Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dazzle Days at Conway


Last week, was Dazzle Days in Conway Arkansas. When I got invited by Arkansas Women Bloggers to 
go this event I was excited. I had really no clue to what Dazzle Days really was.  Full of surprises awaited me.  The Conway Expo Center was FULL of vendors and couldn't wait to get started. 
This had to come home with me. It came from the Kitchen & More booth. It is also a store downtown Conway. There were a couple of other necklaces and even a cutting board in the shape of Arkansas. 

Meet Cyndi of The Twisted Purl.


She is one of the most talented ladies I know. She spins wool into yarn. She also makes these little things called felted soaps.

These are carried in 80 stores in 5 countries. And you can buy them here. And don't forget about her hand felted snowmen. They are so cute. 
Awww too cute! 





These ladies!
And seeing these two made my night. It has been too long since I saw them both. In 2013, we shared a cabin at our first Arkansas Women Blogger Conference and this was insta-friendship.

There were also other Arkansas companies like Petit Jean Meats and Southern Girl Soapery.  There was so much shopping to be done.  Next year I hope to go back and remember to bring more money with me.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter,

You don't know it but you have made me one proud Mom. I am so glad to call you mine. Well, I really have been since the day your dad and I found out you were hanging out in my stomach. However, this past week you became a very independent young lady.

We all went to your eye doctor appointment since you failed your eye exam at school. None of us where really wanting to go but there we all were. You wanted Daddy to go with you but I knew I was the one who needed to go back with you. See Moms just know sometimes no one else will work. As the decision was given to you about needing glasses you looked so sad and upset.
When asked why you were upset you told me: "It's because I have to get glasses and everyone is going to make fun of me." My heart broke when you spoke these words. You have to go back to school and there was no way I could stop the teasing from happening. All I could tell you is you will be able to see better and you will be fine. However, inside I was hurting for you.  

Then you did something which surprised your Dad and I. When you put your glasses on and could see so much better, your whole attitude about glasses changed. There you were all smiles and so happy. 

Right then and there, you made the decision to keeping your head up, keep smiling and not care what people thought. In that moment, there was another step toward growing up you took all by yourself. Even though I miss my little girl who would snuggle at every chance, the young lady you are turning into makes up for the missed snuggles. I pray you will keep growing and keeping your head held high and always remember Momma is always here for you.






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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fair fun and ribbons

It's the time of the year where the crispness of the night is welcomed like an old friend and the bright lights are on display. It is Fair time!

When I was child going to the fair was all about the games, rides and food. I never thought about the pageant or where all the crafts and canning came from or how it got to into the fair. But the last couple of years have been different for my family and myself. We have had the joy of joining a little group called EHC( extension homemakers club) and where we found out how the arts, crafts, and canning gets to the fair.  This has been a great thing. These ladies (mostly) work tireless to help put together the arts, crafts, and canning part of the fair. This group is a great for the whole family. Most counties in Arkansas have one so you should check it out. It is a great place to learn great skills and to craft as well.

Here is our fair fun and entries:










Until we next meet,
A


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pizza Pasta Casserole

This week I hit a point where I had not clue what to cook for supper. (For people not from the South this is what might be called dinner or evening meal.) Stuck in grocery store trying to figure out something, I had the bright idea to call Hubby and have him check out my Pinterest board to try something new. Never again will I make this mistake! It took five phone calls and three texts later to get one which was Pizza Casserole. (Click the link!)

Most meals cooked here has to do double duty by becoming lunch the next day to help us save some extra change for a family vacation. This means doubling most recipes which can be tricky especially when I forget how much I am buying. This happened to me this time. After about an hour walking around the store trying to find a signal to makes the calls and waiting on the texts, I was just about at my wits end.  When the text with the list arrived, quick as I could the ingredients were snatched up and off to home. Only when everything was laid out did I find there was not enough of some ingredients but there was no way I was going back to the store. So make sure you have the correct amount.
Sometimes you just want something yummy and new. 
I did take some liberties with the recipe. Garlic and onion are a favorite in our family. Well, garlic is but Glitter Bug doesn't really care for onions however, any chance available I slip things in she doesn't like to expand her tastes such as onions and mushrooms.

