@MIRABrands Digital Kitchen Scale Review

{Disclosure/disclaimer/don’t say I didn’t warn you:  I was provided with a free kitchen scale for purposes of this review.  All opinions are my own.  And they are right.  All the time.}

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by MIRABrands to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their digital kitchen scales. Overlooking the fact that they obviously had to be tapping into NSA files to see that I had been looking at kitchen scales online for a few weeks, I happily agreed. My Compact Digital Slim Design Scale arrived last Monday and I’ve been putting it to the test since then.

First things first. This scale is slick. The surface is stainless steel which also makes it easy to clean. Very modern looking yet unassuming. It would fit in with virtually any kitchen decor. I leave my scale out all the time since it is so small and pretty. Plus I like to cook and bake from scratch and this makes it easy to get the measurements exactly right for some more finicky items that require precise measurements, without having to dig around for it whilst covered in flour.  But if you are the type of person who likes clear counters in the kitchen, then this scale could easily be stored in a drawer or cabinet.

Ease of use is important to me in the kitchen. I’m a simple woman who doesn’t like complicated kitchen gadgets. My cast iron skillet, my KitchenAid mixer, and my trusty spoontula are the most heavily used items in my kitchen. My parents gave me a very nice food processor for Christmas, but I’m so intimidated by it that I haven’t even gotten it out of the box yet. I plan to do that soon, though. Anyway, this kitchen scale is very simple and easy to use. It doesn’t get any simpler than two buttons. One button turns the scale on and off and zeroes it out for when you are measuring items in a bowl or cup, and the other button changes the units of measurement {grams, ounces, and pounds}.

I love that I can measure things in a container and still get their exact weight.  Years ago we had a spring scale and I would have to weigh the plate or container first, then weigh it with the food on it, and subtract the weights.  I don’t math good, people.  With this scale I just put the bowl on, zero it out, and add the ingredient until I get to the weight I need.  So easy.

This scale has made it simple to keep track of my calories by measuring portions precisely, which has been very helpful on my never-ending quest to lose weight. It’s nice to have an exact weight rather than trying to guesstimate. Overall, I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone looking to purchase a digital kitchen scale. The only slight issue I have with this scale is that the digital display is very bright and can be difficult to read when I am standing upright.  However, I am six feet tall and our kitchen counters are low, so this is likely more of a Big Girl Problem than an issue with the product.  No biggie, I just lean down a little bit to get some of the glare off.

This scale costs $15.99 and you can order it from Amazon.com. by clicking this link.  I think this is a quality product and I am very glad that it has found its way into my kitchen. Thanks to MIRABrands for sending me this awesome scale!

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And now he is 4.

My sweet boy turned 4 on Monday, but we were traveling so I didn’t have a chance to do a post with some pictures.  I can’t believe he is 4 years old already!  He is such a blessing and makes me want to be the best person I can be. You think you know what love is when you find that special someone and get married to “the love of your life.”  But having a child opens up a whole new aspect of love that I never even knew was possible.  I love my boys with every single fiber, molecule, atom of my being.  I cannot imagine what my life would be like without these amazing kids.  I am so grateful to be their mom.  And I’m especially thankful that this little boy made me a mommy four years ago.

And of course, some pictures from the past four years.


















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An Open Letter

To the Teenage Girls Who Hang Out with the Teenage Boys Across the Street:

I get it.  You’re at that time in your life where you’re really interested in boys.  Your hormones are raging, you want attention from males, and you think the guys across the street are cool because they wear tank tops and have cars and sit around in lawn chairs smoking pot in the side yard right across the street from my driveway.

I was a teenager once.  I remember when the scrawny little boys in 7th grade started turning into actual young men a couple of years later.  I remember how it made us all a little crazy for a few years.  And though I’m “the lady across the street” now, I’m not so far removed from where you are in your life right now.  So I do understand.

But for the love of God, put some clothes on.

