Friday, January 27, 2012

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life ~ Show Us What You Make or Sell !

Kelly's Korner: Show Us Your Life's weekly linky party topic today is Show Us What You Make or Sell! So, if you have a home business or a Etsy store stop consider participating. Who knows? You may pick up some new customers.

If you've been following my blog you may have seen various posts about my Etsy purchases. I just love handmade and unique products. And over the years I've become a regular customer with a few stores.

Here's a 2 of my favorite Etsy stores!

Lynn's Little Creations ~ I discovered Lynn's polymer clay wedding cake toppers when my husband and I were planning our renewal ceremony in 2008. Since than I have purchased Marcus' graduation and Kiana's birthday cake toppers.

Queen Bee Inspirations ~ I've been a fan of Laura's since 2009. I love purchasing her handmade cards and tags. Sometimes it's difficult to part with them.

My Dream Home in Henderson, Nevada

Pardee Homes has a new housing development in Henderson, Nevada called Montclaire. Henderson is a beautiful city, located outside of Las Vegas. If money was no object, here's Rona's dream house.

My husband and I love the open concept of this house plan. The optional 4th bedroom would make a wonderful office. I like the idea of a powder room too.

I would love to have a deck outside of the master bedroom. The bathroom is a winner with me with the addition of a vanity!

It would be nice to have a media room. The decorating style for media room would be based on the HGTV 2012 Dream Home.

And who wouldn't love having their laundry room on same floor as their bedrooms? Me, me!

"I Flew In Love With You Many Times" !

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
― Minton McLaughlin

Charles aka Big Daddy and Me

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Warning: Shandra speaks honestly so some may find certain words offensive.

ShandraSays talks about the 10 hot topics that should be discussed before marriage.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Wedding

Ken Vanderpump, father of the bride, and Giggy looking very handsome.

Pandora and Jason Sabo look amazing. I actually like the trend of the white tuxudo jacket.

The happy couple kissing surrounded by gorgeous flower arrangements.

The wedding cake with fresh flowers looks amazing! I hope the cake was delicious.

Lisa, Pandora, Ken and Giggy preparing to walk the aisle. Isn't Giggy cute?

Pandora's dress is so beautiful. I love the addition of the flowers in the back of the dress. I'm also a fan of the big bridal bouquet. And don't the flower girls look cute?

Pandora, her mother, flower girls and bridemaids. This is one of my favorite photos.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hello There, My Name is Fibromyalgia!

Hi. My name is Fibromyalgia, and I am an invisible chronic illness. I am Velcroed to you for life. Others around you can't see me or hear me, but YOUR body feels me. I can attack you anywhere or anyhow I please. I can cause you severe pain or if I'm in a good mood I can cause you to ache all over.

Remember when you and ENERGY ran around and had fun? I took ENERGY from you and gave you EXHAUSTION. Try to have fun now! I also took GOOD SLEEP from you, and in it's place gave you BRAIN FOG. I can make you tremble internally or make you cold or hot when everybody else feels normal. Oh, yeah, I can make you feel anxious or depressed too.

If you have something planned, or planning to have a great day, I can take that away from you too. You didn't ask for me, I chose you for various reasons: that virus you had that you never recovered from, or that car accident, or the years of abuse or trauma. Well, anyway, I'm here to stay.

I hear you're going to a doctor to get rid of me. I'm rolling in the floor laughing! Just give it a try. You will have to go to many doctors to find one who can help effectively. You will be put on pain pills, sleeping pills, energy pills, told you are suffering from anxiety or depression, given a TENS unit, get massaged, told if you sleep and exercise properly I will go away, to think positively, poked, prodded, and MOST OF ALL, not taken as seriously as you feel when you cry to the idea how debilitating life is every day.

Your family, friends, and co-workers, will all listen to you until they just get tired of hearing about how you feel and how debilitating life is every day. Some of them will say "You are just having a bad day", "Well remember you can't do the things you used to do 20 years ago", not hearing that you said 20 days ago. Some will just start talking behind your back, while you slowly feel you are losing your dignity trying to make them understand, especially when you are in a conversation with a Normal person and can't even remember what you were going to say next!

In closing, (I was hoping to keep this a secret!) but I suppose you already found out........the ONLY place you will get any support and understanding in dealing with me is with Other People With Fibromyalgia.

By: Brandon Crawford

Uhaul E-Hotline Agents ~ Work at Home

Rat Race Rebellion Today's listing has Uhaul hiring E-Hotline Agents! Check it out!

Wordless Wednesday ~ January 25, 2012

My hubby, the bus driver, at work.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Paula Deen Announces She Has Type 2 Diabetes

Our son nickname for Paula Deen is the Butter Lady. After all, we know how much she love butter. And I don't blame her for that.

Recently, Ms. Deen announced she has Type 2 Diabetes, on The Today Show, after the National Enquirer did a story. Apparently, she's known this for 3 years and is under doctor's care.

Now, here's where it gets tricky for her. Much of the uproar is due to the fact that she continued to promote her heavy fat, rich Southern style cooking even though she has Type 2.

As a wife of a Type 2 I can say that your lifestyle does have to change. My husband lost 50 lbs through diet and exercise over 18 years. He's continues to maintain his weight and take medication. The entire family follows a healthier lifestyle. And we're much better for it.

At the same time, lets remember that this style of cooking is her bread and butter. Would people still eat at her restaurant, purchase her cookbooks and products if she created a healthier version?

Starting My Day With Joyce Meyer Ministries: Ephesians 2:4-10

Judge your worth and value by what God says about you in His Word, not by how somebody else treats you. (Ephesians 2:4-10)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 23, 2012

Cluck! Cluck! Chicken is on sale, at Smart and Final so we'll be having chicken a few times this week! Marcus and I made Chicken and Dumplings this weekend courtesy of Mommy's Kitchen. Thank you Mommy's Kitchen.

This Sunday, I'll be turning 50 years old! My life has been blessed with lots of love from the Heavenly Father, Big Daddy and The Bacon Eating Kid!

Now, onto this week's menu plan! Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Mondays.

Chicken and Dumplings

BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Cheese Ravioli and Spaghetti Sauce

Sandwiches and Vegetable Soup

Roasted Pork Loin, Mixed Vegetables

A Birthday Gift From Big Daddy !

I love my handmade ring by Lauren Blythe Designs at Etsy! Thank you Honey Bunny!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January Clean Up: New File Folders and Storage Bin for Home Office

I purchased these items at Office Depot.

I saw this Christopher Lloyd storage basket. It's just what I was looking for to tame paper monster! I made the File tag from scrap booking materials.

Our old file folders definitely needed to be replaced after 6 years of use. These folders are decorative and a heavier card stock.

"Dorothy, We're Not in Kansas Anymore" Windstorm in Las Vegas

Marcus and I thought we were hearing thunder till we looked out the laundry room window yesterday! The wind had ripped the top screws from from the structure. Now it was just banging against the building.

Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia

I have found over the 12 years of living with severe chronic pain that my coping skills need occasion toning. What might have worked for me 3 years ago may not have any benefit now.

Over the years I've also become more confident to try something new. For example, I take regular walks despite the pain flareups. Walking especially helps me with reducing my stress anxiety and depression. (I do take anti-depressants)

Listening to the birds chirping, seeing the tree branches sway in the breeze bring me some moments of calmness to my racing thoughts. They're helpful during meditating.

Another self discovery...Bananas. I eat one every day after realizing a reduction in the throbbing and shooting pains in my hands. These days, my husband makes sure there are bananas in the fruit bowl.

I continue to research alternative treatments too. Check out WebMD Slideshow for more coping tips.

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