Half Birthdays and Ski Trips

Happy Half Birthday to the Brookie Cookie!

18 months and glowing! 
I mean... look at those glorious pig tails!

We had a great weekend with the Cookie and Theo (our puppy), while the eldest Carrier was away with Nana on a ski trip (more on that later). It's always refreshing to see how well we can handle and one of our children at a time. Believe me, there are many comments like "how did we ever think one child was hard?". I guess that means we are officially seasoned pros?


Heart Shaped Brownies

The Brownie Pan is quickly turing into one of my most beloved Pampered Chef products! Back in October I shared this round up of Brownie Pan recipes - since then, this pan has gotten plenty of use. In addition to brownies, we've all enjoyed mini-meatloaf, banana bread muffins, and mini-lasagnas.

For this easy hack, simply ball up a small piece of foil and tuck into the corner of your square to create a heart. Voilà!


What I'm Reading in January

I won't be subtle. Do yourself a favor and read/listen to this book. Especially if you like to whine and complain. It will serve you well. 

Also know that this is an affiliate link. But please don't let that stop you from adding this to your library. In addition to being helpful and thought-provoking, it's also laugh out loud funny in parts. Just ask my seat mates on my flight from Philly to Providence.

Little Ones Need to Move

Wiggle On!
Focal Upright / Safco Active Runtz Active Seating for Children

Why I Sit Actively
If you sit all day at work, I bet you’ve experienced back pain, drowsiness, and lack of focus. 

Am I right?

Worse are the serious health hazards associated with sitting too much--check out this article from the Washington Post about it. Now tell me that infographic isn't terrifying. Yikes.
At my Marketing job at Focal Upright, I use a standing desk and a leaning seat, which positions me halfway between sitting and standing and lets me fidget all I want. My spine feels supported, my core is engaged, and the seat is comfortable, but not as comfortable as a normal office chair--that means I feel naturally encouraged to alternate leaning with standing at my standing desk.

 Runtz: Why Kids Should Sit Actively, Too
This isn’t only a solution for adults. Schools are embracing standing desks and active seating, too, because it’s important to let kids move and embrace that natural tendency to wriggle, shuffle and let out steam. Not to mention its calorie-burning & focus-enhancing magic.

 Active Seating for Kids
Runtz are great additions to the classroom!
I like the Runtz seat (it kind of looks like a little alien). Designed to inspire better posture and balance, this anti-burst ball chair can be used at home or school. At around 11 pounds, it’s also portable enough to bring on the go (and it comes in fun colors: Bubble Gum Pink, Sour Apple Green, Black, and Black Vinyl).
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If you like what you see, I'm happy to extend my Focal Friends and Family discount code: FOCALFAM30.
Remember, these opinion are my own, but I do work for Focal Upright.

Valid now through 11/24/2016, this code will give you 30% off Focal Upright and Safco Active products at http://store.focalupright.com

Brownie Pan Crush

1 pkg (8 oz/235 g) seamless crescent dough
1 can (20 oz or 540 mL) apple pie filling
2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
 Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Roll out dough and use the Bakers Roller® to flatten and enlarge dough.

Use Pizza & Crust Cutter to cut into 12 squares. Place dough in the Brownie Pan, allowing corners to drape over. Using Medium Scoop, top with one scoop of apple pie filling.

In a separate bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Add to the top of each square. Pull corners to the middle and add another dash of the cinnamon/sugar.

Bake 15 -17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan immediately. Serve with ice cream, if desired.

12  servings of 1 pie

Get my favorite Brownie Pan here!

For the 11 additional Brownie Pan recipes, click here.

Mom Life

Mom Life. No one said it would be easy, but it will be worth it.