Set an intention!

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? If you’re like me, then the idea of setting just one intention freaks you out! Only 1? How do I pick? There are so many things I want to accomplish. ¬†But, on the other hand, if I never set 1 how will I possibly get to all of them? Can you tell I’m a Libra ūüėČ So, for today, I’m going to focus on fitness. ¬†I was lucky enough to do a photo shoot with the very inspiring fitness guru Chris Freytag; and in this month’s Prevention magazine, she’s put together a 28 day challenge. ¬†If you see the magazine, you’ll see that my goal is to be fit for life!

Fit for life sounds like a big, lofty goal, doesn’t it? It may very well be, but what’s more important than your health? ¬†I’m lucky to say that I come from a fit family (not super athletes, just regular people who exercise regularly!) and I want my kids to be able to say the same thing when they grow up. ¬†I know that no one needs to hear me say how important your health is, but I do feel the need to tell every parent out there that we are ultimately responsible for our kids fitness. ¬†Considering the health problems facing our kids, it’s something we should think about everyday.

I’ve learned first-hand that my kids learn best when I model the behaviors I want to see in them. ¬†It’s pretty powerful stuff! When little Gia sees me lacing up my tennis shoes, she wants to wear hers…when I run around on the beach it becomes a game she wants to play too! So last year when I was lucky enough to be in a commercial for “The More You Know” (PSA campaign airs on NBC) I was thrilled to share the important message that our kids need 60 minutes of play everyday.

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Nido! Neat-o!

Lately my little Gia has been fascinated by birds. She loves pointing them out every time she sees one and, if she can, she’ll chase them too! A couple of days ago when a couple of pigeons flew away I explained to her that they’ve gone home to their nido. “La casa de los p√°jaros se llama nido,” I told her. The next day we see some birds flying away and she says, “Mira mami, los p√°jaros van a su nido!” (Look mami, the birds are going to their home!) What a memory this one has – maybe that’s normal for a 2 yr old, but nevertheless it makes me so happy since my memory seems to get worse every day!

Of course when I saw this crafty little snack I knew Gia would love it! This will be our little project when she gets home from pre-school today. We’ll post pictures later.

coat pretzels in melted white chocolate and top with a few colorful candies

Coat pretzels in melted white chocolate and top with a few colorful candies.

I got the inspiration from a great blog youaremyfave.com

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Here are the little nidos Gia and I made today!

Teething sucks!

Little Bianca is teething. ¬†Poor thing is a baba factory! Slober production is in full force. ¬†She can’t keep her fingers out of her mouth, unless of course she’s found something else to rub on her gums like a wood block or her sister’s plastic Dora doll (no small pieces to choke on, don’t worry mom!). ¬†She’s also pseudo-crawling – she pulls/pushes herself on the floor like nobody’s business. ¬†In short, she’s a handful right now. ¬†I keep saying that those teeth are coming any minute now, but my husband thinks I’ll be saying that for another couple of months.

My question to you today is: what are your techniques for getting through is period? I went through this a couple of years ago with Gia, but I don’t remember anything in particular that really helped. ¬†Is there a particular product you really love?

Mac-n-cheese from scratch

Here’s an awesome recipe (found here:¬†http://sayyestohoboken.com/2013/04/10-minute-homemmade-mac-and-cheese.html)¬†with a slight twist of my own. ¬†Despite the fact that it resulted in a massive amount of mac-n-cheese no one complained about eating it at every meal for a few days because, like I said, it was mac-n-cheese!

Next time I might try putting it into a casserole dish, topping with panko bread crumbs and broiling.

3 T of butter
3 T of flour
1 can of evaporated milk (2% milk)
1 box of pasta shells
1 cup of milk (low-fat)
2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese (2% milk and only sharp!)

1 cup green beans or asparagus chopped into bite sized pieces

Pinch of: Salt, garlic powder, pepper, nutmeg and dash of tabasco or two!

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Welcome!

Michele Lepe Headshot

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for some time now but I don’t want this to be just any blog. ¬†I really hope this can be an opportunity for a conversation, a chance to meet new people, a way to share advice…basically I hope this turns into much more than just a boring blog about how hard it is to raise two kids and what I cooked for dinner last night! There will be plenty of time for that too ūüôā

So I’m asking you to create this blog with me! Of course I can’t wait to hear about your kids (and hopefully how much they love The Good Night Show) but I also want to hear your advice and your experiences and if you have a question…ask it! Maybe I can help or someone else in our little community can. ¬† I especially hope we can help each other get through this thing called life with a big smile on our faces!

I’ll tell you a little about myself and don’t be shy…you tell me a little about yourself too!

First and foremost I’m mama to 2 little girls – Gia 2 1/2 and Bianca 7 months, wife and partner to Poncho for almost 15 years, and actress/host of The Good Night Show on Sprout. It’s quite an adventure trying to keep up with these 2 while attempting to get settled in to a new home! ¬†One of my favorite things in the world is hearing my girls laugh so hard they start to hiccup! ¬†My second favorite is probably when they both nap at the same time!! LOL! ¬†A few more things you should know: I try not to take myself too seriously, I love to find the humor in all things, I procrastinate too much, and I have a terrible memory. ¬†OK there’s so much more to share, but if I said it all now there wouldn’t be anything to blog about tomorrow (or next week. ¬†Remember what I said about procrastinating!)

xo,

m.