Monday, August 18, 2014

Summertime Entry Makeover

Cute welcome mat for summer
Summer 2014 Entry
Filled this green lantern with white sand and a citronella candle
Succulent planter raised on bricks
 I made over the entry to my apartment for summer. I wanted a super cool Chilewich Shag doormat in Citron, which has beautiful yellow green colors and soft grays, but I loved this flip flop welcome doormat too, it's fun, and the price was right. I think it looks pretty nice.
I enjoy sitting on the bench cooling off after I run. I was planning to take sand from the beach for my lantern but someone told me that is a crime, and my mom said that's full of bacteria and could get nasty, so I ended up using some fancy white designer sand that she bought for me. I got a little overenthusiastic and overfilled the lantern; I think I will empty a lot of it out so the candle is sitting more at the bottom of the lantern, more like a candle in a pumpkin.

 - Dani Wendy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A follow-up to my post about the young woman who hit my car after paying for her gas...

For those of you who don't follow me on facebook, this happened the other day:

After I pumped gas a few minutes ago, I went in to pay. A young woman and her two children were ahead of me. Kids were being kids and rattling her. As she went to pay, she realized she forgot her wallet at home. She started crying obviously having reached the end of her proverbial rope. I paid for her gas. She thanked me and left. As she was backing out, she backed into my car. Poor thing. Luckily all she did was break my license plate holder.

I paid for her gas because it seemed the right thing to do at the time.  I've been there.  I've had days where the whole world just seems wrong.  She was frazzled and I felt for her. When she realized that I was the one whose car she hit, she started shaking and crying harder.  I did my best to reassure her that all was good and gave her a what I thought she needed the most, a hug.  We exchanged numbers at her request and then we went on our merry way.

Cut to this morning.  I received a phone call on my way to work.  I almost didn't answer it as I didn't recognize the number.  It was her.  It was a short two minute phone call.  She told me that her husband had left her that day because they had found out the day before their baby was sick.  She was out getting groceries and filling up the car for the sitter because in her words "I was going to leave so the baby could be in foster care where he could get the love and medical care he deserves".  She implied suicide.  Then she tells me that because of that small event at the gas station, she realized she would be ok, that there are truly people out there who will help her if she needs it, that she'll never truly be alone.  She called me an angel.  She asked for me to pray for her baby's health, then she thanked me again for being her very own miracle and wished me a good day.

I have to admit to having a tough time processing this.  Everyone wants to do good, be good, be an inspiration.  But to have such evidence thrust in your face like this?  It's rather difficult to process through.  I didn't pay for her gas that day for any kind of recognition or to be thought of any differently.  It was simply what I wanted it to be: a random act of kindness.  

I KNOW I'm a good person.  But I've never particularly thought of myself as inspiring and I don't necessarily know that I think differently now.  The only people I've ever thought I've inspired has been my children.  But someone is alive today because of me.  It's heavy and amazing all at the same time.

Never doubt your worth, never doubt your light, never doubt what you mean to someone, even those you may not know about.  And if you get the chance? Send up a prayer for her baby.

 - Dawny Wendy

Friday, February 14, 2014

When your friends teach you life lessons, you listen

In my life I'm terribly blessed not with the quantity of friends I have, but rather the quality.  I was reminded of that fact this morning while talking my fellow Wendy, Mary Wendy.  (Or is it Wendy Mary?)  Anyway, I was lamenting to her and Wendy Cole about how we as women can wake up, put on an outfit that we feel we are ROCKING and then see the total opposite when a picture was taken.  She simply said to me "I hate that! I have no answers for it...BUT are you thinking like a princess or a Queen?? Try looking again with Queen eyes.."

Here's what she posted in a previous blog about Princesses and Queens:

Princesses are very concerned with what others think of them, while Queens are concerned with what they think of themselves. 
Princesses go to extreme lengths to perfect what they see in the mirror, while Queens have learned to appreciate and love what they see in the mirror whether its aestheticly perfect or not. 
Princesses are very careful to keep up their facade at all costs, while Queens are completely comfortable with 'what you see is what you get'.
The Princess years are fear-based while Queens are Fear-less! 

Pretty brilliant, huh?

So then I looked at the pictures I had taken this morning with my boys again. I didn't look at just the double chin, or the belly, or the round face.  I looked at my smile.  I looked at the belly that carried them proudly for nine months. I looked at the double chin that fits so perfectly on top of their heads when they cuddle with me.  I looked at my boys.  I saw my boys looking at me with such utter love in their eyes.  I saw the happiness and contentment in my face, in their face.  I looked beautiful.  My boys looked beautiful.  

Wendy Mary is right.  I'm a Queen.  

 - Wendy Dawny

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bacon Bowls

My Punkies love bacon! Especially the Princess! She would eat bacon, cheese and avocado 3 meals a day if I allowed her to!
While Gami was here at Chriatmas time we kept seeing a commercial for these Bacon Bowls that Princess went nuts for everytime it came on! So when Gami went home she of course sent us a package that contained the Bacon Bowls and a Chop Magic(I will review that for you soon!).
So needless to say The Punkies were very excited to try the bowls! We've all been sick off and on since New Years Eve but this morning we baked some bowls!
I tried the microwave first but I thought it turned out weird, it would work if you were in a big hurry but bake them in the oven! It takes some time but oh so good!
I will tell you thick cut bacon works really well but you need to cook it 15-20 minutes longer than the directions say but I think just regular cut bacon will be even better! It tells you to wait a couple of minutes before removing the bacon from the frame when it's done and you really have to then you need a knife to help loosen it!
It was fun and delicious! Two thumbs up from the Punkies!

I filled them with scrambled eggs, cheese and avacado and served it with cinnamon toast because they want buttery cinnamon toast with everything at breakfast!
I will totally be getting these for all my bacon worshipping friends for their birthdays this year!

Big Kisses! Nicci Wendy

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I'm Batman

My children amuse me and inspire me daily. 

My youngest son is seriously the biggest pain in my ass. He's a dirty, stinky, and rotten boy aka typical 9 year old boy. 

He's been having problems with double digit multiplication. He just couldn't grasp it. And then finally, after two weeks of nightly practice, he did. He stared at the paper after I graded it, saw the 100%, whispered "holy crap", then jumped up with both arms up and yelled "I'm batman!"  He then cried. When I hugged him and asked him why he was crying, he said "I've been working so hard and I finally got it. I'm just releasing all that's been stored up in my belly". Then he ran off. 

Cue to this morning and his parent/teacher conference. My guy has brought that D in math up to an A. An A. The teacher said he's now helping other students in the classroom that are having problems with double digit multiplication. Hell yeah. 

What have I learned from my child today?

Work hard. Cry when you've finally succeeded. Be Batman. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Soda Cobbler

Wendy Cole requested I blog this recipe. Her wish is my command. 

Three ingredients:
 - bag of frozen berries 
 - dry cake mix (I prefer yellow but white works just as well. I've also tried French vanilla which was pretty good)
 - one can of white soda

Take a large bag of frozen berries (I prefer strawberry rhubarb or mixed). Spread the berries evenly over a greased 9x13 pan. The spread the dry cake mix completely covering the berries. Now you will take your can of white soda and SLOWLY pour it over the cake mix. DO NOT stir it. 

Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. 


- Dawny Wendy

Friday, January 24, 2014

How Does the Life Changing Loaf of Bread Taste?

The other day my coworker and I found the recipe for The Life Changing Loaf of Bread on our printer at work and it piqued our curiosity. Apparently, our boss had printed it. She eats REALLY well and is always drinking some green sludge or chewing on kale and quinoa. I asked her about the bread a few days later, and said I didn't understand how it could stick together or rise because it has no flour or leavening in it, and she explained that the chia and psyllium help it bind because they are gelatinous, and that it doesn't really rise, and she brought me a few slices so I could taste it. 

here's what a slice looks like

It looks like the birdseed mixes I used to give my pet hamsters and parakeets, so at first I was a little put off, but I broke off a little piece and chewed it, and it was actually really delicious. It's not "bread" as in a crusty loaf of white bread that is soft in the middle, delicious, and bad for you. It's really chewy, hearty, nutty and grainy-delicious. It has a moist, kind of slippery feel on your tongue-- I believe that's the gel from the chia seeds and psyllium husks. My boss said it's great toasted. I finished one slice over the course of 45 minutes, breaking off a little bite at a time, and the slice was only about 1/4 inch thick, and it made me feel very full (that's the fiber). I ate the other slice on my train ride home and again felt really full. I don't recommend eating a large quantity of this bread, at least initially, because it's really dense and packed. Be sure to drink some water because that helps the fiber do its work of making you feel full. 

