Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Upcycling a Bridesmaid Dress
{I am pretty crafty and just pretty too.}

About ten years ago I was in a wedding.  My MJ married her tall boyfriend and she asked me take part of the wedding a few shorts months after Lovely O was born.  I still have the dress.

Or I did.

I was cleaning out my closet and the dress was still hanging up in its plastic bag.  It was sort of sad because I didn't want to add it to the Goodwill pile yet I knew that I'd never have any reason to wear it again.

I hung it back up and thought on it.

Thought on it a bit more.

THEN I cut it up.

In pieces.

Pretty scary.

BUT then I made something beautiful out of those pieces and I am giving it to the bride as a keepsake of her special day.  Something that she may even want to give to her daughter when she gets older.

Upcycling a Bridesmaid Dress

Sunday, January 25, 2015

One thing I have decided.... {just this one exact thing at this very moment, not about everything about life.}

I buzzed my hair back in December of 2013 and then had this personal asinine challenge to let it grow for the next year.  In fact I did let it grow for all of 2014 and an extra month, totaling 13 months! 

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Buzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I really enjoyed braiding my hair and pinning it up but I rarely just wore it down because I do not like myself with longer hair.

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Braided and pinned up.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Where did Supermom go?

I'm sorry I haven't written.  I've been busy.  Back.  Baby.  Life.

Here, let me make it up to you.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

In the Garden of Happiness by Dodinsky
{Blog Tour and Giveaway}
This Giveaway Has Ended

Blog Tour

Happiness looks different to everyone.  Yes, it does.  With the New Year comes new goals to find happiness.  Everyone is evaluating their life and making resolutions to achieve happiness whether it be to lose weight, read more, drink less coffee or spend more time with family.  All these things that people hope brings them happiness.

Tell me your idea for happiness for 2015.

In the Garden of Happiness Book TourNew York Times Bestselling Author Empowers Readers to Be Inspired, Strong, and Happy

As an emerging leader in positive thinking, Dodinsky weaves words of contentment and self-empowerment in In The Garden of Happiness, and gives readers the wisdom and support to find power within themselves to lead a happy life.

“When life is tough and seems overwhelming, it is my ardent hope the simple reminders in this book will help center your thoughts and lift up your spirit,” Dodinsky said.

When Dodinsky started posting his thoughts online as a way of coping with the blows life had dealt him, little did he know he was also building a sanctuary for weathered travelers across the globe seeking upliftment and inner-strength sustenance.

Dodinsky was deeply humbled when he realized that his ruminations on life became a gift to readers. Appreciative emails from people from all walks of life flooded in, saying he inspired them to look deeper within themselves for the answers to their own happiness and self-worth.
Dodinsky’s Facebook page has become a community where nearly 275,000 people share their own stories.

About the Author: Dodinsky searched for life’s meaning at an early age and came to see the world from a unique perspective. He recognizes the simplicity in complex situations, and masterfully weaves words of power and emotion to inspire people’s spirits.

“The magnitude of your life is proportional to the magnitude of your thoughts.” —Dodinsky

**I was not paid to post this.  I was sent a free copy of the book to enjoy.**

Friday, January 16, 2015

Eat Well Embrace Life {A Review}
Fastest Growing Hummus Brand Announces Category-First Beet and Carrot Hummus Flavors, Vibrant Packaging and Expanded Retail Distribution

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We are HUGE hummus and chip fans and always have some in the fridge.  It is also something that is on my list when we are having a get together.  You can't go wrong with hummus with chips or crackers or VEGGIES.  Perfect for little fingers at snack time!

When a box of yummy delicious Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus in amazing vibrant containers came in the mail I knew exactly when I'd share them with my family.

Christmas Day.

After all the presents had been opened and the kids were tearing open every single box driving me crazy thinking they were going to accidentally throw the instructions away I began about getting ready for the day.  After a brief shower and getting dressed I made up some delicious goodies to set on the dining room table for family to enjoy while I cooked a lovely Christmas dinner.

I set the hummus out with chips, crackers, cheese, cookies and assorted finger foods and it was YUMMY!  We all have our favorites and I'm so glad that we were able to try Eat Well Embrace Life Hummus. 

FYI:  The beet hummus is my favorite.

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More about  Eat Well Embrace Life.

Crafted with a passion for food and a better-tasting life, Eat Well Embrace Life debuts two category-first vegetable hummus combinations – Zesty Sriracha Carrot with a sunflower seed and apricot topping and Beet hummus with a pickled beet topping.

The new flavors are available with new colorful lids for a vibrant retail display and to make it easier for shoppers to locate in-store. In conjunction, Eat Well Embrace Life hummus announces a broader distribution of its revolutionary line of great-tasting, nutritious hummus into Albertsons’ in the Northwest region, FreshDirect and Publix locations, marking the company’s continued growth since its inception in 2011.

“As the hummus innovator, Eat Well Embrace Life is taking things to the next level by using a variety of ‘other beans’ and vegetables to craft great-tasting, lower-calorie hummus rich with protein and fiber,” said Bob Ferraro, Co-Founder of Eat Well Embrace Life. “The demand for innovation in our category continues to drive our growth and will further allow us to create ground-breaking hummus combinations that keep consumers wanting more.”

Eat Well Embrace Life established ‘the other bean hummus’ sub-category using a variety of beans such as black and white beans, edamame and red and yellow lentils and garden-fresh vegetables, such as beets and carrots, to create light and creamy hummus flavors. Inspired by healthy living, each hummus is garnished with gourmet toppings creating unique hummus combinations that are nutrient-rich, gluten-free and lower in calories, fat and sodium.

“According to the United Nations, beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas are getting international acclaim because of their unique nutrient package for health, said Kate Geagan, Eat Well Embrace Life’s nutrition partner and America’s Green Nutritionist®. “And in the U.S. consumers are finally realizing that legumes are tasty, nutritious and incredibly versatile foods that play a healthy role in our diets. Eat Well Embrace Life is taking the versatility of beans and vegetables and crafting something that’s delicious and good-for-you with all the nutritional benefits of beans and other vegetables.”

Eat Well Embrace Life hummus is available in eight bold flavors, and now comes in four convenient To-Go packs for snacking on-the-go.

·         New – Beet Hummus
·         New – Zesty Sriracha Carrot Hummus
·         Edamame Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper
·         Spicy Red Lentil Chipotle Hummus
·         Spicy Yellow Lentil Hummus
·         Sweet and Spicy Black Bean Hummus
·         Tuscan White Bean with Roasted Pine Nuts Hummus
·         Wasabi Edamame Hummus with Ginger

To Go varieties:
·         Classic Hummus with Crackers
·         Edamame Hummus with Crackers
·         Sweet and Spicy Black Bean Hummus with Crackers
·         Zesty Sriracha  Carrot Hummus with Crackers

Eat Well Embrace Life is available in grocery, mass and convenience stores nationwide (SRP $4.49 10 oz., $1.99 2.85 oz. To Go with Crackers).

Founded in 2011 by Tryst Gourmet, Eat Well Embrace Life is innovating ‘the other bean hummus’ sub-category with great-tasting hummus for a better-tasting life. Made with premium ingredients and gourmet toppings, Eat Well Embrace Life uses different beans such as black bean, red lentil and edamame, and vegetables like carrot and beet, for a light, creamy hummus that’s nutrient-rich, gluten-free and lower in calorie, fat and sodium. Eat Well Embrace Life is available in a variety of flavors at grocery, mass and convenience stores nationwide.

**I was not paid to post this.  I was sent free product so I could tell you all about it.**

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Going Gluten Free for Ninja Gurl
Sprouted for Life™ Breads
The First Gluten-Free Sprouted Grain Bread.

Sprouted For Life Gluten Free Bread

Ninja Gurl started having trouble sleeping and it was all over her face with the bags under her eyes and it had us puzzled.  She had been having trouble with her massive tonsils so we knew that was the cause of her sleepless nights.  I tried the one a day allergy pills and that didn't really help her so we started looking into her diet.

My husband has already been incorporating gluten-free into his diet so we thought we'd give it a go for NG.  Along with an awesome cookbook from America's Test Kitchen we had to find the perfect bread for sandwiches for packing her lunch. 

Ninja Gurl has a picky palate and it was entertaining finding the perfect gluten-free bread.

Sprouted for Life sent me an email about trying their gluten-free sprouted grain bread! 

Exciting!

They sent four delicious different kinds of bread.  All delicious and yummy! 

Sprouted For Life Gluten Free Bread

More information:

After countless hours of research and development, Food For Life is pleased to release Sprouted for Life Bread—the first available Gluten Free Breads made from Sprouted Grains such as Quinoa, Millet and Chia.

It has become clear that many of the gluten free breads on the market today, while being "gluten free", are simply not addressing the overall health needs of consumers.   You see, gluten free breads lack the one component that gives bread that familiar soft chewy texture.  And, that component is gluten.

Without Gluten, manufacturers are forced to use alternative ingredients that mimic the elasticity that gluten provides.  And, many of them are choosing to feature egg whites and refined starches today.
However, in their quest to achieve even greater elasticity in an effort to win out on the soft and chewy test, consumers are seeing an ever expanding list of gluten free breads made from ingredients which you wouldn’t expect in “natural” breads. Some of which are sadly devoid of many nutrients.  Yes, the race to replace gluten has gotten to the point where it really needed to be addressed for the benefit of the gluten intolerant consumer.

And, that is really the inspiration behind Food For Life's Sprouted For Life™ Gluten-Free Breads.  Finally, a completely gluten free bread line in 4 varieties specifically created with your health in mind.  Not only are they gluten free, but they are also vegan, and are made from incredibly nutritious superseeds like sprouted quinoa, sprouted millet and sprouted chia seeds.

