Blogher Book Club Review: Lunch Wars

Posted by: Maggie

When I heard that Amy Kalafa’s Lunch Wars was next up in the BlogHer Book Club*, I was thrilled.  The food we feed our kids is such a big deal for me. Since Eleanor was born, I’ve read a number of books and watched a bunch of documentaries about health, nutrition and the food industry in this country. But, aside from watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution series on ABC,  I haven’t heard much about the state of food in our schools.

Kalafa explores the state of school lunches today and tells her readers exactly what they can do about it.  Lunch Wars give a brief but compelling overview of the harmfulness of the foods available to our children at school and the very real health consequences associated with that food. Kalafa follows by explaining step-by-step what a passionate parent can do to make a change in their community.

Each chapter ends with a list of action steps you can take to make a difference in your children’s school. The book is filled with stories of parents, chefs, nutritionists, writers, and others who have worked to change the school food in their communities. Many of the stories are disheartening. It’s sad to hear about the challenges these individuals have faced when they try to make food healthier for children. But so many of the stories are incredibly inspiring. It’s amazing to hear some of the success stories, where food has not only become healthy, delicious, and sustainable, but many of the programs have become financially profitable for the schools.

The book made me worried for the day when Eleanor starts school, but also prepared and excited to start my own Lunch War when the time comes.

Head over to the Blogher Book Club to join the discussion and read what other bloggers are saying about Amy Kalafa’s Lunch Wars.

*This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

Weekly Pregnancy Update: Week 12 Big News!

Posted by: Maggie

Okay so we didn’t get around to taking a photo this week. We had a busy weekend and this week the baby is the size of a plum, and plums are not in season, and we didn’t have any other food in the house that is plum sized. I know, excuses, excuses. But I do have something even better than photos of me! Photos of the Baby!

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The Week in Pregnant
We had a 12 week ultrasound on Tuesday. The doctor said that everything is looking great. It is a real baby in there, not some sort of alien creature. So that was good news. And we found out that we are having a BOY! Which is just crazy and a little unexpected. Neither of us have any idea what to do with a boy! So that will be all new and exciting and and we’ll have no use for most of Eleanor’s clothes and things that we saved.

Aside from that I’ve been feeling mostly okay. I had a migraine that lasted two days and I was up sick and throwing up all night both of those days, so that was super fun. And then just as that ended I had two bad nights of sciatic pain that kept me from sleeping again. So, I’m exhausted as usual, but feeling better again. Hopefully this week will be better.

Cravings of the Week

None actually, I was feeling so bad that food has just not sounded very appetizing.

Tears of the Week

I was actually having a surprisingly, unemotional week. Maybe I was just feeling too sick to feel weepy too.

Baby Brain Moments of the Week

I sat and stared at the computer for like 5 minutes the other day, trying to remember what I needed to do. Not a good work day.

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Baby Keira at Maggie Keegan Gross Photography

Posted by: Maggie

Don’t worry, my weekly pregnancy update will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can head over to Maggie Keegan Gross Photography to check out this little cutie! Her mom used to work with Josh, and her big sister, Kaitlyn, was born just a few days before Eleanor. It’s been fun watching the girls grow together. We are thrilled that Keira has joined their little family!