Friday, September 30, 2011

"10 Day Challenge; Day 3: 8 fears"

1 - No being good enough.

2- Spiders.

Thats all I've got b/c I am currently living my biggest fear. 


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xo-Kandid Kelli

"Friday Phone Dump"

*Keep in mind that I have over 1,000 pics on my phone and I just quickly picked some of my favorites.

This weeks featured pictures are more recent... July 2010- Feb 2011
-I still can not believe how long her hair was...
-Shes gunna be an architect. The End.
-She loves the camera and it LOVES her.

-Next week we will be moving right along... ahh the memories!
See ya then!

**Whats on YOUR phone?


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xo-Kandid Kelli

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"10 Day Challenge; Day 2: 9 Loves"

1 - My daughter/ Family

2 - Friends

3 - Watching my daughter play/ imagine

4 - Digital Scrapbooking

5 - Fall 

6 - Nail Polish

7 - Diet Soda from a fountain

8 - Men who love children (ie: T)

9- Music/ iTunes


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xo-Kandid Kelli

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Wordless Wednesday"

E's First Soccer game!

"10 Day Challenge; Day 1: 10 Secrets"

1 - I am obsessed with my weight, I care more about the number than how my clothes fit.

2 - I am afraid that Im not good enough.

3 - I am a TV lover... lots of shows on my DVR. 

4 - I am a homebody. I would rather spend time at home than out somewhere.

5 -  I am a huge procrastinator.

6 - I have a huge sweet tooth

7 - I love football, but I honestly don't know some of the rules. 

8 - I am obsessed with hair care products.

9- When I was about 11/12 weeks preg w.E I thought I would never fit back into my clothes & tossed over half of my pre-pregnancy clothes & I still regret it now.

10- I am addicted to online shopping. Theres needs to be a support group.


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xo-Kandid Kelli

Friday, September 23, 2011

"Friday Phone Dump"

*Keep in mind that I have over 1,000 pics on my phone and I just quickly picked some of my favorites.

This weeks featured pictures are from November 2009- June 2010
-I love that every shot is an action shot... Kiddo does not sit still.
-Yes, thats me on the UNF Photo wall... Thx HK
-I love how E is looking at her cousin Luke
-Theres a pic of E when she was 5 mons old, it was txted to me
-E looks a WHOLE LOT like I did when I was her age.

-Next week we will be moving right along... ahh the memories!
See ya then!

**Whats on YOUR phone?


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xo-Kandid Kelli

Friday, September 16, 2011

"Friday Phone Dump"

This week I am featuring pics from April 2009-October 2009
-E was 12mons-18 mons
-I love how happy she always was (still is)
-Notice her eating cheese... I would kill for her to eat cheese NOW!! Haha

-Next week we will be moving right along... ahh the memories!
See ya then!

**Whats on YOUR phone?


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-Kandid Kelli

Thursday, September 15, 2011

"She Said What?!- Preschool 'Mama' Drama"

Everyday for the last 2 weeks or so, as I am leaving E's school, I see a very scantaily clad young woman dropping 2 kids off. 

I found out yesterday from another mom that she is a nanny, thats all fine & well, I don't have anything against nanny's, they work hard, but seriously, I wear more to the beach than she wears to drop these kids off. 

Well... today, she was there earlier than normal, E saw her & very loudly said "Mama why can I see that lady's bottom? I hurried her into her classroom, as everyone in the lobby is looking at us. 

Her class, the other 3s class and the VPKs were outside; Guess who comes strolling out with one of the kids? Slutty Nanny.

E notices her and says "Mama I can see her bottom", now pointing at her, I told her to go play pushed her along. 

I was so embarrassed, but I mean, kid speaks the truth. Her skirt was unnaturally short & yes you could see some butt, esp. if you're only 3 feet tall.

I signed E in and hurried along my way.

As I was walking to my car, I heard someone swiftly walking in my direction, as I turn around, I am face-to-face with said nanny. Before I could say anything, she said "You know you should proabaly teach your kid some manners." I was Livid, I was already in an "off" mood b/c we have a pretty bad leak at the house and we're pretty sure its in the foundation of our home (more on this later) & that comment was like poking the fire. I said "Well maybe you shouldn't dress like a hooker to drop your nanny kids off."  I shocked myself beyond belief. 

