Friday, September 22, 2017

8 Amazing Bite Size Snacks for Toddlers

Toddlers just love bite size snacks. They are so easy to handle and seemingly made just for them. I have listed a few of these healthy snacks for toddlers. They are as follows:

Snack Ideas for Kids

1. Watermelon

I just love watermelon. The watermelon can be cut into quarters and is a healthy snack for toddlers. Watermelon is loaded with water. In addition, it is quite nutritional for you and your toddler. This can also be done with cantaloupe as well and cantaloupe is packed full of vitamins.


2. Teddy Grahms Trail Mix

Elle talks about this Trail Mix mentioning that it is something she would prepare when it was her turn to bring snacks to her son's preschool. This is her personal recipe which can be found

Teddy Grahm Trail Mix

The ingredients include teddy grahams, mini pretzels, m and m's, yogurt covered raisins, and raisinets. These ingredients sound really good. I will have to make this and let you know what I think.

3. Petite Carrots

These small mini-carrots are just the right size for a toddler's hand. In fact, I like them much better than the larger carrots.

4. Animal Crackers

Have you given your toddler any animal crackers recently? The great thing about them is that besides the fact that they taste good, they are just the right size for your toddler to handle and to eat.  This is also a great teachable time to teach your toddler the names of different animals that are found in the form of a cracker.  

5. Trix Cereal

You may have a favorite cereal that you prefer. I recall putting trix dry cereal in a small sandwich bag for my toddlers. This was great to take with me when traveling to the store with toddlers. Usually if toddlers are snacking, they are happy, and you avoid a lot of grocery store drama. Toddlers may get hungry while you are shopping with toddler. I also, would bring a bag to church, which would help my toddler make it through the service.

6. Mini-hot dogs

Since a hot dog is more than a handful for a toddler, what about a mini hot dog. You can purchase the mini ball park hots dogs and just cut a full hot dog bun in half. This idea is found at

Fun Snacks for Kids

7. Frozen Snack bites

For those of you that have babies, you might want to try frozen snack bites made from baby food. Hanna talks about this in the article:

Turn Baby Food into Bite-Size Frozen Snacks for Babies and Toddlers  

She emphasizes that she put a spoonful of baby food on parchment paper and froze it over night. In addition, she states she used blueberry applesauce and sweet potato baby food. This frozen recipe is good for teething babies.

8. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Now this is one of my favorites. The grilled cheese sandwiches can be cut into fourths, which is about the right size for a toddler to handle. This is nutritional as well as tasty.  What are your healthy snacks that you give to your toddler?

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Do You Know My Favorite Things?

We all have favorite things that we like and want to share with others. I have a few favorite things that I would like to share.


1. Pineapple-Banana Smoothie

I experimented one day and tried this smoothie. I discovered I really like it. Now for those of you that may be attempting to loose weight, you may want to make a few substitutions in my recipe. My recipe is as follows:

1 banana
2 scoops of ice cream (this can be substituted with yogurt or skim milk)
I can of crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
2 pinches of flaked coconut
and 2-3 cups of ice

Mix all of this in your blender. Now the crushed pineapples can just be in their natural juice, but I prefer the heavy syrup because it seems sweeter. Occasionally I have added cherry or strawberry jello for a change. I use the instant jello cups.

2. Audio-Books

Although I make it a point to purchase at least 2 CD's within a year I also have made it a point to take advantage of the FREE audio-books from the library. I have found great books through the library. I like to listen to these books while driving in my car.

3. Fresh Paint Scents

I was in the store one day purchasing paint. My husband and I were planning a paint project. The lady ahead of me asked, “Have you tried paint scents.” I replied, “No.” She showed me a small pack and explained all I needed to do was add it to my gallon of paint. After painting, the house would smell exactly like the scent and not that strong paint smell. It is very inexpensive too. So I tried it. I used clean linen scent. The fragrance lasted in the room for several months. I just love it. What are some of your favorite things?

4. Peach Slushy

I bought a Peach slushy. Now this is something that is so delicious. La Familia Morales Restaurant, 725 Garland St., Flint, Michigan, has them.