Did you click the recipe?  Good,that is where you can get how to make the Pizza Casserole.  Mine doesn't look anything like the original however, if the way it disappeared is any indication this will be something I will be cooking again. Some of the things I will be changing are adding a little more cheese to help bind it together since I made a double batch. Maybe add some green olives and fresh mushrooms. 
Final product. 

What have you tried lately?





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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My little Camera Buddies

I have received product and/or monies for the review. The opinions express are my own.  



Last week I posted about Odor Check and the wonders they have done for my Hubby's boots.  I wanted to share another great use I have found for them. 

They have become my little camera buddies. It has been a wet summer here until these last few weeks. I have worried about my camera getting moisture inside of it since I take it any time I leave the house. And then I remember the Odor Check was a moisture wicker.
Minus the Camera since I am using it. 


Now, I don't have to worry about moisture in my camera or camera bag. As you can see there are two in my bag which works out great for the camera and the lens. I have no worries about grabbing my bag when it is a little damp outside.  
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Little Smell Savers: Odor Check

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There is a dirty little smelly secret in my house. My husband's boots. Like most men, Hubby's boots always have a powerful smell after a day of work. There have been talk of banning his boots outside right after he takes them off. And this year has been wet especially this summer which makes the smell worse. 

I had gotten Odor Check to test and I thought after a rainy day that this would be a great time to try out and see if they lived up to their name. 
These really are great!

Hubby's boots after a raining day. 
One for the right.
One for the left. 
I was not hoping for much of since I haven't found anything to help with the smell or the dampness. After letting them sit in them over night, Hubby reported his boots didn't smell or even have a slight damp to them. 

Now, there is no talk of banning his boots which makes Hubby very happy. These have been a life saver. We will be buying more of these.

Go check out their Facebook page.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Things I learned from the Hope Watermelon Festival

Here are the things I learned from the Hope Watermelon Festival this year:


1. Rain will not stop people.
Really it wasn't too bad even with the rain. It didn't get too hot and the sun did finally come out. Seriously though, the rain did not stop people from coming out. I really thought there would hardly be anyone that morning. To my surprise, it was pretty busy. Maybe the rain dampened some plans however, things were still full in swing.

2. My SUV will get stuck in the mud.
Found this one little gem out the hard way. By this point, I was ready to go. Glitter Bug came back to where all the family was(she was with other family so it was all good.) and I was ready to go spend time with her since she stayed with Great-Grandparents for two nights in a row. Boy did she look like a drowned rat with tangles all in her hair. I didn't get a picture of how she looked but trust me it was not pretty. So we get ready to leave and next thing I know, the car is not moving anymore. Thank goodness, family was there. After a couple of pushes, we were on our way again.
Poor bumper looks a lot worse now. The paint is peeling. 
3. Punishment doesn't always work.
Back to my child who looked like she had played in the rain. She had long hair. Maybe to the middle of her back. (She is now about 4'4 inches tall. Pretty tall for a 7 year old) If her hair is left down it looks like it hasn't been brushed ever. We have tried everything to get her to put it up with no chance. So off to the salon to get it cut. Don't get me wrong, I know it's her hair and she wants long hair. However, it needed to been trimmed too. We told her it was time to get it cut. Usually she has a fit over this but makes her think about why it is important to take care of your hair. Little did I know, she LOVES her "short" hair. 
What she calls her "short' hair. It is just below her shoulders when straight.


4. Family is always a good thing to have.
I am glad to have my husband's family. Really they are my family too. It is nice to sit down and enjoy a meal together with them. It is so awesome to have this yearly tradition of having supper together at the festival. Maybe the festival is really just one giant family gathering for us. 


Until we next meet,

A


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