Thursday, January 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.

— Louis de Bernières

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

Man cannot live by bread alone. He must have peanut butter.

— Bill Cosby

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Yeah, so this is the kind of stuff that I do when I am bored. It is basically a bunch of lines to form a design. But I really don't think that this picture gives it justice.

25 Random Facts

1. I am the oldest, but my sister KM and I were raised practically as twins since we are only 11 months apart and were in the same grade.

2. My husband J was actually my first love in high school, we both married other people, were divorced and he found me again 8 years later.

3. I love to sew and have a sewing business,

4. I won a full scholarship to attend a private high school when I was younger, out of 50 or so applicants. I turned it down, to...

5. I can play the oboe. (I would have had to take private lessons to get caught up at the private school, and my family couldn't afford it).

6. My sister KM and I were both 7 lbs 6 oz, born on Tuesdays, and 2 days early.

7. I have trouble remembering simple "to-do's" but can remember completely useless facts.

8. I hate my name, Sara. There is no variations or nicknames, like my sisters have.

9. I got married for the first time to M's dad one week after my high school graduation.

10. J and I got married during Mardi Gras, almost on a Mardi Gras float.

11. I only cut my hair when it is long enough to donate. I have done this 4 times.

12. I like to read, but mostly just flip.

13. I am a typical Libra, and procrastinate horribly.

14. I took ballet (pointe-on your toes) until I was 17.

15. I was a camp counselor at a Girl Scout camp, my name was Wildflower.

16. I was a trained lifeguard, but now hate to swim.

17. I am completely paranoid that I will get skin cancer, so I avoid the sun and swimming. (It runs in my family, and I was burnt a lot as a kid)

18. I bought a house as a 23 year old single mom, we sold to move.

19. J and I moved to Louisiana on a whim. Decided on April 30th, put house on market May 15th, it sold right away, and we moved June 4th.

20. I was almost a foreign exchange student to Austraila. Didn't earn enough money in time.

21. My sister KM and I don't look anything alike, but my youngest sister KL is a mash-up of the two of us.

22. I am the only one is my family with fair skin and blonde hair, convinced myself I was adopted when I was younger.

23. I could have graduated high school early, but chose to stay and go half days my senior year so that my school would pay for college classes.

24. I was going to be an architect and join the Air Force after high school.

25. I used to have a ferret name WeinerCoon. She was a weiner raccoon!

How to Supplement Your Income From Home

How to Supplement Your Income from Home
As adults we are constantly looking for ways to supplement our incomes. Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom or already work fulltime, there are many different opportunities for you to earn some extra money without having to get a second job or even leave your home. Even though you will not get rich, the extra cash in your piggy bank is always fun. Below you will find an assortment of different companies that offer income while working from home.

Things You’ll Need:
Internet Service

Write. Are you fascinated by information and like to write? Put it to good use and write for If you are an expert on anything in particular or like doing research and enjoy writing, you can put your skills to good use. For the articles that you write, you can earn an income by teaching others the things that you know.

Sell books. Many of us have books that we have already read, and are gathering dust. Try They will let you know if they can purchase your books and how much they will pay you for them. Cash4Books will pay for the shipping. They even have a program for you to earn income from shopping at garage sales and thrift stores.

Start a blog. By starting up a blog, you can document fun and exciting things that happen in your daily life, and make money doing it. Set up a blog at any blog hosting site, like Once your blog is set up, then sign up for GoogleAdSense. By allowing them to place ads that are relevant to your blog topics, they will pay your for each ad that turns into a visit to the advertiser's website.

Make crafts. Crafting has long been considered hobby for many moms. But it is possible for you to turn your crafting interests into a home business. Sites like offer crafters an online store and community of other crafters. If you enjoy making baby clothes, but have long since run out of babies to clothe you can sell them in your own online store.

Answer Surveys. Businesses need our consumer input, and many are willing to pay you for your feedback and opinions. Some will pay you with prizes and products, but others like will actually pay you with a check.

Mystery Shop. It can actually pay to shop. While most mystery shopping opportunies requre you to come into their store and evaluate it and the employees, there are others that you can do from home like pizza delivery. Many times you will be required to make a small purchase and complete a few tasks, like visit the dressing room or ask for a particular item. Once you are home, you fill out a questionaire and submit your receipt, and then you are reimbursed for your item plus your commission. Try for shopping opportunies in your area.

