Thursday, December 11, 2014

#111 My Puff Stitch Cowl & New Haircut

Last week I announced that I was going to start back crocheting and I showed a puff stitched cowl that I was interested in making.  Well, it's finished.  Here's the one that I was trying to make:

How To Make Your Own

and here's mine:

Closer View

Mine is a tad bit different in my yarn is a little stiffer then the original one -- so my stitches seem to be a little tighter instead of loose -- but other then that -- I absolutely love it.

Now on to making some headbands now that I have a new hair cut.  Need to keep this noggin warm - LOL!!!

Shaved in the back
I'm loving it!

I know -- Right?

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

#110 Cozy Crochet Projects

It's officially freezing here in the Lou.  I am going to kick back and start back crocheting.  I don't remember the last time I've done this -- but it's always been a relaxing past time.  So with the weather being as it is, and I can't get out in my garden :-((  I'm going to make a Puff Stitch Cowl:

These are not my patterns.  I found these on YouTube and will be trying them out.  You can check out how to do the above cowl easily by checking out this link:
Make Your Own Puff Stitch Cowl

My second project is for my head.  I wanted to make an easy headband warmer (Click the link underneath the picture).

So if you are stretched out on the couch chillin' -- go get your crochet hook and yarn and make something beautiful and warm for this fall/winter season.  It would even make a great Christmas gift.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

#109 November Favorite Thing & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving all.  It's coming down to the wire with 2014 and I'm so pleased to be able to say -- I'm so thankful to my heavenly Father for all that He has done this year.  So much to be thankful for and I look forward to all that is in store for 2015.

Because this is the last Friday of November -- I always share (or try to) my favorite thing for the month.  Well this month because of all that is going on with the Michael Brown shooting, here in my backyard, Ferguson, MO -- and the verdict of the cop who shot him -- being not guilty -- it has been quite a rocky road with people's expectations.  My two cents on the matter is that Michael Brown obviously did not deserve to die the way he did -- but unfortunately he made a lot of bad choices on that day that lead to his shooting.  I won't go into everything that I feel were his bad decisions -- I'm sure everyone saw the video of him robbing the convenience store and how he treated the worker.  It looks to me like this was not his first time doing this or just being a bully because of his stature.  Nonetheless, it's unfortunate the consequences that lead to his death. 

I wanted to share a video that I believe should be heard in every household where children are being brought up.  Adults need to hear and not only hear but demonstrate how their children and themselves are to conduct themselves as African Americans.  We need to have pride in who we are otherwise we will fall into the stereotypes that are given to so many of us.  God has a plan for each and every one of us.  If only we would seek it out.  We need to be on a road of shaping our children into who He wants them to be and we as parents need not be lead into lives of despair but prosperity in Christ Jesus.

Here's the video.  Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

#108 Free Exercises & Two Other Cool Sites

Back in January 2013, I passed along an exercising website called
Fitness Blender that I found on YouTube when I purchased my Kettlebell set for my birthday.

Loads of Free Videos


Lots of people found it helpful and I wanted to also pass along other
YouTubers who have been helpful for more then just exercise.
How Jen Does It

This YouTuber has so much to share with others from her Aldi Hauls, Trader Joe's Hauls and so much more.  What I like about her is that she is consistent.  Consistency is very key for me.  When I find people who are consistent in what they do -- I like following them.  If they are sporadic and haven't put out a YouTube video in years then it's hard to follow those types of people.    Here is what she says about her channel How Jen Does It

On my channel, you will find organizing and cleaning tips, recipes, menu planning ideas, grocery hauls, huge Trader Joe's hauls, Trader Joe's product reviews, tips for saving time and money, beauty product and clothing hauls, OOTD, and tips for staying fit and eating healthy.

At Home with Nikki

Another one of my favorite YouTubers is At Home with Nikki.  Interior decorating is this women's specialty -- on a budget.  She knows how to turn an old piece of furniture into a work of art.  In my humble opinion, she has fantastic taste.  She needs to have her own decorating show.  Here's what she says about her channel At Home With Nikki:

I am passionate about my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my family and my home. I love all things dealing with home organization, interior decorating, crafts and cooking. On my channel you will find tons of tips to help you around your home. I hope you will take time to enjoy my channel and all that I love to share.

These are just a few of my favorites that I hope you will check out.  They have been an inspiration to me on-line and I'm thrilled to share them with you.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

#107 Fast Food Restaurants -- Healthy Menu Choices

We all have times when we are pressed for time and have to stop into a fast-food restaurant.  There are also times when we just don't feel like cooking and we want something fast and not made at home that's still healthy for our lifestyle.  Well I've researched some fast food restaurants that are pretty much in everyone's neighborhood that offer some healthy options on their menu.

Now these are primarily fast-food restaurants.  Grab and go, not sit in -- but of course you can sit in and eat there -- but these restaurants are not restaurants that you need to tip a waitress.

