Our kids will never know the struggle of a Walkman.

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I came across this on facebook and immediately cracked up.  I was just having this conversation with one of my customers this morning.  Our kids will never know what it’s like to sit patiently on your bed with a pencil carefully winding your favorite cassette to get the actual tape back into the case so you can play it.  Or even worse trying to gently pull the tape out of the tape player without snapping it when it gets stuck and goes haywire.  Yes my friends, those memories will not be relate-able with our children.

If you can’t download it, they won’t play it.

Enjoy the video!

 

and in case you didn’t feel old enough lol

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The Teal Pumpkin Project.

I have a child with allergies so I am very sensitive to the plight of moms who fight for action on behalf of their children’s allergies.  I am very fortunate that my child’s allergy is not a food allergy and I sympathize with those parents and children who have to monitor very closely what they eat as for some it could really be a life or death situation.

I have encountered some not so nice people when trying to protect my child from his allergens.  He happens to be highly allergic to man’s best friend.  Some people will defend their right to do what they want even if it harms others.  I have certainly seen that with the peanut allergies.  I have seen parents be upset because special provisions had to be made when bringing treats to their child’s school, or they had to adjust their child’s lunch due to allergy restrictions.  I choose to believe that most people who don’t have allergies or a loved one with allergies are only this way due to lack of knowledge.  At least that is my hope.  I hope that by participating in and spread the word on the Teal Pumpkin project we can have a more understanding environment.

Teal Pumpkin Project
Teal Pumpkin Project

Due to the sensitivity of information surrounding allergies the verbage must not be changed, altered, or picked apart.  In other words I have to copy and paste as is.  I hope that you will take the pledge!

Join FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ to help us create a safer, happier Halloween for all!

Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.

Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project™. This year, you can be part of an even bigger movement by joining 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™

Take part in FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™:

  • Join 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™. Take the Pledge>
  • Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available. Download a Sign>
  • Make a gift to FARE to support research, education, advocacy and awareness programs that make a difference for the 15 million Americans living with food allergies. Make a Gift>

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!

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National take your parents to lunch day.

This is all sorts of awesome and I personally will be at the kid’s school with my lunch on the 14th! His school lunches have come a long way from the oil soaked burritos with mystery meat in my cafeteria.  I will admit i used to love the macaroni and cheese with ham.  It was disgusting now that I look back on it I mad at my mom for allowing me to sincerely enjoy such bad food lol.

I have always been an advocate for healthy lunches.  When looking for schools for my children the lunch menu is generally the second thing I look at.  A child can’t learn properly on poor nutrition.  I was a huge fan of the Jamie Oliver show Food Revolution when it was on.   He had such an important message and was shedding light on a major issue. My mother is actually from the unhealthiest city in America which is where he was on the first season.  Watching that episode just made me realize how proactive I have to be in every aspect of my son’s education. You can check out the first episode below.

Most days the kid brings his lunch to school and he loves it.  The biggest challenge I had was other kids trying to trade him their electric blue gummy snacks for his homemade desserts.  He wanted oreos, so I made some.  He wanted gummies, so I made some.  Anything he wants that is unhealthy, I do my best to make a healthier version of it so that he doesn’t feel deprived and is not tempted to accept the trades.  I have only been defeated by flaming hot Cheetos. I hate them and I wish they never existed!

This is a great opportunity for you to see what is going on in your child’s lunchroom. If your children’s school is not participating you should definitely send them the information since there is a 1,000.00 grant up for grabs.  If you click on the picture you can check out all of the details.

National take your parents to lunch day!
National take your parents to lunch day!

We are expecting!

I haven’t been blogging for the last couple of weeks because I have been working out deals and getting things prepared for our Pop up!!!

Happy Mango x Krog Street Market
Happy Mango x Krog Street Market

We are very pleased to announce that we will be opening our pop up shop just in time for holiday shopping!  Our store will be located in the super hip Krog Street Market @ 99 Krog Street, Atlanta, Ga 30307!  We will be unit J:)

We will keep you updated with the details on when the actual opening day is.  We plan on having lots of really great stuff to play with in the brick and mortar location!

