Friday, April 17, 2015


Acknowledge your past successes. You’ll then be more confident in taking on new challenges, and you’ll be more likely to accomplish them.
Peace & Blessings,
Our Journey to Balance

I love that the weather has been warming up, although it has been a little breezy. Most days, if it's not raining, I open all the windows and let the air freshen the apartment. It also feels so good to be able to sit outside again and read my bible in the mornings.

My oldest daughter was happy to finally receive her refund, so she treated us to dinner out this week. We always pass by this restaurant on the way to Hobby Lobby and it was nice that we were finally able to stop in for dinner.  
I had a variety of delicious foods, salmon, chicken and broccoli, lo mein, a spring roll and dumplings. It's a lot, I know, but portion sizes always go out the window when I'm at a buffet. That's why I don't go often.
I also hung out at my daughter's apartment a couple of nights ago. I didn't want to go empty handed so I baked a lemon, blueberry yogurt cake to take with me.
It was good and really moist. This was another Pinterest recipe, by the way. I made this cake twice last year and I just knew that I'd probably make it again in the Spring. 
Well I hope you enjoyed your week and I'm wishing you a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April Morning

Do you still own a typewriter? What a cool way to write someone a letter!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. I really enjoyed mine. Sunday, I went to church with the family then we came home and had a nice dinner. Since sweet potato pie is one of those desserts that my family loves to eat year round, I made sure it was on the menu for dessert. We had pie while we were watching A.D. The Bible that night.

Today, my youngest daughter spent the whole day with me. We were having the last couple slices of pie and watching movies on Netflix when I had an idea.

Me: "Hey, let's do a DIY project today."
My daughter: "Okay."
Me: "Don't you want to know what kind of project I have in mind?"
My daughter: "What is it?"
Me: "Let's do another sharpie mug, but this time with a paint marker."
My daughter: "Sounds good."

For the past couple of years, I've been seeing sharpie mugs all over Pinterest. Every time I saw them, I thought that I should totally try that! A few months ago, I did finally make a DIY mug of my own. I thought it turned out pretty good. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way that the plain regular sharpie markers do not work for this project. I should have used an oil based Sharpie paint marker instead. Even though I avoided putting the mug in the dishwasher, it began to fade after several hand washings. This is what the mug looked like when I first made it.

This is what it looks like now... :( 
Today, I'm going to try making another DIY sharpie mug with my daughter, but this time, we're using a paint marker. They cost a little more than a regular magic marker, but I found a Sharpie oil based paint marker at Walmart for only $2.64. The mugs were also found at Walmart for only 88 cents. My daughter decided to do her name with stickers, but she had to keep readjusting them to get the letters straight. Once she peeled the stickers off, it turned out great.
A first, I wasn't exactly sure what to do with my cup since I'm not an artist, but I tried to draw a bird that seemed kind of easy. We baked our cups in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
I added a little message on the inside of my mug, too. It's just another thing that will put a smile on my face when I'm enjoying my last sip of coffee in the mornings, or when I'm having tea at night. 
If you're interested in trying this project, you can follow the link below to get step by step instructions:

Just remember, if you want your design to stay put, use a paint marker. Well, I'm about to get dinner started so, I will catch up with all of you later tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Just Checking In

This is a short post, but I just wanted to say a quick hello. I've really been looking forward to April and now, it's finally here! April is a great month to enjoy the beginning of the warm season. It's also filled with quite a few days to celebrate, like Easter, April Fool's Day, Earth Day and towards the end of the month, my birthday.

Oh and here's an update. Some of you may already be aware of  this, but for those of you who are new to this blog, I stopped eating meat on January 1st. It was a challenge that I accepted from my daughters and it was supposed to be for 90 days. Now, I would love to be able to tell everyone that I passed that challenge with flying colors, but that wasn't my story. My youngest daughter didn't make it either. We did really good for a while, but I guess our cravings got the best of us. I am pleased to say that my oldest daughter is still going strong and she plans to continue her vegetarian journey until the end of the year.

With that said, I wanted to share a recipe that I discovered on Pinterest. It is Chicken Parmesan Casserole and I made it for my family last night. It was also a big hit... Score! I forgot to take a picture of it since dinner was a little later than normal and everybody was ready to eat. I will share the link. I love the wonderful video that's also included with step by step instructions. If you decide to try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Wishing you all a delightful week.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Things That Make Me Smile


Hello friends. I know it's been awfully quiet in my corner, but these past couple of weeks have really been stressful. Here lately, I've been feeling kind of down. I'm normally a very cheerful person, but I've found myself moping around for the past few days. So, in an effort to cheer myself up, I thought it might be nice to post a list of things that make me smile. So here goes...

1. Finding new music or rediscovering old favorites. Lovely Day by Bill Withers has always been one of my favorite feel good songs.

2. Spending time with my family. They drive me crazy sometimes, but I love them all so very much and I honestly can't imagine my life without them.
3. Knowing that...

I'm a child of GOD

4. Bubble baths. Bubbles have a wonderful way of melting the stress away.

so cute

5. Wind chimes blowing in the breeze.
6. Coffee

7. Hearing the words, 'I love you.'
8. A good read... (I just finished reading this cute, inspirational story.)

Dog Cupcakes War Gif Alls-fair-in-love-and-cupcakes.jpg

9. Windows... I know, probably not what you were expecting, but there's something about windows. I mean, it could be the view, the actual window or the pretty curtains framing it. It's kind of hard to explain, but it definitely makes the list.


