things i use & love: round one.

by Janetha on October 14, 2010

in meals,moves

hi! can’t thank you all enough for the sweet comments on my last post. my new nephew is still in the ICU but he is fighting the good fight and things are going well. i cannot wait to hold the little fella!


breakfast was a bowl of three sisters cereal. review to come, along with a photo.. of the next bowl i eat.. because i didn’t take a photo today. but it’s cereal. i am sure you can all picture that one.

lunch was leftover turkey chili and a golden corn vita.


i decided to leave the leftover cast iron cornbread for poor, sick marshall. he stayed home from work today due to a tummy bug Sad smile

the golden corn vitatop is REALLY good. if you are into cornbread, i highly suggest you try this flavor.


today’s snack was the same thing as every other day this week, but i realize i haven’t showed you guys yet!


honeycrisp apple and a babybel cheese round. the apple was from the farmers’ market. there is something fabulous about biting into an apple without having to look for the sticker to remove first. read: i have eaten many apple stickers in my day!



i got home from work today around 5 PM and procrastinated my life away. i wanted to chill out because work was a little bit emotionally taxing today.. so i broke out the cast iron cornbread (yes, the one i was saving for my sick husband) and polished off a couple slices before finally getting my butt to the gym. let’s call it carb loading, k?

today i did a body for life style upper body workout. here are the details!

5 min treadmill warm up.


move weight reps rest
dumbbell bench press 12.5# ea 12 50 decline bench crunches
dumbbell bench press 15# ea 10 50 decline bench crunches
dumbbell bench press 20# ea 8 50 decline bench crunches
dumbbell bench press 25# ea 6 50 decline bench crunches
dumbbell bench press 15# ea 12 none
dumbbell flyes 10# ea 12 NA


move weight reps rest
upright dumbbell row 10# ea 12 40 ball crunches (obliques)
upright dumbbell row 12.5# ea 10 40 ball crunches (obliques)
upright dumbbell row 15# ea 8 40 ball crunches (obliques)
upright dumbbell row 20# ea 6 40 ball crunches (obliques)
upright dumbbell row 15# ea 12 none
dumbbell front raises 7.5# ea 12 NA


move weight reps rest
dumbbell curl 7.5# ea 12 captains chair leg raises (15 reps)
dumbbell curl 10# ea 10 captains chair leg raises (15 reps)
dumbbell curl 12.5# ea 8 captains chair leg raises (15 reps)
dumbbell curl 15# ea 6 captains chair leg raises (15 reps)
dumbbell curl 10# ea 12 none
alternating hammer curl 10# ea 12 NA


move weight reps rest
wide grip cable pulldown 40# 12 lying butt bridge (20 reps)
wide grip cable pulldown 50# 10 lying butt bridge (20 reps)
wide grip cable pulldown 60# 8 lying butt bridge (20 reps)
wide grip cable pulldown 70# 6 lying butt bridge (20 reps)
wide grip cable pulldown 40# 12 none
bent over dumbbell row 20# ea 12 NA


move weight reps rest
dumbbell kickbacks 5# ea 12 weighted side bends (25#) 10 each side
dumbbell kickbacks 7.5# ea 10 weighted side bends (25#) 10 each side
dumbbell kickbacks 10# ea 8 weighted side bends (25#) 10 each side
dumbbell kickbacks 12.5# ea 6 weighted side bends (25#) 10 each side
dumbbell kickbacks 7.5# ea 12 none
bench dips body weight 12 NA

i am not sure if you noticed that i started putting my activity between sets in a new column titled “rest”.. but yeah, i have started doing that. i have to give credit to steph, that is where i got the idea. i LOVE it because it clearly shows what i was doing between each rep set. sometimes i do ab work, sometimes i do plyometrics, sometimes i actually rest and sometimes i don’t rest at all. this is a great way to show what i do (or don’t do!)


dinner was.. more leftovers. this time it was chicken piccata, whole wheat spaghetti and asparagus.


i love eating leftovers, so this was fine by me.

the original plan in marshall’s birthday week dinner lineup was a casserole. you know how that boy likes his casseroles! but since he was sick, he felt like tomato soup and a grilled cheese. ultimate sick food, no?


i spy a beggar in the photo below Winking smile


i would be lying if i told you i didn’t steal a bite three bites.


since this post is a little boring (cereal for breakfast, leftovers for lunch and dinner) i decided to do my first round of “things i use & love”.  this is a feature i have been toying around with in my head. mainly in the shower. i usually come up with ideas while conditioning my long locks.

i usually only talk about food i eat and love. or don’t love. or sort of love. but usually, it is only food that i talk about loving. which makes sense, this is mainly a food blog and it’s not secret that i love food.

but guess what? i also love lots of other things! and i have some ridiculous urge to share those things with you. lucky you. (can you sense the sarcasm?)

for my first things i use & love post, i will be showing you cleaning products that i use.. and love!

it is not secret that i am not the cleanest person on the block. but i do like clean things. and i like my house to smell good.. so even if it is messy, it smells clean Winking smile

here are some of my favorites!

laundry detergent: tide febreeze sportIMG_1079_thumb

let’s face it, my laundry is pretty rank. i mean, the majority of the clothes i wear consist of sweaty workout attire. after getting sick of the sweaty funk not coming out of my workout clothes, i decided to find a solution. i stood in the detergent aisle at the store (in my sweaty workout clothes, no less) studying each and every detergent. not even exaggerating, i was staring at the huge wall of soap for a solid 10 minutes. pretty sure fellow shoppers thought i was a nut case. that’s OK, i probably am. anyway, this detergent is fairly new in my house, but i am already in LOVE with it. it makes my clothes smell so damn good! and look how happy the girl on the container it. she is smiling because of how her clothes smell, i promise.


fabric softener: downy lavender serenity


growing up, i didn’t even know what fabric softener was. no joke! we used those bounce dryer sheets, but we didn’t use fabric softener. when i moved into a house with 4 other girls, my roommate used this stuff. back then, it was called “lavender vanilla”. i think when they changed the name, they may have changed the scent a bit as well..


it is still really good, just not as good as it used to be. and what the hell kind of name is “lavender serenity” anyway? last time i checked, serenity didn’t have a specific scent. vanilla sure does, you should have stuck with that, downy.  anyway, once i started using fabric softener i never looked back. i don’t really notice that my clothes are necessarily softer (are they supposed to be?), but they sure smell fabulous when they come out of the dryer! this container needs a smiling, happy girl on the front. because that’s what using it makes me do.. grin my face off.

making the air smell good: scentsy wickless candles


i actually have three of these bad boys! one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and one in my office at work.  if you aren’t familiar with scentsy.. you should be.  they have about a gajillion different scents to choose from. you simply put a small amount of scented wax in the little compartment, turn it on and the whole house smells glorious. right now i have a delicious coconut scent going on in the kitchen. i love my kitchen scentsy because it plugs into the wall under the table and is incognito.


there are also tons of different styles of bases to choose from, both handy outlet ones like the black one above and larger, decorative ones like the purple one up there. i am not trying to sell you on these things.. but seriously, they are flipping fabulous. WAY better than candles. and you don’t have to go through a big ol’ candle before changing up the scent!

cleaning the dishes: scotch soap wand


i love it when i can streamline any chore. this does the work of squirting the dish soap out for you.. the soap is in the handle and comes out of the sponge. also, the heads are replaceable, so you only have to buy one wand.


dishwashing detergent: cascade capsules


i used to flip flop between using liquid dish detergent and powder dish detergent. both were a pain in the ass to haul the whole container out and pour the detergent into the little dispenser. what can i say, i am lazy in a lot of aspects of life.  these things rock.


powder AND liquid in one tiny little package! how convenient.

