Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ah Summer is over! Oh No!

Well, summer is over and as much as I tried to lesson plan and did get some done, I was hoping to have my lesson plans completed through December.

That, of course, did not happen! Oh well. It's not like I stick to those plans anyways. Things come up, the kids want to spend more time on something or its totally boring to them and we switch it up. I tried. tehe

I am looking forward to speech class this year with the kids. I got a great book from the toastmasters club. It has assignments and directions on public speaking.

I am also looking forward to Alex starting vo tech, he is going for IT Applications and can advance into web design if he gets all of his work done fast. I also can't wait to see his books, we paid big bucks for, as they are step by step type books on how to use all sorts of programs and office tools on the computer. I am pretty computer savvy, I have managed to figure out power point and all on my own, but would love more details and I am always willing to learn more, so I can sneak some time with his books when he is not using them.
I told Alex he can stay and have lunch at Vo Tech if he wants, since his friends also have morning session there and they eat lunch there before the bus gets them to go back to school. This gives me one on one time with Brian for Math and Lang Arts and then when Alex comes home, I have time for him with Math while Brian is doing his assignments for Math/Language arts. Then we do the rest of the work together..History, Social Studies, Science, etc.
Two days and counting until the big step for Alex. He has not been in traditional school for 7 years now, but I think him going to Vo Tech will be good for him, although I am not looking forward to the swine flu outbreak, due to the fact that Vo Tech has students from every school in the county except Reading and Muhlenberg.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine ...Is it safe?

This is a great commentary on the swine flu vaccine and before you give in to getting a vaccine, you may want to listen to this.
It does not need to be tested before it's given in the US and the vaccine company is not going to be held liable for anything.

Click the link and pan down slightly and click on the blue box with a speaker and arrow to listen to him talk about the vaccine..educate yourself before you make any decisions...the flu can be prevented with herbs and vitamin d and things like that.

Please educate yourself!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Workout Buddies

Just a quick note..its very important to have a workout buddy.

Do not go for runs by yourself...that woman in Georgia that went missing was on her cell phone with her boyfriend, he could hear her cries..but could not help her.
Reminds me of that Sally Field where she was on the phone with her daughter while Kieffer Sutherland killed her daughter and she could hear it all.

I know that at times, my cell phone gives me a false sense of security...but all that the person on the other end can do is listen and if you are being attacked, maybe help solve the crime..but please, prevent the crime from happening!

I see young girls run by my house alone alot, and I always word, does her parents know that she is alone like that.

Take a friend along! There is safety in numbers!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Snack Swapper

Here is a fun "snack swapper" for healthy alternatives to what you are craving.

Thought it was cute and fun. Just a quickie today!

Healthy Guacamole and Avocado Info

I love avocados. My favorite way to eat them, is right from the shell...i also love to cube them and put them in my tortilla soup!

Here is a healthy and vegan guacamole recipe anyone can enjoy. Basically, we are subbing the normal Mayo and or Sour cream used to make guacamole with tofu. Do not be afraid of tofu, its has no taste and takes on the flavor of whatever its made with. My kids even eat it. Its super healthy too!


¼ pound firm style tofu
¼ medium avocado (about two ounces cubed)
½ medium tomato
¼ c diced green bell pepper
¼ c diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T diced green chili pepper (canned or fresh)
1 T lemon or lime juice (fresh squeezed)
dash ground red pepper

In a blender or food processor, combine avocado and tofu and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the container. Transfer to mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients and combine

Makes four 1/3 c servings
54 calories, 4g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 5g total carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 2g sugars, 3g protein, 7g sodium

A little bit of info about avocados I found online....

Avocado fruits are getting very popular anywhere in the world. Throughout the year, you can find avocado in your nearby supermarkets. Avocado is sometimes called “avocado pear” or “alligator pear”, and “Aguacate Palta” in Spanish.
The world, especially in developing countries, is trying to adapt avocado as one of substitutes to cope for the shortage of nutritious food production.

We believe that avocados have originated in Mexico and Central America. However, today, avocados are being planted and harvested in countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, China, Japan, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Spain, Palestine, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Hawaii. Oh, yes, you can plant it even in your backyard garden and it is adaptable as long as the climate does not go below 5°C during winter season.

In fact, I myself planted four avocado trees 25 years ago, and just a year ago, I added another two in my backyard. One tree bears about 200 pieces of fruit.
Avocado is one of the most recommended fruits as well as a food for bodybuilding and medicine for cholesterol-related heart diseases.

