Friday, December 14, 2012

Pizza, the New Vegetable

When did eating healthy become a trend?  There are a lot of buzz words out there for today's diets...paleo, gluten free, no trans fats, no refined sugars, non gmo, organic, raw, real food, non processed, etc...all of which, refer to eating a healthier diet.  It's overwhelming and a little obnoxious to see this stuff in the grocery stores.  It's like all of this is a big surprise to people.  Like they had no idea that eating a ton of sugar, fat, salt and carbs, aka processed foods, is bad for them.  Don't get me wrong, I too indulge in foods of that nature.  I just don't over indulge.  I have it sparingly.  I don't deprive myself of anything.  If I want it, I eat it.  I just don't eat them all day long and only them.

Then you hear about all the kids these days that are "picky eaters".  I'm beginning to hate those two words.  They get my blood boiling!  ATTENTION PARENTS:  You are the adult.  You choose what foods to feed your child.  If you feed them nothing but sugary carb loaded snacks all day long, then that's all they're going to want.  If they don't eat their meal, then they don't need to eat anything else until the next meal.  Maybe that's a little harsh, but that was how I was raised and that is how we raise our boys.  I am not a short order cook and they will eat what we eat.  I started the boys out eating all sorts of fruits and vegetables.  Now they love all sorts of fruits and vegetables.  Their main intake of food is not all white (pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, etc).  They prefer to eat vegetables to meat.  Yes, they do like the white foods, but they're OK with having that as 5% of their meal as opposed to 90%.  This is not to say that they aren't like every other kid in the world...if given sweets or pasta, they are for sure going to eat them.  Who wouldn't??

I'm just saying that eating healthy doesn't have to be, and in our case, isn't a chore.  Feed yourself and your children better foods.  Your health, as well as your child's, will be much better.  You will prevent disease and obesity.  Things that are, sadly, on the rise in our nation.

Oh, and by the way, Congress did not pass pizza as a vegetable, they were talking about the tomato paste used in the sauce counting as one serving of veggies.....ridiculous! I could go on and on about this topic.  But, I won't.  I'll spare everyone.  I was thinking about it today and had to get it off my chest.  Thanks for listening!

I recently read a book called, "French Kids Eat Everything" by Karen le Billon.  She has some great tips on how to get your kids to eat a wide variety of foods and to stop mindless snacking.  Some of the things she proposes are not too practical since we don't live in France.  It's mostly a cultural thing, but the idea behind it is good.  I suggest to everyone who has "picky eaters" to read this book.

Monday, October 8, 2012


It's been a really long time since I've written anything.  Sorry about that.  After my mini mental break-down,  (you can recap in this post), a lot of things have happened.  Upon reading this post, Auntie Jean took it upon herself to buy tickets for the 2 older boys to go back to Texas for a "vacation".  Essentially, my vacation from the boys.  It was splendid!  At first I didn't know what to do, but I got into it pretty quickly.  It was SO QUIET!  I know that the boys make a lot of noise.  I didn't realize how much noise they made until they were gone!  

After about a week of silence and bliss, Bean, the hubs and I drove up to Yosemite to be reunited with the rest of our little family.  My in-laws (which by the way, are the best in-laws EVER) flew to CA with the boys, rented a house in Yosemite, and we all met there for our joyful reunion!  It was so great to see the boys!  I was so happy and had tears of joy....something I didn't think was possibly just a couple short weeks earlier.  The whole time we were saying hi with hugs and kisses and tears, Turkey kept saying, 'Mommy, you sound different'  I'm sure I did...I wasn't screaming!  

It was such a nice visit.  I highly recommend going to Yosemite if you've never been.  The scenery and views were incredible.  I'm amazed that we live so close to something so beautiful!  After we had spent a nice, calm, relaxing few days there, we loaded up the car and drove to Beverly...Hills that is.  Actually we drove to Huntington Beach, where we stayed for another few days.  Again, the in-laws rented a RAD beach house.  This house was pretty awesome, and really close to the beach.

We took many pictures on our trip to Yosemite.  These are just a small snippit of what we saw.

 Our first view of was breathtaking! 

The family minus Bean (he was in the car) 

Bean on a walk

 Half Dome

The water had just started flowing! 

The boys in Huntington Beach.  Sadly, I didn't take a whole lot of pictures here.  It was beautiful!

Our trip was amazing and my vacation away from the boys was amazing.  I have the best family!  Thank you Jean, Joyce, & Carl for bringing back my sanity!  I love you!!!!

