Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Week

This week was pretty eventful. I was able to get lots of things done. Even my dad said it looks like blocking out time for specific tasks is really working for me.

Sunday is my laundry day, so I did 5 loads of laundry and baked/cooked a lot of things for our week.

On Monday, I finished putting the 2012 - 2014 pictures in my daughter's photo album, so her album is now finally caught up! I also took some more pictures of my plastic canvas craft books to list on ebay.

On Tuesday, we looked for school clothes for my daughter and me, got our hair cut and our eyebrows waxed. My daughter found a few tank tops, but that was it. I couldn't find any skirts or shirts to wear when I sub. It was a disappointing shopping trip. In the afternoon, my daughter and I went to get our hair cut. We only go once a year to get a trim or a cut. My daughter just had her hair trimmed as small amount as possible in order to get rid of the split ends. She donates her hair to Locks of Love, but she wants to keep it long when she gets 10 inches off, so she said maybe next year. My hair is thinning, so I had to cut a few inches off to even it up; it was really straggly. Then, for the first time, we got our eyebrows waxed! They recommended she do it when she danced, but every time we got our hair cut, we chickened out. Well, we should've chickened out this time too because my poor daughter got burned. When we got home, she looked in the mirror and it looked like raw skin under both eyebrows and a little above. We called and ended up going back. They refunded us for my daughter's eyebrow waxing and told her to put Neosporin on it. Thank goodness, it is healing. I also still had crazy hair, so she showed how to use oil on my hair and a flat iron. A flat iron is expensive and will take extra time in the morning, so I just bought some coconut oil hair product to try. I hope it works.

On Wednesday, we ran some errands, I did some more baking/cooking for the week, and listed some more things on ebay.

On Thursday, I finished listing all my plastic canvas patterns on ebay, my youngest son went bowling with a friend from church, and I looked up some ASL things. When they came to pick up my son, he had a bloody nose! They waited for awhile for it to stop and then headed out bowling with a kleenex in his hand and his pocket. At least it didn't scare the dad off from taking my son bowling with them. While they were gone, I looked up ASL ice breakers on the computer. I found some on pinterest, but definitely need to find several more. I need something to take up time the first week of school. Any suggestions?

On Friday, I went through my closet and cleaned out my dresser. One drawer had a lot of mementos. Some I still wanted to keep, but some I'm not sure why I still had. I had several of my daughter's and my old glasses. I will take them to our optometrist this week and donate them.

On Saturday, we went to the laundromat to wash all of our bedding. We brought 7 garbage bags full of our bedding to wash. We used 2 6 load machines and 2 4 load machines to wash our things. The nice thing about a laundromat is it only took an hour and a half to wash and dry all that. Unfortunately my pillow seam ripped all the way down, and was ruined. Some of the people in the laundromat said, "Aww," when I took it out of the machine.

How was your week?

Living Hope CD from Pizza Ranch Review and Giveaway



Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old. It was simple. Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza? With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie's mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born. Pizza Ranch's vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience. They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

I live in CA, so there's no Pizza Ranch here, but if I'm ever in one of the above states, I will definitely visit the restaurant. It sounds like a really wonderful and encouraging place to eat.



On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists. Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope. Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.

The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.

From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.: "This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch. Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album. Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project. As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope."

I was excited to be able to review the Living Hope CD because it has my favorite singer on it - Michael W. Smith. I have liked Colton Dixon since I first saw him on American Idol, so it's neat that he's on this CD too. I also like Mark Schultz, so it was nice to hear him on this album. Also, I have heard the name of almost everyone else on the album from listening to a Christian radio station every day. When I first listened to the CD, I was having a pretty bad, discouraging week. As I listened to each song on the Living Hope CD, it really was just that, living hope! As song after song played, I felt more and more encouraged by the words of the songs. I started feeling my burdens lifted and was filled with the joy of the Lord. I will definitely listen to this CD again and again.

