Saturday, April 28, 2007

Participate in the Parenting Teenagers Summer Job Poll at

Denise Witmer, Parenting of Adolescents, has a Poll question: Is your teen getting a job this summer? She also present this question: Do you think teens should work?

I think it's a great idea for teens to have a summer job. Our teen has several volunteer opportunities and will be volunteering at our local public library branch. That sure could him busy, don't you think?

Friday, April 27, 2007

'Law and Order' Possibly Not Returning Next Season

I'm a big fan of 'L&O'! Even our teen will refer to Lennyhumorisms from time to time! We love you Lenny Brisco! Most recently, it has been announced, that NBC hasn't renewed the flagship, 'Law and Order', for next season. With Fred Dalton Thompson considering a Presidental run and the huge lost of views, over the years, this may be the end.

But, I'm okay with that. I really feel like the show lost his magic when Jerry Orbach died. Through syndication, we can still see and enjoy the show, during it's best times, like on TNT and DVDs!

DVD Recommendation: Due South - First Season

My husband and I used to watch this Canadian import, back in 1994, on CBS! We loved the unique characters, funny one lines, flashbacks and the stories. The cast included Constable Benton Frasier - "Thank you kindly", his faithful deaf wolf, Diefenbaker, and Chicago Cop, Ray Vecchio fighting crimes. There's plenty of funny moments, especially Frasier's superior detective abilities and wordly knowledge.

You can read more about the series, actors and lots more at

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Slow Cooking Thursday and Tasty Thursday - April 26

If you would like to join in on Slow Cooking Thursdays please stop by Diary of a SAHM. Tasty Thursdays are another fun opportunity to share recipes, visit the participants' blogs and have other's visit yours.

Can you believe that this recipe is much more healthier than it's traditional recipe? And it's taste great too! *You will have leftover Swiss Cheese. I just wrap it up for sandwiches and stuff.
Recipe is courtesy of The Everyday Low Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook:Over 120 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes That Cook Themselves

Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll-Ups

Cooking Spray
1 Tablespoon white wine
12 thin slices of low-fat Swiss Cheese (3/4 pound), divided
6 Boneless Chicken Breast Halves, fat trimmed, cut into thirds
18 thin slices of good-quality Boiled Ham (about 1 1/2 pounds)

Coat the slow cooker crock with cooking spray. Add the wine to the crock and set aside. Slice the rectangular Swiss Cheese slices in half crosswise, making two stacks. Then cut each stack in 1/2 again.

Assemble the roll-up: On a cutting board, lay one ham slice with one of the short edges closest to you. Lay 2 pieces of Swiss Cheese atop the ham slice, lined up with the bottom edge of the ham slice. Lay 1 strip of chicken across the cheese. Roll up, starting at bottom edge (chicken may stick out the ends of the ham roll-up). Place roll-up in the slow cooker crock and repeat 17 more times, stacking the roll-ups as you go.

Cover the slow cooker and cook 3 1/2 hours on Low, checking for doneness by slicing into one of the roll-ups on top to see if the chicken is cooked through. If not, re-cover and cook another 1/2 hour on Low and check for doneness again.

It's Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day!

When my husband was working in hotel security, four years ago, he took our son to a 'Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day'. The kids received their own ID's, a tour of the hotel, lunch and then an opportunity to shadow their parents. Our teenage son still talks about his experience with dad, at work, fondly.

Today is Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Whether you work at home or outside, this will allow your child to see what mom or dad does, the value of education and work skills.

Since I work at home, as a Virtual Customer Service Rep, our son does see what's involved in my job. He even gives me feedback from time to time. (and many times he's right)

Visit the official website for more details, activities, games and ice breakers, for next year. This event occurs every fourth Thursday of April.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Our Book Recommendation: 'Life Lists for Teens' by Pamela Espeland

Our teen just recently read this book and gave it his high recommendations.

