Smoothie Mood Booster

Although the weather isn’t that warm yet,  I’m making a cool treat that’s sure to satisfy.

I found this recipe for a cool concoction that is not only rich and indulgent– but that’s actually good for you.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chocolate milk (soy milk recommended)
  • 1 1/4 cup frozen raspberries (unsweetened are best)
  • 1/2 cup banana, sliced
  • 3/4 cup chocolate sorbet
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (optional or try a drop of mint extract)

Preparation:

  1. Combine the milk, raspberries and banana in a blender.
  2. Add the sorbet and mint.
  3. Blend until smooth.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups; serves 2

  

And now since my mouth/teeth have recovered… I can finally use straws again. This blend offers not only a mood boost no matter the season… but also has a trick up its sleeve.  There is overwhelming evidence that chocolate can stimulate the brain– but wait there’s more! It works well as a PMS potion.

If you use chocolate soy milk you can conquer the mood swings associated with PMS. Soy contains plant-based hormones that can relieve some of the pain that women feel during that time of the month. Also, if you add fresh mint it is not only the perfect garnish, but it may also help reduce cramps.

So gals, the next time pain cramps your style– whip up this fruity, frothy, feel-good recipe.

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Liquid Courage… more like liquid diet

Going to the dentist is like “pulling teeth”– haha!

And in this case that’s exactly what happened to me. Yesterday I had two of my wisdom teeth pulled. I was nervous before had and really wished I had something to steady my nerves… but I’m sure it wouldn’t be smart to get drunk before having this procedure.

I was pretty lucky. Jim had told me what to expect since he went through this recently. And thank goodness for numbing agents. I didn’t really feel much… just weird that’s all. Having someone feel around in your mouth loosening your tooth and also the slight cracking noise.

The worst part was honestly the bleeding. It lasts longer than you expect and it isn’t pleasant to have wads of gauze in your mouth all night. I did sleep well (thanks to some advil liqui-gels) and didn’t have much pain this morning.

So today I get to lounge around the house and crash on the couch. It’s the perfect day to be recovering— it’s raining! I just wish I could eat. I’m starving and all I can think of is food. The whole liquid diet sucks. Drinking fluids helps my mouth feel good but I have to pee like every twenty minutes. I had some applesauce for breakfast but there isn’t much in this house I can eat. Guess we didn’t plan this out very well.

I could make some jell-o but the thought of that makes me sick. Pudding would be nice or even a milkshake. I’m hoping to get a chocolate Frosty from Wendy’s later. But for now I’ll have some broth from chicken soup and keep dreaming about things like pasta and cheesesteaks.

If I get really hungry and down— I guess I could whip up a smoothie of some sort… although I don’t know that I have anything besides milk and some frozen fruit. Does anybody have a great smoothie recipe? Or any recipe or menu that required limited chewing?

Spring Takes Flight

Jim’s headed to the airport and I’m packing for NC.

Preparing for this week feels like it’s spring break from college.

This is the first time in more than a year that Jim and I have been away from each other. And the first night I’ll spend alone in the house.

It shouldn’t be too bad tonight and then I’m anxious to get my journey started. Me and Inky-cat will be driving to visit my family down south. This is a much-needed trip. It’s always hard when you don’t see your family regularly. I haven’t seen my parents since before Christmas.

Hopefully I’ll spend time with my grandparents and other family members as well. It will be nice to be home and in warmer weather. A great introduction to spring for me.

And I know Jim will enjoy his work trip/training since it will break up the monotony.

I think everyone deserves a holiday/vacation/trip in the spring to reboot, refresh, and prepare for the rest of the year.

So I’m going to pack cd’s, snacks and other things that will help me on my solo road trip. You know I’ll be singing in the car…  and if the weather is nice tomorrow… I’ll have the windows rolled down and music turned up real loud!

Look out for more blogging upon my return. When march will be in full swing and St. Patty’s Day right around the corner…

Put A Spring In Your Step!

With warmer weather approaching my wardrobe needs cleaning just like my house.

Spring cleaning isn’t just for dust bunnies…

It’s that time of year when you start packing up the winter clothes (well depending on where you live). I’m going to begin sorting thru all my clothes and shoes. Some things that I never wear need to be disposed of or donated. Clothes needs to be dry cleaned and shoes need to be shined up.

In my case I know I have a few shoes and handbags that need repairing — some style TLC.

My snow boots and coats and start making their way back to the attic. And my main winter coat needs the zipper fixed.

Our house is clean and now our closets will be updated. Jim will be fixing the coat closet door so it actually closes and then I’ll really feel like things are coming together. With only a few remodeling projects left I’m excited for Spring and Summer and being able to really enjoy our house. Maybe finally we can have the whole family over to visit.

