That pinata never had a chance.

That pinata never had a chance.

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama on May 5, 2015:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Pratt City Library - 509 Dugan Avenue Birmingham, AL 35214 - as part of Red Rock Tuesday. He discussed the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System and Pratt City's efforts to rebuild and reconnect through the Red Rock Trail following the 2011 tornados. He talked with Councilor Marcus Lundy and representatives from the Pratt City Neighborhood Association. The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System will connect existing trails and parks connecting our communities while improving the health, economy, and quality of life for our region. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit

NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduced us to books that will take you places! These books will take you somewhere—and, in a few cases, somewhere in time, too. All are great summertime, downtime reads. Open them and expand your world. She showed us

- Southern Sanctuary: A Naturalist's Walk Through the Seasons by Marian Moore Lewis

- Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian

- Jeffrey Introduces 13 More Southern Ghosts by Kathyrn Tucker Windham

- Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb

GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss Back To Eden gardening. Back To Eden gardening is a no-till, deep mulch gardening system. The mulch is never removed, only added to each year. She showed us the progress from her own garden.

Earthworms - She has noticed a huge increase in the number of earthworms in her garden since adding a heavy layer of leaves.

Banana and coffee grounds - She is experimenting with making a natural fertilizer mix with dried and powdered banana peels for phosphorus and potassium, as well as coffee grounds which also supply slow release nitrogen.

Peanuts - Sandra recently learned from a lady that her uncle always had a good corn crop because he planted peanuts in the corn rows. Peanuts fix nitrogen in the soil and corn needs a lot of nitrogen.

Eggshells - Crushed or powdered eggshells provide calcium as well as micronutrients in my homemade fertilizer.

Broccoli - The broccoli growing in her own compost and with a heavy mulch is starting to head. There have been no insect problems at all!

Dirt - When planting rows of seeds in her Back to Eden garden, Sandra found it's easiest to rake back all of the leaves, plant, put down new cardboard in the paths, and recover with the mulch.

In the first year of Back To Eden gardening, you part the mulch and plant in the soil. Eventually, the mulch decomposes, so in subsequent years, you don't dig down to the soil, but plant in the composted mulch. If the mulch you use is all brown material, like the leaves that Sandra used, you will need to add a nitrogen source to aid decomposition. Sandra makes a tea of coffee grounds from her local coffee house and green materials and applies it with a hose end sprayer. The mulch also preserves soil moisture and suppresses weeds. The no-till method reduces cost of gardening equipment and allows development of a mycorrhizal mycelium, a mass of symbiotic fungus that helps plants absorb nutrients and water, as well as defends roots from harmful organisms. For more information, visit her Facebook page - it includes lots of pictures, tips, how to videos, and info on veggie trials going on in the garden. It's a "real time, real life" look at home gardening and food preservation. You can find her at or

RACHAEL RAY - Janice talked with Rachael Ray about the exciting new shows she has coming our way this month. The Rachael Ray Show airs weekdays right here on FOX6 at 10am. They discussed the fun you can expect with her Cinco de Mayor show today with lots of great recipes, Jerry O'Connell playing "What Am I Touching?", Dr. Jill Biden cooking, and some great fun for Mother's Day! Later this month she gets visits from Candice Bergen, Lily Tomlin, Deion Sanders, Tom Brokaw, Sharon Osbourne, Melissa Rivers, and more!

BETH K - Are you making your children emotional eaters? UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin says there is quite of bit of research on stress and emotional eating in adults, and older children. The results of these studies probably won't surprise you. Emotional eating is linked to higher body weights and overeating in many adults and adolescents. And we don't eat carrot sticks when we're stressed or upset. We go for the high calorie and salty foods. But what about kids? Some research suggests that how parents use food and feed their children may be linked to whether the children become emotional eaters later in life.

Some researchers recently set out to explore this in the lab! The researchers invited the mothers of 2 to 5 year olds to complete several questionnaires about using food as a reward for their children, using food to control their children's emotions, and restricting food with their children because of health concerns. Then, two years later, the children came back to the lab with their mothers to see how their mothers' earlier practices may have affected their eating if they were upset. So how did they make the children upset? The children were put into one of two groups in which they were to color a picture with specific colored crayons to get a toy. In one group, the children were not given the necessary purple crayon and did not get their toy. In the control group, the children got the crayon and their toy. After the coloring exercise, the researchers then children were then allowed to have snacks. The researchers found that in the group of the children who were upset because they did not the toy, if the parents had reported using food as a reward, the children ate more when they were upset. So in other words, using food as a reward with your children, may make them more likely to eat when they are upset.

Now, some cautions on this study. It was a very small study and it was also done in a laboratory setting where the researchers basically set up the situation – in other words, it was not "real world". So this is not the final word on this subject. But, most experts in child nutrition would support the idea of not using food as a reward or being overly restrictive with your children. Most would also agree that parents can have an influence – good or bad – on their children's future eating habits.

Ellen Satter, MS, RDN is a well-known expert Here are Ellen Satter's recommendations for helping kids develop healthy eating behaviors:

Parents' feeding jobs:

• Choose and prepare the food.

• Provide regular meals and snacks.

• Make eating times pleasant.

• Show children by example how to behave at family mealtime.

• Be considerate of children's lack of food experience without catering to likes and dislikes.

• Not let children have food or beverages except for water between meal and snack times.

• Let children grow up to get bodies that are right for them.

MONEY TUESDAY - Last week Stewart Welch discussed how to avoid probate. The key is to make a list of every asset you own and then make sure each asset would transfer by either title or beneficiary designation. For example, if you owned a piece of real estate in your name, and you wanted it to go to your child at your death and avoid probate on that property, you'd need to add the child to the deed as a joint owner. Stewart added that you need to be very careful to avoid adverse tax consequences and you should have a professional advisor help you. A little more complicated strategy is to set up a revocable living trust. These trusts are extremely popular in high probate costs states such as California and New York. In the typical living trust, you set up the trust and make yourself the trustee. You then retitle your property in the name of the trust. Once this is completed, you manage your property as you always have, with one or two key exceptions. One of the key ingredients in the living trust is that you will name a successor trustee in the event of your death or incapacity. Having this successor trustee is similar to the power of attorney also discussed in last week's column. To understand the advantages and disadvantages of this strategy, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, May is Mental Health Month and we talk mental health symptoms and treatment options with our doctor! Plus we takes your questions about mental health! We take you live to see one of the beautiful homes are this year's Parade of Homes and give you all the scoop! We gear up for another Shred-a-thon and find out where you can drop off your old papers! James Jones teaches us a simple twist on a delicious dessert that you can make with your kids! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!