Food is Good #AbbottCFK #CBias

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Last week we talked about the need for nutritional food for children in our country.  More than likely, there is a need in your area!

I detailed the Abbott Nutrition Pack A Snack program, and talked about ways you can help end child hunger in your area!

What Did We Do?


We decided we really wanted to make this bigger than we are, so we opened it up to our homeschool community.  Here in AL you have to belong to a cover school to homeschool, and each cover school is like a homeschool community.

Since the backpack program in our area is only able to accept cash donations, we decided that it would be a great idea to donate our items to the domestic violence shelter in our area.  We learned in December that at that time there were approximately 80 children living in the facility.  They are always in need of non-perishable food items.

We are still gathering items and will soon be delivering them to the shelter.  I know they will love getting these items.  The woman who runs their outreach is a great lady and is always so appreciative of any help that people can give.

What Did We Get?


Babydoll and I headed down to our local Walmart and picked up a few Abbott Nutrition products:  PediaSure, PediaSure Sidekicks, and Zone Perfect bars.  Babydoll was eager to try the latter two!

There was a surprising variety of Zone Perfect bars, so Babydoll helped pick out a couple of different flavors, reminding me that some people might be allergic to nuts so we had to pick a variety that was nut free!  We even picked up a few individual bars for her to try {she loved them!}.

Our next stop was to pick up some PediaSure.  Last time I bought PediaSure Babydoll was a baby, and they didn’t have PediaSure Sidekicks.  There was quite a variety of flavors and products, and we picked up a little bit of everything, including some stuff for Babydoll.  She liked the Sidekicks too!

If you’d like to see more pictures of our shopping trip, you can view my Google+ album!

Final Thoughts


No matter how large or small your donation is, I hope that you consider getting involved with the Abbott Nutrition Pack A Snack program.  There are a variety of organizations that would benefit from your assistance.  I know I can’t wait to get our stuff to the shelter!

True Confessions:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  All opinions are my own.

AL Public Television Live Electronic Field Trip – Mount Vernon

Mt Vernon

I’m so excited to share this with you guys!  Next month, AL Public Television {APTV} will present Exploring Mount Vernon, a free electronic field trip, and anyone can participate!

During the field trip, students will be taken to Mount Vernon, complete with Mr. and Mrs. Washington, and will learn about the farms there, the blacksmith, Mrs. Washington, and other fun stuff!  Students have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the event for inclusion during the field trip, as well as vote on the questions others have submitted.  In addition, there will be live polling during the event.

APTV has provided some great teachers’ resources, including pre- and post-trip activities {they rock!}, as well as tons of links to even more resources.  This can really help bring history alive for your students!

Be sure to register now so you can get countdown emails with tons of great info.  Let me know if you decide to participate!

Making Dinner Special with Bertolli


Bertolli Meal Soup

We’ve talked several times on Sweet Phenomena about the need for easy weeknight meals.  Y’all know that during soccer season it’s killer around here!  Some days, if we’re really busy, we eat out for every meal…  *gasp*  Hey, I’m just keeping it real.  When you’re sick of eating out, you know there’s a problem…

I’ve found several ways to help us out, but I’m always open to more.  I do love meals at home after all!

We recently checked out Bertolli’s new product, Bertolli Meal Soups.  The idea behind this product is to provide a hearty, easy, and delicious meal for two in just minutes.  Will it fit the bill?

Which Soup Did We Choose?


Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken Bertolli Meal SoupWe tried the Tomato Florentine and Tortellini with Chicken soup.  I have to tell you, this thing was good.  And, I’m not a soup person.  At all.  I swear, it is really difficult to tell this is a frozen meal.

What I really loved about this soup is that it had a nice kick to it, a bit of spice.  I can’t stand getting bland frozen food.  This touched all the right taste buds.  I also appreciated the fact that the pasta was not soggy or hard or weird.  Perfect!

