Monday, February 6, 2023

Happy Homemaker Monday _ Feb. 6, 2023

 Can you believe it is the first Monday of February all ready? Where does time go these days? I am so busy today that I am going to be up late just to finish the basics of the day. I've already been to the grocery for my father in law, made lunch for husband and co worker, called about a prescription, called a dentist office, and several chores for my Pink Zebra business. I have got dinner on the stove cooking and I will head to pick my granddaughter up soon. 

I am taking her to an American Heritage Girls meeting tonight to see if it is something she is interested in. Has anyone participated in that group? She attends a private Christian school so I felt that it might be something she would enjoy. She needs to be with other kids as there really is not any girls near us or even kids that are her age. 


Happy Homemaker Monday is a party that many bloggers take part in and you can read more about it at Sandra's blog. She also has a group of us that are attempting to blog 365 days this year and so this post will cover both of those groups today. 


** The Weather**
It is very sunny out today, but the temperatures sure don't seem to go with the sun. It has warmed to the middle 40's, I think. It is supposed to be warmer tomorrow, but chances of rain increase daily as the temperatures do and then snow possible Friday and Saturday. UGH!!


** As I Look Out My Window**
I see the sun and a pretty cardinal, but I also see the wind blowing quite a bit. I can see the play area for the grands and wish that it was just a bit warmer in order for them to be outside. 


** Right Now I Am**
Rushing to get this written so that I can head to the school to pick up my doll. She is not aware that I am coming so it will be a huge surprise for her. We are going to come back to my house and hopefully do her bath and homework before she goes to the meeting tonight. This week I plan to have her here often as she enjoys being here.


** Thinking**
I have a lot on my mind and I can't share it all with you. I am busy planning how I will get everything accomplished today, but I know God will make a way. I need God to work in a huge way right now and I have several things that I need answers with. Nothing serious, but some issues that are just too big for me. 


** On My TV**
Nothing at the moment, but I will be watching the episode of Fire Country that I missed last week. I have it on the DVR. I am reading and doing more crafts now than watching TV.


** Listening To**
I am learning to listen to more podcasts and I will listen to my Thankful Homemaker one on the way to the school. I find that the car is the best place for me to enjoy these as it is usually uninterrupted. I enjoy Pod Of Tea too. Made in Hollywood with William Leon and Mark Marchillo is another one that I catch often as it is my daughter's cousin that does it. 


** On The Lunch & Dinner Plate**
For lunch, it was corn dog in the air fryer and mac and cheese. For dinner, it will be a bowl of beans and cornbread. Things are easy today due to the busy day that I have. 


** On The Menu**
Monday - Beans and Cornbread
Tuesday  - Pork Roast, Carrots, and Potatoes
Wednesday - ??
Thursday -
 A new chicken teriyaki recipe that my husband found. 
Friday - ?


** On My Reading Pile**
I am thrilled to say that I am reading The Chocolate Falcon Fraud book by JoAnna Carl. I am on page 65 and will read more later. I enjoy this series and it won't take long to finish it. I will move onto another book that I got at the library after that.


** On My To Do List**
There are so many things that I would break the computer if I were to type them all out. I have a planner page completely full of things to do today. 


** Crafting**


I want to finish this tonight. I only have the top two flowers left on the left side and it will be done. I plan to sell this one. If anyone here is interested, let me know. If not, it will be listed elsewhere this week. My husband thinks that I need to do more of these as many people have asked about them. 


**Looking Around**
I see a lot of work that needs to be done. There is laundry that needs washed today, a floor that needs swept and mopped, vacuuming that will need done, tea that needs made. The thoughts of all of it are enough to wear me out. I don't know why things are so hard today. OH it's Monday!


*** PRAYER LIST***
My daughter and her precious baby - a healthy pregnancy
My grandkids as they may be making some huge changes this week
My granddoll as she is having speech issues. 



