Posted in 2016


Wishing you all a wonderful 2017 filled with family, friends, health, prosperity, success, and more love & happiness than you know what to do with.


With 2016 over and done with, we found it was another year to learn from our mistakes, survive the pain of losing loved ones, & celebrate new births.  Collectively this is called:  LIFE.
 Above all of the wonderful things (mentioned above), I wish you MORE life.  Life which shapes us, validates us & makes us who we are with each passing day, week, month and year.  I also wish for you:
grace, temperance, faith & love to survive ….LIFE.

Posted in 2016, Disney


Yes, you read that correctly!  

Our beloved mouse is 86 years old today!!!

Click here for video >>>>  Mickey Mouse   

Imagine…a MOUSE bringing so much joy into our lives, so many smiles and such laughter.  

Thank you Mr. Walt Disney for breathing life into such a wonderful character.

Mickey’s Biography


In the words of Bob Hope – Thanks for the memories!!!

Posted in 2016

Happy Thanksgiving !


Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States.  It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest. Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family.

Thanksgiving celebrations differ from person to person & family to family.  Many still enjoy the traditional meal of Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberries, Sweet Potatoes (or Yams), Corn and of course Pumpkin Pie.  I’ll touch on those traditions & talk about a few newer ones, some I only just learned of myself… so sit back with a hot cup of coffee & enjoy!  🙂 

Starting with the name of the Holiday:  Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day, T-Day, Harvest Day and then there’s – “Yanksgiving”!   (Canadians came up with this to distinguish between the US & Canadian Thanksgiving Holidays).   I found this clever & funny, being a ‘yankee’ myself it seems fitting!  🙂

Turkey Pardon:  Every year, the president frees one lucky turkey while millions of its brethren are consigned to the dinner table. Though turkey farmers have been sending presidents the choicest birds since the 1800s, President John F. Kennedy was the first one on record to spare a turkey. In 1963, he sent back a turkey mailed by the National Turkey Federation, saying, “We’ll just let this one grow.” President Richard Nixon sent turkeys to a Washington, D.C., petting farm but didn’t officially pardon them, according to the White House Blog. President George H.W. Bush gave the first official pardon to a turkey in 1989. The survivor lived out its days at a Virginia petting zoo called Frying Pan Park.

President George H.W. Bush giving the first official Turkey Pardon. 1989

Macy’s parade:  Many Americans sit down to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This annual tradition didn’t get started until 1924, when Macy’s employees held a Christmas parade filled with knights, clowns and jugglers. The 6-mile long parade attracted a crowd of 250,000 viewers, so the department store decided to hold it every year. The first balloon, Felix the Cat, floated above the parade in 1927.  Felix was filled with everyday air, not helium, and stood upright just off the ground — it didn’t float high above.  Mickey Mouse didn’t make his appearance until 1934.

Felix the Cat – 1927 the first Macy’s balloon.

{Click the link below for interesting history on the Macy’s Parade}

Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade Tech

New twist on foods:  One twist I’ve learned about is called: Turducken.  
Turducken is:  a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken.  It’s becoming more popular at Thanksgiving  & originated in Louisiana. A Turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture (although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird).  I’ve read about this and I would caution you to read a lot about this prior to attempting this dish.  Poultry is one of the hardest meats to cook thoroughly enough to kill the bacteria and ensure the safety of eating it..  This is very difficult to achieve in Turducken because of the layers, the duck skin, and getting all of them to the proper temperature without over cooking or undercooking them.  No one wants to be poisoned by dinner.  Here is a link for you to check out to find out how best to prepare this meal.  TURDUCKEN


Personally, my family will be sticking to a traditional meal and we’ll all be together.  We are minus some loved ones and have a few new lives to celebrate.  My niece informed me today that she has been found cancer free after an extensive & alternative  year long battle with breast cancer at the age of 28 (with 4 small children all under 7) and having been given only a 3% chance to survive.   Still not out of the woods yet but this was a day we all hoped and prayed for. Our year has had it’s ups and down, peaks and valleys, but we’re here and we have a lot to be sincerely thankful for. I am thankful for my family, my puppy (who believes he’s human), my life, friends, health and you.

