40 in 40 · Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

“One who exerts himself on Erev Shabbos will be able to eat on Shabbos. But if not, what will he eat?” (Avodah Zara 3a, Rashi) Every week, we make Shabbos. We’re supposed to plan for it the whole week long, in some small way each day. Washing the tablecloth, the napkins, planning a menu, shopping, making the food.… Continue reading Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

Motherhood

What Should My Kids Bring For School Snack?

Growing up, my mother was very conscientious about what she fed me. Snacks in my house were fruit leather, delicious whole-wheat muffins with applesauce and cheerios, and we had water with every meal. My house was the house no one wanted to do school projects at because we didn’t have “good” snacks. While I, unsurprisingly,… Continue reading What Should My Kids Bring For School Snack?

Motherhood

Alternatives To Cereal For Dinner

A frequent permissive point I make about living the life of a creative mother is that choosing to serve cereal for dinner is a perfectly valid option. It’s a sort of battle cry for overwhelmed mothers of small children. We are tired, we are beleaguered, we don’t have neither the time nor energy to make… Continue reading Alternatives To Cereal For Dinner

Motherhood

Cute Dinner Trays for Kids – Giveaway!

This year, I learned a more refined way to describe the phenomenon of picky preschoolers from my son’s nursery school teacher.  Instead of calling them “picky eaters,” she says they have “discriminating palates.”  Isn’t that nice? After I shared some of the struggles of dinner time at our house, many mothers shared with me that… Continue reading Cute Dinner Trays for Kids – Giveaway!

Motherhood

The Truth About Feeding Small Children

A month or two ago, I started posting my kids’ dinners on Facebook and Instagram.  I didn’t mean for it to become a “thing,” but I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from people who say it helps them plan their kids’ dinners, so I keep doing it, even though sometimes I feel a little… Continue reading The Truth About Feeding Small Children

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

What is Eco Kosher and Why Does it Matter?

I get a regular amount of guest post requests from various blogs/companies, and usually it’s pretty “meh.”  Form emails and spammy and all that.  Robots, maybe (not the cool kind, though).   But the other week, I got a very pleasant email from Anabelle Harari, and I took notice.  She proposed a guest post on… Continue reading What is Eco Kosher and Why Does it Matter?

Menu Plan

Menu Plan for November 2-12

I’ve been doing some thinking about my menu planning.  While I do love the monthly planning concept, I found that I usually didn’t make at least one meal from the plan per week.  That resulted in a lot of leftover ingredients.  Also, I didn’t feel like I was utilizing the ingredients I have on hand… Continue reading Menu Plan for November 2-12

Parenting

Nature v. Nuture, in parents?

It occurred to me recently that the Nature v. Nurture question is not exclusive to children.  It can also apply to parenting. My boys are very different.  It’s been apparent since early on.  Where my oldest has always been quite stoic, my second son has a quick smile for (nearly) everyone.  My oldest despised bathtime… Continue reading Nature v. Nuture, in parents?