I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body, and soul. For our family it means that we are making an effort to eat healthy every day. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice. 99% of everything we eat is Organic (some things are really tricky to find Organic.) I love growing our own food, that isn’t always possible, but we try to support local farmers as much as we can. Eating seasonal is also something I’m aiming for, (my wallet like that.) I cook our food from scratch, making sure that I know what we eat. Eating good is a priority. We like good food, that also makes us feel good. We live an active lifestyle.


My daughter is not used to eating a lot of sugar. Before the age of two she hadn’t even tasted candy, cookies, or pastries. I believe that sugar is an acquired taste. I have not encouraged sodas, or candy. I’m trying to be balanced about it. I don’t say no when she’s offered a treat now (at age 5,) from someone trying to be kind, but I rarely buy her sweets. When she was younger I did say no. On the other hand, my daughter can have any fruit or berries, fresh and dried that she wants when we go grocery shopping. She eats lots of strawberries and blueberries every day.


On special holidays she’s allowed to have anything she’s offered, while we’re visiting friends and family, and we often bring something sweet with us as well. There is no guilt associated with eating sugar (candy, sodas,pastries and desserts,) but she knows that if she’d eat it every day, she wouldn’t have enough energy to do all the fun things we like to do. For Valentine’s Day, I let her choose something that she wanted to bake. She thought about it for a couple days, before choosing heart shaped vanilla cookies, with strawberry topping. We found a recipe together, before going to the grocery store.


I encourage her to be as independent as possible. To think for herself. It makes me so proud when she has an idea, and make it happen by herself, from idea to finished product. From choosing the kind of cookies she wanted to make for Valentines Day, to finding the ingredients at the store, measuring the ingredients, mix the ingredients, roll out the dough, and decorate the cookies. I did help her read some words that she didn’t recognize in the recipe, the rest she did all by herself, and she was so proud of herself… and I am so proud of her! We bake together every week, but it’s usually bread. I love the fact that time in the kitchen together can include both math, chemistry, and reading. Sometimes even history, and geography, when we read about a place, or an historic event associated with a certain dish, that we try to make ourselves after reading about it. Making learning fun for my daughter is high on my priority list, and I’m constantly trying to become better at it.


This post is part of the weekly photo challenge Sweet. I’d love to see your take on the challenge! Feel free to leave a link to your post in a comment. I’m trying to look at all the entries, but just in case. I don’t want to miss yours!



Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

21 thoughts on “Sweet

  1. Beautiful and darling daughter you have πŸ€— You are a Mother after my own heart. I too try very hard to feed my kids wholesome foods with no sugar but dont deprive them of sweets and treats, we just dont have them every day, but on special occasions, which makes that sweet treat extra special. This is the way my Mom raised me and I want to pass those good habbits on to my kids as well. You are doing a phenomenal job with your parenting! Your daughter will thank you when she is older.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. You are a likeminded soul. My mom raised me this way as well. Seeing many of my friends fight with diseases, that are very likely lifestyle related, I am more grateful than ever for her efforts. It feels good to exchange experiences with other parents who’s line of thoughts are similar. We are truly blessed to live in an area with access to so many delicious, healthy ingredients, and choices.

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  2. Gretchen, I loved the featured image with your daughter’s hand. I love hand shots and photographed my grandparents holding hands, but just zooming in on the hands. I love how I can look at or hold my son’s hand and it’s still the same hand that was small like your daughter’s and is still so familiar to me. I know his hands…and my daughter’s.
    I try to make most of our food from scratch too, although given my health problems, it’s not always possible. I also get some domestic assistance and get them to make pumpkin soup. That’s great for the kids when they come home from school.
    We all eat too much sugar here and I love chocolate, but I did manage to stop having it in my tea.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    xx Rowena


    1. Thank YOU! Hands of our loved ones are special. Holding hands is special. It always makes me especially happy to see older people hold hands in public places. I had a friend in college that made a thing about buying roses and handing them out to random, always elderly people, holding hands in β€œour park”. I thought that was a super sweet thing to do.

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