Wordless Wednesday #12

Originally posted 2012-06-27 05:54:00.

5 Ways to Change Your Day with Music!

Music can change the way one feels, thinks, acts and feels! There are so many songs that inspire so much within me, whether it be good or bad, it can change my mindset and my motivation.

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Music is everywhere, even in the pleasant sounds of nature.  I could sit for hours just listening to the birds sing to each other as the insects make their calls out!  I use to think it was so funny that people would actually pay for albums that played nature sounds but now that I live in town and don’t get down to the creek like I once did, I can totally see why it’s worth it.  I attempted to just record the sound of the flowing river, but my poor phone was not up to capturing the amazing sound of the water flowing gently down the way.

I also have to point out that when my husband sings to me, I melt like a little fan girl.  No matter how I’m feeling right before he starts, my resolve dissipates and I’m lost in his beautiful voice, deep, soulful eyes and I fall right into his arms.   I have tried to fight it, I failed.  Does your significant other melt your heart like that?

Five Ways to Change Your Day with Music

  1. Set your phone or alarm clock to wake you up to an upbeat mix of your favorite jams from way back in the day.  The nostalgia mixed with the awesome beats will wake you up feeling refreshed, youthful and happy!  Much better than the buzzer!
  2. Take a break from everything for the duration of one song with no words, sit somewhere quiet (you may have to hide) and close your eyes for the duration.  When the song is done, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed!
  3. If your spouse works, quei up some type of music that uplifts him/her!  My husband coming home to jazz playing lightly throughout the house can do so much to start the de-stressing of the work day and transition his mind to a better place!
  4. Bedtime playlist: if you have children having a play list that starts a certain amount of time before bed will teach train them to know that it’s time to start winding down, eventually simply hearing that first song will get them to start getting themselves ready!  How great is that!
  5. No kids?  No worries, Make a playlist for you, turn off the distractions and spend that time pampering yourself!  It will pay off, I promise!

Be sure and check out the Film and Television composer John Jesensky, AKA John Ross Jesensky, on your search for new music!  I always love listening to new music and you may even find your next new favorite!  I’d love to hear what you have found that you love!  I’m always open to new music!

 

Mock Sonic Limeades

Sonic Limeades are delicious and this recipe is even better! Try out this Mock Sonic Limeade, you’ll be so glad you did!

Mock Sonic Limeade Recipe

First, I have to note.  Having a blender is not a necessary contraption.  I mean, there are all kinds of devices that can sort of do the same thing.  The food processor, for example, could surely blend a drink.  Right?  Or, considering we can get crushed ice out of our fridge, a close second could be obtained using that.
However, since our blender died a couple of days ago, nothing seems to make me feel like wanting to blend a drink more!  Especially since I found this recipe and fell in love with it, right before the stupid thing decided to die.
So, I suppose I will be getting online today, in search of replacing my blender.  Joy of joys.  We’ve only had that thing a year or so!  Of course, Chief Zoo Keeper does use it almost literally every day….  Still….

Now, past my venting and on to the good stuff!  BTW, tastes just like sonic except as a slushy since the ice is blended in.  You could quite easily leave it out and use regular ice.  😀

Mock Sonic Limeades!

2 c water
1 c lime juice
1/4 c sugar
5-6 Strawberries (could use more or less)
(also could use cherries if you prefer)
ice.  didn’t measure…
Fill blender with ice.  Add other ingredients.  Blend.
I know, it’s rocket science but you can do it!

What’s your favorite cool down drink on a hot summer day???

Originally posted 2012-06-26 12:49:00.

Easy Money & Collector Bills

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Teen Room Decor: Magnet Strip

Hey Everyone!  I made this for Monkey for Christmas and thought I would share it with ya!  It was quick and easy and she really likes it!  😀  Also, for those of you turning green–> all re-purposed!  😀

I had taken apart two boards that were bound by this strip of metal.  A lovely gentleman helped me get all of the tacks out!  Anyway, I sort of somewhat flattened it out and covered it with some material I had laying around.  I used hot glue to secure the material and add on a bit of ribbon to hang it!  It’s pretty sturdy, I was honestly a bit surprised!  She uses it to put her favorite comics on right now, but I’m sure that will change!  😀

This could be made a bit sporty for a boys room as well!  I made the magnets out of some magnet rounds from some store or another!  They have to be heavier magnets than, say, advertising magnets!  They are embellished with some scrapbook tabs!  😀

Anyway, I hope you like!  Any suggestions about where to find  more around house metal items to re-purpose?  You could always flatten out cans, that would make an interesting piece of decor!  

