WW Have A Couple of Limes? w/Linky

Take a couple of fresh limes, add a glug of this and a dash of that, marinate a flat iron steak and some chicken and you have Fajitas and Southwest Salad.  Recipes to follow. Next, take the almost squished out lime and rim your Margarita glass before dipping in salt.  Ole'.

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Totally Random Tuesdsay - Walmart Discriminates, Looking For Awesome Sponsors, Weather & La Di Da

Because there just aren't enough reasons, many of which we learned when 3 of the little divas worked for the big evil empire but we figured (read hoped) were local things, I'll give you another to hate Walmart- there is a case going to the supreme court that is supposed to be decided today because they have systematically been paying women less and giving them fewer promotions than their male counterparts. Wonder if this is why they make you watch the video showing how horrible unions are when you start working for them? Walmart is saying the case is too big to be a class action suit, and as their defense is using brilliant strategy such as the suit is simply too big to defend- more than a million and a half women affected was most often cited in the sources I found and that they shouldn't be sued because they make you sign a consent form stating you won't discuss your salary with co-workers. Disgusting much? Sorry, big evil, if you can screw over that many people you should be forced to defend yourself against that many. I personally think the greedy a-holes should have to pay EVERY WOMAN WHO EVER WORKED THERE. I am really glad I am not a Walmart Mom blogger. Just sayin'.

It would be really nice if this weather would make up its dang mind already.  When you need both your air and your heat in a 6 hour timespan it's officially whacked.

The coffee is really good today.  Duh, moron, the coffee is almost always good, except at IHOP, where you would think it would be excellent because hey, breakfast is what they do, and Disney World where we don't know the problem except they have craptacular coffee throughout, from the littlest koisk to the finest of restaurants.  Or maybe they got that fixed by now, better win another trip to go back and check that out.  I would never complain about being a Disney Parent blogger.
Now that I think of it, I think they really NEED ME as the Official Disney Gigi blogger- to make sure the activities and rides are suitable for the kids and the grandparents.  Plus, a lot of the guests already mistake my family as cast members.  I want to live in the Magic Kingdom. 

*Shakes head and listens to the rocks rattle amongst the fluff and snot damn sinuses, doubledamn pollen and changes the channel so the song stuck in her head from Dance, Dance by Fallout Boy come back, we miss you to Theory Of A Deadman's All Or Nothing.*  Ha, you were so sure it would be Nickelback.  Gotcha.

In case you can't tell, I pretty much got nothin'.  Again.

La Di Da.

I want make that need a new computer.  A laptop.  I get a bad case of numb butt if I sit at my desk too long.  A fast one.  My birthday is in May.  I can wait if I have to.  Now, I need to know someone who can afford to buy me a new one who wants to get me a great gift.   I would also be a great new laptop Gigi blogger. 

Okay, I am a sucky, unpredictable  blogger but I'd be a great one if the right company wanted to sponsor me-  read Disney; computer company with wicked fast laptop cute would be nice but not mandatory; car company preferably convertible or Jeep - have nice dependable car will road trip at the drop of a hat; all inclusive vacation destinations; AT&T compatible droid phone; really cute clothes, shoes &/or purse companies- well, you get the idea.  Who needs a total fruit-loop blogger representing them?  I'd drag the divas along with me, so 6 for the price of one although Destructo Jr. is pretty opinionated and might need to be bribed with juice boxes and animal crackers.

I changed the look of the blog.  Again.  I always want a new look and like my home I wanted things to be fresh and clean for spring.  If you don't like it, lie and say you do because for the moment I'm happy with it.

And there really is nothing left in there, got any random going on in your life?  Inquiring divas want to know.

XOXOX Dddiva

P.S. Keely is on haitus from Random Tuesday Thoughts so we're playing Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel (thanks, Stacy).

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

This stuff is so good-  we invented it by happy accident and I was actually dreaming about eating it.  LOL  Yes, if something is really good, I dream in taste. ;-)

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

  • 1 box Pasta (medium sized is best- bowties, penne, etc)
  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 TBSP Melted butter
  • To taste Hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup or so (2 generous handfuls) Mozzarella
  • Just enough to coat Blue cheese dressing
  • Organic baby spinach, torn
Cooking Directions
  1. While your pasta is cooking according to package directions, prepare the chicken and other ingredients.
  2. After your cooked chicken is in bite sized pieces, drown it in melted butter mixed with a LOT of hot sauce. (I am talking half a bottle or so- I am NOT a huge spice person at least not spicy heat, but that 2 or 3 drops to make a batch of wing sauce that some recipes call for is flavorless to me.)
  3. Drain your pasta well and dump in the coated chicken, mozzarella and spinach and mix to blend fairly evenly. Pour on the dressing- use as little as you can get away with you don't want it swimming, just enough to hold it together.
We ate it the way it was- pasta and chicken warm, cheese, spinach and dressing cold and together it was just perfect-  sort of room temp and absolutely delicious, like crack for your mouth because even after you are stuffed you keep going back for that little bit more.

*You can use leftover rotisserie chicken or whatever is easy on you, those frozen strips of b/s tenders are great for this because you can cook straight from frozen.  A couple handfuls is plenty, the meat is an accent not a main ingredient, at least for us.

If you wanted you could add chopped celery and/or shredded carrots but it is absolutely divine the way it is.

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Menu for week of 3/28 - 4/3

Do you create your own recipes?  We love to experiment in the kitchen (or get out as quickly as possible, depending on what's going on) and create new flavor combinations.  Our most recent creation is one of the yummiest things that has made our tastebuds sing in a while.

Like many good things, it came about by happy accident-  Ian had wanted to make pizza so we were going to make our Homemade Pizza with Quick 30 Minute Rise Crust and since it sounded good the Freakin' Awesome Buffalo Chicken Pizza for those of us who like it a bit spicy.  Ian changed his mind about the pizza and went with something else that I can't recall at the moment and the rest of us I think nibbled on fruit and whatnot and sometime after 11 decided the buffalo chicken pizza sounded good after all.  Then I kept wavering saying yeah, it's pretty quick but I found these amazing Ronzoni veggie penne pasta (each helping includes a complete serving of vegetables) on special for 49 cents a box at Kroger (yes, we major stocked up) and pasta salad sounded better to me.  Then I'd think but I love love love wings and that pizza is so amazing and hey why not...  so our omgyumdelish Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad was created.  It was the perfect midnight snack, all made in the time it takes to boil the pasta (our stove is slow and takes a while to start boiling - but really not much over 30 minutes if you keep boneless skinless chicken breast tenders on hand that can be cooked from frozen or have leftover chicken).  We liked it so much all day yesterday we kept saying that we wanted more, so it's on the menu for this week.  Hope if you try it you'll enjoy it as much as we did.

Anyhoo, here's our menu for this week:

Stir fried Asian veggies served over perfect brown rice

Slow cooker pork roast w/potatoes and carrots; green salad with dressing of choice

Lentil Soup

Meatloaf cupcakes frosted with mashed potatoes; gravy; tiny baby peas, pearl onions and mushrooms; sliced kiwi and strawberries

Oriental chicken wings; easy lo mein

Breakfast for dinner:  Strawberry stuffed french toast; cantaloupe and/or other fresh fruit

What's cooking at your house this week?  Do you have a favorite happy accident recipe?

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What Does Spirituality Mean To You?

Many people, when I say I am spiritual have the false assumption that I am deeply religious.  Nothing wrong with that, but it's just not my personal definition.  While we've "tried on" many churches and many faiths over the years, for me personally no single man made / organized religion quite fit the bill, there were too many unanswered questions, too much to take "on faith" (or because you don't have the answers so we say oh it's what God, Allah, Buddha meant but can show no proof of this, just say we are sure it's what was intended- well, sorry, I am not so sure of this since it seems deeply skewed depending on whether you follow the beliefs or not).

I don't think you are wrong if you do believe those things, they just don't work for us, which is why we do these Soul Food Sunday posts-  spirituality to me can be found anywhere-  in art, in nature, in music, in literature (yes, music and literature can be considered art forms, but roll with me here), in the perfect cup of coffee, by being in perfect harmony with another-  wherever you find it, claim it.  Own it.  Say yes, for me this is enlightenment, at least for the moment.  Even the great masters will say you cannot achieve perfect enlightenment that stays the same forever and ever while you live here on earth- that is what death is, here, there is always more to seek, to strive for.

It is okay if you believe differently than I do, or I believe differently than the mini divas, or they all believe differently than each other.  We are all right-  for us.  This is a large part of why I am not a big fan of organized religion, most tell you that if you believe differently, you are wrong.  I don't think anyone has to be wrong, I think we can all be right, for US, for that moment, and that may or may not change over the course of our lives, but because my right is different than your right, doesn't make either one of us wrong.  Let being right for YOU, be enough without trying to make those who hold different beliefs feel like they are wrong.

Like all great ideas, many have had them before me and much more eloquently I am sure-  here are a few thoughts on the subject- maybe one of these quotes will speak to you.

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.  It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.  Thomas Jefferson

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.  Religion is answers that may never be questioned.  Unknown

Not all religion is to be found in the church, any more than all knowledge is found in the classroom.  Unknown

I believe in God; I just don't trust anyone who works for him.  Unknown

When I use the word spirituality, I don't necessarily mean religion; I mean whatever it is that helps you feel connected to something that is larger than yourself.  Dean Ornish

Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady that neither of them care for.  George Savile, Marquess de Halifax

Religion is a fashionable substitute for belief.  Oscar Wilde

Excite the soul, and the weather and the town and your condition in the world all disappear; the world itself loses its solidity, nothing remains but the soul and the Divine Presence in which it lives.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.  Henry David Thoreau

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.  Leo Buscaglia

All religions must be tolerated for every man must get to heaven his own way.  Frederick the Great

It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture the soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal's rhythm of rest and activity.  Thomas Moore

When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.  Jean Shinoda Bolen

The purpose of life on earth is that the soul should grow - So Growl By doing what is right.  Zelda Fitzgerald

This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.  Dalai Lama

God* made so many different kinds of people.  Why would he allow only one way to serve him?  ~Martin Buber

If you begin to live life looking for the God* that is all around you, every moment becomes a prayer.  Frank Bianco


*To me the God used here is/can be/should be replaced with your whatever your higher power and prayer is meant in whatever way you pray, not necessarily down on your knees begging and asking forgiveness for sins.
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Celebrate Spring Salad

Isn't this gorgeous?  This is a salad I made for Dev to take to work the other day (and yes, I did write a note on the foil with my handy-dandy Sharpie and yes, she loved it and yes it was commented on).  I love that we can once more get really tasty fruits and vegetables.  You can put it together however you like, and substitute whatever is fresh and appeals to you in your area.

Celebrate Spring Salad

  • As much or little as you like Organic baby spinach
  • Cantaloupe chunks
  • Sliced golden delicious apple
  • Sliced pear
  • Quartered strawberries
  • Shredded carrots
  • Fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Salad dressing of choice
  • Optional Nuts, seeds, croutons
  • Lemon lime soda such as Sprite or 7-up
Cooking Directions
  1. Layer the ingredients in a nice pattern or toss them in a container, it's all good. We like to eat with our eyes first so try to make it look appealing. If not eating immediately, keep salad dressing in a separate container.

**Tip to keep non-acidic fruits from turning brown, soak for a few minutes in lemon-lime soda (we used some flat Sprite left over in a bottle that's been floating around forever and it worked just fine).

Dev said the dressing was good but she thinks next time she will go for her all time fave, a raspberry vinaigrette.  She also said that the pear, which was perfect for eating out of hand (soft) would have been better if it was a little less ripe, more like the apple-  it tasted delicious but was a bit soft for the rest of the salad-  that could be because we all have this oddball texture thing, so go by what you like.

I didn't think to when I was making this, but we usually add a handful of nuts or seeds of some sort when we're doing a protein-less salad as a dinner (all she wanted-  I realize not everyone can do that, but it works for us) -  if you need something more substantial you could add some chicken or turkey for a delicious, hearty meal.

What are some of your favorite salads?  Do you like to add fruits to savory salads?  Do you have a favorite dressing that you stick with it or go for a variety?  Inquiring minds want to know.  (We love a good salad and eat tons of them, especially in the warmer seasons.) 

*Lots of MYO salad dressing recipes

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Happy List 3/26


So I have to get one big not so happy out of the way, then I am playing the happy game.  See the cute button *points up* snag it and play along, you know you want to.  Anyhoo Dawn had a really big pile of crap fall on her (after finally shoveling off the other big pile) and said well it can't get much - and I literally lunged at her screaming "don't you say that don't you dare finish that sentence or whatever craptacular sh*t you think you're in now will get a gazillion times worse."  Not that I'm superstitious, just that I know the powers that be are demented and love to prove you wrong on that one.  Just sayin'.  Fortunately the words did not finish leaving her mouth so we should be in the clear.  *Wipes forehead* "Whew, that was a close one." 

While I guess that worked out to a happy, here's my real list:

Ian has been in the best mood ever.  I'm shocked too, but not questioning our good fortune.

I still smile every time I see my Caribbean blue walls in my living room-  yeah, it's not for everyone but it's perfect for me.

I thought I might be getting back into blech mode, but luckily, this time it passed with just a couple of days of misery and I could handle it with the meds I had at home.

I got some really yummy creamy vanilla swirl candles on clearance.  Woohoo love a bargain and have to have the delicious scents around. 

With the exception of yesterday, it's been pretty nice here all week.  Pretty sure winter is officially over in our neck of the woods.

We finally got a printer that is not a piece of crap from the get-go.  And the ink is (for what ink costs) affordable.  So was the printer.  Yeah!

Dev is pretty sure she's going to go to UCA (yeah she still has a year to change her mind) because with her grades and whatnot she has already qualified for a full ride.  Nice going, Cookie, we're so proud of you.

Breyer's ice cream has been on sale 3/10 (yes, I normally go for Mr's Ben & Jerry or Haagan Dazs, but they had some Heath we wanted to try and some all natural vanilla bean-  and 3 big cartons vs 2 tiny pints-  Breyer's won this week- and drizzling the Heath magic shell on the cone- delish! 

That's it for this week-  yay for Mamarazzi and the happy list-  snag a button and play along, it'll put you in a great mood. :)

XOXOX Dddiva
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Burn It To The Ground

This is one of my (not previously shared) favorite Nickelback songs. I waver from time to time but I think it was my very fave at the concert last November.

I know, I know, you get that I think Chad and the guys are freakin' awesome, but this one deserves its own spotlight and it gets a Friday because well, our Friday posts are all about fun.

*Disclaimer* I know some of you have a thing against offensive materials (I'm not offended, but you might be) and you probably shouldn't play this around young, impressionable children, especially those that can't tell reality from art (yes, music is an artform), or you think your kids don't hear this kind of thing at school or on the playgrounds, whatever, (stop kidding yourself) then it's probably not for you.

If you are awesome and have a sense of fun then this song will make you want to dance, go out and party and/or just have an all around good time. Enjoy.

Oh, one more thing- the official vid has been disabled, this is a good copy but the sound is a little low so crank it up- and look up the official vid on Youtube when you have a chance, you won't be sorry.

Well it's midnight, damn right, we're wound up too tight
I've got a fist full of whiskey, the bottle just bit me
Oh, that shit makes me bat shit crazy
We've got no fear, no doubt, all in balls out

We're going off tonight to kick out every light
Take anything we want drink everything in sight
We're going till the world stops turning
While we burn it to the ground tonight

We're screaming like demons, swinging from the ceiling
I got a fist full of fifties, tequila just hit me
Oh we got no class, no taste, no shirt, and shit faced
We got it lined up, shot down, firing back straight crown

We're going off tonight to kick out every light
Take anything we want drink everything in sight
We're going till the world stops turning
While we burn it to the ground tonight

Ticking like a time bomb, drinking till the nights gone
Well get you hands off of this glass, last call my ass
Well no chain, no lock, and this train won't stop
We got no fear, no doubt, all in balls out

We're going off tonight to kick out every light
Take anything we want drink everything in sight
We're going till the world stops turning
While we burn it to the ground tonight

We're going off tonight to kick out every light
Take anything we want drink everything in sight
We're going till the world stops turning
While we burn it to the ground tonight

XOXOX Dddiva
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Totally Random Tuesday- the delayed edition with a Cherry on top!

Once more I am running late-  life goes on, at least around here.  Still going to hook up with Keely so play along if you like.  Ki so kindly offered (HA!) to accept the wonderful award we received and I was supposed to add our totally randoms and post-  oopsies.

I have a million things running through my mind at any given time except when I am getting ready to post- then it's like a vast empty wasteland that echoes hollowly when I tentatively put feelers in there to see what thoughts might want to surface.

If I had to be any kind of flower I would be a dandelion.  Yeah, people get annoyed and try to get rid of them but they are little puffballs of sunshine and you just can't keep them down for good.  No matter what you do to them, they are coming back stronger and better than ever.  That's me.  Life can kick me around (and I will be the first to admit a large part of that is a reckless what the f*ck nature, I don't fear death at all, and I have a tendency to dive right in without checking to see if there is water first).  When I do learn a lesson, though, I learn it well and make all new mistakes the next time. ;-)  Plus when they are at the end of their usefulness as rays of sunshine they are wishes free for the taking.  (I would add that you can eat them or make tea but - eww - that's nasty.)

I have been extremely restless and edgy lately and have no idea why.  Change is coming, hopefully good change.

I need a vacation that is not a hospital stay- while I know continuous morphine makes some people trippy, for me it lessens the pain I live with every day-  and I might sleep a few solid hours at a time without being restless/wakey wakey every little bit.  Really.  I do not do well when I am in one place too long, it's time for a trip.  Just about anywhere that's not here. 

How do you know you are living in the wrong place?  You can't find enough radio stations to pre-set in the car when there are only 6 dang preset buttons.  WTF is with that? 

I frequently do a sway/dance thingy when I walk.  There is not always music playing.  The little divas do the same thing.

I want to take Ian back to the Hard Rock Cafe at WDW.  It's where we first taught him to headbang.  That is why I am a gigi and don't have some old lady name even though I am his grandmother.  I believe many vacationers have pics of him, so many stopped to smile and bang with him.  We (once again) sort of started something.  We usually do. 

Speaking of being a gigi-  on one of my hospital stays, a nurse (not from my floor) made it a point to come by after her shift to talk to me.  Apparently she had seen and heard me with Ian and wanted to say she thought it was so awesome that even though I was sick I was having so much fun with my grandson, that she intended to be a fun, kids love to play with me gigi too when she was lucky enough to have grandchildren.  How cool is that?

That's all I've got-  I know you are dying to know what I've added to my playlist this week, but I did that on Friday. ;-)  Enjoy

XOXOX Dddiva

p.s. If you are one of the recipients of the award, Ki will be stopping by your blogs to let you know but she's busy right now and will get to it when she gets here- feel free to snag it now.  :)  Totally my fault for not posting this for her when she was around to do it.  We decided it would be better to wait to let y'all know AFTER we got it posted. 

Mmm, I love cherries. And awards. Mom got an award, so I stole it from her, HAHAHA! Now its mine.

Wait, this means I have to do the work related? Ah, drat...

We got this award from the dear and wonderful Raven who I already adore and I would give the award back to her, but I think that might be against the rules. Ah, well.

First, I must share three things about I love about myself. Just three. Hum... decisions.

1. I love the way my mind works. I'm not always the quickest or brightest, but I can promise you that my mind will go places you've never been, and get there ways you never thought to travel. I am bright and colorful, and do not understand why the world is not a lot simpler than it is.

2. I love my own geekiness. That's allowed, right? I love that I am not shy to freak out over a new book, and get caught up reading word histories and laugh at people who fail at translating old english. Yeah, I'm a geek, and I'm proud.

3. I love my family. Well duh! I mean, I steal awards from my mommy! We have an... us-ness to us, that no one else can have. We drive each other crazy, but that's still okay, because only we can be us. I don't expect you to understand, unless you are one of us, in which case... BANANAS!


I'm also supposed to post a picture. Odd fact about me; I did not exist until I had my son. Really. The oldest picture of me still in existence is my baby shower, betcha didn't know that, huh? Its not that I'm ugly... in fact, I am so very beautiful that it can not be captured effectively on film.

Or something like that.

So here is picture of Ian, when he was tiny.

Now I get to pick more people to pass on the award to!  Our winners are (and don't be offended if you aren't amongst them- Raven stole our list :P-  Seriously there are so many amazing blogs out there we just can't name them all.  All you have to do to accept the award is bow down and be eternally grateful that we include you in our loony circle.  No, not really-  just snag the button; tell everyone who loves you, baby; post 3 things you love about yourself; a pic that you love and link to 5 deserving blogs.

First, my dear friend and awesome blogger Stacy from A Simple Life Inspired

Second, moms dear friend Trina (since I did steal this from her and all) at Six Daily Blessings

Third is Grampy from Grampys World

Fourth is.... whoever does Hyperbole and a Half

And last but certainly not least is Scary Mommy

Thanks, Raven.  :)  If you aren't familiar with my picks, you'll want to be sure to check them out.

~Geeky Mommy~
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Menu for week of 3/21 - 3/27

Another week, another menu plan. We're on spring break so may get a chance to play around in the kitchen this week, if so we'll add the (good) recipes- and if we have any epic fail flops like our incredible bouncing bread or anyone blows up anything we'll include those as well, but we won't bother with the meh dishes- life is too short for so-so food!

Here's what our menu looks like so far this week, but as always it's subject to (and probably will) change.

Beef and/or chicken fajitas with all the fixings

Southwest salad made with leftover chicken from fajitas, black beans, corn, avocado, etc

BLT's; cantaloupe; milkshakes or rootbeer floats

Stir fry veggies; brown rice

Breakfast for dinner- Ian's been on a dippy (poached) egg kick so probably that with toast, blueberry muffins or English muffins; sausage; fresh fruit

Almost homemade baked mac & cheese - we start with 3 boxes of Annie's organic (bunnies since Ian will be here) and add a block of cream cheese, stick of butter, can of evaporated milk and any cheese we have laying around at least 3 varieties that are NOT NEON ORANGE PROCESSED CHEESE SPREAD; salad made to order with organic baby spinach and spring greens with fresh fruits, seeds and nuts of choice; balsamic or fruity vinaigrette

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka leftovers aka eat what you can find aka eat what you want; fruits and veggies of choice- we are loving that they are tasting fresh once again here in our little loonyverse.

What's on your menu this week- have anything spectacular planned?

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Restoring faith in the wake of disaster; My Happy List

Everything that happened in Japan is nothing short of horrible, and it is awful that it happened, but I am the sort of person that tries to see at least some good effect, no matter the bad. Now, nothing will make better what happened, nothing can make up for the terror faced and the lives lost. It is hard to see anything good coming out of such a catastrophe as this... but I think I may have found one.

It is restoring my faith in humanity.
Generally speaking, I love people, but I trust them to act selfishly and in their own interest, on the whole, unless they are, say, family, and I know better. I keep looking at the world and wondering when we will wake up, stop killing our brothers for false advancements. I am hoping that, with this, for at least a good handful of people... maybe it finally clicked.

I see so many people standing up to do what they can. I read articles about the people in Japan, those who don't have enough, but share what they have regardless. At a time when you might expect people to steal so they aren't cold and hungry, instead they share what little meal they have. It makes me feel a bit better about the world.
~Geeky Mommy~

I was supposed to get this posted for her yesterday-  oops.  Also got distracted/lazy/what have you and didn't post my Happy List which I just love the idea of so I am sticking it on here too- click that button *points up* and play along.

I am happy I won't get demerits for posting this late.  I hope.  I'm happy anyways. ;-)

I am once more happy for coffee.  Yes, I know, I know, I'm repetitive but really, it's life force to me.

I am happy that fruit is starting to taste like fruit again, at least in our area.  This is the salad I made for Cookie to take to work for her lunch/dinner break-  we'll be posting the recipe on Divas Cuisine.
Gorgeous, isn't it?  Nothing says spring like the gorgeous colors of nature- with some cheese and a hello kitty container for your dressing, of course. ;-)

I am happy for living the life I do-  really, there are things I would change- amongst them health and having a super-healthy bank account, but we say it quite often around here-  I am so glad we're us I couldn't stand to be anyone else.

My new to go cup-  Cookie got it for me at work (LOVE the discounts at T.J. Maxx - less than half the price than any of the super mega marts) after much b*tching and moaning about mine falling apart-  this one is ceramic (not the lid) and won't fall apart like my last one.  And it looks like the cups you get at the drive thru and I just adore it.  Naturally I use it for coffee.

Gum!  And mints!  were on sale this week- well we usually buy only on sale but a really good sale at 69 cents for gum and 99 cents for the jumbo tic tacs at Kroger.

I am happy for the sales Kroger had this week-  49 cents for Annie's organic mac & cheese, 49 cents for Ronzoni smart pasta- the tomato, carrot and spinach noodles - love the fettuccine, plus lots of other really great deals but those are  what stood out the most to me (but far from all I bought- remember, I am a cherry picker).

I am happy it is spring break here. :)  WOOT no alarm clock this week.

I am happy I can mostly put away the winter clothes and I have some cute spring ones that I can wear.

I am happy you took the time to read this- and I will be even happier if you play along (click button above) and leave a link so I can see what makes you happy this week.
XOXOX Dddiva
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Guided Meditations

From head banging to utter stillness, we know there is a place for everything in this world we live in and today, we are sharing guided meditations  (I do a lot better with these than I do when I try to sit still and calm my own mind).

Let me remind you, in our experience, there is no one thing that is perfect for everyone- that is a big part of why we try to offer a lot of different options-  for myself I am a picker and chooser, and select various aspects of what I learn that appeal or *speak* to me.  (I don't care if you believe I am going to hell, so those types of comments will be ignored or deleted- I do what works for me and believe everyone should, and let others alone to do what works for them.)  Even your great books will tell you don't cram your beliefs down anyone elses' throats, lead by example, and we won't even go into the whole judge not or do unto others issues.

Meditation offers so many varieties and options that there is sure to be something that appeals to you.  Dawn likes the nature meditations, especially dolphin or whale, Dev listens to get to sleep (and it is the ONLY thing we've found to cure her insomnia), and though currently I am listening almost exclusively to the Abraham-Hicks one I bought that focuses mainly on breathing, I jump around and really love the Linkin Park In The End vid-  relaxing music, gorgeous pics.

Linkin Park - In The End - this is the instrumental only version- the song also kicks some serious butt, but probably not for meditating. ;-)

Raise Your Vibrational Frequency

Relax - Buddhist Meditation Music - Zen Garden - Kokin Gumi

Chakra Meditation

 Guided Meditation for Health and Healing

Dolphin Meditation Music

There are tons more on YouTube for free or if you want to have them for other devices you can do what I did with the Abraham-Hicks one and purchase through Amazon.  Do you meditate?  Would you rather focus on breathing, pictures, voices or music?  What works for you?  Inquiring minds want to know.
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The Divas Uber Fun Playlist

It's been a while since we have done a playlist but with recent events we thought we'd lighten things up and share some of our fave songs to: sing and/or dance or headbang to- some, not all there are just way too many.  Probably some repeats, but I have great taste, so they are worth listening to again.

