Sunday, September 30, 2007

Evidence of God, by Steve Troxel - God's Daily Word Ministries

There are many people who remain just outside the gate of eternal life. They have heard the gospel message but are still not convinced of its absolute truth. They may concede that religion is "good," but they need much more evidence before being willing or able to commit their life.

Jesus said we must first follow before we will truly know; "If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own" (John 7:17). God has revealed Himself. He has called us to follow - to step out in faith - and to then receive a wonderful confirmation of His truth.

My own life is my greatest "sign" pointing to God. I've never seen the Red Sea part nor audibly heard God's voice in a burning bush - I've never seen water changed to wine, etc. But when I look back at the "mud and mire" (Psalm 40:2) from which I've been saved, I see an absolutely clear miracle. And as I walk with Jesus day in and day out...I KNOW!

God is calling us into a life of continual and passionate devotion. Let's begin to worship Him every moment of every day as we see His glory in the flowers, trees, and stars; as we hear His beauty in the songs of a bird and the cry of a baby. We're surrounded by an abundance of Spiritual signs - confirming signs that He is real! Let's step through the gate with full commitment and continue our walk in humble submission. Let's live to glorify His name and open our senses to the true evidence of God.

Have a Christ Centered Day!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Support Mom-Owned Businesses!

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This really is a treasure for parents and children alike! A locally owned business started by a creative and hard-working mom. Tiaras and Treasures offers delightful theme parties for children of all ages! Laura and Brooke take care of everything from the custom printed invitations, to the setup; organizing the games, activities, costumes, prizes, and clean-up! You (and your child) pick the theme and they create a dream come true event where the memories will last a lifetime. Best of all, it's reasonably priced!

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The attention to detail is incredible (imagine a room full of girls walking in to this beautiful dressing room)! Everything from the custom music, to the ceramic place settings, and the one-of-a-kind theme items are just magnificent. They offer so much it's hard to say enough to cover it! Check out Tiaras and Treasures and support a local mom-owned business! The website is:
www.tiarasandtreasuresparties.com

Friday, September 28, 2007

Cleveland Never Disappoints When It Comes To Family Fun

Fri. 9/28 The Cleveland Childrens' Museum has so much to offer. Check out the complete calendar for the remaining days of Sept and the upcoming calendar for October. http://www.clevelandchildrensmuseum.org/
september07.htm

Sat. 9/29 12 - 2PM Spin The Fishy Prize Wheel at Klaben Auto on Rt. 59 in Kent Ohio. Brooke Taylor will be there giving you a chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets to see Steven Curtis Chapjan live in concert on Oct. 7th at Akron Baptist Temple. Klaben...They're closer than you think!

Sun. 9/30 10AM The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Cleveland will have their annual "Parade Of Nations" and Federal naturalization of new US citizens. There will be music, dancing and food at no-cost for all, with no-cost parking and an event shuttle from Veterans Administration (Magnolia & East 105th parking lot). Open to the public. For more information visit http://www.universitycircle.org/content/
calendar/detail.asp?date=9/30/2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Joyce Meyer Conference was Magnificent!


Mom Squad Panel Member Paula, attended the Joyce Meyer Conference this past weekend in St. Louis, MO.

This years theme was I DARE YOU...Live Life with Passion and Purpose. It was an awesome time as 27,000 women worshipped together at the Edwards Jones Dome, with worship led by the group Delirious and special performances by musical guest, CeCe Winans. Bishop T.D. Jakes gave an inspirational speech Thursday evening. Joyce, as always, had a relevent, moving, inspiring message to share with us about finding our purpose and pursuing it with passion. She said that our purpose could be as simple as being a mom, a neighbor, a good worker but whereever we are in life, RIGHT NOW, is our purpose. God has us where we are for a reason, and we are to do whatever it is with passion and in a manner that will bring Glory to the Lord.

