Saturday, March 26, 2011

No-Fun Diet Protein Oatmeal (It's really Yummy!)

If you're visiting my blog for the first time, be sure to enter my custom bracelet giveaway!

O.K., if you haven't heard by now, I have been re-starting my fitness journey.  You can read about that on this post.  This journey comes complete with workout clothes that are too tight, consistent bow-legged walking and my ever popular, No-Fun Diet. (I'm thinking of copywriting...)

I've done this diet once before, and this recipe for oatmeal became one of my favorite easy staples.  It is a complete blend of protein, complex carbs, and fats.  It's great for energy before a workout, and it re-fuels post-exercise.  It also tastes good, when it comes out, it smells and tastes (kinda) like a cinnamon bun.  I don't like the texture of goopy cooked oatmeal, and this keeps it raw.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Challenge - Day 11 & 12

Mission: What is the greatest vacation you ever took?

My family vacationed in Cozumel about 6 years ago, and hubby and I took a 2 hour plane ride from there (on a 6 seater, scary as hell, airplane,) to Chichen Itza.  It was the most amazing place I have ever been.  It was an archaeological wonder both literally and spiritually. 

I also got to sit in the co-pilot seat on the plane ride there.  It was so amazing watching the clouds come towards you as opposed to just seeing them outside your window.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I'm always on the lookout for funky jewelry.  I especially LOVE wide bracelets because I have long skeleton fingers and wrists, (seriously I grew up being called spider fingers by my sister!)  So when I was last perusing Etsy, I came across Britt's shop here.

I absolutely LOVE her jewelry.  It's funky, earthy and stylish all in one.  I don't know Britt. but it seems like her personality pokes through her pieces.  She was so kind to send me this bracelet:

No jokes about my daddy long legs...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Challenge - Day 10

Mission:  What is the best way you like to pamper yourself?

There's only one way...a pedicure!  There's nothing better than a really good foot and leg massage.  I love the scratchiness of the sugar scrub, the hotness of the wax (you really must try this if you're studio offers it), and the way they rub my feet and ankles.  Don't talk to me, don't talk to anyone else.  Some places can be so noisy!  I just close my eyes and relax!

Sometimes hubby and I will trade feet while we're lounging on the couch.  We used to do it a LOT back in the day...we've just started bringing it back.

I got an AWARD!!!!! YAY!!!!

You can't imagine the smile on my face when I received this award from peanutbutterandhopey!!!!  Thank you so much for thinking of me!  Her blog is great, check it out!

To accept this award the recipients are asked to do a few things:
  • Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Award 10-15 blogs you feel deserve the award
  • Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award

7 things about myself:

  1. I'm adopted.  Yes I have thought about contacting my biological parents but a) they may not WANT to hear from me, b) I don't want to upset my family, c) my biological family may be nothing but drama, d) I'm lazy, c) yes I think they deserve to know how I turned out, d)...e)...f)....
  2. I have one sister, who lives back East in northern Virginia.  Same with my parents.  The rest of my family is in New York.
  3. Two things that I must ABSOLUTELY own before I die is a Great Dane, and a Harley Davidson.
  4. My husband and I met on an internet dating site., although I think it's changed to something else now. We've been together for ten years, and our screen names are engraved on our wedding rings.  He is definitely my opposite, we balance each other out and it works.  
  5. I'm writing a book.  I've been working on it for about a year and a half.  It's a sci-fi book about the end of the world. I have about 10 chapters finished with about 20 pages each chapter.  I love sci-fi and fantasy...I watch everything from Conan to Red Sonja to B-movies like SHE.  I'm also a big Star Wars fan and a trekky...but you WON'T find me at a convention. One of my all time favorite movies growing up was Flash Gordon...seriously check it out.
  6. The best thing that ever happened to me was meeting my husband, because he gave me Aubrie.  I never though I could love anyone soooo much as I love my daughter.  It's amazing how you change when you have a child.  (No more CSI shows focusing on child abductions or abuse I'm a weenie now!)
  7. I secretly want to be Wonder Woman.  I mean who wouldn't want to come from a very powerful society made up of women who were not only fit and beautiful, they had powers that could be linked to golden lassos and cuff links to stop bullets.  I also want an invisible airplane.  I had WW underoos when I was a kid. 

I would like to pass this award onto my fellow bloggers:

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Challenge - Day 9

Mission:  Take a picture of your last significant purchase.  Did it satisfy a need or want?

We don't really spend a lot around here.  All of our monthly expenses are usually gulped up by the Costco trips we take several times a week.  But the last major purchase I spent on myself was my hair.

Now, I've been sick for a few days with a sinus I'll spare you the pics of dirty, oily, hat head hair.  But I did take in this picture of Kelly Clarkson to my hairdresser, and we matched it pretty spot on.

My mother, sister and husband will ALWAYS like me blonde better, but hey...I'm an artist and I've gotta funk it up sometimes!

Wednesday Hops

Its Hump Day!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tuesday Blog Hops

Busy Mom's Tips Tuesday Blog Hop     

Thank you so much for taking the time to join me in these blog hops!  Thank you so much if you are a new follower!

Spring Challenge - Day 8

Mission:  What is the best advice you've received?

Hmmm… I’m not really sure what the best advice I’ve ever received was…
“Don’t eat the yellow snow.”
“Don’t put on makeup while you’re driving”
“Everything happens for a reason?”  (How many times have you heard THAT one…)

And then there’s the advice to better myself…
“Be confident…”
“Don’t sell yourself short….”
“If you smile, you’ll automatically feel better.”