Cole is going to make the bread in the next few days so she will also be reporting on her experience with the life changing loaf of bread! 

A lot of people are baking and eating and talking about the bread, but here is the original blog that started it all. 

 - Dani Wendy

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Simply Nude for Spring 2014

One of the most helpful things I've discovered for simplifying the day-to-day is all things "flesh toned" or "nude". In particular, this applies to shoes and nail polish!

this is my bottle of polish in color "Birthday Suit"

I recently found these beautiful nail polish shades by Clinique that come in a range of nudes ("Shades of Beige") from a soft cream to a chocolate brown. I got the color called "Birthday Suit" which matches my hands almost perfectly and gives such a clean, finished look to my short nails. (My nails are thin and weak, and I type, cook, clean house and paint, so I just cut and file them really short every week.) The nai lpolish is called A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins. I am a bit late on this because they were released for Fall 2013 and it's now January 2014, but you can still get them at the Clinique counter and online. The polish applies smoothly and lasts at least as long as Essie and OPI.

I have not ordered a pair of these nude-toned flip flops by Tkees yet, but celebrities like Jessica Alba and Halle Berry have been photographed wearing them and they're a great idea. They come in regular soft leather and a waterproof version that I am thinking would be the only pair of shoes you may need this summer! They come in a range of skin tones.

Dani Wendy

Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy MLK Day!

Let's spread some love!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

My New AMAZE-BALLS Kitchen Gadget Find!!!!!!!

These are my new Joseph Joseph elevated kitchen utensils!!!! I love them and they are even my OCD, germaphobe KK loves them!!!!
When you lay them down they elevate themselves off the counter so they don't get stuff all over!! I have a dish but these help keep everything clean especially when I have several things going at once!

It comes on this great caddy that fits right next to my stove! And we also got these great tongs from the same company!!!!!

I know some of you think I'm crazy over how crazy I am over kitchen gadgets but I really do use a lot of my stuff on a daily basis! These help with clean up time and just ease my mind a bit from worry about the germs that are running rapid after our bout with the plague!

I got mine from amazon, just search Joseph Joseph and a ton of fun stuff will pop up for you! But there is a awesome Joseph Joseph website too! but I warn you if you are anything like me you will find a ton of stuff you will want! The knife set with cutting boards are my next purchase!

Big Kisses! Nicci Wendy!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 Woo Hoo!!!!!

I'm not going to lie, every year I have these huge new "plans" or "resolutions" for me and my family and I've pretty much messed them all up by January 4th, O.k. 3rd, well, shit by the 2nd I'm usually over it.  But this year, this year is going to be different!!! O.k. probably not but this year I'm looking at things differently.

So my Mommy Queen Deb came to spend Christmas with us this year.  It was a surprise for the Punkies and I LOVED that she was here for the Holidays. Queen Deb and I have a special relationship, I adore her...plan and simple....she makes me laugh like no one else, she encourages without judging(ok she judges a little she's my mom), she loves the Punkies and KK.....I adore her.  We haven't gotten her for Christmas in a really long time so it meant a lot to me that she choose without me asking for her to come.  She left on the 31st to return to Florida because my youngest sister was going out for a week before she returned to college and as that day dragged on me, all of the Punkies and KK got sick. Like we're still coughing.  I'm pretty sure when I tell you we have the plague that I am in no way blowing this out of proportion! I'm still not sure that we will all come out on the other side so keep us in your thoughts!

Elf Christmas jammies

ANYWAY, instead of making big changes as the clock struck Midnight on the 1st, I just laid in bed thankful for my cough drops and that everyone was sleeping and not pooping all over the house still! But as I'm coming back to life I do have some things that I want to work on this year!

