When Should I Start Asking My Child To Help Around the House?

I believe in the power of lists.

I believe that children learn to be responsible and to do tasks on their own when given a chart with goals.

This is the beginning of life training for Anthony.

Here’s the chart I made for him this week.

Don’t go out and buy anything! It’s super simple to make and use!

Anthony’s 2 1/2, so I made this with 8 simple tasks that he can do daily.

On the bottom I placed a picture of him “painting with water” outside to remind him…once he gets all of his tasks done, we can go out and play. 🙂

His simple tasks are:

Go to the bathroom
Brush Your Teeth
Eat Your Breakfast
Make Your Bed
Help Empty the Dishwasher
Get Dressed

Each of the 8 tasks are labeled with a different color and arrow.

Once he finishes the task, he moves his star to the other side of the arrow as “completed”

How to make the stars:
You know those magnets you get from pizza places, etc that are taking up a ton of space on your fridge?

Use those up!

I placed a post it note on top of it and then a silver foil star on top of that magnet and cut them up. Then I put packing tape over that just to keep it secure. 🙂


Healthy Chips

Is that an oxymoron?

Not sure…but all I DO know is that crunchy snacks are exciting to me in moderation.

I take care of my body with exercise and proper nutrition, however, I’m not a robot and do believe there are healthier versions of snacks that can satisfy my crunchy craving without blowing all the work I’ve done throughout the week.

I found these blue corn tortilla chips this week by Guiltless Gourmet. They are made with organic corn and are baked.

stone ground organic blue corn, expeller pressed canola oil, salt, and lime.

Less is always more!

120 calories for 18 chips. 3 g of fat, 23g carbs, 3g of protein, and 2g of fiber.

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Healthy Soup Recipe

I know..it’s summer, and that’s not usually the time for soup.

Yesterday, I had such a taste for a good cup of veggie soup.

So, we trekked over to Whole Foods and picked up all the ingredients we needed…and made a double batch.

We purchase all the ingredients that I had on the page I tore out from the magazine.

I get home and realize…um…the rest of the recipe isn’t here.

I think I threw out the rest of it!


So we made do…and WOW what a good soup!

Having a cup of this as your first course before the rest of your meal will help you fill up on good veggies.

Here’s how we did it:

1 onion, diced up
1 whole cabbage shredded up
1 carrot cut up in circles
1 cup of diced up fresh green beans
3 ribs of celery diced
1/2 a container of grape tomatoes diced up
3 baby zucchini, diced
1 whole head of cauliflower, cut up
1 8 oz container of mushrooms, sliced up
2 quarts of low sodium chicken stock
ground pepper
olive oil

I started by prepping all my veggies.

Once the veggies were ready, I squeezed 2 tbsp of olive oil in my 14 quart soup pot.

Then tossed in the onions and let them sweat until they were translucent.

Then we tossed in the carrots and celery and let them sweat it out.

Next, I threw in 4 tbsp of fresh minced garlic.

Then went in the cauliflower and the thyme, oregano, pepper, and parsley.

Next the mushrooms, green beans and zucchini.

Finally the tomatoes and cabbage.

After all the veggies were good and “married” we poured in the stock.

We brought the pot back to a boil and let it cook together for about an hour.

We shut off the stove while we went to mass, and came home to a delicious cup of soup to enjoy before our dinner. Even Anthony had some of it!

(I liked it so much, I had a second cup and skipped the rest of dinner!)

Do you have a good recipe for veggie soup? Would you add or subtract anything?

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What Is In Lunchmeat?

What exactly is in lunchmeat?

Well, I don’t know all the answers, but I do know a biggie that I never would have known about had Anthony not had all of these food allergies.

Back a few years ago when Anthony was having tons of outbreaks, and we didn’t know what more to do, our doctor had him see a Pediatric Allergist.

Anthony has allergies to:

-tree nuts

I cried when I found out.

What was I going to feed my baby??

The doctor was fabulous and explained to me about reading labels even more carefully than my health conscious self had already been doing.

She also told me to keep him away from lunchmeat.

Lunchmeat? It’s meat, what could he be allergic to in it?


She informed me that dairy is used in lunchmeat as an additive to keep it moist, etc.

So she suggested I go to a kosher deli and purchase turkey for him there.

Who would have known?

What allergies do you or your children have?

Do you know of any other foods that have a hidden allergens that we wouldn’t know about?

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