Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Very Merry Christmas


From my house to yours I am wishing you a very safe and Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Craziness!

Well, I hope your all doing well this holiday season!  I can definitely say it has been an interesting one. As you are reading this I am currently sitting in Panera Bread in the plaza next to my work.  Why may you ask? That's easy because our family is down to one car right now and my truck is not fixable. Well, that's not exactly true it can be fixed just not for the money I am willing to pay for it to be fixed. Seriously I can get a used car at this point.  My beast has served me well and I honestly miss driving my suburban but at times you have to make decisions and my decision is to do what's best for my family.

But on the upside, my first book "Ghost Stories For The Chicken At Heart Volume 1" is fully running on Nook Press and was just submitted for Kindle Publishing as of ten minutes ago. So all in all a very productive day if I do say so myself.  I myself and extremely excited about all the changes going on and will be going on in the next year.

Did you finish your Christmas shopping yet?  I will admit I am almost finished but not 100% done just yet.  I know I have usually finished already but what can I do with my surgery and stuff I got a bit behind.  I do have a few thoughts on the whole Christmas shopping thing, though.  It bothers me when I am helping parents with these insane Christmas lists from their kids and a lot of it is a very big ticket items.  I mean I had one mom that had on one list that four of the items listed were well over a grand.  I was like wow which one are you getting him?  Her reply was like oh I bought all four for him.....  W.T.F.  Now don't get me wrong I am all up for spoiling my kids but a grand on four gifts.  I don't spend a grand over the course of the year shopping for my entire family most of the time, To me, Christmas is about a little more then what's under the tree.

But anyway I lost my train of thought a little bit. As I sit here in Panera I like to eavesdrop a bit, I know its wrong but give me grief later.  I am hearing parents who are figuring out the gifts they bought and still need to buy.  I Hear parents realizing the bought too much.  Then I hear Grandparents wondering what to get the Grand-babies since this is the only time of year they see or hear from the Grand-kids.  That is just wrong.  My Grandmother always wanted to know her Grandchildren better but unfortunately was unable to.  During the holidays she was saddened that she couldn't send gifts to all her Grandkids to which I always told her to send to the kids that you actually talk to and contacted you.  It is the Grandchild who is older responsibility to have contact with the Grandparent when they get older just as it is the Grandparents responsibility to keep contact when they are younger.  I know people might get upset with that but it's true.

So as the stores are crowded with holiday shoppers and people are driving crazy on the road remember that the holidays are an insane time of year.  Be the person who says Merry Christmas and smiles at people.  Take a moment to listen to someone.  Bake an extra batch of cookies and hand them out.  But most of all remember what Christmas is really about!!

I am sure I will be seeing you all again before Christmas Day but until then be safe and have a blessed week!

-Angie

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Did you ever wonder what Santa's House Looks?

I was doing my normal and checking my email when I got a email from Zillow about what Santa's house actually looks like.  Check out the link here for Zillows preview of what Santa's property actually looks like here.

Christmas Cookies 2016!!!

It's that magical time of year when even the most scared bakers in the world take to their kitchens to start their holiday baking.  Some people have power lists of what they bake every year and some make brand new lists off of Pinterest's to make some new spectacular kinds of cookies.  I admit fall in the middle and do a bit of both. But I am a baker who tries to make new and different things all year round.  Since I have a family full of taste testers who don't mind trying my baked goods I am all set because they will always be very blunt and honest with me.

But seriously I learned long ago a very important lesson from my Grams about this time of year.  This time of year brings out the good and bad in people.  So always have a treat in the house to share! By doing this you could solidify the good day they are having and make it great or a sweet treat and a concerned listening ear can make someone's horrible day a better one.

 For the people who say baking is so time-consuming or expensive your right it can be.  However, for me, I always have baking items in my home and I always try to put a few pennies away during the year so I can do this by the first week in December.  I work retail and my kids and husband have events in December so having it done now means saving time later!  Shall we begin!!

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 egg
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Mix  till incorporated. Scoop out on a pan (if your pans are older like mine use parchment paper or spray some cooking spray so they don't stick).  Now you can be fancy or not. I will usually use a fork. You just press the fork line across the top and bam pretty fancy cookies.  Cook 10-13 minutes depending on how your oven runs.
Peanut Butter Cookies

PB&J Cookies

The next type you can do is PB&J Cookies.  To make these use the peanut butter cookie recipe above!!  When you scoop on the pan use your clean finger. (BTW this is a great job for the kiddies to do) and poke a small hole in the top.  Fill with your favorite jelly or jam.  Be aware when these come out the jelly is super hot so contain yourself just for a few extra minutes.

PB&J Cookies
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Last but not least for the cooked peanut butter cookies are the traditional peanut butter with a Hershey kiss in middle.  Again just use the recipe above and use a Hershey kiss.  Beware my kids eat all the kisses before they make it to my cookies so a great trick is just to stick 4 regular chocolate chips in the middle after you flatten them a bit.  My sister in law Pam loved these and when she moved away from home but came back to visit she always used my oven to make these with the kids. I make them now once a month in honor of her.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
A great no bake cookies/candy recipe is peanut butter cereal ba11s.  I love this recipe because there is no cooking involved.

Peanut Butter Cereal Balls

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup nut butter of your choice
(If you use crunchy use a few tsp of creamy so it mixes well)
1 1/2 Cups cereal of your choice (crushed up a bit)
1 cup chocolate chips

In a mixer blend peanut butter and powdered sugar.  After blending add cereal and chocolate chips.
Make into balls by scooping out some and rolling in your hand.
You can go one step further by covering in chocolate after making the balls or drizzling them with chocolate.  I like them just plain. Store in an airtight container.

Peanut Butter Balls
I love sugar cookies and this is the most basic as you can come!  Best thing is sugar cookies can be decorated easily with just colored sprinkles.  I myself love just plopping my uncooked dough into plain white sugar and baking you can't beat that and they look so pretty on a plate for presentation.

Basic Sugar Cookies

1 egg
1 tsp Baking Powder
3 Cups Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup butter

Now preheat your oven to 350 degrees I scoop up the dough and roll in sprinkles, sugar or mini crushed candies.  Bake at 350 until golden brown 10-12 minutes.  These are meant to be a soft cookie.

Basic Sugar Cookie

Next are a sweet treat called thumbprint cookies.  These are a great cookie filled in the center with a little dab of jelly.

Thumb Print Cookies

2 egg
2 tsp Baking Powder
4 Cups Flour
2 Cup Sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup butter
assorted jellies

Blend together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and butter.  Add in all dry ingredients.
Scoop into 1 inch balls and place on pan.  Take your finger and poke a hole in the middle. Fill with the jelly of your choice. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on your oven.

Thumb Print Cookies

Then everyone's favorite our traditional chocolate chip Cookies.Who does not like warm chocolate chip cookies?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 bag chocolate chips
6 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter

Blend together egg, sugar, vanilla, and butter.  Once the wet ingredients are blended add the dry.  Cook for 13 minutes at 350 degrees.  I also do this with fudge chips, mint chips etc.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The next cookie is a favorite of mine and my daughter Megan.


Peppermint Crunch Cookies

3 egg
4 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 of sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered cocoa
1/2 cup of crushed candy canes

Blend all wet ingredients together, then add all dry. Scoop onto a pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 min depending on your stove.  If you want super peppermint you can add 1 tsp of peppermint extract.

Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Then last but certainly not least is Oatmeal Cookies!!  These were my sister in laws favorite cookies.  I had to make them for her all the time. In my cookbook, they were renamed Pams.

Pams Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3  cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup quick oats

Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Once combined mix in all dry ingredients in as well. Scoop and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on your stove.

Pam's Oatmeal Cookies

So guys and gals these are my Christmas 2016 cookie list!!  Baking is a joy to me a way to relax and forget about my problems.  I hope everyone has an amazing holiday.  Remember the holiday time is not what you can get but what you can give.





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chat Books!!

I don't know about you but I spend a bit on photo's every year!! Then its finding a photo albumn to hold the all the pictures.  Chatbooks makes it easy Photos and Book combined you select what you want in each book and its that easy. I do the 60 pictures in a soft cover book for just $12.99 plus shipping.  Check them out HERE!

A Daily Struggle My Goal To Find My Happiness!

I am not writing this to have people give me sympathy or compassion I am writing this so people know they are not alone.  So here it goes!

My name is Angie I am a married thirty-nine-year-old mom of five.  I am blessed to have a full-time job, a roof over my head and food to feed my family.  What I am not is happy!  I suffer from mild depression and high Anxiety.  I have gotten so bad that I have fought with my husband and kids.  Afterward, I regret it and feel like an evil monster.  However, I am currently trying to evict the monster.  I am also trying to change my life for the better. I truly want to be happy.  I love my husband more than anything with the exception of our kids. I don't want my kids seeing me miserable in my life and thinking mom was nothing more than a hot mess.  I am not a doctor or a psychologist I am just someone who wants everyone to know your not alone.  I am working towards my happy ending (oh god I just referenced Once Upon A Time)  So here is how I am doing that.

1.  I joined two amazing mom bloggers pages and I log in when they live stream.  So ladies go check out That's Inappropriate and The Joy of Moms.  Listening to them and seeing all the moms helps me know the struggle is real and I am not alone.  Also, Meredith from That's Inappropriate just released a book called SCOOP THE POOP.  I was crying within reading the first chapter because I can relate to what she went through because I am going through it right now.

2.I have had to decide on what is truly important to me what I can live and live without.  I know what I can live with.  What I can not live without are my husband and children.  I need them like I need oxygen.  They are the reason I want to be happy again.  I want to be happy.

