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Taking a Blog Break

January 1, 2013

So much to blog about. Our wonderful trip to Florida, Adelaide’s second birthday, all of our holiday and advent crafts, Christmas, New Years and more, but I’m taking a blog break. Not sure when or if I’ll be back.

All of the things to blog about hanging over my head stresses me out. I feel as though I won’t ever catch up, and I don’t like it. Going to spend my January living my life, connecting with my family and pouring myself back into our rhythm, which gets off beat when there is so much chaos over the holidays. Hope you have a wonderful time finding your rhythm again, as well. Perhaps I’ll miss the blog immensely, and feel it’s gentle pressure to do fun activities and give our days more structure, but perhaps I’ll not miss it at all. Only time will tell.

Xlear Review

December 4, 2012

With Christmas almost upon us, it’s the time for holiday goodies. Can we say sugar overload? We like homemade sweets as much as the next family, but sometimes a healthier option is in order.

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When I was offered the chance to sample and review Xlear SparX https://www.xlear.com/ candy with xylitol, a natural sweetener that’s actually good for your teeth, I jumped at it. Eleanore and I were surprised they were so fruity, sweet tasting and good! It is a true healthy indulgence I would not feel guilty about giving my children. They almost remind me of a healthier nerd-like candy– a childhood favorite of mine. Best of all, they contain no artificial color, which is something we’re avoiding in our family.

I’ve known about the company for a while, as both Eleanore and Adelaide love their bubble gum flavor children’s toothpaste, and now we all love their candy, too.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet SM (http://www.greenmomsmeet.com/)
program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Yogurt Starter Coupon Code from Cultures for Health!

January 18, 2012

My yogurt starter is still culturing on the counter, but I was just emailed this coupon code if anyone is in need of a culture to get started (and had failures trying to do it the “old school” way with store bought yogurt like I did). Use coupon code YOGURT through January 30 to get 20% off all yogurt starters at Cultures for Health! They have lots of different kinds ~ from thick yogurt, to thin and drinkable consistency, and many of them are serial-cultured, which means you won’t ever have to buy a starter again ~ you can use a little from your previous batch to start your next. They even have a vegan yogurt starter to use with non-dairy milks.

30 Days of Thankfulness Days 20-30

November 30, 2011

I’m bummed that I wasn’t able to keep up with my posts on a daily basis, but at least I’m ending the month with a post, I suppose.

 

20. I’m thankful for Eleanore, who is hilarious, just like her daddy.  It is so amazing watching her learn how things work and to witness that light bulb going off when she gets it, is inspiring.

21.  I’m thankful for our new homeschool co-op group that came over to have circle time and play today.

22..  I’m thankful for the library.  What a wonderful resource that we are blessed to be able to use.  Free books to check out, plus library story time, which Eleanore and now Adelaide both love.

23.  I’m thankful for Adelaide.  We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to have two children, but we are so lucky to have her in our family.  She just learned to clap and is so much fun. She absolutely loves to turn the pages in books, play with puzzles and her toys. Most of all, though, she loves her big sister. No one can get her to laugh like Eleanore can.

24.  I’m thankful for turkey, fresh from the farm and delicious oyster stuffing that reminds me of my Grandma, who always made oyster stuffing for Thanksgiving (which I never wanted to eat).

25.  I’m thankful for online shopping so I don’t have to deal with the crowds today and can stay home with my family.

26.  I’m thankful that Jason is home this weekend and we can all just bum around and hang out.

27.  I’m thankful that even though we’re all sick, that it’s nothing serious.

28.  I’m thankful for knitting and its ability to keep me sane.

29.  I’m thankful that Eleanore loves to craft.  She cut out and glued all the strips for our paper chain today and made her very first paper snowflake for our window in anticipation of the snow that’s coming!

30.  I’m thankful for our first snowfall!  Eleanore was beyond excited to see the snow all over the trees and the ground this morning.

 

30 things to be Thankful for in the month of November.  Sometimes we have to step outside of our worries and thoughts and find those things to be thankful for, but they’re always there to be appreciated. 

Menu November 27-Dec 3, 2011

November 30, 2011

Jason’s out of town this week, so a simple menu plan, for the most part.

Sunday:  creamy pumpkin pasta

Monday:  tacos/burritos

Tuesday:  tuna noodle casserole, broccoli

Wednesday:  skirt steak in the crockpot, peas, brown rice cooked in turkey bone broth

Thursday:  leftovers

Friday:  either homemade or take-out pizza

Saturday:  chili (from freezer), toasted peanut butter and honey sandwiches

Menu Week of November 20, 2011

November 20, 2011

Will update with recipe links

Friday: spaghetti, turnip greens, 30 minute rolls
Saturday: tacos/quesadillas, Spanish brown rice
Sunday: homemade pizza with whole wheat crust
Monday: crockpot broccoli cheese soup with whole wheat bread
Tuesday: stroganoff made with leftover venison roast (in freezer), spinach
Wednesday: crockpot cabbage rolls, corn
Make onion dip, veggie dip
Thursday: turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, oyster stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted carrots, chips with onion dip, veggies with dip
Friday: leftovers on homemade rye
Saturday: pesto gnocchi or pasta

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 3

November 3, 2011

3. I’m thankful for the leftovers in the refrigerator so I don’t have to make dinner on this crazy, homeschooling, busy day.

Menu August 21-27, 2001

August 20, 2011

I did a bit of switching up with the menu last week, so a lot of these look like repeats, but they’re not ;)

Sunday: chicken fajitas with peppers from the garden, fresh salsa with tomatoes from the garden

Monday: bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches on homemade bread, squash casserole and salad with homemade ranch dressing

Tuesday: stuffed green peppers from the garden, corn from the garden

Wednesday: chicken hash with homemade gravy

Thursday: chicken tetrazini

Friday: beef stew in the crockpot, roasted zucchini

Saturday: eggplant parmesan with eggplant from the garden!

Other:

bagels with yogurt cheese
quinoa porridge
zucchini muffins


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