I never thought I’d own a cellphone. Now that I’ve had one for over two years, I actually can’t imagine not having one. I don’t have a data plan and just “make do” with wireless, which admittedly scares me, but is useful. The iPhone 4, which I still have, replaced the oldest, pinkest Samsung flip-phone my friend Megan gave me. Coincidentally, as I write this, I just saw on Facebook this morning that the same Megan has already had 3 cellphone screens smash this year. She has a 4-year-old and a newborn. Either she needs to stop letting her kids touch her phone, wipe the butter off her fingers before handling it, or she needs to get herself a better phone case! (Remember to enter in the Rafflecopter, Meg!!)
I generally don’t like for my kids to hold my phone, but let’s be honest, it’s inevitable. At one point or another, someone’s going to run away with their mom’s phone, so why not make it as safe as can be? In the time I’ve had this phone, I’ve gone through two Otter Boxes. They are supposedly the “best,” but I’m not convinced. After all, neither lasted a year. Instead of going for the same old this time, I decided to try something new, The Case Studio’s Tough Case.
Just as I thought I’d never own a Smart Phone, I never thought I’d have a phone case that I actually loved. Since using this case, I have dropped my phone more times than I care to divulge. Maybe I’m going to jinx myself here, but this case has totally protected my phone every single time. It is most definitely shock absorbing! Another awesome feature is that there is no little silicone flappy thing on the bottom that you have to move in order to charge the phone. That flappy thing frustrated me daily, as I use my phone to play music every time I teach a yoga class. Most of the time I had to take the phone out of the case which is dangerous and also meant there was more opportunity for dirt to get inside. Wear and tear in this little flappy area of my Otter Boxes meant that flappy bit eventually ripped off and looked ratty. The case protects the volume button but still allows you to very easily turn the sound up and down. Same goes for the on/off button at the top. I found I was always struggling to push the button down on the other cases I had.
I didn’t even get to the best part. Obviously, The Tough Case gets 5/5 for function, even when put head to head with one of the most popular phone case companies. But you know what else my Otter Box didn’t have? A photo of my family! This was the big reason I decided that reviewing this item would be fun. The process of uploading my photo and checking out took a total of about 5 minutes. Granted, I rushed, and regretted the photo I chose. By the time I contacted them, my case had already been shipped, but when I explained how embarrassed I was that I chose a giant photo of myself, they took pity. I decided to gift the case to Papa and they sent me a new one, this time with a photo of my family’s hands. Which do you prefer, mine or Papa’s?
So, to recap: The product costs $49.95 (you can get an Otter Box for less than that). But there is no annoying silicone flappy thing on the Tough Case, and it’s generally way easier and more comfortable to use. Being able to add your own photo, text, design, or choose from myriad of designs they have is simply awesome (could this be a good Mother’s Day Gift for Grandma?). Lastly, the customer service was above and beyond (a shout out to Adrian!)
The Case Studio is giving away a tough case to one lucky reader (iPhone or Android, see options here) as well as $25 off for the rest of you! Just use this code: 25TOSPEND
I’m going to be honest. I don’t really know what tajine is. I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like. When my Moroccan friend posted on Facebook that she’d made a chicken and pear tajine and wrote a loose recipe on her page, I couldn’t help but use it as motivation to cook that night’s dinner.
So, if you’ve had a proper tajine and this is botched, I apologize. Whatever you want to call this, it’s amazing. I made a lot of it and the whole family ate it for days without complaining once. You can cook everything ahead of time, use leftovers, and mix it all together and reheat.
2 pears, peeled, sliced
2 tbs maple syrup
1/2 c water
One of the first things I remarked about OOPS! the Parenting Handbook: I Wish I Had Known This Before, was its size. It’s thin–100 pages long. A parenting book that a parent can actually find time to read. The second thing, the author who is clearly well educated, doesn’t overwhelm us with big words. A parenting book that a tired mama can actually understand at the end of a long day.
He says, “At the end of my time with every couple I have worked with, thy always ask me one question, ‘why didn’t I know this before?’ Well now everyone can.” Hence the title of the book.
Throughout the pages, Robertson keeps coming back to an important point: We are our children’s’ role models. We need to practice what we preach, whether that’s stress management it’s self-love.
– J Krishnamurti
One night, a few weeks ago, I really realized how common it is to do this to our children, too. (See the example about shyness or pickiness.) We’re not even giving them the chance when we say these things.
As part of my requirements for becoming a yoga therapist, a have a number of case studies to complete on my topic of choice. I chose Diastasis Recti, or Ab Seperation, something that affects many moms.
Babe had a cough at daycare and it stopped almost instantly when her teacher gave her some chickpea, ginger, carrot soup. I have no idea what the recipe was, but Babe’s enthusiasm prompted me to make this recipe for dinner that same night.
I added no dried spices, though allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg etc. would probably make a nice addition. Please use this recipe as inspiration to create your own version.
1 onion, chopped
3-4 carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic
2″ piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 sweet potato, chopped
Half a butternut squash, chopped
1 small turnip, chopped
Stalks of chard (if you happen to have some) chopped
2 cups cooked chickpeas (from can, rinsed, or soaked and cooked ahead of time–ideal)
4 cups homemade chicken broth (or water or veggie broth)
Start by frying onions in the coconut oil, adding ingredients as you chop them.
Once everything is in the pot, add broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer until veggies are cooked. Blend using a Blendtec or immersion blender.
Papa and I topped ours with dried chili flakes. Crispy bacon also makes a nice topper.
I am so grateful for the amount of work I have these days. The month of February was a little too intense– I was teaching one or two, sometimes three yoga classes every day. I am moving more and more towards teaching adults– pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive. Still, however, mom and baby yoga and children’s yoga make up a large part of my work. And I love it.
The snow is melting in Montreal.