Monday, June 20, 2011

Little Mountain book review

I love the country and I love mountains, which led me to choose this book, Little Mountain by Eva M. Monroy

This story is about a little mountain in the midst of all the large mountains in a little village of Happiness. He gets picked on by the bigger mountains, but the children from the village love him. The big mountains later learn a hard lesson by not listening to Little Mountain.

Since the book is directed at children, you have to keep in mind a simply story line. I found it a bit, well, I'm not entirely sure how to describe it. Strange really, I guess. And a bit of a gruesome punishment in the end that I wasn't the biggest fan of for my children's age, but maybe with older children it won't be so bad.

You can get your copy of Little Mountain from Dorrance Publishing for $8, here.

*I received this book for free in exchange for my review from Dorrance Publishing.*

Sunday, June 19, 2011

What's Eating Your Child book review

As a parent, there are constantly times my kiddos complain of something hurting, or being hungry after eating a full meal, or having reactions or crazy symptoms that you are just baffled by. Well there is a great book out there written by a nutritionist that's a great handbook for parents that answers lots of questions! Heck, it's even a good as a reference for adults.

What's Eating Your Child by Kelly Dorfman is a great tool to use for your child's nutritional needs and mysteries.

I have found many solutions to my daughter's tummy aches, back aches, lack of attention, attitudes...I definitely think this book is a must in your home.

Excerpt from What's Eating My Child?

from Chapter 1: How Important Is Nutrition, Really?

Few parents start out with the goal of feeding their children toaster pastries for breakfast and peanut butter crackers for lunch, yet an astonishing number (if my practice is any indication) end up there. How many exactly? Hard to say, because so many of them are hiding in shame. These are not uneducated people. They are doctors, lawyers, and professionals. One high-powered executive with a master's degree in business came to speak to me about her son whose diet consisted almost entirely of candy bars and pretzels. He was, no surprise, not functioning in school or at home, and the many medications they had tried were not working. She felt so guilty and was so defensive that I could not find a neutral area where we could have a conversation about how to help him. She heard every suggestion, no matter how mild, as a referendum on her mothering skills. "He won't do it!" she insisted. "I have tried."

The scenario of a typical diet gone bad starts at age two when a sleep-starved mother hands her red-faced, screaming toddler a cracker or cookie so he will just shut up. The action is not seen as a long-term solution but a rare treat for a bad day. But little crackers and cookies work like a charm for toddlers. They melt in the mouth, can be held in the hand (for maximum control)—they are like toddler crack. The baby is happy! He stopped fussing at church. At Grandma's birthday party everyone remarked on how well behaved he was.

Yes, he refused to eat lunch, but that was a special occasion, and aren't all toddlers picky? No, they are not. If you give them only the good food you want them to eat, they will eat good food. However, once salty or sweet food is introduced and the child is at an age when it's developmentally appropriate to assume some control over what he puts in his mouth, then a bad habit will unwittingly begin, and things will go downhill from there. If the snack food is in the house, the child quickly learns that he can refuse dinner and scream until the preferred food appears. Few of us have the energy or patience at six-thirty at night to deal with a hysterical child. Besides, the rest of the family is trying to eat dinner, and isn't it better for the baby to eat something—even if it is junky—than nothing? A good mother does not let her child go hungry, right?

The final mental argument is that fighting about food causes eating disorders. Isn't this back-and-forth arguing about what to eat harmful to a child? This is how good moms and dads, under the guise of not let- ting their child go hungry and avoiding food fights, lay the foundation for bad eating. The two-year-old, under the chemical influence of highly flavored food and heady with new-found personal power, self-selects his own diet from this time forward.

Radical solution: Don't have anything in the house you do not want your child to eat.

Fascinating Fact

The picky eating epidemic may be reducing children’s capacity to learn. Forty percent of the diet of American children is made up of empty-calorie foods. A study of twins found the fussy eaters tended to have lower IQs then their sibling who ate better.\

You can learn so much from this book, What's Eating Your Child. I have already read through my copy and learned so much about my children's diets!!! You can pick up your paperback copy from this link, at Workman for only $13.95(US).

*This was not a paid review. I received this book for free in exchange for my review. Thank you to the sponsors for providing this item.*

Snapware review

I am so tired of my tupperware. You with me? I don't like plastic containers, my husband NEVER brings them back and when he does, they need to be thrown away. The lids come off or they leak. They are all mis-matched in my cupboard. It's a battle.
I was super excited to find GLASS Snapware!! I was sent a set of 4 for review. Each container comes with its own snapping lid!! My husband says they feel like such good dishes he feels obligated to bring them home from work the same day. Plus, even if he forgot, they are glass so they are non porous! I love them!!!

They don't leak, they work great for air tight storage, and my husband can use them in the microwave at work. (Cautiously as glass gets very hot and easily breakable if changing temperatures too quickly.) Plus, being glass they are really easy to clean with soap and warm water, maybe just a good soak for those stubborn foods.

I really can't see myself using any other storage containers,....ever! I'm really hoping to expend my collection soon as 4 containers really isn't enough considering my husband takes at least 2 to work each day, 5 days a week.

When I checked at though, I couldn't find the same glass set. But they still have lots of other nice snapware. If you don't mind plastic, they have snapping lids for those too.

A few other sets I like that are also bake ware/storage;

 Here is the set I recieved for review. I love the locking lids!

Unfortunatley I cannot find the same set that I was sent for review on their website, nor have I had a response back from my sponsors in 2 months about a giveaway or location of their product I reviewed, but I enjoyed the product so much I still thought I would share.

I did however find the same Snapware Glasslock for sale on Amazon and Bing Shopping!

*Thank you to Snapware for providing these products for free in exchange for this review. This review is my honest opinion. This review was not paid for.*