I made an awesome pork tenderloin dinner with spinach/arugula and mushrooms…mmmmm, but didn’t want to eat the same thing again, so tried to find something on Pinterest and Google and not much came up for what I was looking for. So, I am going to wing it and make my own version.
Here’s the ingredients I used
1 box beef broth
1 onion cut into medium chunks
5 sticks left over carrots and I piece of celery I had in the fridge
1 pound of cooked pork tenderloin.
I placed it all in a slow cooker on high in the hopes it won’t take too long i.e. 3 hours max. Then, I’m going to shred the meet with a fork and then….put some bbq sauce on it…Voila BBQ pulled pork.
OMG, my man and I went on a date last night with 2 other fun friends Patty B and Jamie to see an adult version of a magic show. This was item #4 Go to a Magic Show on my bucket list.
It was AWESOME, or rather he Michael Bourada from Turning Tricks Comedy Magic Show was. I was in awe and kept saying to my man “no way Bebe, did you see that?” Thank god my man is patient because I kept doing that throughout the show.lol
The guy entertained and got almost every area of the room involved in the show. I even got to take part and that was awesome.
If you still want to get a good deal, go to this Groupon link to get it. It’s $15 a person. SUPER cheap and so worth it.
I’m trying to find fun things to do in Ottawa that are not too pricey and are fun. I like to look for deals or coupons for dates, but when I do a search on Google, they come up with thousands of pages. Then, you have to go to each one because there isn’t one site that contains everything. I wish there was a site that contained ALL the deals and maybe it could be a mobile app? Hint hint for those that like to create apps. I would use this app for sure…if someone created it.
I remember there was a website for online coupons that compiled all the deals online into one location. I can’t remember what it’s called. If you know of it, please share.
I like to try different things to learn, but with so many places to look, I forget where I found the deal or what the place was called. Then I have to go and start my search all over, until now. I am going to use this page to continuously update where I find things. No more trying to find things all over. It will be one click away.
Do you remember the GREAT movie the Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? I do and it gave me a kick in the pants to make changes.
Is there a list of things you’ve been wanting to do, but never really wrote them down and forgot about them. Then, all of a sudden you ran into someone who talked about a painting class they took and how much fun it was, or maybe you ran into a fun party friend who told you she (you know who you are…lol) she makes homemade wine, and you suddenly remembered these were things you wanted to do. Well, why aren’t you doing them? For me, it was because I put the list aside and forgot about them, but I am reading a book from Jack Canfield called The Success Principles – How to get from where you are to where you want to be. One of the exercises in the book is to write out 101 lists of things you want to do before you die. Well, I went to town on this list, but at one point I couldn’t get past 30. I won’t tell you how to do it. You can get that from the book as it’s really a good book and, you can get it for free from the public library. Ya, they still exist and…FREE books. The best part I like about the library is it forces me to read the book from start to finish in 3 weeks or else if I don’t bring it back in time, I pay a fine PER DAY! No thanks.
Here’s my list and there are now 136 I think and counting.
REMEMBER…this is before you die. NOT get it done in a week.
101(+) Life goals to do before I die
Do Stand up paddle – DONE July 29, 2016 at the trailer – Thanks John & Cindy
NEW – Speak at 1 event about one of my stories from my book – I cancelled an event because i wasnt ready and my book isnt ready.
Be a comedian at a comedy show
Go to a magic show…now that would be awesome to take part – DONE October 28, 2016 with ma man, Patty B & Jamie.
Go see a live hypnotist – Done August 18, 2016 and sad it didn’t work on me:(
Be a contestant on a game show Family Feud with Steve Harvey. He’s funny
NEW – Add a lock to the lock bridge in Paris or somewhere in Ottawa? I have been debating on this because the lock was for lost love, but those I love are still here. Wait, I am going to do it for Carl & George…the beautiful men whom I call Dads.
Get up close to see an alligator in Florida, Louisiana, New Orleans, Dallas, and/or Alabama
Go hand gliding
Go on 1 date a week with the Man to have 52 fun memories – So far so good.
