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New Years Wishes to You and Yours

Happy New Year from BerryMorins Bits and Tips!

Wordless Wednesday - Our Current Home

We've been living here since Summer 2007 - American Mini Storage, Las Vegas

Recycle Your Christmas Cards at Fresh & Easy

RSVP postcard courtesy of Vistaprint.com

Fresh & Easy grocery store offers a Holiday Card Recycle Box inside the entrance of the store.

Visit their website for a local store.

Menu Plan Monday - December 29, 2008

Renewal Ceremony Bouquet Courtesy of A One of a Kind Creation Florist

Are you ready to celebrate the New Year? We'll be heading to our church for the New Year's Eve Family Celebration at Calvary Chapel Spring Valley. We'll start off with church services, then head over to the gym for some potluck, laser tag and human fooseball. We'll see how long I can stay up to celebrate the New Year!

The Raspberry Stuffed French Toast courtesy of Dream Dinners was just delicious! Our Assistant Manager even asked for the recipe. (don't have it) We'll definitely use the service again.

Turkey Meatball Soup

Sandwiches and Veggie Soup

Chicken and Brocolli Cassorole

Roasted Chicken, Brown Rice and Veggies

Save Your Money - Get Rid of Cable

When I first announced that we would no longer have cable in our house my husband and son began grumbling loudly. It's now been seven months without the cable monkey and we don't miss the service nor the monthly bill!

Hulu.com and Fancast.com are both FREE online streaming video sites. You can watch current and cancelled TV programs. Yes, you have to suffer through some commercials but I find it's less then the amount on TV. New television episodes usually post the next day.

Netflix.com offers unlimited streaming video online with your paid subscription. You'll be able to watch TV episodes and movies on your computer and Xbox.

Also, check out your favorite TV websites for free full online episodes. I enjoy that I can watch them on my schedule.

Question: "What is a Man?"

My husband recently asked me what women mean when they say "You're not a man." So I decided to ask "What is your description of a man?"

What's Boxing Day?

Our store location decorated for the holidays

Boxing Day is a holiday that is celebrated in England, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, on the following Monday after Christmas. The traditional celebration is giving money and/or donations to charities, the needy and people in service positions.

You can read more information about Boxing Day at the following websites.

Wikipedia.org
Annie's Boxing Day Page

Claim Jumper - Restaurant Review

Picture Frame courtesy of Miss Bees Specialites at Etsy.com

Okay, we should have known that their portions were going to be extremely large after the muffins that were served at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Last week, I decided to treat our family to a dinner out to Claim Jumper and some shopping at Town Square.

But, we were weren't thinking about that when we ordered the Appetizer Combo. Amongst the combo, the family favorite was the Southwest Eggrolls. It had the right amount of spice level for our varies taste buds.

Marcus loved the Classic Cheeseburger and Fries. He did comment that it wasn't as good as a Landry's Seafood House Burger but made second place. Charles had the Chicken Fried Steak and I had the Ribeye Steak. The both made great leftovers.

Oh, of course, we had to order the famous Chocolate Motherlode Cake. Which after Marcus tried a couple of bites and announced he was out for the count!

Overall family review - Marcus loved it and has ad…

Merry Christmas from BerryMorins

The Candlelight Service at Calvary Chapel Spring Valley was truly inspirational. One would think that there aren't many Christians in Vegas. We see so much abuse and negative attitudes during our daily lives. But the 7:30 pm service had an overwhelming turnout.

I'm so please that I spent that time in the house of the Lord with my family.

Merry Christmas from BerryMorins Bits and Tips!

Calvary Chapel Church - Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Small Christmas Tree

Calvary Chapel Spring Valley is having Christmas Eve services today. Visit their website for more details.

Wordless Wednesday - December 24

Our Living Room Decorated for the Holidays

Rona's Favorite Things at Etsy.com

Courtesy of Kat's Krafts at Etsy.com

I know that Oprah's Favorite Things are more popular but I think my Favorites list is pretty cool too!

You'll find mine by clicking on the Etsy.com icon, on the rightside of my blog.

I love the many unique, one of a kind and handmade items that the online stores offer.

Thanks to the many Etsy online stores I also came within budget for our renewal ceremony. It also got me hooked! Since then I've returned for greeting cards, homemade breads and cookies and Christmas ornaments.

Some of my favorite stores are Simply Seasonal, Madeline Bea Soap, and Freckled Frog Crafts.

Are you an Etsy fan too?

Making Tamales - His Grace To Me

Hubby getting dressed for our Renewal Ceremony

This is the time of year that many households make tamales. My husband loves sharing his childhood memories with our son and I. My husband and his dad would get up very early in the morning to purchase the large bags of maza. The women would be gathered in the kitchen, assembling the tamales all day.

Visit His Grace To Me blog where she shares her spin on making vegan tamales. She was even kind enough to include some photos too!

Menu Plan Monday - December 22

Marcus is spending his Christmas break at the recreation center. He'll be working with the teens and little ones.

Charles and I are busy dropping off donated clothes to Goodwill and STREET Teen. We want to thank all of our customers for their kindness and generosity. It's greatly appreciated.

Our family will be spending Christmas, at home, watching lots of "Law and Order" and online episodes. We're so looking forward to a relaxing day.

*Thank you to A Year of Crockpotting Blog

Crockpot Rotisserie-Styled Chicken*, Red Potatoes, Salad

Subway Sandwiches

Dinner Out - Sam Woo's

Ham and Potato Cassorole

Make Your Own Pizza - Whole Wheat Dough

World Vision - Family Gift Idea

Did you see NBC Sunday Morning feature World Vision as a great family gift idea? It's an unique idea for families to give a gift that will be used for years to come.

We like the idea that you can choose your gift together. And they do have gift ideas that benefit United States children too.

Stop by their online website for more information.

"Mom, I'm A Mutt" - Recognizing Diversity

In a press conference, Obama announced that he's a Mutt. I actually have heard that term used before. See, our son, Marcus, refers to himself as a Mutt too. Marcus says that this incorporates all of his ethnic and cultural background without explanation.

There are many children who have a diverse ethnic and cultural background such as our son. Our children shouldn't have to chose one over the other.

So, when our son says he's a Mutt he says it with pride and respect.

Wordless Wednesday - December 17

Renewal Vow Ceremony

Dream Dinners - Service Recommendation

Charles and I went to our local Dream Dinners last week. If you've never been to one let me give you a brief introduction. You go to their website, select the month's menu selections, select a date and time and make your payment.

We then went to the local Dream Dinners where we were met by Bob Baker, co-owner. He took us on a brief tour of their beautiful store. Charles and I were very impressed with the smells, top ingedients and beautiful presentation.

We got our aprons on, washed our hands, put on our prep gloves and started at the Chicken Enchiladas station. You just follow the recipes, for the 3 or 6 servings. You can either delete ingredients that you and your family don't like or add more that you love.

I read the recipe and assisted with the prep. Charles showed me how to roll an enchilada properly.

After you're down with the prep you assemble everything, place your recipe label on it and place it in your section of the commercial refridgerator.

There's tab…

Menu Plan Monday - December 15

Our cake topper from the renewal vow ceremony - courtesy of Lynn's Little Creations at Etsy.com

Charles and I had a terrific time at our local Dream Dinners. I selected Raspberry Stuffed French Toast, Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms and Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Paella, Chicken Tetrazzini, and Chicken Enchiladas.

I joined a Christmas greeting card exchange this year. It's been fun something other then junk mail. Some people actually make their cards. Me - I purchased them from a Etsy.com store.

Now onto this week's menu. Thanks Organizing Junkie for hosting.

