Three Movies You Should Watch and Why

Friday, March 30, 2012

If you know me you probably know that I am obsessed with health and nutrition. I know that not every person out there cares as much as I do about nutrition, but I believe that everyone should know what they are eating and why! These three documentaries are eye opening as to how our bodies turn food into fuel and how you can cure so many of the common ailments with the way that you eat!

First Up,

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is a documentary about Australian Joe Cross, Joe is overweight and struggling with a rare auto immune disease. He decides to try something different to treat his disease and embarks on a 60 day juice fast. His results are nothing short of remarkable. If you like to see the amazing transformations on The Biggest Loser you will love this movie! Obviously we are a bit biased toward this movie since we already love juicing but it is definitely a must watch for anyone who eats :)

Second on the must see list,
If you have anyone in your family who has had cancer or heart disease you should watch Forks Over Knives. The facts and research in this movie is astounding. Forks Over Knives is based on The China Study and I really want to read that book soon! Forks Over Knives promotes a whole foods plant based diet, while we are not vegan this movie has really resolved us to cut down on the animal products that are in our diet.

I will be honest, Food Inc. is really hard to watch. The cruelty shown to animals in factory farms is revolting. This documentary is extremely eye opening to how political the food industry is. If you don't currently strive to eat mainly organic foods this movie will open your eyes as to why local and organic food is important.

I hope that you take the time to watch these movies! Let me know what you think of them when you do!

Spring Break 2012- Arizona!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

We had a great vacation to Arizona for Brian's spring break! This trip was exactly what we needed. We didn't do anything other than relax, read, and hang out as a family!

We were starved for sunshine before arriving in Arizona! Thankfully Arizona recharged our faith that there is indeed a sun! :) {Washingtonians will understand that one!}
Kenley absolutely loved playing outside in her kiddie pool!

Claire not so much. She wouldn't even put both feet in the water. Every time we tried to get her in she would stand like a flamingo and scream bloody murder. She is NOT our brave or daring child.
Dinner out...
Snuggling with Daddy....
This was Claire's spot on the patio. She wasn't happy outside unless she was eating :)

Afternoon Ice Cream Sandwiches....

Attempts at a family picture....
2 out of 4 looking....
Cheesy Daddy making popcorn....
Did you know that scorpions glow under a black light? It is crazy!!! God's creation is ever amazing!
We had fresh orange juice every morning and it was so delicious! We miss it so much now that we are home!

Our completed reading... Can you guess who read what? :)

We couldn't have asked for a better trip!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's settled, I want an orange tree!

The first of probably many trips

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Brian had to run Kenley to the doctor to have a piece of dog food removed from her nose today. Nice! Haha


Monday, March 12, 2012

It seems as though I am only capable of taking pictures with my phone lately. Here are a few of my favorites:

Papa Bob and Granny Brenda were kind enough to watch the girls so that Brian and I could go to a concert for his music class. When we came to pick them up sweet CLo was totally passed out in Papa Bob's arms.
On a rare trip to Trader Joe's with just Kenley, I let her bring her purse and baby into the store. Everyone who walked past told me how cute she looked. She is such a good "Mommy"!

When you are the little sister sometimes you have to put up with a lot..... Like your sister jumping like a crazy person on the mini trampoline while you are obviously trying to sit on it by yourself :)
I highly recommend Crayola bath tub crayons! Kenley loves them! Here she is with her "whales".
One day Kenley and I were Face Timing with Brian in the kitchen and I realized that Claire was being super quiet in the living room so I rushed in to see what she was getting into. Turns out she had fallen asleep on the floor! She looked so sweet that I didn't want to disturb her so Kenley put a blanket over her and gave her a toy to snuggle with.

Great Afternoon!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Look who I got to hang out with!! Stephanie was here on a business trip so we got to hang out and have lunch today! Love you Steph!!

