The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-02-26

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Filofaxes, the good, the bad and the gusseted

I talked about some of the differences between new and old Filofaxes  in my last video so I thought I'd pull them together and show you what I meant.

My addiction to Filofaxes goes back decades.

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Nutrisystem strawberry shakes saves the day!

With my toothache and the subsequent TMJ falala, I haven't done a Nutrisystem update in a month.  I'm still not back to normal and don't have any idea why, neither does my oral surgeon.  

All I know is eating anything I can't suck up a straw or down with a spoon is a big issue.  The few times I attempted a salad or (and this was really bad) dry cereal I had to go back on prescription pain meds for a few days... Instead of just the Aleve  I take everyday.  

The reason I'm posting is because dental pain can be part of life,  but my commitment Nutrisystem  is a commitment to myself, my health, and even my family -  I'm crossing my fingers that with in a few weeks I'll be on food that doesn't feel predigested.  

A lot of people see Nutrisystem as a temporary diet but it's so much more; it's the blue print to how I will eat well beyond when I need to order the meals.    Nutrisystem  is learning portion size,  eating mindfully, and feeling better about yourself every day you're on it.  

A piece of advice my oral surgeon gave me was to make sure I was having protein shakes during this time, do I have any? He wanted to know.  Yes, yes I do.  

In a bit of fortuitous timing Nutrisystem just came out with protein shakes and they have been the only thing assuring some well needed, good nutrition lately.  My favorite is Strawberry.

They help you add some fruity deliciousness to your weight loss program.  Each is packed with 15 grams of protein to keep you feeling satisfied, and it really does.   A shake makes feel satisfied for hours, not stuffed to busting like an evil drive-through shake would.

There are 4 flavors; strawberry, vanilla, chocolate and coffee to enjoy.

Since my eating has been so bizarre - whatever I can get down without Percocet basically - I'm taking a vacation from the scale because I don't want to aggravate myself over something I can't control and more importantly,  getting healthy is a process not a number.

If you want to lost weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem click HERE! or call 1-888-853-4689

Click on my favorite way to start the day for more information on how you can have success, shakes and donuts for breakfast kind of rocks.

*This post was sponsored  by Nutrisystem who is providing me with the food  and program materials in exchange for blogging. 


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Freecycle SCORES! in the last year...

I've never posted my all-time best ever, TOP Freecycle  SCORES! in one place.  The other day I was looking at my new Freecycle clock and decided to do just that.

changing the world 
one gift at a time™

In case you don't know about them:   The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,027 groups with 8,881,416   It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free.  

And their stated mission is: "Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community."

If you're interested go to their website or just live vicariously through my membership and scroll down....

General Electric wall clock 2150 circa 1960

My cute flower 60's kitchen clock by GE


Ginger was unimpressed...

coffee table

But look how cute she looks back there bundled up in her muffin behind my Freecycled Heywood-Wakefield Coffee Table.

vintage corner table

This is my newest find, last weekend.  A corner tiered table that I love, love love...

corner table

Look how nice my thrifted lamp looks on it...

small retro lamp

I rewired it last week-end.

corner table and lamp

The lamp wasn't free but at eight dollars, it was close!

reto lamp base

And speaking of lamps...

retro lamp

This is the big brother of the other one, they look so similar.

fiberglass lamp shade

Except this one has a FIBERGLASS SHADE.  Never thought I'd see one of them in person in a million, million years.

table treated 5

Before getting the corner table and lamp this was my favorite Freecycle thing.

Freecycle treasures

My dining room table...


And these amazing chairs (from different SCORES!)

diningroom table

I keep a table cloth on it most of the time, it needs refinishing.  I get water and heat marks if it's bare.

Of course, there's also these...

There's no end to the things you can get from Freecycle, check 'em out!  You won't be sorry.


