Do You Know Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?

Today I wanted to share a cute little story-time play date idea of reading an adorable book and having a tasty book-themed snack!  The adorable book I’m referring to today is Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont.

The first time we read this book, we borrowed it from the library on a whim.  We liked it so much that we decided to buy a copy for ourselves.  This book is great for beginning readers as well as younger kids.  It has a lot of repetition in rhyme, so when we read it, it comes out sounding like a little song.  Basically, the kangaroo is making cookies, but she realizes her cookie dough is missing.  She asks another animal if he knows who ate all the cookie dough.  That animal directs her to another animal who promptly directs her to another animal.  We find out who eats all the cookie dough at the end under a lift-and-see flap.  Really a cute story! Continue reading “Do You Know Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?”

Meditation

Remember my old friend Mindfulness that I talked about in regards to eating healthily?  Mindfulness is being present in the moment, paying attention to what we do, and doing what we do on purpose.  Well, turns out Mindfulness has a partner called Meditation.  Meditation is focusing your mind on one thing, and it’s a great tool to relax and increase mindfulness.  It’s retraining your brain to slow down and retraining your body to be calm and to breathe deeply.  There are many ways to practice meditation, from simply clearing your mind to focus on your body’s natural breathing or the sound of the quiet room you are in to focusing on a single thought or progressively relaxing the muscles in your body.

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of meditating?  Monks?  Hippies?  People sitting still in a beautiful jungle palace courtyard in front of a peaceful waterfall chanting “Ohm”?  Continue reading “Meditation”

Menu Mondays are Back!

With all the craziness that came with the month of May, I dropped the ball big time on menu planning!  I tried but failed miserably.  YIKES, I know!  Back at it again this month! Continue reading “Menu Mondays are Back!”

Sometimes You Have It All Together, and Sometimes You Don’t

Hi friends!  It’s been entirely too long since I’ve worked on the blog.  It started out with sick children, and then I had a little spell where I was extremely tired but not actually ill thanks to the Epstein-Barr virus.  I’m sure I’ll write up a little post all about that one day.  In any case, I’m finally on the up and up, after missing most of April and all of May!  So let’s catch up, k? Continue reading “Sometimes You Have It All Together, and Sometimes You Don’t”