Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It is the best of times it is the worst of times...

...to be pregnant.

This is the second baby that I've been pregnant with over winter. The pros, I don't have to worry about over heating and if I get cold, I can just put more on. I don't swell up like a balloon and I don't have to be as conscious of how much water I'm drinking. All in all, winter (especially winter in California) makes for a pretty comfortable pregnancy.

The cons... there is sooooo much sugar over winter. It starts with Halloween. The kids bring home the candy, there's candy on sale, there's candy everywhere you look. Then Thanksgiving, with cranberry sauce, candied yams, and pie... oh the pie. Then there's Christmas and everything leading up to that. Chocolate advent calendars, candy canes being handed out everywhere (though those are not a weakness of mine... yay me :lol:), cookies, cookies, cookies, pies and enough hot chocolate to fill a swimming pool. New Years isn't too hard, but then comes Valentine's Day. I don't even have to start explaining that one to you.

So here I am, two days post V-day and 35 weeks pregnant. I've survived just about every holiday possible and it's a miracle I'm not diabetic at this point. I can't give the candy away fast enough (and I can't eat it fast enough either). The only advice I can give you here is -- don't get pregnant in June. Amazingly enough, I've actually only gained about 20lbs thus far... that's pretty good for me.

Oh, but I'm pretty sure my littlest is as addicted to sugar as I am at this point... dang.

Monday, January 3, 2011

BPAL Imp Giveaway


Recently I've been wanting to find "my" fragrance. I have never really been interested in perfumes and fragrances, especially because, in my limited amount of searching, I haven't found a scent that I find enjoyable let alone one that smells the way I would want to smell. Then I discovered the world of BPAL. If you don't know yet, Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs is aaaaamazing! The company blends their own divinely unique perfumes. The description taken from their website states:

We specialize in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, and horror / Gothic-themed scents. By utilizing our knowledge of homeopathy and aromatherapy, the conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, and the aesthetic artistry of perfumery, we have mastered the art of encapsulating allegorical ideas into singular olfactory experiences. We are the first of our kind, and have over fifteen years of practical experience in the field. Our expertise shows.

Now I'm not really into the "magickal, pagan and mythological blends..." but each scent, taken on it's own, whether made for "magickal" reasons or not, is a treat for the senses.

If you do just a little searching around on their site you will find that there is an overwhelming number of available scents. Even if you know that you prefer a crisp floral scent that has a heavy bottom note, you still haven't really narrowed down your list of options. That's where the amazing invention of Imp Ears comes in. BPAL offers samples of just about all their scents (some of the limited editions don't come in Imp sizes). Along with being able to purchase Imp's Ears from the site, after ordering a full size bottle of fragrance from the BPAL lab they are so gracious to throw in a good number of Imp's for your sampling pleasure. Unfortunately, if you don't know which scent you want in the first place, that second option isn't really an option.

The giveaway is now closed... winners are announced below

Enter the Giveaway. I was so fortunate to come across a large collection of Imp's Ears and I would love to share the love with the rest of the world. Two entrants will win 7 Imp's Ears of my choosing from the collection I have. Some of the Imp's have been sampled from but every one of them will have a good amount in them so you can have a very accurate taste of each scent and a good number of uses out of each bottle.

The contest will run from now through January 10th at noon PST. Remember to leave some sort of contact info if your comments don't link to a blog or e-mail address.

Congratulations to miha.ela and irdaawandiraa! You have both won. An e-mail has been sent to you.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Long time no write!

Well hello there blogosphere. Long time no see. Not that you weren't missed though. I know that this is a cross post but I want every one to know our big news!

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That's right! We're expecting #4. I'm about 28 weeks along now and our littlest man is due March 23rd, 2011. We are finally starting to get really excited now that the Christmas season is over :) He's been the biggest reason why I've been lost in the real world for so long :lol:. Once morning sickness set in it was all over from there. For some odd reason, this pregnancy brought on motion sickness and that was no bueno when it came to working on the 'puter.

There's all sorts of other news going on over here but our little guy deserves his own post :)

Blessings all! You've been missed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ouch.

My thighs feel like jello and I have to make a conscious effort to not walk bowlegged :lol: I went to the gym on Monday and probably pushed myself harder than I should have and then went to my combat class today and now, my legs hurt so much that they can't even stand a gentle massage. I have to remember to just keep stretching... but it hurts [insert baby wine here].

On the plus side, I found out that I'm uber stretchy. I have hyperextened joints and have always had a hard time stretching -- specifically my hamstrings. I would always feel the stretches in the back of my knee and the arch of my foot instead of my muscle. Well, I talked to the combat instructor and she suggested that I stretch way past the "normal" everyone else point in order for it to work in my legs and lo and behold -- it worked! For the first time in my life I can do hamstring stretches and they don't hurt in all the wrong places... yay :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Homemade Peanut Butter

Another experiment that turned out awesome! If you have a food processor you can make peanut butter.

Ingredients:
16 ounces of dry roasted, unsalted peanuts

That's it. Put the peanuts in the processor with the sharp blade and process till it clumps up and turns into smooth peanut butter (about 2-3 min or so).



If you want chunky. Reserve about a cup of peanuts. Process the rest of the nuts till they're smooth. Remove the butter from the processor and dump in the cup of reserved nuts. Pulse a couple of times to break them up a bit. Stir the chunks into the smooth and voila!

Store your peanut butter in an air tight container in the fridge. I'm just re-using my store bought container so it's even labeled "Peanut Butter".

I'm pretty positive this will work with just about all nuts so my next experiments are almond butter and pistachio butter (thank you Gamer)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Homemade Granola

In an attempt to have healthier foods in the house, I have decided that I will try to make cereals for the family instead of buying the sugar packed cereals in the stores. My first attempt was granola. It's very high in fiber and protein and filling. I am very excited with how it turned out.

Simple Granola
4c old fashioned rolled oats
1/4c flax seed meal
1/4-1/3c honey
1/4c sunflower seeds

Preheat the oven to 350F.

in a bowl, mix together the first three ingredients till everything has a bit of honey on it. Add the seeds and blend.

Dump the mixture out onto a baking sheet with raised edges. Spread evenly and put in preheated oven.

Every 5-10 mins stir the granola around so everything bakes evenly. Bake for about 20-25min or until the granola is toasted.

Remove from oven and let cool. Then store in an airtight container. I really can't tell you how long it lasts because it was only around for a couple of days in my house :)

Also, the measurements are really just suggestions, reality you can add whatever you want in whatever quantities you want.

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's too darn hot...

It's too darn hot,
I'd like to sup with my baby tonight....

I'm such a wimp when it comes to weather. The temperature raised to a whopping 85 degrees and I feel like I'm melting. I know, I'm such a baby :lol:.

Well yesterdays heat caused my whole body to swell up like a balloon... yay for bloating and water retention... was that tmi? oh well, too late now. But today I've been trying hard to drink cupful upon cupful of water and the swelling is going down. I'm feeling a little more comfortable so that's nice... yesterday I just felt frumpy and miserable... I hate those days.

Well, ballroom class tonight with the hubs, I love "date night".