Find Tally Ho! at Northshire Bookstore & Win!

tallyhoMamatoga and Northshire Bookstore are teaming up to add even more fun to your visit to the Children’s Floor of their store at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs with some great scavenger hunt fun!

In honor of Baby Talley‘s arrival, a teensy glass fox named Tally Ho! (pictured above) has hidden himself in the Northshire Bookstore Train Town (located on the Children’s Floor). He has some horses and hounds hot on his little fox tail, so he’ll be moving around Train Town quite a bit, but if your child comes to the children’s checkout desk and says “Tally-Ho!” and can correctly name where he’s hiding, he or she will get some nice loot! While you’re there check out some of these best sellers this week!

91h7wNd9PSL1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Read the first book in the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

 

 

 

 

tumblr_static_81tcvl27fwg0kccookwoowswo2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.

 

 

 

97805443406883. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning classic is now adapted as a major motion picture by The Weinstein Company.

 

 

 

 

 

97805254788124. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault In Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 

 

 

 

97805456851605. Minecraft: Combat Handbook: An Official Mojang Book by Stephanie Milton

This official handbook will teach Minecraft players everything they need to know to defend themselves from hostile monsters and enemy players. It includes tips on how to build a fort, craft armor and weapons, set mob traps, defeat enemies in one-on-one combat, and more.

 

 

 

Bestsellers in Children’s Illustrated:
97806940036171. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

 

 

812u6SS6wpL2. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers.

 

 

 

97803991639683. Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long

A deeply resonant book about subtle acts of compassion and standing up for others, featuring everyone’s favorite tractor, Otis.

 

 

 

 

97807364305174. Frozen Little Golden Book by Victoria Saxon, illustrated by Grace Lee

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a young dreamer, must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, and his reindeer on the grandest of journeys to find Anna’s sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell.

 

 

 

97803853755595. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager

In this clever twist on the age-old belief that there’s no such thing as unicorns, Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! This refreshing and sweet story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.

 

 

 

And our family’s current favorite can also be found on the Children’s Floor at Northshire Bookstore…

dragonslovetacosDragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

Store Hours are as follows: Sunday – Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm/Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

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The Mamatoga Calendar {october}

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1 Children in grades K-5 are welcome to participate in the Lego Club today from 6:30-8pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Parents and caregivers are also welcome to attend as kids use their imaginations to create buildings, creatures, and other objects. Lego Club will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month.

2 Start thinking costumes, do you make them yourselves or head to the store?

3 Just Say No to this when it comes to costumes this year…

4 Come support The Wesley Community at the 1st Annual Balloon Walk on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at The Wesley Community campus in Saratoga Springs. Participants will walk a 1-mile or a .25 mile course, collecting colorful balloons along the route to create a parade of color.  In addition, a hot-air balloon will be on The Wesley Community campus near the Community Garden area (weather permitting).  All registered participants will receive a 1st Annual Balloon Walk t-shirt.  Fun family activities and food will also be available for registered participants.  Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for children, and is available online at http://www.theballoonwalk.com. 

5 Discover the best local evening family Halloween Hayrides! Ellms Family Farm offers a fun experience for all ages, with Halloween hayrides throughout the month of October on Friday and Saturday evenings. Their hayride is designed for all ages – especially for those up to age 9 (not haunted!). The leisurely hayride will go past Halloween scenes in the woods with a midway stop for some cider and a fresh apple cider donut. This provides a wonderful outdoor family activity for all! Halloween Hayrides:  Fri./Sat. evenings Oct. 4 – Oct. 26. Click here for more info.

6 Want to make a costume for your toddler this year? There are TONS of adorable ideas here.

7 The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club is pleased to offer their popular (and FREE!) soccer clinics again this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7pm and Saturdays at 11am-12:30pm through October 30 at Gavin Park, Wilton (on the back soccer fields). The clinics are designed for players looking for advanced-skills training beyond what is provided by recreational soccer. For more information, please email  swscsoccer@gmail.com.

8 Boot socks, the coziest fall accesory

9 Mummy hot dogs, so cute…

10 Do this: BOO Your Neighbors! {love this!}

11 From Scratch Club is having a Food Swap at Healthy Living Market and Cafe today from 4-6pm. This food swap group, FSC Swappers, is a place where home cooks, gardeners, foragers, food preservationists, DIY enthusiasts and bakers come to swap their homemade food & drink products and garden bounty. Participants come from all over the Capital Region, Hudson Valley and North County to sample items, get inspired, make new friends and of course, swap loot! This Food Swap is FREE; pre-registration is required. Register and find out more information here.