cleaning any surface, ever: pledge multi surface


i  use this stuff everywhere! on my mirrors, my countertops, my tables, my furniture.. seriously, it is made for everything!


and as an added bonus, it smells really good.

cleaning the floor: swiffer wet jet


again, this is all about convenience. who wants to get a bucket, cleaner and a mop when they can use one handy tool? this sprays the cleaner in a nice stream directly in front of the mop. it actually works really, really well. the mop pads are disposable so you never have to worry about washing that nasty mop gunk out.  since 85% of our house has tile floors, this thing is a life saver.

i saved my two favorite cleaning tools for last.

best tool for cleaning up after i cook dinner EVERY night: husband


it’s a nice little arrangement. i cook every night, he cleans up. every night. he does an immaculate job, too!  ladies, i highly recommend you get yourself a husband.

best tool for cleaning dropped food off the floor: penny & randy


they are real good at cleaning up anything that gets dropped on the floor.. unless it is diced red onion. which, consequently, i drop a lot of while cooking.  but other than the onion, they will eat just about anything!

hope you guys enjoyed my first installment of things i use & love.. yes, it is a little nerdy, but that’s pretty much par for the course with me!

finally FRIDAY tomorrow! talk to you then!


1. what is a cleaning product and/or tool you love?

2. do you like eating leftovers? i know some people who loathe leftovers and will not eat them. lucky for me, i like them and so does marshall. we do a lot of leftover eating around here!

xo. janetha g.

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edenseats October 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I am an assistant to this woman that had the dyson ball. Its 600 bucks buts it so light weight and easy to use and cleans every nook and cranny. Maybe if I get a big time promotion I’ll treat myself (ok how lame do I sound, I’ll treat myself to a vacuum?)

I am also in love with good old comet. its so cheap but makes everything sparkle. I’m such a nerd, I always read that section in “Real Simple magazine” about how to clean things! Have you ever bought anything off an infomercial? I’m always tempted but never go through with it.

I’m excited for round 2!

Stefanie @thenewhealthy October 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I love posting things I love too! And oddly, I used like 3/4 of the things you love too! Besides for the hubby part, I can’t get my boy to clean up after dinner EVER. I’m working on it though! Slowly but surely UNspoiling him. ;)

elise October 14, 2010 at 11:57 pm

hahaha…ladies i highly recommend you get a husband…love it.

Marie October 15, 2010 at 12:25 am

I love the steam mop (that we got from Costco). We’ve used so many different mops through the years but this cleans so much better with the hot steam, although you’re right about the leftover mop cloth which is washable in this case.

I agree on the husband! ;) Mine does dishes while I cook and he also does a lot of the house-cleaning. ;)

Just prayed for little Greyson.

Lauren October 15, 2010 at 4:39 am

I;m so sorry you had a crappy day at work!!! Ugh, those are the worst and if it has anything to do with what you told me earlier about your boss, I’m so sorry hun! Today will be so much better. ;)

I use to Love the Pledge Multi Surface until I found out that it doesn’t work on your husbands brand new LCD flat screen tv. Yeah, he banned this product from our house! LoL. Little tip: this stuff DOES NOT work on electronics. ;)

Take care darling. Love you!

lindsay October 15, 2010 at 4:45 am

Still prayin for that little nephew of yours! Such sweet innocent life.

We love leftovers and all cleaning products basically. I’m pretty much obsessed with my new pet hair remover vaccum. Ya I asked for it in my wedding registery 3 years ago. haha! Best wedding present EVER!!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 15, 2010 at 4:46 am

I really want to get that Pledge. I am such a nerd.

Marisa @ Loser for Life October 15, 2010 at 5:29 am

I used to hate leftovers, but now they are a hefty part of my week! Usually because the haters I live with won’t eat what I want! LOL! Oh well, more for me!!!

That Febreeze Tide Sport is great! I got a coupon to try it free and now my stanky running clothes smell fabulous!!!

MelissaNibbles October 15, 2010 at 6:19 am

I love leftovers. Food is food to me.

