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December 28, 2010

>5 new years resolutions

>2011 is upon us, and I can hardly believe it. Two babies. Home owner. Living in a different state far from California that I lived my whole life. My life has changed dramatically in the past five years. And finally, I am starting to feel “settled”. So what a good time to set some goals for the New Year:

* Take more “me time”, even though I feel tremendous guilt when I do. Go out once a week, if only for an hour, to do something alone. And once monthly, take some extra time to do something just for me – whether it be a pedicure, seeing a movie, or enjoying a leisurely lunch all by my lonesome.

* Spend more alone time with Jonathan. We certainly do not do this enough. We need to call on the sitter more often and go out to be a couple. Our relationship was so whirlwind, we hardly had a chance to be a couple. We need to do this.

* Get in shape. Hayden and Hadley are both doing well at the gym daycare, so it’s time for me to get back into shape. I need to hit the gym at least three times a week (if not more). I want to feel good in my bathing suit an shorts this summer.

* Eat healthier. I’m not going to lie… I have been a chocoholic for the last couple of years and I need to curb this. Drink more water. And continue to try to weed out the processed foods. Floss. Everyday.

* Strive to be greener. We do things that are “greener”, but we could be even more so. This year I will do the things to be a greener household. Like, remembering to take our reuseable bags to the grocery store. In the winter months when farmers markets are not available, trying to purchase natural, organic and local food products, even if they cost a little more. And not buying individually wrapped items, like juice boxes, Keurig coffee cups (we can pack our own resuseable cup) and water bottles.

What are your New Years resolutions?

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December 18, 2010

>attn: twin cities mamas!

>OK, so I should have posted this about a month a go and I really don’t know why I didn’t. A friend of mine introduced me to this little gem of a store out in Mound called “Mama’s Happy” and I gotta say that it makes this mama very happy!

This little store is only open one weekend a month (however, ’tis the season, they’ve been open the last couple of weekends) and sells only handcrafted, repurposed, vintage and upcycled items by local artisans. Every month the artists update their displays, so there is always something fresh. How cool is that right? And some how I’ve managed to make a few purchases in only a couple of trips.

So, Twin Cities Ladies, this shop is open this weekend! And won’t be open again until the new year! Get in your car (bring your kiddos – there is a small play area with  movies and things to do for them) and get down there!

Address: 2271 Commerce Blvd, Mound MN 55364
Open today, December 18th open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and tomorrow, December 19th noon to 5 p.m.

Hurry! Get down there! Now!

December 1, 2009

>eating green, eating healthy

>Since baby, we’ve struggled to prepare fresh foods. We don’t eat out like we used to, which is good, but we tend to lean on quick, processed foods to nourish our bodies.

Last week Jonathan watched Food, Inc. and decided it was time for a change. Which I was pleased about because he is the bigger culprit of bad eating. So we set out this weekend to locate grass fed meats, organic and/or local produce and restaurants that accomodate this. Believe it or not, to find affordable eats was a bit of a challenge.
First we visited our new “Farmer’s Direct” thinking it would be chalked full of local and organic produce. We were disappointed to see the small corner that had minimal organics and they were pricey. We did make any purchases here.
So we headed to our local “Henry’s Marketplace” to see what we could find, by way of meat at least. We learned that they carry natural meats, but only found two packages of ground beef that the cattle were grass fed. I inquired with the butcher about the “natural” meats, and while they are free of hormones, the animals were corn fed. We left with a package of grass fed ground beef, which wasn’t as lean as we would have liked and I try not to eat a lot of beef.
Then we headed to the organic fruits and vegis section to discover, albeit more, a minimal selection. AND, two organic zuccini’s (that were packaged in plastic and styrofoam) were $4.50. and a product of Mexico. We took a pass and opted for our farmers market that happens on Sunday.
We had a successful trip to the farmers market, but learned that of all the farmers present, only three were organic. But the prices were much more affordable. so we happily made our purchases.
Finally, we headed in to our local Chipotle for burrito bowls and discovered that they are advocates of only using natural meats. In fact, had a poster with an endorsement from the owner about the film, Food, Inc. While the wall facts didn’t indicate whether the meats were grass or corn fed animals, we at least feel good that we are eating healthier when we need that quick fix.
Any one out there trying to tackle this dilemma? Any recommendations?