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Monday, October 28, 2013

A picture Journal of our Trim Healthy Mama foods!

Would love to share with you my picture journey of the amazing foods that I have been able to cook with Trim Healthy Mama. Foods that my entire family loves and can eat.
And food that I can cook!
Waldorf Salad

Golden Flax Bread (an favorite with my kiddo's)

Green Fries

Macofoni and Cheese with Green Bean Casserole

No flour Brownies

Singing Canary
Mushroom Alfredo with beef and quinoa
These are just a few. More to come along this amazing Trim Healthy Mama Journey!
May your week, day and moments be encouraged and blessed!

Starting out with Trim Healthy Mama!

Trim Healthy Mama and a key to a new eating Life!
I first saw the advertisement for a biblically based eating "diet" in a subscription of Above Rubies Magazine.  I saw it and it looked really exciting. I had just finished a course on Nutrition and Disease Prevention with and was still on fire with all of the amazing things I had learned over the course of 6 weeks on the art and science of eating to prevent diseases (including diabetes and gestational)  so when I saw this one I immediately wanted to get it, even just for curiosity sake.  My dear hubby ordered it for me for our fifth anniversary gift and it was on its way up from the USA! I couldn't wait!


At my 27 week midwife check up I had to go in for my wonderful gestational diabetes blood work (yuck, annoying and icky) but it comes with the territory! Just after I took the test my book came in!
I was so excited. So we jumped in and started experimenting with all of the recipes. While I started to read the how to's and why not's ect.
I have to tell you that I am fully in love with how this book was written. Although, there is a lot of information at first, it is all relevant, much needed and excellent. It was even better than my nutrition course, because the book comes from a Godly, and biblical perspective that helps me so much in attaining and retaining more of the head knowledge, heart knowledge and will to want to succeed.
At 28 weeks, the results were in.....I was full blown gestational diebetic. At first this news was earth shaking. This pregnancy has been by far the best out of all of my pregnancies. At this point my total weight gain was 13lbs and I was feeling amazing. Although, I had to stop walking my 20 hours a week that I was. Turns out my body was starting to wind down as I started to get farther along. So I backed off to about 10 hours of walking (pushing a stroller and with my other two children as well). I do not drive so I walk! Which keeps my plus size figure.....well the same size but at least makes me feel better.
I have tried diets and new eating of all sorts. Last year, I lost 47lbs in less than 12 weeks, simply by adding 4 hours of gym time to my already large hours of walking and counting carbs, calories and stressing out! Which is why....although I maintained to only gain back 10lbs and keep it off I fell back to eating without a lot of the regime!
With THM, hope was revived and rekindled. God would be the driving force of encouragement and this eating makes sense. Its not about depriving but thriving. So, I believe it was Providence and in Hi perfect timing for this wonderful eating life!
For 8 days straight, I recorded my eating for the dietition, I peed on the stick every morning to test keytones and recorded it all! All eating THM. (Which by the way my dietitian is absolutely loving! Thinks its awesome, she looks through my book, recipes etc.and took down the website!).  And eating 7 small meals a day, each one with a protein of some sort and drinking no less than 2 litres of water per day!
To our utter dismay, I had to be placed on insulin. I lost 6 lbs and I was sent for more blood work.
Week 30-31 came with a slight raise in my insulin but other than that no weight loss and dietitian happy with progress and sticking to this amazing eating with luxurious and nutritious food!
We are now on week 32, somewhere along the way I managed to lose another 4 shorts(that I wear for modesty sake under my skirts and dresses) are baggy in my legs and buttocks. My undergarments that have not fit since I entered the 2nd trimester fit comfortably and I feel amazing. My sugars are leveling out to where they need to be.
I have to say I am feeling so blessed with the new lifestyle changes and am confident to succeed even after our gorgeous little blessing is out and about!
Thank you Serene and Pearl, this has changed my life!
PS....For all the dear hubby's...
My hubby although, not following THM 100%, and not increased physical activity in any way has lost from my start at week 28, has now lost 12lbs and it is noticeable for me in his gorgeous physique. I love him always and no matter what, but the lbs are melting away!
Now he is excited. Now he is encouraged and now he is on board!
No my hubby is a eat outery holic. Loves Loves salty and savory high fatty snacks and foods. Through the past five weeks of experimentation with THM recipes he is feeling satisfied.
Keep on all you Trim Heathly Mama's!
Keep on all you Trim Healthy Manly Hubby's!
May you be blessed and bless Serene and Pearl's amazing book!

Crafting an Effective Writer: First Draft Final assignment

Nyselxcin-Okanagan Language

Crafting an Effective Writer

Topic #2: Identify and describe a favourite activity or interest and provide at least 4 reasons why this activity or interest holds your attention and/or is enjoyable to you.



                Nyselxcin is a language currently being revived from the brink of extinction, in essence being revived by very dedicated language keepers of our Valley. Our culture, language and traditional ways of the First Nations Peoples are slowly being driven into extinction because of progress, generational issues and cultural racism. The traditional language keepers of many nations were ripped from homes and beaten into submission. The language was essentially ‘illegal’ to use for the First Nations peoples. Which, shows us why so many first nations languages were drowned out and never to be heard again. In my Valley, we have dedicated, motivated and amazing men and women that work tiresly so people like me can hear, learn and speak the language of our people. To learn, do and gift on the traditions and love to future generations. These same language keepers are showcasing and illuminating respect for our people, for ourselves, for our culture, for our language, for our traditions and for the living in harmony with others. I am proud to say that I am currently learning my language. I am proud to say that I am learning from amazing people. To ensure generational, life longevity of our traditional language, we must first start with a step, a moment, and the spoken word. Way’ lim limt!

Learning How to Bead!

Beads Beads Beads!
I have always admired beaded work. Loved the beauty, the time, the patience and the love of the work that it takes for someone to make such an exquisite piece of art.
I am not a very good at hand sewing. I never have had that knack or ability. I have always simply longed to try but never had the opportunity!
A dear friend of mine, a talented force I tell you what! She has an amazing eye for detail and beauty. She is a mama of six and is simply amazing. A wonderful role model for us other mama's! She gifted me the opportunity to learn from her talented wisdom! And so begins my new love affair with the art of beading.
For you see, this particular week I overdid some things. Being 31 weeks pregnant and a homeschooling mama of 3, I sometimes forget that I am supposed to take some rest. Life, is so wonderful and I love keeping busy. I have been blessed with my life and want to live each day to the fullest of the gift that God handed to me.......but I also must remember that, even God rested. So, my dear hubby "grounded" me to the couch and rest for the day. My friend invited me over and was explaining how relaxing, rewarding and productive beading is for me and I can put my feet up! So, naturally, I am all in!
Once I got started.....the love affair begin. I tell ya, if you have never had the opportunity to learn this is your day. I am absolutely in love with beading. The beauty of it. The effort. The serenity it is when beading. The fact that when you have completed for the most part you stare at it and just silently sit in awe..for I never knew I could ever accomplish anything like it!

Now you see, this is only my second time attempting this beading. The first time, was last year when I made my youngest daughter some moccassins. Oh that was hard. And it was on beautiful moose hide. Which, in itself I am in love with....but beading on it was quite a learning curve!
This was a whole different ball game. Its like, being just in sync. The calmness. The beauty. The elegance. I love it. Like I was meant to sit and bead. I don't know how else to describe it! It was serenity. This past week I was praying that God help me. So many different things that I was going through and thinking of and praying for.....and then He gave me this beautiful gift of an afternoon with a genuine friend. A friend that I had so much fun with. A friend that was nice to just sit and hang out. God gifted me this beautiful new desire to relax and work it through. As if beading and I were meant to be!
Sounds a little funny, I know but unless you try you may never know!
I pray that each of you find your serenity moment this week. That each of you are safe and loved and that you go through your week with joyfilled hearts!
Blessings to you and your family,
~Stacey Home Maker~

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Week #4: Creative Writtng: Journal #2

Module 2 Writing Activity
In your journal, discuss any disadvantages to the place where you live and continue your sentence practice with noun and verb phrases. Write at least one of each of the noun phrases discussed in the unit (prepositional phrase, absolute phrase, and appositive phrase) and at least two of each of the verb phrases (infinitive phrase and participial phrase). You will, therefore, write at least seven sentences for this journal activity. As in the first assignment, underline the phrase in each sentence and consider its function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

  1. I have a debilitating fear of drowning, because of this fear I am not able to fully enjoy the river that runs along our Village.
  2. Each day, the weather is unpredictably surprising.
  3. Our home, a flat white older home, is located directly beside the river.
  4. To enter or exit our Village, go directly to the middle and the hiway runs through the centre.
  5. My parents went to the High school that still is used in our Village.
  6. The winds sometimes blows so wildly, that it knocks over trees. 

Week #4: Creative Writting: Journal #1

Module 1 Writing Activity
In your writing journal, you will begin to practice building sentences with adjective and adverbial clauses. For this journal entry, discuss some of the advantages of the place where you live. Using the lists associated with each of these types of clauses, write at least three (3) sentences including adjective clauses and three (3) sentences including adverbial clauses. Underline the adjective and adverbial clauses. Consider their function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

Adjective Clauses:
  1. The Village, in which I live in, is full of vibrant people.
  2. Our village is surrounded with talented farmers, whom supply all of my families needs for 'real' food.
  3. I can still remember coming here, when I was a little girl and loving it just as much!
Adverbial Clauses:
  1. The Village, in which I live in, is full of vibrant people. Whenever, you are walking down the street, people always say "Hello".
  2. Our Village is surrounded with talented farmer's whom supply all of my families needs for 'real' food. Rather than purchasing produce from the grocery store, in which is imported food!
  3. I can still remember coming here, when I was a little girl and loving it just as much! Whenever we visit the "big city" I am always excited to return to our Village. 

Week #3: Creative Writting: Journal #2

Module 2 Writing Activity
In your journal, continue your observations of the scene observed in journal 1.  Note several vivid action verbs that you have already used. Revise some of your sentences using action verbs and/or write 2-3 new sentences with action verbs. Try not to use any of the forms of “to be” (is, are, was, etc.).  Underline the action verbs in your sentences. Again, you will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the peer reviewed writing at the end of the unit.

Suddenly, Beth's twins fell off opposite ends of a large, rickety see saw......Well, here's to the Emergency and amazing, beautiful, and full of life children!
Suddenly, Beth's twin girls plummeted to the ground, falling high from the old, rickety, see saw....Well here's to another emergency room run with wailing, dramatic and hurt twins! 

Week 3: Creative Writting Journal #1

Module 1 Writing Activity
Observe a scene where people are interacting.  You might choose a restaurant or a shopping mall.  Sporting events and parks are also good places to observe people. Write 5-6 sentences describing this scene and underline the subjects of your sentences. Write a few sentences experimenting with using different types of pronouns from the tables in Unit 3.  You will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the writing activities for this unit.

We were all gathered around a pick nick table at our local park.  Sally and Jane, were excitedly, jumping through the air as if  both were, majestical trapeze artists! Everyone else were lost in shouts of joy, and shrill high pitch giggles of pure happiness. Together each of us, mothers were trying hard to relieve our paranoia of falling or death defying leaps and bounds that our children were making. Suddenly, Beth's twins fell off opposite ends of a large, rickety see saw......Well, here's to the Emergency and amazing, beautiful, and full of life children! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

I have to say that this course is really challenging me and inspiring me to want to do better. I really love the workload, and how the professors are so communicable and not dry. I enjoy learning this way so very much.


Prepositions are words that connect nouns and pronouns to other words and show the relationship between the words. While there are hundreds of prepositions, some of the more common prepositions are:


Even though knowing individual prepositions is important, you will use prepositional phrases far more frequently. A prepositional phrase begins with a preposition and ends with a noun or pronoun and includes any words that come in between the two. Study the examples below.
  • in the village
  • despite the extensive remodeling project
  • underneath the grey blanket
  • near him
  • between you and me
  • with her


Conjunctions are words that link other words in a sentence and indicate the relationship between those words. There are four types of conjunctions:
  1. coordinating conjunctions
  2. correlative conjunctions
  3. adverbial conjunctions
  4. subordinating conjunctions
You will study conjunctions again in Week 4 when you study the different types of clauses. But for now, learn the four types of conjunctions as subcategories of one of the eight parts of speech.

