I’ve got a cold.  Tis the season you know.

The thing is, I rarely get sick.  I’m not telling you this to be annoyingly braggy, but instead to introduce my tried and true tricks that work to avoid catching a cold when I feel one coming on.  Usually, anyway.

Of course this time when I decided to finally write about it, I actually got the cold I was trying to dodge.

The Life Changers of 2011

December 26th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Motivation - (8 Comments)

With New Years right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about some of the things that made a huge impact in my life during 2011. I’ve decided to wrap them all up into neat little list for your consideration if you might be looking for some direction, motivation or new ideas as we approach 2012.

The Secret

The Secret

I’m a little embarrassed to admit I liked The Secret as much I did, but it’s true.  There’s the book, but there’s also the movie. (P.S., You can watch The Secret through Watch Instantly on Netflix).

Insomnia Cure

December 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (4 Comments)

When I was pregnant with Maxine, I struggled with insomnia regularly.

I use to get up in the middle of the night and watch two or three episodes of CSI on DVD before schlepping myself back upstairs to dream about working in the crime lab with Gil Grissom. I’d also have that common pregnancy dream where you can see through your belly like a fish bowl. Except I’d be dusting the fish bowl for finger prints.

This Post Contains Three Useful Items

December 19th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Life - (8 Comments)

I’m on reprieve from my usual cooking, cleaning and other domestic duties for a bit here thanks to an early Christmas gift for the girls.

Surprise Toronto Trip

We’re in Toronto! Me, two girlies, one fetus and one Granny Weeds.

CN Tower

We had to leave Dad at home to go to that pesky thing called work. Don’t feel too bad for him though. He threw a party over the weekend, he gets a three night break from the bedtime routine and I left him with a crock pot full of No Fry Refried Beans.

Crockpot and Pinto Beans

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

December 15th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Short or Sweet - (7 Comments)

I’ve been using my blender a lot recently, due mostly to the fact that I broke a very small, yet very crucial piece off the top of my food processor bowl the other day.

Broken Piece

Here’s hoping that Santa’s got Cuisinart part #DFP-14WBC in stock.

The food processor won’t even turn on without that little hunk of plastic, so this is why I’ve been hanging with my pal The Blender for a week or so now.

Blender

The blender, as well as my second giant box of oranges in less than a month here. We’re all becoming great friends.

Three little peppers, all in a row.

Three Red Bell Peppers

Mom’s Red Pepper Sauce? Say it ain’t so!

Mom's Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

Red pepper sauce as an alternative to tomato sauce, like the recipe card says. My mom made this recipe a lot when I was a kid, and I remember thinking she was nutso for making sauce with RED PEPPERS of all the nasty and disgusting things on this earth.

(Kids are so dumb.)

At least she didn’t make me eat a “no thank you helping” of this stuff. And now I know why. Because it’s so dang good she didn’t want to share a drop with some kid who wasn’t going to appreciate it!

Notice anything “funny” about these advertisements from H&M?

H&M CGI models

Do the bodies look a bit similar to you?

More H&M CGI Models

H&M has admitted that some of the bodies of their models are computer generated and the heads of real models are copy and pasted on.

(Now go back up and look again!)

Nice, eh? I suppose one could choose to be outraged by this, but I think I’m going with “relieved!” for my emotion of choice.

Chlorella (is not an STD)

December 7th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Vegetable Lovin' - (13 Comments)

Nope, Chlorella is a super food.  And lately, it’s been on my radar.

Chlorella is a green algae. It’s high in protein, essential fatty acids, amino acids and a slew of vitamins and minerals. It’s an immune enhancer and when dried and processed, it looks like it would make great fake grass in your kid’s next diorama project.

The first time I paid attention to Chlorella was when I read about it in Thrive by Brendan Brazier. I paid close attention to his few pages on this food item when I was brushing up on nutrition for athletes during last minute marathon training at the end of the summer. My eyebrows perked up when I saw that Chlorella can help speed muscle repair and recovery, as well as slow the signs of aging when consumed regularly.

World Travel

December 4th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (10 Comments)

It was a dark and stormy night.

Actually, it was just a cold and gloomy Friday morning. And I was in the mood to cook.

Ingredients for Apricot Lentil Stew

I was also in the mood to shake things up! I went googling my way around the world wide web in search of something outlandish to do with a bag of red lentils.

Like… string them together to use as garland on our Christmas tree? Get started on a lentil mosaic of A Starry Night? Toss lentils at wine glasses filled with varying levels of water and teach myself to play I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In?

Some Exercise Love

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Fitness - (1 Comments)

My energy is returning, the second trimester is nearly upon us here!  I almost feel like I’m starting to recognize myself again, larger waist circumference notwithstanding.

I’ve spent every spare moment of the last two days catching up on some long overdue housework.  I forgot how good my stairs look without a nest of dust bunnies in every corner.  All the finger smears and toothpaste splatters have been wiped from the mirrors.  The laundry is caught up, the floors have been mopped and I finally sucked the giant cob web out of the corner of our entry way (with the vacuum, people) that I’ve been staring at for weeks.