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  • Rainbow Salad

    Over the past year, my husband and I have been working on loosing weight and being more healthy. Some of it we've been great at sticking to, like eating healthy through out the week, and some of it we haven't been so great about, like running.

    As part of this, I've started bringing salads to work. My favorite has been my version of a southwest salad. I make my salads in mason jars because it makes them more portable and it controls the portion size.

    The trick with mason jar salads is to layer everything appropriately so that it'll keep and the greens won't get slimey. Here's what I do:

    - 2tbsp of Newman's Own Lite Lime Vinaigrette

    - 4-5 cherry tomatos

    - 1/4 of a cucumber 

    - 4 tbsp of black bean and corn salsa

    - 1/8 cup of pepper jack cheese (cubed)

    - 1/4 of a container of orgainic baby greens (make sure not to pack these too tight or you'll have problems dumping out the salad)

    When you are ready to eat it, just dump it in a bowl and enjoy!

    Do you have a favorite on-the-go lunch? I'm always looking to expand my options.

  • Giving Back

    Picture is from The Water Project of one of their completed projects in Uganda

    A couple of years ago I became very angry about finding out that some company that I loved was donating money to projects and charities that went against what I believe in. And while I believe that everyone (companies included) have the right to spend their money however they wish, I also have the right to not support them. So I quit giving that company my business. 

    After a long discussion, my husband and I decided that we should start donating money once a month to causes that we wanted to support. Every month we set aside $50 (because it works with our budget) to donate to a cause of our choosing and we alternate who chooses the charity.

    My husband typically chooses more gobal causes like The Water Project whose mission is to build wells in Africa so that more communities can have clean water. They are an absolutely wonderful organization, in my opinion. And they send updates about where and how your money was used (the above picture is from one of the updates we received), which I absolutely love.

    I typically pick more local charities like Hope Place who provide shelter and accomidations to victims of abuse or sexual assualt, which is an issue that is very near and dear to me. 

    And, of course, twice a year we pledge to our local NPR station WLRH. Mainly because their fund-raising pitches finally wore me down. I listen to NPR most days while I'm at work so it seems justified to donate to them.

    Do you donate to charities? Which ones?