Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

our beloved books

"She knew my life through my books."
~Jeanine (PlayShop Girl)

The Assignment was to bring a book (or two or three) to the PlayShop that has impacted, changed or clarified your values.

Here's what we came up with:

Complete Idiots Guide to Organizing Your Life

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

30 Days to Live

Tired of Trying to Measure Up

I Know This Much is True

What Happy People Know
(there is also What Happy Women Know)

American Dictionary of the English Language

Future Grace

Return of the Prodigal Son

When the Heart Waits

Eat, Pray, Love

The Little Prince

Addicted to Mediocrity

Laneburg (not yet available for purchase)


Other Favorites:

How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen and Listen so Your Kids Will Talk
(looks like there is even a Teen Version)

Drama of the Gifted Child

The Bluest Eye

Traveling Mercies

Co-Dependent No More

The Dance of Anger

Families Where Grace is in Place

Tell us about a book that has inspired your life in the comment box.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

day 13: the family pack

Today officially began Spring Break for us and we decided to vacation at home this year. We went to the Discovery Science Museum today so I filled my lunchbox to the brim.

Lunch for 4:
Yogurt (low-fat vanilla for grown-ups, Collision for kids)
Cucumber Slices
Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches
Honey Crisp Apples

WE also decided, instead of spending 3.00 a pouch on dip-n-dots, that we would go to the grocery and stock up on ice cream for the entire week. I just slurped down a root beer float. Have to balance out all this healthy eating.

day 12: grab and go

No picture yesterday (day 11) because (please don't hate me) I was at the spa.

For the entire day.

For a massage, a facial, a manicure, a pedicure and....lunch. Oh, and it was a beautiful lunch set in my own private dining area with a glass of white wine. It was bliss. I am realizing I did not understand about bliss until yesterday. Now I know. And I want more bliss.

So, now you understand why I was in some kind of dream-like haze on Friday morning
enjoying an hour in my journal, savoring my coffee, watching the episode of "Gray's" I missed last night and loving the fact that the kids were still sleeping when I looked at the clock and then had to run out the door.

So, It was a grab and go day. Open up the fridge. What can be thrown into my lunchbox today?

Mini Cheese
Leftover tacos al carbon
(still wrapped in foil from Las Palmas)
Leftover salad from last night (stored in a gallon size baggie)

day 10: brown rice

Earlier in the week, I made a batch of brown rice (i do not love brown rice because I can't figure out how to steam it just so), It was fine and it served as a basis for my lunches this week. I would add leftover meat, cheese, veggies, etc. and viola, a nutritious meal on the go.

Today in my lunchbox:
Rice and Veggie Medley

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

day 9: two cuties for lunch

When I began this resolution, it didn't occur to me that I would eat at home. At the same time I started packing my lunches, I also tried to be more intentional about un-scheduling my days which means I have been home with good food in my house. This is a modern day miracle people. Thus day 7 & day 8, I was eating left over beef stew homemade by my very own mama.
(thanks, ma.)

In my lunchbox today:

2 cuties-sweet little clementines
2 servings of mixed green salad and Italian dressing
2 servings of rice and chicken
2 servings of vegetables (artichokes, red onion, broccoli) with mini fresh mozerella
snack pack of sweet baby pickles
2 coke zeros

This was my first lunch shared with a friend. It was the other Jenny, of course!
And my favorite lunch so far.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

day 6: my polkadot cooler

This is my first weekend since beginning my lunchbox resolution and this morning I realized I had not really thought that through. We were at home for lunch so I really wasn't sure what could I pack in my lunchbox. And I wanted to pack something. Because I like it being day 6 on March 6. Its the little things that help me make to sense of my world.

Well, it is a GORGEOUS day and people all over town are smiling because the skies are blue and the sun is shining! We spent the morning at the park, so I decided to use my lunchbox as a cooler.

In my lunchbox today:
4 Capri Suns
2 Coke Zeros

Lots of Ice
(next time I will have a freezer bag to contain the ice as it melts...)

