McDonald’s Copycat Cheeseburger from Scratch

Super easy McDonalds Copycat Cheeseburger. Stuck at home, but don’t want to order take out or delivery? Brighten up every kids day with this “happy” meal. It’s pretty much just ground beef, shaped into patties, with salt and pepper to taste. Read on to find out the method used to get the McDonald’s flavor!

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DaTerra Cucina Made in Italy 13 inch Wok and 8 Quart Dutch Oven Review and Giveaway

DaTerra Cucina Review of their non stick, lead and cadium free, PTAE and PFOE free, Made in Italy, anodized aluminum based Volcanic Ceramic 13 inch Wok and 8 Quart Dutch Oven! Also oven safe to 450F and dishwasher safe with silicone grip and glass lid and silicone seal.

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SB Japanese style Garlic, Olive Oil and Chili Pepper Spaghetti with Chinese Broccoli

Japanese Style spaghetti using the SB Seasoning Packet— a twist on the garlicky broccoli rabe spaghetti you all probably know and love— the Chinese broccoli gives it a crunch and adds a little sweetness- the natto is optional, but gives it a little cheese like Unami flavor

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1-2-3 My Feelings and Me by Goldie Millar and Lisa A. Berger

1-2-3 Feelings for Me by Goldie Miller and Lisa A. Berger is a comprehensive and well thought out book on feelings. It can help a child navigate and be more aware of how they are feeling and provide ways in which they can categorize their feelings, share them, manage them and empower themselves through self-talk. A great book for school directors, principals, guidance counselors and teachers doing detailed unit on feelings in school or for those who work and interact with children as their profession, such as Child Life Specialists, pediatric nurses, pediatricians and hospital educators. This book can also be an asset to parents who want to better understand the details on feelings and how a child sees and experience, process, internalize and express their feelings.

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Low Sodium White Sauce Adobo Chicken

I’ve never met anyone who had tried Filipino Adobo Chicken and didn’t love it: chicken or pork simmered in soy sauce, vinegar, black peppercorns, bay leaf and sugar. I always try to reduce my salt intake (since my borderline hypertension scare about a year ago) and try to find ways to do it, without compromising the flavor of the food. Here’s my take on flavorful, low sodium white adobo chicken!

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Temper Tamers Jar

These Temper Tamers Set Of cards by Free Spirit Publishing are a great for children to practice dealing with anger. The more often someone repeatedly practices listening, sharing and reflecting, the more a person makes it part of their lifestyle; and they carry on with these healthy habits of coping until they are adults. I also really like the order of the cards where the children get to first connect the card to self by sharing, then include tips on what to do when you come across angry feelings, a what would you do section to ask openly what you would do in a situation involving anger and act it out section to reiterate and practice what has been learned!


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Worries are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick

Have you ever felt worried? What does it mean? How does my body felt differently when it is worried? Do adults worry too? How can I overcome this feeling? The breathing technique the author highlight in this book is brilliant, fun and relatable to many kids , “Breathe in slowly through your nose like you’re smelling cookies. Breathe out slowly through your mouth, like you’re blowing bubbles.” It honestly taught me a more visual and improved way to breathe in and out. Try it too! Smell those cookies and blow those bubbles!

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“End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy” by Michele Borba, Ed.D.

End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy by Michele Borba empowers everyone that comes in contact with a child being bullied. She covers anything and everything that is bully related from signs that a child might be bullied, to where it often occurs, how to create a safe zone for students, how to make reporting more available and effective, how to get the parent and community involved in  the school’s anti -bullying policy (she even provides an example of a real school’s anti-bullying policy for reference) and signs to look that can make a child more prone to being bullied or being a bully; as well as the effects bullying (as both victim and/or bystander) can have on children and how it can potentially lead the child into more problems in adulthood. Lots of free print outs to use for professional development in schools and sample bullying reports for students, schools or parents to fill out.

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