Jo & Elliott's Huge Adventure

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Better than sex cakes

OMG!!
Love that everything is ready made and fast.
Ingredients:

1 Box of White Cake Mix
2 Fluffy White containers of Frosting
1/2 a cup of hot Fudge Sauce
3-4 Chopped up Snicker’s Bars
1 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2-9″ cake pans

For more details please visit this link were you will find instructions : ohbiteit.com

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gifts tags from old maps

This is a great idea for a craft on the road and a great way to repurpose/recycle. 















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Pancake Snowman: a cute and easy recipe

Two pancakes, chocolate morsels for eyes 
and buttons, bacon for a scarf, and a 
sliced orange gumdrop for the nose!


Friday, November 22, 2013

CRANKY OLD MAN


  • When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
    Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

    One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

    And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.

    Cranky Old Man

    What do you see nurses? ……What do you see?
    What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?
    A cranky old man, … …not very wise,
    Uncertain of habit .… … . .. with faraway eyes?
    Who dribbles his food .. . … . . and makes no reply.
    When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’
    Who seems not to notice …the things that you do.
    And forever is losing … …… A sock or shoe?
    Who, resisting or not … … lets you do as you will,
    With bathing and feeding … .The long day to fill?
    Is that what you’re thinking?. .Is that what you see?
    Then open your eyes, nurse .you’re not looking at me.
    I’ll tell you who I am … . .. As I sit here so still,
    As I do at your bidding, .… . as I eat at your will.
    I’m a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
    Brothers and sisters .… .. . who love one another
    A young boy of Sixteen … .. with wings on his feet
    Dreaming that soon now …… a lover he’ll meet.
    A groom soon at Twenty … ..my heart gives a leap.
    Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
    At Twenty-Five, now … . .I have young of my own.
    Who need me to guide … And a secure happy home.
    A man of Thirty . .… . . My young now grown fast,
    Bound to each other …. With ties that should last.
    At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
    But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.
    At Fifty, once more, .. …Babies play ‘round my knee,
    Again, we know children … . My loved one and me.
    Dark days are upon me … . My wife is now dead.
    I look at the future … … . I shudder with dread.
    For my young are all rearing .… young of their own.
    And I think of the years … And the love that I’ve known.
    I’m now an old man … … .. and nature is cruel.
    It’s jest to make old age … … . look like a fool.
    The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
    There is now a stone … where I once had a heart.
    But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
    And now and again … . . my battered heart swells
    I remember the joys … . .. . I remember the pain.
    And I’m loving and living … … . life over again.
    I think of the years, all too few …. gone too fast.
    And accept the stark fact … that nothing can last.
    So open your eyes, people .… . .… open and see.
    Not a cranky old man .
    Look closer … . see .. .…. …. . ME!!

    Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!

    PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM!
    The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!

    Very Respectfully,
    Scott Sonnon
    www.breathinggift.com (My free book and video gift to you.)


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    Monday, November 18, 2013

    We all have chips and cracks in our families: Broken Homes and Dysfunction



    In spite of the fact that so many families have one parent in the household there is still a lot of stigma around being a single mom. According to the "Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1998 Update" by Terry A. Lugaila at the US Census Bureau:

    "As of March 1998 Current Population Survey, 19.8 million children under the age of 18 lived with one parent-this translates to 27.7 percent of all children under the age of 18."

    When I first was divorced I didn't hear the words "broken home" or dysfunctional all that much. They seem to have become catch-all phrases in the last 20 years when the rate of divorce became high. When I first heard Oprah Winfrey use the word broken home, I was appalled. She of all people should know better!

    When I read the term in an article by Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), who had been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional career (www.children's defense.org.) I was more than appalled. I wrote to both women. I never got a response.

    When I worked as a Social Worker for the Head Start program, the word dysfunction was used for most everyone and everything! During that 10-year period, any family not working the way society seemed to think they should work was deemed dysfunctional. We gave the label to ourselves quite easily. Movie stars were suddenly from dysfunctional homes as were various community leaders.

    My home was never broken nor was it ever dysfunctional. I was divorced from my children's father after 7 years of marriage and during those 7 years I never thought of our family as dysfunctional. After my divorce I still didn't see us as dysfunctional.

