Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Great Egert (White Heron)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Family Fun

Winter break 2011 we took our first vacation in years.  New York City!!  As an added bonus to the fun we surprised our kids with the trip.  It was their first time to NYC and their first time flying on a commercial airline.  We took the trip as a well deserved reward for the sacrafices made by our entire family while Jim was in nursing school. 

We surprised the kids with the plane tickets the day before we were scheduled to leave.  They couldn't believe it.  Finally they get to go to NYC.  After packing...none of us could sleep.  We were all so excited!  We left at 1:30am and drove to the Orlando International Airport, the flight left at 5:30am, we arrived in NYC before 8:00am.  Exhausted but too eager to sleep we checked into our hotel in Newark, NJ and took the train from Penn Station straight to the World Trade Center.  As we walked out of the WTC path, I noticed the look on my kids faces, PRICELESS!  All they could say was WOW!!!

My son was the most impressed with the subway system and the fact that the GameStop had two floors.
My daughter was most impressed by all the stores, endless shopping, every teenage girls dream!
Jim, who's biggest hobby is anything to do with food had to find NYC's best pizza!  We think we did.  It was really good.  Unfortunately we also found the world's worst Mexican restaurant.  My son got the chicken wings and we swear they were pigeons from the back alley.

The trip home was just exhausting as the trip there.  Question:  How is it the drive from the hotel to the airport took longer than the flight home?  We arrived back at Orlando International Airport around 1:00am. we got home around 3:00am and Jim had to be at work at 6:30am. hard but he said it was well worth it.  We had a blast!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

     I decided to write about the benefits of Tea Tree Oil.  It is one of my favorites, I use it weekly.  When I was working in the medical field I didn't like using the hand sanitizer they gave us to use.  So I decided to do a little research of my own and I discovered that Tea Tree Oil does the same job and much more!  I put several drops of it in my hand and body lotion.  It is a natural antibacterial.  It's strong to smell but I love it!
     Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca, is a natural disinfectant that was commonly used as a general antiseptic by the aborigine tribes for thousands of years.  The scientific community has confirmed that Tea Tree Oil has tremendous medical benefits.  Uses of Tea Tree Oil is skin infections like acne, boils and carbuncles, toenail fungus and warts.  It can be used to treat bad breath, inflamed gums and plaque (look up the recipes).  Studies have shown that Tea Tree Oil can cure dandruff and help get rid of head lice!
     I'm not saying that Tea Tree Oil is for everybody but if you are looking for a natural way to go to treat anything I mentioned, just do a little research and give it a try.  You may be surprised at what Tea Tree Oil can do for you!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Benefits of Almond Oil

I decided to blog about the benefits of almond oil.  Why? you may ask.  Well I prefer to do all natural healthy remedies, that usually cost less.  Several years back, probably five, one of my finger nails started splitting down the center.  I had never had this before and have always had nice nails.  It really bothered me.  So I did a big no-no and started getting my nails done.  Yes, I decided that acrylic nails would somehow solve my problem.  After two years of acrylic nails, which is expensive, I had them removed and the same nail continued to split.  And now on top of that all of my other nails were really thin.  I was not happy.  So I kept them short and just waited.  I finally asked one of the dermatologist doctors I was working for why my one nail has been splitting all of these years and what could I do to fix it?  He simply said that it was just to dry.  He told me to try nail and hair vitamins from a health food store,  and he told me to try rubbing olive oil or saffron oil.  I took the vitamins and rubbed the olive oil and it really just didn't improve.  I was disappointed.  Then I recently discovered almond oil.  I was watching Dr. Oz and there is was one day, the answer to my problem that had plagued for for five years!  I went to the health food store and purchased a bottle of almond oil.  And after just a few short weeks of use my nail stopped splitting!!!  YIPPEE!!  I was thrilled.  I then discovered that almond oil has many uses and I use it every night!  I now can't live without my almond oil.  So here are some facts on almond oil:
     Almond oil is extracted from two types of almonds, sweet almonds and bitter almonds.  Almond oil has high contents of vitamin E, B, dietary fiber, essential minerals and monounsaturated fats.  It can be used to treat skin problems like rashes, itching and stretch marks ( I've got those too!).  Almond oil is a natural moisturizer and anti-aging properties.  Regular use for the face help to prevent wrinkles!  Who doesn't LOVE that??? Almond oil helps remedy dark circles.  Regular massage of the eyes with almond oil stimulates blood circulation and helps reduce dark circles around the eyes. 
     Almond oil is a great hair tonic.  It prevents and stops hair loss.  Massaging the hair with almond oil makes them thicker, stronger and healthier.  Almond oil is also an effective treatment and cure for dandruff!  Makes your hair really silky soft. 
     Almond oil has numerous health benefits too.  It's helps to lower cholesterol level, stimulates the digestive system, has pain relieving properties.  Almond oil is a brain tonic and helps improve memory and retaining power. Almond oil proves to be one of the best therapies for health and beauty.  So go pick yourself up a bottle and give it a try, you just might be surprised!

Friday, January 13, 2012


Happy Friday Everyone!
I am looking for feedback on technology and how you control it in your family/life.  I know it's so easy to get caught up in the latest gadgets, especially our children.  There are pros's and con's to technology.  How has it impacted your life?  Do you set time limits for your children to play video games/computer time?  Do you set place limits?  Do your children do their schoolwork and chores before socializing and games?  Seems like I am always saying "no texting at the dinner table!" If you take away my daughter's cell phone, oh the drama!  Her and that phone are one.  So I am just wondering how all of the other parents handle the technology in the home.  I can't help to think that we shouldn't forget what life was like before all of these gadgets came into our world, where we actually came from.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Teenage Daughter

Happy Wednesday!
Looking for ideas to help motivate my daughter with her school work.  Her grades are "OK" but could be better.  Girls at this age, 13, are very social.  It's all about friends.  She will be entering high school next year and I am looking for ways to get her motivated to do better and to make that transition easier, if that is even possible??

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Happy Tuesday!
I spend a lot of time cleaning!  Any suggestions and tips for getting it all done?  I've been thinking about starting the switch over to all natural cleaners, not sure how I will like it though.  How many use all natural cleaners?  Are you just as happy with the results if you use all natural cleaners? 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pet Peeve...

What is your biggest pet peeve?  Mine is when my husband takes off his dirty clothes and he throws them down on the closet floor NEXT to the hamper?  Ideas for making this bad habit go away???

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Your thoughts on this......

Welcome to my is the first question, looking for your thoughts!
Years ago a friend of mine told me that her goal was to get her two children, girl and boy, through school without any pregnancy's or drug problems.  Now as a Mom of two teenagers I can fully understand that comment, what do you think?