Friday, May 23, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Memorial Day

We have much to be thankful for in the United States. We often take for granted the freedoms we have here. Check out Conni's blog here on Tuesday May, 13, 2008.

Take some time this weekend to thank the appropriate people and remember those who have gone on before.

Enjoy it and acknowledge that freedom costs something!

Are you looking for Simple Recipes? I just found this site of other foodies posting their tried and true recipes. Click on the link above to check it out.

This appears to be relatively new site. If you really enjoy food, it will be a really cool place to store your favorite recipes and meet other friends who enjoy the foods you do. Get in on the ground floor of this new way to meet others and share what you like.

You can even order a cookbook with recipes from the site. Pretty cool feature. You can also sort by key ingredient and print shopping lists.

The more of us who participate, the better this site will be. Join me!

Take care of what God gave you . . .

Most of us were born with perfect baby skin. Smooth, supple and soft.

Along the way I know I have polluted mine with makeup and all the fad treatments of the day. Not to mention the sun exposure and burns. We won't even go there.

I found a spark about Emerge Skin Care products and began to think. We are to care for our bodies as the temple we were entrusted with. Most people judge you by what they see. Are you putting your best face forward? Can people see you or something else?

Emerge has products for all skin types, yes, even for guys. Products and tips to maintain healthy and glowing skin. Check out their site here.

If you are in New York, check out Metamorphosis Salon and Emerge products.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Now it's your turn,

to write a chapter in the Evil Bunnies story. Please post your story on your blog and comment with the address so we can read it.


Monday, May 19, 2008

He daily loadeth us with benefits. . .

God adores His people. He talks to us all the time. When was the last time you heard from Him?

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that my family has had some pretty significant losses in the last 6 months. I learned over the weekend that another family member is in the hosptial in ICU.

He told me something yesterday. As He is taking away a generation, He is raising up another one. We may feel ill-equipped but if we follow our Godly example, Jesus, we will find favor with God and man.

I will try to do right by my earthly family.

How much does it weigh?

Check out these cheap digital pocket scales. stocks scales for almost any need. These pocket scales weigh in grams, ounces, troy ounces and pennyweight. Should you choose to be a gemologist or buy precious stones they even stock one that weighs in carats.

Imagine the other uses: kitchen, bathroom, trading or shipping. Take a look at the rest of the site. You could color coordinate your scale with your home decor or to match your office furniture.

Here is the latest line at The Escali line is functional, affordable and colorful. Can't you see them in your home? Do you know a gourmet cook? Does your friend sell on eBay?

There are so many options! Check it out!

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Memed anew . . .

Check out ElleBee at Musings of a Working Diva. She recently visited here and tagged to get to know me better so here goes.

Favorite person (outside family)? Sis. Tackett because she loves me.

Favorite food? Anything that fits in the budget is a good thing!

Quirks about you? I am very quiet until I get to know you a little better. Just ask Mom With Brownies.

How would the person who loves you most describe you in ten words or less? Doing just what He knew I would but trying to do what He requires.

Any regrets in life? Not serving the Lord a lot sooner.

Favorite Charity/Cause? Mother's Memorial for the UPCI. They support home and foreign missions, Tupelo Children's Mansion, New Beginnings, Lighthouse Ranch for Boys, Haven of Hope and several others. Check it out here.

Favorite Blog recently? I have the same problem ElleBee did. Reading so many good ones lately. Pick anything on my blogroll.

Something you can’t get enough of? God's love.

Worst job you’ve ever had? The one day I worked for a Taco restaurant in college and the owner hit on me. I quit.

What job would you pay NOT to have? Anything political.

If you could be a fly on the wall, where would you be? Heaven.

Favorite Bible verse right now? Psalms:68:19: Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. He cares enough about me to think of me DAILY!

Guilty Pleasure? CHOCOLATE

Got any confessions? Try to do that daily, just between me and Jesus.

If you HAD to spend $1,000 on YOURSELF, how would you spend it? Fabric!

Favorite thing about your house? It is a brick exterior and doesn't need to be painted.

Least favorite thing about your house? Messy stuff. Dirty can be cleaned but messes seem neverending.

One thing you are bad at? Motivation

One thing you’re good at? Organization

If you could change something about your circumstances, what? A job that would make my husband happy.

Who would you like to meet someday? My Grandma Elvera. She died before I was born.

Who is your real life hero? My Grandpa Chuck. He made a decent living farming and endured a terrible second marriage. He was always even keeled.

