- Magnolia Memories08
- Deep South, United States
- First I am a mother of two sons, Chad 35 and Ryan 32. Through these beautiful sons, I have been blessed with two beautiful daughter-in-laws, Kelli and Erin. As a result of these beautiful wives comes three beautiful grands, Connor first and the only one for fives years. Then, Kelli and Chad blessed me with another beautiful grandson, Cooper, who is now three. Ryan and Erin blessed me with my first granddaughter, Presley, and now Presley has brother, Harper, who is 2. My blog is really all about family. The reason I chose Magnolia Memories as my blog title is I am from Mississippi! I love Magnolia's. Memories is something that I make everyday. I still have my mother who will be 89 on her birthday in April. My life is centered around my beautiful family. Life is GOOD!
Friday, January 30, 2009
I prayed for you before we met,
Not knowing who you'd be.
I asked the Lord to send a friend.
One chosen just for me.
I asked that they'd be Godly,
With wisdom of His ways.
A friend to help and guide me
I the troubles of these days.
So often in life, we need someone
To listen while we talk.
Someone who will not condemn or judge,
But encourage us as we walk.
The narrow road we choose to follow
May sometimes make us stumble.
But to have a friend to catch our fall,
Teaches us to be humble.
When I asked the Lord to send a friend,
Though many came and went.
He gave much more than I ever asked,
For you are the friend He sent.
Beverly from http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
is the host for Pink Saturday. A fun filled Saturday
for visiting new blogs and making many friends.
If you visited my blog today! You must be a friend
Thanks for stopping by and please visit again.
Have A Great Pink Saturday
Thursday, January 29, 2009
If you are tired of seeing the same old clothing styles at mall department stores and boutiques, it may be time to add a little spice to your wardrobe. Rather than looking just like everyone else, thrift stores offer access to unique items not found anywhere else- at least not in the last twenty or so years! Not only are thrift store clothes relatively inexpensive, but they can also be ultra hip. If you approach it the right way, you may be able to create your very own personal style by mixing the old and the new.
When you first decide to embark on a thrift store shopping spree, there are a few things to remember. Firstly, a lot of thrift stores only take cash, so if you are used to grabbing Daddy's credit card and going to town, you'll have to make other arrangements. Some stores do take checks, so you might want to have your checkbook handy. Secondly, a lot of thrift stores do not have dressing rooms, so you'll probably want to wear a light t-shirt so you can try on your finds right where you find them. And most importantly, you are probably not going to find anything that fits you absolutely perfectly. You can't go in looking for "your size." You will have to try on what looks promising and see if you can alter it in any way if needed.
Believe it or not, thrift stores in the hippest parts of town generally have the least hip clothes. This is because there are hundreds of people just like you who are picking through their stock of wearable items every day. If you want to find authentic vintage clothing at inexpensive prices, you'll have to drive to the most uncool parts of town. This could mean the suburbs, and it could mean farmland, depending on where you are located. You will find, however, that it is well worth the drive, and that your treasure is definitely another woman's trash.
Shirts are typically the easiest items to find at thrift stores, because they allow more flexibility in the fitting department. You can find some excellent western shirts in rural areas, and there are always witty t-shirts on the little boy's racks. If you are looking for a good pair of jeans, however, you might want to check the men's section. Thrift stores typically stock a plethora of pleated-front tapered-leg acid-washed jeans in the ladies section, so you will rarely find anything cool on those racks. However, the men's section can be filled with surprisingly girlish slacks in interesting colors and textures. There have also been known to be great pairs of vintage Levi's hanging in the men's racks.
If vintage dresses are your think, you will have a field-day going through the strange fashions of yesteryear that you will find in any thrift store. Once you make your way past the obnoxious flowery Sunday dresses and the strange lime green pleated skirts, you may find one or two keepers. Don't give up until you looked at the last one, because chances are there will be a diamond in the rough there just waiting for a little nip and tuck from your sewing machine.
Thrift stores are also an excellent place to find work clothes for a job interview or a new office job. If you'd rather save your money for more fun items, you can always replenish your work wardrobe with some inexpensive black skirts and dress shirts from the local Salvation Army or Goodwill. Work people will never know that your new suit only cost you five bucks. They'll just be happy that you're not wearing your favorite club get-up to the important meeting again.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
After one month into the new year I have decided
to go on the Atkins for Life low-carb cookbook. I
am not a person who talks about working out, eating
diet foods, collecting diet recipes and always trying
to check calories. I have a friend who has lost a total
of 45 lbs on this diet. So, I thought what the heck it
is certainly worth a purchase of the book. I'm sure
alot of you have this book. She totally went by this
book and the results are unbelievable how she looks today.
If anyone has had good results as well please let me know.
The recipes that she used from the book sounds really
good. I am really excited!! If you don't have a copy
with extra pounds to take off you may want to try Adkins.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Turning off your television will gain you, on average, about 4 hours per day. Imagine if you took that time to exercise, give your brain a workout and develop strong relationships. Not only would you be adding years to your life, you would become more interesting, energetic, and fun. So take the plunge and try not watching TV for a week. At first it will be strange and awkward, but stick with it and soon you will love all the extra time.
1. Television Eats Your Time
The average U.S. adult watches more than 4 hours of television a day. That's 25 percent of waking time spent every day. Imagine if you suddenly had 25 percent more time -- that's three extra months per year! You could get in all your exercise, cook your meals from scratch and still have time left over to write a novel.
Over a lifetime, an 80-year-old person would have watched 116,800 hours of television, compared to only 98,000 hours of work. As a nation, adults watch 880 million hours of television every day or 321 billion hours per year. Whew! Imagine what could get done if we all just stopped watching TV.
2. Television Makes You Stressed
With the average of four hours a day gone, it's no wonder everyone is feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. We put aside paying bills, finishing projects, making phone calls and cleaning our homes to watch TV. We feel overwhelmed because of all the things we should be doing (exercising, spending time with family, eating right) go undone.
And when we feel overwhelmed, tired, and exhausted we don't have energy to anything but -- you guessed it -- watch TV. It is a dreadful cycle. So take a break from TV for a week and see what happens to your life.
3. Television Makes You Overweight
Eating while distracted limits your ability to assess how much you have consumed. According to Eliot Blass at the University of Massachusetts, people eat between 31 and 74 percent more calories while watching TV.
This could add, on average, about 300 calories extra per TV meal. Now consider that at least 40 percent of families watch TV while eating dinner. It becomes clear that TV is a big part of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and that TV, in fact, makes you gain weight. More Info
4. Television Makes You Uninteresting
Many people have whole conversations that are recaps of TV programs, sporting events and sitcoms. When asked about their real lives, there is little or nothing to report and no stories to tell (except the TV shows they have watched).
Life is too interesting and wonderful to spend your time either watching TV or recapping television to your friends. Find something interesting to do: volunteer, read, paint -- anything but watch more TV.
5. Television Ruins Your Relationships
A television is turned on an average of 7 hours and 40 minutes per day in many U.S. households. With the TV on that much, there is little time for you and your significant other or children to spend time together, share experiences, and develop deeper relationships.
Sitting together and watching TV does not grow a relationship. Turn that TV off and find something to do together -- cooking, exercising, taking a walk, anything.
6. Television is Not Relaxation
TV is the opposite of exercise. If you are watching TV you are usually sitting, reclining or lying down. You are burning as few calories as possible. All that extra food you eat while watching TV does not get burned off. Your brain goes into a lull.
But you are not relaxing -- your mind is still receiving stimuli from the TV, you are processing information and reacting emotionally. Have you ever found yourself thinking about TV characters? Do you ever dream about TV shows? These are signs that the brain is working hard to process all the TV you have been watching.
7. Television Loses Opportunities
If you are sitting and watching TV, nothing new or exciting is going to happen to you. New opportunities and ideas come from being out in the world, talking to people, and reading interesting things.
