What’s in Your Anti-Aging Arsenal?

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For the record, I received product from Valentia Skin Care to facilitate this review. All opinions are entirely my own based on my personal experience with this product. Let me just put this out there, I spend a lot of money on my face. A LOT. In an attempt to maintain a youthful appearance, I literally have an arsenal of products that I use daily or weekly. The island climate can be rough on my skin so I have to work extra diligently to defy the signs of aging. Recently, I've added Valentia Even Glow Serum to my arsenal which already consists of wrinkle creams, anti-aging concealer, sunblock, teeth whiteners, lengthening mascaras, lip plumpers, and many more products. If I have all of that other stuff, why would I need more, right? Well, honestly, you can never have enough stuff, and I've found that no one product works on everything that I need to address. The Valencia Even Glow Serum is strategically formulated with powerful natural ingredients to support and enhance Vitamin C … [Continue]

Easy Lower Sodium Chicken Pot Pie

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I know I'm always preaching about low sodium eating, but some of my recipes are pretty time intensive. Even though I work from home, I don't always have the time to make all of our meals from scratch. On those busy days, that's when semi-homemade recipes like this easy low sodium Chicken Pot Pie come in handy. It's not the prettiest dish on the planet by any means, but my family loves it. The typical frozen chicken pot pie, even most recipes you'll see, house 580+ mg of sodium. This recipe is only 131 mg of sodium per serving and super simple to make. Low Sodium Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients: 2 medium sized chicken breasts 1 can 25% Less Sodium Campbell's Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup 1 can No Salt Added Veg-All 2 frozen pie crusts Preparation and Cooking Instructions: Thaw your pie crust for about an hour so that you can work with it. Boil the 2 chicken breasts in water until thoroughly cooked, shred, and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour the remaining … [Continue]

Latex or Lidocaine? Something Attacked My Baby at the Dentist!

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Disclosure: I'm not a sicko that goes around taking pictures of my baby when he's sick. I took these for our doctor's appointment to show them just how bad this was. I wanted to let you all know why I've been so absent so I'm posting this here.  Our weekend didn't go so well, as you can see. A simple trip to the dentist for a teeny tiny cavity for Bubby resulted in this. It didn't start out like this. But this was the result. It was not good, not good at all. Let me back up. Saturday morning, Bubby and I headed out at 8:30 am for a 9:00 am appointment to get this itsy bitsy cavity filled. We were the first ones at the dentist office so that had to be a great thing. He went right back. They gave him happy gas because he's a twitchy little patient (I was happy to pay the extra to make him "brave" as he called it). A smidge of Lidocaine to make the area numb, minor drilling, a little filling, and they were done. We were in and out in less than an hour. Awesome! But, not really. We … [Continue]

Crock Pot Brisket, Low Sodium Style

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This post may contain affiliate links to products I used to create this recipe. Hey, a girl's gotta make a living you know. Our recent move has required me to get creative in the kitchen since our gas still isn't turned on. Either I use the microwave (gross), we grill, or I use my Crock Pot. The end. It's been raining, no flooding, here on the island so I've been turning to my Crock Pot on a regular basis. I love a good Crock Pot meal because there's not a lot of fuss, you throw everything in one pot, season, and simmer for hours while your house enjoys an amazing aroma all day long. Then voila, dinner is served. Perfect. Typically B smokes our briskets for 4 hours, not a minute more, not a minute less, at the perfect temperature (you'd have to ask him what that is though, I have no clue). But...well...rain. I had to improvise so I decided to whip up this Crock Pot Low Sodium Brisket to see how it would turn out. Brisket can be a very tough cut of meat if you don't do it right, but … [Continue]

First Day of School, School Uniforms, and Social Lessons from Kindergarteners

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Today was the first day of school. Yay for them, sad face for mom. Seriously, it was so quiet in here, you'd think I'd be ecstatic, but actually I felt terribly alone. But enough about me. Let's talk about the first day of school and things that hit me like a ton of bricks today, shall we? Well, since we're talking about things that hit me like a ton of bricks, I guess we (really just me) are still talking about me, right? It is what it is. The babies had a great first day, mostly. Bug enjoyed every minute of it and Bubby enjoyed the first half. Apparently the second half was really boring involving sitting on a rug and stuff. Turns out, the "stuff" was music class and it's apparently not his favorite part of the day. He had fun, he's making friends, and I'm incredibly proud of him. Now, on to what "hit" me. My kids are just fine without me. In fact, they flourish. That's a good thing, really, but it's somewhat hurtful in a way. I need them, I know they need me, but they do very well … [Continue]

Anniversaries, Love, and Realizations…I’m Where I’m Supposed to Be.

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Do you remember the minute you fell in love? The minute you knew HE was the one? I do. It was one day in 2003. I'd been in "love" before. But it wasn't real love. It didn't have staying power. It was fleeting and those relationships didn't last. Not even the one that produced 2 beautiful children. It wasn't "real". I met B in 2002 and it was meant to be a fling. He was 11 years my junior. He had his kids, I had mine. We just wanted a companion that didn't want anything lasting. Just a break from reality. I remember the first time he told me he loved me. He wasn't supposed to tell me that. I felt it then, but I didn't admit it. That's not what we were about. But I remember the day I admitted it freely and willingly like it was yesterday. Something in the way the sun shone on him, something in the way his eyes twinkled, something in the way he made me rethink love. It was that day that I felt a forever love, a love that would withstand the troubles and trials in life, the love that … [Continue]