Ride in a Hot air balloon
Build a storage or small cottage using free wood pallets
Scuba Dive in the ocean and find treasure
Celebrate my 10 year anniversary (year 2021) with the Man with family/friends that is so much fun doing games, eating, laughing
Take part in a New Years Eve scavenger hunt
Attend my high school reunion in 2020
Go horseback riding with friends and loving the ride and the air – DONE July 2017but did it alone and well, I didn’t get to run the horse. While it was nice, it wasn’t the best ride I’ve been on.
Go see a US football game
Have 4 orgasms in 1 day – Hey it’s my bucket list and KIDS should not be reading this!
Do a weekend camping trip where you sleep outside and ride horses all day
Go zip lining and scream “I love my life”
Learn to windsurf
Take part in a polar bear dunk
Attend a drum camp with Camp Ocanto (drumcamps.ca)
Attend an Eco Expo and learn and be open (ecoexpo.ca)
Take a bar/ballet class (insideoutstudio.ca)
Make a pattern and sew a beautiful dress to wear anytime
Go see the Summer Olympics in a foreign country and explore the culture
Have my body painted made to look like I’m wearing clothes
Host a dinner party for friends, family and business partners to say thank you for being part of our life and supporting me along the way.
Perform in a play that helps women take charge of their future and laugh watching it
Take my best friends on a girls get away where we get massage, do yoga and eat amazing food and meditate.
Ride an elephant
Experience floating in space
See Tony Robbins live and do the fire walk
NEW – ride a bull – DONE October 21, 2016 , but it was a mechanical bull and I am totally OK with that
Break a world record
Get a meaningful tattoo that shows how far I’ve come and loving life
Paint beautiful images to hang in our new home on the lake – Still a work in progress. I wrote article on this called “I think I’m Picaso”
Create a calendar or journal with beautiful, inspirational, motivational and action quotes
Get a professional modelling portfolio done (make up, hair, clothing)
Take part in a fun fashion show
Complete a Tri-tri marathon for my 50th birthday in January 2022
Learn to scuba dive
Sing a country song for a live audience
Stomping on grapes for wine or just for fun
Make homemade wine or champagne ( go see deals at: www.groupon.com/deals/wine-butler-6)
Build a bench with cushion for our bedroom or closet
Knit a hat, scarf and mittens
Get free tickets to Watch the Harlem Globe Trotters
Be a model in a fun fashion show
Run a 1/2 marathon by the age of 50
Take part in a fun fitness competition
Get a massage every week
NEW – Do a sweat lodge clearing
NEW – See the Northern Lights
NEW – Try Yoga on Stand Up paddle (SUP.com)
NEW – Do Nail art
NEW – appear in a movie. OMG, that would be so much fun, unless it’s a scary movie, which I will then have nightmares about.
NEW – Get a fitness wrist band tracker like Fitbit or Garmon. Still working on finding good price. Used one is good to, but not sure which one to buy.
Family and Friends
UPDATE – Organize a fun night of games and invite the neighbors, friends, business women – DONE Aug 19 – I organize mini Olympics at our camp ground for the ladies. Its sooo much fun. Its become an annual thing.
Spend time with my fun girls at a getaway every year – DONE Nov 4 – Fiddler Lake In with Patty cakes, Patty Payne, Carol – So much fun
Send a personal card to a different friend every month to say thanks for being my friend and wishing them everything they dream of for the new year – changing it to when I feel it and not every month. Otherwise it feels forced. NOTE, if you see this Shelly Smith, thank you for always sending me a card. I look forward to them every year. Love you TONS!
Send a personal card to a military personnel who needs to know that they are thought of by strangers
NEW – Try to fix some of my family relationships – I have met with one of my sisters in July and it was nice.
Go on a fun cruise ship vacation with great food and lots of ports to visit – BOOKED. That’s the first step. Next is getting on the plane and taking off😊
Travel to Italy, ride the gondola and eat real pizza
Travel to Greece, eat Greek food and swim in the crystal water and sit on the edge of mountain looking out
Travel to Thailand – eat, meditate and ride the boat and ride an elephant
Travel to India – meditate and take a yoga class
Travel to Las Vegas to people watch and go and see Cirque du soleil
Travel to Nashville to listen to country bands like Garth Brooks, Tim Magraw
Travel to San Francisco and ride the trolley
Created a website that’s fun – DONE April 9, 2016 “lafemmeottawa.com”
NEW – Be a guest on the Marilyn Dennis show and have drinks with her. She Rocks. Congrats Marilyn on your 1000 episode. Maybe I will be there for 1,100?
