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Out Of Milk App - An Extraordinary Thing

Fashion & Lifestyle

I love lists. I can be a bit nerdy when it comes to lists. Sometimes, I make lists from old lists. And, other times, I may add “Make a new list” on my list.

Ok, I’m exaggerating, a bit. But, I truly appreciate keeping things in order and working efficiently to save time and money. My dad used to say, “Time is money”. Whenever I make a list, I know that I am saving time and money.

After Scott and I got married and decided we would share the weekly trip to the supermarket, I would first write out a shopping list on paper. In addition, one of us would spend some time going through a few different circulars (since I typically create my meals based on which meat or seafood item is on sale.) Each week, I’d write a new list. I’d also make lists for errands that Scott or I had to do. (i.e. Cleaners, Replace faucet, buy birthday gift for dad, etc.)

Of course, there were times when Scott or I would lose the list. Other times, we would think of something we needed and not have “the list” nearby. Not to mention, I would often say how nice it’d be if there was an app or website that could compare prices across multiple locations.

Then one day, I stumbled upon a Phone App that is simply extraordinary.

Out of Milk Phone App

There are many benefits to using the Out of Milk phone app.

Firstly, you can create shopping lists and add or subtract items already entered from your history.

Secondly, and my favorite feature, is that it is a shared application amongst multiple users. Scott or I can add an item to the list and it will sync on both of our smart phones. (I have a Samsung and he has an Apple Phone).

You can also create To-Do Lists. It works the same way as a grocery list.

You can create and save multiple lists (grocery, home goods, etc.)

And, if that’s not enough; You can view weekly deals to your supermarket and/or compare prices amongst multiple stores! So, I can look up a specific item to see which store has it on sale. And, I can find the best deal on a general item (let’s say meat) at a specific supermarket.

The Out of Milk phone app will save you time and money.

The only downside to this app is that there may not be a supermarket of your choice in the database. It’s not perfect. But it’s FREE!

I hope you’ll try the Out of Milk phone application, if you don’t have it already on your smart phone. And, I hope you can save some time and money.

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Miniature Labradoodle - Letter from Cooper

Fashion & Lifestyle

Hello Mommy’s Friends,

Mommy is typing this for me because my paws are chubby, and I am playing with the toys my cousins bought for me. I have been a good little boy. Mommy often calls me her good little boy; probably because I am not chewing on her hair, anymore.

http://youtu.be/SIbaLjZ_JmA

She put a vest on me that says I am The King of the World. At least, I think that’s what it says. I can’t read, yet.

Labradoodle Puppy

Over the past few days, when mommy or daddy put me in my pen, I didn’t like it. I tried to get their attention, but I think they left me at home by myself. I was angry. I did my poopy all over that pen. When daddy came up to get me, he called for mommy. I guess he didn’t want to clean the mess I made. Mommy gave me a warm bath. I loved it. So much, I pooped again and spread it around, even more. I think mommy was so happy to give me two baths in one day.

Labradoodle Puppy
See how happy Mommy is!?

Then, she got out this thing called a hairdryer. I did NOT LIKE THAT. It was too loud for my puppy ears.

http://youtu.be/A93ERbJVQHY

Speaking of ears, daddy took me to the doctors today. Good thing mommy didn’t come because all the lady doctors were loving me, and I think mommy would have been jealous. But, then, they put medicine in my ear. I guess because I have been scratching them so much. Mom was relieved when daddy told her that I do not have fleas. But, I don’t understand why, because now I need medicine in my ears.

This is me at the doctors. I am a killer with the ladies.
This is me at the doctors. I am a killer with the ladies.

Last night, Mommy was talking, about me, to someone on the phone. It was after our first argument; in which I won. She put a leash on me, and tried to get me to walk with it. I think she forgets that I am the boss. I didn’t move at all. She seemed frustrated and told on me, when daddy got home. I’m glad daddy didn’t get upset at all.

But then, she told daddy that some dog trainer is coming over to the house, soon. And, he is bringing his dog. I don’t understand why they are coming, but I hope they know that I am The King of the World.

This is my couch and my toys. Sometimes, I let mommy and daddy sit here with me.
This is my couch and my toys. Sometimes, I let mommy and daddy sit here with me. I don’t plan on sharing my toys with my dog trainer or his dog. It’s pretty clear that I am King.
Mommy makes the best pillow, EVER!
Sometimes, I allow mommy to be my pillow. Sometimes.
Sometimes, I let mom write at her computer with her hand under me. She just needs me. What can I say?
Also, I let mom write at her computer with her hand under me. She just needs to be close to me. What can I say?

Well, it is time for my nap, upstairs. I am starting to like my crate. Mommy puts surprises in there, for me. And, I have some toys and a very soft blanket, too. I decided that I’m never going to poop in my crate. I like it too much.

