Whole Foods Customer Connection Group

I had a great time at my local Whole Foods for their “Customer Connection Group”. Discussing why I love Whole Foods, and what I don’t like, etc. It was really fun! And the $25 gift card was a bonus! We also received a bag full of 365 products.

I can talk about food and grocery shopping all night. I love stuff like that!

Size 10 Jeans!

We went up to LL Bean Outlet this afternoon to check out jeans. I had a gift card credit.

They had a ton of clothes on sale @ 50% off! There was a small section of jeans, and I immediately picked out a couple of size 12 tall (and med tall). I had figured out previously that the classic fit was the best for my shape.

And then on a whim, I thought, why not try on a size 10!

Side note: I was a little bummed out the other day when reading a forum post. Other girls that were approximately the same weight and height as me (139 lbs, 5’8″) and they were wearing a size 8 or 10. I couldn’t understand why I was still wearing a size 12.

So, anyway, back to the size 10. In the dressing room, I tried a couple of 12’s and there was wiggle room, so on go the size 10. Bam! Yes! It fit very nicely, with even a little room to spare! And mind you, this was after lunch at Chipotle Grill!

Of course, at this point, I went back to the jeans shelves, and tried to find more size 10 Tall. I found one more and was thrilled that they together they were only about $18! Bargain shopper!

I also found a cute little spring jacket for $8.50 and a size small turtleneck for $5.

It was a great day! I am so happy that I’m wearing a size 10 now! If I remember correctly, I was in a size 7/8 in my 20’s, and I don’t anticipate that I’d ever go that low, so a size 10 is very special! :)

Organizing Recipes with Evernote – Online, Offline & iPhone

I’ve been busy as a bee, organized the mountain of recipe web pages that I’ve been saving during the last year or so.

Back a few months ago, I originally tried saving each recipe page as a pdf file on my hard drive in a categorized folder. It was very cumbersome, and although I could search for recipes on my laptop hard drive (albeit clumsily), it could be difficult to make my recipes mobile, to find and search on any other mode like the web or my iPhone.

I’d all but given up on the process, until the other day when I re-discovered Evernote.

It just so happened that I was clipping an unrelated web page into the cool Mac app Evernote, and for some reason, I started reading the Evernote tips on my iPhone app, and it suggested organizing recipes using Evernote. YES! What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that!?

So, I started experimenting, and it worked just beautifully!

Evernote Makes it Easy to Save, Access, Search and Find Recipes

My recipes are saved to my computer hard drive, then synced online to my Evernote web account, and then to my iPhone. I can also save notes on my iPhone or any web browser, and all three will sync!

Besides the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, there are mobile apps for Android, Blackberry, Palm, Windows phones – check their downloads page for details.

Using the iPhone app, I can easily search for “giada pasta” and just my captured pasta recipes written by Giada De Laurentiis will pop up; so I can easily read them while in my kitchen, grocery store, camping, etc.

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This also means that anywhere I have internet, say at my mom’s house, I can log into my web account and access all of my recipes. Very helpful if I need to find her favorite oat bran muffin recipe!

Using the Evernote app installed on my hard drive, I can narrow the search even further. If I need to find only my soup recipes using chicken, I can search in my “soup” tagged recipes for the keyword “chicken” – I just love this!

It’s up to you how you want to organize your recipes. You don’t have to use tags, you can just create a new notebook for recipes, and start clipping. Searching will be just as easy, since Evernote scours through all the text content.

And it’s not just for recipes. Today, I captured a Meat & Seafood cooking chart, so I can easily check the cooked temperature for my turkey on Thanksgiving!

So, What is Evernote?

So, what exactly is Evernote?

It’s a Mac and Windows app that can “capture” and organize everything like web pages, images, screen shots, etc. It’s fantastic! Well, it’s fantastic for the Mac. I’ve tried using it on the Windows computer at work, and it’s a bit clunky and hinky, but it’s worth a try. Perhaps a better Windows solution would be the highly recommended Windows app called OneNote that I think has an iPhone app as well.

I have to say the best part of Evernote is it’s FREE, provided you stay within your monthly allotted file usage of 40mb 60mb. And as long as you refrain from capturing lots of photos or images, there should be no problem sticking to the monthly allowance. This month, I’ve captured almost 400 recipes and have used about half my space. I’m careful to edit out all the extra text, links, and images to save.

I’m not going to delve into the details on how to specifically use Evernote, as there is a great “get started” tutorial online, but there are a couple of little tips to mention.

For Firefox browser users, the Evernote add-on makes capturing from Firefox super easy. Once the add-on is installed, a little button is added to the toolbar. Just click the button and the current page is clipped and added to the Evernote software on your hard drive.

Don’t fret if you aren’t a Firefox user, check their web clipper downloads page to find the generic web clipper (bottom of the page). Just drag it to your browser link bar and when you want to capture a page, click it to save it to Evernote.

Once the web page is captured, you can then edit the page similarly as you would in any word processing app. Remove or add text, change formatting, etc.

After you’ve installed and set up Evernote, take a minute to click the “Trunk” button link on the top toolbar and download the Epicurious notebook which includes 10 delicious burger recipes to add to your account.

