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raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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In our fall book club we are discussing Laurie Frankel's novel This Is How It Always Is. In the book, parents Rosie and Penn, and their family of five children, must come to terms with the true identity of the youngest boy, Claude, who wants to be a girl. During... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Girl Next Door Podcast
I know! I chatted with a few employees about the costume but it was only after I bought the shirt that one of them offered up lending me one. But they did check old name tags to see if by chance there was an unused "Kelsey" name tag! They didn't have one but it was so sweet.
I've fallen into the weekday routine of stopping at the park next to school most days after picking the boys up. This week the weather has been perfection: warm enough for shorts and short sleeves but breezy so it doesn't feel hot. The light is getting more golden in the afternoon and the shadows are longer. There are always a few other kids at the park and the boys now easily meet new kids or recognize friends from school, all who live in our neighborhood, and fall into a game of tag. As I read or flip through a cook... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Have you heard the saying "dress for the job you want"? Well, I took that to heart for my Halloween costume this year and for a party on Saturday night I dressed up as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you, Paige :)
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2018 on Sunday Paper and Pancakes at RISING*SHINING
Let me get the answer straight from him but paraphrasing what I think I understand or the issues I have with these diets: Whole30 is not based on extensive science (I think it's just the creation of one person and does not reference studies to back up its claims), and states that a vegetarian diet just can't be the healthiest diet which is counter to science, it also talks about inflammation from beans and legumes which are one of the healthiest (and cheapest) forms of protein and fiber and do not cause unhealthy inflammation (they do cause gas but that's because they are a great source of fiber, which is excellent for gut health!); paleo can cause people to over-consume the amount of protein they need, which could also mean consuming more saturated fat and not enough fiber; keto could have some of the same affects as paleo depending on diet and can also cause kidney problems because of the high volume of protein being processed by the body. This is not to say these diets can't be done in healthy ways but attention should be paid to making sure they are being done in healthy ways and the nutrition needs of the body being met. As with all fad diets it's easy to get misinformation. Hope that helps a little and I'll check with the professor to see what he might have to add ;)
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2018 on Health and fitness habits at 34 at RISING*SHINING
That sounds like such a good habit and awareness - I think that awareness is half the battle! Keep it up!
I actually am thinking of requesting an analog watch for my birthday/christmas! (December birthday!) I think I would end up paying more attention to texts and calls and not less. I have noticed some people who have them look at them all the time and break eye contact and conversation and it's distracting! So yes, agree with you! I am kind of interested in a cheaper smart watch just to track calories/steps when I work out though but wouldn't wear it all the time.
These sound like very healthy phone habits! I love my phone on silent and do find it jarring when others' is ringing/vibrating all the time.
Exercising feels like an essential part of my life for both my physical and mental health. When I workout consistently I have more energy, feel healthier, have a positive body image, and see the world more optimistically. Even during the most demanding years of having babies I prioritized making time for some kind of exercise (even if it was something easy just once per week), knowing that the benefits far outweigh the challenges of making it happen. My exercise phases have included: running with my dad starting in 6th grade; running track and playing basketball in middle school; going to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
We start with French press coffee sweetened with Iconic Cocktail Cascara Vanilla mixer and crunch Honeycrisp apples dusted with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice – delicious! On the show, we chat about the family dynamics and values we grew up with. Then we talk about the dynamics and values we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Usually a resident on my bedside table, I've banished my phone from the bedroom. We go to bed together. We wake up together. We're hardly ever apart. To describe a relationship with a person in this way speaks of new love. But taken to describe another relationship, the one many of us have with our phones, the words betray a love twisted into dependency, and perhaps ring a bit too true. At times I could describe my own relationship with my phone in this intimate way, and it doesn't make me feel great. Even though I try to be conscious... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Living your best life with Kringle in the fridge!
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2018 on In my cart at Trader Joe's at RISING*SHINING
From now through the new year, going to Trader Joe's is not just a trip to the grocery store – it's a seasonal excursion. Pumpkin products are hitting their peak and soon Thanksgiving and Christmas/winter holiday items will start rolling in. It's the most wonderful time of the year! Speaking of seasonal shopping, are you listening to the Inside Trader Joe's podcast?? The most recent episode is all about holiday items and they mention a few new ones heading to stores this year! I am very excited for a bûche de Noël ice cream and an apple brandy cheese. There... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
Hi! Yes! It's Kelle Hampton and she is at @etst (enjoying the small things):
You are a beer bread guardian angel! OK, this definitely does not look hard, I will be making this. YUM. Thank you so much for sharing!
Hi! Erica reports that she bought it from our friend who sells Agnes and Dora. I'm not seeing than tank listed but maybe she'll have other items that fit the bill!
Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for listening, we love to hear that! Yes, sounds like you're having a similar experience as us. One little loophole if you have some items you would be sad to let go of would be to find a friend with a membership and go with them occasionally for just those items. I was thinking we might do that occasionally although I have to say I haven't felt compelled enough to do it since this summer so maybe that is saying something! And it's true, you can always renew if you miss it too much.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2018 on episode 60. Breaking up with Costco at Matrimoney
A funny thing is happening this October that I can't remember ever happening since living here: it actually feels like fall this month! It is GLORIOUS. October came in with rain, grey, and a morning chill and has continued in the same manner. Just this weekend on Saturday it rained all day (all day!) and we were the most cozy. Chris and I got an extra dose of fall and nostalgia with a trip to New York City and New Haven, CT at the beginning of the month. How strange it is to return to a place you used to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at RISING*SHINING
In this episode, we talk about our year-long dalliance, and eventual break-up, with Costco. We also talk through a listener question about the tension between keeping a household 'minimal' and using bulk shopping as a way to save money. In life news, Kelsey chats about the joys of leaving summer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Matrimoney
Hi Amy! Aw, thank you so much! It's crazy to think how much life has changed since this ep but we are glad we have a little time capsule of that time. Thank you for giving our archives some love. :)
Grad school is such a demanding time! But you WILL have time for leisurely reading again, and you will appreciate it all the more. Good luck as you finish up!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Sunday Paper and Pancakes at RISING*SHINING
Oh family library dates! Our library dates are still very hands on but I do dream of going and spending an entire afternoon with everyone lost in their own books.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Sunday Paper and Pancakes at RISING*SHINING
Ah, this all sounds lovely! The New Yorker is usually my "treat" magazine on trips with no kids. I'm glad you have enjoyable Sunday mornings to look forward to, too. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Sunday Paper and Pancakes at RISING*SHINING
Oh, awesome! I think you will really like it! I think setting aside even 30 min before a new week starts to review and update your planner will really help get the most out of it. And glad you love Google Keep, I use it every day for one list or another!