As always we will make sure that our new items are up on the website so that our cyber besties can shop and enjoy.

If you are in Atlanta we totally look forward to seeing you!  If you are not in Atlanta, forward this email to a friend who is:)

This is how we feel about our pop up!

The Jungle Book Trailor!!!!!!!

Happiness and Joy and Joyfulness!
Happiness and Joy and Joyfulness!

This has totally made my day!!!!!!!!!!!  I cannot wait to take the kid to see this.  I wanna be like you-hoo-hoo!!

The fact that it has Scarlett Johansen in it makes me even happier.

Idris Elba as Shere Kahn also makes me pretty, prettaaaay happy!  As you can se I am overwhelmed with emotion! I am so excited to see this.  I’m happy that my son likes Jungle Book!  I’m sad that my sisters live in Philly and Toronto so I cannot geek out with them on the day of release.  I’m sad that this will scare the slobber out of my daughter so I will leave her with daddy who could care less about Jungle Book.  That in itself is pretty disrespectful, however, he is African so he gets a pass.  He has barely seen any Disney Movies.  So sad.

Why I say????
Why I say????

Now, for the confusion.  I have no idea why Disney and Warner Bros. are both doing a version of the movie?  No shade to my former employer but I’m totally going to see the Disney version.  Who knows maybe I will see both.  I just feel like merchandising nightmare.  Which movie will win out the happy meals and such and so forth?  Furthermore, will the children who love the other movie be disappointed?  This does not make me happy.

Meatless Monday’s-The baby food edition

meatless babyfood!
Babies can get in on the Meatless Monday fun too!

My daughter is 9 months old and I do my best to make all of her baby food. I try to create mini versions of what the big ones are eating so she doesn’t feel left out. This Meatless Monday she had baby versions of our breakfast and dinner. There will be many more baby food recipes to come.
Container number one (from left to right) has adzuki beans, quinoa, and bananas.

Recipe:

Cook quinoa per package instructions

Soak adzuki beans overnight. Add fresh water. Boil. Simmer until tender.

Put adzuki beans and quinoa in a food processor or baby food maker. Pulse until desired consistency. Mash in banana.

Container number 2, black rice, and spinach.

Cook black rice per package instructions. Use veggie broth instead of water and add chopped onions.

Steam spinach

When rice is done add rice and steamed spinach to food processor or baby food maker. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. You may need to add water or breastmilk.

Container number 3, mango oatmeal

Recipe

Cook steel cut oats per package instructions. Add a bit of cinnamon to the water as it cooks.

Cut a mango. Purée it in a food processor or baby food maker.

Once oatmeal is cooked, add to mango purée and pulse until desired consistency is reached.

I don’t have measurements on here as the servings were family sized. I just took her portion out before adding spices or additions to the grain portion of our meal.

Star Wars X Pottery Barn.

If I had a spare $8000, this would be on the top of my spend it on list!  We are a family of Star Wars lovers (except dad because he is African and that is his excuse for everything).  My 7 year old has so many Star Wars tees he could build a bridge out of them and we just started the baby on her Star Wars collection.  With my spare $8k, I would buy them both the Millennium Falcon bed!

I see a Darth Vadar room in my kid's near future!
I see a Darth Vadar room in my kid’s near future!

We just went to Disneyworld to celebrate Star Wars weekend and participate in Jedi training camp for the kid’s birthday.  To say the force is big with us in an understatement.

I was never a huge pottery barn shopper but they will definitely get me now.  I won’t be buying the bed but I will go in and purchase the sheets and accessories lol.  I feel it would be disrespectful to George Lucas if I did not.  No one wants to upset uncle George.  I’m thinking we may even need to do a Star Wars Halloween.  The baby would make a great Chewbacca or Yoda.  Pottery Barn has provided the inspiration that will go from now until December.

AWESOME!!!!!
AWESOME!!!!!

We are going to buy everything Star Wars to prepare for the upcoming holiday release!

Maybe we can invite grandma over for a sleepover!
Maybe we can invite grandma over for a sleepover!

Here is the preview for Star Wars movie The Force Awakens coming Dec 2015!