Friday, June 24, 2022

Friday Favorites

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Coffee Ice Cubes

Favorite Measuring Spoon

This has a CLIP on it too - so if you measured coffee, you can close the bag with it too! & get the perfect scoop each time.
Good to use for protein powder or tea too!

Favorite Make Up

I love a matte look but I dont like it settling in lines... I need to try this out

Favorite Straws

These are flexible. 
I need to try these. I have metal straws & sometimes I hate they dont have any give to them. 

Favorite Sponge Holder

You push down & it puts soap on your sponge.  Handy!

Favorite Veggie Peeler

Who doesnt remember those pencil sharpers that you used in school?
Well, scoot over pencil - time to use it for a carrot or other veggies!

Favorite Flip Flops

I love me some comfy flip flops ALLLL summer long

Favorite Funnies

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Thankful Thursday #363


Break from the heat
I still am grateful we had a nice weekend because the heat has been blowing back in our face this week. I THINK we're getting another break in the tropical air next week.  Whew! I still cant decide which is worse, these horrible humid days or frigid, icy days.

I always have loved to swing. Even as an adult, give me a porch swing & I can sit for hours. So when the park was empty on early Saturday, I hopped up like a kid & would swing to my hearts content... & that means, until the motion sickness kicked in. Adulthood + swinging aint like it used to be as a kid - but it does still give me joy - even for a few ups & downs.

Great Book
I just really loved the last book I read & excited to join in on the Zoom call to discuss it with 35 other ladies!  Its always interesting to see what others take away from it - some things I totally miss.

Juneteeth yummies
Our work on Monday, in honor of Juneteeth, bought some goodies from local Black Business owners. A HUGE basket of cookies & brownies & blondies!  Along with some yummy Punch-tasting lemonade.  Yum Yum!

There is a local lady who is famous for her cookies. Everyone around here calls her "the Cookie lady" - she used to walk around downtown with a basket on her head & people would buy them just right on the street.  She has a storefront & is so well known now. & her cookies - YUMMM!!!!  I love our Firm really respects diversity.

Here's the Cookie Lady's link right HERE if you want to order.  

Its funny - the name of the store if Kizito Cookies - but you even google "cookie lady Louisville" & it comes up.  It's worth clicking to just read the ABOUT section. 

WOBOT Summer Rep
OK - you may remember that I get to be an Amplify Planner rep for the next few months - well, I get to add for the next 2 months a new representation - I got selected to be part of the Summer Team for Wobot & Friends stickers.  I have used these stickers since this young lady started it a few years ago. She's now a recent college graduate (she started this when she was in college for extra money) & she just designs the cutest little stickers & washi tape & just cute little odds & ends.  I have a link up on my top bar too - but you can use REBECCAJO15 for 15% off.  I just love supporting her even more so as a young woman in business.  LINK to site

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Things learned from my dad....Hodgepodge


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1. Something you learned from your father? 

A few things come to mind...

  •  My dad always would say, "Never believe anything you hear & only half of what you see"
  • "Nothing good happens after midnight" - his excuse why I always had a curfew - even in my 20's LOL
  • How to cut, sand, create things from wood.
  • Work ethic.  You go to work no matter what! Sickness, weather, nothing short of needing to go to the ER - you get to work. (My dad later told me he regretted teaching that to me & my brother - after he was retired - but my brother & I still live this idea)
  • Floss every night (even though our whole family has horrible teeth - genetics aint kind)
  • This one - we laugh about & I dont agree completely, but appreciate the point - but my dad enjoyed life & always said, "you're going to die in debt to someone anyways - so dont worry about the cost of things - enjoy life"
  • You go to church, you serve in church.
  • Jesus loves you

2. Do you like onions? Raw or cooked? How about onion rings? What's something you love to eat that calls for onions? 

I used to HATE onions... but honestly, since using Hello Fresh, I have come to really enjoy them cooking with them.  Even pickling red onions has become something I enjoy. - put them on a pineapple pizza - YUM!

& Onion rings.... MY JAM!  Some people are experts in wine - I feel like I am an expert in onion rings. The batter, the way the onion stays together, the taste - I love me some onion rings
FYI - Locals - I think Mike Linnings has the best onion rings around!

3. It's officially summer (in the Northern hemisphere)...your favorite and least favorite things about the season?

I feel like I say this a lot - but I LOVE the extra light. The drive into work with sunshine on my shoulder at 6:30am... & sitting outside till 9pm with light on my face.

The least favorite - sweat, sweat & more sweat.  Oh, & frizzy hair.

4. When you think about the summers of your childhood what are two or three things that come to mind? 

Summers of your childhood- was there anything better?