For more info or to order this year's conf. CD, go to www.joycemeyer.org. Also, mark your calendars now, for next year's All Women's Conference in St. Louis, Oct. 2-4. I am going to be there, hope you will be too!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Food Fit for Your Kidneys

You also know it as "Brain Food"...It's fish. That's right. The omega-3s in fatty fish (like salmon) not only help your heart stay healthy, but they seem to keep kidney cancer away, too. Women in a study who ate fatty fish on a fairly regular basis lowered their risk of kidney cancer by 44 percent. More and more health professionals are recommending that we lower our intake of red meat (which takes several days for our systems to digest) and increase our intake of fish. As Martha Stewart might say, 'Fish...It's a Good Thing!'

Favorite Beauty Products

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We are on the hunt for the best beauty products for moms! What do you swear by? What are your favorites? Chime in and let us know on The Mom Squad Forum (955TheFish.com) We love Rosebud Salve! Since 1892 this has been a favorite of celebrities, supermodels, and our grandma. For less than $5.00 it can do numerous things to make you sparkle!
Check out all it can do:

-Smooth Rosebud Salve on your lips to moisturize and give your lips the glossy, supple finish. Rosebud Salve enhances your natural lip color.
-Apply Rosebud Salve to eyebrows to tame an unruly brow line while also giving sheen.
-Rosebud Salve is great on fly-away or frizzy hair. Dab a small amount on the palms of your hands and apply sparingly to tresses.
-Apply Rosebud Salve lightly to the skin above the eye as a base for powdered eye shadow, and then add the desired colors you wish to dazzle your eyes with. The rich emollient properties of the Salve will help to hold that look all day.
-Want that dewy look that is so popular? Apply Rosebud under your blush and get compliments on your gorgeous glow.
-Rosebud Salve is perfect for travel as an eye make-up remover, cuticle softener, sunburn easer, dry skin healer, and frizzy fighter.
-At night, apply Rosebud Salve generously to rough hands and then cover with gloves for an overnight spa-like treatment. This works well for feet, too. Don’t forget knees and elbows!

Healing Uses
Rosebud Salve can be used to help:

Heal scrapes, burns, blemishes, and chapped skin.
Soften and repair cuticles.
Relieve hemorrhoids, diaper rash, psoriasis, alopecia, and dry scalp.
Treat itch associated with chemical burns on the scalp resulting from processing (bleaching and coloring) hair.
Ease skin irritations due to colds, windburn, sunburn, insect bites, and acne.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Do you know the sign of a good nights rest???

You are hungry in the morning! Here are some ideas for healthy breakfasts for at home or on the go.

Strawberries and low fat yogurt
Melon and low fat cottage cheese
Oatmeal topped with walnuts, berries or raisins
Cherry tomatoes and Avocado (Per John Tesh this is one of the best combos for vitamins and minerals.)
Hard boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and a slice of wheat toast
Peanut butter and banana sandwich in a whole grain pita
Apple slices and a mozzarella stick

Monday, September 24, 2007

Recipe Of The Week - Italian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 cup Wish-Bone Italian Dressing
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast cutlets
1 small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 3/4 pound)
1 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 1/2 pound)
Green leaf lettuce
1 package (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers packed in oil, drained
1 loaf peasant bread, sliced and grilled or broiled

Though you can marinate the chicken cutlets and veggies for up to three hours, the flavors develop quickly. That means you can get the marinade going and then light the grill, and dinner's almost done!

Directions:

In a large, shallow non-aluminum baking dish or plastic bag, pour 3/4 cup Wish-Bone Italian Dressing over chicken, eggplant and zucchini. Cover, or close bag, and marinate in refrigerator, turning occasionally, up to 3 hours. Refrigerate remaining dressing.

Remove chicken and vegetables from marinade, discarding marinade. Grill or broil chicken and vegetables, brushing with remaining 1/4 cup dressing, until chicken is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are tender, turning once.

To assemble sandwiches, layer lettuce, hot vegetables, cheese, hot chicken and roasted peppers on bread.

Credit: Wish-Bone
Servings: 4

Sunday, September 23, 2007

God's Will For Your Life Is Always Best

So pray and monitor your heart daily to avoid wandering from God’s wisdom.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Formulate a Family Exercise Routine for Those Winter Months

You may have heard that people tend to gain weight during the winter months as they are not able to be as active during this time. Of course, you could join a health club but in case you do not have time for that or if your budget will not permit, there are definitely other ways to stay active and have fun too. Here are a few ideas.

1. Go to your local library and check out a variety of workout videos (Aerobic, Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing) and use them regularly.
2. While at a Mall or in your favorite department or grocery story, do some power walking. Every lap adds up to calories burned.
3. Find an Office Building near by and take several jaunts up and down the stairwell; even better to do with family members or a few friends. No need for a stepper or eliptical machine.
4. Make a small investment and purchase resistance bands and a workout ball. These really help to tone and tighten.
5. Do you have cable television? There are numerous workout shows that will keep your heart pumping and nutritional segments that offer healthy recipes.

If you have had difficulty getting started with a healthier lifestyle or a workout routine, NO NEED TO WAIT FOR JANUARY 1...let the winter months be your genesis. Come Spring, remove that coat and present the fruit of your labor. You'll be all the rage and ready for the beach!!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Have A Great Weekend!

Sat. 9/22 2pm Seventh Annual Life Size Chess Game - Be A Human Chess Piece - Come and enjoy this Family Fun in a Medieval atmosphere at the Maple Heights Library, 5225 Library Lane. It is so much fun to see the game played in this way and it is a great photo opportunity. Be a Pawn, a Knight, etc. Preregistration in the Children's Area is required. For more info call (216) 475-5000.

Sun. 9/23 Noon - Church On The North Coast will have their grand opening service of their new eastside branch at The Embassy Suites Hotel, Park East Drive, Beachwood, Ohio. Come and bring the entire family for this wonderful experience. For more info, visit www.churchonthenorthcoast.com.

For more events and family fun, see the community, concerts and events tabs at www.955thefish.com.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Grief Comes At One Time Or Another To Everyone

And Grief can be derived from so many avenues, i.e. the loss of a loved one via death, suicide, divorce, a broken engagement, etc. Below are two books that can help us understand Grief, how to deal with it and move beyond it. Both books will help grownups but one particularly focuses on a the grief of a child.

How to Mend a Broken Heart by Dick Innes, Founder/Director of ACTS International and ACTS Communications is written for people who have suffered losses from various directions.

When a person's heart is breaking, the overwhelming grief can threaten, not only their present, but also their future happiness. This book, however, shows how to resolve grief and affirms that there is hope for healing after the loss of a love. Packed with solid, action-oriented guidance, How to Mend a Broken Heart is a personal first aid manual for healing the loss of any meaningful relationship.


Take My Hand ... Guiding Your Child Through Grief by Sharon Marshall

Your family is fragile in the midst of grieving the loss of a loved one. Yet there is one particularly vulnerable mourner you must not overlook: your child. Children don't understand death and are confused by their feelings and questions: What is heaven like? Did I cause my grandma to die? If I talk about it, will it make you sad too? And the ultimate question: Why?

Writing from her personal experience of parenting her preschooler through the grief of losing his baby brother and her years of working with high-risk youth traumatized by grief and loss, Sharon Marshall offers answers not only to your child's questions, but to yours, such as: Should I take my child to the viewing? Should my child see my tears? How do I answer my child's questions when they cause me, or others, pain?

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Cornerstone of Hope is a Christian Bereavement Counseling Center, located in Independence, Ohio. They offer grief support groups and individual counseling, all from a Christian perspective. There are currently 15 support groups running (suicide survivors groups, young widows groups, etc). www.cornerstoneofhope.org
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If you are experiencing a loss at this, may the Lord bless and keep you. And may you find strength and comfort in the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Make Mornings A Little Easier...

