Meatless Meals – Veggie Quiche

Most weeknights The Hubs and I don’t get home until after 6:30 pm from work.   Once we do get home we try to spend as much time as possible hanging out with the kidlets before they go to bed.  That means we play board games, build LEGOs, play with Super Heroes/Disney Princesses, read books or if it’s Wednesday night, give the kidlets baths!  By the time 8 pm rolls around the kidlets are safely snuggled into bed and The Hubs and I are starving!  But who wants to start cooking a meal at 8 pm to eat at 9 pm and then go to bed not too long after?  Not this gal – so lately I’ve been making extra meals/dishes on Sundays that we can just re-heat during the week.

THM_MeatlessMeals_VeggieQuiche3My Veggie Quiche – made quick & easy!

One of my current favorites is making quiche.  This might be a little rudimentary, but I have had people ask me what it is — a quiche is an open-faced pastry crust with a savory filling thickened with eggs. I like quiches because they are so versatile. You can fill them with just about anything you have in the fridge — cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables — and you can serve it either hot or cold.   They are the perfect meal to make in advance, store in either the fridge or freezer and pop out when needed.

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Kit Lit – Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown

When my kidlets were really little there were two books that they begged me and The Hubs to read to them at bedtime each night.  One was Goodnight Moon and the other was Big Red Barn, which both happen to be written by Margaret Wise Brown.  Brown is one of the most popular children’s authors of all time.  Her use of rhymed verse coupled with beautiful illustrations of realistic characters and objects have lulled children, including my own, to sleep for generations.

Though Brown died in 1952, she has a new book of out now called Goodnight Songs from Sterling Children’s Books.  The book is a collection of previously unpublished lullabies that is gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists.

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If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry

Over the weekend I had one of those face palm parenting moments.

It happened when I went into the kidlets playroom to see what they were up to. I found my six-year old son sitting perfectly content on the couch watching cartoons, but my daughter was nowhere in sight. Unlike my son, she gets bored pretty quick watching cartoons. My girl is constantly in motion, she always has to be doing something so I knew I’d find her around the corner creating a masterpiece at her art table.

That’s when I discovered this:

THM_LaughCry_1One of several clumps of hair I found on the ground that morning.

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What Do You Know? March is Frozen Food Month & Other Random Facts – #FrozenKidfresh Blu-ray Rebate & Giveaway

As I mom, I’m find that I am an incredible font of knowledge for my friends and family. Now by knowledge I don’t mean that I can correctly identify all the elements listed on the periodic table, recite chapter and verse from any of Shakespeare’s plays or solve a complicated (heck even an easy for that matter) algorithm.

The kind of knowledge I’m talking about is more likely to help you on trivia night at a local bar than on a SAT test. I don’t know how, but somewhere along the way I’ve picked up such useful – and totally random – facts as:

  • A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 MPH
  • There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo
  • Months that begin on a Sunday always have a Friday the 13th in them
  • The names of Popeye’s four identical nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye & Poopeye
  • In the case of an emergency, a Crayola crayon can be used as a candle and it will burn for 15 minutes
  • You share your birthday with at least 19 million other people in the world

I recently learned a new fact, that March is Frozen Food Month.  A whole month dedicated to frozen food,  who knew!   Do you want to know one more tidbit?  To celebrate Frozen Food Month, Kidfresh, the frozen kid’s meal brand, is collaborating with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment for the release of Disney’s Frozen Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 18.

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How I Show My #DisneySide

Last April The Hubs and I took the kidlets for their very first trip to Walt Disney World! We were lucky that my BIL & SIL, who are Disney park veterans, were joining us and helped us navigate not only through booking our trip, but the park and the all-important Disney character meal reservations! My BIL even worked out a whole Fast Pass strategy so we NEVER had to wait on line for the popular rides and any of the parks so we would just walk up to Big Thunder Railroad, Journey of the Little Mermaid, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Peter Pan’s Flight, Kali River Rapids and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, waltz right in and enjoy the ride!

THM_#DisneySide_1Me & the kidlets after our first day at Magic Kingdom, 10+ hours of fun had them wiped out.  Rest assured, they were ready early the next morning to go back!

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Run Away With The Big Apple Circus – “Luminocity” Show Review

When I was in 4th grade my elementary school held a talent show.  In addition to the students who actually possessed some sort of vocal, dancing or other performance talent, each class had to come up with their own “act.”  Since my class luckily had a few kids who could actually carry a tune, my teacher decided that we should sing a song, but what would we sing?  Around this time there was a relatively new musical on Broadway and its theme song “Join the Circus” was a catchy, upbeat and whimsical tune which was perfect for a bunch of nine and ten-year-olds to sing to an audience filled with parents, grandparents and siblings!

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For weeks we practiced the song and paired it with a little routine.  One boy in class was chosen to be the ringleader and he got to wear a glitzy red coat and black top hat.  The rest of us dressed up in old-school clown costumes with big shoes, funny ties and big red noses!  My mom was a whiz at sewing and she hand-made my clown costume.   It was baggy aqua blue number with a pink netting collar, edged with pink sequence and the look was completed with a tall cone hat that had a pink fuzzy ball on top (gee, I wish I still had a picture of it to show you)!

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Kid Lit: A Real Page Turner – What’s On Our Reading List This Month

Yesterday I got an email about the results of a new study, compiled by PBS Kids and youth and family research firm Smarty Pants, on parents with young children aged 2-6 which found that American families are struggling to prepare their children for kindergarten with five out of 10 parents worrying that their child won’t have the basic skills they need when they start elementary school.

I shared this info on The Harried Mom’s Facebook page and asked readers along with some of my IRL (“In Real Life”) mommy friends to share with me their top tip to get kids onto the path to school readiness.  The most common response I got was reading to/with children on a daily basis and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree! 3D Render of Kids Surrounded by Books

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Sofia The First: Songs From Enchancia – CD Giveaway

disclaimerHave you ever found yourself watching cartoons with your kids and suddenly find yourself singing or humming along to the songs on the show? In my house that happens to me all the time when we watch the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

Right now one of my four-year-old daughter’s favorites is watching “Sofia the First” which follows the adventures of a little girl who becomes royalty literally overnight when her mom marries the king.  “Sofia” is the first Disney princess to have her tale told through the eyes of a little girl.  I like that in each episode she is learning empowering lessons about kindness, forgiveness, generosity and self-respect which are conveyed through both music and song.

THM_Sofia-thefirstCD_GiveawayNow my daughter and I are  able to sing along to our favorite Sofia songs with “Sofia The First: Songs from Enchancia.” This new CD soundtrack from Walt Disney Records features 15 tracks including “Good Little Witch” and “The Ride of Your Life” (which also features Princess Jasmine from “Aladdin”) plus four karaoke instrumentals so princesses of all ages (including me!) can sing their favorite Sofia song in their own vocal style. Continue reading

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Crushing Good Time – Monster Jam Show Review

It was a monster of a time last night at the Monster Jam show at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.

THM_MonsterJamReview1We got to see some of the biggest and baddest Monster Jam trucks – including Grave Digger: The Legend, MadUSA, Grave Digger, Captain America, Thrasher, Black Stallion and Overkill Evolution — blitz and blaze through the air, sometimes soaring up over 30 feet, in their quest to crush the competition (and the poor cars underneath!). 

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Finding My Mom Tribe

Being a mom is tough work.  Add to the mix working full-time away from the home and you’ve got to be a mom juggler extraordinaire!  There are reports to file, papers to sign, meetings to go to and that’s just for the kids, let alone the job!  I’m lucky though that I work for a company that offers a flextime policy.  As long as my physical presence isn’t necessitated at the office for some sort of project, event or meeting, I get to work one day from home. for me, that day is on Fridays.

HiResAh, I wish I looked as put together as this harried mom!

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