Here are some of my favorite pins this week. I pin alot. I don’t actually do any of them, but I wish I could. Does that count? Well, maybe with the little one down for the count, I’ll be spending more time hanging around the house. I really don’t want to be lugging her little butt around with me. So maybe I’ll actually do some of these things. We’ll see. Enjoy!
Life has been a bit of a whirlwind since last Wednesday. That evening, I made an early dinner for the kids and got Nina ready for bed early, so I could have a quiet dinner with the husband.
No sooner had I put dinner on the table, there was a loud thud and a blood-curdling scream from upstairs. I ran up the stairs two at a time and found Nina lying in her bed cradling her leg, crying hysterically.
“What happened?!” I asked.
“I wasn’t doing anything!” Yeah right. She was obviously doing the thing she has been told more than once not to do. The thing that she has been explicitly warned of what can happen if she does this. The thing that makes me cringe just thinking about it.
Once I knew she did “the thing” I knew it had to be broken. There was no doubt.
So, off we went to the emergency room for x-rays and, sure enough, it was broken. She was splinted and sent home so we could follow-up with the orthopedic doctor in the morning for the cast.
Oh and what a cast it is! It goes from her toes to her thigh. But at least it’s hot pink and “Fashionable!”. She’s all about the fashion people. I tried to get her to go for green so we could decorate it like a Christmas tree, but she wasn’t having it. There goes my holiday card photo op!
When the doctor asked how she did it, she stuck to her story, “I was just resting in bed and my bones broke”. He turned his head to look at me, trying his best not to laugh. Then I told him the story and even he cringed a little bit.
Are you ready to hear it? It’s pretty gross. If not, stop reading. Here goes…
She put one foot on top of the headboard of her bed and the other on the mattress so she could hop. She hopped a bit too high causing her foot to slide over the top of the headboard and get stuck between the wall and the headboard. Then she fell and snapped her shin about an inch below her knee. Cringing yet? I throw up a little just thinking about it.
She is doing well. Learning to adapt to life in a wheelchair. Crutches are very tricky as the cast is like half her body weight. Needless to say,we are doing a lot of tv watching and crafts.
Good thing I have NONE of my Christmas shopping done! Oy…
If you have any thoughts on keeping an active 7-year-old from getting bored to death (and keeping her mother’s sanity) I’d love to hear them!
You’ve all taken a walk through that weird funhouse at the amusement park, I’m sure. Why they call them a funhouse is beyond me. They should be called house of germs and claustrophobia, but I digress.
There are those crazy warped mirrors throughout that make you look weird and distorted. You can’t help yourself but to stand and pose in front of them laughing, knowing the image in the mirror is not how you truly look.
For me, and many out there, every mirror is a funhouse mirror. Sadly, it goes beyond what I see on the outside. It is a distorted impression of how I perceive myself as a person.
As a mother.
I read an article in Self magazine the other day, What I Gave Up Because I felt Fat that really hit home. I can’t even count the times I’ve bailed out of events because of how I felt I looked or how I feel I look compared to those around me. Have you ever heard the saying “If you want to feel thin, surround yourself with fat people”? Well, I always feel like the fat one being referred to.
I say hurtful things to myself that I would never say to another human being. Compliments are typically responded to with a cynical smirk or negative retort instead of a polite “thank you”. I can barely recall a time that I am pleased with not only my appearance, but also with my performance or craft, or really anything.
It is said that we see ourselves magnified by 10. That blemish in the mirror that is keeping you a shut in is most likely unnoticeable to anyone else. The extra couple of pounds you put on during the holidays may be tugging on your buttons, but probably have no one taking a second glance.
It is all how we perceive and accept ourselves. Those demons in our head that tell us awful lies, can sometimes feel too strong to battle. That beautiful, thin, stylish woman you envy at work may very well be battling those very same demons. Although an outsider can’t understand why. Their perception of themselves is very real.
I lost a very special friend last year to suicide. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, living a seemingly perfect life with a husband who adored her and a beautiful new baby girl. Losing her was a shock, to say the least. I think of her every day and still ask the same question…Why?
