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3 Year Old Picked his Lunch & Dinner

Today we tackled Sushi for lunch which Ethan insisted we bought. Although he hardly finished two rolls of Berry Sushi, atleast he was brave enough to try it and acquired an introductory taste to it.

For dinner we made something quite simple, tasted delicious and which took a total of 10 minutes to prepare!

We bought:

– Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers in Basil Vegetable Medley (cauliflower, carrpts, sugar snap peas & basil butter sauce)

– Buitoni Spinach Cheese Tortellini

– Buitoni Pesto w/ Basil & Xtra Virgin Olive oil

That’s all we used to make our vegetarian friendly dinner for three. Everyone enjoyed this simple, fast, yummy dinner picked by our 3 year old son Ethan!

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Giving to a Homeless person

Ziplock sandwich bag & items costs less than $2 but can change a life forever.

You sometimes see a bum/homeless person with a sign that basically says “give me something”, I think what they are really seeking is guidance and who better to give this than our Father. Direct the lost ones back to God, help them find their way with a simple message like “God Loves You, Talk to Him”.

I created a care package, so that each time I see someone in need, I will always carry one in my car. To feed him, comfort him with kindness, remind him how special he is. My care package includes bandaids, q-tips, cotton balls, bar or nuts, floss, if I had any gum/mint, I will purchase toothbrushes/mini toothpaste (see if any Christian Dentist is willing to donate a few), notecard/pen (to encourage deep thinking/writing).

It’s hard to look past the dirty, smelly, uncared for appearance, but imagine how he must feel and how God loves him still, how that’s someone’s brother, sister, dad, mom, uncle, aunt, cousin! Make your own care package, your own message, be inspired to give again.

What better way to teach your children compassion than from experiencing it first hand? Let them be the ones to gather items & hand them out 🙂 I am looking at other things around my house to give that I no longer need, like blankets, extra pillows, towels, large t-shirts/clothes that may benefit someone in need.

You know sometimes your reluctant to give money because they might use it to buy beer or drugs, but this way you can still help them and teach your children the valuable lesson “children after Gods own heart”.

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Our Vegan Dinner

Ethan made dinner for us tonight; he loves to be involved in everything from decision to implementation. He made Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes w/ Black Beans, sweet corn, red bell peppers, onions & chipotle-infused oil blend with a touch of olive oil. The side is Roasted Garlic brown rice, red & black quinoa, with garlic & herb seasoning. It was delicious, thanks sweetie, you’re a great cook like your daddy 😉

Details: total time to cook 10 min., purchased two products total price to feed three people $5, used the microwave & stainless steel skillet on a oven.

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 I have signed up for Food and Water Watch http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

My heart aches when I hear about the horrible trading acts/children slavery around the world. But I wouldn’t even know where to begin to help out.

We should all take a proactive role as citizen of any country. It is our born right to stand up for things we believe in. When we do nothing, these kind of awful things happen and then you realize that almost everything packaged at your grocery store is poisoned and our produce is manipulated.

As I look into my beautiful son’s face… I don’t want him to suffer for my neglect & ignorance of what has become industry “standard”. So I try to help build a better environment for him and every child’s future…I know it’s a big task, that’s why we all have to do it together smile

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The Most Evil Company on the Planet — Monsanto

As an American family, I believe we have a right to eat safe food but the gov. thinks otherwise and Monsato is ruining our crops and soil. Just look up all the terrible information and see for yourself. Also, every other country in the world will be effected by this company if we don’t change our buying habits…it all starts at the grocery store. Lets talk about crop seeds. Seeds used to be fairly inexpensive, in large part due to the practice of planting seed collected and saved from the previous year. With GE seeds, this ancient farming practice is no longer employed and farmers must buy new seed each year. Monsanto ended their fiscal year in 2009 with revenue of $11.7 billion. Over $7 billion of that came from sales and licensing of seeds and seed genes. They’ve successfully manipulated US legislators to put those self-serving laws in place. This information was gathered from online sources such as on Dr. Mercola’s website.

How Can YOU Stop Monsanto from Ruling, and Ruining, the Food Supply?
Allowing Monsanto to monopolize the market could have lethal consequences for all of us. Because not only is Monsanto doing what it can to eliminate competition from other agricultural biotech products, their end game is to do away with conventional seeds, period.

This is a threat to human civilization and would spell disaster for the entire planet.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be directly involved in the legal or political end of the battle.

You, as an ordinary citizen, still have the power to make perhaps an even GREATER difference in how business will pan out for Monsanto – by steering the market demand toward non-GMO crops and foods.

Every time you choose to buy a non-GMO product over a product that contains GM ingredients, you are making a dent in the empire that is Monsanto.

