Tuesday, August 12, 2014

When should girls start shaving their legs?

The quick answer is never.

Why in the world do we burden ourselves with this chore? Who was the woman-hater that came up with this? And why did we all buy into it?

One of my very first posts on my former, beloved, and now defuncted blog, Hot Fruita Moms, was about shaving my legs or the lack there of. I did a little experiment on my husband to see just show long I could go without shaving my legs before he balked. If memory serves, it was a really long time. I had about a week and a half worth of growth and let me add, I am a hairy woman of fine, strong, German stock! I waited and waited for him to notice and finally I propped my leg up on the dashboard on the way home from a soccer game and he was like, "Hey! Whoa! Look at that!"

He didn't love me any less, he didn't gross out, he didn't asked me to shave, he just made note that my legs once soft and smooth were now proudly showing their German heritage!

Fast forward a few years, I now how have 13-year-old daughter who has yet to shave her legs and it doesn't seem to show any interesting in starting. I'll say it, she is my daughter, a regular Mini Me, a chip off the old German block. Part of me, the culturally indoctrinated part, thinks she should shave. The more enlightened side, couldn't be more proud that she is going au-naturel. More girl power to ya, my darling hairy daughter! Stay strong, meine tochter!

When should girls start shaving their legs? Whenever they feel like it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dressing Your Truth

This is what I have been thinking a lot about lately. My sister, Carrie, introduced me to this book and program, Dressing Your Truth. I think Carol Tuttle is smart, inspirational, and really cares about women, their happiness, and overcoming obstacles to become their most authentic self. This is more than just a wardrobe system. It's about the way you move through life. My sister and I have had some wonderful conversations about Dressing Your Truth and not so much about clothes, but about how we feel about ourselves and how we want to express that to the world. 

I'm not going to write a lot about it because I don't want to influence your opinion. I just think my readers would be interested in the fact that I am interested in this. Sound interesting? 

Here's a link. They don't know me, they don't pay me. I share this information simply because I am enjoying it.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fast easy 4 ingredient hot chocolate mix recipe

I make hot chocolate for my teenagers to drink on their way to school each morning. The other day I woke up and we were out of the little instant envelopes. I thought to myself, "No problem! I have Pinterest!"

When I was a kid, my mom made her own mix and stored it in an ice cream bucket. She even taped the recipe to the top of the lid, but for the life of me, I never read it!! 

I had a hard time finding a recipe that didn't call for chocolate milk mix or coffee creamer which is something most Mormons don't have on-hand. 

Something Mormons do have on-hand though is dry milk from their food storage

So I put this easy, fast, 4 ingredient recipe together which my kids pronounced "pretty good" and that is our goal. 

4 cups dry mix
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1 small box instant pudding, I used sugar-free because that's what I had.

Mix well. Add 1/3 cup mix per mug. Add hot water. Mix thoroughly. Enjoy!