Great Cookbook

It’s 4:45pm and you haven’t the foggiest idea what you are going to make for dinner. You open the fridge and the only thing jumping out at you are leftovers. You don’t want to serve the same thing as the night before, but defrosting something would take too long as well. Ordering out is an option, but you want to serve low calorie and low fat foods to your family…ordering out doesn’t usually get you that.

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If that sounds anything like you, then you really need to pick up this cookbook, The Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Cookbook by Jyl Steinback. It has more than 320 low calorie and low fat recipes. Each recipe includes the nutritional information, as well as a shopping list of ingredients that you would need for the recipe. So while you will be ordering out today, since you didn’t plan ahead, you can plan the rest of your week while eating your take-out!


My local grocery store had this cookbook, but I have also seen it on and at the major chain bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders.

Enjoy! A must try recipe is the Sweet and Sour Chicken. My whole family, including my 4 year old and 1 year old, loved that dish.

Must have breakfast recipe

I am not much of a breakfast food person. Unfortunately (or fortunately) everyone in my house LOVES breakfast foods. I stumbled across this recipe either in a Weight Watchers magazine or got it from someone at my wedding shower and it is the best bread EVER!

Try this bread out. Your family will love you even more for it!

White Chocolate Blueberry Bread

1 box white cake mix
3/4 c flour
1 tsp orange peel
1 c frozen blueberries
1 lg egg
2 egg whites
3/4 c water
1/2 c orange juice
2 TBS apple sauce
1 c white chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare two loaf pans with cooking spray.
2. Mix cake, flour and orange peel. Add egg, egg whites, water, orange juice and applesauce.
3. Fold in white chocolate chips and blueberries.
4. Spread evenly between two pans.
5. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean in the middle.

Let me know if you try it and how you liked it!

Salsa Pork Recipe

This is a family favorite. I make it at least 2 times in a month and serve it over rice. All you need is:

-A crock pot.
-Boneless pork chops
-Large jar of salsa (or 2 smaller jars…1 medium and 1 mild)

Plop everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hrs if frozen or 6 hours if thawed. Time also depends on how thick the pork chops are.

You can also make this recipe with chicken, however I think the pork tastes much better. I also like it best when I put the pork in frozen.

Beautiful Tan without the Sun!

I don’t know about you, but I love to be tan. In high school I went tanning all the time. Whether it was before a school dance that I just had to tan away my tan lines or because I was tired of being so darn pale, I spent the majority of my high school years in a tanning bed (or stand-up. I preferred those. I hated getting those little circles on your back). But now, with all the stuff they say about tanning salons…the only color I get is from sunless tanning lotion.

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Best Sunless Tanning Lotion

I’ve tried many different brands. But nothing compares, so far, to the Neutrogena Sun Fresh Lotionsunless tanning lotion. Not only does this tanning lotion have a nice scent (nectarines and grapefruit), but it also dries. You don’t feel sticky or greasy. It’s also very easy to apply. I think it goes on much nicer and easier than most other sunless tanning lotions I’ve tried.

So far, I am just tan. No orange tone at all! That’s always a plus! Before I used a Loreal sunless tanning lotion and I really turned orange from that one. Not to mention, my skin really itched from it. With the Neutrogena Sun Fresh Lotionsunless tanning lotion I had absolutely NO itching at all! Like everything else, you want to make sure you read the reviews. The best sunless tanning lotion reviews don’t always mean it’s the best lotion out there. For instance, a few reviews talked about how the person was applying the lotion. From what they were saying, the problem they had with the sunless tanning lotion was not with the lotion itself. It was human error. So just read and see what you think!

Definitely pick some up! I also saw, by Neutrogena, a sunblock that has self tanner in it as well! I’ll be trying that out next!

Love and Logic book series

This series of books was recommended to me by a wonderful group of women and let me tell you, it is the best damn book EVER! Right now I am currently reading Love and Logic. This book is written by Jim Fay and Charles Fay, phDlove and logic. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book and I am only on chapter 3!!!

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love and logic

For instance, I have a very spirited 3 1/2 year old who loves to run off in stores, grab at things, etc. Today he grabbed some candy off the shelf. I told him that he had two choices, put the candy back or leave it on the end cap but he will be going to his room when we got home. He picked the candy up and proceeded to put it back where he got it. I was stunned. My child does not listen like that! I am definitely a believer in parenting with love and logic!

Be sure to definitely pick up a copy of the books in this series. While not every single thing will always work with every single child, there are definite tips and tricks you can take away from these books that will help. Kids may not initially come with an instruction manual AND I don’t want to parent mine solely from a book, but I am, however very open to learning new ideas. Especially as my kids get older and start approaching the tween and teen ages. Those, to me, are scary times!! I have this book coming to my house now:

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