Friday, September 24, 2010

34 Years Young Today!

34 years ago today, the doctor gave me a good whack on the butt!  I keep joking that I am 21 for the 13th time, but in all actuality, I am quite happy with where I am in my life.  God has truly blessed me with a wonderful family, an amazing husband and two beautiful, healthy children.  I may be half way to 68 (that's for you dad), but I feel 17!

My baby girl drew this picture for me....It's of her and I!  Too cute!

I went out to dinner with my husband, children and wonderful parents
to celebrate.  We missed you Jeff and Paulina! (My brother and his wife were in Paris.)

Change Of Plans

Well, I was crocheting that scarf but after hanging out with The ChainMaille Lady this past weekend, I realized that I wasn't as crafty as I thought I was!  Darn it!  My scarf needed to be put out of its misery, so I decided to start a new project. My very dear friend Nova is expecting her third child this February, so I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to work on a baby blanket for her new bundle!  I am on the right track and happy to report that my baby blanket is beautiful and done correctly.  I guess I need to hang out with The ChainMaille Lady more often!  :) 

Sorry for the date post on my picture above.  I had to use an old camera as I can't find our newer one so I didn't realize the date stamp was wrong until posting this. 

Anyone else have crocheting disaster stories?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happy Birthday To My Hubby

35 years ago today, my husband entered the world.  (Is it wrong that I told him that he is halfway to 70?....No, I didn't think so either!)  I just want to wish him a wonderful year ahead filled with happiness and love.  Happy Birthday Taylor....I love you!

My birthday is next for my gift I would like him to shave that bushy, red beard.  It is not gonna happen, but you can't blame a girl for trying.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Crafting Right Along!

Since picking up some yarn on Wednesday, I have been attempting to crochet a scarf.  This picture doesn't give the yarn color justice.  It is a real pretty black, grey and white combination.  I am pretty proud of the progress that I have made since I only work on it a little bit each day.  Besides, this is my first time attempting anything like this.  If all goes well, I think I will be done with this project by early next week. 

I am heading to Michael's Craft Store this weekend to pick up some hot pink yarn for my next project....a scarf for my baby girl.

Anyone else crocheting along with me?

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Hello everyone!  Yesterday I decided that I wanted to start a new crochet project, so I headed to Big Lots to pick up some yarn.  Once I got home, I hit the internet to get some ideas.  I stumbled upon an awesome video tutorial for crocheting a scarf.  The video is broken down into little segments and is very easy to follow.  Check it out here. 

What craft projects are you working on?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I remember how to crochet! Yeah!

I asked my mom years ago if she would teach me how to crochet.  When I say years....I mean YEARS.  (10+ years ago, before marriage and my litter o' kids!)  I was feeling creative I whipped this up!

Totally kidding!  I started this way back in 1999 and it has been sitting in my closet ever since.  I pulled it out today and put a call into mom for a refresher course, but she didn't answer.  So I decided to sit down and give it a try. It took about 5 minutes and my memory kicked in!  I guess crocheting is like riding a never forget.

Thank you Mom!  You are a blessing!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Roast....Dinner is served!

My friend.....the crock pot!  A wonderful tool that takes all the work out of cooking!  I just love using my handy dandy crock pot every chance I get!  I got up this morning, threw my roast, seasoning, potatoes and carrots in my cooking assistant and "dinner is done man!" 

I have attempted several roast recipes, but none come close to this scrumptious recipe I found on  It is an amazing, fall apart, give me a fork and let me eat it out of the crock pot, kind of roast! It calls for a packet of Italian dressing mix, a packet of ranch dressing mix  and lastly a gravy mix packet.  Sodium overload anyone?  Click on the link above for full instructions!  You can thank me later!!!

Recipe linked on:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Beatuy Tip Guinea Pig

How many times have you heard of different beauty tips, techniques or crazy "I'll never try that" ideas?  I know I have heard my share of beauty tips, but do they work?  I, being the not-so crazy girl I am, have decided to put these beauty tips to the test. 

First one on my list.....using Elmer's style white glue in place of Biore Strips.  The idea is to place a thin layer of glue on your nose, let it dry and then peel it off.  Sounds simple enough!

I know you all wish I had pics of this lovely sticky mess slathered on my nose, but I failed to deliver such amusing proof....Sorry! What I will say is I am not really sure if it did anything at all.  As I pulled the glue away, it was stuck quite maybe, just maybe, it did do something. If I wake up tomorrow with a huge, red swollen nose, I'll let ya know!

I have never been one to use pore strips, as I am naturally this lovely (sarcasm!), but my pores might look a wee bit smaller and I ended up feeling a little pampered in the process.....even if it was using  $.25 glue I got at Target!  Yeah for simplicity!

Essentials for Life by Marcia Ford (Book Review)

I was fortunate to receive a copy of the book Essentials for Life: Your Back-to-Basics Guide to What Matters Most by Marcia Ford to review. I would like to start out by stating that this book is perfect for anyone who is looking for a quick devotional to reflect on each day. Upon receiving this book, I read it in its entirety in one day. It offers easy to follow life topics, accompanied with tips for a closer relationship with God. There are Bible verses listed throughout each of the 50 chapters along with “do’s and don’ts” for everyday life.

Essentials for Life is a wonderful guide for the daily struggles that we often encounter. From “Learning to Forgive” to “Cultivating Healthy Friendships” this book touches on various topics while keeping a Christian based perspective. Not only did I find the book inspiring, I also ended up feeling challenged to walk a more Biblical based life. The Bible verses used in each chapter tied in Biblical based direction, while supporting the point of the author. Marcia Ford used simple wording, making this book an easy read. I highly recommend this book to those looking to strengthen their Christian walk, as well as those who are just starting the journey.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

September 11th

God Bless the United States of America!

Friday, September 10, 2010


I just love Swagbucks!  It is a search engine, you Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc., that gives you points for searching the web.  I have been skeptical in the past about websites claiming to give you something for free, but since joining, I have redeemed my points for $15 in gift cards!  (It takes 450 points to earn a $5 gift card.)  What a great and easy way to earn a little money by doing something you already do!  There are several different prize options that you can cash your points in for, from gift certificates to merchandise.  Swagbucks are not awarded for every search you do; however, I have won up to 30+ points in just one day!  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Happy searching!!! 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

God Can Do Anything!

I have a wonderful daily devotional book by Joyce Meyer called Starting Your Day Right.  This encouraging little book provides devotions for each day of the year.  I purchased it quite some time ago and through the hustle and bustle of life, it got shoved in my crazy, messy, obstacle course closet.  While cleaning my closet for the 100th time, I discovered it once again.  The message for today was how God will change each and every one of us, provided we are open to change.  We often think that we can change ourselves and don't need any help.  That is completely false.  If we come to God with an open heart, He will start the change in us.  I have to admit that on multiple occasions I have said the words "I can't do it."  Well you know what, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13) 

~Lets Get Cooking~

I love to cook!  I could spend all day in the kitchen making tons of different things.  I have been fortunate to stumble upon many blogs that offer scrumptious recipes that not only challenge me, but make my family very happy.  :)  One of my favorite blogs is   Today I decided that while my doggy gets his beauty spa treatment, I will get busy in the kitchen.  I am going to be making some yummy looking breadsticks that you can find here and some homemade taquitos found here.  What are you making in your kitchens this week?

Mutt Cutts! poor furriest friend!!!  Miyagi was our first know what I am talking about!  When we got him seven years ago, we swore up and down that he was always going to be "top dog."  Fast forward six years and two kids, he has now landed on the back burner!  Don't get me wrong, we still love, play with and take care of him but his grooming appointments that once occurred every month, are now every three months.  (Yes, we do bathe him once a month at home!) So, today Miyagi is going to the groomer to get a mutt cutt!  Doesn't he look so excited to hear the news!?!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday Noah and Faith!

Faith and Noah,

On September 7, 2004, my life forever changed!  The Lord gave me the most precious gifts ever.....He gave me you!  I love you both more than I am able to put into words.  You have filled a place in my heart that I failed to realize was empty.  I pray that God will direct your paths as you grow into the adults you will someday become.  Happy Birthday Noah and Faith!



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