Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kale-licious!

Chilling Poolside
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! There's nothing like the lazy days of summer: sleeping in, spending the whole day in & out of the pool, lounging around with your friends, drinking fresh made lemonade and snacking your way through the day while mom sits by sipping on (gulping down) her wine spritzer, right?!

Don't we all wish!!! I don't know about you, but sometimes summer can be more work than school! When they're in camp you gotta pack a lunch, slather them with sunblock & bug spray, pack an extra pair of clothes (just in case), make goggles appear out of thin air and when they return home, it's time to clean their filthy clothes and repeat...it's exhausting!!! And whether they are in camp or not, my kids LIVE in the pool, only coming up for air to let me know they are STARVING, so it's back to the kitchen for me. Between that and keeping up with all the towels they go through I feel like I work at a towel cleaning factory, constantly washing/drying trying to keep up with the supply and demand between my kids and their friends! However, a little side note: I will pass along a little secret I finally learned about this summer to save my sanity and lower my electric bill....when the kids are done with the towels, lay them out in the sun to dry and refold them - that's right, they can use them more than once, I know, it's not rocket science to some, but it was life-changing for me...now it's up to you how many times you dry/fold and repeat :)....

"KALE-licious Summer Salad"
So enough about that, as promised, here's the "recipe" for my "Kale-licious Summer Salad" - I purposely put the word "recipe" in quotes because once you get the basic list of ingredients it's pretty much up to you how much/little you add or don't add depending on your taste and what you have in your fridge. In fact, my friend Wendy made a few modifications to the "recipe" yesterday...removing the main ingredient - Kale (gasp!) - and I must admit, it was DELICIOUS!!! So here goes:
Ingredients List:
- Organic Kale (steam it)
- Chopped Red Peppers (moderate amount)
- Chopped Red Onion (not too much, it can be overbearing)
- Chopped Avocado (must-have ingredient, in my opinion)
- 1 bag of Brown Rice & Quinoa (There are two brands I've found, "Seeds of Change" - $3.99/bag or "Uncle Ben's Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic" which is a lot less and just as good) - these are the :90 second, cook it in your microwave variety!
- Crumbled Feta Cheese (I only add about 2 Tablespoons, it can become too overbearing)
- Chopped Cucumber
DRESSING - The best part & oh, so easy!!!
Equal parts Organic Dijon Mustard (I believe I use Publix brand) & Olive Oil
Whisk these two ingredients together then add lemon juice (fresh or bottled) & Sea Salt to taste
This dressing is quick and easy and DELICIOUS on anything, I actually crave it, it's so good! The key is the whisking, feel free to taste it as you make it and add more or less of whatever you like to make it yours. And that's it. You can serve it warm or cold. It holds for about a day in the fridge, so you can make it ahead of time. I usually leave the dressing on the side, otherwise it can make the salad a little soggy and also guests can add as much or as little as they want. I prefer not to "over-dress" this salad because I really like to taste all the yummy/fresh ingredients! Oh yes, like I mentioned earlier, my friend Wendy recreated it last night using what she had in her fridge, she substituted steamed broccoli for the Kale and left out the avocado, I think we just forgot about avocado because she did have some and we used brown mustard instead of dijon and I must say, it was VERY GOOD! So feel free to make any modifications you like, depending on what you've got on hand or according to your particular tastes. I promise, this salad will be a big hit! And the best part, it's GOOD FOR YOU TOO! My kids eat it up! Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think and definitely share this "recipe" with your friends!
Happy Summer! Here's to keeping it SIMPLE!


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's still not too late....

Bet you thought I forgot I had a blog...ha! Well, I'm back...I just had to share this very simple and very inexpensive last minute Christmas Gift idea that will really WOW! It's a DIY Christmas ornament.
So cute, huh? It's hard to tell from this picture, but they are super sparkly!
Here's what you need: 
- Any shape porcelain ornament from your favorite craft store ($1.29/each, but I got them for 50% off!)
- Some sparkly MODGE PODGE (best invention ever!) 
- Sponge paint brush 
- A cute photo 
- Some scissors 
 - Red/Green Sharpies 

How to:
Simply open your MODGE PODGE, give it a quick stir and use the sponge paint brush to apply a light coat to the entire front side of the ornament. Next, grab your favorite photo, cut it out (I used fancy scissors to give my photo edges a little pizazz), use an extra dab of MODGE PODGE on the back of the picture and press it into the middle of the ornament. Let it dry for about 15 minutes. Next, grab your sharpie and write whatever you want. Be creative, but make sure to include the year (2013...for those of you with mommy brain). Then apply another quick layer of MODGE PODGE and let that dry for 15-20 minutes and voila...you have a super cute ornament to give as a last-minute gift or as a wonderful keepsake for yourself! I plan to make one every year...they really are so quick and easy and a great way to chronicle each Christmas! 

