Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring Stitch Market is Next Week!

Now, before you get ahead of yourself, remember that this is not meant to be a secret. There are plenty of goodies for everyone, so when you're done reading this, share the news on Facebook. Heck, print out this flier and post it at work. We need your help spreading the word!

On to the good stuff. Yes, it's here again... The Spring Stitch Market!
Cookie+Curly Necklaces

* 25 local vendors, almost all handmade goodies
* Grace Church, 1350 Osos Street, SLO {across from Mitchell Park}
* May 2nd {Thursday} 4-10p; May 3rd {Friday} 9a-2p

What's Cookie+Curly bringing, you ask?:

I'm so glad you all enjoyed my Flower Necklaces at the last Stitch Market!
This time, I'm coming prepared with a slew of new necklaces and super fun colors.
Cookie+Curly Necklace Teaser

I'll also have my Antiqued Bubble Necklaces, with new colors and
back-up this time {another fav of yours - thank you!}:
Cookie+Curly Antiqued Bubble Necklaces     Cookie+Curly Antiqued Bubble Necklaces

New colors and styles of Adjustable Rings:
Cookie+Curly Adjustable Rings

Including more Rings for the little girls out there {these have made 

GREAT gifts for girls about 4 and up}:
Cookie+Curly Adjustable Girl Rings - Heidi     Little Girl Adjustable Rings

Lots of bright colors and different shapes of Clips. These go quuuuiiick!
Now, upon request, in antiqued brass & coated bobby pins.
Cookie+Curly Clips

A ton of fun Earrings in all sorts of shapes and sizes, for both casual and "dress-up":
Cookie+Curly Little Dahlia Earrings    

Fresh Mobiles and new takes:
Two-Bird Mobile    

And that's just a taste of Cookie+Curly's stuff! There are 24 other vendors that are just amazing... Really, I can guarantee you'll find something you love!

So, come and bring family {kids totally welcome}, friends {Girls' Night!}, neighbors and share some drinks, laughter, and shopping time with us!

$1 at the door. Centralized checkout that accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.

Like The Stitch Market on Facebook, RSVP &/or visit our Blog so you can be down with all the latest and greatest.

I hope to see you!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"It's Okay to Be Hungry!"

My kids are constantly asking for food. Sometimes it's out of boredom. Sometimes it's because they are growing little weeds who actually NEED fuel for their bodies. Lately though, I've adopted a new line to respond to their look of horror when I say it's not time to eat again...

"It's okay to be hungry." 

It was as if a shovel hit them over the head, the first time I said that. They were stunned. Confused. Concerned. But they come to meals and snack-time with true hunger and appreciation for what's in front of them. They are more inclined to eat the veggie snack when it's been 2 to 3 hours since they last ate.

I loved a recent article titled "The Snack Epidemic" posted on from another Registered Dietitian mom that was fed up with the constant bombardment of "treats" on her Kindergartener. Highlights below. Okay, more than "highlights" - You should just read the article, but here's what stuck with me {bold emphasis added by me}...

* Every Saturday, I had watched quietly as a convenience store's worth of junk food was handed out after my son's peewee soccer games: cookies, chips, doughnuts, cheese-filled pretzels, fruity drinks.

* The next season, I asked my son's coach if we could eliminate junk-food snacks in favor of fruit -- and then I held my breath. To my relief, his response was "I couldn't agree more!"

* But not everyone liked my plan... The message: You can bring fruit for your kid, but our kids deserve a treat after games -- and after all, it's just once a week. 

* My kids were being fed junk food everywhere: vanilla wafers at their preschool snacktime, lollipops for class rewards, gummy fruit snacks at after-school clubs. And that was on top of the snacks I was already giving them.

* Of course, snacks have long been billed as a healthy part of a child's diet... Still, even if you're serving relatively benign snacks like string cheese or graham crackers, continually feeding children can have negative consequences. "When kids are allowed to eat all day, it robs them of the chance to ever develop an appetite," says Dr. Rowell {a childhood feeding specialist in St. Paul}. 

* "Our children are being offered food at every turn," says Yoni Freedhoff, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa. And adding just one extra snack each day can make a big impact. In fact, it's possible that childhood obesity is driven by as little as 165 extra calories a day for kids ages 2 to 7, say researchers at both Harvard and Columbia universities. That's roughly the amount in a handful of potato chips.

* "One small sweet treat a day can help teach kids about balance and to not see sweets as forbidden foods that become even more alluring," says Kathy Isoldi, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor of nutrition at LIU Post in New York. The trouble is, there seems to be no balance, with every gathering cause for a special snack. According to Dr. Isoldi's newest research, kindergartners gobble up more than 450 calories -- 35 percent of their daily calorie needs -- during one typical classroom birthday celebration.

* 8-year-old burns about 150 calories in an average soccer game -- yet the typical postgame snack has between 300 and 500 calories. "It's so strange that sports have become associated with sweets," says researcher Toben Nelson, Sc.D. "And parents are practically competing with each other to see who can bring the 'best' snack."

Toddlers and preschoolers can go two to three hours between meals and snacks, older kids three to four. As much as you can, avoid on-the-go snacks -- in the car and the stroller, in the shopping cart, or as you're going out the door. "Grazing this way makes it harder for kids to eat the right amount because they're so distracted," says Dr. Rowell. Mindless eaters don't have the chance to really savor food or pay attention to their body's hunger or fullness signals, so they often end up over- or under eating.  

{My own note here: It takes 20 minutes for your tummy to communicate to your brain that it's full, and yet young kids aren't exactly the most patient eaters.}

* The foods you serve as snacks should be just as nutritious as the ones you serve at meals, says David Katz, M.D., director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center.

* Start by bringing fruits and veggies when it's your turn to be snack mom. If you think a gathering doesn't warrant a snack, suggest to the organizer that you skip it entirely (most parents welcome the chance to downsize their to-do list). 

* All schools that receive government funding for school lunches must have a wellness policy in place. Though preschools don't have the same requirement, many at least have guidelines about nutrition. 

* Experts agree that the only way to create real change is for moms and dads to speak up -- both at school and at home. "It's a lot easier to just give in and let your children eat this junk," acknowledges Dr. Popkin. "But parents need to take on the battle and either create healthy snacks or get angry and not allow their kids to eat so frequently between meals. They need to do something about it." 

It is okay to be hungry. Phew.