October 17, 2014

Yogurt - A Good Source of Calcium For Kids

Yogurt - A Good Source of Calcium For Kids

Any parent will tell you how hard it is to get kids to eat healthy, nutritious foods. Although kids love foods that taste good, unfortunately a lot of those foods are high in fat or sugar. Low-fat, calcium-rich foods, like yogurt and gelato products, are often last on the favorite food list. 

A calcium-rich diet is important to good bone health and skeletal development in children. From early toddler years through teenage years, calcium plays an important role in bone mass, especially important for adolescent girls who are more prone to osteoporosis in later life. According to studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), children don't get the minimum daily calcium requirements necessary for strong bone health. Studies show that infants (age one to three) need 500 mg of calcium per day; children (age four to ten) need 800 mg per day; and children (age ten to 18) need 1,300 mg per day. 

By serving live and active culture yogurt, parents can help kids get their daily calcium requirements. Yogurt is a good source of calcium, high in protein, and easy to digest by lactose-sensitive kids. Even if your child is a picky eater, you can work yogurt into their diet with healthy food and snack ideas. Here are some great tips:

* Vegetables – Replace the sour cream topping on a baked potato or chicken burrito with plain yogurt. They have a similar taste, and your kids may not even know the difference. 

* Salads – Prepare chicken or tuna salad with one-half mayonnaise and one-half plain yogurt. Serve as a snack with whole grain crackers, or pack a healthy sandwich in the lunch box.

* Dips – Make a vegetable or chip dip with plain yogurt and seasonings like dill, chili powder and cumin. Chill and serve as a healthy after school or Saturday snack. 

* Pancakes – Fruit-flavored yogurt makes a great topping for pancakes and waffles, a favorite breakfast food for most kids any day of the week. 

* Drinks – Whip up a batch of yogurt smoothies by filling the blender with plain or fruit-flavored yogurt, your child's favorite fruit, ice, and blend. Serve it in glasses with plastic yogurt spoons or colorful straws.

* Desserts – Use frozen yogurt instead of ice cream to top pie or cake. Fill a chocolate cookie pie crust with frozen yogurt, freeze, and serve as a no-bake pie your kids will love.

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October 15, 2014

Welcome to the 38th week of Wake Up Wednesday

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Last week we had  337 awesome linkups!   

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... and a Denim Shirt Cushion Cover

I randomly found a denim shirt in my fabric stash.... probably bought from a charity shop 'just incase'! I'm glad I did buy it though, as it meant I had something to upcycle into a cushion cover!

In my last post, I shared Part 1 of my Fall/Halloween Decor in our Living Room.
Please Click HERE if you missed it!

halloween spooky pumpkin carvings
This year why not try  give your jack-o’-lantern a new groove with these unique pumpkin carving ideas and designs.

Easy Taco Pizza

Burlap & Lace Garland

As much as I LOVE this time of year, for some reason I’ve never really gotten into decorating for it. But, this year’s a little bit different! As a new blogger, I find myself getting swept away by the excitement and beauty of this Fall decor that’s surrounding me. 

Mini Oreo Cheesecake

from Titi Crafty

I learned the bease for a cheesecake recipe from my mom when I was a teen and I hadn’t changed it  a bit.

from AM to PM Blog

Doing a full-on beauty stash clear-out after neglecting it for a while is pretty grim.   It’s really not pretty.

What do you look for in a friend?

from Penny A. Zeller

I recently watched the movie Mom’s Night Out for the second time. I love this movie and highly recommend it. One of my favorite things is the friendship between Allyson and Izzy. They’ve been best friends since grade school, and while they have totally different 0personalities, they can rely on each other no matter what. Even when Allyson has a major meltdown, Izzy is still her best friend, cheering her on…and being there for Allyson through thick and thin.

Olaf Dress Up Costume

from  Ruffles And Rain Boots

I wasn’t going to make a FROZEN inspired Olaf dress up apron until some friends of ours suggested that all of our kids go together as the cast of FROZEN for Halloween this year (thanks Ang and Kris!). Because I’ve already made FROZEN inspired Princess Anna and Queen Elsa costumes, the only one left was this little cutie. When sketching out this Olaf costume, I designed it while keeping a certain young man in mind. That adorable, precocious little flirt of a fellow has a sensory processing disorder so whatever I designed couldn’t have a hood or anything on his face because he doesn’t like that.


from  Annie's Noms
Honey Spice Streusel Muffins | Annie's Noms - These Honey Spice Streusel Muffins are just perfect for your breakfast! Soft, sweet and spicy with the added crunch of a streusel topping. Yoghurt makes these muffins tender and soft, whilst the honey sweetens and adds a tang which is perfectly complimented by the spices; an Autumnal taste sensation!
These Honey Spice Streusel Muffins are just perfect for your breakfast! Soft, sweet and spicy with the added crunch of a streusel topping. Yoghurt makes these muffins tender and soft, whilst the honey sweetens and adds a tang which is perfectly complimented by the spices; an Autumnal taste sensation!

How to Have a Backyard Scavenger Hunt with FREE Printable
from My Big Fat Happy Life
We have done scavenger hunts in a couple different ways 1) creating a chart with photos and words on the computer (see below for a FREE printable) or 2) hand drawing the pictures of the items and writing out the word.  For older children you could just write out a list of items to find.  I also like the idea of re-enforcing numbers by having S find 5 rocks or 8 leaves.

