Wednesday, January 14, 2015

30 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 2

Day #2: 10 Facts About Me


     






Welcome back to Day #2 of the Blog Challenge. In case you missed the first post, which you can find HERE, let me just tell you a little about the challenge. Each day, for the next 30 days, I will write a blog post using that day's writing prompt. I am writing this series so that my readers can get to know me a little better.

Today's challenge is to write 10 facts about me. So here goes.....
  1. I am a single mom to a wonderful teenage/almost adult boy, whom I gave birth to in high school.
  2. I graduated high school in June of 1997 with a GPA of 3.7.
  3. My dream job is to be a forensic scientist.
  4. I live in the Boston, MA area.
  5. I have one pet cat named Misty (Cowgirl).
  6. Bon Jovi is, and has been my favorite music group since I was in elementary school.
  7. Psychology books are my favorite books to read. I love learning how the human mind works.
  8. I do not own an iPhone or android phone. My phone can only make calls and send texts. =D
  9. I would like to learn how to knit, decorate cakes as well as create both floral and deco mesh wreaths.
  10. I am a Sagittarius.
That's a wrap. Make sure to grab the button so that you can link back to the challenge. Tomorrow's post will be about my personality and values. Hope you will join me.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

30 Day Blog Challenge

Day #1 ~ Introduction




Over the next 30 days I will having a blog challenge, in which I will be writing a post about the daily topic. I decided to do this to allow my readers to get to know me a little bit better. If you would like to follow along with challenge feel free to grab the button below to use on your site. Also, you may add a link to your blog where you will be posting each day simply by filling in your information.

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Tomorrow's daily post: 10 Facts About Me

See you tomorrow!!!  =D
Jenn






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Friday, January 9, 2015

Smart Goal Setting Tips

“It doesn’t matter where you came from. All that matters is where you are going.”- Brian Tracy


Hey Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday season. Now that the New Year is here, I decided it was time to set some new goals for myself. If you are like me, you most likely have tons of things you would like to do in your life (job, health, self improvement, etc.), and don't know where to start. Therefore, I decided I would post about some tips and tricks I use to help make my goals more attainable and realistic.




First I want to show you some really neat goal setting printables I found on the Buttoned Up® website. First there is a master goal sheet. I really liked this worksheet, as I was able to write down all the goals I wish to work on.

Image Credit: Buttoned Up ®
Then the second worksheet enabled me to break down each individual goal by tasks.

Image Credit: Buttoned Up ®
If you would like to download a copy of these goal worksheets visit the Buttoned Up ® website here for the master goal worksheet and here for the goal list worksheet.

Want to learn a new skill? Try taking a Free Craftsy Class. You could also try some of the many other classes Craftsy offers for a reasonable price. Here are some that I recommend:


I am currently taking the Scrapbooking With Style: Clean and Simple layouts on Craftsy. So far I really love it. However, I will write more about my experience in a separate post. Now back to goal setting. Here are some tips about smart goal setting. When setting a goal I always use the "SMART" method. 




Specific: Be very specific. If you write a goal that is very broad, it is less likely you will complete it. For example instead if writing I want to lose weight, write I want to lose 10 pounds.

Measurable: When setting a goal make sure you are able to assess your goals on a regular basis. In order to do this, you need to be able to measure or keep track in some way. Using the weight loss example again, write I would like to lose ten pounds by April 1st. This way you will be able to track your progress.

Attainable: Make sure you set realistic goals. If you set a goal to lose 50 pounds in one month, that's not going to happen. It can cause you more frustration. So be realistic.

Relevant: Do your goals have significance in your personal life? Will you actually be able to take the time to do the small tasks needed to reach your overall goal?

Timely: Again, set a deadline. As I said before, you will not only be able to track your progress, but having a deadline seems to help.

Finally, some other good ideas is to give yourself an incentive. For example, if I walk for 30 minutes a day, I can eat one sweet treat a week. Also, make sure you have support. Especially if you are trying to achieve something difficult like weight loss or some other major life goal. Plus you can have them help you be accountable or even cheer-lead you.

What are some of the goals you have set for yourself in the New Year? I would love to hear what everyone is working on.

I am linking up today with Craftaholics Anonymous®.

♥ Jenn


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Favorite Holiday Casserole Recipe


Hey Everyone!!
How is everyone coming along with their Christmas plans? I tend to wait till last minute. I know, it's not the best thing to do. I guess I work better under pressure...lol! Anyway I wanted to share with you today one of my favorite recipes that I always serve during the holidays. It is a simple casserole that you could actually serve at any time. It is just a tradition in my family to make a green bean casserole as well as this yummy vegetable casserole as our veggie sides. My mother found this recipe years ago and it has been a hit ever since. Again it is really simple so even if you can't cook well, this should be easy to make. Now for the recipe.....

Vegetable Casserole

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Bake Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
• 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's ® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
• 1/3 cup of sour cream
• 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
• 1 16 oz. bag of frozen vegetable combination (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots), thawed
• 1 2.8 can french fried onions (will need 1 1/3 cup)
• 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 oz.)

Directions
1.) Stir the soup, sour cream, black pepper, vegetables, 2/3 cup of the onions and 1/2 cup of the cheese in a 2 quart casserole dish. Then cover.
2.) Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Remove from oven and stir.
3.) Sprinkle the remaining cheese and onions on the top of the casserole. Bake for 5 minutes more or until the onions are golden.
4.) Remove from oven and Enjoy!!


Let me know if you decide to make this casserole, and what your opinion is about it. I would love to know what other people think. Do you have a favorite dish you serve during the holidays?

