As you may know, I love to cook. I’m always trying new recipes and I become more adventurous with each meal I make. That is not to say that I don’t enjoy making simple dishes as well—sometimes you just can’t beat eggs, pancakes and bacon for dinner!
The biggest drawback of cooking is the cleanup. The good vibes I get from enjoying a delicious meal I’ve made myself are short lived when I see the pile of dishes waiting in the sink. Scrubbing, soaking, and scrubbing again is not what I want to do at the end of a long day. In January I told you about a frittata and a salmon filet I made with the OrGREENiC Frying Pan. I loved being able to take the pan straight from the stove top to the oven and cleanup was shockingly simple! Nothing stuck to the non-stick ceramic surface! A quick rinse and the pan was clean. I remember wishing all my pots and pans would be this versatile and easy to clean.
My wish has been granted! There is now an entire set of OrGREENiC pots and pans! The OrGREENiC 10 Piece Cookware Set is easy to use and clean, and looks great! You can easily broil, bake, braise, steam, sauté, fry, boil, and sear without adding extra oil, fat or grease! The ten piece set includes an 8” fry pan, 10” fry pan with a lid, 1.5 qt. sauce pot with lid, 2.5 qt. sauce pot with lid, 6 qt. stock pot with lid, and an aluminum steamer insert. I’m looking forward to braising a roast and tossing it right into the oven with veggies!
I can’t wait to get my new set of OrGREENiC Cookware to start cooking more and cleaning less!
I am one of those people who hates making my bed. I hate straightening the sheets, organizing the pillows, and laying the comforter perfectly even across the bed. I only use my bed for sleeping. I do not watch TV or read in my bed any other time aside from when I am about to go to sleep. My feeling was always, “Well I am just getting back in it to go to sleep to mess it up anyway,” my mom’s feeling when I was younger was, “Make your bed…end of story.” My brother and I even had a trick to making the bed easier: stop sleeping under the sheets at night so they would still be tucked in the next morning! That was so smart of us. I do, however, make it a point to make my bed when I am leaving my apartment for a few days so I can come back to a neat and clean apartment.
Recently, I read an article Spring Cleaning: 6 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Bed. I read the article because I thought it could convince me to start making my bed in the morning before work—and now I am mostly convinced I should give this a chance. The fact of the matter is that it really doesn’t take that long to accomplish this task (I am just lazy) and I always feel better when my apartment looks and feels clean. Making my bed, laying out the pillows in a fun way to add some color to my room really does make the whole place look neat, which essentially makes me feel better about staying there. I hate clutter and an unmade bed doesn’t help the cause.
I am not saying I will be able to follow through on this every day, because I hate to make a promise I cannot guarantee to keep, but I can promise to give this a try. I would like to see how it will affect my mood. I would bet that feel better about my apartment and how it looks will make me feel better and less stressed out. For those of you who make your bed every day, do you agree with this article? Also, if you make your bed every day, do you do it before you leave in the morning for work, or do you wait until you get home? I’d also like to know if anyone is on board with me (those of you who do not make you bed) to give this a try to see how it can change our day.
Happy Valentine’s Day! What’s your favorite thing to do on Valentine’s Day? Do you give gifts? Cards? To be honest, I don’t care much about Valentine’s Day, but I do enjoy some of the cute things that come out of it.I love that whether you have a significant other or not, Valentine’s Day can still be celebrated however you like.
Some of my friends give everyone in their office or department candy or pens. Some of my girl friends get together and eat chocolate and popcorn while watching movies. Some of my “coupled” friends make a big deal and make dinner reservations at expensive restaurants and buy expensive gifts, and the other treat it like any other day.
For me, the two best parts about Valentine’s Day are 1) You have every excuse to wear as much pink as you want all day; and 2) You have every excuse to eat chocolate all day without feeling the slightest bit guilty. So, whether you receive a special ring box with jewelry inside, or if you gather with a group of friends to laugh together, I hope you have a sweet Valentine’s Day today.
Yesterday I watched a woman help an elder woman cross the street. I stopped and watched because I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a stranger help another cross the street. I thought it was such a nice act of kindness and this time of year, so close to Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be a great idea to focus on doing more random acts of kindness.
While I will still get the personalized picture frames as gifts, I will also ask friends to do at least one random act of kindness and then email me about it. Imagine how many good deeds can be done in just one day!
What are some of your ideas for random (or not-so random) acts of kindness?
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was family-filled. Really, just Saturday, but it was all day Saturday.
Due to the fact that I had to get on the road to meet up with my family way too early for a Saturday morning, I decided to take it easy on Friday night and even attempted to get to sleep early. So, I propped myself up in bed in my sea of pillows with my book and decided to rest early and hopefully fall asleep early. Is it just me, or is it every time that you try to go to sleep early it’s as if everyone knows and tries to stop you from sleeping? Long story short, my phone kept ringing, and each time I would jolt awake and not be able to fall back asleep. I had to be up by 6. I made it to the family adventures in time, don’t worry.
The entire family (almost 20 of us) went out for a family dinner to a Chinese food restaurant. This place is known for their duck – they serve up to 300 whole ducks a day – but being a vegetarian, I ordered vegetable fried rice. Needless to say, I wasn’t full by the time dinner was over. But, my mom and dad had a gigantic piece of my favorite chocolate cake at the house for me. How horrible is it that after dinner I came home and ate half of m chocolate cake? Does it make it better that I only ate half and not the whole thing? Either way, I did it, and it was delicious.
Now, I literally spent the time with my whole family and extended family all day and night, so you can imagine, I needed Sunday to recover. My friend and I got smart. We decided to make the most of what could be a lazy Sunday: We grabbed our yoga gear and yoga water bottles and went to a 9 a.m. yoga class. What a way to get motivated for the day. I spent the rest of the day preparing food for this week’s breakfasts and lunches. I am ready for the week!
Do you ever see something in a store that reminds you of something from when you were a child? I feel like most of the time I do not remember much of my childhood (sorry mom, I know this makes you sad), but there are some items that will spark a memory, or at least trigger a past moment that makes me smile.
Recently I have had two moments just like these. Both of my moments made me think of my grandfather. When I was in the grocery store ice cream isle the other day, I saw black cherry ice cream. Usually impossible to find, it brought me right back to having ice cream with my grandfather on a hot, sunny day. Then when I was in line at the pharmacy I saw candy orange slices. I don’t like them, but they, too, remind me of my grandfather as they were his favorite candy.
When I brought these moments up to a friend of mine, she told me she always remembers seeing the clear plastic gumdrop trees during this time of year. They are these little Christmas tree servers that get decorated with gumdrops. Apparently, she remembers the gumdrop tree at parties when she was younger. I have never seen a gumdrop tree, but now that I learned about them, I wouldn’t mind having one.
Is anyone else in holiday shopping panic mode? As of today there are just 9—count them, NINE—shopping days left! I have just realized there are people I’ve forgotten to buy gifts for, gifts I somehow thought I purchased but did not, and I still need host/hostess gifts for holiday parties and some stocking stuffers. I would like to get all of these things online as I have limited time and the malls are crowded. And if they were all in one place online, that would be even better!
All this week on Live With Kelly, they are sharing great gift ideas on the Holiday Gift Giving Guide. A few of the products they showed are exactly what I need! On Tuesday they shared gift ideas for guys, you can see the entire video here. Two items really piqued my
interest; the Rip 60 Training System (shown at 0:25). And a Portable Grill (shown at 1:37). This isn’t the same grill as shown on Live With Kelly, but it’s the same price and has the side tables!
On Wednesday, they showed some great stocking stuffers. They showed a wine bottle cover that looks like a Sock Monkey! (see it at 5:20). They said it was $12 on the show, but Taylor Gifts has it for just $9.98. This is such a great hostess gift…I’m getting a couple to have on hand!
After ordering a few of these items, I’ll be almost done my shopping!
Then I have to start wrapping…
It is now less than 2 weeks away from Christmas. Have you purchased all of the gifts you need to buy this year? Has any person or item slipped your mind and you need ideas fast? Now is crunch-time! Make a list, check it twice, and be sure you don’t forget someone important to you. I have made my list below of some of my favorite stocking stuffer ideas. Check out this link for even more stocking stuffers
Personalized Pendant Necklace
Personalized Stainless Steel Charm Bracelet
GPS Cup Holder
Micro Touch Max
As I was awaiting my brother’s arrival to my apartment to pick up the mattress and box spring I stored for him, I took the rare opportunity to do one of my favorite things: wake up early, get some things together and the dishwasher running, and get back into bed while the dishwasher did the work and watched TV in my cozy warm bed on a chilly morning. Coffee would have been nice, but not nice enough to make myself. Anyway, while I was watching TV something fun caught my eye…an air hockey table.
I am not sure what it was about the air hockey table that made me smile, but it did. I don’t even remember what the commercial was for. It got me thinking about playing air hockey. When I was little my brother and I had an air hockey table and we used to play it all the time. I distinctly remember it always being fun, but everyone’s fingers were always getting beat up and it hurt. It also got me thinking of the other games I used to play. We used to play pool at my friend’s house on her dad’s pool table and I was terrible…by far the worst pool player ever. And even as I grew older I was still a horrible pool player. But, even at that I always wanted my own pool table.
I love easy and relaxing mornings that get me thinking about good times from when I was young. Maybe I should buy a pool table and an air hockey table when I buy my own house.
As of yesterday I found myself in holiday shopping mode! I am not sure what registered for me to make the switch, but suddenly, I felt the need to purchase every gift I need this season. I made a list of the rest of the people I need to shop for, and I began to think about what to do from there.
I love shopping for presents. I love purchasing a gift for someone that I know is perfect and that they will love. I hate when I cannot think of a perfect gift. I do not like to give someone something that they won’t remember. Sometimes it’s just not so easy to come up with the perfect gift. For example, a group of us are participating in a Secret Santa gift exchange. I was actually really excited for my pick! I like this person, and I know he is very appreciative of anything ever given to him. But especially because he is so nice and appreciative, I want to be sure to get him something extra special…but I don’t even know where to begin. This is why I am thankful for the Gift Finder I can go to it and search for great items that he might like based on his likes.
So, while I am on my shopping mission to finish purchasing every gift I need, I will definitely be using a Gift Finder for assistance on the tricky people in my life. Happy shopping!