Archive for February, 2009
I have been spending a lot of time on the internet researching whole grains, healthy recipes, and price comparison. Passionate Homemaking has very insightful posts about eating naturally, which has spurred me to continue to look for new things I can do to incorporate nourishing foods into our family’s diet. A particular entry Variety in Your Grains has given me much to think about in adding more grains to our meals and baking. Azure Standard features quality bulk and natural foods; I requested their catalog a week or so ago and received it yesterday. The prices seem to be good, but I don’t know what the shipping costs would be, so that may make it not worth my while to order from them.
I feel very fortunate to have several local stores that carry many varieties of bulk food items, many of which are good deals. Sucanat is sugar in its most natural form. There is a lot of information out there about using natural sugars instead of the common processed granulated white sugar. This is something I hope to change in the next week or so, to use sucanat instead of processed sugar. These articles discuss various types of sugars and help you decide what will work best for you.
The Nourishing Gourmet: A Guide to Natural Sweeteners
A Nourished Kitchen: A Guide to Natural Sweeteners and How to Use Them
Passionate Homemaking: My Favorite Natural Sweeteners
Some other food-related links I have come across recently are:
5 Dollar Dinners – A mom who makes all her meals for $5 or less
Keeper of the Home – Artisan bread in 5 minutes is a beautiful thing
My Daily Diner – Jamie Oliver Proves It: Healthy Foods Raise Students’ Test Scores
MSN: Health & Fitness – You’re Eating…What? A guide to 7 sketchy additives that may be lurking in your food.
Whole Grains Council – The Whole Grains Council helps consumers find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits; helps manufacturers create delicious whole grain products; and helps the media write accurate, compelling stories about whole grains.
The Nourishing Gourmet – Tips for Newbies
I hope some of these posts and tips can help you find new ways to eat better.
I love hardcover books, and depending on the book, I will spend extra money, if I know I will read/use it often. Paperbacks are fine too, but I prefer hardcover.
Illustrations are always nice. Sometimes I have a hard time picturing things and illustrations can be very helpful.
The edition doesn’t really matter. Sure it would be nice to have 1st editions, but since I would want to read it, I would be afraid of messing up a first edition.
Who wouldn’t want an autographed copy of a book? They are nice to have, but I probably would not spend the extra money just to have an autographed copy.
Check out other responses to these questions at Booking Through Thursday.
I spend a lot of time online, probably too much time…Whenever I possible, I like to sign up for programs that allow me to accumulate money or points for prizes. Swagbucks is one of my recent finds. You can get points for searching at the swagbucks website, as well as promoting the site.
My goal is to earn an iPod Touch with my swagbucks. It’ll probably take a long time, unless a lot of you sign up from my link, (hint, hint), but it is something I would love to have, and I can’t justify shelling out the money for at this point – especially since my current iPod nano works just fine. Plus, I know someone who wants an mp3 player, so I would be able to give them my old iPod.
If you haven’t heard of swagbucks, check it out, it’s easy to get points, and you will be able to earn some cool prizes!
Check out more Works for Me Wednesday tips at We are THAT Family.
My son loves VeggieTales. He has quite a few VeggieTales toys and that he plays with (when he’s not playing with Legos). We have a few VeggieTales cds, which I have on our iTunes, so I can play them on our computer while me son plays in our basement. However, he’s listened to them so many times, variety is nice.
Recently, he’s been listening to Veggie Radio while he plays. There are a lot of different VeggieTales songs, and they do repeat, but it’s at least 30 minutes or more of no repeats.
If you are looking for free, clean children’s songs, give this a try.
For more tips, go to Blog Mommas.
Here are some sales and coupon information for this week:
CVS at I Heart CVS
Wal-Mart at STL Mommy
K-Mart at Moms Need to Know
Giant (PA) at Moms Need to Know
Rite-Aid at The Freebie Blogger
Walgreens at Surviving the Stores