True Facts About the Duck – Video

If you’ve never seen this, it will frighten you, disturb you and never leave your memory for all eternity. You’re been fairly warned. xo ~ H :-)

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Bikini Waxes Are Not For Children

Hot Pink Bikini Bottoms

This is a true story that happened to my friend, who gave me permission to share it if I changed her identity. I’ll call her Denise.

Denise regularly gets Brazilian bikini waxes at a salon here in L.A. She’s a busy mom with two kids, a boy Bexon’s age and a toddler daughter, who I’ll call Mckenna.

Denise was rushing around one day with her little daughter in tow, and needed a wax. She booked an appointment and without really thinking it through, brought Mckenna along with her into the waxing room.

Denise thought she would just give Mckenna some toys to play with, seat her behind her own head so she couldn’t see what was happening down there in kitty cat-land, and go about her bald clam business… Continue reading

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Awkward Reality

My Two Boys

On a quiet evening at home, we often eat dinner and watch a little TV, sometimes family friendly reality competitions (our latest favorite is “The Voice.”)

Last night Bex, now age 6, was watching “Dancing With the Stars” alone with me, his dad was out at a hockey game.

We missed the beginning of this season and just tuned in, which Bex wasn’t too happy about because he likes to watch competition shows from the beginning.

“We missed the first ones, didn’t we?” he asked me rather accusingly. I said yes, honey, we were watching “The Voice”  on those nights.

See, he wants to know why some people are winning or falling behind and for him, it’s all about the elimination rounds.

These days he’s totally into the Minecraft video game and he just killed his first Ender Dragon in the game, which was awesome like whoa.

So last night when we tuned in to DWTS there was a very sexually suggestive dance by actress/reality personality NeNe Leakes and her professional dance partner, Tony Dovolani.

When I say suggestive, I mean they had a very large BED on the stage, with like, satin or silk sheets, bedroom lighting, and the male dancer had his shirt off the whole time.

He was wearing some kind of shiny pajama-like black pants that hung fairly low, and was very ripped and spray tanned.  Ne Ne Leakes was on the now-cancelled sitcom “The New Normal” and she’s a fun, tall, sassy woman with a curvy figure.

Ne Ne was not scantily clad, she wore a long black lacy dress that was very fitted, but while we’re all used to near nude costumes and writhing/hip shaking on DWTS and lord knows I’m no prude, the bed added a whole new element of sex to this dance, one that I was not quite comfortable watching with my six year old boy.

I don’t think he knows what sex is nor should he at this age, and this was not the conversation I wanted to have over my turkey burger and his Chinese noodles.

I thought about changing the channel, but the song was almost over, so I just said, “Oh, oops, well, this is kinda…creepy.” It wasn’t the couple that was dancing, both very likeable people, it was the presence of the sexy bed that put me over the top.

Bex knows what creepy is so I thought that might be that. Done and dusted. Unfortunately, at the very end of the song, they danced over to the big satin bed. Oh dear… Continue reading

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Skinny Lemon Butter Artichoke Chicken!

Skinny Lemon Butter Artichoke Chicken

Mmmm…butter.

This recipe I made up contains a lot of butter, and it’s still “skinny” because it’s low carb, high protein and fairly low in calories.

It’s all about portion control and you know I am not a fat free food person- your body needs healthy fats in order to process the vitamins, that’s just good science, people.

This takes about 10 minutes to prepare and about an hour to bake to an hour and 15 minutes, depending on how brown you like it on top- I like it a little crispy.

Ingredients: (Serves 4-6)

1.) A pound of thinly sliced chicken breast.

I used thinly sliced organic chicken, you could use tenders also, or just cut larger breasts up.

2.) One can of artichoke hearts in liquid not oil, drained. Or one and a half cups.

3.) Eight tablespoons real salted butter. I use Irish butter like Kerrygold or organic.

You could use less, but butter is good for you in moderation. It’s better for you I’ve read, if the cows are grass fed. That’s why I use the Irish butter, they are grass fed whenever weather permits.

I bet this would work with extra virgin olive oil, too, but I don’t use a ton of butter that often, I went for it, baby.

*Update: I made this dish again with only two tablespoons of butter and a lot of olive oil spray later, spraying both the bottom of the baking dish and the top of the bread crumbs very well before baking, then drizzling the two tablespoons of butter at the end before browning the top- it worked!

Try that method if you want to go lighter. XXOO

4.) One third cup seasoned bread crumbs, I used 4C brand whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs, I buy them on Amazon.com.

5.) Two small lemons.

6.) Olive oil spray, a generous amount.

7.) Optional: One bag of washed sliced white mushrooms, it’s good both with these or without, I’ve made it both ways. That adds only about 70-80 calories to the whole dish.

Optional: Some dried or fresh parsley for a garnish, salt and pepper to taste.

 Directions:

This is super easy.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

First, spray a large baking dish generously with the olive oil spray. If you’re doing just artichokes, layer the drained artichoke hearts in small pieces all over the bottom of the dish.

You can cut them up first, or just tear them apart with your hands.

If you decide to do mushrooms, too, layer the sliced mushrooms first, then the artichoke heart pieces next on top of them.

Now, just layer the raw chicken breast pieces on top of the veggies.

Next, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the chicken.

Melt the butter and drizzle it over the bread crumbs. (I melted mine in a small dish in the microwave for 20-25 seconds or so.)

