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Monday, August 7, 2017

Life

Life has gotten a little hectic lately. I joined a company in May as an independent contractor called Motor Club of America. I'm still writing occasionally for Textbroker. On top of that, my photo business is really taking off again this summer. I'm so excited that Northern Maine Exposure has come to light and is starting to thrive on it's own. We are also getting ready for our daughter to go to college in another country. This has been quite difficult to me. She got her license a week ago. I was so excited for her, but that meant that I couldn't drive her car anymore. Especially when she wanted to do things. So now we have to fix our van. I'm worried that it will cost more than we think it will. You all must be thinking, with all that money rolling in, you should be able to afford it right? Well... All that money isn't rolling in. Things have picked up, but they are still sporadic. I haven't been making the money I want to make on my MCA business. It saddens me really just how many people out there are skeptical in the benefits. Funny thing though is that it has been around much longer than AAA. Since Monday is the beginning of the week, I'm going to share a few sites with you. Here is the website for my Motor Club of America sign up. If you are interested in looking into what it is like, check out the website.

If you would like to check out my photos at Northern Maine Exposure Check out my Facebook Page!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up or to have photos taken, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Have a fabulous day!!



Monday, July 31, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Exciting things

Exciting things are on the horizon. I can't talk about it yet but I will definitely keep you updated!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Fun Sunday

We have a fridge with a bottom that we bought about 6 years ago at Lowe's during the Black Friday sales. It is beautiful. It is stainless steel. It makes ice and has water. There is even a separate drawer foe vegetables. I absolutely love it most of the time.

One thing I don't like, however, is that sometimes it doesn't shut properly because of ice build up in the bottom from people not shutting it all the way. Last year it started acting up. The freezer would start buzing and it stopped freezing food. So we borrowed another fridge from a friend and unplugged ours.  A few months later, it seemed to work perfectly again. There was no buzz and the freezer was working again. 

Last week, we noticed the buzz again. The food started not freezing again and the ice cream was more like chocolate milk. So we took to searching for different problems and how to fix it. One problem was that the fan in the back was frozen which couldn't circulate the air. We started to take apart the freezer. First came the basket, then the door, then the cover for the thermostat, then the cover for the fan. Once we go that cover off, we could see that it indeed was the case. 



I took the back of the freezer off and could not believe what I saw! 

This was what the cooling part of my freezer looked like. It was no wonder it wasn't cooling at all. 

We researched how to defrost this manually. It was decided that instead of using he heat gun, we would use a hair dryer. That was mostly because it wasn't as hot. 

It took three hours to completely defrost the freezer. It was totally worth it. Now the freezer is freezing beautifully and we have no sound from the fan. 

Plus my dear and awesome husband cleaned put the back of the fridge so that it is like having a brand new fridge. 

What was your Sunday like?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Project Semicolon


There has been controversy around our nation lately. According to tabloids, the founder of Project Semicolon, Amy Bleuel, has died. Legacy.com states that she died from suicide.The one ending to her life that she had been running from for years. Other sources state that there was no defined reason as to why she died. She was 31.

Amy Bleuel was an icon to those in the mental health world. After dealing with many horrible instances of abuse and mental issues, she attempted suicide but did not succeed the first time. People who suffered from mental health disorders, saw her as an inspiration. Her life proved to be something that many people could relate to.  Her site, project semicolon reassured people that there is still hope when facing suicide. It encouraged people to live on through the pain, seeking the right help to get through whatever they were going through. 

This site explained issues with depression, anxiety, abuse, and many other mental issues. It is a site where people can express their issue, share their brushes with death, and share how they are picking themselves up again. Many of the people who have posted there now wear a semicolon tattoo which symbolizes that their lives are not over yet.

Amy Bleuel's life may be over physically, but her legacy will live on forever in the eyes of those with mental health issues or debilitating mental health deficits as well as those who have suffered through abuse but continue to live on today.

If you or someone you know is suffering with any mental health issues, please call your local crisis line or that national suicide hotline. Here is the phone number for the national suicide hotline again.
                                  

