The Repercussions of Unanticipated Acts

Sometimes the things that stick with me from a book are the little things -- the throwaway comments and observations that on the surface really don't have a lot to do with the story being told. Yes, I can be a bit random and it's only fitting that one of the things that is sticking with me from Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters really has nothing to do with wedding gowns, marriage or even love. I am talking about unanticipated acts. ...more
Great topic! I often think about this. My husband's father was in a terrible car accident 25 ... more

The Love We Wish For Our Sons

Jeffrey Zaslow wrote The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters because he has three daughters whom he loves very much. He is an involved parent who cares so much that his daughters know this that he wrote this book and dedicated it to them. I have nothing but respect for that, but at the same time I have to wonder -- what about the love we wish for our sons?...more
When reading the book I wasn't expecting at all to get the warm and fuzzies about my son since ... more

Is Marriage Obsolete?

In Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters, he talks about a lot of different aspects of marriage. Why people marry. What people think of marriage. He peppers the book with statistics. One I was surprised he brought up was the idea that some people believe marriage is becoming obsolete. ...more
No, I don't think marriage is obsolete, but yes it has changed. For me personally, I like the ... more

Have You Been to the Magic Room?

The big moments in Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters might remind you a bit of an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. The bride enters a special room with what she hopes is the dress that she will wear at her wedding. When the dress is right, it's a powerful moment. One that I have not experienced. ...more
I have definitely had an experience, not EXactly as described in the Magic Room (how cool of a ... more

What Changes Can You Make To School Lunches?

Amy Kalafa's book, Lunch Wars, isn't just a book about what's wrong with school lunches -- it's about how you can change them. It has checklists and recommendations. It has sample letters and suggestions for how to start a wellness program. It's a guidebook for change. What are you going to do with it? ...more
I plan on starting with the Health and Wellness committee - attending meetings and educating ... more

Do We Need More School Lunch Regulations?

When we look at some of them school lunches being served to kids in Amy Kalafa's Lunch Wars, sometimes it's easy to think that we need more school lunch regulations. Why are kids being served sugary cereals and donuts for breakfast? Why chocolate milk instead of regular milk? But are more regulations really the answer? It is possible that we actually need less? ...more
I say SCRAP IT! It's obviously not working for our children. I would happily pay more for ... more

The $1 School Lunch: Could You Do It?

I am not fond of the word "budget." I've had good ones and bad ones and it always seemed that when I had bad ones the first thing to get cut was the food budget. I thought about food budgeting a lot while reading Amy Kalafa's Lunch Wars. I wondered how much it really cost schools to create a school lunch and if they really could make them healthier without increasing their costs. ...more
Sorry, that was a long post. So, to answer the question, there's no way I could personally put ... more

The $1 School Lunch: Could You Do It?

I am not fond of the word "budget." I've had good ones and bad ones and it always seemed that when I had bad ones the first thing to get cut was the food budget. I thought about food budgeting a lot while reading Amy Kalafa's Lunch Wars. I wondered how much it really cost schools to create a school lunch and if they really could make them healthier without increasing their costs. ...more
This discussion immediately reminded me of the "Famous $1 Lunch" we get at this annual event ... more

Ketchup is a Vegetable & Other School Lunch Oddities

Every now and then I'll happen upon a comment about ketchup being a vegetable. It's usually sarcastic and I've never really known the origins to the phrase. I can thank Amy Kalafa's Lunch Wars for clearing it up for me. It seems that in the 1980s there was a directive put forth by the government that looked at reclassifying ketchup (and relish!) as a vegetable. This would have allowed schools to cut out a serving of actual vegetables from school lunches. Scary, isn't it? ...more
I liked your line about balance above. I'm a big believer in all things in moderation. OK, ... more

Do You Really Know What Your Kids are Eating at School?

While filming Two Angry Moms and writing Lunch Wars Amy Kalafa found many surprising things in school lunches. Some of the caffeinated beverages and fried foods in the school cafeteria were expected, but learning just how much of this junk food was being served at school was surprising. Things like candy being used as a reward in the classroom made her realize that kids were exposed to a lot more junk food than even she thought. ...more
I've been to my daughter's cafeteria twice now, to put money on her account. This was before ... more