One of the perks of being a stay-at-home mom:
Being able to go to the grand opening of your city’s brand new Nordstrom Rack (!!) at 8 AM on a Friday.
They were giving away 30 (30!!) $100 gift cards and one $1,000, so you bet I was going.
I even brought a friend, per the invite, and I’m a little miffed that he didn’t get a raffle ticket.
Hello, Nordstrom’s has baby clothes. And so what if he voluntarily chose to share some of his winnings with his mom??
Anyway, I’m guessing that’s why we didn’t win anything, but the guy right in front of us did. Enjoy my son’s winnings, guy—you just stole from a baby.
(Just kidding…kind of…)
In other news, I’ve discovered two new grabbable food options to help me get through my one-armed life:
—Deli turkey + avocado (protein + fat = satiating)
The idea was to roll the avocado in the turkey, cigar-style, but our deli’s turkey tends to come in “piles” more than slices, so I ended up just eating this with a fork.
—Cottage cheese + diced apple (protein + carbs = energizing)
One word: honeycrisp. So expensive but soooo worth it.
I’d like to up the ante even further by adding some cooked chicken, maybe some celery and lemon juice, but when I’m scrambling to get the toddler’s food ready and jostling the fussy newborn (which is often the exact scenario), that’s all way too complicated.
The test is: can I both prepare and eat the food like this (well, maybe standing)…
…in 2 minutes or less?
The apple and avocado are a little tricky to deal with one-handed, but I’ve gotten pretty skilled at juggling knives and newborns at the same time. (Ok, don’t go visualizing that the wrong way. You know what I mean.)
I’m going to keep brainstorming healthy grabbables (—> new term, spread the word) so I’m not so reliant on hard-boiled eggs and energy bites during the day. And so that this doesn’t happen…
Smoothies/protein shakes are another good option, but I always have to think about either scaring or waking up kids with my maniacal blender. (Think jet taking off…)
I did manage to try my sample of Milkshake Bar protein powder the other day, though.
As I expected, it was really REALLY delicious (I blended it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and ice) and I appreciated the 22 g. of protein and the amino acids, but the ingredients weren’t as clean as I would have liked.
That said, if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to a Wendy’s Frosty, this is the JAM. (And that’s coming from a serious Wendy’s Frosty connoisseur. I mean, I capitalize the F in Frosty.)
P.S. Umm I just learned that I cannot spell the word connoisseur. And, in case you were wondering, that was the inspiration for this tweet:
P.P.S. Are we friends on the Twitter yet? (Yes, I said “the.” Did it make you so uncomfortable?? Me too…)
Do you have a Nordstrom Rack in your area?
I’m sooo excited we finally do!
What’s your favorite place to go for clothes?
Favorite grabbable meal/snack?
Must be one-arm friendly.
What’s better: a Wendy’s Frosty or a Dairy Queen Blizzard?
I’m weird—I prefer the Frosty. My husband thinks I’m insane.
Have a great weekend!