A Tomboy Goes Formal (Semi)

Every year I watch as my friends and family's sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephew get dressed up for the prom. Even my own little brother went to his senior prom this year.  I've been dreaming and patiently waiting for the day go dress shopping with my daughters, get their hair and nails done.  The whole nine.  I've been giving my oldest daughter who is now a junior in high school grief about it only since she was a freshman in high school.   She told me freshman year not to hold my breath.  Although I never completing gave up hope I have pretty much prepared myself to wait until my tween was in high school before this chance would come around again. 

Suffice it to say that when my daughter told me that she wanted to go to her school's semi formal this year I was shocked.  If you follow me on Instagram or any social media where I post my pictures she is the one who is always in a hoodie and a pair of really cool sneakers.  Those are her staple pieces.  She is a total sneaker head and even this dance didn't change that.  So here is a peek at what we put together for the Junior Semi Formal.

The spiked brass knuckle clutch is by Karmaloop
 
The dress was by Material Girl for Macy's
 
 
These Converse were exclusive for Journey's

Girl Fight

 
 
Are you one of those people who cringe when you surf the channel and see a knock down drag out fight on an episode of Basketball Wives or The Bad Girls Club? Not me.  Don't judge me, I grew up watching Alexis Colby Carrington, Dominique Deveraux and Krystle Jennings duke it out week after week on Dynasty.  I can still remember back then it was money and power that they were fighting over.  I must admit that some of the fights that happen on the reality shows completely baffle me.  The reasons are so silly that....well let's not even talk about it. 

I recently found out about a group of girls who actually have something worth fighting about.  My daughter's high school wrestling team.   I have to admit that when she first told me last year that
she was wrestling I just kinda giggled to myself.  Although she is what I would consider  a tomboy I just didn't see her wrestling.  It's true what they say some things you just have to see to believe. 

Do Your Kids Stink?

 
I was reading one of my friend's status on Facebook today and she was talking about her five year old daughter's body odor.  I'll admit what she wrote made me chuckle a little.  Mainly because I can remember when I went through  this with my oldest daughters who are now ten and seventeen.  It actually made me think back to when my own girls first started wearing deodorant.  I know for sure that it wasn't at five or six.  My ten  year old just started wearing deodorant last year and we were in shock to even think about her going through puberty. 

Obviously it does happen.  According to kidshealth.org very few boys and some girls go through what is called precocious puberty.  It happens when children under the age of seven begin to show signs of puberty.  Some signs my include breasts, and getting a period in girls.  Boys voices will get deeper.  Both may begin to grow pubic and underarm hair as well as develop body odor. 

 
For most children there is no real reason, puberty just started too soon for no real reason.  For some it my be hereditary.   For a very few it may be a sign of an underlying issue.  As with anything out of the ordinary, it's always a good idea to check with your pediatrician just to be safe. 


When you become aware of these changes in your children talking to them about it is probably also a good idea.  They may become embarrassed around their friends if they are the only ones going through puberty.  You may want to shave unwanted underarm hair.  Kids can also be a little cruel so you may want to watch for any signs that your child is being teased because of the changes in their bodies.  And definitely a talk about hygiene is a must. 


Pop Gormet Popcorn (Review)

 
On a recent trip to Marshalls with my 16 year old I found the most amazing treat.  There it was among the cell phone and mp3 accessories I found POP Gourmet Popcorn.  There as I waited on the line to check out along with the specialty chocolates and coffees I found a snack that makes my mouth water just thinking about it right now.  I had heard of this brand before but was never able to find it in any of the stores where I usually shop.

I had seen the company a few years back featured on Oprah a few years back.  She absolutely loved the white truffle bliss popcorn.

