Friday, March 26, 2010

Food Revolution

I always thought Mason and I ate pretty healthy food. We aren’t picky and will try just about anything. It seems though when you have a lack of funds and knowledge, it is easy to be deceived. I am soaking up as much as I can about finding simple ways to slowly transition to eating in a more natural way. I heard a quote recently that said “If it’s made from plants, eat it. If it’s made IN a plant, don’t eat it.” I find myself reciting it over and over in my head as I walk through the grocery store trying to avoid those middle isles as much as possible.

I am really excited therefore for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. I have watched his show on the Food Network a number of times and love the naturally organic feel of him going to his garden and picking what he needs to prepare his meal. His concept of whole foods is exactly what I want to be doing. Mason and I watched the sneak peek premiere of this new show on Hulu (I would be a pop culture mess without hulu, please don’t start charging for this service. Please, please PLEASE!!!) the other night and I am so interested to see how the little town in West Virginia will respond to his tutelage and what the rest of us can learn after seeing him shop, cook and eat like normal people ( you know, the majority of the US who utilize grocery stores and have to cook in 30 minutes or less)

I am also curious to know what you, my friends, are doing to adjust your eating habits from the “five ingredients or less” type cooking we all started with when we got married (and inadvertently gained 20 lbs), to utilizing whole ingredients in a healthy, delicious way. And, tell me if you have any suggestions for urban living as I do not have a garden out my back door. (I tried to do tomatoes last year and had to learn the hard way that they need full sun :( .)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Mario and Princess Peach" wedding

The “Mario” inspired wedding turned out to be a fun one. It was very simply done in a cultural hall, but the little touches of personality really brought it to life.

You have arrived!

Schedule of Events

Back drop

Centerpiece #1

Centerpiece #2
Centerpiece #3
Ice Cream Sundae buffet




Video Games projected onto a large screen

The Cake! When they went to cut it the Mario theme song played, the timing was so perfect!

I am probably the farthest thing from a video game fan, but I love that this bride and groom made it their own! I believe that a wedding is truly a celebration of the couple and the life they are starting together. So for them, it was perfect!

So no matter what you are into, I say go for it! Make it a part of your big day. Your guests will love seeing your personality come through.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Coming Up...

This weekend we are doing a wedding reception inspired by:


It should be interesting...I'll let you know how it goes!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Meridian Magazine interviewed the Mission President and his wife, the Laylocks,  who are serving Chile where the earthquake hit. Here is an excerpt from a letter written to their family from Sister Laylock shortly after the quake.

"Nearly two-and-one-half weeks ago, I was awakened at around 4:00 AM by ... a prompting. I did not hear a voice, but the thought was as clear as if it had been in the form of spoken words: "There is going to be an earthquake. Prepare your missionaries." I sat up in bed and immediately remembered Elder Scott's counsel. That morning I told Larry what had happened. He immediately set to work organizing our missionaries to prepare for an earthquake.

In talking with our office missionaries to arrange for them to put together a list of everything we would need to both Spanish and English...we discovered that the Lord had also let two of our office missionaries know of the possibility of an earthquake (in the form of dreams) and the need to prepare our mission.

We set a goal and arranged our schedule so that we could visit every apartment in the mission to check for safety and to review with our missionaries what to do in case of an earth quake. What a wonderful experience we have had as we have met with them and shared scriptures with them about being spiritually and physically prepared. "...if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear" (D&C 38:30).

We instructed every missionary to have a "go-bag" (36 hour kit). We reviewed our emergency action plan with them of where to go and what to do if they had phone service and in case they did not. We gave everyone a paper with all instructions in English and Spanish, and we reminded them that "this life is the time to prepare to meet God" (Alma 34:32-34). We shared with them our thoughts and feelings about the need for spiritual and physical safety. "

Doesn't this make you so grateful for righteous leaders who recieve and follow the inspiration given them, and I am sure it increases the faith of these young missionaries as a result. I know the Lord is watching over them and all the missionaries serving.

To read the full article go to Meridian Magazine.