Vision Intervention Part 2: In Which We Head to the Doctor and Get a Diagnosis

August 7, 2012

This picture of my little Anabel was taken a week after we went to see a pediatric opthalmologist for the first time. We were headed to pick up her very first pair of glasses. It felt like a long time in coming. After all, it had taken me (her own mother!) months to realize Anabel [...]

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Vision Intervention Part 1: In Which I Discover My Child Has a Vision Problem

August 4, 2012

This little cutie pie is Anabel. She has strabismus, amblyopia, and astigmatism, wears glasses, and patches her right eye 3 hours a day.  This picture was taken before she got glasses and I’ve posted it because today I’m not writing about the glasses, the amblyopia, or the patching. I’m writing about how and when I [...]

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Keeping Track of All Those Cups!

August 4, 2012

A common problem in any house filled with kids is keeping track of cups. It used to be, once upon a time, that every time my kids wanted a drink, they’d get a cup out of the cupboard and quench their thirst. While I’m all for hydration, the problem was that their cups were promptly [...]

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I Didn’t Buy My Daughter a Birthday Present

July 21, 2012

Not that I didn’t want to. She wants an American Girl doll. So does her big sister but their birthdays are only 5 days apart. At this time we simply can’t afford to buy an American Girl doll, let alone two of them. I couldn’t even find a deal on a used one needing a [...]

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Goofy Mommy

May 19, 2012

My kids know I like coffee.  A lot.  They also know that when I drink coffee I like to drink it out of a REALLY BIG mug.  In fact, in my world there is no such thing as a small cup of coffee.  This is clearly evident by the question Elizabeth asked Leslie when they [...]

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Two Uses for Old Wooden Puzzle Boards

May 18, 2012

I like to recycle things when I can.  Here are two uses for old wooden puzzle boards that are no longer played with since the pieces have been missing so long now that I’m quite sure they’ll never resurface.   This old board serves as a lap desk. When flipped over, it provides a solid, [...]

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How to Roll a Tortilla for a Taco or Flauta

March 17, 2012

Depending on what region of Mexico you’re in, a corn tortilla that is rolled around a filling and then fried is called a rolled taco or taquito.  It is sometimes called a flauta too, but usually a flauta is made with flour while taquitos are made with corn tortillas. These little tacos make a great [...]

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3 Great Chickpea Recipes: (#3) Mexican Tacos (Taquitos)

March 14, 2012

Chickpeas are one of the sources of protein I use to feed our vegetarian family and one of the things I like about chickpeas is their versatility. They can be served hot or cold, in a soup, stew, or salad, left whole or pureed to a paste, crisp roasted and seasoned a thousand different ways, [...]

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3 Great Chickpea Recipes: (# 2) Chickpea Casserole

March 13, 2012

If you read my previous post about chickpeas you’ll know that chickpeas are super good for you and easy to incorporate into your diet. Today I’m going to share a recipe that is a vegan family favorite–chickpea casserole. This comfort food is a veganized version of my mother’s tuna casserole.  On Mondays after school she [...]

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3 Great Chickpea Recipes: (# 1) Sunshine Hummus

March 7, 2012

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are extremely healthy.  Low in fat and high in fiber, they are especially good for diabetics or people who are insulin-resistant and can also help lower cholesterol.  Chickpeas are good for the digestive tract since a percentage of the fiber is insoluble, making them beneficial to the colon.  Additionally, [...]

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