Monday, July 30, 2012


First off, Turkey lost my wedding ring.  I left in on the counter for an hour or so and he found it then promptly lost it.  I asked what had happened to it and he said, "It  magically disappeared."  I'm sure one day this will be funny, but at the moment, I am PISSED OFF!  I don't understand why they do the things they do.  We went to Whole Foods today to get some body wash and shampoo for them.  The entire time we were there, they were touching things, pushing each other, running down the aisles, knocking into people and at one point, the sales lady came up to me and said, "Ummmm..." I look up and the boys have pushed every single item on the shelf  to the very BACK of the shelf.  I just needed to get 2 things.  We were there for 45 minutes because every time I started to read a label, they were misbehaving.  So, I had to stop and corral them back over to my area.  I was so distracted and angry and upset by the time we left, that I don't think I even bought what I needed to buy.  And to top it off, before we left the house, I asked if anyone needed to go to the bathroom and if so to please do it now.  I got a NO, from everyone.  As soon as we walk in there, I see dancing feet...of course Turkey has to go to the bathroom and then proceeds to lock himself in the stall.  I swear, sometimes I feel like I have raised wild animals.  They are rude and disrespectful.  They don't listen to a word that comes out of my mouth, nice or not nice, and it infuriates me to my very core.  My stress level is very high.  I feel like at any moment I am going to have a heart attack or stroke because of the way the boys are making me feel.  I have a physical on Wednesday morning.  I'll be very surprised if she doesn't tell me that my blood pressure is high.  I don't know how much more my body can take.  I tell my husband about the things that they do, but it doesn't matter.  I feel lost and alone and in constant state of anger or unhappiness.  I really don't like my boys right now.  How does everyone do it?  How do you teach your child manners and respect for others?  I'm obviously failing as a Mom, because they completely ignore me and are blatantly disrespectful.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!  That's all I want to do...scream and cry.  I hope your day is better than mine.

Friday, July 27, 2012


I think these pictures sum up the boys personalities to a 'T'!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Who's There?

According to Google Stats, I have an audience in Russia, Germany, the UK, Iraq and South Korea. I know who's reading my blog in the little sister (or at least I hope it's her). I think it's pretty cool that it tells me these things. So, Что нового?, Grüß dich! Hello!, Shakumaku, and 안녕하세요!

I copied those from Google, so if they aren't the correct greeting, maybe you could comment on what the proper greeting would be?

It would be great to hear where everyone is from. If you could let me know in the comment section where you are from, I'd appreciate it! It will be fun to see where the readers are ;)

30 Day Mom Challenge

I came across this a while ago and decided to post it.  Given my recent hardships with my boys, it's nice to have something like this to give me a little push to try and stay focused on being a better Mom.  What you need to do is take whatever date is today and start on that number.  So, today is the 23rd...go down to number 23 and do that and the next day do number 24, and so on until you done all 30 in 30 days.  Then repeat.  Seems easy enough....


Friday, July 20, 2012

Scentsy Review

Have you ever heard of this?  I'm sure my Texas friends have.  I've noticed that any home based business (ie:   Tupperware, Scentsy, Silpada, Premier Jewelry, Pampered Chef, etc.) are things that most Texans know about.  Maybe it's because they have a little more expendable income than Californians?  I got off, have you heard of Scentsy?  It's basically a wax warmer.  The warmers plug in and kinda remind me of a mini crock pot.  You put in some scented wax, turn it on and enjoy the smell of deep fried ice cream, or whatever suits your fancy.

I recently purchased one from my friend (a Texan) and have really enjoyed it.  I know a lot of my friends have these things and absolutely love them.  Well, I'm here to say that I am a convert!  I love this thing.  All the smells are pretty right on with what the real thing is.  The scent is really strong and lasts for a while.  Plus it makes my entire 1100 square foot apt smell yummy!  I say yummy because all of my waxes are food scented.  So I will no longer be buying plug-ins or any of those kinds of air freshners.  I really really love my Scentsy warmer!  So far my favorite smell is Sugar Cookie.

If you want to see what these are all about, check out Alison's website.  I guarantee you will find something!

