Valentine FUN!

Valentine Post 16Hip-Hip Hooray — It’s Almost Valentine’s Day!!!

When my kids were young, it seemed the cel­e­bra­tion for the day of love began right after Christ­mas.  With the Valentine’s box for school, the Valen­tines for them to dis­trib­ute, the dec­o­ra­tions and doo-dads to put around the house; I was exhausted from it all.….then it was THE DAY.……yikes!!!

If you need a bit of help to make your day com­plete with fam­ily fun, I’ve gotcha cov­ered.  Here are some ideas that are quick, easy, low prepa­ra­tion and inex­pen­sive.    Start­ing with break­fast, treats, din­ner, dessert and games galore, the day will be a trea­sured memory.

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NO-Sew & EASY Sew Rice Microwave Heating Bags

Rice Microwave Bags




Have you ever wanted a heat­ing pad, or an elec­tric blan­ket or even a water bot­tle, but didn’t have one, or they were too expen­sive, or took up too much room? No prob­lem! These microwave bags are per­fect for those aches, pains and actu­ally have so many uses.  Did you know they can also be put in the freezer to be used as a cold press also?!

These are so handy to have on hand, and give as gifts that I have some pat­terns and tuto­ri­als of how you can make them up quick.  The beau­ti­ful part is you don’t have to have to be much of a sewer; actu­ally, I have a TWO NO-SEW microwave heat­ing bags so every­one can make these!

You will love hav­ing this on hand for: headaches/migraines, on your jaw if you have tmj, men­strual cramps, to help ease the pains of arthri­tis, gen­eral body aches, bumps and bruises, even to warm up after being out­side on a cold day.

From the freezer they are great for: sprains, bumps, bruises, and any­time a cold press is help­ful.   So come along and let’s make up some very easy sew OR no-sew rice bags.

Also, if you have pets to warm up, or I even read that some mom’s use these against the tummy of a col­icky baby for quick relief (check with your doc­tor on this one first please and do not warm too much of course), these work wonders!



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It is GOOD to be Different!

It is GOOD to be different


I love how there are so many choices now days for ways to learn as a child AND as an adult!  We can be cre­ative in our think­ing and how we gather our infor­ma­tion.  I mean Really!  We can go to the inter­net for any­thing we want to know in a flash, and instantly have access to count­less sources, in just sec­onds of the how’s, why’s, and where’s of pretty much any topic!  So with all this learn­ing and knowl­edge, do we fac­tor in the indi­vid­ual unique dif­fer­ences and how pre­cious that is? For exam­ple, I am a much bet­ter learner if I am shown how to do a task, and can also read what I am being taught; par­tic­u­larly if it is a dif­fi­cult or new con­cept — aka computer/ any­thing tech­nol­ogy based.  How about you?  Do you learn bet­ter by read­ing, or see­ing it demonstrated?  

I believe the most impor­tant idea in all of this, is to remem­ber to be patient, do not com­pare and be appre­cia­tive of how YOU and OTHERS learn.  Seri­ously, isn’t it incred­i­bly how dis­tinc­tive and excep­tional we are in our gifts and tal­ents that we each bring.  Some of us may not come across as the sharpest knife in the drawer, how­ever, what we have to offer is just as impor­tant.  Those who are incred­i­bly intel­li­gent are super valu­able of course too.  My point is, to help each along to find our abil­i­ties, our skills, our tal­ents, all that we can offer, to make life bet­ter for every­one! And that involves being cre­ative, learn­ing and grow­ing in our own indi­vid­ual ways, with patient and capa­ble peo­ple sur­round­ing us all our life.    

The early life’s of Edi­son and Picasso make my point brilliantly. 

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My Sewing Machine Saga

sewing machine picI had planned to put up a post on how to make now-sew and sim­ple sew microwave rice heat­ing bags. You know the ones that you put in the microwave that are filled with rice, spe­cial processed corn, or other fill­ings?  Well, this is what happened. 

The machine on the far left is the sewing machine that Stan and I pur­chased not long after we were mar­ried. Unfor­tu­nately, the bob­bin case, which is the only plas­tic piece in the whole thing I believe, since it’s built like a tank; noth­ing fancy, but it’s sure sewn a lot over the past 34 years. Any­way, it broke and the repair shop, nor we search­ing on ebay could find the entire piece, and what we could find was a par­tial for over $100.  

