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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Make it Mild or Spicy Mapo Tofu from Scratch

Make it Mild or Spicy Mapo tofu— mild for the kids (unless they love spicy) and add toppings to make it spicy for the adults (sesame chili oil, Szechuan peppercorns, broad bean paste) — just as good as the restaurant, except not too greasy or salty

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A Simple and Versatile Sauce to make 5 Different Salads: Garlicky Kelp Seaweed, Cucumber, Celery, Beansprout and Jellyfish

A Simple and Versatile Sauce to make 5 Different Salads: Garlicky Kelp Seaweed, Cucumber, Celery, Beansprout and Jellyfish Salad! Since I prefer it when recipes are easy to remember, I tried to come up with a ratio of measurements that is easy to remember. Well, it doesn’t get easier than this: 1 tsp of each component of the sauce! Great for summer time hot weather when you don’t really want hot food.

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Amazing Dairyfree Blueberry Pie Chia Pudding with Stonewall Maine Blueberry Jam and Graham Cracker Topping

Easy Dairyfree Blueberry Pie Chia Pudding with Graham Cracker And Blueberry Jam Topping. Easy and delicious! You’ll want to make this over again and again. Add teddy grahams for the kids!

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Easy Dairyfree Overnight Coconut Chia Pudding with Dried Mango

A really tasty and easy dairy Free Overnight Coconut Chia Pudding with Dried Mango. Great to grab for a quick breakfast or snack; a refreshing pick me up. Also, see recommendations for 8oz mason jars and cool flip top lids for easy open and close; and storage in the fridge. You simply flip the top and eat right out if it.

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2 Step Easy Chinese Braised Pork Belly and 2 Ways to Eat it

Two step way to make pork belly and 2 ways to serve it! You literally just combine all the ingredients and cook on low for 2-3 hours. This version is almost the same as my soy sauce chicken. I opted to use rock sugar and it gives it a stickier and almost honey like flavor- and somehow, I feel it tenderizes the meat as it cooks too. I served it with congee for the kids and my husband and I had it Korean style in a lettuce wrap and Ssamjang , a Korean soybean paste condiment. Sooo tasty!

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From A to Z with Energy by Connie Bernstein Dow

Book Review: From A to Z with Energy by Connie Bernstein Dow uses each letter of the alphabet to suggest different ways to be active. The pacing of the book is constant throughout the story (I counted 13 syllables per page), giving readers the opportunity to clap or tap the beat; and to move along in the story ! Eating a healthy lunch (nutrition), exhaling (breathing/emotional regulation) and playing (playground, hiking, stretching) are just a few of the many ways that Dow chooses to show how energy can be dispersed.

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