Archive | February, 2013

Homestudy Field Trip – February

27 Feb

For our February home-study field trip, I took the girls to see Flight of the Butterflies at the Omni. We all enjoyed the movie!

MV5BOTI3NDA1MTU5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTg4NjI0OA@@._V1_SX214_The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs’ perilous and extraordinary journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico. For the first time ever, look inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find their secret hideaway, with the help of citizen scientists across North America. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

I took along butterfly themed worksheets that I found on One math, and one drawing worksheet for my 3rd grader; and one math, and one fine motor skills worksheet for my preschooler. They worked on those while we waited in line to go into the theater. My oldest had a bit of a bad attitude about doing her worksheets this time, but my youngest was more than happy to.



Clean Eating, Whole Food Cleanse

26 Feb


One of my goals for this year is to fully convert to clean eating, and hopefully get my family to do the same. I joined a 12 week weight loss/health challenge three weeks ago with some friends, and made my goals fit with my goals for the year. As part of this challenge, and to help give me a boost toward meeting my goals, I decided to do a whole food cleanse. I made it nine days. I have outlined below what I ate, and I will tell you that after the first couple days I felt great. I stayed fuller longer, and didn’t have any trouble staying under my calorie goal…in fact, most days the My Fitness Pal app I use was telling me I wasn’t getting enough calories even though I felt full. I was able to stop drinking my daily iced coffee, and yet felt less tired through-out the day than before. My skin is clearer. It is very apparent to me the benefits of eating an all natural, whole foods diet, and that cements in my mind the reasons I want to change the way we eat.

Day 1 – Organic Apples, Water. Total calories consumed 560

Day 2 – Added back Eggs. Total calories consumed 785

Day 3 – Added back Organic Lettuce, Olive Oil, Water. Total calories consumed 935

Day 4 – Added back Steel Cut Oats, Raw Honey. Total calories consumed 975

Day 5 – Added back Feta Cheese. Total calories consumed 1017

Day 6 – Added back Bananas. Total calories consumed 730 + Chicken Caesar Salad and Patrizio’s Bellini (dinner out with friends)

Day 7 – Added back Black Beans. Total calories consumed 1220 – 263 calories burned playing competitive volleyball (in a gym) = 957 net

Day 8 – Added back Brown Rice. Total calories consumed 1065 (lunch was a Chicken Caesar Salad from Pizza Hut, which is highly processed and not organic)

Day 9 – Added back Organic Carrots. Total calories consumed 1350

Today I start over, after several days of slip-ups. Hopefully I can last more than nine days this time, and if not, I will keep trying!

Restaurant Review: Patrizio Osteria (Southlake, TX)

21 Feb


My husband and I, along with five other couples, went to dinner at Patrizio Osteria last night. We arrived close to 6:30pm, and ordered a drink at the bar while we waited. The service at the bar was quick. I had the Patrizio Bellini, which was very good. The decor is simple yet elegant. Unfortunately, the acoustics were not good and we had to shout at each other to be heard.

We didn’t have to wait long to be seated, between fifteen and twenty minutes, but other couples in our party had arrived before us and put our name on the list. We were seated in the downstairs dining area, at a long table between the kitchen and the bar. We received our menus, and drink orders were taken within minutes. Unfortunately, that is when things slowed waaaayyy down. We waited about thirty minutes before our food orders were taken, and then about another thirty minutes to get our food.

I ordered the Chicken Caesar Salad with Polenta Croutons, and was pleased with my dish, although not the length of time it took to get it. The polenta croutons were delightfully lite with just a hint of crisp on the outside. The Chicken Caesar Salad was perfectly dressed, and very tasty, with the right amount of romaine hearts. The chicken was roasted and very thinly sliced or shaved, which I prefer to the usual thick slices of grilled chicken you generally find in salads.

After we had finished eating, our plates were cleared away quickly and then we waited…again. It took the waiter about thirty minutes to bring our checks. We spent a total of almost three hours there, and at least half of that time was spent waiting for one thing or another.

My opinion? While the food that I ordered was good, others in my party were not pleased with their dishes. The food was not worth the wait and the prices, and we have no plans to return in the future.

