A Healthy Slice of Life http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com Delicious recipes, healthy living tips, and fun food facts Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:52:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 What is the Right Age to Start Kids’ Activities? http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/what-is-the-right-age-to-start-kids-activities/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/what-is-the-right-age-to-start-kids-activities/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:52:15 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27684 The last couple of years we have lived in a blissful bubble of no demands. Sure we did the random mommy and me music class and tried out Gymboree, but for the most part, Hailey (will be 4 years old in September) hasn’t had any real commitment to “lessons.” We are now at the age […]

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The last couple of years we have lived in a blissful bubble of no demands. Sure we did the random mommy and me music class and tried out Gymboree, but for the most part, Hailey (will be 4 years old in September) hasn’t had any real commitment to “lessons.” We are now at the age where that seems to be changing. More and more of her friends are enrolled in scheduled activities, from ballet to karate to swim and soccer.

I’ve been contemplating recently which path is right for our family. I can certainly see the enticing side of lessons. As a parent you really do what your kids to have the world and it’s tempting to feel the sooner you expose them to ALL THE THINGS, the more they will learn and the better off they will be.

organized kids activitiesHowever, I’ve read plenty on the other side of things about the downside of over-scheduling that I agree with. Plus, I’ve noticed the tendency sports have now to force kids to over-commit to a single sport (practices every day, games all weekend, intense try outs and travel for a single sport? all before the age of 10?) early on.

Quite frankly it seems to be a large debate where no one can agree on where the line should be drawn between free time and scheduled activities.

So, like most things with parenting, it seems best to make a decision based on what fits your particular family structure. For us, putting Hailey in regular swim lessons (that we started a few months back) has been invaluable in many ways, most importantly for the safety aspect in that we are often near water.

swim lessonsMy little girl who cried every time bath water splashed in her eyes has gotten more skilled at wiping her eyes with her hands, holding her breath and learning to turn and grab the wall if she falls. More than that, she loves it. She’s made such great progress that it’s tempting to what to sign her up for everything from piano to ice skating.

However, I don’t want lessons to rob her of the joy of any of these things she loves, so I’ll be trying to space them out somewhat. For this fall, swim lessons (1x/week) will remain. We are also adding in soccer (which she is super excited about) that will be 1x/week as well. As far as lessons go, I think that fills our plate at this age/stage.

However, I want to keep exposing her, through play, to more. I took enough dance in my life to teach her some ballet basics (she already loves dancing around the house). She talks about wanting to go ice skating this winter, so I’m marking it on our to-do list. She also has had an uptick of interest in musical instruments (admittedly NOT my strong suit), so Mema is getting her color coordinated piano stickers so she can start to learn more and play.

I’m hoping that by keeping scheduled activities to a minimum that we strike that right balance for our family in which she has some scheduled enriching activities, but still plenty of time of just regular old PLAY. Play around the house with her sister, play around in the yard, play by herself and play in the pool with mom just for fun.

girls at poolThis parenting thing is tricky and I know there will be endless debates and opinions still to come. Figuring out the right balance of activities is just another chapter.

What activities are your kids signed up for?

What age did you start?

Have you found them beneficial or do they feel overly demanding?

 

 

 

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Balancing Blood Sugars Naturally http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/balancing-blood-sugars-naturally/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/balancing-blood-sugars-naturally/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:42:24 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27674 I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but once upon a time I had trouble with blood sugar (remember my glucose test disaster while I was pregnant with Hailey?). It runs in my family but when I first had troubles with it, I didn’t know how to handle it well besides needing something to eat. Immediately. […]

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but once upon a time I had trouble with blood sugar (remember my glucose test disaster while I was pregnant with Hailey?). It runs in my family but when I first had troubles with it, I didn’t know how to handle it well besides needing something to eat. Immediately.

I can still remember this one time while David and I were dating. We were on our way to lunch and hit traffic. Well, I went from gosh I’m hungry to unable to handle it. I was shaky, got a pounding headache, felt nauseous. I literally was bent over in the passenger seat almost unable to to talk. I remember not really even being able to explain it and just telling David I need to eat.

All the drama, right? He thought so too.

Luckily since that time, I’ve come to better control my blood sugar levels. Over the past couple of days I noticed I felt a little shakier than normal, so I’ve done a little back-to-the-basics boot camp for myself that includes the following.

1. Eat breakfast. I usually do this anyway, but making sure breakfast is a good balance of carbs (bananas are one of my favorite high glycemic foods to boost blood sugar quickly- love them before work outs!), protein (egg) and fat (butter/oil/avocado). Fats helps slow down the absorption of glucose, which leads to blood sugar rising more slowly.

balancing blood sugars- 22. Eliminate/decrease caffeine. This is slightly more of just a personal preference. Though science has shown caffeine can interfere with blood sugar, it’s not hard enough evidence to suggest quitting coffee. For me, though, I am sensitive to caffeine as is. It gives me the shakes but my gosh, I have gotten hooked on sipping it in the morning. I’ve been focusing on breaking away from it and drinking tea instead.

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I’ve been opting for this lightly (naturally) caffeinated green tea, but even regular tea averages 50 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces compared to coffee’s 135 mg.

3. Exercise. Even something as simple as walking after a meal helps your body bring down and balance blood sugars. On the other side, I am working on eating more immediately after my boot camp, something I’m not always good about.

4. Avoid sugar, refined carbs and artificial sweeteners. I do this on the regular (lucky me, no sweet tooth, remember?). And when I do have more refined carbs, like sandwich bread, I am eating it with other foods that are high in protein and/or fat which helps slow the elevation of blood sugar to equal out a more slow and steady rise and fall.

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5. Eat four meals a day. Science appears to be split on whether more mini meals (which helps keep blood sugar levels steady because you are constantly attending to it) or three set meals (which some argue helps you to reset your hunger hormones). I’ve found a good balance that works for me is four meals, then following my hunger cues if I am still hungry.

balancing blood sugars- 4I split this over-sized smoothie with the girls and balanced the natural sugar high of the frozen mixed berries and banana with whole milk, whole milk yogurt and a little protein powder. I also ate a handful or two of almonds.

6. Protein at every meal. This doesn’t have to be a meat, but by adding in a nut butter, beans or other form of protein, it helps pull sugar into your cells so your body can use it for energy.

balancing blood sugars- 57. Adequate sleep. Not getting enough sleep can lead to your cells having trouble taking in the glucose, which leads to higher blood sugar levels. Sleep is important for so many aspects of overall health, so just add balancing blood sugars to the list.

Do you have to pay attention to your blood sugar?

Have you ever gotten the shakes from it being too low?

What helps you?

 

 

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8 Hours and 23 Minutes http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/moms-day-out/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/moms-day-out/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:18:00 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27662 What would you do with an entire day to yourself? I asked myself that same question yesterday when at 9:30 am David told me to go, to take a day and do something fun, just for me. See, the day before I’d been feeling a little worn down. Poor little Kaitlyn ripped off a fingernail […]

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What would you do with an entire day to yourself?

I asked myself that same question yesterday when at 9:30 am David told me to go, to take a day and do something fun, just for me.

See, the day before I’d been feeling a little worn down. Poor little Kaitlyn ripped off a fingernail when she was playing outside and fell. Hailey took the opportunity to take a pen to her chair, then to our bedroom door.

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Thankfully she signed it with an H so I knew who to talk to about it. (The picture does not do the act justice.)

In an effort to feel like I had control over something, because it clearly wasn’t over my kids, I had channeled my energy into frantically organizing. It started with the plethora of junk in Hailey’s room and ended with a cleaned out pantry.

moms day out (2 of 23)Not all was bad (clean pantry!) but David decided I had gone a little crazy and graciously demanded I take a day to myself after breakfast on Sunday morning.

So, I had 8 hours and 23 minutes to spend ALL BY MYSELF, but not a clue what to do with it.

moms day out (6 of 23)

In default mode I headed to Barnes and Noble. I wanted to play with the Lightroom trial I had downloaded, but within 15 minutes I realized my blog was down so I was contacting my tech guys, which turned to answering emails and working on back-end stuff. About an hour into that I stopped myself. Catching up on work stuff was not what this day was supposed to be about. David was specific- go do something fun.

So I did.

I drove into Charlotte and had lunch at Fern in our old neighborhood.

moms day out (10 of 23)I know some people are opposed to eating out on their own, but I savored it, and those incredible roasted fingerlings.

On the way to South Park Mall, I listened to podcasts and realized I very behind on the times because podcasts are AWESOME. At the mall, I meandered around Pottery Barn and Frontgate before heading to Nordstrom where an awesome girl named Nicole helped me find some basics for fall. I fell in love with these jeans.

moms day out (17 of 23)As a couple of you suggested- they are ankle length, which works well for my height. The dark wash works well for my thighs.

I ran into a reader (Hi Emily!) and in my solo shopping euphoria I hope I didn’t scare her off by immediately asking how she styled her gorgeous curly hair.

moms day out (12 of 23)I wandered for a little bit and silently cursed Lululemon for their beautiful clothes and high prices that I was unable to justify after buying my new jeans.

What to do now?

I hit up Homegoods and realized I’m terrified at the idea of choosing a rug.

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At this point I was ready to kick back, so I decided it would be ok to pull out my computer again, but only to watch Lightroom tutorials.

moms day out (22 of 23)Now it was nearing 5:00 pm and I knew I wanted to squeeze in a small thank you for David so I bought some snacks to restock his car stash.

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Then I filled up with gas and he CAUGHT ME as I was vacuuming out his car, as he was stopping to fill up my car with gas after taking the girls out to get TCBY. Did I mention he did the laundry too? That’s love folks.

And just like that, my 8 hours and 23 minutes were over, but I’m still riding that refreshed perspective wave. I feel completely re-energized and honestly, completely spoiled. I know a whole day to myself is super indulgent, but it was a breath of fresh air that really helped me regroup. Bring on the week!

If you had a whole day to yourself, what would you choose to do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Friday http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/fashion-friday/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/fashion-friday/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:24:55 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27636 You guys provided such helpful feedback on my last Stitch Fix (<– affiliate link) post, that I was hoping to ask you to take a look one more time. It’s mind blowing to me how something that I feel like looks good in the mirror tuns out completely different in a picture. This time I tried […]

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You guys provided such helpful feedback on my last Stitch Fix (<– affiliate link) post, that I was hoping to ask you to take a look one more time. It’s mind blowing to me how something that I feel like looks good in the mirror tuns out completely different in a picture. This time I tried to channel my inner fashion model (yes, these pictures are actually me ‘trying’) so you could get a good feel for the outfit.

friday fashion

First up…

Waters Printed Maxi Dress – $68

stitchfix- Waters Printed Maxi DressThough I am awaiting your feedback, I really want to keep this one. Finding a maxi dress that I can wear flat sandals with is incredibly hard (5’1″ remember?) and it is SO comfortable. Bonus points because I can wear a regular bra.

Berneen Printed Dolman Sleeve Top – $58

stitchfix- Berneen Printed Dolman Sleeve TopComfy, something I would probably find easy to throw on. Not too baggy. But possibly could find something similar at Target, right? Thoughts?

Melissa Mixed Geo Print Pencil Skirt – $48

stitchfix- Melisa Mixed Geo Print Pencil SkirtDoes my discomfort shine through the screen? It felt tight and honestly I have no idea where I would wear something like this.

Canon Button Detail Striped Knit Top – $48

stitchfix- Canon Button Detail Striped Knit TopI like this one. Can you tell I have an affinity for stripes? It’s more fitted than another striped top I have, so I think that’s good. Plus it’s something I would realistically throw on in the fall.

However, can we also talk about those booties I’m trying to wear? My “skinny” jeans don’t know how to go with them. Do I tuck them in? Do I get my jeans altered so they are tight and fitted at my ankle? Do I pull them over the edge of the booties (Like I did here)? Once you stop laughing, please let me know the correct way to wear these… or if I should just not do this trend.

Maxwell Embellished Neckline Knit Top – $48

stitchfix- Maxwell Embellished Neckline Knit TopNot bad, but doesn’t really do anything for me either. Comfortable. Ha, can you tell what my priority is?

A lot of you mentioned that Stitch Fix item tend to be looser fitting, which may be why a lot of these don’t turn out to be keepers for me. Being on the shorter side, I usually do better with more tailored clothes. I’m hoping to do a BIG closet clean out soon (not that I have so many extra clothes, but just that I have so many that I never wear), then write a list of what I need and try, as so many of you suggested, making at appointment at Nordstroms so I can get some help. I’m not a big shopper and don’t need a lot of clothes, but I would really love a closet that only contains clothes I like to wear.