Coordinating conjunctions join words or word groups of equal importance.
There are only seven coordinating conjunctions:
*Use the memory word FANBOYS to help you remember all seven coordinating conjunctions.
  1. For
  2. And
  3. Nor
  4. But
  5. Or
  6. Yet
  7. So

  • The child was crying, for he had fallen and scraped both knees.
  • The man and the woman walked hand and hand down the street.
  • The Tan’s did not wish to visit Alaska, nor did they wish to visit Tierra del Fuego.
  • She likes tea but not coffee.
  • The student could play or study, but not both.
  • The young man ate breakfast, yet he was still hungry.
  • The game ended, so the team left the field.

Correlative conjunctions are word pairs that join words or words groups of equal importance.
Common correlative conjunctions include:
  • not only . . . but also
  • whether . . . or
  • both . . . and
  • not . . . but
  • either . . . or
  • as . . . as
  • neither . . . nor

  • They want to travel not only to Europe but also to Asia.
  • I want either the red dress or the black shoes.
  • I want both the red dress and the black shoes.
  • Whether you clean your room or vacuum the house is up to you.

Unlike coordinating conjunctions and correlative conjunctions that link words and word groups, adverbial conjunctions join independent clauses, which you will study in Week 4.
Adverbial conjunctions tell the reader the relationship between the two main clauses. Below are common adverbial conjunctions organized by the relationship they specify.

or Contrast
Cause or
in addition
in fact
in contrast
in comparison
as a result

Subordinating conjunctions are a word or group of words that introduces a subordinate clause, which you will study in Week 4.
Below are common subordinating conjunctions organized by the relationship they specify.

Cause or
or Contrast
PurposeSpace or Time
even though
even if
rather than
in order that
so that

Study these charts, for you will be referring to them throughout the course. You should become familiar with these words and the corresponding organizational relationship. They will help you to improve your thought and sentences as you write.


Before you begin reading this section, take a few moments to copy down or print this list of symbols that will be used to identify parts of speech in sentences we will be working with throughout this unit.
Part of Speech/SentenceSymbol
Prepositional PhrasePrep P

The sentences that you will learn to write in this course will contain many words from the eight parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives/determiners, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections). What is even more important is that the words categorized as the eight parts of speech can do many different “jobs” in the sentences you create. The box below illustrates some of the work these elements can do for you.
Parts of SpeechJobs They Perform in Sentences
Nouns, pronounsSubjects (the actor/who/what) and Objects (receive the action of the actor)
VerbsVerbs (describe the action of the actor)
Adjectives, adverbs, prepositionsModifiers (add details and description)
ConjunctionsConjunctions (link sentences, words)
InterjectionsInterjections (exclamations)
Each part of speech, as you can see, corresponds to one or more of the writing jobs it can do. They are all really hard workers when it comes to creating sentences.
There is one more significant thing to know about the relationship between the eight parts of speech and sentences. Just as the parts of speech can do various jobs in sentences, words that make up the eight parts of speech can also multitask. In fact, many of the words in the English language can be more than one part of speech, as you already know, and can do a variety of jobs in sentences. Look at the following examples.
WordPart of SpeechSentences
bubblesNounThe bubbles floated up and away.
verbWater bubbles when it begins to boil.
up(s)adverbHe climbed up to the top of the ladder.
prepositionThey went up the stairs.
adjectiveThe up elevator is on the left.
nounShe has had more ups than downs lately.
wellinterjectionWell! I don’t believe it!
adverbThe teacher spoke well of the student.
adjectiveMy friend is well.
dailynounThe daily arrives at 3:00 pm.
adjectiveDaily attendance is a requirement.
adverbHe called her cell phone daily.

And these examples are just four of tens of thousands of words that multitask in this way. Learning the parts of speech and how they function will help you be a better writer and editor.
But, rest assured, once you have a firm grasp of English based on the descriptions of it you find here, you will better understand that this ability words have to do so many things helps to make the English language very rich and very flexible and very descriptive.
Now that you can see all of the roles English words can play in sentence structures, creating sentences for writing will become much easier for you.

For example, the noun and verb Seals performed create a complete sentence.
Now add the adjective the:
The sealsperformed.

Add another adjective that describes the color of the seals:
Theblack sealsperformed.

The verb, performed, doesn’t really describe the actions of the seals. Try a verb that better describes the seals’ actions:

Leaped better describes the seals' action. Writing and reading would be rather dull if there weren’t verbs that described action. In fact, sentences sometimes contain multiple descriptive verbs. Look at the following sentence.
Theblacksealsleaped, slid, and barked

Look at how this sentence gains energy and vitality when action verbs are added. (Do note that adding additional verbs also means adding commas and the conjunction and.)
There is one more thing you can do to make this sentence even more dynamic. Add adverbs and prepositional phrases to give additional details about the verbs.
Theblacksealsleapedeagerly out of the water, slidquickly upon the deck, andbarkednoisily at the spectators.

By adding adverbs (words and phrases that modify verbs) to the sentence, you create a sentence that is even more specific and visual.
Now, add several adjectives. Remember adjectives are words used to add descriptive details to nouns and can be inserted in prepositional phrases.
Thesleek blacksealsin the poolleapedeagerly out of the shimmering water,slidquickly upon the wooden deck around the pool, andbarkednoisilyat the stunned spectatorsin the half-empty bleachers.

Remember, this sentence began as Seals performed.
A sprinkling of action verbs and their attending adverbs, as well as a few adjectives and prepositional phrases turned this sentence into an event. As you begin to experiment with expanding sentences in this way, your writing will become word pictures that readers will be able to visualize.

***All of this information I am posting to my post strictly for common knowledge and to save the notes for personal and to share with others looking for similar or another way to see examples of the above material. I do not own the copyrights in any way shape or form! I solely and completely intend this information for public knowledge and help with online lifelong learning.  ***

Crafting an Effective Writer: Week 2: Journal 2

This is the class for the Verbs and Adverbs!
Below is the class assignment:
Module 2 Writing Activity
In your journal, continue your list of nouns and adjectives by adding in five to ten verbs and adverbs. Then, write a couple of sentences using your list of nouns, adjective, verbs, and adverbs.
Below is my work:
School time with my children verbs:
  1. will
  2. do
  3. giggled
  4. laughed
  5. talkative
School time with my children adverbs:
  1. beautifully
  2. slowly
  3. quickly
  4. loudly
  5. often, soon, always
Sentences to follow:
  1. In our dinning room you will find often my talkative daughters.
  2. During our mornings you will most always find school books piled high a top of our table.
  3. Our house is filled with high pitched laughter that beautifully rolls our of our windows each day.
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Crafting An Effective Writer: Week 2: Journal 1

I am currently taking a few courses which I will detail a proper introduction to in another post. Currently this course is about the 8 parts of speech. Something as a homeschooling mama I want to be quite well with. I want to make sure that I brush up on all and anything I can. I want my children to know that lifelong learning is a valuable asset, regardless of circumstance.
  1. Thus, my online life long learning journey began in the beginning of July this year. Crafting an Effective writer is a course in which I am quite intrigued by.
 Below is the assigned work :
Module 1 Writing Activity
In your journal, write down a list of at least five to ten nouns and five to ten adjectives as you observe a scene at home, work, or in your community.

Below is my Journal Entry for this module:
School time with my children nouns:
  1. papers, pencils and crayons
  2. school books
  3. daughters and son
  4. artwork and paint
  5. house
School time with my children adjectives:
  1. loud
  2. dinning room
  3. high pitched laughter
  4. red, brown and orange (autumn art work)
  5. twirling and whirring
I am excited to share with you my journey through life long online learning.