The Good For You Angel Food Cake, Or Not?

cake I love angel food cake! Sometimes, there is just NOTHING better than angel food cake, (some people like to call it “sponge cake”) with strawberries on top. YUMMY! Now, Sponge Cake don’t even sound appealing to me at all! lol) However, that’s what some people call it. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of cake, my grandson usually has to visit me (2 or 3) times per week to grab from Papa’s breakfast cake stash. lol — I sure don’t mind my grandkids coming over, as I love them dearly! My grandson loves those Little Debbie cakes! 🙂

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So, is Angel Food cake better for you than regular cake? Quite a few folks perceive that to be the case. I’ve actually heard people say that there is mostly air in “Sponge Cake.” There’s that phrase again! LOL

I’ve done some research on the topic and found that this type of cake can be gluten free if you don’t use wheat flour. (If cooked from scratch) That’s a plus right there due to a large portion of healthy conscience folks following a gluten-free eating plan.

Or, is it any better than those Little Debbie cakes above??

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Don’t Let That Good Food Go To Your Hips! Half a Dozen Tips For Holidays

weightloss tips I didn’t get on my scales after Thanksgiving. Did I indulge? Yes, I did. 😉

As some of you know, I’m eating low carb. However, I’m human and my reins un-tighten and I slip off the wagon (temporarily) now and then. Oh, come on, everyone does – (temporarily) from time to time.

 

 

Do I call myself a failure whenever I do this? I tend to, yes. And I beat myself up for it at times, although, I try not to. Like I said, I’m human and for sure…NOT perfect!

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Someone pitched a (share an article for review) with the opening statement today:

You survived Thanksgiving, but you’re not out of the woods yet. 😉

So, why didn’t I get on those scales the day after Thanksgiving? Well, I knew I had over-indulged that day. Do I then, keep doing the same until the holidays are over? That sure wouldn’t be a smart thing to do would it?! Some people do…this is what (we) call (yo-yo dieting).

Well, guess what? I’ve been there!

I’ve done it, been there and done that too many times. Resolution after resolution, yep, I know all about that. 😉

I happen to know just about all the tricks, tips and the RIGHT ways to go about losing or maintaining weight. In fact, I have (half a dozen) good ones I’d like to share with you today. These tips are especially geared for the (2) biggest (over-indulgent, that’s what I like to call them in regards to weight maintaining) days of the year…Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to incorporate these tips as often as I can during the holidays; and even all year around even.

After all, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just trying to stay true to what you’ve lost, it should be a complete change in lifestyle and healthy (life-long) habits. Right?? Well, if you’ve paid attention, I’ve intentionally stated the word: SHOULD above. However, that doesn’t always make us a success…knowing the shoulds and knowing the smart things to do. That being said, let’s get to those (6) tips! I’m indeed preaching to myself and WILL find myself accountable by sharing today! <3

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Something I was craving today (french fried onions) ended up NOT being so bad with the low carb way of eating. So, I had it for an afternoon snack. However, I did want to over-dip my hand in the bag a couple more times…although, I managed self control! Yeah, for me! lol

Here are those one half dozen tips for you; I certainly hope you find them helpful

1) Stay Off The Scales During The Holidays – Too often a rise in those numbers can trigger emotional eating. It is advisable to wait until after all the hustle and bustle is over to get back on the scales. Although, keeping THIS in the back of your mind helps too. Your conscience self knows you have to weigh yourself the beginning of the year. Keep on track with healthy eating habits or whatever eating lifestyle or program you follow. Hide your scales out of the bathroom if you have to.

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2) Drink Extra Water – Keep a daily, ACTIVE journal for the amount of water you consume. Water speeds up your digestive system. You don’t need a sluggish (pipe system) at holiday time. Would NOT be a good thing for aiming for weight loss or maintenance. Purchase bottled water, flavored water, or whatever you have to do to get yourself into a daily habit of drinking large amounts of water. It flushes out your system and it’s also good for the many organs and muscles in your body. I accidentally found out those flavored waters are good if kept in the freezer (only for a few minutes); it tastes slushy….that’s if you’re into slushes. Also, it’s always a good idea to drink (2) full glasses or bottled water before a holiday meal.

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3) Eat Before You Go – Not only do you need to consume water before you go to a dinner party or what have you, but it’s also a wise choice to eat a few healthy snacks before you leave the house. You may think this would be counter-productive, however, it’s not. Your stomach will be approximately half full when you sit down to that big meal. Believe me, you WILL consume less!! Also, listen to your body when you are done eating the main meal; chances are, you won’t feel like dessert. But if you do, remember choose wisely and watch portion size.

4) Bring Healthy Dishes – When asked to prepare dishes for a special holiday event, always opt to make up something that fits your lifestyle or a weight loss program you’re following. It would certainly be too tempting to prepare foods that YOU consider unhealthy. For example, I’m following low carb; so it certainly would be counter productive for me to prepare a (carb loaded) potato dish. It would be more fitting (for me) to prepare a clean and healthy vegetable dish. Even a raw veggie and dip type of dish would be a wise choice. I could always look up a delicious low carb dish to whip up. Don’t bring something that you would have to slap your hand a few times for double dipping! If all else fails, bring something that you DON’T like. lol 😉

5) Keep Moving – Being active helps with working off those calories. It helps melt off those butter-ball turkeys and pumpkin pie calories. However, you certainly didn’t need for me to tell you this, did you? This is just a reminder. LOL – For example; take the stairs instead of elevators. Park your car way in back of the parking lot when you go to the mall. Every step counts! Again, I’m preaching to myself as well! I do my workout routines in the mornings. Once I’m up and going, I’m fine. It’s getting up early in the first place that is challenging. I found setting my alarm clock or phone way across the room helps. It does the trick believe it or not! One more thing that works for me is I’m a grandmother of two sweet kids, and being called on to babysit helps tremendously.

6) Watch Your Alcohol Intake – Yes, you need to watch how much booze you drink. If at the very least, drink in careful moderation. Alcohol usually stimulates the taste buds, making foods (seem) to taste better. DUH…You will more than likely over indulge. 🙁 I know, it sucks right?! Not to mention most alcohol beverages are bathed in un-wanted calories and carbs.

 

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In the mean time…

Hopefully, the tips and advice above have helped and made some sense to you. If you have had personal experience with weight loss or maintenance, and you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. =)

Have a lovely day and Happy Thin and Trim Holidays to you!

Outdoor Summer Time Fun With Grandkids and Work Outs For Grandma

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Before technology was attached to the hip of just about every child or grandchild, playing outdoors was the thing to do to get in some exercise time with your little ones. The word, “tablet” was labeled as a simple pad of paper that you wrote in with a pen or pencil.

 

 

Technology has literally taken the place of active playing with the kiddos; making it difficult to keep them active and in good shape. Sure, technology today is excellent for learning and keeping up with your child’s studies in school or looking up just the right element for teaching your kids various things.

However, today’s society is concerned about a generation of grandchildren/children becoming obese. Tech tablets, iPhones and laptops have taken over. Although, there are excellent ways to keep them moving and away from all the tech stuff, (at least a good portion of the time).

Getting Your Grandchildren Outdoors Is Key!

One Dozen Summer Fun Ideas

* Outside Workout Routine – Summertime is a good time for this activity. Pick either the early morning or late evening hours to beat the heat. Try and make the routines fun for the kiddos and YOU as well. Maybe watch some videos/youtubes to get a few ideas flowing for the outdoors.

* Trip To The Park – Walking, running and playing are all excellent activities at the park. I see a lot of moms and grandparents walking with strollers. However, that’s not all there is to do at the park. There are usually slides, swings and teeter-totters for the kids to play on too. These are fun activities for grandparents to stay active. Most often, it’s a good workout just chasing and keeping up with them!


* Find Hidden Objects – Scavenger Hunt – This is an all-time favorite for many kids. Grandparents can have some fun with this. You can offer a small dollar amount for the child that finds the most objects. However, there are other rewards you can offer as well. Maybe make them a favorite food or dessert. You can also take the kids on a special outing.

* Walking – If you are caring for three to six month year olds and toddler age grandchildren, always have a stroller on hand and take them walking with you. This will give you an incentive for walking outdoors. Also, it’s always encouraged to walk as a family. The ideal time for this is in the evenings.

* Swimming – This is an all-time favorite among the kiddos during the hot summer months. I know this Grandma loves the pool. Get them out with you for some fun; although, safety is number one while swimming with kids. Life jackets, noodles, and innertubes are musts for safety.

* Hula Hooping – Tell me you haven’t heard of the hula hoop! lol 🙂 This type of activity would, of course, be for the older grandchildren in your family. A lot of folks call hula hooping “hula dancing.” Work up some fun moves with the hoops. A good idea would be to watch a few youtubes on this fun activity.

