Monday, September 30, 2013

Product Review - Against All Grain

People often say to me, "Tamera, you must have the healthiest diet of anyone I know. How do you get your kids to eat so clean?"

Well, a few answers come to mind. I'm not perfect and I certainly don't have it all figured out. While I do have a lot of knowledge about health and nutrition, the simple fact is that each individual body has its own needs, and there is no cure-all diet for everyone. The truth is that I am always learning and modifying based on new research that comes out, plus my own personal observations about how the foods we eat affect my family and me. More about that in a minute. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Twinkle Twinkle Little Starfruit

I have a friend who is a master gardener. Her lush organic garden is not only a feast for the eyes, but also provides the most delicious fruits and vegetables I have ever tasted. We love to walk through her garden and enjoy fresh snacks that we pick ourselves straight from the earth. 

Recently, she gifted us with a bag of the tastiest little star fruits. My kids were so excited to experience this "funny looking" food and they each chose the one they would eat. Though you can certainly bite right into star fruits as you would apples or pears, I knew that cutting them into slices would be a lot more fun.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Guest Post - Dr. Walter J. Urban

When we wake up in the morning, we start our routine for the day. Each of us has our own special way of starting the day. Mine starts with an exercise I do in bed to slowly wake up my body.

Part of the exercise focuses on my heart as I repeat the words "heart, love and compassion." This brings my awareness to my heart. As the day progresses, we get busy with our program of things to do. Little attention is paid to our heart, as it does its job automatically. 

Take a minute and listen to your heart. Is it saying anything? Is there a message for you?

Are you on automatic, or can you stop and listen to your heart?

How would your actions and thoughts change if you could hear your heart? If you make time for your heart's message, your day may become more fulfilling. Where is the love, the loved ones - who are they? Where is the compassion - do you have any? What does your heart say each day?

Listen to your heart.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


We had a lovely summer, and before we knew it, it was almost time for the kids to go back to school again. I wanted to spend some special time with my children before hopping onto the crazy happy merry-go-round of school-dance-piano-homework-sports-friends-etc. So, we decided to take a road trip, hang out together and just really enjoy being a family. In the twelve days that we spent driving around the country, we got that and so much more than we could have ever anticipated.

Upon entering Kansas, we spotted a note hanging from the "Welcome to Kansas" sign.  Well, curiosity being our calling card, we just had to investigate. This is what we found: