Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Election Day

What I remember most about election day when it comes around isn't political debates, worrying about who will serve our country the best, or how important it is to be educated before voting. What I remember was getting up early on election day, Helping my papaw feed the horses and hopping into his old Chevy truck with the 9 foot antenna whipping in the wind (lol), and tire mounted on the front that i could never see over because I was always sitting in the middle right next to him. We would hop in, SOMETIMES buckle up and take our journey to Mullins ridge where he voted.
I remember Watching his every move. Listening to what he talked about, and somehow knowing in my young years that he took this very seriously. He would always talk openly with me on what the right decision was, and why he was voting the way he did. I later found out that voting was something ( him being an older man) he never discussed with my mother, or grandma but he did with me. 
He would give his name and show his I.D. and then we would go into the voting booth. He would let me turn the levers, and make sure they were pushed fully so his vote would count! I always remember pulling the lever to open the curtain and having to have help. he would always make sure that it was pulled all of the way so that his vote would count!
when I turned 18, I remember registering to vote. I also remember a little over a month after turning 18, was my first time voting! I got a phone call early that morning reminding me that it was election day, and that I needed to wake up and get ready to vote. He asked if I wanted him to go with me for support and discussed who we were voting for, and why. Of course we agreed... Those are the memories I have of election day growing up.

As election day 2012 gets closer I find myself torn. I really have no choice who to choose or if I even want to vote! YES I said I have no idea if I will vote! I have too many things about BOTH men that I do not like. Whether its Obama's outlook on EPA regulations, and running coal out of business by setting expenses for mines to run high, (which I cannot stand), he is for gay marriage, abortions, not to mention he wants to pas a law that makes it OK for the government to organize us into work groups. What? A take on slavery what? LAST TIME I CHECKED THIS WAS A DEMOCRACY NOT A FRIGGIN' DICTATORSHIP!
On the other hand, he has done wonders for the money involved with education and supports education! THIS is also a big deal!
As for Romney, He wants to take funding from education and lets not mention he just wants the richer to get richer and the poorer poorer. The only good thing that I have heard that he does is support coal! ( this is being a mommy and not reading into too much news because im constantly hounded for cartoons PLEASEEEE MOMMMMMM)

I'm so torn on who to vote for that I honestly think I will just stay home on election day 2012 (don't you tell my grandpa!) I could run each candidate into the ground with things that are wrong and still not have one or the other come up better.

So who are you voting for in 2012 and why? Please comment below. I know it can be a little touchy at times to comment but hang in there and rest assure that the issue is being fixed on!



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mommy's Break #4

True or False?
As a child I would hear my Mamaw and my Mom talk about doing and not doing things at certain times because of the signs on the Almanac calendar, the weather or because of something else. I never really paid a lot of attention to those things until I got older. I am sure that some of you have heard some of the same things and wondered if they are true or false. I am going to share a few of the things that I have found to be true or false. The outcome will surprise you I think.
  • Breaking your baby from the bottle when the almanac signs are in the waist:
I did try to break Kaleigh before the signs were right and had little success. I then waited until the signs were in the waist and had no problem what so ever. So in my book this is TRUE.

  • Making fudge when it rains will not set up and will turn grainy:
I have tried to make every type of fudge when it is raining. It never sets up and it turns grainy every time. This one…..TRUE.

  • Having teeth pulled when the almanac signs are in the bowels:
This is one that I have heard over and over in my lifetime. I have never had to have any teeth pulled but my ex-husband made an appointment to have his wisdom teeth pulled out. I looked on the calendar to see where the signs were going to be that day and they were going to be in the bowels. I told him to change his appointment because my Mamaw always said that if the signs were in the bowels and you had teeth pulled that you would set up dry socket. He laughed at me and made fun of the fact that we follow the signs on the almanac calendar. He kept the appointment and had all four wisdom teeth pulled. The next day he was in severe pain and went back to the dentist. He had set up dry socket in all four holes. I got my chance to say, “I told you so” and he never second guessed my almanac calendar advice. I think this one is TRUE.

  • Saying” Thank You” to someone that gives you a plant:
My Mamaw wanted a flowering cabbage plant and I found her one. When I gave it to her she told me that she couldn’t say thank you because the plant would die if she did. I had been around her enough to know that she knew what she was talking about. I had to have a hysterectomy and my boss sent me this beautiful plant and when he came to see me I thanked him without even thinking. I babied that plant in every way and I swear within two weeks that plant was dead and there was no bringing it back. Believe me or not but this one is TRUE.

  • Canning while on your monthly cycle:
I have heard this so many times in my life. The first year I had my own garden I was so excited about all the canning I was going to do. I grew so many vegetables and canned everything I could. When it came time to can my tomatoes I was on my monthly cycle but for some reason I forgot all about what I had been told my whole life. I canned thirty-six quarts of tomatoes and the first can I opened was spoiled and I thought it was just a bad jar. Slowly I started opening all the jars and every single one of them was spoiled. This was heart breaking to me and I remembered that I was on my monthly cycle when I canned them. It was a hard lesson to learn but I learned that this is TRUE from my own mistake.

These are just a few fun facts that I have learned and experienced through my life. I hope that you have enjoyed these fun facts and maybe even learned a thing or two. As always, have a great week and I will be back next Tuesday.

Much Love, Vanessa

Friday, October 19, 2012

Monday Morning Awesomness #1

Freedie Friday

Here it is! the first official giveaway for Mommy's quite time! I hope you all are excited. Please enter to get your copy of the CHILD TRAINING BIBLE!

Go check out their website.

And their FB Page as well

Please comment below to be entered to win your own copy! I have 5 that I will be giving away

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tasty Thursday #2

Here is a neat little recipe I just tried out last week. Great for something quick and tasty!

Pizza Dippers

Ingredients are as follows

One packet of Italian seasoning
Two can's of biscuits
two packs of pepperonis
shredded (or sliced) cheese
non stick cooking spray

the recipe is simple.  All you do is take a pizza pan, spray it with the cooking spray and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Open your cans of biscuits and pat each one out as if you were patting out a hamburger patty. lay them on a flat surface and then put in your ingredients. First your cheese and then pepperoni. After doing all 20, you take the edges and fold them in. Pinching them as they come together. After pinching them shut you put what once was the open side down on the pan and bake until brown.

After they have about 5 minutes to cool take and brush a light coating of melted butter (i use water) on top and sprinkle the Italian seasoning on top!

Serve on a plate with the pizza sauce for dipping and enjoy!

Pretty simple huh? Let me know if you try it and what you think in the comment section! 

Happy Thursday!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wise Wednesday #1

10 Foods That are shaped like the body part they are good for!

I found this article when reading through Woman's Day online. I thought I would share with you all and add my own kick to it.

 Celery looks just like bones, and its really good for them too! "Celery is a good source of silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength" (Dr. Moualavi) Bones are 23% sodium and so is celery. It also helps lower cholesterol. Packed with powerful antioxidants this super food is also known as a natural diuretic and is a negative calorie food. Photos by istockphoto

If you cur a carrot into slices crosswise it's easy to see that it resembles and eye. Look even closer and you will notice a pattern of lines that copy the pupil and iris. Eating carrots actually does promote healthy eyes. "The beta-carotene decreases the chance of macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in older people." (Sasson Moulavi, M.D.)
Photos by istockphoto

The look of a walnut sure does resemble the human brain. It even looks like it has a left and right hemisphere. After taking a close look its really not surprising that they are nicknamed "brain food" Walnuts are packed FULL of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function. They are also known to TRIPLE the melatonin levels in the body. Melatonin is one of the body's sleep regulating hormones. They like all nuts help lower cholesterol and improve heart health when eaten as a part of a healthy diet.

The light bulb shape of an avocado looks like a uterus, and it supports reproductive health as well. The are a good source of folic acid. Folate has been found to reduce the risk of cervical dysplasia which is a precancerous condition. Photos by iStockphoto and Shutterstock

Studies have offered evidence that clams, which bear a resemblance to the testicles, are actually good for the male sex organs. Clams are full of folic acid and zinc. Both of these have a significant effect on improving semen quality in men.
Photos by Shutterstock and 3D Clinic

The resemblance between grapefruit and oranges is more than just a coincidence. these super fruits contain a substance called limonoids, which have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer in lab animals and in human breast cells.
 Photos by iStockphoto and

If you slice open a tomato you will notice the RED vegetable has multiple chamber that resemble the structure of a heart. Studies have found that men and women who eat tomatoes have a decreased risk of heart disease because of the lycopene in them. AND if you mix them with a little fat like olive or avocado, it will boost your body's lycopene absorption nearly tenfold
Photos by iStockphoto and 3D Clinic

Red wine, which is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, including powerful resveratrol, looks like blood. "When you drink it, you're really loading up on the healthy stuff that protects against destructive things in the blood, like LDL cholesterol, which can cause heart disease," says Somer. "There's also a blood-thinning compound in red wine, so it reduces blood clots, which are associated with stroke and heart disease." Photos by iStockphoto