If you want to find out more about the CD, you can check them out on:

Twitter: @PizzaRanch @PRServes
Facebook: Pizza Ranch
YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song): Pizza Ranch Music
Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project:Living Hope CD

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Friday, July 24, 2015

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BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
  • ★ BONUS AND UPGRADED. Free AC Adapter, USB cord, Multifunction Clean Cloth Included. Featuring the Rechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Ion built in battery, NO MORE BUYING BATTERIES!
  • ★ MULTIPLE, CLIP-ON OR FREE STANDING. Fully Adjustable and Light Weight, Folds Into an Easy-to-carry Accessory Making Travelling with This Light So Convenient. Perfect for Your Guitar Accessories Kit, Students Dorm Room, Music Rehearsals or for Those Away Trips for Work. Charge Your New LED Light with the USB Charge Cable or the BONUS FREE AC Adaptor
  • ★ HIGH QUALITY AND SUPER BRIGHT 8 LEDs. 2 LEVELS of BRIGHTNESS, Equiped with 2*4 World Class LED Chips, Super Brightness, The Optical Grade Lens Provides Evenly Distributed Light with No Hot Spots


  • ★ LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT. Clips to Your Hard Cover Books, Sheet Music Stand, Craft Table, Work Bench, Bed Headboard (maximum 1 inch in thickness) or Laptop. Great for Music Stands, Pianos, Orchestra Pits, Reading, Work Tables, Mixing Tables, Craft Tables etc. It truly is a multi-purpose light for so many things. Can you think of one that you would use it for? Easily Bends to Compact Position for Storage, Extra Strong Clip Grips Almost Anything or Use it Free Standing
  • ★ LIFETIME WARRANTY - 100% Money Back Guarantee - RACK YOUR BRAIN FOR A GIFT ? CHOOSE IT ! You Won't Find Another Better - Get More Than Your Expected !

My Thoughts:
These easy to position and reposition lights are perfect for getting more light where you need it. The nice size of the clip makes it simple to attach to the side of a bowl, a cabinet handle, a book, grill, or just about anywhere that you want. I don't have enough light under my cabinets at night so I found it very helpful to clip this light onto my cutting board while doing prep for dinner the other night. I found the well built clip to be strong and that the lights stayed in the position that I set them at.
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
  • ★ MAKING A PERFECT DISH WILL NEVER BE A DOWNFALL. Preparing a dish requires following direction and right measurement, Luckily with 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons cooking will be quick and gives you an accurate measure for recipes without the hassle
  • ★ SAY NO TO COOKING NIGHTMARES. Introducing the elegant and stylish measuring spoons, A perfect set of 6 stainless steel, highly satin brushed with best quality, Look amazing and easy to clean plus the weight handle making measuring out dry ingredients easy and accurate measure marking in different spoon sizes. long lasting and durable and used by professionals.
  • ★ WHY IT IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR KITCHENS. Refine measurement- ensure Perfect food taste every time Accurate balance - round-shaped spoon heads and perfectly weighted handles, high grade satin brushed stainless steel finish for a long life - no to rust! All around measuring tools - measure dry and liquid ingredients! Engrave US metric Measurement


  • ★ YOUR FAVORITE MEASURING INGREDIENTS. The 6-piece 1Easylife Stainless-Steel Measuring Spoon Set is designed with innovative round-shaped spoon heads that reach into narrow spice jars and other small containers. These spoons are conveniently connected by a small ring which helps to keep the spoons together as a set after a full day of baking or cooking. 1Easylife includes 6 measuring sizes: 1/8-tsp, 1/4-tsp, 1/2-tsp, 1-tsp, 1/2-Tbsp. and 1-Tbsp. With each measurement conveniently marked on the handle of each spoon, there's no guesswork when adding spices to your dishes. Dishwasher-safe.
  • ★ NO HASSLE, 100% LIFE TIME WARRANTY. We offer 100% life time warranty to make you happy and satisfied with our product, If for any reason you're not completely satisfied, return your Stainless Steel Measuring Cups for a No Questions Asked full refund.

