Archives for February 2013

Review: Personal Creations – The Perfect Site For Confirmations and Baptism Gifts






I was invited to do a personal review of this charming website for personalized gifts. They have a generous supply of personalized religious items. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. To be honest, I fell in love with the site. They house everything from personalized picture frames, teddy bears, crosses to Bibles.


I was so delighted and fascinated with these exquisite items. I don’t have to visit a Hallmark store, or other gift store! I can relax and conveniently shop for items I can purchase for my grandchildren all from this one website.


And what a perfect time! We’re expecting our second grandchild in May. What perfect choices for our baby’s Baptism that will be coming up! I won’t have to wonder what to buy. In fact, I know exactly what I’m going to purchase. 😉




Below are just a few of the items displayed on the site



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What grandparent would NOT love all these items?! How extraordinarily awesome.

I also found the items reasonably priced

Also See Coupons Available Here.

Do you have a first communion or baptism coming up? Hop on over to Personal Creations. They have everything you need regarding gift ideas.

Personal Creations also has special gifts For Her and For Him, for the home, and also a Clearance section. Be sure and get full details by visiting.



Visit Personalized Creations on Facebook and Twitter.


Be sure and visit their blog too! 🙂

* Request their catalog Here

* To sign up to receive their emails, simply look for the link toward the bottom of their website.


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My New Favorite Travel Apps – Guest Post



Making time for a getaway with the girlfriends can sometimes feel like planning for a trip to climb Mount Everest. You have to plan months in advance, prepare work ahead of time, and then there’s a need for new attire (or at least an excuse to buy that new dress).
But my recent venture to the Windy City with my girlfriends was worth all the prep. Planning ahead—and tackling all those spur-of-the-moment problems while on the trip—was much easier thanks to tech gadgets and a great batch of apps and online resources.

Prior to the trip we planned the basics–hotels, general itinerary, whose car got the honor of toting our suitcases. Finding where we were staying was likely the toughest call, mainly because the options abound. We obviously wanted to find something that would meet our budget and our standards for cleanliness and safety. is a great place to start with reviews. It also connects with your Facebook account to show you the reviews your friends have made. Choose Chicago became a great resource with its online site and app that helped connect us to the best Chicago hotels. It also came in handy when we got to planning the good stuff, especially when paired with TripAdvisor’s forums and tourism page. Both provided great ideas for the best museums, shopping, entertainment and restaurants.

When we hit the open road, the long stretches of highway never felt like the desolate Wild West thanks to the AroundMe app. Whether we needed a gas station, ATM, or a place to get a quick bite, AroundMe told us where our nearest options were so we didn’t have to waste time wandering. Even better, it meant we weren’t confined to making quick decisions on bathroom breaks based solely on what we could see from the interstate.

As we hit the city, Waze gave us the scoop on traffic jams and important detours to know about. Parking was also made a little easier with iCarPark. Losing your car in a concrete jungle doesn’t have to happen with this handy app that helps you mark its location.

Chicago is a public transit city, so when we didn’t want to break the car out of its safe resting place, we turned to the CTA to get a true Chicago travel experience. Several apps exist to help you keep track of your transit options, including Buster for the bus and Arrivals for the train.

Inside our hotel room, finalizing plans for the day were simple with Choose Chicago, which kept us posted on events during the span of our trip and even provided sample itineraries. When wanting to get a true taste of Chicago, we often used the LocalEats app to find the unique culinary options the city has to offer.

Spending time with the girlfriends in the big city was a delight, especially with all the on-the-go apps that helped us make the most of our trip!

About the Author: Danielle enjoys visiting The Windy City and staying in Chicago hotels with her girlfriends whenever her hectic schedule allows a weekend away from home. She gets less than excited about riding on The L while she is there.

My Weekend Prayers – From iPad – Daily Prayers App


I love this app on my iPad! Just touch more on the “Daily Prayers” app and inspirational prayers come up on the screen. You can post them on Facebook, post them on Twitter, email them or just copy them. I absolutely love it!


It gets me to reading the scriptures more often that’s for sure! 🙂



I am weary, God. Please fill me with Holy Spirit energy.

Dear Lord, I give You my heart that You may love in me – love the Father and love all humankind.

Dear Lord, I thank You for the Grace of being alive this morning.

I thank You for the sleep that has refreshed me.

I love You, Lord, with all my heart!

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Dear Lord, please help me to carry on with strength on this day that You have given me.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Lord God, I pray that I may not neglect the help and happiness that I may give with compassion and love.

Dear Lord, keep my thoughts fixed on what is true, pure, excellent and worthy of praise.

