Diet Coke vs. Diet Pepsi

I was a long time, heavy Diet Coke drinker. Although I didn’t drink 12 cans a day like President Trump, I am ashamed to admit I probably drank 6 cans a day. Then I started hearing some alarming news about Diet Coke.

Diet Coke contains Aspartame, one of five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA. Aspartame has been linked to a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms including belly fat, and high cholesterol that put you at risk for heart disease.

Surprising to me, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain! There is some research that suggests that aspartame depletes bones of calcium, causing osteoporosis. Yikes! Scary, right?

So I switched to Diet Pepsi. And my new research began. Diet Pepsi contains Sucralose. I thought it was safer, or why would Pepsi have the words “Now Aspartame Free” right on the bottle? Turns out, Sucralose has been linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity.

Evidently, artificial sweeteners do not provide full satisfaction to the brain that sugar does, so some people might eat additional high calorie foods – leading to weight gain.
According to the American Heart Association, the best option is regular sugar in moderation.

I guess I will be drinking a lot of good old water!

Getting Organized for the New Year

New Year, new me, right? Well, I’m trying! This is the year I am going to get my house organized, but first I am starting with my home office.

Setting up a home office does not have to be in a designated room. A home office can be a nook or alcove. You can use a folding screen if you don’t want your work space visible to the rest of the room.

Once you decide on a space there are so many products on the market to keep you organized. I am installing shelves on the wall above my desk. There I am placing fabric covered boxes to file my paper work in. I think it’s just more fun than using a file cabinet. Each box equals one file for home, insurance, car, etc. You can also choose baskets or bins to keep your paper out of sight which will give your home office a decluttered look.

Another good thing is a monitor stand. Not only does it raise your monitor to a comfortable eye level, but allows space for your phone, stapler, clips and coffee mug.

You can also add a cork board or white board on the wall to post immediate action items or write thoughts you are brain storming.
I’m off to the office supply store!

St Patrick’s Day

I love St Paddy’s day ! Mostly because I love corned beef and it gives me an excuse to make it. Corned beef has become so expensive that I really cannot justify making it more than once or twice a year. Everyone in the house loves it as well, which means I always have to purchase two because the meat gets eaten so quickly.

I have always done a traditional corned beef and cabbage pot on the stove, but I have found a new way to make it that is just as good if not better. We always have so much of the cabbage left over, I wanted something that would eliminate that waste. So I make my cabbage roasted in the oven with a balsamic drizzle when you plate it.

Instead of boiling the potatoes with the corned beef, I learned how to make colcannon. Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish that is really yummy. Just make mashed potatoes and mix with Kale. It gives the potatoes color and some extra flavor that everyone enjoys. You can google both to find out how to make them and choose a recipe that suits your taste buds.

Not Just Shopping, But Retail Therapy

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Not Just Shopping

How is it that Ozmott, an app I hadn’t heard about until recently but has been around since 2012, has figured out how to complete my life?! I’ve used numerous shopping apps, however this one has proven itself unique.

Ozmott has taken all of the perks such as Rewards, Social Networking, Gaming & Ease of Use to a level that I can truly appreciate. I didn’t have to spend hours sifting through offers and clipping items I want to use. However, I can add deals to my Cloud if I thought I might want to use them later. I was able to add my friends to the app so that they could get deals too and I (most importantly) earned bigger rewards for the more friends I added!

The rewards system Ozmott uses is called “Pips”. They carry two types of deals: Regular (the white ones) and Luxe (the gold ones) Guess which ones have the biggest discounts? Yep, Luxe! Unlock one of those babies and you’re saving some dolla dolla billz y’all! Quick tip-they give you 100 Pips just for signing up to help get you rolling.

OH! GEOlocation is such a cool feature! It brings up the offers/stores that have deals NEAR me! And not, the closest metro near me BUT REALLY, the ones right in my town literally 1 mile away! Or closer, depending on where you are.. duh;) Since I live in such a small town that finding a guitar center near me or any of the many stores that that I spend a good amount of money at can only be find online unless I want to drive 3 hours to get to any place of a decent sized brick and mortar store(s)

Ozmott doesn’t send me those ANNOYING push notifications! They don’t even ask! I was so happy not to be bothered with this. I’m sorry if I seem over the top on this issue but it is definitely a pet peeve.

So, let’s wrap this up in a tight little package and use it to save some cash during the Holidays.

  • Geolocation – Shows you what deals are close
  • Social Network – Let’s me brag to my friends if I want
  • Rewards System – Get paid to share with my friends
  • Not Annoying!
  • Oh, and let’s not forget easy.. It really is an easy app to sign up with and use 
right away.
Have Fun and Happy New Year!

Everyone is Getting Sick

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Can’t seem to talk with anyone or go anywhere and not find that someone is sick. A lot of it is being blamed on the weather and allergies along with most people not washing their hands enough. I haven’t heard of anyone having the flu as of yet, guess more and more people are getting their flu shots, I know I always do and urge anyone that hasn’t done it yet to hurry up and get theirs before it is too late.