Archive | April, 2011

Frugal Friday-Word to your mother….Earth that is.

21 Apr

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Happy Frugal Friday and happy Earth Day! My inner hippie is glowing from the inside because of Earth Day and all the good deals that come with it!

Some tips for saving money while living green:

*Reusable mug when getting coffee or tea. I feel better about not using a paper cup plus my tumbler is cute and resembles a Starbucks cup.

*Reusable bags when shopping-duh-like you haven’t heard of scene this one before.

*Re-use Ziplock bags and tin foil. I know it sounds kinda cheap but if it have a ziplock bag where I’ve stores dry ingredients in, I will wash and reuse it for something else. I am not letting them go to waste unless there is something wrong with them. I do the same with tin foil that is in good condition and hasn’t been holding anything perishable within it.

*Buy items in bulk  bins such as nuts, oats, grains, rice, etc.

*Use rags instead of paper towels. If I am giving away shirts to Goodwill or one has a stain that I can’t get out of it and it looks hopeless, I will cut into pieces and use for cleaning up. You can get a lot out of one shirt and

*Buy used items instead of new. You all know I love my thrift stores and if I can get something there for 75% less than a new item, you can bet you’re a$$ I’ll be buying it!

*Find new ways to use common items found around your house. Lisa recently posted about how ice cube trays aren’t just for ice this past week and I seriously got giddy seeing all the creative ways you can use plain old ice cube trays. Get creative!

*Grow your own produce and herbs. I’ve yet to try this since I’ve never lived in an apartment that has gotten enough sunlight to make it grow but I want to do this so badly. Especially after seeing the prices of tomatoes and basil lately! It kills me to know I could be paying a lot less for them compared to at the store or farmers market.

Earth Day Deals!!!

*Bring a reusable cup or tumbler into Starbucks and get a free coffee or tea today!

*Caribou Coffee is also offering a free coffee of the day to those who bring in a reusable cup today, I will be hitting that up in the afternoon.

*Word on the street (well, the street that my friends who do have Whole Foods is)  is that Whole Foods is having an array of activities at select stores on Earth Day such as free coffee, free yoga, free composting class, etc. Check out their site to see if your Whole Foods is hosting an event!

*Bring five plastic bags into the Disney Store and receive a reusable shopping bag

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I may have to go to the Disney store, the bag is adorable!

*Take part in the Zoya Nail Polish Exchange!  Send in your nail polish for a new bottle of Zoya nail polish for only $4 per bottle for shipping and processing. This could be a great way to clean out your medicine drawer and get some new colors for summer on your digits!

*Like Powerade Zero on Facebook and get a BOGO Free coupon to print out right away!

What have you done to be more green?

Any good Earth Day deals that you know of?

Not a holy day

20 Apr

Welcome to my hell

 

I’m starting to give away all of my accounts at work to people on team. Which means, I have to go through 150+ accounts, see if there is any unfinished work on them, if I missed any defaults that haven’t been recognized and if not, go ahead and send glorious default letters out. Fabulous. So for the next week and a half, I am going to surrounded by files, looking for a new home.

Lunch was a beautiful disaster. Since I opened a can of refried black beans last night, I wanted to get to using them since it seems to take me forever to go through one can. I added salsa and cheese to a bowl of refried black beans and microwaved for two minutes to make bean dip with chips 

Ok, so it may not look delicious but how can you go wrong with a killer trio like beans, cheese and salsa? The plan was to have chips and dip, which is entirely appropriate, balanced meal for a 31 yr old working woman. But the chips I brought ended up breaking en route to work so I took the broken pieces and added to the mix.

Ole!

I tried this Acai Berry Boost along with my bean dip meal. I added half of the bottle to 32 oz  cup of water and it was quite tasty!

My friend and I had plans for dinner and the place were were going to for Vietnamese, Ben Thanh, was in a *ahem* questionable part of town. We drove together since neither of us knew where it was and hello, safety in numbers. But when we got there, it was closed. Like no cars in the parking lot and no one had been there in hours, closed. I thought this couldn’t be right since I’ve read fabulous reviews on Yelp about this place and didn’t hear anything about it closing so what gives?  I texted one of my Vietnamese friends whose parents own a Vietnamese restaurant to see what the deal was

Her answer was justifiable since I went back and looked at their website and saw they were closed on Wednesdays—doh! Justifiable also since it is 4.20 but not so much because I don’t smoke the gang.

