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ARE YOU A FOOD SUPERHERO?

Become a superhero and know what is in your food!

Join Healthy Child Healthy World and visit www.iwillknowmyfood.com to create your superhero profile. I did!

For every profile created, Stonyfield Farm will donate $1 to Foodcorps to help provide children with access to healthy foods. About $1,600 has been raised so far!

Help others and maybe win something for yourself…how about:

A Superhero Pack from Stonyfield!!

Pack includes $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods, a superhero cape, and a 6-ounce cup of Stonyfield product.

There’s a Food Superhero in all of us. Spread the word.

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School? Oh not yet!

Heather —  July 12, 2011
There goes my baby!

There goes my baby!

I am enjoying Summer. No curriculum notes. No organizing. Just hiking, feeding, a bit of my youngest making me let her cut her hair. Why do they all grow up just when I’m getting the hang of being Mom? {sob}

Anyway, while I’m trying NOT to do any real work, I have seen tons of little items around the net I would love to share. They are all random ~ health topics, education, blogging stuff for Mamas, just fun.

Linked only by the fact that I think they are great tools to check out! (no affiliates here today, haha) So, grab a cup of coffee and see what you think!

1. Healthy Child, Healthy World

I adore this site and all their fantastic information. Don’t be overwhelmed by how much info is on there, just dive in and take a tip or two… and grab a free, new APP to help you chose wisely for your family:

Download @Healthy_Child’s FREE app 2 get quick tips 4 safer products & healthy living! http://healthychild.org/live-healthy/pocket_guides/

2. The Team Umizoomi Fan Club

I got an email about this this morning and my 6 year old is super excited. What is Umizoomi Fan club? Based on a Nick Jr show, this online club offers games, printable activity packs and coloring books, a fan club newsletter and monthly special stuff just for members. A great way for your kids to be learning without even “working”  Free, easy to sign up. Perfect.

3. “The 40 Coolest Apps for Homeschoolers”

I just got a link to this new post and I agree that they have found all kinds of cool educational Apps! Many, I recognize, as I have been able to use the heck out of some of them:) A few were new to me, so go peek and find something to surprise your kids this morning! I’m partial to “This Day in History for iPad” while my kids may like that “Star Walk for iPad” I haven’t seen those! Some Free.

4. Math Blaster

I get to giveaway a 3 month subscription to this one next week! This is a Math offshoot from Knowledge Adventures (You may be familiar with Jumpstart, which is fun, too) Math Blaster is a browser based virtual world at www.MathBlaster.com for kids 6-12.

My daughter is just loving playing with her Blaster avatar; she’s a cadet at Blaster Academy. Let your kids check out arcade style math challenges, race through high speed missions…voyage to strange new worlds and enjoy wacky alien races…all while practicing their math skills! Free trial period.  But, Shhh, don’t tell them they are working. Ruins it everytime.

5. The Lunch Love Community Documentary Project

If your kids will be going back to school this Fall, be watching what they are eating! Check these out:

**The Parent Factor** http://www.lunchlovecommunity.org/the-parent-factor.html ~ Against all odds, a group of visionary parents came together in the 1990s to organize and change the way Berkeley children would eat in school.

**But is it Replicable?** http://lunchlovecommunity.org/but-is-it-replicable.html
Visitors from West Sacramento tour the Central Kitchen and Dining Commons wonder what can make a program like Berkeley’s work for them.

**If They Cook It, They Will Eat It** http://www.lunchlovecommunity.org/if-they-cook-it-they-will-eat-it.html
Elementary school cooking teachers Kathy Russell and Brenna Ritch awaken children to the world through the food they cook and eat with one another.

NOW for the Mamas:)

1. Right now, I am finishing up a book called “From the Mouth of Babes,” Stories about life, children, faith, and this world we live in. This is a wonderful book of stories and devotionals written by a good blogger friend of mine, Kimberly. I am enjoying this tremendously.

The short stories are making me think. Each one is helping me to see the little daily activities we do with our children — for what they are — each little thing becomes our way of ministering to and loving our babies. Get yourself a copy!

You can also visit Kimberly on her blog, Until The Day Dawn. She just moved, so go support this busy Mama!

2. Voice Boks

Are you a blogger Mama? If so, go see this new very supportive online blogger community. Friend me when you get there! I have joined several fun groups and even started one of my own🙂 This is a great way to increase followers and find new blogs. Now, to find the time to play….

3. Are you a blogger who is sitting too much? Join this new meme and lose a bit of weight:) Thanks, April!

4. Are you a Mama who likes her wine too much? (That would be more than you really want too:) Ask me about The Vitamin Cure.

Ok. I think I’m done. Whew. To get more of my random, oldest child thoughts, join me over on facebook. Have a great day!!


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The challenge:
For a full week, make a conscientious effort to save money by using some of the tips below. Then shift your savings to organics!

So how did I do? Well, we do already use all organic foods. I made that decision last year. So, that helped with this challenge! But, honestly, I could do better to save more money and be less wasteful in many ways and so this Challenge is a wakeup call to me.

All on sale!

All on sale!

I want to share that my experience in going organic was NOT as hard as I thought it would be. Our food budget has increased some, but also, I have changed how I buy and what I buy. I do buy things in bulk and on sale, for example. I buy more produce and we do have more spaghetti! I am learning to scour my stores for organic offerings and even to ask lots of questions at our local Farmer’s Market (this is hard for me, an introvert!)

One thing that unnerved me when we first began considering organics was all the information available. It was hard to have a clue what I was doing and talking about—I would research one thing, and end up overwhelmed. But, then I would do something like watch Food, Inc. and remember why I wanted change for my family—to protect them.

Anyway, here I go: below are the things we were to do for a week, to save money and make the shift to organics. I have to say #2 and #4 on this challenge seemed meant for me!

  1. Buy in bulk I do buy in bulk for many things. We have a local Costco that carries organic milk, ground beef, chicken, eggs, frozen veggies, peanut butter…even jam and a couple of cereals. These are many of our staples.
  2. Eat your leftovers. Oh, I do badly on this one. But, the leftovers are not the problem. Instead, I often end up throwing out good food that I did not prepare for the family. I feel horrid about this. I will have all these plans to fix a bunch of veggies or a big salad…then I’ll be tired and just do spaghetti—or, the kids will come in and want meat. And, I’ll cook that, because that is easier for me—I know what I am doing! Learning to make quinoa palatable to my boys is harder for me. Shoot, anything new is harder. So, if I don’t get it cooked…no one does. The week before this challenge I threw out a bunch of expensive salad greens and a $4 head of cauliflower. I also thawed out some chicken in the fridge, then got busy and didn’t cook it. That ended up in the garbage as well. So, for this challenge I made sure I used up all our veggies. In fact, I cut up a head of cauliflower and left in out on the counter for the kids to find and snack on. It stayed there much longer than say, cookies would have, but in the end, everyone ate it!! I had plans to feed everyone a quinoa salad, but I did not get to it. Next week…
  3. Opt for water. We do use tons of water. I bought a Brita Water filter/dispenser for the fridge and the kids use it like crazy.
  4. Choose whole chicken. Yuck. I hate cutting up meat. My mom showed me how to cut up whole chickens years ago, but I still hate it. I bought some whole chickens for the challenge, but ended up just roasting them. Ironically, the kids ate every bite of those chickens. So, I guess my advice is, buy the whole chicken, throw it in the oven, cook it and then cut it up!
  5. Buy fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. I try to do this. Now, the Farmer’s Market is getting going for Spring and my husband is excited to try using a CSA
  6. Eat less meat. We try to do this, too. I think I would be fine without meat and I rarely eat red meat, myself. But, again, my boys would (supposedly) die if they could not have meat. What I have done is lessen the portions of meat I feed everyone. Rather than giving each person an individual chicken breast, I will cook the chicken and cut it all up and then serve over rice, etc. And, for this challenge, I pulled out my cookbook and tried a few bean recipes as sides for this week. As summer approaches, my family knows to expect more salads and stuff like that.

I know some of my readers do many of these things already, so good for you! If you want to do a challenge, go for it! I am excited to see some of my friends participating!

You can read more and see how some of the other easy living organic bloggers are doing with their challenges at the Organic Challenge Group.

And, please let me know how you think I am doing. Any tips appreciated!

CLICK HERE For Details & TO ENTER MY EASY ORGANIC LIVING GIVEAWAY!

This post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield. For participating, I will receive a tote bag of organic products and I will be giving away an additional bag of organic products.

