ten on tuesday.

1. So much fun-ness going on this week. Fun-ness is a word…right?

2. First, a video I linked on the ECP Facebook page last week. The power of photographs and the power of love. What more is there?

3. Last night I was Pinteresting and ran across this recipe for a microwave paleo chocolate cake in a mug. I have no interest in the paleo part, but a single-serving cake I can make in under 5 minutes? Now that’s speaking my language. I need to experiment with ingredients a bit more to get it perfected to my liking but so far I’m feeling the love for the microwave cake.

4. While working on my cake last night and switching up the ingredients a bit I discovered this website that allows you to calculate calories and nutritional information in any recipe you want to make. Just type in your ingredients and their amounts…and there you have it!

5. On Sunday Heather returned my glider and ottoman I had loaned to her to use with baby Jude. Now that Jude is over a year (boo hoo!) she didn’t need the glider in her bedroom any longer. Yesterday morning Ephraim woke up calling to me from his bed. His first words? “Mom, it’s a good thing we have that rocking chair now.” “Why, Ephraim?” “So you can rock me.”

So that’s just what we did. I can’t think of a better way to start a week than rocking my big five year old boy, long legs spilling down around me.

5. I have rekindled my obsession with smoothies this month. Consequently my Magic Bullet is taking a beating. But seriously, who knew avocado could taste so good mixed with some spinach, blueberries, strawberries, yogurt and orange juice? Holy creaminess.

6. Sarah has been assigned her first at-home report and poster project. And it’s on Florence Joyner – aka “Flo Jo”. She was insistent we get right to work on the research this afternoon, and was delighted to learn that Flo Jo’s signature look was a set of super flashy fingernails. My girls loves a good manicure.

7. I ran across two interesting radio features on NPR this morning. The first focused on the question of whether or not having children makes you happier. You might surprised by the answer. Although I was not surprised at all by the fact that parents of children between the ages of 5 and 12 report feeling happier than parents of children younger than 5 or children of teenagers. I told you we were in our golden age. Sorry, Scout. But I just can’t go back.

8. The second piece highlighted Bruce Feiler‘s new book, The Secret of Happy Families. The title alone intrigued me. Then I had to google Feiler’s name which sounded vaguely familiar. And I was reminded that I read his book Walking the Bible over a decade ago. Totally different topics – both fascinating.

9. Speaking of books, I picked up the best book for Ephraim for Valentine’s Day last week. Keep in mind that this recommendation comes from a girl that owns over a thousand (yes, 1,000) children’s books – all cataloged. Press Here is a delightful visual adventure for young children with all the fun of an iPad app but with way more ingenuity. Every night since its purchase I’ve been hoping E will choose it for one of his bedtime stories. And so far I haven’t been disappointed. Highly recommend.

10. I’m thinking of trying Pure Barre for the first time on Friday. Have you done it? Advice?

MaryFebruary 20, 2013 - 6:32 am

My Mother’s neighbor made a 5 min chocolate cake in a cup for my daughter’s birthday a few years ago. My daughter loved seeing her cake “bake” in the microwave! We still pull out the recipe from time to time. It’s perfect for those times when nothing else but chocolate cake will do! 🙂

Kelly W.February 20, 2013 - 6:38 am

I’m a former teacher and I have a ton of children’s book, although mine aren’t cataloged. Maybe I should do that?!

I purchased the Pure Barre video after hearing about it on Twitter. I did it for the first time in January and am obsessed! I just bought two more videos. There is a studio in our city but it’s about 35 minutes from my house. I’m thinking I need to try a real class, although the video gives you a good workout. I recommend at least trying it- and don’t be surprise if your legs start to shake. 🙂 It’s a great workout!

AubreyFebruary 20, 2013 - 6:56 am

Barre is the best work out ever! Coming from someone who is not a “worker outer”, it’s the only thing that I’ve been able to stick to! Have fun 🙂

JodiFebruary 20, 2013 - 7:23 am

Oooh, you’re reminding me how much they loved Press Here. We definitely need to check that out again at the library! Thanks!

Jessica WFebruary 20, 2013 - 9:47 am

Amen for the golden age!

BreeFebruary 20, 2013 - 2:20 pm

OBSESSED with Barre! Love it. And so do my legs. I think that it has really helped my running. My husband is smoothie dude, and has one for breakfast every morning. I have some good recipes on Baked Bree if you need some inspiration.

Rachel ClarkFebruary 20, 2013 - 6:30 pm

You know I’m a Pure Barre Junkie! It is awesome. Put me down as your referral 🙂

JenniferFebruary 21, 2013 - 4:12 pm

#4 brings visions of Grama Dixie to mind. 🙂

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