Spotlight Friday: veggies and fruits

The other day I stumbled over Jamie Olivers TED film. I watched it and was flabbergasted. Well, not really. I new a lot of things are wrong with what people eat. What shocked me where the numbers.

Jamie showed a part in his movie, where he went to an Elementary School with a basket full of veggies and fruits. And the kids could not name them. That made me really sad. 

My kids take lunchboxes to School and I try to have a wide variation of fruits and veggies for them to eat, plus a home backed bread and some home made fruit roll ups, jellos, chocolate mousse or nuts or some beef jerky.

And you will not believe what stories they sometimes come home with. “Mami, don’t give me this or that any more, because the other kids will eat it all, they think it is so yummy.”  “XY, took this or that out of my lunch because he didn’t know what it was and tried it and liked it…”   

In our Elementary School they have a Gardening group, I think that is a good start. And I hope they will widen that program.

When I was in 7th Grade we had cooking in School for a whole year. We learned about how to clean, prepare and cook the food. Also how to set a table and table manners. I think a lot of kids would benefit from a class like this. I know that a lot of families live a hectic life, both parents working and then from one afternoon / evening sports event to the next. There is not much time to be spent in the kitchen.

As soon as it got warm this year, we started making our own Popsicles. OMG, I can’t keep those in the freezer, they disappear so fast. We come up with different creations every time. We had some failures, but also some real yummy ones. This weekend we will try this one pops

This sounds so good and refreshing.

I love this time of year, the variations of fruits and vegetables get bigger. Eating in Season makes sure you will get the most of Vitamins and Co.  

I went to Zibbet to find fruits and vegetables and found these!


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Debra Bavaria Salad, Fruit or Sandwich Plates
by LoliBDinnerware

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Orange Fruit Slice Earrings by alenazstyle

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Fruit Cloth Un-Paper Towels
by greenpapaya

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Oh Nuts – original watercolor painting
by MaineArtist

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Vegetable Quilt
by MPBetc

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Ceramic Garden Markers, Set of Three, Vegetables and Herbs
by sumiko

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Lettuce, giclee print, 8 1/2 in x 11 in by ChavahsGarden

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Felt Two Peas in a Pod Key Chain by Becky Lynn Creations

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Statement Necklace Happy Vegetables by AbraKadabra Jewelry

How much fun was that? 

And I found some wonderful items on Etsy as well:

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I hope you have a wonderful day and get some time to relax!!

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Spotlight Friday: bathroom

I don’t think I have talked about bathrooms yet.

The first records for the use of baths date back as far as 3000 B.C. At this time water had a strong religious value, being seen as a purifying element for both body and soul, and so it was not uncommon for people to be required to cleanse themselves before entering a sacred area. Baths are recorded as part of a village or town life throughout this period, with a split between steam baths in Europe and America and cold baths in Asia. Communal baths were erected in a distinctly separate area to the living quarters of the village. (wikipedia)

different variations:

Powder room:A powder room also called “1/2 bath” or “guest bath” usually refers to a room with a toilet and a sink and commonly used by guests[where?].

Shower room:A shower room or shower-room is a room that contains a shower cubicle (or shower stall), but no bathtub. In the United States, this would be called a 3/4 bathroom.

Ensuite: An ensuite bathroom or ensuite shower room (also en suite, ensuite and other variations) is a bathroom or shower room attached to and only accessible from a bedroom.

Family bathroom: A family bathroom, in British estate agent terminology, is a full bathroom in a house.

Jack and Jill bathroom: A Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom with two doors, accessible from two bedrooms. or sometimes three doors the third one leading into the hallway.

Wetroom: A wetroom is a waterproof room usually equipped with a shower. It is designed to eliminate moisture damage that is caused to a home and is also compatible with the heating systems beneath the floor.

I didn’t know there is so many different variations.

Our house has two bathrooms, one in the hallway, a smaller one, and one off the Master bedroom.

There are three females in the house.

So guess what happened with the bathroom situation?  The bigger bathroom was taken over by the girls in the house. Hubby got quietly, or not so quietly, moved out into the smaller bathroom.

I tried several times to rearrange this whole situation, but it never stayed long.

The other thing is, hubby has to get up at 2:30 am and takes a shower, gets ready for work. I am a very light sleeper and he would wake me up with all the noise, constantly walking in and out and have water running.

I was never a person to need a lot of bathroom space. Give me room for my toothbrush, my hair brush, a place to hang my towel and I am a happy camper.

