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Straws and Cupcake Papers


Lately I have seen two separate concepts floating around on the internet. One, to keep your straw in your soft drink (pop), turn the tab around and insert the straw through the hole. This prevents the straw from popping out of the can every few seconds.

Two, to keep your drink bug-free, (more…)

Christmas Ornament Tradition


Our family has this great Christmas tradition that we still practice even though we are all adults now.

Growing up, our parents would give us a new ornament each Christmas. This was partly so that when we grew up and moved out, we would have ornaments for our own trees. But it was also to celebrate or remember an event from the previous year. Sometimes they were a surprise, and sometimes we helped pick them out.

Like the year that my first cat, Muffin, died. We were out shopping and saw a little gray cat ornament with angel wings on it. We bought that one on the spot.

Then there is the raccoon ornament with a little string of lights around him. He’s a reminder of all of the raccoon troubles and escapades I had when working at summer camp.  (more…)

The Smell of Snow


I stepped outside of church last night to a very familiar smell. I could feel it in the air.

Yesterday was a rainy morning followed by a damp, overcast day. After the sun went down there was a chill to the air.

Oh yes, this smell was unmistakable: (more…)

In the Car…


I have a confession…. there are things I do in my car that I would never do around people. This is especially true when I am driving back to my hometown, since the drive between Tennessee and Illinois is about 12 hours, because on those trips I have ample amounts of time to entertain myself.

I often sing at the top of my lungs to whatever is playing, be it Christian, country, rock, r&b… it doesn’t matter. When I really want to belt it out, I usually reach for Adele and Michael Buble’.

My singing is often accompanied with various dance moves that can be performed whilst sitting. Obviously you can’t get too crazy with your hands on the wheel, but there is still a large range of moves one can groove with. (more…)

I’m All Shook Up


Yesterday I was relaxing on my bed and perusing Facebook. It was a lazy morning… well, it was sorta still morning. It was actually 12:20pm. But hey, I had only been awake for an hour, so it still felt like morning to me.

As I was reading about my friends’ latest news, my world got rocked. Literally.

Surely the door to the garage had been slammed. No… the shaking lasted too long, and was much more intense. The bed and the wall trembled for at least 15 seconds and it sounded like a fleet of semi trucks were rolling by.  (more…)

How To Survive Really Long Flights


I’ve flown quite a bit… most recently to India and Israel. Those are no short trips, either! Flying to India (from Tennessee) usually involves 4 airports, 3 flights, 10.5 time zones, and just under 30 hours of travel time from start to finish. Those trips make me really appreciate in-country flights!

From the traveling I’ve done, I’ve picked up some tips and tricks that help out on those overseas flights. Obviously, you will probably end up talking to someone sitting near you for a while, but you can only talk for so much of an 8+ hour flight. So here is what I do to keep my sanity on those lengthy flights:

1. Happy Snacks. Never underestimate the power of a little snack on a long trip. Sure, they feed you some on the planes, but the food doesn’t always smell good (or taste good!), or you’re stuck in an airport for 5 hours… or let’s face it, you can feel your blood sugar dropping and your mood right along with it. I find if I am starting to feel crabby for no reason whatsoever, a Happy Snack fixes that quickly. This is also great when you are in a foreign country and just need something familiar in your tummy. Some of my favorite things to take in my Happy Snack stash include:

  • Fruit Leathers
  • Trail Mix
  • Granola Bars
  • Licorice or some other type of candy

(Hint: Target has some really great fruit leathers and trail mix – lots of great flavors and variety. That’s where I go to get mine… like this bag of trail mix.)  (more…)

When the Water is Safer


The ocean and I are not exactly simpatico. Bodies of water and I have always had a love-hate relationship… but mostly hate. But this morning I came across an article on Yahoo! news where I think water would be the safer option than land. In the article was a video of millions of migrating hermit crabs on the beach.

Here, just watch….  (more…)

Lunch Notes


For the past week on my facebook feed, I have been seeing so many First-Day-of-School pictures. I remember the excitement of wearing my new outfit, with a new backpack full of new school supplies (especially that box of brand new crayons!), and getting ready to go into my new classroom. I was one of those kids that genuinely loved going to school.

One of my favorite things about school was the anticipation of opening my lunchbox. I usually knew what kind of sandwich I would be getting, since my mom always asked me what I wanted. Butter, peanut butter, and homemade pickle slices was one of my favorites. Don’t judge if you haven’t tried it! It was amazing!

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Dolphin Falls Under Attack by ‘Naughty Octopus’


I discovered this amusing article this morning and just had to share it. I enjoy how smart and mischievous octopus are.

This article was taken from here.

For the dolphin it seems to have been a painful lesson learned, and for the octopus, a joy ride it will not soon forget….

A scientist who studies dolphins off western Greece last week captured an incredible sequence of images — perhaps the first of their kind — showing a leaping bottlenose dolphin with a large octopus clinging to its belly.

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Shouldn’t Quitting Cola Cut Calories and Chubbiness Instead of Creating a Dragon?


You may remember that almost three months ago, I decided to give up my daily afternoon Mountain Dew. I do allow myself to have the occasional Dew yet, but mostly I’ve found that when given the opportunity, I don’t really crave it anymore. I have replaced it with water, mostly unsweet tea with just a hint of sweetea, or lemonade (which I know has a ton of sugar, so I drink it sparingly).

All the studies out there show that when you cut pop (or soda or cola or coke, depending on where you’re from) out of your diet, you are cutting many unneeded calories and therefore usually lose a few pounds or so. So… apparently my body hasn’t gotten that memo. (more…)

My Little Buddy, Ava


I went home to IL a few weeks ago to visit my family and friends. While there, I also go to see my mom’s day care kids. The older ones remembered me, but a couple of the younger ones were too little last time they saw me. One of the little guys, Noah, couldn’t talk last time I saw him… but now he has a huge vocabulary! And he was so funny because instead of calling me “Cole” like all of the other kids do, he called me “Cola”. Too cute! (more…)

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