Summer Fondue Night

Confession: this heat turns me into a whimpering baby.  I don’t want to eat, I don’t want to move, I don’t even want to think.  Today, the heat index was 103, which I realize is no where near as bad as it is where my college roomies live in Oklahoma and Arizona, but for this Ohio girl who loves her snow, I felt like I was suffocating.  We came home from a birthday party and I realized that I needed to feed the kids and nearly broke down in tears.  I made an off-handed comment about just wanting cheese and crackers for supper to Matt and he asked why we couldn’t do that.  Lightbulb!

Veggies, cheese, meat and dip platter

We eat a lot of fruit in the summer.  Tonight, the four of us put away a quart of strawberries, several cups of watermelon, bananas and cucumbers (which I do realize are not a fruit, but at 96% water, they made the dinner plates for a reason.).  I wanted some protein so I sliced up some local cheese and pepperoni to eat with a quick dip for the cucumbers.  And graham crackers.  We eat a LOT of graham crackers in this house.  Everyone gobbled their meals down and I had some leftovers to keep for snacking.  Yay!

Peanut Butter Fondue, fruit and crackers

Peanut butter fondue

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 8 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. strawberry jam
Whisk together until smooth and fully incorporated.  Serve as a dip with various fruits, crackers or even carrots.

Fitness Friday – 07.06.12

This update is going to be a quick one.  I’m beat.  The hubs has been home most of the week, so I worked out like a crazy person Sunday-Tuesday and then toned it down.  We went to the zoo, we walked an outdoor mall, swam with the kids and I snuck in a power strollering class this morning. On the upside, I’ve discovered that I can run for 40 minutes straight, so I feel much better about actually completing the Color Run in TWO WEEKS without walking.  I’m praying the temperatures get a little less gates-of-hell and a little more… reasonable.  I swear, if another person wants to tell me that there is no way global warming is real, I will have to refer them to my throwing up in the woods today during the free run portion of class.  Ugh.  This heat.

Victory of the week: The realization that I can run 2 miles (and probably more) as long as I don’t let my body tell me at a quarter mile my legs won’t go any further.  I was super excited about this and ran 6 miles in 3 days… more than I had last week total!

So how was your week?  Did you manage to get any exercise in during the blistering heat wave this week?  How did you stay hydrated?

Festival of Food!!

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of summer, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthy snacks and picnic food, or anything you could take outdoors with you. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.

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Festival of Food Carnival
Festival of Food Carnival


Earth Mama Angel Baby Review

Recently, I was given the chance to review some products from Earth Mama Angel Baby.  They have launched an herbal first aid kit , since not all of us have the super super green thumb we wish we could have, these products actually can serve double duty!  I had no idea how this bundle would be so great to have on hand for herbal help on the go or at home!  Mama’s Herbal First Aid Bundle includes every little herbal thing you need to care for life’s little mishaps, safely, naturally and effectively.

Mama’s Herbal First Aid Bundle comes all packed up in a handy Organic Cotton Tote and includes:
My sample kit came in the mail on a rough day in this house.  To be completely honest, I have days when anxiety more than threatens my calm… I adore my little ones, but man, they make me work for my motherhood!  I opened the box and saw the Happy Mama Spray and immediately spritzed the air around me.  Sylvi is teething and no amount of homeopathy, Tylenol or amber necklaces have been helping us.  The scent floated down to her and she finally smiled.  Therapeutic benefits aside, it smells so very good!  I am anxious to try this in the car too.  We’ve discovered that Liam has nasty car sickness and as much as I dread the wobbly “Mama” from the back seat, I am carrying it in my diaper bag from now on.
With teething in our house comes wicked diapers and fiery red rashes.  The bottom balm is safe for cloth diapers and really works.  I like the herbal scent and the creaminess of the balm.  Sylvi is a toddling boo-boo right now, so while I change diapers, I’ve been dabbing a little bit of the balm on her scrapes, too.  Making my own antibiotic ointment has been on my to-do list for quite a while, but I think I’m set now.  Nothing like all natural to go with the case of Phineas and Ferb bandaids, right?
What is the first place on your body to get a sunburn?  For some reason, my shins act as though I’ve run them under the broiler the first few times I’m out in the sun.  My shins.  Not going to lie here… I hosed my angry, red legs down as soon as I realized that 20 minutes in the sun had the potential to ruin my evening.  You have to keep applying just like you would with any other product, but it works just as well if not better than any florescent, chemical laden goo you can get from the grocery.  I’d rather use this on my babies’ skin if they do get a burn, although I really hope I never have to use it in that capacity!
I look forward to continuing to use these products throughout the summer and discovering all the uses they have the potential for!  Earth Mama Angel Baby sent me this kit to help me boost my herbal powers and let me tell you, I need all the help I can get! I was sent a sample product for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.  These opinions are my own (and pretty darn awesome) but your experience may differ from mine.
Have you ever tried any Earth Mama Angel Baby products?
 If so, which one is your favorite?