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TGIF – A Fresh Spin on Hot Chocolate, Fitness Blogging, and Laser Hair Removal

by Tiffany in Tidbits

TGIF! I spent the morning seeing the new Twilight movie. Yes, I am a 35 year old woman and yes I DO like the Twilight movies. I can own it!

One of the best parts of the movie was seeing the trailers that came before it. I finally saw the trailer for the new Mortal Instruments movie (based on the books I read a couple years ago) and a trailer for the new Hunger Games movie. I am so, so psyched for them. I was also uber curious to see why there was so much fighting in the trailer for the latest Twilight movie that was not in the books…very clever and very funny to see grown women having anxiety attacks in the theater when they couldn’t figure out what was going on. All in all, it was very satisfying. ;)

This past week was mostly spent being sick with something the kids brought home from school (and dealing with another issue I mention below). I felt better somewhere around Thursday (yesterday) and got my rump back to CrossFit classes and hubby and I cooked up a storm…lamb, cranberry sauce, monkey bread (not for us – for friends), and a pork roast with sauerkraut. It felt good to get back to eating good because all I wanted to eat while sick and nursing a sore throat was Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. At least it’s Fair Trade. ;)

What I should have had was this awesome recipe for Green Tea Hot Chocolate…Yum! This would have been the “proper” way to nurse a sore throat.

 Be sure to check out this recipe and the blog…amazing recipes happening there every week.

In other news I have been dealing with a health issue in one of my kids as well. This child got a serous infection twice and had to be put on antibiotics stat, which I am loathe to do. After seeing several doctors who were kind of cryptic we finally saw a specialist this week who identified a birth defect that is causing our bout of problems. Ack! We have a barrage of tests coming up to see what we need to do. Sorry for being cryptic myself but I have to think about the privacy of my kiddos and what they would want me to say on the Internet but let’s just say if has been so very stressful! It is horrifying to hear that something is wrong anatomically with your child and that it is causing all kinds of health problems. I just keep thinking back to the fact that I had chicken pox when pregnant with this babe and how I read (way back then) that birth defects can happen. Perhaps I didn’t luck out like I thought I did?


I am also blogging somewhere new of late. I started a Fitness and CrossFit blog so that I wouldn’t bombard readers here with all my raving about CrossFit. I know some liked it and asked me to keep posting but others probably have no interest so I will just link to my fitness hijinks over there instead. Yesterday I posted about my intro back into CrossFit after taking almost a week off sick and how graceful I was not. Today was no better. My box jump bruises from yesterday now have complimentary rope burns from rope climbing. :) I also recently posted about finding gifts for CrossFitters.

This week I am kicking off a journey to see if laser hair removal is the greenest route to go. I hate shaving my legs and for years I just didn’t. I really was a hairy hippie. When I got back into fitness I went back to shaving. I just felt better about me if my legs looked clean shaven in group fitness classes. That meant having to buy disposable razors though, which is not so green. No way was I going to be getting a stainless straight razor…they scare me and I am actually not supposed to even be shaving my legs since I have almost no lymph nodes in my legs (cancer). If I get any kind of cut on my legs it takes weeks or months to heal and it scars. So what to do???

Well, I met some folks from Tria while at BlogHer in New York this past August. After a chat and some follow up emailing they generously sent me one of their home laser hair removal units. Doing it at home takes longer than doing it in a salon or doctor’s office, perhaps because you can’t get a home unit as strong as what they use? The home unit supposedly takes 6-8 months for complete hair removal with treatments being done every 2 weeks. I am not gonna lie…this thing hurts something fierce…at least on the strongest level which is what I tried first. It alternates between a feeling that you are being burned with a curling iron or being snapped hard with a rubber band. I plan to try the next treatment on a lower setting. So get ready to find out, eventually, if this home laser hair removal is reality or fiction. I primarily want to remove hair from my legs, armpits, and bikini area. The legs may take a bit longer than 6-8 months! We shall see…

Other Links of Interest for Your Weekend Perusal….

A petition started by my bloggy friend Lori (Groovy Green Livin) is going around to spur Disney to get the toxins out of their lunchboxes. Please sign if you too want to send a message that these products are not safe and Disney needs to step up and fix this.

While your at it please sign this petition to get the FDA to set arsenic limits for rice too. So many bloggers are trying to create awareness and change for our children and they need our support.

Today is the last day for the Wildcraft Herbal game sale. This is probably the last sale they will have until next year so don’t miss out on 50% off!

Have a great weekend!!!!

  • Thanks, Tiff for the mention once again! :) :)

  • Lori Alper

    Thanks so much for sharing my petition Tiffany! Glad you’re feeling better.

  • Tina

    Hi Tiff,
    how about waxing or sugaring to remove unwanted hair! Thats pretty green and makes you feel so good after its done! Blessings ;))