1. I'm guilty of sneaking vegetables into my kids' food.
When my kids were younger I added vegetables subtly to their desserts. My son recently admitted that when he found out about the chocolate pudding made with avocado, that he was afraid to eat anything that he didn't watch me make or come out of a box for over a year. Great! I gave him his picky food habits. We turned a corner last week when he tried guacamole for the first time after seeing it prepared table-side. He loved it!
In my defense, the Chocolate Avocado Pudding really was delicious. The recipe is as follows:
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tsp. instant coffee or espresso
6 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Enjoy.
2. I depend on consuming Moringa Oleifera daily.
I wholeheartedly believe in the nutritional power of Moringa Oleifera but I am reluctant to tell my friends as I don't want to appear pushy or as if I am a know-it-all. I do want to share how great it makes me feel and how much healthier I have been since I first started adding it to my daily diet. I drink Zija to consume moringa oleifera, the most nutrient-rich plant in the world. Moringa oleifera is packed with over 90 verifiable cell-ready vitamins, minerals, vital proteins, antioxidants, omega oils and numerous other benefits. You can check it out and if interested, you can order from the Hubs' site. (He can get credit for products.) It helps tremendously for anti-inflammatory issues such as allergies and arthritis; heightens mental clarity; increases energy; nourishes the body's immune system and provides anti-aging benefits - among many other successes.
3. I throughly embarrassed myself with Instagram.
When I first signed up for Instagram, I thought it was only a photo editing tool. I thought only I could see the photos that I was 'editing' using the cool 'filters'. You can imagine my horror when I learned (months after posting them) that the "before" photos that I had taken of myself in a bathing suit (sticking my gut out to make my workout goals appear to have had even more of an impact because the Hubs and I were having a fit contest amongst ourselves) were shared by anyone who was following me! It was one of the most embarrassing and horrifying moments of my life!
4. I love serendipity!
Serendipity has always been one of my favorite words. The formal definition includes "pleasant surprise" and "fortunate happenstance". I learned it's meaning on the first day of my first-ever college class. The class was a library research class and the professor told us how finding research information amongst the library books would be serendipitous. She told us that we would find things and make surprise discoveries when we would be looking for something else. I also adored the movie Serendipity that shares my favorite word's name.
5. I crack-up laughing when I'm supposed to be serious.
When I am uncomfortable or especially nervous, at the most inopportune times usually, I laugh. It's horrible. It used to always blow my cover when I played hide and seek as I would laugh while nervously/excitedly hiding out.
6. I believe many "Old Wives' Tales".
My Grandma Nadean believed in the healing powers of chicken noodle soup for a cold. My mom (who does not fall into the category of "old wives"), believes that fresh squeezed lemon and honey with a little hot water helps heal a sore throat. Both of these natural remedies have provided relief for my family for years. My great Aunt Lilian shared her secrets to good health and longevity to include eating walnuts daily and rubbing her teeth with sharp cheddar cheese. She lived a healthy, long life with clear thinking and smart as a tack to the age of 97. My Grandma Rose taught me to believe that if I stepped on a crack it would break my mama's back. To this day, I try my best to avoid the cracks. Coincidentally, my mom has always had a good back. (She does take good care of herself and works out daily.)
7. I slipped and drank Coca Cola.
I recently fell off my "I don't drink soda" pledge while visiting Mexico. I was afraid to drink the water so I turned to Coca Cola. It tasted really good at the time. Soda and I are not friends. I'm not sure if I would have been better off drinking the water vs. the soda.
8. I've kept this blog a secret from most of my friends.
I am really shy about telling my friends or acquaintances about this blog. Sometimes it makes it easier thinking that only strangers read my posts...especially these confessionals! I know it's a crazy notion that I need to get over. I love blogging and I want to share with as many people as possible. I was honored to recently be the featured blog of the week for Typepad.
9. I hate pedicures.
Don't get me wrong...I love the way my toes look when they are polished and perfectly trimmed. Bit I hate having someone get between my toes! It makes me crazy to have my feet touched for a pedicure. I'm the worst at painting my toenails and I don't have cute toes, so it's a bad combo...but there could be worse problems.
10. I live for the snooze button!
I purposely set my alarm clock to go off 15 minutes before I actually really need to get up so I can hit the snooze button every morning at least once and feel like I really have control over my own schedule! Ha ha! Someday...right?