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Bucket List

There is a commercial where a man takes his dog on a bucket list trip.  I recently received  bucket list and it made me think.  There is not a better time to get started.
Bucket List – please play along. You’ll be surprised at the responses. Put an “X” in the box if you have done it! Just copy, paste  and add one item to the bottom.
( x)Shot a gun
(x )Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school
(x) Watched someone die
(x)Visited Canada
( )Visited Hawaii
( ) Visited Cuba
()Visited Europe
(x) Visited South America
(X)Visited Las Vegas
( x) Visited Central America
() Visited Asia
( ) Visited Africa
(X) Visited Florida
(x)Visited Mexico
(X ) Seen the Grand Canyon in person
( ) Flown in a helicopter
( x) Served on a jury
(X)Been lost
( X) Traveled to the opposite side of the country
()Visited Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the Ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Played cowboys and Indians (Indians in my youth, now Native Americans).
( ) Recently colored with crayons
(x ) Sang karaoke
(x )Sang a solo or duet in church
(X)Paid for a meal with coins only
(x ) Made prank phone calls
(X) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose
(X)Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Had a pet
( )Been skinny-dipping
(X) Been fishing
(X) Been boating
( ) Been Downhill Skiing
( x)Been water skiing
( x) Been camping in a trailer/RV
(X) Been camping in a tent
( x)Driven a motorcycle
( ) Been bungee-jumping
(X) Gone to a drive-in movie
(X) Done something that could have killed you

 (x)Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
( ) Rode an elephant
() Rode a camel
(X) Eaten just cookies or cake or ice cream for dinner
(X) Been on TV
( )Stolen any traffic signs
(X)Been in a car accident
( )Been in the Hospital in past 24 months
(X) Donated blood
() Gotten a (speeding) or any other type of ticket in the past 12 months
(x) Gotten a piercing (yes ears count)
()Gotten a Tattoo
(X) Driven a manual transmission vehicle
(x ) Ever owned your dream car
(X)Been Married
(x ) Been divorced
(X)Fell in love
(X) Fell out of love
( x) Paid for a strangers meal
(x )Driven over 120 mph
( x) Been scuba diving
( x) Written a published book/story/poetry
(X )Eaten snails
(X) Stayed up all night to watch a meteor shower.
 What is on your bucket list?   What are you waiting for.  Get started!!
Have a wonderful and wonder filled day!
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Sunshine Blogger Award & Milestones!

Today I reached a milestone of over 1000 followers.  I can only say WOW.  Thank you all for following me.  This and the Sunshine Blogger Award.  My Cup Runneth Over.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given to “bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. 

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you
  2. Answer the questions from the person that nominated you
  3. Nominate other bloggers for this award
  4. Write the questions for the bloggers you have nominated
  5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated

I want to thank https://bigandpinkytoes.wordpress.com for nominating me! She is a Okie, wife, mom, who blogs about family, cooking and life stuff. Check out her blog she has been chosen to be a contributing writer on the Oklahoma City Moms Blog!

My questions

  • What was the drive behind you taking up blogging?
  • I see people struggling with clutter. Feeling overwhelmed and knowing that just a few small changes in the way they deal with clutter would greatly improve their mental health, give them more time and they might just find they are happier. If I can help that is my way to pay it forward.
  • What do you define as a ‘perfect’ day?
  • Well I pretty much am living the dream right now. I am blessed to have coffee with my amazing husband every morning. I get to have my parents visit for at least month each year. We have other family and lots of friends we get to share our vacation land with. I guess a perfect day ends with fire in the fireplace outside watching the stars and wish lanterns float by. With family and friends and reflecting on how great life is.
  • Who is the most inspirational personality you have met until now?
  • That is a hard one because I have met so many inspirational people. My parents are amazing and have inspired me. My husband is my greatest cheerleader and he inspires me everyday. I try to be the person my dog thinks I am. Some days I succeed.
  • How to you define ‘blogging’?
  • Visiting with friends you many not have met yet. The sharing of knowledge you have gained. Everyone has a skill. Everyone has knowledge. Everyone has a talent. If those who can share with us maybe we can learn. I can organize but I can’t bake or effectively run a household of 6 kids. But a baker can share baking tip and a Mom of 6 has gained lots of tips to keep their family on track and I can learn from them.

I will keep these questions.

Now I nominate the following blogs. It’s fine if you don’t do awards, but I wanted to share your blog with others because I enjoy your blog:

Redhead Mom of 8 https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com – She homeschools her large and she says crazy family.

https://mermaidinamudslide.com – I just met Cindy and she writes Musings on this crazy, wonderful life…

https://midwesternplants.org – Hardy plant of the Midwest, border collies and Camping

Lori Greer in Portland https://readlorigreer.com – She writes about life.

And

https://retirementallychallenged.com – Who writes about Learning to navigate through her post-work world.

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#payitforward

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Moving on up! Moving Tips

Are you moving? Or will you be moving soon? I have made my share of moves. From the across town to across the country. Over those moves though trial and error I have found there are things you can do to make your move smooth or at least smoother.

