Chicken Soup for the Soul – From Lemons to Lemonade Book Give Away

Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade
You’ve heard the saying, “When life hands you lemons… make lemonade!” One of my favorite Chicken Soup for the Soul books has turned out to be, Lemons to LemonadeAs a Soup-er Blogger for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Blog Network, I wanted to share some of the great books that I’ve had the opportunity to review and this book is one of them.  I’m a lover of quotes, inspirational stories, anything that will motivate me or teach me a lesson in some form. 
This book has 101 stories that are powerful and will help you turn a bad situation into something positive.  We all encounter challenges, heartbreak, tragedy, death and some days just struggle to find the strength to get through the day.  You will find a story in this book that will inspire you to move forward.  I found a story that touched every area of my life:  family, career, health, relationships, and finances.  The authors of the story range from teens to adults.
If you’re looking for inspiration, add this book to your reading list.  My challenge is to read a story each day, meditate on the story and learn the lesson.  As a mother, grandmother, leader, manager, and mentor, I’ll allowing this book to inspire me on my journey.   
Mother 2 Mother is giving away 1 copy of Lemons to Lemonade to one of our lucky readers.  We want you to be inspired too.   Here’s how you can win:
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This contest will end March 7, 2014 at mid-night.  The contest is open to US Citizens and Canada residents 18 or older. The winner will be notified by email and selected by  Invalid email addresses will be disqualified and another winner drawn.  The book will be sent directly to the winner from the sponsor. 
Note:  I have been compensated with a copy of the book for review; however, my opinion of the product is my own. 

You Owe Money No Lunch For You

When I read the story about the children at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City who had their lunch taken from them and thrown in the trash in front of a cafeteria full of children, my heart broke.  This has to be one of the most cruel and inhumane actions that I’ve heard about in a school.  How do you treat a child in this manner?  It is simply beyond me.

Some brilliant administrator, Child Nutrition Manager, in Salt Lake City decided that the children at Uintah Elementary School should have their lunch thrown in the trash because their parents owed money on their lunch bill.  According to the school, the parents who owed money had been asked to reconcile the bill; however, not everyone paid up.  Did I mention that Uintah Elementary is in an affluent neighbor.  Just proves, that times are hard and there’s a lot of people struggling to make ends meet.  The school district in that area raised the price of lunch from $.65 to $2.00.  Quite pricey, especially if you have more than 1 child in school.  Their explanation, the meals are healthier and the cost of making them has risen. 

Rather than work out some plan with the parents, they allowed the children of those who owed money to obtain a tray and after the child sat down to eat they confiscated the tray and throw the food in the trash.  Yes, it is really hard to believe that they thought the trash can needed the food more.  They than gave the children a box of milk and an orange while telling the child, they didn’t have enough money for their lunch. 

I am so furious, no child should ever go hungry.  Especially, when the food is in front of them.  I’ve been to Utah, it is cold out there this time of year.  A box of milk and an orange versus a hot meal.  I wonder what’s in these people’s heart.  If I had been given that kind of directive, I would have resigned rather than carry it out.  Child Nutrition Manager, I don’t think so.  Can you imagine the embarrassment and humiliation that this children endured.  They could possibly be scarred for life.  Who discusses financial matters with elementary school children anyway. 

In my opinion, all of the administrators should have been fired and barred from interacting with young children ever again.  They have apologized and admitted the situation should have been handled differently, but the damage to the child has already been done.  Everyone in this country should be outraged.  If this were your child, how would you have reacted?


Product Review: Zoo Waffle Iron

 kids waffles

I love making breakfast for Xavier and Zarriah when they’re visiting.  I saw this adorable zoo waffle iron while waiting for a prescription at CVS, and had to add it to my stash of pancake molds.  The kids love waffles, so I was sure it would be a hit and a nice deviation from pancakes.   Who can resist an adorable elephant, lion and giraffe for breakfast.   

My grandchildren are as different as night and day.  Zarriah hates anything that will stick to her hands.  This includes syrup, ketchup, powered sugar and the list goes on.  Xavier loves syrup, ketchup and anything else he could use to dip his food in. The more the merrier for him.

I was hoping Zarriah would enjoy just picking up the waffles and eating them while Xavier enjoyed his covered with syrup.  It happened exactly as I had hoped. 

The iron is easy to use.  Simply spray the top and bottom of the iron with PAM or your favorite non-stick oil and allow it to heat up.  The lid of the iron has a light which indicates when it ready to use.  While the iron was heating, I whipped up a batch of waffle mix and placed it in a batter pen.  I prefer to use a pen with the pancake molds and iron because it allows me to control the batter being poured. 

When the iron is ready to use, you will get a green light.  Pour the batter into the molds slowly.  Don’t fill the molds completely, the batter will rise while cooking so a little over the half mark is good.  It takes 3 – 5 minutes for the waffles to cook, so check to ensure they don’t over brown. 

The nice thing about this iron, is the top and bottom work together.  You don’t have to flip the waffles and they brown evenly.  It is easy to clean, just wipe with a damp cloth and store. 

I love this iron and will be using it often!  The kids loved the zoo animals on their plates, and I ate a few too.  I would suggest that you make the purchase, we all want happy kids at the breakfast table don’t we.   

Table Lamp Review

I purchased 2 of these beautiful table lamps from Amazon for my office and I’m so glad that I did.  It was receiving a 5 star rating, and I understand why.  It was just as described and fits my décor perfectly.  The base is made of a brushed steel, which compliments the red lamp shade and the gray and black furniture in my office.  I placed one to go on my computer desk and the other on my scrapbook table.  I grabbed the lamps for $23.99 each with free 2 day shipping.  A bargain for these high quality lamps. 

These would great for a kids bedroom, dorm or den.  They’re medium in size, but they won’t produce enough light for a family or living room in my opinion.  They use 60 watt bulbs, which is why I ordered two.  If you’re looking for a bargain on a desk lamp, check it out.  They’re beautiful.   

Jungle Themed Party Ideas

Planning a Jungle Themed birthday party?  I planned and hosted a Jungle Themed party for Xavier and it was huge hit.  Here are a few ideas for a successful and fun filled party for your child:   

Your invitations set the tone. Look for an invitation with a jungle theme. You can find great deals on-line or make them yourself.  Here’s the party invitation I had created for my grandson by Little Lady Bug Designs.  We loved them. 
• Use Jungle Themed table cloths, plates, and cups. I found mine on-line.  Depending on the number of table cloths needed, you can use a solid color to compliment the themed table covering. You can find these at any Party Store or the Dollar Store. I used the themed table cloth for the food tables and solid colors from the Dollar Store for the guest tables.

• Decide on a menu. We came up with creative names for the food and drinks, the kids loved it. For example, we had Bug Punch. Purchase spiders and bugs from the Dollar Store.  Place them in ice trays, cover then with punch and freeze them.  Place them in the punch bowl along with Pop Rocks.   The kids will be so excited to hear it crackle and pop as they’re drinking it.  Mac and Cheese was Quick Sand, hamburgers were Jungle Burgers, hot dogs were Slim Dogs and the Spaghetti Salad was Snake Salad.  Be as creative as you would like.