The soup looks like the picture below, straight out of the bag. All you have to do is pour in some water, bring it to a boil, and then simmer for five minutes. That’s. It.

While that was coming to a boil, we heated the oven for some roasted garlic bread.  We bought it premade, but that’s just how I roll when we’re in a hurry.  You could easily make your own.  We also had some applesauce.

We decided that a good end to our meal was some angel food cake with fresh sliced strawberries.  After the bread was going, Babydoll sliced the strawberries and we were good to go!

How Long Did Dinner Take?


Fifty minutes.  That’s it.  To heat the soup, the bread, prepare strawberries, dish it up, everything.

We decided to use some of the pottery we painted not too long ago.  That was fun!

This was a lot of fun for Babydoll and I.  We picked a few fun items that we don’t normally have with dinner and worked together to put dinner on the table.  Cooking with your kids is priceless!

I recommend checking out the Bertolli Meal Soups for a quick and filling lunch or a quick dinner.

You can find Bertolli on the web, Twitter, and Facebook!

True Confessions:  I was compensated for my participation in this challenge.  I really did like the soup and the time I spent with Babydoll!

Our Homeschooling Week in Review

We had a great week this week!!  Our new “system” is working really, really well for us.  I can’t wait to share it with you guys, but I’m giving it some time to settle in before I let you in on it.  I want to make sure it is working!

What We Did This Week


We actually got quite a bit accomplished, although history and science did slip by the wayside a bit…

Math:  While Babydoll has the concept of multiple digit multiplication down, I noticed that she was struggling with recall of her facts.  I’ve been meaning to try out the new version of Timez Attack {new to us, anyway; we’ve been using it for about four years}, so I downloaded the free version and assigned her 30 minutes a day.  

At first she got a bit frustrated because it’s a somewhat fast pace and the game was a little different than what she is used to, but she quickly caught on and is already showing improvement.  I like that this version has built in retention, and I think we’ll be purchasing the additional levels with more advanced retention soon.

Grammar:  Babydoll continued working in her Growing with Grammar book, reviewing things such as common and proper nouns, correct plural spelling of certain words, and the use of commas in a series.  Much of what she is working on in this book is review, but since grammar wasn’t our strong point last year, I really wanted to make sure she understood it before we moved on.  She’s really glad we are doing so, and she loves this curriculum.

Science:  We continued our speedy lapbooks on planets.  We’re about done with the solar system.

History:  We took a break and researched/learned about women in history.  This was a lot of fun!  Babydoll enjoyed learning more about lesser known females from history.  We also talked about the power to make changes that even just one person can have.  By evaluating her talents, we focused on how she can use what she has to be a great person!

Literature:  Babydoll continued to do 30 minutes {or more!} of free reading each day.  This week we’ll be working in Reading Eggs as well, since we’ll be reviewing that for The Old Schoolhouse.

Blogging:  We’ve had the most fun with this lately!  Given all the folks who have had their blogs suspended on Blogger lately, I decided I’d like to move Babydoll over to WordPress.  I got her transferred over, but we’re still working on making it pretty!

Of course, the WordPress platform takes some getting used to, especially since I haven’t yet purchased a premium theme for her.  I’m used to Thesis, so a free theme was a bit hard for me!  To make it fun {and easy}, we used Join.Me to screen share so she could see what I was doing on my screen, and vice-versa.  She thought it was the coolest thing ever, and we really had fun doing it.

I was able to walk her through the basics of her dashboard, as well as how to write a new post.  We still have tons more to do, but that was a start.

We’re looking forward to another great week and can’t wait to share it with you guys!


Day 2

I feel pretty good about today!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to my Suzanne workout, but I did take the dog for a 30 minute walk and managed to get in a round of hoe downs.  Eating was much better, albeit not stellar.  I did also do several minutes worth of thigh exercises from yesterday’s workout; those are killer…

I just started my period, though, and feel like crap, so I think all-in-all, I’m happy with my progress.  More activity than normal and better food than normal.  Here’s to small victories!