Kodak Verite 55 Printer – Color Copies

A few¬†YouTube viewersask about the color copy quality for the Kodak Verite 55 Printer I did an unboxing and review video on. Since I hadn’t tried that function out as of yet, I thought I’d do a quick print and then a photo of the copy and the original side by side.

Here’s how it turned out:


This was just a promotion I received from Old Navy which had beautiful colors that I thought would be a good test. I should state that my ink cartridges are showing that they are getting low and the copy still turned out this great.


Lent Followup

Good Evening All!

Back on February 10th, I made this post and challenge for Lent. I’m not sure if anyone did this along with me but I wanted to be sure and give you an update.

I’m exhausted as I’ve worked outside yesterday and today pruning trees, mowing my yard and such so this will be a quicker post than I meant to make. Still, I felt it was important to get this posted today since today is officially the last day of Lent.

Here are the 40 items that I’ve given up for Lent:


There are a couple of pairs of new, unworn shoes underneath these as well as two new pillow cases, but the majority are clothing items. I wasn’t sure I’d have enough to total all 40 days originally so I included the pantry as an option but I was able to do this from my closet entirely. While I have very little left, it was cleansing to rid myself of so many things. None of these were items I wore, but I suppose they were placeholders until I found something better. Actually, I’ve realized 90% of my closet is exactly that.

There were items I could wear but didn’t like for one reason or another and I originally planned to keep them, but as it went further in the process, I included many of those as well. I wouldn’t have minded to have had another week doing this as it may have forced me to get rid of a few more pieces I probably should. In all honesty, there is really not much left. Initially, I thought this would be stressful to have so little left but it’s freeing and this was something I didn’t expect at all.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter tomorrow. I hope your heart feels the depth of the day and that it overflows your life with so much love and gratitude, you can’t help but share it.



How to Cook a Perfect Medium Well Steak

Quick Note to My Vegan Subscribers and Readers: You may want to skip this post. I’m sensitive to your lifestyle and choices so please avoid this post if you would prefer.

Thinking back, the last steak I remember having was two years ago. It’s not something I want often or know how to cook. I’ve attempted to grill them, cook them on the stove top, cook them in the oven, etc. They just never turn out to be good. I’ve gotten cooking tips from many of my Facebook friends, as well as the internet, but still have had no luck.

Being anemic, steak and beef in general is something that makes me feel stronger when I eat it. Using an iron skillet also helps with my anemia. I can tell a difference when these are in my cooking/meals so I very much benefited when  using both for the same meal!

I’m happy to say that I finally found a method that worked for me and it’s so super simple. Maybe I’ll up my steak enjoyment to twice a year or something now that I know what I’m doing.

Here’s what I did:

I set my steak out an hour before I was ready to start cooking it. I preheated the oven to 425 degrees. I put an iron skillet on the stove top and turned it on medium heat. In went a Tablespoon of oil in the skillet. Once the oil was good and hot, in went the steak for three minutes. I sprinkled salt, pepper and garlic on that side.  After three minutes, I turned it over and seared the other side for three minutes. I also sprinkled on salt, pepper and garlic on that side as well. After three minutes passed, I turned it back over and put the entire skillet in the oven for 13 minutes. Since I like my steak medium well, this was the time that my inch thick, 3/4 pound steak needed to cook. Once 13 minutes had passed, I pulled the skillet out of the oven and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.


I did film a video and shortened it down to a little over two minutes if you’d like to see the process by clicking here.

It was perfect and delicious. If you try it please let me know if this method works for you, too.



Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Wipes Review

First things first…HAPPY FRIDAY!!! It’s so good to welcome the weekend! There’s lots of fun to be had and this weekend seems the perfect time to do just that!ūüôā

I tried a new product that I wanted to share with all of you. It’s the Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Wipes. It claims to be an all-in-one product that doesn’t even require rinsing.


Okay, so I’m going to be honest and open here. I wouldn’t say I’m lazy when it comes to taking care of myself but I can’t seem to enjoy taking a lot of time with it. It’s not very “self caring” if it’s taking so long to do it that I’m frustrated by it. So, while I would never go to bed without removing makeup and washing my face, I do like to use products that are fast and effective.

This Clean & Clear product called to me with the very name “night relaxing”. I immediately thought of using it and feeling comforted and soothed, ready to fall into sweet slumber…a facial cleanser lullaby in a wipe, if you will. While this product didn’t sing me to sleep, it definitely was relaxing. It was pleasing to use. All makeup was removed that I had on. My skin was soft to the touch and felt clean and smooth. I didn’t feel the need to rinse it and that’s really saying a lot for me. I’ve never found a cleansing wipe before that I didn’t feel needed to be rinsed off. ¬†Until now.

I did a video review on it here:

Please let me know if you try it. I’d love to know if you feel the same as I do about this product.

This is not a sponsored or solicited review. I noticed a “new” item on the shelf at Walmart while looking to purchase some new cleansing wipes after running out. I had a coupon for these as well as a few others. The reason I wanted to try these was because of the name. All opinions are my own.



Easy Chicken Stir Fry – Cooking for One or Two

It’s not easy to cook for one person. Many times when you find yourself ready to eat, it’s just easier to run out and go through a drive-thru somewhere. Honestly, though, it’s simply not a healthy alternative and it’s nowhere near as good as a meal at home.

Here’s a super easy meal that makes two generous¬†servings with one of those being a leftover. This entire process takes less than 10 minutes! This leftover meal heats up nicely and was quite possibly as good as the first meal.

A rundown of what I used:

1 chicken breast, cubed. I purchase my chicken from a small local grocery store. There is no comparison between the quality of the meat.


1 package of Birds Eye Flavor Full Teriyaki  Broccoli


1 cup of shredded carrots

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1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil


1 teaspoon of sweet ginger garlic


2 Tablespoons of chopped onion


Soy sauce (to taste)


I purchase these Minute Rice two packs. This is a perfect serving size and I can heat one up with the original meal and the other pack up for the leftover meal.



The quick and easy instructions: Microwave broccoli according to directions for your microwave. While that’s getting started, melt the coconut oil and put on¬†the chicken. Stir fry for about 4 minutes or until the chicken is starting to brown. Be sure to stir constantly. Add carrots, onions and sweet ginger garlic. Stir fry for¬†another minute. Add the broccoli that you have microwaved and the soy sauce. When I take¬†the broccoli out of the microwave, I¬†put in the rice for one minute. Stir fry¬†about a¬†minute and a half. Serve with your rice.

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I did a quick video on the Birds Eye Broccoli Teriyaki here:

Delicious! If you decide to try it, please let me know how you liked it. I know everyone’s tastes are different so I’m very curious to hear what you added or deleted and how you enjoyed the meal.





Vintage Inspired Wedding Sign

A previous client contacted me to create a sign for her child to hold at her wedding. I was so honored to create it for her. At the beginning of the process, I realized it would be a fun process to video and share. I posted it on YouTube and you can see it by clicking here. IMG_7745-001

It was important to me to share this video because I hoped to inspire some of you to get creative and have some fun with perhaps some artwork for your home. Of course, if you don’t want to DIY it, I’d be happy to create it for you…just let me know what you have in mind.¬†There are a good many things I create but don’t post them in my shop.I’m trying to be better about posting and sharing them here, though .

I’m loving posting the videos on YouTube, too! Back in 2011, I created a video and put it up but then I moved and things sort of fell by the wayside. Currently, I have 11 subscribers and that is so much fun! I hope to have lots more soon, but¬†it’s necessary¬†to have more¬†content to get people interested. I’m working on it.ūüôā



Aveeno Body Wash Review – Pomegranate & Rice

Yesterday I was in Walmart buying a new things for the day-after-Valentine’s-Day sale. Like I do often, I wandered back to the health and beauty aids section of the store. There on the top shelf was something I’d not seen before. It was the Aveeno positively nourishing smoothing body wash priced at $5.97.

I admit, I like to smell things before I buy them if I can. The items with the scratch and sniff stickers are much appreciated by me. If a smell is off putting, I can’t use it, eat it or tolerate it very well. In my heart of hearts, for example, I want to be able to use vinegar to clean with, use in foods and skin care concoctions but I can’t get past the smell.¬†With Aveeno products being made of many natural ingredients, I had wondered how the smell would be.


Upon smelling it in the store, I almost put it back down. It wasn’t an alluring scent. However, it was¬†a¬†very refined and natural scent in¬†the bottle but smells even better in use.¬†When I used it yesterday, I went back into my bathroom an hour or so later and the light scent was still noticeable and pleasant. The scent is¬†light enough that I believe a man or woman could use it.

Aveeno’s positively nourishing smoothing body wash does what it promises. It has a beautiful lather and contains¬†walnut shell and rice exfoliants. These exfoliants aren’t harsh and are very gentle on your skin.You can view¬†my video demonstration here if you’d like to see what it looks like in the bottle and in use.

Today, not even 24 hours later, my¬†middle aged¬†skin is softer than it’s been in a long time and I couldn’t be happier!¬†I’d LOVE to know if it works for you the way it’s worked for me. If you try it, would you let me know? I’m so excited about this product and I’d love to hear your experience, too!

This is not a sponsored review. The reason for my purchase of this product was completely an impulse purchase while in the store. After using it, I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share it as soon as I possibly could!