Personal Safety


Hello Everyone,

I am happy that Spring is in full bloom at our Texas home. One of my favorite past time activities is taking floral photos and enjoying nature. It is easy to become so absorbed in taking a picture and forget about my surrounding. In turn paying no attention to people passing by.

Although I am a believer that most people mean me no harm. There is evil in our world and taking safety for granted is unwise. With that said I wanted to share with you five personal safety tips.

1. Look around. Be aware of your surroundings and people within five feet of your reach.

2. Wake up.  Take out earphones and don’t be distracted by a phone conversation.

3.  Walk wide around building corners. Don’t get jumped.

4. No stranger gets in your home EVER. Home invasions are growing and a large number of murders start as home robbery incidents.

5. Don’t go with a stranger. Never go with a stranger anywhere. Fight, scream, make noise and stand your ground. You stand a better chance of surviving.

Several other tips come to mind but with families taking vacations keep it in mind to teach loved ones how to be safe.

Please share your safety tips!

Take Care,

Kathy Bradshaw









Happy 3rd Birthday Johnny



On April 02,2016 family and friends joined my grandson, Johnny to celebrate his 3rd birthday! His mommy chose a circus theme and used her talents to decorate in grand style.
Guests were treated to festive snacks of circus animal cookies, popcorn, cotton candy, cupcakes, and lemonade. Friends and family were treated to special guests from Tiny Tales Traveling Petting Zoo out of Austin, TX. The petting zoo was a gift from myself and Johnny’s Papaw David. Dorothy his baby sister was not familiar with bunnies, chicks, and ducklings, so she observed from outside the fence.
Johnny’s Uncle Jay was our party photographer and caught some wonderful shots.

If you haven’t enjoyed a visit from Tiny Tales, I encourage you to check them out. Their critters were enjoyed by little ones and adults alike. I especially liked the bunny! John and Dorothy are the children of April and Darren Bogus. They reside in Round Rock, TX.
Visit his mommy April online at @thetattooedtype and





Purina Beyond Natural Dog Snacks


Sailor is showing his best beg face!


I am a member of BzzAgent and review products sent to me by manufacturers for my honest review and feedback. Recently I have been lucky enough to be sent this variety of dog snacks by Purina. Each Purina Beyond Natural Dog Snack variety is made from high quality ingredients. Our dog enjoys the flavors and begin to beg when they smell  the real chicken, and salmon.                                                                                                                      Our family likes that our  furbabies; Lyric and Sailor are feed snacks with no poultry by-product meal, corn, wheat, soy or artificial flavors, present.                                                                                                                 Purina® Beyond Natural Dog Snacks come in flavors like Crunchy Chicken & Barley Recipe Biscuits and Jerky Strips with Chicken & Carrots, treat your dog to a well balance trust the brand  you already know has your pets best interest at heart.

I was sent these snacks to share with my dogs for free from Bzzagent and Purina. In exchange for my honest review and evaluation of these dog snacks. #GotItFree #Bzzagent

Armstrong Browning Library

20151218_13095720151218_123644Baylor Campus Waco, TX.

On December 19, 2015 it was my pleasure to spend several hours on the beautiful Baylor Campus.

I was honored to be a guest at a Professors luncheon.
During that lovely meal I was asked to share my mission for Nettie Pearl’s Closet with the group of educators. It was such a wonderful experience and the beginning of my fundraising efforts.
While on campus I had to visit their Armstrong Browning Library. Dr. Beatrice  Laurer teaches English History in Literature and shared that she insists her students use the library for independent study each year.
I arrived at the library just before 2:00 P.M. and spoke to the assistant at
the front desk. The time of my arrival is important due to the position of the afternoon sun streaming though the stained glass windows in each room, which left me nearly breathless due to their beauty. It was the closest to a spiritual experience as I could of ever imagined. The library in all has sixty two stained glass windows most celebrate the works of Robert Browning in this elegant Italianate building.
I was handed a brochure which told the story of how the library was founded, funded, and the drive of  Dr. A.J. Armstrong to see his project to completion.
He was the head of the English Department from 1873 to 1954 and devoted himself to the study of Victorian poet Robert Browning and his works.
The library started with Dr. Armstrong’s private collection of Robert Browning works, and personal effects.


After browsing the main second floor I made my way to the
the third floor Austin Moore Elizabeth Barrett Browning Salon. It is
set up as a parlor with Victorian era furnishings not every piece of furniture was owned by the Browning’s.
A few personal pieces of furniture were used by Elizabeth, they have her writing table with drop leaves she owned before her marriage to Robert. On the table sits her letter tray and the olive wood chairs beside the table which only weigh a few ounces each. Being in this salon is like stepping back into time and you can just imagine the sounds you might hear, a swish of a satin skirt or gaiety laughter filling the room. I dedicate this post to everyone who enjoys the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Next time you find yourself in the Waco Texas area stop by the Armstrong Browning Library and feel yourself briefly in the Victorian time. Before you leave enjoy the grounds surrounding the library and their gardens.
Thank you for reading my blog and sharing this memorizing adventure with me.  To read more visit












5 Uses for Vinegar


5 Practical Uses for Vinegar

1. Household cleaner costs you pennies to make and is especially helpful if you suffer from asthma or allergies.
Mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

Use to clean your countertops in the kitchen and restrooms,
2. Coffee pot cleaner:Fill your coffee pot with 9 cups of water and add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Run your coffee pot as you would brewing a pot of coffee. Next brew a pot of water only and you will have a clean coffeepot.
3. Sunburn remedy: Fill your bathtub with cool water and add one full cup to the water. Lay in the tub or gently pour the water over the sunburned area of the body. We repeated this process for three days and my fevered skin was relieved.
4. Laundry additive: If your towels smell sour or children’s clothes especially stinky add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to your large load of laundry.
5. Nail polish preserver. Rub nails with white vinegar before applying nail polish. Vinegar takes moisture out of your nails, which helps polish adhere and last longer.

Review: Red Door Lane


Hello y’all,

I wanted to tell you about this lovely shop April, Dottie, and I found. Red Door Lane, where Past Meets Present is located at Leaders Flea Market.

For your navigation their address is 1291 East Woodville Drive, Leander Tx. I was so taken with this shop, which has a mixture of antiques, paints, and home decor. Their designers make pretty, elegant, wacky, and tasteful artistic items. I purchased two material stuffed pumpkins, and a sweet tea towel.

We visited two more shops that sold antiques at antique shop prices. What sets Red Door Lane apart from the other shops is their selection of furniture and reasonable prices.

See for yourself what this cute out of the way shop has to offer. Yes it is air conditioned, and baby stroller friendly. I can’t wait to visit to Christmas shop at Red Door Lane!!

Enjoy shopping,