Friday, April 19, 2013

Today's Lunch: Keeping Things Light and Delicious

After having my initial phone consultation with Leslie Gail, Health,Wellness Coach, on Tuesday, I decided to revamp my lunches.

I usually will have salad, leftovers or a sandwich. I decided to get inspired and made a chicken pasta dish today. We had leftover sauteed skinless boneless chicken thighs, a tomato and cooked Barilla multigrain thin spaghetti. So armed with herbs, cracked pepper and extra virgin olive oil I came up with this dish!



It was flavorful and filling! Yum, yum!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Suicide Prevention Hotline: Seeking Help During Trying Times

3 years ago, this month, I was in a mental institution for attempting suicide. The Heavenly Father came to me, letting me know that he still loved me and never left me. After being home, I commented on a blog post, regarding suicide and faith.



After my suicidal attempt in April and being committed I now know how serious my depression really is.

I also know that the triggers that lead me towards this decision and my lack of faith overwhelmed me.

I now am working hard to regain the trust I once had from our teenage son and my husband.

But most importantly myself. Because I never thought I was capable of making the decision to end my life.

If you or know someone who's displaying signs that they will commit suicide please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Ultimate Blog Party 2013 Prize: Bobby Flay Ramekins

Do you know that I always wanted to own some ramekins since I started cooking? Well, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had won the Bobby Flay Ramekins 4 set, courtesy of Kohls.

They arrived yesterday, in time for my husband to open the box, and request we make individual apple pies over the weekend!

I also want to thank 5 Minutes for Mom for hosting a fabulous Ultimate Blog Party! It was great fun!

Martha Stewart Home Office Small Tote: Wow! This Bag Has Lots of Room!

I received the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Small Tote, available at Staples, as a blog giveaway prize, at Resourceful Mom yesterday! I had no idea of the true size of this bag, until I opened the box.



This bag is stain and water repellent. (no more nasty coffee stains!~love that) Sides of the tote unsnap for more storage. The reinforced handles have a 9inch drop which is nice!





Wow! Now I can carry all of my stuff and still have room to add more! See how my 15 inch lap top and charger fit perfectly in the bottom of the bag.

The Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Tote is also available in large. Both sizes can be purchased at Staples!

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion



Oh my goodness! This has been a terrible tragic week in the US!

The explosion occurred Wednesday at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, north of Waco, Texas. A fireball of nearly 30 meters high has been reported along with a massive power outage!

The US Geological Survey registered the explosion as a 2.1 magnitude quake!"

You can read more details at ABC.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thank You Good Cook! Blog Giveaway Prize

I heard that sound coming from an open window. You know the one. The sound of the UPS truck pulling into the parking lot of course!



I had entered a blog giveaway for GoodCook utensils, a whisk and wooden spoon, a few weeks ago.



Since I wasn't feeling well, the hubby and son 'broke them in'. Marcus also reminded me that now I have my very own "Big Spoon"! ex: Marie Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond!

5 Minutes for Mom Wordless Wednesday: April 17, 2013



ham hock soup courtesy of Sweet Basil

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What's All the Hoopla About Gabrielle Reece's Use of 'Submission'?

Volleyball star Gabrielle Reece and pro surfer Laird Hamilton have been married for 17 years. Recently Reece revealed the secret to their successful relationship is an "old fashioned" marriage.

If you haven't heard, seen or read about Gabrielle Reece, volleyball star, many are upset with Ms. Reece's use of "submission".

Here's a quote from her Today Show segment: “I think the idea of living with a partner is ‘How can I make their life better?'" Reece told "Today's" Natalie Morales. “So if I’m the woman and he’s the man, then yes, that’s the dynamic. I’m willing and I choose to serve my family and my husband because it creates a dynamic where he is then in fact acting more like a man and masculine and treating me the way I want to be treated."

Now for this gal, this isn't a new argument. I remember the big uproar over a book, The Surrendered Wife when it was released in 2001!

Many women and men, felt this book would push back feminists accomplishments back decades! But that didn't stop people from reading it. I remember placing myself on the wait list at the public library. The book was in huge demand.

So I guess I just wanted to say thanks to Gabrielle for sharing her thoughts and suggestions, on what makes her marriage tick. I also discovered that having a 'traditional marriage' works for us. And for all the haters out there...take a deep breath, breathe out and relax!

I Was On HuffPostLive Today: 'When We Were Young'



I was asked to speak on the way relationships change over the years!

I was so nervous...and when I'm nervous I can't shut up! But it was an interesting experience. I'm glad I was able to be a guest on the segment.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 13, 2013

menu Planning Central

Today, I'm catching up on housework and my Coronation Street episodes on Hulu. Between the allergies and my increase pain, I spent most of the time in bed, with ice packs.

Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday!

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Vegetables

Greek Style Chicken Kabobs with Couscous

Chicken Tacos, Charles' Homemade Guac and Chips

Soup with Sandwiches

Pinto and Ham Soup

Explosions at the Boston Marathon



Courtesy of The Boston Globe YouTube page.

Our prayers and thoughts go out the Boston bombing victims, families, friends and city of Boston today. This is truly a terrible time in our country!

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life: Healthy Tips for This Chronic Pain Chick

A couple of years ago, I decided to finally kick my opioid addiction. It was difficult and a long process. But I also knew it needed to be done!

I still had to manage my chronic pain and after online research I decided to approach it with a natural pain plan. And I'm much happier inside and out! Overtime I started doing moderate yoga, walking, water aerobics and light weights a few times a week. I find that with mixing it up I don't get bored. And the endorphins, that are released, are the natural pain relievers!

I also began to dust off my cookbooks and start cooking and baking from scratch. I discovered that I really enjoy cooking and baking. It's relaxing, food taste better and it's a great feeling to control the ingredients. We also saved money by not reducing processed foods, take-out and soda.

The improvements: lost 15 pounds, more endurance and less depression.

And don't forget your fruits and vegetables! A handful of berries, in the morning, are my all-time favorite. This gal can actually feel the swelling reducing in my hands and elbows. I've also found benefits from apples and bananas. As a family, we do our best to keep the snack bowl full of fresh fruit!

Another healthy tip of mine; mediation and experiencing quiet time. Just 10-15 minutes of mediation make all the difference in my day. Stress is big in my life so sometimes I get up early, sit and just listen to the quiet. It leaves me renewed!

In August 2011, I shared a photo of my daily pill intake. Here's what it looked like! pills for pain, muscle spasms, depression, stress



As of April 2013, here's what I'm taking on a daily basis.



I'm so proud of myself that I've been able to accomplish so much in 2 years!

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