Friday, September 28, 2012

Now Accepting Sponsored Giveaways!

Wow, the sun is shining! It's going to be a beautiful day and weekend for that matter.  Do you have any special plans with your family?

I am excited to share with all of you that I am now accepting sponsored giveaways.  I have been receiving emails upon emails from many of you interested in this opportunity.  I have had a few successful ones on here already so I am ready to take it up a notch.

If you have a product that you would like to showcase, what better than through a sponsored giveaway?  It's a great way to gain potential clients and/or team members.

There is currently a small fee for sponsored giveaways, but I am also willing to work with you to help meet your needs.  If this is of interest to you, please contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com and we can discuss the details.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend everyone!

Stay tuned for Monday's Bible pack giveaway winner and a couple other giveaways in the works.



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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Don't Skimp on your Kids Health-Quick Recipes that Nourish!

Good afternoon!  I have some healthy recipes I would like to share with you.  Whether you are a Michigan mom or visiting reader, this health solution will benefit anyone who is interested in bettering their health.

Kimberly Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, wants to educate moms/women on the importance of nutrition and that we don't have to "skimp" on it because we lead busy lives.

Kimberly would like to share with us some quick and easy recipes that require very little planning and minimal preparation.  They are also very healthy items that believe it or not, children will love!  They also sound fabulous and I cannot wait to give these a try!

Breakfast Ideas

1.Banana Breakfast Wrap
1 sprouted whole grain tortilla
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
1 banana, diced
Spread almond butter on tortilla.
Top with bananas and roll.
 
2. Oatmeal Alternative:Instead of sugary instant oatmeal try a steal-cut oatmeal (look for products labeled gluten free), Kasha cereal, or buckwheat granolas are great choices.

 
Quick, Afternoon Snacks
These snacks are easy to prepare and can travel with your kid or be enjoyed at home.

1.Zucchini Hummus and Veggies
1 medium zucchini, sliced
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
½ teaspoon cumin seed
Dash sea salt
Your favorite vegetables.
 
Combine all ingredients (except vegetables) in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Serve with cut vegetables or spread on a pita wrap or gluten-free bread along with veggies.
 
2.Chia Seed Pudding
¼ cup raw, organic chia seeds
1 cup of Homemade Almond of Hazelnut Milk, or if it’s not possible to make it, use a store-bought unsweetened brand
½ Tbs. raw cacao powder
Stevia or Xylitol to sweeten
 
 
Place chia seeds in a bowl.Blend the almond milk, cacao powder and stevia or xylitol in the blender until mixed well and desired level of sweetness is reached. Pour over chia seeds and mix well.Let stand for at least 15 minutes before mixing again and serving.

3. Bugs on a Log: Almond butter on a celery stick with Goji berries. Goji berries are a good source of B vitamins and antioxidants.

Enjoy!

Blessings!

If you have any recipes you would like to share here on Michigan Home Mommy Works for our "Recipe Exchange" please contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com with the details!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Meet Melissa Buckles: Bargain Shopper Mom

Melissa Buckles
 
Hello Michigan moms and visiting readers.  I am so excited to be doing feature mom posts again.  It is a passion to be able showcase moms and their businesses so that they may gain that extra exposure, especially Michigan moms.
 
I would like to introduce to you an amazing woman who also happens to be a mother and an all around mompreneur in my book.  Everyone, I would like for you to meet: Melissa Buckles.

Melissa is a full time mom and bargain hunter. She has two little girls ages 10 & 7. She has always loved to shop and find the best price on anything and everything. Melissa isn't always frugal, but she rarely pays full price. She loves to shop online with coupon codes especially when they stack! She has a weakness for cute age appropriate children’s clothing, but shops flash sale sites and sales to help her money go farther.

Melissa wants to help others learn how to live a better life on a budget. The BargainShopperMom.com website provides daily posts including general savings tips, great deals, fashion for mom & kids, money-saving coupons, recipes, reviews, giveaways and much more.  Check it out, you will love it!!!!


Bargain Shopper Mom

In addition to the website, Melissa also teaches "Savings Workshops in Metro Detroit."  She currently teaches a Grocery Savings Class where attendees learn how to save over 50% at the grocery store. Melissa also has an upcoming Holiday Spending Class that will teach attendees tips and tricks to stretch the holiday budget even more this shopping season.  I'm thinking I might one to jump on this one, sounds awesome.  Who needs to learn how to budget more for the Holiday season?  ME!

