Saturday, January 30, 2010

I'm Going In!

Today's the day!!

I'm cleaning Allison's room!

I had wanted to do it without her here but I never got to it and now I can't stand it!

I'm going in at 9:00 and if I'm not out by Noon, send a rescue team in but make sure they wear their safety equipment.

It's a DANGER ZONE zone in there!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010


I didn't see the weather report yesterday so I didn't know that we would be waking up to this!

I was so HAPPY that I grabbed my camera and took this at 6:30 a.m.!

I know some people get the winter blues but not me!


What I don't love is when the snow melts like it has in the last week and everything was brown.

The snow is good for my mood and believe me, my mood needed this!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Handy Dandy Little Gadget!

I like tuna...but it has to be DRY tuna.

Yes, you read that right. D.R.Y.

Let me explain.

You know when you open the can of tuna and there's all that tuna juice in the can with the in the picture below?

Well, I can't stand it...any of it!

So the solution to my problem is this little beauty!

See how handy it is?

You can put it in the tuna can and give it a push and all that tuna juice comes to the top.

Wow! Look at all that juice!

See what my handy dandy little gadget did? It got rid of all of that yucky tuna juice!

You can also turn it the other way and drain a can of beans or corn or whatever you wish!

Okay. Now that you know I love this can strainer thing, can I ask you...


Seriously friends, I had one several years ago and it disappeared.

So. I bought another one.

And now...


I think I accidentally throw them in the garbage can when I take them off the can because I think subconsciously in my mind, they are the I pitch them in the trash.

Oh well.

If you see it, let me know but I won't be holding my breath.

Nope. I'll be at Target buying another one. Let's just hope it's my last!

**I'm linking this post up to Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 24th!

I'm giving myself a pat on the back!

I've been really good about planning my menus every week and sticking to them so far this year. I don't know why I ever get away from it every now and then. It really reduces my stress and definitely is better for the budget!

As before, I'm linking up to the Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday. Here's a link if you are interested in seeing what hundreds of women have planned to put on their dinner tables this week!

Monday - Breakfast Casserole w/ Peach Crescents

Tuesday - Chicken Parmesan w/ Tossed Salad and Italian Bread

Wednesday - Hot Turkey Sandwiches w/ Mashed Potatoes, Gravy & Corn

- Shrimp Kabobs, Rice Pilaf and Broccoli

- Dinner at Grandma's

- Beef Roast in the slow cooker with Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans & Rolls

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lazy Sunday!

I'm having a lazy, rainy Sunday with my favorite person in the world!

It's just a Mommy and Allie day......and a couple of cats!

My baby is growing too fast and I can do my chores tomorrow while she's in school.

Today I've given myself permission to take the day off and make some memories!

I hope you are enjoying your day with the people in your life that mean the most to you too!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

I've Been On A Roll!

Yes! I've been on a roll with recipes on my recipe blog! I've posted 4 already this week and have at least 2 more that are set to post over the next couple of days!

Head on over to my recipe blog and see what I've got cooking! There's a link over there ------> that will take you to some yummy goodness!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Moms Get Cozy!

In case you were wondering why I didn't post about Mom's Craft Night Out for last month, we did a repeat of the glass holiday blocks and the name boards for Christmas presents. So since you've seen them before, I didn't think it was necessary repost them.

This month's Mom's Craft Night Out was a "Bring Your Own Craft" night. I gave some suggestions and then you could do what you wanted to do.

Most of the Moms worked on those great no-sew fleece blankets.
I transferred over my addresses into a new address book.

Susan D. sorted through pictures trying to get ready to make a scrapbook for her son's graduation in 2011.

Cindy B. worked on crocheting a pretty yellow prayer shawl.

Here are the Moms with their finished blankets. From left to right are: Nancy, Sandy, Nettie, Dawn and Susan C.

Make sure you click on the picture to get a better look of the blankets. They all turned out so pretty! If you are interested in making one, here is a great tutorial on how to do it.
Here's Susan C. finishing up some business by picking next month's craft night and helping my Allison with her Girl Scout Cookie sales. A BIG THANKS to all the Moms for helping Allison out with that!
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Monday, January 18, 2010

A BFF Play Day!

One day last week, my BFF, Susan, and her Mom and her Mom's, BFF, Nancy, all met at Jo-Ann's to pick out fleece for our next Mom's Craft Night Out.
Here's Susan and I....
... and Nancy and Sandy checking out the fleece.

After we picked out the fleece, we headed over to Panera for a little lunch. After lunch, Susan and I stayed back for a little, sipped on our Pepsi refills (yeah...another place that has Pepsi) and chatted about a few things before we went to Staples so she could get her deals that I mentioned in the previous post. Sandy and Nancy left after lunch to hit some stores they wanted to hit and then we met up with them later.

