Her’s Day Thursday

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One of my goals this year is to blog more consistently. I’ve been failing on that front, especially with Her’s Day Thursday posts. I wanted to blog each week about a woman from every state in the U.S. So far this year I’ve hit Alabama and Alaska. Today, I’m getting back on the BAMF blogging wagon and telling you all about a great lady from Arizona: Jane H. Rider!

Jane H. Rider was born in 1889 to a homemaker mother and mining engineer father. From an early age, Jane was very interested in her father’s work. Her parents put education as a top priority and Jane was able to attend a private high school, later attending the University of Arizona. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering—Arizona’s first female engineer.

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Her first position as a college graduate was as a bacteriologist for Arizona State Laboratories at the university she graduated from. She moved up the ladder, eventually becoming director of the lab in 1918! Her work included conducting surveys and investigations of the milk and water supplies throughout the state of Arizona. She’d collect samples by train, stagecoach, and even on horseback!

 

In a newspaper interview in 1966, Jane said this about her work: “In 1913, Arizona had the second highest infant mortality rate in the nation and a good share of the blame went to unsanitary milk,” she recalled in a newspaper interview in 1966. “Do you know what a ‘dobe hole is? When people built their adobe houses they dug the material out of the ground and left the hole. They let this fill with water to water their cattle. Then cows, on hot days, would stand in the ‘dobe hole. Then milking time came but the hossies were not washed off before they were milked, and the dirt and stagnant water got in the buckets.”

 

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Jane pushed for changes in the dairy industry, leading milk producers to pasteurize milk. She also tested foods and medicines for harmful products and worked to improve food products (and this was in the early 1900’s!).

 

Throughout her career, Jane received many awards and honors. She was accepted into the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Women Engineers, Distinguished Citizen Award from the University of Arizona, and Phoenix Woman of the Year in 1970.

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Jane H. Rider was a force to be reckoned with up until her death in 1981, fighting for cleaner water, food, and sanitary working conditions. A wonderful woman with a remarkable legacy!

Try It Tuesday

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If you know me, you know I love coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. These things however, do not love my teeth. Crest Whitening Strips are too harsh on my sensitive teeth (and are crazy-expensive!) and even the whitener I get from my dentist hurts my teeth. Last fall while visiting my sister in Ohio, she showed me what she uses to keep her teeth nice and bright!

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I decided to get my own jar a couple of weeks ago because I’m tired of my stained teeth but I wanted something natural and gentle on my sensitive teeth.

Guys. I love this stuff! When you use it, you totally look like an extra from The Walking Dead because your teeth are black, but after? OMG. You’ll freak out. Seriously. My teeth felt SO. FREAKING. CLEAN. And look at the difference after just three uses:

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Sadly, it did nothing to straighten my whacked-out grin, ha! I’m so excited to continue to use this and see even better results!

Have you ever used a charcoal teeth whitener? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

Mommy Monday

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Everyone feeling refreshed and well-rested after spending Spring Break home with your kiddos?

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Yeah, me neither.

 

However, since Easter is coming up, I found some great Easter-themed crafts that your kiddos can do {mostly} by themselves so you can sneak a few minutes hiding in the bathroom inhaling Reese’s Eggs!

 

Easter Mosaic Cross

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This craft is super easy! All you need to do is print off the cross and have the kiddos tear up some construction paper! Give them each a glue stick and let them go to town!

 

Paper Plate Flowers

Another super simple craft with little prep work! Plus, your littles can get in some cutting practice!

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Cross Sunrise Paper Plate 

This craft requires a bit more prep, but still super simple!

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Thumbprint Bunnies and Chicks

This craft would make a great keepsake as well!

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He Is Risen!

Pair this craft with The Story of Easter and you’ve got a great way to teach kids the real meaning behind this holiday!

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Popsicle Stick Chicks

Need a reason to eat up some popsicles? Now you’ve got one!

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What are your favorite Easter and springtime crafts? Share in the comments below!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Last Thursday was International Women’s Day and I totally dropped the ball and didn’t blog! Ack! But, to be fair, Huff the Hubs was having major surgery done so I was a teensy bit preoccupied.

There were some great tweets, stories, and announcements on IWD, but I think my favorite was news from Mattel! They are expanding the Barbie line of “Sheroes”–female heroes to help inspire a new generation of young girls! I’ve mentioned the Misty Copeland doll before, but now the doll maker is adding to their fabulous female collection of dolls with over five new ladies!

