Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Abalone Summer

Ah spring is here, summer is attempting to start early this year.  Daydreams of lazy summer days isn't complete without at trip to the beach (ok, in truth I would rather go to the mountains, lol.)  What trip to the beach would be complete without a piece of lovely abalone shell.

No trip that I remember from childhood, so maybe it's just me and not a tradition for everyone.  Could be time to start a new tradition for yourself?  The variety of designs in both the pieces and the shells is stunning in the lovely compilation of artisan's work.  It drew me in and I just had to share it...

Do you have a favorite memory of tradition from childhood?
Am I the only one who's beach trips always included a piece of abalone shell?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Savings and Eye Strain; Noteworthy Blogs 5-16-13

Apparently May is savings month, as I have another fabulous tidbit to share in how to eliminate hidden fees in your monthly bills that you probably aren't aware of.  I know I wasn't and have been perusing my bills to see if I can find and eliminate them.  Have found some, still working on the elimination of them.

"Identify and Eliminate Hidden Fees From Your Bills" covers a few of the sneaky ways companies bilk up to an extra $300.00 per person each year.  Consumer fraud protections seems to be failing or a thing of the past, not sure which.  

One topic this article did not cover is your electric and water bills.  While in part I think it is a true error I have had entire months removed due to misreading or reading someone else's meter and placing it against mine.  Let's face it a family of 5 is going to use more utilities than a single person household. Learn to read your own meters, to ensure accuracy on your bills.

The other thing I have caught both utilities doing is just listing an average without sending someone out to read the meters. This was a huge issue in the area where I live a few years back. I agree with the article watch your bills, question every charge.  Especially if is out of the ordinary.

Eye Strain, it happens, especially as we spend more and more time on the computer.  In addition to the work I do online for Entwined Vines Jewelry, my corporate job is 40 plus hours a week starting at a computer screen.  Yes, it is safe to assume I am very aware and have learned to avoid and deal with eye strain.  So "How to Prevent Eye Strain without Ditching Your Computer", becomes a priority for someone like me.  Yet, can be helpful to almost anyone these days, unless they are living off grid.

I agreed with everything the article had to say, even found a few tweaks I could already do to my own regimen for avoiding eye strain.  What they did not cover and I will only touch on lightly is eye exercises.  Yep, I do them, have for years.  My suggestion is, if you are interested in learning more is talk to your eye doctor and/or medical doctor. Mine routine was designed specifically for my needs and as the eyes are sensitive and important, I won't even share what my regime is.  Each person has their own unique needs, yet I cannot stress the importance of how helpful they have been to me over the years.   I also can always tell when I have been neglecting them, they make that much of a difference.

Have you found that eye strain changes your computer habits?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Inspired Art

Inspired by Art is a lovely array of talented artisans, including ourselves.  I really like the variety in designs and the cool softness in the color theme.  Sometimes it is nice to view other artisans work and see the variety that is available for everyone.  That no matter how long humanity survives artistic creations will continue to expand and the visions reaching new heights.  Always inspiring to reach even greater achievements.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day Weekend 2013

Wishing all the Mom's out there an early

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Enjoy your whole weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Best Time to Buy; Noteworthy Blogs 5-9-13

Saving money is a passion of mine, mostly because I like to save my money for the fun things in life.  One of the ways I do this is to connect with others who are of a like mind.  "One Smart Dollar" is one such place.  It is a blog that focuses on spending, each dollar earned, as wisely as possible as well as how to save wisely.

One Smart DollarRecently they posted two great blogs that would be helpful to everyone when it comes to making purchases. The first blog focuses on "The Best Time to Buy....Just About Anything".  It breaks it down by month and has some really great tips, including items I hadn't thought about previously.  Everything from clothes, to barbecues, to electronics, and pools.

Everybody talks about how to you can save money buying generic, yet it is really worth it?  I think so, yet you have to be smart about it, somethings are not worth the it.  Fortunately, this great article will help you get started, "Best Items to Buy Generic over Name Brand".  It covers something as simple as napkins to as complicated as electronics.

Do you have any cost saving tips you'd like to share?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Handmade for Mother's Day

Handmade for Her, just in time for Mother's Day.  Treat those selfless souls whom, bring children into this world.  It is a thankless job most days.  Yet. they keep doing it day in and day out.  Mother's keep society going and growing regardless of conditions.  Take the time to Thank and treat your Mother this weekend.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dreaming of Summer Treats; Noteworthy Blogs 5-2-13

Summer's coming, it is right around the corner.  Soon the vegetable will be fresher, the fruits we have been missing in season and the succulent berries will be bursting with flavor.  Ok, yep summer and food go hand in hand for me, whether growing it, or eating it.  Yes, I can and do cook it, however I would rather skip that step.  Fortunately for me, my good friend Tina, who also happens to be my business partner, loves to cook and share with everyone.

Raw Blackberry Cheesecake
Raw Blackberry Cheesecake, sounds so divine and then I read the recipe and realized it was dairy free.  Can't wait to give it a try once blackberries are in season.   Has anyone tried this yet?

Going to be spending some time on The Comfy Belly blog, who provided both the recipe and the picture to the left.  Having perused their blog  for a bit, it looks like I am going to try several of their recipes.

Paleo Pantry, posted this luscious sounding dessert awhile back.  Doesn't their picture just look totally edible and decadent.  Even better it has two ingredients, to create a cool, creamy Coconut Slushie   Now, me I can't wait till raspberries are in season to add as a third ingredient.  I love easy recipes, especially for treats.

Do you have a favorite summertime treat you look forward too?