Review: Eureka!

While shopping at my local Walmart- Super Center the other day, I found myself in the bread aisle.  While we usually survive off Ezekiel bread in our house, money has been a little tight so we’ve been forced to venture else where for our bread needs.  Usually finding ourselves buying bread from Aldi’s (at less than a $1 a loaf during hard times, how could we not?) or at Walmart.  This trip I ventured over to the bread aisle in search of Wild Oats bread, which we have become fond of in our home, it runs about $3 a loaf, not too shabby.  While grabbing a couple loafs of the oatmeal version I happen to glance around, only to discover an ORGANIC brand staring me in the face.  Organic bread?  Not in the freezer?  At Walmart?  That can’t be right!

But oh, it was right, and oh did I do a happy dance!!!

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I’ve never seen organic bread like this, and I mean NEVER.  We have to deal with Ezekiel bread, which don’t get me wrong, has a special place in my heart.  I love Ezekiel bread, I love the texture, the springiness it has to it… but it goes bad fast, and I hate keeping my bread in my refrigerator… weird yes, but I do, I really do.  And to be honest, my son is NOT a fan, he will eat it as toast… but a sandwich is out of the question.  So when we were spending $5 or more on a loaf of bread that my son didn’t care for and that my husband couldn’t be bothered to offer up one single fuck about… it was starting to make less and less sense to buy it.

Enter now… Eureka! bread.

I bought all three varieties: “Grainiac” “Saaa- Wheat!” and “Seeds the day”… I know, how freaking cute?!?!

And it’s got a picture of Archimedes on the package.    ARCHIMEDES.  What is not to love about this bread?  From what I see it’s just pure goodness, it even has quinoa in it.  And I love quinoa.

So I had to buy it, I had to try it… it’s SO GOOD.  Best prepackaged bread I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.  It’s soft, chewy and full of flavor.  I can’t find a single thing to dislike about this product.  The slices are smaller than a lot of breads on the market, but let’s be honest with ourselves, those slices are kind of gigantic.

I had to share about this product, it is so amazing, and I’m so obsessed with it now.  I will forever buy Eureka! Organic bread!  At $4 a loaf it’s still a TAD pricey, but it’s high quality, organic, a great sized loaf and it actually has the same texture as white bread.  It’s worth $4, I will cut corners else where to buy this product.  Plus I’m saving at least $1 per loaf by switching from Ezekiel to Eureka!  And room in my freezer/fridge to boot.

XoXo

Megan.

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Splurge vs. Steals

Hey there!  It’s been a long, long two weeks since I’ve posted.  I’ve had a lot of looks I wanted to share on here, but I just never had the time/energy to do it.  It’s been a hard few weeks with my son (who turned 2 on Tuesday), he is refusing to sleep past midnight, or being extremely difficult if I don’t sleep with him in his crib.  Needless to say, I’m a little tired from running on less than an hour of sleep every night.  But enough about toddler troubles.

Recently, my husband came into a little bit of money, that we were able to use to pay off our outstanding bills and we were each able to put aside $500 for ourselves to spend as we pleased.  I, of course, wanted to update my wardrobe a little.  The things I’ve been really really wanting were: booties, a new winter jacket, a classic black blazer, and a pair of high end jeans.  We have a beautiful little boutique in our town called The Isle Of You, that sells True Religion and other similar brands, as well as their own store brand.  I have ALWAYS wanted a pair of jeans that didn’t come from Kohls, Sears, Jcpenny, Walmart and similar stores.  This is the place I wanted to grab a pair, and I did, but I put them on layaway.  They were a little snug for me at the time, but I have until the end of the year to pay them off or return them, so I’ll see how well they fit in December.  They look great on, but were a little uncomfortable.  ANYWAY…

We (my husband, son and I) made a day trip to our local “mall” which consists of the following stores:

Sears (closing in January) I’ll be returning to work there for the last few months they are open, I’ll be buying loads of clothing for myself, my husband and especially my son.  With the liquidation discount + my 20%, I should be leaving there with bags of clothes for the same price or less than a 2nd hand store.

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Olympia Sports

Payless Shoes

Maurices (we have one of the largest ones)

Claires

Jcpenny

Bon-Ton

Kay Jewelers

Encore Shoe Department

The Deb

Champs

Along with a few individual owned shops with hippie/country themed items, and a “gym”… but that’s pretty much it for shopping.  Which is why I say “Mall.”  So shopping doesn’t take long.

My first stop was Payless Shoes.  I don’t usually shop at this store, but I was definitely on the search for shoes that trip so I figured I would take a quick look inside and I’m SO glad I did.

#1: Splurge Vs. Steal

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Splurge: Giorgio Armani Suede Lace-up boots.  $825.

