Great Grandparents! We are feeling excited and blessed.

Just found out this last week that our granddaughter and her husband are going to become parents.  Needless to say we are all very excited, but it is too soon to begin buying baby presents.  That doesn’t mean I can’t blog about babies though.  They are part of my niche, home, family and health / fitness.

Looking forward this summer to attending a baby shower, and as I have had plenty of experience, I believe it is alright to express a thought or two.

There is just nothing like going to a shower where the mother-to-be comes home with 15 onesies.  Onesies are nice and very useful, but how about putting some thought into some other gifts.  In writing this blog I consider getting onesies from everyone not cool.  So I am going to help you become cool, or at least think about becoming cool.

  1. Diapers as a gift! I know not exciting, not cute, not fun. Boy oh boy they sure do cost money. Can never have too many diapers, unless everyone decides to buy infant sizes. Maybe the next size up!  Babies grow so fast.
  2. Outfits-With most couples knowing the sex of the baby before it is born, nice outfits are easier to find. I once bought an outfit, for a baby, in a hurry and knew as soon as I got it home, it was wrong!  I took as a gift anyway and thought never again.  I need to be happy with what I buy.
  3. Little boys seem to have it harder than little girls. The fashion word is finally starting to catch up and there are some #handsome#babyboyoutfits#dashingbabyboyoutfits, out there.
  4. Tons of little girl outfits available#darling#glamorous#enchantinglittlegirloutfits.
  5. Baby blankets needed, especially if the home you have is not insulated well. I see more people out with their small ones, when the temperature is in the 40’s without blankets covering them.
  6. What about going together with a couple of friends and getting some of the necessities of baby life. Think about a nice diaper bag, a changing pad to use when there is no place else to change the baby, a baby monitor, a stroller (don’t go overboard on a stroller- discuss this especially with mom and dad.  Too elegant a stroller sometimes becomes nuisance.
  7. A basket of necessities – Breast pads if mom is going to breast feed, a breast pump, diaper rash ointment, hand lotion for mom, baby wipes, a pacifier (if allowed).
  8. So many other ideas running around in my head.  Pinterest has information on #baby registries#babyswings#carseats to name a few things, as I am sure Amazon does too. At least I have given you my thoughts on being cool at a baby shower.



Eclectic! Maybe not, expressions of love for Mother’s and Father’s Day

For a long time I have sometimes thought, Dads are not as celebrated on Father’s Day as are Mother’s on Mother’s Day.  Whenever I see Dads at restaurants on Father’s Day, I think!! Oh boy, I bet they are loving this.  Now I could be all wrong, but, can’t help wondering.  Here are a few odd ball selections you may or may not like for these two holidays.

1.One of the pins on my Pinterest that always attracts attention is the cup, just a white cup with this saying on it NO MATTER WHAT LIFE THROWS AT YOU, AT LEAST YOU DON’T HAVE UGLY CHILDREN. I clicked that cup today and it took me to an Etsy site.  The cup is there, with that saying and listed for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  When I put that cup out on my site, it just struck my fancy.#memorablesayings#happysayings#thoughtfulsayings

2.What about considering Young Living EssentialOils#nice#aromatic#citrus#woods#peppermint for the woman in your life. What a wonderful thing to learn about. It is my understanding that men are also showing a great interest in essential oils and there are even some products available for men.  You might be someone who has trouble sleeping and would be interested in oils that might help.  Go to selectionsfrombarb (my blog). The two last statements under Young Living Essential Oils (are links, click) There are two forms, one for those wanting to join and one for those wanting to shop and buy.  My membership number is 17486785 there.  We have many things for you to look at such as essential oils, beauty supplies, household supplies, diffusers to make your house smell so nice.

3.Homemade aprons for either mom or dad. Teenagers who have had experience sewing could make one or two. A big coverall apron with nice #roomypockets#placeforgrillingtools#placeforrecipewhenbaking Use a fun fabric pattern that no one else has.  Maybe animals, scenery, flowers, fish or a very unusual food feature.  Good patterns on Pinterest under sewing. If you can’t sew, a big apron with tools for grilling would be great.

4.Saw this mentioned somewhere on Pinterest a book of I will do for you by this date. That might be nice for either mom or dad from a small child or even a teenager. Maybe especially from a teenager. A booklet nicely decorated with coupons  such as- I will #takeouttrash#notpickonyoungerfamilymembers#helpkeepthehouseclean#smile#becaring#nobadmouthing#notbreakcurfew  Maybe an old idea but might be nice for everyone if the family needs some retraining.  I’m sure there are tons of things that could be put on the coupons. Brainstorm!

