today has been such a good day and it is only 5:43.

by Janetha on December 23, 2009

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hi!  sounds like you all have some super fun holiday traditions!! i loved hearing about them.  thanks for sharing those with me and a special thanks to those of you who de-lurked and decided to comment! that is always so rad. keep it up. i love hearing from you all.

so i am just sipping on some coffee and sitting by the fire.. still in my first layer and too lazy to move.  showering would probably be a good idea as would the gym.. but i decided to blog instead :D

so! today i woke up bright and early (at 7:45 AM on my day off~yes that is bright and early for me!).. drove to my house to change into my snowboard gear and managed to inhale some breakfast before my family picked me up to head to brighton.

blueberry chobs+faux honey bunches of oats

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and then it was up to the resort!  it was really warm at first, even though it was lightly snowing.  my nieces (they are 8 and 6) had never been skiing in their lives and i was a little nervous about how they would do!  we suited up at the car~


and the it was time to head to the lift!

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we ended up taking about 4 or 5 runs on the bunny hill and they were doing awesome!  i was really surprised how quick they picked up on how to ski.  i guess it is true that the younger you are, the easier it is to learn. 


it was fun to see them learn but it was a pretty…slow…lift…  i kept myself entertained by taking photos.

that ninja on the left would be momma b.  lucy in the middle and you all know me.


after awhile i ended up leaving them on the bunny hill so i could take some runs with my friends, jaime and ceza.  it was such a good day! soft snow and new tricks in the park.  i am bound and determined to learn some new stuff this season.  after i broke my humerus i kinda got worse at snowboarding because i was scared~but i think i am finally ready to step it up again.

around 1 PM i headed to the car to eat some foooood.  i had a nice, juicy pear~


and a turkey sandwich made lovingly by my mom :)



then it was back onto the mountain! my nieces decided they were ready to brave the bigger hill so we hit that lift up.  i was so proud!


the “bigger hill” was a little scary for them at first but they ended up loving it and wanting to go again and again and again!  here are a few more photos~

marisa (my sister) and momma b goofing off with their poles :)


by the way, i am not in this photo. i took it. IMG_0141

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she is considering taking up a part time job as a ninja.IMG_0148

oh~there’s her face. kaylee is in the middle.


BURR. cold janetha b.


you know what i love about snow?  the intricateness of snowflakes.  they are so beautiful and not a one is the same as the next!


the snowflakes were extra incredible today.

on the way home i ate some fritos.. i was actually shocked to see that they only have 3 ingredients.  who knew?

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and i did grab some coffee on the way home.  and am sipping it now, as i mentioned.

when i got home i had all sorts of fun mail!  i can’t show you all of it because some of the parcels are christmas related.. but i can show you a couple thangs!

first up~ an amazing gift from april!


she sent a cute card, some homemade banana bread and a mix to make her infamous dark chocolate muffins~such a cute idea!!


the irony of it all is that i have been wanting to make her muffins.  i can prove it to you.  check out my “food to try” list in my blackberry:


haha. yeah the list is not very long right now but whenever i see a recipe i want to make i add it to the list :) gotta love averie’s balls! THANK YOU april, you’re the sweetest! i just love you! and your abs. everyone should go check out this post of april’s :)

other fun mail? i won danica’s knock knock giveaway!


yay! as you all know i am an avid list maker so this giveaway was so perfect for me :) cannot wait to start using these list pads! thanks danica, i love you!

other fun mail over the past couple days has been LOTS of awesome christmas cards~


including ones from miss gliding calm, michelle, averie, holly, hayley, tiffany, one of my bestie’s in oregon (hi katie!) and a few from family.  there are some missing that i took to work and set out on my desk :) i just LOVE getting mail.  there is something so fun about getting snail mail~way cooler than email. thanks ladies! xoxo.


i decided now would be a good time for some product reviews!

cat at skin MD natural contacted me and asked if i would be willing to try their all natural shielding lotion.


you guys.  i live in the desert and have super dry skin.  i was stoked to accept cat’s offer and try this stuff out!

here is a little something i read about the shielding lotion:

“Conventional lotions only add artificial moisture to the skin temporarily alleviating the dryness or itching, but these moisturizers don’t actually solve the problem, they only treat symptoms without eliminating the cause. Dry skin is unable to absorb the newly added moisture to allow repair – it does not get "locked" into the skin. It gets lost easily. That’s why we keep applying more and more of the conventional lotions. Even so, skin easily gets addicted and may even suspend production of it’s own moisture, relying on added moisturizer.”

