Monday, December 31, 2007

2007-A Look Back





I took a look back today, 2007 was a pretty big year, I finalized my divorce after 18months of torture and indecision, sold my house, successfully launched a home based business and relocated my family. I left a great many wonderful friends in North Carolina, I made some terrific new friends in Florida, and I rediscovered some friends I thought I had lost....you know who you are!

All in all it was an okay year, there were some really tough times, but there were also some really happy times and big successes. I learned alot about myself and it is true, "you find out who your friends are".

I hope 2008 is positive and really happy for my children, my brothers, my parents and all those old and new friends. Take care and God Bless!

New Year's Eve Fun





Happy New Year's Eve to all! There are several parties around town tonight including the finale of Light Up the Inlet at Ponce Inlet, the Flagler Ave Restaurants and Taverns will be ringing in the New Year as well. Whatever you choose to do this evening, be safe and sober or be sure you have a designated driver or take a cab.

For my friends in the north click this link for some sunshine and the wonderful sound of the ocean.... NSB Webcam

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Snow!







I am sitting in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison, WI watching Girl Child swim in the indoor pool. We are both greatly anticipating our 415am wakeup call, so we can make our 630am flight back to sunny Florida. She had a great time in the snow, but told me today she was ready to go home. It is too cold for her here and messy, that is her word, she does not like slush. Amen Sister!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Yes, Christmas in Wisconsin

OK, so I would have posted yesterday but I was enjoying the Atlanta Airport, I was enjoying it with all of my new friends, the ones headed to Hilton Head, the ones headed to Greensboro, the ones headed to Chicago and the ones headed to Milwaukee, I got to make lots of friends at the three gates I sat at while awaiting my flight to Madison, WI for 7 hours. At least I made it at midnight last night, my Milwaukee friends were cancelled as I was leaving...but the Atlanta Airport has wonderful amenities I now know, they have bathroom attendants, they have wireless internet for the bargain basement price of $7.95 per day...let me tell you when you break that down by the 420 minutes I was there with an 8 year old child who wanted to play Webkinz, it was priceless. That girl child sat on the floor on her coat in that airport and never complained, whined or said are we there yet once. She is amazing....Webkinz helped!

The fun does not end there however, as we were preparing to board, the lovely gate agent asks for a head count of those traveling with children that have a ticket. there were 2, why does this matter I and all my new friends wondered? Well because the weather in Madison was so bad, they had to bring extra FUEL in case we had to fly on to the "alternate destination". I am still not sure where that mystery location is, but I can tell you that at that moment I was hoping it was the Bahamas.

Extra fuel means weight and balance issues, which mean plane too heavy, which means drop like a rock with a little ice. I LOVE WINTER! Well somehow they worked that all out not sure whose luggage they left behind, but since I did not have any I did not care!! I was fresh out of compassion for my fellow man by this point!

You are thinking I am done with this happy Christmas travel tale...but no there is more, we arrive and I will not even go into the landing or the fact that I have never wished more for a reason to be wearing a Depends Undergarment....I will move right on to the ride from Madison airport to the community that is sitting just this side of the gates of hell that my brother lives in. It is an hour ride in clear weather, well can you say ICE and SNOW and trailer trucks driving the normal speed? We saw 12 and yes I did COUNT THEM, 12 cars, SUV's, and minivans on their ROOF. Yes upside down, we even got the pleasure of seeing one careening into the ditch in front of us.....you can read about the storm here.

But we made it in one piece, I have peeked my head outside once today, it is clear and snowy and refreshingly beautiful for this Florida girl, but the high is 32 so I have not ventured out.

SO, here we are. Merry Christmas to all!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas in Wisconsin~Maybe?

Well, my mother the eternal queen of DOOM & Gloom has called to tell me that they are awaiting a blizzard at my destination tomorrow. She is hoping we make it. Ever the optimist she anticipates that my daughter and I will spend Christmas with 2 million of our closest friends in Atlanta! Joy of Joys....falalalala! I cannot wait.

I have been glued to the flight delays on FlightStats all day. If you are traveling by air it is great!

Christmas in Wisconsin






So tomorrow I am joining all the other crazy people who are using our wonderful airline system to fly to a relatives for Christmas. In my case I am leaving the warmth and gorgeous weather of Florida to go to Wisconsin...WHERE AM I GOING???? Yes Wisconsin, where it is currently 36 degrees, oh and that is the high temperature for today.

Have I lost my mind you ask? Well sort of, my brother lives there and they have snow, my children were born in Florida, they have lived in TN and NC and FL. They have seen snow something like three times, two of them they were too young to remember. So we are off to the great snowy north....for a merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Beauty

What a beautiful place I live....I took long bike ride on the beach this morning. I saw a man fishing, 2 guys surfing and a few people walking. Gorgeous day....I cannot tell you how peaceful it is at the beach this time of year...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Volusia County Schools





So we get this cryptic recorded message from the Volusia County School automated system last night. It is about 20 seconds and tells us that the school system has received a threat, but that the threat was not specific so they have heightened security. WHAT?? Well, isn't that nice, I would rather not know that information thank you! If you cannot give me some information keep it to yourself.

As we as parents pack off their most precious posessions for school this morning, we must wonder.....is it safe?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Twas the Week Before Christmas




So are you all ready for Christmas? Presents purchased and wrapped? Kids all snuggled....no that is next week. sorry I got excited for a minute...

Check out this great website. KSBJ. Yes, it is a Christian Music Station of out of Texas. They are playing Christmas music 24 hours a day. Some is Christian Music, some is plain old Christmas Carols. You can listen right on your PC at home or work. It will get you in the spirit, even if the cookies aren't baked, the house is not clean and the presents are not wrapped (or bought). Enjoy!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Arlington National Cemetery



Rest easy, sleep well my brothers
Know the line has held, your job is done
Rest easy, sleep well
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held
Peace, peace, and farewell...



Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.


Please remember our veterans, servicemen and women this Christmas season.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Kids Are Mean

My Boy Child is having issues with a couple of kids at school, they are picking on him at recess, on the bus and whenever they think no one is looking. This is his first year at this school and he is in fifth grade, he is the new kid and misses his friends. It is a tough time to be adjusting to new kids. He has a couple of friends that he gets along great with so that helps but....

I am struggling to figure out what to do with this as he is smart, athletic, he is playing 2 sports right now and that is some of what they are teasing him about. I have told him to take the high road and ignore them, which so far he has done, but I am not sure how long that will last. He has an overwhelming urge to "kick their ass" as he puts it. I spoke to his teacher to let him know what is going on, but beyond that I am not sure what to do. I would like to "kick their ass" myself but I guess that would not be very adult.

Any suggestions?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Red Tide





Red Tide has invaded New Smyrna and the Volusia beaches yet again. I understand this is a rare thing here but it has hit us hard since October. The picture above shows red tide invading Little Gasparilla Island in SW Florida several years ago. The west coast of FL has many more problems than we do but it is here now and is a problem.

Four Dolphins were found dead at Canaveral National Seashore this week, pets are struggling, humans are sniffing, sneezing and coughing. I myself have had major allergy like issues all week. IT is so rare in non-Gulf areas that NOAA does not even track it in the Atlantic. I found a few resources on it:

Red Tide Alert

Red Tide


FL Natural Resources

Here are some documented symptoms:

1. Headache/migraine

2. Dry mouth, cracked lips

3. Extreme fatigue

4. Constant thirst

5. Extreme respiratory problems, coughing, lack of breath, laryngitis, sinusitis, and extreme irritation of the lungs.

6. Upset stomach


Pet symptoms include:

1. Limited to uncontrollable sneezing.

2. Backwards cough, it's a cross between a cough and a choke. Once a dog has had a high exposure they can continue this type of coughing even if they have been brought inside. Beware, this has proven to be a strong indicator of impending problems. Keep the animals in clean air.

3. Uncontrollable swallowing accompanied by foaming at the mouth. This is seen when they get high doses of toxic air on the beach. Dogs have dropped as they walked on the beach. This happened on our island. And letters also pointed this out in St.Pete.

4. Drunken walk, they lose their motor skills, and are not sure of the location of their feet. They are losing sensory perception. This is FACT.

5. Lack of appetite and lack of energy for a day or two. This is seen in the dogs that have the toxins building in their systems. At times they may swallow constantly like they have something stuck in their throat, and droll slightly. This may pass or continue to full blown seizures.

6. Intestinal problems, digestive problems.

7. If exposure is severe there will be a Total shutdown of the nervous system, accompanied by blindness and deafness.


Thepet symptoms were observed in dogs in the SW area of FL were Red Tide is far more prevalent. But this bears watching in our NSB Pets.

Please send me your comments and observations, I will compile and send to the red tide alert site.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Letter From Santa





Back in the day when my kids still believed in Santa (this is new that they don't and I hate it) they loved to get their yearly letter from Santa! This is the best of the best of these letters and it is so reasonably priced. Check it out. We have kept ours over the years in our photo album to commemorate each Christmas as they have grown up.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Kiss & Tell




So, yesterday I get a call from my son's teacher. He starts the conversation with, "we have a problem". Great, *&$#%, great, I thought. Well my precious 10 year old was caught kissing his girlfriend on school property by the janitor. Well, since it was the janitor he is not getting a disciplinary "referral" as they call it. But he will get a talking to by the principal.

Here is how my conversation with him went:

Mom: "Did you kiss a girl at school today?"
Boy Child: "Not on the lips" (nice)
Mom: "That was not the question, did you kiss her?"
Boy Child: "Not on the lips" (this kid drives me nuts)
Mom: "OK, did your lips touch any part of her"
Boy Child: "Well, yea her cheek"(lord, help me)
Mom: "So you did kiss her?"
Boy Child: "Not on the lips." (you are kidding me right???)

Meanwhile, my daughter is delighting in his obvious discomfort, and she is urging me to "ground him mom, are you gonna ground him??? Come on mom, ground him."

I have still not resolved in my mind why my 10 year old is kissing anyone, but my brother tells me this stuff goes on, and my father a retired teacher, tells me..."this is just the start you better nip it in the bud or he will be hiding in the janitors closet making out" (Gee, thanks for the HELP DAD!)
His teacher tells me there is "a lot of love going on" in the fifth grade and they are going to talk to all the kids today.

Anyway, the end result was I sent him to his room to think about it. NO TV, no computer, no bike, no nothing...he was fairly miserable.

But Girl Child was just gleeful....her thoughts on the dilemma:

"His misery is my pleasure!"

I find it amazing that Boy Child even likes girls after living with her.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Larry the Cable Guy




One of my goals is to be organized. Go ahead laugh, it is pretty funny. I want organized closets, cabinets, drawers. I want it all. I am not getting it. I am not sure it is possible for me to maintain organization. My children are just like me, a disaster, so we have three total disasters living under one very small roof.

What you ask does Larry the Cable Guy have to do with this? He is here, in my house, right now. He is attempting to fix the cable in my Master Bedroom, so he went in my son's room and saw the cable strung across the floor and said let me fix this too, then he opened the closet. To say I am mortified is an understatement.

You know it is bad when you are embarassed by the cable man seeing the inside of your closets. I will probably never see this man again,(thank god)but I still cannot look him in the eye. He knows my secret. My house is a mess. I am not organized. I never will be. I am sure he is going to his next job, who is probably my neighbor and tell them, you should see the mess down the street.....I have to get organized.

Wordless Thursday

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Closure





The sale on my house was final today, the deed was recorded and the funds were disbursed, I will be a few dollars richer in a few days. Very few. My ex-husband will be richer than me, because the state of NC laws are so very ridiculous that it is easier to just give in than to hang around and fight. It was easier to give him more than he ever gave in order to get rid of him and be done with it so we can all move on.

This is a man who spent 4 hours arguing about a television in mediation. Then did not want to spend any money on his kids health insurance...and oh yea NEVER asked about visitation.

My attorney who was wonderful to me during this two year ordeal gave me the best advice I have had...he said. It will eat you up if you let it. Move on and remember you got the best part of the deal...he got more money and gave up his children in the process. Pretty bad deal for him......

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Good News Sunday




The New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade was yesterday, a grand time was had by all. Come very creative floats and people were in attendance. This is a great way to start the Holiday Season!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Green Friday




I have been trying to be more ecologically friendly and save some money in the process. Simple things make a big difference, recyling cans, bottles and newspapers, turning off lights, hanging clothes on the line and not using the dryer unless absolutely necessary. I do all of those as well as limit my trips by combining my errands into one big trip. Check out these interesting sites for more information, newsletters and free "stuff"

About My Planet

Care 2

AND MY FAVORITE:


Ideal Bite

Have a great green weekend!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Deck The Halls




This is a big weekend at the beach. Starting Saturday and on thru next week there is a plethora of Holiday Happenings Beachside.