I wish I this garden! I picture from a recent trip to Monticello.

What a garden~Picture from a trip to Monticello.

I’m so glad you have come by to check out the Organic Living Challenge! I hope you are enjoying some of the tips and challenges!

I am thrilled to be able to giveaway a Tote bag full of Organic Products!

Mandatory Entry: Participate in a Challenge! Do one…or all four, then share about it on the Baby Center Easy Organic Living threads, and leave a link to Faith, Family and Fun. Then, leave a comment on this giveaway post, letting me know that you did!

CHALLENGE#1
(I will keep links to the challenges posted as they come up–here is BabyCenter Thread link to challenge thread: http://ht.ly/4bgqC)

There are tons of ways to get additional entries!

  1. Post your activities on the Healthy Child Facebook Wall
  2. Talk about it on Facebook. Share a story about this challenge using @healthychildhealthyworld and/or @stonyfield and @quinnschilling
  3. Tweet about it. Include @quinnschilling and the #ezorganic hashtag to give a quick example, tip, or link
  4. SHARE it in other ways: you can choose ways to share, blog, FB, tweet, Dig It, share on a forum…Plurk it…just leave me a comment and tell me what you did—ONE comment for each share—and one entry per type of share per day!
  5. Like  Healthy Child Healthy World and Stonyfield on Facebook
  6. Follow Healthy Child Healthy World and Stonyfield on Twitter
  7. Follow Faith, Family and Fun through RSS and/or GFC
  8. Follow me on Twitter @ quinnschilling, and tweet the giveaway (1x daily). You can use the following: –You can use this:                Join the Organic Living Challenge and Win! http://bit.ly/gHbJQJ @ quinnschilling #ezorganic
  9. Follow Faith, Family and Fun on Facebook and share the giveaway

Remember to leave separate comments for each entry method.

I will choose a random winner on April 30, 2011!

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This post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield. For participating, I will receive a tote bag of organic products and I will be giving away an additional bag of organic products.

hc-logoI am so pleased and excited to be participating in The Easy Organic Living Program! This is a fun series of Organic Challenges that are co-hosted by Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW) and Baby Center and the sponsor is Stonyfield.

You can join me in taking one or more of four challenges over the next month and a half. From what I have already seen and learned so far from the program hosts and other participants, I know you will learn a ton about organic living and …you may even win a tote bag full of organic treats!

Today, I’ll be sharing the first challenge. Soon, I will tell you how I am doing.

3/9 CHALLENGE: Save a dollar here, Shift a dollar there

Organic living is healthy living and you don’t need a bigger budget to start buying organic. Protect your family by taking simple steps that have a big impact. Invest in health!

Your challenge:
For a full week, make a conscientious effort to save money by using some of the tips below. Then shift your savings to organics!

Buy in bulk and save up to $500 a year!

Eat your leftovers. According to the USDA, 14 percent of all the food that we buy ends up in the trash, adding up to almost $600 thrown away each year.

Opt for water. Instead of grabbing soda or juice, drink what’s freely available from the tap. You could save up to $200 per year or more.

Choose whole chicken. Save up to $600 per year by choosing whole chicken instead of boneless skinless breasts.

Buy fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. You can save up to $130 or more per year by shifting to seasonal produce (i.e., apples in the winter, plums and nectarines during the summer).

Eat less meat. If you were to cut meat out of your diet once a week and replace it with a vegetarian option, you could save about $250 per year for a family of four.

Find more tips here and learn more at Shift Your Habit!

After a week, estimate your savings and shift the money to organic food.

How your family will benefit from this challenge:
• You’ll save money.
• You’ll shift your budget to support healthier living.
• Your family won’t ingest potentially harmful ingredients found in non-organic products.

Share your experience!
Your story can help inspire others to live healthier! Please share your tips and trials. Here’s how:

  • Talk about it on Facebook. Share a story about this challenge using @healthychildhealthyworld and/or @stonyfield.
  • Tweet about it. Use the #ezorganic hashtag to give a quick example, tip, or link.

CLICK HERE For Details & TO ENTER MY EASY ORGANIC LIVING GIVEAWAY!

This post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield. For participating, I will receive a tote bag of organic products and I will be giving away an additional bag of organic products.

If you participate in this challenge, please let me know!