Sunday, November 9, 2014

R.I.P. My baby. I love you!!

Please go to this site a light a candle for my baby who I had to put to sleep on November 8th.



http://www.maverickcox.pets-memories.com/

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cold cucumber salad


1 cucumber 
3 roma tomatoes
1/2 of red onion
1 cup of apple cider vinegar

Cut up one cucumber, 3 tomatoes and a half of an onion in a bowl.  Add in one cup of apple cider vinegar, and cover with foil. Let it set in the refrigerator for about 4 hours to chill. Enjoy!

Chicken Penne with Lemon Pepper

So good!!

1 box of penne noddles
4 boneless and skinless chicken, thin
Lemon pepper
1 can of chicken broth
1 jar of sauce for your pasta

Pull out the crock pot and put in 1 can of chicken broth with your chicken breast. Cook for 4 hours.  20 minutes after the chicken is done, boil hot water to cook your penne noddles.  Cook for about 15 minutes.  Take chicken out of crock pot and sprinkle lemon pepper on them.  Cover with foil and let it set for about 10 minutes.  Cut your chicken up and pour penne sauce on your noodles.  Next lay your chicken on top of your pasta.  Enjoy!!


Chicken Tacos Recipe, 3 ingredients

 Here is the recipe I've created for tacos. Must try.


6 boneless and skinless thin sliced chicken breast
2 pkgs of taco seasoning
2 cans of stewed tomatoes 
small corn tortillas
shredded cheese 
shredded lettuce
sour cream
limes
And anything else you enjoy on tacos


Put chicken, taco seasoning and stewed tomatoes in crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours. Take chicken out and cut thin slices. Chicken should be tender to where it breaks apart. If you have thicker chicken breast must cook longer.  Get two corn tortillas out and pile on the chicken first, lettuce, and cheese. Next squeeze about 1 tablespoon of lime on to your dish and top with the stewed tomatoes and taco seasoning, top with sour cream and enjoy.  So yummy!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eclipse Curtains

Hey Everyone,

Where I live, Redding CA, is a HOT place to live.  There are many of times when it has been over 100 degrees.  My room gets so hot because of the sun shining through every morning causes the air conditioner to always run which causes a high bill for that month.  I had dark colored curtains hanging up which didn't help what so ever.  So I have found these curtains called Eclipse Curtains which they have at Walmart, Target, a few other stores.  They work GREAT!!!  They keep the heat out of our room which helps because the air conditioner isnt running constantly and now the bill has been so much cheaper than it was when I had regular curtains hanging up.  The air conditioner now stays at 75 degrees and hardly runs. The room we are in gets to be the hottest room of the house. Even though, the curtains are on the pricey side, $44 per panel, its the best investment anyone can make. Better yet, I got each panel on sale for $23 plus an additional 5% off with using my Target card!  What a DEAL!!!


Crystal

Avon Sales Representative

Hello Everyone,

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Back up and Running

Hey Everyone,

I hope you all have had a wonderful and safe 4th of July.  I know I did!  Its amazing to have freedom in our lives!!!!  Lets all enjoy it!!   I finally got situated enough in my new home, in Redding CA, so I will start blogging again.  I appreciate all of your patience with me through this time of year.  It sure has been a positive and a great learning experience moving to my new place. On the way, I have gained a great roommate, and great friends. Living here for a little over a month now which I still am getting used to the heat.  Today, its 105.  Im so use to San Francisco weather, but I am adjusting just fine.  I will see you in the blogs.


Crystal

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Moving

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to inform you  that I have been in the process of moving for the last couple of months now.  I finally got everything in place as I need it so I can get to my next location.  Once everything gets settled, in the next couple of months, July. I will be back blogging again.  Thank you for all of your support through this time.

Thank you,
Crystal

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Monthly TCC

Yesterday, I had done a T.C.C. So what is a TCC anyway. A TCC is a monthly tough closet clean up. Its basically a closet which is used for multi- purposes. Lets take my closet for instance. It acts as a linen closet, utility closet, laundry supplies, bath soaps, lotions, and a few other things that really doesn't go in the linen department. The closet acts as a space where to put things that not yet, has a home. So here is a really good tip to use when you have space that is used like this one. Take five minutes and go through to see what items can be used up before the end of the month. Example: In my closet, I have found a travel size shampoo and conditioner I have received as a gift from my handsome boyfriend one year. I don't travel so I wont be saving it for that reason so I pulled it out and put it in my bathroom so the next time I have a bathing session, I can use it. I recommend making time at least one a month to do this so you don't get overstocked on things you don't really use.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cookie Bakers

When I bake cookies, especially peanut butter cookies, the dough gets stuck on the spoon/ice cream scooper. So what I have found to work for this situation is to spray your spoon/ice cream scooper, or what ever you use, with non stick cooking spray. Then I cover the inside of the scooper and the outside with flour. It works great! Not only is it easier but makes for a happier baker.


