Thursday, December 3, 2009

the Love List

there are a few new things on my Love List. well, to be honest, my "Love List" is brand new. but it's being initiated today with the following 5 things:

1. Bath & Body Works Christmastime socks:

Well, we all (hopefully) know that B&B Works comes out with super soft, succulent socks each winter season. That's nothing new. But these socks? These socks reach even a higher range of soft & squishyness. They have little grippies on the bottom so you don't slip and slide, and they make your feet feel like a dream. I, of course, got the brightest pair in the store, but they come in solids, as well! I got them for only $5 -- totally worth it! Yes, you could say that I'm smitten with socks.

2. Modern Family: I can't be positive, but I think this is the only feel-good, family show on ABC at the moment. It's hilarious!! Like, sometimes I laugh so hard that .. well, I laugh really hard. Even Mark loves it. And that big, large man? He is HILARIOUS. Those kids are fantastic actors, and I love that kid Manny. It's just so so funny. And, to top it off, the writers always put in some feel-good family life lesson. I mean, I might even compare it to Full House. But not so cheesy. Every episode ends with the family coming together and loving on each other, and it's adorable. And hilarious, did I mention that? Because it sure is funny. Plus, Al Bundy stars in it.

3. You: Having A Baby: Um, does everyone here know that I really love to read? Huh? Well, I really REALLY love to read. And almost all of the books on my shelf are non-fiction. As the librarians say, knowledge is power. (Don't you dare make fun of me..). Dr. Oz is simply fascinating. If you've never tuned into his show in the afternoons, I highly recommend it. He's the Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University as well as directing the Cardiovascular Institute & Complementary Medicine Program at NY Presbyterian. Pretty high status there, dontcha think? Anyhow, this book takes a holistic view on pregnancy. Instead of going "week by week" of fetal growth and development, he goes into why your body does the things it does -- looking at the medical side of everything. Here are the table of contents:

1. Nice Genes: A new twist on genetics teaches us how a baby really develops

2. Feeding Time: the delicate role of the placenta in the development of your child

3. Eating for Who? Manage the moments when you feel like feeding on everything -- or nothing at all

4. Growing to Extremes: how to make sure your baby isn't too plump or too puny

5. Makes A Lot of Sense: the fascinating world of senses teaches us about the amazing developing brain

6. The Mind of Mom: Manage your stress, sleep better, and find the "om" in mom

7. Let's Talk About Sex: how hormonal changes can do quite the number on you and your body

8. Body in Motion: tackle the unpleasant, uncomfortable, and sometimes risky side effects of pregnancy

9: Special Delivery: find your way through the adventure that is labor and birth

10. And in the beginning... challenges & rewards of the first month after delivery

11. our Pregnancy Plan: use this checklist to arrive at life's most amazing destination

12: Your Pregnancy Toolbox

I highly, highly recommend it! Very informative! And I love books on health-related topics.

4. Bath & Body Works Lip Gloss: I used to think their lip gloss was sticky and gross. But I had a coupon, so I got the hot chocolate lip gloss. When I opened it up in the car, Mark almost gagged from the smell. I kid you not. It was sort of.. pungent? I'm not going to lie. But now? I'm in love with it. It gives my lips a little tingle, makes them cool, and now I actually like the lip gloss. And Mark hasn't mentioned it again, so I think he's warmed up to the hot chocolate. Get it? Warmed up? Like the hot drink? .. ok, yes. It was affordable, it comes on with a shimmery clear sparkly look, and it makes my lips feel great. At the moment, it's all I use. That is a big step. I'm a huge chapstick-aholic, so moving from chapstick to lip gloss is quite a feat. But I definitely recommend it! Yummy!

5. The peanut butter pie in my fridge:


Here's what you'll need:

3/4 cup Hershey's chocolate, divided (kind in the can)
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 packages of instant vanilla pudding (4oz each)
1 container of cool whip

-spoon 1/2 of chocolate in the bottom of a graham cracker crust
-spread 1/2 of cool whip on it and freeze for 10 minutes
-pour milk in bowl, add peanut butter, and whisk until smooth, then add pudding mixes
-stir in remaining cool whip

refrigerate for 3 hours and drizzle remaining chocolate on pie

ta da! how easy was that?! too easy. and it tastes like a cool, creamy Reeces peanut butter cup. yummo!


  1. the pie looks great! love mom

  2. thanks, mom :) I'm still not sure that I got the right fudge topping.. because mine was Hershey's brand, and you told me that it wouldn't be Hershey's brand, or something... but that's allll we could find. I should just give up and go to Kroger. shockingly, we've only been to Kroger ONCE since we moved, but only because it isn't as close to us as other options.. anyway.. thanks! :)

  3. I'm wearing my B&B socks they had in the store last year! So soft and warm! Mmmm.

    Also, DOUBLE MMMMMM to that pie. OMG. I'm going to make that ASAP. Or, when we can get the ingredients. :)

  4. haha. It is *so* easy.. I mean, any pie that requires no baking is a-okay in my book! :) Lemme know if you like it!

  5. I know, I'm glad it's so easy! I can't wait to make and try it! Reese's is my favorite candy, so anything that tastes like it is an automatic favorite. :)

  6. That pie looks mouth-watering! Can't wait to fix one and try it for myself...but it will have to be when I get to feeling better. Right now I have taken whatever the latest stomach bug is from my little boy! Rather it be me than him though. But so looking forward to this pie when I can actually eat it!!!

  7. OMG that pie looks so yummy. I might have to make it. Thanks for putting it up! The book.. ehh I don't know. Maybe for some people, To each his own. But, the socks I love. I love socks like that. Have you tried the socks with Aloe in them? Oh they are so soft, and make you feet feel so good. Wal-Mart has them. I love them. :)