Podcasts: Sawbones

Late last year was my introduction into podcasts. I thought they were so 2007 like iPods and white plastic MacBooks…and then Serial opened all kinds of doors for me. Not only did I love Serial and Sarah Koenig’s captivating voice each week, but I also found podcasts about he podcast.

I was converted.

To my surprise and from my own ignorance I realized podcasts aren’t outdated at all! And there are so many! I’m looking forward to this newly discovered thing…for me… I can’t believe it took me this long.

One of the one’s I’ve recently discovered after someone recommending it is “Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine.

It’s hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and co-hosted by her husband Justin. The two will cover a topic and all the different types of treatments, research, etc. that happened throughout history prior to the methods we use today.

It’s quite interesting whether you are into medicine or not. It’s crazy to hear how certain things were treated or viewed years and even centuries ago. If you’re into podcasts I encourage you to give this one a listen!

Wedding Help: Go Local

My husband and I got married over a year ago and I’m starting to realize some things I did made things so much easier for us during planning. I’d like to share those in a mini-series called “Wedding Help.” 

wedding local vendorsWhen it came to choosing vendors, I went local. It was hands down the best decision I could have made.

Why?

The level of service was amazing. Each of the vendors from the dress store to the florist made me feel as though I was the only customer. Even better, they gave me amazing pricing.

I have been in a wedding and we got our dresses from one of the “big box” stores. There were so many rules. They were rude. They were not flexible. We were just a number.

With my dress vendor, they took the time to help me with my dress, did alterations up until the night of (literally) and the person that did the alterations came the day of the wedding to help me get into the dress because it had a corset back.

For my flowers, they made the process easy and coordinated everything with the venue that day and I did not have a single thing to worry about.

These are two examples, but my DJ, party favor vendor, etc. were wonderful. It meant a lot to someone scrambling to put together wedding plans to not have to worry about those small things. They took care of it for me. I can’t speak for all local businesses, but I feel pretty confident in saying you will probably have a great experience. It’s definitely an avenue worth exploring during wedding planning.

Healthy Mexican Pizza

mexican pizzaI have been obsessed with Hungry Girl’s mexican pizza swap for a few years now! She basically made a healthier version of Taco Bell’s and I love it even more than theirs. In fact, it’s been years since I’ve had one from Taco Bell because I prefer this.

Serving Size: 1, Calories: 254, WW+ Points: 6

Fat: 6.5 g, Sodium: 803mg, Carbs: 34.5g, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugars: 3.5g, Protein: 16.5g

Ingredients

  • (2) 6″ corn tortillas
  • 1/3 cup frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (Boca is my favorite)
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons taco sauce
  • 3 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese (Sargento has a great one)

Sometimes I will change out the Boca crumbles for lean ground beef that is 94% lean or higher, although honestly, I prefer the Boca for this recipe!

Also, I don’t really like tomatoes, but you can add 1/4 cup chopped tomato as well.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Lay tortillas on baking sheet (may need to spray non-stick depending on your pan–I usually put down aluminum foil for easy clean up)
  3. Bake for six minutes, flip, then bake for another six minutes. Remove and keep oven on.
  4. WHILE the tortillas are cooking, cook soy crumbles with 1/4 teaspoon of taco seasoning
  5. Once tortillas are cooked, spread one of them with refried beans then top with soy crumbles
  6. Place the other tortilla on top
  7. Mix remaining taco seasoning with taco sauce then pour evenly on top of the tortilla
  8. Top with cheese and bake for about three minutes or until cheese is melted

Healthy Super Bowl Recipe Ideas

Believe it or not, it is possible to get through game day without totally wrecking your diet. Here are some recipe ideas I have tried or found that everyone can enjoy for the Super Bowl but are a healthier option!

Appetizers

Entrees

Sides

Desserts

Is Matte the Next Thing in Nails?

matte nail polishI’m a fan of Zoya nail polish, it’s my go-to, and noticed on their website and in Ulta, I was finding more matte colors.

I purchased about six mini nail polishes awhile ago and picked a matte one to see what it was like!

Originally I wasn’t sure if I would like it, just because lately I’ve been into sparkly (“pixie dust“) or shiny polishes.

I was surprised with the matte. It went on smooth and it starts off shiny and as it dries it gets the matte look.

I usually put on a couple coats.

If you buy the matte and decide you don’t like it, just take clear nail polish top coat and paint it on and voila–you’ve got your shine back.

The color I used was called “Posh” and you can find it on Zoya’s website.

Zoya matte nail polish