Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday's Letters with The Sweet Season ~ September 27, 2013


Dear Las Vegas, I'm so thrilled the temperatures have finally dropped and autumn has arrived. The husband and I are looking forward to enjoy some outdoor activities, such as walks, biking and
First Friday.

Dear Real Housewives of New Jersey, It's time to cut your loses and cancel the show. You fired Jacqueline, Caroline has quit and Kathy has been reduced to "a friend of the housewives. And of course, Teresa and Joe's status is still up in the air.

Dear Green Mountain Coffee, We love your Mocha Nut Fudge Coffee. The taste of fudgy chocolate, coffee, nuts and caramel. It's a wonderful way to start the morning.

Dear Hubby, I'm moving your long sleeve shirts to the front of the closet. Now you won't have to be digging for them early in the morning.

Dear Neighbors, We'll miss you when you move but not your dog's barking at 6 am Sunday.

I Love "My Husband Rocks" T-Shirt

I ordered my "My Husband Rocks" t-shirt at Union28.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday Thoughts ~ September 26, 2013

Ramblings of a Suburban Mom's Thursday Thoughts. I really love her blog. If you're looking for the 101 on subscription boxes definitely check out her out.

I'm still living with a no-name virus infection. After seeing my primary, last Friday, she did notice that I have high calcium levels and ordered some blood tests. I'll be heading back, for a follow up visit, to discuss my blood work and to see how I'm feeling.

Fall temperatures have finally arrived in Las Vegas! The high was only 71 degrees today so I was able to open all of the windows and turn off the A/C. WooHoo!

I'm a fan of J.R. Martinez. Not just because I feel he's my hero but because he talks openly about his faith. Check out what he had to say about God's plan for him, on HuffPostLive this week.

Our Blue Apron Box Has Arrived ~ September 2013

I first heard about Blue Apron at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. After visiting the website, I thought the hubby and I would give this service a try. After all, we love to cook and try new foods and recipes.

Blue Apron describes itself as a "new concept in grocery delivery, built around incredible cooking experiences. We offer a once-a-week subscription service where we deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make three meals, in exactly the right proportions. We've designed our service to teach you fun new recipes, save prep time and also reduce unnecessary waste. By letting us shop for you, we can bring you fresher and higher-quality food than you can get on your own in the supermarket, and for better prices.

To subscribe, you create your account, choose the type of plan you want (meat and seafood or vegetarian) and the number of people you want to feed. (2,4,6) You can skip meal deliveries, change servings but you can't pick your 3 recipes. Oh, and they only send you enough ingredients for that the recipe calls for.(no waste)

The cost includes priority shipping. So, for $9.99 per person, per meal, you can have a fun time making a delicious and healthy meal. For this order, we selected 3 meals, 2 people, at $59.94.

Our Blue Apron box was dropped off by OnTrac this morning. Since it weighed about 15 pounds, my husband brought it inside, opened and unpacked it. (I'm still under the weather~fighting a viral infection)

Check out these colorful recipe cards. I'm really looking forward to trying the Shrimp Spaghettini and Stuffed Peppers.

Wow! My husband said he was really impressed with the packaging. (ice packs, box is lined) Come to think of it, I am too.

We love the fresh vegetables and herbs. Can't wait to start cooking!

I think I see millet, radishes and organic chicken broth.

The Knick-Knacks contained the condiments and cheeses needed for the recipes. Also, included: 2 chicken breast, fresh shrimp and lean ground beef. They really do think of everything.

This morning, my husband and I made the Mexican-Style Chopped Salad so that he could take some for lunch. Blue Apron provided enough ingredients to make a large salad. WooHoo.

The Mexican-Style Chopped Salad came with with 2 chicken breast. I just grilled one breast, sliced it and placed his salad in a container, for lunch.

We love the idea of trying different recipes and having all of the ingredients sent to our home. The service is a good way to get out of a cooking rut too. And finally, it really was fun cooking together.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Goodies Box Has Arrived~ September 2013

If you haven't heard of Goodies Box, it's a monthly subscription box that contains an assortment of snacks for $7.

When I saw the "You have a package" notice, in our mailbox, I immediately headed to the complex office. Fallon, apartment manager, promptly handed my Goodies Box, with a smile.

I just love the bright apple green color of this box. It's definitely going to be reused for gift giving this Christmas!

This month's Goodies Box contents: a bag of Barefruit Crunchy Fuji Red Apple Chips, Kashi Sundried Tomato, Basil & Feta Hummus Crisps, Zone Perfect Greek Yogurt Chocolate Bar, a bottle of Nestle Pure Life Lemon Splash Water

Numi Organics Savory Tea, Gimbal's Scottie Dogs All Natural Black Licorice, and Attiki Honey

Do you subscribe to Goodies Box?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Addiction To Natural Opioids May Drive Chronic Pain, Study Says

Addiction to Natural Opioids May Drive Chronic Pain, Study Says, Elizabeth Lopatto - Sept 19, 2013

It may be there’s a quiet battle between the internal painkillers and the pain pathways, said study author Brad Taylor, a pain pharmacologist at the University of Kentucky. As the body becomes dependent on its internal analgesics, the pain pathways become more sensitive. Exploring these pathways may explain why some people develop chronic pain.

We thought the injury was producing activation of the pain pathways for much longer than previously thought,” Taylor said in a telephone interview. Instead, the body’s own painkillers were camouflaging the increased pain sensitivity.

You can read the entire article at Boomberg.

Autumn DIY Decorating Ideas ~ September 2013

You know you don't have to spend a lot of money to decorate for autumn. Thanks to nature, many of you have lots of gorgeous leaves, nuts and branches to pick from. For those of us that don't have that access we can still decorate for less. Check out your discount stores for inexpensive supplies.

Here's a few of my DIY favorites at Pinterest.

Blog Prize Has Arrived! Gorton's Seafood Swag

I received several Gorton's Seafood logo items: spatula, oven mitts, an apron and 5 Gorton's Seafood free item coupons.

Thanks to Mommy Bog Expert for hosting this giveaway!

Monday, September 23, 2013

My Shade of Brown Box Has Arrived ~ September 2013

My Shade of Brown, is a monthly beauty subscription service with products geared towards women of color. The monthly subscription is only $10 so for the opportunity to 'try out' products it's very affordable.

Here's the greeting card. Looks like they changed the design a bit.

I love the brown pillbox that they put the contents in. I plan on reusing them for birthdays and Christmas gift giving.

This month's My Shade of Brown box contains a nail file, Burt's Bee Soothingly Sensitive Aloe/Buttermilk Body Lotion (trial size), Revlon Nail Art, and Bella Phro Replenishing Conditioner.

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 23, 2013

Sometimes, I need a new inspiration for my menu plans! This week, I'm turning to Blue Apron.

I'm still fighting a viral infection after 2 weeks but staying positive. The doctors tell me it's going to take some for me to get better. This is difficult for me because of my daily chronic pain. They have prescribed bed rest, fluids, anti-inflammatory and follow up.

Oh, don't miss out on my Diamond Candle giveaway. It's ending soon.

Menu Plan Monday

roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, salad

slow cooker pork roast, mixed greens salad

Our Nature Box Snacks Have Arrived ~ September 2013

The Nature Box subscription is a favorite of our family. We enjoy sampling and chatting about the newly arrived snacks.

This month's Nature Box theme was back-to-school.

The Masa Chips taste similar to Frito Chips but they're healthier. Roasted Kettle Kernals are sweet and salty. Pistachio Power Clusters are sweet and savory. Delicious for an afternoon snack.

Vanilla Macaroon Clusters are sweet and crunchy. Hubby added them to yogurt last night for dessert. Delicious. Cherry Berry Bonanza is a wonderful tasty blend of sweet and tart. Our son asked to take the bag with him to share with friends.
Are you a Nature Box fan?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Foyle's War Is On Tonight~ New Episode

Attention Foyle's War fans. The Cage, is on tonight at PBS, 9PM ET. Check your local TV schedule for other time zones.

Sunday ~ September 22, 2013


I recently read about Max and LaVere Robinson, in a Huffington Post article. Not only were they married 83 years but according to their granddaughter it was a good marriage. They passed within days of each other this year, August.

Recently our son shared this with me. "You and Dad really do love and support each other. "When I see an older couple, walking, holding hands, I think of you and Dad."

Lisa Goeas, their granddaughter: "[I learned that] communication, respect, patience and a sense of humor are all critical to a happy and healthy marriage," she wrote in an email. "They always treated each other with kindness and compassion. They had their issues, like everyone else, but they knew how to work through them."

"Long-Married Couple of 83 Years, Max and LaVere Robinson, Die Three Days Apart" 9/10/2013.

Sunday Social ~ September 22, 2013

Social Sunday

1. What is your favorite handbag you ever owned?
I totally love my Franco Sarto handbag. It's a rocking blue, soft fabric, comfortable handle, awesome hardware, loads of storage and style.

2. What is your dream handbag?
I love the variety of handbags at TJ Maxx. Too many to chose from but I would love a brown satchel handbag.

3. What are the daily essentials in your purse or work bag?
Cell phone, keys, mints, water container, lip gloss, memo book, wallet, mints, comb, sunglasses, glass case, nail file, bus schedule book.

4. What’s in your purse (with pictures)?

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