Confessions of a Middleagedmom

surviving motherhood in the “middle ages”

Looking for Lock & Lock October 8, 2008

Filed under: bento box,bento lunches,children,family,food,Lock & Lock,moms — middleagedmom @ 9:43 pm

Just a quick post regarding Lock & Lock products.

Some people have been emailing me asking me where to find Lock & Lock products, esp. the bento sets. Well, unfortunately, those bento sets are very difficult to find. You can try looking online. You can also try checking out any Asian stores in your area, specifically Japanese or Korean grocery stores. Since the original Lock & Lock is made in Korea by Hanacobi, you can usually find them in Korean stores. The Lock & Lock products that I have are made in Korea.  I heard that those made in Korea are better than the others but I don’t really know for sure. I know that QVC now carries a lot of Lock & Lock products. They don’t have the bento sets of course, but they do have a lunch box set that has a little cooler with the containers.  I’m not sure where the QVC Lock & Lock is made. You’d have to check on that.

Well, those are my suggestions. I hope you find the Lock & Lock products that you’re looking for. I really enjoy using my Lock & Lock containers.


Happy New Year! It’s 2008! January 3, 2008

Happy New Year to you and your family! I hope 2008 brings you great joy and blessings!

Update on Lock & Lock bento sets – for those who are interested, I’m sad to say that I’m officially all out of my Lock & Lock bento sets. My last orange bento set will be mailed out sometime this weekend.  If I happen upon any more Lock & Lock bento sets, I will be sure to post about it.  I know how hard it is to get them!

Update on pregnancy – well, the time is soon approaching for my 2nd child. We’ve been feverishly preparing the house for the arrival of baby. I guess you could say it’s “nesting” but I was so busy with the holidays that baby’s arrival seems to have just snuck up on us. We’ve been trying to prepare Princess by talking about baby and letting her feel my belly but she is not interested. We even read her a book about being a big sister. I think she enjoys being the center of attention…I guess who wouldn’t! It looks like I may end up having another c-section since the estimated weight of baby is a little over 8 lbs…whew!

Update on gestational diabetes – my blood sugar numbers have been pretty good since I started on this meal plan. I’ve had a few high numbers but most of the time I’m within the safe range. If I didn’t mention it before, my fasting blood sugar range is 70-90 (that’s the first one in the morning), then after every meal my range should be 90-120. I think the highest after meal reading I had was something like 135. Surprisingly, I had pretty good readings after my holiday meals. Yes, I did have a sugary treat like dessert but I only had a very small portion. I also only had small portions of starch with my meals. I still crave sweets…today I was telling Mr. MaD that I felt like eating a glazed doughnut and not just 1, more like 2. Of course, I didn’t but I still crave sweets. I think once baby is born I’ll have a little more leeway to eat some sweets on a limited basis. I know that I have to take another 1 hour fasting glucose test about 6 weeks after baby is born. I hope those numbers are good.  After baby is born I know they also test baby to check the blood sugar levels of baby so I hope all is well with that.

Well, I hope to post a few more times before baby’s arrival but who knows if I’ll have time. I’m still working on baby announcements and baby’s scrapbook. I hope to post my 2007 Christmas card very soon.

Happy New Year! By the way, I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions…I think I have too much to think about and worry about already. If you do, I wish you all the best!


Update – glucose test bummer November 7, 2007

I got the results of my glucose test….bummer! I didn’t pass. Apparently, the reference range is 79-139 and my number came back as 144. Ugh! Now I have to take the 3 hour glucose test. For that test you have to fast for 12 hours then you take a blood test first thing. Then you drink 2 bottles of that very very sweet drink. Then you take, if I’m not mistaken, 3 more blood tests at each hour. Believe me, I am NOT looking forward to this. When I was pregnant with Princess, I also failed the first 1 hour glucose test. My number was 148 but when I took the 3 hour test I passed. So I’m hoping that’s what happens this time.

I’ve been eating so much “junk” since we’ve been so busy with parties, etc. We just went to a Harvest Fest at my cousin’s church this weekend. I also attended a baby shower and ate ice cream and a cupcake. This weekend we are planning to go to another Fun Fair and I’m going to a baby shower that my friends are hosting for me (my friends are so nice).

In preparation, I have decided (as was suggested to me) to cut out/down most of my sugar intake and my carbs. Not entirely, but I’m resisting chocolate cake, cookie, and candies. Oh…and juice. So, besides water, my drinks are now diet soda and crystal light. Yes, I am having sugar withdrawls! So hopefully in the next two weeks I’ll get my glucose levels in order so that when I take my 3 hour test I will pass.