We picked up a few bags of Chicago Style and White Truffle Bliss.  For anyone who doesn't know what Chicago style popcorn is, it's a mixture of caramel corn and cheddar corn. It is absolutely amazing.  The popcorn simply melts in your mouth.  The flavors are true to what the taste is supposed be.  There is about four cups of popcorn in every bag so if you want to portion it out for a delightful snack this is perfect.  Now white truffle bliss, if you've never tasted truffle oil before this could be a hit or miss for some people.  Both the smell and taste will surprise you.  It's an acquired taste to say the least, but like Oprah I love it.  It is the most delicious savory popcorn I have ever tasted.  It's tossed in both white  truffle oil and white truffle sea salt.  The smell was so aromatic that I could never sneak and eat it as I usually do with my snacks(because my children are always lurking).  The taste is just divine.  My two year old would literally sniff and look all over the kitchen for the bags of white truffle bliss.  Now like her I'm always looking for POP Gourmet Popcorn white truffle bliss whenever I' m out.

POP Gourmet Popcorn is a Washington State based company.  The popcorn is all natural and is made from quality ingredients.  It's also gluten free, although it is made in a facility that processes nuts, soy, gluten and dairy.  So there is a slight allergen factor.

POP Gourmet Popcorn comes in a variety of flavors.  There are the classic flavors Gourmet Cheddar, Chicago Style, and Premium Caramel.  There are the savory flavors the Cascade Mix, Rogue Blue, and White Truffle Bliss. And of course the sweet flavors Chocolate Salted Caramel, Ultra Premium Caramel and Maui Waui.

The popcorn comes in resealable bags and retails for about 3 bucks.  You can find POP popcorn at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Hudson News, Alaska Airlines, Safeco Field, Value Drugs and Lazy Acres Markets.  Or you can purchase it online here .

Disclaimer:  This product was purchased by me for use by my family and myself.  All opinions are my own.

It's Been a While





I've been away from my blog for a while but now I'm back.  So much has been going on in my life at such a rapid pace.  We've survived Sandy, and voted Barack Obama back in office for a second term.  We mourned for Sandy Hook and found Nemo right outside our front door. 

Chicken and Sausage Skillet

There never seems to be enough time in the day for everything that needs to be done.  Cooking is something I love doing, but sometimes I just need something that tastes good, that my whole family will like, and that is good for them. But most importantly something that I can make on the fly.  This is something that I came up with to try and satisfy my family especially my harshest critics (my picky eaters).  It was a hit with them so now I'm sharing it with you.




1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1lb smoked sausage (sliced)
1  14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1  12oz bag of frozen green peas
1  12oz bag of frozen corn
5  cups of chicken stock
1 1/2 cups of uncooked brown rice
2  Tbl  olive oil

Brown chicken in skillet for five minutes on each side.  Set aside a plate.  Combine chicken stock and rice, bring to a boil.  Add tomatoes, peas, corn, and sausage.  Season with salt and pepper.  Let simmer for twenty minutes, add chicken.  Continue to cook until almost all of  liquid is gone and rice is fluffy.  About thirty minutes.  Serve hot. 

Five Guys

 
For months I've been seeing Five Guys pop up everywhere.  I looooove a good burger and fries so in my mind I was already there when I found one near my daughter's school in downtown Brooklyn.  I kept telling her I was gonna come and pick her up from school and we would go to Five Guys.  Well I actually didn't get a chance to try Five Guys until her last parent/teacher conference a few weeks ago. 
 

 
When we went it was somewhere around eight or nine at night because the parent/teacher conferences lasted so long.  There was a line even at that hour so I figured this must be a pretty good spot.  We both ordered the regular burger and regular fries, which we didn't know came in a "little" size until after we had ordered.  I guess our excitement got the best of us and we didn't completely read the menu.
 

 
Both the burger and fries were huge but oh so delicious.  I did notice however that there were peanuts and peanut shells everywhere as they sell them in bulk .  So the chances of me ever returning to Five Guys with my entire family because of this since my son has a tree nut allergies. But the meal was great and the price was right, it was a good time for us.