Archive for December, 2012

Dedicated to Sandy Hook Elementary Victims


Last night my boyfriend and I were decorating a little gingerbread house village. While we were doing it I was silently thinking about the little one’s who were sadly taken away from the world last Friday. Did they get to make a gingerbread house this year before Friday happened? I’m sure the teacher’s who were killed enjoyed doing fun Christmas activities like this with the kids at school, too. I know as a preschool teacher, Christmas was one of the times I had the most fun at work with the kids. When Sandy Hook happened, I thought of my old preschool students and imagined them in that situation. Horrible.

Gingerbread houses

Gingerbread houses

I’ve decided my Gingerbread town will be dedicated in memory of all the Sandy Hook victims, students and teachers alike. Your lives have meaning, and your memory will live forever in so many hearts and minds around the world.

Decorating gingerbread town

 

 

Whenever I eat a piece of this Gingerbread I will think about you, and hope that you are at peace wherever you are now.

Gingerbread for Newtown

Gingerbread for Newtown

 

 

View from the top

View from the top

Gingerbread by Nikki

Gingerbread by Nikki

Gingerbread by Nikki

Gingerbread by Nikki

 

 

 

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Runaway


The title of this blog post has nothing to do with the post itself. I was listening to “Runaway” by Del Shannon (one of my favorite songs from the 60’s), so that’s what came out when I started typing in the Title box. 🙂

Today I woke up earlier than usual. This was because my boyfriend came into the bedroom asking quite loudly, “Where’s the Orajel, hun?”

I knew I remembered saying goodbye to him already this morning, and when I rolled over and looked at the clock I realized if he was getting ready for work he was going to be late at that point. After getting out of bed and finding the orajel, he told me he had already been on his way to work and had to turn around because he had a toothache so bad that he could hardly keep his eyes open to drive.

A couple hours and a couple hundred dollars later, he had a badly decayed tooth pulled out, and is now thankfully feeling better.

He is the strongest guy I know, and it was so strange to see him in such pain. I’m glad we managed to get him into the dentist quickly. Gotta get him on my dental plan soon.

Hope everyone had a good day. 🙂 Brush your teeth!

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Not So Heavenly Homemaking


After being at home for the last few months, I have discovered many things about myself; one of them is that I love to bake. The other is that I actually really enjoy taking care of my home and making it look nice.

When I was working as a preschool teacher 5 days a week, I would come home exhausted at the end of the day. I didn’t want to clean up my home, and I definitley didn’t want to bake anything. I didn’t even want to THINK about baking or cleaning at all! I had no interest in either, aside from the fact that I knew if I didn’t clean I would turn into a typical “young person” who lives amongst pizza boxes and dirty underwear.

Now that I have been spending the majority of my time at home, job searching, or now writing articles for clients, I have so much more energy. This energy is now being channeled in ways I didn’t think I wanted to use my energy. I’m enjoying baking different kinds of cookies for the last month or so. The other day I made some awesome cookies with macadamia nuts and white chocolate. I wasn’t very confident in my new skills, but they turned out great. I’m also finding a big sense of satisfaction from cleaning up messes in my house and completing different tasks everyday.

I definitely now have more time for other online fun stuff too – so yesterday I created a new page on Facebook called “Not So Heavenly Homemaking”. As I discovered my love for baking and taking care of the home, I also discovered a lot of people online

had created “Homemaking” groups that were primarily centered around preaching and Bible Thumping. It was almost impossible to find a homemaking page that wasn’t filled with “God’s Word”. I was previously unaware that Homemaking had to be an extremely religious thing as well as strictly for women? (What year is it again?) Well, I don’t agree with that. So my new FB page “Not So Heavenly Homemaking” is for anyone who considers themself a “homemaker”, whether woman or man, whether religious or not. It’s about making the “practical” stuff you have to do at home more fun and entertaining! I had NO idea I would ever consider myself a bit of a homemaker, but now that I do, I am not ashamed of it at all. What’s wrong with loving baking and taking pride in how your house looks? Nothing. Now, I don’t know if this will be the same for me when I add a child to the mix, but quite honestly, I can’t wait to find out. 🙂

(Here is the address to my FB page if you want to take a look: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Not-So-Heavenly-Homemaking/253679611428377

Pillsbury Xmas Tree Cookies

Pillsbury Xmas Tree Cookies which I added some leftover Macadamia nuts to.

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Playing with Dough


I just finished writing another five articles for my client, so I’m a bit tired of typing at the moment; however, I still wanted to post something so I will share a fun playdough recipe with you today. I’m sure someone out there wants to make playdough today, right!? LoL.

Miss Nikki’s Playdough Recipe

Ingredients: 
1 cup Plain White Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
2 tsp Cream of TarTar 
1 cup Water
1 tsp Oil
*Add scents such as pumpkin spice, cocoa powder, nutmeg, or koolaid for fun. 
*Add your favorite food coloring (just a cpl drops) 
*Add glitter for some sparkle. 

* Mix ingredients together with a fork until smooth and one color. Pour mixture into pot, bring to boil over medium heat. Stir until thick and dough begins to form into a ball. Take out and allow to cool. Knead for a few minutes, and store in airtight container. 

