Friday, June 8, 2012


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Missed yesterday!! Oooopps

I have been working around the clock on the magazine, and didn't even realize yesterday was Monday!!!!! So I don't have an article for "Get up and Move Mondays" this week, but just remember even though it is still wet and raining out, you can still get up and move!!!

Some quick fun ideas:

Milk Jug Catch

This game requires two milk jugs with the bottom cut off, and a ball. The object is using only the milk jug, no hands, throw each other the ball. It gets pretty interesting trying to get the ball back in the jug when the ball gets dropped! Kids love this game, and it'll keep you and them busy for awhile. Note: Its best to cut the jugs without the kids, because they can be tricky to cut, and probably a little to dangerous for young kids to try.

Mirror Mirror

This is a game I learned in acting class in high school. You stand face to face with your child and you have to imitate everything they do, or vise versa. Move slow so that the movements are easy to copy. Follow hand waves, blinks, squats, etc. How close can you come to a mirror image?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Photo contest for July magazine

As we get closer to July 1, the launch of our magazine, were seeking entries for our photo contest.

Please see photo below for prizes, and rules. Contest is open to Southern Oregon residence only.

Starting in August First Place winners will be featured on the cover of the magazine. :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Medford and Surrounding Community Calendar June 2-8

Grants Pass & Surrounding Community Calendar June 2-8

WOW! I have searched high and low and there is NOTHING going on this week in Grants Pass!! If you know of events coming up, or have a event please feel free to email it to me Medford and Surrounding will be up within the next hour

Saturday June 2, 2012
Children's Workshop
Kids get to build a project
They'll get a Home Depot Apron, and a pin for completing a project.

Christian Jackson *Justice Fridays*

When I started looking for a story for this week, I came across the murder of Christian Jackson. I dug deep, and felt nothing but sorrow for this little boy. My goal with writing about these children isn't to point fingers, but seek justice. I however found it very hard to not think "Um HELLO!"

Christian like many children nowadays lived in two homes. Before Christian's death his father sought emergency custody because Christian had signs of abuse on his little body. However that was denied, and Christian continued to live with his mother too. Having a son, I understand bruises are going to happen, but Christian had bite marks, and injuries not consistent with rough play. I went on to find out that Christian's mother was previously involved in an abuse case involving her daughter, but in exchange for her testimony against her ex boyfriend, she faced no jail time. His mother and ex-boyfriend beat their daughter, breaking her arm, and the mother tried to cover it up. The daughter was taken, and she has not been able to regain custody(thank God!). So I was questioning, why in the heck was Christian allowed to stay with this woman?

The evening Christian became ill, he was with his father, however earlier in the day his mother dropped him off. He was rushed to the hospital, and later died. The autopsy said he died of blunt force trauma. So pretty much he was hit so hard in the stomach that it killed him. However, this can be a LONG process. Internal injuries can kill you instantly, take hours, or sometimes even days. Christian's paternal Grandmother was with Christian and his father when he started showing signs that something wasn't right. No abuse occurred to Christian in his fathers home that night. NONE. So what happened to Christian?

I wasn't going to write about Christian at first, because from my understanding his father has been arrested and charged with the crime, but I cannot confirm that. Even if he is awaiting trial, I don't think the father is the one to blame. Yes, the father has a criminal record, but the mother does too, and it is MUCH worse. She has been involved in abuse of her children before, and has lost a child to the state before, which they WILL NOT allow her to get back. Something doesn't add up.

Christian has no facebook, there are no petitions on asking for justice for him, there are only people like you and me reading his story. I did find a youtube video of him, which is actually how I found out about him. Please help in finding out the truth for Christian. This little boy had a brightness to his eyes, that made me want to tell his story. Start a facebook page for him, tell his story on others walls, blog about him, anything. This little boy is very quickly becoming another cold case, and he deserves justice......and justice means charging the right person.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tastey Tuesdays

Well time again for me to share some tastey ideas!!

Aside from being a mom, I've always wanted to be a professional cook or chef.

I have SO many recipes I am excited to share!!!!

Cheap, but good!

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What You'll need *1 whole chicken
*1/2 cup brown sugar
*3 Tablespoons Honey
*3 Tablespoons water OR chicken STOCK
*tin foil or pan with lid

Preparation *Preheat oven to 325
*Clean bird and remove any giblets, place in pan
*In cup mix brown sugar, honey, and stock, stir until liquidy.
*Rub bird with brown sugar mixture, make sure whole bird is covered.
*cover with tin foil or lid
Bake for 35-45 minutes per pounds, allow a little extra time for caramelization of sugar. Remember this is a lower, slower recipe. INTERAL TEMP SHOULD BE 180
Once finished let sit for about 15 minutes, move to carving board, carve and enjoy!!!!
We served this with plain rice, zucchini. It was juicy and delicious!!

I absolutely LOVE cooking in the crockpot!! Being a homemaker, I get busy and before I know it.....DINNER TIME!! Cooking in the crockpot gives me the ability to throw dinner together while everyone is happy in the morning. One of my favorite things to cook in the crockpot is Chili, which I'll make within the next few weeks.

Today however I'm going to tell you how to make Split Pea & Ham soup. Split pea is fairly straight forward, but really filling and good!!!

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What You'll need *1 bag split peas, these are usually in the rice and bean section on the bottom shelf
*4-5 large carrots, diced
*1 large white onion, diced
*1/2 pound cubed Ham
*4 tablespoons butter ****butter vs margarine below****
*Johnny's seasonings salt to taste
*5-6 cups water, more can be added later if its to thick for you


Place all ingredients in crockpot, if you're leaving for the day set crockpot to low. Leave for 5-6 hours, stir and set to warm until ready to serve. STIR BEFORE SERVING
ENJOY!! With a piece of toast on the side

****Butter VS. Margarine

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed The turkeys, the people who had put all the money i their heads together to figure out what to do with this Product to get their food Appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use i come out with some clever New flavorings. DO YOU KNOW... The difference between margarine and butter? ; Read on to the end...gets very interesting! Both have the same amount of calories. Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 Grams. 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other Foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only Because they are added! Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors Of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for Less than 100 years. And now, for Margarine.. Very high in Trans fatty acids. Very high in Trans fatty acids. Triple risk of coronary heart disease. Increases t otal cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and Lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk. Decreases immune response. Decreases insulin response. And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING! Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC.. This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and Anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing The mol You can try this yourself: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things: * no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that Should tell you something) * it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional Value; nothing will grow on it Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will Not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you Melt you toast?

There are a few sites who try to debunk these claims, but none can debunk that it 1. Lowers quality of breastmilk 2. Decreases immune response and 3. Decreases insulin response. And actually say yes, its true!