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Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal


I got the Peach Almond in my Holiday VoxBox from Influenster and decided to try it this morning.

I really don’t like oatmeal because my mom used to cook the heck out of it.  When she was done with it you could turn the pot upside down and make a pot shaped jello mold of gray matter.  It didn’t matter what it tasted like because it was so slimy it resembled a science experiment that got left in the frig until it grew eyeballs.  I have not eaten oatmeal since I’ve been an adult and free to make my own choice on what NOT to eat.

This, however, smelled really good even through the packaging.  I love peaches and almonds!  So I decided to add less water so it would be more firm.  It is impossible to describe how good this is.  It tasted like heaven.  The peaches were real chunks of peaches… not just artificially flavored pieces of who knows what.  The pieces of almonds were small but added great flavor.  I cannot wait to try some of the other flavors.  There’s also Apple Walnut, Summer Berry & Cherry Pistachio.



I love apple anything but unfortunately I’m allergic to walnuts so I wont be able to try that one.  The others sound really good though especially the Cherry Pistachio!  I am definitely going to get more of these.

My house still smells like peaches and I’m loving it.  I see that is available on Amazon.com but I’m hoping I can find it locally and on sale.  The card in my package says these are about $1.79 each.  I think that is not bad for a good healthy breakfast that tastes great and is easy to prepare but I am always looking to save money any way possible.

I’m also going to recycle the plastic container for planting this spring.  It is the perfect size to move seedlings into to allow them more room to grow before moving to the garden.   Too bad the container isn’t biodegradable material but then maybe it wouldn’t be suitable for making oatmeal in.  The lid will help to catch water on the bottom.  I added a small piece of tape to cover the steam holes in the lid but it wont last long since it is cardboard.  Only the ring is plastic.

Recycled Quaker Real Medleys oatmeal container for starting plants

Recycled Quaker Real Medleys oatmeal container for starting plants

Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology


Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.  ~Henry David Thoreau

How Green is the school your children go to?  Are they being as resourceful as possible so your children have the best environment to learn in and so future children will too?  With the right changes a school can save money on energy costs and be able to funnel that money back into important educational materials and programs.

Pureology is presenting the Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition to help one lucky school make those changes by awarding $75,000 in funding and providing technical assistance to get the job done properly.  If you visit the link provided you can also see what was done for the winning school in 2012, Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in Austin, TX, and how those changes helped their school.

When important programs like P.E. and music are always at risk, schools could save the money needed to fund them by making changes to make their building more energy and cost efficient.  I think we owe it to our children to do the best we can – for this generation and future generations.

English: Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Ala...

English: Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, the main high school in the community. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am going to enter my son’s school which I know is a very old building in need of vital upgrades.  Lathrop High School is the largest school in Fairbanks, Alaska and serves a lot of central Alaska and military families.  It was built in 1955.  I am going to do my best to present their best face in my application for them because I know operating a school in this cold climate isn’t easy.  The staff work very hard and I know they would appreciate the chance to make the environmental footprint of their school smaller to ensure it will be there for future generations.

Visit the link above and enter your child’s school.  Every school deserves the help but we have to start somewhere.

Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.  ~Quoted in Time

Quotes from Quote Garden

Special thanks to Influenster to sharing this information with me and to WordPress Writing Challenge: Map It Out for showing me how to add a map to my blog post.

Hard as Nails


Well not my nails.  I have nails as hard as paper and it has really been bothering me lately.  I want strong nails that will look decent polished clear or whatever color I choose but they always chip, peel, bend and break.  I don’t want to go get fake nails every couple weeks because I think they really damage nail beds and it is also expensive.  I heard that gel polish was really good for growing out nails so I tried it.  It was of course nice to have nails that felt strong and polish that lasted longer but then after the polish was removed I was disappointed in the scuffing of the nail surface they did before applying it.  My nails are thin enough!

So I have decided to do some experiments at home.  My nails had grown while I had the gel polish on but the tips were so thin and bent like paper.  When I was typing I could feel them bend around the tips of my fingers.  I trimmed them down and went to the store to look for something that might help make them stronger.  I don’t want to just paint my nails with something stronger; I want to grow them stronger.  Of course I know I came by my weak nails honestly.  My grandmother said she also had weak nails.  She apologized for that and for my lack of boobage which she says I got from her too.  I told her it was an honor to get anything from her.  She was a strong lady that I am proud to be related to.  Now she is one of my angels and who could ask for any better?

Anyway, back to my pathetic nails – hard as a feather pillow.  I bought some Sally Hansen VitaSurge Growth Gel.  It says, “grow longer nails in 5 days!”  so lets see if that works for my nails of velum.  It looks pretty cool.  It is a light translucent kiwi green gel with little blue balls floating in it.  The applicator is like a covered orange stick and is used to apply and massage in the gel.  The gel then dries clear.  On the back of the package it says “How it works: Multi-active bead infused formula instantly releases a surge of vitamins A, C & E to nourish & treat nails for healthy growth.  Instantly hydrates & conditions brittle, hard-to-grow nails.” I also take vitamins so hopefully they will start to get stronger.

Now I did buy something to help reinforce my nails.  I apply it over the gel after it has dried.  It is Sally Hansen Maximum Strength.  This one says “Cellulose fibers form a micro-mesh barrier that supports and protects nails, making them stronger and more resistant to damage.”  You apply this every other day.

Today makes the 3rd day that I’ve been applying these products.  I really hope I will start to see an improvement in my nails.

Now I am also looking online for information on growing healthy nails and this page has some good information on vitamins that help.  I am going to read more and then go visit my local health food store.

“You are only as invincible as your smallest weakness, and those are tiny indeed – the length of a sleeping baby’s eyelash, the span of a child’s hand. Life turns on a dime, and – it turns out – so does one’s conscience.”
― Jodi PicoultPerfect Match

I’m Thankful for Painkillers & Yarn


As the temperature drops my pain increases.   I pop more pills, turn up some music,  and keep busy to keep my mind off it.  Today is one of those days.  I’ve been going through a lot of yarn and pills.

I went on Ravelry.com and looked for some things on my list to work on.  I even downloaded a nifty iphone app called Yarma that connects to ravelry.  It is a simple app that is solely for taking and uploading pictures.  There are a handful of effects with clever fiber-friendly terms like K2tog, top down, lace weight, granny square (which adds a simple frame)… and vanilla for none.  All are simple so they wont over-power the beauty of the handmade item.

The first thing I made was a simple dishcloth which I’m pretty sure is based on a vintage potholder pattern I’ve seen before.  I had to be different though so I improvised a bit.

Delightful Daisy dishcloth

The pattern has a bunch of rounded petals but I wanted mine to be pointed like a daisy.  With a little patience I finally got it to come out like I wanted.  I like it a lot better than the original pattern but I will probably make some without my adjustments too.  They are very cute and cheerful.

I made a more simple washcloth yesterday and loved how it turned out.  I used this super soft, “Moss” green yarn that I bought one time without a clue what I would use it for.  I just new I needed to make something with it because it made me so happy!  So this one is mine and I’ve already used it.

Mossy Green Spa Cloth

I talked to my big sister today.  She is always a good person for me to talk to when I don’t feel well.  I was trying hard to stay awake so I could get my sleep schedule straightened out.  Well she reminded me of this pineapple scarf pattern that she loves and so I started making one.  I have this ball of Bouclé yarn that I’ve been hanging onto, waiting for the right project for this kind of yarn.  It has a texture that makes it difficult to work with but it always comes out beautiful!  It kept getting tangled up on itself and if it gets too tangled you might as well just cut it off and start all over.  Well I have half of the pineapple scarf done and it looks fantastic!   I just love the jewel tones mixed with black.  

I am making it longer than the pattern says and I think I’ll add a tassel or fringe to the ends.

Tatted Earrings


I’ve been reading more about tatting and learning how to add beads. I made some earrings in green and white for my niece and now I’m working on making some in the same design only smaller for my sister in pink and white.  I got the pattern at http://free-tatting.com/?tag=earrings

These earrings are made with size 10 crochet cotton and are at least a couple inches in length.

Tatted Earrings with beads