Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vacation Activity Bag

We recently got back from the beach and we had such a great time. The older the girls get the more fun we seem to have. It is just so nice to have the uninterrupted family time!! Every year I pack a bag of new activities for the girls to do when we are just relaxing at the beach house. Sometimes the activities last 20 min. and sometimes 1 min. You just never know but this year the girls spent lots of time with the items I brought. Here is what our vacation activity bag consisted of:

Uno Moo: My sister bought this for the girls and it was a big hit


Spot It: A fun game for any age. Each card has a picture that matches a picture on another card. The first one to spot the match keeps the card.


Melissa & Doug Make a Face: This was the biggest hit of all. They both spent so much time playing with this. I will be buying this again for sure!


The rest of the items were found in the $ section at the craft store/

Beach Stickers with Markers to make a picture scene

Paper Dolls

3D Mosaic Animals – I thought they would love this but it wasn’t a big hit

Sun Catchers to paint

Peel and Stick Sand Art – always a hit

New Bubbles

Books of course :)

What do you take with you on vacation to keep the kids busy during down time?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nourishing Traditions

Remember a few posts back when I said that I was taking a six week cooking class based on the book Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon? You don’t?? Oh well that is OK! Well I recently finished the class and it was so great. Here is a brief overview of the class:

Week 1 – Cultured dairies              Week 2 –Fermented fruits and veggies

Week 3- Homemade broth            Week 4- Soaking Grains

Week 5- Sugars, Oils and Fats        Week 6- Trip to Earthfare, Beverages

First let me back up. Last year about this time I started doing some research on eating healthier because I have always been a low fat eater and I ate pretty healthy or so I thought but I really thought for my age I should just feel better in general. Throughout my research I kept running across information on eating real whole foods. I didn’t know a lot but I knew that I was interested and I poured over Passionate Homemaking and Heavenly Homemakers blogs and watching Food Inc. Some of the ideas seemed very foreign to me. Making most things from scratch and cutting out processed foods seemed like a smart idea but eating full fat foods seemed a little crazy. Then I was introduced to the book Nourishing Traditions and everything it said made so much since to me until I got to the recipes! I was basically like huh????? I didn’t have a clue how to really get started so I just started trying to make snacks from scratch and switch to mostly organics. After a few months the only thing I had to show for my “hard work” and research was an additional 7lbs. I slowly crept back to my old way of life and had slowly started to lose the extra weight that I gained. I still knew that I wanted to make changes but I still didn’t have a clue at how to do it. I happened to see that a class was getting ready to be offered based on Nourishing Traditions just down the street from me. I was so excited and talked a friend into taking it with me. I can’t tell you how great this class was and I am so excited/nervous to start making these changes again. Before when I made changes I was pretty much just eating lots of homemade whole wheat baked goods but that was about it. Now I have lots of new goals and I have already started making some changes. Here are the changes I have made so far:

Switched to raw milk (Emily LOVES this milk)

Switched to coconut oil and dumped canola and vegetable oil

Buying very few processed foods

Buying mostly organic

Buying only grass-fed beef, free-range organic eggs and organic chicken (which we eat a lot less of now b/c it is expensive)

Switched from sugar to Sucanat

Soaking most of my grains – you can read more about that here

I still have a long long way and truthfully I know just enough to know what not to do and not enough of what I should do but I am so excited about this journey. I will share my successes and failures off and on. I will also soon share my “to do soon” list of new things I plan to try making.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

More Horses

The girls have been fortunate enough lately to ride horses several times between birthday parties and Ellie’s day at horse camp. They have loved every minute of it!!

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