Sunday, September 30, 2007

Website Update!

I am happy to anounce more updates at my website!

In addition to tipps on maintaining a focused life, to be an deliberate participant of co-creating your live to its potential, I have also added two free E-Courses, available for you!

For more information, or on how to contact me directly to utilizes my services, please check out my website!

Wishing you a productive, and abundant day!

Peace and Love

Claudia Blanton
Motivational Coach, Fundraiser

Desire, Believe and Expectation

True desire goes beyond a want.
It points more toward a need without any despiration

True believe in yourself, will show itself by realizing
that whatever your goal might be, it can be achieved.
Goals do have to seem possible to the visionary.

Truly expect the goal to manifest! Know it for a fact, just
as you know the sun will rise in the morning.

Peace and Love

Claudia Blanton

Friday, September 28, 2007

Product Reviews - Good For You, But How Does It Taste? Chapter Three

Here I am back, trying out new foods that are good for you on a regular basis, which makes our snack times interesting! How fun is it to stay healthy, while discovering new favorites and sharing them with you!

Here are some of them now:

Garden Harvest Toasted Chips (Nabisco Company)
Vegetable Medley Flavors
5 Stars! We love this flavor of the Garden Harvest Chips! Crunchy like a cracker, but flavorful, it satisfies the craving for chips anyday!
Banana and Apple Cinnamon Flavors 3 Stars! I had a hard time with banana or apple flavored crackers, this might be something for the more adventures person, but for our family it is not our favorite, but it isn't too bad either!

Kashi TLC Honey Almond Flax Chewy Granola Bars 5 Stars! Absolutly wonderful, not too crunchy, despite the large pieces of almonds, and just the right sweetness. My daughter absolutly loves it, and so do I! I can hardly wait for the other flavors.

Here is something I usually do not do, but I felt compelled to include a non-food idem today, that is worth mentioning:

seventh Generation Automatic Dishwashing Gel, lemon scent
5 Stars! This non-toxic, biodegradable gel works just as well as it's regular counterparts, but with a price that is the same,the availability in regular grocery stores and the benefits to the enviroment, it is the only dishwashing gel, that we use in our home. A wonderful idea, that smells refreshingly clean.

Featured Foundation of the Week!

It is time again, for the featured foundation of the week!

This weeks foundation is close to my heart, as I am deeply involved into this project his year!

Marine's Toys For Tots

Yes, it is the time of the year again, where we all are beginning to wonder what we should buy for our loved ones, so I urge you, during this time, to remember the little ones, that without your help, will be lacking this wonderful holiday season!

Let's share our love, and embrace them, by selecting new toys (beware of the recalls, please!), and bring them to a drop off place!

For more information on donation locations and special events surrounding the Toys for Tots Drive, please visit the Toys for Tots website at

Thank you for making a difference!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Product Reviews - Good For You, But How Does It Taste?

Today, I am back with a few products, my family and I have reviewed within the last few days. In order for us to add the product to this list, there has to be an indication or direct claim, on the packaging, that the food is either healthy, organic, and/or contain mostly whole grain.

This weeks products:
Back to Nature Chewy Trail Mix Bars Cranberry Almond
5 Stars! Wonderfully chewy, and slightly tart, quick snack on the run!

Post Cereal Trail Mix Crunch Maple Nut & Brown Sugar
5 Stars! Both cold and warm, with milk a hit! Love the high iron content (90 %)

Libby's Organic Soy Beans 15 oz can
4 Stars! Love the taste, rinse it though first, to reduce the sodium. Kids love it!

Dannon All Natural Yogurt Peach Flavor
5 Stars! If you love yogurt with small chunks, you will love this all natural yogurt. Also comes in Strawberry and Blueberry, but Peach is my favorite!

All reports are based on my families opinion, therefore choose according to your own taste buds. Trying out new healthy foods can be a lot of fun!

Friday, September 21, 2007

This Weeks Featured Foundation

Time for this weeks Featured Foundation!

Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation

Starlight works with children and their families, who are forced to cope with serious medical conditions, by providing education, entertainment and family activites to help them deal with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.

Contact information:

Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
5757 Wilshire Blvd. , Suite M100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Volunteer Opportunities are available
Donations are requested.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Toys for Tots Drive To Start Soon!

As we approach Halloween, stores begin to fill with christmas decorations. During this time many organisations are working hard to make this and every year an enjoyable season for all children.
One of such organizations close to my heart, is the Marine's Toy for Tots drive, that happens every year. This year, Grobanites for Charities are involved in helping this organization collect more toys, and I am very happy to be involved in this!
As you go about your daily duties, I would like to ask you to consider purchasing a new toy for this worthy cause. For local drop off locations, check with the Toys for Tots website.
Thank you.

Good Luck As A Schoolsubject?

In Heidelberg, Germany, a local highschool has added a new subject to their curriculum "Glueck" or roughly translated "Good Luck".
This subject, which by the way will be graded, is to teach, social competence, personal competence, a positive bodyimage and how to turn a negative thought into a positive expierience.
A quote from a proffessor translates to: "The students suppossed to learn, that phyisical health and well-being, can not be seperated from the spiritual well-being."

I commend that school, for teaching such an inovative, and needed subject, that should be mandatory in each school here in the US.

Monday, September 17, 2007

More Warning about Crocs

Would you want to let your kids wear crocs?
If your answer to this question is yes, I would suggest reading the latest news on the web, from reports of the Associated Press all the way to Washington Post, who posted reports of children loosing toes or parts of the toes when wearing Crocs and simular soft-soled shoes.