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

When Times Get Rough

Okay so we have good times and bad times. Some times the bad seems very bad which it could be worse as we try and think of worse things that could happen. Sometimes we may read in to something that may or may not be there. So when he have rough times, we go to our support team, like family and friends. Well, tonight, I have called up a very dear from of mine, got a few things off my chest that was bothering me and her response was very clever if you ask me. She said, let it pass like gas. Well, ok....... with that said. Toot Toot!! And you know, shes right. Not only did it remind of me, of not to let things get to me, but she made me laugh which made me feel better. She is amazing!!


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Friday, April 25, 2014

At Home Skin Care Remedies

I have found some amazing and I mean amazing tips on Doing It Yourself Natural Beauty regimens. They are budget friendly, and you can get the supplies at your grocery store. I am in love with this e-book. Here are a few I tried, and they feel great! The best part of having these at home, budget friendly remedies, is that you can throw a pamper party with all of your girlfriends to try these. LOVE!! ***Please make sure to do a patch test for any allergic reactions that may occur before going crazy over these tips.***

Okay ladies, tomatoes is not just for meals. It can be used for your beautiful skin. Yes, you read that right, your skin. All you have to do is peel and finely chop up a tomato and spread that bad boy on your face. The benefits of using a tomato, is it is good for a gentle cleanser as well as it helps to tighten pores.

Here is another great tip. Soak gauze in green tea and apply to your face as you would toner. Lets give those beautiful faces a nice pampering session.

My favorite. If you love that one, you are going to love this one. Pull out your honey and a teaspoon of water. Add one tablespoon of honey to your water and heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Let it cool and apply to your lips for about 15 minutes. Then rinse. Scoot over Burt's Bees. Talk about smooth lips.

Lets dry out the un-welcomed flaws that comes and goes. Drop a teaspoon of honey in a dish and use a cotton swab and dab over the pimple to dry it out. Do this a few times a week, until gone.

Lets iron out those wrinkles. Take half of a papaya and a ½ tablespoon of honey. Apply in the areas you want to iron out and let it set for about a good 12 minutes. Then rinse, rinse, and rinse.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Getting the job you want

So are you struggling to land a job or even getting the job you want? This is what I found that works. First off, make a list of the companies you want to work. Next, call them up and ask the manager on duty to meet with you for an informational interview. Next, drive to the company a couple of days before to not only look for the company but to go inside and see how the employees are dressed. Look at the clothing, shoes, see if there hair is pulled back, are they wearing open or closed shoes, do they have a uniform they are wearing, if so, then look at the colors. Do they have tattoos or any piercing visible, things like that. Next, go home and pick out your clothing. If you need to go to the store and buy something to look like you are an employee who works for so and so company, then do it!

Here is an example of my experience. One summer I had taken an R.O.P class in Hotel and Hospitality Services, which I loved. The class was instructed to choose two companies to learn about. I chose, Marriott, and Holiday Inn. Next, we had to schedule an informational interview with the manager of the department we were interested in. So I choose front desk clerk at the Holiday Inn and Catering Department at the Marriott. I had to write ten questions I wanted to ask. Then I went to the location and I went inside and looked around to get a feel of the energy, and what the employees were wearing. I have noticed at the Marriott they had black suits on closed shoes, and their hair was pulled back. At the Holiday Inn, they had a green polo shirt that had Holiday Inn engraved on the left corner of the shirt and wore khaki pants, I think it was at the time. Some employees had their hair pulled back and some didn't. So when I got home, I got my outfits together, the Marriott I wore my hair pulled back and I wore a black pant suit. For the Holiday Inn, I wore a green polo shirt with khaki pant. I looked like one of them. Not only does that show you are interested in getting information about the company and their job but also says, hey I'm one of you. Its a great way to better your chances of getting a job/getting a job you want. Lastly, one day after the informational interview, send a Thank You Note. 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Candy Madness

So the Holidays come and go by so fast its time to move on to the next Holiday, which there are left over candies haven't been eaten and don't want to go to waste. One thing I suggest doing is when you have a lot of candies left over, make goody bags and take them to friends and family. Another good idea that I do is, I buy small bags at the dollar store. For Easter I purchased three bags of candy, which is a little much for us, however, I used a candy dish that is perfect for only two bags, that I purchased. So now, being that its small candy dish, the candy will not go to waste or added to the hips.

My Candy Dish



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Tea Tree Oil

When I go to get my haircut, I always have my hairstylist wash my hair first. Every time she washes my hair, I notice she uses a shampoo and conditioner that has Tea Tree Oil in it. I asked her how much does both the shampoo and conditioner cost. She said $50. Okay way to steep for me at this time. So what I have done was, get my conditioner in my hand and I dropped in one drop of Tea Tree Oil in my conditioner and I massage it in and let it set for about 3 minutes. I use my Tea Tree Oil twice a week. Not only does it smell good and is relaxing, but it helps to moisturize my scalp. Here is a link to check out about Tea Tree Oil if your not familiar with it.



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Other uses for Hair Conditioner

For all the ladies out there. One day I ran out of shaving cream and it was kind of late to even go out to the store to buy some. So I was thinking on what I could use in replacement of the shaving cream. I have tried shampoo which works but not as good as conditioner. Yes, conditioner. I found that it not only makes the legs easy to see when shaving but it also acts as a moisturizer for the legs. Where I live now, the water isn't so great, it caused my skin to get very dry and was pealing after awhile. But now, my legs feel like a baby's butt. Amazing! Here is the conditioner I use. 

$3.99 at Grocery Outlet

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chicken, Beef, Vegetable Broth and Bouillon

Oh yes, I am famous for cooking with broth. I use broth and bouillon in many different ways. I first off came up with this great idea by using chicken broth or bouillon for cleaning up a jar of white sauce for noodles. I just don't like it when I make fettuccine and I pour the sauce in the pot and there is sauce stuck to the sides of the jar. I use to use water but where I live today, the tap water isn't so great. So so this is how I do it. I boil up 1 cup of water and drop in a bouillon cube until it boils and then I pour it in the sauce jar and shake it up. Then I pour it in the pot. It is so much yummier. If I use broth from a can, I will pour in about a cup inside the jar, no heating is required. Then I shake shake shake, and pour right in. I use the beef broth of the red sauces. I use the vegetable broth for boiling vegetables. Tastes so good. Sometimes I will drink a cup of the bouillon as a replacement of hot tea or hot coco. It soothes the tummy.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Using your space to the fullest

For small spaces, I recommending going up on the wall. So lets take your office for instants, you can have shelf's above your desk or even a cabinet to use up your space to the fullest. It creates lots of storage for your things as well as if well coordinated then it will look like part of the home décor.

Also, think about closet door space or even bathroom cabinet door spaces. There are so many things you can do with doors. Again, there are hooks, cork boards you can hang inside your cabinet doors, even your medicine cabinet door, kitchen doors, and so forth. You can paint chalkboard paint inside a cabinet door say in your kitchen, where you can have what you are going to eat tonight for dinner, or even notes to family. You can hang photos of your loved ones, a calendar. You can hang spices on the door, kids artwork, etc.. They have these magnetic board you can hang and use as well.


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Time saving technique

Its hard enough to find clothes you want to wear for the day and even changing into a new outfit by night if your going out. So this is what I came up with. There are these door hangers you can hang on your door, or even hooks in that matter, and the night before, choose your outfit(s) for that day. Once you have chosen what you want to wear, hang that outfit(s) behind your bedroom or bathroom door. I like to take it a step further and hang all of my under garments on my hanger and my jewelry so everything is together. Then once I wear the clothes, I put the hanger in my closet, but in front so when I go and hang my clothes up again, it doesn't take me a lot of time to find my hanger. Simple techniques does help save time.





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Recognition from Work

Here is a really nice idea to have evidence of you work performance with future employers you apply for and even getting hired on with a new company. While you are still with your employer now, collect any pieces of evidence you can get on paper of your performance with that company. So say, your company has a recognition board for others to put up a note on the board of your performance. Collect them before they get tossed out tape them on a piece of paper and file them away. What I have also done, was called up former employees I have worked with and asked them to send an email of what they thought of me as an employee. Some replied and some didn't. That's okay! You are starting the process of evidence of your hard work you have given while being employed. In addition to having the evidence, it also helps to know, where your strengths and weaknesses are so if you want to improve on some areas, you have the feedback of where improving is needed.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Toothbrush Holders in the Office

There are some toothbrush holders out there that are very pretty to not only use in the bathroom but you can use them in your office. Some of them are decorated in mosaics, which I found a nice one at Ross for cheap. I only spent $2.99 which was on clearance. It makes a great pen and pencil holder for the desk.





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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Leftover Madness

I remember when my mom use to make meatloaf for dinner and when she made it, she would make enough to feed an entire army! I mean she would cook a lot for only a party of four. So we would have lots of leftovers, which I remember saying to myself, we are having this again. I was getting tired of eating one thing for a few days and then sometimes the leftovers would go bad. So learning from experience, I have came up with a nice way to use up the leftovers so they dont go bad or even get boring to the eye. Cause we all know, what looks good, usually tastes good. Right? With that being said, here is a great way to use up every bit of leftovers. First thing to do is mix all of your ingredients you use for a meatloaf together in a bowl, and then depending on how many people you are cooking for, divide up the meatloaf into portion size sections for each person who will be eating that meal. Next with the left over meat you have, take that and plan another meal with it. So maybe, the next day for dinner you decide you want to cook spaghetti with meat balls. With your leftover meat you have from your meatloaf, you can make your meat balls. So now you have took care of dinner for that night as well as half of the next day meal. Another great idea, specially for children, you can use the rest of your meatloaf and shape your meat in a cookie cutter or even a shaped pan. Just remember to grease your pan/cutter so the meat wont stick. Then of course the last step is to cook your meats. So now you not only have a meatloaf, but you have meatballs that are going to taste like meatloaf as well as making a meatloaf patty for your child for lunch.









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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hangers, Hangers, Hangers

It's that time to start the packing and moving out of your old place and into a new place. A new fresh chapter in our lives to make more memories, memorable. How about the packing and moving which is not to much fun specially if you have hangers every where and you just throw the in a box. Do you ever do that? I do!! I don't use wardrobe boxes, I take all of my clothes off my hangers, fold the clothes and put them in a box. Then I have another box just for my hangers..... and let me tell you, if you do this then you know what I mean, when I say, its a nightmare. My hangers get stuck in between each other and its so frustrating to pull one hanger and a bunch of them come out attached to it. Then I have hangers on the floor. No fun!! So this is my new thing I am doing. I am gathering about 10-15 hangers and taping them together just like they are when I first buy them from the store. It works GREAT!!! No mess no stress!!


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dinnerware Ideas

Here is a great idea to have portion control when eating out or even eating at home. Instead of using a large plate, downsize to a small plate, like a salad plate. Divide your plate up and place your food inside the plate keeping it away from the outer edge. This method works really good because not only is it portion control but you can actually how much is going in. Here, I have homemade red potato salad, with chicken, and a fruit salad I put together at the last minute. I use my large plates as platters like when I bake oatmeal cookies. As for my bowls, I will use them for salads.  That way, I feel like I have some use of all of my dinnerware.




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Job Seekers Assistance

Years ago, I was a homemaker for many years which in my eyes, too long, until we both decided to create a life of our own. I remember thinking back to myself, now what am I going to do with my life now. I have no one to support me, I don't have many skills since I haven't been to work in years and to top it off, I did let myself go some. No one is going to hire me looking like this and not having many, if any, skills to get my foot in the door somewhere. I had no money, which its not like I can wake up and say okay, I'm going to enroll in school to learn skills so I can get a job. I was still waiting on my alimony so I could get by until I can get a job. To make matters worse, the economy isn't doing so great, so now I had another thing working against me. So I got online and started to fill out applications anyway, and hope that I would receive a call from a company who would like to interview me. After applying to about 20 companies every two weeks, with no call backs, really worried me. So this is what I have done. I first off, polished myself up to not only look good, but to feel good about myself. I put on some makeup brushed my hair, painted my toe nails, and I even dressed up some, even if I wasn't going out that day. So now, I feel good. It took some time getting ready but at least I made a positive accomplishment for that day. I then, looked over my resume and cover letter to see if there are any updates/changes I needed to make. I next, sat down with my computer, and I typed in every store I was going to apply to. Then, I typed in every company I would go on a regular basis to. So for an example: Wells Fargo Bank, Starbucks Coffee, Safeway and Luckys, Rite Aid, and so forth. I then, would go on each website to see how they want their applicants to apply, whether its in store, or online. If it was in-store, I would print out a cover letter and resume and go to the store and ask for a job application. I would turn in the application by speaking with the Hiring Manager and then I would go home and write the day I applied and the Hiring Managers name. If it was online, I would apply online, and again, keep a log of when I applied. I would wait for two business days, and I would give the store a call asking who the hiring manager is and if he/she is available. Once the Hiring Manager answered the line, I would ask them if they have received my application from online. Next, I would wait for one week later and I give the store a call and ask the status of my application, whether you have applied in store or online. Meanwhile, I was holding a mock interview with a friend over the phone and rehearsing in front of the mirror so I can watch myself to see if there would be something to change to make it better. Soon enough, I have been getting call backs. I was so excited to know that companies want to meet me. So I went for this job interview one day and the Hiring Manager said to me, I see you in here all the time. You buy the Vanilla flavored Starbucks coffee drinks. I thought to myself, very impressive! She knew the flavor of my drink. She really pays attention on who comes in her store and what they buy. She then told me about the job and asked me when I can start. So now I have learned, to apply to places I am a regular customer to better my chances of getting a job and to be persistent.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

