Tag Archives: #Stonyfieldblogger

The First Words He Read

Reading has always been a big deal to me, in part because I love to read and in part because for my entire life my parents bragged endlessly that I started reading at age three.

Whatever. It’s not like I’m some wild success story. It just meant for a few years, I was in the gifted program at school and was reading way above grade level.

Anyway. So of course I was eager for my brilliant little snowflakes to become early readers. Which they did not. But just a few weeks ago Max came home from school with a book and asked for “some quiet time” so he could read, and he’s been reading ever since. Like, small bed light on at night, after lights-out, so he can keep reading. I’m thrilled but kid, you need your sleep!

Young Ben has been increasingly interested in letter sounds and tonight got out of bed to find me in the living room (he’s annoyed that his father went out with a friend to see the Star Wars movie). I ignored him, so he looked at the portable power supply I recently received for my phone.

“Puh,” he said. “What sound does ‘O’ make again?”

“O-W together sound like ‘OW’,” I said.

“Wait, that’s not an ‘O’! It has a line through it, so it must be a ‘G’,” he said. The “O” was made to look like an on/off switch, a circle with a vertical line, and I explained that it really was supposed to be an “O”.

“Puh-ow-er,” he said. “Power.”

“WHAT? Did you just READ!!??? You READ that!!,” I said. He beamed. I mean, he beamed.

“Buh,” he said. “What sound does ‘A’ make? No, wait. Buh-ah-nn-k. Buh-ank. Bank.” He grinned.

Holy sh*t, child, you can read. I had thought we’d start with easy readers, but sure, let’s start with, you know, tech gear. “You can read, Ben!” I said. “Wow! You sounded that right out!”

And then the happy proud boy climbed onto the sofa behind me and fell fast asleep.

*For what it’s worth, Stonyfield sent me the Power Bank kit as a holiday gift. Thanks, Stonyfield!

Start Your Day With a Good Breakfast

I eat a lot. Especially breakfast. And snacks. When I work at home, I snack all day (who am I kidding — when I was working full time on site, I also snacked quite often!). I think of myself as a “frequent fueler.”

Happily, Stonyfield Yogurt and Nature’s Path cereals partnered up and offered me some stuff to try. Nature’s Path sent me their Pumpkin Flax Granola as well as a funky new cereal I hadn’t heard of before, Qi’a (pronounced “key-ah”). It’s a gluten-free blend of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and buckwheat, with some vanilla, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds in it.

People, this Qi’a stuff is not your grandmother’s granola. It’s not even granola. It’s way better, in my opinion. (The Pumpkin Flax Granola is very good, by the way, not too sweet, great flavor, nice and crunchy, with oats, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, and molasses. The Qi’a, though!) I have eaten my fair share of chia seeds (and hemp seeds, and almonds) but this cereal puts it all together for me in a whole new way. It’s great.

You only need two tablespoons of it. You mix that with 1/4 cup of milk (or almond milk, or hemp milk, or whatever — but I think it goes especially well with unsweetened almond milk) and let it sit for 5 minutes so the chia seeds can soften. Then you eat it, and it is delicious. It’s also the perfect amount of calories, Omega-3s, protein, and fiber.

But I like a little more volume at breakfast (come on, I am training for an ultramarathon right now!). So I take this combo and add some yogurt (Greek if I have it, plain whole milk if I don’t). My photos of this weren’t so pretty, but Micaela at Mindful Momma had the same idea and took much better pictures of the combination. Follow the link and go see hers.

This makes an excellent breakfast, snack, or (why not) simple dinner.

As for the granola, I like mine dumped on top of a bowl of yogurt. I don’t make pretty parfaits or eat it with milk, usually. I like to put it on top of yogurt and then mix it in.

Yes, I used the bunny bowl.

Yeah, I am not always super-original with my food, but I like good food. Especially when they’re organic and non-GMO verified, as Stonyfield and Nature’s Path products are.

This will keep me well fueled for the first part of the day! How do you fuel up?

Disclosure: Stonyfield and Nature’s Path provided me with free product to facilitate this review. I am a Stonyfield ambassador. All opinions are my own.