As a side note, Alison did not ask me to do this, I am doing this of my own free will and am not getting compensated in any way.  I just think this stuff smells awesome!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Losing My Mind

So, I lost it.  I completely lost my shit yesterday.  All I wanted to do was vacuum the car...that's all I wanted to do.  Could I do it? NO!  Of course not!  Is it really too much to ask that I get some alone time.  Albeit, my alone time is always something that I'm doing for the family and hardly ever for me.  For example, going to Costco, Target, the grocery store, the post office, etc.  And even my "alone time" vacuuming the car was still child filled.  They were in the car at first and then I realized that wasn't going to work, so I let them play in the grassy area right next to the car.  I had to remind them to watch Bean and to not run in the street.  Well, I got about 5 minutes into my zen (I find it oddly relaxing to me crazy) and I had to stop. Turkey was beating Angel with a stick, Angel was leading Bean around by the neck, quite forcefully, then lifted Bean up onto a lamp post and then LET HIM GO!   REALLY?!  I know they are only little boys and they don't understand consequences yet, but COME ON!

OH, and to top it off, my neighbors who live upstairs and catty corner to us were walking out to their car, speaking in Spanish, and I hear "blah, blah, blah, CPS"  I look up and they are all looking at me.  Coincidence...I think not.  Well, my mind starts spinning and I think of all the times I am screaming at the kids and I think to myself that it's been a lot lately, so they have a lot of ammunition.  But then I think, screw them.  They don't understand what I am going through nor do they  know me or my family.  So, yeah, screw them.

I am fully aware of my actions and how I sound.  I also know that I should not be screaming at the kids like I do because it doesn't do anyone any good.  But I also feel like I can't help it.  When the boys start screaming and fighting and not listening, I feel my whole body tingling with annoyance and anger.  I know that other moms go through this.  I know this because I had to have a heart to heart with a friend, only to find out that she is going through THE EXACT SAME THING!  Word for word, we are dealing with the same bullshit.  I do take some comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one.  And, no, I did not think that I was the only one going through this.  It's just nice to hear it from someone else.

How come know one talks about this stuff?  I mean, with the sincerity and fervor that this topic deserves?  Why do we tiptoe around how we are really feeling?  Are we afraid of the judgement?  Are we afraid that if we say it out loud, that we are admitting that we are horrible Mothers?  I think if we just admit that it's hard and that we sometimes lose our cool, that we maybe wouldn't be so hard on ourselves and we might find out that other Moms are going through the exact same thing.  You know that saying, 'It's takes a village to raise a child'?  Well, they weren't lying.  It's especially hard on those of us who are displaced from family and are the only caretaker for your children.  I am always in a much better mood when we are back home visiting family.  We have help and the kids no longer out number us.

Don't get me wrong, I do love my children and can't imagine a life without them.  But on those frequently occurring moments when they are being a pain in my ass, I really don't like them or want to be around them. I want to run away and not come back for fear that I will forever ruin their emotional psyche and child like spirit with my own unresolved childhood emotions that I am taking out on them.  And, yes, I know where all my crazy comes from.  I just don't want to impose that on my children.  We all want better for our kids than what we had.  I'm working on my stuff and hopefully I don't screw up the kids too much.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


It's super cute, but not so safe (eating while lying down), but I find him doing this a lot.  He just lounges and eats his little snack...this is what I found at my feet while I was writing.

By the way, the little snack bucket that  he has in his hands was something that I bought on clearance from a little online baby boutique.  I've got to say that it's the BEST snack bucket I've ever bought!  It's called a Munchie Mug.  It's a spill proof cup with a spandex opening so that it's easy on little hands to slide in and out.  Plus, it doesn't allow more than a few cheerios or raisins to come out of the hole at one time.

Friday, July 13, 2012

How Much More Can This Kid Take?

My little Turkey is sick. He has a virus. It kinda looks like hand foot and mouth, but I'm not sure. I've called the nurses hotline, and emailed the doctor with pictures and they all tell me it's just a virus, but to keep an eye on it.

I am so over my boys being sick. Usually it starts out as some sort of allergy thing (we are still getting used to all these different plants and trees out here in CA) and then develops into some virus. With Turkey, it's always a little worse. When he was just a tiny boy, he came down with RSV. RSV is an infection of the lungs and breathing passages. It's a horrible thing when you are a baby. Turkey spent his 3rd week of life in the hospital quarantined because of this nasty little virus. And because of this, he now has asthma and eczema and who knows what other auto immune thing that is out there. This in turn, I feel, makes him more susceptible to any virus/disease that is out in this world. If anyone's going to get it...Turkey will get it. And it will put the smack down on him.

