The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-07-24

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The shorts ban

Another week on Nutrisystem brings me closer to my goal and Whoopeedoo! for that, I'm about as sick of being overweight as I've been sick of anything in my life. One more pound gone that I never have to try to zip my pants over, one more pound that I never have to look at again.  One more pound that won't be whispering in my ear, Go back to the buffet, left some food there, go baaaack!

I don't what's up with the whispering fat but the more I lose the more I'm motivated to continue. 

Plus I'm just done - I don't know if it's the heat this year that's driving it home but for the love of all things humid, I'm so done.  I want to wear shorts.  Hey, I want to feel like I deserve to wear shorts.  And I don't.

 About a week back the heat index topped 118 degrees F ( 48 degrees Celsius ) and I wore long (jeans) pants because  the  only thing worse then that heat is dealing with that heat and worrying that my legs look like sweating sausages poking out of shorts.

And don't even start me on chafing...


For me, it's not even about looking stylish, although that would be nice.   I just want to wear a pair of shorts.  I want to leave the house on a hot day and feel...  I don't know, like everyone else does when they put on a pair of shorts which is cooler, I guess.


Okay, you know what guys....  I need to go buy shorts just on general principles, for some self-esteem... And (clearly) for my sanity about now.

That heat fried my brain like an egg.

The shorts ban; my whole protecting  the world from my huge legs is so over.  These are my legs not Medusa's head...  No one will turn to stone if I go outside in shorts when it's hot.

Well, okay not if I shave my legs anyway...

Short's update coming soon.  

If want to want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem click the picture below of  last night's dinner. Check out the website for the Summer Sale!  

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*This post was brought to you by some pending shorts and by  Nutrisystem who is providing me with the food and program materials in exchange for blogging.* 


Friday, July 29, 2011

Who is Simon Miller?

This summer I've been watching a lot of TV with my family.   And I don't mean we all sit in the same room with one TV, two smart phones and a computer; I mean every couple o' days, once a week or so we all watch the same show (commercials included because I hide the remote) like it was I don't know.... the nineteen fifties around here.

 It's been a lot of fun and besides watching the show and being together -  Everyone talks.  And I mean to each other.   I assume that's because no one's getting texted, tweeted or is otherwise electronically engaged.  

I'm always looking for something we can all watch so when Mom Central asked if I wanted to preview a new Family Movie Night offering (presented by Walmart and P&G) I said, Sold! Where do I sign up?

Here's a synopsis - The movie, Who is Simon Miller? is premiering on Saturday, August 6th on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT and is the story of a family turned upside down when their father suddenly disappears and they realize he was living a secret life (Finding out your dad has seven different passports'll do that....)

Take a look at the trailer...

 Who is Simon Miller? is a whole ice cream Sundae of fun topped with lessons about trust, love, and how (we) parents forget just how smart our kids are, all neatly wrapped up as a movie the whole family will love.

And the cherry on this fun Movie Sundae is that it's so much fun no one cares we aren't  attached to our smart phones for a while because we are attached to each other....

And isn't that the whole point?

So come check out Who is Simon Miller? it's premiering on Saturday, August 6th on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT 

Whole synopsis:

Like most families, the Millers have their challenges. Simon’s (Loren Dean) frequent business trips have created some distance between him and the rest of the family, leaving Meredith (Robyn Lively) stretched and struggling to keep things together. Daughter Sarah, an 18-year-old honor student, has recently gotten herself into trouble at school while son Kevin, 15, struggles to engage with anything outside of a video game…But these issues all prove to be trivial when Simon goes missing. Sensing something is not right, the family frantically searches Simon’s office for information. Discovery of a stash of passports, all with Simon’s picture but each with a different alias, reveals that their father has been keeping more than a few secrets. In a frantic phone call, Simon urges the family not to tell anyone of his disappearance, not even the authorities, right before the line goes dead. Who is Simon Miller? And what exactly has he gotten himself – and now his family – into?Shocked, scared and unsure if they can even trust the dad they thought they knew, the three embark on their own international mission to get him back. With Meredith’s sharp instincts, Sarah’s foreign language skills and Kevin’s natural techgenius, they try to unravel the mystery behind his disappearance. It’s a heartpounding family thriller that tests the limits to which families will fight for each other.

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Affresh gets five clean forks up!