There’s no need to walk up and down the street in a skimpy little bikini, waiting on those boys to come outside.  We have no neighborhood pool, so why are you in a swimsuit?  Please do not wiggle yourself right in front of my driveway when I’m trying to turn into it.  You look silly and I will tell you for a fact that those boys talk about you when you leave, and it’s not always sunshine and roses.

Also, when you ARE actually hanging out with these boys, there is no need to curse as loudly as you possibly can.  We live in a semi-decent neighborhood with small children everywhere.  And I swear to you, if my four-year old ever tells me to “shut the f**k up,” I’ll know exactly where he heard it.  And you’d best have your parents on speed dial, because after I deal with you I’m going to pay them a visit.  I know you think you’re being “cool” and using grown-up language, but the hooligan boys across the street do not swear with that much volume.  EVER.  They are exceedingly polite to me and my children.  You’re not the little badass you think you are when you cuss a blue streak.  You just look trashy.  Go home and read a book.

Listen, I know you think these guys are cool right now.  Skipping school, smoking pot, probably doing all the other things that “bad boys” do.  But believe me when I say that if they don’t start shaping up really soon, you don’t want to hitch your wagons to them.  Being cool isn’t going to get them into college.  Heck, it may not even get them out of high school.  I know you think they’re the bee’s knees at the moment, but think about what their lives are going to look like in five years if they continue down this path.  They’ll be in their early twenties, probably still sitting in those lawn chairs, smoking pot and drinking.  And there will be a new batch of teenage girls who will think they are sooooo awesome.  I’m hoping you will have moved on by then.  Perhaps you’ll be in college and will have set your sights on some higher-hanging fruit.  Someone who might not have been “cool” as a teenager like you think these boys are.  Someone who thought about their future and what they wanted it to look like, and is actively working to make that happen.  Someone with ambition and drive.  Someone who is a hard worker.  Someone who will respect you.

Darlings, I do understand you more than you think.  I was you once.  And I look back on things that I did or said as a teenager to get a boy’s attention and cringe.  You, too, will look back on this summer and the times you spent wriggling up and down the street waiting for those boys to come out and notice you, and you will be so embarrassed.  And I hope that they snap out of it as well, get their acts together, and start thinking about their future.  Because the road they’re on right now isn’t leading them anywhere good.  Hopefully they’ll look back on these years with regret, wishing they would have studied and gotten a higher SAT score instead of smoking their brain cells away.  They’re nice boys, they really are.  But eventually you’re all going to be adults.  Now is the time to start thinking about what kind of adult you want to be.

But seriously, put some clothes on.  And watch your mouth.


The Lady Across The Street

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State of the Weight Wednesday {On Thursday}

Life gets away from me most days.  Blah blah.  Whatever.

So the weight loss is going…. slowly.  But steadily?  I guess?  I have been steadily inching downward on the scale, although much slower than I would like.  I still haven’t figured out the right balance of eating enough and varying my exercise routine to achieve a better burn.  So because I don’t eat enough {in my opinion}, my body is probably holding onto energy more than it would if I ate more.  But I don’t really have time to think about eating most days so I’ll have to figure something out.  Maybe keep a fruit bowl at work for snacking.

I’m also stuck in a bit of a cardio rut.  I don’t mean to be.  I actually hate cardio.  But it’s the easiest and most convenient way for me to exercise so if it comes down to running on the treadmill or not exercising at all, I’m going to run on the treadmill.  I don’t have time to go to a gym.  I don’t have any weightlifting equipment at my house.  I hate the 30 Day Shred because I find it extremely boring and repetitive.  The only exercise that I really enjoy is playing tennis, and I am only able to do that twice a week.  And twice a week is not enough exercise for me.  So I’m at yet another standstill.  I’m thinking of getting the Insanity workout DVDs.  I don’t mind workout videos, but I just can’t stand the 30DS.  I hate doing the same thing over and over and over for what has been minimum results in my experience.  I mean, I consider myself to be an athlete.  An overweight one, but I get out there on the tennis court twice a week and go ham, so I know I’ve got it in me.  It just has to be something I enjoy.  So I’m hoping that I will enjoy the Insanity workout because the results I have been seeing are pretty amazing.

