; Life is like champagne......: 2009-06-21

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wet and wild

Bet you didn't think you would see a picture of a slime mold! Oh the memories of Mycology class in college, out after a rain and steamy conditions searching for fungus and slime molds. This one was on my wood chip pile, love the bright color, the next day picture is not pretty, looks like a pile puke! Did not want to gross you out with that picture. Just enjoy the beauty of the slime mold!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

A BIG move

This was a monumental moment for my daughter. My mother came one day last week, broke down the crib and set up the big bed for my daughter. We had her involved with the whole process, she was so excited! Luckily, I had kept an old spindle bed in our attic and the twin mattress which was new, we decided not to use the metal box spring and just rest the mattress on the frame. This was a great height for her to be able to climb on and off, not to mention a lower fall if she rolls off! My mom did a great job figuring the best layout for the bed to get the most room, she also gave her the quilt and made it up for her.

The first night was no problem, she was so excited that she couldn't go to sleep! No roll off, and slept just as well as the crib. She did roll off the second night but fortunately I had placed pillows on the floor to soften the fall. That was the only time she has rolled off. Success! The funnier

part is she has all of her friends sleep on the Dora pillow at the head of the bed and she likes to sleep on this tiny border collie pillow at the foot. What ever works!

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bad results with plant kit

I consider myself having a green thumb. I think it is just from learning from others, experience in my yard and the best places for indoor plants to grow.

My daughter received two of these little indoor plant starter kits, both should be fairly easy and had zinnias, another simple plant to grow from seed. I put them in a sunny spot, watered and waited. One had a couple of sprouts then did not grow, the other had nothing. Very disappointing since these were given as gifts, marketed for this to children and are suppose to be pretty fool proof.

Has anyone else had success or failure with these? Let me know.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My first pedi

My daughter loves to look at "painted toes". So when we stayed over Aunty Melissa's, she was so excited to have them done to her. We gave her several choices of colors, ranging from pinks, red and even green. This is what she chose! That's my girl, this happens to be the color I love, and I was not even wearing it when she asked.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Katy kitty in the garden

Katy is my in-laws cat and she likes to hang out in her gardens.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Changing outdated nutrional standards

Here is a short pop quiz for you.

Which of the following is considered a junk food according to national school nutrition standards?A. Hi-C Blast - vitamin fortified sugar water
B. Poland Springs seltzer water - water with bubbles
C. French fries
D. Candy Bars

If you guessed A, C or D you'd be wrong. Believe it or not, seltzer water is the only item on this list banned as a junk food because it doesn't contain any vitamins or minerals. Yup, french fries, candy bars, and Hi-C aren't officially considered junk food. This just makes me very aggravated since children between ages 6 to 11 are more likely to be obese and one third of all children are obese! This nutritional guideline does not help them at all!
In what universe are candy bars NOT junk food? The USDA's school nutrition standards were developed in the 1970's and are no longer consistent with nutrition science or current concerns regarding childhood health. For example, USDA does not consider candy bars, snack cakes, or french fries to be junk foods in schools. USDA standards don't even address calories, saturated, and trans fats or sodium.
Momsrising.org will be hand delivering a petition to the members of Congress on June 24th which states that we need to update the current nutrition standards to ensure our schools are providing healthy foods for our children.

Sign the petition to help make a difference!


This post was written for momsrising.org.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Weekend in NYC - Part Two Prospect Park Zoo

Sunday, day two in New York we visited Prospect Park Zoo. A nice small zoo that was perfect for my daughter's first zoo trip. She had it in her that she wanted to be free roaming, pushing the stroller from place to place, staying close and doing great. She seemed to like the seals the best, everything she interesting to her but nothing really stood out. I thought it was pretty neat, the octopus sculpture, the large yellow rose beds all around and the striped panda were my highlights shown.

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