Homemade Convenience Food, Uncategorized

Personal Pizza Homemade Convenience Ideas

Pizza is one of my favorite foods.  I make it at least once a week. I've been single for a long time so if I make a regular size pizza I will will eat too much. The solution for this was to make a batch of pizza dough and freeze dough balls that will fit… Continue reading Personal Pizza Homemade Convenience Ideas

Food/Cooking, Uncategorized

Homemade Soft Butter Spread

I am a butter person.  As we all know, butter does not spread well.  I've searched for a soft butter spread at the grocery store for a long time, but they all contain water which makes my toast or popcorn soggy. I remember my grandma always had butter on the counter at room temperature and… Continue reading Homemade Soft Butter Spread

Advice, God, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Breaking Circumstantial Depression

What is circumstantial depression?  It's depression resulting from circumstances that have happened to you.  This post is about that kind of depression. We all have highs and lows in life. For a while our life can seem nice and easy - everything is going just right, then bam, something extremely difficult happens - we, or… Continue reading Breaking Circumstantial Depression

Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

To All Parents

Please value your child's individuality Please give your child love, acceptance, support and affection Please don't try to make your child into what you want him/her to be Please protect your child from physical and emotional harm from anyone, even family Please help your child feel safe Please support your child's emotions Please help your… Continue reading To All Parents

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

It’s Okay To Walk Away From Selfish Abusive People

We gave up parts of our life for them, time and again All to find out it was only their needs that mattered They'd take as much as we'd give, even asking for more And it wasn't appreciated They would not help us in our time of need It was others that helped us Those… Continue reading It’s Okay To Walk Away From Selfish Abusive People

Christmas, Food/Cooking, Uncategorized

Easy Does It Christmas Recipes

Easy Does It Christmas Recipes By Monica Resinger *Note: I used to publish a home and garden e-zine from approximately 1998 until 2007. During that time I was married and raising my children. My kids are now adults and I am divorced. This is one of the articles I published in the e-zine during that… Continue reading Easy Does It Christmas Recipes

Food/Cooking, Uncategorized

The Benefits of Crock-Pot Cooking w/Recipes (from 2001)

*Note: I used to publish a home and garden e-zine from approximately 1998 until 2007. During that time I was married and raising my children. My kids are now adults and I am divorced. This is one of the articles I published in the e-zine during that time. Just wanted to let you know in… Continue reading The Benefits of Crock-Pot Cooking w/Recipes (from 2001)

art, Uncategorized

Tropical Whimsical Lighthouse Art

Just sharing another art trading card I did back in the day.  I used acrylics and colored pencils. I love lighthouses, especially whimsical ones. Check out more of my art here I LOVE connecting with you!  Conversation starters for comments: Share your art from your blog What’s your favorite medium and why? What’s your favorite style… Continue reading Tropical Whimsical Lighthouse Art

Advice, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Happiness Is…

Living in the now and experiencing/enjoying what's right in front of us. Not thinking about past regrets, hurts or heartbreak. Not thinking of future worries. Not expecting or relying on happiness to come from anything outside of us or our control - a person acting a way that we want, having a relationship, a few… Continue reading Happiness Is…

art, Uncategorized

Winter Whimsical Owl Art

This is another art trading card painting I did back in 2006 with acrylics and colored pencil. I love owls. My daughter got off work one night and there was a big light-colored one standing on a car two cars away looking at her. Her co-worker took a picture and she sent it to me… Continue reading Winter Whimsical Owl Art

Homemade Convenience Food, Thrifty, Uncategorized

Homemade Convenience Food: Bagel Pizzas

Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods and now I can bring it to work with me for lunch with no hassle. I simply toast bagel halves, spread on store-bought pizza sauce, add toppings and shredded cheese.  Toasting the bagels helps them to not get soggy from the pizza sauce. Once assembled, I… Continue reading Homemade Convenience Food: Bagel Pizzas

art, Uncategorized

Snowman Art

This is another art trading card I did in 2006 that I sold on eBay.  An art trading card is 2.5" x 3.5" and an inexpensive and fun way to collect art.  I painted this in acrylics and used colored pencils for some of the details. Check out more of my art here I LOVE connecting… Continue reading Snowman Art

