Month: August 2016

Expanding The Mind: Education and Neuroplasticity Anyone?

Hola amazing TBSH fans!  School is back in full swing again, and in my household it isn’t just for the younger half of the family – I, too, have two classes this semester!  I am actually pretty jazzed about the courses I am taking because it is tapping into my newfound passion for education and learning.  What two courses am I taking, you ask?  I am taking “Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education“, and “The Neuroscience of Learning: An Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health, and Education“.  One course offers historical insight into the interwoven paradigm of the U.S. education system with an opportunity to evaluate current policies.  The U.S. school framework used to be the envy, especially in math, science, and reading.  We will have the opportunity to assess the impacts progressiveness, racial desegregation, legalization, and collective bargaining had to what was once the educational system admired around the world, ultimately shaping political and policy changes.  Secondarily, and the part I’m most eager to dive into, is the exploratory hypothesis posed, and …

What Makes Kids Happy After School? The After School Pop Snack!

Hello again all of you lovely TBSH friends – it’s Bridge!  Remember me?  OMG … Has it really been that long since I’ve posted you guys? I think it has been at least a few weeks.  Why the absence?  I’m pulling the “mommy has been WAY to busy getting two kids ready for back to school” card out on this one.  I’d be lying though if I said I didn’t miss you all because I have 🙂 Now with the first week of school settling in (YAY!), I’m having to go back and remember the fact my kids are dying for a snack by the time they get home now.  I guess their brains are on overload, and thus their energy is in over dry?  That’s my theory, for now!  The Texas heat is still squelching (especially at the time school lets out) and that means anything cool and refreshing is a major win as a snack.  I have about a dozen snack options I typically offer the kids, but the pops are gaining major …

Salmon Tatar Anyone? The Best Homemade Tatar

There is something about summer that just makes you crave fresh fish – are you with me?  I am such a sucker for sushi and when I took my love for sashimi to my own kitchen … well, this recipe is what came together 🙂 I thought I was going to go bananas for this recipe, but Guillaume actually ate more than his helping … and then some … so, I’m thinking this goes into our recipe vault for some time.  And, as if “healthy” and “taste” wouldn’t be reason enough to put this recipe as a top pick, the fact it is super easy to make doubles the love for this dish.  Its versatility – lightness – freshness – and simple ingredient list are all great reasons to try this salmon tatar dish out and be prepared to fall in love! — XOXO, Bridge Recipe By Video. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjOgY1HWFiQ%5B/embedyt%5D     Recipe By Pictures.           Recipe By Instruction. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:6]  

Maui Tuna Salad: The Best Maui Inspired Salad

Good Morning TBSH Friends!  It’s a Sunday morning and here in Houston, the sun is out and I have already seen two cyclists merrily stroll their way thru the neighborhood with smiles on their faces – AWESOME!  There is something so contagious about the presence of happiness 🙂     And why stop that feeing so I let my mind wonder quickly to a happy moment of my own: a trip to Maui a few years ago and a salad I became so addicted to at a local joint that I went there at least four (4) times during my vacation.  We stayed in Paia, Hawaii for three weeks and on this particular trip we decided to plan nothing – I mean absolutely no agenda and no calendar … in fact, no watches!  What seemed to naturally form was a lifestyle of everyone waking up at their own time (luckily we all seemed to wake up by 9 in the morning), eat some natural produce like fruit hanging from the trees, and just grab a few …