* Back Yard Ball Games – What child doesn’t enjoy ballgames? I know my grandkids LOVES playing ball outside. Be a “cool Grandma” and get outside and play ballgames they enjoy. Softball, kickball, soccer or just ball rolling are all great for extra activity.

* Frisbee – Frisbee has been a fun past time for years. However, for the younger kiddos, special attention would have to be practiced for safety. It would be easier and safer to work with (smaller than average) frisbees. 🙂

* Water Balloon Fun – This activity is great for the very hot summer days. Water balloons entice laughter while cooling the young ones off, (and you too Grandma) while having lots of fun. Water balloons are sure to please the kids and grown ups of all ages.

* Jump Roping – Playing jump rope doesn’t have to be just for the girls, although, for the majority, more girls like this activity more than boys. Grandparents need to be in fair shape to participate. (Grandma), if you workout to begin with, of course, you won’t have any problems keeping up. 🙂

* Trip To The Zoo – Going to the zoo is always a workout with children along. Make walking fun by visiting your grandchildren’s favorite animals. Pack some fun lunches and let them help you with making their lunch. Find an area with shade to sit down and eat; most often, there are picnic tables all over the zoo park. A trip to the zoo will be fun for sharing special moments and picture taking to remember for always.

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* Gardening – Most Grandmoms love to garden, and chances are your grandkids would love to help out. Purchase flowers that are vivid in color to make the flower beds colorful and bright. Try and get them active with you by making gardening gloves and T-shirts just for them. Be as creative as you like. The more creative, the better to entice your little ones to join in. 🙂

The whole idea for this blog post is for getting grandkids and grandparents together for some fun summer activities that will become nice memories. Let’s face it, playing outdoors is a far better option than sitting inside and playing computer games or phone texting.

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The Best Way to Make Frosting for Valentine Cookies

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Secrets to getting your grandkids to always beg for more! 🙂

 

 

More Than Pretty Valentine Cookies

 

 

 

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Secret #1 is the flavor

We sell sugar cookie mixes that taste very good like key lime, cherry, lemon, and raspberry. The secret is in the frosting. If you put the flavor in the cookies, much of it bakes out. So we put most of it in the frosting. That makes them exceptionally good.

Secret #2 is the meringue powder

If you add a couple tablespoons of meringue powder to your frosting, it will dry with a shell on it–enough to keep the cookies from marring and sticking together. If you add more meringue powder, you have royal icing, the icing that is used to make the hard decorative flowers on wedding cakes.

More Sugar Cookie Tips…

Get the cookies off the sheet as soon as the pan comes out of the oven. Two bad things happen if you don’t. First the cookies stick. (You can get by with a very lightly greased pan if you remove the cookies immediately.)
Second, if you don’t take the cookies off immediately, they continue to bake on the pan. The become dry and hard.

If the bottoms of the cookies are brown, you baked them too long. They should be golden

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Grandparents Tips for Cleaning After The Grandkids’ Visit

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It’s always nice to have the grandkids staying for a couple of days or weeks. After the fun, it comes the time to take care of the damages. Organizing is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mess created by the curious and extremely active infants. Prepare the mop and vacuum cleaner and get your home back on track with a simple domestic cleaning.

Take Precautions


Even if you didn’t take advantage of these tips this time, you will be prepared for the next visit. In order to preserve larger part of your home tidy, you should set a playing area. This will not only make your cleaning routine easier, but it will also ensure a safety environment for your grandkids. Childproofing a certain room will give you the needed security. However, you should still take certain measures to make your entire home safe for the kids. You need to establish certain limits and rules. It’s difficult to play tough with your grandkids, but it’s for their own good.

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If you want to maintain your home neat, you should encourage the children to clean after themselves. The habit can be adopted by kids at any age. Believe it or not, even pre – scholars will gladly contribute to the cleaning routine. You should only ask them kindly. Kids are very helpful at that age. It can be something simple like wiping up the table. Ask older children to wash the dishes or do their own laundry. Chances are, their mom and dad already make them do this. Assign different chores and you will not have to worry for falling behind with your cleaning tasks.

