Archive | May, 2014

My Favorite Things

22 May

I attended a training class this week where we were discussing what products you absolutely loved and were excited to share with the world. A few weeks ago, I attended a Reno Moms Blog party where we each brought a gift bag with our favorite things to share… This got me started thinking that it’d be fun to highlight some of my favorite things on this blog.

So, here is a quick list:

1. SweetLeaf Stevia:  I got turned on to these flavored sweetener drops by a Registered Nurse a few years ago.  They are a great steviaway to kick the habit of artificial sweeteners.  I have so many of these bottles at my office that a co-worker joked that it looks like I’m running an apothecary.  I use these drops in my coffee, tea, carbonated water (soda and root beer flavor), yogurt and oatmeal.  I highly recommend these flavors:  Vanilla, Peppermint, Hazelnut, Coconut, Soda, Root Beer, Grape and Orange.




2. Amazing Grass Green SuperFood and Amazing Meal Mix: I use the Amazing Grass as a daily multi-vitamin, as it is a powder amazing grassyou add to water that is made of organic greens. My favorite flavors are Orange Deamsicle, Chocolate and Pomegranate. I like to start my morning off with a full glass of water with this powder. The Amazing Meal is my protein powder of choice, and is a collection of both greens and vegetable proteins. I make great smoothies in the mornings with the chocolate flavor, mixing it with celery, wheat grass, water and frozen berries. It even has probiotics!



3. My Kindle Paperwhite: I’ve gotten so that I prefer to read on my Kindle than read a regular book. Thiskindle thing is awesome. The user interface is super easy, and I have all my books available at my fingertips. I read on it every night, and since it has a backlight, I can read in the dark as well without straining my eyes. I pick up a lot of free books from Book Bub. I get alerts daily, and download a lot of free children’s books and any adult books that sound interesting. It pushes me out of my normal comfort zone and lets me experience new authors.



4.  Isi Easy Whip:  I bought this so that I can make my own whipped cream, and this thing is da bomb!  I buy a carton of isiwhipping cream from the store, and dump in about a cup of that, add some maple syrup and vanilla  (or even the SweetLeaf Stevia vanilla drops), then use the Nitrous Oxide chargers to add air to it.  We use this on our pancakes every weekend, and it’s also good for a sweet craving.  My kids come running like Pavlov’s Dogs when they hear me squirting a shot of this into my mouth!

More later!

Oh, Ella

21 May

May marks one year since we brought our little Ella Bella Stella Bellin home.  She is a loving dog.  Not really smart, but she is really an angel when it comes to my kids.

Her favorite thing to do is to sit on a child and “talk” to us.  Strange but true.  She does it daily.

She lays around all day and sleeps, and then gets super hyper at about 10pm at night.

In honor of this occasion, I thought I would chronicle the things this dog has destroyed.  It is a statement to our love for her that she has been forgiven (mostly) and remains a part of our family.

1.  My curtains

2.  Shoes from every member of the family

3.  Bike gloves

4.  Sunglasses

5.  The screen door

6.  The china cabinet

7.  Countless dolls and super heroes

8.  Countless pairs of underwear

9.  Drip lines

10.  The fence

11.  The coffee table

12.  The kitchen table

13.  The bathroom rug

14.  Toy lizards

15.  Toy soldiers

16.  Toy trucks (especially the tires)

17.  Couch pillows

18.  Dug holes in the grass

19.  My daughter’s dress

20.  My daughter’s comforter

21.  Blanket on my son’s bed

22.  Two sleep masks

23.  Screen door

24.  Bedroom window screen

Here she is the week we got her:


This is what she looks like now: