Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fun Freebies

I am always on the lookout for freebies.

But not just any freebie. A free can of dog food is not helpful if you don't have a canine friend. . .and honestly, do you really need denture cream?

I like USEFUL freebies.

Stuff I can use.

And I found some today. . .

And this is just a small sampling. There are LOTS more goodies there.

These are canister labels (so cute):

Printable Jar Labels (makes me want to take up canning. . .)

Dinner Diva--Back to School Lunch Tips

Dinner Diva--Back to School Tips
By Leanne Ely, C.N.C.
The school cafeteria has become a place filled with poor diet choices. From franchise fast food offerings to soda machine temptations, today's kids are faced with a lot of less than healthy choices at lunchtime. So what can parents do? They can pack a healthy lunch! But many parents could use some help - the typical child's lunchbox is often filled with fat, sugar and salt and lacking healthy fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

Healthy lunchboxes are just one way to help reinforce healthy eating in childhood when eating habits are being formed. Instilling healthy eating habits is more important than ever as child obesity rates have soared in recent years!

The key to a healthy lunchbox is balance. Having a decent protein/carb ratio in your child's lunchbox will help them finish the day with energy to spare. Here are my top 5 tips for packing a healthier lunchbox.

1. Wipe Out White Bread. Breads made with whole grains are better sources of fiber and keep your kids feeling full longer. They also have more of other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. The good news is that it's easy to find whole grain options at grocery stores for everything from bread to crackers to tortillas. I'm nuts about Rudi's Bakery. My kids love their breads and they have the soft mouth feel of white bread.

2. Choose Cheese. Cheese is a good way to give your child a little fat (choose the low fat varieties) and protein. String cheese is a fun snack that you get to play with.

3. Don't Skimp on Fruit. Swap fruit for sugary snacks that cause kids' energy lives to nosedive after launch. Bananas are great for lunchboxes. They are convenient, a great source of potassium and come in their own carrying case. Pack it on the very top and wrap in a napkin for protection. Apples, peeled oranges and grapes make great lunchbox additions as well. Sprinkle cinnamon on apples for extra flavor and disguise the natural browning process.

4. Skip the Chips! Most kids feel their lunchbox isn't quite packed unless there are chips aboard. Parents know most store-bought chips are not the healthiest food around. Baked tortilla chips are a good option or even better are baked pita chips, which are easy to make at home.

5. Be Choosey About Beverages. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics drinking too much juice (yes, even 100% fruit juice) can contribute to everything from cavities to childhood obesity, not to mention the discomfort of gas and bloating! Get your child into the good habit of drinking water. Try freezing a bottle of water instead of the usual juice box and flavored drinks - and skip soda altogether. The bottle will keep the lunchbox cold and will be thawed by lunchtime!

Learn more about the healthy breakfast and lunch menus we off to help your kids (and you) succeed this school year!CLICK HERE

Copyright (C) 2010 Leanne Ely, CNC All rights reserved

Mason Jar Cupcakes from According to Kelly

These are seriously one of the cutest ideas I have seen in a while. Great presentation, super easy. . . you can't ask for more than that!

making mason jar cupcakes is seriously just about the easiest thing in the world. really & truly, it takes just a few simple steps… bake up a batch of your favorite cupcakes (whether it’s from a box or made from scratch), then you smoosh, frost & repeat. see i told you it was easy-peasey. but just in case you need a wee bit more direction, i’ve whipped up a little tutorial for you.
--From Kelly

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Have Mercy!

Today is day 38/90 and I am completely current (after my wonderful husband took care of the kids, house, etc. and I read for almost 5 hours Monday. I LOVE that man!)

This has been an interesting journey for me. One of the things that has stood out to me like never before is the goodness and mercy of our God. Webster defines mercy as: compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power; also : lenient or compassionate treatment.

Over and over and over again HE showed mercy to people who didn't deserve it. They broke HIS laws repeatedly, fell into the same idolatry, worshiped the same false gods, but HE had mercy.

I am so thankful that we have the pictures of Adam & Eve, Noah, Moses, David, Solomon, etc. to remind us of HIS mercy.

They struggled with the same things (sins) that we struggle with today.

They stumbled.

They fell.

They wallowed.

But God had mercy.

The Bible is as relevant to 2010 as it was 2000+ years ago.
I am humbled that HE would love me. I am in awe of HIS mercy.

BIND: Recapping the events of the Old Testament

Amy, of Moms Tool Box reprinted a summary of the OT, up to the end of Nehemiah. It's from Ted Cooper, the "creator" of the BIND program.

Interesting. . .

Click here, if you want to read it.

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