Thursday, November 27, 2014

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all :)

Morning my friends, I hope wherever you are at this moment, it is warm and cozy and filled with a flurry of activity leading up to your sit down dinner with the family.

It is after all, Happy Thanksgiving here in the United States.

I want to start my post by wishing every single one of you and your wonderful families, the best Thanksgiving Day ever.

I am extremely grateful for the family in my life, for my husband and children, our health, our home, our pug girls and above all for the Love and Grace that the Lord continues to bestow upon me on a daily basis.

So have a great day, eat lots, drink lots, smile, talk, catch up with family and friends and don't let the small stuff bug you, there's plenty of time for that in the future.  For today, just concentrate on what matters :)

What have I been up to the past few days?  I'm sure you've noticed I haven't really been updating much, but it's been nuts trying to get everything ready for Thanksgiving, plus homeschooling and all that other fun stuff in between.

I have been taking photos though so I bring you a photo filled post which I hope you will enjoy :)

I can't stay long as I have food to prepare, thankfully I did a lot of it yesterday so I don't have that much this morning.  Whew!!!


Kitchen Chalkboard


Deviled eggs


Kitchen Christmas tree


Toasted marshmallows




Turkey brining

Pecan Pie

Chicken Sliders


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jamberry Nails Review

Hello sweet friends, I am here this morning to tell you all about Jamberry Nails.

Now I know that most of you already know about it, and have been wearing it for a while, but it's something new to me, and the other ladies in the family.  My sweet friend Amy is a Jamberry Consultant and she knows how much I love doing my nails and always trying to put on pretty nail polish or even dabble in a little nail art, so she sent along a couple of wraps for me, my daughter, sister in law and niece to try.

We were so excited when they arrived in the mail.

Jamberry Nails

One of the things that I love about these is that you can even design your own, but I didn't have to do that because they had so many that were very similar to Cath Kidston, which you know I adore. I went with the Vintage Chic design, a very simple mint green with beautiful flowers on it.

My sister in law picked the Rose Glitter which is gorgeous, my niece picked the white tips with the bows and my Jasmine opted for the Galaxy look. They were all so pretty.

Now I have never applied these, so that in itself was quite daunting, but we watched a few videos,

First thing we did was look up some videos that Amy kindly passed along.

Here is the official application, the baggie method and cold method with baggie and pedicure method.

I went over to my sister in law's house and we sat down at the table and went for it.  I don't think we've laughed that hard in a long time, it was quite funny.

Jamberry Nails

We tried going step by step and I still ended up messing up a couple times.  My sister in law though, she was a pro, she caught on very quickly and was way ahead of us all LOL

Jamberry Nails

To be honest, these are very easy to apply but when it is the first time it can be a little confusing, I either skipped a step or did it wrong lol  But I managed to fix it, it's not a problem and easily taken care of.

Jamberry Nails

It really was a lot of fun applying these and learning together how to get them on.  And have I mentioned how much I LOVE mine?  The vintage chic is so me, and just gorgeous.

Jamberry Nails

These are Hayley's nails, the rose sparkle which are stunning.

Jamberry Nails

These are mine, the Vintage Chich.  I love this design it is so pretty.

Jamberry Nails

So the real test for me came to housework, I am constantly washing, cleaning, picking up and moving things around, so I need something that will stay on and work.

The first thing I noticed was that I didn't do a very good first application, these were the first time I was doing them and I know that I didn't exactly make it perfect.  I did deal with a bit of lifting at the edges and also a bit of scratchy feel, but after filing them down a bit more, it seemed to take care of that.

Unfortunately for me and the amount of housework I do, they didn't last very long and by the 3rd day I had already lost one.  I am in no way blaming the nails themselves, I honestly think this is due to my own error when applying them.  I'm also sure that next time I put them on the application will run smoother and I won't have issues with them.......matter of fact I am thinking of putting them on again for Thanksgiving, so we'll see how they do then.

I do love all the designs and I think it would be quite cute to have different ones for different times of the year and holidays, and the fact that you can personalize them means you can really make them meaningful to you.

If you're interested in trying out Jamberry Nails, be sure to contact my friend Amy and check out her website, she can help you out with some stunning wraps. 

