they were eating random bits of cuisine that didn’t necessarily go together. And there was no fighting. Just two full kids and an empty fridge. And that makes mama happy.

Wednesday’s Child: Angelina

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

Laughter Yoga, Organizing the Bathroom Cupboard, and a Round-up of Trader Joe’s Products | Selfie Episode 76

Sarah is back to report on laughing yoga, Kristen is in a prison of book deadlines, and we both detail our favorite Trader Joe’s foods. Judge if you want but we consider Trader Joe’s one of our top self-care destinations, because they make eating healthy so easy. This is not an ad . . . we are just really excited about TJ’s, and today we are sharing our favorite products that help us feed ourselves well.

In this episode we mentioned:

Laughing Yoga

Slain in the Spirit laughter

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Go Macro Vegan Protein Bars

The True Cost

Everlane

Krochet Kids

Clear Cosmetics Organizer

Magnesium Gummies