The Magic Feather

The other day my son was bored out of his mind, he had played with just about every toy he had, which also meant he made a huge mess, but that's a whole other story.  We usually try to go out at least once a day to prevent boredom that provokes destroying the apartment, but that day we spent it relaxing at home, and also saving money too because when we head out we always seem to need something, and it doubles as saving gas too.  Anyhow, he needed to get out so my husband took him for a little walk around the neighborhood.  It was a short walk, but being the little sweet boy he is, he appreciates everything.  He had a blast because he took his Nerf Super Soaker Point Break Water Blaster from Toys R us, and came back in a few minutes because they were out of water.

It was perfect timing, I had just finished putting all the toys in place.

So my son runs up to me like it had been days since he left for his walk, and says in his tiny toddler voice;

"Mommy I have a surprise for you."  He continues to tell me, after getting my full attention, "you look a lil' sad," I responded that I wasn't sad, well because I wasn't.  He then tells me that he got a feather for me, and at this point I was more worried about how gross it was specially after he told me "I found it on the street, it's a present for you."  I of course, couldn't break his little heart, and I was blown away with his well put sentences and his thoughtful little heart, so the fact that he found it on the street didn't bother me as much..or I wasn't going to show it anyway.  So he turns around and talks to this tiny feather pinched between his tiny fingers; "Hi feather make my mommy really happy ok! you are magic!"

Now if that's not a moment to make me smile on and on, what is? What moment made you smile today?

BBQ with Family, But Can't Have What They're Having?

So many occasions come up when it’s starts to get warm out to have a barbecue or to attend family or friends get together.  And honestly I have opted to just have it be us three, and have turned down a few offers.  But with our son just about three years old I have learned my own way without him being left out.

You can do the obvious and pre-cook meal before you leave home.  I do that if we need to go anywhere.  But at a barbecue, I want my son who loves food to have grilled food! I’m sure many of you can relate to not wanting to be left out, of anything really.

You can bring your own food and cook it there, but where?  I’ve carried my own pots and pans to many convenient places like grandpa’s house, but bringing your food even with pots and pans aren’t the best idea to someone’s backyard or park.

I used to carry aluminum foil to place over grill and cook, but it doesn’t really grill all too well unless you poke wholes in the foil, but then that opens a risk of contamination.  So that brings me to my final idea that works great!  Bring your own portable little grill; there are two different options one that uses propane gas, and the good old charcoal.  Carry vegetables and meat in cooler along with seasonings and you should be all set.

Just make sure that which ever one you choose to use, is allowed where you are going.  Make sure there isn’t a rule against it at park you are planning to go to, and of course if you are going to someone’s home, ask first too.

This has proven to be the best option for us, because our son is severely allergic to a long list of foods, hope this helps someone else out there new to the world of food allergies.  Just because someone has food allergies, doesn't mean they can't enjoy great tasting food too, it's all just about learning the simple tricks to doing so.

Have a great Fourth of July everyone, and wish you all safe, delicious eating!