Oh Snap, Take That Back!

So last week I was talking about the new measures congress is pondering for EBT /SNAP families.They want to cut, ban, food items from the SNAP/ EBT budget.snapp

 Billions of dollars in proposed cuts to SNAP in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate budgets despite the fact that one in five kids in the U.S. rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) for their meals each day. Ridiculously, some in Congress are still pushing those cuts.-Elyssa, MomsRising.org

Today, I will play devils advocate. The argument is about high end items, junk food, and cleaning up food fraud. While I do think some items could be re-categorized….nothing should be cut. sna Last week, I gave my friend  a ride to the market to pick up some items. While she shopped, I sat on a bench near the market’s doors and wait for her. A few minutes later I saw a young girl (who couldn’t have been older than 4 or 5) pushing a shopping cart  filled with junk food, soda, microwave pizza, and those big containers of ice cream. And I mean filled. So naturally, this little girl was struggling. The cart was wobbling all over the place and she was using a great deal of strength just to push the thing forward. shit foodThat urked me. I am sad for the children that has to eat that stuff. I’ve seen a child’s face as she has tasted her first pineapple or homemade lasagna.  They WILL eat real food. But again, I can’t tell parents how to feed their family, so I put my hands on my cart and keep it moving. Sure, I’ll look back every once in a while, but I keep moving.  Don’t act like you haven’t done it before. Now check out this gift basket?  A friend shared this on my SHIT EBTsocial media page.What a cruel joke! This type of basket will have your child diagnosed with diabetes in 3 days flat!  There is no real food in here. Re categorize it. Since sugar is a drug… much like alcohol. In closing maybe fake food should be considered fraud and the corrective action should be to teach shoppers how to select better quality, budget shop, and properly store food and why? Just My Opinion. Moms and dads need to speak up and tell Congress “hands off of SNAP!   What FNS is doing about Fraud

States want drug tests for welfare recipients.

(last post on this topic will be this Wednesday) Be Well, QC Supermom

Wednesday Wow: Ooh SNAP! YOU can’t buy That!

Once, she was standing in a supermarket checkout line when her sister whispered disparaging comments about a woman in front of them who was using food stamps to buy junk food.

“When I told her I was on food stamps, she told me that I was different. I wasn’t somehow like ‘those people,” ‘ Burbank says. “She couldn’t’ stand the reality that I really wasn’t that different. It’s too painful for people to admit that their life can be like that.”

 I can relate to that!

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If I want to purchase any of those items for a birthday party, holiday, gift, potluck themed’ Mom’s Night Out for myself and a few friends, I think I should have the right to do just that, if I carried the SNAP card. I’ve been hearing in the news that a few changes maybe coming to your EBT/SNAP card.

Here’s the plan. —-> Click HERE <—

But who uses them…. you know the Food Stamps?

Who uses food stamps

The most recent data indicates about 15.7 million American households are on food stamps, with enrollment varying greatly from state to state.

The number of participants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, climbed steadily beginning with the arrival of the Great Recession.

As a share of all households, Oregon (19.8 percent), Mississippi (19.4 percent) and Maine (18 percent) had the highest SNAP participation rates in 2013, according to Census estimates. Wyoming (5.9 percent) recorded the lowest SNAP participation rate of any state.

SNAP participation rates differ greatly by state, partially due to to differences in eligibility requirements and how states administer SNAP. Nationwide, the Census Bureau estimates that 13.5 percent of all households received SNAP benefits at some point in 2013.OOOh SNAP!

Per: The FNS site

Eligible Food Items

 Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:
  • Foods for the household to eat, such as:
  • breads and cereals;
  • fruits and vegetables;
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products.
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as:
  • pet foods
  • soaps, paper products
  • household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods

She’s out there, lurking in the 2012 presidential race like a horror movie villain who refuses to die.

She has 12 Social Security cards, mooches on benefits from four fake dead husbands, and collects food stamps while driving a Cadillac. She rakes in about $150,000 a year in welfare benefits and, of course, people assume she must be African-American.- John Blake, CNN

“Junk Food” & Luxury Items

The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) defines eligible food as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. The Act precludes the following items from being purchased with SNAP benefits:  alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption. Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics, also are ineligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.

  • Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items
  • Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items

Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by a member of Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP, Congress had considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome. Further detailed information about the challenges of restricting the use of SNAP benefits can be found here:

Energy Drinks

When considering the eligibility of energy drinks, and other branded products, the primary determinant is the type of product label chosen by the manufacturer to conform to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines:

  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label are eligible foods
  • Energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements, and are therefore not eligible

Live Animals

Generally live animals and birds are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. Live fish such as lobsters and other shellfish may be purchased with SNAP benefits.

Pumpkins, Holiday Gift Baskets, and Special Occasion Cakes

Pumpkins are edible and eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. However, inedible gourds and pumpkins that are used solely for ornamental purposes are not eligible items.

Gift baskets that contain both food and non-food items, are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits if the value of the non-food items exceeds 50 percent of the purchase price.

Items such as birthday and other special occasion cakes are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits as long as the value of non-edible decorations does not exceed 50 percent of the purchase price of the cake.

What I have noticed is many of the ones complaining about the usage of SNAP and EBT are those that are not getting them, those that actually want one, and those that are severely selfish. How can you  _ well, I’ll talk more on that topic Monday. In the mean time, swing back here on Friday, as I share 4  smart ways to make your food dollars stretch!

Now go out and enjoy your day!!!!

QC Supermomsna

 

 

I am getting MOST of my facts from here:

Who Gets Food Stamps?

SNAP Benefits

2013 Demographics 

Non-Eligible Food Items

Eligible Food Items

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

QC Supermom Clients: Well And Fitness-Nutrition and Fitness

Tractor tires, and yoga mats? Yup, that’s what you’ll get at Well & Fit; Nutrition and Fitness! Well and Fit in Charlotte If you drive too fast, you may miss it so look closely for the green curtains and privacy walls. Once you get inside, it’s like nowhere you have ever been! Well & Fit Nutrition in Charlotte Not only is this fitness boutique  center is well designed, it’s also support entrepreneurship. They have one of the best business plans I have ever seen in my client list. Each month they celebrate their clients and award the biggest loser with CASH…..prizes, and food. AND CASH!!!! Did you hear me? Saturday, they gave away over $100.  DSCI0045   javierr I was able to sit with the Spartan runner, US Army man, long enough to asked him how has his 3 year journey to this moment feel.” His response wasn’t a surprise. He said that it is the most rewarding, exciting, and biggest blessing he’s ever experience this far. The hard work is finally paying off! I think this business will win because it appeals to the customers that shun big gyms. You walk in there and you feel like “Norm” from Cheers!

We are focused on improving the over all well being of the Charlotte community through group runs, cardio /resistance training, one on one coaching and of course the Heart of Herbalife, its amazing products. Led by prior military and ACE certified personal trainer, Well and Fit is your one stop source to feel healthier, be stronger and look incredible has never been easier. ~Javier N Laura Grimaldo , WELL & FIT Nutrition and Fitness

train 3648x2736 In closing, I gotta add on how dedicated they are to their success. These two young amazing people just got married. Although I wasn’t a flower girl, I wish them many more prosperous years of wealth, health, and happiness. QC Supermom javier wed

Disney Side Valentines Day Party

hostI have an amazing group of mom friends in Charlotte. We have children ages newborn to 22 years old. Each week we have activities like story time, music, park play dates, holiday-themed parties, zoo field trips, and more! So when I have an opportunity to share fun times, I do it!

We were selected from thousands to host a Disney Side party. So in February, we hosted a Disney Side Valentines Day Party!  Our babies were excited but I knew we moms had to come up with a plan B for space. So we secured a local venue….. for free! (See everyone loves DISNEY!)

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It quickly became the buzz all throughout the city. We received so many requests for partnership but had to decline man of them because of budget and mom power restrictions. But we did accept two (2) invites. One from 20th Century Fox and the other from a local travel agency.

Disney Side Valentines Day PartyWhat an honor, if I do say so myself)

It’s not everyday you get to share great times, with great culturally diversified folks, cute Disney theme costumes, incredible entertainment, and clean food, but we did just that. We included clean food! Yes, the venue had great food and Cassie Sweetz donated her vegan  cup cakes and they were delicious!  We used everything that came in our gift box:

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including invitations, decorations, themed plates, cups, napkins and a tablecloth. A Mickey Mouse cake pan, Duff Goldman Tie Dye cake mix, sprinkes to create an amazing cake (we ended up getting my daghter to make cupcakes), plus all sorts of goodies to use and giveaway… nail polish and nail files, games, word searches, puzzles, HP photo paper packs, Twinings Tea, plus luggage tags, Disney vacation planning DVDs and More!

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I have added a slide show below for you to see all of our little Disney friends that came dressed up, our fun Disney themed games, decor and yummy vegan treats!

