PEPPER SNACKS FROM RHYTHM’S FRESH FARM

I smile every time I see Rhythm reach for a pepper. She has learned how to make her own snacks and she often substitutes peppers for bread. As a nutritionist and mom, I couldn’t be happier. 

Some of her favorite snacks are peppers stuffed with tuna salad, egg salad, string cheese or just dipped in ranch.

To keep it kid friendly: keep it colorful, keep it simple and keep it fun.

Peppers are loaded with various vitamins and minerals

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  • Vitamin C. One medium-sized red bell pepper provides 169% of the Reference Daily Intake.
  • Vitamin B6. Pyridoxine is the most common type of vitamin B6, which is a family of nutrients important for the formation of red blood cells.
  • Vitamin K1. A form of vitamin K, also known as phylloquinone, K1 is important for blood clotting and bone health.
  • Potassium. This essential mineral may improve heart health Trusted Source
  • Folate. Also known as vitamin B9, folate has a variety of functions in your body. Adequate folate intake is very important during pregnancy Trusted Source
  • Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant, essential for healthy nerves and muscles. The best dietary sources of this fat-soluble vitamin are oils, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
  • Vitamin A. Red bell peppers are high in pro-vitamin A (beta carotene).

RHYTHM’S FRESH FARM

I hear from parents often how they are shocked that my daughter loves vegetables and fruit. I say children love what they are introduced to early. What they are offered when they start eating is what they develop a taste for. Plus, it helps she grows some of her own fruits and veggies. Children take pride in eating what they help create.

I pride myself on being from the Bricks and the Beach! East Coast girl raised in California. My daughter was uprooted from her Malibu life and moved to the bush. Talk about character development! She has her great-grandfather’s spirit and his green thumb like no other. Dating back to the 1700’s, she comes from a long line of farmers in Virginia and North Carolina. 

When my grandpa was alive, he grew tomatoes, cabbage, string beans, butter beans had berries, peaches, apples and probably more I just don’t remember. I do remember him chasing me to wash tomatoes off before I bit them like an apple. Lol. Though he’s been gone since 1993 and my daughter didn’t get a chance to meet him, he lives through her. Some things come naturally to some people because it’s in their blood.

Thank God for Genealogy, her Aunt Michelle and homeschooling, she discovered the truth about how her family were all landowners and farmers in the “Slave Days,” even though “His-Story” tells us that’s impossible for a Negro but the Census contradicts history books! I wish many more of us knew how to trace our people and had the addresses and the names. (But that’s a different story, a plantation owner even rented some of our family’s land to grow Tobacco.) School won’t teach you things like that! This is where when you homeschool you win! 

Growing a garden is a great way to teach critical thinking, reasoning, basic math skills, geometry, life science and so much more.

Anyone can grow a little garden cheaply anywhere. Please consider teaching your children the importance of how to grow their own food, identity good plants vs bad plants and basic life skills. 

Anyways enough from the little farmer’s Momma.

Today’s pickings consist of my daughter’s favorite, cucumbers and some sweet peppers! If you need a little extra push to get your babies to eat healthy, check out my daughter’s first book Cucumbers Are Delicious available exclusively at http://www.TheRealCherie.com

“AUTUMN IS COMING”

I have one of those kids who doesn’t like to eat breakfast. So, I have to fool her by making it cute. She’s a lot like her mother and not really a morning person, but I notice when I make her a cute breakfast it lifts her spirits, makes her smile and when the plate is colorful, (I always give her fruit in the morning.) it makes her want to eat! 

“I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again; breakfast is the most important meal of the day”

Did you know people who eat breakfast eat healthier overall?  It’s actually a great way to maintain a healthy weight. Skipping breakfast makes kids feel lethargic in the morning. Their bodies need to be refueled from the 8 to 12 hours they slept during the night. When we sleep, it’s our body’s natural detoxification time.  When you sleep, your body naturally fasts. 