Fitness#goals#motivation, rather than Chunky#plumpish#oversized?

If one of your goals for 2019 was exercise, where are you at now? What was your plan of action? Exercising daily, biweekly or weekly.

How were you going to put your plan of action in place?
Were you going to exercise at home on a treadmill?
Were you thinking of walking a mile at a time?
Were you going to join a gym and work with a trainer?
Have you even started yet!
Rewind! Rethink your plan! Rewrite your goal!
A – Become healthier
B – Lose weight
C – Begin to feel more energetic
Goal rewritten and placed where you can see it every day?
Ready, set, go. A new beginning. #exercise#motivation#goal#improvehealth#loseweight


February – Right around the corner,Ground Hogs day, Valentine’s Day and Spring Cleaning!

February – Where did January go? Before we know it Spring will be here. When I was young our mothers always did what was called spring cleaning. Believe me we all worked. So I am thinking about my spring cleaning list or the big to do list. If you can not afford to get someone to assist you then start by doing the smaller things yourself. Be creative to see if you can get help from members of your family. Here is the list I have begun:

Declutter -That literally means getting rid of things. Like tearing up old lists, and other paperwork. Getting rid of old newspapers and magazines. Going through pictures, saving what you want and putting the others in albums. My office is a perfect example of something that needs decluttered. These are just suggestions and I am sure you have many more. Sometimes decluttering projects can cause big discussions between family members. Hang in there and think how good, how clean everything will be if you follow through.

Clean the Closets
Try on clothes that have been in your closet for a while. If you don’t wear them or they don’t fit anymore, put into a bag. When that bag is full, as fast as your legs can carry you, take it to the nearest thrift or donation center. Do the same thing with all your closets. Look at shoes, articles on the top shelves. We all know the routine but you have to start and follow through.

New Paint? – Inside or out! What colors! Inside you need to think what preparation has to be done if painting is the name of the game! Carpets do they also need shampooing after the painting is done?

Start your list for flowers and gardens. Many people probably have already done this. If someone is really passionate about gardening and has a green house or a basement to start seeds, they might already be doing this.

Young Living Essential Oils

New adventure promoting Young Living Essential Oils. I am truly impressed with how they work on the highest quality of their oils and the messages they send out with their Seed to Seal process.

I am what is called a newbie, but that is OK. Right now I am a newbie in several areas. Always trying to learn.

We love using lavender in our diffuser. It has made such a difference in our sleeping patterns. I used to stay up at night from about 1AM to 4AM, after I had read for about an hour in bed. This was not a one night thing, but something I knew would happen repeatedly. Since Christmas when we started using our diffuser (another blog) with 4-5 drops of lavender oil and distilled water. I usually sleep most of the night. I can honestly say I have only gotten up one night and then I only stayed up about an hour. It has been amazing. My husband is interested learning about other oils now. For example what can be blended and what can not.
Just got some new oils(new to me) to try out and I will share the results and my husbands thoughts with you. If you have any questions let me know. If you are interested in what else is available, I have listed my member number below to use to find out about membership and distributor ship.

Want to join the Young Living Essential Oils adventure? Become a member here!

Looking for Young Living products for you and your home? Shop here!

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January -for a tech deficient relatively new blogger, was extremely busy!

January has absolutely flown by. With the helpful expertise of our grandson (Will- college graduate) my blog has improved, all the design work on my Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, has been with the creative influence of Will. Hope you have visited one of those sites to see what has been accomplished and what is a work in progress. He is so talented and can make a computer literally fly.

We have met two times now and each time I am totally amazed at what he can accomplish. I tell him what I know needs done and he gets it. Some times I totally understand and other times I honestly say, “I could never, in a hundred years have done that by myself. We do not always agree on colors and designs, but eventually we come to something we both like.

He understands that this is all new to me. We did not do this type of thing when I was in college. Even then this is not what I would have thought I would ever be doing. Now everything is intriguing, interesting and certainly a new education for me.#techdeficient#newblogger#creativeinfluence.