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I highly recommend Evernote for organizing anything, but for compiling recipes and cooking tips, it’s absolutely indispensable, and I think I’m going to love it more than any iPhone cooking app, because it’s customizable for my needs and includes only the recipes and cooking tips that I am interested in! And IT’S FREE!!!!

UPDATE December 19, 2010: I am loving Evernote even more! I have clipped all of my own recipes into the program, and it’s been wonderful to search for keyword(s) and I can easily find the recipe I want! And bravo to the folks at Evernote! They just increased the allotted monthly file space from 40mb to 60mb! I had no problem keeping under the 40mb, but this will be even better!

And keep in mind, you can also use Evernote for other interests and subjects as well. I keep a lot of my health topics in a separate notebook. Trip planning, Christmas gift lists, doctor’s notes, etc. The options are endless!

Influx of iPhone Cooking Apps

Wow, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of new cooking iPhone apps! Everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon.

Cook’s Illustrated (free)
Gordan Ramsay
Rachel Allen
Mario Batali – on my wish list!
MasterChef Academy
Free version – How To Cook Everything
Apple Recipes

Plus the ones that have been around for a little while:

How To Cook Everything (Paid)
Epicurious
20 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver – I have this one on my wish list
Martha Stewart Everyday Food
Rachel Ray Tasty Bites
170,000+ Recipes Big Oven
Betty Crocker
Women’s Day
All Recipes Dinner Spinner
Weber’s on the Grill
The Photo Cookbook

Cookbooks on the iPhone/iPad are really a wonderful medium. It’s interactive, you can include video, timers, shopping lists, etc. I think the future is looking bright and it’s only just begun!

Diet

Diet: a way of living or thinking, a day’s journey (This was the definition of diet when it entered the English language in the mid-1600s, according to Alicia Silverstone, author of “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet“)

Funny how far away we’ve strayed from the original meaning of that word! We’ve made that word sound so dirty and horrible. But it really should be a word to describe the way you eat. How they messed it all up and changed it to mean a temporary way to lose weight, I just don’t know!

Finally! Jeans That FIT!

I finally found a pair of jeans that fit me comfortably, after months of searching! I’ve been trying both men’s and women’s sizes and either the waist is way too bulky, or the pants just looked too tight on me.

I finally found LL Bean’s Classic style jeans at their Freeport Maine store, while on vacation. Yay! They fit nicely and were a decent price. $30 on sale for 20% off. Final price $24. Good deal!

And I’m a size 12! I also found a cute t-shirt and I’m a medium! Wow, when was the last time I’ve worn a medium shirt? LOL

A Bread A Day

I found the most interesting fun blog yesterday.

A Bread A Day

The author set a goal to bake one bread per day for a year (except Sundays) and she blogged about her journey. There is so much to read, and I haven’t even scratched the surface, but I am looking forward to learning from her experience. I’ve already found a bunch of recipes that I would love to try!

Kymaro Body Shaper

Come on ladies, are you really that stupid to believe ads like the Kymaro Body Shaper?

I am sorry, but just looking at the infomercial, it looks like this product is a piece of scammy crap!

For one thing, the ads shout don’t bother with exercise, just put on one of these and you will look slimmer and lose inches. Are women really that gullible? When they measure the participants, you can tell the “before” measurements are not accurate by the way the tape measure is placed uneven around their body. Don’t people realize that they are just moving around their “fat” they aren’t actually doing anything healthy! grrr!

Here is what the Kymaro Body Shaper web site claims:

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  • Very comfortable? Not according to real customer reviews online
  • Body slims down 2 sizes in 2 minutes! “Slims down” is a bold claim. You aren’t losing weight! Your body is not slimming down!
  • Reshapes your body due to loss of muscle tone. Lack of muscle tone? They make it sound that’s a good thing.
  • Lower fatigue level and More energy! They are kidding, right? How can you gain more energy from being squished into a tight body sucking suit? I would think it would fatigue you instead! They make it sound like they’re selling you a fitness plan! hahaa haha!

Look carefully at the “before” and “after” photos. The shirt in the before photo is pushed up and all wrinkled. I bet it’s even a size smaller than the after shot, which is smooth and pulled down over the pants. The model is always has better posture in the after photo too.

Note: in the infomercial, they have “individual results may vary” in tiny type across the bottom of the photos! Just a disclaimer to protect themselves when you don’t see the same results on your fat out of shape body!

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And what’s up with the models that are pencil thin wearing the body shaper? Come on, their bodies are perfect, of course they are going to look amazing. I don’t see any plus size models actually shown wearing just the body shaper (sans clothes) I bet it would look like a big ole hot mess!

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And I love this part:

Double Your Order and get the New Body Shaper in Black for FREE, just pay the processing and handling of $9.95 for the top, and $9.95 for the shorts. That’s over a $90 value for only $19.90 for an extra top and bottom in black.

For free? yeah, right, it really costs $20 to ship (and handle) something that lightweight! They should be ashamed of themselves! The product itself is probably only worth $10 (if that) and they are making a fortune from ladies spending up to $88 for all the pieces.

And I am not the only one complaining about the Kymaro Body Shaper. Google “kymaro body shaper review” and you’ll find tons of unhappy customers talking about their bad product as well as horrible customer service.

But again, I revert back to my original statement, are women really that stupid to fall for this stuff?