My Thoughts:
I've have had a set of name brand plastic measuring spoons since I set up house keeping more than twenty years ago. Getting me to part with them wasn't going to be easy, but always willing to try new things I gave these a test drive. I found the 1Easlife measuring spoons to be nicely weighted and with the length of the handles I was able to reach into containers with ease. I really like that they take up much less space than my old set and are much easier to get clean. After comparing the two it may be time to retire my old ones.
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
  • PREVENT OVERCOOKING - Don't ruin an elegant meal or backyard barbecue by serving dry, tough, overcooked meat. If you only use cooking time to determine doneness, you could end up with some pieces being cooked perfectly and others over or underdone - not to mention burnt! You can easily avoid this by using a meat thermometer. When cooked to the proper temperature, meat will stay juicy and tender.
  • PREVENT ILLNESS - Using a food thermometer greatly reduces your risk of foodborne illness associated with bacteria. The harmful bacteria found in contaminated food can only survive up to a certain temperature, and using a food thermometer is the only way to be 100-percent sure that your food is safe to eat.

  • EASY TO USE - Large LCD display for easy-to-read numbers - No More Squinting! Function buttons include On/Off, Hold and °C/°F conversion. Auto shut-off after 10 minutes saves battery life. Uses (1) AAA battery.
  • MEASURING RANGE AND ACCURACY - Instant read in only 4-7 seconds accurately measuring range of temperatures between -58°F-572°F (-50°C-300°C). Long stainless steel probe to keep your hands safe from heat!
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE AND LIFETIME WARRANTY - When you order today, you are protected by our no-questions-asked Money Back Guarantee and World Class Customer Service!

My Thoughts:
My thermometer arrived the day I was making fried green tomatoes so I used it to make sure that my oil was at the proper temperature. If it's to cold the tomatoes get mushy before the breading gets brown and if it's to hot the outside  burns and the tomatoes are hard. I had bragged to my west coast boyfriend how awesome mine were so getting it right was important. My reputation as a southern cook was on the line! I found that this thermometer was easy to use. I just put one AAA battery in it, turned it on, and flipped open the probe. When I placed the tip in the oil I had a reading in seconds and with the nice big readout I didn't need my glasses to see it. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone with confidence.
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
  • Cutting tool for cheese that gives the cheese a wavy texture
  • Smoothly cuts thick or thin slices
  • Comfortable grip is easy to use
  • Durable and replaceable stainless steel wire with adjustable tension
  • Carefully handmade in the USA from beautiful, natural wood/brass/stainless steel.
  • Adjustable tension, stainless steel wire stays tight to carve neat, enticing, wavy slices every time.
  • Comfortable grip for all ages, hand-held, light-weight, and simple to use.

  • Thin or thick slices carved, depending on how you angle the slicer into the cheese.
  • Safe for children. No sharp edges.
  • Makes snacking and eating fun!
  • Perfect tool for creating sandwiches, pizza, crackers, snacks, use at parties and picnics. . .
  • Awesome gift at low cost for Christmas presents, birthdays, weddings, office, or any special occasion.
  • Gift Box comes with each one for convenient storage.
  • Durable quality will last for years and won't wear out.
  • Choose from wild cherry wood, black walnut, or try both!

My Thoughts:
With so many of or utensils now having plastic composite handles I hold onto my old ones that have real handles and find myself going back to using them. I just love the feel of wood and have been known to spend a lot of money just to purchase one brand of knife that has a wood handle. So when my cheese slicer arrived I couldn't wait to test it. It works for all types of cheese so I got out some block cheese that I had in the fridge to see how well it worked and felt in my hand.  It worked wonderfully and what fun slices! We often do cheese and fruit for snacks and since it is safe for the little ones to use I can't wait for my grandchildren to come over at use it to make their own fun snacks.
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
  • HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL - This Premium Lemon squeezer made out of the strongest material available and WILL NOT BREAK when squeezing. This hand polished Citrus Juicer will not peel or rust.
  • SO EASY TO USE - No matter if you choose to squeeze lemons, limes or blood oranges, this Btipsy Lemon Squeezer will make your job so easy. Fits for both kids and old men, This Squeezer is so convenient to use and with an effortless squeeze you can get every bit of juice out of the fruit.

