By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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I finally gave in a bought a set of sandwich and fruit cutters for our kids' lunches. I've resisted for awhile because I didn't have the time or the energy to use them and I also didn't want all of the food scraps to go to waste.
However, this year, when buying our back to school clothes, backpacks, etc, I couldn’t say no when our daughter found a nice set for her lunch. Our daughter loves being in the kitchen and these gadgets seemed like a great way for her to transform a regular lunch into something more creative.
Of course, once the novelty wears off, we'll probably store these kitchen gadgets in a drawer for birthdays and holidays. But, right now, when they are still novel, it’s a fun group activity. I found our mandolin hiding in the cupboard and I can slice our fruits and vegetables very thin. Then our daughter is able to take the reins and create lunch on her own. So far she is having fun making fruit salads and sandwiches for her and her sister.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll keep using these gadgets throughout the school year. And while I still don’t think I’ll cut many of her lunches into stars and hearts myself, I love seeing her creativity and her excitement when she makes lunch for her and her sister to gobble up.