My very gen­er­ous daughter-in-law Tawni loaned me her machine; which we had actu­ally got­ten from my sis­ter Jody who traded for it at a swap so we could give it to Tawni so that she would have a machine.  

Mean­while, my hand­some hubby, as always is look­ing out for me and was on the local clas­si­fied  try­ing to find a machine that would be reli­able but inex­pen­sive.  He found one that was about an hour away. The gal didn’t return his call until about 4:30pm and said we needed to be there by 6:30pm. Fine, no prob­lem. Except.…there were sev­eral acci­dents on the way down, includ­ing one very bad one, stop­ping traf­fic.  We arrived at the des­ig­nated place at 6:27pm.  Whew!  Except…the gal couldn’t find the power cord with the foot pedal and is going back to France (long story).  Stan decided to give a lesser amount and take his chances on ebay for the cord.  

When we arrived back home, he did find a cord, which is com­ing soon.  I will fin­ish the rice bags and have the post for you next week; sorry about that folks!  By the way, it was not inten­tional that all three machines were White brand — but so far, so good.

While we where in the town pick­ing up the machine, there was a Nor­man Rock­well Exhibit, so for our date night that’s where we went!  It was really great and we had a fun time doing our best exag­ger­ated Nor­man Rock­well­ish faces, lol.  Have a great week­end and see you soon WITH rice bags:)  Carrie


One Year Older & Wiser Too –hopefully anyway:)

Birthday Post


I recently cel­e­brated a birth­day and I do not mind one bit get­ting older.  Now, that doesn’t mean that I like how my body gets creakier, stiffer and more unco­op­er­a­tive as the years go on.  How­ever, life is a cel­e­bra­tion, a gift, a won­der to be enjoyed and appreciated!

I often joke that as I age I like to think of myself as a piece of really expen­sive of cheese.  You know the houttey-flouttey kind. The types that have to age for years before they are ‘ripe’.  The clos­est I get to this is Parme­san, but hey, I like that one.  Any­way, when they mold you are sup­posed to cut off just that lit­tle area because the cheese is sssooo good and pricey, that it becomes only more fla­vor­ful with time any­way.  Well, that’s me! I just wish that as I aged I could choose where the parts of trim­ming occurred; you know a lit­tle bite off the hips, around the mid­dle, etc, would be nice.

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Do You know How to do Your Laundry?

Laundry How To's 1



I have updated my arti­cle on how to do laun­dry.  BORING you may think, but.…do you know:

  • How often to wash your tow­els and what temperature?
  • How to wash your jeans so they last longer?
  • What those sym­bols on the lit­tle tags on your cloth­ing means?
  • Do you wrap your sheets around the agi­ta­tor in the washer?
  • Do you know how to wash del­i­cates so they last long and keep their shape?
  • Do you know how to hand wash items?

I have a ton of infor­ma­tion that you just might get an new bit of infor­ma­tion on how to bet­ter do your laun­dry, so come on over and take a gan­der!  Click HERE



9 Fabulous Family Friendly Hot Drinks

9 Fabulous Family Friendly Hot DrinksI have been work­ing hard for you to put together a col­lec­tion of hot drinks that are fam­ily friendly; drinks that every­one can enjoy.  These are not the usual pack­ets that come in a box, nor the taste by a long shot either.  I wanted to bring you a col­lec­tion of some instant that you can make ahead to mix with hot water in a hurry. I also have some unique drinks such as the hot but­tered rum drink that is made from a bat­ter you keep in the freezer.  The salted caramel hot choco­late rivals any­thing you can pur­chase, believe me, and try it with smoked salt…oohh, now that’s a treat.  I have links here at the bot­tom for each of the drinks shown.  I hope you enjoy them — we sure have!

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Extraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix



My mom used to make a mix for our fam­ily grow­ing up and then I made for mine.  It was good, but I have taken the base and kicked it up a notch or two and I think it riv­els the expen­sive kinds you buy in the cans. 