Electronics – Before you disconnect your electronics take a photo of the back of the TV and the back of the device. Then it will be super easy to re-attach the cords in the correct place. For the very tech challenged put stickers on all your cords. Number them or use different colors. Next put the cords in resealable baggies along with the remotes. Tape the baggie to the back of the TV or device. Label the bag in the event it gets separated from the device.

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No lost parts – If you have to disassemble any furniture make sure you put the bolts and screws in a resealable bag and label it.drill photo-1458829549177-e9a8f3db5b14.jpg

Label every box by room. Use different bright color stickers, labels or duct tape to identify the room.   This will make the move easier because your helpers will not be asking where does this go. If everything is marked it is a no brainer.

Speaking of rooms don’t pack stuff from different rooms in the same box.

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Make a master list of boxes by rooms. For example, Master 9 boxes, Kitchen 20 boxes and so on will make it easy to identify if anything is missing.

Plus pack a box of First Day Essentials for the first box to be opened at the new location. You will need trash bags, cleaners, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cups), soap, coffee, box cutter and a coffee maker.

Speaking of 1st day. You will need to pack a few days worth if stuff in an overnight bag for your family. It will be easier than trying to find what you need for a few days. Pretend you are camping.

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Use your suitcases with wheels for your heavy items. Rolling
luggage is a lot easer than lifting and carrying.

Bag it! Garbage bags for your clothes. Slip a garbage bag over your clothes while they are still hanging on the rod and you will not have to remove them from their hangers and is easy to re-hang them in your new closet. Just hang them up and rip off the bag.   This is good even if you are using closet or wardrobe boxes.

Put foam plates between your dishes to cushion them. I also like wine boxes to pack my glasses. They are heavy-duty and already have the dividers.

Plastic wrap is your friend. Use it to wrap stuff that stays together like your silverware tray. Use plastic wrap under the lids of all opened liquids. Moving is stressful enough you don’t need spills to add to the mess.

Donate, purge, sell, and or give away! If you haven’t used it don’t move it. Let it go.

Make a packing supplies tote. Nothing is more frustrating than you have packed a box and you can’t find the tape, or the scissors, or the label or the marker. Put them all in a tote that can move from room to room with you. Buy more packing tape than you thing you will need. Better to have too much than not enough. Also make sure you reinforce and double up taping the bottom of boxes you are loading down with heavy stuff.

Don’t make your boxes too heavy. You will be so tired and your helpers will thank you. There is less chance of boxes being dropped if they are lighter.

Good luck on your move. I love your comments.

Pamela

 

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Tips to Take Your Summer Entertaining to the Next Level

Since we are celebrating everything USA weekend. What is more patriotic than Apple Pie?

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Photo by Stephanie McCabe

So how about apple pie sangria! Because this is summer time I recommend you use a sweet and light Moscato. Click here for the recipe is from the Cookie Rookie.

Are you grilling? How about adding something unexpected to the grill? Try adding some sweet potatoes, avocados, peaches or watermelon as they all grill extremely well.

Freeze blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries in ice cubes to flavor your beverages

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Photo from Elegant Wedding Invites

Use a kiddie pool filled with ice for your drinks and beverages. If you are having a picnic the adding ice to a kiddie pool makes a perfect to put all the chilled foods into making a cold buffet.

Are you looking for an easy way to tote all your plates, napkins, utensils and condiments? Put them all in a Plastic Tote Caddy. You know the kind you use to keep your cleaning products together. It works great for picnics too. You could also use one for your sunscreen, baby wipes, bug spray and other stuff you need close at hand.

I’m sure you have all seen the tip to use a muffin pan for your condiments. I suggest you use cupcake liners to cut down on the cleanup.

You can use a garden flag holder to put paper towels anywhere you need them in the back yard. Add a cute bucket or container with wet wipes and hand sanitizer and you are ready to clean up those fingers.

Kiddie fun:

To cool off make a water balloon piñata!

Have stick horse races by making Pool Noodle Ponies from the pool noodles you can get at the Dollar store.

Not near the beach? You can still build a castle out of Life size Lincoln Logs made out of pool noodles~ 15 to 20 pool noodles from the dollar store cut in half cut notches out easily with scissors = hours and hours of fun playtime! AWESOME!!!

Make a Squirt Gun Station by filling a bucket with water and put squirt guns in it.

I have camping tips from a recent post Click here to see them.

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Photo By Kelly Bozarth

What are you planning for this weekend?

 

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#picnic #BBQ #outdoorparty #july4 #applepie #USA #family #kidsfun #cookout

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Let’s make ‘smore memories!

Are you looking to get out of town and do some camping? Escape the city or heat?

Camping can be a lot of fun and not too expensive. I have been camping since I was a tiny tot. My parents started in a tent over 55 years ago. We have camped a lot. They have camped from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between. So not only did I learn from them but I have done my fair share of tent camping as well.

