Tummy Flattening Smoothie

Flat tummies can be nearly impossible to maintain when on the go between family and daily activities with the kids. Take a moment for yourself to breathe! This delicious smoothie is easy to prepare and can help flatten our tummy! It’s very easy to use a busy lifestyle as an excuse for gaining some unwanted weight, but when you have some extra time in your day go for a walk! You will be surprised how easily you can the weight to come off.

This smoothie has digestion supporting ingredients that will help prevent bloating and digestive stress that can sabotage your tummy flattening efforts.

  • 3/4 c. papaya
  • 3/4c. sliced peaches
  • 1/2 pear, sliced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 2 mint leaves
  • Water to thin

Blend and enjoy!

Movie For Mom: Because I Said So

Now that the kids are out of school, your front door is now a revolving door. With summer practices, sleepovers, parties, and everything in between, you need down time! Yes! YOU! If you’re looking for a good flick that you can relate to as a mother,”Because I Said So” is a great choice!

Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) is a mother whose love is unconditional and shows no boundaries. She is a single mother of three daughters; stable psychologist Maggie (Lauren Graham), sexy and confident Mae (Piper Perabo) and insecure, adorable Milly (Mandy Moore). Mae has issues when it comes to dating men, so her mother go out of her way to make her daughter’s love life better.

The movie is funny, sexy, and cute. It’s one of those films that you never get bored with and it keeps you interested!

Do you have a movie suggestion? Please leave your comments in our reader’s comment section!

A Gallery of Nail Art

This gallery displays beautiful nail art that can give you some ideas on your next trip to the nail salon! Flip flops and summer wear is in and nail salons are busy! Getting a manicure and pedicure is therapeutic and fun. It’s not every day that we get to sit in a chair with steaming bubbles, a manicurist at our feet, or a pedicurist massaging our hands. Make a date with your Mom or best friend for a “mani-pedi” day. It’s a great opportunity to catch up and have girl time!

For an enlarged view of these nail art photos, click on the image.

 

Soft Pretzel Nuggets Recipe

Did you ever buy a soft pretzel from a stand in a big city or sporting event? Now you can make your very own! If you love to bake and have a fondness for soft pretzels, this recipe was made for you. These pretzels pair well with mustard, melted cheese and ice cream!

 

Soft Pretzel Nuggets

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
  2. Oil a bowl with vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over high heat and add the baking soda.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a long rope measuring about 22 inches. Cut the dough into one inch pieces. In small batches (about 15 at a time), boil the pretzel bites in the water solution for about 30 seconds.  Remove with a large slotted spoon and place pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure they are not touching. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season with coarse sea salt. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Remove to a baking rack and let rest 5 minutes before eating.

 

Jules Cobb: “Cougartown” Funny Quotes

Courtney Cougartown

Cougartown’s Jules Cobb, played by Courteney Cox, is a witty, wild, and over-thinking “divorcee” raising a teen son. In today’s world, a divorced Mother raising a teenager and “playing the field” is quite the polar opposite of the life led by TV moms like June Cleaver. The “d” word was barely discussed in the 50’s and 60’s, but today with the divorce rates being so high it seems there are more “divorcees” on dating sites over singles. Perhaps this is why “Cougartown” has been, thus far, a successful television show. We get it.

We get Jules.

In “Cougartown” Jules holds a circle of friends that support her, put her in her place, take back the support they gave her, and join her for a glass of wine after a bitter disagreement. Her extended family is pretty interesting; Her ex-husband is amongst the circle. HmMm. Imagine that!

Whether you’re married, divorced, never been married, or twice divorced; Jules Cobb, played by Courteney Cox, delivers comebacks that have “proud to be a cougar” written all over them. What Jules wants, she thinks she deserves. The show is a real “roar”.

Yes, Jules. We-get-you!

Here are some memorable quotes from our TV cougar:

 

 

Jules: “One Soy Latte for Lady J. Love Explosion!”

 

Courtney Cougartown

Ellie: “You use four towels every shower?”
Jules: :”Face, body, hair, feet!”

 

Courteney Cox On 'Cougar Town'

Jules: “Are you two dummies out in the yard again playing human Whac-A-Mole?”

 

Jules: I love Valentine’s day. I don’t care if I get flowers or deer skin.

 

In Courteney’s personal life, it seems her role on “Cougartown”  has become partial reality. Courteney’s eleven year marriage to actor, David Arquette ended in October 2010 after eleven years of marriage. Courteney and David have one daughter, Coco.


Microwave Potato Chips Recipe

potato slices picThe microwave; A life saver for TV dinners and warming up our beverages and left-overs. What would you say if I told you there is a recipe that exists that actually makes crispy potato chips – in the microwave? You’re probably thinking the same thing I thought when I found this recipe in Healthy Eats eats magazine about two years ago. The only potato I ever put in the microwave are Ore-Ida’s Steam N’ Mash potatoes, or, a quick baked potato. (Just a little F.Y.I.;  I am not a fan of instant potatoes-at all. But I have to hand to Ore-Ida; Their microwavable  Steam N’ Mash potatoes do not taste like instant potatoes. They are delicious.)

OK. Back to the microwave potato chips. Y-U-M! You will be delightfully surprised when you pull these potatoes out of the microwave. They are crispy, flavorful, and really taste like a potato chip! Microwaves tend to make foods soggy, right? How can a potato come out crispy like a potato chip? It does. This recipe is healthier than the potato chips in the grocery store and your family and friends will be amazed at how you made such a good potato – in the microwave! All it takes are a few simple ingredients, a microwave, a plate, and a good eye!