What is the hardest part of your job? Followthrough

When are you most relaxed? Just before going to sleep.

What stresses you out? Control or lack thereof.

What can you not live without? God.

Do you agree or disagree with the recent article that reported that blogs are authored by narcissists? Didn't read it. Won't comment til I do.

Why do you blog? Intrigued by it.

Who are you tagging?
New/Newer bloggers - don't know any.
Bloggy friends - Heather W.
Bloggers you’d like to get to know better - Kristie.
Bloggers who you don't think will respond, but you hope will - Heather P.

Okay - rules:
1. Answer ALL the questions
2. Link back to whoever tagged you
3. Tag eight bloggers to do the same, 2 from each category.
New/ newer bloggers (since we want to share the love and send them traffic)
Bloggy friendsBloggers you’d like to get to know better
Bloggers you don’t think will respond, but you hope will

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cool Things to See in NYC

I went to New York City for Mother's Day in 2007. My sister lives there and we spent 4 days doing all the really cool Things to do in New York like Broadway Plays, subway rides, shopping and eating!

I live in the Motor City where public transportation is not an everyday affair for most people. I rode the bus from the airport into the City and then the subway to my sister's neighborhood. I couldn't believe the efficiency of it all. There is easy access to all transportation here. I cannot imagine owning a car in this environment.

Sis and I walked in Central Park and went to the American Folk History Museum. Kind of a quirky place with quilts, things made of bottle caps and crayon drawings on scrap paper. If you would like a look into how real people view art, this is the place to go. If you are studied in art you might want to go up the street to the Museum of Modern Art.

Shopping was spectacular. I love to sew and bought way too much fabric in the Fabric District. We went to see the American Girl store for my kids and I was amazed by a three story store for anything and everything you could ever want for to spend big bucks on.

We went to a Broadway play at the Nederlander Theater, A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill starring Colm Meany, Kevin Spacey and Eve Best. I bought the "little black dress" and new shoes for the occasion. Very Exciting!

The tour ended with dinner at a tapas restaurant with Sis and her beau.

I wish I had known about the site Trusted Tours & Attractions. It is a cool site with listings of stuff to do in major cities in the United States. Take a peek at the nifty sightseeing tours.

If NYC doesn't appeal to you, try Things to do in Boston. I've never been there. If you go or have been, comment on what's cool there.

If you are still undecided, try signing up for the newsletter from Trusted Tours. They will have awesome ideas for you as well as a chance to win a $150 iTunes card. Offer ends May 31, 2008.

Happy Trails!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Evil Bunnies, Part Deux

Evil Bunnies Rule The World

There once was a tribe of good bunnies and a tribe of evil bunnies. The evil bunnies traveled all around the bunny universe. They found a place called Earth. And they found an animal called monkeys and together they took over the universe. They went to a place called Kohl’s. They bought a bunny universe rocks shirt. In the magazine they found something called sports and houses and tasty juice.

The End


Not sure where this was going. I think she got distracted while she was dictating. Hopefully, some clarification will come soon.

SocialSpark is Live!

IZEA has created another site for the blogging community.

SocialSpark is similar to PayPerPost in that paid opportunities are available. (Like the one I am doing now!) One of the changes made on this site are the SPARK opportunities. Sparks allow anyone to create advertising for whatever they feel is a worthy cause. I recently found a Spark to encourage a family who is going through a bought of cancer. What an innovative way to promote reaching out to help.

In looking through the users and blogs, I have found GreenMe. I was intrigued with her approach to the Veggie Challenge. I also agree with her approach to treating our planet the way God intended for us to keep it. She also had a link for the push powered reel lawn mowers your grandparents used. I love that!

Here is my profile, HISchild. Take a look but you are already reading here!

The avenues for meeting new friends around the world are almost endless on SocialSpark. You can request friendships, browse profiles and read other blogs. I am amazed at the amount of opportunities available to meet other and create a web presence on almost any topic you like.

One thing to remember is that this venture is in Beta stage and is not without its quirks. Customer Love responds quickly and professionally. I am confident that things will improve.

Check it out for yourself. Creating a profile is free. You can apply for the money making opportunities or create an advertising opportunity of your own. See where SocialSpark takes you.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Evil Bunnies Rule the World!

My eight year old has insisted that I put this on my blog. I am waiting for her to finish the story.

Will keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Increase your vocabulary . . .

I found this link setting up my Entrecard account. Thought it was interesting how things change.

