*No cell phone until high school....but you can date. I love articles like this one, about appropriate ages for things like cell phones, dating, sleepovers, camp, and chores for kids. I love them, of course, because I can compare "how it was when I was a kid" to "how it should be according to the 'experts" to "how it really is in MY house, and my friends' houses." According to the experts in this particular article, Elle should be snapping the ends off of beans as a chore, and I should be asking about the presence of firearms in the home before Skyler's spend-the-night parties. Who knew?
* Favorite part of Shrek Forever After? This. Really.:
I think I need a Cholive: In my past past life, I traveled the country, selling candy for a living. And delicious crunchy snacks, too. And since old habits die hard, I savored (haha) every word of this article on the latest from the Sweets & Snacks Expo. Cholives, Perky Jerky, and the Chocolate Waterfall Bar are all on the way to a retailer near you.
Spaghetti Squash + Soy Sauce = ?????? Thanks lifehacker, for the heads up on Recipe Chimp. Here's the deal, fellow moms. Look in the refrigerator. What needs to GO, stat? Type the item(s) into the handy little box at recipechimp.com, followed by your family's fave seasonings/flavorings that you have on hand, and click. And there you go! Up pops a list of recipes to choose from, plus a quick list of any additional ingredients you need. Recipe Chimp compiles the recipes from recipe sites all over the web. (The usual Internet magic). So my spaghetti squash that's been sitting there for a loooong time? Sesame Peanut Spaghetti Squash. Also great for using up ingredients that you bought for a specific dish and now have way too much left over, and figuring out what to do with sale items.
"What's On Your Butt?" and other Ba-Rilliant Games You Can Play With Your Kid While You're Lying Down: Thank you, Saundra Goldman, whoever you are. These games that you can play while lying down (and in some cases, drifting in and out of consciousness) are truly inspired. Perfect for summer in Miami, when the weather alone is exhausting.
That's all for this Mommy Brain Monday, my Miami mommies! Stay cool, and have a great Memorial Day!
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