(This could never be one of our parties..)

Although a lot went wrong. It was productive chaos. We had to switch venues the Day Before The Event and couldn’t bring in the DJ. That sucked HARD! Even Marisha, the travel agency lady was upset, because of the switch up, but the parents and children that stayed had a ball. frozen-let-it-go-meme

I was really looking forward to cutting the rug with my little ones to some Disney favorites, so we’re planning a summer party in the park! See it always works out!

Thinking back on this family party, I think it was the best family celebration we ever had other than our Total Children’s Wellness Fair. I can’t wait to do it again. Next time, I’m headed to Pinterest for explosive Disney inspiration!

See more here!

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Have a great week ya’ll!

QC Supermom Custom gift bags

My DisneySide Collection of fun ideas.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary party kit thanks to Disney Parks and MomSelect. All opinions are my own.

Sheroes Speed Networking for FBLA

I tell ya, March is a ok month by me! It’s Women’s History Month, Doula Week, and it’s also the birth month of a very close mom friend, my dad, sister and niece.

That’s a lot, especially since we are just winding down from my son’s MEAC championship and Big Dance tickets in the NCAA! Pirates

Now the real fun begins. My daughter is in FBLA (Future Business Leaders Of America)

Right now, they are raising money for their conference next month and so am I.  In honor of Women’s History Month! Why, because, it’s my hope that she along with the other female members will be very soon.

Charlotte Speed networking

On Friday March 27,th 2015, we’re celebrating Women’s History Month Speed Networking event at Howl At The Moon on behalf of Kennedy Charter High School’s FBLA .

This is not your everyday meeting and we are so excited to do it for a good cause! There is no better way to put your elevator pitch to the test than to throw yourself into a speed-networking event.

THIS Friday, you will have the chance to meet more professionals faster! Within ten minutes  you can find your next partner, client, or new friend. Register today! sn

6:00pm – 6:30pm Check-in, Networking, FREE Buffet included

6:30pm – 9:30pm Speed Networking

When: This Friday  27th March from 5pm- 9:pm

Where: Howl At The Moon, EpiCentre, 210 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202    Phone:(704) 936-4695

We are selling tickets and taking donations online. Click here!

Top Ten TIPS

1 Take 20 or more business cards
2 Have your elevator pitch ready
3 Listen as well as talk
4 The person you are speaking with may not directly relate, but may know someone who does
5 If you don’t know of the other person’s prior business or what it does, ask them to clarify – Otherwise you might miss an opportunity
6 Take notes about the speaker on the back of their business card – Don’t be offended if you see someone writing on the back of yours, this is good for jogging memory!
7 Exchange Business Cards with each network partner
8 Aim to network further with people you haven’t met before
9 If you know you want to speak to someone again, arrange to follow up with an email or call to ensure that they remember you
10 The cardinal rule is to follow up if you said you would

Let’s support our future business leaders of America! I hope to see you there!

QC Supermom

And I DOULA!

I was asked during a recent interview,“How do you handle being a doula when you have young kids?” My answer:I love what I do, I have an supportive family and a wonderful gym membership!” (read more on that here: )  Jabela the doula

I think most moms would do well at it! The truth is, giving birth is strikingly similar to mothering: It’s usually chaotic, sometimes stressful, rarely pretty, never easy. You might feel like you’re failing even when you’re not; sometimes, it will feel impossible. But you’ll press through anyway, because forward is the only option. When you do, your doula will be with you. Not just because she’s been there, but because she loves it and lives it!

For those who do not know what a dolua is I’ll explain. Benefits of a Doula

A doula is “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

A Birth Doula  Ashley hired  doula Jabelaa

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

 

A Postpartum Doula

  • Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary

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It’s World Doula Week -Mar ch 22-28th

The purpose of World Doula Week (“WDW”) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period.

Here’s a little more information onAshley -with Jabela the  Doula

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My doula service, The Pink Grasshopper is named after my oldest daughter.  I have great holistic mom /baby supplies over there.

I’m on Twitter too. Follow me over here also. I’ll start a few raffles soon once I get some traffic over there .

Check out my Pinterest Board!It’s LOADED with hard to find birthing information!

Need to increase your milk supply? Buy these awesome lactation treats! Cassie is a teen baker from Charlotte NC and makes all sorts of GMO, Vegan and Organic treats!  – Cassie Sweetz

Now Go Have A baby and call me in the morning,

QC Supermom

Friday Four: Let There Be Leprechauns: and Irish Kelle’s

My kids will freak out when they see this today!

My kids will freak out when they see this today!

It’s time to pull out the green ya’ll! The Leprechauns are coming!!!  .

And to all of you lucky Kelle’s’ out there, I know you’re having fun!  It’s our day. We were create for this day! Our name even says so!

In some cases it is derived from toponyms located in Ireland, Wales,Scotland and England, in other cases it is derived from patronyms in the Irish language. And just to let everyone else know, it’s pronounced ˈkɛli/ .

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We love fun holidays and although we don’t identify ourselves as Irish, we sure do love celebrating it! I’ve listed four (jokes and more) and you don’t have to be a Kelle’ to enjoy them either.

Clean Treats! 

Green-cookies

kale juice extracted from my juicer. I only needed about 2 tsp of kale juice to get a very rich pastel green color.

Clean Green Jokes!

 Q. Why Do people Wear Shamrock On St. patrick’s Day?

A. Regular Rocks Are too heavy.

Q: What type of bow cannot be tied?  A: A rain-bow!

Q: Where can you always find gold? A: In the dictionary!

You can never go wrong with  few silly laughs right?

Clean Dancing:

“Aye! Time to capture some wee little leprechauns!” Now that I have a few accomplices, anything is possible!

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Okay, you’re all set. Go have some clean, green, St. Patty’s Day fun! Here’s more Irish goodies!

~QC Supermom

More On Kelly 

How to make a Celtic Knot

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Sesame Street Live – Elmo’s Super Heroes in the QC review

QC SuperMom:

We are planning on going again while they’re in the Queen City. We’ll let you know how it goes! YAY!!!!!

Originally posted on qcsupermom:

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Did you answer the call?

  We did.  

Super heroes from all over the QC showed up in wonderful and colorful attire to greet Super Grover and his Fabulous 5.

Poor Elmo lost his super-ness, and everyone was sad but the reminders the kiddos got today will help them remember the rules to being a super hero for a long time to come.

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It was simply amazing to watch as my boys sat, dance, sung and cheered in acceptance of the messages of wellness. The fabulous friends sung,danced, hugged and shook hands with the kids while sharing fun lessons on healthy habits, exercising, resting, nutrition and good hygiene!  I’m so happy I was able to take my boys to see the show.  I think it will make my job a whole lot easier.  My 5 year old actually began explaining events in the show to me.  How cool is that? …

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Fundraising 101

FBLA Creed. I believe education is the right of every person. I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world.

FBLA Creed. I believe education is the right of every person. I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world.

It’s Fun’Raising time!!!! The time where good causes meet earning money. I recall the days in high school when I sold $600.00 (six hundred dollars) worth of chocolate. I sold to everyone! Even my classmates parents! AND THEY WERE SELLING TOO!  It was then that I learned the value of working for what I believed in.

When I became a mother, I learned about alternative fundraising ideas with more nutrition, wellness, and usability. I also discovered many ideas that I liked and the things I loathed. I eventually decided what I would participate in and what I would avoid like a plaque.

This year, one of my daughters is raising money for her school. They are trying to take the entire group to a FBLA convention out of state, and I am very supportive of that endeavor.

When she asked for help, I knew just what I wanted to do to help.  It wouldn’t be doughnuts, candy bars, or silly trinkets. I envisioned fun, healthy, engaging projects.Good Food Force sa

Getting the kids off their bottoms and on the phone, articulating with their community, creating value in order to quickly raise their own money is the goal!  It also helps that most people are receiving their tax refund right about now too. This methodology serves as a life long lesson that will come in handy as they become adults. Below is a wild collection of really cool money attracting ideas! Take a look….

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Coupon Books- Not the type that are limited to local stores or subscriptions, UT a collection of  the student can do for the buyer. 

Going Once, Going Twice – Seek out service and product donations. Hold an online or live silent auction

Rent-a-Worker – Volunteers commit to working for an afternoon doing any odd jobs sponsors “hire” them to do them .

It’s a Bust – Sell balloons for $10 each and insert a number in each that corresponds to a raffle ticket given to the purchaser. Pop a balloon for each available prize and read off the winning number.

Smoothie Stand – A healthy and yummy twist on the tired ol’ lemonade stand.

Text It – Use a service that allows your organization to receive donations of $5-10 by text messages.

Work of Art – The younger members in your organization create a drawing that is transferred onto note cards, t-shirts, mouse pads or coffee mugs for purchase.

Capital Campaign – Set a goal, make the direct ask, and avoid an endless slew of small fundraisers.

