Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thought for the day

(You can check out the interior of this cute little cottage here: * )

Has your house become a home?  

I love this quote from one of my favorite writers,Kahlil Gibran:

"Houses...they grow in the sun and sleep in the stillness of the night, and they are not dreamless.  Does not your house dream?"

It's a Cozy Home in My Neighborhood
from here

"When I say I am going home- I mean I am going where you are."  

from here

Wall Interior and Furniture Ideas in Cozy Living Room Design with Mixture Classic and Modern Styles
Love this cozy space which incorporates the kids things too.  found here

a sweet place to relax and watch the world go by

Fresh flowers- if even from your own backyard.  Any foliage works well too.  I have used our palm leaves and branches from our bougainvilla


Use any foliage you have that grows in your area!

Cozy bedroom pic found here

A small area to have coffee or tea and relax.  Image found here

When you put love into your home, keep it clean and in good repair- I believe it will thank you for it and you will receive in return a wonderful feeling of "home" and not just a house.  A place where memories are made and where you will leave behind an imprint for years to come. 

another homey living room ~

Jen’s kitchen
sweet little desk area *

sweet little image found here

It might not be modern but it has a look I like.  Like someone can really cook a lovely meal here made with love.  

Home Sweet Home

Hugs, FeeFee  

Keeping it Real

Oh my goodness....After looking at Pinterest  I sometimes walk away thinking my stuff sucks.  With all the pretty things- beautiful homes, perfect bodies (despite all the fattening treats shown!), perfect makeup and nails (which I could never have time for in my wildest dreams), creativity and projects- I feel like what I have is crap!  Has that ever happened to you?
dramatic gray
(My master bedroom has not been this clean and put together since...ever.  LOL)
(I had my nails done professionally and found it was a waste of money. I couldn't do a thing with those long nails! It's a pretty look but I am far to practical a person to keep up with something like this.  For a holiday or special occasion only in my life)

And that's a terrible way to think because I have a nice home in a beautiful historic circle, a good job, a wonderful, talented, super sweet, sexy, funny,supportive husband who also happens to be my best friend (who also has a good job and is hard working), a grown son whom I could not be more proud of (taking after his father in all the best ways as mentioned above), 2 beautiful dogs who are my little fur-babies (keeping me warm on cold days and  SUCH a joy to cuddle have in my life), not to mention family and friends who love me!  I generally have an optimistic attitude and am a positive person.

So what is it about that make-believe land called Pinterest that is SO captivating?  I think it's like the ideal world in my head.  The one that will never happen because this is real life and there are bills to pay, deadlines to make, people that are sick and needy in my job (which is a good job that I am lucky to have but can also be draining and stressful just like any other).  Quite frankly there are bad moods to be dealt with, days when I wish I could stay in my pajamas but can't, click link: (Today I don't feel like doing anything) sleepless nights over this or that.  There's dinner to be made when your missing that one ingredient, days when you can't find your car keys and days when your dog poops on the floor, you forgot to pick up your prescription, the car breaks, I could go on.

(always in the middle of nowhere!)

I love Pinterest.  I love reading blogs.  I'm not going to stop because it really is a fun past time.  I've learned a lot from reading others blogs and for the most part they do motivate me in a positive, uplifting way.

But today I am reminded that it's not all the materialistic things that make one happy in life.  I'm not going to make a perfect meal every night.

Sometimes it's going to be (vegetarian) sloppy joes  and potato chips.  Money and things do not buy happiness.  I've had jobs where I made quite a lot of money and was stressed out to the max.  I chose to live a simpler life, make less money and do a job I feel really good about in home health nursing.  I'm blessed to know my patients as people and not just room numbers.  I'm lucky to have them let me into their homes and lives and allow me to be a part of their fears and share an intimate part of their world in the end of their days (I am a hospice nurse). I'm not just working.  I'm making memories.  I'm touching peoples lives and they are touching mine.  There's no such thing as having your cake and eating it too.  Even celebrities and rich people have to work for their money and at what cost?

I'm going to start reflecting on finding happiness in the little things in my Pinterest posts a little more.  I do hope you will continue to follow me and that you will find a little inspiration the best ways.  Because it's all about making the best of what you've got and being appreciative for the blessings that have been bestowed upon you every single day.

From my heart to yours,

We should all listen to the wise words of Mr. Rogers and change our ideas of the word "success."  The world would be such a happier place.

“The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others.” 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

What you didn't know about WalMart

I just had the opportunity to see this video and I am so sickened that I will never shop at WalMart or Sam's Club again.


In summary:
 Wal-Mart has become one of America's most successful retail chains by offering everyday goods at low prices for working families. But just how is Wal-Mart able to charge less than many of their rivals, and what has their success done for their employees? Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a look inside the discount retailer's empire in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and discovers a company short on scruples and long on shabby treatment of the people who work for them. Through interviews with labor experts and former Wal-Mart employees, Greenwald documents the firm's anti-union tactics, their history of paying wages often below the poverty line, the high price they charge for health benefits (employees are often encouraged to apply for government subsidized health care programs instead), their methods for driving away locally owned businesses, their practice of hiring illegal aliens for cleanup crews at a fraction of minimum wage, the abysmal working conditions and pay in the Third World plants where much of Wal-Mart's goods are manufactured, and more. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is one in a series of muckraking documentaries from director Greenwald which includes the films Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, Uncovered: The War in Iraq, and Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

This is something every American should watch.  Please make informed choices about where you shop.

Click for the movie:  WalMart: The high price of low cost



This is my "rescue" dog, Peanut.  One day when I was out seeing a patient (home health nursing) I saw some kids trying to coax her out from behind a dumpster with Kix cereal  (it was working).   She was all matted up with ticks and knots.  She was posing as a puppy!   She was so tiny I thought she wasn't even a year old!  Then I realized she had been nursing.  I asked the people by the patient's apartment and they said she had a puppy with her but someone took the puppy (but not her!)  Isn't that awful?  We were very shocked to find out from the vet she was actually 5-7 years old!  (That was 2 years ago)

Since then she's been ours and she never has to hide behind a dumpster again!

Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely

for that one dog, the world will change forever. 


She sleeps with us every night.  She loves to be held all day long when we're home- She takes turns between Mommy and Daddy.  When I put my robe on she jumps up and dances because she loves to be put in my robe and cuddled!

She is a kisser too!  

She doesn't even know she's cute! Even though she looks shy here- she really loves her clothes and gets cold without them.  She is not so sure about the bow though.  :)~ We live in AZ but the a/c is always on and she stays indoors most of the time though we do have a yard for her to run around in. 

She loves hanging out in the sun.  

That's my baby girl. Peanut!  

Dog paw print divider with the paw prints going toward the right side of the page

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mexican Hot Chocolate...Mmmmmmm

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate
In central and southern Mexico, people commonly drink chocolate twice a day year-round. Having a layer of foam on hot chocolate is as important today in Mexico as it was in ancient times. Mexicans believe the spirit of the drink is in the foam. The chocolate is whipped to a froth with a carved wooden utensil called a Molinilloand served in mugs.
The Molinillo [moh-lee-NEE-oh] is the Mexican chocolate “whisk” or “stirrer.”  It is made of “turned” wood and it is used to froth warm drinks such as hot chocolate, Atole, and Champurrado.
Mexican Hot Chocolate 
6 cups milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 ounces unsweetened 
Mexican Chocolate,coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Stick cinnamon (for optional garnish)
In a large saucepan, combine milk, sugar, chocolate, ground cinnamon, and salt. Heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has melted and the milk is very hot. (Do not let the milk come to a boil.)
Beat 2 eggs in a mixing bowl. Stir in one cup of the hot mixture into the eggs, then return this mixture to the saucepan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more over low heat, still stirring.
Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Beat with aMolinillo or a rotary beater until it is very frothy. Pour into mugs, garnish with cinnamon sticks, and serve. Makes about 6 (8-ounce) servings.
or you can cheat and buy this if you are in a hurry:  

 Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies using the same hot chocolate tablets:  

1/4 cup sugar
1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 tablet Mexican hot chocolate drink mix (from 19-oz package)
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1 egg
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
2. In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter and hot chocolate tablet over low heat, stirring constantly.
3. Place cookie mix in large bowl. Stir in melted butter mixture and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set (do not overbake). Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Store covered at room temperature.

Friday, October 26, 2012

around the blogosphere

Interesting things from around the blogosphere:

John robshaw prints book 2
a soft and pretty photo of a simple bedroom from a city sage

Topshop glitter brogues
glittery shoes  Cherry Blossom Girl

driftwood hooks Rain + Coffee + Quiet = Crafting Adventures
a pretty driftwood jewelry hook   row house nest

a bohemian bedroom from paris apartment

and some favorite Selby images:

adorable doggy on a vintage chair

Love The Selby

Street Art

Some street art from the site Unearth.  Truly amazing.....

Alberto de Pedro, Madrid

artist: Knit The City
location: Westminster, London

artist: Roa
location: London

artist: Phlegm
location: Sheffield 

artist: Aakash Nihalani (flickr)
location: Brooklyn, NYC