Wedding dress stores

Note:  This post is not sponsored and I am giving 100% of my own opinions.

Earlier on the blog I said that daughter ‘A’ had gotten engaged.  The wedding will be held in June 2019 so you will randomly be seeing wedding posts before and after the wedding.

I had also stated in the post, where I announced that daughter ‘A’ had gotten engaged, that my Father-in-law had recently died and had lived with Parkinson’s for many years.

Due to that fact, when daughter ‘A’ was searching for places to go wedding dress shopping she was interested in going to the Glamour Closet store in San Francisco, CA since each year, a portion of Glamour Closet’s profits will be donated to foundations dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

http://glamourcloset.com/closet/html/about.asp

In April, daughter ‘A’ and I made a very quick trip to the north end of the Bay Area to see a family member before he moved to Switzerland for a job.  We decided to swing by the  Glamour Closet store and just look around (we had already promised the bridesmaids that we would go dress shopping with them).

Well, daughter ‘A’ found her wedding dress!  No photos of it will be seen until after the wedding, but I will say that the family of another bride-to-be gasped when the curtain was opened.

When the store clerks were told about daughter ‘A’ ‘s grandfather they said that he had a hand in her finding that dress for multiple reasons and we agree:

  • the dress was dropped off on a Friday and we were there the following day
  • the dress was a sample and had never even been tried on by anyone else
  • the dress was smaller that the sizes they usually carry (it needs a couple of tucks taken and a lot taken off the bottom, but we are not surprised by that)
  • the cost of the dress was less than her budget

So, if you know someone getting married and you live or are visiting the North Beach in San Francisco, West Hollywood in Los Angeles, River North in Chicago or Chelsea in New York areas I would be grateful if you check out the Glamour Closet store.

I have no connection to this store, but I love, due to first hand knowledge, that they also want to find a cure to Parkinson’s and are donating money to the cause.

Do you have a future wedding in your family?   Later – Heather

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Crockpot fall off the bone ribs!

I figured it was time to rerun this post since it is still one of my favorites and hard to find on the blog.  Enjoy!

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th of July!  Since the local grocer had ribs on sale I decided we would have them last week, but we decided it was too hot to even cook them outside on the grill.

So, I wanted an easy (and hopefully cooler) way to cook the ribs so I went Google searching with the words Crockpot and Ribs.

I wish I came up with this idea since the ribs turned out SO good!  Here is the link to the site I used:  http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/2011/05/crockpot-bbq-ribs.html

The ribs I bought came pre-rubbed so all I did was cut the rack in two and put them in the crockpot.  I cooked mine on Low for 6 hours and then kept them warm for a few hours.

Husband put them on the grill (with the BBQ sauce), but he only flipped them a couple of time before the meat was falling off the bones!

So, I forgot to take a photo of the ribs prior to eating them, but here is a photo of a few ‘clean’ bones that the meat fell off the bones by itself.

crockpot, ribs, delicious

 

Depending upon what is in your rub or BBQ sauce this could definitely be a gluten-free meal.

 

Enjoy! – Heather

Refunds and coupons

So, my favorite refunding / coupon site RefundCents ended at the end of the November 2017.  I haven’t been as consistent about looking for coupons and refunds as I used to be, but I loved the Off Topic board where you could ask for random advice, get a card sent to someone, and help out other people.

So, I am thinking it is time for me to take on posting more of the great deals that I find so others can find them also.

Is this something people would like to see from me?  If so, hit the Like button. If it is more than a few people I will start posting great deals – whether it is a code for a free print from Walgreens or Shutterfly to some super buy on Amazon, etc.

I will try to post the national / online sites, but sometimes there will be a regional (California / Nevada) deal too.

Oh, and if you want to know some of the other websites/ bloggers that I follow that share great deals hit the Like button and I will write a post with their links too.

Later – Heather

Authors you would recommend?

So, when I originally thought of this post it was going to tell you a book I didn’t like.  It was so bad (in my opinion) that I stopped reading it after the first chapter.  That alone shows that I am changing since when I was young I would read a complete book, even if I didn’t like it, with the hopes that it got better.  Now I have too much I want and have to do so I stopped reading this one and it is already in the give away pile.  And, no I won’t give the author or title since I know other people like the author.  I found this book and others by the same author at a garage sale recently.

I will say that I do like Joanne Fluke and I recently finished Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery).  And if the name sounds familiar it is because the Hallmark Channel has started turning these books into movies.  I like the movies too.

I won’t give any secrets away about Devil’s Food Cake Murder , but I will say that there were a few slow parts, but it doesn’t help that I usually only read a little fiction before going to bed.

What fiction (cozy mysteries, etc) authors / book titles would you recommend?

Later – Heather

Tip Tuesday – Plastic silverware

I figured I will try to put at a quick tip on Tuesday so here is the first one.

This one originally came from my mother-in-law ‘M’.  During the last few years my father-in-law had to eat with plastic silverware due to shaking, etc caused by Parkinson’s Disease.  I never realized that plastic silverware could be washed in the dishwasher – did you know that??

So, I had a few plastic forks and spoons so I washed them in our dishwasher (in the silverware area) and they stayed in the compartment and came out clean.

These plastic forks and spoons were used by us (that is another tip for the future), but when we have a party I will buy new ones.

Do you wash, recycle or throw out all plastic silverware after one use?

Later – Heather

Upcycled bag

Here is a quick project that I finished today.

Supplies:

  • A small piece of material that I picked up from the free table at the local Quilt Guild.
  • A scrap of material that I cut into strips and used as a border.
  • Zipper topped bag that my mom had written her name, etc on.

Here is a photo of the bag before with the personal information covered.

2018 bag before copy

Here is how the bag turned out afterwards.  I sewed as much as I could on with the sewing machine and then hand stitched the rest.

2018 bag after copy

The bag has already been put into use.  I currently have a crochet project and a shirt that needs it’s buttons replaced in the bag.  I will take the bag with me on our next road trip.

What have you been working on lately?

Later – Heather

Last two months….

In some ways I know it has been two months since my last post went live, but in other ways it has gone by fast.

Some highlights / lowlights,  which will have separate posts in the future:

  • I went to Italy with our daughter ‘A’!  Was Northern Italy, in Winter, on my bucket list?  No, but she had to go see a vendor and drive a rental car around Milan and to a town about two hours away so I went with her.  The highlights, lowlights and things I learned will take multiple posts so that will be sometime in the future.
  • Our daughter ‘A’ got engaged!  The future son-in-law ‘D’ came and talked to her dad while daughter ‘A’ and I were in Italy.  (Our daughter said that ‘D’ had to get her dad’s blessing, which I thought was sweet.)
  • Italy or major jet lag ‘brain fog’ is a real thing.  If/when I travel to Europe, etc again I want to stop in the middle (New York, etc) and take a mini-vacation there for a few days before I continue on.  The nine hour time difference was killing me (going and coming home).
  • My father-in-law died earlier this month.  He had lived with Parkinson’s Disease for 18 years.  My mother-in-law took very good care of him.
  • I have lost weight.  Is it a huge amount, no, but I have gone down at least a pant size and people have noticed.

What have been some of your highlights / lowlights from the last two months?

 

Later – Heather

My word for 2018 – Be

So, a few years ago I heard about people who were picking a Word for the Year.  The last few years I have done it and semi-failed.  I had picked Simplify one year and that year didn’t get any easier, but more complex even, but it really wasn’t in my control.

So, this year I wanted a Word, but I was struggling with what it should be.  Then I was listening to Kimmy @ She’s in Her Apron on YouTube (you did know that there are bloggers, other interest topics and music available on YouTube, right?) and she said that her Word was ‘Be’.

I loved it!  I was already heading for ‘Be’ being my word, but I didn’t think it was specific enough.

So, this year I want to:

  • Be present
  • Be creative
  • Be joyful
  • Be curious
  • Be thankful
  • Be patient
  • Be active
  • Be humble
  • Be loving
  • Be kind
  • Be brave
  • Be adventurous
  • Be protective of my time

I am hoping I can live up to my word of Be this year.

So, did you pick a word for 2018?  If so, want to share what it is?

Later – Heather

 

Beef Vegetable Instant Pot Soup

So, my goal this year is to convert some of my Slow Cooker recipes for use in the Instant Pot.  This one is loosely based off some of the Beef and Vegetable Soups listed in the Fix-it and Forget-It Cookbook Feasting with your Slow Cooker by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good.

I used those recipies as a starting point and then used what we had in the house.

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 1 pound of beef cut into small pieces
  • 2 pounds of fresh vegetables which included
    • 2 potatoes roughly chopped
    • 3 large carrots roughly chopped
    • cut up celery ribs
    • cut up fresh green beans
  • flour  (any, but in my case gluten-free)
  • garlic powder to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 medium onion chopped
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 32 oz beef stock (I use the kind in a box)
  • olive oil
  1. Mix the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a plastic bag or in the bottom of a pie tin.  Dredge the beef pieces through the flour mixture.
  2.  Plug in your Instant Pot and turn on to Saute
  3. Pour a small amount of olive oil into the Instant Pot.
  4. Put the beef pieces in the Instant Pot and brown.  Remove the beef pieces after they are all partly browned.
  5. Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes, vegetables, chopped onion and beef pieces to the Instant Pot while it is still on the Saute setting.
  6. Stir all the ingredients together.
  7. Add stock until it is below the Max Line.
  8. Keep using the Saute feature until the liquid starts to get hot.
  9. Turn off the Instant Pot and then set it to High Pressure for about 10 minutes.
  10. After it is done, turn off the Instant Pot and do a Quick Release of the pressure.
  11. Check that the liquid level still covers all of the ingredients.  Add more liquid, if needed.
  12. Use the Slow Cook feature and set to ‘More’ (high temperature setting) and for over 4 hours.

After about 5 hours we were hungry.  The potatoes and carrots were soft and it smelled amazing.

My family really liked how the soup turned out.

! instant pot beef veg soup

 

What have you made in the Instant Pot lately?

Later – Heather

 

 

Dryer Vent Wizard

This post is Not Sponsored and all opinions are my own.

When is the last time you cleaned your dryer vent?  A family member bought a new LG dryer and it gave a warning that the dryer vent was mostly blocked.  When the manual was reviewed she found out that when it went above a certain percentage the dryer would actually not run anymore until the dryer vent was cleaned.

I actually have a dryer vent cleaner kit that I bought from FlyLady.net years ago, but it is not available anymore.  But, when the house was inspected we realized that the dryer vent went under a bedroom and out the other side of the house!  No way was my kit going to be able to clean that.

We did some searching and found out that there was a Dryer Vent Wizard location that covered Northern Nevada.  (And I just found out that they are nation wide).

http://www.dryerventwizard.com  Dryer Vent Wizard

The guy from Dryer Vent Wizard came out and within a few hours the dryer vent was completely cleaned out and the dryer was working great!  It turns out the vent piping was over 60% blocked!

Per https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html

‘2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.’

So, when was the last time that your dryer vent was cleaned and are you going to put it on your To Do list for this year?

Later – Heather

Oh, and if you are WordPress wizard could you explain where my sidebar went?  It was the area where I set up the tags, etc.  Thanks!