Thursday, May 29, 2014

Welcome To "The Dieting Dork"

Hi, this blog is the sister or maybe more like a cousin of my main blog The Decorating Dork.

Here I'm going to talk about my never-ending battle with the bulge.    I also plan to focus on fashion for us "plus size" gals.   It's been a giant pet peeve of mine for years!

Can't wait to get all this emotional baggage off my chest ...and off my ass, stomach, thighs, double chin, etc.)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summertime Picnic Must Have.... Beverage Dispensers

That was a long cold winter and now that Memorial Day is behind us, it's finally starting to feel like summer around here!  
Summer is all about picnics, cookouts and  barbecues. Whatever you want to call them, it means with all that yummy food will be equally yummy cold drinks. What better way to serve up your favorite summertime beverages then in fancy dispenser?

These days you can find drink dispensers in just about any store that has a kitchenware department.   They can range anywhere from $10-$100.  Whether they're made of glass, ceramic or plastic there's a dispenser to fit everyone's style. I've picked out a few of my favorites that are in all different shapes and sizes.  


                    Glass Dispenser      Glass Dispenser w/ Blue Lid                          

        Glass Dispenser w/ Chalkboard Label       Mason Jar Dispenser w/ Red Lid

         Double Dispenser with Stand        Honey Pot  Dispenser w/ Stand

 Basic Plastic Dispenser w/ Orange Lid      Plastic Dispenser w/ Wooden Lid

                White Ceramic Dispenser            White Ceramic Mason Jar Dispenser w/                                                                                                                   Chalkboard Label Christmas Tree Shops          

Yellow Bucket                     Red Honey Pot 

Do you have a favorite?  I'd love to know which one you like and what kinds of drinks you put in your dispenser!      

Monday, May 5, 2014

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Tacos, margaritas, guacamole and fruit.......Ay Carumba!   

We love celebrating Cinco de Mayo in our house.  I mean what's not to love about eating some good Mexican food, drinking some cold margaritas and a themed dinner table?
You don't have to go crazy buying expensive dishes, glasses, placemats and decorations.  A trip to your local Dollar Tree should get you everything you need for a fun week night dinner with the family.       

Sometimes I wish I was able to cook better.   I'd love to make a whole authentic Mexican dinner, but being half Spanish doesn't help me one bit.  Tacos it is.... 

I am trying to get back on track with my diet/weight loss, so I'll making myself a taco salad (no shell) and decided on fruit as dessert to go with our fiesta.     Although I will be treating myself to a glass of SkinnyGirl margarita as well.  Hey, Cinco de Mayo only comes around once a year!      

Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo?   I'd love to hear about your fiesta.     

Thursday, May 1, 2014

My Mornings with Millstone® & the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Drip Coffee Maker from Wal-Mart #CoffeeJourneys #Cbias #Giveaway

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias, Millstone® Coffee, and Mr. Coffee®.  #CoffeeJourneys

I love my morning coffee, don't we all?  Although a lot of people are using the single brew/pod coffee machines, I think a drip coffee maker is still my best bet.   Combining Millstone® french vanilla coffee and the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ coffee maker from Walmart  is just heaven in my book.

Now to make this an even better deal,  #CollectiveBias have given me the opportunity to not only try this winning combination for myself, but I'm able to give one away to a lucky reader! Could it be you? 
Well, you've gotta go on a little journey with me first before we can get to the good stuff.   Keep scrolling....

Heading out to Walmart is nothing new for me, I'm there all the time.   I have to say I've never been in a Neighborhood Market store though.   It's gorgeous, green and full of great buys.

First stop on my journey is the coffee aisle to grab some Millstone® french vanilla coffee. (I'm a flavored coffee kinda gal.)   Millstone® has several other coffee roasts like a  Kona Blend, Hazelnut Cream,   Breakfast Blend and Decaf versions just to name a few, so there's something for everyone.   Did you know that  Millstone® is made from 100% Arabica beans and should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and not refrigerated?  I had no idea, all these years thinking once I opened a package of coffee it had to go in the refrigerator.   Oh well, moving on.....  Next it's to pick up the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal coffee maker.   Personally I can't use a coffee maker with a glass pot, I'm way too much of a klutz.  I can't tell you how many I've broken over the years.    So not only is a thermal pot the way to go for us "accident prone" people, it also keeps your coffee hot and fresh for hours longer.   Another great function of the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™  is the pause 'n serve, it allows you to have a cup of coffee before the full brewing is done.  Awesome feature for when you just can't wait for that first cup of morning coffee, right?    

Mmmmm.... I wish you could smell this!  There's nothing that gets you ready the day ahead then the aroma of that first cup of coffee.

I have to admit, I like to have a little "french vanilla" with my french vanilla.   Sometimes I do use a flavored creamer with my flavored coffee.  What can I say?  

Here's a little  Instagram video of how my morning  #CoffeeJourneys goes.   After I get Thomas on the bus I brew myself a pot of coffee, sit at my computer and call my mom.   The only thing that could make it better, would be if I was at the beach with my mom and my cup coffee but that's a whole other story.

Don't forget after you watch the video make sure you enter the giveaway below for one of the best coffee makers and coffee around! 
 Are you ready to head out on your own #CoffeeJourney? Then enter to win the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Drip Coffee Maker and a package of Millstone® flavored coffee below. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway