Saturday, June 28, 2014

Connecting in the Chaos: Parenting Webinars

From San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist Alair Olson:

I'm excited to share that our practice is launching a brand new webinar series for parents called Connecting in the Chaos:  A Place for Parents to Process and Make Sense of the Places Our Kids Get Stuck.  Our vision is to provide parents with space and resources to help them feel equipped, encouraged and empowered in their role as parents.

Each webinar will be held on a monthly basis for 90 minutes, and we've tried to schedule them at times that will be most convenient for parents.  The first webinar is free and each subsequent one will be $10.  Parents can watch live and have the opportunity to interact with us via typing in questions or comments, or they can watch the webinar at a later date.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Quinoa Salad

If you're looking for a healthy and tasty summer lunch (or light dinner), then this recipe is for you! I shared it at last spring's MOPS recipe swap and I thought I would share it again here.

Quinoa Lunch Salad

2 cups quinoa, cooked according to directions
2 cups cooked chickpeas (about 1 and 1/2 cans of chickpeas)
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 or 2 chopped zucchini
1 bell pepper, yellow or orange (optional)
1/2 red onion, diced


1/2 cup olive oil
slightly less than 1/2 cup lime juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp basil (parsley works too)


Cook quinoa as directed. Chop zucchini, red onion, and bell pepper and cook in some olive oil. Drain tomatoes and chickpeas. Throw it all together. Whisk together the dressing and pour. SALT to taste! Serve cold or room temperature.


Friday, June 20, 2014


Who here can relate to this? I know I can!

More fun comics from the very talented Grant Snider!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gifts to Pamper a New Mom

A good friend of mine is expecting her first baby soon. It got me thinking about what I could get her to pamper her and let her know that she is loved. Then I started thinking about all the things I wish I'd had right after my first baby was born.

Let's state the obvious ones right off the bat:
2. Maid service


Other great ideas:

1. Dry Shampoo: Because the reality is that she's NOT going to get a shower every day. This was my lifesaver! (Okay, still is...)

2. Water Bottle: Especially if the new mom is breastfeeding. This would sure prettify chugging water in the middle of the night!

3. Tinted Lip Balm: Face it... it will be a while before that new mom is wearing makeup. This at least makes it look like she put in an effort.

4. Thank you cards: For all of those friends and family members who drop by with meals and little gifts. It's good to be prepared!

5. Yoga pants: You know, for when her pajama pants are in the wash.

6. Netflix/Hulu+ subscription: So she won't be bored out of her mind when she's feeding the baby at 1 AM (and at 3, and again at 5...)

7. Sleep Mask: For when she's trying to sleep when the baby sleeps at odd hours throughout the day.

8. Invigorating body scrub: Make her feel pretty AND clean!

What do you think? What would you have appreciated as a new mother?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Altered Mini-Composition Book

Once upon a time, in my life before kids, I used to be quite crafty! I dabbled in sewing, but I mostly focused on paper crafts. I have hundreds of rubber stamps sitting in my closet right now, begging to be used! And then as soon as my son was born, I became consumed in this thing called Motherhood.

I came across a blog post recently, challenging me to bring my WHOLE SELF to motherhood. It was a good reminder to make time for myself and for my interests. So I'm committed to doing some simple (and fast!) projects. I thought I'd share a favorite with you:

Altered Mini-Composition Books

Aren't they cute? I'm going to show you how I did it -- although most of you out there are so crafty, I'm sure you can tell just by looking at the picture how to duplicate this :).

Step 1: I started with these supplies:
  • Mini-composition books (three for a dollar at your local dollar store!)
  • Spray adhesive glue (PVC glue or Yes Paste would also work)
  • Scissors and/or paper trimmer
  • Fun scrapbook paper
  • Something to protect your work area from the spray adhesive

Step 2: Measure the length and width of your composition book. Don't include the black binding. But do include some overhang. I ended up cutting mine to 3 inches by 4.5 inches. 

Step 3: Cut two panels per book (one for the front, and one for the back)

Step 4: Spray the backside of the paper with the adhesive. Attach to the cover of the book, working quickly. [No picture of this step... was too busy working quickly!]

Step 5: Trim the overhang around the edges.

Step 6 (optional): You could add coordinating paper to the inside of the front cover and the back cover, if you're feeling ambitious!

Step 7: Admire!

You could also add embellishments to the front of the cover, but I would make sure they weren't too bulky or three-dimensional: you want to make sure they're easy to carry around in a purse! I also thought about personalizing them with stamped initials on the front. Have fun with it!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chickpea Tacos

I was digging through one of my mother-in-law's cookbooks this summer when I came across this Chickpea Taco recipe. I'm a sucker for anything involving avocado, so I thought I'd give it a try. I was NOT disappointed! (Hubby loved it too!)

This recipe is easy and fast! As a bonus, it's vegetarian! This will feed two adults, but I found myself wishing I had doubled it, so consider yourself warned!

Knock-your-socks-off Chickpea Tacos

  • 1 avocado, peeled/pitted/diced
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas (aka: garbanzo beans)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 4 tsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 8 corn taco shells
  • 2 cups baby salad greens
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • Mash avocado with a fork
  • Stir in chickpeas, cilantro, lime juice and garlic
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper
  • Fill each shell with 1/4 cup chickpea-avocado mixture, some salad greens, salsa, sour cream
  • Enjoy at room temperature or cold!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Father's Day Gifts From Your Toddler

Father's Day is quickly approaching. What can your little one make for him? Here's a roundup of some of the cutest ideas I could find:

All you need is some painter's tape, and some finger paint! The messier the better!

How fun! Especially if your husband has a sweet tooth!

Free printables included. Just stock up on dad's favorite snacks!

How cute is this golf tee porcupine?

What A Catch Father's Day Gift Idea with free print on { }
Customize this idea even further by having your child decorate the label!

This printable one has the cover that you can color, and then a mad lib on the inside!

I hope you were able to find some inspiration here. My two year old and I are going to be making one of these for my husband - something with candy, you can be sure of that!

Monday, June 9, 2014

A First

Welcome to the brand new website for our Point Loma chapter of MOPS!

Although our group has been meeting for years, this online extension is a new venture for us. I envision an online space that will be a source of information, inspiration and encouragement, as well as another point of connection for us.

I hope you'll check in often, and that you'll find this to be another valuable resource in this journey of motherhood.