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Dopplegangers, Snacks, Stomach Flu Remedies and 4 More Quick Takes

Jackson as TinTin

Hey, look, I’m actually participating in 7 Quick Takes at Conversion Diary on the right day this time! Doppelgangers, Snacks, Stomach Flu Remedies, and 4 More Quick Takes

1. Who’s your doppleganger?

We decided this week that Jackson looks just like Tintin, and the comparison is cracking me up. I just need his hair to get long enough in the front so I can make it stick up in the front!

2. Do you like McDonald’s Apple Pies?

I can’t help myself — McDonald’s apple pies still equal comfort food for me. And, hey, they’re baked rather than fried now! (Ha!) Sean takes one of the girls on a Daddy date to the library each week, and they stop for McDonald’s ice cream afterward. Every few weeks he brings me an apple pie, and just…yum.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

3. What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

I finished Wonder by R.J. Palacio in one day last weekend, because it was that good.

Unfortunately, I’ve barely read anything since, not just because of my schedule but because I’m having trouble getting into the next book in my pile, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel because I don’t feel like I’ve even given it a fair chance, but maybe I should since it’s obviously not holding my attention!

4. How many loads of laundry do you do a day?

I cannot wait for summer, when everybody will wear less layers and smaller clothes, because I’m doing between one and two loads of laundry every single day — not including sheets and bedding — and I’m having trouble keeping up! I don’t remember doing this much laundry last year, and Jackson has only added one load of laundry per week to the mix, so I have no idea where it’s all coming from.

Graze Snacks

5. Are you a Grazer?

I’m pretty sure I could make all seven of my quick takes about food. I just really like food — ha!

Anyway, have you heard of Graze? It’s a weekly subscription service and each week you get a box with four single-serving snacks for $6. Admittedly that’s a little pricy for snacks, but I’ve discovered so many delicious snack ideas and flavor combinations, and I love that the portion sizes are controlled, so it’s my little treat each week (four snacks for not much more than the price of a Starbucks!).

So far, my favorites are summer berry flapjack, natural vanilla seeds, chili, and honey almonds.

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6. Do you have a summer vacation booked?

This winter has been so cold that I’m planning our summer schedule already just to give myself something to look forward to!

We had two gorgeous days in the high 60s, but yesterday the wind chill was close to zero again. Hopefully, we’ll get back into the 60s today as forecasted, and in the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming about the Outer Banks and Florida! {And about how cute Jackson is going to look in these summer clothes.}

Homemade Pedialyte Recipe

7. What are your favorite stomach flu remedies?

I think it’s safe to say that some of the most dreaded words of motherhood are, “Mommy, I threw up.”

It was those words that kicked off our Tuesday morning as our 6-year-old came rushing to the top of the steps. Thankfully, the bug was short-lived for her, and — crossing fingers and toes, knocking on wood, pray for us, please — she was the only one who got it.

When Sean had the stomach flu 5 years ago, he ended up needing IV fluids because he was so dehydrated, and the ER doctor said that Gatorade (which we’d always used) is a horrible choice for the stomach flu because of its high sugar content. We immediately bought Pedialyte to keep on hand, but it ended up expiring before we needed it, and I love that the homemade version is cheap and made with ingredients we always have in the pantry!

Homemade Pedialyte

**adapted from 100 Days of Real Food


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Real Salt*
  • 1 cup juice (we like cranberry!)

*We use Real Salt all of the time, but I especially like it in this recipe because it’s packed full of minerals.


In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and salt. Heat until sugar and salt dissolve. Transfer to a glass pitcher or jar and add juice. Store in the fridge.

Serve chilled or over ice.

Be sure and put the directions to this stomach flu remedy in your natural medicine cabinet.

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