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Julie T November 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Hi Hollie, love the blog, any recipies on how to get my kids to eat veggies? I can't get them to eat anything healthy. They are 6 and 10. Thanks.
Hollie Gonzalez November 04, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Hi Julie, Veggies are not many kids favorite. I add them to foods they already like. For example, I add cooked carrots to my sauce, peas to mac and cheese, and substitue real hamburg for veggie burgers and they never even know it. Another thing that works for me is to have my son cook with me. Let the kids be involved in the recipies. When they see what "they" made, kids are more likely to eat it. Also, take them to the fruit and produce section of the supermarket and let them pick things they might like. Kids are more apt to eat fresh, shucked corn on the cob, over the canned variety.
Aggravated enough November 05, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Hollie, Can you help me? I have a friend who always talks about her weight. She is pretty, thin and very physically fit. She is a stay at home mom of a 9 year old. She doesn't go to work because her husband is rich. She doesn't have to work. She shops all day, goes tanning, to the beauty salon, gym, and every single parent teacher event in the town. She constantly talks about how good she looks, or what she spent her money on. It is driving me nuts. I am not jealous, I am bull. She knows that I work my butt off, am struggling to pay our bills, am having a hard time losing any of my pregnancy weight, and can hardly afford to put my kids in sports. I used to value our play dates, and love talking to her, but now she just rubs everything in my face, and every one else she talks to. I really want to tell her where to go. Any suggestions?
Hollie Gonzalez November 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Hello, I have been in a similar situation, and I don't talk to that person any longer. I know how you feel. I would not go the route I went though, because I really do miss the conversations. Tell her outright. Be honest and tell her what specifically is bothering you. Sometimes when people don't have to deal sensitive issues, like not being able to pay a bill, or make rent, they become desensitized to them. Let her know that you value her friendship and would really like to have her as an ally in your fight to lose your pregnancy weight. Maybe the two of you could go walking together, or share her secrets for a quick workout. Friendships that matter are so rare these days, don't let this one slip away. I think your friend just needs a reality check.
Richard E November 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Hi Hollie, love this column, Here is my issue. I live on a nice lot on a corner on Shawsheen St. Every weekend a bunch of people hang yard sale signs on the telephone pole next to my driveway. They are big cardboard, posterboard, and sometimes even metal! The people never come to take them down, and they always end up in my yard, driveway, or blowing down the street, eventually in the Shawsheen river. I think this is so rude. I pick up at least 10-15 of these a month. It is really ticking me off. Any suggestions?

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