Archive for December, 2010

Better Breakfast, Better You

posted by on 12/28/2010

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and JimmyDean, however the opinions and feelings expressed here are my own.

With January 1st quickly barreling this way, it is time to start thinking about change and what we want to accomplish throughout the upcoming new year. Some people resolve to break bad habits, some might decide to exercise more, lose weight even. This year, I’m making one of my top resolutions completely simple, so simple that I think I can possibly stick with it the entire year: Eat.

Allow me to be more specific, eat breakfast.

I have never been a rise and shine, up and at ’em type of gal. I have worked nights for the majority of my adult life and I tend to stay up late and I prefer to sleep to mid-morning, my internal clock is wired this way. I would be content if starting your day meant ten a.m. Now that I have children, my day starts much earlier than that regardless of what time I went to bed. I am up at daybreak, packing lunches and making breakfast, but I never take the time to eat first thing in the morning. Ever. I throw back a cup of coffee (or three) and go about my day, usually not stopping for a meal until lunch.

I would never let my children skip breakfast, weren’t we raised being told it is the most important meal of the day? Studies show that protein has satiating effects that may help you feel fuller longer.  Enough said.

My main criteria for breakfast are quick and tasty, bonus points issued for preparation of said meal not requiring an actual dish. Jimmy Dean D-Lights meet all my requirements and involve a paper towel and a microwave, we have a winner.


Besides being easy to prepare and ready in less than three minutes, the Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage Whole Grain Bagel is only 260 calories, has only 8 grams of fat, and contains 18 grams of protein. High quality proteins, such as turkey, milk, yogurt, pork, beef, eggs, cheese, fish and chicken, are recommended to keep your body balanced.  You can click here to learn more about the benefits of protein for breakfast.

Please visit the official rules at and the official site of Jimmy Dean for more information on the benefits of protein and a balanced breakfast.

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Nascar And Band-Aids. Just Your Typical Holiday Post.

posted by on 12/24/2010

Did you know how you live on a street and everyone has tasteful decorations, lights and perhaps a lone snowman placed just so on the porch, and then there is that one house that goes a little to far?

That would be us.


I’m going to keep adding to it until we have a mecca of blow ups, each one tackier than the next.  Although, I think I might be hard-pressed to find anything tackier than Santa with a reindeer pit crew.

Speaking of Santa, the children stopped by to put in last minute requests.  Zoe asked for “everyone to be healthy and happy” and Troy asked for “a car and Band-Aids”.  My guess is he likes to be prepared.


From our redneck house to yours, Merry Christmas.