Christian Turns 4 Years Old

OH my little buddy … Christian is his name … he is a purebred, black Pug !

April 2013

Taken in 2013 – Posing in the green grass with his red walking harness

Christian can be very territorial and likes to bark when anyone visits or comes knocking at the door and he loves to talk to the neighbors dogs by barking through our fence. He doesn’t have any issues ‘acting’ like he is a big dog and he doesn’t mind posing for pictures from time to time.Christian

 

I remember the day I brought him home, he was so tiny and depended on me for everything. He was so small in fact I could wrap him in a hand towel, folded in half. He loved that, I am guessing it made him feel secure being wrapped up in something soft while I held him. Those really early days were precious to me and times I will never, ever forget.

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2016 Birthday Hat – I turned 4,  Jan 12th !

This month he turns 4 years old and we celebrated with a new toy, a special dinner and a nice red party hat!  He wore the hat just long enough for me to snap a few pictures.

He has gained a few pounds in the last couple of years as he settles nicely into his pug rolls and is happy and healthy in our home… a little spoiled but I guess with a face like that, who wouldn’t be spoiled!              Signature

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Christian & Mommy (Me) – On his 3rd Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY !

 

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Donation Tracking

…with a free downloadable Donation Tracker for you!

In preparation for a strong ‘decluttering’ year, I created a donation tracker so that I can be sure to log what I am donating without a lot of effort.

What Do I Track?

I wanted to track when, what and the worth of each item that I donate throughout the year in order that I can tally the totals for tax purpose during tax season.

Do I Keep Receipts? Proof Of Items Donated?

I keep a receipt folder where I can easily cross reference receipts that I collect after each donation. I typically film what I donate and that helps me out in the event I forget to jot something down. Taking a picture is another way to show what was donated – I just simply attach it to the receipt and fair market value sheet.

Good luck on donations AND tracking them in 2016!

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Small Pantry Organization

Oh The Pantry!

You know that space … where the chef of the home can go to create …and dream and… provide delish meals for the family… That Pantry!

I dream of a large walk in with a place that will hold everyday food items, stockpile supplies, menu plans, cookbooks with recipes, food inventory lists and ample space for large appliance storage!  A girl can dream, right?!

The reality is … I do not have a walk in, nor space to hold everything I want in a single space. But, I do have a very modest pantry with several shallow shelves SO I am able to house a little bit of everything. This also means there are other spaces where I house all needed items in order to maintain my kitchen (that will be a different topic for a different day).

Small Patry Organization

When I moved into my current home, I downsized in all areas to include the kitchen… with that downsize went the walk-in pantry…  So I chose to say “Hello”, to small spaces!

This is an honest pic of my unorganized pantry when I first moved in …

Small Pantry Organization

I quickly found out that the systems I used in my previous pantry (which was a walk in) did not work in my current pantry.

The systems I used before consisted of risers for canned goods and plastic pull out drawers that contained items that I could see easily in my previous space by pulling out the sliding drawer. In my new space the risers did not fit properly (to narrow of a space) and the drawers would not pull out completely. I dealt with it for as long as I could and decided enough is enough – time for a Small Pantry Organization!

I took inventory and decided what the must have items were and what I absolutely HAD to have there… and added on nice to have and this is what I came up with for RULES :

1) Must be functional, above all !

2) I must be able to know at a glance where everything is located.

3) The space must allow other members of the family to put away/get out grocery items without having any difficulty.

4) Visually appealing – This was my nice to have!

I was able to organize with Dollar Tree bins (most of which I already had) and Dollar Tree canisters and containers.

This is what my pantry looks like now – Take A look!

I also filmed 2 YouTube videos – One BEFORE and one AFTER The link to those are below!

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I filmed a short video of my pantry BEFORE :

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I filmed a short video of my pantry AFTER :

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CAPSULE MAKEUP TIN

This holiday,  I placed my everyday capsule makeup essentials in a holiday tin for easy storage!

I reach for this every single day and love the joy it brings me each morning.

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The contents consist of 5 products! Very minimal at best …

It gives me the simple freedom to walk out the door with a clean fresh looking face all day! Take A look at what I use!

5 Products

Rimmel – Lasting Finish Foundation – 25 hour – 100 ivory

Rimmel – Scandaleyes Wtrpf Mascara – Retro Glam – 001 Black

Rimmel – Brow This Way – Brow Styling Gel – 004Clear

Maybelline – Master Smoky – Eyeliner Pencil – Scorching Brown

Almay – Smart Shade – Concealer – 010 Light Pale

Try out a Capsule makeup tin for yourself – You may just like the simplicity it brings to your morning makeup routines.

