Archive for August, 2012
OOTD – Travel to Bethlehem, PA
Today I had to travel to Bethlehem for a job assignment and it afforded me the opportunity to dress down for the day. I didn’t wear these shoes but did like how they matched the shirt, both of which were purchased from Ross at different times. The commute to Bethlehem was 218 miles, in the car for 4-hours, traffic backed up on the way north definitely put a HUMP in my day. However, my assignment was completed by noon and I was home before 3:00.
Top and Shoes – Ross// Capri Pants – Goodwill// Earrings/Bracelet/Ring – JewelryBox// Sunnies – gifted from @PennyChic
Before heading home, I walked the Office Park and the surroundings provided me with calm and peaceful thoughts that made the commute a little less stressful.
OOTD – Autumn Colors
Good Morning, I hope everyone is having a great day. Can you feel that Autumn is right around the corner? This morning I turned off the AC and opened up the kitchen windows allowing in some fresh air. Once the weather cools I will be able to transition this dress by adding a cardigan or blazer.
Dress – Burlington Coat Factory// Shoes – The Shoe Dept// Bracelet – Jewelry Box// Ring – Avon// Earrings – Jewelrymax.net
Free Thrifted Haul
My co-worker knows that I love thrifting, she and I have even gone to Goodwill together during a lunch break. She knows there is no shame in my game when it comes to thrifting clothes especially for my sons. Last week she had a bag of clothes in her car that her son had outgrown, and asked if I wanted them. I could sense she was a little hesitant with the offer because she followed up with, “if you can’t use them, you can donate them to Goodwill”. Of course, I said, “yes”. Later in the day she put the bag into my car so I didn’t see the contents until I got home that evening. This bag contained some great stuff for my son who will be starting back to school next week!
The shopping bag was filled with shirts, pants, shorts and jeans, all in excellent condition and smelling freshly laundered. The name brand items included Old Navy, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, JC Penney’s and The Gap. My sons were thrilled with the haul and each went through the items designating which ones they wanted. The pants fit nicely around the waist, but hubby will need to alter the length because my co-worker’s son stands 6 ‘ 8″, taller than anyone in my house! This was my first FREE thrifted haul ever!!!
Olde Tyme Peach Festival in Middletown, DE
One of the best family events in Middletown, DE is the Olde Tyme Peach Festival held the 3rd Saturday in August. When we first moved to Middletown in 1993, we didn’t attend regularly because it was small and somewhat boring with a few vendors, a short parade and intense heat. However, for the past several years we have gone on a regular, and in my opinion, yesterday’s festival was by far the best with the largest attendance, the most vendors and to top it off, incredible weather!
I had been looking forward to going all week but the forecast had me a bit concerned even though the festival is held rain or shine. Thankfully the rain ended early Saturday morning and the sun beamed brightly for the remainder of the day. The heat wasn’t an intense mid-August melt and considering the recent heat wave, we were truly blessed to have had a perfect day.
Usually our day begins watching the parade with a beverage from The Java House Cafe and ends with taking home fried fish sandwiches made by members of Dale United Methodist Church. Hubby had an early morning event so we missed the parade, but got there before noon and spent several hours walking and enjoying our little town’s festival. The Square was filled with people, young and old, families with kids, pets, live music, dancers, vendors, politicians, food, games, giveaways and genuine small-town fun. The local stores were advertising Peach Festival sales, and we stopped in at Off The Kuffs to check out the mens wear. Walking with my fam, sipping iced Green Tea brought back memories of being in New York during their annual street festivals.
The Peach Festival is presented by the Middletown Historical Society and they should be commended on making this event an annual success. In years to come they may need to close off more streets as I can certainly see it becoming even larger with the time extended beyond 4:00.
As we walked hubby and I were on the look out for Dale’s spot, in search of their infamous fried fish sandwiches, soaked in hot sauce between two pieces of white bread! Up and down every street, looking, sniffing, searching….all we found was the vacant space where the Church normally sets up…not sure what happened but pray it wasn’t anything serious. We also missed out on buying a Peach Pie from MOT Senior Center but was glad they moved them onto vendor’s row.
Disappointed and hungry we walked back to The Java House Cafe and ordered Jerk Chicken Panini’s and Mango Smoothies. The sandwiches were perfect, just the right amount of Caribbean spice to satisfy my taste buds and more than enough to make me forget about the fish sandwiches…at least until next year!
See ya next year!
3 Year Quit Anniversary
NICOTINE FREE Anniversary
My Quit Date was: Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 7:00:00 AM
God is Good!!
FRI-YAY!!! I am so looking forward to the weekend because tomorrow is Middletown’s Annual Peach Festival. There are activities for children, a local artist exhibit, historical exhibits, a peach pie contest, crafts, music, food, games, and of course – peaches! The parade starts at 9:00 am but I don’t go just to see that or for “all things peaches”, but specifically for the fried fish sandwiches sold by Dale United Methodist Church!! Three large pieces of fried fish on soft white Wonder Bread soaked with hot sauce ….oh my…I’m drooling already. I know it’s not healthy but man oh man… it is just too good for words and I only indulge once a year.
In September, the month of my birth there is another annual event just as unhealthy, apple picking at Milburn Orchards in Elkton, MD. Apple picking isn’t unhealthy, but the warm, fresh-from-the-oven Apple Cider Donuts are, I won’t even begin to describe them! The boys and I along with my grandmother (God Rest Her Soul) would always start off the season by heading to Milburn Orchards to pick our own fresh apples from a variety of trees. The boys would smash the rotten ones on the ground (must be a boy thing) and jump up high to get the big juicy ones. Apple picking may start early because last Friday, I looked across the yard at my neighbor’s broken fence and saw a small tree laden with apples. I may not need to drive to Elkton, perhaps just a simple walk over to grab a few for my morning Smoothies will be enough. Broken Fences Make Good Neighbors – lol
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OOTD – Change of the Shoes
This morning I was all dressed and ready to go and it wasn’t until I got into the car that I realized that there was no black in my dress, or at least it didn’t look like it without my glasses! Needless to say, my son was none to happy to take additional pictures because he was already immersed in his morning sports show. I know the new rule of fashion is not to be too matchy matchy but I had to change my shoes especially since I wore them earlier this week. Take a look and let me know which shoes looks better with the dress that I now see has black in it – I am really not a morning person!!!!
Dress – Burlington Coat Factory// Black Shoes – The Shoe Dept / Blue Shoes – Payless// Bracelets – Rainbow Shops// Earrings – Avon// Ring – JewelryBox// Purse – Mark by Avon