July 29, 2007
July 28, 2007
Easy Chicken Parmesan
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
6 Tbsp. KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
6 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 lb.)
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Pour sauce into 13x9-inch baking dish. Carefully stir in 4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) of the Parmesan cheese. Add chicken; turn over to evenly coat both sides with sauce. Cover with foil.
BAKE 30 min. Uncover.
TOP with mozzarella cheese and remaining 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese; continue baking 5 min. or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted.
July 26, 2007
July 25, 2007
Thirteen Things I love that begin with the letter T!!
1. Tacos: Yummmmmmm!!!!
2. Tea: Hot, iced, sweetened, Green, Thai...YUM!!
3. T-Tops: On a car are sooooooooooooo cool.
4. Thunder storms: I love everything about them. Rain, wind, thunder, and lightening.
5. Trees: Especially during the changing of the seasons. Although, we dont see that much in Cali.
6. TV: but only when there is something to actually watch.
7. Teal green: is one of my favorite colors.
8. Talking: To someone who is really intelligent but not stuffy or boring.
9. Tattoos: Not tacky ones but tribals and art work are cool (although, Id never get one).
10. Tulips: They are absolutely beautiful.
11. Teasing: Not everyone has a sense of humor though.
12. Tuna: Yum, with relish and mayo!!
13. The Ocean: Ya, it doesnt start with a "T" but THE does...lol
July 23, 2007
July 22, 2007
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July 20, 2007
I. Either A or B:
A. Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:
1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
4. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
5. Often has trouble organizing activities.
6. Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn't want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
7. Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
8. Is often easily distracted.
9. Is often forgetful in daily activities.
B. Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:
1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
2. Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.
3. Often runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).
4. Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly.
5. Is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor".
6. Often talks excessively.
1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.
2. Often has trouble waiting one's turn.
3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).
II. Some symptoms that cause impairment were present before age 7 years.
III. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school/work and at home).
IV. There must be clear evidence of significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning.
V. The symptoms do not happen only during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder. The symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).
But Id like to add that even though my son may have this disorder, he is the funniest, kindest, most well adjusted kid I know. He just has a little more energy than most but that's OK with me. I wouldn't change a thing!
July 19, 2007
1.Deal with your own reality. If a divorce led to the single-parenting you will experience grief, anger, guilt, loneliness, and despair (even if divorce was the right decision).
2.Get help..Start by acknowledging that you can't do it all and you can't do it alone.
3.Eliminate all unnecessary chores. Get life down to absolute basics.
4. No matter how busy you are, spend some part of every day alone.
5. Keep a diary to clarify your thoughts and track your progress.
6.You can join other single parents. Parents Without Partners is one
7. Accept the fact that your children will react to the lack of a father. Do not be surprised by questions, behavior problems, school difficulties, or sadness.
8. Let your kids know your feelings. If you are sad tell them. Families that can discuss and deal with feelings are healthy families. Ive never lied to my boys about anything, including finances.
9. Don't get your children involved with persons you are dating unless you are pretty sure it's going to be a permanent relationship.
10. Don't badmouth the children's father.
11. Keep a sense of humor.
12. Take advantage of what we now know about handling stress. There are specific stress-reduction exercises like meditation and imaging which can help diminish our stress levels.
13. Get counseling help if you need it. How do you know if you need it? If you are having difficulty functioning or relating to your children, get help.
14. Enjoy your child. Cherish the time you can spend together. I took my kids everywhere with me. Im happy to say I have a strong relationship with both of them.
15. Remember children are resilient and they can thrive living in many different kinds of families. Don't waste any precious time worrying about your single-parent life. This is your life--and your child's life--accept it and live it fully!
I hope this helps. If Ive missed something, I am always open to suggestions:)
July 18, 2007
1. No more canker sores & your teeth will be whiter. Take 1 cap full & hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. It will make your teeth whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of "Peroxide" to keep them free of germs.
3. Clean your counters and table-tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell; Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.
4. Kill salmonella and other bacteria. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it.
5. Get rid of fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them, especially the toes, every night and let dry to get rid of fungus. .
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for 5 to 10 minutes several times a day and it will speed the healing.
7. Disinfectant. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water; keep it in every bathroom to use like bleach or most other disinfectants.
8. Plugged sinuses. Tilt your head back & spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, or stuffy nose. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, then blow your nose into a tissue.
9. Terrible toothache. If you cannot get to a dentist right away, put a cap full of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
10. More natural highlights. If you like a natural look to your HAIR, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the 'peroxide burnt blonde hair' like the hair dye packages. If your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde, it lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.