Happy Holidays!

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CheeseCake Cups

Cheesecake Cups 2015

My office is holding a Holiday Luncheon this week and I signed up to bring Cheesecake!

To make it easy for folks to pick it up and go, I have decided to make my famous Cheesecake Cups!!

These are homemade, no-bake and so delish everyone will want seconds!

What You Will Need :

  • Stand Mixer
  • 1 Lg. Bowl
  • 1 Sm. Bowl
  • 2 Mixing Spoons
  • 12-24 Dessert cups with Lids (quantity depends on serving size of choice)

Crust :

1 1/2 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/3 C. Packed Brown Sugar

1/3 C. Butter (melted)

Directions : *Stir together graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and melted butter until mixed well.

Press equal amounts in the bottom of each dessert cup. 12-24 dependent on the serving size that you choose.

*See Optional

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Filling :

16 oz. Cream Cheese

2 t. Lemon Juice

1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream

1/3 C. White Sugar

Directions : Mix cream cheese and lemon juice until soft.

Add whipping cream and mix until thick.

Add sugar and continue mixing until mixture is stiff.

Pour equal amounts in crust prepped cups – 12-24 dependent on the serving size that you choose.

Chill overnight in the fridge and serve with your favorite coffee or tea – Enjoy!

*Optional Items :

1/2 t. Ground Cinnamon

21 oz.  Pie Filling Of Choice (top each dessert cup with pie filling before securing lid) 

Watch My ‘How To’ Video Here:

Mom – A Cancer Survivor

When my mom was a little girl she was diagnosed with Bone metastases aka Bone Cancer. The treatment was to include removing her right leg at the hip socket with no guarantee of survival.

I might go into a story on my mom at a later date but for now I will say, she had a very small percentage of living by physician standards BUT God had another plan for her … she is still alive today and totally free of cancer all of these years!

Recently, I had a great visit with my mom. We filmed a Mother/Daughter tag on YouTube and had so much fun!!

 

November – A Month of Thankfulness

Thanksgiving 2015

I am working on being more mindful of what I have and on being more thankful, in general. I am updating my Facebook page with one item every day, up until Thanksgiving Day !

I wanted to save this list and decided to keep a running tally to look back on here, on my blog …. I will update at the end of each week, if you are interested in reading what I have to post, keep reading and stop by again next week.

You can also follow me on my Facebook page (Living Eclectic) if you prefer to see this ‘daily’.                                                  Signature

 

Week  3

November 15th – 21st

11/15

I am thankful that God makes it clear regarding what to do when the road gets rough.

“And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do? .. And the Lord said unto Moses, GO ON! … and Moses did so. Exodus 17:4-6

11/16

I am thankful for clean water

11/17 

I am thankful for clothing
…Not the dress up fancy dancy kind
Just the plain modest coverings that I see less and less of these days

11/18

Today, I am thankful for making it (successfully) through a large presentation that I facilitated with individuals representing a total of 10 organizations! Yes! Yes! … Double Yes!!

11/19

I am so thankful for the friendships that I have developed online since 2012 because of a leap to get my life de-cluttered. Through letting go, I have gained so much more! I am very blessed!

11/20

Today, I am thankful that all of the fall leaves/debris/weeds are cleaned up and the yard is prepped for winter!

11/21

Today I am thankful I did not get badly injured when I fell from the ladder while cleaning out the gutters …a little bruised but I am good!

 

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Week 2

November 8th – 14th

11/8

I am thankful for my children
Only to them, do I pass on a part of myself

11/9

I am thankful for hair scrunchies (its the small things)
This invention is genius…

http://www.spectatornews.com/showcase/2007/01/25/history-of-the-scrunchie/

11/10

I am thankful for the ability to walk 🚶

11/11

I am thankful for the armed forces –
for all branches and for what they were initially formed to protect

11/12

I am thankful for non-GMO foods

Note: This post to Facebook did not even get 1 like!

11/13

I am thankful for Friday’s!

11/14

I am thankful for family

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Week 1

November 1st – 7th

11/1
I am thankful for leftover Halloween candy … 🍬 🍫

11/2
I am thankful for God’s favor

11/3
I am thankful for medical care

11/4
I am thankful for the ability of others to forgive when I have made mistakes

11/5
I am thankful to have transportation to go where I need to in order to support and take care of my family

11/6
I am thankful for the wisdom to know we all put our pants on the same way (no one is any better than anyone else) – everyone teaches and everyone learns!

11/7
I am thankful for Christian and Lyny (fur babies) – they bring joy into my home and love me unconditionally, every single day.

Fall 2015 Fur Babies