Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Creamy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

  • 6 cups of milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1 package of milk chocolate chips (12 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Add all ingredients to your crock pot and set to low for 2 hours.  Stir every 10 minutes or so to make sure it's well combined.  Once all the chocolate chips are melted turn it down to the warm setting.
This is a great recipe to make ahead of a party or breakfast that will stay warm for the duration.

(Recipe found at https://www.nobiggie.net/creamy-crockpot-hot-chocolate/)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chiropractic Care

We had a special guest at our PTA meeting today, Dr Seth Austin from Austin Chiropractic.

I thought I would share some of my notes I took from his time with us today.

Chiropractic care focuses on the idea that the power that made the body, heals the body.  It is removing interference with the nervous system.  Dr. Austin practices gentle chiropractic.  This low-force, non-invasive adjusting technique allows for faster healing time and response.  Chiropractic care can boost your immune system by 700% and even increase your emotional well being because of the dopamine that is released when you are adjusted.  He does pediatrics, pregnancy, and adults.

Dr. Austin talked about balance as well.  For optimal health, you need to balance your spirit, mind and body.
In regards to your spirit, you need to be able to forgive, be hopeful and full of gratitude.  I know this is sometimes so hard for moms and our busy schedules.  It's hard to have gratitude when you are constantly drowning in laundry or doing dishes for the 5th time that day.  You have to stop and change your mindset and think about how grateful you are to be blessed with the littles one who cause all that mess or the ability to do laundry in your home instead of having to go to a laundry mat. If you can change your mindset then your spirit is more relaxed.
In regards to your mind, he spoke about finding joy in the moment.  This makes me think of my previous statement about gratitude.  How many of you find joy in laundry?  I have found myself the past few weeks turning on music and singing and dancing with my kids while we put up the laundry.  It is a small thing but it has helped keep our spirits higher while we do something we all dread doing. Also, think about how many times you have sat back and watched your kid ride their bike?  How often do you put your phone down and just be in the moment with your child?  Those are the moments they live for and I know those are the moments I look back on with such joy!  He also spoke on what are you telling yourself in your head?  Are your thoughts positive or do you immediately go to the negative.  Positive thoughts do so much for soul.
In regards to your body, he spoke on food selection, rest, hydration, exercise and spine health.  Food is fuel for your body and you need to make sure you are fueling your body the right way.  You also need to make sure you are getting adequate rest.  I wrote a post about how much sleep people need back in August.  Rest is so important for our bodies to be balanced.  Hydration is something so many people struggle with without even knowing.  He suggested that instead of reaching for your coffee first thing in the morning, drink a glass of water first instead.  This gets your organs moving after a nights rest.  Then you can drink your coffee.   :)  Make sure you are getting enough water throughout the day as sodas, teas, etc do not help your body like water does.  Everyone needs at least some exercise every day.  This could include gardening, parking a little farther back than normal at the store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or going for a run.  Find little ways to move your body throughout the day.  Spine health is the last aspect he spoke on as your brain communicates through your spinal cord.

You need to take care of yourself to be able to take care of others so love yourself!

Please join us at our General PTA meetings.  We had a great program today with Dr Austin and also had a drawing for and gave away a drone.  Our next meeting will be Feb 14th before class parties!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MandaStrong 5K/Fun Run
November 11th

(If you would, please allow me to get a little personal today)

My sweet friend, Manda Maxwell, was a beautiful 35 year old wife and mother of two who passed away on February 26, 2017 in Dallas, Texas after a long and courageous battle with cancer. To say she inspired those around her would be an understatement.  She was a teacher at Walker from around 2003-2008.
The MandaStrong Foundation was started to support mothers with young children who are fighting cancer.  Here is their vision:

To provide a Christ-centered support system for mothers battling cancer while also raising minor children.  Support will come in many forms and will be tailored to meet the needs of each brave family.  Your generosity will help in areas like special family events/gifts.  Our focus is on families in Collin County Texas.
 Toward the end, Manda would often say “Mom what can I do today with my kids to make memories with them”.  She wanted her kids to remember her.  We want to help young mothers, uncertain of tomorrow, to make memories with their family.   Memories can last a life time.  

