100 Happy Days: 21-32

My sister in her big sister sort of way let me know that I totally slacked off in the 100 Happy Days challenge.  I kind of totally forgot about it.  She had perfect timing though as I’m actively working everyday on being consistent.  So I’m picking up right where I left off which is at day 21.

Day 21: Babygirl’s water weekend in the Hamptons.  She got to work on her swimming skills…and her tan!

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Day 22: Scenery.  How often do we pay attention to the scenery in our everyday routine?  I don’t think I ever realized the beauty in my city’s bridges.  I have traffic to thank for this moment lol.

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Day 23: As I mentioned I’ve been working on being consistent in all aspects of life ESPECIALLY in working out.  Here’s a screenshot from my Nike App that served as confirmation of not only my consistency but that I’m improving.

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Day 24: All I have to say is Green Tea Frappe mmmmmmm!

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Day 25: I have had this Polar workout watch for about 2 years now and no matter how much I work out I  always get the same message at the end of the week “Incomplete Training Week”.  I got so used to seeing it that I truly thought that it was the watch’s way of pushing me harder.  Until this day when I was shocked as sh*t.

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Day 26: Mr. Grumps’ birthday ❤

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Day 27: Love: just me and my Grumps #teamus

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Day 28: I don’t even try to fool myself into looking for signs that I’m losing weight, I just have faith in one day putting on a pair of pants and they fall completely off, until that day I won’t gas myself.  This particular day though I happened to look in the mirror as I was walking by and was kinda taken aback that I could actually see IT.

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Day 29: Cheat Day.  Homemade hamburger with Heinz jalapeño ketchup Mmmmmm!

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Day 30: Yet another new message from my watch

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Day 31: I’m experiencing the only hair struggle this summer.  With all the sweat from working out, the ponytails, the coloring to cover my grays (whites) and the summer heat it’s literally a hot mess.  So I started taking Biotin so my hair can get back to its normal healthy state.  Biotin a girl’s best friend!

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Day 32: Babygirl got her first tattoo.  And she’s obsessed, I hope I didn’t create a tattoo monster (you know, like me lol :-/ )

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Are you taking the 100 Happy Days challenge?  How is it going for?

 

 

No worries…I got this!

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Mama’s In The Kitchen Cooking (Brussels Sprouts w/Bacon)

Like most of you when I saw this recipe I was like eewwww brussels sprouts, gross, but I must say this recipe is really tasty.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Brussels sprouts (in my hood they sell them in little bowls that I call bunches)
White Onions or Shallots
Bacon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Your favorite seasonings

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The Preparation:
1) Cut the roots (ends) of each sprout off
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2) Throw away the top layer of leaves (they should fall off once you cut the root off of the sprouts)
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3) Cut each sprout into halves
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4) Chop up about a quarter of the white onion/shallot
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5) Take about 4/5 strips of bacon and cut into chunks
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Cooking:
1) On low/medium heat cook bacon in skillet until bacon grease coats the skillet (the saltiness of the bacon takes away from the bitterness of the brussels)
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2) Once the bottom of the pan is coated with bacon grease add brussels sprouts
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3) Stir the sprouts around in the pan so that the bacon grease is evenly distributed amongst the sprouts
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4) Add white onions/shallots and stir into bacon/brussels
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5) Add about a tablespoon of Olive Oil and stir thoroughly
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6) Put lid on pan and let cook on low/medium heat for 15 minutes to tenderize the brussels, stirring occasionally
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7) After about 15 minutes the sprouts should be tender enough to stick your fork through without being over cooked.
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8) Take the lid off of the pan and let cook another 3-5 minutes until golden
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9) Season to your liking with your favorite seasonings and enjoy!
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Bon Apetite!

No Worries…I got this!

The Digits: Nail Polish Origins Unknown

I expressed in one of my previous posts OPI: You Are So Outta Lime that a lot of Essie’s and OPI’s summer neon colors need at least 3 coats to look like something and since then my frustration has grown.  I gave up the fun, bright in the bottle neon and moved on to the pale almost white looking colors.  I’ve always loved white nail polish but with my complexion it gets tricky and can sometimes look like I painted my nails with White Out (do people still use white out?).

This is my second time going to the salon in my neighborhood aka the hood salon and using this color.  I liked it so much that I’ve been searching for it in Target, Walgreen, Duane Reade and beauty supply stores to buy it (you know I really love a polish when I purchase it) and I kept lucking out.  Last week I went back to the salon and used the same color again,  I even told the technician how much I loved the color and how I was having a really hard time finding it.  She said I may be having such a hard time because it’s an older color and the stores usually sell the most recent collections.  Viable explanation right?  Wrong.   As I’m sitting here on the Essie website looking for an image of the color I thought was “Nice is Nice” I see that the actual Nice is Nice looks nothing like what is on my nails.  Nice is Nice is lilac and this color is a pale, faint green.  My trust has been breached.  I’ve been bamboozled, run amok, led astray.  I wish I could quit this salon but they do really good pedicures.  I feel so vulnerable at this moment.  I don’t know what’s worse that they have a custom color in an Essie bottle or that the technician gave me a straight-faced lie that was so believable.

I digress.  Anywho, let’s not deviate from the topic at hand.  I will not let the deceitfulness of the salon take away the fact that it’s a really cute color on me and that I love it so.

What do you think?

(excuse the chip. hashtag human dish washer problems)

nice is nice

 

 

 

 

 

Quotables

life is good

 

Life isn’t always easy breezy sometimes you feel like you won’t make it through whatever struggle you’re going through but if you find yourself one day looking back and saying to yourself I don’t know how I made it through but I did, guess what…life is good.

Enjoy life friends!

 

 

 

 

 

Back on Track

In one of my last non jam of the week posts Mommy Checklist I mentioned my overwhelming feeling of being pressed for time.  You name it I’m late for it or don’t have time for it.

After a lifetime of being a serial self beater upper it hit me like a mack truck that beating myself up about things doesn’t make it go away, it’s still there and now it hurts.  So I’ve been making a conscious effort to make time Point. Blank. Period.  I’m still experiencing my fair share of epic fails yet feeling a little less stressed and seeing a little difference in my life/running around like a chicken with my head cut off, balance.  Something tells me it takes close to a lifetime to master this thingee they call time management.   Among exercise, mandatory playtime with babygirl and getting my brows waxed, I’m making blogging a non negotiable.

So cheers to me being back on track.

That was my long-winded way of apologizing and thanking you for sticking with me during this rut!  You guys are the best.

No worries…I got this!