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Preserve Your Memories with YesVideo

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

For me, the countdown is on with Malik leaving for Bowie State University on Wednesday, and the pit in my stomach steadily growing. Where did those 18 years go? It seems like it was just yesterday when we brought him home from the hospital, a newborn, dependent on me for everything. Those memories are so very important which is why I recently had 3 videos transferred from VHS to DVD by YesVideo.

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As you can see I have a lot of 8mm tapes as well as a bunch of VHS tapes in the basement so choosing only 3 proved to be bit of a challenge. Naturally, after celebrating our 24th Anniversary last week I wanted to transfer the Wedding Video because this tape brings back so many happy memories as well as tears.

My sister Gloria, who was my Maid of Honor and Ed, hubby’s Best Man are now both deceased, as are many other relatives including my grandmother and his mother so I definitely wanted to preserve that tape.

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The other two tapes that I chose included Malik’s first few days home from the hospital and Tayair’s reaction to him which is hilarious.  Seeing Tayair play with his father and watching my grandmother play with the boys is heart warming.

Birthday parties for them as well as for my grandmother, their great-grandmother, were truly some special times. Opening presents on Christmas morning before Santa was unmasked had some laugh-out-loud moments and now we get to watch them not only on a DVD but also online. 

These memories can also be shared with other family members and friends via a link attached in an email or to a Facebook page.  You know who will be getting a link in their email while away at Bowie!

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One thing that really surprised me while viewing the videos online was the quality of the original VHS tapes.  YesVideo did a great job with the transfer and they even included a bonus feature of music video clips, but the quality of the originals were really bad.  

You don’t realize that after 18-24 years of storing what was once modern technology appeared to be as old as an episode of “I Love Lucy!” Therefore, I will definitely be ordering more VHS to DVD transfers.  We had a wonderful time sitting together as a family laughing AND crying while watching these priceless family moments.

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The DVDs are divided into chapters with mini pictures on the cover so that we can easily choose what “episode” that we want to see or share.

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Thanks to YesVideo, I am excited to announce a Giveaway for a $50 YesVideo Gift Card so that one of you guys can also have a VHS tape transferred to a DVD. The giveaway is running for one week only, and will end at midnight on 8/28/14, so hurry and enter today, then spread the word.

 

What priceless memories would you want to preserve?

 

Check out the episode of Malik playing videographer…I am really going to miss this guy!

 

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Moody Blue Monday | OOTD

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

Yesterday hubby and I dropped Malik off at Bowie State University for a 3-day Freshmen Orientation, needless to say, I am now feeling a little blue.  #seperationanxiety

Moms with little ones, please be patient and enjoy these crazy toddler times because soon and very soon, they too will be leaving the nest all too soon.

A few weeks ago hubby and I were supposed to attend a wedding, however, at the last minute I decided not to go…another moody blue day but this is what I was going to wear.

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This was a thrifted (new) Phillip Lim for Target dress from Goodwill.

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These gorgeous sandals were purchased from Payless and went perfectly with the dress, I would have looked ‘fly’ right?

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This beaded evening purse has been in my closet since forever, as a matter of fact I took it to my High School prom!!

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Finding this button in the purse reminding me that I started college in 1979 brought on more tears.  Wow, my youngest is starting college in 2014, and me it was 35 years ago – my how time flies!

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Okay, I am going to stop being depressed that my “baby bird” has left the nest, instead I will be glad and thankful to know that he is growing into manhood and pray that God watches over him.

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Hanging out today at Whitney Nic James Personal Style Linkup.

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party | Week 23

Hello friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Here we are again, at the end of another blessed week and knocking on the door to what should be a gorgeous weekend.  Hubby and I have a wedding to attend tomorrow and on Sunday we will be taking our son out to dinner to celebrate his 22nd Birthday.  His birthday was actually on Monday but if you read yesterday’s post you’d know that I was in Atlantic City so we didn’t get to celebrate.  He is also scheduled to have maxillofacial surgery on Monday morning, so please pray for a successful procedure.

Take a look at these guys, I saw them on the Boardwalk in AC and thought about how much this means to me in my daily life.

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Majestical Jewelry

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!

I love all jewelry especially necklace and earring sets because they can really jazz up an outfit.  You can put on a colorful statement necklace with a t-shirt, a sweatshirt or even dark clothing and the whole outfit appears brighter and a little bit dressier. The matching earrings takes the guess work out of what pair to wear especially when it’s early and you are rushing to work, as I normally am.

I actually did not plan on wearing a necklace this morning but then remembered this set that I received from Majestical Jewelry to review. Majestical Jewelry Review

 

Hopefully we’ve had the last snow storm of the year because the days are getting longer and soon the weather will get warmer.  I’m trying to wear as many winter items as possible all while thinking Spring can’t come soon enough.

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This lime green scoop neck top is enhanced by the sapphire blue stones in the necklace – what do you think?

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Majestical Jewelry is a high fashion, yet affordable online jewelry store that specializes in handmade and statement pieces.  With Prom, Wedding and Graduation season just around the corner, it  would be a great place to shop for a gift or perhaps a little something for yourself.

Majestical Necklace & Earring Set

Majestical Jewelry offers free gift wrapping and guaranteed free and easy returns and exchanges on every order. Orders over $49.99 are shipped free!  Your purchases are carefully shipped in a Majestical Jewelry logo box, cushioned with bubble wrap and cotton batting, and a blue jewelry bag is also included.

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You can find this Honey Comb Set and other fine pieces like it at Majestical Jewelry’s website and don’t forget to visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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Whirlwind Weekend Wedding

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

Hubby and I left early Saturday morning so we could attend the Wedding of my 2nd cousin Kyton Carolina, who was getting married to Shivon Anderson in Mt. Vernon, NY.  We wanted to be on the road before 9:30 am so that we could cross the GW Bridge before noon…unfortunately it didn’t happen.

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It was smooth sailing going across the Delaware Memorial Bridge

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Driving the New Jersey Turnpike wasn’t too bad either…until Exit 11 and that’s when the backup occurred due to road construction!

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Finally the skyline of NYC

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Crossed the GW way off schedule

We finally made it to New Rochelle at 1:00 pm. but with less than an hour to relax and converse with our friends before dressing.  Sherri and I sat outside and had a Barcardi Mojito which definitely helped me unwind, hubby stay inside and talked with Curtis.

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I cleaned up nicely – right?!

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We made it to the Church a little late but thankfully we didn’t miss any of the ceremony.

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The Groom anxiously awaiting his Bride

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The Bride taking that nervous walk down the aisle

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“With This Ring I Thee Wed”

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Extinguishing the Unity Candle

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“You May Salute Your Bride!”

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Time to Jump The Broom

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kyton Carolina!

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Hubby with my aunt and grandmother of the Groom

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My 2nd and 3rd cousins

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Unfortunately my family fun ended abruptly when our son called to tell us he was rear-ended in the school parking lot after football practice.  Hubby and I never made it to the reception at Glen Island Park instead we turned around and headed back to Delaware.

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Crossing back over the Delaware Memorial Bridge at sunset

What a WWW – Whirlwind Weekend Wedding!

BTW – Kyton was a Jr. Usher in our Wedding 23 years ago – talk about feeling old!

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Middletown Old Tyme Peach Festival

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday

Hubby and I are enroute to New Rochelle, NY to attend the wedding of my cousin Kyton and his fiance’ Shivon…hey guys we are on our way!

 

Unfortunately, we will be missing Middletown’s Annual Old Tyme Peach Festival which is a major event for our little town. I know this year it will be bigger and better than last with perfect weather!

Here is my review from last year’s Middletown Peach Festival 2012

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on Monday with some exciting news!

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23rd Wedding Anniversary Dinner

Hello Friends and Happy Friday Eve!

On Sunday hubby and I celebrated our 23rd Wedding Anniversary and had dinner at our favorite restaurant, Chesapeake Inn and Marina.  This lovely restaurant is located in Chesapeake City, Maryland on the waterfront and overlooks the C&D Canal.  We have enjoyed having our Anniversary dinner here for years not only because of it’s location which is only 10 mins from the house, but because it has the best seafood and the atmosphere is enjoyable.

Before leaving for the evening our son took a few pictures of us on the back deck.

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When I think back on our courtship, relationship and marriage I can only say – God is Good!

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Settled in for our Anniversary Dinner

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Overlooking the C&D Canal

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Partying on the lower deck

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Here’s to another 23!

Linking up today for Thursday Favorite Thing at Katherine’s Corner.

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!

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Nikon CoolPix P520 Camera

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

Inspired by some awesome photos I’ve seen taken by you guys I decided to upgrade my camera from a Canon PowerShot SX150 to a Nikon CoolPix. Not that a camera will make me a better photographer, it will however, (I hope) make my photos pop with less of a need to rely on editing software.

My husband recommended that I go to Cameras etc and take a look at their selection of used cameras of which was extensive, but I was more interested in the Nikon Coolpix P100 on sale that I had seen in the newspaper.

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Armed with the advertisement I drove into Newark, to Main Street on the campus of the University of Delaware and fed 4 quarters into the parking meter.  Entering the store I was immediately greeted by Imaging Consultant Todd.  I explained what I wanted, showed him the ad and stated that I had “Liked” them on Facebook hoping for a discount.

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Unfortunately, they didn’t have the advertised model in stock but Todd did show me a higher priced model the P520, but before you scream, “bait and switch”, he didn’t try to push me into purchasing it.  He called their Wilmington store and asked to have one shipped for  arrival the next day.

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Todd explained all the features on the P520 and how it compared to the P100 so that I would be familiar and comfortable before making the purchase.  He also took time to show me some used Nikon cameras in the same price range but after I took the camera outside, snapped a few pictures I decided then to buy it.

The time and patience that Todd spent in explaining all the features was awesome, I even had to feed two additional quarters into the meter, I see why they have been a successful business since 1977.

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This camera is an early birthday present to myself and I am looking forward to using it this weekend as we celebrate our 23rd Wedding Anniversary and at the BLMGirls event in DC on the 31st.

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Thank you friends for your inspiration and thank you Todd for your patience!

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Nutrisystem – Day 28 + 11

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!

What in the world happened to June – it just flew by without saying “Goodbye” or anything!  Before I knew it, it was July and my second month of Nutrisystem foods had arrived before I posted the results on Day 28.

Take a look back, this was me on Nutrisystem – Day 1.

Here I am on Day 39 ….

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Notice a difference, not much right?  Because I only lost 5 pounds!!!

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Now let me explain….there was this LOOONG Holiday weekend….LOTS of wine and NO workouts….

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Now I am back on the program, we will be attending a Wedding in August and I want to lose another 5 pounds.  I am  eating my Nutrisystem meals, doing a little more exercise and there’s no more long holiday weekends so I should be fine…huh, what…oh the wine….nevermind…that is all!

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Have a fantastical day – Smooches!

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