31 Day Blog Challenge Day 9

What’s on your bucket list?

I think this is the hardest question so far. My dream has always been to go to Disney World, and I got to live that dream last year. It was an amazing two weeks. Right now I don’t really have a bucket list. I am still young and have a long time to figure out my dreams. My short term dreams would be to visit all of the states in America. Currently I have been to California (where I live) Nevada, and Florida. I went to Arizona as a baby and while on the flight to Florida we stopped in Texas and Louisiana, but I don’t count those. I would love to see more of the country. I figure I will just live for today and make each day count. What is on your bucket list?
I am linking up with Tiffany for the 31 day blog challenge.

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 8

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 8
What is your biggest pet peeve?
To understand the answer to this question I have to give you a little background information. I am over weight and have been most of my life, but that doesn’t mean I am lazy. I was hurt at work three years ago and prior to that I would run around the store 8 hours a day, pull pallets, unload trucks, push carts, and lift heavy items. I gave my all and was by no means lazy. When we went to Disneyland I would walk all day from 8am until midnight and not get tired. I was fat but I was active. Well for the past three years I have been on crutches or in a cast most of the time. I have gained more weight. I am close to 300 pounds. I am not able to walk for any length of time without a cane and I use an electric cart when I shop and at work. I would love to walk “normally” but right now that is not possible.
The other night I was working in the Electronics department. I was stocking small merchandise while using an electric cart. (My Dr. orders state I have to sit 100% while at work.) I was just doing my job  and this rude customer says, “So what do you have to do to get that job, just be fat and lazy? This happens a lot and really bugs me. I get comments while shopping that maybe I should walk and not be so lazy. I wear a brace but most of the time my pants cover it so on the outside I look fine.  Normally I don’t say anything but this time I was beyond angry so I replied, “No, you have to get hurt AT WORK, have your foot not get fixed correctly, have 2 surgeries and still not be able to walk to get this job.”  So my biggest pet peeve is when people judge me because of my weight and think I am just lazy. I am not a lazy person and wish people would think before they speak.
I am linking up with Tiffany at fabulous finds by  Tiffany for the 31 day log challenge.  http://www.fabulousfindsbytiffany.com/2013/03/day-8-pet-peeves-31-day-blog-challenge/

31 Day Blog Challenge – Day 1 – 7

I have been reading a lot of blogs lately and came across a 31 day blog challenge. There will be a new question every day during the month of March. It seems like a lot of fun and while I need to catch up on a few days, I think I can do it. So here are days 1 – 7.

Day 1
Self portrait and five random facts about yourself
  1. I love to take pictures, but hate having my picture taken. Now that I’m the one behind the camera, photos of me are hard to come by.
  2. I have 3 dogs. Lucky is a border collie, Buddy is a boxer lab mix, and Sadie is a hound lab mix. It started out with one dog and now it’s three, good thing that is the limit for where we live.
  3. I am a horrible speller, so bad that I spellcheck my comments before I post on facebook. I am great at math so I guess being bad at spelling is okay.
  4. I love Disneyland and I am a Disney Vacation Club member. Disneyland is my favorite place to be. Living in Southern California I use to go there quite regularly. Now that I have my leg injury I haven’t been in a while and I miss it.
  5. I wore braces in middle and high school. It is hard to believe but my mouth was too small and they had to stretch out the roof of my mouth. Yeah it was as painful as it sounds.

The portrait will be posted in a few days.

Day 2
 What are your favorite quotes?

These would have to be my favorite quotes:

  • “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. Promise me you’ll remember; you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.” – Winnie the Pooh

I have always liked that quote, I think it shows true friendship.

  • “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down – Mary Poppins

I have always liked the part in the movie where Mary Poppins sings that song. I still use the phrase with my little one.

  • “Always let your conscience be your guide.” – Pinocchio

Pinocchio was never my favorite movie, but I love that little Cricket.

  • “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

I admire Walt Disney and love many of his quotes, but I think this is my favorite one.

Day 3
What makes you happy?

I would have to say being with my family makes me happy. I consider my mom one of my closest friends and love the time we spend together. My little one makes me happy. I love to see her happy and learning new things. I am also happy spending time with my friend. I love cool rainy days snuggling on the couch. The simple things in life make me happy.

Day 4
What is your best childhood memory?

Wow, this is a hard one. I have so many great memories from my childhood. I was very lucky and had a great childhood. I would have to say I loved the time we spent at the ranch when I was little. We would go most of the time when we were off track and we had a ball. I rode horses, helped in the barn, went fishing, swimming, and camping. We had s’mores around the camp fire and had a wonderful time. We could explore, be kids, and just have fun.

Another great memory I have is going to Missionettes camp when I was a kid. It was a week of fun, learning, bible study, prayer, making friends, and kind of grouse food. We would make fun of the eggs they served every year. If you could call them eggs, they were always slimy and soft and no one at our table would ever eat them. I think I went to camp 5 years as a camper and 1 as a councilor in training and I loved them all. I feel I grew closer to God while at camp and that it helped me growing up.

There are a lot more great memories, but I think those would have to top my list.

Day 5
What are favorite movies that you never get sick of watching?

I really enjoy watching older movies. Sure I like a lot of movies that have come out recently, but most of them, once I watch them once it’s enough for me. So here are my top 5 movies I could watch over and over again.

  1.  It takes two – with Mary – Kate and Ashley Olsen
  2. Yours Mine and Ours – the older version 
  3. The Trouble with Angles 
  4. The Parent Trap – I like both versions but the older one is my favorite 
  5. Sister Act

I like good family friendly movies. I have never seen a horror movie and don’t intend to. I like comedy and dramas, but honestly I like the old classics the best.

Day 6
What was your last random act of kindness?

I try to do my best to live my life right and do the right thing. This question made me think though that maybe I need to do a little bit more. I think the last random act of kindness I did was a few days ago when I gave a doughnut to a man that had seen better times. He was standing outside the donut shop and I just felt it was the right thing to do. I don’t think it was that big of a deal but hopefully it made his day a bit better.

Day 7
What’s your dream job?

I use to say my dream job was to be a teacher, now that I home school I get to live that dream a little each day. Other than a teacher my other dream job was to work at Disneyland. Anywhere at Disneyland, but now I don’t want that. It may sound stupid, but I want the magic to be there and I feel knowing all of the behind the scenes stuff might ruin the magic or take the love away from it.

So as crazy as it sounds I would love to have an in home day care. I would love to teach young kids and see the world through their eyes. To help working parents know that a good person was taking care of their kids. That, as simple as it sounds would be my dream job.

I know that was a long post and thanks for reading it. I am going to try and post daily for the rest of the month and complete the 31 day blog challenge. I am linking up with Fabulous Finds by Tiffany for her 31 Day Blog Challenge. http://www.fabulousfindsbytiffany.com/2013/03/day-7-my-dream-job-31-day-blog-challenge/

No Bake Chocolate Drop Cookies

Lately I have been in the mood for chocolate, so I decided to make my favorite cookies. It was the first cookie that I ever learned to make from scratch. I actually made them for a school project in 7th grade. Everyone who tries them loves them and wants the recipe. So here it is. I don’t exactly know where this recipe came from, it has been in our family for a long time. I have seen recipes for a similar cookie on the internet but this is how our family makes them.


2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk


1/4 cup butter


2 cups quick oats

(For best results use Quaker brand not the store brand)


3 TBS cocoa


3/4 cup peanut butter


1 tsp vanilla


Wax paper

The most important things to remember when making these cookies is to measure ALL of the ingredients ahead of time, and to work quickly. The most time consuming part of the cookies is the measuring.

After all of the ingredients are measured out lay out some wax paper to drop the cookies onto. Place two spoons there as well.

Over medium heat bring the milk, sugar and butter to a boil. Stir constantly. Let it boil for 1 minute while continuing to stir.

Then, remove from heat and add the peanut butter stirring until smooth. It is important to work quickly from this point on or the cookies will turn out dry.

Add the vanilla, cocoa, and oats and stir.

Once the mixture is stirred evenly, use the two spoons to drop the mixture onto the wax paper

Let the cookies cool and dry and then enjoy.

The cookies will taste amazing even if your timing was a little off. If the mixture is dry and not sticking together, the heat was probably too high and/or they were not dropped quickly enough. Even if that happens the crumbs make a great topping for ice cream.

These cookies never last very long at our house. With a melt in your mouth rich flavor they almost taste more like a candy than a cookie. They are fairly quick and easy so make up a batch today.

First Meet of the Season

Yesterday we had a stressful start. My little one had her first meet of the season and we left early to make sure we were able to get a good parking spot. For those who don’t know, finding parking and a seat at a meet is difficult. If you are not there early, you could end up parking a few blocks away. I can’t walk that far so we try to get to the meets early. We were on the freeway when we heard a funny sound and the car became hard to steer. After a moment we realized we had a flat tire. Luckily I was able to pull over quickly. We called Triple A, and my dad to bring us the other car. It seemed like it took forever and we had decided that more than likely we would not find a place to park. My dad and Triple A actually arrived at the same time, so we took the other car and were off to the meet. When we got there cars were parked along the side of the road for a few blocks away from the gym. We drove closer and found a handicap parking place right in front. Then we checked in my little one and paid to get into the meet. We had a seat right up front and were able to see quite well.

My little one and 2 of her teammates waiting to begin.

