The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-04-01

Saturday, April 7, 2012

What are you jonesing for from JetPens? I might get it for you...

I visit JetPens daily and I know that's a little obsessive but I can't help it.    It's so much fun to look at all the pens, paper, clips, tabs, and find stuff I didn't even know existed.

Who knew there were little parakeet index labels? I didn't till I found and bought them.

A typical visit involves checking out the new stuff first.  One second I'm happily clicking  and the next, Office supply nirvana hits me in the form of a blueberry scented pen and I can't live another second without calling it mine.  

 If you've been to JetPens,  you know what I mean.  If you haven't gone I'll give you a reason to go...

JetPens contacted me this week. I saw the email and, no lie, I was afraid to open it; thought for sure my days as an anonymous stationary stalker were over. Figured they finally slappled me with the Office-supply-protective-order I've been expecting.

And yes, the jig is up but instead of barring me they gave me $25 dollars to use any way I want.  

Note to people with an obsessive office supply compulsion: I decided  to share.  

 Go to JetPens, find something we both must have and comment to this post.  It could be one thing or many, my beloved scented pen up there only cost $1.10; so $25 dollars leaves lots of wiggle room.  

Tell me why we must have and are going to love said fantastical item  to bits and why we can't go another second without it  in our lives.  At the end of the week I'll go over the  comments and see what thing or things make me twirl around and clap my hands. 

I'm not using a random generator for this but  I'm going to run the answers by Ventura because he's a very fun loving guy.  Here he is at our last party, wearing one of his toys on his head for laughs.

 Ultimately I'm picking the winner because we are getting the same thing, or things.  

I'll accept comments for a week so get yours in by April 14, 2012 at 9pm EST. Open to anyone, I'll ship worldwide.

Johnny Depp once said, "Tomorrow it'll all be over, then I'll have to go back to selling pens again."   Doesn't sound bad to me, Johnny.  Pens pretty much rock all the time... movies only sometimes.


Today's vintage image: Vis Queen Film 4/7/12

This image comes from a Vis Queen magazine ad.  It was a time when covering your furniture was the thing to do.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Martha Stewart: On Filofaxes

Last week I copped to buying some  (okay, more then I needed) Martha Stewart A5 Sized dividers in an office supply feeding frenzy.  I cut the paper dividers down to fit my personal size Portland, punched some holes and it's pretty much perfect (there is one left over).  

The design reminds me of woven linen, in teal and white.

BeFunky TiltShift on iPhone

The  dividers are the size needed for an A5 Filofax but the hole position is off.  It didn't really matter.  I had the personal set and wasn't planning on using the second set (multi-color plastic) right away, plus I had an idea to make re-holing them not the hot mess it was last time I re-punched something.

BeFunky Vibrance on iPhone

The Filofax A5 rings are to the left, the Martha Stewart inserts in the middle and my hot mess is on the right.   

You can see Lord Dodo back there too.  

I was wrong about not using them for a while, today I set up one of the A5 Binders so I could try the Lord Dodo inserts and thought I'd Filofinagle Martha while I was at it.

Since I didn't want to turn Martha into a hot mess (Unthinkable) I covered the existing holes with Washi Tape, front and back using one continuous piece of tape.  Washi Tape varies in transparency so I continued around to the front again on a few of them.    

BeFunky Violet on iPhone

The re-holed dividers look wonderful, very neat, and...

BeFunky Violet on iPhone

A far cry from this awful thing...

This is the best solution I've come up with to re-punch inserts. The kind of tape doesn't matter and you could just as easily use plain masking tape for a more low-key look.

 Martha Stewart once said, "My new motto is: When you're through changing, you're through." So I think she will forgive me for hacking her inserts.

And, Martha we understand, our Filofaxes are  constant  works in progress; and I promise you, we'll never be through.


Today's Vintage Image: '55 Ford 4/6/12

This picture is part of this ad...

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Steve Jobs: On Downsizing my Filofax

Wanted show how the move to a smaller planner is going.

Can't say I'm totally convinced yet about the size but so far no major issues and it definitely works better in my purse; weighing 35 pounds less then either of my A5's.

Steve Jobs said of Downsizing: A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets. 

All I'm going to say is... True dat. 


