Truth In Advertising and Valentine’s Day Decorations

January 27, 2011

a better shot of my flowers

These are two very different topics, but both have been on my mind the last few days.  Let me start off with milk.  I think I heard an ad on tv for skim milk, talking about how it has nine important vitamins and is great for overall health.  I’m pretty sure the ad said nine, but I’m not 100% positive.  Regardless, I think, wow, nine important vitamins!  Maybe I should swap out the soy milk in my almost daily latte and use skim milk.  I really do not like the last of skim milk.  Really do NOT.  I actually don’t like the taste of any milk, but skim milk especially.  Growing up, my parents me me drink a glass of milk with dinner and I am pretty sure I chugged it just to get it over with.  Soy milk I actually enjoy.  But I figured nine important, possibly essential, vitamins and fewer calories.  I can do it.  At my request, Bill brought home a quart of skim milk and I made the change.  Two mornings later, as I was eating my cereal (still with soy milk), I have a few minutes and decide to compare the labels of the soy and skim milk. Yikes!  I could not count nine vitamins on the skim milk.  I count five and that’s if you include the protein.  The soy milk I have is plain and has DHA Omega-3 and Calcium, and I get this kind because it’s what they sell at Costco.  This soy milk is 20 more calories and 5 grams of fat but has 15(!) vitamins, not including protein (which is actually two grams less than the skim milk). Plus, it has more calcium and Vitamin D than the skim milk.  And, I am not grossed out by the taste.  I found it to be an interesting comparison, and next time, I will do my research BEFORE making the purchase, and not blindly believing the advertising.

valentine's day decorations

The other topic on my mind is Valentine’s Day.  It’s a nice holiday, a good excuse for dinner and possibly flowers, but I don’t really expect it to be the most romantic day of the year.  We don’t usually do anything special, and I have never decorated for it, but this year is different.  Partly because the house looked so blah after the Christmas decorations went down, and partly because I have this cute ornament tree, begging for adornment.  I bought some KnitPicks yarn last fall to knit hearts for the tree (actually planning ahead for once), but somehow managed to talk my mother-in-law into knitting the hearts for me!  There wasn’t much talking involved as she was between projects and glad to help.  And thank goodness Jeanne helped, because if I were knitting them, they might be done for Valentine’s Day 2015.  The hearts are super cute!  I hung them from my tree at least two weeks ago, and I love how they look! Feeling the house needed a little something more, I found this cute tutorial for a garland to hang over my mirror.  I think it’s sweet.  I used the felt I had on hand, and were I to do it again, I’d get a few lighter colors and I’d make the hearts smaller.  My large hearts at 5 inches at the widest part and that is too big.  I’d stick with the 2 – 3 inch hearts. I made two strands, with one hanging by my fireplace.  I have some extra knitted hearts which I put in a large jar, and they looked like giant size gobstopper hearts.  The decorations are cheerful and fun, and make me smile.

And that’s that.  The flowers in the first picture have nothing to do with the post.  I just wanted to use the picture.  They were an impulse purchase at Whole Foods yesterday.  I guess that’s me falling for the “advertising” again.

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