Dolphin Tale 2- Love it!

Hi gentle reader, I don’t promote a lot of movies here on the blog and this is not a paid advertisement, I just genuinely loved going to see this wonderful family movie with my seven year old boy.

It happens that one of the producers of the film is the father of one of Bex’s school friends and the mother and wife in the family, K, is a lovely mom who I am friendly with.

The producers went to Princeton, as my husband Nick did, but the real connection to the movie for me and Bex is that Winter, the main dolphin in the story, has scoliosis, just like Bexon!

In fact, Winter wears a prosthetic tail that works sorta like Bexon’s brace that he still wears at night, both help prevent the scoliosis from progressing or getting worse.

Winter has been very inspirational for kids and adults with missing limbs and prosthetics. We see kids with them on every trip to our Shriners Hospital in Utah. It’s breathtaking what technology can do.

It’s always important to note that Bex had to wear special EDF/Mehta casts first to correct his spine before the brace, most of you are familiar with Bexon’s Story here.

This movie has a bit of drama, so it’s PG and good for older children like my boy. He loved it. Here is how far we’ve come without any surgery:

early onset scoliosis

Boom.

We only have one more brace to go this year…that will be an emotional last trip for this mama.

Check out the movie if you love dolphins and sea turtles, and want to help save our ocean creatures, like me.

It’s also a great way to teach kids to embrace people with challenges different than their own.

A touching true story and all positive!

XOXO-

~ Bexon’s Mommy

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Miss America Pageant: A Boy’s View

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Conversation with my seven year old boy Bexon last night, it was the first time he’s ever seen or heard of the Miss America Pageant.

Bex: (Seeing the women on stage for the first time): Why are there no boys in this?

Me: This is a competition, it’s been around forever, it’s always only women.

Bex: (annoyed) Why?

Me: It just has always been all girls. Young ladies.

Bex: But why is it all girls? No boys are allowed?

Me: Yeah, this is the Miss America Pageant, it’s old fashioned, but boys get to do a lot of other things.

He decides that’s true…but later, the host announces the swimsuit competition is coming up next:

Bex: (innocent, matter-of-fact) Why are they wearing swimsuits? Are these ladies going swimming?

Me: (giggles) Good question. Um, no, they’re not going to be in a swimming competition, there’s no water…they’re just being judged on…how they look.

Out of the mouths of babes.

XO-

~ H

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Leopard Print Clothes

Leopard print clothes are a perennial, I think they’re a classic and here to stay.

What do they say about me? Probably that I want people to think I’m a hot pocket. Or that I eat gazelles for lunch on the African plain.

Go wild with yo bad self, just don’t buy fur from the actual animal of course.

I’m past the stage of buying leopard print clothing on the reg, I sort of cut myself off from the *mild* addiction a year or three ago- probably because I already think I have enough.

It’s fun to sport a flirty safari once in a while and ya gotta laugh at yourself, especially when you comb through your crazy closet.

‘Dis how we do.

Rahr! :-)

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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The Upside to Forgetting

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Sometimes when you come to this blog you find something lovely to look at, yummy to eat or inspirational, but this time, you won’t find any of those things.

Yesterday morning after dropping my son off to 2nd Grade I came home and felt a little tired.

I lied down and read Nora Ephron’s essay called “I Remember Nothing” along with some other ones and then I felt better, but not energized enough to go outside in the hot sun for a walk (plus I was hiding from the gardeners.)

Instead, I decided to explore my closet.

I don’t do this very often because while I don’t have early Alzheimer’s, a very serious disease, I do sometimes forget things I have shoved in there wayyyy back and they can stir up memories.

Both good and bad.

I have old journals and part of me wants to throw them away, but part of me thinks that if I really do get failing memory someday when I’m old, I may want to find out what that crazy young chick was thinking.

I have such sympathy for the old me(s) sometimes.

Have you ever found something you’ve written when you were in a bad place, and re-read it from a good place?

Yeah, it’s super weird.

So I was climbing on my little step ladder, as my bedroom closet goes floor to ceiling high, and I reached up and grabbed a random bag and looked inside.

The picture at the top of this post is what I saw.

Ahhhh!

Then it attacked me. Continue reading

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I Wish I Could Show You Hafiz Quote

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Sometimes I wish I could show myself this, too.

Today I’m happy, but on some days, you know, those days when you feel some kinda way

Let’s remind each other, okay?

Love,

~ Heidi

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Animals Riding Animals Video


You’re welcome.

:-)

~ h

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Skinny Cheesy Baked Meatballs!

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Yum, these easy cheesy baked meatballs take only 10 minutes to prepare, about 15 minutes to cook and they were gone in my house in one day.

They’re a “skinny” food as in low calorie for grown ups, but kid friendly, too. My kid doesn’t need to be skinny, we’re trying to fatten him up, ha.

They’re delicious in pasta, wraps, sandwiches, with rice and veggies or just by themselves.

I had mine for dinner with lightly buttered whole grain penne pasta and Parmesan cheese, with a dash of garlic salt- simple and divine.

My husband had his pasta with marinara sauce, cheese and love.

Not my love, some other woman’s, but at least I made the meatballs.

Kidding! Just checking to see if you’re paying attention. :-)

Ingredients:

1.) One pound of lean ground meat, I used organic grass fed organic beef this time, 90 percent lean with 10 percent fat.

You can use any lean meat you prefer, ground turkey, chicken or pork or a combo.

(Beef and pork are of course, popular together in traditional Italian meatballs.)

2.) One third cup of seasoned bread crumbs, I used 4C brand whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs.

3.) Two whole large eggs, I always buy free range organic eggs.

4.) One half cup shredded cheese of your choice, I used reduced fat shredded mild cheddar this time. (Not non fat, as it doesn’t melt well…)

My other fave go to is organic shredded mozzarella, not low fat on that one, that would be divine, too.

5.) Two heaping tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, I just used Kraft this time, the old fashioned shaky kind.

6.) A couple of good dashes of garlic salt and garlic powder- if you prefer less garlicky, you can just use regular or sea salt.

7.) Olive oil spray or other cooking spray.

Optional: You can add minced fresh garlic and/or finely diced fresh onion, the reason I didn’t this time is because my picky kid wouldn’t like the “chunks.”

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, put the ground meat, the bread crumbs and the two raw eggs, lightly beaten.

Add the two cheeses and any salt or seasoning you like, I used garlic salt. Mix very well with a large fork or spoon and I finished mixing it up and mushing it together with my clean Italian Grandma hands.

Ok, I’m not Italian or a Grandma, but in the meat-a-ball spirit…

Spray a large baking sheet with the olive oil or other cooking spray.

Using a tablespoon measure, form about one heaping tablespoon of the meat mixture into little balls, forming and rolling them with your hands and placing them a couple inches apart on the oiled baking sheet.

Mine made about 28 meatballs…give or take.

Spray the tops of the meatballs lightly with the olive oil spray and bake in the oven at 400 for about 12-15 minutes.

Mine took 15, and they were cooked all of the way through. As ovens can vary, you may want to check them after 10 minutes and so on…

Delicious!

Calories: The entire recipe as I made it was approximately 50 calories per meatball.

Mangia, mangia.

In case you missed it, check out my popular Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, too. They can be made very little kid friendly by leaving off the Buffalo sauce.

Enjoy and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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