Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Colgate Optic White

Thanks to Influenster, I was able to try the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening pen! Along with my new toothbrush they sent me a sample of the Colgate Optic White toothpaste and some coupons to pass out to family and friends.

Contents of my Influenster Box. 

Same of the Colgate Optic White Toothpaste

Coupons to Share!

Colage Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen!

The whitening pen! It snaps into the bottom of the toothbrush for easy storage!

Where the whitening pen goes!

Directions on the package.

 So beauty product blog fail alert: I failed to take a picture of my 'before' teeth...  But my 'after' teeth are so white! And shiny! I love how white they have become white using this toothbrush and pen set!  I normally try to do an at-home whitening kit once a year but I don't feel like I need to anymore thanks to the whitening toothbrush + pen!  I love it.  Its easy, doesn't taste bad, its fast and it works. What is not to love! Plus the cost of the brush and pen is cheaper than a whitening kit ($9 vs $15).
My after smile! (Go Big Blue!)

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Restaurant Review: The Eagle OTR

I finally got to dine at The Eagle OTR and it was worth the anticipation, the wait and every penny spent there.

The day started off with my friends and I going to see the Princess Diana exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center - it was very good and worth seeing.  The exhibit has jewelry from the Spencer family, mementos from her childhood, her wedding dress, designer dresses and more.  It was very touching and lovely to see her and her work remembered in such a beautiful way.  This is the last stop of the exhibit and the last day to go is August 17 so you have plenty of time to check it out, just make sure you do check it out!

Afterwards, we voyaged over to the Eagle.  We figured that if we got there at the tail end of lunch, early dinner the wait wouldn't be that long.  Ha, jokes on us!  At 3:00 there was an hour and a half wait.  So we put our name on the list and headed to The Lackman for some beers (the hostess at the Eagle gets your cell phone number and will call you when your party is coming up so you're free to wonder about the area).

Ninety minutes later we got our call that our table was coming up.  We headed back over and with the extra time ordered some boozy drinks at the bar.  The bar area is very big (compared to The Eagles sidekick Bakersfield) and has two sides with TVs that were playing a variety of sports games.  We ordered a pitcher of their OTR iced tea and split it amongst 5 of us.  And just like Bakersfield's drinks, it as incredibly tasty and packed a powerful punch.  Other drinks that were ordered were the Moscow Mule and a beer (not sure what it was) off of the very extensive beer list.

Once seated we ordered some appetizers.  And by some, I mean that we ordered every appetizer they have on the menu - the pickle jar, the brown sugared bacon, the hominy and the kale and artichoke dip.  All of it was delicious and I was most surprised by the deliciousness of the hominy.  I had never tried hominy before and wasn't quite sure what it was - it is like fried pieces of corn with a spicy seasoning (some girls said the flavor reminded them of a classier dorito); needless to say it was delicious.  I was not able to take any pictures of the appetizers because, well, we were hungry girls…

THE chicken sammich.  With the OTR Iced Tea pitcher in the back ground.

As for our entrees, most of us ordered the fried chicken sandwich.  The sammich was out of this world good.  I will not be able to eat another fried chicken sandwich without comparing it to this guy.  Other things that were ordered (and equally delicious and amazing as the chicken sandwich) was the pork sandwich (a bit spicy but totally okay in my book), the kale salad (very good) and the fried chicken which comes with an amazing spicy honey.  As for sides we picked the fries, mac n cheese (might be some of the best I've had in this city) and the sweet potatoes (this was Thanksgiving heaven in a bite).

Starting from the top: The Kale Salad, the chicken sammich (with slaw on side), the mac n cheese, fries and chicken sammich as on the menu.

I will go back. And I will wait.  As long as there is an OTR tea and chicken sammich waiting for me after the wait.

My only suggestion is to get a curtain/shade for the tables near the windows.  Once the sun started setting half of our table was completely blinded by the sun.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Recipe: Cheeseburger Casserole

Lots of healthy and Weight Watchers recipes are going to be coming your way thanks to the, new, lifestyle changes I am making.

