Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
To eat meat or not to eat meat? That is the question.
I know that most meats are probably not the most healthful choice. There are so many chemicals, hormones, and other additives put in the meat we consume today it's scary. For my health, I know I should eat less meat or even no meat at all.
My biggest problem comes with the inhumane, cruel, and downright disgusting conditions that so many animals that we eat everyday are raised in. I don't believe that any part of God's creation should be treated with cruelty and after watching 30 Days and other videos that depict the treatment of animals that are raised for food I just don't know if I can eat meat anymore. I wept for the calf that died because it was taken from its mother at birth and died because it was malnourished and for the dog that was killed just because the shelter ran out of room and for the thousands of other animals that never get to see the sun or roam freely because they are trapped in a cage too small for them to even turn around in. It's sad and it's unfair.
As I was telling Jeremy about all of this last night he asked, "What about wearing leather and eating eggs and cheese?" (I LOOOOVE cheese.) And I was honest and I told him I didn't know what to do. I feel so torn on this issue because on one hand I truly believe animals are here for us to enjoy and yes, to eat, but on the other I can't see how God would stand for the way we, as humans, are treating these animals. And for me to pretend it's not happening and just continue to eat them anyway...well, that's the decision I'm trying to make here.
I read this on bible.com last night and I thought it gave an interesting, Biblical perspective on vegetarianism. It's absolutely a personal choice whether or not to eat meat or dairy and it's not one I am taking lightly. I don't believe eating meat is a sin or anything like that, I just don't know if I can eat it anymore knowing what I know now.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I really don't know why I like it so much. I love kids and I guess it just fascinates me to see how they deal each day with having EIGHT children. I can't even begin to imagine having one, let alone eight. Jeremy thinks I'm insane for watching, but I think he likes it some, too. He doesn't always leave the room when it's on.
I laugh out loud at this show every week. The interactions between Jon and Kate are priceless. Yes, she's a complete control freak, but at least she admits to it. I love the balance of her controlling personality and Jon's oh-so-laidback one. It's great.
I think part of the reason I love it so much is that it totally shows how imperfect this family is. They love each other fiercely, but they fight, they argue, they lose their temper, but at the end of the day they are a family and that's what matters. Sometimes "reality" tv glosses over imperfection; I like that this show is more real and honest in its portrayal.
The last episode featured Kate making "Monkey Munch" with the girls, so I hit the internet today to find the recipe. Here is what I found on their website.
9 cups Chex cereal (any variety)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (Don't forget the powdered sugar!!! :)
Mix together chocolate chips, peanut butter, margarine, and vanilla. Microwave until smooth in a microwave safe bowl. Mix melted ingredients in with Chex cereal. Put Chex mixture into a large Ziploc bag and toss with powdered sugar.
YUM! I can't wait to try this one out!
Is anyone out there as obsessed with this show as I am? Anyone?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
J with one of the several bass he caught!
Wayne filleted the fish for us to fry. I watched this process and it wasn't nearly as gross as I thought!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Who knows, maybe I'll catch one of these...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
By the way, I cannot for the life of me remember how to create a link, so if someone wants to share that knowledge with me, please comment below.
Nail Envy is my very favorite nail product ever! It makes my typicall weak and gross nails really strong. I don't keep my nails long anyway, but this keeps them from breaking, splitting, and peeling. You can find it at stores like Beauty Express or at nail salons. It's about $16.50 a bottle, but I order it on eBay for half that price. :)
Ok, maybe this is an over share, but I am not one of those girls who "glows" or "glistens." Unfortunately, I sweat. And when the temperatures outside are already reaching the mid-90's I sweat a lot. That's where Certain-Dri comes in. It is the same product as the Secret and Dove "clinical strength" varieties, but it is about half the price and it works great! It just looks more clinical and less pretty than the other brands. Trust me, it works. If you try it, just be sure and follow the directions that are enclosed in the packaging.
I think my most favorite product I have recently discovered is Bare Minerals make-up. It is wonderful! It stays on all day, covers well, but never looks "cakey" or "made up." I don't want to look like I'm wearing too much make up and with this product I feel like I achieve a good balance. Plus, it lasts a really long time. I am still using most of the starter kit that I got in DECEMBER! It is a little pricey, but when you can use it for more than 6 months it's worth the cost. You can find it online at bareminerals.com or at Sephora or Ulta stores. Try it, you'll love it!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
If you haven't seen it, you should. It is well worth it!