More Lunches for Your Picky Eater

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I keep getting good feedback on my shares of Libbie’s picky-kid lunches on Facebook, so I hope these give you inspiration that your child doesn’t have to eat the same lunch every day!

These are PlanetBox Rover lunchboxes.

See other ideas in this post. (And people, I am keeping it real here. Sometimes I send processed foods. Sometimes I don’t. It’s life here.)


Pancake sandwich with peanut butter and banana slices; pumpkin spice marshmallows; half a banana; mini cheddar pretzel crips; Chobani banana “gogurt”; a few mini M&Ms.


Apple sandwich with PBJ and craisin/currant face stuck on with peanut butter; apple slices; cheese cubes; Polenta Blueberry Muffin; craisins, dried apricots, and white chocolate chips. (Both muffins and apple sandwich from Weelicious Lunches.)


PBJ cut with a pumpkin cookie cutter and with candy eyes; red pear slices; cheddar cheese spelling “BOO”; pumpkin marshmallows; peanuts; fruit leather; and silly Halloween jokes (free printable).


This was definitely an “I need to go to the store and am in a major hurry” lunch! Peanut butter on graham cracker; applesauce in the little dipper container; raisins; Peanut Noodles with Chicken; frozen blueberries.


Grilled cheese rolls (Weelicious Lunches); shredded chicken; apple slices; trail mix of pretzels, yogurt-covered raisins, and chocolate-covered peanuts; yogurt.


Tortilla chips with shredded cheese; trail mix of raisins, cashews, and white chocolate chips; banana; two slices ham. (I know it seems weird, but Libbie LOVES chips-and-cheese like this. Not melted or anything.)


This was David’s lunch one day – he is my less-picky kid! PBJ cut with a star sandwich cutter; carrots two ways (coins and sticks); ranch dip; black grapes; frozen turkey.

Do you try to mix it up at lunchtime? What recipe is your favorite to send? I am always looking for some new ideas.

A Day in the Life #onedayHH

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Every year Hollywood Housewife (Laura) does this thing where you can post all day on Instagram with pictures of you everyday life – messes and all. I decided this year not to let my lack of a smartphone stop me from joining in. So I’ll be updating this throughout the day with unedited pictures of my life here. Here is the #onedayHH post for this year!

Technically the day started at 3:40 when Joshua woke up crying. We need a new pacifier “leash” so he can’t keep losing his paci outside the crib. But he was also poopy, so I had the joys of changing that in the middle of the night. Then, for the second night in a row, that woke David up and he crawled into bed with us. Which is OK … he really is very cute and snuggly. But he was still asleep at 7:20 and our carpool ride for preschool picks him up about 8.


Meanwhile, this stinker was somehow playing with a knife that was on the counter. He can reach the counter. That is a bad thing.


Scavenged up $3 to send with David for a school lunch, and tried to figure out how to set up Libbie with a lunch account so she could buy today. It didn’t work. I have packed her lunch every day, but today it would have been nice to save the time. (I NEED to pack lunches the night before. But I don’t.) So ended up packing one anyway, whatever I could find in the kitchen that she might eat.

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David cried for approximately 20 minutes because I wanted him to wear this shirt. Daddy even put the shirt on him. Finally, I relented and let him just change. Then when the carpool came his buddy Luke was wearing the exact same shirt in gray. David would have LOVED being twins. I have NO idea why this shirt is offensive to him. Sigh.


This is spirit week at Libbie’s school (she’s in kindergarten). Today was crazy hair or hat day.


Mommy had neither breakfast nor coffee this morning in all the rush. (WHY did I not get up with my alarm??? ARGH.) So we made this stop. A BIG coffee for me and donuts all around. Really, we only do this once in awhile (I think this is the second time since school started in early August), so I refuse to be guilty about it.


Two little ones (David was already with carpool) were excited when this came on the Sirius station, even though they play it almost every day. Joshua is getting very skilled at singing, “Leeee goooo!!!”


Dropped Lib off at school and headed to the Y for water aerobics. Yay! Totally fuel for my soul and body. Then Josh and I came home. He was already asleep when we got here, so he went down for nap and I hope to have time to take a shower and maybe pick up the kitchen. Here I am, wet and happy.


Shower? Who are we kidding. I am a bath girl. Took a nice bath, read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (getting close to the end!), and got dressed. Applied my oil regimen – I really feel like these help lift some of my depression, although I am still taking my medicine as well. I feel better than I have in ages. Tried to wax my eyebrows: disaster. My sister uses this kit, even ON ME, but I could not get one hair to come off with it. Tried my old stand-by, the Sally Hansen strips, and I couldn’t hardly get them to work either. What’s up, brows?? Will spare you a picture of them. Still hairy. It’s 12:14 p.m.

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12:31 and someone is up from nap. He is always very unhappy about leaving his paci in the crib.


Make Joshua lunch, then attempt to pick up and unload the dishwasher while he’s restrained. I think fairies come and reload it all the time, because it ALWAYS seems to need unloaded.


Realize if I want to each lunch I better do it. Leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Joshua didn’t want his lunch, but of course he wants mine.


Oh hey. Here is what I look like. Off to go to the preschool pick-up!


Mr. Trouble thinks he needs to climb the stairs alone every time. And he can … but it’s slow. I scooped him up and carried him this time.


Back in the van again …


It really is a gorgeous day. Mid-60s and no clouds. But it’s hard to believe how GREEN it still is in late October.


Remember how I said I didn’t pack David’s lunch this morning? The friend we carpool with takes the boys back to their house in the morning before preschool. And she packed and sent him a lunch. I almost cried.