Divide Your Work

Don’t try to deal with more things than you can. If you overwork, you will probably get tired or even feel sick. Create a plan and tackle one task at a time. Start with the most urgent things like dealing with a dirty pile of dishes or vacuuming. De- cluttering is also essential for the domestic cleaning. You need to put back toys and clothes that are dispersed around your home. The next step is to put the laundry in the washing machine. Window cleaning and dusting are optional. Treat only the areas that require your immediate action.

Close Reach

Prepare a basket with all the cleaning products and tools you will need. Going back and forth your house, just to fetch a sponge or a brush will only exhaust you. Be sure that you have everything you need before starting your home cleaning. However, don’t worry if you don’t have that particular stain remover. Super grandmother like you probably has one or two old – school tricks for dealing with the nasty spills.

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Ask For Help

If your grandchildren left you with apocalyptical situation, you can always get a help. Hiring a professional cleaning service will save you a lot of efforts for a certain cost. After all, the last thing you want is risking your health.

Enjoy fully the visit of your beloved grandchildren without worrying about the cleaning after that.

Ella is blogger and passionate writer with great passion for home interior and maintenance themes. She likes to follow the latest trends in home décor as well as in the fashion world. Obtain more tips for your personal household at this website.

Parenting Tips – Psychological Aspects Of Parenting

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Of course, the following post accommodates Grandparents too. =)

Parenting is literally considered one of the toughest and most responsible jobs in the world. In fact, there is hardly anything more difficult, filled with doubt on every step of your child’s upbringing and more tiring than that.

What causes most of the troubles is that parents need to consider just so many things. To have a child means to live in a whole different world. What you should do, before introducing yourself to some special case advice, is to first consider the general tips, which many years of research have proven to be effective.

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Let’s see some of them

Slow down – being a parent requires multitasking, but what you really need to take into consideration is how that can affect upbringing. By rushing everything with your child, you are removing a fine way for them to learn along the way.

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Take cleaning routines for example – you will obviously want to have everything back in order asap, but by slowing down and explaining every step of the process to your child, why it has to be done and what is done exactly, you can cultivate a sense of understanding and set a positive example for them.

Attention – children require undivided attention. Nothing else is more important, and yet it is alarming how many parents do not fully devote themselves to parenting and activities that surround everyday life. Turn off your phone and use the time to talk with your kid, play and bond with them. They really need it.

Learn the language of your child – according to psychologists, many parents misinterpret child behavior and “language”. Children have their way of saying, articulating and expressing things and in learning how to distinguish among them lies to key to proper communication with the kid. Make sure not to forget that the next time you are faced with crying or other behavior, the cause for it might be different than what you thought.

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Schedule and plan – a child feels safe and secure when they are able to predict the large and new world around them. What you should do is establish a schedule and stick to it whenever possible. This will help them feel secure and calm, which in turn will reflect positively in their behavior. It can also promote useful skills from young age, such as time management.

Let kids be themselves – clearly, you know what is best for your child, no doubt about that. But sometimes it can could have very positive impact on them when give them the option to choose.

For example, you can let them pick the color of their toothbrush. This will in fact encourage them to regularly brush their teeth, as they had a role in the process.


Another example: you can ask them to handpick the few vegetables you need for dinner. Decision-making is an important trait kids need to develop as early as possible. Be the person that helps this process.

Nothing else compares to parenting. It can be hard and challenging, but also a unique experience to watching your child become a grown up in front of your eyes and with your help.

Bio: Ella is blogger, writer, home décor enthusiast and a mother of two. Aside from her home improvement activities she likes to share her experience about parenting, as well. Find more helpful tips and tricks about your home here: Battersea household clearance

Silly, Frilly, Grandma Tillie – Book Review

grandmatillie2I was delighted to get an invite to review the charming book; Silly, Frilly Grandma Tillie. 🙂

Story Published By: Flashlight Press

Written By: Laurie Jacobs

 

 

 

What a clever way to entertain your grandchildren!

 

My first thought while reading the book….
 

#1 As a Grandma, I’m not that good of an actress lol
 

Second thought
 

#2 My grands would see right through me, they are incredibly smart. 🙂
 

However, I will be reading this book to them soon for sure!

 
The Story: A big smile contoured my face when I picked up the book and read it for the first time. This adorable story is about a grandmother who enjoys being silly with various characters to teach and entertain her granddaughters. My favorite character is “Madame Frilly Tillie!” She certainly makes bath time fun. Although, “Chef Silly Tillie” can make an awesome grilled cheese sandwich. 🙂

 

 

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I promise, this story will warm your soul and never bore you; as it absorbed my attention to the very last page. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside! 🙂   

The Book Itself: I found it to be colorful, eyecatching with the vivid choice of graphics and a genuine, captivating story to share with ANY grandchild.   