Children who eat breakfast do better overall in school than children who do not. It’s important what they eat for breakfast; it’ll help your child’s attention span, concentration and memory.

Did you know that kids who eat breakfast have a lower blood cholesterol level and fewer absences in school?

I found the cutest waffle iron from Target for just $9.99

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📖HOMEWORK DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN THE BLUES📖

It’s back to school time, so let’s revisit some tips on helping your child handle homework.

Listening to my friends, one of the biggest struggles they have with their children is homework. The reason I feel this is important is I see daily many mothers struggle with their children about doing their homework. With the fact that most woman are not home after school because they are working, it makes it hard to set a structured time when homework is supposed to be done. Often children and the parent are restless at the end of the day and tired, so it makes it hard for the both of them to be able to concentrate. So, I came up with some easy homework tips for parents.

#1. Stay informed.

#2. Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.

#3. When your child does their homework, you do yours. Show your child that the skills they learn in school are skills they use in their adult life. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.

#4. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do their homework. Avoid having your child do their homework in a room where people are coming and going, or the television is on.

#5. Make sure your child has everything they need before they start: paper, pencils, and dictionary. Have them gather these things in advance so there will be minimal interruptions.

#6. Help them learn time management. Set a time when homework is to be done, don’t let them wait until just before bedtime.

#7. When your child asks for help provide guidance, not the answer! Giving the answer means you child will not learn the material. Giving them the answer teaches them when times get rough someone will be there to do everything for them so why should they do thing for themselves.

#8. Cooperate with the teachers. It shows the child that school and home are a team.

#9. If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away. Too much parental involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independence and lifelong learning skills.

#10. Help your child figure out what is hard work and what is easy. Have your child do the hard work first; this means they will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.

#11. Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration. Let your child take short breaks if she is having trouble keeping her mind on assignments.

#12. Reward progress in homework. If your child has been successful in homework completion and is working hard, celebrate that success with a special event (i.e. pizza, a walk, or a trip to the park) to reinforce the positive effort.

MOM, MOM, MOMMY, COME DRAW WITH ME…

I get it, we are all busy! Working from home with kids is no easy task. It’s not easy for them either. This whole Covid thing got most of us being parent and playmate. No, it’s not easy, but sometimes the dishes, phone, emails, laundry and everything else has to wait.

I’m guilty at times, I’ve been annoyed by hearing the word Mom over and over again. But the truth is, the kid needs me. She needs my attention, she needs to have fun and she needs to play. She deserves eye contact. My daughter is my number one priority and the reason why I work so hard. So, we’re keeping that in mind. It’s important for me but she also knows she’s number one.

Prioritizing is Key! That’s why sometimes mid-day taking an hour off to do what your kid wants you to do is the best thing you can do for your relationship with your child and your relationship with yourself. Today, I take a midday break to have a drawing competition. No, I am not the best drawer so this is not about judging my artwork. It’s about telling yourself it’s OK to play. These breaks just simply take away her stress and mine. Well at first, I did not wanna take time away from work to draw myself 20 years from now, to draw my Roblox avatar or to draw anime but taking the time to do so I took away my stress and Rhythm’s and she was happy Mommy played with her! 

Play with your kids!

POPSICLES FOR BREAKFAST OR ICE LOLLIES AS MY DAUGHTER CALLS THEM!

 Yes, I am that mother who will give my daughter a popsicle for breakfast. Wait, hear me out! See Mr. Chris bought my daughter some popsicle molds for her birthday and she loves them! Being a summer baby who just so happens to live in a hot environment, she may as well start her days off right with some refreshing fruit! When you make popsicles at home, I know exactly what’s in them! 

I blend fruit and coconut milk together and instead of a smoothie, make popsicles. The one pictured is simply the juice from watermelon I had in a container in the refrigerator. I also cut fresh strawberry slices and put it on the sides to make it look pretty and taste extra yummy. 