3.  What makes me unhappy?  Well, my job!  I am not fond of it there has been way too many changes for my liking.  My husband has told me to quit but unfortunately I had to take a leave from work thanks to a small surgery and I know I will have to have another one soon so I need that pesky medical insurance and the income for a while longer.  Trust me when I say I want to go but I need to have income first and these past 8 weeks have been rather expensive.  I can't have the hubby bail us out of it because I don't want him to get stressed and sick.  Plus I need medical insurance.  I can't believe I am saying this I can't leave my job because I need the medical and to pay my bills.

4. What else makes me unhappy... well this one is gong to spark a few big Fuck You's but My extended Family and friends.  Let us start with my friends I have a small group of friends that are so amazing I mean seriously they all called checked on me and made sure I was okay.  I honestly never felt more caring.  Now don't get me wrong I also learned the hard way in the last few months that people you thought were your closest friends can turn on you as well.  I have been thrown aside and thrown under the proverbial bus by someone that was supposed to be a good friend.  Its funny I am not angry and mad just really disappointed in that person.  All I can say is Karma!

Family.... I honestly believe at times that should be the new F word.  The amazing ones are taken far too soon and then your left with the ones you can't figure out and the bottom feeders,  See in my family my parents were not liked very well.  I can see why my mom was as two-faced as she could be I mean literally, if she did something for you I can guarantee it was talked about behind your back.  My Dad well my dad is the biggest story teller ever and I mean this not in a good way.  The man was abusive to not only my mom but to me.  My mom had finally got fed up and I had given her money to leave him.  Too bad the next week she died. But all my moms and dads side of the family knew how they were.  They honestly think that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  Well, guess what not only did I fall far but I rolled down the hill boarded a train and never looked back.  My own sister and brother that's another story but not me,  I feel that even my own kids get looked down upon by my side of the family.

Hubby's side of the family of good sans a few of them.  As my sister in law used to say, Angie, we never know what's next with you.  Yeah, I have shocked a few of them but I definitely don't have a lot of room for tact.

Now don't get me wrong I love my family and always will I have cousins whom I am so proud of and I adore a few of my Aunts and Uncles.  My family just sees my parents, not me!

5. Getting my hobbies on!  That's right I want to be well so I have started a few hobbies.  What are they you might ask?  Well, I try to garden.  I say try very loosely because the only thing I can really grow is peppers.  You know what I will take that because I happen to like peppers.  I also love to bake I always have loved to make cookies and sweets and always want to learn more and expand on that.  I try and my meals are never really Pinterest worthy.  However, my cookies and sweets are. 

6.  I also love to write.  I am currently working on a few stories that I want to put out on the nook and Kindle Platforms.  I also started to continue working on a hardcover book that I have had in the works since I was 15 years old.  I am so excited.  Thank god for technology because I can write my ideas down and then work on the outline via Nook press or Kindle.

7. Getting myself back to where I feel comfortable. I am very overweight right now and I hate it.  When I say hate I mean with a passion.  Now that I am in the final stages of my recovery from this surgery my goal is to lose half my weight.  I know I can do it I am just scared.  

8. Last but not least my job.  I think I have stopped liking my job a while ago, however I love a bunch of the people I work with and after being with the company over 10 years I truly can say I work with some of the most amazing people ever.  But yes I would love to leave my job.  Currently, I have a big whopping $.22 in my savings account and that needs to be upwards to $5000- $10000 before I even consider leaving.  However, I have been taken under a great freelancers wing and she has been showing and teaching me how to be a productive awesome home freelancer so you never know what might happen.  I know writing can be difficult to make money with but I was told by a very amazing person when she is gone she expects me to follow my dreams because I can't expect my kids to follow theirs if I don't follow mine.

Well, everyone, I know that was a complete unload I just did,  However, I want you all to know you are not alone. I want to be happy and I am planning on making the rest of 2016 and all of 2017 the time for changes and fun.

May you all be blessed many times over,
Angie  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Baby Its Cold Outside

Well as i am here laying in bed waking up for the third time today i noticed how cold it is outside the blankets.  Yes, we have heaters for the house i just forgot to get them out of the shed because you know I am still recovering from surgery.  However, I am such a lucky mom my kids did help me cover my plants with sheets to hopefully save them through this cold spell. Then I wondered why it felt so cold and holy cold snap its 36 degrees.  By golly I forget we get this cold this is Florida.  But no seriously I prepped earlier today, my kids prefer blankets to heaters and I got out thier coats for school.  I just hope hubby remembered to take his coat out of his trunk. Well everyone stay warm where ever you are tonight.  Also, I dont care if I sound like a public safety announcement please heat your home safely.

                              

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Turkey Day Food Memories!!

When I was a kid I would have to say Thanksgiving was such memorable occasion.  It didn't matter whose house it was at but for me we were all together as a family.  My Grandmother whom I was extremely close to even said she would have done anything to have those days back again once all of us kids had gotten older.  If we got to my families house early the first thing us kids would have done was watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  My Poppy normally would join us kids for this while sneaking us kids little candies. Then after the parade we would go to my cousins playroom and hangout, then once the ladies of the house had to finish prepping everything the adults would put us in our warmest coats and send us outside, When we were at my aunt and uncles house that would include our uncle taking us on turns through the woods in tubes or in the cart behind his three-wheeler.

Then there was the dinner!! We had the adult tables and the kids table, us kids used to joke we couldn't wait to get to the adult table. Finally when we were finally old enough they combined the tables and made it one,  I guess the joke was on us.

I miss those days still but family grew apart for whatever reason and we got older. However one of the things I always remember is the food.  God there was always a huge amount of food and people wonder were I get it from when it comes to my dinners.

Some of these foods I still do till this day!  Why not they are still a family and friend favorite and to me they are still traditional as can be.  Here are lists of the food we used to and some new things we have added over the years.

First would be the appetizers:
Mozzarella Sticks
Celery with Cream Cheese and Cranberry Sauce
Pigs in a Blanket 
Vegetable Trays
Chips and Dip
Deviled Eggs
Corn Fritters
Pickles
Olives
Meatballs
Crab Cakes
Cheese and Crackers

Then there was the dinner:
Besides the Turkey(s) there was also Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Corn
Peas with the little Pearl Onions in them
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli and Cheese
Fried Cauliflower
Cranberry Dressing
Sauteed Mushrooms
Gravy
Biscuits
Corn Bread

Then Deserts:
Cheesecake
Cookies- Assorted and all homemade
Apple Pie
Cherry Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Cake

God I know I am forgetting a lot but remembering the food came in second to remembering the family that we had the time with.  As a adult I can honestly say I miss my family being together like we used to when we were little,  It didn't matter who you were when we were together we were family all the differences were put aside for that one day.  I think the biggest part of it is my Grandparents being gone now.  How I would have loved to have had one more big family Thanksgiving with them. Oh how I would have loved to have had my poppy meet my little boy they would have gotten along so well if he was still with us. I could see the look of joy on my Grandmothers face seeing my oldest married and happy. Or how she would have been joyful on how my other three teens had gotten so big and beautiful,  Nothing made Grams more happy then knowing her Grand kids.

Don't get me wrong I am very blessed and thankful for everything I have this Thanksgiving.  But I am also Thankful for the past that I had with my extended family.  Although we don't get a chance to see each other or talk to each other I love them just the same,  Maybe one year we will all come together again and remember all of those who went before us.

Hold those you love near and dear and have a Wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving.
If you can think of any goodies that I forgot please leave me a comment below!

--Angie


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Great Cheap Holiday Gifts 2016

Hello from the recovery room!! As many who follow me on my Facebook page and The Blog's Facebook Page knows that I had out patient surgery yesterday.  Well; I am home and recovering and as hard as it is for me to say relaxing.  As someone who is always on the go I am not used to sitting and doing nothing, my Crazy has been put on a slow warm right now.  But it has given me some awesome time to run through Pininterest and find some amazing things to share with you for some quick, easy and cheap things to do this holiday season!!  Remember first and foremost homemade gifts are the best!!  I am always getting hints for homemade!  These amazing pinner's have some fabulous ideas so check out their blogs and pages!! So lets start...

Seriously how great smelling would these be!! Especially if you have a friend that just got a new place and are needing some Christmas decor with this clay your imagination is the limit!
NO COOK CINNAMON ORNAMENT CLAY- takes 1 minute to make & smells AMAZING!:

Do you have a steady hand with a paint brush.  Have a friend or family member who could use a great reminder of the season. Most dollar trees carry heavy duty poster board which I have personally used as canvas before.  Who wouldn't love a homemade picture!
May Your Days Be Merry & Bright - Print #Christmas #Food #Gifts
I know all my friends like candles.  So here is a great idea to use with your old mason jars, pasta sauce, or any old food jars with.  Be creative and its a great way to recycle!!
DIY Stenciled Mason Jar Candle Holder Christmas Lights Instruction - DIY Christmas Mason Jar Lighting #Craft Ideas:

Who doesn't like little keepsakes that can be reused each year!! Especially when its made with the kids help!!!
DIY No-Sew Sock Snowman Craft for Kids and Grownups. Such a fun DIY Gift Idea:

Here is one for that nature lover in your life!!!  Especially here in the south where birds don't leave.
A festive craft the kids will enjoy making and the the birds will love! A homemade birdseed Christmas ornament is inexpensive and exactly what your naked, winter tree needs.:

Now what about for you bakers!  Who wouldn't love to receive some amazing baked goods.
Easy Christmas Tree Brownies #BelongAtBCC:

These were just a few simple ideas that could help you along this Holiday Season!!  Presents do not have to be a expensive this holiday season if you do it from the heart.  Remember its not the price of the gift but the thought that counts!  If you have any idea's please post it below I would love to see them.

Holiday Cheer Everyone!
Angie


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Small Business Month!!!

Well it's that time of year and I know I always give advice on how not to be a Scrooge and how to treat your retail people  right!  I also give great links for cheap homemade Christmas gifts as well!!  However here is a big thing to do over the holiday season shop your mom and pop shops and small businesses.  

So instead of small business Saturday I am doing Small Business November and December.  I am spotlighting a post that will be on both my business site and my personal blog till December 31st.  You can be anywhere in the nation to share your link and what you do.

I ask only 3 things 1 post a link to your business with contact info,  Post your home area if you are a service (remember most of us ship when it comes to physical goods), and most of all respect the people who are offering a service.  I will delete all negative as I want this to be a good thing!

So Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas,  Happy Kwanzaa,  Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Hanukkah!!! May this holiday season be filled with warm wishes and Happy Memories.

Thinking Of You All,

Angie 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Fun Foods Friday!!

What can I say fun foods Friday is where I spend the day making odds and ends to hold over my Army while I am at work for the weekend!  Today's menu includes but not limited to:

Chocolate pudding
Butter Pecan Cake
Pigs in a Blanket 
BBQ Beef Ribs
Chicken Meatballs in Honey BBQ Sauce
Spinach Ham Cheese Quiche
French Toast Casserole
Salmon Potato Cakes

Why you may ask?  Well I work all weekend and I want to make sure they are eating what I want them to. But seriously I HATE food waste.  It is one of my pet peeves.  But seriously am I the only one who does this?  I really can't be can I?  Let me know if you do this when you know your going to have a busy few days or weekend I want to know your thoughts as well.
 I hope you all have a great Friday!!!


Angie

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How A Little TYPO Made For A Amazing Tradition!

How The NORAD Santa Tracker Got Its Start

Okay guys and girls first for those who really know me they know that I am a compulsive obsessive person when it comes to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  I am also in love with a good story as much as the next person. So last year when I stumbled upon this story about how NORAD started tracking Santa I had a good chuckle.  Then to my surprise I was looking at pins on Pinterest tonight and behold the story of the Santa Tracker reappeared in my thread so I figured it was fate I had to share the story with the world. 

 The whole NORAD tracking Santa started because of a typo in the paper. Here is a picture of the ad that Sears Roebuck and Co. posted over 60 years ago.  They didn't realize it but that phone number was not to the Santa they had in place but to the Continental Air Defense Center (Now NORAD).


How would you have felt as someone who works at a military installation  getting a call on the red phone hearing a tiny little voice asking if they could talk to Santa.   However our military men who were working that night proved they were even bigger hero's by just going with it.  But what really warms my heart is that NORAD did not stop at a one time thing, This has become a tradition that has spanned the generations since 1955.  It has become such a tradition that NORAD employees plus others volunteer their time on Christmas Eve to make children happy. But seriously looking at these pictures in the CNN ARTICLE I think the volunteers are just as excited as the kids.

I mean seriously when NORAD releases this statement you know they have the spirit of the Christmas Holiday!

"Our constellation of defense satellites "uses infrared tracking to keep pinpoint accuracy on the heat signature from Rudolph's nose," NORAD says in its promotional materials. "Ground based radar tracking sites relay global positioning updates to our elite fighter pilots, who often escort Santa's sleigh through rough weather." 

On Christmas Eve I always run the Santa Tracker Application on my cell phone... And before you say anything yes I have it on my phone it goes live December first and then does a countdown till when Santa Takes off on December 24th, It however has a NORAD link and that is A+ in my book so the kids and we adults can learn about whats going on in our Military.  Plus don't judge me I have a Christmas Countdown as well!  Below is a shot of what the Tracker looks like in Goggle Play!

Or if you want you can check out the physical website HERE.  This website also goes live with Santa's take off countdown on December 1st as well.

As someone whose family has had a rough year with loss please remember what the holidays are really about. To some there are religious aspects but the underlying theme has been that these holidays are about family and friends.  Keep that door open to everyone who is in your heart and keep a extra plate at your table.  May you be blessed beyond measure this holiday season.

Angie

P.S. let me know what you think comment below!!




Saturday, October 29, 2016

New Nook Book!

Hey everyone as some of you know I write and have currently started writing to be published for Nook online books.  However for my current project I need a bit of help.  I need to know interesting and fun places around the continental United States and Canada through Alaska for my main characters travels. Please comment below and you will get a shout out in the dedication page when I use that area in my book series. Book one of Massie's Travel Adventures will be published by mid November so please keep those suggestions coming in and lets bring Massie around the country.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Interesting day!!