I originally read a review of 'Life Lists for Teens' by Pamela Espeland on Parenting Adolences newsletter. The book received high marks. Despite the fact that this book's audience is teenagers I decided that I would like to read it.

This book is a series of tips, steps and how-to's to growing up, learning and having fun. Some of my favorite lists were 9 Reasons to Go to Church, Mosque, Temple or Meetings, The 6 Pillars of Character, 10 Ways to Learn New Words and 10 Reasons for Not Getting a Tatoo or Body Piercing.

I not only recommend giving this book to your teen but for parents to read it too. They should have renamed the book, 'Life Lists for Teens and Parents'. By the way, I actually finished it one afternoon. And yes, I did enjoy it, as I learned and was entertained.

Works-For-Me Wednesday - Kids Korps USA

Kids Korps gives our teen and children, ages 5 to 18, the opportunity to serve their local community, build self esteem and team work. There are chapters located throughout the US. The membership fee is just $20 a year.

Children, who are 12 years and older can join Teen Korps. Teens have the opportunity to work on individual projects that include leadership building and get job skills. There are even Summer Internship programs. When they are ready to look at applying for college there will be volunteer record available.

Once you sign up, you'll have access to the Project Calendar. You can view the individual projects and than sign up. There's even an Upcoming Projects feature to keep you current.

If you are interested in more information or would like to join, please visit Kids Korps website.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Get Help on Your Telecommuting Cover Letter at

Nell Talercio,, has put together the Cover Letter Center. You'll find plenty of links and articles that will assist you in writing a cover letter for a telecommuting position. You'll also find samples and templates.

Are you in need of professional cover letter and resume writing services? Click on the ResumeASAP icon, located in the WAH Opportunities, on the rightside of my blog.

Today in History: Woolworth's Opens First Store in New York

The Woolworth Building opened on this day in New York in 1913. For 20 years it would reign as the tallest building on earth, rising 729 feet over Manhattan. F.W. Woolworth was king of the Woolworth "five and dime" stores, the Wal-Marts of their day. He thought of his new building as a "Cathedral of Commerce." He paid almost $14 million in cash to build it. The night the skyscraper opened, President Woodrow Wilson pushed a button in the White House, and every light in the Woolworth building flashed to life.

Read more about Woolworth's history, including the decline of it's stores in the U.S., at You'll find a link to the Woolworth Building, the virtual museum and lots more.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - April 23

Our son is having his first professional photo shoot for the Boys and Girls Club Clairemont Youth of the Year. They asked that I select several changes of clothing. I wasn't sure what colors and styles to chose till I found Devine Inspirations blog. She actually has a post, Making The Most of Your Session, on the do's and don'ts.

My hubby and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary this Thursday. Can you believe we started dating in 1985? Our son tells us that he's not normal because he still has the same set of parents. (all of his friends' parents have been divorced and remarried) I told him, "You know what? I'm glad that we're not normal!"

*Recipes are courtesy of Pillsbury Fast and Healthy Cookbook: 350 Easy Recipes for Every Day.

*Sweet and Sour Chicken with Vegetables

Marcus' Favorite Simple Lasagna

*Greek Style Chicken Kabobs with Couscous

Pinto Beans and Ham

Chicken and Beef Fajitas

Tilipia with Couscous and Salad

Crustless Cheese and Bacon Quiche

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Witherspoon Cabin is Knitting Her First Sock!

I really have to give Witherspoon Cabin many kudos for starting a sock knitting project. I've seen this project before and know that's it's not that easy!

Check out her progress, at her blog, and don't forget to leave her words of encouragement!

A Work At Home Inspiration at 5 Minutes for Mom Blog

5 Minutes for Mom blogs speaks with Jennifer Sprague, 'All Natural Mommies' about her reasons for starting an at-home business. She also discuss natural parenting, her websites and e-book - 'Baby Galore', and lots more!

I love to read about other WAHM's stories. Don't you?

Stop by 5 Minutes for Mom to read the interview, as well as get links to Jennifer's website and blog.

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