Pinkberry Nice Cream

Ok, so there is no such thing as Pinkberries.

But there should be according to this recipe.

I won’t comment much on the last 72 hours of my life, let alone the last year but I will serve you up a nice cool treat you can enjoy in this heat. (Sorry if you’re in another part of the world that is currently enjoying winter, don’t mind me; keep enjoying).

So what have I been doing for the past year?

Working, traveling, breaking immigration laws, mothering. All the fun stuff. Life isn’t as  easy as March 2018, but it’s still adventurous and there is still value in the complications. Lucky for me, I can fall back on Nice Cream to temporarily soothe my aches and pains.

Here goes:

3-4 Small frozen organic bananas

1-2 hand fulls of frozen organic blueberries

Blend all of that in your hand dandy food processor 

Toppings you could choose:

  • ground flax
  • muesli
  • dates

Or do use whatever you have… more importantly just improvise, and just enjoy yourself.

Above all consider the following:

That Ben & Jerry’s ice cream contains 19 g of fat in a single half-cup serving, and 10 g of that is saturated (the “bad” kind, which raises our levels of LDL cholesterol). The American Heart Association recommends we limit our fat levels and cut back on saturated fat, making sure it doesn’t exceed more than 5 to 6 percent of our total calories—that’s about 16 g of saturated fat daily for someone on a 2,000-calorie diet. So one serving of our chosen sample exceeds that total.”

Choose cruelty free, nutrient dense nice cream next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millennial Workflow for Potty Training

2/3 kids officially potty trained! Time to put that one up on the mommy board.  But whose keeping count anyways right?

I am. I am keeping count. I’m over changing diapers. I have years in this, and will be satisfied once I can put all this behind me. One left to go, one left to go….

So, each kid is different right. Adjust your strategy and targeted energy based on what cues your kid is putting out. I knew my kid was ready, when he started handing me a diaper to change him. Not all signs will be this apparent, but keep a look out.

Also know, each child learns at their own speed.

For example:

Child #1 picked up potty training fast, but often had night time accidents. As a matter of fact, he had one last night.

Child #2 has taken his time, but the few nights we forgot to put a pull up on, he surprisingly didn’t wet the bed.

See the following workflow below, as a guide for your sanity. Nothing more nothing less.

  1. Buy underwear, let them pick it out. Some parents even buy a book with a cute story about potty. I must not be one of those parents.
  2. Pick a long weekend in, and start from there. The new #netflixandchill papa.
  3. Choose your hardware: seat adapter, stand alone potty, (sometimes you waste money buying both because one doesn’t work ::sigh:: )
  4. Begin conversations about pee pee and poo poo. Easy way to do this,  demonstrate! I was spared from this step, Papa was able to provide visual reference for both boys.
  5. Shed the diaper. Some like underware, or some go bare-bottomed. Adjust according to your kid. Note, kids will pee on anything they feel on their bums. This is lie, but sometimes it feels that way.
  6. Offer bathroom breaks every hour. Some will say every 20 mins. Well I just don’t have time for that. Avoid what I did, by asking, “do you need to go to the bathroom?” Their response will always be “no”, and you will always believe them, just keep the mop close.
  7. Wait patiently- because you will be sitting on that floor waiting and they will smile and you will ask “did you go pee pee?“,  they will say, “yes!” like they did, but they lied. They didn’t do anything.
  8. When they finally do the duty, C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E. Some buy skittles and keep them in the bathroom. I give dark cacao. Sometimes this step works in reverse too. I once bribed Ezra to go to the bathroom for dark chocolate cacao, only for him to go sit on the potty and let out a tiny drop to get his prize. #genius
  9. Be patient, and repeat all the previous steps, because getting your kid to go once doesn’t mean his rhythm is established. For all you know that could of been an anomaly. But don’t lose hope!
  10. Hygiene, teach them to finish with washing hands. Luckily the potty we bought, doubles as a stool, freaken beautiful and worth every penny. My kids sing their abc’s/twinkle twinkle little stars to measure time scrubbing.  It will be funny seeing how they handle the correlation as adults later in life.
  11. Test. Some parents like to test the efficacy of their training and leave the house for an hour or two.  Over achievers, good luck with that!

Overall, potty training can be emotional. How your child responds to the training will depend on your patience and reactions. Ok that’s a lie, some kids are just not going to go when you want them to go.  Forget what Freud said, If you shame them a little sometimes that works too. Get your kids use to your personality now, but all jokes aside do your best to harbor an environment that they thrive in!

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional. This is for fun. I have however had to sit my buttocks on the cold tile floor for hours waiting for little bums to make music. If you are needing further research, research.

