Conference Prep and Hair Debacles

I’ve thought it was Friday for the majority of the week. It’s both good and bad that it hasn’t been Friday yet because that has meant that I had more days in the week to get some things accomplished.

Next week is conference at our church. My family generally volunteers to help in whatever means they need. I have the honor of heading up the kitchen again this year. Oh, don’t go thinking it’s something big because it really just managing the fruit, pastries, and coffee that they church buys and provides. ;) I’d love to do some cooking for the people but they just are not comfortable with all that entails. :) I think Tiffany and I are going to do some vlogging next week to post on youtube next weekend.

Not so great clips

Last month I got my hair cut at Great Clips. I’ve been going there for many years. The previous time I went they did a great job and I was comfortable with the notes they kept in the computer system on how I like my hair cut.

Well . . . the chick that did my hair cut it different than anyone has ever cut it. It was nuts! First she cut my bangs, which I don’t even like to call them bangs because then they do crazy stuff like they did this time. She pulled too much forward and then cut them too short. As far as the too short part, I will take some blame in that because I told her to take a little bit more off but I think she took more than a little bit more.

I’m not going to go into all the ways she did things differently. However, I will point out that she did not take very much off the top at all!!! Ugh!! I was going to go back the next week but then came down with a 24-hour bug and they guys picked up groceries. Then I called and was going to go in and get it fixed but the manager wasn’t in when I called. So long story shorter than it could be, I’m dealing with some crazy length hair and looking forward to getting it cut again next month. ;) Of course, that’s going to be a trial because of this botched cut.

Well, this week Tiffany needed her bangs (real bangs) trimmed and the dead ends cut off. I dropped her off at Great Clips and drove the couple of blocks to Sprouts to get the things we needed from there rather than wait for her . . . bad move. Turns out it was a male who cut her hair. Now we don’t have anything against men cutting hair, that’s what a barber is after all and lots of guys come into Great Clips. However, both men that have cut her hair have messed it up and this one was a doozy.

Remember I mentioned that conference is next week? Well now she has this to deal with.

She went from this to that and with conference coming, where you what to make a good impression on people.I’m going to give them one more try but if it doesn’t go well, I’ll switch to Pro Cuts or Super Cuts.

Lauren called (via google duo) this week with her own hair debacle. :( She said Liam saw her cut Brian’s hair recently. Liam brushes her hair from time to time. Bottom line, she thought he was brushing her hair and she felt hair falling. Turned out, he’d cut about four inches off the bottom of her hair. She had to go and get yet another hair cut; she’d already gotten one recently in preparation for their church’s special services this week.

I think her hair looks nice but she’s very upset that she’s had so much cut off, much like Tiffany and her short bangs. Well, one thing is for sure, it will grow. Of course, it won’t be in time for conference, but grow it shall.

Food Prep

I’ll be doing some breakfast prep the next few days so that we can have a good breakfast and get to church on time. ;) I’m going to make a double batch of sourdough pancakes tomorrow morning and a double batch of pumpkin chip baked oatmeal Sunday morning.I guess we’ll just have egg burritos or something the other days.

Well, I’m going to run for now.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Dollar Tree Homeschooling Items

I popped into my local Dollar Tree this week and decided to look over the items that could be used for preschoolers and early elementary children. I had hoped to find those cook dice that are about three inches and have a dry erase circle on each side but my store was out of these. If you find any in your local store, I suggest you snap up a couple because they can be very useful.  You can write or draw pictures for sit, stand, jump, letters, numbers, letter blends, sight words, and any number of other things.

Next, these letter, number, and shape foam puzzles are great for kinesthetic learners. They have some nice texture to them. :) You can use the capital letters and lower case letters for matching once they are at that place. You can also put together CVC words. As you can see, this is one item that can be used in many different ways as your child grows and learns.

This play dough is really nice! I bought some for use with my grandson and I was surprised with how nice it was. You can use it to form letters and numbers  with dough rolled into ropes as well as general play.

Here is a write-on wipe-off on one side and a chalk board on the other. This can be a good way to practice writing.

These foam dice come two to a package and can be used in a variety of ways. I try to remember to share more on that at another time.

These dice are interesting and can be used various ways too. It can be used to give your child some gross motor skill work and working on left, right, and center too. (Think Mother May I type game.)

Here’s cool timer that can be used for a number of things.

These cones can be set up to have children do gross motor activities. There are some flat ones too that I think might hold a ball, which be a fun activity.

These fractional foam circles are cool to talk about fractions when ready. There are three different ones, each with a different number of sections.

I don’t know if this is similar to those dice I mentioned earlier in that you can write whatever you want on the sections but it looks pretty cool. :)

I hope these things give you some ideas of some inexpensive things you can use to help educate your children. There are also bowls, pans, trays and even the cat litter pan that you can use for things like shaving cream and rice where you can have them practice drawing the letters and numbers.

Oh and don’t forget the stickers, craft supplies, coloring books, and educational workbooks. I’d recommend getting several things to begin with and then using a few dollars each week to get a few more.

I hope this is helpful to you and your children.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Inktober, Chop, Printemps

I am participating with Inktober again this year. I’m excited about it. It was good for me last year and I’m eager to see what I accomplish this year. I think I’m going to be asking for some inks for Christmas this year. I found a nice set of 12 with shimmer. :) I’m also considering a calligraphy set with about 8 nibs and 4 regular inks in the main colors.

The prompt for Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic was to use our signature chop as the string. So that’s what I did but apparently I forgot to get a picture. :)

I’ve got several Inktober prompts I’m referencing this month. The one I picked today was the one that I’d used last year as well from Everything is Art. The suggested tangle is Printemps, which also happened to be on the list of tangles to choose from on Today’s Tangles. The official Inktober prompt today is ring, so Printemps goes with that nicely. Here is the scan of the pre-shaded tile.

Here is the picture of the pre-shaded tile.

I’ve never been very good at Printemps. By the way, I heard Rick pronounce this tangle and was completely surprised–what is it? French? I definitely give it the southern US pronunciation :D. Any way, I know Maria puts a sparkle on hers when she draws it but I tried that with the first one and it looked really bad. I think I like the large ones best.

As far as shading goes, I struggled with that as well. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to blacken in behind the printemps or shade with graphite or what. I’ve liked the look when others do a graphite printemps in the background but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pull that off.

So here is how my tile turned out once shaded . . . scan first and then the picture (which was taken indoors because I didn’t get this done until after dark but with as much light as I’ve been getting anyway, it seems comparable ;) ).

I really love that angle; it adds to the three-dimensional look to it. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Are you participating in Inktober? has some Inktober tangle prompts, as does the Tangle All Around facebook group (I don’t think I can link it but you can search for it on facebook). I’ll be sharing my tiles on Instagram as we go, if your interested. :)

Until next time,


Low Carb Wraps Expectations

A few months ago I saw an ad for a “free” book of keto “carb” recipes. I’m normally enticed to get more keto recipes as they are generally higher in calories than what my body can handle. But it included recipes for noodles, ravioli, buns, wraps, and even croissants.

It was the croissants that got me. I caved and spent the $6.95, supposedly for shipping and handling. I denied all other offers they tried to push on me when I did so. It granted me immediate access to the recipes in pdf format. I looked through them and was looking forward to the small book of recipes arriving. It took several weeks before it did so.

Tiffany has not been able to eat a lot of almond flour and definitely not flax or chia, which currently cause her stomach distress. The first thing we made was some naan. It looked nothing like the pictures in the cookbook but my daughter liked it well enough.

I was intrigued by the wraps. They looked so white and so much like regular white flour tortillas. These used pork rinds ground to a powder. I thought this might lend a nice flavor to the wraps. So I tried them.

I ask you, does that look anything like the picture? See how white/pale the ones in the picture are? Mine have a very yellow look, although you cannot see it well in this picture. It was tasty enough but I think it is more caloric than other low carb wraps I’ve tried.