    I was a single mom like many others. I had my reasons for becoming divorced. It is my belief that divorce is often a solution to a problem. I believe that divorce may be the solution to marital discord, battering or substance abuse. Divorce may not be the problem at all. It may be the solution. (See my article)

    When we refer to children with divorced parents as coming from broken homes, we create the potential self-fulfilling prophecy for children that implies they are not right or good; that they are broken and need to be fixed. This is where the word dysfunction comes in and if I don't like the term broken home, then it would make sense that I think the word dysfunction is a harmful one. If a child is broken, they aren't functioning right. If they aren't functioning right, they are dysfunctional. But is the child dysfunctional? For that matter is the home with only one parent not functioning?

    I worked with single parents (through divorce/separation, choice, or chance)) and as a divorced parent (now remarried), I can assure you that many, many homes with single parents are far less "broken" than the homes of my friends and relatives with two biological parents in them. In turn many of them are functioning very well. But I have a problem with the word dysfunction even with families who are having problems. I hope people/parents especially who are divorced don't see themselves as broken or dysfunctional.

    In order to help you do that I am going to do what we call in Social Work, reframe the way you see your family and world.

    Let’s define it first:

    Dysfunction: impaired or abnormal functioning

    Function: to carry on a function or be in action; to produce an appropriate effect

    Normal: a form or state regarded as the norm; standard: constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or custom (http://www.yourdictionary.com/)

    So dysfunction seems to mean that a person or thing (Perhaps the coffee grinder that you just bought doesn’t work, it is impaired, or it doesn't perform like expected and you say it is dysfunctional.) is not doing what they are supposed to or intended to do. I don’t have a problem with using the term for a thing. In fact, it is appropriate. The Salton coffee grinder I bought was dysfunctional. It was a black and white case of not working. It did not grind the coffee.

    We are now getting into one of the reasons I have for not liking nor using the word dysfunctional. Rarely can a person’s life be put into a black or white category. There are too many variables, too many contingencies, and too many facets of time to be static enough to be called dysfunctional.

    An example:

    I ran into a woman I used to know and was surprised her husband wasn't with her. I found out that one day he decided he didn’t want to be married anymore and moved to New Orleans! According to this woman it came as a total shock. Rarely does that happen. It can. Some people are very good at hiding secrets; but in any case he left. This was a family, when I knew them, which looked perfect. Perfect in the sense of functioning normally. Perfect in the sense one would never think of them as dysfunctional. Mom and Dad were professionals with good careers; but they were never too busy to come to school events or be the coach of the soccer team.

    The children, a boy and a girl, 2 years apart, were wonderful. Polite, bright, attractive, athletic children with what seemed like a perfect life. They were brought up in an upper middle class suburb, in a nice house with a swimming pool.

    So I ask you, when in time did this family become dysfunctional, if you were to use that word? Were they always so, but they pretended for the outside world. Did they just stop functioning when dad left the house?

    An example:

    Mom is a wonderful parent; dad is an alcoholic. This might be a perfect case of what would be called a dysfunctional family. But is it? Is the whole family unit dysfunctional? Is it dysfunctional because mom is an enabler and won’t leave her husband? What about the children? Are they dysfunctional by virtue of being products of a dysfunctional home? What if they seem to be doing all right? Is the family still dysfunctional or does it become so when the kids start getting into trouble?

    I will throw this thought out: Dysfunction (like normal) doesn’t exist. What exists is a continuum of functioning. You can think of a line with 1 to 10 drawn on it and use that to visualize what I mean. In the first case, the family functioned very well for a long time and you could put that family’s function down from the years 1978, lets say to 1998, as 1. Perhaps there were signs somewhere in 1999 that things weren’t ok, you could put 1998-1999 as a 6 on the continuum of how they are functioning. And finally, in the year 2000, you could put them at number 10 because they are not functioning well.

    Let me say before I go on, that I am not saying they aren’t functioning well because dad left and thus the family must be falling apart. That might not be the case in many, many scenarios like this. In this case, though the mother is having a great deal of trouble dealing with his leaving and the daughter is having a lot of psychological problems related to his leaving. So I am saying they aren’t functioning well. That may and probably will change and we could then in 2001 put them back to a 4, for example. But to say that this is a dysfunctional family is not, in my opinion, accurate or fair. Nor, when it comes right down to it, do I think it even makes sense to use the term.

    Let’s take the alcoholic dad. That family is clearly not functioning well. The children are in trouble and I am sure mom is not happy when dad comes home drunk at night or doesn’t come home at all. They would be at a 10 and perhaps have been there for many years. But mom leaves him and takes the children. Without dad, they are doing great. They are all in counseling, going to support groups and the children are happy. This family is now functioning very well. I wouldn’t call them dysfunctional, would you?

    I would much prefer the child of an alcoholic to say, “I grew up in a family that wasn’t functioning well; that had a lot of problems because my dad drank” rather than "I grew up in a dysfunctional family." Certainly there were parts of her life that weren’t dysfunctional. She should be able to see something good in her past and should be encouraged to do so. To be caught up in that term may mean never getting rid of that monkey on her back. It may mean never forgiving and moving forward.

    I hope this has given you some food for thought.

    Hanukkah decor, DIY and tablescapes




    How cute is this?
    Napkins rolled and ties with dreidels. 
    I would love to have my nails done like this or buy stickers to apply.
    Beautiful  sweet display
    Easy to make. Add Hanukkah colored balls and decorations to a green wreath. 
    Cute Star of David
    Tablescape and party decor
    Graham crackers, etc. make a cute and festive addition.


    If you are the owner of any of these pictures, let me know so I can attribute them to you. 

    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    Inspirational Christmas Decorated Interiors

    Freshomes brings us some beautiful holiday decor. Here are some ideas to get you started:


    Arm Knit Chunky Scarves

    These take about 1/2 an hour and are so cute!

    You can use 2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn. People like the Wool Ease Thick and Chunky. I used both skeins at one time by combining the ends and knitting with two strands. I think I only used about half of each skein so I have left-overs for another project which means that this scarf only cost me $7.00!

    Here is a You Tube video and a picture of the scarf. 

    Motivation: A guide to help you live the best life you can


    Jordan Romero motivates obese children by climbing Mount Everest.


    Nick Mastrella had incredible motivation. You can too!

    Wheelchair tennis found inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame


    Go here for all 29 motivational tips

    © Jo Levy

    Low calorie recipe: Buttery Brown Sugar Roasted Peaches.

    Buttery Brown Sugar Roasted Peaches – less than 100 calories for a dessert that tastes like soft candy. Buttery Roasted Caramel Peaches – eat these as is for a low calorie dessert!


    • 4 to 6 fresh peaches, cut in half and pitted (4-6 depending on size of peaches)
    • 1/3 cup butter
    • (5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon) melted 1/3 cup brown or granulated sugar

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    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Dress up a tray table!



    Simple drawer pulls become fancy feet for a plain wooden tray and make it worthy of special occasions. Prime and paint tray. If knobs' screws aren't long enough to go through the bottom of your tray, replace them with longer ones.

    Martha Stewart

    The Best Birthday idea

    This article was very, very popular on epinions. Jo wanted to share it with you. As life events happened over the years she thought back on other important events in our lives. This was certainly one of them.

    When my youngest daughter turned 13 she became a Bat Mitzvah. In the Jewish religion that is when a child becomes an adult. The custom in the United States is a party after the service. The extent of the party varies depending on how much money you want to spend; the type of child you have – some don’t like big parties, others do; and your personal beliefs.

    I wanted a fairly large party for my second and last child. We had 100 guests. For the party this is 10 tables. It is very, very common for children who have Bar or Bat (boy/girl) Mitzvah parties to have a theme. My older daughter chose not to have a theme and her party was much simpler.

    This was her theme and how I did it. I have not patented it. You are free to use it!

    My younger daughter had so many interests at the time that it was difficult to pick just one. Many children choose themes such as basketball or Cinderella. (I have seen children arrive in a Chariot!) What was I to do? I just picked 10. Each table had a different theme.

    I started with the sign-in board which had all her interests painted around the boarder and the kids signed inside it. It was fantastic especially since it depicted the true “her.”

    The place cards that told people where to sit had the theme on it and each table was designated by that theme. I will tell you the themes and how they were depicted.

    *One table was the doctor table because even at 13 she wanted to be a doctor. The way people knew to sit at the doctor table was because I had found a picture of her with a stethoscope around her neck and that was part of the centerpiece. When guests arrived and got their table number the theme was on it.

    I ordered everything from Oriental Trading Company (fantastic for parties). On the table I had Band-Aid boxes with bubble gum shaped Band-Aids. I also ordered key chains for each person depicting her theme. This table got a keychain with a skeleton on it.

    One table was dance. She took ballet and jazz for many years and especially loved ballet class. I had a picture of her in a costume as the centerpiece. I went to a chocolate store and had them make me chocolate ballet slippers. (You can do this yourself if you are so inclined.) The keychains were ballet slippers!

    My daughter played soccer. I found another candy store (Finding good party places is key to the success of something like this.) that had round chocolates that looked like soccer balls. The centerpiece was my daughter in her uniform and the key chains were soccer balls.

    I’ll tell you a few more…I think you get the idea, but I’m enjoying the trip down memory lane.

    Travel: We loved to camp, as did she. I had a terrific picture – I remember it clearly of her sitting in the bed in our pop-up. That was the centerpiece. The keychains were globes.

    Computers: She had been computer literate for a long time so that theme made sense. I found keychains through Oriental Trading Company that had computers on them. I also found candy in the shape of computers. I had a picture of her sitting at a computer. If you aren’t a big picture taker, you can use drawings as centerpieces or use flowers with the name of the theme attached.

    Florida: She spent every December vacation visiting my parents in Florida. The keychains were sunglasses and I found orange flavored candies that looked like oranges. A picture of her in the pool was on the table.

    I won’t go into detail on the rest of her themes in case this is getting boring for you, I’ll just tell you to give you some ideas: babysitting, dogs, reading (books), and money.

    I hope this has given you some ideas. Obviously a lot more work went into planning this event. Not a day went by for one year that I didn’t do something related to it. If you are planning something like this and would like help, advise, input or feedback, leave a comment.

    This one was used for the travel table. Have a great party!

    If this is reprinted, please link back to my website. Thanks!

    Crockpot Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken



    Here’s what you’ll need:

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    Crockpot Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken

    Crockpot Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken

    Ingredients

    2 lbs. of chicken (I used chicken tenders because they were on sale. I did not use the whole bag)
    small onion, sliced
    red pepper, sliced
    green pepper, sliced
    20 oz can pineapple
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1/4 tsp. ground ginger
    2 Tbs. cornstarch
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    1/4 cup water
    1 Tbs. soy sauce
    1/2 tsp. salt

    Instructions

    Put the chicken, onion and peppers in the crockpot. I added my chicken frozen.
    Drain the can of pineapple. Set the pineapple chunks aside for later.
    Mix the juice with the rest of the ingredients and pour over the chicken.
    Cook on low for 7-9 hours or high for about 4-5 hours.
    A bit before serving add the pineapple chunks.
    Serve over rice.

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    Jo's Tips on Traveling with Kids

    This was a very popular article on epinions written many years ago but still relevant.



    We started traveling with our children when they were 3, 5 and 8. These were some of the tricks I had up my sleeve.

    1. They will certainly fill a backpack with their favorite toys, games, books, etc. I bought "surprises." They would consist of inexpensive items like play dough; silly putty; new coloring books or connect-the-dot type books; and a couple of the small travel games - travel checkers, travel trivia depending on the children’s ages. In the new world, you would have to adjust to the days of paper and pencils!

    2. I would get rolls of nickels, dimes or quarters. The price increased as they got older. I don't believe in punishing bad behavior (unless it is harmful to someone else, property or the child himself); I believe in ignoring it and rewarding behavior that is appropriate. Based on that philosophy, the children would get, let's say a nickel when they were young, for each hour their behavior was appropriate. This money could be used to buy souvenirs, candy or whatever they wanted at our destination. This, of course, would be adjusted depending on, as I said, the ages of the children, the length of the drive, and the behavior in general. A two-year old without siblings will be happy with a play penny!

    3. A wonderful game they loved to play is "find the letter." Obviously your child has to be able to read, but you can help. You start with A and they have to find something in a road sign, license plate, anywhere visible from the car that starts with A, then B and so forth. I don't suggest prizes for a game like this. It should be fun in my opinion; not stressful or overly competitive.

    4. As soon as my kids were old enough, they had what at the time were called a walkman. Many of you have never heard the word! I know there is controversy over how many two-year olds have iPads, but some digital equipment is worth the money. One app I just found is "Smart Toddler Series - WORLD FLAGS provides you or your kids with flashcards of proportionally scaled flags and pronouciation from all over the world. It has 3 built-in languages - English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese."



    5. We had a couple of instances of car sickness so you want to make sure (Even if your children aren't prone to it, something could cause it.) you have a container and clean up items. Always have clean clothes available so you don't have to go hunting through everything. Children are usually upset after they have been sick, so you want to try to make it easy for them to recover.