*** Bible Verse***



Sunday, February 5, 2023

Sunday Smiles _ Be A Hero

Would you want to be a superhero? What would you do with your super powers? Do you have one power that you would prefer over a different one? 

A smile can be powerful! A smile can make you a super hero in the eyes of a child. I wish I could design a super hero that could be put into a cartoon or comic book that randomly done acts of kindness for a child and that smiled at everyone he/she met and spoke kindly all the time. Kids need that kind of a super hero. 



Blog 365 sponsored by Sandra at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom is a community of bloggers that have decided to post every day this year. Will you join her?









Saturday, February 4, 2023

Kindness Matters - Kids Version - Blog 365 Sat. Feb. 4

 


Kids need us to smile! A smile relays love, kindness, and caring to them. Many kids need a smile from someone outside the home because home life may not be good. Kids need to see kindness to treat others kindly. 

A sad or abused child might not be kind to others at school simply because they have never been shown kindness. A child that doesn't run and play, talk a lot, or smile might be the child that needs kindness the most. Parents, we MUST teach our children kindness!



Friday, February 3, 2023

Friday Lunch - Blog 365

 It is the first Friday in February and I am going to attempt to start another regular weekly post. It is going to be titled Friday Lunch or Foodie Friday, which do you like better. 

It is going to be a short post and it will simply say what I am having for lunch. If you would like to hop aboard and tell us in your own post that is fine as well. 

Today is a nice quick cheese quesadilla. It is tortilla shells, shredded taco cheese and a slice of provolone cheese. It should be quite tasty! Since it is in the skillet, I will see if I can find a Google Image that I can share. 

 


So what are you having for lunch today? I bet it is delicious!!

Have a great Friday!!

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Pink Zebra New Catalog _ Blog 365

It's Groundhog's Day and that darn groundhog seen his shadow which legend says means 6 more weeks of bad weather. UGH! I am ready for the cold to leave us and some sunshine and warmer temperatures to be here. I will say that I am thankful not to be in Texas and the other states that are having so much ice. I guess the cold is not so bad. Looking at things from a different perspective makes the cold a little more bearable. 

Many of you know that I am an independent executive consultant with Pink Zebra. Pink Zebra is a home fragrance and décor company that specializes in non toxic wax that is blendable in order to allow the customer to create their own scent. We have introduced our spring and summer catalog and I am excited to announce that I think the scents are some of our best in the 8 years that I have been with the company. 

Florals are always a hit in summer as well as beach scents and we have managed to capture some of the best in this catalog. Pink Peony, Beach Walk, Tiki Beach, and Sangria Sunset are some of my favorites. We do have lots of clean fragrances as well. Our Air Care + line has expanded, which gives you the option to have some scent along with being an odor neutralizer. The Floral Delight Air Care + is a really nice light floral scent that I think belongs in every home. 

Here is a list of the scents that we have available. 

You purchase either in a 3.75 ounce bag or a 16 ounce carton. The carton is a better deal as you are basically getting a bag free. Who doesn't love free?

Here is a flyer that tells more about what Sprinkles are. The reason that we do Sprinkles instead of bars or  cubes is because you are able to control the scent better and it makes them blendable. Become a mixologist when you purchase two scents that blend nicely together. 



An example of a mix

How do you warm them, you ask? We have a fabulous selection of Simmer Pots available. 
Nice for any home in about any room. 

Great for a kids room

Even good for a nursery, play room, or a child's bedroom. Even little boys like these. 

More for the fun side of life. 

Our Simmer Pots only allow the wax to heat to body temperature and that makes them safer to use in children's rooms. Will our wax work in other warmers? Of course, we only recommend ours for maximum performance of our Sprinkles. 

We have Simmering Lights available as well. They work the same as our Simmer Pots, other than they have a light with them. 
Here is the correct way to use our lights. As you can see, very simple. We have several lights to choose from as well. Each one brings a distinctive look to your home. One of fashion and unique to your personality, but fragrances your home so that anyone that walks in will smell the wonderful aroma coming from it. 





Patterned or Plain is simply your call. 


