My PERSONAL Christmas List ;-)


I am a good gift lister for others, but sometimes a girl wants some stuff herself too 😉  Here are some of my favs for this season… please Santa 🙂

1.  A new phone- not AS impt. now that my crack-berry works, but it would be niiiiiice 😉  Anything to help my bloggin 😉

Verizon Droid by Motorola

2.  A spa gift cert- my aching new running legs!  I LOVE things to take care of myself 😉  mmmmm…I can feel the massage now!

3.  UGGS.  Any kind at all!  I know, I have an obsession!  BUT, I do like these babies, cause I have been feeling the moc look:

UGG Dakota Chestnut

4.  ANYTHING personalized- I LOOOVE that stuff!  I always get people personalized stuff but I have like NONE!  I feel like that is soooo thoughtful.  Great places for this:

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A RUNNING skirt or any other gear like that.  Caitlin from (pictured above in an AWESOME skirt) says it is motivating.  I agree!  When I get into something (like running) I loooove getting new “gear” for it!  REALLY need new sneakers too but I told Husband that many times.

6.  REAL MUK-LUKS from Vickie’s

Stripe mukluk

7.  Jewlery.  Duh.  Any girl likes that!  I am DEF feeling black diamonds, though.  These are sooo cool!

It would be nice to alternate with my white studs 🙂  also, they are relatively inexpensive.  A carat pair like the one above is for less than 200!

OK, that’s enough for now, but PLEASE understand. This was not just a selfish list, but for YOU, bloggies- so that you can make some suggestions or do some last minute shopping!  heehee

Catch ya later!

New YUMYUM and Noteworthy Song

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Hi all!  Just HAD to tell you about this INCREDIBLE new find!  It is SUCH a yumyum!  I found these babies at Whole foods on SALE, mind you, and they are an AMAZING find!  This creamy mac and cheese is soooo delish, low in cals (210 for ENTIRE experience container!), organic, easy to find AND inexpensive!  You just add water (up to the line-no measuring!)  and micro for 3.5 minutes and voila!  An incredibly cheesey creamy mac and cheese meal.  And yes, it is filling.  People, I was skeptical at first too, but I’m telling you-TRY IT.

OK, so even though the Husband of COURSE made fun of me (he always does about my cheesey songs) I LOOOOVE Kris Allen’s song, “Live Like We’re Dying.”  I think it is soooo catchy and I LOVE the lyrics:

Sometimes we fall down and can’t get back up
we’re hiding behind skin that’s too tough
how come we don’t say I love you enough
till it’s to late, it’s not too late
Get the free MP3 at’re%20Dying

Our hearts are hungry for a food that won’t come
we could make a feast from these crumbs
and we’re all staring down the barrel of a gun
so if your life flashed before you
what would you wish you would’ve done

Yeah… gotta start
lookin at the hand of the time we’ve been given here
this is all we got and we gotta start pickin it
every second counts on a clock that’s tickin’
gotta live like we’re dying

We only got
86 400 seconds in a day to
turn it all around or to throw it all away
we gotta tell ’em that we love ’em
while we got the chance to say
gotta live like we’re dying

And if your plane fell out of the skies
who would you call with your last goodbyes
should be so careful who we live out our lives
so when we long for absolution
there’ll no one on the line

Yeah… gotta start
lookin at the hand of the time we’ve been given here
this is all we got and we gotta start pickin it
every second counts on a clock that’s tickin’
gotta live like we’re dying

We only got
86 400 seconds in a day to
turn it all around or throw it all away
we gotta tell ’em that we love ’em
while we got the chance to say
gotta live like we’re dying


NOW we’re talking-my kind of list: 25 Ridiculously Healthy Foods

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This is from Prevention.  Love it!

1.  Eggs totally not my thing unless mixed with something, like cake batter

2.  Greek Yogurt trying to get into it…aka almost bought it once 😉

3.  Fat Free Milk I hope Lactaid counts

4.  Salmon waaaait wasn’t on the “don’t eat list” or was that just farm-raised?  whatever I’m going with the other list- I don’t like salmon

5.  Lean Beef I could be convinced…at a nice steakhouse dinner date with Husband (hint)

6.  Beans one word:  NO.

7. Nuts eh

8.  Tofu and Edamame no but yes

9. Oatmeal still working on it

10.  Flaxseed yesssss i KNEW my purchase was worth it!

LOVE Flax Packs!

11.  Olive oil I cook with it

12.  Avocado can’t get past the texture…blech

13.  Broccoli like it, but need to do it more

14.  Spinach serious yumyum

15.  Tomatoes love it, Husband hates it

16.  Sweet Potatoes yesss my babies made it to another “positive food list!”

17.  Garlic again, love it, I’m sure Husband not so much (after I eat it at least heehee:-))

18.  Red Peppers blech, always missing from my stir fry

19.  Figs yumyum but soooo caloric and terrible for your teeth (I’m a crazy tooth-health girl)

20. Blueberries liking it.

21. Asian Pears sound good, but again need to make an effort to do more

22.  Lychee won’e even eat that fro yo flavor. no way.

23.  Apples ohhhhh but of course they need to be organic according to the “worst foods list”

24.  Guava such an island fruit that I’ve only had it when on vacay on an island

25. Dark Chocolate not even an ok substitute for milk choc



SO Upset about this list! 7 foods you absolutely should NOT eat

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BOO.  This article I found on Yahoo!  made me sick to my stomach!  Let me know what you think…

How healthy (or not) certain foods are—for us, for the environment—is a hotly debated topic among experts and consumers alike, and there are no easy answers. But when Prevention talked to the people at the forefront of food safety and asked them one simple question—“What foods do you avoid?”—we got some pretty interesting answers. Although these foods don’t necessarily make up a “banned” list, as you head into the holidays—and all the grocery shopping that comes with it—their answers are, well, food for thought:

1. Canned Tomatoes

The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people’s body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. “You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young,” says vom Saal. “I won’t go near canned tomatoes.”

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe’s and Pomi.


2. Corn-Fed Beef

The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming

The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. More money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. “We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure,” says Salatin.

The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers’ markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It’s usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don’t see it, ask your butcher.


3. Microwave Popcorn

The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group,

The problem: Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize—and migrate into your popcorn. “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there,” says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.

The solution: Pop natural kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes, or soup mix.


4. Nonorganic Potatoes

The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

The problem: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes—the nation’s most popular vegetable—they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. “Try this experiment: Buy a conventional potato in a store, and try to get it to sprout. It won’t,” says Moyer, who is also farm director of the Rodale Institute (also owned by Rodale Inc., the publisher of Prevention). “I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”

The solution: Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn’t good enough if you’re trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh.


5. Farmed Salmon

The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and publisher of a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.

The problem: Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. “You can only safely eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer,” says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. “It’s that bad.” Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.

The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it’s farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.


6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones

The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society

The problem: Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. “When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract,” says North. As it turns out, the casein in milk protects most of it, according to several independent studies. “There’s not 100% proof that this is increasing cancer in humans,” admits North. “However, it’s banned in most industrialized countries.”

The solution: Check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products.


7. Conventional Apples

The expert: Mark Kastel, former executive for agribusiness and codirector of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods

The problem: If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don’t develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful. But Kastel counters that it’s just common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most doused produce, like apples. “Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers,” he says. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides (from all sources) with Parkinson’s disease.

The solution: Buy organic apples. If you can’t afford organic, be sure to wash and peel them first.