Monthly Archives: December 2013

How To Not Go Batshit Crazy This Christmas

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The holidays are here – well almost, but it feels like they’re snowballing in and we’re about to run and take cover until they hit and are over.

Oh wait. That’s just me.

You see, my holidays are straight up “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” – yep, exactly like the movie. Now don’t get me wrong and please do not misinterpret that – I am beyond grateful that I am able to travel and see all my loved ones and for all the love and abundance I have in my life and these incredible peeps who love me even after they know everything about me – but holy crap, the holidays can sometimes do a doozie on ya. Who’s with me? From the travel, and gifts, and invites and cards and food, and drinking – it’s a lot. And it can be overwhelming. Even if you love the holidays and are down to celebrate the festivus for the rest of us – it can still be a bit daunting.

I could not help but share this ridiculously hilarious blog post I came across. Not only was I dying with laughter at how perfectly real and witty this is written but literally laughed even harder at the comments from other readers below it. Hallelujiah other people think like me!

Even if you loooooooooove the holidays (and seriously, good for you) and are completely disgusted that I am even remotely showing any stress over them – you will still find funny. Whether you’re a mom with limited time, pooped from working too much, broke from life in general or just like to have an edgy attitude once in awhile – I promise you will enjoy just a tad, wee bit :).

Happy Holidays! Now clean up your damn dishes.

Re-blogged from Highly-Irritable 

How To Not Go Batshit Crazy This Christmas

Every year we all say that “next year” will be the one when we won’t stress as much during the holidays, and that we won’t “do so much.” There’s sometimes even crazy talk after a glass of mulled wine about doing a “handmade-only gift exchange next year” but anyone who’s tried to handcraft a gift for a teenage girl who doesn’t happen to be building an Amish hope-chest understands that this is what I refer to as “crazy talk.”  No, sir! you protest. Next year will be different!  Well, that’s bullshit and you know it and I know it, but for the sake of not wanting to alienate a reader, I’ll let the assertion stand.

But you know you’re lying; by this time next year your holiday gift list will have grown exponentially and you’ll probably be hosting that neighbourhood mixer you swore you’d never participate in. And what’s that? Oh yes; I even see a cookie exchange in your future. So yeah; you’re a liar, but it’s okay because so am I, and I’ll be right there with you trading Air Miles for something “Extra-Blaster-Turbo-Action-Starter-Pack” for my son despite the mountain of gifts for him already under the tree. We mean well and what counts when the fiery end finally comes is that we meant well, right? (I am no fun at Christmas parties.)… To keep reading click here

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10 Fun Facts About Brussels Sprouts

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I know what you’re thinking after reading a headline like that – who could resist reading this post?! Or wow, she is so good at catchy titles! Precisely. Thanks for the compliment.

So lately I’ve become a bit obssessed with brussels sprouts – cooking them, ordering them, eating them, thinking about them. If you’ve been over for dinner lately, I’ve probably served you some brussels sprouts. I dont know what it is but I have just fallen in love with these delicious little nuggets. So in honor of my mildly creepy addiction I thought I would share 10 fun facts about them in the hopes that you will get on this bandwagon too.

1. They originate in Brussels (Belgium). You’re just as shocked as I am by this news, right?

2. There’s a game called brussel sprouts that I do not understand one bit, but that people like to play. With a pencil. Strange.

3. Brussels sprouts (the food, not the game) are good for ya! Packed with Vitamin A, C, Folic Acid and Fiber.

4. Most of the US’s production of them are right here in my home state – California. Neat-o.

5. I used to hate them. Yep. Like would have to stay at the dinner table until I finished them but fell asleep instead from sitting so long hate them. I’ve come so far.

6. I musta been a pretty smart kid because brussel sprouts are the most hated vegetable in the U.S. Why such a bad rap mr. sprout?

7. They only smell bad when you overcook them. You know – that smell. That gross smell that reminds you of brussel sprouts.

8. Drizzling bacon or bleu cheese on them fresh out of the oven when they’re nice and crispy makes them oh-so-much-better.

9. They’re one of the easiest vegetables to make! Literally – I toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper (ok lots of salt and pepper), put in the oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes and voila – crunchy, crispy, chip like heaven. Check out my pictures below from dinner this week.

And the final fun fact about brussel sprouts? Ok I ran out of facts, but maybe #10 could be that you’re going to try them if you already haven’t?

Yep. They’re good. I’m telling you! Go on and get yourself some today before the season is over my friends.

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Rinse

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Sprinkle

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Enjoy!

Enjoy!

The times they are a changin…

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Everything changes – the weather, the seasons, you, me, what’s fashionable, what’s not, friendships, relationships, family, jobs. Change, as we all know, are the facts of life (Insert Tootie & Blair – god what a great show). But what we choose to do with change is really all that matters – because that is what becomes our reality.

Resisting what is inevitable only makes it worse and will delay everything that is meant to be and all that you will experience anyways. It’s funny because I think you go through change just like you do any other process, grieving for example; you’re angry, then sad, then confused, then happy, then ready, then maybe somewhere deep down, some far day down the road – you finally accept. But then it could start all over again and you’re back at square one. Sometimes in the same week or even the same day. You’re kind of all over the place and sometimes a mess. Change is so fun, right?

There’s no rhyme or reason as to why we change and why the things around us transform and become different – but they must, and we adapt.  This really big guy I used to know with huge hands and large white teeth used to say that if you don’t grow, and you don’t change, then you will die. Yep, it’s as simple as that. It’s black and white.

A friend of mine once gave me a magnet that said “If you’re going through hell – keep going”. I like that. Now I’m not saying that change is always hell, but I like the concept because the same applies to change. You can’t stop it.

You fight to hold on to it and then you fight to let go of it.

But in the end – you have to just go with it. You have to keep going. Just roll and flow with the change babay.

We can all look back at something that scared us, something we didn’t want to do, a jump or a leap of faith we were terrified of making – and see what happened. Well A – if you’re reading this you’re still alive, so that’s good. And B – you’re still alive! Yep. We survive change, but we forget that in the middle of it. It’s tough to see a friendship change but it’s probably harder to resist letting it. It’s hard to say goodbye to a job or person that you love, but being so grateful that it was in your life in the first place is what you should be trying to hold on to.

A new house, a new city, new friends, a loss, a farewell, a new marriage, a new baby, a new job, a new haircut (no really, this can be a huge deal for people) – the list goes on. It may not be easy, and no one else may understand why this is harder on me and that is harder on you – but we deal, we overcome, and we blossom. It’s not easy and sometimes it really sucks, but we get over it because change creates us.

I guess in the end the most important thing about change is what we do with it.

I want to be glad it happened and not sad that it’s over.

But actually experiencing it that way can be the hardest part…

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