Friday, April 18, 2014

Gardening Wish List

With spring gardening, comes a list of items that will come in handy for the gardening season. Here are a few items that I want for my spring gardening.

First thing I’ll need is a sun hat to protect my skin from the sun. 4 Penny Girl

Felt Planter Boxes These are brilliant! Urban Greenie

Herbal Teas backyard gardening Seed Bomb Garden Bon Bons they look good enough to eat, but they are for planting. 

Gardening Gift Bag-this bag contains some of the essentials for a gardener. It has bug spray, a scrub brush, and soap.  Sage Sweetgrass  Soaps

Recycled Tired Flower Pot-love the bright colors, and it’s from a tire. Her Lan Pots

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Just Ask

Many of you will have heard the story about a single mom who left her 3 year old alone for 20 hours. She thought he would be alright because he left him food, juice, and a movie. The mother left her son alone while she went to work, and then spent the night at her boyfriends.

When I first read the story, I thought maybe she couldn’t find anyone to babysit while she was at work. I thought I can see that happening to some people, but then I asked myself why did she leave go to her boyfriends if she knew her child was alone? And I was even more surprised when I read that the woman’s mother stated I would have watched the baby if I knew she needed someone to watch him. And I couldn’t understand why the woman just didn’t ask for help?

But the bigger question is why do these stories keep appearing in the news? Why does this keep happening? And I’ve decided that  I’ve been right all along.  Just because you can have children doesn’t mean that you should. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 12

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Easter Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Yoghurt |

Usually I’m not a fan of meringue (the base of the pavlova, in case you’re unfamiliar with this dessert) but meringue is the perfect thing to make a nest-shaped Easter dessert.

If you whip the egg whites up into the right consistency, you can pipe the meringue into a curly-swirly nest shape like I did. If you’re out of piping bags, you can always dollop the mixture onto the tray and then use a spoon to create the delicate swirls and nest shape.

Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies from "In the Makeup Aisle"
This collection consists of 6 sheer jelly polishes that really reminded of the OPI Sheer Tints. I swear every time OPI releases a different type of polish all the brands release there version of it. I don't think this is the last sheer jelly collection we will see this season.

DIY Easter Egg Garland | The Jenny Evolution
Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)

I have a craving for doughnuts that just won't go away.  And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.

Optimize Your Blog Post for Pinterest in Eight Simple Steps!

Optimizing your blog for Pinterest has become almost a necessity for anybody that's serious about blogging.  I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have really helped me get the best results from Pinterest.  I hope these help y'all too!

This was a fun vignette to create, using the pink gingerbread travel trailer and  spring flowers I purchased to use in the gardens. Since it is much to wet to work in the flower beds, I arranged the flowers around the little trailer and snapped away. A fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.

I love Google+! I like it sooo much better than Facebook, mostly because it doesn’t have all the drama and personal issues that are posted all over FB, at least I haven’t seen it on G+. I also find it easier to use and more visually appealing than FB with more features, no games or requests for help building or upgrading their Post Office.

Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

Transform a Dollar Store glass plate and candlestick into a beautiful gold glitter cake stand!

Now, let me tell you something about my house. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have 3 boys. Which means I don’t get to bust out my girly side all that often. My life is way more sports and dirt than princesses and glitter.
But today, my friends, I’m embracing the glitter. And gold. And all things sparkly.

How to Make Vanilla Extract from "LittleOwlCrunchyMomma"
Vanilla extract is one of those things that you should always have on hand in your kitchen. It just adds that little bit of flavor to so many homemade goods that just make them shine. I first learned how to make my own vanilla extract from Marillyn over at just-making-noise. I pinned her recipe a long time ago, and finally got around to trying it months later.

Small Armoire Makeover from "The Interior Frugalista"
Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room
My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I've had since the late 70's.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it's finished, I think it's Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!


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Easy Baked Fish with Lime Mustard Sauce

Okay, so fish is healthy, but sometimes you need a little something to make it taste better. This is an easy sauce to go along with your fish.

Sprinkle your fish with tarragon. Bake it at 350 until the fish flakes a little.

1 cup of mayonnaise
¼ cup mustard from a jar
¼ cup of lime juice

Mix the three ingredients well. The combination of the three will give you a sweet tangy sauce for dipping.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Three Favorite Cartoon Themes Songs Growing Up

Yes, once upon a time, there was a time when no adult dared to touch a television. They dared not plan outings. They dared not invade the room with the television. That was Saturday morning! Saturday mornings were a magical time when cartoons were shown. Because in once upon a time land, there was no Nikelodeon, there was no Cartoon Network. In fact, a youngster couldn’t even put a cartoon in a machine to watch it whenever they pleased because the machines to replay those cartoons didn’t exist. Here are three of my favorite cartoon themes from that magical time.

Fat Albert

For me Fat Albert was the best cartoon on Saturday morning. Yes, Albert and all of his friends adventures were always fun to watch. And it had that extra plus of having Bill Cosby on the show. This tune will always remind me of Saturday morning.

Scooby Doo

Ah, yes! Scooby Dooby Doo where are you? This was the intro line to a half hour of mystery and fun. I loved the cartoon, and I always want to sing-a-long with the song whenever I hear it.

The Jetsons

I loved the entire family, and since I am a geek girl. I really loved that it was in the future. It always made me wonder what the future would be like.

So these are my three favorite cartoon theme songs, what were yours?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Three Tips to Staying Cheery When You Get Disappointing News

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a very cheerful person. I’ve even had a person or two accuse me of being unnaturally happy. And honestly, I don’t understand individuals who aren’t happy. Don’t get me wrong I have times when I get down, but overall, I’m happy.
Recently, I received some disappointing news I have to work on Sunday. Everyone was upset, and I have to admit I wasn’t overjoyed about the idea. But life sometimes throws you curve balls so you have to deal with it. You can choose to be angry and sad. Or you can choose to be happy. Here are three tips for staying cheery when you get disappointing news.

1.       Express How You Feel!

My immediate reaction was to Ahhh, that isn’t what I want to do on Sunday.  It's okay, to be unhappy with the initial news. If you don’t recognize your initial emotion you are just repressing it. That can lead to serious issues with anger. And who wants that?

2.       Make a Choice
After your initial emotional reaction, you now can make a choice to be angry, depressed, or cheerful. After my immediate reaction to having to work on Sunday, I asked myself is this something I have control over. The answer was yes and no. I don’t have control over the way a manager makes out my work schedule. But yes, I do have control over whether I work there or not. I can find another job. Ultimately, I do have control over the situation. I’ve made a choice to work this job, so I need to accept what comes along with the job.
So at this point list some good things about what is going on. In my case, I get paid for working. Yay! I need the cash. The supervisor I’m working with is nice. I get to spend time with someone I like. Focus on what is good about the situation instead of what is bad!
3.       Put Things Into Perspective

I once had a co-worker who often asked people when they were upset about things “What does this have to do with your eternal salvation?” It was kind of a crazy question to ask people, but she always got her point across. Her point was always is this really a problem? While it might be frustrating at the time will this be one of those events that you will forget within a month, a year, or a decade. Remember, this is a short portion of time when you are uncomfortable, in most cases it will pass.
If you follow these tips, you can deal with a disappointing in a more cheerful manner, and the little things in life won’t get to you as easily.

How do you handle situations that disappoint you?