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3 Ways to Connect Your Beliefs and Desires

3 Ways to Connect Your Beliefs and Desires

Are you believing something about yourself yet your desire is the opposite of that belief. I know we have all had negative self talk at one point in time or another. However did you know that it is this negative self talk that is blocking […]

Smoothie Prep

Smoothie Prep

A green smoothie or juice is a great way to start your day. Starting your morning with a green smoothie or juice first helps to not only cleanse but heal the body. This month in the personal and business development group I’m a part of […]

Knowing when to switch it up when homeschooling

Knowing when to switch it up when homeschooling

The Prime truck just delivered Babygirl’s books. If you’ve ever homeschooled you know that the curriculum must be adapted to the individual child and if you plan to homeschool you will discover it during your journey.  So when we first started we chose to use technology as I thought this would be the best option after all it seem the simplest and I thought hey it will free up my time as it would do most of the work. Ha the joke was on me, fat chance I was getting out of anything and rightly so. I realized I really needed to take a more hands on approach at least until middle school and a routine had been established. My lovely child who is apparently too smart for her own good had figured out how to trick and bypass the system and because of this she was not learning the work. As a parent it is ultimately our responsibility to ensure their learning whatever that looks like; we must do the work as well as them. I knew I didn’t want to be the parent that said I wish I had invested more time or it’s my fault she is behind in her learning so I jumped in the driving seat. We’ve tried a variety of tools such as online learning, Raz-kids, Moby Max, Time 4 Learning, ABC Mouse, Khan Academy, Kids A-Z, and Vocabulary Spelling City. Technology is truly not her friend; I realized just alone with the math on the computer she kept getting it wrong however when I’d write problems on the dry erase board and allow her to work them out they were always correct, wow huh. So long story short we are going old school, yes doing things the old fashioned way in all its simplicity can solve so many problems. It always me to know exactly what she is doing and when, yes I have to correct it but hey this is all a part of homeschooling; it really isn’t for the faint of heart. I mean that in the nicest way. This homeschooling thing is an extra job. No matter the tools you choose be sure it fits your child’s learning style, it cover the required areas of content (math, language arts, etc…) and you are checking his or her progress along the way. I hope this was helpful and here’s what we choose for our homeschool lessons:

Math

Math Lessons for a Living Education

Science

Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day

Language Arts

180 Days of Language

180 Days of Reading

180 Days of High Frequency Words

180 Days of Writing

Social Studies

180 Days of Geography

Urban Intellectuals Black History Flashcards Vol.1

 

Vegetable Kale Soup

Vegetable Kale Soup

Today felt like a soup day and it was perfect cause I had lots of fresh veggies that needed to get cooked before going bad. As they say “Waste not, want not” and I love making my own food as it allows me to know […]

Vegetable Risotto

Vegetable Risotto

The smell of a kitchen is distinctively different when everything’s homemade and while cooking up this pot of colorful beauty the house was smelling so delicious. I couldn’t help but to think of my grandmother who was an amazing cook. This dish actually came out […]

Homemade Vegetable Broth + Puree

Homemade Vegetable Broth + Puree

Today started out as an opportunity to check out a pop up location of which I decided to take a friend to do the same. If you haven’t learned by now I’m a sharer. I had the pleasure of meeting AJ and Tonya of EntrePODneur and I must say these ladies have come up with what Audria Richmond of Uncloned Marketing would call an uncloned idea. I also checked out a fairly new restaurant Rosie’s Coffee Café which at the moment has a Groupon available where you can get $30 for $15. I ordered a Garden Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes and Homestyle Potatoes. Everything was pretty good; babygirl really fell in love with the French Toast w/strawberries. The day was getting away by now so we still needed to make a trip to the Farmer’s Market & Sevananda. On our trip to Sevananda babygirl wanted to help fill the bags and weigh them so I turned it into a math lesson after all she’s homeschooled and the best way to learn is hands on and when you don’t realize its a lesson. We weighed bags of quinoa, lentils, and Arborio rice.

Here are pics of my mini-me helping me make this homemade vegetable broth. I let her dump all the vegetables un as I cut them up, do the stirring and added of all other ingredients. As you can see something so simple made her day.