As always, thanks for your feedback and have a fabulous Friday!

Which fashion do you love for this upcoming fall?

Are you a booties fan?

Do you ignore trends and just go with what works for your body?

 

 

 

 

 

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Link Love http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/link-love/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/link-love/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:28:11 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27621 Do you ever have a good, deep, soul cleansing conversation with a friend and you just feel fabulously wrung out? That’s kind of how I feel after yesterday’s post. It left me feeling amazingly empty, but also lacking blog topic ideas. So, is it cool if we just kind of chat today? Oh, what’s that? […]

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Do you ever have a good, deep, soul cleansing conversation with a friend and you just feel fabulously wrung out? That’s kind of how I feel after yesterday’s post. It left me feeling amazingly empty, but also lacking blog topic ideas. So, is it cool if we just kind of chat today? Oh, what’s that? I can’t actually hear you respond through my computer screen? I’ll take that as a yes then…

I’m sitting out on the porch this morning and it’s actually cool out. Like, hm, maybe I should grab a blanket to throw over my lap kind of cool. Bless the Carolinas and their four seasons because I always get excited when I feel the change start to creep up. I’m especially giddy about football. I love college football season and am hoping to make it to Athens at least once this year. It’s been a while since I’ve tailgated with friends… I mean, just check out my hair color.

Keeping up those kind of highlights on my naturally dark hair took commitment.

Ok, enough about me, let’s share some things I’ve been reading lately.

…actually, let’s start with watching.

Lindsay has been doing a challenge of vlogging every day this week and took topic requests. I begged her to chat about homeschooling and she obliged in this great vlog about how she homeschools her kids. I’m still in a gather-all-the-info I can phase, but it is something David and I are considering. Even if it’s not something you are interested in, she links to some products and I’m definitely getting this for Hailey.

My Dad writes articles for several newspapers on the regular, and posted one yesterday to his blog about children and constructive discipline in which he shared a clever method for ‘ungrounding’ a child. I might have to try this when the girls are older!

Nicole spoke with her daughter’s preschool director about the snacks that they served and is helping them make a change- awesome! She listed out some healthier (nut-free) snack alternatives on her blog.

I loved this post about preventing sibling rivalry. I was pleased to read #5, as it is something I do with Hailey without even realizing it could help nurture their relationship.

My friend Alexis (standing next to me in the above picture) lives in Boston and writes a wonderful lifestyle/design blog. She recently wrote a post titled 48 Hours in Boston that is an awesome rundown of things to do/see/eat if you were there for a weekend. I highly recommend checking it out if you are looking to visit!

I can’t wait to make this dish: roasted tomatoes with goat cheese polenta.

This post about contemplating a “gap year” was so interesting to me. Is this a thing more people are doing? The comments made it sound like it!

Recently I was asked what blogs I read on the regular. I’m actually trying to comb through the ones I read and branch out into new categories. I LOVE food/health/fitness, so don’t get me wrong, but I’d love to start including some blogs that talk about motherhood, travel, finances, life, raising kids, homesteading, etc.

If you’ve found a blog that you are loving lately, will you share it in the comments? 

And if you write a fab blog yourself, share it! My bloglovin feed needs a shake up!

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Living with Intention http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/living-with-intention/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/living-with-intention/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:11:30 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=26187 Feeling a little introspective today, so bear with me, but… isn’t life crazy? Though some days seem to drag by, one day you wake up and it seems like decades have passed you by in the blink of an eye. I had a moment like this yesterday. I took Kaitlyn, all clean and snuggled in pajamas, […]

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Feeling a little introspective today, so bear with me, but… isn’t life crazy?

Though some days seem to drag by, one day you wake up and it seems like decades have passed you by in the blink of an eye. I had a moment like this yesterday. I took Kaitlyn, all clean and snuggled in pajamas, into her room to nurse before bed. I’ll admit that I often use this time to scan emails or read blogs, but yesterday I left my phone behind in favor of a quiet moment with my baby. It was cloudy outside and she snuggled up to me, letting out a heavy sigh and closing her eyes. I smiled and brushed her soft baby hairs behind her ear. I started thinking about how I could commit these moments to memory, but knew that slowly they would fade with time, just like they’ve done with Hailey. Certainly fragments and poignant moments remain, but overall I keep trying to live life in the present and work on savoring moments rather being so worried about preserving them.