Children as young as 2 had to endure injuries do to those shoes, here and abroad. Warnings come from Singapore and Japan. Some companies here in the US have chosen to post warnings at their escalators about the potential dangers of this kind of footwear.

Ugly or not, as an informed parent, I am sure you will make an appropriate decision, I for my part will no longer alow those type of shoes in my house.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Hey, I just joined Technorati!

Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

Ever tried to make your own pasta? I suggest for you to give it a try, it is quite simple, and a great activity to do with your kids!

Here is a recipe for whole wheat pasta, that I am sure you will enjoy:

makes about one pound

1 1/2 cups of whole-wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup of water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup of white flour

1. In a large bowl, mix sifted flour together with the salt.
2.Make a small well in the center of the mixture.
3. In a separate bowl, mix egg and water together.
4. Pour into the well, mix until thick dough consistency.
5. Form into a ball.
6. On a floured surface, knead ( this is similar to bread making, and either a good way to get rid of some frustration, or a whole lot of fun for the kids!)
7. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes in the fridge.
8. Using small sections of the dough, use a pasta machine according to the manufactures directions, or roll out on a lightly floured surface to the desired thickness.

Use as desired! I personally prefer my pasta, served with a homemade thick tomato based sauce, with junks of zucchini, mushrooms and green peppers, with a slice of slightly toasted french bread, rubbed with garlic and olive oil.

Healthy eating can be fun, a family experience and easy! Showing children to joy of preparing foods, together, teaches not just how to prepare food, but possibly brings with it a lifetime joy of experimenting with new creative ways to nurture their bodies. It is the beginning of motivation to take of themselves that last a lifetime.

Peace and Love

Claudia Blanton
Motivational Coach, Fundraiser

Friday, September 14, 2007

Featured Foundation of the Week!

Each week I feature a foundation or charity on my website

This weeks featured foundation is
The Children's Aid Society!

Located in New York City, this foundation serves children and families in need, aiding their physical and emotional well-being, throughout community centers, camps, local schools and courts.

This well-established and recognized foundation is looking for volunteers and monetary donations.
Check out their site at!

Remember, that we can always make a difference, no action is too small!

Peace and Love

Claudia Blanton

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Website Update!

Check out a new page on my website! I have posted my favorite motivational quotes for you! Stop by my site for regular updates, and more motivational bits!

Each Friday, I feature a Charity or Foundation that is in need of assistance! For information on the individual foundations, check my website at .

Current featured Foundation is Grobanites For Africa!

Peace and Love

Claudia Blanton

Using Affirmations

Affirmations are a very practical tool for creating positive self-talk, giving you a mantra, a new focus point to help you stay on the track of being a concious co-creator of your life expieriences.
At my house, well chosen affirmations surround me, whereever I go, as I have posted them throughout my living space.
Affirmations keep my thoughts focused on what I want to achieve.

Here are some examples:

- I turn every negative thought, into a positive statement.
- I am immensely proud to be me.
- I am enjoying my "here" and "now".

On my blog at Zaadz, I post Affirmations daily for the community, feel free to check them out at .

Peace and Love

Claudia Blanton

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Links To My Sites

"It is kind of fun doing the impossible."
Walt Disney

Here are the links to my website, and blog to Zaadz!

Website for information on motivational coaching, featured Foundations, contact information and motivational bits visit:
For my Zaadz community profile and blog , which is updated daily, see

Peace and Love

Claudia Blanton

Healthy Foods - But How Do They Hold Up In A Taste Test?

Healthy food and snack reviews:

As the headmaster of my family and the chief-educator of my children, I am always looking for a variety of healthy snacks, and foods, that are convienient, easy to prepare and kid approved.
Motivating children to eat healthy requires their active involvment, which is why our family has developed a rating system our kids give to foods we buy.
All foods we picked, have been selected, because of an indication on it's packaging that the product is considered healthy, may it be through the green check mark, a specific claim on the front of the packaging, or the ingriedients listed.

Here are the products rated for this week:

Back To Nature
Bakery Squares - Banana Walnut
5 Stars! Taste like home-made banana bread!

Back To Nature
Fruit and Grain Bars Apple
4 Stars Apple filling is slightly to chewy for our taste

Barilla Plus Angel Hair Multigrain Pasta
5 Stars! On of our families favorites!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Motivation and Healthy Eating

As a motivational coach, I have found that two parts essential to success in a variety of life situations:
1. A well detailed, defined goal
2. A reason why the person wants to achieve the goal.

This pertains for all subjects, from achieving success in business or job, all the way to more personal goals of health, well-being and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

I council people to achieve many of those goals, but when it comes to healthy eating, there is one more factor that I will touch on in this blog on a regular bases: the taste and convenience of the meal.

Here is one recipe, you might want to try,that falls in the category of healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare. It is a family favorite!

Cranberry Bread

3/4 cup of cranberries
1 cup of sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups of unbleached regular flour
1 1/2 cups of whole-wheat flour
4 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of orange juice
1 cup of fat free milk or soy milk
2 teaspoons of apple sauce

Mix all dry ingredients (excluding cranberries), add one by one egg, orange juice, milk and apple sauce, stirring until well mixed. Add the cranberries, fold them in gently.

Bake in a slightly greased (or better yet use a cooking spray) spring form cake pan - I have also made it in a oval casserole dish, which gave it a nice shape - at 350 Degrees for one hour

Enjoy warm with a glass of milk, or cool with breakfast!

Peace and Love

Claudia Blanton