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Monday, November 4, 2013

I thought this was good advice...of course our time spent with our children and family is more important than always buying material things for them.

Learned Self-reliance
The Negative Effects of Spoiling Children
by Madisyn Taylor

When children are spoiled we do them a great disservice because they are not being allowed to earn and learn.

Parents are moved by instinct to love, nurture, and provide for their offspring. Because our children are so much a part of us, we want to see them blissfully happy. Also, our own desire to be liked, materialist pressures, and a fervent wish that our children have everything we lacked as youngsters can prompt us to spoil them. However, while it might seem that buying your child expensive gifts will give them fond memories of childhood or that you can heal your emotional wounds by doting on your sons and daughters, you may be unconsciously interfering with your children’s evolutional development. One of the most precious gifts you can grant your children is the true independence they gain when they learn to earn what they covet and become stewards of their own happiness. Try allowing your children to experience life to the fullest. Let them work and earn what they want. When the time comes for them to go to college and enter the workforce, you will have the confidence that yo! u have raised a child that can both enter and contribute to society confidently.

When children are not afforded the opportunity to explore self-reliance, to understand that with possession comes price, and to fulfill their own needs, they develop a sense of entitlement that blinds them to the necessity of hard work and the needs of others. We may spoil children because giving them gifts is pleasurable. Or we may want to avoid conflict out of fear that our children won’t love us. Yet children who are given acceptance, love, and affection in abundance are often kinder, more charitable, and more responsible than those whose parents accede to their every material demand. They develop a strong sense of self that stretches beyond possessions and the approval of their peers, and as adults they understand that each individual is responsible for building the life they desire. If you find yourself giving in to your child’s every whim, ask yourself why. You may discover that you are trying to answer for what you feel is lacking in your own life.

Rearing your children to respect the value of money and self-sufficiency as they grow from infants to young adults is a challenging but rewarding process. It can be difficult to watch a child struggle to meet a personal goal yet wonderful to be by their side as they achieve it. Your choice not to spoil your children will bless you with more opportunities to show them understanding and compassion and to be fully present with them as they journey toward adulthood.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


 I love this idea! Even if it 5 minutes of your time, 'stop and smell the roses' as the saying goes...

In the Open Air
Spending Time in Nature
by Madisyn Taylor

Because we instinctively know that nature is good for us on many levels, it’s not unusual to feel powerfully drawn to it.

In this modern age, we spend so much time indoors, focused on the busyness of our lives and disconnected from the earth. But much of what we truly need can only be found under the naked sky, alongside tall trees, on open plains, or in the sound of running water. Spending time in nature allows us to commune with other living beings and to find comfort in the nurturing embrace of Mother Earth. You can’t help but experience a different sense of self while walking in a wood or traversing a mountainside. Being in nature connects us to the earth, grounding us as we walk, unhindered by concrete, upon her. Surrounded by other living beings, both bigger and smaller than we are, we remember that human beings are simply one form of life in this vast universe.

Because we instinctively know that nature is good for us on many levels, it’s not unusual to feel powerfully drawn to it. Even if you live in a city or find it difficult to travel to a forest or the countryside, there are a myriad ways to reconnect with nature. When you step out of your door each morning, pause for a minute and close your eyes long enough to let your senses absorb your surroundings. Listen and breathe deeply, until you hear the wind rustling through branches, smell rain on damp grass, and see the reflection of leaves brushing up against windowpanes. If you have time, crouch down and closely examine any nearby grass and soil. The sights, sounds, smells, and sensations we experience that are part of nature can remind us of all the gifts Mother Earth grants us each day.

Spending time connecting with nature nourishes the soul, reminds you that you are never truly alone, and renews you by attuning you to the earth’s natural rhythms. Taking a walk under the stars or feeling the wind on your face may be all it takes for you to reconnect with nature. Remember, you are as much a part of nature as are the leaves on a tree or water bubbling in a brook.

Friday, September 20, 2013


Great article about how to reduce your risk of dementia.  So easy to add exercise to your routine every day, fine something you enjoy even as simple as taking a walk outside in the fresh air.

