Hi Friends! What’s shaking for you today? I ran errands today. Oh boy, did I ever: the regular grocery store, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods (only for Vegenaise), the bank, the post office, and I tanned. Oh, I know, it’s very exciting stuff but the feeling of productivity does rock. Not to mention, it’s hot as hades out. Like 92F-ish and humid. I also got a 3 mile run in pushing Skylar in the jogging stroller (75 pounds of dead weight, give or take) and a 30 minute lifting session in my hot garage. I was a hot, sweaty mess. No pictures, you don’t really want to see the sweat pool I was!
My day yesterday was more mellow and fun. I met up with my friend Jenny for some girl talk. Jenny has a pool and it is so hot here but we didn’t get in. It’s far too much work to manage a 7 week old, a 2.5 year old and a 3.5 year old around a body of water and still get the Girl Talk in. So we sat on the couch, the kids played, and we gabbed. It was fabulous!
Here’s a few pictures of Skylar and I at Jenny‘s house yesterday
After I left Jenny, I went tanning. My camera hated the darkness AND the mirror. Horrible pictures but I tried.
I have no idea if you guys care what I buy but here are a few Favorites:
These Razor Blades. They hurt the wallet, $14.99 plus tax for 4 blades at Target. So like 4 bucks per cartridge but they are great blades and last many, many uses.
I’ve never had a cavity and floss twice a day. I love this floss because my teeth have really tight contact points and this is the only floss that truly glides through my teeth without my teeth shredding the floss or the floss snapping.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion and Olay Toner
Speaking of more natural products, this is the only shower cleaner in the “Natural” family that even remotely works for me.
I tried a new Shampoo and Conditioner. A reader, can’t remember whom, sorry! told me she liked Aussie.
Hate the word Moist. But, the scent reminds me of junior high and getting ready with my girlfriends and them spraying a can of Aussie aerosol hairspray. Big hair was coveted in the 80s, I tell ya and anyone who wanted big hair went with Rave or Aussie products! Verdict on the shampoo and conditioner: Not amazing, not awful. Worth the 2.99 each.
My Splurge Here is my true new BFF.
And I love TJ’s coffee. Such a good value.
And as I said, I went to WF’s solely for Vegenaise. It’s a staple for my these 3 dressing recipes:
What a Hot Topic kind of Post it was!
First, the Buttery Nipple Shot
And the Red Headed Slut was mentioned many times. Lots of you love Sluts. The Red Headed ones. I am not a Jager girl. Katie is though. I never was into Jager. Bless all of you who can hang with Jager Bombs. Not me!
Then the whole topic of feeling Boxed In or Trapped by Labels. Many of you do feel it which is why you try hard not to label yourself.
I asked “ What to do when the label fits 99.9% of the time? Do you deny yourself things the other .1%?” Most of you said, no, you have it, you enjoy it, you go about living your life and I think that’s great!
Even if you don’t agree with my stance, I appreciate you not attacking me personally. As I am a vegan 99.9% of the time. No one should ever be attacked, but it seems that the really strong anti-dairy stance would be better directed at people who frequent Dairy Queen and pound down Blizzards.
You don’t have to convince me of the pitfalls of dairy. See This Post: Dairy FAQ’s, Calcium, Myths, Recipes. That’s not to say though that my 1 ounce of Bailey’s is sending me to Vegan Hell. It’s a balance. Enjoy life, don’t stress. Stress and fanatical thinking will send you to an early grave at worst, and suck the joy right out of life at best.
Which brings me to the next question….I also asked if the mental/emotional aspect of stressing out over a food choice does more damage than the said “unhealthy” choice? Most of you resoundingly said, yes, it does. My thoughts are to stop stressing, loosen the noose around your neck, because many times it’s self-imposed anyway, and just enjoy what you want!
