Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The Roadrunner does have some really cool features. You turn on the shower and once it reaches 95 degrees it slows to a trickle. You flip a switch and hop on in. The water flow is 1.59 gpm. I believe you can also flip the switch to slow the water to a trickle while lathering up or shaving. It retails for $39.95.
Since we are talking showers, I thought I would mention the challenge that The Crunchy Domestic Goddess is doing this summer. It is called the Five Minute Shower Challenge, which is pretty self explanatory. I am trying to decide if I can really do it. Pretty sad, huh? Anyone want to join me? Leave a comment here that you are in and I will sign up too. I just need a little incentive.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
- I bought some fabric for a tablecloth, which cost me $8.00. I plan to reuse the fabric to make a pillow case and maybe something else for my son. I could also sew gift bags with the leftover fabric.
- We used biodegradeable and compostable paper plates.
- I had a stash of plastic forks and napkins from previous parties that we used.
- We dug out these really cool glasses that we got as a wedding gift as well as my grandma's wine glasses, instead of using plastic ones.
- I tried to keep the food fairly healthy. We served Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins, fruit with a yogurt dip, apples and bananas with a chocolate peanut butter dip, and ham biscuits.
- I only had to do 2 party favor bags so that made things a little less complicated. I purchased 2 felt bags that had a dump truck on the front. I filled each bag with a matchbox truck, bubbles, and a package of fruit snacks.
Overall the party was a success and I feel pretty good about it. My daugther's party will be a different story, but that is for another post.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I will summarize what I have learned so far. When buying sunscreen, look for the ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients stay on the skin's surface and they provide protection against UVB and UVA radiation. UVB radition causes sunburn, whereas UVA radiation causes skin damage, aging, and cancer. Coverage for both are labeled as broad spectrum coverage. You also want to use SPF 15 or higher.
Here are the ingredients to avoid:
Oxybenzone - In sunlight, can produce allergy- and cancer-causing chemicals
DMDM Hydantoin - Allergen and irritant that can form cancer-causing contaminants
Triethanolamine - Allergen and irritant that can form cancer-causing contaminants
I purchased some Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen, but all of the California Baby products have high ratings and can be found at places like Whole Foods and Target. I am also going to try the California Baby Sunscreen Stick to use for our faces.
Of course, there are also other steps you should take besides wearing sunscreen. Wear a shirt, hat, and sunglasses and try to stay in the shade. If at all possible, try to limit the amount of time you are in the sun between 10:00 am-2:00 pm. I know this is a lot easier said than done, especially when you have children begging to play outside. All we can do is our best and being aware of the dangers is a good first step.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Several months ago we stopped using our badly scratched teflon skillets. According to the Environment Working Group, non-sticks pans can contain PFCs, many of which breakdown into PFOA (also known as C8) in the environment and your body. Once in the body, PFOAs can circulate for years. PFOA is considered a carcinogen causing testicular, pancreatic, mammary, and liver tumors in rats. Evidence has shown that scratched teflon when heated has the potential to kill birds because of the chemicals released. Plus if the pan is scratched, you will inevitably ingest some of those teflon bits.
I know it seems like EVERYTHING causes cancer. My rational is why risk it? So I purchased a 12 " stainless steel skillet. You do have to use lots of oil and food still ends up sticking sometimes. I do not regret buying the skillet, but a non-stick skillet is really nice.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
My husband likes to take this instead of chips in his lunch. I think they taste way better than cheezits or goldfish. Country Cheddar is our favorite. It definitely satisfies a salty craving.
My daughter loves to eat cereal for breakfast and Clifford Crunch is usually her first choice. She might just like saying Clifford Crunch, but I don't feel guilty giving it to her. It only has 6 grams of sugar compared to 9 grams in Honey Nut Cheerios. In the book Superfoods Rx Diet the author recommends this cereal as a good choice for individuals who like cereal.
If you have any products that you have found that are yummy, please share.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sprinkler Tree at the park for the Touch a Truck Event.
Sprinkler fun in the backyard.
My son helps daddy do some digging.
We took our first canoe trip as a family!!!
Tracey's blog for some more great shots.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I know I am late getting this week's menu out. I was very disorganized last week and went to the store with no idea of what I was going to make. Shhhh....don't tell anyone. In case I have not mentioned it before. We usually eat out with family on Friday nights and eat out or throw something together on Saturday nights. This Sunday we went out after my husband's softball game. I guess you can tell I have been slacking a bit in the meal prepartion category. Well, here it is anyway.
Monday: Margarita Pork Chops and Taco Salad
Tuesday: Pasta with Wilted Spinach
Wednesday: Salmon, Portabello Mushrooms, Brown Rice, and Sugar Snap Peas
Thursday: Kashi Pizza
Saturday, May 17, 2008
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Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday- Greek Shrimp with Feta, Roasted Asparagus & Baked Sweet Potatoes
Wednesday- Spinach Frittata and fruit
Thursday- Teriyaki Chicken Thighs (baked potato for me), Macaroni & Cheese, and Steamed Broccoli
The sun was just starting to peak out and so the lighting was perfect. I also loved how the rain droplets were still on the newly sealed deck.
Bailey joins us.
The sun is really shining. It is rainy here today and I would love to see a little bit of this sunshine.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday.
Head over to The Land of K.A. for some more great photos.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
They use less toxic additives and are non-chlorinated.
Green & Clean Mom also has some great posts on BPA. They contain several resources and links so it is very informative.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I wish that I could see life through his eyes for just one day. The little things that make him so excited. The wonder in his eyes when he sees something new. I love this age. He is still so sweet and innocent. When he looks at me with those big blue eyes, my heart just melts.
My daughter was so excited to give me the card and bracelet she made at school. Those handmade gifts mean so much more than any gift you can buy. I want to freeze time and keep my kids this age forever. I had the perfect Mother's Day weekend. Thank you everyone!!!
Head over to Mother May I for some more great shots.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I put all the fixins (can you tell I am from the south?) in bowls and let the kids make their own tacos. They really enjoyed it. It was a bit messy, but good. The white sauce gave the tacos a subtle little kick. I mixed one part sour cream with 1 part mayo, half a lime, and some chopped up fresh cilantro. I love Mexican food so this was my favorite meal this week.
Thanks for indulging me. Head on over to the Shutter Sister's Love Thursday for more great shots.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Here's the before photo.
Here's the after photo.
What do you think? I haven't used Photoshop before so I am not sure how they compare, but Digital Image Pro has some really cool features. My biggest problem now is figuring out what really looks good.
Here's another one: Before
After- notice the watering can is now gone
Pretty cool, huh? I used these photos as examples because they were ones I would normally just delete.
Anyone have any photo tips? What kind of camera and editing software do you use?
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
1. Take shorter showers (this is probably going to be the hardest for me)- I am down to 10 minutes most of the time. I am not sure if I will be able to get to 5 minutes.
2. Install a low flow showerhead in our bathroom.- Put this on my list for next month. I have been looking, but have not found one I am completely sold on.
Monday, May 5, 2008
I finally did it. I concentrated on the ones that were growing right next to each other. When I pulled them up, I could see how they sprouted from the seed that I planted. It was so cool. I couldn't just throw them out, so I replanted them around the yard. I am not sure if they will actually grow, but it will be interesting to see what happens. I know I will have more thinning to do and it will get easier.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I guess by now you can see that there is a pattern to my menus. I am too methodical to just wing it. On Sunday we usually eat something that may have to cook a little longer or something grilled. I don't grill. We have fish on Mondays because I shop on Sunday and want to cook it early in the week. Tuesday's meal usually includes pork or chicken. Wednesday is pasta night and Thursday is leftovers or pizza. For now it works for us.Here's this weeks menu:
Monday: (Cinco de Mayo) Fish Tacos with white sauce and all the fixins plus pinto beans