Everyday Life & Practical Tips

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 22: Fixing Chipped Glassware

Less than two weeks ago, I bought a set (2 boxes) of glass tumblers at Ikea. They looked sturdy, and the matched set I bought about a year ago did not stand up to our family’s use. The thick glasses with solid bottoms looked like a perfect solution. And the price was great too.However, when we got home, I saw that one glass in the box was already chipped on the rim. Another chipped on the first trip through the dishwasher. Since the store is two hours away, a return isn’t possible. I get over in that area a few […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 21: Mailbox Planters

It was 17 degrees below zero here this morning and my bathroom pipes and drain froze. So, it might seem a bit unusual that I’m thinking about flowers and summer container gardening. But I am. I’m dreaming okay? Let a girl dream. Especially if she lives in a frozen tundra.I saw a post on Pinterest that I knew had to be part of my project, even though I can’t carry out the plan. In fact, I wouldn’t carry it out, and here’s why.I saw this photo from Flickr on Pinterest. Cute huh? Here’s why I won’t do it and why […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 20: Sabbath Rest

Today, a short Pinterest project post. I was inspired by a pin from a blog called Upside Down Home Schooling on observing the sabbath. Heather mentioned her conviction to observe a day of true rest.  http://pamelaaugust.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/rest.jpg Heather included resting from the Internet. That’s something I need to consider. In the meantime, I did have a nice day of rest today. Spent the morning at church, the afternoon relaxing with my parents, and the evening relaxing at home. Do you have a designated day of rest and worship? Some people observe Saturday as the sabbath and others Sunday. Perhaps yours is different. […]

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