My little one got her rainbow ribbons (9.0 and above) on the beam and vault and a pink(8.5 – 8.9) on the floor. Bars is not her strong suite and she received her first blue ribbon (7.0 – 7.4) yesterday. She was upset, but I hope that the “bad” score pushes her to practice harder. She has not been putting in her full effort at the gym lately and it shows. They don’t have another meet until May so we will see if she can get her scores up by then.

Warming up, our girls are in purple.

Our level three team now has 6 members two of whom competed for the first time yesterday. All of the girls did very well and with the exception of the bars received a rainbow (9.0 and above) or pink (8.5 – 8.9) ribbon on all of the events. They have all improved from last year and it is neat to see them change over time. One little girl on the team tried so hard to get a rainbow ribbon on an event last season and was unable to do so. Yesterday however she received two rainbow ribbons and her teammates were so happy for her. Over all the meet went very well. It was a mixed meet which had the level threes and fours competing at the same time. Those type of meets don’t happen very often, but it was a nice chance to see some of the other girls from our gym compete.

After the meet we went to lunch at Richie’s Diner and had a good meal. It was a long day!
I will be posting the videos of her beam and floor routine on Facebook, if you would like to see them here is the link to the page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daily-Life/411107232304311

Flourishing Abode Blog Planner – Review

I am not a very organized person when it comes to paperwork, so when I found out that the first item I would be reviewing as part of the Mosaic Review Team was a blog planner I was a little worried. In the past I haven’t ever really planned to blog about something. After going somewhere or doing something special I would download my camera and see if there was anything worth blogging about. Often I would have a great idea about a blog, but would not get to it for a while. As you can tell from my sporadic posts I often went weeks between blog posts. That has changed.

Now I try to post between two and three times a week. This change has been possible because of the Flourishing Abode Blog Planner. It is a printable planner that looks nice if you print it out in black and white or in color. This blog planner has a lot of great features. One thing that I enjoy is that it is just one page. I like that I can see everything at a quick glance. I often have so much going on in my life that simplicity is best. It also has a place where I can write what I plan to blog about each day. There I jot down what I think I will write about at the beginning of the week. I don’t always follow my original plan and when that is the case, I just move my blog idea to the next week. There is also a section for future post ideas that I found helpful. Prior to using the blog planner I would think of great ideas but wouldn’t have the time to write. Then when I had the time to write I wouldn’t remember my ideas. I try to think of at least two new ideas to put in that section each week. Now when I can’t think of anything to write about I have a list to get me started. My favorite part of the planner would have to be the “Images to Make” section. There have been a lot of times that I wished I would have taken a different picture or times when a picture didn’t turn out the way I had planned. I like having a list of the pictures that I want to include, it also reminds me to take multiple shots of pictures that I think are key to my blog (just in case the first one doesn’t turn out). Since I started using this planner my posts have become less sporadic and my page views have gone up. I think that the person who created this blog planer has put everything I need in one place to help me make my blog the best it can be. It was created by April over at The Flourishing Abode. She is a very talented blogger and is giving this blog planner away for free. You can click here to go to her blog and print off your own blog planner today.


The only thing that the blog planner didn’t have that I wished it would have was a small calendar so that I could put in due dates for reviews. To solve that very minor issue I just printed a blank calender on the back of the planner and put important dates on there. I have found that little switch to be very helpful.

If you are looking for an easy way to keep your blog organized, I recommend you give this blog planned a try! I know this is one product that I will keep using.

Product At a Glance


What is it?

The Flourishing Abode Blog Planner.


Who would use it?

Anyone who wants an easy way to plan their blog and likes simplicity in planning. It would also be great for someone just starting a blog.


Where can you get it?

Click Flourishing Abode Blog to be connected to where you can get your own blog planner.


How much will it cost?

It’s FREE!


Why try it?

It is a great way to keep all of your blog information in one place. It is a nice way to get your blog organized.




Potato Soup

I found a new recipe that I really enjoy, Creamy Potato Soup. I can’t eat canned soup or soup from a restaurant because it normally has an ingredient that is derived from corn in it. I hadn’t had soup, except for homemade turkey noodle, for almost a year. So I went searching the Internet for an easy soup recipe and found a great one here. The first time that I made it I followed the directions to a tee. I measured all of the spices and put exactly the amount of potatoes and broth.The second time I changed some things up a bit. When I was younger and my mom would make something like potato salad, she would never measure anything. I would ask her how she knew how much mustard to add and she would say that she just knew. I never really understood that until now. The second time I made the soup I didn’t measure the spices and I added a little more potatoes than the specified six cups and it came out great.

Here is my version of the recipe:


  • 6 cups of potatoes pealed and cubed
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Onion salt
  • Pepper – I used both red and black
  • 1 Ham Steak – cut into cubes
  • 1 – 8oz package of cream cheese cut up into cubes
  • Grated cheese to sprinkle over the top
You cook the broth, potatoes, ham, and spices over medium heat until the potatoes are tender when stuck with a fork.

