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In Memory of my Grandmother

In Memory of Mama in May

“If Tears Could Build A Stairway”

If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say “Goodbye”.
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness,
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you –
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want me
to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times
life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today~
A hollowed place within my heart
is where you’ll always stay.

Author: Unknown

NEW Purex® PowerShot Product Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  The Purex® brand provided me with a sample of Purex® PowerShot detergent in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions are 100% my own.

You will never believe what Purex® did this time!  They have totally taken the guesswork and mess work out of measuring detergent when doing laundry.  With the NEW Purex® PowerShot you just flip the bottle upside down and one dose is delivered right into the cap, flip the bottle upright and you’re done.

Purex® PowerShot This is a great way to ensure that use just the right amount of detergent, saving you lots of money and avoiding not having enough or too much detergent for each load.

Speaking of loads, check out this video showing the one Malik left me after returning to college last week.

As stated in the video, thanks to the Purex® brand, I have 3 coupons to giveaway for a FREE bottle of Purex® PowerShot, your choice of fragrances, Mountain Breeze which smells awesome or Natural Elements, Linens & Lillies.  So enter today for a chance to win so that NEW Purex® PowerShot can take the guesswork and mess work out of your laundry day!

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Sunday Stylin Roundup

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Hello friends and welcome to Sunday Stylin Roundup.  I trust you all had a wonderful weekend.  We are now into full Autumn attire and I finally got all my closets cleaned – yay me!  I didn’t get an opportunity to wear all of my summer dresses but next week I am going to repost a DIY in which I cut the bodice off a dress to make it a maxi skirt.  I’ll be doing a few more of them as some of the dresses are cut too low to wear without a cover-up.

Here are last week’s outfits.

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These two outfits one I wore at the end of September and the other was early October which is still warm enough to wear peep toes and pencil skirts.

Pencil skirts are by far my favorite types of skirts and the color grey with the classic black and white works equally well with green and beige.  The red necklace is from Rainbow Shops and the beige beads are from Walmart, they have a really nice $5 and $10 Statement necklace assortment #stockingstuffer.

Back to Basics

I call this outfit “Back to Basics“, because the white cotton shirt and tie are reminiscent of my early corporate days at IBM.  Believe it or not, I still have several of the clip on ties that I wore back in the early 80’s!  The skirt is from Walmart and the purse is from Avon as is the bracelets and watch.  I participated in iamfabellis #fabwerkwear Instagram roundup, so if you get a minute go check out the other lovely ladies in classic white work shirts.

Wild n Out

Breaking out the infinity scarves which I have draped around a body-form in the guest bedroom, most of which were on clearance from Burlington Coat Factory, but Walmart also has a large selection as well, starting at $4.97.

Two of my favorite consigned pieces, the Jessica Simpson leopard print peep-toes shoes and this leopard print vintage purse.  A simple top from Boscov’s and brown thrifted skirt made this outfit a mid-week special.

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Another infinity scarf breaks of the basic blue skirt from JCPenney and green scoop top thrifted from Goodwill.  I had forgotten about these Unlisted shoes from the Shoe Dept, but seemed to work well with the tote from Target as well as the thrifted pink clutch.

Poncho and Pencil

I ended the work week in a “Poncho and Pencil” skirt and pointy toe shoes from DSW.  The pencil skirt and thrifted sleeveless tank were covered in a printed poncho from Boscov’s.  I didn’t need to change up my purse as the tote from Target worked well. The accessories I chose were a wooden beaded necklace, a Flea Market find, and wood earrings from Claire’s.

So which outfit did you like the best?


Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

Sunday Stylin RoundUp ~ Fashion after Fifty

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Hello friends, each week I will put together a collage of my favorite outfits of the week, then post them here on Sunday Stylin RoundUp.

This first outfit I wore to the SITSGirls Bloggy Boot Camp in Philly.  The skirt was a recent purchase from Burlington Coat Factory, as was the tote from Walmart.  This tote bag was only $14.97 and they have a large selection in various colors, I will probably pick up another one in Cognac.  The sandals and top are closet staples.  The necklace and arm band are too old for me to remember where they were purchased but the red bracelet is from Old Navy.

Bloggy Boot Camp Collage

As you can see, I love the tote and wore it again to work the following Monday with a thrifted faux wrap dress from Goodwill and thrifted beige pumps.  Necklace from Rugged Wearhouse, bracelet and ring both from Old Navy.

Tote Two OOTD

On Sunday, I wore another totally thrifted outfit, dress and purse, however the blue pumps and necklace are from Avon.  Ring and bracelet are from Old Navy, as you can see I picked up several, but for $1.99 each wouldn’t you?

Sunday Service OOTD

If you haven’t noticed by now, black and red is one of my favorite color combinations, and this outfit is definitely one of my summer favs.  I wear this thrifted skirt all year long, so you will probably see this entire outfit again with a blazer.

Black and Red ootd

These were my favorite outfits from the first week in September, which one do you like the best?  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


Avon Far Away Gold

Mason Jar Dump Cake

Hello friends,

are you ready for the weekend?  Here it is the middle of August so raise your hand if you’ll be heading to the beach or the shore this weekend?  Not me, but I will be hanging poolside, I hate traffic, I get enough of that during the week!


Today’s Friday Foodie Feature is for anyone with a super duper sweet tooth.

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I made this cake in small Mason Jars but should have used a little less cake mix because they were too sweet even for Malik.

Mason Jar Dump Cake Ingredients

My son loves Pineapple Upside Down cake so I decided to make the dump cake using the same ingredients.  Boxed cake mix, crushed pineapples, maraschino cherries and butter.

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After spraying the jars with cooking spray, I layered a few spoonfuls of crushed pineapples on the bottom then topped with a few cherries.

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Dump in some cake mix, but not too much which is why I think it was a tad bit too sweet or it could have been the pineapples. Top the cake mix with 3 or 4 pats of butter.

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Place jars on baking sheet and put into a pre-heated oven, bake according to time listed on the box or until the tops are crispy brown.

Pineapple Upside Down Dump Cake  

Pour a tall glass of milk and enjoy!


What is your favorite cake recipe?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

Don’t forget to come back at 6:00 p.m. for the Weekend Wind-Down Party!



Are You Ready For Fall Fashions? | Covered Perfectly Review & Giveaway #spon

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.

Are you ready for the latest fall fashions?  If you are anything like me you have more than enough clothes in your closet so the last thing you need to do is spend money on seasonal fads.

I mean let’s be real, I love to shop but there are just certain styles that are timeless, ones that will never go out of style no matter what the latest is in a given season.

Houndstooth Classic Fall Fashion

For me, it’s anything with a black and white combination or anything with a Houndstooth print, so with this top I have the best of both worlds. When given the opportunity to choose two items to review from Covered Perfectly, after the Cascading Vest this was definitely my second choice.

Not only do I love the classic Houndstooth print but the top with it’s 3/4 sleeves fits my body perfectly, is true to size and washes well. The Simple Comfort Patterned top also comes in two other animal prints in sizes small to extra large.

Houndstooth Classic Fall Fashion For this outfit, I chose to wear it with a simple black pencil skirt, but I can also wear it with a pair of jeans on the weekend or with my red skirt later on in the year.

Classic Fall Fashion

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Houndstooth Classic Fall Fashion

So what fall fashion trend are you most looking forward to, or are you sticking with the classics?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!



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Weekend Wind-Down Party #27

Hello friends and welcome to the Weekend Wind-Down Party, I hope you all had a wonderful week!



Can you believe that this is the last weekend in July, where in the world is the summer going?  Sunday we are taking our youngest to Bowie State University where he will spend 3 days for Freshman Orientation and placement testing.  I vow to stay strong and not cry, as I am storing up my tears for August!

