10 Things To Do This Weekend

September 23, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

It’s finally fall and it’s a great time of year to get out and enjoy nature with your family. Of course, the weather won’t always be perfect so you’ll need some other things to entertain your brood. Here are 10 things you can try this weekend to kick off the fall season with your family!

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1. Take a Nature Walk

This can be simple, like a walk around your neighborhood or local park, or more elaborate, like a camping trip or visit to a state park in the mountains. Either way, you and your children are bound to have some fun and find some some little critters (and maybe some big ones!) while you’re out and about. Not to mention, all you momtographers out there will have some great photo-ops!

2. Collect Leaves

Kids love this! You can find them in your own backyard or at your local park and they come in different shapes and sizes. You can jump in big leaf piles (our personal favorite) or make traditional leaf rubbings once you get home.

3. Root for the Home Team

You don’t have to have tickets to a NFL or college game. See if your child’s little league friend is playing this weekend and go cheer them on!

4. Try a New Cuisine

Give a new taste a whirl, something your kids haven’t tried. Maybe Thai or Indian food. You can even give them some background about the country by visiting it on the map before you go to the restaurant or reading about it on the net.

5. Get in Touch with the Outdoors

Can’t make it to the mountains? Try camping in your backyard. Pitch a tent, roast marshmallows, and check out the stars. Don’t have a backyard? Pitch a tent in your livingroom! Just as fun, if not more!

6. Get Cooking

Kids love helping out in the kitchen. Try pizza or muffins. They’ll love mixing, measuring, and, most of all, mess making!

7. Try Something New

Pick a new sport or skill to try out. Try ice skating, horse-back riding, or roller-blading. This will offer a great opportunity for some wonderful family time together!

8. Have a Movie Night

Family movie night is always fun. Pick a classic movie, order pizza, and top it off with popcorn and ice cream!

9. Play Outside

It’s that simple! Take a walk together, ride bikes, play tag, or just enjoy the your backyard or local playground.

10. Do Yardwork Together

Kids are great at pulling weeds or helping out with the watering can. Toddlers also think they are big helpers as they use their bubble mower while you do the big jobs!

What We Love Right Now September 21, 2011: Power Foods for Kids

September 21, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

There’s no doubt that most kids are getting more than their fair share of food {just take a look at the climbing childhood obesity rates in our country}, but that doesn’t mean that that your child is eating the right foods. Sneak in a few snacks here and there to boost their energy levels and choose foods that fit in easily to their diet with the right vitamin and mineral sources.

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1. Calcium

We all know most kids would rather chug a power drink or juice overĀ  a glass of milk. Kids ages 4-8 don’t get enough calcium. Try string cheese or cube cheese with some pretzels as a snack to boost your child’s daily calcium intake. And, don’t forget to encourage that glass of milk at dinner!

2. Vitamin E Rich Foods

Check your labels! Many cereals are chuck full of vitamin E. Almonds are also a good source. If you’re still in baby food mode, puree an avocado–another great source of vitamin E!

3. Fiber

This one is a biggie, mainly because it keeps your little one regular. Almost all children have trouble at one time or another with constipation, so having enough fiber in their diet is a must. Foods that are high in fiber are beans, apples, popcorn, oatmeal, whole grain breads and cereals, and sweat potatoes.

4. Potassium Rich Foods

All children need potassium for proper fluid balance and muscle contraction. We know that bananas are a great source, but so are fish, tomatoes, yogurt, and orange juice.

What We Love Right Now September 14, 2011: The Color Purple

September 14, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Fashion Trends, Girl Talk

No, we’re not talking about the movie! We’ve been keeping up with all our favorite clothing stores and it seems that one color will reign supreme this fall season: purple! These great plum hues look perfect with jeans or black or brown slacks. There are tons of accessories out there as well in this wonderful color and we’ve even seen some kid fashions in this shade as well. Here are a five of our favorite purple finds:

1. Sweater Shawl, Newport News $34.00

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Why do we love this piece? Well, to us it is a little different and we like that. Instead of wearing a bulky sweater, you can just add this sweater shawl on top of your turtleneck. We also love the flower accent!

2. B. Makowsky Flats, Zappos.com $93.50

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You don’t always have to wear heels to look or feel chic. As moms we need to look for a little comfort here and there and these flats are just that PLUS they’ll give you a bit of style. Ballet flats are a hot fall trend and in this patent plum color you’ll definitely be keeping up with the fad!

3. Jacket, Mod Cloth $97.99

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We think Mod Cloth said it best when they described this jacket and functional and fashionable. This piece will pair well with jeans or slacks, making it a dressy or casual item.

4. Necklace, JCPenney $15.99

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We really like this necklace. Not only is the price pretty hard to beat but it offers a little more “umpfh” than other fashion jewelry that seem to be mostly beads only with no design. The flowers in necklace are just the right touch!

5. Sweater, Gymboree $20.99

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Your little girl will be stepping out in style when she’s wearing this cute cardigan from Grymboree. We of course love the shade, but also the buttons!

Pumpkin Dip

September 12, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Meals In Minutes

If you’ll be entertaining at all this fall season consider this sweet pumpkin dip as an appetizer. Whip it up in minutes and wow your guests!

Pumpkin Dip

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What You Need:

4 c. powdered sugar
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
1 can (30 oz.) pumpkin pie filling
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger

Fix it Fast:

1. Combine sugar and (softened) cream cheese until well blended.

2. Beat in remaining ingredients.

3. Store in an airtight container and place in the fridge to cool and set.

Serve this dip up with gingersnaps or graham cracker sticks.

Easy Baked Apples

September 12, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

We love this apple dish. They are a perfect autumn treat, easy to make, and smell delicious while baking!

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Easy Baked Apples

What You Need:

10 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

1 cup brown sugar

2 tsp cinamin

Fix It Fast:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix apples, sugar, and cinnamin in a large bowl.

3. Place apple mixture in large baking dish.

4. Bake 45 minutes, stirring apples every 15-20 minutes.

Serve as a dessert with vanilla ice cream or use as a side with your favorite fried chicken or grilled pork chop dish.

Got Guilt? Working Mom Guilt That Is…

September 2, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

Guilt overcomes all mothers at some point-stay at home or working-it’s just part of parenthood. Maybe you were ridden with guilt when you gave birth or when you hopped on plane to have your first vacation sans kids. If you work, you probably have more to deal with than the stay at homers. You have a work schedule to consider. You can’t just miss a staff meeting to watch soccer practice or show up late to work to drive the morning carpool instead. That would be nice, but you can’t because you work. Guilt. You can, however, live guilt free and we’ve got some 3 tips to help you find the guilt-free you!

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The Kids Really Are Just Fine

You probably feel a ton of guilt just dropping your children off at daycare, if you are still in that stage. But research has shown that kids turn out pretty much the same with working or stay at home moms. They don’t become geniuses just because mommy was with them 24/7. So, leave the guilt at the sitter’s door. The kids will be just fine while you are at work.

It’s Not Just You

Millions of mommies work. In fact, if you talk to some of the women at your work place you’ll find many of them are going through or have been through your exact situation. Share your guilt with them. They will understand where you are coming from and you will feel so much better just for sharing your feelings.

Kids are Resilient

You know the feeling: You are 5 days into the drop off routine and your child is still clinging to your leg screaming as you try to leave their room. Guilt. You really shouldn’t worry because chances are she stopped crying and calmed down a few minutes into the classroom routine. If she didn’t, you would be getting a phone call. If you’re really worried you can always call your child’s sitter or school to check on them and make sure they calmed down and carried on with the day.

Do you work outside the home? How do you cope with “mommy guilt”? Leave us a comment!