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

I’ve Never Subscribed to the Best Friend Thing

I've never subscribed to the best friend thing. Labeling one friend as my 'bestie'. The reason why is because I love all my friends for different reasons and would not want any of them to feel less than another friend, or hurt. It can be hurtful.  Maybe not intentionally. But if I were to say… Continue reading I’ve Never Subscribed to the Best Friend Thing

art, Uncategorized

Santa Christmas Art

Just sharing one of my earliest paintings. It's an ATC (artist trading card) painting I did back in 2006.  I sold it on eBay and don't remember what it sold for. I used acrylic paint and colored pencils. Artist trading cards are 2.5" x 3.5". They are a fun and inexpensive way to collect art.… Continue reading Santa Christmas Art

beauty, Uncategorized

Coconut Oil Hair Conditioning For Shine & Volume

I was using a hair straightener to style my hair for a long time which ended in my hair being damaged. I've since stopped using the straightener and once per week I put coconut oil on my hair and now it's beginning to get healthy and grow again. My hair seems to be thicker after… Continue reading Coconut Oil Hair Conditioning For Shine & Volume

art, Uncategorized

In Progress: Rooster Impressionism in Oil Pastel

I am a self-taught artist. Years ago before divorce happened I painted nearly every day. My preferences then were color and whimsy and I used acrylics and colored pencils. Then divorce happened and I haven't been able to paint as much due to working full time. It's been about 12 years since divorce & my… Continue reading In Progress: Rooster Impressionism in Oil Pastel

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Letting People Be Responsible for Their Own Lives

When people are not responsible for their own lives and happiness it can hurt those that love them by putting a burden on them - a burden that is not theirs. We cannot give others happiness, security, stability, health, etc.  - they have to find it in themselves. When we try to give them these… Continue reading Letting People Be Responsible for Their Own Lives

Advice, Self Improvement, Uncategorized, Writing

Blogging Tip That May Help You Write More Posts

For me, I have a set time to be in my office on the computer.  During this time I may get some writing done and I may not. Once I'm out of my office, I'm done with writing because I'm away from my computer. It's rare that I go back into my office later that… Continue reading Blogging Tip That May Help You Write More Posts

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Scattered

Been using much of my energy on fillers. Doing things that steal my inspiration and waste time. I go to work, come home, eat and straighten the house, then watch Youtube. This past week I've been on vacation.  Actually a staycation. I let myself go to the casino and since I won a little money… Continue reading Scattered

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Live a Fulfilling Life To Attract Your Next Partner

I've read numerous dating posts about being proactive in finding your next partner. Get out there and date - it's all about the numbers! This is the main advice I hear or read. I followed this for a number of years and I found that it kept me focused on that only and the rest… Continue reading Live a Fulfilling Life To Attract Your Next Partner

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

Alcohol Is The Alcoholic’s First Love

He was so good to me when we were together. But eventually, he'd ghost me and I'd break up with him. During the break-up I was confused how he could seem like he loved me so much then turn around and ghost me a few days later. Eventually he'd come back and we'd do it… Continue reading Alcohol Is The Alcoholic’s First Love

Food/Cooking, Homemade Convenience Food

Homemade Convenience Food Series #2: Banana Bread

I don't have a lot of time in the mornings before work and never feel like doing food prep so it's wonderful to be able to just grab and go. Since being single, I can't count the number of times I've made banana bread and ended up throwing some of it away because it got… Continue reading Homemade Convenience Food Series #2: Banana Bread

Being Single And Happy, Road Trips and Adventures, Self Care

Beautiful Rainy Day At Pt. Defiance Park

My daughter and I spend most every Sunday together.  A lot of the time we just hang out at home, talk, laugh and eat.  Sometimes we go thrifting, and sometimes we go explore. A few Sundays ago she wanted to go take pictures of the flowers at Pt. Defiance Park - I was all for… Continue reading Beautiful Rainy Day At Pt. Defiance Park