Motherly advice…
“Don’t keep her diaper on too long, she’ll get a rash.”
“Keep a bottle of anti-bacterial soap in your purse, you never know what she’s touching.”
“If you put it in front of her, she’ll eat it.” 

And of COURSE advice from hubby…
“Use a pumice stone to get the hard water stains off the toilet.”
“Charge more money for your business, you’re really talented and you should get paid for it.”
“Don’t open the door for work men, they could be serial killers in disguise.”

There’s so much advice that I have been given, it’s really hard to choose one that’s the best or most important.  I guess what I like to think as the best advice, because I practice it every day, is not to judge people.   In high school I was judged pretty dramatically by the way I dressed.  Rightfully so, I would wear your stereotypical heavy-metal getup.  But it did teach me not to judge other people.  Get to know a person before you pass judgement.  

Review - GroOrganic's Garden Planner

Ever since I moved to Phoenix, where there is absolutely no foliage lushness, I wanted to grow a garden.  My attempt at tomatoes 8 years ago left me with 20 small tart tomatoes that I ended up throwing away.  

A couple of years later, my neighbors decided to start a vegetable garden, they produced so many fruits and veggies, they were giving them away!  So inspired by them, I planted a banana pepper plant, only to be eaten by stray cats by the next day.

I don't really know how to container garden.  I have no idea when to plant things, and when to harvest them, especially in my climate.  My dream of having a great garden diminished, but never really went away.

So I was real excited when I got the opportunity to review’s garden planner. is a website which provides all sorts of information and supplies for organic gardening.  And if you read my article on organic foods, this is the way you want to go with your garden.

The Garden Planner was so easy to use, and their video tutorials make it clear how to use them.  After you log in to your account, the first step is to provide your zip code so it can automatically pick your frost dates.  (You can also punch in your frost dates manually.)  

Then you create a new planner, and specify the size of your growing area.

A grid screen of your area is created and using the tools they provide, you map out your gardening containers.  I used brown boxes.

You then use their list of selected plants to drag and drop onto your growing area.  If you click the 'i' next to the plant you select, a window pops up telling you planting guidelines for that plant.  If you do not see the plant you want to use, you can click on a general plant and add your own variety.

Once you drag and drop your plant onto the planting area, you can drag that plant's handles to fill in the space you want to use for planting.  The background color of that plant shows you how much space is need for that plant.  When you hover over the plant, it tells you how many plants to plant.

When you've completed your grid, you click on the button that shows you the entire year of when to sow, plant and harvest your crops, based on your area's frost dates.  Just what I need!

There is so much more you can do with this planner.  You can plan for the next year using your saved grid layout, and also plan for succession planting.  I absolutely loved this planner and I'm going to use it.  My husband and I already bought a cucumber and zucchini plant to start.  We'll see if the cats stay out of them!

Try out the garden planner here.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Blog Hop

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Thrifty Storage

So I've been working towards organizing my pantry for weeks now.   I wanted some really cute storage bins, but I didn't feel like spending the money for the look I was after.


  • Dollar store storage bins
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden plaques (or something similar but sturdy)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint
  • Glue gun

I went to the dollar store and got these at $1 each.

Using double sided tape, place a strip in the center of the long sides, and on the corners.

Cut your ribbon to fit around the top of your bin.  Starting with the middle point of your ribbon, stick it to the tape on the front side of your bin,

If your bin has an angular slope like mine, twist the ribbon on the sides of the bin so that it remains flush with the corners.  All the while pressing the ribbon to the tape.  Otherwise it will bunch up.

 To finish it off, place a dollop of glue to the bin where the ends of the ribbon meet.

Take your wooden plaques and paint them with the chalkboard paint.  I found these at Hobby Lobby for two for a dollar.

Using a q-tip and coordinating paint, I repeated the pattern around the edge of my plaques.

Take your plaques and glue them to the front of your bin.  Viola!  

Six bins @ $1.00 ea....$6.00
Two spools of ribbon @ 3.99 ea, 50% off... $2.00
Six plaques at 2 for $1.00...$3.00
Chalkboard Spray Paint ...$7.99

I had all the other materials in my craft closet.

$19.00 total divided by six bins.  That's $3.17 a bin!

You'll see these bins put into action after I finally quit procrastinating cleaning my pantry!

Who was your best friend? Spring Challenge - Day 6

Mission:  Talk about your best friend when you were 16, and where you stand today...

There's a lot to be said about your most intimate 'self' when you were 16.  You were still young and naive enough to think that everyone else understood where you were coming from.  I mean, we all grew up with goodnight moon, and a sense of trust that no matter where you found a friend, you thought they were an extension of who you were.  Right?

When I was 16 my best friend was Angie.  Any part of me that developed some sort of 'moxy' was taught by her.  Today, I think that's one of the best parts about me.

The last time I talked to Angie is when I saw her at a job site we were both working at.  She was an employee, I was a consultant.  She saw me park and walk into the building from her window, and came down to say hi.  That was about 1995-1997(you'd understand the gap in years if you really knew me!)  She was pregnant with her third child.  She always knew she wanted to be a mom.

We had about a 30 minute lunch, talked about our lives and said goodbye.

When I think about our 4 year relationship, yes, it shaped who I am (all my relationships do), but my 10 year relationship with my husband means a lot more.
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