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Self Tanner vs. Jen: Volume 1

Last night I did something.  I succumbed to my sanity and tried self tanner.  Some would ask "Why?" and all I can tell you is, I blame YouTube and beauty influencers with long tanned legs. You see, it started with tan lines on my stomach. Since having kids my stomach hasn't seen the light of day, and it legit startles me every time I take a shower and have to face myself in the mirror. I figured a self tanner would help solve that problem and I set out for product reviews, DIY strategies, and tips and tricks. Which then led me to YouTube. Which then led me to Instagram. Which then led me to hashtags. Which then led me to realize Jergens is still around and hey, a newish (to me at least) product: foam! I could have gone for the gradual self tan lotion that Jergens is so famous for, but no, I went straight for the big guns. If you're gonna do something, you have to be all in. No "gradual tan" BS I told myself. So a few nights ago, I tested the self tanner on m

Turkey Meatballs: Jessica Alba Style

I'm not much of a recipe follower, reviewer, or step-by-step shower. But my cousin got me hooked to this healthy turkey recipe and guys...I can't even tell you how good it is. Even my kids and husband liked these. I served it with zucchini noodles and roasted potatoes, but I've also made it with rice or mashed potatoes as the side...all options are great.


The recipe is from Jessica Alba. Yup. I used a celebrity tried and true creation. It didn't disappoint. Here's the link if you want to try.

I had to modify the recipe a bit because I didn't have panko bread crumbs, and I added more carrots and zucchini than the recipe called for - but only because I chopped up too many and didn't want to throw out any food!

I added the ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, carrots, zucchini, red onion, egg, and dried herbs to a bow and mixed it up. Next time I might try fresh herbs to kick it up a notch, but these dried herbs were still good.


It didn't take too long to roll these bad boys up.


Then it was time to fry these babies up. I was skeptical about this part...I'm Italian...we cook our meatballs in sauce, and sauce only. But it worked...only a few casualties while I tried to turn them over (who knew ground turkey was so effing soft...some got deformed when I tried to turn them over).


My perfectly cute little round meatballs looks a little sad all deformed, but they still tasted amazing.


I forgot to take a picture of the final masterpiece but here's a glimpse of my lunch the next day...4 itty bitty - but hearty - meatballs with zucchini noodles (lightly sautéed in olive oil and garlic).


I was too lazy to figure out how many calories each meatball was, but considering its lean meat, and full of veggies, and they're so small, I don't think they're that much.

Have you tried any celebrity inspired dished lately?

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