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Must have books For moms and kids! :)

With times having changed so much over the years since I was young raising kids is a whole new adventure these days. I was outside all the time, ran around the neighbor hood and played constantly. T.V. was never on my mind and I didn’t know what a computer was until the 6th grade. Those were the good old days. Now kids are constantly hooked up to electronics, television and all kinds of non outside non healthy stimulating products. I vowed that I would not let my kids be “Plugged in”, and they would be outside as much as possible stimulating as much of the creativity in their young minds as they could handle.

I have just invested in the best books ever for myself and my kids. I have a tween boy 11yrs and a soon to be tween girl at 8yrs. I didn’t know this phrase “tween” as I was growing up I was either a kid or a teenager, so I was interested in what these books had to say. Now as a female I don’t speak “boy” and they are totally different animals to me. I was eager to find out how to be able to talk to my boy better and know how to raise him as a strong young man who treat all those around him and himself, especially women, with the up most respect and kindness. What is good for him? How does he learn? What does he need at this young age? Well Mom’s here is the next book you should pick up. “Six ways to Keep the “Good” in your Boy” I am loving this book. It confirmed many things and opened many doors of understanding for me. I am half way done and loving every page.

The second book I found was “How to Keep the “Little” in your Girl”. Growing up with a mom who worked really hard for us to make ends meet, bless her heart, my sister and I spent a lot of time learning on our own. I wanted to get this book so I could fill in the blanks of what I lacked growing up, and to understand more about her little beautiful brain and what she needs to be a strong independent loving kind young woman. I will start it as soon as I am done with the other. I am so happy to have stumbled upon these books! Whether mom and dad are still home or if you are a single mom like me, these books are must have!

It is my nephews birthday soon and he asked for some survival books, so naturally I went to Amazon and found these books I have been wanting to get for the longest time.

“The Dangerous Book for Boys” by Gonn Iggulden,

“Boys Book of Survival, How to Survive Anything, Anywhere” by Guy Campbell

“For Boys Only, The Biggest Baddest book ever” by Marc Aronson and HP Newquist.

I also got my daughter “The Dangerous Book for Girls”,  and “For Girls Only, Everything great about being a girl”, by Laura Dower

We opened them last night and all I have to say is WOW! I wish I had these books when I was little. The girls one is full of hand clap games, tag games, and so much more! The boy’s book has all the cool tips like how to catch a fish with bare hands, the best paper airplanes, and so much more. Everything from the periodic table to flags, to cool phrases in other languages. If you have a boy or a girl or just want a fun read for yourself I definitely recommend getting these books! They couldn’t put the books down last night! 🙂

I found all the books on Amazon for decent prices. I am very happy with all of them and feel it is a great way to keep them creatively thinking and grounded to the real world of nature and adventure.

Happy reading and have fun getting closer to your little one with these books.

~Ms Fredrickson~


Vitamin D3 “Why take it?”

Vitamin D
Alright its time for a little Vitamin information. 🙂 
Vitamin D3 “Why take it?” its simple really. Each time we go to the vitamin section of our local grocery store or health food store we always ponder the longest at the vitamins. I know I do. What do they need? What is the most complete vitamin out there for my children and what more can I do for them so they get the proper amount daily. I am all about the natural way when it comes to my children’s vitamins. 
I am all about the natural way when it comes to my children’s vitamins. I want them to get the most out of the vitamins they are taking. Everything from the purest vitamin C, Vitamin D, and multiple vitamins.

According to the Encyclopedia nutritional supplements,Vitamin D is best known for its ability to stimulate the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D also exerts many anticancer properties, especially against breast and colon cancer. The incidence of both colon and breast cancer is higher in areas where people are exposed to the least amount of light.

Vitamin D2 and D3 are the most common of the supplement form. The difference between them is that Vitamin D2 potency is less than one-third that of D3’s. My children take one 400 I.U of a D3 supplement every day. It supports the teeth, bones, and immune system. I read up on this supplement and paid very close attention to the amount they should consume and took into consideration our northern location, cloud cover, and sun exposure.

According to the National Institutes of Health, complete cloud cover reduces UV energy by 50%; shade (including that produced by severe pollution) reduces it by 60%. UV radiation does not penetrate glass, so exposure to sunshine indoors through a window does not produce vitamin D.

Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 or more appear to block vitamin D-producing UV rays, although in practice people generally do not apply sufficient amounts, cover all sun-exposed skin, or reapply sunscreen regularly. Therefore, skin likely synthesizes some vitamin D even when it is protected by sunscreen as typically applied.

Season, time of day, length of day, cloud cover, smog, skin melanin content, and sunscreen are among the factors that affect UV radiation exposure and vitamin D synthesis.

