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!

Labor Day Coupons!

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Labor day is coming up this weekend and we want to give you the opportunity to shop now so you can enjoy your vacation.  If you are a mom, right about now you might be uttering the words “What vacation??” The pretend vacation you will have with your wine after the kids go to bed, or the 3 mins and 28 seconds you are in the bathroom by yourself.  That vacation!

Here are two coupons for you to use effective pronto tonto!

Flip Diapers Cloth diapering system

Flip Diapers Cloth diapering system

ecodough

ecodough

Begin Again Toys Lemonade Set

Begin Again Toys Lemonade Set

The coupon code PUSH will take 30% off all regularly priced merchandise*

The coupon code AFTERBIRTH will take an extra 15% off sale items.

For those of us who are expecting with overdue babies, may your labor day be filled with labour!  (this is especially for one of our customers who is 9 days overdue)! For the mommies, grannies, and super aunties, our only goal is to not labor to hard chasing kids, cooking, cleaning, playing taxi, or concentrating on ignoring the tug of war over skylanders in your living room during this holiday.

A cups!

A cups!

Dads, just ignore the credit card bill.  The kid’s needed it:)

YES!!!

YES!!!

Check out the site for swaddles, strollers, playpens, bottles, and a bunch of other fantastic offers!
*The PUSH coupon cannot be used with any other coupons.  There has to be a minimum purchase of $30.00 for the PUSH coupon to work.  The AFTERBIRTH coupon can be used with other coupons. There has to be a minimum purchase of $10.00 for the AFTERBIRTH coupon to work:)

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click here to shop

Namaste for real this time.

Cherished Life.

Cherished Life.

I have a love hate relationship with yoga.  I love it when I’m doing it, but I hate it when I’m thinking about doing it.  Something about all the heavy breathing that really rots my cabbage.  Even worse I feel like I’m always behind the hairy guy who passes gas all during class.  My favorite type of yoga is Bikrhim which makes the gas passes even worse.

When I was incubating the mini I had to give up my Bikrhim yoga and take prenatal yoga.  It was then I realized that the Vinyasa flow yoga wasn’t really that bad.  My instructor was also very touchy which I loved.  I got a scalp and neck massage during the last five minutes of class every class!  The less people in class the longer the massage.  Needless to say if more than 4 people were in class I was kind of cheesed.  Selfish I know but, geez that lady’s hands were magic!  There was also no gas!  You would think that a bunch of pregnant women would light the joint up but nope.  We did.  We are ladies:)

After the baby, it has been difficult to get back into yoga because:

I have a baby.

I’m nursing.

I have a baby.

I’m tired.

I’m hungry.

There is no one to watch the baby.

I can’t go to far from the house because I’m nursing.

I need to lose weight before I can put on yoga pants.

Who is going to watch the baby?

I mean there are at least 17 other legitimate reasons as well, I just chose not to list them.

Then here comes Cherished Life Yoga.  The owner and one of the instructors Vanya is like a zen Duracell battery on the “you can do it” train.  She convinced me that not only can I do yoga but how awesome I would be at it.  To make her sell even easier the studio is less than 3 miles from me.

The Cherished Life studio is in the Café of life building and offers a variety of classes.  I encourage all who live in the area to go!  Cherished Life has a variety of Yoga classes which you can check out here.

Vanya also does juice cleanses for those who want to kick up the heath and well being!