Thursday, December 29, 2011


Would you like to see some great jewelry?


What's your favorite piece?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Shoes shoes Boots boots

I adore shoes!  I own 3 1/2 pairs though.  (yes I am missing one)  A girl can dream!  check out these babies:

Ruffle Open Toe Stiletto

Lace Up Leatherette Boots

Which is your favorite?  How many pairs of shoes do you own??

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Remember... Jesus is the Reason for the Season.   Merry Christmas  everyone!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

My Christmas Present

I did it did I bought myself my Christmas present early. This is probably all I will get this year due to limited funds, but that is just fine with me. Would you like to see what I bought??
Laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, paper plates and dixie cups!! YAY ME! 

This working mom of 6 had it with dishes during Thanksgiving break and while 5 of the 6 kids have been out of school all week long (with me working) I have already had it with dishes and laundry again.
Yay for paper products! I will quote names on the cups every morning and that will be their cup for the day.

I have been making my own laundry and dishwasher detergent for the better part of a year now so the detergents was definitely a treat for me.

Honestly, I am not being sarcastic. This is what I want right now. So I went the hour away to Sam's Club, treated everyone to hotdogs/pizza and a soda and bought my present.

I have been running the dishwasher three times a day all week!  Sheesh!

What about you, do you run to paper products during those busy times if the year? 

Funky Products

OCD Hand Sanitizer. Open cap.  Sanitize.  Close cap.  Open cap.  Sanitize.  Close cap. Open cap.  Sanitize.  Close cap.  Make sure cap is firmly closed.  Recheck cap.  Are you sure it’s closed? Available from Perpetual Kid $4.99

Shower Squid.  Need a hand in the shower, or nine?

This friendly squid, equipped with nine, adjustable tentacles for gripping your shampoo, soap and washing extras, without disappearing into the bathroom void! How cool is that?
Available from Uncommon Goods.  $35.00

Duct Tape Wallet

Keep your cash attached to your hip with the strongest tape on earth.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Uncommon Eye Glass Holder

$18.00 from 

Great gift ideas at UncommonGoods

My husband NEEDS this!  He always looses his glasses at night. This is sweet and handmade! I wish I had found this earlier and I would have gotten it for him for Christmas. Hey, his birthday is in February, shh don't tell.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gingerbread Nativity

I stumbled across this wonderful "Gingerbread Nativity" tutorial. What an excellent way to remember the reason for the season and real meaning of Christmas!  I have never gotten into Gingerbread houses and the secular aspect of Christmas is definitely out of control. Between Santa, Reindeer,stockings, trees and those elves on the shelves it is hard to keep our focus on Christ (and the kids focus off of receiving).

What better way to bring the focus back to Jesus than a DIY Nativity scene?

Biren over at Roti n Rice has a terrific post on creating this wonderful masterpiece for Christmas:

Oh how I wish I had found this post earlier in the season.  It will definitely be on my to do list next Christmas.  Stop by and check out her blog, I am her newest subscriber!

What are some of the ways your family keeps the focus of this season on Jesus??

Pecan Pie Brownies

I was perusing through Foodgawker and saw these delicious looking Pecan Pie Brownies!  I couldn't wait until I made them to share the link with you so I am doing it NOW.  These look delicious.  

Click on over to Dinner With Julie and get the recipe and instructions.

If you get to make them before I do, jot me a little comment.

I cannot wait. Can you?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My all time favorite cookbook

THIS is my all-time favorite cookbook:

I picked up this treasure at the Goodwill for $1.29 long ago.

I adore this book.  It is terrific.  Absolutely.  This was published by The Mother's Club and this was the Seventh Printing and only 7,500 copies were printed.  I treasure this book.  
I am a cookbook addict. I am down to only four now though.  The other two of my favorites are JUST like this, compilations from various recipe donors of their all-time favorite recipes.

What is your favorite recipe book?  Where did you get it?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Helping a Friend with cancer

I have been asked several times, How can you help a friend fighting a battle with cancer?  Here are some of the things that come to my mind:
  1. Keep positive. Please don't say, “My grandmother died from cancer three years ago.” How will that help her keep a positive attitude?
  1. Help her compile a list of people she want to keep informed of her treatment process. It can be very daunting letting everyone know how you are doing and how many more treatments you have to have. There are many free blogs and websites patients can use to allow their family and friends to keep updated. Ask if she would like you to call or email all those on her list after appointments, etc.

  2. Offer to drive her to her appointments and offer and go in to her consultations to take notes of what the doctor says. Survival just becomes the norm and you get home and wonder what was even said. I had a great oncologist and they gave me lots of literature but the answers to your personal questions that nasty “chemo brain” just wipes from your memory the second you walk out of the oncology office.

  3. Pay attention. After my first chemo treatment I became to depressed and suicidal. I have NEVER been like that. I was too scared to say anything but eventually I did. Apparently my medications were reacting badly. My oncologist changed my medicines and whalla all those awful thoughts and fears disappeared immediately. Super, super scary. Really! Medications scare me now that I know how they can affect your mental state!

  4. Run errands for her. The “brain fog” or “chemo brain” is relentless so ask and remind. Bill payments, monthly errands, school commitments...

  5. Take her laundry home with you to do at your convenience (and so she won't feel like she has to entertain you while you do her chores). Especially if she has had breast surgery. It took me a good two months before it didn't hurt to switch loads after my surgery.

  6. Volunteer to have someone there to get her kids off the school bus or pick them up from school the first few days after each chemo treatment. If possible make arrangements for homework help and playdates for yournger children.

  7. Arrange for dinners to be delivered to the family. Freezer meals to keep on hand or hot meals delivered on specific days. Even purchasing the groceries to cook a specific meal can help illicit help from other immediate family members to help out in the kitchen. Avoid overwhelming smells and spices, they can trigger nausea.

  8. Bring the woman a cup of coffee the day after her treaments. It is too easy to stay in bed and skip that morning coffee then here comes that caffeine withdrawal headache to make things worse!

  9. Make a sign for her to put on her front door (Do not Disturb Please, I am resting). So important!

  10. Ask her to be honest and tell you if there is a particular individual she would rather not have help out or volunteer to care for her home or family. Then you can run interference for her.

  11. Arrange for housework and lawnwork that needs to be tended to. Don't forget to arrange to get the garbage out to the curb.
I am certain I have forgotten many important things. As I think of things I will add them to this list. I hope this helps. If you think of anything else jot me a comment!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Recipes

I'm a little strange, yes I admit it.  I am a Cookbook/Recipe addict.  I can read through a cookbook like a novel!

I found these great recipes for the holidays coming up through Foodgawker.

Vanilla shortbread cookies with Rudolph.

Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats.

Homemade Milano Cookies! These cookies and a hot cup of coffee are what Santa really wants after flying all night...

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

Snowballs! Made with pecans? Even better!

Quick, cute and easy donuts for the holidays.

Inspired?  What is your favorite Christmas treat?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Makeup Inspiration

Yes, I adore makeup.  I do not wear much. I wear it very tastefully but I also appreciate some more dramatic looks.  I stumbled across some great websites looking for inspiration on how to use some of my new jeweled toned eyeliner pencils from the Dollar Tree.  Look at these great samples of eye makeup:

#6   Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

Do you have the nerve?  I could do the first two, which I really like.   I could NEVER do false lashes though.  Not even in chemo.

Which is your favorite look and could you dare?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Great Christmas Crafts

Wine cork wreath, boy that's a lot of dollars worth of wine!

Make stockings from old sweaters!

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

Felt napkin rings.  How sweet are these? 

Wrap different colors and gauges of wire around a cone form.

Hard to decide which one to make first, isn't it?   What about you, what would you like to make?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nativities: Remember, It's all about HIM

It is easy to get all caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season.  It is also easy to forget the entire reason we celebrate Christmas.  It isn't about Santa Clause, reindeer, snowmen, elves candles, trees or presents ... it is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ being born on Earth to save us all from our sins.

Placing mangers in our homes during this "holiday season" is a good way to try to keep focused on what it is all about, HIM.

Here are a few awesome nativities I found around the web.

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

How does your family keep the focus of Christmas on Christ??

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fantabulous Christmas Crafts

Need inspiration for Christmas crafts?? Go no further!  Check out these awesome original crafts.  Click on the links to go to each of the original websites and see how to make them.  I wish I had time and supplies to make all of them.


Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

So, which one are you going to make first??  Excellent ideas aren't they?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Festive Christmas Decor

Need a little inspiration for bringing the Spirit of Christmas into your home this year?  Check out these lovely displays.

Beautiful Winter Tablescape

traditional dining room design by dc metro interior designer Brown Davis Interiors Inc.

I love how they continued the mantle decorations onto the adjoining bookshelf.

Another festive Tablescape.

traditional living room design by dc metro interior designer Brown Davis Interiors Inc.

I love the wreaths centered in the windows with bows.

Elegant winter Tablescape.

How far into the decorating scene are you for the holidays?  I used to go all out but each year I seem to do less and less, or let all the kids do it their way.   Garitson ( my second, 14) decorated the piano this year.  He did a great job too.  I think I will post some photos of it later this week perhaps.  If I can get some decent lighting.

I am thinking a post on Nativities will be coming up soon!

What is your favorite way of bringing the Christmas Spirit in your home?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Craft Picks fromPinterest

Christmas is almost here!  Where did this year go.  I can't believe it is almost over. I guess it is true what they say about each year going by faster and faster.

If you are looking for some great crafts to do with the kidlets for Christmas here are a couple that have been floating around Pinterest this week. Check them out.

Handprint ornaments - Too too cute!

Alrighty then, which ones are YOU going to do??

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Head Coverings during Chemo

Hair loss is a very sensitive subject for a lot of women undergoing cancer treatment.  I was 38 when I went through chemo and I sure was.  I wish I had splurged an bought myself a pink wig!  Here are a few great head covers.

I had one very similar to this one. I loved it when it was cool.
This one is actually 50% off now.

This is BEAUTIFUL! I wish I had had this one.

Don't forget you will still need a head covering underneath. 

Nice and warm and fuzzy!!!

If you don't mind itching like CRAZY and sweating like crazy try a wig if you can afford one...

Synthetic wig prices at $350.00

These are awesome!!! I wish I had found these when I needed them and very affordable!
When you wear hats, caps and scarves the nape of the neck often shows as well as the side burn area.  I was very sensitive about this area.  Eventually I just wore ball caps though.  It is amazing the audacity of some people though and no matter how you prepare for it, you are still going to get pointed at and talked about. Yes, sad but it will happen. 

All I can say really is embrace it. I wish I had gone bald more often.