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As I sit here munching on my not-oreo Organic Tasty Sandwich Cookies, it occurs to me that many people don’t eat organic because it’s too much work. Well let me tell you, I’m With You Sister! (or brother, you too!) I remember a time, a long long time ago, when cooking was a wonderful and […]

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  • I am trying to eat better because well…crazy medications like to do funny things to my internal organs.
    Foods that are “specialty” aren’t bad. I think people have this notion that they taste like cardboard. Ok, some of the things do, but some of the things in the “regular” aisles taste gross too.ReplyCancel

Believe it or not, Isaiah and I were laying in bed the other night when we had this conversation. “Mom, we’re never going to make a difference” “Of course we will my love.” “But mom, we’re the only people I know who even care about GMO’s and eat organic.” “That’s not true baby, we know […]

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  • Jen, I can honestly say I don’t know enough about this, but seriously appreciate you sharing more here today and just sorry anyone would treat you poor.y for thinking to choose organic.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I don’t mind people thinking I’m cuckoo Janine, because I am pretty militant! I’m glad you are learning something here! Keep tuned in, I think you will learn a lot.ReplyCancel

  • I would not think someone was weird for wanting to bring their own food to a get-together. I don’t eat meat, and if I am going somewhere where I know meat will be the main course, I bring my own main course… for instance bringing veggie burgers or a portabello mushroom to a cook-out. When I get my own apartment I will probably eat organic all the time too. I wonder if it will help my allergies?ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Well you understand Angel, I think some people wonder why you can’t just eat it this one time. You know? I get that from the older crowd quite a bit. And I definitely think making the choice to go organic would help your allergies!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Croisant

    Awwww – what a sweet conversation. HE will make a difference and more power to you!!! Friend from the Eco Eats Challenge ReplyCancel

  • Donetta Sifford

    Since reading your article ‘I was against GMOs before it was cool’, I have had the pleasure of trying something new today. I ordered a cereal from a company, Abe’s Market, and it arrived this morning. Honey Almond Quinoa Cereal. I had never tried anything like this. At first my taste buds were thrown off a bit because I prefer my cereal and oatmeal on the sweeter side. But after the next few bites, I was hooked. Great texture, and so easy to eat. You can eat it as is, heat it 20 seconds in the microwave, or on the stovetop. I chose the microwave. Luckily, my girls are into changes and healthy eating! I wanted to share this link with you. It’s an article on GMOs and how to avoid them. Thanks Jen!

  • Kim Urig

    Great post, I am also participating in the #EcoEats challenge with my blog Our Daily Green.
    I would like very much to introduce you to a writer friend of mine whose 17 y/o has SPD and she’s written a book about their journey of advocacy. I think you will find a tremendous amount of comfort in your similar stories.
    Find her on Facebook at I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey. ReplyCancel

  • I was so annoyed with Tucker’s school when I found out they were giving them cheese puffs as a reward! I had brought in a few boxes of Annie’s cheddar bunnies/pretzel snacks and was like “You need to use those instead!!” UGH. I think you’re doing excellent things here, Jen and I adore the conversation that Isaiah had with you. Here’s to being the weird family! And congratulations on getting in with NBC’s green universal program!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thank you my friend! I know how it is. It’s one of the blessings of homeschooling. My sister has the same problems at her school. And no organic milk? HELLO??!!ReplyCancel

  • I will be following, Jen. My kids give me grief when I make healthier switches, but I know it’s important.

    And I haven’t visited in awhile – wow! New design, new business – how exciting! I wish you much success on your new venture.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Dana! It really is important. I do promise to continue writing about it!ReplyCancel

Hey! I have an AWESOME idea! Take that broccoli you were going to feed your kids tonight and soak it in RoundUp- let it sit for 30 days. Now rinse it off, you know, like you would if you were getting ready to cook it and feed it to your child. What? No? You don’t […]

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  • This is a good post! I never really knew about GMO’s until my sister-in-law told me about them. Very scary… and it does make sense that these chemicals could be involved with the rising amounts of people with autism, depression, serious life-threatening allergies, etc. We grow a lot of our own veggies in the summer… but its also true that the chemicals are in the air and can be spread around in other ways, and even your own backyard-grown food can be effected. The USA allows a lot of weird stuff to be added to food, that other countries do not allow!ReplyCancel