11. Eliminate boils, fungus, or other skin infections. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help prevent against any of the above.
12. Peroxide instead of bleach - You can add a cup of peroxide to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them instead of bleach. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then RUB & RINSE IN COLD WATER. Repeat if necessary.
13. Clean mirrors. Use peroxide to clean your mirrors with NO SMEARING!
http://scholarships.com/ - Start your search here in finding money for school.
http://college-scholarships.com/ - Whether you are just starting up, or have decided to go back, you'll find assistance here.
And here is a Financial Tip - Let all of your lose change accumulate for the month, cash it in for crisp dollar greens, and have your bank deposit it into your savings; it will be an added bonus!!!
July 17, 2007
Go fly a kite. My boys absolutely loved this. We either went to the field at their school or to the local park.
Fishing can be fun. They have a regional park in my city that you only pay a small fee and you can fish for the day. This is geared more towards boys then girls but its cheap and fun.
A trip to the beach. Pack a picnic lunch and head towards the harbor. If you know the right spots, you can even park for free.
Movie star gaze. Hit the matinees for cheaper tickets. Instead of dinner afterward, split a fancy dessert at Coldstones.
Tour your own city or region. Call your state’s bureau of tourism and ask for information on nearby points of interest. You’ll be surprised how many sights charge little or no admission.
Get cultured. Many people don’t know that most museums offer free admission one day a week or at least once a month. Since museums don’t usually advertise this information, call to find out which days are freebies.
Create a family field trip. Call the chamber of commerce in your city (or investigate online) for a listing of all the factories that run tours. These plant walk-throughs often end with free samples of the company’s products. Don’t tell your kids that free stuff can be educational!
Star gaze. Go to the library, check out a book about constellations, and set up a starry-night outing. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and a big cozy blanket or in the summer, bring some lemonade and a towel to lay on.
Play act. Instead of paying big bucks to see a theater performance, get the script from the library, invite some friends over, assign parts and put on your on your own show. (Suggestion: Hamming up Shakespeare is the most fun.)
July 16, 2007
Relationship counselor John Gray focuses on the differences between men and women and offers a simple solution: couples must acknowledge and accept these differences before they can develop happier relationships.
2. The Five Love Languages
The Five Love Languages refers to the many ways in which couples communicate with each other. Understanding which language one's spouse "speaks" will result in a more successful marriage.
3. How to Survive Dating
Includes words of wisdom from hundreds of single men and women nationwide who have been-there, done-that. Their sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, real-world dating experiences will give readers a leg up in the dating world.
4. Why Men Love Bitches
Sherry Argov delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. This no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a "yes woman" who routinely sacrifices herself.
5. Love and Respect
Cracking the communication code between husband and wife involves understanding one thing: that unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her. It's the secret to marriage that every couple seeks, and yet few couples ever find.
6. She Comes First
As women everywhere will attest, when it comes to understanding female sexuality, most guys know more about what's under the hood of a car than how to please a woman. This books tells men everything they need to know to love the one they're with.
7. Relationship Rescue
Famous for helping people "get real" about relationship (and many other) issues, "Dr. Phil" of TV fame, as well as a psychologist with over 30 years of experience, explores ways that couples can turn their partnerships into successful relationships.
8. Falling in Love for All the Right Reasons
Offers 29 "dimensions of compatibility" to consider before committing to a romantic relationship. The author believes readers who screen partners for compatibility will fare much better than spirit-struck lovers who base commitments on profound immediate attraction.
9. Date or Soulmate?
He feels a strong attraction to her. She wonders if he could be "the one." In the glamorous haze of early romantic attraction it's hard to know whether a relationship will lead to true love-or to a negative or even catastrophic relationship.
10. 100 Tips to Be Happy Together
Here is no-nonsense advice on how couples can build, cultivate, and maintain a happy relationship. It's for partners just starting out, as well as for those looking to recapture that original spark.
July 15, 2007
Aloha Pork Chop Skillet
2 tsp. oil
4 bone-in pork chops (1-1/2 lb.)
1 medium each: red and yellow pepper, cut into chunks
2 cans (8 oz. each) pineapple chunks in juice, undrained
1/2 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup KRAFT CATALINA Dressing
1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1-1/2 cups instant white rice, uncooked
HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chops; cook 5 min. on each side or until browned on both sides.
ADD peppers, pineapple, broth, dressing and garlic powder; mix well. Bring to boil.
STIR in rice; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 min. or until chops are cooked through (160°F). Remove from heat; let stand 5 min.
July 14, 2007
What divorcing couple nowadays hasn't heard horror stories about what the split might do to their children? Especially if Mom is left to raise the kids alone. A father's absence in the home, according to almost every fathers group, could well spell doom for little boys, little girls and the future of the nation.
Pleeeeeeeeeease. I know divorce is tough on kids. Its hard on everyone involved but to say that it could spell DOOOOOOOOOM for the children is bullshit. Coming from a broken home, Id be the first one to say sometimes it isnt easy. You dont always get what you want, and alot of times you have to do without. However, this is 2007. There are plenty of ways to raise your children to be happy and healthy, while ending a relationship that makes you miserable. I mean really, what do the kids really gain from seeing Mommy and Daddy fight all the time? I think staying together for the children doesn't do anyone any good. I'm a divorced mother of 2 very well mannered, well behaved, well adjusted young men. People always tell me how great my boys are, and I did it without their father. He left the picture years ago, skipping state and leaving his boys behind while he ran from a drug problem. We had already divorced a few years before he left but he was a weak, spineless person, that I had absolutely no respect for. He didn't bother to try and be a father to my children until they were in their teens, after I had pretty much written him off. I let my kids come to their own conclusion. I think if children have love in their life, it doesn't matter who it is raising them. To make a statement so bold as to say DOOM for the children because their is no father, well, I just have to laugh. If your happily married, more power to ya, but if your miserable....don't stay there for the kids. They will be much happier living with 2 parents that are happier apart rather than 2 parents that are miserable and under the same roof. That's just my opinion..........
July 13, 2007
What is your favorite fruit?
Bananas, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, and Watermelon are all tied for first.
Who is someone you consider as a great role model?
My Mother. She is the strongest person I know.
If you were to spend one night anywhere within an hour of your home, where would you choose?
Name something you do too often.
Stress and obsess
Fill in the blank: I really like ___________ because ____________.
I really like laying by the pool listening to my MP3 player because it feels good and makes me happy.
Best of luck as you speed along the dating superhighway!
July 12, 2007
Thirteen things about my DBF Michael.
1. He is an idealist.
2. He is resourceful.
3. Sexy, very sexy...
4. Sensitive, even though he doesn't want people to know it.
5. He plays beautiful music on his guitar and piano. I love to hear him sing.
6. He has great hair.
7. He has a strange sense of humor...sometimes, I just dont get it...lol
8. Excellent Cook and Baker (especially brownies and chocolate chip cookies).
9. Extremely talented.
10. Smart...I mean, Jeopardy smart.
11. He is cute first thing in the morning when his hair is in disarray.
12. Attentive...he takes very good care of me.
13. Sweet as sugar.
July 11, 2007
July 10, 2007
Id like to know what in the heck is wrong with our society these days. The superstars and the media are having babies out of wedlock and making it look like a fashion statement. They strut their proud pregnant bellies with no wedding ring on their fingers like that's the only way to have children. I'm sorry, I don't agree. What message are we sending to our teen girls?? Its OK to have babies out of wedlock??Children are forever. The rich have money to hire nannies and nurses to raise their children for them. People in the real world don't live like that. Babies are hard and raising them on your own is even harder. Its not glamorous and alot of times your friends are only there for the good times, not the bad....the midnight feedings, the high temps, the teething, the temper tantrums....being a single mother was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. When I left my husband, I had a 1 and 4 year old to raise on my own making $9.00 dollars an hour. That's not glamorous neither was trying to figure out how I was going to buy groceries from one week to the next, get gas money to get to work, and oh ya, lets not forget about child care. I think the superstars need to be educated that they are sending the wrong message to our youth. Having babies is not cool. They are little people that you are completely responsible for and they don't come with owner manuals. What the end result is, you spend 18 years fighting for child support to help you raise your child and you end up paying 34% to a company (Supportkids)that feeds off of desperate single parents. That's just my opinion......
And then there's Nicole Richie. Not only is she pregnant, she was caught driving the wrong way on the 405 fwy under the influence of marijuana and vicodin. Now, not only is she sending the message its OK to being an unwed mother, but also, to drink and do drugs while driving. Wow, what an awesome role model!!
July 9, 2007
I've always thought that when two people come together in a bond that produces a child, BOTH people are responsible. Yet, millions and millions of single parents go day after day without financial or emotional support. I have a hard time understanding why for some reason, support payments are looked upon so inconveniently by the paying parent. They seem to resent each and every penny, which makes no sense. The federal guidelines are built on the basis that both parents should share the same portion of their income with their child as they would if they had continued to live together. Don't they understand that its the child that suffers? I don't care who you are, or how many corners you cut, raising a child on your own is expensive. My suggestion to all, don't wait. Get the ball rolling now because you never know how long its going to take to get any money. And if the other parent is out of state, it could take forever. People that complain about having no money, yet do nothing to help themselves, have no one else to blame. If you dont know where to start, go to your local District Attorneys office. And whatever you do, dont hire Supportkids. See what you can do with other resources first. Having someone take 34% of your child support is really hard to deal with especially since you work so hard to get it in the first place. Ive been fighting the system for 16 years. This isnt rocket science, but it can be quite challenging. Sit back and make the best of the ride.
July 7, 2007
Grilled Bruschetta Chicken
1/4 cup KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing, divided
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
PLACE large sheet of heavy-duty foil over half of grill grate; preheat grill to medium heat. Pour 2 Tbsp. of the dressing over chicken in resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat chicken with the dressing. Refrigerate 10 min. to marinate. Remove chicken from marinade; discard bag and marinade.
GRILL chicken on uncovered side of grill 6 min. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, cheese, basil and remaining 2 Tbsp. dressing.
TURN chicken over; place, cooked-side up, on foil on grill. Top evenly with tomato mixture. Close lid. Grill an additional 8 min. or until chicken is cooked through (170ºF).
July 6, 2007
Sherry Argov’s Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a “yes woman” who routinely sacrifices herself. The author provides compelling answers to the tough questions women often ask:
Why are men so romantic in the beginning and why do they change? · Why do men take nice girls for granted? · Why does a man respect a woman when she stands up for herself?
Full of much-needed advice, hilarious real-life relationship scenarios, “she says/he thinks” tables, and the author’s unique “Attraction Principles,” Why Men Love Bitches gives you bottom-line answers. It helps you know who you are, stand your ground, and relate to men on a whole new level. Once you’ve discovered the feisty attitude men find so magnetic, you’ll not only increase the romantic chemistry in the relationship—you’ll gain your man’s love and respect with far less effort.
July 5, 2007
Thirteen things Bananas are good for:
1. Mental Health: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
2. PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
3. Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
4. Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
5. Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
6. Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. (hmmmm, I always thought they plugged you up because of the potasium???)
7. Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
8. Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
9. Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness
10.Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
11.Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
12.Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
13.Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
July 3, 2007
2. Starbucks Orange Crème Frappuccino Light Blended Crème. It tastes like the real thing and a tall size has just 110 calories and no fat.
3. Weight Watchers Cookies & Cream Bars (140 calories each) are ideal.
4. Pour no-calorie diet root beer into a tall glass and sink a half cup of Breyer's Double Churn Light Vanilla Bean (100 calories) into it for a homemade indulgence.
5. Popsicle Sugar Free Lifesavers Pops pack a lot of fruity flavor, but contain a mere 20 calories each.
6. Then head to the closest McDonald's for their Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Cone (150 calories).
7. Have a Dreyer's Fruit Bar in lemonade flavor. Packed with chunks of real fruit, these frozen bars have just 80 calories each and are the perfect way to cool down on a hot day.
8. With Skinny Cow Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches you'll get the richness of chocolate mixed with cool, creamy mint. These delicious treats have just 140 calories.
9. With their non-fat Raspberry Sorbet & Vanilla Yogurt Bars you don't have to. With only 90 calories.
10.Buy some raspberries (64 calories per cup), pop them in the freezer for about an hour, then enjoy. This treat is not only delicious, but delivers a healthy dose of vitamin C.
1. Play miniature golf.
2. Roast marshmallows and make smores.
3. Visit a carnival or festival.
4. Go cosmic bowling.
5. Watch the sunrise or sunset together.
6. Read a book aloud together.
7. Take a pottery class.
8. Buy the ingredients to make an ice cream sundae, and create it together.
9. Go to a comedy club.
10.Visit a museum.
11.Ascend to the top of the highest building in town.
12.Make a picnic in the park.
13.Go sightseeing in your own city.
14.Attend a sporting event.
15.Rent canoes and paddle around the nearest lake.
16.Take a cooking class together.
17.Go to the zoo.
18.Play a board game.
19.Bake cookies together.
20.Drive to a nearby town you have never visited before.
Hope this helps. If you have any feedback, Id love to hear it.
July 2, 2007
July 1, 2007
Michael and I went to see Live Free or Die Hard this weekend. I have to be honest, I was a little skeptical. Bruce Willis is still getting his hands dirty 19 years after he originally played tough-talking McClane in the original Die Hard. And let me tell you, the guy put out quite a performance. There was so much action in this movie, and the idea behind the script, was truly scary. To think that computers control so much of how we exist, wow, in the wrong hands, the world as we know it could change in a heart beat. Guys, you will love this flick and girls....your gonna love it too!!! Two thumbs up....