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Miserable Tides: Forgive My Absence Please

You ever have one of those days? You know…the kind that flips your world upside down and promises to be a living nightmare from which you cannot wake?

Yeah well, that’s was our family’s living hell just a few short months ago. And it doesn’t matter what the event was that triggered it; only that it happened and that it set off a ripple effect …that has for some reason,  left me unable to ‘just-get-over-it’.

When your world is shaken, and your trust in the human condition, completely shattered in the blink of eye….it’s hard to break free. Maybe because I was there. Maybe because I saw it happening but my legs refused to run fast enough. I swear they were so heavy in that moment. How odd?!  Maybe if I had reacted quicker. Maybe if I had processed the information shooting through my brain at 90 mph…just a split second sooner. Maybe if I wasn’t in a fog due to lack of sleep. So many ‘what-ifs’ .

But then my head flips to ‘what if I had not been there at all???’ That would have been worse. What if I had ignored the text message? I almost did….almost.

When you almost lose someone you love to the moon and back….someone you would do anything for….someone you would give your life for….it changes you. When you almost lose them because of an act of violence…it’s even worse.

Although I imagine, completely losing them, would be an endless cycle of pain. And my heart goes out to those who have suffered such an unimaginable loss.

I haven’t taken the time to write in several months. And for what has I am sure become clear by now…to you my lovely followers… I’m currently stuck in a slight rut. I have so enjoyed bringing to you interior design trends, recipes, funny stories and my usual political rants. And I’m purposely neglecting my site right now…but for a reason.

It’s writing that grounds me. But it has to be honest. It has to be pure. I don’t know how to explain this, but if you write, you will know what I mean…..

In order for words to flow, they must emerge from your center of gravity. Your center of gravity is where your ‘truths’ lie..(no pun intended). If you are unable to say what needs to be said…if it’s just not possible….you simply cannot write. I  don’t know how else to word it.

So what am I doing about it? Well…this is going to sound a little …odd. First off, let me start by saying I’m not slamming mental health professionals. I just have no desire to pay someone a few hundred bucks a session to ask me questions, which they will then re-phrase and repeat back to me….and then ask me what the solution is.

And quite frankly, I’m too angry to deal with all that bs right now.

So I went a different route. I got a job in a factory! Yep.

Hear my out. It is actually working. 

First of all…I like it there. The people are nice, the bosses are professional (not the psycho raging types…you know the type) and I genuinely like the industry. It’s actually a factory that is right up my alley and pertains to a subject I have an actual interest in.

Secondly…it is actually working (repetition has that effect…see what I did there?)

Essentially….I don’t have time to freak out, feel angry, hate the planet or feel guilty, when  my brain is hyper-involved in another task.  And while one might interpret this course of action as denial or simply not facing up to the problem at hand, I feel that at this moment….I need this.

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance…unfortunately….I think I’m stuck on anger. I’ve been raging for months.

I’m not in denial…I’m actually just so angry that I HAVE to stay busy….nor am I depressed. And acceptance will never happen. To accept is to say…’yeah…it’s ok now’. BULL! It’s not ok. It will never be ok. At no point in time will I ever say that this event was ‘ok‘ or ‘alrighty then‘.

 

See what I mean? I almost lost my ‘chill’ for a second there. Forgive me.

Enough of my blathering I suppose. I just felt it was important to let you …my wonderful readers know…I have not disappeared nor I have forgotten you. I just need to find my footing. I lost it at the intersection of  ‘WTF Road’ and ‘Pissed Off Avenue’. And as soon I feel like decorating with lovely silken curtains, rather then ripping them to shreds….I’ll be back on the interior design, recipe making, tips and tricks ….but mostly, just talking to you guys again. I miss writing. I miss doing product reviews, believe it or not. But mostly I miss this. Pouring out my gut onto a blank sheet of paper (ok…a computer screen…but it’s 2017, so cut me some slack 😉 )

I just don’t want to screw around, slip up and cuss out the planet right now. Know what I mean?

 

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SEO Writing Basics

SEO Writing. What exactly is it? Simply put: SEO writing is the art of inserting key words and phrases into an article. And by ‘key words and phrases’, I mean the words typed into the Google search engine. Google uses algorithms to determine your content and it’s relevance on whatever the subject may be. These key words and phrases have the ability to optimize your site and give it higher rankings within a search engine.

For instance  if I’m looking for information on my cat’s health, my search phrase would be ‘cat health’. When I type in my phrase, Google will show me a list of sites on proper cat care and how to keep track of my pets overall health. Proper SEO writing,  would have included the phrase ‘cat health’ throughout their article.

In some situations, the phrase may not flow. Let’s say a person is looking for a heart doctor in Cleveland. They may type in (cardiologist Cleveland). And inserting that phrase into an article  repeatedly, can sound rather off-putting. In this case, realize that Google doesn’t always look at the punctuation in the article. So you could phrase (cardiologist Cleveland) in several ways, still combining the words as a phrase. For instance: “If you’re looking for  a   well skilled (cardiologist, Cleveland) is well known for…..” 

At the same time,you can bog down the article with ‘too much’ SEO writing. It’s called over-optimizing. More then 10 times, is too much. And it may drop you in the rankings.

Tips for SEO writing:

  • Consider your audience
  • Create a flow. Don’t just pop the phrase in there.
  • Reread your article several times. How does it sound?
  • Add your keywords and phrases as you go along, or after. It’s like Lego building. Which block goes best and where?
  • Practice your key phrases. Insert random keywords into Google and see what pops up. And when reading your article, try to imagine which words you would type in to find it.
  • Include the key phrase in the title and html.
  • Interview experts. Being able to direct quote experts on the topic  is extremely helping at driving traffic to your site.
  • Try to get at least 300-500 words in the article.
  • Advertise your article. Put your link up on as many blog friendly sites as possible. LinkedIn, Reddit and StumbleUpon are well known for this. And they work!

In closing, SEO writing is a way to optimize your site in the search engines, driving more traffic in your direction.

If you liked this article, feel free to leave me a comment or a link-back. Both are always appreciated. And stay tuned for an upcoming article on:  ‘the basics of HTML coding’.

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Top Ten Ways To Make Money From Home

After careful research, I’ve come up with a list of  “Top Ten Ways To Make Money From Home”. Having been a stay-at-home-mom, I completely get the whole ‘short on cash’ thing. It can be hard to come up with extra ways to save, when you’ve got mouths to feed. Not to mention often times it’s cheaper to stay home, then it is to pay for daycare! That’s actually why I didn’t leave the house for around 14 years.

So without further delay, here’s my list:


SWAGBUCKS – essentially, SWAGBUCKS pays you to watch videos, check your email, take surveys, play games  and browse the net. It’s a rewards sight with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Sign up here and get 5$ from SWAGBUCKS. (Link opens in new tab).


WRITE AN ARTICLE – Content sites generally pay well for well written articles. 

*The Dollar Stretcher: Articles on ‘Living Better for Less’

*MATADOR: “original writing and visual storytelling about travel, culture, and political commentary


CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET –

thredUP – Sell your stuff! Specifically clothing.    


SELL YOUR PHOTOS – 

Have a some amazing pics? Good enough to sell? Try FOAP. FOAP buys photos for companies to use in their advertising.


GIVE ADVICE – 

Try AMMAS. Whatever you’re an expert on, can get you cash! Just sign up.


FLIP ITEMS –

This one is actually kind of fun! Find freebies anywhere and everywhere. Curbside, Free-Cycle sites,  Craigslist etc…Then flip them for cold hard cash! One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!


SELL YOUR ARTS AND CRAFTS –

The best sell site for crafts,  is ETSY. However AMAZON, while not specifically a craft site, may be another option. But Amazon charges 3.99$ a month to sell. I don’t mess with EBAY anymore. But that’s my own personal choice.


BECOME AN AUTHOR –

Write books for Kindle. 


MAKE LISTS –

Try LISTVERSE. This site pays for nothing but lists! Seriously. Lots and lots of lists!


CREATE AMAZING YOUTUBE VIDEOS –

YOUTUBE pays! Seriously. As long as what you video is something others will actually want to watch. Simply click on the Creator Studio under your YOUTUBE handle. Just don’t include any licensed songs or copied material. It must belong to ONLY you.


I could actually make this list quite a bit longer, but I need to call it quits for tonight. I’ll add more when I can. But currently I have a house full of 12 year-olds…oh…yay…

 

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Avocado Banana Crepes

This simple recipe is fantastic! I just made them this morning and I’m still gorging on them as I type. I had an avocado that I needed to use up. Crepes are the go-to for any extra fruits and veggies.

INGREDIENTS


2 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup  flour

1 1/4 cups (or more) milk 

Melted butter

1 Avocado

2 bananas

*Coconut Oil


INSTRUCTIONS

Mix eggs and salt in large bowl.Whisk in flour, then 1 1/4 cups milk.  Let stand 1 hour.

(Add more milk by tablespoonfuls to batter to thin if needed).

Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil.

Pour 1/3 cup batter into skillet and swirl to coat bottom evenly.

Cook until top appears dry, loosening sides of crepe with spatula, about 45 seconds. Turn and cook until brown spots appear on second side, about 30 seconds. Turn crepe out onto plate. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet with butter and stacking crepes on plate.


Topping!

Peel and slice your avocado and bananas.

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Add some coconut oil to your skillet…

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Fry to a slightly crispy outer texture…

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Add to your crepes and enjoy! (If you want it sweeter, go ahead and add sugar to the frying pan or sprinkle directly on the crepes).

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DRONIUM TWO AP DRONE WITH CAMERA : REVIEW

This review is being solely done and credited to my son. Photos and videos taken by Tommy Scags. Since he is new to doing reviews, this is more of a learning experience. His review will be in photos and videos. You decide for yourself if you like what you see.

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Be sure to Subscribe to his YouTube Channel below!


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Below info and images from Best Buy. Click Here for their site, specs and reviews on the Dronium Two. 

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PICK YOUR POISON: DESIGN INSPIRATION

I’m particularly fond of the strange and unusual.

With furniture, that means I like it to ‘pop’. When I walk into a room, I’d like it tell me a story. The genre of story, doesn’t necessarily have to be specific, but  knowing a story exists …now that’s the holy grail of design.

My usual method of inspiration (being the age of technology), is the internet. Specifically, the image selection on the search engine. When I need a muse, I surf!

Today’s search started off with #coffee furniture.

 


This of course led into retro, contemporary and future furniture. Some of these designs are still in the ‘concept’ mode.

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For the designs that are still stuck in concept mode, I’d like to think a little hard-work, determination and a credit line at Home Depot will correct the issue at hand.

The issue being: I want said furniture. Solution: Make my own. (Or at least get close to it).

Of course if I make my own, I can’t sell it. The concept wouldn’t mine. But I’m not a furniture dealer…so who cares? And the futuristic items are just that…in the future. I can’t buy them!  But the overall design or theme, already exists.

Hmmmm….where will I go from here?

Who knows?! It could all just be wishful thinking.

But damn…it sure is fun to dream!

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COCKTAILS, SHOTS AND SHOOTERS

At this point most of my readers are aware of my obsession with food. At least, the creation and ‘design’ process of a new recipe.

So today I’ve decided to travel off my well worn ‘food’ path and delve into beverages. Specifically, cocktails!

 

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READ FIRST-

*Up=With Ice

 *Straight=No Ice

*You can chill the glass by adding ice and letting it sit.  (Empty the ice prior to adding the strained ingredients.)

*All of these recipes can and have been modified based on the bar, personal preference or bartender. 

*All glasses used can and have been determined based on preference of the bar, personal preference and bartender.

*All shot measurements can and have been modified based on the bar, personal preference and bartender.

-Basically…to each his/her own.


The Long Island Ice Tea

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Rum
  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Splash of Coke
  • Lemon or Lime Squeeze

 

Apple Martini or Appletini

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Chilled cocktail glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 3/4 oz Apple Pucker

Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

Add an apple slice garnish.


Cosmopolitan

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Chilled cocktail glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 1 oz Citron Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • Dash of Rose Lime Juice
  • Splash Cranberry Juice

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with lime


B 52 Shot

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Shot glass or Shooter glass

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Irish Creme (over a the back of a spoon to layer)

1/3 Grand Marnier (over the back of a spoon to layer)


 

Midori Sour Cocktail

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Chilled Cocktail Glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 2 oz Sweet & Sour Mix
  • 1 oz Melon Pucker

Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Add cherry garnish


Bahama Mama

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 1/2 part Orange Juice
  • 1/2 part Cranberry Juice

Garnish with Lemon, Orange and Cherry (not required to use all three)


Amaretto Sour 

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Chilled cocktail glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 2 oz Sour Mix

Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass

Garnish


Manhattan

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Rock glass with ice

  • Dash of Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 oz Whiskey (ie: Seagram’s 7)

Add cherry garnish


Black Russian

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Rock glass with ice

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Kahlua

Cherry Garnish


Margarita

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Salted cocktail glass (Rub rim with lime, dip in Kosher salt

To shaker with ice add:

  • 2 oz Margarita Mix
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Tequila

Strain into cocktail glass (can be served straight or up)

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Lime Garnish


Blow Job

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Shooter or Shot glass

Layer:

  • 1/2 Kahlua
  • Irish Creme (Float using the back of a spoon)
  • Top with Whipped Cream

Jager Bomb

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Rock glass

Shot glass

  • Put Jagermeister into shot glass
  • Fill rock glass partially with Red Bull
  • Drop shot into rock glass

White Russian

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Rock glass with ice

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 Kahlua

Top with cream


Tequila Sunrise

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1 oz Tequila
  • Fill glass with Orange Juice
  • Splash Grenadine (Float using the back of a spoon)

Garnish with orange and cherry

 


Jolly Rancher

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Rock Glass

*This drink can be straight or up

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 3/4 oz Apple Pucker
  • 3/4 oz Peach Schnapps
  • Splash of Cranberry Juice

Shake and strain into rocks glass


Vodka Martini

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Chilled cocktail glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • Dash of Dry Vermouth
  • 2 oz Vodka

Stir the ingredients with a spoon within the shaker

Strain into chilled cocktail glass

Twist lemon, rub rim of glass with the lemon and drop into glass

Olive garnish


Mai Tai

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • Dash Grenadine
  • Equal Parts Orange Juice and Pineapple Juice
  • Splash of Dark Rum

Cherry and/or Pineapple Garnish


 

Sex On The Beach

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1 oz Vodka (Some prefer 1.5 oz)
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • Two Parts Orange Juice (Some say 2 oz)
  • Two Parts Cranberry Juice (Some say 2 oz)

Garnish with cherry and orange slice


These are just some of the fun party favors that can be used at your next gathering. For a whole lot more, here’s a great site to visit: 1001 Cocktails

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Enjoy!