Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • DID NOT PLAN AT ALL…between Anthony’s karate test and Balboa getting sick and needing to see a neurologist I just figured out each day as we go.

 

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Dino was so proud to earn his yellow belt. Since this test was at 5:30, we ate pizza in the parking lot of the karate dojo. Dino loves his karate classes. Hopefully he will continue to be successful and learn more than just karate, he will learn how to be respectful and gentle.

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We spent from 10 am to 6:30 pm in the vet office just to see a neurologist. It was worth the time (and money) though. Balboa does not have a brain tumor, he does have increased white blood cells, but not enough to be alarmed. Right now he is to continue his meds unless his seizures gets worse…then onto to steroids instead.

Thanks Mom and Dad for staying with me…

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Dino loves watering my herbs, tomatoes, and lettuce. Even better he loves helping with the compost bin and looks forward to dumping leftovers in the bin and shaking it up.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

 

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Dinosaur Reads…Pup and Hound, Lost and Found

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I read 30 books for the summer reading program. I got my picture taken and it will be added to the library site.

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Amazon Summary: When Hound turns around, Pup runs off into the crowds of the county fair. Will Hound find out what Pup is up to? This Level 1 first reader contains short stories, simple sentences, easy vocabulary, simple visual clues and lots of repetition.

Dino Review: Pup gets lost and Hound has to find him. That’s not nice, Mommy would get mad and sad if I got lost. 

Mommy Review: Again a great rhyming book for Dino. He loved listening and trying to identify the words that rhyme. I’m sure this would be a great book for him to read when he is able to read on his own.   

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Tickle My Tastebuds

So happy to be guest hosting Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday. I MESSED UP LAST WEEK AND DIDN’T POST, I AM SO SORRY. 

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I love fish, but it can be expensive…one of my favorites is Salmon. Oh boy, I was so glad to get this on sale. Hubby loved it and

Dino even had a few bites. Paired with wild rice and chicken nuggets it was a perfect meal for outside eating.

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Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds! We are so happy you are here! If you are new here, welcome! If you are returning to our party, welcome back! Each Tuesday, my lovely hostesses and I will be partying with you and our guests as you tickle our tastebuds! Thank you for making our last week another success! We are so glad you stop by and party with us! If you want to join in on the fun with us, make sure you register to be a monthly guest host!

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Each week, the hostesses will choose recipes from the previous week to be featured! Each featured recipe will be pinned by the hostesses!

Now, for this week’s featured recipes!

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops

The Seasoned Mom: Shrimp and Avocado Pasta Salad

Cook with Sara: Summer Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Hello Little Home: Mexican Black Bean Wrap

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops           

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Just Finished Reading

 

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I decided to start a book review linky…there are two great ones that I join up with (see buttons below).  I hope you’ll link up your posts about book reviews below.

Now onto what I have finished reading… 

Goodreads Summary: Justice for Sara

When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death . . .

Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

REVIEW: 4 STARS

Of course she WOULD be attracted to the new police chief, who just happened to be the son of the former police chief-the guy who truly believed she killed her sister.

I had an idea of who the killer was…but I was off…there were too many twists, and tricks…Love when an author does that. I love a good suspense and to be totally shocked. Will have to read more of her books.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Play Dead

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said ?I do? than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim ? and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years ? while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut…. 

Wow…this one is insane. I think this is going to be another HUGE mind f*ck…and I am scared. I have an idea of what is going on, but have a feeling Harlan Coben will once again throw in a plot twist. 

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 10th Thurs Dinner: grilled chicken and salad
  • 11th Fri Dinner:  burgers, chicken nuggets, salad
  • 12th Saturday- salmon, potatoes, and veggies
  • 13th Sunday - pasta, sauce,  meatballs
  • 14th Monday - leftovers
  • 15th Tuesday – grilled chicken, couscous, veggies
  • 16th Wednesday - leftovers

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Grilled Chicken and a salad makes for a great dinner…even if I’m the only one who eats it.

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Tony totally loves the organic, local burgers. He had the bacon, cheeseburger and I had the portobello mushroom and swiss burger. I got two crab cakes, we roasted potatoes, and had more salad. Dino HATES burgers of any kind…so he had his chicken nuggets.

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I LOVE fish and was so pleased that Hubby loved it too. Even Dino had some of the salmon. Of course chicken nuggets was his protein for dinner. I loved the wild rice and the veggies…the pre-mixed seasonings make a big difference in our meals. We enjoyed watching the family of birds in our tree…even Balboa was curious about the birds.

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I didn’t have any breadcrumbs…but thanks Mom for the idea of using tortilla chips instead. They tasted great and I plan on using them again. I used local ground beef and added brocolli rabe to the sauce…Tony LOVED it. Even though Dino was sick…he ate every bite. At this point, we didn’t know what was wrong with him, but he was burning up and his face was getting swollen.

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Turns out…Dino has a swollen salivary gland… Guess that can happen…really weird though.

Balboa is now on seizure medicine…hopefully it will ease the seizures..watching him go through the seizures breaks my heart.

