Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Things We See

I spent part of the week visiting with my mother. It was an adventure in C-Diff. And I'm glad the visit is over. But every time I drive past this restaurant in her home town I automatically thing of A Christmas Story. What does it make you think of?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Operation Clean Medicine Cabinet

Many of us have started our spring cleaning. And well at my house operation clean medicine cabinet was in need. While I don't take prescription medications, my medicine cabinet was full of expired over the counter medication. I mean really expired by like a couple of years. You know the only time you would take medication that was that expired was if there was a zombie apocalypse.

So I have decided what to keep and what to get rid of. But how do I get rid of this medicine? Just throwing it in the trash didn't seem to be the right thing. So I did a little research, and low and behold I was right.
The FDA recommends that if you have prescription drugs that need to be disposed of that you take them to a community Drug Take Back Program. These are usually held through pharmacies are hospitals. It's important to remember that medication is meant for the individual it was prescribed to. It should not be given to other individuals. So proper disposal is important. These were all good things for me to remember, but I really didn't have prescription drugs to dispose of.
The problem in my medicine cabinet was those expired over the counter drugs. As I read through the instructions for over the counter medications, I was really glad to read that I did not have to save them for a Drug Take Back Program. I could actually dispose of them in the trash as long as I used some sense.
One of the things the FDA suggested was that you dispose of expired over the counter medications in used kitty litter. Finally, changing that litter box has a purpose. Well a purpose other than the obvious. The FDA stated that this would discourage children and animals from eating the unused medication. 
I am really glad that I took the few minutes that it took to go through items in my medicine cabinet and just get rid of things that were expired. I didn't realize how much junk I had sitting in there.
So do you need an operation clean medicine cabinet at your house?
You might want to check out Picnic Safety too.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 61

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Hello! Easter is just around the corner and I’ve been working on a lot of Easter projects. Today I’m showing you a set of gold eggs I decorated that was inspired by Kate Spade’s style. I mean, who doesn’t like bold designs, gold, glitter, confetti, stripes and chevron?

While some wildflowers are strong and hardy, withstanding the elements with grace, some of them are far more delicate.

Bloodroot is one of them. You have to be diligent to visit its home frequently if you want to view it fresh and unblemished by wind or rain or a misplaced step.

Easter is coming.  It’s as simple as that.  It doesn’t matter if there is still several feet of snow on the ground.  It doesn’t matter if it’s 20 degrees.  It doesn’t matter what the heck that groundhog said last month.  I never believe that little guy anyway.  It’s coming.  Plain and simple.

I am beyond excited to be starting a new segment on my blog called Blossom's Book Shelf! There is nothing that I love more than curling up on the couch with a warm cup of tea to read a great book. When I am on the lookout for my next great new read, it can be so hard to choose from all the books sitting on a library shelf. That's why I just love browsing through book blogs to see what other readers have enjoyed. I really look forward to sharing my new favorite reads with you guys, so all you bookworms like me out there, make sure you stay tuned ;)

Today, I am going to share more of our Dining Room with you ....

Keeping Your Dollars: Saving On Groceries
~Taylor-Made Homestead~

In keeping with our theme of keeping those hard-earned dollars in your pocket where they belong, today we’re looking at trimming waste from your grocery budget.  We all may have different reasons for wanting to cut back – maybe a large unexpected bill needs to be paid, maybe you’re saving up for a new home or car, or maybe there’s too much month and just not quite enough money to get to the end of it.  For me the motivation was a desire to have a lighter footprint and convenience foods came with a shocking amount of over-packaged waste.   It’s interesting though that my desire to have a lighter footprint also saved substantial amounts of money from our grocery budget.

Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting
Cake Craft Create

It's the middle of March; Spring is right around the corner and these cupcakes capture the season perfectly. Lemon + raspberry = delicious!

15 Signs for Moms That They Might Need a Day Off
Because being a stay-at-home mom is 24/7/365, I occasionally find myself going a little crazy. While I love staying home with my girls, most of the time, I do have moments where I question my sanity and my decision to be a stay-at-home mom.These moments usually occur on the days when both of my little girls meltdown constantly, and my husband works overtime.

Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake {contributor Celeste}
This Silly Girl's Life

I’m not one of those die-hard, gotta-have-it chocolate lovers, don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, I’m just not over the top about it. However, there are times when I crave big bold chocolate flavor, and this cake fits the bill.

Lemon Tassies – It’s The Little Things.
Make Mine Lemon

** These are delicious with or without Improved Lemon Curd. If you are making these for company I would suggest using a piping bag for a more appealing presentation. The next time I make these I will weigh the dough and divide by 24 for a more even distribution of the crust.

5 Natural Ways to Support Your Immune System
Happy Mothering
Fortunately, over the years, I have learned some tips and tricks for naturally supporting our immune systems. Experience has shown that as long as we get in front of it and take steps to boost our immune systems, we’re more likely to stay healthy, even when we’ve been exposed to a multitude of germs.

Decorating With Old Windows
Little Brags
I decided to put together another collage for you, this time on inspiration on 
"HOW TO DECORATE WITH OLD WINDOWS". So here ya go sweets...
I know you will be inspired by all the talented bloggers out there....I know my head is 
still spinning from putting the collage together!

With Easter falling so early in April this year I can’t decide whether to work on St. Patrick’s Day projects or Easter projects. I’ve been flipping back and forth between the two with reckless abandon!

Orange Juice Cake
With A Blast
I love absolutely everything about this Orange Juice Cake ! It is quick and easy to start with, which is always a big bonus point in my book.

The cake is super moist and bursting with Orange flavor. There is really no need for anything more than the glaze.

A slice {or three!} of this cake, with a nice cup of tea, or coffee and you have a delicious tea time treat.

5 Common Blogging Mistakes That I Made
Thrifty Girl. Big Dreams
I have been a blogger on and off for about 3 years and this last ‘break’ that I took I realized some of the mistakes that I had been making and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Life Lessons From Moone Boy

Well the new season of Moone Boy has started, and the first three episodes have been great. They have provided me with laughs and well some life lessons.

Lesson 1 There Is Something That Motivates Everyone

Martin and Padraic can never be accused of being ambitious. They aren't over achievers, but once they find out that they can get a speed boat for being the top salesmen in their new business venture these two get motivated. And they win the speed boat. Who knew they had it in them? 

Lesson 2 Everybody's Family Is Imperfect

So during episode 2 Padraic's parents are arguing constantly. And Debra Moone decides that she should be a marriage counselor. Debra and Liam are feeling mighty smug about how well their marriage is going. It seems as though shoplifting has become Padraic's method of dealing with the issues at home. And of course his faithful friend Martin joins in the spree. Just when it seems as though Liam and Debra are counselors extraordinaire a phone call arrives. Both sets of parents go to find that their children are. Just as Debra is pointing out that Padraic's behavior is due to his parents marital issues the shop owner points out that Martin is the thief. Padraic's parents become the smug ones.

Lesson 3 The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

At the end of season 2 Dessie and Fidelma marry and the new baby arrives. The result is the Moone house is just a little crowded. It's time for Fidelma to ask Granddad if she and Dessie can move into his old home. The family decides in order for Granddad to get the point he needs to visit their home. And they need to make it seem much worse than it really it is. Granddad soon recognizes that the surroundings are fake when he visits. And he encourages Fidelma to stay in the house. But when Granddad realizes that a donkey sleeping in a bedroom is the norm, he offers Fidelma and Dessie his home to begin their new life together.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Mission Impossible

Have you ever spent time with someone who is flat out impossible. It doesn't matter what you do you just can't make things work. You feel as though you have been dealt mission impossible.

There is always one person in your life you are going to have difficulty dealing with. There are just times when it might be appropriate to end the relationship with that individual.

Here are three signs that you might want to re-evaluate whether or not to continue a relationship.

Who's Doing All the Giving?

Every relationship has times when one person gives more than the other, but are you the one that is doing all the giving all of the time? If you find that you are doing all the giving it is a sign that the relationship is working right.

Are They Listening?

When you ask for time are they actually listening to you? Do they give you the chance to explain how you feel. Are they empathizing with you or simply just hearing you? Remember listening and hearing are two different things.

Is The Person Capable?

And lastly, is this person capable of doing what you need? If they are and they just aren't willing to do what is needed to make the relationship more workable it's time to run to the nearest exit. And if they aren't capable of giving you what you need is that something you can live with?

You should really read this post
Did You Just Burn Your Clothes


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pineapple Coconut Fruit Dip

Every once and while you want a snack that just is a little different than the way you usually eat it. We all love fruit, but occasionally a fruit dip just makes it taste a little better. Here's an easy, tasty and healthy fruit dip to add something special to that fruit we all need.


Here's What You Need

Crushed Pineapple
Sliced Apples
Now mix your yogurt, crushed pineapple, coconut, and honey together in a bowl. And then begin dipping your fruit. It's that easy.
Need another snack try this link

The Great Blog Train Winner

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Checkout the top 3 "Boxcars" (Bloggers) who received the most "clicks" from the March Great Blog Train (blog hop)!

 Great Blog Train
The 27th GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: Columbus, OHIO. It was a wonderful trip with 52 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winner: L.B. (I have contacted the winner by email)

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We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
Pretzel Shamrock Snack by "Christianity Cove"
shamrock pretzels St. Patrick’s Day Snack

Estonian Kringle Braided Bread by "Flour Me With Love"

Aluminum Foil that Gets Stuck! by "Momfever"

Please join us for the APRIL Great Blog Train
on April 1st, 2015!