My mind wandered to how I got here. Not the physical here, but this station in life. So much of me still feels so young, and in many ways I know that I am, but the hard facts say that I’m 31 years old, married, with two children. That still feels so bizarre to say out loud. It’s like my life is happening and progressing without me even noticing it. Wasn’t I just in college? (Newsflash: no) But then I realized that that isn’t really true. I put a lot of effort into trying to live with my goals in mind and letting that intention guide me to the decisions I make. Sometimes I am fully conscious to make choices based on larger goals and ideas, but I also often get sidetracked with the hustle and bustle of life. The appointments, the dirty floors, the light bulbs that need changing… it is easy to let those things distract me. And I find after too many days or weeks in a row of the hustle and bustle distraction, I need a conversation to help me refocus on the why of it all.

intentional living

I’m grateful to be married to a man that is as big on living with intention as I am. In fact, in many ways he has probably helped me fine tune my focus. We both want big things out of this life of ours, as I’m sure many of you do too. We often comb over our dreams and pinpoint where we are on the road map that should get us there. It may sound monotonous to some (I promise we aren’t super dull… doth thou protest too much?), but checking in every so often helps keep us focused, excited and making choices that will ultimately get us to our next step.

In no way can any of us control everything in this life, so I try to focus on what I can control. Like we all do, I have limited time, so I try to fill my calendar with purposeful activities. I make time to meal plan and cook because they directly impacts the health of my family, which is a top priority of mine. After all, my ideal life plan has them all intricately included for, well, ever. I make time to work out because it’s vital to my physical and mental well being. I find time to have a glass of wine and conversation with David, as well as quality time with the girls and trying to see family as much as I can. I make time to blog and meet up with friends because it’s my social outlet and connection… and I so crave connection. David and I do our best to take great care with the decisions we make with our money. Sure we’ve bought the random thingamajig here and there and paid an occasional stupid tax, but we also adhere to financial plans, live within our means and save like crazy. All steps to inch us forward towards our dreams.

I don’t have it all figured out and I certainly don’t always maintain a constant, steady balance (as I’ve documented here many a time), but while rocking Kaitlyn I had this whole conversation (pep talk?) in my head about living with intention. Because I don’t want to time travel again and be 10 years down the line without being closer to our family goals. So on the days I feel run down or overextended, I take inventory. I ask myself, are the ways I’m filling my days helping me to become the person I want to be— healthy, family-focused, giving, kind, hardworking and goal oriented– or are they unnecessary stresses? Asking myself this helps me filter out superfluous clutter and refocus on what ultimately matters.

Do you feel you make decisions with intention?

What are some of the goals you have for your future?

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We Survived Back to School Shopping http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/we-survived-back-to-school-shopping/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/we-survived-back-to-school-shopping/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:40:02 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27593 This post is brought to you by a Healthy Slice sponsor. My news feed is full of adorable back to school pictures and it finally sunk in enough for me to start preparing for the upcoming school year. Of course I use that term loosely, as our ‘school’ doesn’t start back until after Labor Day and […]

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My news feed is full of adorable back to school pictures and it finally sunk in enough for me to start preparing for the upcoming school year. Of course I use that term loosely, as our ‘school’ doesn’t start back until after Labor Day and is only a couple of mornings a week. Still, with both Hailey and Kaitlyn in some sort of ‘school’ this fall, it’s going to feel a little bizarre to have two mornings to myself each week. Honestly, I still have mixed feelings on it, but figure having time to make a dentist appointment to get my teeth cleaned is probably a good thing (see Al, I’m finally going to make it happen!).

Like I start every fall season, I promised myself that this year I’ll stay on top of all the activities, like marking all the parent events in my calendar (check!), and vowing to start the year of organized. This includes making sure the girls have everything they need for back to school, so I decided I needed to comb through the closets, toss, hand down and create a giveaway pile for the items that needed to move on. Then the tough part, taking two girls back to school shopping.

Well, yesterday that is just what we did.

back t oschool shopping- Charlotte premium outlets

We were just pulling into the new Charlotte Premium Outlets armed with everything I thought I needed- stroller, half caff coffee, diapers, Ergo, waters x3… then I slapped myself on the forehead. SNACKS! Rookie mistake.