12 The Saratoga Rugby Incorporated Annual 5K Race “Run 4 a Reason” 5k Run and Walk will be held at the Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, October 12th, and the race will start at 10 am. This event will raise money for To Life, a local non‐profit that provides free breast cancer education and support services in a 10‐ county region, as well as for SRI’s Youth Scholarship Fund and SRI Member Clubs. This year they will also be adding a 1⁄4‐mile and a 1‐mile “Fun Run” for kids. Awards will be given for top qualifiers of the 5k and all kids Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon. Click here for more info. Please bring a canned good on race day for the Franklin Community Center.

13 Columbus Day

Nature Scavenger Hunt and Leaf Mobiles is today from 11am – 12:30pm with the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park and they will be partnering with the Saratoga Springs Public Library for this fun program! The program includes a walk from the Library to Congress Park for a nature scavenger hunt.  With the items found, kids will return to the library to assemble a nature mobile.  Preregistration is required through the library. Please contact Laura Clark at (518) 584-7860, opt. 3.

The Pinewood Derby is today from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, $15 non – members, $13 for members. Pre – registration is required, 30 maximum/class. Ages 6+. They will be offering design classes followed by a race. Each child will get a car, a design class, and winners will claim a trophy! Runners up will get goody bags! Is your child under 6? Don’t worry, they will have fun car activities for them included in regular Museum admission!

14 Tuesday for Tots is at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga on October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10 am – 12 pm, or 1 pm – 3 pm. Free with Museum admission, this is a special time for the littlest visitors. Join anytime between 10am – 12pm, or 1pm – 3pm. for play dough, crafts, games and friends! Please remember that kids will use paint, glue, scissors and other art materials that can be messy and require supervision!

15 How cute is this Halloween Hot Cocoa? Love it!

16 Epic Halloween Costume Fails!

17 Here are some easy tips on how to have an Allergy Safe Halloween this year.

18 MVP Health Care presents The Great Pumpkin Challenge at Saratoga Spa State Park today. This event features a 5K (walk or run) and a 10K (run) through the beautiful and historic Saratoga Spa State Park. The day also includes a Fun Run for kids 12 and under. Please note there is no day of registration, click here for more info.

Also on the 18th is the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Autumn Festival and Open House from 11am-3pm featuring sheep shearing, black smithing, cider pressing, butter making, face painting, pumpkin carving, storytelling and puppet shows, live music and more, click here for more info.

19 Head to the Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater for a performance of The Addams Family! The weird, wonderful Addams family comes to life in this bright, comically macabre new musical. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester and the whole gang are brought to “life” thanks to the authors of Jersey Boys. Morticia and Gomez want to continue living amongst death, pain and suffering, but there’s a change in plans when Wednesday falls in love with Lucas, a boy from a “normal” family. Many strange things happen on the night Lucas and his family come to visit. Frightful fun for all ages! Performance Dates & Times: October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 – 8pm and October 19 & 26 – 2pm.

20 Forget the berry and wine colors for fall nails, this is the one I really love…

21 Need some ideas for a healthy Halloween? Click right here!

22 27 Incredibly Easy Ways To Upgrade Any Halloween Party

23 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this fab little elephant bracelet through October benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for women’s cancer research and creating awareness of the importance of early detection.

24 Double double, toil and trouble! It’s time to bust out your broom sticks and magic wands! The annual Witch Walk is making its way to the streets of Ballston Spa for its spookiest year yet! Cost is $25 Per Person Donation. Register for the Ballston Spa Witch Walk today! Call or email Carol Lang 518-884-9352 or langbro2@gmail.com  by October 24, 2014 to reserve your spot.

25 The 2014 Saratoga DBA Fall Festival in Saratoga Springs is today from 10am to 5pm in downtown Saratoga Springs. Bring the whole family to celebrate the fall season in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs with fun and games. Young and old alike will find themselves rediscovering all there is to love about the fall season at this fun-filled FREE event. Plus, with all of the fun activities planned, this is one event you and your family will not want to miss! Fall Festival activities include Face painting, the Children’s costume parade, Pumpkin races, Trick or treating, pony rides, bouncy house, cupcake decorating and more! For further information, contact the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association at (518) 587-8635.

