Long before supermarkets taught us what we should buy to eat, we simply looked around and ate what looked good. We were hunters and foragers, we found sustenance in roots and vegetables that are all but forgotten today-modern society, with super-markets and fast food restaurants, has all but alienated people from what they put into their bodies. But it doesn't have to be that way at all.
Our family plants a garden. Not only is it fun for the kids to plant and watch it grow, but it also enables us to plant different foods and veggies that aren't always readily available in our local market. I admit that some veggies we plant I have never tasted or cooked, so with that I am always looking for the best way to prepare them.
Recently I had the opportunity to check out the book,A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything and it's pretty awesome! It lists different goods and tells how to store them, how long they can store and even ideas on how to prepare them that may be different than what you are used to.
The chapters in this book are:
- Vegetables: Did you know that artichoke will keep refrigerated for three weeks and that green beans work particularly well with seeds and nuts?
- Carbohydrates: learn what's best to add to sour dough, how to cook bulgur wheat, etc.
- Protein: learn how long bacon really lasts in the refrigerator and how long frozen fish can be kept in the freezer
- Fruits: with steps for drying fruit as well as substituting them for sugars as a sweetener.
- Flavorers: Ginger can be stored unrefrigeratedor more than a month and can be easily candied while tumeric can be stir-fried, baked, roasted or boiled.
Make it extra spook-tacular with toys that bring the Halloween spirit to life. An instant classic, the “Room on the Broom” book and soft, movable toys are suitable for all ages, with a DVD version of the popular story also available. For the tween, teen or zombie-obsessed in your life, yarn zombies
are the perfect accessory. Designed to ward off ‘bad stuff’, each Yarn Zombies will help keep the bad mojo away this Halloween.
The #1 selling Halloween children’s book in the United States, “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson, has expanded to include a collection of playful toys, an animated TV movie, a new DVD and more. Donaldson, Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom and author of the wildly popular Gruffalo book series, has sold more than 20 million books globally. Further, Donaldson’s Gruffalo book series was voted #1 in a United Kingdom survey of favorite children’s books in 2010. She is also winner of the Smarties Prize and the Blue Peter Award for the Best Book to Read Aloud.
A huge hit with kids ages 4 to 8, “Room on the Broom” launched in 2001 and was an instant classic; it is a tale of imagination, flight, friendship and true adventure, featuring a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom. “Room on the Broom” topped the children’s picture book charts for six successive weeks starting in September 2012 and is available at all major retailers.
In addition to the release of the “Room on the Broom” Book and DVD, Kids Preferred now offers soft and movable Witch, Dragon, and Cat toys perfect for kids of all ages. The surface-washable toys help kids bring the classic story to life with their own twists and imagination. The lovable witch is 15 inches, while the dragon is 8 inches and cat is 7.5 inches
If you are a Good Witch fan like I am, then you are going to love The Good Witch Collection now available on DVD.
The Good Witch Collection includes the following:
- The Good Witch's Garden: Cassie has settled into Middleton and is busy making a home of Grey House. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Jake Russell, and his kids are happy to have Cassie in the neighborhood, but she has yet to gain the trust of people in the town.
- The Good Witch's Gift: Cassandra Nightingale always has a few tricks up her sleeve, but is surprised when her handsome sweetheart, Police Chief Jake Russell, proposes.
- The Good Witch's Family: Life is going well for Cassie as a wife and stepmom, but evil soon blows into town in the form of Cassie's long-lost cousin Abigail who whips up wickedness like a tornado.
- The Good Witch's Charm: Good Witch Cassie Nightingale is back to her bewitching ways, but this time she's also juggling a newborn daughter and her job as a town mayor.
I'm not sure what it is about my kids. They can eat an awesome meal just minutes before getting into the vehicle to run an errand, but for some reason as soon as they get all buckled they start yelling they are starving. With knowing what is coming regardless of when they last had a meal, I always make sure to keep snacks in my purse.
