Sunday, March 23, 2014

Find The Cutes Playtime

How adorable is this? Find The Cutes is an interactive book for children. They are a family of Cutes (their last name), and each name begins with the letter C. 

Each page contains beautiful hand-drawn characters. With 12 pages of things to search for, children (and adults) could spend hours entertaining themselves. I will admit that I personally could spend hours on this interactive children's book. The suggested ages are 3 and up. 

Currently, there is a kickstarter project ttps:// until April 14. So go check it out. I think this is an awesome book and Lil Man (and I) will enjoy numerous hours looking at it. 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Do You Eat Granola? Ladera Granola Review

As many of you know, I'm branching out with my trying healthier foods and different food choices. I'm trying to move away from processed items such as pretzels and other crackery overly processed snacks. And I came across Ladera Granola. Their slogan is "We're nuts about natural." So I decided to give it a try.

Let me say, that I'm not usually a granola eater. I'm truly not. And I'm not really a fan of oats or well let's be honestly most things that say whole grain. Hey, just being truthful here. But after reading about the company and the fact that their mission is to promote active living and healthy diets, I decided to put my snobbish idea of whole grain oats away and give Ladera Granola a try.

The first thing that I noticed was that it contained pecans and almonds. The second thing that I noticed was the aromatic delicious smell. I took a tentative bite, which was then followed by a handful. I liked it. I liked the texture. I liked the taste. I felt the combination of pecans, almonds, oats, and spices were just the right amount.

I then shared some with Hubby who also shared my opinion that this granola was delicious.

In addition to being delicious, the packaging is also 100% recyclable. And as far as nutrition goes, a quarter cup is 150 calories, only 4 grams of sugar, contains 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. I'm by no means a nutritionist, but in my opinion, for me, this would be a better snack than a less healthy overly processed crackery snack. And I'm finding that granola is very versatile.

Ladera granola will make a great addition to my greek yogurt.

So if you've never given granola a fair chance, I suggest you do. Do keep in mind though that a serving size is a quarter cup. And if you are already a fan of granola, I really recommend giving Ladera Granola a try as it tastes great and is without preservatives or cholesterol.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tantrums, Hair Cuts, Movies and Donuts

It's funny how single words can sum up my life lately. Some days I can define my entire day by only using one word. TANTRUM. Pretty much no other words are needed to describe how the day was if Hubby asks about my day, and all I say is tantrum. Yep, that pretty much means Lil Man was in toddler tantrum mode continuously which may or may not have resulted in me eating large quantities of chocolate and longing for a pint of Ice Cream.

Hair Cut - the fact that Lil Man is old enough to sit in the chair (without crying) to get a hair cut evokes a range of emotions for me. Pride that he was well behaved. Sad that he's no longer a baby. Happy that he's becoming such a unique little person.

Movies - Lil Man has discovered Disney movies and the Polar Express. He calls it the 'train movie'. And he wants to watch it continuously. "Stop the train" he yells during the movie. He is also fascinated with Toy Story 2 (for some reason he likes it better than the 1st one). And I believe he's a Buzz fan over Woody. Although he enjoys watching Woody look for his hat. 

Donuts - My child loves all things sweet. I have NO idea where he gets this from ;) But he loves donuts (the white ones), yep the powdered sugar ones. And since today is Fastnacht day, his school had some in the little cafe in the lobby. And yep, he went straight for the 'white' one. (Fingers crossed he wasn't on a total sugar high for his teachers). 

But simple words can contain a day's worth of memories and emotions especially to this stay-at-home mom to an (almost) 3 year old. 

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Sharpies Are Awesome

I'm not going to lie, I'm an office supplies Sharpie nerd, and wee bit of a pen snob. If it doesn't write smooth, I truthfully won't use it. (Don't tell my husband about the numerous pens that I've tossed simply because I didn't like them).

But Sharpies don't usually disappoint. 

And the Premium pen  is no exception. I love the fine point and the ink flows freely with minimum pressure. 

This pen was small enough to write in the tiniest of margins on my desk calender. But it was also bold enough in color that I could easily see what I had written. I've claimed this pen for 'my use'. I even told Hubby that he will need to get his own because I don't plan to share. 

And it probably won't surprise you that I immediately fell in love with the Neon Permanent Markers. It's no secret that I am a lover of neon. These pens are bright. The color flows easy. And I loved how I could use the different colors to color code my calendar to help keep my family organized. I should also mention that since they are permanent, they are great for organizing boxes for storage. I've been doing a lot of organizing lately, and having bold neon colors labeling the boxes will make it easy when I'm looking for something that I happened to store. 

And who doesn't love a little metallic ink in their life? The Metallic Permanent Markers work great on dark paper. But I also found that they work great on white and other colored paper also. But using them on black paper really makes the metallic ink stand out. 

So yes, among other things, I'm a Sharpie nerd. And if you are like me and picky about your pens, I really suggest giving these a try. They definitely did not disappoint. 

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Power, Love, and Self Control

I'm not going to lie. Early today, I was a mess. I'm a very 'scheduled' person. And I'm currently at a place in my life of real uncertainty about some situations and it's totally stressing me out. I'm trying to 'get a grip'. But when Lil Man didn't nap today, I loaded us up in the car and drove to Sonic.

He fell asleep on the way home. So I found myself sitting in the car, in front of the house, eating a ginormous Oreo blast. Who knew a 'large' was so large. But there I sat, stuffing my face full of sugary gooeyness.

Two hours later, I'm irritated that I did that because I'm in 'training'. Granted, I'm just running a 10 miler, but a race is still a race. And my training runs may be difficult to get through this weekend with my lack of dietary nutrition these last couple of days. I should probably come clean that today my breakfast was pretty much brownie batter donuts.

But, my internet friends, just because today has been a bust especially with nutrition, it doesn't mean that the rest of the day has to be and certainly not tomorrow. I'm not quite ready to verbalize what I have in mind, but I do plan to make some hopefully lasting changes.

See, I need a change - one that I can control right now. And my problem is will power and really motivation. I know that if I wanted it 'bad enough', I would have made the necessary changes (in the past). So, I'm hoping that this lack of control over other situations in my life will motivate me enough to take control over my lack of nutrition and make some life long changes. We'll see. I'll keep you posted.

This week has definitely had it's ups and downs. Here's a little pic to recap some of my week. (These moments would be the happier moments ha). I chose not to document me stuffing my face, or trying to reason with a toddler who was being unreasonable.

But this picture is a reminder that with the downs there have been lots of ups. 

And that God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (self control) 2 Timothy 1:7 

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