It is pretty sturdy but as you can see, nothing as white as what is pictured. This was the last of my prepared wraps, so I’ll be needing to make up a batch of wraps soon. I don’t think I’ll make this one again because of the pork rinds. I’ll work on finding a new recipe. I may try the THM one again. (The one from the Trim Healthy Table Cookbook.) The problem with the THM one is it uses baking blend but it has flax in it, so Tiffany can’t have them. So I’ll be looking for one she can have or maybe modify one of these.

I’ll post again when I find a wrap recipe that is sturdy and lower in calories. Yeah, I know, we don’t worry about calories but since I’m menopausal I need all the help I can get and the higher calorie intake of keto recipes is not conducive to me losing weight. ;)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

When There’s Trouble

Years ago, when I worked outside of the home, I took some managerial workshops. One of the things I learned and tried to make apart of my life was to confront situations by saying things like “I feel . . . when you . . .” kind of statements. By doing so, it doesn’t make the individual as defensive and a bit more open to seeing things in another way.

I read an article not long ago that shared some of the same ideas in communicating with you spouse. I think it is a very good idea. Of course, it is difficult to stop in the heat of a discussion and think clearly to communicate this way but it can be very helpful.

I hope you will find the article helpful to you and your marriage.

Until next time,


National Daughters Day and Dogsitting

Well, evidently I missed National Daughters Day on Wednesday! What an oversight! I am totally blessed with my baby girl–now in her 20’s. We are the best of friends and we enjoy just being together. We also like reading books together and talking about them (see our youtube channel Joyous Jabbers for more).

We encourage and stretch each other. We have similar hobbies and enjoy cooking too. I’m sooo blessed with her. Love you bunches!

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my daughter-in-love Lauren. She married into our family nearly seven years ago and we’ve adopted her as our own. :)

It’s not a very good picture of us but at least it is one of us together. ;) Lauren is thoughtful and (mostly) keeps Brian out of high water by remembering family special occasions. :) I enjoy talking with her about any subject she desires and try to always be there for her when she needs me. :) She even tried painting with Tiffany and me. I’m blessed that Brian found someone that cares so much. OH! and who is committed to homeschooling Liam. :) And she’s doing a great job of it already. Love you Sweetie!

In other happenings this week, we’ve kept my parents Golden Doodle while they are on vacation with my baby sister and her family.

He’s such a loving dog. He’ll come up and put his head on you (just imagine my knee under his chin because he looks just like that :D ) and will tap you with his paw to get you to pet him. He’ll even hold your hand. I do not believe my parents give him as much attention as he is trying to get out of us. :D But he’s sweet.

Then we’ve been going over to my sister’s house and giving her two dogs, one Golden Doodle and one German Shepherd, some human time. We feed and water them and give them some time to run around and play. And we let them run around outside for a bit too. Tiff even brushes them.

Usually when we watch them, they are not very interested in eating or drinking much. But not this time. They definitely have their appetites! Tiff even switched out the water bowl for a bigger one because she had to refill it several times while we were there.

On day two, they destroyed this ball and yet they are still playing with it. :D

They are good dogs and I think they’ve gotten used to us coming and spending some time with them while their family is away. :)

Tiffany and I read Anne Perry’s book, The Cater Street Hangman this week. We buddy read it, meaning that she read a chapter or two and then I read a couple of chapters and back and forth until we finished it. We vlogged some of our chats as we read it and will post it soon (probably next week). ;) It was fun to read together and see who was right about who done it. :)

Well, I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Enjoy Reading

If you want your children to enjoy reading there are a few things you can to do encourage this.

  • read books to them often
  • read books yourself
  • talk about the books your reading
  • be excited about the stories
  • OH! Read fun and interesting books, not boring ones :)

Many times children like to occupy themselves in a manner similar to how their parents do. If you spend time on your phone, watching television, or on a computer, odds are your child will also. But if you use spend your leisure time reading books or doing something with your hands (crafts/hobbies), your children will probably want to engage in the same kinds of activities.

I just realized that RAR talked about this recently. I believe you can read or listen to it here.

Books are a part of learning but should also be a part of leisure activities because they help the brain. :) If you are not reading some fiction for leisure, I recommend you start, even if only a little. Do check out the linked article about fiction and the brain; I found it quite interesting. :)

For the younger ones, here are links to the Read Aloud Revival picture book suggestions for September and October.

So, what have you been reading lately? My daughter and I just finished The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry and will be looking for the sequels at the library on our next visit. We’ll also be putting up a video on our Joyous Jabbers youtube channel where we talked about the book as we read it and then our thoughts afterwards. (It’s still in the making right now, so I can’t link it yet. ;) )

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Dewd Tile

This week’s tile is once again following the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic #TTKICPROMPT092319. I started my tile while at my sister’s house giving her dogs some people time. ;)

The string was simple enough; basically a tile divided into 4 sections with a + and then c shapes drawn in each corner. I didn’t take a picture of it because I forgot that I had a camera with me because of my phone at that point. :p

Although Dewd and I have not become friends yet, I decided to give him a try. ;) Of course, I considered Knightsbridge in the c sections but decided to wait until I’d finished with Dewd to see if I wanted to do that–I was concerned that it would be too busy.

Here it is before shading (a picture from my phone).

I decided to put some graphite on the c shapes in the corners and see if I wanted to add Knightsbridge from there. At this point, I decided it would probably be too busy if I added Knightsbridge and just opted for some more shading. I’m not pleased with the highlights on Dewd; it looks like eyeballs.

Here is my finished tile. Just keeping it simple. :)Thanks for stopping by. In case you are new here, the form of drawing I use is called Zentangle. You can find the easy step by step instructions for each tangle online. A simple google search for the tangle name along with the word tangle will usually yield the directions. I also consult and

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Sugar-Free OREO®Chocolate Milk

Okay, I’ve shared sugar free chocolate milk here before but that was one my son made. I’m sharing one I have since modified and absolutely love.

I loved Oreos ® but they are not on plan for me any more. ;) I’ve shared OREO skinny chocolate before too but sadly, that is not really conducive to my weight reduction because I love it too much and eat way too much of it. But this is portion controlled and yummy!!!

First you must have some Black Dutched Cocoa Powder. I get The Cocoa Trader brand.

I’ve done this with almond milk and cashew milk but you could use whatever milk you like. :)

I put 2 cups of milk in my blender, add two tablespoons of black cocoa, a pinch of salt, a dash of vanilla, and two tablespoons of THM Supersweet, which is an erithritol stevia blend. And just blend away.

Quick, easy, and lovely oreo taste. :)

I forgot to take photos when I used my last bit of black cocoa today, so I’ll add pictures as soon as I get some in but wanted to share this deliciousness with you pronto. :)

Sugar-Free OREO®Chocolate Milk


  • 2 cups milk of choosing, I use almond milk.
  • 2 tablespoons black dutched cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons THM super sweet (erithritol stevia blend)
  • pinch salt
  • dash vanilla


  1. Put all in a blender and blend. I blend mine about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy! 🙂

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº


Nurturing Your Marriage Relationship

I talked about relationships on Friday and I just thought I’d carry that over to today’s post because your marriage is one of the most crucial relationships you can have. Along those same lines, it is important to communicate with your hubby. Now, I’m not talking about telling him things that you need done. I’m talking about really talking to him about what he is dealing with at work and with his friends. What is on his mind? What has he been learning?

Okay, let’s get basic. What did you talk about when you were dating? For some of us, that seems forever ago and we may not remember, so don’t wait so long to relate with your hubby that you forget how to relate to one another.

It is easy to slip into the mundane things of every day life and things that need to get done but it is important to continue to know each other. This means that you have to take some time in your day to communicate with each other. And for that, you have to be considerate of his time and what he is doing. If you are ready to go to bed before he seems to have the time for this communication, ask him when a good time would be. Explain that you don’t want to lose the closeness that you shared before you got married or when you first got married. Be inquisitive about him and what he is interested in. Who knows, you might find more things that you share in common. :)

I hope this encourages you to keep the lines of communication open and nurture your marriage relationship.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº