A Healthy Find for Moms

A Healthy Find for Moms

In a perfect world, my kids would eat healthy all of the time. Instead, I have one that would eat bread at every meal and another that would eat dirt if she could (hey, it builds the immunity, right?). I’m a mom who is always on the lookout for healthy swaps for not-so-healthy treats. If you know me, you know I care about eating healthy for the sake of nutrition not so much losing weight. Yes, I’m the mom most get annoyed with that chooses natural options over antibiotics. My husband likes to call me the modern hippie. I may have a more holistic mindset, but I’m also not out of touch with reality that we can’t avoid what we can’t avoid. All of that to say, we do eat sweets, we do have the occasional processed foods, and we may or may not eat dirt every now and then ;), but when I find something that isn’t just good but good for you, I love to tell others about it. I have something to tell you about today! Local friends, it would do you well to get check out Xisco Pops on Facebook, like their page, and then head to 800 Degrees Restaurants, Cinema Center, Ted’s Market or Barr Street Market to pick some up! My tiny dancers got home from dance class and indulged in their favorites just before bedtime and here are their thoughts…

 

Kimberly loves the Avocado Coconut Pop because “it tastes like delicious yummy”. She’s right, it does taste like delicious yummy. This was the first one I tried and was hooked after two bites. Don’t believe me? I dare you to go  try one.

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Brinn highly recommends the Dutch Royalty because “it tastes like poop”. Ok you guys, that’s just her thing now…poop, everything is poop. Let me help you translate Brinn talk “it tastes like chocolate”. Note to self, don’t ask Brinn to review another product for you…

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I highly recommend the Strawberry Lemonade dipped sparkling water. Once the kids went down for bed, I had myself a snack too. Simply, pour a glass of sparkling water, dip your Strawberry Lemonade Xisco Pop in, let it dissolve, and enjoy while watching your favorite show (or reading more of my blogs…).

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Cheers

to healthy treats for mama and kids!

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A Farmer’s Market Saturday

A Farmer’s Market Saturday

Some of our favorite Saturday’s are spent at the local Farmer’s Market. This time around, I made it a point to remember what we tried, loved, and want to talk about with others. I can’t wait to share with you because I know you and your family will love them too!

 

First stop was to Hoffman’s Organic Grill.  To say their chicken is good would be an understatement. I’m pretty sure I told them my life was forever changed after eating their chicken. My mouth is seriously watering thinking about their chicken thighs on a stick! In fact, both of my picky eaters ate their entire chicken thigh! If you’ve never tried Hoffman Organic Grill, you are missing out! They come highly recommended by the Bowersock crew.

 

 

From there, we headed for dessert (yeah, we only had chicken for lunch…don’t judge me). The girls wanted cookies so we stopped over at Pure Sugar Creations and got the girls some sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. I just have to say, the owner was so sweet which made me even more glad we stopped. What were the reviews on the cookies? Well, my oldest shoved 3 cookies in her mouth while we weren’t looking if that tells you anything. I may or may not have had 2 cookies later that night. They are most definitely worth a stop!

 

For dinner that night, we decided to pick up some vegetables and the most amazing summer sausage from Master’s Hand BBQ. Not only did the husband and I enjoy it but the girls did too. I’m not exaggerating when I say, you’ll never be able to eat just any ol’ summer sausage again. This is the real deal, good stuff people! I definitely suggest stopping to pick up a few different types of summer sausage at the next local Farmer’s Market!

 

Somehow, we found ourselves at Beachler’s Sugar Bush next. I mean, I know we told the girls one dessert but, you guys, this was cotton candy made from maple sugar! Maple sugar! I can hardly even talk about how amazing this was without going nearly insane over needing more. If you think cotton candy is good, you ain’t tried nothing yet. I highly suggest stopping by their booth the  next time you are out, my Fort Wayne friends! Oh, and when you do, will you pick up another bag for us because I may have ate over half the bag and got yelled at by my daughters…

 

Last, but certainly not least, the world’s best popsicle from Xisco’s Pops. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about healthy, all natural food (especially treats for the kids). I ended up trying one I was very skeptical about (Avocado and Coconut) and I loved it! Not only did I love it but my husband and both the girls did too, so much so we ended up getting another one! To top it off, the owner is down to earth, sweet, and works at 800 Degrees and anyone that works at 800 Degrees and makes all natural popsicles, has to be good people.  If you only went to the next Farmer’s Market for these sweet and healthy treats, you would not be disappointed!

