What I Love This Week

It might be a liiittle early to start planning, but James’ first birthday is coming up in early September and I can’t help but think about themes for the party. What are his favorite things? Dogs, swimming, books…Daniel told me he had the perfect idea but that he couldn’t tell me about it or it wouldn’t work, so of course I pressed until he told me, “The theme would be ‘mumma,’ because you’re his favorite thing, but I’d have to plan it and execute it or you’d just seem like a complete narcissist.” Picture my face on balloons and napkins and a cake ha! (please send me your theme ideas 🙂

tiny vampire eating a bell pepper

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What I Love This Week

For James’ first Fourth of July, we drove up to my aunt and uncle’s lake house in New Hampshire and spent the day swimming in the lake, eating hamburgers and hotdogs, and catching up with family. The whole day was fun and memorable, and I’m especially thankful to report that James handled the 90-minute car rides there and back like a champ. He’s never been too fond of long car rides (he does fall asleep for 20 minutes or so) but he surprised me. He slept for almost half of the drive up and only cried for the last 30 minutes on the drive home (one thing that helped was bringing a few toys specifically for the ride back).

I’m also proud to report that I managed to coordinate not one but *two* red, white, and blue outfits for each of us. But one thing I always wonder while getting us ready for a party or holiday is, how do moms look put together at these things? I might look halfway to decent before we leave the house (roughly a 50% chance) but once I arrive anywhere I’m in a light sweat, my hair is frizzing (and if it’s down,

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What I Love This Week

(getting your baby to pose for a picture is easy!)

Nothing like a few days of sunshine to dust me off and make me feel like I can do anything. This weekend I had all the energy in the world. I was optimistic, making plans, thinking about summer parties I should throw. We hiked, we brunched, I wore makeup and may/may not have eaten a whole watermelon by myself, and James ate a paper tag at Target before I could fish it out of his mouth. All things to be proud of!!

eating a burlap ribbon at brunch

For a minute there, I wondered where all this zip was coming from, and then I realized, ohhh of course!—it’s warm and sunny. It shouldn’t surprise me anymore—the way a string of warm, sunny days brightens everything including my feelings about the world—it’s been 34 years of these same seasons, but it does. It’s like how I’ve spent the last 20 years forgetting that the week before I get my period (tmi, I’m sorry), I always slip into the same blue-blahness and start to question the direction of my life and my god why am I so HUNGRY?! Twenty years of these

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Grilled Chicken Skewers with Indian Marinade and Cucumber Raita Yogurt Sauce

If you’re looking for a new, flavor-packed marinade for grilled chicken, give this fragrant Indian marinade a try! Made with curry powder, turmeric, coriander, garlic, lemon, and cilantro, it infuses grilled chicken skewers with lots of rich, warm, complex flavor. Add a cool, refreshing cucumber raita (yogurt sauce) to round out the meal (250 calories or 3 WW points)!

In the spring and summertime, I’m outside almost every night, grilling chicken with lemon herb marinade, Asian soy ginger marinade, Caribbean marinade, or making Mediterranean grilled shrimp…even steak tips. And now I’m adding a new marinade recipe to the list—a flavorful and fragrant Indian marinade for chicken. I like to turn them into grilled chicken skewers, but the marinade works well for any type of chicken or cooking method.

The Indian marinade is straightforward: whisk together curry powder, ground turmeric, ground coriander, garlic, lemon juice, fresh cilantro, salt, pepper, and olive oil. The lemon works to tenderize the meat, while the garlic, herbs, and spices infuse the chicken with warm, earthy, complex flavor. Curry powder, after all, is typically a blend of coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, chili peppers, and sometimes ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and more. The combination of all of these

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Adventures in (Light) Sleep Training

(By Daniel)

He was a sweet and agreeable boy from the moment he entered the world. He didn’t cry when they gave him an IV an hour after he was born. He was happy to let anyone hold him. He didn’t mind diaper changes. He tolerated any amount of noise or light. Like most newborns he only seemed to care about two things: he wanted to be well fed and he wanted to be held while he slept.

So we held him—and we were happy to do it. There is no better feeling than your newborn snuggling up against you, peacefully snoozing away. After some time, we would set him down and he would usually stay asleep for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. But we were prepared for this. I splurged and bought a Snoo smart sleeper for 800 dollars. We planned to swaddle him, hook him safely into the snoo, and let the magic robot rock him gently as he slept through the night. But James had other plans. He disliked the Snoo. We kept trying to get him used to it and sometimes he would take to it. But mostly he just wanted to be held.

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