Versatile Blogger Award Nominee

Good afternoon!
Just dropping in to give you a little news. Recently, I was nominated for another blogger award. So exciting to be chosen for such an opportunity. My friend Jessica from What’s Happening With Jessica has nominated me. She has been a great supporter, mentor and friend to me in the blogging world. Thank you Jessica!
7 Facts about me:
1. I am an introvert and empath. Lots of people and crowds frighten me
2. My bucket list is lined with traveling to different countries to take photos of churches, cathedrals, abandoned buildings and everything in the  middle
3. I have been married to my husband for 22 years. We dated for only 3.5 months before we married. Hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been the best thing ever!
4. I am a Ulcerative Colitis fighter and a J Pouch warrior. Things that are good for you to eat, are not good for me and my pouch.
5. I love playing Pokemon Go with my son
6. I love taking pictures of the sunsets and the moon.
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7. My dream house would be a spacious rancher on about an acre of land in the mountains.
That was fun! I love sharing with y’all. What did you think of my fun facts? I’d love to hear it. In the meantime, I’m going to nominate some of my favorite bloggers.

Okay ladies, now it’s your turn!

+ Christina Arrigo ATPCreations

+ Aarti  Handmade Hearts

+ We Do What Works

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their site.
2. State 7 facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 others for the award. (Or as many as you can)

That’s it. Have a little fun and be sure to comment on my post so I know you have accepted.

 

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Where in the World Wednesday: Woonsocket, RI

I am loving going back in history; learning about the past which leads into the present. Today we will visit Woonsocket, Rhode Island. I admit, I know nothing about Rhode Island, other than it’s tiny. I now know Woonsocket is in the northern part of Rhode Island and just south of the Massachusetts border.
Who were the first residents of Woonsocket?
That would be the Eastland Woodland Indians – mainly Nipmucs, Wampanoaags and Narragansetts. Richard Arnold, Sr., the first European interest in the area,  laid claim on land in the late 1660’s. Richard SR., his sons Richard Jr. and John and his sister, Elizabeth Comstock, were the first family members to settle in the area. His family built a sawmill, which was powered by the Blackstone River just below the Woonsocket Falls now called Market Square. Elizabeth and Richard Jr. settled in the Union Village area where they built a stop for travelers on the way to Boston, becoming a commercial center and the hub of the entire area until the 1820’s. John Sr. settled in the Providence Street area where he became a successful farmer and miller and fortunately, his house still stands on Providence Street.
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By Engraving from The Providence Plantations for 250 Years, Welcome Arnold Greene (1886). – Engraving from The Providence Plantations for 250 Years, Welcome Arnold Greene (1886)., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40318788
Checking out things to do in Woonsocket, it has a MASSIVE list of historic places which are registered in the National Registry. 1761 Milestone, Frank Wilbur house and St. Andrews Episcopal Chapel to name a few!
This place looks like it could be an all summer historical review!!
Let’s take a look at a few:
Linton Block – at 3-5 Monument Square, this is a 4 story office/house built by Robert Linton 1888 for his drug store. Sadly though, in 1890 it was badly damaged by a fire then destroyed by fire in March 2000. So. that may be off our bucket list.
Woonsocket Civil War Monument – also at Monument Square, this was built in 1868 and was the first Civil War monument built in Rhode Island. The Monument includes a park with a swimming pool you can enjoy!
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St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center – Built 1913-1917
“The St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center  is a non-religiously affiliated, non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the former St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church building located at 84 Cumberland Street, in Woonsocket, RI… The Center’s mission is to develop multiple venues of adaptive reuse for this endangered and irreplaceable, artistic and historical asset, thereby ensuring its preservation while creating a wonderful resource for the surrounding communities.”
Join the tours on Sunday’s from 1pm – 4 pm for just $10 (adults) $8 (seniors/students) Free (children 4 and under)
They will also be holding a Masquerade Ball, Mardi Gras festivities and a breakfast with the Saints.
Take a riverboat tour on the Blackstone River Valley! Now, there’s some fun there! For $10 – $12 you can take a tour and hear about the early settlers and workers. Experience nature with the Bald Eagles, hawks, deer and turtles!
Or if you would like a more environmental tour, they have those too! You can learn about the river plants, animals and recovery from pollution! Either one sounds like some fun with photos!
Autumnfest – held every Columbus Day weekend since 1979. Held in the city is a huge fair which includes fireworks, parades and lots more fun and excitement.
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Now, since I have not been to Woonsocket, I have to go off the reviews I see online (since I can’t ask my “challenger”). I usually plan my vacations and road trips around food. I do really!! Let’s see what Woonsocket has to offer.
Patriots Diner – 65 Founders Drive Woonsocket, RI 02895  (401) 765-6900
I am all about diner food. It’s true! So when I found this one, I had to check it out. I am looking at the prices of the food and comparing the prices. Not knowing exactly when these prices were posted, take a look at Woonsocket vs Grand Junction
Hot Wings   W: $6.95 GJ: $7.50
Biscuits & Gravy   W: $9.25 (includes biscuits & gravy & potatoes)  GJ: $7.50 (includes biscuits & gravy & potatoes AND 2 eggs)
B.L.T.   W: $5.50 (served with chips)   GJ: $8.50 (served with fries, chips, slaw, soup or salad)
Soda  W: $1.75   GJ: $2.50
If you like fish & chips, let’s visit Ye Olde English Fish & Chips – Started in 1922 and family run since!
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Ye Olde English Fish & Chips – Since 1922
25 South Main St
Woonsocket, RI
I did ask Amy for some photos of the area, she was so excited to share, I know have a vast selection of Woonsocket photos.