Mommy vent disguised as a “how to” Veggie Bath

So I haven’t given my blog any love. I’ll be honest this is a de-stress IDGAF write. This is a so not concerned with pleasing readership at this point, because frankly there isn’t any kind of write.

This past week has been hectic. I’ve been all full mommy mode and having been away from my “day job” I’ve erased a bit of my identity. Has that happened to any moms out there? Have you ever got lost in being a mom?  Isn’t it actually more the rule than it is the anomaly?

So rewind a bit: I’ve been on this extended vacation which means all this free time to myself to do the things I’ve always wanted to do,  (AMAZING right) ?! I convinced myself I was going to take up hobbies and past times completely foreign to me.  For example, this here blog. Food styling. Acroyoga  let’s not talk about that yet… the list continues.

The point is, I put myself out there.  I’m doing these things. I’m trying. Insert –> school starting back up, and all the chores associated with that and no time to do the things I want or for myself = wrench thrown into mommy scales of balance = blah

In the past, I would burrow myself into warmth and familiarity of excel spreadsheets or get sucked into the endless loop of people management.  All those little safety nets I strung up like, “I have to work” or “I have no time” could easily provide me a distraction from the “mommy imbalance”. That commodity doesn’t exist on extended fantasy vacation island “in the world of reinvention” to lean on in moments like this.  Everything is foreign, new, uncomfortable.

I can’t turn to that amazing recipe I wrote, or remind myself that my upside down handstands are amazing (cause I don’t know how to do them, yet.) What I do know how to do, is stay forever stuck in the mommy mode abyss, avoiding the subject of imbalance all together until one day I have a melt down because I find a package of broken open crackers in between the sofa cushions (not a real story, don’t worry) but this could happen you know!

What I’m turning to are the things I know and the things I can do and share with you ! One of those things is cleaning veggies. Cleaning veggies is not really a thing of my childhood. My parents didn’t do it. So why do I?

I wash my veggies because I’m aware of the neurological affects pesticides can having on growing children. I’m also aware that synthetic pesticides can damage our brain and nervous system especially in growing children, disrupt our hormones and contribute to cancer.

So here goes:

  1. Take vegetables out of your reusable sustainable (non plasticky bag) it’s ok if your not doing this yet. One day, one day.
  2. Fill up your sink with water.
  3. Wellness mama will tell you 1:4 vinegar to water. She’s great, follow her instructions or do what I do and dump like a bunch in. I eye it.
  4. Go to instagram for 30 mins, or forget them overnight like I do.
  5. Drain water rinse, and eat your cleaner veggies. There is never any guarantee it’s all gone, but at least you know you did what you could.

Although I’m still very much in mommy mode, writing this out for you from my heart and mind  puts me on the path halfway there to restoring some balance to me. It’s still not as great as mastering that upside down handstand thingy, but I don’t know anything about that yet.

Easy Lemon Pancakes (VEGAN)

1.25 C of Flour (I used organic non bleached artisanal flour, use what you have)

1tsp of Salt (I eyed it)

1/2 C  or less of a preferred sweetener (I also eyed this)

Lemon Zest ( I used half a lemon-1 lemon, I squeezed the lemon into it as well, yes I abuse)

Combine ingredients above. I make the neat egg, then in a small pan warm up the following ingredients. I do this, because they incorporate better. I start heating up the gridle at this point. 

1 Flax egg (make this in a cup, I use neat egg)

1.5 C of Plant based milk (I prefer hemp)

2 Tbsp Vegan butter

Combine both liquids and solids and spoon onto griddle, cooking each side until bubbly then flip,

 

 

 

 

Year of the Dog

For those not aware, it’s year of the Dog ya’ll. Chinese New Year papa. My family isn’t Chinese. Although I’m 1/2 filipino, I hardly think that counts.

Approximately 3.8 million people in the U.S. are of Chinese ancestry. Here in Panama, roughly 6% of the population are Chinese as taken from the census in 2010. This is apparent in local culture and can be heard through the fireworks, tasted through the cuisine and shared through local markets.

This gives us the perfect reasoning here at home to hand out red envelopes in honor of this lunar holiday!

“Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or holidays such as Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is a symbol to ward off evil spirits. Red envelopes are usually given out by married couples to single people, regardless of age, or by older to younger ones during holidays and festivals.

If you don’t have access to these in your area here’s a nice site DIY that you use  Chinese Good Fortune Envelope.

Chinese New Year Story can also be read (decide whats right for your family) for fun.

My advice- mark this on the calendar and let this be a tradition your family participates in.

 

 

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