Sunday, January 31, 2010

Protein Shake of the week:

 Ginger Bread

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 graham cracker
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 capful vanilla extract
12oz. of water
4 Ice Cubes
      Blend in blender for less than 1 minute
Try it and let me know how you liked it!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ok, well the exercise bug is gone for the day! So the get up and move music has changed as well!
Have a great weekend to all!

Check out my newly listed items on ebay!
The Twilight Saga....... a must have!
Check it out for you or a friend!
(click on the titles below to be taken to my ebay store)
Happy Bidding!

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (2008, Hardcover)

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (2008, Hardcover)

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (2008, Paperback)

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (2008, Paperback)

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (2007, Hardcover)

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (2007, Hardcover)
This is a new addition to my mompack fillers from Cales Cantrall,
who is the owner and designer of MarieLynn Boutique @
Love the hair accessories! Check her out for that special unique gift that you just can't get everywhere.
Handmade is the way to go ! Get on board and support our mompackers!

Here is a little Thank God It's Friday music to get you pumped for the weekend and get you in the workout mode!! Enjoy....and get movin!
Sheeesh! After all these tournaments, you'd think I would know better - but we are supporting the schools when buying from concession....and we always bring needless to say I have now gained 3 pounds from my previous starting point. Now I am working on losing 22 lbs. UGH! But no worries. I am hitting the trail today. And the gym this weekend.

Here is another great protein shake recipe I found for those who enjoy them. Keep the comments coming, and please share a recipe of the protein shakes you mix up... I will post them here for others to enjoy as well!

Pina Colada Protein Shake


• 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
• 1/2 c pineapple-orange juice*
• 1/4 tsp rum extract
• 1/4 tsp coconut extract (or 2 tbsp shredded coconut)
• 1 packet artificial sweetener
• 4 oz. water (or low-fat milk)
• 3-6 ice cubes
*Low-carb version: Omit juice and use 1/2 tsp sugar-free pineapple-orange drink mix (dry). Increase water or milk to 8 oz.
Add all ingredients to blender, whip, and serve.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rise & Shine!
Morning to everyone!
Well, tonight is our LAST JV Tournament, exciting!
They have come a long way.
Wishing THE ENTIRE TEAM GOOD LUCK tonight, and Pins & Wins for ALL!!
~~ Go Hurricanes !! ~~

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Just a beautiful way to start your day.....or end your evening! I love to watch this video at night, it is very relaxing. Make sure you watch the whole clip, as the beginning is a bit black and white. But when it gets to the full color you will be in awe of the beauty it holds. The color spectrum within this tank is magnificent! Hope you enjoy it- send it to a friend you know who likes fish!

Day 3 - waiting for the frogspawn to fully open. Giving him about a week before seeing if I need to adjust his position in the tank. Heading up to Ocala today to pick up my Lawnmower Blenney (named for his algae eating skills) and my Hammer coral. Will take photos while at the shop this time, so I don't have to wait to post them while acclimating the corals.
To all followers of my blog~ Thank You. You are helping me to reach my goal of 500 following friends by the end of 2010- much appreciated!
Have a great morning, be back in a bit!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Well, since I left on a bad note regarding the STUPID person who had the thought of stealing fish....
thought I would share with you a few pics I took today:
We went to the Florida Aquarium (Tampa), and also did the Behind the Scenes Tour-
our tour guy was "Ray"- very nice. We got to see how everything worked which was cool to a fish lover like myself. We saw the holding tanks, the rehab area for the sick or injured animals, the tubes for the water changes.... did you know they actually have their saltwater brought into the bay on a ship? While the ship is out to sea, it fills its' baffles with sea water, which is then pumped into the aquariums' pipeline, which is then filtered to a pristine clean! Very cool.
We also got to speak with the biologist- and got to view the main tank during feeding time. (also we were in the kitchen while they were preparing the food- cool again!)
The info the biologist shared was very informative- and I enjoyed speaking with him.
The Florida Green Sea Turtle: starts out as a baby turtle, a meat eater (carnivore), grows into mid-adulthood, becoming an omnivore (meat eater/plant eater), then when it reaches mature adulthood, it is strictly an herbivore (plant eater). The green sea turtle is the only one they know of that does this we were told....
AND the insides of the green sea turtle...ARE GREEN!!! Now come on, that is COOL!
Because of the amount of chlorophyll the turtle takes in from the plants, his insides are GREEN, organs, tissue, everything!
Here are a few pics.....

We also stopped by Rockin' Reef in Tampa.....
picked up a few things and a frogspawn coral:

This was taken just after I placed it in the tank,
so it is not fully open yet.
Will post another when it is open.

Have a good evening everyone!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Are you kidding me??!!??!!
Have you ever in your life heard of someone STEALING marine life?
How incredibly PATHETIC your life must be that you resort to stealing
from a fish store?
I REALLY LOVE my mixed reef tank, and I appreciate the people who work
 in the shops that I frequent, which is why I drive all the way to Gainesville for one of my favorite shops
- and to have someone do something like this...
huh, well let's just say I hope he is caught and thrown in jail- to rot.
Here is a pic of my tank...a work in progress...

Here is the story I came across......go to:
You can also pull it up on

(I came across this news from one of my fav fish forums :

Once again....pathetic. A real man would have paid for his purchases with honest money earned from honest work...not a worthless, spineless thief like this..... Let me know your thoughts on this- does not matter if you are a fish lover or not.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Just got in from the JV Tournament at Forest High School- LOVE OUR TEAM!!!
Our guys are the BEST- enjoyed the tournament - VERY tired now and need to rest my voice over a cup of hot tea w/lemon (we moms tend to shout very loudly for our team!)
Hope you all have a good night! Talk to you tomorrow!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Here we go again!
Yup....we have another tournament - tomorrow- YEAH!!
We will be meeting at the highschool at 6am...bus leaves at 7am-
then off to Brandon High we go! We are down to our last 2 tournaments for JV - So.......
G O O D   L U C K   C I T R U S   H U R R I C A N E S ! ! ! !

