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Viva Las Vegas August 22, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Travel.

Well, folks, I’m heading to Vegas first thing in the morning for a week of fun! I’m especially excited about seeing Jersey Boys and the Cirque du Soleil show, Ka. We’re making another trip to Hoover Dam to see the nearly completed bypass (What can I say? Casey watches too many episodes of Modern Marvels.) We plan to eat at one of our favorite restuarants, Mesa Grill.  They have killer collards!! Oh, we also plan to do a little gambling.  One-armed bandit, here I come!!

S’Moore Bloggiversary: Celebrating One Year August 21, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in General.

Today marks one year since I started smooregasbord. In celebration of my bloggiversary, I treated myself to a little gift… something that would be fitting to mark this day. With a name like S. Moore, how could I resist a pair of s’mores earrings?!  These are a perfect compliment to my quirkiness!

For all of my readers, thank you for making this a wonderful, and ridiculously fun, experience!!

Bagg-alicious August 20, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Eco/Green.
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“Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million plastic bags used per minute. Billions end up as litter each year. According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion.) Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.” 
– Source: Carbon Conscious Consumer

You’ve heard me preach about the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) concept many times. My friend, Katie, has given me a reason to bring it up yet again. Several weeks ago, I got to go to Raleigh, NC, and hang out with my girlfriends. Katie, being the lovely hostess that she is, gave us all little parting gifts. Each of us received a Baggu in our favorite color! This thing rocks! It comes in its own little pouch for easy transport when not in use. Made of heavy duty ripstop nylon, it weighs in at only 2 ounces, yet holds a whopping 25 pounds! I keep mine in my purse and whip it out at Trader Joe’s, the drugstore, the mall…the list is endless. Just another way to be eco-chic while helping mother earth!

Let Your Toes Do the Talking August 19, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in General.

August is quickly coming to an end and September is sneaking up on us. While October is all about pink, September is about teal. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and teal is the signature color. Make a bold statement in September by painting your toenails teal in support of this cause and TealToes.org. Find out more about what you can do to raise awareness about ovarian cancer by visiting the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition websites.

P.S. OPI has an awesome shade of teal called Teal the Cows Come Home.

Southern Dictionary: Fixin’ To August 18, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in General.

This is a very common verb used in the south.  It typically refers to an action that is about to occur.  I never really thought much about using the term until I began my first job.  Mainly because I was always surrounded by other fine southerners who could appreciate this verb’s value.  I was helping put a report together and I said to my project manager, “I’m fixin’ to pull that info out of the database.”  I got this look like, “Huh?”  Granted, he’s totally from up North…you know, one of those yankees!


Sleep Fairy August 17, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Family/Home, Pets.

Sundays are typically lazy days around the Moore household. After going to church and brunch, we sit around reading the paper and drinking coffee. We may do a little laundry and miscellaneous house cleaning. We take Dixie for a long walk, and we make our weekly grocery store run. Today, however, we had a little visitor! The sleep fairy stopped by our house and sprinkled magic dust right on top of Casey and Biscuit which apparently rendered them helpless. At least they had each other, right?!

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder August 15, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Beauty.
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As I get older, I notice things changing about my skin. For example:
1) while I may get 19 quatrazillion hours of sleep, I still have dark circles under my eyes;
2) I must be confused A LOT since I have not one, but two, significant wrinkles in between my eyes;
3) even though I may wear sunglasses that compare in size to Edna’s (see photo at right), I still squint in the sun thereby making my crow’s feet worse;
4) although I have fairly normal combination skin, if I change my moisturizer for say three days straight, I will break out like a prepubescent child who has just ran out of Proactiv. Apparently, my skin still thinks that it is 13 and will only allow the yellow stuff from Clinique to be rubbed on its precious surface.

I could drag this out for days, but I’ll spare you the torture. I am now jumping on the anti-aging bandwagon. I’m on the search for a great eye cream. So far, I’ve not been overwhelmingly impressed with anything. I’ve tried quite a few eye creams ranging from el cheapo to el steapo, and I still have a few on my list to try. Some work better than others, but nothing has made me say WOW, THIS IS IT! Here are some of the ones I’ve tried along with my rating of their performance. Keep in mind that what works for you, may not work for me and vice versa. Rating system: 1 star (suck in a jar) up to 5 stars (jackpot).
Hylexin, 1 star
DDF Erase Eye Gel, 2.5 stars
AVON Anew Alternative Intensive Eye Cream, 3 stars
Skin Effects Eye Effects Dual Action Under Eye Therapy, 3 stars
Benefit EyeCon, 3 stars
BeFine Eye Blossoms, 3.5 stars
Prescriptives Vibrant-C Brightening Eye Cream, 3.5 stars
L’oreal Skin Genesis Daily Treatment Eye Serum, 4 stars

I’m using the Loreal product currently and am fairly pleased.  There’s an eye cream by Aveeno and one by Murad on my list of “to try”.

As far as anti-wrinkle creams go, I just began that search and the jury is still out.  For those of you who may consider suggesting Botox, DON’T.  Hello!!!!!! That’s a needle full of toxin jabbed into your face! I do not like doctors and I do not like needles.  I will only subject myself to those things for necessary medical reasons…and even then, I procrastinate. To further clarify, in my world, wrinkles are not necessary medical reasons. Wrinkles are just God’s way of turning me into a human raisin.

And On His Farm He Had a Cow August 14, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Food.

I’ve recently become obsessed with Mini Babybels. They are essentially little cheese wheels that come in a waxy “jacket” that you literally unzip and peel off. Who knew getting a little calcium could be so fun? I just wish they were bigger. Maybe they’ll develop MaxiBels. Eww, on second thought, that might be a bad idea.

The Real Estate Agent’s Dictionary August 13, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in TV/Movies.

Sometimes when flipping through the channel guide, I stop on the real estate channel, GoScout Homes. It gives me an opportunity to see the prices at which houses in our area are listed. At other times, I get to laugh at statements like this:

“This is a great bargin.”

VitaWhat August 12, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Food.

Casey has been on a tiny sweet kick for the past few weeks. Last week, he baked a golden butter recipe sheet cake with chocolate icing. I ate two pieces. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted delightful; however, I always feel guilty eating that stuff mainly because of the full stick of butter it requires and the trans fat in the icing. Trans fat and high fructose corn syrup are two things that I work very hard to keep out of our diets. Before anyone suggests that I make my own icing, I’ve been there and done that. It simply doesn’t taste as good or as creamy.

Sunday we headed to the grocery store. As we started down the baking aisle, Casey suggested that we make brownies this week. Sidebar: My husband has the metabolism of a hummingbird and typically doesn’t have to worry about what he eats…oh, and he runs 5 – 7 miles five days a week which also seems to help his cause. So I bear the burden alone when it comes to making sure that our family is eating healthy. We stand there staring at the baking mixes. He inevitably chooses a caramel turtle brownie which, I’m sure, has a bazillion calories and loads of fat. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spy VitaBrownie mix. I have never tried anything from the VitaLicious brand, but I’ve seen and read several very positive reviews on their products. I also wasn’t familiar with their baking mixes. In our grocery store, most of the VitaLicious products are prepared (ie. brownies, muffins, etc) and housed in the freezer section because they do not contain any additives or preservatives. After much coercing, Casey caved in on the VitaBrownie mix. I made them last night and, to my surprise, they were quite tasty. The taste of the batter did give me pause, but they baked up nicely with a chocolatey taste and cakey texture. Now for the “per serving” nutritional stats…100 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugar, 7 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein. Not to mention, these brownies contain up to 50% of your daily value of vitamins (hence the name) like A, C, D, E, B6, B12, Biotin, and Folic Acid. Tastes good and is good for you…now that’s a winning combination.

P.S. If you decide to give these a try, I don’t want to give you the false perception that they will for one second compare to a caramel turtle brownie. Their is no substitue for full-on fat and sugar. Trust me, a southern girl knows…remember, I grew up with Crisco!