When Food,Clothing, and Shelter Isn’t Enough

Big ups for the parents that provide clothes, food, and shelter for their child (ren)!

It’s not always easy, yet you have shown commitment, honor and determination to your family. THANK YOU! But are you preparing them for life after high school? Do you know what your child may be interested in?  What might she/he study as an profession?

As a parent, you have the ability to help your children develop critical, advantageous skills for a lifetime!

Here’s the scene~ The family is sitting around the house. Dinner has been served and laundry is done. The children are playing outside. This happens day in and day out for many days. Nothing more nothing less. Child eventually graduates from high school.The family tell child to leave and be happy.

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What Else Do YOU Need?

Parent: Sweetie, I’m so proud of you. Graduation is coming  up really soon. What will you do?

Child: I know. I haven’t given it much thought. I don’t know what I want to do. What do you think I should do? I haven’t seen anything I ever wanted to do.Maybe I could model,  rap, or something?  I do get lots of hits online.

Parent: Hmm, nope! I’m so sorry. I guess I haven’t  exposed you to many options and opportunities.

So what do kids need outside of the basic, food , clothing and shelter? Opportunities! Like this one….. Charlotte Youth Broadcasting  If you don’t  expose your child to different professions, skills, -positive experiences,  there is no way they will know what they like and dislike. Resulting in them taking longer to satisfy  their need for self sufficiency/self-actualization.

I’m gonna do you a favor and share with you what other families are saying about Charlotte Youth Broadcasting:

My  son Jordan has been to many camps and after a day or two, that was just another camp. Not the case after attending CYBC!! The CYB Camp allowed him to have a hands on experience at WBTV and WCCB. The video clips, photographs and the techniques that were used to enable him to be confident in front of a camera are priceless!

                    Watch This Video From Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Click Here!

Jordan was able to go behind the scenes with the real folks, sit through a live taping of a 12 noon news at WBTV and walk their own RED CARPET, yes I said RED CARPET!!! Ms. Antriece made all of this and much more possible at this week long camp. Please sign up your kids to attend the Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp, it will change and spark a new fire in your child’s life!!! It did for my Jordan!”

CYBC

 Our Camp encourages campers ages 10-12 and ages 13-17 how to work with each other combining diversity, using broadcast media, technology, and engaging them with others in an increasingly broadcasting world. They will learn the basic media tools in a fun collaborative environment which provides our youth with the skills to utilize the media technologies in a positive and productive way. This camp is a great way to break the fear of public speaking and will teach campers how to articulate.

 Camp Cost: $300.00 per week w/Lunch & 2 snacks 

Deposit $60.00 (non-refundable) to hold camper(s) weekly space. Remaining balance paid prior to or on the 1st day of camp, or pay the amount in full to hold camper(s) space.

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5 Crucial Life Skills to Teach Your Children for Success

Life skills for little ones.

How to be a successful parent: 59 most important life skills we teach our children

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:

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  • 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

 

Friday Four: QCSAHM 5th Of July Potluck ’13

DIGITAL CAMERADinner parties are expensive, everybody’s busy, and with good friends, or a great mom support group you’re not worried about impressing anyone. You just want to hang out and relax. RIGHT?  Potluck parties are one of the least stressful and most budget-friendly ways to throw a dinner party. But as with most communal efforts, they work best when everyone works together. We had our annual 5th Of July Potluck today. It wasn’t a large as a crowd we had last year, but for an rainy, day. We did fine with the 12 people that made it out.

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Moms love big savings! We love eating and we love other families.Here are 4 reasons to consider having or attending a potluck dinner with like minded families.

Queen City Stay At Home Moms annual potluck 5th of the year gathering

Queen City Stay At Home Moms annual potluck 5th of the year gathering

1. Know why you’re having it! If it a birthday celebration, everyone can chip in with a gift.  If its in the summer, do it at a park. If it’s cooler out, do it at a friends house.The key is to maximize the day! You could even make a fun play date out of it.

Don’t assume counter or prep space. Also if you’re hosting it, be prepared to provide the entree. Large items are typically difficult to transport and would be an inconvenience to one of your guests to bring to the meal.


2, Understand what to do. Who will bring what and how much? Where will you meet? Under the shed or by the play ground? Does everyone eat red meat? Any vegetarians?  What time?