You can ask the kids if they wanna play with it too. What, you thought it was just for them?

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Working at home


I am officially working from home today. It feels great to say that!

I finally got my first “real” writing gig with a company, and am starting to write some articles for them about different topics. Today’s articles are mostly real estate related stuff. It’s so exciting to know that I will actually be getting paid to do something I enjoy.

I just finished writing my first article for this company a few minutes ago, and have four more to go for today. It’s actually really fun doing the research and learning about topics I don’t often think about (such as real estate, LoL).

My dream, which has changed a million times over the last few years, is now to be able to make an income working primarily from home, so when I do have a baby in the future (which I plan on soon!) I will be able to stay home with them and still provide for them without completely relying on my boyfriend, Jay. He is amazing and works so hard. I would hate for him to feel like all the money stuff is on his shoulders alone.

I really hope this writing thing works out and becomes something I can rely on and enjoy for the rest of my life.

What do you do for work? Do you love it, or hate it, or neither? What would you do if you could choose any job in the world and make tons of money doing it? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Me an Jay, Summer 2011

Me and Jay in Summer 2011

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Miss Nikki’s Life Colors


Hello! I’m Nikki. I’ve blogged a million times over on other sites, and now here I am starting again. I’ll start first by telling you about my life colors, which I learned about today.

According to a quiz I took on a website called LifeColorsCity.com, my life colors are: Crystal, Lavender and Blue.

I’ve highlighted the stuff I believe really sounds like me, in bold.

Crystal:
“Crystal is a rare Life Color. Crystals have clear auras and are known as the ‘aura chameleons.’ Like chameleons, their auras will change colors to match those of the people they are connecting with at the time. They then take on the characteristics, behavior patterns, emotions and thoughts of that color.

Consequently, in power Crystals can get along quite well with almost anyone. Yellows , for example, feels they can relate to Crystals who, when they are with them, act and think like Yellows . Later, when the same Crystals spend time with Sensitive Tans, the Tans can feel as if they have found kindred spirits.

However, the Crystals’ inconsistencies can also confuse people. One minute Crystals think and behave like Greens . A short while later, they can act like Blues . The more they connect and bond with others, the more their personalities change.

Because Crystals tend to absorb the colors of other people’s auras, people can, at times, feel an energy drain when they are in the presence of Crystals. In power, Crystals can be a clear conduit or channel for healing energy. Being natural healers, the Crystals’ gift is to help their clients clear blockages, thereby enabling the clients’ own natural healing processes to take place.

While healing, balanced Crystals are able to keep their thoughts and emotions out of the way, making the healing more pure. Crystals do not always understand their healing abilities. It can often frighten and confuse them or cause them to feel overwhelmed. These rare souls are often physically fragile and delicate.

Because of their unusual sensitivity, they can only heal one person at a time. They then need to go to a peaceful place to cleanse their aura. Working with too many people can short-circuit their system.”

Lavender:
Fantasy, enchantment, dreams, myths, spiritual beings, angels, fairies are all concepts which fill the Lavenders’ mind. Lavenders tend to live in a fantasy world. They prefer to spend their time out of their bodies, where life is pretty and enchanting. It is challenging for these airy beings to live in three-dimensional reality.

Lavenders prefer imaginary pictures of the world, seeing butterflies, flowers and wood nymphs rather than dirt, concrete and large cities. Physical reality seems cold and harsh to them. These sensitive creatures are fragile and frail, and their physical appearance is often weak and pale.

Lavenders’ skin is often alabaster white because they don’t like being outdoors, unless it is to be gently surrounded by beautiful flowers and gardens. These child-like personalities are sensitive and simple. Lavenders would rather spend time watching clouds float by or daydreaming. They prefer to escape this reality with all of its demands and responsibilities.

The Lavenders behavior tends to frustrate others who may expect them to be dependable and responsible. Lavenders have no understanding of what it means to hold a responsible job or to earn money. They are more familiar with other dimensions and imagined realities.
Lavenders even have a difficult time relating to or connecting with the concepts of time, space and physical matter. They tend to experience events in their imaginations, but they are not usually grounded enough in physical reality to actually accomplish anything tangible.

Blue:
“Blues are some of the most loving, nurturing and supportive personalities of the Life Colors. They live from their heart and emotions. Their purpose for being on the planet is to give love, to teach love and to learn that they are loved. Their priorities are love, relationships, and spirituality.

Blues are traditionally teachers, counselors, and nurses—basically the loving, nurturers and caretakers on the planet. Blues are constantly helping others. They want to make sure that everyone feels loved and accepted. People are always turning to Blues for comfort and counsel because Blues will always be there for them. They consistently provide a shoulder for others to cry on.”

Blues are the most emotional personalities in the aura spectrum. They can cry at the drop of a hat. Blues cry when they are happy, hurt, angry, sad, or for no apparent reason at all. Even watching a sentimental commercial on television can bring on tears.

 

(info from LifeColorsCity.com)

Take the quiz and tell me your aura colors!

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