The new women featured include:

Katherine Johnson

This remarkable woman–who entered high school at the age of TEN–was hired by NASA to basically be a human computer! She was one of the women portrayed in the film Hidden Figures and is definitely a role model!

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Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin, now 18 years old, has carried on her father’s legacy and passion for wildlife and conservation, devoting her life to keeping animals off the extinction list! She has also added author and actress to her repertoire, writing several children’s books and starring in films with her favorite co-stars–animals!

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Gabby Douglas

Olympic athlete Gabby Douglas charmed the world with her amazing gymnastics abilities and bright smile during the 2012 London Olympics. She is a boundary breaker and an amazing athlete, earning her the title of Sheroe!

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To see the rest of the BAMFs on the list, click here!

 

Try It Tuesday

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One of my goals for 2018 was to incorporate more veggies into my life. The only drawback with that means I have to BUY produce, which usually doesn’t get eaten and goes bad. Enter today’s Try It!
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(Yes, yes, I know…they’re Great Value brand. Huff the Hubs gives me a hard time whenever I buy that brand because he says it isn’t as “up to standards” as other stuff. I say, “Uh, whatever! It’s less expensive so I’m buying it!” Anyway, moving on…)
There’s actually quite a few flavors in these smoothie packs but I chose this one because it had spinach and avocados (healthy greens AND healthy fats!). Each bag comes with four packets that look like this:
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All you have to do is throw it in a blender with water, juice, or milk and bam! it’s done! I used 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup apple juice, just to give it a little extra flavor.
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This was actually pretty good! I couldn’t taste the spinach or avocado and it kept me full! Most definitely trying this again!
Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Last week, Huff the Hubs had his tonsils and adenoids taken out as well as had surgery to fix his deviated septum. When he told me he wanted to have these procedures done, I didn’t know too much about them. Then, I read about how awful it is to have a tonsillectomy as an adult and that you’re basically in a A LOT of pain and pretty much helpless for 14 days.

I was less than thrilled when he said he was making an appointment with an ENT to schedule the surgery.

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For one, I didn’t want him to have to go through all that pain and suffering (even though all procedures were very necessary–his deviated septum was so bad, the doctor said it was 90% blocked. Poor guy has been breathing out of only one nostril for his whole life!). And two, I know how men can be when they’ve got a tiny cold, let alone surgery.

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But, then I thought back to how sweet and caring Huff the Hubs was when I was recovering from giving birth both times. He really took great care of me. I also thought of something I read in my daily devotional the other day. Granted, it was about parent/child relationships, but I feel like it could be applied to marriage relationships as well. The writer of the devotional said, “Sometimes God uses the struggles of your child to sanctify you both.” I knew it was going to be tough taking care of The Hubs and 100% of everything else in the household. And, for a hot minute, all I could think about was myself: I’m never going to get any rest! I’m going to be so wore out and crabby! I’m stretched too thin as it is! 

But–as weird as this may sound–I’m actually enjoying taking care of him. I’m trying to take this time as a way for God to work in me, to show me how to have self-control and not complain, to show grace and mercy, and also to grow a servant’s heart. I know that, in this day and age, the thought of being a “servant” is met with gasps and statements such as: “I am no one’s ‘servant’!” But God calls us to love and serve one another (now, that doesn’t mean be a doormat and bow to everyone’s will; just wanna clear that up right meow). I’m talking about showing each other genuine love and care and not for praise or for what you think you may get in return. But serving with a loving, giving heart just because.

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Now, come Day 11 or 12 of HtH’s recuperation, I may be going a wee bit crazy (which means imma need some prayer, mmkay?) and I’m sure I’ll probably lose my cool. But for right now, I’m going to embrace this time of service as a “serving bootcamp” of sorts.

How can you be a blessing to someone today and mirror a servant’s heart?

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, folks! Today, I’ve rounded up some of the newest trailers for upcoming movies I’m super excited about! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

 

This Christmas, things are getting a little more magical with a new imaging of the Disney classic, Mary Poppins!

We’ll see if Emily Blunt can fill Julie Andrews beautifully tailored boots!

 

Next up, we’ve got another Star Wars flick to look forward to! This time, we’re going to get the inside scoop on the history of everyone’s scruffy-looking nerf herder!

 

Every wonder why The Grinch hated Christmas so much? Well, this November we’re going to finally find out! Voiced by Sherlock, er, I mean Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grinch is in theaters this year just in time for the holidays!

 

Everyone’s favorite super hero family is back this June in the much-anticipated sequel, The Incredibles 2! 

 

Which movie are you most excited about? Share in the comments below!