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Door To Door Organics

Posted by Carol on January 12, 2011

I have always heard that organic fruits and veggies were better for you than conventional produce. The pesticides and chemical fertilizers used were cancer hazards. And then add GMO’s to the mix, and eating produce was a potential mine field for your health.

Yeah, I had heard all that, but didn’t pay much attention. The whole thing was very overwhelming to me and once in a while I would stumble across an article that would say it didn’t really make that much of a difference.  That would calm my worries for a time.

But every so often, I’d get a nagging feeling that there really was something to the idea that organic fruits and veggies were better for my family. You could say I had just enough information to be dangerous. I didn’t really know what I was looking for, yet didn’t know what I didn’t know.

One day, I drove past an organic farm not too far from our house in New Jersey. I saw that the farmer had set up a stand and was selling ears of organic corn.  Organic or not, farm stand corn is one of the joys of summer. I slammed on my brakes, tires squealing, and did a u-turn Miami Vice-style and pulled up to the stand.  I bought a dozen ears of the organic farm stand corn, feeling very proud of myself for my healthy, yet delicious find.

You can imagine my disappointment when I grabbed the first ear to husk for dinner and discovered a little tiny worm had helped himself to some of the corn. I tried the second, third, fourth ear and sure enough, each had its own little visitor. All twelve of my organic ears of corn had worms still aboard when I brought them home.

I am not scared of spiders or most other insects. However, the ONE creepy crawly that gives me the heebie geebies is the lowly worm. I HATE worms and caterpillars. I’m not too fond of butterflies, either,  because they used to be caterpillars.

I’ll pass on the organic worms and take an extra helping of chemicals, please.

That experience killed any interest I had in organic produce. If eating organic meant I had to deal with bugs in my food, I’ll take my chances.  Thankyouverymuch.

While I felt organic veggies were dead to me, I still had an interest in healthy eating and I recently read two books that have changed the way I think about food.  They are “Real Food” by Nina Planck and “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan. I don’t want to get into the books here, but the gist of both of them is that organic is the bare minimum standard for our fruits, veggies, and meat to maintain our health.

So, I’ve bitten the worm bullet and given organic fruits and vegetables another chance.

And, as luck would have it, I recently discovered a cool company to help me in my organic pursuits.  It is Door To Door Organics. Every week, they deliver a box full of organic produce right to my front door. I get to choose the size of the box as well as the contents. I haven’t done a head to head comparision between Door To Door and my local grocery store or Whole Foods, but someone else did.  The results were that the same produce bought at Whole Foods were more expensive and the variety was better through Door To Door.  Since my local King Soopers has a miniscule organic section, Door To Door is the clear winner there, too.

And, so far, no insects.  Bonus!

Door to Door Organics did not ask me to write this post. I use them and enjoy their service and I wanted to share it with you here for Works For Me Wednesday.

Door to Door Organics is available in several locations around the country. Check the website to see if they will deliver to you!

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Writer’s Block

Posted by Carol on October 17, 2009

Recently a very sweet friend on Facebook asked me why I haven’t posted anything on my blog lately. She actually said she missed me! It warmed my heart to know that at least one person in the blogosphere missed my ramblings on I Throw Like a Girl!

I got back to her and told her there were 3 very good reasons why I haven’t been writing much. One reason was that I just finished 3 1/2 weeks of full-time real estate school (which included full-time homework when I got home each day). 

The second reason is that College Son’s laptop is broken, so I let him take mine to college over two hours away, leaving me to fight for the use of our home computer with Darling Daughter who is taking classes at the local community college. Somehow college work takes priority over blogging.

Go figure. 

But the third and probably biggest reason that I haven’t written much lately is writer’s block. I usually have a whole bunch of ideas swirling around in my head about which to write, but lately, not so much.

I actually do have an idea for a new post, but I need my laptop for it because all my pictures from NJ are on it and the post needs those pictures from NJ or it won’t make much sense.

Another one of my Facebook “friends” (I use quotes because he doesn’t know who I am IRL – I read his blog, so I “friended” him) is a true, honest-to goodness writer. He has a book being published and everything. Anyway, he recently wrote about writer’s block. His advice was that when you have writer’s block, you should just write about it. 

