This recipe of dairy-free mac & cheese is one of my children’s favorite meals. I’ve tried other recipes that require a number of spices, crackers or other additives and they don’t come close to this version. With only four ingredients, you’ll be able to make fast, delicious and creamy mac and cheese you and your family will love!
What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously.
If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever:
- left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away?
- worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car?
- had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are alerted immediately if they have a reaction?
- tried to remember when the medication expires, but it’s at another location and you can’t check it?
I’ve never been one to lie to my children. Okay, okay, Santa Claus still comes to our house and there’s the Elf on the Shelf and the Tooth Fairy… okay this isn’t starting out so well. Other than a host of traditional holiday icons, I don’t lie to my kids.
Of course I keep it age-appropriate, but I always do my best to answer their questions in a straightforward manner. We’ve had some tough conversations around death and divorce and other scary slash intimidating topics parents navigate. And when it comes to medical procedures, I try to be honest about if it will hurt, and I share how long it will hurt for (1 second? 1 minute?) and give a comparison to another type of hurt for context. It seems to help.
Note: This post is about my experiences going through the process to get LASIK eye surgery as a brand ambassador of Joffe MediCenter.
It’s my first day of vacation for the holidays and I’m reflecting on all of the things I need to do in the next couple of days (like most of us), plus feeling all the feelings of general merriment and peace from sleeping in and hanging out with my kids for a few hours this morning.
I’ve been working on focusing on one moment at a time and trying not to be overwhelmed, as we all seem to be during the holidays. So far it’s working, even though I had some urgent things pop up for work this morning and needed to put my work hat back on for awhile.
It’s been two and a half weeks since I had LASIK at Joffe MediCenter in Minneapolis and I’m feeling really great about it. The first week was a bit of a daze, as I was constantly adding drops to my eyes and I couldn’t wear make up (even to work, gasp) and I had some trouble focusing on things up close (like my smart phone) and night driving was a bit daunting. But this last week things have really stabalized and I have noticed everything getting better overall. I’ve been able to stop using the prescription drops and now only use the regular over the counter kind — I’ve found it really helps to use the gel version at night to keep my eyes moisturized through the night.
We went to see Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Musical at the Stages Theatre in Hopkins last weekend and had a wonderful time. You can see Avery was grinning ear to ear sitting next to Rudolph and Hermie after the show. It runs through January 3rd, and if you or your kiddos love the annual TV movie classic of Rudolph, the musical is nearly identical to it. Definitely go see it!
The play was super special for my family, as a certain almost-7 year old has been practically obsessed with Rudolph for about 5 or so years. Here are a few of the fun pictures of her with Rudolph over the years.
She brought Rudolph with her to go see Santa!
She drew this picture for Rudolph and left it with carrots and granola for him to eat when Santa brought presents. You can just barely see her little handwriting that said Rudolph across the top.
And here she fell asleep one night holding Rudolph and wearing antlers on her head. I just can’t… my heart… and then here’s her little voice just 3 years ago… talking about Rudolph being a love story.
There are also Rudolph books and ornaments and multiple pairs of Rudolph pajamas she has already outgrown. Maybe the fact that her birthday is on Christmas Day has influenced her to embrace the season.
And I may have picked up a couple extra secret things at the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Musical last weekend…
Hope you are all finding joy and moments of peace this holiday season.
Note: We are regular patrons (and donors) of the Stages Theatre in Hopkins. These opinions and photos are my own, this was not a blogger review as we paid full price for our tickets!