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Strawberry Facts
This heart shaped red fruit has it's seeds on the outside and I thought they were just chilly all the time. Also, did you know that 70% of strawberries come from California and are available year round? The thing I like about strawberries is just one cup of sliced strawberries contains :
50 calories
0 fat calories
4g fiber
8g sugar
2g protein
good source of vitamin C

Banana Facts
I guess the world's leading athletics are in the know when it comes to bananas. Research has proven 2 bananas provide enough energy for a 90 minute workout. I eat bananas because they are a good source of vitamin B-6, high in potassium but low in sodium, and high in iron and fiber.

The US Food and Drug Administration now allows the banana industry to advise that the fruit can help to reduce the risk of stroke and high blood pressure. So should the saying be a banana a day....?


Yoga is excellent for toning and posture. I added yoga to my routine to concentrate on toning. The first thing you need to learn is very easy, slow controlled breathing through your nose.

I want to share this simple yoga exercise with you, the Half-Moon. First stand with your feet together, raise your arms above your head, lock fingers with the index fingers pointed up and the other fingers in the fist position. Bend to your right side, focus on your center of balance, use your core muscles to stabilize yourself, feel the stretch in your side and hold for 15 seconds with controlled breathing (inhale/exhale) through your nose. Return to the center position and repeat on the left side.


Body Moles

Moles can gradually appear or maybe you have always had a beauty mole. Beauty mole are not, pay attention to moles that change. Some things my doctor advised me to watch for are :
1. moles that are not flush with the skin
2. moles that bleed
3. moles that begin to itch
4. moles that change color
5. moles that may be asymmetry where the two half are different

Sun exposure is not good and can increase the number of moles you get. Also, sunburn may increase risk of moles developing into melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

Women Devotion

Quiet Time

A to do list of tasks to complete, schedule for the children crowding the calendar, committees to chair, classes to teach and meetings to attend. Whether you work at home or outside of the home, your time can be stretched.

It's important to remember your daily quiet time to rejuvenate your soul, body and mind. In the Bible, Jesus sets the example for us.
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.

Quiet time in the morning gives you a refreshed start to your day. However, you can have quiet time anytime during the day. You have to decide what works best for you.

In Mark 6:31, Jesus told the disciples, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Because of Jesus we can leave our worries and sins at the foot of the cross and be cleansed and refreshed. You need to take time to part from your daily routine so you don't fall apart.

This Month's Recipes

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 small banana
5 to 6 strawberries
4 oz nonfat strawberry yogurt
2 oz nonfat milk
crushed ice

Put all ingredients in a blender or smoothie machine. Blend and enjoy.

Enjoy this cool nutrition smoothie before or after a workout or just to cool down on a hot summer day.

Grilled Pineapples

1 pineapple
ground cinnamon

Peel and core the pineapple. Slice the pineapple into rings. Grill over low flame for about 2 minutes. Remove from grill and gently sprinkle with cinnamon.

Serve for a delicious dessert. Kids love grilled pineapples with vanilla ice cream.

Pineapples are available year round. They are fat free, cholesterol-free, high in vitamins and they make a great dessert or snack.

Grilling fruit bring out the natural sweetness of fruits. Try grilled peaches to really excite your taste buds. Try brushing the grill rake with olive oil to keep your favorite foods from sticking.

women friendly family news

Music and sports can help to teach your child discipline.

Studying a musical instrument helps them to learn about the discipline of practice. Children that are involved in learning to play an instrument or in choir tend to do better in school. Start children out early listening to music, they might surprise you.

If they are involved in a team sport they learn the discipline of attendance and participation because the team depends on them.

Your children are not only having fun and learning how to play an instrument or a sport, but they are also learning life lessons.

Helpful Tips

To keep soft smooth feet, use a pumice stone and body scrub at least times per week when you shower, follow with a creamy baby oil. It works like baby oil but goes on like a lotion.

Women Health and Family Tips