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24 August 2016

Roasted Garlic

 This is a sponsored post for Moms Meet. 
One of my favorite way to cook vegetables is by roasting them in the oven. I just wash vegetables, cut them up, drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top, place them in the oven, and stir once or twice. Roasting vegetables brings out the flavor so much. Using a good olive oil brings out the flavor much more potently.

Farchioni has been around for 236 years. Farchioni is a great Italian success story that started way back in 1780 and is now on people’s tables all over the world, with products recognized and prized for their quality.

A few facts about Extra virgin olive oil:
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is the freshly pressed juice of olives. It is cold pressed, meaning it is pressed without heat or chemicals.
• With a high smoking point of 400°F extra virgin olive oil is suitable for cooking and can enhance any dish by drizzling on as a finisher.
• Store oil in a dark cool pantry away from heat and light, which causes decay. 57°F is the best temperature for storing and beware not to store your oil next to the stove. To ensure freshness, consume oil within 6 months from opening. 

Where to buy: Farchioni oil is available at Whole Foods North Atlantic Region (New York metro market), Gourmet Garage in NYC, Best Markets in Long Island and Adams Fairacre north of New York City.

A delicious way to use Farchioni is to roast garlic. It's so simple; once you roast garlic, you will never want to buy crushed garlic in a jar again.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the papery skins off the garlic bulb and throw them away.
  3. Cut the tops off the individual garlic cloves.
  4. Place garlic bulb on aluminum foil. Drizzle with Farchioni extra virgin olive oil. Wrap the bulb with aluminum foil and place in oven (top side up).
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. (The cloves will feel soft when pressed.)
  6. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. Use the roasted garlic with bread, pasta dishes, vegetables, or eat it by the clove.
Have you heard of Farchioni extra virgin olive oil? What's your favorite way to use olive oil?

22 August 2016

(un)Natural Mom #Review

When I announced I was expecting my first child, it seemed that everyone had an opinion about something. Instead of sending my child to public school, I should homeschool, but I should do it exclusively at home-not use any co-ops, tutorials, or Classical Conversations. Or, I should not let my daughter celebrate Halloween because that's "celebrating Satan". I should breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, but stop as soon as my daughter reached 12 months old. I should not co-sleep with my daughter because think how that affects your marriage. These were just a small portion of the comments I received, from friends in the church. The world has so many more opinions about how I raise my children.

About the Book:
Unnatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn’t always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you…
—Recognize how unrealistic our culture’s standards of mothering are—Move beyond the myths of “supermom”—Complete a profile to determine your own parenting style—Understand and forgive the mothers who hurt you—Embrace your capabilities as well as your challenges
About the Author:
Hettie Brittz is an author, international speaker, and one of South Africa’s foremost voices on parenting advice. She is the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course and Tall Trees Profiles. Hettie and her husband, Gospel singer Louis Brittz, live in South Africa with their three children.
My thoughts:

What is an (un)Natural Mom? "An (un)Natural Mom is any mom who finds some everyday aspect of motherhood so challenging that she experiences shame, fear, or even despair." (p 14) I don't experience shame, fear, or despair everyday, but I find myself quick to be angry at my children at least once. (It does not always show outwardly, but if you were to cut my heart open, you'd see black.)

This book was not quite what I was expecting. I thought there would be more about how unrealistic our culture's standards of mothering are and moving beyond the myths of "supermom", but 6 out of 9 chapters in (un)Natural Mom were devoted to the parenting-style profile and gave examples for the various types of parenting-styles. I enjoyed reading the different styles, but it seemed more like a "how to" book than a book about relying on Jesus. There were verses in the book, but instead of pointing to Christ, they pointed back to the parenting-style profile.

My favorite quote (responding to the question: Who first called you by the name Mom?) is found on page 252:
Our first calling came from God Himself. When He allowed you to conceive a child, whether in your own body or not, He called you Mom, long before anyone knew.
Do you find it hard to be a mom? Are there things your children do that just push your buttons the wrong way? I was given this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in anyway? 

19 August 2016

Family Christian Review #Giveaway

Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country. Right now Family Christian is having a Buy 1 Get 50% off sale ALL Books, Movies and Music for the whole family! Shoppers can mix and match products to get the deal, which means they don’t need to shop within the same department. The sale goes through August 25, so head over to a Family Christian store now.

I was sent a Family Christian appreciation certificate to write about my experiences with shopping there. Usually, I have had an easier time shopping at an actual store. I believe there online purchasing needs to have room for improvement.


"Available in-store only." There were at least 5-10 items I was interested in, but they were available in-store only. When I typed in my zip code, it said, "Out of stock." (In all three locations that are near me.)

"Coupons may not apply." When I finally decided to purchase a certain book, I was told (on the phone) that the appreciation certificate I had could not be used to purchase that item.

There are times it seems like the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. I placed a phone order last Friday, August 12, 2016. After giving the appreciation certificate number, along with my address, I was told that I would receive an email with the order confirmation number. After not receiving an email for 3+ hours, I decided to email Family Christian stores. On Monday, this is the response I received, "When did you place this order? I checked our system, and I don’t see this item purchased from you. I just found 3 different people which don’t match your first or last name." I replied to the sender about when I purchased the item with the appreciation certificate. I received an email, on Tuesday, with my order details and received the item I purchased later that day. It would have been nice to receive a confirmation email immediately, instead of having to go search for the email.


When I spoke and emailed with people at Family Christian, they were kind and courteous. They responded to my emails quickly (within 24 business hours).

The different in-store experiences I have had have been better than my online experiences (which have been hit and miss). I am one who prefers to go to a store, instead of shopping online. (I like to be able to look at what I'm interested in purchasing.)

One item, I would LOVE to get my hands on is, especially since Chariots of Fire is one of my favorite movies. Plus, Eric Liddell as from Scotland; you can't go wrong there.

Book: For the Glory by Duncan HamiltonDescription: Eric Liddell, hero of Chariots of Fire, ran and lived for the glory of God. This compelling narrative is his untold and inspiring story of athletic heroism and faith in the darkest circumstances—from his Olympic medal to his missionary work in China to his last, brave years in a Japanese work camp during World War II.

Family Christian is offering my readers a $25 appreciation certificate of their own! Enter via Rafflecopter below. What item would you like to purchase with the certificate? Where's the nearest store to you?

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18 August 2016

$50 Baltic Essentials Store Credit #Giveaway

Here's a chance for you to win $50 store credit to Baltic Essentials!

Baltic Essentials carries a wide variety of jewelry for children, adults and pets too!  The collection includes Baltic Amber and Hazelwood designs that are very trendy and are known to aid in teething pain and other ailments.  All jewelry comes with an authenticity guarantee.  You can read more about Baltic Essentials by visiting the review by Latched On Mom HERE.

To enter, just fill out the competition form below! Open to US and Canada. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 8/16/16-8/30/16. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.
This giveaway is hosted by Latched On Mom and co-hosted by Mama Hippie & Mama Banana's Adventures!

Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This post may contain affiliate links. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions, or have a product you'd like for me to review, please email latchedonmom@gmail.com

16 August 2016

Pippi Longstocking #SocialSummer

When I was 5 years old, I spent the night at my best friend's house. Her parents decided to rent the movie Pippi Longstocking. I remember enjoying the movie and also thinking, "Pippi is very silly." I saw the movie at the library a few months ago and wanted to borrow it, but before borrowing it, I wanted to make sure that I read the book.

Since reading Pippi Longstocking to my daughter last month, I now think Pippi as a cross between Amelia Bedelia, Anne Shirley (from Anne of Green Gables), and Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes). She's hilarious. There were at least a handful of times I ended up in tears because I was laughing so hard. Charis had to ask me, "Should I get daddy? He won't laugh as much."

Who is Pippi? She's a girl who lives all by herself in Villa Villekulla. Her "mother is an angel", and her "pappa is king of the natives". She meets her next door neighbors (two children-Tommy and Annika). Together, these three, along with Mr. Nilsson, the monkey, go on many adventures, including fighting with the police, organizing on an expedition, going to the circus, and rescuing a boy from a fire.

The Pippi Longstocking book I read is illustrated by Lauren Child. I immediately recognized her illustrations as Charlie and Lola. Lauren's illustrations are whimsical. Most of the time, the writing in the book is normal (from left to right), but every so often, in order to add to the story, Lauren bolded a word (for example plutification) or made a sentence backwards.

For those wondering, I did borrow the movie from the library and shook my head wondering, "How did I like this movie? It's horribly dubbed."

What is one book you've been meaning to read? This post was written as one of the prompts for the summer blogging challenge by social insiders

10 August 2016

Missoni Inspired Scarf #YarnAlong

The Summer Olympics are in full swing, which means the Ravellenic games are happening now too!! The 2014 Winter Olympics was the first time I participated in the Ravellenic games. I had a ball. I was able to get SO much knitting accomplished in a short time. This year, I decided to participate again.

The event: Scarf Hockey. The pattern: Missoni Inspired Scarf. Team: Team Knit Equals Joy. I am currently knitting the missioni inspired scarf for myself and using 100% wool or a combination of various animal fibers with wool.

I am also throwing this scarf into the Gilmore Girls KAL co-hosted by Geeky girls knit and The knitting broomstick.

What's on your needles? Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

09 August 2016

Days of Creation Pin

Pinterest. It's one of my favorite social media platforms. Currently, I have 2315 pins. Most of them, I have yet to try. Last Monday, August 1, I decided to focus on the story of creation for the week for school. (We're doing a very low key, fun school this summer.)

I choose creation because we're going to use Story of the World this year for history. A hesitation I had for using it was that it does not start at creation. No problem. Why do I need a text book to tell me about creation? We have the Bible.

Everyday, Charis and I would sit down on the chair together, and she would read the verses for one day of creation:
Monday-Day 1. Read Genesis 1 v. 1-5.
Tuesday-Day 2. Read Genesis 1 v. 6-8.
Wednesday-Day 3. Read Genesis 1 v. 9-13.
Thursday-Day 4. Read Genesis 1 v. 14-19.
Friday-Day 5. Read Genesis 1 v. 20-23.
Saturday-Day 6. Read Genesis 1 v. 24-31.
Monday-Day 7. Read Genesis 2 v. 1-3. (I planned to read this on Sunday, but we were at church until 5 PM, then we went to a friends' house to visit and fellowship. We left our friends' house around 8:30 PM.)

In order to help her remember the story of creation and what happened on what day, I printed out the pages to this pin. My daughter LOVED creating this book. Unfortunately, on Day 7, there's a picture of a man that I'm guessing is supposed to be Jesus. (Drew and I believe that pictures of Jesus or God is a violation of the 2nd commandment. So, I had Charis pull at a cotton ball and glue it over "Jesus's" face.)

What was the most recent pin that you tried? This post was written as one of the prompts for the summer blogging challenge by social insiders. Follow me on Pinterest.