I've Been Featured: Moldmaker

Bonjour, mes amis!

As you can tell, I am not utilizing my blog space as frequently as I have been in times past.  Many of you know that I've changed job positions (new school, new grade, new curriculum) and I'm in grad school as well.  What you may not know is that I'm carrying 12 credit hours this semester (and next) because I'm working on a joint degree.  One part should be over in May, then I defend my portfolio, and receive an additional license.

It has been quite the sacrifice, but when I take a moment to think of all that is transpiring and whom I may be encouraging along the way, then I know that it is worth it.  Recently, I had the honor of being interviewed by The Scholar Vlogger as the first Moldmaker in her "Moldmaker Series."  If you're interested, feel free to stop by her blog and read the post.  It'll give you a little heads up into what I've been up to.  And if you choose to leave a comment, please leave it on The Scholar Vlogger site.  :-)

My interview on The Scholar Vlogger.
Later gaters!

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken {A Taste of India}

Hello lovelies!

I'm not sure what it is, but lately I've been having a taste for Indian food.  If I could have a wish fulfilled right now (concerning Indian food, that is), I'd love to eat at the Curryblossom Cafe.  My cousin hosted a baby shower there, and let me tell you, um um good!  Plus, I love Vimala's philosophy that no one should go without food because they cannot pay.  Food is a human right.

Meet Vimala.

Now, nothing I cook will light a candle to what Vimala prepares, but since I can't go there, I will make do with trying dishes at home that satisfy my taste for Indian cuisine.

This time I tried a new dish in my crockpot.  It's a butter chicken recipe that can be found HERE.  I love all of the flavors and despite the name "butter chicken," the flavors are totally different from what I imagined.  When I thought "butter chicken", my mind went to savory flavors, like what you would taste from roasted chicken.  Totally different!  Just imagine the flavors of coconut milk, and curry, and garam masala, and so much more.

Here's a video of me preparing the dish.  (The first part of the video is a joint birthday party for 3 little ones.)

 Bon Appetit,

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you for all who participated in the Firmoo.com eyeglasses giveaway.  And now to announce the winner.

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Congratulations, Jessa!  (If you haven't already, please check your email.  Your prize code has been sent.)

Thank you again for everyone who participated.  I hope you have a lovely week ahead.  And thanks again, to Firmoo.com for allowing me to host one of their giveaways.

Easy Home Makeover Tips {Guest Post}


 If you need to work on remodeling your kitchen, as well as living room or any other rooms that need work around your home. You will likely need to have some help to pull it off, so you will need to look for information either online, through books or other sources. In the end however, you will need to work on proper planning before everything. The following guidelines will give you some clues on how you can make things work:
  • Before you start you will need to consider how you will use any given room and how often that will be. You should do your best to consider what kind of layout you want for your home to have as well before you move on with your actual project. Analyzing the situation you have ahead of you will let you take advantage of any tips in said places so you will need to work on your priorities. A good example of this would be to consider the number of people you live with, as their presence will dictate how everything works. If you live alone, then you can put a simpler look for your home as it will allow you more open spaces you can work with. Collaborating on the job with any family members you live with will give you a much better idea on how you can figure out the details.
  • You will need to focus on a nice list of research and the right budget so you can figure out the smaller details of the job. Finances are a serious deal, so you have to be as careful as you can be to avoid going overboard with the expenses you will need to face. Use common sense to work on this, as overshooting the budget could be a terrible mistake you could make that would make it a lot harder to deal with any subsequent tasks that need doing later down the line.
  • If you have a specific project in mind, then you should look for professional help to make it happen. Unless you have a wide variety of skills with renovation tasks that require your entire attention, then you would do well to look for people that know what to do with such projects. You will need help so you can find out more before you jump onto whatever needs doing. You will also need to work on proper home cleaning, such as carpet cleaning, kitchen cleaning and upholstery cleaning for all your rooms just in case.
  • Repairing and updating the bathroom is a really important renovation approach you have to undertake. Update the room with some modernized looks and renewed looks so you can make your faucets, lights, grout and other smaller details of the job work well. You will not need to spend too much money on the process, but you can still make a real difference if you’re careful enough.
  • Improving the curb appeal of the home is also a really important task, but it will take some doing if you need to make it work. The first impression a home makes will make a difference, so you will need to consider both the aesthetics and the practical side of the job ahead of you. It will be a much easier thing to take care of renewed areas than having to make things anew.

 Read more home maintenance tips at: carpetcleaningbrompton.org.uk

Guest post by Ella A.

The Better to See You {Giveaway}

Earlier this year, I was contacted by Firmoo to review a pair of their eyeglasses that they would provide for free.  I selected a pair of black and light red frames and I couldn't be more pleased.  If you recall from my post to reveal those frames, I mentioned that I seriously need my glasses.  Seriously.  Nearsighted.  Astigmatism.  Yep, the works.

Well, I'm pleased to announce that I was contacted once again by Firmoo to extend the offer to you.  Now, you too have an opportunity to win a free pair of Firmoo frames.  Prescription frames!  Now, if your eyes are like mine and you need some extra bells and whistles, then you'll have to pay for those, but if you can make due with the standard 1.50 index single vision lenses, then for you, it's absolutely free!  (I ended up paying $9 but in my opinion, that was a well-spent $9.)

The giveaway will run for a week, so make sure you look at the giveaway details and enter.

Good luck!

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