I'm not sure if you have heard about it yet, but for on the go, Jif now delivers much more than delicious peanut butter to keep the family going! We just had the opportunity to try out the new Jif To Go Dippers, which is an all-in-one portable snack and it's absolutely amazing!!
My seven year old keeps it pretty simple and love the peanut butter, but my three year old prefers the chocolate. In my opinion they are both pretty tasty and like most of us moms, I always snag at least one from each kid while they are snacking!
The Jif To Go Dippers come in two varieties:
- Jif To Go Dippers Creamy Peanut Butter with Pretzels
- Jif To Go Dippers Chocolate Silk Pretzels
I have an awesome Fall Giveaway just for AsTheyGrowUp.com readers! A whole collection of DVDs from NCircle Entertainment! This giveaway features some of the best kids television -perfect for Preschool on up.
About the DVDs:
The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas – Join the Wiggles as they add their special Wiggles magic to favorite nursery rhymes and songs.
Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission – On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they explore the hidden depths of the Midnight Zone!
Featuring the following episodes:
- Midnight Zone
- Vampire Squid
- Scary Spookfish
- Blowfish Brothers
- Gulper Eels
- Long Armed Squid
Cat in the Hat: Show & Tell Sure is Swell! – Summer is over, and fall is now here. Let’s go back to school; the best time of year! Our favorite part about going to class? Why show and tell, how great you should ask. But what should we show, oh what can it be? Tune in with the Cat to find out and see!
Animal Atlas: Animal ABC’s – Introduce preschoolers to the alphabet using the amazing animal kingdom!
Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb – Sid learns all about the science of tools like rulers and magnifying glasses and how they help us. In fact, Sid even finds out how to measure a giant blue whale!
We had a blast watching through the DVDs we were sent. My almost 4 year old really is the perfect age for Sid the Science Kid and The Cat in the Hat - so those become new favorites! We already were big fans of The Wiggle and The Octonauts! The Animal Atlas show was new to us and something my little guy just loved. He is all into the Alphabet so this was a hit for him! I've noticed that after watching he has been trying to read real words!
My boys love building and they love cars, so when you put the two things together like Mega Bloks did with the new Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway, it's sure to be a hit.
The Mega Bloks Fast Tracks Raceway has 50 pieces of large blocks and add-ons that will allow your little one to get creative and get racing! Once the boys finished building the track they loved, I placed the included sticks on the blocks that it shows they go on. Once the stickers were added, it really brought the track to life. That's when the boys started really racing the two mix and match cars that are included in the set.
The Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway is awesome for kids ages 1 to 5, but even my seven year old enjoyed it! He really let his creativity shine through in helping his three year old brother build different track designs.
Priced at only $19.99, this set would make an fantastic birthday or Christmas gift!!
Just this year our seven year old started tackling the mountain biking trails on his own. Before that he was always in the Weehoo behind my husband which basically left me and the little one at home. now that Davis is ready to hit the trails on his own it has opened up more opportunity for us as a family to get out and enjoy the sport.
They are all lined up and ready to go. Davis was the smallest one there, but he didn't seem to mind one bit. He did have a malfunction at the end but that didn't stop him at all. He gave it his all!
As you probably know by now I am an avid beauty product lover. I have told you in the past I put on a full face of make-up everyday. Did you also know I use a full line of skin care as well? I am doing everything I can to make this mug of mine look it's best for as long as I can.
Recently I was sent Sibu Beauty's Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser for review. I've loved their night cream for some time so I was excited to try their cleanser.
Deep yet gentle cleansing is the foundation of effective facial care at every age. This all-natural balancing facial cleanser gently removes dirt, impurities and make-up while maintaining a healthy balance in your skin without compromising its natural protective nutrients. This lightly exfoliating facial cleanser will leave your face fresh, clean, and perfectly balanced. Your skin will look and feel radiant.