Now, if you are in for some real fun, take a short drive of about 45 minutes outside of Woonsocket to 230 2nd St, Fall River, MA 02721. There you will find the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum. 

$20.00 for adults
$18.00 for Senior Citizens (age 60 and above) and college students with ID
$15.00 for all children ages 7 – 15 (Children age 6 and under are FREE!)

Not quite sure about this one, but of course, if I did make it to RI, I would have to add then quickly cross this off of my ghost tours bucket list and Amy would have to come along!!!

Thank you for getting to know Woonsocket, RI with me, learning about the past and hoping to build a better future.

Hopefully I did Woonsocket justice Amy Breen!
My vision for a better Rhode Island starts with a simple idea – we are all in this together. Gina Raimondo
DK

Monday: This year’s excursions

I am so excited about the upcoming year and You Said There Would be Pie’s journeys this year.
January brings a rare astronomical event. January has two full moons, not too rare, but that’s called a blue moon. You know, Once in a Blue Moon? Well, it happens this month. BUT!! I admit I am so very excited about the second blue moon:
The Blue Blood Supermoon Eclipse! 
This is a total lunar eclipse, starting in EARLY  morning of January 31, 2018, it will also be BOTH a super & a blue moon. Man, I hope those skies are clear and my camera and I get along; for those of us West of Denver the eclipse will start at 3:51 a.m. MST, with the umbra reaching the moon’s edge at 4:48 a.m. Sometimes I’m happy I am a night owl!
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Here’s what’s on the planner for the rest of the year:
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Oh so many places to visit!
Join us this year!
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust
DK

Try it Thursday: Shower Melts

You see them everywhere. Bath bombs, bath salts, shower gels all make your own or DIY!
Mom and I thought it would be fun to make our own. We settled on our recipe, shopped the hobby store for our molds and coloring. We decided on cute silicone candy molds and some regular plastic molds in the soap aisle. We were set! Then we had to find more than a small box of baking soda; off to the big box store to purchase a HUGE bag, the essential oils we already had. Breathe, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Wild Orange and more. We are going to have some fun!
(Thank you Busy Bliss for your recipe)

 Shower Melts Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2-5 tablespoons water
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • (or your own combination of oils)
  • Soap colorant (optional)
  • Silicone mold (this is similar to what we used)
We found you can use cake, candy, cupcake, soap and candle silicone molds.

