February 17, 2017

Book Blog Tour" STU STORIES


Welcome to the next stop in the Stu Stories Book Blog Tour

DESCRIPTION: Stu Sanderson is no ordinary eighth-grader. Not only is he seven feet tall, but he also vanishes into thin air, duels knights and ninjas, lifts the downtrodden, and woos the best-calved girl in school. Become a middle-grade legend with Stu and his sidekick, Bird Bones, on the journey of a lifetime in “Stu Stories.”

Our Thoughts:  Middle school can be tough but it's those friends we make in middle school that often become lifelong friends.  Stu Stories is a funny story of a kid's take on his best friend and their hilarious adventures. This unlikely duo, a short kid and his towering tall friend, were hilarious and the author uses words to create vivid images of this pair and their middle school escapades. 

As much as we loved the book, it was a tad long.  My sons love chapter books but as one so eloquently (Mom snark) pointed out "Mom, this book needs more illustrations".  I kinda' agree with him. Even though it was divided into chapters and the author did a wonderful job sharing the tale of this dynamic duo, more illustrations would've been nice.  We are hoping for a sequel.  *hint hint*

Many thanks to Los Tres Amigos and their book club friends for their assistance in reviewing Stu Stories and many thanks to Author Patrick "Bird Bones" Hueller and Cedar Fort for the opportunity to share this fab read.

★★★★ a fab read for middle schoolers that would make a wonderful gift and a great addition to your kid's school library.

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February 14, 2017

My Nutrisystem Journey Week 3 and an Easy Salad Dressing Idea #ad

Disclosure:  I am a Proud #NSNation Blogger and I received Nutrisystem 
in exchange  for this review.  The opinions expressed above are 100% mine.
Last week, I celebrated my birthday! *tosses confetti* We have a tradition in my family of getting together and going out to eat to celebrate birthdays.  This year, Hubby treated me to dinner for two at home and a moonlight walk and my mom and I attended a fashion show.

Isn't it funny how food plays such an important role in those celebratory life moments.  I mean, it's your birthday?  Let's go out to eat.  New job?  Let's go out to eat.  Date night?  Let's go out to eat.  Food.  Food.  Food.

Hubby prepared a delicious birthday dinner for two: salad and chicken enchiladas.  He made a salad full of all the veggies I love:  squash, dark green leaf lettuce, red onions, cucumbers, and green peppers.
Our salads are becoming less about the lettuce and more about seeing how many veggies we can cram into a salad bowl.  At first the thought of 4 servings of veggies in a day seemed out of reach but I am discovering fab ways to meet my daily veggies and stay on track. 
As for the entrees.  He made our typical chicken enchiladas which we make using rotisserie chicken, stewed tomatoes, sour cream, tons of cheddar cheese and flour tortillas.  He prepared the Nutrisystem Chicken Enchiladas entree and also had chicken, tomatoes, corn tortilla and a cheddar cheese BUT mine also came with a delicious herb sour cream sauce and Spanish rice.
 
Both plates were tastefully presented.  He topped my rice with a sprinkling of red onion and used some of the Apple Cider Vinaigrette I made using my Nutrisystem Extras vinegar, honey and olive oil and Nutrisystem Freebies like garlic, mustard and lemon juice.
I love the Nutrisystem Extras and Free Foods.  The extras include that fat free coffee creamer I enjoy in my daily cup o' joe, that pickle I just crave every single day at lunchtime.  There's a list of Extras and Free Foods in my Nutrisystem Daily Tracker and Grocery Guide and I can always visit The Leaf for more tips, recipes and inspiration to keep me on track.
 The free foods have sure made my first week Flex Week more enjoyable.  Unlike that first week on the program with the Turbo Takeoff, this week has been a week full of discovery.  I'm discovering ways to enjoy the foods I love on my Flex meals while still losing weight. It's a slow process but as the wise philosopher Confucius once said "It doesn't matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."  
As promised here's my Easy Apple Cider Vinaigrette Recipe Salad Dressing Recipe.  First, you'll need a mason jar.
Ingredients

  • ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Pour all ingredients into a mason jar
  • Shake til well blended
  • Drizzle over fresh veggies or salad

Store in fridge for up to 1 week.

Do you have a favorite lo-cal salad dressing recipe?  Let me know, leave a comment below.

Week 3
Lbs. lost this week:  7 and a few ounces
Total lbs. Lost:  20












February 10, 2017

Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge (US & Canada)


Here's another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
 

Get 1000 SB plus 15% off your Valentine's Day order from ProFlowers


Valentine's Day is here, and if you still don't have a gift picked out, Swagbucks and ProFlowers are teaming up to give you a great deal. Order through this link (you'll be asked to create your Swagbucks account if you don't already have one) and you'll get 15% off of your order PLUS 1000 SB, which is the equivalent of $10 in gift cards at Swagbucks. The 13th is the last day to guarantee delivery on Valentine's day, so order now!

Why I STILL Celebrate Black History Month

Happy February!

February is the month of Groundhog Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, President's Day, Mardi Gras, my birthday and oh February begins Black History Month, a month set aside to recognize the contributions of African Americans. 


One of my kids asked me why we still celebrated Black History Month, Asian History Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month.  "Mom", he said "it just seems like it separates people."  Poignant words from a kid but I knew exactly what he meant. 
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