Chicken Paella - Dream Dinners

Tacos with Black Beans and Mixed Greens Salad

Sandwiches and Veggie Soup

Beef Stougnaoff with Butter Noodles*

Chicken Enchiladas - Dream Dinners

McLaughlin Group - Couple Time

My love of McLaughlin Group has been going on for over 20 years. My friends and I would spend time talking about the issues that the panel discussed and doing our own parody of the show. I was always played Eleanor!

Of course, I had to pull my husband into the fold once we started dating. It was an easy introduction since my husband enjoys talking about politics and current news events.

These days we're not always able to watch McLaughlin Group on TV. So, we catch our favorite couple time episodes online.

Is there a TV show that you introduced your spouse to?

Christmas Cookie Cutter Coasters - Etsy.com

I love my new Christmas Cookie Cutter Coasters at Etsy.com. Stop by Kelsey's Knick Knacks for affordable gift items.

Does Your Hubby Rock? I Know Mine Does! - Fromemetees.com

Do you think your husband just rocks?! Well then why not wearing it on a T-shirt for the whole world to see?

From*me Tees offers a form fitting long sleeve ladies T-shirt with those proud words.

You'll also find some other positive, marriage supporting products, including some cute items for the kidlets.

Starbucks Advent Chocolate Calendar 2008

Starbucks Advent Chocolate Calendar 2008 version

Marcus and I enjoyed the Starbucks Advent Chocolate Calendar so much last year that I kept it. I think it looks great sitting on one of the livingroom shelves.

Law & Order: First Season - DVD Recommendation

The hubby and I just finished watching and enjoying a few DVDs of Law & Order: First Season. No, there's no Lenny blessing the screen but there's plenty of bad guys and ladies getting behind bars.

Wordless Wednesday - December 10

Our Store Decoration - American Mini Storage

Yummy Pancake Recipes - Diabetic Approved

A Close Up - One of Our Christmas Trees

Are you looking for pancake recipes that you are delicious and healthy for your family?

I love pancakes anytime of the day!

Diabetic Meal Recipes Blog - Blog Recommendation

Here's a blog that is dedicated to a variety of delicious and appetizing recipes, for the diabetic meals! How does Grits and Cheese Chile Pie sound for tonight's dinner? Diabetic Applesauce Pancakes would certainly be a tasty way to wake up my bunch, in the morning.

Being a diabetic doesn't mean that you have to eat bland, boring meals. Please stop by Diabetic Recipes today

Menu Monday Plan - December 8

Our livingroom decorated for the Christmas season

Good day everyone! First I would like to encourage everyone to consider donating to homeless based charity this year. Many families are finding themselves living in their vehicles, in tents and hotels.

Our family has been homeless. If it wasn't for the generous charity of several people and our Heavenly Father we would have been in the street.

Our family has chosen STREET Teen has our charity for the season.

Now onto our menu for the week! Thank you to Organizing Junkie.

Mexican Chicken Soup*

Chinese Dumpling Soup

Fish & Chips

Taco Salad *

*courtesy of Mr Food's Quick & Easy Diabetic Cooking Cookbook

More Christmas House Decorations

Second Annual Homeschool Holiday Party - Las Vegas

You & Your Group Are Invited To Our 2ND Annual Homeschool Holiday
Party

Please RSVP with Heather McDonald - Hostess- Cell ~ 845-9895 Email ~ Sevenwndrs@Yahoo.com

The Sahara West Library

December 16tTh/span>

6:30pm

MultiPurpose Room

LVHSG (Las Vegas Homeschool Group) proudly brings to you to the Second
Annual Homeschool Holiday Party.
This gives homeschoolers a yearly opportunity to meet-n-greet, celebrate,
fun and support.

There will be: Crafts & Games Prizes & Treats Food,
Snacks, Drinks & Hot Cocoa A Magician & A Special Guest!!!

Bring the entire family!

Oh Christmas Tree

One of the Christmas trees in the BerryMorins home

I love having more then one Christmas tree in our home. Here's one that I purchased from Eddie Bauer.com on sale.