  • Donetta Sifford

    wow. I honestly had never thought about this until now. It makes sense that when you use chemicals to kill natural things such as weeds and insects, that the weeds and insects need to survive, even if that means living through sprays designed to kill. The agent orange is super scary. I love Dr. Oz and thanks for posting about this.ReplyCancel

I’m at the end of the bed watching Isaiah. He is covered in towels, laying on towels, sleeping fitfully. I have my timer in my hand and I am counting his breaths. At 5am this morning he woke feeling “yucky” and coughing that ugly barking cough. I rolled over and grabbed his inhaler. At 6am […]

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  • Aww, poor Isaiah. We had to use a nebulizer on Emma 2 winters ago and I remember how scary it truly was. She had RSV pneumonia and she still sometimes has issues with a cough after all this time. So I can imagine slightly, but still feel terrible for you both. Hugs, Jen and sending extra prayers both your way that Isaiah is feeling better today and that his allergy attacks will stay at bay this season.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Janine – Isaiah had RSV at 9 months. They say it can be a precursor to asthma, I think he would have had it anyway… today is better. He’s still pretty beaten down, but we see the light at the other side!ReplyCancel

  • Oh poor Momma. I know what you mean about becoming complacent. I do it all the time then WHAM. I hope Isiah feels better. I hope that this was a flare and not a occurrence. And I really beyond hope that you get some sleep.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Kerri. Yeah, this was definitely a wham! But we’re on the mend slowly but surely!ReplyCancel

  • Oh goodness, poor little lad! I so hope he’s doing better now! Keeping you all in my thoughts!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Stephanie! He’s getting there. Still pretty wiped out, but the spark is coming back ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Poor guy. Poor mom. I’ll count with you in spirit. xoReplyCancel

  • Since I saw him on FB working on his Rube Goldberg machine, I know Isaiah is doing better – I hope he continues to feel more like himself. How scary for both of you. Let’s hope the allergy season is a mild one!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I sure hope so Dana. He’s still not 100%, but getting there!ReplyCancel

  • It is truly the scariest thing when your child is sick, having an allergic reaction (to spider bites!!), etc. It’s such a hopeless feeling. I hope Isaiah makes it through this season without too many issues. Do the docs think he will grow out of it a bit? That the allergic response will lessen over time? (ps, love the new design)ReplyCancel

  • Poor kiddo, and poor mama. I know so well the feeling of hovering, making sure they’re okay while feeling guilt over being short/annoyed/impatient with them earlier in the day. Sigh. I hope he’s feeling much better and by the way I love “we’re the weird family down the block” so so much. praying for a break for you all with this!!ReplyCancel

I imagine myself watching Isaiah walk down the aisle – graduation, wedding, court – and thinking back to this summer. This summer when he would change from an 8yo who was happy listening to what I had playing on the stereo, to a 9yo kid with an opinion. It turned out that was okay, because, […]

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  • Yep, great minds think alike! I didn’t think to include Everything is Awesome in mine. LOL. What fun, I’m so happy that the mixtape is back. Once a month might be a little better for my addled brain to handle.ReplyCancel

  • Aww, great summer playlist and going to admit I am totally down in the dumps that technically today was the unofficial end. Just trying to keep the feeling going now even for a few more days!ReplyCancel

  • Happy is just so addictive – excellent choice! And even though I did not listen to your video, just the mention of the Awesome song has it stuck in my head. Thanks Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    I love that Isaiah loved Crosby, Stills & Nash so much. What a great concert to have been able to go to this summer. HAHAH to troublemaker! And yeah, Everything is Awesome is such an earworm. The things we do for our kids. :)ReplyCancel

  • SAy Hey is on my playlist too. It got a lot of play along with The Lazy Song (which I didn’t include on my mixtape) for my son. He asked for a lot of BEP and Too Close, too.ReplyCancel

I want to thank Marvel, James Gunn and the powers that be, for reaching deep down inside my soul and reviving my love of the mixtape. I admit it, I was lost, I had replaced my passion with lifeless monotony. I was still in flux when it came to the decision to revive our mixtape […]

