Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Kia Louise is ready!  

Are you?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Just One Thing

For years one of my New Year's resolutions has been "Drink More Water."  

Sound familiar?

Lucky for me I have one VERY SMART friend (who just happens to be the girlfriend of my Sonny Boy) who introduced me to these water bottles back in June.

The are made by Copco and are the best water bottles on the PLANET!

I have used them consistently since June and because of them I am one well-hydrated woman these days.  

The best thing about these bottles is they unscrew so you can clean them.  You can also add big pieces of ice to get cold water fast OR you can put strawberries, cucumbers, lemons, etc. in them to make for some tasty H2O.

Because I am a nut, I bought eight of them.  I keep four at school and keep four at home. 

They run about $8.00-$10.00 a bottle.  You can buy them on Amazon.  I got mine at JoAnn's for $7.50 with a 20 percent off coupon.  

Some might want a bigger size, and some companies make ones that unscrew like these that are larger. 

For me, these are just right.   

I take one with me in the morning and drink it on the way to school and always grab one at quitting time and drink it on the drive home. 

Driving time is drinking (water) time!  

My cat Zelda believes that any water glass is her personal cat bowl, so these have also come in handy to have by my bed.  Not that I don't appreciate some flavorful cat saliva in my water....

Sometimes it takes just one little thing to make life so much easier.  It may seem silly to do a happy dance over a water bottle, but I am certainly doing just that.

Happy Hydration, My People!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Betty Got Flame

What is it about fire that draws us in?   

There's something dreamy about sitting and watching the flames.  Ahhhhhhh.....

I currently have my living room set up so that two of the chairs face away from the fireplace, and this being California, we rarely need (or want) the extra heat a fireplace brings anyway.  I like candles, but one or two scattered around the room just doesn't cut it for a drama-seeking gal such as myself.  

So, I came up with a way to maximize the sparkle of little candles placed together.

Here's how I did it: I took (incredibly cheap) 8X10 frames with glass and took off the backs.  I crumpled up aluminum foil (fun!) and covered those backs with it, then popped them back on the glass.

I actually did five of the frames so I could line them up on my long dining room table for dramatic effect.  I like the square shape four of them make when they are on my coffee table.  I think it looks a little more like a communal fire this way.

Normally, I have books and magazines on the table, so I store the frames on the shelf just underneath the table.  This makes it really easy to pull out and set up.

The other night we had friends over and after a rousing round of board games at the dining room table, we needed to calm down, so we adjourned to the library with glasses of wine.  I got out the frames, and set a great, late night, gather-around-the-campfire Kumbayah kind of atmosphere.  I put on a little soothing music and soon my guests forgot all about the crushing defeat I had handed each of them via the board games.

Mine are just plain frames, but you could get even cool, fancy frames with higher sides and just do one or two for a dresser top.

Try it!  Take that frame that holds the picture of terrible old Aunt Hilda and put it to good use finally.

You (and lots of candles) light up my life!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Morning Flowers!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Kia Louise says don't click on that mouse!  It's still Betty's Blog, just with a new look!  

I thought it was time for a change.  What do you think?

I've been buried in papers and grading lately, but it's time for me to exercise my own creativity. 
That means you'll be seeing me around the blogosphere more in the upcoming weeks.  
Can you handle it????
I think you can.

Here's to understanding that it is by honoring our creativity that we encourage it in others.

...and then use that anger.