She gets a great serving of fruit with NO added sugar, No dyes or Food coloring! 100% all natural and a serving of fruit! Win-Win and she thinks it’s fun. Let’s face it, kids like a little rebellion and doing things unorthodox! Easy cool Mom points all the way around, Dads like them too! Lol…

THE ARABIC QUILT AN IMMIGRANT STORY

The Arabic Quilt An Immigrant Story

As the school year is coming to an end, we are doing fun things. One of the things my daughter asked to do this year was learn about ancient Egypt. Yes, she very much is in the driver seat of her own education.  I felt like one of our last assignments should be a story she could relate to. It’s important to have her do fun projects, so she can always remember the experience. That’s when I found this beautifully illustrated great book.  

Available on Amazon 

Kanzi’s family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in. Maybe that’s why she forgets to take the kofta sandwich her mother has made for her lunch, but that backfires when Mama shows up at school with the sandwich. Mama wears a hijab and calls her daughter Habibti (dear one). When she leaves, the teasing starts. 
That night, Kanzi wraps herself in the beautiful Arabic quilt her teita (grandma) in Cairo gave her and writes a poem in Arabic about the quilt. Next day, her teacher sees the poem and gets the entire class excited about creating a “quilt” (a paper collage) of student names in Arabic. In the end, Kanzi’s most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one.   
This authentic story with beautiful illustrations includes a glossary of Arabic words and a presentation of Arabic letters with their phonetic English equivalents. 

This book was a beautiful mix of Egyptian Culture and Everyday American life. I believe it’s an elementary must read. It deals with teasing, hurt feelings and healing. 

Rhythm was able to read it by herself out loud to me, but there were a few words in there she has never seen, so they now became vocabulary words for the week. 

She also learned 9 new Arabic words. They have the definition on the last page. The way they are integrated into the text made it easy for her to know the definition before we ever got to the last page. I was able to get on YouTube so she could hear the correct pronnunciation because Teacher/Momma couldn’t help her there. I was proud she learned how to write her name in Arabic as one of our extended lessons. 

Really fun read with tremendous extensive learning possibilities! 

If we started a kid’s book club for elementary school, would you be interested? 

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ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING

Picking books that interest you is one of the greatest things about homeschooling. Besides Charlotte’s Web, I can’t remember one required book that we read in school that interested me at all. Since I went to an all-white school, there were none that I identified with either. In my house, my daughter’s books are eclectic and all-inclusive purposefully, just like the world.

As 4th grade is winding down, one of our final reads was Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes. Rhythm loved the story. 

Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic–the star of her school’s running team. And then, the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the “atom bomb disease,” Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the extraordinary courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan. 

This book sparked a few very interesting conversations between us. Just so happens that Israel is bombing Palestine, as she was reading this. She wanted to know how many of the children that were bombed would get leukemia. Very valid question. So, I went to Google, which prompted us to have a whole unit on exactly what leukemia is. Then, she was telling her Grandma (my mother) about it and my mother began to share that her Uncle died from Leukemia as well.  Rhythm was mind blown, that fact one of her very own relatives died of the same thing, which brought the story home for her. It was not just something that happened in Japan. She was then excited to share with my mother that she was born the year before Sadako died. Just the fact that she remembered the dates and how old Sadako was, is remarkable. “She was already 21 years old when you were born grandma,” Rhythm said.

I was pleased with her impromptu oral report back to Grandma, so I didn’t make her write a report, but we did go to YouTube to help us with an art project. 

I felt it was only right she makes her own paper crane! Thank God for tutorials because I wouldn’t have known where to start! Her Uncle Chris lives in Thailand and he sent her some beautiful oriental inspired paper last year that we made into fans. So, I went and got the kit, and she used the paper to make her very own paper crane!  

Crane

This was a terrific book with a fun activity to really make the lesson a memorable end of the year activity for my little 4th grader! 

Yes, we do homeschool in PJs a lot since Quarantine.