Archives for September 2012

A Few Healthy Eating Tips For Your Holiday Survival

 

 

 

 

The holidays are just around the corner! Be prepared and Get ahead of the weight loss game NOW!

There are many fortunate people that don’t have a concern in the world about gaining weight during the holidays, or at anytime for that matter. Then we have the unfortunate people that seem to gain weight from just looking at all the festive treats.

 

For most families the holiday season bring lots of family get togethers and festivities to attend. Of course these times are quite the challenge for those individuals who have weight issues. Let’s face it when you’re watching your waistline, it’s hard to resist when you’re presented with all your culinary favorites. But there are many simple things you can do to help prevent yourself from gaining weight this time of year.

Below are a few tips I’d like to share with you about striving to stay as healthy as possible throughout the holidays. Hopefully they will be of some help.

1. Exercise daily. Make sure you do some type of exercise everyday. Walking is ideal, weather permitting of course. Some people power walk and others just walk normally. Either way is good for you as long as you do it consistently. To make it more enjoyable, get a walking buddy to go walking with you. You may also find it helpful to bring along a cd player or a Mp3 player. When the weather does not cooperate, maybe try out some videos or a treadmill.

2. Make water your best friend. Drinking water daily is healthy for a number of reasons. The main rule about drinking water is it keeps you hydrated of course. But it also aids with weight loss and maintenance. Before sitting down to a lavish holiday meal, drink a full glass of water. You’ll be surprised by how less you will consume at each meal. It’s a good idea to do this before every meal you eat, not just at holiday time.

3. Raw veggies and low fat dips. While out at holiday parties always look for those decorative raw veggie trays. Often times these type of gatherings have them. Opt for healthy veggies over high calorie and high fat foods. Chex mixes are also healthful choices.

4. Small meal or snack before going out. If you’re planning to go out to eat or to a party, eat a very small meal or snack before you leave. This will discourage overeating and will also help to speed up your body’s metabolism.

5. Say “no” to alcohol. Drinking alcoholic beverages is not a good choice if you’re watching your weight. They are loaded with fat and calories. Bottled water or low fat green tea is a much better choice. Also low fat smoothies are always good for you.

6. Baking with unsweetened applesauce. If you love to bake during the holiday season, try substituting applesauce for sugar, butter, or eggs in those recipes. It cuts down considerably on fat and calories. Recently I used unsweetened applesauce in a brownie recipe and both my husband and I really liked them. Try it for yourself in a few of your favorites.

Please Note: Substituting applesauce in some recipes may not work out well. You will need to do some experimenting and maybe some research.

Just by following the simple tips above, you can lower your risk of reading those unwanted higher digits on your scale at the end of holiday time.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

You can find more articles and recipes, along with grandparenting and parenting tips at Grandparenting Tips and Articles

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Benefits of Eating Fresh Foods

 

 

 

By Steve McDaniel

Today’s life has become more convenient and more automated and in embracing the new convenience, we have lost our traditional habit of eating fresh foods. More and more people are giving in to the habit of eating processed food rather than including fresh meats and vegetables into their meals for a healthy diet. Fresh vegetables are a good source of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals in addition to proteins and fat. Many of these essential nutrients get destroyed during processing and preservation, therefore, preserved and processed foods lose many of the nutrients present in fresh vegetables.

Fresh vegetables contain vitamin A, C and E as well as the B-complex vitamins. Vitamin A is very important for vision and skin health, vitamin B-complex is essential for a variety of physiological functions. Vitamin C is very important for the immune system and vitamin E is the powerful natural anti-oxidant that slows down aging processes. However, it is important to keep in mind, that most of these vitamins are thermo-labile and get destroyed if vegetables are cooked at high temperatures or for a long period of time. In order to preserve these vitamins and take advantage of the health benefits they offer, it is important that we eat our vegetables fresh and raw. A good example could be carrot. It has plenty of carotenoids and vitamin A and it can be eaten raw in salads.

Minerals like Potassium is important for regulation of blood pressure and calcium present in many vegetables maintains bone health. However, it is important to know that mineral supplements seldom get absorbed as much as the minerals in vegetables because of the natural biological chaperones required for their absorption. For example, calcium only gets absorbed when it’s coupled to vitamin D as cholecalciferol. Thus it is easily absorbed in a natural biological form when eaten in vegetables rather from supplement pills.

The recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables is nine servings and studies show that we typically eat one-third of that. People who want to eat fresh veggies are also limited by their availability during the winter months and are forced to consume frozen vegetables. While, the freezing in itself does not destroy vitamins and other nutrients, the process of freezing them microbe-free for long term storage actually involves steps that kill vital enzymes and key beneficial ingredients. For example, they are blanched in hot water and passed through steam when most vitamins are degraded. Similarly, cooking them at higher temperatures also degrades some vitamins. Cooking at high temperatures also generate undesired substances like free radicals. Specially, deep fried foods contain high amounts of free radicals caused by oil getting oxidized at higher temperatures. A study published in the revered journal “Scientific American” has found that vitamin C levels declined by 10% in tomatoes cooked for two minutes and 29% when cooked for half hour at 190.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

While eating frozen, processed or cooked vegetables should not be discouraged in view of the fact that eating veggies in any form is better than not eating at all, the health benefits of eating them raw or fresh definitely offers more health benefits.

Article By Steve McDaniel

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As part of a healthy lifestyle it’s important to eat fresh fruits, vegetables & meats. Processed foods have lost much of the beneficial vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to perform optimally. One of the best places to find these are at health food stores. If you are looking for health food stores and can’t find one locally you can always buy health food online.

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The Chipped Mug

 

 

 

 

 

M&M Cookies Mug Pic From http://www.etsy.com/listing/101772878/mm-cookies

 

This is an inspiring true story and an awesome article about a Call Center Rep and Prayer Partner @ Joyce Meyer Ministries. I thought maybe you all would enjoy! 🙂

By: Shirley Green

Meet William J. Howell and family of Red Bud, IL who has a vision so big and beautiful that it warms the heart. Will wears many hats these days as a husband, father, entrepreneur and prayer partner at Joyce Meyer Ministries in Fenton, Missouri.

First, the initial step to opening the “The Chipped Mug” (TCM) in Red Bud, Illinois is the website where everyone can visit and make purchases to help fund the future site of “TCM”. The Chipped Mug was first conceived in the mind and heart of William J. Howell when he was still single and a college student and saw a coffee shop called the “Ugly Mug”. He noticed how people loved to hang out at “The Ugly Mug” which consequently became the local gathering place, a kind of piazza where people can mingle and socialize.

Next, Will relocated to St. Louis, MO to get a job and a month later, he visited the popular website called E harmony.com where he found his wife, Sara. Meeting Sara was one of the best things that happened to Will because Sara is extremely supportive and upbeat; let’s just say meeting Sara was a “good thing” for him. The two married in less than a year of their courtship and remain committed to each other and to the vision of TCM. Now, they have 3 beautiful girls whose names are: Maleah, 4 years old; Joanna, 3 years old & Olivia who is their 1 year old. Periodically over the years, Will’s aspirations to open TCM coffee house repeatedly resurfaced in his heart and mind.

Actually, Will isn’t one who likes change nor easily yields to the propensity to change; change is not a normal part of his character, however, his dream to open the coffee house in Red Bud, IL continues to be at the forefront of his heart. He is pursuing the dream strategically and wholeheartedly which will bring about a great change for his family as well as their community.

At this present time, Will travels about 100 miles per day from his home in Red Bud, IL to Joyce Meyer Ministries in Fenton, MO where he is employed as a Call Center Representative and Prayer Partner. It’s very important and innate for Will to help make a difference in the lives of people; by working at the Ministry, the difference he makes touches and changes lives worldwide every day.

Moreover, Will and Sara believe in living a debt-free lifestyle and currently, every business transaction on behalf of TCM is done through their online web store (TheChippedMug.Net) with no overhead dollars to pay; in a few years, their home will be paid off too.

The concept behind opening TCM has already been branded and includes their quote, “Changing the world 1 cup of coffee at a time.” The atmosphere at TCM will be one of excitement and the endeavor for the ambiance of the business will be a loving and family oriented social gathering place, the same ambiance Will remembers about The Ugly Mug. Furthermore, this will be a great tourist attraction for the City of Red Bud, IL to help generate more revenue and to gain national notoriety for the town, which means more jobs, which is a good thing, especially in our present economy. TCM plans to incorporate live entertainment, serve tasty desserts and breads from the in-house bakery while at the same time, starting and maintaining a family business that can be handed down to their children and their grandchildren.

From an early age, entrepreneurism was always in Will’s heart like his grandpa who also owned his own business. The name “The Chipped Mug” comes from a passage of Scripture in Jeremiah 18:4-6 where it talks about “I have declared thee as the potter, he made our imperfections as perfect.” This means even with our imperfections, we can still be very useful.

Are Will and Sara trying to get rich from “The Chipped Mug”? In fact, their philosophy and concept is that any excess proceeds generated by TCM are given away to help others. TCM is a “for-profit” family business but operates as a not-for-profit company undertaking many philanthropic projects. Their plans are to purchase an in-town building in Red Bud, IL where their family lives close and owns the coffee house and bakery. Sara and her mom will run the day-to-day tasks of the bakery which will be located inside TCM coffee house. The location the couple has chosen will be in close proximity to their home, the local college, hospital, park and area bank.

Red Bud, IL City Hall c/o City Data

Currently Will and Sara willingly support other organizations that are like minded and maintain a core value to reach out to help others. Some of these organizations the family supports include organizations like “Chocolate and the Red Shoe” which empowers women to dream big and teaches them practical ways to accomplish their goals; “Restoration A.S.A.P.” provides relief to those in need of health care through a “Doc On The Block” program offered to those who cannot afford health care & a “Humanitarian Outreach” called Project58.org which helps the people in Haiti & Guatemala build homes and fund other local needs. Also, Will looks forward to the days when he can also support other organizations like the YMCA who regularly goes out into the community to help others.

Mark Batterson, who has become one of the most important people to Will and Sara is a well-known Pastor and author who owns a coffeehouse based in Washington, DC which coins itself as the modern “well” which was a common meeting place in Jewish history. In addition, The National Community Church pastored by Mark Batterson is one of the fastest growing, influential churches in the DC area. Pastor Mark Batterson is also the author of book titles like “The Circle Maker” and “In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day”. Since 2009, Pastor Mark Batterson has offered support and information about owning a coffee shop to Will and Sara and always welcomes their inquiries. As you can see, Will & Sara surrounds themselves with a company of shakers and movers who are touching lives locally, nationally and internationally.

In addition, William J. Howell is the Author of his own book entitled “Visual Impairment” and it speaks to those who need help finding their purpose and encourages them to never giving up on their dreams. “Visual Impairment” can be purchased on Amazon.com for $12 and most likely, the book may soon become available to Kindle readers. Still, this isn’t the only title that will hit the shelves; there are more titles by Will in the making yet to be published.

Will’s greatest inspiration of course is his beautiful wife, Sara. “She gives me the encouragement to accomplish whatever needs to be done”; “Sara believes in me completely and she is beside me 100%.” On the other hand, Sara says, “I can’t wait until the day when work for Will is right around the corner from our home rather than 100 miles away.” Sara is definitely a constant motivation to Will and to the dream they have to begin their lives together working side-by-side in their very own family business. Meanwhile, they continue to pour love and support into each other as the dream comes closer to becoming a reality.

ADVICE from Will and Sara: “NEVER GIVE UP YOUR DREAM!” “Listen to those who embrace your dream who will pray for you and support the dream with encouragement as well as offer donations to see the cause come to pass. Sometimes you may have to face opposition or experience trying times with finances to fund the dream but God’s grace is amazing, so never give up.”

In closing, to donate to “The Chipped Mug” coffee house, please visit TheChippedMug.Net where they offer over 100 unique variations of coffee mugs to be purchased individually or to be included in the gift basket of your choice to help generate revenue. Coffee mugs can be purchased for as little as $5 each plus the costs for shipping and handling. Moreover, gift baskets may be purchased in every season for every reason starting at $15 and includes an easy, do-it-yourself kit with the recipe for a basic brownie or cookie mix that may require a stick of butter or vanilla extract, (something we already have in our kitchens) depending on the recipe in the kit chosen. Next, bake the delicious dessert mix from the kit in the oven then pull out a fresh, delicious dessert your family and friends will enjoy! All the jars, coffee mugs & baskets are reusable and all the proceeds generated from the website will help to build “The Chipped Mug” coffee house.

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Review For All Moms and Grandmothers – Baby Breeza One Step Baby Food Maker

 

 

I was thrilled to get a chance to do a review for this amazing and simple one-step baby food maker. And it was just that…very easy with a convenient ONE STEP process of making your own baby food!

 

No need to ever go out again to the super market for all those pricey jars of premade baby food. You will definitely save a bundle with this little machine that does exactly what it says it can do. Small so it stores easy.

 

 

 

 

You need to go to their website and order yours TODAY! Quit spending tons of money and SAVE! It’s also a lot healthier for your baby. 🙂

 

Awesome Christmas Gift!

I tried it out myself and below are the photos I’ve taken of my experience

 

 

Comes with instruction books and a baby food recipes and feeding guide — 20 Recipes

 

 

PEARS

CARROTS

BLENDING

MACHINE AFTER BLENDING

BLENDED BABY FOOD RECIPE COMPLETE

CLEANED AND READY TO USE AGAIN

The Recipe I Used

Carrot and Pear Puree (6 months and up)

Ingredients

3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch
1 small pear, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice

Method

Place carrots and pears in machine and steam for 15 minutes
Puree to smooth (45 seconds)

(Optional Flavorings)

Stir in: A few drops of fresh ginger juice.
Stir in: Water, breast milk or formula.

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Another Plus: You can steam before you blend with this machine so you don’t have to use two different containers. The whole process is done with just a few presses of some buttons and then the food is transferred over to your choice of container.

You can also control the consistency so your machine can grow with your babies/toddlers.

Simple :: One Step :: Convenient :: Healthy
 
 
Oh wait…still another plus with this one-of-a-kind baby food maker. You can make smoothies for any age; even adults with it as well! This machine is the ONLY one on the market that blends and steams in one easy step. Truly amazing!

Get Yours Today!
 
 
The Baby Breeza One Step Baby Food Maker


 

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Half a Dozen Important Things I’ve Learned As A New Grandma

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting duties are a blessing to me. I know there is a little handsome and smart boy who needs my help with raising, disciplining, and YES, loving him!! It’s an honor having the title of Grandparent. However, I’ve learned so very much from being one. I would love to share them with you all 🙂

 

However, first I want to say that all Grandmothers deserve a medal of honor! 😉 lol

 

Below are 6 things I’ve learned about being a Grandmother

1. Bite that tongue – I’ve been doing a lot of this! As I’m sure a large portion of Grandparents do this. It’s only nature that most Grandparents would like to continue with what they knew per se, 25 to 30 years in the past.

You will find out rather quickly that you want to blurt out various things to your grandchildren and your kids while enjoying and disciplining your Grands. And I’m not talking about bad things; I’m talking about all those old fashioned rules and ideas that us Grandmas still hold dear to our hearts! Times sure have changed! 😉

2. Certain expectations fall by the wayside – You are in for many, many surprises being a Grandma. What you expect to happen doesn’t AND what you don’t expect DOES happen! lol And everything in between. Boy was I wrong with what I had in mind after my first grandbaby arrived. All children start to develop their little personalities in the womb. While some challenging behavior can be corrected once your grandchild is 1 1/2 years old to 2 years. However, remember that most of their personality is forming before they are born.

I also expected to be able to do my online work while watching my grandson full time. Didn’t happen! I even had the cradle that my Dad made for my son in my office. Didn’t happen! My little guy constantly wanted to be entertained. I ended up watching him for approximately 6 months and then Mom gave up her job and talked my son into letting her stay home full time. My Daughter-In-Law wanted to stay home with him from day one!

Just a warning, if you’re reading this article, and you are in the same boat I was in, be prepared.


3. It’s much easier to babysit your grandchildren at their homes – Wow this is for sure 100% true! Well, think about it; your grandkids have all their toys, bed, favorite foods etc at their home. To disrupt that, it may rock the boat somewhat when it comes to their behavior. They also sleep much better when at home. I have learned this many times over! Some kids just don’t sleep good when away from home. However, some do. Every child is different.

4. Patience is still a definite virtue – My mother was the most patient person I’ve ever known. She always spent time with me when I needed her. Practicing patience is something that should be on all parent’s wanna-be list. It should be your number one priority. Children didn’t come with convenient and simple instructions. Life is not that simple. As new parents; you will need to spend time with your kids and bond with them. Spend quality time with them and teach the same things that were taught to you…only give your kids a lot more indepth teachings along with long-suffering patience. Your children will appreciate and remember this!

Well, you know that all that holds true for grandmothers. When your Grands are screaming “Mamma and Dadda!” You need to be patient with them; as with any other behavior.