Love,

Cooper

paws

 

 

 

 

PS. Please try not to get attached to me. I have my hands full with my mom and dad, alone. Thanks.

Miniature Labradoodle Pup - Welcome Home!

Fashion & Lifestyle

On Sunday, Scott and I brought home our first member of our family. A 10-week old, Australian miniature labradoodle puppy. We named him Cooper. And, he is absolutely beautiful!

Here is a video taken on our way up to the breeder (in North New Jersey) at 8am on Sunday. It was a 3 hour car ride. Fortunately, it was worth it, as we took home our pup just a few hours later.

So far, Cooper has been doing very well. He is such a lovable dog. He is already attached to me; always wanting to be by my side. I’m grateful that I can be home most of the time, because Cooper does not like to be alone.

The first day was an adjustment because he had such a long car ride. He was experiencing motion sickness. On day two, Cooper started acting like himself. He was playful and much happier! By that night, he was attached to me, like glue. Here’s a really cute video of him!

Scott and I are happy with this breed. We understand that the Australian labradoodles have a wonderful temperament. We wanted a smart and lovable dog that was allergy-free (thus, the cross breed with a poodle). We also decided to go with a miniature version (which average about 25 lbs.)

Wish us luck. As most of you know, raising a pup is not easy!

I’ll share post updates on Cooper. As soon as he learns to type, I’ll let him have his own page on LE Woman. LOL

I leave you with some pictures and information on the Australian Labradoodle.

Our first embrace. Yup, this is the one!
Our first embrace. Yup, this is the one!
Daddy, can we keep him!?
Daddy, can we keep him!?
Our first family photo!
Our first family photo!
My baby!!
My baby!!
Isn't he beautiful!?
Isn’t he beautiful!?
I love his paws!!
I love his paws!!
This is, typically, how Cooper is whenever I am on the sofa.
This is, typically, how Cooper is whenever I am on the sofa.

Australian Labradoodles

Australian labradoodles (the American version of an Australian Labradoodle, that is) are typically a multi-generation cross between two labradoodles (which, at one point, came from a 50% purebred poodle and 50% purebred labradore retriever.)

Labradoodles were originally a cross between the Labradore Retriever and the Standard Poodle. Now, they are a breed of their own!

First bred in the 1970’s by Wally Conron , the Labradoodle is a very lovable dog, known for their exceptional intelligence and trainability, low to non-shedding coat, low allergy coat, and lack of doggie odor. One of the finest family pets around!

Labradoodles are sociable, friendly, non aggressive, and extremely intuitive. Their intelligence and high trainability make them well suited for guide dogs, therapy dogs, and other assistance dogs. Their non allergic coats make them popular among people who have not been able to enjoy pets because of their allergies. See Reference.

 

 

Cell Phone Case - Waterproof Lanyard

Fashion & Lifestyle

This week’s Extraordinary Thing is a waterproof cell phone case lanyard. Scott and I just picked up a pair of these before vacationing in Punta Cana, Wow, did they come in handy! We will never again go on vacation, without them.

Check this out:

http://youtu.be/QPM2LBubRkE

Scott took this video using my cell phone, as we were swimming/floating in the beautiful waters in Punta Cana. I thought he was just taking pictures, but he was actually showing off all the features of these cell phone cases. Because they are waterproof, you can easily use your cell phone to take pictures or video, and just about anywhere.

For the first time, we were able to get great photos and videos while swimming in pools, caves, and the ocean. We used these cell phone cases every day, and they kept our cell phones safe and dry. We were able to take pictures and videos that we normally wouldn’t have taken.

You can use these cell phone cases for just about anything (skiing, hiking, fishing, boating, sightseeing, etc.) I wish Scott and I had these sooner. We would have had a lot more memories caught on film.

We loved them so much, that I wanted to share this with you. If you want your own cell phone case (waterproof lanyard), you can get one for about $10, on Amazon. Here’s the one we purchased, and for the price, it is definitely an extraordinary bargain!

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b. good

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Attention LE Woman fans! LE Woman is hosting a Give Away for a $25 Gift Certificate to B. Good Restaurant in Marlton, NJ. The contest begins on Friday 4/10/2016 and ends at 12:00pm on Sunday, 4/19/2016. Good Luck!

Contestants need to do TWO Things for their first chance of entry. Like the status of this announcement (on the Facebook post on LE Woman’s page), AND write your own answer, in the comment section below (on the Facebook post on LE Woman’s page), to this question: What motivates you to be HEALTHY? (i.e. keeping healthy foods in my pantry at all times…) There’s more… For every LIKE that YOU get on your comment, earns you ANOTHER entry. That means, a contestant can earn an unlimited number of entries! Be creative, and try to share something that gets the attention of others. Good Luck!

Here are the official rules: Contestants must be 18 years or older to participate. Contestants acknowledge that this Give-Away is sponsored by LE Woman (and supported by the b.good restaurant in Marlton, NJ). It is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Each contestant’s name will be entered into a random drawing that will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2016, at 1:00pm. The winner will be announced via Facebook messaging or personal email within 24 hours of the drawing. The gift certificate will be mailed to the winner’s mailing address, once provided. The gift certificate is only good for b.good in Marlton, NJ. LE Woman takes no responsibility for lost or expired gift certificates. LE Woman takes no responsibility if the gift certificate is not used for reasons unforseen.

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You haven’t asked how I’ve been doing with my clean eating, lately? Oh, you’re waiting for me to give an update? Welllllll, ummmmmmm, what can I say? I’m doing the best I can. Every day is a new day, and that’s how I approach everything. So, that’s good right?

Of course, it’s always helpful when everything around me offers healthy alternatives. Speaking of healthy alternatives…

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b. good

Last weekend, Scott and I took my niece out with us for the day. Of course, we had to stop for lunch before we went shoppin’ cause I don’t shop on my husband’s empty stomach! 

Anyway, we tried this new joint that Scott recommended called b.good. It was an extraordinary experience. I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

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This is the Marlton, NJ location.

So, I just love the concept of this place. It’s similar to a Chipotle in that it is a cross between a fast food joint and a healthier focused menu kind of a restaurant.

The service is great, but unlike Panera and Chipotle, they bring the food to you. (We waited about 7 or 8 minutes for a burger, a salad, and a Kids’ grilled cheese. This was on the weekend, so I didn’t think it was that bad at all.)

There are only a hand-full of these restaurants along the eastern coast of the US. The concept began with two guys who were friends since grade school. It took them YEARS to open a successful establishment. They have a great story! You can read it here. 

Of course, I love any business that has grass-root beginnings. I love small businesses. I love how hard local business workers get the job done.

I love the idea of b. good. It’s good food. You feel good about eating it. Even better, you feel good after you eat it!

It’s stocked with local farm-fresh food (they work hand-in-hand with nearby farmers). It’s fresh and delicious. It’s healthy. (Not necessarily low-calorie, but definitely a healthier alternative to fried, mass-production, fast food.)

You may think that the burgers are small (to American standards that is) and the prices are high. That’s a relative matter. Scott and I don’t eat out often, so when we do, we appreciate a meal that is as good (if not better) than something we can prepare at home. As long as the portions work for us, and the overall experience is good, it is worth it.

B. good is clean, attractive, and comfortable…enough. (You’re not supposed to sit in this kind of establishment for hours.) The service is good. The staff is helpful and friendly. Last but not least, the food is definitely unique and full of flavor. That’s the beauty of having something prepared in this fashion.

I ordered the Spicy Avocado & Lime Kale and Quinoa Bowl. It was definitely something I would not prefer to make myself. It was extraordinary! It was a big serving size (I would say well over 16 oz.). Even though it had as many calories as Scott’s Goomba burger, I didn’t have to eat the whole bowl. (But, of course I did.)

Spicy Quinoa Bowl with Avocado and Lime. Yum!
Spicy Quinoa Bowl with Avocado and Lime. Yum!

My Kale and Quinoa Bowl had organic quinoa, kale, sautéed veggies, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, black beans, corn, grape tomato, queso fresco, lime, cilantro, chipotle puree, and a smooth red pepper vinaigrette. If you’ve never had Kale or Quinoa, this is the place to try it.

Oh, and the fries were HEAVENLY! They are baked (and so they are more soft over crispy) but the flavor! Oh, the flavor. Lots and LOTS of flavor.

I wish there were more of this kind of establishment around. One can hope, right?

I leave you with a few pictures…

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Scott didn’t want to be in the picture. So, that’s his Goomba burger with my niece, Sarah. Isn’t she beautiful? The burger, that is? ha ha
Goomba burger at b.good & Deliciously baked and flavored fries!
Goomba burger at b.good & delicious baked and flavored fries!
The drinks at b.good are flavored with cane sugar.
The drinks at b.good are flavored with cane sugar.
There's a poster in the restaurant that shares the story on how b.good began.
There’s a poster in the restaurant that shares the story on how b.good began.
Menu Board
Menu Board
b.good location & local farm board
b.good location & local farm board
Fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farm on hand...ready to go!
Fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farm on hand…ready to go!

Thanks to a nutritious and delicious lunch, we had plenty of energy to finish the day with some fun shopping!

Think this chair is big enough for The House on High Street?
Think this chair is big enough for The House on High Street?

Overall, eating at b. good is an extraordinary experience. We will definitely go back for more. Please let me know if you try this place or if you know of a place near you that has a similar concept.

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The Carbohydrate Cycle

Fashion & Lifestyle

Yesterday, Gabrielle told me that I needed to lose weight. Today, I am getting off the carbohydrate cycle.

You gotta love this video. If you don’t know my sister, Gabrielle, here she is. A beautiful, insightful, and lovable young woman. She gives the best hugs; dances better than Beyonce (in the right setting of course); and says anything and everything that is on her mind!

Bee Candy - Beautiful Flowers!

Fashion & Lifestyle

Today, I spent the afternoon with my dear friend, Ellen.  She invited me to have lunch at her lovely home and enjoy her beautiful pool and hot-tub. We had such a wonderful afternoon catching up while floating on two over-sized lounge chairs in her kidney shaped pool.

It’s hard for me to relax sometimes, but I’m always so comfortable at Ellen’s house.  She is an amazing host. At one point this afternoon, I became distracted by the most beautiful display of flowers all around her backyard.  When I asked if I could take some photos for my blog, she graciously took me around the house to see every plant arrangement up close while explaining how her husband tends to each one, keeping the flowers magnificently robust with his green thumb.

These flowers reminded me of one of the first lessons I taught to a class of second graders as their student-teacher.  I was still in college doing my practicum when I was asked to prepare a Science lesson about bees and pollination.  Believe it or not, I created a faux flowering plant with art paper to use as a simulated activity for the students to act as bees. (I remember it took me hours to write up this lesson.)

During the lesson, I read a story about bees.  I used a poster to teach about the 3 body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen; thus making it an “insect”). The book also explained how bees help pollinate the flowers by drinking nectar with their proboscis (a straw-like mouth).  While they are doing so, they are inadvertently gathering pollen on their furry legs and bodies, therefore aiding in the process of pollination.

I managed to glue small Dixie cups in the over-sized fake flowers and fill them with apple juice.  I sprinkled chalk dust on the petals of the flower. Then, the students took turns with a straw drinking the juice from the flower and touching the dust on the petals.  This helped them understand exactly what the bees do when they see BEE CANDY.

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Thankfully, Ellen and I had a perfect afternoon free from pesky insects.   I almost forgot that Ellen actually LOVES insects….maybe as much as cars! She is the epitome of an extraordinary woman!

Oh, we did have a few blue dragonflies that must have been attracted to our blue nail polish because he kept hanging out with us.  In time, Ellen had me making friends with it!  (That’s a first for me.)

Sorry, I don’t have any pics of the dragonfly…or my beautiful friend, Ellen.  However, I did capture several magnificent photos of the bee candy all around her home.  I hope you enjoy them.

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Bee Candy

Do you like the pictures?  Can you identify any of these flowers?  Which one is your favorite?

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Historic Neighborhood - Rachel Maria's Randoms

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

A few days ago, I went for a wog in a beautiful historic neighborhood in Camden County, New Jersey. (Wogging is jogging with intervals of walking breaks.)  There was a time in my life that I used to run like a gazelle.  Once, a college professor of mine spotted me running on campus and later told me that I ran with such grace and speed it reminded him of a gazelle.

Those days are officially over.

Nowadays, if you see me exercising outdoors, chances are I am on a wog. And, I probably look like I am headed to the nearest bathroom facility.

Nevertheless, I make it a point to wog in locations that have beautiful scenery. That’s one of the perks to exercising outdoors, right?  In this particular historic neighborhood, I couldn’t help but to slow it down to snap some photos along the way.  I even passed a lemonade stand with two adorable blonde-haired boys.

I yelled from across the street, “If I make it back to my car alive, I will come back and buy some lemonade!”

LemonadeStand

Here are some photos of a historic neighborhood, taken during my wog.

Historic Neighborhood
I love this cape cod home with the charming red door.
I love the colors on this house, the long walkway leading to the front door, the lush green landscape, and the perfect outdoor accessory: A lamp post.
The world would be a better place if we all had sidewalks like this!
Wouldn’t it be great if there were brick sidewalks…EVERYWHERE??
I want to sit on a rocking chair on this porch and drink lemonade!
Nothing beats a porch swing (and lemonade, of course) on a wrap-around porch!
How would you like this stretch of water to separate your house from your neighbor’s?
Every yard needs a weeping willow tree.
Every yard needs a weeping willow tree.
Old-fashioned tree swing.
Old-fashioned tree swing.

This was a pleasant wog. I enjoyed the scenery and ended up going a further distance than I had anticipated. When I finally made it back to my car, I was very thirsty and very hot! I could barely untie my knotted shoelace to remove my car key to turn on the AC in my car…before I was about to pass out…

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Desperate times call for drastic measures!

Ah!  That felt good.  Once I cooled off, I drove back to that adorable lemonade stand.  My afternoon wog ended with a delicious and cold lemonade, served by two adorable little boys, in a mini dixie cup.

I only wish I had a porch swing to have taken a late afternoon nap.  Oh, well. Perhaps someday at The House on High Street.

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