Sleeping in... playing board games with my mom ... neighborhood kick ball games...all the day time game shows (Bucket list - be on The Price is Right) .... soap operas (I'm old - 80's soap operas were the best).... swimming at my aunt's house.... shopping with my grandmother....late night TV watching with my mom (Miss you David Letterman)

5.  A hot mess, the heat of the moment, beat the heat, if you can't stand the heat, catch heat, in a dead heat...choose a 'hot 'phrase and tell us how it applies to your life right now.

Why do I feel like "Hot Mess" just applies to the world right now... 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

If you read Monday's blog post, you know Harvey Dent tore up his PJ's... which we have 3 more pairs coming in from Amazon tomorrow.  & then we put a blow up cone of shame on him. WELLLLL....Hubby started the lawn mower yesterday evening & that always gets the dogs going - like they're going to attack the lawn mower.  & instead of attacking the lawn mower, Ernie ended up turning around & grabbing Harvey's inflatable cone & POP!

So much for that ...

I went & got a different kind of inflatable cone (The same kind we had on Zoe a few weeks back)... with 2 cones, 4 pairs of PJ's, this hot spot is costing us close to a $300.00 so far. Notice, I say SO FAR.... LOL.  The things we do for our dogs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Prime Purchases


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100 Inspirational Stickers

I love these for little throws of cuteness & personality in my planner or in my notebook.  There are all sizes that are included in these. & they're vinyl so they work on water bottles or laptops.  Just fun to play with.  

Readers Sunglasses

I need just a little distance in my vision when driving so I got these to wear behind the wheel. I've tried some readers before in sunglasses & they were all distorted before - these are actually nice. The frames feel nice too.

The TubShroom

You can imagine how fast my tub gets clogged up with all this mop of hair.
I'm forever digging out hair out of the drain - so I've tried this & actually love it. 
Now,water is slower to drain with this in - but it does catch the hair on it where I can remove it a lot easier than taking something down the drain & trying to unclog the pipes.

Tile - Keys & phone Finder

It took 3 wake up's at 4:30am from the Hubby trying to find his keys that I said, Yep, buying this.  He is forever losing his keys... so I got him one & then thought, I'll get one too.  I really like this. we've used it a few times already! Once to find keys & you can also click the button on the TILE to find your phone too.  We've actually used that more than the keys.  Handy to have!

Collagen Face Cream

I am just enjoying all these products. 
I use so much of them now.

Massage Gun

I know these were the hot gift over the holidays & I ended up getting one for myself & man... I LOVE this baby.  I will quite often pull a muscle  in my upper back & neck & it takes at least a week to heal. I pulled it not too long ago & used this on the spot throughout the day & it only ached just a little bit the next day. I was SHOCKED! 

Iced Tea Maker

My new best friend for summer

Dishwasher Accessory

Got this because  Hubby is forever asking me if the dishes are clean or dirty in the dishwasher.... 
Take a guess if this helped him stop asking. LOL
I try though. I try.

Vegan Cookbook

I am loving learning how to do vegan cooking but some of the recipes have crazy ingredients - so I wanted to look for some easier ones - this is a decent & fun cookbook!  Totally not your dinner party recipes but its good for some quick & easy ideas

What's something you're loving from Amazon?

Monday, June 20, 2022

The weekend we didnt want to let the weather go


You know those weekends you dont want them to end ... I REALLY didnt want this one to end.  Mainly because we got a break from the horrendous heat wave we had last week. It was just awful last week.  We couldnt spent more then 5 minutes outside with the dogs & everyone was panting (the dogs) & sweating (me)... it was record breaking all week long.

Then Friday, a storm came through.... & it changed everything.  You can see the wind blowing here...

This was the beginning of our weekend change...

I started my work from home on Friday (GLORIOUS) & ended up signing out a little early - because good ole Physical Therapy time.  This week, we're working on trying to get my arm behind my back. OHHH NO - its not happening. Its so bad.  I will say, I'm 3 weeks in & I am seeing a tiny bit of progress, but they told me it would be a slow going process.  

I got out of PT & then headed to my new favorite place....

I am now slightly obsessed keeping my car clean. Its like it was when I first bought it. I'm discouraging foods & drinks & if there's any trash, at every stop at home, I'm reminding Hubby to clean his side out.  There's worse obsessions in the world.

I hadnt been able to cook all week because the heat. It was so bad, we didnt want to add any heat to the issue with turning on the oven.... so we basically did pick up every night last week. I had all my food from Hello Fresh so I made sure to get one dinner in so it wouldnt get wasted.  OMGGGGGG - this recipe was a new one & it was AMAZING!!!! It was Edamame Cauliflower Rice fritters... with a roasted broccoli salad. This may have been one of my favorite recipes I've made from them.