5. Never forget that your grandchildren ARE NOT actually your children – That may be challenging for some grandparents to read or hear. Well, in a way they are. However, us Grandparents don’t have the final say about various rules, discipline, religion, and so many other things. We need to sit back and let Mom and Dad do their own thing. Although whatever the situation; some grandparents create their own recipes for disaster and step in too far. I DON’T want to be that type of Grandma! My kids are quite intelligent adults, and our grandkids will be nothing short of smart, compassionate and responsible adults.

6. Being Grandma isn’t always easy – Grandma, you’re in for a wild ride with your new role! You will get your feelings hurt more times that you can count. This is especially true when they get to the age where they know that Mom and Dad is indeed their Mom and Dad. And they know it when they leave. Grandma, are you able to calm your little one and soothe the hurt? Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. This is what I’ve learned myself. I sure wish I had a dollar everytime I’ve heard, (through real crocodile tears) “Where Mamma and Dadda at??” 🙁

When I first became a grandmother, I daydreamed about my little guy sleeping peacefully in his crib that we have in our home. Well, that sure didn’t happen. Maybe a couple of times. However, most of the time, he ended up sleeping with both Amma and Pappa. Don’t you just love the “Amma?” =) lol

Another thing that I was looking forward to was taking my grandson to various places…out to eat, or to the grocery store. Guess what!? That has yet to happen. Us Grandparents have NOT taken him anywhere by ourselves yet.

Through all the crying and sleepless nights, I’m proud to say that becoming Grandma is still the best experience I’ve had throughout my life. 🙂

You can see more articles about Grandparenting duties Here 🙂

Dining Out Dos and Don’ts – From Weight Watchers.com

 

 

 

 

 

Afraid dinner out will ruin your diet before you even start your entrée? These 10 dos and don’ts will help.

 

 

By: Leslie Fink, MS, RD

Some people trying to lose weight steer clear of restaurants to avoid the large portion sizes, bottomless bread baskets and all those high-calorie entries. But shunning restaurants altogether isn’t a realistic approach to weight loss — and it’s unnecessary.

You can eat out and lose weight. Start with this list of tips to help you navigate the menu options at your favorite fast-food joints and sit-down restaurants.

1. Set a budget. Determine how much you’re willing to eat before looking at the menu. Give yourself some leeway by scheduling some exercise on or near days you plan to eat out. Putting in gym time or going for a brisk walk will help offset a little extra eating. And remember, be flexible. You can loosen up a bit on special occasions, as long as you eat carefully most of the time. (Just don’t let every day become a special occasion.)

2. Put on your game face. Decide on some guidelines before you go to a restaurant, and stick to them. For instance:

•Skip the all-inclusive (prix fixe) menu and opt for à la carte selections. Doing so might not be as economical, but you’ll probably eat less.
•Take one piece of bread, then ask your server to remove the bread basket from the table.

3. Make special requests. Don’t be shy. You’re paying good money for that meal, so you’re entitled to make special requests or slight modifications. Why not say:

•Can I have that without butter? Grilled? With the sauce on the side?
•I’d like mixed greens instead of fries with my sandwich.

4. Practice portion control. Some restaurant portions can be two, three, even four times the “normal” size — especially super-sized fast food and chain restaurant meals. Keep your portions in check by:

•Ordering a salad as a starter and then splitting a main entrée with a friend.
•Creating your own scaled-down meal from a couple of appetizers and/or side dishes.

5. Break down (language) barriers. If you don’t know what a preparation term means, ask. In general, though, the following words translate into high-fat, high-calorie dishes:

•Au gratin, scalloped, hollandaise.
•Parmigiana, scampi, Bolognese.

6. Downsize the super-size. Super-sized fast food meal options can be loaded with calories. Either:

•Order something small, like a basic burger. After all, the first bite tastes the same as the last.
•Order yourself a children’s meal.

7. Watch out for extras. The average burger with ketchup, lettuce and tomato isn’t so bad. But one with “the works” is usually a caloric nightmare. Skip bacon, cheese and mayonnaise, and also double-pattie burgers and extra pieces of bread.

8. Don’t go top heavy. Salad bars and garden salads grace menus across the country. But those extra toppings can sabotage your seemingly diet-conscious choices:

•Go light on croutons, grated cheese and bacon.
•Opt for small amounts of low-fat or nonfat dressings on the side.

9. Don’t drink away your progress. A drink with dinner is fine, but too many margaritas may wreak havoc on your dieting resolve. Keep your appetite under control by:

•Alternating alcoholic beverages with noncaloric sodas or sparkling water.
•Not drinking alcoholic beverages on an empty stomach.

10. Resign from the “clean plate club.” You paid for it so you have to eat it, right? Wrong. Just think of the health and emotional costs of those extra calories on your body. Downsize by:

•Eating half the meal and doggie-bagging the rest.
•Pushing your plate away when you’re full.
•And remember to eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your body to recognize that it’s full.

Article Written By Leslie Fink, MS, RD

From: Weight Watchers.com

Organizing the Laundry Room – Guest Post

 

Is your laundry room notoriously the messiest room in your home? You aren’t alone in this! Keeping the laundry room clean may be the most daunting task in cleaning your house, because it seems like there are always dirty clothes piling up, no matter how often you do your laundry. Thankfully, there are crafty people in the world that have shared with us how to clean up the laundry room while still making it look like part of your home, instead of like a storage closet.

On Ana White’s homemaking blog, she shares a great idea for a laundry basket dresser. It’s a pretty simple idea, but it’s borderline genius. The laundry baskets act as drawers in a dresser. You can label them however you like for easy sorting. You can even stack them if floor space in your laundry room is at a premium. The blog comes with full-fledged directions for building this dresser, and they’re very easy to follow. Using simple woodworking tools and wood you can get pre-cut from most stores that sell lumber, it was a fun and simple build that worked out very well for my laundry room!


It’s understandable if you’ve never worked with woodworking tools, and the thought of doing so for the first time is a little daunting. There are still other great ways to keep your laundry room organized. Have you ever seen those great antique-looking (or maybe actually antique) wooden crates? They were formerly used as shipping containers.

Now, you can find them in many great antique malls, or even online. Consider stacking these on their sides against the wall. Secure them together some way, even if it’s just by tacking them together with small nails. They can then be filled with smaller-than-ordinary laundry baskets, plus you can save a couple for storing your laundry detergents and fabric softeners.

Are you into sewing? Maybe you’ve seen these neat wall-hanging sewing organizers with pouches to help you separate your sewing tools. Think of one of these on a larger scale! Using sturdy fabric, you can sew on even larger pouches, creatively label or embroider the front of the pouches for easy sorting, and hang it up on the wall. Just make sure you really secure those pouches!

Get creative! There are lots of great, crafty ways you can clean up your laundry room and get those piles of clothes off the floor. Think of creative ways you store things around the rest of your house, and do it on a larger scale.

 

You can reclaim your laundry room in no time!

 

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoyed finally putting her woodworking tools to good use with this project. Next, she plans to learn to build custom kitchen chairs! Read her work at http://www.eatbreatheblog.com/.

 

 

You can find more cleaning tips Here.

Grandma’s Daily Walks – Getting More Active and Healthy

 

 

 

 

Grandma has been taking a little time out of her work day to walk “outdoors.” I feel SO MUCH better when I’m active, and I’m going to stay active. I do a video workout every morning @ 5AM as well. This activity is not only awesome for my health; it’s excellent for my depression too. It clears my mind and also gives me motivation in many different areas. My health, weight loss, my business, and ME TIME too! I will walk until it gets icy cold outside. And then, I’ll add another workout to my daily schedule. =)

So, Granny has been “stopping to smell the roses” (don’t you love that idiom??), lol AND enjoying and appreciating the outdoors and life!

My son is always saying, “Mom you’re too sheltered, you need to get out and get some activity!” And you know, he’s so right! Even though I do the workouts in the morning. This gives me a good break from sitting in my office all day (which is not good for anyone of any age)! So now, he can no longer say this to me LOL !!

Looking into the foreseeable future and getting fit; maybe I can even get off of some of my medications I’ve been taking all these years?? (At the moment), I feel like taking on the challenge. 🙂 Time will tell. I feel awesome that I’m doing something for my health and for ME!

I’ve been walking approximately 3 miles every week day 🙂

You can see a full article I wrote for one of the blogs I write for on some good benefits of walking Here

God’s Cake and Sharing Scriptures For The Week

 

 

 

 

 

My Uncle from California sent this to me through email. It’s awesome! 🙂

God’s Cake…

 

This is about the best thing I’ve ever read as an explanation

 

 

Sometimes we wonder, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’ Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.


Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, ‘Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.
‘Here, have some cooking oil,’ her Mother offers.
‘Yuck’ says her daughter.
‘How about a couple raw eggs?’ ‘Gross, Mom!’
‘Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?’
‘Mom, those are all yucky!’

To which the mother replies: ‘Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

‘God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

 

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There are many that beg God to tell them WHY they have to go through specific things and many trials. Do you believe all things happen for a reason? I do!

God has everything planned out and knows all things before we do. For me, that is so very powerful. 😉

Various trials and tribulations all make us much stronger than we ever, ever thought possible! They indeed make US the people we are today, having gone through this or that.

It may be sickness, it may be losing loved ones, it may even be having to go through life homeless…it could be MANY things. However, God knows before we do what lies ahead in our future.

This morning I searched for trials and tribulations in the scriptures…this is what I found. 😉

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Acts 14:22

Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Job 5:19
He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil shall touch you

Hebrews 2

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Ephesians 1:11

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Hebrews 11:17

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son

Venturing Abroad with your Grandchildren – Guest Post

 

 

 

 

If you consider yourself a globe trotter whose adventures aren’t diminished by age, consider adding a new element to your trip the next time you head out on a trek – your grandchildren. By traveling with your grandchildren, you can reap the benefits of ample bonding time and allow them to get to know you better, as traveling fosters relationship development. If you elect to brave this adventure, put some thought into your travel planning to ensure that all goes off as well as possible.

Talk About the Trip

The prospect of heading off on any trip is often exciting to children. The idea of venturing abroad with grandma is likely even more thrilling than the norm. Put some effort into preparing your grandchildren for what they will encounter by talking to them about the trip well in advance of departure. Show them pictures of the land they will visit and tell them stories about times you may have visited in the past. If they will encounter a culture decidedly different from the one to which they are accustomed, explain how the way of life is different so they are better prepared to acclimate themselves to the culturally distinctive practices of people who live in that country.


Organize Insurance

As a responsible grandmother, you know the importance of covering all the bases. While you certainly hope that neither you nor your grandchildren will fall ill while traveling, you should prepare for this possibility to be on the safe side. As you plan your trip, research and purchase medical insurance that will cover you and your grandchildren abroad. Buy a policy tailored to youngsters for your grandchildren and a travel medical insurance policy for seniors to ensure you’re properly covered. To further prepare for any medical issues you may encounter, ask your child to compose a letter permitting you to make healthcare decisions for your grandchildren while on this trip, and have this document notorized. This will ensure that, should something happen, you can make potentially important decisions without delay.

Prepare an Itinerary

Planning is essential to ensuring that your grandma/grandchildren trip goes off without a hitch. Instead of allowing the wind to take you where it will, decide upon a set itinerary for your travel well in advance of your departure. Leave copies of this itinerary with your son or daughter so he or she can keep track of where you will be taking his or her child as you travel around a foreign country. If you deviate substantially from the itinerary, let someone know to ensure that no one panics unnecessarily should you not arrive at a planned destination as listed on your pre-trip travel plan.

Be a Strict Hand-Holder

From traversing the walkways of busy airports to navigating the city streets of whatever foreign metropolis you decide to visit, there will be ample occasion during your travel for you to lose track of your grandchildren. The easiest way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is for you to be insistent that your grandchildren hold your hand constantly. Any time you are not safely in a hotel room or buckled, as a group, into a plane or train seat, require that these rambunctious and easily distracted youngsters hold tight to your hand, eliminating the possibility that they get distracted and wander off.

Be Ready for Homesickness

Regardless of how close a relationship you have with your grandchildren, there will almost certainly come a time in your trip overseas where they long for home. Don’t allow this to catch you off guard. Instead, be prepared. Pack a little toy that you can give to your homesick travel companion when he mentions his desire to get back home. This small kind gesture will likely make a major difference for your grandchild, as it will give him something positive upon which to focus the energy he was previously dedicating to missing mom and dad.

With some planning and preparation, as well as precautions while you are traveling, you can turn your next vacation into a relationship-building escape with your grandchildren. By stepping up to the plate and taking on this challenge, you will have the chance to create a closer relationship than might previously have seemed possible with these oh-so-important-to-you tots.

Danielle always thought that travel medical insurance for seniors wasn’t important until her grandmother got into a life-threatening car crash while in Germany. She survived, thanks to the immediate care she received at the hospital while overseas, and has since returned with her grandchildren nine times.