LouAna Coconut Oil Review

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LouAna is your one-stop Coconut Oil resource. LouAna (short for “Louisiana”) cooking oils have been a staple in Southern kitchens for over 120 years. Long before Coconut Oil became all the rage, we were in the LouAna kitchen cooking up a storm with it. An easy swap in recipes for butter, shortening or margarine, and a wholesome addition to smoothies, drinks and more, our versatile Coconut Oil has 0 trans fat, 0 cholesterol and no coconut aroma or taste. No wonder LouAna is the #1 seller of coconut oil by volume in America.*
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I have been using LouAna coconut oil in pretty much everything. I absolutely love it. From delicious recipes you can find on the LouAna site to my own that I make up. It is really easy to substitute LouAna coconut oil in some of your favorite recipes instead of butter/ shortening etc.
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Here I made up my own recipe for an amazing smoothie that is so yummy it tastes like you are having dessert!
Ingredients:

1 tbs LouAna Coconut Oil

1 cup of ice

2 tbs nut butter (we prefer almond butter or sunflower butter)

1/4 cup dried coconut flakes

1 tsp chia seeds

1/3 cup dark chocolate

1 cup milk (we used 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk)
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LouAna coconut oil scoops relatively easy if you have trouble I just warm it up a little and its super easy to scoop
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Mix all the ingredients in your favorite blender. I love my Vitamix. Once everything is completely blended enjoy the yummy goodness!
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Buy it: Use the handy product locator to find out where to buy Coconut Oil and all of LouAna’s other cooking oils—including Peanut Oil, Vegetable Oil, Canola Oil and special oil blends.

Disclaimer: I received LouAna products in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Celebrate IHOP’s 58th Birthday With 58 Cent Pancakes July 12!

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IHOP, the pioneer of the breakfast all-day, every-day movement celebrates their 58th birthday this summer! Since its inception in 1958, IHOP and their world famous buttermilk pancakes have remained a beloved All-American institution and breakfast icon for nearly six decades. On Tuesday July 12, IHOP is offering a 58 cent short stack of buttermilk pancakes to celebrate their 58th birthday. Fun fact: The original cost of an IHOP short stack when the restaurant was founded in 1958 was 62 cents!

Jord Wood Watches

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Hand-crafted wood timepieces that tell a story. Start the conversation. That is the slogan for Jord Wood Watches. Isn’t it just fantastic. These watches truly are works art. They come in gorgeous wooden boxes that are themselves a work of art. The watch we received is stunning and it really does start conversations. Its not everyday that you see such a beautiful wooden watch that sits like a work of art upon your wrist. The watch itself is pretty light I was surprised at how it fits so comfortably (you can have them custom sized to your wrist). It comes with a scratch resistant mineral glass face, isn’t that just fantastic. I love that this company values sustainability and is so Eco-conscious and that they have shown it can be done with great efficiency. Where we live there is a strong eco movement, sustainability is expected and when you can make that eco friendly product not only consciously but fashionably its a win. And that’s what Jord Watches are they are a win. A win for the person who gets to where these beautiful watches and a win for our environment.
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JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. We spend our days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing. Then they scrap it all for the joy of starting new. They have fun. This is their journey. They are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. They value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. They make their watches for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go.
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Buy It: Jord Wood Watches are available online at https://www.woodwatches.com/

Disclaimer: I received Jord Wood Watch for review purposes. All my opinions are my own.

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Five Senses Curriculum: Hearing

Activity 1: Hum a Song
1. Hum a song that the children know
2. See if they can identify it without the words
3. Let children hum songs and you and their peers get to try and guess what it is

Activity 2: Who Makes this Sound?
1. Ask children to make a sound like an animal
2. Have class guess the animal that makes that sound
Variation: children can imitate cars, trains, whistles, etc

Activity 3: Who is that talking?
1. Take turns recording each child’s voice
2. play back the recording and see if the kids can recognize the child who is speaking

Activity 4: Play Telephone
1. Sit the class in a big circle
2. whisper to the child sitting next to you a simple two syllable word ex: Apple
3. that child whispers to the next child and so on and so forth until it gets back to you
4. The last child says the word out loud
variation: If it becomes to easy try a simple phrase instead of a single word ex: Skip to my Lou

Activity 5: Dancing
1. I like using Greg and Steve for dancing where children distinguish between tones etc
2. Use songs where children will move slow when the song is slow and fast when the song is fast
3. Or songs where they move like different animals during different sounds
Variation: USe scarves while dancing

Activity 6: Rhythm Sticks, shakers (maracas) or other musical instruments
1. Play songs and have kids tap along
2. sometimes you move fast other times slow. sometimes not at all

Activity 7: Name the Instrument
1. play some music with different instruments or you play an instrument under a towel on your lap
2. have the kids guess what the instrument is

Activity 8: Make Sound Jars

Five Senses Curriculum: Touch

Activity 1: Sensory Walk
blindfold or not its kind of more fun with a blindfold but its not necessary
1. have the child take off their shoes
2. have different texture swatches cut out in from of them
3. bubble wrap, sand paper, a tub of water, a tub of cooked spaghetti, tile, a tub of river pebbles etc

Activity 2: Make a Hidden Object Box


Activity 3: Make Texture Cards

Activity 4: Make Sensory Bagshow to’s on over 40+ Sensory Bags
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Activity 5: Make Playdough 35+ different recipes for Playdough
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Activity 6: Create some Foot Print Painting

or go all out and do Full Body Painting

Activity 7: Finger Painting
Materials: liquid starch, powdered tempera paint, paper, and smocks
1. Children wear aprons
2. 3 inch spot of starch on the table sprinkle some tempra paint on it
3. you can do this more than once with different colors
4. have the child mix the color in to the starch and paint on their paper