Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Reading, Listening, Watching and Making

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Reading

Expecto Matronum - The best! 

Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life - Fascinating look at geographic data and how neighborhoods shape children for life. 

Listening


Didn't I Just Feed You?


Watching


Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them I was able to watch this on the plane on our recent trip to San Diego and it was so good! I rarely get to watch tv or movies anymore but I'm trying. 


Making


Trick-or-Treat Bear - This is the cutest and I'd be further along if I read directions properly. This pattern is very well written and I can't wait to have my bear done. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Easy Pizza Rolls

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My oldest often asks me to pack pizza for school lunch. I solved the problem of how to pack cold pizza with these easy pizza rolls. She loves gobbling them up and I love how super simple they are to make. I like to buy three or four prepared pizza dough packages from Trader Joe's to keep on hand for pizza requests. They freeze really well and still taste delicious. 


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If you want to get more veggies into your kid's diet, pureeing some spinach or other roasted veggies into the pizza sauce is a great way to bump up the nutritional value without much change in the taste. 


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Easy Pizza Rolls

Ingredients
  • Pre-Made Pizza Dough
  • 14 oz Pizza Sauce 
  • Mozzarella Log, pre-sliced 
  • Pepperoni 
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Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F and place dough on counter to come to room temperature (about 10-15 minutes). 
  2. Roll out pizza dough into a large rectangular shape. Spread the pizza sauce, slices of mozzarella cheese and pepperoni (or your preferred toppings) onto the dough. Roll into a large log and cut slices about 1 1/2" apart. 
  3. Place pizza rolls into a pre-greased muffin tin. Bake for approximately 13 minutes, until golden. Let cool slightly and serve warm (or cold in the lunchbox like my daughter seems to enjoy). 
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Week in Review 10.12.18


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This week ended on a high note with a visit to San Diego to see my best friend. My kids ask about her daily and when I saw they had a day off school, I knew we should grab the opportunity. I also knew Scott would enjoy a weekend home alone without any little voices or feet running around. 


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Exercise

Since I had a shorter week for working out, I packed it in. I did a double workout on Tuesday and I was so tired. Not a smart move! I got in two
 boot camps, a barre3 class and three City Cycle classes. Next week is the start of a 
City Cycle challenge where they want you to do 10 rides in 15 days. I'm going to attempt it though it might be tough. 

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Food

This week was a boring week for food. I made a few meals, my kids rejected but I found to be delicious. I made a terrible pumpkin pie smoothie. It was so bad, I took two sips and dumped it out. I planned to make pizza rolls for the blog but didn't. All in all, just a week. 


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The Girls

Molly is getting stronger at swimming and slowly finding her beat in dance class. Maggie brings so much enthusiasm to her dance class that I have no idea if she is good or not. She is sure having a ton of fun. Both girls are really enjoying school and learning so much. 

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Other Goings On

I got a sweet kit to make a Halloween Bear this week and casted on while flying down to San Diego. I'm not sure how much knitting I'll get done on this trip but I have grand plans! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Reading, Listening, Watching and Making

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Reading


I Finally Got a Vitamix — Here's What I Think of It 7 Months Later - I've had mine for about 3 months and really wish I had bought it earlier. It is so amazing and worth the money. 


From 'Everything Under' To 'Overstory': The 2018 Man Booker Prize Shortlist - More books to read!


A Tale of Two Cities - I'm working my way through this one right now. I really like it. 


Powerful Thread Reminds Us We Can Always Leave Uncomfortable Situations - My parents always gave me permission to use them as an excuse to leave any situation I wasn't comfortable with. They knew that sometimes it is easier to blame someone else when you are kid. I plan to give my kids the same permission and make sure they know I'm always there for them. 


Listening


The Stash Podcast is back!


And so is Serial!


Watching


Skillshare: Donut Flat Lays - Get two free months of Skillshare premium when you sign up using this link: https://skl.sh/2Po34V1 I've been loving these short classes and getting inspired! 


Making


ALL the baby hats!


So many swatches
Saturday, October 06, 2018

Week in Review 10.6.18

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The days are growing crisper and the nights have a biting cold. We are fully into fall, my favorite season of the year. My summer loving husband always watches me with a quizzical eye this time of year. I have a theory about babies born in the summer months versus those born in the winter. He was born in May while I entered this world in December. I wonder if his body craves warmth while mine welcomes the coming cold of winter. Or it could be that I  see more magic in the changing colors of the leaves than in the blooming of the flowers? And he sees it another way? Either way, we are in a magical season and I love it! 


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Exercise

Scott was out of town this week so I worked out later in the morning. While I do love working out in the early hours, I also appreciate a really good 9 a.m. exercise class. I'm considering how I might change up my workout time now that both girls are in school for longer hours. I got in three
 boot camps and three City Cycle classes. I'm at 23 
City Cycle classes and working hard to catch up with my friend who has 34 under her belt. 



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Food

This week was an amazing food week! Shake Shack is opening soon and I was able to go to a pre-opening event and try the food. Maggie was seriously into the food. I ordered a ton and she ate about 75% of it. 


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Additionally our Drifter's Fish share came in and now we are fully stocked in salmon! I purchased a share before the fishing season started which helped support the fishermen and guaranteed me fresh salmon. 

I'm working on a few posts about how I shop for our food so expect to see that soon. I aim for a balance between fresh, local, healthy and cost-savings. I will always go for fresh and local over cost-savings per our families belief systems. 


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The Girls

Molly's school had curriculum night and I loved being able to see her little desk and what she is working on. I may have left a note in one of her notebooks! We are fully in the swing of school which means clothing has been lost and found, complaints about wanting to stay home have been lodged and lunches have lost their exciting appeal. 


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This week after yet another session spent digging in the girls' drawers for underwear that wasn't ripped or beaten up, I decided to take an idea from my husband. Every so often, he gets rid of all his socks and starts over. I decided to just start over from scratch with the girls' underwear and socks. I dumped out their drawers, savaged the few items which were in ok shape and dumped the rest (I still need to figure out what do with old underwear because I am not donating that but I don't want it to go to the dump). I then purchased two new packs of underwear for each of the girls on Amazon and bought a few packs of knee high socks. Their drawers are lovely now and all their items are fresh and new. There is something so satisfactory about that. 


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The girls also got their flu shots and well that was an episode. These amazingly brave kids completely lose it at the thought of getting a shot. Molly literally ran down the vitamin aisle at Bartell's to try to escape the shot room. She's fast and I had to lunge after her while reaching for her braid. We got the shots. They cried and then I bought them toys at the toy store next door. I think we all won in this scenario, except for maybe my wallet. 

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Other Goings On

I had the opportunity to go see VOLTA by Cirque de Soleil this week and it was simply amazing! There is a woman who hangs by her hair, bouncing trampolinists, BMX bike tricks and a very subtle message about the use of social media and how it impacts our lives. Also it was fun to have a night out with a girlfriend and no kids! 
 
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