Friday, May 29, 2015

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

Let's talk about Jamie Oliver's petition to governments across the world. Altruistic behaviors have to be favored! 

The English chef wants schools to teach every child around the globe how to grow and cook nutritious, healthy foods. This is such a charismatic celebrity we are talking about that I'm sure we will see a few changes in schools pretty soon.

Can you imagine kids coming home willing to eat healthy foods over processed ones because they learned it, hands on, at school? That's half a mother's job done right there! Forcing governments to educate our kids about this, helps us moms in the process! 

What do you think? I already signed.

By the way, have you seen his YouTube channel, Jamie Oliver's Food Tube? It's the funniest cooking show with short videos and easy to make recipes.

P.S. Ricotta Gnocchi and Flan, 5 ingredients 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Happy Mom, Happy Family.

Have you seen the movie About a Boy? In that film, the boy realizes that everyone needs back up in life, meaning an extended family support system. It's a fun movie with a great conclusion.

Based on my own experience of being a mom, I learned this the hard way and came to this exact same realization. We cannot do it on our own if we want to do it as best as we can. 

Everybody knows the dangers of an angry and tired mama! You deserve free time to recharge and reset! In fact, it's a requirement, if you want the others around you to be happy as well. 

I remember having a hard time asking my mom for help whenever she came to visit while my kids were toddlers. I never seemed to have free time for myself. If I ever had free time, everybody would send me to sleep because they figured that since I had to wake up every two hours every night for my very close in age kids I would be in high deficit of sleep. 

I was! but I also needed some pampering and it was always left behind, because it wasn't that vital, that important. Well, I am here to tell you moms, it is as important and as vital as your health, and in consequence your family's health depends on it too. Especially, when you've been working nonstop around the clock feeding, washing, nurturing, bathing, cleaning, and I don't think this list has an end, really. 

What I really wanted was to do my nails, read a book, go window shopping, go for a walk, meet with my best friends for coffee. I don't feel like I had regular moments like this while my kids were toddlers. My husband was having long work days, my mom wasn't available,  so more often than not, I was by my self, taking care of things. 

Let me tell you. This is a recipe for disaster. You need a back up. You need someone: a friend, mother, sister, in law, family member, ideally a good nanny, someone available to help. Real hands on help. Not the -visiting for a cup of tea- type of help. New moms need the -"I'm taking over 3 afternoons a week, find something that you want to do, you will be covered from now on" - type of help. 

Eventually, my husband realized this; sent me to the gym three mornings a week, and hired a nanny for that purpose during those specific mornings. This intervention changed my days for the better. In the beginning, I thought this would be self indulgent, but when I realized everyone was happy to see me take care of myself and in a good mood, I understood self care had highly positive repercussions for everybody around me.  

There's an article by Parents magazine called 17 habits of very happy moms which I recommend reading. One of these habits is asking for help. I didn't quite have that habit, being the independent smartypants that I thought I was. Well, I'm here to tell you, I was wrong about trying to do everything by myself. 

Young moms out there: ask for help!!! and if friends and family don't / can't respond to your request, ask somewhere else. After all, the boy in the movie was right. We need back up. 

You may think this is all about you, the mom in question, but it's not. In reality, it is also about the well-being of your family. You may be a care giver, but you need to take care of yourself as well, if you want to be the best mom and wife that you can possibly be.

What about you, can you tell me about your experience in the comments? Thank you for reading!

P.S. Kids Away For A Week and Parents Relax, Give Your Kids a Chance to be Bored

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Homemade Chicken and Rice

I made this very creamy and delicious dish last night. Everybody loved it, even my youngest, who doesn't really enjoy tomato sauce all that much. It makes a very hearty dinner for 4 people. So, if you are in the mood for spending some time in the kitchen tonight here goes the recipe.


2 diced onions
2 sliced scallions
1 chopped garlic clove
1 (35-ounce) can of tomato puree or crashed
2 bay leaves
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups of hot water
1 cup of wine for the sauce (I used red wine, white wine is usually used in combination with chicken but since I am making a sauce I used the red one and turned out to be delicious)
8 chicken thighs
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cups of rice
Shredded Parmesan cheese to serve.