You can make it a dark choco­late or a more mild milk choco­late; depend­ing on your taste. Serve with whipped cream, marsh­mal­lows, candy canes — what­ever your heart desires. It’s home­made and EXTRAORDINARY!



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Nonalcoholic Hot Buttered Rum Drink

Nonalcoholic Buttered Rum Drink




As I was putting my col­lec­tion together of hot drinks that were fam­ily friendly, I wanted some­thing else that wasn’t hot choco­late or apple cider.  I started search­ing around and come across hot but­tered rum drinks.  I was very intrigued to say the least. 

I learned that but­tered rum drinks are made with a bat­ter that is kept in the freezer — at least the type I found, and then you make up a cup as you want one.  

This hot drink is like noth­ing else I have ever had.  I’ve had all my fam­ily try this very excep­tional bev­er­age and they all say its amaz­ing and one you need to try.  Rich, dis­tinc­tive and outstanding.

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CREAMY CrockPot Hot Cocoa

Creamy CrockPot Hot Cocoa


This is easy-peasy no has­tle, put it all together and let it go hot choco­late, but the taste is scrump­tious!  It really is amaz­ing for such and no-fuss recipe.  I have options you might like also, as well as ideas for a hot choco­late bar for a party or get-together.


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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate


This exotic hot choco­late is incom­pa­ra­ble to any other in its dis­tinc­tive and authen­tic fla­vor.  It has a per­fect bal­ance of a bit of sweet and an amaz­ing fla­vor that comes from the Mex­i­can Hot Choco­late Drink Tablets.  Those lit­tle tablets are so good, that a bit of taste– test­ing is in order, trust me.  

The cin­na­mon sticks give a bright under­tone to the drink that’s screams for­eign lands. I would rec­om­mend tak­ing the cin­na­mon out after 10 min­utes or so.  Some of us have a prob­lem with too much cin­na­mon, and that is a ‘just-right-amount’ for the dis­crim­i­na­tion palate.

Now, for the chipo­tle pow­der.  Do not be afraid of it, please trust me on this.  I like fla­vor, not heat just for the sake of  hav­ing hot in my food. You just need a few pinches and it high­lights the the entire Mex­i­can Hot Choco­late to an out of this world expe­ri­ence.  You will LOVE this very spe­cial hot chocolate.

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Gourmet Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Gourmet Salted Caramel Hot ChocolateSalted Caramel Hot Choco­late is all the rage with every spe­cialty shop tout­ing their recipe is great.  Well, I have to tell you, I seri­ously don’t think you will find a bet­ter one than this. It’s not dif­fi­cult at all to make.  The dutch cocoa brings a gourmet fla­vor to the drink.  And the hazel­nut syrup adds a nut­ti­ness that is one of those ‘hhmm, what is that deli­cious ingre­di­ent’ questions.  

Now for the salt.  It’s very com­mon to use coarse sea salt, but my neigh­bor Jeremy gen­er­ously gave me some mesquite smoked sea salt to try with the caramel hot choco­late as an experiment.

Cups lined up, we tried some with the sea salt and some with the mesquite smoked salt.  We were very pleas­antly sur­prised at how much we loved the smoked salt.  It brought out an entirely dif­fer­ent fla­vor and YUMMY — you’ve got to try it!  There are so many salts to try that will have a blast with this drink and impress your fam­ily and guests immensely.




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Hey, Did you Survive Yourself OK?!

Airport 1

Years back Stan and I took a trip with his busi­ness asso­ciates.  The plane we were on hit some mas­sive tur­bu­lence and it was really scary.  After land­ing a young boy said a very pro­found state­ment that can put our life into per­spec­tive.  You can read the arti­cle HERE


Lost Art of Being Kind — Feed The Birds

Feed The Birds 2

The Lost Art Of Being Kind - FEEDING THE BIRDS

Where I live it’s very, very cold  and all the birds do not fly south for the win­ter.  It would be nice for them if they all could go enjoy some time at the beach, relax, sip on trop­i­cal drinks and enjoy the sun­shine. Sadly, that’s not the case for some of the sweet lit­tle tweet­ers, they have to stay right where they are — like some of us:)  So, since we are all here, let’s make it a fun project for the fam­ily, and feed the birds!

I want to thank my daughter-in-law Tawni for the fab­u­lous picture!

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