Friday, February 29, 2008

Yay for Nana and PopPop's House!

Lilypad Princess is thrilled to be at her Nana and PopPop's house. She has her own bedroom and bathroom, complete with toys, bookcase full of books, crib, bed and toiletries. Nana even had a dress-up dress for her (one of Auntie La's old dresses that fits LP perfectly, it's the green on in the basket pictures). She had a yummy breakfast with Nana this morning, complete with one of Autie La's old basketball shirts to keep the milk off her clothes.

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This is how Nana found Lilypad Princess when she walked back into the living room. She was really stuck in there.

This was a much better fit. She and Molly were quite comfortable in here.

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Safe in Tulsa

On the airplane
We made it safely to Tulsa. We left on Wednesday morning and spent the night at a friend's house in Columbus. Lilypad Princess had a great time, she loves her new friend Natalie in Columbus and wanted to bring her to Tulsa with us. Two more flights on Thursday went smoothly and LP went running for her Nana as soon as we saw her in the airport. LP's first impression of Tulsa: there are monkeys at the airport. Actually they are some kind of noisy bird that sound like monkeys yelling, but LP hasn't stopped talking about the monkeys yet. We're going to have to take a trip to the zoo I think.

Lilypad Princess was so tired after the trip that she fell asleep on my lap, and didn't wake up at all as I carried her upstairs, changed her diaper, put on her pajamas and put her to bed.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Bed is one of my favorite places to be. Sleeping is always wonderful of course, but there isn't much better than bringing Lilypad Princess into bed with us first thing in the morning and cuddling together as a family before starting the day and heading our separate ways. I love our bedroom set, I looked for over a year and a half after moving into my condo to find a set that I loved, but now I wish I had gotten a king size bed instead of a queen. Our bed seems to be shrinking with a 6'2" husband, rapidly growing child, and 2 cats taking up all my space. And since Lilypad Dad has been pushing me to redo our bedroom (I think he's sick of living in a Victoria's Secret box) I have been looking at new bed options.

Time 4 Sleep has some beautiful beds. They carry all different styles, Light Wood, Dark Wood, Upholstered, Leather Beds and many more. I think that the Antibes bed would match the set now, allowing me to keep the rest of my furniture, but upgrade to a king size bed.

They also have some adorable children's beds. Lilypad Princess is still in her crib, and we recently purchased a twin bed for when we are ready to move her, so we will skip the toddler bed stage. But some of these beds could cause me to think twice they are so cute. They actually take a twin bed mattress, but are low to the ground like a toddler bed. The pink jeep and blue jeep are my favorites, but the fire engine and grand prix car are adorable as well.

Weigh In - Week 6

This was a confusing week. Somehow I gained 3.6 pounds and .9% body fat, but still lost an additional 5 inches. I'm going to have to find a Y on our trip to keep going and hope for a much better week in 2 weeks.

Monday: 35 min. water aerobics, 15 min. lap swim, 2 rounds of circuit machines
Tuesday: 1 hour Y Pump class, 20 min. Arc Trainer
Wednesday: off
Thursday: 1 hour Y Pump class
Friday: 90 min. shoveling snow
Saturday: off
Sunday: off

Black Friday Ads

So I know I'm a few months early with this post, but I wanted to put the information in my blog so I could easily find it again in the fall. I am not a good shopper especially when there are big crowds around the holidays. Shopping on Black Friday is my idea of torture. But I am always hearing about the great deals that everyone has gotten and wondering if should venture out one year. I can never bring myself to do it though.

Online shopping is much more my speed. I can stay in my pajamas, have a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate while I shop, avoid the crowds, and have everything delivered right to my door. But Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming; trying to figure out which stores have the best deals, what time their deals start, etc. Now there is a website that keeps track of all of this for you. The site posts the thanksgiving ads as they are released, so you can plan your shopping ahead of time. You can even enter your email address to be notified when the 2008 Black Friday ads are posted. Their ads from 2007 include ToysRUs, BabiesRUs, and Target.

During the rest of the year, another page on their site takes you to current daily hot deals, for example this morning there is a laptop for $1000 after $200 in rebates. There is another page for coupon codes, so be sure to check for coupons before you make any purchase online.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

77 Days!

Only 77 days left until we visit Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, and Snow White! We still haven't really told Lilypad Princess much about it because it is still "so far far away" but I am getting excited. I can't wait to see her reaction to seeing Cinderella's castle in person.

4 More Days!

Only 4 more days left until Lilypad Princess and I leave for our trip to visit Nana and PopPop. I still have to figure out how to pack what we need for 11 days into 1 carry-on size suitcase.

Picture Perfect?

One of the things that I worry about while raising a daughter is how to develop her self-esteem, and love of herself no matter what. With the media images these days, it can only get harder and harder to encourage children to be happy with themselves. The stars and models that are held up as the images of "beautiful" are often altered by photoshop, retouching, or even plastic surgery.

I read an article today about how "Oscar nominees could benefit from surgery". The article recommends a browlift for Johnny Depp and Botox and lip fillers for Cate Blanchett among other stars. How can you convince a child that she is beautiful when we can search for something to fix on stars that are already considered beautiful?

The website that has the news article also shows photos of some stars and newscasters in the UK that have used their Breast Enlargement services. According to another article on this site, 44% of adults in the UK would consider having cosmetic surgery. Is this going to become the norm in the future, everyone will have some form of plastic surgery? Well, I guess except for people like me who are too terrified of needles to consider it.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

All You Need Is A Bandaid

RIght now I can do magic. According to Lilypad Princess, anything bad, a scraped knee, a scratch, hurt feelings, can be fixed with a bandaid and a kiss. In LP's world, there isn't anything that can't be fixed this way.

This week I have witnessed 2 people in pain beyond anything I could imagine. This is one of the worst parts of being an adult, knowing these kinds of pain exist, and not being able to do anything to make it better.

Earlier this week, someone I "know" from an online group lost her 3 month old daughter. I don't think there could be any emotional pain worse than what she is going through. Her daughter was a such a fighter right from the start, and she is just such a strong, amazing woman. We were all praying for a miracle that did not happen.

Today as we were heading out to do errands, we passed a terrible car accident that had just happened. In fact, it was so recent that police, fire, and ambulance had not arrived yet. So Lilypad Dad pulled over and ran over to do what he could to help until they arrived. The man had crashed into a pole and was thrown from his car.

Lilypad Princess started to get upset as she watched her dad run away from our car, so I just told her that someone was hurt and daddy had to go help him. LP, in her childish innocence, told me that daddy was going to give him a bandaid to make it all better.

I wish that there was some way to keep LP from ever having to know that these types of pain even exist in the world, and to ensure that she never has to experience either one. I would love to go back to living with the belief that all it takes is a bandaid to fix anything.


I missed this picture when I posted the others from Chuck E Cheese. This is a perfect representation of the day, Lilypad Princess and Barefoot Princess side-by-side and hand-in-hand for most of the day.

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Tasting the snow as it fell after preschool last week.

From City to Suburbs

Until I moved here, I never would have considered 65 miles outside of a city to still be a suburb. But living here, I've realized that many of the people around here commute all the way into the city as well, making this a suburb despite the distance. I know that it was similar in the last metropolitan area I lived in as well, although the distance wasn't quite as great.

Apparently this isn't just happening here in the US, but in Europe as well. According to a news article I read on a site about Uk Mortgages, this is becoming a common practice outside of London as well. According to the article, the reasons that people are moving out of London as are the same reasons as here, cheaper housing prices and a better quality of life.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Happy New Year (again!)

This past Sunday, we were invited to the Blue House on a Hill to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Lilypad Princess, Buby, Munchkinetta, and Shaelin (along with the moms and dads) have a great afternoon and evening of delicious food, dress-up, trains, talk, and more. All of the kids were dressed in beautiful Chinese outfits, unfortunately we never got one of all the kids together. And once the dress up trunk came out, it wasn't like you could really see the cute outfits anyway. But here is Lilypad Princess in her outfit from Uncle Dave and Uncle Michael as we were getting ready to walk out the door.

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Dress up was the hit of the night, even Buby got into the action with a red and white fur cape and a mint green tutu as a hat. Munckinetta was so busy changing from one outfit to another that I don't think anyone got any pictures of her in costume. Actually, this picture is thanks to Buby's mom, since I didn't really get any pictures while we were there, I was too busy eating all the delicious food!

A Princess and her Prince

For details of the party, including the menu and pictures of the yummy food and beautiful decorations, check out Blue House Mom's party recap post.

Here are three of the kids enjoying the best cheesecake I think I've ever had.

The First Cut

Ok, so it wasn't really a cut, more like a little trim. But Lilypad Princess has had such little hair for so long that I had a really hard time bringing myself to cut any of it. But a few days ago, I finally decided it was time to take that step. LP was looking like she belonged back in the 80's with the little rattail she had going on and it was starting to get very snarled and knotted each day despite the anti-tangle spray.

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So I braced myself while Lilypad Dad got LP's attention, and took the scissors to the hair. One cut was all it needed, once the extra length in the back was gone, it sprung up into a bunch of adorable curls. There has been a lot less screaming since the cut and I will admit that her hair looks much better.

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More Space Needed

I've been doing a lot of online searches for cabinets, building supplies, etc for Uncle Dave. One thing I've come across that I thought was pretty interesting is a Sectional Garages. They are built in the factory, then delivered and erected in your yard in one day. They have different sizes and styles depending on what you need.

When we were looking for our house, one thing that was a negative for some of the houses we looked at was the lack of a garage. With a product like this, if you fall in love with a house, the lack of garage doesn't have to be a reason to pass on it, you can add your own garage as soon as you move in.

Our house has a large garage and plenty of storage space above, so we don't need a new garage for storage or cars, but I think this one would make a cute playhouse for LP.Of course at the rate we are growing into our existing space, it might not be long before we could use the extra storage room in our backyard. I could see using one to store the yard equipment like the lawnmower and snowblower, freeing up space in the garage, LP’s outdoor toys, freeing up space on our porch, and maybe using it as a place to hide presents if LP turns out to be a present finder like her Auntie La.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Weight Loss Update - Week 5

It was a better week this week. I lost .6% of my body fat and a little under 2 pounds.

Total % of weight loss so far: 6.28% of my body weight
Total inches lost: 11.25

Monday: 45 min. water aerobics, 10 min. elliptical trainer, 1 hour swimming with LP (doing water aerobics/water jogging exercises and swimming during that hour)
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: off due to snow
Thursday: 2 rounds of the ciruit machines(am) and 45 minute cardio circuit class (pm)
Friday: 45 min. Aquajog class and 3 rounds of the circuit machines
Saturday: 1 hour Y Pump class (barbell class) and 20 min elliptical trainer
Sunday: off (and much too much delicious food at the Chinese New Year Party)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine Playdate

After a relaxing morning with her daddy, Lilypad Princess was full of energy and ready to spend some of her Valentine's Day with her friends. We met Barefoot Princess (and Barefoot Baby), Buby, and Munchkinetta at Chuck E. Cheese for a few hours of friends, games, rides, fun, and pizza.

This was LP's first visit to Chuck E Cheese and she stopped and looked around in awe when we walked in the door. For a little girl who LOVES rides (and went on amusement park swings before the age of 2) CEC must look like paradise. But first we found her friends and they spent time chasing each other up and down the slide in the toddler area. Then she realized that "coins" would unlock the magic of the rides and off we went.

The first ride LP headed for was, of course, one that would take her high up in the air. I had to pedal for her to get her up there since her legs weren't long enough to reach the pedals, but I was able to step back long enough to snap one picture.

LP is definitely her mother's daughter, she discovered her love of skeeball. Although we are still working on rolling the ball, not throwing it up the alley.

Lilypad Princess and Barefoot Princess were thick as theives all day. We had to find two-person rides that they could go on together because they didn't want to do anything separately. One of the favorites was the roller coaster simulation, there was more than one ride on that and lots of giggles and smiles exchanged. I can just imagine these two on a big rollercoaster at Six Flags in a couple of years.

Once the kids were all all played out, Buby, BP and LP sat down to enjoy some pizza together. The kids are all big enough now that they can sit together at the table without mommies on one side to help them. Thank you BP and mommy for lunch!

A Snow White Valentine

Lilypad Princess started off Valentine's Day by letting Mommy and Daddy sleep past 7:00, a wonderful gift for us. Then all three of us headed downstairs to let Lilypad Princess check her mailbox (she had a Valentine from mommy and daddy, and one from Nana and PopPop to open that morning), and to open her present.

It was a Snow White Valentine for Lilypad Princess this year. Although she had never seen the movie, LP has a love for anything Snow White. So she was thrilled to actually get the movie and insisted on putting it on right away. She cuddled up on the couch with Snow White, Dopey, and Grumpy (the new addition that was also a gift) to watch the movie with Lilypad Dad while I went to the gym.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Lilypad Princess has had a wonderful, busy Valentine's day. She celebrated with daddy in the morning, and her friends in the afternoon. I have plenty of pictures to share later. But for now, the Lilypad Family wants to wish everyone a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Lilypad Loves: Fingerprint Necklace

It came, it came! My Fingerprint Necklace from Tina Steinberg came today and I love it. It is about the same size as a nickel, and LP's fingerprint is perfectly detailed. The fingerprint is very clear, all the ridge detail is captured, and the rest of the silver disk is smooth and shiny. LP's name and the date we made the fingerprint mold is engraved on the back.

The mold process was very easy, we did a few trial runs with playdough first, and wanting it perfect, I redid the actual print once. Tina Steinberg sends everything that you need to make the mold and ship it back to her, then about 2 weeks later she sends you a beautiful piece of keepsake jewelry. Lilypad Princess was excited to fit her finger right back into the silver print this morning. Here are a few detail photos, one for sizing and one so you can see the thickness of the disk. click on photos to enlarge

Monday, February 11, 2008

Weight Loss Update Week 4

Well, it was not such a good weigh in today. I gained 2.5 pounds at weigh in tonight. But I went into it knowing that it wasn't going to be great, I had a little too big a lunch for before weigh in and ate it too late in the day. But I did lose over 3 more inches, so I know that all my work last week wasn't for nothing.

My goals for this week are to mix up the exercises a little more again, I didn't do any circuit classes last week and I don't know if that made a difference, and to increase my water intake. I've been better, but I'm still not where I should be with that. So those are my two short term goals for this week.

Monday: 1 hour water aerobics
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: 1 hour water aerobics
Thursday: 45 min. water aerobics, 25 minutes elliptical trainer
Friday: 90 min. water aerobics/aqua jogger classes, 1 hour swimming with LP
Saturday: off
Sunday: 1 hour water aerobics

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Auntie La!

Lilypad Princess wishes a very happy 27th birthday to her Auntie La! LP wanted me to let you know some of her favorite things about her Auntie La.

1. She blows bubbles with me (in my pool or soap bubbles).
2. She flies me like an airplane.
3. She loves the Yankees.
4. She makes a comfortable place to sleep.
5. She buys me noisy toys.
6. She makes a good horse.
7. She has no problem getting on the ground and getting dirty with me .
8. She isn't grouchy to me when I wake her up early in the morning.
9. She's my godmother.
10. My mommy says that I am just like my Auntie La whenever I get in trouble!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Little Visitor

Lilypad Princess and I had a little visitor during dinner last night. While we were at the table, baby ladybug decided to land on LP's plate. We left a little bit of the juice from the mandarin oranges out for baby ladybug, who was still hanging around this morning.

Baby ladybug must have really enjoyed the juice and wanted to thank Lilypad Princess for it, so she climbed up LP's arm, crawled around her neck, then headed down her shirt. LP was so proud of being able to hold baby ladybug, she actually stood still long enough for me to take pictures!

Seven Things I Love

Blue House Mom tagged me to list 7 things that I love today.

1. A shining sun and a day warm enough for just a sweatshirt in February.

2. Bringing Lilypad Princess into bed with us in the morning to nurse, cuddle, and delay the start of a busy day just a little with some family time.

