Fly Lady Fridays: H2Oh?

Today for Fly Lady Friday with summer fast approaching I want to remind you as Fly Lady has to drink your water.

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I have SUCH a hard time with this. I hate tap water, I won’t drink FARM water and bottle water can be so expensive. I was buying those Vitamin Waters called Dragon Fruit or Power C but bottle after bottle it concerned me how much I was spending as well as the waste I am accumulating from bottles. Yes I DO recycle but still.

 

When I was at the Healthy Living Expo a month or so back I bought a tall metal drink holder. Not only are these great for hot beverages but they are even better for cold ones.

 

If you put some cold water in there and put it in the fridge for the next day it is nice and cold. But if I forget, I just add some ice cubes and let it sit while I get ready for my day and then I add some filtered refrigerator water.  My man bought me some water enhancer and I like those. There are a variety to choose from

 

I also like to add some Reconstitued Lemon or Limne Juice.

 

Most know these as the little fake Lemon or Lime looking thingy

It is cheaper and you can add what you like to your water. Plus Lemon or Lime aid your digestion AND because of that help in weight maintenance if desired.

I know some use those powder packets and I recently tried the Hibiscus one from Strabucks brand and REALLY liked it

No matter what you choose to help you out, just please as the summer heat rises remember to take water or a bottle with you that you can fill. Take one of these little things to make your water drinkable if needed.

One last thing to beat the heat for me, besides some AGUA is a hat. So drink your water and wear your hat!

Until next time,

Xoxo ~Trisha Trixie

What Not Wednesday: Bottle Carriers

Yesterday I was in a funk so I decided to clean.

A great durable apron to clean in is one of my Pastel Perfection Aprons

Pastel Perfection $35

Pastel Perfection $35

My cute little Turquoise shoes with bows and buttons

Turquoise Shoes $35

Turquoise Shoes $35

And some cute little SeaHorse earrings to feel a bit of the outside while being in

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I thought while I was dolling myself up to feel pretty while cleaning I would toss on some

Avon Mark Juice Gems Juicy, Snow Peach Lip Gloss

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I like to RePurpose and ReUse items to help keep things organized.

 

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Just take any case from a 4 or 6 pack from bottles, soda, beer, etc and keep them in a bag or box until you need them. If you like you can cover them, but I go through so many of the Millstream Soda boxes I just leave them and then if one gets ruined I just use another.

I love this idea and it makes organizing super fun!

Until next time,

XoXO Trisha Trixiw

 

Mad Men: BBQ Sauce Base

With summer fast approaching, I thought I might provide you with a base for creating your own secret BBQ sauce recipe.  This base provides a thing tomato base that you can add nearly anything to.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a sauce pan saute the garlic and onion with the olive oil.  Cook until you can nearly see through it.  Add lemon juice, salt and pepper, paprika, mustard, and Tabasco. Mix these up really well.  Over medium heat simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Reduce the heat to low and add tomato sauce and vinegar.  Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.  From this point you can add whatever you like.

For Sweet Sauces

  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • or Molasses

For Spicy Sauces

  • Chilles
  • Cayenne
  • or hot sauces

Really you can let your imagination go wild.  I have seen people use chocolate, coffee and many other crazy ingredients in their BBQ Sauce.  What might your secret ingredient be?

BBQ on the grill in Style

Now that your sauce is ready you are ready to grill. Don’t forget to check out Trisha Trixie Designs for your fashion needs.

 

 

 

Fathers Day Guest Blog : Cirmes Tonsorial

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Hesitantly, he opened his eyes after lying back in an indescribably warm and comforting darkness that he wasn’t quite ready to see come to an end. The old man’s hands removed the hot towel from his face and began to massage it with a stiff brush while something that smelled like his father’s dopp kit began to envelope his senses. He would come to long for that smell for years to follow. The man’s long, bony fingers that were once shaky and unsteady, took rapid, steady strokes of a gleaming and dangerously sharp blade, tracing the curves of his face. This was little Will’s first shave. No, he wasn’t old enough to actually need a shave. In fact, he was only nine years old, but he sure felt like a man that was ready to conquer the world. His father brought him to their small town’s favorite barber. The same barber that his own father took him to around the same age. Will had excited conversations simultaneously with the barber and his father about what he was going to do this summer. He informed them that he made it his mission to make the BEST lemonade stand the neighborhood had to offer, and savvy as ever, he’d mark it a penny less than all the other boys, sure to win over ALL of the customers, even the little girls that carried dolls as if they were actual babies and swore they hated boys. If he could earn five dollars by the end of summer, his pops would let him buy “that doggie in the window”. No, it wasn’t the one with the waggly tail. Much like Will, it was the scrawny one that walked a little funny and had to fight extra hard to get his fair share of food…but little Will knew that this was the one for him and that they’d go on exciting adventures together. “Martin”, he informed the barber and his father that the pup’s name would be, would be able to play fetch, roll over, and get the newspaper without leaving bite marks or disturbing the crate full of milk on the front step. But most of all, Martin and Will would be best friends, inseparable and they would go on endless travels together all summer long. That day wasn’t really about a shave. It was about building a bond between a father and his son. A rite of passage from boyhood to manhood. Will didn’t know then how much that day would shape who he would become…A future entrepreneur with a fine ability to make the right choices in life, I have no doubt.

