Saturday, October 26, 2013

My True Value Hardware Twitter Prize Has Arrived! #TrueValueOfDIY


I attended the #TrueValueOfDIY Twitter Party earlier this month. To my delight, I won a True Value Simple Fall Fixes prize pack! (a $50 Gift Card and a Master Mechanic Swift Driver Dual-Drive Ratcheting Screwdriver)

Thank you so much!

Saturday Dinner: Filipino Adobo Pepper Steak With Okra, Carrots, Jasmine Rice

The recipe and ingredients were purchased from Blue Apron.

This recipe was easy and quick to prepare once I finished the prep. The kitchen smells of garlic, ginger and garlic.

And here's the finish dish. It was so delicious. I know that my husband and son are going to love this flavorable dish!

FDA Recommends Stricter Prescribing on Hydrocodones to Schedule II

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, October 24, 2013

FDA recommended stricter controls on hydrocodone medications today. Many people know them by name (Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Anexsia, Lortab, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus, Norco, Zydone). In a move by the FDA that many people hoped would not happen, people with chronic pain have woman with back painbeen dealt a strong blow.

In January 2013, an advisory panel of experts to the Food and Drug Administration FDA Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee articlevoted to toughen the restrictions on painkillers like Vicodin that contain hydrocodone, the most widely prescribed drugs in the country. Significant increase in pain research to discover better and more appropriate treatments would balance the unfair burden this decision makes on people with chronic pain conditions. Congress, NIH, and the FDA cannot turn their backs on 100+ million people with chronic pain conditions. Increased effort to address addiction and abuse of medications containing opioids is needed.

Rescheduling hydrocodones from Schedule III to Schedule II will have sweeping consequences for doctors, pharmacists and patients. Refills without a new prescription would be forbidden, as would faxed prescriptions and those called in by phone. Only written prescriptions from a doctor would be allowed. Distributors would be required to store the drugs in special vaults.

To read the complete notice on the Federal Register, click here.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday's Letters With The Sweet Season Blog ~ October 25, 2013



Friday's Letters

Dear Wendy Williams: I love your After Show on YouTube. I haven't seen it in months but I'm going to catch up this weekend. You just make me laugh girl.

Dear Ladies: Just a reminder, if you haven't had your breast exam, mammogram, please schedule it. It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Dear Delivery People: Thanks for delivering dropping off all of the packages this weekend. It was like Christmas in our house, this week.

Thursdays Thoughts ~ October 24, 2013



“I’m linking up with Jen over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts today”.


What Halloween candy is on your Most-Hated Candy List? Mine~Candy Corn. Never liked it, as a kid. But I think it's great for arts and craft projects!


If you're a fan of The Good Wife than you're probably looking forward to Sunday's episode too. Will is really going to explode. WooHoo!

The weather, in Vegas, is perfect for walking. And as of today, we have a new park, in our neighborhood! Craig Road Regional Park opened to very large crowds. It seems that the kids had a day off because of Nevada Day. So hubby and I would give it a week or two before heading out.

The Black Girl Beauty Subscription Box Has Arrived!



Correction: I mentioned that the box was shipped priority in error. It actually was shipped snail mail, from California. I received it within 2 days. Still very cool!

Have you heard of Black Girl Beauty Subscription Box?

Here's their description from the website: Black Girl Beauty is a subscription based online beauty product sampling service that specializes in finding the products which make women of color look and feel their best

Please check out my video review.

This is my first box but will not be my last! I really love the packaging, service and the samples.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blue Apron Box Has Arrived! October 24, 2013

Blue Apron describes itself as a "new concept in grocery delivery, built around incredible cooking experiences. We offer a once-a-week subscription service where we deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make three meals, in exactly the right proportions. We've designed our service to teach you fun new recipes, save prep time and also reduce unnecessary waste. By letting us shop for you, we can bring you fresher and higher-quality food than you can get on your own in the supermarket, and for better prices."



To subscribe, you create your account, choose the type of plan you want (meat and seafood or vegetarian) and the number of people you want to feed. (2,4,6) You can skip meal deliveries, change servings but you can't pick your 3 recipes. Oh, and they only send you enough ingredients for that the recipe calls for.(no waste)

The cost includes priority shipping. So, for $9.99 per person, per meal, you can have a fun time making a delicious and healthy meal. For this order, we selected 3 meals, 2 people, at $59.94.


Seared Flounder With Yellow & Green Bean Salad Over Millet, Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Kale Caesar Salad & Toasted Hazelnuts, Filipino Adobo Pepper Steak with Okra and Carrots~ Yummy!


Blue Apron always includes these beautiful colorful wipeable recipe cards. When I finished using them, I just file them in a notebook for future use.


The ingredients are always beautifully packaged in an insulated box with ice packs.


Check out these ingredients! I'm really looking forward to cooking the fresh okra and Lacinato kale.

Our son and I did a double take at the root vegetable. We discovered that it's celery root.

As you can see, Blue Apron even sends you the portioned condiments for your recipes!

