Month: April 2012

Encouraging Imaginative Play in Preschoolers

Encouraging Imaginative Play in Preschoolers

According to an article on Education.com when Preschooler’s engage in play that encourages their imaginations the benefits are Vocabulary Development and Communication, Planning and Problem Solving, and Imagination and Creativity. Pretty important stuff if I do say so!Because I’ve read this over and over I […]

Create A Relaxing Evening Routine with Numi Tea

Create A Relaxing Evening Routine with Numi Tea

I’m the kind of person who’s brains spins at about a million miles an hour all day long. I’m sure my mommy friends feel the same way! Even since I was a little girl, however, it’s always taken me a longer time to fall asleep. […]

Make Recycling Easy with Rubbermaid

Make Recycling Easy with Rubbermaid

I have a confession to make….

While I really *do* feel that being good stewards of our planet is important….and while I’m normally *not* a lazy person there is one thing that I find super hard to do…

and that’s recycle. You see–as long as it’s easy I’m on top of it! In NC we had 2 big bins right next to the other garbage dumpster where we could put our recyclables into and since it was easy I did it. When we moved here there wasn’t any easy set up, however, and while I would have a fleeting “oh this should probably be recycled” thought as I chucked paper and plastic bottles into the trash the effort of NOT chucking it right then and there made it no more than a fleeting thought.

So when I got the chance to review the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler I jumped on it! I thought it was just the nudge I needed to get me in the right direction again–and while I still need to figure out where I need to bring the things I’m saving to recycle–as you can see from my full container I *have* been doing it!

This is so super easy to instal and use–and it doesn’t even take up much room in the cabinet itself–just genius! It’s a 5 gallon bag that can holds up to 36 12-ounce cans and can fit a milk jug. I have used ours for all the scrap paper and junk mail we get–it has fit several weeks worth!


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UnJunk Your Junk Food ~ (Slim & Trim…late/early)

UnJunk Your Junk Food ~ (Slim & Trim…late/early)

As you should all be aware of by now I’m on a mission to get slim & trim. These week’s have been a little crazy for me as I’m getting ready for my parents to fly out–so I’m going to tell you about a great […]

Cravings ~ Not Your Normal Devotion

Cravings ~ Not Your Normal Devotion

I recently wrote in my Moms of Faith column about the need to ditch perfection. I talked about how for a time I gave up on doing my devotions because I felt I just didn’t have the time to do them “right”. This year I […]

Over the Moon Milk

Over the Moon Milk

Growing up for dinner every night we would have a big glass of milk along with our yummy homecooked meal. Now that I’m “all growed up” I continue this tradition. Since I’ve learned that not everyone thinks that drinking milk with dinner is “normal” but I don’t care, haha.

In fact milk is one of the only 3 liquids I drink on a regular basis. As you know right now I’m on a slim and trim quest–and I’d much rather eat my calories than drink them!

One of the big reasons Over the Moon milk appealed to me was the promise of it being extra creamy and delicious–while being fat free. They didn’t lie! It has the taste and texture of whole milk while have the goodness of skim, win-win! The fact that It has 34% more calcium and 37% protein are just extra little bonuses as well.

While this is great to drink (with dinner, mwahaha) you can also find great smoothie recipes on the website as well.

Do you drink milk with dinner? If not when do you drink it?

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Out of the Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

Out of the Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis

I have a love of older literature. It draws me in and captivates my imagination in a way that few of the newer books do. When I list my favorite authors the first off of my tongue are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, […]

Using Gorton Dinner "Cheat Nights"

Using Gorton Dinner "Cheat Nights"

I’ve been talking a lot lately about the importance of family dinners, but that is just because it really is SO important, and it’s something I happen to be very passionate about! I won’t go into all the details again, but just wanted to throw […]

The Magic of Paper and Notebooks

The Magic of Paper and Notebooks

As I’ve mentioned before, even though I’m a techy girl I feel like for many things you just cannot beat good old fashioned paper and pen! We use paper for so many different things at our house all day long!

I always have a big Paper Notebook like the Roaring Spring Wirebound Notebook 3 Subject on hand. My mom saw it the last time she was here and asked me what it was, I replied, “My Brain.” She laughed but it really is so true! I use it to organize my review papers (the pockets are great for that), keep my list of passwords and log on information, use it for my devotion journal, a list of all our family and friends birthdays (some people aren’t on Facebook you know) and prayer requests, and for work information, notes, and ideas.

I also love using office supplies that are fun and pretty for writing down goals. I’m going to use the Roaring Spring Elephant PooPoo Paper to write down my work out goals, including my 10 year goals that Fit Moms for Life inspired me to write down! And yes–when they say poo they mean poo. The notebook is made from, get this, recycled elephant poo!!!!!!! For real, it is the most hysterical thing I’ve ever heard of (and no it’s not stinky and actually super cute–I love it, bahaha).

 Amber continues to LOVE doing school each day and so we continue to go through *lots* of paper for it. Although she has lots of workbooks during her free unstructured drawing time she’s still been defaulting to doing “school” by herself–as you can see here. I can barely believe my “baby” is big enough to write out the alphabet by herself! The Roaring Spring Landscape Format Writing Pad – College Ruled will be perfect and much better for her to “practice” on than scrap paper is.

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Looking Hot as a Mom ~ Body Bark & Strap Tamers

Looking Hot as a Mom ~ Body Bark & Strap Tamers

We’ve all heard about, seen it, or–gulp–been victims of it. The “letting yourself go” syndrome. Pre-kiddos keeping care of yourself and looking pretty is definitely a *whole* lots more easy! And let’s be honest–when you know the only people who will see you all day […]