Have an awesome week! 🙂


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Six Tips to Create a “Grandma Camp”


A “Grandma Camp” allows you to give parents a break and spend special time with your favorite grandkids — which is to say, all your grandkids! While it’s easier to plan a grandma camp with grandchildren who live closer to you, you can still do it with those living far away. Follow these tips to bond with your grandkids and create a new family tradition that everyone will love.

1.Plan ahead on the date

Kids these days are overscheduled for everything. So the first rule of grandma camp is to pick a date months in advance. Not only does advance notice give you time to prepare everything for a successful camp, but it ensures that everyone can meet on a day or time that’s convenient to them. Other reasons to plan in advance? If parents want to take a weekend getaway or plan an extended vacation, they have time to research and request vacation days from work. If grandchildren need to fly across country to see you, parents can shop around for inexpensive tickets.

2. Ask parents for input

It’s always a good idea to check in with parents on what types of activities are and are not recommended during grandma camp. If four of your five grandkids know how to swim, do they want you taking a trip to the lake and trying to teach Little Timmy how to swim or would they prefer he learn at home? The expectations can go both ways, too. For example, you might want to host a three-day grandma camp while parents would prefer a week-long camp.

3. Plan fun activities activities

Check in with interests, activities and hobbies your grandchildren practice to plan fun activities for camp. Is Little Timmy learning his ABC’s? Stock up on reading toys and books. Is Big Sis Janet taking violin lessons? Perhaps there is a music school or camp nearby she can attend while doing grandma camp.

If the idea of planning a week’s worth of activities exhausts you, look for community resources. You may be able to send the grandkids to day camp for part of the day to take some of the pressure off you. Or you might succeed in introducing kids to other grandchildren visiting their Nanas.

4. Allow them to call mom and dad throughout the camp

It’s natural for kids and parents alike to miss one another. Allow kids to call their parents and check in. Parents can find out how things are going, offer tips for fussy eaters and troublemakers and benefit from feeling like everything is going well.

5 Take photos

You’ll definitely want photos of precious moments with grandkids, especially if you don’t live close to them and don’t get to see them often. Take plenty of photos to email parents throughout the camp to have as mementos. You may even want to create a scrapbook or photo group as a holiday gift for grandkids or their parents.

6 Make t-shirts

As one of your activities, make fun t-shirts with the grandkids that say “Grandma Camp.” These can be as simple as Sharpies and plain tee shirts or as elaborate as fabric paint and stencils. Have kids wear then on your outings together, and don’t’ forget to make one for yourself too!

These tips will help get you started on a successful grandma camp. Begin planning well in advance to dedicate time to logistics such as food, sleeping arrangements and outdoor excursions. Planning can help the camp go smoothly and create so many positive memories your grandchildren will treasure!

About The Author

Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area and she writes on behalf of Sears and other deserving brands. She writes about hosting a fun grandma camp with all the best activities and toys. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

Scriptures For The Week and Christian Forums to Share



I’m constantly searching for spiritual encouragement. While performing searches this morning, I came upon a few Christian message boards. I thought I’d share those with you today. 🙂 With everything going on in my life currently, (or any time), it’s a good idea to surround myself with spiritual individuals and also the scriptures.

I have been thinking about Faith Healing recently. And yes, I believe in miracles! See my post Here. I’m quite candid about it! lol

I should remember all these wonderful things when faced with tests and hard times. I’ve been so super busy as of late, I honestly have not taken the time to read my Bible as I should. With my comings and goings, I could easily take my Bible with me, or…even my iPad. I have all kinds of prayer and religious eBooks on the iPad. I could also easily slip that into my purse when leaving.

However, my memory is so very short these days! 🙁

Here you go with a few scriptures for encouragement…

James 5:13-16
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Matthew 9:27-31
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.
28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
Luke 8:50
50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

The forums that I found…

For Encouragement For Life Situations and Losses

Have an awesome week! 🙂

Suggestion​s for Valentines​ – Recipes and More – Monthly Food Column





Suggestions for Your Sweetheart

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From Dennis Weaver Of The Prepared Pantry

I’ve been married for 33 years to Merri Ann. She’s the light of my life. My joy is to please her. She can’t eat wheat but I can make her a Legendary Flourless Chocolate Cake. I’ll drizzle it with raspberry sauce and top it with raspberry whipped cream with a touch of cream cheese added.


Make a chocolate pie. See these recipes. A chocolate pie is a great choice for your sweetheart. Choices include a French Silk Pie, a Mississippi Mud Pie, and more. (You can make a Mississippi Mud Pie from a mix.)


