Woman Crush Wednesday – Jennifer Lawrence

Here is some “food for thought” … Jennifer Lawrence asks Barbara Walters;

“If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people ‘fat’?”

This is just one of the reasons that I absolutely adore Jennifer. She’s smart, has a wonderful and hilarious personality, she is an amazing actress who has proven herself many times over and she CARES. She absolutely deserves more respect and to not be called out as “fat” by our overly judgmental media.

Lawrence, who is part of Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” TV special, told the veteran interviewer, “The media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool.”

“Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” airs Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. [ source ]

Hawaii MilSpouses! Starbucks Wants YOU!

Here is some awesome information from Starbucks’ recruiter for you military spouses stationed here in Hawaii! Please contact Allison if you would like more information!

Starbucks is recruiting for management positions in Hawaii and they are very motivated to hire Military Spouses!
They are looking for both assistant and overall store managers in both areas. If you have strong leadership skills, great communication skills and are willing to take a managed risk to drive business forward, please email allison.treloar@ingearcareer.org for full job descriptions and a direct introduction to the recruiter looking to fill the positions.

In Gear Career allows all visitors to view our career resources which are tailored specifically for Military Spouse.

Holy Holidays, Batman! I Don’t Have Cards!

I’m a last minute kinda-girl. If you are also and (like me) haven’t even ordered your holiday cards yet you need to check out TinyPrints. I love this company – they have great customer service and beautiful cards that don’t look like EVERY OTHER CARD you see.

Okay – so here are some dates for you:

Top Six Deadlines to Know for Christmas Eve Delivery

Cards – Regular Shipping 12/15
Cards – Expedited Shipping 12/18
Cards – Super Rush Shipping 12/22
Cards – Super Rush Plus 12/23 (1pm ET) – Yes that is right, the day before.
Photo Gifts (incl. iPhone and iPad Cases),
Ornaments and Mugs – Standard 12/10
Photo Gifts (incl. iPhone and iPad Cases),
Ornaments and Mugs – Express 12/16

So you better get moving! Click here —–> customized Christmas cards from Tiny Prints!

Grandma will appreciate it! Oh, yeah – that’s an affiliate link 😉

Decorating your Walls … Even in Military Housing!

I just came across a neat company that creates hardware solutions for people who rent or live in military housing – Hangman! The Hangman Systems are carefully engineered to guarantee a safe and sturdy installation while promising to hang it level every time. Hangman’s products range from Hanging Pictures, Hanging Mirrors, Hanging Framed Art, TV/Stereo Mounts and Safety to Garage/Slat Wall and Organization.

The Apartment Hanger line are especially awesome for military folks who just want to hang stuff on the walls, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of repairing large holes when they move out – or dealing with Housing being mad at large holes in the walls!

The 6” Apartment Hanger, 12” Apartment Hanger, 60 Second Hanging Kit, 10’ Poster Tape and Monkey Hook (a fine hook which installs directly into sheet-rock and is perfect for hanging wire) can hang just about anything sold at the Exchange, including art and mirrors, posters and pictures, and whatever decor families have brought along.

Apartment Hangers use tiny nails and foam pads to protect from scuffs and cause minimal wall damage, which can be completely restored by another Hangman product on sale at the Exchange, the Erase-a-hole touch up kit. Erase-a-hole can repair marks made by mirrors, large framed art, posters, small frames, assorted wall décor, including Monkey Hooks.

The Anti-Tip Kit and Apartment Hanger Line will be on sale at the Army – Air Force Exchanges in time for Christmas.

All Hangman products focus on safety, but none more so than the one designed specifically to protect children, the Furniture Anti-Tip Kit and TV Anti-Tip Kit. In the US a child dies every two weeks due to furniture or TV tip overs. Hangman’s easy-to-install steel-constructed Anti Tip Kits can prevent these catastrophes.

If You Give Christine Some Toast

Sometimes, I feel as though my brain works similar to the little pig in “If You Give A Pig A Pancake” … Although, it our house – it’s Mommy and it happens around midnight.

If Christine gets cold, she will want to turn up the air conditioning. While she is downstairs she will decide that she is hungry and needs some toast.

Since she is waiting for the toaster, she realizes that there is only one waffle left in the freezer, so the kids will need something else for breakfast.

She then decides to make some oatmeal in the crockpot, so she goes to Pinterest to find the recipe.

The crockpot is dirty so she washes it. While she waits for the pot to dry, she eats her toast.

Then, she loads up the crockpot and goes back to bed.


But, she DIDN’T go to bed – because this was one of those “blog-able” moments!

Keep Safe and Healthy This Thanksgiving

Article via Lt. Cmdr. Amit Sood

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy many social events with your family and friends, and of course, some great cooking! During this time of year, it isn’t uncommon to gain a few extra pounds. in fact; Americans gain an average of one to two pounds throughout the holidays. With the abundance of high-calorie foods available at social events, weight gain can happen fast. Just one pound of fat gain is equal to 3,500 calories in excess of what you need to maintain your weight. Fortunately, you have the ability to make a conscious effort to take care of your body and celebrate health with strategic and mindful eating.

Skipping meals throughout the day in preparation for a party meal will often lead to overeating. Instead, eat a hearty breakfast filled with whole grains, fruits and protein, such as eggs or peanut butter. The fiber and protein will help you feel full, maintain your energy level and prevent excess calorie intake later on. Also, snack on high fiber foods throughout the rest of the day to keep your hunger under control. Then when it comes time for that big meal, be sure to savor each bite in smaller portions.

Don’t be fooled, though. all foods contain calories (yes, even vegetable side dishes!). No matter what you choose, the trick is to eat in moderation.

Here are some additional tips to help keep the calories down while still enjoying your holiday favorites:

  1. Use smaller plates during meal times as it will help you eat less.
  2. Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg whenever possible – this reduces cholesterol and calories.
  3. Scale back on butter and margarine and try low-sodium, fat-free broths to flavor your sides.
  4. Look up recipes that use applesauce or pumpkin in place of butter or oil in baked items like breads, muffins, cakes or pies.
  5. Try infusing your favorite spices in fat-free plain yogurt to replace cream-based sauces and cake toppings.
  6. Try “slow-motion” eating. Research shows eating slowly helps to eat less. Take at least 20 minutes to savor your food while focusing on family and friends during mealtimes.

Remember, you have a conscious choice to enjoy this time of celebration, festivities, family and food.

Lt. Cmdr. Amit Sood, the OPNAV N17 Nutrition Programs Manager, is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. He has nearly 10 years of experience in counseling thousands of service members and their families on nutrition and health-related issues, having delivered close to 600 nutrition-related lectures to more than 20 commands and institutions across the DoD. With a passion for promoting nutritional awareness to enhance health and quality of life for individuals and populations, Lt. Cmdr. Sood hopes to offer simple and practical ways to maintain healthy eating practices 365 days a year. He is a firm believer in the phrase “Food is Medicine,” and that every individual should embrace this idea to help them think about food as a therapeutic agent, thus leading to food choices that are beneficial rather than detrimental to overall health.