Red Sunshine Juice

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A week or two ago I tried to do a juice detox. It didn’t go very well, but I’ll be trying again soon:) Something about not eating made me a little crazy and by dinner I couldn’t take it any more. What I did find was that I wasn’t exactly hungry, I just felt the need to eat. It probably has something to do with a  sugar addiction or something. Anyhow, I did create some great juice recipes and continue to juice for breakfast to change things up from my typical smoothie. I find that juicing gives me an extra boost of energy in the morning! Drinking juice on an empty stomach means all of those vitamins and minerals are going straight to our bodies because they do not need to be heavily digested.

I would say this recipe is for “beginning juicers”, as it’s pretty sweet. The idea is to start with 2 or 3 sweet vegetables, and as you become accustomed to the taste cut them down to maybe 1. Even the twins love this one!!

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Red Sunshine Juice- Yields one 16oz serving

  • 1 cup of organic greens (I rotate the greens that I use each week; spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, etc.)
  • 1 beet
  • 2 carrots or a handful of baby carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 of a seedless cucumber
  • 1 apple

I typically juice them in the above order, but I’m not sure that it really matters. I refrigerate it for about 30 minutes after juicing so that it is nice and cold! It will last about 12 hours before some of the enzymes start to die off, so drink up!

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Enjoy!

Moving Mommy

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Kite Readers Ambassador

I don’t know about you, but I’m always searching for good books for my kids. Luke LOVES reading, and he flies through books like crazy. He started the Magic Tree House series a few months ago and has already read almost all 51 of them! We don’t have a library (I know, what town doesn’t have a library?? One with only a few thousand people I guess!), and at $5 per book we will soon be in the poor house! I came across KiteReaders awhile back and decided to become a Raise-A-Reader Ambassador.

KiteReaders is a publishing platform for authors and publishers to promote and distribute their children’s e-books. They have only been around for about 18 months and have already won numerous awards for their books. Basically, I choose a book to review and they send it to my Amazon account. Luke gets to read it for free, and in exchange I leave my review on Amazon or the blog (Don’t worry, I won’t be constantly writing book reviews!).

My first review is of the book Zombie Kids Go Green by Julia Dweck. Here is what I thought…

My kids really loved this book! The book rhymes, which is always a plus and keeps the kids entertained. It touches on environmental issues such as recycling, wasting energy, and composting. The illustrations are bright and colorful, very well done. The zombies are not frightening in any way and had my kids laughing the whole way through.

I would say the book falls at a first grade reading level. It is not a chapter book, but is more difficult than your typical short (20 page) book. Words like recycling keep it challenging, but my 7 year-old had no problems with it. He read it to my 3 year-old twins and they were all engaged and giggling the whole way through!

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Zombie-Kids Go Green (KiteReaders Monster Series) You can purchase the book from Amazon through this link:)

Happy Friday everyone!

Moving Mommy

2013- The Food Movement in Review

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Overall, I think that 2013 was a good year for those of us in the “food movement”. People are becoming more educated, and are starting to make healthier choices for their families. There have also been some major setbacks, but that is to be expected. Change doesn’t happen overnight, or in a week, a month, or a year. It takes time and people spreading the message to accomplish great things. Thank you to all of you out there voting with your dollars, marching, or educating yourselves on our food system! Here are some of the highlights and low points of 2013.

1. Chipotle becomes first restaurant to voluntarily label GMOs, and is now trying to go GMO free. It’s nice to have a good choice out there while traveling! We had Chipotle at 6am at the airport last week:)

2. Kraft removes artificial dyes from some of its products. The regular mac and cheese still contains the dyes, but many of the ones geared specifically toward children will not (SpongeBob etc.).

3. Original Cheerios goes GMO free. I think this technically happened in the first few days of this year, but who’s counting? Sometime in the near future, original Cheerios will be GMO free. It’s probably the least difficult one for them to change, as corn starch and sugar are the only two things that would be GMO anyway, but it’s a start!

4. March Against Monsanto has 2 million marchers worldwide. 2 million is a lot of people!

5. Connecticut and Maine pass GMO labeling laws. Hopefully more will follow suit!

Now for the bad news…

1. Washington state GMO labeling bill fails. It’s hard for the food movement to keep up with the millions being thrown into advertising by Big Food!

2. 50% of chicken tested contains antibiotic resistant bacteria. Gross. And Scary. The EU has reduced their salmonella contamination to below 1%, ours is still hovering between 11-16% each year. I know this is less a food movement issue and more a public health concern, but it’s so alarming that I thought I’d address it. Eat antibiotic free chicken!

3. A bill has been introduced that would allow products that contain GMOs to be labeled ‘natural’ or ‘all natural’. Thankfully, it’s not law…yet.

4. The Obama administration appointed a former Monsanto lobbyist as the new head of food safety.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head, but I’m sure I’ve missed some! It was a busy year for the foodies of the US, and hopefully 2014 will be as well. Is there anything that you noticed that I missed? Let me know in the comments!!!

If you are curious about my feelings on GMOs and all things food, read this post.

Until our next adventure,

Moving Mommy

Child Care

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I was reading an article the other day about the cost of child care, and while I remember it being expensive, I didn’t realize just how expensive. Before the twins were born I worked full-time, and Luke was in daycare. We spent about $9,000 per year, which is a lot, but I thought it was reasonable because we only had one child at the time. I still made enough to bring home a decent salary after child care. Then came the twins. We decided as soon as we found out that I wouldn’t be able to work. I mean, $27,000 per year? Can anyone afford that? That’s more than the majority of Americans pay for their mortgage or rent.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think that child care providers deserve every penny that they make, but how much of that do they really see? Considering the BLS shows the average child care workers’ salary is $19,510 per year and preschool teachers’ salary is $27,130, I would say not much. Can there really be $130,000 of overhead per classroom per year? I’m not sure, I guess it’s possible, especially in small centers. It doesn’t change the fact that child care is becoming more and more unattainable for the majority of Americans. I have a master’s degree and can’t afford to work. Seems crazy right?

In 2/3 of the US, child care for one year is more expensive than college at a public university. As parents, we are spending more money to get through the preschool years than we will spend to ship them off to college. Child care costs are rising faster than incomes. What are families supposed to do? Are we stepping back in time to a place where women will no longer be able to have a career and children?

I realize that these costs vary wildly by state and that some states are actually affordable. Most of them aren’t. The county where we live averages $12,000- $14,000 per child, per year. Full-time preschool is around $20,000 per child and doesn’t include summers.

What are your thoughts on child care costs? I would love to hear opinions from child care providers and those who work!!!!

Until our next adventure,

Moving Mommy

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Childcare Costs Continue to Rise

Social Scatter!

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry that I have been MIA, but we have been on a much needed vacation:) It’s time for another Social Scatter, so come link up your blogs and social media at Downside Up Mommy!

WELCOME TO THE SOCIAL SCATTER!

This has been our BIGGEST and BESTEST (yes, bestest!) one yet! I have dedicated this month to SMALL BLOGGERS! Many bloggers forget where they came from! Don’t you remember what it was like to have less than 1k likes/fans/followers/readers? Wouldn’t it have meant the WORLD to you if a “bigger” blogger gave you a little shout out? Just a tiny one? Don’t forget about us little guys!

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HELP YOUR LITTLE GUYS! ONE DAY THEY COULD BE A GREAT ASSET TO YOU!

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I’m your Host!

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I’m Bobbie Jo!

I’m a Southern raised girl that recently left the US Army to be a Mommy and [Army] housewife. 

My son was born on St Patrick’s Day and he is my everything.

 I am the owner of xBJSCC.

 I am a runner at From Pregnant To Marathon

&& I am a blogger at Down Side Up Mommy!

 

Let’s welcome our new permanent Host, Becca!

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I’m Becca, a great big SOUTHERN MESS if you want to know the truth!

I’m a 20 something ex-teacher and mommy of two totally awesome girls. I blog about mom life, great products, food that rocks, fitness, things I learn along my journey, and I love to add my personal flair to everything that I do!

 

Let’s make sure to follow all her links here:

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I’m Co-Hosting the Social Scatter!!

A special thank you to Bobbi Jo at Downside Up Mommy for having me as a co-host! Hop over there to link up and make some new friends!!

WELCOME TO 2014!

I have been looking forward to this Social Scatter because it is our BIGGEST and BESTEST (yes, bestest!) one yet! I have dedicated this month to SMALL BLOGGERS! Many bloggers forget where they came from! Don’t you remember what it was like to have less than 1k likes/fans/followers/readers? Wouldnt it have meant the WORLD to you if a “bigger” blogger gave you a little shout out? Just a tiny one? Don’t forget about us little guys!

Link up|||share|||like|||repost|||favorite|||+1|||comment|||retweet|||pin|||etc!

HELP YOUR LITTLE GUYS! ONE DAY THEY COULD BE A GREAT ASSET TO YOU!

Let’s stick together and start a new year as a bunch of bloggie friends!

#SocialScatter

I’m your Host!

[Down Side Up Mommy]

I’m Bobbie Jo!

I’m a Southern raised girl that recently left the US Army to be a Mommy and [Army] housewife. 

My son was born on St Patrick’s Day and he is my everything.

 I am the owner of xBJSCC.

 I am a runner at From Pregnant To Marathon

&& I am a blogger at Down Side Up Mommy!

                    Meet your January Co-Hosts!

        Click their link to visit them and learn more about them!

                                          A Conquered Mess                      Embracing The Good Life                     Vintage Zest

      Lady Blogger                             Moving Mommy                      Probably Crafting

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New Year’s Resolutions

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Did you know that only approximately 8% of people actually keep their new year’s resolutions? Sounds about right:) I think I’ve made a million of them throughout my lifetime and only kept a few. This year instead of making resolutions, I decided that I would make some goals for the year and try to make them realities. I also figured that if I put those goals out there for everyone to see, I’d be much more likely to work toward them! So, here they are!

1. Run a half-marathon- The current plan is to run either the New Jersey half-marathon or the North Face Endurance Challenge in May, but I’m unsure if I’ll be ready by then. I’m starting to train now and I’ll do my best!

2. Finish the CPA exam- This isn’t a goal, it is a must! I have three more sections to take, and I would like to have them done by the beginning of July. That means lots of studying between now and then!

3. Become a better blogger- October and November were great months for the blog, but I have so many other ideas to implement! I need to dedicate more time to writing and take the time to move to a self-hosted site.

4. Reduce my reliance on electronics- This is a hard one for me. It seems that half of my life is spent on the computer or iPad. I need to spend more time playing with the kids and enjoying the outdoors. So, basically the exact opposite of goal #3:)

Those are my biggest ones for the year! Do you make new year’s resolutions? If so, what are yours for this year? I’d love to hear them!!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy