Friday, October 9, 2015

It's Like Retiring Your Number

Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit the town I lived in as a child. It was a great visit. I had the opportunity to see places that were important in my early life. You know those places that bring back all those warm fuzzy feelings. I saw the places I went swimming. I saw the house I lived in. I saw people that I knew as a child. I remembered how big they all seemed. I was having a great time.

Then we drove past my old school. The building was there. I was remembering my first day there. I was remembering my friends. And then someone told me. They closed this school. I thought what did they say?

It's true they closed the school. All of the sudden I knew how an athlete felt when they retired his or her number. The place where I learned to read and write was no longer teaching children these valuable skills. And what about those warming house where we used to go and warm up after we practiced skating. The swing sets, the library, what happened to all of them?

You see that is the day that I really realized that things don't stay the way you remember them. Things change, sometimes we find out that they have changed for the better and sometimes they change for the worse. But one thing you can always count on is that things will always change!

Come read another one
Life As a Goldfish

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pumpkin Facial Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin products are everywhere this time of year. And well pumpkin is full of vitamin a which is so good for your skin. It promotes skin rejuvenation. So this pumpkin facial sugar scrub is great for your skin, and if it doesn't taste bad either.

Here's What You Need

1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 Tablespoons Grape Seed Oil
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

Here's What You Do

Mix all of this up. You'll need to store it in the refrigerator due to the pumpkin. Now use it as part of your facial routine daily. Your skin should feel much better.

Another DIY Beauty Post
Cinnamon Honey Exfoliant DIY

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Great Blog Train Linky Party

Have you ever had times when you have just had enough? You know you don't think you can take one more thing going wrong? I can't take another delay or frustration. And just when you are at that point you have a day that offers very little frustration. A day that runs perfectly smooth. A day that you are able to say is a good day. Yesterday, was that day. I was expecting a day full of frustration, but it turned out to be a good day. And I'm thankful that I didn't get what I expected yesterday. I'm glad that it was a good day instead of one full of frustration like I thought it would be. It just proves that we never know what a new day will bring us.

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Appetizer:  Stuffed Mushrooms
Soup: French Onion  
Salad: Spring Greens with House Dressing  
Chicken With Orange Pumpkin Sauce
Main Dish:  (click HERE for recipe)
Sides:  Wild Rice Pilaf   or  Baked Potato
Dessert:  Chocolate Lava Cake
Beverage: Coffee, Tea or Pomegranate Soda

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Grab your meal, take a seat and enjoy the train ride!

The Great Blog Train

A monthly blog hop departing from your online train station on the first Wednesday of every month!
 Great Blog Train

The Great Blog Train has 7 Engineers
plus a "Destination Co-host"!!
If you link up that means your blog will be seen on 8 different blogs!!!

Please meet our Destination Co-host:
Suzy "Mimi" from "A Tray of Bliss"

This month we will be travelling to Naples, ITALY
Also, remember to visit the DINING CAR on one of the Engineer's blogs!

If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)


The Great Blog Train's Great Giveaway!!!

1 Lucky winner will win the following:
- 1 Zippered Pouch from Marci

- $10 Paypal Cash from Angie
- 1 Sidebar Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- 3 ebooks "My Cookie Creation Countdown", "Making Your Own Cedar Roping",  "Gourdon Kringle Christmas Company (Children's picture book)",   by Angie


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Remember to join the fun even if you are running a little late.  The last entry will receive the Caboose Feature! 

September's Caboose and featured blog happens to be:
"WIFE mommy ME" Congratulations!

This wonderful blog is so full of inspiring hints, helpful parenting tips, delicious recipes, giveaways & linkies!  This is how Stephanie describes herself & her blog: "Wife to J. Momma to C. lover of reading, traveling and a good dose of Mexican food.  Obsessed with reality TV, Christmas and capturing life through a lense.  Join me as I share life as a wife and mommy while remembering to take some time for me."