  • EASY TO CLEAN - Once finished using the Lemon Juicer, it's very easy to clean it by hand or just placing it inside the dishwasher since this Lemon Squeezer is DISHWASHER SAFE. So feel free to clean it whatever you'd like.
  • RISK FREE - With a 3 YEARS WARRANTY, we are committed to our 100% customer satisfaction so if you find that you are not

My Thoughts:
The all metal construction makes this juicer strong and durable. Plus, since it is made out of stainless steel I get longevity and don't have to worry about it rusting. With a very small kitchen I have very limited drawer space in my home. The hook makes it easy to hang off off one of my many cup hooks that are on every open spot in my kitchen. We eat a lot of fish and salads that we use fresh squeezed lemon and orange for and having it hanging and not hidden in a drawer keeps it handy. I found that the nice big handles were easy to grasp and squeeze so that I could get all the juice out.
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
  • This eco friendly cutting board can handle just about everything in your kitchen, from slicing cheese to carving bone-in beef roasts.
  • Highly durable. Made with premium, hand selected odor-resistant organic bamboo, harder than maple wood
  • Durable stainless steel handle for easy grip

  • Made from 100% high quality antimicrobial recyclable bamboo with Non-Toxic food grade adhesive - starch from a sweet potato
  • Easy to clean and maintain - Easily wash and clean off bacteria and food particles with some hot water and soap then let it air dry.

My Thoughts:
In the last few years, bamboo has become one of the most popular materials for cutting boards because of it's low maintenance, superior health and sanitation qualities. Not only does it look good but it is a green, renewable and earth friendly material. The hardness of a bamboo cutting board, plus the fact that it very resistant to bacteria makes it a must have in my kitchen. I tested my new board by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers with a brand new ceramic knife and could not find one mark from doing it. All you have to do is make a habit of never letting it soak and wiping it dry after washing  and with this easy, proper care this board will stay beautiful for years.
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife

  • Sharpness - Our ultra-sharp advanced ceramic blade will retain its original sharpness up to 15 times longer than steel blades.
  • Purity - Rust-proof, will never brown foods, impervious to acids and oils, no metallic taste or smell. Advanced ceramic is a pure & healthy alternative.
  • Lightweight - Typically half the weight of metal-based knives, offers total ease of use with the most difficult cutting tasks. Ergonomic handles produce a well-balanced, highly controlled grip.

  • Easy to Clean - The fact that advanced ceramic does not absorb any food element, allows just a quick rinse and wipe with a kitchen towel.
  • 8 Inch Chef Ceramic knife For slicing fruits, vegetables and boneless meats.

My Thoughts:
This is my first ceramic knife so I wanted to know what some of the advantages of a ceramic knife were. I found out that they include hardness, ceramic is second only to diamonds; weight, it's much lighter than metal; durability, because these knives keep their razor sharp edge and will not wear out like metal; no metal means no rust; and the ability to resist stains and odors. Because each ceramic knife goes through a long manufacturing process which makes it high end you can expect quality and longevity from your knife. I tested my new ceramic knife by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. Even with difficulties from injuries with my hands I found the handle was very easy to hold and grip. It sliced the veggies with ease and with very little pressure from me. With my garden producing lots of vegetables this will be my new go to knife for prepping them. 

The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
Kids can enjoy the complete shopping experience with the Play & Learn Shopping Basket! Our kid-sized Shopping Basket is easy to carry with its lightweight plastic construction and big handles. Fun Accessories include a variety of plastic and cardboard food items. Ages 3+ years.


  • 24 plastic and cardboard play food items
  • Large handles for easy carrying
  • Encourages imagination
  • Durable, lightweight plastic construction

My Thoughts:
This is perfect for getting  the little cook in your home playing, imagining, and creating. The basket is made from thick plastic making it strong and durable. The food that comes with it is sure to keep them entertained for hours. I've ordered many imaginary milk shakes and french fries playing drive thru with my grandchildren so I know they are going to love playing grocery with all these fun items. I really like the bright and bold colors. They are very appealing and fun.
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
  • HIGH QUALITY GLASS AND STAINLESS STEEL GRINDER SET This glass and stainless steel salt and pepper grinder set features a modern design and is stylish and elegant enough for kitchen-to-table use! Each set contains one salt grinder and one pepper grinder which can hold 3/4 cup of salt, peppercorns or any other spice, in its generously sized glass reservoir. *Salt and pepper not included.
  • BUILT FOR CONVENIENCE AND FUNCTION Unlike other grinder sets, this pair has their grinding mechanism on the top of the grinder, ensuring salt and pepper ends up only on your food -- not all over your table. The ceramic grinder is non-corrosive, won't absorb flavors and is easily adjustable from a fine to coarse grind.
  • EASY REFILLING WITH NO MESSES Don't you hate constantly having to refill your salt and pepper grinders? Standing about 5 1/4 inches tall this set is the perfect size to cut down on constant refills without being bulky. When you do have to refill, the clear glass bodies will let you know when it's time! The stainless steel top easily screws off revealing a wide opening for easy and mess-free refills.

