Tuesday, December 4, 2012

About to Pop Baby Shower Part 3: The Food

I started writing about the "About to Pop" Baby Shower that I gave my sister a while ago... and I have a few more posts that I need to do to finish up the series.  You can read my other posts here.

Today's post is all about the food.  Having somewhat of a catering background, I spend a lot of time thinking about the food. When I was planning this shower, there were so many different ideas on Pinterest that I found for food.  I had a hard time narrowing it down.  I decided to stick to things that I knew my sister really liked, and then throw in some new recipes as well, with one requirement... everything had to relate back to the "pop" theme.  The shower was in the middle of the afternoon, so most people had already had lunch, so there wasn't a need for a full meal or anything.  I really liked the menu that I came up with, and I made the majority of the food myself.

The Menu
Mini Homemade Pop Tarts
Popcorn Chicken
Pop Rocks Sugar Cookies
Bacon Cheddar Popovers
Cake Pops
Snap Crackle Pop Marshmallows
Jalapeno Poppers
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Popcorn Bar
Soda Pop and Water

Mini Homemade Pop Tarts
To make these, I used pre-made pie crusts.  You simply cut it into rectangles or squares and then spread strawberry (or any flavor) jam in the middle of 2 pieces.  I used a fork to crimp the edges and then baked them.  Be careful not to over-fill them, or the jam will leak out!  Once they are cool, spread icing on the top and add sprinkles. 

Popcorn Chicken
I just bought frozen popcorn chicken and baked it off... Super easy!  We served it with BBQ Sauce and Honey Mustard for dipping. 

Pop Rocks Sugar Cookies
I first saw this idea on Pinterest.  I had great plans to make sugar cookies from scratch, but simply ran out of time.  So, I modified the original idea and used ready to bake sugar cookie dough.  Once they were baked, I iced them and then sprinkled Pop Rocks on the top.  These were very good, and definitely a conversation starter!  Even with the menu card, some people thought the Pop Rocks were just sprinkles... they had a surprise!  I still want to try the original recipe sometime, which can be found here

Bacon Cheddar Popovers
I used this recipe from Tasty Kitchen (affiliated with The Pioneer Woman) to make the Popovers.  It was really easy to follow and the popovers tasted so good.  I used the tool on the website to resize the recipe for 24 servings, and there was SO much batter!  16 eggs?  1/2 gallon of milk?  It makes a TON! Using the measurements that it gave me, I was easily able to make close to 60 popovers.  

Cake Pops
This was the first time that I'd made Cake Pops.  There are a ton of tutorials out there.  I started with the basic instructions from Bakerella.  Since I'm a visual learner, this video really helped me. Even as simple as it seems, my first attempt, was a TOTAL fail!  The balls were sliding off the sticks and coming apart.  After doing a little research online, I found that I had added too much frosting to the cake crumbs in the beginning. I was also rolling the balls too big. No amount of freezing or setting was going to help them.  So, I started over.  The second time, they turned out wonderfully. Since I was only making a small amount, I found it easiest to melt the candy melts in a cup that would allow me to go straight in with the cake pop so that a lot of twisting and turning wasn't required.  (I saw this tip in all of my googling for why they were falling apart.)

Snap Crackle Pop Marshmallows
I saw S'more pops using marshmallows on Pinterest, but my sister isn't a fan of chocolate, so I knew that she probably wouldn't eat them.  I searched for a caramel coated marshmallow recipe that I could turn into a "pop" and found this recipe. I was a little skeptical at first about using the rice krispies... I didn't know how it would taste.  However, after eating one of these, this became my favorite food item at the shower! The recipe used large marshmallows, but I decided to use the really big campfire marshmallows.  I'm glad that I chose those, because if these things had of been bite sized, I would have eaten a lot more! Since the marshmallow was so big, it wouldn't work as a "pop" so I quickly renamed them "Snap Crackle Pop Marshmallows" and just used the stick to help pick them up. I'm not kidding when I say that I craved these things for days... and just writing about them now makes me want to make some more.  They are seriously that good! 

Jalapeno Poppers
These were a must, because my sister loves Jalapenos.  I just bought the TGIFridays Jalapeno Poppers and baked them. Again, super easy! 

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
These were more for me!  Lemon Poppy Seed is my most favorite muffin ever... and they fit with the whole "pop" theme.  Store bought mix and just add water.  Super simple. 

Popcorn Bar
Popcorn is really where this whole theme idea started.  I saw these really cute popcorn tubs on Pinterest with the theme, and my gears started turning.  I really liked the idea of having a Popcorn Bar.  We have this really awesome store here called Pirate's Popcorn. The popcorn is really good!  I went in and picked up three flavors: Confetti, Butter and Caramel.  I got these Popcorn Tubs from the Dollar Tree to serve the popcorn in. I liked the shape, but I didn't like the red color.  My original plan was to paint them, but I wanted to be able to use them again, so I just stuck colored tissue paper in them, and it worked out nicely.  I purchased the individual pink and orange popcorn boxes from Jelly Bean Kids

As you can see in the pictures, each menu item had it's own tent card to match the invitation.  I had so much fun doing all of the food for this shower!  It was neat to think of all the things that you could do to incorporate the "pop" theme.  Stay tuned for more posts about the shower details! 


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Friday, November 30, 2012

Facebook Official!

I've been blogging a little more lately (finally, right?!), so I decided it was time to make a Facebook Page for the blog.  I've been contacted a few times through my personal Facebook page about things that I've posted here on the blog, but I'd like to keep my personal page and the blog page a little separate.  So, head on on over and Like My Ramblings on Facebook! Once the Facebook page reaches 50 likes, I will be hosting a giveaway on the blog!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tupperware Tuesday: My Tupperware Story

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a Tupperware Consultant.  I try not to talk about it a lot, because I never want to be known as that "pushy" direct sales consultant who is always pushing her business.  I have struggled from time to time with the thought of even continuing in this business.  Well, all those doubts are gone now, and I see myself doing this for a long time! 

Me at 11 months, playing in my Mama's Tupperware Cabinet. 
For as long as I can remember, Tupperware has been a part of my life.  I grew up using Tupperware, and remember going to Tupperware parties with my mom as a child.  I loved playing the cheesy games and interacting with the people at the party.  Back then, there were only a couple of party plan businesses around.  I only remember Tupperware, Home Interiors and Mary Kay.  I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but I remember thinking, even as a child, I can be a teacher and sell something on the side.  

When I was around 10 years old, a Tupperware Director named Debby moved to our area and became good friends with our family.  She held several parties for my family members, and she attended our church.  After a few years, Tupperware offered her the opportunity to move again, and combine her region with one in the Raleigh area.  Debby still came back for visits.  In 2008, I saw her at a funeral and we caught up a little bit.  I told her that I had recently bought a house and that I was substitute teaching.  She told me that I should think about selling Tupperware.  I hadn't given it any thought until then.  A couple of months later, I saw a Tupperware booth at a local festival and looked through a catalog.  It had been a few years since I'd seen the products, but I saw the ones that I remembered from my childhood, as well as other new exciting products.  I decided that weekend that I was going to sell, and I called Debby on Monday to sign up. 

I didn't have any expectations going into it.  I didn't plan to make thousands of dollars or win any fancy prizes.  Being a Tupperware Consultant would be a chance to for me to get out of the house and to meet new people.  If I made money doing it, that would be great, but I was really looking for the other opportunities that would come along with it. I loved the products and I believed in them, because my Mama was still using the same Tupperware that she'd had for years.  I loved that Tupperware was a recognized brand and that most everyone had come into contact with it in their life at one point or another. 

Standing in front of the Friendship Fountain at Tupperware's World Headquarters in Orlando, Florida.
There have been some ups and downs in this business for me, but I love that I can work it when I want or need to, and if I need to take a break, I can.  One of the highlights of my time as a consultant was going to Jubilee in Orlando, Florida in 2009.  I had recently promoted to Manager and my team was going strong.  I won the trip to Jubilee and it was an amazing experience.  I got to meet and network with Tupperware Consultants from all across the United States.   I saw what owning your own Tupperware Business could do for you. I came back revived an on fire for my business... if those other people could do it, I could too! 

Things went well for a little while, and then my team started to fall apart, and I began working a lot at my new job.  I still remained active, but I was doing the bare minimum.  All the while, I had this desire to build my business, but I kept using excuses why it wasn't the right time.  Well, the time has come that I finally feel like I am ready to commit to making this business grow.  

I have made it my goal to become a Director with Tupperware by the time that I return to Jubilee in August.  I've already registered for the trip, and it will be a nice break from school before I enter my final semester.  I am already well on my way.  October was my biggest month in Tupperware. Ever. November has been a little slower, but it is still going good.  I've started building my team back up, and I am so excited to see where this journey takes all of us.  

Throughout all of the ups and downs, there has been one person there encouraging me to do what I can and helping and guiding me along the way... Debby.  She is truly an inspiration, and an awesome leader.  I can't wait to make this happen for all of us! 

Me and Debby at a Vendor Show.
I hope that you'll forgive me if I start talking a lot more on the blog about Tupperware.  I'm not trying to be pushy, but this blog is about my life, and right now, this is a HUGE part of it.  I hope that you will follow along on my journey to becoming a Director and that you will stop to offer encouragement from time to time.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

What am I blogging for?

I know that I have been very sporadic with my blog postings lately.  I always have the best of intentions about blogging.  I think of things to write, and then somehow, I always let it slip.  I've been going through some changes in life lately, and well, I am really going to try to be better at this whole blogging thing.  I love blogging, I really do.

When I first started blogging on Xanga back in 2005, I had no idea what I was doing.  Did anyone really know what blogging was back then?  I posted a lot of random stuff, but as I recently went back and read those posts, I realized that those posts reflected my life from those years... and what an up and down few years they were.  I was a depressed college sophomore, living in a dorm room alone as an RA, just starting to experiment with love and relationships.  That blog served as a journal for those things -- my first real boyfriend relationship and all of the turmoil that was associated with it, my struggles with school and work, the start of a new relationship that ultimately lead to an engagement, and the last real post that I wrote there announcing that I had called off my wedding.

After I decided to stop writing on Xanga, I turned to Myspace as a blogging outlet.  The posts there were a less frequent, but they had meaning.  However, they were still that "lay it all out there" kind of posts.  They were raw with emotion, and going back to read them now is hard.  Dealing with the broken engagement was one of the hardest things in my life.  Those posts got me through it somehow.

Now, 7 years later, just as I have changed as a person (thank goodness for that), blogging has also changed.  Back then, I treated it as my personal diary.  I shared some of the most intimate details of my life with the world.  (I have since gone back and made those posts private.) I wrote for me, as some sort of therapy.  Since then, I have been officially diagnosed with depression, and have been getting help with that for about a year now.  I know that the diagnosis came as no shock to anyone that had been reading my writing for a while.  It certainly came as no shock to me.  My writing here is a little more guarded.  There have been times where I have shared a lot, but I know where that line is now, and I realize that everything shouldn't be shared.

This blog has turned into so much more.  It is very random, as is my life.  It covers a wide variety of topics.  A lot of bloggers have their certain "niche" that they write about.  Whether they are fashion bloggers, mommy bloggers or whatever, they are still sharing their lives with the Internet.  I don't feel that I have that niche.  I guess this blog would best be categorized as a "life" blog... the ups, the downs, the celebrations, the heartache... that's what I write about.  And while I sit here and wonder "What am I blogging for?," I keep coming to the conclusion that I am still blogging for me... blogging is still cathartic for me, and that's why even though the posts aren't steady or regular, I still keep coming back here.

So what now?  I've been making a few changes over the past few months to the blog to make it more like a "real" blog.  I have some catching up to do and lots of things to update about life in general.  I have several series that I have left unfinished, and I will be finishing them up, soon I hope.  Expect a lot of posts coming in the next few weeks.  Chapters of my life have ended, and new ones are being written and others have still yet to begin.  I hope that you will buckle up and come along with me on this crazy ride, whether I'm writing about a fabulous party that I threw or if the topic of the day is boys.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Update? Woah!

I'm a horrible blogger... I say that often... Right now, my focus is definitely on other things.  I did want to do a quick update, to let all (two) of you know that I am alive. I have so many things that I'm working on and trying to accomplish... my brain is always 'on'.

One change for the blog... look in your address bar.. I am now a dot com!  So, update your google readers and bookmarks!  This is now www.my-ramblings.com! (For now, you have to enter the www., but I am working on fixing that!)  You may have noticed a little while ago, that the blog was offline for a few days... I was trying to make the change then, and something was all wacked out... but now, the dot com is working.

I promise to finish up some of the things that I've left hanging... like the About to Pop Baby Shower posts and stuff.  More to come, I promise!
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Monday, September 10, 2012

TEAL TAKE OVER: Blog Link Up

The whole purpose of my Teal Take Over initiative is to help spread awareness of Ovarian Cancer.  One way that I want to do this is by "taking over" the blogging world with a whole host of posts about Ovarian Cancer information.  To do this, I am hosting my first ever blog link up.  I'm going to post here some information... facts and figures, symptoms, etc.  and hope that other bloggers will join in and do a post of their own.  In the blogging world, we all reach different audiences, therefore, we all have people that we can impact with this information.  

Please help me by making your own blog post... if you have your own story about how Ovarian Cancer has affected you, please share it.  If you only post the facts and figures, we're still spreading awareness.  By joining this link party, you are helping Teal Take Over... and you are spreading Ovarian Cancer awareness, one blog post at a time.  At the bottom of this post, I have included the information that you need to do your own post, and to link back to this one.  I have the link party open until September 30, so any time during this month, you can link up. 

Why I spread awareness...
When I was 6 years old, my Grandma Ruth passed away after her battle with Ovarian Cancer.  I've spent the majority of my life without my Grandma.  During the short time that we had together, she was a very important person in my life.  It is in her memory that I work to spread awareness of this horrible disease.  This is a disease that is silent... the symptoms are common with other diseases and disorders, so less than 20% of women are diagnosed in the early stages.  Early detection is key. 

By the Numbers...
  • 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in American Women
  • 22,000 American Women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2012. 
  • 15,500 Women in American will die from Ovarian Cancer in 2012. 
  • A woman's lifetime risk of developing invasive Ovarian Cancer is 1 in 71.
Symptoms...
  • Pain in the pelvic or abdominal area (the area below your stomach and in between your hip bones).
  • Back pain.
  • Being tired all the time.
  • Bloating, which is when the area below your stomach swells or feels full.
  • A change in your bathroom habits, such as having to pass urine very badly or very often.
  • An upset stomach or heartburn.
  • Discharge from your vagina that is not normal for you.
  • Pain with intercourse. 
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual Irregularities. 
  • About 10 to 15 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the disease.
Increased Risk
  • Older women (Middle Age or older)
  • Personal or Family history of Ovarian, Breast or Colorectal Cancer
  • Having never been pregnant or given birth
  • Eastern European Jewish background
  • Have endometriosis
Other Points of Interest...
  • Early detection is key. 
  • Women need to learn their own bodies, to know if the symptoms are abnormal. 
  • There is no test for early detection. Pap tests do not detect Ovarian Cancer
  • The symptoms are often misdiagnosed. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms and ask for a transvaginal ultrasound or a CA-125 blood test, especially if you are at an increased risk.

PLEASE pass this information along to all of the women that you love! 


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Saturday, September 8, 2012

TEAL TAKE OVER: I Wore Teal


As you know from my last blog post, yesterday, September 7, was Wear Teal Day for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.  Here was my outfit for the day.


It was the first time in a while that I've actually planned my outfit.  Looking at the picture now, the dress was a little long standing for leggings, but I still felt like I needed them.  I like how the belt breaks up the dress.  I got lots of compliments yesterday, so I had a chance to tell them that I was wearing teal for a reason.  That's an important part of this... spreading awareness. 


I wore teal in memory of my Grandma Ruth.  Did you wear teal yesterday?  Has someone that you love been affected by Ovarian Cancer? 

Special thanks to my friend Kimberly at A Little Bit of This for also wearing teal yesterday and blogging about it! 


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

TEAL TAKE OVER: Wear Teal Day

As I have previously mentioned, September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Tomorrow, September 7, is Wear Teal Day.  This event is sponsored by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.  I will be wearing teal tomorrow.  Please join me! Let me know if you do!  Wearing teal is a simple thing that you can do to help spread awareness for this horrible disease!

RSVP to the Facebook Event Here! Take a picture and upload it to their page tomorrow!



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Friday, August 24, 2012

About to Pop Baby Shower Part 2: The Invitations


This is Part 2 of a series that I am writing about the Baby Shower that I hosted for my sister.  Click Here for Part 1

The Invitations
If you've been reading this blog for any of the other parties that I've thrown, you know that I am big on invitations.  I think that invitations should set the tone for the party, and that they make the first impression of the gathering.  I am very picky when I am selecting a design for an invitation... so I usually end up creating them myself.  This time was no different.  

I had seen several cute About to Pop invitations on Pinterest, but none of them really spoke to me.  I knew that I wanted to use a bright, fun, girly color scheme, and that I wanted to use polka dots.  For this party, I started picking the plates.  I found these great polka dot plates from Polka Dot Market and knew that those would be the basis of the color scheme.  Next, I had to decide how I wanted to translate that into an invitation. 

Many of the invitations that I'd seen had a silhouette of a pregnant woman on them, and I thought that was cute.  I also wanted to incorporate that some how.  I needed to come up with an invitation that had a mix of everything that I wanted, including fun fonts for the wording. First, I headed over to RGB Stock, which is where I get a lot of images from, and found this scrapbook page that included polka dots, a cute cloud and stripe across the bottom.  However, it needed to be changed a little to fit with the color scheme.  RGB Stock's terms allow for manipulation, so I was good to go.  I opened up Paint.net (the free photo editing software that I use) and got to work.  

I found fun fonts from dafont.com.  I used Mixtape Mike and Pop Up. I also used Arial Rounded Bold, which is on most computers.  

I was so pleased with the result: 


I had them printed at my local FedEx Office on 10 pt Gloss Cover Cardstock so that they would be nice and thick and glossy.  I loved the way they turned out.  I mailed them in white envelopes, but to fancy it up a bit, I typed the addresses in the cloud image above and printed on labels, so that the envelope and the invitation were a nice matching set. 


Thanks for reading!  More posts to come!  I had so much fun planning this shower and executing it all, there's no way I could fit everything into one post. 

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

About to Pop Baby Shower Part 1: Theme Devleopment


Today, I am beginning a series about the baby shower that I threw for my sister a few weeks ago.  The theme was "Stephanie is About to Pop!" I've seen a lot of these baby showers on Pinterest, and that is where I got much of the inspiration for ideas.  I took ideas and made them my own to fit the shower.  I am really proud of how everything turned out... I did everything from the invitations to all of the food.  I wanted to blog about all of the details, so I decided to split up the posts to make sure that everything was covered. Check back this week to get all of the details.  I will be sharing everything... where I purchased everything, the printables I used... everything! 

Theme Development: 
I wrestled with the idea of even throwing my sister a shower for a long time.  Typically, you get one baby shower, for your first child.  I had already thrown her an awesome shower for Parker. However, that shower was huge.  It was at our church, and around 100 people were invited.  I wanted to do something smaller, more intimate, more fun.  I decided that I was going to give her a small shower, at her house, and only invite about 25 of her closest friends and family. 

Since I've been on Pinterest, I've seen lots of baby shower ideas.  However, the one that kept pulling me in was the "She's About to Pop" theme.  I had seen it several different ways - incorporating food and games and decor.  I had to decide which I was going to do.  I knew that we were going to play games at this shower, so I decided that everything should have a "pop" theme - games, favors, food, etc.  I quickly made a Pin Board and started gathering ideas. 

Over the next couple of days, I will detailing everything.  Look for posts on: 
The Decorations
The Food
The Games and Prizes


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pinterest 7/20: The Ponytail Trick

I'm always looking for new ways to fix my hair... my hair is longer than its ever been, but it doesn't really have much shape... and it won't hold much either... my sister has tried different haircuts, but nothing really works... I wear lots of ponytails because of working near food, but they get old.  Anytime I can "mix up" a ponytail, I'll give it a shot.

Inspiration Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/6051780719864903/
I knew that mine wasn't going to be as full as that pic, because again, my hair has no shape... but I liked how it lengthened a regular pony.


Yes, I had a big bow in... you really can't tell that its 2 ponytails... I love that I don't lose the length like I would if I wore a high pony, but still can get my layers pulled up, unlike a low pony.  I will definitely be doing this again! 


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July "Oops Cake"


You're probably thinking that "Oops Cake" is an unusual name for a dessert, but there is a back story to this one.  Every year, our family has our traditional 4th of July Cookout.  A few years ago, I decided that I was going to make a cake that looked like a flag. Pretty traditional right... and super easy.  Here's a visual of what I was going for... 

Well, I didn't let the cake cool long enough before I decided to dump it out of the pan and it fell all to pieces. I panicked...  At first, I tried to piece it back together, but it was never gonna work... it was crumbling... so I had to refocus what I was going to do.  I decided to go with the crumbling, and just mix everything together in a bowl.  It was a hit!  We discovered that leaving it in the fridge made it taste even better.  My sister requests that I make this every year... so now, it is a July 3rd tradition that I make "Oops Cake" (My sister named it) so that it can sit over night and be ready for the July 4th Cookout. 

Here's what the finished product looks like.  I didn't get a picture before people started digging in... 
Here's how to make it: 

Ingredients
1 box of cake mix (I use white cake mix)
16 ounces of Cool Whip (2 tubs... I use the light version)
Strawberries (I used about 1.5 pints)
Blueberries (I used about a pint)
optional: 1 12 ounce can of soda

Directions
You can prepare the cake as directed on the box, but I leave out the eggs and oil and simply combine the cake mix with 12 ounces of soda (I used Diet Sprite).  Another shortcut that I take is that I "bake" my cake in the microwave.  It only takes about 10-12 minutes and cuts down on the heat in the kitchen.  Just put your batter in a microwave safe container and microwave uncovered.  The great thing is that you don't have to worry about what it looks like when it comes out because you are going to crumble it up anyway.  Wait for the cake to cool. 

Rinse Blueberries.  Remove tops and quarter strawberries then rinse. 

Once cake has cooled, crumble it into tiny pieces in your bowl.  Then add berries.  Then add Cool Whip.  Mix everything together.  

Refrigerate overnight. 

Enjoy! 

I've made this for about 4 years now... and every year, people at our cookout act like its the first time that I've ever made it.  It is so simple!  And it tastes so good.  The leftovers (if any) taste even better the next day.  It can be done anytime, but for our family, it is a July 4th tradition now.  And, because of the reduced fat cool whip, and lower calorie cake, its not that bad for you... so we don't have to feel guilty for having a large portion!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tupperware Tuesday: Special Olympics NC Fundraiser


I love that Tupperware is a company that loves to give back.  Since we have an Olympic theme for the month, our Director, Debby, decided that she wanted to help give back to the Special Olympics in North Carolina.  She asked all of the consultants in Full Circle Enterprises to run a fundraiser for SONC.  I decided to participate.  I have a friend, Katie, whose stepdaughter has participated in the Special Olympics program in her home state.  Seeing her pictures of the athletes and the huge smiles on their faces it heartwarming.  