1. I'm going to stop talking about my weight. Oh I know that I need to lose more than a few pounds but this time I'm going to get healthy.  I'm sad that so many of the women in my life are worried about their weight and pissed that they don't weigh the same as they did at 19. We are grown ass women who are amazing! Fuck the 20 year old who hasn't walked in our shoes yet! Again I'm not saying weight is no an issue for me, but I want to show my lil Princess that I am so much more than that! I want to be here for her when she graduates,gets married, gives me grandbabies. So I am going to get healthy this year and hope to be off all my meds by the end of the year.

How can I start the cycle with her and all the stupid things we beat ourselves up about as women! She's a warrior Princess!

2. I'm going to find my light and be a better Mommy,Friend,Sister,Daughter,Niece.......Person.  I used to only see the bright side in any and every situation.  I lost my way and went to a really dark place for awhile, then even when I found my footing I never found the real me again. I know that girl has changed and I don't want to go back but I'm thinking in the years that have passed that my light has gotten to have gotten brighter no matter how deep down it's hidden.  So this is the year to find it again.

3. I'm going to listen more/better.  I have always thought of myself of someone that is there for my friends and family but my little brother informed me that I never listen to him. So I'm going to work on that. I'm going to relearn to listen without putting judgement or my spin on things.

4. I want to spend more time with the people I love! It's hard because we are all spread out all over the place but I want to really try to get to see the people I adore, that life me up on a daily basis, that make me laugh...more. I want to go to the family reunion this year and see my cousins that I haven't seen in forever.  I want to see my Dawny, Mary and Dani more!  I want to see my Ya Yas! I want to sit next to Kristine and just be.  I want theses people in my kids lives but I also want to be re energized by them!

5. I want to forgive this year. Forgive people that I say I let go of or that hurt me but I also want to forgive myself. As I said I went through a really dark time and messed up some relationships that I will forever miss and forever be heartbroken that they are over but I am hoping to find a way to forgive myself and move on. Close a chapter.

6. I hope to be part of "A Village" this year. There is so much shit that goes on with our kids. It is hard raising Typical kids let alone "special needs" kids!!! I am hoping I can gather a community and be a light and support to all of you that are going through it and share some of what we in the Clark-King household go through so we can support each other and hold, I mean lift each other up!!

Believe in the cape ya'all! We as women need to see we are Super Women! 

I want to be better about blogging, there's so much that happens on an everyday basis that makes me laugh and I think to myself, someone else has had to have this happen to them and we need to be laughing together!!!

So I hope you all have had a wonderful start to your 2014! And I hope we spend a ton of time together this year!

Big Kisses! Nicci Wendy

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Queen in training

I touched on this in my last post about the curtain being 'pulled back' during this last year of my life... but today I heard a new concept that has me pretty excited. 

It seems I am a Queen in training. In fact, I'm super close to getting my crown! (get the confetti ready)

While visiting with my counselor today (Yes, I often go and chat-up my counselor... be glad, at least I'm not on your couch) and apparently there's this theory/phenomenon regarding the stages of womanhood. 

There are the Princesses and the Queens. 

The Princess chapters are usually found in a woman's 20's- 30's.. occasionally dipping into the mid-30's. The Queen years are usually found in her 40's and up. 

Now, I am sure there are plenty of women that are born Queens, and how lucky for them; and on the flip side, I'm sure there are women that are born and will die Princesses.  Fortunately for me, I think I'm close to being crowned a Queen.

Princesses are very concerned with what others think of them, while Queens are concerned with what they think of themselves. 
Princesses go to extreme lengths to perfect what they see in the mirror, while Queens have learned to appreciate and love what they see in the mirror whether its aestheticly perfect or not. 
Princesses are very careful to keep up their facade at all costs, while Queens are completely comfortable with 'what you see is what you get'.
The Princess years are fear-based while Queens are Fear-less! 

Now, I could go on and on with examples, but I think you get my drift. 

I recall Oprah being excited about turning 40 and even more excited about 50 and I think this is potentionally a driving force behind that statement. 
How freeing!  This is why I have no qualms about aging, so much less pressure when you have finally arrived. 

DISCLAIMER: 1) Note that I am still a Queen in training, and still have work to do, but I can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. 
 2) I am not saying anything negative about being a Princess... trust me.. I've been one for many years. I am just super stoked at the idea of relaxing, giving myself some grace and finally being the Queen of my Castle. 

Peace out- Wendy Mary