Friday, April 26, 2013

7 Quick Takes

1. Are you a small business owner?  Do you like selling your arts and crafts online?  Do you have an Etsy shop?  Do you like shopping on Ebay?  Then you really need to go HERE and tell Congress "No!" on the internet sales tax.  (This is the link that I received from Ebay.)  It only takes a minute and could really help small businesses.

2.  I really loved this article about "Dating for Moms".  Seriously, this is a must read for all Moms (and Dads too).

3.  The above article has nothing to do with romantic dating.

4.  THIS "Doctor Pepper Shaker" shirt just gave me a good laugh.

5.  I also appreciated this article about "10 Great Ways to be an Un-Happy Mom".

6.  I've made it a "blogging goal" to have 5,000 Facebook followers by July.  I'm "only" about 700 away from this giant milestone.  (Hint.  Hint.  Nudge.  Nudge.  You can follow me HERE.)

7.  Did you read the "Dating for Moms" article?  What are your thoughts?  In a nutshell, I felt like it hit the nail on the head.

Well, that's it for today.  Nothing super original or earth shattering to share with you today, dear reader.    For more Quick Takes (many, if not most, will be more interesting than mine) go HERE.  
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blueberry Ice Cream Topping

This was one of those "I'll throw it together and see what happens" recipes.  I think that it turned out fairly well.  Personally, I would have preferred it to be a little bit sweeter, but my hubby liked it just as it was.

1 cup of blueberries
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of sugar

Cook over low heat for about 10-15 minutes.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Great Accessory Deals on Amazon

While browsing Amazon I can across the following deals.  Hurry, prices change quickly and often on Amazon.  Also, while shipping is free, it does look like a lot of them come from overseas, so it might take awhile.  

The links are my affiliate links.  I really do appreciate and thank you for your support. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

7 Quick Takes

My sweet two year old is very talkative.  Here are some of the things that I've heard recently:

1.  " I don't think I like ostriches so much." There's no context for this one.  She just said it out of the blue.

2.  "I'm playing the jump out of the boat game!"  The couch was the boat.

3.  Me: "No, you can't have candy now.  Maybe one piece after lunch."  Catherine, after a brief pause to think: "I don't like that one bit."

4.  While I'm washing dishes: "Watch out for the rats, Mommy!" She saw Ratatouille over Easter.

5.  "Mommy! Mommy! There are dinosaurs in the kitchen!"  If only they did dishes . . .

6.  "Can we sing the Happy Birthday Cake song?"

7.  To wrap things up, my personal favorite (I was washing dishes and she was playing in the living room): "Don't worry Mommy, I won't fall!"  Yep, I stopped washing dishes immediately and we had a long talk about standing on the arms of desk chairs.

What are some of the funny/crazy/bizarre things your kids have said?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blue Earrings

I've been a bit negligent in sharing my crafts lately.  Life has been busy (isn't it always?) but that certainly hasn't meant that I haven't done any crafting!

I don't believe that I've shared these pretty blue earring before today.  What do you think of them?  The round blue beads were thrifted  (like these) and the square glass beads were in a giant box of beads that I got on clearance at Michael's.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Barron's Test Prep

The following is a sponsored post, written by me, on behalf of Barron's.

Higher Education is becoming increasingly more important.  A college education is almost a mandatory  prerequisite for a competitive career.  Additionally, getting into the college that best suits your wants needs can be difficult--and so much relies on your test scores.

Barron's Test Prep is here to help you maximize your scores those tests, which can directly affect in which programs you are accepted.

They offer test prep assistance for: PSATACTSATGMAT, and the GRE.

While looking over all that Barron's Test Prep has to offer, something that struck me was that they customize to what you need.  When you need to maximize your score it is imperative that you don't waste time on something that you already know and understand, but you focus on your weaknesses.  I also love that they offer so many online programs, this makes Barron's super accessible--you can access it via your smart phone, tablet, laptop, or even your old fashioned desktop computer.  With the short sessions that they offer, you could be prepping for your test while riding the bus or waiting in line on your phone.  This accessibly and versatility makes Barron's a great fit for someone with a busy lifestyle.

Pricing is competitive.  Some parts of the program are even available for free (for example check out the Basic Account for the GRE); however, for a more complete prepping course the paid options offer much more assistance.

The website is very nicely laid out and easy to navigate.

I remember studying for the SAT, many years ago, with a book from Barron's.  (My mom probably still has the book in the basement.)  While my personal experience with them doesn't go too far back, they've been around for over 65 years, that alone shows that they have a proven track record.

If you are looking to maximize your test score, then check out Barron's.

You can connect with Barron's Test Prep on Facebook and on Twitter

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


All of my crafting came to a stand-still the past two weeks for Holy Week and Easter Week; however, now that things have returned to normal I've been back at it!

I am making reversible fabric headbands.  I'm really excited about these!  I stumbled across some really cute fat quarters at my Wal-Mart.  (Please, tell me that I'm not the only one who buys fabric from Wal-Mart!)  My local store is pretty unorganized and the craft section has been getting downsized, so I was pretty happy.  I've already cut the pieces from these two fabrics:

Oddly enough, the thing that I simply couldn't get my hands on was the elastic for the headbands.  My Wal-Mart was supposed to carry it, and they even had place on the wall for it, but it was all out--or at least not in the craft aisle (we often find things very strangely shelved at this particular store).  Micheal's didn't have any in stock either.  My closest Hobby Lobby is quite a hike and Joanne's, while closer, still isn't very convenient.  I ended up ordering some from Amazon (this one, but the price has since gone up).  Here is the elusive elastic, displayed on one of the many before-mentioned fat quarters.

I've also added a couple of rows to my Chevron Afghan.  I'm on the last skeins, so it is almost finished!

I will be sharing this post at the following:
Frontier Dreams with Nicole
Work In Progress with Tami
Yarn Along with Ginny

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Yard Sale Find: "Sweet Tart" Bracelet

After Mass on Sunday we went yard-sale-ing!  The weather here was lovely and we came home with a few new-to-us-items.  One of my favorite finds is this bracelet that I picked up for fifty cents!

It is "supposed" to be a necklace, but I think it works so much better as a bracelet.  What do you think?

The beads remind me of Chewy Sweet Tarts.  Of course, I don't think that is a bad thing.  
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Friday, April 5, 2013

7 Quick Takes

Today's Quick Takes are going to be really quick.  Catherine and I are still on Easter vacation.  This week we visited the Wright Brothers National Memorial.  Here are seven pictures of our trip:
This is memorial that is at the top of the hill. 

Catherine is posing next to the reproduction in the Visitor's Center.

The museum buildings are quite unique. 

I just thought that this sign was funny.  It must be pretty bad though, if they had to invest in signage.

Catherine really wanted to see what was behind those locked doors.

I find it fascinating the things that catch a two year old's attention.

It's hard to see, but I am laying prone, just like the Wright brothers, with Catherine on my back. 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013