To wish for change will change nothing. To make the decision to take action right now will change everything.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

walk with the pups @ dodge park

Featured in these pictures are, the Karabelski's- Natalie & John, their dog Gunner aka Stinky, me and my pup Gracie aka G-Face

Getting your eyebrows waxed makes you feel like a new woman, agree?

another educational lesson: oatmeal

so another delicious treat i am addicted to! here is why this is a must-add to your breakfast routine!

1. Soluble fiber may reduce LDL cholesterol without lowering HDL cholesterol. LDL is bad; HDL is good.
2. Oatmeal slows down your digestive process making you feel full longer, it helps control weight.
3. It has been found that those who eat more oats are less likely to develop heart disease, a disease that is currently widespread in the United States.
4. The phytochemicals in oats may also have cancer-fighting properties.
5. Oats are a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Oats are also a good source of protein
6. Oatmeal reduces the risk or type 2 diabetes.

Who wouldn't want to eat this cancer fighting-heart disease preventing-nutrient rich treat!?!?!

how i make it: put about 3/4C dried oats in a large (tall) cereal bowl add lots of cinnamon, depending on the day i can add: walnuts, frozen blueberrys, raisins, or chopped apples or i mix in bananas and strawberrys after its cooked. Cover with water until some oats start to float. microwave for about 3:30! Enjoy ....i also add a touch of coffeemate creamer when its done cooking for extra flavor!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I finished my first scarf! Thanks buddy for teaching me :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I am addicted to my noodle maker, today's menu was chicken noodle soup! I am taking orders now, get your name in for the next batch!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

puppy trouble

My buddy Tina is teaching me how to knit! I am almost done with my first scarf,unfortunately I left my yarn out just long enough for Gracie to get mischievous....

Saturday, February 21, 2009

the truth about bananas

So I have an obsession with bananas, I have at least one a day, usually two, and when they are not in the house they are the one thing I crave. When I am about to go to East Lansing to visit Jonathan and he asks what I want him to have in the apartment for me, my answer: Bananas (and coffee creamer) Whenever I eat a banana I secretly wish that I lived where they grew, which I found through banana research is South America, South-East Asia, Africa and the Caribbean islands. I want to own a banana tree so badly. My curiosity about the nutrition of a banana caused me to google: the truth about bananas. What I found will change your life!

  • Gym- Two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.
  • Depression:People suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, one of the twenty common "amino actids" that make up all proteins that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
  • PMS: Bananas contain the vitamin B6 which regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood
  • Anemia-High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
  • Blood Pressure- High in potassium yet low in salt bananas have the ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
  • Brain Power -Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
  • Stress- Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
  • Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Now who wants a banana!?!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

my day of love

So Jonathan and I celebrated our 4th Valentines day and he arrived to my house with a half dozen roses, or a six pack of roses as he calls them :) We usually don't make a big deal about it just spend time together, cook a nice dinner and watch a "Saw" movie. We celebrate more the Valentines day Massacre.

This year we were on Saw IV, it was just as gruesome and disturbing as the first three. Before the movie we made a nice big breakfast of eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and hot chocolate! In the afternoon we went and
picked up my sisters dog Gunner and went for a Valentines day run together, we usually go for a run to celebrate any holiday or special occasion :) Then we were on to dinner which was amazing! We made homemade ravioli! We used our pasta machine that we have had for 14 years but never used! We stuffed them with ricotta, spinach and yellow peppers, and served it with homemade roasted garlic bread! Yum Yum! And not to brag or anything but I made the most amazing dessert ever it was from food network they were s'more brownies and I suggest making them for any and every occasion!

We did exchange little love gifts too :) I made Jonathan a cookbook of his favorite recipes that I always make for him. Recipes included my famous lasagna, and veggie pizza. He gave me Vera Bradley stationary which is basically the way to my heart, and he made me a calendar of pictures of us which is also one of my most favorite things. But my favorite present was the love letter he wrote me which almost made me melt :) All in all we had a perfect weekend ! Here are some pictures of my favorite parts enjoy!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

help me fight Multiple Sclerosis

On Wednesday May 9th @ 9AM I am participating in MS Walk Detroit. It is a 3 mile walk in downtown Detroit by Comerica Park to raise money in hopes of finding a cure for MS. I am walking in honor of my mom and formed a team " Kims Krusaders." I set a goal of $500 for my team. I am hoping you will donate to Kims Krusaders @

Anyone who has met my mom knows how amazing she is so support her in this walk against MS and donate to Kims Krusdaers!! You can also join the team and walk with us May 9th. Info @:

Every hour someone is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

most miles in 19 days!


So my dad had the week off work so he decided to clean out one of the spare rooms in our basement. Since we moved we seemed to accumulate more stuff and it was just time to go through it all... Well, he came upon some bags of clothes that belonged to my mom's mom, Nona. There were the most precious outfits in there! My mom and I knew all the clothes in these bags were my Nona's but and instead of just marking the bag for donation to good-will we went though each piece just to get a smile and bring back some memories. We found the cutest tops and I could just picture her in these outfits sitting out front her nursing home, in the sun of course, getting a tan as we pulled up to visit. She was always outside!! They smelt like her too, you could still smell her perfume and it felt as if she was almost with us again. It was such a pleasant memory and an unexpected one as well :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Happy 3 Years!

Jonathan and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary, or crappiversary as we call it, this past January 29th. We went to dinner at one of our favorite dinner places in East Lansing called Clara's. Jonathan received a Coach wallet from his thoughtful girlfriend and I got a ski weekend to be claimed at a later date :) We also headed off to Chicago! Jonathan had auditions for some colleges he is applying to for the fall for their theatre program. We stayed with his sister in the city & the weekend was spent eating Chicago deep dish pizza and watching the Steelers kick some booty!! We also went for an anniversary run on the bike path by the lake. It was awesome to run along the water and be able to see the city in the distance the whole time! Jonathan's auditions went great & all in all we had a great anniversary weekend.