Ovulation Pain

pink flower sky

Mittelschmerz: Pain with ovulation.

Hey, so this is something that happened to me a couple of weeks ago, and I want to share it here in case it can help anyone else out there.

I went to see a movie by myself during the day while Bex was at day camp, I walked to the theater with a little Earth bag of snacks that I had packed…

(Chunks of fresh pineapple and some “power wrap roll ups” of deli turkey and cheese with mayo/mustard or something in the middle. Sometimes it’s hummus or slices of avocado. But I digress…)

That and a small bottle of water. The water is key.

The movie I was seeing was “The Fault in Our Stars” which I also read in book form, I loved both the book by John Green and the movie.

The movie is devastating, though, because when you read the book, you read it in pieces. The movie comes at you all at once and public sobbing is difficult to avoid.

The two leads are wonderful, the whole cast is great.

Anyway, I was lightly schvitzing from the walk, and I thought that was why I felt weird/hot after sitting down.

No, I got a bizarre sensation inside, and pain. It moved around, burning in my abdomen and it also felt like it was wrapping around my heart, like I said it moved around, I thought, “Am I having a heart attack?”

What a strange way to die. Continue reading

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M&M Toes Pedicure

m&m toes

My sister Aloma brought along supplies on our family beach trip to North Carolina to give M&M Toes pedicures to my two precious lil nieces, Saffron and Isadora.

How cute it that?

The crocheted sandals without soles were hand knitted, totally adorable, if you ask me. Oh, Kermie…

m&m toes manicure

What is this other character? I think it’s Animal from The Muppets.

She just painted their toes individual bright colors, and when they dried…

m&m toes pedicure

She stuck tiny clear sticker decals of either M’s or their initials on their big toes.

Then, of course she gave them some M&M’s to enjoy with their fancy schmancy spa experience.

I think Aloma knows her audience, and this would be pretty cute on big girls, too. Fun!

XOXO-

~ h

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Skinny Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad!

skinny watermelon goat cheese salad

Oh my gosh this is fresh and summer scrumptious.

This is foodie food, sweet and salty at the same time. These flavors may not sound like they would all be good together, but oh my, they are.

You can wow them at the picnic with this one.

If any of the ingredients turn you off, though, simple, just leave that one or two out. It will still be yummy.

Ingredients: (Serves one hungry person as a light meal/large snack, two or more as a side dish- multiply for more folks.)

1.) One cup fresh watermelon chunks. 46 calories.

2.) One half cup grapes, I used organic red seedless grapes. 55 calories.

3.) One half cup tomatoes, I used organic sugarplum tomatoes and cut them in half after measuring. About 22 calories.

4.) One small seedless cucumber, chopped in bite sized pieces, I used an organic Persian seedless cucumber. 18 calories.

5.) One good slice or medallion of soft goat cheese, crumbled. About one ounce. 70 calories.

6.) A few slices of onion (or chop it), I used a yellow/brown onion, red onion would be a little sharper if you prefer it. 10-15 calories.

7.) Aged balsamic vinegar to taste. I used 2-3 teaspoons.

Red wine vinegar would be less sweet and add more bite, if you prefer.

8.) A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, I used one teaspoon. 40 calories.

9.) Fresh mint leaves- optional. Basil would be good, if you prefer.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Just wash and chop the fruits and veggies, put in a bowl or on a plate and drizzle the dressing and seasonings. Toss or not and eat.

If I were to make this again, I may leave out the grapes- they made it sweeter, but the onion, which sounds odd, was actually wonderful and added a nice bite.

I drank the dressing/liquid at the bottom of the bowl, it was that good.

On Weight Watchers, all the fruit and veggies are zero points. The oil adds one point and the goat cheese is only 2, for three points total.

This is full of nutrition and delightful.

Calories: I estimated only about 200 or less for this big bowl.

Enjoy and hop over and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Blue Man Group

blue man

This is my husband Nick on the left, wearing a blue shirt that perfectly matches the blue face of my brother in law, Brent.