Patrizio Osteria
1281 East Hwy 114
Southlake, 76092

Store Hours:
Sunday -Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm; Lounge open until Midnight
Bar Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 4pm – 7pm

$$ (most entrees under $25)


Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of our Lives

12 Feb

A friend shared this documentary video with me, and I am so glad she did. I have watched a few other documentaries related to food in America, and it really is eye opening. This one is almost an hour and a half, and took me a couple days to watch, but it is worth your time. Knowledge is power!

How to Live An Abundant Life

10 Feb

I recently read an article titled How to Live An Abundant Life in Texas, it had 75 suggestions for how this might be accomplished day to day. I have shared my favorites here with you.

Worship God. * Inhale fresh air. * Think positive even when you don’t feel like it. * Remember it’s not all about you. * Contemplate “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”. * Wear sunscreen always…you’ll be glad you did in twenty years. * Arise early, drink coffee on the porch, say your prayers. * Listen to wildlife. * Eat homegrown fruits and vegetables. * Photograph the ordinary. * Make sun tea. * Forgo debauchery. * Savor the smell of rain. * Go fishing. * Turn off the TV and sit outside. * Hug your friends. * Lie in a hammock. * Go hiking. * Complain less. * Do your best. * Love deeply. * Watch for snakes. * Accept reality. * Behave as if God is observing (He is). * Nap. * Consume less alcohol and more water – you’ll look and feel better. * Smile. * Be patient with the elderly. * Visit the infirmed. * Laugh often. * Confess your sins. * Value life. * Grow flowers. * Care about your appearance. * Embrace hope. * Work diligently. * Manage your finances. * Continue education – you’re never to old to learn. * Soak in a warm bath. * Keep the faith in hard times. * Celebrate the good times. * Console the hurting. * Don’t litter, and pick up after others who do. * Read and expand your horizons. * Focus on the goal. * Pray without ceasing. * Write thank you notes. * Skip dessert – you won’t miss it. * Pursue your dreams. * Strive for peace. * Relax. * Choose happiness. * Take brisk walks – it rejuvenates mind, body and spirit. * Live every day as if it were your last.

Are We Tolerant of Opinions That Differ From Our Own?

8 Feb

I am in the beginning stages of researching home school as a possibility for our family, and I am finding out very quickly that parents of opposite sides of the issue sometimes have negative opinions about each other. This reminds me of another debate…working moms vs. stay at home moms. I have found that people can be very intolerant, even downright hateful, of people with opinions that differ from their own. Working moms vs stay at home moms. Public school vs home school. In the end I think we all want the same thing…the best for our children.

I’m am definitely not perfect, there have been times I have judged when I should not, but I am going to make it my goal to deal with others with grace. If we all dealt a little more patiently, graciously, and kindly with each other, we could improve the world we live in enormously.

2013 Goals: February Update

7 Feb

My progress so far this year…


1.Pay off all debt except student loan and home mortgage (this includes two cars, a line of credit, and credit cards) – Paid $686 towards debt

2. Make a decision about what I want to do (for work), and work towards putting myself in that position


1. Convert to clean eating, while spending wisely to save on groceries – Joined a 12 week challenge with friends for accountability. Started counting calories to get myself out of the habit of over-eating/snacking. Attempting to not buy anything that does not fit within the “clean eating” guidelines. Started clipping coupons again, although I have yet to organize and use them. Started shopping weekly sales at multiple stores in my area.

2. Exercise 2-3 times per week (30 minutes or more)


1. Finish girl #1’s room re-model

2. Start (and hopefully finish) girl #2’s room re-model

3. Continue improvements to yard and landscaping – Working on cleaning out weeds and unwanted plants from front flowerbed.

4. Start a garden


1. Find a church home


1. Learn Spanish with my girls – Purchased a 6 disc children’s Spanish learning DVDs, and watching with them 4-5 days a week.

2. Read (books) – Currently reading two books.

3. Volunteer (more often)

4. Be a better wife/mother/daughter/sister/friend

5. Simplify my life

Laundry: Then and Now

4 Feb

Yesterday, as I was hanging up my oldest child’s laundry to dry, I was suddenly taken back 8 years. An image of me doing her laundry when she was a baby, in our first house, popped into my head. Oh how the time slips away so fast, and they grow up before our eyes. Be careful not to blink, or you might miss it!

When did she…


become her?