The Christmas Parade starts on Flagler Ave at 4pm on Saturday, December 1st, followed at 6pm by the annual Boat Parade that starts in Edgewater and cruises by Riverside Park.

Next weekend Light Up Flager is Friday night from 5:30-7:30. Click here for more Flagler Ave Information.

Fa La La La La

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

School Lunch




I was reading yesterday's paper this morning (I know, don't ask) and I came across an article about Healthy School Lunches. The University of Minnesota did a study and found that kids will still buy and eat school lunches if they are healthy, and imagine their surprise to discover that it does NOT cost more to prepare healthy lunches for students.

The school district in St. Paul, MN is a model that other schools should follow according to the study. I would certainly appreciate it if our Volusia County School leaders would take a look at our lunch program and steal some ideas from them.

The culinary director for Volusia County Schools, Costas Magoulas was named one of the top 20 Chef's in Central Florida by the Restaurant Forum Magazine. I am thinking this was NOT when he was planning the school lunches. My kids hate the food at the school, I have surveyed other parents at soccer games, the library, the grocery store, all around town and I have yet to find anyone whose kid "likes" the lunches. Everyone thinks it is great they get free breakfast but the lunches are awful....nasty as my daughter puts it.

As parents we need to make some noise and be heard on this issue. Our kids go to school 180 days a year, that is 180 meals that they eat at school, 360 if they eat breakfast. Many parents pack their kids lunches just so they will eat, but for some parents these school meals are the only ones they may get all day, the reduced and free lunch program is widely used in our county.

What are your kids eating for lunch today?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Good News Sunday


Welcome to the Sunday Good News edition of NSB Mom! Yes, I said Good News! Check out these great stories, each and every day there is some good out there, sometimes we have to look for it!

Illegal immigrant Rescues Boy in Desert

Third Grader Saved Fellow Student

Blind Sled Dog Leads the Pack

NJ Church Raises 1 million dollars for Hurricane Victims

This is just a sampling there is alot more where that came from, check in each Sunday for the Good News!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Smile from God

Saturday Stuff











I was watching Oprah a while back and saw Dr. Christine Northrup with her new book. I just finished it and wanted to share. It is not a book you can sit down and read cover to cover, I skipped around to the parts that were most relevent to me. I will say it is a must have if you are nearing or over 40 and want some real-life tips on your weight, exercise and vitamins. Check it out.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wordless Wednesday







Truly was a Wordless Wednesday for me. I actually took the entire day off! Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow.

MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY, MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP,
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS,
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER
STAY OFF YOUR THIGHS

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Local Events









There is a ton of things to do in our little town this weekend, when you get sick of Turkey and untangling your Christmas lights check out the following local events:


Saturday, November 24th

Art Walk On Flagler Avenue - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Featuring painting, jewelry, ceramics, glass blowing, fabric arts, sculpture, children's activities, entertainment, prize drawings; 120 resident artists and dozens of visiting artists presented by the Gallery Group of Flagler Avenue. On Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach. Free. (386) 428-2150.

Annual "Festival of Lights" - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Features more than 18 decorated designer Christmas trees, which will go to the highest bidder. At Museum of Arts and Sciences, 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach. Included in museum admission: $5; $2 seniors and students; free to ages 5 and younger and members. Sale proceeds support educational programming at the museum. (386) 255-0285.

34th Annual Daytona Turkey Run - 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Car show and swap meet. At Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. $15 adults, free to ages 11 and younger. Free parking. daytonabeachcarshows.com; (386) 255-7355.

Canal Street Festival - 10am-6pm Continuous live entertainment at three different locations on Canal Street! An atmosphere of times past when communities gather together to play, shop, eat and celebrate the upcoming season!

Entertainment will include local talent including bands, drill teams, choirs, carolers, pupets, skits, marshal arts, cheerleaders and much more. There will be face painters, pet adoptions, petting zoo, pony rides, horse drawn carriage rides, window decorating contest, food and much more! Christmas trees for sale.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Manic Monday

It is Thanksgiving week and my kids are out of school. Combine that with my crazy work schedule this short week and that is a recipe for disaster. But...I was watching this piece on the Today Show this morning.

It features Marlo Thomas and her work at St Judes Childrens Research Hospital. It is an amazing place and she is an amazing woman.

So..today think about one thing in your life that you are thankful for. Mine for today is my healthy children. What is yours?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thanksgiving








Thanksgiving is this Thursday, November 22nd. The History Channel has a great exhibit on the History of Thanksgiving.

