School’s Back in Session!

What’s on Your Table?

The house is oddly quite, and even though there are a thousand things that I could be doing, I find myself thinking of a multitude of the things involving my kids! How about you?

Starting school conjures up so many different feelings in different people. I’m excited for my kids, a little sad for me, a little anxious about what the new schedule will be, and then looking forward to all the things that fall brings.

IMG_0300So what does fall bring? School of course, change in weather, many fun holidays, clubs, groups start up their meetings, and last but not least there are sports. So it becomes very apparent that schedules start to become a little bit more hectic.

That is where we are at… Busy! Every fall I find myself figuring out how to fit things in and at the same time make room for the things that are important. Family time is by far what I try to make sure is the priority. That time for us starts at the table. With all that is going on it is hard to make sure that we sit down together and have a meal together. However I still make it happen with the help of the handy dandy internet! Internet! Yup, that’s right!  Most people will think that the kitchen would be the place to start, and while yes that’s true… Sometimes we all need a little inspiration!

IMG_1177I of course have my tried and true recipes that have helped me throughout the years, but it’s nice to change them up and find some new ones that we can try out. So in this particular blog post we wanted to get the conversation rolling. That’s right we want to hear from you, so we can keep building ideas of time saving recipes and snacks. Please write to us at marketing@discovermuseum.org , and let us know what works best for you! What are some tips!

Make Meals Ahead

Some things are easy to make ahead and use. Many moms put together freezer meals that they can pop right in the oven and or use while they are putting together more meals. Then there is always the crockpot, where you put it together in the morning and it’s ready for the whole family when you get home that evening. We also can forget the meals that come together with no cooking at all. Below we created a list that we’ve tried, if you search for them online you can probably find all kinds of variations.

freezer mealFreezer Meals

So if you plan on making freezer meals, there are a lot of resources out there for prepping for making lots of freezer meals in one day, as well as things that freeze well, and tips on what tips work best when making all your future din-din’s.  I’ve done this a lot during baseball season.  I typically found a weekend, and my mom and I would get together and make over twenty dinners in one day for each of us.  It was amazing, and made life very easy on practice and game nights.  It saved our family a pretty penny, since we were able to avoid take out, and then gave us all a chance to unwind with each other when we got back home! So here are some things I made, and know this, these are just suggestions to search on the internet.  Once you start your search, chances are you will find some recipes that are more fitting to your family!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Lasagna, Soups, Meatballs, Broccoli Chicken Alfredo, No Boil Manicotti, Stews, Hamburger Patties, Pulled Pork meat for sandwiches, Chimichangas, toquitos, and many MANY MORE.

crock potSlow Cooker Meals

I think almost everyone has a crock pot somewhere in there home, and if you don’t you may think in investing in one of the best cooking tools for busy parents! This handy kitchen item has helped me on many occasions in delivering a wholesome meal on a day that there would have been no time to make a decent meal. Here are a few kinds of meals that you can make inside a slow cooker.

BBQ Spareribs, Black Bean Taco Soup, Chicken Brocoli Alfredo, Chicken Cacciatore, Stew, Chili, Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken, Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn and Black Beans, Pork Tenderloin, Roast, and again search for many more that may be more fitting for you and your family.

no cook mealNon Cooking Meals

These meals may sound like a fantasy, but they do exist! They take little prep and perhaps the use of microwave.  Check out some of the following!

Crunchy Quesadilla Stack, Poor Mans Tacos, Taco Pizza, Dinner wraps, Sandwiches, Salad or tacos with precooked chicken or roast beef, and also many more!

Finding Inspiration

If you have a smart phone there are oodles of apps where you can create recipe boxes. I’ve had luck with Allrecipes and BigOven.  However, if you go into one of your app stores you will see that there are more than a dozen to choose from. I also love Pinterest! It is a very inspirational place to get ideas for dinners! We decided to create a board of Time Saving Dinners. Come check out our board!

http://www.pinterest.com/discovercm/time-saving-dinners/ 

On the Go Snacks

Snacks can easily be purchased, but what if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on all the individually packed to go snacks? What are your options?

Fruit, Nuts, Cheese, Carrot Sticks, Celery. (Fill in the blank ___________)

Please share what some of your recipes are. Plus don’t forget to share about snacks too. Also, if you have other time saving techniques, please let us know them!  Looking forward to hearing from you Discover! Friends!

Imagination Yoga for Kids!

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Kids doing their best impersonation of a fierce T-Rex

Thanks to Melissa Fox, Discover! Children’s Museum has been offered a fun opportunity!  Imagination Yoga!  You might be asking yourself what is Imagination Yoga, or you may be thinking that you will go right past this blog post.  I must say that if you choose the latter you will be missing out on a very fun adventure!

Imagination Yoga is for kids! So you may ask what is the difference between regular yoga and kids yoga? Imagination Yoga creatively integrates yoga poses by using your imaginations.  Each class is based on a themed adventure, where the instructor slowly describes where they are going.  The adventures could take kids through space or on exhibitions to see the largest dinosaurs via time machines.  Whatever the adventure, you can bet that even the youngest minds remain attentive and willing to participate in the fun!

DSC_4387 copyWhat are the Benefits

  • Along with building muscles, Imagination Yoga improves body awareness,  increases flexibility, develops correct posture, encourages good circulation, and cardiovascular health.
  • Imagination Yoga is a social outlet for kids: Yoga helps both socially and emotionally by increasing self esteem.
  • These classes will also help teach children about drawing their attention towards something and remaining focused on that item.  During which they learn what it feels like in their body and mind to be calm and focused.
  • Imagination Yoga is also a playful place where kids can relax in this increasingly stress-filled world.
  • Children will learn how to express themselves through imagination as well as improve language development through kinesthetic learning. (Kinesthetic learning is where a student learns by carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to someone or watching a demonstration)   We at Discover! love this aspect of Imagination Yoga! Learn through play!

DSC_4375What to Expect

The class begins with Melissa giving an easy lesson on breathing.  Teaching kids to be aware of their breathing can help them to learn to relax, which in turn reduces the effects of stress.  Then she has them focus on an item, she does this by placing it in the center of the circle and calling the kids attention to it.  The purpose of this particular exercise is to teach kids to concentrate with their eyes.  Then the next step is the adventure, but you’ll have to bring your kiddos to class to hear about that part!

melissaMeet Melissa!

Hello Discover! Adventurer’s, my name is Melissa Fox. I am a happily married wife of twenty-three years, and mother to three amazing children ages 19, 16 and 9. I was a stay at home Mom for 15 years, and I also volunteered at school and community events during that time.

In 2009 I became a certified yoga instructor through YogaFit. I have been teaching for 5 years with over 1200 classes taught. I also became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2009 through NASM, National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Imagination Yoga is a magical yoga program I just had to become involved in. So when the opportunity presented itself this summer, I jumped at the opportunity to become certified in it.

Prior to all of my training I have been active throughout my life.  At fourteen I started weightlifting and felt that it was in my blood.  Remaining active seemed like a natural process for me. So I decided that if I needed to work, I wanted to love my work. Have you heard the motto, “Do what you love, Love what you do.” So that is what I did!

That’s when Yoga found me and I haven’t looked back. Always progressing, sometimes stuck, but always finding a way home to my mat. It has been an unexpected journey for me, but one of love and passion. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this wonderful practice, to bring awareness to one’s self, and I hope to inspire people everyday through practicing Yoga.

Imagination YogaLet the Classes Begin!

Classes Start September 22, 2014 at Thorbecks in Chehalis (91 Chehalis Ave. SW. Chehalis WA 98532.  If you have any questions, feel free to call (360) 748-3744

These classes are free, however donations made will go to Discover! Children’s Museum new permanent museum!

Monday and Wednesday * Ages 3-11 are welcome either time

10:30 ~ Ages 3-6 Years Old

4:15 ~ Ages 4-11 Years Old

Have fun Discover! Explorers