Oh and, obviously, Grandma Tillie enjoys changing characters and entertaining MORE than knitting! =)    

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Make Lunch Fast – Fun & Healthy For Your Kids! – For Grandmothers Too!

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The Ideal Resource For The Very Best and Affordable For Your School Aged Children and Grandchildren…

 

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Keep up a variety – Never boring, WITHOUT spending hours or big bucks. You get it all…fast AND easy – And, did I mention Healthy Choices?? 🙂

 

 

This Little Resource Will Answer All Your Concerns and More!

* How do you make sure it is healthy for your kids?
* Hot lunch or cold lunches?
* What type of lunch box/bag is best for packed lunches?
* How do you keep up a variety without spending hours or big bucks?
* What about teens?
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Getting Outside With The Grandkids

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Activities For All Grandparents and Moms and Dads 🙂

By: Nanci Wilson

The weather is warming up and it’s time to make good on that goal of spending more time outside, and getting your kids and grandkids to do the same. Why, you may ask? Well, being outside has some great health benefits, and I’ve always believed that moderation is the key to good living, and today’s technology-saturated society offers little opportunity for moderate exposure to nature.

My family has always had a healthy appreciation for nature, but it’s easier every day to get caught up in whatever technology has just come out. My daughter had to go a week without her cell phone because of an ill-placed spring puddle, and she said she felt completely cut off from the world. Funny, because usually technology inhibits me from really connecting with the world, whether it be people or nature.

Here’s a quick fun list of outdoor activities that you can incorporate into your spring and summer routine with your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or whatever young people bless your life.

Swimming- A river, lake, or even the ocean is preferable, but if your area is low on natural bodies of water, an outdoor pool is sufficient. The kids will enjoy any water slides or pool toys available, and all age groups will benefit from the vitamin D and the opportunity to lounge by the water.

Gardening- Healthy eating habits don’t come naturally these days, so growing your own food can have a ton of benefits. Having the kids help you will teach them lessons on work ethic, nutrition, the science of plants, and more. To encourage them to be more invested, allow them to help with the planning, choosing the plants that go in meals they like to eat. You can also let them choose some outdoor décor items in order to let them personalize their garden sections even more.

Hiking- Hiking isn’t just for camping trips. Most cities have great day hikes within an hour’s drive of city center. Portland practically has a mountain right in a residential area at LowerMacleay Park. See what hiking spots your area has. If it’s a bit of a drive, plan some roadtrip games that focus on looking for wildlife, and observing the scenery.

Park Visits- the best and easiest outdoor activity is probably visiting the park. There are playgrounds, wide open spaces, and usually some areas with tree-cover. One park trip can include dozens of activity, whether it’s rambunctious games of tag, reading, having a picnic, or all of the above. If you have a group with varied interests, the park is an easy and cost-effective way to please everyone.

These are just my top few outdoor activities for my family. What is your family doing now that the weather is warming up?

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How to Avoid Common Problems When Grandma Provides Childcare

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I very seldom post an entry from an unsolicited source, or from content that has already been posted elsewhere. However, I found this post enlightening on a growing grandparenting issue. More and more grandparents are raising their grandchildren these days. And what a GRAND job! I thought the post would benefit my readers. 🙂

From Nannyjobs.org

For many families, Grandma is the first childcare choice. Parents love the idea of a family member whom they know and trust caring for the kids. But there are challenges that automatically come with this childcare option. Here are some questions parents should think about before having Grandma care for their kids.

What type of relationship do each of you want?

Defining the relationship is the first step in making it work long term. One side may want an informal arrangement, where it feels like the grandparent simply visits often rather than provides formal care. In those cases, the primary relationship doesn’t change, it just expands a bit to include this new way of interacting.


The other side may want a more formal childcare arrangement, where the parent takes on the role of employer and the grandparent takes on the role of employee. Both sides must want the relationship to develop in the same direction, otherwise problems will quickly come up and the arrangement simply won’t work. Having mismatched ideas around this issue can also damage the core relationship, so this is a particularly important issue to tackle early on.

Where will Grandma provide care?

For some parents who want an arrangement close to nanny care, it’s important that the child is cared for in his own home. The parent wants Grandma to….

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