5. L'oreal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips

Originally I just tried one of the infallible paints/Lip. I usually have the problem of not finding lipstick that is dark as I like it. The one thing I really like about this product is that it actually goes on my lips smooth and seems to just hug my lips. I like that it has a brush to paint on the lipstick. I have several different colors that I love. Guess what? Once you paint it on your lips, it stays on. The price ranges from $7-$9.99, but it is worth every penny.

What are some of your favorite things?  I would love to hear from you. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Do You Know the Awesome Rewards of Hugging Your Children? Update (OMG)

Have you had your free hugs today? Are you a hugger? Some people will automatically hug those that they meet, while others may just shake hands or give a nod. Still there may be those that say it depends on the situation.

Hug Therapy

Did you know that there are free hugs? You can receive and give hugs freely. There are different types of hugs. Best of all hugs can make you feel really good.

How Many Hugs?

Dr. Mercola discusses hugging emphasizing we need 12 hugs a day for growth. Can any of you say that you receive 12 hugs a day or even one hug. He further adds that hugging makes you healthier by boosting your immune system and easing depression. I know after receiving a hug there is a great feeling that comes over me. It is almost a type of calmness.

Feeling Good

Besides balancing our nervous system, hugs can increase oxytocin levels that heal feelings of isolation and anger according to  I have observed that when someone is upset a hug can just calm them right down. Someone once said that because hugs are free you do not even need a receipt. Hugging can be a win/win situation for parent and child. Did you know that there may be times that you do not have the words to say, but a hug says it all? Hugging is a win/win situation because it not only benefits the person being hugged, but it benefits the giver of the hug. Do You agree? You may also like  The Power of Touch.

Why Hug Your Baby?

There have been studies done that people who have trouble handling stress as adults may have not been hugged enough as babies according to Cnn.Health.
They further add that babies development is controlled by nature and nurturing. I know personally that hugging your baby gives your baby a sense of comfort and reassurance. I also have observed that each child is unique and divine. Some children need more hugs than others. I have observed this with my grandchildren. I have one grandchild that may hug me several times a day and express so much gratitude, while my other grandchildren may hug me once that day. This also makes me aware that I need to give my husband, grandchildren, and my daughters hugs as well. It does not mean that I love them or they love me any less, but shows their needs are different. In addition, you don't want to forget about 5 positive Phrases to Uplift Your Child.

Good Behavior

It is never too late to hug your child. Have You hugged your child lately?

Do You Trust Me, Hug Me? Social Experiment- Free Hugs

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Blogger's Meet and Greet: Labor Day - September

Although there will be celebration of parades, barbecuing, going on picnics and many other festivities on this day, it still holds a double meaning for me. Read more at  

Labor Day

Labor Day:

My first child was born on labor day. Although I really wanted some barbecue that morning, I knew the doctor said not to eat if you suspect you are in labor. Although we were timing the contractions, I did not want to get to the hospital too early. Little did I know that once I was in the hospital my baby was born within 20 minutes. My daughter has been swift and excelling in everything she does since her birth.  I am so proud of her.  That is a Labor Day that I will never forget.

Labor Day is a holiday that honors the contributions and movements of those that have strengthen and promoted the well-being of our country.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Why Go Green?

Going green helps our planet earth. It is something that individuals and organizations are starting to do and to encourage as well. Everyone is getting into that act. Society is becoming more aware of the benefits to improve our status of living.  Did you know that you can go green by eating select foods?

Go Green

Reasons to Go Green

Global warnings are real. Someone once said, “When you know to do better then you should.” Going green helps the planet and helps you. Becoming conscious and aware of this is becoming more evident every day. Going green will help the future generations.

There are numerous ways that you can go green. Also, note that organizations are tending to go green. You may want to pick a few of them. Going green is becoming more popular as more people become conscious and aware. A few tips are listed below:

1. Nutrition

One green solution is to eat less animal, which is one of the biggest factors you can have on your carbon foot (food) print, according to, In addition, if you do not want to eat less meat you might try wild-caught fish or go to the farmers market to receive local produce. I frequent farmers market often. I always find something good there. I also like the fact that I can always find fresh fish at Meijer Grocery Store, that is unless I am not eating the fish that my husband and I have caught myself, since we love to Fish.