Grilled cheese for after-school snack. Because … we seem to be low on snacky things, and it works.


Meanwhile, I can tell it is water aerobics day because I am hungry again. I am sort of obsessed with these Dole chopped salads.

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Attempted to pick up some and vacuum. But let’s be honest: it still looks like this. I need a maid. I am so not kidding about how awful I am at housekeeping.

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This came in the mail today. I am a little giddy, because I know one little almost-6-year-old who is going to be SO EXCITED (to look like every other little girl on Halloween …).


A little after 5 and I’m back in the van with the kidlets, headed to church. I think Dunkin’ gave me decaf this morning because I am DRAGGING. Filled up my travel mug with half-pumpkin-spice-half-regular coffee and cinnamon creamer. YUM.


Time for dinner at church. So glad they do this on Wednesday nights. Tonight there was spaghetti and chicken with cheese.


On Wednesday nights I co-teach a class of 2, 3, and 4-year-olds. My friend Carrie and I joke that we populate the entire preschool department at church – we each have 3, and they are 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and almost 1. Technically Libbie is in the children’s department now, though. Anyway, here is my class of cuties. We had all 8 there tonight! And they were WIRED.


Seriously, the noise level when they were playing after the lesson. My ears are still ringing.


I decide what the heck, I will go to choir tonight even though that gets us home late. When we finally pull into our parking spot about 8:35, our dorm is having a fire drill. Stellar. So we wait not so patiently outside.

Joshua is playing on the floor with cars and it’s almost 9 p.m. This does not bode well for the morning.


Hallelujah, they are finally all in PJs. Teeth-brushing time.


And that about sums up my day. It’s 9:13 and Joshua and David are still talking in their room. Sigh. I wanted to make muffins tonight but I am beat and coughing, so I will take my laptop and book and go to bed. I try to get to sleep around 10 to 10:30 so 5:45 doesn’t seem soooo early!

My dad is actually in the hospital in Greensboro, which has also been hovering around all day. He had pneumonia. Thankfully he isn’t old (he’s 55), but it’s still scary. Please send prayers for him! So my phone will come with me too, as I’m texting my mom and dad some.

Good night, friends!

I (Heart) Their Faces

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I found this post hanging out in my drafts folder Friday. I think I never published it because I wasn’t sure it was complete or I was afraid I might be chastised. Three plus years later … it’s interesting to reflect on.

Some days I still have trouble telling people I’m a stay-at-home mom. But as the years have gone by, I’ve realized it’s by far the greatest gift I’ve ever been given! For our family, it works out well.

Some days I fantasize about going back to work just so I can sit still without anyone climbing on me for a few hours. But truly, I love being with my little people and don’t have any desire to ever go back to a 40-hour workweek.

I wrote this January 3, 2011.



From the beginning of 2010 to the end, this sweet little face has been my job, my every day.

One year ago today was my last day at my much-loved job in Nashville. While I don’t miss the hierarchy of working for a big company, the meetings, or the 7:30 a.m. start time, I do miss my coworkers and the ministry-work I did.

I still feel that loss of identity that comes with no longer working full-time some days. I introduce myself as a freelance writer and editor and almost never as a stay-at-home mom. Despite the fact that it is all I ever wanted to do, my entire life.

Fifteen days ago, I got to see another face for the first time.


Oh, I love these precious faces of my babies.

In 2011, I hope they will continue to humble me to the point where I don’t care what people think when I say I stay at home.

This post inspired by I Heart Faces.

As Of Late

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Just some glimpses of life around here lately.

  • My sister-in-law and sister, our only siblings, got engaged two weeks apart from one another! They are getting married in August and June. Libbie is going to be the flower girl for both, and I will be matron-of-honor for my sister.
  • Libbie was also the flower girl in my cousin Brianne’s wedding and fulfilled her duties wonderfully. She was adorable, of course.
  • David, Joshua, and I went to the International Museum of Towing. Yeah, like Tow Trucks. Add that to my list of Things I Never Thought I Would Do Until I Had Boys.
  • Libbie was in the Nutrcracker for her dance studio. And was adorable some more.
  • Joshua’s learned to crawl for real and pull up!
  • All of us except Joshua caught some food poisoning Sunday night. You know what’s SUPER DUPER fun? Four people throwing up and only two of them know to do it in the toilet.
  • We’ve unwrapped a lot of Christmas books but failed to really do Truth in the Tinsel, again. I am trying to remember about doing ONE THING, not lots of things, in this season of having tiny people.
  • Today was David’s THIRD birthday! Holy cow, y’all!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Hope to get things shaken up here a little during the coming year!

This Is Me.

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So, I’ve been blogging since July 2006.

Holy cow, that is more than 7 years. Before I had kids. Before I was a real, magazine writer. I was a mere 24 years old.

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And in 7+ years of blogging, I’ve never had a real headshot. That little one in the sidebar was taken by my graphic designer/photographer from work, when we were in Brazil in 2007.

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Posting these seems sort of vain, but I’m excited to have real, professional pictures to use! Thank you to Kim DeLoach for capturing me and not charging an arm and a leg. I so appreciate you!

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And thank you to Amanda from Noonday Collection, who let me borrow the earrings from their table when I spazzed and thought I had left my whole toiletries bag at home. (I hadn’t. But I didn’t figure it out until I had freaked out to everyone I know first.) I’ve actually interviewed the founder of Noonday and I love what they do.

{I kind of feel like I should ask Kim to photoshop some lipstick on me, make my teeth whiter, and perhaps zap the zit on my chin. But then maybe it wouldn’t look like me?}