Turning The Big 5-0 And Celebrating Mom In One Day

This Sunday, May 13th, 2018, I am turning the BIG 5-0.  I also get to celebrate being a mom, having a wonderful mom, and spending time with other moms.  What a special birthday this is going to be, and below are some thoughts that have gone through my mind lately, and leading up to this wonderful day.

 

Holy Moly!  I’m Turning 50 

 

As I sit here writing this post, the above statement is the clean version of what I think about turning 50.  My mind is young and fresh, but I have to admit, that my body sometimes tells me a different story.  So, I figure I have two ways approach the second half of my life, either Boo Hoo about it, or embrace it like a boss!  I choose to be a boss!  LOL


My Kids Are Grown And I’m Ready To Go! 

 

I love being a mom, but I am ready for my hubby and I to go and have some fun!  It’s time for us to celebrate staying together for almost 25 years, and Lord knows we have earned it.  🙂

 

I’ve Been A Mom For 22 Years   

 

This one blows my mind, and I can’t believe how fast time flies by.  One day your a mom of an infant, toddler, teenager, and young adult, and all of the good, bad, and ugly that goes along with it.  Mostly good for me, and I have loved every memory, even the difficult ones at times.

 

I’ve Been A Daughter For 50 Years 

 

I get the, “feels”, when I think about this one, not from sadness, but from a special love that I have for my mom.  My sister and I have been truly blessed to have a mom who was and still is beautiful, strong, and selfless when it came to her daughters.  I can only hope to have her wisdom, strength, love, and endurance.  To me, that’s the essence of being a mother.


Reflect, Recharge, And Reach For The Stars

I think it’s natural to reflect on my past accomplishments, failures, and what ifs.  I also think it’s healthy to find ways to recharge, make plans, and continue to reach for the stars.  It’s what keeps me engaged, feeling young, and helping others, which is most important to me.

And Finally It’s Time To Celebrate 

Yes, the time has come to celebrate, and I plan on spending my special day with all the people I love, which is the ultimate gift.  Cheers!

Outdoor Decor That Will Make The Neighborhood Smile

Colorful, lighted, and creative outdoor garden and yard decor is my thang!  I get the, “chuckles” when I have created a little humor or a kid like scene in my outdoor theme, and here’s some fun ideas that I just might try this year.

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(Above is a past pastel checker board walkway I created, and it defiantly put a smile on my neighbor’s faces) 

Solar Dog Print Garden Lights

 

 

What a cute surprise these little doggy prints would make in any animal lovers garden decor, and the best part is that their solar-powered, and easy on the budget.  $17

 

Honey Bee String Light Set

 

 

As much as I run from the bees in my garden, I can’t deny how fuzzy and cute they are, and this fairy light honey bee is simply sweet.  Get it?  The cool part is that you can get in either solar or battery-powered, which means you can literally put this light set anywhere.  Love that.  $10-15

 

Better Homes And Garden Outdoor Marble Globe Light Set

 

 

Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor Marble Globe String Light Set – Walmart.com

 

If you haven’t noticed, I love bright colors.  Don’t get me wrong, I like soft white lights too, but there’s something magical about reds, pinks, yellow, blues and their hues.  The marble globe string lights set from Wal-Mart above makes my heart flutter with colorful joy.  $15

 

Rocker Garden Gnome

This garden statue if for all you Gnome lovers out there, and I think your neighborhood peeps will get a kick out of it.  $30

 


Solar Light Metal Butterfly Figurine

 

 

It’s all in the details, and this little metal butterfly will accent your garden, even at night with his its solar light eyes.   Check out what he looks like at night here.  $15 at Amazon.

 

Color Changing Solar Powered Glass Ball Led Garden Light

 

 

This beautiful changing Led solar ball can be put just about anywhere, and it can be set to multi-colored or soft white.  $20 on Amazon.

 


 

These out-door accent suggestions are just a reflection of who I am, and I enjoy sharing a little magic and humor with my neighbors and friends.  I hope that they have put a little smile on your face, and inspire you to find your own gardening or home decor theme.  Please share what DIY or garden ideas you might have in the comments below, and here’s to a super gardening, spring, and summer season.

