Thursday, February 28, 2008

This is Cold & Flu Season...Helpful Hints

Some people are gung ho about getting a flu shot every season but whether you do or not, here are some helpful hints from Associated Content to help ward off colds and flu:

1. Lay off the sugar. Current wisdom has it that sugar may compromise your body’s immune system.
2. Get plenty Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important to help our body ward off the cold and flu viruses. Good ways to get Vitamin C in foods is to eat bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, kiwi and of course, citrus fruits and juices. Smoking depletes Vitamin C in your system so this is just one more reason to try to eliminate that habit.
3. Blueberries are sometimes called natural aspirin, since they have the ability to lower fevers and relieve aches and pains associated with cold and flu.
4. Vitamin E is great. Find it naturally in avocados, sunflower seeds, nuts and nut butters, olive and canola oil, and sweet potatoes. It is a potent way to improve your body’s immune system.
5. Zinc is another weapon the body uses to fight off viruses. You can increase your intake of zinc by eating such things as poultry, eggs, whole grains, leafy vegetables, and prunes.

In general, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, wash hands frequently, exercise regularly and manage your stress level.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Modest Mama


Finally! Swimsuits that are functional, flattering, and fashionable! The latest trend is a swim dress; and I for one, think it's long overdue. This year you will find plenty of choices if you want a modest look. Now, we can take that trip to the dressing room with a skip in our step, it's about time!

For some good choices, check out the styles at Newport News.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Southwest Salsa Pizza

1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro or parsley, divided (just by the bunch, rinse it, and either snip or pull off the leaves)
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
salt and pepper to taste
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced

1. Preheat oven to 350. Unroll crescent dough and divide into 8 triangles. On a pizza stone or whatever, arrange triangles in a circle with points in the center and wide ends toward the outside. Roll out dough to a 12 inch circle, pressing seams together to seal (i just do all of this with my fingers) Bake 12-15 min. or until light golden brown. - it will still be soft. Remove from oven and cool completely.

2. In a bowl combine cream cheese, garlic and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro and mix well. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over top of crust.

3. Combine tomatoes, bell pepper and red onion in a bowl. Stir in remaining cilantro and season to taste with salt ad pepper. Spoon salsa mixture over cream cheese mixture. Arrange avocado over top of pizza.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


A group of professionals posed the question, "What does love mean?" to a room of 4-8 year olds. Here are a few of their thoughts.

Since my grandmother got arthritis, she can't bend over to paint her toenails so my grandfather does it for her, even though his hands have arthritis.
Rebecca- age 8

Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you anything.
Chrissy - age 6

Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.
Terri - age 4

Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure it tastes good.
Danny - age 7

Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.
Noelle - age 7

Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.
Elaine - age 5

Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.
Mary Ann - age 4

I would say these children know love is giving, kind and unselfish. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Spring Clean Your Spirit

Today is Ash Wednesday. 40 days before Easter and the start of Lent. It is a time of repentance and a time of renewal. Spring will be here before you know it and before you jump into spring cleaning why not consider the meaning of Ash Wednesday and do some Spiritual house cleaning.

1) Cleanse Your Heart - Get Spiritually Healthy:
The Bible encourages us to draw close to God and allow our hearts and bodies to be cleansed. This is the first step in our cleaning project. We can't clean ourselves. Instead we must draw near to God and ask Him to do the cleansing.

2) Deep Clean Inside and Out: Clean Out Your Mouth
Spiritual cleansing requires deep cleaning -- it is housekeeping that goes beyond what others see and hear. It's a cleansing from within -- inside and out. As your heart gets clean, your language should follow. This is not just talking about bad language, but also negative talk and pessimistic thoughts that contradict the Word of God and faith. This includes the challenge to stop complaining.

3) Take Out the Garbage: Renew Your Mind -
This is one of the biggest areas of struggle for most of us -- removing the garbage from our minds. Garbage in equals garbage out. We must feed our minds and spirits the Word of God instead of the garbage of this world.

4) Clean Out Your Spiritual Closets: Repent from Hidden Sin -
Hidden sin will destroy your life, your peace, and even your health. The Bible says to confess your sin - tell someone, and reach out for help. When your spiritual closets are clean, the heaviness from hidden sin will lift.

5) Get Rid of Old Baggage Release Unforgiveness and Bitterness -:
Any sin will weigh you down, but long kept unforgiveness and bitterness is like old baggage in the attic you just can't seem to part with. You are so familiar with it, you don't even realize how it is hindering your life.

6) Let the Son Shine In Involve Jesus in Your Daily Life -:
God wants to be involved in the big and small moments of your life. Open your life, let the light of God's presence shine into every part, and you'll have no need for a yearly spiritual cleaning. Instead experience daily, moment to moment refreshing of your spirit.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Awesome Applebee's!

The Mom Squad excited to announce our partnership with Applebee's! As a sponsor they have stepped up and are offering $5 off a "Carside to Go" order if you sign up for the Mom Squad here:

To celebrate, we had lunch at Applebee's in Montrose. We picked our favorite selections from the Weight Watchers menu and enjoyed the fantastic service! Here is a little recap. Thank you Applebee's!