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Showing posts from November 30, 2008

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 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

SimplySeasonal bakery, at, 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.