Helping Kids with Cancer

http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/525155/2012

HELPING KIDS WITH CANCER:
LuluBelle’s cousin Thayer is about to show off his bulbous head in exchange for your donations
(to shave his head to raise money for KIDS WITH CANCER.

This is his third year running, and I really want him to make his goal.

He is only about 200 short of his goal, please donate between ONE DOLLAR and 499 DOLLARS 🙂

Thanks in ADVANCE!!!!

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Gardening?

When I was little I used to garden with my mom 🙂 I would like to garden with my daughter, too.

If you are like me, you may also want to learn about gardening your food.

And if you are like me, you don’t know where to start.

I saw the place to start thanks to JCR.

http://sproutrobot.com/

It teaches you when to plant what. Pretty easy. 🙂

Referralversary!

Four years ago I saw her face for the first time.
My heart ached to meet her so bad. February 19 -September 15 was not a fun time!

Then:

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Now:

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Such is The Beautiful Chicken.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It totally depends who you ask. We have food allergies in our extended/immediate family so when it comes to holidays, i started shying away from Candy and moved towards fun or educational.

This year I modified an idea I saw on http://www.etsy.com and then promptly waited until the last second and of course did not have all the supplies I thought I had on hand.

LuluBelle will be giving these out at school tomorrow:

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She designed them herself though I wrote it out. She did sign her name on one side 🙂

She’s very excited for tomorrow!!!
Hope you have a great day. if V day is crummy for you, I used to use that negative energy to spoil someone else and all of a sudden, the crumminess was gone.

She is growing up fast.

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Adoption and School

Lulu just got a new teacher.

She seems great. Lets just say I am going to embrace teaching her about adoption and the do’s and don’ts.

I like this link. http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/school/index.php

awesome Blog APV’s should know about

http://familiesinvietnam.org/

Check it out y’all. It’s generous, kind and it’s Families in Vietnam!!!

Apps are fun!!!

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cereal is not healthy

Thank Goodness we only eat Gluten free cereal with very little sugar!

Some cereal no healthier than Twinkies or cookies

By Andrea Walker, The Baltimore Sun December 16, 2011
The group said sugary breakfast choices can be troublesome. It cited studies that have found that children who eat high sugar breakfasts have more problems at school. They become more frustrated and have a harder time working independently than kids who eat lower-sugar breakfasts.

If you’re feeding your kids Honey Smacks or Apple Jacks for breakfast you might as well just give them a chocolate chip cookie or Twinkie, according to results from a nutritional analysis of kids’ cereals.

The Environmental Working Group analyzed 84 cereals and found many contain as much or more sugar than many desserts. The worst culprit was Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. A one-cup serving packs 20 grams of sugar, more than a Hostess Twinkie, which has 18 grams of sugar. Post Golden Crisps and General Mills Wheaties Fuel also have more sugar than a Twinkie, according to the analysis.

The group said sugary breakfast choices can be troublesome. It cited studies that have found that children who eat high sugar breakfasts have more problems at school. They become more frustrated and have a harder time working independently than kids who eat lower-sugar breakfasts. By lunchtime they have less energy, are hungrier, show attention deficits and make more mistakes on their work.

Some laboratory studies have also found that sugar is habit-forming, stimulating the same brain responses as opiates, the Environmenal Working Group found.

These are the worst cereals, and their per cent sugar by weight, according to the analysis:

1. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks: 55.6 per cent

2. Post Golden Crisp: 51.9 per cent

3. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow: 48.3 per cent

4. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries: 46.9 per cent

5. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original: 44.4 per cent

6. Quaker Oats Oh!s: 44.4 per cent

7. Kellogg’s Smorz: 43.3 per cent

8. Kellogg’s Apple Jacks: 42.9 per cent

9. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries: 42.3 per cent

10. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original: 41.4 perc ent

The Environmental Working Group recommends nutritional breakfast alternatives, such as eggs, fruit smoothies or oatmeal. You can find recipes on ewg.org.
© Copyright (c) McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

How Did December Get Here So Fast

Miss Belle is doing great. She is spelling words and recognizing them.
Every parent knows thats great, but spelling will be over when we want to speal secretly. Pig Latin it is.

Leila’s parents are visiting from China and we are so happy for her.

A few pictures to keep you happy.. (leila has refused pictures… We will work on that hahahaha)

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