Recycle Jeans

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Just about the time your black jeans become really comfortable they no longer look black! These jeans were headed to Goodwill when on a whim I grabbed a paint brush and some watered down Clorox (or you can use Clorox Cleanup-but I would still water down a little) and just started making stripes. You (or at least I ) did not have great control of the pattern because the Clorox bleeds past the line you make.

You know how even a tiny, tiny loop will always catch something else in a way that you could never connect if you tossed a much bigger item intentionally trying to loop? Same with the bleach! If I walk by bleach I get a bleach stain on my favorite items, but this…you have to brush over and over till you can see the stain in some places.

I have done this intentional bleaching also with t-shirts writing something for a costume. Make sure to put something between the front and back of a t-shirt so the lettering won’t bleed through. With the random pattern on jeans, I was not worried about bleeding-but it did not make it through the denim.

After I have bleached, I throw the bleached item into the washer on rise in hopes the bleach won’t eat through the fabric. (Which has worked so far.)

I think my recycled jeans look pretty similar to a pair of my Current/Elliott jeans which a pricy!

Worth a try if you have some comfy jeans headed to the donation center anyway. 🙂

Princess Bubble learns “Living happily ever after is not about finding a prince. True Happiness is found by loving God, being kind to others, and being comfortable with who you are already! Happy princesses are people who enjoy others and like themselves. Happy people give of their time to help others!”

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Valentine’s Day & Singles

Valentine’s Day always makes me think of my single friends.
Our experience in marriage has been so fun and easy that I almost want to tell everyone, “Never ever marry until you are at least 35!” But, I see people that have great marriages and met in high school. If you wait till your older there are fertility issues and some people get set in their ways…I have fabulous friends that have never married. Friends that are seeking God’s will for their lives.I truly believe their obedience and desire to follow Christ has kept them from marrying the wrong person. It is far better to be single and wish you were married than married and wish you were single.
I look at marriages that are struggling or that have falling apart and I wonder,”If you are honest with yourself did you marry at a time when you thought it was time to get married? Or because you wanted a wedding or a baby or just something different in your life. Or because your parents or others were asking “Why aren’t you married?”
We have all made permanent decisions based on a temporary emotion and faced consequences. Why do you think the tattoo removal business is booming?
If you have a single friend, son or daughter please don’t add to their pressure because you want grandchildren or think it is time, or that they are picky…Marriage is the area you should be picky!
I suggest we change how things are done and we throw the big wedding like party with gifts when our girls graduate from college or graduate school! This is when they need these things to get started in life. Let them be the princess of that day because they have accomplished something. And go back to having punch in the church when you marry. No one is ever going to marry the wrong person for punch in the fellowship hall. I do believe some girls marry for the wedding. (I would grandfather in all my friends that graduated many years ago because I would not want them to miss being celebrated.)
All this rambling to say:
1. Let’s make our girls feel so loved, confident and secure alone that they would never choose a life with someone that made them feel anything less.
2. One woman’s frog could be another woman’s prince!

If you have a single friend or daughter please check out http://www.PrincessBubble.com

Friend’s Favorites List

I asked my Facebook friends their favorite products (that they did not sell) I had a great response & I tried to organize by store.

Trader Joe’s

  • Pita Bite Crackers
  • Everything Crackers
  • Chili Lime Tortillas
  • Honey Moon Viognier Wine
  • Secco Prosecco
  • Chocolate Coconut Almonds
  • Oatmeal & Honey bar soap
  • Lavender & Oatmeal bar soap
  • Tea Tree Oil facial wipes
  • Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
  • Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap
  • Frozen BBQ Chicken Teriyaki
  • Tomato Basil Marinara
  • Organic Vodka Sauce
  • Baby Veggies
  • Harvest Grains cooked in chicken broth
  • Roasted Corn
  • Frozen Grilled Asparagus
  • Cocktail Sauce
  • Chili Tomato-less Salsa
  • Original Irish Tea Bags
  • Goat Cheese with Cranberries
  • English White Cheddar with Caramelized Onions
  • Cookie Butter
  • Honey Chèvre

Costco

  • Kirkland Pesto
  • Frozen Marinated Salmon & Frozen Fresh.They have their own fishermen.

