Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Retirement Savings

I feel like the start of a new school year is always a good time to rethink all of your plans. Schedules, savings plans, budgets, retirements, you name it I look at it this time of year. I wanted to share this fun Retirement Plan info from the people at Rosland Capital  gold IRA company

As someone that works in education I have always been fortunate to have a 403(b) plan that tex-sheltered, if you need to know more about these types for plans I would suggestion reaching out to a financial advisor to discuss your options. 

*** No compensation was received for this post. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Stitch Fix #3

Here is my most recent fix from Stitch Fix!

First of all I love getting these packages they are so fun. My stylist nailed my style this time, I loved all the pieces, I only kept 2 pieces but that was about fix issues not style so I was super happy after a so-so fix near the holidays. Here are the 2 pieces I kept:

I have been searching for a fun maxi dress and I love the colors on this! This is the Loveappella Carlita Knit Maxi Dress.

Because you can never have enough fun shirts I kept this one too. (Excuse the work pictures!)

I love the colors, how light it is, and the open back on the Loveappella Shelli Split Back Knit Tank. Not my best Stitch Fix box but still some cute pieces!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Side Walk Chalk!

Do you go through a lot of sidewalk chalk like my girls do? I think they use a ton each time they go outside! A while back I had to order some Plaster of Paris to make a hand print for Little B (I had the kit from her sister minus the plaster).

Since the smallest container was still 4 lbs, I need to find a use for this stuff. Then I learned you can make it into chalk! So I ordered a fun mold for the girls (they love stars)  and some tempera paints

This was super easy 1 1/2 cups of Plaster of Paris and 3/4 cup water, then color to desired shape. put them into the molds and let dry 24 hours or so. 

And here you go!

As you can see they are a big hit!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Beets BLU Bluetooth Weight Bathroom Scale Review

The amazing people at Beets BLU have asked me to try one of their products again. This time it was the Beets BLU Bluetooth Weight Bathroom Scale! Not going to lie I have had my eye on this product for a while.

First of all this was the most easy thing in the world to set up. The best part, all the instructions are on the back!

By the time I had the app downloaded to my phone the scale was up and running. I love that the scale has all these features with the app:

  • Wireless Scale measures people's muscle mass, body weight with body fat percentage, water (hydration level). Scale supports kg and lb weight mode
  • Connects to mobile via Bluetooth Smart (4.0), uploads all information to free native mobile application for Android and iOS, with saving history. Recommended weight limit is 150 kg/330 lbs
  • Helps you to analyze the data and choose the most appropriate way to track your weight loss. Our scale is high precision
  • iOS: Uploads all measurements to the Apple Health app (configurable)
  • Our biometric scale is suitable for adult men, women. It's a great device for slim, normal and overweight people

I have been using it most morning (best time to weigh yourself!)

Here is the screen shot of the information it gives you right to your phone! How awesome is this!

I feel this is a better way to track weigh then just the weight itself.

Thanks Beets BLU

*** I was not compensated for this post, but was sent the scale shown to facilitate my review.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Take Your Lunches Up a Notch with a Healthy Asian Twist

It's time to rethink your lunches with the help of San-J, known for their premium gluten-free, Non-GMO Asian inspired cooking sauces.  You can get ready for spring clean eating, without having to sacrifice delicious flavor. 

Try these new gluten-free recipes created by clean-eating expert and author of "Eating Clean: The 21 Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation and Reset Your Body,” Amie Valpone. By using San-J’s line of gluten-free sauces, mix it up  with these salads and wraps for a healthy spring lunch or afternoon snack. From orange turmeric wild rice to sweet and tangy chicken wraps, your spring will be bursting with flavor. The health booster, Turmeric, has also never tasted this good! 

Orange Turmeric Wild Rice Salad

½ cup Wild rice
½ teaspoon Ground turmeric
4 Beets (large)
1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup Snap peas
1 Pineapple (small), peeled and diced
1 tablespoon Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons San-J Orange Sauce
1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
¼ Teaspoon Ground cayenne pepper or chili powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook the wild rice according to the package directions. Add the turmeric to the cooking water and mix well. Poke holes in the beets using a fork. Place the beets on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes then increase the heat to 400 degrees F and roast for another 25 minutes or until beets are tender.
Remove the beets from the oven, and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Peel and dice each beet into ½ inch pieces.  In a large bowl, combine the cooked wild rice, beets, snap peas, pineapple, cilantro, sea salt and pepper. Add the San-J Orange Sauce and cayenne pepper; toss to combine. Garnish with the sesame seeds and serve immediately. 

Another great use for your San-J Orange Sauce is to add a depth of flavor to any sauteed veggies. We have had a lot of veggies thanks to our summer CSA (thank you Johnson's Farm) so I decided to add some San-J Orange Sauce (our favorite) to the red chard I was doing a simple salute with. 

1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 bunch red chard
2 tablespoons San-J Orange Sauce

Heat a medium skillet with oil and add garlic. Once the garlic is fragrant, add your chard and saute for about 10 mins. Finally add the San-J Orange Sauce stir to combine and serve. 

*** No compensation was received for this post, we have been sent San-J products in the past to try.