*Disclaimer*  We don't particularly worry about lyrics so if you do, you might want to screen them before playing them around your impressionable children.  I will NEVER choose the edited version, so if I link a video here it is the original version whenever possible.  Friday's posts are things that are fun for us, and that's what these are.  Also, we're pretty eclectic and don't need all sunshine and roses to be happy, some do, these songs are OUR version of a happy pill, listen to what works for you.

Sully Erna -  Sinner's Prayer (I usually am more for Godsmack's sound but really love this)
Godsmack's Keep Away; Good Times, Bad Times; I Stand Alone; Cryin' Like A B*tch

Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down  (a sad vid but great song)

Third Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life (yes, I know what it is referring to and I don't mind)

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell (He has a style all his own that we adore)

Don Henley - All She Wants To Do Is Dance (yep, sounds about right)

Sister Hazel - All For You (really fun to sing)

P!ATD I'm The New Cancer (When you're in black slacks with accentuating off-white pinstripes (whoa-oh)everything goes according to plan-  I'm the new cancer never looked better and you can't stand it.  Yeah!  How can you not love this?)  Oh, yeah, that's Panic! At The Disco if you aren't already a fan and don't know who/what I am talking about.

Meridith Brooks - Bitch

Shinedown - Second Chance (I knew it forever as that Halley's Comet song.)

Five Finger Death Punch - Far From Home; Bad Company

Theory Of A Deadman - Bad Girlfriend; All Or Nothing (I still like the one with my honey best, don't worry, not failing Chad- but this is a great version); Hate My Life (explicit version - have I mentioned that I DESPISE RADIO EDIT)

Ozzy Osbourne - Let Me Hear You Scream

BEP - We like to dance to almost anything they do esp Let's Get It Started

Eminem and Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie (yes, it's awful but LOVE TO SING W/Rihanna ;-)

Lady Gaga - Paparazzi; Bad Romance; Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

John Rzeznik - I'm Still Here (Awesome song from Treasure Planet - and for our newer readers, he's my other sweetie along with Chad.)

Nickelback - Rockstar (Because if I had one iota of talent I'd be a rockstar ;-) Plus, I have a mad love for Chad's genius.  Really, love just about all of his work- with Nickelback, on his own, for movies, with other bands, doesn't matter, he's brilliant.

So many more, but we'll leave it here because if we don't it'll be tomorrow and too late to post for our Frolicking On Friday post. ;-)

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Ignorance re Japan, Veggie Tales- rant- plus fun meme

Okay, so I am all set to post my rant but now it just kind of makes me sad:  tell me this doesn't disgust you on every possible level.

These are things we have read on message boards and forums, in the comment sections on various articles, news blips, the geekazoid overheard at school, etc.  I would go find the sources but I don't want to contaminate your eyes by making you read ALL of the stupidity so here are the highlights, at least in my eyes:

Rush Limbaugh's insensitivity.  'Nuff said.
Glenn Beck (you know, Rush on steroids) totally NOT IN HIS WORDS BUT THIS IS THE GIST OF IT-   I don't want to say God's punishing us for the way we live, but...
Now naturally you expect to find pious pontificating from this duo (if you have half a brain cell) but really?  WTF is wrong with them? 

Celebrities are only getting involved to make themselves look good.  What can you even say to this type of ignorance?  We appreciate what they are doing, and in fact are hosting giveaways on both of the blogs offering their designs as prizes to get the word out-  see sidebar for how you can enter and other ways you can help.

How will this affect us (Americans)?  I mean, like, we get cars from there and electronics and stuff?  Again, I'm at a loss for what to say, except that I am glad we're not friends or I'd blister your ears letting you know what a boor you are.

I hate to sound insensitive, but really, they were just tiny villages that got wiped out, not like it's the whole country.  Does it get any dumber?  Do you have any idea of just how many people are packed into those tiny areas?

I can't believe we're sending them so much aid when so many of our own (Americans) are out of work, including my spouse.  Really?  Really?  Because you can access the internet and b*tch about how bad things are for you-  watch some of the videos, look at some of the pics, these people were decimated, they have NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING and are watching their friends and family wash up on shore and worried about the radiation, you selfish inconsiderate ass.  No matter how little you have, it's a veritable fortune compared to the nothing they have left.

Oh sure, look, Obama can send all this aid to them, but we twiddled our thumbs during Katrina, he just wants to make us (America) look good.  Holy crap you moron, I would hope that we learned something about how to respond to a disaster.  And this is for you personally-  do your freakin' research, New Orleans refused federal assistance at first, wanting to handle it on their own.  Oh, and FYI when we need(ed) help they don't say they are the rich Americans, an industrialized nation, they SEND HELP!

Japan is one of the richest nations in the world, we need to use our money here and help our own.  They were f*cking destroyed, people, do you know what that means?  No homes, no jobs, no clothes, no food, I could go on, but I won't.  OMG can anyone really be that selfish and self centered?  Yes, I know, I've stated many times that the world revolves around me and still I have compassion and love for others, even those I don't know personally or who have different beliefs and cultures and skin tones and...

On a completely different topic-  around here we try to respect and see the good in others religious preferences, and while we're not fans, the fact that some people sit Ian down in front of Veggie Tales and is told to pray that his mama comes to her senses wasn't that big of a deal, it was a nasty, petty, spiteful thing to do, but whatever, we want him to be exposed to as many beliefs as possible so he can make up his own mind about what he believes and how he chooses to worship, if in fact he does. It's how we were all raised and if you've read any of our blog, you know we're big proponents of choice and the right to make up your own mind about life and how you want to live it.

So, today we look on youtube for the St. Patrick's Veggie Tales because Dev had seen it and was-  not pleased (see, I can be diplomatic).

It's dumb-ish, but that's our opinion and we certainly don't care for a lot of what Ian watches, but again as long as it isn't harming him no big.

Have you, especially those of you who think these are good healthy Christian programming ever actually watched them, specifically the St. Patrick's one?  I was brought up in church, and I can assure you that everything I've learned about Christianity was the OPPOSITE of the message they are sending.  Compassion, tolerance, not judging, etc.

According to the video, St. Patrick (before his sainthood, of course) went to Ireland to tell the people they were wrong (pagans) for worshiping TWIGS AND POND SCUM.  Really?  Really?  You want your children being taught lies, intolerance, ignorance, hate to name a few?  

I get why SOME PEOPLE want Ian to be like that-  and I'll just offer you this insight into their characters-  they tell Ian that God does not like it when he asks to call or go to Gigi's (I'm his gigi aka grandmother) when he is with them.  Yeah, I can see why you want to emulate people like that.  If we wanted to turn him against God (we don't) we wouldn't have to do a thing.  We do tell him some people have funny concepts of God but (s)he loves us all no matter what and leave it at that.  He's just too young to understand more than that at this time.

I don't want to leave you with the taste of disgust in your mouth, so even though this is my b*tchy rant day post, here's a fun little meme from our friend Raven.