On a more pleasant note, I sold 1 blue Lock & Lock bento set. I do have 1 more left. I also have an orange Lock & Lock bento set if anyone is interested. If no one emails me with interest, I will put it up on ebay.


Lock & Lock Bento Sets Here October 26, 2007

Filed under: bento box,bento lunches,ebay,Lock & Lock — middleagedmom @ 9:23 pm

The mail arrived today…yes, the box with the Lock & Lock Bento Sets. I have 2 blue bento sets and 2 orange bento sets. I also asked them to send me 2 Lock & Lock divided containers which I think are so useful, either for food storage or for bento.

I haven’t decided whether I’ll put any up on ebay.

In the meantime, if you are interested in the Lock & Lock bento set, please email me to let me know. My email is middleagedmom42(at)gmail(dot)com.


It’s That Time of Year Again October 24, 2007

Recently I was walking by Starbucks and noticed that their feature drink was something like pumpkin spice latte. Okay, that didn’t intrigue me but it got me thinking about what’s coming soon…gingerbread latte! Yummy! I anxiously wait each year for the day that I can visit Starbucks for one of my most favorite coffee drinks of all time. You see, I’m not a big coffee drinker to begin with but I cannot resist the deliciousness of gingerbread latte. (By the way, I have no affiliation with Starbucks. Too bad I didn’t invest earlier! Ha!)

This gingerbread latte anticipation got me thinking that the holiday season is among us already. Just the other day I noticed that the toy store in the mall was crowded with stacks of toys in the aisles and their shelves were stocked to the ceiling. Probably getting ready for the upcoming after Thanksgiving Day Sale. I also saw other holiday stores opening in the mall like the yearly personalized ornament shop.

It’s the end of October and I am already feeling anxious about the numerous things that need to get done in preparation for the upcoming holidays. The first thing on my list of things to do is to update my Christmas card mailing list. I usually do it after Christmas so that I have everyone’s address updated from their Christmas cards. But during the year, people move or I want to add other people to my list. So now is the time to update that list rather than wait until I have to print out mailing labels. Yes, I use mailing labels. I wish I had the time to hand write addresses on those envelopes but that takes too long and my handwriting gets ugly by the 20th one.

The next thing I need to do is plan what my Christmas cards will look like. Each year I make handmade Christmas cards so I need to think of something for this year. I also need to start thinking about Princess’s outfit for the Christmas picture then decide what the pose will be. The sad thing is that Princess does not like to smile for the camera any more. She had the best picture-taking smile up until about 18 months when she became super aware of the camera. Now, as soon as she hears the camera turn on she comes running toward it. I also have to plan my what my short and sweet “Christmas letter” will say. This so-called letter is only to give a snapshot of what’s been happening in our family.

Another thing that I need to start thinking about is what will I be baking for Christmas. Did I mention that I enjoy baking? Each year I usually bake some goodies to give away, mostly cookies. One year I made pumpkin rolls and last year I made banana bread along with cookies. (I have to give a shout out to Mr. MaD since he is my assistant when it comes to baking in bulk. For Princess’s first birthday party, he had to help me bake 80 mini loaves of banana bread to give away as favors.)

This list of things to do could go on and on but I think my plate is full for now. In the  meantime, I still need to make a boy birthday card for this weekend and a baby shower card for next weekend.  I’m also compiling a list of blessings to post in the next few weeks. It’ll be my “I’m thankful” list for Thanksgiving. Praise God for all His blessings in my life. OH….I also need to start preparing for baby’s arrival in January! Yikes!

P.S. My brother called to let me know that the Lock & Lock Bento sets are in the mail and should be arriving shortly! Yippee! I wish I had more time to experiement with bento but my “part-part-time” job has been more like a full-time job for the past week or so. I’ve even caught a cold!


Hooray! Lock & Lock Bento Set Sold October 19, 2007

Filed under: bento box,bento lunches,ebay,food,Lock & Lock — middleagedmom @ 9:44 pm

Hooray! The blue Lock & Lock  Bento set that Mr. MaD put on ebay finally sold! This is the first time I sold something on ebay so I didn’t really know how it worked but apparently a lot of people may view the item, then a few people “watch” it, then eventually people bid at the last minute.

It’s kind of exciting how this online auction thing works. I never knew the “inner workings” of it until now. I mean, Mr. MaD has bought things from ebay and we’ve had great experiences with the sellers but we’ve never sold anything.

I guess when I receive the extra Lock & Lock Bento sets from my brother I may consider putting them on ebay. We’ll see what happens…in any case, I’ll keep you all posted!