Saturday, August 11, 2012

Kraft belVita breakfast cookies

During the week I don't eat breakfast at home.  I tend to wake up with just enough time to get dressed before I have to leave.  This means breakfast in the car or at my desk.  In the past, I've eaten dry cereal and cereal bars and even a Pop-Tart or two.  I am always looking for something that tastes good, won't eat up my calorie budget for the day, and will get me through to lunch.

I was a wary of the Kraft belVita breakfast cookies for several reasons. 

A) They are more expensive than I usually like to spend on my breakfast, but when you multiply it out, it's less than $1 an individual pack.  Not too shabby for breakfast.  If you pair them with a banana, like I usually do, it's still a bargain.

B) Are they good for you?  Yes and no.  They're a flour, sugar, fat, oil cookie.  They're a cookie.  Don't expect to be eating a superfood or anything like that.  At 230 calories, they're not a killer.  There are 8 grams of fat and 3 teaspoons of sugar.  All the vitamins are added.  They aren't necessarily bad for you, all things considered, but don't eat one expecting it's a "health food."  It says cookie right on the box.

C) Will it last through the morning?  Surprisingly, yes.  I eat the cookies with a banana and I am not hungry until lunchtime rolls around, and sometimes even later than that.  They last longer than dry cereal or a cereal bar.

I started off eating the blueberry, but then the chocolate flavor rolled out and it was love at first bite.  I mix and match the blueberry and the chocolate so I don't get tired of one flavor.  Next week, I think I'm going to branch out and try the cinnamon or the wheat.  There are five packs in a box, which is the perfect quantity for a work week.  At my store, they are around $4.00 for the box (prices, of course, will vary) so it's an affordable lunch.  All-in-all, I say they're a winner.

** Disclaimer:  all opinions are my own.  I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with Kraft.  I was not compensated for this post.  It was written with the intent of sharing info on a product I love **

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

National Museum of the Pacific War

Happy 4th of July, all!

On July 22nd, the majority of the females on my Mom's side of the family congregated in Fredericksburg, TX for a wine tour.  It was a really awesome way to spend my 30th birthday.  I'll post more later on the great wines and wonderful tours we went on, but I had another reason for really looking forward to the trip. 

For over two years now, I have been a volunteer transcriptionist for the National Museum of the Pacific War/Nimitz Education and Research Center.  I got started with the Museum because Grandpa Misenhimer does the oral interviews.  As of July 2012, he has done over 700 interviews.  He needed a transcriptionist, I like to type, so we worked it out.  I enjoy listening to the tales from our vets, but I have never been to the Museum.

So, you can guess what I did that Sunday, right?  I had a picture in my head of a small-town museum and that's what I was expecting.  I've never been so glad to be wrong in my life.  The Nimitz part of the museum is what I expected, but the George H. W. Bush Gallery is hugeHUGE.  I wish I could have spent longer - they aren't kidding when they say it takes 4 hours. 

They offer an hour-long tour at the Pacific Combat Zone.  It is a little over 2 blocks from the main museum, but you can drive and park there (our car was at the hotel so I jogged - not fun in June).  I am so glad I didn't skip that part of the museum like so many people do.  Our tour guide was wonderful.  There is a TBM Avenger, a PT boat, and outside there are several other WWII relics.  They do a reenactment several times a year that Davis and I are going to attend. 

Since I was short on time, I did not go through the Plaza of Presidents, Memorial Courtyard or the Japanese Peace Garden.  They are on my to-do list for next time. 

The George H.W. Bush Gallery is large.  Very large.  And filled with information from the end of WWI and Japan's rise to the end of the war.  My favorite parts were the visual aids - where you hear bombs going off and radar and the shouts from Pearl Harbor to getting to walk inside a sub to see how little space crewmembers had. 

I'm sure you don't want to hear me go on and on about a museum, but I couldn't not tell you about this wonderful place that not many people know about.  There is a wealth of information for everyone - whether you are a military history buff or not.

For more information please visit

Fredericksburg itself is a great place for a quick weekend vacation - there are wonderful shops up and down Main Street, wineries all along 290, Bier gardens, open container laws for those walking up and down Main Street.  I truly enjoyed my vacation and cannot wait until we go back.

- Pictures taken from the museum website.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lisa Kleypas Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Shadow (a big Lora Leigh fan) for winning the giveaway. She'll soo be enjoying a pair of wonderful books.

Thanks to all of you for entering and following along with the hop.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Lisa Kleypas Giveaway & Review

I'm very excited to be part of the Corsets, Kisses & Kleypas Blog Hop today!

Lisa Kleypas' books are a staple in my literary diet. Whenever I'm sick or it's too nasty to go outside or I just want a good love story, I always pick up a Kleypas book. It's one of the few shelves on my bookcase with absolutely no dust.

Today I'm giving away a pair of Kleypas books - both Christmas themed. I know Christmas is long past, but who cares? It's magical.

Quick disclaimer and a few rules, mmkay? This is me. All me. Lisa Kleypas is not in any way affiliated with this giveaway. I will be picking one random commenter at the end of the blog hop. All you have to do is share your favorite author or book and why it's your favorite. Was it your first? The one that always makes you laugh? Makes you cry? Winner will be chosen on February 29th, 2012 and announced on March 1st. Giveaway is US only.

So what are you going to win? Well...

A Wallflower Christmas and Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. Both books are hardcover and absolutely wonderful.

A Wallflower Christmas is one of my favorite Kleypas books. It has a little to do with the magic of Christmas, but a lot of it has to do with the characters. The book is shorter than most of her novels, but what she does with the space is amazing. You care about the characters. You want them to fall in love and to make it work. I suppose that's true of nearly all of her books, which is why I love them. It was nice to see the cast of the other Wallflowers books again. My least favorite character didn't have a lot of page time so that helped some.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review of "Devil in Winter"

Devil in Winter (Playaway Adult Fiction)Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed listening to this book, but it is definitely not one of my favorite Kleypas novels. I liked the other Wallflowers books much better. The characters just didn't do anything for me. Evie was borderline annoying, though I did enjoy seeing a character with a stutter. I just wish it had been more prominent. It was like it was only added as an afterthought in some cases and disappeared far too easily. Sebastian's evolution was predictable and way too fast. It was like he woke up one morning and decided to change. It was a little dizzying. I did listen to this as an audiobook, so that may have had some impact on my enjoyment of the book. Perhaps the narrator's "Sebastian" did it. I don't mind arrogant heroes, especially in historicals, but something about him just turned me right off. The contrast between Evie's meekness and his jerkwadness was a little too startling for me.

Still, Kleypas managed to keep my interest despite characters I didn't care one bit for. That's a sign of good writing and decent plot.I prefer slow progressions rather than miracles. In my opinion, this is the weakest of the Wallflowers series (my favorite being the first and the Christmas editions) and I do not recommend it for someone's first try at a Kleypas book.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern review

The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (Cat Who..., #2)The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started reading the series backwards, so I mostly knew what was going to happen, but I still enjoyed this book. The series isn't absolutely fantastic or amazing, but I find the audiobooks good for commuting or while doing other things. The mysteries are mostly in the background and everything gets wrapped way too quickly. I had to keep reminding myself that the book was written in the '60s.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Daughter of Deception Paperback Giveaway at Goodreads

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Daughter of Deception by Kara Thorpe

Daughter of Deception

by Kara Thorpe

Giveaway ends February 29, 2012.

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