Even though Susan and I live an hour away from each other, we have been really making a conscious effort to get together as often as we can. Sometimes it's just for a few hours but we make it happen. I think we both need it for our peace of mind. We love our men but honestly, there's no one like a BFF...especially one you've known for over 35 years!

Love you Susan!

“Everyone has a "best friend" during each stage of life-only a precious few have the same one."
~Author Unknown

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

STAPLES Savings!

If you are in need of some office supplies, check out the STAPLES ad this week. They have a ton on sale. Here's a link to their ad.

I picked up everything you see in the picture plus one HP black ink cartridge and one tri-color ink cartridge for my printer which were buy one get one at half price. Even though they had tons on sale, I stuck to my list and only bought what I needed or knew I would use.

Are you ready for what I saved?? Well then, scroll down to see!


Woo hoo! I'm doing the happy dance!

Here's how I did it.

If you have a Staples Rewards card, you can buy these items and receive 100% in the form of a coupon check in February. Yes, it's only good for use at Staples but I always find myself needing something from there. You only are permitted to buy 1 each of the items below.The items in red are what I bought.

M by Staples perforated writing pads 6/pack $7.99
Bankers Box letter/legal size boxes 6/pack $9.99
Staples heavyweight file folders, manila, 50/box $8.00
Staples #10 Envelopes, pull & seal 100/pack $7.99
Zebra Sarasa retractable gel pens, medium, 5/pack $3.99
Staples small binder clips, 40/box $3.39

The items below are their $1.00 deals with in-ad coupon. There are a limit of 2 per coupon. Again, what I bought is in red.

Pentel RSVP ballpoint pens, assorted 5/pack, reg $3.49
Staples 4-3/4x6-1/2 envelopes, 50/pack, reg $6.99
Pentel e-sharp mechanical pencils, assorted 3/pack, reg $5.99
Quartet magnetic dry-erase board, 8-1/2x11, reg $6.99
Staples black full-strip stapler value pack, reg $6.99
BIC Great Erase dry-erase markers, fine tip, assorted, 4/pack, reg $3.99
Staples Accel 1-subject notebook, college or wide ruled, 100 sheets, reg $4.49
Staples glue sticks, clear or colored 4/pack, reg $1.99

They also have advertised some items that you can purchase and then receive a rebate on them. This is where I picked up the photo paper and the brights copy paper for $2.00 each. Although the ad says the brights copy paper should be $3.00, I'm getting back all but two dollars on my rebate check. You can do the rebate online at their "Easy Rebates" center and it seriously took just a few minutes. They will send me a check for those two rebates that I can deposit in my bank account.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!

Yes. I know today isn't January 1st but I've been a little busy. So, with that being said....

Happy New Year!!!

A new month, a new year and a whole new decade! Wow! I have so many plans and dreams for this year rolling around in my head. The problem is that I've been a too occupied to even write them down. As always, I seem to take on too much. I get all of these crazy ideas in my head and then I get overwhelmed! Yes. I am overwhelmed already in this new month, new year and new decade!

Not to worry though. I'll make it through. I always do. I just keep on keeping on!

I've been thinking a lot about my blog...or my neglecting it. It's not that I don't have things to say...because you all know I'm never short on words. It's just that I get a little busy and it's not on the top of my priority list. This blog has taken on a life of it's own and found some followers. I'm glad that I've touched some of you out there. It never was my intention but I am so glad I did. I've "met" some wonderful people through it.

I often wonder if I should change my blog. Should I focus on one crafting, cooking, decorating or whatever, like some other bloggers do and not so much on a little bit of this or a little bit of that. I wonder if I should try to be one of those bloggers that work towards having a ton of followers? Even though I've turned some down, I wonder if I should take on advertisers so I can make a little bit of money? I wonder if I should give the people what they want?

But then, I ask myself this one question..."Why do you blog?" I always go back to why I started blogging in the first place. I started this blog for me, my family and mostly Allison. I intended it to be a place for me to document our lives...a sort of journal with pictures. A place where I can just be myself with my thoughts, feelings and ideas. A place where long after I'm gone, Allison can look back and really know me, see how much I adored her and remember all the fun we had while she was growing up.

After answering this question, I find myself staying true to the title I picked for my blog those several years ago..."This is My Life." If you are a follower, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I get all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that you care about what I'm doing in My Life. If this is the first day you've stumbled upon my little blog out in blogland, Welcome. I hope you stay for a while because you'll see a little bit of this and a little bit of that because...This is my Life and I truly am a little bit of this and a little bit of that!

Oh! You all know that I like pictures with my blog entries so since this entry started off with welcoming in 2010, here is my pic. When I think about my plans, dreams and goals for 2010, I've decided that I want New Beginnings for this year! Yes! I'm starting fresh! Come join me!

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