Wordless Wednesday - Meow


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Nutrition 101 - A Review

Are you tired of fighting the food battle with your kids? Does it seem that they don't really listen when you try and tell them why some foods are good for them and others aren't? Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is a comprehensive health and nutrition curriculum that can help take that pressure off of you, while helping you teach your children to understand the effects of food on the body for themselves.

Growing Healthy Homes is a site created to educate and train families regarding God's plan to optimum health as outlined in the Bible. Their product line includes family-centered and health-infused books/e-books, as well as educational materials for users of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils.

I was excited to have the opportunity to review Nutrition 101: Choose Life!. This 448-page book (also available on a CD-ROM or as a combo package) teaches about the major body systems; particularly how they function and the effects of food, both nutritional and not.

The twelve main body systems are covered in six units:

Unit 1 - The Brain and Nervous System
Unit 2 - The Digestive System
Unit 3 - The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory, and Visual Systems
Unit 4 - The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
Unit 5 - The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
Unit 6 - The Endocrine System & Emotions

The program is designed to be taught over the course of a year. Each unit consists of four chapters which teach all about how that particular system works. They're engaging with fun facts, colorful images, and vocabulary words. They also include discussion questions, activities, additional resources, and recipes. There's a plan which outlines teaching one chapter per week. In addition, the recipes and an answer guide to the activities follow the six units and there are also 120+ pages in the Appendix, offering charts, tables, and articles to enhance your discussion and activities.

One of the goals of Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is for your child(ren) to learn to take responsibility for his or her own health. Instead of feeling like they have to eat certain foods or can't eat other foods just because their parents say so, they'll learn why those foods help or hurt their bodies, so that they're empowered to make intelligent decision on their own. If you're concerned about having a picky eater, one of the co-authors shares her tactics in the beginning of the book for just such a situation.

The book and CD-ROM are available at the Growing Healthy Homes website. You can read an excerpt from the book here. Just scroll down a little ways to the link.

I would definitely recommend this curriculum for teaching (or supplementing) your children about health and nutrition. It's a well thought out, comprehensive program.

You can also see what other TOS Crew members had to say about Nutrition 101: Choose Life! at the TOS Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Nutrition 101: Choose Life! for review as a member of the TOS Crew. The opinions stated here are my own.


Wordless Wednesday - First Signs


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All in One

I mentioned the latest addition to my photography bag the other day.

new lens

Here's what it looks like when you have 18mm - 270mm in one lens.

tamron - 18mm

tamron - 270mm

Pretty handy, I think.


Wordless Wednesday - Blue

blue shades

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Last Week, Part 2

While it was a busy, somewhat overwhelming week, there were certainly some blessings thrown into the mix.

I had a massage appointment on Wednesday. Always a good thing.

We went to see a local high school perform Beauty and the Beast. Friends of my sons' were in it. One was the Beast and the other Maurice. It was a fantastic performance and we thoroughly enjoyed having front row seats.


On Friday and Saturday, I participated in another Creative Live class with Jasmine Star. It was an incredible class. So much information to process and consider. I'll be reviewing my notes and thinking about this for awhile. What Creative Live does is just amazing. They offer an assortment of classes mostly related to photography, but also a few other areas. If you watch the class live, it's free. If you want to purchase the downloads, they're available at a discount while the class is taking place. Once the class ends, the price goes up. Although, even at the full price, they're still very reasonable. While watching the class, you can participate via Twitter or the chat room, so it's quite interactive. It's just a remarkable experience and you should check it out to see if there's a class you might like to watch.

Friday evening was exciting, because the UPS driver brought this to my door:
new lens

That's the Happy Camera News.

The Sad Camera News?

sensor spot

We'll be making a trip to the camera shop this week. This is definitely not okay.

Today we visited my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, made a trip to Best Buy and Borders, I cut Zach's crazy mop of hair (he seriously doesn't like it when it flips out under his hat!), had a DQ Blizzard, and watched Merlin. Pretty decent family day. My favorite type.

As much as I still have a lot to wrap up tonight, I'm thinking I'd better head to bed. I need the sleep more. Sweet dreams.


Monday on Friday

This week began with me in overwhelmed mode. Something I've learned, though, is that if I continually recount the enormous list of things I need to do, I make myself feel worse. So the first thing here is to smack myself upside the head and knock it off. Secondly, if there's that much going on, it's probably a good idea to do a big old brain dump. Grab a notebook and write down everything whirling around in my mind. You know, before it floats away from my colander brain. Once those things are on paper, they're far more manageable.

brain dump

Ahhh . . . so much better.

new shoesBefore I could begin my list, however, my dad showed up with some shoes that Mom was getting rid of, so I could take a look and see if I wanted any of them. Well, of course I did! My mom is the only reason I ever have any cool shoes. Her hand-me-downs are the best!

My particular favorite pair in this batch? The red shoes. Are those just the most fun or what? I promptly wore them for the rest of the day and every single time I looked at my feet, it put a big old smile on my face! Who knew that happy red shoes could diminish one's feeling of overwhelmedness?

Not only did I get new shoes, but he was on his way to the thrift store and took my four bags of donations with him. I definitely got the good end of that deal!

I even had to share them instagr.am and Facebook.

Happiness is red shoes!

We also made a quick Starbucks run so the Comedian could use his gift card. They were a little slammed, so I had to play some more with instagr.am while in line. Like taking totally blown-out pix of myself from the afternoon sun.

This was also the same day that John's truck broke down. Even though it's never a fun thing, it could've been so much worse. Fortunately, he was in town and only a block away from his last customer's house. He also knows a lot of people, including someone with a towing company, so we got a killer deal on the tow. Yes, we have towing on our insurance, so we'll get reimbursed. But still. The weather was decent, which is always an iffy proposition in Colorado in early April. He waited for the tow truck driver, then went to do the job, and I greeted his truck when it arrived home without him. Then I headed across town to pick him up when he was done. John's Snap-On guy brought him a tester Tuesday morning, so he was able to determine that it was the fuel pump, bought a new one, installed it, and was back on the road by lunch time. It is a wonderful thing to be married to such a handy man!

I was going to post about my entire week, but by the time I finished with Monday, it seemed that it might be a good idea to just stop here. Goodness. What a day. But thanks to my new red shoes, I got through it with a happy face.


Wordless Wednesday - Restrained

alium in leaf

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