- Leaves skin looking and feeling radiant and refreshed
- Removes excess oil and impurities
- Contains micro-particles for a gentle exfoliation
- Great for removing make-up
- Non-foaming gel formula for all skin types
First off the citrus scent of Sibu products is simply wonderful! It is clean and not one bit heavy or overwhelming! I love this cleanser. It is very gentle on my combination skin. I particularly like the micro-particles because they gently exfoliate my skin perfectly. I've been using this as my morning cleanser to remove any oil I've accumulated overnight. (I always wake up shiny.) I've been super pleased with the product as my face feels clean and looks great.
To say we love The Laurie Berkner Band would be a an understatement. When my oldest was born we started listening to Laurie and that love has followed for many years. I was so ecstatic to have the opportunity to review their latest CD The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection.
Six of The Laurie Berkner Band's CDs are represented: Whaddaya Think of That? (1997); Buzz Buzz (1998); Victor Vito (1999); Under A Shady Tree (2002); Rocketship Run (2008) and the DVD CD Party Day! (2011). The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection also features three bonus tracks, including the song "One Seed," which has not appeared on any previous album.
Says Laurie, "As soon as I released The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band, I couldn't wait for my next compilation to come out -- because there were so many songs that I felt should have also been included on that album! Now that The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection is finally here, I am thrilled that it will not only include those hits, but also songs I've written since then that have become classics. With a total of 22 favorite songs, this really is the 'Ultimate' collection!"
1. Walk Along The River
3. Where Is The Cake
3. Choc-o-lot In My Pock-o-lot
4. Bottle Caps
5. The Cat Came Back
6. Party Day
7. My Energy
8. The Airplane Song
9. I'm A Mess
11. Mouse In My Toolbox
12. These Are My Glasses
13. Running Down The HIll
14. The Cookie Bakers Of The Night
16. Shake Your Body Down
17. Drive My Car
19. My Family
20. Magic Box
21. One Seed
Laurie Berkner in a Holiday Show
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Campus, 101 Founders Way
Tickets $25; $35
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Laurie Berkner in a Holiday Show
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The Laurie Berkner Band in a Holiday Celebration Concert!
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We LOVE this album. This is what kid's music should be. I love how the lyrics are about things kids would sing about. They are sometimes serious and always whimsical! Just like the songs my almost 4 year old makes up. This album has awoke the singer in him. He loves the song The Cat Came Back and sings it all day long. It really is one of the best songs I've ever heard. In fact a funny thing happened which makes the song even more hysterical to us!
Our neighbor had a cat that needed a home. We arranged for a foster home for it and 'gave the cat away.' Well the very next morning my husband was outside and saw 'the cat' and then realized we had gave it away. Just like the song! Unfortunately for my husband - that cat- turned out to be a racoon! Of course we all giggled because of the song!
We also enjoy Bottle Caps, Telephone and Where Is The Cake. My little guy sings Where Is The Cake almost every day. It inspired my husband to bake him a cake one Saturday! As you can tell we are all big fans. My big kids still love the music too!
Leading up to Caroline's arrival I knew I was going to nurse her but never thought much about it. I was armed with your typical breast pump, breast pads and breast cream. I was given some advise from a family member such as take a wash cloth to your breast vigorously in the weeks leading up to delivery to "toughen" them up. However, I don't recall a ton of advise in your standard baby books nor did I Google a thing about breastfeeding. I am not really sure why as it was something I knew I was going to do. You hear a lot of conflicting time frames such as the first six months are ideal, the first year is better and anything after two is irrelevant. 'One day at a time' was my mantra from day one. Six months came and went, a year came in went and even Caroline's second birthday came and went all while still nursing and holding firm to 'one day at a time'.
After Caroline was born I clearly remember my midwife suggesting I stay an extra night in the hospital so that breastfeeding specialists could help me with any questions I may have had. I will never forget pushing the buzzer and asking the nurse why my baby hadn't woken up to eat. "She will soon enough honey, she is fine, now get some rest" was the words relayed back to me. Hindsight is 20/20...if only I knew of the long nights ahead. I remember having to work with Caroline a bit on her latch but she mastered that in no time. The pros taught me the typical 15 minutes on one side, 15 minutes on the other. They taught me various holding positions and gave me the ideal feeding schedule. They were nice, informative and very supportive. However, the standards didn't work well for us so we found what did. For example, the right breast was THE breast from day one. She would nurse longer and much more comfortably on that one side.