My own memory of myself and my father, interestingly enough, happened in my ninth year as well. I was riding my bike that my dad had attached a really cool megaphone that had a siren on it, perfect for annoying my mom and all the other parents on our street. In my mind, it had circus stripes and a lion’s head just like Pee-Wee had, but it was actually just black and cheaply made. I had just wrapped up my summer’s first expedition and I admit that I went a little further than I was really allowed to. Who could really blame me? I had just finished a book about TINY aliens that you could find in mounds of dirt, and I just knew that if took my bike to the mounds of dirt just a little further than I was supposed to be, I would make the first discovery and my dad would be so proud that he wouldn’t really care that I broke the rules. Unfortunately, when you’re a nine year old boy on a mission to change the world, you forget piddly little things like getting home in time to eat the yucky vegetables that your mom and dad would undoubtedly force you to eat. Well, at least if you wanted ice cream before bedtime. So, of course, I had to race home, and as I sped down the hill to get home on time, the megaphone fell from the handlebar of my bike, throwing me off just two houses from where I lived and of course, breaking my new toy. My dad was in front of our house, cleaning the bugshield on his new motorcycle, and looking back now, I think maybe he noticed a connection. Surely, this close to dinner, he should have been inside as well, but he was playing with his new toy later than he should have been. I limped my bike up to him, tears streaming down my scraped cheeks, and told him that I broke my new toy. I was so afraid I would get in big trouble. I was, after all, an Army brat, and Strict was my father’s middle name. With one pinched tightly shut and the other not making direct contact, I waited to hear what my fate was going to be. He just laughed….a laugh that I can still hear today, and in fact, brings a tear to my eye right now. “Andy,” he said calmly, as he crouched to my level, “It’s just a toy. As long as you’re ok, I’m ok.” Before my shocked little mind could really absorb what had just fallen from his lips, he exclaimed, “Hey! What do you say we take a ride to the lake on my motorcycle. Just you and me?”. Needless to say, it took no time for me to run my bike into its home in the garage and fly back to my dad, asking if I could hold on tightly to him, because I was a little afraid, but oh so excited. We rode through the lake, slowly, taking our time. If you asked me, I’d swear that we were gone for hours, from sunup to sundown, but I’m sure it was closer to a half hour or so. The cicadas were singing, fireflies were coming out and dancing in the trees, and I was alone with my dad. We didn’t have a lot of those moments, but this one is as vivid to me as the day I was married. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that we hit a speed bump, falling sideways, and narrowly escaping the loss of a limb or two.

My dad passed away that summer. This Father’s Day I catch myself daydreaming about that ride. Whether it’s a father and son bonding in the family barber shop, a dad taking his son for an impromptu ride through the park, or a son giving his father an unbearably hideous tie that his father would wear proudly for every Father’s Day to come, we all have these moments where even a smell can transport us back to the days when our innocence was intact and the most important thing in the world to us was how we were going to spend our summers.

As the owner and creator of an old-fashioned men’s grooming line, I was asked to be a guest blogger and talk a bit about Father’s Day, my product line, and I guess, just to generally ramble on about what I felt appropriate. It is an honor to share a glimpse and remind all dads and sons out there that it’s not about the gift, it’s not even about the event, it’s about time. Moments when we reach out to each other and share something special are the moments that carve our memories. Whether it’s with an old fashioned straight razor taking the corners of our jawlines at lighting speeds or a silver cruiser taking it’s time through the winding roads of a nearby park, it isn’t the tool we select to carve those memories, but rather simply, the heart within us that tells us to hold onto them. This Father’s Day, dads hug your sons extra tight. Sons, appreciate your fathers for who they are to you. We don’t all have them and it’s not always a charming Norman Rockwell painting. Life is flying past at neckbreaking speeds, but oh how beautiful it all is.