Dinner was just leftover pasta, but Dino just wanted peanut butter and jelly.

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Dino LOVED the couscous, beans, and veggies. He didn’t want any chicken, but had four servings of the couscous. What a healthy boy.

LOVE cooking beans in the slow cooker, it makes a fabulous sauce and all I have to do is throw the grains, rice, or pasta in at the end with the veggies.

I was able to reorganize my cabinets in our SMALL KITCHEN. We only have one cabinet for food…so I have to make it count. Buying bulk at Whole Foods…saves money and space. Please note…THE SUGAR IS NOT MINE…that is hubby’s.

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Tonight was another leftover night…as Dino had karate. Tomorrow night he’s being tested for his yellow belt…fingers crossed he can handle his routine in front of all the other kids being tested and their parents.

Balboa has a neurological evaluation Friday morning, as his seizures seem to be getting worse. Please keep him in your prayers.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams

   

Dinosaur Reads…

welcome to kindergarten

 

I will be prepared for kindergarten with all the books I’m reading.

 

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Amazon SummaryJoin Tim as he visits his future kindergarten classroom and learns what he will be doing during his first year of school. Explore the reading, math, and art centers. Sit at the desk where he will practice writing, counting, and telling time. The classroom may look a little too big at first, but after finding out about all the fun ahead, it doesn’t seem too big at all. In fact, it’s just the right size.

Dino Review: The boy likes his small kindergarten. It’s not big, it fits him because he’s small for me. My kindergarten will be for me too. I’m a big boy but not a big kid. I learned a lot, I’m smart. I’m going to learn more in kindergarten, but I know everything. (shakes his head confirming he knows it all) 

Mommy Review: Cute illustrations and descriptions of each center a child might find in kindergarten. It’s reassuring to know that your classroom won’t be too big and overwhelming, but just perfect for little kids. Dino was happy that he did the same things in preschool and was curious if they would be the same in kindergarten.

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Just Finished Reading…

 

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I decided to start a book review linky…there are two great ones that I join up with (see buttons below).  I hope you’ll link up your posts about book reviews below.

Now onto what I have finished reading… 

 

Goodreads Summary: Good Grief 

Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she’s not only lost her husband, but her job, house…and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she’s involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can’t cope with-yet.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

Yes, this is about death and grieving, so why was I laughing when I should be crying? You can totally relate to Sophie, you can feel her pain, sorrow, loss, and confusion. You know you would be going to work in a bathrobe and slippers too. In losing it all, she finds herself and a real life after losing her husband. A must read…

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary:Justice for Sarah

When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death . . .

Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

think I am going to be messed up after reading this…love when I get scared…I know it’s a great book

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Eat Like You are on a Deserted Island


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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

Secret Subject Swap

Baking In A Tornado

The Momisodes

Spatulas on Parade

Stacy Sews and Schools

Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

Confessions of a part-time working mom

Dates 2 Diapers 2

Crumpets and Bullocks

Climaxed

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Someone Else’s Genius

The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

 

My subject is “You get stranded on an uninhabited, tropical island with little/no amenities. How do you survive?”.  It was submitted by http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com  Here goes:

 

We are going to Florida this summer, when? Well you will find out after we return. I am too nervous to post about being stranded. I tried to come up with some cute stories…but just couldn’t. Instead I wrote about what I would eat…

I think we should start eating like we ARE living on a deserted island. We should start living and eating like we did BEFORE companies started creating chemicals and poisons that are hidden in the “food” they sell. Yes, I was a mom who had countless coupons and would smile with glee when I could buy almost everything with coupons. The faster, easier, and cheaper the “food” products were, the more I would buy. But then my eyes were opened to the dangers.

In just a short time I feel better, my hair dresser said my hair is super shiny, my occasional acne is clearing up, my stomach issues are slowly disappearing. I used to think I could never eat nuts…now I can’t live without almonds, cashews, walnuts, and granola. I used to think those foods made me sick, but in reality it was the low fat, fat free, and processed foods that were making me sick.

People are fighting companies to list all the GMO genetically modified ingredients in the products they sell. We are fighting for them to admit they are selling poisons and creating allergies and diseases at an alarming rate. Yes, people who buy the products and fast foods are responsible. But when so are the companies who promote to little kids and overload you with their marketing. Just like the cigarette companies tried to make smokers believe cigarettes were safe, that is what GMO food production companies are doing.

Vermont is being sued by the Grocery Manufacturers Association because they passed a law regarding NON-GMO foods in their state. Food companies can submit all the tests they want. The simple fact is…if GMOs are safe, why aren’t they promoted and listed on packages. These companies are all bullies and loving that people are willingly buying these fake foods.

If I could, I would grow my own food. Instead I buy organic, local, and NON-GMO food. Instead I make sure Dino knows the NON-GMO verified label and the USDA Organics label. Instead I make sure that Dino eats real foods, not the fake natural label that is used to trick consumers.

Don’t get me wrong…there are MANY frozen foods, almond and coconut ice creams, desserts, and snacks we eat…I don’t deprive myself, I just make sure they are NON-GMO verified. I can’t stand the taste of fake foods, it’s horribly obvious and leaves me feeling icky. You soon realize what real food tastes like and wonder what you have really been eating.

Imagine how fit I would be too…there would be no TV, no computers, no reason to sit on our butts. We would have to always be working and moving…seems like the more technology and conveniences we have, the unhealthier we get. Imagine if

Here are great resources if you are interested….

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

 

Photo: "Only organic guarantees that food is produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or genetically engineered ingredients. Only organic gives you complete piece of mind." Read more: http://orgcns.org/M9bRcC #GMO

 

 

 

 

Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 3rd Thurs Dinner: takeout
  • 4th Fri Dinner:  hot dogs, burgers, and potato salad
  • 5th Saturday- family bbq
  • 6th Sunday - girls night with friend
  • 7th Monday -  grilled chicken, coucous, and spinach
  • 8th Tuesday - rice and beans with veggies
  • 9th Wednesday - leftovers

3rd     4th dinner 4th fireworks

To me there is nothing better than homemade potato salad… I had chicken pesto burgers, Dino had organic hot dogs, Hubby had his hot dogs and burgers. We were all happy. Before that Hubby and Dino let off some fireworks in the driveway. I hid on the porch but captured all the pics.

5th bbq

We enjoyed a family bbq, my sister’s mother-in-law invited us and had a pool out for Dino. He loved her dog, Rocky. He was so excited that he looked like a wolf. I think he also understood that he was older and needed more kindness…Dino wanted to hug him goodbye and take a pic with him.

6th

Dino spent to days with my parents, giving me time to hang out with my friend. I was able to buy better fitting bras, since I lost tons of inches, and more workout clothes.

7th

Hubby and I were alone for our dinner, Balboa enjoyed the peace and quiet. We grilled chicken and made couscous with spinach. I used a lemon dill seasoning, but I think there was pepper in the mix…it was TOO HOT… Of course Hubby thought it was fine, I needed extra water with my dinner.

8th

There is nothing better than rice and beans… This time instead of soaking the beans over night…put them in the slow cooker. I put three times the amount of water that I had in pinto beans. I added tons of seasoning and fresh basil and cilantro. Once the beans were soft, I added the jasmine rice and veggies…the water had turned into a delicious sauce, which added tons of flavor to the rice and veggies.

9th

 

It was a hectic day, poor Balboa had a seizure. We don’t know if it’s from his shots, the heat, or his liver. We are going to keep a close eye on him. I am praying it was just a one time incident.

I cut up the grilled chicken from two nights ago, added some mayo, fresh basil, walnuts, and sliced avocado. Dino now has karate on Wednesdays too! He is doing so well, we wanted him to have two days of it. Therefore we had a quick meal before we went to karate. He also had a container of strawberry almond yogurt. After karate and after Daddy got home from the vet, he quickly grilled his and our hot dogs.

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So Dino has been better about eating more almonds and cashews, I am trying to get him to eat some walnuts too. I have been mixing a small amount of the protein mix into his milk.

He loves coconut and almond yogurt, but doesn’t like granola. I am trying to change that.

I’ve also been making trail mixes…using a variety of…annie’s bunny crackers, raisins, chocolate chips, cashews, and chocolate almonds. There are now NON-GMO marshmallows, once they are at Whole foods, I will buy them.

Any other suggestions for trail mix ingredients?

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams

   

Dinosaur Reads…

donut shop

 

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I read 20 books for the summer reading program, so I got a coupon for an ice cream cone. I am super excited, but know it’s not organic/NON-GMO. Mommy wishes they didn’t give out food prizes. I checked out 10 more books to get the next prize. I LOVE reading books.

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 The Donut Chef by Bob Staake

Amazon Summary: IN THIS DELICIOUS tale, a baker hangs out his shingle on a small street, and soon, the line for his doughnuts stretches down the block. But it’s not long before the competition arrives and a battle of the bakers ensues. In the competitive frenzy, both bakers’ doughnuts become “quite bizarre, like Cherry-Frosted Lemon Bar, and Peanut-Brickle Buttermilk, or Gooey Coca- Mocha Silk!” Some are not even very tasty: “Donuts made with huckleberry (don’t be scared, they’re kind of hairy).” One day, Debbie Sue, just barely two, enters the bakery, and searches in vain for her favorite doughnut, where “the choice of donuts left her dazed. Said Debbie Sue, “But I want . . . glazed.” A fun lesson in keeping it simple in which our hero chef decides to go back to the basics, and wins over the whole town.

Dino Review: The donut guy was making donuts, but then the mean guy made donuts too. They made all sorts of yucky donuts and no one wanted them. The nice donut man made plain donuts and everybody liked him. The mean guy had so customers and his donuts look stinky and yucky. 

Mommy Review: What a clever book, great illustrations, and a wonderful lesson. Sometimes we get so caught up in competing to be the best, that we forget why we REALLY wanted to do it in the first place. It’s all about being true to yourself, loving what you do, and doing your best for yourself. 

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