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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

True Blue Baking

true blue baking

From This Kitchen Table

from this kitchen table

Mums Make Lists

mums make a list

Calm Healthy Sexy

The Crazy Craft Lady

the crazy craft lady

High Latitude Style

high latitude style

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!



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!



Wine 2 Water

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday!

2014 is the year that I will be celebrating my 53rd birthday, and for that I am thankful.  I am also thankful for my family, my friends, my faith and my health. Thankful that I don’t have any major medical issues but I do have a few concerns which I will address this year.

Water does a body good My number one concern is the lack of drinking water…not the lack of having fresh tap or bottled water like in some countries, but the lack of me actually drinking it.


Why Your Body Needs Water I am smart enough to know that my body needs water, but am not smart enough to drink more than just one 16.9 oz bottle a day!

I’m dehydrated and have begun to get the sharp pains, it’s like my kidneys are kicking me in the back and saying, “hey stupid, put down that wine and drink more water!”

According to the For Dummies website, “You must have water in your diet. It is brimming with minerals and electrolytes, and you can’t live without it. Water is a solvent. It dissolves other substances and carries nutrients and other material (such as blood cells) around the body, making it possible for every organ to do its job.”   Bottled Water

The #1 reason I don’t drink more water is because I’ve always had an overactive bladder which doesn’t bode well with a long commute, I would however, make a good spokesperson for Depends.  In order to prevent me from having to stop at a restroom on the way home, I’ll only drink 1 bottle with lunch.

Once home I conveniently forget to drink more and instead will have a few glasses of Red Wine which may be good for the heart but it makes my kidneys quite jealous.

This year I have made the wise decision to drink more water and to make sure I won’t forget, I’ll put it in a wine glass and add a few lemon slices.  This should be a good motivator, what do you think?

Do you have any other suggestions that will help me drink more water?

Water is good for the body

How about you, do you drink the recommended daily amounts of water?

BTW – did you notice my new blog design?  I want to thank Katherine @ Katherine’s Corner who created it for me.  

Come over and meet her then join in today’s link up!


Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in the New Year


Same Skirt ~ Different Season

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

I trust your week is going well and all is good in your neighborhood! When I decided to wear this maxi skirt the first thing I noticed was how beautifully the colors transitioned from Summer to Fall.

Although there is still plenty of snow left on the ground or at least on my back deck, the winds were mild enough so my legs didn’t get too cold. The longer sweater and booties also kept me warm so perhaps this skirt will make another appearance during a winter month (with tights and over-the-knee boots).

Same skirt Different Season

This sweater was actually a Christmas gift that my hubby gave to my grandmother over 10 years ago.  I’ve always loved the color and the length as well as the crocheted cowl neck collar.

The beige booties were purchased a few seasons ago at Rugged Wearhouse and are quite comfortable, more so than the brown ones that I gave away last week on Instagram.  If you don’t follow, you should because I will be giving away more in the near future. #payitforward

Here I tried to re-create the #myessence photo, so what do you think, which season did I wear it better?

I know you are busy but if you get a chance hop over to Alison’s blog and “Get Your Pretty On!” this wonderful Wednesday.  

Have a blessed day and don’t forget to share it – Smooches!





Thrifting During Thanksgiving

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

I trust you all had a safe and enjoyable long Thanksgiving weekend with an opportunity to do something special.  Everyday I am thankful for the little things that God blesses me with and even more so when I can share those blessings with others.

On Friday fellow thriftanista and BLMGirl, Whitney Nic James embarked on a Thrift with Nic Weekend Tour (#twntour) sponsored by Kia Motors and her first stop was in Delaware. I honestly had no plans of going out or even getting dressed but when she texted I knew I couldn’t let her visit my state without seeing her.  It wasn’t just because we are fellow bloggers but because I’ve adopted her as my “lil sis”, and you know that I lost my real ‘lil sis in a car accident in 1992.

I quickly dressed and drove to meet her at the Goodwill Outlet in New Castle.  The outlet wasn’t originally on her agenda but one of the consignment shops that she chose was closed and thankfully the outlet was closer to me.

Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break

I had never been to a Goodwill Outlet and from the looks of things it was obvious that it’s the “early birds that get all the worms”. Somewhat disappointed but not defeated, I suggested we head further south down to Smyrna, to one of my favorite Goodwill locations.  Her husband, Darrius was the driver and also a native Delawarean, however, he had never been to the Smyrna store and was eager to go.

Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break Whitney and her new hubby Darrius are a thrifting duo!

Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break Can’t leave a Delaware Goodwill without buying a

“I Love Thrifting” t-shirt!

It was the day before Goodwill’s 50% off Saturday Sale but there were a few items that I just couldn’t pass up. Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break 021 Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break

If you read my profile you know that I am a big supporter of Goodwill, not just because I love to thrift but because it was the last place my sister worked before her untimely death.  She is the first thought that comes to mind when I enter a Goodwill but on this trip she was more than just a passing thought.  

My sister had a best friend named Darlene, they were inseparable until she left to join the United States Air Force, and it was during that time they became separated forever.  Darlene was in Boot Camp when Gloria was killed in a car accident and unfortunately wasn’t able to attend the funeral.  Darlene and I spoke briefly afterwards but never saw each other again … not until Friday and at all places… Goodwill.

Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break

Between the hugs and tears, I discovered that she now lives in Smyrna and works in Middletown, and is also newly married.  How amazing was it that thanks to my adopted ‘lil sis, I was reunited with my real ‘lil sis’ best friend at a Goodwill!  #blessed

What started out as a Black Friday turned into a Blessed Friday!

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Thrifting during Thanksgiving Break

I am linking up with Whitney’s Personal Style Wednesday so come on over and meet some other thrifting fashionistas.

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!


What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Friends and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Thanksgiving Eve

Okay, the countdown is officially on…if you haven’t thawed that turkey or baked those pies you are definitely in a tizzy…right…nope!

Take a deep breath, check your list and then get to it because tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Eve

This is no time to be sitting around stylin’ and profiln’ … bloggin’ or vloggin’ – get to it!

Thanksgiving Eve

Hey you, yes you, I’m talking to you, turn around and get in that kitchen!

Day before Thanksgiving

Kick it into high gear and get to steppin….

Thanksgiving Eve

Who me…not stressin’

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Just chillaxin’ in my jazzy socks and scarf!

Today I am linking up with my girl Whitney over at her Personal Style Wednesday Linky Party.

Take a break, pour a glass of wine and come on over for a visit to see what’s happening in her neck of the woods!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve – Smooches!




Favorite Fall Scarf

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

Do you have an article of clothing that has sentimental value and you know that you’ll never ever get rid of it?  Well that’s exactly how I feel about this scarf that once belonged to my sister, Gloria.  I don’t particularly like wearing coats and jackets so this large wrap scarf is perfect for the Fall weather and I know it’ll be part of my wardrobe forever!

Made of 100% Viscose in India reminded my best friend of a Magic Carpet but no matter what it will always be my Favorite Fall Scarf!  

What is your favorite article of clothing that has high sentimental value?

Linking up today with Personal Style Wednesday – hop on over and join in on the fashion fun!  

Have a fantastical day – Smooches!


Thrifted Tuesday

Hello friends, I hope you had a nice weekend and was able to do something special with the extra hour on Sunday.  

As you know, I’ve been on a mini self-imposed shopping freeze so I didn’t need to…but I wanted to…therefore, I did!  I thawed the freeze just a bit and this is the result of a mini thrifted haul from GW Boutique in Newark!  It was my first time at this location on the campus of The University of Delaware, but it definitely will not be my last.


You can never have too many skirts!


I am a proud, card carrying Goodwill VIP


This thrifted haul cost less than $20 and it even included a Graduation Gown that my son wore to a Halloween party last weekend

(he better be wearing a real one in May!)