    6. If there is an issue with who sits where then they take turns. That isn't negotiable. We were lucky that we had a mini-van with a larger back seat and a smaller middle one. The larger one was always for the girls and the middle one for the boy. Everyone was happy with that situation. If you do need to rotate, make sure that is worked out ahead of time and everyone understands the rules. You don't want to be fighting about whose turn it is every hour!

    7. Even if it takes 4 extra hours, stop as often as you need to. If it means every rest area, then so be it. It would be wonderful if we could regulate people's bladders to be on the same clock but we can't. We can try, but it doesn't always work. So stop when they need to stop; and even if they don't, it's a great excuse to let them run off some energy, have a picnic and just regroup.

    8. When we traveled (Too bad this didn't carry over to "real life".) we went around the table at dinner wherever we were and said something nice about each other. Believe me that could be a challenge, but even the most stubborn and challenging of the three always came up with something.

    Happy Trails!

    © Jo Levy

    EASY Fudge Recipe

    They don't come much easier than this! I usually make it even easier and will for sure when we are on the road by using disposable pans. We recycle everything so a few "bad habits" we can live with.

    You will need:

    1. 2 cups milk chocolate chips
    2. 2 1/2 cups prepared chocolate frosting
    3. 1 cup chopped walnuts

    Line one 8x8 inch square pan with foil. Lightly butter the foil.

    In a small saucepan melt the chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and stir in the frosting and the nuts stirring until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and refrigerate until firm. Once firm cut in small squares.




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    Beautiful tablescapes to inspire you




    These are from the Food Network.

    Holiday Newsletter: The Menu Planning Issue




    Crochet a STAR pattern for earrings


    These are so pretty. You can make these in just any color, or combine two colors for a different effect. I've even made some in glow-in-the-dark thread (you can find that usually in the embroidery thread rack)

    The pattern is relatively simple, but the thread and hook is small, so can be a little frustrating if you're not used to working with such small things. You can find this pattern at WolfDreamer's website.

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Fitness Quest Tony Little's Gazelle Freestyle Elite: Jo's review


    Pros: Easy to use, very gentle, lightweight.
    Cons: Must be careful on it, no resistance at all.

    The Bottom Line: If you want a simple to use and very gently on your joints inexpensive piece this will do the trick. Just be careful, please.


    Tony Little has come out with some popular and simple pieces of equipment. I reviewed Tony Little’s Gazelle Freestyle Elite on epinions
    and a few months later the Edge Glide. (Let me know if you want me to post them here.) Tony Little’s products are made by Fitness Quest. There are about 15 different models of Gazelles. Various stores request various machines.

    The Xtreme is $130 on Amazon

    The Xtreme, its technology and how it works::

    The closest machine I can compare the Xtreme to is a simple version of an elliptical machine in its movement. However an elliptical machine usually has levels that allow the pedals to raise and lower. Tony’s XTreme does not. On it I glide back and forth.

    Looking at the Xtreme it doesn’t look much different than the other models which to me didn’t look very sturdy. It is about 46 pounds and it measures 45 inches long by 34 inches wide by 56 inches high. This is a larger machine than the Elite but it is still what I would call a small, compact machine and one that easily fits in a corner. In addition it folds very easily.

    I moved it slightly with my leg to see if it would fall over. It didn't. That isn't to say it is a sturdy machine. It is light but it will not tip over while you are on it.

    The maximum user weight is 300 pounds which is 50 pounds less than the Elite. If you weigh closer to 350 than 300 pounds you really don’t have to read on because this machine will not be for you and I would suggest looking at the Elite. In general I think in spite of the machine being made of steel, if you weigh as much as 300 pounds and plan on using the machine frequently – well let’s just say there are a heavier, sturdier pieces out there though you will pay more than $220!

    The Xtreme has handle bars that are covered in foam which make them quite comfortable. The Xtreme allowed me to take my pulse by holding the top of the handles where there is no foam. You may see Tony Little selling a Gazelle with a Thumb Pulse. I would not recommend that one. It is fairly well known that taking our pulse using our thumbs is the most inaccurate way to get a reading. However you may read online that taking your pulse with your thumb is most accurate so there are difference of opinion.

    The Xtreme has arms that move so I could work my upper body while working my lower body and get in some cardio vascular benefits as well. I do like the fact that my legs could move independently from my arms so I knew I wasn’t pulling with legs with arms and vice versa. I like being able to work my body parts separately or else it is too easy to move my legs with the arm handles and move my arms by moving my feet.

    There is a small computer on the machine that showed me my speed, distance, approximate calories burned, my heart rate and my time. The machine has no programs making it very simple to operate. Without inputting my age and weight though that word, approximate, must be in bold.

    The Xtreme has a water bottle that is attached to the side. It isn’t integrated in the machine because there is no console. At least though there is a space for a bottle however it is a flimsy piece of plastic that I wouldn't count on lasting too long.

    I was comfortable using the pedals for platforms. There is a lip at the top which stopped my foot from sliding off. The platforms have treads on them though and given I was never climbing up a programmed hill, slipping off wasn’t really an issue. As I glide and what that means is that one leg moves in front while the other one goes in back and then vice versa I can hold onto the handles which move also. The pedals move freely in the air connected by a thin cable. I consider this to be a dangerous machine until you get used to it. If you are older or brand new to this type of technology have someone with you when you first get on. The pedals are going to move as you get on.

    This would be a good time to mention the Soft Glide technology since it is in the name of the machine. Tony claims that this system would put a bounce in my step “with every glide creating an even better natural movement” to energize my workout.” Seriously did I feel any thing different in my glide using the Xtreme versus the Elite? No I really didn’t. I felt they were both fairly smooth but I never went from one to another. One would have to have them side by side to see if the Elite which is more expensive has a better glide in spite of our being told that the Xtreme does for less money. I think if there is any feeling of smoothness it comes from there being no resistance at all. As in none! So perhaps some do feel like the ride is smoother because it is like being on a bike at the easiest level and going downhill versus putting the bike on 5 and riding uphill.

    The Xtreme comes with an eating plan, 4 DVDs with Tony Little which include a timed workout called a “Personal Trainer Workout, one that will help you work on your lower body, one for your abs and one for your butt. You’ll also get exercise guidelines, how to know if you are working in your target heart rate (the maximum of which is 220 minus your age), and progress charts. We are also told that if you buy the Xtreme you will get access to personal trainers who will answer questions or help you get motivated. This is actually a nice feature. Being a personal trainer I wanted to check on this so I called Tony Little. The Personal Trainer Club goes through Tony Little's customer service. I don't know any of them but I feel confident that they are trained. They will tell you how to use the machine and get the most out of your workout. I am not too happy with the fact they are giving nutritional and diet information over the phone however.

    My rating:

    The Xtreme is only for the beginner. I would recommend the Xtreme if you are overweight and have health problems. This machine is gentle on your joints and once you get used to the machine it is safe. I was bored on the Xtreme but it does have its place in addition to those who are overweight or have a physical condition that doesn't allow them to use resistance. For the older person this is an easy way to get you moving and not have to worry about hurting joints but please, please check with your doctor first and again have someone with you the first several times you use the Xtreme.

    Since the arms move there is also the option of giving those I've recommended the machine for some movement in their upper bodies. I would rather you use a treadmill and spend more money but if you can't and you like the idea of gliding then I am surprising myself that I consistently like the Gazelle for the right person.

    The product has a 90-day warranty.

    © Jo Levy

    Crochet a Christmas or anytime stocking for your furbaby



    How cute is this? Change the colors for various holidays.

    This doggie stocking is easy to crochet and is a great way to make friends with pets when you are a guest in their home.

    Project Number: LW2697
    Designed By: Michele Wilcox
    Skill Level:
    Easy
    Category:
    Crochet
    Project Type:
    Seasonal
    Supplies:
    RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein each 624 Tea Leaf A, 319 Cherry Red B, and 316 Soft White C.
    Crochet Hook: 5mm [US Size H-8].
    Yarn needle.

    Size:
    Stocking measures 13½” long.

    Gauge/Tension:
    GAUGE: 10 sts = 3”; 12 rows = 3” in sc. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook/needles to obtain the gauge.

    Find the downloadable free pattern here.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Freekeh with Brussels Sprouts, Apple, Dried Cranberries, Honey & Pomegranate


    Freekeh with Brussels Sprouts, Apple, Dried Cranberries, Honey & Pomegranate 

    This is a great recipe. The article starts like this:

    When Freekehlicious approached me about a professional collaboration featuring this ancient grain, Freekeh,  I said yes without a shred of hesitation. What better way to celebrate this ancient grain with fall/winter seasonal ingredients on this momentous occasion, Thanksgivukkah ! This hybrid of Chanukah and Thanksgiving holiday comes around only once in a lifetime. This year the first day of Chanukah falls on Thursday, November 28, 2013, Thanksgiving. Next time these two holidays will collide will be in 77,798 years.

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