Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Letters



Hello all and good evening.  I am so super late getting this post done.  It has been a mad house at work the past couple of days with the holidays and year end coming up.  I would normally do this at work but today I didn't even have time to change my mind.  So here we go.

Dear God,  Thank you for letting my babies be home safe and sound.  I know that only you have the full picture and rather I like what is happening or not I can only put my trust in you and go with what you have in store.

Dear Mom and Heather, I miss you both more than words can express.  I wish everyday that you were still here with us.  Watching the kids grown, Vicky becoming a mom and all the first's of Kaylee and Aadyn.  Christmas hasn't been the same since you both became Angels the same year.  It is only fitting that you are together in death as you were in live.

Dear Kaylee and Aadyn,  I hope that you are told about your mom and how wonderful she really was.  It bites that we don't get to see you and I know that it was confusing for you both to be taken away from your mommy and the rest of us.  You both are always in my thoughts, prayers and heart.  I Love You Both and Miss You More than you could imagine.

Dear Hubby,  Thank you for being understanding.  I know that in your family you don't do gift exchange for the adults but in my family we have always done it and that is a tradition I will continue.

Dear Victoria,  I still can't believe that you are going to be a mommy.  I know you have every emotion possible running through you right now but just know that no matter what I am here for you and Love You.  I know you will be a great mommy.  As Trent and I said the other night, this is your family and you make the rules.  I will stand by you even if I don't agree with something going on.

Dear Brandon,  I am glad that you are finally going to visit your grandma.  I know she misses you and I think it does you good to get out and see her and the rest of the family.  You are always so isolated in your room on that damn Xbox or on the computer.  You need to mingle more with the outside world.  I Love You and I am Proud of you for holding onto your job even though you hate it at times I am sure.

Dear Christmas,  I am so over you already and you aren't even here.  You are just not the same with mom and Heather gone.  It would be great if we were able to see her children but only God can make that happen and I pray every night that he does.

Dear Michael,  thank you again for buying Victoria a plane ticket home.  I know that you had other things that you needed that money for and I am sure that with a little praying and hope things will work out for you.

Dear Jonathan and Brandon,  I hope that you are teaching the kids about Heather.  I know she loved them with all her being and that she would want to be here with them.  Having all of us getting along was so important to her.  No matter what happens the best interest of the Kids is all that matters.   I was hoping that you both would take the judges recommendation into consideration and let the kids continue to have a relationship with me, their aunt Victoria and uncle Brandon.  We only want the kids to know that they are loved and not abandoned by us.  I pray that you will reconsider and let us have some form of communications with them.

Dear Jack,  I am not going to get into a pissing contest or an argument.  I am extremely hurt that things happened the way that they did.  I am not going to put it all out for the world to see but I never would have imagined that you and Beth would have done what you did after Heather died.  May God have mercy on your soul.

Dear self,  get with the program and lose some weight already.  Stop being so damn tired and hurting all the time.  Hopefully I can figure this weight thing out and get back to where I was pre-kids.....ha...like that will happen but oh how I miss being that way.

Dear Sewing Machine,  I am so happy that I got you serviced.  I want to be able to use you just the way my momma did.  I can't wait to learn how to create alot of great cool things with you.

Dear readers,  thanks for taking the time out of your day to visit me.  I love reading the different blogs and seeing all the wonderful and cool things that you do and create.  So please drop me a line and let me know you were here.

May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  God Bless you all and your families.




Thursday, December 19, 2013

BLOGMOPOLITAN QUIZ Fun and Link UP

Good morning and Happy Almost Christmas to everyone!!!!  So today I have decided to join in on the fun of the Quiz inspired by Cosmopolitan Magazine.  Now I personally haven't seen one of their magazines in forever but I do love the tips and quiz's that they have.  So today I am joining Erin at twothirdshazel which started this great idea.