This is the aftermath ( aka leftovers for tonight) :)

How to make it.

In a preheated pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Seal the chicken thighs until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.

In a large sauce pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions, scallions, garlic, a pinch of salt and oregano. Saute and stir for a few minutes. Add 2 bay leaves and the crashed tomatoes. Stir. Mix in pepper and salt to taste. Let it cook for a couple of minutes, then add the wine. Cover and let the chicken fully cook for 20 minutes at a low heat. 

Cook the rice as you normally would and then incorporate it to the sauce and the chicken. Add hot water at this point if needed. Cook for 5 more minutes at a low heat. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then serve. Don't forget the shredded Parmesan cheese on top.

How was your long weekend? We had enough time to rest and my kids both studied for exams as seen on my Instagram account. Leave a comment if you like chicken and rice!

P.S. My two last posts 1 and 2. :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

4 Recommendations for the Long Weekend

As I mentioned in A Summery Fall, where I posted a lot of my fall pictures, I will be making a point to enjoy the lovely fall weather this weekend. 

Here are a few links I've been wanting to share with you for a while now. With the long weekend ahead, I felt like this could be a good opportunity to do so. 

This is a golden Ted Talk, by Matthieu Ricard: The Habits of Happiness. 

I've been listening to this song on repeat for two months. what can I say It's the perfect song, a true work of art. The woods, by Hollow Coves. Tell me if you like it!

9 benefits of warm water and lemon in the morning

This video was sent to me by my dad. It's about our relationship with technology. I believe it's all about trying to find an equilibrium and not be completely sucked in by our smartphones! I hope you watch this excellent video and enjoy the weekend in the "real world". Fall is looking good to me. Is it Spring where you are?

Have a good one!

*First Picture: Iguazu Falls, by me :)

A Rather Summery Fall

We've been experiencing the most lovely fall. Temperatures have been in the 70s ( 21ºC) with a peek of 77ºF (25ºC) today.

I' m planning on going for walks this weekend and I am counting on the boys to take their bikes for a ride. During the heat of the summer it's been too much of an exhausting exercise to do. What will you be doing this weekend? And, one more question, is it Spring where you live?

It's been such a nice weather lately. Fall is definitely my favorite season, but this time around it has been warmer than usual. Trees look amazing right now. Judging by my Instagram feed, I've been a little mono thematic with leaves falling and them being red, green and yellow all in one tree cup. It's one of nature's best works of art.

Here are a few pics that prove me right.


More leaves, if you want to know the inside story of these leaves on the floor, check out my Instagram. I love sweet gum trees. Red leaves!

This picture shows my own carpet of basswood leaves, the last one is a neighbor's tree. I've been stopping for pictures way too often. 

Have a great weekend!

Painting by Martha Belen (aka my mom)

P.S. 4 Recommendations for the long weekend,  A great vacation at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Studios and Your Thinking, Your View of the World.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Parents' Happy Hour

Once you are a mom, priorities change, interests shift, and hours of sleep diminish dramatically! 

In my case, one of these changes was my appreciation of specific moments of the day. Have you ever thought about how many things you used to take for granted but now you definitely don't?

In the past, back when we didn't have children, I didn't value as much as I do now, simple events such as taking a shower, or having enough time to enjoy breakfast, (my favorite meal of the day) or even getting enough quiet time to think and breathe!

Being a parent makes you appreciate and value the little things like never before. Ironically, these little things matter so much, that they can change your whole day for the better.

This is why we cherish relaxing moments us mamas! One of these quiet times and my happy hour I basically live for, during the day, is the glorious hour when my two boys are in bed early, bless their souls! Ha! This is when I still have time to drink tea (actually any infusion is fine as long as the house is quiet) with my husband, in my pj's, (very important), while reading a book or watching our favorite show. Hands down the best part of the day and moment of daily glory!!

The simple things...I even had a short conversation on tweeter about this with Mummy in Training. She was going through the same moment in the UK, while I was writing, she said "...Sam in bed early, pj's on..." And when I tweeted back she answered that it was bliss! What an accurate word to describe it!

Last night it was just cookies and earl grey. But sometimes it looks like this.

Or like this.

What's your favorite moment of the day? What's your daily happy hour? If you don't have one yet, I highly recommend creating one for you today! It can improve your outlook on the day!

Apparently my Instagram feed is full of these moments! 

P.S. Tiramisu recipe and 28 roles of mothers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

White Vinegar: The New Smell of Clean, 2 Ways.

A few years ago, when my boys used to dwell on the floor more than they did on a table, or a chair, I would clean floors twice a day, occasionally maybe three times. Neat freak? Of course! I'm sure you know the drill, especially if you are a toddler's mom!

Nonetheless, I didn't want them to be in contact with such a wide variety of harsh chemicals from the cleaning products I was using. However, at the same time I had to keep floors as close to germs free as possible.

After doing a bit of research I stumbled upon many websites that showed about a trillion uses of vinegar. One English website in particular caught my attention and I remember liking the concept of white vinegar being the "new smell of clean".

After reading about the benefits of cleaning with a natural deodorizer and disinfectant I knew I had found what I was looking for.

Since then, I am a convert to the new smell of clean = white vinegar + bleach + lots of water, in my case.

I use white vinegar 2 ways.

1) First, I wanted to tell you about the one cleaning recipe that my friends, and family have started using ever since I found out about it. Why? Because white vinegar in combination with diluted bleach kills more microbes than bleach alone.

Use it for floors, bathrooms, counter tops, and anything that needs unyielding disinfection. Just pour it out of a big plastic bottle for floors or spray it over your counter top. One warning though. Ventilate the area in which you are using this solution. Whenever you clean with this it's better practice to open your windows until it's dry.


  • Water: 5 Liters or 1.3 US gallons 
  • White vinegar: 45 milliliters or 1.5 US fluid ounces
  • Bleach ( household): 45 milliliters or 1.5 US fluid ounces

This way, I reduced the amount and variety of cleaning products I buy, and also got used to the idea that if it smells like white vinegar then it must be clean. After a while, the smell of vinegar dissipates and gives way to a disinfected scent, almost like a non-scent, without any strong odors. You simply see and feel that everything is clean.

Get plastic containers of varied sizes to use in different parts of your home.

2) Did you know that if you add about a cup of vinegar to the last rinse cycle of your washing machine it will clean your washing machine and your clothes? It will leave them soft and fresh. No vinegar scent at all. Apparently, vinegar being a natural disinfectant can deodorize not only your home but also your clothes! Plus, because it changes the ph of water it acts as a softener and it leaves them as soft as the best softener in the market. Don't worry the smell of vinegar will not be present. Remember it's a deodorizer as well. 

These are my 2 ways of using vinegar. Do you use it at home? Leave a comment and let me know what I'm missing!

Thank you for reading!

P.S. 95 household uses for vinegar  (link to Reader's Digest)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Easiest Goulash Sauce

After spending many vacations and holidays in an Argentine-German town, my family and I incorporated goulash as one of our go-to meals. It's adaptable and easy to make. Whenever I make rice or pasta and want a hearty sauce to go with it, this goulash sauce comes to the rescue.

Many goulash connoisseurs will want to add tomatoes to this sauce. You can, and it will be delicious as well. But this exquisite version is easier and quicker. However, do add diced tomatoes or a cup of tomato puree, if you prefer. If you are a natural at cooking you'll know that it's OK to add your own twist to any recipe. 

For the easiest-goulash-sauce-around you will need:

  • 5 onions (the bigger the better)
  • 1 or 2 garlic clove
  • 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds cubed beef
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of oregano and/or any dried herbs that you like in a sauce
  • 3 teaspoons of sweet red paprika (this ingredient makes the sauce look red and taste so good)
  • 1 cup of water, or broth, or even red wine.
  • 1 1/2 cups of liquid cream or sour cream to serve

Heat olive oil in a casserole. Add chopped onions and garlic. Add cubed beef. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the herbs and paprika. When meat is brown and cooked, reduce heat and add either a cup of water, wine or broth and let it cook for half and hour to one hour.

Cook for as long as you're able to. You could leave it on the stove for 3 hours to get the best buttery beef out of it, just be sure to add liquids (broth, wine, or water) as needed. When it's done, add cream and let it heat up for a few minutes.