Here’s How To Have A Body Friendly Garden When Your Hurting

Last year was the first year that I didn’t have a garden due to an injury.  This year, I’m re-designing my urban backyard garden, because unfortunately, I am still have some body aches and pains.  Here’s some ideas that I think will work for me below:

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Since bending over can be a real problem for my lower back, I am going to bring some of my plants upwards and off the ground.  I have found some really cool planters online, and some DIY ideas that maybe my hubby and I just might try, like these DIY Small Space Garden Ideas we’ve tried in the past.  I’m really digging these ideas below: 

Elevated Cedar Planter Box and Space-Maker Pivoting Trellis Set

 

Hip height gardening seems to be a where I’m gravitating to lately, and I really like the above planter with the trellis.  We could save some money, and customize one for ourselves, and here’s a video from Lowes Home Improvement for some inspiration.  

 

    

 

I could always add in my own trellis with possibly a wooden lattice or pig wire,  Hmmmmm, the creative juices are flowing.     

 

Rolling Self-Watering Tomato Planter and Tomato Tower Support

 

 

I love that you can roll this planter to wherever you need it, because sometimes your plants may or may not need as much sun.  It’s definitely a thumbs up for us back sufferers too.

 

 

Build a Rolling Raised Garden Bed

 

                                                  image courtesy of @ BHG

 

Rolling Gardening Seat

 

 

At first you might feel like you can move and groove in your garden, but trust me you’re gonna get tired.  This heavy-duty rolling gardening cart will come in handy when you need to take a seat.  It’s available on E-Bay $95

 

Garden Tools Set

 

 

And for goodness sakes, have all of your gardening tools right by your side.  This gardening tool set has it all and it’s made from aluminum so no more rusting of your tools.  Amazon $40

50ft Garden Expandable Water Hose 

 

 

 

This is my #1 tip when it comes to gardening and physical ailments.  Get a high quality expandable hose that easy to lift and move around, trust me your back will love you for it.  Plus, it shrinks right back up when your done with it, which means it’s easy to put back up.  LOVE this hose.

So, there you go, these are the ideas I am looking forward to either trying or buying this spring, and If any of you out there are having a hard time with body aches and pains, I hope that you get well soon.  Happy Gardening Everyone!


The Good, Bad, And Ugly Things About Spring

So, I walk out my back door this morning to see this early Spring tree!  It kind of surprised me because it’s only February 25th, and the trees are blooming??  It’s really pretty, but I’m not quite sure that I’m ready for all the good, bad, and ugly that comes along with the spring season.

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The GOOD part about Spring is seeing nature come alive, with the chirping sounds of the birds, the buds & blooms opening, and the fresh fragrance of flowers.  These are all wonderful things, but there is defiantly a bad & ugly side too.  🙂   

For instance, although I am embarrassed to show you this picture, it’s my current situation.   

 

 

WOW, this is really BAD, and my oh my there is a lot of work to do.  Last year was the first year that I didn’t do anything at all with my backyard, because I had both knee and hip surgery that resulted from one silly fall.  I am used to my yard looking like this:

 

 

 

This is a little more organized I’d say, but I know that it’s going to take some green thumb power to get my yard back in shape. 


I also noticed yesterday, that some of my neighbors were mowing their lawns, which brings out the UGLY part of Spring for me, and that is allergies.

 

 

Yeppers, the pic of me above is from a past campaign that I did for Puffs, and as you can see, allergies and me don’t get along. 

It’s awful, and unless I dope myself up with Zyrtec I can’t see or breathe, and I know that many of you out there feel my pain.


I do have a helpful hint for those of you with severe allergies, and taking over the counter allergy meds just aren’t working.   

I happen to work for a medical practice that does skin testing for allergens, and I do recommend that you get tested, because you would be surprised to learn what you are allergic to.  

For me, I flare up when I get anywhere near mold, and I proudly wear a mask, if I know that Im going into a moldy situation.  🙂   

And for those of you who have allergies to grasses, strap up and put that mask on, trust me it’s worth it! 


