Monday, March 30, 2009

Terri's Tip Tuesday

Lately I've been hearing so much about the health benefits of flax ~ oil, whole seed, & ground. So I asked my friend Terri about the specific benefits of each. They are all important and helpful so here's the scoop!

Flax Oil has omega 3 fatty acids which are helpful for the brain function as well as in flamation.

Flax Seed is a stool bulking agent which helps your digestive track. Because it is a source of fiber it helps the bowels move.

(can I just say I dislike that b word!)~R

and onto Ground Flax Seed ~ this is especially vital in order to detoxify estrogen & other excess harmones. Therefore it prevents breast cancer, prostate cancer as well as other types of cancers.

If I were to choose just 1 to make sure I was getting every day, it would be the ground flax seed. 1 Tablespoon each day is what we need.

Just a reinder ~ Terri's Tips are for informational and entertainment purposes only. Be sure to consult your medical provider before attempting to diagnose or treat any condition or symptom.

We all said farewell to Terri yesterday as she and her family moved to NC. So this week we have said goodbye to the milk man & to TERRI. Let's just say it was way harder to see Terri move! She is off to open a wellness center in Kure Beach.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

great give away

I got excited when I saw this giveaway on Emily's blog. Go check it out!

oh it's time to say goodbye

to the milkman

Do you remember how THRILLED i was when we moved here to have milk, eggs, & ice cream delivered right to our door?! Let me remind you with this too.

However, we have been learning so much about various things that are great for your bodies. Then there are those things that we thought were wonderful for our bodies but are not right for us. We have decided that milk is not such a good choice for our family. disclaimer to our parents ~ don't worry! the boys are still getting their adequate calcium!

and sarah ~ i kept the glass jars! ;)

has anyone read Sugar Shock?! I read some of on our ride home as a friend from Richmond is letting me borrow it. I'll be back w/ points of interest but for now...I gotta scoot to church!

Friday, March 27, 2009

home again home again jiggety jig

We are back home from a great trip to Richmond. Blogger isn't being very good to me tonight though so here is the run down. (i can't post b/w pictures and the pics are listed only in code instead of the pic ~ i say that so if you can help, send me your tips) The first pictures are only a couple of the many ways the boys entertained us as well as each other. Our TVs were not working which could have made for a rather long trip but by the end they had done it all and lastly we "enjoyed" their kazoo & train whistle duet. (thankfully that was only the final 10 minutes of the drive)

The next are of the cousins all out for dinner. Somehow Memaw & Aunt Mary didn't make any pics. Oh well...the children & the men are looking good!

We got a good report from the eye doctor not as good as Jacob was hoping for but he is fine. He does get to take a break until we get his back in from having the lenses replaced. Ben will receive his new specs in a week or so...he has been wearing the same frames since 2007 and they are squishing his face.

We had a great time w/ all of our NR friends. Both of the boys got to see their pre K teachers and Ben's highlight may have been seeing Hannah. We only missed out on seeing Miss L but Jacob is planning a visit to see her when we go back for Spring Break. The boys are making additional plans for friends too since this trip was so last minute. We have 3 weeks to plan ahead for playdates!

They also got to see the movie "Monsters vs. Aliens" and supposedly it's a hit.

and of course ~ I stocked up on some of our Trader Joes favorites but didn't have time to do much other shopping. That's okay though...JM appreciates that!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Terri's Tip

Terri's Tip Tuesday ~ sorry about the late post.

If mommy is getting a little irritable with minimal provocation,
magnesium deficiency may be to blame. This mineral is eliminated by
the urine excessively when we are under stress and if it is not
replaced you may become irritable, shaky, anxious or have headaches or
muscle spasms. The easiest way to replace magnesium is to eat pumpkin
seeds. Make sure they are organic so that they haven't been irradiated
or fumigated. (Will not tell you on the label!)

If you prefer to take a supplement, take magnesium citrate or
glycinate (not the cheaper oxide, which is what you will find
everywhere). If you take too much magnesium you body will not absorb
it, and you will get loose BMs, that is how you know to start cutting

I love this one...I love pumpkin seeds!

Just a reinder ~ Terri's Tips are for informational and entertainment purposes only. Be sure to consult your medical provider before attempting to diagnose or treat any condition or symptom.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

simply warms my heart

it's been a while since i heard these precious words
the first time was years ago
like when he was 4 or so
tonight he said it again so sweetly
when i climbed up onto the top bunk to kiss him goodnight

"good night my little supergirl"

and when the smile swept across my face
he reminded me of how i "cried & lost it"
when he said it years ago.
i don't remember crying though

he has quite a memory
my smart boy my funny boy
my boy

Thursday, March 19, 2009

on the hunt

One of our favorite things to do as a family is visiting local parks. We haven't done much of that since we moved but yesterday we took advantage of the glorious weather and checked out a new place to play.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Just a Sampling of the Leprecauns' Tricks

The leprecauns have been visiting our home for a few years now and the boys LOVE it! Each year they repeat some of their tricks from before and toss in a few different ones as well. They always turn over chairs and swap furniture around and add green shamrocks or streamers in random places. (whatever they can find around the house) This year the leprecauns are trying to be a little choosier in the foods they provide for their boys so NO SHAMROCK shaped KRISPY KREMES this year for breakfast.