I was fortunate enough to never get mestasis, I hear that is straight from you know where and you bet I feared the pain. What nobody warned me about was the fact that every time a baby latches to nurse following delivery, the uterus contracts. This pain was so horrendous that it landed me in the ER at 4am on Thanksgiving morning with a seven day old baby and a confused husband in tow. Mama's be warned....when you feel this pain you are not in labor again, your body is simply doing what it is supposed to be doing.
Caroline was never the type to nurse under a cover. This made things difficult out in public but as modest as I am, I never got embarrassed nursing. I have however made others embarrassed while I nursed but never ever on purpose. For example, the poor state trooper I had blushing on the side of the road after he stopped to see if we were o.k. only to find Caroline guzzling away. I have nursed many times in the car and in restaurants. Thankfully nobody was rude or put out by us. I seriously don't know how I would react to such rudeness that some mother's endure while nursing in public.
In the early months, I was still dealing with my skin cancer issues which resulted in a lot of trips to various doctors. Each appointment resulted in an extra ten minutes or so of us camped out in the exam room nursing. This brings me to my next piece of advise, whatever it is worth. They say not to introduce the bottle for a certain period of time to eliminate possible confusion. Because Caroline would solely be with me for the first couple years, I wasn't concerned with the bottle. However, at 7 weeks old I had surgery and radioactive dye which meant I had to pump and dump for a solid 48 hours. Those 48 hours were pure hell on Caroline and all that had to care for her. Looking back, if we had found a bottle that worked things would have been simpler on several occasions. However, we clearly managed without a bottle or pacifier.
Nursing provided an amazing bond for Caroline and I. It was the cure all for whatever troubled her. Each trip to the doctor ended in a nursing session, any boo-boo was fixed with nursing and so on. It was almost magical. In addition to nursing she would hold my hair. This is something that she still does to this day while we cuddle and I treasure every moment. I shutter at the fact that one day soon she will be a teenager and want to avoid me like the plague.
Somewhere around the two year mark I started hearing comments such as "when are you going to stop nursing?" and "she is going to go to college on the breast". Some days I was offended by such comments while other days I brushed them off. In reality, I think it was awkward for people to see a child who could walk, talk and whom was potty trained to latch on to what society has over sexualized. I was even told by a friend that Caroline's pediatrician didn't support breastfeeding after a year and a half, so guess what? I went to her two year well-checked scared to death of getting the fifth degree. Thankfully it was never brought up, she assumed she was weaned and we left it at that. She still to this day does not know and I am o.k. with that.
Admittedly, around the two and a half year mark I started to get worried. I knew she wouldn't go to college on the breast but I was beginning to think grade school was not an over exaggeration. I tried a couple of times to wean her but she wouldn't have it. I didn't push but if she had weaned herself I wouldn't have minded. Of course I didn't have the kid that just woke up and quit it cold turkey. It was a struggle and one we had to work through together with a reward chart and lots of prayer! It went much better than I had planned which makes me wonder if she wasn't truly ready. Caroline had a couple nights of crying because her comfort and habit if you will was taken away. I too had a few rough nights of extremely full and sore breasts that throbbed in agony each time she would cry. It was not fun but avoiding sore breasts while waiting on milk to dry up is virtually impossible. Cold cabbage leaves truly work wonders (just don't forget to replace every couple hours unless you like the smell of hot cabbage). Caroline was completely weaned five weeks before her 3rd birthday.
If you stuck it out and read this super long and at times rambling post, thank you. Breastfeeding is not for everybody for various reasons and that is O.K. Who am I to judge? If you are considering breastfeeding I say go for it! 'One day at at time' will take you to where you and your precious little one are meant to be, be it a couple weeks or a couple of years! If I had it to all over again I absolutely would. For those who have already been there, what advise would you give new mom's where nursing is concerned? Would you do it again?
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