Make a dish that is hardy enough to survive the trip to the party and can be served at room temperature.

3.Make sure you organize it. If you host it at a park, call the local Park& Rec center for permission. (If your circle is comprised off non cookers,except one & everyone wants quality food-pay that friend to cook dinner for ya’ll once a month. Surly, they are willing to chip in for a great meal with a awesome host (Hey chef, get your money in advance, use Zokos!) while its NOT a potluck any more, it’s still an organic option to enjoy food together with friends-affordability. )

4. Don’t forget to get them to label their food. A piece of painter’s tape and sharpie would  be fine–or someone might walk off with your plate/ bowl.Speaking of sporks, where will the tables and chairs come from?

You follow these 4 points and every potluck you plan from here on out will save you time, money, sanity and brain cells.

** Food Safety 2hr Rule

***Plan The Perfect potluck HERE!

* More tips and comments here!

“I suck at cooking” is not an excuse for premade food. Salads, punches, dips, etc. are all easy, readily available options that anyone can make.  Till the next oven baked turkey sandwich, QC Supermom

Friday Four: I’m a eat clean train mean get lean-Professional

Take a last  look, now say goodbye!

Take a last look, now say goodbye!

I know how to loose weight. I just don’t do well with keeping it off! ( That’s what I always say.”She must’ve been reading my mind!”) What I didn’t know was one of my daughters favorite news reporters was on a no sugar challenge and fitness mission. I read her story and felt like she was reading my mind, heart and soul. Her level of transparency was great. I too love my curves, but I know that I dare not put back on the catsuit I wore 15 years ago. (My daughters use it as a costume now.) I’m so impressed by her. If you love life and is a rooter for the under dog, you will be to!

Here’s what Ms Brigida Mack shared:

If you’ve ever struggled with weight then you know the power it can have over your life.  Power you often feel helpless to change.

There are so many stories of that struggle out there. This is mine.259ea894a17411e29f2e22000a1fb37d_7

Full disclosure: I’ve never been one of those slim women. Even as a teenager, my high school boyfriend endearingly (or so he thought) called me ‘Voluptuous Bri’. The truth is, I’ve always embraced my curves. Didn’t mind being called ‘thick’, ‘bootylicious’ or ‘stacked’. Until those curves started to negatively affect my health. But you wouldn’t know that to look at me. You wouldn’t know the number it did on my self-esteem.

Why, you wonder?

Because I always had this big smile on my face, ‘dressed to the nines’, make up and hair ALWAYS on point (even before my life in TV), in hopes that (somehow) people wouldn’t notice the weight. So I would keep people laughing, winning them over with my ‘big’ personality, trying to compensate for my rapidly expanding waistline. Trying to hide my shame and embarrassment of being overweight. A pain that’s left deep scars and known only to those closest to me.

Did you know I’ve lost the weight before? In 2009, I dropped 50 pounds in six months. I know how to lose it – the key is KEEPING it off.

That’s when my trainer Tracy, challenged me to give up all processed sugar for 90 days.  On the way home from my session that morning, it hit me: you never really win the ‘war on weight.’ It’s a battle you choose to fight every, single day for the rest of your life. Lulled into complacency by my success in 2009, before I knew it I was gravitating more to the vending machine at work and the drive-thru on the way home and, of course, the weight came back –with a vengeance!

People ask me how I can resist the temptation of sugar or how I’ve managed to go without it for so long. All I can tell you is that I got sick and tired of being SICK AND TIRED. I was fed up! Done letting the weight control my life. Done with the excuses. Done with keeping up that (exhausting!) charade.

So — I, an admitted chocoholic, and a gal who’s never met a carb she didn’t like — joined #TeamNOSugar for 90 days.

You can, too. Just decide to do it. Take back your power and walk into the life of your dreams!

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Here are 4 ways to avoid sugar. And yes, I’m doing these also -Chocolate demon -BE GONE! (these are my tips):

1.Get rid of it! If it’s otta sight, it’s outta your mind (most times) Tip: Read labels for hidden sugars & sugar aliases
Hidden sugars: tomato sauce, baked beans, packaged foods, chewing gum, mints, and lunch meats.  Sugar aliases: corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, glucose, honey, hydrogenated starch, invert sugar maltose, lactose, mannitol, maple syrup, molasses, polyols, sorghum, sucrose, sorbitol, and xylitol.

