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#DOAC with Crowdtap

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

Maintaining a blog is oftentimes hard work but it is such a great and rewarding experience and some of the perks aren’t half bad either. However, you don’t always have to be a blogger to receive perks, especially if they are coming from CrowdTap.

Are you are active on other social networking platforms and have a lot to say?  Perhaps you enjoy taking pictures or hosting great parties, if so, then you need to sign up with Crowdtap.

Crowdtap is a social media network where you can use your creativity to win gift cards and free products from big-name brands. These brands are looking for you to show and tell others how you use everyday items either through photos, videos, and writing. Rewards are then given to the top submissions.

I’ve been a Crowdtapper for a few months and on Monday, I along with several others “tappers” were rewarded with the ultimate Crowdtap sampling to date.  A FREE overnight stay at a Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, courtesy of #DOAC. Most of these Crowdtappers were from New Jersey and the surrounding states including New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, I believe I was the only one from Delaware.

The invitation included a guest, but unfortunately, hubby was unable to attend due to the fact we have an air conditioning leak that needed constant attention. It was a beautiful day and Atlantic City is only a 2 hour drive so I didn’t mind making the trip solo.

heading to Atlantic City

After checking into a Premium room at Caesars Hotel I was able to relax for about an hour before changing clothes and then meeting our Atlantic City representatives in the lobby.  From there we were taken to a #DOAC Pool Party Cocktail Reception at Golden Nugget – H2O Pool Bar and Grill.

Ceasars hotel in Atlantic city


Hail Caesar


in the lobby in my chariot

A Jitney picked us up for this short ride to the reception where several Crowdtap reps greeted us with a #DOAC Swag Bag and Wrist Bracelet. We also received 2 tickets for a Jitney Ride and the bracelet was an identifier to receive special menu prices at certain Boardwalk bars and restaurants. The view from atop the Golden Nugget was awesome and for an hour we mingled and noshed on Beef and Vegan sliders, skewered BBQ Chicken, French Fries, Onion Rings, Salads and an open bar of beers, wines, sodas and water.

Private jitney Rooftop view reception food Atlantic City water tower view from the rooftop Crowdtappers Swag Bag fellow blogger from Ct

After eating and a few brief words from the Crowdtap reps we re-boarded the Jitney and headed back to the beach to check out some amazing sand sculptures.

fellow Crowdtappers

These were just a few of the entries in the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup contest.

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Sand Sculptures

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Afterwards we were on our own so I took advantage of getting some exercise by walking the miles long boardwalk, people watching, taking pictures, browsing the shops, just enjoying the beautiful night atmosphere then ending the day at the casino, losing $60 in the process!

BTW, I found people to take pictures of me after offering to take pictures of them, usually couples who were more than willing to oblige – thank you kind strangers!

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me at beach Boardwalk boutiques I was able to capture this beautiful sunset at the sea in AC

beautiful sunset in Atlantic City

I had all intentions of rising at 5:30 am the next day to capture the sunrise over the sea, but hit the snooze button too many times before finally getting out of bed at 8:00 am. It was still a great DOAC way to start the day, a cup of coffee, an ocean breeze and watching the waves lap the shore was an invitation to return with the family.

coffee on the beach

Before checking out at 11:00, I once again walked the boardwalk enjoying the last few hours of this mini vacation.  Then I hit the road and was home exactly 2 hours later, a little more rested and thankful for having been a rewarded Crowdtapper for the day and a big thank you to #DOAC, see ya soon!

DOAC pics 080 mini vaca in AC mini vaca in AC home again

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

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!



Totally Thrifted and Avon Accessories

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!

Summer is is flying by so quickly can you believe tomorrow is the last day of July!

This outfit which I wore last Friday was totally thrifted from GW Boutique and was very comfortable for the weather.  Last week there were several temperature fluctuations that ended with a torrential rain storm on Sunday.  Motorist returning from the beach and shore were stranded on major highways for hours.  This week we are in store for beautiful, low humidity days perfect for anyone taking a late vacation to the beach.

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Top to Bottom thrifted from GW Boutique

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Accessories (Watch, Necklace, Bracelet) – Avon

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Are you ready for summer to end?

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Linking up today with Thrifters Anonymous – come on over and meet other thrifty fashionistas!

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!





Independence Day: The Federal Holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when a budding nation of 13 colonies declared its independence from Great Britain.  Now celebrated and associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, beach trips, concerts, family reunions and concerts.  

Delaware, one of the original colonies to revolt, celebrates up and down the state with activities the whole family can appreciate and participate in.  

So what are your plans for today?













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Whatever it is – be safe and enjoy!



Six Summer Songs and a Sundress

Hello Friends,

do you want to make the 1st Monday of the summer better?

Then do what I do, think of your favorite summer songs, you know the ones that you just have to hear every year no matter how old it is…the ones you only listen to when it’s hot outside or when you’re on vacation?

Okay, now download, stream or pull them up on Pandora, turn up the volume, then sing along loudly in your office or cubicle – sike…don’t get fired…or carted off to Bellevue,  just sing quietly and chair dance!

This is the list with link to my six favorite summer songs.

Sundress – C.o.C.o Brown & The Phat Cat Players

Summertime – Will Smith

Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters

Celebration – Kool & The Gang

Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter

Heatwave – Martha & The Vandellas

Summer songs and summer wear seem to go hand-in hand, hence my #1 jam, so when it’s hot all day everyday, I prefer a sundress.  This is one of my favorites thrifted from GW Boutique.

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Infinity Scarf – Target (clearance)

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Sandals – Ross

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It’s getting HOT out here!

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Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!


Family Friendly Fun in Delaware

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday.

Today was the last day of school for my son at Appoquinimink High School and he is now officially a Senior (pray for me).  If your kids are also out of school and you are looking for family friendly summer activities, here are a few websites listing budget friendly options.

Family Fun in Delaware.

Visit Delaware

Family Days Out

Spend Days with Kids

Top 10 Things to do with kids in Delaware

Have fun and be safe!

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OOTD – Tropical Thursday

Conversation this morning:
Hubby:…whoa…you look good….
Me: what!!?…
Hubby: no, you just don’t look like you are going to work
Me: what…too much?!
Hubby: no…no…I just said, you look good

Okay, so he said, I looked good…but what…too much? That’s it…it’s official….today is Tropical Thursday and I am on vacation – MENTALLY!!! NO WORK – .NO WORRIES….sssh just don’t tell anybody – I want this dream to last all day!!

I remember seeing this tropical print dress at Goodwill and immediately thinking about sitting on a beach, with an umbrella drink in my hand. Unfortunately there are no plans to do that so I figured I might as well wear the dress and daydream about sitting on a beach with an umbrella drink in my hand. Thanks to the soaring temps today it’s helping to feed the fantasy.

Dress – Goodwill// Sandals – Bare Feet Shoes (last season)// Bracelet – Rainbow Shops// Ring – Avon // Earrings – jewelry box

Okay…hand me a drink, it’s 5:00 someplace!

Okay…hand me a drink, it’s 5:00 someplace!

What…too much!!….

I can see the ocean from my back yard!

ok, at least I have an umbrella over my head!

OOTD – Tropical Punch

Once again we have been blessed with a beautiful, sunny day and to top it off it’s FRI-YAY!! Traffic this morning heading north was light because most people are heading south to the Jersey Shore – thank you my friends!! This afternoon I may not be so lucky with the south bound traffic heading to the Delaware beaches. Where ever you are headed this weekend I hope that you have a fan-tas-tical, fun in the sun time with tropical drinks that have tiny little umbrellas in them – be safe my friends!!

Tangerine Jeans – Charmingly Linda’s Consignment Shop// Lemon Wedges – Marshalls// Tropical Top – Goodwill// White Belt – Goodwill// Bracelets – Flea Market Vendor// Tropical Watch and Ring – Avon// Earrings – Jewelry Box