In June I used Affresh Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal Cleaner and posted (here) about my clean, fresh smelling results.  A month plus in, I still love this stuff and here's why.

My Fred Flintstonean Dishwasher doesn't have a heavy cycle (Affresh recommends using the heaviest cycle; hottest water) so I turned up the hot water heater and hoped for the best. After I was done I turned down the water heater but not as low as it was before.  (I think we had it too low, in general)

Did my garbage disposal smell better after using Affresh?  Yeah, for real.  It was like Night of the Living Dead down there, before Affresh.  Were my dishes cleaner after using Affresh?  Yeah, they were... And consistently so.

In the back of my mind, admittedly - A frightening and dangerous place to be,  I wondered if they were consistently cleaner because I set my water heater hotter or because of the results of Affresh?  Hot water is bound to clean better.  So I waited...

A few weeks (maybe four?) down the road from Use No. 1 my dishwasher and garbage disposal started blossoming with whiffs of  muggy August night in a New Jersey Garbage Dump smells and I noticed I was rewashing things again, first just a knife or two but then crusty stuff was marching out the dishwasher like floats at the annual dirty utensil parade.... All over again.

And while this was  annoying it was also really helpful because, A. I now know it was the Affresh - not that I turned up the temperature on the water heater - that was the shot in the arm my dishwasher needed and B.  I remembered it was time to use it again and C. Using Affresh is way cheaper then replacing that ratty old dish washing thing which I thought  was in the cards and D. There's very little that smells as bad as a New Jersey Dump in August so thank you. Thank you, so much.

I give Affresh five clean forks up!

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf ofaffresh and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mrs. Dash a-ha moment

In the last year I've posted a couple o' few times about the ways I've incorporated Mrs. Dash seasonings into my cooking.    My favorite Mrs. Dash a-ha! moment was that I could use one, or more, of the spice blends to make to make a no (or low) salt version of sticky chicken.

mrs dash chicken

And because there are so many blends your delicious chicken possibilities are endless.  

At least that was my favorite a-ha moment until this Father's day.

My dad is very hard to buy gifts for.  For years he returned everything I got him because well, who knows, probably a few things.  First, he can buy what he wants, second he doesn't want much and third...   I don't know but the whole thing was hurting my feelings something awful....   

The last straw was when I tried gift cards and he gave them to my sister.  I mean, Dad.  Really, my own sister?

It wasn't bad enough that Mommy liked her better,  now this.  How much can a person take?

That's when I started giving him things he couldn't return.  Things like virtual zoo adoptions (No really, he loves that stuff I wasn't just being mean to my sister) and food gifts.  Barbecue stuff and tea; he loves tea, I've given him a lot of tea over the last few years.  But I wanted to try something different this year...

This Father's Day I gave him the entire line of Mrs. Dash Seasoning and crossed my fingers.    About a month later I was at the house when he was making dinner; he was up to the salad and pulled out Mrs. Dash and started sprinkling it all over the salad.  

"Dad, you're using it!" I said.

And he said he uses it all the time on lots of stuff; not just the salad, he loves it.  And then my sister walked in, saw him making the salad and was all nom noming, "Mmmmmm! What flavor are you using today?"

And I said, You like it too?

And she said, Oh yeah.  Daddy puts a different flavor on the salad every day.  It's SO good.  

This was the best gift I'd gotten him in oh, I don't even know how long.  

It's delicious, and healthy and he never would have gone out and bought them all so what a treat it is for him to have and explore all the new flavors.     

Buying him all the Mrs. Dash flavors was perfect because really, he needed another chia pet like he needs a hole in the head but Mrs. Dash!  That he uses every day!

And okay, looks like he's still giving the stuff I get him to my sister, but in a good way this time.

Check out Mrs. Dash on Facebook for recipes!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Mrs. Dash and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.” 


Monday, July 25, 2011

And with one word....

Did you ever have a single word change every thing?

See these slippers....


They are perfect and not just 'cause they are aqua...

Although it helps. But no, not just 'cause of that.  They are so much more then just aqua; they're comfy and cozy and soft and girly ....And a bargain! Three dollars on clearance.  C'mon.  

So I showed my son who popped my whole happy slipper bubble with, looks like they got scrotum, Ma.


Thanks Ben.  

Thank you so much for pointing out that my sweet feminine slippers have a manly package.   Now how do I forget that....


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