{Flashback Friday} 80's Hair

The other day my daughter was playing with her hair, as all teenage girls do. In today's world though, they snap a quick pic and post it for all to see. Then everyone, and I do mean everyone, will comment in their teen talk. Yeah, that's a post for another day. Annnyway...this hairdo (I'm sure they don't call it a hairdo any more) made me think, hmmmm...

I remember back in the mid 80's when I used to bend at the waist, flip my permed, err uhh fried head of hair over so it would hang to the ground. Then gathering it at the top of my head, I would fasten it all together with a bow clip letting it all fall forward. Hence: The Bow Head:

My daughter looked at the pictures for a minute quietly, then she says to me, "You went out in public like that?  You're so weird."

"Yeah, but I had fun!"

Honestly, it IS funny to look back at now.  Seriously.  WHAT were we thinking?


Keepin It Cool

It's been so hot Hot HOT the last few days, the kids & I just had to have a good 'ol Orange Julius!  My mom used to make these as a special treat on Christmas morning when we were kids.  I was in heaven!  I think she got the recipe out of the news paper yeeears ago.  Do they still do that?  Anyway, we made these last night for a yummy keep it cool treat.

Orange Julius

6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar  (I used 1/3 cup, you may also use Equal/etc.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 - 9 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in blender.
Photo by:  Paul Mayne
Blend for about 1 - 2 minutes.

Photo by:  Paul Mayne


Photo by:  tastykitchen.com

How do you and your family beat the summer heat? Got any ideas for some cool treats?
I'd love to hear your ideas.
Keep it cool bloggers!


Wednesday's Terrific Top 5

It's Wednesday, and I wanted to do something a little different.  Courtney over at Women Living Well Ministries hosts a link party and top 5.  I think I've gone about it all wrong, no surprise there, but I like the way it turned out so I'm going with it.  You see, you're supposed to find your five favorite posts of the week.  I, however, came up with a list of 5 blogs I enjoy and wanted to share with you. 
So let's get started shall we!?!
Over at Today's Fabulous Finds, you'll find Janet, mother of 4.  She scouts out Fabulous Finds to share with us.  Just sit back and relax, let her do all the work!  How sweet is that?  You'll be amazed at all the great ideas and things you can do yourself.  Her blog is clean, fun and easy to work your way around.  My favorite is the Subway Art and the Job Board.  I've not made one, maybe someday soon.  You will come away with some great ideas trust me.  She even led me to our next amazing blogger...
Heather, cute as a button Heather is over at DIY kinda girl. This is a woman of many talents folks. She has the knack of turning nothing into something, and she'll explain it to you in a way that makes you want to RUN out and make it too. The Queen of do it yourself has helpful and inspiring posts about crafting, home improvement & decor, digital scrapping sewing and gift ideas. Just let me give you an example:
She turned this laminate furniture...


into this!
Amazing right!?!

Click here for the tutorial.

Kindness, inspiration, creativity, truth, gentleness and love.  Every morning, I grab my cup of coffee and see what Amanda has posted at Kind Over Matter.  She triggers my heart and mind daily with a stimulating quote, alongside an equally inspiring image.  Amanda calls them "jumpstarts".  She along with a community of independent artists and entrepreneurs are dedicated to kindness, inspiration and projects.  You'll find all kinds of good stuff here.  Believe me, not only will you spend some computer time here, but you'll pass it along to your friends too.

  Meet Meg.  I found this sweet, crafty and oh so giving gal last year at whatever and I check in, well I don't want to sound like a blog stalker, but I check in pretty close to every day.  She's a Kansas gal too, who keeps me smiling with daily photos of her family, craft projects, recipes and positive outlook on life.  I would love for her to adopt me and live in her house.  I'd die for that kitchen!  Meg...I think you're my blog crush!  I want to be just like you when I grow up!
  You're in for a real treat!  I saved the best for last.  You just have to run over to Jim's Pancakes and meet Jim.  He likes to make pancakes for his daughter.  ooooh!  But their not just any pancakes.  No No No!  Just wait till you see these:  Pac-Man, caterpillars, a Thanksgiving turkey and he even made jewelry for his little girl.  How sweet is that? 
Here's a couple examples...
A Dinosaur 
 The cutest Bee Hive & Bees

Can you believe it?  Cool hugh!  Seriously, go check it out for yourself.  He's Awh-Maaaazing!  He's a fantastic dad with a truly deep love for his now two children.

That's all I've got for you today bloggers. 
Run over and visit these blogs...you'll be glad you did!

{Texture Tuesday} Veery Birdyful

I just love these bird pictures from the 1900's.  I found them over at Land of Nod Studios.  Deborah was oh so kind enough to share them with us.  Although they're beautiful just the way they are, I couldn't resist the temptation to play.

The originals:


Truth be told, I haven't a lot of experience with texture. I love playing with it though. I can sit for hours and hours, trying new and different versions. The possibilities are endless. I honestly believe you can do no wrong...well, almost. This really is a case of "the beauty is in the eye of the beholder."



Live like a Hummingbird

While sitting on my deck, we had a little visitor.  Ok, well, my neighbor had a little visitor.  I snagged my camera, my tripod, and headed to the other side of the fence.  I'm glad I did.  I've been a fan of hummingbirds ever since I was a kid.  My dad used to watch them out the window.  I’m working on attracting more butterflies and hummingbirds to my backyard by planting different flowers so my kids can enjoy these wonderful birds.
As I took these shots, I realized the life of a hummingbird is free of time constraints, celebrating the everyday, and simply enjoying life at that very moment. I had one of those "aw ha moments" Oprah's always talking about. I need to start living like a hummingbird. Live in the moment, slow down and enjoy the simple things in my life.
Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time,
carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration.
Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover
and savor each moment as it passes;
embrace all that life has to offer
and to celebrate the joy of every day.
The hummingbird's delicate grace
reminds us that life is rich,
beauty is everywhere,
every personal connection has meaning
and that laughter is life's sweetest creation.
No wonder my dad enjoyed watching these Awwwh-Mazing little flying beauties!  I made a mental note to myself: "Live like a Hummingbird." 
Are you ready to live like a Hummingbird"?
Classic Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
To make hummingbird nectar…
1.Combine one part white sugar and four parts water.

2.Heat the solution for 1-2 minutes to help the sugar dissolve and slow fermentation.

3.Allow the solution to cool completely before filling feeders


She's Driving!?!

It makes me sick.

The statistics for teen driving is a hard pill of reality to swallow.

A Teenager's Odds

• Teenage drivers account for 12.6 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes.

• The fatal crash rates among 16- to 19-year-olds is four times that of older drivers.

• Risk is the highest at age 16, when the fatal crash rate is 40 percent higher than for 18 year-olds and 30 percent higher than for 19-year-olds.

Like the movie Kicking & Screaming, “I’m a tornado of swirling emotions.” I’m oh so happy my daughter is taking the initiative to do something new and exciting. I’m more than thrilled she’s at a time in her life when things are new, fun and full of endless possibilities. On the flip side of that coin, though, it saddens me for a few reasons. She’s that much closer to leaving home. She’s that much closer to being independent of her mother. And the BIGGEST one of all…”the odds.”

I know, I know…I have to let her go. And I will, I won’t stand in her way. Don’t worry. It’s just the stuff in my head …and my heart. Those creepy little tidbits that pop in there every now and then.

Someone said the other day, “I thought I’d buy my daughter a tank and then she’d be safe.” We all laughed. “You can you know.”

I have no idea why but you can. I Googled it when I got home. Go look it up.

Sure enough, for a wad of cash you can own your very own tank. I have no idea what tax & tags would cost. If you’re interested in investing, check out Armor for yourself.  I'm serious.

awww...here we go, for my daughter.  Wouldn't an extra large bow sit pretty on top?  Yeah, I don't think she'll go for it.  Darn!

Ok, so I decided to swallow my worries and fears....and just DO IT!

I may have to invest in a neck brace and dig my fingernails out of the dash...but I am happy to report we are all still here and well.

All kidding aside, Sissy, you did a great job.  No, you wont be on the main roads any time soon, but I see a confident go getter in you.  I couldn't be more proud of the person you're becoming.  Now instead of worries I keep thinking of all the errands I can send you on!

I Love You!!!  Please be safe...Always!
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