Our Top Picks

our-top-picksHere are some good reads for your weekend personally selected by The Journey!

Cori’s Picks…

I decided to find some links to go along with the No Sugar {ish} Challenge we have going on this month. Hopefully they are helpful in reminding us why we are doing this thing and encouraging us to make better choices!

The Great Sugar Detox by Lisa Byrne at Simple Mom. This post helps us understand why we crave sweet things. (*This post is from 2011 and a link to a free Break the Sugar Habit resource now links to a free taste of one of Lisa’s wellness courses. I’m not sure if the sugar resource is still included.)

3 Surprising Reasons to Give Up Soda by David Zinczenko at Yahoo! Health. Hidden fat. Flame retardants. GMO experimentation. Yikes and yuck!

Katie Kimball at Kitchen Stewardship eats very well and encourages others to take baby steps towards better nutrition. (Baby steps — you know I like that!) She did a series in 2011 about substitutes for refined sugar. The link takes you to the first post in the series about taking one day with no sugar. If you scroll through to the end, there are links to each post about various sweeteners. She does a lot of research, so I very much respect her opinions. There is a lot to read, so I don’t recommend doing it all in one sitting, but it’s a great reference that you might want to bookmark.

Jessica’s Picks…

21 Creative Consequences – by www.imom.com.  My three kids (ages 11, 8 and 5) are all SOOOO different!  I have had to be very creative with a few of them as we have gone through various stages of their little lives.  A book that I have close by is called Creative Correction and was written by Lisa Whelchel (you may know her as Blair from the popular show “Facts of Life”).  The book talks about creative ways to work with your child to help them listen and obey.  In our house, my kids don’t tell me “no” and they have to pitch in with chores and be nice to each other.  This link has 21 creative consequences from the book.

How to Deal With Anxiety in Kids – by http://www.kidshelp.com  Right now I have a child that is showing many signs of anxiety.  Our day-to-day functions are not “normal” at this point and we are in the midst of just trying to figure this all out.  I’ve read a lot about this topic and kids and so far I like this site the best.  It has been very helpful as we are learning how to handle this situation.

Moms, you need to take care of yourself! by Jill Savage.  Women…you MUST find time to get a little r&r.  It doesn’t matter if you are a stay at home mom, a working mom a single mom, married or just on your own.  When you feel better about yourself, you are eating healthy foods and exercising…you will have so much more energy!  More energy means more time for the fun stuff and family time.

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