I was in a meeting recently, talking about food, of course, when a colleague said to me, "Every morning, I pray I've given my eldest daughter enough food for the day." A competitive dancer, her daughter goes right from school into a full schedule of classes and practices. "I won't see her until we both get home at around 8pm tonight and I worry I've packed her enough." As soon as she said it to me, I instantly slumped over in my seat with sympathy worry for her. With a young daughter who is still shuttled to all her activities by either me or a friend, I'd never thought of the fact that she'll one day be old enough to trudge out for the entire day on her own, let alone needing enough provisions for it as well. I'm not gonna lie, the thought made me panic a little. Read more
When my daughter was a toddler I used to do all kinds of adorable things with her food. Just ask Ceri. She loves to remind me about the time I used cookie cutters to cut slices of cheese into cute shapes for a play date. I know, over the top, right?
As a former picky eater to the power of 100, I didn’t want my daughter to fall into the discerning food abyss I lived in until my 20s. I guess it’s why I tried to make meals fun and adventurous. I also wanted them to be interactive, especially since I knew getting her involved in the kitchen would be helpful when introducing new foods. Apsparagus is not so weird after you and mom have a laugh snapping the ends off. Today, Scarlett and I still cook together but it’s less cute. We still have fun, especially talking about our days, but my moments of cookie cutter snacks have faded into the past. (Ok, fine. I do, once and awhile, make a stack of heart pancakes.) I guess it’s why my daughter couldn’t wait to help me put together a Puss in Boots toast.
Do you make resolutions? I know it seems cooler these days to say you don’t make them, but I confess I love them. And I don’t need January to make them. There are few things I love more than a new regime, whether it’s a new workout or a new approach to making weekday mornings calmer. At least three of the books on my nightstand are self-help-y. I know, so uncool, but there you have it.
The resolution I’m trying to sell my family on now is adventure. I don’t necessarily mean travel, although we’ve got some of that planned for later in the year. Whether it’s doing something new in your own city or taking skating lessons as a family, I really want us to try new things. It can be so easy to settle into your routine, eat the same meals, to stay within in your comfort zone. But this year I’m hoping to shake things up and have us all saying “yes” to new experiences. And what better role model for adventure is there than Puss in Boots? Seriously, not only is he a swashbuckling cat of adventure, the guy has serious style. I can’t wait to watch the new Adventures of Puss in Boots series launching this month on on Januray 16th on Netflix with my kids – I’m pretty sure they’re going to fall in love with him.
To kick start the series, and to try something new, we decided to make a Puss in Boots hand puppet. It’s a really easy craft and we had almost everything at home already. We had fun creating Puss, but really any character or creature could be made with this craft. Read more
Ceri is big on resolutions and I love to talk about them but, in the end, that's all they really are for me–talk. The one thing I did know going into the new year was that I wanted to try and incorporate more juices into our routine. So if you're insisting that I come up with a resolution then I resolve to drink more juices that I make at home. There. Now, if I blow this one, it's your fault. Read more