Sprouted to maximize nutrition and digestibility.  Available now in the frozen section.

With just one bite, you’ll know they’re a food for life!

The bread is available in four flavors: Original, Flax, Almond and Raisin varieties so the possibilities are endless.

Sprouted For Life Gluten Free Bread

**I wasn't paid to post this.  We were sent product so we could enjoy them with our family.**



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday #WW
Future Bond 007

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Only a future Bond 007 could use a Sprite box to make a weapon.  A gun.  It now has a scope made from paper on top.  She's going places.  {Just not the wrong places.}



Saturday, January 3, 2015

Frozen all the way!
LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® and BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages

Start the New Year off with two great products featuring Frozen!  My house has two little girls running around dressed up like Elsa singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” so these products are a huge hit.  They are sure to be at your house too.

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BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages featuring Disney’s Frozen

Introducing the new BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages featuring Disney’s Frozen. Now, kids can cover up cuts and scrapes with their favorite Frozen characters—Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven—from the popular Disney movie. The bandages showcase imagery from their story as they encounter Everest-like conditions while battling the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Product Benefits:
Transform Moments of Hurt into Moments of Caring:
* Offers fun way to protect cuts and scrapes!
* Covers up cuts with your child’s favorite Frozen characters
* Designs inspired by Nordic themes

LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® mouthwash is an anticavity mouthwash for kids ages six and older that:
Provides 12-hour cavity protection
Strengthens teeth 99% better than brushing alone
Provides 2.4 times more fluoride than ACT Kids mouthwash

How to Be Sweet Smart!
* Start a brushing habit early, by the time your child is one year old.
* Fluoride suppresses bacterial growth and stabilizes the minerals that keep teeth strong.
* Sugary, sticky foods encourage bacterial growth and acid. Don’t allow your child to walk around sipping juice or milk—those contain plenty of sugar, just like soft drinks and soda. If your child wants sips between meals, water is the best choice.


**I wasn't paid to post this.  I was sent free product so I could tell you all about it .**



Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year! Bring on 2015!

Here it is January 2nd and I haven't even posted a blog for the new year but I have been busy.  Or entertained.  Or just felt like total crap and haven't felt like blogging.

Burned out?  Sure.  You can call it what you may.

I call it ivebeenbloggingfortenyearsandrunningoutofthingstosay.

Yeah, that's what I call it.

I am not one to make resolutions because I refuse to set myself up for failure. 

Nope, I didn't run that mile four times a week.  FAILURE!
Nope, I didn't give up sugar.  FAILURE!
Nope, I didn't spend less time on Netflix.  FAILURE!

You get my drift.

Sure sure, eyeroll eyeroll, I'd love to finish a New Yorker in a day until my stack is gone and I am up to date on them.   While I am it I'd love to read a new book about once a week and learn to cook authentic Indian food and learn to speak French again.  Oh hell, why limit myself??  Two new books a week and add Portugal to the list of languages to learn.

Then I could start growing my own grain so I could really REALLY make homemade bread from scratch.

Yeah, I said that with sarcasm.  {nodding}  Yep yep.  It's all fun and giggles until someone takes the Internet away.

Seriously, I only have a few things I hope that 2015 brings.

Health and LOTS OF GOOD HEALTH.  Amazing health that I cannot believe I am 40!  Amazing health that I cannot believe I'm a grandmother {or soon will be one}. 

A happy carefree loving relationship with my husband.  Make more time for us as a married couple.  I recently read an article about how having sex every day is awesome for a marriage.  The author really spelled it out correctly!!  Let me use me as an example to explain it better.  HYPOTHETICAL.  You're on ten years of marriage and after getting the kids to bed and perhaps off your boob you think about the dishes that need to be washed, lunches to be packed and holy HELL is there clothes to fold?!?!?

Michelle Lee The Adventures of Supermom®Instead of worrying about that go grab your mate and get all dirty with each other like when you were dating or newly married before work and kids.  Instead of remembering how you used to think about him all day and couldn't wait for him to call, make it a reality because you're both still those people deep down.  You're just all lucky now because they are your spouse and instead of sneaking around to have sex before marriage just go lock your bedroom door and get busy.

We'd all be better having sex all the time! 




Be more physically active.  I'm so sick and tired of hearing it all the flipping time and I will be more physically active when I am flipping ready to be and not a flipping minute sooner.  So yeah, I want to walk more.  Perhaps swim on a regular basis because I loved swimming as a young girl.  I bet the water would be therapeutic for my back as well.

Be a better parent.  There's always room for improvement.

Read more.  Watch less. 

Spend more time with my best friend which is totally doable since she moved back.  We complete each other.  She's happy, I'm happy, she likes to laugh, I like to make her laugh, we love food, coffee and reading. 

Michelle Lee

I also promise not to bring home another furry animal to live with us.  {nodding}

Do you make resolutions??  If so then tell me about them.



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