Friday, March 24, 2017

Embracing the Moments

I've been following Katie at Heading Home for a while now because of my curiosity about Five Minute Friday and I LOVE her last name. I have no idea whether I pronounce it correctly or not but it's a cool last name. Yes, I know my mind errs on the side of lunacy.

Anyway... Five Minute Friday seems like fun. Katie gives a prompt, you set a timer and write on the prompt for 5 minutes. The reason I've been so hesitant to join in is because some of the participants write beautifully and I did that comparison thing and fell short as I always do when I compare myself which is why I should never do that and just be happy with what I do. You can find a link to Five Minute Friday on the right sidebar over there. →

This week's prompt is: EMBRACE

Here we go:

Every single moment that passes does so at warp speed. My girls were born and then, the next day, they were all grown up and out on their own.



I feel I failed to EMBRACE those moments.



Or maybe I just couldn't keep up with the warp speed.



Or maybe that's just the way life is.



Now, I'm trying my best to EMBRACE each moment with this little bug.



Who is already changing and growing at warp speed.



No longer a baby but looking more like a little girl.



In a week or so, I'll be looking back at my time with her as a little bitty thing while sitting at her college graduation.

EMBRACE each moment because they don't last longer than a nanosecond.

But the journey, however fast, is well worth it.



Remember, y'all, there's a giveaway of NuNaturals stevia!
FOUR lucky winners will each get THESE:


So, here's the deal:

  • There will be FOUR winners
  • Each winner will receive one bottle of Vanilla NuStevia Liquid, one bottle of New Sugarfree cocoa syrup, a package of new cocoa powder, and a 50 packet box of the NuStevia no-carbs Stevia Packets, PLUS a FREE BONUS item. 
  • Winner's will receive package directly from NuNaturals.
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  •  They cannot ship to PO BOXES.
  • If you want to purchase from NuNaturals you can get a 15% discount by entering BLG0617 through June 30, 2017. Also, shipping is free when orders exceeding $35 (this is just to CONTINENTAL US)

 All y'all have to do is leave a comment here, on my FB pageInstagram, or Twitter that you would like to be entered to win! IF I see a comment on my social media, I'll give you 5 extra entries per comment. AND you can comment every single day if you'd like!

Now, if you'd like TEN extra entries, go and 'LIKE' NuNatruals FB page. Please let me know if you do this so I can give the 10 extra entries! FYI: They have tons of recipes over there.

I'll keep this giveaway open through next Thursday (March 30) and announce the winners on Friday, March 31.










Why Grandma Smiles and Needs Hair Color

Happy Friday, y'all! It's been a whirlwind week around here. Baby M's mommy and daddy bought a house and this is moving week. The movers come tomorrow but they've been busy in between Baby M and their full-time jobs taking boxes over and getting things like the kitchen and the aquariums set up.

How do you get out of...er, I mean, how do you help your daughter's family move into their first home? You offer to take care of the baby. 😀

I haven't included the pictures of why my hair is graying quickly these days. Those would be the pictures of Baby M climbing on all things unstable. But I don't have those pictures becasue I am in catcher mode and can't catch the baby and snap a photo at the same time. I'm good, but not that good. Ha!

Here's a peek into my week:

It's always difficult to get the pants back on the baby. So, I do what I can. Technically, the pants are ON the baby.2 

Baby M is still pulling up on EVERYTHING and letting go because she forgets SHE CAN'T WALK YET.

Which doesn't slow her down one bit. And yes, she thinks it's funny. 

Just in case y'all thought she was always smiling...

She only does this when she's fighting a nap (and she wins the award for fighting naps) or Grandma is moving too slow.

Most of the time she's like this as she really is a happy baby.

There's a reason Grandma wears old clothes and her hair up when Baby M is here.

She's working hard on that pincer grasp. 

Even with a spoon in her hand. 

Sippy cups are brilliant these days. Remember how the water or juice went everywhere when our kids were little? Well, no more! When it hits the floor, the water stays in the cup. I love it!

Teething biscuits have changed, too. And they claim, right on the box, NO MESS. They lie. We still had a mess. Though not as bad as the Zwieback toast of old. 

Sippy cups and Puffs. A magical combo. 

The reason for Grandma's smile, her gray hair, and her heart full of joy. 




Remember, y'all, there's a giveaway of NuNaturals stevia!
FOUR lucky winners will each get THESE:


So, here's the deal:

  • There will be FOUR winners
  • Each winner will receive one bottle of Vanilla NuStevia Liquid, one bottle of New Sugarfree cocoa syrup, a package of new cocoa powder, and a 50 packet box of the NuStevia no-carbs Stevia Packets, PLUS a FREE BONUS item. 
  • Winner's will receive package directly from NuNaturals.
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  •  They cannot ship to PO BOXES.
  • If you want to purchase from NuNaturals you can get a 15% discount by entering BLG0617 through June 30, 2017. Also, shipping is free when orders exceeding $35 (this is just to CONTINENTAL US)

 All y'all have to do is leave a comment here, on my FB pageInstagram, or Twitter that you would like to be entered to win! IF I see a comment on my social media, I'll give you 5 extra entries per comment. AND you can comment every single day if you'd like!

Now, if you'd like TEN extra entries, go and 'LIKE' NuNatruals FB page. Please let me know if you do this so I can give the 10 extra entries! FYI: They have tons of recipes over there.

I'll keep this giveaway open through next Thursday (March 30) and announce the winners on Friday, March 31.







Thursday, March 23, 2017

CUPCAKES, Y'all!

Every so often the baking bug bites me and I bake a whole lot of yummy goodness. I even experiment from time to time. Lately, I've just been baking cupcakes. Y'all know how I love cake and cupcakes are just as good. Cake is cake. Sort of.

Anyway, a while back I received this package from NuNaturals:


How cool was that? Very cool. I know we're not supposed to use Splenda and other artificial sweeteners but I still can't find anything that says research shows we shouldn't use Stevia. Admittedly, I mostly use organic, raw sugar but I do like to use some of these NuNatrual products when I bake.


I've tried the cocoa powder in brownies and chocolate cupcakes along with the vanilla liquid. I use the no-carbs blend packets in my coffee and I've also tried the chocolate mint syrup in coffee. All ended up tasting pretty darn good!

These cupcakes were perfect on St. Patrick's Day!


So, why am I talking about cupcakes and NuNaturals products? Because when they send me FREE stuff to try, that means FOUR of y'all are going to win some FREE STUFF! WHAT?!

Yes indeed! FOUR of y'all will receive these goodies if your number comes up in the random generator!

 
So, here's the deal:
  • There will be FOUR winners
  • Each winner will receive one bottle of Vanilla NuStevia Liquid, one bottle of New Sugarfree cocoa syrup, a package of new cocoa powder, and a 50 packet box of the NuStevia no-carbs Stevia Packets, PLUS a FREE BONUS item. 
  • Winner's will receive package directly from NuNaturals.
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  •  They cannot ship to PO BOXES.
  • If you want to purchase from NuNaturals you can get a 15% discount by entering BLG0617 through June 30, 2017. Also, shipping is free when orders exceeding $35 (this is just to CONTINENTAL US)

 All y'all have to do is leave a comment here, on my FB page, Instagram, or Twitter that you would like to be entered to win! IF I see a comment on my social media, I'll give you 5 extra entries per comment. AND you can comment every single day if you'd like!

Now, if you'd like TEN extra entries, go and 'LIKE' NuNatruals FB page. Please let me know if you do this so I can give the 10 extra entries! FYI: They have tons of recipes over there.

I'll keep this giveaway open through next Thursday (March 30) and announce the winners on Friday, March 31.









Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fluttering and Dancing with the Hodgepodge

WooHoo! The Hodgepodge is back! Just in time, too because I'm in need of help with a decorating decision and y'all have been elected to help me! Lucky souls! :) It's all about a rocking chair that my grandparents gave me on my very first Christmas. But first---

Let's dive right into the Hodgepodge!

1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'? The whole purging of the attic thing that I decided would be a good idea. Not that it isn't a good idea but DANG! It's total MADNESS! 

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? I don't recall one from my childhood although, when Dad said 'bork chop bone' instead of 'pork chop bone' he got a laugh. I liked Poo-Da-Doo which is what their daddy called the lovelies when they were growing up. Does your family still use the word today? Yes, we've been caught calling Baby M, Little Poo-Da-Doo. If there's a story behind the origin please share. Who the heck knows? I could ask but asking some people means you're going to get a monolog so, let's not. 

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? Yep, in the attic. I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? I do most of those things weekly to monthly and a couple every 6 months. Will you do them? If it's time I will. I just looked up at the ceiling fan. It's time. LOL

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York? Paris: Amelie. New York, An Affair to Remember. 

5. What's put a spring in your step this month? This little ray of sunshine right here:





6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Yes. Why or why not? Probably because I thought teachers were the smartest people in the world (pretty much still think that) or because the importance of getting an education was etched into my brain from the moment I breathed my first breath. 


7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Can't stand to smell flowers. Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? Heavens, NO! How do you feel about florals in food? Great unless I'm allergic then, get them out of here.  How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay? I don't really drink much of anything so I'll pass on this one. Here's the thing, I'm EXTREMELY allergic to nearly every odor whether chemically related or grown in nature. If I smell something strong (and strong to me is mild to others) my nose burns, I taste the smell, and then I get a horrible headache. Yes, I need to live in a bubble. Yes, I love to look at flowers. Just don't put them near my nose.

8. Insert your own random thought here. I need some advice here, ladies (and any gents). I've brought down the rocking chair my grandparents gave me my first Christmas and it needs a bit of help. It's very sturdy to this day, but it looks sad. I thought I might like to strip it and paint it but the family is split on what to do so I'm giving y'all the options and BEGGING for your thoughts! 


OPTIONS: 

1. Paint it pretty, something like this that I LOVE except I would not put her name on it:




Or paint it with white chalk paint and decoupage it to match a small table I'm working on that is going in the nursery. This isn't it, it's just where I got the idea (I haven't decided on pink though, I was considering sunflowers but then I saw the picture above and...this is so HARD!):




2. Strip it and stain it like it was or just leave it as is and have Mother make pads for it. 

3. Strip it and stain it with a white stain and have Mother make pads for it. 

4. Sand it down and paint it with white chalk paint and have Mother make pads for it. 


Here I am in the chair in 1959:




Here's Lovely #1  standing in the chair to reach Christmas presents in 1985.





And, here's Baby M just yesterday:



Yes, she stands up in it (this was taken on Monday):



And there you have it! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE leave a comment with your thoughts on the rocking chair. Many, many thanks in advance!

Have a great rest of the week, y'all!






Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What's This? Spring?

 I ask because it seems it's been spring since summer ended. Did we even get autumn? Not really. And winter never bothered to show up which means I haven't had a break from the heat and allergy effectors in TWO YEARS. But I'm not bitter. Much.

I do love fall and winter best of all but I do recognize the good in every season. Even that nasty one that brings all that oppressive heat with it.

Here you go, the bad and the good about spring. According to yours truly.


Spring. The Bad:
  1. The pollen which sends my allergies into full out misery.
  2. Hot weather which sends my mood into wanting to slap people for breathing. 
  3. The time change. I am not a fan of springing forward.
  4. There's no football. As a matter of fact, there is no good sport in spring. Except when my granddaddy was still with us and took me to Braves' games. I dropped baseball when Granddaddy passed. 
  5. The return of the humidity which makes the glasses fog up and the breathing to become labored. Humidity is just nasty. 
  6. It's too hot to continue with fall and winter recipes. 
  7. It's too hot to walk even at 5:30 AM.
  8. Any chilly mornings are followed by blistering afternoons.
  9. Changing out fall and winter clothes for spring and summer selections,
  10. Those darn lizards. 


Spring. The Good:
  1. We have a spring birthday! Lovely #1 will turn 30 soon. Though how THAT happened I do not know. We also have a spring anniversary! Baby M's mommy and daddy celebrate their4th anniversary in May. 
  2. Spring reminds me of my grandmother who LOVED spring. 
  3. The colors of spring. Bright and vibrant.
  4. The birds. Though, to be honest, I enjoy them during every season.
  5. Some days are so nice I can leave the back door open for Tucker to go in and out without having to get up and down 500 gazillion times.
  6. Little baby anythings that are born during this time. Ducks come to mind.
  7. Beginning the spring garden.
  8. It's more fun to eat cake in springtime. And the pastel icing is pretty.
  9. Kids love spring. It makes them happy. I enjoy watching kids be happy. Do you remember how that kind of happy felt?
  10. It's the beginning of cooking out season. We do enjoy a good cookout around here! 

What's on your good and bad list of spring?













 
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