If, like me, you have a family, fork in hand, waiting at the table, just add cream, stir for a few minutes and serve on top of gnocchi. It's delicious! Here's a ricotta gnocchi recipe I posted not too long ago, that you may like. 

The beauty of this sauce is that you can use it with any type of pasta, but also couscous or rice. I have yet to try this sauce with quinoa. Have you ever tried it? 

P.S. Argentina Empanadas Made Easy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tiramisu: Quick and Easy

My mom came to visit the other day, and brought home the most fresh and delicious tiramisu. I took a picture and uploaded it on my Instagram account. I was that excited about it. 

It's easy to make and so exquisite that after making a second batch in a row, a third one, somehow, still sounds like a good idea. My waistline has had enough though.

For this quick and easy tiramisu you will need:

  • Ladyfingers. I used 24 of them. It depends on the size of the dish.
  • Coffee
  • Cognac (or, just coffee, if you prefer)
  • 4 tablespoons dulce de leche
  • 300 ml or 10 ounces cream ( you can use mascarpone cheese if you prefer)

How to make it

Start by mixing coffee with cognac in a shallow bowl. Soak ladyfingers into this liquid until damp. Line the base of a square glass dish with ladyfingers. 

In a bowl mix dulce de leche with cream. If you live in the U.S. you can get dulce de leche at a Farmer's Market. However, if you feel venturous, you can try the link above which will lead to a dulce de leche recipe I posted a while ago. 

Spread this unbelievably delicious mixture over the lady fingers and then add another layer of previously soaked ladyfingers. This layer should be positioned in the opposite direction. That is, if the first layer is vertically disposed then the next layer should go horizontally, and so on.  

You can make is as tall as you wish. I usually make a three story tiramisu! Finish with the mousse-like cream over the last layer of ladyfingers. Don't forget to sprinkle cocoa powder, or even better, grated chocolate on top. Put it in the fridge, at least, for a couple of hours before serving. 

It's a fresh and sweet desert that goes very well with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Have you ever made tiramisu?

P.S. You may like Flan: a classic with only 5 ingredients and Lasagna

Monday, May 11, 2015

Perfect Nails for 5 Days

If you are looking for a nail polish that lasts for a week, this range by Revlon could be one to look for. I used a combination of three products: base coat, color (two coats) and top coat that are reasonably priced and worth trying. 

A few months ago, Essie Button mentioned how much she liked Up the Ante, Colorstay Gel Envy, by Revlon. It's one of those easy going colors that you can wear year-round. It's pretty and suitable for every season. So, during one of my browsing visits to the pharmacy, I saw it and got it. Again, You Tube made me do it. Thanks Esteé! 

This nail polish can last for a week, 5 days in perfect conditions. After that, tips start wearing out gradually. This is how it looked on my nails by day 7. 

I used: Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat, Up the Ante, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat

I'm pretty sure that the combination of this gel base coat, which is good and sticky, together with this anti-chip top coat have helped it last longer. However, I've used these two in the past with different nail polishes and they didn't last as long as Up the Ante. If you have tried any other colors in this range by Revlon, please let me know in the comments. Do they stay perfect for 5 days as well? 

P.S. 10 steps to a complete at home manicure, My tried and trusted (aka favorites), About getting manicures and liking polished nails 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend !

Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate this Sunday! I thought I'd give you some ideas with links to recent posts we mothers usually enjoy.

1. Breakfast in bed. Best part of Mother's Day (or my birthday) if you ask me. Cooked by little chefs. My favorite thing and main request for Mother's Day which is usually followed by a gift.

2. If you don't live with her, but want to cook something for her, you could follow these easy to make recipes: Flan, Gnocchi, or Bizcochitos.

3. This perfume is particularly suitable for gift giving. A spring and summer perfume in the best purse spray bottle.

4. Face masks for a spa experience.

5. Skin Care or any of these favorites.

6. 28 Roles of Mothers, she might have a laugh.

7. A visit, a phone call.

What do you usually do on Mother's Day? How do you celebrate it?

Your Thinking: Your View of the World

Getting your self talk right can be one of the most important things you can do to improve your well being. Our thinking determines the course of the day, of the week or even of our lives! 