She slightly gasped and flicked me off and turned to walk away, I replied "Classy, like your outfit." I turned and got into my car. 

I sat in my car shocked for a few minutes, I could not believe I said that. That is shit I think in my head, I never have said anything like that aloud before.

On my way back to my leaky abode, I called the director at E's school to let her know that we exchanged words in the parking lot. The last thing I want is E to be kicked out of her wonderful new school b/c I had words with the slutty nanny.

The director, D, told me that they have already contacted the parents of the children and let them know that their nanny needs to dress more conservatively when at the school or they will have to ask them to find a new school.

I was pleased with this answer, E attends a private pre-school and we pay enough that I or my child should not have to see/ deal with class-LESS people like herself. 

Don't get me wrong, she could be the nicest person in the world, but I think if you are going to be around children you need to cover yourself up. That is just inappropriate.

I think we will start getting to school 5 minutes early or 10 minutes late?! Avoidance is now key. Haha.

** Now its YOUR turn... What is the worst thing you have seen dropping your kids/nieces/nephews/Nanny kids off at school?**


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-Kandid Kelli

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"I Did It..."

After a few texts/E-mails from people I respect, urging me to talk to E's teacher about the "Junk" comment, I put my big girl panties on & approached the director at E's school yesterday afternoon.

I did not go directly to her teacher because her teacher leaves at 2, to get her son from school and because a large number of students leave at lunch time (noon) they combine the two 3 year old classes.

E only has one teacher because her class is the smaller of the two (shes in 3A, the other is 3B). The 3B class has 2 teachers and some days 3A&B eat together, some days they don't. So I did not want to accuse anyone, as E did not tell me which teacher made the comment. I love all the teachers at her school so it was very hard for me to do.

I personally struggle with the fact the E barely eats (even food she likes). I almost cried while I was talking to the director, because I do not want to be "that mom", but I also wanted to get to the bottom of the issue.

She told me that during lunch & snack times they discuss nutrition and they will say things like "We don't want junk food in our lunches, lets see who has junk food and who has healthy food"

I let the director know that I pack Es lunches with nutrition in mind and do the best I can do since she is so picky. I am not one to waste food so I am not going to pack something I know she will not eat because it will in fact be wasted. I also told her that not only was that comment hurtful to me but that it also makes it harder to get E to eat in general.

She assured me that she will talk to Es teachers and let them know to use different phrases and the situation with E and her eating habits and how hard I am working to get her to try new things and expand her pallet.

I had really bad anxiety on my way to get E & I was anxious all night following it. I feel much better today and I felt comfortable dropping E off. We will see if E says anything in the coming days/weeks, in regards to anyone saying anything about her lunch.

Thank you for the advice & support yall.

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xo-Kandid Kelli 

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Picky Eater"

So as most of you know I have the pickiest eater. She was such a great eater when she was a baby. She would eat any of the babyfood I gave her. She never turned anything down.

I waited till E was about 11/12 mons old to start her on finger foods and table food. My reasoning was she had NO teeth and she was terrible at "gumming" it. She would gag and sometimes throw-up when I gave her solids, at 9/10 months, so I stopped. Immediately. Where I think I went wrong was, I feed her solids/table food too late.

Foods she will eat:
Chicken nuggets
Fish Sticks
Fruit of any kind
Crackers or pretzels of any kinds
French Fries
Sorbet, popsicles, icecream
Some dry cereals
Special K protein bars (has to be chocolate) or Kids Z bars (has to be chocolate)
yogurt, applesauce, jello
nutrigrain bars

Foods she will NOT eat:
grilled... anything (hotdogs, burgers, chicken, turkey, etc)
Lunch meat
Peanut Butter
Pasta of any kind
any kind of mexican, italian food

It makes dinner time a hassle... food for her... food for us. (yes I tired the "you eat this or you eat nothing" she ate nothing then cried about being hungry- shes not old enough to understand that you eat what I cook or you don't eat)

A typical lunch for her: yogurt, applesauce or jello, a fruit of some kind, milk (she gets juice 1-2 a week), crackers or pretzels and a protein bar or granola bar.  She gets fruit snacks in her lunch on fridays.