So, YES, my child is sick all the time, but it's not because of their diet or that they need vitamins or that I'm a horrible's because he has a slightly weakened immune system because of the RSV he had as a baby. And NO, there's nothing I can do about's a virus. You can't take antibiotics for a VIRUS.

Oh...and if your child is sick, but you think it's just a little sniffle or just a tiny cough, please keep them away from me.  Because chances are, Turkey will catch it and it will turn into something 100 times worse than what your child has.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Race Track

The boys were bored one what's new.  It's summer and they are in a constant state of boredom unless we are doing something every second of every day.  Anyway, they were bored.  So I decided to put my pinterest skills to work.  I got out my blue painters tape and went to town making a race track for them.  They thought it was the coolest thing...even my little Bean joined in on the fun.  Unfortunately, it did not keep them occupied for too long.  Maybe 20 minutes?  And I think that was pushing it.  After a while, Turkey decided to start pulling all the tape off of the carpet.  OH WELL!  It was fun while it lasted!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


The other day we were at the park, playing and crafting and the boys made some pretty awesome looking robots.

  See...told you they were awesome :)  Turkey made the green and Angel made the red.

I Love/Hate the Mornings!

I have a love hate relationship with the morning.  On the one hand, I love getting up when it's still quiet outside and the weather is still cool from the night before.  I love seeing the sun come up and feeling like each day is a brand new beginning for all of us.  I love waking up in my warm and cozy bed feeling especially snuggly with my 800 thread count sheets (this may not seem high to some of you, but it's the nicest set of sheets I've ever owned)  Plus I absolutely love breakfast...I mean, who doesn't love some pancakes and bacon?  I love the morning!

Now comes the Jekyll and Hyde syndrome...I hate the morning!  I hate that the boys wake up at the butt crack of dawn and immediately start arguing over what cartoon channel to put it on.  It's super obnoxious to hear them fight over who gets the soft blanket and who gets the hard one.  I am barely functioning when I wake up.  Maybe it's because I've gotten about 4 hours of sleep because I nurse a certain Bean all night long.  Sleep deprivation can really do a number on your pysche.  I hate that I have to get up and fix breakfast, clean up, get everyone ready for the day.  It's one thing for Angel...he can pretty much do as I ask without too much complaint, but for Turkey, well, everything is a freaking battle.  It's screaming and shrieking all morning long.  My morning routine is less than appealing on so many levels.

So, yes, while I love the chirping of the birds, sipping my hot tea and all that other b.s. that goes with the morning, I also loathe getting up and functioning like a normal Mom....which, by the way, is basically being a super hero of sorts. You've got to do it all!

Hope everyone's day is full of chirping birds and warm snugglies!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Alameda Point Antiques Faire

This past Sunday, my friend Emily and I went to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  We were very excited about it and had planned it for a month.  This fair only occurs on the first Sunday of each month.  The gates open at an unimaginable time for a Sunday, and goes until 5.  Well, we compromised and left around 8 in the morning for the hour long drive to Alameda.  By the time we had gotten there, the fair was in full swing.  There were a TON of people!  We were so excited to get in there and go antiquing.  Once we were inside the gate, it was total eye candy...well, for us.  Lots of knickknacks, tchotchkes (who knew it was spelled this way?), furniture, paintings, frames, fabrics, jewelry, home accessories and a bunch of interesting swap meet kind of people.  We were in HEAVEN!   We walked to the very end of the rows and worked our way back to the front (I highly recommend doing it this way, in case you buy a lot of treasures, then you won't have to hike it all the way back to the front).  Mid-way through our tour....or rather, a few hours into hour tour, we stopped to get lunch.  It felt like we had only been there for an hour...but 3 had gone by!  We had decided that there was just too much to look at in one day.  I mean, who could possibly stick it out for that long?  Well, after lunch (which by the way, was pretty fab.  We had an awesome tomato bisque soup and egg salad sandwich.  Plus, there were a ton of other awesome looking food trucks there.  Like, for instance, for dessert, we had some maple glazed donuts with bacon sprinkles...mmmm.  They were delish!)  we ended up skipping a few rows and continued on our little tour of the fair.  We finally made it to the front around 2:30ish and decided we should go home.  I was a little disappointed in the fact there wasn't as much furniture as I was hoping there'd be.  And with the fact that the prices seemed a little high.  Some vendors were reasonably priced, but others, well, let's just say they were really proud of their things.  I found a few things and Emily bought a few items...not nearly as much as I had expected.  But I think she got a good deal, nonetheless.  I want to go back (when I have a little more cash) and shop some more.  All in all, I think we had a pretty good, pretty relaxing Sunday sans kiddos!  