There are many more items in our catalog, but I think I have shown enough for now. Check out our diffusers and our scented Go Cards that you can place in your car as well. My mechanic loves for me to bring my car in with one of our many fragrances in it. 

You can find all of these items and more at my website. Any one from here that orders and let's me know that they by email to pzcarol1@yahoo.com, I will send a free gift too. I can verify all orders once they are placed. I appreciate each of you taking time to read this and to those that order, thank you for supporting my small business!!!


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

A Colebridge Quilted Christmas Review


 Here is the review that I placed on Good Reads for this book. Many of you are aware that it took me several months to read this and that I was not impressed with the book. My rating for it is 1 star out of 5.


*As a new reader of both the series and the author, I must say that I found this book to not be an enjoyable read. 


A Colebridge Quilted Christmas is book 7 of this series of this quaint little town. I was not aware of that when I began reading it. The book is a stand alone book, but speaks of the characters that has been in the previous books. The town sounds like a nice place to visit that might be full of tourists at Christmas time to visit the Mistletoe Market, but the excitement for the town even begins to sway following the long and uninteresting story that follows. 


I found the main character, Anne has lost her husband in a previous book and is now a single mom that works a floral shop as well as controls a property investment that her husband made. She says her employees are like family, but it seems as though she uses them for many more tasks that what employees would actually be expected to do. 


This book suggests the beginning of a romance with the new Reverend Jack Fletcher, but just as the story moves along slowly so does this hint of romance. In the end, she really doesn't say whether she will ever be with Jack or not. She speaks of not being sure she needs to move on. 


The entire book is a mundane series of the daily life of Anne, her employees, and the Reverend with a few other characters thrown in. There really is nothing that happens in the entire book to make me think that I would ever read another book in the series or by this author.*


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Tuesday Kindness _ Blog 365 - Jan. 31, 2023

 

It's Tuesday! Practice kindness!

Each day we need to start with a kind act and follow through our day with that mindset. You are wonderful and blessed. Bless someone else today!

Monday, January 30, 2023

Happy Homemaker Monday - Jan. 30, 2023 Blog 365

 It is a cold nasty Monday morning here and we are under a winter weather advisory due to light snow, ice, freezing drizzle, etc. 


*** The Weather ***

As I said before it is cold, icy and a mess outside right now. I am thankful that I have a couple of hours before I need to leave and head out. I am hoping the roads are a bit better by then. It is supposed to be cold with temperatures in the teens at night. How many days till spring?

*** As I Look Out My Window ***

Ice and windy. Very gloomy out and there will be no sun today. The worst part of winter is that the sun rarely shines in January and that makes for a dreary month. 

*** Right Now I Am ***

Listening to the news and praying that my daughter and grand are safe driving. She is in a mini van and the roads are slick. She is not confident in her driving in the winter conditions. The news casters are saying it is quite slick out. 

*** Thinking ***

I am thinking of what plans I have for the week and attempting to think of a way to do a really fun game night for my Pink Zebra business. If any of you would like to join in playing free bingo and other fun stuff. I would love to have you join my VIP group


*** On My TV ***

I will be watching my recording of Fire Country on my DVR today. I will also be watching a couple of shows that my husband recorded last week. We watched the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals game last night and what a game!!!


*** Listening To ***

I have the news on now to listen to the weather and road conditions as I need to go out later. I have a new song that I have discovered as well that I am enjoying. 

It's called My Jesus by Anne Wilson and I absolutely love it!

*** On My Lunch Plate ***

I truly don't know what I will have for lunch today. I will be at my friends house and I am sure we will have some sandwiches or something. 

*** On The Menu***

Monday : Pot Roast 
Tuesday : Pork Tenderloin
Wednesday : Beef and Noodles
Thursday : Chicken of some kind
 
After that I am not sure what the plan will be. Going to ask my husband tonight what he would like. 

*** On My Reading Pile ***

I have finally finished the book I was reading and you will see a review on it shortly. I will now start a mystery. I believe it will be 


I have read several of these in this series and enjoyed each of them and I am happy to be returning to reading them. 


*** On My To Do List***

Cleaning and laundry is on the list for today as well as visiting my friend and working. 


*** Crafting***

I am finishing another diamond art painting and this one might be for sale. It is a group of cherry branches. It is one that my mom liked and purchased for me. 


*** Looking Around***

I see a house that I was not in last week due to being at my daughters. I see work that needs done to organize and clean again. I see Christmas that has to be put into the attic this week as well. I am ready to decorate for Valentine's Day. 


*** From The Camera ***

Our Mercedes. She is a Great Dane and such a sweet baby. I wish she did not shed as much as she does, but it is a part of life now. 


*** Bible***

Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)



Until next week, I pray that you each have a special and very blessed day. 







Sunday, January 29, 2023

Sunday Smiles - Blog365 - Jan. 29

 Good Morning! I pray that you have a blessed day! It is a cloudy, rainy day here but we are still blessed to be alive. 

Every Sunday morning, I like to post a positive reminder of how life can be good and full of smiles. I like to make every one smile in daily life and I am on a kindness trend this year. We need more kindness in the world. Peace can't come without kindness and understanding. 



How could you not smile at this cute little duck with the huge flowers on it's head? 

This little giraffe is just as cute as the duck. He is right as well with his thoughts. 





Saturday, January 28, 2023

Saturday Scripture - Blog 365 Jan.28

 Hello! Grab a cup of coffee, hot tea, or any drink that you like and sit with me for a bit this morning. I am happy to say it is Saturday, you are alive, and you are able to read this. You already have a lot to be grateful for. 

Do you realize how often we are so busy that we don't realize just how much we have to be thankful for or grateful for? Do you have a home? Be thankful. Are you alive this morning? Even if you aren't feeling well or you have problems, you are still alive and should be thankful. Do you have a job? Be thankful. Do you have children, a spouse, family? Be thankful, someone has lost one of those today. We get too caught up in our lives to thank God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us. 

I am grateful that God gave me another day, grateful that I will see my grandbabies today, grateful that I have spent a week with my daughter, grateful for a job, grateful that I still have my mom and she is healthy. Grateful for my husband, although we have truly struggled with our relationship the past year. Thankful and grateful for two amazing grandbabies and a third one on the way. Grateful that I am in a home that I find comforting and warm. Grateful for the food in our home. So many things and yet, how easily we forget.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Do we have all that we want? Probably not, we are human and always want more. Do we have all that our neighbors have? Possibly not. However, God doesn't say that He will give us all that we want and desire, He says He will give us all our need! Needs and wants are not always the same thing. I might think I need a new car, but I really just want it. All I need is a way to get from point A to point B. We might want to live without a struggle, but our need is to be alive. 

Do we sometimes thank God for unanswered prayers? Yes, we do. We may pray for a relationship that God knows is not best for us and that never happen, but another relationship comes along that makes us happier than we ever would have been with the first one. Thank God for that unanswered prayer.  We may pray to win the lottery, but God knows the struggles and unhappiness that might bring. He wants to fulfill our needs. We can work on getting all the other things that we want. 

God knows our needs- we just need to let Him work!




Friday, January 27, 2023

Happy Friday - Blog 365

 

Welcome to my 28th post for the year! I have joined Sandra at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom to blog every day this year. Hop over to her website and see what all the fuss is about. 

It is Friday and I will be heading to the home show again this week to help my daughter out with her booth. I have been here all week, but it has been a slow week for sales. I am hoping today is better and that her weekend is fabulous. I won't be here for all of that. I am heading home tomorrow. 

I always hate leaving her, but I do like to be home with the grands. 

I hope you all do as little work as possible today. Enjoy your Friday!



Happy Homemaker Monday _ Feb. 6, 2023

 Can you believe it is the first Monday of February all ready? Where does time go these days? I am so busy today that I am going to be up la...