Directions

Add baking soda to a glass or metal bowl.
Slowly mix water with baking soda one tablespoon at a time until you reach a thick paste consistency.  You may not need 5 full tablespoons, you may need a bit more.
Add in your essential oil and soap colorant if using and mix well.  We used colors which coordinated (or tried to coordinate with the scent of the melts)   I used 15 – 20 drops of each oil because we wanted a stronger scent.  If you find it’s not strong enough, you can also add a drop of oil to the finished melt right before you get in the shower. We found our colorants at Hobby Lobby and chose the primary colors first; second round was lilac, peach and sea foam. They are reasonably priced at both there or at Amazon. The primary colorants work well as you can mix these to make more colors than just the three. This is what the mixture looks like after the soap coloring is added.  It’s a little like wet sand.
Press your mixture firmly into your mold.  It may get watery at the top once it settles.  Just take a paper towel and blot the water away.  Put it in the freezer to dry.
After about an hour, your shower melts are ready to use (if you leave them in longer, they seem to collect more moisture and crumbles easily when removing them from the mold.  Store them in a dry, airtight container for 1-2 months.

Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.

Pindar

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DK

Me Monday: Pink Zebra Independent Consultant

A little over two years ago, my sister introduced me to Pink ZebraYou may have heard about them, maybe not; Pink Zebra Sprinkles are soft soy wax made for melting and mixing! My very first jar of Sprinkles was Pumpkin Bread, I LOVE the smell of pumpkin, just not the taste. I became a Sprinkleholic, I was in mixology heaven! Pumpkin Bread and Gingersnap Cookie. Just Peachy with Amaretto Cream. The possibilities were endless! I was in love with Sprinkles and I was in love with Pink Zebra.
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I was not looking to join another direct sales company; however, I needed something to do. Something to get me out of the house, meeting people and having fun. I loved the product, I loved the prices, I thought…why not? So, I signed up to become an Independent Consultant and within 60 days, I had leveled up to Executive Consultant, my team was on fire! I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew I was having fun and I was watching women who, like me, were shy and introverted become more social and confident. My team has grown over the last two years to thirty eight independent consultants. Be that as it may, all of them are not active, but my team still is a great group of ladies and gents, I have made friends with, who I’ve grown with and who have been through up’s and down’s with.
Pink Zebra came to life in 2010, when husband and wife team Tom & Kelly Gaines decided they had had enough of retail candles and they started Pink Zebra. They follow the trends in both products and in scents. They are both hands on in all area of the company. I love they have a Heroes Program for single mom’s; handing out free day care days and giving away scholarships. I love the Sprinkles are made in the USA and that they are non toxic.
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The 2017/2018 Fall/Winter Catalog was released at the beginning of the month and true to form, I was a kind in a candy store when I got mine! When you were a kid, did you ever grab the Sears & Roebuck Catalog and go to town circling all your Christmas wishes? I still do that with my Pink Zebra Catalogs! 
Pink Zebra has taught me a lot about me. It’s taught me how to lead, how to be patient, how to support and most of all celebrate successes! I’m not here to recruit anyone or sell to anyone, however, if you would like a sample or any other info on Pink Zebra, please message me.
Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
Mattie Stepanek
DK

Colorado Scenic Byway: Grand Mesa

Part 1: Driving the Loop
I first experienced the Grand Mesa Loop a few years ago when mom and I had gone on a drive to check out the fall leaves. The colors on the Mesa are simply amazing, so I wanted to go back to see what the summer had in store for us. We wanted to make it up there before the snow flies and the road closes, this is Colorado though and there is still some snow on the tops of the mountains. B and I jumped in the ride with Max and headed east.  This trip through the Grand Mesa National Forest will be, what is called “the loop.” Starting in Grand Junction we head east on I70 to State Highway 65, over the mesa and through Cedaredge and Delta,  then to US Highway 50 west, back to Grand Junction. Of course, you can take the loop either way.
Fall on the Mesa
October 2014
Let’s start with what the Grand Mesa is:
It is a National Forest
It is 11,000 ft above sea level, which makes it the largest mesa in the world!
It is home to Powder Horn Ski Resort
It has over 300 lakes, many trails for hiking, fishing, climbing, hunting and more
It also have cabins, lodging and camping areas
Cooler packed, sunscreen and bug spray applied, dog in harness and away we go! Once you get off of I70, you will be able to turn off your AC as the temperature cools as you climb. One of the most wonderful things about Colorado is the greatest summer sport out there, seems no matter where you go, you will be able to watch teams of men and women baking in the sun on the hot asphalt while waving the magical sign, STOP/SLOW. Welcome to road construction season. Our first wait at the STOP sign was about 20 minutes long, while the sport may contain many hard moves or daring feats, this one happened to be boring.  There was, however,  a nice stream I could have gotten out of the ride to see and take pictures of, but I chose to stay in the car and work on my window suntan. Once the pilot vehicle drops off its parade of following traffic we get the go ahead to take our turn following him. I have to say, if I HAD to choose a job in road construction, that would be the one I choose, being a pilot vehicle.
The road wasn’t crowded at all, but the campgrounds and trail heads looked like they had quite a few people in them. It was a nice cool, drizzly drive up the north side of the Mesa. There are many pull offs along the way to grab pictures of the awesome views! If only we knew what the mountain ranges are in the picture, something we are working on. We found lots of flowers, a few chipmunks, a hawk with dinner mid air and the Forest Service out looking for some kind of wild life (truck and trailer), but no Moose, Cattle or Snow Mobiles.
We didn’t get to go down to the Land’s End Observatory, but it is for sure on the next trip.  The road to the observatory is about 12 miles of dirt. Along the way, you will see the historic Raber Cow Camp, which is an example of camps used when the ranchers moved cattle up the mesa in the summer. The observatory is the original visitor center built in 1936-1937 and the access road was primarily built by 200 WW1 veterans between 1933-1934. Once you reach the observatory, you will be able to see Utah’s La Sal Mountains, the edge of the Grand Mesa, beautiful wildflowers and over the Gunnison Canyon. The views of the sunset from here are said to be exquisite, so pack your blanket and camera and head up there for some amazing photos, that’s what I plan on doing. Want more fun? Just past the observatory is a nail biting hairpin – turn road which makes a 6,000 foot decent into the valley below. Pretty sure you shouldn’t drive and take photos while on the way down, unless you have a copilot.
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Heading down the other side of the mesa, you will find more lakes and trails, lots of wildflowers and the visitor center. Something to remember, whether a day trip, a drive through the loop or camping, there are no waste bins so you must pack out your trash and such. That’s a friendly reminder from Max. The visitor center was small, but growing and this Saturday (July 29th, 2017) there is a moose walk, should you find yourself in the area! I finally found the pocket guides I had been looking for. I only purchased five, but it was like I had found the Holy Grail! I will be back for more, unless I find them on another trip.
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You will pass Island Lake, can’t miss it, it’s HUGE! While we were there, just catching some sun and pictures of wildflowers, we also spotted a lot of fish jumping. Seems the lake is stocked with trout, and also has a fish known as a splake. Splake? Looking it up now. One of the pocket guides I didn’t get…fish.
Splake:  a hybrid of two fish species; a male brook trout and a female lake trout. And you didn’t think you would learn anything.
Continuing down the mesa, you will notice the temperature rise. It was a difference of 20* from the top of the mesa to the entrance to Cedaredge, that’s when the AC came back on. A nice drive through Cedaredge also known as the Gateway to the Grand Mesa and is a Historic Pioneer Town. Guess what’s on the to do list now? We jumped on State Highway 50 and headed west towards home. It was a beautiful drive, however, going back to tackle the outdoor recreation will be a process of more than six months and with the snow coming, it may take longer. Don’t worry though, we will share the experiences along the way.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot

DK