Mike and I celebrated our 40th Anniversary this past November. This time of year is one of our busiest times so we had to wait on celebrating our anniversary.  We did do some planning though. With an anniversary of 40 years we decided to do a “bucket list” trip to the South Pacific. Since we are “a little” frugal this trip covered our birthdays, Christmas, Valentines Day and our anniversary.

I did a lot of research and we chose the Bora-Bora Pearl Island Resort which was an amazing place! You have to remember when you go to places like this that it is not the USA or Europe. Your conveniences are not the same. Your standards of living cannot be the same or you will be disappointed. Their shopping is nothing like our, everything is “open air”.  No air condition in most places. Our bungalow did have air but it was never really cool. Just cool enough to make you comfortable. But, hey, I can adjust to just about anything to get this view.


The water was more beautiful than any picture could portray. The vibe is low key, relax and enjoy mother nature during your visit. The people are friendly and hospitable. They want you to have a wonderful time enjoying their island. It is not the crazy lets party and get drunk atmosphere.

We arrived in Bora-Bora on a egg beater plane and then was taken to our resort by boat. At the resort we were greeted with a flower lei, a clean wet wash cloth and a glass of coconut water.

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When we arrived at 8:30 AM our room wasn’t quite ready so we went to breakfast and met these beautiful people.

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It is very humid there, so of course the hair had to go up and the shorts were put on. Language was a barrier because they speak little English and we speak no French or Tahitian but the warmth of hospitality was still there.

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After traveling for 20 hours and not sleeping we were tired but so glad to be there. The beauty out weighed the tiredness!

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Our bungalow was over the water and we saw fish, sharks and stingrays daily. This sorta made me nervous because I would not like it if I came upon a stingray or shark in the water. The fish were fine but there was this one that was long and blue with a beak that could bite you. I am a little bit of a chicken when it comes to things like this but I went in the water everyday and faced my fears for the experience.

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Our room was decorated in the beautiful Polynesian style with lots of wood and bamboo. There were tribal carvings in some of the wood and always fresh flowers.

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Before we had left from home I email the resort and told them it was our 40th anniversary and that it was going to be my birthday while we were there. I told them this so they would make a reservation at the restaurant for both occasions. You know, me, the American, got to have my reservations. The reservation was not at all needed! But because they knew about the two celebrations there was wine in our room when we arrived and they sent me two birthday cakes. This lady sang the entire birthday song to me at the door of our bungalow.

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The first morning when we were sitting on the bungalow deck a boat came by wit breakfast for another bungalow. It was pretty cool to see this is real life although I had seen it in pictures before. Again, the people are so warm there. They of course waved and said the Tahitian greeting which I am terrible at pronouncing. I am so SOUTHERN with my accent it never sounds correct.

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While we were there we did a little shopping across the lagoon on the island of Bora-Bora. And when I say shopping, you need to think of a small flea market shopping area. That is what it was. No air conditioning and mostly open air outside shopping. They did have a grocery store that was the size of a small drug store. The items were not over priced and we found what we needed. We needed sunscreen because our luggage arrived without it. We also bought some cheese and wine there. Like I said, what we needed. Hahaha! We had “happy hour” at our bungalow a few times after being out for the day.


The food was beautiful and rich in flavor. After doing Paleo for 3 months it was impossible to ever finish dinner. The island is big on bread. They serve a lot of bread at every meal. Always a bread basket on the table and their hamburger buns were big too.

If you can carve out the time and can budget in the money this is an amazing place to go. It is like heaven! I can’t imagine a more beautiful place!


Our bungalow at night.

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These stairs were made from the most beautiful wood. It was amazing handy work of the people of the island.

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Our view at every meal:

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A massive sail boat that came into Bora-Bora for a few days to let people explore and shop.

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This rainbow is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. I took this from the plane on the way in to Bora-Bora and this picture does it no justice but still beautiful!

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Being Crafty

It has been raining here in North Carolina to the point of making me wonder if I live in Washington State. On top of the rain we’ve also had chilly temps. Not cold enough to snow but cold enough to make you bone chill cold! Today is a nice day temperature wise but now my husband has the flu and I could be next. Knowing that the flu has a one to four day germination period I have stayed home. I am trying to save people from this YUCK!

Staying home can give you cabin fever! Today I decided I would do a craft that we had done last week in small group. That will keep me busy for a while!

I started with some leftover wood ( you can use any size). A few bottles of craft paint, some brushes, paper plate, water and a plastic bag. I used the plastic bag to cover my area so I wouldn’t get paint on my counter top. I painted my first coat of the brownish/gray color.

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I wanted it to have a depth to it so I added the cream color and wipe some of it off to get the colors I liked. I would add more of each color until I got it right. I also always added water to my brush with the color and would blot it out on my paper plate.

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I used both brushes and the sponge brush to get this look. After debating with myself I decided to do a arrow on my wood with the word “love” written in the middle. This was chosen because the word love only has 4 letters and this would be easy.

My friend, Icely, taught me to use tape to get straight lines and it works great. Just don’t go too thick with the paint and make sure the tape is stuck on the wood.

Measuring is a must to figure out where the middle is and to see how big your words needed to be. After finishing the arrow, using a piece of paper I practiced a few times on my letters and the size they needed to be. The next step was scary but needed. I took a pencil and wrote on the wood. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect because you can fix it with paint.

Now to paint the word in the center and straight….Yikes! Well, here goes the first coat:

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Messy, right? I just kept painting over it and it is by far not perfect but it is homemade!

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After I was all done, I took a tooth brush and flicked black paint all over it to make it look old. I recommend not holding your brush over the wood because the tooth brush will drip black paint in blobs. I learned this from experience.

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I am not sure which way I like better. At small group the other night I made a sign but I used vinyl letters that I had from another project and they look amazing. Painting by hand is difficult but it is also homemade by you! Not another one out there like it!

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Healthy Breakfast For Two Please

Today in our town, the temps are right around the 25* mark,  snow is falling from the ski and has been since before I woke up. It is beautiful outside but it is cold. There are not many cars going in and out of the neighborhood today. Everyone is all cozy in their houses or playing in this beautiful white powder we have.

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Since we are home bound and don’t have to hurry off to work,  I am going to make a good breakfast. At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to make but I have ingredients for lots of concoctions.  In October, I started to eat the Paleo way of eating to live healthier and this is what I came up with:

Bacon with eggs on a bed of spinach with onions, mushrooms and red peppers. It was very simple and easy to do.


1/2  sweet onion sliced thin

1/2 red pepper sliced thin and diced

3 cups fresh spinach

1/2 pack of sliced mushrooms (4-5 oz)

Olive oil or butter for the pan

4 eggs

4 pieces of bacon

fresh fruit



Preheat oven to 350* for bacon. Place bacon on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Depending on thickness of bacon.

In a skillet, add olive oil and onions. Salt and pepper the onions to your liking. Cook for 4 or so minutes and add the mushrooms and peppers.

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Last, add the spinach and wilt it down.

In another skillet, spray the skillet for the eggs. Crack all four eggs in the pan and cook until they are the firmness you like. We like runny in the middle at our house. Salt and pepper them to your liking.

I took my plates from the oven where they are warming and started plating. First adding the spinach, mushroom, onion and peppers, then the eggs on top! Then the bacon and fruit were added. YUM!! Easy and good!

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Now, on to figure out what I am making for dinner. These snow days are beginning to look good to me because it means cooking days for me. On to the next thing I go……. Enjoy!!!

Goals For The New Year

Wow! Christmas was a blast! But way too fast. By the time I got my decorations up, it was time to take them down. It is very difficult to slow Christmas down at my house but that is going to be one of my many goals for this year. I don’t know how but I have to try.  I have to start trying for anything to change.

Since January one I have been thinking of my goals for this year. We kinda have that five year goal sheet but tings change a lot along the way. Our goal sheets consist of “personal life goals” and “business goals.”  It is important to know the difference and keep them separate.

When thinking of writing your goals, don’t just “think” about it. Write something down. Keep it in a place that you can look at it from time to time.  Life is so busy and crazy that we forget what we are striving for. Especially if you have little ones.

Act like your goals are attainable no matter what the cost. Daydream a little. If you could do what ever you wanted with unlimited resources, what would that be?

The same thinking that has led you to where you are is not going to lead you to where you want to go.”~Albert Einstein

I have been doing the Paleo diet for months now and have lost 20 pounds. By no means am I where I want to be…but I am not where I was either. I set a goal and I can see the difference it has made. Make a change! Set a goal! Yours may not be healthy eating but something else. JUST DO IT!

You are not committing, you are brainstorming.

Decide what you want to move towards and what you will do later. Set dates to have things done by, decide how much of an improvement you want. WRITE IT DOWN!

If you don’t set goals, you have nothing to shoot for. You just toss back and forth with no direction.

Here are four of my goals that have been met this year because I made a list and had something to shoot for:

  • New Car
  • Travel to a “bucket list” destination
  • Loose weight so I can feel better
  • Spend more time with the people I love

I had something to aim my thoughts, ambition and money towards. You can do this too! 

There is a young lady that I have tried to share business and life goals with. She started out making under $500.00 per month in her business, her marriage was failing, her relationship with her children was not great. She felt that she had no friends. We met a few times and she made some changes, she set some goals, cut out some negative influences and today she is thriving! She is meeting her goals, speaking positively about her life and others. Her marriage is much better and her relationship with her family and friends is amazing.

You too can obtain your goals but you have to have something to aim for. When you meet your goal…CELEBRATE IT! Then set new goals. Life is great but it is what you make it. Make it great!

The definition of insanity is: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

I can’t wait to see how your life changes.

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Easy Christmas Candles

As I sit here on a snowy Sunday afternoon, waiting for my daughter to come over and bake cookies, my mind is at work. I just noticed that my candles needed some Christmas added to them. Since fresh is my favorite, I wanted to add greenery to the candles so they would have that Christmas look.

If you have candles that need a little punch to them you will love this simple, elegant idea. This is what I have to start with:

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I had all of these things here, I just needed to put them together. Get your glue gun heated up while you cut your burlap for wrapping the candles. Once you cut one, use it for your others. I did cut the burlap for the small candles in half down the middle.


The burlap was to wide for my candles so I folded it in half on the taller candles and attached it with my glue gun on the back side. Then I added my greenery with the twine.

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You could make this the centerpiece of your table or counter. It is beautiful and simple!

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Breadless Pizza-Spaghetti Squash Pizza

With the holidays upon us I am trying to eat less bread an remove all white from my diet. I looked for recipes that were breadless on Pinterest but this one popped up on Facebook.

It does have a few steps but it is simple and the taste is amazing when you are feeling deprived from eating pizza or you want something savory that is not salad.

I make 24 of these at a time. My husband and I take 3-4  for lunch everyday which helps us eat healthy and doesn’t give you the 3:00 sleep head feeling you get from all the heavy weight of some lunch options.

The recipe:

2 good size spaghetti squash

1 jar (or homemade)spaghetti sauce

1 package of pepperoni

1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded

1 cup Parmesan Cheese

2 eggs

Cut the spaghetti squash in half (length wise) and clean out the seeds

Place on a sprayed baking sheet face down where it lays flat. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let spaghetti squash cool. Then scrape out all innards into a good size bowl. Add eggs and Parmesan Cheese.

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The next step is to spray your muffin pans and make little nest with a deeper center so you can add sauce.

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Add 2 tablespoons of sauce to each muffin nest. This is the sauce I use:

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And just keep layering. Next add 2 pepperoni’s and a sprinkle of cheese.

You are now ready to bake at 350* for about 15 minutes. They will turn a little golden brown and the cheese will be melted on top when they are done. Let cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the outside and they should come right out of the pan.

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Store in a sealed container for your weekday lunches or dinners. The taste is very savory and reminds me of pizza. Enjoy!

This recipe makes 24 individual muffins.


Fancy Ham Sliders

We recently had a baby shower and we were just the host house. I did help with other things like decoration and food too but I was not in charge of the shower. The person in charge decided to serve chili for the shower. Chili is not your normal shower food so we had to be creative and add some food items that would spruce it up a bit. My friend Maggie and I put our heads together and came up with a few good ideas. The “fancy” ham sliders was one of those ideas.

Everyone loves ham slidders but they too are not you usual shower food. So this is what we came up with:  Ham Slidder Pinwheels. They were beautiful and tasted amazing!

I didn’t use the traditional Hawaiian Roll, instead I used thin pizza dough from the refrigerated section at the grocery store, ham and swiss cheese.

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I used a piece of saran wrap on my counter so I could cover the roll when I was done for refrigeration.

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Then, pressed it out with my hands to a flat rectangle. I didn’t want it to be really thick with the dough.

Layered the ham and then the cheese. Easy, right? After layering, just roll it up.

I used about a pound of ham per roll and I made three rolls.

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I did this the day befor the shower to help with time management. On the day of the shower I cut the rolls in in about a one inch pinwheel and made the sauce. I forgot to take pictures of this step.

I then baked them on 350 for abot 20-25 minutes. If you cut them thinner you will need to cut back on the time you have them in the oven.

This is the finished product:

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.



  • 1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated Thin Pizza Crust
  • 3/4 lb deli ham (thin cut but not shaved)
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. In my case, (I made so many that I used a cookie sheet).
  2. Unroll the pizza dough and press into approximately a rectangle. Top with ham and cheese slices. Starting on the longer side of the rectangle, roll up the edge tightly. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. Cut into 12 slices, approximately 1-inch wide. Arrange in prepared pan.
  3. Next combine the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and poppy seeds in a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter is melted and the glaze is smooth and combined. Pour evenly over the rolls.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours or bake, uncovered for 25 minutes until golden and browned. Enjoy!

So the ham pinwheels added to the chili but also made it a little more fancy like a baby shower would be. Our chili station looked awesome too!

Eveything turned out pretty awesome! Lots of help from others pulled together a beautiful baby girl baby shower.