3 – Tier Organizers

The tier organizer is not only great for can foods, or spices, but it also can be used for organizing any body lotions, perfumes, medications, vitamins, any arts and crafts, and so much more you can do with these. They are expandable so they can fit on your shelf. Some of them like the one below, has a rubbery top to it so the items you put on it wont shift. They come in solid white without the rubber topping, and bamboo. You can get them at Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, Kmart, and some other stores. There are different kinds of these organizers available; like the 3 tier wire rack.




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For the dog lovers

Dollar Tree has these trash bags that are lightly scented. You get 50 in a bag for just a $1. Yes, 50 of them. I love them! They work well when I walk my dog. They make great poop bags. I store them in a drawer were all my my pet supplies are for dog walking, so they don't take up much space. I love them! They come in pink and blue. I haven't seen white, although they do have them on the Dollar Tree website.




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Novelty Shaped Pans

Now here is a great idea for Superbowl weekend, or even for just a sports night with family and friends. Okay, so I was checking out Micheal's Arts and Crafts and they have these amazing novelty shaped pans that is normally used for baking cakes, however, why couldn't you use it to bake a meatloaf?!    I personally have not tried it yet, however, I will be the next time I make meatloaf. It comes in all different shapes and sizes. Since meatloaf is good with almost any kind of sauce, it would be fun to use as part of décor on the loaf.





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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Reusable Bags

Before I have never used a reusable bag until I have received them as gifts. I now have an amazing beautiful collection of them I use when I go grocery shopping, and farmers market. I take one of the smaller bags I have and take my lunch in it for work. I use one of the bags for my knitting, I put my knitting needles and yarn in there with a patter book so when Im at an appointment I can knit, or read while I wait to be called. They are also good for children who stays over their family or friends house. The reusable bags come in all colors, patterns, and sizes, to where they make a nice added touch of décor if used properly such as a trash bag for your car. They even make awesome gifts for a house warming. You can put in some goodies inside the bag and tie a bow around it like a gift basket and give it away as a gift. Some ideas to put inside the bag could be a basket you can find at a dollar tree, with a homemade recipe in a mason jar, a personalized cookbook of some good recipes, a couple of kitchen towels, a shopping list pad with a pen, and what ever else you would like to add in. That way, they have a few things to get them started, their reusable bag they have for groceries, a basket they can use to keep their items organized, kitchen towels to start them off, one of your favorite recipes, a small cookbook of some helpful ideas for meals, as well as a pen and paper to do their shopping. Here are some of the reusable bags I use that I love.

Where I keep my bags organized.

This one comes with a mini version. 





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Bedding Terror

I don't know about you, but I sure don't like sleeping in my bed and waking up to a fitted sheet that has come off on a side or two of my mattress. Every morning I have to fix the sheet and it takes away some time during my day just to pull everything off and fixing it. So here is an experiment I have tried and has worked. I put my fitted sheet on my box spring and then placed a bed skirt over the box spring. So not only does this takes care of my fitted sheet problem, but it also keeps my bed skirt from moving around to much if the mattress happens to shift a little. On top of my bed, I use the flat sheet as my top sheet. I tuck in the top sheet and use that as my foundation of my bed. Another good tip to use in sheet, blankets, even comforters, is to buy a size larger than what your original size bed is. If you have a full size bed, I go up to a Queen when purchasing blankets, and comforters.