Microwave Potato Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 pounds Yukon Gold or red potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed
  • 2 teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Coat a large microwave-safe plate with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange as many potato slices in a single layer on the plate.
  3. Microwave, uncovered, on high until some slices start to brown, 2 to 3 minutes (depending upon potato thickness and microwave power).
  4. Turn slices over and continue microwaving until they start to crisp and brown around the edges ( about 35 seconds for very thin potato slices to 2 to 4 minutes for thicker slices.)
  5. Check frequently (You will need to turn over and rearrange the potatoes to avoid scorching)
  6. Transfer chips to another plate and allow to cool completely.
  7. Repeat process with remaining slices.

 

 

A Gallery of Princess Diana and Prince William

In honor of the royal wedding, here is a gallery  of the late Princess Diana and her son, Prince William. Though over one billion people watched the ceremony today to see the beauty of the love between a royal and his bride, it was also a reminder of the late Princess Diana.

Princess Diana was a wonderful Mother who lived for her children. There is no question Prince William looks very much like his Mother. Prince William was beaming with happiness, and no doubt had to find his inner strength in remembering his Mother, the late Princess Diana, on his special day.

 

Crab Dip Recipe

Preparing a dish is a form of therapy. It allows us to get lost in the art of cooking or sandwich artistry and with the right music, cooking or preparing a meal can be a real stress buster! Here is an easy and qualifying comfort food! There are only three ingredients that offer a mouthful of flavor! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces flake style crab meat
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced green or black olives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of thyme
  • shredded pepper jack or Monterey cheese

Directions

Place ingredients in large bowl. Mix until well blended. I recommended making a bread bowl by the cutting a hole into the center of a round loaf. This spread is also perfect on toast or as a dip with crackers. Add a glass of wine for a touch of class or romance!

 

 


Peg Bundy: Quotes And Photos

Peg Bundy was a household name and her saucy quotes and over the top wardrobe had audiences knee slapping and eye rolling. Kate Segal who played Peg Bundy in the hit television show did it right! Peg Bundy’s lifestyle isn’t typical, and borderline unacceptable, yet she had a way of making even the greatest Mom’s laughing and talking about her at the water cooler. Though Peg and Al’s marriage was clearly dysfunctional, couples and fans of the show probably felt better about their love…and marriage.

 

Here are some memorable quotes and photos from the queen of hairspray and steam:

  • “I tried to get Al to fix the driveway a long time ago. But his philosophy is why improve a home you’re only going to live in anyway?”

 

  • “So… we’ve certainly learned a lot about each other. We have no opinions on politics, religion, science, starving people, nuclear holocaust or recycling. The only thing we seem to feel strongly about is we both hate that painting behind Jay Leno.”

 

  • “And if you had what other men have, I wouldn’t need batteries anymore!”

 

  • “Kelly, its time we had a little talk. There is a thing men will want you to do when you get married; it’s called work.”

 

Ways For Moms To Make and Save Extra Money

With the rising prices of gasoline and everything in between, sometimes a full time job isn’t enough. Oh, if money only grew on trees! How many times a week have you said that to yourself or your children? Here are some simple ways to make a buck – in a sense. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to find another part-time job, but mindful ways to save the money you typically spend! There are also ways to make money by doing something you love. Imagine that! Making money working on a favorite hobby!  Call it “funny money”. The easy extra money that save or make may surprise you!

 

  1. Smoker? Break the habit! I know, easier said than done. After all, a cigarette makes your life so much easier to deal with in those stressful situations. A cigarette goes well with coffee and good conversation. That is all a state of mind. There is no drug in nicotine that is known to “calm your nerves”. A cup of coffee goes well with conversation, minus the smell of cigarettes on your clothing. Imagine how much better your coffee will taste once you break the habit? One of the biggest advantages besides potentially adding years t your life? MONEY! If you smoke one pack of cigarettes per day that averages out to an estimated $145.00 per month! That can be used for a car payment, a utility bill, school clothes, or a day at the salon! If you save that money up for an entire year, that is nearly $1800 saved. Hello, Disney World! Hello, contribution to a college tuition! The habit will be hard to break in the beginning, but think money! Most importantly, think family!
  2. Selling Crafts Online: If you are a “crafty mom,” you no longer have to venture out at 5 Am to make it to a local or long-distance craft fair or flea market! Your customer base can stretch across the world!. Sites like etsy.com give you the opportunity to sell your crafts, blog about your crafts, and network with other artists!
  3. Save money on coffee! truth be told, I pay $5.85 for my favorite latte at Starbucks. Honestly, I don’t have a $5.85 latte budget, but I have a hard time accepting that fact. Shame on me! However, here is an idea. Instead of dropping $2.0o-$6.00 for a java fix, ask your company to invest in a coffee machine and gourmet beans. If your employer is not prepared to do that, speak amongst your colleagues for a “chip in”. A monthly coffee fund will be much cheaper and it is more convenient!
  4. Avon? Mary K? If you love make-up, jewelery and all of the girly things that life has to offer, you know that AVON has been a staple in household beauty for reasonable prices! If you have a good circle of friends they can help you by distributing the AVON books in their workplace and to their families! AVON now offers online service, so you can email invites to people you know to browse the products and use you as their rep! Instead of spending money on make-up, shower gel, shampoo, jewelery and the things you love, the more you sell the more products you can earn for free!
  5. Paid focus groups – Go to a search engine and type, “paid focus group”, followed by the city you live in. How would you like to make an extra $75 in cash just for taste testing coffee or giving your opinion on baby strollers? Most focus groups pay IN CASH at the end of the session. All you have to do is drive to the area where the study is being conducted, review the product. cha-ching!