“Gone, Gone, Gone, Gone, All My Kids Are Gone”!

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My Journeys Through Life . . . Herding Cats In Albuquerque!

OK, so, let’s just be real here . . . I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my kids, and if anything ever happened to any of them, my heart would be in shreds. However, as any of you who are moms surely know, especially if you are fellow homeschooling moms, sometimes, we just need a little break. Right?🙂

So, my older two, “The Batman” and “The Artist” left yesterday with the teen group from our church for their annual winter retreat to the Cross Bar X Ranch in Durango, Colorado, and the twins, ”
Mr. Loquacious” and “The Puzzler” just left a little while ago for an overnight with friends from church who have two kids that are great friends with our kids. I am kid-less until late tomorrow afternoon when the teens return, at which time I’ll be getting the twins back as well.

So what will I do with…

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15 Tips & Tricks – Organize Your Home

Check out these great tips!

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15 Tips & Tricks - Organize Your Home - Life With Lorelai | Life With Lorelai

You may have read on my blog before, here and here that I am still trying to recover from an upstairs bathroom flood, which caused a waterfall in my living room for over 5 1/2 hours, just 5-days before Christmas last year. On top of this monumental disaster, I am trying to de-clutter and re-organize my home. I live in the house I grew up in with my daughter Rory. So, after 42-years and 4-generations, there is LOTS of work to be done around here.

Pinterest is an amazing source for organizational tips and tricks. I am gathering quite a collection of Pins on my Pinterest Board. I thought I would share a few of those Pins with you, and I hope you will SHARE This Post with others too!

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Let’s Get Organized!

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In Southern California, flip flops are almost everyday wear. So, needless to say…

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Breakfast BLT … And A Little Featured Bloginess

ck out this great simple n easy breakfast to try!

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Breakfast BLT Sandwich with printable recipe

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Anyone Up For a Breakfast BLT ?

Doesn’t that look DELICIOUS? You have no idea how good it was with our homegrown tomatoes, and this sandwich resulted as a mash-up of mine and Luke’s ideas for Sunday breakfast.I had a can of Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits (which I love) that I had planned on fixing with some eggs and such. We had so many tomatoes from the garden that Luke thought maybe we should have a BLT for breakfast…it was after 10:30…

So, I decided to just go for it and make a BLT on the Buttermilk Biscuits… they were AMAZING! You should definitely give this recipe a try. And talk about easy, easy, easy.

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Breakfast BLT
Printable Recipe

Here’s what you need:

Trader Joe's Buttermilk Biscuits

  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:

Following the directions on your can of biscuits, get them baking in…

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$1/1 ONE KRAFT RECIPE MAKERS Printable + Target Store Coupon to Stack! « Saving with Holly

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Go Here for Eating More than 5+ Daily!

Seven Ways to Make Vegetables Fun for Kids

by  on June 24, 2013 in Nutrition

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You’ve probably heard the mantra “Eat Five a Day” which encourages all to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The National Cancer Institute actually encourages more – nine servings per day to reduce the risk of many types of cancer. It is not usually too difficult to get kids to eat fruit, as they are sweeter. But vegetables – now that’s another story.

Vegetables have many benefits for children:
• Veggies can help aid digestion. The fiber found in vegetable helps to prevent constipation.
• Veggies are “fill-up” foods. Because they are filling, kids will be less likely to be hungry soon after a meal and craving junk foods in between meals.
• Veggies are full of essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients for growth and good health.

But just being good for you is probably not enough motivation to get kids to try new vegetables such as Brussels sprouts or kale. Here are some tips from Parenting Magazine on making vegetables fun to eat:

• Cut cucumbers into ribbons and use them on sandwiches, salads, or as an edible garnish
• Create fun “pictures” on a plate using fruits and vegetables. If you are creative enough, try recreating a picture (using fruits and vegetables) of a favorite character or scene. Pinterest is an excellent source for pictures of fun, kid-friendly plate ideas.
• Try adding more interesting spices and flavors to vegetables, such as combining mint with peas for a refreshing taste.
• Make “Carrot Fries” instead of French Fries made of potatoes. Slice one pound of carrots into sticks using a crinkle cutter. Toss with olive oil, dried thyme and salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes on a parchment paper-lined pan.
• Make Veggie Chips instead of potato chips using Kale, Carrot, or Sweet Potatoes
• It’s okay to use a dip to tempt your kids into trying a new food. Ketchup, ranch dressing, queso, salsa – be creative! It’s okay if it gets kids to eat some veggies.
• Add kale or spinach to fruit smoothies. The taste of the leafy green will not even be detectable, but of course the color will. Call it a “Power Smoothie”, “Monster Punch”, “Ninja Turtle Drink” or come up with your own creative name.

If you just can’t get your child to eat vegetables, first – be patient. It can take up to 15 exposures before a child is willing to give a new food a chance. But there are sneaky ways to get vegetables into your kid’s diet. Puree!, says “Sneaky Chef” Missy Chase Levine. Take a favorite – such as boxed Macaroni and Cheese – and mix in a puree made of carrots and sweet potatoes. You can even sneak in a white bean puree into a cake mix – and your kids will never know.

Of course, ultimately, the very best way to get your kids to eat fruits and vegetables – and other healthy foods – is to model the behavior yourself. Shop together at a farmer’s market, grow your own garden, and have dinner together as a family. These activities can go a very long way in growing a healthy eater.

Read more at www.emaxhealth.com.

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