Stevia for the Win

Though I like cooking, I’m not a particularly good cook.  It’s not for lack of trying, I guess.  I’m just better at following a recipe than making one up.  Case in point- blueberry banana bread.

Banana blueberry bread

It looks decent but I put in too many blueberries and it made the bread way too wet.  And also, some of the blueberries turned an unappealing greenish color.  Live and learn, I suppose.

So while my banana bread wasn’t the best, you know what is?  This package that I received from NuNaturals stevia.


I’m not much for product reviews on my blog.  When I first started blogging, I wanted companies to contact me to see if I wanted to review their products.  But now, I just don’t have the time for that – unless it’s a product that I know I love.  And NuNaturals is just that product.  As my banana bread fail illustrates, I’m not much of a baker, so I don’t really use stevia for that.  But you know what I do use it for?  Coffee.  Lots of coffee.

Venti iced coffee with soy milk and no sweetener.  That’s my go-to Starbucks drink.  But I have to add some sort of sweetener.  I don’t like what Starbucks has to offer in terms of sugar substitutes so I carry my own NuNaturals white stevia packets in my purse.  One of these packets adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the iced coffee.  I’ve tried with other brands and it’s just not the same.  NuNaturals for the win!

In addition to my favorite stevia packets, NuNaturals also sent me some liquid stevia, some quick disolve tabs that I haven’t tried yet, some vanilla liquid stevia and some cocoa syrup.  The syrup was pretty good.  You have to shake it some, but the consistency is like a regular chocolate syrup, which is pretty cool.  I mixed it with some ricotta cheese and had a nice (and unpictured) dessert.  Much better than the blueberry banana bread.

Would you like to share in my stevia love?  NuNaturals is offering 4 readers a great prize package which consists of one bottle the Vanilla Stevia Liquid, a 50 pkt box of the NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets, plus, a bottle of the NuStevia No Carbs Blend and a bottle of our new NuStevia cocoa syrup.  Plus, you’ll also receive a free bonus product.  Sweet deal, huh?  Har-de-har-har.

This giveaway is open worldwide but they are unable to ship to PO boxes.  If you want to learn more about NuNaturals and see a bunch of recipes using their products, check them out on Facebook.  You can also order directly from and get 15% off your order by using promo code BLG1214 until 12/31/14.

I’ll choose four random winners on Monday (the 14th) morning, so you have until then to enter.  Just leave a comment to do so.

[These products were given to me free of charge.  All opinions are my own.]

3 Day Weekend

So I know I said my next post was going to be about stevia and I know you’re all on the edge of your seats waiting [sarcasm font], but you’re going to have to wait another day or two.  Because I have to actually make something with the stevia before I write about it.  And then I can give you some.

So yeah, thanks for your comments on my last post.  Honestly, my mood is kind of all over the place.  We have our geneticist appointment on Friday.  I don’t really know what to expect.  I don’t think they’re going to do any actual tests on Alexander.  I think they’re just looking at him.  Ugh.  I just hate that we even have to deal with all of this.

Anyway, that’s not what I wanted to write about.  I wanted to write about my 3-day weekend.  Even though the only people who probably care are my family.

We actually didn’t do much for the actual holiday.  Alexander did don his patriotic colors though.

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And then we went to Ikea.

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We got a chair…and some frozen yogurt.  Because everyone knows the frozen yogurt (for a dollar) is the best part of going to Ikea.  Makes up for the stressfulness that is getting through the entire store.

Then we met up with some friends for half-price crab legs at Fontaines.

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Seriously, mom.  Stop with the pictures.

The rest of our day/night included going to Trader Joe’s and falling asleep on the couch.  #old.

Sunday we worked on fun things like sitting.

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I know you’re jealous of my photog skillz.  He is sitting unassisted.  I mean if you count hunched over in a tripod position “sitting.”

Going along with the “my kid is almost 6 months old even though he looks like a 3 month old” theme, I also decided he needed to experience a playground. With shoes on.

Alex swing

Alex slide

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Anxiety is a Bitch

I wish I could say that the reason that I haven’t been blogging a lot is that I’ve been busy.  It wouldn’t be a lie, really.  We went to DC last weekend and SC this past one.  But honestly, it’s more that I’ve just been consumed with anxiety.  Coping at shit that life throws your way has never been one of my strong suits.  Actually, that’s not even really true.  While I’m not great at making lemonade or tequila shots or whatever out of lemons, it’s more the fear that the other shoe is going to drop that really has me paralyzed.

It sucks.  Nothing has happened.  At least nothing more than I’ve written about before.  Long story short if you haven’t heard it already, our pediatrician thought Alexander could have a genetic syndrome.  This theory was based on several things, but mostly because he’s not growing very well.  I’m not sure exactly how much he weighs (we have a weight check on Tuesday and weighing him on our home scale gives me a different number every time.), but I’d be happy if he hits the 13 lb mark.

It’s not just his weight, it’s some other features too.  He was a strange looking baby.  Everyone saw it.  But as he’s gotten older, he has grown out of that, mostly.  So, the doctor mentioned a couple of curiosities and of course, I added a million others in my head. I decided he has low-set ears even though no one mentioned it.  I decided he has a small head even though no one mentioned it. Hell, I’ve diagnosed him with a bunch of different syndromes myself.  Because that’s what anxiety will do to you.  Make you think that you’re a geneticist because you know how to Google.

Nothing has happened as of right now.  We had a microarray, which tests for chromosomal deletions, and it came back normal which was great, but the microarray doesn’t cover everything.  (Yes, I can be negative.  I’m trying to work on it.  Or at least acknowledge it.)

I’m angry.  Angry that I have to go through this.  Angry that there could be something wrong with my son.  Angry that I’ve been torturing myself playing Dr. Google for over a month now but I can’t stop.  I never really dealt with the anger and jealousy issues that I had with my pregnancy.  I haven’t been pregnant for almost half a year now, yet I still get jealous when I talk to or read about women who have normal, uncomplicated pregnancies.

I hesitate to write all this, because I feel like I’m all “woe is me” over something that might not even be happening and I know there are people out there that are dealing with real, concrete problems and probably dealing with them more gracefully than I am.

Look at that – two posts on the same day.  And my next post is going to be about stevia, which I don’t really have a good segue into except that I really like a particular brand of stevia.

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