Take a minute and look thru it you will learn something new, I promise.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Shopping!!





I am stealing some info off my friend Annie's blog! Check her out at Ann Crabs

Ordering online for Christmas gifts? Check these sites first for some deals and discounts:

Current Codes
My Coupons
Retail Me Not
Coupon Cabin

Some good deals to be found and some great online coupons! Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday Follies




My son is 10, I understand that taking your lunch to school is not cool in the 5th grade. So, imagine my surprise when he came home today and said, "Mom, I need you to start packing my lunch. Salads and stuff."

So, I said to myself, "Self, who is this kid and what has he done with my son?"

After I checked him for obvious signs of head trauma or illness, I asked him why and he said because they have no "good" junk food and the good for you food they serve sucks(his words, not mine). He refers to it as barfaroni, barfaghetti, peanut butter and barf..you get the picture....

So next week they are on vacation for Thanksgiving, so I will be spared the lunch packing thing, but get ready world my son will be sporting caesar salad, carrot sticks and other healthy items. They grow up too fast.

I found a couple of good sites to give me some ideas....

Healthy Child
School Lunch Ideas
Amazing Moms

Monday, November 12, 2007

Free Green Tea!





If you like green tea and have been curious to see if organic green tea is different than regular green tea, look no further, wait no longer. Click here for a free sample of organic green tea!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Flamingo Follies





Today was the first day of the 2-day art festival on Flagler Ave known as the Flamingo Follies, I took a walk down there today, it was great, many street vendors with great gift ideas for the holidays, fantastic art, entertainment and food vendors were located at Pine St. Some of the booths had some great ideas, I went without money on purpose so I could look and not buy. Tomorrow I am taking my daughter and we are going to get a few gifts for the grandparents. Check it out if, there is ample parking at Coronodo Church and along Peninsula and you can walk the whole street.

Friday, November 9, 2007

New Smyrna Beach Area










I received an email last night asking about our area, New Smyrna Beach has 13.2 miles of beaches, excellent backwater fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, the Marine Discovery Center located on the North Causeway offers tours of the estuary and surrounding river lagoon. It is a great way to see the area marine and wildlife, kids love it!

Bring your boat, the city offers dockage at the marina located near downtown. If you don't have your own boat, the area offers a number of offshore fishing adventures from several different marinas at the end of canal street.

If you are interested in history in the second oldest city in Florida check out the Eldora State House, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse or visit the Turnbull or Sugarmill Ruins for some local history.

Take a ride on the water taxi between Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach, with several daily roundtrips you can tour the lighthouse and museum and be back for dinner at one of our gorgeous oceanview or riverview restaurants.

If the arts is your thing, New Smyrna Beach was named one of "America's top small cities for the Arts", monthly sidewalk art shows, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Harris House and The Little Theatre offer many opportunities throughout the year to enjoy a variety of rich experiences.

Once you do all that head back to the beach, Volusia County offers some of the best beaches on the east coast, a laid back small town atmosphere and really nice people. Take a walk down Flagler Avenue and check out the gift shops and cafe's.

Accomodations in the area are excellent, there are small motels, private beachfront condos, resorts on the ocean, or bed and breakfast inn's sprinkled throughout the town.

This beautiful area is a great place to visit and an even better place to live!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Local Site





Check out this new local site for news, stories, events and pictures. It is just getting rolling but has some potential! www.mytopiacafe.com

Monday, November 5, 2007

Rip Currents

Rip Currents are prevalent in our area of Florida, be smart and you will be safe.

When at the beach:

1. Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach
2. Never swim alone
3. Learn how to swim in the surf. It's not the same as swimming in a pool or lake.
4. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Lifeguards are trained to
identify potential hazards. Ask a lifeguard about the conditions before entering the water. Our lifeguard stands here in Volusia County offer the surf conditions, they can also be found at each drive on beach ramp.
5. Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist along side these structures.
6. Consider using polarized sunglasses when at the beach. They will help you to spot signatures of rip currents by cutting down glare and reflected sunlight off the ocean's surface.
7. Pay especially close attention to children and elderly when at the beach. Even in shallow water, wave action can cause loss of footing.

If caught in a rip current:

1. Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
2. Never fight the current.
3. Think of it like a treadmill that cannot be turned off, of which you need to step to the side.
4. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle -- away from the current -- towards shore.
5. If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water.When out of the current, swim towards shore.
6. If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arm and yelling for help.