 

Next weekend, load your crew up and head on out to the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market and give these places a try. Please be sure to let me know what you think!

Maria

Telling the Truth

“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” 

Zechariah 8:16 (NIV) 

Main Truth: God calls his people to be truth tellers.

I’m simple minded. I’m not a crafty mom by any stretch of the word. I like easy, simple and low effort when it comes to spending time in God’s Word with my kids. You can dress this devotional up dress or down what matters is the meat, God’s Word. Even more beautiful…you don’t have to be put together, have a tidy life or be the world’s best mom to tell your kids the truth of God’s Word. God’s Word (alone) is what saves lives. As moms, it’s easy to get distracted by what this mom or that mom is doing and compare, complain and grumble. Here’s the deal, though, all of that is a distraction, distraction from just telling our kids about what is really important…God’s true word (Hebrews 4:12). Please don’t let this be a distraction but an encouragement that training your kids and telling them about God doesn’t have to be anything more than it is … we can just loosen our lips and tell them what God’s Word says. He is the one who changes hearts, we just need to tell them about the Truth (Ezekiel 36:26).

 

Here is how we spent our devotional time, on being a Truth Teller, as a family:

 

  1. Open in prayer: I let each pray. If you kids are young (like mine) I use this as a time to teach them how to pray. I don’t know about you, but sometimes we forget that they don’t know what they are doing until they are taught and this is the perfect time to teach and train them how to pray.
  2. Read the main truth: I don’t spend a lot of time dancing around this part. I tell my kids what I want them to know and that’s that God calls his people to be truth tellers.
  3. Open to the verse: I back up the main truth with God’s word by openning my bible to the verse, allowing them to see the verse in the Bible for themselves. The purpose is to teach them (at a young age) to look with their own eyes and read the truth.
  4. Sing: my kids love music so I incorporate song by making a song out of our main truth. We sing it about three times or as long as they will tolerate. 🙂
  5. Craft: we made our popsickle stick lips to reiterate the main truth.
  6. Repeat and Role Play: *see video below 🙂
  7. Pray: we closed our time in prayer specifically asking God to help us remember to be truth tellers
  8. Apply: we began applying our main truth into our day and even carried our lips around as a reminder

 

Moms, I have loved this craft for the visual reminder alone. Recently, one of my kids was having a hard time being truthful and all I had to do was hold up the lips s. Isn’t that just like us, though? Sometimes we get so caught up in living life our way that we forget truth until someone, who loves us, holds it up and says, “remember”.

 

“Train up a child int he way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” 

Proverbs 22:6

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5 Tips for Exclusively Pumping Mamas

5 Tips for Exclusively Pumping Mamas

There is no need to make this post any lengthier than it needs to be, so let’s get right to it …

5 Tips for Exclusively Pumping Mamas:

  1. Find a good app to document your pump schedule. I have been loving the Pump Log App because it’s easy to navigate and free!
  2. Don’t hassle with cleaning your pump supplies every time you pump. Instead, only clean pump supplies once a day by keeping the bottles and shields in your refrigerator after each pump. Doesn’t this sounds so much better than cleaning pump supplies after every single stinkin’ time you pump?!
  3. To go along with cleaning your supplies once a day, have enough bottles that you only have to wash and clean them one time a day. My goal is to help you only have to clean the bottles and pump supplies one time a day. You should not have to be at the sink cleaning bottles all day!
  4. Plan your pump schedule for the day at your first pump of the day. You will save yourself stress and time if you plan your pump schedule. Trust me on this one.
  5. Hands-free bra will become your best friend if you are an exclusive pumper. This is one item I would not go without, especially if you have more than one kid. In fact, I even pump in the car because of this item. Now, I have gotten pulled over while pumping but that’s for another blog post …
I hope these tips help save you hassle, stress and making pumping enjoyable because it can be! Be sure to check out How to Exclusively Pump for more helpful tips!
Photo Credit: Brittnee Burn Photography