Then you use a potato masher and smash some of the potatoes.

Once the soup is the consistency you like turn the stove down to low and add the cream cheese. Keep stirring until all of the cheese is melted.

Then dish up the soup and sprinkle with some grated cheese.

This recipe was fast, easy and tasted great. Making it with the ham made it more filling. I was so glad that I found this recipe and was able to turn it into my own.

A Good Day

Our plans for Valentines day didn’t go exactly as we had planned. My mom wasn’t feeling too well so she slept in and we started our day off a little later than we wanted to. It started with me waking my little one up. She woke up on the right side of the bed and happily got in the shower. While she was taking her shower, I made breakfast. I made her red scrambled eggs, toast that said I love you and pink milk. She loved it. It was just little food color, but she thought it was the best breakfast ever. (I didn’t get any pictures) Then she got dressed and I fixed her hair for gymnastics. After everyone was ready we went to take care of my grandma. I was pleasantly surprised to see her in a good mood as well. We went through her mail and took care of a few things then we went to lunch.

Now I have been living with a corn allergy for a while, and have been watching everything that I eat but Thursday I made a mistake. We went to Joanne’s, a restaurant close to my grandma’s that we go to almost every week. I ordered a steak sandwich and didn’t think to ask for it on sour dough bread. I always ask for my sandwich on sour dough because I know I can eat it without being sick. The bad part is that once it arrived I still didn’t think anything of it and part way through the sandwich I realized my mistake. The sandwich came on a hogi type roll which must contain either baking powder (made from corn), corn syrup, or corn starch. I got so sick. Luckily I was ok after a while and or day went on.
Then we dropped grandma off and went to the gym. My little one was so excited to hand out her goodie bags.


Don’t you just love the glasses? She received so many complements on them.


She was at the gym from 3 to 6 and worked very hard. They have their first inner squad competition next Thursday so they are getting ready.

After gymnastics, we went to the Montclair Plaza and bought some SEES candy for my grandma. Then we ate dinner in the food court, and got a smoothie (corn free) on the way out. My little one told me it was the best Valentine’s Day ever. After that we did her grocery shopping and went back to my grandma’s. We didn’t get home until about 10pm. That’s pretty typical for our Thursdays.  So despite my mistake at lunch we had a nice day.

Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day! When I was in school Valentines Day was one of my favorite days. I loved to fill out the little cards and hand them out to my friends. All day I would wait until the last hour of school when we would have the Valentines Day party. My little one never had that experience. She attended a regular school for kindergarten, first and second grade but they went year round. She was off track every February so there was never a Valentines day party at school. She always wanted to give out valentines so we would let her give them out at gymnastics. It has been a tradition for her to hand out cards at the gym and a few years ago she started handing out goody bags to her teammates. She looks forward to it every year and is always so excited. I am glad even though she goes to school at home that she is able to participate in Valentine’s fun.

This year I found a new facebook group called Homeschool Swapping Adventures. I am still very new to the group, but they do postcard exchanges, state box exchanges, pen pals and there was a Valentine Card exchange. I have to admit that after a Christmas Card exchange in another group I was not to sure about signing up to exchange Valentines. We had sent out over 30 Christmas cards and were suppose to receive that many in return, but only received about 6. I asked my little one if she wanted to participate, and she was excited. We looked online to get some ideas for a homemade card and after seeing so many we decided to use parts from a few different ones we saw. This is what she made. They are hard to read in the picture they say, “You are just write valentine”

She sent them to two little girls in West Virgina. Yesterday my little one received her cards in the mail along with two heart shaped cookies. She loves to get mail so that made her day. This is one facebook group that we will be sticking with.
We won’t be doing too much to celebrate today. I got my little one a small box of chocolates and a giant pencil with hearts on it. I found a cute bread stamper that stamps the words I love you when the bread is toasted. I am going to try that out for breakfast. We will be checking on grandma and then spending three hours at gymnastics. Thursdays are always busy. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Valentines Day!

Home Made Compass

We are still working on our electricity and magnetism unit. We just completed a really neat experiment. My little one created her own compass. It was quick, easy, and we had all of the materials here at home. Below what she wrote about the experiment.

Magnet Madness

Today I made my own compass. I filled up a bowl with water. The next step was to take a piece of cardboard or foam and make a float. I took a bar magnet  and slid a needle across the top of the bar magnet . I did it like five or six times. The needle became magnetized and even stuck to the refrigerator. Then, I taped the needle to the foam and put the float in the water. The needle pointed to the North. Then I moved the needle to the West and the needle moved by itself to the north. The needle kept turning to the north. If I know where North is I can always figure out what direction I am going. I never knew that you could make a needle have a magnetic field.

I love the fact that her science has so many hands on experiments. It really helps her to understand the concepts.

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