Archive | September, 2010

Muffins to love and love your body!

Posted on 26. Sep, 2010 in Food

Raspberry and Coconut Cream Muffins

 

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Weekly Tips for September 27, 2010

Posted on 26. Sep, 2010 in Uncategorized

In today’s Sunday paper by the Union Tribune, they had a great insert on “ARE YOU READY?” for the next 72 hours if you are in a disaster.  It had great and very useful and insightful information.  It looked like the perfect way to roll up all our tips (green, health and food) into one informative article.  However, the UT has not made it available on-line.  So back to the life of “bing” and “Google” and found these great sites.  So here are your weekly tips of green, health and food, all rolled into one.

ARE YOU PREPARED? (more…)

Boxtops for Education

Posted on 26. Sep, 2010 in For Kids, Uncategorized

Support Your Local School With Box Tops For Education! (more…)

Weekend Fun for All, September 25 & 26, 2010

Posted on 24. Sep, 2010 in For Kids

You can tell it is fall/autumn.  There are so many great events going on from apple picking, early Oktoberfest, pumpkin patches to street fairs and movies. (more…)

Plyometerics are back with a new twist.

Posted on 19. Sep, 2010 in Exercises

Plyometrics: Jump on It!

This explosive plyometrics workout will get you a fierce physique–fast!  Here’s some news to make you kick up your heels: A smokin’ hot bod may be just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Some of the best workouts for women incorporate superfast explosive movements to fire up your fitness level by improving your coordination and agility. And one University of Nebraska study found that participants who improved their vertical jump also logged significantly faster 10-K running times. Even better: All that bounding and leaping builds lean muscle mass, your express ticket to a sleeker shape. (more…)

Jamie Oliver’s Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Posted on 19. Sep, 2010 in Food

Chopped salads are incredibly simple to make—you have to give them a go. If nothing else, they can offer you some chopping practice, so why not make something tasty while you’re practicing your knife skills? Anyone can make these salads—just make sure you use a good sharp chef’s knife and your biggest chopping board—and watch your fingers.

What I want to show you here is that the sky’s the limit when it comes to the different ingredients you can add to a chopped salad. –you can use whatever’s available. The only rule I would give you is to always include a couple of handfuls of crunchy lettuce to give your salad a really good texture. Try out different things, and don’t feel obliged to use the same old stuff all the time. Bell peppers, tomatoes, herb sprigs, different types of cheese…you can get any or all of these into a chopped salad.

INGREDIENTS

• A small handful of black olives
• ½ a red onion
• 1 red chile
• 3 firm ripe tomatoes
• 1 Romaine lettuce or mixture of spinach and fresh greens
• A bunch of fresh basil
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Balsamic vinegar
• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Get yourself a large chopping board and a large sharp knife. Press down on the olives with the palm of your hand to squeeze the pits out, then discard the pits. Start choppng the harder, crunchier veggies first. Peel and slice your onion, halve, seed, and finely chop your chile. Chop the olives and the tomatoes. Bring it all into the center of the board and continue chopping and mixing together. Add the lettuce leaves and basil and chop them up too. When everything is well chopped, you’ll have a big mound of salad on the board. Make a well in the middle and drizzle in 6 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Mix up so everything gets dressed and serve straight from the board or in a bowl.

This salad is so easy and so yummy, it is everything we moms love all rolled into one recipe.

Creative Lunch Ideas

Posted on 19. Sep, 2010 in Food

Hello Friends! School has been back in session for a few weeks and it’s time again to start getting inspired for your kids for lunch. Between fighting to get them out of bed and getting them dressed, packing a healthy lunch is probably the last thing on your mind. Not to mention the other battle of getting your kids to actually eat the lunch you packed- not see it end up in the playground trashcan.

The key to getting your kids to eat their lunch is making it fun to do so. We found a wonderful blog by a mother from Michigan called momcooks.net, that has many creative ideas on how to liven up your kid’s lunch. Here are a few of them. Click here to get all of the recipes.

Crazy Eights

Lunch is a lot more fun when you have eight of everything. Here’s a great idea, pick your child’s favorite combination of healthy snacks and package them up in eights. You’d be surprise how much more fun it is that way!

Tic Tac Toe Lunch

Obviously playing with your food is always more fun! Turn lunch time into play time with this creative food idea.

Safari Lunch

Why not give each lunch a theme? This is an easy way to get your child excited about lunch each day. Besides safari, try what Shamu eats (tuna salad, goldfish, sushi, shark fruit snacks, cheese slices cut into fish with cookie cutters).

Weekly Tips for September 20, 2010

Posted on 19. Sep, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  all three tips found in one article!

3 Easy Ways to Go Green All Year Round

Earth Day is celebrated in the spring, but we all know it’s good practice to be eco-friendly 365 days a year. It doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact, being more green conscious is just the opposite. Check out these ways you can make a slight switch in your life to become a go green getter. (more…)

Where do I find a traveling zoo and pony rides?

Posted on 15. Sep, 2010 in Friends

Look no more, here is your answer:  Snows Pony Rides & Farm Animals.  They do birthday parties, festivals, carnivals, grand openings, family reunions, church functions, company picnics and fundraisers. 

The employees are very professional, kind and courteous to the kids. So round’em up for your next event.

Weekly Tips for September 13, 2010

Posted on 12. Sep, 2010 in Uncategorized

So it is time to shake things up on the launch pad this week.  Instead of rocketing into your tips of the week, I thought I would let some other “experts” give you interesting insight and helpful articles.  Hearing it from another source may make it stick!! 

Green article: Men Who Don’t Ask for Directions Waste approx. $3000 (more…)