Claire's 2nd Trim


Saturday, March 3, 2012

No-Chicken Broth

I really liked the flavor of the No-Chicken broth that I was buying at the store but since it can run up to $4.50 per box, I decided to make my own!
No Chicken Broth

  • About 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion Roughly Chopped
  • 4 Carrots Roughly Chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks Roughly Chopped
  • 8 Cups of Water
  • Approx. 1 tsp of Dried Parsley, Oregano, Dill, and Rosemary
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Add oil and onion to a large stock pot over medium heat and saute until caramelized.
  2. Once onion is caramelized add remaining ingredients to the pot.
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 45 minutes
  5. Strain stock with a fine mesh strainer
  6. Enjoy however you would use broth or stock. Keep in the fridge if using soon or freeze it for later use!

Oatmeal For Breakfast

Friday, March 2, 2012

I am a firm believer in feeding the girls a warm breakfast every morning. Our typical breakfast rotation features Spelt Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, and Oatmeal. The only problem with oatmeal is that it takes about 10 minutes to prepare on the stove top and another 10 minutes to be cool enough for the girls to eat. I was using a few ice cubes to cool off the oatmeal but that left the oats a little too runny for Claire to feed to herself (and not make a total mess)! In an effort to get thick oatmeal into the girls bellies a bit faster I came up with these Oat-sicles!
I made an extra big batch of oatmeal one morning and then placed spoonfuls of the oatmeal onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and placed it in the freezer for a few hours and then transferred the oat-sicles into a ziploc bag to keep in the freezer!
Now I just place an oat-sicle or two in the girls bowls and pour the hot oats over the top! Perfect temperature oats in no time!!

Claire eats her oatmeal plain but Kenley and I love it with a spoonful of nut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup! Enjoy!

February Recap and March Goals

Thursday, March 1, 2012

For some reason all my memories of February just seem like a blur! I can barely remember what happened in the beginning of the month! I guess that means that life has been full! February wasn't a very productive month at all. March probably won't be too productive either since we will be going on vacation! Sunshine and warmth here we come!!!

Keri's February Goals

- Read the book of Esther everyday- Fail. I missed a day halfway through and then decided to switch to Jonah. It is hard to reread the same story every day and still pay attention to it. I didn't really have this problem when I was reading the epistles every day. I love the book of Esther though! The book of Jonah seems so unfinished to me! I have been pondering what Jonah chapter 5 would have said.
- Run at least once a week. February has been so crazy and honestly I just failed to make time for this.
- Make my half marathon training plan- Success! I planned it all out last night and I am super happy with the plan that I made!
- 3 trips to the Children's Museum. Fail. We only went twice.
- Finish painting the bathroom. Big Fat Fail
- Decide on a paint color for our bedroom. Big Fat Fail. But I think I am leaning toward a super light gray. Shocker right? :)
- Celebrate my 25th Birthday! I may very well make myself a cake! :) Success! I didn't make myself a cake but my wonderful mother in law brought me over an eclair! I had a really great birthday!
- Do at least 1 load of laundry 5 days a week. I think this was a success, I don't really remember since this month seems like a blur but I am pretty sure that I stayed more on top of it.
- Date with the Hubs. Success! I think that we went on 3 dates!!
- Be more consistent with Kenley (discipline, potty training, paci removal, etc.) Success. Kind of, consistency is always a process. We have had a lot more discipline issues lately so I have had to stay on top of that. Potty training is going great though! Paci Removal is scheduled for March. We are going to Arizona and the paci's aren't coming back home with us.
- Be more consistent with Claire (She has been starting to throw food and pitch fits, so its time to start some discipline). Success, but again, consistency is a process.
- Stick to the Allocated Spending Plan! We did not do very well at this, but our Jeep should sell this month so that we can be debt free (except that pesky NC house)!

March Goals

- Read through the book of Proverbs thoroughly
- No (processed) Sugar. Amy and I are at it again! (Maple Syrup, Honey, and Stevia are acceptable)
- Run 35 miles- I've learned that I do great with mileage goals rather than just running to run.
- Work on table manners with Kenley- We are trying to transition her from high chair to chair but she is so fidgety and wants to get up and down all the time and then doesn't really eat anything. That's not okay so we need lots of work in this area.
- Stay on top of the laundry
- Take away the girls paci's. Yikes. As I said before, the paci's won't be returning home with us from our vacation. I think we just have to rip off the band aid :)

That is it this month! What are your goals for March?