Now that we are a few weeks into school, I am noticing the children are not as excited to get up and get going as they were the first week. Here are a few tips that I saw in Parenting Magazine, as well as, a few of my own that may make mornings a little easier!

Open blinds or curtains. When the sunlight hits the eyes, it helps the brain know, 'It's Morning!'

Give your children a little body massage. This seems to wake up their muscles and gets them going a bit faster!

Start your Morning with a stretch. No need to leave the bed for these wake-up stretches:

a. The Bear Hug - Lie on your back, pull your knees up to your chest and wrap your arms around them. Hold for a moment and repeat. This really feels great!
b. The Cat - Up on all fours, stretch your arms out in front and sit on your heels. Lower your head and take a few deep breaths.
c. The Butterfly - Sitting, put the soles of your feet together, knees to side and bend to smell your toes...that'll wake anyone up (LOL)!!
d. Shoulder Shrug - Sitting, pull your shoulders up to your ears, hold and slowly release. Repeat. This helps to ease tension in neck and shoulders and can be repeated throughout the day as needed. Those spending the majority of their day sitting at a desk can really use this one.

Did you know that simply looking at the color red can increase your energy level? So, everyone wear red on those rough mornings!!

Did you know that if you wake up before the alarm goes off, it is better that you DO NOT go back to sleep? This can make you cranky! We sleep in 90-minute cycles, from a deep sleep into a light one and back again. So, if you doze off again, you could get jerked awake as you are entering a deeper sleep and this could make you cranky!

HAVE A HAPPY MORNING...EVERY MORNING!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Re-hydrate Your Skin In A Surprising Way!

Thanks Luann of Maple Hts., Ohio for sharing this tip.

Try bathing in green tea. Throw a couple of bags under the running water, the anti-oxidants will re-hydrate your skin. It's heaven!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Recipe Of The Week - Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Thanks Jasmine of Fairfax, VA for this tasty treat!

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
small dash of salt
1/2 cup sugar
5 TBSP. of poppy seeds
1 TBSP. grated lemon rind
3/4 c. skim milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 beaten egg
1 TBSP lemon juice
vegetable oil cooking spray
approx. 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine skim milk, vegetable oil, egg and 1 TBL lemon juice; add mixture to well in dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
Pour batter into an 8 ½ x4 ½ x3-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.
Combine powdered sugar and 1 ½ tsp lemon juice; drizzle glaze over bread

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Are You A Church Employee?

Your efforts are so appreciated. People may never know or understand the depths of all you are doing to help make sure every aspect of each church service runs smoothly. There are so many intricate details to attend to in order for a church service to happen and run smoothly; its truly amazing. But how is your personal relationship with Christ coming along? Are you spending quality time with Him? When was the last time you actually, and without interruption, attended the service or a Bible Study and really cleared your mind and allowed the music and the message to fill your heart? Don't get me wrong...I know you love the Lord. But, please don't let the business aspect of church pull on you so much, that your relationship with the One you are making all the effort for, suffers. On another note, if you are not volunteering in some aspect of church service, please pray for direction and do so. Your efforts may lighten the load of someone that may be carrying a bit too much. Serving others brings so much joy. You will truly be blessed.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Seasonal Preparations Can Be A Family Project

Depending on your living conditions, there can be so many things to do to prepare for the different seasons. The end of summer brings the covering of plants and garden areas, draining and covering of pools, refilling bird feeders, gathering fruit and nuts, changing furnace filters, and for some, changing screens in windows and doors to storm panels. My Mom always had the Spring/Summer...Fall/Winter drapes and curtains. Create a checklist and share it with your family. Inform them of your plans and allow them to assist you in the actual process. In the long run, it gives them a better appreciation for your efforts, for their home and helps them to understand the responsibilities that come with property upkeep. Including your children in household and yard duties is a learning process but at the same time, you are creating priceless memories.

