Monday, March 30, 2009

Attention all you coffee drinkers !

Ahh! The beauty of the Internet! It sure does open your world and boy do you find some great ideas and items to purchase! One of the things that I am trying to do in my blog is promote items that have using reducing waste and re using items. Here is the perfect item! A Coffee Cozie! I stumbled across this website on Sunday afternoon. For all of you going to the coffee houses and getting those paper sleeves to go around your drink. Stop! Purchase a Coffee Cozie!

You can get more information on pricing and fabric selection by going to
It is a wonderful website! For a quick purchase go to the Esty Shop at there are already some there for sale and you'll be set!

Thank you Jessica for a great product!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

How Lucky is a mom who's twelve year old cooks a dinner!

How lucky am I? or how proud am I right now? Looks like we have a chef on our hands! Chef Curtis and father David ( Carolina Smoke On Site BBQ ) Move on over! There is someone in the house! Tonight my son ( age 12 ) decided to make dinner for himself and mom ( Makaela is out of the country ) We had chicken enchiladas , rice, beans, salsa, coleslaw, and tortilla chips! A complete dinner all done by Branden!
Chicken Enchiladas by Branden! Great Job ! Dishes were also done by Branden!
Thank you ! For a great meal!:)

Spring Break Adventure!

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide
French Writer, 1947 Nobel Prize for Literature
Even though the weather here in the PNW has not sprung into spring yet... our youth are taking off for spring break adventures!
Costa Rica!
Dare to have the courage, and dare to dream big!
What's your spring break adventure?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Prosperity Law #5

Poverty thoughts? Prosperity thoughts?
Each carries different energies and reaps
different results.
Realize that you choose the future each moment with your thoughts.
When you choose prosperous thoughts, you choose a prosperous life.
How are your thoughts affecting your life? What state of being are your thoughts supporting? Is it abundance and prosperity? Or limitation and poverty?
Heidi Baer, Founder

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happikins - Reusable Napkins for Kids!

I stumbled upon this web site and had to share with all of you who pack lunches for school children! This is a wonderful concept! ( Provided your child can bring it back home each day! )
Reusable Napkins for Kids!
Happikins™ are machine-washable cloth napkins for school lunches. Purchasing them for your child can help reduce the 18, 760 pounds of unnecessary waste generated by the average elementary school cafeteria each year. All of those paper napkins affect more than the environment. Did you know that most kids use $200 worth of paper napkins a year?
They are so cute that maybe I need to get some for my lunch bag!
Click the link and check it out! It will definitely brighten your child's lunch and make a peanut butter sandwich a whole lot happier!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Eating Between the Lines by Kimberly Lord Stewart

Eating Between the Lines
By Kimberly Lord Stewart
I had the opportunity to read yet another book out of the bottomless box from the Dr. Pat Show! And it was perfect timing with all the work I have been doing with Chef Curtis Ross, talking about medicinal properties of food, organic, meats, grains, herbs, and spices.
If you are interested in understanding food labels and how our food is processed from the farm to the grocery store this book is very well done. I started reading it from front cover to back but then started to find myself moving to sections that I was more interested in reading.

The book dives into reading about
* buying organic and local produce
* Slaughterhouse Semantics: Beef, Pork and Lamp
*Egg Labels, Quality, freshness dates, packing codes
*Fish, mercury, facts about fish labels
*Dairy, milk and Cheese ( wow, lots to earn about that one !)
*Oil, olive oil (which was very interesting a must read!)
* The "isle" of denial, Carbonated and Sweetened Beverages( uh oh! )
There was so much more!
One thing I have been thinking about for a long time are those plastic water bottles some of us purchase in the store. It's easy , especially if your child plays a lot of sports!
Kimberly in her book dives into the bottled water controversy and notes that there is only one voluntary labeling program that is an extra guarantee that the water bottler meets or exceeds, FDA standards for safety.
Also consider this most water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is derived from crude oil. Meeting the increase demand for plastic to make these water bottles requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil yearly. ( The same amount of fuel for nearly 100,000 cars for the same time frame)
Not to mention these water bottles end up in landfills!
If you are on the go or your child is active in sports consider the above Sigg Water bottles!
They have different types of bottles depending on your lifestyle! Sport bottles included!
As soon as we are done with the plastic bottles in the garage we are moving to Sigg!
This book is an excellent reference tool. In the back is a great index so you can look up items depending on your interest.
There are also cut out "cheat sheets" on some of the topics that you can take to the store for reference while you are shopping.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Prosperity Law #4 Har-Money Cards