Well its been a pretty interesting day.  Now that I have decided to make such a huge change in my life things seem to be coming together.  Kinda. It seems that my kids are now having a dead set against me moment doing anything to stop me if my actions take away their free reign.  Its a rather annoying change of events because I am doing this to be here more often for them.  I am dearly wanting to be a stay at home mom or at least work on my schedule instead of always feeling like I am stuck in the red.  I guess maybe I am having a bad bay.  

Moms you must know what I am talking about, your trying to get a bunch of stuff done and boom kids are like no.  GIVE ME. I need. I want. In the last five minutes I had a daughter argue with me because I said I didn't have any extra money at the moment to give her something she wanted last minute.

But this is also my child who lays in bed all day and argues when I say no.  GAW!!! But on the plus side I have gotten stuff packaged and priced for my business and also put up.  Now I am just trying to add cleaning to the list... It could happen right? Well I have a bunch more to do.  As always please comment me up I want to know what people are thinking and with 6800 views I would love to know what any of you think on any of my post.

Lots of Love,
Angie

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Its Been A Interesting Vacation!!

These past five days I have been on what most call a staycation.  To me though it was more then that.  To me it was a figure my life out vacation.  I needed this past few days to figure out what really made me happy and what truly gave me a happy heart.  Well even though while I was planning to get a ton done on my staycation it did not work out 100% completely to plan.  As per my normal self I was sick part to most of my staycation.  That is okay though because I got to lay in bed and actually think...okay I thought while I crafted.  You know me I am a over achiever.  But the things that made me truly happy came to life all around me. So here is my list of happiness in no particular!!!

1. My husband, God I love my Andy so much.  He is actually encouraging me to leave the company I currently work with.  He sees my unhappiness and all he wants is to see me happy.  Andy has been my rock and I love him more than anything.

2. My babies, Autumn Jenny Megan Sarah and Robbie.  I have missed them so much while pushing myself through the corporate grind.  I look at them now and realized while I was getting them through life with the necessities I have missed so much.  I don't want to miss anything else I can't.

3. My business!  Yeah I know it sound funny but I enjoy working and running my own business.  knowing its based on what I have and what I can do I have no problem doing any of the work.

4. My baking, oh god do I miss this more than anything.  I mean creating such yummy stuff for my family.  Plus its a great way for stress relief.

5. My garden... Well we are currently under lets fix the damage from the last two storms.  At least I have peppers growing!!!

6. My Home, I missed having the time to clean and care for my home.  God I know this is going to sound bad but I would so be a fifties housewife again.

7. My dog, yup my little shadow named Buddy.  If you don't own a pet you are missing out on the best unconditional love and attention in the world.  Our Golden Buddy is my fur baby.  I think I spoil him as much as I spoil my own human babies.

8. Meeting up with my friends.  It was great meeting up with friends this week without having to work in a work schedule.  Because honestly its never a done deal.  Plus it allowed my kids to meet new friends and how can that be a bad thing.

Well that is my short list of what I leaned about on my vacation.  Don't get me wrong I am not going in to work today and giving my two weeks notice because that would be seriously crazy.  I mean hello NO.  I have a few things that have to be paid for first and I don't want to leave the stress on my hubby during the holiday season.  But for now this hard working mama is going to do just that.  Work hard, push my goals and do everything I can to right now to move life forward.

Blessings and Love to you all,
Angie

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Thank You

I can't believe it my little ole blog hit 5000 views last night I am so thrilled I have the most amazing readers!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cooler Weather Maybe!!!

I get chills every time the weather man mentions the words cold front.  Actually the weatherman or woman and I have a very love hate relationship.  I am a native Floridian I love the warm weather, however there is nothing better than the cooler weather.  You know what I mean...Windows open, stew cooking, cuddling under a blanket reading a good book. Or fire pits and having friends over toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate.  No?  I know there are these amazing people that escape the white stuff and cold weather called snowbirds but I love the cooler temps.  Sorry to a lot of my customer base but if it could snow down here I would love it.  People joke with me saying I like the fall weather because I am such a Christmas freak and it means we are closer to Christmas.  I love Halloween, I love Thanksgiving.  So today the weather man said we are supposed to get a cold front that should stall over Florida and start our weather dropping. Oh I hope so.  If not there will be some creative words being yelled at the weather man on TV.  Well thats enough for now I have a business to run and work to do.

Blessings to you all,
Angie


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hello!!

Hello everyone!!!

I figured I would dropped in on my blog while I wait for my Jenny Bean to finish work.  I didn't see the point to run home and come back 10 minutes later.  So here is a update on the crazy life.  I lost part of my garden but I am still trying to save it!!  I might work on adding new later but for now it's what ever I have left.  Kids are doing well in school.  I am seriously loving out fall weather of 90 degrees.  I know I am joking. But seriously where is the window opening weather.  Soon I hope.  My online resale/clean-out business is coming together. I will be posting more then 4000 items this week.  Makes me dizzy thinking about it.  Other then that I have vacation the first week in October. More from the craziness later.

