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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!
If you are the parent of a high school student who will be attending the prom this year, you’ve probably heard about “Promposals“. If not, let me explain, a promposal is when a guy, or girl asks someone to the prom but in a unique way using a sign, clothing, a prop or a photo.
These teenagers can get really creative with songs and videos and there are even promposal pics on Instagram and Tumblr as well as Twitter, Facebook and of course YouTube, just Google it using the hashtag #promposal.
A few weeks ago when I first heard about this, I rushed home to ask my son, but I was too late as he had already promposed to his date. (and no, that wasn’t a bottle of alcohol).
Promposal @ AppoHigh
I think they are cute as long as the teens don’t go overboard or take them too seriously like a marriage proposal. Over the top promposals are not necessary and may cause stress to others who may not want to or can’t do them.
Senior Proms are a special once-in-a-lifetime event but they are also costly, so there’s no real need to add additional expenses into the mix.
What do you think?
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Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!
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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday
Saturday our youngest son, al-Malik celebrated his 18th birthday, it was both exciting yet bittersweet. I can still remember the night I gave birth to him, 2 weeks early and all the pain he caused me during delivery. Now, he’s a senior in High School and soon will be leaving the nest…perhaps…maybe…let’s pray on it!
Anywho, hubby and I decided to spend the day together before taking him out to dinner later in the evening. My husband doesn’t usually like to go shopping with me, so it was definitely a treat, he even took these pictures. After all the snow and cold it turned out to be a nice winter Saturday so a sweater and ski vest was all that was needed.
My BFF commented that I looked like I was at a ski resort – I wish it were true because I’ve never been to one. #bucketlist
These are my favorite boots, not just because of the leopard print but because they are very warm so I don’t need to wear socks.
Polka Dot Jeans – JC Penney | Handbag – Mark by Avon
We went to Red Lobster which was Malik’s favorite when he was a little guy, and seeing him across the table now as a big guy was amazing. #blessed
Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!
Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday
My youngest will be entering High School as a Senior which means no more standing at the bus stop in the rain…he drives, and no more back to school shopping…he wouldn’t be caught dead shopping with his mother…besides he has his own Debit Card.
His last year in High School is bittersweet but it doesn’t mean I can’t go “Back to School Shopping” and take advantage of the end of the season sales.
I may not be doing this…
But I can do this…
Which is what I did at TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory!
Jessica Simpson Wedge Shoes @ TJ Maxx
Floral Dress – $15.00
Black & White Stripped Maxi – $19.99
Unlisted loafers – $19.99
Bandolino Blue Patent Leather Wedges – $19.99
I didn’t purchase, but these Bandolino pumps were so comfy @ $24.99
Leaving TJ Maxx I saw Barbie, a true fashionista, whose skirt and top were purchased at Nzinga’s Boutique. A perfect outfit to wear out and about running errands or shopping (s/o to Steve aka Ken – lol)
Next I drove down Naamans Road to Burlington Coat Factory at the Tri State Mall
Maxi Dress – $14.98
Floral hi-low dress – $6.98
Infinity Scarf $5.98
Infinity Scarf – $4.98
I also purchased a pair of CitiClassifed Pumps ($9.98) and Yellow Evening Bag ($7.98) – I love clearance racks just as much as thrifting!
Next year we will be paying College tuition so there will be no more Back to School Shopping for me, also bittersweet!
Have you done any Back to School shopping or taken advantage of the end of season sales?
On Friday I had the pleasure of spending the day with my girlfriend, her mother and her daughter, 3 generations on a mission to thrift 2 outfits for less than $10.00 each from The Salvation Army Family Store. Driving north in the drizzling rain to Wilmington in anticipation of thrifting was a great way to start my vacation day.
The layout of The Salvation Army Family Store made it easy to maneuver the shopping carts throughout the floor and in between the racks, making it easier to locate bargains. We started at the front racks, filled with skirts, blazers, pants and tops organized by color and then worked our way back to the dresses, finding both casual and dressier attire.
The price points for clothing at The Salvation Army Family Store is higher than that of Goodwill but there are still bargains to be had. I found a pair of new, white Liz Claiborne jeans for $4.99, a perfect wardrobe addition for the summer! The “color of the day” was pink, which meant 50% off all clothing and shoes with a pink tag, and we each found at least one pink tag item.
The shoe racks were filled with a variety including Anne Klein, Steve Madden and Nine West pumps, Merrell Ortholite, Skechers and Enzo Angioline sandals, which I purchased, a little pricey at $14.99, but still a bargain because they can originally sell for $59.00.
Thrifting with the 3 generations of ladies at The Salvation Army Family Store was enjoyable as well as satisfying knowing that our purchases would be helping the Adult Rehabilitation Program. The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it was refreshing to hear the overhead announcement, “Welcome to The Salvation Army Family Store…Have a Blessed Day”
Clothing is not all you’ll find!
3 Generations Saving at The Salvation Army
Once upon a time not so long ago car shopping was a fun and exciting adventure, flipping through magazines, reading the classifieds, looking for the perfect car, with the perfect color for the perfectly affordable price. That was “BK”, “before kids”, now as a parent of 2 sons we are once again in the market for a car, not for me nor hubby but for #1 son.
We were very fortunate the first time when we found a 2002 Hyundai Elantra at a very affordable price but with very high mileage and now, “Miranda” is on her last legs. She is not going to make it much longer and it’s not worth putting any more money into having her serviced. She was dutiful in her position and served us well, she valiantly got the boys back and forth to High School with weekend jaunts to the mall and grocery store. Now the time has come to find a replacement and it is not a fun event. The sticker prices are a hard pill to swallow but we must keep in mind that good safety features and good insurance ratings are our number one priorities.