Watching TV isolates you. Nothing is going to change in your world if you are watching TV. Turn off the TV, go out into the world, talk to people, and see what happens.
8. Television is Addictive
Television can become addictive. Signs of TV addiction include:
using the TV to calm down
not being able to control your viewing
feeling angry or disappointed in how much TV you watched
feeling on edge if kept from watching
feeling a loss of control while watching
If the idea of giving up TV for a week is horrifying, you may be addicted to television. Luckily, TV addiction is a habit and not a physical addiction like smoking. You should be able to control it once you are aware of the problem and make a decision to change.
9. Television Makes You Buy Things
By age 65, the average American has seen 2 million commercials. Your knowledge of products and brands comes from these TV commercials. Your perception of what you need also comes from these commercials.
If you didn't know that your iPod could talk to your running shoes, you wouldn't feel like your current shoes are too low-tech. If you didn't know about vacuums that never lose suction, your current vacuum would seem fine. Our perception of need is determined by what we see. Need less by watching less TV.
10. Television Costs Money
A basic cable package costs $43 per month and many packages cost much more than that. That comes to at least $500 a year spent on TV. For that much money you could: buy a membership to every museum or zoo in your town, get a gym membership, buy a nice bicycle, invest it every year for 10 years at 10 percent interest and have more than $10,000.
Monday, January 26, 2009
A Real Friend
A real friend is one who will continue to talk
to you over the back fence even though
she's missing her favorite television program.
A Friend Of Mine
A friend of mine dropped by, dear God
For just a friendly chat
We sipped a cup of coffee
And we talked of this and that
Our visit was not planned at all
But as she passed my way
My friend just stopped to say hello
And pass the time of day.
You know how much I'm grateful God
For kind and thoughtful friends
It's folks like these that bring my life
Its richest dividends
Because they bring a friendly word
They share a smile or two
And skies that had a tinge of gray
Become a brighter blue.
The bricks of friendship are made of laughter...
But the mortar is made of tears
Smiling Sally blog:http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/
Even if your not interested in the shade blue for decorating
you may find some new blogging friends. I sure hope that I
do. I need some followers on my blog. If you thing that you
see anything of interest want you join in on my blog and
see what happens from day to day. Thanks for stopping by:
My sweet daughter-in-law had started this
Gail Pittman pattern. Then she decided against
the shades of blue and went with another pattern.
I only have a few pieces. Does anyone know the
name of this pattern? It's just a little to
earlier to call and ask her this kind of a
stupid question. She told me once before,
but I just cannot remember. If you know
please tell me.I just hate to ask Kelli again
this will only be about the 3rd, 4th, 5th time.
Enjoy Blue Monday Sweet Sally is the host.
Maybe you will join in and have a post and question
like I have today,
Happy Blue Monday
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Week of January 25, 2009
“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” ~ Job 5:9
When US Airways flight 1549 went down in the Hudson River recently, I—like so many others—watched in awe to see everyone on board survive. A crash like no other, the image in which most of the people stood on the wings of the slow-sinking craft demonstrated a surefire miracle, God’s hand of protection, to say nothing of the captain’s glider skills. And strangely enough, the people looked as though they were standing on water.
The whole ordeal seemed surreal, almost textbook-like, right out of crew training: The impossible ditching where everyone survives.
In the days that followed, one “Today Show” broadcast featured a self-proclaimed born-again Christian woman who gave accounts of people praying, even the flight attendants. This touched my heart immensely because it was so personal. As a flight attendant with US Airways for 16 years, I prayed over many airplanes and passengers. And I know prayer works, even in the workplace. It touches the heart of God. It evokes lifelines of miracles.