The first one I am going to share with you is a Cheeseburger Casserole.  I love cheeseburgers, but as we all know, they aren't the healthiest thing for you.  This is my version of the recipes I found at both Skinny Mom and SkinnyTaste.  Things that make my version different: 1) its a recipe for 2 - 1 people (with leftovers), 2) I use ground turkey instead of beef, 3) points counted via the recipe calculator on Weight Watchers.

Tip: if you are only cooking for 1 - 2 people, instead of using the entire pound of ground turkey (beef, chicken) cut it in half! That way, you can get more meals out of that pound and thus saving money and freezer/fridge space and not wasting food by not eating the leftovers.  But if you don't eat these leftovers, you're not human.

Cheeseburger Casserole

1 cup of whole wheat macaroni noodles, I used the 365 brand from Whole Foods
8 oz. of ground turkey
1 small onion, diced
1 - 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp of tomato paste
1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp of Ketchup
1 cup of shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
Pickles, diced to top with (about 1/4 cup)

Tools you will need: pot to boil pasta in, strainer, deep sauté pan, square casserole dish, cooking spray.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Cook the pasta one minute less than what it says on the box, drain. (One minute less because it will cook still once it is in the oven.
  3. Start browning turkey in the deep sauté pan.  Add onions.  Once everything is starting to brown (you see little charred bits on the turkey pieces and onion), add in the garlic.  
  4. Once the garlic becomes fragrant, add in the tomato past and continue stirring and cooking until the tomato paste becomes a deep red color.
  5. Add tomatoes, mustard and ketchup.  Cook until bubbly then add in the drained pasta.
  6. Transfer to your square casserole dish that has been pre-sprayed with cooking spray.  Top the noodle/turkey mixtures with the cheese and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until bubbly cheese.
  7. Top with the diced pickles.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Cheeseburger casserole right out of the oven, topped with pickles!
This makes 4 servings for a total of 9 WW+ points per serving.   Serve with a side salad, or, if you can't give up fries with your burger - cook up some sweet potato fries for a 2 point side dish for 1/2 cup of sweet potato fries!  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Non-Pants Confession

My confession: I've joined Weight Watchers.

I have gained, a significant amount of weight since I graduated law school (almost 4 years ago).  The moment I finally realized I needed to do something came when I was watching TV over the holiday season and a spokesperson for another weight loss company asked me "… are you only wearing sweatpants because they are the only comfortable pants you own?"  Um, well… now that you mention it yes, yes I am

I wasn't wearing only sweatpants per se, but I was only wearing pants with only an elastic waistband - leggings, tights, yoga pants, etc. - or as I would lovingly call them "non-pants."  That question struck a bit of fear  in me as well, what if I needed to get into my suit (which I haven't put on since I passed the Kentucky State Bar two years ago)? What if I needed to wear dress pants for some occasion?  What if I needed to wear real pants?  The reason I was only wearing non-pants because they were the only pants I owned that fit comfortably.  I fit into my jeans, but they are snug, so snug and tight that wearing them for 8 hours at work feels like a punishment.  And I've reached the point to where I am already buying the biggest size offered at the stores I shop at.  I needed to do something.

The thing that held me back from doing anything before this point is that I have always been happy with my body.  I love my curves - I'm not trying to become a stick figure.  I just want to be able to wear pants, comfortably.  I want to be able to be truly comfortable in what I wear.  And that is the point of all of this to be comfortable in whatever I am wearing or not wearing.

So with the new year came, not a resolution, but a change in my lifestyle.  No more eating whatever I want, when I want, in the quantity I want.  No more sitting on the couch every night after work until it was time to go to bed.  No more drinking a half-bottle of wine every night because I want to.  No more.

I vow to follow the Weight Watchers plan.  I vow to incorporate vegetables and fruit into my diet.  I vow to learn how to portion control the foods I eat.  I vow to make healthy decisions when I go out to eat.  I vow to take 30 minute walk, at least, every night/day.  I vow to stop drinking aimlessly during the week.  I vow to be a better person, for myself.

I have been doing Weight Watchers and walking every night, I also signed up for an adult ballet class with a friend that I truly love going to - since January 13th and I have lost 4.5 pounds.  It isn't much, but it is SOMETHING.  And I'm damn proud of it.