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  • Because this mix goes to 11, that makes it that more awesome! :-DReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Yes, but this one goes to 11.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve missed you Jen! I’m not linking up but I couldn’t miss your mix tape. It always make me smile. I haven’t seen this movie…come to think of it, I haven’t seen a movie in the theater in almost a year. I need to get out more…ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thank you Dana! It’s good to be back! Maybe with the once a month thing, you’ll be able to come back again and play for one of the themes! And GO SEE IT! I don’t get to see movies either, but I just couldn’t miss this one!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie

    Ok, I smiled whe I got the newsletter tonight and must admit the playlist definitely didn’t disappoint with The Beatles on it and even so many greats, including Thin Lizzy! So good to have you back my friend now :)ReplyCancel

  • Yee haw!! A wonderful mix from Guardians!!will be linking up tomorrow, Jen!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Michelle! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • welcome back muse! rock it jen:)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Didi! Been waiting a while to get back on that horse, Guardians gave me the shove I needed!ReplyCancel

  • This is quite simply, awesome. I knew EXACTLY in what part of the movie every song would go. Especially cause you know Quill is going to mess up. I hear there is already a sequel planned. I’ll see you at the drive in!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Oh yes Kerri, we do know these things, don’t we?ReplyCancel

  • So excited you’re coming back and couldn’t miss your “soft launch”. Such a fun first list. It almost makes me want to go see a movie for the first time in, well, a while. Enjoying the Cars at the moment…

    Not linking because I haven’t seen the movie – but looking forward to seeing you in the fall :).ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thank you so much for coming by Louise!! I am very excited too, it really took this movie to get me excited to play again. I hope you get to see it. I don’t have a lot of opportunites to go to movies, but I couldn’t miss this one!
      Looking forward to seeing you in September!ReplyCancel

  • One of my dream “blogger meet ups” is to just sit with you somewhere (preferably near an ocean, holding cocktails) and have you tell me about music..or just chatting about bands and songs and lyrics with you until you tell me some amazing obscure story about a 70’s band. (Like the other day I heard on the radio about how Pablo Cruise isn’t a person, it’s a band and I was just tickled for the day knowing that. Like knowing the stories behind the people and the music is almost better than the songs.)

    Baby, Come Back..sigh
    I’m Not In Love..love
    Boston..college ;)
    adding Elvis Costello..sweet
    loved every single song.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Kir, I would really love it, I would. I remember when I realized that Dawn wasn’t a person in Tony Orlando and Dawn. Cause you know it was like The Captain and Tenille ;-) I will talk music, especially 70’s music 24/7 if you let me….
      So happy we’re back together!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Stepp

    Some solid choices this week Jen! I def thought of you when I saw the film and was very happy to see this post go up! Love these in particular: Boston, The Cars, Player. Really all of them. 11 felt too tight! That’s the problem with an iPod, you don’t have to edit yourself. 1000 song playlist? Sure!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

    I thought Shining Star by Earth Wind and Fire would work well for this too! :) But I love this list and I’m now inspired to start on my own!

  • Michael Jordan, bell bottoms, every boxer who ever boxed: Are you listening?

    This. THIS is how you make a comeback!

    I want this mix for any time I feel the need to kick a little ass.


    • Jennifer Kehl

      Wow! Now that is a compliment! Thanks so much Eli! I owe you a post, and now that I’m back on the horse… :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stephen Peña

    Would putting “Rocky Raccoon” by The Beatles be a little to obvious? Also, I completely agree with Sam & Dave (maybe Soul Man?), Boston, and Thin Lizzy.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    It’s back it’s back it’s back!!! Also, I am ashamed to say I’d totally forgotten about Bang a Gong. Like it was erased from my head. I’m glad it’s back. ReplyCancel

  • Oh, I’ve been smiling the whole time reading this post. I haven’t seen the movie but I’m totally digging your music selection (as usual). I must admit – I’m very excited to hear about your coding education, I’ve been looking into it a little bit as I’m trying to figure out “what I want to do when I grow up.” I’ll try to hook up with the mix tape next time, glad you’re back with it!ReplyCancel

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