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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 184 – Hot chocolate during the summer….yes please…

I pretty much could drink hot chocolate any day of the year.  While I enjoy it a lot during the winter, I’m an equal season opportunity hot chocolate enjoyer. 

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Mmmm…so yummy for my tummy.

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 183 – I’m confused…

I was in the Dollar General near my home and I had stopped in to grab some Ramen soup.  As you can imagine, this package caught my eye…

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So what you are saying is….

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You can cook Ramen in HALF THE TIME???  AND you can reduce sodium by 50%? 

How can this be??  I inspected the back closely.

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Cooks in 3 minutes.  Wow.  That sounds fast.  But wait a minute….isn’t that how long it takes with regular Ramen?  I looked at the package I was buying…

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YES!!!  It takes 3 minutes also!  The only thing that I can think of is the fact that they are reducing the amount of time it takes to bring the water to a boil but still…just basing it on their statements they should have said reduces the TOTAL time it takes to cook.  Because both take 3 minutes.

And since you are still using the seasoning packet, how is the sodium level reduced?

I’m confused.  And those are my thoughts for today…..what do y’all think?

Stay awesome y’all!!  ~lisa 

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 182 – Oh say can you see….

Today is the 4th of July and as always, I’m proud to be an American, I’m proud of the military heritage in my family and I’m proud of my husband who has a heart to serve his community! 

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I tried to get some creative shots today but the wind wasn’t blowing so the flags were just kind of there. 

But my hubby did put the flags out as he knows how much I enjoy how they look and he does as well. 

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How did you celebrate today?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 181 – You don’t plan to fail but sometimes fail to plan…

And because of that quote I have become a bit obsessed with finding a new planner/organizer.  I’ve checked out the Erin Condren planner, I looked at the section in Hobby Lobby for customizable planners, Lily Pulitzer, It’s Just Emmy, and a dozen others that I found online. 

After researching and shopping online and in several stores, I came to the conclusion that I really need an organizer that I can just interchange a new calendar each year and one that I can add and take away from as my needs change. 

And as I often do when trying to make a decision, I take pics of what I see that I like as well as the price so I can find it later. 

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When you are searching for something, how do you research and shop?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 180 – Peanuts!

Circus peanuts to be more exact…

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I like these.  I know a lot of people don’t but I think they taste good.  Especially when they are fresh and soft and yeah, just good stuff. 

Do you like them?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 179 – Yummy for my tummy….

I love food and I love sweets.  Once a month I attend a business luncheon for Realtors and they have a wonderful dessert table filled with miniature desserts.

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I didn’t write down the names of all of these but they were all very yummy for my tummy!

What delicious things have you eaten lately?

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 178 – A calendar and some tape…

What do those two things have in common?  Virtually nothing except when the two meet interesting things can happen.

I have a slight obsession with planners and organizers and well…office supplies in general.  I have several friends that were buying the Erin Condren planners and while they are awesome there is a good portion of my life and my days that are scheduled out with appointments.  That planner didn’t offer an appointment option so I decided to stick with the free calendar that I was using. 

Except it was plain. 

And not cute.

So the idea of jazzing it up jumped in my head and the very next time I was at Hobby Lobby I decided to check out the various things I could use to spruce it up.  I found some black and silver tape so I decided to put horizontal stripes on my calendar as kind of a nod to my Kate Spade phone cover. 

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Before…and after!

I think it turned out pretty cute and although the tape is not permanent it is a great solution to the not so cute cover situation. 

Next up is a fabric cover with pockets!  I’ll post a tutorial of sorts when I complete it.

What crafty things have you created today?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My Review of Tony’s Meat-Trio Pizza

I received my free coupon from BzzAgent to try out Tony’s Meat-Trio Pizzeria Style Crust Pizza.

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I prefer “fresh” pizza but do enjoy a frozen pizza every now and then.  I find that frozen pizzas typically do not have enough meet or cheese on them so we always embellish them with additional pepperoni’s and cheese.  This pizza was no exception.  I believe I added about 5-8 pepperoni’s and sprinkled some additional cheese.  I didn’t go overboard with it though, as you can see.

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We baked the pizza according to the directions but…

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Our pizza turned out a bit “dark” around the edges. 

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Despite the darker edges the pizza was fine.  While it wasn’t the best pizza I’ve ever had, it was tasty. 

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It was not overly greasy and had a nice crust to it.

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And it is a product I’d buy again…especially if it was on sale.  I like to have some quick and easy meal options for those days when cooking a full dinner is not possible.

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And even Ben, the traveling ninja, had to check out the pizza because you know ninja turtles love pizza.

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Have you tried Tony’s pizza lately?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 168 – Recreate and repurpose….

I absolutely love to recreate something that I’ve seen in the store and if the project includes repurposing then even better!

I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and seriously saw this twine covered glass jar.  Now granted it was in the clearance section but was originally priced at $6.99. 

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I knew that I could do the same thing and for less!

I had a glass baby food jar and I covered it with twine.

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I added a flower embellishment and it turned out great!

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I also did a similar project for my sisters baby shower.  I was looking for some containers to put the nail stuff I had purchased (nail file, nail polish, polish remover etc.) and stumbled across 5 containers at the thrift store for 50 cents each!  Whoa!  And I already had the twine so it was a super inexpensive project.

I <3 reusing stuff and repurposing. And recreating something I saw in Hobby Lobby just makes it all the more fun!

What cool things have you created lately?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 167 – Graduation…check!

Two of my triplets, Anna and Katherine, graduated from college today but only one was in town to walk and receive her diploma.  The other one, the youngest triplet Kat, is working at Hume Christian Camp in Hume, California over the summer so she was not able to attend. 

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Anna is the beautiful girl on the right and I don’t know who her friend is but I’m pretty sure she’s awesome too!

I’m so proud that all of my kids continue to work towards their goals and keep pressing forward even when it might seem easier to stop.

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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