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The Sneak Peek: January 17, 2012

Issue 26 – Happy New Year
Quick tips, recipes, & more for moms on the run. Email mom@peekaboomom.com, follow us @peekaboomomny.


VIDEO RECIPE 

Tea Review

Love tea, or been meaning to try it?  Watch below for some teatime tips.

tea review video

Main Ingredients:

Teas, agave nectar, almond milk


RECIPE 

Cabbage   

 

Raw purple cabbage packs a great crunch!  A friend who is into the Paleo diet turned me on to it, and it’s awesome.  Great in a green salad, with tuna or humus.  It’s rich color also means it’s full of great antioxidants.   


MOMMY MUST HAVES 

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i-Lite 

This little reading light is amazing. I bought it for my kids but use it myself. It’s so light weight and flexible. It bends in whatever direction you need and can clip onto your lapel or a book jacket. It even comes with 3 replacement batteries included.  A must have for sure.  


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NEAT LINKS 

Cycle for Survival 

A friend of mine who battled cancer for seven years, started the foundation Cycle for Survival.  She inspired people to be fearless in every situation and she was a living role model.  She inspired me personally to take fear out of the equation in my life – to be a better mom, to not set limits and to bring Cycle for Survival to Charlotte! To donate, click here.

  


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PEAKS & VALLEYS: 

Valley

Last weekend we biked over to the track to play. My husband on his bike, my four year old on hers, our six year old neighbor and me with the baby in seat behind mine and my two year old in the carriage with her tricycle. All was fine on the ride there but after a few minutes on the track it started to rain.  

 

My two year old was crazy mad on the ride home because her bike was getting her wet.  It was awful. She was screaming the entire time – kicking the trike trying to get it out of her lap and almost pushing the tricycle out of the bike carrier all together (add to the mahem that it was past dinner time and bordering on bedtime).  It was a short but rough ride home. Thankfully she went straight to bed and woke up happy the next morning with no recollection of the ordeal.  

 

Peak

I am learning so much from my kids.  My four year old is such a princess. She only wears pink, constantly wants to paint her toenails, and wears her tiara like it’s an appendage.  She has taught me to have fun dressing up and to get in touch with my inner princess. My two year old is just so sweet. She reminds me to be gentle by her actions. For example, she will come sit in my lap, close her eyes, and nod her head up and down rubbing mine cheek to cheek.  My son is a laughing bundle of energy.  He is like a freight train of affection and bowls me over with his running hugs.  These “little moments” are what make staying home worth it.   


SunINSPIRATION CORNER 

Teach your children well…   

 
…and feed them on your dreams. – Graham Nash 
 
Please note – The Weekly Peek has gone monthly in the new year and is now The Sneak Peek.   

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The Weekly Peek: December 6, 2011

Issue 25 – Happy Holidays
Quick tips, recipes, & more for moms on the run. Email mom@peekaboomom.com, follow us @peekaboomomny.


VIDEO RECIPE 

Holiday Fish Dish

Watch below for a quick, delicious fish recipe.  

sea bass recipe

Main Ingredients:

Sea bass, crushed tomatoes with herbs, fresh baby spinach 


RECIPE 

Walnut-pepper topper   

 

This topping is great on roasted fish or veggies. You can add more or less heat depending on your taste. To make it a cream sauce add Greek yogurt or sour cream.  

 

1/2 c walnuts

pinch cayenne pepper 

1 t honey

2 T olive oil (plus 1 t walnut oil if you have it on hand)

chopped fresh herbs (e.g. cilantro, chives or basil)

3 T roasted red pepper, diced

salt and pepper

 

Mix ingredients, spoon over dish or reserve in refrigerator for up to 24 hours. 

 


MOMMY MUST HAVES 

Shopping Bag

Get rid of the gray 

Roots Touch-up by Clairol Nice ‘n Easy has saved me so much time and $$$.  It’s literally about ten minutes and can stretch a single process hair color at the salon from four weeks to eight or ten… definitely worth a try in my book.  


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NEAT LINKS 

Food for the brain 

Check out this site to learn about how healthy the food your kids eat is and how it supports their brain development.  


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PEAKS & VALLEYS: 

Valley

End of play-date melt-down.  My four year old had a wonderful play date. I came a little early for pick-up and the Mom hosting the play-date said, “No problem, come back in a half hour after lunch.”  That was great – gave me a bit of extra time and I thought would make my daughter so happy. Not exactly, when I did come back she threw herself on the floor in protest kicking and crying saying, “I don’t want to leave!”  Oh, man… nothing I could say would snap her out of it, so I basically had to carry her out to the car.  At least it proves that she likes this friend and play-dates at her house.  

 

Peak

Ballet recitals. I was so proud of the girls and so happy that they were beaming on stage in their leotards and fancy skirts. They were so precious and really loved every minute of it. And then to top it off, my husband brought them each a bouquet of flowers. I could tell they felt like they were real ballerinas.   


SunINSPIRATION CORNER 

What would you attempt…  

 

…if you knew you couldn’t fail? 
 
(A good question to ponder as 2012 looms on the horizon. FYI, this will be the last issue of 2011 – a big thanks to everyone who reads the Weekly Peek, passes it along and has been so supportive of this venture! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!) 

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The Weekly Peek: November 22, 2011

Issue 24 – Happy Thanksgiving
Quick tips, recipes, & more for moms on the run. Email mom@peekaboomom.com, follow us @peekaboomomny.


VIDEO RECIPE 

Eggplant Stackers

Watch below for a quick, delicious eggplant recipe.  

eggplant video

Main Ingredients:

Eggplant, zucchini, roasted red peppers. 


RECIPE 

Stuffed Eggplant – Turkey Day Side?   

 

You can’t go wrong with a recipe titled, “My Mom’s Stuffed Eggplant..”  Thanks, MyWanderingSpoon! 

 

Focus Food: Eggplant – great antioxidents – look for fruits and veggies with deep rich colors, sure to please.  


MOMMY MUST HAVES 

Shopping Bag

Detangler 

Have any little princesses running around your house?  You’ll love this Tangle Teezer and it comes in PINK to boot!   


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NEAT LINKS 

Lunchbox Ideas 

Check out Easy Lunchboxes to spice up your kids’ lunchboxes and put a smile on those faces!  Here’s a quick photo gallery of ideas. Thanks, Kelly.  


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EXPERT’S CORNER 

Dr. J is in…  

One of the most striking, frustrating and endearing characteristics of many toddlers is their impressively strong drive for autonomy. When my daughter was about 21 months old, her favorite word became “Felf” as in “Zoe, it’s time for bed. Let us help you put on your pajamas.” She would inevitably respond, “No, FELF!” which was followed by 5 minutes of her struggling to put on her pjs, followed by her sleeping naked because she had to do it herfelf or no one could. Sometimes we get into the habit of intervening because we know how things will otherwise turn out and we just want things done quickly and ‘properly.’ 

Look for opportunities where instead you can step back and allow the natural consequences (i.e. sleeping naked because she is too stubborn to let her parents help her put on her pjs) be the teacher and guide.  When you choose to let things go, also choose to laugh.  This quest for independence is a healthy and important part of development.  While this stage can certainly be challenging, it can hopefully also be a source of fulfillment and humor.

By Justin Sweder, Pediatrician, Northern California


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PEAKS & VALLEYS: 

Valley

Potty training… accidents at the grocery store & library on the same day! Ugh… but by day 3 she’s got it and is so proud of her cotton panties!    

 

Peak

Just so thankful for all the great people in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   


SunINSPIRATION CORNER 

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it…  

 
…is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  

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The Weekly Peek: November 8, 2011

Issue 23
Quick tips, recipes, & more for moms on the run. Email mom@peekaboomom.com, follow us @peekaboomomny.


VIDEO RECIPE 

Pom Salad

Watch below for a quick salad and learn how to get pomegranate seeds out of the fruit easily. 

Main Ingredients:

Watercress, pecans, pomegranate seeds. 