I took her to the peds b/c I was worried that she was not getting enough nutrients. She won't even drink pediasure and like drinks. She loves chocolate but NOT chocolate milk. Her ped told me not to worry, she will eat when she is hungry, offer her healthy foods, but if she will eat fruit and not veggies not to stress b/c they see fruits and veggies as the same thing.

He told me to stick with whole milk till she starts to eat better to ensure that she is getting enough nutrients. Girlfriend will drink milk all-day if I let her. Even after her soccer game she was saying no to the juice we gave out for snack and asking for milk (!), yuck! Milk in 100 degree weather. She fussed about it till we got home and she got some milk. Weirdo!

I was worried about her eating habits when she started pre-school back in Feb. I was worried that her teacher would think that I am a bad mom b/c there was no sandwich in her lunch box or it was not the "traditional lunch" but nothing was ever said about it.

When I was on the search for a new school back in Aug I found "the one" and when she was walking me through a normal 3 year olds day she mentioned lunch and how the students are to bring their own lunch. Perfect, now I know she will eat b/c I know what she likes.

That was great for all of 2 seconds because she proceed to tell me how they require a well rounded meal... Protein, Veggie, Fruit & Grains. She gave me a list of foods that children like in those food groups.

I did not have a problem with: protein, fruit and grains but we never hit the veggie category. E will make herself throw-up if she doesn't like something and you make her take a bite.

I was nervous when I sent her to her new school with her lunch but 2 1/2 weeks went by and nothing was said so I stopped being nervous., until this AM.

There was a note in E's lunchbox on Friday:

I cried. I felt like such a bad mom, like I was being judged. 

I already struggle everyday with what I feed my child and if she is healthy enough. I often wonder if I should try food therapy or making her eat what I cook. 

Over the weekend I scoured the interwebz for ways to sneak veggies into a picky child's diet.

I found a ton of recipes but alot of them called for slipping the veggies into meatballs or meatloaf (two things she will not eat) so after quite the search I found 4 that I made work for us:

Granola Bars

before baking

after baking (soo good)

fresh Blueberries, dried Cranberries
chocolate chips
condensed milk and a little butter

The way I added veggies to this? I bough some baby food and I added 2 jars (carrots and squash) to the mix before I baked them and guess what? They are delicious and you can not taste the babyfood. Next time I make them I will puree my own veggies b/c I could have used 4 jars and still been okay. She had a small bar for breakfast and enjoyed it.


apples simmering

after adding the spinach/blueberry puree

4 apples, peeled and cored

The way I added veggies to this? I added pureed spinach (2.5c)+blueberries+lemon juice+water to her apple sauce. It is amazing and you can not taste the spinach. It has a little bit of zip. I love it and its purple so I hope E will love it too. 


mix w.added babyfood 

after baking

Muffin mix

How I added Veggies to this?
I added 2 jars of carrots to the mix and they are great. Very moist, a slight carrot taste. E did not like these but we will try again.

I spoke to E's teacher about what was in her lunch so they know there is in fact veggies in there... they are just disguised. E told me her teacher says I pack "junk" in her lunch box... I don't know if this is true but I am trying my best to be  the best mom I can. I don't know if I should talk to her teacher about the "junk" comment or not. I don't want to be "that mom" but I am so self conscious about my parenting. 

I will continue too look for inventive recipes to add more flavors and nutrients to E's diet. Any suggestions?


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-Kandid Kelli

Friday, September 9, 2011

"Friday Phone Dump"

You can ask anyone who knows me, I have my pnc with me, always. Yet when there is a moment that needs to be captured, I don't reach for my pnc, I reach for my phone. I am not sure why.

I have been an iPhone user since August 2008. In those 3 years I have accumulated 1,019 pictures and 41 videos. I am pretty sure I snap 2-3 pics a DAY!

For this new "feature" I am going to start back in 2008... you will have to keep checking back to see what is stored on my phone.  

These pictures are from Aug 2008- March 2009... 
-E was 4mons-11mons... Yes I had a walker at 10 mons old(!)
-I can't believe how much she has changed/grown... Not to mention ErinB and I.

-Next week we will be moving right along... ahh the memories!
See ya then!

**Whats on YOUR phone?


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-Kandid Kelli

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Wordless Wednesday"

[Taken on Saturday, Sept 3, 2011]
3 1/2 years old


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-Kandid Kelli