Well let’s get this party started with Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers!  Please feel free to copy and paste this button onto your blog and check our Pinterest page as you are also featured there.



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The Inspired Wren

The Inspired Wren

Living the Gourmet

Living the Gourmet

It's Always Ruetten

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Simple Home


DeDivah Deals


 Snippets of Inspiration Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

 A Living Sacrifice


Mustard Seed MommyBlog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

Moms Who Save 


Have a wonderful weekend!  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


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You Choose The Shoes | Week 12

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.

Here we are again at another week of “You Choose The Shoes” and I am delighted that so many of you have commented that you look forward to this weekly feature.  Trust me, I am enjoying it as much as you are and since I have so too many pairs of shoes, this is going to last for quite some time, at least until the first snow fall.

Now last week might have been a “gimme” because of the statement I made about the black and white sandals from Avon, so you know who won right?

Winner of Week 11 You Choose the Shoes

 This week’s contenders are once again regulars to the party, they are Avon versus Target

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Open toe versus closed toe but they are both patent leather.

You choose the shoes week 12

You choose the shoes week 12

This is one of many sheath dresses purchased from Burlington Coat factory and tomorrow’s post will be featuring more of these summer sheath dresses.

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Are you ready to choose, will it be the purple and black color block pumps from Avon

– or –

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The black patent leather pumps from Target?

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Yes, they are both comfortable and in cases like this, I wish I could wear them both!  So let’s take one more look shall we…

You choose the shoes week 12

You choose the shoes week 12

Leave me a comment below with the pair you chose and why, then come on over and visit the ladies at Whitney’s Personal Style Linkup, see ya later.

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #22


Hello friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

I trust you all had a wonderful week and have been enjoying this beautiful weather, but if you are complaining about the heat, perhaps this picture will snap you back!

Snow Day Slow Cook Day 008

Enjoying the heat now?

Warby Parker

Welcome to the 22nd Weekend Wind-Down Party, time is just flying by and I want to thank all of you that have been coming back and sharing week after week, it has been so much fun.



Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers!


The Organized Dream

The Organized Dream

Carry This Home

Carry This Home

The Casual Craftlette
The Casual Craftlette


For the love of decorating

For the love of decorating

Lou Lou girls

Lou Lou girls

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The rules remain the same and we hope that after linking up your own post(s) that you will take the time to visit and comment on 3 others.  Please follow your hosts on at least one social media websites and remember sharing is caring!

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This Simple Home


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Boneless Beef Ribs & Bean Soup

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay after Christmas!!!

Today’s Friday Foodie Feature is

Slow Cooked Boneless Beef Ribs & Bean Soup

This recipe would definitely be something to fix during your time off from work.  It’s an easy-breezy-no-stress-fix-it and-forget-it hardy meal.


Boneless Beef Ribs or any cheap cut of beef

1 large can of Tomato Sauce

1 large can of Diced Tomatoes

1 medium onion – diced

1 bag of dry beans

seasoning of choice

Cooking Spray

Friday Foodie Feature Boneless Beef Ribs and Beans

Rinse beans in cool water and strain then dice onion into bite size pieces.  Spray Crock Pot with a cooking spray for easier cleanup.

Layer ribs and sprinkle with seasoning of choice, I crushed a Knorr’s Cilantro Bouillon Cube over mine.

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Top with diced onions

Friday Foodie Feature Boneless Beef Ribs and Beans

Add beans and cans of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes

Friday Foodie Feature Boneless Beef Ribs and Beans

Stir slightly

Friday Foodie Feature Boneless Beef Ribs and Beans

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4 hours – depending on Crock Pot Model.  Needless to say, the house was smelling delicious and my men loved it!  

I think this might be my new favorite Crock Pot soup, what is yours?  

Linking up with the Northeast Bloggers Network for the

Five on Friday (there ARE 5 ingredients in this recipe) blog hop and Pin It Link Party

Friday Five Link Up

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Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others – Smooches!