2. Drink more water,chew a stick of gum while exercising-but add fruit, mint tea,or herbs. Exercising helps pretty much everything, from depression to joint health. You can add sugar cravings to that list.

3.  Recruit someone to do it with you. Get another mom to hold you accountable! Make it a team effort. support one another through the tough times.

4.Increase your protein intake.Often our bodies will exhibit cravings for sweets when what they really need is more protein. Consider cleaning out all of the change and single dollar bills in your wallet so you aren’t able to feed the vending machine. Make sure you fill up on gas when someone is with you. Go grocery shopping after a meal, so you don’t load up on unhealthy foods.

Here’s a recipe to get you started- compliments of

jayeellis  

Morning Metabolism 8oz Green tea 1/2 cup Blueberries 1 Lemon 1/2Avocado 1/2 Grapefruit 2 Oranges 1/2 banana 1 tbs flax seeds Peaches & Cream 1 cup frozen peaches 1 tsp cinnamon 2 Dates 8oz Coconut milk 1/2 cup pineapple 1 frozen Banana 1 tbs honey (for my allergies) Carrot Pineapple Cupcake 3 carrots 1 cup pineapple 1 inch ginger 1tbs chia seeds Cinnamon Nutmeg 1 cup water

Friday Four: 2013 Tax Season Freebies for all

Free-Tax-Day-StuffThis April, 15th 2013 is your tax deadline. Need a freebie to celebrate. This list includes Tax Day Freebies 2013. Let it help make an otherwise dreary day a little bit brighter.  National chains and local businesses are offering a variety of offers such as free copying of taxes to discounts on your meal and even some free items. Be sure to check dates, times and participation with your location before heading out. If you have heard of any other, feel free to leave a comment for everyone.

Subway: Buy One Get One Free Breakfast Subs all April (until 9am)

Office Depot: FREE Shredding on April 16th (up to 5lbs) with Printable Coupon (exp. 5/1/13) and FREE Black & White Copy of your Tax Return with Printable Coupon (exp 5/1/13)

Panda Express: FREE Samurai Surf & Turf on April 17th with Printable Coupon (or show it on mobile phone)

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill: FREE dessert on tax day. Just need to mention a “cheesy refund” and get an order of Creamy Vanilla Cheesecake Bites for FREE! 7pm – Midnight only.tax freebies

FREE 2013 Tax Calendar from the IRS

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Head to an AMC Theater for any movie and receive a Free Small Popcorn with coupon between April 12 and 15, 2013.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Get a Big Bagel Bundle for $10.50 (Valid 4/12 – 4/15) You’ll find the coupon on Bruegger’s Facebook page starting on April 12.

Procrastinators with adjusted gross incomes of $57,000 or less can file their federal returns (and some state returns) for free by using the IRS’s Free File servicearbys tax day

Arby’s – Free Curly Fries or Potato Cakes on 4/15

Enter your email to print the coupon to participate in the “Arby’s 3rd Annual Tax Day Curly Fry Giveaway,” and receive Free Curly Fries or Potato Cakes. You can also enter to win Arby’s sweepstakes giving you a chance at one of ten $500 tax relief payouts.

Shutterfly.com

  • Shutterfly ~ Get 25% off any order sale with promo code TAXDAY
  • Maggie Moo’s – FREE Scoop of New Yogurt from 4-7pm – No Coupon Necessary, while supplies last.
  • Free Preview of Starz and Encore

    Tax Day Freebies 2013This tax day freebie will really help you relax and spend some time with the family.

    DirecTV, Verizon FIOS, Cox Communications, and AT&T U-Verse customers will be getting a free preview of HBO and Cinemax over tax day weekend – April 11 to April 15. Check with your provider for more details about this tax day freebie.

    Bookmark this page as we will continue to add all the tax day freebies to the list as they are released for Tax Day 2013!