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday 89

Wednesday is hump day! Wednesday is midweek. Wednesday is the midpoint of the work week. Well it is for most people anyway. I will spend my Wednesday learning how to prepare documents. Yes, there is a way to bore us all to death. Until you have spent time learning how to prepare certain documents you will never know just how it works. But it is possible to bore someone to death! So I am so glad that there is a party so I can just have a little fun.

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party
@ Sew Crafty Angel


We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Check out this weeks Featured linkups.

Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had  520 awesome linkups!   

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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Imagine a juicy burger or crispy wings with Everything Potato Wedges.  Those spuds will totally out shine anything they are next to.  Packed with loads of flavor in each and every wedge.  Yep, they are baked!  Can't beat that!

 Celebrate fall with these two colorful ideas of Leaf Art for Kids. I would consider these middle elementary projects as they need to trace and cut well. This art not only looks great on a wall as a fall decoration, but also looks beautiful used as placemats. Each project uses construction paper which you probably have on hand! Other art tools used are scissors, crayons or markers and glue.

Make crispy, green tomato pickles from an old family recipe. A tasty recipe for making and canning your own pickled green tomatoes, if you have a surplus of green tomatoes.

My sister, Carol, used to have a business painting white children's clothes and I asked her if she would paint a pumpkin for me in the same way. We started this blog together as Two Succulent Sisters. Anyway, she said, "Yes," so here I am in Pennsylvania (I live in Connecticut) and she painted 2 pumpkins. I'm so extremely happy with them!!!

We are deep in to apple season, so what better time is there to make apple butter?  Whether you are picking them yourself or just taking advantage of the low prices at the supermarket, this slow cooker apple butter recipe should be on your list to make this Fall (as well as making your own applesauce in the crock pot)!

how to make nails grow faster and healthierI know how annoying it is when your nails are weak, thin, brittle and most of the times easily get cracked all of a sudden even when you’re doing nothing . Your lifestyle has a big part on that matter and it’s not just all about your nail characteristics since you were born, so stop blaming your poor nails. But how about a healthy nails that grow faster? Yes, please!

So you grilled all your mommy friends and read those what to expect books and those definitely hit on the key points of what it’s like to have a baby but what about the other stuff? Over the last year and a half there have been a bunch of times that I’ve though “Why didn’t anyone tell me that!?

My Israeli aunt, who is a baker, was a guest in our house for a week a couple of weeks ago. We were busy enjoying the area, so we didn’t have too much time to spend in the kitchen. But don’t worry, I still managed to gain 17lb that shall stick to my mid-section from now till the end of times.

Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Recipe
Mom's Madhouse

Spring is officially here and Summer will be arriving before we know it so I thought a tasty new treat would be good for the adults. These Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes will be great for a get together with friends or even a birthday party (for an adult).

Cincy Shopper

These Pumpkin Lush Bars will make for a delicious fall layered dessert. You will find layers of cream cheese filling, pumpkin pudding,  and whipped topping, all on top of a yummy shortbread crust. Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert.

Chalkboard Placemat {Dollar Crafts for Kids}
Bargain Briana
I have become obsessed and caught up in the chalkboard craze- I have painted a handful of things in my home with a spray can of chalkboard paint. From glass to plastic plant pots to bedroom doors- It is easy to use, inexpensive, goes far, and packs a punch. So, that being said, I always have a can of it on hand for projects. I saw these really cool chalkboard placemats online that i knew my kids would love to play with but they were $10 a piece! I knew I could do better than that. I ran to Dollar Tree (one of my favorite stores) and grabbed a couple placemats from the housewares section. If you have a can of chalkboard spray paint already on hand this project is only $1!

Two Things I Learned This Week

Why hello! My name is Melissa, and occasionally when I find time I actually stop by on here and write! I know, sounds crazy right? I’ve wanted to write and share so many things lately, but I’ve just been so tired I find myself falling asleep while browsing on the computer, and haven’t been able to stay up and actually write a post for a few days now.

 Wake Up Wednesday Linky

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