But those girls…. totally different story.

Well their hair stuff already clutters up a lot of room. But to keep those tight curls in check, it’s stuff that’s needed.

So I guess, we will be stuck with this bathroom situation for a little longer.

When we moved in this house we painted the main bathroom in a terracotta color and the trims a darker blue. I like it. But after nearly 10 years I think we need to touch up or think about a different color. It is chipping in a few places.

The small bathroom got a beach theme, with seashells glued to the medicine cabinet, light blue walls.

How does your bathroom look like?

So I went to see what fun things I could pep my bathroom up with in the future.

First some finds from Zibbet 


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new cabinet design
by beachglassdesign

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Jewelry Organizer for Your Drawer: CUSTOM Piece, Solid Poplar
by Pierce Woodworks

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Washcloths Double Knit in Purple Set of 3
by HeavenBoundHCA

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Fabric Storage Bins (Set of 3)
by WatermelonWishes

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Be your own kind of Beautiful Wall Art in Words
by JustStickumUp

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Dot Square bath accessory set
by vijako

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Itty Bitty Emory’s Red Bowl
by PiecefulDesign

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Cast Iron Soap Dish Tray for Bathroom by HeavensHardware

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Bathroom Wall Art by johnwgolden

and here are some examples how you can vamp up your bathroom from Etsy:

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Spotlight Friday: recycle

Well I am sure everyone knows this sign!

recycle, where does this word come from and what does it mean?

1922, originally of industrial processes; see re- + cycle (v.). Specifically of waste material from 1960. Related: Recycled ; recycling. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/recycle)

Well actually recycling has been around for way longer than we might think. Prior to the industrial age, you couldn’t make goods quick and cheap, so virtually everyone practiced recycling in some form. Turned an old Tshirt or sock into a cleaning rag.

The mass production of the industrial age is the reason we need to worry about large-scale recycling, so much more one time use products. This culture of “disposable” goods created a number of environmental problems.

In the 1930s and 40s, conserving and recycling became important in the American society and in many other parts of the world. Economic depressions made recycling a necessity for many people to survive, as they couldn’t afford new goods. Material such as nylon, rubber and many metals were rationed and recycled to help support the war effort.

Earth Day in 1970, jump started recycling once again became a mainstream idea. There was too much garbage ending up in the landfills, too much pollution, plus the chemicals that result when garbage breaks down and blends into a toxic soup known as leachate.

So now we separate our trash into different bins. We buy with the thought in mind, how could this item be reused or upcycled. We take our shopping bags with us, so we don’t have to fall back on plastic bags. I always get the reminder from my little one :”Mami, your bags, you don’t want to kill the sea turtles!!!”

Just yesterday when I was cleaning out some things, I hesitated to throw them away. Is there anything I could turn this into? Or use it for something else. So the magazines that I had stacked up in the corner, my friendly neighbor passes hers on to me, I packed up and sent them with my kid to school. They can always use them to read or cut things out.

I don’t know how the recycling works now in Germany, after leaving 2003 I am pretty sure things might have changed.  I remember having those big containers at the end of the street for glass, divided in green, white and brown. You washed your bottles and then just dumped them into the container. Still living at home in the late 80’s, I think it was then, that we got a yellow trash bags with the trash pick up. That was for all sorts of plastic. It all had to be washed out and then collected in this bag. Then came the green bin, besides the black bin. The green one was for all paper, the black one for everything else. We used to have a compost pile in the back of our yard. But you guessed it soon there was a brown bin for all the natural, garden stuff. Batteries you would bring with you on your shopping trip, because there was a container somewhere to drop them off. A lot of bottles had value. You would bring them back to the store, drop them in a machine and for every bottle you would get some money back.

I noticed last time when we went back home that even the trash bins at the train station had different slots for different trash. 

Now I don’t know about all the electronic trash, where that goes and how that is recycled. But I am pretty sure there is some way to dispose of that.

For bigger stuff like furniture there was always the place called  “Sperrmuell”, something like the recycling center or dump here.

So there was always this “green dot” on everything you bought, so you could and should recycle. Always try to buy those items, because you know those things will not end up in the landfill if you throw them in the right bin.

Yes it can get confusing and you will have to keep track of what day which bin will get picked up.

I am happy to see, that more and more companies here in the US put a sign on their packaging too, telling me if it is recyclable or not.

Now a lot of Artist have made it their material to work and create with, it is fun to see if you can figure out what it was before and what it has turned into.

Let’s go find some of those cool items on Zibbet:


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Large Stackable Chest Drawer, stacking, chest, Drawer, chest of drawers
by jdwallingtons

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Black/Gray Clutch
by Carduran Crafts

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Windchime Front porch garden Art recycled glass wine bottle
by Calibama

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Mr and Mrs vintage recycled silverware hand stamped wedding fork cake fork
by BellaJacksonStudios

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Infinity Scarf Beaujolais Eco Friendly Pantone by LovelySquid

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Envelopes Made from Recycled Maps
by Milomade

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Summer Sunset JunkMail Jewels Paper Garland
by texaseagle

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Trash Recycled Newspaper
by monroepapercrafts

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Arizona Tea Upcycled Soda Can by AbsoluteJewelry

I could spend all day looking at these treasures and think, wow those people saw the treasure they had in their house and turned it into something beautiful.

And I found some more on Etsy too.

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Do you recycle or up-cycle? What is your favorite up/ recycled item?

Spotlight Friday: keychains

During the work week I usually sit down with a cup of tea to read my mails and check in on the social media sites, after I dropped my kids off at School and after my breakfast, before I start to work on all my “must do” things of the day, just a little quiet time for me.

Today I stumbled over this on a FB group (sorry if too much TMI) It just made me smile. 11198841_10155450654070401_1831102534_n You can find the Panty Candy right here

At the moment I am  trying to get my girls ready for the new time in their life. I had to add some more supply to their stash.

keychain  Erin is located in Australia and sells on FB, “Sew Sweet Creations” is her page.

I have never thought about using a mini one for a key chain, but I thought it was cute. Yes quirky me.

I have seen a lot of funny key chains, some of them I call my own. Memories attached to them and some are so worn, but still hold a special spot in my heart.

I have made my own, gave them as gifts or sold them

mouse sock

Thinking back, my Dad used to never remember where he had left his keys. At one point he had one of those key chain thingies frogthat whistled back when you whistled for it. The funny thing was, you had to hit a certain sound to set it off. It still makes me smile to think about it, seeing my Dad walk through the house whistling for his keys, getting frustrated because the key chain didn’t answer because he didn’t hit the right tone.

This is what I found about the key chain on Wikipedia 

A keychain or key chain is a small chain, usually made from metal or plastic, that connects a small item to a keyring. The length of a keychain allows an item to be used more easily than if connected directly to a keyring. Some keychains allow one or both ends the ability to rotate, keeping the keychain from becoming twisted, while the item is being used. A keychain can also be a connecting link between a keyring and the belt of an individual. It is usually employed by personnel whose job demands frequent use of keys, such as a security guard, prison officer, janitor, or retail store manager. The chain is often retractable, and therefore may be a nylon rope, instead of an actual metal chain. The chain ensures that the keys remain attached to the individual using them, makes accidental loss less likely, and saves on wear and tear on the pockets of the user.

There are many other terms that all refer to keychain as well. These include key ring, key holder, key tag, and key fob.

In the 1950s and 1960s, with the improvement of plastic manufacturing techniques, promotional items including keychains became unique. Businesses could place their names on promotional keychains that were three-dimensional for less expensive than the standard metal keychains.

Keychains that currently hold keys are an item that is never long misplaced by the owner. People sometimes attach their keychain to their belt (or belt loop) to avoid loss or to allow quick access to it. Many keychains also offer functions that the owner wants easily accessible as well. These include an army knife, bottle opener, an electronic organizer, scissors, address book, family photos, nail clipper, pill case and even pepper spray. Modern cars often include a keychain that serves as a remote to lock/unlock the car or even start the engine. An electronic key finder is also a useful item found on many keys that will beep when summoned for quick finding when misplaced.[1]

So let’s see what fun keychains I can find on www.zibbet.com:


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
KEY CHAIN in Metal and Glass Bead Fish Green Color – 1538
by christinaferrari

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Bead loomed alien head keychain
by CatsWire

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Zipper Key Fob Hot Pink / White
by Handmade by June

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Spoon Key Chain Spoon Key Ring Silverware Keychain Rose Pattern
by Ogdenarthaus

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Deerskin Leather Key Ring by TribalVibesLeather

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BMX Key Chains with Mini Aluminium Anodized Carabiner Clips Charms Gemstones
by Gemstonebikejewelry

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Awesome Red And Black Voodoo Head Keychain
by VooDooCuties

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paracord dragonfly key chain – back pack accessories
by HighPlainsKnotWork

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Key Chain with Knit Blue Heart
by MaxieKCreations

What does your keychain look like?

keychains

Are you constantly searching for your keys?

