Try It Tuesday

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When I was doing the low carb thing, I searched and searched for recipes for things that would taste good and not be just another cheese stick. I had some ricotta cheese leftover from my mini lasagna Try It and wondered if there was something I could use that in. I searched Pinterest and found this:

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A “milkshake” that’s low carb?! Uh, YES PLEASE.

 

Here’s what I used:

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~ 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese

~2-3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

~1 tsp vanilla extract

~2 cups Skim milk (the recipe said you could unsweetened almond milk too, but I already skim milk)

~3-4 tsp Stevia (you could also use Splenda)

~Ice

~Sugar free Cool Whip (to dollop on top)

 

All you do is pour it into a blender and bam! Its done!

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In the original pin’s blog post, the writer said she had enough left for two more milkshakes. Because of this, I halved the recipe…except I used the wrong amount of cocoa. I used twice as much as I should have which made it…not so great.

It was grainy and super bitter. I basically ate the Cool Whip off the top and called it a day. I may try to make this again (and actually get the amounts right) but I consider this Try It a fail. Womp, womp.

 

Have you ever tried this before? Did you have different results?

Mommy Monday

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A few days ago, while perusing Facebook, I came across this picture:
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And immediately I felt convicted. How many times do I find myself sitting at the table eating breakfast with Huff the Babe with my coffee in one hand and my phone in the other? Or lying on the floor scrolling through Pinterest while my daughter plays with her blocks?

I know that I can’t entertain my kid 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I know she needs time to play independently; that’s how creativity blooms and problem-solving skills emerge. But what about those times that she needs to feel engaged? Those times that she craves my attention–and needs it. Is she getting what she needs from me?

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I’ve done a “30-Day Digital Detox” before and it really helped my relationships and general mood. I think it’s time to bring that back. Only this time, it’ll be longer than 30 days. This time, it’ll be a lifestyle change.

I don’t want my kid to feel ignored. I want her to feel heard, loved, nurtured, and supported. I want her to know that she is more important to me than an electronic. I want her to know that I am here for her. Right now, she’s at the age that she’s absorbing EVERYTHING…the good and the bad.

Besides, if I put my phone down long enough, I can prevent episodes like this:

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Do you ever feel like you need to detox from your phone? Join me in putting the phone away! We can do it!

 

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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Today’s HDT cool chick is half my age but has already lived a lifetime!

 

Malala Yousafzai was born in July 1997 in Pakistan. At the time, her family ran a chain of schools in the region. When Malala was around 11 years old, she wrote a blog for the BBC that told all about her life under Taliban rule.

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She spoke of the terrorist group trying to take control of the area and the brutal treatment of women and those who would not comply to the Taliban’s orders. She frequently spoke out in favor of girl’s education and opposed the Taliban.

 

Malala gained more media attention as she participated in interviews and conferences. She was even nominated by Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize.

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On October 9, 2012, Malala got on her school bus to go home when a man also boarded the bus. He asked for Malala by name, pointed his gun at her, and fired three times. One bullet hit Malala on the left side of her forehead. She remained unconscious and in critical condition for days. When she improved, she was sent to England to receive care and rehabilitation.

 

Malala miraculously improved and got right back into her activism. She spoke in front of the United Nations in 2013, she spoke at Harvard University, and met the president, confronting him on his use of drone strikes in Pakistan. In July 2014, she talked at the Girl Summit in London, a conference that advocates rights for girls.

Malala Yousafzai, 16-year-old Pakistani campaigner for the education of women, speaks during a news conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (not pictured), celebrating International Day of the Girl in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

When Malala turned 17, she was co-awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize (the youngest ever) for her resistance against the oppression of children and young people and for fighting for the right for all children to have an education. She shared the prize with a children’s rights activist from India.

 

A movie about her life, He Named Me Malala, is scheduled for release in the United States on October 2, 2015. Watch the trailer below!

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, I decided to go “low carb” for the week. My weight loss had been plateau-ing for a while and I was getting frustrated. Plus, I’ve been doing this get fit summer challenge from Buzzfeed and was starting to see the scale creep up (because lifting weights is a hunger-inducing business, y’all).

 

Anyway, I needed to find some way to still have some treats while I was abstaining from carbs. And praise The Lord, I found this!

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They’re low-carb peanut butter cookies! Here’s what you need:

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~1 cup peanut butter (I used Jif Omega-3)

~1 cup Splenda (you could use Stevia if you like but it’s a little bitter for my taste)

~1 egg

 

That’s it! That’s all you need!

 

Preheat your oven to 350*. Then, toss everything into a bowl and combine.

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Scoop out about a tablespoon onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie scoop and it worked wonders! Then, dip a fork in Splenda and press down the dough rolls.

 

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Pop them in the oven for 12 minutes, and then let them cool.

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Then, devour!

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OMG, y’all, these cookies were DELICIOUS! They really helped me get through those cravings when I really wanted something sweet. And, to be honest, the low-carb thing wasn’t that bad. I mean, there was one day I really wanted some waffle fries from Chick-Fil-A, but for the most part, it went well. I think part of that was because I had a cold and it sort of took my appetite away. But it helped! I lost 3lbs and an inch off my waist! Yay!

