Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Beefsteak Tomatoes
- Plum Tomatoes
- Yellow Squash
- Green Squash
Friday, May 29, 2009
I just returned from a much needed pedicure with my best friend. The long over due girl talk and Spa Pedicure was the best thing on this beautiful sunny morning.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I'm a Mother in my early forties with two children a seven and four year old. I eat pretty healthy and exercise when ever I get a chance. Getting thirty minutes of cardio every day is a part of my daily routine. Yoga, Pilate's and some strength training are squeezed in when I get that extra Mommy time which rarely happens these days. So I park the car far away from the store front and walk, take stairs instead of the escalators, walk to the school instead of drive... I try to get that little extra in when I get the chance. Now this is coming from a person who absolutely hates to exercise! I never had to when I was young. I could always eat what I wanted and stayed stick thin. Then I grew up.
Now that I am in my forty's my Metabolism has started to slow down. For example if my out take of was 5,000 when I exercised for 30 minutes before, my out take now is only 4,000 for thirty minutes of exercise. My choice is to either reduce my in take of calories or increase my out take. I have to add an additional thirty minutes to my cardio work out. My Dr. told me to look at it this way; the first thirty minutes is for cardio (which we all need) the second thirty minutes is for weight loss. It's either add the additional thirty minutes on the treadmill or don't eat as much anymore.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Will have to see this one! I really liked the first one and am always using two of the lines from it..both from Mickey Rooney:
"You look like a weirdie"
"Are you cracking wise?"
Both of those still crack me up. :)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
While scrolling though blogs I spotted these amazing Betsy Johnson Bracelets.... They are so cute! I just wanted to share with you. They are around $38.00 not bad. I love the colors and the embedded pearls.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
This Fashion season bold and bright flashy colors are in!
How do you pull these off? What ever you do, don't dress from head to toe in the bold color! Try wearing only one article at a time.
For instance, the new hot color right now is bright yellow. Wear a yellow tank or top under a light weight blue jacket with white pants or Capri's.
Wear that bright yellow shoe, espadrilles, strapy sandal or flat with a blue jacket white tank and white pant.Or, play it safe and just carry the yellow bag instead.
If you are like me 40 something.... you can absolutely wear the latest trends if you do so wisely. Just don't over do it or you will end up looking like a large neon light walking around.
These fun Spring colors go well with neutrals and Nautical colors as well.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Now that I think about it, it was Chloe's mom who prowled the aisles at Target and Old Navy, finding the perfect $3.99 outsized cowboy hat for the girls' act, using a glue-gun to staple sequins on their denim shorts, keeping an eye on their practice schedule so they would be prepared for the show. Chloe's mom whipped up spaghetti and turkey meat loaf when the rehearsals and playdates ran late. "It's nice that your husband lends you out like this," I said to her, half-joking, half-marveling at the miracle that is a full-time wife and mother.
Before I had a daughter, I believed in the myth of the mommy wars -- a seething, if unspoken battle between the full-time at home moms and the working moms. It's not entirely a myth of course: there can be tension, a lack of trust and understanding between women who have followed different paths, and particularly, who expend their energy as parents in different ways.
I used to hear women say, "I'm important in my family and that's the only place that matters," and wonder if they had missed entirely the way the world is a large and exciting stage. Having no firsthand sense of the leading role that a mother plays in the lives of her children, I imagined they were evolutionary throwbacks, who had missed the dawning of a careerist age for women. Now I am grateful for these moms -- the full-time, or mostly-so on the scene ones, because they keep a lot of ships floating.
They are the room mothers, devising games and crafts for the school Valentine's Day parties. They are the volunteers at field days and field trips, the Brownie leaders, the mothers with discretionary time who, instead of writing novels, create imaginative events in their children's lives.
A friend of mine -- a C.P.A. who switched careers to full-time mom -- gave her sons "sticky stuff" birthday parties, a concept she invented specifically so they could make the kinds of gooey messes no one wants in their home. I can only imagine how heroic her sons must think their mom, the one who awed their friends by letting them express their inner-stickiness.
So many factors go into parenting that I have long since abandoned any hope of understanding clear cut rules for turning out happy and productive children. What I have learned is that expertise, in general, ought not be underestimated: It's the passion for excellence I want my daughter, Lina, to emulate, not the glue gun.
This week, and for a few before that, Chloe's mom subbed for me in a way that made a clear difference in the life of an eight-year-old girl who is not her daughter. Lina and Chloe danced at the talent show with style born of practice, and sequins that would never, under any circumstances, be part of my personal maternal repertoire. And she's not the only one -- there are a slew of mom sorority sisters who know when a big swoop-in or save is needed. My own mom -- Lina's dedicated, on-the-scene, amazing grandmother -- goes so far above and beyond that I can't in fairness include her here.
My daughter hangs out with a lot of moms who look out for her as if she were their own. That this club of moms exists is a continuing revelation, in the sense that it creates a sense of gratitude and sometimes even awe.
This is one of the reasons, I have belatedly learned, there is a holiday that honors mothers of all styles and gifts. They call it Mother's Day. Have a very happy one.
Friday, May 8, 2009
- Roasted Peanuts
- Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (Rapeseed (?) and Soybean
- Mono- and Diglycerides
Kroger Brand Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
- Roasted Peanuts
My Family now eats Natural peanut butter! We have since the show. Yes, you have to stir it and keep it in the fridge. It does sometimes cost more but, you use less! You will be amazed on how quick you can convert over.
I used to glob on the peanut butter, I think that is standard practice in sandwich making. If I put that much of the Natural peanut butter on, you wouldn't be able to open your mouth. The natural has only peanuts and salt, it has a much stronger pnut taste so you will definitely use less, save money and get healthier all at the same time. See isn't it "easy"!
I did have to learn to use less on the kids sandwich and they love it! Funny that spoonful I used to eat when I was finished making lunches has turned into just the tip of the butter knife :)
The recommendation for cooking...... if you have used it please leave us comments. I have not been brave enough to put it in my chocolate chip peanut butter cookies yet! But I intend to the next time I bake. I will also let you know!
Have a great day!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
For 95 years now, Americans have carved out an official special day for mom, rough economy or no. And crimped cash flow certainly doesn't have to mean putting the kibosh on a meaningful Mother's Day (besides, avoiding a jam-packed restaurant might not be so bad). Make this Sunday, May 10 a more-heartfelt holiday with some simple homespun love.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
- 1 oz. Cuervo Especial® tequila
- 3 oz. Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix®
- 1/2 cup crushed ice (or more)
- Lime Wedge
Rub the rim of a chilled margarita glass with the lime and dip it into the salt to coat it. In a cocktail shaker, combine Jose Cuervo Especial, Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix and ice. Shake vigorously and strain drink into the garnished glass filled with ice. Alcohol Content .40 fl. oz.
- 1.5 oz. Cuervo Especial® tequila
- 3 oz. Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix®
- 2 oz. pomegranate juice
- Lime wedge
- Ice cubes
Pour Cuervo Especial®, Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix® and pomegranate juice into cocktail shaker half full with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.Alcohol Content .60 fl. oz.
Monday, May 4, 2009
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