Originally posted 2012-02-26 20:42:00.

Birthday Chronicle Review

Hey Everyone!  I recently got to review the Birthday Chronicle by ‘Because I Tried It‘.  They are really cute, but not quite what I expected!  I had an issue printing it and had to do it multiple times to get my print to be able to print to a decent size frame.  The file wanted to cut itself in two.  I’m hoping the lovely and talented author finds a fix for that!  In order to get mine to print properly, I simply made the printer shrink it to fit one page!  😀

As for content, it was cute.  It wasn’t made for history buffs, simply for novelty purposes.  But then, of course it is for novelty!  Chief Zoo Keeper is a history buff, so I really think he would have liked one that was more realistic!  I think it wold be cool if it had an ad on the page from the year chosen, but I could see how difficult it would be to add that in without offending someone.
Delivery was quick and efficient.  It was received in a couple of days.  I was impressed with the time it took to get back to me!  My order was sent within 3 days.  Since it arrives via email, you can get vintage or off white paper at Hobby Lobby or wherever you shop to get a more realistic newspaper print color!  Frame that puppy up and you’ve got a great birthday gift!
I love that this can be used to get our kids involved in reading the news!  It also inspires an interest in history!  For example, making a game out of what happened that day in history!  Great for both boys and girls!
As you can guess, I really like the birthday chronicle!  It’s something different and personal.  It would be great for scrapbooks or putting in a frame on the wall!  A great personalized gift for anyone, at anytime!
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Originally posted 2012-02-16 15:15:00.

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Good Times

 I hate thinking of things to do with seemingly random pictures, but this one turned out pretty well.  I framed some of the shots to bring out colors and aligned a stamp on the bottom so it wouldn’t seem like a bare spot.

Chief Zoo Keeper loves laughter shots, so I took a few.  We were visiting a dear friend, the best man at our wedding, in fact, and introducing him to our daughter for the first time.  There is always lots of laughter when we see him, especially since it’s few and far between!  He lives in Lousiana and we just don’t get to hang out much!

Since you can’t read the journaling, the frog probably seems kind of random to ya.  It was Monkey’s first ever gift from her Granny-Momma.  I used the tags from the frog to embellish the page and explained it in the journal page.

What is the most out of the ordinary thing you’ve used in your scrapbook???

Originally posted 2012-01-22 02:24:00.

The Answer

jeremy camp the answerJeremy Camp’s new album The Answer features some awesome new songs that you aren’t going to want to miss!  Word of Life is one of my favorites.  Too often we forget that the Word IS the answer and I feel like we can never be reminded enough that it IS.  Recently my life decided I needed that reminder, God decided it was time to pull me back.  My pain, anger and grief had pulled me to a dark place and as I was learning to cope and let go of my anger toward Him.  I’m so thankful that we serve a God that is our Father and remembers that we are but children.  Whatever your place is right now, I hope that you remember He is there, waiting for you to run back into His arms.  Oddly enough, the song Awake O Sleeper may be just the song to go with that sentiment!  And for the record, I did not do that on purpose, the tie in was a happy accident.

Jeremy’s album release date is October 6th, 2017.  If this is the type of music that lifts your spirits and reminds you to follow your Father you should definitely get yours now!  Jeremy Camp has a beautiful voice and the melodies from his new songs are just as fabulous as all of his other music before: uplifting and inspiring.  As for the album, I have to say I do not love the cover.  I’m not a fan of modern type stuff anyway but it just doesn’t look like him.  LOL.  I was surprised to see how he actually looks after seeing his actual picture.  On the album he almost looks Italian, but in reality he’s a blue eyed young man that seems to be embracing the hipster look.  haha.  Just a bit of my crazy for you, doesn’t change that he has a wonderful singing voice.  I’m guessing if you are a fan, you already knew what he looks like.  I was disappointed to find that his website doesn’t tell much about him or his band but I’m sure I could find it elsewhere.  Off to explore the interwebs!

 

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