If you see someone in trouble, don't become a victim:

1. Get help from a lifeguard.
2. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1.
3. Throw the rip current victim something that floats -- a lifejacket, a cooler, an inflatable ball.
4. Yell instructions on how to escape.
5. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Battens Disease





These two beautiful little boys have Batten's Disease, this is not a well known disease but causes blindness, seizures and has a variety of other symptoms, it results in death, there is no cure. I have been lucky enough to know these boys and their wonderful parents. My children went to school with them in NC. We were involved in helping with a few fundraisers and got to know the family a bit.

Please take a look at their website www.ourboysjourney.com and get to know them too. They are selling cookbooks for a fundraiser and they have t-shirts etc that you can purchase if you wish.

But most importantly, read the blog, go through the website, get to know them and say a prayer tonight for these little boys and their family. Then thank the lord that your children are healthy.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Set a Perfect Holiday Table







I was stumbling around the internet today and found this interesting site. I have never been quite perfect at the table setting thing, this site will show you how to do it perfectly depending on what you are having. They also sell discount linens if you are interested.


Proper Table Setting

Home Organization & Cleaning










Here are some great websites for organizing and cleaning your home:

Organized Home

Life Organizers

Do It yourself Network

And the mac daddy of them all ` Flylady

Remember you can do it all in one day. Take it in small steps or you will set yourself up for frustration and failure!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Holiday Organization




Throughout the year I follow the Flylady principles. This makes is fairly easy to roll into the holidays. But this year we moved, I have a garage full of stuff, a storage unit, closets that are not organized on it goes....

So I started today organizing one thing at a time. I thought I would do the kitchen today, HA, did not happen,I realized quickly I had to take it in pieces. I did the pantry. Just the pantry.

1. Remove everything, clean the shelves and doors inside and out
2. Discard anything that has expired
3. If you have not used it in a reasonable amount of time, toss it.
4. Put like items together, canned good, snacks, pasta, condiments, etc.

Now I can find everything, my kids can find the snacks, it is clean and neat. A few minutes a week to keep it that way, and to put things away properly after a trip to the grocery store will keep you together.

Flylady would be proud...now on to the refrigerator....

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween Candy




This is a fun recipe to make with your kids for Halloween, don't be afraid to get sticky!!!!

Candy Apple Recipe



Wooden sticks
6 Fuji or Granny Smith apples
1 bag candy corn
1 bag licorice bits
1 1/2 cups water
4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/8 cups corn syrup
3/4 teaspoon red food coloring


Clean apples. Place a wooden stick in the center of the apple. Set aside. Place the candy corn and licorice in separate bowls.

Place the water, sugar, and corn syrup in a clean 3-quart saucepot. Stir to form wet sand.
Place on medium flame until the sugar boils; at that point increase the heat to high. Occasionally, wash sides of pot with cold water and a brush, if needed, to prevent crystallization. Cook on high heat to 283 degrees F. Add red food coloring and swirl around in the pot; do not stir. Continue to cook to 300 degrees F. Remove from the heat and let rest for 3 minutes.

Dip the apple on an angle, rotating the apple clockwise, to coat the apple. Immediately roll the apple in candy corn or licorice. Set aside to cool.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

For Sale





I traipsed up to NC this past week to finalize the financial details of the end of my marriage. Happily the second home I am paying for is sold and will soon close, ending my dire financial forecast. It was not a pleasant experience but I am glad it is behind us and everyone can move on. I spent the weekend in a bit of a funk and have now decided to snap out of it and get on with life.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Gloomy




What a gloomy Sunday!! Every once in a while it is nice to have a cloudy Sunday in the sunshine state, that takes the pressure off, no trips to the beach, no fishing on the pier, you can just sit on your couch and do nothing!! I watched the We are Marshall movie on Pay-per-view today, what an awesome movie that was. My ex-husband is from Huntington and was a little boy when the terrible crash happened. I know it has stayed with not just the residents but many others. If you have not seen it is certainly worth the time.

Then I watched Premonition with Sandra Bullock, first of all I could not follow it and hated the ending...enough said.