Usually I would have combed the vending machines or hit up the Starbucks (located in the middle of the mall), but I’m partnering with CVS this fall so am familiar with their new CVS Gold Emblem Abound snack line and there just so happens to be one about 3 minutes from the outlets so we popped in!

CVS Gold Emblem- cvsWhen I think of CVS, I picture myself, 16 years old, dropping off rolls of film to be developed and hanging around for the hour hoping they could develop it sooner. Now that I’m a mom, I see CVS as so much more- a one stop ‘oops I forgot ____’ kind of haven. Really, though, they have anything you may forget- diapers, wipes, healthy snacks, pacifiers, sippy cups, bandaids, etc.

CVS Gold Emblem- healthy snacksWe snagged a few snacks and were off, ready to use the coupons I’d been saving and stuffing into my wallet for the past month.

back to school shopping- little snackersThe outlet mall was pretty sweet. I was able to hit up the Old Navy Outlet, Gymboree outlet, Carters and OshKosh outlet and even J. Crew’s kid line outlet for the girls. I snagged some great deals on leggings, school tops, pajamas, socks, dresses and spent plenty of time gawking at Janie and Jack, which FYI gets everything the regular store gets (same quality), just two weeks later and marked down 25%.

I didn’t do much shopping for me except for a pair of these shorts (my favorite, flattering style) for $19 because trying to manage trying on clothes with kids in tow (one who has molars halfway popping through her gums) is just as much fun as you’d imagine.

shopping with little onesWe ended up being there longer than I anticipated, isn’t that always the case? I’m glad we brought snacks because the food court at this time is pretty slim pickens:  two Japanese food spots and a Philly Cheesesteak stand.

CVS Gold Emblem- freezedried strawberriesAnd just because I know y’all love labels as much as I do, LOOK! Simple ingredients.

CVS Gold Emblem- real ingredientsI’m almost embarrassed to admit what the most exciting part of the trip was for Hailey.

I’m even more embarrassed that I snapped a picture.

Apologies ahead of time, but….

back to school shopping- little pottythe family bathroom had a little potty next to the big one! And, AND, both were SUPER clean.

This is reason enough to make the drive back down these for future shopping needs.

After snacks and a potty break, I knew I was pushing it so we pulled out the big guns- my kindle, loaded with a Dora movie, and the Ergo.

back to school shopping- last ditch effortThese tools allowed me to squeeze in another hour before waving my white flag and heading for the car.

Once home I mustered the energy to bring the task full circle, de-tagging, washing and putting away the girls’ new clothes.

back to school shopping- reorganizing closets

I’m sure the organized closets will be chaos again once school actually starts, but for now, this to-do earned one big, satisfying check mark.

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Back to School Healthy Essentials campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

Have you done any back to school shopping yet?

Do you miss the days of shopping for the perfect Lisa Frank notebook as much as I do?

I know I still get the urge to stock up on new sparkly jelly pens this time of year…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Quiet Weekend http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/a-quiet-weekend/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/a-quiet-weekend/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:57:56 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27573 Good morning, I hope everyone had a nice weekend! To be honest, I don’t have a whole lot to share this morning, as our weekend was low key. We’ve had some health stuff going on in our extended family and though I don’t feel like any of that is mine to share, it’s occupied a […]

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Good morning, I hope everyone had a nice weekend! To be honest, I don’t have a whole lot to share this morning, as our weekend was low key. We’ve had some health stuff going on in our extended family and though I don’t feel like any of that is mine to share, it’s occupied a lot of my thoughts lately and I’m happy to report situations seem to be heading in the right direction.

But as for the weekend, let’s see… it started off with grocery shopping! Do I know how to celebrate a Friday or what?

food lion cartWhenever we need to stock up on essentials like soy sauce, brown sugar, tin foil, la Croix, etc, I do my best to make it to two grocery stores. Food Lion has excellent prices and pretty good selection (organic pouches were 10 for $10!) so I make a run through there to stock up on a lot of basics before going through Whole Foods.

whole foods cartWe celebrated the stocked fridge and pantry by picking up Papa Murphy’s pizza.