2. Solar Energy

Have you considered solar energy? I have observed that some General Motor Factories in Michigan have taken advantage of this. There are several solar panels in their lots. I also have observed several farms that take advantage of the solar energy as well. When you elect to use solar energy, you are contributing to generating more clean power according to

3. Hotels

The hotels are starting to go green. The Las Vegas Sands Corporation is one of them. They have saved enough electricity to power more than 6,500 average American homes annually according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

4. Energy Star Washing Machine
Did you know that an Energy Star Washing Machine uses less energy?  Although I have an Amana washer, it does have an Energy Guide stating if used with an electric water heater, there is a savings of $80.00 a year. I love my washing machine.

5. Your Health

Someone might ask the question, "What is in it for me if I go green?" According to
going green decreases the emissions and when you use natural cleaning products, you will have the ability to breathe better. In addition, chemical-free paints on walls safeguards your family against toxic exposure. You probably never have imagined how much your breathing can be affected by chemical usage. In the article  Going Green. . .. What are You Waiting For?  there is even further discussion about reasons to go green. 

6. Paperless

Have you considered going paperless? The bank, credit union, telephone company, and many other organizations are encouraging customers to go paperless in an effort to go green.

7. Lifestyle

Practicing going green can become a lifestyle.  talks about switching light bulbs to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs which could usually saves about 25-80% less energy than traditional incandescent lightbulbs. I know that is right, because we switched to the (CFL) bulbs many years ago and I noticed that the bulbs last longer, I cannot remember when I last changed a light bulb. So I know personally that it does make a difference.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Does Your Emoji say I Will?

 Does Your Emoji say I Will?

Did you know that you can turn an impossibility into a possibility? You are unique and were designed for achievement.


If you could use an emoji to describe you and your only choices were “I can or I Can't, which emoji would others see you as?

1. Possibilities

Each of you possess special and yet different talents. Success is not a matter of chance, but choices; persistence in spite of adversities.

2. Problems

They give us a chance to use our creativity which comes from God. I recall a friend that was going to college and became discouraged because she failed a class that she needed for her career choice. She was about to give up. I explained that all teachers are not equal. That particular teacher might be a difficult teacher for that course. She did retake the class with a different teacher and did well. How many of you know that many licensed nurses, realtors and even lawyers did not pass their licensing exam the first time. Many will not tell you that they failed it possibly a couple of times before passing, but they were persistent and continued to try.

3. Life

It is a learning experience. Remember nothing is too hard for God. Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible.” 
Yesterday is a canceled check. Tomorrow is just a promissory note: Only today is cash on hand, so spend it like crazy, it will never occur again. You may also like to read  Your Health Your Attitude.

4. Attitude is everything.

When someone compliments you, how do you respond? Do you say, “Thank you or do you make excuses such as, “it's wasn’t that good.” Do you even put yourself down further?” Do you give an extra 2% to everything that you do?

5. Customer Service

Did you know that There is Awesome Power in the Word?  Do you work in any type of customer service? If so, do you make the customer feel valued or do you make the customer feel like a problem? Do you remember that you are representing the company and not representing yourself? Do you bring your problems to work and wear them on your face? It only takes a moment to smile and ask your customer, “How can I be of service to you?” When someone says or writes something that you do not agree with, do you immediately attack them or do you take the time to find something positive or factual in it? These are choices. Either you can, you will, or you decide I can't or I won't.

6.  Defeat

It is not failure.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Why You Need to Know About These 5 Red Flags

Have you ever met someone and even though they seemed likeable, there was something that just did not quite seem right? Possibly there were events that just did not make sense to you.

Domestic Abuse Signs
Sometimes there may be emotional abuse signs when you are dating or in a relationship. Possibly you are blind to some things that you really should look at more closely.


1.False Promises

One red flag that some may tend to ignore is when your boyfriend or spouse does hurtful things and then later tells you it will never happen again. If he or she has hit you once that is one too many times. If the hurtful things he or she says repeatedly continues, that is a pattern and is definitely too many times.

 According to the Mayo Clinic staff,  if he or she acts jealous or possessive of you, you may be in an abusive relationship. In the beginning you may think it is cute that he is jealous of you, but in time that jealously can smother you. I know from previous relationships. I recall in a previous relationship my spouse stated, “ I wish I could just put you in a cage and keep you on an island just for me.” Now how sick is that? You need to pay attention to the signs. Jealously and possessiveness is not healthy. No one should be put in an emotional prison. Do not allow this. They further add that if he or she blames you for their violent behavior that is not healthy. Possibly he or she may say, “You made me hit you, because you just will not do right.” Seemingly it is always “your fault” for the violent person's behavior.   


When someone wants to control when and where you go, this is a sign to pay attention. When someone times you and starts calling you, because you did not make it back from the grocery store in 15 or 20 minutes pay attention. When someone is calling you throughout the day wanting to know where you are and what you are doing, pay attention. It feels like your being monitored and you are   being controlled. When someone wants to tell you that you cannot be friends with a certain person, because they are a bad influence on you, even though you are an adult not a child pay attention.  You may also want to read: 

3.Name Calling

When you are in a relationship, you have a name. That name does not include derogatory remarks or name calling such as “you are so lazy, you are so fat, you are stupid, or you can't do anything right.” This is mentally and emotionally abusive. After awhile it will tear your spirit down. Pay attention. That is not something that you need in your life. Rather look for people that will build you up and that are positive.


Anyone that makes you feel that you are worthless is not good for you. Do any of the following sound familiar? “ You are so stupid, you are no earthly good, you can't make it without me, or no one will ever want you but me.” That is the lie that they want you to believe. I recall watching “Why Did I get Married” by Tyler Perry. The one woman's husband talked about her so bad and did it jokingly in front of others. He constantly put her down and talked about how big she was. She did feel worthless because of that. But when he divorced her, she found a new husband or rather should I say he found her and he treasured her. He built her up and showed that he loved her and was proud of her. He was positive and she finally had a healthy marriage.

5. Your Fault

When someone is trying to control you, the controller whether a woman or man will always want to make a situation your fault. I recall in a previous abusive marriage I was always trying to fix it, thinking everything was my fault. My co-worker once told me “Betty you could be an angel and nothing you do will ever be good enough.” A phrase that I used to hear most of the time was, “See what you made me do,” or “you need to do this or the relationship will fail.” You also might want to read:

An abusive relationship affects the entire family. Remember your children are watching and learning from you. This is emphasized in the following post:


Did you know that in the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. That is according to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence. They also added that domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

Note: Invisible Prison

Once you have left the controlling or abusive relationship, fear may possibly keep you in an invisible prison. You may be fearful if you see him sitting in his car on a corner even though you know you have a restraining order. Fear may make you question will he or she abide by these court orders. Stop living in this invisible prison. Those thoughts will imprison you emotionally and mentally. Remember even though you have done everything that you can to be safe, God can give you that perfect inner peace that will calm you when that storm and your circumstances are chaotic. I am a witness to that.


Should you come to the conclusion that you are in a controlling and abusive relationship and you want help to get out. Prepare to remove yourself from that situation and find safety. That is what I did in my previous marriage. I decided enough was enough. I had already felt like I was in prison emotionally. I was tired of that. I left. No, it is not as easy as it sounds but your motivation will be a first step. Do not be afraid of what others will say or think of you. I was surprised that my true friends and family came to my aide and family as well.

You may need a restraining order to protect yourself. Because he or she has brained wash you to thinking you cannot do anything, be sure to have a plan B in the event plan A does not succeed. Seek the support of your friends, family, and even pastor for support. Educate yourself about domestic violence. It may be difficult to admit or even talk about the fact that you were abused, but it does get easier in time. Make your mind up that you will not be part of that statistics that ends in a homicide.   There is the 24 hour hotlines known as Crisis Connection 1-80-245-4580 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

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