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A long time back, I wrote about how Julia hates to have her hair brushed {or even really touched for that matter}. And as her hair gets longer, it just gets more matted and gross. Slowly, I convinced her to let me brush it, but never, ever {ever!} would she let me pull it back in a ponytail. Now that might seem strange to some of you out there. After all, Julia is the child {and only 3} and as the mama, what I say goes. Right? Well, when it comes to screaming and crying over pulling her hair into a ponytail, she can win that battle. Because at 7 in the morning, it’s not something I want to deal with.

Then, as the genius that I like to think I am, I had a brilliant idea. Julia loves Angelina Ballerina. And Angelina always wears a ribbon in her hair. Well… you can’t have a ribbon in your hair, without a ponytail, now can you? No ma’am, you cannot.

I asked Julia if she wanted to wear a ribbon like Angelina {and I might have gone even further by saying all real dancers wear ribbons}. Her eyes lit up and she said that yes, she did want a ribbon. I told her that to wear a ribbon, we needed to put a ponytail in her hair. She didn’t buy it at first, but once I googled some pictures of Angelina’s ribbon, she totally bought it. And up went her hair and in went the ribbon! Now, she doesn’t want it up every day {and I’m totally okay with that}, but, get this, she’s asked to have her hair pulled back just so she can wear the ribbon.

Score 1 for mom.

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One desire I have for my girls is that they would grow up cooking along side me. At times it can be quite overwhelming having a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old “helping” me, but I am always looking for ways to incorporate them.

Our family makes a lot of homemade tortillas and the girls {i.e. Julia} always want to help roll them out. Unfortunately we only have one rolling pin and it is way too big and way too heavy for the girls. In the past I’ve had Julia use a little plastic play one, but it doesn’t work very well. Then last week I found this:

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It’s a junior size rolling pin made by Fiesta. It is made from silicon and is non stick. It’s the perfect size for the girls! We’ve used it once and Julia loves it! Her tortillas might not turn out perfect, she is able to help now and make her and Hannah’s tortillas.

What tricks or tools have you picked up to help incorporate your kids in the kitchen?

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Jello Brains


Today I’m having my very first guest post by Alicia at Alicia’s Homemaking. I just love this girl and I know you will too!

Sometimes my brain feels like the pulverized bananas plastered on the tray of my son’s highchair. Mushy. Browning at the edges. My day has been a blur of pureed baby food (both pre and post digested) and keep-the-house-in-one-piece survival tactics.

Don’t get me wrong–I love my job as a stay-at-home-mom. And I remember having the same “mushy brain” days back when I was a “career girl,” working as a critical care nurse with open heart patients. There is some level of monotony with every job, I suspect. Even the really important ones!

As a mom to a small child, with a husband who is super busy with grad school, I fight mushy brain syndrome with the following:

Carving out some time in the day to delve into a good book. Fiction can be really entertaining, educational, and just a hoot–but I try to throw in some history, science, and biographies, too.

I have always been a bookworm, but I’ve found it difficult to set aside good chunks of time for reading since I became a mom. So, a couple of months ago I actually started taking a class outside of the home. I really enjoy the subject (world missions) and having deadlines “forces” me to do the reading. The class also gets me out of the house, hanging out with new people, and learning new things. Perfect!

I’ve also learned that as a SAHM it’s easy to get isolated. There’s a lot to do within the walls of my home, but I need to connect with people–moms, friends, family, neighbors, the community. Most of the time, some measure of housework has to be “sacrificed” for this, but it’s more than worth it! We need other people.

When all else fails, it helps if I just go outside. Water the plants, take a walk, sit and look at the trees and give my synapses time to recover from to-do lists and plastic toys.

date night with the hubby never hurts, either. 🙂

Here’s to being a living-in-the-moment, mushy banana cleaning, brain exercising mom!

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Alicia is a tea-drinking, book-reading, sushi-eating, candle-lighting, bread-baking gal who loves her family and all things domestic. She is a stay-at-home-mom to one squishy little boy, wife to Andrew the Golden-Hearted, and blogs regularly at Alicia’s Homemaking.

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