Saturday, October 31, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
- 1 avocado
- 1 eggplant
- 2 Honeycrisp apples
- 2 bananas
- 1 broccoli bunch
- 2 zucchini squash
- 2 tomatoes
One of my goals is to order a bigger farm box and begin to use my Nutribullet again. I used it a lot when I first got it, but I haven't since we moved to Chicago. It was an easy way to consume more vegetables.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
- More water, fewer sugary drinks. You have to take out your Invisalign when you drink anything but water. Invisalign was a great motivator for me to stick with water. I saved money and drank fewer calories.
- More attention to dental health. I would always either use Wisps or brush my teeth immediately after eating to keep my Invisalign aligners clean and prevent bad breath. This can be tricky at restaurants because we'd be in the middle of conversation and I'd have to excuse myself to brush my teeth and put my Invisalign back in. Wearing Invisalign forces you to be more vigilant. I loved using Wisps when I was on the go, and I plan to do the same this time around. It's also important to have two or three cases to store your aligners. I always kept the last set in case I lost a pair, and I had one case in my purse at all times for when I needed to take my aligners out to eat.
- Less snacking. I found that in order to keep my aligners in for the optimal 22 hours I would snack fewer times a day or take a shorter amount of time to snack. Cutting back on snacks meant less time I'd have to excuse myself to brush and rinse my mouth out. It can be challenging to wear the aligners more than 20 hours.
- More denture cleaner. My orthodontist recommended using denture or retainer cleaner to keep the aligners clear. This is a must! I also brush the aligners with a tiny bit of toothpaste.
- Less spending. The treatment isn't cheap, but the results are worth it. I have to adjust my spending accordingly, but I did that successfully the first time around, so it shouldn't be a problem. The treatment is a priority for me right now, because I know it will boost my confidence and give me a more healthy and better-looking smile.
- More smiles. I loved seeing the results so quickly. I can't wait to be completely done with treatment!
Joining the Tutu Tuesdays linkup!
Note: I was not compensated to write about these; I really did/do use the products, though my case was the Invisalign container that I was originally given. Links are to ShopStyle affiliate program.
Monday, October 26, 2015
We also had a nice autumn walk through our neighborhood. We felt the cool, crisp air and noticed the ever-changing colors of the leaves.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Veggie omelet (broccoli, cauliflower, green bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini and cheese) with hashbrowns and toast (not pictured) from Nookies Edgewater on Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Shrimp taco from El Pulpo Loco on Clark Street in Rogers Park.
Sushi from Rice Thai on Sheridan Avenue in Rogers Park.
Veggie Chicago-style hot dog and garlic Parmesan fries at Wrigley Field.
Baked ziti and a salad from Pete's Pizza on Granville Avenue in Edgewater.
Spinach, green bell pepper and jalapeño omelet, wheat toast and hashbrowns from Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park.
I'm always looking for affordable and delicious dining options in Chicago. Send any recommendations my way!
Thursday, October 22, 2015
|The Cubs' NLDS win|
|Fourth of July fireworks at Wrigley|
|The Wrigley scoreboard|
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
- Wrappily, a Hawaii-based company, makes its reversible wrapping paper sheets from recycled newsprint. The whimsical designs are a refreshing change from the typical patterns you see in stores. The paper is compostable and printed with soy-based inks. Wrappily also says its patterns are created by independent designers, something I can get behind. I ordered some of the Tannenbaum print shown below, as well as the Festive Forest/Snowflake Confetti pattern.
- Green Field Paper Company sells gift wrap made with 100 percent recycled paper. Its designs are printed with soy-based inks. Plus, the wrapping paper is made in the U.S. I guess I am attracted to tree designs but I liked the pattern below. I can picture it with red ribbons and a bow.
|Credit: Green Field Paper Company|
- Paper Source gift wrap is printed on Eco White base paper, which the company says is 100 percent recycled, 30 percent post-consumer waste paper, archival and acid-free. Plus, Paper Source has a hilarious holiday llama print that will draw some laughs. I immediately thought of the two llamas that run amok through the Phoenix area this year.
|Credit: Paper Source|
Monday, October 19, 2015
|Goodies from All Seasons Apple Orchard|
We searched for the Great Pumpkin, but we settled for these beauties instead.
Labels: animals, Chicago, fall, family-friendly, farmers market, food, Illinois, local, pumpkin patch, road trip
Friday, October 16, 2015
How do you save for fun?