Make Raspberry White Chocolate Scones. Here’s breakfast on Valentine morning, absolutely divine. Read the reviews. “The tastiest, flakiest scone I’ve ever baked/eaten . . . worth every calorie!” Make Raspberry White Chocolate Scones for only $4.99, Regular $7.25


Make Cupcakes. Yesterday we made raspberry chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling and raspberry cream cheese frosting. The day before, we made the cherry version. If you want to go really special, make Maple Bacon Cupcakes. See how to make these cupcake recipes.


Make Chocolate Lover’s Muffins. These are a breeze—just add water. They’re made with famous Ramstadt Breda cocoa and mini chocolate chips. Make Chocolate Lover’s Muffins for only $4.99, Regular $6.99.


Make a cheesecake. Cheesecakes are easier than they look. We have dozens of recipes including no-bake cheesecake recipes. Our favorites include White Chocolate Cheesecake and a German Chocolate Cheesecake


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10 Reasons to Never Leave Your Child in the Car Alone Even for a Minute – Guest Post






Of course, this applies to Grandmothers too…

Whether you’re running into a convenience store to pay for your gasoline or stepping away for a moment while your child is strapped snugly into her car seat, it’s never safe to leave your child alone in a vehicle. Regardless of the circumstances, your child simply is not safe in the car alone. Here are 10 of the reasons why you should think twice before leaving your little one unattended in a vehicle.

1.Temperature Concerns – Because kids’ bodies are different from those of their adult counterparts, even relatively mild temperatures can become unbearable for a child in a vehicle. There’s a reason why news outlets flood their followers with advice to never leave a child in the car during the summer months. According to, an average of 38 children per year die because of heat-related deaths.

2.Potential Car Theft – It may not be common for cars to be stolen with children inside them, but that doesn’t mean it never happens. Making sure that you’re never a fluke statistic on a list is often as simple as taking your child with you each and every time you get out of the car. Remember that a car is replaceable, but your little one is not.

3.Stranger Danger – The likelihood of a child being kidnapped by a stranger is far lower than his chances of being snatched by someone he knows and trusts, but stranger abductions do happen. If a car door is all that’s standing between your child and a potential kidnapper, the odds may not be in your favor.

4.Legal Issues – In many states, the act of leaving your child in the car is illegal. You may be charged with counts of child neglect or abuse, even if your intentions are good. Rather than taking the risk of criminal charges or even the loss of your children, make the wise choice and take them in with you when you leave the car.

5.The Danger of a Rolling Car – A child who can climb out of his car seat can also knock the car into gear inadvertently, causing it to roll away. A child that’s not left in the car unattended, however, doesn’t face that risk.

6.Suffocation Risks – If your car has backseat access to the trunk, inquisitive kids can make their way into the trunk and accidentally become trapped, running the risk of suffocation or severe injury.

7.Causing Your Child to Feel Fear – Even if he never touches a gear shift and is never confronted by a stranger or left to suffer extreme temperatures, your child may still be frightened and feel abandoned when he’s left in the car alone.

8.Strangulation Concerns – When a young toddler is learning to escape from his car seat and harness, he may try several methods before he finds the one that works. He may also become entangled in the very harness that’s meant to keep him safe, putting his safety in grave danger.

9.Your Child Can Wander Away – Older kids may think that they’re looking for you or simply exploring their surroundings, when their undeveloped sense of direction is actually leading them away from you and everything familiar. Making the decision not to leave your little one in the car alone will eliminate his urge to go looking for you, and can keep him from getting lost in the process.

10.The Inherent Risks That Threaten Unsupervised Children – Every parent knows that kids are intensely creative when it comes to finding new and potentially dangerous activities. Your child can injure himself in ways that neither of you have ever imagined when there’s no one there to watch him, so it’s important that you never leave him in the car without supervision.

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Top 3 Indoor Allergy Triggers For Children and Helpful Tips






Anything can trigger allergy symptoms among children. Did you know that genetics can often be the culprit when a child suffers from an allergy trigger; it’s even more common if both parents have allergy issues.

Of course, the logistics of allergies for children are most certainly perplexed. What triggers an allergy symptom with one child can be the complete opposite of another, even with siblings.

According to reviews and studies, what are the top 3 indoor allergy triggers for children?

Pets – Animals can certainly affect a child’s allergy health; even without a parent’s knowledge. A pet’s hair dander can affect anyone; not just children. However, there are things that can be done to benefit your children considerably.

