Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nutritional Resources

Nutritional Books:

Nourishing Traditions - By Sally Fallon

Nutritional Articles

Sweeteners:

A Guide to Natural Sweeteners - A great article provided by The Nourishing Gourmet!

Lindsay's Favorite Sweeteners - Discussing rapadura, sucanat, stevia, honey, sorghum, maple syrup, and more.

Oils:

Healthy Oils - Lindsay covers the topic of healthy oils, with Coconut Oil and Olive oil being her top picks for nutritional benefits.   This is in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2

A New Look at Coconut Oil - An article provided by the Weston A. Price foundation

Soy:

The Ploy of Soy - The Weston A. Price Foundation offers some excellent information about Soy and  how it can be harmful to your health.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Zoe's 2nd Birthday!

Zoe turned 2 a couple weeks ago!  She is definitely a toddler now.  Running is one of her absolute favorite things.  Pretty much all her words are real words now.  She's even begun saying "My shoes" instead of "Zoe's shoes", and "I would like some crackers" instead of "Zoe would like some crackers"  :)   She's been playing pretty well with her friends, but as all toddlers do, she does suffer a bit from the "that's mine" syndrome! haha.   This month was a major birthday month!   The first week, our friend's baby was born, that same week was Gage's brother's 12th birthday,  the next week was Zoe's birthday, 4 days later was my mother-in-law Jenny's birthday, and the next week was Zoe's best friend Kjersten's birthday!  There were 3 birthday parties this month, and many more birthdays I didn't list.   Zoe certainly got her fill of birthday cake!

The skirt she is wearing in the picture was made by Jenny! Isn't it adorable? It was the perfect thing for her to wear on her birthday.  Jenny also made her a Winnie the Pooh dress to wear at her birthday party!

Zoe's party was fun.  She "played" the Wii, opened presents, stared at her birthday candle, ate cake, and looked cute.   Unfortunately the only one of her little friends that could make it to the party was Evan! We're so thankful that Evan was there :)   Everyone else at the party was an adult.  We still had a great time though!

Zoe was blessed with so many amazing gifts this year.  A magna doodle, her first skates, adorable clothing, a little keyboard, an overnight bag that looks like a stuffed animal (so cute!), fridge phonics (she LOVES this!), her first barbie, a new Veggie Tales DVD and many many more.  I used some of her birthday money to buy her some new books, as well as a bunch of adorable spring/summer clothes so she's almost set for the warmer months!

Thank you to all who came to the party and/or provided her with a gift!  She now has everything she could ever need, and then some.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

"I need glasses!"

We moved here in 2006 and we have driven past the "Ground Round" restaurant hundreds of times and were always curious as to what in the world the "Ground Round" was... it doesn't exactly sound very appetizing... but today we decided to give it a try.  The food was actually pretty good.  The menu is all over the place though, a little confusing, food doesn't look too good on the menu, and they serve you warm (border-lining cold) popcorn as soon as you sit down.   Not peanuts, chips, or bread....  popcorn.   As soon as the waitress left our table, Amanda and I simultaneously said, "that's interesting."   :)   The food was good though.    I got the broccoli cheese soup and salad.

The highlight for me however was not the food, but a little comment my little girl said.  Zoe was looking around the restaurant and out of nowhere she says, "I need glasses..."   Glasses? She must have heard me say that recently.  Even so, it was hilarious to hear my 2 year old say that!  I doubt she needs glasses, but I definitely do need glasses. I always notice it when I'm at church and I'm trying to read the words on the screen during worship and I can't.   Zoe broke my glasses about 6 months ago and I still haven't ordered new ones.. I need someone to measure the distance between my pupils.  As soon as I get that measurement, Zenni Optical here I come!

After lunch we went to Barnes & Noble, then to Falls Park.   All I can say is.. WOW.  I have never seen the park so flooded before, and the waterfalls were flowing faster than I've ever seen! It was amazing.  If only the water wasn't completely brown and the sky gray... it didn't exactly make for good pictures!

One of my best friends from CA came to visit us this past weekend! Amanda arrived on Thursday morning and she left at about 5pm today.  It was so nice to have her visit, even if it was just for 4 days!  She came to visit for Zoe's birthday.  I'll write more about Zoe's birthday and birthday party in another post.  For now, it is almost 2 am.  I need to sleep!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

She's almost 2...

So much going on!  Hopefully things will settle down in a couple weeks and I can begin to write more about what's going on around here :)  In short, I'm preparing for a 2 hr class on Digital Photography that I'm teaching Sunday afternoon and I'm planning Zoe's 2nd birthday party for the following weekend!  My best friend Amanda is coming to visit so I'm preparing for her visit by cleaning and getting her room ready. I've also been working on Sioux Falls Frugal Mom quite a bit lately.  That interview with Keloland brought quite a few readers! It was a heck of a lot of work at first but now I feel I've got the hang of it and it should get a lot easier to maintain.

Today was a nice day.  I spent a lot of time listening to Zoe say, "Mommy! Watch dis!!" and "Mommy! What's dat??" "What's dis?" haha.  She's so eager to learn.  I love this age! She learned the letters "B" and "H" today.  I'm going to try and teach her a couple letters a day.   This little girl loves to learn words and she loves to talk!   She says many short sentences already. Some longer words she's learned this week: "Dinosaur" , "Downstairs", "Motorcycle" and "Delicious!"  I also discovered - like mother, like daughter - she's a fan of the ocean!  - "Mommy! Ocean! Pretty."

She's almost 2. I can't believe it.   She's no longer a baby :(   I'm looking forward to her getting older but man, it just makes me sad to think about the fact that she'll never be a baby again...

*SIGH*

How are you all doing? All 5 of you! hehe.

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