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We Got a Floor Frog


I’m ending my 3rd week of no-sugar but possibly cheating by adding a little maple syrup to my oatmeal this morning… shh!


Maple syrup and cinnamon, just like the packets? No, that was brown sugar. Mmm brown sugar sounds good right now.. I guess I’m still waiting for that sugar craving to magically disappear? Ha!


Speaking of delicious things from TJ’s. My new favorite morning smoothie flavor is frozen banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, and peppermint extract! What! It’s a chocolate peppermint smoothie! I’m crazy in love with the flavor, I think I’ll make extra tomorrow and freeze some for icecream. Ara has asked for a smoothie break. So she’s having cinnamon toast this week.

Fish Update

As a follow up from yesterday, we went to Petsmart (AKA fish deathmart) to exchange the last poor little guppy that Ara bought with her allowance. She chose an African Dwarf frog, which the lady dropped on the floor after netting him! She also got a placo and I got 2 more goldfish. When we got home I had some prep work to do on the tanks so I got to work. When I went to grab the fish in their bags I found that both bags had been punctured by something the cashier had put in the bag! The poor fish had no air and just enough water that they were still alive! Sheesh! I didn’t have time to acclimate them to the water I had to dump them right in. I suspect we might be back at deathmart to return these unfortunate fish soon. They had a rough little journey there. I mean poor little frog tried to commit suicide on the Petsmart floor!

Good night!

Holiday Trader Joe’s



It’s time to say good bye to my favorite holiday TJ products… or is it?
(Hmm who put those pita pockets in there, they are not holiday fare)


Yeah, I went and bought 3 boxes of Candy Cane tea and one box of Vanilla Cinnamon tea to hold me over. I may need to go back. What is it about peppermint flavoring that makes every thing more delicious?


The Candy Cane Joe Joe cookie. Peppermint, WHY?

I never did get the usual TJ advent calendar this year. But I will be hovering for when they drop the prices on all the goodies!

Frozen Grape Smoothie



There is an art to grocery shopping. It takes skill to buy JUST enough fresh produce.  The right amount so that your family can consume the recommend 7 servings a day while not letting any of it go bad. It’s an art I haven’t mastered yet… So to escape the feeling of crushing guilt over the waste you can do what I do and FREEZE EVERYTHING! Freeze it all, hahahaha!

IMG_4682I’m actually not kidding but the “haha” makes me seem more sane. I’ve mentioned my love of frozen bananas in smoothies before, as a sweetener and for the lovely ice cream texture. My other sweet frozen favorites are watermelon and grapes! Grapes are powerful so I grab a small handful when blending breakfast for Ara and I. Once you have your sweet fruit in there I like to toss in berries or whatever else happens to be frozen. At the moment I have chopped pineapple, cantaloupe, peaches, green and red grapes, and strawberries. It’s a nice way to use up extra fruit and it cuts down on waste. A very good thing!




Dismembered (carrot) fingers for lunch (with apple fingernails)? No? How about Dracula teeth? Boo!


Teeny tiny sandwich squares with PB+J, watermelon, strawberry, checker apple, gold fish, carrots.

Strawberries and pineapples!


Popcorn and TJ jellybeans, who put that in there? Sandwich, watermelon, pickle, carrots.


Chocolate cupcake. Mmmmmmm. She hated that Smile with tongue out

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