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Count Down to the Real World


Welp, Thursday will be here before I know it and it will be back to the grind. Three jobs, parenting, blogging, cooking, jogging, oh my. So, to keep it manageable and to make myself accountable to my little project, here, I am committing to writing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and maybe some Saturdays. That’s doable.

So today, I did a little vendor event for Pampered Chef. I am working on some fundraisers, one for American Heart Association and an upcoming one for melanoma research. You can contact me or check out my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ThePamperedActors, if you want to check out our fundraisers. We have at least one a month, or we’re doing something for S.T.A.G.E. (a local actors’ resource center in Dallas). I spent half of the day with Syd. Man, she was a huge help getting me organized.

I am trying to follow Dr. Mercola’s recommendation of intermittent fasting and not eating until lunch. My goal is to keep a small window of eating time so my body has time to “fast”. Check out mercola.com and “google” fasting for the “why”. It makes sense, but I will not do it justice if I try to explain the technicalities. I do know that when I do this, I am less hungry and eat less and better. GOAL! So no breakfast, had plain coffee from Starbucks with some half and half. Shared some tacos al pastor with Syd (and chips, salsa, bean dip and queso), but we shared. Again, corn chips are my weakness and not sure how I’ll do it. I can and have given up bread and pasta, and wheat in general, but man- living in the land of Tex-Mex, how do I give up the corn chip? Maybe I don’t.

So, I’ve been walking with the neighborhood ladies at least a couple nights a week for the last month. The last two nights I’ve jogged, alone. Tonight I jogged 1.5 miles in eighteen minutes. Not bad for an out of shape mom of three. I enjoy the company of the walkers, but I’ve never felt better than running and listening to music. Let me tell you that Pantera is a better running partner than Owl City. Sydney and I share an iTunes account and I haven’t set up play lists on my new phone. So, I get a lovely mix of tween tunes and thirty-two year old mom music. The Cranberries aren’t a very good motivational group to run to, either. But, ah the memories.

For dinner, Jeff made bun-less cheeseburgers with watermelon, pickle, red onion and tomato slices. Organic veggies, no clue about the pickle, and conventional Kroger brand meat and cheese. Small steps, right? My kombucha has been bottled and is sitting in a closet building carbonation. My second batch should be about ready to be bottled. I am so excited! I think even Jeff will enjoy our bacterial-yeasty goodness. My SCOBY is getting HUGE, while my belly is shrinking- finally!

Eating well and exercise really helps with the stress. When I stay away from sugar, man I feel good. I am really hoping to keep this up when I go back to work to keep the stress down. In about two weeks of being off work, I think I am finally getting my stress levels in check. I think that is my biggest problem. I have a very high stress job in which I wear many hats and don’t know how to prioritize all of the many tasks I have. Then, I have my home based bakery. And then my new Pampered Chef adventure, that I love, and am working daily on building. Plus, my exercising and mom’s group and book club. I can not tell you how busy I have been just Making Whoopie, doing Pampered Chef, and playing house the last two weeks. And, I’ve had a family emergency that I’ve been dealing with in the midst of all of this. Not emergency, conflict, something that has wrecked havoc on my stress levels and really forced me to take some much needed time off. An expensive blessing in disguise. How’s that for a positive spin?

I’ve been organizing, trying to set up daily routines, and systems to make juggling easier. I want all of us in a good auto pilot mode when I go back to work. Jeff is an amazing partner, but a creature of habit. He is such a good sport, and does make changes, but it is not easy and I have to really get a new habit up and running before he fully embraces it. I guess we’ll see how well we’ve done, come Thursday.

So, what are your routines? How do you eat healthy? We have a wonderful veggie co-op in which we pick up a box of veggies twice a month (http://yourhealthsource.org/), but I need something like that for meat. I have the dairy down the street, but will I really drive over there for it? We’ll see! I really want to hear what you do! Will you introduce me to my next “kombucha”? My aunt introduced it to me a couple of months ago, and now I’m addicted. LOVE it. What else is out there that I’m missing? I’ve got to know!

Talk to you on Wednesday, my last night of sweet freedom. I guess I need to spin some more positive energy- my last night before going back to a new and fresh office opportunity. Go team.

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Whatever Wednesday- How do you do it all?


I am doing something I hate to do- skipping yesterday.  I was halfway through a post and my computer froze.  So, sorry.  I am realizing that I can’t do it all.  I really want to, but have to figure out what is most important to me.  I don’t know what that is.  So please indulge me as I go through what’s important.  I’d really love to hear how you prioritize.

I am slightly envious of my friends that can stay home with their kids.  But, I know my personality type.  I need structure.  Not that a stay at home mom can’t have a structured day, but I have to have my day structured for me.  I’m hoping one day I can be structured enough to work for myself, but that is still a work in progress.  It is a goal, and I am going to be ready to be my own boss when the time comes.

I want to bake, contribute to the PTA board, run a veggie co-op, blog six days a week, volunteer at my kids’ schools, sell Pampered Chef, host play groups, book club, and start a supper club (Grandma calls hers Gourmet).  How do you do all of it?  How do you fit in chiropractor visits, doctor visits (well and sick), dentists, vet, auditions, time to write book, while making dinner every night, reading, and finding a moment to play with kiddos.  Where are date nights?  Where is the family time?  Where can I find even a minute to play Words with Friends?

I don’t want to half ass anything.  I want to be the best mom possible.  I want to be the wife that my husband dreamed of always having.  I want to be the friend that always knows exactly what to do and say in every situation.  I want to be the volunteer that makes a difference.  I want to be the business person that makes a huge something out of nothing.  But, how do you do it?  I am working on my little things every day, but man.  Oh yeah, I want the super clean house and be always perfectly put together and fashionable.

How do you do it all?  These are all items I don’t want to compromise on.  My day job is so demanding that I have little left when I get home- time, energy, or will.  I haven’t even talked about wanting to work out, going to more movies and theatre, visiting museums, and hanging with my grandma.

I am certainly grateful to have a full time job.  I am thankful to have such a full life.  But I want to do it all.  I want to juggle it all and still have time to enjoy a Sunday nap or sleep in every once in awhile.  I want to stay up past ten and not feel sleep deprived the next day because I have to get up so early (for me).  Want, want, want, want want.  I know- I want it all.

But, if I didn’t want it so badly, then I would have no motivation to do something about it.  So what do I do?  What is my game plan?  Welp, that I don’t know.  I know that I have to keep plugging away.  I have to keep writing every day.  I have to keep baking and playing with recipes and techniques.  Keep hanging out with other mommies to see what works for them, and how they do it.

How do you do it all?  Or, do you let some stuff go until you do have time?  And how long will you put it off?  Syd is eleven and I have to drive her all over DFW a couple times a week.  Easton has soccer and soccer practice.  Q stays home with a nanny a couple times a week and at my in-laws once a week.  I probably spend over 10 hours a week transporting kids all over town.  I’ll continue shuffling kids until all are in grade school.  Then I will continue to take them to activities until they can drive- five more years until Syd can help.  So is that when I can do more?  Or, is this a chance to find a way to do something a little sooner?

Daily Prayer:  God, please tell me how to keep on keeping on.  Please lead me down your path, and alert me if I get off course or wonder about paths that shouldn’t interest me.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for the veggie co-op.  My kids asked for cucumbers when Jeff made chili dogs last night.  I am proud that my children love good foods.

Happiness Project Update:  I am getting up everyday, doing hair and makeup, but right now I am wanting more.  More time, more energy, more satisfaction.  I need to keep on track and just keep on keeping on.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Nutty Mommy- chocolate cookies with a hazelnut flavored filling.  Sweet, but a little nutty. http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com.

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Manic Monday- Pampered Chef


Get ready for shameless self promotion.  I admit it.  But, I don’t sell or stand behind anything I don’t love.  I love Pampered Chef, and I am a consultant for a second time.  This time, I am not in school, cook daily, bake professionally and want to find something to take me to the next phase of my life.  Plus, I want to get a discount on something I love.  I love these products.  All of them.

Which are my favorite?  I love the mandolin.  It is dangerous and I have twice gotten more in my salad than I planned, but that way my own dumb self not using the food holder and showing off.  But, it makes amazing slices for chips, salads, soups, stews, and something I use daily.  Yes, it is pricy, but it is worth every penny.  I would invest in a safety glove for the pieces that are too big for the food holder.  Those are the pieces that got me.  Doh!  But, lesson learned and it is a gadget that never gets put away.  There are four different blades, the V-shaped blade is my fav, followed by the grater.

