Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Little This; A Little That

Rummikub non-starter
Rummikub non-starter (Photo credit: Kai Hendry)

Yesterday was a wonderful day! I spent two hours playing Rummikub with my husband's Aunt Elaine. She won 7 games out of 10!!! I am going to have to practice up for a rematch! Then we went to lunch at Walla Walla General Hospital where they serve delicious vegetarian food. One of my lunch items was a super yummy kale salad with dried cranberries and balsamic vinaigrette. 

I do think the trip was a bit more than I was ready for as we drove two hours each way. I thought sitting in the car would be okay, forgetting that the most comfortable position for me right now is sitting with my feet up! Then walking through the two stores we went to was torture:( I am getting better but oh so slowly!

I have terribly dry hands plus eczema on both thumbs. Sometimes my hands hurt so bad they throb! On Dr. Oz this week, he was talking to a dermatologist and she recommended Eucerin Aquaphor. They had a woman who had been using it for seven days with remarkable results. Dr. Oz said that in his surgery, the doctors use it because their hands dry out from washing them so much. I put it on my list for yesterday's shopping. Eucerin Aquaphor was $14.97 for a 14 oz jar. After comparing the ingredients, I purchased the store brand for $9.92 plus a tube of it for my purse for $2.96.

As you can see from the picture above, my thumb is pretty nasty (and this isn't as nasty as it sometimes gets) so I am hoping this cream will work.

For my shopping yesterday, I was hoping not to spend over $20 so I could stay on target with Carla's January No Low Spend Challenge. And I did it!!! It did mean I had to stay away from the yarn though:(

  • Advanced Healing Ointment (compare to Eucerin Aquaphore) ... $9.92
  • Advanced Healing Ointment tube for purse ... 2.96
  • Sport Card Plastic Sleeves (individual) to make punch templates ... $2.97
  • Ghirardelli Squares (for stamping club project) ... $3.00
Total Spent = $18.85 (update on where that puts me next week)

As part of my weight loss plan, I have been making myself a smoothie each morning for breakfast--yummy!

Breakfast Smoothie

1 cup Trader Joe's Coconut Milk
1 banana
1/2 apple
1 cup blueberries or raspberries (picture above using raspberries)
1/4 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
1 Tbsp Chia seeds

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.
This smoothie uses 4 Weight Watchers points, leaving me 22 for the rest of the day! 

Till tomorrow!


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  1. Yum! This smoothie looks delicious!

    And I really want to know if this ream works for you. My husband has a terrible eczema and nothing seems to work lately...

    1. The smoothie IS delicious! I will definitely update you on the cream! I have tried sooo many things to no avail:( I am really hoping this cream works!

  2. I need to get some of that lotion...I am going to look for the store brand like you did. My skin get terribly dry in the winter. Playing Rummikub with your husband's aunt sounds fun! The smoothie looks delicious. You inspire me to make myself a breakfast smoothies. I used to do it, but have gotten out of the habit. You are doing good on your no/low spend challenge! Have a great weekend.

    1. The lotion is working very well. I hope to post an update on Thursday. My hubby's aunt is a hoot! We had sooo much fun! Thanks for stopping by!