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ThriveFamily had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration in Palm Springs surrounded by family and friends and 5.5 kids under 5. We played in the pool. We ate. We laughed. We missed ThriveSister and we missed ThriveGrandma (first big holiday since she passed) but it was a really happy time.
(Side note: I do wonder how people with young children went on vacation without the likes of VRBO. It is SO much easier to travel with children when you have a proper house as your home base rather than trying to cram a family with different sleep schedules into a single hotel room).
That being said:
All of that happiness pales in comparison to what transpired on Friday once we arrived home. ThriveToddler pooped in his potty for the first time. I have NEVER been so EXCITED for poop EVER. It was a completely magical moment full of high fives and big smiles.
How it all transpired:
He’s been doing this thing where he sneaks away to somewhere private every time he needs to poop. This time, that “somewhere private” was in between my legs as I was washing the dishes after dinner. He was surprisingly receptive to ThriveDaddy’s suggestion that he poo poo in the potty this time (prior such suggestions were greeted with a stern and aggressive ‘no’). I got him out of his diaper, he sat his little butt on his IKEA potty and pooped away. When he was finished he got to flush all by himself. Did I mention it was just brilliant?
While I’m not ready to dish out potty training advice yet, this is the stuff parenting dreams are made of and a parenting win like this will keep me going for at least a month.
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Hey Mommas — in between the daily tasks of making lunches, folding laundry and carting kiddos to activities that often seem mundane and unimpactful, remember one thing: what you are doing matters. You have already made, and continue to make, a massive difference in someone’s life. Don’t take my word for it. Read this article entitled “The Significance of Parenthood”. It is a beautiful and inspiring reminder of the weight of parenthood and an article I have bookmarked to read regularly. Excerpt:
Our work will lend us the opportunity to show our worst, but also our best selves in action: it is the particular words we will find, the touch of our hands, the encouraging look only we will be able to give, the swerve towards lenience or the brave defence of principles that will make a decisive difference to the sorrows and joys of another human being.
For a laugh:
One woman stumbled upon a copy of a 1958 McCall’s magazine. In that magazine was an article entitled ‘129 ways to get a husband’. She decided to share it and it is as great (and as cringe worthy) as you would expect. Here are my favorites but do yourself a favor and read all 129:
- Attend night school – take courses men like.
- Read the obituaries for eligible widowers.
- Don’t take a job in a company run largely by women.
- If your mother is fat, tell him take after your father. If he’s fat too, tell him you’re adopted.
- Become a nurse or an airline stewardess – they have very high marriage rates.
First, if you are a mom of a toddler and don’t know about the Busy Toddler blog, you’re in for a real treat. Busy Toddler’s founder, Susie, was a teacher before becoming a full time SAHM. The blog is FULL of toddler appropriate activities to do at home. The activities are simple and the blog is organized by subject matter making it super easy to find an activity that meet your goal: Quick and Easy, Inside Play, Outside Play, Math, Science, etc.
Second, and the reason for bringing this up, earlier this week, I received one of Busy Toddler’s email updates and it REALLY resonated. In this email, Susie encouraged/begged Mom’s to make a point to get into the family photos; she dubbed this a “proof of mom” picture. In the full blog post, she describes a couple things:
- Why it’s so important: to record yourself growing up in motherhood
- How to accomplish this: ask a stranger for help (Susie claims that she has never been turned down when asking a stranger to take a “proof of mom” picture and I believe her)
I realized after the first year of ThriveToddler’s life that I had about 2000 photos of him alone, him with ThriveDaddy, him with ThriveGrandpa, him with InsertAnyOtherNameButThriveMomma. I’m going out on a limb here but I venture to say that if Susie ran into this problem and I ran into this problem that the majority of Momma’s out there also ran into this problem. That’s why I LOVE the concept of a Proof of Mom picture. I am on a mission to implement this challenge and I challenge you to do the same!
For a healthy start:
I’ve been in a bit of a breakfast slump lately. If I have to eat yogurt and granola one more time I just might scream. It’s just so easy to throw together and eat on the run which keeps me coming back! I found and tried this GREAT recipe for Mini Frittatas-To-Go. I love these for a couple of reasons:
- They’re delicious
- They’re healthy
- They’re easy to cook on Sunday and have ready for Monday
- They remind me of those yummy Starbucks egg bites
Olive oil cooking spray
8 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 ounces thinly sliced ham, chopped (approx. 2 slices)
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan (cheddar works well too!)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Spray 2 mini muffin tins (each with 24 cups) with nonstick spray. Whisk the eggs, milk, pepper, and salt in a large bowl to blend well. Stir in the ham, cheese, and parsley. Fill prepared muffin cups almost to the top with the egg mixture. Bake until the egg mixture puffs and is just set in the center, about 8 to 10 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, loosen the frittatas from the muffin cups and slide the frittatas onto a plate to cool!
For the Holidays:
I LOVE Trader Joe’s! I love them year round and especially around the Holidays. I will eat all of the Candy Cane Joe Joe’s if you let me. My friends at Swirled have compiled a list of the best holiday items at TJ’s right now and I want all of them:
So Keurig (the Company behind the super easy single cup coffee makers) just launched a cocktail-making machine. I’m intrigued but also pregnant so in quite a predicament. The first seemingly positive about this new product, dubbed the Drinkworks Home Bar, is that Keurig and Anheuser-Busch have partnered together in this venture. It sure seems that the two company’s areas of expertise will mush together to make a decent product. The second check mark in the positive column is the time it takes for the machine to create a cocktail — it’s quick — like under a minute. The third is the versatility: over 15 cocktails and beer at launch with this number likely to go up.
The cost of the machine is steep at $299 but the price of the pods seems pretty reasonable $3.99 a pop. That being said, I can see this being perfect for people who love to host parties but don’t love to spend the entire night making cocktail after cocktail for their guests. It also would provide a sort of “wow factor” for guest experiences. It does seem pretty inevitable that cocktail automation will be the way of the future and would be fun to play with!
The Verge has a more comprehensive write up on this: Read here.
The Drinkworks website has a cool demo video: Watch here.
Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:
20 Things Working Moms SHOULD Do This Holiday Season: My top three: #4 –Build a gingerbread house and proudly post pictures of your #PinterestFail; #6 – Splurge on house cleaning; #15. Work from home on a day you know no one’s coming in.
What Happened When I Woke Up at 4;30 for 30 days: ThriveMomma has been on this bandwagon for ages; join me.