Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Why Is Diversity Important?

Dictonary.com defines diversity as, “the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc. (Dictonary.com, n.d.).” We all know that it is best to work for a company that practices having a diverse workforce but what does it mean? Diversity can mean different things to different people. Here is my take on how to explain what diversity is.

Think of a box of crayons. There are several colors in the crayon box. Now think of a child drawing a picture. It doesn’t matter what the picture is, just that the child is drawing the picture with the crayons in the box. That child is going to use all the crayons to make their picture. He isn’t just going to use one crayon for the whole picture. Each crayon helps that child tell his story or draw his picture. Without one crayon the picture is not complete. It is dull, unfinished, missing something special.

How can we relate this to the workforce? The crayons represent our people, or Human Resources and the picture represents the project the workforce is working on. Each person working on the project, no matter their cultural background, education, religion, age, size, or gender has something to add to the project. It’s these different points-of- view that bring life to the project. If we only had one point-of-view the project wouldn’t be successful.

Diversity is about embracing our differences and finding a way to work together for the benefit of the project and for the company. Can you think of another analogy to explain what diversity means to you? Share your thoughts below!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Avenue.com Ring Chain Necklace Blouse (Review)

Disclaimer: This review is of my own personal experience. I was not contacted by nor am I associated with Avenue.com. I purchased this product with my own funds and am just sharing my experiences as a consumer. Your experience may differ from mine.

As a recent college graduate looking to get back into the workforce, I’ve been looking for clothes that make me look like a professional rather than someone that looks like they just rolled out of bed. I have a couple things that work against me in the clothing department: 1) I’m short. I’m 5’3” and those of you that are around the same height understand my struggle. We might find pants that look really cute but are made for giants or we might find a shirt that looks really cute but it looks like a nightgown on us. Also, fashion designers think that everyone has big boobs! I can find a shirt that fits in the waist but the boob area is so big that I might as well not wear a shirt because you can see EVERYTHING!

My second struggle is that I’m a plus size woman. The clothes look like they are made for a 90 year old woman! I mean what person, under the age of 50 or even 60, wants to look like their grandmother? Have designers even looked around the United States? Can they see that there are ALL types of body shapes? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can lose the weight….for those of you that will comment that. Believe me, I’ve tried. Just look at my Instagram page where I posted photos of me doing 5k races. I was down a considerable amount of weight but life got in the way and I admit I let myself go. But for the meantime, I need clothes that fit me and make me look professional.

Image from: Avenue.com

If you’re still reading, let’s move on to the purpose of this post. I like to shop online, which is probably not a good thig, since you can’t try on your purchases before buying. I was browsing clothes on Avenue.com when I came across this really cute top. I made sure to read the sizing before I placed it in my shopping cart and checked out. I’m normally a size 22-24 or 3X. In reality I’m probably smaller but I don’t like shirts that cling to me so I purchase bigger than I should.

The top is a maroon color with a built in necklace. I purchased it for $30, normally $50. I figure the top could be worn under a blazer for work and the chain can be removed, which is nice. The color is slightly different than the photo online but not by much. It’s made out of 100% Polyester and is really thin but not see through. The only thing I don’t like is that you can see every lump and bump if you don’t wear Spanx. Also, I noticed that as I moved, the shirt got a lot of static, so I’ll probably have to find some static cling spray before I wear it. One last thing, I could have ordered a smaller shirt because this shirt tends to run big.

My overall experience is good and just keep in mind that the shirt runs a bit large. Also, because of the material, I'd wear Spanx to keep everything smooth.


Women's Buckle Braid Cardigan from Wish.com (Review)

Disclaimer: This review is of my own personal experience. I was not contacted by nor am I associated with Wish.com. I purchased this product with my own funds and am just sharing my experiences as a consumer. Your experience may differ from mine. 

So far I’ve received two out of six items I purchased from Wish.com on December 30th. Both items were received before their anticipated delivery dates, which is pretty good. If you haven’t read my previous post regarding the fitness bands, please find that post here: Wish.com Fitness Band Review.