26 OMG these are so goooooood

27 Halloween Nature Craft at Camp Saratoga with Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park is today at 4pm. Are bats and owls really that spooky? Join them to learn about “spooky” animals and create some nature-inspired Halloween decorations to hang up around your home! Come show us your creative side at the pavilion by Delegan Pond. Preregistration is suggested.

28 Pumpkin pie smoothies. Enough said.

29 Check out these simple tips for having a safe Halloween.

30 We love to watch this every year, such a classic…

31 HALLOWEEN! Have a safe and happy day everyone! Need to put a dent in all that candy? Try out the Switch Witch!

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Guest Post: The Day We Got Head Lice

liceLast year a good friend of mine experienced the nightmare with the ick factor of 100 that is head lice. I asked her to share her story here on Mamatoga because any of our kids could be exposed, and it helps to be prepared!

It started out a day like any other. My two daughters, ages seven and nine got up for school. We rushed around, getting lunches and a missing sneaker. We finally found all of our missing pieces are parts and shoved everyone on their merry way. After a long day at work, I picked up the girls from their after school program and was heading home, when I heard the statement that now makes me cringe just thinking about it, “Mom, my head itches.” Of course, it wasn’t the first time I had heard it. A few days before, she had mentioned a few itches here or there. I had “checked for lice,” but I had never seen one! I looked online, but the drawings of lice and their eggs or “nits” were completely out of scale and hard to know how big or little they actually were on my daughter’s hair. Several times I had declared her “lice free” and moved on with my day. This time, unfortunately, my mommy radar went up and my instincts told me that there might be something going on.

Of course, it was raining like cats and dogs. I was running to the grocery store with both kids, so I did what any good Mom would do. I called the pediatricians office to make an appointment so they could check my kid’s head. After all, what did I know? I had no idea what I was looking at, maybe they did have it! So, I called and spoke to a very nice nurse, who explained to me that my kids (yes, plural) had lice, no they would not see me in the office and gave me a laundry list of what to do at home from that point forward. No doubt about it, I was in denial. She could have told me that I won the Nobel prize and I would have believed her before thinking that MY kids had lice! We are clean, our house, although not spotless, is neat and fairly germ-free. How then, could my beautiful daughters get lice? I was outraged and very, very grossed out. I don’t like bugs.

The nurse calmly explained to me, during my fit of hysteria, that this happens to most families throughout school. Children, especially girls, tend to get lice at least once during elementary school. She also explained that clean, long hair like my girls have is particularly attractive to lice. My hysteria, although still terrible, calmed down considerably.

Since I had thoroughly written all of the instructions on the back of a napkin while sitting in the front seat of my car, I didn’t feel terribly prepared to fight these bugs, much less calm down my hysterical children. We went for reinforcements. I bought all of the lice spray at the drugstore, and picked up the prescription shampoo my doctor’s office called in for us. I also picked up two new movies and a huge bag of M&Ms. I wasn’t fooling around, this was war.

What ensued was not pretty. I won’t go into detail. It is too horrible to explain. What I can say is that it did entail much bribing, cajoling and lots and lots of crying and that was just for me. The kids, of course, needing a bit of soothing also. Their Dad and I spent days combing nits and dead bugs out of their hair. It turned out that not only did my daughter have it, but so did her sibling, my husband and even myself. We were a family infested, grossed out and in lock down.

After several days of combing and the girls missing school, we were still not nit free and I was at my wits end. I had consulted with a few nurse friends, one whom was even a lice expert, heard many, many home remedies and had bribed my children with so much chocolate and TV that both were becoming boring to them. Despite all of my best efforts, I was ready to admit defeat. I needed help. I searched the internet and was lucky enough to find a company called “Miracles on Lice” in Ballston Spa. A family-owned business, they made a same-day appointment for our whole family and immediately calmed us down. They gave us great literature to read about lice. They checked all of us for nits and found that despite my best efforts we still had a few. They removed them one at a time and treated us with organic products, only letting us leave when we were completely nit-free.

Now that it’s back to school, I know that I need to pack lunches, find missing shoes and to pay close attention when I hear the words, “Mom, my head itches.” The only difference is that now I don’t miss a beat. First, I comb their hair with a good, tightly bound lice comb. If we find anything at all, we call Miracles on Lice. Now, I sit back, watch a movie and let someone else do the gross part, like any good mother would do. Now, where are those M&Ms?