The mornings around here have been pretty pleasant, so we took a family walk that occupied most of Saturday morning. We are lucky to live near a lot of “secret paths” that make for fun adventure walks for the kids and Koda alike. Saturday afternoon was relaxing as well.

summer snack plateWe snacked like we had friends over (we didn’t) and tried a new beer.

ipa- dog tag brewingHave y’all seen this? Dog Tag Brewing has a story of a fallen American hero on each can and a portion of the proceeds goes to that specific family. Isn’t that amazing?

Sunday morning we all overslept. Like REALLY overslept. We all got up at 8:30 and if you asked me how that was even possible I would tell you I had no idea, but somehow it happened and it was glorious. After breakfast, Hailey was begging to go do only one thing.

little soccer playerSo we took to a local park and had a blast kicking around the soccer ball. She did so much better than I expected and we had to pull her away eventually. She just loved it.

soccer dad

By the end, Kaitlyn was even kicking the ball rather than picking it up and running away with it. I call it a success.

The afternoon was filled with food prep, a periscope (Ahealthyslice) attempt in which afterwards I realized I was sporting my super sweet orthopedic slippers, and a lot of chores. Laundry, cutting the grass, cleaning the porch, picking up toys, washing sheets, the regular.

fish taco salad

After eating more tortilla chips than I should admit to, I opted for a naked fish taco. I made a slaw from purple cabbage, sour cream, lime juice, honey, cilantro and salt and pepper that paired perfectly with the Jamaican jerk mahi mahi and the mango peach salsa.

And that’s that!

Tell me about your weekend; it had to be a bit more exciting than ours! 

Do you hit up more than one grocery store a week?

Pre-kids I’d hop around to about 3 weekly, but that’s not an option these day.

 

 

 

 

 

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ABC’s of Me http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/abcs-of-me-2/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/abcs-of-me-2/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:19:33 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27537 I have no doubt y’all have seen this survey, as it’s been popping up on a ton of blogs lately. Personally I love reading these, largely because I just love people and learning more about them. Nosy? Perhaps. Either way, it makes for a fun Friday post, even more so if you play along and […]

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I have no doubt y’all have seen this survey, as it’s been popping up on a ton of blogs lately. Personally I love reading these, largely because I just love people and learning more about them. Nosy? Perhaps. Either way, it makes for a fun Friday post, even more so if you play along and pick one to answer in the comments. It’s so much fun for me to get to know you too! Ok, here we go…

A – Age: 31

B – Biggest Fear: If we are talk true, deep biggest fear, it’s dying young. The idea of not being to grow old with David and watch the girls grow up is just unfathomable. I think it’s partially why I love learning and talking about health so much. I know I can’t control all circumstances, but anything I can control, I want to do my best with.

If that’s too deep this early on, then I’ll go with spiders. Because… creepy.

C – Current Time: 6:27 a.m.

D – Drink You Had Last: Water, a few minutes ago. Before that, a whiskey cocktail created by the bartender at Kindred. (Date night last night!)

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: David.

F – Favorite Song: Favorite catchy one lately is the Honey I’m Good– have you seen the music video? It’s adorable! Though I love all types of music, I will say that the one song that makes me stop, close my eyes and jam with it every single time is Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror. Or this version of Waving Flag. Gosh, I love music.

G – Grossest Memory: Nothing comes to mind. Gas station bathrooms?

H – Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia. I lived in the same house from when I was 2 until I left for college!

I –  In Love With: My family. Good food. Traveling.

J – Jealous Of: Though moments surely pop up, overall I am not a jealous person. Rock on with all the awesome stuff you have going on!

green grass

K – Kindest Person You Know: My mom. The woman does everything for everyone and does it with a smile on her face.

L – Life Isn’t Complete Without: Long talks with loved ones. I get the greatest joy out of a glass of wine (or two) and sitting down with family and friends to just talk about life.

Also, chips and salsa.

M – Middle Name: Ann, which is also my grandmother’s first name, my mom’s middle name and Hailey’s middle name.

N – Number of Siblings: 1 awesome bro who I don’t see nearly as often as I’d like to.

O – One Wish: Health for myself and my family so that we may have the opportunity to work towards and realize all these crazy dreams that we have.