Tips & Warnings
Let your creative nature take control.
Do your research into the validity of each company your decide to pursue.
Don't expect to replace your income! These are only meant to supplement.

Quote of the Day

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

— Victor Hugo

Kudos for M

Why as a mother do I get a warm tingly feeling anytime anyone says something nice about my daughter? I received an email from her principal yesterday, and he commented "We are glad to have M at school, and her teacher was remarking to me the other day what a quick mind she has and how much her penmanship has improved this year".

To really appreciate this comment, I need to give you a little background. We moved to Louisiana from Iowa this past summer. In kindergarten, M was well above the other students. Her teacher actually encouraged M to help the other kids, and was constantly applauding her eagerness to help. So, when we moved I found a private school here that I was happy with and we met with the principal and her teacher. They wanted to see if it would be possible to move her into 2nd grade with the other students her age (the deadline to start school is different, as based on age she should be in 2nd here). They were very impressed with her reading, and math comprehension. So, they put her into 2nd grade.

At the beginning of the year, she was struggling a little bit, and her teacher was contemplating putting her back into 1st. She had never been introduced to penmanship or grammar before, and her teacher was just concerned that she would fall farther behind and would possibly have to repeat the 2nd grade because she would not be ready for 3rd. And it doesn't help any that they give the student ciriculmn that is one grade above. So, technically speaking M skipped 2 grades!

I asked if we could at least wait until the end of the 1st quarter, and I would work with her more at home. Well, the end of the 2nd quarter came and report cards came home. M had all A's and B's and made honor roll. I so badly wanted to tell her teacher, "I told you so!" But I kept my mouth shut, and just said "I knew she could do it".

My hubby and I were discussing last night if M's school teaches them ciriculum a year ahead would she honestly be ready to graduate at the end of 9th grade and take the GED exam? I know we are just dreaming, but she had always been far ahead of other children her age. But it is nice to dream and be a proud mommy.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Quote of the Day

Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free . . . your true self comes out.

— Tina Turner

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I think that I have just received inspiration. I am always so envious of other blogs that I read, and just can not figure out how mine is lacking. But I have come to realize that I need to put more of me into it, and get back to my original plan.

I need to get back into making things and posting how-to's.
I need to bake and cook and post fun recipes.

I think part of my problem is just that I am not personal enough with my blog, I don't LOVE my blog. So, effective tomorrow, I will show my blog much more love and I will be enlightened!

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Direction for MyDaisyJane

With the coming of CPSIA taking effect on February 10th, I am being forced to go into a different direction for MyDaisyJane for now. I can not make anything for babies or children under 12, because getting everything that I make tested for lead isn't cost effective. (Don't get me wrong, I am completely for the law, but as a part-time crafter I just don't have the means to have everything tested).

I will focus primarily on things that are meant for mom's: my jewelry, books, beads. And anything that is all ages, I will add a disclaimer that it is not intended for anyone under 12: my coin purses, etc. While my real passion is in the baby things, I only have to think of this as a minor setback. Maybe someone is telling me that my other creations are my true calling, and basically karma has been leading me in the right direction lately.

So, this weekend I am making a plan to make some books and possibly a couple of pieces of jewelry. While CPSIA slowed me down, they can't stop me!

Quote of the Day

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.

— Jill Churchill

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Quote of the Day

When you tug at a single thing in nature, you find it attached to the rest of the world.

— John Muir

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quote of the Day

I consider myself an expert on love, sex, and health. Without health you can have very little of the other two.

— Barbara Cartland

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Quote of the Day

You play the hand you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile.

— CS Lewis

Monday, January 12, 2009

Quote of the Day

Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.

— Hubert de Givenchy

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Year's Resolution

I have finally came to a New Year's resolution. Yeah the Libra in me procrastinated! My resolution is to get up and running.

#1) call my web hoster and find out why it isn't live
#2) have 25 unique items uploaded by February 1st (currently have 12)
#3) make and create 5 new items a week
#4) look into and price outside advertisements
#5) blog regularly