ah! i love that!  they actually solve the problem of dry skin? sign me up.


the only thing i didn’t love was the watery feel i got upon rubbing the lotion in.  i guess that it takes a bit longer to absorb than other lotions since it is a shielding lotion and not just a moisturizer.


once my skin absorbed the shielding lotion it was smooth sailing.  that was a few hours ago and my hands are still silky smooth.  i also love the fact that this is all natural.. i usually go for natural foods and so why not a natural lotion? it just makes sense.

i think i just may go bathe myself in this lotion.  sure hope there is enough! ;)

thank you skin MD natural!  love your shielding lotion.


up next? hall’s refresh mouth moistening drops


mike from halls contacted me and asked if i would be interested in trying this new halls product.  i agreed and he sent me some samples.

no, these are not cough drops.  they are sugar free drops to moisten your mouth.  at first i was like.. hmmm.. i never have a dry mouth.  but then as i was snowboarding last sunday, i found myself with an extremely dry mouth.  and i was like shooooot! sure wish i had those dang mouth drops!

anyway, i tried them out today because i wanted to see just how well they worked.


strawberry was the flavor.  they also come in refreshing mint and tropical wave. each drop is sugar free and has 6 calories a pop.


i am not gonna lie.  as i was taking this photo, my tongue hit the mouth drop a bit and i actually started salivating and yep. a big line of drool came falling out of my mouth.  attractive, right?

the drops had a slight menthol flavor to them which i hated.  i am not a fan of that whole menthol taste.  but they really did their job!  my mouth is still watering actually.

i kind of agree with rose (check her review out here) when she mentioned that it may give kids the idea that popping a candy-like drop every time you had a dry mouth may confuse little kids.  but as far as adults go, i am sure we understand the concept and they definitely do their job!

for more on halls refresh you can check out their facebook page.

thanks for the opportunity to try these out, mike!  i will be stashing them in my snowboard pants this season, they will definitely come in handy.


and i think this post is plenty long, seeing as how it is now 7:12 so it took me an hour and a half to write this!  in my defense, my laptop decided to act up on me which wasted a good 20 minutes. sigh.. it is a P.O.S.!

well i am going to do something with myself now!  toying with the idea of hitting up the gym but i am pretty beat from today.  i will be up early tomorrow to do some more snowboarding. maybe i will just head up to my mom’s house and enjoy the company of my fam :)

hope you are all having a great week and get some time to relax tomorrow since it is christmas eve!!  fun.  i have a mega menu of appetizers planned~it’s going to be delicious!


1. do you use natural skin/beauty products? thoughts on natural vs. conventional skin/beauty products? discuss. i have never looked into natural beauty products but i have started to look into the matter more.  i like to put natural products INTO my body~so why not ON my body as well? makes sense.

2. is there anything on your “food to try” list? you don’t necessarily have to have a list.. but is there anything you have been meaning to try as of late?  in addition to my list up there, i have been wanting to try okra but cannot find it in stores around here! random, i know.

xo. janetha b.

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Lisa December 23, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I love your food to try list!

Nothin is better than fried okra :)

april December 23, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Yay I’m so glad you got your package! I was hoping it wouldn’t get lost in the mail! lol. And thanks for the shoutout!! haha.

Snowboarding is such a good workout! The first time I did it I couldn’t move the next day.. it works some crazy muscles!

I need to try Averie’s balls too! haha. Oh and your chia muffins!

Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) December 23, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I’m so jealous of your day of skiing! Looks like y’all had so much fun!

On my foods to try list…kale chips!!!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 23, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Hahah I make lists like that on my blackberry all the time – like what I plan to make/try, etc! Your day looks wonderful!!

Christine December 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Two things…I wish there was another reason to wear those cool goggles than being brave enough to ski AND I have NEVER seen a real snowflake with that kind of detail and it doesn’t even look like you used a close-up lens. Merry Christmas!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 23, 2009 at 9:24 pm

THANK YOU sooooo much for the ‘A’ mug. I drank my coffee out of this morning and posted it (of course). You are too kind. You should have seen me jump with excitement when I unwrapped the prezzie. You’re the best!!!

