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CCM Book Club: Our Fall Book Selection

Tonight the CCM book club will be gathering over drinks and sushi to discuss our summer selection, “Wallbanger“.  (If you want to keep up with the goings-on and meet-ups of the CCM Book Club, join the Facebook group!)  It should be entertaining if nothing else.

But, if you want to skip me talking about how I nearly sprained my eyes from rolling them SO HARD while reading our last book selection I understand.  But you most definitely should pick up our fall book club selection, “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor. Here’s what Amazon has to say about the book:

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by “stepping to the right” of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by “brain chatter.” Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah’s online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.
 

Use this link to purchase your copy through Amazon and help CCM keep the lights on. {disclosure}

I watched Dr. Taylor’s TED talk and was so moved by her story.  I am REALLY excited to read her memoir and then discuss it with you smarties the first week of November (probably, maybe… I don’t know.)  Have any of you read her book?  Tell us if you liked it in the comments!  Or, you know, if you haven’t read it just tell me how freaking excited you are about reading it!  

Real Women Watch Football and a Giveaway!

Editor's Note: we do realize there have been some crap in the news with certain football players. We are not, in any way, ignoring that. Just trying to love the game even when some of the players' conduct is...unbecoming. We hope you'll join us for the fun side of football.

 

Where are all my football fans at??

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You know who you are. You’re yelling at the TV right now as you watch your team just get intercepted. Oh, just me? Okay, *I* am yelling at the TV right now because MY team just got intercepted.

I freaking love football. And so, to celebrate, some of my favorite football loving ladies and I are hosting a giveaway to celebrate the start of football season. The prize? A $300 Amazon gift card. Bazinga!

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Be sure to check out these fabulous ladies and how they celebrate the start of football season. Then, to enter leave a comment below on your favorite football tradition and then fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

Specifics:

  • Open to residents of US or Canada, age 18+ years of age.
  • One (1) winner will receive a $300 Amazon gift card via email
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, September 21 at 11: 59 p.m.


  a Rafflecopter giveaway

YOU GUYS. You will be able to buy so much football gear.

Good luck!

smoothies

The Freshest and the Easiest {Sponsored Post}

The following post is sponsored by Fresh and Easy. All opinions are our own. 

My family is always in a ridiculous hurry. I keep wondering if we’re doing everything wrong and if we’re just really bad at getting organized (which, yeah…there’s that, too) but even on our most organized days, we still are rushing around.

We are always looking for ways to save time. But quick fixes are not always the best choice. I mean…fast food is, well, fast but it’s not what you want your family to eat. Especially when you are headed of to softball or soccer or volleyball or track or water polo.

Okay, maybe I see why we’re always rushing around.

The point is, it matters what I feed my family. But I’m a sucker for simple. If it makes even one part of my life easier, it’s my new best friend. (Or my new favorite thing.) (You know what I mean.)

Wild Oats Smoothie Kits
Wild Oats Smoothie Kits

I was so excited to try the new Wild Oats Smoothie Kits from Fresh and Easy. I love it when something makes SO MUCH SENSE.  The produce is ready to go, in a (to-go!) cup that comes with a straw. Toss it all in the blender with ice, blend and put it all back in the cup and you’re on your way.

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No really, you get to leave because it’s that easy. (And, let’s be honest, I don’t have to worry about the good cups coming back home in one piece.)

Plus, I feel good about what my kids are drinking as they head off to their various practices and games. Antioxidants? Check. Good source of fiber? Check. Cool flavors? CHECK.

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To be honest, I’m  a little bit bummed I didn’t think of this first. I’ll get over it, no worries. When something is THIS easy, you’re not mad at it. You just want to keep it on hand at all times. Obviously.

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

So, okay. I’m not the boss of you. You make your own choices and I fully support that. But ever since Maggiano’s Little Italy opened earlier this week, I’ve been really thinking that you need to head that way.

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Sarah and I had so much fun celebrating the grand opening of the new Sacramento location at Arden Fair. The excitement from their team was infectious as they cheered on the ribbon (well, pasta) cutting ceremony. Once inside, we began to taste some of the Maggiano favorites. I mean, I’m sorry to do this to you but I feel like you should be aware of what you haven’t been eating today.

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Chopped Salad
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Crispy, fried zucchini
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Piccata
pasta with cream sauce
pasta with cream sauce

Everything was SO GOOD. There wasn’t a thing we didn’t enjoy. In fact, I have some pretty strong feelings about their Famous Rigatoni ‘D’. Like, maybe feelings I probably shouldn’t share in public. Maybe.

Famous Rigatoni 'D'
Famous Rigatoni ‘D’
YUM
YUM

Here’s the thing, though. As much as I loved every part of our lunch, I honestly wasn’t expecting to have desserts that would leave me speechless. And not just because I was ridiculously full.

Dessert!
Dessert!
GLORIOUS Cheesecake
GLORIOUS Cheesecake
Probably one of the best Tiramisu I've had
Probably one of the best Tiramisu I’ve had

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Now, I would apologize for all the things I’ve just shown you but I’m just not sorry about it. (Not really, anyway.) It was so good, you’re just going to have trust me on this one and head over to Maggiano’s for dinner. Or lunch. Or dinner and lunch. I’m not the boss of you. I will not judge you if you go there twice in one day. I’m just saying you really need to go.

 

Cap City Moms was invited to attend Maggiano's Grand Opening and family style lunch. All opinions are our own. 
All photograph's by Sarah Maren Photography.

Dressed and Ready. Well, I’m Dressed Anyway.

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For the past week I’ve worn workout clothes almost every day without actually, you know, working out.  I learned long ago that one of the keys to me actually getting my ass out the door and onto the road for a run or some quality time with weights at the gym is laying out my workout clothes the night before.  I know, it sounds insane but it’s one of those things I know about myself.  So every night, before I finally get to go to sleep, I go through the motions of laying out my gear.  I choose my sports bras (yes, bras!  I gotta double bag these girls!), the shirt I’m going to sport (usually my CCM shirt, let’s be honest) and whichever pants don’t make me look too much like an overstuffed sausage.  I pause a moment to gaze longingly at the workout attire that I would wear last year when I was a crazy person.   Continue reading