Tuesday, October 26, 2010

T.W.I.Y.W (This Week In Yogi's World)

So what do I have planned for this week…well this is my 4th week at my new job!! Yay! Dang, it seems like I just started! I actually like my job and the people that I work with..and they just love them some Yogi!   Things are definitely going well on that front!

My friend from my old job is teaching me how to crochet!!! Yay!! I’ve always wanted to learn how to….Once I get great at it I will start making accessories to sell so keep a look out for that! I’m intending to launch my new business, well one of my new businesses, by summer of 2011!

A new Marshall’s is opening on Thursday on 6th Ave so I plan to check it out! I need a new ‘everyday’ bag so hopefully they’ll have some great “grand opening” deals going on!

I’m finally getting around to reading some of the blogs that I just started following so I can get caught up…from all the blogs I follow there is a total of 1000+ posts!!! May take me a minute to get caught up!! Ha!

On the weekends I just want to lay in bed and watch TV all day ha! Which was the time I had devoted to my “online”  work i.e. reading, researching, networking, promoting etc….but I think I may have to set aside at least an hour a day to get all my “online” work done.

It’s Halloween weekend so I’m planning to go to a house party with some friends. Well actually I may be hitting up two parties, I’ll take pics of course!! I love house parties so I’m expecting to have fun and it will be a chance to meet new people since one of the parties is hosted by someone I don’t know!

What else is there………hmmmm

I can’t think of anything right now….so I’ll holla later my people!

Stay Blessed!!

 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Handkerchiefs Are Gross!!!

So I'm on the train heading to work and this guy pulls out his handkerchief and blows his snotty nose and then sticks it back in his pocket!!

I'm sure if he would've looked at me he would have seen the disgust written all over my face! I'm thinking, how many times does he use that handkerchief before he washes it? Who wants to carry a snotty rag around in their pockets.

I know some people say that it's more environmentally friendly to carry handkerchiefs vs. tissue but by golly it's just nasty. Ok so if you need to wipe your tears away or sneeze here and there, fine! But actually blowing snot & buggers on a rag that you keep in your pocket....

GROSS!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Snacking on the Job: Top 5 Snacks


When it comes to snacks I try to be as healthy as possible. I wanted to come up with something that was healthy but a bit filling. In the mornings I drink carnation instant breakfast before leaving the house, sometimes I have a muffin with it. I get to work by 9a, by 11a I’m hungry, I don’t go to lunch til 1p. So having a snack is very handy well in my situation, it’s necessary. My office space is a shared space don’t want a rumbling tummy embarrassing me! Ha!
So here are some of the top snacks that I normally take with me to work: 

#1 veggies and dip

Some veggies I eat are carrots, bell peppers (the colorful ones, preferably red), cucumbers, grape tomatoes, & broccoli. I normally dip mine in Ranch dressing or a ranch dip made with the Kraft Ranch flavored powder & sour cream. You can replace sour cream with greek or plain yogurt. 

#2 tuna and whole wheat crackers

I actually used to eat this for lunch a lot but it’s also a good quick and easy snack. I know some people may buy the prepackaged tuna and crackers kit they sell at the stores but I think making your own is the healthier way to go. I use albacore tuna mixed with sweet cubed pickles, mayo, pepper, onions and you can add a egg if you like. I used to when I was younger but since I was mostly eating the tuna at work I didn’t add the egg. After I started eating the albacore tuna I couldn’t go back to the regular tuna because it started to taste too salted to me. Tuna is very good for you. I actually need to start back eating it. (sardines are good for you too but they are a little more fishy than tuna so you may just want to eat those for a snack when you are at home on the weekends or before dinner)

#3 Apples & peanut butter

I love apples and I love peanut butter! Eating the two together is such a treat for me!! I can just sit and eat a big spoonful of peanut butter! So Yummy! The one I eat is Skippy Honey Roasted. I was thinking about switching to the all natural peanut butter but I love my honey roasted! I love the green apples, for some reason when I eat red apples I can’t eat the skin and I know the skin is where all the nutrients are. I can eat the skin on the yellow and green apples. Weird, huh?! Anyhoo, this snack is one that you may want to take to prepare at work. I normally buy a big bag of apples and take one or two with me to work, with a little peanut butter in a small container, and just cut up the apple at work when I get ready to eat it. I used to cut up the apple at home but by the time I got ready to eat it, it had turned brown. I heard that you could rub lemon juice on your apples after you cut them to prevent them from browning. They also sell sliced apples in the grocery store so you could go that route may be more expensive to do it that way but if convenience is more important than money to you…go for it!

#4 Nutella and Whole Grain Bread

I recently discovered the great tasting Nutella. Seen the commercials forever and a day and never tried it until recently when my friend Amber told me how delish it is! I bought some! Oh my goodness gracious!! Chocolate on a spoon!!!! Mouth orgasm!! I love chocolate love it love it love it!! Nutella is made with hazelnuts, skim milk and cocoa. No artificial flavors or ingredients. A healthy version of chocolate that actually taste great! I don’t really like dark chocolate so Nutella has officially become my candy substitute for my chocolate cravings. Instead of going out and buying Reese cups I’ll just eat a little Nutella on a spoon….maybe mix it with a little peanut butter. Now if you have access to a toaster at your job then you can toast some whole grain, or wheat bread, spread some Nutella on it like you see in the commercials. If you don’t want to use bread then try whole wheat crackers. Or you could slap some Nutella on some apples!! Have your own candy apple as a nice treat!

#5 granola bars

Granola bars are quick and easy to carry with you to work or when you’re just on the go and you need something quick and convenient. Now as far as being a healthy option granola bars are prepackaged in the stores so there are some addictives that you may be able to avoid if you made your own from scratch. I actually tried that one time….needless to say…it was a disaster ha! But I’m sure some of you are much better bakes and cooks so go for it!

Homemade Granola Bar Recipe:

Chewy Granola Bars



"Extra chewy granola bars. You can make them your own by picking different ingredients to add in! 

Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate
chips
Directions:
1.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x13 inch pan.
2.
In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter or margarine, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the 2 cups assorted chocolate chips, raisins, nuts etc.
3.
Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving

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Well I hope these ideas help you stay away from the chips, cheese-its, or cookies and cakes! If you don’t like any of these options then you can always shoot for the oldie but goodie…..POPCORN!!! Just pop a bag in the microwave and that should fill you up til lunch or dinner! Try to get the ones with the least amount of sodium and butter though!! If you have other suggestions please share!!

Stay Blessed!!!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hey Followers!!



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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Trey Songz: Passion, Pain & Pleasure!


So I had always liked the singles that Trey Songz put out. I got his last album, Ready, and fell completely in love! So of course I wanted to see what his new album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, is about. I had to listen to it a few times before I started to really feel it….loving Ready more but I still like this new one. 

My absolute favorite song on the album is Bottoms Up! I think the fact that I saw the video before hearing the song helped me to like it even more. I like Trey I think he’s a cutie and he has a nice voice. I like Nicki too, she’s pretty, a little weird though ha! I have yet to hear her album but I like the songs that she is featured on. If I check it out, I’ll let you know! Here is the video for Bottoms Up: