Halloween candy, allergies and other preoccupations

I think most people agree that life-threatening allergies, or any allergies, are scary. They are scariest when the child is young and dependent but continues to be scary as the child grows and venture out into the world, sometimes on his own. Children with allergies have a special need of sorts, but in today’s society are somewhat protected in most public places like schools, or activity centres. The protection however is limited, as we all know. For parents with kids who suffer from nut allergies, for example, food dangers prevail through their entire childhood and beyond. One must maintain a vigilant eye at places like the rink or playground which are not necessarily designated as nut-free.

Point is, families with allergies adhere to a life of rules specific to their needs (just as families with a child in a wheelchair, or visual impairment, adapt to their own specific set of rules). Continue reading

With back to school comes the parental food preoccupation once again


Since the kids started eating lunch at school going back several years now, a favorite (and requested) packed lunch has been what you see in the above picture:

a flat hamburger bun cut in half
a slice of roasted turkey
two thin slices of cucumber in between the turkey so as not to get the bread ‘wet’ Continue reading

A bit about indoor playground food rules

I met my friend and her kids at an indoor playground called Kidsport today. This was my first time at this place.

We have been to other indoor playgrounds when the children were younger but as our two older ones are entering the tween phase it has become evident that they needed something a little more challenging, and elaborate. Kidsport is suitable for ages up to 12 and my friend recommended it based on previous visits.

The play/climbing structure was huge and in the centre of the playground. It took up most of the playground space, but had other places, and things to do, beyond it, including a room for ball hockey and some pinball machines (which requires coins, which we did not supply to our kids). There were several ball pits, and structures they could not only climb and slide down from, but also hang off of. In the three and a half hours we were there we didn’t see the kids much, and that was part of the appeal. There were separate areas for younger, toddler-aged or preschool children as well so they didn’t have to mix with the older kids. All in all a well thought-out indoor playground for the 6 and 9 year olds in our family.

There was one thing that was kind of irksome though. Continue reading

Salty olives and soda water

This morning I bought a gigantic container of marinated olives and some fresh buns and when I came home, I ate them. Not all of the, but many of them…they hit the spot for my salt craving and also for my not having eaten a proper breakfast before rushing out with the kids and then going to the store.

marinated olives

But herein lies the problem: olives are salty which means I will be thirsty. (I AM thirsty right now, how does soda water with lemon or line sound?)

Thirsty for me means stay close to a bathroom.

Only problem is: I gotta go to a rink in Timbuktoo for a game at 6:25 and if we don’t leave the house during the window of opportunity between 4:00 – 4:15 pm then we will be stuck in rush hour traffic and late.

Sitting in the car for an hour and a half without access to a bathroom is going to be not fun.

We have to be dressed at the rink 30 minutes prior to the game.

So…what to do what to do?

First, gotta get me a drink. Then…plan to stop drinking as of, say, 2 pm?

This is what is occupying my brain today.

You’re welcome.

Cooking when under the winter-blah spell

The amount of time it takes to cook nutritious food for a family is enormous. Add to that the time it takes to grocery shop and I can appreciate all the business ideas on how to make things easier, and faster. Grocery delivery services, organic box deliveries chock full of vegetables and fruit (I use Front Door Organics), fully cooked and prepared meals to pick up and take home (roast chicken comes to mind), and of course the various take-out options so many of us use at least occasionally. Continue reading

The thing about food for active kids

Food is a never-ending thing for families, isn’t it.  It actually registers pretty high on my radar of late, what with hockey- and gymnastics season started. Seems kids want to eat pretty much all the time, and most often they want snacks.

But, as I’m learning through research and inspiring recipe-googling, I discovered that Continue reading