My Favorite Things: The Epilator

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Ok ladies….who hates shaving?

WOW– nice to know we are all in agreement.

See, I was “blessed” with dark almost black hair and as a kid, it was super embarrassing to have dark hair on my legs.  You start shaving and then you never stop.  You start waxing, which is super expensive, and you never stop.epilatorMeet my new friend- the Epilator!  Remember years back hearing about the “Epilady”?  Well, technology has changed and I decided to buy one.

The first time I used it – not the most pleasant experience. But I am used to the quick “pull” of the hair from years of waxing so this was easy to get used to. Legs- Yes! Underarms- Yes! Other places – probably more painful but why not! It can be used wet or dry, is easy to clean and the price cannot be beat compared to what I spent for waxing.  Summer present for yourself?

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Handwritten?

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You get a gift, you say thank you. Easy, right? For me, whether it was a birthday, a holiday, or just because, I always sent a handwritten thank you note. And I taught my daughter to do the same.

But the struggle is real. As she gets older, sitting her down for two hours to write 10 cards is a huge challenge. What happens when she gets more than 10 gifts? I can already hear the complaints…..

TouchnoteAnd then she got a thank you note from her friend after a birthday party and it was sent from a website. Wait- I know you can do this for holiday cards but thank you’s? It was a simple postcard from a company called Touchnote with a picture and personal note from her friend saying thank you for coming to my party and for the great gift. And it hit me- the other moms DO NOT expect a handwritten note. Any thank you note is appreciated. I could finally let go of this false expectation that I had placed on myself and make the process easier for me and more fun for my child. More expensive? A little but worth the money- MOST DEFINITELY!

So now, great grandma will still get the handwritten note and my daughter can go online and send her friends a thank you note with a fun picture!

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Recipe: Summer Gazpacho

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Friends were coming to town and I needed to plan a menu that was gluten-free.  Yes, I could get a bunch of boxed items and go to a specialty food market and get pre-cooked packaged food but I thought for a BBQ, it would be great to have a summer soup and lots of grilled meats, fish and veggies.  This gazpacho was absolutely perfect!

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Summer Gazpacho

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 whole diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 whole red onion or sweet onion, Diced
  • 1 whole seedless Cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 whole Zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper (from about 1/4 whole)
  • 1 cup Tomato Juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 avocado, sour cream and cilantro for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

How to Make it:

  • As you dice your veggies(tomato, cucumber, pepper, zucchini), keep a small handful of each aside for garnish.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the minced garlic with the onion, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, tomato juice, red wine vinegar and a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Pulse until all ingredients are blended well; Add the 1/4 cup of olive oil while the processor/blender is mixing. Soup should be slightly chunky or speckled, not smooth.
  • Pour into a large bowl and add the rest of the tomato juice, and half of the remaining onion, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, and celery. (Reserve the rest of the diced vegetables for garnish.)
  • Stir mixture together and check seasonings, adding salt if needed. Chill soup for at least a couple of hours; soup needs to be very cold!
  • Remove the soup from the fridge and stir. Check seasonings one last time. Ladle into a bowl and garnish with remaining diced vegetables, a sliver of fresh avocado, sour cream, and cilantro.

 
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Mom’s Book Club

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It has been months since I posted.  I took a new job last year and it has taken me this long to get the balance back into my life. My reward:  a two-week vacation(one week away with my husband and one week at home with my daughter) and unplugging from the work devices (absolutely necessary).

So what did I get to do during these two weeks?  (Re)Discover my love of reading. Click the books below to check out some entertaining summer reading!

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