Thursday, October 23, 2014

Why I'm Not Going to Your Party

I read in a magazine once that in order to give up something in your life that causes you stress you should make it your "rule" that you don't do it anymore. I knew at that moment, my new rule going forward is: no more home parties.

I think deep down, a lot of us feel the the same about them. You feel obligated to go, because you were invited, and it's your friend. Plus, who doesn't want an excuse for an easy night out with friends.

You show up, see your friends, drink wine, and shop. And because you are giddy to be out of the house with friends and wine, you don't always notice how incredibly marked up some of those items are. I definitely felt duped when an over-priced necklace that was probably of Target quality turned color.

I'm not knocking the constitution of all party items, just the way they are marketed. Of course, they always say, "You don't have to buy anything if you don't want to!" But you kinda do. If you don't, you feel the cool stare on your back as you head out the door from that party leader lady.

I even thought about hosting a party, thinking I could use the profits to go toward my favorite local charity. But by the time I calculated the expense of the food, drinks, and products, I'd rather just make a straight donation, have friends over for a pot-luck wine taste and forget all the friend-guilt.

Whatever happened to just having friends over for wine and appetizers for no reason? Is it only worth it if you can make money off your friends or cash in on a bounty of jewelery, bags, or cookware? That's not really cool.

So it's not that I don't want to support my friends, it's that I disagree with the way these products are marketed, using friendships to sell products. So my rule is, I choose not to participate. If you want to entertain, just have friends over, there is no need to hawk items. I'd love to come over for a night in with no strings attached...I'll even bring a hostess gift!

But since I've instituted my no purse/jewelry/cookware/etc. party rule, what a relief it is to not think twice about if I should or shouldn't make an appearance or make up some excuse not to go. It's just "no, I don't go to home sales parties." Not that I usually go in to my whole explanation, I just say no, and carry on with my life.  

Do you agree or disagree? If you host parties, what do you think about my stance? Comment using the link below to put in your 2 cents.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My 1-Minute Power Breakfast

I'm not a morning person. The less I have to think about, the better. But skipping breakfast is a no-no. With nothing in my stomach, I'm no bueno. Besides, I need fuel for my morning workout.

A friend turned me on to my new favorite breakfast, so I had to share it with you all! It sounds a little weird at first, but trust me, it's so good. It's the perfect combination of sweet, hearty, healthy, and delicious! And it's quick, which is very important for a non-morning person as myself.

Introducing...

Peanut butter oatmeal! Intrigued?

Here's how to make it:
  • Measure 1/2 cup of oatmeal and add just enough water or milk to moisten it. Pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  • Remove it and stir in a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, a squirt of agave nectar for sweetness, and a dash of cinnamon. You can then throw in whatever else suits your fancy: dried cranberries, walnuts, strawberries...even chocolate chips!
Of course, you can tweak the recipe to your liking with the type of oatmeal you use and how much of each item you add.

It's no ultra-healthy kale/carrot/banana smoothie, but for those of us not on the Gweneth Paltrow meal plan, I feel like it's pretty healthy. So if you're headed off to work, the gym, or chasing around kids all morning, this breakfast will keep you going. Enjoy!