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The Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

This post may contain affiliate links. I was browsing Pinterest the other day when I came across one of “The Pigeon” books by Mo Willems. I absolutely LOVE these books, and I doubt that I will ever outgrow them! Not only are they cute as […]

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Exercise Can Be Anywhere

Exercise Can Be Anywhere

Nathan loves to walk…when he’s at church, at the library, park, and especially when he’s watching buses or trains. So, we take advantage of that love and give him frequent opportunities to do just that–walk! Studies show that even light walking has a positive effect […]

Nutella (Again)!

Nutella (Again)!

I finally made the homemade recipe myself, and re-evaluated the calorie content using the actual foods I used in the recipe. It is really good! I’m still working on getting Nathan to try it. He is highly suspicious of nuts because he is allergic to […]

Update on Homemade Nutella Recipe

Update on Homemade Nutella Recipe

I decided to more closely scrutinize (and tweak) the homemade Nutella recipe I found on SparkPeople.com a couple of days ago, including making the recipe myself. It turned out great, but I did learn that it will harden up like a candy bar in the […]

Nutritious Alternative to Nutella

Nutritious Alternative to Nutella

I had always thought that Nutella seemed like a nutritious alternative for those who are allergic to peanuts. Then I read the food label. I was so disappointed!  The first ingredient is sugar, then palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, Lecithin, whey (milk), and artificial […]

Artificial Additives and Our Kids’ Health

Artificial Additives and Our Kids’ Health

  MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and many restaurant foods, especially Asian cuisine.  MSG  has been shown to cause neurological symptoms such as nervousness, headaches, depression, and fatigue, in sensitive individuals. […]

5 Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs from Blue Diamond

5 Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs from Blue Diamond

  I really enjoy smoothies in the morning, and sometimes in the afternoon. I use soymilk, but a lot of people have concerns about drinking so much soymilk. Click this link for some delicious recipes that utilize almonds, almond milk, and fresh fruit. These recipes […]

It Takes Creativity!

It Takes Creativity!

After a month of school, we are still plugging away at our PE, though I have found that there are many exercises that Nathan doesn’t like. “It’s important to make it fun,” they say! I just asked my son which exercises are fun, and he […]

First Week of School, Whew!

First Week of School, Whew!

It is officially the end of our first week of 8th grade and our first week of using the Stability Ball for PE. That went WAY better than expected! We had first used the stability ball when Nathan was maybe 4 years old. It lasted […]

Welcome!

Welcome!

My name is Deborah Hanyon.  I am a Registered Dietitian, and I have been homeschooling my 13-year-old-son, Nathan,  since he was 9. Nathan was recently diagnosed with Autism, and also struggles with sensory issues, particularly with food.   Nathan is a picky eater, but he […]