Every time I hear the term "positive thinking" I take a stroll down memory lane back to when I was studying Alfred Adler's theory of psychotherapy. He states that,

  1. How life is in reality is less important than how the person believes life to be. 
  2. It is not our childhood experiences that are crucial, it is our present interpretation of these events.

Our present interpretation of events. After this enlightening idea, I realized that this is why some people seem to be happy and fulfilled in spite of difficult childhoods. Or, why the extremely resilient person who survived a terrible calamity has evolved into a perfectly content individual. These people show that hanging on to negative appreciations of reality doesn't add value. What's best is finding views of the world that work for you.  

It is our appreciation of things, events and people that puts us either in a good mood or in a pitiful one. To some people this can come more naturally. Others, have to work harder at it. 

Either the case, it makes sense to invest your energy in deciding how you are going to view your experiences. Positive thinking seems to be the best option. Don't you think it pays enormous dividends?

P.S. Don't sweat the small stuff, 5 tips that help beat anxiety, and how to build resilience

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

An "Old School" Trick to Give Parents a Break from Homework

Last month we had a Parent-Teachers meeting at school. There is a particular teacher that is equally admired by students and parents. He deserves it. He is only the best teacher I've ever met!

By the way, I too admire him, to state the obvious. And to continue with the obviousness, people love him not because of how much he knows about Grammar, which is his area of expertise. They adore him because he uses his additional knowledge of psychology to the advantage and benefit of his students.

He is one of those lucky ones touched by the magic wand that grants true vocation. Warm, open, funny and sweet person. I've seen him "work his magic" in the past with problematic situations, turning them around with such grace that parents end up in awe. Believing that he is some kind of genius, or supreme being in disguise.

During the meeting, he asked us parents what is it that we see changing in our 9 year old boys and girls. Parents answers were very similar. Unanimously, they said that our kids had more responsibilities, more tests, more homework, than last year. And for that reason, we as parents, had to be vigilant and more into their homework, and responsibilities and making sure they fulfilled all that was expected from them.

The teacher continued asking. What about their personality? their character or temperament? Do you see any differences?

After a long silence, from the back of the room a parent's voice said: they want to be more... independent?

Exactly! the teacher said. So, on one hand, we have the increased work load. On the other hand, there is this age appropriate need, that is starting to appear at 9 years old, to separate from parents in some way, establishing their independence (best example is: "ok, bye mom, you can go now" and they say that at a safe distance from their friends, so that these friends don't notice any gestures of affection towards us parents) However, they still need us, because this grade has gotten busier and more complicated than last year's.

So, my big, happy moment of relief and alleviation came when the teacher asked us parents to take advantage of this stage in their development, and take a step back, letting them take care of their own homework. Helping them whenever they need, but not doing most of the work  for them. He advised us to simply ask every day if they had anything they needed to do for the next day at school. If the answer was no. Then, take a big breath and say: " all right". And if it turns out that they actually had homework pending and didn't do it, then let them face the consequences at school. He said that this is the best way to help them become more independent, and really be more responsible for their own work.

I love the "old school" ways. Parents weren't so much into their children's school work! And kids had to grow up to be more responsible whether they wanted or not. So now, I do what was requested at school (hey! it's an assignment for parents, I have to) and have had the best results doing so. The responsibility is on them, not me. As soon as they realized that, they started taking over their own school work with great grades and all!

Have you ever met a teacher like this? How do you deal with homework at home?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Do you Use Face Masks?

I have only started using them about a year ago, but if I'd known before how great they can be to your skin, I would have started earlier. They can make a big difference in the way your skin looks and most importantly, the way it feels. Have you ever tried any of these? Let me know! Here are two face masks that I like to use whenever my skin is dull, tired or in need of serious help! 

If only I could get Que Bella face masks where I live!! I realize I'm being a bit dramatic here, but I want to emphasize that you need to put your hands on these face masks if you live in the U.S., or in a country, unlike mine, that actually allows reasonable import of products.

I digress, anyway... I've only tested the lavender one by Que Bella which I got a couple of months ago during my last trip to the U.S. Let me just tell you that these face masks will be first on my to-buy list next time I travel.

The best thing about the Relaxing one? The lavender scent, and the surprisingly clean feeling and glow it leaves on your skin. Surprisingly, because an aromatherapy face mask could lead you to believe that its' most important purpose is to infuse your senses with the lovely scent of lavender oil, pamper and relax. But, it is not only relaxing, it also does a very good job at improving your skin. I was pleasantly surprised when I took it off and saw the results. (Check out my Instagram for a picture of me, happy, and amazed at the results, after I used this face mask) My skin felt fresh, clean, and glowing. 

This extremely pleasant face mask has 80% of natural ingredients and contains nutrients, such as Dead Sea mud and antioxidants that help soothe and renew your skin. If you are too sensitive to smells and scents this specific aromatherapy mask can be too much to handle. Having said that, I am a bit sensitive, but this one smells divine so it didn't bother me, at all. I really liked it and, great news, I still have product inside the 15 g / 0.5 fl oz. pouch for two more uses!

Lancome's Pure Empreinte, purifying mineral mask with white clay, is great for the summer months, if you have combination/oily skin. It is perfect for those days when your skin feels like it needs a good cleanse. This specific face mask leaves your skin squeaky clean and fresh! It's more expensive than what I would like it to be, but It gets the job done. 

Please, remember to moisturize immediately after use because it can strip your skin of its natural oils. And also, don't leave it for more than 5 minutes or it could be very drying.

I use this clay mask whenever I break out and want to clean my face thoroughly bringing my combination skin back to normal. I don't think clay is good for dry skin, though. Wearing it all over your face may be too much. You could use it specifically over pimples or zits to dry them out. 

So, do you use face masks? Which ones? I could use your recommendations, thank you!

P.S. My YouTube driven purchases , 10 steps to an at home manicure and La Roche-Posay: Sunscreens, lip and eye creams.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Are You a Natural at Cooking?

Have you ever thought about how your approach to cooking could condition your performance at it?

Let me explain it better. Yesterday, I posted a lasagna recipe in one picture. It's a very easy way of making it with lots of common sense put into the assembling (meaning it's so easy!). This idea -of summarizing the recipe in one picture- came to me after researching recipes and seeing how long and complicated the explanations were for such a simple dish. 

Then, I read a very interesting post by Summer Tomato in which she said that if you are lucky enough to have a cooking habit, most likely it is because you know how to cook instinctively. By instinctively, she means that you don't need a recipe to come up with your meals every day. 

I suspect that if you have an aversion to cooking, you may be taking it too seriously (preoccupied with the exact measures, ingredients and quantities) and find the process very tedious. In that case, I would say, relax, and have fun making mistakes in the kitchen because it is one great way of learning!

I'm very curious to know how you learned to cook. We all have different stories in our lives, however, sometimes those stories can be surprisingly similar.

In my case, I remember watching my mum make tarts, roasted meats and all sorts of pasta since I was a toddler. She would, as a means of entertaining me, have me "help her" beat eggs or knead dough. And by help, I really mean making a mess in the kitchen. 

This is how I learned to incorporate cooking as a natural thing. I never thought of it as something that I needed to learn or take a class on, just because, to me, it's like brushing my teeth or doing the dishes. It's just another thing that you just do.

Have you seen my spinach tart, and empanadas recipes? I know how to make them instinctively because of the way I learned. The same happens with gnocchi and flan. I've seen my mom make them so many times that it is only natural for me to replicate them now. I've also seen her come up with new "inventions" during those moments of the week where you just don't have time to do the grocery shopping. 

Have you ever come up with a nice meal from whatever it is that you have in the fridge? Well, if you have, you are a natural at cooking, and like me, I bet you eyeball quantity measurements in the process. Didn't have time to get tomatoes for your spaghetti sauce? No problem, use milk, butter and flour and make a bechamel sauce, or even better, saute whatever vegetables you have and create a veggie sauce for your pasta.

Without putting too much thought into it, this is also how I have been teaching my own kids to cook. They have "helped me" cook from a very young age. 

Do you make your own meals? How did you learn to cook?

P.S. 28 roles of moms and give your kids a chance to be bored