Two out of my three kids are picky eaters. The middle kiddo, who is 9, will take at least a bite of most things that we ask him to try. He prides himself on being our adventurous eater. My 3-year-old…is a typical picky toddler. She eats PB&J, chicken nuggets, bananas, goldfish crackers--the usual. I’m not worried about her. She’ll come around. But my oldest, my 12-year-old...that’s another story. He’s always been a picky eater. He always preferred to have the same lunch made for him to take to school every day. I always assumed… >> Read More
"Are you sure you aren't having twins?"
"You must be due any day now."
"You are definitely bigger this pregnancy than with your first two."
And, the best one of them all…
"Do you know…what you're having? Because I know you're having a girl." I answered, "Oh, really? Why do you say that?" Waiting for her response, I was quietly expecting her to say, or at least lie to me, that I am glowing like it's a girl. But, she replied, "Because she has taken away all of your… >> Read More
I had the best idea for dinner last night. I texted my husband at 9:30 a.m., completely aware that he had just finished his breakfast and wasn't even thinking about lunch yet, not to mention dinner.…I wrote, "Vegetarian lasagna?" As soon as I read back, "yes to lasagna," off I went to Trader Joe's. Craving only dairy lately, specifically cheese, I bolted straight to the cheese section. Was that water leaking from the ceiling, or was I really drooling? After examining and deliberating between all six containers of freshly grated… >> Read More
We went to an indoor water park this weekend, and I had no intention of having my picture taken. I've gained 20 pounds in the last six months; in fact, I had to buy a new bathing suit before we…left. Six months ago, I posted a picture of myself in a bikini on Facebook and wrote an article about it. I posted it because I was skinny. I was skinny because I hadn't been eating. I was in a bad place emotionally and physically, but YAY skinny, right? I'm doing a lot better now.… >> Read More
I go through the McDonald's drive-thru at least twice a week to order a Chicken McNugget Happy Meal for my son. The smell of fast food French fries bursting from the box is beyond…enticing. My son orders macaroni and cheese off the kids’ menu at the majority of restaurants where we dine. Why is it that when delivered to the table, the creamy bowl of cheesy noodles is screaming at me, "Eat me, eat me!"? The cheese is always melted so perfectly throughout, and the shape of the noodles is so appealing that my mouth… >> Read More