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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.

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Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers!

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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

Please feel free to copy and paste this button onto your blog and check our Pinterest Page as you are also featured there.

I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

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!

WWDParty Rules

 

Weekend Wind-Down Hosts

 

This Simple Home

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

De Divah Deals

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/LinkedIn/

Instagram

Snippets of Inspiration

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

A Living Sacrifice

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Etsy/LinkedIn

Mustard Seed Mommy

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

Moms Who Save

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

 

 

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Weekend Wind-Down Party

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Welcome to the Weekend Wind-Down Party (#WWDParty)

WWDPARTY BUTTON

I am definitely glad to see this week end because between hubby’s hospitalization and my stomach virus this has definitely been a heck of a week. I am glad for the weekend even though I need to start working on my 2013 income taxes, yes, I said, “start”.  I don’t know where the time went but it snuck up on me too quickly this year.  turbo tax

I finally got a chance to check out everyone’s posts Tuesday night and needless to say, if my stomach wasn’t messed up, I would have been drooling over some of those decadent desserts!  

Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers

Reviews, Chews and How-To's

Reviews, Chews and How-To’s

Purple Hues and Me

Purple Hues and Me

The Casual Craftlete

The Casual Craftlete

the colored door

the colored door

Bakewell Junction

Bakewell Junction

View from the Fridge

View from the Fridge

Please feel free to post this button on your blog and check our Pinterest page as you are also being featured there.

I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

The rules remain the same and it would be nice to see more link backs to the party, as this is the only way to be selected as a Featured Blogger as well as it being a courteous guest.

WWDParty Rules

 

We hope that you won’t just post and run but will take time to visit at least 3 other blogs then follow your hosts on at least one Social Media platform.

Weekend Wind-Down Hosts

This Simple Home

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

De Divah Deals

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/LinkedIn/

Instagram

Snippets of Inspiration

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

A Living Sacrifice

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Etsy/LinkedIn

Mustard Seed Mommy

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

Moms Who Save

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the party!



T-Shirt Tuesday | Welcoming in Spring

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

Last Thursday I was up bright and early, well it actually wasn’t that bright, but it was early.  I wanted to welcome in Spring and get a jump on wearing less clothing, mostly in particular no tights or hose.  

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After dressing quickly I rushed to the door to check out the weather, although there was still snow on the ground it wasn’t blustery cold as it had been only a few days earlier.

Welcome Spring

“Hey Spring, come on in, stay awhile, we’ve missed you!”

 

First Day of Spring OOTD

 

 It felt good not to have to wear tights or hose and to be able to put on a short sleeve T-shirt was even better.  I purposely thrifted this black T-shirt after seeing Ms. Looking Good in her white one.  Prior to reading her post, I would have never thought to wear a t-shirt with a skirt or even to work, but I like the look – what do you think?

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You remember these thrifted black patent leather ankle shoes.  The geometric skirt was a clearance sale bargain from JC Penney.  The necklace and earring set is from Jewelrymax.net, they have some great costume jewelry.

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Have you ever been inspired by another blogger’s outfit?  

What are you looking forward to shedding from your winter wardrobe?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

 

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The Liebster Award | Thankful Thursday

Hello Friends, Happy Thankful Thursday AND

1st day of spring

Last month I was recognized by fellow blogger Me and My Mini Me and nominated for a Liebster Award.  This award is a way for other bloggers to say, “Hey, I like your blog” and for that I am thankful.

Bloggers Recognition

According to the rules of acceptance, I must link back to the blogger who nominated me, answer 11 questions, nominate 11 other bloggers and then ask them 11 different questions.  So without further adieu, here are the answers to my questions:

  1. What inspired your blog? Why do you blog? – After the death of my grandmother, I needed an outlet to showcase my shopping deals and neither Facebook nor Twitter seemed the appropriate venue.  I enjoy sharing and reading about other’s personal and positive lives.

  2. If you found a genie in a bottle and he could grant you three wishes, what would you wish for? – A clean bill of health for my husband, a wonderful life for my sons and all my debts to be paid in full.