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I love love love this Talbots Floral Skirt – $3.75

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J Crew Grey Skirt Skirt – $3.75

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JCPenney Worthington Suede Maxi Skirt – $3.75

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You know I couldn’t pass on these polka dot capris – $3.75

What do you think?  

Have you done any Fall thrifting?

Linking up today with Thrifters Anonymous so come on over and meet some other great thriftanistas.  

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!


Thankful Thursday

Hello Friends and Happy

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This week I am thankful for:

 receiving a good-for-the-soul sermon on Sunday at Church

 recognition by – “Glam Gal of the Week

 mammogram results were good

 1st College Tour and I didn’t embarrass my son in public

tonight’s “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” Marathon on AntennaTV

tomorrow is the 1st day of the most thankful month of the year

getting an extra hour of sleep on Sunday (end of Daylight Savings Time

my health, family, friends and of course my faith

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I’ve had this scarf for several years and I am thankful that I kept it!

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Black Suede Booties that I am thankful are comfortable – Burlington Coat Factory

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Thankful for a beautiful Autumn Day

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Thankfully thrifted both the black maxi skirt and  faux wrap top from GW Boutique (Goodwill)

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Wrap Around Bracelet – Boscov’s // Watch – Avon

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

Linking up today at Katherine’s Corner so come on over and find some tasty recipes to kick off the Holiday (eating) Season!

 Happy Halloween – Smooches!



Fabulous After 40 Feature

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

I was recently featured on the website “Fabulous After 40”, and chosen as “Glam Gal of the Week”, (click the link to read in case you missed it.)

I was also selected along with two other ladies who we weren’t afraid to wear the color red after the age of 40. The red sheath dress that I was wearing was received from eShakti as a product review.  Sheath dresses are my favorite styles and even with the the change in weather they will remain forefront in my closet.

WIWW In today’s outfit I am wearing a color blocked sleeveless sheath dress from Avon.  I gave the outfit an edgier look with the pleather jacket thrifted from GW Boutique (Goodwill), studded booties and stud and spike accessories.


Remember when I purchased this Spike Necklace/Earring Set on my birthday at Rugged Wearhouse for a $1.00 on clearance?

WIWW  Stud & Buckle Booties – Ross


House of Dereon Bag – Burlington Coat Factory

Last Friday I also wore a color block sleeveless sheath dress purchased from Ross with a pair of suede over-the-knee boots and long knit sweater. 


These pictures were taken at at Camera’s Etc in Newark (pardon the drunken eyes)


I believe these rhinestone embellished boots were also purchased a few seasons ago from Ross.

WIWW As you can see, I have no intentions of putting away my sleeveless sheath dresses anytime soon.

How about you, what are your wardrobe items that you’ll wear in any season?

I was inspired by Transatlantic Blonde in wearing footless tights with a dress,  and they were purchased at Target.  

Today I am linking up with What I Wore Wednesday with The Pleated Poppy, come on over and meet some new bloggers.


Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!


Thankful Thursday OOTD

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday!

It has been another busy yet enjoyable blogging week so now it’s time to stop and give thanks.

 I am giving thanks for my health, which at times is in question

 I am giving thanks for my family, who didn’t drive me too crazy this week

I am giving thanks to you my bloggy friends who keep me motivated

 I am giving thanks for my faith – no explanation needed

 I am also giving thanks for this stretch of beautiful Autumn weather!

I am also thankful that tomorrow is FRI-YAY!

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I am thankful for this stripped skirt that was thrifted from Goodwill and this (old) top from Marshalls that I didn’t donate.

ootd 10 8 004  I am thankful for these uber comfortable, animal print pumps consigned from Charmingly Linda’s Consignment Shop in West Chester.

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

Today I am linking up with Katherine’s Corner who just got a fabulous new gig, so I know what she’s thankful for, hop on over to find out.

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!