Monday, November 4, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Day 1 & Day 2 (Brown & Stuffed)

If you happened to catch yesterday's post you know what this is all about....I am participating in a contest that A Bowl Full of Lemons is sponsoring - two things that I love - Planners and Contests!

Day 1: Brown 

Day 2: Stuffed

♥ Luv From KerrieLynn, The Mix Gal

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Planner Challenge Contest

I love to organize and I am still old school enough that although I like technology - there is still something satisfying about writing things down in my good old fashioned planner. 

Image used by permission from a Bowl Full of Lemons
I am the same way with books - although I would love an e-reader, I still love the feel of holding an actual book in my hand while I am reading. I recently discovered a great blog, A Bowl Full of Lemons written by Toni Hammersley and group of peeps that shares my love of planning and decided to participate Toni's November's Planner Challenge.

The rules are simple - take a picture that represents the category shown for that day and post that picture!  We don't even have to take the pictures in order and the topic is open for our interpretation.  Toni even offers a free planner insert to help you track your progress.  I will be posting pictures on my blog as the month goes along - I invite you to participate and/or follow along in my progress.

Happy Planning!

♥ Luv From KerrieLynn, The Mix Gal

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Time is flying by so fast...can you believe that today is the last day of October and Halloween is upon us?

 Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner.

 Do you celebrate Halloween?

 We have the candy ready for the trick or treaters and costumes ready for my trick or treating gremlins!

Happy Halloween - I'm off to wake up my kiddos and get the day started!

♥ Luv From KerrieLynn, The Mix Gal

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Freebies for You! (re-post)

Please enjoy these freebies for your personal use only, compliments of The Mix Gal.

Click to Download "Snowman Soup":

Click to Download "Joy to the World":

Click to Download "Peace Love Joy":

Click to Download "Santa":

Click to Download "Weekly Menu Planner":

♥ Luv From KerrieLynn, The Mix Gal

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Veggie Critters!

~Keep Life Simple by Mixing It Up! TM

Take Care ♥ Luv From KerrieLynn

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Deal of the Day 8/24/13

~Keep Life Simple by Mixing It Up! TM

Take Care ♥ Luv From KerrieLynn

Friday, August 9, 2013

Chicken Chow Mien Recipe

I am definitely going to be making this! Looks super easy and yummy!
5 ounces dried yellow Shi wheat flour noodles* or medium egg noodles
1 teaspoon sesame oil, plus more as needed
11 ounces skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
Dash dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 teaspoon chili sauce, optional
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons groundnut oil (peanut)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely sliced
5 ounces bean sprouts
1 large spring onion (green), sliced lengthwise
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper, finely ground
*Can be found at specialty Asian markets.

Watch how to make it here:

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Re-purpose those Fruit Cups!

I saw an image the other day that was making the rounds of Facebook and it showcased a wide mouth canning jar with tortilla chips on the bottom and a small plastic cup inserted into the top to hold salsa, dip or something similar.  The small plastic cup had a link so that you could purchase them.  I saw the $11.00 sticker price - I am not sure how many you got for that price, but still, I was sure I could do better....

Now being the cheap thrifty person that I am I immediately thought to myself "It looks like a Dole Fruit Cup would fit right in there instead!"  Since I am a Mom of a grade-schooler who takes a cold lunch to school everyday, we always have the fruit cups in the pantry, so I set to work testing my theory.  I also want to add that based upon the comments on the original image another friend of mine (Judy) was thinking the same thing as me.

I set up my test kitchen and I am happy to report that the Dole fruit cups fit like they were made for the canning jars and no leaks either - I shook it, turned it upside down and even left it sitting on it's side for the whole day (yes I went to the day job and left it sitting on my counter by accident).

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday....

It's a Dog's Life......notice that she is on my nice Green, Wool Coat!  She is so spoiled!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's Throwback Thursday....

I try to run a series on my Facebook Page that features a different topic each day (don't check though, I have gotten behind).  Since I am feeling a little blue and thinking about the past a bit, I thought I would go ahead and do a "Throwback Thursday" blog post.
The Cookin Hooties are all of the Country Gourmet Home
Consultants that I mentor and train!

My oldest daughter, photo taken 10 years ago when she was four!

My Paternal Grandparents (we called them Grandma and Grandpa Carlson).
They both are in heaven now and are missed!

Hubby with Son who is now 25 and married and oldest daughter who is now 14.

My baby, who is turning ten next month!

My Hubby's Grandma Jean, who is now in Heaven and missed...(shown with hubby and oldest daughter)

I decided to join the "Weekend Social Mix Blog Hop" - you can join too, just click on the image.....
Marine Wife Mommy and Life

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Back From My Break!

I took a little time off from both blogging and Facebook due to an extremely busy family schedule.  I love having a work at home business that allows me the flexibility to take a break when I need it! 

I have added a new feature also - you can now sign up for my monthly newsletter (click on the Newsletter Signup button to the right) which will feature recipes, tips and more from me - The Mix Gal!

I am still working on organizing and setting up my new office space and one I have it complete I will be posting some before and after pictures as well as pictures of the process.  I have never had my own office/craft room before so you would not believe the amount of stuff I have managed to accumulate over the years and it all has to be organized.  Unfortunately I cannot figure out how to best organize it until I "weed out" all of the junk and donate items - and I have a lot of those!

I think I have the organizational systems down for the smaller items - they will be stored in a combination of clear plastic shoebox size containers and mason jars!  I went out and bought 10 of the shoebox containers and yes, I do have enough stuff to fill them all!

Stay tuned for pictures coming soon and thanks for your patience while I wade through this mess!
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

CSS Style Cheat Sheet for Blogger

To Make extra large images on your blog re-size to the blog space available, add this code to your css.  You can change the max width percent if you want the image slightly smaller than 100%.

img {
max-width: 100%;
height: auto;
width: auto\9; /* ie8 */

To tighten up the space between gadgets (widgets) on your side bars use the following code, you will need to find out what your gadget (widget) id is and put it in place of the Red title.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Facebook Image Sizes

I am always trying to remember these sizes, so I thought I would immortalize them forever here on my own blog!

Facebook Cover Image: 851×315
Facebook Profile Image: 180×180
Facebook Custom Tab Image: 111×74
Facebook Shared Image: 403×403
Facebook Highlighted Image: 843×403
Facebook Milestone Image: 843×403
Facebook Ad Image: 111X72

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter 2013!

Just wanted to take a minute to wish you and yours a very Happy Easter!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Free Dinner Planner

I wanted a simple, yet fun weekly dinner planner and this is what I came up with!  This is free for your personal use and free for you to modify for your personal use.

All I ask is that you please leave me a comment if you are planning on using!  Enjoy.....

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

This spring has been so busy that my blog posts are even I am at least taking the time to put together a few of my favorite things to do/places to go!  Hope you enjoy..
Camping - the one and only time we rented an RV - now I want one!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Friday!

Just a little cheer sending your way....can you believe that in less than one week it will be March?  How time flies! 
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday Mingle - Business...A Typical Day

Click image to join the Monday Mingle
Business Edition Blog Hop!
Today I am linking up with Lynsey over at the Party Plan Coach for the Monday Mingle Business Edition.  Every Monday Lynsey posts a new topic and this weeks topic is:
What is daily life like for you? Take us through a “Typical Day In The Life Of You!”
I had to give this one a bit of thought since I don't really think I have a "typical day", since some days my daughter might have dance, another day she might have girl scouts and my other daughter likes to go to the high school football and basket ball games so there are variations day to day, but I will walk you through a typical week day that doesn't involve extra curricular "kid" activities!