The manual food processor is my new must have.  It is perfect for baby foods, salsas, and chopping onions without the tears.  Lub it.  I can coarsely chop veggies and my kids can finish the chop to mince.  Cooking is a family event in our home, and now the kids can safely be involved.  And, they want to help when the gadget is this cool!

I don’t think Jeff is as pumped about my new job as I am.  He knows that I am a sucker for anything kitchen related.  He knows that I like to test what I sell.  And, he knows that I can’t be talked out of good kitchen gear.  Have a question about an item?  I can probably answer it based on my 10+ year history using these items.  Want to see and try before buying?  Holla and I’ll come cook for you and do a demo.  I love to cook, love to chat and would love to do your Pampered Chef party.

Daily Prayer:  Dear God, please bless me with clarity of my head.  I pray that you help alleviate my Jan/Feb allergies.

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful I am not in Austin or San Antonio right now where I am sure the cedar is outrageous.

Kardashian Kash:  All organic vitamins.  I’d spare no expense for health food and supplements.

Happiness Project:  So in Feb, I am continuing my no wheat and adding no sugar, except for one cheat day a week.  Today is milk shake Monday and I said no.  I didn’t even have a sip of Eastons, nor did I eat a single Raisinette that the kids ate for dessert.  What does that have to do with happiness?  It will help me lose my last bit of baby weight and get to a new level of health.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Lime- lime cookies filled with a cream cheese and lime curd filling.  MMMMMMM!  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Foodie Friday- High Fructose Corn Syrup


I’ve known for awhile that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is bad for you, despite what the corn industry says, but I didn’t know how to explain it.  It is hard for me to tell my family why they can’t have certain treats anymore, or to convince my husband to read a label to check for HFCS.  Why is it important to chose sugar over HFCS if you are going to consume something with sweetener?  Sugar is sugar, right?  Wrong!

According to Mercola.com, “(fructose and grains) affect the hormone insulin, which is a very potent fat regulator. Fats and proteins affect insulin to a far lesser degree.”  Furthermore, Dr. Mercola says, “research by Dr. Richard Johnson, chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado and author of The Sugar Fix and The Fat Switch, demonstrates that large portions of food and too little exercise are NOT solely responsible for why you are gaining weight. Rather it’s fructose-containing sugars that cause obesity – not by calories, but by turning on your “fat switch,” a powerful biological adaptation that causes cells to accumulate fat in anticipation of scarcity (or hibernation).”

Not only does HFCS affect insulin, but it is largely produced from genetically modified corn.  This corn is created to be “Round Up Ready”, meaning it is genetically built to have pesticide as a part of its DNA.  In other words, no amount of vinegar or fruit and veggie cleanser will rinse away the pesticides on GMO produce.  It is in its DNA.  Gross, not something I want to consume.  Further more, if GMO produce isn’t produced for human consumption, it is produced for animal feed.  Either way, it ends up in our food supply.   The high price of organic grass fed beef doesn’t sound so bad, anymore.

Have you really read your food labels, lately?  It is pretty scary.  Almost all baby food, from yogurt to the little finger foods, to cereal, to fruit bars all contain HFCS.   And, this ingredient is usually one of the top three, meaning it is the biggest ingredient in the product.  Food producers have to list their ingredients most to least.  If HFCS is the first thing listed, it is what the product is mostly made of.

So I can be a big eater if I just watch my gains and sugars?  Yes!  And so can my kids.  In January I did an experiment.  I cut out wheat to see if cutting out the grain would make a difference.  I haven’t had any HFCS in months, except when I had some Blue Bell ice cream, and I haven’t had anything artificially flavored in more than four months.  I didn’t count calories, but I did limit my processed food consumption.  I lost eight pounds doing nothing.  This month, I am going to continue, but add sugar to my list of no-nos.  Once a week I will eat like poo, but six days a week I will eat only whole foods and limit my grains and sugars.  I am excited!  I have so much more energy simply from cutting down on my grains and artificial/processed food consumption.

So what pantry items don’t have HFCS?  My baby loves graham crackers.  But it is hard finding any without going to the super expensive organic food section.  I know I should shop there, exclusively, but my budget only goes so far.  I found that Nabisco Graham Crackers don’t have HFCS or anything artificial.  Please read the labels yourself, because I have missed crucial ingredients, getting distracted by my three year old knocking down displays or the baby having a blow out in the middle of my shopping trip.  And, products’ formulas change.  But, you have to read labels on even “healthy” foods.  For example, so called healthy yogurts for babies are filled with sugars and HFCS.  Yikes!  Is anything safe?  Is there anything you don’t have to slave away and make yourself?  Yes, but you do have to read labels.  And it is a pain when you are a busy mom or dad.