So link up over Here and join in on the fun.  The answers will all be worth a read and a great way to meet some fellow bloggers.  Rather you are fairly new or trying to get a following up, these are always great things to join in on.  So I hope you enjoy and go visit and follow some great bloggers.


Don't forget to share your answers after you download and fill it out.  Happy Thursday again!!!!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Delicious Chicken Thighs with Honey-Mustard Sauce

Good Saturday Morning everyone.  I wanted to share with you a recipe that I found online the other day.  I am always looking for great new recipes to fix to get out of the normal boring slump that I have been in with cooking.  I came across this Recipe and thought I would try it.  I mean seriously you can't go wrong with Chicken for healthy can you?  I don't think so even if it is fried.  So give it a try and see how you like it.  Now of course I didn't have a really great vegetable to go with it but I did enjoy it with some yummy red skin potato salad.

So this is the ingredients plus the chicken.  These are most things people already have in their pantry.  Ok I had all but the mustard so I had to go get it.  I never heard of it before so I was game for the experience.

 So you mix all of your ingredients according to the recipe.  Now it says that it serves 6 but honestly I had to double the recipe because 6 chicken breast just wasn't going to fill up my crew of 3.  Besides they were extremely small breast.

So after you mix your ingredients you have to drudge them through the sauce and cook them in a frying pan on each side for at least 2 minutes.  Man the smell was amazing.  I couldn't wait to get them on the plate.
Then after cooking them you had to put them in a preheated oven at 325 for at least 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.  I didn't want to get out my thermometer so I just added more time.  I think I cooked them for a total of 40 minutes.


Then after they are done you simply put them on a plate and add your vegetables.  I would have loved to of had Asparagus with melted parmesan cheese on them but I didn't have any to fix.  This was so delicious that my husband said it was definitely a keeper and a repeat meal for sure.


Add a little salt and pepper to taste and there you have it.  However, I do recommend tasting it before adding salt.  The salt in the recipe should be enough for you.

Win a 2014 Ford Mustang!!!!!


Good morning everyone.  Today I am writing to tell you about all the great things that Avon is doing for it's Independent Sales Representatives.  Everyone in the United States knows about Avon.  Did you also know that Avon is in over 100 different countries and provides the experience of owning your own business to over 6.4 million Men and Women?  Yes that number is 6.4 MILLION!!!!  That is alot of people selling Avon and sharing the wonderful opportunity that Avon has to offer everyone.

However, it still amazes me when people find out that I sell Avon and their response is that they haven't seen an Avon book in years....ARE YOU KIDDING ME????????  OMG, there is alot of missed opportunity out there for people to be making money.  But this post is about so much more.

Avon is having alot of great incentives.  The newest is a BRAND NEW 2014 FORD MUSTANG CONVERTABLE.
Yes ladies you see it correctly.  All you have to do is join Avon and place 3 orders of $50 each.  How easy is that.  With only a $10 investment to get started with Avon you have a chance to win this beauty.  Do you realize that if you go to the store and buy all of your essentials such as shampoo, deodorant, body wash, lotion and make-up that you are cheating yourself?  You would spend at least $70 at a department store or more at a designer store.  With Avon you could spend that same $70 and save $28 with your discount and still be eligible to win the Mustang.  Yes you are throwing money away.  You not only start your own business for $10 but you also get 40% off your first 4 orders and you get entered for a chance to win this beautiful car.

So tell me does your company that you work for offer you this type of incentive?  I would say absolutely not!!!!  But wait if that isn't enough to entice you to join Avon keep reading.

How about a free Keurig?  Yes I have won the Keurig and I have to say that I love it.
Not only did I win the Keurig K75 Platinum but I also got the water filter, 2 Avon Mugs and a 12 pack sample pack to go with it.  I mean seriously who can get a Keurig for only $10?  ME that's who.  You too can get great prizes as well for only $10.

Avon is always doing great things like this for their representatives.  So why not join me today and get entered to win this wonderful car.  You can join me no matter where you live in the U.S. by going to my link Here Avon Opportunity and get started today.  I can assist you in helping you grow your business and getting all of the latest and greatest product available all while putting money in your pocket.

Oh did I mention that you also get a FREE WEBSITE for people to shop 24/7/265 and you still make money on it?  So don't delay get started today.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Letters!!!!!!



Hello everyone and Happy Friday the 13th.  Wow another week has come and gone.  Well I am trying to keep up with my blogging as I have been doing alot more of that lately and I really do find it therapeutic.  I have been doing all kinds of research and trying to figure things out.

But today I am following the lead of my wonderful sister-in-law Kisha at The Glamorous French Housewife and doing this fun blog of Friday Letters.  Hope you all jump in and join the fun....ok maybe it isn't fun but it is a neat way to reach out to people specific.

Dear God,  I have prayed for many years to show my daughter the light and get her on the right path.  Her becoming pregnant is not what I had in mind.  However, you are all powerful and knowing so I will not complain.  Instead, I will step in and help her anyway that I can.

Dear Hubby,  I absolutely love and adore you.  Thank you for being so understanding and patient with me.  My life can be a bit crazy at times and you are right by my side no matter what.  You may give me grief but I know it is because you love me.

Dear Victoria,  I can't believe you are going to be a mommy.  I am so happy that you are coming back home and getting on your feet.  I know you are scared, happy, confused and every other emotion you can think of but I am here for you.  We will get you through this just as all mothers have done for years.\

Dear Brandon,  I am so glad that you are liking your job and that you and Emilee are back together.  You seem happier and I am happy for you.  Now if I could just sound proof your room when you are on the Xbox things would be great.

Dear Kaylee and Aadyn,  it has been along time since I have been able to see you and my heart breaks everyday knowing that your mommy is in Heaven looking down on you and not being here for you.  We all miss you and her.  I pray for you everyday and that we will get to see you again soon.  You all are going to have a new cousin soon and I wish you could be here to meet him or her.

Dear Chris,  I know that you blame me for alot in your life and I am sorry.  I honestly tried to have a relationship with you but it didn't work out.  You are so much like your father that it isn't even funny.

Dear Car, stop PISSING ME OFF!!!!!!  I just bought you like 2 weeks ago and you keep giving me fits on the drivers door.  Play nice already.  I am taking you to the dealership Monday to get you fixed.

Dear Scott and Kisha,  I am sorry you all are having a rough time right now.  I miss you guys and wish we were all closer together.  Again, sorry I can't go to Florida for Christmas with you all.  Maybe next year you can come here for Christmas.

Dear Kevin and Marie,  I am so glad that we got to see you all the other night.  It seems like forever since this family has been together in one spot.

Dear blogger friends, thanks for stopping by and I hope that you all have a safe and happy weekend.  Stay tuned for I will doing a post on the delicious dinner I made last night.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge Christmas Themed


Happy Great Wednesday Everyone.  Today is another Hodgepodge Wednesday with Joyce at fromthissideofthepond.  I love reading what she comes up with next and today is no exception.  This is a Christmas themed Hodgepodge and it will make you do some thinking.  So be sure to join in and get on the band wagon.  A great way to meet and get to know other bloggers both new and old.

1. Are you doing anything special to mark this season of Advent? If so please share.
  ---- Sadly no I don't.  I don't do alot of planning for the holidays only because my family is so spread out.

2. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen...and of course you recall, the most famous reindeer of all...so, which reindeer name best describes you this week? 
    ----Hmmmmm isn't this a tough question.  I guess I would have to say a Dasher.  Although sometimes I can be a Vixen.

3. What's worse-too quiet or too loud? Which have you had more of lately?
   ---- Too Loud.  Actually it has been mostly quiet at my place.

4. This question comes to you from Zoanna over at A Penchant for Pens-thanks Zo! 

When you are administratively gifted, how often do you find yourself not trusting less gifted people to do what they've committed to do?  If you are not so gifted that way, but are reliable, how do you feel when the stronger person (in that area) goes ahead and covers it before giving you a chance to come through? 
   -----I  would have to say that I have a hard time trusting them.  I tend to check up several times until I know it has been done. 

   5. What is your most dreaded task relating to the holidays? Your most looked forward to holiday task?
    ----Most dreaded would most certainly be SHOPPING!!!!!!  I hate to shop for other people and when I do know what they would want or like chances are I can't find it.
    ---- Helping with the cooking.

6. Facebook has released its list of the 'most talked about' topics of 2013. Pope Francis took the number one spot.  Does that surprise you? He was followed by election, royal baby, typhoon, and Harlem Shake. Your thoughts? What was yourmost talked about topic in 2013? (Facebook, around the kitchen table, or wherever it is you talk)
    ---- I can see the Pope being the most talked about.  It is a huge anytime anything has to do with the Pope.  I think it gives us hope and guidance for the Catholic Religion.
   -----  My most talked about topic in my house is a tie to say the least.. My kids are always the first topic and right there with them is the finances.  ....See the connection lol

7. What's something you consider a necessity that others might view as a luxury?
    -----Do women have things that are luxury????  I thought all of our stuff was a necessity.  But seriously I would have to say every new gadget that comes out such as the latest in IPAD, IPHONES etc.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     The day before yesterday I bought a crochet batman hat for my bosses 4 yr old son.  Here is a picture of one just like it at All Free Crochet even though my sister-in-law made it.  But since I didn't want to put my bosses son on my blog I choose this picture to show you what I got him.

So yesterday when my boss came in I asked her if he like it and she said yes.  She showed me a picture of him wearing it and he was so super excited that you could even see it in his eyes.  The joy that brought me was indescribable.  After get our coffee and settling into our desk she brought me a piece of paper that was a Thank You note from her son.  Now mind you he is only 4 and is just learning to write so he had her write it for him and he signed it.  So this too brought another smile to my day.  



So my message is this....there is always time to share the joy with everyone.  It is the simplest of things that can make you smile.



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Happy Tuesday!!!!!!

Good morning and happy Tuesday everyone.  Ok well maybe is isn't a good morning if you have to get out in bad weather such as the pretty white snow that is falling in my area.  I love snow so I can't really complain.  I think it makes the world look beautiful, peaceful, clean and worry free for a short time.

However, this morning I didn't feel any of the love for the snow or the cold weather.  It is 18 degrees outside and that is extremely unusual for my area.  The last time we had weather like this was probably about 3 years ago and before that we had the Ice Storm of the century.  I have lived in Louisville for the majority of my life and I can recall a handful of times that it has really snowed like this.  So needless to say that most people here don't really know how to drive in this beautiful and peaceful snow.

So this morning I get up to go to work and mind you I didn't want to get up.  I stayed in the bed as long as possible.  Now I wish I would have just called in.  I went out to get in the car and warm it up only it didn't go as planned.  My driver's side door won't open!!!!!!  I tried everything and still nothing.  So I checked the other doors and they opened up just perfectly fine.  So needless to say that I had to crawl in my car from the passenger side and that was not making me happy.  I figured after driving to work which is only a 20 minutes drive except for today which was  a 45 minute drive, that it would open from the inside.  NOPE it didn't happen.  I just bought this car last week.  WTH is going on with this thing???? ERRRRRRRRRRRR is all I can say about that.  So I will be calling my big brother who sold me the car and finding out who the warranty is through because someone is going to fix my door.

Anyway, I am finally at work and of course it looks like a ghost town here.  I will not be busy at all so why I didn't call in is beyond me.  Meantime, I hope you enjoy this picture I took yesterday on break just outside of the building I am in.  It is always amazing to see how mother nature works and the beauty she allows us to see.




In closing please be safe out there and remember, you have someone depending on you and they love you.


Sunday, December 08, 2013

Saturday Gathering and Gift Exchange


Happy Sunday!!!!  Today it is cold and snowing outside so I thought I would take this time and tell you about yesterday.

I was invited to do a gift exchange from our District Assistant with Avon for her church.  I had never been to one before so I thought it would be a great way to get out and meet some new people.  All I had to do was buy 8 gifts all the same and bring them with me.  The amount I wanted to spend was totally up to me.  I bought 8 sets of nail polish for $5 each.  Not bad.  I spent a whole $40 on 8 gifts...wooohooo.   Some of the gifts were even hand made.  I have to say I was nervous and totally unsure what I was going to be walking into.  However, I knew that Kim wouldn't put me in a situation I wasn't comfortable.

 Below is a picture of the items in which I choose.  Now there was no rhyme or reason for the gifts or any questions or stunts that had to be done in order to get a gift.  It was really rather simple.  Each person that came in got a name tag.  On the tag was  picture of either bells, wreaths, trees or stars.    We all went in groups according to the picture on our name tag.

 So in the collage you will see the items that I picked.  The Grey and Pink is a handmade knitted scarf.  You will also see a pair of gloves with a red bow on them.  Now the gloves came with a mini loaf of Pumpkin Spice Bread which I gave to my husband yesterday to eat.  The top right I thought was a neat idea and it is basically a piece of material with beads sewn on it with a button and a loop at the other end to wrap around your coffee..So I picked the Grey one.  The bottom right picture is these adorable little Mason Jar type drinking mugs if you will with a straw.  They were just too cute to pass up.  As if I need another drinking glass/cup.  I have only about 30 mugs/glasses/bottles.




Now in this picture below I couldn't resist the Hershey's Box.  First I love me some chocolate so I will just get that out of the way.  But it is a recipe box with 99 different recipes in it.  So why not...I will try it and see what I like.  Who knows I might just do a video or another blog on one of them.  The top right is a mailbox with Santa on it.  Of course the ladies had it marked as a Christmas Card Holder but I believe that it can be repurposed into something else that I can use year round.  Not sure yet but we will see.  The bottom is Bath & Body Works Dancing Waters Anti-Bacterial Soap and a matching towel.

Now I know this is only 7 and that is because the last one was a cup full of Hershey Kisses and it didn't survive to photo taking...lol.  We ate them all.


So there were alot of great and cute gifts to be exchanged and I was having such a blast.  We eventually had to go around the room and introduce ourselves and give a Holiday Memory.  The one I shared was of Christmas 2006.  That is the last time that my entire family was together.  That isn't the only reason it was so memorable.  What made it memorable was that my sister-in-law Marie has a unique way of wrapping her gifts.  You see she takes empty boxes from around the house and puts the gifts in them.  My kids got a box of Crackers, Tampons, and Dog Treats one year.  The look on their face was priceless.  Of course that was just the boxes and not the actual gifts.

Time to get off of here and go grocery shopping.  I will post the neat dinner ideas we have come up with for the week.  

Friday, December 06, 2013

Friday Letters




Hello Friends and Happy Friday.  Today I am doing Friday Letters and I got the idea from my sister-in-law Kisha from The Glamorous French Housewife.  Stop by her blog and check it out.  She is amazing and has so many wonderful things to share with you all.

Dear Victoria, I am super excited about you moving back home.  It has been a long time since you have actually lived at home and I can't wait.  Not to mention you are carrying a little one now and your life will never be the same.

Dear Brandon,  I am glad that when you get nervous about driving in bad weather that you call me and talk to me until you get home so I know you are safe and sound.  You are an amazing young man and I am proud to call you my son.

Dear Hubby, I can't say Thank You enough for everything that you have done for me and the kids.  I Love You more then I ever thought possible.  Of course I have always had a thing for you and have carried it for over 20+ years.  Thank you for responding to the letter I sent.  The rest is history.