Check out Miracles on Lice on facebook here if you find yourself facing down this icky situation.

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stuff I love {this week}

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tassels cinco powell monogram decal etsy wubbanubs diapers.com phony tail tutorial here shampoo & body wash beauty counter lilly pulitzer planner & kiel james patrick bracelet, both available locally at pink paddock

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This Week My Family is Obsessed with…

noosamain1-696x308Was browsing Target the other day and stumbled upon this pumpkin yogurt, or, as they call it, “yoghurt”, and thought I’d give it a try and IT. IS. AMAZING. If you like seasonal pumpkin flavored stuff as much as I do you MUST go out and get this, it tastes like a not too sweet pumpkin cheesecake and only has 290 calories per container (I eat the whole thing) and FOURTEEN grams of protein. Even if pumpkin isn’t really your thing, still, try it. You won’t be disappointed. You can thank me later. Do yourself a favor and pick up some of those pumpkin spice morsels (like chocolate chips but sweet pumpkin flavor, in the baking section) to add to weekend pancakes too, tried it last weekend with a pumpkin & chocolate chip combo pancake as a little treat and they were a huge hit. Oh how I love fall… xoxo

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This is Your Brain on a Newborn

babytcoAs I begin to type this one handed (while nursing), my two year old is wearing a t-shirt, a sweater, and rain boots, but otherwise is nude. He is successfully potty trained, but apparently not “put your underwear and pants back on” trained (any how-to books on that one? No? Okay). I have a half full cup of cold coffee I forgot to drink from earlier, and I am wearing maternity leggings and a shirt that is not technically a “maternity” shirt, but one I bought from Old Navy about three sizes bigger than my “normal” size to wear as maternity. But still, not technically a maternity shirt, so that’s a win. I last showered yesterday morning. I think. Pretty sure that happened. Every single one of my throw pillows, from everywhere in the house, are on the floor assembled in a complex fort that connects to my ottoman. And I just emailed myself the same reminders for the third time. One of the reminders reads: “Look at To Do list from Monday” (it’s Friday, right?).

This is your brain on a newborn.

Along with those lovely warm fuzzy snuggly newborn feelings also comes the fog. The haze that sets in from lack of sleep and the extra chaos. The kind of fog that makes you question what day it is and even what hour it is, that leaves you standing in the middle of Target wondering what you actually came for in the first place (okay that one might just be due to Target’s unexplainable pull maybe not because of newborn parent fog). Your priorities take a major shift, and everything gets shuffled around to make room for this new little baby’s needs. Things like showers and clean shirts for yourself and putting make up on get bumped way down the line (if you can even still see them on your daily to do list) and instead you have little spurts of productivity that make you remember you are actually a functioning adult. Like, oh hey I went to the bank! Yes! Mission accomplished! Maybe I came back and put on two straight hours of Yo Gabba Gabba for Jack while I lounged in half-awakeness with the baby, but I WENT TO THE BANK. I did something. And that something included leaving the house. Score one for me.

The other day while at the doctor’s office I momentarily blanked on what the new baby’s birthday was. I stood there, staring off into space for a few moments, and then I actually looked at the nurse and said, “Hold on, I know this”. I eventually did remember it (it was less than three weeks ago after all) but for a few seconds I was just completely hopeless. Completely lost in the fog.

One side of me, the slightly more OCD side, craves productivity and organization, and I do have some of that, still, out of necessity. The mornings have to be organized to get the older kids clean and clothed and fed and ready for school, and after I successfully get two kids on the bus with lunches and backpacks and library books I pat myself on the back and give myself a break for a few hours. I follow the baby’s schedule. Maybe throw a load of laundry in, watch the toddler as he runs around like a maniac in the backyard.

Superficial things I am grateful for as a mom of a newborn: Sunglasses. Coffee. Scarves and easy jewelry to throw on to make me feel like I am at least slightly dressing up my yoga pants and long tanks. Pizza delivery. Coffee. Netflix. My favorite drugstore beauty product that helps hide the fact that I spent more time awake than asleep the night before. Amazon Prime. Twitter being the perfect social media for someone with a sleep deprived attention span like mine right now. Oh and coffee. Coffee is good. Good stuff.

