Kay Swederski

Dec 112019

I am just back from our visit back home to Wisconsin. I love to see everyone! We celebrated Christmas while I was home and I love all the family traditions – one thing we always make are Mom’s hot dogs. There are so many family traditions that families celebrate. That is why i like this book helps you celebrate all the holidays not just Christmas.

In this new book Holiday Jubilee, Charles serves up a fun and intoxicating, action-packed extravaganza of America’s favorite seasonal traditions, past, present and future.  The book also includes some interesting seasonal recipes from Charles’s test kitchen.

“The holidays are SO retro,” so says Charles Phoenix, pop culture humorist and Ambassador of Americana. In his new book, Holiday Jubilee (Prospect Park Books/September 2019), Charles serves up an intoxicating, action-packed extravaganza of America’s favorite seasonal holiday traditions past, present, and future.  Loaded with never-before-seen vintage Kodachrome slides, and rare collectibles

The book also offers readers a fabulous feast of original recipes from the Charles Phoenix wild ‘n wonderous Test Kitchen. His epic holiday potluck party pleasers and eye-popping edible centerpiece combine to create a pop-culture extravaganza just in time for the holidays. 

This is the Crazy Candy Cane Cake – doesn’t this look fun? The recipes are easy to read. You are given step by step instructions how to make it retro cake.

If you would like to get your own copy of Holiday Jubilee you can find it HERE.

Nov 102019

Are you looking for Truly-wireless headphones. They let you listen to your favorite tracks, so you won’t be held back by wires. Rechargeable battery and Offers up to 6 hours of use on a charge and sweat-resistant.

I love these JBuds Air they are perfect for listening to the Packers game or working out! Here are a few of the reason I like them:

  • Great playtime – battery life starting at 24 hours.
  • Features for every lifestyle (sport fit, dual microphones for talking, etc).
  • Integrated cable for charging.
  • Delivers crisp tones.
  • Fits securely and directs music into your ears for full, uninterrupted audio.

They are convenient and affordable. The #1 True Wireless Earbud under $100* (JBuds Air) now features three new models to give you true wireless earbuds that deliver on sound, quality and comfort. Meet the new squad from JLab Audio, perfect fit for any lifestyle. There’s the new sport-inspired JBuds Air Sport, business-inspired JBuds Air Executive, and the JBuds Air Icon, an upgraded everyday option. There’s something for everyone to #FINDYOURGO.

There is something for everyone in your family. They are under $100 you can buy them for your whole family without breaking the bank. You can find them Here @BestBuy, @jlabaudio

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sep 032019

With only six ingredients or less per recipe, making dinner has never been easier.

Six Sisters’ Stuff is one of the most popular blogs for quick and easy cooking and entertaining at home for families. In their eighth cookbook, they tackle how to master meals for any cook with any skill level with more than 100 easy recipes made with incredible flavor combinations from just six ingredients or less.

From beginning cooks learning the basics to busy parents looking to save time in the kitchen, this cookbook is loaded with entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Whether it’s a one-pot wings dish or a no-bake peanut butter bar this cookbook is a fool-proof solution to meal planning and features “Kid Favorites” recipes. 

I love the Six Sisters’ Stuff – it is one of my favorite blogs and I follow it all the time. The recipes are easy to make and foods my family likes. I was excited to get the new Six Ingredients cookbook – there are around 100 easy recipes with ingredients you have in your kitchen. One of my favorites is the Pineapple Chicken Tenders – it is an easy to make and takes just a few minutes to put it together and then it marinates for 1 hour and bakes up in 30 minutes. Your family will love it just like mine!

You can find Six Ingredients with Six Sisters’ Stuff HERE.

Apr 172019

A Solution for Thinning Hair

According to the American Hair Research Society, approximately 50% of women will experience hair loss by the age of 50. Certain forms of hair extensions offer a way to disguise thinning hair, but not all types are good for thin hair.

The most optimal form of hair extensions for thinning hair are tape-in extensions. These are applied by a professional hair stylist, who uses special tape to adhere two-inch wefts of hair extensions to natural hair. These extensions are lightweight and thin, so they do not cause damage or strain to existing hair, and they don’t require the use of harmful chemicals or products.

Non-Permanent Hairstyle Change

Those looking to switch up their hairstyle without a permanent change to length can use hair extensions to achieve a new look. There are several types of non-permanent hair extensions, and many hair extensions salons nyc offer professional application services.

Clip-ins are temporary hair extensions that are applied by attaching wefts of hair extensions to the natural hair using clips. These hair extensions come in a variety of lengths and colors, and a professional stylist can help to find clients the best clip-in hair extensions for their hair color and texture.

