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MO Beef: Beef and Your Family #MoPasturetoPlate Tour

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I wrote to you about my experience with the Missouri Beef Council Pasture to Plate tour last week and gave you a behind the scenes look at the beef industry. I promised that I would write a little bit about how beef relates to family.

There are some really cool things about beef that I never realized. When we think about beef there are a couple of nutrition facts that come to mind. One is that beef is full of protein, which of course it is. The other fact is that beef is a great source of iron, which it is.

But did you know that beef is so much more???

If you look at the info-graphic below you will see that beef is a great source of many nutrients.  Beef is a wonderful source of B vitamins, Choline, Selenium, zinc and more. So, even though beef has a bad rep {fat, which I will address in a minute} it’s full of nutrients that are great for you AND your kids. You can feel confident that you are giving your kids all of the nutrients they need when you are serving them a lean cut of beef.

I know that, as a mother, I make sure that my kids are getting the most bang for their buck when it comes to what they are eating.  I love that beef is so nutritious for them.  Plus, so tasty.


Now, speaking of the fat misconception when it comes to red meat. I do have to say that I fell into the trap of believing what the media was saying, but after seeing the stats and talking nutrition during the Pasture to Plate tour, I learned that a serving of chicken has 3 grams of fat while most there are 29 lean cuts of beef that have 8.2 total grams of fat or less. So, if you are making sure you buy lean cuts you have a wonderful, tasty meal with so many options besides boring, plain chicken. Switch it up…your family will thank you.

Here’s the part that I know each of us {parents} are concerned with…the cost. Trying to menu plan and make sure you stay on budget can be tricky and beef really doesn’t fall under the “budget friendly” meat options. When I think budget, steak isn’t in that realm.

Take a peak at the graphic below and you can find 6 ways to help you solve that problem. They are some wonderful ways to make sure you can include beef without blowing your budget. {Yippee…steak for dinner!!!}

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To help you along with your menu planning I want to share with you 30 recipes you can make in 30 minutes. Beef CAN be an option for those busy weeknights.

Say YES to beef!!!!!!!!

{Disclaimer: As an attendee of the MO Beef #MOPasturetoPlate tour, I received an all expense paid trip to learn more about the MO Beef industry.  I was not compensated for this post nor was I even required to write a post.}

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Willie’s Redneck Time Machine Book Review {with Giveaway}

{Disclaimer: I received copies {review & giveaway} of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}978-1-4143-9813-6

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a few good shows on TV that I know my kids can watch {when allowed} that are wholesome and worth watching. We have found that type of entertainment in Duck Dynasty and my kids adore the show. So…needless to say that when Willie’s Redneck Time Machine by John Luke Robertson came out my oldest was itching to read it.

In this book you become Willie. You are creating the story around the choices that you make at the end of each chapter. You could go back in time to the year 1990 or ahead to 2319, find yourself face to face with prehistoric creatures, and then, all of a sudden, back in the warehouse you started at.

It’s a wild ride and my kiddo really enjoyed it. For school, my munchkin is supposed to have reading time at home for homework. This book was great for that time since it was a new story each time. No reason to be bored when you are the one controlling the adventure.

I have to say that I was not entertained by the book, but my kiddo loved it. This is definitely geared towards the 8-12 kids demographic and would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season. The best think is there are 4 books in this series total.

Now, here’s your chance to win a copy of Willie’s Redneck Time Machine for your kiddo. I have ONE copy to give away. Like I said…this would make a wonderful holiday gift, and what better gift, than a free one. All you have to do is enter below.

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Shake Your VeggieTales at Family Christian Stores October 31{Contest}

{Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Family Christian.  All thoughts and opinions are my own}

For anyone that knows me, it’s no surprise to them that I love VeggieTales, for both myself and my kids.  Yes, I know…they are meant for kids, but come on, who doesn’t like Larry, Bob, and even Junior.  They are so fun to watch and the shows are filled with values that I want to instill in my children.

I will even let you in a on a little secret…I was listening to the VeggieTales Christmas CD long before I had kids.  Yup, I’ve been a fan for a very, very long time. 

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Image from Family Christian

I wanted to take the time to share with you about Family Christian‘s nationwide event, Dress Like a Veggie, coming up on October 31.

