Recycling and Reusing Plastic Grocery Bags

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After a trip to WaI-Mart for groceries, or a quick trip a couple of times a week we find ourselves with more than a few plastic grocery bags.

Growing up in the 80’s paper bags were the norm, and we saved every-single-one. They were recycled in many ways… to line the trash cans, as book covers, craft projects and more.

We have so many plastic bags, it feels like we were running out of places to store them. Of course I don’t want to throw them away, and I can never remember to take them back to Wal-Mart and put them in the recycle bin. Plastic bags are in the laundry room, both bathrooms, the kitchen, and I even have a few in the trunk of my car. They’ve been used to put trash in, dispose of our grandson’s poopy pampers, and carry miscellaneous items away from the house. Even though we reuse, we still have a lot of plastic bags.

I found 5 creative ways to recycle and reuse plastic grocery bags.

There are so many creative ways to use plastic grocery bags other than a dispenser for poopy pampers. Don’t forget to recycle and reuse to reduce waste!

I’m Wide Awake… Now What?

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crochet onUsually I have NO problem what-so-ever falling asleep. All I need is a comfortable place and it’s on. After making Mr. Husband’s breakfast and lunch I try sleep for those few minutes before the alarm goes off. Saturday’s, it’s just go back to sleep until my internal clock says I’ve had enough, normally around 8 a.m.

Every now and then after making breakfast, I’m WIDE AWAKE like right now at 6:30 on a Saturday, morning. A good nights rest, and being wide awake there is no way I’ll be sleeping again before tonight. Only a pain pill will do the trick this morning. I’m not in pain so… Nope!

Following are the top 6 things I prefer doing when it’s evident sleep and I won’t meet again until late night hours .

  • Catch up on my shows – My DVR is set to catch all of “my shows” even if I watch them live. This time of year is very busy for us, so it’s not common to miss watching my favorites. And on mornings like this when I can’t sleep it’s an awesome opportunity to watch or re-watch all of them one after the other.
  • Crochet – Actually, crocheting is what I was doing, then thought this would be a great blog idea! I was working on a hat for my grandson, and have a few more to make. This is the perfect time to turn out a few.
  • Blog – Like I am doing right now! Not now that you’re reading this. But now as in… It’s early in the morning and I’m awake writing this blog post.
  • Pin – Laying in the bed with a fully charged cell phone is great for pinning new ideas on Pinterest! I’ve found some great re-pins to re-pin from others during early morning hours.
  • Laundry – There aren’t any specific ‘laundry days’ at our house. Every day is a laundry day around these parts. As a young working mother of five very active children I learned it was in my best interest to wash everyday. Sorting, washing, and folding has been apart of our daily routine for years. Taking advantage of the early hours means, I can get a little more done. Even though I only have two children at home now, that part of our routine I’m not ready to give up.
  • Read – I love reading but it’s not always easy to find time to read a book, magazine, or blogs. I have the September issue of Essence in my bag right now that I’ve not even opened! It’s been riding around with me for weeks. It will get read TODAY, if it’s the last thing I do by 11:59 tonight.

If you noticed cleaning is NOT on my list of things to do! What do you do when you can’t sleep?

Trophy Mom

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These are only a few trophies and medals.
These are only a few trophies and medals.

All five of my children are multiple sport athletes. They’ve all ran track, and have played baseball/softball, soccer, tennis, basketball, and our son football. My oldest and youngest have been/are cheerleaders as well. We have trophies, medals, plaques, awards, old uniforms and watches to prove it. The oldest middle daughter has two watches for winning Most Athletic Girl at her high school two years in a row!

When I say we have a lot… combined it’s more than 100!

The thing is… the ribbons and medals are in a drawer, plaques are stacked up on top of dressers. The numerous trophies have been moved from here to there and are in.the.way. There’s no way I’m going to get rid of them, I just want to display them neatly and with style. I saw a really awesome idea several months ago using an old China cabinet. Currently my China cabinet is displaying dishes.

Now, I’m on the hunt for the perfect way to display my children’s accolades… Shoot, I forgot about all the academic awards they’ve received over the years.

I think I just added another project to my plate.

How do you display trophies and such in your home?

 

 

Picture Not So Perfect

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me collageI just left a comment on Krystal Grant’s blog, and realized that my Gravtar pic is the very first one I posted years ago. My Twitter profile pic is more that a year old, my professional Facebook profile pic maybe two years old, and the personal one is soon to be a year old. The moral to the story is… It’s time for new pictures!!!

There is one issue, I’m always the person behind the camera taking pictures of everyone else. Occasionally, I get others to take pictures of me with my cell phone, and I really don’t want to use a cell phone pic, or a selfie for a new profile picture.

I’m on a quest to take an awesome profile picture that includes the right hair, outfit, makeup and location. All but one of the pictures to the left are in my yard. Most of all I want the perfect smile, or not. Rarely do I smile for pictures.  It’s either a serious face or a smirk. When ever I put on my ‘smile for the camera’ smile, it always looks forced. Only when I’m genuinely smiling about something it looks natural.

With a little research a found a few post/articles that may help if you’re having the same issue. Here’s to great profile pictures!

5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Profile Pic

How to Take a Great Social Media Profile Pic in 4 Easy Steps

7 Ways to Take A Good Picture of Yourself

Are you pleased with your profiles pictures?

Football Saturday Homegating

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HomegatingEvery Saturday, in our house is all about football. Once Mister Husbands gets in from work I literally give up on watching TV. Our son comes over and they watch football well into the night, one after the other.

Like every other night of the week, I cook dinner. And most of the time I have no idea ‘What’s For Dinner.’ I had this Great Idea… Since they’re watching football why not make it complete with football food, a sort homegate. Starting with today, till football season ends we will homegate. This will be a  great tradition to keep going year after year.

So I took to my favorite sites to look for great ideas for our inaugural Football Saturday, Homegating Menu.

Wingstop version Lemon Pepper Wings – My girls and I love Wingstop’s wings, and I’ve wanted to make the lemon pepper wings for a while. Today is that day.

Bacon cheeseburger dip

Lemonade slushies – This is THE BEST slushie recipe! My family raves over it. It’s actually as good as Sonic’s, which makes me a hit when I make these.

Boiled peanuts = I first learned about boiled peanuts from Paula Deen. Theses have been a fall favorite for my children. We haven’t had them in a few years, and this will be a great surprise.

I’m so excited that I made a Homegating Pinterest board to build an arsenal of recipes.

Wigs, Hats, And Paper Bags

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I posted the following to my Facebook page…

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That post is NOT an exaggeration. I even considered calling in to work, but there is no leave category for “Bad Hair Days.”

Actually, it was beyond a bad hair day, more like a mad hair day. I went to bed last night without wrapping or tying my hair down. When I woke up this morning this stuff on my head, was fighting mad!

I’m in need of a relaxer, cut, and color. Let’s be honest I need a makeover and a girlfriend intervention, for more than just my hair!

After watching Girlfriend Intervention last night, I started thinking that’s just what I need. Although, I’m not exactly a “Basic Woman”… I do have “Basic Woman” tendencies.  Instead of someone else turning me in, I’m going to put together my own team to ‘Reboot and Refresh my style in the areas of wardrobe, shoes, hair, and makeup.

Wardrobe

My go-to color for shoes and clothes is black. My husband and friend tell me all the time, “black doesn’t go with everything.”

It does if I wear it!

I do have some cute/stylish clothes, but I can use a little help with updating my wardrobe. I’d like to learn how to “werk” the clothes I have into stylish and current outfits that are suitable for work and play. I’m 46, and I don’t want to dress like my teen-aged daughters, or my 68 year-old mother either.

Shoes 

I’m not big on wearing heels, but I do find them absolutely gorgeous. If my feet aren’t happy I’m not happy. Over the years I made a conscious decision to wear sensible and comfortable shoes. My husband and friend have tried to convince me to wear more color. I’d also like to try heels again, maybe not six inch stilettos, but a comfortable heel that doesn’t look like a granny shoe.

Hair

Short hair is my thing, and that’s not going to change. Lately, I’ve let it grow out a little too much. I’m in need of a nice new cut, maybe even an updated short style. Every time I look in the mirror I seem to have more gray hair. I try my hardest to keep it colored. The recent color has been a burgundy-ish rinse. Once it starts to fade the gray is more of light pink. I used to wear my hair honey blonde, and I’m interested in trying that again. Instead of coloring it myself, this time I’ll seek a professional colorist.

Makeup 

Make up routine? … Umm no!

When it comes to makeup, I am very basic. Pressed powder, a little lipstick, and eyeliner, with an occasional brown eye shadow is my regimen. My goal is to learn to apply makeup to enhance, and glam-up when needed. And eyebrows… I want to learn how to do my eyebrows. I’ve seen women wearing so much makeup, that when they take it off, they don’t look like themselves. I want to always look like me.

There you have it… that’s the plan. I’m going to the drawing board to find four ladies that can help me achieve my goal to ‘Reboot & Refresh.’ Of course I will document it every step of the way.

When you find yourself in a rut, how to Reboot and Refresh?

 

Birdies, End of Summer, and Migration

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Years ago when we were house hunting, during our first visit/walk through our home  we were all captivated by the little humming bird that was feeding outside of the window. I think that was my first in person encounter with an “in living color” humming bird. Since then we look forward to seeing the tiny little birds return each spring to our blooming flowers and feeder.

In recent weeks, I’ve noticed our humming bird showing up daily, and some days more than once. Per my research, I learned that before their migration they need to eat a lot of insects and nectar to fatten up. Unfortunately for us, as summer comes to an end soon our humming bird sightings will cease.

Until next spring when our humming bird returns I’ll just stop by Lake Saracen and watch the American White Pelicans. We’re a stop over on their migration trail. They’re absolutely awesome to watch as they swim around and fish. Generally they show up around December, but this year they’re early. I hope that doesn’t mean we’re going to have an early winter, or a harsh one.

I don’t consider my self a bird watcher, more like Janie in ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God.‘ Teacake would ask “Janie, whatcha doing?” She’d respond, “Watching God.”

I love watching God’s creativity and artwork… birds, flowers, and the way things in nature happen over and over again. I’m always in awe.

H is for Humming Bird – A to Z Challenge