10 Contact Paper DIYs for Your Home

10 Contact Paper DIYs for Your Home

It took me a while to find a good link for this week’s homemaking post.  Everything is about Christmas right now and, well, I may be in a Christmasy mood, but still, life goes on.  So, I came across this and I thought it had some really cool ideas on how to use contact paper to make different things for around your home.  I’m all into the DIY thing when I have the time and the inclination – it’s the inclination part that bites me in the butt though!  Anyway, here are a few ideas on how to customize different things around your home to make it shine with your personality in mind.  Have fun!

https://www.thespruce.com/contact-paper-diys-for-your-home-4153458?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11505357&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Potato, Leek, and Feta Tart

Potato, Leek, and Feta Tart

I’m back on my meatless trip and I came across this recipe.  Now it seems a bit labor intensive which I usually balk at because if it takes a huge amount of time then I just say forget it; but, for some reason, maybe because it looks really good, I decided to share this link.  I don’t know about you but finding a use for leeks is a bit beyond my culinary gift, but this recipe calls for them which is another reason I thought I’d use it this week – think of it as a challenge.  I hope you give this a try and enjoy it!

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/potato-leek-feta-tart-recipe

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Feeling alone when you’re not

Feeling alone when you’re not

I don’t know about you but a lot of times when I am in the midst of people, I feel all alone.  I know I’m not the only one who has the feeling that if you were to scream, no one would notice.  It’s not a good feeling.  I don’t know why it happens, but it does.  I do better in crowds when my husband is with me, but when I am alone in a crowd, I get anxious.  I don’t like feeling, I don’t know, useless; like everyone has a role to play except me.  I feel like extra baggage.

I don’t have much advice on this matter because it is something I deal with a lot.  It’s why I avoid get-togethers of any variety, not because I don’t like the people, I just prefer my solitude and my dog.  I’m extremely introverted, which you all know about, so it takes a lot out of me to be a part of anything social and I usually need a couple hours of alone time to compensate.  I just prefer a good book and my dog.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with that per se, but avoidance is probably not the healthiest way to handle social situations.

I never learned how to fake a smile or a laugh.  What you see is what you get with me.  That has caused concerns in my marriage because my husband tends to think that I am not a happy person.  He seems to forget the whole bipolar thing and thinks it has to do with him.  I correct him every chance I get because my husband is wonderful and everything he does, he does for me.  He treats me like a queen.  I just don’t know how to fake a good mood.  They say to fake it before you make it, but that just doesn’t bode well with how I am.  I’m an honest person, so faking it just doesn’t appeal to me.  I don’t smile nearly often enough, mostly because I’m worried about something which I shouldn’t be because God has my back, and He can handle anything.

However, I think it is high time that I start to just let go and embrace trying to feel happier.  In reality, what do I have to not be happy about?  I have a roof over my head, my kids and friends, my amazing husband, talent to do whatever I want, and opportunities that others don’t have.  Life is sweet, if you were to just simply stop to smell the roses, as the old adage goes.  I guess what I am trying to say is that no one is ever truly alone, even in a crowd.  Guaranteed, you are not the only person feeling that way, we are all just good at hiding behind facades – well, some of us are! I know there are lots of parties this time of year and family get-togethers and all I can suggest to you is to pick just one person who seems to be a wallflower (like me!) and make conversation with that one person.  You don’t have to work the room or be a social butterfly, just work with one person and you’d be amazed at how that will make things better for you.  That’s my advice anyway, not much to go on, but like I said, I’m constantly working on this myself!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

10 Creative Ways to Wrap Presents Without Wrapping Paper

10 Creative Ways to Wrap Presents Without Wrapping Paper

I thought these were really cool ways to wrap gifts that didn’t involve gift bags and tissue paper – my go to.  I haven’t wrapped with paper in years and one of the gifts I bought this year needed to be wrapped and I failed miserably!  But wrapping gifts in a creative, DIY way seems to be a good final touch to whatever it is you are giving someone – that extra little oomph of care.  So, I hope that you will enjoy this article and take some ideas and apply it to your own gifts this season.

https://www.thespruce.com/alternative-wrapping-paper-4154836?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11433601&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Egg Casserole

Egg Casserole

Here is a very simple egg casserole recipe that only has four ingredients and I used it because of its simplicity.  There is so much room for improvement – adding veggies and green onions, etc.  My husband likes to make an egg casserole each weekend and takes portions of it in his lunch to work for breakfast, but who also doesn’t love breakfast for dinner!  As I said, experiment, have some fun, this is just the ground work! Serve with fruit and whatever kind of bread you would want!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/18816/egg-casserole/

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Actually feeling Christmasy!

Actually feeling Christmasy!

First, sorry about the absence; I just had to take a break from it all, including writing.  I’m usually not a holiday kind of woman, so I was spending time trying to ignore the season – as if that’s even possible anymore.  That and I hate the idea of upcoming tax season, I hate taxes, the whole idea of it just sets me off, but enough about that.

Anyway, I am pleased to inform you that in every blue moon, I get Christmasy.  I spent Friday morning even shopping for Christmas presents, which is a rarity for me.  Not that I don’t like to shop, it just I don’t like to leave home, but you all know that.  My husband seems bent on us having a good Christmas and even went and got the tree and did the decorating and I decided that for a change I would not be all “bah, humbug!” about it.  So, I went and did some shopping, and I actually enjoyed myself – will wonders never cease.

Now I know there are people out there who celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Christ and there are others who go with the whole Santa and reindeer concept.  I really don’t care which you do, it is a free country.  Personally, both bother me, for personal reasons I won’t go into here.  First, December 25th is not Christ’s birthday, period.  I get commemorating it if that is your thing, I really do.  I also get the opposite, although raised in a Christian home, we didn’t celebrate Christ’s birth, it was the traditional Santa and reindeer with the tree type Christmas for me.  And I seem to carry that with me.  We are a product of our parents, no matter how hard we may try to not be.

But the whole point of this post is to say that the Christmas spirit isn’t about how you celebrate it, it’s about how you feel.  Feeling benevolent, generous, happy for others type thing.  What gets me is why we as a people seem to only do it for a few months out of the year and then things go back to the way they were.  Wouldn’t it be nice if all of us were Christmasy all year around?  I wonder what the world would be like then.  I don’t really have much more to say on the subject other than I truly hope that each and every one of you has a really great holiday season.  I pray that you have lots of love and laughter in the days to come with whomever you choose to spend your holiday with.  This is probably all I will say on the subject and most likely next year I will be back to my old “bah, humbug!” self.  I just truly hope and pray for a wonderful Christmas for all and an even better New Year!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

The Best DIY Shoe Storage Ideas

The Best DIY Shoe Storage Ideas

I don’t know about you, but the bottom of my closet is a madhouse of shoes for all seasons and there doesn’t seem to be a way for me to organize them in the least.  So, I came across this post and I thought that I would share it, since I’m probably not the only one with this shoe dilemma.  Some of these ideas are really ingenious and I’m just trying to figure out which one would work best for me in my closet.  I don’t have a lot of extra room which is why they are all on the floor in their boxes and I have to root out the pair I am looking for.  So, pick whichever one of these ideas works best in your home and get those shoes organized!

https://www.thespruce.com/ultimate-guide-boot-and-shoe-storage-4070014?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11154328&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Traditional Style Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Traditional Style Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

I thought I would post one totally vegan recipe.  I’m all into the meatless thing, but I’m not a vegan, but that doesn’t mean that one of you isn’t.  So, with that in mind I thought I would share this recipe.  I love shepherd’s pie and thought that this sounded like a pretty decent recipe to give a try.  It uses only vegan ingredients, and seems relatively simple to do.  I don’t share complicated recipes because if I’m not willing to do it because it’s too complicated than I’m probably not alone, unless you’re a big time foodie, in which case this is probably not the blog for you.  I like simple, I know you all know that by now.  Anyway, I hope you give this recipe a try, or just substitute all the vegan ingredients with regular ones and use ground beef instead of the beef substitute and enjoy the recipe for what it is!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/180735/traditional-style-vegan-shepherds-pie/?internalSource=streams&referringId=16146&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=st_trending_s

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

God may shut a door, but always opens a window

God may shut a door, but always opens a window

As you all know, the whole Mary Kay thing has come to an end and my husband wants me to concentrate on working my first business, the administrative assistant one.  I must admit some conflict here, not that I care about Mary Kay coming to an end, that’s not where the conflict lies.  Part of me wants to have a successful business and have several clients and the whole nine yards with that, the other part of me, the louder part of me, wants to be left the heck alone and just let me take care of my house and snuggle with my dog and read a good book.  Therein lies the conflict, but I’m dealing with it.  Personally, I don’t really care about the whole career thing; it’s one of those things that looks good on paper but, in reality, isn’t all that great.  But my husband wants me to do more than sit on my butt and read, so I am working on the business.

As I told you last week, I met an insurance broker at a local business luncheon.  I met with her and her assistant on Friday for lunch and they were very helpful in explaining what I need to do to become licensed and what I could offer solo insurance principles that would help benefit them.  I know I would need to be licensed and then appointed if I want to write business, as it is called when you write policies.  Also, there is no writing involved, the lawyers do all of that, I would just use what is already written and endorse it.  And, it would most likely be more of a virtual position than an on-site position.  If the agent has an office, then they have a staff and I’m going after the ones that don’t have a staff.  The thing is, it’s freaking me out a bit and here’s why.  First, I’m learning a whole new industry, which is no big deal really, I’ve done it before and I can do it again.  Second, I have no idea how to do this virtually – that’s the big one.  I could offer to handle the phones, but I don’t know how the calls would be redirected to me to answer them.  It’s the minute details that always give me pause and I don’t know why that is.  It’s just a matter of working these details out, which I know God has already done, I just have to trust Him to do it.

But, my point to all this is that God does shut doors, but He then opens a window.  You just have to be brave enough to go through the window not knowing where you’ll land.  Is it easy?  Nope, not at all.  As you all know, trusting God is not my strongest attribute, which is sad considering all He is capable of doing.  As I always tell myself, God created the universe; I think He can handle my little problems and issues.  I don’t know if I am on the path that God wants me on, but I’ll find out pretty fast.  It seems that when you are on the path He wants you to take, He clears it of hurdles.  Well, at least the big ones. So, I will go into insurance with a couple of friends at my side that are willing to guide me along the way and offer all the advice that they can give me.  God provided that.   I know these ladies that I met for lunch are very willing to help me and I thank God for that because I am entering foreign territory and having friends behind the lines is a God-send.  So, I will be brave and jump through that window and trust that God will catch me on the other side.  It’s all I can do at this point!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

100 DIY Projects To Upgrade Your Home

100 DIY Projects To Upgrade Your Home

I thought I would share an all-encompassing article for DIY projects for every room in your home.  It has so many great ideas that you are bound to find at least one that you will want to do.  I love the whole DIY thing, got that from my husband – he can create anything out of the most basic things.  Besides, you give it your own twist and it is a unique piece of furniture or accessory instead of some store-bought item.  So, have fun and make something great for your home.

https://www.thespruce.com/diy-projects-to-upgrade-your-home-4114737?utm_campaign=needlesl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11127636&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth