02 April 2014


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01 April 2014

Be not a slave of your own past - Quote of the month

Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

22 March 2014

Hormel REV Meat Snack Mix and a Giveaway

Yes, you read that correctly. MEAT snack mix. Shelf stable meat snack mix. I know what you're thinking, my initial response was to wrinkle my nose a little, but I'll try anything once. Plus, I have teenagers so I was sure I could find willing taste testers. It just sounds odd, doesn't it? Still, we were excited to give it a try.

Snacks are serious business around here, as I'm sure is normal for most households with busy teens. Teenagers can be bottomless pits and don't always make the healthiest of choices. Often times they just reach for the fastest, most portable option they can find. This means chips are gobbled up a lot more often than an orange is peeled. Portability and ease are two huge factors when it comes to my busy teens and what they nosh on. Healthy and portable is ideal for my family.

Hormel REV Meat Snacks offer a great solution to our snacking conundrum. There are five amazing flavors; Honey Mustard Bacon, Turkey Ranch, Pepperoni & Cheese, Pepperoni Pizza, and Spicy BBQ and Bacon. The Pepperoni Pizza and Spicy BBQ and Bacon were the hands down favorites with my hungry crew. The kids were excited by the flavor, how well they fit in a back pack, and insisted they were "fun". I like that the mixes are made from real meat and cheese, contain up to 12 grams of protein each, and keep the kids far more satisfied long term than something like a candy bar or other traditional quick snacks. They get three huge votes of approval from this family!

These great snack mixes can be found at several DFW Kroger locations including:

  • 6650 N. Beach St, 76137
  • 515 S. McArthur Blvd, 75060
  • 4017 14th St, 75074
  • 5021 Teasley Ln, 76210

Want to try some of these yummy snacks for yourself? I five $1 off coupons to share with a lucky reader. Just leave me a comment letting me know which flavor sounds best to you. Be sure to leave me a way to contact you in the comment as well. Deadline to enter is midnight 03/30/2014. I'll pick a winner at random and contact them on Monday, March 31, 2014. 

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I've partnered with Hormel Foods as part of the Hormel REV Meat Snack Mix Program. I'll receive product and merchandise, but no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

03 March 2014

Under Pressure

Crisis (Photo credit: Neil T)
Once upon a time a beautiful country girl was sitting on the porch of a lovely lake home, chatting on the telephone with her best friend who lived across the country. The conversation wasn't particularly important, but they always enjoyed speaking to one another about pretty much anything. City Girl told Country Girl there was a fox coming toward her. There was no chance for Country Girl to reply before there's a clatter, what sounds like a growl, and maybe a yelp. Country Girl is screaming into the phone when City Girl pics back up and calmly explains she's been attacked by a fox. Her voice never even changes pitch as she tells Country Girl she dropped the phone while punching said fox in the head and she will call back after going tot he emergency room. City Girl is cool as a cucumber, Country Girl is near hysterical. Yes, that happened. Foxes don't normally willingly come toward people and that particular rabid fox attacked three people total in my best friend's neighborhood that day. City Girl never got overly worked up over it, not during the attack, the treatment, or the medical bills that came after. She is the epitome of grace under pressure.

I cannot say the same. In that situation I was a wreck listening over the phone. Kids slamming fingers in car doors, tripping and splitting lips, anything that involves blood freaks me out. High fevers do it too. Severe storms as well. Pretty much if it involves blood, risk, danger, anything like that I get worked up into quite a state. This is something I need to work on because being a nervous wreck is not good for anyone or even the slightest bit helpful. Let's chalk it up to my never ending quest to calm and stress less in general.

How are you under pressure? Cool and graceful, or wound tighter than an eight day clock? 

02 March 2014

Nightmares or What the Heck Is Wrong With My Sleeping Brain

Starting when I was about 13 and continuing until several years ago I had the same recurring nightmare. It was always so vivid, I would shoot out of bed completely tormented. It bothered me for so many reasons. I was always in an insane amount of pain int he dream and it was just twisted.

What is the nightmare that gave me such fits? Someone was cut my teeth off with toenail clippers. No, not pulling them out completely, but cutting them off at the gum line. This was back before I had ever even had a cavity, so I have no idea why dental fears, let alone such twisted ones, plagued my subconscious. It's weird, gross, and makes me do a full body shudder just thinking about it. Stranger still, when my teeth started failing me, almost all of them broke at the gum line, just like in my dreams. I also find it odd that when my teeth did actually start going to pot, the dreams ceased. Thankfully, no one was snapping them off with instruments made to assist in pedicures. Why do our minds do such strange things?

Have you ever had recurring nightmares? If so what were they? Were they based on logical fears or crazy stuff like the ones that freaked me out for so long?

01 March 2014

Take me back to Neverland!

Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbili...
Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbilical cord has not yet been cut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When was the first time you really felt like a grown up? This is a difficult question for me because in many ways I don't feel like an adult now. Maybe it's because I got married so young. Maybe it's because I have gray hair and am clinging desperately to my youth. Perhaps it's because I never did the college and career thing. It's even possible I'm over thinking all this because I've not had coffee yet. Who knows.

Anyway, my first "Oh my gosh, I'm suppose to be a grown up now" moment was when we brought Little Man home from the hospital. After all the visitors left and it was just us staring down at this incredibly tiny human depending on us for his survival, something clicked inside me. I should say I questioned the nurses extensively about keeping him a little longer because he was so small, we were just kids, and I had this realization that all the books I'd read in the months before his arrival had done nothing to prepare me for this moment. They said no and made us take him home. And it was in those first moments alone, as a new family of three, that some sort of change happened and for the first time ever I really felt my childhood was over. Over at 17.

This is the point at which I feel it necessary to remind my children to do as I say not as I do and DO NOT FOLLOW IN MY FOOTSTEPS! I wouldn't trade my children for anything in the world, but I want better for them. Plus, I am still not grown up enough to even entertain the notion of being a grandmother. Young people need to live their lives and I want my kids to fully enjoy their carefree days as long as possible. Learn from my mistakes and all that jazz.

I got completely off topic. Anyhow, when did you first feel like an adult? Was it a specific moment or did it happen slowly over time?