Monthly Archives: February 2011

Back To Work After Baby

Many new moms face the difficult decision of returning to work after their baby is born. First thing they should realize is being a good mom has nothing to do with working or staying home. Everyone does what is best for their family and for many that includes working outside the home. Just think of the pluses, like adult conversation and being able to eat slowly and tasting your food.

Here is some great back to work advice from TheCradle.com

Going Back to Work…
As a New Mom

by Kim Heyman, LCSW

ack at work, already? If you are like most new mothers, you may experience conflicting feelings about returning to work. It may be difficult to leave your new little one, but you might secretly look forward to uninterrupted lunches and bathroom breaks.

You may also find that you don’t care as much about the work you do, whereas you were deeply committed before you had your baby. This is common in the beginning, but over time your interest will most likely return.

You might worry that your baby will miss you while you are at work or not remember you when you return home after a long day. Rest assured, for the first 6 months, babies don’t know that people or objects exist outside their line of sight. So chances are your baby won’t be distressed when you are somewhere else. However, you can feel secure that your baby knows exactly who you are – she recognized your voice at birth and studied your face for hours on end and she will show her excitement when you come through the door at the end of the day.

Be prepared that your boss and co-workers will probably not be thinking about your baby all day long like you are. They may not ask about your little bundle and might even forget that you are going through a life-changing experience. They will not realize that you’re a different person and will probably expect the same level of work from you as they did before your “vacation.”

Some women forget themselves that they are changed and expect the 200% effort at work that they gave before the baby. Chances are they are still operating at 100% – which is invariably good enough for most bosses and clients.

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TASTY THURSDAY: Spaghetti Carbonara Pie

A change on the spaghetti pie recipe I make for my family. These type of dinners are so easy to make and the leftovers are just as delicious as the original.

spaghetti carbonara pie

Taken from Delish.com

Nutritional Information
(per serving)

Calories 470
Total Fat 18.0g
Saturated Fat 9.0g
Cholesterol 154.0mg
Sodium 595mg
Total Carbohydrate 50g
Dietary Fiber 0.00g
Sugars
Protein 25.0g
Calcium

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce(s) spaghetti
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 6 slice(s) (4 ounces) bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 container(s) (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup(s) grated Romano cheese
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1  large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch(s) nutmeg
  • 2 cup(s) milk

For cooking directions, click HERE.

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Good News: You Didn’t Create Your Fussy Eater

Taken from Yahoo Health

Good news for parents of fussy eaters: You didn’t create them. In an effort to find out what drives unhealthy eating patterns among children, researchers from University College London compared children’s eating behaviors to their mothers’ reactions to said behaviors and found that parents are usually responding to (not the cause of) fussy eating or overindulgence.

The details: The authors collected questionnaire data from 244 mothers of children between the ages of 7 and 9. The moms filled out one survey related to their children’s eating behaviors, agreeing or disagreeing to statements that measured how a child responds to food (for instance, “If allowed to, my child would eat too much”), their child’s enjoyment of food, and whether their child ever avoids food (for instance, “My child gets full before his/her meal is finished” and “My child takes more than 30 minutes to finish a meal.”). The second survey related to the mother’s feeding habits, agreeing or disagreeing to statements like “If my child says ‘I’m not hungry’ I try to get him/her to eat anyway,” or “If I did not guide or regulate my child’s eating, he/she would eat too much of his/her favorite foods.”

Report: Picky eaters are made, not born.

The authors found that what the mothers usually wanted from their children yielded the exact opposite result: Mothers who put more pressure on their children to eat were more likely to report having children who felt full before the end of a meal, ate slowly, were “fussy” eaters, or didn’t enjoy food very much in general. On the other hand, mothers who were more restrictive of what their children ate (those who agreed strongly with the statement “If I did not guide or regulate my child’s eating, he/she would eat too much of his/her favorite foods”) were more likely to have kids who they reported would eat too much if allowed.

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{Fab Friday Giveaway} WINNER! S. Makayle Tutu & Headpiece

{Fab Friday Giveaway} Announcing the winner
of the S. Makayle Tutu & Headpiece!!!

We had 50 entries to win this adorable tutu and headpiece (not to mention the adorable squishiness of that little girl!). One of our best contests to date! As always, a great big thank you to our sponsor S. Makayle Tutus & Accessories. We love your stuff and think your new blog is fab too.

Drum roll please!!! The winner is:

gorgeous number 49!!!

NICOLE S.

who said “I love the Triple Layered TuTu Skirt!”

We hope whoever you give this beautiful tutu enjoys their time wearing it. Please send us pictures!

Congrats again and thank you to S. Makayle. Best of luck with your Etsy shop, blog and raising that peanut!

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TASTY THURSDAY: Chicken Fajita Quesadilla

If you don’t already know about Weelicious, you’re missing out. She’s a mom who’s taking cooking/baking to a whole new (healthy) level. There are always delish things on her website, and it’s nice to know that they are healthy and tasty. A total no brainer.

From her site, today we bring you Chicken Fajita Quesadilla:

To read all about it, get the recipe and instructions, click HERE.

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Have Some Fun With Breakfast

Our Bento box post from yesterday got me thinking about how meals can be more fun. Ironically, this morning as I was flipping through a magazine I saw an ad for the Nordic Ware barnyard pancake griddle. Bingo! More fun for breakfast.

I then went online to Amazon.com to find out more about it. Turns out Nordic Ware offers more than just the barnyard griddle! How fun.

There is a zoo griddle:

The barnyard (of course)

Bugs (luv it!)

And snowflakes

I also believe there is a Valentine’s one.  If you don’t want to order though Amazon, you can check your local Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond for them. Happy breakfast…and whatever else you can think of to do with them.

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Beyond The Lunchbox: Bento Box

I’ve recently discovered the bento box craze. No, we do not have one as my daughter isn’t old enough to eat lunch at school. But if she did, boy oh boy would we be having fun! (On a side note, I did make my own little version for Valentine’s Day yesterday that I’ll share). I don’t know if providing fun shaped food in lunches actually makes the kids eat healthier, but it must be exciting for them to open their box every day to see what’s inside. And their friends must be equally as curious too. Would this make us the coolest moms in the lunchroom?

I’ve picked out some fun websites that feature bento lunches to inspire you. Even if you don’t go crazy, they are fun to do now and again to add a little kick to the day. Enjoy!

This is the heart/pink inspired lunch I made for my daughter yesterday. It features a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich cut out with a heart cookie cutter, strawberry fruit leather cut out with a small heart cookie cutter, pink cup with strawberry yogurt drink and a heart straw and raspberries. She was very excited about it!

As you’ll be able to see, I’m quite the novice when compared to these ladies!

From KookyCulinary a butterfly inspired bento

Dinosaurs from BentoLunch

Winter bento at JustBento

School of Fish and Peas in a Pod from BentoFun

Three witches (Halloween) bento from Another Lunch

All these sites have great information on how to get started, tutorials, shops, tips, tricks (food marker) and much more should you want to join the bento revo(lution)! Good luck.

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