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7 Coping Skills for Kids

7 Coping Skills for Kids by PioneerMomma.comWe all use coping skills at one point or another in our lives.  Whether they are productive or not, there is always that one thing we do to calm ourselves down.  In a kid with special needs (autism, mental illness, etc.), they may not be so apt to use them as quickly.  Or even know what they are.

Bubba had a meltdown yesterday, and we had another opportunity to work with him on his coping skills.  He can now recite them and tell you about each one, but that’s only when he’s calm.  Mid-meltdown, he needs some help.

Through the last few years we have learned quite a few coping skills that work for him, and may work for other children, as well.  I’d like to share some of these coping skills for kids so that maybe you can find one or two not tried yet.  Who knows, maybe it is the “magic” one!  For Bubba, deep breaths is the current effective coping skill.  But he does still need one of us there to guide his breathing.  Other than that, the ones that previously worked for him don’t as much anymore.

The great thing about coping skills is that there are so many to choose from.  When we started out learning his specific coping skills, I went down a list.  Mid-meltdown:  try this.  Didn’t work?  Okay, try this.  Still didn’t work?  How about this one.  That is really how we figured out what would work best with him.  As he is growing up, they have evolved or changed a bit, but that is okay.  The whole purpose is to get the child to be able to calm themselves, or with little outside help.  By getting them to realize that they have the power to reduce or tolerate the stressors around them, it gives them more control over their behavior and the situation.

Here are a few coping skills for kids we have tried over the years, and some we haven’t yet.  Hopefully you find one that helps!

1.  Deep breaths:  This one is Bubba’s go-to right now.  He does need help getting the breaths started, but it really does start working after about four or five.  He focuses more on the breathing, rather than what caused the meltdown in the first place.

2.  Counting down:  This one helps in the same manner, giving the child something else to focus on, rather than the stressful event at hand.

3.  Visualization:  We used this one in the very beginning, and it helped a lot.  Bubba wasn’t really able to express what he was feeling at that point, so the visualization helped redirect his focus on something peaceful.  Then we would ask feelings questions, or use a chart like this one.  To use visualization, speak in a low and calm manner, describing a relaxing activity or place the child enjoys.  Ours was on a cloud.   It’d go something like this:  “You’re on a cloud, high up in the sky.  It’s so quiet, and you can feel the cool breeze brushing through your hair.  The sun is nice and warm, and you are laying on the cloud like a giant pillow-y bed.”  Then I’d introduce a bird, or something to get him talking about the scene as well.  Usually by that point (sometimes having to repeat the sequence a few times) he’d be much calmer.

4.  Art:  This one is more of an activity than an immediate remedy, but it helps for the escalation period.  Find an activity your child enjoys and have it readily available, and let them know that it is a therapy activity.  By reminding Bubba that his arts and crafts and LEGO bins were good sensory and therapy, he now can go to them on his own, recognizing when he is getting upset.

5.  Weighted Blanket:  This one will work on some kids, and not on others.  The equal pressure provided by the blanket eases the stress that the child is feeling at the time.  You can even make your own at home.

6.  Stress Ball:  We were recommended to have a pillow for Bubba to punch at one point.  I don’t really like that idea, since it is still violent, so we make sure he has stress balls on hand.  He has a few he takes around with him in his bag, and he has a squeezer that he uses occasionally.

7.  Essential Oils or Scents:  This one is done by the adult.  Sometimes I will secretly scent a room in Lavender, or another calming smell, to ease tension.  Using this in combination with the more immediate coping skills (or even one such as art or building with LEGOs) will help to create a calming atmosphere.

Those are a few of the coping skills for kids we’ve come across in the last few years.  Hopefully one will work for you!  Does your child have a different coping skill?  Is there anything that has worked well or really not worked well at all?  I’d love to hear!

**Gotta put the disclaimer….Remember, I’m not giving medical or psychological advice, just our opinions and what has worked for us.  If you choose to use these, you do so of your own accord.  You should ask your family doctor or psychologist for what would work best in your situation.**

THIS WEEK’S BOOK CLUB QUESTION:  I’d love to hear your overall reaction to the story thus far.  Likes and dislikes?  How do you think the story will end?  How would you like it to end?  Email your answers here to be included in Friday’s post!