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On October 31 ALL Family Christian stores will be participating in the Dress Like a Veggie event.  I know…sounds like fun doesn’t it?  You can bring your kiddos into the store dressed like their favorite veggie {it doesn’t have to be a certain VeggieTale character} and they will received a small goodie bag.  Don’t worry parents, these are non-edible items so breathe easy if your kiddos have allergies.

Once your kids are all dressed up and looking adorable in their veggie costumes make sure that you snap a pic {at Family Christian store near you} and post it to Twitter and Instagram so that you can enter the Family Christian Dress Like a Veggie Contest.

Top prize {1 Winner} is a $250 Family Christian gift card, with 5 runner up prizes of $50 Family Christian appreciation gift certificate. 

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You know…Christmas is coming pretty quickly and I know that those gift cards could go a long way for the kiddos. Hey, maybe even get them some new VeggieTales items for under the tree.

So I know you are wondering…what do I need to do to enter the contest?  Well here you go…..

  • You must have at least ONE child dressed like a veggie.  Remember, like I said earlier, just a veggie.  It doesn’t have to be a VeggieTales character.

  • Snap a pic of your cutie in your local Family Christian store during the event.

  • Upload it to Twitter and/or Instagram.

  • Here’s the important part….You must tag @FamilyChristian and use the hashtag #FCVeggies in your post.  These are a must!!!!!

If you are in need of some inspiration for your child’s costume, Family Christian has created a Pinterest board to help give you some ideas.  I am sure you can find some veggie that your kids might want to be from the inspiration there.

This sounds like it’s going to be a fun event.  I wish I could go and take my kiddos, but the closest Family Christian store to me is a couple hours away.  So, go shake your VeggieTales and then report back to me how the event was so that I can live vicariously through you.

If you are not sure if there is a location near you, Family Christian has a Store Locator on their website.

Let’s chat….Which veggie do you think your kiddos will want to dress up as?


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The Lord is for Me {with Link-up}

So we can say with confidence, the Lord is my helper. So I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Hebrew 13:6

The Lord is for me {with Linkup}

My thoughts today are short, sweet, and to the point.  Sometimes that’s just what we need.

Where do we put our faith? Do we put it in people and things around us?

Most of the people in society do just that. Their faith and security is put in the people around them and the things they can obtain. We are so concerned with the house we have, thinking it will keep us safe. We are so concerned with the money we have, thinking it will buy us safety and friends.

The funny part is…people and material possessions will always fail you.

They will not be there when times get hard.

It’s not about what you can collect in material things.

So, what happens when we see that times are changing and that things are getting tough? We have a tendency to fear losing things that are of very little relevance.

If we put our faith and security in the right place, God, there is no reason to fear.

He is always there for us. He will always be there for us until the end of eternity.

There is only one thing in this entire world that that is a continuous and sure thing…God. The world is ever changing and doesn’t look like it will be getting more secure anytime soon so please put your faith in the one, true hope, God.

The Lord will never leave my side.  He will never forsake me.  When times get hard, He will carry me and never fail me.  I have no reason to fear ANYTHING as long as I have the Lord on my side.

Always remember…The Lord is for ME!!! 

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Take a peak at my co-host thoughts.  But first, link up a post of yours…or more.  :)

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The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr

0449819930Have you ever wanted to know all there is to know about herbs? I have and I found the best book ever for it. The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr is a comprehensive book with a plethora of information on everything you need to know about herbs.  Things like how to grow them, harvest them, and use them.

This book has every herb listed that I can think of. It’s like an herb course in a book. So amazing and so indispensable.

At the front of the book, before you get to the herbs, there is a section that talks about herb basics, preparations, different projects for your kitchen or garden and even what the specialty herbs are. It makes a get compliment to the herbal encyclopedia that the rest of the book is.

The herb entries contain all the info that you would ever need to know. The entries have the herbs category, origin, type, height, other names, how to grow, season, and safety that you might need to be on the look out for. Plus, there is a picture of each herb so you know exactly what your herb should look like.

What rounds out this book and, I think is the best part aside from all the herbal information, are a few recipes that use the herbs listed.  Who doesn’t want to be able to use the herbs they grow in every aspect of their lives.

It’s a basic book that I think beginners and advanced herbalist can both use. I can’t tell enough just how much I love this book and I can’t wait to start growing my own.

{Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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