Friday, July 18, 2014

What are 5 Apps that you cannot live without on your phone?

1. Facebook- is my top one. I admit, I am addicted. If you follow me you know that I am always on there. I really don't care so much what others are doing, I am more stuck on myself and like to let everyone know what I am doing. Okay, sounds like I am stuck on myself, but it's the truth. I also feel like that is my outlet, I love having a page where I can put what I like up, what I feel about things, even though half the time it starts shit and then I feel I have to apologize for my beliefs. Oops. (See my Facebook Rants)

2. Covet Fashion- What can I say, I love clothes. This is my favorite game ever. You enter events to earn prizes in clothes for your closet and to style on your models. The more your closet is worth the more makeup styles/hair styles you earn for your model too. It is fun. There is a daily $500 where you style your model and get $500 covet money to spend in the stores...and the best part........all the clothes are real and you are able to buy them for yourself too! Check it out and become my friend, Nikki412 (you can borrow from my closet) 

3. Swarm/4 Square- I pretty much check in everywhere I go, like I said, I like to keep everyone informed even if no one really cares. lol. Add me as a friend, follow me, comment me, I'll do the same! 

4. Netflix- I use Netflix every night. I have watched so many series I have got my moneys worth and then some. If I listed all the series I have watched from beginning to end ya'll would be like "really" but then you have to remember that when I was pregnant with Zayden I never slept so all those hours, I was watching Netflix. I wish there was a way to tell the total number of hours I have spent on there, because it would be sad. 

5. Instagram- I should just tie this in with Facebook, but I love this app. I love looking into everyone's everyday lives. I post pictures constantly and am always looking at others. This is a good one when Zayden is sleep on me and I have to be quiet. I just flip through and look...I like reading comments too....and commenting back! Add me.........wait, I gotta take a selfie! 

Here are some runners up...but I can totally go a few days without looking at...

Candy Crush
Twitter (I am constantly on this, but I didn't want my list to be all social media)

post signature
Posted by Nikki Craddock On 12:00 AM No comments READ FULL POST

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I have finally learned something that I do not like about boys....their feet are going to put us into the poor house! Sneaker prices are amazing, and not in a good way. Xavier's feet are weird, he cannot wear Walmart or any type of "cheap" shoe. If he does it is blister we have always splurged on shoes for him, which is fine in our book, shoes are important. Anyway, the price of shoes has always been sale prices of between $20-$30 for Nike. Not bad, right? Well not bad until he started school last year and his size jumped into the BOYS category. Now sneakers are around the $60 mark. Still not bad because that is what I pay for my shoes. Well, then this happened...we walked into the shoe store for this years school shoes (well at least to look, I won't be purchasing them until a week before school).

LALA...walking into the shoe store...Xavier runs over to the first pair of shoes that catch his eye the ugliest pair of shoes in the store! They honestly look like rocket shoes. I sent a picture of them to my mom because they were so ugly. (Grandma responded that they look like something Buzz Light-Year would wear, and I begged her to please not tell him that) Okay, so the boy likes ugly shoes, I can handle that, if he is going to wear them every day he needs to and not complain to me about not wanting to wear something because I picked them out I have no problem....that is, until I looked at the price! Dun Dun Dun..... $160! ONE HUNDRED AND FREAKING SIXTY DOLLARS for a pair of space shoes that I bet he would be called names for wearing. I do not think so!

I had him pick out another pair because there was no fucking way mommy would ever purchase these for you just in case they didn't have these when we went to buy them....and that brings me to the "blue shoes". Okay, I can't really say anything too bad about them, except WHY MUST THIS BE MY CHILD. What
ever happened to black and white shoes that were simple and matched everything? The colors, the designs, the laces. It is just all too much for me. These were only $100, I can see that...but why must my child have big feet and be in like grown up boy sizes? I miss the $30 days!

