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February 5, 2013 at 11:00 pm

In any good relationship, it’s considered a virtue to admit your mistakes. So here I go… Mea culpa!! A couple of years ago, I posted about getting some good quality non-stick cookware. I really bought into the whole thing! And I turned a blind eye to the research about the dangers of PFOA & PTFE in teflon. I chose, rather, to side with those who said as long as they were used properly (ie never […]

Breakfast of Champions

January 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

A few posts back I mentioned one of Gabriel’s and my favorite breakfasts: The blueberry omelet. Now that the detox is over, I can finally enjoy it again! Hurray. I missed it so! I admit, a sweet omelet might seem a little odd at first, but trust me on this one: It’s pretty darned good. I found the original recipe here, but have adapted it a bit to suit my tastes and available ingredients. Two […]

Sugar Detox: I Survived!

January 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm

So what do you eat when you eliminate sugar (in all its insidious forms), dairy, legumes, fruit, and grains (including corn and potatoes)?? Oh yeah, AND natural low glycemic sweeteners like sugar alcohols and stevia! Turns out, quite a lot! And hey, did you know that cashews and peanuts are both considered legumes!? I didn’t know that, and now I do. So, yesterday I wrapped up the 21 Day Sugar Detox, and I’m feeling victorious […]


January 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I am more than half way through the detox, and I feel great! Unfortunately, yesterday Mike came down with appendicitis which is probably an entire post in itself. But, before he came home from work in agony, I made a batch of salsa and posted this picture to Facebook, with the caption “I just made this and I fear it won’t make it till the end of the day!” Alas, we spent the evening in […]

Life So Far

January 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Last week I talked about the stuff I’d like to accomplish with my life, now I’m going to run down some of the “highlights” of my 35 years. Try not to get bored. Again, I’ve teamed up with my bloggy friends for this list, so check out the other participants at the bottom of the post! Travel: I’ve been a couple other places not listed on business, but I’m not counting those, as I was […]

My Chocolate Fix

January 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Last night was the end of day three on my 21 Day Sugar Detox and I was hitting the cravings pretty hard. They seem to come and go… Most of the time I’m fine, but when I have to make something for Gabriel that is off-limits, I get pretty twitchy. Breakfast as been toughest because he’s been asking for our famous blueberry omeletes. It’s seriously amazing, and I have a hard time not licking Gabe’s […]

Vanessa’s Life List

January 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I’m teaming up with some other cool bloggers to share our life lists/ bucket lists, what-have-you… And until now, I really haven’t given it much thought. In fact, I’ve known about this little blog-along thing for weeks and actively procrastinated until Gabriel’s naptime on the day it’s due! Shame. Truthfully, I think I’ve always feared making such a list because of the potential for failure. But the experts say that if you don’t plan for […]


January 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I’ve been coveting a Vitamix for a while — ever since they were doing in-store demos at Wegmans. However, I lack the $400 clams to spend on such a device! It may be lovely and makes a killer smoothie as well as a ton of other uses (or so it claims), but I can’t justify the cost. I saw the NutriBullet advertised in-store at Bed Bath and Beyond and thought I would do a little […]

2012 Recap and TMI

January 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm

2012 was a major turning point in my life for many reasons. I started the year off at the bottom of the barrel; in a very dark place that I wasn’t sure I could crawl out of. It was cold and lonely down there and I found that I didn’t really know who I was or where I was headed. But despite the year’s initial low points, I believe it ended on a really positive […]

Christmas, Cut Short

December 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

My mom has always told me that when you have a kid, you never know when you might have to call off established plans to take care of a sick child. Well, we learned that the hard way this year. Gabriel started with a runny nose and hacking cough the day before Christmas Eve… Our holiday plans were to drive out to my in-laws on Christmas Day, spend the night, then continue our journey South […]


December 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Let’s talk dirty for a second. Yeah, I mean poop. Before Gabriel was born, I committed to using cloth diapers. For the most part we’ve been diligent about sticking to that about 75% of the time. Admittedly, I use disposables at night and when we’re going out/traveling. Sometimes that makes me feel like I’ve given up on cloth, but then I have to remind myself that I’m being realistic: Gabriel gets awful rashes in his […]

Oh Tannenbaum!

November 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

When I was growing up, the duty of hanging the Christmas lights on the tree ALWAYS belonged to my dad. I was never allowed to help—even though I desperately wanted to. Back in the day, we had a real tree and it was delicate business, no doubt. Either that or he just didn’t want a precocious 8-year-old impeding his already stressful work. I recall a few years where my dad cursed under his breath as the entire strand […]