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Jewelry for Decorating, Really?

One day, I was putting my flowers I bought from Safeway into a vase I had, which looks similar to the vase below, and I thought to myself, how I can add to the vase to help it look for beautified. I tried added in some of the colored rock pebbles from Micheal's which are great decorative piece to have in the house, but it just wasn't filling my need for what I was looking for. So I pulled out my jewelry box, and found a necklace I wrapped around the neck of the vase so the charm would be resting on the bigger portion of the vase. It looked amazing!!! I wish at the time, I would have taken a photo of it so I can share it with all of you, but this was a while back ago so I thought I wasn't going to be talking about my creative ideas on a blog. Also, what I have done was purchase a stretchy bracelet from the dollar tree, my favorite store, and I put that around the neck of a smaller vase. Again, it looks really nice. It dresses up the vase with the flowers. It adds in the perfect touch. You can get the bracelets at an Arts and Crafts store, Dollar Tree, Target, etc... 





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Inexpensive way to Pamper

I live by Dollar Tree which is my world! I like them because there are so many good products they offer to customers for just a dollar. I like to make a trip there and get creative for a low cost gift or even for myself. So this is what I came up with. I am using a candy jar I have purchased from Dollar Tree. I actually used this jar for Christmas Candy. Being that Christmas is over and I'm not a big candy eater, I have decided to use this jar as a bath spa jar for my bathroom. I like the size of this jar because when its time to refill the jar, I can always switch it up a little and put another kind of bath bead in there. However, there are so many sizes to choose from. So what I have done, was poured in some of the bath beads and added in some baby oil to it. I love how the baby oil helps to soften my skin. Plus when you open the jar, the aroma of the baby oil smells really nice. Its not heavy or to light of a scent. I would be careful to add in some baby oil to a scented bath bead as though it may take away from the scent of the bead.


I also found some pretty candle holders with some decorative rocks and two candles I choose for my bathroom. Its a nice way to save money but get the feel and look of what you want for your bathroom. I have always enjoyed the pampering feel I get when its my time to relax and prepare for my day. Its a calming place to help our bodies and mind to unwind while drinking a class of wine or hot green tea with soft music to listen to. All of these items only cost me $7.00.





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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Beauty Products

When you buy your beauty products, like makeup, bath oils, etc.... Do you ever wonder how long you have kept them and used them after they have expired? When I was younger, I would use my mascara until I couldn't use it anymore. When it dried out, I added some water to it and kept using it for about 2 years. Then one day, I woke up with eye discomfort and I made an appointment to go see my doctor. She said, I had gotten an eye infection. She prescribed me some medications for my eye. I went home, and went through all of my makeup and tossed everything I had that has been in my makeup bag for 2 years, plus. With that being said, old makeup, and sharing makeup can cause eye infections. So what I have started to do, is every time, I purchase a new makeup product, even my skin care products, I date them with the expired date of when they will expire. So for an example: My eyeshadow I purchased two years ago, which I have dated my eyeshadow for 12/1/2014 and my foundation is dated for 12/1/2014 as well.  I will post a Beauty Product expiration sheet on my blog under "Checklists" on Thursday.  



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Odor Control

I personally do not like it when my closets, car, trash cans, bathrooms, cupboards, shoes, bedrooms, etc... either it smells really bad or there is just no scent to smell. So what I have came up with which works nicely is using the car fresheners from the automotive section at a store or even Auto Zone, Peppy Boys, etc... I do not open it all the way, I only pull out the tip part of it so the scent wont be strong of a scent to where it would be too strong to have in a closed off area, like the closet. Unless of course you like strong scents. I like this method because I feel I can control how strong I want my closets to smell and the scent lasts for awhile. I have one hanging in my closet on my clothes rack, one in all of my trash cans which I place under the garbage bags. There are so many scents out there to choose from; Jasmin, Lavender, Morning Fresh, New Car Scent, Cinnamon Apple, Vanilla, Peachy Peach, just to name a few.






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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Kids Not Eating What They Don't Like

In this case I would use the Self Love Technique. This would be great technique for kids who struggle with eating healthy. However, I do feel they would need more of a feeling of accomplishment, something to look forward to, for when they do meet their goals. So with that being said, perhaps choosing a reward to where they can not resist the work which needs to be done to get that prize at the end of their mission. So here's an example: Calista gets a dinner plate with fries, fish sticks, and vegetables. She sees everything on her plate and she starts eating her fries first, then moves on to her fish sticks and now is full and wants to go play but is not able to until she eats her veggies. So this is what I would do. I would first have her sit down at the table and I would explain to her why its so important to eat her vegetables. I would explain to her what the rewards are for eating them. So in this example, I will use star stickers. Every time she eats all of her vegetables, she will get a star placed by her name on a chart, when the boxes fill up with stars, then she will get a barbie doll at the end of the month. Then, I would serve not only her but the whole family vegetables first, (I will choose carrots for this example), which I will only put two carrots on her plate. Once she eats the two carrots, I then will serve everyone at the table, the rest of the meal, fish sticks and fries. Then for her next meal which will be the next day, I will do the same technique but add in more carrots. Each day, I would continue to add more to her plate until I felt she is getting her portion size. This is a really good way of getting kids to eat what they don't like, because one, they are hungry, so whatever is in front of them, there is a better chance for them to eat it. Two, out of mind out of sight. If they don't get to see right away what is coming up next for dinner, which is their favorite, fries, and fish sticks, then its not going to be a tease for them. Whats not there is not visible. Three, she will see everyone else eating their vegetables. Setting good examples will always have an impact around you. 

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Self Love Technique

A while ago, I was researching on how to get motivated to do things in life, whether its to organize my place, walk everyday, figure out what I was going to do to live a productive life for myself. I found a method, which works, even for my boyfriend, which is a shocker! What I did was I made little pieces of paper with the rooms that I want to work on and organize, so like, bathroom cabinet, medicine cabinet shelf 1-3, linen closet shelf 1-6, personal hygiene closet shelf 1-6, coat closet, first two dresser drawers, etc.... I really broke it down, instead of doing bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, etc... it felt really overwhelming to just write down one room at a time. I would look at the room and say to myself, FORGET IT!! so that's why I broke it down to smaller sections. I folded all of the little papers and put them in a mason jar with a lid and set it on my desk. I pulled one out and the first one said, linen closet shelf number 3.So I pulled everything out from the linen closet for shelf number 3, and did my clean out (purging) and my organizing for the shelf. It took me about 20 mins to do it. Then I kept the little piece of paper and I put it in my decorate urn, yes you read it right an urn, I have on my desk.  Every so often, I will look at it to see everything that I have accomplished.  Once I was done with that shelf, I was energized to do more, so I started again, and pulled out another piece of paper.

 Another good thing that works, is everyday, choose five items to work on for the piece of paper you have pulled from the jar. So for example: This time I have pulled coat closet. What I am going to do is pull 5 things I want to get rid of and I am going to do this everyday until its time to organize it and get it to the way I want it. I tried this method before, but, for me, I wanted a little more of a challenge so I did it the first way I've talked about. Just remember it doesn't matter how fast you get it done, what matters is that you got it done and should feel great about all of your accomplishments you have made. Plus now, your closet is not only clean, but organized and it will help you to keep the stress down and you will be able to know where everything is.

My second mason jar I have is called my Health Missions. In this jar, I have many missions I want to incorporate in my daily life that pertains to health. To name a few, one of my pieces of paper states, drink one bottle of water daily for a week, walk 5 mins a day, say hello to someone everyday, and more. So they are like good habits!! As you know, I broke these up as well instead of saying, eat healthy, work on social phobia, drink more water. So now, after a week has gone by, I will re-write another piece of paper that will say, walk 10 mins day, drink 2 bottles of water a day, say hello to two people a day. So as each week goes by, I will have added in more and more challenges for me to accomplish. Just remember to pull a goal each day. Oh and its decorative.
Here are the post its I use for my goals in my mason jars. I cut the sticky part of it off so they don't stick together.







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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Decorating Desk Space Ideas

Here are a few tips you can use to decorate your desk and your office chair. I have used a table runner before on my desk. I find it works nicely. It not only adds a touch of color, but it creates a completed space. Some other options you can use for decorating the top of you desk, is cut up a sheet you like to the width size you want and drape over desk. You can even use a throw blanket, fold in threes and drape over. For your office chair, I use a pillow and a throw blanket to tie in my office chair with my desk. The pillow I use is really comfortable for my back as well as having a throw blanket right behind me, gives me the option to use on really cold nights. Below I have posted some photos of what these look like.


Throw Blanket to add color

A sheet I folded in threes.