I have been in four airplane emergencies myself, where I wasn’t sure what the exact outcome would be. But I knew the Lord was with me no matter what. And in the instances where all I had was God and, as I looked before me, a whole lot of people whom I might have to save and rescue, God became my closest confidant, my most trusted friend and my strongest rock. I saw many miracles. And I knew others were praying, like those who watched on television, including my parents during one such occasion. And my cohorts who prayed in prayer groups, Bible studies and prayer chains in US Airways' offices and break rooms.
Awesome isn’t it—the power and love of God in action!
Who's praying in your office? What prayer points has God given you? What miracles do you and those around you need? How about your company? God is surely big enough and knows just how to bring you in safely. Will you trust Him? Will you let Him guide you and direct your path? Is He your rock?
This morning I just really was touched by this story.The news
media is always on top of things.But as you and I know Our Gracious
God is always ahead of us all. The passengers on flight 1549 lives
will never be the same.The most touching part of this story it looked like the passengers were standing on water.They really could have been..
Margaret D. Mitchell is the founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ. Check out the new God’s Love at Work Businesswomen Select program and the Women’s Fellowship gatherings.
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John Eldredge challenges you to abandon passivity and actively pursue the dreams and desires God has given you.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Carved Victorian Easter Eggs. Displayed here with a decorative basket. Basket is availaThis large ceramic egg could be placed on a stand or in a basket. Paint it the way you would like to make it go along with your persoCovered in lace, this ceramic Easter egg is very pretty. It puts an ordinary Easter egg to shame with its beauty. nal taste. ble in theThese chubby ceramic bunnies are adorable. They have a big bow wrapped around their necks. They are each holding a heart shttp://www.condellceramics.com/Valentines3.htmhaped pillow. basket section.
Beverly is the host for Pink Saturday.http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Thanks for stopping by. If you haven't made a trip over to Condell Ceremics Easter things. You are really missing some cute things for
Valentines and Easter.I know you can find something. Prices are great.
Happy Pink Saturday
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
These are some pictures of Cooper and Connor.
Connor had just had his bath and was all ready for
The boys have a room here at mamaw's
which makes it so easy to keep them.
Cooper was with me Monday and he learned to go
up the stairs. Oh gosh mamaw was worn out.
Connor is planning to spend the night with me
Friday night. I feel like I have neglected them with
pictures of Bella. These are once
Monday, January 19, 2009
whole1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. beer
1 tbsp. cayenne
1 tbsp. paprika1
tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. garlic salt
3 dashes hot pepper sauce
Vegetable oil for frying
Cut dill pickles into slices of 1/4 inch thickness. Combine flour, beer, cayenne, paprika, pepper, salt, garlic salt and hot pepper sauce in a medium mixing bowl. Dip pickle slices into batter. Heat oil to 375 degrees F. in a large, deep saucepan. Fry pickles until they float to the surface, about 4 minutes. 4 to 6 servings.
Fried Dill Pickles..Yum Yum
Extra Dip: With Ketchup
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Beverly for hosting this wonderful event
for all the pink lovers. Let me say this has been
a fun week for me. Last Friday I recieved a 3 month
old ShihTzu I had been wanting to find a pretty
older cat maybe that needed a home but no luck.
Cajun is my 7 year old solid black pekingese.
He gets so lonelyduring the day. Let me say not
anymore with Bella he hasspend this week watching,
chasing and opening that Bella would be leaving.
But A Guardin Angel called and asked if
I would like a Shih-tzu of course I just hollared.
So around 7:00 Jen brought her to me,
a guy at the base here locally was being
transfered and he still had three puppies left.
Make long story short he asked for good homes
for them and a very small price for a registered
ShihTzu can you believe. This has been a fun
week with Bella. She is very loving,great
peronality. Seems to go with the flow. I looked
on the web for ideas for Bella a bed. This is one
that I thought was to cute.I found and old suitcase
at Penny Pinchers this week. 2 pink blankets
at the Salvation Army. I haven't painted the
suitcaseyet it is just too cold. When I finish
it will be real girly for Bella.
That is my Pink Saturday hope you may get
a idea if your needing a dog bed for your pet.
I am glad you stopped by. Please stop again.