Enjoy the rest of Sunday!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Biketoberfest






Excellent weekend at the beach! The rumble of bikes is everywhere...enjoy the great bikes and nice people that are in the area!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Mainstreet Grill



I will probably eat on my own side of the bridge from now on...I heard from several people how good the food was at the Mainstreet Grill at 1610 S. Dixie Freeway in New Smyrna Beach. Well....let me tell you, I took the kids there after a shopping expedition, we ordered a child's chicken dinner, an early bird sirloin & fries and a mixed grill with a baked potato. We got our drinks and salads, and then watched for one hour everyone around us get served....finally a server said, are you waiting for something...well yes our dinner. She checked (she was not our server) said the manager would be over....she came and said they lost our ticket...yes I worked in food service for a time...that is a bad excuse.

We got our salads, and drinks and appetizer....so apparently they only lost part of the ticket.....so 15 more minutes passes and my daughters child's meal arrives and part of my dinner. My son is still waiting for a steak and fries, at this point I have had enough and the kids are asking to go home and have ravioli. I asked for a box. NOW the manager comes back and asks me how the steak for my son should be cooked. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

Now they bring my potato and his steak, no fries, he has already eaten my steak so I ask for another box and the check, she brought me his fries at this point. It was BEYOND ridiculous. So, I ask for the check, I know you are saying to yourself...there should be NO check...well guess what..she took off ONE dinner. On the way out I reiterated to her that it was ridiculous that I paid anything and I was amazed my how bad the service was. She again told me they lost our ticket. I said at the point they realized they LOST the ticket they should have made the food, we waited 30 more minutes and did not get it all at once. She really just wanted me to leave at this point..I was happy to oblige her and we will NOT be back.

I am one of these people who never complains in a restaurant, it is a tough job and things happen, but if they happen fix them....

Friday, October 12, 2007

Fantastic Friday

Where has the week gone??

Soccer games, horseback riding lessons, school, homework, soccer games, horseback riding lessons, visits with the grandparents...oh yea and work. What a week!!!

Busy lives are great, but organization is key to keeping up with it. Using a calendar and keeping up with it is key to keeping any life straight. I recently got Amy Knapp's Family Organizer to try and keep family life a little straighter, so far it is working, it has some great features, and is a perfect size for my purse, I take it everywhere and make notes whenever I need to. Check it out on calendars.com

Enjoy the weekend, it should be gorgeous here in paradise!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Great Gifts



I took a walk down Flagler Avenue today, checked out the gift shops, played tourist for awhile. By far the best shop I found was the Robin's Nest. They have beautiful gifts at reasonable prices. I got a gorgeous little lamp, two charming little butterflies and an incredible vase, I spent a little over $70.00. She has some beautiful things...check it out.

Next stop Beachside Candy Shop. I bought a box of assorted chocolates, truffles, peanut clusters and more to give my parents. Talk about a treat, absolutely excellent candy. No drugstore candy here, this was the real thing!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Pinata Party




Tomorrow is my mom's birthday, my kids have never spent these special days with their grandparents til now. They are beyond excited, we went to Publix last night and got a cake mix, frosting and decorations.

As we strolled thru the store, my eight year old daughter saw the Pinata's hanging from the ceiling. She thought it would be a fantastic idea to get one for Grandma, all I could imagine was my 68 year old mother blindfolded, chasing a pinata around with a stick.....she thought it would be fun if Grandpa played too. Picture it with me, my 78 year old father, who has recently broken his arm and had a pacemaker installed....yea, honey let's blindfold the old man and watch him fall down...oh imagine. Her little heart was in the right place, but you know how sometimes something just hits you as funny and you can't stop laughing...well that was me....we settled on a plant and a balloon. We will save the Pinata for another time.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Style




One of my best friend's is a hair artist, she is terrific, earning the title "artist" and I never really gave my hair a second thought until I moved away from her.

So here I am in a small town trying to figure out what to do with my 3 months of roots and two kids who are desperate for a trim. So I asked around without much success and decided to try The Avenue Salon on Pine St. Being the suspicious type I figured I would let my kids be guinea pigs and made them an appointment for a cut....I was given to Chris Campbell, who first spent a good 20 minutes combing tangles out of my WHINING, CRYING, 8 year old daughters hair. She gave her some good advice about conditioner and gave them both a great cut.

This morning I went and got cut and highlighted, a terrific job at a very reasonable price, Chris has a great personality and is fun to sit in a chair with for 2 hours!

The Avenue Salon also offers pedicures, manicures, waxing and a full line of hair care products. I could not find a website but will inquire and pass it on if I do....