4 Reasons I love Tax Day:

1. I get to relax. I moonlight as a preparer.

2. Time to celebrate with freebies, good company and great weather.

3. The next project is a  heartbeat away! I never rest for long, but I LOVE it this way! See you around!

4. Consultations are a whole lots happier….

Till the next

Friday Four: Flu Symptoms Be Gone! Natural remedies for little ones.

Seeing my little ones under the weather makes my heart hurt. Especially when they can’t blow their tiny stuffed noses or cough up the mucus buildup that may be rattling in their chest. We try to avoid over the counter drugs as much as possible.Why? Haven’t you been reading those crazy side effects? As for my family and I. We’ll trust mother nature first!

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Let Food Be Thy Medicine!!!!

Season by season we adjust our herb cabinets and juice section in the kitchen.

Our ultimate goal is to maintain a healthy immune system,but sometimes it does get out of whack.When that happens, we go straight into repair mode. Although frequent hand washing is your absolute best defense, check out our top 4 ways to fight cough, fever,sore throat, nasal congestion, and aches. This collection will get your lil one up in no time!

  1. Fresh Ginger Root: Another warming spice that is best consumed fresh (chew pieces of ginger root) but is also effective when made into a tea (peel, grate and steep the root in hot water). Gingerols, the active components in ginger, have anti-inflammatory effects and also ease sore throats. Drink a few cups of ginger tea or chew ginger throughout the day.Coconut oil  is anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Consume a few tablespoons a day, preferably with food or melted into warm water or teas. Minimally processed, extra-virgin, Go organic! Or just fast for the day, that works too! soup
  2.  Sip some soup: For generations, caring parents have been serving chicken soup to kids with colds and flu. But was mom right? Possibly. A 2000 study published in the journal Chest showed that chicken soup may help relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Or gargle with salt water.
  3. Menthol Steam: 

    Breathing moist air helps loosen the mucus in the nasal passages. Adding a little eucalyptus improves the efforts.and so will a warm bath. I put the smaller ones on my lap face down with a towel over their head toward the water filled basin.

    Please remind your little one to cover her/his mouth during each sneeze....

    Please remind your little one to cover her/his mouth during each sneeze….

  4. For fevers: Undress. sweat glands will be better able to release moisture, which will make your little one feel more comfortable. Strip ém down! Then sponge with tepid water or, better yet, sit  ém in a tub of coolish water (definitely not ice cold water, which can induce shock) for half an hour. If you put a feverish child in a tub or sink of water, be sure to hold the child. Don’t apply an alcohol rub, because it can be absorbed into the skin and cause alcohol poisoning.
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Mom, you CAN heal your child with out drugs…..If it doesn’t work, the drugs will always be there!

I hope these tips help. Till the next sneeze, take care,  QC SuperMom

Rainy Day Food Ideas

Would it be an oxymoron to say healthy comfort foods? Ok then, I’ll say better for you comfort food. Either way, these rainy day ideas won’t ruin your day, or waistline! I’ll add on to this post as new recipes are tried in our kitchen. These are my top go to ones!

Eggplant Parmesan II  Get it right the first time, watch the video!

Stacked Red Chile Enchiladas  (Oh goodness how I love spicy food!) 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup

Chili- Perfect Dish for a cold evening. I love my chili topped with a dollop of sour cream and cheese. Want to make a bowl tonight? Try this recipe-Chili-flickr-jakeprzespo

ingredients:

 

1/3 cup corn oil
6 pounds beef chuck, in 1/2-inch cubes
1/3 cup minced onion
1/3 cup minced garlic
3 cups beef broth
3 cups flat beer
1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup high-quality chili powder, to taste
6 pounds canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
3 tablespoons cumin seed
salt, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
masa harina or cornmeal, if needed

directions:

 

In a large heavy skillet over moderately high heat, warm 3 tablespoons of the oil. Brown beef in batches, adding more oil as necessary and transferring meat with a slotted spoon to a large stockpot when well browned. Do not crowd skillet.

Reduce heat to moderately low. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened (about 10 minutes). Add to stockpot along with broth, beer, the water, chili powder, tomato, tomato paste, and oregano.

In a small skillet over low heat, toast cumin seed until fragrant; do not allow to burn. Grind in an electric minichopper or with a mortar and pestle. Add to stockpot.

Over high heat bring mixture to a simmer. Add salt, cayenne, and more chili powder to taste. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, partially covered, until beef is tender (about 1-1/2 hours). Check occasionally and add more broth if mixture seems dry. If chili is too thin when meat is tender, stir in up to 2 tablespoons masa harina. Cook an additional 5 minutes to thicken.

 

nutrition:

 

635 calories, 43 grams fat, 18 grams carbohydrates, 42 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.Show full nutritional data (including Weight Watcher’s Points ®, cholesterol, sodium, vitamins, and diabetic exchanges)

need more? See here!

 

Wednesday Wow: When kids run the booth!

This by far was one of the best hands on home school lessons ever! I was invited to one of our most favorite places to eat in the QC’s Wellness Day. I figured it would be a great opportunity to quiz the kids on skills we have been grooming them on. I shared the plan with the kids and took the back seat. Like any back seat, I remained with in arms reach, yet observing them a distance.

I helped them select the theme. I bought the ingredients, and drove them safely to Earth-Fare Huntersville. Then my job was over. I sat back and watched my children become leaders, teachers, scientists, and engaging friends.ef At EarthFare’s Wellness Day.

They made edible play dough, and colored it with amazing fruit with local shoppers both tall and short!

It was a great day to share with the kids. I graded them too. Here’s what I expected to see from them. They were to show in store patrons:

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1. Nature provides fruits and veggies with the most beautiful, safest and  most perfect color.

2. Oatmeal play dough is FUN to play with,soft to the touch, toxin free and easy to make.

3.  Help parents & kids explore fruits and vegetables in a fun way.

4. Lead shoppers to affordable products in the store.ef0

So how did they do? Well let’s see, they cleared the entire section of baby food in the pouch and the fresh blueberries were flying off the shelf. Additionally, they learned about merchandising, sales, budgeting,and most of all crowd management. Pretty good for  bunch of home schooled knuckleheads huh? I guess they deserve their family night out at the circus next week. Wanna see more pictures? Click Here!

Oat Meal Play Dough Recipe ef2

Mix: 1 part Oatmeal, 1 part water and 2 part All purpose flour in a bowl.

Color with: boiled spinach,fresh  berries, turmeric and mangoes. The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.*

Knead with your hands and enjoy!  If the dough is a little too dry, add a touch more water.  If it’s too wet, add a bit more flour.OR purchase the baby fruit in the pouches. Like the Happy Family or Plum brand. This weeks’s Give A way is.- – – – – drum roll please! A gift basket from the wellness department at Earth Fare. To enter, leave a comment. Tell me if you have set up your Tomato Bank yet. One random person will be selected & pick up will be at EarthFare during Family Night. (February 7th -Thursday from 4p-8pm)  Simple right?

Till next time, QC Supermomef1

Wednesday Wow! DIY birthday party

eaim e4 e3 e2 e1 e5 e6 e7 e8 e9 e10 e11 e12We spent $80.00 on my son’s 6th birthday party

this past Saturday!

It was the BEST Party EVER!

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As a parent, we want our child to have great childhood memories. Sometimes the biggest issue in securing it is the cost. In my family, my husband is the penny pincher & I’m the spender. This year, we decided together not to spend over a certain amout for each child birthday. With 6 children in the house it would require much creativity, but we did it.

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I called and confirmed the space at Chic Fil A. It was free!  They can jump, play & run as much as they please. I decided to provide a dessert bar & purchase ice cream  for each child.  After all most kids eat dinner before 6pm. I didn’t think anyone would come hungry.

We gathered everything locally. We shopped the Dollar Store, Hobby Lobby and Micheals, from the table, and wall decor to the  birthday boy supplementals must haves! It was worth the time spent in color cordinating.

Cassie, of Cassie’z Sweets donated yummy cake pops, cookies and we threw in beef jerkies, fruit kabobs. EvERyONE helped!  My girl friend helped in staying in budget and Deanna, The Big Sister, enjoyed making the fruity treats.