Happy Day everyone

and don’t loose your keys!

Spotlight Friday : I ♥ books

I love a good book. For me a good book means I can start reading and forget everything around me. Live the story I am reading at the moment.

I remember reading “the never ending story” at the beach of Corsica, I think I was 16 years old. Laying at the beach. I could not put this book away. Hours upon hours I was reading. We where on a Pastors + Family retreat. So there where a few other kids and teenagers that we knew and hung out with. While I had made sure everyone was covered with sun lotion first.

Corsica I kind of forgot myself and payed the price in the evening. I was so burnt at the end of the day that I couldn’t even bend my knees or sit properly on my chair. I still have this book. I remember opening it the first time. The story was written in two different colors and the pictures would pull you in.

A few years ago when my Grandma passed away. My Dad started sending me all her books.  I love him for that. He knows I need to feed my hunger for books, my hunger for imagination that comes with the written word. And reading in my Mother language has a little bit more magic for me, then reading it in English. Don’t get me wrong, I like reading a good book either way. It just tends to be a little easier in German plus it sets of a bit more imagination.

At the moment I have a little bit more of, what I call “heavier” literature on my bedside table. It is more informational stuff. Things that I want to learn, help me get better. A friend just send me a book the other week. It is called “Darm mit Charme

You can find a little info on that right here (I am pretty sure there will be an English version soon)

Also I have a lot of Sarah Ballantyne’s books at the moment, that I am working through, due to my health issues that I was facing last year.

I can’t wait for the time my kids are out of School and I can get back to more reading again, where there are no fixed schedules no appointments we have to be at. I enjoy reading with my kids next to me with their noses stuck in a book too.  Here and there hearing a chuckle or a deep gasp. Knowing they are living the story they are just reading.

I tried reading on a tablet, but that is no fun for me. I need to turn the pages, be able to jump back a few pages to reread something real quick. I just don’t get the same excitement out of an electronic device.

Now off to Zibbet, let’s see what kind of magic happens when I type in “books” in the search:


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mini art journal ‘Magic Book’ by ExiArts

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Industrial pipe book shelf (hang left or right)
by homedecorandsuch

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Italian Leather and Paper Bound Journal or Blank Book
by FedericoBadia

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Life is Like a Book Plaque
by BerwickBay

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Custom Wood, Wooden Wedding Guest Book
by artdesignstore

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Relaxing Moment Digital Collage Greeting Card5532
by Cards by Colette

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Book Necklace, Librarian Jewelry, Old Book Spines, Literary, Book Worm Art Pendant
by MissingPiecesStudio

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Measuring Tape for Word Lovers Fabric Covered Tape Measure
by AllAboutTheButtons

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Striped Kitten Bookmark
by HomeMadeOrnaments

      So what is your favorite book? 

i-books

I love the Summer time, that means for us a weekly visit at the Library. Learning what my kids are interested in reading right now and hearing from them what they thought about the book they just read.

What are you reading at the moment?

Book Lover

I keep collecting books I know
I’ll never, never read;
My wife and daughter tell me so,
And yet I never head.
“Please make me,” says some wistful tome,
“A wee bit of yourself.”
And so I take my treasure home,
And tuck it in a shelf.

And now my very shelves complain;
They jam and over-spill.
They say: “Why don’t you ease our strain?”
“some day,” I say, “I will.”
So book by book they plead and sigh;
I pick and dip and scan;
Then put them back, distrest that I
Am such a busy man.

Now, there’s my Boswell and my Sterne,
my Gibbon and Defoe;
To savour Swift I’ll never learn,
Montaigne I may not know.
On Bacon I will never sup,
For Shakespeare I’ve no time;
Because I’m busy making up
These jingly bits of rhyme.

Chekov is caviare to me,
While Stendhal makes me snore;
Poor Proust is not my cup of tea,
And Balzac is a bore.
I have their books, I love their names,
And yet alas! they head,
With Lawrence, Joyce and Henry James,
My Roster of Unread.

I think it would be very well
If I commit a crime,
And get put in a prison cell
And not allowed to rhyme;
Yet given all these worthy books
According to my need,
I now caress with loving looks,
But never, never read.

                                                                          by Robert William Service