Products I Love: Bear Creek Soups

I like soup. Well, some soups. I like thick, flavorful soups. I’m not so much on chicken noodle and what not. Blah. Boring.

I also like making soup. But it can be time consuming and really, can be expensive.

And then I found these bad boys. I’ve passed them over in the grocery isle so many times it’s unreal. “Bagged soups?? WTF. I don’t want soup out of a bag!”

That being said, I agreed with Mr. Chocolate that we needed to save money & eat at home more. And sometimes even have cheap boring dinners, like soup & sandwiches – his idea. But I can cook a good meal for cheap! I whined. I complained. I argued. I informed him soup & sandwiches is not an every night thing. No no no. (Mind you, he first said “We’re going to eat peanut butter sandwiches from now on!” Uh… you’re cute.) We settled on grilled cheese & some soup.

Compromise. (I’m learning to hate that word.)

Anyway! Back to my soup! My super, duper easy. Creamy. Hearty. Soup.

I didn’t make it. Well. Ok, I did cook it. I added the water, whisked it, and then watched it simmer while occasionally stirring. Yep. That’s it! Yes folks, you read that right, That.Is.It.

What is this miracle soup you ask?? That made so much I had some, Mr. Chocolate had 2 bowls, and we STILL have leftovers!

0076026300016_500X500Bear Creek Soups. We had the one pictured above, Creamy Potato.

The chunks of potato are pretty small for my liking, but it only takes 15 minutes to cook, so I wasn’t expecting large chunks. The flavor was really good. The directions say to salt & pepper to your liking, which I added both to the pot. I also added some cheese to my soup when I had it in my bowl. Mr. Chocolate added hot sauce to his – he adds hot sauce to more stuff than I do.

We still have a pack of Broccoli Cheddar sitting in the cabinet & looking at their website there are many more I’d like to try.

This paired with some oven grilled cheese sandwiches was an easy & cheap dinner. I know we’ll be having it again soon.

All opinions are just that, my opinions. Bear Creek did not contact me to write a review or pay me for my thoughts.

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Gym Clothes Review

Ok, so I’m really picky about gym clothes. I want them cheap, I want them cute, and I want them comfortable. Must meet all three requirements. I hate, let me repeat HATE, going to the gym in old ratty t-shirts. Faded pants. Whatever you have it. Hate it. This is not to say I haven’t worn those items to the gym, but I feel awful. And isn’t the biggest and hardest part of working out finding the motivation to do it? Why would I be motivated to put that crap on!?

So, I made it my mission when I decided to recommit to my weight loss that I needed to find decent work out clothes. But again, they MUST meet the tripe C requirements: Cheap, Cute, Comfortable. That’s when I took the advise of my fellow weight watcher ladies and headed to Old Navy to find just the thing. And I did!

I have some workout clothes from Old Navy already. And for the most part I used to love them. But since I’ve gained weight I am not such a fan of them. I have several pairs of their fold over style of yoga pants. And since I’ve packed on a few pounds they are more a “fold under” style at the moment. Totally bulky and uncomfortable. So I tried their compression line of workout clothes. The best part, Old Navy’s website sells their pants, even their Active line, in talls. This is much needed for a girl of my height. So I bought myself 5 pairs of pants. With matching tops. And sports bras. (What?! Don’t judge me.) And the best part, everything on the website was one sale!

When they finally arrived I was so stinkin’ excited. So cute. I love how the pants are tighter and stop the jiggle. And my shirts are flowy but not too loose. The sports bras, perfect amount of support for the workouts I’m doing, however, I would not recommend these bad boys for running or Zumba. And even better yet, they are comfortable. I feel confident in them.

My only complaint, which I’ve since figured out, is that when I first put them on I could not make them stay up. For the life of me they kept falling down. I don’t think I had them up far enough. Since that day I haven’t started to pull them up higher, like old lady style around my belly button (maybe the torso is longer because they’re talls? I don’t know.). I’ve also stopped wearing undies with them. Yeah, sorry, TMI there. But I found that the biggest issue was it was my UNDIES falling down and bringing the pants with them. So, undies had to go.

Overall, totally in love with these bad boys. They meet my Triple C requirements. I feel good in them. And I actually look forward to putting them on. Which is the biggest part of working out. For me at least.

 

The opinions expressed in this blog post are 100% mine. I was not contacted or paid by Old Navy to review their products. I received nothing in exchange for my review. I just really like them that much.

Things I Love Friday – Hip Hop Abs!

It’s Friday!

Thank goodness.

This has been the s.l.o.w.e.s.t. week ever. For serious. I’m glad it’s over.

Tonight is going to be tough to stick with my goal of eating at home at least 3 days. I had take-out leftovers for dinner on Monday & Subway on Wednesday. I don’t have any leftovers to heat up, which means I have to cook. And I don’t want to.

Meatloaf is on the menu, but I’m not feeling it. And considering throwing a bunch of stuff together in a pot, browning the meat, rice, veggies, spices, salsa, & cheese.

Who knows. We’ll see.

It’ll probably be meatloaf.

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So, Friday is to talk about amazing things I love. Whatever they may be.

This week, it’s Hip Hop Abs.

hip hop abs

And Shaun T.

Sometimes I think he’s very vain with showing me his totally ripped, what is that, an 8 pack? Whatever. He may be vain, but he’s encouraging and he’s sexy.

I’ll take it.

Those abs - he likes to show them.

Those abs – he likes to show them.

 

But anyway, Shaun T and his gorgeousness aside, it’s a great workout. I sweat – and I’m not a sweater. Ask my coworker, I just turn 10 shades of red and look like a beet.

So far I have only done the 25 ab workout and it’s a beast. I definitely feel it while I’m working out. And after. And I’m covered in sweat.

Tonight I might try doing the 45 minutes routine and see how I do.

Seriously. Go order this. It’s only like $20 for a ton of stuff. I even have a friend who sells it, and no she did not put me up to posting about this.

I’m not following the program exactly, I’m using HHA as a fill in workout for when I can’t make it to the gym, which is often.

And if you take before and after photos & submit them you get a free t-shirt.

Who doesn’t love free!

Products I Love {1*3}

Let’s be honest here. I am addicted to chapstick. There is no other way around it. But chapstick is boring. Even if you get the cherry flavored kind its still not pretty. It’s dull. And lifeless. No color. Doesn’t make my make-up pop. It’s just plain, normal, boring lips.

I had decided that’s what my chapstick addiction was going to leave me with. Plain, normal, boring lips. And then I found this stuff. It is amazing. It feels like chapstick. It’s soft and silky. But it has color. Not a lot, just enough to be pretty.

Who doesn’t love pretty?

I know I love pretty.

Anyway…

I am also lazy when it comes to doing my make-up. I want quick and easy. I fail at lip-liner. I always end up with lipstick all over my teeth. I just flat out don’t know what I’m doing because I don’t take the time to learn.

That being said, this product is amazing.

Colour Riche #318

Colour Riche #318

It’s my new favorite beauty product. I do my morning make-up (usually driving down the drive-way on my way to work) and then apply this. It’s easy to put on, I can do it driving down the road! Which is obviously an important aspect of my make-up selection.

It has a very faint color to it. Which is wonderful for me. Colour Riche Balm 318It doesn’t smear all over my face and teeth. It looks nice and glossy but feels like a lip balm.

Seriously.

Amazing.

This is not a paid review. I just freakin’ love this stuff!

I hate the gym, but I love Marie Callender – WIW

Seriously. Gym. It’s a dirty 4-letter word. Or at least it should be.

And am I the only person out there who doesn’t sweat? I just turn bright red & get “sticky”. And my head itches. Its gross and totally unattractive. But whatevs. The gym is a required piece of evil in my life if I want to do good on this journey. And I do. I did roughly 33 minutes on the elliptical trainer today. At an incline of 10. On the variety program so it changed resistance levels every minute or so. Kick.My.Butt. But in a good way.

But really, what do I come back to work & do??

Eat.

Well, I do have to eat lunch. But still. Come back after working out just to eat all of those calories I worked so hard to burn off. And it was yummy.

Marie Callender’s Three Cheese Tortellini – 420 calories
Granny Smith Apple – 50 calories

So good.

And what I’m totally loving about these Marie Callender’s fresh steamer things – every.single.one of them is under 500 calories! And they taste amazing. They don’t taste anything like a “diet” frozen meal. You know, bland & flavorless. I can’t wait to try the other flavors. They’ll make great lunches & dinners before my class on Wednesday nights.

**This post was NOT sponsored by Marie Callenders & I received no incentive to write about them. It is just how I feel about a really good lunch/dinner option.

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And on another note, today was my weigh-in day. It wasn’t very exciting, but it was better than I was expecting. I was down only 1/4 of a pound. But it’s still down!