Mommy Monday

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I’ve said it before, my job is pretty great. I work from home five days a week which allows me to do conference calls and edits in my pajamas and sans makeup. I can make my own schedule and get stuff done SO MUCH quicker than I could if I was sitting at the office. Not only that, but I get to keep Huff the Babe home with me on my not-so-busy days, so I get the “best of both Mommy Worlds”.

There are times, though, when Huff the Babe stays home with me that I think, “Okay… what now?”

Not as in, “I need more out of my life, I am having an existential crisis” its more of a, “I think the kid is bored.”

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I’ve blogged about how tend to get bored when the wee one is playing independently and I’m caught up on housework/work-work (which hardly ever happens, but still, it happens) but sometimes I can sense she’s bored.

I try to do some “Tot School” stuff everyday. We go over letters, colors, numbers, and shapes; read books; color; and try to play outside before it gets too blazing hot. But that only takes up a few hours out of the day.

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I can’t really think of much to do. I’ve consulted Pinterest but all of the paper mache in the world won’t keep my 21-month old still very long. By the time I say, “Do you want to color?” and get her to the table with her crayons and coloring book she says, “I done!”

We’ve gone to Story Time at the library before and while it was okay, its not my favorite thing to do. She LOVES to watch movies (Disney princesses are her jam) but I don’t want her to watch too much TV. So I’m asking for help, fellow Mommas. What do you do with your little ones? How do you keep them entertained? What are your favorite activities to do together that aren’t expensive/don’t involve me pushing a heavy stroller in 101* heat searching for animals that have hidden in their caves because its too hot?

Fan Girl Friday!

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Y’all summer is just flyyyyyying by! But, thankfully, its been stuffed to the brim of nerdy novelties to keep your summer geektastic!

I’m a big fan of the Hawaiian shirt. This shirt, however, I am HUGE fan of! Check it out!;

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I wish the new Stars Wars was coming out this summer because I would totes get this for Huff the Hubs to wear to the premiere! You can only get it at Think Geek!

 

My mom is an avid crocheter. The woman could crochet anything and I think I’ve found her next project!

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Computer programmer, Kjetil Nordin from Norway spent six years crocheting this Super Mario Brothers 3 World 1 Map! Isn’t it amazing?! Read more of his story here!

 

One important rule of summer–besides eating as many snow cones as you can before the fall comes–is taking care of your skin in the summer sun! And I’ve got a hilariously healthy way to do it!

will ferrell sun tan lotionOh yes, that is THE Will Ferrell on that bottle of sunscreen! Not only is this sunscreen free of harmful stuff and packaged in the most hilarious way possible, but his sunscreen does good for others! The proceeds from each sale help Will Ferrell’s benefit, Cancer for College, a group that provides scholarships for cancer survivors!

 

Well, we’re mid-way through the year…How’s it going with those New Year Resolutions? Workouts got you down? Not to worry, Flex Design Body Suits are here to help! They can give you super hero-like suits without all the work!

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The suit comes in 24 different colors so you can become any superhero you want! They’re a bit pricey–$700 for the cheapest one–but you’ll definitely be the most ripped person at Comic Con!

 

Happy fangirling!

Try It Tuesday: Update

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About four weeks ago, I posted about how I read an article from Cosmo UK about how a woman drank 3 liters of water everyday to see if it had any effect on her skin. Her results were pretty good.

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So good in fact, I decided to try it for myself. Here’s how it went:

Week One:
I’ve hit my goal of water intake ALMOST every single day. The weekend was tough because because we ran errands and looked at houses, so I didn’t want to be running to the loo a lot.
I’ve noticed I feel more focused, but I also have to get up every 15 minutes to pee! My stomach has felt extra bloaty and I’ve read that drinking a lot of water can do that to you. Along with the water challenge, I’ve been weaning off diet sodas. My goal is to stick to no more than 20 ounces of Diet Dr. Pepper (or Diet Coke) a day. I did pretty well for a few days, but then I went to Chick Fil A after a long day and NEEDED that Diet DP!

Week Two:
It’s been so flipping hot that I’ve actually found it a lot easier to drink more water everyday. There were a few days I didn’t drink a diet soda at all…until I got a caffeine headache and downed a Diet Dr. Pepper! The bloat from week one has subsided (thank goodness!) and I haven’t had any joint pain (which I’ve been noticing occurs when I drink a lot of diet soda). I’ve actually started to notice a change in my skin already, but I’m not sure if I’m actually seeing it, or if it’s a “placebo effect” type of thing. We shall see!

Week Three:
So. Much. Water.

Week Four:
Yay! I’m almost done!

So, after doing my little experiment for a month, here’s my results:

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I can see a difference! I can also feel a difference. The day before I started this, I put a mud mask on my face and I could literally hear the mask squishing into my ginormous pores. Now I can tell my pores have definitely minimized! My skin also feels much more soft and just looks generally more healthy. Even Huff the Hubs could tell a difference!

(And, yes, I both of these pictures I am wearing makeup. The before shot was taken at the end of the day [i.e., my makeup wasn’t as fresh] and the after was taken in the middle of the day. I did NOT use a filter on either picture.)

I’m also feeling better too. I feel much more focused and I don’t get as run down in the afternoons as I used to. Yay for proper hydration!

Have you ever tried this? What were your results?