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Good for the Gut

waterkefirI thought I would write up a really quick blog post linking to a new favorite etsy shop I found. I ordered about two weeks ago from this shop a new shipment of KEFIR grains. My Water Kefir grains sadly died many months ago after I forgot about them :( – was so sad… I got busy with school, photography and everything else… that I just kinda put off buying any more. Well… my kids kept asking for it. Esp. Taite – he loves that stuff! Reed also has been constipated and I too have been having some gut issues (TMI I know). So, I knew I had to get some grains back.

So I hopped on etsy and just ordered from a shop that looked “safe” :) – and placed an order. The order took about a week to get to me due to my ordering it around veterans day… so that delayed the shipment… but even with the delay in the shipping, the grains were totally fine and healthy when I got them.

I ordered them from THIS ETSY Shop called CulinaryCultures

The lady who runs it was super sweet. She even includes some instructions for first time kefir users in the shipment. The Grains I got were nice and plump and after just one cycle using them, they look even nicer and stronger.

Here is a quick copy/paste adaption from THIS BLOG, explaining the benefits of water kefir…

Water kefir is a fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. If you are anti-sweet drinks. Don’t worry, this drink is not overly sweet. You can make it sweeter though if you prefer that. The “grains” (aka the booger looking things you see in the above image) feed on the sugar leaving it with an extremely mild sweetness. So the taste is not “pure sugar” – so dont worry about your calories on this one. It is not something you even need to worry about as long as you don’t sweeten it with soda after the fact :)

Water Kefir (or milk kefir – I dont like milk, so thats not an option for me)… is a PROBIOTIC

Probiotics are good bacteria that help you keep a healthy gut. While it is thought to be not as strong it contains a greater number of bacterial strains than are found in kombucha. These good bacteria help us to digest our food, prevent allergies, boost our immune system, and overall keep our body healthy. Getting your probiotics from fermented foods is the way to go.

Water kefir also helps to Increased Immunity!

Probiotics help boost your natural immune system. So with winter months upon us, I am all for keeping my kiddos well. Filling your body with good probiotics from things like kefir is one way to do this. This means that you will get sick less often.

Its easy and frugal to make. It’s very versatile allowing you to customize the flavors to better suit your families needs. The end result is a soda like drink that your kids will like, that is good for you.

For those who may want to learn more about Kefir and its benefits, check out this post I wrote a while back about how I make my water kefir.

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… and to end. A new recipe for your kefir:

1. Juice a Fresh Lemon (organic) – pour all the lemon water into your water kefir. Make sure you strain out any seeds. You could also use lime.
2. Add it to one bottle of your water kefir (so about 3 cups of water kefir, maybe more)

and thats it! store it in an air tight bottle and you will have a fizzy lemonade. :)

Prepping ahead – Share your recipes

ED9A5656Well, besides staying busy working :) – schooling. You know. The Norm.
We have been planning for our upcoming Holiday Season. Travis of course has to work on Thanksgiving this year. So, alas we are moving Thanksgiving to Tuesday instead of Thursday. Totally fine… its one of those holidays I believe can be flexible :) and having it early has its advantages too. Travis I thought would have off Christmas this year too… but turns out he more than likely wont. Booo. Moving Christmas for me is a hard one to move… but we probably will. That one is harder to move since our church has Christmas Eve Service… and its just always been nice to go to church on Christmas Eve, then do Christmas the next morning… it’ll be fine tho. I am hoping and praying this will be our last year as a “COP” family… and next year we wont have that worry about “off days” like we have the last few years.

This week we will spend prepping for next week though. My parents will come into town and hopefully my brother too… hes in school again tho, so that may not work out for him… but I am hoping it will.

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We also have begun some preparations for decluttering :) – fall and winter brings this on me like a wave. Not sure why. I guess because you are inside more? I have been selling stuff on facebook yard sale pages like crazy… and Travis today I hope will finally go through his closet and weed out what he no longer wears.

I am now off to burn 3 client disc :) – then plan for the rest of the rainy day… Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Reed btw has nothing to do with the post :) – just thought these photos were cute.

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He was playing my iPhone one night late this week while I edited a portrait session. He is so good with the ABC came on it… I am in awe at his iPad skills every time :) – crazy how fast they learn!

For fun, if you want. Leave me a comment letting me know your “Thanksgiving Menu!” – I asked this on facebook yesterday and had a great response. Many of what you all said I plan to make for Thanksgiving now. So share your family favorites in the comments. Id love to hear.

Prayer’s

One of the cutest things to end a day with.

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Reed attempting to say a prayer at the dinner table, after his brother’s prayed for the meal. He tries so hard and it just melts our hearts. Love him.

Inbetween

Inbetween the schooling you will often find something like this going on….

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A little backyard hammering, in jammies, or shirtless attire.

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Typically 1 in 4 of my boys are dressed properly :)

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I don’t mind, it after all is one of the beautiful things about home schooling that I love.

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Allowing these lil dudes to be boys… and learn in ways not typical to a school room.

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My capturing moments like this, does my heart good….

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Nest

Yesterday we studied about birds….
Why some fly. Why some don’t.
How long they have to sit on a nest.
Why they have different shaped beaks.
… and so forth.

I have a few things this year in our home school journey that I do not like. While its working for now, I will be changing it up next year in some areas. One area though that I have been pleased with is the Sonlight Science set we got. It is super simple, easy to follow and fun for the kids.

Here are a few photos from one of our simple activities. I don’t do all of them… but who can say no to sticks, leaves and glue :) – I can’t. Even Reed joined in on this one.

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Take notice of the glue in hair.

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… and to the mom. Having “that day” – you know. The “I want to quit day.”
Don’t feel alone. I was there shortly after the above photos were taken. When my 10 year old came to me after a frustrating history lesson and said “Can’t I just try public school” – on those days and during those moments… I do want to quit. That is a defeating statement for any home school mom… but you have to press on and do what you feel is best for your family… and we all have bad days. Today was not “Calebs” best… and thats ok. Tomorrow can be better…. and I know without a doubt… he’d miss his free time inbetween shooting bow and arrows…. and the flexibility we have to just get up and go if we want. Like a friend told me today. “Grass is always greener.” – there are pros and cons to each side… and often times what we don’t have or experience, we believe would be better. When in reality, it probably would not.