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My Opinion on The Kitson L.A. / Brian Lichtenberg Xanax, Adderall, Vicodin T-Shirt/Sweatshirt Controversy (off-topic for my blog)

29 Aug

Kitson Rx Shirts1As I was on my computer, listening to TMZ in the background, I heard the story about the Kitson/Drug drama.  If you aren’t aware of what happened, just search for it, or read an article here.  If you look on Kitson’s facebook page, you’ll see tons of people pissed that Kitson would sell this product.  If no one was paying attention to the abuse of these prescription drugs, I can bet they’re getting a lot of attention now.

Here are my thoughts:

This whole controversy is BS!  People are complaining because people die from abuse of these drugs.  People die from alcohol abuse, but no one gets angry when people walk around in shirts advertising alcohol.  Yes, alcohol is legal, but so are these drugs when prescribed by a doctor.  As a person that has had addiction issues, I choose what I put in my body and a stupid t-shirt won’t make me change my mind either way.  It’s just like society to place blame on others instead of taking personal responsibility for their actions.  

When I was 17, my mother died from Cirrhosis of the Liver.  She abused alcohol for years.  Should I start a petition and ask that alcohol never be advertised on a shirt?  

Before discussing all the controversy around these shirts, I showed my 14 year old son the picture of them.  He wasn’t livid, he wasn’t appalled.  I explained the controversy around these shirts to him and asked him if seeing these shirts would change his mind about drugs.  He answered “no”.  He volunteered that he believed someone wearing it would look foolish.  My 14 year old has seen what drugs and alcohol does to people and doesn’t want to go down that path.  I believe I raised him to be a critical thinker rather than follow the status quo.  

If we’re going to place blame, let’s start with the drug companies that continue to manufacture drugs that are known to be addictive and known to be abused.  Let’s blame the doctors writing prescriptions to known drug addicts and to people that don’t have a legitimate need for the drug.  Let’s blame the parents who don’t teach their kids enough about abusing drugs or don’t pay attention to their kids to realize their is a problem before it’s too late.  We can also blame our good ol’ US government for giving these drugs FDA approval.  Oh, let’s blame the media and music industry too!  So many rappers nowadays glorify drug abuse too.  Lil Wayne is the first one that comes to my mind.

People get mad because a designer used something to make money, but aren’t mad at the drug companies that continually push a product known to be addictive and abused.  I can’t go into a doctor’s office without seeing crappy medicine advertised.  They give the doctors samples and in turn, the patients receive them.

This whole issue bothers me because I have suffered from addiction.  Alcohol was the one I struggled with the most.  I also had an addiction to pain pills.  They were prescribed to me and I had a legitimate need.  I didn’t realize where I was going until my primary doctor made me aware and had me wean off.  Would I get angry because some designer made a shirt with Percocet on the back? No.  I refuse to use the product. If more people did, the drug industry wouldn’t be so lucrative anymore.  They want us addicted.  It means more money.

At the end of the day, someone suffering from addiction has to make the choice to stay clean and not use.  If they choose to use, they’ll do it regardless of a stupid shirt.  If they can’t get prescription drugs to abuse, they’ll abuse street drugs.  It’s a fact of like.  Let’s stop placing the blame and learn personal accountability.  

P.S. I ordered one of these shirts.  Personally, I like them.  I would never wear it in public, but I wanted one so I ordered one.  

What are your thoughts?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake

5 Apr

A definite win with the kiddos since it combines two favorites: PBJ and Cake!

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011I had another great dessert idea today and had to go with it! I wanted something with peanut butter in it because I’m peanut butter obsessed as is the rest of my family fortunately, and I thought about a yellow cake with Strawberry Jam in the center and peanut butter frosting. It turned out better than I thought and everyone in my house loved it! I can’t not share so here is the recipe

Cake Ingredients:

2 1/4  cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 lg. eggs

1 cup milk

1 jar of strawberry jam for the center

 

In a large bowl beat butter, sugar, baking powder & vanilla on high for about 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each…

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29 Mar

REMCooks

Staying with chiles, this is a wonderful meal, especially on a cold March evening. There is a lot of flavor and texture in this dish.

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29 Mar

Cheese Steak without the bread…sounds like a delicious change.

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SONY DSCAre there other mothers out there who feel like they need a vacation after their kids school vacation ends?! I know I can’t be alone! We have had a fun busy week, and I thought since we were staying home and not going away that it would be an easy relaxing week, silly me! But they are only kids once and they are awesome kids! Next week I must take my eBay store off the back burner and get back to routine. I am very much a creature of habit so weeks like this tend to throw my personality type for a loop:-) I have managed to find to make some yummy things this week, I haven’t blogged them for the most part due to that time thing but I will start working on that! We did catch a few really good movies, in fact we just got home from…

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Thanksgiving Throwback–Deep Fried Turkey

29 Mar

Thanksgiving Throwback--Deep Fried Turkey

Yes, I am over four months late. For Thanksgiving, we deep fried a turkey using a Butterball indoor electric fryer. The turkey tasted great, especially since I injected it with Butterball Creole Marinade. I have to say, it was pretty scary. The fryer got super hot and melted the outlet. Needless to say, we put it back in the box and haven’t used it since….I guess it means this deep fried turkey costs us upwards of $100.

Green Eggs and Pancakes (Happy St. Patrick’s Day)

17 Mar

I decided to put a fresh, fun spin on breakfast for St. Patrick’s day.  Green pancakes and eggs!!  While the green pancakes were a hit, the green eggs (egg beaters) were a fail.  Apparently, the kiddos didn’t like egg beaters scrambled with cheese.  I like them, but I’ve never eaten them plain like that.  Oh well!!  Next time I’ll be sure to use real eggs lol.  I also have to admit that I refused to try the eggs because they grossed me out.  I don’t blame the kiddos one bit 🙂

Here’s out it turned out.  BTW, if you’ve never done it before, just add a couple drops of green food coloring to whatever you’re cooking.

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See, I told you green eggs don’t look appetizing.  Ahh, it’s ok.  I learn something new everyday!!

Next up: Barbecue beef brisket, fried cabbage, roasted red potatoes, and grilled baja chipotle chicken.

 

Egg Beaters Garden Vegetable Scrambled Eggs or Omlete

17 Mar

I found a 4pk of Egg Beaters at BJ’s.  I didn’t know if I’d like them, because the package said they were made with egg white…and I hate egg whites.  However, I’m glad I gave them a spin because I like them better than regular eggs.

 

For my omelet, I decided to use fresh spinach, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, cheese and turkey.  Since I wanted so many different things incorporated into the omlette, I could only use a little of each item.

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Unfortunately, I used too much egg beaters, so it turned out to be scrambled eggs.  Anyhow, it was delicious!!

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I cooked down some of the veggies before adding the eggs.

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Then I added the eggs and remaining ingredients and cooked to desired doneness.  Voila!!