Jan 18, 2016

Firmoo Review

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Say that five times fast...Firmoo Review! I had Lasik Eye Surgery 8 years ago. It is one of the best things I have been able to do {I previously couldn't see a rock in front of my face}. Since then, my eyesight is diminishing again and I need a low prescription to see far away. Firmoo is the perfect solution to finding fun and functional frames. I had the pleasure of checking out Firmoo this month and want to share my experience and a discount for you all.



If you haven't checked it out, Firmoo is an online eyewear retailer with tons of styles, shapes, and colors. Chances are you will find more than just a few you want to try. I had no problem finding three prescription styles I liked. It was easy to narrow it down by using the measurements guide they provide for each pair and pictures from other shoppers. I already have a black pair so I chose a tortoise shell color frame. LOVE them!

Ordering a fun pair was super easy {and WAY cheaper than the optometrist route}! Pick style, enter your prescription, and checkout. Done! The only questionable part of the process was measuring my PD {pupillary distance}. Firmoo explains how to measure this well and I crossed my fingers my husband took the right measurement. I also had a question during checkout and Laura from Firmoo was helpful and responded within hours...AND followed up after my order to make sure everything went well. So...check for great customer service!

My glasses arrived within a few days and the prescription was perfect. The glasses fit well, are super lightweight, and I can see perfectly! I received a hard case with the glasses as well as a microfiber cleaning cloth. Ordering was fun, simple, and affordable! I'm excited to have a pair to wear at home and another to have out and about when needed.

Ready to check it out? Of course! Check out Firmoo's New Arrival styles and grab your 15% off discount. Firmoo also runs awesome promotions - right now it's BOGO! I'm on my way to check out sunglasses for driving!

Glasses (FRM8817): c/o Firmoo
Knit Cowl: c/o my lovely Mom!

Aug 12, 2015

Keep On Keepin' On...

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 I was forced to clean out my laptop files tonight. Mainly because I get the warning that my 'scratch disc is full' and my Facebook feed refuses to show up. Through the digging of old files, I came across this...



It looks like a confusing slew of numbers, right? Right. This was the mandated log I kept of blood sugars during my second pregnancy. It almost brought tears to my eyes remembering how tedious it was.

First thing in the morning - prick your finger, squeeze, and check sugar.

Two hours after EVERY meal - prick, squeeze, and check sugar.



If you have ever experienced diabetes or unstable sugars, you know to prick the meaty part of your finger. Rotate fingers, switch sides, and after a while the throbbing redness turns to calloused numbness. This is why it is not recommended to use the index finger...especially for a nurse who has to feel for veins during a work shift.

In addition to the finger pricks, my second {and last} pregnancy came with belly sticks. Draw up insulin, swab belly, insert needle, and inject.

p.s. insulin burns
p.p.s. injections leave bruises

After a while, I was fortunate to get an insulin pen for injections. Dial to 14 units and click a button to inject. I am not squeamish, nor do I fear needles - but I remember holding my breath hoping I didn't hit an invisible nerve that would cause sharp pain.

In addition to the hard work of treating diabetes, I had to keep a log and report to an endocrinologist twice weekly with biweekly appointments. Time consuming? You bet! It was also expensive...glucometer, disposable test strips, lancets (to prick fingers), insulin, needles, alcohol swabs, gauze, and specialty doctor bills.

As of 2014, the CDC reported that 29.1 million people have diabetes and 27.8% of that number is undiagnosed...meaning 8.1 million people are not receiving medical care to treat the disease.1 I had gestational diabetes for 9 months. Imagine the time and cost incurred to those who suffer daily with no hope of the disease 'resolving' on its own.

There are two types of diabetes - the most common is Type II. While there is no cure, healthy nutrition and consistent exercise can improve the condition or even eliminate it. Diabetes is in my genes and I cannot change that. Darn sure I am going to do EVERYTHING in my power to prevent that tedious, painful, depressing, and restraining lifestyle.

I'm so thankful and blessed to have a healthy family and it seems to good to be true. What IS true is that I have worked hard to lose 30 pounds in a HEALTHY way. Diet patches, weight loss drops, fat blockers, and social gym memberships didn't work. There was no success hiding in a 'quick fix.' We continue to live a fit lifestyle with balanced eating and healthy portions. Make your life count with good choices now. In the end, it's what brings happiness and purpose...and saves a whole lot of money.

Sources: 1: CDC Stats

Jul 23, 2015

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Clean BBQ Sauce

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It's still summer! We are making full use of good weather by grilling our favorite meals. This is an all-time family treat...grilled pork tenderloin. This is the perfect cooking method to ensure your pork is tender and juicy - not dry and stringy! Enjoy!


GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN with CLEAN BBQ SAUCE
Serves: 4-6

PORK INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 lb total)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce (see recipe below)

DIRECTIONS
  • Prepare grill for indirect heat.
  • Season meat with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Lightly oil grill grate. Place tenderloin on grate and position drip pan under meat. Cook over indirect heat for 30 minutes.
  • Brush tenderloin with BBQ sauce. Flip and coat with BBQ sauce. Continue cooking for 15 minutes or until meat temperature reads 145 degrees F.
  • Allow pork to rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with additional BBQ sauce for dipping.

CLEAN BBQ SAUCE

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup

DIRECTIONS
  • Mix all ingredients in small bowl. 
  • Use immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks in airtight container.


Pork adapted from AllRecipes
Clean Sauce adapted from My Whole Food Life

May 11, 2015

Stuffed Portobella Mushrooms

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I LOVE helping others improve their nutrition, fitness, and overall lifestyle! Some people muddle through the changes, but most embrace their newfound health and happiness. My good friend, Shannon has grabbed her life by the horns and is rocking out 21 Day Fix. This recipe comes straight from her culinary creativity and is approved for 21 Day Fix. Oh!...and it's delicious!





STUFFED PORTOBELLA MUSHROOMS

Yield: 2 stuffed mushrooms

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 medium/large portobella mushrooms
  • 1.5 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, rinsed and pat dry
  • 1 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper (optional)
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Rinse mushrooms. Pat dry and set aside to fully dry.
  • Combine ricotta, seasonings, spinach, and 1/3 cup of the cheese.
  • Divide mixture evenly and stuff each mushroom. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. 
  • Serve with your favorite side.

21 Day Fix count: 1 mushroom = 1.5 green, 1 red, 1 blue

Adapted from: Shannon Carey