Monday, June 24, 2019

Music Mantra Monday ~ I am A Warrior



Oh, wow. It has been awhile, hasn't it?

I am usually very diligent with my blog and my writing but sometimes...just from time to time...life kicks you in the butt to remind you of the ups and downs it intends for you.

This past week was tough. I mean, I had my kids. I got to enjoy a few outings. But, to be honest, my health has gotten in the way of the things I used to enjoy so very much. For others, a flu bug is awful but after a few days, things can go back to normal. For others, though, it isn't always as easy to 'get over it'.

I plan to be a little more open about the health struggles I face every day but...not right now. I live life from day to day as best as I can...as happy as I can be.

All I will share right now is that this was a very difficult week. BUT I'm still here and that's all that matters. And you are still here to enjoy what I try to share with those who need it the most. I don't care if everyone reads my words. It only matters to me that those who need to hear the words I share can help them in their own struggles in some way.

That's why we chose today's song. Fight the battles you face with courage, strength, and passion.

You are a warrior.

And so am I.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Music Mantra Monday - Keeping Eyes On Old Town Road




Welcome to our Monday segment.

I'm very excited to be able to be back in the running with our posts as most of you know, this is one of my favorite posting days.

Last week, my husband was listening to a song and made me give it a listen too. He came to me during the rap part so I really wasn't interested. It's not that I don't like rap, but more that it just isn't my musical preference. But he said, "Hun...listen to this. Guess who this is."

I listened for a few seconds and responded with, "He sounds like a lot of the rappers out there right now."

He shoved his phone closer to my ear and said, "Not the rapper, hun. The singer."

So...I listened.

And he sounded so familiar. I finally asked and when he told me this is Billy Ray Cyrus, my chin almost hit the floor. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised. I like Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts...you know the more rock country types. But I also enjoy the oldies, especially Johnny Cash. But this truly surprised me.

And the message in this song is so powerful.

What it shows is that music can bring together different elements of music, different genres of music, very different people and make it a piece of art.

And that's why I love it so much.

Enjoy!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

In The Spotlight ~ Poetry Day From A Beautiful Youth


Hello and welcome to our Thursday segment. I know it has been a while since we've been on but we've had a lot going on around here. We'll make up for our MIA status today as we have something very special.

My children have started getting very into writing and appreciating the books they read. And my youngest has started getting into writing poetry, which is something I don't do very well so I'm so proud.

So, let's get right to it. Here is my daughter's latest poem.

I hope you all enjoy it and feel free to leave a comment (she likes comments).

Happy reading!
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Roses are red, 
Violets are blue, 
Your heart is broken,
I will help you.
No matter how upset you are,
I promise I will never be far.
I love you and I don't know what I would do without you.
You mean the world to me.
I will always be by your side.
I will never leave you no matter what happens.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

In The Spotlight ~ A Review of The War That Saved My Life


Hi everyone. I know it has been awhile. We've had a lot going on around here but we're still kicking strong.

So, for today, my sweet baby mini-me, Sophie, is doing her own book review of The War That Saved My Life. I am so proud of her. She has no fear of expressing her feelings and opinions. I truly hope she aspires others to do the same. This is a post about family loyalty...for what it really is...love and respect. I am so proud of my baby girl.

Enjoy!

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The War That Saved My Life is about this little ten-year-old girl named Ada who has a clubfoot. She has never left her apartment. Her mean mam does not let her go outside because she is too humiliated by her foot. But one day, when her little brother, Jaimie, is sent out of London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out with him. Ada and Jamie get forced to live with a woman named Susans smith. Ada does not like her all that much. But Susan has way more money than their Mam. At Susan's house, Ada learned how to ride a pony name Butler, read, write and she watched for spies. Eventually, Ada begins to trust Susan. And Susan, who once only had herself to care for, begins to love both Ada and Jamie.

(I would like to tell you more, but I don't want to spoil the ending. But this is definitely a book you want to read. I loved it a lot and I'm sure you will too.)

I, personally, love this book because things are so terrible for this little girl but they start to get better. Like, for example, last year my mom was in the hospital for almost a month. It was hard for me because she was the one who cared for us when my dad was at work. And when she was gone, it was just me, my two sisters and my brother. Dad was there too but was almost always at work. And not only was it hard for me, but it was also hard for her. She missed my Birthday, my sister's Grade Nine graduation and my brother's  Grade Six graduation. She wanted to be there so bad, but, unfortunately, couldn't. She missed me so much and I missed her so much. But the happiest day of my life was when I came home from school one day and saw my mom sitting on the couch. We both ran to each other and hugged.

The point of my review is that things might be bad. Things might be terrible. But...just wait. Things will get better. It might take time, but trust me, they will get better.


Be yourself, love yourself and remember...things will always get better.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Foodie Friday ~ Recipe Ideas From An Awesome Teen Chef

Okay, look. I know that we haven't been able to get on the blog as often as we usually do. Not only am I trying to get three books out on the shelves, but I am also trying to finish my double degree in Psychology and Criminology. Why, people, am I doing this to myself?

At any rate, my wonderful children have offered to help me with my blog (with pay, of course) so that I can focus on a few other things. Today, we have my 14-year-old Jordy doing her contribution to our Foodie Friday segment and I think she did a great job.

She shares three great recipes for young people who want to get cooking but who may not be quite sure about their culinary skills. Jordy's attitude has always been, "Ah, well. You don't know until you try."

I love that about her.

So, without further ado, I introduce Jordy and her FABulous ideas. I think we may have this kid on here more often. ;)

Bon Appetit!
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Welcome to Friday’s segment! As a student, I am glad for the free time that (usually) comes with the week’s end. You have more time to go out, shop, and of course, make well thought out meals. Because don’t we all get bored with bagged sandwiches and leftovers that come with a work week?

But not all of us out there can be Master Chefs. I know that I alone have managed to overcook pasta and turn cookies into bread. In other words, it’s hard to find recipes that are considerate to the lesser experienced. Ones that don’t include words like ‘confit’ or ‘chiffonade’. So for us today, I have compiled the three perfect recipes for an afternoon of eating.

The first obviously has to be a nice snack. Though chips may be one’s go-to, I think something such as a peanut butter dip is way tastier. As well as being way healthier. I first saw a recipe for this on the Buzzfeed website a few months ago, and cannot express enough how much I loved it. I should mention that the recipe I’m about to give is going to be adapted from the original one. Enough about me though, here’s how you make it:


Ingredients:




  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter (or any other food spread that you like best, like pea butter or almond butter)

  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey

  • Any amount of fruit of your choice (I like apples best!)

           
            Directions:

  1. Combine the yogurt, food spread, and honey into a smaller bowl until completely combined.
2.            Peel and cut your fruit (if need be) in a manner you enjoy.

And that’s it! It’s truly that simple and is full of enough good nutrients to keep you decently full until your next meal. Speaking of the next big meal, dinner can also be uncomplicated. Especially if one wants to make something edible.  There are a wide variety of items that are simple enough to make, but something that is perfect for any time is rice. Because I truly don’t believe that there is a person out there who can say they don’t like a good rice dish! Anything can be paired with it, vegetables, meat and all! As you may be able to infer, the next meal I’m going to propose is stir fry rice.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white rice

  • 2/3 cup of peas

  • 2/3 cup of sliced bell peppers (any colour)

  • 1/2 cup of finely sliced white onion

  • 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 2 tablespoons of olive or sunflower oil

  • 1 1/2 cups of water

  • Soy sauce

  • Preferred spices

Directions:

1.         In a medium-sized pan, put 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the chicken for approximately twenty minutes, or until it is fully cooked. Cover the chicken and place the chicken to the side once it is done.

2.            Put 1 tablespoon of oil in a separate, larger pan, and wait for it to heat up. At the same time, put on a smaller pot of water at the max temperature to boil it.

3.            At the time the water is boiling, the oil in the pan should be heated too. Add the rice to the water and cover. Also, put in the vegetables in order of longest to cook to least in the pan.

4.            While the other ingredients are cooking, cut your chicken into thicker strips.

5.            In 10 to 15 minutes, both the vegetables and the rice should be done cooking. Turn off the burner for the rice, and combine the chicken and the rice into the pan with the vegetables. Heat for about two minutes.

6.            Serve with a light soy sauce, and the spices of your choice!

            Of course, any ingredient can be substituted, added, or taken away at the cooker’s will. This is just a basic recipe that I usually stick to. I don’t know about you, but dessert is truly a perfect way to finish the day. So save some room, because this milkshake recipe is the absolute best!


            Ingredients:


  • 2 cups of mango (frozen or fresh)

  • 1 cup of milk

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

  • 1 cup of vanilla ice cream

  • 2 or 3 ice cubes (if you like thicker shakes)



Directions:

1.         Peel and remove the pits of the mangoes if you are using fresh mangoes.

2.            Place the ice in the blender first, then the mangoes.

3.            Put the ice cream and sugar next, then finally, the milk.

4.            Plug in the blender and blend for 1 minute, or until it is at the consistency you want it. The longer you blend it, the thinner it is!

            And there you have it! I hope you enjoy it all these GRATE recipes as much as I do. Haha, I’ll stop before it gets bad. Have a safe weekend, and eat lots!

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