Monday, August 29, 2011

Raw Food Cleanse, cont.

I've just wrapped up my first week of the Raw Food Cleanse, and am feeling really good! Most of the recipes have been really good (good enough that I have just scarfed them down without taking pictures- what is wrong with me!?!?)

This week we are heading into the most intensive part of the cleanse, which culminates with a day of just water. morning's breakfast: watermelon juice (made in the blender). Sooooooo good!!! So good that I made a second batch so that I could take a picture and forgot AGAIN!!

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's green day. And one of these meals I will remember to take some pictures!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

God Made Seas, Dry Land, and Plants

Today was day 3 of MFWK. We are really enjoying the creation unit! I am so grateful to all the other families on the MFW forum, and for all the wonderful ideas I've gotten from there.

In other news, third time is a charm- an intact bulletin board arrived today! I gave up on trying to get it up for the creation unit, but it will be up in time for S-s-sun.

Creation book...

And for our corresponding snack we had cups of dirt...

21 Day Raw Cleanse

For lack of a better term, I've been feeling a little... jiggly lately.  Nothing too awful, and secretly I've been telling myself that it's "womanly". However, I'd really like to firm up a little more, and there are a couple pounds I'd like to lose, especially around the belly and hips.

I also have gotten really far from a raw diet again, and even ended up consuming some dairy when my parents were visiting this summer (sigh...there is just nothing that really compares to real cream in coffee...)

At the last minute, I discovered The Garden Diet and 21 Day Raw Cleanse, and decided to go for it. 21 days of raw food recipes, online community, & exercise videos seemed like a good way to get me back on track. And lose that jiggle.

We're on day 3 now. So far I've really been enjoying it. The recipes have been simple and tasty so far. It's also nice to know I'm not alone; the community is so friendly and supportive,we even have Program Pals to keep us accountable during those occasional cravings.

I actually haven't really had any cravings, though, because the food has been really tasty and nourishing. I forgot to take a picture of the salad I had for lunch yesterday until I was halfway though it. It was such a nice change from my usual salads, yet the dressing was practically the same as what I out on mine (lemon, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt). I never would have thought to combine tomatoes and beets, but it was so good that I made it again today alongside today's lunch of raw Celery Chowder.

Check out this picture someone shared on Facebook today! I found it really appropriate for today.

Is a 3-week raw food cleanse something you would ever consider doing? Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Second Day of School

I wanted to take some pictures on our first day of school, but my camera battery was dead! So here are some shots of our second day of doing My Father's World Kindergarten!
A staged "day 1" photo...
Miss H wants to be a kindergartener, too!

Page 2 of the Creation book

Bulletin board wall w/Creation numbers
I've been having bad luck with the bulletin board... Hopefully the THIRD one will arrive intact. I will post pictures of the entire finished schoolroom when it is finished :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: He Hopes to Catch One

Oliver's Labels Review

Some of the label design choices
I recently had the opportunity to try out Oliver's Labels. Oliver's Labels offers a variety of label types and sizes (from original labels to photo labels, bag tags, iron-on labels and wristbands and even customizable pantry labels) and over 35 design options (including allergy warning labels). 

The labels are waterproof, weather-proof, scuff-proof, tear-resistant, high-performance vinyl with super-strong 3M adhesive and high quality, full-color printing. The labels are dishwasher safe- I tested one of our labels on a glass that has now been through the pots and pans cycle with sani-rinse numerous times. They are also washer and dryer safe.

Most of the picture designs are pretty cute. (Maybe a little too cute.) I also found that many of the background designs are so busy and bold that they make the type on the labels hard to read. However, all labels are customizable with five font choices and they also offer a "Custom Color/Font" option with many different color choices, so there is something for even those who do not care for a cutesy cartoon design. 

My favorite thing about Oliver's Labels is the FREE  Found-it™Tracking System feature. You may choose to have a tracking code printed on your  labels. If someone finds an item with a  Found-it™ label, they are prompted to go to and enter the code that is printed on the label. They can then enter the item description, information for retrieving the item and their contact info(optional). Oliver's Labels then sends you an email letting you know your item was found. None of your personal information is shared with the person who found the item.  

You can buy each label type separately, or choose a package deal. Just to give you an idea, the cost for 40 original labels (2" x 3/4") is $19.99. The starter package contains 20 Original labels, 35 Stick-eez Clothing labels, and 3 Mini Bag Tags for $26.99. Of course, there are many other options to choose from. Now, I'm not a huge labeler, but I think that these are very good quality labels, and that the Found-it™ feature is a great thing for things like our water bottles and other items that are easily misplaced! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.