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: My mom

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: I hate to copycat off Jen’s answer here, but the exact same thing is true for me– “What are you?” Really, I’ve always been asked what my ethnicity is. It used to happen more often when I was tan during summer, but with melanoma in the family, tans are no longer my thing. To answer the question though, I’m Greek (my dad’s side- Stathas was my maiden name) and Irish (from my mom’s side- Kilpatrick- and my dad’s side- McCary).

R – Reason To Smile: It’s pizza Friday!

S – Song You Last Sang: Oh Mr. Johnny KaBeck how could you be so mean… though I had to make up half the words. David sings it to Hailey yet she insisted I try to sing it. I don’t think she’ll do that again.

T – Time You Woke Up: 6:15 am – sleeping in on a Friday!

U – Underwear Color: Yeah, let’s change this to University. University of Georgia! I love my dawgs and am already getting excited about football season!

V – Vacation Destination: Gosh I want to go so many places! Towards the top of my list is the Greek Isles (though maybe not at this moment). I’d also love to see New Zealand, bike ride through vineyards in Spain and visit San Francisco. Oh! And Seattle. Ok, see, too many to name. I’d go anywhere.

W – Worst Habit: Oversharing? Rambling? Leaving the last load of laundry in the dryer? Take your pick.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: Only the ones at the dentist come to mind. I’ve never broken a bone (::knocks on wood and chews up a calcium::)

Y – Your Favorite Food: Oh man, you know I can’t choose just one! Chips and salsa, goat cheese, scallops and crab, real tomatoes…

Z – Zodiac Sign: Virgo, though I’ve never really known much about astrology.

Share some of your ABCs with me!

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What my 14 Month Old Ate http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/what-my-14-month-old-ate/ http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/what-my-14-month-old-ate/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:54:37 +0000 http://www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/?p=27520 I’ve totally been guilty of googling ‘how many calories does a 14 month old need?’ Some days I just feel like she is so hit or miss with meals and I have that common mom worry- is she getting enough? I’m not about to start calorie counting for Kaitlyn just yet, but to take a […]

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I’ve totally been guilty of googling ‘how many calories does a 14 month old need?’

Some days I just feel like she is so hit or miss with meals and I have that common mom worry- is she getting enough? I’m not about to start calorie counting for Kaitlyn just yet, but to take a closer look at what and how much she is eating, I decided to document an entire day for this month’s Munchkin Meals (first Thursday of each month!). It’s not the most glamorous day of food, but here’s how it went…

giggle bites pureeI try to make a smoothie for her once a day. I fill it with frozen banana, whole milk, almond/peanut butter, a date and some sort of vegetable. Sometimes it’s raw spinach and sometimes I use these frozen purees (Giggle Bites). The spinach and zucchini blends in really well!

how much should a 14 month old eat- smoothieSometimes I’ll add a little protein if she is sharing it with Hailey, but otherwise I just stick to the basics. She’ll usually drink a full sippy cup’s worth, or close to it.

how much should a 14 month old eat-  snack 1We don’t always do morning snacks, because we usualy do early lunch, but if one happens to pop up, I’ll offer it to her. This sweet nectarine was a hit.

Lunch was picnic style at a local park.

how much should a 14 month old eat- picnic lunchShe ate about 4 crackers with hummus, 4 slices of mango and about 1/3 of the yogurt pouch.

In the afternoon she ate the rest of her yogurt pouch, a graham cracker and a few raisins. Then came dinner.

how much should a 14 month old eat- dinnerI almost held off, wanting to show a more cohesive meal, but the truth is a lot of the girls’ meals are pretty piecemeal. Black olives, roasted sweet potatoes in olive oil with a sprinkle of salt, deviled eggs and red pepper strips.

No surprise what she went for first.

how much should a 14 month old eat- black olivesGirl loves poking her fingers in the black olives and gobbling them up.

And the finish… tada!!

how much should a 14 month old eat- after messJust kidding. This is a bit misleading, as she swiped some of her food right off the tray, to Koda’s delight.

She ended up eating all the olives, most of the egg, half the sweet potatoes and 1 out of the 3 pepper strips.

She doesn’t drink milk, though I keep offering, but sips on water all day long. She still nurses once in the morning and once in the evening before bed.

What have your kids been eating recently?

Any must try foods?

Related Posts:

Munchkin Meals: 13 Month Eating Challenges

Munchkin Meals: A Day of Eats for Hailey at 14 Months Old


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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