Top 10 Ways to Stay Sane as a Work at Home Mom - Nicole Dean

The other day, someone asked me what it’s like to be a work at home mom. I just blinked back at him, my mind blank. How could I possibly describe life as a work at home mom? Only someone who’s lived it can understand the juggling act it requires.

Work at home moms have the usual responsibilities of being a mom - folding laundry, scheduling doctor’s appointments, helping with homework, reading bedtime stories, and basically being on call 24-hours a day. In addition, there is the conundrum of how to find time to work and answer emails, do networking, update bookkeeping, make phone calls, and more. And, it must fit into a 24 hour day. So, how do we do it? How do we stay sane in the chaos?

It’s disclaimer time. I am not the person to give advice on sanity. I’m pretty sure I filed away my sanity last year when I did taxes. I have my days where I say “That’s it! I’m getting a regular job!” But, then I talk to my wonderful friend who reminds me of the reality of the real world - the traffic, t…

Assist Homeless Teens - Street Teens

During this holiday season consider that not all teens are heading to a warm home, for a hot meal and a loving family.

S.T.R.E.E.T. is an acronym for our approach to helping homeless and at-risk teens. Our teens moved into a high risk Street Life over a period of time and rarely by their own choice. It takes time, resources, commitment and a personalized step by step approach to help them move off the streets.

Reunification with their families is always a goal, however, over 80% of our homeless teens were sexually and / or physically abused over a period of time before running away. These children do not have the option of returning to a "safe" home.

Stop by their website for ways that you and your family can assist in making their holiday season alittle brighter.

Teen Affordable, Meanful Holiday Gift Ideas

Marcus aka Captain Kirk and his dad, Charles aka Spock

Holiday shopping can be expensive and difficult when it comes to the teens. But, this year with layaway service, at Sears and Eastbay we've got a real handle on it.

Also, consider making a charity donation in your child's name. Our son has been a member of Boys and Girls Club since he was 7 years old. My husband and I made a donation in name of our renewal vow guests.

Of course, what teen wouldn't want their own MasterCard. Visit your local Wells Fargo branch for information on their Teen checking account. This account allows you the ability to look at their activity. You can teach the important savings and spending habits.

Remember that this is not the time to go broke purchasing holiday gifts. This is a time of giving and loving.

Wordless Wednesday - December 3

My bouquet for our renewal vow ceremony - yes, it's artificial flowers

Email or Snail Mail Your Holiday Cards? Question of the Month

I asked this question last year and received some terrific responses. I decided to post it early this year.

This year I not only mailed Christmas cards to our family and friends but our business contacts and customers. One of our customers stated that if she didn't have one's email that person would not be receiving a Christmas card.

My question is: Is it acceptable business etiquette to email their customers and business contacts' Christmas cards?

I look forward to reading your responses.

Yummy Homemade Pumpkin Bread - SimplySeasonal

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread courtesy of Simplyseasonal at Etsy.com

SimplySeasonal bakery, at Etsy.com, has been our favorite online baker since we tried her Cocoa Cappuccino Crinkle Cookies! (they're amazing)

Recently, I placed an order for 2 loaves of the Pumpkin Bread and the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. Everyone who has tried a slice has commented on the taste, texture and moistness being the best they had.

I've even gotten a few Christmas gift requests for the bread and cookies.

You'll find that she bakes it the day before shipping it priority so it's definitely fresh. Share some with our recommendations with favorite and special people on your gift list. And don't forget to place an order for your family too!

Menu Monday Plan - December 1

I've been released back to work on restricted duty. Nevada has one of the worst healthcare systems, in the United States. Due to the limitations that it places on doctors, regarding controlled substances, I've had to turn to my pain management doctor for proper care. You know you're in trouble when your WC doctor tells you that you'd be better off with your own doctor.

Church service was terrific and uplifting. We had a longer then usual worship session. The Thanksgiving Outreach was successful. Pastor Derek was overwhelmed with the local and out-of-state volunteers and donations.

