Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mindy's Birthday Missions on XM

Ready for this story??? My son and I share the same birthday... today. So he called into the Absolutely Mindy show on XM kids to let her know about our birthday. If you listen to the show you know that she gives kids 'birthday missions'. Three to be exact. So our birthday missions are as follows
1. My son must eat something that I love and he hates. He chose Asparagus In turn I would buy him something to eat that I wouldn't normally buy him. For that he chose a 'Lunchable' as pictured above.2. We have to wear each others shoes for 30 minutes and do an activity that the other likes. My son took a hot shower :)3. On his birthday cupcakes I have to put veggies on one and candy on another and we play rock, paper, scissors and the winner gets to pick what cupcake they want to eat. I WON! Here is my son eating a cupcake with carrots on it. He was a good sport so I gave him the candy one in the end.

Birthday snack UPDATE

The kids LOVED the fruit. My son said everyone loved it. I knew that I didn't need to send in some garbage for the kids to eat in the middle of the day. I am so happy it went over well.

Monday, March 29, 2010

My son's birthday snack

This picture doesn't do this justice. This is the treat my son is going to bring in for his birthday tomorrow. It is a rainbow Strawberries, Oranges, Pineapple, Green Grapes, Indigo Grapes, and Purple (blue) berries. Maybe I should have switched the grapes and blueberries but I figured they mixed better with strawberries. In the middle is the pot of gold (kisses with almonds)

I hope the kids like it. :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

lunch 3.29.10

What a great weekend. My son and I celebrated our birthdays (we share the same day). I got a new phone and I took this pic with it. It is so much easier to email it to myself instead of using the regular camera. Lunch tomorrow is ham on a skewer, cheese, pineapple, goldfish, and some veggies leftover from my son's bday party. Yes.. I served veggies to 7 year olds ;)

Friday, March 26, 2010

March groceries

March was a crazy month for groceries. I was out of routine too often on the weekend so did some 'stopping' for items during the week instead of my normal 'get everything for the week' trip. Since we live in the middle of nowhere when we stop on the way home it is at expensive convenient stores or the local coop which has higher prices than Wegmans as well.

March 10th and 13th - Tops $7.63
Wegmans - $88.79 ($7.10 coupons)
Target - $35.28 ($16.50 coupons)
March 21st - Tops $58.14 ($4.00 coupons, $10.00 gift card)

March 25th - Wegmans $143.64 (3.00 coupons) - produce was so high and I got enough to make snack for my son's class for his birthday plus a snack for my students)
Coop $11.58

Total for March = $345.06 (plus some small stops that I didn't have receipts for) almost 5 weeks in March so divided that is only like $70 a week.

Surgery results


lunch for the little one

We are home today while my son heals from his surgery. While he and my youngest were watching TV the little one fell asleep. He slept through lunch so I 'packed' his up. I found this old piece of tupperware that works perfect as a bento. Fresh pineapple, green beans, and homemade mac n cheese.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


My son has surgery today so no lunch. We are heading out this morning to get his tongue untied. He is excited to be having a diet of ice cream and popcicles today :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Improve School Lunches

I know we are all concerned about what our children eat. That is why we take so much time to prepare food for them. However, there are many students who eat what is offered at school . We need to make certain they are all eating healthy. We really do need to improve school lunches. Jamie Oliver has made it his mission to improve school lunches. He has a show coming out soon on TV (I think this weekend) and this website is a link to his website. Thanks for reading.

Monday, March 22, 2010

lunch 3.23.10

Ok, so I was inspired by a few fellow bloggers to put a piece of colorful paper under the lunch before taking a pic. I am just so disappointed that my pictures aren't as big or clear as others. I need to figure this out. Anyway, here is pirates booty, pineapple, some ham on a skewer (not a cool bento one but one from dinner out at Longhorns :), carrot sticks and dip.

My First Award

I have never gotten an award before. I am so honored to receive my first from Mom v. the Boys especially since we share the experience of living with many men :) Thanks so much!

For the "One Lovely Blog Award" you need to:

* Thank & link to the person that gave you the award.

* Pass this award on to 15 fantastic bloggers you’ve recently discovered.

* Contact said Blogs and let them know they’ve won.

I am new to the blogging world so here are the blogs I follow:

1. lunchbox limbo

2. Finding Joy in my Kitchen

3. Foodie Footsteps

4. Lunches fit for a kid

5. Wendolina

6. Another lunch

7. Lunch in a box

8. She Saved

9. The Thrifty Mama

10. Organic Deals

Sunday, March 21, 2010

1/2 day no lunch

My son has a half day tomorrow so no lunch. It is good for me because with March Madness I haven't had much time away from basketball to pack or plan. See you tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

lunch 3.18.10

THANK YOU amanda at lunchbox limbo for inspiring me yet again this week. Here is my version of your PB&J doggy lunch. It is being served with pineapple, goldfish and carrot sticks and dip.
I had time to do this thanks to dinner tonight at the in-laws for corned beef and cabbage. :)

Happy St Pat's Day All

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

avoiding the drive thru

We had a night of running around tonight... home from school @ 4:00, karate by 5:30, and music class by 6:15.... so I was able to make some mac n cheese in the hour we were home and steam some broccoli and add some fresh fruit and whala dinner on the go.

So proud.. lunch 3.17.10

I have never had such a cute lunch. I was inspired by melissa at 'another lunch' to make this rainbow for my son's St Patrick's day lunch.
Red - Strawberries, Orange - clementine, Yellow - M&M's, Green - pickles, Blue - blueberries, Purple - red leaf lettuce, and the pot of gold is cheese.

Monday, March 15, 2010

lunch 3.16.10

YEAH! Still on track. I know, I know its only Monday night but I feel good about our routine getting back on track. Here is my son's lunch. Ants on a log, clementine, grape tomatoes, and gold fish.

PS - Dinner tonight was a hit with my husband and I. Kids haven't ate yet because they are outside enjoying our extra sunlight. Crab stuffed mushrooms with rice and salad. YUM!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

lunch 3.14.10 and groceries

I am ahead of the game now. Finally a weekend to get caught up. Now, I have to be honest I didn't do much cleaning, but I do have muffins in the oven and groceries in the cupboards and fridge. I got some great deals this weekend thanks to my fellow bloggers and tomorrow's lunch is inspired by amanda at lunchbox limbo. Thanks amanda!

Salad with ranch dressing, organic strawberries, organic chesse, Hormel ham (all natural), and some harvest cheddar sun chips.

Groceries this week
Target = $33.00 ish $7.60 in coupons (I bought some non food and don't want to do math)
Wegmans= $70.75 - $7.10 in coupons
TOTAL = $103.75 and $14.70 in coupons

Kids Yoga

I am super excited because I might be starting a kids yoga class in my area. I was researching the web for what to do with kids in NYC since we are planning a possible trip to the city. I discovered a blog and was inspired by a post about Pajama Yoga. I said to myself, Self... you could do that here in your town. I pitched the idea to the woman who runs my children's music class and she seems interested. I am super excited.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Annie Chun's dinner real fast

This is one of our favorite meals to make. It is quick, easy, healthy, and I can add any veggies I have on hand. The best part is that my husband thinks it tastes as good as take out or at least good enough to replace take out.This night I made a double batch because that is the only way I can have leftovers nowadays. I used carrots, broccoli, chicken, and escarole. Our favorite combination was chicken, carrots, snap peas, and nappa cabbage. The box says it is ready in 10 minutes and if you have a plan with the veggies on hand you can have this ready in about that time. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

I'm in trouble now

garden shoes for sale

I figured out how to download free blog templates and use them so now look out world I will be 'trying on' some new ones to see what I love.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

R U KIDDING - school lunch

Soooo to add to the night last night I forgot to put my son's lunch into his backpack this morning so he ended up having to buy lunch today. I asked him what he had and .... wait for it.... a FISH DOG!

WHAT IS THAT?? you might ask. Well it is a fish stick in a hotdog bun. THEN he had chicken nuggets as a side. He did mention that he had alot of peas and carrots as well and that made me feel so much better .... NOT!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mommy Madness

I am having one of those Mommy Moments!

I can't get caught back up to my routine
The house is a mess
My dinner tonight was a total FLOP
and NOW my picture won't upload with the 2 minutes I have to blog

I am going to go try to do some yoga now and relax or I might go insane

See you soon

lunch 2.10.10

I will have a lunch post by the end of the night. :) I really need a push through this time of the year. At work/school we call this the March through March. Today's weather should help and also we are getting closer to MARCH MADNESS which is one of my favorite times of the year.

See you all soon.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wish to the void for Stephen Joseph

I am putting this wish into the air that is the internet.... I just couldn't resist this backpack today at a really cute bookstore we visited and I REALLY want the matching lunchbox that I just know a laptop lunch would fit into for my little guy. I know many of you get free items to test and post about so I am just hoping that someone out there will see my wish and make it come true :)

Thanks for listening,

Friday, March 5, 2010


We have lost a colleague to cancer yesterday and I wanted to take a small moment to pray for her and her family in this time. No lunch pictures. Be back next week.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Yoga tonight

Might not have pics tonight because I just decided to do yoga instead. I am going to try to pack now but probably won't get back on computer. Till tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

lunch 3.2.10

My son finally has a lunch worth taking a picture of. :) - It is so colorful! Turkey (nitrate free), wrapped around a stick of string cheese,organic strawberries, organic carrot sticks and dip, and Newman's Own pretzels.

I am having leftover pizza (chicken, tomato, and pineapple) and some of the strawberries as well. No picture though! The pizza was a great deal at Pizza Hut ($10.00 and any toppings we wanted) It bailed me out for not remembering to take the chicken out of the freezer.