It is totally worth it, though.  Watch your children’s behavior change.  Watch attention spans improve.  It is not a quick fix.  It takes a lot of work preparing foods, reading labels and spending money on a higher quality diet.  The hardest part is getting the whole family on board.  Older children complain when you don’t allow them to have soda, sports drinks or certain juices made with artificial colors, flavors and HFCS.    They will cry when you no longer buy certain chips or let them eat certain fast food.  It isn’t fair.  Husbands buy what they want, like and what’s on sale.  But when you go the whole food route, attitudes get better, grades go up, and dispositions improve.  Seriously.  That is the magic formula, all natural ingredients.  🙂

My Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for second chances.  I pray that you continue to walk with me and help me to keep my eyes on You.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for Easton who thinks he spells his name “EON”.  I am thankful for Baby Q who barks at my wiener dog slippers.  I am thankful for Syd who wishes her family was normal.  I am thankful that one day she will see that normal isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.

Kardashian Kash:  I would try laser body sculpting just ’cause.

Happiness Project Update:  I am working on my stand up routine and pumped to try an open mic night in March.  Despite an over the top set back the last few weeks, I am back and back on track.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  All of our products are all natural, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Thankful Thursday- TGI Don’t Work at Friday’s Anymore


I loved working at Friday’s when I was eighteen years old.  I really learned a lot about myself that year.  I moved out of my parents’ house on a whim, my only major boyfriend left to go into the military, and I was utterly alone yet surrounded by lots of new people.  It was a real test of character, and I didn’t do so hot most of the time.  But, it was an experience that made me who I am today.  I learned how to dress more appealing.  I learned the definition of customer service.  I learned how to take care of myself.  It took a long, long time, but eventually I learned how to be happy with myself and that I am worthy of a happy, healthy relationship that wasn’t long distance.  I learned what I wanted out of life, and not what I was told that I wanted.  I really found myself.

One night at Friday’s I was shift leader.  I worked with more seasoned servers, was the youngest person waiting tables and ready to tackle anything that came my way.  I was unstoppable.  Until that night.  I had tables from hell, someone complained about my service, I continued to get double and triple sat and just couldn’t catch a break.  The manager saw my utter frustration and let me go early, replacing me with not just another shift leader, but two shift leaders.  They made leaving hellatious.  I had to do extra cleaning than normal, had tables that sat and sat and sat and wouldn’t leave, and was bullied by these two much older (probably a whopping 25-30 years old) men.  It was utter hell.  I might as well had sucked it up and just finished my leader shift.

The past two weeks have reminded me of that night, minus the flair and free dinner.  Everything that could go wrong has.  I cried at inappropriate times.  I lost my cool in a situation that I shouldn’t have.  And, it wasn’t just one facet of my life, it has been my home, financial, family, work, you name it.  Fortunately,  my relationships stayed in tact, otherwise I am not sure that I’d be able to write at all.  When I think, “this is it!  It can only go up!”, nope- a new blow.  But, unlike my night at Friday’s, I am not quitting.  The bar closes at 2 AM and I am going to persevere until the last customer walks out the door and the last chair is put up on the table.  I am going to earn my free dinner, and the chance to boss everyone else into doing their side work.  I am going to show life that it takes more than a complaint, triple seating and bullying to get me down.  I may cry and complain to my close friends, but I will keep on keeping on.

It is almost 2AM and I see the end in sight.  We have new opportunities coming our way.  I am the new Environmental Board Chairperson for my daughter’s PTA, I have new amazing friends, Jeff and I each have professional opportunities and he and I become a stronger team every day.  That is my focus.  My children do something hilarious every day.  We can laugh.  We can snuggle.  We can at least enjoy each other every evening.

I watch my tween meltdown and she thinks everything is the end of the world.  Not being eleven anymore is enough to be thankful for!  Man, that is a hard age.  I am thankful that it is almost 2AM and tomorrow is a new day.  Even if something bad happens, it really can only go up and it can also be a whole lot worse.  I have so much for which to be thankful.  I am glad I started my Happiness Project or I would have completely derailed.  It is almost 2AM and tomorrow is my day off where I can sleep all day.  That is how I recovered when I was eighteen.  Now, I get up and have a cup of coffee and watch the news knowing that I am going to have a full day filled with hilarious moments.  Even on our worst day at this house, there is something funny and memorable.  That alone is worth it.

Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for being with me.  Forgive my whining and thank you for opening my eyes to the bigger picture.  You strengthen me through these exercises and for that I am thankful (if not at the moment, I will be soon).  Please stay at the forefront of my mind and guide me down your path and not my path of whining and giving up.  AMEN!

Thanksgiving:  If I didn’t duplicate Pollo Regio’s green sauce, I made some killer green sauce that I may just drink.

Kardashian Kash:  A full family tropical vacation sounds pretty good, right now.

Happiness Project:  I have been wheat free for a full month!  I have been getting up with the alarm for the most part, pretty consistent with full hair and makeup, doing my stuff at night, and staying on the small things.  These past two weeks have been a good excuse to not do it, but although I wasn’t perfect or ideal, I did okay.  That is better than I would have been in the past.  Go me.  I am thankful for the Happiness Project.  I would be in a dark, dark place without it.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Lady bugs!  Red velvet cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting and Twizzler antenna.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Tuesday Pinterest- Cleaning the Microwave and Stove


My family is just now getting used to my new, crazy, hippie-like ways.  I quit using regular shampoo and now use sulfate and parabin free stuff.  No beverage in our home contains high fructose corn syrup.  I have weeded out most of the foods with artificial colors and flavors, and we’ve joined an organic veggie co-op.  The next step was to get more natural with my cleaning supplies.

http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=cleaning+microwave  My favorite is putting water with some vanilla in the microwave and letting it go for five minutes.  Or you can put vinegar water in there, if it is extra tough.  It wipes clean, smells great, and is super easy!  I tried it with the oven, and it worked pretty well, too.  Thank you Pinterest for a real chemical-free cleaning solution!

Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for giving me patience when I don’t have any.  Thank you for calming me down when I am irritated and teaching me self-control over my emotions.  AMEN!

Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for my gas fire place.  No logs, warm living room, and easy start up.  Lub it!  It makes winter not only tolerable, but enjoyable.

Kardashian Kash:  How cool would it be to have the resources and time to foster kids in need and pets!  It would be amazing to have a big enough place, the resources and time to dedicate to expanding our family.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Red Velvet- all natural Southern staple.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Foodie Friday- Coconut Oil


So I’m not a doctor or nutritionist.  That is my disclaimer if I botch up my understanding of the amazing properties of coconut oil.  My family has been using it for awhile for lotion.  I have been reading about its amazing dietary properties and have begun cooking and baking with it.  In everything I’ve read, we should be consuming (after adding a little at a time to your diet) three tablespoons a day.  Holy moly.  How do you consume that much coconut oil?  Why bother?

I have been reading that coconut oil, although a saturated fat, is an amazing super food.    According to the Natural News (www.naturalnews.com) is is one of the four super foods, next to avocados, green tea and I can never remember the fourth.  It will come to me later.  I’ll tweet it.  It is so good for your brain because of the fatty acids, the same in avocados, salmon, and almonds.  Studies have shown a link between coconut oil consumption and better brain function and memory in Alzheimer’s patients.  It helps with memory, energy, and even weight loss.  Who knew that a fat, a saturate fat, would be good for weight loss?  And has been linked in studies to preventing heart disease!  An oil?  A saturated fat?  Dr. Mercola speaks as to why this is helpful.  It makes sense when he discusses it, but I would be useless- here is his link http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/.

50% of the fat in coconut oil is monolaurin.  Monolaurin is a medium-chain fat which has anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties.  This is the same fat in breast milk that boosts babies immune systems.  I highly recommend trying coconut oil before a prescription, if you get sick.  What can it hurt?  It is natural, no chemicals and fairly inexpensive.  Plus, eating it every day will keep your body full of those anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties to help protect you if you do get a bug.  Can you tell I am not a doctor?  I just know this is good stuff.  I have a GALLON of it on my stove.  It is pricy at the store, so I just invested into a gallon so that I wouldn’t think about the expense.

I don’t want to just eat it.  It is good, but I want to incorporate it into my everyday diet.  Dr. Oz has some good smoothie recipes that include a tablespoon of coconut oil.  I saw a recommendation of a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of chia seeds for an energy boost throughout the day.  Replace butter with coconut oil.  Cook with it- it has a high heat tolerance.  If you have to fry- fry with it!  I replaced shortening with it in my baking.  I am trying to cut down my sugar, so I want more healthy recipes than baked goods and frostings.  It does make an excellent base for my whoopie pie filling! I made Christmas popcorn and used coconut oil for my popping my corn.  I am going to use it in all of my cooking.  Oh!  I just saw a post where someone uses it as creamer in their coffee.  What a great idea!  I melts at 76 degrees, so it would be perfect in a hot beverage.

Here is where I am going to go next:  http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/.  Make everyday tropical and healthy with coconut oil.  How do you use it, or how will you first try it?  I want to hear your ideas.

Daily Prayer:  God, please soften our hearts, have us treat others as we’d like to be treated and remind us that others are your children, too.  AMEN!

Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for when babies first wake up and are so happy, funny and full of delight and wonder.  I am also thankful for the quiet at nap time.

Kardashian Kash:  I want to travel and check out foods and food preparations all around the world.

Happiness Update:  I got up at 5:25 every day and never hit snooze.  I exercised Monday through Thursday.  I made my lunches, helped Syd keep up her room, and played with my kids.  I feel orderly and less stressed.

Making whoopie flavor of the day:  Carrot Cake QT cakes.  ‘Nuff said.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Whatever Wednesday- Honey Boo boo


I am married to an actor, and Jeff is a TV purist and a reality hater.  Not me, I love it.  I don’t DVR any reality, but when there is nothing on or I am sick in bed, there is nothing better than a reality TV marathon like a housewife show, Millionaire Matchmaker, or my standby, the Kardashians.  When I’m on vacation, there is nothing better than to watch one of these shows late at night in my hotel.

So my ultimate closet indulgence is Toddlers and Tiaras.  I only watch it if Jeff isn’t around, I’m out of town, and keep it on the down low.  But, I not so secretly love it.  I’ve caught a couple episodes of Honey Boo Boo.  What the hey is that mess?  I can’t even watch it.  I haven’t gotten through one episode.  For some reason, Easton thinks he loves Honey Boo Boo.  I guarantee you that I’ve never watched it in fort of him.  How would my three year old have even heard of her?  It’s nuts!

Just for the record, I’ve never see Jersey Shore or Teen Mom.  I limit my reality to vacation, sick time, maternity leave (reason in itself to have baby #4) and only watch E!, TLC or network TV.  Oh yeah, there is some History, Tru and Discovery in there.  Jeff actually watches those shows.  Gotta love Pawn Stars and Gator Boys.  Friday nights, we watch Wipe Out during dinner time.  The family that dines together, wipes out together.

Okay, I do have a confession, I set up a timer for all things Kardashian.  But, I am sure you have figured that out.  If I had any more time, I’d also record Ice Loves Coco.  And on that note, good night!

Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for reminding me that now is a new moment and a good time to start over when I stumble.  Thank you for picking me up and carrying me when I cannot walk on my own.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful to have finally found a church to join and begin to get involved in.  I was scared to go to church for so long, but am so thankful that I found the perfect home for my family, and it is also where all of my neighbors go.  I am thankful to have a spiritual home and a very awesome community.

Kardashian Kash:  Mavericks season tickets.  Or if I have KK, maybe a suite so I can hang with my uncles and biggest fans, next to Jeffro, of course.

Happiness Project Update:  I have been just doing it as far as getting up.  It is so easy to talk myself into staying in bed, but I have been getting up.  It is a Christmas miracle.  Syd has kept her room clean, and I’ve been going up and checking out her room daily.  I have done three days of P90X, have been wheat free for a week, and even though I really wanted a soda, stuck to water all day.  I am happy that I can work a plan, and will be happy when I see results in my waistline.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Pineapple Up side Down QT Cakes.  I bite of tropical heaven.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Pinterest Tuesdsay- DIY


So I jumped onto Pinterest to get my sources for today, but just lost an hour I will never ever ever get back.  Come see my pins- http://pinterest.com/efenter.  Like I said last week, I was pregnant, had just moved into my new home, and was on a HUGE budget last year.  Wait, let me rephrase, I was on a major budget.  There was nothing huge about it!  As fate would have it, it was the same time I discovered Pinterest.  Last week I discussed my homemade Christmas gifts, and how I had to make every craft I liked and pinned on Pinterest.

