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Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month

Women's History Month

Women are mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunties, cousins, friends, nieces, teachers, preachers, sisters, neighbors, educators, caregivers, employees, employers, owners, entrepreneurs, guidance counselors, creators, inventors, investors, investigators, helpers, wives, girlfriends, lovers, singers, divas, dancers, actresses, artists, disciplinarians, mediators, physicians, schedulers, chauffeurs, bankers, buyers, cooks, chefs, cleaners, household managers, coaches, bloggers, shoppers, shapers, innovators, magicians, money managers, doctors, lawyers, judges, jurors, justice seekers, writers, survivors…

We as women wear so many different hats that it would be nearly impossible to list them all here.  You don’t have to be famous or popular to be recognized because we all have made history by touching someone’s life and that’s cause for celebration.

Like you, I am sure there were women in your life that were very special and deserves to be celebrated.  For me it was my grandmother, Nina Margaret Midget – she is the one who made me the celebrated woman that I am today!

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Who are you celebrating this month?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

 

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Super Foods for Seniors

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

I have a wonderful aunt who for the past 20 years has always sent me a box of Chocolate Covered Cherries for Christmas.  She also likes to include a little something extra for me and the boys like a hat, scarf, gloves or toiletries.  This year, in addition to the candy and a sweatshirt for the boys, she included the book “Super Foods for Seniors“.  At first I took offense, am I really a senior, hey, I’m only 52, but in actuality, I AM a senior, maybe not a Senior Citizen but I am past the mid-way point of my life.  I know there are things I can no longer do, wear or even eat, so I’ll accept being a senior and try to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can.

Super Foods for Seniors After I got over the title I opened the book and boy was I pleasantly surprised, there are chapters that cover almost every health issue or concern and then it lists the best foods to eat.  There are chapters on Blues Busters, Tension Erasers, Body Slimming Secrets, Heart Smarts, Sugar Control, Bowel Basics and Female Focus, this book covers it all and is a great reference tool.

In the first chapter “Blues Busters” these are the foods that help with depression, and my grandmother always believed that most of these foods kept you healthy.

  • Pinto Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Sardines
  • Potatoes
  • Liver (yuck)
  • Salmon
  • Beets
  • Clams
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Gumbo
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cajun Rice
  • Turkey
  • Corn

These “Blues Buster” foods will not cure severe depression as that’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, but not eating right can cause mild depression. The foods listed contain brain boosting vitamins and nutrients that can help chase the blues away.

Unfortunately, women experience depression far more often than men because of our hormonal changes due to menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.  Seniors, (that’s me), are especially at a high risk for depression so this weekend I think I’ll make some Gumbo because I’ll be mildly depressed as we celebrate our youngest son’s 18th birthday – where is the world did the time go!

If the Gumbo doesn’t lift my spirits, perhaps a few of these Chocolate Covered Cherries will do the trick!

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What are your “feel good foods”

 

 

 

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Goodwill Saturday Sale

Hello Friends and Happy Monday, I trust you all had a wonderful weekend!

If you read my post on Saturday you know I went to Goodwill for their annual 50% off sale and it was like a department store’s Grand Opening.  The place was PACKED, there were long lines waiting for the dressing rooms, people pushing full carts of clothing, laughter and excitement when new items with tags were found and clerks rolling out full racks every 5 minutes, it was an amazing sight to see.  Although I had only planned to go to Middletown, I kinda sorta wished I had also driven down to Smyrna and Dover.

I did however go with the purpose of getting an “I Love Thrifting” t-shirt, which Goodwill introduced earlier this month for $12.00.  I have never ever purchased an item at Goodwill for that much, but the $12 cost for t-shirt is supporting a worthy cause and I am a proud Goodwill VIP who loves to thrift!

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I was also intent on finding clothing for the Fall because I have more than enough shorts, tanks and skirts for the summer season which is rapidly coming to an end.  I thrifted a dress, 2 tops, a pair of culottes and two maxi skirts all for under $14.00 – #winning

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I can’t wait for the next big sale and if you are not a Goodwill VIP, it’s free to sign up and you’ll receive emails with dates for these events.

Linking up today with Mommy Monday Blog – come on over and join in on the fun!

Mommy Monday Blog Hop

Have a fantabulous day!

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Not your Grandmother's Avon

I’m not sure if you’ve seen an Avon catalog lately and if not, here’s just a taste of what you’ve been missing.  As an Independent Sales Rep for Avon for over 15 years I’ve seen many changes all of them good.  Avon is a company that has been in business for 125 years and has changed with the times without sacrificing the quality of their products, however, it is no longer your grandmother’s Avon – check it out.

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If you have any questions or would like to see more, visit http://www.youravon.com/ablake48


Not your Grandmother’s Avon

I’m not sure if you’ve seen an Avon catalog lately and if not, here’s just a taste of what you’ve been missing.  As an Independent Sales Rep for Avon for over 15 years I’ve seen many changes all of them good.  Avon is a company that has been in business for 125 years and has changed with the times without sacrificing the quality of their products, however, it is no longer your grandmother’s Avon – check it out.

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If you have any questions or would like to see more, visit http://www.youravon.com/ablake48


Go Red for Women Campaign

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The American Heart Association will be celebrating National Wear Red Day For Women  on Friday, 2/1/13

Merck and Macy’s are national sponsors, and on Feb 1st through the 5th, Macy’s will be offering an additional 20% off select items if you are wearing red in store or online using the code “RED”.

I will be participating in the effort to drive awareness of this deadly disease by taking part in a “Pin Red For Women Campaign” and am asking you, my fabulous followers to join me.  The only requirement is for you to follow me on Pinterest, (DeDivahDeals) and during the month of February pin pictures of yourself wearing red.  Throughout the month I will check your boards and repin the pictures onto mine and by the end of the campaign we will all be joined together for a common cause in a sea of Red.

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I thank God that no women in my family has succumbed to this deadly disease but as an ex-smoker, not a day goes by that I don’t think of the damage it caused to my heart and lungs.  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women and together we can help rid the world of this deadly disease by joining in this powerful movement.  More information can be found at the American Heart Association website – here 

Please leave me a comment if you will be joining me and I look forward to seeing your beautiful pictures.

Have a blessed day – Smooches!

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From Purses to Portfolios: Delaware Women Take Charge of Their Money

“For Women, About Women, & By Women and the Men in their lives!”

From Purses to Portfolios was a free conference presented by the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute and supported by Citi Foundation. This was the 5th year of the conference which empowers women to take charge of their financial future. Several years ago hubby and I attended a free financial program sponsored by The Money School of Delaware and the presenter was Alisha Adams, from Primerica Financial Services. She later became our financial adviser and I attended other free events, however, this was the first time at the all-day conference.

The 2012 Conference was sponsored by numerous companies including Citizens Bank, The News Journal, State Farm Insurance, United Way, Wells Fargo and others. This year’s theme was FAB – FOR women ABOUT women BY women. Women of all ages, young and old, black and white as well as more than 60 Exhibitors filled the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Some of the FAB Exhibitors included AIDS Delaware; Ardyss; Bank of America; City of Wilmington; Declutter Enterprise, LLC; Delaware Hospice; Easter Seals; Dollar Build; Garages Aux Trois; Goodwill of DE; Mary Kay; SCORE Delaware; Primerica Financial Services; Senior Helpers; Stop The Violence; Wilmington Women in Business;Tastefully Simple and YWCA DE Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship.

Arriving early Saturday morning waiting outside for the 8:30 opening, I stood in line and socialized with a variety of women all there with a common goal – to become more financially literate. Upon entering we received a program, a name badge, two tickets for lunch/beverages and a cute pink leopard print tote in exchange for completing a demographics survey form. After having a cup of coffee and muffin, I walked up and down “Women’s Biz Boulevard” checking out the vendors, filling out forms, taking pictures and exchanging business cards. Later on I met up with my girlfriends and we walked, talked, and then attended the opening session with the key note speaker Mary Caraccioli, The Money Confidante. State Treasure, Chip Flowers and New Castle County President, Tom Kovach spoke for a few minutes as did Governor Jack Markell who almost didn’t make it due to state preparations for Hurricane Sandy.

The Money School of Delaware

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There were four seminars from which to choose for the morning and afternoon sessions. We chose, Perfect Credit:7 Steps to a Great Credit Rating. Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, a personal financial expert and a NY Times bestseller talked about credit; credit repair; credit scores; rules and regulations; how credit scores affect interest rates on loans as well as insurance rates; jobs and employment.  The seminar was very informative and there was ample time for audience questions.

For perfect credit follow these 7 rules:

PULL your credit report regularly
EXAMINE your credit report carefully
REDUCE debt and manage bills wisely
FIX errors to protect your credit
ENHANCE credit file regularly
CONTACT creditors and negotiate
TAKE time educate yourself and reevaluate

For more information check out her blog at @askthemoneycoach.com

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Bag lunches were provided and the choices were either a Turkey Sandwich or Vegetarian Wrap, both included a packaged cookie and apple, I chose the wrap which was fresh and delicious!

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After lunch we walked “Women’s Biz Boulevard” gathering information from the FAB exhibitors, stopping to test products, enter drawings and purchase raffle tickets.

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The afternoon session began at 2:00, and we chose to attend “Retirement:Never Too Early, Never Too Late” sponsored by AARP, and presented by Jean Setzfand, VP of Financial Security. I learned more about retirement funds as well as Social Security benefits and of making wise financial decisions that will affect me in my golden years. I also learned that AARP uses Linkedin to identify and promote the best companies for it’s members, currently at 152. I will definitely enroll the next time I get the application in the mail – lol!

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The day ended with a Recognition Ceremony, Closing Remarks and Door Prizes which included items donated by Big Fish Grill; Brew HaHa; Citi; Delaware Art Museum; Hagley Museum; Star Nails & Spa; Trader Joe’s and WAWA as well as new Michael Kors and Coach purses provided by Mrs. Carper and First Lady Markell.  None of  us won a door prize, however, we did win additional knowledge that will assist in making wise financial decisions and having me think twice before purchasing that next pair of shoes!

Thank you Delaware for a great “Girlfriend Day Out” and I look forward to the 2013 Conference.

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