Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekday Healthy Stir Fry from Terra's Kitchen

Weekday Healthy Stir Fry – courtesy of Terra's Kitchen
Serves 4
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup spinach, packed tightly
  • 4 baby bok choy, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup scallions
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • Canola Oil
  1. Heat wok or large skillet to high. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil.
  2. Sauté the garlic and ginger together.
  3. Add the sugar snap peas, spinach, bok choy, broccoli, fish sauce, and half of the sesame oil.
  4. Stir-fry quickly until the vegetables start to brown slightly and become tender.
  5.  Remove from heat. Stir in remaining sesame oil, scallion, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
       Pro Tip:
Remember HPCO! Hot. Pan. Cold. Oil. When stir-frying always remember to heat your wok BEFORE you add the oil. HPCO goes for sautéing too.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Integrity Tattoo Delivers Top-Notch Work

One of the things I have been wanting to do for a while is get a tattoo. I have a seahorse tattoo on my ankle from when I was 19, and in my eyes, it was something I had waited a while for, and now I was cool. Cool-er, anyway.

I have always loved it, and it’s a part of me. When I had milestone birthday last year, I decided I wanted something to remind me to stay in the moment, to be still instead of racing ahead to the next thing.

I contacted Kiel Ferrari at Integrity Tattoo in Royersford, who was incredibly awesome. When I went into the office on a cloudy day in February, I was nervous. I had found a pattern of what I wanted on a jewelry ring dish that I got at Charming Charlie’s. 

Just BEE!
Kiel made a special copy of the picture, then we placed it on my wrist to check the size and placement. After that, we headed back to Kiel’s tattoo office. 

All the tattoo artists had dedicated spaces in Integrity, and it’s bright and airy in there. A guy was getting ink added to his sleeve on his left arm as I walked by.

Once I sat down with Kiel in his cool steam-punk industrial-décor space, we got started. He shaved my wrist to make sure there wasn’t any stray hairs and he overlaid the copy of the design, which was an outline in purple. He began mixing his colors and inspecting the needles, and wiping my wrist with antiseptic. He was gloved and everything was in its place.

It was time! I asked him to touch my wrist so I remembered how the needle felt. He did, and he began. And ouch Holy heck I forgot how much it hurt. Quick Kiel distract me! We chatted about his marriage- he had just gotten married, and I got married 2 years before so we chatted about that, and the hours a tattooist keeps.

I am a warrior...I can handle this!
I asked him how he got into it- and with him being a creative person, this seemed a good fit. He started in 2007 with a focus on bold colors and emphasizing his black and greys. 

And I will say, I wasn’t sure how my piece was going to look , I wanted more bronze and white and gold, but the shading he did on the body of the bee was magnificent.

Kiel’s favorite tattoo that he did- he’s a Walking Dead fan, as am I, and he recently tattooed Lucille onto a Negan fan.

After a while, the need didn’t hurt, and I felt quite elated. It was pretty awesome seeing this shape come into existence on my body. All too soon he was done, just when I was enjoying the adrenaline rush from it, it was over.

To bee or not to bee
I had a bee on my wrist!  A reminder to ‘just be.’ To ‘bee’ in the moment. Bees have very precise calculations to their flight patterns when they fly even though it looks random. Plus, bees are crucial to the world's ecosystems.

I do a lot of PR and social media for small businesses and I always say it seems random but there is a method to the madness- calculations to the end result. 

I identify with bees as messengers, and as a writer, I feel connected. 

All done!
My dad jokingly asked me where the stinger was, and I said this was a queen bee. Or a honeybee working hard.

I now have a fabulous piece of art that will always ‘bee’ with me! Contact Integrity Tattoo for an amazing tattoo of your own.

To follow up, I couldn't swim for two weeks, and I had to keep ointment on it. I also kept smacking it into everything the next couple days, and after the high wore off, it definitely ached. But that soon went away and it healed, leaving a gorgeous original piece of art!

The shop is located at 65 S Lewis Rd, Royersford.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BUMP IT OFF: The Ultimate Cleaning Gadget

Goddess of Gadgets is thrilled to introduce their newest invention, BUMP IT OFF, a reusable silicone sleeve designed to perform a variety of household tasks efficiently and effectively. 

Eco-friendly and versatile, this mighty tool features gentle bristles on one side and smooth bumps on the other enabling it to take on any house chore thrown its way. 

BUMP IT OFF fits comfortably in your hand in multiple positions, allowing you to concentrate scrubbing power in the palm of your hand or on your fingertips. 

The first product to receive four family choice awards in the same year, BUMP IT OFF is a household rockstar and makes the perfect addition to your house cleaning regimen.

I used this on my carpeted stairs, where both my orange kitty and my fluffy black chow-chow love to run up and down, leaving lots of fur everywhere. 

Lugging the vacuum is not an option, and Bump It Off made cleaning so much easier because the little rubber teeth grab ahold of pet hair in a way a vacuum cannot- even a Dyson!

So many uses!
· Kitchen: Make dishwashing a cinch! This multi-purpose tool can easily get the cooking grime out of your pots and pans in a flash without scratching the cookware. No more grimy scrub pads lying around! It’s also great for cleaning fruits and vegetables—gentle on mushrooms while able to get the dirt off potatoes.
· Laundry: Increase the longevity of your clothes. 
Use BUMP IT Off to loosen and lift stubborn stains from clothes and upholstery.
· Pet: Love your furry friend, but not the shedding? Keep your furniture and clothing fur-free with BUMP IT Off. It also makes a great grooming tool and your companion will love the massage.
· Body: Ladies love to use it as a beauty tool to exfoliate their skin and kids love to use it in the shower due to its cool look and fun feel. 
· Makeup Brushes: Don’t let dirt, grime and bacteria collect on your makeup brushes—BUMP IT OFF makes cleaning them a cinch!
· Easy to clean: BUMP IT Off can go in the top rack of the dishwasher to be sanitized and used over and over!
· Save money- Don’t waste money on cheap, low-quality brushes. 
This well-designed product can last a lifetime.
Available in Blue, Green, Orange and Purple 

About Goddess of Gadgets
The self-proclaimed “Goddess of Gadgets” Lisa Ximenez specializes in inventing and producing innovative products that provide everyone with faster solutions to everyday home, health, and family challenges.  With over 25 years of executive experience in promotional brand development, 15 years as founder and CEO of RT Marketing, Lisa has amassed knowledge in how to successfully target a client’s needs, developing solution, and promoting to the correct audience. Her clients include popular, luxury and entertainment brands such as Avon, Kellogg’s, Disney, Nike Golf, Chicago Bulls, Aston Martin, Coke, Activision and Swarovski.
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