Written an inspiration book that helps thousands of people change their life – the chapters are being written as we speak – hope to have it finished by Dec. 31st. – Oh boy, well, this didn’t happen because while I want to write the book I need to really think about why I’m writing it. Right now, the stories have just been very therapeutic and that’s good enough for me right now.
Have a plaque for being recognized for helping someone or an organization in my community
Have 100 of my stories published in newspapers, magazines, and other author books where I am credited
Write 352 fun date ideas for us to do – I’m at 135 I think, but some might be duplicates.
Buy an investment cottage and have it paid in full
Move into a beautiful 3 bedroom beautifully decorated and very cozy home with a basement and garage for the Man and an office for my business.
Make $1 Million dollars in 1 year
Host a recognition-awards night for part-time business owners to show off their accomplishments.
Speak at 100 events, workshops or anywhere else they will have me
Speak to an audience of over 1,000 people where I’m having and people are laughing and enjoying my speech
Create a business that helps other less fortunate women learn to start their own business
Join a mentoring group with women who are doing work they love that gives them over $100,000 a year and learn from them
Create a mobile app that keeps you in check with your goals and gives you suggestions on ways to keep going, inspiration, actions and a plan
Write over 50 bestselling books – decided it doesn’t have to be best sellers, but rather just written 50 books. So one down “Turn your cottage into money”, and only 49 more to go.
Have over 100 companies calling me to speak at their events. I’m a well sought out speaker
Teach monthly workshops that I get paid very well – I taught 3 workshops this year
Be a teacher/facilitator at workshops across the world that pay me and my expenses
Interview experts on my radio/podcast show
I’m a successful author having written over 100 bestselling books (hey, I did say lifetime)
I’m interviewed by kind journalists who believe in self development
Created inspiring videos
Speak at TedTalk about my life and inspire people to keep going
Invest in other small businesses
Buy a new trailer with an add-a-room and an patio to sit outside
Make $100,000 + a year doing things I love
Get a free membership at a gym that’s close to home – OK, I didn’t get a free one, but I got free stuff from Movati. Glad I signed up because they have awesome yoga classes.
Earning $5,000 a month coming in through residual income and use part of it for business and part for fun with life.
Have $1 million in savings for retirement at 55 years’ old
NEW – Take a writing workshop –
Take self-esteem classes or get counseling to help heal my past and release my insecurities – this is a work in progress and I’m working on it and it’s really helping
NEW – Learn to speak Spanish fluently –
Learn to teach yoga
NEW – Learn 1 magic trick and show others
Drink only on the weekends – working on it, but still needs work
Learn to belly dance
Learn to play piano
Learn to play sax
Play a musical instrument at a concert
Read each religion of each country
Write a country song that inspires people
Pay for an all-inclusive trip for Brian, Rachel
Learn to read faster
Learn how to memorize – bought the DVD at the Motivate Me conference in September. Now just need to learn it.
Hire a coach that is doing what I want to do
Live in a warm, safe (free of crime) climate where they speak English, are friendly and willing to help me grow my business
Speak at 50+ women’s event and inspire them/motivate them with my stories to believe they can have their dreams too
Have my fortune read by a clairvoyant
Meet Oprah Winfrey and say thank you for all her stories and the wonderful speakers she brings on her show
Be on Oprah’s show and Steve Harvey and thank them for introducing my book to the world
Meet Brene Brown and thank her for being vulnerable and telling us it’s ok to be
Meet Lisa Nichols and thank her for changing the path for the rest of us
Own a beautiful wardrobe that is professional and casual at the same time
Have my own name on designer clothes that are affordable and fun
Get my degree in psychology
Get my degree in nutrition/dietician/fitness training
Take a home staging course
UPDATE – Decorate our home with beautiful furniture, art and pieces we found along our adventures – This is the project I’m working on right now to decorate our home for under$500 Canadian. – I’ve spent about 150 so far, but some of the decisions I am not happy with because they didn’t turn out.
