United States of Motherhood: July 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Enlightenment: Friendship and Fitness

Good news? I fit in an awesome crossfit workout this AM that included 45-65 lb. thrusters, 60 hand release push-ups, 100 abmats & a mile run. 

Better? I met a fantastic Army friend @corizzo and her lovely children for sushi whom I hadn't seen in 15 years. Finally!! 

Best? I made it back in time for PB's & Eldest's races, but for once in a long time, I put my needs for fitness and friendship as a woman first over my kids' needs to have some mad woman cheering for them in the stands.

If I hadn't made it back in time? It would have still been fine! 

Ahhh enlightenment!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Giveaway: SwimOutlet.com Get to the Beach $50 Giveaway #ad

I am a bargain hunter.  I search the Internet high and low for promo codes.  So it's funny that my favorite place as a swim family to shop is SwimOutlet.com which does not offer discount coupons. 


They truly do not need to because their prices are so competitive. Almost every piece of swim equipment, suit, and race suit over the last six years for my family has comes from them.

They're not just for the chlorine-soaked though.  They also offer a ton of beachwear including bags for your summer beach trip, women's active suits, and kid's beach accessories.

I mean come on, is this Dakine beach bag not just adorable??

Add a cute floppy hat, some sweet flip flops and sand and you are almost there. 

I love this classic sarong and Roxy sandals.  Yes, you deserve some cute stuff for the beach too!

Then?  You just need a cute bag for the kids, so they happily will haul everything themselves.  Maybe something like this?

or this

Don't forget to bring some shade with this super cute and pretty dang affordable 78" span SPF 25 sun umbrella. Now you just need a cabana boy to carry it...

On sale for $14.95

Oh wait that's what husband's are for right, honey?  Wink!

Yep, my friends SwimOutlet.com is not just for Speedo, TYR and green hair.  I already feel the breeze on my skin and the fruity drink in my hand.  Pssst did I mention purchases over $49 include FREE shipping!!  Squee! More money saved means more fruity drinks! Heh!

In the meantime, I have something pretty awesome for one of you--a $50 gift certificate!!

Go to SwimOutlet.com and tell me what you would buy for $50  in comments for a chance to win! Additional chances to win are also available.

Now walk away from the pool and get to the beach people!!

Disclosure Policy: I was provided a gift card to review product as compensation for this post, but received no other compensation.  As always all reviews and opinions are 100% my own.  I regularly turn down opportunities to review products I do not use or do not think are a right fit for this blog. I only review products and brands I personally use or would use.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Full Circle Organic Farms: Spicy Curried Chicken Thighs With Creamy Coconut Lime Kale

Our 2nd week came and another box of delicious organic produce showed up on my door compliments of Full Circle.  I love waking up, making coffee, and suddenly realizing today is the day!

I rush in slippers, coffee sloshing to the door and there, in the early morning dappled dawn light,  is that familiar box. YESSSSS!

In the box?  All of this organic yumminess:

Endless possibilities
1 Head of Green Leaf Lettuce

1 Bunch Red Chard

2 Bunches Lacinto Kale

.66 lbs Crimini Mushrooms

3/4 lb Rainier Cherries

5 Red Raven Plums

5 Apricots

4 White Peaches

3 Avocados

1 Bunch Carrots

3 Walla Walla Sweet Onions

All organic.

Peaches, avocados, and plums were from California.  The rest were from Pacific Northwest supporting local farms.

Feeling Fruity?

Have I mentioned you can substitute out items you do not wish and substitute in those you do? Since I am paleo, I subbed more kale and chard for sweet corn.  Love the flexibility!!

Speaking of that kale, here is that recipe as promised.

Curried Thighs With Coconut Lime Kale Recipe

12 Boneless Skin-on Chicken Thighs
15 Kale Leaves, Deveined and Massaged
3/4 Cups Sliced Crimini Mushrooms
1 Walla Walla Onion, Sliced
10 Tbsp Curry Powder
1 can Coconut Milk
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp. Siracha Sauce
1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

Sprinkle thighs generously with curry powder, sea salt, and black pepper on both sides.

Heat grill pan to medium high.  Brush with olive oil. Cook thighs on grill pan 7-9 minutes each side. Once cooked, place on platter and let rest 10 minutes.