 The Faire - it was overcast the first few hours

 Emily with her basket :)

Maple glazed donuts with bacon sprinkles

Saturday, June 30, 2012

No More Naps

Today is Saturday and the boys went down for a nap like they usually do...unfortunately, they didn't last very long. Usually this is more stressful for me. But it's Saturday, so I have the Hubs to help out. Don't get me wrong, though, it's still slightly stressful. I really need a 'Time Out' of sorts from the boys. They are non-stop. All of them. I am so exhausted by the end of the day that I can barely function. And now that Bean is up and running, I too, am up and running. All. Day. Long. It just makes me want to scream! Why won't they nap?!?! Mommy needs a break! Turkey has started to phase out his naps and Bean, well, he just isn't a great napper. Just like my Angel, Bean will sleep for 20 minutes or so then wake up screaming and he won't go back to sleep until it's time for bed. Turkey usually sleeps for 3 hours...yep, that's right, 3 hours. It was blissful while it lasted. But, now...well, let's just say Mommy needs a drink much earlier than 5pm. Do you do that? Watch the clock so you can pour that glass of wine (or whatever adult beverage you are privy too)? I totally do. As soon as it says 5, if we have some wine, I will usually pour myself a glass while making dinner. It's my little vacation in a glass. I feel like if I do it before 5 then I'm creeping up on an alcoholic-esque behavior. Maybe that's just me. Well, since it's Saturday, we are going to go exploring. Hope your day is wonderful and full of well rested children...and that 5 o'clock comes soon for all of us! Peace Out!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

No Ricotta or Cottage Cheese Lasagna

I really like lasagna.  I don't make it very often though.  I find it tedious and kind of a pain to make.  My favorite lasagna is Rachael Ray's Mile High Lasagna.  If you've never made it, then you must!  It is not like any other lasagna you have eaten.  It's fantastic.  Unfortunately, it too, is tedious.  Subsequently, I don't make it very often either.  I think I've made it maybe 5 times in the past 5 years.  That being said, I really wanted lasagna tonight and I didn't have all the time in the world, because the boys are sickies right now.  So, I made up my own version of Mile High Lasagna.

Here's what I started out with, plus some shredded cheese.  I used monterey jack, because I didn't have mozzarella.

 red meat sauce

 bechamel sauce

 first layer of red meat sauce

 second layer of lasagna noodles

third layer of shredded cheese

fourth layer of bechamel sauce 

 fifth layer of noodles

 sixth layer of red meat sauce

 seventh layer of shredded cheese

 repeat steps and you should end up with the last two layers being red meat sauce and shredded cheese


 half gone...

up close and personal...look at all of those cheesy saucy layers!!

Let's EAT!

Lasagna noodles (I used 6)
shredded cheese

1 package ground turkey
1TBL minced garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp parsley (approx)
1TBL Italian Seasoning (approx)
1/4 teaspoon paprika (approx)
salt/pepper to taste
1/2C red wine + a glass for the chef (I used pinot noir)

3TBL butter
3TBL flour
2C milk
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt

Start by preheating your oven to 350.  Next, cook your noodles till they are mostly done.  They will finish cooking in the oven.  While that is boiling, in another pan, brown your turkey meat in olive oil.  Add garlic, cans of tomatoes and sauce, parsley, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper and wine.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes or so until the flavors meld together.

While this is simmering, melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat, once melted, add flour and whisk together.  Cook for a minute or so to get rid of the raw flour taste.  Add milk, nutmeg and salt and whisk until it starts to thicken.  Once this has thickened, take off of heat.  Now it's time for assembly.

Get a bread pan and put a layer of red meat sauce first.  Next are the noodles.  Then a layer of cheese.  Next the bechamel sauce.  Then another layer of noodle.  Then red meat sauce.  Then cheese.  Repeat these steps until you get to the top.  End with the red sauce and shredded cheese.  

Bake at 350 for approx 30 minutes.  Take out and cool for a bit before cutting.  Otherwise your layers won't hold together.  I think I let mine cool down for about 25 minutes (we were waiting on the hubs to come home).  Slice and serve and ENJOY!

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