Gold throw blanket with a cream color pillow.


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Desk Space Ideas

With all of the different kinds of technology options we have these days, it allows us to become organized in our own little way. This could be from keeping track of all of our appointments, to having a built in GPS to give us directions on where we need to go, and even allowing us to have more space in our home. I use my laptop since I no longer have a desk top computer, which I feel they are big, they take up a lot of space, which I could use the space for something else. With that being said, I found that using my pull out desk drawer for a place to store some of my things, I use everyday; like my laptop. Its easy access, keeps things hidden and uses the space nicely. I will post a few pictures of some options you can use for your pull out drawer.


Laptop and Kindle

Contact Info, Coupon Organizers, and Kindle

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Keepsake Box

I don't know about you, but I feel that keys and wallets should not be showing out in the open. So what I came up with is storing the keys and wallet in a keepsake box. You can get them almost anywhere. I personally like Things Remembered just because I can have a note or something engraved on the top of the box. Its also a really nice gift to give to a loved on for him or her to have on their nightstand with their personal items in there; like a watch, wallet, keys, and other things that mean a lot to them.



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What to do with Knitting Needles/ Pant Organizers

I have always struggled with my necklaces getting tangled up with other necklaces or even themselves. Its just a pain to try and get them all untangled. So what I thought is I have some extra knitting needles I don't use. So why let them sit there in my closet and take up space when I can put them to use, somehow. So I thought about hanging two hooks, which you can get at (Walmart, Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, Walgreen's, hardware store, and many more), then put some of your necklaces on a knitting needle and rest the needle on the two hooks. I am currently using a scarf organizer for my necklaces, along with my hats, and purses.

Another idea is to use a pant organizer which you can get at Bed Bath and Beyond for $7.99. I use it for all of my scarfs. There is a lot of room on these hangers to have many scarves on them. I like the way it looks and its portable if I would ever need to take it when I go on vacations.
Here is the link for the pant organizer:



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Filing Pay stubs

So one day, I was cleaning out my file cabinet and saw my pay stub file was getting thick and taking up a lot of space. It was looking really bad and I wasn't able to find my current pay stub and my first pay stub I needed to get an apartment. So I came up with a system that seems to work very well. What I did was for each year I did my taxes I would print my copies of my tax forms, then I put the pay stubs for that year behind the forms. Now I feel organized and I know where my pay stubs are when I need them for the future.


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Decorative Boxes

So I was cleaning out my linen closet a few months ago, and I was struggling to find out ways to save space. I had a big bottle of multi vitamins that was 500 count, b complex 100 count, etc... No matter how many times I have cleaned it and got rid of things, it still seemed like I have no room for anything. So what I have figured out, was I put all of my vitamins in a zip lock bag, (small or large; depending on how many you have) and I would label the bag with what was in the bag and the dosage amount. I then pulled out a photo box which has been empty for some time now, and I put all of my medications (which they are in there container they came in) , and vitamins in the box. Now I have so much space in my linen closet that when I need to get in there, I'm not feeling overwhelmed. The best part, being that the bags are clear, I can see how many I have left and I can plan to buy more when I run low. I love it!

Before

After


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Mini Makers

There are so many ways to use the mini makers like the cake pop or the donut maker. I just love these makers. I recently have used the mini cupcake maker and I cooked mini pancakes. I added in some batter a little under half way, and then I added a few M&Ms, the mini ones, and I topped with more batter. Once done and I let them cool, I topped it off with cake frosting and some sprinkles. Fast fun and easy to clean.


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Coffee Creamer is not just for Coffee

Okay so one day, I was making pancakes for dinner and I was thinking on how plain my pancakes are. So I came up with a solution that worked. In my batter, I have added in liquid flavored coffee creamer and then I cooked them and they were so good!

Another good food to add in flavored coffee creamer is oatmeal. I don't know about you, but I do not like plain oatmeal. I have tried the flavors they do have like the maple and brown sugar, peaches and cream and a few others, which they all are pretty good. However, I personally like to buy in large or in bulk which helps me save money.

Last but not least, hot coco. One of my favorite drinks to have after dinner. I heat up my water for 3 minutes in the microwave, add in my hot coco, and then I add in 3 tablespoons of Irish coffee creamer. Yummy!!!


For all three of these ideas the best part of it all is, I got to control how much of the flavor I wanted to taste. Depending on your portion size will determine how much of the coffee creamer to add in to your meals or drinks.


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