Pretty hair helps deal with work + giveaway winners announced

Sorry for the lack of a post last night. I had a mini-breakdown at work and decided to spend the evening with my husband instead of blogging. We watched the “Dead Poet Society” and sampled some Samuel Smith’s organic strawberry fruit ale. Not a bad way to spent the evening! 😀


Um, I’m sorry to get off topic for a minute, but how good looking is my husband?!! 😉 My heart is pounding a bit right now. 😀

Back to the organic strawberry ale… I loved it!!! It had a definite strawberry smell and flavor but was not too overpowering or sweet for my taste. I loved it so much, Adam decided to give me the rest of his glass after a few sips and grabbed a different beer for him. Yum!!


If you see this label in the store, I highly recommend you pick yourself up a bottle. :)


After the pep-talk from my husband, a movie and some yummy strawberry ale, I felt a lot more relaxed and ready to have a better day tomorrow. I evaluated what went wrong and wrote out a game plan for the day, including waking up early to do my hair and pick out a cute outfit. I realized that silly things like that actually make a huge difference in my overall mood and how I handle unrelated situations. Interesting, no? I’m happy to report the game plan worked and today was awesome!! 😀


Food for Life english muffin with Jiffy’s natural peanut butter (I actually love it) + cherry preserves




Oikos + pomegranate seeds + a handful of Nature’s Path pumpkin granola



The granola is so buttery and indulgent tasting. I may have to invest in a box. :)


Cafe Jaffa chicken kebab wrap (with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles in sesame tahini dressing). The chicken was so flavorful and the wrap was amazingly fresh. I know it wasn’t low cal, but it tasted quite healthy – lots of veggies!



1 of these nut-stuffed medjool dates (my dad brought them for me from Israel!)


+ a juicy orange



I made a boo-boo at dinner – I mixed up the spices! I followed this recipe from Cooking Light for pork chops with ancho chile rub and raspberry glaze, and used Adobo spice instead of ancho chile. Oops! 😳 I guess I wasn’t paying enough attention. The problem with this mix-up is that the Adobo spice has salt as the first ingredients and I added additional salt to the rub. The pork was SO salty – inedible in my opinion. I scraped it off and added giant dollops of raspberry preserve to sweeten it. It helped me “get through” dinner but that’s about it (Adam didn’t hate it as much as I did so he’ll be eating the leftovers, I hope).


The couscous with dried cherries was the best part by far! I’m allowed a screw-up once in a while, right? :)

I “washed” the salty pork down with some TJ’s dark chocolate with almonds. Muuuuuuch better 😎


Good day 😀 How was yours?

Last thing – the winner of the Waterpik giveaway is #8. I also never received addresses from 2 NuNaturals giveaway winners so I’m redrawing again – #65 and #42 are the new winners (Lauren and Yelena, I got your addresses before!).  All 3 winners, please email me your address, please :) [Btw, I don’t send out emails to the winners because I want my regular readers to win, not some random drop by’s. I think that’s fair! 😀 ]

All right, I’m off to catch up on So You Think You Can Dance! Cya 😀

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