Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Rice Science Project - Toddler

Thank you Lord for the calming rain- for the sound of life coming to a stop before is all begins over. The heavenly drops wash away the urgency we call life. As the skies clap with a dance of lights..reminding me that beauty can be found even in the midst of the storm. I bow down- slowly...while it pours, pours over my heart and what was once old has just made new. 
New as the beam of sunlight shyly hiding behind the darkness- yet it still peaks through the soul of this world to bring hope...hope for a new dawn- a new beginning.

DIY: Science with your Toddler

My 4 year old son is constitantely in motion and that requires a lot of imagination. Since he is enjoying the freedom of summer, I try to engage him in different activities.

For this fun science project you will need:
  • Rice 
  • Food coloring (or make your own with; cumin (yellow), beet (purple), blueberries (blue), cranberries (red) )

Seperate the rice in to 4 containers.


Add tap water to each container of rice


Add a few drops of food dye  to each container ( if you want to show your child how mixing colors will give you a new color, you can add 2 colors to a container)


Let the rice water sit for about 30 minutes


Rinse each rice water and place on a plate (saving the water into a cup)

You will have a fun time talking about the new colors of each rice container and the water drained from each container.
Have fun!!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

No Guilt Cleaning!!

When life gives you lemons...we tend to make a sour face! forget making lemonade- who has the time? It is easier to turn sour, to give in and maybe let go. However, letting go at times takes courage. A brave heart is always bleeding..with the unknown...with the ink of fear stamped red. I wake up and feel distant with eyes locked to the fog of tomorrow-the salty strings run down my cheeks letting me taste life and loss. Although the body wants to hide, the soul seeks beauty- beauty that bathes the dawn and glistens at dusk.
One step after the next- life is messy, complicated, beautiful, painful, hopeful & so much more...

Clean without Guilt:

Make your own All- Purpose, everyday cleaning product!! I love this...non-toxic, safe for kiddies and adults.

You will need:
1- 1/4 Cup of White distilled Vinegar
2- 1 TBSP of Corn Starch ( preferably without talc)
3- One plastic squirt bottle ( look around and you will find an empty one under your sink)
4- Warm water
5- 8/10 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

How to make:
In a small bowl combine the corn starch & vinegar until dissolved. Pour mixture into the plastic bottle, top it off with warm tap water and you are done!! If you want to add a little extra scent, you can add about 8-10 drops of lemon essential oil to the bottle and shake well.

This All-purpose cleaner can be used on counters, glass, mirrors & surfaces around your house.

Enjoy the Green life...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gratitude of June

The year is half way through and enjoying every moment has been a task difficult to uphold. We seem to want to soak up every bit of sunlight and breathe in every afternoon rain. As I glance out the window and realize the fullness of this life- the greens, blues, purpels and silvers brushed across the canvas of my life- I want more- I want life. 
Perfection might never be attained- but laughter through failed attempts will continue to push us forward to the next chapter- with eyes wide open.


Before storing those delicious fresh berries, be sure to soak them into equal parts water and vinegar in order to make them last longer. The vinegar washes way all the impurities from the berries, allowing them to stay fresh longer. I have tried this myself with absolute success! 


1 Pint of Strawberries (raspberries, blueberries)
1 Cup of Water
1 Cup of white distilled vinegar 

How to: 
In a bowl, gently place the berries and cover them with the water/vinegar mixture. Let is sit for 8 min and rinse well. Let the berries dry before storing. A good tip is to place a sheet of paper towel on the bottom of the storage container to soak up any extra moisture. Place the berries in the storage container and enjoy fresh & clean berries!

Thank you for reading & blessings.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

How much do we actually care?

I can now say that I am a vegetarian! It has been almost 2 years that my husband and I have given up #meat! 
After seeing the way that animals are treated around the world to become our food- it disturbed be to the point of action. 
Yes, action! On the principal of not becoming the reason for more animal killing, I created a meat free zone in mi casa...:)
Continue on the path laid out before me, to care for Gods creatures and to make a difference- even if in my own life. 
The truth is, that this journey has been a lot more then just giving up meat. It has meant sticking with something that truly matters to me, even when the going gets tough. This idea is much easier said than lived! I struggle with this in my life- the fear of failing, of making of fool of myself- for what? 
Well, so you can say that you tried. 
So - please consider what these godly creatures suffer for our pleasure...make a difference ...take control. 

Thank you for reading.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A New Year & A New You,Possible?

Another year has gone by and life continues to shift in a new direction. It seems that we spend our lives trying to achieve greatness and miss the truth that is before our very eyes. This year, I vow to pay more attention to the blur that is my life and to greet each morning with childish expectation. 

Food has become a great part of my life. Learning how to eat and what to eat have truly changed the way I view my life. 

New Year resolution for 2013- Eat better & feed your body the right types of food, avoiding processed foods.

Here are the top 5 foods I can live without & each healthy replacement in 2013:
  1. Processed Potato Chips vs. Homemade Sweet Potato Fries
  2. Soda [any kind] vs. Water, water, water
  3. Refined Sugar vs. Honey or Agave
  4. Canned food vs. the real thing!
  5. Non-Organic vs. Organic food

True: Although this is a small step for mankind it will be a leap in your life!

It is time to pay attention to what we eat. Spend more time preparing your food and enjoy the practice of eating well. 
We can live a longer and healthier life by going back to our roots-literally...

So, open a bottle of your favorite wine, gather around the kitchen and breathe in the- la joie de vivre!

Good night,
Renata Jernigan

Friday, November 9, 2012

Krave This!!!

At 3:00 o'clock I begin craving chocolate, candy, and everything that is not healthy for my body. 