1. Make for sure your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter.
2. Vacuum your carpets and bare floors frequently; in addition, make sure to vacuum all drapes. Pet dander can accumulate easily, so cleaning drapes is suggested at least twice per week.
3. Cleaning after animals can be challenging; especially cats . Brushing them twice daily will help with the dander considerably.
4. Bathing pets weekly is suggested.
5. Medication and shots can be prescribed for cat allergy issues.

Dust – When a house is dusty, of course, it will affect children as well as anyone else. There are many things that can be done to keep dust at bay.

1. Do duct work cleaning once every year. This may sound like too much; however, it is best for health issues if done yearly.
2. Use a swifter duster daily on wood and ceramic floors to keep dust bunnies away.
3. Launder your bedding weekly
4. Change filters in air conditioners and furnaces monthly.
5. Refrain from using a feather duster; this just distributes the dust around instead of eliminating it. It’s best to always use the swifter products.

Detergents – Laundry detergent allergies can be a trial and error situation with kids; especially the young ones. For allergy-prone children, it’s best to use mild, gentle detergent and softeners.

1. Aloe products have been used by many due to allergy and other skin issues.
2. Surcare laundry products are also good for sensitive skin and allergy-prone children; or for anyone for that matter.
3. Soap Nuts is a new product for me. I personally have never heard of it. While doing research for this article, I accidentally discovered it. It seems to be a good choice when it comes to detergent allergies, skin eczema or other issues.
4. Charlie’s Soap, Rockin’ Green and Arm and Hammer are all good detergent alternatives to try.
5. Dreft has been recommended for babies and small children by so many in the past. However, I just read quite a number of bad things about Dreft…to (my surprise)! I used Dreft for my son and he never had a problem, so I thought it was a good detergent. Apparently, it’s gotten some bad reviews from several people.


Cleaning Uphostery Fabrics – Guest Post

Cleaning Upholstery





Fine upholstery is something to be proud of, but not until it starts getting dirty, yellowed or stained – not very presentable. The upholstery is one of the dirtiest areas whether you notice it or not. In fact, every time you vacuum the carpet and the floors you should vacuum the sofa, stools and armchairs too.

Many people overlook this area, assuming it looks just fine, when the truth is that it’s just as dusty, dirty and covered in grime and hairs as any other area with fibers. If you take good care of the upholstery, the fabric will live much longer than usual. Almost all fabrics allow some kind of washing, so make sure you don’t skip this area.

If you don’t wash the upholstery, all the dust, sweat and other particles go deeper into the fibers, which lead to the material gradually declining, yellowing and becoming rougher. It’s essential to understand how the quality upholstery cleaners work. Rinsing is easy: You can wash the upholstery fabric quickly and easily in just a little water, so it can dry quickly as well. The great thing is that there is no residue of cleaner which would act like a dust magnet.

If you choose a material purifier which is made of the right chemicals, spot treating won’t lead to damage of the upholstery. If the product is powerful, you don’t have to rub or scrub the surface, so there is less damage. So how should you clean your upholstery?

If you don’t wash the stains as soon as possible, they will become permanent. You can do spot cleaning with liquid dishwashing detergent and some vinegar. For deodorizing use baking soda – it’s a great green solution which does wonders. At least once a week vacuum the upholstery using the dust attachment on the vacuum cleaner, and reach up to the crevices. This will keep the fabric cleaner on its top level.

Regular spot cleaning will preserve the life of your upholstery for longer. Use a white cloth or a sponge and a detergent such as hair shampoo, dishwashing liquid or wool detergent. First, test it on a hidden area to make sure it won’t decolorize the fabric. Don’t use too much water on upholstery, just a damp cloth.

Allow the fabric to dry or use a hair dryer. Check if the stain is completely removed after the fabric is dry and if necessary repeat the cleaning steps again. One of the best techniques for cleaning upholstery fabric is with dry cleaning, which includes natural detergents and chemicals.
The treatment is quick and efficient, so the fabric is not too wet and the solution doesn’t penetrate the stuffing on the furniture. This technique needs special equipment, so if you can invest in professional upholstery dry cleaning services, you should definitely do it.

The right cleaning of upholstery depends on the type of material too – check to see the label on your sofa or armchair and clean accordingly. Some fabrics allow being washed whereas others need professional cleaning technique or just spot treatment.

Preserving the life of your upholstery for longer is a lot about prevention – if you make sure that you vacuum it regularly and you don’t sit with dirty clothes anywhere near it, the fabric can look like new for years.

About The Author

Nicole is passionate about travelling and flowers. Learn more about how to keep your home clean at .