Special Olympics is such a wonderful organization.  This is their mission from their website: 
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, Click Here to shop the Fundraiser Catalog.  Anyone who places an order for me will get a chance in a drawing for a set of 4 snack cups!  Wouldn't it be great to get some wonderful Tupperware Products and help out a great organization at the same time?  Two Birds. One Stone!

PS: I made lots of updates to my Tupperware Facebook Page today with all of the new July promotions! Make sure you're a fan!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Music Monday: Come Wake Me Up by Rascal Flatts

I have been a Rascal Flatts fan forever.  I love their music!  I have often said that if I ever had enough money when I got married that I would try to convince them to come and sing at my wedding.  There is something about Gary LeVox's voice that moves me.  I can't recall a Rascal Flatts song from over the years that I did not like.  Their latest song "Come Wake Me Up" is no exception.

The first time I heard it, I immediately wanted to listen to it again... too bad my car radio doesn't have a rewind feature... (someone should invent that already...) I heard it again before I got home (it was a long trip) and once I got home, I played that youtube video several time.  The voice, the lyrics (which are so relatable), the emotion, the fire simile, the plea to be woken up, the conflict of wanting to hold on but needing to let go (hello, that's me!)... all of it is beautiful.  I'm not ashamed to admit that it made me cry... more than once!

"Come Wake Me Up" is quickly making its way into the "listen to all of the time" category for me.  What are you listening to today?

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

27 Before 27 (and a half) Update

In my last update, I made the decision to extend the time period to complete my list. I'm making this post so that I have an updated list of goals for my 27 before 27 (and a half) list. The end goal is to have all of these things completed by November 28, 2012.  Some of the numbers have been increased, and I've added bonus items to replace the 2 items that were completed before 27.

  1. Get a handle on the paper clutter in my house. 
  2. Make all As and Bs in my classes for the Fall 2012 semester. (The semester will end after November 28, but I should have a good idea of where I am by then.)
  3. Make at least $1000 profit from selling Tupperware. 
  4. Actually make or do 20 things that I have pinned on Pinterest.
  5. Go through my closet and throw away/donate/sell things that I no longer need or wear. Then organize closet with a system I can keep up with.
  6. Set up Home Office/Craft Room. 
  7. Read 20 books.
  8. Try 15 new recipes.
  9. Watch the entire Sex and the City series in order.  (Including both movies.)
  10. Take a winery tour. DONE! 
  11. Put money into savings every paycheck. 
  12. Throw my Daddy a 50th Birthday Party. DONE!
  13. Lose (at least) 40 pounds.
  14. Quit smoking… for real this time. 
  15. Go on a first date.
  16. Wear a dress everyday for a week. 
  17. Finish my Alphabet Blog Series. 
  18. Turn in a school assignment a whole day before it is due. Completed before 27, but keeping it as motivation not to procrastinate next semester!)
  19. Blog more... have more than 83 posts by November 28. 
  20. Have a picnic.
  21. Have people over for dinner. 
  22. Go a week without Twitter or Facebook. 
  23. Drink 100 gallons of water. 
  24. Send 10 people cards through the mail.
  25. Cook dinner for my whole family, including dessert.
  26. Finish the photo album for my parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary party.  
  27. Blog about my progress on this list. 
BONUS Items (to replace the ones I actually completed before 27)
  1. Sew something. Anything. (I have a sewing machine that I haven't used in years.)
  2. Kill the weeds on my patio and make it look nice... seriously, these are the tallest weeds I've ever seen! 

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