Jan 17, 2017

The Unwanteds Series

Wow!!!  I can't believe I just finished reading the seventh book in the series The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann.  The Unwanteds series is a cross between Hunger Games and Harry Potter.


Ms. A kept telling me how good the books were and that I should read them.  :)  So I started reading the series some time last year.  I have to admit, even though I love to read, I found the books to be a bit daunting.  Seven books with hundreds of pages each.  But I did it and I am so glad I did.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

So if you are looking for a good book to read for you or your kiddos, check out the series.  You will be glad you did!!!

Now I'm off to the real world of packing up my Christmas decor!!!  I am so excited because I have some decorating I want to do when I am finished.

Hope you have a wonderful day....



"Give your stress wings and let it fly away."
by Terri Guillemots

Jan 16, 2017

Meet the Editor, Diane Cowen

A good friend of mine, Fran, invited me to attend "Meet the Editor, Diane Cowen" of the Houston Chronicle.  Mrs. Cowen is the Home Design Writer for the Chronicle.  You can find many of her articles here.


Diane Cowen is also the author of the cookbook "Sunday Dinners".


So last Wednesday Fran picked me up in her car, (similar to this one), and off we were to see Mrs. Cowen.  Fran and Diane have been friends for a couple of years.

Mrs. Cowen spoke about trends in home design and how our changing times affect the way we live, as well as the homes we live in.  She shared stories of various homes she has had the pleasure to see and get to know the homeowners.  It was really interesting.

I didn't get the chance to meet Mrs. Cowen as there were quite a few people there seeking her attention.  However, I did get a chance to meet her husband Steve.  He was very funny and engaging.

Afterwards, Fran and I had dinner at Jax Grill.  We both had the pecan crusted catfish.  It was delicious.


I'd like to thank Fran, again, for a wonderful time!!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Jan 13, 2017

Fiskars Loop Handle Carabiner Pruner

Believe it or not, we have been having spring like weather.  The temperature has been in the upper 70's to 80 degrees every day.  This type of weather provides a great opportunity to work in the yard and trim some of the plants that took a beating during the freeze in spite of us covering them. 

Our pruners were in bad shape so we headed over to Ace Hardware Supply to get a new pair.  I like the personalized service we receive at Ace.  The gentleman that helped us is an avid gardener and said Fiskars is his favorite.


I've had a chance to use our new pruners and I can honestly say these are the easiest pruners I have ever used.  The handle is comfortable and the blade easily cuts through branches up to 5/8 inches in diameter.

So if you are looking for new pruners, I highly suggest Fishers.  You won't be disappointed.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Take care,



Did you know Fiskars made pruners?  I thought they only made scissors!!!  :)  I was so surprised when he suggested Fiskars.

Jan 12, 2017

Ms. A's Birthday Celebration

Ms. A's birthday is on New Year's Day.  And yes, she won the big beautiful basket of goodies!

Ms. A wanted to celebrate her birthday at the Best Shot Shooting Range so we did.  She had been a few times before with her dad so it wasn't new to her.  This was my first time at a shooting range so I didn't know what to expect.  I was excited to see if I was going to be able to "hit the target" as I did last year when we attended the Kickapoo Kamp weekend.


My first time to shoot, with a .22 handgun, I hit the target.  I couldn't believe it!  Maybe I do have some shooting skills!  I was so excited!  I didn't shoot much after that because I wanted the girls to have as much time as possible shooting.

Here's a pic of the birthday girl!  Eleven years old...where has the time gone?

Justin was so good in reminding us of gun safety, how to lay the gun down, etc.

Here's a pic of Sweet P watching her Uncle Brad load the clip.

How cute is she?

She is having to stand on her toes to be able to shoot.

Knowing Sweet P, she is probably supervising her Uncle Brad and telling him what to do.  :)

I love the way Ms. A has one long ringlet in the middle of her hair.

Everyone had a really good time.

Afterwards, we all went to Luna's Mexican Restaurant for dinner.  I tried to get a pic of Mr. W but they all came out blurry.  He was so excited he didn't want to keep still.  :)

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Take care,



Jan 10, 2017

A Really Good Moisturizer for Your Face

My favorite "go to" for adding extra moisture to my face is Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.  I've been using this product for almost a year now and I love it!


Just recently our weather was a little chilly.  It was 23 degrees with a feels like temp of 10 degrees.  Just slightly chilly for us Southerners.  :)  Who am I fooling?  We were freezing!!!

Don't get me wrong, I love cold weather.  It gives me an opportunity to wear a few of my favorite things like my soft and furry jacket from Disney World that is oh so warm.

And my new Ugg slippers the girls gave me for Christmas!


Okay, I got a little off track there for a minute.

The first place I see the impact of the cold weather is on my face.  I begin seeing little lines on my face that weren't there a few days before.  Not to mention the dry feeling I get even though I continue to apply my daily regimen of moisturizer.  The Moisture Surge Mask makes my skin feel soft and silky.  I typically apply it at night after applying my usual products.  However, if my skin feels really dry, I apply it at night and again in the morning.  I have been known to apply it to the back of my hands, too.  I love this stuff!!!

It sells for $34.50 a tube.  The good thing is it only takes a little bit of product to give you great results.  So don't over apply it.  Just dab it on and blend it in really well.

Another thing I love to do when the weather is cold is to have the fireplace burning.  :)  Yes, I still have my Christmas decor up.  We've been busy and haven't had a chance to get all of my containers down from the attic.  So don't judge me.  We did get everything picked up and put away from the front yard.  :)

I made a pallet on the floor (about 3 inches deep) in front of the fireplace, grabbed my book and read by the fireplace.  I was so happy our Christmas decorations were still out.  The twinkling lights provided the perfect amount of light and the ambience was off the charts.

Our weather has changed a bit.  Today we will reach a high of 76 degrees and are forecasted to reach 80 degrees on Thursday.  Gotta love living in the South!!!

Take care and may God bless you,