I don’t care if my husband sees your boobs.

June 23, 2014

Maybe it’s the way I was raised, you know? But boobs have never been all that big a deal to me. I see them every day, because I’ve got a pair. Incidentally, my husband sees them every day because he works with a girl who just loves her boob job. And also because I have a pair, and he’s my husband. Duh.

 

Society has really made breasts into something they’re not. Breasts are not genitals. They aren’t dirty pillows that need to be hidden from sight simply because they occasionally serve a sexual purpose. In case you haven’t noticed, men show their breasts every day. Oh, wait, sorry. Does it rock your world if I call them what they are? Men have breasts. They have breast tissue and nipples and areolas and in rare cases- they can actually lactate. They can even get breast cancer.

 

So forgive me, but I can’t see what the big deal is about seeing boobs on the daily. They’re sacks of fat and possibly milk that are strapped to your chest. They feed babies. They fill out our blouses and our bikini tops. Well, maybe someone else’s bikini top, because I am way too fat for that shit, but you know what I mean.

 

The best way to remove the stigma of boobs? Stop making a big deal about seeing them. Like many things in life, modesty is subjective. No one is obligated to be modest. No one needs to feel pressured to dress a certain way simply to appease another person. If your husband has that much of an issue seeing boobs, buy him a pair of horse blinders. That might help. Or maybe help him see that boobs aren’t out to get you or to turn your righteous heart away from whatever it is that you believe in. If you see a girl at the pool wearing a teeny bikini? Avert your eyes if that’s not something you want to see. I often don’t want to see my sasquatch of a neighbor walk around outside shirtless. So I close the curtains.

 

You have a responsibility to yourself and no one else. Likewise, others have no responsibility to cover just because you think your hubby can’t process another chicks boobs. Don’t assume that a girl has no respect for her body because she chooses to wear a barely there bathing suit. It’s her body. Not yours.

 

Much love,

A wife who has confidence in her husband’s ability to understand that boobs aren’t that big of a deal.

NatureBox Review

March 17, 2014

I’ve been kind of obsessed with these subscription boxes lately. And we all know I love anything to do with food. hashtag fatgirlproblems. And while I am in a committed relationship with Graze, I thought I’d test the waters on a different kind of snack box. Enter, NatureBox.

 

There are a few key differences between Graze and NatureBox. While Graze is an every two week box, NatureBox is once per month. (You can get Graze just once per month, I choose to get it every two weeks because I love snacks.) Graze snacks are chosen at random, based upon your rating of the plethora of snacks they have to choose from. NatureBox is picked by you. And the biggest difference- Graze provides single serving snacks. NatureBox gives you full size bags of their snacks. In turn, the cost for the service is about double what a twice a month Grazer would pay. ($20 for NatureBox vs $12 for Graze.) You do get full size products though, 5 per box, which makes it worth the price, in my opinion. One of my biggest complaints about Graze is that you can’t buy full size version of snacks that you love.

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NatureBox uses a fairly slow shipping method- FedEx SmartPost. This is my absolute least favorite way to receive things in the mail. It just takes so long. I’d much rather have things sent via USPS itself, than sent by FedEx, to my post office, and then to me. SmartPost is a big pet peeve of mine. Once the box did arrive, I opened it up to find the snacks, and a recipe for using some of the NatureBox snacks (that I didn’t receive in this box).  One thing I will mention here- NatureBox does not have the same variety of snacks that Graze has. Their snack choices are pretty limited, especially for a girl like me who isn’t keen on nuts and dried fruit 24/7. I picked five of the least nutty snacks that they had, but I didn’t have very many options. So if you’re big on variety, NatureBox might not be the best choice for you.

 

The NatureBox snacks are all natural. None of them contain high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and no trans fat. These are great for the health conscious, the ingredients are all easily pronounced and real foods. They all bear the “nutritionist approved” seal. I love that they come in resealable bags, making it really easy to just grab a little and put the rest away for later.

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Clockwise from top right: Homestyle Cheddar Mix, Honey Crunch Crisps, Toasted Cheddar Stix, Blueberry Nom Noms, French Toast Granola.

 

Homestyle Cheddar Mix: I really don’t get a lot of cheddar flavor here. The corn chips, corn nuts, and pretzels have almost a honey flavor, which is totally not in the flavor profile at all. This mix is very crunchy, so if you’re looking for a good crunch, this is your best bet. This one is ok. Not great, but not terrible. I wish it had more cheese flavor.

 

Honey Crunch Crisps: These also don’t really taste like what they’re supposed to. I get more of the sesame cracker than I do the honey. I was expecting something slightly sweet, but these are very savory. They have a nice texture and aren’t overly crunchy. They’d be a decent replacement for chips, just to munch on.

 

Toasted Cheddar Stix: Finally! Something that lives up to the description! These have a distinct cheesy flavor. They remind me a lot of chow mein noodles, the kind you buy in a bag to make chocolate haystacks with. They are pretty good.

 

Blueberry Nom Noms:  These were decent. They didn’t overwhelm me with blueberry flavor, and they were really dense. But still good. Only four come in a package, though, so even if you like them you don’t get too many to nom on.

 

French Toast Granola: This is my favorite snack from the box. It’s got a really nice cinnamon maple flavor, with just the right amount of crunch. I might even try it as a cereal with some milk. Super delicious.

 

I would say that NatureBox is probably a subscription box for someone who enjoys nuts and dried fruit over cracker-y type snacks. I’m more of a cracker person myself. I do love having the ability to choose my own snacks, and to get the same snacks each month if I choose to do so. But I think for long term, I’m going to stick with Graze. Have you tried NatureBox? What did you think of it?

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