I am Healthyish Mama, and I’m happy you are here!
This blog has been a few years in the making. Living in a very small, rural town, making healthy food choices for myself and my family is sometimes difficult. We are miles and miles away from any large, organic “natural” chain stores. I have never even stepped foot into a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or even a Costco! Isolated is an understatement. Therefore, we do the best we can to eat real, organic, whole foods with what we have available. That means I shop at a tiny, locally-owned health food store and usually pay higher prices for organic meats and dairy. I have decided it matters to me to invest in our health. Healthyish Hubby likes to call it an insurance plan. After being here a while, I hope you decide it matters to you, too.
Now that we have all the boring stuff out of the way…
So, why the -ish?
News Flash! I love chocolate. And basically any dessert. I also enjoy going out to eat with my co-workers and family on occasion. That means I don’t always eat *gasp* organic or even real foods. (Because, cheese dip. Duh.) But if I am cooking in my house, in my kitchen, for my family, I strive to use real, organic (when possible) ingredients. I have no training in the kitchen unless you count watching my dad prepare chicken and dumplings, my favorite, using a box of bisquick, or my mom making my brothers and me Malt-O-Meal every morning for breakfast. My kitchen is tiny and out of date and usually a disaster. (Why does everything get so dirty when you cook?!) So my ways are probably a little unconventional and a lot of wrong, but I try. And I want you to try, too!
Meet the ish family:
HH hails from the great country of Canada, or as he likes to call it, America’s hat. He enjoys playing and writing music and owns his own mobile car detailing company. He’s been mine since 2007. He is driven and loving, and we are so lucky to have him. Our first date was walking around Walmart, and I haven’t stopped bugging him (or dragging him to the store with me) since.
HG is our 4 year old, independent, sometimes-bossy, always excited, never tired (she hasn’t napped since she was a year old), girl. Her favorite things are watching Youtube Toy videos (This is totally a thing.) and going anywhere I go. She is definitely my right hand girl. She loves sitting on the stool and helping me bake, especially muffins or waffles. Her favorite foods include anything containing sugar. Seriously, the girl wants all the desserts. She loves fiercely and is a sensitive soul who is passionate about everything. She is our cautious little love who always looks before she leaps. She made me a mama and has my heart.
HB is the newest member of our clan. I had no idea two siblings could be so very different until I met her. This little toot is so brave (crazy) and will do anything her sister does with reckless abandon! She has no fears unless you count bugs and worms and crawling things. Her favorite thing is to eat dirt from the garden while we are trying to weed it. Well, really, she loves eating ANYTHING! Paper.. toilet paper… boxes… She just turned 1, is working on a head full of teeth, has the most precious smile that lights up her eyes, and loves being held. Her big sister makes her laugh more than anyone and being on mama’s hip is her favorite. Her favorite foods are avocados, beans, and baby food pouches. She still nurses like a newborn most days with no end in sight! She isn’t an “easy baby” by any means, but boy, do we love her to pieces.
I am a 6th grade teacher by day and a mama every other hour of the day. I enjoy watching girlie and humorous sitcoms. Parenthood and Friday Night Lights are some of the greatest shows EVER. I love making lists, grocery shopping by myself, and reading adolescent literature. My favorite foods vary depending on my mood but usually consist of Mexican of all kinds, roasted veggies of any variety, PIZZA, and I love a good old cheeseburger! I can be found dabbling on my phone way too much, carrying healthyish babe around in the Ergo (best invention ever!), or in the kitchen planning our next meal.