There is much debate on who we should be thankful to.   Not everything needs to be a debate, just simply  BE thankful for your blessings, all of them, big, little and ginormous.
By definition being Thankful is: to be appreciative, filled with gratitude, relieved.  Be appreciative of those around you, your friends, co workers, family.  Be thankful for your job, home, children, spouse, health.
By definition a Blessing is:  something that helps you or brings happiness.   That said, I guess it wouldn’t hurt any of us to become a blessing and to bring happiness into the lives of others, not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every single day of the year.  You looking for a New Years Resolution?  There it is – resolve yourself to bring happiness into someones life every single day. Consider this a challenge:  No need to even wait for the new year, start today. (you can renew it for the new year).    Do something that makes someone happy,  leave a comment here letting us know what you did, how it made you feel and what the result was.

I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Whether you celebrate the Holiday or not – you DO have something to be thankful for.   BE THANKFUL!!


Posted in 2016

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
There are some cute costumes out there for babies through adults – I’ve decided to feature some of them here for “Halloween” ….  Enjoy!!!
Some are DIY and some are ready for purchase – all are adorable!
DIY Winning Hand Costume



Posted in 2016, DIY, Foaming Soap


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Ok, for starters, I’ve come to find that everyone has their own special idea of how this should be done. As for me, I choose to take the no fuss – no muss route!

I am not a huge DIY person, but there are a few DIY projects I do.  For me it’s all about the ease of the project or I just won’t bother with it.

For $1.oo I purchased a 10 oz pear scented liquid soap – at Target, and my DIY trial began. What I found is this:  my $1.00 purchase made 3 bottles of the foam soap that I paid $5 – $9 per bottle for.  It still smelled great & cleaned as well as the more expensive soap.
This is how:   3 no fuss – no muss steps:

STEP ONE:  You will need dispenser bottles. 

You can purchase empty foaming dispensers in an array of sizes & styles, online & at stores like Wal-Mart, Target, & dollar shops near you:


I used my empties from previous purchases:
mango mandarin

Mango Mandarin from Bath & Body Works!

STEP TWO:  You’ll need transparent liquid soap. 

Choose any scent you like.  Many of the shops mentioned above, offer a variety of scents & sizes for around $1.00 (give or take).
** NOTE:  You can use any liquid soap, shower gels & dish soap, but the soap itself must be transparent!  Cream soaps will NOT work!!  Shower gels are typically a bit thicker, so use less gel when mixing.

 STEP THREE: You’ll need hot tap water.

No Fuss – No Muss…REALLY!!!  Whatever the size of the bottle you are using for the foaming soap, you will use 1/3 liquid soap & 2/3 water. Remember to leave room at the top of the bottle as the pump will take up some space.  I  use hot tap water because it mixes better (do not boil the water).  Add the water SLOWLY so suds don’t build up in bottle.  After you’ve added the liquid soap & water, place & tighten the pump.  Gently tip the bottle back & forth until it’s well mixed, making sure no unmixed liquid soap rests on the bottom. That’s important as it will clog the pump. Once it’s well mixed, prime the pump by compressing it, after a few presses it should be a perfect foam!

Foamy soap!

If you’re a die hard Bath & Body Works shopper (or not), keep an eye out for their sales on your favorite scents, liquid hand soaps, & shower gels. They discontinue many scents often, & their sales are really pretty discounted.  More so if you hold out till the end, but keep in mind, the scent choices will be more limited as well.  Cheaper – but less choice.

Enjoy and happy foaming!!!   🙂













Posted in 2016



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Posted in 2016



A Mother:

Laughs our Laughter, Sheds our Tears,
Fears our Fears…
She lives our Joys, Cares our Cares
 & all our Hopes & Dreams she shares.
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Click on the name below the picture for an interesting history on Mother’s Day.  Anne Jarvis, pictured, is the founder of Mother’s Day.  
She also died trying to end it.

Anne Jarvis
Anne Jarvis

A thank you to every mother who nurtures a child.  Whether by choice or circumstance, birth, adoption or someone who stepped in to fill a void.  Motherhood is often a thankless job, done of the purest love, and is a never ending task.    Thank you for the sleepless nights while you worried as we were out with friends, away to college, or starting our lives as spouses and parents.  Thank you for listening to us as we sobbed out frustrations and for being our confidant as we shared our secrets only with you.  Thank you for your prayers and  for such unconditional love & wisdom. Thank you for teaching us to be strong & courageous and to press on facing what life brings our way.  Thank you for Roots and Wings!!
We love you “Mom”!

Roots and Wings
Click here to hear the song Root & Wings