Do or DoNut….ย 

Let’s be honest, some days we feel like waking up early and going to the gym and other mornings we would all rather get up and get a donut and watch a few episodes of our favorite shows.

Lately, my schedule has been SUPER busy. So much so, that any downtime I’ve been able to squeeze out of it was quickly occupied by sleeping or a Netflix/Hulu binge (OITNB anyone? ย We’re not going to talk about Episode 12. ๐Ÿ˜ข ย And have you watched Uncle Buck? I ACTUALLY like it. I didn’t think I would, but I DO! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ).

I even managed to make a trip to our local Krispy Kreme to pick up some tasty treats after one of my meetings!

(Don’t judge me, the hot sign was on….and it beckoned me… and there was a drive thru ๐Ÿ˜‚)ย I’m all about balance folks.

… and I was inspired by my newย mug, pictured below.

You can’t look at that and not want a donut! Right!?!? Well, I couldn’t. ๐Ÿ˜‡

So, I’ll give myself some grace for the rest of this week and go back to myย old routineย withย a goal to reset my fitness plan after the 4th of July holiday. I haven’t been too crazy with my eating habits and I’m still on target to meet myย DietBetย goal (yayyyyy)!

Other updates:

I’m working on a few things for the blog. More (and better quality videos), interviews, more podcasts, several deal alerts and product reviews, my couponing tips and recipes and whatever else I think of over the next couple of weeks. I’m excited about it and I hope you are too!

In fact, you can email me at LetsFixIt@FixItWithFran.com with any particular topic requests you may have and I’ll see what I can do to incorporate your interests!

A few final requests:

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Guilt Free Pasta

I love pasta! ย Especially shrimp pasta!

Sadly, pasta doesn’t love me… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย Or my waistline. ย So I’ve looked into alternatives. ๐Ÿ™‚

Making “zoodles” or zucchini noodles has become a quick and easy solution for my problem and my husboo LOVES them! ย He even said he prefers them over traditional noodles! ย #SheWon #WifeSkills #WifeyCanBurn ๐Ÿ˜‰

I got the idea for this recipe from SkinnyTaste. ย My remixed recipe is below:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tsps. olive oil
  • McCormickย Basil & Garlic Seasoning Blend (Season to taste– approximately 1 1/2 tbsp.)
  • 8 oz peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 tbsps. mincedย garlic (I like A LOT of garlic and purchase it minced.)
  • 1 largeย zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 lemon (or 6 tbsps. lemon juice)

Directions:

  1. Spiralize the zucchini. Use a large mixing bowl to toss zucchini noodles in 4 tbsp of lemon juice. This will help to keep the noodles from browning. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge. (Keep the leftover lemon juice.)
  2. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of the oil and the shrimp and season with the McCormick Basil & Garlic Seasoning Blend. Cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add half of the minced garlic and continue cooking 1 more minute, orBasil and Garlic Zoodles on Fix It With Fran until the shrimp is cooked through and opaque. Set aside on a dish.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and garlic to the pan, cook 30 seconds then add the zucchini noodles and cook 2 minutes or until the zoodles become limp or “al dente.”
  6. Add the shrimp to the pan and squeeze the other lemon half over the dish. Remove from heat and serve. This should be a large enough dish to divide into servings for two people.
  7. Use leftover lemon juice to top off each plated serving.ย (This final step is optional.)

I used myย WonderEsque Tri Blade Compact Spiralizerย to make these, most recently. I received the spiralizer as a product review and it is really neat. ย It came with its own cleaning brush and is small enough to be stored in a kitchen drawer (unlike my older spiralizers). ย You can see more of its features on Amazon.

WonderEsque Tri Blade Compact Spiralizer Review on Fix_It_With_Fran_dot_com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissionโ€™s 16 CFR, Part 255 : โ€œGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.โ€

Book Review: NKJV Teen Study Bible

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NKJV Teen Study Bible Review On FixItWithFran.com

My Bible collection is ALWAYS growing.

I’m still dedicated to my Life Application Bible that has been with me since my teens, but I love the feeling of a crisp new book (blame all those years of working in libraries! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜„).

This text is in the New King James Version (NKJV), which many choose as their preferred text.ย  I am more of a fan of the New Living Translation (NLT),ย  but I do see value in reading from multiple versions and I usually review the NKJV during my personal study time.

I see this being a great resource for those working in church youth/teen ministries or as a bible to offer as a gift to a teen (maybe for graduation, a birthday, or “just because”).

I really appreciated the hardcover version as I’ve had much more success with these holding up to repeatedย use over the years.

Other features of this text include:

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A NEW Thing! Fix-It With Fran is on YouTube!

I’m in a season of firsts and I’m FULLY OPEN to where God is leading me.

Earlier this week, I did what I thought I’d NEVER do and entered the world of YouTube product reviews.

When God wants you to do a new thing, you have to move with it!

Here’s the link if you want to check it out!ย  It’s a basic video, but it is a start–

There’s nowhere to go but up from here! ๐Ÿ˜„

Where is God leading you today?ย  Don’t be afraid to take the leap!

Isaiah 43:18-19 New Living Translation

โ€œBut forget all thatโ€”
ย ย ย ย it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
ย ย ย ย See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
ย ย ย ย I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

A Discounted Bundle of JOY!

Barlando_Chevron_Boy_Baby_Blanket_Review On FixItWithFran

Are you an expecting/new mom?

Do you know one?

Are you in the market for aย baby shower gift?

I recently reviewed this blanket and I love everything about it:

The size is perfect to cover a carseat or use while holding your little one, the colors are rich and vivid, and the material is SUPER soft!

The BEST thing about this review, is that I received a discount code to share with my followers:

Here’s the link to the product:

The review code is “BERLANDO” (without the quotation marks).

This will give you a 15% discount on the chevron blue and gray blanket.

Please let me know what you think of the blanket if you decide to purchase it!

I hope to have more discounts to share with you soon!

 

Until next time, GO FIX SOMETHING! ๐Ÿ˜‰