More important things I am grateful for: Teeny tiny baby fingers and toes to kiss. The opportunity to be lazy and lay in bed with my new daughter when I want to. Being able to say no when I need to. Having Sean, all four kids and two dogs all in one bed to watch a movie together (we have a huge bed, thankfully). Little notes and thoughtful gifts and adorable personalized giraffe towel blankets from good friends that arrive at my doorstep and make me feel loved.

I’m also grateful for the opportunity to slow down, to be forced to slow down actually, and to streamline the things that are actually important and the things that aren’t worth the time. And I hope that even after the newborn fog has lifted and I get back to my usual self, I’ll still hold onto some of the “laziness” and let some of those other things slide, maybe I will just let go of some of it completely and just leave some room, some space in my day or in my week, for something new, or nothing at all.

But for those of you still in the trenches like me, here are my “New Mom Hacks” for all of you out there that are looking for some tips on how to stay sane during the newborn fog. Are you ready for these? Okay here they are…

1. keurig

 

2. Bonus points if you can teach one of your older children how to use it. Good luck! xoxo

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Mamatoga {Local} Pick Your Own Apples Guide 2014

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It’s apple picking season, not to mention CIDER DONUT season! Yippee! Here are some of the best local spots with some info on picking your own, for more info on great fall family activities, click here for the Mamatoga Calendar.

Saratoga Apple 1174 Route 29, Schuylerville (518) 695-3131
Pick Your Own will start Friday, Sept. 5th, and continue thru about Nov. 10th , every day between 9am and 6pm.  Live music: the Country Fiddlers on Saturdays and Robanic Carribean music on Sundays, starting September 20th.

Fo Castle Orchard: 227 Blue Barn Rd., Burnt Hills (518) 399-4144

Knight Orchard of Saratoga 325 Goode St. Burnt Hills (518) 399-5174
Now open for Pick your own apples 8:30-5:30, Monday – Saturday. Closed Sunday. Cash, checks, and major credit cards welcome. Get updates on their facebook page here.

Bowman Orchards: 157 Sugar Hill Road Rexford (518) 371-2042
Daily 9am-5pm for pick your own apples. Get regular updates on what you can pick on their facebook page here.

Lakeside Cider Mill Farms 336 Schauber Rd Ballston Lake (518) 399-8359
Instead of Pick Your Own, Lakeside Cider Mill Farms has their Apple Barn where apples arrive daily. You can find all of your favorites: Macintosh, Macoun, Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Honey Crisp, Cortlands, Red Delicious and many, many more! Click here to find them on facebook.

Lindsey’s Country Store: 1537 Route 9 Clifton Park (518) 371-3100
Pick your own is open Daily 9am – 6pm, click here to see what varieties can be picked and find them on facebook here.

Altamont Orchards: 6654 Dunnsville Road Altamont (518) 861-6515
Pick Your Own is Located on RT 146 , 1 mile East of the Altamont Fair Grounds. Picking is on weekends and holidays only. Find them on facebook here.

Indian Ladder Farms: 342 Altamont-Voorheesville Rd Altamont (518) 765-2956
Pick your own is available from 9am – 5pm, call their Pick-Your-Own Hotline at (866) 640-PICK or click here for a schedule on what varieties will be available. You must start picking at least one hour before closing. They will also have Pick Your Own Pumpkins starting in October. Find them on facebook here.

Riverview Orchards 660 Riverview Rd, Rexford (518) 371-2174

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Autumn Bites: The Magic Quinoa Breakfast Cookie with Healthy Living Market and Café

autumnbitesGetting kids to eat healthy foods like quinoa is easy, right? Yeah, not so much. But don’t give up just yet, especially since quinoa is packed with nutrition. A complete protein and fantastic wheat-free alternative, quinoa has twice the protein content of rice or barley, and is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fiber. Now let’s get back to just HOW to get kids to eat it…make it a cookie! Shannon from Healthy Living Market is back on Mamatoga with the Magic Quinoa Breakfast Cookie, here to rescue your mornings and help kids enjoy healthy foods that make them feel good!