We saw some lovely sites en route to another Vietnamese restaurant

I guess one could be laid back and driving however I was curious if he had matching socks on and was he going to put on his shoes when stepping out of the car.

We ended up at Lang Van by pure luck alone. I knew it was somewhere in a questionable area but wasn’t sure about the location and since the location seemed a little sketchtastic, I never ventured out to see where it was. It worked out perfectly since it’s been voted Best Vietnamese restaurant in Charlotte multiple years in a row.

I could see why this place was voted the best Vietnamese in Charlotte since they were mad people get their hump on their! Hmmm, that doesn’t sound too good, it’s not like an orgy restaurant or anything, they were just celebrating hump day. I could have just backspaced or deleted that line but I am lazy.

We started with an order of jicama rolls with Chinese sausage in them

I ordered   bbq meatballs with vermicelli however the meat didn’t look like meatballs when it came out. But then again when my friend ordered the #47, the lady told her “No, you want the #45” so she may have switched my order while putting it in.

Guess she thought I look like a girl who likes to eat meat off a bone? And she would be right.

This was a flavorful, light, hearty portion with a mix of greens under the vermicelli however I made the rookie mistake of adding too much chile sauce. It worked out there because the staff was on spot with refilling my water, I think I must have had 11 glasses or so of water to wash down the heat. I like any restaurant that is that concerned with m H2o intake.

I got a pretty rockin fortune as well so I would say all in all it was a successful evening rolling through a questionable area. I am now curious as to who this unexpected source is going to be? Maybe an ex-boyfriend will win the Powerball tonight? Time to start sucking up!

Do you like Vietnamese food? If so, what’s your favorite dish?

Do you have any fun driving quirks?

Say hola to my little friend

19 Apr

For as crappy as Tuesdays usually are, today wasn’t bad at all.

I had an Earnest Eats Cran Lemon Zest bar and Dannon Greek honey yogurt for breakfast.

 I was a bit reluctant to try the Earnest bar since it’s vegan and I may have a misconception about vegan products being bland or tasteless. When I took it out of the wrapped, the small of cran and yes, zest overcame me. I bit into it and was in shock—it was scrumptious! It was moist but not too moist and bland would be the last word to describe it. My main gripe was that it was a small bar so it was gone within a few bites and a higher fat content that I would have liked. 

As for the greek yogurt, honey greek yogurt is my obsession as of late. How did I never try this flavor before? So freakin yummy.

I had the final leftovers from Sunday night. Instead of adding pasta to the stir fry like yesterday, I heated the leftovers then laid upon a pile of plain cole slaw mix to make a quick, Asian salad!

I’m going to start using cole slaw mix as the base more. I will buy a bag and go through only half of it not knowing what to do with the other half and this is a perfect way to incorporate it.

I had a consultation for my tattoo removal in the afternoon so I got to leave work earl. Plus, it was another gorgeous spring day so getting out of the depressing gray cube  is always a nice thing. I talked to the doctor and it turns out I don’t need any more sessions of laser tattoo removal however they want to wait a few months before doing any procedures to remove the scarring.

So you can get an idea of how much color has been removed, here is a pic of me five years ago

And this is what it looks like today

You can barely see it anymore however there is a bit of it that has been raised from scarring and I would like to get it back to an even level. I hate to say this and will never admit it to her face but I wish I would’ve listened to my mother. Of course green is the hardest color to remove and this has cost me a good $1,000 more than getting the tattoo when I was 16. And I got my tattoo by a guy named Mr. Happy, how effin creepy is that?? I hate spending that much money because I am a frugal gal but it was a mistake I made when I was young and dumb. I felt like I couldn’t wear a lot of things I wanted to especially in the work place so getting it removed was the option that seemed best.

They were also concerned about my right arm.

I hate when I can’t get my self tanner all blended it. My left arm looks normal while the right arm looks like I have a funky skin condition going on. I assured them I was fine and it was all Hawaiian Tropics part. I was so self-conscious about it at work and whenever someone would come into my cube, I would hide my right hand.

Then dinner happened. I had no clue what I was going to make except that it was going to be chicken since I had a piece defrosting in the fridge. So I went to old faithful-stuffed chicken. Instead of making a hummus or spinach stuffed chicken like I have in the past, I put a south of the border spin on it and stuffed it with refried black beans, garlic and jalapeno spices.

I pounded the chicken (hehe) and then spread the refried beans on it along with the spices

Then I realized I was out of toothpicks, which means I will have to make a trip to Chipotle soon. I remembered that I bought some interesting toothpicks during my trip to NYC this winter.

I love ranch. Even ranch flavored toothpicks but sadly these didn’t taste too ranchlike so this was perfect to hold the chicken together.

I heated two tbsp of oil then placed the chicken in the pan to cook

I let cook while turning every two or three minutes so it could cook thoroughly, it took about 20 minutes

I turned the heat down and added salsa and cheese to the chicken and let cook for another five minutes

I had mini nachos on the side topped with jalapenos, green onions and cheese for a perfect Mexican meal done in less than 30 mins!

So, how was it? ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Yes, I realize that’s all caps but that’s how good it was. My only regret is that I didn’t make another piece of chicken for leftovers but this will definitely be another addition to the stuffed chicken collection.

I had an admirer sitting watching me while I ate.  Even Lincoln could tell it was some good grub.

Afterwards, I made myself go to the gym. I was supposed to go last night but didn’t for no reason whatsoever other than laziness. I did 35 minutes on the Precor Crossramp on the interval workout with a resistance ranging from 8 to 10

All in all a good workout, I was just happy I got off my butt and did something. I was such a sweaty mess afterwards, all I want was a hot shower and then a cold smoothie.

Blackberries, coconut milk and chia seeds

The smoothie was good but as soon as I finished it, I wanted a po boy, what’s up with that?

Do you have any tattoos or gotten any removed?
Do you make stuffed chicken?

Quick Fix

18 Apr

So, it seems like we are equally divided on the Bieber. Some of us love, love, love him while others are not so fond of the Biebs. I’m secretly  hoping that when he is 40 years old there will still be a thing called reality shows around and there will be a show like the Bachelor centered around him called “Somebody to Love”

As long as he doesn’t end up like Leif Garrett, I will be a happy gal

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Sometimes, a quick fix is just what I need.

In the morning when I don’t feel like washing my hair, I sometimes need a quick and easy.

Or when I need to bring some color to my skin but don’t want to spend hours sitting outside

Sometimes I need a quick fix for meals.

Enter dinner last night.

  I had some romaine that was about to go bad along with a surplus of veggies like cucumber, red pepper, carrots, tomato and onion. I also had a couple of pieces of steak defrosting in the fridge with no direction of how to use it. I marinated the steak in Paula Deen’s Peach BBQ Sauce for a half hour then cooked on the stovetop

Oh how I long for a grill. Stovetop steak is just not the same as grilled steak

I wasn’t sure what kind of dressing I wanted to use so I used lime juice and hummus to top it off with. It was a great pick since the hummus didn’t overtake the flavor of the meat.

After having that, I made a quick stir fry with peppers, onions, zucchini and steak. I mixed garlic, red pepper flakes and soy sauce and poured on top of the steak while it cooked. I removed the steak then cooked the veggies in the same sauce then added all together.

I had a container of cooked spaghetti in the freezer so I defrosted that to make a quick meal for lunch on Monday.

Suck on that Lean Cuisine.

A quick fix for exercise today was taking a 20 minute walk on my lunch break. It was a gorgeous day—74 and sunny (sorry Chicago peeps who are getting snow!) and it was a nice way to break up my day. Until walking back when the pain in my knee became almost unbearable. I don’t know what’s up behind my knee but it is no bueno. It hurts when I have my leg bent sitting down and when I get up, it kills me to walk for the first few steps.

Which led to a quick fix for what my behind the knee pain would be on Livestrong. which then led to me quickly freaking out that a strain, a cyst or a tumor. If anyone has any tips on behind the knee pain, let a girl know. It’s horrible and I feel like I can barely walk a mile anymore due to the pain.

Some interesting headlines I saw today:

I saw this article on the Huffington Post today about how Australian retailers are going to tack on a fitting room fee to try on clothes since their sales have dropped by almost 5%. However, if you purchase the items, the fee is then refunded.  What do you all think about this? I think it’s a creative way to bring income in but they will see a drop in sales regardless.

In other news, a study came out saying that  coffee drinkers are more loyal to McD’s than to Starbucks. I would be too if I could get a decent cup of joe for $1. Unfortunately, I am lazy. There is a Starbucks in our building at work and it’s the closest thing to me so why walk three blocks away to McD’s to get a coffee? I’ve also been spoiled by the coffee since Starbucks coffee is stronger than others so if I were to go to McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts, I would have to drink two of their coffees to give me the jolt that Starbucks does. I prefer to grow some hair on my chest with my morning cuppa joe, thank you.

