Saturday, August 04, 2012

'The Walking Dead' Experiment in Manhattan

I don't know about you but I would have been running and screaming all the way home! If you're a Walking Dead fan I'm sure you'll get a kick out of the video.

Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday Party

For those DIY or people who appreciate great furniture projects check out this week's Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday party! Here's a few DIY projects, that I discovered on Pinterest. Aren't they great?!
two-tone dresser at Twice Lovely
'My Kodak Moment' dresser by Bliss Ranch

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life: Window Treatments

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life weekly topic is window treatments! I got my love of curtains, panels and tiers from my mother. She always had beautiful drapes hanging in the living room. You would find tiers and valances in the kitchen. And curtains in the bedrooms.
I just purchased this chocolate blackout curtain from Big Lots, for $15 a panel. I love the color and it does a great job at keeping the sun out!
Our home office ~ another blackout curtain but this time from Target, for $19 a panel. This window sits right next to our front door so we want lots of privacy.
The tiers were purchased from Country Curtains for around $40, 5 yrs ago, for a different apartment. I use them during the brutal hot Las Vegas summers! I do change the curtains in the laundry frequently because I have several tiers and valances from previous homes. I really love Country Curtains' quality and they're made in the USA! Thank you for stopping by!

5 Minutes for Mom Pin It Fridays ~ Vow Renewals

Pie instead of cake! I like this idea!
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian renewing their wedding vows 5.2012
Celebrating family style

Friday, August 03, 2012

You Matter...Even If You Don't Think So! National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Help spread the word of You Matter and the important services of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Because You matter!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

We are a Home of Toast Eaters! Our Toaster has Died!

Another toaster has passed on and this one didn't last a year. So this time I'm going to do some research before I spend anymore money on a toaster that cost under $50!

Source: via Sophie on Pinterest

Dualit ~ the ultimate toaster!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

5 Minutes for Mom Wordless Wednesday ~ August 1, 2012

Red Rock Canyon Park in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Spoon Theory: A Way of Explaining What It's Like Having a Chronic Ilness

Did I mention how much I love Twitter?! Well, if I haven't I am now! There's great support for those suffering from severe chronic pain conditions. And when one person tweets we all get to read it! hashtag #chronic pain
One the most common statements I hear from fellow sufferers is "My family/friend/spouse/lover just don't understand when I explain what my day is like."
Well, I'm no different. My husband and son are visual people. When they see the struggle on my face or watch how difficult it is for me to sit/walk/stand/squat they see my pain. But there are times, they have even admitted they forget.

Source: via Susan on Pinterest

Wouldn't it be nice to have some props to help paint a picture for our loved ones? That's where The Spoon Theory comes in, thanks Barefoot Baroness!
Think of it this way, give someone 12 spoons, take away a spoon for each task they list off once they wake up. The conclusion is that they run out of spoons before the end of the day. And as a chronic pain sufferer you have to think about how you're going to use "your spoons".
And please stop by Barefoot Baroness to read more about the spoons!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Did You Know That I Used to Have a Fulltime Work at Home Job?

I used to work at home for CenturyLink, a telecommunications company, as a full time Residential Phone Repair Tech from my home office, for more than a year.
The job was an okay fit for me because of my chronic pain and multiple conditions don't allow me to work in a traditional work environment. I worked 4 hours, had 3 hours off than 4 hours on.
I was hired as an employee, paid bi-weekly with health, vision and dental benefits, as well as retirement and stock options.
Every work day I walked into my home office, started up the computer, logged onto their remote servers and signed in. My primary duties were to take phone calls from resident customers who were having phone issues. Sometimes I could solve them over the phone other times I issued a work order.
Many people with chronic health issues want to work at home. It is possible to secure legitimate work.
Check out Rat Race Rebellion. That's where I was able to find a link to apply for the CenturyLink position.

Source: via Maureen on Pinterest

Workplacelikehome is a free virtual water cooler message board for people who work at home and who are looking for work at home jobs. I have been a member since 2005, while working for West Corporation and found it an extremely helpful tool.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Latest Happenings on "Young and the Restless"

Source: via Kellee on Pinterest

Paul is still wearing the orange jumpsuit. Ashley looked great in her black/white graphic print dress. Jack is still in the wheelchair. Daniel is crushing on Heather. Victor is up to something.

Source: via Kim on Pinterest

Did you know that you can join me at CBS website and watch the show online? And if you want to be ahead of the gang check out Toni's Spoiler Site. She lives in Canada where they get a day ahead of us and she's shares the happenings at her site.

Do You Shop for Your Vegetables, Fruits and Meats at 99 Cents Store?

Source: via Geri on Pinterest

With the price of food possibly increasing due to the US droughts, increasing rents, electric and water have you checked out the 99 Cents stores or other discount stores, as an alternative or addition to your grocery shopping?

Menu Plan Monday ~ July 30, 2012

Come join me at Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Mondays!
oven baked drumsticks, brown rice, salad
steak, salad
fish and chips, don't forget the malt vinegar
The Lady's Chicken Noodle Soup
hamburgers and potato salad

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Bacon Eating: Teens, Socializing and Public School

Marcus filmed a 3-part video series last year, in response to questions about his high school home school experience, socialization and public school.  If you're considering homeschooling your teens I hope that you find this one helpful.  If you have any questions please leave a comment and Marcus will be happy to answer them. 

I've Won "This Cake Is for the Party" at Goodreads

Today, I found out that I won one of the first copies of "This Cake Is for the Party" by Sara Selecky on Goodreads giveaway! (cake is definitely on my mind today) What a treat! I'm really looking forward to reading the book and sharing my views with you. ps thanks to the many bloggers for sharing Goodreads.

I'm Taking a Craftsy Class on Modern Buttercream

I've been wanting to take a Craftsy online class for awhile but only recently found a free class that interest me.
I received an email today, advising me of a free online class, 'Modern Buttercream' with Joshua John Russell. This was great timing because I'm thinking about making a cake from scratch and didn't want to use store bought icing.

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Just a couple of great baking tips that I plan on using are using the butter wrapper instead of parchment paper...let's save paper!
Use unsalted butter in your baking recipes....this makes sense but in case you didn't know.
Put your baked cake into the fridge overnight before icing.
Put your cake back into the fridge for 30 mins after icing so it can 'set'. (definitely will be doing this in the future)

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Overall, I really enjoying the opportunity to experience an online class. The instructor provided lots of tips, discussed problem solving and addressed supply substitutes and climate issues when making buttercream. One can take notes, replay the video and post and reply questions. I definitely will take more Craftsy classes in the future.

Jumping Tandem Sunday ~ Stop Envying Her!

If you believe God loves you, has a plan for your life, and that His timing is always right, there is no need to envy anyone. Joyce Meyer Ministries

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