My initiation into the mom scene was a bit different than most. It wasn’t until after I had spent a few years helping to raise my step-kids that my son was born. I wasn’t going to be able to bond with these kids while changing diapers or teaching them their ABC’s or snuggling with them at bedtime. This was…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on April 16, 2013 at 2:01pm — No Comments
When I worked in our elementary school district, one of the most heartbreaking things I dealt with were the kids who came to school hungry. Our school didn’t offer a lunch program, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Our school didn’t have “cooking” equipment. We basically only had ovens to heat up processed…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on April 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Last week, I did a post about the child obesity epidemic in the United States. In that post, the first point I wanted to make is that food is fuel. When you realize that very fact, it becomes easier to make better choices. It’s all about how you view yourself.
If you could buy yourself a brand new car and money was not an option, what kind of car would it be? Visualize that car. Imagine yourself in the driver’s seat. Take in that “new car” smell – actually don’t…Continue
There has been a whole lot in the news lately about Kraft Foods and their boxed macaroni and cheese. And with good reason. Ever wonder what gives the product its golden, “cheesy” color? Artificial dyes my friend. I mean, come on. The “cheese” is a yellow powder that you mix with milk and butter.
But here’s the kicker. Several other countries have banned these artificial dyes and refused to sell any products containing them. So did that mean that these European boys and girls…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
If I were to ask the majority of people in my little community what they know about GMO, most of them would probably say “not much”. A few (sadly) would likely say “you mean the car company?” Sure, you chuckle but it’s true. Most people have no clue what a GMO is or why it would be important to them.
So, I decided to put something together for the average Joe that explains what a GMO is and why there’s so much in the news on this subject right now. They say “knowledge is power”,…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 21, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Most people I know are eager to welcome the approach of Spring and all that goes with it: opening the windows for fresh air, planting flowers, putting out the patio furniture. What most people are probably not thrilled about? Spring cleaning.
The idea of giving your house a good old fashioned…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 20, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
It’s no secret that obesity is a problem in the United States. And in spite of the fact that a hunger problem exists as well, our population as a whole eats more and moves less than the citizens of other countries. Sadly, it’s no longer just affecting adults, but children as well. Even though medicine has made huge strides and people, on average, are living longer, it has been said that today’s generation of children and teenagers may not live as long as their parents will. So,…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
If you read my post last Monday, which you can access here, you know that cooking was never my favorite household chore. It always ranked right up there with ironing and scrubbing the toilet bowl. But the family has to eat, am I right?
Actually, it wasn’t the cooking part that I had an aversion to, nor was it wondering what to make. I have tons of great cookbooks and recipes that have been handed down over the years so culinary ideas are not the issue. It wasn’t even the cleanup…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 18, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The dilemma is probably as old as motherhood itself. How DO you get your kids to eat their vegetables? When I was a kid, I remember hating a LOT of things my mom put on my plate: beets, apple sauce, mustard, spinach, radishes (still not a fan – sorry Mom) and a bunch of other things. I always felt like they were on my plate to punish me for something I had done wrong.
As years went by, my taste buds matured and I developed a liking for everything on this list – except for…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 13, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Leave it to Hollywood to have its finger on the pulse of what’s popular in America. Usually, if there is a new “movement”, celebs jump right on the bandwagon because they know it will keep them popular and relevant. So, I decided to do a little research to see if there were any Hollywood types who really took…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 6, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Cell phones have become a way of life and more and more I see them in the hands of youngsters. Many families no longer have a house phone (mine included) because everyone is reachable via cell. Have you ever seen that commercial where everyone is fighting over the minutes in the data plan? It goes something like…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
I know that my son gets plenty of vitamins because he takes a fantastic supplement and I “hide” vegetables and fruits in just about everything (might have to do a post about that). But when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state, it’s all about the “dip”.
He doesn’t like apple slices unless there is peanut butter involved. Forget about carrots if there is no ranch dressing. Salad? Better have some raspberry vinaigrette. I should be glad, I know but I…Continue
Every New Year, thousands of people (if not more) make the resolution to get fit. They sign up for gym memberships, buy workout DVD’s, and order the latest and greatest gadget from a slick infomercial on TV. And usually about this time of year, several weeks in, a large majority of these same people let the…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 25, 2013 at 12:58pm — No Comments
I have a confession to make. Cooking is not one of my favorite things to do. In fact, I really kind of hate it. OK, maybe hate is a bit strong. I mean, it’s not as bad as scrubbing the shower floor or putting clean sheets back on the beds (raise your hand if you hate dealing with fitted sheets). But those…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 21, 2013 at 1:51pm — No Comments
a. had a lunch
b. ate that lunch
c. kept their “inside voices”
d. kept their hands to themselves; and
e. (my least…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 11, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments
When I was growing up, most people I knew must have had pretty good vision. I say that because contact lenses weren’t the norm like they are today. If a person couldn’t see well, that person wore glasses. And most of the people I knew didn’t.
Sure, my grandparents wore glasses, as did the lady at the front desk of our library, and probably a couple of…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 8, 2013 at 11:10am — No Comments
One of the things I miss most about working in a first grade classroom is the arts and crafts projects. There’s nothing quite like a child’s piece of artwork to bring a smile to the face of a teacher or parent. Whether we were celebrating a holiday like Halloween or Christmas or creating a memorable display for Veteran’s Day or President’s Day, arts and crafts creations were wildly popular with the kids. We traced, colored, cut and glued our way through the entire school year and had a…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 6, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments
When I was a little girl in Pittsburgh, jumping rope was one of my favorite things to do outside, aside from riding my bicycle. If I wasn’t allowed to leave the yard, I could jump rope. If nobody was allowed to come outside and play, I could jump rope. It was easy and it was cheap.
During recess, there were several girls who had perfected the art of “double dutch” jumping. This involved 2 girls, each holding the end of a jump rope in each hand, and at least 1 (sometimes 2) girls…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 4, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments
If you’re the parent of a child in elementary school, you are likely very familiar with the concept of the “classroom party”. As a mom of three, I spent many years helping to plan and organize these festive events for squirming, giggling kids. And I loved every single minute of it!
And then after my kids…Continue
I absolutely LOVE my local Whole Foods Store (if you can call an hour’s drive one way local). When you walk in the door, you are met with a HUGE produce section that looks alive. It’s almost like a giant piece of artwork. So many different colors, different textures, and different smells are just waiting for me…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on January 30, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments