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The Most Money I’ve Ever Spent on Juice

Last night, we stopped at Target, and I bought the ingredients for the Jillian Michaels detox water/tea. I went to three different stores and Target was the only place that I found the dandelion tea bags and unsweetened cranberry juice.

Every time I picked up a bottle of juice that said “cranberry 100% juice”, it turned out to be a blend of four different juices. 100% juice yes, but not 100% cranberry juice. Go ahead and check next time you’re at the grocery store – 100% just cranberry juice is pretty hard to find, especially unsweetened.  Even though the picture on the front of the bottles shows just cranberries, it’s not actually just cranberry juice most of the time.

Luckily, at Target, I found unsweetened organic just cranberry juice. Not so luckily, the juice was insanely expensive. $8.09 a bottle. For one bottle! Crazy!

I really debated buying it. Did I want to spend $8 on juice and $5 on tea bags?! In the end, I did up buy it (obviously). It was the only place I had seen both the dandelion tea bags and cranberry juice. It figured it would be a good experiment to try put. That way if it helps me lose weight, you can run out and spend $8 on cranberry juice too :)

Another thing – the Ocean Spray No Sugar Added Cranberry Juice (a blend of four juices) has 140 calories and 36 grams of sugar per 8 oz. serving. (And that’s the no sugar added version.)

The R.W. Knudsen Unsweetened Just Cranberry 100% Juice has 70 calories and only 8 grams of sugar per 8 oz. serving. I’m guessing that this is the cranberry juice that’s supposed to be used in the detox tea.

This darn tea better work because it wasn’t cheap. I plan on making the first batch on either Sunday or Monday morning. We’ll see how it goes!

Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles, treadmill (3:4 interval)
  • Stationary Bike – 12 minutes

I didn’t set my alarm for Boot Camp last night, and I told myself that if I woke up in time to make it, I would go, otherwise I’d just go to the gym when I woke up. I woke up at 7 am. Boot Camp starts are 7:10 am. I was glad that I slept though because I haven’t been sleeping well lately.

I got to the gym around 7:30 am and did a 3:4 interval workout on the treadmill. I walked three minutes, followed by four minutes of running for a total of three miles. After the treadmill, I hopped on the stationary bike for about 12 minutes. Today, I rode through the lost trails. There were a lot of palm trees and grass huts. It was nice.

When I was leaving the gym, a dentist’s office was there handing out toothbrushes for kids.

If you thought my kids wouldn’t be excited for toothbrushes, you’d be wrong. After fighting over who would get the floss, they sat on the couch watching cartoons and clutching their new toothbrushes.

Well, I off to finish baking some treats for Jaden’s party today! (And I really need to stop tasting so much of what I’m baking – it’s just so darn good!) Have a wonderful Saturday!

Questions of the day:

  • What was the last thing you baked?
  • Do you set an alarm on the weekends or just wake up naturally? What time?
  • Any plans or workouts for today?


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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good afternoon! How are you spending your last day before Christmas Eve? Shopping, relaxing, cooking, baking?

Jaden woke up nice and early this morning, so I figured that I would get a head start on baking. Today, we made another batch of the peanut butter blossoms, and we also made Nestle chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (from the Nestle website)


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels


  1. PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt
    in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in
    large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each
    addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by
    rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. BAKE for 9 to 11
    minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to
    wire racks to cool completely.

The cookies came out just perfect and delicious!


Even my lunch today was in the Christmas spirit this afternoon. I had a bagel thin, egg whites, and cheese with red and green tortilla chips on the side.

Have a great day!

Questions of the day:

  • Are you traveling for Christmas?
  • Favorite chips? Or snack?
  • What are you doing for Christmas Eve?

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