Nov 21, 2015

5 Simple nutritional tips for Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are a few tips for enjoying that big meal and 
feeling a bit better afterward!

Thanksgiving Day meal

1.  Eat small, healthy meals throughout the day before you 
     sit down for your big meal. Don't starve yourself in 
     anticipation of the feast to come

2.  Have small portions of foods that are part of your meal, 
     including veggies

3. Limit your carbs, if possible.

4.  Drink water and take breaks while you are eating to see how 
     full you've become. If you're full, stop eating!

5.  Take a walk! Fresh air is refreshing and even a short walk 
      outside will help you feel better than flopping down on the sofa. 

This is how I handled my eating last Thanksgiving and actually didn't walk away
from the table feeling ill!

How do you handle your eating
on special occasions? 

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Nov 3, 2015

Ten Things I Love About Fall

Smiley from Millan.Net
 fall lovin'

1. Soup season! 
2. cooking on my wood stove

3. the cooler temps
4. the fashions of fall, especially the boots!


5. pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!

6. the changing colors of leaves.

 7.  decorating the house; making it cozy!

fall home decor

 8.  Crisp mornings & sunny afternoons.
 9.  sitting under blankets in the evening for movie night.


10. planning & crafting for the upcoming holidays.

apple cinnamon Christmas ornaments

What do you 
love about fall?

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Sep 17, 2015

Happy Constitution Day (U.S.) - Civics Education

Happy Constitution Day!

September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. 

Visit the Constitution Day website to explore 
Lesson Plans for each grade level.

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Encourage your kids to Talk about their day!

"Tell me something awesome about today!"

That is a question I asked my kids 
at the end of every day when they
were young!

It opened the door to many wonderful
conversations and I was able to "see"
into the hearts of my precious little ones!

creating memories, recycled, reuse, repurpose, homeschool, encouraging conversation
recycled cardboard box, Washi tape,
Echo Park papers (For the Record)
Joy's Life stamps (My Hero)

With school starting, this would be a great way to encourage your children to talk about their day with a positive attitude.

"Tell me something awesome about today."

Let them think for a minute, 'good thoughts,' then jot it down on an index card or let them write it out if they're old enough.  

(helping the teacher pass out papers, encouraging a friend, sitting beside a lonely child on the bus, etc.)

Date it (month, year) and file it under the number date (1-31). 
You'll be creating a beautiful memory file over the years!

Record a Day file box - divider cards

Using my paper scraps, I created divider cards with number stickers and my Joy's Life, My Hero stamp set; so many encouraging sentiments!

The file card box was made with a re-cycled beverage box!

How do you encourage a positive attitude 
in your children?

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