Monthly Archives: February 2015

Are you putting ‘clean’ food in toxic cookware?


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Have you been trying to eat healthier…or maybe even convert to organic? Have you heard so much about the toxicity of food that it seems the only safe thing to eat is from your own garden or farm? Well, this post is to let you know that not only is it important what you eat, but you need to consider the actual cookware you are using to prepare your food. In other words, putting your ‘clean’ food in a dirty, toxic pot is defeating the purpose of your efforts.

Our journey to be healthier and more conscious about what we ingest began a few years ago. From food to household cleaners and even personal hygiene items, EVERYTHING in our household came under review.   However, it never dawned on me to evaluate our cookware. I tend to gravitate to shoes and not cookware, so most of our cookware dated back to when my husband and I first married 18 years ago or maybe even from my college days. So, I’m not sure what prompted my research about six months ago, but I was not a happy camper when I discovered all of the toxic chemicals the cookware that I was using contained. It felt like my efforts to find the best deals on the healthiest foods for the past few years had been a waste.

I am not interested in cancer causing, hormone affecting chemicals being leached into my family’s food.

So, my new quest was to find non-toxic cookware that met the following criteria:

  • It must be dishwasher safe (Hand washing on a long-term basis is not an option for OCD or CDO folk. LOL)
  • It must NOT be so heavy that I need two people to drain the water out of my noodles. (You know where you are trying to save on dishwashing and don’t want to bother with using a colander, so you just prop the lid over the pot and lean over with it.)
  • It must be affordable.
  • It must be easy to clean.
  • It must not be a surface that everything sticks to.
  • It must not chip or damage easily.

If this post peaks your interest, feel free to scan the web for more research. There are other non-toxic options out there. The other two that I strongly considered before my purchase were Le Creuset coated cast iron and Ceramcor. Le Creuset states that it is dishwasher safe, but it is not recommended. It will fade the color of the pot and the cost of one pot in this collection is more than what I spent on my entire set. Le Creuset is also EXTREMELY heavy. I actually tried an Xtrema Ceramcor saucepot that I bought on a Black Friday deal, but the lid chipped the first day that I used it and it took a very long time to heat up. It did retain its temperature, but it was a noticeable difference in cooking time.

My final choice was a product that you probably remember from the 1980s, called Visions by Corning. Based on my web searches, many said that Visions Cookware was no longer being produced, but I was thrilled when I found it brand new at this website, They also had a buy 2 save 40% off offer on all Vision pieces, plus I signed up to receive their email newsletter and they instantly emailed me a promo code that you can stack on top of the current sale. I just checked today and they still have this promotion going on as of now.

Plastic, aluminum, Teflon and the list goes on….these are things that you really do not want in your kitchen.

Most glass is very safe and Pyrex is a very good option for bakeware. Also, Hartstone Pottery makes cookie sheets and muffin pans that are somewhat heavy but are dishwasher safe, which is rare for baking stones. You can purchase these from Bed, Bath & Beyond and use their famous 20% off coupons.

Some silicone is safe, but it has to be the right kind of silicone and I’m not sure how you can prove that.

Join me in going vintage and let’s rock that Visions Cookware.

Safeguard you home with internet filtering


Many of us NEED to use the internet for work, ministry or for homeschooling purposes.  However, there is so much on the internet that has no place in the home of a Christian.  If you do not put safeguards in place, then it WILL creep its way into your home.  Watch the video below and see the alarming statistics.

We have tried several different internet filtering programs in the past, but Covenant Eyes has been the best by far. This program works so well and I absolutely love the accountability reports.  Everyone should be accountable and no one in our home is exempt.  It is also one of the few programs that works on all types of devices.

Here is what Covenant Eyes can do for you:

Accountability software

  • 3 Monitors and reports Internet use 3 Each site is rated (such as T for
  • Teen, M for Mature, etc.)
  • 3 Reports are sent to a person you choose: a parent, friend, or mentor.
  • 3 Use Reports to have conversations about online temptations.
  • 3 Available for Windows and Mac computers, AndroidTM phones and tablets, iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®.

Filtering software

  • 3 Blocks inappropriate content.
  • 3 Customizable block/allow lists.
  • 3 Decide the amount of time the web may be accessed.
  • 3 Choose the times of day the web may be accessed.
  • 3 Available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

You can receive the first month free through this link.

Full-time math tutor for hire, only $80 a year


Do you know how to explain every math problem all the way through Trigonometry and Calculus? If so, then you do not need to read any further. However, if you are like me and you have forgotten many of the math concepts and formulas you learned back in high school and college, then I will be your new best friend after you try this online, subscription-based program called CTC Math. 🙂 I will start off by saying that I do not feel that this is a stand-alone math program. It is comprehensive in the content it covers, covering everything that is covered in a traditional math curriculum. However, it is not sequential and does not offer any review or repetition. The student can navigate to any lesson or topic within the program. For this reason, in my opinion it will not build mastery or a solid foundation in the long run, but as a supplement, I think it should be an essential part of every homeschool. CTC Math is a priceless video tutorial program that is organized by course and then by various math topics. When your child has a question about a particular type of problem or you see they are struggling with a specific area of math, your child simply logs into their 24-hour a day math tutor. The student will immediately receive highly engaging, expert math instruction on the exact topic they need. Your subscription includes access to ALL courses and ALL topics. It includes the following courses:

  • Kindergarten
  • First Grade
  • Second Grade
  • Third Grade
  • Fourth Grade
  • Fifth Grade
  • Sixth Grade
  • Basic Math & Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Measurement
  • Elementary Geometry
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry

Regardless of where your child takes math or what curriculum they use, it is very easy to navigate to the type of problem they need help with, such as fractions or inverse functions, etc.. The videos are very concise and most are less than 10 minutes. The videos have colorful graphics and animations with a teacher that has a cool Australian accent and explains the problems in such a way that the student can totally understand it. The lessons also include self-grading, interactive questions or diagnostic tests to determine if the child has mastered the concept. This program has helped many children improve their math grades and standardized test scores. They have agreed to offer members of The Fervent Family a special deal of 60% off…SWEET! So, you can click the link below to sign up or they also have a free trial if you want to look around first. We started using this program this year with my oldest and we love it! Also, if you like to save money, I am working with some of my other favorites to try and offer you discounts as well. I do not want cost to be a factor for any family to not be able to homeschool, so if you want a deal wait a few weeks and don’t buy anything until you see it on The Fervent Family!!