3. Listening to LP giggle as she and Forster play with his toys. He is now her best friend, she loves to play with him and take care of him. Her chore is to make sure they both have food each day, and she even tried to brush him. He lets her do everything now.

4. Sending Lilypad Dad off to work with one of his favorite meals for dinner, knowing he will have a good meal in the middle of an extra long day.

5. Getting in my workout for the day before 10am, and having extra energy to get things done afterwards.

6. Counting down the days to a long awaited vacation - 20 days until Nana and PopPop's and 94 days until Disney.

7. Snuggling with LP in the chair, reading, talking about the day, and nursing before she goes to bed for the night. This time is my favorite part of the day, it is so relaxing for both of us, and no matter how hectic a day, we get to spend some quiet time talking about whatever LP wants. I look forward to it every night.

Thanks Blue House Mom, for really making me sit and think about the little things in my day to day life that make me happy. I tag Ashley, Jayme, and T with Honey if you'd like to do it too.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Lilypad Likes: Knuffle Bunny Books

Since Lilypad Princess was going to be home sick, I ran to the library on my way for her medicine to pick up some new books. Two of the books I brought home were Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny: A Case of Mistaken Identity.

Both books star Trixie and her Knuffle Bunny and the trials that Trixie goes through when Knuffle Bunny is forgotten or switched. The first book features a young toddler Trixie, who hasn't learned to talk yet and struggles to tell her dad that Knuffle Bunny has been left behind at the laundromat. In the second book, Trixie has definitely learned to talk, and takes Knuffle Bunny to pre-K with her, where he is accidentally switched with another Knuffle Bunny.

Printed on olive-green backdrops, the illustrations are a combination of muted, sepia-toned photographs of a Brooklyn neighborhood upon which bright cartoon drawings of people have been superimposed. Lilypad Dad loved these books just as much as Lilypad Princess and I did. We are definitely going to have these to our permanent library.

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It turns out that I am currently the runner up for the Y Melt Down contest. There are 27 people participating and I'm in 2nd place! I've lost 6.68% of my body weight so far. The current leader has lost 7.4% and everyone else is less than 6% so far. So now I'm feeling even better about how I'm doing so far. It's a little more motivation to keep it up.

A Sick Day

Lilypad Princess got sick this week, turns out she is having her first bout with strep throat. I was hoping this wasn't something she would get from me, I suffered from strep forever, until I finally had my tonsils out at 26 years old. Hopefully this is just a one time thing for her.

She came down with a sudden, high fever on Monday night, and Tuesday morning we headed to the doctor. About 3 or 4 hours after her first dose of antibiotics (only her second time to ever need them) the fever was gone, she was eating again, and back to her old, active self.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Weekly Weight Loss Update

This was a weigh-in only week, no measurements. But it was a better week in terms of weight loss.

Weight loss this week = 4.7 pounds
Total weight loss in 3 weeks = 11.6 pounds

Here is what I did in terms of exercise:
Monday: 2 rounds of the circuit machines and abs
Tuesday: 45 min. Cardio Tone Circuit class and 20 minutes on elliptical trainer
Wednesday: 1 hour water aerobics class
Thursday: 45 min. Cardio Tone Circuit class, 10 minutes fast walking on track
Friday: off
Saturday: off
Sunday: 1 hour water aerobics class and 20 minutes chopping ice and shoveling the driveway

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Lily Bowl

Lilypad Princess and I were home alone for the Superbowl tonight since Lilypad Dad got stuck having to work. We decided to have our own little party with the game on in the background.

Lilypad Princess and I made our own individual pizzas for dinner, then held our own Lily Bowl. Using one of the pocket kleenex packs as the football, I played QB while LP was my receiver. Our field was the kitchen and the living room, and I found out I have a pretty good arm with a kleenex pack. LP would go out for the long throw, from the kitchen to the living room, usually just giggling as the throw hit the ground in front of her (she needs a few lessons on how the game is played I think). Then she'd scoop it up and run it back with a big hug tackle and a kiss.

I much prefer the Lily Bowl to the Superbowl and think we need to make this a yearly game.

Bedtime Books

During our trip to the library this week, Lilypad Princess and I picked up some new books to read including a few specifically bedtime related books. Now that we have had a chance to read them all, the definite favorite has emerged. It is read multiple times each night before bed, and I think will have to be made a permanent addition to our library.

Good Night, Animals by Lena Arro, Catarina Kruusval, and Joan Sandin tells the story of Bubble and Pearl’s campout adventure. As they settle into their “green cave” tent and darkness falls, they hear some strange noises outside. Each noise turns out to be friendly animals who want to join the campout in the tent. One by one, the animals rearrange to make room as mice and rabbits, a cat, dog, hen, sheep, and even a horse settle down for the night.

A Big Thank You

A very big thank you to Blue House Omi for being so thoughtful to Munchkinetta's friends including Lilypad Princess. She sent each of Munchkinetta's friends a package of Dentek Fun Flossers. The first time I attempted to floss LP's teeth with regular floss she looked at me like I had three heads, ran away and hid behind the chair in her bedroom. But thanks to Blue House Omi's generosity, we have been able to make flossing a regular part of LP's bedtime routine (ok, it's still not the favorite part of the routine, but she doesn't fight either!)

I know now where Blue House Mom and Munchkinetta get their generous spirit for always thinking of others.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Best Toy of All

Lilypad Princess and I spent most of tonight playing with her favorite toy of all, her imagination. Even with all of the wonderful toys we have, LP prefers to play with pretend ones. Tonight she was Cinderella dropping the breakfast tray when she learned the man she danced with was the prince. She rescued me from the sticky mud with a rope when I fell in. We reached for the moon, and when we couldn't quite touch it because it is far, far away, she used her trampoline to launch her into outer space.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

101 Things Every Kid Should Do Growing Up

A much better find than the video was the book 101 Things Every Kid Should Do Growing Up. I haven't made it all the way through yet, but as I go through I'm making notes on things that I want to remember to do with Lilypad Princess as she grows and which things we have already done.

The book also has helpful hints for most things, such as a recipe for making your own Playdoh (#6 Every kid should play with playdoh)or ways to have an indoor camp-out if you don't have a backyard (#4 Every kid should camp in the backyard).

Some of the things LP has already done:
#35 Every kid should create a holiday keepsake. (Santa's cookie plate)
#5 Every kid should play in the bathtub until his skin wrinkles. (almost every bath)
#8 Every kid should catch snowflakes on his tongue and eyelashes.
#38 Every kid should have a collection. (magnets)
#39 Every kid should attend a live performance. (Sesame Street Live)
#37 Every kid should play dress up.
#69 Every kid should make a pizza

Some of the ones that will definitely be added to my list of things to do:
#77 Every kid should go to a baseball game with Grandpa. (definitely a Yankee game)
#86 Every kid should have a personal library card.
#24 Every kid should learn to swim (in progress)
#27 Every kid should take music lessons.
#36 Every kid should participate in a "-thon".
#45 Every kid should write a memory letter each year.
#56 Evert kid should create a board game.

I Can Go Potty

During our trip to the library last night I picked up the video, I Can Go Potty! for Lilypad Princess. We watched it for the first time today, and I will be returning it tomorrow. This is one I definitely won't recommend to anyone. The little girl who narrates it annoys me; "I consider myself an expert on the potty". Lilypad Princess seemed interested for about 5 minutes, then kept telling the little girl "bye-bye!" I guess she had enough of her too. We'll just wait for the Elmo Potty dvd to come in from another library for us.

Just a little snack

I've been trying to eat as healthy as possible as well as going to the gym. But I haven't been able to curb my urge for a snack now and then. So my popcorn bowl has been getting quite a workout of its own lately.

The Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper produces up to 12 cups of fresh popcorn without any oil in less than 4 minutes. You just pour the kernels in the bowl, put the top on and stick it in the microwave. A couple sprays of a zero calorie butter spray, a little sprinkle of salt and you have a low calorie, no fat, whole grain, high fiber snack that is filling and satisfies that urge to snack.

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