Oh yeah, I'm also doing this craft with my daughter's 1st grade class this Thursday for her Holiday Party...wish me luck! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Do you twitter? Or are you TOO OLD?

Ok, I'm not really saying your old, but that's the excuse a lot of my friends use for not using "Twitter", "Instagram", "Vine" or other social media that is all the rage these days...

I've heard it all:

"I don't know how"
"What's a tweet?"
"I'll never figure it out"
"What's a HASH TAG? (# - yes, I know we call it a pound sign, but these days the kids call it a hash tag)" #kidsthesedays
"What's the point?"
"Tweeting is for TWITS, I don't have time to tweet, plus it's just a passing phase (like the internet)"

What's the point? WHAT'S THE POINT?

Get with the program...your kids are doing it and if you're not then you are missing out...not only missing out on the latest and greatest form of global communication, but likely missing out on what your kids are doing and SEEING behind your back!

Plus, there's a lot of FREE useful information for parents...take for instance a tweet I came across this morning:

...and while you're at it...

FOLLOW ME! Just click on the link with the little blue bird next to my name :) These are a few of my retweets and my own tweets, including pictures and video:

 
It's fun, you're not too old and who knows...you might learn a thing or two along the way and reconnect some of those synapses that got zapped during your first few years of mommyhood :) ((or parenthood, if you're a dad reading this!))
Have a great day!


P.S. If you want to learn more about Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc....GOOGLE IT!

And please leave a comment below and feel free to pass this along to your twitter-less friends :) 



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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Don't Judge ME!

Yes, I've turned into THAT person! I honestly never thought I'd admit it publicly, but before you judge me, consider this...I bet you are THAT person too!

The kind of person (approaching, just turned, barely past 40!) who gets excited (downright GIDDY) about the most mundane things....

Check it out!
Huh? Whatdaya think? Isn't it awesome? Please tell me I'm not alone in my pure bliss here?! 

PUBLIX GOT NEW SHOPPING CARTS! 
BRAND-SPANKING NEW!!! 
**of course, if it was up to me, they COULD make a few MORE IMPROVEMENTS...
Click here to see what I mean

I told you it was mundane...but it MADE MY MORNING! I mean, what's not to love???

* The wheels work
* There's no crud stuck in the crevices (boogers, old food, germs, bird poo)
* They don't make any annoying noises...just shiny and new!
* Did I mention ALL the wheels work and GO IN THE SAME DIRECTION? 

Awww, it's the little things in life!

Here's another view....

  I think I'm in LOVE!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Just when you thought the school lunchroom couldn't get any worse...

I know, I know, it's still summer time, but I'm sure you've been to Target and you've seen all the "BACK TO SCHOOL" stuff piling up on the shelves. Can you believe it? 

It won't be long now until that first school bell rings....ahhhh, music to my ears :)...

But let's not get sidetracked here...

Back to the story...the LUNCHROOM...am I the only one who would rather be locked on a plane with 1000 snakes than step foot in a school LUNCHROOM? UHHHHH....it makes me twitch just thinking about it....

So getting to my point...today, I found something that is going to amp up the lunchroom annoyance level to an all time high...




I mean seriously??!!! Does everything to need to make noise and light up? No wonder so many kids have attention issues these days....(including mine...but mine aren't nearly as bad as you know who's kids :)

Wonder how long it's going to take school officials to "86" this R2D2?

ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR SUMMER...

Big Hugs & Happy Thoughts...
Me :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This is what summer is all about...

Hanging with your best bro at a baseball game stuffing your face with cotton candy....as they boys would say "EPIC!"

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Newtown...never forget!

I don't have a lot of time today...but when do any of us ever have all the time we need. In the few moments I did have to myself this afternoon, I finally got around to reading my People magazine (the one that's been taking up space on my nightstand for weeks, along with a bunch of other things I plan to read/get to - one day!)
Inside was a heart-wrenching article featuring some of the parents who lost children in the Newtown school shooting. How powerful! And what a remarkable reminder of how precious and short life is.
The article ended with a list of websites started by families and friends of the victims...I thought I'd take a moment to pass them along as my little way of paying it forward and keeping their memory alive.


Helping the Families of Newtown (all these children were 1st graders, only 6-7 years old)
daniel barden - facebook.com/whatwoulddanieldo
olivia engel - newtownparkandbark.org
josephine gay - doughflutiejrfoundation.org/donate-joeys-fund.asp
catherine hubbard - theanimalcenter.org/sanctuary
jesse lewis - jesselewischooselove.org
emilie parker - emilieparkerfund.com
noah pozner - noahpozner.org
jessica rekos - teamjessicarekos.org

xoxo


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