I have not done much in the way of garden activities since the last post. I did a lot of the activities with my two older ones and we have read lots of books about bugs and went to the zoo two weeks ago (our zoo plants tens of thousands of new tulip bulbs every year for zoo blooms). We have taken the kids to the garden section of the local home improvement store (does that count?) To visit The Homeschool Village's Garden Challenge click here. You will see other garden updates as well as activities to do with your kids!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Pot Roast (I cook my pot roast all day in the slow cooker)
Spinach (opinional) this needs to be cooked spinach. I cook my spinach in a boiling pot of water and then as soon as it wilts I take it out and shock it.
Monteray Jack cheese or Cheddar cheese (shredded)- omit if you have a dairy allergy
Burrito sized flour torillas
Combine all ingredients on your flour tortilla.
Here is the burrito I ate last night. I did not use the spinach because when I opened the bag I discovered it had gone bad.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I was sent a Batman cape for my review. When I received it I immediately tried it on my 4 1/2 year old. He absolutely loved it! He is just starting to like superheroes and it was right up his alley. I loved that the cape does not tie around his neck and that it has the emblem on the front, that way he can see it. Katie's capes attach with Velcro, which makes them easier to take on and off and my 4 year old can remove it if he needs to (but he probably won't take it off himself because I cannot get him to take it off!). We love the capes from KC Capes and recommend them!
Monday, April 25, 2011
1. What is your best childhood memory with your mom?
One of my favorite memories with my mom was a tradition she had with me and my sister every Christmas. We would help her make and decorate Christmas cookies and a full-sized gingerbread house every year. She is the best cook and we always had a great time helping her in the kitchen!
2. Was she consistent with discipline?
Yes, my mom was consistent with her discipline. I felt she disciplined us harder than my dad (I hope you are not reading this dad, but you know that this is the truth) and we always asked her not to punish us but to let dad punish us!
4. Do you remember any special things your mom did for you?
My mom is so thoughtful. I remember when I went away to college she made a box filled with little presents. She told me that everytime I got lonely to open one of the gifts and think of her.
5. Did she teach you anything significant?
My mom taught me a lot. She taught me about God, and why we need a personal relationship with him, she taught me to cook and how to treat others. My mom is the sweetest, friendliest person I know (we joke about how she would become best friends with the person she is sitting next to on an airplane!)
I love you mom- thanks for being the best mom ever!!
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Spinach and Mushroom Quiche with Side Salad
Cocoa Mug and Doughnut
This adorable memory game is also great for teaching shapes and colors. Felt is great because you do not have to worry about bending or breaking this game.
Brittany also runs a blog called Mama's Felt Cafe Blog where she posts lots of tutorials on how to make felt food and other felt toys.
I was sent an adorable Asian-inspired felt food set. The set that she sent me was sesame chicken with veggies (including the adorable pea pods), low mein and a fortune cookie. I love this set and the best part about it is that it is allergy friendly for my kids! Her felt food is great and I don't have to worry about it breaking or the paint getting chipped off like the plastic and wooden toy foods that you can purchase at the toy store. Brittany has also created a tutorial for her peapods on her blog. I also have two great sesame chicken recipe that is very allergy friendly. One is very similar to the felt food set. Click here for the recipe. I have also posted another sesame chicken recipe that does not include all the veggies and is slightly different. Her felt food is great and she has such original food ideas.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breat, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter or margarine (Fleishmann's makes a soy margarine that is dairy-free)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
Coat the chicken pieces in melted margarine. Combine flour, salt and sesame seeds. Coat the chicken in the flour-sesame mixture. Heat a pan and put oil in the pan. Cook the chicken in the pan on all sides until cooked through.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Her magnets are not only for the fridge, but they she also carries Alphabet Magnet sets for children. Each set includes the entire alphabet, three larger magnets with words and a great case to hold them which inlcudes additional words for your child to practice spelling.
Alphabet Magnet Set
She also carries adorable magnets. They come as in sets or individual magnets.
It's a Bugs Life magnet set
I also really like her Scripture themed magnets. This set includes three magnets, two with verses and one with a lamb. She has several Scripture themed magnets available.
The Lord is My Shepherd magnet set
Her paperweights would make great teachers gifts. This one is my favorite:
Glass Paperweight for the Teacher
She also sells notecards with her original artwork. They are created with ink, watercolors and pen printed on linen cardstock. She sells both mini card sets and standard sized notecards.
Six Mini Notecards with a Large Magnet
The shop also sells push pins. They are 3/4" and have a atrong thumbtack affixed to the back.
Zoo Animals Thumbtack set
I think that she has many great gift ideas. Two other items she carries are her Message in a Bottle and her Sentiment Stones. The Message in a Bottle is personalized and contains your own message and an image of your choice. The Sentiment Stones are glass "peebles" backed with words of encouragement.
Message in a Bottle
I was sent an Alphabet Magnet set for my review. I was so excited to recieve them since my son is just learning to read and we are currently working with our three year old on her alphabet. The magnets come packaged in a great little box, which is perfect for keeping them all together.
The set comes with one magnet for each letter in the alphabet (plus an extra e, l and p), three larger picture magnets, and the bottom of the box has a picture for each letter in the alphabet and the corresponding word written out. I gave them to my son to play with them along with my husband. He loved them. They worked on words for a while, then when my husband went to do something else he left the box with my son. My son proceeded to put all the letters in alphabetical order. Then he placed them in his box he has been carrying around for the last couple days. His box includes his current favorite things and I think he has decided that they are his! I love these magnets. I think that they are great for teaching the alphabet, reading and spelling. My children love to use hands-on items for learning and I think that these would be perfect for hands-on learners.
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Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
My oldest son was diagnosed with food allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts at 13 months. He went to the allergist's office about a month ago for testing and we discovered that his food allergy levels to milk, egg and peanut were very low and milk and egg were in the category of possibly being a false positive and peanut was likely to be negative (he is definitely still allergic to almonds and pecans). So we went an did a food challenge to baked in egg and milk. He had no reaction so we have been slowly trying new foods with him. He has been eating pizza with real cheese (which is so exciting) and it is now his favorite food. He has also been eating chocolate, yogurt and a new favorite popcorn shrimp! We are so happy that these new doors have opened for him.
My daughter also had allergy testing. She was previously diagnosed with egg, peanut and tree nut allergies. Her test came out totally negative to egg and peanuts, but is still allergic to cashews and pistachios. The doctor told us since she her test was so negative she did not even need a food challenge, she could try the foods at home. She came home that day and tried a scrambled egg and had no problem. That night she also tried a Resses Peanut Butter cup (she did not like it) and a few days ago tried peanut M&M's (which she of course loved!)
We are so excited for our kids. We must still be careful with the foods that they are allergic to, but I am happy that have grown out of their other allergies. We are still praying that our little guy will grown out of his multiple food allergies (milk, egg, peanuts and treenuts) but we are very grateful that our two older ones have made so much progress!
Half box of ziti or choice of pasta
Two grilled chicken breast cut into strips
One bag of spinach (or a box of frozen spinach defrosted)
One package of sun dried tomatoes (cut into smaller pieces)
One heaping teaspoon of diced garlic About 1/4 cup of olive oil Salt to taste Optional- Kalamata Olives (I did not use them but I think that they would be delicious in this dish!)
Cook pasta as directed on box. Boil a second pot of water and boil spinach fo about a minute, then remove them from the pot and drain as much water as you can. Pour oil into a pan until it is hot and then add all other ingredients. Mix until they are all integrated and heat until all ingredients are hot.
Series One Blueberry Buddy
Series two stuffed animals are different animals Bamboo Berry (a panda), Honey Cakes (a bear), Nutty Nicky (a squirrel) and Roco Coco (a racoon).
Series Two Bamboo Berry
In addition to the stuffed animals they also have minis, which are small figurines of series one.
Series I Minis
My kids loved them. I knew my daughter would love them, but my 4 1/2 year old son also loved his. He has had them for over two weeks now and he still wants to play with it every day and takes it with him to his grandparents house. I think that they are the cutest stuffed animals that I have ever seen!
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Monday, April 11, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Go Headband carries several types of headbands and running products. The headbands that she carries are bandanas, narrow style, winter headbands and the regular style. The headbands come in various colors and in solid or screen printed. They are also for both men and women. They can also be cleaned by washing them in the washing machine.
Navy Blue Solid Headband
Blue Narrow Headband Just Finish
Slate Blue Polartec Winter Headband
Bandana Headband Forest Green
Go Headband also carries Hydration Packs. Hydration Packs are handheld and carry a water bottle. They have a padded handle and a small side pocket. The Hydration Packs are machine washable and when they are empty can be used as a sweat rag.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Wear appropriate clothing- I hate to be uncomfortable when I run. When I train for either of the half marathons in my area I am either training in in the winter or summer. In the winter I wear mulitple layers on top. For the bottom layer I like to wear a shirt that draws the mositure away from the body, since even in the winter I sweat when I run. I also recommend to wear something on your ears if it is windy. In the summer I also recommend clothing that draws mositure away from the body.
Run where you feel safe- I like to run in a very public open area. It makes me feel safer. I would recommend running with a partner if possible.
Start out small and build-up- when you are training to run a distance that is longer than you normally run start-out running a much shorter distance and build-up every week. Since I train for half marathons I add one mile onto my distance every week. I never run the entire 13.1 miles, since you should be able to run 13.1 miles if you can run 10-11 miles. There is an episode of How I Met Your Mother when one of the characters tells his friends that you don't train for a marathon you just run it. Well he woke-up the morning of the NY Marathon and just ran it. (Not a good idea!) He finished but afterward could not move his body to walk off the subway! My husband ran the half marathon with me in October. He had trained and ran a half marathon in May and was fine after the race. However, he did not train for the half marathon in October. He ran three times prior to the race. He finished more than a half hour after me and when he was finished felt very sick. He realized that not training for a race was not a good idea!
Find something to entertain you- I love to listen to music when I run. I prefer upbeat music because it keeps me going and helps me run up the hills.
Research the race you are running- I would recommend doing a little research on the race you are running. Find out if there are hills that way you can train on hills and they will not give you a problem when you run it. Find out if people tend to pass on the outside or inside. If you don't like to pass people and they pass on the outside stay towards the inside of the group.
Don't do anything new on the day of the race- Make sure you try out anything new prior to the race. I know I have to break in my shoes at least a couple of weeks prior to a race or else I will get a blister in the middle of my run and blisters on your feet while running are super painful.
If you ever wanted to run a race I highly recommend it. I love running and races are so much fun. They are also very addicting!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The shop carries rose broches made from taffeta and wire ribbon. They can be used to pin on a coat, a blouse, at the waist, on a hat or purse, the uses are endless.
My opinion of the wrist cuffs is that they are such a great idea. I am a long distance runner and when I run I take my cell phone, my key, and my liscense. I have a running belt with a pocket that I wear around my waist (it is like a fanny pack but much smaller and made especially for running). However, I had a c-section last year with my third child and if you have had a c-section wearing anything around your scar is not the most comfortable thing. That is why when I found MaryZoom's wrist cuffs I was so excited!
Trees of Kindness
I can wear the cuff around my wrist and carry the items I need when I am running and I don't have to worry about anything rubbing against my scar. I also received two kids cuffs from the store. These are perfect for my children to carry around all their little treasures that I want them to keep away from their 13 month old brother!
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