So jealous you are skiiing/snowboarding!!! We used to go all the time but we haven’t gone in years.

marisa December 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm

LOVE all of the pictures. I’m going to steal some, k? Thanks for helping teach the girls today. We had a great day and the girls are still saying it was the BEST day of their lives!

kbwood December 23, 2009 at 9:40 pm

wow what a GREAT day!! i love that your fam goes and snowboards together-too cute

a December 23, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Off the top of my head, on my food to try list :
-chobani – never seen it here but it is on every post on my reader lol
-kabocha squash – i hate butternut squash but i really want to like kabocha
-kombucha drink stuff that everyone either adores or DESPISES
-cliff bar – banana bread amongst various other flavors that never appear in stores in canada land
-ditto for mojo bars
-anything trader joe
-hollandaise sauce
-eggs benedict
-egg white oats
-oats in a jar
-spaghetti squash

Carbzilla December 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm

LOVE it! (How can I not – I got a linky and a card feature!)

Aren’t snowflakes amazing? When I first lived somewhere cold enough where there were individual flakes and not just blobs, the first ones I saw looked like teensy petaled flowers. I was freakin’ blown away! Yours look like snowflakes you cut out of paper!

Hello Skin MD – I need some shielding lotion. So glad to read you can use it on your face as I get snaky dry skin with thyroid fluctuations. I’ll be waiting by the mailbox.

Your family in all their gear is just too cute! Looks like everyone did great! I’m hoping to get Chris up a few times this year – I may just read in the lodge.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

Whole Body Love December 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I use natural make-up ( Bare Minerals) and natural shampoo. There are a lot of foods I want to try! Most are blog recipes that require a dehydrator or food processor. Sadly, I have neither.

balancejoyanddelicias December 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I think no-natural skin care products are more effective than natural ones and safer too because they’re tested in labs and regulated.
snow pictures made me miss skiing again!!! :D
have a lovely christmas eve sweetie!

Lauren December 24, 2009 at 5:00 am

Snowboarding with the fam looked like a blast! Glad you are enjoying your time off.

Wishing you all things wonderful! Merry Christmas Janetha! May your day be filled with overwhelming love and joy.

Love you girl!

Susan December 24, 2009 at 5:04 am

That snowflake picture is so cool!! I am fascinated by snowflakes. A day spent skiing with your family sounds like perfection!!! Can you believe I’ve never been downhill skiing or snowboarding? I used to cross-country ski, but never downhill, and it’s suuuuuper popular around here.

1. I have really sensitive skin and I find natural products often irritate it! Strange, eh? I tried using the aluminum-free deodorant once and it literally burned my armpits off.

2. Averie’s balls!! Particularly, the cookie dough ones (in my new food processor, obvi ;) ) and her PB cups. There’s also a few chili, muffin and cookie recipes that I neeeed to try after Christmas :)

Have a great Christmas Eve with the fam JB!!! xoxo

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) December 24, 2009 at 5:42 am

1. I try to use natural products when I can, I use Juice Beauty products on my face.

2. Lots I have been meaning to try!
-Kabocha squash
-Mighty Maple PB
-Taco soup

Sooo many more I can’t think of now.

Merry Christmas Eve!!!


Karin December 24, 2009 at 5:56 am

Love the family photos!! Kids are fast learners.. I think I thought that skiing was pretty easy when I started.. I really can’t wait to go skiing!!

1. I use a lot of natural products. They’re just better for me..

2. Haha okras were on my list too until recently! I really want to try spaghetti squash but can’t seem to find it over here!

Emily (The Experimentarian) December 24, 2009 at 6:21 am

Hmmm….innnnteresting! I have the worst cotton mouth all the time but I never knew it was common enough that they would create a “remedy’ for it like. that. I will have to check em out! Merry Christmas boo! xoxo

eatolive December 24, 2009 at 6:38 am

LOVE christmas cards, in fact, i just got YOURS yesterday! :) hahaha my boyfriend was like, you got a card from…the SLC? lol

I was like AH JANETHA! hahah such a cute photo! LOVE IT <3

i would loooove to make the switch over to all natural beauty products, shampoos, toiletries, etc…(my cousin is an avid organics only kind of person – which i admire) however, i just don't currently have the funds to warrant buying $10 shampoo. i need to be a millionaire :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

ellie December 24, 2009 at 6:51 am

Oh!!!!!!!!!!!! Such fab pictures- your family is too cute! So cool the kids liked the skiing- definitely way easier to learn when you are 1) young, 2) more fearless. Rock on!

1. do you use natural skin/beauty products? thoughts on natural vs. conventional skin/beauty products? I like the idea but I have crazy dry skin so I generally get medicated and the natural/herbal ones seem to cause allergic reactions for some reason. E45 is my go-to in winter months! I generally just buy whatever is cheapest…products add up big time and I would rather spend my money on food.