I hope that all of you love the change of seasons, and yes there are good, bad, and ugly parts of Spring, but I still love being outside and enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Valentines Day Gifts That People Don’t Want!

Valentines Day is right around the corner, and I know that most people give gifts to their sweetie that is well thought out, and has a wonderful meaning behind it.  And then…..you have some people who are clueless as what to get their loved one, and end up buying something that most people DON’T want to get for their Valentines Day gifts.  Here’s what I mean below:  🙂

 

 

Kisses Toilet Paper

 

Kisses Toilet Paper

 

 

I Love You from Top to Bottom TP

 

I love you from the bottom to the top valentines day toilet paper

 


Although, I must admit that the above printed love sentiments on TP makes me smile, it’s still not something that I would want as a gift for Valentines Day.  Heck, if you really wanted to give a gift like this, you could get some cheap, bright red lipstick, and kiss a toilet paper roll yourself.  LOL

 

My Love For You Diarrhea Mug

 

 

 

My love for you is like diarr Mug My love for you is like diarr Mug Words

 

 

Ummmm…..I don’t think I really need to explain why this is a Valentines Day Gift Bust!  🙂

 

 

Valentine Cupid Costume

 

Valentines Cupid Costume

 

Although this Valentines Day costume is cute, I think that most ladies want to save these outfits for Halloween.  And if you’re a mom, the last thing that you want to do is wear a heart headband.  Just saying….

 

The Perfect Man In Milk Chocolate

 

The Perfect Man Shaped

 

I suppose you could give this to your guy if you want him to get in shape, but I don’t know if he will feel the love that goes along with it.  XOXOXO!

 

And finally, under no circumstances should you give this gift to anyone, ever!!  🙂

 

 

Don’t Go Bacon My Heart, I Couldn’t If I Fried 

 

Don t Go Bacon My Heart I Couldn t If I Fried

 

 

In all fairness, I know that there are plenty of very happy couples who would love to get some of these Valentines Day gifts above, and if you do, please be brave and share with the rest of us.  (Just to let you know that some of these links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission if you decide to buy). Thank you for your continued support, and I hope that you have a love filled Valentines Day.

These Super Cleaning Products Are Worth Every Penny To Me!

Yeppers, I have out done myself over the past two years and had two surgeries, steroid injections, and plenty of physical therapy.  In the mix of all that, I like to have a clean home, and the following super cleaning products have helped me along the way.

 

 

 

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Dyson V6 Slim Cordless Vacuum – Walmart.com

 

 

First up is the Dyson cordless Vacuum.  I love that I don’t have to unwrap a long, heavy, chord, which I hate to do, and it weighs about five pounds.  It has attachments that allow me to go from bare floor to carpet, and becomes a handheld when I need to clean out my car.  I wasn’t quite sure if it would have the suction power of a traditional vacuum, but this little guy has some vroom.  It”s perfect for everyday day hubby, kids, and puppies the messes that they leave behind.

 

 

 

 

SteamFast SF-295 3-in-1 Steam Mop

 

 

I knew that I needed to do some deep cleaning in my home, and we have white doors that love to collect hand prints and dust.  So, my mom gave me her SteamFast 3 in 1 mop to try, and holy moly I became a steam cleaning machine.  LOL  It’s funny how much gunk is just sticking around on your cabinets and doors without you really knowing it.  I love how quick it is and the extension keeps you from bending down all the time.

 

Mopnado Stainless Steel Deluxe Rolling Spin Mop

 

 

I didn’t even know that their was such a thing as a spinning mop until my mom bought me one!  LOL  See she’s the cleaning queen of the family, and once I figured out out this product worked, I could see why she loved it so much.

If you have a weak back or maybe hands and knees full of arthritis, this mopping system makes it a whole lot easier by wringing that water out for you.  The mop head itself sucks up just about anything very quickly, and it makes mopping your floors a whole lot faster and cleaner.

 


I am turning the big 50 this year, and I have to admit that my body is changing, and I really do appreciate finding ways to keep my home clean.

These cleaning products have really helped me over the past year, and if you have some suggestions, leave a comment below and let me know.

My Favorite Amazon Product Finds Of The Year

I am an Amazon Fanatic, and I thought that I would start out this year, by sharing my favorite products that I bought last year.  In fact, I love some of these products so much that I bought them several times  or gave then as gifts, and the 2-day free shipping with Prime makes it even better.  So, here we go below.

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IPOW X Clamp Car Mount

 

 

 

First up, is this cell phone holder.  Why you say?  Well, my hubby is a cement truck driver, and his buddies and himself absolutely love this cell phone holder that clamps to their windshield.  They say it keeps their hands free, it stays put, and it’s easy to install.  Best part is that it’s only $8.00, which is cheap enough for him to buy several or hand to his co-workers.

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

 

 

This Instant Pot has to be one of my all time favorite Amazon purchases.  I absolutely love it, and love giving it as a gift.  If you don’t know what a Instant Pot is, is simple, it’s a electric pressure cooker that takes your meats, stews, soups, and what ever else you can find on Pinterest to the next level.  And it does it in minutes, which to me is the best feature it has.   $

ComfiLife Gel-Enhanced Non-slip Coccyx Memory Foam Seat Cushion

 

 

Calling all people who have back, hip, or sit quite a bit at work. (That would be me)  This seat cushion makes my life a lot more comfy, and I bought another one to go in my car for longer trips.  What I like is that it’s not wimpy, it’s solid, but not to heavy, and it holds it’s shape.  I recently had hip surgery this past year, and this cushion became my best friend during recovery.  $30

Fancii Cool Mist Personal Mini Humidifier

 

 

 

This little mini humidifier is simply genius, and boy does it come in handy on these wintry, dry, weather days that we’ve been having lately.   As you can see, you use a water bottle turned upside down into the humidifier and you can place it anywhere because you can use batteries with it as well.  $25

Apple Watch Accessories

Fintie Apple Watch Cases, 6-Pack

 

I love my Apple watch, and it has a rose gold metal finish which is really pretty, but I wear very colorful scrubs to work, and the above case covers allow me to match my watch to my scrubs.  They are easy to put on, and they have lasted me and protected my watch for over a year now.  Super price for around $10.

 


 

All-New Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1″ 1080p Full HD Display

 

 

Ok, this was a BIG one!  I knew that my hubby needed a new tablet, because his iPad was entirely too slow.  But here’s the thing, he doesn’t use all the apps that I use, he simply gets on Facebook, Pinterest, or checks his e-mail.  Other than that he is a avid reader and loves watching movies on his tablet either at home or on the go.  So, before I go any further, this is what the HD 10 has to offer:

  • Brilliant 10.1″ 1080p Full HD display (1920 x 1200), up to 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Our largest display, now with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi—perfect for watching Full HD video, playing games, reading magazines, and streaming content seamlessly
  • Use Alexa hands-free mode to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores, display the weather, and more—just ask
  • 32 or 64 GB internal storage expandable by up to 256 GB (using the microSD slot). Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, magazines, Android apps, and games—including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more
  • Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes—at no additional cost
  • Get exclusive Amazon features, including ASAP, X-Ray, On Deck, Blue Shade, and FreeTime Parental Controls

 

So, the verdict is in…he absolutely loves this tablet!  He says it’s fast, the slim design is comfortable, and the HD clarity when watching movies is superb.  Also, because we are Prime members, as well as Netflix, he can watch all the movies he wants or read to his heart’s content.  I did buy extra storage,  a case cover, screen protector, and warranty for about $265 and this includes the tablet, which is a steal for all that he gets.

Bottom line is, that he’s told me about 10 times, how much he loves his tablet and Alexa is his new best friend.  That’s all I need to hear, and knew that I had made a great decision.

Well, that’s my Amazon product list finds for the past year, and yes they are random, but it just reflex what went on in my life over the year.  That’s really what I love about Amazon, is that you can pretty much find anything, discover new products, and the savings are always worth comparing before you decide to buy elsewhere.  Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to sharing my future Amazon products.