Monday, April 4, 2016

Surprise! The Sun is Good for You!

Here is a photo of me on my honeymoon back in 1993.

The picture is something that has rarely been seen since then - carma with a tan!!

We have been told for years that the sun is BAD. But last week a study came out indicating avoidance of the sun is as dangerous as smoking!!!!! o.O

I don't want to get wrinkled but maybe I will go a little easier on the sunscreen going forward. What about you? Does this study change your mind on sunbathing?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Mother's Day with World Vision

This Mother's Day, World Vision is encouraging parents to teach children to be global citizens. If you have young children, here are some tips from for bringing this concept home:

-          Turn story time into a teachable moment: Learning about other countries and cultures can happen during daily activities. Choose children’s books that accurately portray other cultures or focus on historical events for afternoon or bedtime reading. After finishing the book, parents can talk to children about what they learned and how the lives of the characters in the book differ from their own.

-          Make the facts digestible for young minds: Young children may have a difficult time comprehending abstract statistics about inequality around the world. Create a math activity at home to make this information more relatable. Use beads or buttons to count out how many children are in the child’s class, and then remove items based on global averages for clean water access or hunger statistics. According to World Vision’s 2015 Food Assistance Report, 1 in 6 children – more than 1.4 million kids - are dangerously underweight because they lack access to adequate food and nutritional assistance. For a classroom of 24, remove 4 beads to represent these children.

-          Experiment at home: Ask children to put themselves in another person’s shoes by conducting experiments at home. For example, create a family menu budgeting $1.25 a day per family member. Give children $1.25 during the next grocery store trip - the amount of money that 1.3 billion people worldwide live on each day, according to World Vision - and let them shop and price compare themselves. Afterwards, talk about the types of foods they couldn’t purchase and what kinds of foods the menu is limited to: Were you able to purchase fresh fruits or vegetables? Is the meal limited to rice or pasta? What kind of protein could you afford to buy?

-          Sponsor a child: Get children involved directly in providing a “hand up” to communities in need around the world by sponsoring a child as a family through World Vision. Involve children in the process of choosing a boy or girl to sponsor; ask them to write cards and draw pictures for the sponsored child, and talk to them regularly about how the sponsorship donation is helping provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, clean water, bed nets, job training for parents, and much more – including the freedom to simply be a child.

Find out more at the World Vision Facebook page at /WorldVision and Twitter at @WorldVisionUSA.

Full disclosure: I received an item from the catalog for the purpose of this post. No other compensation was provided. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Carma Cooks!

I have been trying to work more veggies into my diet. I came across this recipe on the interwebs and it was quite good and very filling...Here is a photo of how the dish turned out. Healthy and colorful!

Broccoli Apple Salad. Recipe Credit:

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, (about 2 medium heads)
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 large apples, finely chopped (I used gala apples)
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Creamy dressing ingredients:
  • ½ cup lite mayonnaise
  • ½ cup low fat greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  1. In a large bowl combine broccoli, carrots, red onion, apples, pecans, and dried cranberries.
  2. To make the dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Unexciting Update

Thank you to my awesome bloggy friend Charlotte for prompting me to make an update!!

I have been inundated with activities with my son home for Spring Break week. He is like  having 2 children I always say, although I know moms of two children will probably dispute that ;)

Needed to help him this week with buying a car and having said car shipped out to Utah. Still waiting to hear back from the car shipper to get a pick up date. Hoping all goes well.

On Tuesday I will be working at the polls in NC. Lots of contentious races going on locally due to the proposed Toll road on I-77. I have rarely seen people so fired up, which is a good thing. Get out there and vote!!! There may also be some local issues in your area where you vote will make a difference. It isn't all about the Presidential primary. (unattractive photo of me and my son after we early voted)

Speaking of Presidential primaries, Season 4 of House of Cards came out last week and oh boy, it has not disappointed so far. It is worth getting Netflix for that show alone, plus my other much less complex series obsession: Longmire! If you haven't heard of it, Longmire is a modern day Western, but don't let that discourage you. It is oh so good and I'm finding it is a good way to escape stress. The episodes aren't heavy...and Deputy Branch Connelly is super-hot and attended college at Duke University in NC!

What is your latest Netflix obsession?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ingredients for a Basic Lifesaving Birthday!

Well, yesterday was my birthday!! It was also the only opportunity I had to renew my provider CPR Basic Life Saving for Providers certification. Great bunch of ladies. And the instructor made cupcakes especially for my birthday. Super-sweet...
Scored 100% on the exam.

Hoping I never need to use it, but good to be prepared...

Trying to think what else has been going on lately. Some filming. Freebie stuff. Need to post pics.

Lots of walking.

Applied for a job as a health coach where the only requirement was a HS diploma or equivalent. The hospital didn't even look at my application >:-(  despite having medical related diploma and "Health Coach Certification"

Can't recall much else...

Friday, January 22, 2016

We Have Snow!

Mostly ice. But some snow mixed in...

Checking out the snow #pumpkinthecat #snow2016 #catsofinstagram

A photo posted by CarmaSez (@carmasez) on

Pumpkin is psyched!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Guess Who Stopped By the MAC Makeup Counter?

Every few months I meet up with a high school friend who also moved from NJ down south - about 45 minutes from where I live. We meet at the mall and always gravitate to the makeup counters and of course, Sephora.

I was in search of the perfect foundation. It is a perpetual quest, really. I had sampled the Makeup Forever HD Foundation, but then I took a gander at Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation Stick. The color looked almost identical and the finish was a bit creamier which I liked. I ended up ordering it online 15% savings and free shipping/returns on foundations and concealers! plus a couple free samples tossed in.

Over at the MAC area, I tried on some vibrant red lipstick and liner as you can see. It looked a LOT brighter in person. Definitely not for every day.

MB wasn't too excited about it. As a matter of fact, the lipstick was so obvious that when he didn't mention it, I brought it up and he said, "yeah, I noticed." Not a glowing recommendation. Then he said the makeup makeup made me look "mean" - so I guess I will stick with some new foundation for now and use the rest of my current makeup for the rest of my face...

*BTW the head warmer is faux fur!
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