Wednesday, August 19, 2009


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Organize with Sandy

My New Blog in Word Press is Open for Business!

Actually this blog should be shutting down today. You can go to Organize with Sandy and that
will take you to my new front page. Then you can pick where to go from there.
Later today this should redirect you automatically to my new site.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Construction Zone - Beware!

Construction Zone is happenin' in my house!! No...I am not having a room addition or house torn down...but
Construction Zone #1 - I am in the process of trying to switch over to Wordpress with my blog! LOL (I am having difficulties!) But I still hope it will be by Tuesday at the latest.
I have made a list of all the things I want to add and what I am having trouble with. I have been putting in many many hours this weekend on it though.

Construction Zone #2 - Remodeling bedrooms is another construction zone going on in our home. Not only are we remodeling one teens bedroom with the help of Your Zone from Walmart, but we are putting the other teen in an unfinished room in the basement (the Man Cave as he calls it). So we are working to finish a room with a closet under the stairs, peg board on the walls..painted basement ceiling rather than get the picture. (Actually I will have some pictures coming soon).
But with the Walmart bedroom, I have everything ready to go with the room make over except a Your Zone desk and comforter. (The above picture is a hint at what is to come!! will be soooo cool) There is a glitch in the system to order and I can't order them. I do have to say that Walmart was very responsive to the problem. Evidently, it is just problem in my area because of some kind of tax change. They will be able to change it with the next web change on the 20th, so that is when I will order them! So my project is going to be a few days late.
Construction Zone #3 -To top it off I also got a blackberry curve phone. This is ultimately a good thing, but I have never had phone with the internet. I have heard there is a learning curve with the curve. (Maybe that is why they named it that? LOL) For me any kind of learning curve with technology is a big deal. One of my older boys who has a blackberry came over to do a hands on tutorial with me. I watched the DVD that came with it to set it up and that helped. (I wish I had one of those to do everything I need for Word Press! But I am still learning how to use my phone. (But will be thrilled when I have it down).

Construction Zone #4 - Summer is over and school starts on Wednesday of this week. Getting back into the school routine instead of summer routine is transition too. We not only have school...we have 5 kids who are all involved in things. The two oldest have marching band practices and all their performances. One of those two also is on the cross country team. Meets start Saturday.
The triplets are in football and cheerleading. My husband is the boys assistant coach. At least football and cheerleading practices are on the same nights. Those are Tues and Thurs. Games will be Saturday and Sunday and those are not at the same times.
I can't imagine trying to handle all this without my palm pilot. (I am trying to switch that over to my Blackberry...but so far it won't work.)

I have hate when things are "out of order", I get frustrated when I can't figure them out, as I am sure many of you do too. The routine gets interrupted and it can throw everything out of whack.

But handling the chaos when things are in transition can be tough.

Join me tonight on MomTV at 8:30pm est to discuss more of how to handle things when they aren't going the way you expected.

Share my Recipe Sunday - Butterscotch Cake

I am giving my Gem of the Week Award to SnoWhite (isn't that cute?) from "Finding Joy in My Kitchen."
This cake looks soooo good! She gives the step by step pictures (which I love) to making this cake. You will have to go see the whole process. You can see it very simply by clicking HERE.

This cake is delicious. Reminds me of a butterscotch brownie, only in cake form. Yum. I found this recipe through Ultimate Recipe Swap, hosted each Thursday by FishMama. Let me tell you... I have found so many wonderful recipes through her carnival and other recipe-swap memes that I don't think I ever need to buy another cook book!

Butterscotch Cake* - Modified from Sweet and Simple Mama

1/2 C butter (1 stick)
1/2 C applesauce
7 T brown sugar, packed
1/3 C white sugar
3 eggs (I used two eggs and 1 egg white)
1 1/2 C flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 T heavy whipping cream

1/2 C sugar
1/4 C cold water
1/2 + 1/8 C whipping cream
3-4 oz cream cheese


You can join in Share my Recipe Sunday by adding your name to the Mr. Linky. You can grab my button and put it on your post. Be sure to link Mr. Linky directly to your recipe on your blog (not your home page) and link the button and your post back to Share My Recipe Sunday on my blog. You may earn my Gem of the Week award too.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Gravatars and how to use them.


Since I am going to be switching to Word Press (like hopefully today or tomorrow) there were some things I wanted to share with you.
As I have said a zillion times...I am very untechie. So there is none of this that seems to come easy to me or is a snap for me to do.
With that being said, I have been going to a lot of post lately to make comments and instead of the normal google section that automatically posts my picture...I get this Gravatar thing. I clicked on it once and there were all kinds of other peoples pictures. I didn't see how to load my I didn't do it.
Wordpress just started using this "Globally Recognized" Avatar system this year. You used to have to pay for a Gravatar.
I just did this today and wanted to share this video that makes it very simple.
For those of you who are saying....ding-o...of course we know how to do this, why are you putting this Gravatar 101 post up? Well....kudos to you (wish I were more like you) ...but some of us are technology challenged and it is for those (like me) that I am posting this.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Interview with Maria Bailey!

This was an interview that I did while I was at BlogHer09 with Maria Bailey, one of the co-founders of MomTV,, Bluesuit Mom, BSMmedia, award winning author, radio talk show host, Nationally known speaker....and I COULD go on! Anyway..I was thrilled to be able to even talk to her, let alone be interviewed by her.

Ok..yes I looked nervous (and I was) at least at the beginning. I wasn't scheduled to do my interview until the morning. I happened to be at the right place and the right time and Maria asked if I could just do my interview then. She is one great lady!