Tricks, Tips & Top Picks: March

I wish that I could claim this as an original idea but I have to give credit to one of my favorite blogs which also happens to be one of the first blogs I ever discovered: Simply 2 Be. I love the writing style, I love the photos. I love the content. Its good stuff. So giving credit where credit is due, I thought it would be fun to follow suit and share my monthly favorites as well.

FUN:

  • I was reading through a girl friends Project Life when I first learned about Piggy Paint. The thought had never crossed my mind that there was a safer alternative to nail polish for my little Princess, in fact it had never even crossed my mind that nail polish was even toxic! I don’t have any Styrofoam plates to experiment with, but the creator of said Piggy Paint claims that standard nail polish will eat through one in a hurry. Gasp! I could never smear something like that on my Princess’s adorable piggies! Although I would like to buy a brand new collection of cruelty free nail polish for my own toes, I decided a start would be making sure that I am dolling my daughter up sans the nasty chemicals.

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  • I have been looking at this for awhile but the initial price was too high for my liking. I stashed it in my Amazon wish list and decided to call their bluff. Just as I hoped, they finally came down to a price of my liking. The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker is right up my alley. I don’t have much time to scrapbook these days (thats an understatement), but I can still plan out pages in my dreams. Asides from designing imaginary pages, I am just as much into designing and organizing imaginary scrapbook spaces. I really like the creative organizing part, and this book gives me my fix.

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FOOD:

  • We have tried Healthy Surprise now for a few months. I’ve been searching for just the right chocolate. They got pretty close this month with Alter Eco Dark Almond Organic Chocolate. It’s 60% cocoa & it’s pretty tasty.

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  • Just out this month; More Peas and Thank You. I haven’t even cooked my through her first cookbook yet, but my Mother In Law knows me well and she treated me to a copy hot off the press.  There are a couple of features about this cookbook that I love. Similar to the way Happy Herbivore cookbooks have a user-friendly legend, More Peas and Thank You incorporated one into this edition. My favorite part: “Freezable”. I am REALLY  into cooking in advance and freezing anything I can. I work a crazy schedule that requires me to miss 4 meals in a row. So if I can make it in advance, or even better, freeze it in advance, it makes life for the S.O. much easier. I also like that she has a few pages in the rear of the book that put together meal combinations. For example, if you’re having a birthday party, a dinner party, or a super bowl party, there are some suggestions of recipes that blend well to satisfy the entire event. So- buy it, cook it, eat it, like it. You’ll thank me.

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FREE THOUGHT:

  • March 14 marks 23 years since I prayed the Sinners Prayer. At the naive age of 8 I certainly had little concept of what I was getting myself into, but this profession for Christ is par for the course with the environment I was raised in. All the cool kids were doing it and you were looked down on if you hadn’t. For well over 15 years my mother would commemorate the date with a “Spiritual Birthday Card” and a small gift. This is one of the amazingly thoughtful characteristics about my mother – she was as involved in her kids lives as a mother can be. In spite of my apostasy, I look back on this “birthday” with fond memories. Mom really knew how to make us feel celebrated. I thought it was ironic that Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist recently published a podcast titled “Get Them While They’re Young“. Boy, if this podcast doesn’t speak for my experience, I don’t know what could. I am digging it. I have listened to it 3 times already and I’m only half way through the month.

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  • 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless by Greta Christina. The book description: “Why are atheists angry? Is it because they’re selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God? Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry — and are ready to do something about it? Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it.”  I have some close friends and family that are still trying to make sense of my de-conversion. Asides from the actual book Deconverted (you can read about it here), this one makes the top of the list. It is not too wordy, and Greta Christina poignantly explains the reasoning behind our disbelief.

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