2. is there anything on your “food to try” list? YES! Lots of things- savoury oats is one of them, a real burrito and your vegan muffins.

julie December 24, 2009 at 7:21 am

awwwwww look at you gettin all holiday carded up! dude you are like a snow man lovin all that snow :) i love it! your little families would school me in the ski department.

hahaha “averies balls” thats hilarious and only a food blogger would understand that.

i actually have a long list in my bberiz of places in nyc i wanna eat!

Paige @ Running Around Normal December 24, 2009 at 8:00 am

Looks like you had a blast of a day! Glad you got your little nieces to come skiing with you:) That snowflake pictures is so pretty.
I had no idea fritos only had 3 ingredients either! Imagine that.
I try to use as many natural products as I can. Especially moisturizers and lotions since they seep into your pores and sit there all day.

inmytummy December 24, 2009 at 8:03 am

Although I don’t miss the cold. Seeing all your mountain posts really make me miss living in a place where I can ski. Needless to say, there’s not much skiing in GA.

ksgoodeats December 24, 2009 at 8:05 am

Those snowflakes are perfect! I don’t think our snowflakes look like that – I think they’re just big globs. Glad you had such a wonderful day!!

I have TONS of ‘to try/to make’ foods but I always forget to do it!

PS. Got your Christmas card, too cute!! Thank you :)

lowandbhold December 24, 2009 at 8:11 am

Thank you so so so so so so so so much for the darling Christmas card dear! You’re family is just about the cutest damn thing ever :)

Glad you’re little skiers did well! I tried skiing at about that age, and it did NOT go well at all lol.

1. I try to use as many natural products as possible, but it’s hard to do so on a budget.
2. I really want to try tempeh and seitan, but I’m scurred!

Merry Christmas Eve Janetha B!!!

Melissa December 24, 2009 at 8:19 am

the snowflake is beautiful! I love seeing families do healthy and active things together! : )

Merry Christmas!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 24, 2009 at 8:48 am

Amazing post.
Thanks for the xmas card shoutout :)
The juicy pear and the ski slopes…beautiful!

The Halls Refresh, they sent me an email, not sure if they’ve sent the product or not but I am excited to try them, love strawberry stuff!

The lotion. I love lotion too and thx for the review!

Merry Xmas Janetha, you’re amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I gave you an award today, not sure if you get pings or not :)

Tracey December 24, 2009 at 8:50 am

One thing on my list to try is Kale. I just crossed off Spaghetti Squash (on my list forever) and I’m not addicted. Love the stuff!

Looks like you had an awesome time on the slopes.

Happy Holiday’s!

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) December 24, 2009 at 8:59 am

I can’t wait to go skiing! Hopefully next week :)

1. do you use natural skin/beauty products? thoughts on natural vs. conventional skin/beauty products? discuss. I use some (coconut oil for skin) but I want to use more!

2. is there anything on your “food to try” list? kale. I’m kind of scared of it.

Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) December 24, 2009 at 9:11 am

janethaaaaa….LOVE the skiing adventure! your nieces ARE the cutest thing ever.

yay for fun times, product reviews and a stellar package from april – i got the same one, and am soooo excited for her baked goods. amazin’.

happy holidays and merry christmas my love – xoxoxox love you so much!

yes, i use natural products. i figure eating natural/putting natural thangs on your face is necessary.

must try list…its too long to name, really. SO MANY.

Jess December 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

I love snowflakes too!!

I WANT to use natural products but I’m unemployed and money is tight and also most of that stuff takes a while to use up, so I just still have my conventional cheap unnatuaral stuff right now.

Food to try? KALE CHIPS. Nutritional yeast, but I have to find it first.

louisianagrown December 24, 2009 at 9:47 am

Okay, first off, i had NO CLUE that snowflakes REALLY looked like that. I’m in awe. And those hall things look really cool. I chew gum when I run to keep from getting a dry mouth, but that would be a great alternative.

Jenna December 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm

glad you had a fun time at the slopes!
have a great christmas eve!

Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce December 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm

your nieces are lucky girls to have such a cool aunt!! i love snowflakes, enjoy them! merry xmas!

Jenny December 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

aw, what a wintery dayyyy. My parents always forced me in to skiing lessons when I was a tot. I have yet to master the bunny hill. I prefer staying in the lodge and drinking hot cocoa :)

aren’t those Halls refresh redic? My mouth is watering just thinking about then.

I have the driest skin of all time. I swear. Especially in the winter — the skin on my fingers are cracking and bleeding and yeah, it’s really attractive. I use some good ol’ fashion Jergens but I don’t think it works. lameface.

hope your Christmas Eve is full of smiles, J :)

closet365project December 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I use stuff from the Body Shop because it’s mostly natural and I love their products. Although I have yet to find anything that sufficiently combats the winter dry skin. Sigh.