Jenn

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Last Minute Handmade Christmas Ideas


Looking for some last minute gifts? Take a look at these Etsy treasuries created by members of The Handmade Forum, and find that unique item for your loved one. Whether it be jewelry, clothes or something for the home....handmade always has an extra special touch. Take a minute to check out some of these really great items!

'Wooden it be lovely?' by snippetsandstitches

Some truly unique and inspired pieces created in wood. Brought to you by The Handmade Forum.


Decorative mirror, coat rack...
$185

Yo-Yo Display Stand
$20

Cutting Board / Cheese Board...
$95

Men's Keepsake box, Trea...
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Unisex Large Wood Cube Bead ...
$20

Geometric Dark Wood Bangle P...
$15

Cocobolo Wooden Ring Ring Si...
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Celtic Knot Pendant Laser Cu...
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Engraved wooden coasters set...
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Metallic Brown, Green Square...
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air plant + faceted wood pla...
$15

Wooden wall clock, art clock
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Bed & Breakfast Serving Tray...
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Family Calendar Sign is hand...
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Rescued wood rustic sign Han...
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Wood and concrete desktop la...
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'December Edition #2' by uniquelyyou1

Featuring members from The Handmade Forum and others. Enjoy!


Brass Wraparound Tiled Headp...
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Geometric vase Yellow cerami...
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CHRISTMAS SALE yellow shoes,...
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Business Card Holder - Yello...
$14.4

Amber chips earrings, milk a...
$46

Gold Wood Post Earrings - Ha...
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Yellow Birch Tree Love No. 3...
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Today I Choose Joy, Gold Pri...
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Gold Glitter Resin Ring Resi...
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Inverse Air Plant Pod Set //...
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Nature Botanical Fine Art Ph...
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Golden Eye shadow - Natural ...
$4.99

SOAP - Orange Neroli Handmad...
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Melt in your mouth Sugar Coo...
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Personalised There's Alw...
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Golden Yellow Ombre Gradient...
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'Red Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas' by JennSurprenant

Red handmade items created by members of The Handmade Forum


Red Christmas Wreath, Red Be...
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Women Slouch Beanie - Red Cr...
$27

Crochet mug cozy warmer / Mu...
$22

Red glitter galaxy glass pos...
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Red Pebble Resin Bangle Red ...
$17.5

Red Beaded Leaf Necklace, Re...
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Ombre tights red-black
$38

Lasata // Burgundy Red Neckl...
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Red Beaded Bracelet
$8

Heart Mug, Peek a boo heart ...
$20

Ruby Red Wood Post Earrings ...
$8

Geekmas red Santa hat; cospl...
$7

Plus Size Womens Glamour Che...
$36.5

Baby girl crochet white hat ...
$20

Crimson Red Head Band New / ...
$25

Birthstone ring, sterling si...
$16
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''Tis the Season for Glitz and Glitter' by DixSterling

Seasonal glam from members of The Handmade Forum and other etsy artisans.


Gold Nail Wraps
$8

Resin Ring - Clear Eco Resin...
$33

Wedding garland, Heart garla...
$10

Wall Decor, Hand, Wall Shelf...
$36

Amber chips earrings, milk a...
$46

Toy Yo-Yo ... Tom Kuhn Optic...
$50

Golden Yellow Ombre Gradient...
$6

Swedish Christmas figure - S...
$15

Lampwork Spacer Beads - Hand...
$21

GOLD Leather clutch, evening...
$90

gold star earrings, celestia...
$22

Sterling Silver Necklace wit...
$5

Wide Gold Ring - Adjustable ...
$75

Gold Resin Heart Necklace Re...
$12.95

Today I Choose Joy, Gold Pri...
$9

Mini Gold Glitter Clothespin...
$3.99
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'Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas in Black and White' by JennSurprenant

A collection of black and white handmade items created by members of The Handmade Forum


Wooden Monochrome Geometric ...
$20

Sterling Silver and Smoky Qu...
$45

Black white glass beaded cho...
$49

Cocoa Butter soap creamy veg...
$6.95

8-bit phone charm; black wit...
$3

Greeting Card, Birthday, Han...
$6

Silver Heart Earrings - Swar...
$16

Women Slouch Beanie - White ...
$30

Moroccan Islamic Style Table...
$265

Jet Black Resin Heart Earrin...
$8

Set of 3 crochet Christmas t...
$18.75

Black Sparkle Thumbtacks - G...
$8

Horse Tail Bracelet, Beaded,...
$55

White hooded Cowl Scarf hand...
$25

Fused pendant, Fused necklac...
$23

White Dangle Earrings, Whit...
$26.95
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'Handmade in Pink & White' by JennSurprenant


Pink Dragonfly beaded neckla...
$57

White geometric snowflake, G...
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Pink Chevron Coffee Cup Cozy...
$7

White Christening Blanket, H...
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Patchouli solid perfume stic...
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Sterling Silver Pearl Pink G...
$12

Natural Howlite Earrings, Wh...
$19

Baby girl crochet pink and w...
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Baby Pink Painted Thumbtacks
$8

Fairy Kei Angel Wing Hair Cl...
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Bubblegum Pink and Girly Jad...
$15

White Dangle Earrings, Whit...
$26.95

White Taffeta Ribbon Rose Ha...
$12

Handmade Greeting Card, Birt...
$6

White fused glass pendant wi...
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Pink Chalcedony Earrings, Pi...
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Hope you were able to find something special and unique. Have a Happy Holidays!!!
Jenn  =)

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