So, I have adopted and modified a delicious recipe found on the, Martha Stewart website,for a healthy and easy to make cereal bar.

This cereal bar is truly a treat and will leave your tummy full and your conscience clean:). 

So here we go...

KRAVE BAR (my name for it)


  • 1/3 Cup of Honey  

  • 1/3 Cup of Organic Coconut oil (you can also use canola oil)

  • 1/3 Cup of Organic Raw Brown Sugar

  • 2 Cups Organic Brown Rice Crisps

  • 2 Cups Oatmeal (I use Redsmille brand)

  • 1/4 Cup of Raisins ( or any other dried fruit- cut into small pieces)

  • 1 Tablespoon Cup of Cacao Morsels or chocolate chips morsels

You will need: 

  • Medium size sauce pan

  • Wooden Spoon

  • Square glass baking dish

  • Parchment Paper



  • In a medium size sauce pan, place honey, brown sugar and coconut oil and let it simmer on medium heat.
  • In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients- oatmeal, rice crisps, dried fruit
  • Pour wet ingredients onto dry ingredients and fold until well Incorporated

  • Place parchment paper over the glass dish
  • Pour ingredient onto parchment paper 
  • Sprinkle chocolate chip onto top of cereal bar
  • Use your hands or a rubber spatula to pack the cereal bar down
  • Place it in fridge
  • Cut into square or rectangles and enjoy!!

PS: Picture above shows wax paper and not parchment paper. I ran out of parchment paper!! DO NOT USE WAX PAPER OR FOIL IT WILL STICK TO THE BAR AFTER COOLED.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

5 Steps To Better Food

It is amazing how fast the year has gone by. It feels to me that just yesterday we were celebrating Easter and now Christmas is on the horizon. Time is all we have in this world, only precious moments that can be gone with a blink of an eye. 
After realizing how fragile life can be, when faced with the horrible "C" word. I decided to educate myself on all things health!!
You would be surprised about what you can learn about the food you eat, and how it can alter your overall health. I am not just talking about avoiding butter or deserts - these are easy to figure out. However, the hidden dangers are with the ohh so loved processed foods! Canned goods, bottled juices, bagged chips, and even the things you thought were harmless are filled with horrible additives and preservatives that will literally KILL you. 
So, after a lot of research and after drastically modifying the way my family eats. I have put together 5 simple steps on how you can improve your life by improving what you eat. 
"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are"! (Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)
  • 5 - Get to know your food! Your food should have less then three stops before arriving on your plate. When you look at a bag of potatoes, you know immediately what it is and where it came from. With three lovely steps the bag of potatoes has been- picked from the ground, transported to your local grocery market and is now in your pantry. However, could you answer the same about a bag of potato chips? Probably not. So, your goal is to buy whole-real foods and not foods contained in a box, bag or can. 
  • 4 - Learn to read the ingredient label. At first this can be overwhelming. Reading labels are almost as difficult as deciphering a foreign language. Until you realize that if understanding what is in your food is too difficult then you should not be eating it. Our digestive system was designed to eat whole foods and not overly-processed-bad-for-you “pretend” foods. For this reason it is important to give your body foods that can easily be digested. Pick up an item- look at the ingredients (not just the calorie count) if you don't recognize two or more items- just put it down and walk way! Trust me, it feels good to take back some control over your life.
  • 3 - Whenever possible, go for Organic! Although a recent study done at Stanford University found that Organic foods are no more nutritious than non-organic, the reality of what is better for you is quite clear and simple. Organic fruits and vegetables are not sprayed with pesticides and chemicals that cannot be washed off. When eating such foods, we force our bodies to digest massive amounts of poisonous chemicals. Now, you decide- would you rather eat an apple that was bathed in poison or one that has not been? The answer is simple, and we (the consumers) don't need a fancy study to state the obvious. Taking back control, once again. 
  •  2 - Stay clear of white foods such as: white pasta, rice, bread, and sugar. A single grain of white rice is broken down into 90% sugar! A bowl of white rice can send your Pancreas into a frenzy! When we attack our body with massive amounts of sugar, it in turn produces massive amounts of insulin creating a deadly cycle that will inevitably end up in DIABETES! Now, don't panic- I love sweets and chocolate and all things desert. So, this step was by far the most difficult one for me. However, when you find out that there are options you begin to relax and enjoy your newfound wisdom. Instead of indulging in white carbs and refined sugar, try to buy whole-wheat pasta, rice and bread. As an alternative to white refined sugar you can start buying raw sugar, organic Agave, or honey. I know that I skipped Splenda, however any artificial sweetener is considered a synthetic food and that is also difficult to digest. So, think whole-wheat and delight your sweet tooth will real good for you sugar.
  • 1 - I have left this step for last, because it is truly the most ambitious of all the other steps. Brace yourselves- as this can make you want to give up. However, I assure that you will begin to feel healthier, lighter and enlightened in no time. So, for the Pièce de résistance....it is time to begin saying NO to meats, white or red. I know, you think I have gone bananas- you might be asking- where is my Protein! Well, the answer is fish-fish-fish. A piece of steak or a fillet of chicken can take up to 6 hours to digest. So, if you think of it, you will have a hunk of meat inside of you for nearly a half portion of the day, and if you eat meat twice a day you will be digesting your food all day! When your body is busy working to digest food it will put all other functions on pause in order to preform the task. This will slow you down; make you feel tired and fatigued. The goal is to eat foods that will enter and leave your body quickly. If you are up for the challenge, I urge you to begin slowly. Perhaps start with meatless Mondays and grow from there. It is a big change and even greater challenge. However, change when it comes to your health is always a step in the right direction. 
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