We were getting ready to settle in for the night when we noticed a hot spot on Harvey Dent that he had irritated by licking... by the end of the night - it was REALLY flaming irritated.  So we had to do a rush drive down to Feeder's Supply to get him a cone of shame... & as we were checking out, Hubby found these PJ's. We know they are for cute purposes - but we knew they would cover the area on his leg. Worth a shot -

Plus - SO DARN CUTE!!!!

Ready for bed!


We woke up & it was actually chilly. It was just wonderful.  This started my time of being outside. All weekend, I just tried to stay outside as much as possible.  Soak up the cool air.

I ended up going to the park for an early morning walk &  no one was there. It was all mine.  

I love  our little park because they have a art installation that highlights local art work by some of the local schools. I always love seeing what they change it out with.

& every month, they change out a story that is focused throughout the walking path. Every station is like 0.10 miles apart & I actually love reading the new story each month.

This story was so cute. I actually was a little teary eyed on the last page. It was so sweet & I hope people take their kids to enjoy this little park attraction. I love kids books anyways - theres such sweet stories & life lessons in them.

I got home & it was play time with the dogs...

& then we noticed Harvey Dent did this....

Drats... ok Harvey - into the cone of shame you go....

It doesnt stop him playing.

My morning was just full of hanging out with Hubby back in the woods, reading outside, more playing with dogs.

We ended up going out & ate outside at a restaurant - where it was funny.  Hubby ended up running into someone who came up & asked what his name was. Ends up, they used to skate together over 40 years ago. Talk about a small world!

We got home & honestly, just sat outside & talked & just did not want the day to end.  We didnt want to give up the cool night.


I had the worst nights sleep. I had an awful dream where I was all alone & had a stroke, & I couldnt get help. & I was laying in my home & I just kept worrying about my dogs thinking no one was going to ever find any of us - it was awful. I ended up waking up at 2 am having a panic attack. I hate dreams that do that to me. I could not go back to sleep. I couldnt breath - I felt like I was smothering.  I ended up turning on the TV &tried to distract myself.  Thank you RuPaul's Drag Race.

I ended up falling back to sleep near 4 am - but was back up at 6:30am.

I was ok with it because I headed right back outside again. & I needed a sweater - it was so chilly!  Talk about all the puppy energy flowing with this cool air!

I ended up finishing my book that I had just started on Saturday.  It was so good - I really enjoyed it.

With it being Father's Day - we went up to go to the cemetery so I could give some shout out to my dad.  & because its Father's Day - I always used to get his gifts at Tractor Supply & ever since he passed away, I still stop there & get something for the horses.  I was so choked up throughout the day.  4 years.  A part of my heart is just gone.  Words cant describe how much I miss him.

Hubby & I went to Culvers & ate outside... & enjoyed a couple next to us that had their 2 dogs with them enjoying some pup cups. Look at this unhealthy food - YUMMM! (Grilled cheese for me)

We went over & spent some time with mom & took care of the horses & then it was time to come home & a little bit more back yard reading, relaxing & dog playing - usual weekend stuff. Hello my life.

& now, we bid adieu to the beautiful break in the weather. So glad it landed on Saturday & Sunday because we're back in the triple digits this week & stay in the 90's for the next 2 weeks... so glad we had this little enjoyable time.

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything for Father's Day?

Are you obsessed about keeping your car clean or have you given up?

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Thankful Thursday#362


This week I am Thankful for:

Air Conditioning
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! ... Seriously - what is happening?  It has been torturous with the weather this week.  When I woke up the other day at 5:30am & the temperature was 85 degrees, I had to sit up & put my fingers in my ears to make sure I was actually hearing things because WHAT? 85 degrees that early? It's been horrific!  Coming home & being able to relax in a cool house - what a blessing.  

It's a blessing for my dogs too as I sit & watch them from work on our cameras all laid out on couches & cold floors & enjoying their best COOL life inside.

Amplify Welcome
I mentioned last week how I get to be a Partner with Amplify mainly because I love them so much... but they sent a little welcome gift that was just so fun! A little weekly desk layout planner. Give me ALL the planner options!

WW Charms
I've gotten my 2nd charm in the mail from WW which I wasn't expecting.  I should be receiving my 3rd charm any day now too. Call me a cheesy gal, but these sorts of things inspire me & keep motivation going

Cocoa Daisy
I got a box full of stickers & stationary & a pen & just all the things my heart smiles for. I cant wait to start using these in different ways.  

HERE is the link to their site - I get no compensation - just sharing so you can browse yourself at all the beauties

Date Night
It was so fun going out & just enjoying the evening with Hubby - especially because it was last minute & unexpected. 

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