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Lordy, Lordy, Lordy!
If you saw my Facebook post yesterday, you know that my middle child, M, has a case of “breakthrough varicella,” which means she got a mild case of chickenpox despite being vaccinated for it. It’s very mild – fewer than 30 lesions and they aren’t the angry lesions you usually associate with CP. But still, she has been contagious the past few days and so at home. Which means we have missed all sorts of October fun. M is my girl who likes to be on the go, so it’s been hard on both of us. Fingers crossed Baby A avoids this until we can get her vaxed!
(So, if any of today’s post doesn’t make sense, know I am a ragged mama!)
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Let’s start with some sweets, given that it is the week before Halloween. There were lots of fun cookie recipes this week:
Real Food Oreos from Healthy Green Kitchen
Pumpkin Kiss Cookies from Cavegirl Cuisine
Sunflower Butter Cookies from Beauty and the Foodie
Healthy Halloween Chocolate Fruit Bugs from The Fit Cookie
And then a bit of candy from Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry whose cookbook came in handy this week with my kiddo at home from school. She is completely GF and loves to cook!) Macadamia Caramel Clusters. Just look at those bad boys!
Elana’s Cinnamon Apple Cake looks pretty fab, too.
Speaking of being under the weather, I love these natural sore throat remedies from Dreams of a Farm.
Are you a Pumpkin Spice Latte kind of person? They don’t tempt me but if they tempt you but you fret over the icky ingredients you find in them, check out this clever “real food” Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer from Girl Meets Nourishment.
I live intown in Atlanta and our backyard is teensy. So gardening back there is a challenge. I love, love, love this post on maximizing your gardening efforts in small urban plots. It’s called “The Micro Harvest,” and it’s got totally usable advice.
How do you handle criticism? Are you a brush it off kind of person, or does it undo you? Either way, you may enjoy this post from Miz Fit Online on “Tips For Taking Criticism Without Falling Apart.”
Speaking of criticism, there were lines in this post called “My Choice to Parent Differently Does Not Imply Your Way is Wrong” that I could have written! I actually hit on some of the same themes here.
Turn your shoes over and see what your wear pattern is trying to tell you about your gait.
For all those folks who ask me after my Sunday class whether they “should go do cardio, now?” I give you this great piece on why there’s really a false dichotomy that people rely on in the cardio vs. strength conversation.
And finally, labeling laws, lobbyists and the fight from big food. (Of course it involves big money.) Important stuff here from Michele Simon, J.D. The politics of food matters.
“This is the largest amount of money ever concealed in an election,” says Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, as tobacco-style tactics by likes of PepsiCo and Nestle are revealed in Washington State’s lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturers Association over GMO labeling fight.
And with that, I sign off. Happy weekend, you guys!