Monday, February 29, 2016

~ Monday Musings ~



How was your weekend?  I hope you had sunshine and an opportunity to be outside. Our temps are still fluctuating but I believe spring is here!  So many flowers are beginning to bloom and I've seen buds on several trees. It's always a time of renewal and refreshment I think. We're clearing out closets, changing decor and taking a look at our wardrobes. I'm participating in the "40 bags in 40 days" project.  I like it as you have choices ~ a "bag" can be a junk drawer, the refrigerator, pantry or any area that needs decluttering. It feels so good to clear out!  I've downsized so much in the past few years and donated or tossed a jillion things. I've still found things in my closet that must go!  Why I've held on to them maybe the thought of "I'll lose weight",  "I should keep this in case I attend a formal affair", etc. Well, to be very honest, I doubt I'll ever be that small size again. I'm on a healthy eating program but not trying to wear a size 6. And...how many "formal affairs" do I attend?  Zero, nada, zip!  :)


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You must take a few moments and view this video ~ it's hilarious!!  If you have little ones or grands, you will relate.


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In case I haven't mentioned it, I have an addiction to make-up, lip color, nail color, etc. I found this "new to me" lipstick in the L'Oreal Infallible line. I chose the "Toujour Teaberry" shade and love it!  I'll be honest, it doesn't stay on as advertised but it feels great on. The balm on one end of the container makes it feel creamy and moisturizing. I tried to add a picture of it but was unable to.



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I also found this awesome cuticle remover!  I used it last night and my cuticles look like I've been to a salon. Takes less than 5 minutes and is well worth your time. It was less than $4 at Walmart. My nails have become horrid lately and I'm not sure why. I'm still using Nailtiques 2 and Hair, Skin and Nails. I did run out of Biotin and that's probably the issue. I just purchased a new bottle so I'm hoping I'll wake up one morning with amazing, longer nails. :)



Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover

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I had to take my boy to the Pet Emergency Hospital yesterday morning. He wasn't himself Saturday evening...wouldn't eat or drink water. It was after 3:00 a.m. before we slept and he woke me at 5:00. He just looked horrible, had labored breathing and still panting.  My daughter went with me, thank goodness!  I was so afraid this was "it". He's a rescue and about 16 years old. Bottom line, after the exam and bloodwork, the Dr thinks it's a dental issue. He is soooo bad with strangers and any type of exam, so will need to be sedated for them to check his mouth.  They gave him an antibiotic shot plus meds for inflammation and pain. He's eating and drinking fine now so I can get the meds down him. I'm so grateful that his overall health appeared to be very good!
After last week with my allergies and constant migraines, I'm planning on us having a healthier week!  I hope you do too!




Thank you for stopping by ~ it's always appreciated!

Update:  Not sure why, I failed to include a photo of my fur baby.  Please don't let him know!  :)



Saturday, February 27, 2016

~ Reflexology ~


I had a treatment this afternoon and thought I'd share with you. It is truly like a piece of Heaven!  I'm always in a stupor when they finish and have no desire to get up or leave or go home. :)  90% of Reflexology treatments consist of working with the feet and lower leg area. At High Stone,  it's from the top of your head to the tips of your toes!  There are various and sundry types of sessions and different plans if you so choose. My appointment was for 70 minutes ~ $40. Can you believe it?  With all the allergy problems and migraines this past week, it was to the point of getting a government loan for some sort of relief!  LOL


.................. High Stone Reflexology ..................






For those in the DFW area, there are several locations.  I see that a new Dallas location is in the works!  I've been to the Coppell location in the past but since they opened in Colleyville, that's where I go. It's just a short distance from where I live.

Added New DALLAS Location Coming Soon!

Call Us: 972-393-1688 COPPELL 
 972-539-1388 FLOWER MOUND 
 817-770-4832 COLLEYVILLE

*I'm not being compensated in any way ~ I just wanted to share and recommend the service.


Monday, February 22, 2016

~ Monday Musings ~


First ~ it's National Margarita Day!  Enjoy ~ :)


Love Jimmy Buffett's song ~ Margaritaville

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You know, there are so many commercials on TV that are boring and disgusting (IMHO) and I record TV shows I enjoy so I can fast forward through them. One I love is from McDonald's...the little girl that doesn't want to smile for her school pictures. Her dad picks her up and has a Happy Meal for her ~ she then smiles and shows that she has missing teeth. I think she's adorable!

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It certainly feels like spring here in Texas!  We've had warm temps and lots of sunshine. We had a bit of rain last night and more is forecast although there's bright sunshine out there now.

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Do you have a Bucket List?  How about a "Thank List" ?  Take a look at this clip:
Thank List  It's a great way to show appreciation to those that have made a positive difference in your life.

Have a wonder*filled week!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

~ Sunshine Cake ~




This is a very old recipe but oh my, is it ever good!  A family member recently asked me to make it and I'd honestly forgotten how light and refreshing it is.