Protective Hairstyle

For clients who want to protect their natural hair, weave hair extensions are a great option. This type of hair extension is applied by a stylist, who tightly braids the client’s natural hair before sewing hair extension wefts into the braids. This is a protective hairstyle, as the client’s natural hair is kept in braids, while the hair extensions are styled, helping to protect the natural hair from heat damage.

It is suggested that clients work with a professional hair extension salon in order to find the best hair extensions for their hair type and goals.

Mar 222019

I love trying new makeup brands!  Hard Candy is such a fun brand and have a lot to offer – above are some of my favorite products – Let me tell you about them.

Sheer Envy Stick it to the Pores: This is a primer stick that helps reduce the appearance of pores.  It makes my face look great! It is lightweight weight and absorbs oil so my face looks great all day!

Sheer Envy Instant Eye Fix: You may not need this now – but when you get a bit older or have a late night this is the perfect product! It has a metal tip applicator which helps sooth and cool the eye area. It instantly brightens, de-puffs, and eases the appearance of fine lines.

Eye Shadow Primer:  If you have problems with your eye shadow fading – this will help.  It also makes it look brighter.  It a top seller and a great price at only $5.00 a tube.

Here are two of my most used products from Hard Candy.

Eye Shadow Collection: I love, love, love eye shadow palettes.  This one has 10 different shades and is called Naturally-Gorgeous – which is how I feel when I wear it.  You can combine the colors to make your own unique shade.  They have 6 different palettes to choose from.

Matte Velvet Mousse Lipcolor & Liner: I like that it comes with the matching liquid lip color and a liner duo. It last for hours and doesn’t bleed. I put it on before going out and it last and last.  My color is Forget Me Not but they have 18 shades.

You can find the perfect products for you to use every day.   You can find Hard Candy HERE online and also at your local Walmart.  Have fun looking at all the products and pick some that are perfect for you!



“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Mar 092019

Although the age of consent here in the United States is 18 years of age, the 16-year milestone is also another important birthday. As you already know, 16-year-olds can receive driver’s licenses to begin driving without the help of parents or guardians. Reaching the landmark 16th birthday is also a great excuse to party hard! Unfortunately, however, since most parents aren’t professional event planners, they sometimes make simple mistakes that cause major issues when it comes time to execute the party. Check out these few ways of making birthday parties better.

Design A Way Of Keeping Parents Largely Segregated From Their Kids

Nobody likes partying with their parents, at least not until they become fully-grown adults themselves. As such, especially since 16th birthdays only come once in a lifetime, you need to develop a way to keep parents in a different area than the attendees of your party. This will help your child and every other attendee feel a lot better about being at the party you’re throwing.

Encourage Your Child To Help Decorate And Design

Since the point of birthday parties is to make the people with birthdays feel happy and special, you’re better off achieving this goal by inviting your child to help design and decorate their 16th birthday parties. Even though surprises are always awesome, you should seriously consider saving a surprise party for the future.

If You Really Want Your Guests To Have Fun, Buy Them Gifts

You shouldn’t go all-out and bust your household’s budget just to thank guests for coming to your party, though giving them some sort of token of thankfulness is a great way to hit it over with guests and throw better parties in the future.

If you’ve never planned an event at the professional level, you’re unarguably going to need the help of experienced sweet 16 party planners nj. It’s just about certain that your child will have a better experience at the party you throw them if you get help from a crew of people who throw parties for a living.

Feb 082019

Mod Pizza is one of our favorite places to go on “No Cook Friday”.  We love that we can chose from 30 feel-good ingredients, prepped fresh daily and ready to go. Mix it up. Be spontaneous. Meaty to vegan and everything in between. My favorite has Canadian Bacon, bacon, onion, mushrooms and roasted garlic! I do try to switch it up each time we go in.  The prices are good too – Rex and I both get a pizza and a soda and it is around $20.  We even normally have some left for lunch the next day.

Next time you can’t decide where to go for your “No Cook Friday” or what ever day you want pizza check out Mod Pizza.

Nov 122018

It isn’t necessary to completely remodel your kitchen in order to update its appearance and make it more functional. There are several individual projects you can do that can make a dramatic impact in the kitchen. In addition to these projects, which typically require the help of professionals, there are many smaller projects you can do yourself that will enhance your kitchen décor.

New Lighting

You can instantly improve the appearance of your kitchen by replacing outdated lighting with new designs. Electrical projects should be done by a professional to ensure safety. If you have areas of your kitchen where the lighting is insufficient, this would be a good time to add light to those areas. It is helpful to have lighting over the sink, stove, island and in the eating area of the kitchen.

