I use my spare time for homemade treats, like jams, breads and new recipes, as well as engaging my son with new adventures! My son will be two in October this year. My husband and I are raising our son in lovely central Texas.
My best tool for getting my son to eat healthier is simply, giving him healthier options, although he sometimes has "junk food" too. I try very hard to make the most of healthy foods he WILL eat, and I still introduce, and re-introduce healthy foods that he's less inclined to try. And casseroles, no other food will get my son to eat carrot, onion, chicken, mushroom, and broccoli quite like a casserole. I do tend to make lunches easier on myself and focus most of my feeding energy into breakfast and dinner. His "lunch box" commonly includes peanut-butter or tahini and jelly on whole wheat (homemade tomatillo lime jam is his favorite), unsweetened apple sauce, and either oyster crackers, or Steamed broccoli for texture. And water. He loves his water.
Kid gear I couldn't live without would have to be his stroller(s). What other tool could help me "lock him down" in waiting rooms, take him on a six mile hike in Palo Duro Canyon, keep him safe in airports (or carry our luggage), and doubles as a "high chair" wherever it's needed.
Now, one thing I'd rather not live without now, is his ipod touch (an old iphone that was upgraded). It has become a valuable teaching tool in areas of patience as well as dexterity, and he's even learned several sight words and gained a larger vocabulary with various applications. Not to mention, it keeps him calm when he starts to get restless on outings or when I need to cook dinner and he needs to be engaged.
My mantra for staying calm and patient is usually, "He's the child. He needs to see 'adult' behavior." and occasionally, it's also, "Bed time isn't far away."
Tricks for staying in shape include spontaneous family dance parties in the livingroom, Tickle chase, airplane (which admittedly is getting tougher as he gets heavier), and most importantly in my fitness routine, I have a close mommy friend (and neighbor) who works out with me 2-3 times a week after our boys go to sleep. Nothing beats having that accountability to live better.
My best "busy mom" beauty trick is tidy hair (as simple as a straightened ponytail) and a touch of mascara and lipbalm. I'm a mom, and simplicity is my way of expressing confidence in all that I am.
oh, dear, my -one- green guilt? I'm an imperfect being doing my best, most of the time. I'm guilty of using papertowels where I can use cup-towels and cleaning rags. It's a conscious decision when I use a paper towel instead of a better option for the sake of convenience. Each time.