The foundation is having a 5K/Fun Run on November 11th at Cockrill Middle School.  It will be a great event for the whole family with the Chick-fil-A cow, food, animal balloons, face painting, games, and more.  Here is the website to signup:

If you can't make the event, they are also having a MandaStrong night Thursday, November 9th from 4-8 pm at the Eldorado/Ridge Chick-fil-A.  A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the MandaStrong Foundation.

If you would like to know more information about the MandaStrong Foundation here is their website:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.

Basically you buy non food treats for trick-or-treaters on Halloween and place a teal pumpkin on your porch so children with food allergies know it is safe for them to trick-or-treat at your house.  There are children who have various conditions that may preclude them from having candy, or can particularly benefit from non-food treats, including:
  • * Food allergies
  • * Food intolerances
  • * Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
  • * Celiac disease
  • * Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES)
  • * Children with feeding tubes
  • * Any child on a special diet

If you would like more specific information on this project you can visit https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bedrooms, Backpacks & Beyond

I wanted to let y'all know about an upcoming event through McKinney ISD.  I know it is sometimes hard to think as elementary school parents about things like substance abuse but in my opinion it is never too early to start discussing these things with your kids.  They have asked that you do not bring children of ANY age, even high schoolers, as they will be speaking specifically to you as a parent and discussing some sensitive subjects.  They will have childcare for children ages 5-11 but you need to register by Thursday, Oct 19th.  Here's the link to register for childcare: https://goo.gl/5Hz7aU.  They have a great range of breakout sessions for children of all ages.  I hope some of you choose to attend.

On Saturday October 21, the MISD Substance Use Prevention Committee is proud to invite you to "Bedrooms, Backpacks & Beyond," a community event featuring experts in the prevention field that will provide you with strategies to help your child stay safe. The event will be held at McKinney North HS from 8:30-11:30 AM.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Erwin Park

As the weather turns cooler, one of our families favorite activities is getting out in nature together and hiking.  You don't have to go far to find some great hiking trails in McKinney.

Have you ever been to Erwin Park?  It has 212 acres of beauty and wooded areas that includes 7 miles of biking trails, bathrooms (always important with kids right?), pavilions, playgrounds, campfire sites and even campsites.  It is a great place for kite flying or just throwing around a football.  I love that we have a place so close where you can make some amazing family memories.

I just want to encourage you to get out in nature with your kids and watch them explore.  It feels good to disconnect sometimes and just be together.

Map to the park:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Crepe Myrtle Trails

This Saturday, September 23rd, is the 12th annual Crepe Myrtle Trails 1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K runs.

The mission of the Crape Myrtle Run & Festival, 10K, 5K, 1-Mile Run is to provide a fun morning of exercise and entertainment for families and participants of all ages! Our goal is to host an event that families will enjoy and look forward to for years to come.

Participants of all ages will enjoy the FUN before, during and after the race at the Myrtle Village Fun Alley & Petting Zoo. Tons of awards for all ages and lots of prize give-aways! 

This year the event will be held at Boyd High School, 600 N Lake Forest Dr McKinney, TX 75071.  To register go here: http://crapemyrtletrails.org/12th-annual-crape-myrtle-trails-1-mile-fun-run-5k-and-10k-usatf-certified-courses/

1-Mile Run/Walk at 8:00 AM timed
» $15.00 student registration (through 9/22 at 7:00 PM US/Central)
» $30.00 registration (through 9/22 at 7:00 PM US/Central)
5K Run/Walk at 8:45 AM Certified- timed
» $15.00 student registration (through 9/22 at 7:00 PM US/Central)
» $30.00 registration (through 9/22 at 7:00 PM US/Central)
10K Run/Walk at 8:30 AM Certified-timed

» $15.00 student registration (through 9/22 at 7:00 PM US/Central)
» $40.00 registration (through 9/22 at 7:00 PM US/Central)