Here are some of my picks:


My healthy food choices there are:
  1. Southwest Chicken Salad (use 1/2 dressing pack or bring your favorite (my favorite is Paul Newman's Creamy Caesar))
  2. Grilled Chicken Classic (comes with whole grain bun)
  3. Chicken Grilled Snack wraps w/no dressing (bring your own -- I like Veganaise-- see my blog post on this Mayo Please pass the --- what???)
  4. Fish Fillet - no tarter sauce (use Veganaise here as well)

Taco Bell

Veggie Cantina Bowl
  1. Veggie Cantina Burrito or Bowl
  2. Burrito with black bean (Fresco Style - means no cheese) and replace cheese with Pico De Gallo (salsa)
  3. Fresco Crunchy Tacos

  1. BLT Cobb Salad (remove bacon and blue cheese bits) and your left with plenty of good grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes over a spring mix and avocado ranch dressing (use 1/2 packet or bring your own)
  2. Go wraps
  3. Grilled Chicken Sandwich with no sauce
  4. Chili
  5. Baked potato 

Turkey Flatbread
  1. 6" Oven Roasted Chicken Sandwich (hold cheese, avocado & dressing).  Put on a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar
  2. Turkey Flatbread sandwich with loads of veggies and Balsamic Vinegar or mustard


Steak salad
  1. Chicken bowl, brown rice, black beans and tomato salsa
  2. Steak salad with grilled veggies (no cheese or avocado) with green salsa


Char Grilled Chicken Sandwich with fruit cup
  1. Char grilled Chicken sandwich meal with fruit cup or side salad with unsweetened tea
  2. Char grilled garden salad

Keep these in mind when you are on the road and want to eat something fast and healthy.

Until next time.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

#106 Bottle Art Tree -- It's GROWING!!!!

My Bottle Art Tree is growing!!!  I'm excited to say during the month of October -- one of my birthday presents to myself was a bottle tree from The Little Shop Around the Corner.

This store was a great find.  It's an antique and collectible shop that resells vintage merchandise donated to the Missouri Botanical Garden.  As you know, Missouri Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places in the world.  So I will have to add this one to the list.

I have enjoyed unique art for the garden and in my opinion this bottle art is brilliant.  It is something that is very inexpensive -- but yet adds a burst of color to your yard.  It's something that can stay out year round and it's eye catching.  Here's my before and after picture of my tree art:

I had fun finding my bottles at different thrift stores.  They ran from $1-2.  Also I received a box of free ones from a restaurant in my neighborhood.  SWEET!!!  So Sweet indeed that I started a new tree with a garden trellis I had sitting around.

My new addition
So now that it's getting cold and all the pretty color from the flowers have faded away, I can always look out my window and see this splash of color glistening back at me.  Ran, snow, wind or hail -- I will have something to look out to that will bring a little smile to my face.  Now that's what I call small pleasures!!!

Until next time...

Post to check out:
My Bottle Art Tree - Beginning Post.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

#105 My Favorite Things for October

October's Favorite Thing:

It's all about me baby!  October 29, 1965!

Sis gave me "Purple" cupcakes with a orange dollop of frosting on the top.
Sorry, I didn't take a picture of that, we ate them all :-)))

I spent the day with two of my most favorite people in the entire world!

Me and my boys (Adrian and Jordan)

We had a lovely day -- which we always take the days off for birthdays.  We shopped and ate -- and afterwards spent time with family and friends.  It was a lovely day!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

#104 Are we there yet?

I ask the question -- are we there yet.  What I mean when I say this is this -- when will this be OVER???  Every single day there are new challenges.  Big and small -- but none the less challenges.  I home school my two boys (teenagers mind you) who I've home schooled since they were babies.  They have never stepped foot into a public school or private, for that matter, for a full or part-time education.

My oldest is 17 and he has struggled all his life with academics.  Comprehension, math, spelling, vocabulary -- you name it -- he's had an issue with it.  My youngest, who is 15, does not struggle academically but just does not have a love for learning -- it's more like -- lets get it over with so I can do what I really want to do.  His biggest struggle is talking -- you see, he stutters and no matter what is done -- therapy, encouragement -- he does not follow those things that are given him to do to improve.  He continues to do the things that are keeping him in that habit.

People think that home schoolers are the smartest and brightest kids because of the one-on-one assistance that they receive at home.  Well I would agree perhaps 90% of the time.  But guess what -- if you have a child that no matter how much you put into them -- that child chooses to do his or her own thing -- decides that what is being said to them is not really relevant to them at the moment -- then guess what -- know matter how much you put into them -- they will only receive that which they choose to receive. 

Are we there yet?  They are in the 11th grade -- one has a desire to go to college.  The other is struggling with high school -- so college is hard to see at this point.  Are we there yet?  Today it looks bleak -- but tomorrow things will look up!  I'm trusting God know matter what it looks like -- I know that all things will work together for the good.  I'm encouraging myself -- and perhaps someone else.  Nevertheless, this too shall pass and I'm looking forward to the future.

Until next time...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#103 Bottle Art

As you can tell, I love to garden.  It's my most favorite hobby.  I've been looking into working now to prepare for spring.  One thing that I've been fascinated with is bottle art.  These are some images that I found on-line that I love:

Wild Birds Unlimited Bird Feeders
These bottle trees, however, can be very expensive.  From $20-200 on up.  I looked into purchasing one from Amazon or having Brian make me one out of lumber and pegs (like the one above).  

I also saw at Wild Bird Unlimited these beautiful birdhouses made from PVC that run $120-and above.  I thought if I was to purchase one I could just just attach pegs to them and add my bottles but with it already starting off expensive and the thought that I still needed to work on it by adding pegs was a little disheartening.

Well this was my solution.  At a antique shop I found 3 bottles under $5 and I found some "PURPLE" (my favorite color) plastic garland.  I had been thinking about what I could use at home to make my own inexpensively and relatively quickly (without drills and pegs).  My shepherds hooks came to mind.  So this is what I came up with.

I love it every time I look out.  I can perhaps add more bottles and more white shepherds hooks.  But I think it turned out pretty neat so far.  I love how the plastic garland sparkles with the sun and how the bottles add an artistic flair to this sculpture. If you have never seen bottled art -- this may look ridiculous -- but it's garden art -- you've seen it first here -- HA!!  Come back often, because I will be adding to it, especially when spring and summer rolls around next year.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

#102 A Little Fall Decorating!

It's that time of the year!  What time is that you ask?  Well my husband calls it that "Cozy" time when we start thinking about the holidays and of course I start thinking about my "B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y."  We truly enjoy the holidays.  I don't have many fall decorations but I do enjoy adding a few touches hear and there to the house.

My first fall touch is added to the front door.  My purple door is decked out with my annual leaf wreath.  I found this at a estate sale years ago and I love how it looks on my purple door.

I love putting out my pumpkins.  Not the real kind -- just pumpkins I've received or found second hand.  This one I received from my sister and it's actually cookware.  I've done soups in it but it's a beautiful piece to display in the fall.  I've put inside some smoked flavored almonds from Trader Joe's in little snack containers for easy snacking.

Smoked Almonds from Trader Joe's
My other pumpkin is a little wicker basket that I have on my entry way table.  I believe I picked this up at an estate sale as well.  I've had it for a long time and I store all types of things in it.

We are very casual people but I do enjoy having a little formal fun with my dinning room table.

And last, but not least, I will be turning 49 on October 29th!!!

Woohoo!  I feel blessed and thankful for all the Lord has done and is doing in my life.  Enjoy this cozy time of the year!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

#101 Let's Do The Twist!!!!

4 Year Happy Nappy Anniversary!!!!

In celebration of my 4th year being natural...

I thought I would share one of my favorite hair styles.  Havanna Twist with Yarn.  You can check out my YouTube Video here to see how this is done (click underneath the pics):

Also, if you want to check out my hair journey you can also check out that video (click underneath the pic):

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

#101 If You Want Organic Vegetables and a Beautiful Landscape, You Have to Work For It!


 My Favorite Thing For September -- Gardening during the Fall and Winter
For a Beautiful Spring

At the end of each month, I try to remember to post my favorite thing for the month.  For September (which by-the-way flew by) it would be preparing for Spring in the garden.  It's that time of the year!  FALL!!!  I'm in the process of working on the garden for the Spring.  What I do now will affect what my garden looks like and the type of rewards I will reap in my organic vegetable garden come Spring 2015.

So my vegetable garden is getting ready to get a major overhaul.

 Before Vegetable Garden Bed


After Vegetable Garden Bed


Potential Plan for the new Bed
This is a smaller version of what we want to make Rosemaryt garden Site

I always wanted something you could walk into.  My husband built a screen house and a shed -- so I have no doubt that he can pull this off.  So I'm super excited about gardening next year.  Of course, I would like it a little bigger and longer to fit the entire length of the fence so I can actually put either stepping stones or gravel inside to walk in and make it a more productive space.  I will show MY actual pictures next year.  Thank you Rosemaryt for allowing me to use your picture.

I started a new garden bed.  I needed my vegetable garden to not have a lot of flowers in the bed.  So I moved my Snowball Viburnum in my new garden bed:

Here is what my Snowball Viburnum looks like in the Spring:

Snowball Viburnum

Here's the new bed I started:

Snowball Viburnum (right), two Hydrangeas (middle), Hibiscus (center)
It may not look like much now -- but underneath the layers of mulch is sheets of cardboard and my black gold compost.  It will break down and decompose over the fall and winter and come Spring -- watch out!!!  Don't ever think there's nothing to do in the fall and winter -- there's plenty to do to get you ready for Spring while all the while getting your hands dirty and bringing a smile to your face.  This work to me is "Oh so relaxing."

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