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By Kay on Wed, Jan 21, 2009


It seems that, over the past five years, almost everyone I know has been pregnant and having babies, including myself. And we all know how welcome it is to have wonderful friends and family help out with meals during those first few weeks home with a newborn. But, sometimes, planning that rotation of meals can become quite challenging and time consuming. Plus, having to repeat yourself 15 times about, “no, we really don’t care for seafood and the older kids don’t need to eat anymore chicken nuggets, thanks.” gets pretty old.

Enter the digital era of meal planning!

Sample Meal Calendar

Sample Meal Calendar from MealBaby.com

MealBaby.com is a great place to combine all the different aspects of meal planning all in one place. You can sign up and create a ‘registry’ for yourself or for a friend. You create a schedule of when those meals need to happen and calendar those dates. There’s a place to specify food likes and dislikes, address, map, and contact information for the family in need. You can also specify near-by restaurants that folks can buy a gift card for if they aren’t able to provide a home-cooked meal. And that’s it! Enter the names and email addresses of the folks you want to ask to help provide the meals and the site takes care of the rest.

What’s perfect about this is the ability for ALL involved to see at a glance what meals are being provided and when. Everyone can see which dates are available and choose the one that works best for them.  Plus, the recipient family can see the same schedule, allowing them to plan their own in-between dates better, and know who to call if plans change at the last minute.  My personal favorite thing?  That you can see what other people have registered to bring so that you aren’t the one bringing spaghetti for the third night in a row!  🙂

So, the next time a friend of yours has a baby, or goes comes home from surgery, or just needs a little TLC from her friends, check out MealBaby.com

Food Prep for Kids

By Kay on Tue, Dec 30, 2008


I know you’ve all been there. You just sat down to finally eat YOUR pancakes after standing at the stove cooking them all day and all the kids can say is, “Mommy, can you cut my pancakes?” Five minutes later your own pancakes are cold (GROSS!) and the kid who you first cut up pancakes for is now done and ready for the next one. So, here’s the scoop on how to make things a little easier on ya:

Pizza CutterWaffles:
My husband just discovered this method and I tried it this morning and FELL. IN. LOVE.

Use a pizza wheel. I still like to follow the straight lines of the waffle pattern. Shawn likes to cut waffles up like a pie. Follow your heart on that, but definitely pick up the pizza cutter to do it!
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My “Mother Letter”

By Kay on Mon, Dec 1, 2008

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If you didn’t get a chance to read the previous post below about this project, you might take a moment now to skim it, as it is the reason for the below letter. Enjoy!

Dear Mother,

I know that you will be reading this at Christmas time, but as I am sitting here writing, we are celebrating the Thanksgiving Holidays.  So, if you’ll forgive the obvious tribute to this season, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share the things for which I’m most grateful as a mother.

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The Mother Letter Project

By Kay on Sat, Nov 22, 2008


The Mother Letter Project is one of the most thoughtful things I’ve heard of in a while and I just had to share.

Instead of spending lots of money on each other for Christmas, a husband and wife have decided to make gifts for each other and donate the money they would have spent to a village in Africa they visited this summer. The husband decided it would be cool to do something to encourage his wife with a collection of letters from other mothers. So, he’s opened it up to the internet and asked mothers everywhere to send him letters of encouragement, tips, wisdom, etc that he can compile into a book to present to her for Christmas. Here’s a portion of what he’s said:

As you may already know, I am creating Christmas for my wife this year and this is the site devoted to her present. Simply stated, I am collecting a series of “open letters” from mothers, to mothers. I am asking you to share your stories — no matter how raw or difficult. Share you concerns or worries — no matter how foolish they may seem. Share your wisdom — no matter how you came by it. Share your mother story. The only request? Start the letter “Dear Mother” and sign it. I will compile all of the letters in a Christmas book for both my wife AND YOU. If you share a letter before Christmas you will receive a copy of the Mother Letters.

I know that I’ll be writing a letter soon (as soon as the kiddos go down for bedtime and I can think clearly again) because a mother of any level of experience has something valid, beautiful, and encouraging to say about motherhood. And consider this my challenge to you to do the same… In fact, I’ll write another post when I’ve finished my letter just to let you know I’ve done it and now it’s your turn.

So, are you on?? Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re up for it, too!

What Do I Do with ALL This Artwork??

By Kay on Fri, Aug 29, 2008


When you live with a budding artist, you live with piles and piles of artwork. And ALL of it is special. And NONE of it can be thrown away. At least, that’s what my 5 year old tells me constantly. And as gung-ho as she is about recycling, I still can’t manage to convince her that we can recycle some of her artwork, too.

So, instead of living with the masses of piles everywhere, I started looking for ideas of what to do with it all to help contain it and keep it from taking over my entire house. I came across several great suggestions like these:

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Holy cow!! Great use of visuals to help explain the proposed budget cuts and their actual impact on the overall budget.

You’ll never fold tshirts the same way again!

If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

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