Thursday, January 31, 2019

Candy Club!

Hey neighbors!!

Take a moment to check out Candy Club!!




With Valentines Day fast approaching Candy Club is for your sweethearts sweet tooth!!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Diet Journey

Hey neighbors!!

The other day I posted about my new focus on diet and exercise.  Well, least Saturday I stepped out on our back deck and slipped on the snow and went straight down on my back. Well, I got up and felt jarred, but no real pain other than where my hand caught the wall.  Sunday was a different story.  My hip hurt, my neck was sore, my hand hurt and I found I had friction burned my elbow.

So I started dieting, but could not do too much as far as exercise.  Wednesday afternoon we went to the local YMCA and I got on the treadmill for a short time.  I managed a 1/4 of a mile.  That's it before my hip started hurting.  So, slow but steady.  I will continue to give updates as I continue this journey.


I have been eating better.  My husband and I went out for lunch Wednesday and I had a salad while he had an Asian buffet.  The salad bar was nice, because they include large chunks of roast beef, ham and grilled chicken.  For lunch I had on Thursday I had tuna fish (mayo and pickle mixed in) and cucumber slices with some Ranch dressing.  Dinners have been Pork Chops with Faux Potato Salad (Cauliflower) and then Steak with Green Beans.



Thanks for stopping by!!

January Gramma in a Box

Hey Neighbors!

This is our second box and I am so impressed with Gramma in a Box.  Basically, Terry Chamberlain, the owner and inventor of Gramma in a box puts together a box of cookies and other supplies to make three to four fun unique treats.  She provides you with just about everything you need.  I added 2 bowls, a spoon, scissors to cut the icing bags, and we used our microwave.  Everything else was in the box.



So to get on with what we received this time!! First were the New Year Sparklers.  We needed the included pretzel sticks, chocolate melts, and the pastel dots.  I used our microwave safe bowl to melt the chocolate.  Then you spoon the melted chocolate over the sticks, except where your fingers are of course.  When you are done you then sprinkle on the pastel dots.







Next we made the Game Day Crunch.  This was a favorite.  You put the included popcorn, peanuts mini M and M's, and dried cranberries in your small mixing bowl.  There is a warning included about the peanuts, that are wrapped separately.  Add the leftover melted chocolate.  Stir well and then lay out on the included wax paper to allow the chocolate to solidify.  






The last treat was several cookies to ice and add sprinkles to.  There were 2 footballs, 4 sort of square shaped and a couple round. 






You can have so much fun putting together these special treats with your children or grandchildren.  What a great way to spend quality time together!!  I have a feeling older children will love these too.  Perhaps college students away from home for the first time would like receiving a box of treats to make.  

Gramma in a Box is just such a neat idea.  It's a special way to show someone that you care.  Be sure to visit the Gramma in a Box website and follow them on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Instagram - HERE

If you are interested in subscribing to Gramma in a Box, you can sign up to try a box, or there is a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription available.


I hope you all have enjoyed reading today's post.  I really do believe that Gramma in a Box is a wonderful subscription box.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

My Husband's Winter Allergies



Hey neighbors!

Do any of you or a member of your family experience those pesky seasonal allergies?  I used to get hit spring and fall, but not as bad anymore.  My husband on the other hand has been hit real bad this fall and winter.  He has had the worst congestion and cough ever!  I am telling you, the cough from his sinuses dripping in his throat is horrible.  And yes, he has been seen and checked out and it is allergies.

It started out with what he complained of as post nasal drip.  Somehow he said as soon as he can feel it in his throat he starts coughing.It keeps him at wake at night, often it wakes me.  Our daughters say they can hear him in their bedrooms when he is in the kitchen in the morning.  So, first stop the local clinic, which told him it was probably a sinus infection.  They gave him antibiotics for the infection, another medication to help reduce swelling in the nasal cavities and a  Anyway, after he completed that series of medications, which did absolutely nothing, they decided he needed a chest x-ray, even though they were very positive that it was not in his chest.  After the chest x-ray they put him on an antihistamine, which toned it down some, but it still continued.


Now, before we go any farther I will say here, that I have my own theories.  When I found out that I was diabetic I cut out all sugar, white flour, soda, etc.  My allergies ceased.  Not only that, but when I do get sick, it usually ends quickly.  Colds and flus that last for weeks with others, seem to run their course in 3-5 days now for me.  I also use essential oils in a diffuser.  I mainly use lavender and eucalyptus if I am in any way having sinus problems.  My husband also has a fan on the stand next to his side of the bed that he likes to have blowing in his face continually.  I can't stand it, and will often place a pillow on end between us to stop the air from hitting me.  He consumed large amounts of soda.  Diet, but soda nonetheless.  And last of all, we had some mold growing because of some leaks we had in the roof.

So, the leaks are taken care of, but when I brought it up to them at the clinic, they were sure that the mold caused by the leaks was not the problem.  We of course have taken care of the mold now.  They were positive that the allergy medication they had him on would take care of it all.  It did not. So, we switched to a nurse practitioner at another clinic.  She has him on an allergy medication, but told him to stop soda, drink more water and to use a saline type solution in his nose to help clear out whatever was causing his reaction.  He has also turned the fan away from his face.  We were getting concerned, that he might have to go to a specialist like, Summit Shah.


He now coughs a lot less.  The sinuses do not bother him as much.  He is still taking the allergy medication, and it seems to be helping control the problem.  Hopefully, come spring, it will all go away!

If any of you have some remedies you have tried, please leave a comment.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January Swagbucks



Start your new year off right by earning free gift cards through Swagbucks! All throughout January you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.  

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:  

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before January 1st, 2019. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!  

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned thousands of Swagbucks and used them for Paypal, Amazon and other gift cards.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Starting My Low Carb Diet Again

Hey neighbors!!

Many of you already know that I am diabetic.  I was diagnosed about 6 years ago when I went in to the emergency room due to back pain.  They took care of the pain and let me know that I was diabetic.  They placed me on Metformin and told me to start watching my carbs and to start exercising, which I did well for about three years.  Then I slowly started letting things go.  The exercise slowed down, I started allowing more little treats, CARBS, into my diet.  I had stopped Metformin after the first month and still have not gone back on it, but I notice my numbers are climbing again.  So, I am going to start eating strict again and begin walking and at least over winter doing light exercise and walking on our treadmill.  I get bored easily on the treadmill, so I am going to store a bunch of music and short video clips on my iPod and iPad, so I have something to distract me.

I have already started the lower carb, and I thought I would share some of what I am doing here.  I am doing this to give me some accountability, encouragement and hopefully to encourage someone else.


So, here is the first "recipe" I am sharing.  I made a chicken, bacon, ranch wrap.  We started with a low carb Lavash.  I cooked up three strips of bacon.  (Next time I will cook more and refrigerate it for later.) I had some skinless, chicken breast left over from a previous meal, so I chopped this up and added it to the wrap.  Next I added some shredded cheddar cheese, some ranch, some shredded lettuce, and a few pieces of tomato.  I am sharing pics, and please realize, that I shared some of it.  It was really good, and my husband wants me to make him one next time too.







If any of you have good ideas for low carb meals, desserts, or beverages please feel free to share them in the comments.

Three Tips for Building Wealth as a Family

In this current political climate, it's clear that you can't rely on the government for everything. It's so important to set yourself up financially for the future. Because of the government shutdown, over 800,000 government workers are without a paycheck. This directly impacts their ability to pay their bills, feed their families and more. You also don't want to look at your social security check as a plan for the future. 
In order to build wealth and maintain a comfortable lifestyle as a family, consider the following tips. 
1. Find ways to get discounts. While it's always cheaper to cook and eat at home, it's nice to take a break from cooking once a week. However, when a family of five goes to the local fast food restaurant, the bill can easily equal over $50. Instead, it's a good idea to find online coupons and deals that allow you and your family to enjoy a night out without paying tons of money. The key is to plan the night in advance. 

2. Save money. It's also important to actively save money. Whether it's a nickel or a few dollar bills, teach your family the importance and value found in saving money. A great way to do this involves keeping a coin bank for kids in a visible spot in the house.. Whenever anyone finds extra money around the house, they can race to put the money inside. This develops a tradition of saving for a rainy day. This is an incredibly important trait to develop within your financial regimen. It's also important to pass this skill down to your children. 

3. Actively invest money. Invest your money wisely. Get the children involved in the process as well. One of the great ways to do this involves purchasing rental properties and investing in the stock market. If you are cleaning up a rental property, take your children with you. Allow them to see you in the midst of the process so that they can see what goes into owning rental properties. Teach them the stock market tips and tricks on their level. These lessons will really serve them well in the long run. 

I hope some of these tips help.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Memories of Cousins and Butchering Beef

Hey neighbors!!

Growing up my grandparents owned a few acres and each year they raised one calf and one pig for butchering.  They also had chickens for both eggs and eating and they raised rabbits.  They had two cages with rabbits that we were allowed to name and play with, the rest were not allowed to be named.  There was a worm bed for raising worms for fishing and of course a slop bucket in the kitchen for slopping the pigs.  Of course there were the usual pets too of a dog, a couple barn cats and a pony for the grandchildren.


Butchering day was always a fun day, because all the families came together, the men did the actual butchering while the women made things like the sausage, head cheese, plucked chickens, etc.  We always cooked out on the grill and had a large picnic together.  The kids played and ran errands when needed to carry a message or something.  The boys always thought it was great to claim the pigs tail and cook it over a small fire.  We played games like hide and seek, tetherball and kickball.


Then we grew up.  The grandchildren married and started moving around the country.  We still stay in touch, but mainly through email and Facebook.  My grandparents moved and eventually passed on.  I believe some the family who ended up in Texas still raised cows and pigs and butchered their own meat, but many of us went to purchasing meat and eggs at the grocery store.  My family spent 10 years on the road doing ministry work, so we often ate out, or of course continued using a grocery store.

We have now been stationary, living in a home, about seven years and we take quick trips out for meetings.  Three of the six children are out on their own, so there are five of us her at home.  A friend of ours found a local gentleman who raises beef and has them butchered at a butcher shop about one hour away from us.  We now get half a cow every couple of months.  Let me tell you, there is a big difference between store beef and beef raised locally and butchered.  I still have not found a place to get fresh eggs or chicken.  We tried raising our own, but we were just inside the lines of the township, so no chickens are allowed.  I am talking there are cows one block away from us.  I miss my fresh eggs.

So now we have half a cow and of course we add some chicken and occasional pork to the menu, but this is definitely much better than purchasing from the grocery store.  We have steaks, ground beef, and roasts.  I use some of the liver for treats for the dogs, which they thoroughly enjoy.  This is how I would like to get our meat.  We do have a very small, local farmers market where we can get fresh some fresh vegetables.

Do I miss when my grandparents used to butcher right in their yard?  I  do miss some of it, but I was a young then and just hanging out with cousins was fun.  I am not sure I would enjoy the actual butchering now, but I very glad we have found a way to get fresh, local butchered beef.


Roofing Issues And Repairs

Hey neighbors!!

Well, I think I may have mentioned that our roof was leaking.  When we originally had the roof done, it was basically a ceiling for a large, covered porch with skylights.  Then we came up with the idea of enclosing the entire back and turning it into an addition to our home.  We ended up with three extra rooms by doing this.  A large bedroom, a living room and a private study for my husband.


A friend did the original patio and roof, and then came back to help enclose the back patio and create new rooms.  After some discussion with him, we just enclosed the skylights in between the roof and the inside ceilings, instead of removing them.  Although this sounded like a good idea, apparently it was not.  One of the skylights cracked and began leaking when it rained.  Next  thing we knew we had several leaks in the living room, two leaks in the bedroom, plus we found out that one of the attached sheds was leaking and the Dojang we had added on to the home had a small leak.

The leak in the shed roof was really bad.  The Dojang or exercise building where my daughters practice Taekwondo only leaked occasionally and it was around one of the lights.  Our bedroom leaked pretty bad and we had to move our dressers out from the wall to put in buckets to catch the drips.  In the living room we had to move two bookcases and we also had a few buckets in the middle of the living floor.  The roof only leaked randomly.  Sometimes it would rain hard and nothing leaked, next downpour everything leaked.  A few times it would leak with a light rain shower.

To top this off, we started hearing scratching sounds in the ceiling.  I actually thought that whatever it was up there was actually in our bedroom one night.  It is funny now, but was not that night.  We started finding our trash strewn all over, so my husband put out a cruelty-free trap.  We have captured 9 raccoons and one opossum.  It has been a bit ridiculous.


So, our friend came back up and decided to enter the crawl space and see what he could find.  He found a couple of places where "some" animal had entered and had torn up the insulation inside. This was allowing the rain to enter and and the more damage the animal created the more rain was able to run and leak.  So we finally completed all the repairs and our friend returned home.  We waited for the first rain to see what happened.  Well, we are down to one leak in the living room.  Now we need to wait out winter and he will come back in the spring to try and figure out the last leak.

If he can't help this time we will have to reach out to some sort of roofing service.  I know many of our friends have used roofing services Florida after that huge hurricane went through, and I am hoping our friend can help rather than going that route.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Moosh-Moosh Shark and Elephant

Hey neighbors!

We received the softest, squishiest, plushies from Moosh-Moosh.  My grandson thinks they are so much fun, and everyone who holds them can not believe how soft and squishy they are.  It is actually fun to hold them and squeeze them.


Little B played with Neptune the Shark while bouncing to the song Baby Shark.  He is so adorable trying to move to the music.  He is only one.  He also had fun catching Neptune. Of course he also ended up with Itsy the Elephant.


Here he is with Itsy the Elephant!




I love that these super soft, squishy animals are perfect for young and older children.  There are no buttons, or eyes or anything like that, so you do not have to worry about and small objects coming off that your child could possibly put in their mouths.  And no matter the age, everyone will enjoy the soft squishiness of the Moosh-Moosh.  You can't help squeezing them when you hold them.  Several of the Moosh-Moosh come in a large or medium size and they also have a small clip on size.

The Moosh-Moosh come in several different animals, and they even have slippers that match some of them.  They are perfect for cuddling and on trips, could even be used as travel pillows.

Be sure to check out the Moosh-Moosh website and follow them on social media.
Facebook - HERE
Instagram - HERE


Thanks for stopping in!!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Incredible Coffee #Giveaway from Mount Republic Coffee!!


Hey all! You might remember last month as part of our holiday gift guide event, we shared about an amazing coffee we were able to sample. If you missed that post, you can read it here and see why we loved it so much. The exciting news is that Mount Republic has offered a giveaway with the winner's choice of a 12 ounce bag of coffee beans or 12-pack of single serve coffee cups!! I'm very excited about this because it means one of our readers will soon be tasting what I personally think is the best coffee I've ever brewed at home! Before we get started, let me share a little about this company and their coffee with you all.


"We are a small company in the greater Chicago area who specializes in specialty, roast-to-order, coffee. After years of drinking coffee, tasting new blends and roasts from all around the world, and continuously searching for new and better coffee our frustrations grew with the standard process of buying coffee. Going to the store and choosing an origin, roast, and grind was sometimes next to impossible let alone knowing how long ago the beans were roasted. Finding local roasteries wasn't always easy (especially in smaller towns) and, even then, choices were limited. This led us on a path to search for a simple way to create a completely customizable coffee that’s guaranteed to be fresh and delivered right to your door. Thus Mount Republic Coffee Co. was born so that we can share with you our passion and love for coffee."



Now for the giveaway!! One of our readers will receive their choice of 12 oz Coffee (whole bean) or a 12-pack of single-serve coffee cups!!


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

SwagIQ from SwagBucks



Have you played SwagIQ? It’s a live trivia game show where you test your knowledge to win cash prizes. It’s free to play, just download the app to get started. To earn money, you must be a member of SwagBucks. It’s also free to sign up, and there are plenty of ways to get free gifts cards by using the site! Just click on my referral link HERE to get started!

Here’s a little more about Swag IQ:
Monday through Thursday they broadcast a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. The game show host will ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one.
Get it right; you get SB (points you can use to get gift cards) and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize.
Get it wrong; still play along. Some questions have an SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.
Have fun!