I'm going to take a break from here for a bit while I try to get the business going a bit more and try to straighten some other things out.
Four and a half years ago, just about the time I found out I was pregnant with Rylie, my Mother was diagnosed with rectal cancer. My Mom is a beautiful and amazingly strong woman. Shortly after her treatment ended my father died unexpectedly.
She survived the cancer and the sudden loss of her husband. She has been free of the cancer for 4 years now. I am so proud of my Mom. Once again she is participating in the Relay for Life. Please visit her Relay Page and make a donation, if possible. You can also see a picture of the quilt she made to raffle off for the Cancer Society. I'm not sure of the dimension's...hmm, but I think it is like a crib size or lap quilt. I think.
She had it up here at Rylie's birthday party and it is really pretty. I am sure if you live out of state and contact her to buy a raffle ticket for $1, or 6 for $5, that she will fill it out and mail you the other half of the ticket. Then if you win she can just pop it in the mail, or you could donate it to me...lol.
Okay, gonna go pop a couple Excedrin Migraine and lie down for a bit.
Here is a home remedy for whitening your teeth you can try if you don't feel like spending $20+ for a box of those little strips.
I have heard that the only reason it seems to make your teeth look whiter is that it is citric acid and you may lose some of the calcium of your teeth. So be very careful if you are using any remedy that includes citric acid.
I also rinse with hydrogen peroxide after I brush my teeth. It's not the most pleasant taste but it seems to work for me. It doesn't make my teeth glow in the dark white like some people like. But I think it helps with some of the staining.
It was so beautiful yesterday, so I packed a lunch and took Rylie back to Wildwood Park. (more pictures) She had so much fun. She even made a little friend, Ivy, who is just 6 months younger than Rylie. Her mom and I exchanged numbers, so maybe we can set up some playdates for the park. I think it would be very benefitial to Rylie's speech to spend more time with children her own age.
Mammogram today. Ugh! It doesn't help with all the horror stories I've been hearing. Yes Kentucky Kat! I mean you! LOL Oh well, I'll just try to get through this one time and take it from there. Oh, by the way...I want to thank all of you who go and click on the Click to Give Free Mammograms button at the Breast Cancer site. Without people like ya'll, this mother of 4 without insurance, would not be able to get a mammogram. So I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you!
And if you haven't heard about the Free Mammograms, please visit the site and click on the little box. It doesn't cost you anything and they really, really do give free mammograms to women who wouldn't be able to get them otherwise. All I had to do was get the order from my doctor, call the number of the Northwest Ohio Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention (BCCP) Program and they helped me set up the appointment with a participating hospital. Thank you to Tamara at BCCP and St. Anne's Hospital.
Have a beautiful spring day and thanks for stopping by!
Good Tuesday Morning! Here's a few quick bathroom cleaning tips.
General Bathroom Cleaning:
Bathrooms can be a source for all sorts of cleaning problems. Keeping mildew under control in the bathroom can be a challenge. Try spraying a mixture of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% water on the walls every six months to prevent mildew. Cut the seam off of the bottom of the plastic shower curtain to keep mold from growing there. Also, put a couple cups of bleach in the back of the toilet every few weeks to help control germs. Be careful that children and pets don’t come into contact with this water.
Bathroom Odors: Place an opened box of baking soda behind the toilet to absorb bathroom odors. Also put baking soda in the bottom of the trash cans to absorb odors. Bathroom odors can be controlled by putting cotton balls filled with vanilla extract in bowls or under the sink.
Shower Doors: 1)Try using Resolve® carpet cleaner on clear shower doors to remove soap scum.
2) Make ammonia solution of 1/2 C. ammonia in 1 gal. water. Pour solution into a spray bottle. Spray the shower door. Use a sponge or stiff bristle brush to scrub. Rinse well.
Warning: Keep room well ventilated while working! Ammonia can irritate your skin, so wear gloves while cleaning with this solution. Ammonia and bleach form a toxic gas when mixed together. Do NOT mix the two cleaners!
3) Vinegar works well on soap scum, especially hot vinegar. Try heating up vinegar in the microwave, clean the microwave (as the vinegar will have loosened any stuck on food) and take the vinegar to the bathroom to clean the soap scum from the shower curtain and walls.
Shower soap scum: Ifpossible change to liquid soap it is a better alternative over bar soap. Liquid soap doesn't have any talc and talc is responsible for the build up of soap scum. Talc only adds volume to the soap without adding any value to it. Changing to liquid soap will reduce the frequency of needing to remove soap scum.
I'm going to go and upload some pictures to my photo journal now. I had fun playing around with those last night. I can't wait until things start to get a wee bit more green outside and I can get some more pictures.
Have a good day and thanks for stopping by!
