Archive | March, 2013

“How To…” Roundup: 7 Posts from ProBlogger’s March Group Writing Project

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Last week ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse issued a challenge to write and share a “How To…” post.  I was planning to write about how to shake a bad mood anyway, so I submitted my link and watched as the other posts rolled in.  There were so many fun and interesting topics covered that I wanted to share some of them with you.

Here are eight posts that will each teach you something useful or creative.

1. How to Make Banana Jam

Bananas are a staple in our house. Usually they get eaten up each week, but depending on breakfast cravings and how warm the weather is, sometimes I need to rescue them before they turn black. Often I just toss them in the freezer and make banana bread later, but one family can only eat so much banana bread. I’d never heard of banana jam before, but after reading this post from Confessions of an Overworked Mom I’m definitely going to try it.

2. How To Have a More Productive and Energetic Morning

I have a love-hate relationship with morning routine advice.  I love to have productive and energetic mornings, but I hate that most of the advice seems to be aimed at people without small children who are, by necessity, part of the routine.…

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My Path To Motherhood: A Guest Post on The Happiest Mom

I’m excited to be part of the My Path To Motherhood Series on The Happiest Mom this week. My guest post tells the story of my crooked and unexpected path to motherhood, now almost three years ago.

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“I have to tell you something,” I said hoarsely, not at all sure how I would manage to speak the next words aloud. I’d caught a cold while I was in New York, but it wasn’t congestion closing my throat.

I was perched on the hearth of my fireplace, across from my best friend, Kirsten, who was lounging sideways across my purple love seat. My ex took the couch part of the set the previous year and I hadn’t got around to replacing it.  I was usually the only one sitting in my living room, anyway.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Can The Grouch: How To Get Rid of a Bad Mood

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Photo by Marine*B via Creative Commons on Flickr

Have you ever had one of those days when everything is going wrong? Someone put the milk container back in the fridge with only a tablespoon of milk in it so you can’t have cereal. You trip while carrying your full mug of coffee and you have to change your clothes again. You step on a stray lego and you can’t find your keys and you are late to get the kids out the door. And all that happens before your day even gets started. It is enough to put anyone in a bad mood!

Whether the world is conspiring against you or you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, try these methods for shaking off the cranky before your family starts calling you Oscar.

Get Outside

A study at Duke University found that 30 minutes of brisk exercise three times a week is as effective as drug therapy for treating major depression. Just getting outside in the sun and filling my lungs with fresh air lifts my mood almost immediately. Go for a quick walk around your neighborhood, go pull some weeds or pick some flowers from your yard, or take the kids for a trail walk or to the park.…

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Quick and healthy lunch idea

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I’ve been reading the 101 Cookbooks Blog for longer than I’ve called myself a cook. I’ve always admired her one-bowl meals which have shown up in many formats over the years. She shared two in February, a salad and a kale rice bowl.

They both sound good, but what is thrown together from on-hand ingredients in her kitchen would take preparation in mine. Za’atar? Pepitas? Those are not on my staples list. I also need a lunch I can make fast. Really fast. No poaching of eggs or sautéing of vegetables. As quick as that might be for her it is out of reach for me at the noon hour with a tired and hungry toddler at my elbow.

Then I came across this recipe for Warm Farro Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Spicy Dressing and suddenly it all clicked. I have found my perfect, fast, healthy, one-bowl lunch.

I have eaten it 10 days of the last 14.

What’s great about this recipe is that you can easily adjust it in several directions and to the taste of the individual eaters. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s 10-minute farro and one bag makes enough for several days worth of lunches.…

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3 Herbal Bath Tea Recipes for Every Mother (Who Needs a Break)

Mama needs a break. Shut that door and give yourself a little self care with one of these easy DIY herbal bath teas. ::

Last week I had a “Calgon Take Me Away!” kind of day. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and it all went downhill from there. A hot bath (alone!) behind a locked bathroom door sounds pretty good any time, but on that day it was totally necessary. During my little one’s nap, I ran a bath, dropped one of my rejuvenating herbal tea bags into the hot water and by the time I emerged I was a new woman.

Here are three simple bath tea recipes that every bath-loving mama should have on hand. One for relaxation, one for rejuvenation, and one sensual blend for when your spirit is willing but your body is just worn out from wrangling kids. Run a bath with a bag of this tea after your kids are in bed and make a date to meet your sweetie in bed for an early night. Better yet, invite him to join you in the tub!

Be a little cautious, here, though. Herbs are potent.  More is not necessarily better in this case! A small muslin bag or tea bag (3×4”) is enough for a full bath tub and you can re-use it once or twice for a milder bath.…

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