Sunday 27 January 2013
I discovered something magnificent
One of the most heard of challenge regarding work-family balance is often related to week day meal preparation.
My work days end at 3:30pm, add a 30 minute commute, "too much time" socializing with the owners at Alice's daycare (as Alice's second family, it is only logical for me to get involved as much as I can with them), 30 minute walk home since I generally let Alice baby carrier/stroller free so she can wander the neighborhood while exercising (toddlers shouldn't be inactive for more than 1 hour at a time, well, except when they're sleeping or sick). We generally reach our home at the same time as Dan at 5:00pm, ready to prepare our meal since we eat at 6:00pm.
To be honest, I don't know how "normal" people do it...my definition of "normal" people are parents both working 9:00am to 5:00pm schedule. If you have a minute, I would love to know about your "routine".
So far our evenings are pretty smooth but, since I always try to find ways to make our family life easier, I rolled up my sleeves on Saturday and went to my very first community kitchen...and I LOVED it!
From 8:30am to 3:30pm, a small group of parents washed, cut, mixed, cooked, assembled five pre-selected meals. By the end of the day, I had in my basket 12 portions of spaghetti sauce, 13 Italian sausages calzones, 38 sweet and sour meatballs, 12 portions of chicken parmigiana and bags full of frozen chocolate pecan cookie dough. All that delicious food for 60$...every portion costing approximately 1$.
Our freezer is now packed jam and ready to accommodate our more hectic evenings.
* * * * *
The best way to spend a sick day (Alice and one of her numerous "boyfriends" both got a cold last week) at home: looking at the city snow removal trucks and other creepy machines!
* * * * *
indigorchid: I would love one of those traditional outfits. Much smarter than most options available on the market for mothers!
anonymous: I'm so happy to know that I'm not the only one finding similarity between dog education and toddler education :)
peanut: OMG! This is awesome that you got to be carried in a amouti! You should totally ask your mom.
rebecca: I'm not complaining since I really love looking at kids stuff but when your daughter has more clothes than you (or any other things as a matter of facts) you know it is time to evolve a bit!
lila: It is truly a lovely product. I can't wait to share more little discoveries.
kt: Thank you sssooo much! xox
briar: You have so many lovely products. I know the scrub is coming to Montreal very soon :)