Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - January 26

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Hi everyone! Here's our menu plan for the week:

Monday

Lasagna
Garlic Toast
Salads
Ice-cream

Tuesday

Broiled Pork Steaks
Mashed Potatoes
Corn

Wednesday

Meat Loaf
Green Beans
Baked Potatoes
Hoppin' James (black-eyed peas with rice)
Salads

Thursday

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Peas

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Ravioli
Garlic Bread
Salads

Sunday

On Your Own

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Product Review - Professional Optical Gaming Mouse by EC Technology®

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7M0R5M/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0
I am not a big gamer, but I live in a house full of guys who are, ahem, addicted. Once I gave this mouse a quick go-over, I handed it over to my husband who used it to play his favorite strategy game. I asked him for some things that he liked or did not like about it. He gave me some pros but he could not come up with one thing he did not like.

It fits my husband's hand nicely; the contour is perfect for comfort and ease of clicking nonstop. It glides smoothly across the mouse pad, which is something I'd like just for surfing the web. The lights are great, and you can change the color. Jeff prefers the standard red. There are six programmable buttons. We never got them all programmed, but the capability is there. The function I like the best - and you might think it's silly, especially since there are other, more high-tech, qualities about the mouse - is that the cord is a braided one that ensures we won't have to worry about a short. There is nothing worse than a mouse that keeps shorting out on you right when you're in the middle of a hot game or something even more important.

The bottom line is that this is a serious mouse for a serious computer user. If you're into gaming, you'll find that the ability to reach 4000DPI is just another great perk. I have a feeling that both of us will be playing with this mouse, learning to use it's multiple functions, and just enjoying something that feels so good in our hands, for some time.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinion is my own.*

Monday, January 19, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - January 19

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Are you staying warm this winter? I'm NOT! But that's okay. They say, "Cold hands, warm heart." I pray that's true because I have to admit that my hands are like ice. Here's some warm meals planned for the coming weeks:

Monday

Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Tuesday

Cottage Cheese
Breadsticks
Peas

Wednesday

Crispy Oven Roasted Chicken
Baked Beans (Frozen from a large batch made earlier)
Cornbread Muffins

Thursday

BBQ Pulled Pork
Baked Potatoes
Corn

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers
Fries
Zucchini Saute

Sunday

On Your Own

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Book Review: 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know by Kari Kampakis





10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know is written by Kari Kampakis and is published by Thomas Nelson.

My whole purpose of choosing this book to review is a selfish one. I wanted to get my hands on a good book that I could use in teaching my 13-year-old daughter to resist the lies that the devil will shoot at her. What better way to do that than to focus on the truths that God wants her to know rather than the lies that Satan would want her to believe? 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know absolutely fits the bill.

This is a book that makes not only good reading, but good journaling. Here's why: It is broken down into 10 chapters that focus on one truth each. These truths actually encompass the lies because they argue against what culture and other influences often teach, but they do so by stressing God's plan for each girl's life. At the end of every chapter are discussion questions with ample room to write out answers - the part that I feel contribute to journaling. If there is not enough room in the book, using a notebook or journal can be a great tool. I think it's important for the girls to get their thoughts down in writing because, someday, these subjects will again come up.

Take, for instance, the chapter titled Self Talk. This chapter is all about those nagging little voices in our heads that lead us away from what God desires and toward a self-image that focuses all on ME, MYSELF, and I. Self-worship is destructive and, face it, just plain sinful. This chapter reminds girls that God's best is really His best for us. When we focus on Him rather than ourselves, we find fulfillment that is beyond imagining. Question 5 (discussion questions for this chapter) asks, "Do you consider surrender to God a victory or defeat? Are you ready for Him to use you in mighty ways?" That's a question that requires some deep thinking - honest thinking. A question that can lead a daughter and her mom (or dad) to some great, spiritual discussions.

I am excited to have a chance to work through this book with my daughter. As she grows older, she will need to explore some of the topics on a deeper level. For now, this a great start.

*I received a copy of 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinion expressed is my own.*

Monday, January 12, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - January 12

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This week's plan is a simple one. The homemade chicken noodle soup is going to be gluten-free. I can't find any canned ones that aren't expensive and/or filled with msg.

Monday

Spaghetti 
Garlic Bread
Salads

Tuesday

Cornbread
Tapioca Pudding

Wednesday

Tacos
Chips & Salsa

Thursday

Pork Roast
Roasted Potatoes & Carrots

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Oven-fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Green Beans

Sunday

On Your Own

Friday, January 09, 2015

Why are Pets Dying of Cancer?


These days, our dogs and cats seem to be dying of cancer and other previously assumed to be people diseases at an alarming rate. In fact, cancer is now the number one killer of canines older than six. The question is, why?

According to many holistic veterinarians, the cause could very well be vaccines. Many veterinarian records of pets with itchy skin and allergies suggest that vaccines - as early as the first puppy shots - triggered disease. 

In 1996, a group of 58 dogs with a deadly form of autoimmune disease,  immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), were studied. The common denominator in these cases is that every one of the dogs were immunized one month prior to the onset of the disease.

Now, we do know that people are often badly affected by immunizations. A case in point could be the large number of patients and their families citing very bad side effects from the HPV vaccine. People are also developing serious autoimmune diseases and cancer (which is also an autoimmune disease) at alarming rates, although we don't often hear about this in the mainstream news.

It has never been completely proven that the MMR vaccine causes autism, as far as those powers that be in the United States are concerned, yet there are those who hold firm to this belief, in this country and elsewhere. 

So, we can understand how vaccines can be dangerous in people and in animals. In animals, they might be even worse, as veterinary medicine tells us pet owners that it is important to vaccinate our pets each and every year. I question why this is necessary - surely a booster or two is enough, isn't it? Human beings don't vaccinate each and every year throughout our lives (except that flu vaccine that, I believe, is unnecessary and dangerous as well). We understand that this could be deadly. So why do we do it to our pets? 

Another cause of cancer in dogs and cats, which I believe is a HUGE one, is the current state of pet food and the GMOs contained in them. If you look at the ingredients in popular, and expensive, dog foods, you will find corn or other grains as the first ingredient, or somewhere close to the beginning of the list. Why? Because it is a cheap filler. Corn, wheat, and soy have been genetically modified since the 1990s. We are seeing what GMOs are doing to people, yet only a handful of folks are fighting back. Why aren't we all crying out to the government to require GMO labeling on ALL foods given to our people and animals?

Again, it's money that's talking.

Other than genetically modified ingredients, pet foods overwhelmingly contain other bad ingredients. By the way, so do an enormous amount of processed human foods. Check the packaging. But back to pet food, ingredients such as monosodium glutumate, food coloring, and preservatives abound within. Check out this list against your own pet's food labels. Are you feeding your cat or dog poison? Yikes!

The bottom line is that we are ignorantly causing our own pets disease and early death because of the foods and vaccines we innocently feed them. My West Highland White Terrier in the picture at the top of this post has had two rounds of the recommended vaccines. We can't legally get away with not getting rabies shots, but we will not be giving her the other shots as she ages. As for pet food, we look at the labels carefully. We feed her Taste of the Wild grain-free dog food. I am not pleased with every ingredient on the label. For instance, canola oil is one of the most genetically modified foods on our planet. 

I would buy holistic dog and cat food (we also have two cats) if I could afford it. I cannot, but I am determined to do the best I can to prevent not only my family, but my pets, from contracting and dying from cancer or other serious autoimmune diseases. It is up to us as responsible pet owners to care for our pets. When God put the first man, Adam, in the garden, He gave him the task of caring for creation. It was there for Adam to enjoy, but it was also there for him to tend. May we take that job seriously.

References:
  1. Falconer, DVM, W. (n.d.). Vaccination Safety. Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/vaccination-safety/
  2. Japan and the HPV Vaccine Controversy - AGE OF AUTISM. (n.d.). Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/04/japan-and-the-hpv-vaccine-controversy.html 
  3. Jordan, P. (n.d.). Cancer in our Pet Population. Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/cancer-in-our-pet-population/ 
  4. MMR Vaccine Caused Autism in Two Children According to Federal Vaccine Court. (2013, January 14). Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/mmr-vaccine-caused-autism-in-two-children-according-to-federal-vaccine-court/
  5. Pet Food Ingredients Revealed! (n.d.). Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_pet_food_ingredients_8.html
  6. Taste of the Wild. (n.d.). Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://tasteofthewildpetfood.com/products/ingredients/ 



Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Product Review: EC Technology® 7-color Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QT8WWGM 


 This week I had the privilege of using the new bluetooth, backlit keyboard by EC Technology®. Being new to bluetooth technology, I learned a few things along the way. I tested the keyboard using my Kindle Fire to watch a video by one of my favorite preachers, J. D. Farag. After learning that I had to change my bluetooth settings on the Kindle, I was up and running. 

Everything worked wonderfully and the ability to change the colors of the back-lighting was fun. What I love about the keyboard, however, is that it is fully functional and not some cheap toy. Granted, it is smaller than my laptop keyboard - the keys are closer together than those on the laptop - but that doesn't matter. I have small fingers. With the ability to use some of my favorite document applications on the Kindle, I am now able to type documents faster when using it. That's a plus for those older folks who didn't grow up with the electronics of today. No more hunting and pecking with one finger. I don't know about you, but I don't text with my thumbs; I grew up learning to type on a typewriter and was typing at 75 wpm in college. Keyboards are where it's at. And another benefit? It's quiet! I work in a library and sometimes I get really tired of hearing the click-click of people using the computers.

Another benefit of this keyboard is that it is, as I stated earlier in my review, bluetooth enabled. That means no messy cords to get in the way while using it. I really love this keyboard and look forward to using it for some time to come. 

*I received a product to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.*