Homemade Dog Treats: Sweet Potato Chews

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This dog treat couldn’t be any simpler to make!

1. Preheat oven to 250*

2. Cut off the rough ends and chop your sweet potato in half. Then place the flat side down on the cutting board and slice each half into 1/4 inch thick slices.  (sweet potatoes are not easy to cut so a sharp heavy knife is essential.)

3. Place the slices into a bowl with a couples shakes of cinnamon and a dash of oil, then stir it around to coat both sides of the slices.

4. Lay all of the slices out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. Cook in the oven for 3 hours.

6. Allow to cool completely.

VOILA!

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Refrigerate in a quart sized bag or airtight container for no longer than 4 weeks. (not that they ever last that long)

Olfactory Nerve VS Ralph Lauren Romance

Have you ever caught a wiff of a scent that instantly transports you back in time? Maybe the smell of fresh baked cookies reminds you of your grandmother, or the scent of saltwater transports you to a childhood trip to the beach.  Sometimes the scent brings back a pleasent memory, other times, not so much. Take my perfume for instance, Ralph Lauren Romance, I have worn this scent for many years and have always loved it. However, there are now bad memories associated with my favorite perfume, so my bottle has sat, unused, for over a year.

This is all thanks to the lovely olfactory nerve, which is located very close to the amygdala, the area of the brain that is connected to the experience of emotion as well as emotional memory. In addition, the olfactory nerve is very close to the hippocampus, which is associated with memory.

Olfactory Diagram

Olfactory Diagram

When you smell something, the olfactory nerve transports the scent to the limbic system.  The limbric system supports a variety of functions including adrenaline flow, emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction. Emotional life is largely housed in the limbic system, and it has a great deal to do with the formation of memories.

It’s a fantastic system really, when you think about it, how the brain ties all of these nerves together to form so much of what truly makes a person who they really are. Without this amazing set of nerves and structures, life would most likely be QUITE BORING.

About the perfume, while I am very happy that my limbric system is functioning well, I still can not return to my old perfume.  I do believe it is time for me to make a change and find a NEW favorite perfume.  I’m open to suggestions and would love to see comments with specific perfumes that I could go test out!

I’m looking forward to creating a new POSITIVE memory for my olfactory gland to process!

 

 

 

REARTH Ringke Leather DISCOVER Case

Today I received my much awaited Ringke Leather Discover Case for the Blackberry Passport.

I was ordering one of the awesome REARTH Ringke Fusion cases when this “Discover Case” caught my eye. So I decided to give it a chance.

I had been looking for a folder or “diary” style case for awhile now.  Everyone had suggested the Stilgut Case, but it didn’t have all the features I wanted. In fact, none of the diary cases I had seen had all of the features I wanted, until I found this RINGKE case and I finally found ALL of those desired features in the “DISCOVER“.

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Blackberry? Blessings? Back?

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I’ve truly been blessed by the relationships that Blackberry has brought into my life over the years, and the perks that those friendships bring.

Take this new unlocked Blackberry passport. It arrived on my front porch last week, unannounced. I hadn’t ordered it…but there it was…a beautiful, powerful, sleek device. PERFECT!

This gift had come from my closest BBM friend. Let me talk about BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for a moment. BBM is so much different than whatsapp or any of those other newer messaging apps, even though they were all based on the platform originated by Blackberry.  For starters, it is THE ORIGINAL. Not an app, but an intregal part of the Blackberry Operating System. Although it is now available as an app on all other operating systems. (hint, hint folks, if you havent already tried it you should!) The friendships I have formed through BBM are real, and wonderful.  I’ve met many of the people that I know through BBM in real life, and I have met and befriended people from all over the world, which has allowed me to be exposed to different cultures as we all share our experiences with each other.

And then there is…well lets call him BOB. BOB is THE guy that I met on BBM two years ago but soon realized that I’d actually met him before, back in 2007 when we both had Blackberry Storms (that phone is a whole other discussion for another time!) Since reconnecting with Bob, I have always told him everything and never hidden a single detail…we have had the longest and best conversations and talked about the craziest stuff! It’s so awesome to have a friend that I don’t have to keep ANYTHING from. I can tell him even the CRAP about myself that I don’t want anyone else to know, and BOB does the same with me. Do you know how fabulous it is to have a person like that in your life? Yet…Bob and I have never met face to face. But that’s okay because it gives me something to look forward to, since Bob, myself and a few other BBM friends are all planning a meet up in Vegas this summer!

Bottom line? I received this phone because Bob just happened to have an extra one. Because BlackBerry users are unique…different. They prefer to pay it forward and offer devices to each other, or share what they are blessed with. They are rarely selfish, they are giving and generous..like “Bob”

So here I am, back on BlackBerry with what I can honestly say is the BEST device I have ever used. Buh-Bye Samsung Galaxy Note IV, you were fun at times, but mostly…you were annoying. Lol!

Hello BlackBerry Passport! And thank you Bob! :)

Henna….the other hair color choice.

OKAY….SO….
I finally delved into the Henna Hair Color Method that I have been talking about and researching forever.
I’m pretty sure the reason it took me so long is because I was, well….terrified I would screw my hair up somehow. I mean…I DID just cut 8 inches off to get rid of chemical damage after all, and I didn’t want to take a chance of damaging my finally HEALTHY hair!

As I usually do when it comes to Natural Beauty Treatments, I did my research. Here is what I had learned PRIOR to delving in…in the way of DO’s and DONT’S.

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It fits.

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Can you remember when there was no such thing as a “meme”? When nothing was ever “pinned” or “posted”? When you had to actually doodle stuff on books and paper? Lol I do!
But now I have entire “boards” full of memes. After awhile they all seem to look the same, you see the same ones time and time again.
However, every now and then you come across one that just fits you perfectly. (See above).
Have a happy Saturday everyone!

Scary, Fun, Whacky, Crazy, Clutzy, Uniquely, but never sorry, Joy!

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I am sooooooo not perfect, not anywhere NEAR it. This is who I am and this is how God made me. I struggled with my identity for most of my life, I think that is partly because as a teen and young adult i was involved in the runway/print/pageant industries and I started off with some pretty messed up ideas of what a woman should look and feel like.  There are a lot of HIGHS and LOWS involving your self-esteem in those industries. For a long time I worried too much about trying to impress others.  I pretended to like things I didn’t necessarily like, I pretended to be a girl that everyone would like. That has all stopped.

So here I am in my early 40’s and FINALLY, I have figured out who I am, and accepted the woman who I have become. Continue reading