Blessings to you all,
Angie

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Little Fall Remembrance

I will admit things have been a little more than crazy for us this past year.  An even now I am in a transition phase in my current full time job.  I am just happy I do have a full time job still but I am going through a transition from manager to just a regular employee again.  Why you may ask? Well its not a difficult thing my position was done away with.  Funny thing is I am not even mad or upset in the slightest. You would think I should be but I'm not. I think its because we had a feeling it was coming so I started free lancing and opening up my resale business again. (shameless plug here) But that is neither here nor there.

When I was growing up one of the things that made living in New Jersey bearable was my Grandparents. I still get choked up because my Grandfather taught be how to play pool, gamble, fish and he also gave me my first shot.... He was a amazing man.  When my mom got into one of her moods he would take me to the water.  He knew that I couldn't be far from the water he would let me just sit there and stare out over the blue lost in my thoughts.  My Grandmother raised nine children.  Even during the sixties and seventies that was still a amazing feat.  I couldn't even count the nights spent at her house.  How she taught me to appreciate the little things.  How she started my lessons on cooking and crafting.  A lot of people don't know how truly blessed we are for having Grandparents who went above and beyond when they were let.  In my Grandmothers later years I had mentioned how I truly missed how our family used to be.  How we used to come together and God I remember one Christmas were we all went to their tiny little apartment on Bay Dr for Christmas Eve.  God I don't know how that building stood there had to have been at least 40 adults and children there. I miss times like that.  She told me that people change but family is family and I knew she missed it too!

One thing Grandma taught me was to was to appreciate the fall holidays.  She loved Halloween I swear when my kids were smaller one of our first stops would always be stopping at her home. She took such delight in seeing the kids in their costumes.  An then there was Thanksgiving god did she like to cook for her family.  My Grandma used to make these meatballs that I have no been able to replicate yet.  At least I have had some tasty attempts.

There is nothing like cuddling up with the family watching movies when the temperature drops, or having a groups of people get together sitting outside around a fire roasting marshmallows.  Or drives along the water with blankets and hoodies watching the fall sky.

People usually say fall is the start of the year ending but to me its a change not a ending but a crisp weather beginning.  May you all be as blessed. An shall fall be a magical time with cooler weather and Halloween surprises.





Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pet Peeve Time

I will admit I have a few pet peeves.  However one that gets me is when people do not move over for emergency vehicles.  Normally if your not blaring your radio you will hear the fire trucks or ambulance before you see them.  Then once you know you need to get over and stop let the people in the other lane in. Don't be a douche.  This one car would not let me over so the car in front of him thankfully noticed slowed down so I could speed up and get over. Especially today I discovered they went to the local highschool. So rant over thank you all for the ear.

Monday, August 29, 2016

What Have We Been Up To?

Hello everyone!!! Well how things have changed in the last few months. How do I get started on what's been going on in our crazy life. 

Well as a bunch of you followed we went to visit our beloved Pam in Kansas. The private messages I received with the love and support have been amazing. Sadly Pam passed away on Easter Sunday.  We can all be thankful her pain and suffering is over and she is with her maker.  Her loss has put a huge hole in our hearts. Her legacy however will live on with all who loved and knew her.  I have only one thing to add to this pardon my language but Fuck Cancer.

If losing Pam was not enough my health took a downward turn.  I developed a ulcer, a cyst and infection.  Thankfully we caught it and I am healing slowly.  Besides all of this I was also diagnosed with high anxiety and depression.  Well thankfully I am receiving help and am doing better. It is a daily battle but I am going to control this.  I ask because I fought going to get help, please seek treatment it does not make you a bad person. This does not mean there is something wrong with you, everyone has there own demons and problems. Be strong, stand brave and know you are not alone.

But enough about me.  What else has been going on... Oh my garden. Well that is a work in progress.  I lost a bunch of plants and almost had to start over with everything.  But determination and a bunch of sweat covered days have prevailed.  I am hoping to hot house it this summer. We shall see.

My wonderful, amazing and talented family is doing great. We just had to fight cold, allergies and back to school bugs. But considering we do that every year it's not knew to us.  Our amazing golden retriever Buddy has calmed down so much since he has been fixed. He has been such a love bug. He has also been very clingy to the family and I but we cling back.

My business is coming along. I am hoping she will have her official launch by the end of September.  Best thing is I will be selling nation wide with merchandise from my clean-out services and recycled crafts.

Well not much else I can get into just yet but my readers will be the first to know. As always everyone please share my blog with your friends I would love too grow my readers.

Much love and may you all be blessed!!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sorry for the delay!!!!

Hi guys I will be back shortly I have been sick and in the hospital.  More posts will be coming soon!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Back to basics...starting with gardening!!!!

I am so excited I started a garden last week and guess what my first seedling popped through today!!! I have my pea plants popping up.  I know people will be like why peas.  Well why not. I actually have tomatoes,assorted peppers, cucumbers, green beans, green onions planted now and will be adding herbs and other vegis this week. I am also going to be doing root vegetables in bins as soon as I empty said bins.  This garden has helped me in in so many ways I am super excited.  But that's all for now I will ad more pictures soon.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Little Rant!!



I wish I could say things are going good but I have had so many things going on I just don't know where to BEGIN.  Well my main job is a job for the time being.. I know that will be coming to a end soon enough, probably in the next 24 months soon enough.  But that's okay because I still do the work from home plus my business.  I just really do not like uncertainty.  I mean we had to fill out paperwork today to try to keep the kids in the high school they love. The next option would be we have to move back in the school zone or home school.  That seriously makes me irritated that my life is on hold because of the school boards inability to do right by the county.... but i digress.  I wish I had a crystal ball sometimes... Oh and that fractured ankle thing is slowly healing, I am not in a brace and will be working on losing all this weight I have gained.  Oh well I had to vent so sorry!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

My venture into the unknown... NOW ANNOUNCING

Well not really the unknown as a lot of people know I do do private resale either through thrift sales, websites or flea markets.  Well I decided a way to move my life along is to really make a step forward so starting today I am announcing my life changing step.  Angie's Motivational Clean Out Services is now open for business!!! That's right you heard me right.  I used to do this back when my oldest child was a little one for extra cash and items. I was foolish and I stopped.  Well I am starting it back up!! I will have a page set up on here to explain everything but basically people have a hard time getting rid of things.  Not to the extent of hoarders but that box of cloths or that bag of books that has been sitting there forever you keep just because they don't want to bring it for donation or get rid of it.  That's where I step in, each person and pricing is done on a case by case appoint and basis.  It could be as easy as me helping you finally get rid of cloths that you can't wear and need help getting that closet clean or multiple sessions of positive encouragement to get that garage or storage shed finally cleaned out and organized!!! Trash and item removal I handle for you as part of the pricing.  So please if you need this service contact me HERE!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hello from ground zero of the plague!!!

HA HA just kidding.....well not really!  Anyway, How are you all doing and I apologize for the lack of writing but after our trip to see and say goodbye to my sister-in-law I have been struck with this cold/flu bug.  Plus on top of that its been making its way through the house.  BAH.  For me though it triggered one of my monthly migraines and lets just say my hubby is a superstar because it was not a pretty sight.  The reason for this post though is because I think we need a reminder of some basic how not to get people sick basics.....honestly you would not think that people need to be reminded of this but nope they do....


  1. Wash your hands...with soap and warm or hot water!!!! 
  2. Also carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you. If you hate the nasty smelling regular one go to Bath and Bodyworks and pick up a scented type.  If you can't wash your hands at least attempt to not be patient zero and attempt to stop the sickness.
  3. Now i know its not easy to take off of work.  Hey I work two jobs and won't take off of work unless I feel like a freshly risen zombie.  But if you are nasty coughing and just blah do the world a favor call out.
  4. Don't share drinks healthy or not. Lets try to be a little cautious.
  5. Same goes for food people don't share because you can be incubating something.
Please also do not do what this picture makes fun of because seriously I know so many people who do this and No just NO.

I have heard so many people say well on this site or that site it says I am fine.  You are not a doctor, the website you went to is not a doctor, GO TO A DOCTOR.

I know most people who are reading this are like ha ha. But seriously people for the few of us who get sick and then get other issues to go along with it do the world a favor do the right thing.  Because I caught someone else's cold I now have my migraines and dehydration triggered.  If I can make it without having to go to the hospital for a IV i will be very happy.

Stay warm, eat soup and have a great day!!!
Blessings and Love
Angie

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Leggings are NOT pants!!

I know some ladies might get a little upset at me however it has to be said.  Seriously ladies leggings stretch and I do not think the world wants to see your g-string up your butt crack when it stretches is not sexy or alluring,  Its really just gross and disgusting. Lets see this chart i found on Pinterests.
Also besides leggings a few other leg coverings that should not be worn without something covering your buttocks.  Stocking or tights....I know that people are like but I wear them with dresses.  That's fine as long as your leggings or tights are covering to your mid-thigh.  Spandex that shows your underwear or if you are like the few people who go commando under the spandex we don't want to see things that's are....NO.  Again there is nothing sexy or alluring about seeing stuff that should be kept under wraps.  

Now I bet you are wondering why I mentioned this.  As you know I have a page going Kansas or bust 2016.  Well we are visiting my sister-in-law and on the trip here from Florida you would not believe all the tight, legging and spandex clad people that we saw at the stops.... NO WAY!!! Nope and when i said to my daughter if i ever see that i will beat you all I got the dirtiest look from one lady. Well that's enough from my rant right now.

Peace out everyone!!
Angie