Well, I also discovered homemade baby wipes, dish washer soap, laundry detergent, and this shower cleaner concoction.  When I was home with the baby on maternity leave, these were fun activities and a good way to try to save money, control the ingredients in the products I use, and test different recipes.  Now that I am back at work, I don’t have time for this.  The liquid laundry soap took FOREVER to cook and was not forgiving if you screwed up.  The dish soap made the dishes cloudy no matter how much citric acid or vinegar I used in the rinse dispenser.  Baby wipes were okay, but not good for transporting.  I am still unsure of the shower cleaner.

The shower cleaner is one of those wands for dishes that you put soap in the handle and it dispenses on the sponge for scrubbing.  You fill it with Dawn and hydrogen peroxide and do a little scrubbing every time you shower.  This is great for my happiness project- do the little things, but so far I don’t see a huge change.  I really need to take a before and after picture.  The first day I put the scrubber in the shower, Easton used the entire amount of soap on himself.  It took a few days before I managed to refill the soap/peroxide mix.  So far meh.

I am thankful for Pinterest and some of their crafts and recipes, but I am done with DIY for now.  Until next week.

Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for providing.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful Jeff let me try all of my Pinterest experiments.  He does the laundry, but let me make the soap for a (very short) spell.  What a trooper!

Kardashian Kash:  Temporpedic bed.  Fo sho.  The kind with heat and adjustable.

Happiness Project Update:  I am getting so much more done!  I am eating better and have even done P90X for two days in a row!

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  S’more- chocolate whoopies, marshmallow filling and rolled in graham cracker crumbs.  All that’s missing is the camp fire.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Manic Monday- Best of 2012 Casa Mama


So I’m going to spoil next week and just tell you that the worst service I received in 2012 was from ZeroRez carpet cleaning.  HORRIBLE!  I’ll retell that tale next week.  This week is about my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Casa Mama.

I am not sure what I like more about Casa Mama, the food, the proximity to my house or the service.  I met up there for a book club meeting over the summer and had fantastic mojitos.  I went there after church yesterday and had fabulous brisket tacos and the best migas I’ve ever had.  EVER.  And I love migas.

You start off with the best chips and a mild salsa in individual cups.  We went for brunch and the coffee rivals Cafe Brazil’s (have I written about that place?  Maybe later this month, my fav).  After you order, they bring out tiny tostadas, about twice the size of one of their corn chips, with beans and sour cream on it for everyone.  The baby couldn’t get enough!

Jeff and Easton shared pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs.  Easton told us that it was a better breakfast than donuts.  Nothing beats donuts!  Syd and I shared her migas and my brisket tacos.  Baby Q ate all of my beans and the veggies out of my rice.  I am gluten-free right now, so I got corn tortillas instead of flour.  The brisket is so tender and flavorful.  The rice is fluffy and filled with veggies, my favorite Spanish rice recipe.  The migas were so fluffy, filled with tomatoes, corn chip strips, onions, cheese and pico de gallo.  The eggs were so fluffy and not overcooked.  I will get the migas the next time!

I wish I could get some more of that coffee right now.  It was as good as the coffee we had on our Alaskan cruise honeymoon and our family Disney cruise.  I just may call up there and find out what kind of coffee they used!

Some of my other top 2012 restaurants include Hooters, Brios, downtown Plano’s Filmore Pub, Vickery Tavern, Kelly’s East Side and Urban Crust.  If you have a chance, read some of last year’s Manic Mondays.  My Hooters review cracked me up.  Next week I’ll rehash why ZeroRez SUCKS.  And I don’t use that word lightly.

Tomorrow- Tuesday Pinterest Review:  Do the do it yourself detergents work?

Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for my experiences.  As difficult as they were at the time, the lessons are invaluable now.  Thank you for reminding me of this when I am learning something new.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for a new year, resolutions, a new beginning, and a prosperous and exciting 2013.

Kardashian Kash:  Can I buy more time?  The days feel too short sometimes.

Happiness Project Update:  For the first time in eleven and a half years, I went up to Sydney’s room and had nothing to point out for her to pick up.  TWO days in a row!  I can finally see progress.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Red Velvet.  All of the flavor of the Southern delight without any of the artificial ingredients.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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