14 Suggestions to come up with a workable budget – 2019

14 Suggestions to come up with a workable Budget.
Are you ready to begin working on a budget? This plan is setup more toward a family, but a single person could also definitely benefit from it. You decide how to begin and incorporate expenses and saving in your plan. It may take some time to find the right plan for you and your family. It’s OK to start small, but be determined to start. Don’t procrastinate! Start!
What if you sit down and have an honest discussion with your husband/wife or partner. No distractions and begin to work on the 14 items listed below. The 14 items listed are suggestions to work off of and something that has been helping us for years now.
Come up with a genuine plan of action, write it down, so you don’t forget it. Start with scrap paper, as you may tear it up several times. You may also think of something that I have forgotten.
***Ready, start, go! Someone has to take the lead. Don’t argue! Discuss.
1. Gather all your bills together. If everything is done electronically get a copy of your statement and begin working from it. I’ll bet you are spending money you are not even aware of until the next budget discussion or the end of the month.
2. Have a calendar available that you will use only for your budget. Do in pencil. Put due dates on calendar so you don’t forget. Hang that calendar in your kitchen or office as a reminder of payment due. Even electronic payments need to be checked on. I hope you are checking your electronic statements!
3. Come up with a workable budget sheet for you. Try something like this one below. Keep adding to it until your whole budget is in front of you. Change it as often as you want until you have something that is working for you.
POSSIBLE BUDGET WORK SHEET – Do a spreadsheet or table. Across the top, add these columns. The last column can be the money you have coming in or it can be the first column if you want. The money coming in and the fourth column should tally when you get everything sorted out. You can always add more columns, if you find that helpful.
First Column – Name of Bill
Second Column – Amount of Payment
Third Column – Due Date
Fourth Column -Amount Paid/Spent – Add an E for electronically, Ch-check and C-cash.
Start with Mortgage/Rent Example
Due -$900.00 1st of month Electronically Pd 900.00 on 1st of month.

Then do Utilities
Water- Utilities- Get on budget plans if you can
Food-Make list! Try hard to stick to your list.

Car-gas money, No car? Bus, Bicycle, Car Pool

4. Be sure when you finish putting your big items on the budget sheet, continue on with the rest of your necessary budget. You add in the smaller items such as dining out, lunch money and spending money. Whatever you want to name them- miscellaneous. extras is up to you.
5. Charity! The following are things for you to think about. Do you give to others? Do you give to your Church? How will you handle Christmas spending this year 2019. Especially if you decide to send your credit cards bye, bye.
6. Always include how much you spend for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and weddings during the year. Do you budget for haircuts and or beauty shop visits? If you can do your own hair, consider that a win, win situation.
7. The first 4 items listed above on your budget sheet should not be deleted. These are necessities of life as far as I am concerned. If you do not figure out how to handle these monthly or bi-monthly, you will struggle more and more. You will continue to live from paycheck to paycheck.
8. Where are you going to list (when you use your debit or credit card on the spur of the moment), so it shows in your budget?
9. How do you manage things like home maintenance, car maintenance etc. What about your lawn mower or your snow blower? Need to plan on a savings of some kind. Do not touch once you start it. Call it a hands off account, Call it an emergency account, Call it a save for new car budget.
10. Another tough one! Internet, telephones and television! Possibly you will want a family discussion on this one. Who is responsible for phone bills? Are your children limited on their phones?
11. Clothing! Can you turn yourself into a thrift shopper? Do you have teenagers? Do they have charge cards?
12. If you do not have insurance through your job, how are you going to pay your medical expenses? Do you have to pay estimated taxes?
13. What about school tuition, school supplies, school loans. Day care! Do you have to pay association dues of any kind? You get the idea.
14. Let’s go back to Food! A list is essential, but even more essential is when do you incorporate things like dog food, cat food, baby food, diapers, formula, cleaning supplies, toiletries etc. Not really food items but things most people buy when grocery shopping. Do you use one paycheck just for food and try to get the other items in the second paycheck if you are paid bi-monthly?
**At the end of each month you should have accounted for all your money. What your expenses (going out) are versus the income you are bringing home. If you have money left over you are not understanding budgeting.
Be patient with yourself. If nothing else try to change one or two things that you are currently doing to make your budget more manageable. Reward yourself if you accomplish one of your budget goals. Now don’t go overboard on the reward. Credit yourself with moving forward and trying to change.
I hope you have found this information helpful. Remember they are just suggestions to get you thinking. If you have any questions , please email me and I will try to help with some positive suggestions.