Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Just finish!

I read a great article on Runners World today about a woman who ran her first 5k and came in last.  It reminded me a lot of myself!

I am not a natural for long distance running.  I am short (5'2"), I was a sprinter starting at age 9 and the mechanics for sprinting are different then a longer distance. I was also really out of shape when I began my running journey (more about that here).

But the thing that stood out from me in this article was this:
(about finishing last in the authors first 5k)

"It's not a huge, unspeakable embarrassment. In fact, no one cares. Not one of the other runners remembers I was the one who finished last. And all my friends and family remember is I said I'd run a 5K and I did it."

This is so true.  

It doesn't matter your time.  It doesn't matter how pretty you look.  It doesn't matter if you have the greatest form or the coolest running shoes.  What matters is that you do it.  You work hard.  You finish.

I am so proud of myself for being able to finish.  Even if it is dead last.

For the full article, go here!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Healthy Corn Salad!

As some of you know, I have been on a fitness/weight loss journey.  I have been running and also doing the Focus T25 program.  I have lost 30 pounds in the last year and have been feeling the best every!  I am able to keep up with my kids and my mind is so sharp.
I have also been trying to eat more healthy as well. Shaun T (creator of T25) passed on this recipe on his Facebook page and I tried it once and was hooked!  I make it almost every other week!  You can add other ingredients like sundried tomatoes, bacon, chicken or basil!

Here it is!
Grilled Corn and Jalapeño Salad
This recipe gives grilled corn bold flavor by adding zesty jalapeño, cilantro, and feta.
Total Time: 30 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Yield: 4 servings
4 ears of corn, husks removed
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil, divided use
1 medium jalapeño
¼ medium red onion, chopped
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1. Preheat grill to medium.
2. Bring large pot of water to boil; add corn. When water returns to a boil, remove corn.
3. Brush corn with 1 tsp. oil. Place corn and jalapeño on grill, turning frequently, for about 4 minutes, or until corn kernels are lightly browned and jalapeño is browned but not charred. Remove from grill.
4. When corn is cool enough to handle, slice kernels off the cob; place kernels in a medium serving bowl, discard cob.
5. Slice jalapeno in half, discard seeds, and finely chop.
6. Add jalapeno, onion, cheese, cilantro, remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, salt (if desired), and pepper (if desired) to corn; toss gently to blend.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 192 Fat: 7 g Saturated Fat: 2 g Cholesterol: 8 mg Sodium: 183 mg Carbohydrate: 31g Fiber: 4 g Sugar: 6 g Protein: 6 g

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, America!

Made these little ditties today.

How patriotic is that!?

Just some strawberries dipped in white chocolate with some sparkling blue sugar.  No biggie.

I also made a yummy corn salad!!!

I will post the recipe in a couple of days.  Don't have a link to it and it will take some time to type and I need to leave and get my 'Murica on!

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blogging hiatus is OVAH!

I took a break from blogging because I got busy.  No wait.  I am always busy.  Let me rephrase that.

I took a break from blogging because I got writers block.  STOP.  I am not a writer.  How did I have a block?  Let me start over.

I took a break from blogging because I got lazy.  I hate to admit it, but I did.  I enjoy sitting at my computer and jotting down my thoughts and showing off my cooking skillz that maybe someday will pay the bills, but I really wanted to just do mindless internet surfing with my morning time, which is the time I normally blog.  

But, it is summer, Ava is out of school, Stella is a crazed lunatic of a toddler and I need my blogging time to clear my head.  So I am back.

I have a list of things that I want to discuss but will have to save them for different blog posts for now.  I don't want to bore my two readers (Hi Mom!).

Last weekend was Pride Fest here in Seattle.  It started off on Saturday (for me at least) with a concert with my mom.  No, my mom was not performing....it was Cyndi Lauper and Cher! Although, growing up, I always thought my mom was Cher.

Anyways, the show was fantastic.  They both played up the crowd with their energy (well, the dancers energy in Chers case....she is 68, for goodness sakes!).  And both of their voices were incredible!  

Here is the highlight (for me at least) of Cyndi's set.  I can call her Cyndi.  We are besties now.

Brought me to tears.

And Cher did "I got you, Babe" with Sonny!  Yes, my eyes sparkled a bit!

That night, Mom and I had an adventure with the Monorail (it didn't want to take us back, but we demanded!  Well, two people demanded for us and the driver named Jeremy got about $200 from the passengers for being awesome.).

The next morning was the Pride parade.  We were unable to go this year, but we will be making a trip down next year!  

I heard from some friends who were there about protestors who were trying to stop the parade for starting.  And guess who scared them off?  None other then one of  my favorite former Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence members, Mama Tits!  

I got this pic from Joe.My.God (love this blog, BTW!) and here is the video as well!
She even dropped a Bianca Del Rio line..... "Not today, Satan!  Not today!" I <3 Bianca! 

Ok, enough of that!  

Friday, March 7, 2014

Global Keratin Treatment review

I have crazy hair.  Some it it is perfect curl, some of it is wavy, it is all frizzy and it is unmanageable.  I have been using a straightening iron for 13 years now and not to get my hair straight, but to make it stylable.

I used to do the Brazilian Blowout system.  I liked it overall but what I didn't like is that I still had my little baby curls framing my face (could have been the person who applied it) and that it lasted about 8 weeks on me.  Then my hair would frizz.

My wonderful hairstylist, Chi at Rain and Co salon, talked me into doing the Global Keratin Treatment. After a year of thinking about it, I decided it was time. It comes from Israel and in my experience, most of the hair products that come from the middle east are fantastic.  It also claims to last SIX MONTHS!!  So, the price is a little steep ($400) and it took 3 hours to apply, but I figure spending $2.40 a day for six months is doable.  I will just cut back on my Starbucks!

So, here is my before pictures.  As you can see, I have to wear my hair in a ponytail a lot when it is curly.  If I want to wear it curly, I have to shower the night before and put it in braids.  Then the next morning when I take out the breads, I have to manipulate it with product.

*sorry for the bad quality....I was using my old camera phone since I am still waiting for my new replacement!

If I want to straighten it, it takes 45 mins, at least.  Plus, the roots are so puffy and curly, it looks unhealthy.

The process was fine.  It took 3 hours.  Chi wash and conditioned my hair, then applied the straightening product.  Next she blew dry it and straightened it to activate the product.  She used VERY SMALL sections.

Some stylists wash the product out at this point, but Chi swears by leaving it in for 3 days.  That means for me, no ponytails, no clips and no water on my head for 3 days.  Which is fine because I love wearing my hair down when it is straight.

Here is me the next morning...no brush (I forgot to take a pic right after the process, but it was pretty much exactly the same).

I am amazed about how my tiny curls are gone!  I am amazed about how healthy it is now as well!  And my color looks like it has been rejuvenated!

When I wash my hair, Chi says that it will just be like beach waves.  All I have to do after I wash and condition my hair is towel dry it, put some serum in it and GO.  Seriously?  This stay at home mom is so excited for the easy breezy care of his hair!
I will update after my first wash on Sunday!

Washed my hair and O.M.G, it is so soft and smooth!  Here is a picture of my hair after it air dried with NO product....still pretty tame, in my book!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Yummy Roasted Cauliflower

I am a roasted veggie freak.  I roast EVERYTHING!  And cauliflower was on my list this week.

I found this recipe and modified it slightly for my taste, but this turned out pretty good!  Also, if you are weary of cauliflower, try this recipe.  It may change your mind!

First, I cut up the head of cauliflower into smaller florets.  Then I added a couple teaspoons of dried marjoram, whole garlic and olive oil.
 I decided to add precooked bacon.  Because who doesn't like bacon!

And some Montreal steak seasoning.

Put it in a 450 degree oven for 20 mins.

Then added a couple of tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan cheese.

Cooked for another 15 mins.
Here is the finished product!  The hubby loved it and my 18 month old gobbled it up!   The tang of the vinegar was awesome.  I think I am going to add Brussel Spouts next time....so delicious!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Magic urine stain remover!

Ava is completely potty trained during the day and has been for 7 months now.  I don't remember the last time she had an accident!
Nighttime?  Now that is a different story!  She is still wearing pull ups at night.  We have tried not giving her any liquids an hour before bed and having her go to the bathroom right before bed and she still wakes up wet!

The other night, hubby was putting the girls to bed while I was out for dinner with a friend.  He wanted to be proactive daddy and told Ava that she needed to be a big girl and wear her undies to bed.  She said "Ok, Daddy!".  However, Daddy forgot the no liquids rule.  And Daddy also forgot that I had taken the waterproof sheet off and put it in the wash.
He told me this when I got home at 10pm.  So I knew it was going to be a long night.

Ava woke up in the middle of the night, wet and crying.  I changed her clothes, changed the sheet and put a towel under the clean sheet.  i was dreading the mess I would have to clean in the morning.

Of course, her nice mattress had a BIG stain on it.  Living in Seattle, I cannot clean it and leave it outside to try (it rains here, Ya know!) and after much internet searching, I found this solution!

All I needed was Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, some dish soap and a spray bottle!
Here is the stain before:

I sprinkled Baking Soda all over the stain.  I let it sit for about 20 mins then I took a towel and rubbed it in a little.

Then I added my 10oz of Hydrogen Peroxide (that was put in a spray bottle with 3 drops of Dawn dish soap) and sprayed that sucker!  I used everything in the bottle!

Then I waited for it to dry.  I had a fan going on it for about 2 hours and it was dry!

I could already tell a difference!  Then I vacuumed up the baking soda and VOILA! No stain!

You can see I missed a spot, but I redid the spot the next day and it became super clean.  And no urine smell!  I cannot believe this worked.  I have a feeling that when Stella starts potty training, I will need to use this trick often!