Image from Wish.com

Today we will be discussing the “Fashion Women’s Solid Color Long Sleeve Buckle Braid Front Irregular Clothes Placed Cardigan” (pictured above) that I purchased for $10 ($7.00 for the sweater and $3.00 for shipping). The sizes ranged from Small to 5XL. After reading the reviews and seeing that the sweater ran a bit small, I decided to play it safe and order the 5XL. My normal size is 22-24 or 3XL.

The sweater is really cute, in the picture, and so I decided to make the leap of faith and purchase it. I received the sweater in the mail on Friday, January 12th. I ran inside, excited to try it on. First, the package was damaged but the sweater was safe inside. I pulled the sweater out of the package and noticed it looked a wee bit small. Who am I kidding? It looked WAY too small, but like any good product reviewer I tried it on anyway.

When I say I felt like a sausage getting ready for breakfast, I mean it! This bad boy was so tight and the buckle didn’t hit in the same place it does on the picture! Who wants to have a buckle ride just above their boobs? As you can see in the photo below, it doesn’t come close to closing on me and you can clearly see the arms are way too tight.

I had my 12 year old son, who wears a man’s small and my 16 year old son, who wears a man’s medium try on the sweater to see if it would close on them but no such luck. My 16 year old is about 5’8” ish and weighs about 145 pounds. The buckle hit him in the same spot it hit me and it wouldn’t close all the way on him either. My thoughts are that this sweater is built more for an 80 pound 8 year old girl and not a grown woman.

For those of you that will say, “Well, I can see why it wouldn’t fit you. You’re really fat and blah, blah, blah.” A fat girl wants to look nice too. Plus, this was supposed to be a PLUS SIZED sweater. You know who you “Negative Nellie's” are. Those that have to put people down rather than encourage and support someone because you think you are better than everyone else.

Anyway, my point is, this sweater runs really small and if you are a big girl, like me, think twice before you waste your money on something that won’t even fit a 145 pound teenager.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Resistance Band Workout Kit from Wish.com (Review)

Disclaimer: This review is of my own personal experience. I was not contacted by nor am I associated with Wish.com. I purchased this product with my own funds and am just sharing my experiences as a consumer. Your experience may differ from mine. 

A few years ago, on a Christmas Eve, I was at my mother-in-law’s house and my sister’s-in-law were talking about this app called Wish. They were talking about how you can get some really cool stuff for really cheap. The skeptic in me was, “Yeah right. It’s probably all junk.” Well, I ended up downloading the app and looking at what I could possibly get from this app.  As I was looking around I saw some things that I might want to get but for the most part I was still pretty skeptical.

I’m big on reading reviews of other consumers so I started reading what people were saying regarding their purchases. I quickly figured out that most, if not all, of the items came from China. This wasn’t a big deal for me since, in all reality, most if not all of the products we purchase at the store come from a different country.

The two top concerns of consumers are that it takes a long time to get what you purchase and there are sizing issues for most of the clothes. Let’s face it a size 2X in the United States may be an 8X in China. You just have to be cautious about the differences in sizing. This is the same for stores here in the United States in that store: Awesome’s size Large may be store: Cool’s size 3X. The difference between going to the store and buying online is that you can try on the clothes at a brick-and-mortar store, you can’t do that online. I guess that’s the risk you take when you buy online.

