April 2018   •   Licensed/Bonded/ROC #178018    •   (480) 491-3077
In This Issue:

Cabinets: Refinish or Replace? / Protecting Vision from Screen Use
Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies / Roasted Chickpeas

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Sunday April 22 nd is earth day with the motto : Reduce, Reuse, Recycle . It is good to have a focus on how we are using and caring for our world’s resources, including what we discard. We can make an impact in our day to day living by carrying a reusable water bottle, recycling all eligible trash (check your city’s website and get all members participating), avoiding Styrofoam (which may take centuries to decompose), and avoiding using plastic which is harming animal and marine life. If your municipality does not recycle plastic produce bags or plastic clamshells, many grocery stores will.

When It comes to a kitchen or bathroom remodel, when does it make sense to reuse cabinets by refinishing them instead of replacing them? If you want to keep the layout and storage the same, and you are working with quality cabinets that are in good shape, you may opt to refinish. Refacing cabinets typically involves either refinishing or painting the existing, or putting on new doors and drawer fronts and putting on wood veneers to match. The good news is it can save about 50% of the cost of new (considering the cost of demo, replacing countertop and sink). These are some factors to consider.

  • It is expected that the cabinets may last another 10-15 years. If you end up needing to replace cabinets before that, countertops are often damaged when removed, and will need to be replaced and you will need to redo the project.
  • Check the drawer’s hardware, the shelves and floor of the cabinets. Are the drawers quality made? Is there any water or moisture damage or excessive wear and tear? Has there been settling that has pulled the cabinet out of kilter?
  • Are the corner units built so contents are functional and accessible? Do you have the storage you need for baking, pots, and pans?

It could make sense to replace one set e.g. the lower cabinets, if you can get the same door styles for both upper and lower cabinets and you want to reconfigure the cabinets to get the storage you want, or if you want to relocate the sink, etc.

As a final tip for Earth day, make sure your home is in top shape for conserving energy with having a well-insulated home (e.g. attic insulation settles over time and should be about 13” in depth), with energy star rated appliances, water sense certified faucets, shower heads and toilets (dual flush can really conserve water). They are not only environment friendly, but provide cost savings.

For in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.
Colossians 1:16
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Email is a great way to reduce the use of paper, and electronics are a great source of information and communication, however too much screen time is hard on the eyes. Eye muscles can be strained from lack of movement, and people tend to not blink as needed causing dry eyes. According  to researchers, too much exposure to the blue light electronic devices emit, especially late at night, can interfere with circadian rhythms and result in difficulties sleeping, and fatigue creates a false sense of hunger leading to weight gain.

So, what can you do to help your eyes if you’re required to look at a screen for the majority of the day? Here are a few supportive measures:

Get a Blue Light Filter Download a compatible blue light filter application for your computer, tablet, and phone. Apple iPhones and iPads have “Night Shift” in its settings, make sure it is enabled, and the warmer the color temperature, the less blue light is emitted.

20-20-20 Rule:  If your engrossed in a project or assignment, you may look up and notice that you haven’t looked away from your computer in a while. The 20-20-20 rule can set a guideline to give your eyes (and your brain) a break. Make it a goal to look away from your screen every 20 minutes and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.
Computer Glasses :   Experts advise to avoid electronics 2-3 hours before bed, but if that is when you want to watch a program on TV, you could wear glasses that block blue light (or get clip on’s if you wear glasses).  Consumer Repor ts found the Uvex Skyper safety eyewear (orange tinted) was most effective in the ones they tested.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed,  and  the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed  is  in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Genesis 1:11

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Getting Kids to Enjoy Their Vegetables
Kids can be picky eaters and some can be notorious for wanting to avoid vegetables. This habit and disdain can carry into adulthood, and that’s not good! Eating a variety vegetables is an extremely important component in our overall health, especially for growing children. Getting little ones to enjoy vegetables at an early age is a good foundation for healthy eating habits later on. If this is a challenge in your household, here are some ideas to help listed for young to older.

Introducing solid foods: Breast milk is best for the first year, but when the baby starts teething and showing interest in food, skip the processed and packaged products and go to nature, and serve cut up, ripe: avocado, pear, banana, papaya, strawberry, peeled kiwi, peeled apple, melon….

Toddler+ Prepare a nibble tray that is readily available for them to graze during the day, an ice cube tray or muffin tin will work and have: grapes, berries, carrot sticks, celery bites, orange segments, pineapple, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, figs, olives, seeds and nuts, broccoli and cauliflower florets….

Preschool+ Grab some ideas from Pinterest as a project to make a fun snack that looks like a bug, animal, flower or airplane! For older children, give them an assignment to make a powerhouse snack for their favorite hero, and it has to have at least 4 colors.

For the family Grow a vegetable garden! Studies show kids will eat food they grow and be more connected with what is real food. Just harvested, home grown produce is more flavorful and nutritious. There is a system that eliminates the need to weed, and one can use to grow indoors or outdoors depending on the weather ( for more information ). Use those greens to start the family’s day with a superfood plant protein green smoothie. Use plant/seed/nut milk or coconut water as a base. Great for after school quick snack, pre or post work out fueling.

Bridge the Gap  The minimum daily servings of fruits and vegetables is 9-13 the size of one’s fist, which very few do. There is a program that children can get a daily strategic blend of fruits and vegetables for free, that has found that participants are sick less and miss fewer days of school/work and need to see a doctor less, choose to eat less fast food and more fruits and vegetables, drink less soda pop and more water, and 96-98% reporting positive benefits. There was also a study that overweight adolescent boys using the program lost abdominal fat. ( for more information )
Remember, it may take up to 15 tries of a certain food before a child acquires a taste for it, so don’t be discouraged if these tips don’t create an immediate love of all things green. Creating healthy habits takes time, but the results will keep your child growing and strong!

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth his fruit in his season; His leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever He does shall prosper .
Psalm 1:3
I admit, I was rushing to get to work when a police car pulled me over near the high school where I teach. As the officer asked for my license and registration, my students began to drive past. Some honked their horns, others hooted, some pointed at me and laughed. A few stopped to admonish me for speeding.

The officer paused to watch this parade, and then asked me if I was a teacher at the school. I told him I was.

"I think you've paid your debt to society," he said with a smile, and left without giving me a ticket.

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When wanting a salty snack, here’s a healthy one! Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, and are loaded with fiber which helps one feel satiated, and they are a good source of protein. Chickpeas have key nutrients to assist with bone health, heart health, digestion, and lowering inflammation ( source ), and are a staple in the Mediterranean diet.

Basic Recipe
  • 1 x 15 oz can chickpeas, unsalted
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Four Flavor Options
Lemon Black Pepper Chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
Nacho Cheese
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Salt and Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar soak for 30 minutes, drain, don't rinse
  • 1 tsp sea salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Spread onto one half of a dish towel, fold over the other half, and thoroughly dry them. Remove any shells that may loosen in the process.
  3. Transfer to a bowl. Toss with the salt.
  4. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Spread the chickpeas out evenly on the pan. Bake for 45 minutes, checking and stirring every 15 for even baking/browning. Watch them closely for the last 10 minutes as they can burn easily.
  5. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 10-15 minutes before eating. Or to ensure maximum crispiness, you can turn off the oven, crack the door, and let them cool in there for about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container.

"For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.. ."
Jeremiah 17:8

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