Monday, March 5, 2012

The moral of an inky story

A few months back I joined Goulet Pens Ink Drop which, if you like pens, is more fun then Glitter Nail Polish and Chocolate-Covered Peeps combined.  If you need a less girly description, here's the way they describe it:

For only $10 per month (or $12.50 per month outside the U.S., Canada, or Mexico), you'll receive 5 fountain pen ink samples as well as access to a special club page with extra discounts and promotions.

Every month you get little vials of ink and for me, the only thing better then  ink... Is ink with a theme.   Last month being February it was Valentine's Day so the inks were pink, purple, red, and chocolaty.  

ink drop

My samples live in an old Chanel No.5  jar...

This month the theme is Spring Cleaning which sounded promising.  

When I read the info card, these were vials of the most unpopular inks and some pen flush in case the samples didn't rate well on my Giltter-Peeps scale.  Hope springing eternal, Brian added the caveat that maybe I'd find a gem.

I was scared, no lie.  They sent inks so bad I'd want to chemically sandblast them from my pen?  Something by the way, I'd never done.  

I went to Goulet and looked for reviews on these inky pariahs and hey! The reviews were good!  With a here goes nothing attitude and a deep breath I added Private Reserve Foam Green... because I'm a total sucker for green anything.  

Foam green looked green in the vial, on the sample page, and the reviewer described it as a fun neon highlighter color.  Sounds perfect! So up it went into my Lamy Converter. 

Looking forward to neon green, I was confused  to see dank and swampy


Figured there was some inky left-overs in there so I do what I always do when I think that.  I  wrote and wrote and wrote but no matter what I did the color  read:  Okefenokee.

This morning I cleaned my pen.  I sucked up about 15 converters of water before the bog cleared... But then my pen started oozing violet.  I was confused.

Reluctantly I pulled out the Pen Flush, don't know why that seemed like  such a big deal; it was easy as Sunday morning - only took one converter full for the pen to be clear.

foam green ink

Now that's what I call fun neon highlighter green!

I haven't tried the others yet but I know what I'll be doing between converter-fulls.  It's possible I'll love some of the other colors too but Brian was right, I did find a gem.

I just wasn't expecting it to be this...

I learned a few lessons.  First, don't be afraid of my ink drop samples.  Second, I haven't seen an accurate color since each of my pens were new.   And third,  there's more to caring for a fountain pen then just filling it when it's empty.

Colored ink with a theme is fun but the moral of this story my friends is, flush. 

 Pen Flush might not be as much fun  as Chocolate-covered Peeps but without flushing, you're Peepless.


Friday, March 2, 2012

For your Oscar consideration, What's in my Filofax

My Filofax in motion...

It's my first video and a total Ummm-fest. It's pretty awful - Sorry about that, I'll do better if I do another.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Scaping Question, yet again

Last September I did a post called I'm scaping the bottom of the barrel. It was about my lack of table and other scaping skills.  

I asked for help with this shelving unit.

You guys came through.

The responses were so helpful, and to some degree similar.  You're all so smart!  You felt I  was missing height,  odd numbers of items, and a bit of random falala... You were 100% right.

I've added a few more things to Pyrex-scape since then but have been adjusting based on your advice and...  

VoilĂ , y'all!

kitchen shelves pyrex 

Height,  in the form of stacking, added the  je ne sais quoi my original Pyrex Diorama was sorely lacking.  And a bit of asymmetry added a lot of visual interest. As you can see Ginger is unimpressed but I think it's tres fabuleax!  

Now. As for these..

squiggle ware 

My new Squiggle Ware Pots and Pans...

squiggle ware pots

I put those retro puppies on top and I totally love them but...

kitchen shelves

I don't think  they look very good  hanging up there on the top shelf and scaping those is harder.  They are big, bulky, and oddly shaped.  

 Maybe I need height with them? I could stack a few cookbooks and set the back aqua dutch oven on top....  I dunno.  I just dunno. 

Since you helped so much last time I thought I'd throw my scaping question out to you again...  What in the world should I do with the Squiggle Ware?


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