Have you tried Blue Apron?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Star Nursery Gardening Tour

Hubby and I headed to our local Star Nursey location to buy bird repellent. (darn those pesky pigeons) Since this was our first visit to their store, we decided to take a walk through their gardening section. We were not disappointed!


A Koi Pond~with some turtles caught our eye. Especially my husband. He actually had a pet turtle when he was a kid. I loved seeing the sparkle in his eyes as he pointed out the various turtles.


I really found the pond relaxing and entertaining. If I had a large yard, this would definitely be on the wish list!

Who Says You Have To Go To A Deli To Get A Great Sandwich!

Since we had some leftover coleslaw, from hubby's birthday dinner, I decided that I would make a turkey, swiss and coleslaw on rye sandwich for today's lunch.



My son actually asked me where did I buy the sandwich. It was so good!

Wordless Wednesday ~ October 23, 2013

Ginger Beef Stirfryrecipe and ingredients purchased from Blue Apron.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vons Grocery Store: Yes, They Do Delivery!

As a chronic pain and myofascial syndrome sufferer, I can't tell you how much I dread the simple task of pushing a shopping cart. The simple act of pushing a shopping cart, loaded with groceries, can leave me with additional muscle swelling and pain for days.

Since moving to Las Vegas, 6 years ago, I use Vons grocery delivery service, once a month.

I usually start on a Wednesday when the Buy One, Get One Free and Club Card specials are updated. Our menus are based around what meats, chicken and fish that are on sale. I'll also stock up on the Buy One, Get One Free of our favorite items. I also add the free items that we qualify for, when spending more than $150.

I look over the list a few times between Wednesday and Thursday. On Thursday, I select next day delivery and time. The 4-hour delivery window is my favorite because I can save $6 on the delivery charge.


The final total is charged to our card after the order has been completed and bagged at the distribution location.

The day of delivery the truck arrives between the selected delivery time. The driver brings you're grocery bags in, advises you if there was anything not available (i also chose no substitutions), I sign, and am given a copy. All that's left to do is put away the groceries!

If you want to give Vons Grocery Delivery a try, *Use Promo Code: EASY7 at checkout for free delivery on your first order. Free delivery codes are not valid for Lake Powell houseboat deliveries or in-store pick up. $49 minimum order required for delivery service.

Monday, October 21, 2013

My UnReal Candy Twitter Party Prize Has Arrived!

The FedEX delivery person dropped this box off. And I had no idea what was inside till I saw the return label. I love surprise deliveries.



I won a month's free supply of UnReal Candy! Just in time for Halloween.




Thank you UnReal Candy for the awesome prize!

Big Lots: Curtains Shopping For Our Son's Room

This weekend, my husband and I decided to head to Big Lots for curtains and rod, for our son's bedroom. Armed with the request that the curtain color not be too dark nor too light, we felt confident to make a purchase that everyone would like.


Wow! As you can see, lots of rod choices. I'm glad we're not here for our bedroom.

Some of these choices are easy to cross off the list. It's a guys's room, after all.

After much discussion, hubby and I selected this gray curtain, with grommets. It will work well with his new wall paint color.

My husband picked this rod out. And guess, what? I really love it too. Oh, we also came under budget, $55

And this is the rod that we bought. "You guys did a great job! This is just what I wanted".

Fall Has Arrived So Has Merle...

I've been wanting to give Vivica Fox's Merle a try for awhile. Now that fall is upon us, I decided on purchasing her, in FS1B/350, from Wigs.com.
I actually really like the color and style. It's fun. What do you think?

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 21, 2013

My husband and I have been really enjoying the Blue Apron Boxes thus far. Not only have they introduced us to new ingredients but we've picked up a few cooking tips, courtesy of the enclosed recipes. If you haven't tried Blue Apron yet, we definitely recommend the service. *available in limited states

Oh, before I forget, I'm doing a book giveaway. If you have time, please check out my book review video and giveaway. Thank you.

Menu Plan Monday








grilled adobo chicken, green beans, salad





Meatball Subs

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sometimes, My Heart is So Full Of Love For You, It Hurts.



Here's wishing you a very Happy 51st Birthday Hubby! Love you, Rona

Sunday Social ~ October 20, 2013



Sunday Social

1. What do you value most in life?
That would be my relationship with the Heavenly Father. He's always been at my side, despite me turning my back on him.

2. What do you think is the greatest invention in your life and why?
That would be Trazodone. It's usually prescribed as an anti-depressant but it also helps reduce some of my chronic pain. I also get much needed REM sleep.

3. What do you think is the secret to a good life?
It's being able to forgive and love yourself. With that good things will come to you.

4. What would you most like to be remembered for when you’re gone?
I would love to be remembered as a good wife, mother and person.

5. What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?
Let's see...kicking opioid addiction is way up there on the Top 10 List. It was a difficult process but I DID IT! It's been 2 years now but each day is a success. Thank you for your love and support hubby, son and the Heavenly Father.