Dear Scott,  THANK YOU!!!!!!!!  The Car is awesome and I Love it.  Certainly a step up from the one I was driving and it did great in the rain yesterday.  Did better then expected in the sleet and snow today.

Dear Kisha,  Thank you again for having us at Thanksgiving.  I wish we all could have been together but that is how it is sometimes.  Again, Thank you for helping me with my blog.  The signature line is great and I Love it.

Dear Kevin,  I am glad that we are talking again.  I have missed you and miss you everyday.  Keep your head up big brother and know that we all love you.

Dear Marie,  the hat you made for my bosses son is adorable and I can't wait to get it and give it to her.

Dear Pain in My Wrist please go away.  I have already had surgery on you for the carpal tunnel and you have been hurting every since I feel about a month ago.  I am done with you already.

Dear Winter Storm....GOOOOOOO AWAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!  I don't mind snow but I don't like driving in it and I certainly don't like the sleet that we are having with it.

Dear Mom and Heather,  I miss you both so much everyday.  I wish that I could have you here with us still as we all do in the family.  Just keep watch over us and know that we all Love You and Miss You Both terribly.

Dear KayLee and Aadyn,  I know your mommie is watching down on you from Heaven.  Just know that she loved you both with all of her Heart and You Both were her world.  We miss you and love you and will see you again one day.  Please be nice to one another and keep close to one another.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

                                                 


Hello everyone, today is another Hodgepodge with Joyce over at From this side of the pond. I found her sometime ago and have participated a couple of times but it is always fun to see what questions she has for us. So today I am going to be participating and putting this on my weekly calendar so I don't miss any.

So sit back, relax and enjoy....better yet, jump in and join us.  Be sure to link your page back to Joyce so we can all share.

1.  According to Oxford Dictionaries, the 2013 word of the year is 'selfie'. Your thoughts? When did you last take a selfie? Do you post them online somewhere? Do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind the lens?
        ----Well I guess I started doing selfie's before it became a word.  I used to take them all the time of me and my kids when we would be doing something silly.  Those are the precious moments.  I do post them on facebook.  I would post them on other areas but I still don't know how to work Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest yet.  

2.  Will you send out Christmas Cards this year? If so, are they ready to go? If not, are you glad or sad about leaving that tradition behind?
      ------Well I do believe that I am going to follow my sister-in-law's lead and do the Christmas Card Exchange.  I don't normally like doing the whole Christmas thing but it does feel good to get things in the mail.

3.  Do you trust easily?
     -----Usually yes.  However, if I find one thing that is questionable then no I find it hard to trust at all.

4. Pine-cinnamon-peppermint-vanilla (as in sugar cookie)...of those listed, which one is your favorite December scent?
     -----I would have to say Cinnamon is my favorite.  Pine cone bothers my sinuses, peppermint isn't bad but vanilla...well that reminds me of my late daughter and honestly it has always made me nauseous.

5.  Did you do more talking or more listening yesterday?  Was that by choice or by necessity?
     ----I would probably have to say more listening.  I work in Accounting and it is always crazy at the 1st of the month.  Every vendor in the world is calling for payment status the first week.

6.  What's the last song that got stuck in your head?  Sorry if it's back there now :  )
     -----Not real sure but when I think about songs the song "We Got The Beat" by the Go-Go's pops in my head.

7.  Which world explorer (in the whole history of the world) would you most like to have traveled with, and why?
   -----Wow that is a hard one.  I have no clue who it would be.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     ----To be honest I find it extremely hard to get in the Christmas Spirit since my daughter passed away I haven't put up a tree even though my other kids did a couple of years ago.  Now I do buy presents and stuff but it just doesn't excite me.  Now with that being said, it absolutely drives me crazy that people are not allowed to say Merry Christmas on their jobs because they are afraid to offend someone.  I am sorry but I will always say Merry Christmas.