New Appliances

Replacing old appliances is an excellent way to improve the appearance of your kitchen. It also gives you an opportunity to benefit from the many new advances in stoves and refrigerators. When upgrading to new appliances, take time to explore the energy-saving benefits and the amazing ways technology is being incorporated into kitchen appliances. Using appliance installation in Washington dc can assure that your new appliances are installed properly.

Range Hood

A range hood can be an eye-catching part of a kitchen design. Replacing a mundane hood with an artistically attractive design can make a dramatic difference in your kitchen décor. You can rely on appliance installation in Washington DC to install your new range hood. It’s probably not a project you want to attempt.


Replacing your kitchen faucets can add beauty and increased functionality to your kitchen. High-arch faucets, single hand faucets and pull-down faucets are newer designs that can make a basic kitchen task easier.

You can update your kitchen by replacing old accessories with new ones. A new coat of paint on the walls or cabinets can refresh your kitchen. Adding an island or replacing the one you have with a new design can enhance the décor and provide additional workspace.

Oct 122018

While it is true that your natural teeth are designed to be permanent, life often gets in the way of that truth. Be it severe trauma, years of neglect, or some other natural cause the results in the lost of your teeth, your options may seem to be limited at the point. Once you lose a tooth, and your dentist is unable to repair the damage, it might seem that all is lost. This is not actually the case, thanks to modern technology. In fact, you will want to continue reading to learn more about two of the reasons why dental implants may just be a great option for you.

They Act and Feel Like Natual Teeth

Before dental implants, many people opted for dentures. While this is still an option, you might find that dentures are not the solution you have been looking for. If you are looking for a permanent solution to missing or chipped teeth, dental implants are it. They are designed to function just like your natural teeth. In fact, you will not even notice the difference once you get used to them. You will care for them just like you have always cared for your teeth, and they will stay in permanently.

No More Worries About Teeth Falling out

With dental implants Arlington Heights IL , you no longer have to worry about your dentures falling out. There is no need to take them out at night, and you will be able to clean your implants just like you always have your natural teeth. This will give you much more confidence as you go about your daily life.

If you really think about it, these two reasons highlight why dental implants have become such a popular option for people who have lost one tooth, or an entire set. The possiblity of getting the natural look and feel back in your mouth is a great one to consider. Consult with a professional dentist in your area and inquire about whether or not dental implants are a viable option for you.

Sep 042018

With the cycle of life, first our parents take care of us as babies and much later in life, sometimes they need taking care of. While a nursing home is an option for some adult children, many prefer their parents to come to live with them and provide home care instead.

Here are some tips on how to care for your elderly parents at home.

Expect a Life Adjustment

When you already have a family of your own with a partner and children, adding a parent into the family home is a major life change. There will be a need to have someone in the home most of the time. At the very least, maybe one of you will want to be at home more frequently and perhaps switch to part-time work to facilitate that.

Making a switch to part-time work could lead to a loss of income, while there will inevitably be some additional expenses before and after they’ve moved in. The household will possibly see a dip in income and a corresponding rise in expenses. This means reduced slack in the budget, saving less for retirement, or having to make cutbacks.

Where Will Their Bedroom Be?

With parents who are finding it difficult to get around, you have a couple of options.

The first option is to convert one of the downstairs rooms into a bedroom. Switch a spare bedroom upstairs to create a new living space. They will need privacy too, so is there a way to access the kitchen and other areas downstairs without walking through their new bedroom?

The second option is to have a stairlift installed which they sit in and strap into. They are then raised (or lowered) up or down the stairs. This is a popular option because it removes the need to convert a downstairs room.

Also, think about flooring and rugs. Is there something that they will find slippery under foot? If they’re unsteady on their feet, then consider storing the rugs.

Other Changes

You can also make the bathroom safer with a bath mat which creates a non-slip surface to step onto before climbing out of the bath.

If they have incontinence issues from time to time, then they are also going to need either adult wipes or disposable washcloths. These make light work of cleaning any mess created if they have a bowel release. The use of dry wipes is another way to go if their skin is easily irritated from wipes that have aloe, chamomile, or other additional ingredients.

It is important to note that they may be embarrassed if they have incontinence issues. So, the best thing is to show sympathy and make no fuss. Also, if the kids are old enough, explain to them what could happen and why. This way, they will be a little understanding and not be a further source of embarrassment to their granddad or grandma.

Having one of your parents move into your home is a big step. Plan well and discuss the important points to avoid any major sticking points.