Out with the old and making room for new!! (maybe I’ll be able to afford some new shoes for Spring)

Slightly OCD

So i’m pretty sure I’m slightly OCD.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

“The essential feature of obsessive compulsive disorder is recurrent obsessions or compulsions, or both, sufficiently severe to cause marked distress, and significantly interfere with a person’s normal routine.”

  • overuse (definitely do this by wasting toilet paper– just ask my family)
  • fear (no really applicable)
  • doubt (sometimes)
  • orderliness (very organized and like things in their place for the most part; there is an order to certain things)
  • repetition (not sure what this would be)
  • rituals (in some ways; i have a set way of doing things)
  • hoarding (Oh Yes!– get that from my Dad)
  • frequent requests for reassurance (constantly asking people (Jim) if they are OK)
  • constantly checking

I’m hoping all my quirks won’t get worse…

And I know I’m going to be just like my Dad who is just like his Mom who is just like her Mom… it’s all in the genes.

This worry-wart, pack-rat, drama queen is getting tired of being cooped up indoors. Can’t wait for the warmer weather so I can take my OCD outside!!

My Life List

It’s not exactly a “Bucket List”… but more like my guide/goals to achieve the best in life.

If you haven’t heard about the bucket list, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life-experiences you desire to experience before you die.

Megan’s musings:

become a believer
be the next martha stewart
uncover life’s secrets
never be anxious again
fall in love √
go to bed content every night
travel as much as possible
learn another language(s)
get married √
maintain the important relationships and forget the ones that don’t matter
own a home √
be a good mom and make a happy home
become a volunteer and give back as much as possible
learn to bake like a pro
never forget how to play the piano
see some really great concerts and broadway shows
swim with dolphins
shoot a gun
see the grand canyon
see the mona lisa
drive on the audobon
visit all 50 states
visit all 7 continents
perfect my cursive/calligraphy
tour the white house
watch all of AFI’s top 100 movies
own a beach house
start my own business
sell my original artwork
learn web-design and create a well designed website
research my family history/ancestry/trace my roots
see penguins in their natural habitat
go on a safari
attend a movie premiere
learn to live in the now
pursue my passion
attend major sporting events like world cup, super bowl, world series, olympics, wimbledon, etc.
see the rose bowl parade in person
try new foods
achieve my ideal weight
make a difference in someone’s life
fly in a hot-air balloon
experience a full sunset
experience a full sunrise
see the northern lights
get a complete makeover– change my hairstyle
go on a real road trip
have a real picnic
celebrate anniversaries
learn sign language
be happy every day
 
That’s all for now… I’m sure I’ll add and subtract– there will even be some that will never occur. But for the most part I hope to achieve most of these life goals.
 
I hope this inspires you to create a similar list– whatever you want to call it = bucket list, barefoot list, life list…
 

Writing a list of things you want to do is a way to really examine your life. Once you compile your list, remember that the list will change. You can add to the list or you can change your mind and subtract things. Best of all, you can check things off your list when completed! And who doesn’t like crossing things off a to-do-list!!!!

“No Regrets! Are you doing what you want to do? Are you traveling where you want to go? Are you experiencing what you want to experience? Are you becoming the type of person you want to be?”

“This is your life. This is your only life. This is not a dress rehearsal. This is your life.”

Where will your list take you?

Here Comes the Sun

Loving this sunshine! It really brightens my mood.

Jim told me the other day that likes the new me. He said since things have changed on the career front that I’ve been more relaxed and easy-going. At first I didn’t think I there was much of a change… but then I realized that stress can really weigh you down… and also that fresh air, sunlight and no commute really altered things for the better.

I’m totally enjoying this time off and taking advantage. I love that I get to see Jim more hours of the day and that I actually have time to do things around the house.

Don’t get me wrong- I loved my job and what I did. But this forced change helped me realize how much strain I put on myself. My mind isn’t as cluttered and I’m healthier. I have more time to relax but also more time to be outside and get some much-needed fresh air.

Sunlight really does have health benefits. especially during the winter months when people are more prone to depression. Getting sun helps nourish and energize the body (vitamin D to be exact).

  • Strengthening of cardiovascular system
  • Normalizing blood pressure as well as blood sugar
  • Increased metabolism and aiding in weight loss
  • Ensuring proper kidney function by eliminating waste and enhancing liver function
  • Improving digestion
  •  And above all the proven health benefits, sunshine has a magical power to alter your mood and cheer you up. So let’s all try to get healthy amounts of sunlight and lighten all our moods. And just think… Spring is around the corner!

    “It’s the big changes in life that are the best inspiration for shaking up your entire attitude.” – Nina Garcia, fashion editor for Marie Claire