Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hubby does not usually drink a darker roast such as this one, and liked the initial flavor of it.
He added more creamer and a tad more sugar to it and then it was perfect.
Friday, December 30, 2011
It was wonderful and seemingly not stressful, which is a change. My BIL & SIL were in Jacksonville with her family so we were minus 4 at our house, but even so, it seemed that the house was full.
The boys could have not asked for more wonderful thoughtful gifts. I think the best gift for each was Luke - a Karaoke machine, Anthony = A Ninjago set, Christopher = His train set.
My brother always gets me 1 gift that makes me cry. This year, it was a locket. The locket has a photo of my mom (her HS photo) and the outside is engraved with "Mom 1948-1992". It's truly beautiful.
Of course, in keeping with his & my tradition of annoying wrapping. The little box was wrapping a sequence of 5 boxes, all individually wrapped in their own wrapping paper and the ends taped with packing tape (yes, another annoying tradition we impose on each other).
My amazing hubby got me a beautiful opal (my birthstone) and diamond bracelet which apparently he had been eyeing for months, as well as other wonderful and well thought out gifts.
The boys and I decorated Sugar cookies (yes, we made them from scratch too) for dessert as well as I made chocolate cups with a chocolate mousse with raspberries for each person. Not pictured, each person's place card at the table was a sugar cookie stocking with their name in icing and decorated with sprinkles.
We had a very Merry Christmas and were blessed by our family, friends, and loved ones.
Here is a 55 second slide show of the festivities..
Good Luck to all!!
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I am not a huge drinker. I have had 1 hangover in my 38 years and that was 16 years ago on my 22nd birthday.
But some people like to have fun in excess on New Years Eve, so here is some information I am sharing from this article.
- Women have a lower percentage of water intheir bodies than men. (Can we argue that one?) The alcohol can be more diluted in men, while in women, it builds up in the bloodstream faster.
- Having water or a non-alcoholic beverage between [alcohol] beverages will keep you more hydrated and could reduce the amount of alcohol consumed overall.
- Red wines can trigger headaches in some due to the tannins, as well as Malt liquor. The gentlest choices are beer and clear liquors, such as vodka and gin.
- Some researchers belive that by consuming fruit juices, or other sugar-containing liquids can decrease hangover intensity. Instead of a Rum & Coke, try a Diet Rum and coke.
- Avoid taking acetaminophen after a night of drinking. Alcohol disrupts how the liver processes acetaminophen, possibly leading to liver inflammation and permanent damage.
- Coffee leads to more dehydration and could make your hangover worse. The best thing to do is to avoid anything with caffeine. Sip water and sports drinks to deter dehydration and replace lost electrolytes. This is especially important if you experienced any vomiting.
Alcohol poisoning is a potentially deadly medical emergency. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:
- Confusion, stupor
- Slow, irregular breathing
- Low body temperature, bluish skin
If you choose to drink while celebrating the New Year (or any occasion), please drink responsibly and make sure you NEVER drive while intoxicated!
Stay Safe & Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
We saved a sauce jar, and decorated the top of it with stickers and painted out the words. I asked Luke what this jar meant to us. Out of our combines ramblings we came up with; "Make a Change" - "Change a Life"- "Change Yourself". I think these are all awesome and inspiring little sayings and I have taped them to the jar. The jar will remain in the kitchen so that it reminds us daily.
Luke always finds change in the parking lots, or on the roads walking to a friends house. He has declared that the change he finds will go into that jar, since it was not his to begin with.
Luke had a thought though, and I am asking anyone who reads this to weigh in. He would like to use this particular jar for saving the money only. It's a decent sized jar and will hold a good amount of change. Luke would like to use smaller jars (such as our small jelly jars) for the actual distribution.
His reason behind this is, we can collect all the monies in the big jar but if we distribute in the smaller ones, more than one person or one family can benefit from our RAOK. We thought we'd cash in our change for dollar bills and then begin filling smaller jars around Halloween. We would still collect our change through the 1st week of December and then figure out who, where, and when to perform these act of kindness.
We have yet to determine how to choose who would receive the jar(s) and of course, circumstances of loved ones, family, friends, and neighbors ove rthe next year could impact this decision.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Offices, stores, retail outlets and retail chains often times use logo mats. Logo mats can be printed in several different ways. Inlaid logos are common and full color digital images can be produced.
A printed logo canopy using EZ Up products and other styles of printed tents are used by a wide variety of companies selling products on the go.
Items such as these are not just for large companies, but small one person operations who participate in outdoor events, these canopies are the mainstay of presenters at all types of fairs and festivals.
It's a great way to draw positive advertising and attention to your product/business.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
You'll be surprised how much change you can generate and how much you can affect someone's life.
I love these wonderful gifts from families, to families. I love that these RAOK teach our children that giving has rewards, the kind that touch their hearts. I love that we can make a difference in a HUGE way by so many SMALL efforts!
I want to begin my own jar, my own RAOK. These idea are amazing and fabulous! I want my children to participate in the joy of giving to others, a practice we already do with our community project, but we can always do more to help, assist, and make others smile!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
We usually can wear shirts, t-shirts, and flip flops on Christmas Day. Folks are swimming in their pools and strolling along the beach.
I've never had a "White Christmas". Our boys are dying to see snow. Hubby desperately wants to move back up north.
Does anyone else have the not-so-cold Christmas going on?
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I don't like gingerbread, so I'm not eating it, but the boys had fun creating their little eatable house and all 4 boys (kiddos + hubby) really enjoyed eating it.
Hubby brought home a kit from work. The boys were so excited today and my poor Anth waited all day to do it.
Putting together the house wasn't so hard but the icing bag seam busted (right in the center of the bag too, wouldn't ya know it) and the gum drops and I had some words!
But in the end, the memories made with my boys were worth doing a million times over !!!
Enjoy our photo slide show :)
While I am not in the health care profession, my BFF is and I thought about finding some new scrub sets for her for the holidays.
Nothing says "You're my Best Friend" like a new set of cotton scrubs. I decided not to get them and go with lunch and a pedi instead.
I sent her the link to http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/ and asked her about the selection. She loved them!
(which makes me think I should have gotten her some)
Here are some things I did not know about scrubs. In certain areas of certain hospitals, you can only wear a designated color (or colors). Not all scrubs are created equal.
http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/ not only offers quality, but the prices for "nice" scrubs are extremely competitive.
Scrubs are not just for adults. Lydias uniforms for the kiddos are just as appropriate and cute as the adult version!
You can also order custom scrubs ! How Cool is that!
Now, I admit, need a pair of pliers seemed a little odd to me at first, but it truly makes sense once you see the How To video and actually put them in. AND if you save the little loop, you can reuse them if you take them out. How cool is that!
And yes, this one is open to Canada Residents!
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Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
You don't have much time left to take advantage of the special offers from Sprint for the Android™ powered EVO 4G devices
You can get the Android™ powered EVO 4G devices free for a limited time, plus Free activation, for new lines of service, when you order online.
With Sprint, your smartphone get unlimited data with the Everything Data Plan (beginning at $79.99 per month).
The EVO 4G has a 4.3 inch screen, dual cameras (front and back side of the phone), 32GB MicroSD card slot plus it has Mobile Hotspot for up to 8 of your Wi-Fi devices. It features the most current version of Android 2.3.
The HTC EVO Shift 4G has a Querty keyboard and rocks a 3.6-inch touchscreen display, MP3 player, preloaded Kindle e-book reader, and Sprint TV® access! This camera also boasts the Mobile Hotspot as well as having a 5.0MP camera/camcorder.
The Android™ powered EVO 4G devices are equipped to handle all of your smartphone needs, and then some. With Sprints powerful network and no overage plans, you can surf the web, text and call any U.S. mobile phone nationwide. That is something no one else offers.
But this is only for a limited time !
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I have allowed me to give away some Bag It! goodies !!
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Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by the sponsor and EDROML has not received any product nor any monetary compensation for this giveaway. Just sending out love to ya'll ☺