A Bit of Pampering

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite nightly rituals is to slather my hands with a rich moisturizer, slip on some hydrating  gloves, and wake up the next morning with baby soft hands.  I try to do this most nights during the week and I can tell a big difference when I don’t. 

My faves are Bath & Body Works Beauty Queen Wave gloves and Rescue Beauty Lounge hand cream in Spiced Floral.  The gloves contain a blend of olive and jojoba oil and vitamin E, while the hand cream packs a super moisturizing punch with grape seed and sunflower oil.  It also contains glycerin which helps to form a protective barrier against moisture loss (key since I wash my hands frequently during the day).  This hand cream is also fab because it absorbs quickly, is non-greasy, and has a light but not overpowering scent.

What’s your favorite hand cream?

Emmy Night

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Did you tune into the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards?  I sort-of did between packing my lunch and work bag, packing the baby’s diaper bag, ironing clothes, and trying to tackle this pile of (thankfully) clean laundry. 

Since I don’t really watch a lot of TV shows (my TV is usually set on E!, Style, or The Military Channel–that’s for my husband), the only thing I cared about was the fashion.

Here are some fabulous dresses…..

Jenna Fischer

Jayma Mays

Claire Danes (this one is my fave)

and some not so fabulous dresses…

Mindy Kaling

January Jones (the color is great, but that's about it)

Stephanie Pratt (does anyone know why she was there??)

Who do you think was a fabulous fashion do and who do you think was a flop?

photos from yahoo.com

The Secret Ingredient Is…

August 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

Last week when I was working second shift at the hospital, my coworker and I decided to order out for dinner (like we always do).  Hospital food isn’t the greatest, and we wanted a tasty meal.  We decided on Romans, which has great salads and sandwiches.  Everything we ordered happened to have goat cheese.  (I do love me some goat cheese).  While I was enjoying my dinner, I remembered that I had a goat cheese brownie at one time at some restaurant.  For the life of me, I couldn’t remember when or where, I just knew I had one before.  So, I decided I must recreate that brownie.

All the recipes I found for goat cheese brownies were very similar to cream cheese brownies.  The brownie I had didn’t have a layer of goat cheese, it  had been mixed in the batter.  So, I decided to just wing it.  I used this recipe, but substituted 4 ounces of goat cheese for one of the eggs.

These brownies were delish.  There was a subtle tang from the goat cheese.  I had my coworkers taste them first  and try to guess the secret ingredient.  They all could tell these brownies had a little something extra in them, but couldn’t quite put their finger on it.  Once I told, they all agreed that the goat cheese gave a nice bite to the brownies.

Go make these brownies, and let me know what you think.

I am currently having to work on some “work” stuff at home, so my posts will probably not be as frequent this week.

They’re Back…

August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Those Krazy Kardashians are back at it again. 

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I don’t know what it is about this show, but I can’t help but watch.  It’s a guilty pleasure of mine.  I love to see what krazy shenanigans they get themselves into. (I also love to check out what they’re wearing).  I can’t help but feel a tad bit sorry for Bruce (the lone voice of reason in that whole group).  No one ever seems to listen to him.  It kind of reminds me of my poor dad having to put up with my mom, my sister, and myself.  (Dad, you’re a champ for putting up with us and managing to keep your sanity!).   I sometimes wonder if my husband thinks this is what the future holds for him (as he is also outnumbered in our household).

Did you tune in?  Are you a fan?

It’s the Simple Things

August 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

I am always thrilled when a new issue of Real Simple greets me from my mailbox.  I have received and canceled numerous magazine subscriptions over the years, but this is one that I just cannot live without. 

The September issue arrived a few days ago, and I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I am so glad that we don’t have any big plans for this weekend (compared to last weekend).  My goal is to read this delight from cover to cover.

What’s your favorite magazine?  And as always, I love to hear what you all have planned for the weekend.

I always knew it…CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU

August 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

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As a pharmacist, I am always trying to keep up with the most up to date medical information.  My inbox is usually full of new drugs on the horizon, dosing information, and clinical guidelines.  Needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw this title staring at me from my inbox: Moderate Chocolate Consumption Linked to Lower Risk for Heart Failure in Women.  You can read the full article from Circulation (Journal of the American Heart Association) here

Here’s the summary.  The study included over 30,000 middle-aged Swedish women who did not have a history diabetes, heart failure, or heart attack.  Those who consumed 1 – 3 servings per month had a 25% reduction in heart failure risk, and those that consumed 1 – 2 servings per week had a 30% reduction in heart failure risk.  The authors did note that higher intake did not have a protective effect.

The cocoa in chocolate is a good source of flavonoids, which may protect your heart.  However, it was noted that chocolate consumed in the US likely contains less cocoa than that consumed by the Swedish women in the study. 

So do your heart a favor, if you’re going to have some chocolate, reach for the dark stuff.  It will have a higher cocoa content and more flavonoids.  Also remember, everything in moderation.

My favorite is Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt

What’s yours?

OK, I’ll admit it

August 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

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I am a Twilight Fan, but I don’t consider myself a “Twihard”.  However,  I have read the books and have seen the movies. (Yes, I know I am not a 13 yr old girl, but I just can’t help it).  All my friends at work were reading the series, so I drank the Kool-Aid and decided to read the books to see what all the fuss was about.  I was hooked after the first chapter and couldn’t put the books down.  I just had to know what would become of Bella and Edward (and the rest of their Scooby gang).

I happened to see a preview for this movie the other day.  You can watch it here.

Now I am pretty sure this isn’t Oscar worthy, but it looks like it will give you a few laughs.  (I can tell you my husband would probably rather sit through this than any of the Twilight movies.)  It also stars Ken Jeong, who you may remember as Mr. Chow from The Hangover.  Did you know he was originally a physician before he became an actor?  I will more than likely see this movie once it’s available on DVD from the comfort of my couch when I need a dose of mind-numbing entertainment. (Perhaps prescribed by Dr. Ken).  However, if you need your vampire fix and can’t wait until Breaking Dawn makes it to theaters, then you may want to check this out (it opens today).  If so, let me know what you think.

My workout for today consists of a 1.5 mile run per my 5k training plan. (I’m on week 4).  I’m also going to try to do P90X shoulders and arms.  I was supposed to do it yesterday, but ended up not having time.

If you skip a workout, do you try to do a bit more the next day to make up for it?

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