Sunshine Cake 

1 box yellow cake mix
1 can (11 oz.) Mandarin oranges, with juice
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Add all ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer and mix until all the orange pieces are broken up and batter is fluffy... 2-3 minutes.  Divide among 2 or 3 cake pans that have been sprayed with Baker's Joy.  (I use 2)  Bake at 350 F approximately 18 - 20 minutes, depending on your oven.  When you remove pans from the oven, allow to cool about 10 minutes and then turn out layers on cooling racks until totally cool.  

Frosting

You just won't believe how good this is!  :)

 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, with juice 
1 container (8 or 9 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
1 pkg. (3 oz.) Vanilla Instant Pudding

Mix well and frost cake. You *must* keep the cake refrigerated!


 See all that incredible frosting?



That's why I use 2 cake pans and not 3.  Makes such a wonderful, thick frosting and you will absolutely melt right there in your kitchen!  The cake is light, not too sweet and tastes refreshing since it's refrigerated and always cool.

I do hope you'll try it!
Joining ~



~ National Random Acts of Kindness Day ~



I love doing RAOK's all the time ~ especially the anonymous type.  Today is designated for kindness so please do something for others and share the love!
You will be blessed as you bless others.





Monday, February 15, 2016

~ Nightstand Re-do ~




I did have photos of this piece as "befores", however, they were lost when my other computer died.  It was originally a walnut color that matched the bedroom set I used to have.  I painted it white first and that just wasn't my jam! With the navy accent wall in my bedroom and all the mirrors trimmed in gold that you can see here,  I decided to try a gold finish.  












I bought mine at Home Depot, however, I don't think they carry Martha's specialty paints in stores now...they must be ordered.  :/






I did take a photo of the top, however, there was so much glare it's really useless. Please know that I'm certainly not a pro at painting furniture nor am I a photographer. Just keepin' it real!




I recently found the lamp at Kirkland's. I had a gift certificate so that made it even nicer!  :)





"I like big lamps and I cannot lie.........."  :)


Joining ~

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Friday, February 12, 2016

~ Valentine Scavenger Hunt ~






Let's go on a scavenger hunt today!  Here is our mission:

#1: Find LOVE. (Find it in an unusual place.)

#2 Find JOY (Seek it out with purpose!)

#3 With a whole world of chaos going on around us, find PEACE.


I know I've got friends who are with me!  :)  You can find many ways to share your thoughts, words or pictures with your loved ones, friends or even strangers and I'll do the same!








Wednesday, February 10, 2016

~ Lent ~


Today is the beginning of Lent...40 days of preparation for Easter. I'd like to share a wonderful way of observing this special season, especially if you have children or grands. Amanda, at Dixie Delights, shared her family's tradition on her blog today. There are free printables that you can download and use for your family!  

Dixie Delights

Focusing on prayer, kindness and sacrifice is such an amazing way to bring attention to Lent and Easter.  Check it out!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

~ Not Quite A Silent Sunday ~


I believe everyone knows about my fondness and support for our military. 



I'd love for you to view this video by Justin Flom ~



He explains very succinctly about a deck of cards, their meaning and prayer.

Just click  here

Thursday, February 4, 2016

~ 20 Things Texans Love ~

Texas is a diverse state with all kinds of people from all walks of life, but this state isn’t just a place — Texas is a culture unto itself. And this cultural melting pot comes about from all the numerous nations of people who came to this great country in order to make a better life.
In the wild frontier of the Lone Star State, they brought their foreign ways and traditions with them, and intermixed with one another to create a land unlike any other — Texas. So it may seem strange to outsiders that we eat Czech food for breakfast and Mexican food for lunch, but that’s just who we are. It’s in our DNA.
Texas culture revolves around a unique pride in our state and a universal love for all the things that come about from this land. There are odds and ends you only know by coming here to live, and other things you’ll never appreciate until you’ve moved. Everybody has their own taste, of course, but the things on this list are guaranteed to be a pretty big hit among most Texans. Here are 20 things Texans love.

20. Big trucks

TRUCK
You don’t have to live on a farm. You don’t have to use the bed to haul anything at all. Texans won’t think it’s weird for you to own a truck, take care of it as if it’s a human child, or put a ridiculous lift on it. In fact, Texans will pretty much think that’s awesome.

19. Bluebonnets

bluebonnets
The blue lupin that adorns Texas fields and roadways spring after spring has a firm hold on Texan hearts. We don’t just pose for pictures in them either. Texans plant them and forbid one another from picking them. Though Texas is home to many varieties and colors of beautiful wildflowers, no other flower commands as much reverence as the state flower.

18. Tex-Mex food


Flickr/Jeffreyw
Flickr/Jeffreyw

There’s nothing in this world like Tex-Mex. Texan culture is closely intertwined with Mexican culture because we actually used to be the same country, believe it or not. Texans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and those of Hispanic heritage give their daughters QuinceaƱeras. The most common foreign language in these parts is of course Spanish. By and large, the most popular aspect of Mexican culture is its food. And it has changed and evolved over the years to become our own Tex-Mex creation, to be found nowhere else in the world.

17. Kolaches


Facebook/Two Czech Chicks
Facebook/Two Czech Chicks

Whether you see this word and think “sweet” or “sausage”, kolaches are a Texan favorite. Brought here from Czech immigrants, kolaches and klobasneks are thoroughly embedded in Texan culture. Any trip up or down I-35 is almost incomplete without pulling in to a rest stop, and grabbing a bit of this morning staple.
16. Football

Flickr/Clark Moody
Flickr/Clark Moody

High school, college, professional — it doesn’t matter. We love football. Football games are broadcast on our radios, on our TVs and on our computer monitors. And it’s not uncommon to find us at one game or another, in our seats checking stats of the other games being played simulcast. Because, Texas.

15. “Y’all” and “Howdy”


Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen
Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen

The two most Texan words in the Texas lexicon (or the Texicon, as I like to call it) are “y’all” (more than one person) and “howdy” (hello). We don’t care if you think it’s not grammatically correct. Don’t mess with Texas slang!

14. The rodeo


Flickr/Texas A&M University Commerce Marketing Communications Photography
Flickr/Texas A&M University Commerce Marketing Communications Photography

Music, riding, roping, carnivals, funnel cakes and corn dogs. Remind me again, what’s not to love?

13. Whataburger


Jonesdr77
Jonesdr77

When Texans make slam-poetry about something going viral, you know Texans love that thing. And we we would prefer to love that thing with grilled onions, mustard and jalapeƱos.

12. The Cotton Eyed Joe

A surefire way to get a group of Texans all riled up? Play them the Cotton Eyed Joe. The real one is the one with the fiddle music, not that awful techno version that became so popular elsewhere 10 years ago. The Texas one is played at Texas Rangers games and Texas honky tonks. That’s the way it should be.

11. Blue Bell


Flickr/Lars Plougman
Flickr/Lars Plougman

If the massive outpouring of support after the listeria outbreak didn’t prove Texans’ die-hard devotion to Blue Bell, then I don’t know what will. Dreyer’s in a cup? No thank you.

10. Chili

bowl-of-chili
Texans love chili so much that we dedicate entire festivals to it. That’s right, plural, festival(s). Check out the Terlingua Chili Cookoff or Chilifest for a really good, really Texan time. Or just buy some D.L. Jardines and make it yourself, because doing things yourself is also pretty awesome.

9. Manners


Image via The College Crush
Image via The College Crush

Texans will have more respect for anyone who has good manners, and that doesn’t just end with “please” and “thank you”, it also includes table etiquette and thank-you cards. Without good manners and a firm grasp of being polite, you just ain’t right.

8. Fiddle music


Flickr/Bill Dickenson
Flickr/Bill Dickenson

There is nothing sweeter than a good fiddle player. As Alabama put it, “If you’re gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band.”

7. Floating the river


Flickr/Brian Bennett
Flickr/Brian Bennett

Texas has approximately one good beach, which is basically in Mexico. But our rivers are another story, they’re plentiful and clear and harbor some of the best freshwater in the state. The most awesome way to stay cool in the summer is to just float the river, ask any one of us.

6. Pecans in all forms


Flickr/Gloria Cabada-Leman
Flickr/Gloria Cabada-Leman

Texans love ourselves some pecans. In fact, some say the origin of the word “Pecos” means “pecan” in Comanche. Pecans are one of Texas’s greatest natural resources, and pecan trees will spring up almost anywhere here and thrive, so we put the nuts in darn near everything.

5. Queso


Foodspotting
Foodspotting

That melty cheesy ambrosia we call “queso” is its own food group in the Lone Star State. Dip in your tamales, put it on your rellenos, or eat it watching the Super Bowl — doesn’t matter. It’s just great.

4. Breakfast tacos


Flickr/H. Michael Karshis
Flickr/H. Michael Karshis

Like every other American, we enjoy our bacon and eggs for breakfast. Only difference is, we just like to wrap them in a tortilla and add some cheese and salsa. Seriously, you should try it.

3. Barbecue


Flickr/Jeffreyw
Flickr/Jeffreyw

All hail the mighty brisket. If there’s no single other greatest achievement by our forefathers, it is undeniably that they taught us to make our brisket: Crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, and smoked to perfection. It’s a moral imperative to keep your favorite sauce stocked at all times, and raise your children with an appetite that appreciates this great Texas gift.
2. George Strait  

Facebook/George Strait
Facebook/George StraitMy love! ;-) ]

Texans are never going to let you forget that the King of Country, and all his exes, live in Texas. Need we say more?

1. Bragging about Texas


Image via Pinterest
Image via Pinterest

Sorry, not sorry. Texas is the best place in the universe.