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WIWW – Sunrise to SnowStorm

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

Yesterday’s snowstorm was predicted to start around noon in our area but it actually began at 9:00 a.m. in West Chester, PA.  However, before it’s arrival the sky was highlighted by a brilliant sunrise. #GodsLight

 

Sunrise before the Storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing that I would be driving home in a snowstorm, I opted to wear pants to work as opposed to a dress or skirt.

Sunrise before the Snow Storm

 I wore a denim shirt under this handmade vest which I had to take back from my son.  Hubby had these matching vests made way before we had him so it was kinda funny when I had to retrieve it from his closet.

Brass and Bead necklace was a flea market find and ring was purchased at Burlington Coat Factory.  My “work” shoes are from Kmart and although they are not very fashionable, they are extremely comfortable.

Sunrise before Snow Storm  These faux suede pants are closet staples and are part of a two piece suit which I have had for years.

Sunrise before Snow Storm

 

The snow continued with a vengeance so I left work at 11:30, but the roads were so bad that I didn’t get home until 5:00 p.m.  Needless to say, I was upset and tired but I was also extremely thankful because there were so many cars stuck in snow and on the side of the road, I could only think “I’m blessed”.  

Sunrise to Snow Storm

This was 5:30 – what a difference a drop in temperature makes!

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I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy who had joined with other bloggers in launching a new website  “Blogger’s Closet so if you are a fashionista, go check it out!

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

 

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What Chore is a Bore?

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

I hope you had a nice MLK Day of Service Holiday and was able to do something special and not boring like cleaning the house!  Speaking of which, what chore for you is the most boring?

Is it sweeping and mopping the floor?  It may be a boring chore but it’s mandatory if that “5-Second rule” is to apply!

Boring Chores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about washing and drying clothes?  Thankfully, my sons have been doing their own laundry since the age of 12, but I still hate doing mine and hubby’s!

Boring laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about cleaning out the refrigerator?  Just how long can you keep that opened jar of jelly….one or two years?

Cleaning out the refrigerator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about dusting?  I don’t really mind it, but I just can’t figure out how dust can settle in an area that we don’t use.  We don’t enter the house using the front door so why is that foyer table always dusty!

Dusting the foyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about bathroom cleaning?  My sons are each assigned a bathroom to clean and needless to say they find it boring!

Bathroom Cleaning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hands down for me, the kitchen table basket is the bore chore.  This catch-all basket contains coupons, store inserts, and junk mail that I want to read later. Between this basket and the junk drawers they have got to be the most boring chore ever! (hey…there’s even a Christmas candy cane in there)

Kitchen Table Catch All Basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about you, what is your bore chore?

 

Stay Blessed – Not Stress in the New Year!

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MLK Day of Service

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

Today most of you are off from work in honor of MLK Day of Service.  If you are looking for volunteer opportunities in your area please check the All For Good website, and in Delaware click (here).  In addition to the many volunteer opportunities there are also local family events for you and the kids, so I hope you have a chance to attend one.

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Events in and around Wilmington:

MON, JANUARY 20, 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

MLK Day Camp
Brandywine Zoo, 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802
Our world is richer because of biodiversity! Come and learn why every living thing has a special place and purpose on our earth. Through fun activities, stories and crafts you’ll discover how to be a better animal ambassador! Campers must be potty trained and come dressed for the weather. Campers must bring a bag lunch and water bottle; light snack is provided. Morning drop off from 8-8:30 A.M.. Aftercare available until 5:30 P.M.
Fee: $55 per participant; $45 Delaware Zoological Society Members. Aftercare fee: $10 per person. Pre-registration required. Deadline for registration is January 15th.
To register, please call (302) 571-7788 ext. 200 or emailDNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us

MON, JANUARY 20, 9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

African-American Champions of Nature
Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Wilmington, DE 19807
Celebrate the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Museum! We’ll have games, crafts, and activities that will leave you filled with compassion for your fellow man and beast.
For more information call (302) 658-9111

MON, JANUARY 20, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Celebrate MLK, Jr. Day with YWCA Delaware!
Trinity Episcopal Parish, 1108 North Adams Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Please join us for a special racial justice event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Lawrence Livingston, Pastor at Mother African Union Church.  For more details, contact Faye Bonneau, Director of Racial Justice, at (302) 224-4060 ext. 218 orfbonneau@ywcade.org

MON, JANUARY 20, 1:00 – 3:30 P.M.

March for Peace and Community Celebration
1:00 – 2:00 March: St. Paul Catholic Church, Corner of West 4th and Van Buren Streets
2:00 – 3:30 Community Celebration: Be Ready Jesus is Coming Church, 1411 West 4th Street
Walk for peace in our community. The celebration following the march will have food, children’s activities, and arts, music and dance performances.
Questions? Contact Vanity at (302) 602-6560
Co-sponsored by West Side Grows Together and Wilmington Peacekeepers

Here are a few events in our area as posted on DelawareOnline

BREAKFAST IN WILMINGTON

The Organization of Minority Women Inc. hosts the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, 8 a.m. Monday at Chase Center on the Riverfront, 800 South Madison St., Wilmington. For tickets, $35, call Mary Plant at 764-4323.

BREAKFAST IN DOVER

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has its 28th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, Monday at Dover Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave. Doors open 7 a.m., an 8:45 a.m. program features Pastor Ellis B. Louden of Mount Zion AME Church, Dover. Admission is a $15 donation at the door.

BREAKFAST IN BRIDGEVILLE

The Western Sussex 2011 Day of Celebration prayer breakfast is 8 a.m. Monday at Heritage Shores Country Club, Bridgeville. Its theme is “TEAM-Work makes the DREAM-Work,” with the Rev. John G. Moore Sr. speaking, music by saxophonist Tony Smith and a Community Recognition Award to Derek and Monica Sheets of Seaford. For advance-only tickets, $20, call 628-1908.

PARTY, AWARDS MONDAY

The 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Children’s Birthday Party is at noon Monday at Bancroft Academy, Eighth and Lombard streets, Wilmington. The event, with birthday cake, is free. Guests are asked to donate canned food for the needy. Winners of an MLK poster/essay contest will be announced and must attend to get awards, sponsored by the Afro-American Historical Society of Delaware and National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. For information, call Harmon R. Carey, 562-4718.

ALUMNI EVENT MONDAY

Delaware Academy of Science has a reception Monday for alumni of Iron Hill School 112-C, built in the 1920s for black children, now home to Iron Hill Museum. Alumni will get a preview of renovation plans. The reception is 2-4 p.m. in Building 15, Delaware Technology Park, 15 Innovation Way, Newark. To attend, alumni should call Rebecca L. Klug at 738-7532.

NATURE PROGRAM MONDAY

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Greenville, has “African-American Champions of Nature” 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday. Crafts, activities and displays honor scientist George Washington Carver, entomologist Charles Henry Turner, marine biologist Ernest Everett Just and ornithologist Robert A. Gilbert. Adults, $7, $5 for ages 3-17, $6 ages 60 plus, members and kids under 3, free. For information, call 658-9111.

CAN DRIVE STARTS MONDAY

The RSVP Advisory Council of Sussex County starts a food drive Monday that lasts into March. Food goes to Sussex County state service centers to fill crisis food requests. Drop sites are Hocker’s in Clarksville, Giant Foods in Millville, Long Neck and Rehoboth Beach, and Food Lions in Millville and Long Neck.

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Slow Cooker Saturday

Hello Friends and Welcome to Slow Cooker Saturday!

Do you find yourself rushing through the work week in order to get to the weekends?  If so, do you realize that you are just rushing your life away?  I know because I’m guilty of doing it,  so from now on, other than Mondays I’m going to slow down and enjoy all of the week days.

Do you live for the weekends?

I’m up early and out for the first dress rehearsal for Goodwill’s 2014 Runway Show.  The models will get a chance to see and try on what we, the stylists has chosen for them to wear.   I met with my models previously and they had an opportunity to try on their outfits in Goodwill fitting rooms.  Today with some added accessories we will all get a chance to see what they will be wearing  on the runway and I am anxious.

Friday’s  Foodie Feature was preempted by the Weekend Wind-Down Party (#WWDParty) have you linked up, if not, please do and share a post with us.

Slow Cook Saturday

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 Frozen Chicken Thighs or Breasts
  • 1 Large Can or 2 Small Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • *1 Package Frozen Broccoli
  • 2 cups of Rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spray Crock Pot with Cooking Spray or use Slow Cook Liners for easy cleanup. Add chicken thighs/breast and top with frozen broccoli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour in can(s) of soup and sprinkle with black pepper (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour in additional can of water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover and cook on low 8 hours or high for 4 hours depending on Crock Pot model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add two cups of rice, stir and leave on low for an additional 10 mins

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As you can see, my hubby couldn’t wait!

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I hope you are enjoying your weekend because Monday will be here before you know it!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!

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*You can also add frozen onions, peppers and mushrooms.


Weekend Wind-Down Party #WWDParty

Hello Friends and Welcome to the Weekend Wind-Down Party #2

I want to thank each one of you who linked up last week.  It was an awesome turnout with more than 100 bloggers joining in on the fun!  

I’m thrilled to be able to bring you this party each week along with 7 other fun bloggers. We’re excited to get your posts to see what you have to share with us! To start the party we’ve chosen 8 unique features from last week which was difficult because there were so many!  

(Please note that we will only select posts that has linked back to the #WWDParty)

Here are this week’s fabulous features:

A Fresh Start on a Budget
A FRESH START

True Blue Baking

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From This Kitchen Table

from this kitchen table

Mums Make Lists

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Calm Healthy Sexy

The Crazy Craft Lady

the crazy craft lady

High Latitude Style

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Michelle Paige

michelle paige

Congratulations to our featured bloggers, please follow our Pinterest Board to view each week’s featured posts!

Please feel free to copy and paste this button to proudly display on your blog!

I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

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As your hosts we ask that you not forget to add our link or put the button on your page so others will know where the party is.

Pour yourself a glass of wine or water and let’s get this party started!

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Layering Up on Casual Fri-Yay

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Today is the 2nd week of the #WWDParty, and the link will be live at 6:00 p.m.  So after you get home and wind down, come back and share a link or two of any of your posts from the week.

One of my favorite fashion blogs is FreeUrCloset and this week Nensi featured “How to Layer Like a Pro” which I wanted to try but am by no means a Pro!  I can’t wear a lot of layers because I’m warm by nature and menopause definitely doesn’t make it any better so this is what I came up with.

Layering like a pro

 Layer 1 and 2 if you count the Infinity Scarf

Layering Like a Pro

 Layer 3 is the vest.  Believe it or not, this Cable Knit Sweater once belonged to Gloria, my sister so that makes it at least 25 years old!

Mark by Avon handbag

 

Boots | Rugged Wearhouse // Handbag | Mark by Avon

 

Infinity Scarf | Burlington Coat Factory

 

 Reversible Vest | Old Navy

 

So what do you think – semi-Pro?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!

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Thankful Thursday

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday

This week there are several things for which I am thankful and of course it begins with my family, friends and faith.  I am also thankful that my youngest son is learning a few hard lessons while still at home.  Ever since we gave him a car he has tried to add options to jazz it up, some good…others not so much.  The latest was a set of rims that he received from a friend that I told him not to put on, did he listen? Nope.  Unfortunately, they were too large for his vehicle so he had to pay our mechanic to remove them! #hardhead

Early Monday morning, he slowly followed  me to Middletown Car Care to drop it off and then I had to drive him to school.  Needless to say, it was early morning and you know I am NOT a morning person!

Monday Morning at the Mechanic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skirt and Top | JCPenney // Shoes |The Shoe Dept // Necklace | TraciLynn Jewelry

I was not happy nor was he because he had to take my pictures!  Oh well, a small price to pay for the cost of having to have those dang tires taken off his car!  #teenagers

Monday at the Mechanic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am also thankful that my son understands that even though I nag him, I do it only because I have his best interests at heart.  Does your children appreciate your nagging, nope, but are you thankful for the nagging your parents did with you?

 

Monday at the Mechanic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!

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Thrifting @Goodwill

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

I hope your week has been going well and that you are now gearing up for a wonderful weekend.  Two Saturdays ago I drove to Claymont to meet Erin, a model in the 2014 Goodwill Runway Show for her final fitting.

We met to find the last few pieces to complete her wardrobe and afterwards we did a little thrifting for ourselves.

Goodwill Thrifting

Erin found these metal pieces which she said she’ll use as candle covers, vases for artificial plants or maybe to hang her earrings.  What do you think, what would you use them for?

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This Briggs New York Skirt will be added to my collection ($3.75) and the new Victoria Secrets Handbag will be part of the Goodwill Runway Show Boutique.

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I hit the jackpot in the men’s department and was able to stock up on sweaters for my sons and hubby also $3.75 each #winning

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Can’t beat finding a J. Crew sweater for only $3.75

Thrifting at Goodwill

Too bad this shopper found this faux suede jacket first, otherwise it would have been in my cart!  Don’t you think it would have been perfect with the skirt?

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Even with snow on the ground, it’s never to early to think about Spring and Summer shoes.  Check out the embellishment on these acrylic sandals – cute!

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Now I need to gather more items to donate back to Goodwill!

Have you done any winter thrifting, if so, why not share at Thrifters Anonymous

Thrifters Anonymous

 DON’T FORGET THIS WEEKEND’S SALE AT ALL GOODWILL DE/DELAWARE COUNTY LOCATIONS!

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in the New Year!

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Spider in the Smoothie

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

Now that we are halfway through the first month of 2014, you are either continuing your resolution to get healthy or have ditched it all together and have a freezer full of Talenti Gelato!

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So let’s just say for the sake of argument that you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating right, exercising and starting each day with a delicious and nutritious green smoothie.

You have a new Ninja Bullet and have stocked up on your healthy greens, kale and spinach, your fiber, Chia and Flaxseeds and fresh fruits, apples, mangos, berries, kiwi, pineapples and bananas.

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One morning, still a little groggy you grab a banana from the bowl and begin to peel it only to notice a small white blotch.  Upon closer inspection you realize that spot is a cocoon, a cocoon filled with baby spiders!   Your first reaction…”what the what?… eeeew… gross…” and then fear takes your breath away!

Spiders on Bananas in the UK The fear that you might have eaten one previously not noticing the white blotch that are now infested with spiders…ok I’ll stop.

No, that couldn’t happen in the US could it?  We have the FDA regulating our imports right…oh, forget about that pesky little government shutdown thingy, that wouldn’t have affected my local produce – right?

Probably not, but unfortunately it did occur in the UK and it was reported by the Huffington Post  (here).  What should you do to ensure the fruits and veggies you are buying to keep healthy won’t make you sick?

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WASH IT BEFORE YOU EAT IT!

 Sounds simple right, but there are a lot of people including my husband who doesn’t wash fruit before he eats it.  Fortunately for him that’s the first thing I do after we unpack the grocery bags.  Sure there are products on the market made specifically for washing fruits but I wonder if they too could leave a contaminant on the fruit.

You could use a spray bottle or submerge the fruit in a mixture of water and white vinegar.  Your best bet is to simply wash them under cold running water using a vegetable brush or rubbing briskly with your hands then blotting them dry with a fresh paper towel.

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I know there’s nothing like biting into a freshly picked apple or peach at the Orchard or a few fresh berries from the field.  Just remember to bring along a bottle of water to rinse them before you eat them, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Do you wash ALL your fresh fruits and veggies before eating them?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!

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“You sho is UGLY”

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

If you are a Delawarean, you probably read the news that our license plates has been voted the ugliest in the nation!  After shaking my head in astonishment I immediately thought about this scene from The Color Purple

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The survey conducted by CarInsurance.com stated that our basic blue and gold plate with no art and “The First State” motto was ugly.  I wouldn’t call it ugly…boring yes…ugly…no, but we ranked 51st behind all the states and the District of Columbia.  Wyoming’s license plate was voted the favorite.

Take a look and tell me what you think- Ugly Yes or No?

Where did your state’s license plate rank?

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Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!

 

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