A Lovely Surpirse

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Hey guys!

So nice to ‘see’ you! :)

I am still riding the high of my wonderful bone scan appointment. I cannot even begin to describe how good it feels to finally know what has been going on with this injury!

Good news- my new website works in Windows Live Writer! I just did a test post and it is so fabulous. This is going to save me so much time, I can’t believe I lived so long without it. My old website theme didn’t work properly so I had to do without it. It is such a great program though.

Immediately after my afternoon post I made a beeline for the kitchen to have lunch. It was almost 4pm!! This time change still has me messed up. I wasn’t overly hungry because I did have Part A of my lunch before my appointment (cereal + apple). So part B is below:

img 6789 thumb   A Lovely Surpirse  I found this box of frozen veggie burgers in the freezer that I didn’t know was there. Score! They are Money’s Garden burgers and they are really good. They are not as good as Amy’s veggie burgers, but they run a close second! I think they are cheaper too…

I cooked about 4 handfuls of baby spinach and 1 veggie patty in a skillet.

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Then I sliced 1/2 an avocado, a couple tomato slices, and I suddenly had a fabulous lunch! The spinach again served as my ‘bread’ as a great + delicious calorie saver.

It tasted. so. heavenly.

Wedding Dress Plan: I saved about 150 calories by forgoing bread and having spinach instead.

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Mail Surprise

 

Look at the wonderful surprise that came in my mailbox today!

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If you recall, in my review of Dempster’s Healthy Way Pro Cardio Bread I said that it was a delicious and healthy bread, soft, chewy, and hearty. My only quip was that because Eric and I are on a budget, it was a bit out of our price range at this point in time. Our friends at Dempster’s saw this review and surprised me with a lovely hand written note in the mail that included 10 FREE coupons for more Dempster’s Healthy way products. How amazing! This just made my night. Dempsters also came out with a new health bar that I will be reviewing this week! Thank you Dempsters!

Stay tuned for a chance to win a sample yourself!

For an afternoon snack, I had a serving of Amy’s Organic Crackers (Yes, I am going to try to make some soon!!) :)

Dinner:

Skinny Spaghetti

Tonight’s main feature was spaghetti squash! We haven’t had this in a long time.

 

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Directions: I sliced 2 spaghetti squash in half and put in 2 large casserole dishes, face down, in 2 inches of water. I cooked them at 400F for 40 mins. For the spaghetti sauce I mixed tomato paste (2 Tbsp), 1/2 avocado, 1 tsp mashed garlic, pepper, dash of Almond Milk (to thin), and about 1/2 cup Organic Tomato + Roasted Pepper Sauce. I mixed it all together and heated it up, then poured over squash.

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Wedding Dress Plan: Obviously the huge savings here was using the spaghetti squash rather than traditional pasta spaghetti! 1 cup of Spaghetti squash has just 42 calories, where I cup of spaghetti pasta noodles has about 200.

The only snag? Eric hates squash (all forms). How is that even possible!? lol. He is not a fan when I make this meal. To be fair, his serving had a piece of grilled pork seasoned all nicely. I think that kept him from complaining too much. ;)

Dessert:

A delicious Bartlet pear…sliced length wise (I thought that looked so cute!)

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Beauty Product Review

 

We haven’t had one of these for a while on here! I have been pinching my pennies so I haven’t been buying any products. Except for this one…

Revlon Blonde Glam Pure Pearl

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I heard that this product was great for reviving tired hair colour in between salon appointments on Make-up Alley. My hair colour tends to fade fast and the ‘brightness’ of the blonde highlights doesn’t last very long- especially in the winter!

That is until I tried this wonderful product by Revlon!

I admit I was skeptical, very skeptical. But I figured it was worth a shot. I have had good experiences in the past with Revlon afterall. This product was no exception.

It is a conditioner treatment that you leave on for 3 mins. Then rinse. After using this conditioner, my hair was noticeably brighter and blonder and my highlights really showed through. It was like a wake up call for my colour! I was really happy with the results after just one use. Next time, I think I am going to crank up the treatment a bit more and put a shower cap on over the treatment to let it soak in even more. I may leave it on for 5 min. next time. I will report how it goes!

This product was expensive, but many of the reviews online said that this bottle lasts for months, so I figured I could splurge a bit. It was about $19 CAD.

What are your favourite ‘splurge-worthy’ beauty products? Are there some products you will buy again and again regardless of the price?

