What’s Good This Week

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Hey folks! A belated happy Valentine’s Day for those of you who are into that sort of thing. 

Paul and I are mutually non-romantic people and really couldn’t care less about doing anything for Valentine’s Day. We went out to a restaurant on February 14th one time, 16 years ago, and it’s a mistake we’ve never made again. What a gong show. 

Cinnamon rolls from the freezer for Saturday breakfast

Niko was kind of excited about the idea of it, though, so despite being tired and cranky I decided to put a small amount effort into it for his sake. And by effort I mean grabbing some fancy cheeses and a couple of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates from the grocery store on my way home. 

I made a nice-ish cheeseboard (not as nice as this Vegetarian Cheese Board but still pretty nice) and opened a bottle of bubbles, and there was a bunch of tulips stuffed into a Tupperware container waiting for me when I got home. We put the kids to bed and ordered Indian food and watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Netflix.  

That’s pretty much it, and I wouldn’t have wanted anything more or anything less. 

A little v-day patriarchy smashing because why not?

Parents of littles, I need your tips for streamlining your morning routine. How do you get yourselves and your monster(s) out the door on time and be a sane person as you go?

I have a tendency to stay up late working, but I get tired and increasingly unproductive. I was thinking fondly about the days before my second child was born when I used to get up early and quietly work on my computer for an hour or so before Niko got up, so decided to give it a go again. I’ve been doing this thing where I set a bedtime alarm as well as a morning alarm, and have been trying to put it 10 minutes earlier every day. 

Simultaneously, my darling second born has been running an experiment where he, too, wakes up earlier and earlier each and every day, and no matter how early my alarm is set, his wake-up is set for 15-120 minutes beforehand. On Thursday Paul was away at an overnight work thing (lucky bastard got to sleep in a hotel room all by himself) and Odin treated me to a 4:30am wake up and we STILL left the house 45 minutes late somehow. 

I’m trying (and failing) to figure out where I’m going wrong and what I could do better. I can’t get up early enough to shower before the kids get up (see above) so I’ve reverted to an evening shower while the kids are in the bath (this totally feels like gaming the system, as previously I was showering at 11pm and going to bed with wet hair).

I bulk prep breakfasts on the weekends, so it’s just grab and heat up or grab and go, yet every single day I am late. Why? How? What can I change?

Not pooping (for once) just crouched down because I am.

We got our new Thule bike chariot set up last Sunday evening, and you guys, I freaking hate this thing. I HATE IT!!!

Let me say that the product itself is perfectly fine. Thule makes a good wagon (we also have this Thule high performance running stroller amongst our fleet of strollers), and I think that if we lived in a house and didn’t have to lug the damn thing up and down from our apartment, I wouldn’t hate it so much. But we don’t, and so we do, and the stupid thing is too wide to fit through our door so we have to turn it on it’s side and drag it through and I just want to punch it in the face every time I have to do it.

Reasonable people probably would have taken their children to the store and had them sit in a demo model to see how snug they were, or at least looked up the specs online and measured their children to estimate whether or not they’d fit. But we are not reasonable people, and so we didn’t do any of those things. 

Instead, I hastily ordered online the cheapest model that said it held two children and just blindly trusted that it would work out. And lo, it turns out that Niko is too big for it, so every morning there’s this tantrum session that erupts when I jam two children in snow suits and bike helmets into the bloody chariot to go and do drop off at not one, but two different daycares. 

We are still #2 on the waiting list for a spot at Niko’s school, and I swear to god if we don’t get one in a month or so I’m going to go all Tonya Harding on this situation and break some little legs to make some spaces appear. 

Very, very cozy

ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK

We kicked things off this week with one of my favourite things to make for a quick and easy snack or appetizer, Spicy Garlic Edamame. It takes just a few ingredients and about 10 minutes to make and it sooooo good. 

spicy garlic edamame in a blue bowl with some beer and edamame pods in the background

Next up, in the name of heart health in honour of all the romance going on, I published A Guide to Omega-3’s for Vegetarians

graphic with vegetarian omega-3 foods

WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL

Yeah, yeah, we all know that Mung Bean and Coconut Curry is in number one. So let’s look at what else is topping the charts:

1. Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos. Yup.

2. Turmeric Latte Mix. Calling all golden milk lovers!

3. No Sugar Banana Bran Muffins. A HNL classic. 

4. Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie. Beans in smoothies. It’s a thing. 

5. Indonesian Black Rice Pudding. If you haven’t tried this one yet, what are you waiting for?!

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Jennifer left the following comment and 5-star review on my Chipotle Hummus recipe:

Wow, this is the best hummus I have ever made, and it makes a TON! Tastes similar to my favorite store-bought hummus but definitely healthier. I plan to use it with veggies and whole wheat crackers as a snack, but just used it as a spread for my black bean burger. OMG, so good!

PS – after seeing your related post for Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowls…I now plan to go buy some cauliflower. You’re creating a monster!

overhead photo of chipotle hummus in a blue bowl

Yassss Jennifer! Come join the hummus party!

WHAT’S GOOD AROUND THE WEB

icon of globe with text "what's good around the web"1. How much fat should we have in our diet? What we do and don’t know

2. How does a fruit that basically hurts you to eat it not go extinct? The fascinating history of the chili pepper.

3. On fixing our food system.

4. This is interesting: A new feature on food labels will help consumers understand the environmental impact of their food shopping.

5. Forgot the evaporated milk for your recipe? Here are five substitutes and how to add them.

 

Comments

  1. Roos says

    Can you take turns with your husband to get ready (when he’s not off on a work trip of course)? Eg at 4:30 drop Odin off with him, you take a lovely shower and do your thing and then it’s his turn? Good luck, you got this and you’re already doing awesome!

  2. sarahd says

    A trick I’ve heard recently is to let the kids go ahead and sleep in whatever they’re going to wear the next day. I’ve never tried it (my kids are teenagers now) but if getting dressed is the struggle in the morning it could be worth a shot! All I can remember doing that worked was to do EVERYTHING the night before (within reason). Everybody’s clothes laid out, lunches packed and stuck in the fridge, backpacks/work bags ready to go, etc. I’m thinking “pre-dressing” the kids would be the next level on that plan! Then you just brush everybody’s teeth, hand them a granola bar and juice box, grab your stuff and go:)

    • Katie Trant says

      We did this with Niko for a while (his choice, actually, he wanted to sleep in clothes) and I didn’t find it bought us all that much time. I think the problem is me, that I’m not ready before they are, so I need to find a way to streamline my own process in order to get a handle on theirs.

  3. Angela Reyes says

    Clothes picked out the night before? Time how long it takes every day to get out the door and how long it takes to get there? Of course this all changes with a different school.

    My daughter got up really early like your younger son. I had to take her out of the house to avoid the rest of the house waking up. People would ask me me (when I was out with the stroller at dawn) if I was okay. I am out at dawn with a stroller, what do you think, peeps?!

    • Katie Trant says

      We get the clothes out early, and my older son actually gets himself dressed so that’s not the issue. I think it might be a matter of having myself ready before the kids so that I’m not trying to do that and get them ready at the same time, but it’s really difficult when the little one gets up so early!

      • Angela Reyes says

        Of course you need to get ready too! For some reason I had not thought about that. I have one 2-year old and 3 older kids. I think I have forgotten the juggling act of more than 1 young child at a time.

        Would it be terrible to leave him in his crib for a few minutes to get dressed? Or brush your hair or throw some makeup at your face?

        You never know, a lot can change in a few months and things may seem easier before long.

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