I live in a SAHM mecca.
Now, the following statistics are totally fabricated by me, based on my own observation and no empirical evidence, but I think they are probably pretty close to at least 50% accurate.
I'd say that I live in a neighborhood made up almost entirely of families with one or more children, let's say 90%. And of those families, I venture to guess that about 60% of the moms stay home during the day.
Point is, right here in my very own backyard there are a wealth of opinionated, highly informed, willing to
For a dumb mom like myself, trips to the neighborhood park can be a mixture of fear and excitement. I've learned to leave the pop tarts and Doritos at the house for fear of being permanently ostracized. My dudes are also instructed on basic playground etiquette upon exiting the house (ie no calling each other idiot, no peeing by the slide, and no excessive video game references). They are expressly forbidden to act on any of their whims, ideas, or impulses and are required to refrain from any and all of the questionable behaviors that are sometimes overlooked at home.
But, the neighborhood park (and fellow mom blogs) can also be an opportunity for me to gather valuable tips and tricks from other moms who are obviously more on top of certain things than I am.
Like health, for example.
I have struggled to stay fit and healthy since the birth of #1. Let me rephrase that. Since having #1 I have been a wiggly, jiggly, mess of a woman who has been self diagnosed as a sweet food addict. I have tried numerous times to overhaul myself, and am currently in the midst of doing it again.
I am also attempting to go a step further than hiding all of the salty and sweetness I allow my dudes to indulge in by actually eliminating (or subbing) some of the more icky selections from their diet.
Apparently, peanut butter is one of the ickiest.
Who knew? I ate PB&J every single day of 1986. No big deal.
And, the dudes all love PB&J sandwiches. They are a lunchtime staple around here.
Word on the street, though, is that the hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup (and maybe other crap I don't know about) that make the stuff so yummy, is also what makes the stuff so crummy, health wise.
Went to the store last night and the dudes will now be enjoying their favorite lunchtime entree with a smattering of Nature's Promise Cashew Butter.
I wanted to buy some other fancy kinda almond butter, but that crap was like $10! So, we went with the $5 cashew butter instead. And, it looks okay. It's probably got some hidden ingredients that will make them sprout wings and fly (which would be awesome), but my knowledge base is pretty small and I figure, it's a start, right? Maybe one day I will be one of those Jon&Kate types that buys all organic and lives a natural artificial flavor-free life. But, today is so not that day. Today, I am starting to make better choices for me and the dudes.
Really, I just hope no one gags 'cause if they do I may be featuring my first giveaway: newly opened and barely used cashew butter. Yum!