A Lesson in Kindness

Every time my kids snap at each other, I flinch. When I’m met with some sass, or they fling a retort back my way with expert ease, I realize that they learned that behavior from someone, more specifically, me. There is no better mirror than your own children.  And I’ll be the first to admit […]

Egg Yolk & Avocado Omelet

Egg whites are usually added later on in a baby’s diet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy a yummy omelet. The yolks make this omelet super rich and tender, perfect for your baby’s teeth that are just coming in. The mashed avocado in the middle is also soft enough for baby to chew. […]

Cherry Bars

When I was baking these cherry bars with my toddler the other day, I almost ran out of cherries! She loved to eat all of the fresh cherries right after I was done removing the pits from them, until they were almost gone. I was happy when they came out of the oven and she […]

How I Sneak Veggies Into Everything

  I have a confession to make: I’m a sneak. I’m a liar. I lie and cheat to my children, through food. That’s right. I confess. You’ve caught me red-handed. I have been sneaking spinach and avocado in my son’s banana smoothies for years. Whatever extra protein I can find, whether it’s powdered or in […]

Strawberry Beet Popsicles

Every time I go to the grocery store, my kids beg me to buy popsicles. They love to sit outside and eat them as they play in the backyard. I admit, I love them too because it keeps them busy. But usually store bought popsicles are full of sugar and other additives, so every once […]

Cheatsheet to Spring Allergies

It’s warming up on the West Coast (and soon for the rest of you), and lots of us are ITCHY and SNEEZY with pollen counts at an all-time high, winds blowing, and outdoor activities again dominating our lives. So, if you or your kids have seasonal allergies, here’s some advice on how to stay comfortable […]

Memorial Day & the Military Child

I’d be remiss if I didn’t address the last holiday of the month: Memorial Day. As a mother and a member of the Armed Forces, I know more than anyone the struggles of raising a child while serving on active duty. The military child is a complicated thing: they move around constantly and rarely get […]

The Thoughts of One Busy Mom

Lately I haven’t felt like a great mom. The level of “busy” over the course of the last few years has increased to a level that (at least for me) occupies more time and brain capacity than ever before. And I ask myself, “What’s the point of all this?” sometimes. We get the job to […]

Tiger Mom or Sloth Mom?

There are a lot of theories running rampant in the parenting world these days. One term coined by author and Yale law professor, Amy Chua, is now known as “tiger mom”. What is a tiger mom, exactly? Wikipedia states it as “a term which refers to a strict or demanding mother who pushes her children to […]

Mama Bear

Recently my child ran out in the middle of a parking lot at night. At the same time, a car was coming around the corner (albeit about 15-20 mph) and I screamed for my daughter to stop and pay attention! She came to a screeching halt. The car halted. And I felt a mixture of relief […]