Monday, April 30, 2012
#2 – You have 48 hours free of all responsibilities and unlimited cash, what 10 things would you do, places you’d go, etc.
I chose #2 because I am just NOT good at saying nice things about myself.
Here are my 10:
1. I'd go to the bank and pay off our mortgage.
2. I'd go to a car dealership and buy one brand spankin' new car and one brand spankin' new truck.
3. I'd fly to Ireland and buy a castle.
4. I'd buy a beach house.
5. I'd hire a house cleaning service to do a total overhaul on my house while I'm out and about.
6. I'd get a complete spa treatment.
7. I'd get hair extensions until my own hair grows long again.
8. I'd set up college funds for the girls.
9. I'd go on a romantic date with the hubby.
10. I'd take a nap :)
So what would you do with 48 hours of free time and unlimited money?
This is a new feature that is just starting today. I love the way Heather describes painting your nails:
"What I want to clarify about this feature is that its not for fashion, its not to be vain, its not because we are spoiled girls who get our nails done. Its for you. Its for you to take time, just a little bit of time out of your day to do something nice for yourself. When I started reading Moorea Seal, I loved her series called Paint Your Love, in polishing her nails she had a reason behind it. My reason is clear, take time for you."
This explains it so well!
Having 2 daughters, painting our nails takes on another meaning. Quality time. When I pull out the fingernail polish, a gleam shines in their eyes :) It is a chance to be creative, have fun and show them that they are also important enough to spend time on.
Even though they can't sit still long enough to let their nail dry completely, it always brings a smile to my face to see them sitting there, hands splayed in front of them blowing on their tiny fingernails.
Kaylee (10) went for the "every-other" look. She chose the colors shown below: Bijou Blue (Wet-n-Wild) and Eggplant Frost (Wet-n-Wild).
Laken (5) has to copy everything her big sister does but still maintains her unique-ness. She went with the "every-other" as Sissy did, but chose Bijou Blue (Wet-n-Wild) and Wall Street (NYC). Do you see the remains of her Little Mermaid fake-too on her wrist?
And here is mine. (Yes, my girls got their short, chubby fingers from me:) I went with Carribean Frost (Wet-n-Wild). It is actually greener than this picture looks. I'm trying to break out of my red/burgundy rut.
So, that my friends is my first Mani-Monday. Although, technically we did them on Friday evening while hubby/daddy was at work. Total girl-time :)
( Doug REFUSES to let the girls paint his nails. Believe me. They have tried. In a house full of chicks, he has to draw the line somewhere !)
And because everytime I think of this link-up, it comes to mind:
Its just another Mani-Monday!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinnners, Christ died for us."
(Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit, Week 2)
Hide these Words in your heart and they will be with you always.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
The April book for Cole's Book Club was "The Next Always" by Nora Roberts.
I'd never read anything by Nora (we're on a first name basis now) before so I was excited to dig into this book.
Hosted by Lauren.
1. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is, hit the snooze button 4 times. Really. I set my alarm ahead by 36 minutes so I can still get up in time.
2. I can hardly wait for our trip to Disney World! You can see the countdown tracker on my sidebar.
3. The quickest way to my heart is sweet words because I need tons of affirmation. Can you say "self-esteem issues"?
4. A little known fact about me is that I was valedictorian in high school and college. Don't hate me but I hardly had to try at all.
5. The best part about my job is that I get to be a SAHM while my etsy shop gives us some fun money.
6. Something I just couldn't live without are books, books and more books! I absolutely love to read. I can go anywhere and anytime just by opening the pages of a good book.
7. Something useful that I wish I knew how to do is keep my house clean. I would have to be cleaning 24/7 to keep this place in order. I keep telling myself that the kids will only be little for a short while. Neatness can come later.
This was my first Fill in the Blank Friday and my answers seem kinda lame. Hopefully, I'll get better at it :)
Cinderella was even there! Laken told her that she'll see her again in June at Disney World.
3. I got this super cute flip flop tumbler at the Dollar General. It will be my go-to cup for the summer. Mine. All mine.
I look forward to reading everyone's favorite things from the week!
Have a great weekend!
My picture this week is kinda girlie. But, hey, I AM a girl!
I've been trying to veer away form my usual red/burgundy nails. So I got this green, a turqoise and a purple polish while shopping yesterday.
This is called "Carribean Frost". I'll let you know how it looks on my nails when I get a chance to paint them.
See, really girlie!
Week 18 – April 29 – May 5: Fiesta or Siesta
Week 19 – May 6 – May 12 : Still Life
Week 20 – May 13 – May 19: Mothers
Week 21 – May 20 – May 26: Favorites
Week 22 – May 27 – June 2: Playtime
Week 23 – June 3 – June 9: Water
Week 24 – June 10 – June 16: Sunlight
Week 25 – June 17 – June 23: Fathers
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Miz Helen at Miz Helen's Country Cottage is such a sweetheart!
She hosts Full Plate Thursday. You can click the button to go share your recipes :)
~~~~~~~~~Warning: This dessert is VERY rich! and YUMMY!
And it all starts with store bought Oatmeal Cookies.
from: Chocolate Chocolate and More Chocolate
1/2 cup butter
2 cups crisp Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
1 large egg
2 cups confectionar's sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Crust: Melt 1/2 cup butter in medium saucepan over low heat or in a glass bowl in the microwave.
Crush cookies. Using a food processor or chopper is the easiest way to do this.
Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs until moist and buttery throughout. Reserve 1/4 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb into the bottom of a greased 8X8 pan. (I doubled the recipe for a 13X9 pan). Bake for 5-10 minutes until you can smell the crust baking.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
Heat chocolate and 1/2 cup butter in a medium saucepan on lowest heat.
Stir often until chocolate is almost melted. Remove from heat and stir until smooth.
Add egg and beat well. Also add in sugar a bit at a time and stir until you have a smooth consistency. Stir in pecans.
Spread evenly over cooled crust. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top. (I forgot to save some so I just sprinkled some graham crackers on top. oops.) Chill until firm.
Cut these into small pieces and make sure you have some milk handy :)
Enjoy and share!
Happy Full Plate Thursday!