Strawberrycouture's Stitchin' Stuff: 1920's Slang Dictionary

Check it out.

MEME again.

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Significant other? Wonderful
3. Your hair? Uncut
4.Your mother? Loved
5. Your father? Loved
6. Your favorite thing? Time
7. Your dream last night? None
8. Your favorite drink? Chai
9. Your dream/goal? God-dependence
10. The room you’re in? Living
11. Your hobby? Knitting
12. Your fear? Missing
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Raptured
14. Where were you last night? BED
15. What you’re not? Perfect
16. Muffins? Blueberry
17. One of your wish list items? Ireland
18. Where you grew up? Michigan
19. The last thing you did? Dishes
20. What are you wearing? Old
21. Your TV? On
22. Your pets? Icie
23. Your computer? Custom
24. Your life? Content
25. Your mood? Sad
26. Missing someone? Grandparents
27. Your car? Odyssey
28. Something you’re not wearing? Pants
29. Favorite store? JoAnn
30. Your summer? Fun
31. Like someone? Randy
32. Your favorite color? Purple
33. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday
34. Last time you cried?Today
35. Who will blog this? YOU! :-)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

If you have children, then Happy Mother's Day! I have already received hugs and kisses and cards.

I can't wait for the church service today! I know that seven (7!) people are scheduled to get baptized in Jesus' name and I pray that the Lord softens the hearts of the others who need it!

The icing on the cake would be the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. It is promised!!! We just have to be open to receive.

Soften the necessary hearts LORD JESUS!

I Signed Up for SocialSpark

SocialSpark is a new way to advertise in a word-of-mouth, grassroots kind of way. It is a community of bloggers from all over the world speaking about things they are passionate about. It is the electronic version of laying down in from of the bulldozer.

The interesting thing is that companies and individuals can create an opportunity to have bloggers speak about just about anything. I have seen opportunities (opps) to speak about movies, pants, other peoples' blogs and personal stories. There are opportunities, like this one, to provide a text based message. There are also opportunities to create short videos as well.

One of the aspects I like best is the exposure you get to others. There are thousands of bloggers all over the world that are listed. You can look a their blogs, read the profiles and even send them a message. This is a wonderful way to connect with others outside your regular circle of influence. Just think about who could be looking at your blog!

That is why SocialSpark has created a code of ethics. You have to agree to do the following:

-100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure
-100% Transparency
-100% Real Opinions
-100% Search Engine Friendly

If you chose not to follow these guidelines, the company reserves the right to disassociate with your blog and no longer pay you.

Oh ya, YOU GET PAID to do this! Not only are you speaking about what you would normally blog about anyway, you can monetize your blog!

Check out the link at the beginning of this post and see for yourself how much fun you can have and money you can make.

Sponsored by SocialSpark

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Village Blacksmith

Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.

His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man.

Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.

And children coming home from school
Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
Like chaff from a threshing-floor.

He goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys;
He hears the parson pray and preach,
He hears his daughter's voice,
Singing in the village choir,
And it makes his heart rejoice.

It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
Singing in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
How in the grave she lies;
And with his hard, rough hand he wipes
A tear out of his eyes.

Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose.

Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

PS: I love you Grandpa!

Helping others while they help you.

I have just joined I am still floundering around in the learning process but one thing that I have managed to grasp is that friends and networking are very important.

In order to build a network, I have looked at the sparks and checked out some fellow bloggers sites like Alex Barger's. I think that using this form of networking is really innovative.

What intrigued me about Alex's blog was that he is doing it for charity and his concept of virtual volunteering. Take the above link and read about his cool concept.

I will have to investigate that concept myself.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

It is finished.

My grandfather went to be with the Lord. He passed away at 10:22 PM on Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

Strangely, it is peaceful this time in comparison to my grandmother's funeral last November. There is nothing to rush to do. No one to rush to care for.

My eight year old said it best. "Grandpa is happier now. He is with Grandma. I'm saving the crying for the funeral and I want his John Deere tractor pillow."

They would have been married 68 years this Memorial Day. I want to leave this life with that kind of legacy.

If you are visiting . . .

check out churches in Greenville SC. Westminster Presbyterian Church is CURRENTLY participating in a Habitat for Humanity build. Check out their website here for details on how you can help.

I just thought that was a really cool way of making an impact on your community for the Kingdom of God. Imagine the family or families touched by receiving a home. What would it be like to serve others in that way?

Since I live in Michigan and cannot get to South Carolina to help, please join me in praying for the effort of this church.

In Jesus' name.