There are lots of items I would consider absolutely essential as a mom, but honestly there’s only one item I can’t go 20 minutes without and that’s my phone. And it’s not because I’m playing Candy Crush or posting pictures on Facebook. It’s because of the collection of free apps I’ve gathered that tell me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Ones that calm my baby, put him to sleep, then calm me. And ones that tell me what’s going on outside the world of baby. And for those moments when I do have time to post on Facebook, it makes the process possible (and fun).

Turn Coke tins into Beautiful Candle Votives

from Let's Make It Lovely

Be it Diwali or Christmas, this is a perfect craft for the coming up holiday season. Wouldn't it make a lovely gift for friends or family? Or how about just adding a little accent decor piece to any corner in your home? All you need to do is save some soft drink tins and get started. Before I begin on how I did it, let me tell you my inspiration for this one came from these Brass Candle holders when I was searching google images for Diwali decor ideas. Let's get started.


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October 12, 2014

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; 
I was made weak, that I might learn to humbly obey.
     I asked for health, that I might do greater things; 
     I was given infirmity, that I might do better things. 
I asked for riches, that I might be happy; 
I was given poverty, that I might be wise. 
     I asked for power, that I might have the praise of 
     I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God. 
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; 
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. 
     I got nothing that I asked for, 
     But everything I had hoped for. 
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

I wanted to let you know about an great opportunity that is available over at Wife Mommy Me starting tomorrow.  Join one of my favorite bloggers as she partners with  Mariel from Living For His Glory in a 28 day blog Bible study.

They have selected "Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days" by Kay Arthur. In just 28 days readers learn how to
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October 10, 2014

Making Christmas Memories that will last!

I absolutely love the holidays.  As soon as the weather starts to cool, which can take time here in Texas, I start to get in the mood to decorate.  First for fall, then Thanksgiving and finally my favorite...Christmas.  I'm not sure if it's because of my love for Christmas or if its this way for everyone but getting ready and making memories can take a LOT of work!!

We have fun traditions that I am sure are shared with most everyone.  From decorating the tree, to making cookies, wrapping present and the fun school parties for the kids.  One of our favorite things to do is watching the "original" Christmas shows from back when I was a kid. You know Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and my favorite is Christmas Carol with Scrooge McDuck.  Pour me a glass of eggnog, put a few cookies on a plate and I am in heaven!

I will admit writing all the Christmas cards in not my favorite but I do love watching the kids write their list to Santa.  They sit there with their pencils and paper and put so much thought into what they want to ask for.  Of course, they always start out with telling Santa how great they have been and how they "always" listen and "never" talk back.  I have saved everyone of them.  There is a trick to that too.  Because they love to put them in the envelope, seal them up and place them in the mailbox themselves.  You have to sneak them out of the mailbox and hide them before they catch you..and believe me I have been caught once and trying to talk my way out of that was harder then trying to avoid ice cream on a bad day!

Something the kids love to do is go to Wal-Mart and "shop" the toy department.  They each take a little notebook....trust me you want only a little notebook or you will be there forever..and write down everything they want.  It's really been great for me as well because then I can see by their reaction how much they really want it and when it's time to buy it I already know what it looks like.   I came up with that idea one year when I couldn't figure out what Ben was asking for and for the life of me couldn't find it.  Then when I finally had him point it out I could have kicked myself because I had walked past it about a million times!!

Helping out  your little one make their list your local Wal-Mart is hosting a Holiday Toyland Event where you can check out all the hottest toys.  My local Wal-Mart has one tomorrow and I will be taking the kids and starting that list now.

To find your local Holiday Toyland Event click HERE  Make sure you come back and I will show you what toy Sarah is begging for...that is as long as I can grab it before everyone else!!

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I would love for you to join myself along with other amazing bloggers in a cash giveaway to bless someone with some extra cash at the start of this Christmas shopping season.  

The Giveaway will run from November 5, 2014 and end on November 21, 2014 at midnight.  The more of us who join in the bigger the amount we will be giving away. 

Once the winner is verified funds will be sent PayPal.  I have allowed some extra time since a few times I have had very slow response from winners and even have had to use Rafflecopter to pick a second winner.  I want to make sure that they have their winnings in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. What a great way for someone to kick off their holiday shopping!! 

Of course the amount we will be giving away all depends on how many people sign up to be part of this great giveaway! I have already put in $50 to get it started. Here are the details:

Entry links are $5 a link  OR co-host for $20 and get 5 links PLUS the HTML to post on your site when the giveaway goes live.  There will be a #hashtag for the giveaway and LOTS of social media exposure.  Sure to help get a lot of attention for your blog or shop! Hurry the sign ups end on October 24th!!
1 - entry link $5
2 - entry link $10
3- entry link $15
4 - entry link $20
5 - entry link $25

Enter here at Christmas Cash Giveaway!!  

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If you would be willing to post the HTML on your site you can get ONE free entry link....let me know if you would like the HTML!! 

I would really like to have everyone's pictures featured for this giveaway so please let me know if you don't want to.  In the past I have had some who have asked no pictures but would like to include those who are okay with it.

Feel free to spread the word about the giveaway as well.  The more bloggers who are a part the bigger the cash giveaway..the bigger the cash giveaway the more people enter...you see how this works!!

ANYONE can buy a link or be a co-host.  I do ask no adult content sites.

The giveaway will be open worldwide.  You just need to be 18 years or older and have a PayPal account. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will help out in any way I can.

I would love for you to be part of this giveaway and to be able to join in with a group of  bloggers and store owners and really be able to start off someone's Holiday's in a BIG way!

October 9, 2014

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