Eat Well: Apples to Apples

The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, Mom!
I totally get why kids balk at cut-up apples that have turned brown in their lunches because when I was little, I turned my nose up at the sight. When my kids were little, someone told me to sprinkle the apple slices with cinnamon so that they couldn’t tell that they went brown, which is kind of an ingenious idea and works if your kids like cinnamon. But they kind of look gross and the juice comes out of them a bit so it might be unappealing to most kids.

The other day, one of my friends shared this video on Facebook and I wanted to share it with you all because it is awesome and I wish I had known about it when my kids were young. All you need is a knife to cut up the apple and a rubber band after its cut…no plastic bag needed.

I tried it the other day when I brought an apple with me to work for a snack, and I thought, “Wow… this is totally a fun way to have an apple! I would have LOVED this when I was a kid!”

So…here it is. A totally awesome and easy way to cut up an apple and keep it so that it won’t turn brown.


ED: Rebecca, here. I tried it, too and IT TOTALLY WORKS GO, TEAM!
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IMG_1839 just after opening (six hours later)


"...Before the World was Big."

1. "I just miss how it felt standing next to you wearing matching dresses before the world was big." - Girlpool, Before the World Was Big (via Rookie)

Sunday Video: Girlpool – "Before the World Was Big" from Rookie on Vimeo.

2. "You know I never loved you more than when we were hiding from those sirens. sirens. Oh, we laughed so hard. Threw up in your mother's azaleas... That was before. We. Had made. Any terrible mistakes..."   - St. Vincent, Teenage Talk

3.  "If you've got a spare half-a-million. You could knock it down and start rebuilding..." - Courtney Barnett, Depreston

4. I'm looking for back-issues of SASSY magazine circa 1991-1994 for a project I'm working on about being a teenager in the 90s. (I've been working tediously on said project and will write something about it as soon as I can. In the meantime, please bear with me and the sporadic 90s/teenage references.) SO! If anyone has a stack of Sassys in their garage and is looking to sell them at a reasonable price... I will be eternally yours. Signed, Girl's Gone Vagueblogging.
via Sassy Scans

...In the meantime, I did stumble upon this gem (see above) which boasts some pretty sweet scans from the 90s. I actually had this silver angel spread on my wall/one of the images on my school binder... and actually taught myself how to emulate the silver eye-makeup thanks in part to an obsession with MAC's iridescent eye shadows:
(I later went on to perfect the look thanks to holy bible, Kevyn Aucoin's Making Faces.)

Anyway... Sassy Mag back issues, anyone? I literally saved EVERY SINGLE thing from yesteryear EXCEPT my old magazines (which I cut up and used as wrapping paper/book covers when I wasn't wallpapering my bedroom walls with the pages) and I'm kicking myself that I didn't save SOME of them, at the very least. This one, especially. Classic.
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Favorite Family Films (For now, anyway)

IMG_8973_2 Cozy o'clock

This week on, I wrote about playing favorites.... in the movie department. As many of you know, trying to decide on a film FOR THE WHOLE family can be difficult, and while we usually take a vote (democracy 4 prez) we have established a few must-have movies that appeal to ALL four children's tastes and textures. These movies are currently on rotation in our house.

1. Hotel Transylvania -

This is the current favorite. TRULY. All four of my kids love this movie most. Which is a first. I mean, how often do four kids love the same movie? It's rated PG but you will find nothing scary, here. Or inappropriate. I don't think. I mean, my three year olds love it as much as my ten year old. (And yes, as of tomorrow, I have a ten year old. Which is insane. Moving on...) This movie is fantastic. It's hysterical. I actually cry-laughed in two different parts so PLEASE join your kids when you sit down to watch this one. Because LOLs are good. LOLs are necessary. LOLs are very much needed these days.

2. The Book of Life

This movie is a masterpiece and several weeks back I went on a twitter rant about how messed up it was that The Book of Life didn't win all the things. Because it is a WONDERFUL movie. The music is incredible. The animation is incomparable. The story is beautiful. The characters are nuanced and insightful. And it deals with death (a la Dia De Los Muertos) in a way that isn't scary, but beautiful and comforting. It's really good, you guys. We dig.

3. The Gnome Mobile -

This was one of my favorites when I was little and it was one of my mom's favorite when she was little so it was very exciting to show my kids this wonderful gem and to find that they adored it as well. Even if it is a little outdated. And sexist. And outdated and sexist. (Fable stood up several times to lecture dudes something fierce which was pretty amazing. When I was a kid I didn't even think twice that ladies weren't being treated fairly... Kind of exciting how in-the-know today's young ladies are. I was DENSE, man.)

Beyond that, what I love most about The Gnome Mobile (which stars the Mary Poppins kids) is that the grandpa believes in the same magic they do. Usually it's kids vs adults, but in the Gnome Mobile, grandfather is just another one of the kids and I love that. I love that he believes his grandchildren and helps them protect the gnomes! GO, GRAMPS! Go, gnomes! Go lady gnomes! Go, ending musical sequence! (THE BEST PART BY FAR OMG SO GOOD.)


You can read the rest of our recommendations over on, here. (I also wrote a post last summer that includes some of our other favorite family films. The Tinker bell movies are also a huge it in our house. I kind love them all. Especially the recent Neverbeast one. That made me cry, man. I love a good movie about GOING WITH GUT and TRUSTING goodness in others. Even when society tells us otherwise. Question everything, kids. And, yes, I know it's Disney but WHOA. Very E.T... but, like... a LITTLE less upsetting. 

P.S. I would love to hear what's on current rotation at your house. I am especially curious to hear from those with kids of all different ages because when tastes range from Star Wars to Secret of the Wings it can get a little tricky...

Thanks in advance and have a great weekend, all.


For Brooke, Micah & Baby Piper

I have had this song in my head for the last week so I'm posting it today, along with the fundraising page for my dear friends, Brooke, Micah, and baby Piper, who came into this world with severe complications last week and will be leaving her life here, soon. Please take a moment and direct all prayers and strength to my incredible friends who have shown these last few days what true love looks like. I am in awe of their light, love and unfathomable strength. I also ask, for those willing and able to donate to their hospital fund, to do so here. 

Brooke and Micah, I have never been more in awe of two parents than I have been of you these last few days. Piper, you were born an angel and your being here has made the world a more beautiful place. Mattson/Marshall families, you are in our thoughts and prayers now and always. We love you so much. 

"Sepia" by Khamal Iwuanyanwu + Classic Slam Recap

Khamal Iwuanyanwu is a Junior in high school and was one of the stars of The Classic Slam here in Los Angeles. You're about to see why in 5, 4, 3...

And this, from a mama in the audience:

The more I listened, the more I heard a melody of teen voices teaching us about the society we’ve created. It’s not a pretty picture, and their uncensored words don’t go down easy. As a parent in the audience, you just take it on the chin and make a mental note to bring Kleenex. At each performance, however, there are moments… moments of salvation… moments when these kids see past the constant news cycles of gore to remind you: MOST OF THIS WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL, AND PEOPLE LOVE EACH OTHER. Just when you thought humanity had utterly and entirely failed our children, you hear a voice of hope… a voice of forgiveness… a voice of love. For these children still love us despite how we’ve failed them. They are telling us to stop, look, and hear what they have to say. Much of it is beautiful, and all of it is empowering. The Get Lit program empowers the youth of our asphalt jungles to reach past the gutter and find the stars....
For those of you who have teenagers and access to local teen poetry slams, I highly recommend you take a night and witness the fitness. Archer was too young to bring this year but in a couple years, this is going to be an annual pilgrimage for us (girls, too, when they're older) and I can't wait. These kids are my heroes. More video to come... 
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Go in, Poets and thanks again to Get Lit, for including me in this year's event.