I find myself missing her more than every lately as her anniversary looms around the corner. I often think of her internal struggles and how much she must have been hurting and how desperate she must have felt, yet couldn’t express. If I can learn anything from her, it is to step away from that funhouse mirror or at least ignore the lies it tells and be truly appreciative and content, dare I say pleased, with the reflection…
The strong woman
The loving mother.
The attentive wife.
The hard-working employee.
The talented cook.
The creative artist.
The inspirational writer.
The trustworthy friend.
Have a beautiful day.
Please watch this
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
― August Wilson
I got an email from Starbucks this morning welcoming back their seasonal favorites. My personal favorite is the Cranberry Bliss Bar drool. And the Frosted Snomwman nom nom. Oh, and the Christmas Blend coffee aaaahhhh.
So, I thought today would be a great day to repost my homemade version for y’all to try at home. It has nothing to do with the fact that I am preparing for Nina’s birthday party and making Christmas gifts and addressing a never-ending laundry issue. Really. Nothing to do with that at all.
In the midst of all the craziness, I hope you give this recipe a try or at least swing by Starbucks for some holiday inspiration.
Note: Starbucks did not pay me to say nice things. I just love them with all my
A few weeks ago I ate lunch at Panera Bread, my favorite “fast food” joint. I am totally beyond thrilled that they are building one right down the street from work, although the husband is afraid they will start to garnish my wages with it being so close. Christmas is coming *hint, hint.
I ordered their new Roasted Turkey Harvest Wheatberry Salad and LOVED IT! It contains fresh greens, romaine lettuce, roasted turkey, wheatberries and pistachios, gorgonzola with maple-balsamic vinaigrette.
Now, first I have to say that I am NOT a fan of gorgonzola, similar to bleu cheese (which is only edible for me as a dip for a buffalo wing). I also do not care for maple in my dressing. Maple syrup on a pancake or french toast, I am totally fine with, though. Weird I know. So of course I asked for a plain balsamic vinaigrette and no gorgonzola (bluck).
I decided to make a similar salad at home for lunch this week. I cooked up some wheatberries. If you haven’t had them they are pretty flavorless, but very good for you, as they are rich in vitamins B1 and B3, and the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and selenium and are high in fiber and low on the Glycemic Index. I have been adding them to pretty much everything lately. They have a little crunch to them and add some different texture to your salads.
I made a few alterations, but it was as good, if not better than the PB version.
I used fresh greens, no romaine, Boar’s Head Oven Roasted Lower Sodium Turkey (sliced thick) and I didn’t feel like making my own balsamic vinaigrette (I know it’s simple and quick, don’t judge me), so I used my favorite bottled dressing, Simply Dressed Balsamic (you can find this in the refrigerated section of the produce department), omitted the pistachios (simply because I didn’t have any) and I tossed in a handful of dried cranberries and some sliced avocado.
I am in love! The sweetness of the dressing and the cranberries take this salad over the top! The avocado make it creamy and the crunch of the wheatberries give it great texture. If you are looking for something different for lunch, give this a try. You’ll love it! And if you like the taste of feet, feel free to add the gorgonzola.
4 c. fresh mixed salad greens
4 oz. Turkey breast (fresh or deli, I always use Boar’s Head thickly sliced)
2 Tbls. cooked wheatberries
1/4 c. dried cranberries or dried cherries
1/2 Haas avocado, chopped or sliced
2 Tbls. Simply Dressed Balsamic salad dressing (or you can make your own version, will post one soon)
Throw it all together and enjoy!
As I have shared before, I love breakfast. If I don’t eat a healthy breakfast, I get all out of whack. Of course, time is of the essence in the morning, so I am always looking for something to whip together quickly.
I saw these in a Rachel Ray magazine and thought they’d be a perfect addition to my breakfast repertoire. Super quick, easy, healthy and flavorful.
Bell pepper (any color)
nonstick cooking spray
salt & pepper
1.Slice bell peppers horizontally into thick rings, removing any seeds.
2.Spray pan and heat over medium-low.
3.Add the pepper slices. Once the skillet is hot, crack an egg into each. Cover and cook until the egg whites are set, about 5 to 8 minutes, then sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper ( I served with a couple of slices of uncured turkey bacon)