Hope you are enjoying the beauty.

Friday, March 5, 2010

day 5: in my lunchbox

It is Friday, and we are coming to the end of things to put in our lunchboxes around here. I am not the queen of grocery shopping, so I am quite proud of myself for having enough food to fill 15 lunches this week. The kids also packed a lunch every day for the first time ever.

This is what I scraped up:

Avocado-this time with lime and kosher salt
Carrots-to dip in the avocado
Yogurt-with granola and craisins to mix in
my beloved Coke Zero

Thursday, March 4, 2010

day 4: in my lunchbox

Sandwich: boars head honey turkey and vermont white cheddar on whole grain wheat

Avocado Delicousness: avocado, green onions and fresh squeezed lemon juice
(eventually spread the avocado dip onto my sandwich)

Yogurt: low-fat vanilla with walnuts and craisins

Coke-Zero: ran into Starbuck's and they gave me a cup of ice with a lid and a straw

You cannot imagine how much I look forward to eating my lunch. Okay, maybe you can.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

day 3: in my lunchbox

Fruits and Veggies: grapes, a little bit of spinach and some carrots

: mini babybel light

leftovers from dinner earlier in the week

: low-fat vanilla, with almonds and craisins

I don't have a picture of the food because I started eating it up before I could get the picture.
I was that hungry.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

day 2: a snack pack

Can I tell you how much fun I had carrying my lunchbox around Brentwood?
It, of course, inspired better lunches for my kids. They were having so much fun packing their own lunchboxes last night. They have NEVER been the kids with the best lunch. Until today.

Because I have been invited to eat at The Green Apron (my friend, Christina's house) for lunch today, I am packing a snack in my polka dot pack. We are on week 3 of our PLAYshop and today we will have coffee, fruit and nuts as our morning treat.

In my lunchbox:

grapes-in season and on sale at Kroger

half and half-i can't take my coffee without it!

Monday, March 1, 2010

day 1: in my lunch box

Did I say I needed to go to the grocery store? When I took a peek into my less than stocked fridge (behind several containers of spoiled food that I could have packed for lunch last week)
I found the ingredients to pack this
in my lunchbox:

salad: romaine lettuce, carrots, walnuts, craisins, green onions with a splash of balsamic vinegar and honey

polenta: baked with roasted red pepper, spinach, red onions, garlic and asiago cheese

yogurt: organic, low-fat, vanilla

drink: i always have a bottle of water in my bag, but today I added a coke zero as my happy treat (along with a cute little valentine's napkin)

my lunch box resolution

Two months into 2010 and I am making my first resolution. Not for the year, but for the 30 days of March. This year is just really beginning for me. My new motto is "March is the new January." Here I go.

I have lunch issues. Rarely am I home during the lunching hour. I am out and about and suddenly starving so I drop in on one of my favorite restaurants, maybe meet a friend, and proceed to spend anywhere $8.00-$18.00 every week day. That ends up being between $200-$500 a month. I could have a new car for that amount of money! I am essential eating a car payment. For a very nice car.

You should know, I did attempt to stop eating out a few weeks ago. It did not work. I am the kind of person who needs accountability. And I have to make it fun. Thus I am posting every day this month what I pack in my pink and green polka dot lunch box. (I found this Fit and Fresh product at TJ Maxx for &12.99.) As you can see below, inside of my lunchbox is a container with a substantial space below an ice pack and two smaller containers above it.

What am I packing in my lunch box today? I don't know. I really need to go to the grocery store. I was going to go on Saturday, but I had a free day and Kroger didn't sound like my idea of fun. I was going to go yesterday, but I got really tired, too tired for that kind of shopping.
Today, I must go because old ham and American cheese are not the kind of thing that inspires the beginning of a resolution.

So, I will check back into today with my menu for Day #1. I know, you can hardly stand the suspense.

Also, I need your ideas. What do you pack in your lunch? What delicious and healthy food do you suggest for my lunch box? Let me know if you pack a lunch this month and maybe we can have a picnic.