Summer Faves

Here are three (admittedly random) things that I’ve come to love this summer.

1. Quinoa. I’d been hearing about this high-protein grain-like seed for a while, but I first made it  when I was trying to recreate a delicious salad I’d had at a restaurant (quinoa, chicken, edamame, toasted almonds, and diced dried apricots in Caesar dressing over baby spinach). This kid-friendly food (that’s a picture of it growing) is a healthy alternative to pasta, rice, or couscous and it’s so versatile (hot or cold). I’ve started cooking a batch in the morning, sticking it in the fridge, and then figuring out what to do with it when I get home from work. Here are some recipe ideas.

2. Kindle app for my iPhone. I downloaded the Kindle for iPhone after I tragically left my Kindle on a plane, but now I barely miss my larger e-reader. It can be such a challenge for moms to find time to read books, but now that I have books on my phone, I just pop it out of my purse to sneak in a few pages whenever I get a chance. Even though the screen is small, you can enlarge the font size so that it’s easy to read. You turn pages with the flick of a finger. You don’t need to own a Kindle to use the app—and if you happen to have a Kindle, your iPhone will automatically synchronize the last page you read on either device. Brilliant.

3. Slub shirts. This fabric (the dictionary defines “slub” as “a roll of fiber, as of wool or cotton, twisted slightly for use in spinning”) is so cool and comfortable, but I know I’ll be wearing mine all year long. It’s the first shirt I pull out of the pile of cleanly-washed laundry every week. I have a short-sleeved and long-sleeved one from JJill, but am keeping my eye out for others.

What are your favorite mom/kid finds of the summer?

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