tip o' the day

I really do scream for ice cream

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

funny, the things that make you want to eat

so we have been trying real hard to buy a business and banks just won't give us the money...so now I want ice cream, and doritos, not necessarily at the same time, but pretty close to each other. I can't even say for sure I really really want those things, but I kinda do. why does bad news sap the strength from  you? why shouldn't I take this time and let this empower me? now I have time to do so much more without being stuck on the phone with bank after bank. now I can get on that elliptical trainer that sits in my basement, staring at me longingly...I could redo some part of the house that desperately needs redoing...I could read a book, I really like books...
but all I really want is ice cream...and doritos...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

the fresh 20 - 20 healthy ingredients, 5 healthy meals

let me tell you how much I love the fresh 20...I LOVE it!!!
I signed up with a groupon so I could get a whole year of dinner plans for only $25 bucks...that is like having a mini nutritionist tell you what to eat for dinner for $25 bucks!
So let me explain a little. the fresh 20 is this great website started by a husband and wife team to help make it easier for us to eat clean, green and healthy. You pick a meal plan, normal, gluten free or veggie and then you can download shopping lists, prep lists and recipes for a week of dinners. I think they have breakfasts and lunches too, and a book and whatnot, but I need to make it easy as possible and we are cereal and soupers for breakfast and lunches so I went with just the dinners.
I decided to opt for the gluten free version, although I am not positive that we have any gluten allergies here, we have enough health problems that I figured what the hay.
So every Sunday I download this real easy shopping list, with 20 ingredients and only the exact number of what you need, makes shopping a breeze and really isn't very expensive, I have actually dropped my weekly shopping bill by like 30 bucks. Anyway so you get the shopping list, then the prep list for do ahead things then the recipes for the week. For the most part, my family has loved all the dinners we have made, and at least tolerated the rest. SOme things taste just like it came from a restaurant!
Since we have been following this every week I have noticed some health benefits. Since I supplement all my meals with things like ice cream and butter and bread and coookies...well I can't say I've noticed weight loss from it, but when I am behaving I know it actually minuses some pounds. But things I have noticed for sure are just my overall health. I feel better. I look better, my skin has been glowy and clear, and I am craving greens....that's right, it really is me I swear, but I have been craving kale like a mo fo. I mean today for lunch I had sautéed kale with evoo, garlic and balsamic...yes that was my lunch...
so peeps, I know I have a family of adventurous eaters, I am lucky that way, but I bet the normal version would work for most of your families. It really is a great website and wonderful tool. I highly recommend it.
the fresh 20

They're Real Honey

Ok so the best mascara ever...EVER! They're real by benefit. I can put on two coats and my lashes are thick and sexy and maybe they don't look like falsies (um by the way, that is the name of another mascara that does NOT work) but they look freaking fantastic. I hate curling my lashes because, well, I'm clumsy and I always end up hurting myself with those dang things. This actually looks like it curls my lashes and I really really heart that.
So this stuff is about $23 bucks depending on where you buy it, but listen, if I say it's worth it...I mean it's worth it.

Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase

So this was a product i got to try through bzzagent.com.
The promise was less wrinkles in 14 days of continues and perfect use(not their words, mine). i did try my best to use the cream morning and night but mostly failed at the nighttime portion...when it's time for momma to sleep it's time for momma to sleep.
i took a before and after pic of my eye area, but there really is no need to post because there was not really any change to see. maybe i am beyond wrinkly repair...which makes me cry because i am only 37, and crying makes the situation worse in any case.
but before you think this is a rant, let me say i really do love this cream. First of all, it has a 30spf! i have to have facial cream with sunscreen so this is a big plus for me. but i also need it to do its job and i will say this cream makes my face feel baby bottom smooth...i adore it. it's not greasy and you don't need to use a ton and those are both big plusses in my book. (did the word plusses look very strange to you too?)
the eye cream i could kind of do without. i was careful not to use too close to my eyes but it seemed to get into my eyes anyway, maybe that is a fault in the way i apply it, not sure. it's not that the cream itself was bad, my eyes may have looked a little brighter, but since they were stinging and filled with my normal mom tiredness anyway it was hard to tell. i'm sure it would be a good eye cream for some but it just isn't for me.
all that being said i give the 30spf facial moisturizer a big thumbs up and i will be using it instead of my olay for now.