Monthly Archives: April 2012
Monthly Archives: April 2012
I am sitting by a pile of papers. These papers are filled with hours of effort and love from my children. I decided it would be a nice idea to make a college of my favorites for each child. Then I hope to preserve them in custom picture frames. I thought this would be a wonderful gift for Mother’s day. I have everything I need and these pictures that were made with such love and consideration exemplify what Mother’s day is all about. When I reflect on my life I know that the images created this year by my children will remind me about how they were back then.
I can look back and see that my son writes d instead of b and my daughter make large heads on small bodies. Then I can look at the colorful circles and puppets with mismatched eyes and green yarn hair and be remind of the puppet shows that gave them life. I will look at the framed images and be reminded of the changes our life brings us. I will place my collage frames over my desk while I work. It will remind me of why I work and also remind me that with each day that passes their art will become more refined and their ideas more concrete. It in fact the way life goes but it is imperative to capture your memories and preserve them for a lifetime. I hope one day these picture frames find a home in their kids room.
I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!
Letting Go Of What’s Holding You Down: A Look At How I am Taking Back My Sanity One Day At A Time
Over the past three years I have had this inner battle to become healthier both mentally and physically. To say that I have won the battle would be nowhere near the truth. In fact, some days I feel as if I have lost the battle, the war and am ready to throw in the white towel of surrender and defeat. Other days I feel that I am on the right path to cleaning up the battlefield of dysfunction and am headed down the pathway to peace. Thankfully the pathway to peace has become far more travelled lately so I thought I would share some of the little lessons I have learned along the way. Hopefully these little tid bits will be helpful to those who spend time on the battlefield.
Also, please visit Karla’s Lifetime Moms page and read her articles.
What could be better than relaxing and not having to worry about where you are going to have your meals are while on vacation? How about having those meals for free? If you book your Disney World vacation before May 18th and are traveling in the time of August 25th through September 29th, you are eligible to have the free dining option.
Buy a non-discounted Disney Magic Your Way Package at select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort for stays most nights between Aug. 25th and Sept. 29th and get the Disney Dining Plan FREE! Or if you want to choose a value resort, you get a FREE Quick-Service Dining Plan. Best part, this offer is also available at the brand new Art of Animation Resort that is set to open this May 31.
This is a great value which ever resort you choose. But don’t miss out, you must book by May 18th to get this amazing deal.
Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.
Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters. To see all Ask a Nurse articles click here.
(Works for picky husbands, too!)
As a nurse and a mother of six healthy kids, I have developed a few ways to sneak some nutrition into our meals. I decided to share with you these secret, never before revealed tips, so you can deceive conceal from your family how healthy their meals really are.
The absolute best way to raise kids who are not picky eaters is to start from the beginning. From the time your baby is old enough to eat solid food you should expose him to lots of healthy vegetables, grains, and proteins. Go by what your Pediatrician recommends for when to introduce foods, but once your child can eat a variety of foods, give them a variety! Try to hold off on the sweet fruits, once your baby tastes fruit they often begin to refuse vegetables. Sometimes a fruit and vegetable blend is a better choice. Never give your baby sugar! Read all the labels! We are addicted to sugar, do the best thing for your child and let them taste food in its natural state.
I know I am always saying this phrase to you, but I do it because it works! Why would your children want to eat vegetables when you turn your nose up at them? Try new foods yourself, and try new ways of fixing your old favorites.
Letting kids help with some of the meal preparation helps them want to try their creation! Give them plenty of praise during the prep and while eating.
Try blending some vegetables until they have a fairly smooth texture. Add this super-nutritious blend to spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, any casserole, soup, or any other recipe that has some bold flavors already. I did this for years until my family found out! It is best to only add a small amount and keep adding each time you make a meal until the taste is discernible.
Add oatmeal to meatloaf, cookies, bread, muffins or dry cereal. Most of us do not get enough fiber in our diet, and oatmeal has 4 grams of fiber per cup. Lentils can be cooked and mashed and added to many meals, at 15.6 grams of fiber per cup they are a great food to sneak in (if your family doesn’t like the taste). Another trick is to add Benefiber (or generic equivalent) fiber to any liquid or cooked foods. You can’t taste it and it does not get thick or goopy, I use it all the time….Shhh! Don’t tell!
You don’t have to live in the country or have acres of land to grow your own food. Start small, plant a bean seed in a paper cup on the windowsill. When it gets a few inches tall and has several leaves, transplant it to a pot outside, or plant it in any spot that gets sun. Let your child water it, and pull up any weeds that sprout up too close. Before long your child will have grown his own beans! When your child grows his own food, of course he will want to eat it! Lightly steam or microwave your few bean pods, add a tiny bit of butter, maybe a sprinkle of salt and/or pepper and voila! You and your child are ready to plant some more! Look at what seeds or plants are for sale in your area. Let your child pick out a few they want to grow. Did you know you can grow purple beans? When you cook them they turn bright green when they are done! Maybe growing purple beans will convince your child to try them!
Photo by kirsten reese (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/)
Remember the snack, “ants on a log” when you were a kid? All it took was celery, peanut butter and raisins. You can do all kinds of creative things to make healthy food more fun to eat. How about kabobs? You can buy those long sticks at Wal-Mart; just don’t let the kids sword fight with them or you may be making a trip to the emergency room before you make dinner! You can do all kinds of food on kabob sticks. Fruit, veggies, cheese cubes alternated with fruit, use your imagination! I used to let my one daughter put sprinkles on her oatmeal! It wasn’t much, but it got her to eat the healthy rolled oats for breakfast. She is almost 19 and I think she still adds sprinkles sometimes! Using “dip” is another trick that works. Let your kids use ranch dressing, ketchup, yogurt, or your own concoction to dip food into.
Make up some funny and memorable names for some of your dishes. I’m sure you have heard of “broccoli trees,” “pretzel logs,” and “carrot coins”. Think up some catchy names for other meals. When my kids were little, I would save leftovers in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. When we had a bag full I would make soup. For some reason, we didn’t want to call it “leftover soup,” so the kids came up with “Donkey soup!” I have no idea how that name came up!
Eating frozen food is fun, especially in hot weather. Putting it on a stick is just another fun bonus! Make your own frozen pops with fresh fruit, juice, and/or yogurt. Freeze bananas and put them on a stick, melt a little dark chocolate in the microwave and dip, roll in granola or chopped nuts. Frozen grapes or cherries are fun and tasty, just be careful of choking. I wouldn’t give them to young children or any child who was running or being wild at the time.
Smoothies are all the rage right now. Basically you throw some frozen fruit, yogurt, and ice cubes in the blender and blend until thick and smooth. There are many variations, try any of these combinations:
Well, I hope you have a few more ideas to try on your families this week! I would love to hear from you!
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Arbor Day is April 27th, here’s a fun frugal craft idea that will teach your kids about recycling and creating a beautiful piece of art featuring your child’s precious handprint at the same time!
1. Grab those leftover newspapers and allow your child to rip or cut it into pieces.
2. Cover the empty cereal box in Mod Podge.
3. Lay the pieces of torn newspaper to completely cover the Mod Podge. Allow to dry.
4. Paint your child’s hand with paint and have them put their handprints on the box to create tree top.
4. Paint a bottom to your tree and allow your child to fingerpaint leaves.
Since the cereal box acts as like a thick canvas print, we are using ours to cover up the thermastat!
If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.
If you enjoy my crafts, please be sure to share them on Pinterest!
What is a Wigo? It is the best brush I have ever owned. I love mine. I used to have frizzy hair. I mean it was really bad. When I use this brush it acts like flat iron and makes your hair shiny and straight. I love it and that it is a frugal fashion find at under $20. Yes I realize that you would have been able to see better if my hair is wet. I promise it works and the results last all day without product.
You can buy your own Wigo brush at ULTA… best gift!