Weekly Tips for September 20, 2011

Posted on 18. Sep, 2011 by in Uncategorized

Summer may have been over for you when the kids went back to school, but there are still some activities and family fun you can squeeze in. Our family has been very fortunate to be invited to go waterskiing and tubing at two different lakes and 4×4 in the Mojave Desert. It is truly a A-Ha parent moment to watch your babies get behind a ski boat and be taken away. Or jump into a Jeep and take off over the mountains and climb rocks. You want these moments so you can watch them grow and at the same time, grab them – wrap them in their favorite blankie and cuddle them tight! Has your child(ren) done a big kid activity that you just weren’t ready for them to do, yet?

NICE: See someone really struggling?

Take 3 minutes out of your fabulous life and give them a smile and encouragement to get them through the next hurdle!

GREEN: How Green are you?

Reuse a ketchup squeeze bottle to make the perfect pancake batter dispenser! Wash it out first, so your pancakes don’t taste tomatoey.

When buying a set of sheets, consider bamboo or organic cotton!

HEALTH: How do you eat healthy on a budget? Here are 7 Healthy, Cheap Eats.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be pricey. Use these budget-friendly strategies to shop smart.

Never shop hungry. It’s not a myth. Hunger activates the part of your brain that responds like Pavlov’s dog to tempting pictures and descriptions of food. That’s why a stroll down the cookie aisle lands all those sweets in your cart when you shop just before dinner!

Plunk down cold, hard cash, not plastic. You’ll make 30% fewer unhealthful impulse buys at the grocery store. (Look! MoonPies!) Ah, the power of green stuff — the kind you keep in your wallet!

Think local and seasonal. You can save big-time bucks buying squash in winter and cherries in summer (instead of vice versa), especially if you buy locally grown produce. Seasonal isn’t possible everywhere, but get just-picked fruits and veggies whenever you can; they pack a big flavor bonus.

Be choosy about organics. Buying organic versions of these 12 fruits and veggies (the famous “dirty dozen”) is worth it because they practically inhale pesticides: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes. But save your organic money on these, which just aren’t prone to pesticide residues: tomatoes (new entries), avocados, watermelons, sweet corn, onions, mangoes, pineapple, peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, and grapefruit.

Get secret wild salmon. Can’t swing $30 a pound for the first run of wild Pacific salmon? Wheel your cart to the canned-fish aisle — salmon packed in tins and pouches is usually the wild type!

FOOD:  Lean Green Pita Dippers.

Kids will love these dippers. Great for a snack or with a protein for dinner.

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