Remove tough vein of kale leaves, rinse in water and squeeze/massage, and rip into large bite sized pieces. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil on medium high. Saute 5-7 minutes  or until kale is wilted to half it's volume.  Set aside kale.  

In same saute pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on medium. Slice onion and mushrooms. Add mushrooms and onions to pan and saute u3-4 minutes until onions are tender and all moisture has evaporated. 

Add 1 can full fat coconut milk. Turn heat to low and cook 2-3 minutes until sauce is bubbly. Add back in kale.  Take off heat. Add 1 tsp. siracha sauce or more if you like heat and 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice. Stir. Season to taste with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Serve chicken on top of kale.

Serves 5-6

So want your own box to inspire your weekly cooking to include a nutrient rich punch of organic vegetables and fruit?

Full Circle is proud to deliver USDA Certified Organic Produce

Lucky you, I am able to offer you a promotional code for 40% off the purchase of your first box with Full Circle. Follow this link and use the *promo code " USOM."

Tell them United States of Motherhood sent you. 

* Discount off price of first subscription box only. Additional groceries added to your first order are not included in the discount.

Disclosure:  I received no compensation for this post other than product/service to review.  As always, all opinions and reviews are my own and I only review brands and products that I personally use and love.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Home Depot Giveaway: Live the Digital Life with AT&T

I posted a while back that we've been having some issues with our pup.  He is old and feeble so it makes me worry about him when we leave the house for errands and events. This anxiety has been happening a while so I was excited to attend an AT&T event which showcased their Digital Life system.

I teased that I wanted Digital Life for teen cams (well maybe only  a little kidding dum, dum, DUUUM), but the real reason was my Seb.

This last week, Seb fell down the stairs twice and up the porch stairs again.  It turns out he has heart issues, and immune disease called Cushings, severe arthrtitis and even a parasite.  Poor guy!  Imagine if all this happened while we were out for the day.

The good news is our elderly 16 year old Seb is on the mend.  Still the idea of being able to keep track of all my family members, furry or not, is so appealing.  Imagine having an elderly parent you need you need to care for or kids old enough to stay home, for maybe a little while, but too young for your parent's heart.

Digital Life gives you the freedom to leave the house, knowing you can lock the doors you may have forgotten about or even turn off the curling iron you are wracking your brain whether you unplugged...all with the flick of your finger.

It even can detect leaks in your laundry room and records video that can be sent to your phone anytime there is movement.  The house we visited in Seattle?  The owner was able to detect and view footage of a pesky bumble bee that liked his front porch.  That same owner was able to on a business trip states away, take a call from a repairman, watch for the repairman at the door, unlock the doors to let him in, fire up the cams and zoom on the repairman as he did the repair, watch the repairman leave, and lock up and reset the alarm...ALL FROM HIS PHONE!!

Speaking of repairs, I was soo excited to hear that AT&T has offered one of my readers $25 Home depot Gift card to make repairs of their own.

Just tell me in comments what function of Digital Life is most appealing to your family!! You all know mine...it's this guy below:

Yes, AT&T Digital Life helps you  hear what your pets say once you have left the house. Ha!  Check out their interactive experience, make videos with your pups,  and see how Digital Life helps home owners protect the things they love.

Disclosure: Despite some delicious noshing from Lark in Seattle and  pretty bitching swag bag, I was not compensated for this post.  As always, regardless of compensation, all my review are honest and entirely my own opinion.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Trading a Lamborghini for a Pinto: Yay for Decisive Laptop Purchases

Finally, finally after my 'puter went kaput last fall and trying to make do with youngest son's constipated piece of crap laptop, I've had enough!  

I spent four hours on work that should have taken 20 minutes max.  It takes up to five minutes to open a program. Yep, hello 8o's.  

So?  Uncharacteristically, instead of researching and price comparisons and checking with geek husband who happened to be away on a business trip, I drove to Costco and plunked down my money and got this.  

Nope.  Not fancy, but this seems like a Lamborghini next to the kid's Pinto I've been trying to work on and avoiding work on for months.  Not sure why I haven't been valuing my time and list productivity over writing a check that was needed.