By the way, Brent, thank you for my first kayak ride in the ocean! It was awesome.

blue man beard

Brent looks here like he’s auditioning to be a new member of the performing Blue Man Group.

Vegas, anyone?

blue beard

He appears to have covered his face and substantial beard in blue paint, thick blue paint, no?

But that is not the case.

You see, what really happened here is that my little baby sister, Sierra, dug her hands into the leftover frosting from my kiddo Bex’s 7th birthday cake in North Carolina, then she subtly smeared it all over her hubby’s face.

And eyebrows.

blue frosting face

What a good sport! Go Brent.

The kids loved it.

It was their third anniversary that week. He bought her two bunches of wildflowers.

mr blue

Awww…that’s fun, sweet love.

XOXO-

~ h

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Skinny Salmon Wasabi Ponzu!

salmon wasabi ponzu

This is a healthy summer grilling recipe that couldn’t be much easier or much more delicious.

I bought frozen wild salmon, skinless, from Trader Joe’s and defrosted it in cool water in the package.

Then we sprayed the outdoor grill lightly with some olive oil spray and heated it to medium.

You just remove the defrosted salmon from the package (unless you have fresh), and rinse it with cool water and pat it dry.

I sprayed the top of the salmon lightly with the olive oil spray, then added a good shake of garlic powder and a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice all over.

Next, I drizzled some reduced sodium soy sauce and we put them on the grill for about 12 minutes. You’ll have to adjust that time for the thickness of the salmon ya got, etc.

I’d rather have my salmon sort of medium, not overcooked.

Right before serving I added another drizzle of soy sauce and a good drizzle of wasabi sauce.

(I bought this at Target, the brand is S&B Wasabi Sauce, and it tastes exactly like the creamy wasabi you get on specialty rolls at sushi restaurants!)

I served it with lemon wedges and half of a ripe avocado, sprinkling the avocado with some garlic salt and fresh lemon juice.

Heart healthy, easy and divine!

Calories: This will vary depending on how many ounces of salmon you serve, but mine was 160 calories per 4 ounces.

I served about 7 ounces each, so roughly 300, plus maybe 30-50 for the oil, about 150 calories for the half avocado each, 100 calories or less each for the lemon and combo sauce…

I’ll call this hearty amount about 600 calories each, or less. And so high protein and low carb.

Happy grilling!

Enjoy and hop over and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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My Summer Entertainment Picks 2014

hyperbole and a half book cover

What I’m reading and watching. A list.

1.) Hyperbole and a Half: unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened-  the book by Allie Brosh.

I bought this just before getting on a plane and it absolutely saved my 5 hour flight.

I know Allie’s blog and already loved her, but the book is a must read, if you’ve ever suffered depression or if you enjoy laughter.

Allie Brosh is a treasure, there’s no one else like her. The way she draws herself as a cartoon has been stolen for many internet memes and it’s priceless.

2.) Orange is The New Black Season 2- on Netfix.

This might be my favorite show ever made and that’s not just because I want to be prepared to survive prison just in case, and I enjoy watching lesbian sex. Continue reading

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FOMO: Fear of Missing Out

Happy July 4th

My sister Laura said on our recent family vacation that my little sister Sierra and I have always had bad FOMO and that she doesn’t have FOMO.

FOMO meaning: Fear Of Missing Out.

We laughed because it’s true, it used to be true, but I have good news about getting older: at least for me, my FOMO is wayyyy less than it used to be, and that is a very good thing.

Today is the 4th of July, which is a great day to talk about this, because you may be going to a BBQ, and you may not be.

You may have been invited to a BBQ party, but you wonder if there’s a BETTER party that you weren’t invited to.

A cooler party, a bigger one.

You may drink alcohol (or not) and catch a buzz, but you may wonder if you could have a BETTER buzz. And a worse hangover, ha ha.

You may go to see some fireworks tonight, but you may wonder if this is the BEST fireworks show near you, should you drive farther for the one where thousands of people will be?

I have some exciting news: Continue reading

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