Sometimes the labels we give ourselves are helpful; other times they seem to imprison us, make us restrict or deny that which may be pleasurable. There are many reasons, paths, and avenues that people take given their life path which brings them to make a particular food choice. I encourage everyone to make sure they are making choices they want, that feel good, and to continually re-evaluate your choices because what was a fit at age 15 may not be a fit at age 25 or at age 50. Life is in flux and committing to something forever, without re-visiting your rationale and making sure it’s still a good fit, isn’t usually a good thing.
Finally, I asked if as a blogger you feel pressure to only post certain recipes or only post certain foods because you fear backlash, judgment, cruel comments, or even losing friendships because people don’t agree with your choices if you were to post about certain things? Many of you said that yes, you handily omit some of your “transgressions”, “cheats” (I dislike this word choice), and blog about food/choices that are known to be accepted and popular among other bloggers and readers.
I frankly am bored to tears by oatmeal bowls and nut butters and although it may not be “healthy” to say you drank a Diet Coke and ate some Cheetos out of the vending machine, you know what, that’s life, it happens, it’s real. Let’s start keeping it more real in the ‘sphere!
Green Food Today: Raw Vegan Cucumber Wraps
Lately, I have been enjoying my home gym, sweating like a beast in my garage, and just getting the workout in and done without having to leave the comfort of home. It’s been nice not chasing out to the gym and I’ve gotten incredibly resourceful with a couple Exercise Balls, a yoga mat, and a pair of 12 pound dumbbells. I don’t think my Progress has suffered at all which is great! There will be plenty of time when it’s cold out that I can’t hack it in the garage and I will need to drive to the actual gym.
Tip of the Day: Shoutout for my friend Alisa, of Go Dairy Free. She’s putting together a free recipe ebook and is looking for healthy, easy Back to School recipes from the healthy blogging community. If you think you have something to submit to her, click here.
I submitted my No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars because they don’t require an oven, a Vita-Mix, a dehydrator, all the ingredients can be found at the regular grocery store, and come together in about 10 minutes with a bowl and a spoon. Oh and kids and adults love them. And they’re portable.
1. What are some of your Health, Beauty, Food, or Household Product Favorites?
2. Are you doing anything fun for the weekend? Any plans yet?
I’m working but I do have a few fun things planned for early next week. Can’t wait!
3. Pressure to Have New, “Amazing”, Awesome Content, Daily
Bloggers are people, too. Not every day do I create a culinary masterpiece, make my own laundry soap, or soak and dehydrate nuts for a raw cracker recipe that takes 18 hours to make. No, not all days are “masterpiece days” like that.
Unfortunately, many bloggers don’t post about their “real life” moments and things they do outside of blogging like I post about. Sometimes they just show a bowl of oatmeal or an apple or a granola bar they ate, and call that a blog post. For their blog, that fits, that works. I have a feeling my readers expect more of me and I put pressure on myself to always have awesome posts. The truth is, sometimes my food isn’t awesome, but my life is fun to write about, so that’s what I post about.
But, I have had some safety scares about posting too much about my real life.
Some days I feel obligated to always have “amazing” content. But as I just said, not all days are that way. Some days are just Target, housework, and throw some veggies in a bowl and read ABC books. That’s it. Nothing “amazing” about it; but it’s the stuff that life is made of.
So, I guess it is my hope that my readers can accept that not every day is “amazing” from a blog content perspective. Some days are amazing as a mother and a wife and just as a human being walking through the world and living my life, but that doesn’t always translate wonderfully into blog content.
3. As a blogger, do you feel pressure to come up with content? Do you always have a running commentary in your head that ooohh, that would make for a great blog post? I sure do!
4. As a blog reader, do you notice when a post lacks a stellar recipe or do you ever think, oh that post was lame?
You probably don’t notice and if you read blogs for things other than recipes and food, and you are also reading about the blogger’s life, then it probably doesn’t matter to you, but your thoughts please! And thank you to the dozens of readers who have de-lurked the past week. I think this post about lurkers shook some of your out of the woodwork…hah!
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