I love, love, love MAC’s Cover-up. I will buy it again and again and again. It is the only cover-up that I have ever truly loved.

 

See you tomorrow for some baked goods I bought yesterday today (see my time is mixed up!)and what I baked!

I’m off to work on some bakery stuff. :) Then 24 (season 6, episode 5!)

 

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ~Frank Wright

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 9, 2009

THANKS so much for the review!! I’ve been wondering about those shampoos/conditioners and have been skeptical since I’m such a Sheer Blonde addict. Glad to know they’re good!

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Bec March 9, 2009

I agree with Eric, I just don’t do spaghetti squash. I’ll eat other types though… just not in spaghetti form.

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Haleigh March 9, 2009

I buy Chanel face powder even though it is about $60 for one compact. It is so worth it though. I can always tell a difference when I use it and don’t use it and it lasts for so long compared to other face powders. Can’t wait for the baked good tomorrow! :)

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Haleigh March 9, 2009

goods

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Orla March 9, 2009

I’ve wanted to try that dish forever, but we can’t spaghetti squash in Ireland. I’d wager we have about 5% of the number of products that you guys can get in North America :(

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Lisa March 9, 2009

Givenchy Eye Fly Mascara love love love it!

PS glad to hear things went well with your bone scan results! a relief i’m sure.

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vegan on stage March 9, 2009

I LOve SPAGHETTI SQUASH!!!! (my boyfriend think it tastes gross though.. oh well.. cant win em all)

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AGS March 9, 2009

That was my dinner tonight. I love how I can have a huge serving, and it is all veggies. That, and 1/2 a pita w/ almond butter and tea! So comforting.

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RunToFinish March 9, 2009

I love companies that are nice enough to reach out to loyal customers! The spaghetti squash idea is fantastic!

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Diana (Soap & Chocolate) March 9, 2009

Love the spaghetti squash dish! Looks great.

My beauty splurge has to be Clinique eye base – it’s the only way I can keep eyeshadow from creasing for even acouple hours!

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Marianne March 10, 2009

Oh, I splurge on alot of stuff. MAC cosmetics, Biotherm face stuff, Bumble & Bumble hair products…I’m okay with it though. It will probably become a problem once I’m back in school if I’m not working enough.

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Wiggs (The Beholder) March 10, 2009

Erm, I splurge on all of my cosmetics, unfortunately. I can’t live without my BareMinerals foundation, but at 22 bucks, it doesn’t count as a splurge compared with some other products I own. The most expensive cosmetic items I have are the brushes – some of them were like 50 bucks! But the quality is so superior that I can’t go back. (Writing that out makes me feel compelled to work overtime this week!)

I’m excited to hear about Windows Live Writer! Wordpress is infuriating sometimes…maybe I’ll give WLW a shot!

p.s. Sooooo happy to hear about your bone scan!

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Leah March 10, 2009

I’ve never had spaghetti squash but I really want to try it sometime! Maybe it will be my ‘new recipe’ that I try next week! :)

Awesome about the bread coupons!!!

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Lara March 10, 2009

Great swaps! You’re going to fit into that dress in no time! Wanted to ask if you are planning on continuing to slash calories/carbs after the shoot to maintain your weight? It seems like some of what you are doing is replacing carbs with veggies, and if you were going to start running again I was wondering about carb intake. This isn’t meant to be criticial, more of a question about carbs and exercise because I think lately I have been eating too many and could do more swaps like yours.

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VeggieGirl March 10, 2009

Soooo lovely!!

Thanks for the reviews!!

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Holly March 10, 2009

Congratulations on the scan! A celebration is definitely in order. I’m excited to see you get back into the workout groove, again now that you’ve been given the green light :o)

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Valerie March 10, 2009

I love stuff from the Body Shop. My favourite is their tea tree oil line of face washes. It’s about $14 per bottle (which isn’t THAT crazy really) but it works amazingly and I only get minimal breakouts when I’m super stressed. I also love their chamomile makeup remover. It’s so gentle – unfortunately I think it’s over $15 (got it for x-mas so I can’t be sure) and I’m almost out!

I think your diet changes for your dress are awesome – no deprivation, just healthy swaps! That’s pretty much what I try to do with my eating so I can enjoy what I eat.

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amy (veganissexy) March 10, 2009

Nice! Your meal looks identical to the one we had on Sunday! Cool! I love the Revlon review. I agree…it’s hard to keep up the blonde color in between salon visits. I haven’t seen that product before, so I’ll have to look around for it.

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