Kroger

  • Private Selection Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
  • Private Selection Select Blend Mixed Nuts (only cashews, macadamias, pecans)

Publix

  • Pizza Dough
  • Cuban Sandwich
  • Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds

Ingles

  • Gourmet chicken salad
  • In-store made Guacamole

Aldi

  • Belgian Chocolates
  • Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar and Goat Cheeses
  • Dried Apricots
  • “Extra Fancy” frozen green beans (imported from France, they are actually haricots verde – the really skinny green beans)

Miscellaneous

  • Tazo Awake Tea
  • Twining’s Pure Peppermint Tea
  • Yogi Throat Comfort Tea
  • Good Earth Tea Naturally Spicy Sweet
  • Starbucks Caramel Coffee
  • Northdace Jackets & Gloves
  • Sorel boots
  • FXR Snow Mobile Suit
  • Amazon Prime
  • Apple TV, iPad,iPhone,Macbook
  • WeMo Light Switch
  • Wickles
  • Oxiclean
  • Olba Inhalers
  • Lyndon Reede Dark Chocolate Almonds (BJ’s)
  • Sock Locks
  • Talenti Gelato Sea Salt Caramel
  • Palmetto Farms pimento cheese spread, Jalapeno & Bacon
  • Ruffles baked cheese and sour cream chips
  • Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Juice
  • Boars Head horseradish pickle slices
  • Trish McEvoy’s Eye Serum
  • Trish McEvoy Mascara
  • Younique 3-D mascara
  • Skinceuticals Eye Cream
  • NeoCutis Skincare Products
  • Rapid Lash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum
  • Lush’s Buffy Bar
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow – Best color ever: “Naked”
  • Maybelline Expert Eyes eyebrow pencil
  • Dior Show Mascara – Waterproof black
  • Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color
  • Tweezerman Tweezers
  • Sally Hanson Insta-Dri
  • Serious Skin Care
  • Soaptopia oil slather in beauty and the beach
  • Living Proof full volume shampoo, it’s a 10 miracle hair conditioner
  • Neutrogena lip balm
  • Tart Cherry Juice
  • Organic 100% Pure Stevia Extract
  • Snyder’s tortilla chips (baked, not fried)
  • Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal cat litter
  • Wen hair cleansing conditioner
  • Hangar 1 mandarin blossom vodka
  • Cloud Star Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo
  • Buddy Rinse Dog Conditioner, in lavender & mint
  • Helluva Good Onion Dip
  • Stouffer’s Spinach Souffle
  • Alexa’s 98% Fat-Free Crinkle Cut Fries & Panko Onion Rings
  • Lands End bathing suits
  • Aquaphor
  • Honest Company Multi Purpose Cleaner
  • Bulldog Sauce
  • Viva Paper Towels
  • Boden leggings
  • Woolite with Oxy carpet cleaner
  • Yankee Candles
  • Candles from Bath and Body works
  • Haloumi cheese
  • Bogle Pinot Noir
  • 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Wine
  • Target Boxed Cab/Shiraz rated top by Consumer Report’s and Pepperwood Pinot Noir both very drinkable for price
  • Purex Laundry Crystals
  • Sauvitel Fabric Softener
  • Tide
  • Downy
  • Lavender carpet fresh
  • Tajin Seasoning
  • Meyers Dish Soap & Counter Top Cleaner-lemon verbena scent
  • Stacy’s Chips
  • Scoops tortilla chips
  • Ben & Jerry’s Half baked ice cream
  • Sweat Tarts ( smarties )
  • Boar’s Head sandwich meat

Restaurants (most are all in Atlanta or Carrollton, GA)

  • Mellow Mushroom Crust
  • The Flying Biscuit -cheese grits and apple butter on biscuits
  • The Tavern Thai Chicken Chips (Phipps)
  • Malaysia’s Panang Chicken (Collier Rd)
  • California Pizza Kitchen’s Waldorf Salad
  • Noche’s Kicking Margarita (Jalapeno infused with fresh muddled Jalapenos, Limes & Cilantro)
  • Cuban Sandwich from Havana on Buford Highway Burger
  • Salted Caramel Shake @ Shake Shack
  • Greek Salad from Zoe’s
  • Little Azios Quinoa Salad
  • Chili Relleno from Loco Mex
  • Yeah Burger
  • Egg Plant Parmesan from Figo Pasta
  • Heirloom Market-everything
  • Charlie Joseph’s Hot Dogs (LaGrange)
  • Sprayberry’s BBQ (Newnan)
  • Country’s BBQ
  • Bella’s Chicken Salad
  • Lillie’s appetizer at Leopoldo’s
  •  Sesame Calamari at Little Hawaiian
  • Little B’ Bar B Q sandwich at Big B Bar B Q in Alex City, AL
  • Lebanese at Nicola’s
  • Chunky Guacamole at La Salsa

To All That Serve Us During The Holidays-Thank You!

I wrote this several years ago. I am re-posting because I am so thankful not to be working this Christmas! I am just as thankful for the people who are working and wish them a Merry Christmas and hope they make it home in time for some of the celebration with their families! (I think the flight attendants have gotten back some of the pay cuts I mention below! Thankfully!!)

I, Susan Johnston, am no longer a flight attendant; but I flew almost 20 years. I know there are many, many professions that require workers to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day or other holidays. Nurses, doctors, firemen, police officers, wait staff, hotel employees, all airport personnel … work holidays.

As a flight attendant, when I was flying we received no holiday pay. That has changed at Delta; but the pay cuts the flight attendants have taken over the past few years have been extremely hard for many to handle. The cost of living has risen while their salaries have crashed. In addition to less money there is more stress! Since 9-11, the public has had to deal with much more in security that many times they (the passengers) tend to be ticking time bombs themselves which seem to be set to blow up once in flight.

As a passenger, you may think, “Well, I have had some less than perfect flight attendants.” You may very well have had this bad experience. But, please remember many times your first flight is the crew’s fourth or fifth flight, many times the crew has been rerouted unexpectedly and not made it to a child’s event or have slept a few quick hours in an airport chair somewhere and not eaten in hours.

Please remember as you travel or use the services of the people working this holiday to wish the workers a “Merry Christmas.” Thank these people for being at work to serve you so you can celebrate.

Christmas is the birthday of Christ. Christ humbled himself to be a lowly baby in the manger to serve the world. He showed us the greatest leader is a servant. The best gift we can give this Christmas is our time, kindness, and consideration to our family and all those around us.

Princess Bubble learns in her fairy tale that true happiness comes from, “Loving God, helping others and liking who you are already.” Turns out the path to your own “happily ever after” will make others around you happy too!

Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you every holiday worker! I am not working this holiday and I am so excited! But, this is our first Christmas without my father and I know that will be hard for my family. If you are missing someone in your family this season or missing being with your family because you are working, please know our heart and prayers go out to you!

Merry Christmas and thank you to all!!

Susan

http://www.PrincessBubble.com

Princess Bubble makes it to India!

Princess Bubble makes it to India! Well, she is a flight attendant! Going solo can be spiritually empowering as long as you take safety precautions to avoid getting into dangerously vulnerable situations, says Anuradha Varma. Princess Bubble and the Paper Bag Princess, modern fairytale characters, can teach us a thing or two about being single. The latter got hot and dirty while trying to rescue her prince, who turned up his nose and told her to dress like a princess – he soon got the boot. Princess Bubble was created by former flight attendants Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb and found her happily-ever-after long before finding Prince Charming. Read more at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/spirituality/new-age-insight/Are-you-single/articleshow/12412365.cms http://www.PrincessBubble.com

Single on Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day almost ninety million Americans will celebrate the romantic holiday single. Being a stuffy old maid does not have to be “in the cards” for single woman today! Susan Johnston Hamrick and Kimberly Webb offer girls of all ages an updated version of the traditional fairy tale. No longer a “Damsel in Distress,” this princess travels the world, helps others, and finds “happily ever after” even before she finds her Prince!

With wisdom gleaned from their careers as single, globe-trotting flight attendants, first-time authors Susan Johnston Hamrick and Kimberly Webb have crafted a modern-day book that celebrates singleness. A contemporary fairy tale for all ages, Princess Bubble was written to reduce the overwhelming sense of failure, self-doubt, and despair that some single women face.

“Knowing how low self-esteem and depression plague many single females, we wanted to spread the message that ‘happily ever after’ can occur even before Prince Charming arrives. . . or even if he never does,” said Webb.

“We’re definitely not anti-Prince,” said Johnston (whose college nickname was “Bubble”). “We’re not anti-family or anti-marriage; if anything we’re anti-‘Damsel in Distress.’ Our message—the single life can also be a fairy tale. The End!”

Princess Bubble stars a princess who is confused by the traditional fairy tale messages that say she must find her “prince” before she can live “happily ever after.” Princess Bubble dons her “thinking crown” to research traditional fairy tales, interviews married girlfriends, and even takes counsel from her mother, who advises her to sign up at FindYourPrince.com. With a little help from her fairy godmother (this is still a fairy tale after all), Ms. Bubble discovers that “living happily ever after” is not about finding a prince. “True happiness,” the book reveals, “is found by loving God, being kind to others, and being comfortable with who you are already!”

New Release, Princess Bubble, Strikes Chord with America’s 51 percent single women who, for the first time in U.S. history, outnumber married women.

Featured on The Today Show in the segment, “Raising Confident Girls.”

Girls Without A Valentine!

Image I am so thrilled to see that even Walmart is selling napkins celebrating Single the Valentine’s Day! I married for the first time at 43 and my husband 44 years old! (Also his first marriage) 

I used to get so sick of people asking me, “Why aren’t you married? and implying that I should have at least tried it-by “it” they mean marrying the wrong person!! Commit my life to the wrong person to be able to say I tried marriage?? I don’t think so! 

I used to host a “Girls Without a Valentine’s Party” I would serve Princess Bubble Margaritas.

The Princess Bubble Margarita is basically a margarita with pink lemonade and pink salt; but here is the real story:
Princess Bubble, a modern day fairy tale for girls of all ages, is the inspiration for the celebration.
Princess Bubble travels the world, helps others, and finds “happily ever after” even before she finds her Prince!
Our fairy tale celebrates singleness. And with 51 percent of American women living single today, it’s about time someone told this story.
This contemporary fairy tale for all ages, Princess Bubble was written to reduce the overwhelming sense of failure, self-doubt, and despair that some single women face. Princess Bubble learns that true Happily Ever After is found by loving God, being kind to others, and being comfortable with whom you are already!”
We have had a million Princess Bubble parties for children with our bubble machine and everything princess.
I decided it was time to start having single girls Princess Bubble parties.

This is such a fun party.
Every girl attending purchase a gift they would love to have for themselves. Then we pour the Princess Bubble Margaritas and play a dating game I invented that makes you rethink some of your dating priorities of what you would want and not want in a prince. This game has everyone rolling with laughter. We then head out to a non-romantic location to have dinner. This party is special and fun way for single girls to spend Valentine’s Day. Princess Bubble parties have spread (during the entire year-without gifts) the parties are just a great ways to celebrate being happy where you are in life!
So, pour a Princess Bubble Margarita and realize you are a princess with or without a prince!

http://www.PrincessBubble.com