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As a member of the Middletown Chamber of Commerce I had an opportunity to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Painting with a Twist located in the Dove Run Shopping Center.
Having never heard of “Painting with a Twist” nor having had a paint brush in my hand since elementary school – well not counting the paint brushes that I use for the house, I thought I would just go to hang out and take some pics for my blog.
However, when I say that I had a blast, I mean I had a blast and I even painted something decent enough to hang in my home office!
(Nothing compared to The Rising Phoenix featured in Monday’s post!)
It was a fun and entertaining evening and why wouldn’t it be…wine paired with step-by-step painting instructions, music, food and dancing. This was definitely a great way to work off some stress after a long work week and to head into the weekend.
The next day after telling a few people about how much fun I had, most of them knew about the franchise and some even said, “that their parents loved it”. I guess since I’m a boomer, they naturally assumed that I should have at least heard about it – but sadly I didn’t! Now that I know about it and had such a great time, it definitely won’t be the last time that I attend a session.
For those of you who don’t know about the Painting with a Twist franchise, here’s what their website states,
“Painting with a Twist® painting sessions are the answer! Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage* and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artists. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent you’ll want to explore. Book a private party and choose from over 5,000 paintings. From birthday and bachelorette parties to date nights and team buildings, we can help you celebrate anything!
* Please check with your local studio regarding options for bringing or purchasing alcohol.”
I tried to keep up with the painting instructor but was taking time away to video and take pictures that several of the instructors had to assist in keeping me on track, “thank you Christian”. I did however, do a pretty good job and that was with only 3 beers and 1 glass of Moscato!
Check out my Instagram page for more pics and I’ll upload a mini video to my YouTube channel this weekend.
Our themed painting was “Eternal Daze” and it was amazing to see the variations of each finished painting. The wine, music and dancing definitely brings out the creativity in all of us!!
Getting twisted and painting was so much fun, and with plenty of food and beverages this is definitely a great place to go for a “Girl’s Night Out” “Bridal Party”, “Guy’s Night Out” or just to have fun with the family.
They will travel to off-site locations for church groups, senior centers and homecoming affairs. Gift Cards are also available so it would be a perfect stocking stuffer, graduation or birthday gift.
Check out their website and if there is a Painting with a Twist near you, I recommend you sign up and go have an awesome time.
If you have already attended an event tell me how much you loved it because I know you did!
Hello friends and happy feel good Friday!
Before you get caught up in a lot of outdoor fun, travels and holiday activities, make sure you take some time to sit back, relax and listen to a few of your favorite summer songs.
Remember my list from last year, well they’re back again this year because these songs always put me in the summertime mood.
Sundress – C.o.C.o Brown & The Phat Cat Players
Summertime – Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff
Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter
Heatwave – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Okay, now it’s your turn, what are some of your favorite summer songs?
Hello friends, do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with all the sex, violence and unrealistic reality programming on television today? I know sometimes I just want to turn on the set, sit back, relax and laugh while watching old skool sitcoms?
Thanks to television stations like Antenna TV, Me-TV and Cozi TV I oftentimes get a chance to do just that, and this is just a partial list of some of my favorites:
- The Flying Nun
- Good Times
- Mork and Mindy
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Father Knows Best
- Sanford and Son
- WKRP in Cincinnati
- Three’s company
- Gilligan’s Island
- The Beverly Hillbillies
- Night Gallery
- Perry Mason
- Different Strokes
If you put me on a desert island, I could be happy for years just watching these shows and snacking on chips. How about you, what are some of your favorite old skool television shows?
Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!
I participated in the Mary J Blige, The London Sessions album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are 100% my own.
Music is an important element in all of our lives whether we care to admit it or not. During the good times, the bad times, the happy times and especially during the sad times. I am sure we can all remember a time in our lives when a “name that tune” soothed our minds or comforted our souls.
My kindred spirit, my sister from “another mother’ and all time favorite female recording artist is Mary J. Blige. She understands the many challenges that women oftentimes must go through and her music is definitely a reflection of that. Mary is an artist who is not afraid to step out of her comfort zone and do something completely different.
In this new album entitled “The London Sessions” which is being released on the 2nd of December there are some great cuts, however, ‘Therapy‘ is one that really speaks to my soul. The words in that song, “why would I spend the rest of my days unhappy…when I can go therapy two times a day” is poignant.
This is Mary’s 13th studio album, however, it was created entirely in London where she worked with artists who understood her greatness, and together they unleashed 12 tracks of awesomeness!
Mary J. Blige is a blessed soulful songstress with longevity so I know she will always create a song that will become an important element in my life.
You can pre-order the album now from iTunes and Amazon.
* iTunes : http://bit.ly/MJBLondon
* Amazon: http://bit.ly/MJBLS
Think There’s No Fashion In Delaware….Think Again
Fresh off the heels of New York’s Fashion Week, Delaware Today presented it’s 1st Annual Fashion Awards on Wednesday evening at the Deerfield Golf Club in Newark, DE. Walking models and fashion displays by Aribella Events featured clothing and couture from Claire’s Fashions, Lady’s Image, and South Moon Under. The Christiana Mall was the Platinum Sponsor and they provided gift bags which were perfect for carrying the various giveaways from the Gold and Bronze Sponsors.
Other participants included recipients of this year’s 2013 Best of Delaware Awards and they had beautifully decorated tables displaying their latest products and services. Prior to entering the elegantly decorated room, attendees walked a Red Carpet stopping first to pose for a Delaware Today photograph. The room was filled with an array of beautiful people who mixed and mingled as they noshed on scrumptious Hors D’Oeuvres from buffet tables and from the platters carried by the warm and friendly waitstaff.
The signature drink of the evening was The Fashionista, a mix of Raspberry Vodka, Lemonade and Cranberry Juice. Live music was provided by the Joe Baione Jazz Band, and as a thoughtful tribute they ended the evening performing the song, Stand By Me, in honor of the event’s beneficiary $tand by Me, a Financial Empowerment organization.
The Awards ceremony began with opening remarks from Dr. Maria Hess, Editor-In-Chief of Delaware Today. The Hostess and MC for the evening was Mellany Armstrong, a WDEL News Anchor and Reporter who presented the awards in each of the following categories.
- Accessories of the Year
- Best Dressed Delaware Man
- Best Dressed Delaware Woman
- Boutique of the Year
- Cocktail/Evening Wear Retailer of the Year
- Fashion Consignment Store of the Year
- Hair Stylist of the Year/ Formal Style
- Hair Stylist of the Year/Everyday Style
- Jeweler of the Year
- Make-Up Artist of the Year
- Photographer of the Year
The full list of nominees and photos of the winners can be found at Delaware Today.com, however the award for Best Dressed Delaware Woman was presented to fellow Middletown resident Kim Krzanowski.
The final closing remarks were given by Rob Martinelli, Publisher and President of Delaware Today. This exciting event not only raised money and awareness for a worthy organization, it also provided exposure to the fast and growing fashion industry in the state of Delaware.
I am sure that everyone in attendance is now looking forward to next year’s Fashion Awards which promises to be bigger and even more exciting.
Gallery of pictures taken at the event by Delaware Today Photogs (Click Here)
Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!
Driving home last evening I started thinking about the old TV sitcoms that I loved to watch as a child, the ones that made me rush through dinner so I could lay in front of the television set until bedtime. We didn’t have a lot of homework so the only thing that might have cut into our TV watching time was Bible Study and/or Prayer Service at Church.
Now thanks to online websites like Retro Cafe, Hulu and YouTube as well as over the air stations like AntennaTV and Cozi TV, I can watch them anytime I want. Having only 3 stations and broadcasting ended at midnight with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner these were my top ten favorites.
- I Love Lucy
- The Beverly Hillbillies
- Leave it to Beaver
- Family Affair
- Gilligan’s Island
- The Patty Duke Show
- The Honeymooners
What wasn’t there to love about that zany redhead and her antics with Ethel – loved when they moved to Connecticut
The first time we ever saw a black woman not playing a maid and we loved her son
Come on Granny, you know you could have whomped Mrs. Drysdale – I always wanted to swim in the “cement pond”
Nosy Mrs. Kravitz and oh how I wished I could wiggle my nose to make magic
Wally and Beaver…really…come on June and Ward – I did like they had a bathroom in their bedroom
Something about Mr. Bill and Mr. French raising those kids it was such a sweet and innocent sitcom
Gotta love a feisty maid like Hazel, I often wondered if my grandmother acted the same way with the families she worked for
Really people…you could make a radio out of a coconut but couldn’t make a boat out of trees! Poor Gilligan
I could never figure out how Patty and Cathy could be in the same scene…but it was obvious they weren’t
Ralphie Boy…And away we go! I loved watching the “shadow” on the wall – and everything fit into that one dresser drawer
What were some of your favorite sitcoms as a child and why?
Comedy on the Riverfront featuring Nephew Tommy
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Oprah Winfrey launched the OWN Network on January 1, 2011, but I have to admit that I didn’t know what channel it was on nor what shows were being featured. That has since changed with the introduction of Tyler Perry’s two new hit shows, The Haves and The Have Nots on Tuesday nights and Love Thy Neighbor on Wednesday nights. My television cable box is now locked on VerizonFios Channel 161!
Tyler Perry, the genius behind the “Madea” stage plays and movies, had made his mark on the small screen with the TBS sitcoms House of Payne, Meet The Browns and For Better or Worse, which was based on his movie Why Did I Get Married?, but he has taken it to a whole new level with The Haves and The Have Nots!
Think of Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Dallas all rolled up for the 21st century, where the deceit and duplicity is doubled, but praying and thanking Jesus is the foundation. Not only is prayer and a strong belief in God prominently displayed in these shows, it is also what makes Tyler Perry the man that he is today. I honestly believe that his mother is sitting in Heaven on the right side of God, nudging him, saying, “see…see…that’s my boy…watch him work!”
Love Thy Neighbor is a sitcom featuring Mama Hattie, a strong woman running a diner, working hard and trying to keep her recently divorced daughter off her couch, because she just got her recently employed grandson off of it! I love Hattie’s feistiness and warm heart, and her voice will you have sitting upright. It seems as though all the cast members work extremely well together, each bringing their own style and flair. The stand outs are Tika Sumpter, who plays Candace, the beautiful devil diva in The Haves and The Have Nots, and Jonathon Chase, who plays Sam in Love Thy Neighbor, a hilarious man-child whose comedic timing and mannerisms reminds me of a young Jim Carrey!
If you haven’t seen The Haves and The Have Nots or Love Thy Neighbor, I urge you to check them out, I know once you start you’ll be hooked. When you do, make sure to join in on the weekly Twitter Chats because you never know, your tweet just might be retweeted by Oprah or Tyler – mine were!
TVOne just ended it’s first season of their new sitcom, Belle’s starring veteran actors Ella Joyce, Keith David and Miguel Nunez as well as Elise Neil and newly minted reality actress and home girl (money earning Mt. Vernon) Tami Roman. The show is narrated by 12 year old Nadka Alaya as Pam in a role similar to Aaron Meeks as Ahmad in Soul Food. However, unlike Soul Food, this is light comedy, not forced comedy like Roc or The Hughley’s or extreme unreality like Basketball Wives, light comedy similar to Sparks.
As a “fifty something” wife and mother, I enjoyed this show for several reasons: the time, 10 pm on Friday…end of the work week…after dinner…after hubby and sons have gone to their rooms…after weekly home pedicure…and after the 4th glass of Red Wine has kicked in. Light comedy with an excellent cast of characters that appear to work well together, great guest appearances like Wendy Williams and Gary Dourdan, a show that I hope remains on the air for a long time.
Thank you, TVOne for bringing family programming that I truly enjoy!