Hubby and I spend a few hours yesterday looking for vehicles that might fit the bill, first stopping at Carman Auto Group in New Castle. We didn’t see many but there was a 2012 Ford Fiesta, with mileage that wasn’t too high but was a bit out of our price range.
Our next stop was at Willis Chevrolet in Middletown. Willis is where I have my Hyundai Sonata serviced and customer satisfaction is their #1 priority so it wasn’t a surprise to find that they had a few vehicles that caught our attention.
A 2011 Ford Fiesta SES, mileage was a bit high for it’s age and a sticker price worth negotiating, the other vehicle was a 2009 Chevy Cobalt Sport, mileage and price more palatable.
Now comes the fun part…the research…checking State Farm Insurance, KBB, Carfax, Cars.com, AAA, Costco and any other website to compare prices, and safety features – this is no longer a fun event and I still have to get a hooptie for son #2 – do you know where I can get a 2fer!
Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday
There are only a few traces of yesterday’s snow and according to the meteorologist, Mother Nature will be having a hot flash so all that remains will be melted by Friday. It’s tough for people not to accept the existence of Global Warming especially with all of these varying weather conditions around the world. Al Gore has been speaking out for years, now just maybe people will take him more seriously. Okay, stepping down off the soap box.
Most of you know that I love…love…love…shoes and will be the first to admit that I have too many, but it’s not something new, I have been a shoe lover since High School. I’ve always had to have the latest styles in different colors…pastel pinks…mellow yellow…aqua marine blue….heels…flats…sandals…boots – I loved them all. These days I don’t buy as many as I used to but when I find a bargain, I am on it like a heat seeking missile (remember the Target haul?) Because I have so many I can’t remember ever wearing the same pair two days in a row that was until today, this is the first time. There are two reasons for this, first I am still trying to get my closet in order and secondly, these Granny boots are comfortable and look cute with this outfit!
Boots – Ross // Animal Print Maxi Shirt – GW Boutique (Goodwill) // Cowl Neck Shirt – closet staple
Necklace and Earring Set – Jewelrymax.net – Snake and Crocodile Rings – Avon // Belt – Rainbow Shop
Earlier today, I received a nice surprise, I was chosen as this week’s Featured Blogger by Esther on her Frugal Living and More Totally Tuesday Blog Hop!
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THANK YOU ESTHER !!!
Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!
Last Friday Tayair and I went to Spence’s Bazaar to walk around as well as to see a friend of mine who has a small shop inside one of the buildings. I didn’t buy anything except a few rings and bracelets but it was fun walking around, seeing odd items including a juke box and a wooden sled.
It was a beautiful end-of-summer day made more so because it was spent with my oldest son
I hadn’t seen a juke box since the last time watching an episode of “Happy Days“
After we left the Flea Market I took Tayair to see where I had lived during high school and my first apartment during my college years, both places were vacant!
Our day ended at Papa Johns, Tayair’s favorite food is pizza. You can tell by looking at him that he had just as much fun with his mom as I did with my son. It was truly a great day for the both of us, despite it being the anniversary of my sister’s death.
If you are like me, you are NOT ready for back to school ~ not ready for going back to the routines ~ not ready for going back to the early morning regiment ~ not ready to go back to the homework, tests and projects. I know this too shall pass, but give me just a few more months to adjust and I’ll be happy!
Malik will be a Junior in High School so all he needed was new sneakers, a jacket and shirts & other than a backpack and according to him a car (yea right) we are done. I don’t need to buy school supplies because I’ve have a full stock which was purchased in bulk at the end of the season at Walgreens.
August 28th is knocking at the back door – Malik is ready – mommy isn’t
Jacket, Sneakers, Shirt and Jacket – Burlington Coat Factory
Yesterday I was so busy and exhausted after cleaning out the crawl space after a minor plumbing problem that I didn’t follow my Sunday evening routine. Normally on Sunday nights I prepare my outfits for the week, they are pulled, matched and hung neatly on the outside of my closet door. In the mornings I don’t have to worry about what I am going to wear or waste time trying to match shoes and accessories which for me is vital because I definitely am NOT a morning person. In addition to not having my outfits prepared, I had a restless night thinking about Malik going to an amusement park with his friends today. Can’t imagine why I am so anxious but I can now appreciate how my grandmother felt every time I left the house when I was in High School. I prayed that they have safe passage to and from the park and he did send a text that they had arrived safely.
Now on to today’s miss matched outfit which I didn’t notice until after viewing the pics – not one color in this shirt matches the pants!
Top – Walmart// Pants – Marshalls// Shoes – Ross// Bracelets -Flea Market Vendor// Ring and Earrings – Jewelry Box// iPad – won from contest @WPHL17 EyeOpener
With only 3 weeks of school remaining my son is still telling me about events or special things happening at school. Trust me, I love the fact that my high school son still wants to share this part of his life with me, but why is it always last minute? Anywho, he tells me that he and his buddies have decided that the next 3 Wednesdays will be “Preppy Days” . I remember those days, we wore IZOD polo shirts with alligators on the chest, khaki pants, boat shoes, etc. My son has jeans, sweats and dress pants so yesterday I had to hit up the Goodwill in Exton, PA.
I got him 3 pairs of dockers and a pair of Banana Republic dress pants, with the price tag still attached ($98.00) for $3.75. I washed the dockers and threw the dress pants in the bag slated for the cleaners. Of course I also found myself a few things and hubby gave me his waist size just in case I came across more new slacks in his size….gotta love it, it gives me more of a reason to visit the Goodwill stores because it’s like a treasure hunt!
Preppy Day Attire
Banana Republic Slacks
Originally $98.00 – on sale at Goodwill for $3.75 (blue tag day)
Talbots Pants – $3.50
Croft & Barrow top – $3.50
Basic Edition Sleeveless top – $2.00