Melissa also loves to give back and offers her classes as a fundraiser for local groups, PTOs and more.   All your group has to do is provide the space and promote the class to those you know and she will teach the class, provide amazing workbooks, and help people save money.  Your group will receive ALL the profits from the class entrance fee!  This provides a great value to the attendees and is an easy money maker for your group!  SUPER!

Be sure to fill out the quick and easy survey to let her know of your group’s interest.

The best way to get in on all the great deals and money saving advice is to subscribe to Bargain Shopper Mom by email that way, all the bargains will come right to your inbox.

Additionally, you can connect with her over at the Bargain Shopper Mom Facebook page or with Twitter.

I want to personally thank Melissa for allowing me to showcase her and her awesome Michigan business today.  It was an absolute delight.  If you haven't had a chance to check out her website, please do, It rocks!  I can't wait to utilize the site as a mom always looking for deals and cutting costs.  The classes sound amazing too.  If you would be interested in signing up for one of her classes, I would love to get a group together if possible.  Let me know your thoughts.

Many Blessings!

Images courtesy of Melissa Buckles/Bargain Shopper Mom

If you would like to have your business featured here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for details.                                    










Monday, September 24, 2012

Scandinavia Children Bible Studies App Review & Book Giveaway

 Hello Michigan moms and visiting readers!  I would like to kick off our week with a wonderful giveaway for you and your children.  As a Christian mom, I believe that raising our children up as unto the Lord is very important.  Incorporating a children's Bible study is essential for them to learn about Jesus and what He has for us in this life.
Do you currently do Bible studies with your children?  Here are some tips that can aide in helping children in learning the Bible whether it's a Children's Bible or not:
  • Having copies of the same Bible is helpful so they can follow along if they are of reading age.
  • Stick with a standard version of the Bible as King James, etc. can be very confusing.  Student Bibles are wonderful.
  • Strictly have a lesson on learning the books of the Bible so they know how to search for Bible verses and references.
  • Have your oldest child read out loud.  I have my oldest daughter do this from time to time and it is very helpful even when it comes to the younger children.
  • Be sure to have a discussion on what you read so that they may have a deep and meaningful understanding of God's Word.
For the preschool child, many of us know that they are more hands on and visual.  The Children's Bible iPad App is a great tool for teaching children at home about the Bible.  

The Children's Bibles contains 84 books, different well-known children’s Bible stories. 
They are all beautifully illustrated, in a classic naturalistic and colorful style, with sound effects and music. They are also made into movies, and you can record your own audio for reading so the child will hear the father, mother or grandparent reading the story.  These stories have already been sold, in printed form, in over 8 million copies in more than 110 languages and countries. (See the list in the App.) It is still reprinting 300,000 to 600,000 each year.
 
Check out the 3 free complete books and 3 free sample books. 
These are all stories from the Bible for different age groups from +0 to teenagers and even adults. They are faithful to the BIBLE, but shortened in some books.
 
Please have a look, and download this free App and look at the free books and samples.

 
Features:

•Read (you can read the stories yourself)

•Read to Me (listen to the story, while watching the pages turn)

•My Audio (record your own voice and play along with the story)

•Play movie (watch an animated video)
You can view details on the app here.   The Children's Bible Studies iPad app is by Scandinavia Publishing House.




I have personally viewed a demonstration of the Children's Bible iPad app and feel it is an awesome  tool for a child of any age, even adults. 
If you have an iPad in your possession, please take a look at this app and do a review on iTunes.  

Now, my favorite part....the GIVEAWAY!  Enter the giveaway below through Rafflecopter simply by logging in with your email and following the instructions.  The winner will receive a set of best selling Bible books:
  • Handy Bible
  • Comic Book Bible
  • Small Famous People of the Bible 
The value of the books are listed on the giveaway box.  Giveaway is valid in the U.S only. 

Ready, Set, Enter below!  Good luck everyone.  Giveaway ends on Monday, October 1st, 2012 and will be announced the same day.

Image: Tom Morris: Wikimedia Commons

Michigan Home Mommy Works was compensated for the Children's Bible review and giveaway, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.
 

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Women's Health and Fitness Day with BergaMet Mega




Women's Health & Fitness Day is right around the corner and on September 26th, thousands of women across the nation will come together to learn how to take control and make smarter steps towards healthier living. Women's Health & Fitness day was started to promote the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness by hosting local health-focused events for as many as 100,000 women. To help women of all ages get healthy and active, Dr. Ross Walker, author of 5 Stages of Health, offers the following tips:

Decades up to age 30: From 18 to 30, your muscles and joints, along with your vascular system, are at their best - take this time to start and maintain a lifelong exercise routine. Take a few different classes, whether it's Zumba or Yoga, to get an idea of what type of workout you would like to use to get in shape.

Age 30 to 40: Addictions, such as drinking and smoking, are bad for you at any age but as you get older they can have lasting effects on your health. Use this decade to quit those bad habits; make your decision to quit public, telling friends and family that you fully intend to stop will create the support system you need.

Age 40 to 50: In your 20s and 30s, eating a carton of ice cream at night seemed to have little effect on your figure, but once you hit your 40s that will start to change. This decade is where women begin to see the buildup of fat, so start a healthy diet now. To lose weight you will want to take in fewer calories than you burn off and once you feel you dropped those extra pounds try to maintain it - if you stop, the weight will begin to pour back on.

Age 50 to 60: Every visit to your doctor is the perfect opportunity for health screenings but this decade will be the most important when trying to pass those tests. Between your 50s and 60s, common diseases such as cancers and cardiovascular problems begin to manifest - make sure to get appropriate tests at annual checkups or when needed. You can also take daily steps towards preventing illnesses by taking dietary supplements, such as BergaMet Mega, which help to promote cardiovascular health and maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Age 60 and onwards: This time is when you should be taking active steps to keep your mind sharp and prevent yourself from slowing down, not just physically but mentally too. Try taking up a form of meditation, whether it's through yoga or sitting in silence for 30 minutes a day - this will help you gather your thoughts and relieve your body and mind from stress that can affect your healthy way of life.

It's definitely not too late to start exercising and adopting healthy eating habits.  What about supplements?   I would like to introduce to you BergaMet Mega as a potential supplement for your health.  BergaMet is a "100% natural Cholesterol and Metabolic support."  "It is a natural extract from a unique Italian fruit citrus Bergamot."



No matter what phase of development a woman is in, it's important to take those steps to keep our hearts healthy so that the rest of our bodies can function properly. Natural products are the way to go these days.  Makes sense too.  We should take advantage of what God has made for the health of our bodies.  If you would like more information on BergaMet Mega, you can obtain it here.

Here's to Michigan moms staying healthy!  Have a blessed weekend everyone!

Stay tuned for Monday's post!  Brand new feature mom post in the works.

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Images: Courtesy of BergaMet and Fitnessday.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sing-A-Long Michigan Moms!

Whaohao oh oh ah ohhh, Whaohao oh  "It's always a good time. "After watching this particular video over and over again, I have to admit, it's catchy!  I thought I would share it with my readers in case you haven't viewed it as of yet.  The song is originally sung by Owl City and Carly Rae Jebson.  Take a fun tour through our beautiful state with fellow Michiganders who have their vocals on, and be prepared to have the song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  Yeah, it's my ring-tone now! HAHA! It's also featured on our "Family Fun Page."  I am going to try to find a place for it to stay embedded on there on a continual basis. Enjoy!





Earn Free Opportunities with Michigan Home Mommy Works


Good afternoon Michigan moms!  Since we have been on the discussion of advertising and feature mom posts, I would like to share with you an upcoming program that you can take advantage of.  It is called "Media Mich Moms."  Trust me, this sounds more involved and complicated than it really is.  It's all really just for fun.  Through this program, you will be able to earn advertising opportunities through referrals, giveaways, guest posts, etc. 

I have been contemplating this idea for a while.  Since the responses have been better than I originally could have ever thought, I am going to move forward with it in the days ahead.  It's simple really, I will be creating a banner that you will be able to put on your website or blog that says: I'm a Media Mich Mom."  After this has been achieved, you will be on your way to earning free opportunities on Michigan Home Mommy Works.  Here are those opportunities:

  • Free Advertising (Sidebar business listing or banner advertisements)
  • Free Feature Mom posts
  • Reviews/Giveaways on Michigan Home Mommy Works with one of your products or services.
  • Referrals. 
  • Guest Posts
How can you earn through these opportunities?
  • Social Networking:  Choose your favorite social network and share Michigan Home Mommy Works three times a day for 5 days.  This will earn you Free banner advertising for one year. ($50 value.)  You will be required to document and share with me your activity.
  • Button Swap: If you place Michigan Home Mommy Work's button on your website or blog, I will do the same with your business or blog.  When this is established, you will earn a free feature mom post. ($25 value)
  • Product Submission: If you submit a product for your business for Michigan Home Mommy Works to review and giveaway, you will earn a free lifetime business listing on the left side bar of the blog. ($25 value)
  • Referral Option: Refer 3 Michigan Moms to purchase one advertising option (they must also become a fan on Facebook)  When this is achieved, you will earn a full advertising package worth $89.
  • Guest Posting: Guest posting on Michigan Home Mommy Works is a great way to get your business out there for free!  In return, allow Michigan Home Mommy Works to guest post on your website or blog!
If you would be interested in utilizing this program, please contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for more details!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

And the 5 Free Feature Mom Posts Go To.....


  1. Bargain Shopper Mom
  2. Table 4 Five
  3. Parsimonious Pash
  4. Northern Michigan Coupon Girl
  5. Sweeping the USA

Congratulations to all of you!

These lucky 5 Michigan business moms will be featured here (for free) on Michigan Home Mommy Works in the days ahead.  I look forward to showcasing each and every one with all of our readers.

Normally, I would link each title to their trusted website, but I thought it would be fun to just save that for their feature mom posts, I know you understand.  This is just a sneak peek so to speak!  But, I know this may not stop you from googling them and looking it up for yourself, haha!  That's okay though, you get to learn more about their awesome businesses here on the blog.  So much fun!

These amazing moms will also receive a free lifetime business listing on the left sidebar of the blog.  All feature mom posts are valued at $25 and lifetime business listings are valued at $35.  A great deal!  To schedule your feature mom post at this wonderful deal contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com or place your order here on the advertising page (bottom).  You can also earn a free feature mom post,  free lifetime business listing, and 1 free year of advertising.  Ask me how!  All feature mom posts stay featured on the blog for two days with extensive social networking!  Don't miss out on these opportunities.

Again, congrats to our 5 Michigan mom winners!  Keep an eye out on these feature mom posts beginning Monday, September 24th!

Many blessings!

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Friday, September 14, 2012

And the Winner of the Mia Mariu Cosmetics Giveaway Is............

Katie Kondek! 
 
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Congratulations Katie!  Katie will receive a free Hydrating Stick Gloss and Loose Mineral Shadow from Mia Mariu!  She will get to choose her desired colors of these amazing natural products.
 
Thanks to all of you who entered our giveaway, I anticipate many more! I also want to say thank you to Mia Mariu for this opportunity. Have a blessed weekend everyone!


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

5 Free Featured Mom Posts up for Grabs!

NOW CLOSED!

Hello fellow Michigan moms and visiting readers.  In honor of Michigan Home Mommy Works rising successes, thanks to all of you, I am giving away 5 free featured mom posts.

For all of our new readers out there, let me explain what exactly a feature mom post is.  If you have a business based in Michigan, whether from home or abroad, I would like to feature you and showcase your business on our blog.  Here is a sample of a past feature mom post....Kimi's Custom Cakes 

This is great exposure for your business and a great way to gain potential clients or team members.  Since Michigan Home Mommy Works was launched in January, 2012, we are now at over 1,000 page views a month as of two months ago.  Because of this thrilling accomplishment, I am rewarding 5 readers who has not yet had their business showcased on the blog.  This is valued at $25.

Here is how it will work and it's very simple:

The first 5 to comment below with their hottest selling business item, will receive a free business mom post. Please leave your EMAIL ADDRESS with your comment so I may contact you with details.  I will also throw in a free business listing which will appear on the left hand side of the blog.  Yes, I am feeling extra generous, haha!  Lifetime Business Listing is valued at: $35.

Sound good to you?  Okay, here we go.  READY, SET, POST!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Great Back to School Challenge with TakePart and DonorsChoose.org

Good afternoon everyone!  I was recently contacted by TakePart to introduce to you an amazing program going on right now until the end of the month.  Before going forward with the information, here is a brief summary about TakePart and DonorsChoose.org.


About TakePart

 TakePart, the digital arm of Participant Media, is a leading source of socially relevant news, opinion, entertainment, and information on ways to get involved with the issues that shape our lives. Participant’s philosophy that “a story well told can change the world” is the driving force behind TakePart’s mission: to inspire and accelerate social change by connecting compelling content to actions users can take. TakePart’s articles, videos and social action campaigns can be found on Takepart.com, on YouTube via TakePart TV at youtube.com/takepart and on MSN at Takepart.msn.com.
 
About Participant Media
Participant Media (participantmedia.com) is an entertainment company that focuses on documentary and non-documentary feature films, television, publishing and digital content about the real issues that shape our lives. For each of its projects, Participant creates social action and advocacy programs to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Participant’s online division and Social Action Network is TakePart (takepart.com). Founded by Chairman Jeff Skoll in 2004, Jim Berk serves as CEO. Participant’s films include The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson’s War, An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night, and Good Luck, The Visitor, Food, Inc., TheCove, The Crazies, Countdown to Zero, Waiting for “Superman,” Fair Game, PAGE ONE: Inside The New York Times, The Help, Contagion, Last Call at the Oasis, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
 
 
About DonorsChoose
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters. To date, 88,000 public and charter schoolteachers have used the site to secure funding for $30.3 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through www.DonorsChoose.org, individuals from all walks of life have helped 1.8 million students from low-income families.
Here is additional information they would like for me to share with all Michigan moms today:

TAKEPART AND DONORSCHOOSE.ORG PARTNER ON ‘THE GREAT BACK-TO-SCHOOL CHALLENGE’ TO SUPPORT 19 U.S. CLASSROOMS


With Public School Teachers Spending Three Billion Dollars* of Their Own Money Annually on School Supplies, Help is Needed More than Ever Before LOS ANGELES, Sept 5, 2012 — TakePart, a leading source of socially relevant news, opinion and entertainment, and DonorsChoose.org, the online charity that connects individual “citizen philanthropists” with classrooms in need, today announced their ‘Great Back-to-School Challenge.’ This initiative shines a spotlight on nineteen dedicated teachers and their respective classroom projects. If funded these projects can make a big difference in educating hundreds of students this school year.

 Kicking off September 4th and running through the end of the month, the projects picked for the campaign range from trombones for a music class, to garden supplies for an urban garden, to sensory tools for a special needs class.  

 This is not the first time that TakePart and Participant Media, its parent company,have partnered with DonorsChoose.org.  In 2010, the two companies worked together on “Take The Pledge,” an initiative benefiting 2.8 million students developed in connection with the release of Waiting for Superman, Participant Media’s award-winning documentary about the crisis of public education in the United States.

 "DonorsChoose.org offers a platform for citizens to empower public school teachers in an easy and highly actionable way,” said Nichol Nelson, editorial director of TakePart. "We hope that this campaign will drive awareness of the issues facing the public school system, its teachers and its students, and ultimately activate the community to support a number of classrooms in need.”
"We partnered with TakePart because of their ability to engage large audiences around important issues like education and connect them to action" said Anna Doherty, senior marketing manager of DonorsChoose.org. Their consistent commitment to raising awareness of the challenges facing our public schools is evidenced in this creative back-to-school program."

Individuals interested in contributing to the TakePart-sponsored classrooms can go to www.takepart.com/backtoschool from September 4 through September 30 to view the projects and make a donation.

 *Note: Data compiled from http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=28, http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff15.html andhttp://www.donorschoose.org/
 
 Thank you to TakePart for sharing this information with us.  Have a blessed evening everyone!
 
Image by Vanessa Weikart and Source info and logo by TakePart

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mia Mariu Cosmetics Review and Giveaway

Good morning Michigan moms and visiting moms.  Are you ready for a fun giveaway to jump start your week?  Before I kick it off, let me share with you these amazing yet unique cosmetics by Mia Mariu.


Mia Mariu is a health and beauty social selling company that offers money making opportunities for women alike.  Based in Dallas, this company's products are considered natural.  Most likely, many of us have been made aware of all the toxins and chemicals that are in the big brand name cosmetics and what they are potentially doing to our skin.  Natural beauty products are the way to go this day and age with all-natural ingredients. This is where Mia Mariu comes in.

I recently received and sampled a couple of their products such as their lipstick and loose mineral eye shadow.  You can most certainly tell the difference in texture and quality versus your big brand name cosmetics. Why?  Mia Mariu uses "quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and peptides in all their cosmetics."  Upon applying my samples, my face felt lighter and healthier.  I have not been able to say that about my current "natural" cosmetics.  Is it time to make a switch?

