Delightful Donuts on an Overcasted Morning

I am less than a week from my due date and can’t sleep very well so when 6:45 am rolled around and I climbed out of bed a brilliant idea came crawling into the brain….Donuts!

I did not want just any donuts, I wanted Brown’s donuts! They are made as you order them on the north end of the Ocean City Boardwalk. I got dressed in some comfy clothes, got in my car and drove all the way there around 7 this morning! I ordered my favorite, vanilla glazed, and a few others just for fun! I sat on a blue bench, enjoyed my donuts and a cup of milk, and breathed in the scent of donuts combined with the damp salt air. I snapped a few shots of the beach and headed home!

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IMG_0773I share these small enjoyments of mine to inspire my readers to create small happy moments for themselves!! I hope you have a happy moment today! Thanks for reading!

2 Great Salads, 4 Points each!

These 2 easy salads have 3 of the same ingredients and 3 different ingredients; this makes for little waste, easier shopping, and easier points tracking!

The 3 constant ingredients in the salads are Organic Baby Spinach leaves (1 cup), Crumbled Feta (1.5 tbsp), and Honey Roasted Almond Slices (1 tbsp). CLICK HERE FOR COUPON FOR ALMOND ACCENTS!

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Salad #1: Honey Balsamic Watermelon Salad

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To make this salad, place the 3 constant ingredients (listed above) into the bowl. Add 1/2 cup of sliced tomato, 1/2 cup of cubed watermelon, and 2 tbsp of Ken’s Honey Balsamic Dressing!

Salad #2: Sesame Ginger Mandarin Orange Salad

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To make this salad, place the 3 constant ingredients (listed above) into the bowl. Add cucumber slices (about 1/4 cup), 1/4 cup of drained mandarin oranges, and 2 tbsp of Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing!

Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012: 4 points for each salad!!

Enjoy a whole wheat roll and fresh baked cookie alongside of one of these salads to make a great lunch! Wash it down with my Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea!

The spinach is packed with antioxidants and the protein provided by the almonds and feta will help these salads keep you full until dinner!

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Emergency Cheat Sheet

With a new little baby joining our family in the very near future, I have been thinking about keeping her safe in our home.

I was reading an article in Parenting magazine which inspired me to create this Emergency Cheat Sheet.

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It is a great reference for most of the basic emergencies you could see in your home:

  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Nosebleed
  • Head injury
  • Chipped tooth
  • Choking
  • Bleeding wound
  • Eye injury
  • Potential broken bone
  • Poisoning
  • Burn
  • Seizure

Download your free PDF below:

Emergency Cheat Sheet

The kitchen is usually the center of the home and likely the site of most of these emergencies so I will  be hanging this list in a sheet protector inside one of my kitchen cabinets.

Let your family members know it is there! I hope you never need to use this but that it’s existence makes you feel a little bit more prepared.

*Please use your judgement. This is meant to save you a little “googling” in an emergency. I am not a doctor. Trust this cheat sheet at your own risk; it is summarized directly from parenting magazine’s article. If you are unsure, call 9-1-1.

Damn right I support it

“I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it”

~Macklemore, Same Love

I was in the car a few nights ago when I heard a man rapping on the radio. I don’t generally choose to listen to rap music but the lyrics above, of Macklemore’s song, Same Love, hooked me. I cried when it was done because of several emotions; I was so proud of this guy for singing what he was singing. I was sad that a song even needed to be written about something that seems so easy, equal rights. I thought of people that I know, who still don’t understand how wrong it is to hate and how sad I am for them. I thought about how some people, like myself, are happily in love, sharing their love for each other with the world, and it is the best thing in their lives; haters are robbing this privilege from others.

This rapper is saying that he doesn’t need to belong to a group to support them. It’s about respect for every other person. It’s about empathy for their personal struggles, experiences, and decisions.

I researched Macklemore a little more and found out that he is a small town guy from Seattle. His original thoughts, organic ideas, and a talent to express them have made people want to listen to what he has to say.

Below is a link to the video for the song, which is another incredible piece of art! The video is so well done and inspirational within itself. Click the photo or click here to check it out.

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*Thank you Ryan Lewis for the video

Beauty and Brain–2 Small Items

I love sharing things I find with all my readers!!! This is so fun!!….

Here are 2 small and inexpensive items I plan to purchase to enhance my beauty and my brain…

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This gorgeous necklace by Free People could be “dressed up” or “dressed down”. This pretty little piece of art makes me feel really happy when I look at it; I plan to display it on my chest with glee!!

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Brain

Khaled Hosseini,  the author of one of my favorite books, The Kite Runner, is at it again as he presents his new story…And the Mountains Echoed! According to the descriptions I have been reading, this novel is all about family, love, honor, and caring for one another… Can’t wait for this one!!

I hope this post inspires you to find an item or two to buy and enjoy!! Spoil yourself, just a little. Be appreciative of small purchases, which mean a lot!

Thanks for reading!!!