RECIPE 

Bloomin’ Onion Bread  

 

You have to check out this recipe…  from “the girl who ate everything”. It’s delicious. So is the bloomin’ pizza bread.  Thanks, Christy


PARENTS CORNER 

Shopping Bag

Six uses for songs with little kids 

Watch the video below to see how we use songs in our family:  
songs for kids video


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NEAT LINKS 

Finding the best kids Apps 

Most of our kids are fascinated by technology and want to play all the latest games and apps. Maybe you’re tempted to pass the iPhone back to your kid when you are stuck in traffic or in an interminable line.  The problem is knowing which apps are worthwhile, and taking the time to find the jewels. 

Mind Leap does that for you.  They point you to apps that are both educational and entertaining for kids in grades PreK-Middle School.  Apps are organized by grade level and subject (math, science, language arts, music…).  And the company was started by a good friend of mine, so please check it out & pass it along…  


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PEAKS & VALLEYS: 

Valley

Today it was the 5:30-6:30pm hour – made even worse by the time change. I was attempting to make dinner for me & my husband, as I din’t get to it earlier in the day.  I thought since I had fed, bathed, read stories and fed the kids again (more goldfish and Cheerios, please, Mom….) that they could play nicely by themselves for fifteen minutes before Dad got home. Nope… as I was basically burning the sauteeing onions on the stove, one was begging for more milk, one wanted me to help her in the bathroom and the baby was standing on the kids table crying because he knows how to climb up but can’t get down!  Chaos. So many needs to be met at once.  I love them all, but this was definitely the bewitching hour and a point in the day where I really have to try hard to remain patient and calm.  

 

Peak

I love seeing the kids memories in action – whether it’s memorizing the Pledge of Allegiance or learning a new word like, “actually”.  

Today I was telling our four year old that we were going to have to get up early on Thursday for our big trip to New York.  She said matter-of-factly, “Oh, like when we went to St. Thomas with Nanny and Grandy?” – Yes, exactly – but that was about 12 months ago… how do they remember this stuff?   


SunINSPIRATION CORNER 

Fear less, hope more…

   
… eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, love more, and all good things will be yours. ~ Swedish Proverb  

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The Weekly Peek: October 25, 2011

Issue 23
Quick tips, recipes, & more for moms on the run. Email mom@peekaboomom.com, follow us @peekaboomomny.


VIDEO RECIPE 

Homemade Applesauce

A fun healthy way to use up a bag of apples.  

applesauce video
p style=”margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;”>Main Ingredients:

Apples, maple syrup.


RECIPE 

Apple Stacks  

 

2 apples, sliced

peanut butter

1 slice, monterey jack (or other sharp cheese)

a few arugula leaves

 

Layer an apple slice, spread the peanut butter, 1/4 cheese slice, some leaves and top with another apple slice.   Try different fillers – let me know any you really like ;-)  

 

Focus Food: Apples

It’s that time of year. Apples are such a healthy food. The old adage “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” has some merit.  Apples can keep your cholesterol down, they can fill you up so you’re not snacking, and the peel provides fiber.      


MOMMY MUST HAVES 

Shopping Bag

Screwpull

This wine bottle opener is so easy to use. Great for book club nights or dinner parties.  I also love the little tool that cuts the label off.   


EXPERT’S CORNER 

Halloween success for kids under 5 

This time of year children’s anxiety can peak with many just settling into a new classroom. Then, along comes Halloween with all of the ghosts and goblins (not to mention the candy). At this age, it is normal for children to not know real from fantasy.  Use affective reframing when your child encounters something scary or strange. Reassure your child by repeatedly stating “That is so silly”, “How STRANGE is that?” “What a goofy costume.” etc. The child will take your emotional cue and it will help him feel better.   -By Edi Nelson, pediatric OT, mother of two who currently lives in La Jolla, CA. 


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NEAT LINKS 

A little humor 

From Ellen’s Hidden Camera for your day…  


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PEAKS & VALLEYS: 

Valley

They say a middle child can have a mischievous personality… well across the past two weeks I’ve found mine sitting quietly on the couch with an open bottle of chewable vitamin C (how she even got the child proof top off, I have no idea, luckily there weren’t many left) as well as in my bathroom with face cream all over her face, hair and my comforter.  I don’t want to label her… but it’s a good reminder to pay more attention! 