Is it wrong if I want to try the Doritos Taco Shell at Taco Bell? I may need to make a trip to Toledo soon….

And wth is up with my former employer,  Applebee’s  serving a toddler the hooch? My favorite part of the article was after the toddler drank some of the margarita that was supposed to be apple juice “The little boy reportedly began hailing strangers, too” Hakuna matata little boy, I do the same thing, little boy.

What are you quick fixes in your every day life?

Survey: How many of you know who Leif Garrett is without Googling him?

31 & loving the Biebs

17 Apr

Can someone tell me why they moved me to the food cube at work? Seriously, we used to keep all the food in the cube I’m occupying for the next two weeks and there is even food art on the wall! I have some extra cushioning attached to bum so they probably know I like to eat but this is ridiculous.

I’ll admit, I do get a little hungry while glancing over to the white board of food, except for the spaghetti with flies hanging around it.

But at least there is some healthy foods like fruit

And there is even sushi on the wall!

Which led to me to go out for sushi on Friday night. I had a $40 Living Social deal for Akahana Asian Bistro which I went to for the first time last month. I wasn’t too impressed by their service when I went but their sushi was tasty and $40 can buy you alot of sushi! When we got there, we saw a special for $1 domestic beers and that was a sign we were supposed to be there. $1 anything wins my heart and when it comes in the form of Yuengling, game over. When our server came up, he told us that ALL rolls were Buy One, Get One free as opposed to Tuesdays and Thursdays like they used to do. I got overly excited because of the $40 we had to blow through then he told us we couldn’t get the BOGO rolls with the Living Social deal. Thank God I asked beforehand because I could have seen us ordering eight rolls then after our bellies were full finding out that the BOGO didn’t apply.

We started off with edamame

And naturally, $1 beers

Then the feast of sushi came out. Well not really. To stay around the $40 mark we ordered three rolls and sadly, it wasn’t enough food for the two of us. I love that I have friends who love food as much as I do.

On the left is the Florida Roll

This was my favorite roll because it was very spicy and loaded with spicy tuna.

In the middle is the Mt. Fuji Roll

This was my least favorite roll. In theory it sounded good but the mango and the sweet sauce was too much for me. It was more of a dessert sushi roll than anything.

On the right is the Sweet Romeo Roll (I got this last time and loved it!)

It was eel fest with the eel topping and eel sauce-so delicious, plus the tempura flakes gave it a nice crunch.

Afterwards, we went to Bistro La Bon to meet up with my friends friends for dessert. I got some strawberry thingamabob with fresh strawberries, phyllo dough, strawberry puree and whipped cream. Seriously, I am calling it the strawberry thingamabob because our somewhat snippy waitress didn’t give us a name for what it was.

Saturday was full of running errands and by 2P I was dragging. Then I remembered I had only had one coffee and that was around 8A. I usually have three coffees in the morning so I needed some Starbucks loving and my friend and I went and sat out on the patio and enjoyed a cool, java drink.

Yes, love.

 Thank God I got some coffee flowing in my veins because Saturday night was a friends 40th birthday party

Why hello though red velvet cake

There were tons of people there and one dog who was all dressed up for the party.

This is Buffy. I was trying to get her to commit to being Lincoln’s bitch but wasn’t sure if Lincoln would like her or not. He is into voluptuous girls but has a case of the jungle fever

And Bieber balloons!

I must find these for my own home!

But then again, being a single 31-year-old woman with a house full of Bieber balloons possibly treads the waters of being creepy. On the other hand, that could be my hook for landing my own tv show called “31 & Loving the Biebs” They could follow me around and I can profess my love for the Biebs and his talent. I would sing his songs and know every word (which is a lie, I know only two songs of his and some of the words), tell them every single fact there is to know about the Biebs (which I know nothing about him except he is from Canada and has good hair) and talk about my love for him (which is also a lie since I like him but there is no absolute, dying love for him). Maybe one day on the show I would be able to meet the Biebs and I can be one of those ultra emotional women who start crying when he starts singing. After typing all of this, I am going to start using this when I meet creepy men at the bar! No normal men wanna hear about the Biebs right??

No worries though, for now I will like the Bieber from afar for I am a sucker for a Canadian man with good hair.