 

What’d You Do This Weekend? #50

Y’all, it’s the fiftieth What’d You Do This Weekend I’ve co-hosted with Tumbleweed Contessa!  It remains one of my favorite times of the week and I am still super grateful for being a part of it.  Thank you all so much for making our party as fun and interesting as it is, every week! :-)

Last week had awesome temps for us.  They are getting a little higher this coming week, but still way better than about a month ago!  The last tomatoes are ripening on the vines and we have new pumpkins coming in.  The plumbing in our place is getting redone, Hubby is expecting his surgery approval any day now, and Bubba is completely done with needles for the rest of the year.  Yay!  Good times.

This week I shared a DIY Witch’s Brew Halloween Sign, the second Friday Book Club post for October, and this week’s Weekly Worksheet.

     DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com   Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty    2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 43 (free printable) by PioneerMomma.com

On to the features!  As always, I love to see what everyone’s been doing, and Stumbled, pinned, and shared many of your posts.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa for her favorites of the week.  Here are mine:

MOST VIEWED:  DEHYDRATED SALSA IN A JAR BY TAYLOR-MADE RANCH!

Dehydrated Salsa in a Jar by Taylor-Made Ranch

Dehydrated Salsa in a Jar by Taylor-Made Ranch

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Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake by Cookin and Craftin

Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake by Cookin and Craftin

Market Tote Bag - Little House Living

Reusable Market Tote Bag by Little House Living

What I've Learned as a New Blogger + Resources to Help You Get Started by Finding Morgan

What I’ve Learned as a New Blogger + Resources to Help You Get Started by Finding Morgan

The winner of September’s ad spot winner for both Pioneer Momma and Tumbleweed Contessa is Just Short Of Crazy!  Everyone be sure to stop by and show some bloggy love  :-)

 Now, let’s get on with this week’s linkup!  To old, new, and future bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.

 By linking up, you agree to let Pioneer Momma use the picture linked by you, in the case of a feature.  If I am unable to grab the pic from your page, you will get an email from me in the couple days ahead of the linkup requesting a pic file to use.  Each feature pic includes a link back to your original post.  The features are pinned and shared on various social media, each linking directly back to your original post.  Thanks for linking up with us!

 

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2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 43 (free printable)

It’s time to plan our week!  Ours is still going to be a bit wonky, since the piping work isn’t completely done yet.  However, we will try to stick to as much of our schedule as we can.  Bubba is REALLY counting on that meatloaf this week!

2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 43 (free printable) by PioneerMomma.com

Garlands and cats this week!

Here’s how our week will look…

What’s for dinner?

(it’s a week full of simple meals for us, as we’ve still got construction going on!)

Sunday – TBD

Monday – Tacos

TuesdayBroccoli and Cheese Soup

Wednesday – Sandwich bar

Thursday – Salad bar

Friday – Meatloaf

Saturday – Boys’ Night

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This week’s goals

Home – Standby to move anything that is in the way of the plumbers and dry-wallers, and do clean up.

Personal – Go to the library at least once this week.

Blog – Make wreath and post tutorial

Tackle – Sort through filing cabinet and shred what isn’t needed anymore.

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Focus Word

Patience

I chose this word because I really feel like I’m running out.  I woke up to our landlord inside the house earlier this week and that was not very comforting!  Especially because we were home.  Apparently they were within their rights to enter, although the pipe work time frame is a three week window.  I understand that the work needs to be done, but really wish they would give a 24 notice of entry!  Apparently the prior notice was enough, and they can enter any time until next month.  Ugh.  I need a lot of patience right now.

Ready to plan your week?  Click here or on the picture above to print out your worksheet.  Have a great week!

Friday Book Club: October #2

Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyAs we reach the end of the first half of Big Little Lies, I have to say my opinion has definitely changed, when it comes to some of the characters.  Since it is written in more than one perspective, we get a more in depth version of each woman’s life and how they perceive others’ lives.

One of the biggest things I have noticed is that the title of the book is beginning to have much more meaning.  All of us, at one point or another, have had to tell a little lie.  Whether it was a “white lie” to prevent someone else from getting hurt, or a more serious one, that hides the violent nature of a relationship so others won’t judge.  As we start to dive deeper into Madeline, Jane, and Celeste’s stories, the little lies they tell come to the surface.

I feel so bad for Celeste, as it seems she is justifying being in an abusive relationship.  Although nobody knows it, because to the outside world, they create a “Facebook perfect” scene, she really is suffering.  I was happy when she ended up searching a domestic violence center, but saddened again when she thought the good times were worth getting hit again.  I can understand where she comes from, and how she thinks a lot of the abuse is caused by her, but I wish she had more self confidence to go back to the girl she used to be.

Which brings me to my next topic.  I almost cried hearing about Jane and her experience with Saxon Banks.  Up to this point in the story, she had led on that it was nothing but a one night stand, and that there wasn’t much more than that.  However, we knew something was wrong, since she kept running with Ziggy.  What was she running from?  When she shared her story with Madeline and finally opened up about it, the reader really wants to give her a hug and tell her exactly what Madeline said, that it wasn’t her fault.  In Jane’s case, her little lie was covering up a traumatic experience.

Madeline, to me, has turned into a much more likable character.  In the beginning, I thought she was a little self righteous and snooty.  Now, we see that she really does care about her friends and family and genuinely wants to help them.  It was wonderful when she came to Jane’s aid, not only bringing the cardboard for Ziggy’s project, but helping through the entire thing.  She knew Jane was stressed and helped.

Last week I asked this:

It has already been said that Madeline loves conflict.  Do you think she was looking for a fight when Ziggy wasn’t invited to Amabella’s birthday party?  Why or why not?  What do you think about the statements by the various characters for the investigation?  How do you feel they contribute to the story?

Here’s what some of you said…

I don’t necessarily believe Madeline likes conflict… She speaks her mind…she is a do something kind of a person when others do nothing…she doesnt sit idly by and let something bad happen to a good person…she is an advocate..a voice for for those who don’t have a voice or choose not to have a voice is any given situation…you could say the same about Renata…in a bullying sense…big mouth but with malice…snotty woman using her position to push people around…because she thinks she can or thinks because she is who she is that she can get away with it…she is an educated bully with position..in my opinion… 
At first I wasn’t sure about the authors use of the way the interrogation conversation was written…but I actually like it…and EVERYONE has an opinion and some of it gossip…I liked all the different interpretations of how each persons view was different from the actual truth… how neighborhood gossip is so ridiculous…and so prevalent in every neighborhood… –Jude

 

I don’t think she was looking for a fight, more protecting someone else.  Aside from her already being in a bad mood, she recognized that Jane and Ziggy were being treated unfairly. –Linda

For my answer, I really think that Madeline sees a bit of herself in Jane.  She wants to take her under her wing, but also realizes that people shouldn’t treat others with blatant disrespect.  I did feel that handing out the invitations the first day and excluding Ziggy was wrong.  Whether he hurt Amabella or not remains to be seen, but two wrongs also don’t make a right.  On a side note, I also like what she said in regards to the petitions, most recently being about the cupcakes.  She mentioned that people may go overboard with petitions at the school, when maybe all that is needed is a suggestion.

As far as the character statements, I really enjoy them and their placement in the story.  I think that certain opinions given (or gossip) can reinforce whatever was going on in that chapter.  It helps to give multiple perspectives on, essentially, one topic: drama, or supposed drama, leading up to the parent death at Trivia Night.  I hope they continue through the rest of the story.

What about you?  Do you feel differently?  How do you like the book so far?  I’d love to hear!

DIY Witch’s Brew Halloween Sign

DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com

I love hanging things on my walls.  And doors, and dressers (there’s a pink feather boa there at the moment), and anything else I can stick a pin into.  Cross that with a voracious love of painting and crafting, and you get this DIY Witch’s Brew Halloween Sign.  It could technically be called upcycled, as I used a really awesome pre-made base with a not so awesome quote as my inspiration for this project.  The beer mug on the side was just screaming to be made into a bubbly green potion!

This sign is super simple to make.  All you need are some acryclic crafting paints (orange, green, yellow, purple, and black), a piece of wood to turn into the sign (if you can find one like mine, it would be that much easier.  I snagged this one on sale at Ross), and a few paint brushes.

DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com

The first thing I did was painted a starting coat of black over the whole sign, except for the bubbly part of the beer.  Since that would be a lighter green, I figured it would be best to keep it the white color underneath.  Let the first coat dry (about 15 minutes), and add 1-2 more, until you get a solid black.

DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com

When the final coat of black is completely dry, start on the mug.  I took the green paint and added a tiny bit of black to make it a shade darker, and didn’t mix it completely.  Swirl a flat square paintbrush around to make “bubbles”.  You will need a few coats of this as well, but you can easily do that by swirling more bubbles on top of the dry layer.  By not mixing the green paint completely, you get a nice variation of colors and shades in the brew bubbles.  They are supposed to be “toxic”, right?

DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com

After the green has dried, you can paint the mug.  I added a bit of black to the purple, to make a darker shade.  Then I painted 2 layers of the darker purple onto the mug and handle, letting it dry between each coat.  Take the regular purple and paint some mug lines.  This part was really easy, as I could still see a slight elevation from the original paint job.  I cheated and copied those :-)

Once the mug is dry, add some extra green bubbles so it looks as if the potion is popping and fizzing.  Take a bit of yellow paint to add in some highlights to the bubbles.  Imagine a light source from one direction of the sign and that will be a good guideline on where to place the highlights.

DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com

The phrase I chose for this sign is “Witch’s Brew sold here, only 3 eyes of newt!”.  Using a pencil, draw out the basic lines for your wording.  The graphite in the pencil will easily show up, so be sure to write lightly, but to where you can still see it.  That way it is a lot easier to erase any stray lines.  Using the orange paint, paint your lettering over the pencil marks.  For the bottom two lines (“sold here” and “only 3 eyes of newt”) I added some yellow highlight to the letters.  Again, just imagine a light source in one direction of the sign to figure out where to put your highlights.  Go over the orange one more time to make cleaner lines.  For “Witch’s Brew” I added medium sized orange dots to the ends of the line parts of the lettering.  I then added small yellow dots inside the lines to make it pop more.

DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com

In the upper right corner, I painted a colorful little skull and crossbones.  I wanted to bring the vibrant colors from the mug over to the other side of the sign.  First, paint some green crossbones.  After they dry, add a purple skull over the top.  The skull shape is really simple, just paint a circle shape and add a small rectangle to the bottom.  You can draw it out with pencil first if you like.  I then added a little orange eye patch (Hubby’s idea!) and some detail to the remaining eye and mouth area.  Then, of course, it needed more pizazz, so some tiny yellow dots were added to the crossbones.

DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com       DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com

Once your sign dries, you can add any touch-ups needed, like where I accidentally overflowed the purple paint onto the black… :-)  Let it dry completely, and hang!

DIY Witch's Brew Halloween Sign by PioneerMomma.com

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it!  Our sign is now hanging up on our Holiday Wall.  What Halloween projects have you been making?  Have anything you’d now like to up-cycle into a spooky decoration?  I’d love to hear!

 

**THIS WEEK’S BOOK CLUB QUESTION:  It has already been said that Madeline loves conflict.  Do you think she was looking for a fight when Ziggy wasn’t invited to Amabella’s birthday party?  Why or why not?  What do you think about the statements by the various characters for the investigation?  How do you feel they contribute to the story?  Send your answers here to be included in Friday’s post!

What’d You Do This Weekend? #49

Welcome back to another fun week of sharing and discovery!  What’d You Do This Weekend is our little weekly party where we can connect with new bloggy friends and share what creative ideas we’ve had.

The plumbing in our apartments is getting redone this month, so we got to explore what was under our sinks….oh boy, I don’t even know why I had so many cleaning products!  Hubby used some of them to clean up and the fumes are so strange in comparison to using the ones we use now.  Glad we made the switch!  Still can’t wait until we move to our forever house. :-)

Bubba has really picked up an interest in Hubby’s comic book collection.  If he isn’t making “LEGO creations”, he is nestled in a blanket on the couch reading about the X-Men and Avengers, one covered book at a time.  He’s now reached the point where I have no idea which characters he is referring to, which makes for great conversation between he and Hubby.

This week I shared my Breakfast Power Smoothie recipe, the intro to my Garden Fresh Salsa contributing post recipe for Eyes on the Source, our first Book Club Friday post for this month, and this week’s Weekly Worksheet.

On to the features!  As always, I love to see what everyone’s been doing, and Stumbled, pinned, and shared many of your posts.  Be sure to check out Tumbleweed Contessa for her favorites of the week.  Here are mine:

MOST VIEWED: Homestead Company Supper or How Old-Timers Cooked Chicken by Granny Fabulosa!

Homestead Company Supper or How Old-Timers Cooked Chicken by Granny Fabulosa

Homestead Company Supper or How Old-Timers Cooked Chicken by Granny Fabulosa

FEATURES

DIY Glow in the Dark Window Clings by Scrugg Bug Corner

DIY Glow in the Dark Window Clings by Scrugg Bug Corner

Banana Chip Muffins by Jay Tried and True

Banana Chip Muffins by Jay Tried and True

Dumante Baklava Muffins by Seduction In The Kitchen

Dumante Baklava Muffins by Seduction In The Kitchen

 

The winner of September’s ad spot winner for both Pioneer Momma and Tumbleweed Contessa is Just Short Of Crazy!  Everyone be sure to stop by and show some bloggy love  :-)

Now, let’s get on with this week’s linkup!  To old, new, and future bloggy friends, welcome to the party!  I can’t wait to see what y’all bring to the table.  Link up as much as you want, and those ideas will be shared on BOTH blogs.  Be sure to say hello!  So share, mingle, create, and have fun!  Feel free to grab a button at the bottom of the post.

By linking up, you agree to let Pioneer Momma use the picture linked by you, in the case of a feature.  If I am unable to grab the pic from your page, you will get an email from me in the couple days ahead of the linkup requesting a pic file to use.  Each feature pic includes a link back to your original post.  The features are pinned and shared on various social media, each linking directly back to your original post.  Thanks for linking up with us!

 

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2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 42 (free printable)

2014 Weekly Worksheet: Week 42 (free printable) by PioneerMomma.comIs everyone settling into the pumpkin spice and apple pie madness that is fall?  I absolutely love the scents this season brings.  Especially when we take the scenic route to the garden; it is wonderful!  I made this week’s worksheet with the cutest little witches hats and jack-o-lanterns.  How can that carved smile not brighten the Halloween season? :-)

Our worksheet will be filled out a little differently this week, as the whole week’s schedule pretty much rides on some info (rather, instructions) we are waiting for on Monday.  I’m trying not to stress too much about it, and just take things as they come.  What I can say is that I’m not liking the medical insurance systems of today.  Especially when it is something obviously needed and you have to jump through hoops and tap dance to get it!

We are bringing out the rest of the Halloween decorations this week, and Bubba will be helping to put them up.  He is already asking how many days until this holiday and that, and still has a long, ever-changing list of what he wants to trick-or-treat as :-)  Love that kid.

Hubby finally got his ortho appointment situated, so we are back on track for his surgery.  AND I uncovered a plot where he was going to text me a picture of something disastrous from the recovery room.  Ha!  Little does he know I’ll already be videotaping his “wake up” reactions to save for later :-)  In all seriousness, I am super glad it is getting figured out, and he will soon have that meniscus fixed.  Yay!

Anyway, ready to plan your week?  Click here or on the picture above to get your free printable weekly worksheet.  Enjoy!

Book Club Friday: October #1

Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartySo this is definitely an interesting book!  Because I am listening to mine rather than reading it in front of me, the first bit did have me a little confused at parts.  But I am definitely hooked now!

This month’s book club will work the same way as last month, except we will be discussing quarters per week (first 1/4 this week, second 1/4 next week, and so on).

I started reading Big Little Lies thinking that I knew what to expect.  Even after the first part, from the perspective of the older woman who lives across the street from the school, I figured it would be about (forgive me) snotty parents who are “better than thou” and figure all their children are gifted.  That may be a little harsh.  I really was thinking that would be the case, and there would be exaggerated characters along these descriptive lines.  Woah, boy.  It is more than that!

What I am finding in the characters goes much deeper.  I was a tad irritated when we first met Madeline, as she and a few other characters seemed to have an inflated sense of self importance.  Whether it be about imagining herself throwing herself in the line of fire for a younger person (but only one worth such a feat) or her comments regarding her “friends” or the cliques surrounding the kindergarten moms.  Oh and don’t get me started on what she thinks of Bobbie!

As we learn more about each person, you see that there is more than what is on the surface.  Madeline does want friends, but she also wants to be liked.  For instance, when she sees that she gets a laugh out of Jane and that leads her to gossip more about the kindergarten moms and PTA members.  If we weren’t sure that there were cliques prior, the comments alluding to the Blonde Bobs and the Full Time Moms hammered it down.  But in some instances, it’s almost as if some of the moms grouped into certain titles aren’t aware of it!  It’s judgement vs judgement all around.  Let alone the various statements from other characters in reference to the trivia night murder.  Notice none of them really say facts about what happened??  It’s all speculation and gossip!  I would hate to be that detective!

We start to see that what we are on the outside isn’t always what we are on the inside.  But no matter how you try to avoid it, people naturally make assumptions of others before even speaking to them.  Take the champagne breakfast, for instance, and what Jane and Celeste thought of each other.  Both made conclusions based on the other’s appearance, and both were incredibly self conscious on the inside.

It seemed just like a high school atmosphere.  People try so hard to be liked and fit into where they want to be, and group others into a social segregation.  Not much is shared in a genuine sense, more so gossip and manipulating.  Oh, and don’t forget, every kid is a genius.  I feel like some of the parents really want their kids to succeed.  In other cases, it seems as if the parents are using their children to gain social status, and invoke jealousy from the other moms.  Either way, it is incredibly stressful!

Bubba’s schooling hasn’t been like that, and thank goodness for that!  The only parents we have come across are genuinely friendly (for the most part) and just want the best for their kids.  However, while we aren’t in as grand a situation as the parents in Big Little Lies, I felt myself relating to a few of the characters, and not always in a good way.

Unfortunately I have been guilty in the past of falling into the clique-y scene and even (gasp!) gossiping.  And no, it is definitely not something I am proud of, and have tried to avoid it since.  I have also made jump conclusions about a person before even speaking to them.  It is a horrible thing sometimes, and I think a lot of us have naturally fallen into that trap.  It’s almost as if it has become a second nature for a majority of society to judge others and race to the top of the social ladder.  And sometimes by bringing others down.  It was almost like the lives that these women led were faked for face.  At the risk of sounding like a character in the book, I am glad I got away from that environment, and have been genuinely happy, since.

On Tuesday I asked:

Do you feel that cliques follow us through our lives, even after school age years?  Does social segregation occur more in particular areas or lifestyles?  Would you relate more to any one specific character?

Here’s what some of you said:

“I think there are cliques follow us throughout our lives…work..church..community..you can’t get away from them..its how our society works…we still separate ourselves from things such as disease..domestic violence..child abuse..drugs and alcoholism and still in some parts of the country/world racism…and in some third world countries the segregation of women..all the things our society considers “unclean”..yet sometimes our society causes these problems…I can relate to all three characters..for different reasons…”   -Jude

“I definitely think that cliques follow us around.  And not just within a specific social setting.  No matter where you are, or what job you might do, there are always those little “groups”.  They aren’t always bad, but yes, they follow us.”   -Lauren

“I can relate more to Celeste.  Coming from a bad relationship, she puts on a good face and is torn between her love and hate for her abusive husband.”   -Anonymous

What do you think?  How did you like the first quarter of the book?  Be on the lookout for next week’s question at the bottom of Tuesday’s post!  Comment your thoughts below!

