Saturday, March 31, 2007

Product Review: Nature Valley Cereal

I recently received a sample box of a new "Nature Valley Cereal" product that the company is planning to market. The cereal was Oat and Honey with Yogurt Pieces.

I found that this cereal very satisfying, that it held up well in milk and the inclusion of the yogurt pieces made it quite delicious. In fact, I took to eating it like a snack without milk. It is great to carry along in a plastic bag. The only complaint that I have about the cereal is that it may be too sweet for some. Those of us who enjoy a more subtle flavor of other granola may find the sweetness a bit too much. I, on the other hand, do enjoy the sweetness along with the crunch. Our teenage son, Marcus also liked the cereal, what little he had of it (I ate most of it).

Charles Morin

Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year !

My husband and I sneaked into the Boys and Girls Club just minutes before they were to make the announcement, that our son had been chosen their Youth of the Year. Rose, Club Manager, mentioned a few words about the process and how it was an easy decision. She also mentioned that this person respects people and when advised that he's doing something wrong will immediate stop. We were told that he will be their Spokesperson of the 2007-2008, at varies events. In June, there will be a gala event for the county club Youths of the Year.

We're extremely proud of Marcus and hope that he will continue to be a great role model for the younger kids, as well as participate in Club events for many years to come. Congratulations Marcus!

Healthy Water Phone Seminar at Urban Homemaker.com - April 5

HEALTHY WATER Phone Seminar of April 5, 2007Guest, Diane Carson, R.N.
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The next phone seminar guest is Diane Carson, R.N., a drinking water expert. Many years ago, Diane became interested in water quality because her family had been strugglingwith ongoing colds/flus/upper respiratory type viruses for months and months.

As a nurse she knew the importance of pure water which led her to research all types of drinking water systems for over a year. Her research ended up becoming a lifelong passion to teach others how drinking filtered water is just plain "inexpensive health insurance".

If you would like to learn more about natural family health and the first line of defense for building up the immune systems of your family, Diane is an expert and will be prepared to answer your questions.

I hope you will be sure to mark your calendars and tell your friends as we talk about Healthy Water next Thursday night.

Contact Information:
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2007
Time: 9:00 PM EST (8:00 CST, 7:00 MST, 6:00 PST) Adjust for your time zone!
Dial In Number: 1-620-782-8800
Participant Code: 754074

If you have never participated in a phone seminar before, here is how it works:
1. Dial in the phone number above to the seminar. (You pay only for the phone call.)
2. Key in the seminar access code.
3. Introduce yourself, it you wish
4. Bring a notebook to take notes, a cup of tea, and have your questions ready.
5. Don't worry about background noise, we will mute that out!

Please be sure to mark your calendar, tell your friends, post the information in your newsgroups, set your timer if necessary and join us Thursday.

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Homeschool Blog Awards Has Begun! Get Your Nominations In!


Nominations for the Homeschool Blog Awards are well underway! You have until April 6th to get your nominations in. Then voting is from April 9th - April 15th.


Be sure to go over and nominate your favorite homeschool blogs. This is such a fun way to see what blogs are a favorite with the multitudes!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

It's Coca Cola Day! Learn More About This Popular Soda


Stop by the official Coca Cola website for music downloads, watch new tv commercials and much more.

Visit Wikepedia website for historical information on this popular beverage. Did you know that John Pemberton suffered an ongoing addition to morphine? He believed that believed Coca Cola could cure many diseases including morphine addiction.

Enjoy learning more about the worldwide popular beverage!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Slow Cooking Thursday - March 29

Low Fat Asian Crockpot Chicken - Courtesy of Low Fat Cooking About.com

INGREDIENTS:
1 large onion, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 medium to large carrots, cut into thirds, then quartered lengthwise
1 red pepper, chopped
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp water

PREPARATION:
Coat the inside of a 3-4 quart crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Place vegetables on the bottom, then lay chicken pieces on top. Combine ginger, garlic, orange juice and soy sauce. Pour over chicken and vegetables.

Cook for 6-8 hours on low. Add cornstarch slurry about 30 minutes before the end of cooking to thicken the juices.

Serves 4. Serve with Brown Rice and a Mixed Green Salad.
Per Serving: 183, Calories from Fat 15, Total Fat 1.6g (sat 0.4g), Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 644mg, Carbohydrate 13.7g, Fiber 2.9g, Protein 28.4g

Works-For-Me Wednesday - Swiffer Max



After 7 years, I decided it was time to retire the old Swiffer dry mop. Last night, I purchased a Swiffer Max and am thrilled. This one cleans a larger area. (love it) And like the older model you can use wet and dry cloths. In between those monthly hands and knee kitchen floor scrubbings I use my Swiffer.

It's much more convenient than a mop and no need for a bucket.My husband and son don't mind mopping the floors with the Swiffer either.

This item should be in every household's broom closet.The price was an affordable $10, for the starter kit. at our local Sears Essential. It included a sample of the wet and dry cloths.

ps you can use old towels instead of purchasing the cloths. (a great money saving tip)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Are You Dealing With a Chronic Illness or Disability? Consider Working From Home


When I was informed by my doctors, 4 years ago, that I wouldn't be able to return to my customer service postion, after a work related injury, I figured I would never work again. My husband was the one that encouraged me to search for a work-at-home customer service position. With my customer service and sales background, in call centers, I had no shortage of company responses. And I actually accepted a position within 3 days of submitting my resume.

I have been working as an Independent Virtual Customer Service Rep, for 4 years. And I love it. I have the flexibility of my schedule, receive a paycheck bi-weekly via direct deposit, speak with people throughout the US and Canada and still am able to address my chronic pain and parital disablity.

Read more about virtual call center opportunities, through this article.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - March 26


Another busy week in the Berry-Morin household. Marcus and I will be attending a cooking class at a local cooking school, on Tuesday. The theme is Spring Lunch and I'll be posting about our experience later. Wednesday, our family is going to the RH Fleet Science Museum. Friday, we're attending the Boys and Girls Club ceremony. Marcus doesn't know that he won yet! Our son, Marcus, has been chosen as Youth of the Year! The whole family is thrilled!
Please join us at Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Mondays!

Grilled Fish, Grilled Eggplant and Asparagus

Turkey with Gravy, Mashed Red Potatoes, Mixed Greens

Chicken Tortinelli with Spinach
Chicken Quesadillas

Asian Pork Medallions, Green Beans

Shrimp Stir Fry
Grilled Cheese with Vegetable Soup