Being Single And Happy, Road Trips and Adventures, Self Care

Ocean Road Trip! Westport, WA

My daughter and I took a trip to the ocean last weekend.  We both LOVE road trips and exploring. We live in Washington and our nearest ocean beaches are 90 miles away.  We have a choice of Westport or Ocean Shores.  We both prefer Westport because there's less crowds, a lighthouse, quaint little shops, and… Continue reading Ocean Road Trip! Westport, WA

Food/Cooking, Homemade Convenience Food, Thrifty

Homemade Convenience Food Series #1: Sweet Tea

I save single serve bottles from when I purchase beverages from a store (like Gatorade, tea or soda). Then I make a large batch of sweet tea, let it cool, pour it into the saved and cleaned bottles and refrigerate.  Then I have the convenience of grabbing a bottle for work or when I get… Continue reading Homemade Convenience Food Series #1: Sweet Tea

Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

Fulfilled and Single, FINALLY

I've been pretty much single for 12 years since my divorce.  I've had four very short-term boyfriends during this time but they didn't last long enough to even feel like a real relationship and I never lived with any of them. I'd say 9 of the 12 years was spent pining for a relationship or… Continue reading Fulfilled and Single, FINALLY

Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

Writing Prompt: When You Love Yourself First, Everything Else Falls Into Place

I invite you to write about this subject on your site, then share the link to that writing in the comments below on this page. This will help bring traffic to your site and a nice collection of thoughts and ideas on the subject. If you do share the link in the comments below, I… Continue reading Writing Prompt: When You Love Yourself First, Everything Else Falls Into Place

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement

On Being Present

She didn't even hear me. Ugh, that was a little embarrassing. Shake it off. What do I do? There's no one else to talk to. Guess I'll look at Pinterest and be on my phone too. She starts laughing, showing me a funny video clip. I say something about it and... she doesn't hear me...… Continue reading On Being Present

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Improvement

Walk Away From Toxic Situations To Help Humanity

Some of us grew up with examples of staying in toxic situations. Some of us were told we would be lonely if we didn't forgive and keep people in our life, even though they were toxic. Some of us thought toxicity was normal because that is how we were raised and what we experienced. The… Continue reading Walk Away From Toxic Situations To Help Humanity

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Self Care, Self Improvement

Be Spontaneous

We all have a busy life and we all only have a certain amount of time to keep our lives in order. Sometimes a fun spur of the moment invitation will come up when we planned to clean the house or get the laundry done and we will be tempted to say no because it… Continue reading Be Spontaneous

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement

Single Women, Please Realize Your Worth

We hear and read about how we should realize our worth all the time.  We think we get it, and we do until someone charms us.  The attention feels good, especially if we haven't had that kind of attention in a while. We can find out the person is broken in some way - maybe… Continue reading Single Women, Please Realize Your Worth

Food/Cooking, Self Care

Freezing Meals The Simple Way

Lately I've been inspired by Youtubers that are taking a day to cook and prepare many frozen meals for later use.  This would have been really good for me to do back when I was raising my family.  Now that my family is raised and I'm single, at first I thought it would be of… Continue reading Freezing Meals The Simple Way

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement

For Singles Struggling With Being Alone.

Let's be grateful for having time to pursue our interests and the ability to do whatever we want to do without having to think about another person.  We get to be selfish. This is a season in our life and it won't last forever (if we don't want it to) so we better enjoy it… Continue reading For Singles Struggling With Being Alone.