Today's Vintage Image: 4/4/12 Styron

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Ad is from Good Housekeeping magazine, March 1949


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Today's Vintage Image: 4/4/12 The Hi Speed Cookbook

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My favorite No-Bake Summer Cookie

Oreo cookies
Mint chip ice cream
Magic Shell (optional)

1.  Split Oreo Cookies.

2.  Put about a tablespoon of Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream on one half of each cookie.

3.  This is optional - Drizzle with a little bit of Magic Shell.  

4. Top with the other half of the cookie.

5.  Put in freezer a few minutes to harden (or store until needed)


It's  the perfect pantry dessert if you live in a world where Oreo Cookies and Mint Chip Ice Cream can sit around unmolested.  I wouldn't know anything about that, I don't live there.


My favorite egg salad

This egg salad is always a hit and it tastes so much better then the stuff they sell at the deli counter.  Plus it's way, way cheaper.

For a dozen hard boiled eggs, mix in a bowl:

1/4 cup minced sweet onion
1/4 cup minced celery (I use the tender inner stalks)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
Juice from half a lemon
an 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Coleman's Dry Mustard, to taste.
a teaspoon of salt
a few grind of pepper

Chop hard boiled eggs into small pieces.  I do them on an egg slicer (across and then down so I end up with little squares of egg).  You don't want a paste.  

Mix the chopped egg with with mayonnaise mixture.


Refrigerate an hour, or overnight, if possible to chill and to let flavors blend.

Serve on sandwiches, with whatever  toppings you like;  lettuce, tomato, and crispy bacon with egg salad, on toast, is very nice!

 If you've never added lemon juice to egg salad before, it adds a bright, freshness to egg salad.  


Today's Vintage Image: Betsy McCall


Monday, April 2, 2012

The Origami of Filofax Paper

The changeover from A5 Filofax to Personal size marches on...

Dividers: Check
Pouches: Check 
Ruler: Checkarooni 
Paper:  Checkless

My A5 sized Filofax combined with paper from the  Classic Clairefontaine Top Staplebound Notepad - 6 x 8.25, Graph  Note Pad worked very well for me.  I like this paper for my daily everything list; I like it a lot.

The paper is very smooth, takes ink well and is easy to get out (micro-perforated).  It's also easier to store then binder inserts because it's in pad format so all the sheets are together until I take them apart.  


It's a schoochy bit short but not enough to matter and the whole kabooble was pretty much perfect so  I cut those sheets in half to fit in my personal-sized Portland. While they work they, I don't know - Suddenly it felt not as functional; puny.  I felt hemmed in. Stunted.


I bought a few more papers to try, one being the  Kokuyo Edge Title Twin Ring Notebook - A5 and cut them down  so I could get the right-side edge.

And stuck a few in.

I wanted that edge because of what I read in the description: The Kokuyo Edge Title Notebook has edge margins that allow you to write headlines, titles and dates to organize your notes. To be uber organized you can even color the edges with a highlighter so that they become colored side indexes.

They had me at uber-organized.

twin ring notebook edge title

I have to say,  great concept and notebook.  If I was still using an A5 I'd work it in or planned on using the notebook as is, it might be love but for a personal-sized binder I feel like I'm cutting too much paper off.   

 And you see, I have this irrational love of graph paper (Of course,  I still want to try French-Ruled paper because I have an irrational love of paper in general, but don't tell the graph paper.) for my everything lists.  

I do plan on using this notebook for something else and incorporating that edge thing but that leaves me...

Back with  Clairfontaine ...


I didn't cut it this time, I put  holes in the 'top' and put the paper in sideways (Another reason graph paper rocks).  Folded in half, it gives me four writing sides.  I probably should do a video, trying to describe what I did is going to be a bit like giving written directions for origami, but here goes.

side 1

Side one with the fold on the right side.

side 2

Then I turn the whole thing over to the next blank side and have page two.

side three

For side three I reverse the direction of the fold so the folded side is out and the written sides are in.

fold edge out

And side four is the flip side of that.


It works because I can view a lot of information when the page is totally open.  I toyed with the idea of making a little ringed desky thing so I'd have a surface to write on (if I wanted to use the paper in it's entire size) but thought this would be easier.  A big plus is when folded I can highlight the edges like that fabulous promise of uber-organization with the edge notebook.  I highlighted March yellow and started April in Aqua with a very cool highlighter...

Figuring out where things were in the past used to be a bit of an issue, this will help with that.

So that's where I am in the change.  It's going slowly, very slowly but so far no imminent planner fail. 


Organ!zed: Storing tiny things

You can still find some of Max Klein's cool molded plastic items at reasonable prices.  I ran across one in a thrift shop not that long ago, it's a drawer divider; white with a retro gold geometric line design. 

 I almost didn't see it; they were using it to hold little things for sale.  I looked on the bottom and saw a sticker for 75 ¢. 

I grabbed it and paid right away.   I've been using it by my bed and it's great but I still needed to wrangle some of the smaller items; tiny things get so unruly.

I looked around the house and decided on the tops of (empty) tea tins.


It's working out really well.

The really small things are easy to find and the whole thing doesn't look like a junk drawer run amok.  


Vintage Image of the day 4/2/12


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Aren't you worth it?

I had a great week on Nutrisystem.  Since I was off-plan for so long because of my jaw problem I've not gotten on the scale yet but I feel better, less bloated, and more energetic in general which means things are going well again.  When I don't eat well, I don't sleep well and the fact that I have more energy is the best sign things are going well!

 In my continuing effort to show what I'm eating I have a few more meals to show you.  The first one is Slow Roasted Turkey Medallions described as:  Slow-roasted, tender turkey with julienne carrots, cauliflower and broccoli florets and the bright accent of sun-dried tomatoes, all in a savory turkey gravy. This is simple, satisfying comfort food with a sophisticated twist.

turkey dinner

It's one of my favorites; gravy does it for me.  I love the stuff.  I had it with a big salad composed of cucumbers, onion, tomato, and hearts of palm.  (More info about them at the end)

If you don't know about hearts of palm you should make it your business to try them.  They taste a little like artichoke hearts and have about 40 calories (a cup!) with a smooth, luxurious texture that screams, NOM!  It you've never tried them an easy way is a salad of sliced oranges, sliced hearts of palm, thinly sliced red onion and a vinaigrette.  It's company-good!

My second dinner picture is of the Chef's Table Whole Wheat Ricotta Crepes and it is hands down my favorite meal.  I'd eat this everyday.  It's described as:  Cheese-filled crepes, brought to you by culinary connoisseur Chef Tony Mantuano, sure to become your new favorite! Served in a fire–roasted tomato sauce with a basil-infused olive oil and topped with mozzarella cheese, these light and delicious crepes are like something you'd find in a high–end Italian restaurant. But surprise—it's from  Nutrisystem , and perfect for your weight loss plan.

Ricotta crepes nutrisystem dinner

I love these to bits and don't consider myself finished until every bit of sauce is gone.  Heaven.  I had it with a salad of cucumber, fresh green beans and hearts of palm.

nutrisystem dinner arroz con pollo

The last dinner picture is a Chef's Table Dinner, Arroz Con Pollo: Here's a simple chicken and rice dish that's anything but simple in taste. Brought to you by internationally renowned Chef Carmen González, this entrée features the classic taste of chicken and rice with a sophisticated twist. Cilantro and tomato annatto rice mix with spring peas and pimento peppers to bring you this Spanish dish that delivers a flavor fiesta in every bite.

I really like this one, call me a carb addict but I love the rice and the chicken is nice and tender! Ihad it on a bed of steamed green beans and a big salad.  Mixed greens, carrots, cucumber and you guessed it ...  Hearts of Palm.

If I've peaked your interest in Hearts of palm by now they are a little on the the expensive side if you compare them to something like canned peas or Ramen noodles.  They come canned and jarred (my preferred container) and well worth the money.  

Making grocery decisions shouldn't always about the now, you should consider the later.  

Yes, you could buy a cartful of ramen noodles or jelly beans instead of healthy food but think about what you will save later in future health issues; not to mention the cost of your ever-expanding um, pants and just how nice it is to feel better about your self; which is pretty much.... Priceless.

That was the reasoning that got me started on  Nutrisystem.  While I'm now a Nutrisystem Blogger I started as a customer (and was one for months) before blogging for them.  

There is a great offer going on now and aren't you worth it?

Stay tuned for more food pictures and  if you want to lost weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem click HERE! or call 1-888-853-4689.  Both of your selves will love you for it!

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

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

From Epicurious: The edible inner portion of the stem of the cabbage palm tree, which grows in many tropical climates and is Florida's official state tree. Hearts of palm are slender, ivory-colored, delicately flavored and expensive. They resemble white asparagus, sans tips. Their texture is firm and smooth and the flavor is reminiscent of an artichoke. Each stalk is about 4 inches long and can range in diameter from pencil-thin to 1 to 1 1/2 inches. The hearts of palm we get in the United States are either from Florida or imported from Brazil. They're available fresh only in Florida and in other countries where they're grown. Canned hearts of palm are packed in water, and can be found in gourmet markets and many large supermarkets. Once opened, they should be transferred to a nonmetal container with an airtight cover. They can be refrigerated in their own liquid for up to a week. Hearts of palm can be used in salads and in main dishes, or deep-fried.


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