Friday, September 30, 2011

Long Time, No See

Well hello there!

It's been a little while, hasn't it?

After an entirely blog-less week I thought I'd stop in and make sure The V Side isn't being overrun with tumbleweeds :)

I've been enjoying the fall weather with The Family V., and busting out some touches of fall around the house that I'll be back with next week to share.

But for now, 'round these parts we're just reveling in the excitement of some news that doesn't have a thing to do with decor, fabric, paint or hot glue (yet ;) ), and we're over the moon happy about it...

Have a Great Weekend!  :)


Friday, September 23, 2011

Healthy Snacking Made Easy

If there's one mantra I live by, it's "Know Thyself", and I'm here to tell you the sad fact:
I Know I will choose the cookie package over the cantaloupe.
The vendo-land treat over the fresh salad.
The fast food option over the hand-prepared lunch.
I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth. 

And I've learned that I just don't have the patience or available time for that slow-moving, Rockwellian lifestyle that I daydream about.
I am a wife and a working mom with a dog and a sweet family and a neighborhood and a book club and a Bible study and a messy house and friendships and did I mention work and a messy house?
Sound familiar?
So it's not terribly surprising that my eating habits have been carved out of a need for speed, rather than nutrition. 
 Here's my solution - No Excuses:

Everything is accessible.
These little Ziploc snack bags are the perfect size.  When I go to the grocery store, I  buy the larger bag of baby carrots, and whatever other fruits or vegetables we're feelin'. 

 The key is to do the separating either immediately when I get home from the store, or later that night after The Redhead goes to bed.  I divvy everything up into the snack bags, and pop them in an easy-to-access spot in the fridge.
 I usually have some string cheese stuck in here, too, but it appears I need to replenish our supply.  I keep the snack-packs of applesauce and yogurt nearby, too, also within easy reach.

So, when I'm running out to work in the morning, it's far easier to grab something healthy to drop in my bag, than it is to find the junk.  In fact, this system makes it harder to find an unhealthy snack!
It also helps me cut down waste because everything is right there in front of me... I don't discover the forgotten grapes rotting in the crisper because I was too busy to look.  And that saves money, and you know I'm a fan of that! :)

Happy Snacking!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Giving Your Hair a Fresh Start

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Have you ever used dry shampoo?  If you have fine hair that gets weighed down easily by natural oils, you may have.  At certain times of the year, I’m one of those people.  I need to wash my hair every day, lest I start to resemble the lady who talks to lawn chairs and lives in the dumpster behind your office.  You know the one.  But in the winter, when the air becomes dry, daily washing sucks the life out of my hair and turns it to brittle, dry straw.
When I first heard about dry shampoo, I thought the idea came straight from NASA.  Well it turns out, the idea isn’t new.  Now don’t I look smart.
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- Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.
- Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots
- Do spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head
- Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously)
- Do leave in for 1-2 minutes.
- Do use fingertips or a brush to distribute product evenly
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