Here are a few tips that will make your camping trip more fun.

Especially for Mom.

The great thing about camping is it can be very low cost and low tech. Most everyone starts camping in a tent. You can get a used tent on Craigslist and some cheap sleeping bags. If you are going somewhere that gets chilly these will be helpful.

Don’t forget to see if you can borrow one. – Camping is one of those things that people find they either love or they don’t. Meaning camping gear is readily available pre-loved or experienced.

Camping mats make a pretty big difference, so try to get your hands on some. You may already have Foam floor mats in your kid’s playroom and they work great to cushion your tent floor.  If you don’t want to drop the cash, just throw a bunch of blankets in the car and sleep on those.

Here are a few of the things I have learned along the way:

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  1. Pool noodles on your tent guy wires – Tent Ropes are a trip hazard. So marking them with bright pool noodles or tie ribbons on them.
  2. Trash bags – You want to make sure you are not littering. Plus, you can stuff dirty clothes and wet towels in trash bags.
  3. Ziploc bags – These are so helpful for so many things.
  4. Anti bacteria wipes – You may find that you are not close to water and yes it will be dirty. You are camping for goodness sake.
  5. Hand sanitizer
  6. Bug spray – Did not you know that you don’t have to spray you skin? You can spray shoes and clothing. Be aware you need to protect against ticks and mosquitos.
  7. Sun screen – Apply early and often.
  8. Table Cloth – Remember what I said about it will be dirty. Well it will be nice to throw a clean cloth over the surface you are going to feed you family. (You can just stick in a flat sheet or a Shower Curtain if you don’t have a tablecloth.)
  9. Grab some glow sticks. You can use glow sticks in the cooler to see what is there without using a flashlight. Plus you can use glow sticks in water bottles for glow in the dark bowling.
  10. Don’t forget some card games for entertainment. Uno and Rook are great for all ages.
  11. Duct tape – This can be used for anything. From a strap to a sling.
  12. Flashlights – You will need these. I recommend you have one for everyone. Trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night will be much smoother. Did you know you could turn a gallon jug of water into a lantern with a flashlight?
  13. DIY Hand washing station can be made from an old empty laundry detergent bottle.
  14. Solar lights are perfect to light the way at night. It will probably be really dark in the campground.
  15. First Aid kit – Accidents happen so be prepared.
  16. Poison plants remember: Berries White, Run in Fright, and Leaflets of Three, let it be!
  17. If you are going to have a campfire. Great fire starters can be made at home by save dryer lint in an empty toilet paper roll. Also, a pencil sharpener makes excellent shavings to start a fire.
  18. Matches or a lighter. Don’t want Dad to have to rub sticks together to build a fire.
  19. Freeze gallon jugs of water. Bonus Ice and water when it thaws. Also you foodstuff will not be soggy and wet in the cooler.
  20. You can use a shoe organizer to keep you kitchen/cooking items together and off of the ground.
  21. Store your utensils in a plastic Pencil box.
  22. I strongly suggest you use disposable paper products for your camping trip. You will have enough to keep up with and do without adding dishes to the mix.
  23. Large plastic storage totes with lids are great for keeping everything together.
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MEAL THOUGHTS

  • Store your spices in a straw. Singe the end of a straw fill with your spice and singe the open end. Cut open when you are ready to use. Easy to re-singe and seal. Or Empty Tic-Tac boxes make the perfect traveling boxes for spices.
  • Prepare snacks that don’t need to be chilled before you leave home. Fill a bin with your of pre-measured snacks.
  • Crack your eggs and put them in a plastic bottle. Easy transport and easy to scramble.
  • Omelets in a bag or jar – prep all at home and mix together in a bag or a jar. Easy peasy breakfast is ready to cook. No fuss no muss. You can even put the bags in boiling water to cook.
  • No bowls cereal. Solo cup, Ziploc bag with cereal. Put Ziploc the bag in the cup, add milk – easy breakfast. Easy clean up – just toss the bag and you can reuse the cup.
  • Walking Taco’s – open a snack size Doritos or Frito’s and your standard taco fixings right in the bag. Prepare you all your fixings at home and store them in Ziploc bags for easy prep.
  • Hobo packs – almost anything can be cooked in foil on the campfire.

Buzz Feed has great camping meals here is the link. click here

Don’t feel like you have to make big meals. Hot dogs are the perfect camping food. Pork and beans travel well. You can put the can on the fire, just make sure you open that can first. Everything tastes better when cooked and eaten outside.

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Don’t forget the ‘smores! Let the family have junk food.

My Mother’s best tip is if you are going to a campground with electricity, you may find that an electric skillet will be your friend. You can cook every thing in it, plus it’s only one thing to pack.

If this is your first camping trip, make reservations and don’t go too far. Be flexible and have fun. You are making memories that will stay with your family forever.

Remember it’s only a few days and they will go fast. Your kids will LOVE it!!

Schools out, summers in, let the drama stop and the fun begin.

I love your comments.

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