Posts Tagged ‘pool’
Hello Friends and Happy Monday
I hope your day is going well and that it is productive and stress-free. I overdid it with the outdoor activities and today I am paying the price, both my mind and body are tired! Maintaining a pool is hard work and the older I get the less enjoyable it is. Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy lounging poolside but the Spring setup takes a lot of time, just vacuuming takes over an hour. I also have to do some comparison shopping for a new solar cover, think I’ll start with Daily Deal Superstore.
Today’s outfit is a mix of heavy and light because the temps were not expected to rise until later in the day.
Denim Maxi Skirt – EastEssence.com // Sandals – Rugged Wearhouse // Top – Target
Belt – Rainbow Shops // Earring & Necklace Set – Jewelrymax.net // Ring – Avon
Linking up today with Tough Cookie Mommy who nominated me “Blogger of The Week” on Mingle Monday – come on over and meet this lovely lady!
Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!
Hello Friends and Happy Sunday
I hope you had a good weekend with an opportunity to spend quality time with your family/friends and did something fun and enjoyable. Yesterday, I took my car in for an oil change and Malik was my chauffeur so I took full advantage by having him drive me all around town running errands – it was good being Mommy! I had him drive me to Dunkin Donuts, Dutch Country Farmers Market, Family Dollar, PNC Bank and then finally to Lowe’s it was fun for me, not so much for him.
We gave him Tayair’s old car, remember the 2002 Hyundai Elantra, well you would have thought it was a new Mercedes because when he realized the plants had to ride in the back seat he wasn’t happy! I purchased two hanging baskets, a Color Combo Patio plant, Sweet Basil, Heirloom Tomatoes, Curled Parsley and Cilantro and they rode shotgun in the back seat fully protected by a yard of plastic – it was hilarious!
Hanging baskets – Petunias, Calibrachoa and Lobelia
Curled Parsley – boil and drink like tea it’s great for the digestive system
Cilantro is a wonderful fragrant herb
Basil also keeps the bugs away from your garden
Fresh Garden Tomatoes – scents of summer
Hibiscus is a perfect patio plant
Color Combo Welcome Plant – Bidens, Licorice Plant and Trailing Petunia
Love the handles on these hanging baskets
Time to check out
Malik reluctantly loading the cart
The plants riding in the back seat (along with vacuum cleaner)
Today I cleaned in and around the pool and cleared out my little garden which was overrun with Mint from last year.
Have a wonderful evening – Smooches!
Hello Friends and Happy Friday Eve!
I am so excited because tomorrow I will be attending my first Blogger’s Conference – The Blog Workshop. It’s an an online virtual 3-day/3 hour conference with some great topics and speakers and I am psyched!! I expect to gain the knowledge necessary to help me grow my blog and am looking forward to meeting other bloggers as well – will you be there?
The pool is now open and because The Blog Workshop begins in the evenings I’ll have plenty of time to work outside in preparation of the Memorial Day holiday.
Today is Peachy Polka Dots – can you spy a change?
Did your eye spy it?
Polka Dot Dress (2009) – Boscov’s
Polka Dot Purse and Flower Belt – Rugged Wearhouse
Beige Wedge – Payless // Peach Wedge – UrbanOG.com
I knew I couldn’t fool you!
Have a fantabulous evening – Smooches!
Breathe in through the nose….blow out through the mouth….again….breathe in through the nose….hold it….hold it….now….breathe out pushing hard… Whew – I love shortened work weeks but sometimes it can be a bit much especially since I was also off last Friday and will be off again this Thursday. Last Monday’s post was entitled “Rainy Days and Mondays”, and a tribute to The Carpenters, today’s post is “Rainy Days and Tuesdays” a tribute to Summer 2012. If you live on the East coast, one thing we can all agree upon is that Summer 2012 was extremely hot AND Summer 2012 went by extremely too fast! I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time poolside and even lucked out on Friday and got one last day before the weather turned. There probably won’t be anymore 90 degree, lazy, hazy pool days this month and next month I will have the pool closed. The rain is supposed to continue here until Thursday and I hope it’s the same forecast in Charlotte, North Carolina. President Obama’s acceptance speech is outdoors and it would be terrible for people to be standing outside in the rain, so prayers going up for good weather!
I am wearing another shift dress from Burlington Coat Factory, which I love because it can be worn all seasons by simply adding a blazer or cardigan in the fall and then tights and boots in the winter.