What's In Your Purse?
Wallet, bunch of plastic cards, license, Organizer thing for coupons and $
$25 (I know, I'm shocked too-  usually the girls "need" it for something. ;-)
*Gum, several varieties
*Mints, several varieties
*Lip Gloss, several varieties
*the gum, mints & gloss varies, the little divas borrow them and I can have 0-10 varieties of each at any given time)
Med bottle w/tylenol, ibuprofin, sinus/allergy pills and excedrin migraine - we like to be prepared
Wet wipes unless someone snagged them again, ditto hand sanitizer, stain stick and the like
Probably a fortune or two from when we eat Chinese
A crapload of receipts and coins floating in the abyss
A pocket for Ian that he's allowed to go in which at any given time can hold- pez, tic tacs, trains, cars, action figures, etc and dollars.  He loves when I sneak a dollar in there.  Notice I said loves, not worships, but he adores going to the dollar store and picking something out that he can pay for himself (we sneak the tax $)-  it's one of our things.  Best score so far?  A solar powered daisy that dances when we sit it in front of the window on a sunny day.
When I am going on appointments or know I'll do a lot of waiting around I stick the nook in there.

What's in your purse- or wallet, whatever you carry?  Want to play along?  Head on over to Stuperhero Extraordinaire to link up.

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A Blessing and an Irish Toast or Two

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

  May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat." ~Alex Levine~
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WE GIVE A DAMN GIVEAWAY - ***Winners update***

Congratulations to our winners-  AEK72; SalanderServant and Phyllis.

We are uber excited about hosting this giveaway.  Our generous sponsor (who shall remain nameless but whom we love very much) is offering 1 T-shirt of choice and not 1 but 3 of the bracelets Lady Gaga created to offer relief to Japan.  While we would love to be able to make this offer worldwide, and you can live anywhere to participate, since it is being privately funded, due to shipping costs we can only ship to US and military APO etc addresses.  (Sorry to our international readers, we'll make it up to you another time.)

This is going to be run differently than any of our other giveaways because the purpose is to build awareness about the various things we can do to help Japan during this horrific time they are facing.  You don't have to follow us or like us or anything else (although we would certainly appreciate it if you chose to) but you do have to do something.  We will be running this for 30 days, longer than any other giveaway we have done, but we really want to make a difference.


Grand Prize:  The T-shirt of your choice designed by Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park from these selections AND the bracelet Lady Gaga designed, all proceeds from these prizes go to help Japan.

(2) additional winners will each receive a Pray for Japan bracelet designed by Lady Gaga

Again, anyone can enter but we can only send to US or APO/FPO Military addresses.  Entries will end on April 15th and winners drawn and notified thereabouts.

Yes, we are going to require a bit of effort-  please see our post on NO MATTER HOW LITTLE YOU HAVE, YOU CAN HELP - Aid for Japan and then do something and leave a comment here stating what you did-  it can be as simple as a prayer or a donation or buying yourself or your friends and family some of the awesome products being made specifically to support Japan.  Please note that even if you don't have a dime, some of the things you can do are free, and that's enough- just show you give a damn in some way shape or form.  You can do this daily, same thing, different, just do something to show you care, that our world and its citizens matter to you.

You can get extra entries for spreading the word- again, it doesn't matter how- a blog post of your own, email, twitter, fb, stumble, digg, etc-  let everyone you know in on it so they can do something too.  Again, share daily for a bonus entry.  Share the giveaway OR the post on what people can do to help.

The link for sharing the post on how you can help is  http://www.myloonyverse.com/2011/03/no-matter-how-little-you-have-you-can.html or the shortened version thanks to TinyURL! is http://tinyurl.com/4tvbde6

And finally, you can get 5 extra entries for sharing with us any other ways we can help make a positive difference (MUST BE NON PROFIT)!  

This is important, it matters, and we are so thrilled to at least try to do something positive.

You can enter on both blogs, every day, there are 2 sets of prizes but they are the same on both blogs- Our Loonyverse and Divas Cuisine, with 6 winners total.

*Prizes are furnished by our generous benefactor, but will not be ordered until we have chosen our winners and they will be sent directly to the addresses winners specify.  We have no control over how or when they are shipped (currently they are pre-order) but we will follow up and make sure you get your prize to the best of our abilities if there are any problems.

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WW Dev's Amazing Pineapple w/linky

Devon aka Geekazoid is taking photography this year - she usually does her work on a Mac at school, and I NEVER get to see her pics, but she had a deadline so she used my computer to do these-  I think she's doing a wonderful job!  If she's ever home enough, we'll have amazing pics on the blog, but for now we mostly make do with Ki's phone.  Anyhoo-  don't you just love these?  I am going to hang the matted and framed prints on my walls, I love them that much.

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Winner Chosen! Is it you?

Thank you all so very much for taking the time to enter, we appreciate each and every one of you.  We hope you'll keep dropping by, we plan to host more reviews and giveaways in the near future, just needed a bit of a break for a while.  :)  And without further ado:

Out of 910 entries, the winner was #508, Timbo, who wrote:
I just tweeted this giveaway here :D


Congratulations, Timbo-  I will be announcing our winner on Prizey and emailing you shortly to find out which you would prefer and then we'll get that right out to you.
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Sweeping, The Hobby That Pays Off

merriam-webster.com defines a hobby as a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation.

For some of us, that hobby is sweeping*, and with the exception of becoming a professional it is the only hobby I know that more than pays for itself**.

*I use sweeping here very broadly, covering entering contests, sweepstakes and giveaways.
**I personally haven't experienced this, but I have read of others on forums who enter faithfully every day and have not had a single win for years on end-  I explore the possible reasons for this in I enter and enter but never win, what am I doing wrong?

I love sweeping, it relaxes me, I enjoy it, I love to imagine what if, wouldn't it be nice, wouldn't so and so love that? when I see the prizes I could win and it is something I can do as much of or as little of as I like or as time allows.

The costs involved in sweeping are very minimal, either supplies and stamps to send in snail-mail entries or access to a computer to enter online.  (If you are a very occasional sweeper, you can avoid any costs whatsoever by sticking to drop-box entries when you run across them or call in radio stations and the like.)  The payoff can be life-altering.  Dream homes, hundreds of thousands- even millions of dollars, scholarships, once in a lifetime experiences, you name it, someone is or will probably be giving it away.

Like any hobby, there are a variety of tools that can make it easier for you.  Because I enjoy the hobby and am willing to dedicate many hours a month (on average) to sweeping, I am willing to invest in the best tools I can afford.  Here are my top 5 tools for sweepers.  Some are free and some have both free and paid versions so you can try them out before deciding if they are right for you.

For me, the thrill of opening a winning email, getting a package I wasn't expecting, answering the phone to hear I've been chosen as the winner or opening a flat priority envelope that has to be signed for and contains an affidavit is a major rush, and goofball that I am, I squee and jump up and down and drag the whole family into the celebration.  (Then I get to hear them call dibs and fight over who gets MY prize, but that's a whole 'nother story.)

It's exciting and an adrenaline rush until it's not.  When it is not, when it is a chore more than fun, I take a break, same as I do with crocheting or painting or crafting or any other hobby.

Is sweeping right for you?  In 5 traits that every sweeper should have, I list what I believe are essential qualities in a sweeper.

I personally think that if you are not passionate about something, you should find something else to do in your spare time-  there are just too many choices out there and if you experiment enough you will find something you can be enthusiastic about.

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We were going to wait to post this tomorrow for our Win With Us Wednesday because we think no matter how small the act, the fact that so many are pulling together makes us all winners, but decided to post it today instead and just edit it as we find new information.  While money is desperately needed, we are confident in saying we believe all thoughts, prayers, good vibes and well wishes are welcomed. 

We also urge you to share this link and any others you come across to direct people towards ways they can help.  No one can do it alone, but together we can perform miracles.  XOXOX the divas

If you know of any other organizations, companies, etc that we should add, please hook us up and we will add them.  (NON PROFIT ONLY)  *It has been brought to our attention that we're featuring the rockers-  we will be thrilled to add ANYONE from ANY medium or ANY genre if they are doing something to make a difference, this is just what I find in my twit stream and wanderings.  SEND LINKS and we are happy to add them.*
*****We have many readers from around the world and would be especially grateful if you have any links for reputable organizations that are assisting the victims in Japan, we are unfortunately not familiar with them but want to make it easy for all of our fabulous readers to help.*****

As I've stated many times, we're all in this together so don't let anything stop you from doing what good you can.

We here in the Loonyverse are happy to show our support to everyone involved in NON PROFIT relief for Japan.  We despise that we even need to add this warning, but we caution you to beware of unsolicited emails and the newly formed websites asking for donations.  We are posting what we believe to be reliable, dependable and accurate information, you can check out any company before donating by checking the source at such sites as GreatNonprofits, GuideStar, Just Give and Network for Good. to be sure they are doing work you want to donate to and are legitimate.

Whenever possible, we have linked directly to the page to assist Japan.


We snagged this image directly from Lady Gaga's store, because we wanted you to see the lovely, elegant simplicity that shows your support.  We don't know a male or female who wouldn't look more beautiful in our eyes by wearing this and showing that they give a damn.

I have a (very little) bit of cash that I am going to put into our account and purchase some of these myself-  it's not much, but we truly believe it will help.

Amazon:  You can donate the Amazon GC's you have (hopefully you won them or earned them using Swag Bucks as your search engine.

Citizen Effect:  There is a huge deal on twitter (twitplay) to raise funds, the first $100,000 collected will be matched by Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy.  Yeah, way to maximize your donation!

You may know that we have adopted 5 dogs (mostly rescue or *found*) and a cat has deigned to adopt Kyra and Ian and our pets are family members to us.  I know not everyone feels the same, but they are living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings and they just can't do for themselves in the wake of such devastation as Japan has been hit with.  While we think Freekibble is a wonderful thing at the best of times, today only 3/16-  if they get a million pieces of kibble donated they will double the amount- and 100% goes to Japan. It costs you nothing and does so very much good!  Please, I urge you take a few seconds out of your busy schedule to click and get your friends to do the same.  Liking them on Facebook and Following them on Twitter also adds to the donation.  This is something we all can do-  all it takes is internet access and a wee little bit of compassion.  (I personally think following @halopets and letting them know I appreciate what they are doing is a good thing and just maybe will get others hopping on the bandwagon, but that's up to each individual.)
Head on over to Freekibble and Freekibble Kat and answer the easy trivia question- right or wrong, you are helping!  (p.s. Todays answers are Relief efforts in Japan and Halo will DOUBLE the donation.)

Lady Gaga has designed a Pray for Japan bracelet- the cost is $5 and all proceeds go to Japan relief efforts.  You can make additional donations through her store-  remember it ALL goes to the aid of the victims.

We swiped these images of the t-shirts designed by Mike from Linkin Park from the storefront, aren't they a wonderful way to show our support?
Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park has designed not one but 2 T-shirts (We would be proud to wear either, plus, if you wear them you up your cool factor exponentially-  and it makes you uber sexy- that is our opinion, and you know we wouldn't say it if it wasn't true!  All of that for a mere $25.)  The proceeds go to Music for Relief to help survivors in Japan.  $10 donations can be made by texting MFR to 85944

Nurture My Body is donating 50 cents for every "like" on their facebook page.  JUST ONE CLICK AND YOU ARE HELPING!  Even if you are broke, you can do this.

Simple Plan is donating $10,000 unconditionally and all proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt to relief efforts in Japan. 
I snagged this image from the Simple Plan Foundation website.  How hawt will we be rockin' this look?

Swag Bucks:  You can donate your swagbucks towards the Japan Tsunami and Hurricane Relief Fund.  If you are not already a member there has been no better time to join!  If you use our referral link we will also earn when you earn, and for the foreseeable future all of our points will be donated, but it is not necessary to sign up under us.  The main link is if you already have an account, if not here is our link if you are interested.  It's free to join and very easy.  You can help with as few as 5 Swag Bucks, which you will earn easily the first day. 

United Airlines: You can support Japan by donating your unused frequent flyer miles to the American Red Cross or Operation USA.

Wireless Carriers:  AT&T has made calling Japan free for this month.  Verizon through April 10th.  Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are all waiving fees for texting donations.  Check with your carrier for specifics.


Amazon:  you can donate directly on Amazon- or use some of those GC's you have won or earned through Swag Bucks to help.

American Red Cross:  Text REDCROSS to 90999 or donate on site.  Thanks for the info, Raven.

AmeriCares: Your support ensures that they can get lifesaving medicine and medical supplies to those in need.

Connect To Charity: The list several reputable organizations, you choose which one gets your donation.

Convoy of Hope:  They hopped on the first available plane and are even now assessing needs and a shipment of urgently needed supplies is en route.

GlobalGiving.Org They distribute funds to provide emergency services to victims.  You can text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10 or donate on site.

Habitat for Humanity International: Habitat will assess the damages and help where needed.

International Medical Corps: Text MED to 80888 or donate on site.

Lions Club International: They are donating an immediate $1.25 USD (or 100 million Japanese Yen) and are establishing a fund to donate directly to the victims.

MercyCorps: They are working with their partner PeaceWinds and have already helicoptered in Tents, blankets, food and cooking fuel and your donation will be used for immediate and longer term needs of the survivors.

OperationUSA: They are preparing to send emergency aid to Japan.

Red Cross:  Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or visit site to donate. The American Red Cross has already sent $10 million in aid and will continue to assist.

Salvation Army: Text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation or donate on site. 

Save the Children: Text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10 or donate on site.

UNICEF:  Text JAPAN to 864233 to make a $10 donation or donate on site to help the children affected.

World Vision USA: They are already on the ground, assessing needs and distributing relief supplies and they remain for the long haul through the rebuilding.  You can donate on site or text 4japan to 20222 to donate $10.

With much love from the divas-  dddiva, gamer girlie, geeky mommy, mini dddiva, geekazoid, destructo jr. and though he is no diva, Ken also sends his love and best wishes.

