Monday, March 28, 2011

Mmmmm... Nutella!

Many years ago I worked at a Pediatric office.  At Christmas every year someone would bring in a large tin of shortbread cookies and a large container of Nutella.  Mmmm, I was in heaven, spreading nutella on those cookies.  I never thought of Nutella as more than a dessert option.

Now, a decade later, I was given the opportunity to host a Nutella Party.  Here's the deal though:  It needed to be a breakfast party.  No problem!  Nutella provided us with some great ideas.

I realize that Nutella has sugar and coca in it and should be enjoyed in moderation.  Missy is a very picky eater.  She unfortunately has decided that she really enjoys the convenience toaster pastries.  I don't like how much sugar, preservatives, and refined flour is in them, but I also don't like Missy skipping breakfast.

I made my favorite whole wheat waffle recipe (substituting applesauce for the oil) to spread Nutella on.  Delicious!!

I also spread a thin layer of Nutella on tortillas and added sliced strawberries and bananas.

Then, rolled them up to enjoy.  Fabulous!

I have also enjoyed Nutella spread on whole wheat english muffins.  I then top it with sliced bananas.  One could also use dried fruit.

The only sad part is when your container looks like this:

This is what Buddy thinks of that:

Disclaimer:  I was provided with Nutella and Nutella products to share with my friends.  I was not compensated monetarily.  This in no way shaped my opinion.  Nutella is delicious - how could anyone think differently?!?! ;)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scentsy #Giveaway

Are you practicing safe scents?  If you're not, you should! 

"Scentsy began with a simple idea—a safe, wickless alternative to scented candles—and quickly grew into one of the most successful direct selling companies. This wickless concept was born when two stay-at-home moms began selling decorative warmers designed to melt scented wax with the heat of a light bulb instead of a traditional wick and flame."
That's what I love about scentsy.  A couple weeks ago I found Missy trying to light a match for the kitchen candle.  Not good, not good at all. 

Then I thought that the hot wax would be a safety issue.  That one of my children could burn themselves.  But, it's not a concern as the wax is barely warm in it's liquid form.  Not even the warmer itself gets hot enough to burn.  I've left mine on all day and it has never become hot enough to burn.

I decided that this is a company that I want to be a part of.  

So, here's the giveaway:  One Scentsy Full-size System ($40 value).  This includes: 3 Scentsy bars of your choice plus a full-size warmer.  This giveaway is open to the United States and Canada.

MANDATORY ENTRY:  Go to my Scentsy Site and sign up for my newsletter (Don't worry - I'm not going to call you.  I'm not that kind of saleslady.  I just want to send the newsletter to you.)  You will see a link to the right of my picture.  Also, browse the catalog, come back here to leave a comment, telling me what warmer or scent you're most interested in.  As always, please leave a way for me to contact you.  An email address, a twitter account, something.  If you win, I really want to get this to you and I will need a way to contact you.  Winner must respond back with their address within 24hrs or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway closes on April 4th, 10:00 PST

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:   Please leave a comment for each additional entry.

*Buy something from my Scentsy Site.  Every $25 not including shipping that is spent will equal one additional entry.  Please leave a comment for each entry.

*Follow me on twitter and tweet: "It's a #Giveaway - Enter to #win a #Scentsy Full-Size System from @fringies "   Limit one tweet/day.

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Happy Browsing & Shopping!!


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Moving It Monday

Wow, the last two weeks have gone by so fast!!

My EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale that I won from Running Rachel arrived and it has been a wonderful resource for me.  In the past, I've hated counting calories.  It has seemed so tedious.  Perhaps it's the nerd in me, but my scale has made counting calories fun.  Yeah, after typing that I know it's the nerd in me, haha!

That is okay though because it has rewarded me with a loss on the scale.  I'm down another 1.4# from a few weeks ago (143.4#). 

Unfortunately, I've missed a few workouts this week.  I only did 1.5 out of my 4 planned strength training workouts.  I ran for a total of 24.3 miles.  That might seem like a great number, but I cut my Saturday long run short by 7 miles.  As long as I keep the rest of my training going strong, it won't be a problem in the whole scheme of things in regards to being ready for the marathon in June.

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