I just came across this article posted in the Huffington Post comparing lunches served in schools around the world versus the US and wanted to share it with all of you. It’s so important what we feed our children. After getting pregnant, Keyvan and I really tried to change our diet at home, buying mostly (if not all) organic non-processed products. Now, especially that Layla eats everything we do, it’s even more important that we are aware of foods we have in the house. Unfortunately I can’t always control what she will eat and I try not to be too picky when we are out…I’m not going to stop her from enjoying ice cream at Disneyland or having french fries… but I do get nervous thinking how bad the food could be that she will potentially one day receive at school every single day. Just comes to show you why we are a leading country in obesity and cancer. I really hope a greater effort is taken to change the foods that are offered to our children. It is important to instill healthy eating habits in our kids from a young age.
With Valentines Day coming up next weekend, we’ve been trying to get in to the Valentines Day spirit this week! Layla and I put up a few decorations around the house. I got this sign for above our fireplace from Target.
This weekend, we made some yummy Valentines Day cookies using our organic Honest Company sugar cookie mix. It came with Layla’s Christmas diaper bundle, but we had it delivered a little later so we didn’t get a chance to use the mix over the holidays and used it now instead. We ended up eating most of the cookies ourselves and sharing a few with our neighbors.
Layla had a play date yesterday, so we made these Valentines Day goodie bags for her to give to her friends. I filled them with a coloring book, crayons, a Hot Wheels car (Layla loves these) and chocolate (which the kids shouldn’t be eating, but the box was so mini and cute)…a small Valentine for her to share with her friends.
For her play date, I wanted her to wear something a little Valentiney (not a word I know). I just bought her these overalls from Target and really wanted her to wear them. I have always been obsessed with baby’s in overalls and finally got Layla a pair. I paired her overalls with a top she had from Gap thats red with white hearts. I must say she looked darn sweet!
Lastly, this morning, we practiced our Valentines Day breakfast we want to make on Saturday. I made scrambled eggs, hash-browns and toast, then used my cookie cutters to make everything heart shaped. I think this weekend I will add some heart shaped pancakes too! We are obsessed with breakfast in this house!
What are your Valentines Day plans???
Layla loves anything with cheese. Yesterday she had a lot of protein with her lunch so I figured I would give her a vegetarian dinner, so I made her a quick and easy mac and cheese with a side of broccolini aka baby broccoli. I like using broccolini because the florets are smaller and the stalks are longer so it makes it easier for Layla to feed herself. For the mac and cheese, I had three different types of organic cheese so I mixed it with some pasta, milk and sliver of butter and dinner was made. Layla loved it!
Three cheese organic mac and cheese:
1. Boil 1/2 a cup of organic pasta (I like using Trader Joes Organic Vegetable Radiatore pasta) until cooked completely and drain.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of each: shredded mozzarella, shredded monterey jack and fresh parmesan (I only use organic cheeses, but you can substitute with any type of cheese you like)
3. Add 1 teaspoon of butter and 4 tablespoons of milk
4. Stir until creamy
5. Serve with your little ones favorite veggies and/or protein
I worked 5 straight nights this week! This was the first time I have had to work nights since having Layla. It was actually not as bad as I had anticipated, minus the fact I have slept approximately 4 hours per day. I don’t know how I am still alive but somehow motherhood prepares you for anything. Prior to this week, I was so fearful that I would not get to see Layla enough because of my schedule but actually being gone while she is asleep at night allowed me to spend most of the day with her…the time I should have been sleeping ;-). Daddy had to take the load of waking up at 5:30 AM everyday…yes that is when Layla chooses to start her day every single day, so we were all pretty exhausted this weekend. Fortunately, we had no set plans this weekend, so we just relaxed. Saturday we went to Balboa Island and had some ice cream and walked around by the water. Sunday we were lazy most of the day in our PJ’s and only changed in to some sweats aka yoga attire and went to the grocery store. Otherwise we lounged around the house and played (and I did laundry of course). It was so nice to just relax a little with both of my loves.