Shabbos Menu: P’ Vaera (Jan 16-17)

Next week is yeshiva winter vacation.  I’ve already heard from DS2 that he has 2 friends going on airplanes.  We’ll try to plan some fun day trips, but in this family- there will be no airplane involved.  Not this year. I don’t feel pressured to keep up with what others are doing for vacation, but I do want my kids to go back to school feeling that they had a lot of fun.  We’ll take them to museums and to visit family.  I think that Read More +

9 Things to Do in the Carpool Line

It’s the most dreaded time of day. Where we live, there isn’t any bus service, so we have to pick our kids up from school. Whether or not you arrange a carpool, there are always days it will be your turn to wait in the longest car line ever. The carpool line. Having spent a lot of time waiting in the carpool line, I put together the top 9 things I do while waiting for my kiddies. In no particular order, here they are: 1.  Eat Read More +

Lesson Learned – Daycare Drama

As I was dropping off DS3 at daycare this morning a bad memory entered my mind. It was soon after DS3 was born and I had to bring DS2 to daycare.  I was holding the baby carrier with one kid in it, another kid was running in front of me and another was dragging behind.  It was freezing outside and I was looking in front, looking in back and shlepping along slowly until I finally reached the front door of daycare.  As  I looked up, Read More +

12 Months to a Healthier You: Review of 2014

12 Months to a Healthier You is a monthly challenge I’ve decided to take on. By taking on small challenges every month I’m hoping to make lifelong changes in the way I live. I cannot believe that a new year has already begun! For the past year I have blogged about the 12 months to a healthier you challenge I took on. I thought it was great and am surprised I did it for the entire year! As a reminder, here were 2014’s focus areas: Read More +

New Leaf Wellness – Freezer Cooking Plans

I’m always looking for new websites that have healthy, easy, freezer-friendly recipes and I think I hit the jackpot.  New Leaf Wellness is a site dedicated to slow cooker meals and freezer cooking and the best part is that most plans and recipes are kosher! Now, I’m not the hugest fan of crockpot chicken (I will have to work my way up to trying those types of recipes again), but so far I’ve made the slow cooker turkey black bean chili (sans the cheese) and Read More +

The Bad Kind of Co-Sleeping

I know every parenting book talks about how to sleep train your baby, but for the 2 years that DS3 has been alive I’m finding it impossible to do. While my other kids eventually slept in their beds the entire night, DS3 has never been trained to do so. It’s effecting me, my sleep and probably his sleep too. You see, sleep training takes time. Time I don’t have. My objective every night is to be sleeping. When DS3 wakes up in the middle of Read More +

Shabbos Menu: P’ Vayigash (Dec 26-27)

I can’t believe that Chanuka already came and went!  We had a great time and saw some really cute Chanuka plays!  My kids got a nice bunch of presents and it always amazes me that the ones they play with the most are not necessarily the most expensive.  This year they’re into their hot wheel sets and have accumulated a nice collection.  I hope it’ll keep them busy on the cold Shabbos afternoons to come. I had off of work yesterday, but didn’t want to Read More +