Thursday, November 20, 2014

DIY Calendar

I know it is kind of early to be thinking of 2015, but appointments are being made and I need to keep track of them. I like to keep my calendar on the fridge where everyone can see what is going on, but I don't want to have loose pages or even just one page up there at a time.
There are plenty of sites out there where you can download your own calendar pages. One of my favorite sites is iMOM. iMom is a great site for printables, inspiration for family fun, parenting, date night ideas, and more. I recommend checking them out even if you do not use their calendar pages.
To make your own calendar you will need printed calendar pages, cardboard cut to fit your printed pages, regular white glue and clips or clothespins to hold everything together while it dries.

First, you will want to be sure your pages are in the correct order and that paper and cardboard are all lined up evenly all the way around. Clip your paper at the top like this:
Make sure the paper is flat against your cardboard.

Next, you will want to put a fine bead of glue at the very top left, middle and right making sure to spread it out evenly with the tip of your glue bottle:
Be sure to let the glue dry overnight before you remove your clips. Your pages will tear off easily from one month to the next. You could also glue some magnets to the back if you wish.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Free Knit and Crochet Patterns for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving fast-approaching, I have been searching the web for quick and easy projects to knit or crochet. Here are some of the projects that I have found, and I hope that you will enjoy these as much as I do.

Starting from the left of the row on top:
1. Autumn Leaves Placemats
2. Turkey Day Dishcloth
3. Crochet Turkey Coasters & Ornaments
4. Tiny Acorn Pattern
Bottom row starting from the left:
5. It's never too late for Indian corn
6. Squeeze n' Sniff Pumpkin Pie
7. Gobble Gobble finger puppet
8. Autumn Oak Leaf Knitting Pattern

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Outdoor Clean-up for Fall Checklist

That time of year is here again when we must start thinking ahead. Before you know it, the winter will be upon us and indoors will seem a better option than outdoors. While the weather is still nice and enjoyable there is work to be done. I have put together a checklist for you of the most common things that should be done before the snow comes.

Get your printable here .

Friday, August 29, 2014

Autumn Decor

Although it is still August, there has been a chill in the air this past week during the morning hours. Autumn is on its way. This by far has always been my favorite season. I love the smell, the colors, the sound of leaves crunching under my feet and, of course, the gourds! Here are some images from around the web that got my creative juices flowing. Now I just need to hit some thrifts stores and a farmers market and start making.
Starting from the top left going around clockwise:
  1. I just like the simplicity of this one, there is no link though. When I brought it up, I got questionable pop-ups and my computer started making awful noises. 
  2. Peek-a-boo-pumpkins
  3. A Primitive Place & Country Journal Magazine
  4. The front porch
  5. Pumpkin Bird Feeder 
  6. Fall salt dough ornament decorations

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crocheted Pixie Bonnet

I came across some pictures of baby pixie hats a few months back while I was on Pinterest. I find them adorable and sweetly irresistible, I knew they would be in my future projects to-do. I finally found a pattern that was available in newborn thru adult sizes (Halloween anyone?). The cost of the pattern is $4.00 and comes in six sizes along with flower and leaf pattern. You can find it at cre8tioncrochet. For my hats I have been using the five petal flower pattern that I found at 1dogwoof; I absolutely love ChiWei's Blog.

Here are some of my hats:

Friday, June 20, 2014

Granny Loves to HDC

Materials Needed:
  • US size G hook
  • Worsted weight cotton yarn: I used Lily Sugar n Cream 
  • Tapestry needle, scissors
Stitches Used:
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Dc = double crochet
  • Hdc = half double crochet
  • Sl st = slip stitch 

Finished cloth measures approximately 9" x 9"

Chain 34.

Row 1:  Sc in second chain from hook. Sc across. Chain 3 and turn.

Row 2:  Dc in same stitch as the chain three made before the turn,
*sk 2, 3 dc in next stitch. Repeat from * across until last stitch. end with 2 dc in last.  Ch 3 and turn.

Row 3:  3 dc in each space across ending with 1 dc in the top of the last double crochet from the previous row. Ch 1 and turn.
 (for a great granny stripe tutorial visit

Row 4:  Hdc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 5:  Hdc in each stitch across. Ch 3 and turn.

Repeat rows 2 - 5  five more times. At the end of the last row of hdc ch 1 and turn. Sl st across and bind off.  Weave in ends.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Better than Brown N Serve Dinner Rolls - For the Bread Maker

As a kid, all we ever had for dinner rolls were the packaged Brown n Serve rolls that you get at the store. I used to buy these for my family before I knew I was capable of making my own rolls. Those cannot possibly be good for you with who knows what additives added in to keep them fresh and doughlike until you brown them.
Well, several years later of bread making, I have branched out and now make my own rolls. These rolls are just awesome. They are great with soup! You will get about 20 rolls from a batch.

1 1/4 cups warm water
2 Tbsp. oil
2 Tbsp. sugar 
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp yeast

Add the ingredients to your mixers pan in the order given. Insert pan into the maker and set to Dough setting. Press start and wait for it to finish the cycle.
When the dough is done rising, remove it from the pan. Roll the dough into golf ball sized balls and place into a 9 x 13in casserole pan. I like to use my Pyrex pan because I just prefer how things bake in glass. Cover the pan and let rise until doubled; about 30-40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees with a pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes. When done, remove from the pan and serve warm.  Honey, butter, soup, whatever goes well with them. You can also freeze any leftovers.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ameriplan Review

I decided to write this review because I joined Ameriplan in January of this past year. I only stayed on for two months. My goal was to give it a full year and, from there, to move into leadership. Well, my conscience got the best of me, and I had to say good-bye.

Ameriplan was founded in 1992 in Plano, Texas. They are a Health and Dental Benefits company. Ameriplan is not insurance but rather a discount "club" for health and dental care. They are partnered with major companies and offer discounts on Health Care, Dental, Vision, Prescriptions, Hearing, Lasik plus more. The plans range from $14.95 to $150.00 a month. Most plans cover an entire household, related or not.

In order to join as a worker, you must enroll in one of the Platinum Plans.  You have three options, and each offers different levels of discount coverage. Also, your commission rate is determined by which plan you enroll with.

The Platinum Plan is $50 a month and will give you a 40% upfront commission and then a 20% monthly residual commission. This will give you discounts on Dental, Vision, Prescription, and Chiropractic. You also get Legal and Financial, Identity Theft Protection, Roadside Assistance, and discounts at retailers nationwide.

The Total Platinum Plan is $75 a month and gives you a 60% upfront commission and then a 30% residual commission. You will get all the benefits that are in the Platinum Plan plus discounts on Health Care.

The Platinum Freedom Pass Plan is $150 a month and gives you an 80% upfront commission and then 40% monthly residual income. You get all of the benefits in the other two plans plus discounts on travel, golf, cruises, resorts and condos, spas, and more.

When you start out as a worker, you are considered an IBO (Independent Business Owner). I personally feel that being considered a business owner is misleading. Independent Contractor or even Consultant seems more appropriate. The plus is that you are able to claim your business expenses on your taxes.
I do personally feel that the company itself is legit. They offer a discount service that has helped people who could have been ruined financially if they were not a member and did not have traditional health insurance. For a better review of what their service has to offer vs. traditional insurance, you can read the article at MedSave .

Now I will tell you what it is that I feel leans to the side of "scam". Once you join as an IBO, you are trained to post ads on free classified sites like Craigslist, even though Craigslist prohibits MLM job post. These ads are for both the membership plans and for the work at home opportunity. The membership ads are fine, but it is the work at home opportunity that is very misleading.

Here is just one ad example:
Ad Category:  Customer Service
Subject Title Line: Customer Service - Telecommute
Description: Nationwide Health Benefits Company seeking homeworkers. Full-time/Part-time positions available. Customer service exp. preferred, but no exp. necessary. Must have internet and phone, and be able to work at least 10-12 hours a week. Training provided via telephone and internet Includes benefits. Reply for more info.
Compensation: $500-$1000 a week

When someone responds to the ad you are to "interview" them to see if they are a good fit to work with the company. This is a crock to me because anyone can join through your website without ever talking to you. This ad is not telling the whole truth. It is not a job but rather a multilevel marketing opportunity. Most of the people you "interview" are in search of a real job and not an MLM opportunity.

