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

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