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Baked Blueberry French Toast.

I’m Cheating! I couldn’t for the life of me think of a matching recipe for attachments. Then I saw this entry… and I thought breakfast. Lincoln’s mom was always making him breakfast. I think I’m making this for my kids over the weekend. Will let you know how it goes.

Till Then Enjoy!

Last weekend I needed to find a breakfast recipe that could supply enough tastiness for at least 11 people and I discovered a gem! I should tell you the majority of it needs to be prepared the night before, but the morning of your breakfast all you’ll need to do is pop it in the oven which is a plus!

What you’ll need:

2 medium sized loaves of french bread, 4 oz cream cheese, 1 cup and 1 tablespoon milk, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup blueberries, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 5 eggs, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1/4 maple syrup

DSC_0764(Slice the medium sized loaves of french bread into cubes)

DSC_0768(Spray a deep dish pan with baking spray and place half of the bread cubes in the pan)

DSC_0772(Mix cream cheese, 1 tb of milk, and powdered sugar together to form a thick mixture)

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Spring Cleaning

A little off topic to my usual rants – but is anyone else feeling the need to do some major spring cleaning?

I feel like every room I walk into I see stacks of things that I don’t need/want. Clutter – clutter – clutter.

And the walls look drab! I see nicks and bumps from when Captain America ( my 5 yr) battled Batman (my almost 7 yr old). What to do? No amount of cleaning is good enough. Can I knock down my house and rebuild it? Start from scratch? My husband thinks I’m nuts — please tell me someone else has a hidden Danny Tanner come Martha Stewart in them somewhere !!!!  What are some ways you get over this feeling of cluttered clusterphobia?

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To Read or Not to Read…

Seems like lately I’ve been zipping through books. In the past week I’ve chomped about 3. The reviews are soon to come — I need to digest them first.

Even more than the books, I’ve been reading all over the internet. Everything  and anything I can get my hands on.

That is a lot of reading hours.  I’m pressed to consider reading for academic betterment. Mostly everything I’ve been reading lately had been for entertainment purposes. One could argue that the time would be better spent learning something new. Now I feel a tad bit guilty.

What about you guys? Do you read primarily for pleasure or business/school?

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Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 323

Goodreads Summary:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

FIP Review:

Three books down, I think I can call myself a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s work. She’s got an incredibly easy style of writing about some very serious issues in life. She makes her characters very relatable. The events all seem inconsequential until at one point you learn that BAAAM she just taught you a life lesson. I bet Rainbow Rowell is the coolest mom in the world.

The best part of Attachments was how regular Lincoln was.  He was a good guy just living away life, helping people along the way. He was a good brother/son/friend. He was jealous, heartbroken and absolutely unaware of how good life is. I can relate to that. I look back to myself 5 years ago and think – hmmm that was okay. But back then I felt like the biggest yutz to ever walk the planet Earth. Lincoln’s was a story of coming into your own, a story everyone one of us must live. I especially loved the small surprises (i.e. mini girl he didn’t date but could have/ ex with baggage that he didn’t ring that he could have). It was very refreshing to see him not fall into predictable patterns.

Beth and Jennifer’s friendship was very endearing as well.  You can see why Lincoln was drawn to them.

Best scenes of the book are both towards the end – last page WINS best ending of 2015 so far!!! The theatre scene wins most ballsy move!

Now for the fun part – how you do see Lincoln and Beth? Here’s my picks would love to see yours.

Trevor Donovan as Lincoln and Emma Stone as Beth!

teddy emmastone

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Elizabeth Holmes: Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire

I had to share! The story is special because its not about becoming rich; it’s about the advancement of the human race. I absolutely love it!! Much more profound then a Hedge Fund Genious counterpart.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/elizabeth-holmes-youngest-self-made-female-billionaire-revolutionize-health-care/

Elizabeth Holmes was named to this years’ TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people Thursday. She’s being compared to visionaries like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Just as Gates wanted a computer on every desk, Holmes wants a blood test in every drugstore.

Her company, Theranos, has created what they call a painless, needle-free way to draw blood and test it — for a fraction of Medicare costs. It’s fueled immense anticipation in the health care industry and made Holmes the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, reports “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell.

While she certainly has the money for it, Holmes said she doesn’t own a TV.

“I work all the time and I’m basically in the office from the time I wake up, and then working until I go to sleep every day,” she said.

At 19 years old, Holmes dropped out of Stanford University. She had a little tuition money and a big idea. Now, at 31, she’s what lots of teenagers with that background likely strive to become: the youngest female billionaire in the world.

“You know, it’s not what matters,” Holmes said. “What matters is how well we do in trying to make people’s lives better. That’s why I’m doing this. That’s why I work the way that I work. And that’s why I love what I’m doing so much.”

What Holmes is doing is running Theranos, the biotech company she founded in 2003. You’ll see her either in a black turtleneck or white lab coat taking a high-tech approach to blood testing. Instead of a needle to the arm, it’s a pin prick to the finger. Holmes is marketing Theranos as a faster and cheaper alternative to a process that hasn’t changed meaningfully in decades.

“We’ve created these little tiny tubes, which we call the ‘nanotainers,’ which are designed to replace the big, traditional tubes that come from your arm, and instead allow for all the testing to be done from a tiny drop from a finger,” Holmes said.

Theranos struck a partnership with drugstore chain Walgreens to build thousands of Wellness Centers. Every center would offer a menu of blood tests — ranging from cancer to cholesterol — directly to consumers. And every test, Holmes said, would cost only a fraction of what Medicare pays.

Not everyone is sold just yet. Some critics argue the Theranos method doesn’t extract enough blood to do all the tests it claims.

“Every time you create something new, there should be questions, and to me that’s a sign that you’ve actually done something that is transformative,” Holmes said.

Her tests are not available everywhere yet, but she said they’re working as fast as they can to roll out in the next states.

Little is known about how Theranos’ tests work, which has raised concerns about putting diagnostic results in patients’ hands without doctors present.

Nevertheless, her company is now valued at close to a whopping $10 billion.

“It’s a really important area,” said Holmes. “When people get a lab test done, traditionally, in order for that lab test to be paid for, you have to have a symptom so the doctor can write in a code on the lab form. But if you can drop the pricing really low, then all of a sudden preventative testing can start to become possible.”

Her product could transform the health care industry in America and around the world. It may seem small, but it’s revolutionary.

“Making it possible to do tests on tiny samples; any cancer patient, any child, any elderly person whose veins collapse will tell you not having to have their blood drawn that way is a big deal,” Holmes said.

For as much promise as those tiny samples hold, Holmes is already known as a very real and rare example of what perseverance makes possible.

She was young when she decided she wanted to change the world, and at nine years old she wrote a letter explaining her dreams to her dad: “What I really want out of life is to discover something new, something that mankind didn’t know was possible to do.”

“I grew up in a family of people who wanted to make a difference in the world,” Holmes said.

She hasn’t wasted any time. Last week she became the youngest member ever named to the prestigious Horatio Alger Association, which recognizes grit and drive.

She was the only woman on stage with a lot of older white men.

“This is true, I was,” Homes said. “But what was so wonderful about it is that these young girls who are in the audience connect to me as nothing but living proof that their dreams are possible.”

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Sunday Style Essentials // Three Sensational Smoothies to Sip!

Loved this idea — must try.

So Fresh & So Chic

Happy Sunday, y’all! Hope your weekend has been lovely so far. Today’s Sunday Style Essentials post is a little bit different from the usual fashion and beauty routine. A wise friend once told me that health and wellness was an essential part of staying so fresh and so chic. How right he was!

I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t always been a clean eater or a particularly healthy one. It’s not that I eat lots of junk, it’s just that I haven’t actively sought out very healthy options either. Over Christmas, Mr. Tall decided enough was enough and he needed to do something to snap us out of our eating funk. Enter the Nutribullet. I’ve never tried the Vitamix (mainly because it costs more than I would ever want to spend on a blender) but I can tell you the Nutribullet is amazing. It’s completely changed the…

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