When you choose to believe that everything always works out for the best, you will turn adversity into opportunity. If you concentrate on the hidden good in tough situations, you will move through them quickly and receive unexpected blessings.
From: The Har-Money Cards, Secrets to Lifelong Prosperity
Heidi Baer, Founder

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Secrets of the Millionaire Inside by Paul McCormick

Secrets of the Millionaire Inside
By, Paul McCormick
Yes, there are still more books and audio in the bottomless box I received back in January from the Dr. Pat Holistic Makeover and I'm still working my way through reading each and every one of them!
Last week I read the Secrets of the Millionaire Inside. I have heard Paul McCormick talk on the Dr. Pat Show but it was nice to be able to read his concept from the beginning to the end. This book does need to be read from front to back cover. No skipping around! You will not get it's full benefit by moving around.
What can I say about this book? Paul has some very good concepts and if you are thinking of going into business for yourself I strongly recommend this book. It may change your how you approach your business plan.
The book walks you through his seven step formula for becoming a millionaire.
Here are a couple of steps that Paul outlines within a chapter:
1. STOP loving money
2. FOCUS on your desire
3. TAKE action
For each step he has some very good stories to illustrate his point and help you to fully understand the message.
I finished this book last week and I am still thinking about the seven steps and challenging myself to
1. "plant more seeds"
2. "be more creative
3. "value your time over money"
4. Belief + Action = Miracles
What does that all mean? You'll have to read the book to find out!
The book does come with a CD so you are able to listen while doing your daily commute.
to download free reports, audio and video downloads.
This book can not be fully covered in one paragraph there is entirely too much good material. Go out and get the book!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday Evening with Chef Curtis- Salmon & Veg Stir Fry

Tonight was a quickly prepared dinner! What everyone desires on a weeknight.

We took the above veggies:

Red Bell Pepper


Bok Choy

Snap Peas

and did a stir fry

We wanted to have an accompaniment so we had a fillet of Salmon.

Try this:

Take one of your home made marinades

Heat pan

two Tbl of marinade in hot pan.

Add Salmon

Cover, and cook until done

Repeat steps in a different pan with the Veggies

You have dinner done in 25 minutes!

Healthy, delicious and beautiful to look at too!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Har-Money Cards by Heidi Baer - Prosperity Law #3

Just because your life has been a certain way in the past doesn't mean it must be the same in the future.
The future can be different.
You can make it different.
You can change.
From: The Har-Money Cards,

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Did you notice the moon this morning?

How may of you noticed the moon this morning?
Wow! It was really out there big and bright.
( This picture doesn't do it justice! )
My daughter called me up to her room this morning. "Quick mom! come quick! " We shot this picture out her bedroom window. I'm always asking my kids to notice a flower, the weather, and sunsets all the time!
Yeah! They are starting to notice on their own!
It's a great day!

The Finished Dish with Branden and Chef Curtis

A couple of photos and video of the finished product!

The picture on the right is our meat, red cabbage and what looks like "rice" is cauliflower which we whirled up in the Cuisinart and added some cumin. It has the consistency of rice and tastes like rice! It was wonderful! For all of you who can not eat pasta try this tonight. Everyone in the family loved it!

An Evening with Chef Curtis-

This week in the kitchen is an education on meat, poultry and fish. Tuesday evening we started with meat and Chef Curtis had my son Branden get involved with the cooking. They both did a wonderful job and I'll be posting additional videos of the finished product.

Things to consider about meat:

1. The leaner the meat = more protein

2. Organic meat vs. GMO meat. How is your cow being fed, and what is it being fed. Things to consider.

3. Depending on your digestive system meat can take 3-6 months to run thru your digestive system. Wow!

4. You should only eat 3-4 oz of meat at a time. There go those 12 -24 oz. steaks on the menu!

For tonight's dish we had a very lean , organic piece of meat. To prepare for the pan Branden did the following:

1. score meat ( lets the marinade get into the meat )

2. add marinade ( remember those herb marinades we made and have in the fridge? take one an slather it on the meat )

3. add additional seasonings , herbs and sea salt

4. heat your oil in pan

5. add some crushed garlic to hot oil ( to infuse the garlic in oil )

6. add meat. ( cook five minutes on each side )

7. add onion and beef broth

8. put in oven to finish cooking and cook down.

End result on next video~

Saturday, March 7, 2009 - Take the Survey!

This is the Official logo of my website under construction!
I wanted all of you to see the logo as I begin to work with my designer on the layout and contents of the website.
If you are a single mom I would love for you to fill out a survey.
Please click on the link provided below
Once you complete the survey I will compile all the findings and report back to everyone!
Thank you!

I Can Do It - By Louise L. Hay

I Can Do It
By, Louise L. Hay

In that big bottomless box , remember that big box of goodies at the beginning of my posts? Well there are even more books!

This week I read the book I Can Do It!
I strongly recommend this book for anyone. What an easy read. Louise has a very sharp way of writing very beautiful and is yet straight forward in getting her point across not to mention the book is very beautifully illustrated.

The book is all about affirmations.

An affirmation opens the door and is the starting point on a journey to change.
How many of you practice affirmations?

One key message I heard in the book that it's important to always say your affirmations in the present tense and without contractions.
I am vs. I'm.

Some wonderful examples from the book

I hate my body becomes I love and appreciate my body.

I never have enough money becomes Money flows into my life in an abundant way.

Remember "I have" and "I am ".
I am surrounded by love and all is well.
I am at ease speaking in front of others. I have confidence in myself.
The book addresses affirmations in
Love, Forgiveness, Prosperity, Creativity, Relationships/Romance, Job Success, Stress Free Living and Self Esteem.
Who doesn't need a book like this right now?

The book also comes with a CD which you can listen to while you do your daily commute. It's recommended to listen to the audio book for thirty days.

Take time this weekend and read something to enrich your life!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Har-Money Cards by Heidi Baer

Prosperity Law #2
Set out with clear goals and positive expectations, then watch for guidance and take action. Being courageous enough to act on your intuition brings your goals into reality.
Each week I receive a prosperity law tip and this week's really hit a cord so I wanted to share with all of you.
From: The Har-Money Cards, 64 Universal Laws of Prosperity
Learn more about the Har-Money cards and Prosperity Laws at:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Centerpoint Video Link

Tonight I just watched this video on stress and found it fascinating.(I think it will help you destress and stay focused, too).

See link and intro article below. Enjoy!

This video is courtesy of:

-- Brendon Burchard Author, Life's Golden Ticket

Thank you Brendon for continuing to share. For those of you who have not read Life's Golden Ticket , please read my entry on this book in my February archives.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sacred Space

Creating a Sacred Space at Home or in your Daytimer!

In past posts we have talked about setting aside a special place for you to go for some quiet time. To reflect, think, meditate or pray. In my space I have put together some pictures of family, special gifts my children have made and some rocks that I collected on special vacation with my mom and daughter in California. ( They make me smile)
I've also found a set of Miracle Cards by, Marianne Williamson ( show above ) . They are fifty beautiful cards that reflect the miracles in our everyday lives. For the personal empowerment card on the reverse side it says:
" You are powerful in whatever moment you choose to be. The choice to be used as an instrument of love, right here, right now, is a choice of personal empowerment.
As we glorify God, we are glorified."
As most of you know I am in and out of the car all day so I've purchased a clear pocket for my day timer and that is where I keep my cards to look at during the day when I am out and about calling on customers. It is a constant reminder and I've tucked away some special memento's too! A traveling sacred space.