Fun, Fun, Fun

125 Anniversary of The Cleveland Metropark Zoo, ZOObilee, Sat. 9/15, 10AM-7PM. In addition to the many wonderful exhibits at the Zoo, enjoy face painting, performances, make your own animal bank and see the Dinosaur Exhibit for the final time this year. Fish Personality, Len Howser will be there from 1 to 3! For a complete list of scheduled events go to www.clemetzoo.com

34th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival, Sat 9/15 10AM-7PM & Sun 9/16 10AM-6PM, Mapleside Farms, Brunswick, Ohio, sponsored by Kia. Come and enjoy this wonderful festival filled with family fun things, i.e. horsedrawn wagon rides, craft exhibits, various performances and lots of good food. Test drive a Kia and you might win one. www.mapleside.com

The 2007 Chalk Festival is Sat 9/15, 11AM-4PM and Sun 9/16 from Noon-5PM at Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard. The Chalk Festival is sponsored by CMA Community Arts Partner, Medical Mutual of Ohio. It is a featured event on the Sparx Gallery Hop, a Downtown Cleveland Alliance program. For more info call 216–707–2483 or go to www.clevelandart.org//educef/chalk/html/.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Now You're Speaking My Language


This wonderful book is written by Dr. Gary Chapman, internationally respected marriage and family life expert, minister and author of The Five Love Languages.

"Now You're Speaking My Language", is a book that helps develop honest communication and deeper intimacy for a stronger marriage. This book along with The Five Love Languages should be required reading for every married couple.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Aromatherapy Really Works!

There are so many candles, potpourris and perfumes on the market that offer wonderful, powerful scents that can fill a room in moments. Oils, however, are usually mild yet offer a very pure form of a natural plant. Here are a few oils that I have used and highly recommend. They can be purchased at various places, even ordered via a local pharmacy.

Lavender oil is usually associated with helping one to relax. It has a very calming affect and some say inhaling Lavender can relieve headaches.

Lemon oil is uplifting and promotes an anti-stress atmosphere which is why it is used often in cleaning products.

Eucalyptus oil is medicinal and a small amount of this mixed with honey makes a wonderful cough syrup. Inhaling Eucalyptus opens the sinuses and is found in cough drops, etc.

Peppermint oil is stimulating to the airways and is wonderful to use as a rub or in warm water as a soak, for tired feet.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Two Companies Provide Cooking Convenience


1. New Glad® SimplyCooking™ Microwave Steaming Bags. Crisp, tender vegetables without the pots and pans. www.glad.com

2. Ziploc® Brand Zip 'n Steam™ Microwave Steam Cooking Bags combine the taste and nutritional benefits of steam cooking with all the convenience of your microwave. www.ziploc.com

Cooking convenience without compromising taste and nutrition!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Recipe Of The Week - Penne & Broccoli

Thanks Pauline and Joe of North Carolina for sharing this wonderful recipe!

3 large bunches of fresh broccoli cut into florets (or trees as my girls used to call them)
1 lb. box penne pasta - you can use whole wheat or regular
1 bulb fresh garlic, peeled, leave the gloves whole
Olive oil
3 15 oz. cans of chicken broth
One stick of butter
Cooked chicken breast sliced (optional)

Steam broccoli florets until tender crisp, drain and set aside. Prepare Penne Pasta according to package directions.

In the same pan you used to prepare the broccoli add enough olive oil to cover the bottom, heat. Drop in whole garlic cloves and saute until light brown. Add cooked broccoli to garlic cloves, saute and season to taste (salt, pepper, onion salt). Add 3 cans of chicken broth to the garlic/broccoli mixture. Add one stick of butter. At this point you can add the cooked chicken breast if desired.

