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I have to admit, I’m not exactly sure what puts the ‘Island’ in these Island Paradise Bean Burgers but I was really curious to see how these would turn out as I’ve never even had a veggie burger before!

Hopefully I’ll impress you when I say, I actually had all of the ingredients on hand this time!!  The only situation I had this time around was the beans.  I had beans in my cupboard, sure, but it was a bag of dry beans.  I have a confession: I’ve never cooked dry beans before!  I know, it’s killing you – you want to ask, why, then, did I have a bag of dried beans?  Even more odd, I also have a bag of white beans in my cupboard.  Uh huh.  Yup.  Makes all kinds of sense, doesn’t it?

I figured all you had to do was cook the crap out of them so, Read the rest of this entry »

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Well, I suppose it would be more correct to say that I am learning to run.  I’m not sure if it’s in my best interest or not yet since girls with boobs risk a black eye anytime they move faster than a speed walk.  All the same, I’m giving it a try.  Can I just say, I was sooo not prepared!  Let me paint you a picture.  Please be warned, it’s not pretty.

It’s time.  I’ve gotten my daughter to bed, my husband is taking care of our son – it’s time for my first ‘run’.  I wore my comfy yoga pants, comfy shirt and my hoody – which has pockets, but no zippers.  I grabbed my iPhone, where just last night I carefully loaded several upbeat songs and not one but two running apps (just in case!), and dug out my ear buds.  I’m ready to run (ha, I make myself laugh each time I call what I did tonight a run!).

Now, before I decided to do this, I did read up a little about learning to run and the general consensus seems to be that the first week should consist of 3 outings where, in addition to a reasonable warm up and cool down, you jog for 1 minute and walk for 6, then repeat 3 times.  As a result, I didn’t actually do much reading about the running apps I downloaded.  I’ll come back to this … in 1 minute. Read the rest of this entry »

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A mom. A wife. A sister. A friend. An Aunt. A chauffeur. A referee. As any mom out there knows, you become what you need to be. The trick is to not lose yourself in the process. Today, we choose to lead our families back to a healthier state. Physically. Mentally. Together.
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