  • ELEGANT DESIGN With its brushed stainless steel encasing, glass body and ceramic grinder, this unique duo is a professional, sleek addition to any kitchen, with a stainless steel lid that truly "caps" off this beautiful set. No tacky electrical grinders here means no batteries required--only a few effortless twists with your hand to experience that fresh himalayan salt, pepper, or other spice.
  • CUSTOMER GUARANTEE We're confident you'll love our Dual Refillable Salt & Pepper Grinders. However, if you're not completely satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund within 90 days of purchase--NO QUESTIONS ASKED. We have the best customer service on Amazon, and YOU, the customer, are our top priority. Add a set to your shopping cart today for a risk-free culinary experience!

My Thoughts:
I just ordered this beautiful set two days ago and was so excited to try them. Don't they look amazing? They arrived yesterday and look even better in person! The attention to detail and quality is obvious. The Kitchen Classique Grinders are a nice large size so they will hold a lot more than any of the previous grinders that I have owned. I found it really easy to open each grinder to fill it. Just unscrew the metal part from the glass, fill, and screw it back on. Each grinder has a lid to keep it from spilling accidentally, or for grinding what you need then adding it to your food plus you can adjust the coarseness to your liking. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to my friends and family with confidence.
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Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

My Week

A lot happened this week!

On Sunday, I was able to trim the fountain grass in our front yard. It grows so quickly, even without watering, and it was getting difficult to get in and out of my van. I wanted to get more yard work done, but didn't have time. It's amazing how much there always is to do. It seems like I just trimmed the plants, and then after a couple of weeks, it doesn't look like I ever trimmed them.

On Monday I was able to get some more of my daughter's pictures in her album.

On Tuesday, I met with the teacher I'm going to be long-term subbing for. Another ASL teacher from the other high school also joined us for a little bit. I left there feeling more unprepared and overwhelmed than I was when I went in! At least she is going to have masters made for all the weekly packets that need to get done, but I won't see those until the week before school. I'm looking at my daughter's from last year's ASL I class to get an idea of what to expect. I don't really know what to expect for the ASL II and ASL III class. I'm also a little worried about the kids' behavior. They said I'm in for a huge shock, coming from a 2nd grade class to a high school class!

On Wednesday, I finished my daughter's 2008 pictures and we purchased some back-to-school supplies from Staples' weekly sales. My youngest son went to a friend's house to play. Their house is stunningly beautiful! I'm always amazed at how a house looks like kids don't live there. I want to know how to get such a spotless looking house too. I was tempted to ask, but I didn't. That afternoon, I realized I only have 3 1/2 weeks until I go back to work at school and I am nowhere near done with everything I need to do around the house! So, I remembered I had printed an organizing schedule from the IHeartOrganizing blog and decided to use it. I blocked out my days, so instead of doing email a lot of the day, I had set times to work on pictures, listing things on ebay, and things for ASL. It is amazing what a difference this made in just the few days left in the week!

On Thursday, the church office called and our curriculum copies were already ready! We dropped them off on Monday and didn't expect them until Aug. 3. It was a nice surprise. I listed some more things on ebay and finished putting my daughter's 2009 and 2010 pictures in her album.

On Friday, I finished putting her 2011 pictures in her album, printed out a ton of resources I can use in my ASL class, and sold almost all the things on ebay I listed.

On Saturday, my parents came over for dinner so I cleaned and cooked all day.