Good news? I can write it off on my taxes.  

Bad news? I have 20 deadlines past due!  

Le sigh...it's going to be a long night! No more excuses! Learn from my mistake. Slow computers are death to bloggers.

Raising Foodie Kids: A Recipe Your Kids Can Make & Discount for #FullCircle Delivery #Ad

My husband and I like food. I know you are all laughing!  Understatement of the year!

So, yes we do....paleo or not.  We truly live for flavor and trying new techniques and ingredients.  I would like to think this has rubbed off on my kids...

...until they beg for junk food, macaroni and cheese (the orange, packaged kind) and sugar-laden yogurts.  


However, maybe third's a charm?

My husband and I sat on Sunday morning at the kitchen table, sipping coffee, having a spirited debate on agave syrup, childhood hunger and the political ramifications--basically how healthy is not accessible when my youngest walked in.

My husband suggested in his round about way to said child that, "Not eating breakfast is not childhood hunger."  I interpreted for Li'l Man that his Dad was saying fend for yourself for breakfast.  Maybe a piece of fruit at least?

Kid #3 suddenly had an a-ha moment.  "Tomato is a fruit, riight?"  Yes.  Then it was on.  You might recall that I've started a fantastic collaboration with Full Circle Farms.  They sent us some amazing organic produce last week.


So front in and center in our bowl of veggies and fruits were some lovely tomatoes from that delivery. Our little guy selected some tomatoes and made this:

My 11 year-old did this all by himself!!

A caprese stack totally of his own creation.

Sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella. Fresh basil.  Drizzled olive oil.  Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. It was like blocks and what kid doesn't like to stack 'em up high?

No parent helped.  All on is own except for some pointers on how to drizzle olive oil and chiffonade basil once he brought it to the table.

He even rushed in to wipe up the rims as he said, "Just like Gordon Ramsey."

Eureka!  We have raised a foodie!   Bravo for my 5th grader!  He also makes eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, and his own lunch since he was in 1st grade.  I have hope he will not starve or eat straight up junk in college.

Now the older two...sigh!

Kid-Friendly Caprese Stack Recipe

  • 1 sliced tomato (he used a serrated knife, but a ceramic knife with close supervision of younger kids would work as well)
  • 4-5 slices fresh mozzarella (ours is pre-sliced from Costco)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • Cracked pepper
  • 1 large basil leaf

Alternate cheese and tomato.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Toss with salt and crack pepper on top to taste.  Roll up basil leaf into a cigarette shape and slice diagonally.  Toss basil on top.  Enjoy!  Simple and dramatic and all his!

Next time your kid begs for junk, put him to work making something with whole foods and healthy ingredients...they are much more likely to eat it if they've made it themselves! Even better, have healthy fruits and veggies delivered right to your porch before 6 AM each week to keep your children trying new and different varieties of produce.

Full Circle Delivers fresh, organic produce to SF Bay Area, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska and supports local organic farmers.

Full Circle is proud to deliver USDA Certified Organic Produce

Lucky you, I am able to offer you a promotional code for 40% off the purchase of your first box with Full Circle. Follow this link and use the *promo code " USOM." 

* Discount off price of first subscription box only. Additional groceries added to your first order are not included in the discount.

Disclosure:  I received no compensation for this post other than product/service to review.  As always, all opinions and reviews are my own and I only review brands and products that I personally use and love.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Crossfit Achievement Unlocked!!


I did  the Annie crossfit wods his morning  and  for first time ever, I RX-Ed a wod with double unders. 

 It was slow. 

 It was a single between every double under which meant an extra 150 single jumps but I DID IT:

50 sit-ups
50 double unders
40 sit-ups
40 double unders
30 sit-ups 
30 double unders
20 sit ups
20 double unders
10 sit ups 
10 double unders

Total time 16:42 RX

Then 1 mile run in 9:10.

Warm up include 400 m run, 20 burpees, 20 tuck jumps, 20 mountain climbers, 10 back rolls, and pass throughs.


 I'm on an exercise high (yes it does exist), so plan to go run some more before it gets too hot!! 

If you are reading this, get moving people. Doesn't matter how slow...just move!! 

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