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The unwelcomed common cold…

Well folks, its official…all the signs point to the fact that I have contracted the common cold. It doesn’t feel all that common, common would imply that this is something familiar or an everyday occurrence.  I have never been one to catch the latest bug going around…so I was quite surprised when i began to feel like I was getting sick.


I attribute my strong immune system to several factors. I maintain a well balanced diet. I wash my hands often. I replace my toothbrush regularly. But the #1 reason for my ability to fight off infections, viruses and the common cold is my exposure to people.

For the past 35 years I have worked in sales, marketing and customer service. Until recently I interacted with over 2000 people every week.

I know what you’re thinking, all that human interaction, shaking hands and hugging necks would make someone much more susceptible to catching whats going around. That very well might be the case if it weren’t for the other factors I mentioned.

Even when my son was growing up he was only occasionally sick. He didn’t miss a day of school until high school. He got regular sleep, ate a well balanced diet which included a banana almost every day. Which I might mention is much better than an apple a day for keeping the doctor away.

But then there comes the day when your immune system is in a weakened state, brought on by too many Christmas Parties resulting in lack of sleep. A diet balanced by wine and cheese instead of fruits and veggies. Not to mention the unpredictable weather pattern we have had for the past 2 months…80 degrees one day, 50 degrees and rain the next, almost freezing 2 days later and back to rain and mid 70’s all in the span of a week.

Voila, the next thing you know your searching the internet for a quick diagnosis and a homemade remedy.

Wishing you good health and well being during the cold and flu season…



Common Cold

Usually self-diagnosable

Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. High fever or severe symptoms are reasons to see a doctor, especially in children.

People may experience:

Pain areas: in the forehead, muscles, or sinuses

Cough: can be dry, with phlegm, or mild

Whole body: chills, extreme exhaustion, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, body ache, or feeling cold

Nasal: congestion, redness, runny nose, post-nasal drip, or sneezing

Throat: congestion, dryness, irritation, or soreness

Eyes: itchiness, redness, or watery eyes

Sleep: sleep deprivation or sleepiness

Head: congestion or sinus pressure

Also common: chest discomfort, headache, loss of smell, or swollen lymph nodes


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Clutter Free Zone…

What did you do on this drizzly Saturday afternoon? I finished all of the laundry, cleaned out the kitchen junk drawer and I made a list of organizational projects I want to tackle in January…

SA donation bags

Well they really aren’t organizational projects as much as it’s reducing the clutter that has taken over every closet in our house.

It is so easy for clutter to creep into our daily lives. We get busy and we put things in places that are convenient but are not necessarily the right place.

It’s like the kitchen pantry…I have a small pantry by design, each shelf is dedicated to  like items. There is one shelf for can goods and savory items, one shelf for items used for baking, one shelf for spices, one for breads and chips and one for pasta, cereal and crackers.  However, it seems as though the center shelf is the catch all for every item that gets returned to the pantry.  It takes a whole afternoon to reorganize the shelves, checking all of the expiration dates and putting everything back where it belongs.

Of course everyone is thinking the same thing…strike while the iron is hot…the Holidays are behind us, the weather outside is less than inviting so what else is there to do with our time, besides watching college football and putting off taking down the Christmas decorations.Time to think about reducing the clutter around the house.


After reading a few Facebook and Blog posts about organization projects I was sucked in and decided to join the declutter craze...

Last week I purged my closet and dresser. I reorganized my vanity in the bathroom where I keep my jewelry and I straightened up my desk. Earlier today I attacked the junk drawer in the kitchen and my husband organized the drawer where we keep the bills and important papers.


Next up on the list…
1. Purge Linen Closet; I will only keep two sets of sheets for each bed.
2. Purge extra closet of craft items I haven’t used in more than a year.
3. Purge kitchen of plastic storage containers that do not have a lid or vice versa, lid no container…out of here!
4. Purge kitchen of duplicates; potato mashers, wooden spoons, cheese graters, whisks, measuring cups etc…
5. Donate extra blankets to a shelter.
6. Donate old towels to the animal shelter.
7. Take old books to used book store
8. Toss out old make up and hair products.
9. Reorganize the sideboard
10. Make-over the media room

Posting them here for accountability…I hope to post before and after pics as I go.


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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 12 &13)

Thanks for stopping by the 25 days of Christmas home tour...we are half way through the month and I wish I could stop the clock…As much as I enjoy all of the planning, decorating and shopping for the big day, there never seems to be enough time to just stop and enjoy the season.