Have a great day!!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I came across this poem. I know that I must have
an angel watching over me. This has been a very
tough week. Sometimes in my weakiest point I
forget God always knows about these trials and
tribulations that we face daily. I just want to share this poem.
Its time to write in my journal.
Have A Great Day Friday!!
The God of Heaven is the One we adore
May we all learn to trust Him more
He is our true and faithful Friend
He will be with us till the end
In His love we find great comfort and power
And He is our Rock and strong and mighty Tower
He knows no measure or end
And victory he will send
He is Jesus, the First and the Last
On whom every burden I cast
His Spirit will guide me safely to that blessed Heavenly shore
I'll praise Him for all that He has done
And trust Him until my race is run
I'll praise Him for all that is to come
And trust Him till I arrive at home
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
for a cute dog bed how cute is this one and the
price is FABULOUS. I had to share this cute idea
for all the puppy lovers. I am going to the thrift
stores Thursday I will share mine when I get
Thanks for this precious idea.
Okay, it’s not the most life-changing DIY you’ve ever seen, but the sad little dog bed my 4-pound Yorkie Winnie called home needed some help! Store-bought beds are easily $50 and not great quality, so I thought, “Hey, why not just make one.”
After much Internet research, a perfect solution (and creative inspiration!) was found via Kristen, a designer and Etsy seller.
Because Winnie is so tiny and likes to nest in small spots, I knew an ordinary suitcase would be too big for her. Luckily, in the back of my closet I had this vintage Samsonite hat case that I’ve been carting around for years–finally, a reason to dust it off!
Again, a stroke of luck when it turned out that Winnie’s old dog bed was the perfect fit! Check out Design^Sprout for more pictures and Kristen’s instructions (scroll to the bottom) for how to sew a pillow to custom fit your suitcase.
Next, I bought a colorful, vintage Afghan for only $1 (it was riddled with holes), cut off the offending parts and used some leftover yarn to sew a sleeve covering the old bed. I tucked in the open end at the bottom because I want to be able to remove it for washing. I then pounded a thin nail through the hinges, preventing them from ever being opened or falling closed, added dog toys (which she immediately attacked!), her favorite blanket and viola!
What was once kicked under the bed when guests arrived is now a conversation piece! All for $1. Doesn’t get much better than that.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
I have never used one before!!!!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Cami over at Creating Myself is having a 100th blog giveaway.
This is a great time to visit her blog. Tonight was my
first time to visit. I clicked on from another blog that
I visit often. Just leave a message and add a listing to
your blog, great way to meet other bloggers. Good Luck
Friday, January 9, 2009
How to Make a Crackled Picture FrameCraft Project Instructions:
1. Lay newspaper down to cover work surface. Use paint in well ventilated area and protect any surrounding objects from overspray.
2. Take frame apart and set aside glass and backing of frame.
3. Prepare frame by removing any dust or dirt with a damp cloth and then dry with a lint-free towel. Be sure frame is completely dry before applying the base coat.
4. Follow the manufacturer's directions and spray base coat on front side of frame. Allow adequate time to dry and then spray paint the back side of frame. Allow to dry completely.
5. Spray Top coat on front side and allow to dry. Once dry, spray paint the back and allow it to dry.
6. Once paint is completely dry, you can apply a thin layer of Polyurethane or other clear gloss or satin protector to seal color, add depth and protection.
7. After the frame is completely dry, arrange your dried flowers on the frame and hot glue in place.
8. Tie a small bow out of Raffia and hot glue on the dried flowers.
9. Put frame back together and place your favorite picture in it or place it in a pretty bag to give away as a gift.This frame is only limited by your imagination.
Get creative and have fun!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
1 servings 3 T balsamic vinegar
2 T sugar
1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pt strawberries
Mix vinegar, sugar and pepper in a stainless steel bowl,
then put in halved strawberries. Marinate for an hour or so.
Leftover sauce makes a wonderful vinagrette.
This is a recipe that I had over the holidays it is truly one of the best Vinagrette that I have ever had.
Hope You will try maybe for Valentines!!!
Let me know if you have tried this recipe.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
6 Things I Value
1. My Beautiful Family that I just don't know what
2. For having a job at this time even though advertising
3. For being a healthy person,being able to get up every
morning and go to work. Believe me I do have severe
aches and pains. Just not enough to miss work over.
4. Wonderful friends that always knows the right
5. Learning how to take care of myself after being
married 33 years. I was very afaid of what was
ahead of me. But God has seen away for me to get
6. Last but not least the person that I have turned into.
I really like myself at this stage in my life. I haven't
6 Things That I Don't Value
1. People that mistreat children. I just can't underrstand
how so many innocent children get hurt and the laws
that make excuses for the parents, foster parents. I don't
think they find out enough of information on some
children before they are placed.
2. For all these CEO Executives that have lived the
big lives while spending someone elses money. How can
they live with theirselves. People losing jobs as results
of their standards. No Mercy on them from me..
3. Television for all these murders that are never solved.
Why? Mothers, wifes, girlfriends having to go through
all this domestic violence. Cases never solved.
4. For people abusing the government and getting away
with it. Not having to get up like us working people and
go to work just drawing checks The government doesn't
seem to mind. Why should I.
5. People that take advantage of the elder in these
6. United States giving money to all these other
countries while our people are homeless, starving,
living in cars with family and pets not knowing where
they will end up..
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have to tag 6 other blogs so
Dot @Pickets Place
Suzy @ Georgia Peachez
Jan @Jan and Toms Place
Sally @Smiling Sally
Leigh @ Leigh's Life
Linda @ Behind My Red Door
Sunday, January 4, 2009
HAS MADE ME REALIZE THAT THERE IS A THING CALLED CHOCOLATE ADDICTION. FIRST THING IN THENING LAST
OES ANYBODY ELSE HAVE THE CHOCDITION?? DON'T ENJOY HEALTHY EATING. FIRST OF ALL
I LIVE BY MYSELF AND IT IS J EASIER TO CRAB AY BAR
(HERSHEAM VERY SELECTIVE The subject of chocolate addiction is a topic that raises a smile to most people’s lips and is often thought of as a harmless bit of fun that is really to be enjoyed. For confessed chocoholics however, this can be an expensive and dangerous addiction due to the affects excessive chocolate consumption can have on their health.
How Is Chocolate Addictive?People can become addicted to chocolate in a number of ways. For some it may start as a love of the taste and texture of certain brands, for others it may be the sweetness and sugar rush it provides. There are legitimate grounds as to why and how people become addicted to chocolate.
It is now commonly believed that eating chocolate can cause an increase in the production of endorphins. These are chemicals that make us feel happy and are found naturally in our bodies, therefore if we eat chocolate we have an increase in these ‘feel good’ chemicals.
Some experts also believe that due to the chemicals contained in chocolate and their effects on the brain a cycle of ‘the more you have, the more you want to have’ begins, thus developing a physical dependency.
BEATING YOUR CHOCOLATE ADDITIONS
Simple measures such as not buying any chocolate for other members of the household will help to take temptation out of the way, as will avoiding unnecessary trips to the local shop, petrol station or other chocolate retailers.
Avoid the confectionary aisles at the supermarket, or ask someone else to do the shopping for you whilst you are coping with the initial period of withdrawal.
Find more time for sex and exercise as these both increase endorphin production, and will help burn off the calories and body fat gained from eating too much chocolate.
Visit the dentist and treat yourself to a good whitening or polish, this will help deter you putting them at risk from the dangers of sweet confectionary.
Find alternatives and natural sweet produce, such as fruit, and eat this when a craving is beginning.
To overcome your addiction to chocolate, it is most likely that a combination of these techniques is used.
Being a chocoholic is not the end of the world, but overcoming the addiction will increase your confidence, improve your overall health and will probably carry a financial reward also.