Whisps – A Favorite Low Carb/Keto Snack

I recently found a new favorite snack … Whisps.  Such a wonderful little crunch, that fits perfectly into my low carb/keto lifestyle.  The multipack arrived today, so three of us in the household decided to find out which variety was our favorite.

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Three of us tried the crisps:
Myself –  Currently following a low carb/keto lifestyle
My husband – Currently doing Weigh Watchers
My 24 yr. old son – Eats an average diet, anything, and everything. Continue reading “Whisps – A Favorite Low Carb/Keto Snack”

Cooking Meat and Veggies in the Sun Oven

"Meat Veggies- SunOven Done (01) | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Have you ever cooked with the sun?  It is amazing! 

No need to heat the house, make a mess in the oven, worry about burning your food, or paying for yet another appliance that uses electricity.

Plus … it is fun!

As long as you can see a shadow, you can cook in a Sun Oven!

Below is what I made for dinner. Continue reading “Cooking Meat and Veggies in the Sun Oven”

The Day We Met Johnny Depp … sort of

It was a warm day back in October of 2007, my birthday in fact.  My Hubby, daughter with her friend, youngest son,  and I, all took a trip to Washington, DC. A new attraction had opened, and we had discount tickets for that day only.

As usual when we visit D.C, we parked just inside the Beltway and took the Metro into the city.  If you have never visited D.C before, I recommend taking  at least a full day to walk about and explore.  Wear comfortable walking shoes as the Metro is the best way to get around. Continue reading “The Day We Met Johnny Depp … sort of”

Let’s Get Moving Tip … Using a Hand-Held Device

"Cell Phone | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Electronic hand-held devices (aka smartphones, iPads, tablets etc.) – most of us have at least one.  They make our lives easier. Or at least that is what “they” tell us.  However you feel about them, if you own one (or five), put them to use in a healthy way.

There are some wonderful apps out there to track EVERYTHING including food you take in, and what comes out.  No, really!  Go look and you’ll see there are many to choose from that track just that. Continue reading “Let’s Get Moving Tip … Using a Hand-Held Device”

Games Gorillas Play by Kathy Darling

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Title: Games Gorillas Play
Author: Kathy Darling with Debbie Freed
Zoo pictures by: Brian Ray and Angelo Calcaterra
Category:  Non-fiction
Genre: Children’s
How did I get this book: I purchased the book at a yard sale
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Overview: This story is about 2 young gorillas, Mopie and Hondari , who grew up in the Bronx Zoo, and how they play with their human friend, Debbie.  The book shows various activities and modes of play. Continue reading “Games Gorillas Play by Kathy Darling”

Parenting Adult Children

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I was thrilled when each of my three children were born.  Each a joy and each with their own set of challenges while raising them.  No two children are exactly alike and my three are each very different in many ways.  They are all caring, intelligent, and am proud to be their mom, but as they have grown into adulthood, I sometimes find it hard to “parent” my adult children.

Do they still need me?  Maybe “need” is the wrong word.  Or, maybe not.  Do they still want me to be a part of their lives?  Yes, I can confidently say they do.  But, they also need to be treated as the adults they have grown to be, with all that entails. Continue reading “Parenting Adult Children”

Let’s Get Moving Tip – Use a Timer

We all know that daily movement is important for our overall health.  But knowing it, and actually doing it, are two entirely different things.  So how do we get our bodies moving, when we have so many conveniences aimed at (making our lives easier) making sure we don’t HAVE to move?

Long days at work, long commutes, drive thru food available 24 hours a day …  we don’t even have to get up and walk to get that food that we probably should not be eating anyway.  We can have it delivered right to our door.

Are you trying to get the recommended 10,000 steps a day?  Did you know that this concept was originally started in Japan, as a way to sell pedometers? I didn’t! Continue reading “Let’s Get Moving Tip – Use a Timer”

Keto Gatherings by Kristie H. Sullivan, PhD

"Sitting on Books | stephsneckofthewoods.com"Title: Keto Gatherings
             Festive Low-Carb Recipes for Every Occasion
Author: Kristie H. Sullivan, PhD
Category:  Non-fiction
Genre: Cookbook
Details:  Softcover with 368 pages.
How did I acquire this book: I purchased this book from Amazon in January 2019
      Purchase Price was $20.80 (on sale) Continue reading “Keto Gatherings by Kristie H. Sullivan, PhD”

Let’s Get Moving Tip … Create Routines

We all have daily routines.  Some may be similar to what others do, while others may be unique to us.

Let’s think of a few that most of us do automatically.  Using the bathroom upon waking.  Seems silly to mention it but it is a routine thing we do, none the less.

Brushing our teeth every day is another one. What would happen if we did not brush?  Your dentist may have strong feelings about that. Continue reading “Let’s Get Moving Tip … Create Routines”

Let’s Get Moving Tip – Dealing with a Setback

How do you deal with a setback in your life?  Do you have the determination to keep going?  Do you give up, feeling it will never work anyway?  Or do you find yourself somewhere in between?

For our purposes here, let’s just talk about setbacks in relation to improving our health, increasing our movement and in turn, having positive results in reaching our goals.

I have spoken many times about my love (obsession) for my Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker.  For me, it’s been a fabulous way to track movement and keep me motivated.  But, even with a tool like this, there can be setbacks.  For many months I’ve not reached my minimum daily step goal, and in turn have not hit my desired goal.  So what do I do when things like this happen?

I can only speak for myself and admit to having MANY setbacks while working to improve my health and movement.  Sometimes I set my goals too high and when that goal is not achieved, “perfectly”, I feel like giving up. Continue reading “Let’s Get Moving Tip – Dealing with a Setback”