The boys got a giggle out of this.

This is a returning favorite! I know . . . embarrassing!

This year a little surprise tee.

Hope yours was wonderful. It's one of our favorite silly days! If you have any leprecaun fun to share please do!

My Latest Project

Imagine my surprise when I found this idea in a book!

I've had my eyes on this little clutter collector since JM & I started dating! Pat & BJ parted with it just a couple of years ago and I'm so glad. Especially now that I have this wonderful idea for it. I'll post pictures when I finally finish it!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Terri's Tip

Here's Terri's Tip for this week. It's short & sweet.

Fish oil is important for optimal brain development in kids and is highly recommended. Make sure it is molecularly distilled to remove toxins. BTW, the most toxic food, in the opinion of an expert speaker at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, is farmed salmon. This is because it contains very high levels of PCBs and very low levels of healthy omega 3 fatty acids. So, take your fish oil with your kids!

my favorite color is . . .

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

1. m&m heart, 2. recycling center, 3. Shamrock-a-bye, 4. and a Pot of Gold, 5. 365 Day 22: Baileys Shamrocks (with recipe), 6. Shamrock, 7., Green, Green... 8. the Green Door... 9. goods to portugal

Thursday, March 12, 2009

picture catch up

Just thought this would be an easy way to catch the grandparents up a little.
The boys have been hitting the hay early this week
probably due to the time change.

and tomorrow it's kindergarten registration for our ben ben.

long time no post

Even though I haven't blogged in over a week . . . A purchase of mine made it on someone else's blog!

I'll be back though . . . our computer is back up & running!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

What's a good reason to forget about HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP?!
when we want to make a treat to celebrate Dr. Seuss!
His birthday was on Monday and both of our boys
were going to do Dr. Seuss related things in their class.
However as you saw in our previous pictures,
we didn't have school and played in the snow all day.

So being Snow Day number 2 we decided to have some inside fun.
I checked out all the peanut butter recalls on Nutter Butters.
I couldn't find anything.
If you know differently, please let me know
as the boys are sharing with their classes tomorrow.

Our next project was OOBLECK!

This stuff is so cool.It seems like a solid but then it liquifies!

The boys were very fascinated.

This was easy clean up with our Splat Mats.

Terri's Tuesday Tip

Here is Terri's Tip for today!
Iodine deficiency is exceedingly common because it cannot be stored by the body and must be obtained daily. The primary source of iodine is seaweed and sea veggies, but these are often contaminated with arsenic, so it is not good to eat a lot of them. Iodized salt used to be a good option, but fell out of favor due to its aluminum content. Bread used to contain iodine in the form of potassium iodide, but this was changed in the 1970s to the cheaper (and TOXIC) bromates, which are in bread that I no longer purchase. (Check the label!)

Iodine is important for proper thyroid function (which is essential to maintain a healthy weight without really trying!) and for healthy breasts. In fact, people with breast pain can often find resolution by taking 3-6 mg/day of iodine for 3-4 months. Iodine deficiency has been linked to breast cancer as well. (It should be used along with breastcancer therapy for those who have it)
Iodine also helps with brain fog and sour stomach. Hmmm.... just a thought (no science here, just my brain questioning).. is it possible that all the babies that require stomach medicine like zantac at birth are simply iodine deficient?

Remember that iodine is essential for proper thyroid function and suboptimal thyroid function lowers IQ, so babies need adequate iodine levels right at birth.

So, consider iodine supplementation to achieve a urine level of at least 5 ug/dl.

Disclaimer: Information provided here is not to be construed as medical advice, please seek advice from your trained medical providerbefore implementing any supplementation or dietary changes.
Next week.. What's the number one worst food you can eat from a toxic chemical standpoint? Send in your thoughts and I will let you know next week!


My Blog got the Lemonade Award!
Thanks Emily!

Rules for the award:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate 10 blogs that show attitude and/or gratitude.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they have received this award by commenting on a post.
5. Nominate your favorites and link to this blog.
So here are my 10 blog nominations to receive the Lemonade Award ~ a couple friends and lots that I have never met.
I have lots of favorite blogs
and these are just a few
that especially show wonderful attitude but gratitude as well.
Maybe you'll find a few new favorites as well!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Finally a Snowday for the SkamFam!

This is Ben yesterday morning shortly after he woke up.
He quickly put on his shoes, hat & his Halloween skeleton gloves
and just sat in awe.
The last time he saw snow he was too young to remember.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

We have a Winner!

with the help of Truly Random Number Generator comment number 7 won my little favs package. Here is her comment.
Jennifer said...
Happy Birthday!pretty polished toes, power yoga at the YMCA, sea shells, denim, mocha butter bars from Whole Foods, striped paper clips, venti iced Americanos, boutique consignment stores, beach babies, grilled veggies, down comforters, new purses, stars, organized book shelves with baskets, Craftsman homes, square notepads with cool designs, mommy sleep in days, and THE BEACH

so Jennifer email me your actual address and I'll get some treats out in the mail to you later on in the week!

Thanks for playing. This was fun and I enjoyed hearing all of your favorites and seeing how much I have in common with ya'll.