My Thoughts on the Oprah Interview

March 8, 2021

 My lack of sleep is killing me right now! I stayed up too late, and then was up too early watching Australian and British morning show coverage. 


Honestly I'm finding that, as usual, the standard American doesn't get it at all. They're barking about American things and you have to look at this through the British lens. 

from the Associated Press


I honestly wanted to be excited about her, but totally saw the Duchess of Windsor writing on the wall. It wasn't going to work. Love can not overcome duty. No matter what, duty and service have to come first in that family. If you marry in you know what you signed up for. 


Take Harry's last two girlfriends, they dated for ages and ultimately decided they didn't want what came with these level of scrutiny. 


I love that he had a whirlwind romance with Meghan, I can relate on that level. But the difference is a regular Sally isn't on television during a Commonwealth service after their quick romance. 


She says she wasn't trained. Okay, many others haven't been either. William famously kept Catherine at a distance for 10 years of dating before they finally married. He was determined that she could withstand it better than his mother did. 


Harry - well he quick wed (and now we are finding out LIED about everything and married her 3 days earlier, making all that taxpayer money a sham) and her lack of preparedness blew up in their faces. 


They're saying they don't want to slander the Queen's name, but in dropping this baby skin color bombshell that they won't dive further into and talking about how his father cut off his money... is not helping anyone. 


More background - titles aren't usually given to great-grandchildren. William's children only got them because he WILL be king. Harry is the spare, a role that Andrew has suffered from. The slew of bad decisions that comes from these spares is shocking. 


They also can't very well make it sound like the Crown took away security, the MET police are in charge of security. If we can all recall from a year ago - they were getting pushback for the cost of keeping Met officers in Canada for that long. So it was tossed to Canada to cover it, and they said no. Trump even famously said they the US wouldn't pay for it either. 


People, people, the York sisters have private security. Why didn't they think that they would need private security if they "stepped back." It was coming at them full force. Harry's own father is who has pushed back at Andrew for trying to stay so senior royal and make his children who will never be on the throne senior royals. They know that to make the monarchy last they have to keep the British people happy. 


Where else do I want to go with this? 


The money. 


While I'm glad that his mother's money (and didn't the Queen Mother also leave them money?) helped in this time... he needs to not act like 20 million is chump change. Charles probably saw that they could stand on their own financially and set them free. The people of Wales already complain about Charles's Duchy of Cornwall, why on Earth would they want to foot the bill for two defunct royals as well. If the York girls were taking taxpayer money I assure you their would be anarchy. 


But, they're again they are saying this all on American news media and your standard American doesn't know a thing about any of this. They don't even know that Wales has been murmuring about independence again. 

If the allegations she's making a

bout racial things are true, then that is heartbreaking. Especially for a royal family that has worked so hard, or a Queen for that matter, to show that race and gender do not matter. She has famously danced with an African leader (the name leaves me now) when racial tensions were high. She drove the Saudi leader around, when he was still against letting women in that county drive. This woman has WORKED. FOR. EQUALITY. across the Commonwealth. They have high standards for countries that are involved in the Commonwealth. How does Meghan not know this? Why has Harry not informed her on this matters. 


Like honestly, one weekend on old BBC documentaries on Youtube could have solved a lot of problems for the woman. 


My mind is shot. 


For a royal interview - it was incredible. They talked about things we always wanted to hear. 


As an anglophile who was born in the wrong country -  this is devastating. Like send letter to the Queen sad. Phillip is in the hospital going on week 4, at age 99, and this can not be helping. Surely this is why our dear Queen got two new Corgi puppies this week. I'd need a new puppy to make it through this too.

 

Share your thoughts with me friends, I'd love to hear your take. 

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Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box || March

March 1, 2021

 This month's box is themed BEAUTY! 


Check out the video where I run through this month's box, as well as discuss why I use Simply Earth




Now, here's the quick run down. 



This month's box comes with 6 recipes that are personal care products. You'll get a hair mask, serum, lip balm, facial essence, a beautiful skin roll-on, and a diffuser blend. 


The Oils::


Beauty Within - This is your blend, it smells incredible. This is used for improving skin appearance. 

Tea Tree - Uplifting, cleans, and general skin care (TT is the OG of our household oils) (Medicinal and woody) 

Palmarosa - (this is a new to me oil) Calms, soothes pain, and skin care. (sharp and floral) 

Amyris - Calms, cleans, skin care (smells woody with a vanilla note) 


And incase you didn't know, Simply Earth devotes 13% of their profits to end human trafficking. I love a company that supports worthy causes. 


As always head over to Simply Earth to order your MARCH box and use the code LABRIDEFREE to get a $40 giftcard/credit towards your next order when you get your Bonus Box! 