I will definitely keep using that organizing printable because I was able to get a lot more done, knowing I had blocks of time set aside to do certain things. Do any of you have any time organizing tips that work for you?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Epica Large Digit Timer Review #timer1





We use timers for a lot of things in our house, so I was excited to be able to review the Epica Large Digit Timer. The timer is easy to see, hear and operate.



The timer can be positioned just about anywhere you want, from a countertop to a refrigerator door to a wall hook to your belt. You can read it from nearly every angle, thanks to its ingenious 4-way mounting design. The fold-out stand is great for horizontal surfaces such as a kitchen counter or shelf, like it is in the picture above. You can also see the magnet on the back, so you can put it on your refrigerator. I like to use it on the kitchen counter by the oven, the island, or the homework table. I also like using the timer on the side of the refrigerator so I can see it while I'm cooking.



To set the timer, just press the M and S (minutes and seconds) buttons until the display reaches the time you wish to elapse before the alarm sounds. To start the countdown, press the Start/Stop button; to stop or pause it, press Start/Stop again. Remaining time will be displayed until you clear the settings (by pressing the M and S buttons simultaneously). The Epica's maximum reading is 99 minutes, 59 seconds. The Epica simplifies your life by automatically resetting itself to the last time entered. All you have to do is press Start/Stop again when you need to use it again. In the above picture, it's set for 30 minutes, which is the amount of time my son has to read everyday for the summer reading program. I like that when you stop the time, it goes back to the 30 minutes, so it's ready for my son to use the next day. It's also easy enough for my 8 year old son to use himself. He knows how to set the time, start it and stop it.



The Epica lets you know when time is up even if you're not close at hand. Its 1.5" x 2.5" display with extra-large numbers can be read up to 50 feet away. The alarm is loud enough to be heard in the next room; and it continues to beep for a full minute, unless you manually shut it off sooner. Sometimes my son likes to just leave it on the kitchen island while he reads nearby in the great room. He can still see how much time he has left to read and he can hear when his time is up.

The Epica Large Digit Timer is accurate to 60 sec./month and comes with a 1 year warranty.

We definitely liked using this Epica timer in our house. My son liked using it for his reading and I liked using it for my cooking. I have a timer on the microwave, and a timer on the oven, but I often need another timer while I'm cooking, so this Epica has been very handy to have. I will definitely keep using it every day, and probably several times a day, for years to come.

I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

My Week

I actually got a lot of things done this week, although it didn't really feel like it. That's why looking back on my week is kind of nice because I can see what I accomplished and feel a little better about myself.

Last Sunday, my husband made a drawer organizer for my socks and other things out of a foam board for the dollar store. I was going to take a picture of it, but because there are things other than socks in my drawer(other undergarments), my husband and my daughter both said I shouldn't. I saw the idea for using a foam board to make drawer organizers from a wonderful blog called IHeart Organizing. I have found wonderful inspiration from her blog.

On Monday, I put my daughter's 2007 pictures in a photo album and applied to several more jobs.

On Tuesday, I started out looking at the Staples ad for school supplies and ended up a couple of hours later. I decided I needed to see what school supplies we still had in order to know what we need to buy. Well, that meant putting the school supply inventory list my daughter made last year on the computer, then pulling out everything from the school supply cupboard and marking down the amounts on that inventory list, re-organizing those supplies and putting them back in the cupboard, then updating the list in the computer. Once all that was done, I was ready to look at the ad. It's amazing how one little project can turn into a huge one!

On Wednesday we just had some errands to run, and it was our 20th wedding anniversary.

On Thursday, I finished going over the whole year's worth of ASL 1 video and workbook. Now on to ASL 2. I'm slowly getting a little more prepared for my long-term ASL sub job at the high school.

On Friday, I had an interview at Ross for a part-time seasonal associate. She will get back to me sometime this week. I hope I find a second job soon. It's getting frustrating! 2 of my kids just looked around Ross during my interview because we had errands to run after. One of the errands was trying to look for S.S. Curriculum again. We finally found some! We found a 13 week lesson for the Fall and then a book we can pull lessons out of for 3 weeks in August. We don't want to have to go through that again, so we went ahead and ordered our curriculum for the Winter, Spring and Summer for the curriculum we're using right now.

On Saturday, I was very busy grocery shopping and cleaning.

How was your week?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

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