Social Media Call – Let potential donors know about your fundraising need through Facebook and Twitter.

Pump it Up – Coordinate with a local gas station to have volunteers serve as gas station attendants who pump gas and clean windshields for donations for a day.

Eat for a Cause – Ask a local restaurant to donate 10% of their profits on a designated night for your cause in exchange for encouraging supporters to eat there.

Matching Gift – Ask a corporation or individual to match any donations your organization collects in a specified amount of time. Then, contact potential donors about giving to match the gift.

Birthday Pledge – Ask for donations of givers age.
Spa Night – Offer to have female volunteers give manis, pedis and 5 minute massages at a Women’s Night Out for donations.

Selling Ads……on their shirt** Get bushiness to buy ad space or to have their coupons pout at a community event.

***Give a dollar – Organizations or clubs can sell paper Business License* for a dollar.

Karaoke Night – Event for students and adults. Admission is $3.00. Snacks are $1.00.

Singing telegrams are a method some other schools choose to raise funds. For a $1 charge, on someone’s birthday or another occasion, a group shows up in the celebrant’s classroom and sings “Happy Birthday” while carrying a hand-made sign and a crown that can be used to mark the occasion (and the celebrant).

Duct Tape the Principal or the Boss
Participants pay $1.00 per strip about a yard’s length to tape their principal or boss to a wall.

***Movie Fundraiser – The movie is free. The refreshments will be $2.00.

Enterprise Days***

Put on your Apprentice heads and come up with the marketing idea of the century! Create and sell the product you have designed or use our resources to design your own World Gift.

Film night

Create your own cinema and hold a film night for family and friends. Sell popcorn and drinks and charge an entry fee. Theme the night on your favorite type of film!

Green day

With everyone talking about climate change and the importance of looking after our world, why not organize a Green Day? Dress in green, hold an eco fashion show, litter pick and create a recycled materials art exhibition. Invite friends and family too. Remember to charge a fee to take part.

Fancy dress
Go crazy with the fashion ideas and create a zany masterpiece to wear for the day. Prizes for the most outrageous and colourful costumes.

Auction
Organise your own fundraising auction. Why not auction off your talents for the day or donate a percentage of funds raised through an EBay auction?

Bag packing at local supermarket
Ask your local supermarket if you can hold a bag packing day

Rent-an-Athlete or Rent-a-Student 
Your organization can offer to rent-an-athlete or rent-a-student to mow their lawns, do yard work, or walk their dogs for a given amount of time. This is a 100% profit fundraiser.

One-Day Vacation
Choose a popular destination within 2 or 3 hours of your hometown and organize several one-day outings to that location. Sell raffle tickets for a chance to win.

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Pin the tail on the donkey
Challenge your friends to a pin the tail on the donkey, or a big nose on the teacher. Remember to blindfold them – and no cheating! Pay to play

Free style or Hip Hop Dancing Lessons

Put on those dancing shoes and find a partner! Collect donations to take part.

Spare Change* 

Whatever big fundraiser you are doing, put out a jar for donations of spare change at the market. When someone drops the money, students may offer to carry & load their groceries..

Rock-a-Thon* 
Who doesn’t love to rock in a rocking chair? Have contestants collect pledges for every hour they can rock. ( Let’s switch this up for dancing)

Get Social 
Plan a social media challenge. Pick a challenge idea, theme and a hashtag, then recruit a group of motivated and passionate social media gurus to get this one going. Will yours be the next viral sensation?

Enrichment Class   
Ask adult volunteers who are experts in their field to teach a class in cooking, yoga or dance. Charge participants a small donation to attend.

Blind Auction 
Wrap up valuable real items plus some duds in a variety of shapes and sizes of boxes. Bidders can examine the gift-wrapped boxes, and then auction the boxes off.Allow time for winning bidders to unwrap their boxes.

For organizations, holding a local restaurant fundraiser is awesome. Chipotle gives 50% of the profit which is one of the highest. Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Applebees also offer such events.

 Also check out these funding links! 

https://www.piggybackr.com/

http://www.galloree.com/Site-Articles/Open-a-store.php

 Village Fete or School Fair Idea – Buy an envelope

by Nicky (Orpington)

This is a great idea for a village or school fete or fair.

You have a whole load of envelopes. People pay to pick an envelope and in each one is a voucher for a prize.

This could be a range of small prizes and maybe a few larger ones.

But in half of the envelopes they win a voucher for a free go on another stall (a prize that doesn’t really cost you anything).