 

Peak

Fall outdoor activities are such a highlight — apple picking, pumpkin patches, hay rides.  The kids love being outside whether it’s watering our sprouting radish plants or swinging to “maximum height” on the swing set.  It’s truly a breath of fresh air.  


SunINSPIRATION CORNER 

We all have the ability…   

…to cultivate our own energy  and to choose how we spend it.   

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The Weekly Peek: October 11, 2011

Issue 23

Peekaboomom.com shares quick tips, recipes, and inspiration from one busy mom to other moms on the run. Email mom@peekaboomom.com, follow us @peekaboomomny.


VIDEO RECIPE 

Baby Food

In true Peekaboo fashion these are quick, easy, healthy recipes. 

baby food from scratch

Main Ingredients:

Banana, avocado.


RECIPE 

Other baby food combos (good for all ages)

 

1 zucchini, diced 

Boil zucchini ~5-7 minutes, reserve 1/2 c water. Blend or mash. 

 

1 sweet potato, poked with fork, rubbed with olive oil

Bake at 450 for 45 minutes, cool. Blend or mash. 

 

1 pear, peeled and diced

1/2 banana, sliced

1/2 carrot, shredded

Boil pear and carrot, reserve 1/2 c water.  Blend with banana. Add water to desired consistency. 

 

1 apple, diced

dash of cinnamon

Boil apple. Reserve 1/8c water. Mix, blend with cinnamon. 

 

Create your own version – you get the premise…  need inspiration check out Petit Organics (and if you’re in NYC, order some).  

 

Focus Food: Fruits and veggies

We can all use more fruits and veggies – especially our little growing babies and toddlers.  Everyone needs the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that these whole foods supply.   


MOMMY MUST HAVES 

Shopping Bag

Baby Food Mill

This baby food grinder by Munchkin is so easy to use and clean, I loved it.  I mashed bananas, avocado, strawberries, eggs, sweet potatoes – basically anything soft.  Plus you can feed right from the mill. 


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NEAT LINKS 

Stop the Whining 

Have you had enough of your kids whining?  Check out this article for some ideas about how you can stop them and better understand why they might be doing it.       


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PEAKS & VALLEYS: 

Valley

Sleeping on the floor of the grils’ room for any longer than 15 minutes. (Need I say more?)   

 

Peak

We’re living in an age where technology amazes me. It’s really hard to fathom the changes in the last ten years alone.  I can only imagine where we will be when our kids are in college.

That said, one of my favorite technologies is video-chat.  This week my Mom read my four-year old Peter Pan on Skype, and the cousins  Facetimed. It was awesome to watch them seeing each other over the computer. Next I want to try a “Hangout” on Google+ so that we can be online with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all at the same time… 


SunINSPIRATION CORNER 

The less you do to a food,    

the more it has to offer you.      

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The Weekly Peek: September 27, 2011

Issue 22

Peekaboomom.com shares quick tips, recipes, and inspiration from one busy mom to other moms on the run. Email mom@peekaboomom.com, follow @peekaboomomny.


VIDEO RECIPE 

Rice & Eggs

Justin, a loyal fan of PeekabooMom, provides us with this favorite “dinner in a snap.” Click below to watch this simple dish: Rice and Eggs.  

rice and eggs video

Main Ingredients:

Rice, eggs, veggies.


RECIPE 

Orzo Pepper Boats

 

1 cup assorted fresh mushrooms (crimini, portabella etc.) sliced

2 large peppers (I prefer orange or yellow as they’re more mild, optional)

1/2 red onion, diced

1/4 cup cream cheese

1 c Kamut (or other) Orzo (cook according to package)

1/4 cup goat cheese (optional)

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon rosemary or basil, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

 

Cook orzo according to package. Sauté onions, mushrooms and spices in olive oil until caramelized. Add cream cheese and incorporate. Add orzo and salt and pepper to taste.

 

Optional: Stuff peppers with orzo. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until peppers are tender. Crumble goat cheese on top.

