Instant Pot: Should You Get One?

dinnerBackstory: Cooking and Me….

I’m not the biggest fan of cooking. I like the final product and definitely venture out (all while listening to a podcast or something because I can’t just do one thing at one time), but am not necessarily one to enjoy the process.

Anyway, I get home from the gym after work, between 7-7:30 p.m. many nights of the week. At that point I just want something fast, but I still try my best to eat somewhat healthy.

We’d recently purchased a copper skillet for $7 at Burlington and it was a game changer in terms of quick clean-up.

I am a fan of anything quick.  Continue reading

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Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes….My Dusting Secret

dustingDusting…BLEH

I hate dusting. And I’m more allergic to it than others, so if too much gets on me, I get all hivey, itchy and my skin just has that hot feeling. I can’t quite describe it, it’s just super irritated and annoying.

Often times when dusting, you might use one of the following:

  • Rag
  • Dust feather
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Air duster
  • Hand
  • T-shirt
  • A nearby animal

Well when I use some of these things, it doesn’t get it all. Honestly I sometimes would use my vacuum attachment to be far away from the dust and it still didn’t get it all.

And then I discovered something..

Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes

Clorox Triple Action Dust WipesWhat I like about these is when dusting glass, plastic surfaces or other similar types, the Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes just grab everything. You don’t even need to use a glass cleaner or what not to get a shine.

For me, I have a lot of wood surfaces and it’s not the greatest on those. But many of my others, these are definitely worth buying. Especially if you have those hard to clean areas (i.e. behind the TV) that you just avoid because you know are going to be a disaster. Because let’s be honest, they are a disaster. These help things not to be a disaster.

Before

dust

After

dust free

DashGo Egg Cooker = Mind Blown

I like eggs. I’ve almost mastered hard boiling them in the oven, I’ve made egg muffins, but I’m not so great at making them many other ways.

And then… as I was walking through Kohls… I saw the DashGo egg cooker. With this thing, you can poach eggs, boil them, make omelettes and more. They give you a few different containers to make your eggs in, but it’s as simple as pouring the egg into their container, pouring the designated amount of water they tell you to into the basin, cover and let it work it’s magic. No timer. No watching. Just leave it and walk away until they’re done. Once the water is evaporated it knows to turn off.

I love this because I don’t have a ton of time to make breakfast in the morning but I can get my eggs started while I’m getting ready and they’re done when I’m done. Amazing.

This video from DashGo says it all. Check it out, then go buy one if you’re looking for a way to make your eggs. You’re welcome.

FitBit – Week One Thoughts

I’ve officially had my FitBit Charge HR for one week. Being that it was $150, I was hoping it was money well spent (especially since I had cancelled my Weight Watchers).

Needless to say it’s been completely eye opening and I actually probably hadn’t been eating enough during the week or if I could actually get through a weekend without messing up.

Granted, I did go to a place in town last night and went over my calorie goal yesterday, I think I’ll be okay.

Before we went out I realized I was already two pounds down. There’s a certain weight that I won’t really feel I’ve made progress until I’m down (about five pounds), but even this two is more than I’ve seen in awhile.

I LOVE that I can just rely on the FitBit to tell me my caloric intake for the day. It takes information from the heart rate monitor on all your activity to determine that.

Plus, it’s encouraging to help you get in your 64 ounces of water in and 10,000 steps a day.

I always thought I was so far off based on what my iPhone said but I’ve been able to get them in and sometimes more every day.Then for the water, I thought that would be hard. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought. I’ve hit the goal five of the seven days I’ve had the FitBit! And the days I missed, I just needed one more bottle. If you drink a bottle (16.9 ounces) before work, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and then one at night with dinner or whatnot, you’re there!

I’ve always taken the time to plan each week, but had trouble with understanding caloric deficit. I mean the whole concept made sense, and I calculated my BMR online but that was just a number. That doesn’t take in account the different things you do in a day. That’s what I love about the FitBit Charge HR. It takes everything into account and adjusts my day.

I haven’t been starving this week. I’ve been pretty active even just taking long walks instead of jogging every night. I’ve drank more water during the day than I have in forever.

I will also plug everything into the app so it’s nice to have all one place. Others really enjoy using My Fitness Pal with it too which is a great idea. Since I was starting from scratch with something after canceling my Weight Watchers, I didn’t mind just using the FitBit app. It’s been very easy to use.

Best of all, I’ve seen a little progress. Hopefully that stays true through the end of the week but I’m already very happy with this purchase.

Food Find: Skinny Pop Popcorn

SkinnyPop PopcornWhen it comes to something you can just keep eating, SkinnyPop popcorn is a great snack to keep in the pantry. I would love it even if it wasn’t healthy. My favorite flavor is white cheddar, but they have plain, sweet or black pepper. They have also had pop up flavors, such as a sweet chili.

For those doing Weight Watchers, one serving (three and a half cups) is only four points. It’s awesome for mindless eating while watching TV, a movie or something.

Quick Nutritional Facts

  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carbs: 15 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g