  3. Favorite song. – Summer Breeze by the Isley Brothers

  4. Describe yourself in 5 words. – Positive, fun, hardworking, dedicated and friendly

  5. What would a “Me Day” look like for you? – Mani/Pedi, Super Spa and Dinner ocean side

  6. What’s your favorite show on TV? – Deion’s Family Playbook

  7. Favorite era and why? – 60’s, life is always good when you are a kid

  8. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be? – Oprah Winfrey
  9. What’s your guilty pleasure? – Talenti Gelato – Caribbean Coconut

  10. What three things can’t you live without? – Family, Faith and Internet access

  11. What’s something no one knows about you? – Wouldn’t you like to know…

My nominees in no particular order are, and I hope you take a some time to check them out:

  1. My Kurves

  2. So What To Twenty!

  3. Whitney Nic James

  4. Pride in Photos

  5. Calm Healthy Sexy

  6. Mega Worth It

  7. Images by Dashfield

  8. Sandpaper Kisses

  9. Cindy Knoke

  10. Garay Treasures’s Blog

  11. Living in Mommywood

Now, these are my questions to each of you:

  1. If you could re-live one event in your life, what would it be and why?

  2. Cake or Cookies?

  3. Snow in the mountains or Sun on the beach?

  4. Your favorite movie?

  5. If you hit the lottery what would be your first purchase?

  6. Favorite quiet time activity?

  7. Favorite time of the day and why?

  8. What do you want your legacy to be?

  9. Flowers or Plants?

  10. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?

  11. Dream retirement location?

You all are a special part of of my life, and for that I will always be thankful!

Thank you Me And My Mini Me for the nomination!

me and mini me

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

 


Weekend Wind-Down Party #9

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

 This month is running wild and flying by way too quickly, there has been a whirlwind of activity in my life and that’s not even including the last snowstorm of the season. (fingers crossed)  All of it has definitely been wonderful and exciting, some I can speak about, others not just yet, but it’s all good news!

  • I lost my 2005 Hyundai Sonata due to engine failure and replaced her with a 2010 Hyundai Accent.
  • New Car Purchased at Carman
  • Hubby completed his retirement paperwork, so on July 1st, he will officially be retired from the State of Delaware – congrats, I’ll give you the “honey-do” list on the 1st of August, a few weeks before our 24th Wedding Anniversary. honey do list
  • The 2014 Goodwill Runway Show was fantastic, I hope you had an opportunity to read the post, if not, click here.  I twisted my ankle a few hours before the event and had to change shoes 3 times, but thankfully, it wasn’t worse and I made it through the night with a smile!
  • Goodwill Runway Show On Tuesday I taught a Blogging 101 Class which is sponsored by The Money School of Delaware and there were some awesome attendees whose participation was great.

teaching at the Bear Library

Tomorrow the temps are expected to reach the upper 50’s, so if you are getting a jump on your Spring Wardrobe don’t forget to enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to Midnight Velvet.

Midnight Vevet Review

 

Now, let’s get this party started!  

Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers, please check the #WWDParty Pinterest Page as they are posted there as well.  

Please feel free to place this button onto your blog

I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

simply fresh dinners

simply fresh dinners

For the Love of Decorating

For the Love of Decorating

I'm Perfectly Human

I’m Perfectly Human

view from the Fridge

view from the Fridge

True Blue Baking

True Blue Baking

 

Carrie This Home

Carrie This Home

Jordan's Onion

Jordan’s Onion

The rules are the same and we ask that you follow your hosts on at least one Social Media Platform WWDParty Rules

 

Annette (This Simple Home) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest

Antionette (De Divah Deals)  Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Danielle (My Snippets of Inspiration) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Nicole M. (Mendez Manor) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Nicole R. (A Living Sacrifice) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Sarah (Mustard Seed Mommy…ME!) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram

Teresa (Moms Who Save) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram/Website

I look forward to relaxing, reading and commenting on your posts (only if I see a link back to the #WWDParty).  Thanks you for stopping by and sharing, have a fantastical weekend and enjoy the warmer weather if you are in the MidAtlantic area!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Influenster #JadoreVoxBox

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from InfluensterVox Box for testing purposes and opinions are 100% my own.

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday

I hope your Saturday is going as planned and that you’ll be enjoying a snow free weekend.  Last Friday after being surprised with a lovely Valentine’s Day seafood dinner from my men, I received yet another sweet surprise in the mail.

Influenster Vox Box – #JadoreVoxBox

Influenster VoxBox #Jadore

Ooh la la, this love themed box contained the following items:

I Got it from Influenster

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask

Botanics Ionic Clay Mask Shine Away

Botanics Ionic Clay Mask Shine Away

Hershey’s Kisses

Hershey's Kisses

Hershey’s Kisses – Family Bag

Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray

Frizz Ease

John Frieda Frizz Ease
3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray

KISS Looks So Natural Lashes

KISS Shy Lashes

KISS Shy Lashes

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas (plus coupons)

Red Rose Tea

Red Rose Black Tea
Lemon Chiffon and Creme Caramel

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion – 6.5 oz can

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion

I look forward to reviewing each of these products, so stay tuned.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors – Chapter 3

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

Did you all had a wonderful weekend and are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day on Friday – can you say CHOCOLATE!!!  Hopefully you also had a stress-free week, but if tension crept into a day, you tried one of the foods from Chapter 2 to ease the anxiety.  I know my week was stressful, as it was for many others in Pennsylvania due to the lose of power from last Tuesday’s snow and ice storm.  I chose the Super Food beef and made a slow cooked Rump Roast which was delicious, stay tuned for the recipe.

Energy Boosters

Chapter 3 of Super Foods for Seniors lists the foods that are good as Energy Boosters.  As bloggers we probably lose more sleep than we should and regardless of our age, this is not healthy.  Waking up in the middle of the night with a post idea or tossing and turning thinking about a deadline can zap our energy all day long. Feeling tired or having a lack of energy on a daily basis is not good nor is it healthy.  Although there are foods that can provide us with a boost of energy, getting adequate sleep is essential to being and staying healthy.

energy boosters

 

These are just a few of the foods that can exhilarate and invigorate us:

  • High Fiber Cereal – start your day with a bowl and add blueberries or peaches for an added boost

  • Lima Beans – rich in magnesium

  • Water – fights fatigue and dehydration

  • Cherries – contains melatonin for restful sleep

  • Poultry – cooked in an iron skillet triples the iron consumption

  • Quinoa – high in protein

  • Spinach – remember Popeye?

  • Salmon – natural B12

  • Bulgar – whole grain regulates blood sugar levels

  • Salt – iodine is good, but limit amounts or none if on a no-salt diet

  • Sweet Potatoes – Rich in Vitamin A aids thyroid to absorb iodine

  • Nuts – healthy thyroid

  • Tuna – packed in water not oil

These foods can help bring up your energy levels but remember foods don’t always affect everyone in the exact same way.  The best way is to keep your energy levels up is to get plenty of rest and keep the stress at bay.

Energy Boosters (1)

Energy Boosters – Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Lima Beans, Salmon, Tuna, Chicken

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #4

Hello Friends & Welcome to the Weekend Wind-Down Party #4

This has definitely been a whirlwind week for me and tomorrow is my son’s 18th birthday, I still can’t believe it, where has the time gone?   Before you gear up for Super Bowl Sunday we hope that you’ll share a few of your favorite posts at this Weekend’s Wind-Down Party.

Which team will you be rooting for?

Last weekend’s party was great where I found some awesome recipes, fashion tips and home/garden decorating ideas so thank you all for sharing.  We have chosen the following posts to be featured this week and they are also posted on our Pinterest Board.  Please feel free to copy and paste this “I Was Featured Button” to your blog.

I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

How-to-Choose-Color-for-Your-Home-A-Pinch-of-Joy

A Pinch of Joy

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Savings and Education – Kirsten Womack

Indian-Layer-Dip

From This Kitchen Table

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Carrie This Home

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Busy Mama 911

Weekend Wind Down Party

The Casual Craftlete

Weekend Wind Down Party

 It’s Always Ruetten

biscotti

 

Year-Round Giving

Now Meet Your Hosts Because We Love Meeting You!

HOSTS OF #WWDPARTY

Annette (This Simple Home) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest

Antionette (De Divah Deals) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Danielle (My Snippets of Inspiration) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Kay (A Ranch Mom) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter

Nicole M. (Mendez Manor) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Nicole R. (A Living Sacrifice) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Sarah (Mustard Seed Mommy…ME!) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram

Teresa (Moms Who Save) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram/Website

The Rules Are As Follows:

WWDParty Rules

Now let’s get this party started!

 

 


Weekend Wind-Down Party #3

Hello Friends and Welcome to the Weekend Wind-Down Party #3

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 I hope you all had a wonderful week and to all of my Northeast friends, ARE YOU SICK OF THE SNOW?  I hate to admit it, but I am, and I want my pool to look like this:

Pool

Not like this!

Winter Pool

 Well at least it’s Fri-Yay and I know this weekend’s party is going to be FABU because last week there were over 100 bloggers and we had a blast!

I am over-the-top excited to be part of this fabulous group of bloggers in hosting these weekly parties.  It’s wonderful sitting back and reading what you have shared because the posts are all so wonderful!

Let’s begin with this week’s featured bloggers:

surviving-to-thriving

From This Kitchen Table

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Carrie This Home

winter wreath

Neverending Decorating

TotRides-Logo

Tot Rides 

more pieces of me

More Pieces of Me

14 tips

Tadpegs

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Michelle Paige

homemade cleaning recipes

Ducks n a Row 

Thank you for your submissions, they are now featured on our Pinterest Page as well.  Please feel free to display this button on your blog.

i was featured button

This is only our 3rd week but we had to tweak the rules just a bit for clarification.  We are glad that you are here and want to extend a warm Welcome Back to our returning friends and a warm Welcome Hello to all the newbies!

 

WWDParty Rules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop by and say hello after you finished sharing your post.

 

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Annette (This Simple Home) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest

Antionette (De Divah Deals) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Danielle (My Snippets of Inspiration) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Kay (A Ranch Mom) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter

Nicole M. (Mendez Manor) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Nicole R. (A Living Sacrifice) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Sarah (Mustard Seed Mommy…ME!) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram

Teresa (Moms Who Save) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram/Website

  Now let’s get this party started!

 


Weekend Wind-Down with Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Today there is a twist to the Friday Foodie Feature which I think you will like.  It’s a party – that’s right a P * A * R * T * Y  and you are cordially invited to attend the first Weekend Wind-Down Party!

You can link up now or wait until this evening when you get home from work.  The party is casual so you can kick off your shoes, turn on the Crock Pot, relax and then share… share… share!

Weekend Winddown Link Party (1)

The house rules are simple, you can link any post and it will be featured on 8 different blogs.  We will each choose several features from the link up each week to highlight the following week!   We will also be pinning features to Pinterest as well as social media shout-outs!  So link up, visit others and have fun!

Linky Party Rules

Weekend Wind-Down Hosts

This Simple Home @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

DeDivahDeals @ 

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/LinkedIn/Instagram

Snippets of Inspiration @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

A Ranch Mom @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram

Mendez Manor @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/LinkedIn/Instagram

A Living Sacrifice @

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Etsy/LinkedIn

Mustard Seed Mommy @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

Moms Who Save @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

If you are joining the party, please copy this button and add it to your blog.

Now let the party begin with today’s Friday Foodie Feature

Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

I had been thinking about making this dish for quite sometime and hubby kept asking if I wanted him to make it (baked) in the oven.  I said, “nope, I want to slow cook it.”  He didn’t think the uncooked noodles wouldn’t get done in the Crock Pot but they did and he loved it.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey/chicken/beef

  • 2 jars of Spaghetti Sauce

  • medium onion – diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic – diced

  • 1 package of frozen spinach

  • 1 box of Rotini Noodles

  • 1 package of Mozzarella and Shredded Parmesan Cheese

  • Ricotta Cheese

Brown ground turkey Brown the ground turkey and dice the onions and garlic.  Remember to turn on stove’s blower while cutting onions for no tears.   Dice onion and garlic cloves

Add the two jars of spaghetti sauce, diced onions and garlic then stir to mix ingredients thoroughly.

add two jars of spaghetti sauce

add diced onions and garlic cloves

spray Crock Pot with Cooking Spray

Spray the Crock Pot with cooking spray for easier clean up.

begin with layer of meat sauce

Cover the bottom of the Crock Pot with the meat sauce, then begin layering the pasta, spinach, and Ricotta cheese, repeating until you’ve reached the top of the Crock Pot but you can use less if you want.

layer with noodles

add layer of frozen spinach

Add a few dollops of Ricotta Cheese add a few scoops of Ricotta Cheese

Sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese

sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese Top with Parmesan Cheese

Sprinkle the final layer with Parmesan Cheese, cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10 hours, or until pasta noodles are soft.

cover and cook on high for 5 hours

Stir and then sprinkle on more Parmesan Cheese

Stir to thoroughly mix all ingredients and to ensure noodles are soft.  Sprinkle with more Parmesan Cheese, cover and let sit for an additional 5 mins before serving.

We definitely had more than enough for two meals, I even froze half to be used next month.

more than enough for two meals

Invite your family and friends to the first

Weekend Wind-Down Party!