Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Year's Eve Las Vegas Free Bus Rides

Free Bus Rides from 6 P.M. New Year’s Eve until 9 A.M. New Year’s Day!
Don't forget to dress warmly, stay safe and have fun!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Anti Depressants and OTC Cold Medicine Doesn't Mix

I'm watching lots of Law & Order!

I've been nursing a bad cold since Christmas! And despite all the ads for OTC cold medicines I know that I can't take them. Those of us that takenanti-depressants should be aware of the interactions if you take cold medicine. They can induce drowsiness, sometimes raise heart rates and even death.

So, what's one to do when they have a cold?! Plenty of rest, nasal drops of saline solution, chicken soup or Wor Wonton, and a hot shower is my cold treatment regiment. Achoo!

Egg Nog Cookies Were a Hit!

The cookies are so good!

Marcus has asked me to make another batch after he discovered that I had given most of the cookies away.

I found that they were easy to prepare. I did use a baking stone instead of our cookie sheet. In my experience, the cookies bake golden brown on the stone. I wasn't disappointed. Oh, and I did use my muffin/cookie scooper. After a the first batch I realized I didn't have to fill it completely. (my scooper is 3 tablespoons)

Thanks to Semi Homemade Mom for sharing her recipe!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

It Doesn't Take A Rock Scientist to Navigate This Thing Called Marriage

Today's Marriage newsletter shared a quote from "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" by John M. Gottman that I like so much I just had to share.

"What can make a marriage work is surprisingly simple. Happily married couples aren't smarter, richer, or more psychologically astute than others. But in their day-to-day lives, they have hit upon a dynamic that keeps their negative thoughts and feelings about each other (which all couples have) from overwhelming their positive ones. They have what I call an emotionally intelligent marriage."

Source: via Alyssa on Pinterest

the adorable married couple from "Up"

Here's another quote from the book that I love! "The key to a happy marriage is becoming friends. The more you work at being friends, the easier it will be to solve problems as they arise. Marriage isn't devoid of conflict; it isn't simply a matter of communicating more. instead, it is a matter of learning how to disagree and still be friends". (taken from the book The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman PH.D.).

New Year's Eve Party Ideas: Pinterest

Whether you're having an adult only or family style here's some great ideas for your New Year's Eve party!

New Year's Eve tablescape
A Banner for your New Year’s party.
Assemble the confetti, horns in 1 bag for party guests.
Good-Luck Gifts: In Italy, lentils are thought to bring prosperity when eaten on January 1 because they resemble little coins. In the South, eating black-eyed peas shows humility and thus invites good fortune.
New Year's Eve dinner
Caramelized Onion Dip
Family fun

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen Recall Alert!

Courtesy of WebMD

Dec. 26, 2012 -- More lots of the combination painkiller hydrocodone-acetaminophen are being recalled by Mylan Institutional. The new alert follows a nationwide recall of 101 lots of the drugs issued by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals that occurred earlier this month.

The FDA says the newly recalled lots were manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals and were repackaged and distributed by Mylan Institutional. The three lots include:


The recalled bottles are supposed to contain tablets made up of 10 milligrams of hydrocodone and 500 milligrams of acetaminophen. But they are being recalled because the tablets may contain higher amounts of acetaminophen or hydrocodone than indicated on the label.

High doses of acetaminophen may put you at increased risk for liver damage.

Especially at risk are people who:

Take other medications containing acetaminophen
Have liver disease
Drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day

Additionally, too-high doses of hydrocodone can cause increased sedation and/or breathing problems, particularly among the elderly, people with severe kidney or liver impairment, and those who are taking other sedating medications or certain antidepressants.

If you have the affected lots you can contact Mylan Customer Service at 800-848-0462. People who are unsure should call their pharmacist or doctor.

Rival Crockpot Replacement Lid !

As my husband was setting up the crock pot the lid handle finally broke off. He looked at me and asked if I wanted to buy a new one. I passed! (Baby, it still works) Armed with the model #, I decided to do a search at their website for a replacement lid.

It appears one cannot purchase a lid online, so I called their customer service department. A very pleasant young lady promptly responded, asked me a few questions, and advised me the lid would be replaced for free! (no shipping charges) Whoo Hoo!

She advised me she would email me my shipping info and it would be shipped UPS within 7-10 days.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Time at Our House

Since my husband has to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas we decided to open our gifts. As always, I usually get 1-2 gifts under the tree. My husband usually gifts me with experiences, like mani-pedi, a meal out or coffee from Starbucks.

Marcus and Charles discussing and looking up the football scores on the computer. (Marcus was named after Marcus Allen, Charles' favorite all-time favorite football player)
Charles decided to keep his beard for the winter. He loves his personal groomer!
Marcus loves scented candles! Especially Yankee Candle bake good scents.
After they finished unwrapping their gifts we headed back to the living room space for more football! Thank you Heavenly Father for the best gift of all! My amazing husband and son!

Another Place to Display Your Christmas Cards!

Christmas Tablescapes at Pinterest

Whether you love the traditional red and green or you chose to look outside the box and incorporate marshmallows into your table-scape, remember to make it your own.
For a delicate snowfall indoors, one couple used strands of marshmallows. Clever!

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 24, 2012

Our Christmas dinner will be Chinese take out. I did buy a turkey and placed it in the freezer for a future dinner. (can't beat those sale prices)

My husband has to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas so we'll do something special before he leaves. I'm going to spend time watching lots of tv, working on my cross stitch and taking a much needed nap.

Thank you Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Mondays! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Antipasto Platter, veggie platter, multi-grain crackers
Pork & Asparagus Stir Fry
Pioneer Woman's meatloaf, collard greens, spinach

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Baked Zita with Tomato, Mozzarella and Sausage
Tangy short ribs, sauteed cabbage, green beans

Glitter Gel Polish for the Holidays

This weekend, I looked at my nails, nail polish was chipped and it was decided. I would try gel polish. If you haven't tried it before it's more durable, last 3+ weeks and there's lots of nail polish choices/
Here's the one I went with. I don't think the camera picks up all the glitter.
I love it!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

You're Still Our Little One Marcus!

Source: via Jamie on Pinterest

My husband stopped by Krispy Kreme for some coffee and saw these cute snowman donuts today. We decided to buy one for our son, as a treat. When we got home we gave him the bag, he said "Thank you", and then immediately bit the head off!

It's just a reminder that he may be 6 ft 5 inches and 20 years old but he's still our "Little One"!

Jumping Tandem Sunday: When In Trouble Find Refuge and Strength in God!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. -Psalm 46

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