I am what is known as a morning person...yep that's right, no alarm clocks for me, I am usually up by 5am every morning!  Mornings are usually when I get the most work done when it comes to my business.  My oldest daughter and hubby usually get up at about 6:30, so that means I have an hour and a half of quiet time all to myself in the mornings.  I spend that time on whatever needs to be done including any one of the following:
  • ~Welcoming new downline consultants to my team.
  • ~Individual team member training.
  • ~Blog posts.
  • ~Facebook page updates.
  • ~Facebook team group updates.
  • ~Tracking mine and team sales.
  • ~Customer correspondence.
  • ~Team member correspondence.
  • ~Designing new fliers, logos, etc.
  • ~Event research & planning.
  • ~Working on my own sales/motivational training (Party Plan Divas, Deb Bixler or DSWA articles).
  • 6:30 -7:30 ~Getting hubby and oldest daughter off to work/school.
  • 7:30 -8:40 ~Getting the youngest daughter ready and off to school.
  • 8:40-9:10 ~Taking care of the dog, then finishing up on any computer stuff.
  • 9:10 -9:40 ~In the shower and getting ready for the day job (I work about 27 hours a week for a sign company).  I have about a half hour commute time to the job.
  • 10:00 - 4 or 5 pm ~Work at the day job.
  • 5:30 or so ~Get home, make dinner, help with homework, clean/straighten house.....this part of the process usually lasts until about 8 to 8:30.  Sometimes I don't get home until as late as 6:30 if I have to run errands after work.  
Once all of the family/house stuff is done I usually either try to read or maybe watch T.V. for a bit.  Sometimes I make it back on the computer.  I usually go to bed about 11 pm every night (I seem to function the best on about 6 hours of sleep). 
Weekends are usually open and family activities will take precedence over business, but I do usually still manage to get my morning time in.  In the Spring/Summer I do a few outdoor vendor events/fairs.  I don't do a lot of parties, but I would like to change that (I have focused a large portion of my business on recruiting/training/mentoring).  I would like to shuffle things a bit so that I can focus as much time on my customers/hostesses. 

I can tell from looking at my own schedule that the one thing that I don't usually schedule time for is phone calls!  That should change in about 2-3 weeks.  We bought our house three and a half years ago with the lower half of the house unfinished.  We are almost done with the downstairs (we are doing everything ourselves and learning as we go).  Once we are done I will be able to have a dedicated office/craft room!  Being able to shut the door and shut out distractions will go a long way towards being able to schedule and make phone calls.  Not to mention that I will actually be able to organize and have everything at my fingertips instead of here, there and everywhere I can find room......
If I have managed to get this far without a dedicated office space - just image what I will be able to do once I have one!  I am looking forward to breaking out of my own shell and moving forward!

Until next time, take care!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day 2013!

Today promises to be a busy day so I wanted to take a couple of minutes to wish each and everyone of you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Every year we try to do a Special Valentine's Day Dinner.  I do up the whole table, each family member gets a little pile of goodies and a great time is had by all.  Here is a look into one of our past Valentine's Day Celebrations!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

*Deal of the Day - Beef Stroganoff

Fall in love with our version of this popular Russian dish. Complete with our delicious country style noodles, sour cream beef sauce and mushrooms! A hearty dish that's welcomed with a salad and our Scrumptious Soda Bread or Honey Cornbread Mix. Just add water and round steak.   This is one of my all time favorites and it tastes just like you made it from scratch!  As an added bonus all of our mixes have no added preservatives or MSG so you can feel secure that you are feeding your family a wholesome meal - even if you didn't take hours to prepare it!

*Deal of the Day items are not eligible toward free host items or available on party orders*

Get it today for only $ 4.50 
(Product # 242D) 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - 5 Minute Egg

I am the self proclaimed "Queen" of improvise.....soft boiled eggs and no egg cups?  Not a problem!
The Dog Can Never Resist the Camera........
No Egg Cups - No Problem, I used Shot Glasses Instead!
We don't drink very much so at least the shot glasses are getting some use!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

I Turned My Coat Closet Into Our Pantry

Although we bought our house brand new one of the things it was lacking was a pantry and since kitchen cupboard space is tight I had to put my creative thinking cap on.....
I am the Queen of re-purposing and making do with what I have so, it didn't take very long before the creative wheels were turning and I decided to turn our hall coat closet into a pantry.
At first Hubby and I were going to put in actual shelves, but when we looked at the framing pictures we realized that two of the closet walls did not have any sort of structural support that we could attach shelf supports to.  Attaching the supports to sheet-rock and then putting canned goods on those shelves seemed like a recipe for disaster.  We decided to go with pre-fab shelving.  We ended up with a hodge-podge of different shelves but I made it work and every inch of the closet it utilized.  Next on the agenda is some kind of lighting for the pantry - as you can see it is very dark!
Our coat closet pantry

Upper half of the "pantry".  Notice the "Sikkens" shelving unit -
I "stole" it from the hubby.

I used a shoe/jewelry organizer for all of the small mixes

Lower half of the pantry.....yes, it still could use some more "organization",
but it works for me!

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