This leads me to the shoes mommy found for herself. Yes, they are kid girls but they fit me...and will be my next shoe.....and then I realized where my child gets his taste in shoes from..........HIS MOMMY! (look how cute, they look like little cake sprinkles all over them) hehehehe.

post signature
Posted by Nikki Craddock On 6:22 PM No comments READ FULL POST

Monday, July 14, 2014

I have learned my lesson about going to the grocery store hungry....I buy anything and everything that looks good. I have this thing (and thankfully Andrew does too) that if we see something that says "New Flavor" or "Limited Edition" it sucks us in and we have to try it. It is like "our" thing we do...lame I know but hey, we like it. Today I was finding a lot of those at the store...and even if they didn't say that on them they were things that I just HAD to try. We were throwing things in the cart left and right and I didn't even was stuff that was needed to try! ha! I thought I would share some of the things that I bought that I just needed to try out today, and once I try them out I will let everyone know how they are. I am in a sharing mood, what can I say.

This was my first find. When I saw 21 grams of Protein I was excited. You know us weight loss surgery patients always need our protein. The only bad thing for me, this cannot be a sit down has 19 grams of sugar...which for anyone else isn't too bad...but for a WLS patient, most of us would get sick....and I am one of those people. The good thing is I can take bites here and there throughout the day and by the end of the day get my 21 grams in. I haven't tried it yet, probably sometime this week. It says Greek Yogurt too....regular yogurt doesn't sit in my pouch at all, so I am hoping this doesn't make me sick.

Has anyone tried these Tuna Creations? They are flavored tuna pouches. I got the Herb and Garlic just because it seemed the safest...especially if I throw it on some lettuce for a little salad. I don't know, I am honestly kinda nervous about this one. I love tuna, but I am not so sure about the flavors. I guess it is going to be one of those "hit or miss foods"

Okay, Okay, those were the 2 healthy foods I just had to lets get to the good stuff! haha.

Anyone try these bad boys yet? I hear the WarHeads are not sour at all, which disappoints me because I am mean and really wanted to give Zayden one. :) I'm not that mean, he loves sour things, I just love watching his little face laugh at it. :) Lemon Heads were never sour to me, so if the WarHeads aren't sour I don't see these being sour either. Ugh. I'll report back.

Why these are out now and not in the fall I will never know, unless they have been out and this is my first time seeing them? Pumpkin Pie strudel sounds good to me, but anything pumpkin sounds good to me. Can you imagine waking up in the fall and having one of these with a pumpkin spiced coffee? Yes please! Actually I could never have both at the same time but I could dream right??

My last little find is Apple Pie Bagels! They honestly smell exactly like Apple Pie, I cannot wait to see what they smell like once they are in the toaster and I slap on some cream cheese to one of these bad boys! I think I will be finding out tomorrow if these things are good or not. I do not see how they won't be good because of how they smell. DELISH!

I know what ya'll are saying "why do you buy junk after WLS" but I have learned that since my surgery you cannot just toss out all the junk, you can still try things and taste things and its all about moderation...and working out. My pouch is my tool...and let me tell you, it lets me know when it doesn't like something or I eat too much, or I eat the wrong stuff....That is why I can still try things. I pretty much know what is going to make me sick and how much I can eat before that happens.

So this was our interesting finds today....! Let me know if you have tried any of these and what you thought of them. I will be updating once I try!

Talk soon!
post signature
Posted by Nikki Craddock On 9:55 PM No comments READ FULL POST

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I keep seeing this recipe floating around Facebook so I had to look into it and try it. Honestly, I did some research and I do not know the actual source of this recipe, so I cannot post a link and give anyone credit. If you happen to know who I should give credit to, please let me know and I will. Again, I never post recipes just reviews so the awesome maker gets their credit, but since I cannot find a source I am going to post the recipe here (because it is worth making).

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Pasta

1/2 - 3/4 lb cooked fettuccine
2 TBS olive oil
1 lb peeled, deveined raw large shrimp
1 TBS plus 2 tsp Essence seasoning (recipe below - I think you can buy this, too.)
1 1/2 hot linked or smoked turkey sausages, sliced and quartered (I use Butterball)
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
1 TBS minced garlic
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Essence Creole Seasoning
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Heat 1 TBS of olive oil over medium high heat in a large saute pan. Season the shrimp with 2 teaspoons of the Essence. Place the shrimp in the pan and saute until almost done. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.

Place the remaining TBS of olive oil in the saute pan and onions and bell peppers. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook another minute.

Add the garlic to the pan and saute for 30 seconds.

Add the chicken stock to the pan and scrape with a spoon to remove any browned bits that have formed in the bottom of the pan, about 30 seconds.

Add the thyme, 1 TBS of Essence and 1/2 tsp salt and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the heavy cream to the pan and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Return the shrimp to the pan and pasta to the pan. Continue to cook the sauce and pasta, stirring occasionally, for about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the basil and Parmesan.

Okay, so there you now know how to make it! My whole little family enjoyed this. Little ZZ was quiet for a full 1/2 hour in his high chair eating. I thought it might be a little spicy for him, but it didn't bother him at all. The only complaint I got from Xavier was "I don't like the green things" (green peppers) so I told him just don't eat them, and he was good. (lol) Andrew said the corn bread on the side was a good choice because it helped with the heat. 

Would I make this again? Of course. I actually might use chicken next time rather then the sausage. Don't get me wrong, the sausage is good in it, I just like to change things up a little. 

The seasoning that you make for it is yummy too and I think would be very good on chicken (go figure) for the grill. I saved some for it and I think I am going to make some more just to have with my spices. Totally recommend making more and not just want you need for the recipe. 

There you have it, our yummy Sunday night dinner....and it was FABULOUS

post signature
Posted by Nikki Craddock On 8:36 PM No comments READ FULL POST

Saturday, July 12, 2014

You never know what kind of weekend you are going to get being a stay at home mommy!

My poor sick Xavier.
Yesterday Xavier was not acting right at all, didn't want to eat and just wanted to lay around. He said he had a headache so we shut off the light in the living room and just let him lay around and play his iPad. Finally yesterday evening he laid on the flood and fell right to sleep.When he woke up he still wasn't feeling well so I gave him some medicine for his headache and let him go to sleep with us and ZZ. He woke up this morning running to the bathroom and tried to puke, thank goodness he had nothing in him to come up. (Honestly I think the meds I gave him laid on his tummy all night making him sick) Well we all had a lazy day today, Xavier laid on the couch, ZZ and I napped, Andrew played his games....just a nice lazy day.

Little Z at Grandma & Grandpa's
Zayden and I got bored so I got us ready and surprised my mom and dad with Vanilla Milk Shakes and we sat outside and visited for the evening. It was nice just ZZ and I up there, I think Zayden liked it too because he got to play in the sandbox by himself and got all the attention on him. By the
end of the few hours we were there I could tell he started missing his brother, so we came home. Now mommy is having some wine and working on some blogs.

I have to say, having this blog helps me express myself so much. I get to write about whatever I want, and then feel better about everything. It is about time I start thinking about myself and my feelings and not caring what others think about me. Andrew even said how much he enjoys being drama free now....its freeing.

I feel like such a wonderful women!

post signature
Posted by Nikki Craddock On 8:53 PM No comments READ FULL POST

Friday, July 11, 2014

Quote: 'm not getting in the middle of anything. That was how long ago. Just let it go. Were family. Do you like really want the family to split up again over this petty shit ?

This was the message I got from a family member when I asked about something going on. This is the same person that planned a vacation with half the family and didn't ask the rest of the family....

Who is separating the family? Petty...maybe...but at least I know I am not the one separating the family. Oh the holidays are going to be interesting.

Thanks for the invite! 


Posted by Nikki Craddock On 6:59 PM No comments READ FULL POST

What are your top 5 favorite foods?

1. Pasta- I love anything pasta, the saucier and cheesier the better!

2. CHEESE- I love cheese, pretty much the stinkier the better! YUM! 

3. Garbanzo Beans- I can eat a can full of these little suckers throughout the day! 

4. Tomatoes- Xavier and I buy those little grape tomatoes at Sams Club and finish them within a day! 

5. Corn on the Cobb- Grilled or Smoked is my favorite way to make it....tons of salt. YES Ma'm. 

Sorry, Maybe this is my top 5 "not so healthy foods" hahahaha.....  

post signature
Posted by Nikki Craddock On 12:00 AM No comments READ FULL POST
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • instagram
  • pinterest
  • gplus