Monday, February 28, 2011

Groupon and Redbox

I've been hearing about Groupon for a while now, but I hadn't taken the time to check it out until a blog friend featured a post about a good deal she got in Texas. I went to the site and searched Indiana for deals and was able to get the same redbox deal. Once you sign up, you can personalize your account with your zip code for deals targeted to where you live. Check it out!


I didn't write this as a paid review or get any compensation. Just thought it was a good deal you'd like to know about!

A Very Special Award

I know there are a lot of awards out there, but this one is very special. It's from my good friend, Cindy Adkins (Cindy Adkin's Whimsical Musings). She is such a dear and she sent me the nicest note with it.

If you haven't visited her etsy shop, you need to! She is such an amazing artist. I purchased one of her necklaces recently, and I love it! I also bought a creative supplies package she put together and it has some really neat items in it. Not only did I receive the things I ordered, but I also received a couple of personalized gifts from her. It's so exciting to get packages in the mail, but even more so when you have something special from a friend on the inside. Thank you Cindy!!!!

I'm trying to figure out my new Sony Bloggie Touch. As soon as I take a few pics, I'll add them to the post.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Slow Going On The Etsy Shop

I've been working on items for my etsy shop, but with a full-time job and other obligations, I'm a little behind schedule.

This is one of the items that will be in the shop.

Here are a couple of other views. I took the time (finally) to come up with a disclosure policy for the occasional reviews that I do. It's listed at the bottom of the blog page... not my first choice, but I messed up the header below my main header, and when I tried to contact my blog designer, it goes to some random blog about getting pregnant with a girl. wth? I could tell you how I did it without a blog platform, but that would be TMI, right?

I'm wanting to go from blogger to wordpress, but I just don't think I'm brave (stupid) enough to do it on my own without some help. If you've made the switch, did you do it alone or with a designer?

I haven't figured out how bloggers/etsy shop owners fit it all in, but I'm trying!

Linked up at:


Tip Junkie handmade projects

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thirsty Thursday

Hanging out today at For The Love Of Blogs. We're celebrating Thirsty Thursday. I've had a sinus headache all day, so I'm going to pass on drinks of the alcohol variety. Instead, I'm enjoying a tall, icy Pepsi!
Love the name of this particular Thursday post. It reminds me of days gone by. "Back in the day", I went to Ball State University (let's say mid 80's) and the second year of college, I lived off-campus with friends. I ended up becoming friends with the girls that lived downstairs because the girls I lived with were just a little too... shall we say... goody-goody? But they were nice girls and we got along well. That winter I hung out a lot with the girls downstairs.
The following summer, I moved downstairs and took summer classes. It was the best summer of my life. We had so much fun. When we weren't going to parties, we were having parties. And when we weren't doing that, we went down to The Chug for Thirsty Thursdays and quarter beers. I've never been much of a beer drinker, but as a poor college student, you can't argue the value...

Who am I kidding? Yuck!!!
But I wasn't really there for the beer. I was there because I knew Smitty would be there. His roommates were friends with my roommates and I was sooooo crushing on him. And we'd dance! He definitely falls into that category 0f "if I'd only known then what I know now". I let him slip through my hands. He didn't tell me until later (when it was much too late) that the feelings were mutual.

When I was home and couldn't go anywhere, this was my favorite show to watch. Mom loved it too.

Extra points for you if you can name the above artist!

P.S. If Lumpkin hears about quarter beers and me, I will deny it all. ;)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Say hello to my little friend!!!!

I do love me some tax time money!!!!

And, in case you're wondering... Lumpkin was not left out. We had a productive trip to Aeropostle before heading to Office Max!

Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! I Really Wanna Know!


Here are this week's questions!

1. Where do you usually have your thermostat set at in the winter?
When we had our own house, it was set on 70 degrees, but living with Hasseman, it is usually set on 68 degrees.

2. What room do you tend to put off cleaning until last?

My room... just because I can!

3. Do you like to clean with music on or off?
ON! And it must be classic rock!!!

4. When do you take time to blog?
It depends on the day. Sometimes in the morning, but usually at night, because I work during the day.

5. How much time do you spend looking at other blogs a week?
I would be afraid to know the actual numbers! I love looking at other blogs!

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's Another Blog Hop!

Check out my previous post for the recipe that I've linked up to these links listed below!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Comfort Food

For me, comfort food usually means something substantial, and it always includes potatoes, but yesterday I wanted something sweet, so I made Maple-Cinnamon-Pecan Pull Aparts. It's a recipe that I've had since 2008 and it comes from the Pillsbury website. Oh, and there are no potatoes. ;) Let's just say that after a less than stellar weekend, my little heart needed some comfort. These are yummy! In fact, I forgot to take a picture until after I'd already eaten!

Yes... that back corner was mine!!! And it was so tasty right out of the oven with a cold glass of milk.

Maple-Cinnamon-Pecan Pull Aparts

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon maple flavor or vanilla

1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Supreme refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8 X 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except cinnamon rolls with icing.

2. Separate dough into 5 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into quarters; add to pecan mixture, tossing gently to caot. Spoon roll mixture into pan.

3. Bake 45-50 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate or platter. Spread with icing. Serve warm.

I wish I hadn't been in such a hurry to eat it! It was so pretty when it was hot and the icing was melting. Did you fix any comfort food over the weekend? See the links to blog hops in the next post!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thank You For Being A Friend

So the good news this week is my tax check came! Yay!!!
I have wanted to order something from my good friend Cindy Adkins' etsy shop for some time now and I did! She makes the cutest things!

I was so excited to see the package in the mailbox. I opened it and it came in this sweet little bag with a little bling of embellishment. I'm all about the sparkle!

She also sent an added little bonus... the tag shown above, with more of my favorite elements on it. It's like she reads my mind! Even more special was the sweet personal message on the back. I will cherish this, Cindy!

And I wish I had a better shot of the necklace. My camera doesn't do it justice. You've gotta stop by Cindy's blog and see all of her beautiful creations. Don't forget to check out her etsy shop as well.

Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings

Cindy, you're an awesome friend!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Blog Hopping Friday

Headed out to some new blog hops tonight. Check them out!



Unique Feng Shui Shop

Unique Feng Shui Shop. Enjoy the convenience of twenty-four hour shopping. The Web site is a breeze to navigate and when you make a purchase online, you will receive up-to-the-minute product updates and special offers.

I can't think about Feng Shui without thinking of my Mom. It was a topic we'd discussed many times. My Dad laughed at her enthusiasm over it, but did not question her when she placed a tank of goldfish in his office. My Dad has had a successful business and I'm not sure he even noticed that when Mom passed away and he got rid of her carefully tended fish (placed for feng shui reasons) his business tapered off somewhat, but I did.

I won't go into a lengthy description of the reasons behind the goldfish, but if you have some time on your hands, check out a book at the library or do a little online reading. It's very interesting. I found this online store and decided to add their link to my blog. When you click on the item, it takes you to a more lengthy description of the items and what its Feng Shui properties are. Feeling a little nostalgic this week, thinking about my Mom.

Here is my affiliate link:

Unique Feng Shui Shop

Just click on the gold coins to enter website