Thursday, May 21, 2015

Let's Get Real Friday Party # 91

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! I encourage you to take a few moments just for you.  Grab a comfortable spot to sit and enjoy getting to know some of the best bloggers I know.



Let's Get Real Friday Party


** Special Note: If you are a blogger looking for an active sharing group, we have the group for you. The Let's Get Real Facebook group has daily follow threads, support, and friendship. Come on over and join us.**



Let's Get Real Hosts




Nicole: Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google +/Instagram
Nicky:Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Gaye:Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Heather:Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+


 




I'm not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.


1. Follow all your hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.

 2. Please don't link and run! Follow and comment on at least three (3) other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let's show them some love!


3. Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.


http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com


We will be pinning our favorites!!

My Let's Get Real Featured blogger this week is:
(Drum Roll Please!)

Redo It Yourself Inspirations
I fell in love with this Star Spangled Banner Flag trunk and fell in love right away.  It's such a wonderful piece and really shows how you can remake old items into prized possessions.  It just takes a little imagination and elbow grease.



Redo It Yourself Inspirations






Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Family Dinner Conversation Starters: Sports and Activities

Last week I shared one of my favorite ways to get my family talking at the dinner tableRoses and Thorns is a great method to use to connect with your family and find out what is going on in their lives.  I have found that when I come home after a long day at work, it is easy to throw dinner on the table, gobble it down, and then quickly excuse the children to do whatever it is that they want to do.  Although it makes my life "easier" I prefer to have more of a connection with my family.  They are some pretty cool people and I enjoy their company. Having a close relationship with them is important to me.

Read on if you would like to work on a closer connection with your family simply by using the "magic" that is the dinner table.   




I've noticed that my kids love to talk if given the opportunity.  It takes practice and I have to be intentional about encouraging them to talk, but they will talk.....even the teenager.  And watch out.............when they get started the fun really begins.

Intentional conversation prompts are a great way to get the conversation started.  I know that we all send our children to lots and lots of sports practices and other after-school activities.  That's what we super-moms do these days, right?  Since I sit and watch their practices, I really felt like I was doing my part to be involved in their lives.  However, I recently realized that I had no idea how they felt about their practices or activities.  Hopes, dreams, and fears were all being ignored because I was able to sit and watch. 
 


Dinner is a great time to explore these subjects with our children.   Ask them “How do you feel you are performing?”.  Ask them “Do you need any additional equipment, extra practice, or questions answered?”. Ask them “What is your favorite part of the activity and least favorite part of the activity?” You might be surprised at what comes out of these conversations.  I know I have been surprised many times.  One example..........my daughter was playing hardball on a team with her little brother.  They loved to play together and she was always smiling.  It's true.  She loves the sport.  However, one dinner conversation I found out that she would actually prefer to play with other girls.  We switched her to softball and she has since declared that softball is one of her favorite activities.  She is proud to be a "girl jock." Without asking her.........all I knew was that she liked to play sports. 

A few intentional prompts can really be the difference between a meal eaten and a family dinner that brings your family closer together.  It's not difficult at all.  Be intentional and let the conversation flow.   

What is your favorite way to get the conversation going at the dinner table?  Have you ever been surprised about what comes out of these conversations?  Do you find that certain meals are easier than others to get the conversation going?


If you are looking for help in making the transition to eating more real food, you should check out the Real Food Experience posts. You can get started at the beginning or jump around the challenges. You can find a complete round-up of the program here. Each week's challenge is full of terrific advice to help you transition from fast and processed food to a real food diet. Changes that will help you to live a healthy lifestyle and have the energy to keep up with your busy schedule. I would also love for you to join me on social media. You can find me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram on a regular basis. Leave me a comment and let me know you are there. I love to visit with my readers. Yes, I'm a real person.





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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Food Revolution Day 2015 - Get Involved!

Food Revolution Day is here! Jamie Oliver and I share a passion "to create a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again, and empower people everywhere to fight obesity."  Jamie's childhood obesity statistic blows my mind.  "42 Million children, under the age of five are either overweight or obese."  "Kids as young as eight years old are being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. (it used to be a disease for people over 40yrs of age)."  It's crazy.  Kids should be running, playing, and enjoying life.  They shouldn't have to be worrying about a diet-related illness.

 
Food Revolution Day

I invite you to join the Food Revolution!  You can make a difference in your home and your community.  Here is how...............

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day

1.  Class, School, or Scouting Program involvement:  Check out the FRD (Food Revolution Day) website for everything you need to get your group involved.  There are lots of great downloadable resources including recipes and certificates.  Everything you need to create an event for your group.

Girl Scouts participating in Food Revolution Day

2.  Virtual Food Revolution Day event sponsored by Juggling Real Food and Real Life:  I encourage you to share your healthy-eating tips and pictures of what you are eating on my Facebook page.  I would love to see your little ones" lunches, what you send to school in the lunchbox, healthy breakfasts, and healthy dinners. I will keep this open all weekend. Just post your pictures and tips to my wall and I will share them.  Let's encourage others to eat healthy on Food Revolution Day and all year long.  If you are on Twitter make sure you use #FoodRevolutionDay and share your pictures.  You can use the same hashtag on Instagram and we can see your pictures there.


Real Food Lunch Box

3.  Talk to your children and grandchildren: Use the materials you find on the FRD website and make the Squash It sandwich at home.  Talk with them about why eating healthy foods is so important.  You are still the biggest influence in your child's life.  Teach them what a healthy lifestyle looks like.  Enjoy cooking and chatting as you prepare meals together.  Some of my favorite memories of my kids' childhood will certainly be cooking together......dropped egg messes and all.

Fun egg messes. This is learning.

4. Sign the Petition:  If you haven't already signed Jamie Oliver's petition, I encourage you to do so.  Make your voice heard and let everyone know that food education is important.  Join the over 1 Million people from around the world who have signed this important Food Revolution Day petition.  Sign it.  Share it.  Hear more about the petition straight from Jamie here.

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day


Are you participating in Food Revolution Day events?  Do you feel there should be food education in schools?  What would you like to see food education look like?  Do you remember home ec classes?


Get involved in Food Revolution Day this year and then check back here at Juggling Real Food and Real Life for lots of resources to keep you on track for the entire year.


If you are looking for help in making the transition to eating more real food, you should check out the Real Food Experience posts. You can get get started at the beginning or jump around the challenges. You can find a complete round-up of the program here. Each week's challenge is full of terrific advice to help you transition from fast and processed food to a real food diet. Changes that will help you to live a healthy lifestyle and have the energy to keep up with your busy schedule. I would also love for you to join me on social media. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on a regular basis. Leave me a comment and let me know you are there. I love to visit with my readers. Yes, I'm a real person.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Family Dinner Conversation Starters: Roses and Thorns

I'm sure you have heard plenty of times about how important it is to gather your family around the dinner table and have a meal together.  My experience is that when I cook a meal, we are more likely to eat together.  It really doesn't matter what the meal is.......even simple meals bring us together around the dinner table.

Family Dinner Conversation Starters Roses and Thorns


Once I got the kids to the table, I waited for the "magic" to happen. We were supposed to be healthier and have a deeper connection because we ate dinner together, right?  Umm........It doesn't just happen just by eating together at the same table.  You actually have to put some effort into creating that deeper connection.  You need to get them talking in addition to eating. One of the best ways to get the kids talking that I have found is called, "Roses and Thorns." 
 

Roses and Thorns is an idea that I got from Michelle Obama.  I read an article where she discussed that she liked to ask the "Roses and Thorns" questions at her dinner table.  I figured if it was good enough for the President of the United States and his family, then it was good enough for my family.  It has now become my very favorite way to get the kids talking. 

 






So, what exactly is "Roses and Thorns?"  It is two simple questions. "What was the best part of your day?" "What was the worst part of your day?" We take turns going around the table and answering these two questions.  Everyone gets a turn and nobody is allowed to opt out.  Grown-ups must participate too.  We even like to ask the questions when we have guests over.  I've found the key to getting everyone to buy in to this conversation is to make sure everyone listens and the speaker is not interrupted.  We offer comments, but only after the speaker has their say.  We have a family with a wide range of ages so I've found that it is ever so important that even the youngest have his say.

I find out all kinds of things about my children and my spouse with these simple questions.  I learn that lunches were spilled, that recess is not long enough, that grades need to be celebrated, and how much they love each other. We laugh and we offer support.  Two simple questions that bring a working family closer together.  It's easy to lose this connection when you are running from activity to activity with your kids.  I know.  There was a time that I was really hurting because I felt like I wasn't as connected with my children as I should be.  Sure, I was at every event, but we never talked.  Now, I know why family dinners are so important.  In fact, dinner is my favorite part of the day.  

What are the ways that you get your family talking at dinner? Do you feel that it is important to gather for family dinners? 

 If you are looking for help in making the transition to eating more real food, you should check out the Real Food Experience posts. You can get get started at the beginning or jump around the challenges. You can find a complete round-up of the program here. Each week's challenge is full of terrific advice to help you transition from fast and processed food to a real food diet. Changes that will help you to live a healthy lifestyle and have the energy to keep up with your busy schedule. I would also love for you to join me on social media. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on a regular basis. Leave me a comment and let me know you are there. I love to visit with my readers. Yes, I'm a real person.
 



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