While you’re waiting for the leaders of the world to catch up, take advantage of local sources of organic foods as often as you can. You can also avoid GM foods by:•Reducing or Eliminating Processed Foods. Some 75 percent of processed foods contain GM ingredients. Use the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, available for free at www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com.
•Read produce and food labels. When looking at a product label, if any ingredients such as corn flour and meal, dextrin, starch, soy sauce, margarine, and tofu (to name a few) are listed, there’s a good chance it has come from GM corn or soy, unless it bears the USDA organic seal.
•Buy organic produce. Buying organic is currently the best way to ensure that your food has not been genetically modified.

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/SG/DownloadtheGuide/index.cfm

GM Crops Yield Unimpressive Results
In reality, GM crops create previously unimaginable profits for sub-par performance when compared to conventional or organic crops.

And when you review the potential danger these crops pose to human and environmental health, the list is so disturbing you could easily say we’re all paying for poison when we buy GM food products.

After 30 years of GMO experimentation, the data to shows:

•GM crops harm wildlife, as revealed by UK and U.S. studies
•Vast areas of forests, pampas and cerrados have been lost to GM soya in Latin America.
•Transgene contamination is completely unavoidable, as science has recently revealed that the genome (whether plant, animal or human) is NOT constant and static, which is the scientific base for genetic engineering of plants and animals. Instead, geneticists have discovered that the genome is remarkably dynamic and changeable, and constantly ‘conversing’ and adapting to the environment. This interaction determines which genes are turned on, when, where, by what and how much, and for how long. They’ve also found that the genetic material itself has the ability to be changed according to experience, passing it on to subsequent generations.
•GM food and feed linked to deaths and sicknesses both in the fields in India and in lab tests around the world.

Informations links off of Dr. Mercola.com wonderful health website.

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Ten Tips for a Healthier Child

An informative article from my favorite internet Dr. Mercola.

Ten Tips for a Healthier Child

  1. Give your child a head start in life. Supplement with Krill oil before and during pregnancy, and while breast-feeding. The DHA and choline are critical to your child’s brain development and IQ. Your child is wholly dependent upon you to provide those nutrients through at least the first three months of life. Incidentally, this also supports your overall health and positive mental outlook both during and just after pregnancy.
  2. Breast-feed your child if at all possible, for as long as possible. Infants receive vital DHA through your breast milk. Longer is better, in this case. If you can continue breast-feeding through the first year, you will give your child an even greater head start for success in life.
  3. Provide structure for your child’s life. Children like a dependable schedule — regular times for meals, bedtimes, getting up times, and more. It helps them understand time, routines, and gives them a sense of security.
  4. Be sure your child eats a diet strong with high-quality (organic if possible) meats and veggies. Early influence in training your child’s taste buds to like veggies will make it easier for them to resist the peer pressure of junk food throughout childhood. Avoid sweets, and every food with artificial colorings, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup, at all cost.
  5. Encourage your child from a young age to get daily exercise. Make it a part of your special time with them. Go for walks and bike rides, play badminton, take your dog for a run, jump rope, shoot baskets… and make it fun!
  6. Provide clean inside air by not smoking, and by limiting toxins from cleaning products. If your home was built before 1978, test for lead paint hazards.
  7. Strengthen your child’s immune system by giving them a probiotic daily. When everyone else’s kid is struggling with the latest bug to hit their school, you’ll be glad yours has a strong immune system.
  8. Replace detergents, soaps, and shampoos containing risky ingredients, like parabens, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Acrylamide, Propylene glycol. The potential problems may not be worth the risk.
  9. Just say “no” to immunizations. They provide more health risks than benefits. You can read more about this elsewhere on this website, and an entire chapter is devoted to it in Take Control of Your Health.
  10. Get your child outside in the sunshine for at least 15 minutes per day, preferably in mid-day, to optimize his or her vitamin D levels and thereby his/her immune and overall health.

http://krilloil.mercola.com/krill-oil-kids.html

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Foods you don’t need to buy organic

article by  EatingWell Magazine

Bottom line: “Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables in general is the point,” says Mitchell. If buying all organic isn’t a priority—or a financial reality for you—you might opt to buy organic specifically when you’re selecting foods that are most heavily contaminated with pesticide and insecticide residues.

Preferably Organic
—Most Commonly Contaminated*

If Budget Allows, Buy Organic

It’s Your Call
—Least Commonly Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes – Imported
  • Carrots
  • Pears
  • Collard Greens
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Summer Squash
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes – Domestic
  • Plums
  • Oranges
  • Cauliflower
  • Tangerines
  • Mushrooms
  • Bananas
  • Winter Squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberries
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Kiwis
  • Sweet Peas – Frozen
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Corn – Frozen
  • Avocadoes
  • Onions