Everyday Life & Practical Tips

Finding Hope in the Questions Amid National Tragedy

What are we to make of tragedy? What are we to make of moments when our fellow Americans fear for their lives and suffer deep loss? Do we move on with life as if nothing happened? Do we rivet our eyes and ears to the television for up-to-the-minute details, or do we shut it off and shut it out? How do we cope with the unspoken fear that burns in our minds, “If it happened there, could it happen here too?” What do we do with our fears? So many questions.This week, my heart stirred for the people in Boston […]

Continue reading

Beware the Ides of March

On March 15, I can’t help but remember senior high English class and reading Julius Caesar. Again, this morning, as nearly every year, the phrase “beware the Ides of March” came to mind. The Ides of March is simply the middle of March, historically speaking. However, it has a second meaning because of Shakespeare.I wish I could say I was a huge fan of Shakespeare plays, but it wasn’t my favorite. For old times’ sake, lets go back to high school English for a moment.  Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15-19 Caesar: Who is it in the press that […]

Continue reading

The Repurposed and Upcycled Life

Where have you been Michelle? Why don’t you post very much on your blog lately? Are you still around? I’m about to answer the burning questions. Or the questions you never had. I had my first book come out recently and I’ve been working like crazy to get my website updated, some blog tours set up, and some marketing work done. The to-do list is so crazy and I’m at the computer all day. My crafty and decorating project ideas sit untapped on my Pinterest page. I do have some new project ideas that I will be sharing here soon. […]

Continue reading

Reality Check: No Exaggeration Here

I know that some people have problems with exaggeration. I’m one of those. It’s almost impossible to be a humorist and not exaggerate to some extent. But for an atypical moment today, I caught myself minimizing. Looking in the mirror, I noted a forest of chin hairs. Bear with me here. There will be a point. “How in the world does one little chin grow so many hairs overnight?” I asked to no one in particular. Perhaps you’re thinking I was mistaken about minimizing as I just exaggerated about a forest of chin hairs. You haven’t seen my chin. However, […]

Continue reading

The Pinterest Project Day 28: iPad Keyboard Case in 30 Minutes

I searched Pinterest for a pattern for a case for a bluetooth iPad keyboard. I had been transporting it in the box it came in, just because my purse is a dangerous place for an unprotected electronic device. However, the box is too big to take on my upcoming vacation. Nothing came up in my search. So I decided I need to create a post. In 30 minutes, because that’s all I had between other tasks. That meant I didn’t have time to quilt or cut anything from fresh fabric. So, I brainstormed a little about what I already had […]

Continue reading

The Pinterest Project Day 27: Homemade Lotion Bars

I’ve been using natural skin care and cosmetics for over a year now. I love lotion bars because they are so great for my skin. If you haven’t seen a lotion bar before, it looks like a bar of soap, but you rub it on your skin. Some come in something that looks like a deodorant stick, but others come in a little metal tin. I’ve been selling natural products on a small scale for a direct selling company, but even with my discount, the lotion bars were pricey. When you use a lotion bar, the warmth of your skin […]

Continue reading

The Pinterest Project Day 26: Texas Caviar

I was in the mood for some Texas Caviar (also called Cowboy Caviar) for lunch. So, I went to Pinterest to see if there was a new recipe I could try. Uh, there were pages of recipes. You see, this is the problem with Pinterest. It can be a little overwhelming if you’re looking for something simple. I browsed a couple of recipes, then decided to go with my standby, the one so easy I can do it without a recipe. And, I thought I would share it with you. Here is how I make it. Mine is vegetarian, but a […]

Continue reading

The Pinterest Project Day 25: Tips and Tricks for Using Pinterest

Now that I’ve babbled about Pinterest for 24 days, it might be helpful to offer a little advice about what makes a good “pin.” If you haven’t connected with the idea of using Pinterest, it might be simply because you’re overwhelmed because of how many people don’t properly use the site.Not to sound all snooty, as if I have the proper way to use the site, but let’s consider some things. Q&A About Using Pinterest Q: So, I opened the site and signed up for an account. Now what? A: Consider Pinterest as sort of a notebook. Let’s say you […]

Continue reading

The Pinterest Project Day 24: Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

One of my husband’s favorite desserts is ice cream with Magic Shell. If you haven’t every tried it or heard of it, it’s that chocolate that hardens on top of your ice cream and is reminiscent of a dipped cone or ice cream bar. Yum!  Magic Shell also happens to be a bit expensive. So when I saw a recipe on Pinterest that involved only two ingredients, I had to try it. Cindy over at the blog Skip to My Lou has the best recipe.  Here is Cindy’s finished product, since I did not take picture of mine.  Recipe:1 1/4 Cups […]

Continue reading

The Pinterest Project Day 23: Bible Reading App

On day one of The Pinterest Project, I mentioned that I began reading through the Bible this year. This time, I have decided to do it digitally for the first time. I’m using an app that’s been pinned all over Pinterest called YouVersion. It’s free, and contains many translations of the Bible. Most versions are available when you have wifi. However, several can also be downloaded to your tablet so you can access it when you are away from internet access. I love the program because I can highlight and take notes. I can also see notes from other people […]

Continue reading