Also, did you know that avocado or an avocado extract is good for prevention or treatment of “breast cancer” as well as “prostate cancer”? Some information states that a toxin found in avocado can kill cancer cell. However, the toxin mentioned here is not identified completely. Scientists believe that the toxin has a great effect on the myocardium (heart muscle tissue) as well as on tissues of the lactating mammary gland.

Although many farmers believe that fresh and dried leaves, bark, skin, and seeds are toxic to cattle, goats, horses, rabbits, and birds, there is no definite scientific explanation for that.

Do not worry about the fruit meat of avocado. There are no dangerous toxic elements for human consumption as well as for animals.

Creamy rich avocado is considered the world's healthiest fruit, because of its nutrient contents such as vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, and reasonable calories in it.

Avocados contain “oleic acid”, a monounsaturated fat that may help lower cholesterol.
In our studies, patients with high cholesterol levels who ate avocados showed clear health improvements. After a week of avocado diet, patients had significant decrease in cholesterol contents.

Avocado is a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.

Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. One cup of avocado has about 23% of the Daily Value for folate, a nutrient important for heart health.
Another study showed that individuals who consume folate-rich diets have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke than those who do not consume much of this vital nutrient.

Not only avocado has a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids including oleic acid, which has recently been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer, but it is also a very concentrated dietary source of the "carotenoid lutein". It also contains measurable amounts of related carotenoids plus significant quantities of vitamin E.

A few slices of avocado in salad, or mixing some chopped avocado into salsa will not only add a rich, creamy flavor, but will greatly increase your body's ability to absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide.
Compared to other fruits or vegetables such as carrots and spinach, just a slice of avocado improves your body's ability to absorb carotenoids.
At first, you can try to start planting a seed in your room. You will love it as seen in the photos below.

After eating avocado, don't throw the seed. Place it in the garden soil in your container garden. The soil should always be with water. In about three weeks, you will enjoy seeing leaf buds growing. If you cannot keep it in your room, plant it in your backyard. You will enjoy seeing it growing again.

My husband has an avocado plant growing. We hope to see avocados on it someday!

Ways to Eat an Avocado

There are hundreds of ways or recipes for avocado. Here are some that you can try to enjoy eating avocado.

The simplest way is just slice the avocado and place ham and mayonnaise to make a bread sandwich. Probably, you can add a proverb, "One avocado a day, doctors away".
To preserve, mash and place the avocado in the freezer. In this way, you can keep it for several months. Do not keep the avocado fruit as is in the freezer.
Again and again, some critics might write us complaining about the article saying that avocado is toxic. Avocado toxicity is not scientifically well established up to now.

Avocado poisoning has been a source of controversy and confusion among animal breeders. Some breeders have voiced an opinion that avocado fruit may be toxic, while other breeders have fed avocados to their animals with no abnormal incidences at all.

Most avocados grown in the United States and other countries are sold for human consumption in the form of fresh fruit or processed paste products. Also, many parts of it are used for various products including animal feeds and baby consumption.
Avocado poisonings in humans and animals are fairly limited, however, the avocado tree can be toxic. They say that toxic chemical is found in leaves, bark, pits, and skin of the avocado tree. Although some people claim that avocado fruit can cause skin allergy, it is just the same as banana, walnut, and kiwi allergy.
Anyway, if you are a delicate person, just don't eat avocado. Once again, one avocado a day may save your life from cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

No Excuse Organizing

I get this newsletter from Maria Gracia of I need to get back on track with her and do her missions.
I wanted to share, you can subscribe to her great newsletter or buy her products and organizing ebooks on her site.

No Excuse Organizing

Do you ever feel defeated before you even get started? Do you have a million reasons (read: excuses!) why you can't get organized? Believe me, we have all been where you are. We've all used the same excuses to avoid getting things organized. For every excuse we can find to use, there is a solution.

So, if you are motivated to get organized, join along with us as we resolve our excuses and get organized.

1. There's just too much stuff!

Get rid of the stuff! I know we sound like a broken record when we say this, but it just illustrates the need to reduce the 'stuff'. If there is just too much stuff, it's time to remove some, whether you donate it, hold a garage sale, advertise on Freecycle or Craigslist, or just trash it--bottom line, get rid of the stuff!

2. I don't know where to start.

No matter what, you have to just pick a place and start. It isn't going to get any better until you do. It helps to know what needs to be done. To accomplish this, you need to make a master list. It isn't a hard thing to do, it's just a list of every single thing you want to do in your home, including decorating, remodeling and so forth. You can do a whole house Master List, or you can do a room by room Master List. Once you have completed your initial list, move one or two items from it to your daily or weekly to-do list. Don't try to do more than one or two items weekly, it will get too overwhelming.

3. I just don't have time.

No one has every single second of every single day scheduled. No matter how busy we are, we all can find five, ten or even fifteen minutes in which we can get things done. It doesn't sound like much time, but you will be amazed at how much you can get accomplished in just a few minutes a day.

4. I want to get it all done now.

In all likelihood, your home did not get in this condition over night. No matter what, you aren't going to be able to change things overnight, or in one marathon session. It is highly likely you would only get discouraged and give up. So, schedule time into your day, just as you would any other important appointment, to work for that amount of time, whatever your task may be. Slowly, little by little, you will see changes.

5. I don't know how to go about getting organized.

Well, you've come to the right place. You'll find tons of tips and ideas in this newsletter, on my site, in my books and throughout my discussion forum. Everything you need is right at your fingertips when you visit the Get Organized Now!

6. My spouse won't toss anything.
So, don't worry about your spouse's belongings. You can't expect to jump in cold and change your spouse's ways.
If you are unable to convince your spouse to donate or sell his/her things, then just work on your things. Then negotiate with your spouse to declutter family things, or jointly owned things. Otherwise, just focus on decluttering and organizing your own items. Eventually your spouse may be inspired to join you in decluttering and organizing. Once your spouse sees how nice things look, and how easy they are to find, he/she will be more likely to team up in your quest to declutter and organize.
7. I get it organized, but it doesn't stay that way.
And it won't unless you put routines in place to help you maintain it. Just like your home doesn't stay clean once you clean it (wouldn't we all love that!), you need routine upkeep to keep things organized. A) Start cleaning up after you do anything. If you make a sandwich, clean up so that after you eat your sandwich, no one knows you've made one. B) Pick it up and put it away. If you see something out of place, pick it up and put it away. Just practicing these two routines each day will go a long way towards keeping things cleaned up and organized.

8. My children undo, whatever I do.

No matter what age your children are, they can and should have responsibilities around the home. Hold a family meeting and discuss all of the things that need to be done to keep your home running smoothly. Let your children choose which age-appropriate chores to do. If they choose them, they are more likely to complete them. Let them know too that they can re-negotiate which chores they'd prefer at the next meeting.

Hold regular family meetings, twice a month or even once a month. Every family member needs to be a cooperating family member. Remember, you are the parent, you are in charge. Be their parent, not their friend. Teach them what they need to know to be a functioning, responsible adult.

9. But, I might need it someday.

Every one of us has felt that way. The reality is that almost everything you do toss won't be missed at all. In all likelihood, you won't even remember what you've tossed. When a friend's grandfather died and things had to be cleaned out, it was amazing to see all the stuff he hung onto, just because he might need it someday. The list was very long and included things like bent rust nails, because someone might need them! If you do need it someday, in all likelihood, you can purchase it at a rummage sale, rent it or borrow it.

10. I don't know what I should get rid of.

There is an easy way to know what should stay and what should go. When trying to decide if an item should stay or go, ask yourself two questions.

1. Do I love it?
2. 2. Do I use it? If the answer to both of these questions isn't yes --donate, sell, recycle or trash it. If you don't love it and use it, it shouldn't be taking up space in your home. And that includes gifts that you're keeping out of guilt. If it's something you are keeping for sentimental reasons that you just can't bear to part with, box it up and put the current date on the box, nothing more.

Mark your calendar about 6 months out. In six months, if you can't remember what is even in the box, and you didn't go to open it in the 6 months, it's very probable that you can donate the box and not even miss the items. If you do remember and still don't want to part with it, then start using and loving that item--frame it, display it, pass it to a child--give it the love and use it deserves!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Change the way you look at the food on your plate!

Years ago, I got a book called How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman. Recently I came across his book How to Cook Everything Vegetarian..great book.

I was reading a book called The Essential Green You, by Diedre Imus and she recommended a few books. Per her suggested readings, I read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen, super, changed the way I saw food for sure.
My book of the month club just sent me Food Matters, by Mark Bittman...the cookbook author I mentioned above and he does note, he is not vegetarian, just tries to eat healthy and environmentally safe as often as possible.

Get his book! Go the Barnes and Noble, or the library or where ever you get your books, and this one will be a favorite, so you may want to buy it! I am only a quarter of the way through it and I learned soo much!

If you go to Amazon, you can read a clip of the book, I tried the link and it takes you through some good stuff...and he has recipes too!
This book will change you for the better!