Vegetable Broth

Ingredients:

  • Tbsp. Avocado oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion (with skins/ chopped up)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 4 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt (can use sea salt)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 10 cups water ( I used filtered water)
  • 1 cup chopped greens (kale, collards, etc../ I used kale)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground thyme
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground rosemary
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 can tomato paste (about 5-6 Tbsp.)

Instructions:

  1. Heat pot over medium heat and add oil, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Stir sautéing about 5 minutes or until softened. Remember to stir frequently.
  2. Add the water, greens, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves. Increase heat to medium high cooking until it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and tomato paste. Stir to break up paste then add lid to the pot leaving a crack.
  3. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour. The flavor will infuse better the longer it cooks.
  4. At his point you can add more salt and pepper to taste or spice it up with hot sauce.
  5. Allow it to cool before pouring through strainer and putting in jars.

Waste not want not they say; so we’ve taken the leftover veggies; blended them up in our Vitamix and can now eat as a soup or add to other meals for extra flavor. I hope you enjoy and until next time “It’s Been D’Lish Dishing with ya’ll.”

Leveling Up My Health

Leveling Up My Health

So I’m really doing this thang. Leveling up my health. Yea I know my family and friends are like child how much more healthy you gone eat. You know they say you are what you eat and well my habits were getting out of control […]

Why I Started A Skincare Business

Why I Started A Skincare Business

I started Artisan Body Treats out of necessity; I needed to create a solution to my daughter’s dry-itchy skin. There is nothing like a mother on a mission to ease the suffering of her child. I was tired of watching as she sat on the […]

What is Holistic Living

What is Holistic Living

What is Holistic Living? Holistic Living is the heart of a healthy lifestyle and is defined as the art of living in balance with ourselves and our environment. When we do so we are understanding and respecting that all things are intertwined therefore connected. Holistic Care focuses on healing the whole person through the unity of body, mind, emotion, spirit and environment. So everything we put into and do to our bodies, everything we read/hear/speak, what we feel/express, and all that we allow to be around us and that we go around is directly gonna affect everything that unfolds or doesn’t unfold in our lives. Join me and learn more about how our day to day affects us and those around us. While you’re here let me know how I can help you on your journey?

Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

If I’m honest my journey began long before I had a choice in the matter. I can remember my mother having in and out ventures where we’d be on this health kick then on whatever again. We were the kids who’d be eating sugar-free candy […]


My Journey

Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

If I’m honest my journey began long before I had a choice in the matter. I can remember my mother having in and out ventures where we’d be on this health kick then on whatever again. We were the kids who’d be eating sugar-free candy and our friend would be looking at us like we had cooties.
By the time I became a teen my mother was introducing us to holistic medicine here and there little did I realize at the time the impact it would have on my life. By the time I’d had my first child I began learning to survive on my own. I still called mom when baby became ill and she’d always encouraged I first try a holistic approach before resorting to modern medicine. Fast forward to my 4th child and kick it up a notch by now we’ve omitted pork our diet.
Once I got pregnant with my daughter and what would be my last child everything would evolve from that moment and time moving forward. It would be important to not just be mindful of what I was eating but listening to, learn and everything I’d do. I no longer permed my hair well at least not while I was pregnant as this was a constant battle of the kinks after giving birth. I was conscious enough that it was an important step in teaching my daughter to love her hair as well as her black features the most high had blessed her with.
Let’s fast forward again, lol! I began to explore cooking more from scratch so I’d know the ingredients in the foods I was feeding my family and I even began making skincare products to solve her dry, itchy and sensitive skin needs. Now I’m on a new journey I’ve eliminated meat from my diet and now am working on diary! Yay sometimes you must be your own cheerleader. Can I get a rah, rah, lol. Well I hope you will stick around; be it to encourage, be encouraged or for all the resources you’ll find here as the site grows. I want you to know I appreciate you for stopping by and I look forward to next time!


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How to get: Sexy Smooth Legs

How to get: Sexy Smooth Legs

Every woman wants sexy smooth legs and here is how you can get that beautiful look. Coconut oil has so many benefits and for those who know me personally; I’m known as the “Coconut Nut” as I’m nuts about it. My children hear me talking […]