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Steal: Fioni Jetset Navy Platform Oxford. $34.99.  Payless.

I actually like the design of this oxford better than the Giorgio, I love that it’s in navy, and is such an unexpected colour.  For a better image click on the link.  This also has a 4 1/2 our of 5 rating.  Score.

#2 Splurge Vs. Steal

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Splurge: Jimmy Choo Black Coarse Metallic Leather Ankle Boots.  $995.

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Steal: Fergalicious By Fergie Misty-T Bootie.  $39.98 at Shoe Department.

#3 Splurge Vs. Steal

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Splurge: Paul Green “Topaz”  Suede Peep Toe Bootie.  $412

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Steal: Maurices Shelby Bootie in Gray. $10 was $39.99.  On clearance.

#4 Splurge Vs. Steal

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Splurge: Kate Spade New York, Lexy Leather Buckle Ankle Boots.  $398.  Saks.

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Steal: Jellypop Caramel Boots.  $39.98.  Shoe Department.

I hope you liked my first splurge vs. steal post!

I’m a proud slut.

According to men on the internet, I am a slut.

I like Lemons

I like Emma Watson

I don’t like when men yell at me out their windows.

I like to wear boots with jeans.

I don’t like to wear mock turtle necks.

I am a supporter of LGBTA and pretty much every one who isn’t an asshole.

I believe that a plant based, or a diet heavily based with plant-foods with little meat and dairy- is the healthiest diet.

I cut my hair short.

I don’t like when a grown man calls me “mommy”

I don’t like that birth control is still an issue… why is it STILL an issue???

I like to tell my man what I want.

I don’t like being told what to do by a man who is my equal in the work place.

I don’t like when my co-worker twisted my nipples.

I want to wear what I am comfertable in.

I do not want to smile on command.  I don’t like being told to smile by strange men.

I like to take care of my man and my child, if you are not my man or my son, it is not my job to take care of you.  I am not a hooker or a nurse.

I like to wear lipstick.

I like to wear eye shadow.

Sometimes, yoga pants are what I want to wear that day, especially if, you know, I’m GOING to yoga.

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According to the internet, these things are the definition of “Slut.”

I am proud, to be a slut.

Late Post: Over View of the Detox.

I would not recommend this… at all.  A few weeks ago I purchased a…

Total Body Cleanse

I was really excited to do this cleanse, it sounded so simple and it had great testimonials online.  It’s rated 4-5 stars most places I’ve searched and I really thought it was worth the $40.  It wasn’t, not at all.  I feel the exact same as when I started.  I followed the directions loosely the first week due to being laid up, and strictly the 2nd… and both weeks were completely the same.

What does this product do?  It makes you poop… kind of like you bought a $10 bottle of fiber, or you know, ate a normal fiber intake.  That’s about it.  It gave me no side effects, and that was really it… oh and you pee a lot because of all the water you have to drink.  I realize this is how toxins get passed out of the body, any 2nd grader can tell you that, but $40 for that??  Why not just go out and buy a nice fiber pill and drink a gallon of water a day?  Does about the same thing.

I would rate this a 2 on a scale of 1-5.  I did not loose any of the normal detox weight (you know, loose it and gain it right back), in fact I’m pretty sure I gained a pound.  It did nothing for me at all.

ASOS: 3 looks, 1 dress, 1 change.

So today I FINALLY got my ASOS order in the mail!!  So happy.  I grabbed that package and ran up stairs to try on my two purchases and I’m happy to say they fit!!! YAY.  I was worried because of the slight weight gain, I’ve been kind of pissed at myself.  Need to get serious… but food… good.  FML.

So anyways, at first I was disappointed that the dress I purchased was a little too big on me.  Not by much, but enough to look like a sack.  *Sigh*  Luckily I still own a belt that fits my waist, so it was an easy fix.  I did however have trouble choosing what I wanted to wear it with.  By itself, with a kimono, or with a chunky sweater.  So I did all of them :-P.

Look one: Night time.

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I styled the dress with a belt, a pair of black tights and a pair of black booties.  Wearing my hair plain.  I opted for “feather” earrings, that are actually made out of metal, and a locket.  With nothing over top of this dress- I feel like it’s too dressed up for every day outings.  But for a club?  I would totally wear this out to the bar.  This is the base look for the following photos.

Dress: ASOS

Belt: Taken off a skirt.

Boots: Steve Madden New York- Sears, old.

Locket: Flee Market

Earrings: Sears similar here

Look 2: The summer/spring look.

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Can you tell this one is my favorite?  I love how this kimono looks over the dress.  It makes it feel more casual, like an every day summer look.  Even with no tights and a pair of sandals this would look cool and laid back.  I also like this as an option for when I want to wear bra straps with this dress.  This wouldn’t work for me without the belt, the dress would be too shapeless, and baggy.  Putting the kimono over top would look frumpy.

Kimono: Rue 21.  Similar here.

Look 3: Fall/Winter

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Once again, same base look, one difference.  This is my look for tonight, with the weather chilly, this sweater really added the cozy- casual touch to the dress.  I loved how the pink looked against the gray and how chill it felt.  Plus the extra belt on the sweater helped to pull the whole look together… no pun intended.

Sweater: Laura Scott, Sears.  Similar here.

 

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Lips: L’oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Nude Ballet.

Week One of Detox

Quick update:

So my knee is better, yay!  That means I can finally get back to exercising.  I’ll admit, an excuse to lay around on my couch for a week has been great, really.  But it isn’t doing me any favors, and I’m certainly not going to be on track for my goal if I continue at this pace.  My revised goal: I want to weigh in on January 1st at 160 pounds.  That means 20-25 lbs to loose in the next 2 1/2 months.  I got this.

As for the detox: so far I’m not seeing any differences in the way I feel.  It SAYS you don’t have to change your diet, and need to drink plenty of water.  It also recommends exercising, which I of course have not been doing.  So starting today, I will be improving my diet, instead of just eating consciously and normally with my husband and mother (and alone).  I will actually be “dieting” by reducing my bread, dairy and meat in take.  This is the kind of diet I feel best on, and I find when I eat primarily fruits, vegetable and beans… that I find pastas and breads to be bloating.  Dairy upsets my stomach and meat makes me THIRSTY, like: I-am-dying-in-the-desert-thirsty.  So we will have to see how it goes.

I will also be exercising again, which today I’ll admit; I’m not looking forward to.  I really slept lousy last night and I desperately need a nap.  Perhaps I’ll have time for both.  Not to mention my apartment REALLY needs to be cleaned again.  *Sigh*.

I have been following the detox pill consumption and water in take exactly.  The two morning pills + 3 fiber pills.  The two night pills + the 3 fiber pills.  The detox also included two packages with extra fiber in them for “if eliminations are sluggish.”  I have already taken both packages… with no difference.  I may consider reducing the three fiber pills to 2 instead, but I will have to see.  I’m really hoping I did not waste the $40 on this product.  I was hoping to use it as a restart to my diet, and hoping it would take care of some other problems, like the constant fatigue and food cravings.  No luck.  I have also stopped taking my Candida Support supplements to really test out this product.  I will be continuing with the Candida and a fiber supplement after this detox is done.

XoXo

Megan

ASOS Order: Loosing my ASOS virginity.

I’m 26 and I’ve never so much as looked at ASOS‘s website before.  Is that sad?  I feel like that’s sad.

So I popped my adult shopping cherry and dove in head first… to their sale section.  I was expecting to be faced with expensive items.  “Expensive” is a loose term for me, considering I often shop at Rue 21: where I buy a pair of shorts and get another for $1… or Sears where I use to work and got ONLY good deals and super cheap items.  So I was expecting to face at least a $50+ tag on everything and NOPE right out of there.  I’m glad I didn’t, they have an AMAZING sale going on right now, their clearance is beautiful, and that “low to high” shopping filter is my best friend.  Immediately I came across a dress I fell in love with.

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I have been lusting over a dress like this for some time now.  I would have preferred it in black, but sadly that was out of my size range.  After FINALLY receiving my refund for the pants I ordered from Forever 21 (which were shaped VERY oddly, but were beautiful and broke my heart to send them back), I thought I would splurge on myself.  So I grabbed up this little number for $15.23 marked down from $47.61.  YES.

After getting my jollies from this dress in my shopping cart I saw that I was $10 away from free shipping, which I HATE when that happens.  $4 for shipping is nothing, but I feel like I’m loosing out on $4.  So I kept shopping around, I needed $10 in merchandise in my shopping cart and I kept hitting WALL after WALL, of too small sizes.  Until I found…

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This Cami with button detailing: YES.  Was $22.85 and I snagged it for $15.23.  Over the amount I wanted to spend by $5, but it was a piece I just felt I really needed in my wardrobe.  It’s a piece I’ve been picturing in my head every time I go shopping, yet for some reason I just could NEVER find it… well now I have.  I’m so excited to get these items in the mail.  It will be like Christmas!  I’m really crossing my fingers about the dress, I’ll be so sad if it doesn’t fit.

On another note, I can now cross off all the sweaters on my shopping list, as well as new pants I’ve been needing.  I LOVE when my mom cleans out her closet.  Pictures to come in the near future!

XoXo

Megan.