Cookies for breakfast are hard to turn down, and breakfast is such a crucial meal for kids. Studies show that kids who don’t eat a good breakfast become tired in school and have shorter attention spans, especially late in the morning. In one study, test scores of children who did not eat breakfast were generally lower than those who had eaten a well-balanced morning meal. Studies also show that breakfast eaters perform much better in their school work and show extra energy in sports and other physical activities. Whip up a batch of these cookies for a great grab and go healthy alternative for those busy mornings where you’re scrambling to find sneakers and library books before the bus arrives.

The Magic Quinoa Breakfast Cookie

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup ( 1 stick ) unsalted butter; room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup cooked quinoa (be sure to follow the instructions on rinsing the quinoa before cooking to avoid any bitterness, click here for some easy quinoa cooking tips)
1 cup oats
1 cup dried cherries; or other dried fruit
1/2 cup nuts; chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. Separately, cream butter with sugars and honey until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extracts, beating well after each addition. Mix flour mixture into wet mixture about 1/2 cup at a time until barely incorporated. Stir in cooked quinoa, oats, cherries, and nuts until JUST combined. Spoon cookie dough in about 2 Tbsp. portions onto sheet trays, spaced about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown, about 12- 15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before eating!

Recipe Adapted From Bon Appetit Magazine; January 2012

For more delicious recipes from Shannon, click right here, and to check out the schedule at Healthy Living Market and Cafe’s Learning Center, click right here.

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Baby Talley

Yesterday I shared the absolutely beautiful professional photos from Alice Corey Photography, and today here are our snapshots from the hospital and the first few days at home. I would also like to thank the amazing staff on the maternity ward at Saratoga Hospital once again, I had such excellent care and felt so comfortable, it was such a pleasant experience. I even had some of the same nurses I had when I had Jack, (Elayne is THE BEST!) which was really special. I’d also like to especially thank Dr. Knoeller from Myrtle Street OBGYN, I just love her and although I was nervous I felt safe and sound in her extremely capable hands. Dr. Birnbaum also assisted in the delivery, and the entire team there were just perfect, especially dealing with my hormonal tears and nervousness, it was beyond appreciated.  I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things with this new baby, this new school year, and being a family of 6 now (OMG!), but we are just so head over heels in love with this little girl. Thanks to all of you for your well wishes, sitting there in my hospital bed I read each and every comment and I cried little happy tears over how sweet it was and how special it made me feel, I love you guys…xoxo

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Newborn In-Hospital Photo Shoot with Alice Corey Photography

D38A4018_announcementAs my due date with baby Tallis approached I knew I wanted to do some newborn photos, but I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to do them. I love those first precious photos of mom and baby in the hospital and feel like that is such a special time for the whole family, but I didn’t even realize that newborn in-hospital photo shoots were a thing until I luckily was sat next to Alice Corey at a fundraiser this summer and she and I chatted about what kind of photos she could do in the hospital. I fell in love with the idea of capturing some of those first moments, and Alice was super accommodating at setting up a perfect time that was comfortable for both me and the baby.

The shoot itself was so nice and easy, armed with a box full of THE cutest accessories I have ever seen (including my new favorite baby bows from this etsy shop) Alice was a pro at finding the perfect lighting and I felt totally comfortable with her. The whole thing felt more like a friend visiting and taking a few snaps rather than a formal photo shoot type deal, which is really how you need it to feel when you’re wearing a hospital gown after just giving birth.

While I was still in the hospital she sent me a few of the shots just to get a sneak peek, and I was actually in tears at how amazing they were. The shots felt so beautiful and natural and they were exactly what I had hoped they would be like. The newborn in hospital shoot is such a special idea because not only do you get those great first mom and dad with new baby moments, but you can also capture the first sibling and grandparent moments, those adorable shots of them wrapped in the hospital blanket, all of those little moments that can seem like a blur in the new baby haze.

I love capturing all the tiny details that time tends to dissolve and make fuzzy. A newborn’s teeny fingers and toes. The way a 1 year old attacks his or her cake during a cake smash session. A bride’s bouquet and shoes. The curve of a woman’s hip in her prime. The love and relationship between siblings during a family session. All of these tiny details make you, your children, or your event uniquely yours. My greatest joy is capturing them in a keepsake photo that preserves them in perfect clarity forever. I love working with babies, children, individuals, couples & families. This is my life’s passion and I am grateful for all of my clients that make it all possible. ~Alice Corey

To find out more about Alice, visit her site here, and go like her on facebook right here. Many thanks to Alice for giving our family these amazing images, they will truly be cherished. xoxo

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