Prevention Magazine

Here’s a terrifying statistic: The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will increase 40% in the next 12 years, according to a projection from the Alzheimer’s Association. But there’s one simple (free!) measure you take to ward off dementia’s brain-wasting effects: exercise.
“Dementia may not be an inevitable part of aging—in fact, well into late adulthood, the brain has the remarkable ability to continue to grow rather than atrophy,” says Kirk Erickson, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, who presented his brain research findings at the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain held this summer.

Brain Health

Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, by as much as 50%. That’s according to more than a decade of research in the U.S. and abroad, says Dr. Erickson, who published a 2012 review of studies that involved thousands of participants in Archives of Medical Research.
How does exercise protect against dementia? The brain’s hippocampus and prefrontal cortex play dominant roles in memory formation and complex thinking, and their deterioration can be a predictor for Alzheimer’s disease. Amazingly, researchers are finding that these are the very areas responsive to physical exercise. In fact, higher fitness levels correlate with an increase in size in both the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex. This means that exercise can help our brains continue to grow, and thus head off risk of cognitive decline.
Take, for example, a study of 120 sedentary adults in their 60s and 70s, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Erickson and his team had one group perform aerobic exercises and another group perform stretching exercises for one year. “We saw an increase in brain volume, especially in the hippocampus, in the aerobic group and not in the other group,” he says. “This is evidence that moderate intensity exercise moved participants’ brains in the direction of growth instead of diminishment.”
It’s never too late to start, Dr. Erickson says. “The earlier you begin, the greater the protection for your brain—but exercise leads to improved brain function at any age.”
And you don’t need to work out an hour a day to experience benefits, either. “Roughly 30 to 40 minutes of brisk walking several times a week will improve brain function and cognitive performance,” Dr. Erickson says. Increasing the intensity of your workout could offer additional protection. “Research suggests that moderate intensity exercise is sufficient for improving your brain, but that more vigorous activity might have additional benefits,” Dr. Erickson adds. “Further research is needed to identify the effects from different intensity levels.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

San Juan Islands

What a wonderful trip to the San Juan Islands in Washington! We rented a 50 foot boat with another couple and spent a week cruising from one beautiful island to the next.
We also had some wonderful meals!
Crab Macaroni and Cheese -OH so good!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Almond Butter VS Peanut Butter

Here is a link to an easy to read graph decscribing the difference between almond butter and peanut butter.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

4th of July

Another beautiful day at Lake Tahoe. We had a delicious dinner at the Westshore Cafe
Ceasar Salmon Salad
Bacon Burger

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Take a Field Trip

 I love this idea! I grew up in a family that took lots of field trips!

Capturing Life’s Flavor
Taking a Field Trip
by Madisyn Taylor

Adding variety to your life in the form of a field trip can break up the monotony of your days and lead you to adventure.

When we were children, few words were more exciting to hear than the phrase “field trip.” Field trips were a break from schoolwork and an opportunity to go on an adventure with friends. Now that we are grown ups, taking a field trip can be just as fun and memorable – if only we were willing to sign our own permission slips so we could go on one.

Allowing yourself to get stuck in your routine can make life seem boring. Adding a touch of variety to your life in the form of a field trip can break up the monotony of your days and lead you to adventure. Unlike the jaunts that were regulated by teachers or monitored by parents, taking a field trip as an adult can lead you anywhere you want. You can go on a daylong retreat or spend just a few hours at your destination. A field trip can be an opportunity to explore a new landscape or discover something about yourself. Taking a day trip to another town or visiting an unfamiliar spot in your neighborhood can be educational and fun. There is also much to be said for finding a beautiful spot under a tree where you can read a book. You can even go to one of your favorite spots and allow yourself to experience it as if you were visiting there for the first time. Going on a field trip is as much a state of mind as it is a change in the scenery.

During a “grown up” field trip, schedules, clocks, and duties are put aside so you can focus wholeheartedly on mindfully enjoying yourself. Planning a field trip can be almost as fun as going on one. A field trip is an excursion to look forward to and an experience to be savored after the fact. Wherever you decide to go and whatever you decide to do, going on a field trip can add much pleasure and excitement to your life.