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Family's Finances

February 23, 2021

 Poor financial management can lead to debt and cause stress and arguments in your household. Fortunately, more and more families are taking steps to pay off debt and practice responsible spending. If you’d like to feel more in control of your money, then here are some simple ways to improve your family’s finances.



Establish a household budget


Establishing a household budget is essential if you want to feel in control of your finances. You must monitor what money is coming in and out each month and create a budget to guide your spending decisions. You can use an online budget calculator or download a template to help you calculate a budget for your household. According to thebalance.com, you should follow these steps to create an effective household budget:

 

1.     List your reliable income, e.g., your monthly salary.

2.     Calculate your monthly outgoings by combining all of your expenses.

3.     Work out your net income by subtracting your expenses from your income.

4.     If your net income is negative, then identify ways to reduce your expenses.

5.     If your net income is positive, then aim to save this money each month or use it to pay off debts.


Save 20% of your incomings


Experts recommend that you should save 20% of your income. If your monthly income is $3,000 after-tax, you should aim to put $600 of this towards savings. This money can be used to build an emergency fund, pay off debts, or put towards large purchases like a new car or a family vacation. If you are struggling to save 20% of your salary each month, then you should look for ways to reduce your expenses. Saving can be difficult, but there are likely to be plenty of ways to slash your costs. Start by tracking your spending and evaluating your purchases. Make a note of anything you spent money on that was not essential, e.g., your morning Starbucks. Make a plan to reduce your spending and increase your net income. This may involve being more frugal with your purchasing habits or switching to cheaper alternatives. For instance, you can save money by shopping on an e-commerce platform like DHgate that allows you to buy various items at wholesale prices. You can save even more money on your purchase by using a dhgate coupon.


Evaluate your debts


Talking about debts can cause anxiety, but it’s an important conversation to have. Discussing your debts and coming up with a financial plan will help you take control of your finances. It will also motivate you to deal with the issue of outstanding debt. Make sure that you track any debts and have an action plan in place to repay the debt as quickly as possible.


Final thoughts


Becoming more responsible with your spending will help you feel in control of your finances and avoid money worries. Taking steps to improve your financial position will mean that your family has more freedom and can enjoy a higher quality of life. Follow the above suggestions to boost your family’s finances, get out of debt faster, and increase your savings fund.

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Meal Planning Monday

February 22, 2021

Another week, another meal plan. 


Admittedly, after going to Atlanta I could not find it in me to meal prep yesterday... so hopefully today I will. Or I'll starve. 




Monday | Meatball Parmesan with a salad (just meatballs, marinara sauce, and shredded mozarella baked until it's bubbly) 


Tuesday | Leftovers

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-Fil-A Nuggets with Fries

Thursday | One Pot Spicy Alla Vodka Pizza Pasta

Friday | Leftovers

Saturday | Eating Out 

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Breakfast - Orgain Shake or Atkins Bar
Lunch -Chicken Salad with Green Cabbage Cucumber Salad 
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Laissez le Snow Day Rouler

February 17, 2021

Yesterday we had the most fluffy powdery snow, and the kids loved it! The best part, this got us a two day Mardi Gras break! 


Here's a few pics from our morning.  



They were so proud of their snowballs! 

Elliot did great for his first time to see snow, he played for a long time and was super excited about it... until he wasn't. 













How do y'll like those homemade mittens, socks. They both had on pajamas and then real clothing. Two socks and then some of my fluffy socks. Two jackets and a hat. 

The upside of it all, it kept everything but their hands really dry. 







Snow angels and more snow tasting. 





Finally a family picture, by this point Elliot took off down the road as I was setting up my tripod. Long gone. Jeremy grabbed him and you can see his feelings about being stopped. 


You can also see his belly for that 10 second continuous capture because holding him down when he doesn't agree with you is like holding an angry alligator down. 

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King Cake Reviews || Murmurs of Ricotta

February 16, 2021

 This is the end of King Cake Review friends, Murmurs of Ricotta's take on the Dong Phong King Cake is the end all, be all, of perfection. 


She has techniques I've not seen on another king cake recipe. The dough stays so moist and soft throughout the entire process that you know it won't disappoint when you bake it. 


Baking. The bake time is spot on. Perfection. 


The icing is so good I forgot about Low Carb Monday and had King Cake Monday. I ate two pieces after I photographed this. Judge me. 


I'll be handwriting this recipe to add it to my recipe box. I'll probably also print this one out. When I die my grandchildren will have someone write this recipe in my handwriting and say that it reminds them of me, 


This is the king cake recipe to end all at home recipes, especially for the Louisiana expats. Make it, bake it, and don't step on the scale for a solid week after this cake. 



I even went so far as to make my own colored sugar when I saw how this was coming out. My initial thought to leave the sugar off or maybe use sprinkles was squelched when I noticed just how amazing this was going to be. This cake deserved colored sugar. 

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