By Andrew Fuller

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Saturday Special:ComicCon in Iowa??

Yes, but just a small one so they are calling it…

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Last year I was at an Artist Booth more for my Art.

That’s me , the blonde behind the table.

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But as I have evolved, this year I will have a mixture of Art and wares for all you Dames and Gents.

Pins for Dads and Men

Superhero Grab Bags for $5
SuperHero themed Vanity Scarfs for $10
Superhero Bows and Hair  Fascinators and Clips
SuperHero Earrings
Superhero Half Aprons
Large/Full Mens Aprons with SuperHero or Villian Theme
And Of course…ART…Trisha Trixie Apron Pin Up Art

So, get outta your jammies, put down your coffee and come on out to the MiniCon

1 day con/show that is smaller than the Comic Book I-CON but just as fun! Comic book vendors and other related merchandise as well as an Artist Area full of Iowa talent doing sketches and selling their projects! The cost is only $2 per person and kids 10 and under get in free with paid adult.

3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, Iowa 50009
See ya there!
Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Throwback Thursday: Vintage ComicCon

This Upcoming Saturday Trisha Trixie will be at miniCon Comic Con here in Des Moines Iowa. This made me wonder if I could find any images to share with you today of some older ComicCons and what they were like. The ComicCon Planners are encouraging cosplay so I thought I would start there and see where it evolves.

Here are some fun images I think you might fall off your seat in laughter about. The first one is truly funny!

These are some I found from Vintage Everyday from a 1980 ComicCon…

(Totally love the wallpaper btw)

Chad Spilkers dad perhaps? LOL

and of course, gotta have the sexy on

Some dress in Vintage Looking costumes

Vintage Trekkies

This Con looks more like an Old persons con to me, but hey at least they are there to support

Types of retro things you used to find at cons (these are all hoarded by the collectors now I think) 🙂

Retro or Vintage comics nowadays are RARE and very hard to find. If you do find any they are worth a pretty penny but as I was talking to a friend she said the Comic shop wanted her to go have them certified before he would buy them.

If you are looking for that special comic though, ComicCons are the pace to go because lots of vendors bring those specialty items to the shows.

and…

Here is Dale Messick from Brenda Starr at a Comic Con I thought you all might like

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I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me on the ComicCon side of things. Remember if you dress Cosplay this weekend you get in FREE!

Stop by my booth, say hi, get a free signed MEME card from me

Hope to see you there! Can’t wait!

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Flylady Friday: For the Kids and Father’s day ideas

I have lots of friends with kiddos out of school for the summer.  I think that Flylady has some really unique ways to get the kids involved in clean up.  She sends out daily assignments for the kids and they are really fun.

June 13th challenge went as follows

Hi Kids!
Today I want you to open up the doors of your closet and check to see if you have any clothes that have fallen off of the hangers and havebecome jumbled up on the floor of the closet.Set a timer or ask a grown up to set a timer for 5 minutes and see how much you can hang back up. If you can’t reach the rod to hang these things back up, ask a taller person to give you some hangers, you then hang the clothes on the hangers, and ask that tall person to help you hang them up. If you need to set the timer again, then do so for another 5 minutes. If you find some things that no longer fit or you do not use, put those in a bag and give them to Mom or Dad to bless someone else with.

Remember less stuff to clean and put away means more time to play.

Have fun!

I know that getting kiddos to clean is always a challenge, but we just have to find clever ways to make cleaning fun.  Timers and choices allow for lots of fun!

A friend of mine is a foster mother and her home is full of little boys.  Sometimes this can make her cleaning job more difficult.  So, she gives them a “helper” task.

The littlest one is three and she gives him a norwex microfiber cloth and lets him clean anything, but the TV that he chooses.  He loves being a helper and the norwex magic really does help her home stay clean.  There are no chemicals and he really can’t hurt a thing.  What could be better?  The walls became amazingly clean as this little guy got right to work.

Father’s Day

We at TrishaTrixie Designs have not forgotten dad.  Feel free to stop by our site to find lots of great ideas for dad.

Does dad like to clean?  My dad always enjoyed cleaning his car and making it shine.  Norwex has some fun products for dad.  The dust mitt works great for dusting of the inside of the car and the leather cleaner will do wonders for cleaning up leather seats in your car!

No matter what you decide we hope you have a Happy Father’s Day!