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things I’m loving right now.

I love finding and falling in love with amazing products. What’s even better, though, is sharing those amazingproducts with others. Below are 5 of my favorite things right now. As a disclaimer, I was not asked to review these products, nor am I receiving anything in exchange for this post. I just genuinely love these things and wanted to share them with you. Now, on to the 5 things!

Nuts About Granola
This granola is out of this world good! Worth a try if you love granola, for sure. My favorite flavor? It’s a tough decision, but I’d have to go with College Staple. Or maybe the fabulous Warrior Crunch, because honestly, who doesn’t like cherries and chocolate?! (Even better, the purchase of Warrior Crunch helps to raise money for cancer research!) And if you’re in central PA, you don’t have any excuse but to try this granola – they’re at markets in both York and Lancaster and at many shops throughout central PA. So what are you waiting for? Try it now!

CurlyQ Cuties
Seriously, these custom-made monsters are adorable! I’ve done monsters with the numbers 1 through 5 and will give them to my daughter each year on her birthday. I also had the pleasure of giving one to my niece who turned 1 this year, too! Do you have a child who is losing teeth? Check out the Design Your Own Fairy Tooth – they’re adorable!

our local farmer’s market
Okay, so this isn’t technically a thing, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. Do you visit your local farmer’s market in the summer? I do, and I love it! If you can, you really should get out there. Not only can you support local farms and businesses, but you can bring home plenty of nutritious produce, meat, and goodies, too!

Toddy Coffee Maker
Our summer obsession is iced coffee. Instead of making hot coffee and chilling, however, I prefer to use coffee concentrate, made with this cold brew system. It makes the most amazing iced coffee! Even better, it has less acid than traditional coffee, making our tummies happy!

My Fitness Pal
I love, love, love this free tool. My Fitness Pal makes it incredibly easy to keep track of your food and water intake, exercise, measurements, and more! Even better, you can use it online and on your phone. The iPhone app is just as easy to use as the website, too!

What products/services are you loving right now?

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link of the week …

Peanut and I attended our first playdate through a local meetup group on Saturday and had a blast! I’m not sure if these playdates are more for our little ones or the moms – at this early age, I’m really thinking it’s more for us!

We had some fantastic discussions, and at one point were talking about the site being featured as the link of the week: mamabargains.com. The mom telling us about the site said the site features one bargain item until it’s sold out, then they move on to another bargain item. Sweet!

Directly from their “How It Works” page …

Mamabargains.com ~ The word of mom says our deals are so hot, they’re almost free! Every single item, ALWAYS 50-80% off it’s retail value.

Here is the most important part of our website: WE OFFER MORE THAN ONE DEAL A DAY! We just do it one deal at a time. We don’t list items at a certain time of the day, it’s very random, mysterious and completely unplanned what products we will feature and when they will feature. You need to keep checking back throughout the day to find new deals, once one is gone, you will see another new deal immediately after! Most days you will see anywhere between 2-10 deals during the entire 24 hour period of time, so it pays to keep checking back. You snooze, you lose – you don’t want to miss out on something, so be sure to refresh your browser, or follow us on twitter or facebook, you will see updates on these pages whenever a new item pops up, and remember, this will happen more than one time every day!

So, for all you moms out there, check it out if you haven’t been there yet. Have you used mamabargains.com and love it or hate it? Let us know!

link of the week …

Oh, what to do, what to choose. To date, I have 1,625 links in my delicious account. The problem is choosing what’s perfect for you!

This week, I’ll go with some travel links. I’ve been perusing some of them lately as we’re working on planning our next dive trip, so here they are!

  • Baekgaard Jewelry Roll – While I have yet to buy one of these, I keep coming back to it. They’re adorable, and functional at the same time!
  • Gotta love Nalgene water bottles – they’re good for so many travel adventures!
  • One Bag is a great site that helps you figure out what to pack and how to pack it. You know, just in case you need help lightening your load!
  • If you are looking for a unique and durable way to mark your luggage, VisiTags are it! I ordered a set for myself in orange with blue writing and adore them! I then went on to order them for my husband, dad and youngest sister. They’re GREAT!
  • Another must have, the Balanzza is a perfectly portable luggage scale. Hasn’t let me down yet, and I come dangerously close when traveling with dive gear!

Look for more travel links in an upcoming post; I’ve got so many that I’ll keep you entertained for a few weeks with this topic!

link of the week …

Get creative! This week’s links are of a crafty nature – whether it be sewing, photography, cake decorating or quilting, there’s something here for you!