 Anyone who's ever reached for a glass of ginger ale when they’ve had a stomachache knows about the anti nausea effects of ginger. So it's fitting that the herb somewhat resembles the digestive organ. According to Dr. Moulavi, "gingerol, which is the ingredient responsible for ginger's pungent scent and taste, is listed in the USDA database of phytochemicals as having the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting." Photos by iStockphoto

The oblong sweet potato bears a strong resemblance to the pancreas, and also promotes healthy function in the organ. "Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is a potent antioxidant that protects all tissues of the body, including the pancreas, from damage associated with cancer or aging," says Somer. Photos by Shutterstock

Read more: Food Nutrition Facts - Healthy Living Tips at - Woman's Day

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mommy's Break # 3

As a child I loved dressing up for Halloween. My Mom and Mamaw Inez always made sure I had the best costumes ever. Then when I had Kaleigh I wanted her to have memories of how I would make her costumes too. I didn’t always make her costumes because she sometimes wanted a store bought costume which broke my heart but I let her buy some from time to time. I most creative costumes are the ones that I am going to share with you. I hope you find these ideas useful and maybe even use one:
 Cute Scarecrow:
Kaleigh’s first Halloween I dressed her up as a Scarecrow but a cute girlie Scarecrow. I dressed her in a pair of pink overalls, white long sleeve shirt and pair of little boots. I went to a craft store and bought a little straw doll hat, white craft spray paint, multi colored yarn, a roll of pastel checkered ribbon and some thin elastic. I spray painted the hat white and hot glued the ribbon around the hat. I used an elastic headband that she had and tied strands of yarn all around it for the hair. I stitched the elastic together to fit around her hands and feet and tied yarn around those as well for the straw effect. I got some Halloween face paint and painted her little nose and cheeks for a final touch. She was so adorable and I entered in the Halloween Costume Contest at Wal-Mart and she won 1st place and we were so proud.

When she was 2 I dressed her up as a little hobo and she pushed her little play shopping cart around for the full effect. I took an old pair of her denim overalls and sewed some patches on the knees and a few other places out of some extra material I had in my sewing stuff. I had her wear a little white t-shirt and I stuffed her with a small baby pillow. She wore two different shoes and a corduroy blazer that was her cousin’s. She wore a bright pink straw hat that came with a dress up kit and I stuck a big fake sunflower down in the top of the hat. She loved to push around her play shopping cart so I told her what a great idea to use it with this costume. I took a bottle of Wesson Oil and wrapped a paper bag around it and put it in the shopping cart. Last but not least I took some brown eye shadow and smudged some on her face to look like dirt. She was so cute and loved the costume. I took her to Food City for the dress-up contest and she was the winner in her age group so she was really happy about winning that $50.

The Bubble Bath:
This is probably my favorite. I dressed Kaleigh up like a bubble bath and it really was awesome and was easier than you may think. I used a white laundry basket and taped white paper on the inside to cover the holes. I then cut a hole in the bottom out of it with a box cutter so that she could put her legs in it and drilled a screw in each corner in the bottom. I went to the craft section at Wal-Mart and bought 4 white Styrofoam balls. I put one on each screw to look like the legs. I then drilled 4 holes in the top of the basket roughly 4 to 6 inches from the end on each side. I used some sturdy rope to feed through from front to back on each side so that it looked like long handles. I had her step into the hole in the bottom and the rope rested on each shoulder. I blew up some pink and white balloons and tied them on each string so that she looked as if she was surrounded by bubbles. She wore a white sweat suit and to put the final touches I had her wear a shower cap, carry a shower brush and wear some cute character house slippers. This too was another first place winner in the Halloween Costume Contest at Wal-Mart. I really wish I could find my pictures to share with you. 

Hickory Dickory Dock:
In Kindergarten they asked them to dress like a character from a Nursery Rhyme. That was the first one that came to me for some reason. I cut the sides of a rather large box and cut it down to cover her front and back. I spray painted the cardboard brown and then painted a gold chime on the front one. I used string to tie the two pieces together so that it would just slip over her head. She had a toy mouse that I glued on the painted chime. I then used an eyeliner pencil to draw a clock face on her face with the hands at 1 o’clock. Everyone just gushed over this one.


I really hope you have enjoyed these ideas and find some of them helpful this Halloween. It will soon be here and I hope you and your family have a Happy and Safe Halloween.\

Much Love, Vanessa 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Motivated Monday #2

Here are a few motivation kickers for your Monday! Hope you enjoy! Check back next Monday for more!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mommy's Break #2 How to give your children Freedom

                                How to Give Your Children Freedom While Still Holding On

As you all know I am a single mother of a 14 year old daughter. Since she was 12 or so she has wanted
some type of freedom and not have her mom tagging along all the time. I remember being her age and
wanting the same thing but times was different then. I put much thought into letting her do things but
still knowing what she was doing at the same time without smothering her. I remember letting her go
to the skating rink for the first time without me being right there watching every step. I was a nervous
wreck and worried the entire time. The agreement between Kaleigh and me was that she had to use
her cell phone every 30 minutes and call me and check in. She didn’t want to do this of course but the
topic was non-negotiable. We made it through the first night without a hitch and she was happy that
she got to have a little freedom. As time went on I made her do this at all times no matter where she
went and she knew if she disobeyed me that there would be serious consequences. Of course there
were other rules she had to follow and she knew that at any time I could be watching or could pop up
out of the blue without warning. I have lectured her about behaving herself and conducting herself as a
young lady at all times. As many parents do, I just want her to be a good person and respect herself at
all times. Here are a few things I have learned along the way and I would like to share them with you.

1. Do set boundaries and rules when making a decision to let your child have some freedom:
Let them know that this is a privilege and it can be taken away at any time. Set rules like how
often they must call and check in.

2. Do praise them when they have obeyed the rules and done as you asked:
Tell them how proud you are of them for doing as you asked. That shows them that you did pay

3. Do pop in at some time unannounced when you have given them freedom
This lets them know that you are not bluffing and that you are watching. This puts the fear in
them of breaking the rules and fear of the consequences.

4. Don’t ignore their requests for freedom:

Sometimes when we don’t listen to our children and give them a chance to prove themselves
they tend to do as they want and can end up in big trouble.

5. Do give them a reason if their request is denied:
I remember growing up my dad saying “NO” and I would ask why and he would say “Because
I said so”. Let your kids know the reasons as to why you are saying NO. Explain the dangers of
their request and your fears. This lets them know that you are just not saying NO without a
reason and often when explained they understand.

6. Do reward them with decreasing your demands after they have obeyed them for a period of

This lets your kids know that you appreciate their good behavior and that they are earning your
trust. For example after a period of time you can decrease the amount of times they have to
check in.

7. Do let you your kids know that you are there for them even if they mess up:
This is something you will hear me repeat time and time again. Let your kids know that even
though they may have broken the rules or done something you disapprove of that you are
always there for them and that you love them. We are all human and mess up but as parents
we love our kids no matter what and they should know that. You can punish them for breaking
the rules while at the same time letting them know you love them.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Motivated Monday #1

Happy Monday! (yea yea I know whats so happy about a Monday?) Well, regardless of how dreaded Monday is for everyone, BE BLESSED that you are alive another day to enjoy it :)

So excited to start out our full week on the new blog and excited about some free stuff to give away this week! On Friday I will have an awesome giveaway for all of my Christian followers out there! I will give you a hint. I use it in my home, it helps me, my husband, and my family through all kinds of situations.

you guessed it yet? lol

I will be taking entries on Friday and will be picking the winner on Sunday afternoon. Winner will be notified Monday (10-7-12)

Are you excited yet????

Now, onto the task at hand! HA! perfect pun for today's theme huh? Motivated Monday is going to be all about YOU GUESSED IT...MOTIVATION! Anything from organizing, workouts, to IDK whatever I come up with that motivates!

This morning I am going to share my playlist that I use to get me up and moving! This may not be to your taste, and is totally random but if you are like me you will LOVE it. I will give you a list of my top 20 songs (ha ha I have a ton more than that on my Spotify playlist but I figure 20 is enough to get started :) If you would like my full list comment me or Email me and I will be happy to send it your way.

SO PUT THIS MUSIC ON, GET UP, GET READY, GET CLEANING, AND START YOUR DAY EARLY TODAY! (you can thank me later when you're done early with all chores and can relax for a while


1. Get Low- Lil John & The Eastside Boyz
2. Baby- Justin Beiber
3. Wobble- VIC
4. Too Close- Alex Clare
5. Lights- Pierre Cardin
6. Starship- Nicki Minaj
7. Countdown- Beyonce'
8. 5-1-5-0- Dierks Bentley
9. Stronger(what doesn't kill you)- Kelly Clarkson
10.Can't be tamed- Miley Cyrus
11.The way I are- Timbaland
12.Pontoon- Little Big Town
13.Feel like makin love- Pontoon
14.County Girl (shake it for me)- Luke Bryan
15. Copperhead Road- Steve Earl
16. Rain is a good thing- Luke Bryan
17. Boondocks- Little Big Town
18. Little White Church- Little Big Town
19. Faith- Limp Bizkit
20. Jump Around- House of pain