5 for Friday

Whew!  What a busy week!  I had hour-ish long meetings 3 days out of 5 this week after regular school hours plus an ever-growing mound of laundry (clean piles and a hamper full of the other!) threatening to rename the guest room the “laundry room.”  Time certainly is flying by, and we are already to the long MLK weekend.  Here are 5 things on my mind this Friday eve…


Hand-me-down clothes for Holden – I am so blessed to work with a wonderful, supportive group of people.  I have been at the same school since 2007, and I’m ever so thankful to be able to count my co-workers as friends and almost an extended family of sorts.  I had a fellow teacher share with me a TRASH BAG FULL of great clothes for H PLUS an additional box!  Since Holden is growing out of so many items, this has really save us a bunch!  Wikipedia states that the cost (per year) for one child is around 4,000.  Hmmm…I’m thinking they aren’t including child care in this number.  The bottom line is that these little blessings are pricey!  When another mom helps out a mom, it is just lovely.  Thank you!


A cute necklace! – This little beauty would make a great Valentine’s Day gift or perhaps Mother’s Day.  If you have two kids, you could put their initials.  Better yet, your initial plus the Mr.’s.  So sweet!  Click here for etsy ordering info.  




Magazine subscriptions – I love a good magazine!  Previously, I’ve subscribed to SELF, Fitness, Shape, Oxygen, Women’s Health (a gift subscription), Parents (a coupon freebie) Instyle, and Better Homes & Gardens (a freebie coupon one).  Apparently, I’m addicted to subscribing.  It does save so much money compared to those impulse purchases at checkout time.  My only two current ones are Instyle and Oxygen.  Both are ending very soon, so I’m trying to decide what to pick.  Any suggestions???  I’ve thought about branching out to Real Simple or perhaps switching back to one of my previous fitness magazines.  I’ve also contemplated Southern Living or Coastal Living for the home portions.  I’m settled on two being the limit, but decisions are tough!  In other scholarly (not really do I think magazines are scholarly, so sorry!), I’m excited about the new Living in Style book by Rachel Zoe.  I loved her first personal style book, Style A to Zoe.  Click here to see the details on it.  Click here for her new book preordering info.  



Baking – I so have the urge to bake.  I think all the holiday cooking got me in the mood.  Although I whipped up some cookies last Friday, I don’t really count cookies as real baking.  I’m strongly thinking of trying these Ultimate Healthy Brownies from Jillian Michaels aka the serious-about-fitness trainer.  


Fudge Brownies


  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup mild honey, such as clover or orange blossom
  • 1/3 cups natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with olive oil. Set aside.

Place the honey in a large glass measuring cup. Microwave on high power until the honey is runny and just bubbling, 45 to 60 seconds. Add the cocoa and stir with a fork until well combined. Let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until well combined.

In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla. Whisk together until well blended. Add the honey-cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and stir until no traces of flour remain. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake until the surface looks dry around the edges of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, about 25 minutes. Do not overbake. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing into 16 squares. (Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.)

Makes 16 (2-inch) brownies

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Contains Wheat/Gluten
Contains Egg
Good for Leftovers

Nutrition Facts 
Number of Servings: 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 86.2
Total Fat: 2.2 g
Sodium: 63.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 16 g
Protein: 1.3 g

Click here for website.  I’ll let you know how they go if I whip them up.  


My hair continues to grow out, and I’ve pushed back my cut until Valentine’s Day.  No, I’m not showing it off with hot date plans.  That will be on the 15th.  You got to go when you got the sitters aka the family peeps to watch over the sleeping babe.  Anywho, I’m going to do this hair treatment with coconut oil since it practically cures cancer.  Seriously though, coconut oil is getting all kinds of good press these days.  Honey and the oil appear to be all I need for fabulous hair!  See here for the details.  Again, I’ll report back on this too.  

Have a fabulous Friday!  We have “Hat Day” at school for “Hats off for reading!”  This translates into no doing hair day for me.  Yippee!



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