 Don't hesitate to call. All calls are anonymous unless you choose for it not to be.
For more information on Project Semicolon, click here.

Fresh Pineapple. How Do You Cut Yours?

I love fresh pineapple. I usually buy it all cut up in the store fresh in the morning.  It is so delicious and still has that crunch in it, not like canned pineapple. I have always had a difficult time with figuring out how to cut a pineapple. I used to use a huge carving knife. It was hard and awkward to cut them that way. Plus I was always afraid of cutting myself instead of the skin of the pineapple.

A few weeks ago, my friend Sarah posted about this amazing new tool. It is a pineapple corer. It basically twists down into your pineapple and you get an amazing result of rings with the holes in them. I thought I could try it so I went on Ebay and ordered one for my sister who is also an avid pineapple lover, and myself.

My pineapple corer came in the mail on Saturday. I immediately went out and bought a pineapple. When I got home, I cleaned the pineapple corer and began twisting into the pineapple. It was so easy!

 Here's what you do:
1. Put together the pineapple corer. Make sure you have a cutting board and sharp knife.

2. Wash your pineapple
3. Cut the top off of your pineapple. 

4. Place the bottom of the corer in the middle of the pineapple and twist clockwise. 

5. Twist to the bottom of the pineapple until you get through the bottom. 
6. Pull the pineapple fruit out of the skin. This should pull right out. 

7. Take the handle off the top of the pineapple core and turn the fruit upside down. 
8. Pull the corer out of the pineapple fruit. This should slide right out as well.

9. You now have the option to either cut your pineapple into chunks or eat it as rings.

Enjoy!

I am not affiliated with this product's company. This is of my own personal opinion and use of the product. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Training Your Child. How Late Is Too Late?

A few years ago, when I had knee surgery, I found this great tool to use with my Bible
to help give parents guidance on how to raise their children. I decided that since I was going to be out of commission for a month or so, I would be able to sit and work on this. At the time, our children were just becoming teenagers and I wasn't sure if they needed a bible like that. I was sure that someone did, just not sure who. I completed the first Bible and was very proud of myself. Last year, I found a friend who was struggling a little with her kids and I brought her the bible. I hadn't touched it in over a year.

Little did I know that I needed it myself. A few weeks ago, I was talking with a new friend about the Child Training Bible. I explained to her that it isn't a bible in itself but a guideline for your bible. I thought about it for a bit and realized that it can be used at any stage of growth in our children. It is very important to use with a teenager as well as a toddler. Because of this, I ordered another set of Child Training Bible Cards. I talked about it with my husband and told him that it would be very beneficial for our children to be able to use this in a Bible we had at home. He agreed it wouldn't hurt. Last week the cards arrived. I'm still working on putting it together.

What do you need to put it together you ask?

           1. A Bible in the translation you desire (We used NLT)

           2. flags to tag your scriptures according to the color on the card (I bought mine at the local Walmart and the Dollar Tree)

           3. highlighters and colored pencils to highlight the words for each section (I bought mine at Walmart)

           4. Prayer to help you get through this with knowledge and diligence

     
We prefer to use the NLT bible translation. It is pretty amazing so far going through the bible and finding the scriptures for each issue my teens will or have had. It teaches me a lot too. It provides us with a tool to help our teens grow up a little more Godly in an ungodly world. I believe it will get them back into the word and back to following the path that God has put before them.

An awesome thing is that they also sell a Virtue Training Bible. This has just been purchased. I'm excited to get it in the mail and to begin the work on that as well.

Are you interested in purchasing this Bible? Would you like to know how to get the tools to help your family grow with God and face issues as they arise? You can purchase the Child Training Bible Tools here. Are you interested in the Virtue Training Bible? You can purchase the tools here.

Are you interested in how it is done? Stay tuned for tomorrow's post. It will show all the tools and how to prepare your Child Training Bible with a video.

For now, visit the site. Look around and see what it is like. It is amazing. I believe that every home should have one.

Have a fabulous day! I know I will!!

Life

Life has gotten a little hectic lately. I joined a company in May as an independent contractor called Motor Club of America. I'm still w...