Always do some research before taking a supplement and check out what dose the best for you and each one of your family members. Take into consideration age, environment, physical activity and nutritional intake from foods. Check and see what you are getting from your foods and if it is reaching the required amount.

For example, if you notice that you are not eating enough foods with iron in it, as a woman this is very important, than you may need to take an iron supplement, or a multivitamin with iron in it. I myself was diagnosed with an iron deficiency last year and was very anemic, my percentage was down to 12%. I had to start taking an iron supplement, with orange juice to aid in absorbtion, for a few months to get my levels up again.

Research and speaking with supplement professional is always the best place to start when you are considering adding a new vitamin to your daily nutritional needs.

Paper Mache

When we were young the craft to do in school was paper mache. Covering balloons with sticky paper and using different colors to make an awesome color scheme. Then waiting for that exciting day when you got to pop the balloon and paint your unique creation.

Today I am doing a grown up version!

I covered my hand in two layers of tin foil. This can be tricky and takes a little patience. I suggest Heavy Duty tin foil so it doesn’t bend under the weight of the paper mache. We can’t stuff the hand. If we did we wouldn’t be able to remove it from the dried mache. However, if you are looking for a solid structure cover the tinfoil hand with a layer of glue, using a hot glue gun. Let it dry then paper mache it. That will ensure a nice sturdy form. In this case I am wanting to remove the tin foil so I can attach the paper mache to a canvas.

When the hand is ready for paper mache, I spray it with a thin layer of non-stick cooking spray so it can be remove when it has dried.

After the first layer is thick enough I let it sit for about and hour or two. Than using diluted glue, a paint brush and tissue paper cut into squares, I apply one final layer. This will make it look smooth and ready for paint.

This hand and a mask will be going on a new abstract painting I am working on. I will post a picture of it when it’s done.

For the paper mache, I used a recipe I found on the internet. It is two cups of flour to two cups of water, as simple as that. Shred some newspaper, Dip and start layering your project.

I am definitely going to make a craft with my kids using this tonight. I forgot how much fun it is to play with!

Show me some of your creations with paper mache or suggestions on how to create new different shapes or designs.

Looks like Winter!

Wow! It finally looks like winter out there! I don’t know about you but I am loving this! Granted the roads are not ideal but it sure is beautiful out there. This is the perfect weather to cuddle up and watch a movie with some homemade hot coco or spicy apple cider.  Or if your like me coffee because we thought we could go all day without it :). Wasn’t my brightest moment today.

So far it looks like we have about 3 inches out there and it’s still coming down!

Whats it doing in your area? And how do you like to spend your snow day inside?

I am making home-made chicken noodle soup for dinner, added some shredded cabbage for a fun mix up, and will make some home-made hot chocolate later for the family. For the adults, I like to put a little splash of spiced rum in the hot chocolate. It’s a comfort food and drink night for sure! 

My famous “Home made Hot Chocolate” …..a little sweetness in moderation is always good. 🙂


1 cup Chocolate chips (your desired darkness)

1/2 cup Andes Mint chips (regular or peppermint crunch)

1 ounce Baker’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

1-3 cups Heavy whipping cream (can also use Half & Half or Milk)

whipped cream for topping

You can use a double boiler for this or a large pan filled 1/3 with water and a metal or glass bowl rested on top. Make sure that your water level doesn’t touch the bowl, and the bowl fits slightly snug on the pan. (this will prevent your hands getting steamed)

Fill your pan about 1/3 of the way full with water, place bowl on top, and bring water to a boil.

Add chocolate and let melt, stirring occasionally with a plastic spatula. When the chocolate is completely melted add your desired amount of Cream or milk. Some like their coco with a little more liquid than others, so judge it by eye and taste. 🙂 Whisk the cream and chocolate until it is heated through. Turn heat off, and ladle your chocolate goodness into mugs. Top with your favorite topping and enjoy!

For the adults, spice it up a notch with 1 tablespoon of spiced rum. 

Enjoy your snow day!! Or just enjoy a day of spoiling!

Garlic Fact #1

മലയാളം: Garlic

Here is a fun Garlic fact for you garlic lovers out there from “Nature’s Super 7 Medicines.”

A remarkable woman Abbess Hildegarde of Bingen wrote many medical and theology books. She had over 500 remedies that were tested by professionals and were a success for thousands of patients. 

Hildegarde suggested that chewing one half clove of raw garlic every day would “invigorate the liver and spleen”.

Her standard salad dressing was the following:

1 Tablespoon pure wine vinegar, 3 Tablespoons sunflower oil, a bit of honey, and of course one-quarter crushed garlic clove. Lemon juice and yogurt can be added which improves the flavor and gives somewhat of a modern touch.

I love garlic and think this Abbess had it right.

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