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Choose to Live Your Life in Abundance in the after--- after the spouse dies, after the marriage ends, after the kids leave. Join me on my journey of CHOOSING LIFE in my after. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live- Deut 30:19

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May 22, 2019

Peak of the Week- 5-21-19

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She brought the sunshine for the week. We went on a great hike every morning!!

I had an excellent friend visit me last week. You know it's a good friend when they come to visit you because your husband is going out of town for the week, and she doesn't want you to be alone all week. We had a blast. Here are some pictures from her visit!!

Here are some things piquing my interest lately!!

Best Products From The Ordinary- I am a big believer in taking the best possible care of my skin as I can. Unfortunately, I am playing catch up from my days as a teen when I laid out in my back yard with baby oil and iodine to get the perfect tan!!! My mother warned me that I would regret that! My daughter told me about The Ordinary last summer. They are excellent products for skin care at a fraction of the cost of a lot of other skincare lines. I have been using them since last summer, and I think that they are making a difference!! This article shares some of the products... and there are many. You have to decide which vitamin C you want to buy!! I just went to the description of each one, and if it said anti-aging, that was the one I bought!!

You can buy the products at Deciem. You can see the guide to products on their regime guide.  If you want to spend around $10 per item for skincare, this is your brand!!

I love this little church in Chimayo, New Mexico. This is a great day trip to this quaint small village if you are ever visiting Santa Fe. 

Design Mom on Abortion- The abortion issue is such a hot topic!! I really appreciate Gabby Blair's thoughts on the subject. She puts some responsibility on the male in the relationship. This article is meant to be thought-provoking, and she does just that!! CAUTION: Her ideas are controversial, and this is a graphic article. Reader beware!!!

We stopped for a break at Rancho de Chimayo before heading into Santa Fe for the rest of the afternoon!!

Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide- I love to follow the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog about reading!! You know, "I likes me a good book!!!" This link takes you to her Summer Reading Newsletter. I've started my list, and am reading The Last Romantics now!!

Rio Grande River!!

No Bake Energy Balls- This link is really for me, so I don't lose it!! As usual, I'm trying to lose weight!! It seems to be an ongoing battle. I have trouble with breakfast... so I want to try these and see if this is a good treat to have with my morning coffee!! I'll let you know.

Online Classes as low as $10.99-  Have you heard of Udemy? There are several sites out there on the internet that host classes of all kinds. I had a friend tell me about Udemy a while back. The choices are limitless. I need to buckle down and take one. This article shares what this writer thinks is the best of what Udemy has to offer.

May 20, 2019

Nothing But The Kitchen Sink

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My son taking a bath in my grandma's kitchen sink 29 years ago!!

There will be no before pictures for this post. I don't want you to know how gross things around here can actually get!!  But, I digress...

Let me start by saying that I am not the world's best housekeeper. When I worked, I always had a cleaning lady who came at least every other week. Now that I don't work outside of the house, I try to keep up with all of the household chores myself. I enjoy it if I'm in the right mood. There is a great sense of accomplishment. It's great exercise. And, Dr. T and I can enjoy a clean, organized house.

I started following a great cleaning guru a while back. In fact, I think I've shared her before. Her blog is Clean Mama (blog found here). Her premise is that is you do one chore a day Monday through Thursday, you can keep your house clean. Friday is a catch-up day, and Saturday is for sheets and towels.
You can buy her book here.

You can buy her book here:

It's a great strategy that I've shared with many friends. We have fun texting each other on Tuesdays asking- it's dusting day... Are you dusting? Her idea is that you always keep your kitchen clean so there is really no day to "clean" the kitchen since you use it every day and clean up when you are finished.

That leads me to Sunday afternoon. Dr. T was working on a project for our office (he usually plays golf), and I found myself with some time on my hands, so I decided to tackle the mess under the kitchen sink. After I emptied it all out, I decided to use the contact paper I recently bought to use in my bathroom for under this sink too.

  I found this paper on Amazon, and I love it.

You can click here to buy it.

Next, I organized and put only the items back that I use in the kitchen. I made the Clean Mama nightly sink scrub and added that in a pretty glass bottle. I'm planning on keeping the area looking like this all the time. There is now a place for everything, and hopefully, everything will stay in its place.

It feels so good and clean under the sink now!!

Be sure to check out Clean Mama. She has so much more than just daily chores. She sells eco-friendly products too!! I love following her on Instagram because she reminds me of what I need to do each day at home. Plus she has more information on each day if required.

Clean Mama has a nightly sink scrub that you can buy from her, or you can make on your own. The recipe is here.

I'm choosing life this next week by making plans to clean out from under our utility room sink and my bathroom sink.  How about you? How are you going to choose life this week?