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May 2014

My Kids Learn Guitar FAST with Rocksmith
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We have been experiencing a music revolution in our home.

My kids (and husband) have learned guitar fast from an amazing computer program, and it has completely blown me away!

Just to give you a little background, our oldest started playing the guitar a while ago, like a few years. He got to be really good last year and then all of a sudden, he stopped playing the guitar.

Our next oldest daughter had taught herself some chords and was sounding pretty good, but has played much less frequently since school started. Our next oldest was 11 and we had not given him any lessons along with the younger kids either.

Just after Christmas, my oldest son asked me to take a look at something on his computer. He showed me a new computer program called Rocksmith which basically teaches you how to play the guitar or get better at it. It reminded me a little of rock band on the Wii. It has similar graphics where you play the notes as they come down along the strings. It looked like a lot of fun and was not that expensive, so I bought it.

It was a lot of fun! It was it is a lot like rock band. And it’s way better, because you plug your actual guitar into the computer and use it instead of a fake one. And while you are playing the music that you like or the games they have on the program, you are actually increasing your skills on the guitar.

The program is smart. It gages your skill level and helps you progress incrementally. It lets you slow the songs down so you can practice them and it gives you the percentage of notes you get correct. You can even pick from many classic and current rock songs that are popular. Some of them cost an additional few dollars each.

My three oldest children and husband, all started using the program and loving it! So that means that my second oldest son was not playing at all, is now playing songs on the guitar without me having to pay for lessons. My oldest son has been practicing like crazy, and is getting crazy good! He plays so fast, it leaves me dumbfounded!

Nathan on Rocksmith

My daughter, Raquel, used the program and enjoyed it. And my husband has been using it almost every day when he has time. He loves it and is getting very good also.

I must say, I think we scored big-time with this program. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn guitar or encourage their kids to learn. We certainly don’t need to remind the kids to practice their guitar anymore 🙂

Isaac on Rocksmith

Now they can plug in a bass guitar with a regular one, and play together. Now I call that, “quality family time!”

Lemon Coconut Mounds Support Healthy Weight Loss
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This is a guest post from my friend, Amy Estes.

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I’ve been going through an elimination diet recently in which I excluded sugar for at least a month (I lost 10 pounds!). I have been gradually reintroducing certain foods and looking forward to something sweet.  While a lot of foods are still out for me, coconuts and dates are both things on my allowed list. And guess what…both have health benefits that aid in weight loss! Not to mention that the lemon essential oil can support healthy metabolism and help your body burn more calories and fat!

This is a simple snack recipe to give me some sweetness and healthy fats while still maintaining my elimination diet and healing my gut. The lemon essential oil gives an outstanding depth of flavor. The taste makes me think of a lemon meringue pie!IMG_5342

My girls both enjoy these treats as well. Keep in mind that we are used to lower sugar so you may need to add more sweetness to taste. Here is the nutritional breakdown I discovered about my snack creation.

Health benefits of raw coconut:

  • Raw coconut is rich in medium-chain triglycerides, a type of dietary fat that may encourage weight loss.
  • Raw coconut is rich in dietary fiber.
  • Several substances in raw coconut may boost immune function and help your body stay healthy.
  • A serving of fresh coconut meat provides high levels of several minerals: manganese, copper, selenium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.

Health benefits of dates:

  • While dates contain high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually a low-glycemic index food.
  • Dates are loaded with fiber.
  • May lower triglycerides.
  • The primary vitamins in dates are the B vitamin family which help with the metabolism of food and the formation of new blood cells.
  • An excellent source or minerals, with potassium at #1 with copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and zinc completing the mineral profile.

Lemon Coconut Mounds

  • 1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 pitted dates
  • ¼ c. coconut oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil (high quality)
  • Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor

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and blend until dates are chopped and the mixture appears crumbly.

Coconut Mounds for weight loss, crumbly Press into a deep tablespoon and carefully scoop out with your fingers. Place on a plate and refrigerate until firm. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container. Scooping Coconut mounds for weight loss

Variations:

  1. Substitute 1 tbsp. honey instead of the dates
  2. To increase the sweetness, add honey or stevia or additional dates
  3. Try another citrus essential oil
  4. Use peppermint essential oil with some Enjoy Life mini-chocolate chips
  5. Up the nutrition with Omega-3’s by including some chia seeds

EstesFamily2-300x180Amy lives in Oklahoma with her husband of 12 years. Has 7 & 5 year old girls, one of whom is a type 1 diabetic. She loves Jesus, reading, watching movies, homeschooling, and learning to manage her family’s home and health naturally.