Mix the cooked pasta into the broccoli and toss. Serve with grated cheese on top. Add salad and fresh bread to complete the meal.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Words of Encouragement in Song

I know many of us praise the Lord for 95.5 The Fish, The Fish Radio personalities and the many Christian artists that bring us the Gospel/Good News. The music is so uplifting and the songs touch our hearts, by reminding us during difficult times that, "There's a Light at the end of this tunnel". It gets us going in the morning with words like "Dare you to move, dare you to move like today never happened before" and inspires us to spread the joy of the Lord and lift each other up with, "Say the words, say the words, say I love you". This music helps us to hide God's Word in our hearts so we can fight this spiritual warfare with verses like, "Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord". There are many times that The Fish music takes the stress out of the ride to and from work with soothing confirmations of praise such as, "Every time I get another glimpse of Your heart I realize its true that You are so marvelous God and I am so in love with You." It educates us by telling us "Confession is the road to healing. Forgiveness is the promise land" and teaches us to pour out our hearts with "Lord let me be a light for Your truth Light of the world I want to be used to shine for You".

As you listen, let's keep The Fish, and all Christian stations in prayer so the Lord will continue to help them in their efforts. God let's us know through this wonderful music inspired by His Word that "Down by the riverside, lay your burdens down and travel light...get your freedom now and travel light" because in Him we've got the "V-I-C-T-O-R-Y".

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Have You Taken A Walk With Your Children Lately?

The weather is just right for a family stroll As you walk, take a moment to point out the various trees and wildlife in your area. Gather leaves and nuts which are beginning to drop from the trees and identify which trees they come from. Take the time to look up at the clouds and ask each child what picture they think the clouds are forming. Encourage them to use their imaginations...you can get the ball rolling by offering your ideas. Children of all ages love to use binoculars. This is a wonderful time to do bird watching and identification. Birds nests and squirrel nests are plentiful. Have the children count the number of nests they find and keep an eye on them during the winter months. Many metropolitan parks have nature centers. Tour them for free, touch various animal skins and learn about composting, etc. There are fun things to do every season of the year.

Friday, September 07, 2007

A Great Weekend To Enjoy An Amusement Park!

Though the season is winding down, there is still time to take the entire family to an Amusement Park this weekend. Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, Ohio, www.cedarpoint.com once again, has been awarded the Best Amusement Park in the World for the 10th year in a row by Amusement Today magazine. Those living in or near the Greater Cleveland area can also enjoy the following:

Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom Amusement Park, www.geaugalake.com

Kennywood, www.kennywood.com

Memphis Kiddie Park, www.memphiskiddiepark.com

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Time-Saving Hints for Every Woman

Dear Mom Squad,

I got tired of picking up after my teenagers (ages 16, 18 and 19) so I bought 3 baskets and set them on a shelf in the living-room. I labeled them with their names. Now, whenever I find various things laying around the house (mail, letters, odds and ends) I simply put it in their basket. When they come looking for it I tell them to look in their basket.

Brenda
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THANKS BRENDA FOR THAT FANTASTIC TIP, WHICH LEADS RIGHT UP TO OUR BOOK FEATURE OF THE WEEK!


500 TimeSaving Hints for Every Woman, by Emilie Barnes. Every homeowner, bride, mom, and working woman longs to know the secrets to less mess and more time for the things that really matter. Here they are! Begin with a "to do" list and learn how to declutter your home---and your life; stop piling and start filing; clean efficiently and effectively; and lots more! 225 pages, softcover from Harvest.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A Bonefied Response From Bounce (P&G)

One of our listeners questioned a hint The Mom Squad panel received and posted regarding the use of Bounse sheets. We appreciated her inquiry and contacted Proctor & Gamble to gain some specific knowledge about the product. Here is their kind response...
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Bounce sheets have not been tested by us for use as an insect repellent and were not designed to be used on the skin. However, claims about our products causing cancer are completely false. The safety of our consumers is always our first priority. Our products have undergone extensive safety testing and have been proven safe and effective.

For a list of alternative uses we have tested and can recommend for Bounce, click on this link: http://www.bounceeverywhere.com/freshideas/
Thanks again for writing.
The Bounce Team

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

You Can Eat Healthy For Less....

