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Being Healthy is About More Than How You Look

Being Healthy is About More Than How You Look

I was standing in line at Publix on my way home from work yesterday and saw a picture of Jessica Biel on the cover of US Weekly that made me do a double take. Her vibrancy jumped off the page, and her soft smile looked incredibly peaceful. The headline was something along the lines of “Celebrities Reveal Their Best Fitness Tips.” I have always admired Jessica Biel for her dedication to health and fitness, so I was intrigued by what she had changed – her body noticeably different. I unearthed the answer as I flipped through the pages as rapidly as I could before the cashier was done ringing me up: Yoga.

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“The honorary Stepford Wife”

Just this week my sister launched her new and improved website – finally.  In said website, she wrote the blog “The Campins Cast of ‘Characters.’”  Here is her description of me:  “The youngest of the Campins women and undoubtedly the one who is always right – just ask her. As an agent of the Campins Company, her tenacity is a cornerstone of her expertise and success. But as my sister and the honorary Stepford Wife, it’s almost guaranteed that we will be on opposing teams… hers naturally including Sofia.”

Although I could easily tell you how I am always right, I thought it would be more interesting to explore the “Stepford Wife.”  Shall we?  As I prepared to write this, I actually googled Stepford Wife.  C’mon, who doesn’t do a little good ‘ol research on google?  Anyway, much to my surprise, I discovered the Stepford Wives Organization at http://stepfordwives.org.   Wow!  There is actually a Stepford Wives organization.  Where can I sign up?  Ok, let’s be honest, this website sounds more like a parody than a legit organization, but the more I read through it, the more I really wanted to apply.  😉

There are a few statements straight from the Stepford Wives Organization of which I 100% agree. Those, I have listed below.  I also enjoyed several hilarious proclamations (that I may or may not disagree with – plead the 5th?), such as: “Stepford Wives Organization believes that as women, we should regard and revere our husband’s decisions as the final, penultimate authority in our lives. Our husbands are our fashion advisors: they decide what we wear. They are our food critics: they tell us what we cook well and what we should and should not cook. They are our political advisors: they decide how we should vote. They are our intellectual guides: they tell us what and how we should think.”  Ok, clearly I do not believe that…or do I?

Moving on to the undeniable truths:
Stepford Wives Organization celebrates the male as head-of-our-household, and the traditional family unit. We believe the traditional family is still a good, sound idea that can be brought into this modern day and age alongside new living arrangements.
Stepford Wives Organization is a website that supports the idea of the homemaking wife who is not only the cheery domestic goddess, but a fantastic dresser, neat as a pin, a lady with good manners, and a gracious, well-behaved, obedient wife who always puts her man first.
Stepford Wives Organization supports and promotes the Stay-At-Home-Mother.
Stepford Wives Organization celebrates the good housekeeping days of the 1950s.
Stepford Wives Organization believes our men are No.1. They are our protector, our knights, and, in Helen B. Andelin’s words, “The kingpin around which all other activities of our lives revolve.” (That is, until we have children.  At that point, be happy as No. 2 thank you very much).

I will continue perusing that site a little later, but now I must address the seriousness of being a housewife.   Really, I’m serious.   If you have read my blog from day one you already know I am an alumna of the University of Miami.   You would also know that I worked at my alma mater for nearly three years after my graduation and that I have also been a licensed realtor in the state of Florida since eighteen.  It goes without saying that by twenty-five I know what it’s like to be employed, an independent contractor and also unemployed.

This past year was the first since I was seventeen that I have been jobless.  The interesting thing, however, is that I am not actually “jobless.”  This is my first off-season as a “housewife.”  That being said, I have never been busier!   I am constantly maintaining the house, taking care of the husband and tending to our animals.  When it comes to taking care of the husband, 75% of that involves his belly.   I don’t know what the average husband eats in a day but I can tell you mine doesn’t stop.  For the first time in my life, I am cooking three times a day.    Wait a second; let me correct that last statement.   For the first time in my life, I am cooking.   I have never really cooked prior to this year.  Sure, I could fry an egg or throw some chicken in the oven (all things I don’t even eat anymore), but I have never proudly prepared recipes that I could share with the family.
I may not be employed or have a 9 to 5, but I don’t stop.    I spend every waking minute taking care of my family.   Even though we don’t have children yet (there goes my life as I know it) and my family consists of a husband and four animals, I am happier than I have ever been.   Now that David is done with baseball and working out again, we wake up at the crack of dawn and get back home in the early afternoon.  Yes, I work out with him.  No, we are not attached at the hip.  Well, possibly at the ramus superior.   Nevertheless, once we are home, I get right back to cooking.   It can be a lot of work but I am thoroughly enjoying it.    Mostly because it makes my husband happy, and who doesn’t love making their man happy?

As if the cooking wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I also happen to be a clean freak.  Having three cats and a dog doesn’t exactly make keeping the house clean an effortless job, yet somehow, I manage.   I try to do a little cleaning everyday, with a deep clean once a week.    As a homebody, my home is my sanctuary and if it’s a mess, I simply can’t relax.    I am pretty sure I do not suffer from OCD, however.  Not in the clinical sense, anyway.
I may be sounding anti-feminist right about now, but I do have a lot of respect for women who work.   Obviously there is a difference between the women who have to work for their own livelihood and that of their family’s, to those who choose to work despite not having to.  Those women, I don’t understand.   😉
Alrighty then, I am done.  Back to the best job ever – being a submissive housewife.

Vegan Tuesdays

Good morning everyone!   Today I am going to share a new recipe that I tried this week for a black bean salad.    I originally got the idea from Once Upon a Chef, but I chose to free hand mine with tomato instead of pepper.
My recipe consisted of: 1 california avocado, 2 small tomatoes, a 16 oz can of black beans rinsed, 1/2 cup of corn and the following to taste, lime juice, salt, pepper, parsley, cayenne pepper, and garlic.
I was able to enjoy this for 4 days after I made it and combined it with everything from Brussels Sprouts to Sweet Potatoes, to No-Chicken vegan nuggets.
That’s all for now folks.  Enjoy!

Thank You My Lovely

I have to say that I am extremely grateful for being nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award.    The best part is that I was nominated by one of myyyy favorite bloggers, MEOW hear this!

The rules to the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD are:
•    Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
•    Share 7 things about yourself
•    Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
•    Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.
Uhmmm…seven things about me that are not already on my About Me page…
1. I am a Christian but I loveeeee Astrology.   Most people would say that is a paradox but I say NOT!
2. I am a Lover not a Fighter.  I accept You for You regardless of our differences – they are what make us special. 🙂
3. I have a hard time not adopting every homeless animal that I see.
4. I never dreamed of my wedding day, but I have always dreamed of my HOME – Home is where the heart is…and in Baseball, where the Hubby is.
5. I have been dying to learn French since I was 5.  My grandfather knew 7 languages by 42, all self -taught…still hopeful!
6. My legal name is Camelia, not Camille, but I wasn’t aware of this fun fact until I was 15 and ordered a copy of my birth certificate – thanks Mom!
7. As a little girl, my dream was to be a prima ballerina – still kinda is!
On to my favorite Blogs I would like to nominate!  Drum roll please…In no specific order…
Married to Baseball
So I Married a Baseball Player…
Animal Ambassadors, Inc
Kitties + Couture 
RumpyDog
The Ballpark Guide
Healing with Savannah
Kitty Blogger
Everyone Has a Story
Rendezvous with Renee
The Blush
Sadie & Dasie
Black Cat Rescue
Indy Therapy Dog 
Sports-Glutton 

Vegan Tuesdays – The Burger!!!

I am sooo excited about this post!   I know I told you about my favorite portobello burger, which pretty much entails just grilling the mushrooms and adding toppings, but what I am sharing with you today is a much more intricate burger – a totally different approach to the vegan burger.    Thanks to handy dandy Pintrest, I found my new favorite burger recipe that includes a go-to veggie, sweet potatoes!  It goes without mentioning that sweet potatoes have the most overall nutrients when compared to all other vegetables and they taste amazinggg.

On to the good stuff…this burger was to DIE for!  These are 100% vegan and they are ready in under an hour.   Working as a team, Breanna and I were able to prepare them in about 35 minutes.   🙂  I took a few pictures before I devoured my burger but I didn’t include them because the professional one puts mine to shame.  🙁  You can click on the picture above to be redirected to the recipe from Edible Perspective.  Note: I left off the bun and the bell pepper because that is the ONE veggie I…for lack of a better word, ABHOR.  😉  In all seriousness, you HAVE to try this burger.   I don’t have enough adjectives to describe how amazing it is!   Bon Appetite!

Vegan Tuesdays

Happy Tuesday!   Today I am going to share a new favorite sandwich of mine that Breanna introduced me to when I first moved from Florida.   The recipe I am including is not Vegan due to the chive spread and cheese but you can make it vegan by leaving off the cheese or using soy cheese and by also using an alternative spread (something I have been meaning to test).     While I am vegan 95% of the time I occasionally indulge in a sauce or desert that may include dairy.    I am not particularly proud of this but I am still working on that last 5%.  😉   Although it is not as good, I do sometimes eat the sandwich “dry” with just sprouts and the avocado, cucumber and tomato mix.
Click on the photo to be redirected to the site with the recipe.  I hope you enjoy this amazing meal!
P.S. Breanna and I recently substituted pea sprouts for the alfalfa sprouts since they were all we could find at the time and they are delish!  Feel free to try other sprouts too…you won’t be disappointed!