  • Blurb has awesome options for photo books.
  • If you’re not getting your daily laugh from Cake Wrecks, you’re missing out, people! Follow them … now!
  • fabric.com has a great daily deals e-mail. If you’re into sewing or any type of craft involving fabric, this would be a great daily addition to your inbox.
  • Fat Quarter Shop not only has awesome fabric collections, but also a great blog!
  • Font Squirrel has free fonts for commercial use! How often do you find that? Never! Oh yeah!
  • Looking for some cute inspirational jewelry? Check out Life Verse Jewelry!
  • How cool are these Photo Safari outings? Info for Baltimore and DC
  • Sugarcraft – This online store has so many cake decorating supplies that browsing the site might send you into sugar overload!
  • No interest in making a quilt of your own? Then check out Quilts Just 4 Kids – they’ve got some adorable quilts! And if you DO enjoy quilting, check them out for some inspiration!
  • You know Wilton, but have you been to their website? It’s a great resource for recipes and creative cake ideas.
  • Wordles are SO fun! They’re fun to look at, and can also inspire. Try one today!

this week in food …

Aah, the second installment of what we’re eating this week! Let me start by saying that last night’s dinner ROCKED. For now, here’s what else is on the menu for this week:

  • breakfast burritos (eggs, onion, turkey bacon and cheese in whole wheat pitas) with pan-fried potatoes (Yes, again! They’re so good, and so easy!)
  • grilled buffalo chicken with potato packets and green beans
  • grilled halibut (Caught just a few weeks back by my dad on a trip to Alaska! Yum!) – side dishes TBD once I decide how I’ll prepare the fish
  • Fair food! It’s the week for our county fair, so we plan to take Lily one day this week and enjoy some yummy-tasting, artery-clogging treats – fries and funnel cake are on my plate, for sure!

IMG_9804 Now, to last night’s dinner. We had roasted garlic burgers, and they were SO good! After deciding that I wanted my house to smell like roasted garlic (I LOVE the smell!), I roasted one head of garlic (with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper – 400 degrees for 30 minutes) and made it into garlic paste. I then mixed that with 1.5 lbs. of lean ground beef (Hamburgers were already on the menu, and what was I to do with my roasted garlic?) and made 6 patties. My husband and dad grilled the burgers and I topped them with shredded sharp white cheddar cheese and caramelized onions. The burgers were served on rolls brushed with homemade garlic butter. Oh. My. Gosh. They were SO good! (And no, I don’t have pictures! I thought about it after the fact! Duh!)

So, what are YOU eating this week?

“bored” quiz …

Thank you, VH, for posting this on FB and giving me an escape when I most needed it! The break was nice! (P.S. – I still owe you a reply to your message from a few weeks ago … you’re too sweet!)

  1. First thing you wash in the shower? My face … sorry it’s SO un-exciting!
  2. What color is your favorite hoodie? Orange, of course! A nice burnt orange, too … it’s perfect.
  3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Absolutely; she’s the most amazing little person I know!
  4. Do you plan outfits? Used to, and I wish I still had the time, as it made mornings so much easier.
  5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Eh, I’m not having a great day, but it’s all relative. I’ve really got a GREAT life when I compare my circumstances with those of others.
  6. What’s the closest thing to you that’s red? The bandana on my plastic pirate with the wooden peg leg. Yeah!
  7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having. I can’t remember – don’t dream much anymore because I don’t sleep much anymore! ;0)
  8. Did you meet anybody new today? Hmm, don’t think so.
  9. What are you craving right now? Twix. I won’t eat it, though, because that will NOT help my mission of losing 15 lbs. sometime this century. Sigh …
  10. Do you floss daily? The answer to this used to be no, but I can now proudly say I floss at least 5x/week! Yippee!
  11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? Soup! Yum!
  12. Are you emotional? Lately, heck yeah. Happily, though, it’s subsided some. Those first few postpartum weeks were horrible!
  13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? Probably not.
  14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? Both.
  15. Do you like your hair? Yes and no – it needs to be cut again, so it’s on my nerves as of late. I have a fabulous hairdresser, though!
  16. Do you like yourself? Sometimes – is that okay?
  17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? Sure, why not?
  18. What are you listening to right now? Let me look … it’s Unpredictable by Francesca Battistelli. She’s ADORABLE!
  19. Are your parents strict? No, and it doesn’t really matter anymore.
  20. Would you go sky diving? Heck no!
  21. Do you like cottage cheese? Ick. Never have.
  22. Have you ever met a celebrity? Don’t think so, but I’ve got an awful memory, so it’s quite possible.
  23. Do you rent movies often? Nope … no time to watch them.
  24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you’re in? Unfortunately, no. How boring!
  25. How many countries have you visited? Oh, I don’t know. Let me think of where I’ve gone outside the US, although I know that’s not the question: Canada, France, Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman. Am I forgetting anything? Probably.
  26. Have you made a prank phone call? I don’t think so.
  27. Have you ever been on a train? Uh huh.
  28. Brown or white eggs? Egg Beaters, please. If I had to choose one, white eggs.
  29. Do you have a cell phone? Of course, and I hate it! Can’t wait to upgrade in a few weeks, although my upgrade choice is not an option with Verizon Wireless … sigh.
  30. Do you use Chap Stick? All the time … it’s out of control. Ha, just put some on, too!
  31. Do you own a gun? No, thank you. And though my father-in-law doesn’t want to believe it, I have no desire to own one or learn how to shoot one, either. I think it’s silly … but to each his own.
  32. Can you use chop sticks? Kind of, not really.
  33. Who are you going to be with tonight? Technically speaking, Justin and Lily. Literally speaking, Lily. We spent our night inside together getting our day-to-day stuff done while hubby was outside catching the lawn mower on fire and eventually cutting the grass. Yeah, wait for a post on THAT!
  34. Are you too forgiving? Oh heavens yes, straight on up until I have had enough. When you cross that line, that’s absolutely it and there’s no turning back. I’m stubborn.
  35. Ever been in love? Yep, and thankfully I still am.
  36. What is your best/good friend(s) doing tomorrow? Er, working? Most of them, anyway.
  37. Ever have cream puffs? Probably, though not that I remember.
  38. Last time you cried? Twice today – wow! First, this morning … it’s so hard to leave my Peanut on Monday mornings. Then tonight; some nights are just incredibly overwhelming with so much to do and not enough time.
  39. What was the last question you asked? “Do you want fries with that?” Ha, just kidding! It was, “What time?”
  40. Favorite time of the year? Spring, then fall.
  41. Do you have any tattoos? No, and I won’t ever have any. Having my nose pierced (And I did that twice …) is enough for me!
  42. Are you sarcastic? Sometimes, and perhaps not quite enough.
  43. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect? Never even heard of it.
  44. Ever walked into a wall? Probably.
  45. Favorite color? Orange? Black? Green? Depends on the day, really.
  46. Have you ever slapped someone? Probably.
  47. Is your hair curly? No, just wavy.
  48. What was the last CD you bought? An actual CD? Oh, I haven’t done that in forever. My last iTunes download? Radiohead, I think.
  49. Do looks matter? No.
  50. Could you ever forgive a cheater? Nope … remember that crossing the line thing? That goes far beyond the line.
  51. Is your phone bill sky high? Ha, don’t ask about my phone bill right now. I’m paying two companies b/c neither can get it right. Nice …
  52. Do you like your life right now? For the most part, but there are always things I’d like to change. Really, though, I have nothing to complain about.
  53. Do you sleep with the TV on? No, the flickering light drives me c-r-a-z-y. Besides, we don’t have a television in our room.
  54. Can you handle the truth? Yep; rather have that over all else, no matter how hard it is to hear. I’m tough, you know.
  55. Do you have good vision? Oh, how I wish!
  56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people? Oh yeah …
  57. How often do you talk on the phone? Too often for my liking.
  58. The last person you held hands with? The hubby, I think. Unless you count Peanut gripping my finger this morning. That warms my heart!
  59. What are you wearing right now? My pink polka dot PJs. Love them!
  60. What is your favorite animal? Hmm … giraffe? Sting ray? Tropical fish?
  61. Where was your profile picture taken? Peanut’s room … we took it ourselves b/c we’re just that good.
  62. Can you hula hoop? Yikes, I don’t think so. I should try again, though; I hear it’s a great workout (especially w/ a weighted hoop).
  63. Do you have a job? I count my blessings every day, and particularly in this economy – yes, yes I do.
  64. What was the most recent thing you bought? Diet Coke from Subway. They have great ice.
  65. Have you ever crawled through a window? Not that I can recall.

this week in food …

I’m always forgetting what options I have when it comes to dinner ideas. I’ve made some really yummy meals over the years, but when it comes time to remember them again … yeah, right!

In an effort to add more variety to my “catalog” of menu ideas, the plan is to post here what’s planned for the week. Hopefully this will help me remember some of these awesome meals so I can make them again!

Without further ado, here’s this week’s menu …

  • Strawberry salad (walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, strawberries) w/ balsamic grilled chicken
  • Breakfast burritos (eggs, onion, bacon, cheese) with pan-fried potatoes
  • Hawaiian ham steak w/ grilled onions and peppers over brown rice
  • Grilled kielbasa w/ grilled zucchini & potato packets
  • Chicken sandwiches w/ mac and cheese & peas