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Veronika went flying today! Ok, she didn’t really board an airplane, but here are three fun ways to turn your little one into a plane. Play them now before he or she is too heavy! Photo credit for all three versions goes to big brother Travis, who mostly managed to capture the antics in frame.

For the first method, stand with your baby between your legs, lying down on his or her tummy. I lifted Veronika up, supporting firmly beneath her stomach, and gently swung her back and forth.

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For this one I love to sing the “shake them low” verse from Shake Those Simmons Down; it gets a laugh every time!

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For the next version, she was in higher airspace: Do more of a football tuck with your arm under your baby’s chest, and zoom him or her back and froth. Airplane noises encouraged!

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The final version suggested actually holding one hand and one foot and swinging baby around in circles. This sounded like a good way to pop a joint from a socket, so I held Veronika a little more firmly, but she loved the circling spins. Whee!

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World Hello Day

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Well, hello! It turns out that today (November 2) is World Hello Day, and Travis boldly accepted the challenge I set him: To say hi to ten people over the course of the day.

He was so proud with each chance that came while out of the house. A big hello to the woman next to us in the parking lot, a proud hello to the cashier at the drugstore, hello to the librarians when we stopped in for books, and more.

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Each time, he turned to me with pride and said, “That’s three” and so on, until he reached 10.

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Little sister wanted to get in on the hello fun, too, as she practices how to wave!

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For more hello fun, we made big posters in languages we know. Travis is learning Spanish at school, so I helped him with the spelling of “hola”, and he decorated it for his Spanish teacher.

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What new ways can you think of to say hello to neighbors and friends? Please share in the comments!

Organic Farmer’s Pie

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This toddler-friendly recipe has enough flavor and heft to please the whole family. I like to use the California burgers from Amy’s Kitchen, but swap in your favorite brand to customize the taste!


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 3 cups cooked and crumbled veggie burgers
  • 1/2 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and transfer to a saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil; continue to cook for 10 minutes, until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, zucchini, and carrot; cook for 5 minutes, until tender.
  3. Add the veggie burger crumbles. Spoon the mixture into a 3-quart casserole dish and set aside.
  4. Drain the sweet potatoes and return to the pan. Add the yogurt and salt; mash with a potato masher until smooth and spread over the top of the burger mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, until heated through.

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