Saturday, September 14, 2013

Don't You Just Love Baking With Pumpkin?

I'm definitely going to be doing some baking this autumn with pumpkin. As usual, Pinterest has tons of delicious pumpkin recipes to chose from. Here's just a few that I would like to try.











Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fresh And Easy White Bean Salad

I've been a fan of Fresh & Easy Tomato Mozzarella with pesto for several years. It's a delicious addition to pasta and salads. This time I decided to add it to my white bean salad.





We just added some cracked black pepper and salt. Chilled it and serve. Delicious

Thursday Thoughts ~ September 12, 2013



This is my first time participating in Ramblings of a Suburban Mom's Thursday Thoughts. I really love her blog. If you're looking for the 101 on subscription boxes definitely check out her out.

This gal is so sick these last few days. I caught a cold bug, which is aggravating my chronic pain level. So for a distraction I've been watching lots of TV, like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Am I alone in thinking in this series the ladies have more parties and luncheons than the others?



When I won a DNA kit our son asked if he could have it. He's always wanted to have his DNA tested so I was thrilled to pass it on. Our son, Marcus, recently received his DNA results back from . The Ancestry Composition results came with some wonderful surprises. 88% Sub-Saharan African, 10.3% European, .05% East Asian and Native American and 1.3% unassigned equals 100% Marcus Berry.

They were able to trace his father's ancestors DNA to Northern Europe.(Denmark, Sweden, Norway) While mine was traced to Coastal Western Africa. We always knew he's just one terrific pot of stew. The DNA test kits are $99. If you're interesting in a DNA test, head to 23andme

As a HuffPostLive fan I'm not thrilled that they end their live day at 3pm PST nor that my girl, Nancy Redd hasn't been on for a couple of weeks. :( The good news is Nancy is returning next Monday. WooHoo!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

History Channel: The Ground Zero Bible



Remember 9/11: The Ground Zero Bible.

HuffPostLive: Have You Heard Of Pins & Needles?



Courtesy of HuffPostLive: We all know that painful feeling when you sit down on your leg and it goes numb. For most people, paresthesia is a temporary feeling. But for some, it returns on a regular basis -- as a dangerous disease that can make a big impact on everyday life. Patrick Bohan shares how his chronic, invisible illness affects his life.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Invisible Illness Week: Choose To Enjoy My Life!

It's amazing to see so many people participating in this year's Invisible Illness Week. I've been overwhelmed with the tweets, Facebook and blog posts but very inspired too.


Despite numerous skin infections, pain flareups, hair loss, and daily chronic pain, I choose to enjoy my life by focusing on the moments.

Did I Mention I'm Doing A Diamond Candle Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who enter my giveaway! The winner has been selected and notified. Congrats to the winner, Linda ###.

I'm doing a video review follow up to my Diamond Candle. So here it is. WooHoo.

Disclaimer: I was given a free candle from Diamond Candles for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.



Now, that you've watched my video don't forget to enter the giveaway.

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HuffPostLive: Living With Chronic Pain



September is Pain Awareness Month.

Sharing their stories are: Gordon Selley @gordonselley, Author & Speaker, suffers from chronic pain for over 18 years. Jenna Collins, Psychology Student at De Anza College, suffers from Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. Mallory Smith, a college student, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.

Also on the panel are: Dr. Gregory Smith @PainMD, President, Comprehensive Pain Relief Group, GS Medical and Dr. Isaac Kashani @LastingDental, Cosmetic Dentist.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 9, 2013

The cool thing about this menu plan is that they make terrific leftovers and make overs. Chicken dishes can be remade into salads or pasta dishes. Red beans can be served with eggs in the morning. That's why I love menu planning. Saves money while still offering my family tasty dishes.

Come join me at Organizing Junkie, Menu Plan Monday, for more menu plan ideas.



London Broil, white bean salad





crock pot cashew chicken, Basmati rice





red beans and rice

Looks Like My Diamond Candle Cinnamon Bun Candle Has Arrived

I am a scented candle fan. So when I was asked to review a Diamond Candle I jumped at it. I chose the Cinnamon Bun scent. Lets face it, if I can't eat the sweet delicious treat I can at least have my house smell like them.



If you've never heard of them before here's a little about them from their website:

We are so glad you are here! If you don't know much about us yet we have real rings worth $10, $100, $1,000, or $5,000 in every single earth friendly, all natural soy candle that we make.

The combination of highly fragrant premium quality soy candles, an exciting and fun 'ring reveal' experience (what ring will you find?), and a ring to wear for months and years to come means making something as boring as burning candles in your home something to look forward to.

Once you burn your candle down and find your ring, head over to facebook and upload a photo or video of you and your ring for everyone else to see! You can watch some 'ring reveal' videos, or go ahead and take the plunge and get your first soy candle!


When the mail carrier handed me the box she said, "Watch out, it's heavy".



Look how my candle was shipped and wrapped. Very nice.



I appreciate the extra care, in the wrapping. Don't you?



And look, I can see the gold foil, that contains my prize. I can't wait to get to it.

Disclaimer: I was given a free candle from Diamond Candles for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Sunday: I'm Such A Mess! ~ September 8, 2013


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God uses people who mess up and He uses them a LOT. Find your white space and spend some time with God. Ask Him to fill you with His presence. Ginny Blankenship

This is great advice for this messed up gal.

Please come join me at Jumping Tandem for Sunday.

The Sunday Social ~ September 8, 2013



Sunday Social

1. What is your favorite fall activity?
I truly love taking walks with my husband in the crisp, fall air.

2. Do you follow a football team? If so, which one and why?
No, that's my husband's thing. But I will occasionally watch a game or 2 with him!

3. What is something fun about fall in your area?
That would be the ability to enjoy outside activities now that the temperatures are livable in Las Vegas. ex: wine tastings, First Friday, UNLV Rebel football games, charity runs/walks

4. What are your favorite fall staple outfits?
Oh my gosh. That's easy for this former Mainer! That would be a blazer, fitted long sleeve turtleneck, bootcut jeans and boots. I also love to wear scarves during this time of year. Of course, I have to wait a few months for cooler temperatures.

5. What things are his looking forward to most about this coming fall season?
I alway look forward to decorating our home with fall accents for the season and holidays. My husband and I are planning on participating in the Conquer Chiari Walk Across America on Sept. 21. A family friend is the organizer of the event, as well as suffers from Chiari.

6. What is your favorite fall holiday? Tradition?
While I love the fall season, we don't really celebrate the holidays or have traditions these days. My husband usually has to work. And now that our son is grown, working, he's got his own plans. ex: having Chinese takeout or pizza on Thanksgiving,