You can use a small spoon to help you drizzle it, or use your fingers if it’s cooled.

Lastly, wash and slice the lemons very thinly, leaving on the rind, but removing the seeds.

Layer the lemon slices over the top. You can add a sprinkle of parsley if ya like, I used dried parsley.

Cover the top of the dish with aluminum foil and bake at 400 for 45 minutes to an hour. I did an hour.

Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the top is golden brown. Always check chicken for doneness.

The veggies keep the chicken moist and tender, it doesn’t dry out at all!

Mine didn’t even need any additional salt and pepper. I could eat this whole pan by myself, it’s sooo good. Serve with salad or rice, pasta, etc.

Calories: Approximately 1,600-1,650 calories or less for the whole dish as pictured, so about 275 calories for a small portion and 400 calories for a regular/large.

Psst: If you make it the lighter way, with two tablespoons of butter and a lot of olive oil spray, you can subtract about 400-500 calories from the total!

My husband and I polished this off between us in one day, he loved it both with mushrooms and without.

Enjoy and thank you for “Liking” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Carina Round – It Should Be Forever, God Told Me…Video

*musical interlude* I can’t believe this song is not better known, it’s not new, but it’s just gorgeous. Wait for the chorus, she’s the girl in the black and white retro dress. XO – h

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The Best New Curly Hair Products!

Heidi Ferrer

Calling all curly haired girls and ladies! I don’t tout a lot of beauty products on this site, but I have to share my new favorite hair care products, because after the first wash, my natural curls have never looked better.

Never, ever ever in my life.

This is not a paid promo, I was given this tip from Becky, my producer I’m working with on a fabulous TV pilot script. Thank you, Becky, please send any other tips my way, girl.

Her natural curls looked beautiful at our meeting, so I complimented her and she raved about DevaCurl for the curly haired lifestyle. I had never heard of it, but I’m already hooked.

Becky said her hair got worse before it got better, but it has grown way faster since she started using this line. Mine didn’t get worse at all, so I got lucky on this one, man.

I bought the DevaCurl  Travel Kit of four items on Amazon for about $20.99 and free shipping, I do Amazon Prime. I got about 4-5 uses from it, but I have a lot of hair, so I use a lot at a time. This is what comes in it:

  • Devacurl One Condition 3 oz
  • Devacurl No-Poo 3 oz
  • Devacurl Light Defining Gel
  • Devacurls Set It Free 3 oz

The smell of their No-Poo shampoo is like amazing aromatherapy to me.  Ditto the One Condition conditioner. It gives me a lift and makes me want to get in the shower. I also believe one of their things is that they don’t use silicone in their products.

To define the curls in the photo of me above, I first washed my hair with an inexpensive clarifying shampoo to get all of the old products off it and start clean. (Suave Clarifying.)

Next I used the No-Poo, massaged it it and rinsed – there’s no lather. Then a good amount of the One Condition and rinsed. I lightly towel dried and squeezed out excess water.

Then I added a small amount, about the size of a quarter of the One Condition back in my hair as a leave in, I have dry-ish hair from blonde highlights.

I massaged that in my hair, then sprayed it all over with the Set it Free spray. Now it was easy to brush out my very fine, wiry, curly long hair, which tends to tangle like vines.

Last, I leaned my head forward and flipped my wet, combed out hair forward, too. I put a small amount of the light defining gel in my hands, rubbed it over both hands and beginning at the roots, scrunched it all over my hair.

Then I flipped it back and scrunched again. To loosen the curls when they air dry, just give them a final shake with your hands in it and/or use a blow dryer on low or with a diffuser.

No curling iron necessary! I think it looks best the same day you wash and dry it, but it still looks pretty good after I sleep on it, too.

To be honest, these products cost a little more than what I was used to spending, I’m frugal, but my curls look like I’m in high school again. I think it’s worth it. They had me at telling me I have “Botticelli Curls.”

Check the trial kit out here and here’s a video on how to use it. Have a beautiful hair day!

XOXO

~ Heidi

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Skinny Soup Hack!

Skinny Soup Hack

This is one of my weird foods, but it’s delicious.

This is how I make it and it does begin with a canned soup, sometimes I’m in a hurry and just need some quick comfort food in me belly. If you don’t eat canned soup, make my home made broccoli cheese soup here, it will change your life.

But back to my easy soup hack: You start with a can of Progresso Light Chicken & Dumpling soup. The whole can is 160 calories, but it does have a lot of sodium. (This is not a sponsored post.)

I pour off half to three fourths of the broth to reduce the salt. Really! I make a creamy kind of cheesy chicken dumpling stew…

I heat the rest in a pan until it’s warm. One of my odd quirks is that I don’t like the chicken in canned soups. I think it’s tough and I won’t eat it. This soup honestly doesn’t have that much chicken in it, I just take it out with a spoon.

Now, I pour the heated rest in a bowl, add about two tablespoons of shredded cheese, usually reduced fat mild or sharp cheddar. Mozzarella works, too.

Then I add about two tablespoons of Fage nonfat Greek yogurt and stir well. It’s even better if you add a few drops of Tabasco sauce or Cholula hot sauce to it.

I don’t know why this is, but the final move that makes it sing is to now pop the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir again.

Boom. This filling snack or meal is only about 200-230 calories total (depending on how much broth you pour off and if you remove the chicken.)

It’s yummy! Try it and tell me what you think.

XOXO-

~ H

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