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Beauty Products & Reviews

Best mascara ever! L’Oreal Lash Paradise

L'Oreal added a new product to their line, and it's the best mascara I have ever tried.  And believe me, I've tried dozens - from $4 to $30 a tube, waterproof and washable, I could never find my "holy grail" mascara.  Until now, my go-to products have been Jordana's Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara and Maybelline Volum' Express, "The Rocket".  I alternated back and forth between these two products, primarily because *they stay on!*  With…
Me and Mom
Life After Divorce

Personal goals for 2017… year-end goal update

I blogged very little this year.  I'll state the obvious, which is just as true for YOU as it is for me, I'm sure: this year has been so busy.  It zipped by and brought an abundance of change, similar to most years. But 2017 was unique for me in one big way: this year, I drove some of that change myself. I was proactive. I wrote some goals for 2017 to be sure that…
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Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

  Hi all! Just popping in to share a recipe, this one made with my kitchen gadget du jour, the Instant Pot!  This recipe is from Barbara at Pressure Cooking Today... it's her awesome and EASY recipe for chicken enchilada soup.  This soup literally takes moments to throw together and is ready to eat in half an hour. Rather than repeating her recipe here, just pop over to her site to check it out. But…
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I’m getting on the Instant Pot bandwagon!

  'Fessing up in advance here... I am easily lured by the siren song of a new kitchen gadget.  If a gizmo claims it will save me time or effort or will outperform another gizmo, then tell me more! And so, of course, the new Instant Pot craze captured my attention.  I resisted its appeal for a few months, but as of last week, it won. If you've been living under a rock and aren't…
My Budget Kitchen Makeover
Home Sweet Home

Kitchen update: new tile backsplash and more

  Hello, all!  Today I'm sharing with you some long-overdue pictures of a DIY budget kitchen makeover that I finished earlier this year.  If you recall, my condo needed LOTS of cosmetic help when I bought it (over two years ago now!).  In addition to being the Crayola Condo (it seemed as if it had 64 different paint colors), it was also very dated.  Updates are happening little by little as the time, energy, and…
Recipe reviews and tried and true recipes from my kitchen

Gonna Eat That: Black bean and jalapeno soup

What's for dinner? I came home from work tonight, tired and hungry, and there was nothing premade in my fridge.  So, on the verge of blowing $20 and calling for pizza delivery, I decided to throw a bunch of stuff in a soup pot and see if I could scare up anything edible.  And the result turned out to be deeee-licious.  Do you like black bean soup?  If so, give this version a try! By…
Life After Divorce

Painting with acrylics

One of my goals for this year is to take a class, and I believe I'm going to start with an acrylic painting class.   A million (27) years ago, I studied fine arts in college and have always had an interest in the arts and art history.  So I'm looking forward to resurrecting that creative part of me and spreading my artistic wings this year. Classes and Resources There's a great cultural arts organization…

How Vitamin D has improved my life

I haven't been sick in 14 months. For me, that's a pretty big deal.  And I owe it all to vitamin D. Let me give you a little bit of history.  In December 2014, just before Christmas I got wicked sick with a sinus infection and bronchitis which lasted for about a month.  Sick as a dog.  Missed almost a week of work.  Then, about six months later in July 2015, I got it AGAIN.  This…
Positive Living

2017 goals… looking ahead to a good year

According to "The Internet" and practically everyone I know, 2016 sucked.  And I can't say I disagree... I think we're all hoping for a better year ahead. Recently I was listening to a podcast by Dave Ramsey, and he was talking about how to plan your financial future. Dave's life is dedicated to teaching people how to find financial peace and personal wealth, and his method is very simple: give every dollar an assignment.  Don't…
Pecan pound cake

Pecan pound cake recipe

Oh. Em. Gee.  You have to try this pecan pound cake recipe from   It's everything that a cake should be - moist, sweet, and delicious.  I omitted the butter flavored extract simply because I didn't have any, but it was amazing anyway.  I shared this cake with several friends, all of whom were as excited about it as I was. My girlfriend Ginny's husband loved it so much that he asked if he…