Also - I will be sending out fillers to a couple of fellow mompackers, in the
ever-growing mompack exchange.......
So, if you have not requested your mompack - make sure to send an email with the mailing address you would like it sent.
A great way to receive a look into a plethora of women owned businesses! Don't forget to check back this week, as I will be posting
updates to my Etsy shop.....Bubble Bags...various scents.

In the mood for something..............different?

Try this Sweet Chocolatey Baklava
Truly a must have for the Chocolate Lover in You!
YOUR Distributor : Michelle Yingst

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Healthy Recipe of the week.....
Well, for those who tried the protein shake....Good For You!
You are clearly making decisions that will benefit you in your quest for a healthy lifestyle.
For a change of pace- let's do a protein bar!
This video is from one of the fitness gems on
Jamie Eason -

To make Jamie's "Oh Baby!" Carrot Cake Protein Bar, you'll need:

*Non-fat no-stick spray
*1 cup oat flour (ground oatmeal found in the health section of your grocery store)
*2 tsp cinnamon
*½ tsp baking soda
*¼ tsp salt
*1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
*1/8 tsp allspice (optional – more like spice cake)
*3 egg whites
*¾ cup Splenda
*½ cup fat free Ricotta cheese
*2 4 oz. jars or packs of baby carrots (instead of shredded carrots)
*2 scoops vanilla whey protein (look for a low sugar, low fat and low carb variety)
*1 cup quick cooking oats (optional for added carbs and energy)


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

One of my MOST FAVORITE-est dishes in the whole world, is .....
Linguine with white clam sauce. I LOVE it!!
It has to be done right, not too thick, and not too thin- I can't stand a watery sauce.
And, I (don't laugh) don't like clams. I just like the taste of the finished product. Hubby usually has my clams-
as a local restaurant separates them for me right before serving the dishes. I just like the essence of the clam juice, mmmm !
Anyway- I came across this video and thought I would share it with you. You can find the recipe at:


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Newest additions to my mompacks:
A special thanks goes to Beth Reed, who is an Independent Consultant for Thirty-One Gifts.
You can find her at:
Celebrate ~ Encourage ~ Reward  ~ Beth offers a unique line of purses, bags, wallets and more!
Also received from Barbara Johnson, from Bejaye's Things.
You can visit Barbara at:
Where you will find Collectibles, Home Decor & More!
Take time out of your day and check out these may find a gift for that special occasion coming up!
Thank you ladies for adding to my mompacks!
If you haven't requested your mompack yet....Do It Today! (simply sign up to follow my blog & send me a message including the mailing address where you want to receive your pack) -

Monday, January 11, 2010

Still Cold..........hmmm......what to do?
Time to bring out the crockpot!
What could be  better than the simmering aroma of yumminess filling the house? With all this cold weather - why not take out the crockpot and create a tasty, family sized  recipe to keep you warm?

Here's a good one to get you started-you can find the recipe by clicking on the link below:
Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings

Mmmmmm.......... warm -good for you- food !


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Brrrrrrrr it is COLD!
Stay busy to stay warm!

Well, it has been a great couple of days for the New Year already!
Looking forward to our tournament tomorrow and Saturday.
Getting ready to send out several mompacks to friends, and also
sending out several fillers to fellow mompackers themselves!
Have been busy getting fillers/samples together.
Coming up with new & creative ideas is always fun!
Hope everyone enjoys their weekend- I will be adding, deleting, and
modifying here and there, making room for all the Wonderful things
coming !
Have a great day & wish our guys the best at the Tournament!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

GO 'CANES !!!!
Just got in from our Home Tournament - Yeah Citrus Hurricanes! Once again our guys did AWESOME!
I am so proud of our team! We have another Tournament this Friday & Saturday.... so cheer us on!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Protein Shake Recipe#1:
Have you gone shopping yet for the New Year?
Be sure to have plenty of healthy choices on hand.
Here's a little help in getting started, to make a
healthy & satisfying shake- just add the following:

Banana Protein Shake

• 8 oz. pure water
• 1/2 banana (frozen)
• 2 oz. protein of choice
• 2 tsp. flax seed oil
(I like to add a spoon of peanut butter also!)
(you could use any flavor protein mix, although I have found
that vanilla or CHOCOLATE{tastes like a peanutbutter cup} works BEST!)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Chamomile ~ Oatmeal Tub Tea Sachets

These are individual tea bags sealed to hold in the freshness of chamomile, oatmeal, and some special TLC.

Oatmeal is very good for your skin. It fights dryness, moisturizes, calms irritation, soothes redness, and cleanses your pores.

Chamomile is a natural skin rejuvenator. Known as an analgesic, chamomile is also used as an anti-inflammatory, relieves pain, and helps to promote skin repair when needed.

In this listing are (4) individual bath bags. 2.5" x 2.5"ea.

You can simply toss these little guys into your tub of warm water, and enjoy as is. can USE them as a washcloth - which is more fun to have the kids play and see how oatmeal is actually GOOD for them. The bags will suds up into a nice lather for cleansing, and when done- simply toss.

Coffee Lovers : UNITE!

Are you a coffee lover?
A REAL coffee lover? Do you crave the caffeine?
Or is it the flavor of those decadent little beans?
Give this a try:       Tiramisu Coffee
Just like the Italian dessert! Flavors of vanilla, chocolate with hints of amaretto and rum.

Distributor Name: Michelle Yingst