Hello Dahlings!

Master Blender Lisa has been Blending Her ONE with His FIVE for 18 years.  With THREE Ex Spouses, THREE Step Parents and SIX kids we are living the Blended, Not Stirred dream.  Is that even a thing?


I can't believe it's Tuesday already. It feels like time is flying by at warp speed. Jax's distant graduation from High School is now a short two weeks away.  Rather than concentrate on the inevitable; here's a few tidbits I found this week from my April Health Magazine (just getting around to reading it):

  • Eat strawberries that are organic.  Farmers typically use up to 13 pesticides to make the strawberries nice and big according to the Environmental Working Group Study.  Simply washing the strawberries throughly doesn't necessarily mean you have removed all the toxins. They like to stay attached to the strawberries tiny bumps.  Now every time I eat a strawberry I'll be thinking pesticides!  Here in Utah, I haven't been able to find organic strawberries that look and taste as good as the ones produced with pesticides. I now have a good reason to keep searching for and trying organic.
  • If you're hungry try taking a huge whiff of vanilla before eating.  It sends a message to your brain that you have actually satisfied your lust for the food you are about to put in your mouth!  The vanilla aroma cues your brain that you have already eaten something decadent. Therefore the rich meal your about to put in your mouth loses the emotional lust in your brain. The result: You eat less!  I love, love, love everything vanilla so for me just the thought of taking a whiff right before I eat a rich, extremely pleasurable meal sounds fantastic! Sounds like a great way to help curb my appetite without a lot of work on my part. Thumbs way up on this tip!
  • As you know I'm in love with Tazo Awake tea, but most of the positive things I read about tea have to do with green tea which I'm not so wild about!  So you can imagine my excitement when I came across a positive tidbit that my black tea habit may actually be good for me as well! Yeah!  A Rutger's University study finds that it contains theaflavins.  What are they you ask?  Antioxidants that help heal muscle soreness after exercising and can reduce your risk of a heart attack. Given that heart disease is the number one killer of women in America - I think that's a pretty good reason to keep drinking black tea.  Turns out something I like is actually beneficial to my health!

Hope your Tuesday is a good one!