Toes are going to stay out until it starts to snow – sike! These Fioni shoes were purchased last year from Payless and are very comfortable. Bracelet and earrings are jewelry box staples, the ring is my birthstone, Sapphire – September…Virgo….yeah!!! Necklace purchased over the weekend from Rugged Wearhouse for $1.49!!!!
Although we didn’t leave town or go on vacation this summer, I must admit that it was very nice to have mini staycations because it allowed me to spend quality time with my men. Looking forward to cooler temps and beautiful colors of fall. Have a fantabulous day and stay dry!
Apple Bottoms purse was also purchased last year from Burlington Coat Factory
This was the 1st year that we didn’t pile into the car to go see the annual 4th of July Fireworks in Middletown. We usually leave home at dusk to drive to Friendly’s where we parked, ate ice cream and oooh and aaahed at the sky being lit up by fireworks a few miles away. There were 2 reasons for not going this year, the most important one being that Friendly’s caught fire the week before and burned to the ground and secondly, we just didn’t feel like going, we’ve seen enough fireworks at Disney to last a lifetime.
However, in keeping with some traditions Tayair and I wore RED, WHITE & BLUE, and Malik wore a T-Shirt in memory of Andre Smith the HS Football Player killed in a car accident over Spring Break. I did watch some of the Macy’s fireworks on TV and oooh and aaah at their sky being lit up without having to fight traffic to get home.
I chose to cover the maxi dress with a top and belt because I’m not comfortable wearing skinny straps to work. The temps are expected to reach 100~ and we have a scheduled fire drill at 2:30 this afternoon so I might have to remove the top while outside.
Maxi Dress – Ross// Sleeveless Top – Goodwill// Sandals – Ross// Belt – Ross// Bracelet – Mizoutlet.com//Ring – Flea Market Vendor// Earrings – Burlington Coat Factory// Sunnies – won from @PennyChic
Happy 1st Day of Summer 2012!!
With an overly warm winter and a very rainy spring it’s only natural that summer is barreling in with excessive heat. We have been given excessive heat warnings for today and Thursday with temps expecting to reach the high 90’s but feel like 100 degrees. This morning at 6:00 the readings were above 70. Stay cool, hydrated and safe!
Summertime fun in the sun calls for good music and these are my favorites – click on the links to see YouTube video. What are some of your favorite summer songs?
Under The Boardwalk by the Drifters
Summertime by Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
Sundress by CoCo Brown
Grazin in the Grass by Friends of Distinction
There are numerous published safety tips on how to stay cool during the excessive heat and I am definitely adhering to the one about dressing lightly.
After work I will be hitting the pool!
This dress was one of three purchased in May 2009, to wear to my grandmother’s funeral – RIP Mama! Blue was her favorite color and I wanted to wear something blue but ended up wearing the traditional funeral black. It has been hanging in my closet ever since because it has a short cropped jacket and ribbon belt which makes it look very matronly. Today I decided to wear it but without the jacket and ribbon belt and it’s now one of my favorites.
Polka Dot Dress- Boscov’s// Belt – Rainbow Shops// Shoes – DSW// Bracelets – Burlington Coat Factory// Ring – Mizoutlet.com// Purse – TJ Maxx
Every time I see red and white gingham my mind takes me back to the family picnics we had as a child. Whether it was at Bear Mountain, NY or Silver Lake, DE spreading that red and white tablecloth across a dirty wooden table meant a day filled with FOOD, FUN, and FAMILY!
One year a bunch of us kids got lost in Bear Mountain and we were scared to death that a real bear was going to eat us (child’s imagination running wild). We roamed around the woods for what seemed like hours, scared and arguing over which way was the right one back. Eventually we found our way and none of the adults seemed to miss us so we didn’t get into trouble and life was good again. Things got even better when we saw that red and white gingham tablecloth covered with FOOD – hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, chips, Kool-Aid, cookies and watermelon! We ate until we got sick and made a pact to never venture into the woods ever again – aaah more wonderful childhood memories!
Blouse and pants – Goodwill// Shoes – Payless// Ring – Mizoutlet.com// Belt – Rainbow Shops//Bracelets, Ankle Bracelet and Earrings – Jewelry Box
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Holiday weekend, the unofficial start of summer 2012. My men and I had a nice weekend and I spent most of my time outdoors working in the yard and opening the pool. The temperature was in the low 90’s and I didn’t realize how intense the sun was nor did I see the poison ivy intertwined in the tree branches that I cut. Despite the results of these two oversights I had a great time grilling and spending time outdoors which for me is always relaxing.
It is now tIme to get my mind right in preparation for another short work week which is always more hectic than a regular 5-day week!