Kids love winning an instant prize but the thrill of a free go at something else is just as exciting. This also helps generate excitement around your other stalls.

Win – Win

Kidnap The DJ/ Teacher, Pastor,etc**

This was a great fundraiser at our church. It was lots of fun and raised a nice amount of cash.

We marched in during Sunday Service and took our preacher hostage! (We’d had a word beforehand and arranged for the associate pastor to do the sermon that week so he was ready to jump in!)

We ended up raising a lot of money from the congregation to get their “pastor out of jail”. It was very comical. We used it to raise money for the youth camp.

You could make this even funnier by having the preacher tied and gagged outside the church waiting for the congregation to exit. An extra chance to rattle a fundraising bucket also!

Ok, this should get us going! You like?

~QC Supermom

Friday Four: Drop The Food Dye and No One Gets Hurt!

By now you may know that we do not celebrate Easter. But we love to play with our food and for that  reason, we don’t have to wait for a holiday to do so. We have learned over time which plants and fruits to use to give us wonderful colors that the children LOVE! food col

FDA.gov: “Without color additives, colas wouldn’t be brown, margarine wouldn’t be yellow and mint ice cream wouldn’t be green. Color additives are now recognized as an important part of practically all processed foods we eat.”

Huffingtonpost.com: “These dyes have no purpose whatsoever other than to sell junk food.”

100 days of real food Lisa LeakeCSPInet.org: “These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody. The Food and Drug Administration should ban dyes, which would force industry to color foods with real food ingredients, not toxic petrochemicals.” Lisa Leake Of 100Days Of Real Food

So what is a food color? It’s a food color, or color additive, is any dye, pigment or substance that imparts color when added or applied to a food, drug, cosmetic, or the human body.  There are two categories of food colors that are permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): certified color additives and colors that are exempt from certification.   Forget all of that. The FDA  will allow questionable “food -like” things in our food. Take the initiative and make your own. It’s not that hard.

Here’s the top four to look out for:

RED- usually has Red 40, crushed bugs The primary reason is to make up for color losses in foods which occur when food is exposed to air, light, moisture,modified, and variations in temperature. (These popular colorants, which today are used to impart a deep red shade to fruit juices, gelatin’s, candies, shampoos, and more)  INSTEAD TRY:

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  • Red cabbage, boiled or juiced
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Beets/beetroot (boiled or juiced)
  • Red bell pepper (roasted and pureed)
  • Paprika (add powder directly, or dissolve in water)

For purple/ blue- aka “FD&C Blue No. 1″ This sucks because too much of these fun, and pretty food-like items will destroy your gastrointestinal system.  INSTEAD TRY:

Cake pops

 

  • Red cabbage, boiled or juiced
  • Eggplant/aubergine skin, boiled or juiced
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Beets/beetroot (boiled or juiced)

Cassie Sweets make GMO treats of all sorts using plants as color bases*

Green- I know that you don’t want a bladder tumor, but it can happen with an overload of green food dye.     INSTEAD TRY:

 

  • Kale, boiled or juiced
  • Spinach, boiled or juiced
  • Water cress, boiled or juiced

Yellow/Orange – My young boys would grab this JUST because of the color! yellow-drink-bottle-120622

When you eat things with Yellow 5, you lose zinc through your urine and saliva. If you have ADHD, you lose it even faster than someone without ADHD (Ward 1990, 1997). Zinc, an essential trace mineral, is required by hundreds of your body’s enzymes involved with the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol. Zinc is also critical for wound healing, sense of taste and smell, immune system function, bone strength, thyroid function, blood clotting, cognitive functions, prenatal development, and sperm production. Even a mild deficiency can produce a wide range of physical and mental problems. INSTEAD TRY:

  • Carrots, boiled or juiced
  • Saffron (not our favourite choice as it tends to be expensive and imparts a fairly strong flavor)
  • Turmeric (either dissolve in water or add powder directly – it has a fairly mellow flavor that is easily masked)
  • Golden beets (they impart a very dark yellow color – almost brown!)

Tests on lab animals of Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 showed signs of causing cancer or suffered from serious flaws, said the consumer group. Yellow 5 also caused mutations, an indication of possible carcinogenicity, in six of 11 tests.
These risks are just not worth my families health. The first thing you can do is become more food-label conscious. I guess it’s like they say when you know better, you do better!

Here’s more food Insight

Colors That Prevent Cancer: Foods of the Rainbow 

The Dangerous Impact of Food Coloring

Click here for even more scientific information on food dyes

Total Total Wellness,

~QC Supermom