We hosted some friends, at our place for Thanksgiving. Charles and Marcus made the dinner. (as usual) They did a terrific job on the turkey. Their secret - cheesecloth, butter and brushing it every 30 minutes. No more dry turkey!

Chicken, Brocolli and Pasta with Mixed Green Salad

Vegetable Soup and Sandwiches

Marcus' Simple Lasagna

One Dish Chicken with Vegetables

Tacos with Rice and Black…

Facing Additional Chronic Pain - American Chronic Pain Association

There are different approaches to facing my daily severe chronic pain. One is not to do it alone.

The American Chronic Pain Association is a non-profit group that provides chronic pain sufferers, their families, caregivers and friends access to groups, materials, clinical studies and news, that will assist them in having a productive life despite pain.

Stop by their website for more information.

Family Volunteer Contest - Family Fun Magazine

Does your family volunteer together? Yes, then you should enter the FamilyFun Magazine Volunteers 2008 Contest. Just tell them how your family volunteers together and why. You could win up to $5,000 for your favorite charity.

There will be 5 Grand Prizes of $5,000 to the winners' favorite charities.

For complete rules and details, go to FamilyFun website. Entries will be accepted till November 30, 2008.

Churches Offering Online Tithings and Donations

Thanksgiving Dinner at Calvary Chapel Spring Valley

Our church, Calvary Chapel Spring Valley, recently expanding their online tithings and donations features. You imput the dollar amount and then your debit or credit card information. One can target their monies to select specific programs and missions.

We like the feature because we can make our tithings on our payday. This also creates the paper receipt that the IRS is now requiring. There also been some written articles that state churches and places of worship have seen an overall dollar amount increase from offering this feature.

My question today is "Does your church or place of worship offer online tithings or donations?" "Do you utilize it?"

Taking Time Off Work and Blogging

Rona and "Sgt Bob at the Nellis AFB Deployed Family Summer Picnic 2008

I'm off work due to a work related injury, for 5 days. I pinched a nerve, that's affecting my left arm and hand while lifting a box. UGH!

I'll be asking Marcus and Charles to fill in for me. In the meantime, I'll be catching up with my "Young and the Restless and "Murder She Wrote" online episodes.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Heavenly Father, please rest your healing hands upon my body. Relax the muscles that are pinching my nerve and relieve my pain. Amen.

Wordless Wednesday - November 19

Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas - Halloween Breast Cancer Awareness Treat or Treat Event - Vendor Tables

Workplace Like Home - Virtual Water Cooler

When I started working from home, as a Virtual Customer Service Rep, one of things that I missed was the daily conversations with my co-workers. I remember even complaining to my husband about it. It wasn't long when I came across "Workplace Like Home" message board.

"Workplace Like Home" is your virtual water cooler. You find mostly telecommuters, who work as Independent Contractors in virtual call centers, data entry, transcription and coding. You can post about recipes, marriage, your favorite movies and books. There are also job leads, as well as links for purchasing the best head sets. You'll also be able to read posts from people complaining about working. Sounds familiar?

I really enjoy reading the posts. It definitely lets you know that you are part of fast growing group of people, telecommuters.

Menu Plan Monday - November 17

Lots of drama happening this week but as many of the Psalms verses say we must let give up our concerns, hope and concern at the feet of the Lord. Allow the Lord to lead the way. Pastor Derek always has a sermon that is relevant to whats happening to us. I will no longer get in verbal disagreements but allow the Lord to defend me.

In the meantime, our family is truly blessed with the support from others and our Heavenly Father.

Our church, Calvary Chapel Spring Valley, is having a Community Thanksgiving Dinner, on
November 27. I have to stop by the grocery store and pick up a few things, to donate.

Now onto the menu! Thank you Organizing Junkie!

One Dish Chicken with Vegetables

Spaghetti with Whole Wheat Noodles

Pork Chops with Green Beans and Mixed Green Salad

Herbed Fish, Mixed Green Salad

Chicken Broccoli Cassorole

Birthday Gift Idea - CupcakesInJars.com

Cookies N Milk Cakecup

I was looking for a special gift for a certain young lady. What I found was Cupcakesinjars, at Etsy.com. You'll find gourmet cupcakes that will leave your gift recipent with a great impression and taste great.

The cupcakes are large enough to share, come in an eco-friendly container and yes, you can include a gift message.

Stop by esty.com for more information.

One Dish Chicken and Vegetables

Since our family is following a low fat diet doesn't mean that we are forgoing flavor. Here's a comfort chicken and vegetable recipe that you'll find they'll enjoy. Experiment with the variety of vegetables. Originally the recipe didn't call for sweet potatoes but my family loves them.

While chicken thighs are not as low fat as chicken breasts, they are perfect for the Dutch oven. Be sure to choose skinless chicken thighs and trim any excess fat before cooking. Make sure to clean your vegetables before assembling your dish. Clean your cutting board, knife and hands before chopping your next vegetables.

INGREDIENTS:
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 acorn squash, chopped
1 handful of green beans, ends trimmed
1 8-ounce pack sliced mushrooms
1 sweet potato, chopped
2 medium red potatoes cut into chunks
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
crushed black pepper and salt
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1 small sprig rosemary or equivalent of dried rosemary

PREP:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. …

Monster.com - Get Great Job Search and Career Advice

Monster.com has definitely evolved into more then a job posting board, from many moons ago. You can get e-newsletters, online school information, money advice and job fair information, for free.

And I didn't even mention all the great job search features Monster.com offers. (cover letters, resume posting)

So, take my advise, get your resume updated and maintained online. The last thing someone wants to be doing is their resume after they have been given their pink slip.

Update Your Resume Today!

Due to this turbulent economic times, I believe that if you don't have an updated resume you're contributing to your downfall. What would you do if your boss advised you that you're laid off or their closing your store or branch? Do you really think that you're going to be in the right mind and mood to start working on your resume?

Also, resume rules have changed over the years. When is the last time you updated your resume? There's also more competition for one job so you need to make yours standout amongst the many.

For the next week, I will addressing things work at home and work outside of the home people can do to be prepared.

Today's article is regarding "Is Your Resume Too Cluttered" by Rachel Anthony. One tip, get rid of the self-centered general overview statement. It's outdated and as the author states the employer wants to know what you can do for them.

PB Teen.com - Marcus' Favorite Furnishing Store

I believe it was about 3 years ago that I discovered PB Teen.com because we were looking for some teen theme furniture, that meet the family's requirements. Our teenager loves the unique choices, colors and designs. Mom loves the prices and watches the sales for specials.

Over the years, we've purchased a desk chair, bookcase, backpack, lapdesk, and bedding.

The site offers contests and downloadable wallpaper, for your teens. Adults can sign up for the e-newsletter to which feature new products and sales.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Fancast.com

One of my son and I's favorite Food Network show is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives starring Guy Fieri. He's a guy's cook, loves to eat the comfort, no fuss foods and thats what Marcus likes! Marcus loves his excitement and his crazy blond spikey hair!

I have to say that I love it when our son is excited about trying different foods. How do you think I got him to try Fried Clams? Thanks Guy!

Stop by Fancast.com for this other Food Network shows!

Wordless Wednesday - November 12, 2008

Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas, American Breast Cancer Window Display

It's Veteran's Day - Thank You

Air Force Thunderbirds at Nellis AFB Air Show 2008

My husband, father-in-law and many others who have and currently serving in the armed forces, today is your day. We thank you for your unselfish service and dedication.

Preparing for a Phone Interview - JobDiggs.com

During my call center career I had many phone interviews. I felt confident, prepared and ready for them. After working fulltime with my spouse, for a little over a year, I decided it is time to return to Home Agent work, for the extra money.

Following my son's suggestion, I decided to do some research in preparation of my phone interview. Preparing for a Phone Interview, at JobDig.com, was very helpful.

One of their suggestions is that you still get dressed, as you would for a face-to-face interview. Many call center experts state this will give you a sense of professional that will translate over the phone.

I'll let you know how my interview goes on Saturday.

Menu Plan Monday- November 10

Little One - 6ft 5inches and still growing!

Today's news is sad to take. Circuit City files for bankruptcy and DHL is laying off employees. And of course, we don't hear about the smaller businesses closing their doors.

My daily prayers, include all Americans, to keep their faith strong and close. We will get through this and it will make us stronger.

Now onto the better news. The Nellis Air Show 2008 was absolutely fantastic. It's was a pleasure working with Nellis AFB Marketing Department, meeting the other vendors and of course the crowd. Our son, Marcus has announced that he's signing up with the Air Force, as an officer. He's also planning on expanding his philanthropy, after he's more financially successful. His charity will support middle and upper middle class homeless.

My pain management has been an issue so while I'm dealing with that the guys are cooking...or not!

Chicken Stir Fry

Healthy Sloppy Joes and Carrot Sticks

Chicken Pasta with Roasted Red …

Our Teen's Dream of Philanthropy

Our "Little One" aka Mr. Marcus

Yesterday, while driving home from the Nellis AFB Air Show, our son announced that when he becomes financial successful he's planning to start a charity to assist middle and upper middle homeless.

Here's why this cuts so deep in my heart, our family has experience being homeless. We didn't qualify for programs due to my husband's income. That left us outside of the majority food, housing and financial assistance programs. And it was the generosity of others that actually helped us dig ourselves out.

This experience has made us extremely humble, increased our empathy for others and realized that this would and did make us stronger.

Marcus has been involved in volunteer, material and financial donations, and mentoring programs since he was very small. He's been instrumental in obtaining furniture donations for the teen room at his recreation center. He always donates his clothes and shoes instead of throwing them away. And for …

40 Days of Thanks - Food for the Poor

One of my pleasures is visiting other bloggers, whom post about their charitable works. After reading their post and visiting the charity websites, it leaves me wanting to take action.

Today, I came across Food for the Poor. They are having a 40 Days of Thanks donation. Stop by and read about this very important program and other ways you can help.

Hello My Name is Rona and I'm a Pain Sufferer

This week has been very challenging for me. My pain level has been so high that it's raising my blood pressure. I also haven't been able to sleep through the night for the last 2 nights. Ugh!

I'm scheduled for a series of injections, in my neck and back, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at a local pain clinic. The procedure is going to be very painful due to me not having any disc to inject the needle. And just to complicate things further, I also suffer from Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

Please keep me in prayers and thoughts. I will truly need them next week!

Army Wives - Did You See Episode 19

Did you watch the season final of Army Wives yet? Well, I won't offer any spoilers but if you're a fan check it out online.

Each of the major wives have their trials to ponder for season 3.

Marcus' First Semester Grades - Congratulations!

Marcus aka "Little One", getting ready for our Renewal Ceremony, October 12, 2008, Sunday

Charles and I received Marcus' first semester grades yesterday, in the mail. We were very impressed with his grades! He's passing all of his subjects, taking ownership of his schooling and following up his teachers when they're slow to grading his work. He even managed a few A's and B's in his major core classes.

Please keep in mind that our "Little One" attends high school online so there's no scheduled time for him to do homework. He's responsible for maintaining his schedule. He's also working his side business, attending senior high ministry, working on on his volunteer work and hanging with his friends.

We're very proud that he's doing well, in school. Congratulations Marcus!

Wordless Wednesday - November 5

Me, the honorary Pussycat Doll and McGuff the Crime Dog at the Hard Rock Cafe American Breast Cancer Halloween Event

Hard Rock Cafe Breast Cancer Halloween Event - October 31

Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas, Front Entrance

On Halloween night, Charles and I purchased a vendor table, in behalf of
American Mini Storage, Halloween night. The table fee went towards the American Breast Cancer fight. There was also a Henderson elementary PTA there taking paper ream donations.

We met several vendors, lots of tricker or treaters - young and older and enjoyed the band and excitement! Jack FM 100.5 and local TV media were there to cover the event.

Stop by the Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas website for menu, photos and events schedule.

Menu Plan Monday - November 3

Hubby and I trying the cake, at our renewal ceremony - October 12!

My husband and I represented American Mini Storage, at the Hard Rock Cafe Breast Cancer Charity event, on Halloween night. It was a fundraiser, trick or treat, paper donation event. We had a terrific time with the various vendors. Diane, Hard Rock Cafe Marketing Director, did a fantastic job organizing the event. She followed up with us several times during the evening. Something that doesn't happen at alot of events. I plan on posting some photos from the event very soon.

Look for American Mini Storage table at the Nellis AFB Air Show November 8-9. If you're planning on attending, please stop by and say hello!

Marcus has his high school equivalancy test this Wednesday. Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts.

Now onto this week's menu. Thank you Organizing Junkie for giving us busy moms a place to post our menus and get inspired!

Gyros

Chicken Salads

Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust

Sloppy Joes and Oven French…

It's Makeover Time...for the Blog

Now that I've been working fulltime for over a year, I thought I would treat "Berry-Morins Bits and Tips" to a blog makeover.

I stopped by Customer Blog Designs this morning. She has some beautiful and colorful examples of her work. I also love her prices.

I'm hoping to do something this month, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I hope that you've enjoyed your extra one hour of sleep!

Thanksgiving Dinner at Calvary Church Spring Valley

Our church, Calvary Church Spring Valley, is having their first Thanksgiving Dinner, Shoulder for the Burden Outreach, for the Las Vegas homeless community, on Thursday,
November 27, 2008. They currently are accepting money, food and personal item donations, for this large endeavor.

Pastor Derek mentioned our former church, Horizon Christian Fellowship, in San Diego, as an inspiration,at a recent service. Pastor Mike, Horizon Christian Fellowship, has been spearheading an very successful Thanksgiving event, in San Diego, for many years. Many of the participants aren't even part of their church nor the faith. They see an opportunity to help their fellow community members.

We're also looking for volunteers for haircuts, serving meals, setup and teardown, and lots more. Stop by their website for more information on ways that you can also assist.

Happy Halloween at the Hard Rock Cafe!

We represented American Mini Storage at a fundraiser for American Breast Cancer, at the Hard Rock Cafe, in Las Vegas, last night. There was a rock band, Jack FM 100.5radio, vendors, and plenty of kids and adults in costumes, in their parking lot.

My husband and I had a terrific time, passing out the candy and marketing tools. But the highlight of the evening was Las Vegas on Halloween night. The costumes were very creative. We love the "I'll Work for Candy" toddler. We met people from all over the United States, including a couple that just got married and a young lady, dressed as a homecoming queen, celebrating her 21st birthday with her family!

We also made several networking opportunites with some local businesses, Cheeseburger Restaurant and Kim, a hair stylist, in Henderson. There was plenty of TV and radio coverage too!

My family was also invited to call the Hard Rock Cafe Dining Manager, Carlos, prior to our visit to their restaurant. I told him that our teen is…

Halloween Mini Greeting Cards - Whimspypic at Etsy.com

I recently received this very cute mini Halloween cards from whimsypic at Etsy.com, in the mail. Aren't they adorable? Now I can place one on my kidlet's desk and amaze him with my buying abilities.

I have always loved giving cards but these days I don't have time to make them. Thanks to online stores, like whimsypic, it just looks like I did. But, I give all the credit to the terrific crafts people at Etsy.com.

Halloween History - The History Channel

One of many favorite channels and websites is, 'The History Channel'. The channel is featuring an hour long program on the history of Halloween. The show will trace the origins of the creepy day. Visit 'The History Channel' website for showtimes in your area.

If you miss the show, watch it online.