Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Five minute fudge

This is a holiday favorite!  It is yummy and rich and creamy and fast!
1 1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
3-4 tbsp butter
Melt in pot and then boil on low for 4 minutes.  Then add:
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1-12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
Stir rigorously off of heat until smooth and creamy!  Pour into your favorite Christmas tin or a 8x8 buttered pan!  Cool and cut!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Do What Highly Successful People Do and Soon You Will Succeed!

I just read an interesting article about what highly successful people do on a daily basis.  Here is a sample of what their habits are:
1.  They get enough sleep and go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time.
2.  They consistently write down their goals.  76% of those who write down their goals achieve them.
3.  They read daily for at least 15 minutes.  This expands your mind and knowledge.
4.  They read the newspaper.
5.  They reach out and serve others consistently.
6.  They find the time to exercise daily.
(I found this in the Deseret News but I accidentally threw it away)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm A Mormon and....

I'm a Mormon and I:
1.  Rely on the Lord for just about everything
2.  Pray daily to God
3.  Hold Family Nights every Monday night
4.  Have dinner most nights with the family
5.  Attend 3 hours of church service every Sunday
6.  Believe in a living prophet who speaks to us
7.  Worships in a holy temple at least once a month
8.  Believes in God
9.  I go visiting teaching every month where I visit three sister/ladies in our neighborhood
10. Write in my journal
11. Serve and love others
12.  Believe that families are together forever
13.  Don't swear or drink coffee or tea or smoke

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dress Like A Pro

Here are a few ideas to dress like a pro!  You will look beautiful in a few seconds:
1.  Wear super size shades and strut like a star.
2.  Flaunt your hair with a beautiful blowout for a smooth hairstyle.
3.  Wear a nice wool coat just above the knees coupled with opaque tights.
4.  Couple the tights with black boots or black shoes.
Next look:
1.  Wear dark skinny jeans.
2.  Add a power trench coat in black or color
3.  Wear a knock out blouse.
4.  Tuck your skinny jeans into some brown tall boots
5.  Wow everyone with loose, sun-kissed curls.
Next look:
1.  Wear dark jeans
2.  Put on a tunic blouse
3.  Loose curls in the hair
4.  Add a necklace

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Quick Snack Picks

Snacks don't have to be high in calories.  Here is a list of easy snacks:
1. One mini whole wheat pita with 1 and a half tsp. peanut butter and 1 strawberry
2.  20 frozen grapes
3.  7 Dole Nutrition Plus Chia and fruit clusters
4.  Turkey wrap
5.  Triscuits
6.  1/2 oz dark chocolate
7.  1/2 cup fresh raspberries and 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
8.  2 tbsp red pepper humus with veggies
9.  100 calorie bag of popcorn
10.  1 cup pickled beets
11.  14 toasted almonds
12. 1/4 cup plums dried (prunes)
13.  Greek yogurt-snack size
14.  A cheese stick
15.  A crisp fresh apple
16.  A juicy orange
17.  A banana
18.  A fruit snack (I like Ocean Spray)

Monday, November 4, 2013

How To Keep Your Kids Drug Free and Alcohol Free

Studies have shown that there are certain things parents can do to prevent their children from getting on drugs and drinking.
  Preventing underage drinking is as easy as 1-2-3!  Here are the ideas:
1.  Start early and stay involved.  Monitoring your children's online activities is easiest when you establish policies and expectations early.  There is a tendency to get less involved as they become older but teens need their parent's help to stay alcohol and drug free.
2.  Develop a strong relationship with your child.  Research shows that family conflict and a weak parent/child bond increases a child's risk of drinking.  Bonding can be as simple as going out and having fun together.  Listen to your child's concerns.  Studies suggest that even making the effort to eat dinner as a family five times each week reduces the chance that a child will us alcohol or drugs by as much as 33 percent!!!  Eat dinner together.
3.  Set clear and precise boundaries.  Parent's disapproval is the number one reason why teens say they don't drink.  When parents set clear rules about not using alcohol, kids usually follow them.  Kids need to know the dangers of drinking and taking drugs.  They need to know that there are serious consequences for breaking the rules.
4.  It is important to monitor you children's friends and where-abouts.  Be involved on a daily basis.  Know what is going on in their lives.  Having friends who drink or us drugs is the single greatest risk factor for underage drinking.  As a parent, it is imperative to know whom your child is friends with!  You need to know what they are doing!  You need to be the guardian of the hearth!!!!  Make it a habit to ask questions as your child leaves the house.  You need to make it clear that if their are drugs or alcohol at a friend's party, they are to leave and come home!
5.  Make it clear that if there is alcohol or drugs at a party, LEAVE!!!!  Keep their social environment alcohol and drug free!!!!  More than 67% of young people who start drinking before the age of 15 will try an illicit drug.  Children who drink are 7.5 times more likely to use an illicit drug, 22 times more likely to use marijuana and 50 times more likely to us cocaine than children who never drink!!!
Research shows that half of Utah parents don't know that underage drinking increases the risk of alcohol-dependence.  If a child at age 13 drinks, he/she will have a 45% chance of alcohol-dependence.  If a child drinks at age 17, he/she will have a 26% chance of alcohol dependence.  If a kid drinks at age 21, he/she will have a 7% chance of alcohol dependence.