SANTA CLAUS IS REAL!!!

Not really….but I just found out that the 99Cents Latte's are real. For me, it's definitely equivalent of a child finding out that Santa is real.

Dunkin Donuts has marketing geniuses.  I don't really care that much for lattes, but I think I'll go an buy one-just because it's free!

“Lookin’ Good for Jesus”

I saw this and thought to myself….."They can't be serious".  Sure enough, it is.  Someone is actually making this!

The selling points:
Redeems you in his eyes and takes the edge off sinning. Contains
mirrored Jesus statuette, vanilla nectar lip balm, Easter-Lily hand
& body cream (with sparkle!) and a folding mirror compact.

Regardless as to what you believe, you have to realize that this strikes more than just a nerve as to how inconsiderate some people can be.  I wonder who the "marketing genius" at this company is that decided this would be a good idea.

There are some places that don't agree and have decided to pull it from their shelves, but who else will follow?

QotD: In My Handbag

Here's one for the ladies:  What's in your handbag right now? 
Submitted by Kadeeae.

Baby wipes, 2 pullups, house/car/mailbox keys, chapstick, lipgloss, hair pin, safety pin, band-aid, neosporin, cell phone, mp3 player, usb cable with a velcro wrap, a jolly rancher, shopping list, receipts from: Wal-Mart, Target, and Publix, business cards, @3 credit cards, my driver's license, and 3 sticks of gum.

Everything but the kitchen sink!

Can Sugar Substitutes Make You Fat? – TIME

This article I found pisses me off a bit.  Every time some group of scientists find something like this it almost gives people another excuse as to why they may be overweight.  I once gained 30 pounds in a 3 month period and it wasn't because I have "big bones", "I'm genetically prone to being overweight", "I'm too stressed out", or that "I eat sugar substitutes".  It was because I was eating too much and not exercising enough- I was making me fat, not some external factor. I was not taking care of myself- but then I chose to do so.

My personal opinion on this…..people consume sugar substitutes and low fat/low sugar and then feel that because these items are lower in calories that it gives them license to consume even more.  I've been here before-then realized, this is not working.  Eating a reduced calorie yogurt will give you about 190 calories, eating 2 will give you 380- At this point you'd have been better off eating a regular yogurt with 260 calories.  Eat regular foods and be happy with it- fat or thin, love yourself!

The idea behind dieting is making sure that your body gets the caloric content it needs to run efficiently AND not overdo it.  You can eat well and be satisfied.  It's very possible to do- but like anything it takes time and patience to see it through.  If your goal is to lose weight, do it.  If you're trying to keep your "shapely" figure, and trying to eat better to improve your health- do it.

The Little Things

I've been on a hiatus from my blog…..enjoying some of the little things in life.  I've found that my family is the source of these things. These things that are so tiny, seemingly insignificant, but will make smile from ear to ear or have you staring in pure awe at how small it is, yet how happy it makes you feel-even when you think you should actually be frustrated.  

Let me "splain" myself a bit….

I'll never get how my little one can have a room full of toys that keep her occupied for 10 minutes at a time, but can play for hours blowing a feather across the room with a whistling straw- being ABSOLUTELY tickled to death with the way the feather moves through the air with each whistle.

OR how I can prepare a gourmet meal and my daughter not eat a bite-downright REFUSE to eat the meal, push it aside and ask for a hot dog.  Then being the mother that I am, I'll make it for her(if she's sat in front of it for an hour and not touched the food-stomach growling and all- I need to get her something else).  She eats it and is the THE happiest little girl on the planet.  Then she'll run to me with ketchup smeared across her face, then smearing it on me with a hug, say "I love you mommy".

There are even those mornings when I awaken to the demands of breakfast and some odd request.  "Mommy I want chicken and coffee, please!"

Then there are days that I get some of those not so little things….the ones that make everything else disapper and make you say, this is all worth it. This one to me isn't so much of a little thing-it's in fact, quite HUGE….but it's something that gets me grinning:

The other night I came home from work and dinner was already DONE. I went to bed early, then woke up early and breakfast was served, the baby dressed, and my lunch packed(including fruits and snacks for the day). No matter who you are, having someone in your life that is willing to dedicate 10 minutes of their time just so you can have a better day, will keep a smile on your face and make all the little things in life come alive.