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Sunday, August 26, 2012

My Simple Staple Oatmeal


I like oatmeal. I've been eating it since I was a kid. I usually stick to the Quaker instant oatmeal  brand, and sometimes a store brand from whatever store I go to. One of my goals in eating cleaner is avoiding packaged foods and making my own dishes from scratch where I can. Starting with whole oats is more nutritious than the instant oats after all, and you can control the amount and type of sugar making it yourself. I've experimented with a few recipes but I've finally nailed down a recipe that is delicious and dare I say it, better than the Quaker instant maple syrup and brown sugar variety. 

1/2 cup Quaker rolled oats 
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (use one cup if you like looser oatmeal, I like mine thick)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
a few dashes of cinnamon 

*makes one bowl

Bring the almond milk to a boil, add in the rolled oats. Cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until you can see the oats are cooked and you have the consistency you want. Stir in maple syrup, cinnamon and brown sugar. 

BOOM. You've got great oatmeal. What really makes this good is using the vanilla almond milk, it gives you a nice base flavor to the oatmeal that you don't get from regular milk or water. Coming in at a nice 307 calories, I give this a thumbs up for breakfast. 

Happy Sunday. Go make some oatmeal. :-D
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Politicians


I was thinking this morning as I listened to WHYY that maybe some sort of politician group of women should be brought in for making decisions on things like reproductive rights and care. It seems strange for a majority of men to be making decisions regarding things they can never feel or experience. It would seem better for a group with female reproductive organs to make the laws regarding them. But that will likely never happen.

Even still, politicians should be able to connect with the people on things that they don't share with them. They should be able to understand the needs of women even though most of them are not women. They should be able to understand the needs of the poor and working class even though they are wealthy. The ability to put themselves in someone else's shoes would make the best politicians.

I like to believe (as exhibited  by The Wire, Boss, Political Animals, etc) that politicians do get into politics really wanting to do good, but along the way they make concessions on some things to make other things happen and end up creating policy that doesn't help The People at all, but help the people that help them. I like to believe that politicians at least start out wanting to do good for the citizens of this country.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Meal Plan Winning


I mentioned before that meal planning has helped me have more efficient grocery trips. This week I've taken things a step further in the meal planning department. I've seen a lot of people tout the greatness of making their whole week's worth of meals in one day. Today I made almost enough food to take care of hubs and I's lunches and dinners for the whole week. 

I am SO excited to see how this goes. While the only downside is not having fresh off/out the oven meals, the pros are being able to make dinner quickly when we come home from work starving, which will keep us from being tempted to get fast food. Having lunches pre-made will also keep us from having to buy lunch while we're at work. All of the pots and pans from cooking have already been washed, which will also make the week's housework easier. I'm seeing a lot of PROS in this situation lol

Meals Made: 

Grilled chicken with veggies
Grilled chicken with brown rice
Fish and roasted potatoes
Chicken and roasted potatoes
Spaghetti
Hot wings and roasted potatoes

Lunches will be supplemented with turkey and tuna salad sandwiches. 

I also split a bag of almonds into proper serving sizes in plastic bags, and hubs chopped up a watermelon to readily eatable chunks. 

I'm feeling super prepared for the week, at least in the realm of eating lol. I think this will definitely help me keep better on track with eating well. Having meals ready leaves little room for the excuse of buying bad food. 

Hopefully I can keep this us Sunday after Sunday!
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color Review


I received the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. I will admit that I didn't look up results pictures before I began following the directions on the bottle, so I was totally surprised and excited to see the results of the first nail.

I love how it looks, it's almost like an airbrush job you can do at home without any type of airbrush equipment. If I had to give a downside it would be the laborious nature of painting one nail at a time. The process is you paint a nail, and then while its still wet you hold the magnet above it, with the convenient magnet holder in the cap, to create the effect. 

Here is a picture of a completed hand with two coats, and an uncompleted hand with just one coat of polish before doing the magnetic effect: 


To me the labor is worth it to create such a cute 3-D look at home.  Another perk is the polish applies smoothly and  is great on drying time. This Sally Hansen polish is available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally, retailing for around $9.99.
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Get Your Craft on and Help a Local School

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don't know a person who didn't enjoy craft time in school. Even for those who aren't neccisarily artistically inclined enjoyed creating something from some colored paper and glue. There's no reason why this whimsical creativity can't continue when we get older.

Regardless of age, whether you are making a homemade birthday card or creating flyers for your business, Astrobright has got you covered for 28 different colors of super bright paper.  Astrobright offers bright paper to match your bright ideas. Using Astrobright paper for your next project will surely make you stand out. 

You can also support your local elementary school by entering the "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes. You can win a cash prize and school supplies valued at $30,000 for the school of your choice. Money for you, supplies for your local school. I can't see anything wrong with that scenario lol

Get the whole family involved with the "Make Something Astrobright" design challenges with Astrobrights on Facebook. You could win $200 - $400 just for submitting your Astrobright creations. Share your ideas on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc with the hashtag #goastrobrights

I've been slacking (for about 2 years lol) on my scrapbooking. I believe my husband is one or two pages of life scrapbook. That's not right lol. This Astrobright paper would provide an awesome back drop to a scrapbook page, or could even be used for cutouts to go on a more plain color paper. Whatever your craft, Astrobright has got you covered. 

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back-to-school = New Shoes

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear. All opinions are 100% mine.

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We're coming up on the Back-to-School season. Even those of us who are adults and don't have kids are conditioned (from our at least 12 or so years of schooling) to look at this time as the opportunity for new fall and winter purchases. With the change of the seasons comes a change of wardrobe, and that includes SHOES. 

Famous Footware is making it a little easier on the wallet to pick up new shoes for the coming season for your household with BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupons. You can print the coupons, they are valid until 8/18/12. Their stores pride themselves on being easy to shop in and not overwhelming. They have nice prices and a good selection of shoes. Word on the street is you can buy 3 pairs of shoes in 20 minutes, which is definitely a shopping victory. 

After a summer traveling a lot more than normal, I'm working on building back my savings and cutting costs where I can while still getting some items that I need. This coupon will definitely come in handy for the black flats currently missing from my wardrobe. And with a Buy One Get One offer, I mine as wel pick up two pair ;-)

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Modern Day Sodom and Gomorrah

I was listening to a Joyce Meyer podcast recently where she discussed something I found incredibly insightful. She explained that while many people link the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to sexual sin, there was a larger issue that warranted God to destroy the cities. There was a problem of greed and disregard for the needy. 

In the first chapter of Isaiah the city of Judah is condemned and compared to the likes of Sodom and Gomorrah. Their transgressions are listed and demands made to them to get "right" with God: 

 (16) Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
(17) Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

(23) Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;the widow’s case does not come before them.

Ezekiel 16:49-50 also reads: 

(49) Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. (50) They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. 

To me these verses speak of an often disregarded aspect of the story Sodom and Gomorrah. Their transgressions were having and living in excess, without regard to the needy. Their leaders shook hands with thieves and held money more highly than the defense of those who could not provide for themselves. 

It doesn't take much for me to compare this to present day. To a world where all major cities in the U.S. have horrible problems with homelessness and the government looks out for their pockets and the pockets of corporations before they look out for the people. 

Are we living in a Modern Day Sodom and Gomorrah?
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Being You... Unapologetically

If someone doesn't ever want to see you evolve or change they don't really love you. "Don't change," is almost a cruel thing to request, a proclamation against the natural process of growth. "That doesn't seem like you," can feel like a knife stab in the heart of a new en-devour of which you've put in work, and enjoyed. 

You really can only be you. And YOU will evolve, and change, and grow...and there is nothing wrong with that. It is quite possible that as you grow and change, there may not be a place in your life for those who knew you when... and that's ok too. Only they can decide if they want to hold onto an ancient concept of you, or grow alongside you. 
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