Sunshine Award!

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I am truly honored that Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy nominated me for the Sunshine Award! Stop by and check her awesome blog out!

Sunshine Award Rules

1. Thank and recognize your nominating blogger

2. Give 11 random facts about yourself

3. Answer the 11 questions given by your nominating blogger

4. Nominate 11 bloggers (cannot be your nominating blogger)

5. Post 11 questions for your nominees

11 Facts about Me

1. I have lived in 5 states in the past 6 years

2. I secretly wish we could have backyard chickens

3. I love to read more than any other of my hobbies

4. I make tutus

5. I play more video games than my kids

6. I plan to run a half marathon next year

7. I am an only child

8. My husband and kids are the best things that have ever happened to me

9. My favorite season is spring

10. I’m from northeastern Ohio

11. I LOVE all things Ohio State!!!

Questions from Domain of the Mad Mommy

1. If you had to listen to one song, on repeat, for a whole day, what would it be?

#34 by Dave Matthews Band

2. You have to change your first name, today! What do you change it too?
Rosita, after my grandmother. I think it’s a beautiful name!
3. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to share our moving journeys and my crazy life with the kiddos.
4. Are you where you pictured yourself 5 years ago?
Not at all. 5 years ago I lived in South Florida with one child. I have lived in 3 states since then and had twins!
5. Spaghetti’os, Kraft Mac N Cheese or Tombstone Pizza. Pick one.
Kraft Mac N Cheese
6. If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?
A horse
7. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what movie would you pick?
X-Men
8. Do you shower everyday? (Be honest)
Nope, every other day
9. What is your most dreaded chore?
Folding the laundry
10. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
I have 5 tattoos
11. What TV commercial gets stuck in your head the most?
State Farm (Discount Doooouuuuuble Check!)
My Nominees
My 11 Questions to the Nominees
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What is your favorite hobby?
3. What is your favorite thing to write about?
4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
5. What is your ideal vacation spot?
6. What is your greatest accomplishment?
7. What’s worse, laundry or dishes?
8. Do you have a TV show that you watch but don’t like to admit? Which one?
9. Sweet or salty?
10. What state or country if you aren’t in the US do you live in?
11. Snow, do you love it or hate it?
Thanks again to Echo at Domain of the Mad Mommy!!
Moving Mommy

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Happy Veterans Day!

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I hope that everyone enjoys their Monday! Take the time to thank a veteran or serviceman or woman in your life, they will appreciate it!

We went to Ohio this weekend because Luke had a couple of days off school. On Friday night I went out for a drink with one of my friends, and a guy approached her to ask her if she had a cigarette. He said “I’m a soldier but don’t give me crap about it”. We thanked him for his service and it was clear that he wanted to talk about whatever happened, so we listened.

I took many things away from that conversation, the main one being that we do not appreciate them nearly enough. The fact that he was out trying to have a good time and people would say anything but thank you to him is mind blowing to me. He said “When the bullets start flying all we can think is I need to make it home”. That broke my heart. The majority of Americans have never been at work and had to worry about whether they will make it home to their families, we should be taking care of the ones who have. They have seen and endured things that most of us cannot even fathom, and even if they do make it home with no external wounds, most of them will come home forever changed. Many of them have wounds that we cannot see, and we need to do better for them.

Stay tuned, we are planning something to show our appreciation over the holidays!

Moving Mommy

One Step at a Time

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Before we started our journey toward a real food lifestyle, we were not healthy eaters. We ate out a lot, I rarely cooked, and most things I did cook came out of a box. The one thing that I did try to avoid was artificial food dyes. Not because I necessarily thought that they were terrible for us, but because they made Luke act crazy. If I gave him Kool-Aid or a sucker he would change from a state of calm into a crazy fit of toddler tantrum. I’m probably overexaggerating, but the difference in his behavior was noticeable. I had no idea that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese contained food dyes either. I was under the impression that it was only in candy and drinks, not in actual food. I also didn’t know that they were derived from petroleum. Gross.

It is widely believed that artificial dyes cause hyperactivity in children, so apparently Luke isn’t the only one. Some doctors support this theory while others do not, but after Halloween candy this year I have seen Will act in much the same way Luke did. These artificial dyes are not allowed in food in many other countries and must have warning labels in even more. Companies use them because it is cheaper to use a yellow chemical dye than to use paprika to dye something yellow. Higher profit margin for them, health consequences for the public.

In March, Vani Hari the Food Babe and Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food created this petition on Change.org requesting that Kraft remove artificial dyes from its macaroni and cheese, as it has done for the UK. They responded by stating that some of their varieties do not contain dye. The problem is that all of the ones marketed toward children DO contain artificial dyes. The products that use natural dyes are either not readily available or the homestyle versions. Certainly nothing in the blue box. Vani Hari took 270,000 signatures to Kraft headquarters, which you can read about here, and it was a big step. But nothing happened… until now!

Kraft released that they will be removing the artificial dyes from three versions of their macaroni and cheese marketed toward children, Sponge-bob, Halloween, and winter shapes. They will also be adding two more dye-free products. Is it enough? No. Is it a start? Absolutely!

It goes to show that little by little, concerned citizens are changing our food system to make it healthier for ourselves and our children. That is not only encouraging, it is something to be proud of.

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Failure… Good or Bad?

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Personally, I think that failures are a difficult but very important part of our lives. Failing makes us work harder, and as children it makes us realize that in order to succeed we must put forth effort, that everything doesn’t necessarily come easy. BUT, it’s so hard to think of letting your child fail at something. I want to protect them from being hurt and disappointed, even when I know it’s not what is best for them.

When is the right time to stop protecting and let them fail? That’s what I struggle with. On a small scale, I let them do it all the time. Letting the twins climb the big kid playground or try the monkey bars is good for them, even though I know that they will probably fall a few times before they get it. Maybe even more than a few times. But none of those things are going to break my child’s heart.

There are soccer try-outs for a more competitive league on Sunday, and the thought of it gives me a horribly sick feeling in my stomach. I know that I should explain to Luke that it is a try-out and that he may not make the team, and let him decide whether he wants to do it or not. He enjoys soccer, but I think that it has more to do with the team aspect of it than the actual sport. I don’t think my husband wants us to do it, but his concerns have more to do with over committing Luke to too many sports in the spring.

I know that I’m being silly and some of you will think “suck it up, he’s in first grade”, I tend to agree. But it’s so hard! What are your thoughts on letting your kids fail? Would you let your young child try out for a team that he/she probably wouldn’t make?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Tuesday’s Trials

I think that we all have things that we struggle with as parents. None of us are perfect, and for the most part we do a better job than we think we do. That’s a good thing, because it means that we continue to strive to be better. One of the things that I struggle with the most is managing my time and trying to do too much. For example, last week I had a meeting, practice, or event every single night. It was annoying and stressful and by the end of the week I should have been riding a broomstick instead of wearing the Super Mom cape my wonderful husband thinks I deserve.

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My life has been like this for several years, and I never change it. Each of the things I’m committed to I love to do, it’s just piling them all together at the same time that makes life crazy! Throw the CPA exam on top of it and I’m pretty sure it’s not good for any of us. My husband reminds me of this frequently:) When we first moved to New Jersey, I didn’t have anything to do and I hated it. I love staying home with the twins, but I need to get out of the house to keep my sanity! Once I had the opportunity to get myself and the kids involved in things, I was thrilled. Now I’m just trying to find a balance that isn’t too much but not too little.

What are the things you struggle most with in this crazy parenting world??

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy