making memories with our military brat.

USO Experience for Military Familes The Fort Bragg USO treated local military families to a free performance of The Sesame Street/USO Experience today. It was Madeline’s very first show. It seemed appropriate during this- the month of the military child- to celebrate Madeline (and her peers) and all that she has endured and accomplished during her short life in the military.

It still strikes me as surreal sometimes that we’re raising a military brat, that Madeline’s childhood is already so different from my own. She is not even two years old, and she has already called two states home (Georgia and North Carolina). She has learned how to initiate a FaceTime call on her own to far-away family. She has flown on an airplane more times in the last two years, visiting family and friends, than most people do in their entire lives. She has made necklaces out of boot blousers, been packed into a rucksack and traipsed around in nothing but combat boots and a diaper. She knows to stop and stand quietly when saying goodnight to the flag. She says bye-bye to her daddy any time he walks out of a room, probably because she has missed him for more than a quarter of her life (20+ weeks away at training/schools/Army stuff since she was born, which is lucky considering most children have had a parent deploy in the last two years).

So while it felt a little funny for her first-ever show to be about making new friends when your family has to move again, it also felt right. I am grateful to Sesame Street and the USO for remembering the needs of military families and for bringing us such a fun opportunity to make memories at. (Also- thanks for the awesome light-up Elmo spinner!)
Military family at USO's Sesame Street LIVE

who runs the world? girls.

boy-meets-world-spin-off-girl-meets-worldThe boy met the world and now it’s time for his daughter to do the same. Two things: How am I so old, and please let this be good.

Hillary Clinton had a shoe thrown at her while delivering a speech in Las Vegas. This was my first reaction. My second reaction- I wonder what kind shoe it was? Was it the one the girl was wearing when she walked in? Did she hobble out hands up, one shoe off and one shoe on? Or did she bring a shoe from home and carry it in in her purse with the intent of launching it at the stage? Either way, see reaction number one.

Not new, but new to me, MIT scientists created a computer program that can show colors and motions in video that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye (think actually seeing your pulse in the imperceptible flushing of your skin). Cool.

What if you change key of poppular sad song? Will it happy? What about happy somg? Will it sad? Listen.

I made these Lemon Coconut Crunch Bars for ladies night yesterday. If you’re in need of a spring/summer, light and tasty treat- this is it. And it was super simple to make!

the easiest way to shred chicken. ever.

I got this idea a little while back from Really, Are You Serious? I knew I had to try it.

Guys, this is one of those things where once you know about it, you will NEVER go back. And you will wonder how you went so long without knowing about it. And your arms will lose a little bit of muscle, because you found a much more lazy efficient way of doing it.

the easiest way to shred chicken

This chicken looks funky because it was just cooking in an awesome Mexican soup!

All you do is ::drumroll, please:: Place your cooked chicken into a stand mixer, attach the paddle attachment and pulse on the lowest setting until chicken shreds!
the easiest way to shred chicken. ever.


This takes all of about five seconds (vs the 15 minutes it normally takes me to shred four chicken breasts).

A word to the wise: don’t leave the paddle running and don’t pulse too many times or you’re end up with minced meat. It’s kind of like a science. Do it wrong once, and you’ll get it right the next time. Perfectly tender, shredded chicken. I threw mine into Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup tonight, but you could make this hack work for your BBQ chicken sammies, for chicken tacos, the possibilities are endless, really.

Thanks for this life saver…I mean life hack, Krystyn!

*Remember: When it comes to trying life hacks, it’s as my high school Latin teacher, Mr. Tierney, used to say, “Caveat Emptor! Let the buyer beware!” No? Well then, just caveat, I suppose.