Black belt in martial arts. Hey, I still have lots of time to complete this one.
Traveled all over the world after we retire from government (year 2024 or sooner) staying in places with friends and business friends we met along the way and not pay a cent!
Get a personal assistant that will help my business grow…aaarrrrg
Go See Jack Canfield live and learn from him
NEW – Buy a newer park model trailer that we both love for under $25K. DONE! We take possession August 13, 2017. It’s not really new as it was on my vision board, but I somehow didn’t add it to my bucket list.
If you have more fun ideas, please share in the comments below.
Or, maybe you have an event to go to and need a little help.
Well, I just got informed by my new friend Teri McCoy from Digital Oyster that there is something wonderful going on. Pamper Me is doing an event for Cancer. The event is called Pamper me for Breast Cancer. I don’t want to spoil it, so click on the link above to see what treats you will get that day:)
Go out and pamper yourself and…why not support a great cause at the same time.
I found a great image from furman.edu that asked Do you love or do you hate writing.
Are you considering starting a business, or maybe you already have one, but you’re finding the writing hard. Well, it’s not hard at all, but it’s a bit of work. You need to have a plan and I’m going to show you 3 things I did to help me come up with my blog articles.
This is how some of you probably feel. Maybe you’ve been told you don’t write well. Were you an average writer in school? Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to listen to those people because….they are not who you are writing for. You are a writer. You’re just not an academic writer and sorry, who wants to be one of them. Not me. Sorry if I offended anyone, but theory for me is soooooo dry.
Here’s what I’ve learned from my mentors to help me come up with ideas for writing.
You’re a mom or dad, or you have a partner you have to get the kids ready, make the lunches, you have to start the laundry before your day starts, make the beds, clean the dishes, vacuum or clean the house…and you have to go to a job where you work full time, and trying to find time in between to kiss your partner or make you know what loooove:)
You’re exhausted right? Well, I don’t have kids, so I am not as exhausted, but I’m already exhausted, but I have a different life. Here’s my day: Make coffee, prep lunches for us, read meal ideas, read training for business that I run, , write articles for blog, try to be intimate, watch tv because that’s all I have the energy to give.
Well, if you either of these, you really need a date night with your partner.
Has this happened to you? You’re working the night before on a story for your website or maybe you were surfing the net. You’re not thinking anything and go to bed only to wake up to your computer not working? Here’s my story of what happened last week. I got up on Saturday morning looking forward to write another story, but I need my coffee first. So, I poor myself a nice cup of coffee and when to my office to turn on the computer and…BAM!!! Blue screen of death. My computer died. I tried to reboot it SEVERAL times, but it wouldn’t start up. I unplugged it as that was one of the words I think it said on the screen before it really died, and still no change. When the computer does come back on the words on the screen say “unmountable boot volume”. What’s going on. I just got the screen replaced the week before because I somehow dropped it and it cracked. By the way, you can easily replace the screen yourself once you buy a new one from a computer store. Save yourself $100 on installation fees.
OK, I haven’t been in the mood to cook or even go surfing for recipes, but I had a chicken breast that I didn’t want to go to waste. So, I searched online and found a few Asian recipes, but I didn’t have all the ingredients. However, if you’ve seen from my website I like to modify and use what I have in the house.
Here’s what my version of Peanut Thai chicken pasta saladlooks like and the ingredients I had on hand.
1 chicken breast
1/4 box of gluten free pasta
2 tbl spoon of thai paste
1 tbl spoon of ginger (now I have to go out and buy a new jar. I love this stuff)
3 baby carrots
1/4 red onion
1 big scoop of peanut butter, but next time I wouldn’t put so much
1 tsp sesame oil.
Here’s the original recipe link that I found. You can see the instructions that I used here too.
Hope you save money and have fun with this recipe.
If you recall a week ago, I tried these bags called Stay Fresh. They were suppose to keep my veggies and fruits fresh for up to 10 days. Well, after 4 days, here’s what the banana’s look like. I also tried it with herbs cilantro and mint, and well….no good either.
I’m not giving up. I’m going to try the green containers next to see if that works. Something has to work to keep my veggies for at least 5 days…pleeeeeease.
If you have something that works, please let me know in the comments as I think we ALL would like to know the secret:).