Focus Food: Kamut

KAMUT® brand khorasan wheat is higher in protein and many minerals, especially selenium, zinc, and magnesium compared to modern wheat. Learn more here.  

 

Easy Meal-planning

Click here for four quick steps.  


MOMMY MUST HAVES 

Shopping Bag

Edible Markers

These markers are an easy way to use less icing and sprinkles on sugar cookies and still have a great time decorating.  


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NEAT LINKS 

Soy Lecithin 

As you may know, we have a LOT of Soy and Corn products in our diet.  One way to help avoid processed foods is to avoid soy lecithin.  It’s no easy task, but may be worth it. Read more here.    


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PEAKS & VALLEYS: 

Valley

My two-year old is having a tough time with drop-off at her pre-school.  It is heartbreaking actually.  She wells up and her little lip starts to quiver, but she is so brave. And I think that’s what tugs at my heart strings the most.  She wants to go in and knows she has to but she’s a little tentative. I want to just give her the biggest hug (but I’ve already had the lecture from Miss Pamela that my daughter is taking queues from me and I need to be positive at drop off.)  She’s happy as anything at pick-up, does great artwork and is singing some songs I don’t know.  All good signs, I just hope mornings turn around soon!  

 

Peak

This week I had two true suburban moments.  I don’t know if they were exactly peaks but they definitely made me smile. The first was going to the mall. As a Jersey Girl at heart it was interesting being back in a shopping mall after 13 years in NYC.  My two-year old kept asking what the couches were – like little living rooms all over (I guess for the Dads?).  The second was weeding. I bought some gloves at Home Depot and pulled some weeds while the kids were on the swing set.  Then my four-year old started to help. Very sweet.  


SunINSPIRATION CORNER 

Do not neglect hospitality,    

for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.    

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The Weekly Peek: September 13, 2011

Issue 21

Peekaboomom.com shares quick tips, recipes, and inspiration from one busy mom to other moms on the run. Let me know what you think .


RECIPE 

School Snacks

This episode was a favorite – although it’s all about spring break snacks – they’re just as good now that school is back in session. Enjoy. 

spring snack

Main Ingredients:

Fruit, bread, cream cheese.


RECIPE 

Veggie Burger Delight

 

This is a favorite weeknight dinner – use whatever brand veggie burger and bread you like. We like Morningstar or Gardenburger brands.

- veggie burger
- whole wheat flat bagel
- Colby jack cheese
- lettuce, tomato, red onion
- dijon mustard
- 1/2 avocado, mashed

Toast bagel. Meanwhile cook burger according to package. Top with fixings. I love this dish with kosher pickles, lime Tostitos and a blackberry Izze.   

Focus Food: Veggie burger

While I love a real beef burger – for ease and better cholesterol, veggie burgers are a good weeknight option.  

 

    


MOMMY MUST HAVES 

Shopping Bag

Trampoline

Now that the kids are back in school gross motor activity is key!  Whether you have a little space or a lot, a big trampoline or a little one can go a long way in terms of tiring out the little tikes out before bedtime.  


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NEAT LINKS 

Meal Train 

I feel like I know a ton of people who are having babies… This is a great site to help organize meals for a friend who is sick or just had a baby.  


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PEAKS & VALLEYS: 

Valley

I said to my husband the other day, I need to tone it down a bit. I get so frustrated when my 4 year old just grabs something from my 2 year old or when one of the kids shoves or screams at another.  What I realized though was in my anger I was yelling “ENOUGH!” a bit too loudly myself. This wasn’t the behavior I wanted to model or seek from them. So, I vowed to think of my daughter’s teachers, Adrienne and Andrea, who were the pinnacle of calm, and have tried to keep things a bit more zen around the house.  It’s a lot of effort & requires immense patience but seems to be working. 

 

Peak

Seeing the girls get ready for school and their excitement about going was a huge highlight this week. They are so cute with their frog and monkey backpacks which are almost bigger than they are.  The best part is the hugs and “I missed you” comments after pick-up. Just precious.   


SunINSPIRATION CORNER 

The only people with…   

whom you should try to get even, are those who have helped you. John E. Southard  

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