Monday, July 22, 2013

A Tasty Protein Pancake

Thank you JNL

for your fantastic Protein Pancake with Peanut Butter...cause seriously..isn't everything better with peanut butter??
I found the recipe in an older issue of Oxygen. -I keep all my old issues of Oxygen because I adore the if all doesn't go well, they'll be out of print soon..if not now.   I easily skipped over the recipe because it was placed in the ad for her JNL Fusion workout and I don't really read the ads. Thank God I found it.  Many of the protein pancakes recipes I've made have tasted a little rubbery.  Not Cool! These however actually taste a lot like real pancakes with a hint of PB.

Here's the recipe:
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cups cottage cheese
3 egg whites
1/2 tbls creamy peanut butter
blend blend blend and cook on a greased griddle.

Personally I like to add cinnamon and a little vanilla extract to mine along with a little extra peanut butter...obviously.  I also use chunky pb instead of creamy because I enjoy the surprise crunch of the nuts.
SO good! And packing 27 grams of protein and only 296 calorie per serving...can't beat it.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Boobie Tea

yep...that's what I said.  Normally they're called teas to help promote healthy lactation, and I've been drinking a lot of them lately.  Are they really doing anything for me..I honestly can't tell but I can give you my opinion of which ones taste the best.

I started on this journey with a tea Patrick's mom gave me.  Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Milkmaid Tea

Pat's mom and I are on the same page when it comes to what we put in and on our body, -she also gave me nipple butter by this same company that is AWESOME!- so I was eager to try this. Being this was my introduction to lactation teas I was a little caught off guard by the taste.  Not bad but definitely different. 

Next up was Yogi's Woman's Nursing Support.

This one tastes pretty similar to EMAB but a lot more bland surprisingly.  I expected a little more from a Yogi tea.

And lastly is the tea I've decided to stick with..originally because I couldn't find EMAB at any of the stores I shop at is 

 Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother's Milk.  Okay..these teas all pretty much have the same ingredients so obviously they all taste similar.  This one however has the strongest taste of licorice which I love and provides a stronger brew. I even dig the smell of the tea bag after its all dried out.  .... is that TMI??   Again..this is only my opinion.  Should you go by my opinion? Well only if you too are a fan of licorice. 

So this is my go to for "healthy" lactation not necessarily an increase in it.
Honestly the only thing that seems to increase my milk supply is a nice 6 oz glass of Allagash Curieux.  Don't know what that is...Bing it up. You'll never look back I promise!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Honestly Good

Thank you Honest Tea

for being the best tasting bottled tea on the market.  I appreciate all of your organic ingredients, and your lack of high fructose corn syrup.  You are the best. MUAH!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Don't Bother

If you see this tea kettle at Walmart....

run in the other direction.  This is the Copco 2.3 Qt Stainless Steel kettle.... and it sucks.  To be truthful I was looking for a cheap tea kettle from the thrift store questioning the quality of the mugs I was using to heat up water in the microwave.  I first came across this kettle there, and not realizing what I was purchasing thought it would go great with the color scheme of my kitchen.  Well when it came time to get a new one I went to Walmart and low and behold...the same exact one.  It was the cheapest mind you so I wondered a little right there but decided to go with it anyway.  BIG mistake.  About two weeks into using it the metal pieces on the nozzle part that lifts providing the boil whistle fell off into my tea! This continues to happen to this day.  Also the part of the handle that's used to open the spout gets stuck once in a while and can be a little tough to get to closed.  You can't let it boil too long because it can damage the pot -the spout will melt a little- but if the cap isn't on securely it doesn't whistle anyway which doesn't help when your in another room. Plus I stopped hearing the whistle once those pieces fell off. It only "whispers" now.  Invest in quality people.  This will now only be a backup kettle.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

To Mint or not to Mint.

            There's ShoeMint, there's HomeMint, there's even IntiMint all brought to us by BeachMint. The "Next Generation Social Commerce Company".  I'll admit.. I was a fan originally.  I loved and raved about JewelMint when it first arrived on the scene. (Remember my "Bling Bling" post a couple years ago...  .)
Currently however,  I gotta rant about them.   I've actually been ranting about them to myself for about a year now planning to cancel my membership but never really getting around to it.  Seriously tho, why do you have to call to cancel your JewelMint membership but not for any of the others???

           First of all, I hardly EVER like anything they add to my showroom anymore.  I almost feel like I should take the "style" quiz again and pray for better results.  Some of the other pieces available on the site are quite nice like these Open Arrow Rings.

Then again one of the comments left by a customer states that the rings look cheap.  And I can agree with her there being my very first purchase from JM back in 2011 was this In The Rough ring,  

 which has faded on the band after only a few wears. But what can you really expect from jewelry for only $29.00

I did recently purchase their Lady Luxe Cuff in black and I do love it, 

however my main reason for buying it was because I wasn't able to "Skip the Month" in time before they charged me.  In the beginning you had until the 7th of each to officially skip it.  Now you only have until the 5th and let me tell you... when you're already running around worried about other things you forget to "skip" you're month.  It really sucks.  They got me about 3 times with this so far, and I couldn't even use my credit to buy this cuff because I it was on sale, which I didn't know either and wondered why my account said I still had 1 credit until I saw my Amex bill.  Did I mention you can't use your credits to purchase any Collective pieces either... Even if they're priced UNDER the $29.00 credit you receive???  Yea... I don't get that..

All in all they have a decent product especially if you're buying from their Collective brand.  It's the service that's a little irritating to me.  Very "Do this, but don't do that"...a lil bit of a pain in the ass if you ask me.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Lil' Bit-O-Leather

Huh....hhhhhmmmm   ...  Do we like these?

For $596.00 I guess you better be pretty damn sure you do.
Alice + Olivia Leather Zip Crop Leggings at  ...something about leather CROP leggings.  I mean..they are quite nice..yes..  but how do you wear them without looking like you belong in The Pink Ladies, or sitting on the couch next to Peg Bundy?? ....Ah..nothing a lil sexy Betty Jackson Studded Ankle Boot can't fix!

...aaahhh  understood.