1. Shampoo the carpets. Do one room at a time and get started. No visitors when the snow is deep.
2. Paint the rooms.. Just make sure that you have enough paint to finish your project.
3. Early Spring cleaning. Make a list of major items to clean. Things like curtains and drapes and upholstery can be done.
4. Rearrange the furniture in your home for a new look.
5. If your garage is warm, clean it out and straighten it up.
6. Clean and detail your vehicle. Again, just be sure the garage is warm.
7. Clean and organize your attic. Get rid of the things you no longer want to keep.
1. Organize your bills and receipts. This often provides an excellent time to get ready for the IRS.
2. Review your yearly balances on your bills. Double check your accounts. Update your yearly budget.
3. Straighten up your home office. Place things in an organized manner. Throw away things that get your way.
4. Clean out your computer. Get rid of programs to speed up and improve your computers performance.
Having a sister that is a stylist is good thing! She always can recommend the next best thing in the hair world. I recently purchased this hair system from Nioxin that I really like. I don't have issues of hair loss but I do use a lot of hair product. So she recommeded the cleasnser and scalp therapy for me. It also protects color treated hair. So far I think this is a keeper. Ryan likes it too. He likes the "tingley" feeling it leaves on the scalp.
From the online directions:
Here’s how it works:
1. Open your music library on iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, or whatever
1. Shuffle it
3. For every ‘scene’ below, type the title and the artist in the order the songs come up
Waking up: New Day-Robbie Seay Band
Falling in Love: Crash-DMB
Fight Song: Right Here-Staind
Breaking Up: Best I Ever Had-Vertical Horizon
High School: Freshman-Verve Pipe, Oasis, Jodeci, RKelly, I could go on forever........
Prom: Secret Garden-Bruce Springsteen
College: Anything Missy Elliot or 50 Cent, Hi Fiving MF-Local H, Your Winter -Sister Hazel, Lil' Kim, Britney
Life: Little Wonders-Rob Thomas
Parents:Mom: Midnight Train To Georgia-Gladys Knight and the Pips
Dad: Dancing With My Darling-His own adaptation, I believe he made this one up
Mental Breakdown: Let Go-Frou Frou, Breathe Me-Sia
Flash Back: Breathing-Lifehouse
Getting Back Together: Collide-Howie Day
Best Friends: For Good-Wicked
Wedding: This Years Love-David Gray
Significant other: Don't Stop Believin'- Journey
Birth of a Child: N/A
Fade to Black: Closing Time-Semisonic
As a preface, I am only speaking for myself and do not expect anyone else to agree nor am I trying to persuade others. I am simply stating my views. Since this is my blog you have a choice whether to read it or not.
I can safely say that in my 28 years of life, today might be the most moving & hopeful day I have witnessed as an American (September 11th is a close second). I come from a working class family where everyone had to work everyday to pay bills. By no means did I ever go without, I always had what I needed/wanted. The presidents that have been apointed in my lifetime I couldn't relate with, nor could my parents. I think of them as untouchable. Men that came from mostly wealthy backgrounds, those who wanted to do well as a president, but simply couldn't know what it was like to live like the other half of America's population.
Today that other half celebrates because they are being represented in this political party. I celebrate today for my family, my hometown that is suffering from economic failure, my friends that are of other nationalites other than my own, my aunt, her lifepartner, and close friends whose rights will be fought for this presidential term, for countries whose hope might be restored in America, for those that are of other religous beliefs than my own, for those who have had to choose between paying the eletric bill or their medication, for those who do not have affordable healthcare, and for anyone else who felt under represented in our goverment. Being a social worker reminds me that not everyone is born on the same playing field. Some have it easier than others and some do not bother to work to their fullest potential. But today is an example to all, no more excuses, you can do just about anything here. I am so proud of my new president and his family. Today is a new day for America. I'm so proud to have witnessed it.
Love this one too!
Ryans pot pie
The vegetables and the wonderful sauce
This picture is to show the perfect crust!
2 Granny Smith Apples peeled
1/3 cup of sugar
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tbp of brown sugar
3 tbp of butter
cook until tender and apples are coated
On the reverse side is the recipe for the recipient
This is a picture of my sister's scrub. She put orange zest in hers. It smelt amazing!
Here is the coconut oil (found in the organic section). It comes in a paste form. Put in in a bowl of hot water and it will change back to oil form.
1 cup of sugar/salt
1/2 cup of coconut oil
Essential oil of your choice
Freshly sqeezed citrus juice
Scrub your feet, give as a treat, rinse and repeat!
Okay, I know Ryan and I love our cats. We even post pictures of our cats wearing costumes from time to time. Although, never have we ever thrown our cats a party. On Martha's latest blogspot she has pictures of her party she threw her cats from New Years. Enjoy this rockin New Year Bash! Hope the cops weren't called.
This is "Vivaldi" wearing his cat hat. He looks hopeless doesn't he?
This is the catnip that Martha grew in her garden!
These cats are obviously under the influence of catnip. No cat in their right state of mind would sit there that long especially with gold sparkle hats on. I'm surprised that Martha would allow her cats on her "servery" and take pictures of it! Although, I sound quite annoyed by her ridiculous ideas, I'm probably just jealous I didn't think of the idea first! Foiled again Martha! Foiled again!
Mail Boxes Etc.
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1 pound dry black-eyed peas
2 cups chopped cooked ham
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch garlic powder
2 onions, diced
1 (14.5 ounce) can whole tomatoes
Place black-eyed peas in 8 quart pot. Add enough water to fill pot 3/4 full. Stir in ham and diced onions, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place tomatoes in a blender or food processor, and blend until the tomatoes are liquefied. Add tomatoes to pot. Bring all ingredients to boil. Cover the pot, and simmer on low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the peas are tender.
I always hear, "Be sure to eat your beans on New Years for good luck". Why? I googled it and I found this. I myself haven't eaten any beans as of yet, but the day is not over! But the donuts (read below) might be in my future, for good luck of course.
"Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune. Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day. "