Mia Mariu also offers business opportunities.  If you are a Michigan mom who fancy's natural cosmetics and would be interested in becoming an advisor, read about the Mia Mariu opportunity.  It's an excellent way to earn discounts on your favorite cosmetics all the while earning an extra income from a stellar company.  Interested in giving Mia Mariu a try?

Now onto the fun part of the review.  The Giveaway!  Mia Mariu is offering one Hydrating Stick Gloss and one Loose Mineral Shadow Liner to one lucky reader. The winner can have the color of their choice on each product. A Retail Value of $29 for U.S residents only. 

The giveaway will be through Rafflecopter.  It's simple.  Just login with Facebook or your email below and answer the questions to enter.  Each question is worth a certain amount of points.  When the giveaway comes to a close, the winner is chosen automatically through Rafflecopter.  Mia Mariu will ship the winner their hydrating stick and gloss shortly after they have been announced. Giveaway begins today and ends Friday, September 14th, 2012 at midnight.  Winner will be announced on Monday, September 17th in the morning post.

Enjoy and Happy Monday!

I personally received products from Mia Mariu to review here on Michigan Home Mommy Works.  All opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

Image courtesy of Mia Mariu

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Meet Christy Little Jones

Good morning Michigan moms.  I would like to introduce to you another amazing woman who happens to be a national speaker for marriage and relationships.  Also, get out a pen and paper for some stellar tips on how to train your child to be a world changer.  (I've included my Christian perspective at the end of this post.)

Christy Little Jones
Christy is a highly sought after national speaker that passionately expresses her love, joy and experience as a single woman, wife, and mom in a very real and engaging way.

With a successful father hailed the NFL Football Hall of Famer, Class 2010 (Floyd Little: Denver Broncos) and a mother graced as one of the first black models in Seventeen and Mademoiselle Magazines in the early 1960's, Christy has maintained that invigorating entrepreneurial spirit and ventured into the world of marriage and relationship coaching.

Raising a world changer is no easy task. Parenting is one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding positions there is! While raising a child with strong, healthy values, it’s important to keep in mind that being an intentional parent produces a great outcome. The same principles apply to child rearing.

 What is put into raising, imparting and guiding a child in the present, will harvest a strong, forward-thinking world changer later. Apply these FIVE factors from Christy Little Jones as keys to raising your child to change the world he lives in…and watch him grow.

1.STUDY YOUR CHILD --As the parent of a world-changer child, you must start with a vision. What are your child’s natural gifts? What are their interests? Sit down with each child in your household and ask them what they believe their gifts are and how do they want to use them to bring change into the world? Incorporate their answers with who you know them to be.

2. HAVE A STRATEGIC PLAN. Now that you have identified a few of your child’s gifts, talents and interests, now is the time to start taking action and putting those gifts into practice. Begin to set goals and a purpose with a desired outcome to keep you on track. Depending on the interest and/or gift, ask your child what he would like to do to bring about change in the world using his/her gifts. For example: if your son or daughter loves animals, together, come up with ways that his/her love for animals can change the world. Depending on the age of your child, volunteer at an animal shelter or dog sit for a friend. If reading is your child’s interest, bring her to read to seniors at a retirement community. It’s a great way to serve happiness and impact someone’s life for the better.

3. BE CONSISTENT – Consistency requires commitment and discipline. Consistency is going to be the glue that holds your child’s strategic plan together. If you are wishy-washy or don’t follow through, you can’t expect to gain the same results. Be intentional and have integrity with what you set out to do, so that you can be sure to keep your commitment.

4. ALLOW ROOM FOR EXPLORING – Experience is the best teacher!  When we create the space for our child/ren to explore, learning and development takes place at any age. A child who explores their ideas, thoughts and beliefs through action gains the freedom to engage with others on a deeper level. Exploring helps us to discover who we are, what we like and what we don’t.  Can you imagine creating an environment for your child/ren where “failure” is embraced? What a wonderful gift to give your child.

5. BE YOUR CHILD’S CHEERLEADER! Your words hold power and your position has long-lasting influence. Make the decision to support and encourage your child throughout the trials and tribulations of parenthood.  Be careful with your words; choose them wisely. Be a parent that your son or daughter can trust with their innermost secrets and fears. If your child trusts you, he or she will give you their heart and you will gain access to walking with them along their journey to changing the world!

These tips are excellent for all parents. As a Christian parent, I believe that prayer and reading of the Word goes along way and will help enhance these tips for raising our children into becoming God fearing adults.  Isn't it amazing?  God is good.

Thank you Christy for sharing your bio and tips with us.  It was a joy sharing this information with our readers.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend everyone! Stay tuned for Coupon Friday which will now be strictly on our "Deals for Moms" page!

Many Blessings!

Image and Sources Courtesy of Blink PR

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Meet Mary O'Donohue

Good afternoon Michigan moms.  Today, I would like to introduce to you an amazing woman author:

Mary O'Donohue

Mary O'Donohue, a working mother, developed a unique month-by-month program that she and her husband use to successfully educate their children about the twelve values her family holds most dear. Her award winning book, When You Say "Thank You," Mean It, is a solution for busy 21st century parents who want to raise children who are ethical,compassionate, grateful, and respectful. Her book creatively engages the entire family using weekly exercises, thought-provoking Questions of the Day, challenging role-playing games, and other fun, family-friendly activities.
 
 

Mary is a regular contributer to the Parent'hood column in the Chicago Tribune, and has been featured on many web sites including AOL's ParentDish, www.sheknows.com and www.learnvest.com. She has appeared on numerous TV programs including the nationally syndicated The Better Show, and is interviewed regularly on radio shows across the country. Mary is also a transformational speaker, engaging enthusiastic audiences about the power of extraordinary character from childhood onward.

Mary balances being a mom with a long career in television production and has worked on shows such as “Today” and “Meet The Press,” as well as on numerous music and entertainment programs including “MTV Unplugged,”and on many talk shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Mary and her husband Jim have been married for 17 years and are parents to Connor, a teen, and Grace, a 'tween. An avid traveler, Mary has spent time in China, Turkey,Greece, Malta, Ireland, England, Wales, France, Germany, and Italy. She loves to read and has a passion for photography. Mary donates a portion of her author’s net profits to charities benefiting families and education.
 
Around the holidays, many churches and organizations raise money to buy gifts for children in hospitals, shelters, and foster care. Mary has participated many times in these events and has seen first hand how much it means to the children involved. But this year, why not try something even more meaningful and memorable, and help provide experiences  - not things - to disadvantaged kids. Here are some unusual ways to make the holidays special for kids in need:
 
- Bring in a local church choir or madrigal singers to take the children from a group home out Christmas caroling. Provide hot chocolate and holiday treats when they return.
 
- Ask local artists to participate in a hands-on art project with a multicultural holiday theme at a homeless shelter. Find out if an art store in the area will donate supplies. Make the project something interactive and don't be afraid to be a little messy - kids love that! Just bring along some old shirts and towels (and volunteers) for quick and efficient clean up.
 
- Bring in a professional storyteller to a community center in a disadvantaged area of your community and invite them to share a classic holiday story like The Night Before Christmas.
 
- Theater tickets can be out of reach for many needy families due to cost. Get together with your extended family, friends or co-workers, and between you, buy tickets to a holiday themed show or musical for a few local families who simply can't afford such an extravagance. Contact the theater manager and see if you can get the seats for half price. Maybe they'll even throw in a few tickets on the house! Arrange for transportation or provide a parking pass.
 
- Arrange for a professional magician to entertain at the children's ward of the community hospital during Chanukah or Christmas. Make sure the magician will go from bed to bed for the sickest children. Kids who are facing illness need to be reminded that life can still be magical.
 
-Ask local restaurants in your hometown to consider setting up a Holiday Table. Restaurant patrons, local businesses, or places of worship can be invited to sponsor the table for one night in December to provide a free meal for a family in need this holiday season. Make sure to choose restaurants with kid friendly options!
 
 Thank you to Mary O'Donohue for allowing Michigan Home Mommy Works to share your bio and experiences with our readers. 
 
Images and Sources Courtesy of Blink Pr
 
 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mejier Stores Team up with Produce for Kids to support Healthier Eating

Good evening everyone!  In honor of our recipe exchange page here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, I would like to share with you a program through Meijer and Produce for Kids.  Many parents are concerned about healthy eating in the home especially in schools, how about you?  Here is a summary of this fantastic program:

Meijer and Produce for Kids are teaming up to host the second annual Healthy Schools, Healthy Minds campaign. Now through September 29th, local shoppers can contribute to this cause and support your local schools by adding produce to their Meijer shopping lists. During the campaign, participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a donation based on consumption of their fresh produce items to DonorsChoose.org, which will support local classroom projects.

Shoppers can be on the lookout for the Produce for Kids display unit, featuring characters from popular Sprout shows, LazyTown™ and Noodle and Doodle, in the produce section of their local Meijer store. The more items shoppers add to their shopping lists, the more local classrooms will benefit!

Meijer will also feature the Ideal Meals™ program from Produce for Kids in the produce department. Ideal Meals cards provide 12 quick, easy, and healthy chef-created/dietitian-approved complete meal solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts.

Please find below some NEW delicious and nutritious fall inspired Ideal Meals recipes from Produce for Kids:


Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

Serves 8
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:
·   2 Tbsp. olive oil
·   2 cups mushrooms, chopped
·   1 cup green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
·   1 large onion, finely chopped
·   3 cups spinach, loosely packed, chopped
·   1 lb. 2% cottage cheese
·   2 cups (plus ½ cup) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
·   ¼ tsp. salt
·   26 oz. jarred low sodium pasta sauce
·   2 large zucchini, sliced, ¼-inch thick rounds
·   8 oz. no-boil whole wheat lasagna noodles

Directions:
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms, peppers, onions and spinach. Cook 5 minutes, or until water evaporates. Season with salt and pepper.
2. In mixing bowl, mix cottage cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese and salt. Divide into 2 portions.
3. Grease slow cooker. Cover bottom with ⅓ of sauce and assemble as follows: single layer noodles, ⅓ of cooked vegetables, single layer zucchini, 1 portion of cottage cheese mixture, single layer of noodles. Repeat layering once in same order. Add layer of remaining sauce, cooked vegetables and zucchini.
4. Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella cheese on top.
5. Cook on low for 5 hours or until noodles and zucchini are tender.

Nutrition Information:
Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna: Calories 490, Fat 16.32g, Protein 31.17g, Carbohydrate 50.81g, Fiber 4.64g, Cholesterol 51mg, Sodium 379mg, Calcium 614mg, Vitamin A 2696 IU, Vitamin C 39.07mg, Iron 2.88mg


Lentil and Veggie Soup

Serves 6
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours

Ingredients:
·   2 cups potatoes, quartered
·   2 cups carrots, peeled, chopped
·   2½ cups green lentils, cooked
·   2 bell peppers, seeded, chopped
·   1 cup mushrooms, chopped
·   2 cups onions, chopped
·   6 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
·   2 large tomatoes, chopped
·   6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
·   1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
·   2 - 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, or as needed

Directions:
1. Place potatoes, carrots, lentils, peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic, tomatoes and broth in slow cooker.
2. Cook on high for 1 hour, add Italian seasoning. Reduce heat to low and cook for 7 hours.
3. Turn off heat, season with lemon juice.

Nutrition Information:
Lentil & Veggie Soup Calories 423; Fat 5.08g; Protein 21.92g; Carbohydrate 76.62g; Fiber 13.6g; Cholesterol 6mg; Sodium 762mg; Calcium 311mg; Vitamin A 8184 IU; Vitamin C 66.04mg; Iron 5.20mg
 
Apple Pear Crumble


Serves 6
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
·   3 pears, peeled, cored, sliced
·   2 apples, peeled, cored, sliced
·   1 cup rolled oats
·   ⅔ cup brown sugar
·   ½ cup whole wheat flour
·   6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
·   ¼ tsp. allspice
·   2 Tbsp. orange juice
·   ¼ cup caramel dip

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
2. Lightly butter 8x8-inch baking pan, dust with flour. Cover bottom of baking dish with pears and apples.
3. Blend oats, brown sugar, flour, butter and allspice with electric mixer until it binds and is coarse. Crumble mixture over the pear and apple slices. Sprinkle with orange juice.
4. Bake 30 - 35 minutes or until golden brown and fruit is soft. Drizzle with caramel dip.

Nutrition Information:
Apple Pear Crumble Calories 417, Fat 12.54g, Protein 6.43g, Carbohydrate 85.72g, Fiber 7.66g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 57mg, Calcium 61mg, Vitamin A 431 IU, Vitamin C 10.37mg, Iron 2.22mg

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Images courtesty of Produce for Kids

Michigan Home Mommy Works received compensation through this program.  Any opinions expressed here are my own.

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