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I’m kinda tempted to roll into work on my last day donning this and pajama jeans

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Back to the party though, it was fun but I get paranoid about driving home so I left early and called it a night. It was a good time indeed.

I woke up super early today because that’s how I roll on Sundays. I hate that I can never sleep in on Sunday mornings because nothing opens until noon or so. I got to the YMCA before the doors opened and found a Precor AMT right away. I thought there would be a mad rush of people there when they opened but it was on the empty side which is a huge change of pace.

 I kicked a$$ during my workout:

35 minutes on the Precor AMT with resistance ranging from 9 to 13

bicep curls (12.5 lbs 12 reps x 2 sets)

Tricep pushdowns (15 lbs 13 reps  x 4 sets)

Tricep extensions (15 lbs 13 reps x 3 sets)

Lateral raise (12.5 lbs 12 reps x 2 sets)

Side bends (25 lbs 25 reps x 2 sets)

Chest press (20 lbs 13 reps x 3 sets)

I did all of that within an hour and was instantly energized from it. I came home and made a smoothie with coconut milk, chia seeds, blackberries and Spirutein Blueberries & Cream protein powder then got ready to meet up with a friend for lunch.

We went to Tavern on The Tracks since I had a BOGO coupon and you know, the frugal thing with me. I love my friends who respect my couponing and don’t mind going to their first choice place in lieu of saving a few bucks. It was an absolutely gorgeous day in Charlotte so we found a seat on the patio which was bumping since there was only one table available. Then we figured out why that table was available….it was right next to the speakers with a dude about to start singing. Now, I am all for music. Especially on a gorgeous day but when the area is 25×25 feet, if that, do you really need two speakers? Answer:No. My friend and I barely spoke during our meal because we couldn’t hear anything and we were just in a rush to get out of there as soon as we were done so the ringing in our ears would stop. I got a fabulous black and bleu burger out of it though with homemade chips

Bad Catholic of me to ask but if you give something up for Lent, can you eat it again starting on Easter Sunday or the Monday after? I gave up french fries and could not want them more right now. Chips with a burger is not as fulfilling as a hot, salty order of french fries, just sayin’.

So that was my weekend in a nutshell. I feel like I did a lot but didn’t get alot done, go figure.

Biebs-Love him or hate him?

Frugal Friday 4.15.11

15 Apr

Happy Friday all! The sun is out and it’s finally getting warm here, it is a wonderful Frugal Friday indeed!

Some deals of the week for me:

 I received an email from Qdoba with an offer for free chips and queso or chips and guacamole on April 13 only

We have a Qdoba in our building at work so I took a break from my work to go down there and grab this freebie. Apparently, everyone else was also there to get their free food but I didn’t mind waiting. It gave me some time to get away from work and of course, see my forbidden fruit hot Qdoba boy, he is just too cute. I got a big bag of chips, side of queso and a large diet coke for only $2.06

 I love countering hot cheese and fried chips with a Diet Coke, it’s the little things that count right?

On Saturday, I used a Groupon for The Brow Bar at South Park Mall. I had some furry caterpillars above my eyes for some time so a threading was in order. I first tried threading six or seven years ago in some hood mall in Indianapolis and it was only $7. I could definitely be down for personal grooming  at a discount like that. But then I moved to Charlotte and saw all the places offered threading…..but for outrageous prices like $20 on average. Hell, I could take a course on threading, open up a salon and make a killing with prices like that! However, being the frugal girl I am, I refused to pay that much. I’ve heard about the Brow Bar through friends and they said it was pretty cheap-around $12 for a threading which isn’t horrible but more than I would like to pay. Groupon had a deal of the day for The Brow Bar a few weeks ago for a threading session for eyebrows for only $6 so I jumped on that.

I bought two so I could enjoy one right away then at another time. It’s located at a kiosk in the middle of the mall so there are people walking by as you get your brows done  but that didn’t bother me too much. It took less than 10 minutes to get them done and the woman didn’t even make a snarky remark about the horrible shape my brows were in so all in all, it was a super experience. Hooray shapeups!

I went to Harris Teeter shortly after to grab some milk and passed by this beauty of a sale

I don’t make chicken leg quarters on a regular basis but over five pounds of chicken for $2.69? Sign me up!

Dannon Greek Yogurts were on sale for $1 plus I have a coupon for $1 off of 3 containers so I got 3/$2

 

I found strawberries on sale for $1.25 as well so grabbed a container to eat throughout the week and add to my smoothies

To top it all off, the hippie fruit people are finally out again until September! I love their produce because their stuff is so cheap and I love supporting local farmers. I got all of this for only $7.30

Some savings for you:

Sign up for Bob Evans Be-Mail and get a coupon for buy one Bob Evans Side Dish, get one free coupon!

Get a $2 Baja Bowl at Baja Fresh!

Click here for a $1 off Kashi cereal or snack product

Gluten free? Click here to get $1 off any Udi’s product!

Last but not least, this is for next Friday 4.22—bring a reusable cup into Starbucks and get a coffee or tea for free!

Do you pluck, wax or thread your eyebrows?

Do you go to farmers markets to get your produce?

So I smile

14 Apr

Wow, we have some ball lovers up in this piece huh? I love it. As Monique commented, all I could think about while making the balls was the Schweddy balls skit from SNL

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Today was a great day. Mostly because they announced my resignation at work so I am free and clear to tell people I am leaving. Some people on my team already knew about my departure but there were some who were kept in the dark about it since I’m not too close to them. I also found out that there are two other people on our team leaving so there is going to be a lot of work spread across the remainder of the team. I am trying to do as much as I can before I leave because I don’t want some of my friends to get my accounts that I did absolutely nothing on and have them do all the work that I should have. I’m good like that.

I was sitting at my desk after lunch and started to get a flutter in my stomach. I thought it was a bit off since I had a huge lunch of leftover stir fry

But then I sat back and thought why was my stomach feeling that way? I got up from my desk and took a walk outside and I was so happy I decided to do so since it was absolutely gorgeous out. And then something odd happened, I smiled. It’s been a long time since I smiled for no reason and it’s all because of the possibilities that are coming my way from leaving my job. No longer will I feel restrained by my job and feel like I am going nowhere. No longer will I not want to get out of bed in the morning. No longer will I dread each and every day and that I am slowly wasting my life away. No longer will I have huge bags under my eyes and people telling me how tired I look like the past month or two (I hope at least!) I am starting to feel good about everything that is going on, even if it means instability and not knowing where I am going to be in three months. A few of the guys on my team told me they are envious of me picking up and leaving since they have other obligations such as family, mortgage, etc. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I have felt stuck at company and in this city for too long. For some reason, I felt obligated to just go in and out every day to work, bust my hump and repeat and be unhappy. I’m happy something inside of me finally awoke and gave me a message that it’s time to live and not just exist! At first I wasn’t so sure about my decision but I starting to feel more and more confident about my decision and myself as the days pass. So I smiled…..and I smiled the rest of the day!

Hell, my dinner even made me smile. I didn’t have a meal planned so went to my standby of Mexican food and made quesadillas. I didn’t have any cooked chicken on hand and was so lazy I didn’t feel like opening a can of beans but soon I found my secret ingredient.

Steak.

I went to BLT Steak at the Ritz Carlton on Monday night, which that night deserves a post of its own since it involved beers, peach mojitos, a $300 bottle of wine and yeah, The Ritz Carlton. For a girl who does Frugal Friday every week, going to the Ritz is major! I got the Hanger steak and had a few bites leftover and when a steak goes for $26 , you can bet your bottom dollar I am taking those last few bites home! I cut up the steak and placed on top of the jalapeno, onion and cheese mixture

I had the quesadillas with a side of blue corn tortilla chips sprinkled with Tabasco sauce.

Apparently I either need to A) Go to the Ritz more often for steak or B) Add steak to my quesadillas because these were ammmmmazing! I think option B) will be more feasible for me in the future. Unless I find a sugar daddy and with the way the dating scene is looking lately, that is not happening.

I had a stellar dessert soon after-a smoothie with blackberries, almond milk, flax-seed, Spiru-tein Blueberries & Cream protein powder and *finally* chia seeds!

Totally feel like I’m supporting the Lakers with that smoothie! I was stoked to get a package of chia seeds in the mail today. I’ve seen much hype about them in the blog world and there was a post on Carrots N Cake about them today so I felt compelled to try them at once. I added them while blending the smoothie in my Magic Bullet so that weren’t whole but a seedy texture afterwards. The smoothie didn’t taste gritty or seed-like yet it was still tasty and packed with benefits-score!

What made you smile today? Thoughts of leaving my job definitely did along with this guy