I’m glad you got to go snowboarding! Happy Christmas.

glidingcalm December 25, 2009 at 1:08 am

you are adorable! esp. with mama-made turkey sammys!

my bf wants to take me skiing and I’ve never been ! i heard figure skaters usu. get the hang pretty quickly but I still nerwwwwvous!

i received those halls drops too! they are kinda neat!


jenngirl December 25, 2009 at 10:36 am

Love all of the snowy pics!! Fun :)

1. I don’t use very many beauty products, and even when I do, I’m not very knowledgable when it comes to all-natural or not. But that lotion does sound great, and it’s definitely a plus if it’s good for the environment!

2. I finally tried authentic Shrimp & Grits in New Orleans with my mom last weekend! AND I made risotto last week…soo I need to start a new list ASAP ;)

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 25, 2009 at 11:39 am

Love the insta-drool! Hilarious.

Yah, kids at that age don’t yet have the fear-neuron- I wished I had started skiing when I was young for that very reason.

Wow, I have never seen a snow flake- sooooo cool. Snowflakes, rainbow glitter? What’s not to love about snow- uh, yah that would be the cold :-) But with an appropriate snow bunny outfit, it’s all good!

Q: Skin stuff- I’m bad bad bad. I only just started using creams etc about 5 yrs ago. All the damage is probably done :-( Wah, will have to call the surgeon stat :-)

Q: I have 39 things I want to make. I’m on overload. Seriously.

Keep having fun, and of COURSE you can skip the gym when you snowboarded your face off!!!!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) December 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

wow who knew fritos had 3 ingredients! they look to be a ‘clean food’ haha :) love seeing your ski/snowboard pics!!! so fun!

i have SO many foods i want to try! including baked banana oatmeal and baked french toast! I also want to make savory oats! I see them everywhere and want to try

THANK YOU FOR THE HOLIDAY CARD! I am in love with it!! so sweet and wishing you the merriest xmas!

Jessica (jesslikesithot) December 25, 2009 at 7:21 pm

DID YOU LIKE THE HONEY CRUNCHES & OATS?!?!! I adoree that cereal since i pretty much grew up on honey bunches of oats as a kid :)

Bekah December 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm

hahahaha OMG, i have a blackberry and thought i was the only one who had a bunch of lists on the memopad. I’m a list making kind of gal, so naturally i have lists and lists of the most random things. for instance… food to make, (yes!) hottest guys ever (whenever i see or think of a really attractive guy), best thing i ever ate, books to read, restaurants to try, quote list, life list, and the list goes on. seriously.

and aahhh i kind of had no idea real snowflakes actually existed! so pretty!

hope you had a faaab christmas janetha. :)

hayleycepeda December 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

I’m totally behind on one of my favorite blogs!!! I love, love, LOVE all the pics of you and your fam snowboarding and skiing. My dad taught me to ski when I was 4 so we’ve been going on family vacations almost every year since then (more so when we lived in CA) and I know how much fun they can be. My brother is a snowboarder, like you, and when he saw your Christmas card I told him about you and he goes, “She’s a snowboarder? She’s cool.” He also liked Marshall’s tats.. :)

I spy the Christmas card we sent you!! How excited am I right now?! WOOHOO!!

I didn’t know Fritos only had 3 ingredients in them either… learn something new everyday!

Ok – must go read more of your posts…

snackface December 29, 2009 at 1:17 pm

7:45am should always be considered bright and early. Always. I’ve been getting up at 5. How scary!

The bloob Chobe is my fave! I mixed it with shredded spoonfuls wannabes like you over break!

I’m a horrific skier. Is that the right spelling? Anyway, it’s just baaad.

Frito’s are vegan! But guess who’s not anymore? ME.

I get dry mouth all the time! I need those damn things!

For beauty products, I use whatever CVS has and I can afford.

Food I’m dying to try? Not sure. But I was just told today to try lotus root. I’m game! Next.

Jenn N. January 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

If you can’t tell I’m catching up on blogs tonight! I haven’t been on the computer for more than 20 minutes since I left for vacation.

I’m surprised too about the Fritos! Who knew?

I wash my face with a wash cloth and water and use Annemarie Borlind orange blossom oil as a moisturizer. On my face I use Bare Minerals but I’m always looking for something new.

As far as food to try…hmmm…I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. However I did just recently try persimmons and LOVED them.

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