Mexican Sweet Corn cake

A tasty soft food diet that’s not boring!

OK so for one reason or another you have to face the fact that a big plate of nachos just isn’t in your diet right now.

Whether it is due to a gastrointestinal issue, tooth extraction or other issues it can be hard to think of things to eat when you are prescribed a soft food diet. Don’t worry your life isn’t about to be filled with baby food. But hey, Don’t knock it if you have an extended period of soft foods.

I’ve broken it down into two phases. The first phase is when you literally cannot chew. The second phase is for soft chewing,

The no-chew phase

Tomato soup with Brie or cream cheese swirled in 

Hummus on a spoon

Guacamole on a spoon

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Mashed potatoes (with gravy!)

Mashed sweet potatoes


Baby food




Scrambled or soft boiled eggs


Refried beans 

Cottage cheese

Buttered Rice

Egg drop soup

Split pea soup

Ensure- Muscle milk

Protein shakes



Ice cream

Milkshake (no straws if you had an extraction)


Creamy peanut butter on a spoon

Jelly on a spoon

Marshmallow fluff

Chocolate mousse


Frosting on a spoon

Whipped cream 

Cheesecake but don’t eat the crust

Phase Two – soft chewing


Soft breads (mmm pumpkin bread)

Pancakes with syrup

Soft pasta with a smooth sauce (I recommend Alfredo)

Fresh mozzarella


Hummus and soft pita

Mac n cheese

This is the point in which you start getting really creative about what you can and cannot eat according to whatever you have going on. Be sure to go easy on yourself. Hopefully you’ll be back in the Cheetos soon.

Essential Oil Bracelet

The Perfect Gifts for Grandmas, Daughters and Wives under $20

Admit it, you struggle every year to figure out what to get for your sister, your favorite auntie and your mom. Not to mention your girlfriend or wife! I was going to write a companion piece to this about the men in our lives but I’ve decided to stay in my lane I have no clue what dudes want. Maybe I’ll get a few of the men in my life to chime in.

To start you have to know your audience. If your sister rides a motorcycle and listens to death metal she may not be in to that floral print tea cozy. So here we go. What to get for the ladies in your life based on what you know about their current activities.

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A beautiful and decorative diffuser for the home. Powerful and beneficial scents delivered in this wood diffuser with LED lighting.

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Does your girl love to boogie, but also finds herself taking off her shoes at the end of the night? Here’s the perfect gift. After a night of dancing she can slip on her ballet flats and make the trek back to the parking garage or the late night diner.

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Purse Foldable Travel Ballet Flats for Women with Compact Carrying Tote Bag (XL-US 8.5/9.5, Black)

A pashmina is so much more than a scarf! I love to travel with mine because it’s easy to carry as a scarf. But it can also serve as a shawl when its chilly, a blanket on the plane, or bundled up in to a pillow. A great gift for the chilly chica in your life. As many colors as you can imagine but black and red are almost always a safe bet.

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Sakkas Large Soft Silky Pashmina Shawl Wrap Scarf Stole in Solid Colors – Navy Blue

Meal prep has become such a popular alternative to buying fast food for lunch. Why not make the lunch cooler just a little bit cooler than average. Cute prints make it easy to find your lettuce wraps in the crowded work fridge.

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Yoga, gardening, running, and even watching a 12 year old’s football game can get a gal over-heated. This cool towel is perfect for bringing down Your temperature and only requires a bit of water.

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Ergodyne Chill-Its 6602 Evaporative Cooling Towel, Blue

Anker is one of the most well known names in portable chargers. With an on-the-go lifestyle sometimes that battery drops to 10% and you need a charge and fast. This lightweight design is easy to carry in your bag or car.

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Whether she wants a full blown rose garden or just a couple of flower pots for the front door, great gardening gloves are a must. Especially if one paid good money for a manicure!

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Is there a woman in your life making wreaths right now? If so you need to get her a cordless glue gun! “She has a glue gun.” you say. But is it cordless?? Makes for getting around those big projects even easier.

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Surebonder CL-800F 60-Watt Cordless High Temperature Glue Gun

Is there a young lady in your life? Does she have a puffy hair band on her wrist? If so, she’d love a bunch more. Grab your VSCO girl this great scrunchie pack.

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Do none of these seem right for the ladies in your life? I’ve got you covered.

What junk thing has she been dealing with? Old boots? Old tools? A ripped tote bag? Buy her what she needs as much as what she wants. Where is she struggling? How can you alleviate her work load with an item? Practical isn’t unwelcome. 

Be careful though fellas, no woman ever wanted a new trash can for Christmas. And just say no to those lotion gift packs from Walmart. And don’t be offended if she trades in one sweater for another. It’s best to have what works.

And in closing most women won’t turn down wine, an adventure, or a live show (whether it’s death metal or broadway is on you).

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Quit Saying That! – Part 3 – But wait, there’s more!

You think I would have found the end of all of the awful words and phrases we cannot stand. Nope. Here ya go.

Brace yourself
To die for
Love you to the moon and back
Live. Laugh. Love
Pop of color
And… go!
To be perfectly honest with you 
No problem (instead of you’re welcome)
You people
We are pregnant
I seen
Throw shade
Spill the tea
Clap back
He doesn’t give you more than you can handle
BOGO (when its not actual Buy one get one free)
Curb appeal
Nerd alert
I bet I don’t even get one share
Have a blessed day
To make a long story short
I was today years old
Nom nom nom
I can’t wrap my head around this
In agreeance
He goes (instead of He said)
The fact of the matter is
Dead ass
No offense but
I’m gutted
Dilly Dilly
This is true
Not so much
I know, right?
Wait, what?
Dark Money
Well I’ll be darned
Look on the bright side
Dance Mom/Soccer Mom/Baseball Mom
Hot enough for ya?
Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit
Think piece
Same Difference
Just Saying
Agree to Disagree
Fake news
Mouth Feel
Touch Points
Thought leader
You do You

Can you believe there’s a Part One and Part Two?

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Quit Saying That! Part 2 – More Phrases and Words That Must Stop

OK so I really had no idea that there would be a Part Two to the post I wrote called ‘Quit Saying That! The List of the Worst Sayings on the Internet and in Real Life.’ But here it is. Why? Because after I posted the first one, the Facebook comments, tweets, and co-workers hit me with a ton of other phrases that drive them crazy. This time they are in no particular order.

What’s up with that?
Throw under the bus
For the win
Back in the day
You’re killing me smalls
I’m not gonna lie
My bad
Sexy time
Kodak moment
So on and so forth
It’s all good
That’s what she said
No worries
For the record
Now more than ever
Pushing the envelope
Come to Jesus
Threw up in my mouth a little
Miss your face
That’s what I’m talking about
Deal with it
Wow, just wow
Best Thing Evar
Stupid is as stupid does
What’s the big deal?
With that being said
That moment when
In my humble opinion (IMHO)
In case you missed it (ICYMI)
8 things people who are better than you do every day
The __ Daily’s is out!
That’s gonna leave a mark
Please Advise
For real?
I die
Mike, Mike, Mike, What day is it?
This one time at band camp
It’s not rocket science
All that and a bag of chips
Dance like no one’s watching
I mustache you a question
I’m feelin’ some type of way
NEthing spelld liek thisssss <<<<<3333
Said no one ever
Wow. Much bad. So annoy. (Doge speak)
Don’t hate the player, hate the game
Fo shizzle
Like a boss
Can you not
Hashtag (as a spoken word)
Cray Cray
O rly?

Here’s the first part of this story And here’s the next part of this story

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Quit Saying That! The List of the Worst Sayings on the Internet and in Real Life

At the end of the day let’s think outside the box, shall we?

Thanks to a recent Washington Post article highlighting a list of phrases that the journalists are doing away with, I started thinking about the words and phrases that really annoy me. This led to a conversation with my roommate wherein we spent the better part of 2 hours rattling off the worst things said on the internet, in everyday conversation and at work. The WP article was my inspiration but was not in front of me during the list making venture so I am sure there is some crossover which further substantiates the claim that the phrase needs to leave our collective lexicon.

Not Real Words:


Incorrectly Pronounced or Used:

All intensive purposes
Alternative instead of Alternate (Do you have an alternative phone number?)
Ironically (when no irony was involved)
Literally (when describing something that figuratively happened)
Shouldn’t of (Shouldn’t have)

Internet Speak:

Anything that is “pure gold”
Will make your life
Won the internet
Best thing ever
Restore your faith in humanity
30 things every ____ knows about
10 things you didn’t know about ____
17 signs that you’re ____
So this happened
The ____ thing you’ll see all day
What ____ can teach you about ____
Brace Yourself
Keep Calm and ____
____ is your new favorite thing
Which ____ character are you?
10 things you’ve been doing wrong your whole life
Click bait
Link bait
Life hack
The Internet of Things
RT / Share if you agree
You won’t believe what happened next
Spoiler Alert
America’s sweetheart

Business Jargon:

Game changer
Best practices
Taking it to the next level
Tipping point
Move the needle
Out of pocket
Off the grid
At the end of the day
Phoning it in
Checked out of the conversation
Bleeding edge technology
Go-to guy
Think outside the box

Conversation Bombs:

You know what I’m saying?
You know what I mean?
You see what I did there?
By the by
It is what it is
If you will
Just to be clear
As you all know
Just Sayin’
Everyone knows that
For the most part
I swear to God
Ya think so?
I’m sorry but
You people
Wait for it
Not to mention
What it boils down to
Not a fan
Jumped the shark
Neverending battle
Moving on
FYI (in conversation, pronounced Eff Why Eye)
You’ve got to be kidding me
Bless your heart
You don’t say
With all due respect
I know, right?
Oh, please
Are you for real?
Shall we?
You’re telling me

I am guilty of using so many of these and actually had to measure my words during the completion of this post. I’m sure this list is not exhaustive, did I miss one? – Vikki

There were so many suggestions, there’s a Part 2! And now a Part 3!