Have you ever noticed that nutritious foods are more expensive than processed foods. Sometimes it may even discourage you from eating healthy but don't compromise your health. Here are a few helpful hints to help you stay on the healthy track:

1) Visit local Open Air/Farmers Markets (most open til Nov.) and buy the veggies and fruit in season. The produce is extremely affordable. Squash, bell peppers, carrots, etc. can be washed, sliced, bagged and put in the freezer so you can have these all year long. Next year you may want to start a garden of your own!
2) Watch for sales on frozen produce. Store brands are always cheaper.
3) Check out the weekly specials in the Seafood and Meat Departments. Buy in bulk. Again, wash, separate, season if you like and put into individual freezer bags to enjoy for months.
4) Use coupons for things you actual will use. If you have difficulty finding coupons, write to the companies and ask for some.
5) Visit bread outlets to get the best prices on whole grain breads and buns. As much as you can, avoid white flour, white pasta, white rice and foods high in sugar.
6) If you want to remove meat from your diet, soy products are good but for the absolute BEST taste and texture try products marked VEGAN.
7) Marc's has great prices on so many items like, Olive Oil, tomatoe sauce, tuna fish, nuts, etc.

Every step you take to improve your health pays off big time in the long run and it's never too late to start!

Recipe Of The Week - Nacho Surprise

Ground Turkey
Chopped Onion
Chopped Green Pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
Package of Shredded Cheese (Cheddar, Mexican Blend, etc.)
Salsa or Picante
Nacho Chips

Spray a skillet with cooking spray or coat lightly with oil. Saute meat, drain, add onion, green pepper, salt and pepper. Stir and give the flavors a moment to blend. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle the meat mixture with cheese and cover for a moment so the cheese can melt. Serve with Nacho Chips and Salsa/Picante. Go wild and add jalapenos, guacamole and/or sour cream. Finger food that is quick and delicious.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Food for Thought...Paying It Forward

Some of us know the concept of "Pay(ing)It Forward", from the movie titled same, released in 2000 starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment. But did you know the concept of Paying It Forward, (to repay the good deeds one has received by doing good deeds for other unrelated people) can be traced back to a letter Benjamin Franklin wrote to Benjamin Webb back in 1784? But let's look back even further, at the life of Jesus. He paid the ultimate price for all of us, in the deed of dying on the cross, and that deed has been paid forward for all generations as they accept Him as their Savior. We can never repay Him, but we can honor Him by following His example of showing love and kindness to others. When was the last time you did a good deed for someone? Want to take a short missions trip? Step right outside your own front door.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Come To Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, OH. It's a Family Affair!

It's a treat for the entire family. There is something to excite all of the 5 senses as you hear music from local bands, smell wonderful aromas coming from the various shops and taste delectables from some of the finest eateries in town including The Cheesecake Factory, The Melting Pot and Brio Tuscan Grille.

A must see is Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road | Lyndhurst, OH 44124 | 216-691-7000. www.josephbeth.com. Become a Joseph-Beth member and every dollar you spend will not only allow you to enjoy savings, it will also allow Joseph-Beth to contribute thousands of dollars to local charities and non-profit groups every year.
Membership Benefits & Rewards
· $25 Coupon for our Brontë Bistro.
· $10 Coupon for every $200 you spend in the bookstore.
· $10 Coupon for every $200 you spend in the bistro.
· 30% discount on Joseph-Beth hardcover bestsellers. 10% more than our standard discount!
· 30% discount on select new CD and DVD releases. 10% more than our standard discount!
· 20% discount on Staff Picks and Book Club picks. 10% more than our standard discount!
· A FREE breakfast, lunch or dinner entree in the bistro on your birthday.
· Exclusive member-only events and discounts throughout the year.
· Best of all, 1% of all your bookstore purchases will be donated back to one of the pre-selected Community Partners of your choice!
D1 - Cleveland Zoological Society
D2 - The Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland
D3 - The Cleveland Play House
Earning Rewards Never Felt So Good!