A Sesame Street critique

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January 27, 2014

I am going off of the food topic today. Since becoming a mommy, my morning hours have become consumed with Sesame Street.  I forgot that this show is so amazing. It has even gotten to the point where a few of my mommy friends and I email each other about the different segments. Oh the joys of motherhood!

I particularly love Crumby Pictures and Elmo the Musical. The other parts are cute but are more educationally sound. Not that I do not enjoy educationally sound segments, however, since I can already count to 10 and can say the alphabet (front and backwards might I add! Not as quickly backwards but I can do it.), the entertaining parts are what catch my attention. Crumby Pictures stars Cookie Monster. He usually portrays a character in a famous movie or show and he needs to solve a problem. One such portrayal is “Biscotti Karate”. Yes, you guessed it. This is loosely based on The Karate Kid. There is the Sensei, who is the teacher, and the Karate Squid, who catches Cookie Monster when he makes a mistake. Instead of the “Wax on, wax off” adage, he is taught to say “Biscotti on, Biscotti off” and proceeds to take a box of biscotti cookies on and off a shelf as he repeats it. It is quite comical when you watch it.

Another of my favorite Crumby Pictures is “The Hungry Games”. I’m thinking you can guess what movie this is based on. Cookie Monster must pass challenges in order to become last man standing. He is surrounded by friends, including a piece of pita bread called Pita. One challenge asks them to find a pattern in the shapes they encounter. In order to pass the challenge Cookie Monster must figure out the last shape in the pattern and then eat it. Turns out the last shape is a circle. They need to find something that is circular. The funniest part is when they all look at Pita and he looks at them like they are crazy. In the end, Cookie Monster wins the challenge, without having to eat his friend Pita.

Elmo the Musical is another entertaining segment. Elmo imagines what he could be that day and creates a play surrounding it. I saw one today where he is a chef and needs to find new recipes around the world. His first stop is to Machu Picchu. He meets the queen and she begins to sing a song that goes like this: “I’m the Queen of Machu Picchu and it is so good to meet you!”. “Meet you” sounds more like “Meetchu” but you get the picture.

One last review and then I’ll be off. I just saw a segment called “Homelamb” the other day. It is very loosely based on “Homeland”. All of the agents are lambs and are searching for the Big Bad Wolf. They want Nicholas Baa-rody to come in and help them find the big bad wolf. All of the characters names are the same, except they add a baa into it, such as Caa-rie and Saa-ul. Caa-rie sees right through Nicholas Baa-rody, who is obviously the wolf wearing a robe to look like a sheep. She even says that he is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. You got me at that one Sesame Street! Keep them coming!

It really is the little things in this show that are so fascinating. Kuddos to the writers of this show!

How do you all feel about Sesame Street? Are there any other kid’s shows out there that tickle your funny bone? Comment below!

My kids will never eat that…

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While I was running today, I was thinking back to a conversation  I had with someone a few years ago. (I do not know who it was with, so if it is you who are reading this, I am not mad at you :).)

They had asked whether I will let my children eat any type of fast food. This was before my son was born, so of course I thought I knew all of the answers and I replied with a definitive “Yuck! No way will my kid ever eat fast food.”

Well, being a mom certainly changes the way you do things. However, my pre-mommy answer was not 100% false. I am not naive and I know that when my son gets older he will go out with his friends and they will probably get some type of fast food. I do not believe there is anything wrong with it. I did with my friends (I definitely had my fair share of fast food as a teenager and in my early 20s).

Now being a mommy, this is the way I look at it. As long as my son is in my house, I will cook as clean and healthy as possible. As a family, we go out to a restaurant maybe once a month. I usually cook dinner Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday are either at my mother or my mother-in-law’s house. (They don’t always cook clean. They do know how I am about certain things, so they will go out of their way to tell me if something is organic or natural. It is funny. But, I did get them to think about their food, so it was a success! Love you both!) By cooking clean, I feel that I am giving my son a foundation to go on when it comes to making food choices. So, I hope by giving my son this foundation, he will hopefully make the wise choice. Will it always be easy? No. But nothing in life that is worth grasping is rarely ever easy.

I enjoy watching The Biggest Loser and LOVE Dolvett! One of the things he says with his team is “Hard Work! Dedication!”. When I was in the classroom, I used that slogan with my kids all of the time. Now, I use it to help define my eating and exercising habits. Teaching my son (and husband for that matter) will definitely be hard work. But the dedication I put towards it will hopefully grant me large rewards. So, remember: Hard Work! Dedication!

In looking back on that conversation, I want to thank that person. I’m glad the recesses of my brain brought that up and got me thinking about it. So, thank you!

What are your feelings on eating clean? Comment below.  Please be kind :)

Eating clean can sometimes be so overwhelming!

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Sometimes it can be very overwhelming eating clean. I read about the dangers in regular food and it just gets me thinking about other things in my life that could be posing the same hazards. It got to a point the other day where I was even researching how to make my own shampoo since there are chemicals in most store purchased products. I found a really easy recipe, which I hope to try soon and pass on to you the results.

Where was I? Oh yes, eating clean can be overwhelming. But when I put clean food into my mouth, I always feel so much better and the stress disappears. I mentioned NON-GMO foods in my first entry and I would like to discuss a little bit about that now. It is sad, but many of the packaged foods sold in stores have GMOs, or genetically modified organisms (you will also see GMI, which are genetically modified ingredients.).  I found this on the NON-GMO Project website http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

So, basically, the GMOs are fake. They are not from nature. To me, that just means I am eating nasty chemicals. I try to replace what I call our “heavy hitters” with NON-GMO certified foods. The heavy hitters are the foods we enjoy eating a lot. Here is a list of companies that are approved by the NON-GMO Project: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/  .It is a handy tool to use.

One heavy hitter in our household is yogurt. Unfortunately, most brands that are sold in stores are made out of GMOs. I have been using YoBaby yogurt for my son, which is organic but not on the NON-GMO list. I have heard a lot about Brown Cow Greek Yogurt. I have yet to try it since it is only sold at Whole Foods. The next time I make a trip there, I will surely be stocking up. I also found this recipe for making  yogurt in a crockpot.  It seems super simple and I cannot wait to try it!! Have any of you tried this yet? Can anyone recommend any other NON-GMO yogurt brands? Please comment below and let me know :).