Good Monday morning! I can't remember exactly where I got the chicken recipe, I think it was from Better Homes & Gardens.
Make some chicken flavored rice, I can buy a package for about 69 cents at Aldi's. I'd probably also make some broccoli too. Broccoli is one of the few veggies Rylie will eat. Weird...a 4 year old who loves broccoli. Oh, and she likes to dip it in ketchup. Yeah, I don't think she will ever work in Ramsey's kitchen, lol.
I found this recipe over at the Kraft website. Sounds kind of yummy.
Strawberry Swirl Cake
Prep: 35 min. Total: 1 hour 35 min. (incl. cooling) Makes 16 servings, one slice each
1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-O Strawberry Flavor
2/3 cup Breakstone's or Knudsen Sour Cream
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
1-1/2 cups sliced strawberries
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans; set aside. Prepare cake batter as directed on package. Pour half of the batter into medium bowl. Add dry gelatin mix; stir
until well blended. Spoon half of the white batter and half of the pink batter, side-by-side, into each prepared pan. Swirl batters together using a teaspoon.
BAKE 30 min. Cool 30 min. in pans. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
MIX sour cream and powdered sugar in medium bowl until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping. Place one of the cake
layers on serving plate; spread top with 1 cup of the whipped
topping mixture. Top with 1 cup of the strawberries and remaining cake layer. Spread top and side of cake with remaining whipped topping mixture. Top with remaining 1/2 cup strawberries just before serving. Store any leftover cake in refrigerator.
Frosting tip: For a great looking cake, try using a "crumb coat". Basically it's a thin layer of frosting applied to a completely cooled cake. Allow this layer to set before you frost and decorate the cake. When the final frosting is applied, it is virtually crumb-free, since any loose crumbs have been already sealed in the crumb coat. Give it a try the next time you make this cake, for professional-looking results!
We ended up going to Wildwood metro park yesterday, after having breakfast with David and Jill. We had a blast walking the trails with Rylie. I really want to take her back there this summer (with the stroller) so I can spend some time walking the trails and getting a bit of a work out. Then we can pack a lunch and picnic over by the kids playground. I took a bunch of pictures, I'll have to re-size them and post a few.
Rylie rode around on daddys shoulders. He finally got tired and put her down telling her his shoulders hurt and he needed to take a break. Well, she took about 4steps, sat down on the trail and said "My legs hurt, I can't walk" and gave daddy this real sad face. LOL Let me tell you...that girl can work it. Daddy turned around picked her up and continued carrying that 35 pound child. To which she said..."you're the BEST daddy!" Is she good or what?
I was suppose to take Rylie to the park this week. However, Ray took my car to work again today, which leaves me car-less. His car is here, but I don't have a car seat for Rylie as it is in my vehicle that he took. Grrrr! I can't take her on Tuesday because she has a dentist appointment that day. Wednesday the weather is suppose to get wet. Thursday I have my breast squashing (mammogram). And I think the weekend is suppose to be yucky. So it looks like another week stuck here at home...again.
Have a beautiful week!
Good morning! If you thought I was talking about hardware when I said Nine Inch Nails, this is not your type of music, lol. Anyway, I came across this information where you can go and download free music from NIN. It's something new, totally instrumental. I like some of the NIN, however I clicked to listen to some of this...maybe it's just the connection, but it soulded real "scratchy" or something.
Well, here's the link if you want to go check it out. Click to listen and then there is a link to "download". Nine Inch Nails download
Have a happy day!
Ahhh, life's lessons learned the hard way. Rylie loves gum. Most importantly she loves the gum that her Aunt Cathy chews...Freedent. I've tried buying her other gum when they don't have Freedent at the store. She will stick out her tongue, lick it and then say "I don't like this. I like Aunt Caffy's gum."
Well, this past week Rylie and Ray made a trip to the conveinence store. While there Rylie saw this "tape" gum. It's bubble gum in what looks like a tape dispenser. She just HAD to have and Daddy bought it for her. Hm. So she comes home, we open it and give her a slice. She licks it..."Ohhhh, I like this gum!" Okay.
About 15 minutes later I hear "What are you doing? Moooooommmmmmy, you better come see what this baby has done." (Yep, she's 4 and we still call her our baby. lol) So I go and look and what do I find? My child has decided to put her gum...are you ready for this? Nope...not in her hair. She has taken it out of her mouth and patted it allllllll over her face. We're talking sticky bubble gum here.
Grrrrrr...now what? So I take her in the kitchen, thinking about how your suppose to take an ice cube and freeze the gum it to get it out of carpet. Well sheesh, I can't freeze my kids face. So I grab a wash rag and put cold water on it, hoping to get it stiff enough to pick off her face. Ick! That stuff was soooooo gooey! That didn't work.
So I start to think about the trick for getting it out of hair. Peanut butter, which works really good by the way (creamy not crunchy). Well, I certainly wasn't going to smear PB all over the kids face. Although how much worse was that than sticky gum all over her face? So I grabbed the vegetable oil. I put some on my finger tips and started rubbing it into her lil' face. Thank goodness it started to come off.
So...got a strange and curious child like mine? If they ever stick gum all over their lil' body go for the vegetable oil. Send one pack of Freedent to me if you appreciated this information. LOL
Have a wonderful weekend!
Good morning! Here are a few home remedies for your skin.
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I've had this information sitting here for a while now, I wanted to post this and just kept forgetting. I found this cute little video (from clicking a link in one journal and then another link in that journal, etc, etc). I ended up in a journal called Almost Forty. The writer is Pam and she's in the UK.
Ever wonder what a hug from a big ol' lion would be like? Well go check out the video Lion Hug. It's kind of cute.
Let's see...yesterday I went to Wal-Mart and picked up my new BP script. Yep, he upped it again...sigh. Hopefully he will have reason to lower it again soon though. While I was at the store I saw that they had generic nicotine patches. Ray and I could share the 14 patches, which will last us a week, and spend less than half of what we spend on smokes. So we put them on yesterday.
I was really craving badly last night. I finally grabbed a straw, cut it in half and was actually inhaling and exhaling. Yep, I'm going to be one of those people...always with the gum or sucker or chewing on the straw, lol. Oh well, if it works, it works. Whatever I need to do to quit this nasty 25+ year habit. I don't want to say the exact number of years...my mom reads this and I might get grounded. lol
There were times I've quit for a short duration. However, living with a smoker makes it that much more difficult to stay quit. Within minutes of coming home after Rylie was born, the first thing I made Ray do was to go buy me a pack of cigarettes. Sheesh! I could have been smoke free for over 4 years if I had been able to put up with Ray's smoking.
So here I sit, half a straw in my mouth, inhaling and exhaling off the little plastic stick. LOL I'll need to pick up some sugar free candy too. Those little Dum Dum suckers are okay...way too much sugar for me though. I love Life Savers sugar free wintergreen mints, I guess I'll get some of those. I'll probably go through a bag in a day or two. Better than a pack of smokes a day though. I guess...lol...good golly I really want a smoke right now. The patch helps with the chemical addiction, so I don't know why I am jonsing for a smoke so bad.
LOL I sound like some junkie. Well, of all the addictions I guess I'd rather have this one. At least I'm not stealing from family and neighbors.
I'll just try to distract myself. It looks like it's going to be a nice day. I'll have to take Rylie out for a walk. She can ride her bike or lil' car and I can take my camera to see I can get any good pictures.
Have a truly wonderful day!
Hello! I have a 4 year old here so I am constantly dealing with stains on the counter froms spills dried up before I ever knew of them. Hopefully this little tip will help with some of those stains.
Red Dye Stains
For red food dye stains on counters, like those left by drinks, use straight rubbing alcohol, enough to puddle on the stain. Leave it for several minutes and wipe away. Use a sudsy cleaner on counter after.
A quick warning, that we learned the hard way. When using something like straight rubbing alcohol, or a product that has alcohol in it, keep it out of the reach of children. Even if they aren't in the room! When Ry was about a year old Ray was cleaning some electrical device and before he even knew she was in the room, Rylie had grabbed the bottle of rubbing alcohol and started chugging it.
Luckily she was okay. Just...inebriated. Yep, my 1 year old got drunk. I called the poison control hotline and everything. I was so freaking out at the time. It is amazing how fast (and quiet) little ones can be when they want to.
Well, I'm going back to sitting by the phone. I'm waiting on some test results to come back from my appointments yesterday. Wish me luck.
Oh! I almost forgot I wanted to put this link on here. You can go to the site for Paralyzed Veterans of America and get address labels and send an ecard to a veteran. Look on the left side of the page near the bottom to send the cards. I think this is a really nice thing to do and hope some of ya'll go there too.
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Good Morning, today's recipe was send to me by Patty from When life gives you lemons.... make limeade . Thanks Patty! This sounds real yummy, although it also sounds like it will add about 3 inches to my bum, lol.
Mmmm, sounds like a baked BLT...I might add some lettuce to it after it bakes. I have everything I need except the tomatoes, I'll have to get some this week and give this recipe a try. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe Patty!
I had my first Video Memorial job this past week. I received the photos on Tuesday night and had the project done by Thursday. The Memorial was on Saturday in Oregon (the city, not the state) and I went to it. It was a lovely service and I was glad I went. I didn't know Anne, but her grandson works with Ray. She seemed like a really beautiful soul and I'm sorry I didn't get to know her.