Advice, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement

Your Energy Is Precious; Spend It Wisely

Are you unhappy with how your life is turning out? If so, consider what you are spending your energy on.  Maybe there are some situations or people you need to let go of.  Our energy is precious and is what will bring us our dreams but we need to use it for our dreams and… Continue reading Your Energy Is Precious; Spend It Wisely

Advice, God, Law of Attraction

Tough Times Always Pass

I've found the tough times always pass, no matter how horrible it may seem at the time.  Many times a certain situation changed due to changing my perspective on it.  Many times a certain situation changed by focusing on what was happening NOW, rather than the problem. Many times a certain situation changed because I… Continue reading Tough Times Always Pass

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Self Care

Self Love Breaks The Cycle Of Abuse

I've recently had something blow up in my face that at first felt traumatic.  But within the next couple of days, it made me see why I've had toxic relationships in my life and therefore will help me to stop the cycle. Without going into too much detail, the thing that happened was that my… Continue reading Self Love Breaks The Cycle Of Abuse

Food/Cooking, Thrifty

Easy Cold Brewed Coffee

I love iced coffees!  I've never liked the price of iced coffees.  A long time ago I started making my own special coffee drinks at home.  Learned how to make simple syrup and bought an espresso machine and have been using it for years. I recently learned of cold brew coffee and did a search… Continue reading Easy Cold Brewed Coffee

Advice, Body Image And Confidence, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Beauty Is About Character, Not Outward Appearance

When we think of beauty, we probably think of some movie star that has a 'perfect' body and looks drop-dead gorgeous.  Each one of us probably has a movie star we wish we could look like.  This outward beauty can be part of the equation, but it doesn't have to be. You do not have… Continue reading Beauty Is About Character, Not Outward Appearance

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Law of Attraction, Self Improvement

To Create a Fulfilling Life, Be Aware of Where Your Focus Is.

Our inspirations and actions come from our mental energy. If your life is in chaos and not going in the direction you want it to, consider what you are thinking about and doing most of the time.  Are you constantly upset about something and trying to fix it?  Are you daydreaming of how life will… Continue reading To Create a Fulfilling Life, Be Aware of Where Your Focus Is.

Gardening, Self Improvement

Mother-Daughter Time – Gardening and Inspiration to Live Life to the Fullest

My daughter Shauna and I were having a conversation about yoga last night which reminded me of Tao - the 96 year old that does yoga and has started ballroom dancing, so I showed her the video on Youtube, which brought tears to her eyes because Tao has such a beautiful spirit and is living… Continue reading Mother-Daughter Time – Gardening and Inspiration to Live Life to the Fullest

Advice, Being Self Employed

IF I Try Self-Employment Again, This Is What I Will Do Differently

I'm back to work after a 2-1/2 year try at full-time self employment.  It was not easy to make the decision to go back to work; it actually came down to the fact that I wasn't going to be able to pay my rent if I didn't.  I tried everything I knew to make self… Continue reading IF I Try Self-Employment Again, This Is What I Will Do Differently

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement

When Life Feels Rumpled

In response to: https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/your-daily-word-prompt-rumple-march-15-2019/ Life feels rumpled at times. Trying to keep up with responsibilities, family, relationships, work, home upkeep and improvement, your health and looks, vehicle maintenance, finances.  Groceries. The list goes on.  Those are just the have-to's. Then there's the want-to's. Beautiful tidy home.  A yard to enjoy life in.  A garden to… Continue reading When Life Feels Rumpled

Advice, Dating and Relationships, Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement

Experience Joy by Being in the Now

When I am completely focusing on my passions, I feel completely fulfilled.  Usually this state takes no effort.  For me it usually happens in the morning and lasts a few hours, then when there are things that need doing, like work, errands or chores, I am taken out of that wonderful flow.  If I do… Continue reading Experience Joy by Being in the Now

Advice, God, Self Care

On Having Faith / How Has Having Faith Changed Your Life For The Better?

This has been a bumpy ride for me, but I'm working on my faith every day. I've had to make some big changes in the past couple months.  Changes I did not want to have to make. I had invested a lot of time and effort all to feel backed into a corner in making… Continue reading On Having Faith / How Has Having Faith Changed Your Life For The Better?