This week's discoveries
In an effort to share all the random things I stumble upon during the week I thought I would start a new weekly post entitled This Week's Discoveries. My goal is to have three to five noteworthy things to share with my readers each week and I hope many of you will chime in with some of yours.
Several weeks ago, we were out at a nice restaurant and my son thought it would be a good idea to swat his plate off the table and onto the floor. After the plate shattered into several small pieces all over the concrete floor I asked the waiter if they could bring my son a plastic plate. Sadly, the answer was "no". Living in Seattle, I am always surprised by just how many restaurants do not offer basic items like non breakable plates and cups with kids. Maybe it is their subtle way to state they are not a child friendly place to eat. Once I got home, I was reminded of something I had seen on Shark Tank and immediately went online and ordered an EZPZ mini mat. I am happy to report Jasper has successfully eaten off it several times without his usual tossing of his plate on the floor once he is done. I only wished I would have ordered one of these a year ago.
For Valentine's Day I came across Tony's Chocolonely. Since I am married to a man with a serious sweet tooth I typically purchase fun and unique chocolate for him when the holidays roll around. In reading more about the story behind Tony's Chocolonely I was surprised to read how prevalent child labor and slavery is in the cocoa industry. I am embarrassed to admit, but I had no idea. "More than 90% of all West African children who work on cocoa plantations work under illegal and dangerous conditions. We’re talking about more than 2 million children. For our chocolate!" Tony Chocolonely is on a mission to eradicate 100% of slavery in the cocoa industry. Now that is something worth getting behind.
This week has been a whirlwind of getting stuff down and trying to say healthy. Having a toddler has proven to wreak havoc on my immune system. These past few months I am either constantly battling something or living in fear I am going to be sick again at any moment. It does not matter what time my son goes to bed he will inevitably wake up around the same time each morning. In an effort to get more sleep this week I have been heading to bed an hour earlier and happily falling asleep each night. I recently read an article which suggested if you want to loose weight go to bed earlier in the evening to avoid late night snacking. Since I am toting around a few extra pounds since having children maybe I can not only feel more rested, but lose a little weight in the process. I call that a win, win.