I love being able to provide this service for family and friends, although it can be a bit sad to look over someone's life and feel the love and pain the family is going through. I'm glad that I can do something for the family that they really seem to appreciate though.
Well, I have to get some chores done. I have 2 doctor appointments this afternoon so I need to get some laundry and cleaning done this morning. Rylie is going to Grandma B's while I'm at the drs. She already has her tea party things packed and ready to go, lol. Last night she told her dad "You go to work, Mommy go to doctor and I'm going to go play with Grandma. We're playing kitchen and tea party." She was real emphatic about him going to work which is funny because she usually tries to get him to stay home.
Have a terrific week and thanks for stopping by!
Good Morning! Here's a quick tip for cleaning those no wax floors.
No-wax floors: To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.
I just have those little peel and stick tiles in my kitchen. I just grab my spray bottle of diluted Awesome, a rag and get on my knees and clean the floor. Sometimes I use a little bleach and water. Whatever I'm using as a cleaner, I always do it on my hands & knees. I just never feel like the floor gets really clean using a mop.
Does everyone know that they are entitled to a free yearly credit report? Just checking. It's probably a good thing to do every year. It can't hurt.
I received this quote in my email from Real Simple and thought I would share it with ya'll.
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a
meal. It's a way to live." - Jackie Windspear
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Good Monday Morning! Ever wake up and just feel really happy? Yeah, me neither, lol. I'm always a bit of a bear for the first 15 minutes of the morning. But after that first 15 minutes this morning...wooohooooo! I just feel "HaPpY" I've got my green tea, the washer is running and it just feels like it is going to be a good day.
Yesterday was beeeee-U-tee-ful! I actually walked outside barefoot, lol. I went to take some stuff out to the compost pile and on the way back I stopped to clear a few leafes. Well, that was all it took. Next thing you know I am cleaning out the wee little pond we have. Icky...the fishies didn't make it this year and that was just a really gross job. After awhile Miss Rylie came out to check on me. What would I do without that baby girl watching out for me? lol
So, 2 hours later I finish with "taking stuff to the compost pile" and finally go inside. It was just a really fantastic day. I was a bit annoyed though, I still don't have my rake back and the leaf blower we borrowed didn't work. So the I had to use my lil' 3 prong garden tool to clean up the leafs.
I told Rylie that as soon as it starts to warm up a bit more, we will make a trip down to the Farmers Market and pick up some flowers for the garden. She has her momma in her because her answer was "YEAAAAAAA!" lol No, all she heard was the word Market and she knows that means shopping and to her, shopping = toys.
Okay, back to the reason for this entry today. My mom sent me this recipe for a Cream Soup Base.
CREAM SOUP BASE
1 cup dry milk
1 T onion flakes
2 T cornstarch
2 T chicken bouillon
½ teas each basil, thyme, pepper (or use 1½ poultry seasoning)
Add 2 cups water
Use with veggies, chicken, etc.
I e-mailed her back and asked if I could use the recipe to make Cheesy Broccoli Soup. She wrote back and said "Yes, or mushroom, tomato, meat, whatever you want." So there ya go, make your own soup this week.
Have a wonderful week and thanks for visiting!
Well, here it is...finally...a link to my web site. It took me all day to get this thing done. Not bad considering I have absolutely no idea what I was doing. LOL If anyone see's any typo's, mis-spelling, etc., please let me know.
I've only got to figure out how to put video up on there and I will be all done. YEA me!
Well, good night...
So I was flipping through the morning shows this morning when I came across Emeril Legasse on the Good Morning America program. He made Apple Pancakes. I've made German pancakes before, which is real similar to this recipe. So I went to their website and grabbed the recipe for the Apple Pancakes and for the muffins they also showed.
Ray didn't have to work today, so when he and the munchkin woke up I made the pancakes. They were very good. Although Miss Picky Eater didn't join us. Apparently we have strange appetites as we don't prefer to eat Cheerio's for breakfast every day.
Hm, I wonder if I could make them with a cherry filling and then top with powdered sugar and cherry syrup. Or blueberries and blueberry syrup. Hm, now my mind is just a buzzing with the different varieties I could try. Mmm, plain with cherry pie filling on top with some pecans and whip cream. LOL It's probably best for my diet if I make these just once a month and stick to my 2 egg (only 1 yolk) scrambled eggs the rest of the time.
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Good Morning! Here are some tips if you have weak, brittle finger nails.
Hm, I think I'm going to try the vegetable oil and biotin supplements.
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I had some errands to run this morning and I'm working with another migraine here. Ugh! Anyway here are some tips about Pantyhose and some others uses for them.
Panty Hose / Nylons
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