Anyway, I decided to make a few purchases so that I can tell you about my personal experiences with Wish.com. I searched the app for some things that I could possibly use or write about and made the order. In my order was:

  • 1 Women’s Solid Color Long Sleeve Sweater for $10
  • 1 Amazing Touch Finishing Shaver Electric $7
  • 1 New Hot 925 Sterling Silver Moonstone Earrings $1
  • 1 FAN Universal Optical Clip 12x Zoom for Cell Phone $2
  • 1 11pcs/set Resistance Tubes Gym Fitness $14
  • 1 Pair Waterproof Winter/Autumn Gloves $4

My item total came to $38 and my shipping was $21. I had a promo code that deducted $5.90 from my total, which left me with a balance of $53.10. Considering my order was coming from China, I’d say that $21 for shipping was fairly reasonable. My order was placed on December 30, 2017 and 4 out of 6 items said they would be delivered by February 10, 2018. One said by January 29, 2018 and the last said January 30, 2018. The 11pcs resistance bands were scheduled to be delivered by January 29 but I received them today; January 10, 2018. I’m still waiting for the other items to arrive as of today.

The resistance bands came in a white, plastic shipping envelope. Inside the envelope was a black drawstring bag containing the resistance bands and a single (double-sided) sheet of paper that was folded and explained what was in the bag, what each band color meant and how much resistance there is with each band, pictures of how to use the bands and exercises that you can do and what area of the body those exercises target. On the back of the form are product safety and precautions that you should probably read before using the bands. I’ve tried using a couple of them and they seem pretty sturdy. I’ll post updates as I begin to use them more.

One note that I’d like to point out, I paid $14 for the set. After I ordered them I found them for a lower price. You just have to keep looking around on the app because I noticed that they have the same product but for different prices. That’s because different “stores” sell the same product for different prices. This kind of reminded me of Ebay, how there are different sellers selling the same thing for a different price or even Amazon. 

What items, if any, have you purchased from Wish and how was your experience. Please share in the comment section below. We’d love to hear and see your successes or busts. 


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Banana Drop Cookies: Pinterest Review

Recipe found on Pinterest

Scrolling through Pinterest can be a dangerous thing. The other day I was scrolling for sugar free recipes that I can make for my husband. He has to watch his sugar intake but we like our sweets. Please note: this is NOT a sugar free recipe that I am sharing.

Anyways, I found this recipe and had some bananas that were ready for baking. I was really hopeful when I saw these lovelies baking away. I mean they look and smell great but when I bit into my first one......I was highly disappointed. They are not the consistency of a cookie but more like a muffin and they have no real taste to them even though they have banana and cinnamon in it.

I had some left over mix so I took that and put it into a cupcake tin. They made some pretty good muffins. I guess I can have those for breakfast. I'm including the recipe as found on Pinterest if you want to give it a try.

Banana Drop Cookies
  • 1 Cup Bananas 
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (I only used 1 tsp)
  • 2 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2/3 Cups Butter
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I used 1 tsp) and set aside. In a separate bowl, Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy using the paddle attachment of a mixing bowl. Add eggs and beat well. Stir in banana. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet. Chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drop teaspoon sized balls, 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet (I used parchment paper instead of a greased pan). Bake 8-10 minutes or until browned (I baked for 8 minutes but it will depend on your oven). Cool 2 minutes.

If you try these, please let us know how it went in the comments below. We'd like to see how you did and what you think.

A Mom From The Burbs


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake the Healthy Way

Photo courtesy of Instagram: @fitgirl_melissa76

If you are anything like me, you love to snack on everything and anything that isn't good for you. When you are trying to change your eating habits it seems like you can't eat anything but that isn't true.

Strawberry Shortcake is a rich, delicious diet buster. You can still enjoy your favorite treat just in a different, healthy way. I was a little apprehensive to try this at first but it was delicious! Here is what I used for this healthy treat.

Strawberry Shortcake (the healthy way)

  • Several fresh cut strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons of Ricotta Cheese mixed with a teaspoon of honey
  • Sprinkle of Nutmeg
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Pecans
  • Put in a fun dish and enjoy!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Banana Cinnamon Fridge Oats

Fridge Oats: Photo belongs to www.amomfromtheburbs.com

Breakfast: my version of fridge oats: 

  • 1/2 cup uncooked oats

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 

  • 1/2 a banana

I don't like fridge oats with yogurt. This version tastes pretty good!

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