Friday, February 26, 2010

March Events

NMDC Mommies has some great events coming up in March. Hopefully we'll see some of you there!

  • Mom's Night Out (MNO) At Guapo's in Gaithersburg
  • Gaithersburg St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • Family Bounce Night in Clarksburg
  • Family Dinner Out at Potomac Pizza in The Kentlands
  • NMDCM's Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Check out details for these events on our calendar!

Leftovers: Use 'Em, Don't Lose 'Em

The skinny chef offers up some sound advice on leftovers over at slashfood. Do you have any interesting tips for spare leftovers?

Cold Coffee
Fill an empty ice tray with leftover cold coffee for smoothies with pick-me-up or homemade iced-coffee drinks. You can even make your own iced mocha by blending low-fat chocolate milk with iced coffee cubes.

Lone Carrot
Carrots are delicious with chocolate. Make your favorite chocolate baked good "grate," by grating a carrot finely and stirring it into your store-bought brownie mix, favorite chocolate cake or muffin recipes.

Scoop of Sour Cream
Use the last bit of low-fat sour cream at the bottom of the container to add creaminess to your favorite salad dressing.

From Leftovers to Lunch
Don't throw out that last cup of cooked pasta dressed with tomato sauce because it's not quite enough to make a meal. Add two cups of wilted baby spinach, or a cup of steamed broccoli (or other veggie) and top with chunky jarred tomato salsa.

Handful of Whole-Grain Cereal
Crush your last handful of whole-grain cereal and use it in place of breadcrumbs in your next batch of meatballs or meatloaf. Don't have ground meat on hand? Freeze the cereal right in the plastic bag that it comes in until you're ready.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The New Mom

I'm 24 and I've already been through most of life's major milestones. Each one seeming more important than the last. My wedding day? A year of planning for a four hour party. Ridiculous right? Especially when you compare it to the nine short months it takes for someone to make a new person that will forever be a part of their life.

In eight weeks life is never going to be the same for me because in eight weeks I'm going to be a mom. As excited as I was for all the other important milestones in my life nothing compares to how excited I am to be this little girls mommy. The trip into motherhood has been a transcendent experience for me, and I know its just beginning.

A lot crosses your mind in the nine months you're creating a life. What kind of mom will I be? Am I destined to turn out like my parents? Will my child be happy? What kind of person will she be? Will she be healthy? What will I do wrong? What will labor be like?

Being able to communicate all these hopes and fears with a group of strong women who have experienced it has been invaluable. Sometimes I feel like us moms have this wonderful secret that no one else could even begin to understand, so we don't even try to explain it. NMDC Mommies has been a great place to help me begin my journey into motherhood. You all inspire me in different ways and I know I have so much to learn from every one of you.

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