 

Garden Fresh Salsa (at Eyes on the Source!)

Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe by PioneerMomma.com for Eyes On The Source

The harvest time for most tomatoes is coming to an end right about now.  Fortunately, you can still make some delicious dishes with the few still left on the vines!  Normally I would preserve ours by canning tomato sauces, chili, that sort of thing.  But when you only have a few tomatoes to use, it’s time for salsa!

This recipe is super easy, and the whole family loves it.  This salsa is kind of a play on pico de gallo, just with a few more goodies.  My son doesn’t like cilantro too much, but ate it up in this salsa.  He had tacos for miles!

We used both red Roma tomatoes and Yellow Pear tomatoes.  The Yellow Pear tomatoes are about the size of a cherry tomato, but have a pear shape and a bit milder taste.  They are so fun to eat!  We got these from a gardening neighbor, but will definitely be growing them next year.  The plants produce hundreds!

**Want to see the rest of the post?  Check out Eyes On The Source, where I am sharing this recipe today!**

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Breakfast Power Smoothie (and this week’s Book Club question!)

Breakfast Power Smoothie by PioneerMomma.com for Eyes On The Source

 

**This is an original post by me, written as a contibutor post for Eyes On The Source.  Figured it a good time to bring back and share for some more bloggy love**

Hello again!  Do you eat breakfast every morning?  No really, honestly?  If you’re like me, sometimes a morning meal is the last thing on my mind when starting our day.  I’ll forget to munch and end up cranky in a few hours.  Who wants that??  If you have five minutes, that’s all it takes to make one of these delicious smoothies that will pack a punch to up your nutrients for the day.  Great start means great day :-)

One of the most important (and nutrient rich) ingredients I use in this smoothie is this green powder.  Eww, what is that?  And why does it smell like rabbit food?  That’s easy.

Breakfast Power Smoothie by PioneerMomma.com for Eyes on the Source

This wonderful green stuff is organic lettuce from our garden.  Plus some kale and spinach from the market.  I threw all these into the dehydrator after some thorough washing, and ta-da!  They turn into crumply leaves you toss into a blender and store in a jar.  This idea came about when we were really getting way too much lettuce coming in the house and couldn’t eat it all.  I definitely didn’t want to waste it, so I tried dehydrating it.  Four tablespoons of the powder equals a whole colander full of greens.  Totally worth it.  Especially since I’m not usually found on the couch burying my face in a bowl of lettuce.  It totally helps get in a ton of necessary nutrients, and doesn’t mess with the sweet taste of the fruit.

Breakfast Power Smoothie by PioneerMomma.com for Eyes on the Source

Ready to make your own breakfast power smoothie?  Here’s what you’ll do:

Ingredients

1 cup frozen blueberries

5-6 frozen large strawberries (hulled)

1 large banana

2 Tbsp dehydrated greens

2 cups vanilla almond milk

Directions

1.  Put everything into the blender on high for about a minute.  That’s it!  Enjoy your nutritious breakfast :-)  If you’d like something that would hold you out a little while longer, you could add 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal, and you will feel fuller.  Also, I added some Qia cereal to the top as a garnish.  I picked this up at Costco, and it has various seeds (chia, hemp, etc.) and such in it.  Very healthy and very tasty!  This recipe makes about 4 glasses, so bring some friends!

Hope y’all have a wonderful week!

 

**OCTOBER BOOK CLUB QUESTION #1:  Do you feel that cliques follow us through our lives, even after school age years?  Does social segregation occur more in particular areas or lifestyles?  Would you relate more to any one specific character?  Send your answers here to be included in Friday’s book club post!**

 

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