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Totally Random Tuesday - This, That, The Other, Japan, What Can We Do, Donating, Love


I've been having so much fun playing along and meeting the most interesting and fascinating bloggers-  hope you will head on over to Keely's and join us.

My thoughts are all over the place, so we're in for a wild ride!  Hang on tight and enjoy. ;-)

Ian is doing well recovering- the surgery was textbook perfect and he's a trooper-  groggy and lethargic but it's going great.

Dev has a couple of her pics in an art competition - she has come such a long way-  and no, they aren't the ones we use on the blog, she is always always always busy so we have been using the pics taken with Ki's phone. We might just share a couple for Wordless Wednesday though.

Speaking of phones-  Ki loves her crackberry, and Casey her Iphone but Dev's new droid kicks both their butts-  that reminds me of Mulan  "but I don't want to kick the other kids' butts".  We watched that movie sooooooo many times- the two littles watched it every single night at bedtime for a very long time sometimes a few times a night and still, we love it.  And now that reminds me of WDW and I want to go back so we can get another group to do the man walk with us.  And be secretly or not so secretly amused that lots of visitors thought we were part of the cast. ;-)

I've been sharing the video Julie (Momspective) posted this morning-  it totally rocks and if you haven't checked it out, you really should.

I'm really glad I have been doing more blog-hopping again, I have missed my peeps and been enjoying meeting new friends.

I should really get to bed-  mornings are NEVER my best time and I have to be up an hour earlier than usual- and this after my hour was stolen from me for stupid daylight savings time.  (I still have 1 more day to b*tch and moan and whine about it, deal!)

I have our Win With Us Wednesday post already scheduled but I think I am going to do an additional one on ways we can help.  ***UPDATE*** We have posted ***NO MATTER HOW LITTLE YOU HAVE YOU CAN HELP***for anyone who wants to do what they can and will continue adding as we find more sources.  The devastation in Japan has been on my mind a lot-  you can't avoid it if you have any access to technology from the radio to the tv to the net-  and while I don't think it is good to dwell on bad things, I think that there is always always something we can do whether it be to offer a prayer (in whatever way you pray) or donate to a charitable organization or offer comfort to someone who needs it, which I hope I may have done with our post on How Source Sees Natural Disasters and Tragedies.

Angel @ Hypnotic Blend left a comment - for every like on Nurture My Body's facebook page they are donating 50 cents to Japan.  AT&T is offering free calls to Japan so we can check in with friends and family, and I think listing them is a win for everyone-  we who might not be able to do much, but we can do something, however small, even if it is as simple as showing our support to companies who are trying to make a difference; the companies themselves, whom I vow to support as much as I am able even if at this time it is only to help spread the word and of course the victims in Japan who can use all of the help, love and support they can get.

As I have mentioned before, we are so much more alike than we are different and really, what matters is that we love and support one another through these most tragic of circumstances, after all, we never know what the future holds and this is the world we live in, we can all join together to give the best of ourselves in these worst of times.

If anyone knows of any companies, businesses, sites, organizations etc that are doing something (NON PROFIT) to help with the relief efforts, please leave a link, email us, tweet me @dddiva or post on my facebook page and we'll get it added.

That'll do for today-  we'll try to get those links together tomorrow, but it will be a work in progress and we'll be happy to keep adding so please, please share.  We love you all so very much.

XOXOX Dddiva

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Menu for week of 3/14 - 3/20

Whether Irish or not, I believe we can all use more than a wee bit of luck- as long as it is good luck of course.  We eat the traditional corned beef and vegetables sans cabbage, and every year I say I am going to make Irish Soda Bread (we have never even tried it, let alone made it) so this year I am listing our traditional hot rolls and maybe I will actually get to them this time.

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo with tomato, spinach and carrot noodles and I believe we'll be adding sauteed baby bella's but we'll have to see about that; steamed broccoli

Puffy chicken; baby greens, pear slices and toasted or candied walnuts drizzled with a fruity vinaigrette

Slow cooker corned beef dinner w/veggies; hot fresh buttered rolls

Stir fried veggies; easy fried rice

Diner's choice of homemade reubens or patty melts; homemade french fries; easy freezer pickles; milkshakes or malteds

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka leftovers or whatever looks good to you

Slow cooker potato soup; corn muffins

What's cooking at your house this week?  Do you do a traditional corned beef dinner, drink green beer or have anything Irish on your menu for St. Patricks day?  Please share, we'd love to know.

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Puffy Chicken

This is almost embarrassingly easy, delicious and beautiful enough to serve to guests.  We like to serve it with a nice salad of greens, in season fruit and sunflower seeds drizzled with a balsamic or fruity vinaigrette.  It's more of a method than a recipe, but I believe you will love it if you give it a try.

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast per serving, seasoned with whatever you are in the mood for-  there are so many good seasoning blends including copycats and myo seasoning blends that you can customize to your exact preferences I'm sure you'll find one (or several) you adore.
Grated cheese of choice-  2-3 Tbsp per serving - our fave is Parmesan or a Parm, Romano & Peccorino blend but really anything works-  Swiss, cheddar, Colby jack, etc.
Enough mayo (use a good quality or make your own mayonnaise), greek yogurt or combo of both to make a gloppy paste- the amount varies with the type of cheese you are using
*Optional- 1 Tbsp bread crumbs, panko or crushed french fried onions, if desired-  we usually don't bother but it adds a little something if you choose to.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lay chicken breasts in a baking dish (you can flatten a bit first if you want them to be a uniform size but don't pound them to death) and sprinkle with seasoning of choice.

Mix cheese, mayo and crumbs if using in a bowl then spread over the chicken.

Bake for 20 - 30 minutes, depending on how large the breasts are,  or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.  

You will have a beautiful, puffy, golden brown topping that is amazingly delish despite its simplicity.

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Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

This is an extremely easy and basic recipe so use very good quality ingredients- they are what make the dish- you can play it up or down by adding veggies like crisp-tender broccoli, snow or sugar snap peas, diced sun dried tomatoes that have been reconstituted, roasted red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, etc and/or protein such as cooked chicken, shrimp, crab, etc.

Easy Fettuccini Alfredo

  • 1 box Fettuccine noodles (we like to use the carrot, spinach, tomato flavored)
  • 3/4 cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups Heavy cream
  • 1 cup or more (to taste) Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Dash each Salt and garlic powder
  • Pinch Freshly grated nutmeg - it's that little something, something that makes your dish stand out
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook and drain noodles al dente according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter (if you are a big garlic fan, saute 3-5 cloves) add cream then cheese, blending well.
  3. Add seasonings, omitting garlic powder if you used the cloves.
  4. Simmer, stirring almost constantly over very low heat until it is the desired consistency.
  5. Stir in any veggies, protein you are adding.
  6. Serve sauce over drained pasta, garnish with parsley if desired.
  7. Let each person add their own freshly grated pepper and or additional cheese.

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