Saturday, February 12, 2011

Breakfast Surprise ~ Big Daddy Made Pancakes



I was pleasantly surprised to find that my husband had made pancakes this morning! Now that's a nice start to the day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thrifty Decorating: Valentine Rose Wreath Tutorial

Thrifty Decorating: Valentine Rose Wreath Tutorial: "Well....I've got to be honest and inform you that this does take some time!  I thought that I would never stop burning my fingers on pi..."

Check out this inexpensive Valentine's Day project!

My Words to Describe My Major Depression Disorder



Words to describe my depression..."It's a heavy anchor wrapped around my neck. Quickly pulling me under the ocean waves. As I fight to keep myself from drowning while gasping for air."

Homemade Valentine's Day Cards ~ It's Not To Late


It's not too late to break out your craft supplies and scissors to make a homemade Valentine's Day card.

Better Homes & Gardens

Martha Stewart

Disney Family Go

Handmade Plastic Grocery Bag Holder



Kiana knitted this very handy plastic grocery bag holder. We love it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reorganizing Kiana's Closet




Spring cleaning has hit the Berry-Morin-Ridges household again. This time Kiana and I went to Big Lots during my lunch break and scored with this blue handle large storage bin for $8! I also purchased some plastic hangers.

So when we got home I quickly found a home for all of her jeans on hangers. And her many shirts and tops are now in the storage bin.

Should You Consider Long Term Care Insurance?

Should You Consider Long Term Care Insurance?

With my long list of medical concerns and Marcus being our only child I elected to carry it regardless of the expense.

I'm also fortunate that my employer offers it as a voluntary benefit.

"Downton Abbey" Online Full Episodes Available on PBS



Here's a great series that will have you reaching for a cup of tea.

Online full episodes of Downton Abbey are available on PBS.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Simple Southern-Style "Unfried" Chicken recipe

Simple Southern-Style "Unfried" Chicken recipe

Our family loves fried chicken but I don't like the fat. Here's a recipe that I'm going to try this weekend from Kraft Recipes Diabetes Center.

Crafts Rooms -- A Place to Create



The Dream Crafts Room courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Crafts Rooms -- A Place to Create

Now that I'm scrapbooking again I thought it would be fun to view some crafts rooms and spaces at Better Homes and Gardens.

After looking at these beautiful rooms and spaces I have some favorites - Crafter's Closet #12, Dream Craft Room #14 and Crafting Corner #21.

Which one(s) are your favorites?

Having a Second Phone Number When Working at Home

What a relief it is having a second phone number in our home! Since I work a split shift set schedule I'm tie up our primary phone number from 8am to 7pm with a 3 hour break. And even though we have cell phones they're not always convenient. Kiana and I have been known to misplace our phones for days!

So for $12 a month we have a second phone number with Cox Communications. We had it installed in our son's room, when my husband was planning on working at home but decided to keep it after we realized the advantages.

Our teens surprised us with the fact they prefer to have their friends call them on the second landline phone. Kiana has also developed very good phone etiquette when answering the phone. (Marcus taught her the proper way to answer the phone and take messages)

There are many work at home and telecommuting jobs that actually require you to have a dedicated phone number for work. So read your equipment requirements carefully.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

My Find at Big Lots - February 8, 2011



Big Lots has Tide Powder 6.62 LB for $9.00 each! I plan on having the kids stop by on Thursday and purchase more Tide.

This is why Big Lots is our family favorite store!

$50 Charge for Filling Out Family Medical Leave Act Paperwork


A Summer View From Our Patio

In Las Vegas, doctors charge for filling out forms and writing excuse letters. My pain doctor's office charged me $50 for filling out 2 pieces of paper.

Some doctor's offices charge per page while other charge a flat rate. And they don't bill for this service.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Valentine's Day Card Banner



I'm definitely in an organizing mood today. I decided to sort my arts and crafts boxes when I came across my greeting card box.

I've actually been keeping a collection of greeting cards that we've exchanged over the years when I got an idea for a Valentine's Day Card Banner!

Cynthia Bailey, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Wedding Dress



Cynthia Bailey, Real Housewives of Atlanta, really pulls off this glamorous dress. I also love the color.

Here's some photos from Cynthia and Peter's wedding.

Valentine's Day on a Budget - Breakfast in Bed


Our family favorite breakfast ~ Waffles and Fresh Fruit

I love it when Charles greets me in the morning with a hot cup of coffee. And when I wake up first I do the same.

This Valentine's Day he would be blown away with breakfast in bed! Scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast and a small bowl of fruit will accompany that large cup of coffee.

About.com has a Breakfast in Bed video that offers some other breakfast item suggestions, depending on your budget.

WAH Adventures: KeyForCash.com- Data Entry


WAH Adventures: KeyForCash.com- Data Entry: "Here at KeyForCash, we pay you for your typing skills and your spare time. Our easy-to-use data entry system lets you earn money from the ..."

I first heard of Key For Cash in 2004. It's a legitimate data entry work at home company that pays per keystrokes.

I heard through the virtual work at home message boards that the rate has been lowered.

To read WAH Adventures experience with the company please click the link above.

I'll Have My Bowl of Oatmeal at Home



First, I read that Starbucks decided to add oatmeal to their breakfast menu. Now, McDonald's has their version of oatmeal.

I still think I make a delicious bowl of oatmeal at home. Bonus...it cost less too!

5 Steps to Simpler Record-Keeping | Real Simple



5 Steps to Simpler Record-Keeping | Real Simple

Super Bowl Sunday was a perfect day for me to sort and reorganize our home office files. Charles was watching the game, Marcus was playing his XBox Live and Kiana was visiting her mother.

So armed with my Dymo Labelmaker, a black pen, file tabs and a shredder I went to work.

After one gull garbage bag and an overworked shredder I have files that I can be proud of!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Our Family Favorite for Cake Toppers ~ Lynn's Little Creations


We decided to get Kiana a cake topper for her birthday from our favorite online store, Lynn's Little Creations.

Lynn made our renewal ceremony and Marcus' graduation cake toppers. When people stop by we always get lots of compliments.

These cake toppers are great for special events like Mother's Day,family reunions, Valentine's Day and even a wrap-up party for a TV series.

Enjoy viewing Lynn's creations. And if you place an order please let her know that we referred you.

Easy Guacamole Recipe at Real Simple



Charles adds diced Roma tomato to his guacamole recipe. He serves it with handcut tortilla fried chips.

This is one of our family favorite snacks!

Bank of America Overdraft Fee Class Action Settlement


Bank of America Overdraft Fee Class Action Settlement

It looks like the B of A has decided to settle. According to the varies articles each claimant will receive up to $78.