Then on top of all of the making of Christmas you still have to make time for all of the everyday things; grocery shopping, laundry, hair cuts, dog grooming and doctors visits. And on top of it all a little out patient procedure that requires a minimum of 3 days for recovery…who’s got time for that, I ask you…obviously I do.

This weekend started off with a bang…I received an email from GMA…yes Good Morning America. The producer of the segment “There is a Hack for that”…asked if I would be interested in submitting a video demonstrating my hack for the re-purposed pumpkin snowmen I posted on my blog.  Timing couldn’t have been worse, the aforementioned outpatient procedure and an extremely busy schedule left me no choice but to decline the request to submit a video submission for the show segment.  I am still kicking myself at missing out on a dream come true opportunity; New York in December, GMA and of course a minute in the spotlight.  C’est la vie…life goes on.

20151213_153048.jpgFinally, it doesn’t take a lot of money to add a little color and sparkle to your holiday decorations. I purchased this tube of plastic ornaments from the big box store, replaced the paper plates in this two tiered metal basket with the colorful ornaments and stacked up my Christmas dishes next to the display.  All it takes is a little creative thinking…


Here’s wishing you a colorful Christmas Season.

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 9)

Thanks for stopping by our 25 days of Christmas Home Tour.  The decorating continues…Today is dedicated to the dining room area which is really an extension of our family room. The sideboard has been decorated for a week…but the table centerpiece wasn’t quite coming together until the last couple of days.


Today I scooted out of work a couple of hours early to tackle my Christmas shopping list. I also needed to pick up a few floral stems for my table centerpiece.  I am still working on the place settings for our annual Christmas day family breakfast.


My sweet friend and I made a trade…She got one of my vintage  baby bed springs and I got a set of chunky mercury glass candlesticks and an extra large mercury glass vase.  She then proceeded to throw out a challenge…” I can’t wait to see what you do with these”…so here you go MS.


After sticking the floral stems in the vase and adding white chunky candles to the candlesticks I decided the glass candlesticks looked a little cold…”Baby it’s cold outside” began to play in head. So what does a girl do when it’s cold outside… I wrapped them with a vintage mink collar I picked up at a resale shop.  And whats mink without a diamond brooch…now that’s a stylish centerpiece.

20151209_183111.jpgWishing you a Christmas wrapped in something warm with a little sparkle for extra measure.

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 7)

Welcome to day 7 of my  25 days of Christmas home tour.  I have to admit I may have bitten off more than I can handle by committing to a 25 day home tour. So today I’m keeping it simple…


This is my collection of vintage Santa PEZ dispensers.PEZ candies were originally developed in 1927 by an Austrian candy company. The first PEZ dispenser was similar in shape to a cigarette lighter and dispensed an adult breath mint marketed as an alternative to smoking. In 1955 PEZ added heads to the dispensers and marketed them to children. Since the 1950’s over 1500 unique PEZ dispensers have been created. Santa Clause was among the first characters created.

Wishing you a delightful and unexpected Christmas!


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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 6)

Welcome back..the 25 days of Christmas, home tour continues. Today we are in the kitchen. If your kitchen is anything like ours, it is where everyone wants to hangout.  As much as I try to limit the things that draw people into the kitchen it doesn’t seem to help.

wp-1449448796141.jpgI usually set up the buffet in the dining room and the bar on the back patio.  But no matter how hard I try to spread the party throughout the house everyone crams into the kitchen. The girls are sitting two to a chair…the guys are leaning against the counter.


So with everyone hanging out in the kitchen I decided that I should spend a little time decorating this very popular room in our house.


This is our candy station…a few Christmas favorites to satisfy the sweet tooth.  My favorite Christmas candy is dark chocolate covered cherries.  I know they are available all year but I only buy them in December.  This treat reminds me of childhood Christmas’ so I indulge my need for nostalgia by enjoying a few of these sweet treats.


If you have been touring our home these past 5 days you may have gathered I have a few collections. Here is a one of my little collections; vintage Christmas ornaments and vintage scales.


Wishing you a Christmas season filled with a collection of memories.

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25 days of Christmas…Home Tour (day 5)

Welcome back…Its day 5 of our 25 days of Christmas Home Tour…

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree how lovely are your branches…decorating the Christmas tree is my favorite part of the Christmas season. I love how it sparkles. I can sit and look at it for hours.


This year our color theme for Christmas is taken from the classic movie by Irving Berlin’s White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. If you haven’t seen it, its time to relax and enjoy a true classic.


Wishing you a classic Christmas.

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