10. Bear hugs.
11. Watching an animated movie.

12. Chocolate... No explanation needed, I'm sure.

13. Walks in the park.
14. Flowers

15. Funny pictures that make me laugh.

Now, I could go on and on because I've really just scratched the surface here. Don't worry, this post is long enough as it is. It's just that there are so many more things that put a smile on my face and the funny thing is, just thinking about them did just that.

So tell me, what are some of the things that make you smile?

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy what's left of your weekend.

Challenge Yourself ~To do more than just exist,LIVE …Do more than touch,FEEL …Do more than look,OBSERVE …Do more than hear,LISTEN …Do more than listen, UNDERSTAND …Do more than think,PONDER …Do more than talk,SAY SOMETHING …Peace & Blessings, Our Journey to Balance 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy Monday!

Well, my youngest daughter just recently had a birthday. She's 21 now! Of course, she was excited to finally be able to have a glass of wine with her dinner. As for me, I'm still getting over the shock of having a 21 and a 22 year old now. There are days when I just sit and wonder where all the time went.

And speaking of my youngest, she spent the whole day with me yesterday. For lunch, I made a very simple salad. I only used 5 ingredients, spinach leaves, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.

I like to sprinkle a few sunflower seeds on mine, too... yum.

Since I finally picked out lamps not long ago, I've been working on styling my end tables. My end tables are small, so I knew that I didn't want a cluttered look. I really admire how some people just have a knack for putting things together. It takes me forever to figure out how to arrange things, so I try not to rush when I'm decorating. I try to take my time and find things that I really love and even then sometimes I'm constantly moving things about for days or weeks until I have that moment where something just clicks and I'm satisfied with the way it looks. Anyway, this is what I've come up with so far.

... But don't be surprised if things are rearranged different in a future picture. That's just how it is in my world.

Oh and in case some of  you were curious, I put my little dog on the other end table, next to the bowl of potpourri.

After lunch yesterday, I lit the scented candle that I picked up from Target and we all enjoyed a movie night, or movie afternoon, rather. So, my weekend was laid back, which was a good thing because I have a pretty busy week ahead. I also missed an entire week of blogging so I will be visiting with everyone today and trying to catch up. I hope you all have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by... :)


Friday, February 27, 2015

Pooh Bear

These were the flowers that hubby gave me for Valentine's Day. I love how the cute little bear is holding on to the vase for dear life. Since I used to love Winnie The Pooh, I decided to call him Pooh.

Of course Valentine's Day was more than 2 weeks ago, so my poor flowers have long since been tossed.

However, I am still enjoying Pooh. He hangs out with me when I'm on my computer.

I can't help but smile when I see him. Isn't it funny how the smallest things can bring the biggest smile to your face?

Also, my youngest daughter went with me to Home Goods and this little guy was just begging us to take him home. My daughter just loves that he's all dressed up in that little suit. In my next post, you'll see you exactly where I put him. I'll even give you a clue. I'm showing part of it in the picture above... :)

Have a wonderful weekend! 


Friday, February 20, 2015

DIY Non Slip Hangers

With the freezing temperatures we've been getting lately, I haven't been going out nearly as much as I normally do. Since I'm indoors more, I've been looking for things to do around the house to keep me busy. Well, I took a good, long look at my bedroom closet and figured I'd start there. For me, it's the perfect time to get a head start on my spring cleaning. I know, it's only February, but I figured there's nothing like organizing the closet to cure me of boredom.

Not all of my hangers match. Right now, I have a combination of different colored plastic, clear plastic, wire, quite a few with those foam non slip covers, wooden and dry cleaning hangers. It wasn't attractive at all. I've always admired how matching hangers make everything look neater, so I decided to only use hangers that were the same colors and style. I already had some wooden hangers, I just needed a lot more. I know that a lot of people decide against wooden hangers because they're twice as thick, but I don't need a lot of space since I don't have a huge wardrobe. For the most part, I'm a jeans and t shirt kind of girl and I have the tendency to wear the same things over and over again.

The one problem I have with hangers like this, is that a few of my favorite outfits with thin straps, slip right off of the edge of the hanger. Some of my favorite dresses even fall to the floor while I'm sliding those hangers around to look for something to wear. Well, I found an easy fix that will work perfectly.

To turn basic wooden hangers (or any other type, really) into non slip hangers, all you need is some rubber cement. I picked up a bottle for $1.98 at Target. I started off by spreading open a trash bag to use as my drop cloth in case things got too messy.

All I did was brush a thin layer along the hanger's edge. Then hung them up to dry over the shower rod. Just to be sure, I gave it 24 hours. That's it!

Once the adhesive dries, it will be slightly tacky, like rubber and the clothing will not slip off the edges of the hanger. And my favorite part is that it doesn't change the look of the hanger at all like rubber bands, hot glue and pipe cleaners would. The non slip hangers look the same as those without the coating and unless you run your fingers along the edge, you can't even tell it's there.

Now, I didn't do this with every wooden hanger in my closet. I only have a few pieces with thin straps, but they all stay put now... Woohoo!

Next, I'll work on rearranging my clothes a bit.


Wishing you a happy weekend... :)