I agree that a husband or boyfriend is the best cleaning tool!

lisaou11 October 15, 2010 at 6:28 am

yes, I LOVE leftovers. I don’t know what I’d do WITHOUT leftovers.

Hey, what’s your favorite Scentsy scent? (by the way, I have the same wall plug in, just in white).

I’m loving pumpkin roll right now—and Christmas Cottage here in a couple months!

Freckled Foodie October 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

I <3 those tide to go pens. i know they probably don't count as a "cleaning product" persay, but they deserved a mention :)

I'm pretty jealous of your husband cleaner upper. I could use me one of those ;)

I like leftovers! A lot of things taste BETTER the second time around because they soak up alll the flavors.

Naomi(onefitfoodie) October 15, 2010 at 7:06 am

jason is a CRAZY cleaning person and has every bottle of cleaner under the sun! he uses those cascade tablets too and I have to say they ROCK!!! no more of that messy stuff, just pop a tablet in a go! love it :)

adding different exercises into your routine–I acutally dont know how some people just sit around waiting for their next set! I choose to make the MOST of my time and ALWAYS eithe superset my exercises or add some extras like you do! I wish we could workout together, how fun would that be!! one day maybe…

babybel cheese is SO SO SO good!!! <3 you!

Erica October 15, 2010 at 7:19 am

Hey hey! I’m so sorry to hear the man i sick! He must get better- its his birthday week. Tomato soup+grilled cheese is a pretty awesome meal though. I love the scotch soap wand. Makes cleaning coffee mugs and water bottles so much easier. I also love the swiffer dusters with the long extension handle. Hope you guys have a great weekend

brandi October 15, 2010 at 7:26 am

I hope he’s feeling better!

I love leftovers. it makes things so easy!

I cannot wait to have a dishwasher.

melissadishes October 15, 2010 at 7:55 am

lol, great minds think alike!
I have deemed Thursdays as my “things I like Thursdays!”

melissadishes October 15, 2010 at 7:55 am

Favorite cleaning item: Eureka enviro-steamer.

I eat leftovers and love them, depends on how much and what it is usually though…

kbwood October 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

I am seriously in love with how freaking adorable yall are. some blogs- i get sick of seeing pics of them and their man (just bein honest) but yours, nope, i NEVER get sick of it. hilarious about the casseroles! I hate casseroles!! well- the traditional ones. the ones you make look pretty baller. my roomie is a clean FREAK so she does ALL the cleaning. awesome.. right? No because when i get married i will be a terrible wife, but atleast i will know how to cook! LOVE YOU!

Christin L. October 15, 2010 at 8:14 am

Hahaha I love your nerdy posts! I too am a Tide and Downy girl through and through. Other clothes detergent just doesn’t work as well for the sweat funk. I use the Downy with the green top or the purple top (but I just discovered they brought back my beloved yellow top from years ago which makes me EXCITED!) I love doing laundry simply for the clean laundry smell!

Emily M October 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

thanks for the tip that downy yellow top is back!!!
my ancient stockpile ran out 2 months ago.
i can’t wait to go shopping!!!!!!!!!

Nicole C October 15, 2010 at 8:39 am

1. My Dyson ‘animal’ vacuum is a life saver! Having a really large dog and a regular vacuum was not happening so the Dyson came along and rocked my world.

2. I am known for taking left overs home and not eating them. I do enjoy them though, my boyfriend friend to eat a sandwich I brought home and was mad when he saw I had only taken a few bites. oops!

lowandbhold October 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

I love that Sport Tide! And I really wanted to buy some Scentsy, but the guy I’m dating has it going all the time and it gets in my hair and smells crazy strong so now I’m not so sure. I use Glad plug-ins right now, but they don’t smell as strongly. I want a medium between “I can’t smell that” and “My hair smells like candle”. Hmmmm… yeah you probably didn’t want all that info :)

I just love you to pieces by the way. I was sooo hoping to finally meet you at Foodbuzz, but I’ll be unable to attend :( It must happen someday!

susan October 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

Haha I love the shoutouts to Marshall, Penny and Randy! I adore palmolive dish soap. I can’t buy anything else!

Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

My MIL is the cleaning masta and get she introdiced me to of the best and CHEAPEST cleaning products on the planet… #1) for glass surfaces = 1/3 white vinegar + 2/3 water (this is under a buck). That’s right, I said it…. vinegar. It leaves NO streaks. Ever. #2) old school… wait for it…. COMET (this one’s under a buck). Yep. I use this in the shower (glass and tile), the toilets, counter tops… you get the idea. I wasn’t going to comment today, but I couldn’t help but share bc those two products really kick butt. ;) …and I know it sounds kinda weird, but you gotta just trust.

We LOVE leftovers. That enchilada casserole I made the other day (which by the way tastes AWESOME – OMG the next day – as in, WAY better than day #1.. just sayin) got chopped up. Ate some leftovers for dinner last night, froze a single portion for a lunch for Brian some day next week and then also froze another giant hunk for the two of us to have for dinner some time. SCORE. Unless I’m making seafood (like last night – recipe to come! mmm maple soy glazed snapper) I always try and make extra, but sometimes I fail bc Brian eats so. much. ;P I swear, like a growing boy… hehe

Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

Just re-read… holy typos! lol oopsie!! Spell check and my iphone’s predictive text have ruined me forever ;P

Cindy October 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

oooh, I LOVE this!! I admit…I love cleaning so seeing what other people like is awesome. I’ve never seen the Tide with Sport Febreze, I need to get myself some to kill my sport stank!

Steph October 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

Thank you lady for the shout out!! I love, love, love that you have now added the rest column – I have fun getting in a few extra moves between sets – plus it keeps the heart rate up. Look forward to trying out some new “rest” moves!

Emily M October 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

great post! i can’t wait to try out your favorite cleaning products!
You’re right about that Tide Sport – my guy brought it home one day – and we’ve stuck with it!

1. what is a cleaning product and/or tool you love?
Old washcloths. I use them to clean everything, and I use them with my swiffer instead of buying the disposable pads.

2. do you like eating leftovers?
Oh yes!!!!! If only the leftovers would magically appear. Healthy leftovers are a hot commodity – so I cherish ever ‘day old’ bite :)

Have a great weekend!

Heather October 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

For cleaning I LOVE Zielinsky’s Universal Stone. It is imported from Germany and hard to find (at least in BC). However, nothing comes close to the Universal Stone for cleaning stainless steel or walls!

Mama Pea October 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

My Target list just got a lot longer. I normally don’t buy fabric softener, just the sheets, but it makes SUCH a difference and I totally deserve it. It’s the little things :)

julie October 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

seriously gain laundry detergent is the best ever in the universe. it smells like heaven in a box or bottle whichever haha

that workout is awesome! you’re making me excited to lift chest & triceptuals tomorrow haha

LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils October 15, 2010 at 10:51 am

Mrs. Meyers lavender counter spray. If you like good spelling thing – you MUST buy this.

Bonus, you can definitely use it on your granite.

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) October 15, 2010 at 11:06 am

I JUST bought that detergent hoping it would make my yoga clothes smell better!!

cbrady3 October 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

haha funny, I was just talking yesterday in a post about how much I love Pyrex glass containers for bringing food to work. Random.

As for cleaning products, I love swiffer wet jets. They are fun.

And I don’t mind leftovers for lunch the next’s easy! But I don’t like having more left over than that, which means I only make recipes built for two.

GetHealthyWithHeather October 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

When I lived at my parents house they had a similar dish cleaning brush and it worked so well!

I’m always down for cornbread but don’t make it that often because I’m the only one in the house that likes cornbread. I may still have some frozen in the freezer for the next round of chili.

Sara October 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

My man totally cleans up after my cooking mess, also!! We’re lucky ladies, indeed :) My friend also swears by scentsy, I should have picked some up when I saw a rep there at a fair recently!

Dana @ my little celebration October 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

1) I like my Eureka vacuum because it has a circular handle that’s easy to grip and it brushes the carpet while suctioning. Double duty baby.

2) I do like eating leftovers. Often I have to add more sauce to whatever it is I’m reheating, like pasta, but it usually turns out fine. And some things are better the second time in my opinion, like chili and pot roast!

Karen October 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

My absolute favorite cleaning product is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!! With 2 kids and a cat the Magic Eraser gets used quite often. I don’t know what I did without them! I use them everywhere.

Leftovers – I love them. My favorite type of leftover is the leftover that tastes even better the day after!

Texas Gunslinger October 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Tide Febreeze “Sport”.???!!! COOL! I’m with you- I always have loads of tanks, sports bras and workout pants (oh, and socks, too!) that I’m washing day in and day out. That detergent is something I definitely want to try now.You’d be a great spokesperson for that laundry detergent! HA! Your enthusiasm “sold” me on it! Plus, now I want to use the Cascade pouches, too. Hope they have both at Costco! THANKS!

I love leftovers, but then again, I LOATHE cooking so it’s one more way I can prepare something quickly. I’m like Speedy Gonzalez in the kitchen- get in, get out, get eating…FAST! :)

You’re a great wife taking such good care of Marshall! Hope he’s 100% in a jiffy! ;)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I agree…leftover are wonderful! :D

And I couldn’t help but laugh when you mentioned the apple stickers. I almost always forget to remove them when I buy them from the grocery store. And then when I pick them, I almost always find myself looking for the stickers…ha. Silliness. :mrgreen:

Angelalovesfood October 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Ive never heard of the tide sports detergent. I am so getting that because I get clothes that smell funky from the gym, and I would have to rewash it in extra hot water. but nada, so definately getting it. It was fun reading your post, you should do this more often!

Holly October 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

honey bear! i just caught up on nine posts (yes, nine. i hang my head in shame.) most importantly, i am sending you SO MUCH love for your lil’ nephew. he seems like a tough lil’ guy already, and he is going to fight through. i can’t wait to see him!

and i love this idea. there are so many things i love lately that aren’t food, specifically music. lykke li, edward sharpe + the magnetic zeroes and a fine frenzy. all good stuff i’m diggin’ lately. not necessarily cooking products, but whatevs.

20 days until i get to snuggle with you.

SO excited.

love ya,

Christie October 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I really love Mr. clean magic erasers, clorox wipes (use these EVERYwhere), my swiffer, and the thick toilet cleaner that sticks to the bowl. I cant think of the name…

I love leftovers. That’s my favorite thing to bring to lunch at work bc its like a him frozen dinner.

Amanda @ A Healthy Fascination October 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

My favorite go to cleaning product would have to be plain old baking soda. I use it for everything I used to use Comet for (I grew up in a Comet household), and it works just as well, is non-toxic, and super cheap. I also sprinkle it in my kittie’s box to mask any unwanted odors.

And I don’t know why but I am the kind of person who can eat leftovers for days straight and never get tired of them. I guess if I like something I like it :-)

Have a wonderful weekend and best wishes to your nephew and your whole family!

Theodora October 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I would cook *so much more* if I had a husband…or boyfriend…to clean up afterwards. Alas, my little boy dog will clean the floor, but …

Melissa October 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

ANYTHING lavender vanilla (esp that detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets) are awesome. Plus I’ll take lotion and/or perfume that’s just regular lavender scented. My favorite! :) It makes me think of bedtime and helps me relax.

Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 25, 2010 at 9:22 am

I think we might be cleaning product twins. Except for the cleaning husband….mine only lasted a month or so and then he broke ;)

cookie November 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Uhh, I want this soap sponge thingy. I wonder if I can get this in Germany. I’m gonna ask my boyfriend to find out, he’s working in a drugstore.

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