 

So on the day of his birthday,

it happened to also be  the day of the birthday party, he threw on his custom shirt, his big brother gave him and the day began. Eaim had a private parade to wake him up outside our front door!  They were awesome. Then hours later, it was party time! The kids came, played ate & went home. I gave them cute lil flashlights, tattoos and pencils from The Rise Of The Gardians as party favors. (I got those from a promoter, they were leftovers)

We didn’t spend much. Didn’t ask for anything other than playmates & everyone had a great time. Our goals were accomplished! We stuck to our budget & our son was happy!  Till next time! e4

Friday Four:Growing hair with food

foodI keep my hair two strand twisted so much I forget to look at it between washes. Then one day after a good washing, my husband walks in the bathroom and says, “girl you put weave in your hair?” It was then that I really looked at my hair and noticed how thick it had gotten. Ya’ll that made my day. Not only that he notice enough to say something, but because it was true. I didn’t buy any tablets for it either, I have been eating better since on the 10 day Clean eating challenge.  I was inspired by Lisa Leeke. ( Don’t know her? Google the name)

Have you ever heard of the saying     “You are what you eat”? Did you know that the foods you eat play a major role in the health of your natural hair? In order to be and look healthy on the outside, you must first be healthy on the inside. Improve the glow of your skin, the strength of your nails, and the shine of your natural hair by improving your diet. I am going to challenge myself  by practicing better eating habits. What can I say, every girl wants to be beautiful. Check out the natural hair diet to give your natural hair a boost. If you can’t imagine eating  them, try making smoothies.

Eat this, to get that:

Natural Hair Power-Food #1: Salmon

Fish, specifically salmon, is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, which support scalp health. You’ll get a good dose of protein along with B vitamins including B12 and other vitamins and minerals.

Natural Hair Power-Food #2: Olive Oil
Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants keep your immune system strong, and assists in hair and scalp health.

Natural Hair Power-Food #3: Nuts
Almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, and Brazil nuts are a great source of zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, and selenium. A zinc deficiency can cause hair shedding and selenium is a mineral that contributes to the health of your scalp.

Natural Hair Power-Food #4: Edamame (Dry Roasted Soybeans)
Beans and legumes provide protein to promote growth, which is what your hair is made of, as well as, biotin, iron, and zinc. Dry roasted soybeans known as edamame pack a powerful punch and are highest in protein.
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Natural Hair Power-Food #5: Field Greens
Dark green leafy vegetables like collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, Romaine lettuce, kale, are excellent sources of minerals, Vitamin K, C and A, which stimulates hair follicles and helps your body to produce sebum. Sebum is your hair’s natural oil. Dryness is a major contributor to hair breakage.

Natural Hair Power-Food #6: Eggs
Eggs are a great source of protein, sulfur, and B12. They are also a great hair treatment.

Natural Hair Power-Food #7: Carrots
Carrots are loaded with nutrition such as, Vitamin A, B-3 and Vitamin C. They provide complete nutrition for the body. So they’re not only good for the eyes, they’re good for the hair too. Vitamin C is essential to the formation of collagen, which is required to keep your body’s tissues, including your hair, skin, and nails strong.

Natural Hair Power-Food #8: Chicken Breast
Meat is the primary source of protein. Chicken and turkey are the most common types of poultry with considerable amounts of protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B-6 and B12.
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Natural Hair Power-Food #9: Peanut or Almond Butter
Peanuts, peanut butter, almonds and almond butter are high in Biotin, a B vitamin. Your body make its own biotin and deficiency is rare but a deficiency in biotin can cause hair loss.

Natural Hair Power-Food #10: Whole Grain Pasta
Whole grains, which can include whole grain bread and pasta includes inositol. Inositol is a less common vitamin that promotes healthy hair at the cellular level.

Natural Hair Power-Food Bonus: Avocado
Avocados can benefit natural hair by preventing hair loss, promoting hair growth, and acting as a moisturizer for dry or damaged hair. This power food includes vitamins B and E, which work at the cellular level to protect and strengthen hair and vitamin E which helps repair scalp damage, which can slow or prevent hair growth.

Natural Hair Power-Food Bonus: Papaya
Papaya along with many other fruits such as provide an excellent source of Vitamins A, B, and C. Papayas, an overgrown herb, have more Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and potassium than oranges and apples and they aid in digestion. The papaya fruit is considered a “nutritional masterpiece”.
Give it a try. The first 3 days are the hardest I found.

Till next time, QC Supermom