Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Look what I learned to do! Wide, flat braids are so gorgeous. Five strand braid is what I normally do but this stacked one is even wider than that. It would have turned out even better had I wet the hair first. 

Cute Girls Hairstyles has instructional videos for all sorts of braids and other hair styles. Check them out. :)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

[I'm seeing teeth nowadays. Lots and lots of teeth.]

More excuses for not blogging. This time a really good one. We just opened up a denture clinic from scratch (what an undertaking that has been, to say the least) and after being a stay-at-home-mom for the past 9+ years, have returned to work part time as a receptionist (my husband is the denturist, not me). I'm sure I will still keep blogging sporadically as I have been. I don't know what rhyme or reason this barely alive blog has anymore but for some reason it's still fun to come and share something here every once in awhile. 

My mother-in-law and I put these waiting area chairs together. All six of them. What a pain in the butt project that was. At one point we just started laughing like crazy. People complain about mother-in-laws but mine sure is super awesome. Always willing to help us and so supportive of all we do. I'll never forget the fun we had trying to put these chairs together.

I must say that it has been kind of fun to shop for a brand new clinic. We mainly used neutral colors throughout the clinic but our logo is green apple colored so there are green accents here and there. Still a work in progress. Trying to decide what to put on the walls next. Marketing is always the tricky part too. Takes time to build up clientele. What's a clinic without patients, right? :) Wish us luck. :) I'm counting on "If you build it, they will come." :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


I just have to share this blog post of peculiar burial rites of Tana Toraja in Indonesia. What an interesting read! Check it out.

I love the Amusing Planet blog. Cool stuff!

Monday, March 2, 2015

[Super important blog post! Please read.]

If there ever was a cause to be involved in - this is it!

Have you heard of Operation Underground Railway? I read this article about how Timothy Ballard started this organization and it broke my heart to realize what is being done to so many children in our world. I had no idea how extensive the sex slave industry is. I can't believe that there are so many people who would hurt and abuse children to demand all these child victims. To think that such evil even exists, breaks my heart! This has to stop! We have to do something! We can't just sit in our comfortable homes and do nothing while these children are being used and abused. Shame on us if we do! 

People involved in this organization are real life heroes. With our money donations, they can continue this more-than-important-work and expand their organization so that hopefully one day we can say that we have truly abolished slavery.

You can make a difference in a life of a child by not ignoring this post but by clicking the link below and donating. Please help save these children! Become an Abolitionist. Raise awareness about this important cause by sharing on Facebook, on Twitter or on your blog.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

[dreaming of dreamcatchers]

What do you do when you're sick? I pin stuff. Today I figured out I'd like to start collecting dreamcatchers. Love the doily ones. Who knew I was such a hippie?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

[the power of a parent]

Love this story about the power of a parent:
Ben Carson said of himself, “I was the worst student in my whole fifth-grade class.” One day Ben took a math test with 30 problems. The student behind him corrected it and handed it back. The teacher, Mrs. Williamson, started calling each student’s name for the score. Finally, she got to Ben. Out of embarrassment, he mumbled the answer. Mrs. Williamson, thinking he had said “9,” replied that for Ben to score 9 out of 30 was a wonderful improvement. The student behind Ben then yelled out, “Not nine! … He got none … right.” Ben said he wanted to drop through the floor.
At the same time, Ben’s mother, Sonya, faced obstacles of her own. She was one of 24 children, had only a third-grade education, and could not read. She was married at age 13, was divorced, had two sons, and was raising them in the ghettos of Detroit. Nonetheless, she was fiercely self-reliant and had a firm belief that God would help her and her sons if they did their part.
One day a turning point came in her life and that of her sons. It dawned on her that successful people for whom she cleaned homes had libraries—they read. After work she went home and turned off the television that Ben and his brother were watching. She said in essence: You boys are watching too much television. From now on you can watch three programs a week. In your free time you will go to the library—read two books a week and give me a report.
The boys were shocked. Ben said he had never read a book in his entire life except when required to do so at school. They protested, they complained, they argued, but it was to no avail. Then Ben reflected, “She laid down the law. I didn’t like the rule, but her determination to see us improve changed the course of my life.”
And what a change it made. By the seventh grade he was at the top of his class. He went on to attend Yale University on a scholarship, then Johns Hopkins medical school, where at age 33 he became its chief of pediatric neurosurgery and a world-renowned surgeon. How was that possible? Largely because of a mother who, without many of the advantages of life, magnified her calling as a parent.
You can read Ben Carson's biography here.