I was able to recruit several people rather quickly, but none of them stayed on for more than a few days.  I did enjoy talking to people but felt I was being deceitful when going over my script. The script starts out with company information and goes into the benefits that the company offers. Once you have someone convinced that they would be a good fit for Ameriplan, you go into the fact that it is really an opportunity that will cost money and not a job. Also, if someone wanted to join, they would need a credit card or a bank account because the monthly fees are automatically withdrawn once a month.

What started to turn my stomach was talking to people who were truly desperate.   Some did not have a computer available to them, and several that I spoke to did not even have a credit card let alone a bank account. My heart broke for them, and I felt like such a louse. I do not like doing a bait and switch on anyone, and that is exactly what I was trained to do. That is the whole reason why I quit and feel that the work at home part leans towards "scam" or, at the very least, misleading.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

How to Save Money With Crochet

How to Save Money With Crochet
By Rhelena R.

With the price of yarn these days it is almost hard to imagine that one could actually save money with crocheting. But it is true, crocheting can help to save a lot of money. Ah but crochet takes time, and time is money; which means by the time I factor in all the time it'll cost me twice as much as if I were to buy my products from the store.

True. Crochet takes time, and time is money.

At the same time, how many hours do we spend in front of the television each day? Or how many hours do we just sit around chatting with each other. Believe it or not, but that time is money too! And did you know that once you get going on a pattern you can sit back and relax while crocheting? Yup, you can do it while watching tv, while chatting with friends or whenever you need a time-out from the rest of your activities. When you look at it from that perspective, then crochet really doesn't take up any time at all. It's actually good therapy to crochet.

The only thing that remains now is the price of the yarn and hooks. Yes, they can be expensive, but if you know how to shop then it doesn't have to cost you that much.

As for the hooks, you only need to buy them once and they'll last you forever. And as for yarn, there are ways around it so that you don't have to pay full price.

Yarn can be purchased on sale. Michaels usually has really good deals going on. They also have a coupon program, which allows you to get up to 40% off your first item. That is how I crocheted my Fall Striped Afghan. It started out with my leftover yarn, but as I need more yarn, I'd go back each week to get a ball of yarn at 40% off. Pretty sweet if you ask me!

The blanket is finished now and you'd never know there are different lot codes among the colors.

But what if you want to make a nice sweater and need to purchase your yarn on one shopping trip to ensure you get the same lot code? Again, you might get awesome deals at Michaels. They have coupons that allow you to save 20% on the entire purchase.

Another option is to wait for the yarn to go on sale. However, if you're waiting for your favorite yarn to go on sale, you might end up waiting a while. So that might not be an option. But frequent trips to the yarn stores will help you to catch sales on other yarns that you might like. The only problem with this is that you might end up with more yarn than what you can handle.

Then there's online shopping. Many online retailers offer their yarns at discounts for a number of reasons. The problem with this is that you often end up paying high shipping fees. But, many retailers will offer free shipping on certain days or on orders over a certain amount. So if you know you'll be using a lot than that might be an option.

Also, be sure to check your local yarn stores for perks in regards to saving on yarn.

One last thing that you can do is resort to using value yarns instead of the more expensive yarns. Red Heart and Bernat carry a few excellent yarns that are perfect for afghans, bags, rugs and other projects where drape and comfort isn't really an issue.

Visit Crochet Pattern Bonanza for lot's of free crochet patterns and tutorials on how to get started with crocheting.

The great thing about crocheting is that not many people crochet. That means that if you get good at it you might be able to make some extra money by crocheting for others. Here is an article that covers some of the basic steps in starting your own crochet business: Crochet Business As It Is

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Simple Winter Bruschetta

My husband asked me to make bruschetta for him to take to work for the Superbowl game but seeing it is February and I have no fresh tomatoes or basil from the garden I was at a loss. I can't stand flavorless tomatoes from the store.
I found this on Hunt's website but tweaked it a bit. I think that the key here is using Litehouse basil and Litehouse garlic. They are freeze-dried and therefore taste very fresh!

1 28oz. can petite diced tomatoes
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
4 tsp. Litehouse garlic
3 Tbs. Litehouse basil
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper (would have used cracked pepper if I had any)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for at least an hour. Serve with toasted french bread.

French bread sliced 1/2 inch thick and toasted lightly in the oven set at 275 degrees. I don't put oil on my bread before or after I toast it but if you like it that way you could brush some on.