Five Minute Friday (poem)- Welcome

a picture I took of a cozy corner of my room

It’s time for another 5 min. Friday (my second one).  What is this you ask?  Well us writers are given 1 word (and we are not given the word ahead of time, I assume so that we can’t ponder it all week) and then we are supposed to set a timer for 5 min. and just write whatever we can think of with that word.  No backtracking, no over analyzing, no worrying about mistakes.  It’s interesting that is for sure! I had a hard time with today’s word “Welcome” and must confess I sat there blank for a bit at first.  Here is my poem about Welcome:   Go   Welcome A picture of Grace with arms wide open not restricting , not folded down Hands reaching out to another- … Continue Reading

Autumn Appetizers-Bacon Cheddar Ham Cups!

Fresh out of the oven

Get ready for an easy YUMMY Fall recipe that makes the perfect party food or dinner complement!  While most of the things I make in the kitchen are from scratch and made with organic ingredients, once in awhile I just want something quick and easy to prepare that is a crowd pleaser.  When it comes to cookin’ (not baking), I quite often don’t have a set recipe-I just throw stuff together (but with a plan in mind of course).  I will do my best to tell you the quantities I used for this recipe , and if you like you can adjust things to your taste.  It’s a pretty flexible recipe!   Here is what you will need: Muffin pans (this recipe makes about 20 muffins) 1 container of refrigerated … Continue Reading

Meet Pumpkin-Feral Cat of the Week-Part 1

Meet Pumpkin-Feral Cat of the Week

If you are new to my blog and are wondering what is up with this cat thing I am doing, we have a feral cat colony problem in my neighborhood.  No one else (that I know of) is helping, and being the animal lover/compassionate person that I am, I (and my caring family members) had to do something about the problem.  These cats are not all my indoor pets, but I am their outdoor caregiver I guess you could say.  If you would like to read the story about a cat called “Courage” and how this colony thing began, just click HERE for part 1, and HERE for part 2.   This week I want to introduce you to a pretty calico cat named Pumpkin Patch aka “Pumpkin“.   How … Continue Reading

Inspirational Five Minute Friday: Grasp

Michigan-The Great Lakes State

Today’s blog post is something new I tried this week.  It’s a 5 min. writing exercise prompted by Lisa-Jo, a community leader at the InCourage (part of Dayspring) network for women.  I was a bit chicken to do it, but anyways…here goes. If you are a blogger and want to participate in 5 min. Fridays, there is a new word prompt each week , and you can click through the link at the bottom of this to check it out. Rules: 1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them … Continue Reading

How to Make Money When You Shop!

chirstmas shopping vintage image

We all shop, sometimes out of necessity and sometimes just because – (especially us women ).  Do you want to know how to get PAID to shop?  – How to make extra money doing something you are already doing and not spend more than a few extra seconds doing it?  I will show you what I do.  I actually get checks in the mail when I shop.  Extra money back in to my wallet.  I wanted to share this with you now, because Christmas is right around the corner (can you believe it ?) and you may as well make money when you are spending money, right?  This is another tip for you on how I make my budget stretch and how you can too!     The key word … Continue Reading

The Book Nook- A little corner of learning, growing, inspiration & fun!

childrenreading

It’s time for another inspiring area of my blog (with a little story below for you) that has helped me to “live inspired” for well- my whole life actually!  Books and libraries are a huge part of who I am and I wanted to have a place on my website for us to share in the books that make us laugh, learn, grow, enjoy, feel entertained, get inspired, or maybe just cope with all of life’s ups and downs.  This cozy little corner of my blog can be located as a tab on my main website page and is called “The Book Nook”.  I will be sharing a wide variety of books and inspiring snippets with you, and please by all means, if you have read any of the books … Continue Reading

Meet Fluffy! – Feral Cat of the Week

Fluffy has eyes that are outlined in black and it looks like she wears a little mask :)

If you have been following my blog, by now you have heard about Fluffy several times-mostly due to the stories about the birth of her kittens.  If you want to catch up on any of these stories you may have missed, you can find them all filed under the tab “The Cat Colony” at www.weliveinspired.com.  Fluffy was also mentioned in last week’s cat story about how the colony began and you can read that by clicking HERE if you wish     Fluffy was the second kitten I “tamed” from the feral cat colony that essentially lives behind our backyard (and I have a feeling there are a lot more in the woods and all around the vicinity).  She came to me for help and affection, and of course I … Continue Reading

(Cooking) Tip of the Week- Handy Silicone Trivets!

retro-baking-vintage

  One of the most handy kitchen tools I use is a silicone trivet.  I actually got mine from Avon a long time ago when I used to sell it, but you can get them online and probably at various stores as well.  They are very inexpensive.  This is what mine looks like:     There are lots of uses for these things!  It’s one of those “I don’t know how I lived without it before”, items for me.  There are some obvious uses for a silicone trivet, such as : a trivet (well duh!) haha.  Great for keeping near the stove or on the table to set hot dishes and pots on A hot pad- you can use these in lieu of an oven mitt to grip the handles … Continue Reading

A Cat Called Courage (or how the colony began) Part 2

Meet Courage

  This is Part 2 of the story of a charity that landed right in my backyard.  This is how the cat colony (that I didn’t even know existed) began.  This is the story of a cat called Courage!  If you missed Part 1, make sure to read that first by clicking here : A Cat Called Courage (or how the colony began) Part 1   May was in full bloom and this first little beautiful cat that shyly approached me behind the garden (at the rhubarb patch) had become a fast friend of mine.  It wasn’t long before I noticed he had a little friend.  As I would go meet “Courage” by the bushes each day I started to notice this fluffy little kitten (probably 4 months old) behind … Continue Reading

Inspired by savings- How I get stuff free (or really discounted)!

retro lady vintage image

  With being a brand new blogger, I am slowly but surely getting all of the categories and tabs on my blog filled out!  It’s time to start sharing in another area of my blog for those of you who are on budgets and would like to know how to make the most of your money.  All of the links and tips for getting things free or heavily discounted will be filed under the tab “Let’s save money!”  at weliveinspired.com.  Feel free to come back and refer to them often and even try some of the stuff for yourself   For quite some time now I have had people ask me how I online shop and how I get the deals I do.  I will start out by saying that … Continue Reading

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