Thank you Amy for passing these along to us, we had so much fun trying them on and will definitely put them on again :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - 11/24/2014

Happy Monday morning everyone :)  Well here we are, another week ahead and only a few days away from Thanksgiving.  Can you believe it?

I'm going to be so busy this week getting everything done and ready for Thanksgiving, it's always such a crazy busy time of year, but one I look forward to immensely, it's so exciting.  Oh and don't forget our Blogmas coming up next week, if you want to join in go and take a look at my post, it will tell you all about it and give you the categories for each day.

Right but now we need to concentrate on today's HHM, so let's get on with that.....

The weather outside is::::
30 degrees right now and blue clear skies.  We're supposed to get some rain later on in the afternoon, but we'll see.   

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Woke up quite hungry, we didn't really eat dinner last night because we had a very late lunch.  I decided to have a breakfast sandwich this morning, so right now I'm munching away on a Onion Bagel with honey ham, cheese, egg and spinach.  Yummy! 

As I look outside my window:::
The sun is shining really bright this morning.  I can see the mountain from here and it is no longer covered in snow.  There are a few cars going by on their way to work, I'm assuming, for all I know they have some mighty exciting adventurous lives they're living and going off on some sort of adventure.  I have a very active imagination.  Like I swear some of my neighbors are cannibals. Don't ask why, I don't know hahahah   

Right now I am::::
In the kitchen trying to type up this post while eating a very messy sandwich.  I'm still in my pj's and probably will be for another hour, I usually check my email, blog, and all that interweb stuff first thing in the morning before getting ready for the day.

As I look around the house::::
Trashed......I mean, really trashed.  With the decorations coming out of hiding yesterday, there are boxes and little foam balls and green garland needles all over my house.  My eye is twitching and I have to get on and clean all this up otherwise I can't function.

On today's to do list::::
Laundry....Mount Laundry awaits me.  *sigh*   I didn't do laundry this weekend and it looks like I haven't done laundry for 2 months.  Pathetic!  So yes, lots and lots of that to do.
Cleaning....In the kitchen, Unload the dishwasher and reload with breakfast dishes, sweep and mop.  Clear off the counters, again.  Water the plants in the window will.
In the living room....The rug was washed and cleaned this weekend and is now back in the living room where it belongs.  There are boxes of decorations and some toys laying around.  When I say toys I don't mean toys like when the kids were young, I'm referring to Nic's Infinity and Skylander figures.  Dust....and tidy up.
In the bedrooms....make the beds, pick up and tidy up, open curtains and blinds and windows to let in some fresh air.  Vacuum.
In the bathrooms....usual, clean the toilets, sinks and mirrors.
Homeschooling....prepare the lessons, homeschool 4 kiddos.
Crocheting....I think one day all my WIP's are going to climb out of the crochet basket and take their revenge on me.  I have GOT to get in there and finish these things.
Cooking.....Lunch is a free for all, just grab what is leftover in the fridge.  Dinner will be Chicken Korma Curry, Rice.

Currently reading::::
Still reading my Diana Gabaldon Outlander series.  This series is huge, and I have her other series on the Kindle to read as well, the Lord John I think?  Don't quote me on that, I'm sure I've messed up the name. 

On the TV today::::
Agents of Shield from last week.
Haven from last week.
Christmas movies

On the menu this week::::
Monday - Chicken Korma Curry with Rice
Tuesday - Lasagna, Salad
Wednesday - Tuna and Broccoli Pasta Bake
Thursday - Thanksgiving - Fried Turkey, Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole, Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan Pies, Dinner rolls
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Hotdogs, Homemade Buns, Fries
Sunday - Potato Soup, Sandwiches

What I am creating at the moment::::
A mess with my sandwich.  HA!   I am creating so much, just ask my WIP basket.

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
I made a really good chicken dishes last week, but forgot to take pictures.  I told you, I am just horrible with my cooking blog lately.....luckily for me, it's not a main blog and mostly my online recipe collection.

Favorite photo from the camera::::


Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

And there were potatoes and onions.....

Snowy mountains

Good evening folks, how are you enjoying your Saturday night?

I am currently sitting in bed, under my nice warm comforter, watching some vlogs on the Roku and typing up this post. what did I do today?

First I have to tell you that the snow is finally all gone, save for what is left on the mountains.  I'm fine with that because honestly it was just ice at this point and making everything so difficult.

We woke up this morning to no Wifi.  I love technology but sometimes I feel it is such a pain in the behind, especially if it decides to conk out.  We sat on the phone, or rather my husband sat on the phone with the techs for a while to try and get it all back up and running again.

It's fine now, obviously or I wouldn't be here right?  Haha

Once that was taken care of, Curt had to head to work so he dropped me off at my sister in law's, as we had to head to Walmart for some Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner shopping.

It's always a treat when we get to go just the two of us, we catch up, we laugh, we ogle and ooohhhh and ahhhhh all the cute things we see and take our time without having to worry about kids or husbands.

By the time she dropped me back off at home, my hubby was just arriving himself.  We came in the house and then realized that he had forgotten to get firewood, so we headed back out again.

Potatoes and Onions

We got the firewood we needed and then on the way back home we saw a farmer selling potatoes and onions on the side of the road.

50 pound bags for $10. I mean, can you believe that? That is a steal!

Picked up one bag of red potatoes and one of the onions. Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow. Yes, freezing pounds and pounds of potatoes for future meals.

Fries, hashbrowns, mashed potatoes, twice backed potatoes. I'll also pickle some onions and freeze some as well. Busy busy day I'm thinking.

Fruit Cake

I'm running a little late this year on my Fruit Cake. Usually by this time I have it made already, but time has just gotten away from me.

Not a problem, I actually got my Fruit Cake baked today and it has received it's very first rum dose. I'll keep it stored tightly wrapped and every few days I'll give it a little more booze.

It smells SO amazing, I want to dig in already.

Fruit Cake

Hubby and I also made it to the storage to put away the Halloween Decorations and grab our Christmas ones. I am dying to start putting things up, but I've been good.

Problem is, now I have everything at hand and I don't think I'll make it past tomorrow without at least my Village going up. Oh goodness.

Enjoying the fire

We've spent the rest of the day watching movies and enjoying the fire.

Christmas with the Kranks....have you watched that one? We watch it every year, along with a few other favorite Christmas movies. We also watched Free Birds which is the animated one about the Turkeys trying to save Thanksgiving. It was really cute.


And I've also been messing with my yarns and trying to figure out what I'm doing with some of them. Planning, thinking, finding patterns etc.

So yeah, that is what my Saturday was all about. I think I may just watch a girly flick on Netflix tonight, I feel like something cute so I'm thinking either Scents and Sensibility or The Real Jane Austen Documentary?

Ugh, decisions, decisions!

Either way, I better get out of here if I'm going to watch anything before falling asleep, and with this rain coming down outside I may just conk out within the first 30 minutes.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thank goodness it's Friday!

I was so ready for today to come.  Actually, I try not to think that next week is already Thanksgiving and I have so much to get done before then....but we'll skip that part and just concentrate on the here and now, and the fact that I'm thrilled it's Friday and this week is over.

I want to thank you all for the prayers and thoughts for my doctor's appointment, it went extremely well and I got a clean bill of health.

I do have to go for my first mammogram now that I am 40 years old, and I can tell you that I'm NOT looking forward to that, like, at all.  It's not that I don't know what to expect, because I do, had one done at 18 years old because of a lump on my breast, which turned out to be just fibrous and disappeared within a few weeks.

Anyway, yeah, I am going to be making the appointment and getting mine done the beginning of the year.  Oh goodness, I so don't want to, but I am also the type that knows these appointments are important so I just suck it up and get it done.  It's necessary :)

Foggy morning

Been waking up every morning to very foggy weather and oh so cold. Can you believe that the snow from last week is still laying around? Geez!


There are also thousands of icicles throughout the town, every single house has them, cars are driving around with them hanging from the bottom and it's just an icy mess out there. This part of the cold weather, I don't like. Either snow, or not, but the icy slippery stuff is not what I call fun.

Morning coffee

Started my morning with a nice cup of coffee, is there any other way to wake up? I don't think so, matter of fact I don't think I'm fully awake until that very first sip.

I usually sit at my kitchen table and sip my coffee while watching the movement outside, the fog rolling in, the cars driving by and the sun trying to peek out through the clouds.

I've been so busy the past week, school is starting to wind down for the winter break so we are working hard on our lessons, we've had a birthday and Tae Kwon Do, and late night run to the Dollar Store because I forgot to buy my dishwasher detergent, doctor's appointment and preparing for Thanksgiving.

Knackered I tell you, and so ready to just sleep early and wake up late this weekend.

Afternoon latte

There have been afternoon latte breaks while checking out the mail, lots of reviews coming up, they always seem to amp up during the holiday season, so there are a few to look forward to next week. Jamberry Nails, Lucky Leaf, Leafware.

Someone has been so cold and shivery that she seems to be in a cold induced coma. She makes me laugh with her sleepy droopy eyes. I've given her a blanket just for herself, and even though she wears her little sweater she still snuggles under the blanket for long afternoon naps.

Sleepy Lola

And at the end of every crazy busy day, there is a crackling fire to keep us warm and to help us wind down for the evening.

Crackling fire

So yeah, looking forward to this weekend and actually looking forward to next week.  My husband is on Thanksgiving break from college and we'll be taking a break too from school, so lots of family time, good eating and gearing up for Christmas. 

I am so excited for it this year, I don't know why, but I am counting down the days until the 1st of December so that I can go and get my tree.  Yay!

Well friends, I am going to take some Motrin as I'm a little bit sore today and have a pounding headache, and then I'm actually going to call it a night.

Hope you've all had a good productive week and are looking forward to some rest as much as I am. 

See you all in the morning :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Coffee Review AND 20% Off Coupon

Coffee review

Who loves coffee as much as I do?  Raise your hand, but raise it way up high so I can see.

Aaahhhhh I see many of you do.  But if you're anything like me, it's hard to find that good coffee sometimes, the one that you really enjoy and don't mind paying a little bit more for it, because you know that in the end it is well worth it.

I was contacted by the folks over at ClickRoastDeliver and asked if I would like to try their website.  They are a small independently owned upstart company in Seattle.

So what exactly do they do? Well simple.....

CRD have partnered with some of their favorite local third-wave coffee roasters to put good, fresh-roasted coffee into the hands of the consumer.  Currently they are working with 8 roasters, based in Seattle and on the West-Coast, and are looking to gradually expand their partnerships with roasters all over the country.

An order, once placed on the CRD website, is immediately sent to the roaster, who then roasts the beans, and ships directly to the consumer. Through this process, the coffee received by the consumer is usually even fresher than the beans available in the roasters own shops.

CRD's mission is to support the local roasters that they love (and the coffee that we drink!) and they want to introduce these coffees to as many people as possible.

Look, I am a huge coffee lover and a bit of a snob.  I don't like coffee that is bitter, I like one that I can drink even without sugar or milk.  If it's smooth and tastes good, I'm in coffee heaven.

But what I was really trying out was the ClickRoastDeliver website.  I was curious as to how long it would take for the whole ordering process to go through and then how long it would be before I received my coffee in the mail.

It was such a quick process, the longest honestly was me trying to decide which coffee to order.  I decided to go with the Victrola and boy am I glad I did, it is delicious and I'm really enjoying it.

Cup of Coffee

I went in, picked the coffee I wanted, quickly entered in my information and hit order.

I am not even kidding you when I tell you that I placed the order on a Wednesday, and by Friday morning my coffee was in the mailbox.  I mean, THAT quick.

Something else I noticed, the minute I opened the envelope it came in, the most amazing glorious coffee scent wafted out.  It smelled like it had just finished roasting.  *drool*

I don't think I've ever come across a site that shipped so fast and with such delicious coffee.  I'm sold, honestly!

Here's the best part, they kindly offered a 20% discount for my readers, when you order your coffee through their website, just enter CRD20 at checkout.  It is good for one use per person.

Go on and give it a try, you may just find your favorite coffee already listed or you may come to find a new favorite.  I know I'm enjoying the Victrola!

Coffee review