So, here I am.

Writing about it.

Hmmmm….

So far, that’s all I got. 

Oh well, I guess I’ll just update you as to how life has been since we moved to Colorado in June.

For some reason I feel compelled to number my points. 

1. Colorado is great! For the first time in many years we live close enough to family to see them on a regular basis and I love it. Almost every weekend, we have a house-full of nieces and nephews and cousins running around. Priceless….

2. Colorado is great! But I still miss New Jersey. I miss my church, I miss my friends, I miss the familiarity of it all. I loved the fact that almost everywhere I went, I would run into someone I know. Here, not so much. Yet.

3. Colorado has given us a new hobby. My husband went crazy and bought some dirt bikes. He got me a four-wheeler because he knows how I fare on two wheels.  So far, this has only led to one trip to the emergency room and it wasn’t me! I suppose I could write a whole post about that, but I wasn’t there when the accident happened and the story really is very anti-climactic. 

4. Speaking of broken laptops, if you have one, I highly recommend NOT taking it to the blue and yellow store with a Squad who promises to fix it. $250 plus dollars later, the laptop is still unusable. It has a new hard-drive, and a wiped memory, but no internet capability or a backspace key. Grrrr….

5. As you may have already gathered, I am working on getting my Real Estate license. This is something I have wanted to do since my kids were little. I even went to a real estate career seminar once way back when my kids were about 2 and 5 years old. (Now they are 17 and 20 years old). The speaker started the meeting by saying, “If you are ready to work hard 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, you can have a successful real estate career”. At that point, I stood up and walked out. I think I may even have said, “See ya!” as I left.  Looking back, I think the speaker was trying to weed out people like me from the crowd. In my research, I found out it is possible to have a successful real estate career and still have a family and personal life. I’m going to give it a try anyway. I am almost an empty-nester, so I’m ready to find something to do with the next phase of my life.

That’s all for now folks! I’ll do my best to be back here more often with the high quality of ramblings you have come to expect from me.

See ya!

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Gone Fishin’

Posted by Carol on April 3, 2009

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This blog is on Spring Break until after Easter. I may pop in from time to time, but I plan on spending the next week enjoying my family and getting ready for The Big Move.

Saturday Stirrings and Worship Song Sundays will resume on Saturday, April 18th 🙂 .

Happy Easter!

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Pssttt…

Posted by Carol on February 11, 2009

…wanna win a gift basket?

I thought you might, so I’m going to be giving away 3 Banana Nut Cheerios Gift Baskets right here at this very blog this weekend.
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Three lucky winners will win everything you see in here (fruit not included) except that you will be getting a VIP coupon for Banana Nut Cheerios rather than an actual box (but the box shows up better in pictures).

I have tasted the Banana Nut Cheerios and they are simply de-lish! More to come on that on Saturday, but for now, here’s what you have to do for a chance to win this very banana-y gift basket.

On Saturday, or any time over the weekend, post a recipe, any recipe you choose on your blog then come back here and link to my recipe carnival, aka Saturday Stirrings.  If you don’t have a blog, post a recipe in the comments section of the Saturday Stirrings post.

Then, on Sunday evening at 9 pm EST, I will use a random number generator to select three winners from all the Mr. Linky participants as well as any recipes in the comments.

That’s it. It’s so easy a caveman could do  it. (Didn’t I hear that someplace before?)

Now go bananas and get a recipe ready to post on Saturday!

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I am so cold today that I might just go buy one of these…

Posted by Carol on January 30, 2009

Come on, you know you want one, too! 🙂

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WFMW ~ CollegeZapps

Posted by Carol on January 7, 2009

Just before Christmas I was contacted by an organization called CollegeZapps asking me to look at their website and write about it here on my blog. I agreed on two conditions – that I liked what I saw and that I could wait until after the holidays to do it. Hey, I know my limitations and I wanted to make sure I had the time to really check  them out.

Check them out I did, and here’s what I found. CollegeZapps is a website that streamlines the college application process. Having gone through it all just a couple of years ago with our son, and with our daughter’s last year of high school approaching like a speeding locomotive, I was intrigued by the idea of CollegeZapps. Here’s a quote from the email they sent me:

We know that helping your student through the college application process can be like taking on a second job. Whether your kids are a few years away from applying to college, or just a few months, we can help.

Let’s face it; applying to college is confusing for a lot of students (and parents!). CollegeZapps was established in June 2007 to help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the college application through leading-edge technology. Our proprietary tool eliminates redundancy, which allows students to focus on their essays and other more important elements.

How It Works
Students are taken through four easy steps:

  1. Choose multiple schools. Students can choose from more than 1,100 schools within our network. Almost every school that has at least 1,500 students is listed in our database.
  2. Complete the questionnaire. Our tool walks students through every step of the process and never asks the same question twice – no matter how many applications are completed. Students can save their progress at any point and return to the in-progress application later.
  3. Print and proof. CollegeZapps generates print-ready, professional-looking applications in each school’s preferred format. Simply print and review.
  4. Send in the apps. Students can then drop each application in the mail along with any application fees, transcripts, reference letters or other materials.

Like I said, we just went through this process not too long ago and it is an ordeal. My son applied to 6 colleges, but I hear the average is more like 10.  And, believe it or not, a woman in our high school’s guidance office told me there are kids whose parents make them apply to 30 schools. That is definitely not the norm. That’s what happens when kids are raised in an over achieving suburb in New Jersey.

But wouldn’t those poor kids who applied to way too many schools have loved CollegeZapps? They would have only had to fill out the questionnaire on the website once (not answering the same question over and over again on each application), and write the appropriate essays for the colleges. CollegeZapps would then plug the information from the questionnaire into the correct application format for each college or university and once printed, it is ready to be mailed.

All Mom and Dad have to do is write a check for each application fee, request transcripts and letters of recommendation from the high school, then wait with great anticipation to see which institution of higher learning is going to get all their money for the next 4 years.

From what I can tell from the website, it only costs $5 for each application and believe me, it sounds like money well spent. Or you can use the Zapp Track feature which, for $25, lets your student apply to an unlimited number of colleges. I really should tell my friend in the guidance office about this.  Her students will thank me.

There are a couple of other nifty features CollegeZapps offers. They keep you posted on where in the application process your child should be. They remind your student of where in the application process they should be, putting the responsibility on their shoulders, where it really should be by this stage of the game. They put you in the running for a $250 Target gift card when you sign up for Zapp Track. Very nifty. There are also sections of the website for parents, for students, and for guidance counselors with pertinent info for each.

So, do yourself a favor and visit CollegeZapps. You’ll be glad you did. I’m pretty sure we’ll be using them next fall when Darling Daughter is ready to apply to her not 30 colleges!

For more great helpful hints, visit Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer!

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So You Want Me To Blog?? by Sylane Mack

Posted by Carol on December 1, 2008

My dear friend, Sylane Mack is the President of a wonderful ministry called Transformed by Grace.  For many months I have been encouraging her to start a blog of her own as yet another vehicle to communicate the message God has laid on her heart as well as stay in touch with those she has ministered to at her speaking engagments.  In order to “get her feet wet” I have invited her to write a guest post on my blog and she has agreed to take me up on that offer today! Here’s Sylane:

So, you want me to blog. That statement is directed to the Staff and Board Members of Transformed by Grace, Inc {info(at)transformedbygrace(dot)org} and, to my dear friend, Carol –our Director of Ministry Advancement {carol(at)transformedbygrace(dot)org} who invited me to write on her blog today. (Actually, she invited me a long time ago! I’ve just been a bit blog-shy!)

I am such a neophyte at (and hugely ignorant of) this whole BLOG-techie thing! Really!

I completed my BA and MS degrees by:

  • spending thousands of hours searching through rolls of micro-fishe (and almost giving myself light-flickering induced seizures!)
  • reading actual hard-copy books (remember those?)
  • typing my research papers on a typewriter (at least it was electric!)
  • and using approximately 3 tons of white-out over the course of my college days!

My first entry into this high-tech world was when I transitioned my ministry-speaking-presentations off from my old typewriter (which I had from 1974-1996. Yikes!) to the magical, mystical world of WORD PROCESSING! It was scary and exhilarating. It gave my creative juices greater freedom (and speed!), and retired my old typewriter and sticky-brush white-out once and for all!

My next baby-tech-step was when I set up my own email account. (Okay! Someone else had to set it up for me!) Communicating could now be accomplished quickly, conveniently, en masse and without the bother of a busy signal, an answering maching OR that conversation that I knew could go on just a little too long. So cool.

Next, I learned how to research all sorts of information on-line. Sorry, but I still can’t call it “surfing the web”. That’s just too hip for me.

In 2003, with its birth as an incorporated ministry, Transformed by Grace entered cyberspace through its own place on (drum roll, please!) the World-Wide-Web! Omigosh! I had come through as many techie-growth-steps as anyone could possibly have managed in such a short period of time! Right?

Nope! Blogging entered into the picture. OKAY! I know, as I said before: “So you want me to blog.”

And now…I agree! Blogging is an amazing vehicle to communicate with so many people!  And I do have the passion to communicate with anyone and everyone who will listen…okay, read, what I have to say!

You see, my passion to communicate with you is based on the passionate love and transforming grace of Jesus Christ!

Life is short. And as a follower of Jesus, I have been given the crazy purpose and the wild passion to live out (during my short life) and tell about the soul-freeing truth that: Jesus Christ is King of king and Lord of lords! Jesus is the long awaited Messiah of Israel, and the Savior of all who would believe. Jesus is who He says He is, and does what He says He does: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Read John 14:6 in the Bible.)

I might be a neophyte when it comes to the techie world, but I am convinced that these words spoken by Jesus are true!

It is with passionate love and urgent hope that I pray you each would intimately know the unfailing love and transforming power of Jesus Christ. He is God’s Anointed One, our Messiah,  our Savior and our Lord. He is our life.

I know because my life had been radically, beautifully and amazingly transformed by the grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ! And I am convinced that yours can be, too!

In love, peace, and purposeful passion,

Sylane

For more info about the ministry of Transformed by Grace, Inc. and about Sylane Mack–TBG’s president and principal speaker (and neophyte blogger) visit http://www.transformedbygrace.org

On January 1, 2009, Sylane will also begin a blog of her own. Check it out at www.theTBloG.org (currently under construction)

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I feel like I should at least thank someone.

Posted by Carol on November 25, 2008

Something nice, but strange happened today.  It’s sort of a mystery.

I came home from work and found a gift had been delivered to me.  It was a beautiful edible fruit arrangment. It was sitting on the counter with my first and last name on it. It had our correct mailing address, too.  I looked at the card and it read, “Thank you very much, Rachael Goldman”.

Well, Rachael Goldman, I have a couple of things to say to you. And a couple of questions.

First of all, you are very welcome.  And thank YOU for such a beautiful and delicious thank you gift. Next, uhm, who are you, and what are you thanking me for? It seems I have no idea who you are.

I find this situation a little awkward and a bit disconcerting. I am usually very good with names and I usually remember most of the things I do. So if I knew the lovely and very generous Rachael, and I had done something so gift-worthy for her, I really think I would remember both her and the thing I did. The problem is I don’t remember either.

So that leaves several possibilities:

  • Rachael made a mistake.
  • The edible arrangement people made a mistake.
  • Someone’s playing a joke on me.
  • I really do know Rachael and am just losing my mind.

So Rachael, whoever you are, thank you for the fruit and thank you for the blog fodder. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Progresso Perfect Recipe Gift Basket Winners!!

Posted by Carol on November 23, 2008

At exactly 9:00PM EST, Darling Daughter picked 3 names out of a bowl to determine the 3 winners of the Progresso Gift Baskets.  The winners are:

Mel @ A Box of Chocolates

Heather @ Not A DIY Life

Melanie @ Bella ~ Mella

Congrats ladies!  Please email me with your snail mail addresses at carol(at)ithrowlikeagirl(dot)com

Thank you everyone for playing!

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Just a couple of reminders…

Posted by Carol on November 21, 2008

Things to do:

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