Broken Links

Hi everyone!  I know that there are several broken image and download links in older posts here, and I’ll get them fixed as soon as I can.  However, I’m also currently studying for my RHIT credential exam and trying to parent a teen and a tween, so… things are hectic!  I’ll get everything caught up as soon as I can.  Thanks for your patience!

Product Spotlight: Scented Corncob Sachets

This may sound odd, but ground up corn cobs make a great air freshener!  Well… ok, they have to have fragrance added first.  But these sachets are STRONG and they’re wonderful for scenting areas such as the inside of a vehicle, a closet, under a sink, drawers, laundry rooms… anywhere relatively small that needs a boost.  Each of these bags holds between 3-4 ounces of corn cob which is highly fragranced.  They can be dusty at times, and they also shouldn’t be placed directly on wooden, painted, fabric, or plastic surfaces – just in case the fragrance oil might leak, which could damage the surface.

If you’re interested in trying these out, you can find them in my Etsy shop!

Fox High School Spring Marketplace

Hey everyone!  If you’re in the Arnold, MO area, the Fox High School Spring Marketplace is in full swing this weekend.  Saturday was fun, but Sunday will be better, because of Daylight Savings Time.  Right?  That means you get less sleep, so you deserve to treat yourself to some goodies at the marketplace.  I’ve got soaps, wax melts, sachets, lip balm, and my new lotion sticks.  Come see me!

Pixel Scrapper Blog Train March 2018: Love Knows No Borders

I love the theme of this blog train, but the colors didn’t speak to me at all, so I had some difficulty whipping up something.  I admit, I recycled some old papers that I made and couldn’t find a kit for!  With a bit of recoloring, they’ve worked out just fine.  And I made just a tiny few simple elements to go with it.

Just click the image to download, or if that doesn’t work for some reason, you can click here.  Feel free to leave a comment, or don’t, it’s fine either way! 🙂

February 2018 Pixel Scrapper Blog Train: Enjoy Each Moment

Pixel Scrapper’s blog train this month is called Enjoy Each Moment.  I decided to do my usual solid papers, this time with a felt-like texture, plus I made some wooden words.  Just click the image to download!

I had to move my hosting again so I lost most of the comments, but I do appreciate those who posted before!  Thank you!


I am thankful for very, very many things in my life right now, from my healthy kids to my hard-working, supportive husband, to the new niece who just arrived, extended family, a secure place to live, functional vehicles, etc.  But this time of year hurts, too.

I miss the Thanksgivings of my childhood.  Of course, like any typical child, I didn’t appreciate it then.  But we had a tradition, we stuck with it.  We went to my mother’s parents house every year, and my grandmother worked her butt off making turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce with real ground-up cranberries, salad, brussels sprouts, rolls, relish trays, and more.  It was wonderful.  I miss it terribly.

This year, we went to my brother-in-law’s house where he deep-fried a turkey and had rolls, and my mother-in-law provided Waldorf salad, corn, stuffing, gravy, etc.  It was good food and good people.  But it just isn’t the same, partly because we don’t always do the same thing every year, and I hate that my kids won’t have the memories I had of a traditional, same-thing-every-year Thanksgiving.

I also dread Christmas every year.  My childhood Christmases were magical.  Every year, we had Christmas Eve either at our house or my grandparents’.  We had sandwiches and chips and opened our presents and it was amazing.  Christmas morning, we woke up to our stockings, snarfed a few pieces of candy, then went to my other grandmother’s house and had a wonderful Christmas breakfast, with hash browns, sausage, bacon, eggs, fruit, and more.  It would be my parents, my sister, me, my aunt, my cousin, my grandmother, and sometimes other aunts and cousins.  It was wonderful.  Then we would go home and be comatose until around 2 when we went back to my other set of grandparents and had another Thanksgiving-style spread.  It was the same every year, and it was wonderful.  I miss it terribly.

This year, I am going to try to be cheerful and happy and enjoy Christmas, because we have the new niece to snuggle and love, we’ll have a great evening with my mom, my grandpa, and my sister and her husband at their home.  No idea when we’ll celebrate with P’s family, it’ll be either before or after, and no idea if it’ll be at their house or the brother-in-law’s, but no matter what we do, it’s time spent with family.  While I mourn the past, it’s time to stop that and enjoy the today.

Book Review: Trouble by Non Pratt


My 13-year-old daughter inadvertently checked out this book from the teen section of our public library (it has a different cover at our library, without sperm everywhere) thinking it would be a nice novel about friendship.  After the first few pages, she was horrified and quit reading it because she was bothered by all the sex and alcohol mentioned (though she should’ve expected some of it, since it did say in the blurb that it was about a pregnant 15-year-old).  So, I decided to read it.  And… wow.  I am thankful that my daughter wants nothing to do with people like the ones in this book.  These are horrible children, neglectful parents, and just… bad bad bad.  It’s full of British slang, which J didn’t understand, which is actually good, because I don’t necessarily want her knowing some of those terms.  So overall… bad.  Just bad.  Not teen appropriate.  Do teenagers really act like this?  If so… I am sad for our world.