Looking for your opinions please by Heather Ledeboer | 8 Comments

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Surprize Me!

Hey mamas,

I was approached by a company recently with a Yoga DVD for children to consider for Mom 4 Life.  They sent me a sample to review.  I had never had any direct experience with Yoga before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The DVD is set up like a safari though the Australian outback and all the yoga moves are "animal" related and they are learning about the animals and Australia along the way.  I thought it was well done overall and my son really liked it.  Can you give me your feedback on this product?  Do you feel it would be a good fit for Mom 4 Life and give me your reasoning?  Before viewing it I had a few hesitations about offering a Yoga product but after seeing it I feel pretty comfortable with it.  I would like your feedback as well however.  Thanks!  You can see the product here www.yogainspirations.com.

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Monday, December 10, 2007

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Mommy: Monster Slayer | 3 Comments

By kristinabjornbak | Category: It Worked 4 Me

My three-year-old son never considered the idea of monsters until watching an episode of PBS’ Curious George.  After getting lost in a cave, George is afraid of monsters.  The Man in the Yellow hat sets out to prove to George that there are no monsters.  Well, the Man’s lesson may have taught George about the nature of reality, but all my little guy heard was "monster, monster, monster."

Time and time again I’ve told my son that monsters aren’t real.  He didn’t believe me.  One day, an older member of our extended family told him that monsters are more afraid of him than he is of them.  Was she crazy?  I was trying to convince him that monsters aren’t real, and she was acting like they were!

Weeks later, my son still maintained that monsters are real, no matter how many times I contradicted him.  I recalled an article that I read several months before, stating that no matter how silly a child’s fears are to you, they are very real to the child.  Perhaps that family member was on to something after all.  So, I searched my jewelry box and came up with an old anklet that I never wear anymore, and hung it up in his room, and came up with a little story.

"Now, when monsters come in, they’ll see this and say ‘Owen has a mommy!  We can’t stay here!’ and they’ll run away."

The monsters have not bothered him since.  He’s sure that my little anklet scares away any of those scary creatures that may find their way into his room.

If your little one is afraid of "things that go bump in the night," and you are having trouble convincing them that they are safe, try this.  After all, nothing is more scary to a monster than a mommy. 

Do you have any other ideas for getting rid of monsters you can share?

Posted Monday, December 10, 2007

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Motherhood and Politics with TodaysMama | Leave a comment

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Hot New Finds

Tm_logo With the 2008 Presidential election already looming large, the team at TodaysMama.com is busy hunting down relevant information and resources to help you stay on top of the never ending media storm in one handy place.  The Mama Vote section of their site features article links, interviews, blog listings and more all centered on a monthly theme – topical concerns for every family and mother across the country.  Visit each Monday for the latest and greatest in the world of motherhood and politics.

Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Monday, December 10, 2007

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Drink your Eggnog and Eat Christmas Cookies Without the Guilt | Leave a comment

By jennylee | Category: Recipes & Kitchen Tips

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As the holidays are right around the corner,  I have compiled and would like to share a few of your favorite holiday Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza recipes that are still delicious in taste and tradition but lower in calories and fat.  I would like for you to share your own low fat recipe holiday recipes with all my readers by dropping an email to me or posting a comment below.   ENJOY!

Jenny Lee – Inventor of Bee- Z Snack Shop

LOW FAT EGGNOG

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 egg
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups fat free milk
1 1/2 cups fat free half-and-half
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup rum or brandy (optional)
freshly grated nutmeg to garnish

PREPARATION:
Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add egg and egg whites, and beat with a mixer for 3-4 minutes.
Gently heat fat free milk in a large saucepan. Gradually stir egg mixture into the hot milk.
Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in vanilla extract and remove from heat.
Let the milk and egg mixture cool a little before blending with fat-free half-and-half milk. Cover and chill in the refrigerator. Before serving, add rum or brandy if desired and sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg on top.

LOW FAT GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/3 cup dark molasses
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves

PREPARATION:
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add egg and molasses and mix well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well.
Divide dough in two; cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness. Cut gingerbread men with a cookie cutter. Add candies or raisins to decorate. Place 1-2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Add frosting or more decorations when cool. Makes 30 cookies.


CHRISTMAS TURKEY

To reduce your fat intake, be sure to remove the skin before eating the meat.

INGREDIENTS:
1 12-14-pound turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
1 lemon, halved
1 tbsp olive oil
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 sprigs fresh thyme
6 sprigs fresh sage
Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Remove giblets and neck from inside the turkey and reserve to make stock if you wish.
Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water. Pat dry with kitchen paper.
Place onion, half a lemon and 4 sprigs of each herb inside the bird’s cavity.
Secure legs with kitchen string. Place turkey breast side up on roasting rack in pan. Squeeze lemon half into a small bowl. Brush bird with lemon juice and olive oil, and add salt and pepper.
Place in oven and roast for 15 minutes at 425 degrees for an initial blast of heat.
Reduce heat to 325 degrees. Baste turkey frequently with pan juices plus lemon and oil, and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees – about 3 to 3 3/4 hours.
Remove turkey from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer to a warm platter and garnish with remaining herbs.

LOW FAT CHANUKAH  POTATOE LATKES

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes
1 medium onion
1/4 cup flour
2 egg whites
Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel, cut and shred potatoes and onion, using either a grater or a food processor.
Place a large cookie sheet in hot oven.
Empty shredded potatoes and onion into a colander and squeeze out as much excess moisture as you can.
Transfer potato and onion mixture to a large bowl. Add flour, egg whites and black pepper, and combine well with a fork.
Remove cookie sheet from oven. Coat with nonstick cooking spray
Form 2-2 1/2-inch flattened rounds with the potato mixture and place on hot cookie sheet.
Return cookie sheet to oven and cook for 7-8 minutes each side, until crisp and golden.

COLLARD RED AND GREEN BEANS

INGREDIENTS:
1 tbs olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 bunch fresh collard greens, stemmed chopped
2 tbs cider vinegar
2 tbs water
½ tsp
Tabasco
1 ½ cups canned kidney beans
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat; add the garlic; cook until fragrant, 1 minute; add the greens, vinegar, water and hot sauce; cook, stirring often, until greens slightly soften, about 5 minutes.
Cover; cook 5 more minutes.
Add the beans with 1/2 cup of the beans cooking liquid (if using canned beans, use water), cover; cook until the collards are tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in salt, pepper and more hot sauce to taste.

Posted Sunday, December 9, 2007

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Checking in on a past winner by Heather Ledeboer | 1 Comment

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Surprize Me!

Ramybriggs Remember our great month of giveaways in October?  Amy,(she won the photo contest during week one) recently sent me two photos of her kids wearing a few of the items she won (Canddesigns Customizable shirts and a shirt by Skye_and_sydneyHonestBaby), check out how cute they are!  I would love to see more photos from winners so send them in:)!

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Heather Ledeboer

I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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Posted Friday, December 7, 2007

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