But on the positive side, I did lose 11 pounds and 6.5 inches overall over the past 10 weeks.  My group weight loss challenge ended last Thursday, and I won second place for overall inches lost!  So that was exciting, and I could definitely use the prize money that I won.  And I weighed myself this morning just for kicks, and it looked like I was down another pound-ish.  The next challenge starts on June 27, so I hope to continue what I have started.

So my goal this week is to try to find some ways to add some variation to my exercise at home.  Whether it be Insanity, buying a kettle bell and some hand weights, or just finding some new ways to use my own body weight to exercise, I need to shake it up a little.

I haven’t really set a weight goal for myself.  I have a lot of weight to lose, so it’s hard to see that large a number all at once.  I wonder if I should set a monthly or quarterly goal instead.  Okay, how about this: I’d like to lose 20 pounds from now to the end of September.  Then we’ll see where to go from there.

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Sometimes being an adult stinks.

I’ve been a full-fledged “adult” for about 10 years, I guess.  I graduated from college 10 years ago and got married nine years ago, so I guess that makes me sort of an adult.  I mean, I have two kids.  I’m in my thirties.  I have a mortgage and a 401k.  If that doesn’t make me an adult I don’t know what else I can do.

But while you get to do cool things as an adult, like rent a car and vote and sign your life away for a place to live or an education, you also have to do some pretty lame things.  Like eat right and exercise and go to bed at a reasonable hour.  Bonus to all of us who are parents:  we also have to make sure that our little ones eat right and exercise and go to bed at a reasonable hour, and also try not to screw them up too badly so hopefully they won’t send their therapy bills to us when they are adults themselves.

We also have to try not to make too many impulsive decisions.  Every now and again they are okay, though.  Like Saturday morning.  Zac had to work early and we are in need of a trip to the grocery store, so when the boys woke up I packed them in the car, jammies on and shoes in the floor {just in case}, and we headed to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast.  Cannon had tubes put in his ears on Friday and it was a rough day {mainly for me, as he didn’t seem to be very affected by it at all}, so I figured we all deserved a little treat of chicken minis.  Cole said, “we’re going to Chick-Fil-A in our jammies?!  I can’t believe it.  Mom, that’s so silly!”  And I did a mental fist pump in victory.  I’m a fun mom!  I’m the mom who does silly stuff like go to Chick-Fil-A in her pajamas in the name of fun!

{Side note:  Mean Girls makes me so happy I have boys and not girls.  Hopefully mythical baby number 3 will follow suit.}

So my 4-year old thinks I’m silly.  Score!  We enjoyed our breakfast back at home and went about our day.  Later that evening, we all went to Home Depot after Zac got home and since nobody had eaten dinner, We decided to stop by Firehouse for some subs.  And Baskin Robbins for some ice cream.  Yikes.  That seems to be a few too many impulsive decisions that were good for neither our waistlines or our wallets.

Then the next morning we found ourselves in the same situation as we did Saturday:  home with no breakfasty foods.  And I have to tell you, the allure of a very convenient IHOP was almost too much to withstand.  But then I thought back on the previous day’s debauchery, and decided that it would be the more responsible decision to suck it up and go to the grocery store.  So instead of spending $35-40 on one meal, we spent $60 and came out with over a week’s worth of breakfasts and things for other meals, plus a treat or two.  See?  Responsible.  Now my family will have healthy meals and snacks prepared for a fraction of the price of a restaurant.  A better decision for our health and our budget.

Believe me when I say it was very difficult to turn down some hot fluffy pancakes with strawberry syrup.  But I did.  I guess I’m an adult after all.

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