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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Corn Sugar Webinar Information

So two weeks ago I attended my very first webinar. This webinar was sponsored by CornSugar.com and was presented by Resourceful Mommy Media.  John White, PhD president of White Technical Research is an expert in high fructose corn syrup and was very helpful in giving us facts and information.  It was a pretty cool idea and the topic was super informative.  We learned about high fructose corn syrup (hfcs) or corn sugar.  The name "hfcs" has become almost profanity to some people.  As parents we have been told to avoid it at all costs.  I remembered hearing the rule, "if you can't pronounce it, you shouldn't put it in your body."  Well, I can pronounce fructose, but that's only because I've heard it so many times.

Table sugar and high fructose corn syrup “have the same exact effect on obesity and diabetes and on heart disease. It’s not that one is better.”  "Replacing HFCS with sucrose will not reduce obesity or improve health; they are essentially the same."  Don't fact quote me on this, but I think sucrose is what's in table sugar and stuff...

The biggest thing I learned from this webinar is that hfcs is not really as bad as I'd thought.  It is not more fattening, it is not any more unhealthy than other sugars.  The reason that it is so widely used is that corn syrup is much easier to mix into foods than regular sugar because it is already in liquid form.  Can sugar is in solid form and the extra step of having to turn it into a liquid must be utilized when company's are making their products. 

After the webinar, I went onto Twitter and started posting some of the stuff I learned.  Then people started getting irate with me and said that I am being mislead by big corporations.  Well, I don't know.  I still feel the same way as I did before.  Everything in moderation.  I try not to eat too much unhealthy sugary junk anyway.  Would I eat something with hfcs?  Sure.  Would I give it to my kids?  Sure.  I'm not gonna hook it into an IV and feed it directly into our veins, so I'm not too worried about it right now.

Any thoughts?  I'd love to hear what you're reaction is and what you've heard about hfcs.

“The information shared was provided by the Corn Refiners Association.  I have been compensated for writing this blog post.  All opinions are my own.”

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Melissa & Doug Play Kitchen Review & Giveaway!!!


As I've mentioned before, I'm a HUGE fan of Melissa & Doug.  Originally I was just super impressed by the quality of the puzzles.  They are a sturdy wood.  Well, I soon started to realize all the awesome toys they had besides puzzles!  For instance, we have a sandwich set, a cookie set, a pizza set to name a few.  They are very original and are also made of wood.  My kids love them!  Well, I had the opportunity to review a Melissa & Doug Play Kitchen and I can tell you, the excitement was overwhelming.  When I found out I was approved, I was so giddy I had to be sedated.

Well, the big day came and it arrived in the mail.  I had to start working on it immediately. So I worked on it.

And worked on it...

And worked on it...

And four hours later, I was done!!!

Yep, that's right, it took me FOUR HOURS to put together.  I worked on it non-stop all by myself.  The directions were easy to understand, it was just really time consuming.  Was it worth it?  YOU BET!  My kids have played with it every single day since I put it together.  It's adorable and very interactive.  The over opens, the microwave, the cabinet, the refrigerator, the freezer.  It's super cute and we all love it.  Plus, it's a sturdy, thick wood and I have no doubt it will last for years!  Now all my children will have jealous friends.

MOTR Grade: A+

Right now the Melissa & Doug Play Kitchen is on sale at Gummy Lump!  They are also on Facebook, Twitter, and have a blog


Gummy Lump has been awesome enough to offer an additional kitchen to one of my lucky readers!  How cool is that?!  Contest will run through October 13th and ends at noon central.  Open to US residents only.

To enter:

Visit Gummy Lump's website and tell me one thing you think your kids would love to get for Christmas. 

Additional entries:
1) Follow Gummy Lump on Twitter.
2) Like Gummy Lump on Facebook
3) Post a tweet about this giveaway with a link and @gummylump in the tweet.

Thanks and good luck!   

*Disclaimer: this product was given to me for free to review from Gummy Lump, Melissa & Doug and Tomoson.

This Product Was a Free Giveaway

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My Temperament

Hey all!  Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Between school and work and family,  I have been super busy!

I wanted to share something from class today.  We were asked to take this really good temperament test through the Keirsey Institute.  (If you want to google it, try "keirsey temperament sorter- II")  Mine was so spot on it was amazing!  I was reading it and I thought- I need to share this with everyone so maybe they will understand me better.  So here's my result:


Artisans are the temperament with a natural ability to excel in any of the arts, not only the fine arts such as painting and sculpting,  or the performing arts such as music, theater, and dance, but also the athletic, military, political, mechanical, and industrial arts as well as the "art of the deal" in business.

Artisans are most at home in the real world of solid objects that can be made and manipulated, and of real-life events that can be experienced in the here and now.  Artisans have exceptionally keen senses, and love working with their hands.  They seem right at home with tools, instruments and vehicles of all kinds, and their actions are usually aimed at getting them where they want to go, and as quickly as possible.  Thus Artisans will strike off boldly down roads that others might consider risky or impossible, doing whatever it takes, rules or no rules, to accomplish their goals.  This devil-may-care attitude also gives the Artisans a winning way with people, and they are often irresistibly charming with family, friends and co-workers.

Artisans want to be where the action is; they seek out adventure and show a constant hunger for pleasure and stimulation.  They believe that variety is the spice of life and that doing things that aren't fun or exciting is a waste of time.  Artisans are impulsive, adaptable, competitive and believe the next throw of the dice will be the lucky one.  They can also be generous to a fault, always ready to share with their friends from the bounty of life.  Above all, Artisans need to be free to do what they wish when they wish.  They resist being tied or bound or confined or obligated; they would rather not wait, or save, or store, or live for tomorrow.  In the Artisan view, today must be enjoyed for tomorrow may never come.

Artisans at work seek to make an impact upon the organizations where they work and upon society at large.  Their alertness to current realities, the joy they take in variation and their tendency to follow their instincts to do "what works" makes them good troubleshooters and negotiators, talented performers and craftspeople and excellent leaders in all kinds of emergencies and chaotic situations.

Even at work, your motto could be, "Let me entertain you.  Let me make you smile."  In fact, bringing playfulness to situations can be one of your greatest contributions on the job.  In your ideal job, you have the opportunity to apply your talent for performing and improvising communications so that they appeal to the individuals or groups of people in your environment.  Because of your gift or words your ideal position might include tasks that allow you to apply your communications talent for the good of the organization.

Well, what do you think?  If you know me, do you think this fits me?  Does this fit any of you?  If you choose to take the test, tell me your result and if you think it was fitting!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

How Rocket Learned to Read Book Review

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills is a super cute book that is perfect for this time of year!  My daughter just started preschool and this is about a puppy that never thought about school or learning to read (I don't think most puppies do) but with the help of a teacher bird, realized what fun it is to read and learn how to spell! 

It is perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners because it spells out small words and is interactive so that you can teach YOUR kids to read alongside Rocket.

I thought it was super adorable and will be one of our favorites!!