We do kids shows.
If you live in Portland, OR, you should check out CuriousComedy.org and see when the next Curious Garden Show is. I take Chandler to these and he loves them. At the end of the show, the kids are invited to come onstage for an open mic talent show. It’s mostly kids singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and telling incoherent knock knock jokes.
Ok new parents: have you ever felt just so damn tired that you couldn’t even read the parenting book that would tell you how to put your baby to sleep so that you could be less tired? I have. That’s why I’m thrilled to see a well-designed e-book that uses video along with writing to help tired new parents learn how to take care of the little poop-machines in their lives. One of the contributors is my favorite car seat expert, Dr. Alisa Baer, (aka “The Car Seat Lady”) who personally installed my son’s first car seat after we got home from the hospital (and demonstrated the 500 ways my husband installed it incorrectly.) I also blame her for turning me into the car seat safety fanatic that I am today.
So, if you are a new parent, or soon-to-be-parent, check it out!
Two of my kids’ favorite vegetables. Broccoli and green beans. I can offer them these any day of the week and they’ll eat them without any hesitation.
If you notice, these are cooked. They’re ready to reheat and serve. But they have both been done just enough to retain their color, crispness and nutritional value. They are both cooked the same way. Steamed or par-boiled for 3 minutes then chilled to stop the cooking. Then we’ll reheat right when we’re ready to plate the food. Most usually with a pat of butter and a little salt and pepper.
Of course, other cooking methods (or raw) and seasonings can be used, I find it’s easy and the kids prefer them this way. Many vegetables’ nutrients are fat-soluble, so using a little butter, olive oil, cheese or other fat is a good way of getting those vegetables to not only be healthful, but also taste really good. Broccoli roasted with olive oil, sea salt and with or without Parmesan cheese is another great option!
I find it’s probably the sweetness and mildness of these two that make them so popular with kids (unless, that is, if you’ve got the bitter broccoli gene).
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
California seventh grader launches Hello Kitty into space.
What a great idea for Valentine’s Day!