I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 13 nieces and nephews (it's about to be 14 because yet another one is due in October!). 5 great-nephews & 5 great-nieces. And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 9 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens, Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Boost your savings account with these surprisingly simple ideas.
Tax Tip Adjust your withholding so you get more back. Then put that money into your IRA.
Pay Yourself to do Chores Whenever you have to do a chore you particularly don’t like, pay yourself. Give yourself $2 for each load of laundry…$5 every time you dust…50¢ for all the poo you have to pick up in the back yard. Not only will you begin to kind of look forward to your chores, but you’ll have hundreds of dollars extra by the end of the year!
Side Savings If you have a second job, a hobby that makes you money, or even something simple as making an extra couple of bucks on research websites, set that money aside. You’d be surprised how quickly it adds up.
Find out more ways to save here.
We had such a great time at the Fiesta Hat Contest and Style Show Luncheon put on by The Woman's Club of San Antonio! If you've never gone, I would recommend it. It was fun!
Jeannie and me with Jeff Melleky, CEO of the Fiesta Commission.
I wore the hat you voted on to win, while Jeannie wore the white hat. We got many compliments and came in second in the small group competition! We got a ribbon!
We had so much fun with our listeners! We're so glad you could come!
We took a zillion pictures because there was just so much to see! You can see them all here.
I don't know if it's the colors, or the skyline used as a crown (I'm a little partial to crowns) or the fact that it hangs around my neck instead of as a pin, but this medal is my favorite. It's also the favorite medal of everybody around the station. Go Chamber!
Thank you, Q listeners for helping Jennie James! With your help, Jennie has picked the hat she is wearing to the Fiesta Hats Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24th at Omni Hotel.
The winner is....
Additionally, we are pleased to announce the
Fiesta Hat Luncheon winners!
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Where Creativity Happens!
What did I get myself into?
Not to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty good at arts & crafts stuff. Fiesta Hats? Not so much. I don't sew. I know very little about yarn. So when I bought eyelash yarn to create "grass," I had no idea how thin it really was...and how long it would end up taking me.
That...THAT...took 2 1/2 hours! (Note to self: never use eyelash yarn again!) It didn't help having cats thinking it was play time with the yarn either. I almost threw in the towel at that point!
Another thing I didn't take into account was how heavy everything gets. Actually I thought I was doing a great job getting "light" things, when, in reality, they all add up and get heavy!
And the last thing that I certainly wasn't thinking of was placement and balancing on my head. Sure, I knew where I wanted stuff, but once all that stuff was on the hat, the hat had other ideas! I wanted the watering can on the side. The watering can had other ideas. The hat only stays on if you have it in the back.
They still aren't done. The one on the right has loads to do still. And check it out: it has lights on it! The right one is kind of done. I need the finishing touches though.
They're finished now! And you can see them, as well as vote on which one I should wear to the Fiesta Luncheon! Click HERE. It also includes a chance to win tickets to the Fiesta Luncheon as well! Good luck!
I've been tasked with creating a Fiesta Hat. Two actually. Which is awesome because I love arts & crafts! But I am a little nervous because I just don't know if mine will live up to the great and honored tradition of Fiesta Hats which is large and gaudy and awesome!
So here we start. Two hats.
Why yes, that IS my table cloth from Christmas. Thanks for noticing. I probably should have put it away already but I love it and don't feel like it gets enough attention.
And here we are with what happens when you let me loose in Michael's.
I could not get a picture without cats in it. That's Wicket on the left checking out the feathers. Winter's in the middle sniffing the yarn. And over there on the right is Willow's tail. She was already over it.
That receipt is ridiculous! That's why I included it in the picture. I did some serious damage.
And that's where I am right now. I have the ideas and am hoping that they come out as two separate and different hats. I'll keep you posted. I'm on a deadline. Wish me luck!
Admittedly I hate loads of healthy food. How many times have I been told I should eat fish? I get it. But I do NOT like fish…of any kind. I wish I liked fish, but I don’t. That is, until I read this article.
Did you know that your tastebuds are not hard-wired? Your tastes can be learned and relearned. Good news!
Lessen Bitter Smells. Some vegetables, like cauliflower or brussel sprouts, taste bitter. It’s not just their taste but their smell as well. If you mask the smell, they end up tasting better! Steam those vegetables, which releases the sulfurous smell. Or roast them. This enhances the natural sugars in the plant and can counterbalance the aroma.
Mind Your Sweet Choices. Research shows that artificially sweetened foods play games with your mind. While consuming either the fake stuff or the real deal stimulates the rewards area of the brain, artificial sweeteners activate this section more. And a greater reward leads to more cravings. And over time, your brain and taste buds become accustomed to—and prefer—intensely sweet flavors over natural sweetness. The good news is you can rehabilitate your taste buds and brain. If you gradually cut out artificial sweeteners from your diet, you will lose your taste for them. After about two weeks, your brain will unconsciously start to become used to less sweetness. After three months, it'll be a habit. After six months, your brain and taste buds will, essentially, refuse the overly sweet stuff.
Tweak Texture. Crunchy, chewy, squishy, thick, thin. All these textures play a role in how we interpret food and how much we eat. For instance, the sweetness of a thick smoothie (the thickness of it) will last in your mouth longer than the sweetness of a soda. In the same vein, anything that makes food linger in your mouth longer—like adding crunchy bits that require a lot of chewing—draws out and intensifies positive sensations. And with all this intensity going on, smaller bites yield plenty of pleasure and, thus, we eat less
Check out other ways to help you love healthy stuff here.
Sure, there is phone etiquette and email etiquette. So it only figures that we’d get around to knowing the right etiquette when texting. Over five billion texts are sent a day. They’re more casual than a phone call or an email, but you should keep in mind the Do’s and Don’t’s.
DO use proper grammar and punctuation. It’s true that texting’s the reason we have so many new abbreviations. And with a limited amount of characters to get your point across, it’s natural for periods, commas and question marks to disappear. Still, texts should include appropriate punctuation, spelling and grammar to make reading easier on the recipient. LOL and OMG aren’t off-limits. Shorthand language is fine for texts with one caveat: You shouldn’t assume that someone you’re texting for the first time is aware of even the common abbreviations.
DON’T send too many attachments. Although text messages can feature photos, videos and audio, it’s best not to text with more than one attachment or link. That’s because sending large files via text clogs the recipient's inbox, preventing her from receiving other messages and files. Instead, send multiple photos via email. It’s a better viewing experience anyway.
DO text to confirm plans. Meeting friends for dinner after work? Even if you made the plans over email or phone, sending a quick text to confirm is fine. Since a simple “Still on for tonight?” requires a yes or no answer, the conversation is speedy for both you and the recipient. Last-minute change to plans? Then you should definitely call. You can’t assume your recipient has received or read your text. Texting also isn’t right for casual party invites. An evite is a more appropriate invitation. Even for getting lunch with a colleague, call or invite her in person. But you can get away with texting to meet, say, your sister or best friend because you have a much closer relationship.
Learn other rules here.