Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Fashion: A Trend I Hope Slithers Away Soon

I'm all about animal print.  A little leopard shoe, belt, or scarf can add serious WOW factor to any outfit.  A little zebra says I'm sassy but sophisticated.

This fall, look out for snake print.  It's gonna be the new hot animal print.

I have a confession.

I hate snake print.  

I feel oddly better admitting that.

I think my disdain of this particular pattern stems from a huge fear and loathing of the slithery little guys.  I don't want to wear anything that would make my husband (who is uber scared of snakes) to jump onto the counter screeching like a scared child.

However, we are all different so if you insist on wearing snake print the same rules for other animal prints follow.

1.  If your main piece is an animal print, keep everything else S.I.M.P.L.E.!

2.  Use small pieces--like a belt, shoe, or bag, to add drama to an otherwise causal outfit.

3. Wear animal prints to the office, to church, for work and for play.  Don't be afraid to pair patterns!

Some other looks you might love (excuse me while I throw up).

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Things I Love: Coconut-Lime Shrimp

Okay so I really like to leave all the cooking-blog stuff to the pros--like Sarah from Frontier Kitchen but every now and then I whip up something magical and I have to share it.

The problem is that unlike cooking blogs, I never take pictures of what I'm cooking so all I can do is give you the ingredients and directions.

I stand behind the yumminess of this recipe 110%. Even without the "look at me" eye-catching photos, you should try this!

What You'll Need

  • The juice and zest of one lime
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk (the kind in the can)
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1 pound raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • skewers (soak wood ones in water)

What To Do:
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients except shrimp.  Blend until thick and smooth(ish).
  2. Pour marinade over shrimp.  Cover and refrigerate at least 45 minutes (but the longer the better).
  3. Put 4-5 shrimp on a skewer.
  4. Lightly spray grill so shrimp won't stick.
  5. Grill over low heat until pink and cooked through.
  6. I served this with coconut quinoa stuffed peppers.  Mmmm!  
**Make sure to toss the marinade.  We don't use marinades that had raw meat in it.  That's yucky!**

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What I Think About: "Because I Said So!"

My parents have no gray hairs and I consider this to be a miracle because to say I was a bit of a hard kid is akin to saying the Grand Canyon is a little crack.  Seriously, every day I parent I'm amazed my parents did drown me or leave me in the wilderness or donate me to science.

As a kid, I talked--a lot!  Incessantly, really.  I'm sure you can't tell.  I mean, it's definitely not a habit I've continued ... oh wait.

I'm digressing.

One thing I couldn't stand as a child (and more specifically, a teenager) was when my parents said, "Because I said so."  Seriously, what kind of logic is that? I vowed that when I was a mom I'd never say those four little words.

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I've recently started breaking that vow.

My name is Reagan and I tell my kids "because I said so."

Sometime I feel guilty about this.  You see, I want to logically explain to my children why I must say no or why we simply can't do or have everything they want.  I've taken this route and the more I explain, they more questions they have.  At the end of some circular debate they are angry, I'm irritated, and we generally can't remember what the offending question was to begin with.

Anyhow a few weeks ago I tired of all this circular logic talk and I broke out the big guns. BECAUSE I SAID SO.

The second those four little words slipped out of my mouth I felt ill-at-ease for using them.  But you know what happened?  My daughter accepted that answer.  WHAT?  All this logic never works but that does?  You've got to be kidding me?!?!

So I've started to say it more.  I'm not gonna lie, sometimes those words fall on deaf ears. Some times they inspire tantrums and revolts.  But thus far they haven't led to a cyclical debate (I'm sure that will happen soon).

Here's the reason I really don't feel guilty.  Sometimes rules and laws get changed on adults and we don't get reasons.  No one explains the logic to us.  We are still expected to comply because "they" (who is they by the way?) say so.  For example, I live in Wyoming where the speed limit on I-80 is 75 mph but when I cross into the state of Nebraska, the speed limit on the same interstate in 70 mph.  There's no reasoning posted.  No one explains the logic.  That's just the way it is and if I don't follow what they say, I'll have to pay for it.

I think that's how it goes for our kids.  We have reasons for the limits we set on them; we do not have to engage them in a debate about why those limits are set.  We are not parenting my committee.

What I think is that sometimes using "because I said so" is a perfectly legitimate parenting tactic.  In general I still think it is a good idea to talk and logically explain situations to kids.  But I don't feel guilty when I utter those dreaded words.

And you shouldn't either.

What to read the random heart-pourings of others?  Click this button and head over to Things I Can't Say! Thanks, Shell!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Days of Play: Swim Party

Tomorrow I am hosting a swim day for my mom's group.  YAY!

I mean, who doesn't love a perfectly good excuse to get into a swimsuit (that you may or may not have cried over when you were buying it because swim suit shopping is an emotional affair) and expose unsuspecting friends to blaring white legs?

Okay, so maybe doing the slip-n-slide in your 30s isn't a dream come true but talk about a memory maker.

So, send a text or e-mail to the folks you'll let see you in a swim suit, fill up that kiddie pool, break out the sprinkler, slather on sunscreen and spend a hot morning playing in too cold water, smiling, and warming up in the sun.

Now for my kids, simply being able to play in the water is treat enough BUT if you have older kids and want to do a bit more entertaining, I suggest clicking THIS link (<---click that) to go to Family Fun Magazine online where they have 3 fun wading pool games.

Enjoy fun in the sun.  School will be here soon and you'll wish someone made you get into a swim suit.  Trust me!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Music Monday--Matt and Kim

Every now and then I get a little blue and if I need a little musical cheer, this is SO the song I turn on.  It's really cheery.  Plus, I lived in a town with Grand Street and I've actually walked down Grand in the daylight more times than I count.  A good memory can always cheer a sad spirit.

So, for today's MUST ADD THIS SONG TO YOUR iPOD I submit

Daylight by Matt and Kim.