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Rit Dye DIY


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

Do you remember wearing tie dye clothing in elementary and junior high school?  I used to love this DIY craft but it always seemed so messy and time consuming.  I’m not sure if the Rit Dye products have changed or that I just have more patience, either way, it’s not hard to do.

The hardest part was finding an article of clothing that I wanted to dye!  I signed up to attend the Radiant Orchid Summer party so in preparation I wanted to have something to wear in radiant purple.  I purchased a summer tank and canvas slip-on sneakers at Kmart and turned them from cotton white to a tie dye purple which came out really nice.

Rit Dye DIY

  Add 1/2 cup of salt and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid to help fabric absorb dye.

Rit Dye DIY

Heat water to boiling.  Dampen shirt with warm water then twist and wrap with rubber bands.

Rit Dye DIY


Pour boiled water into a tub, add package of Rit Dye, salt and dishwashing liquid then stir gently to dissolve.  Make sure to cover your work surface with a plastic covering, I used a Dollar Tree tablecloth.


Put shirt into tub of water and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes, the longer you keep it in the darker the color will be.

allow to soak

For the canvas sneakers, I used a paint brush to cover the rubber sides with Vaseline to prevent dye from staining.

use vaseline around the soles

Use painters tape or masking tape which probably would have been better to add a stripe or patterns to the sneakers.

stuff bags into shoes

Use a sponge brush to lightly paint the canvas, you can go over it several times to make it darker, just take your time.

use rubber gloves

Rit Dye DIY

After soaking the shirt for the desired amount of time, carefully discard water, I poured mine into the toilet and immediately flushed to prevent staining.

rinse until water runs clear

Rinse shirt in cold water until it runs clear or take it outside and use a garden hose to rinse.  I kept pouring my water into the toilet because it was late.

rinse in cold water

clean up tip

Wash in cold water using same color or old towels and two sheets of Shout Color Catchers.

Rit Dye DIY

While waiting for the shirt to wash, I added a little ‘Bling’ to the back of the sneakers using E6000 glue.

Rit Dye DIY

I hung the shirt to dry and wore it the next day to the #RadiantOrchidSummer party which you can read about here

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Rit Dye DIY

Rit Dye DIY


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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.

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Friday Fajita with the Perdue Chicken

Hello friends and Happy Fri-Yay!  A few weeks ago before the summer heat began to sizzle I made Fajitas with Perdue Chicken Breasts.  This easy breezy recipe was not only fun to make but filling enough for hubby and my mini men.

Friday Night Fajitas


The ingredients used are staples that I normally have in the pantry and refrigerator because Mexican food is quite popular in our home.

ingredients for fajitas



  • Perdue Perfect Portions chicken breasts – cut into 1/2″ strips

  • 2 tbls vegetable oil – divided

  • McCormick Fajita Seasoning and 1/4 cup water

  • Shredded Mexican (Taco) Cheese

  • 1 medium Onion – fresh or frozen – sliced

  • Peppers – fresh or frozen – sliced

  • Whole Wheat Tortillas



Fresh Spinach leaves



Tomato – sliced

Jalapeno peppers

Sour Cream


frozen or fresh peppers and onions

I also like to keep packages of frozen peppers and onions because they are perfect for recipes such as this as well as add-in’s for Crock Pot meals.  I used a mixture of both fresh and frozen onions for the Fajitas.




Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken strips, stir and cook for 3 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove chicken from skillet and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion and peppers; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes.  Return chicken to skillet, add water and Seasoning Mix; cook and stir 3 minutes or until heated through.


Spoon chicken/onions/peppers onto warm tortillas, add any options, if desired.

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#DOAC with Crowdtap

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

Maintaining a blog is oftentimes hard work but it is such a great and rewarding experience and some of the perks aren’t half bad either. However, you don’t always have to be a blogger to receive perks, especially if they are coming from CrowdTap.

Are you are active on other social networking platforms and have a lot to say?  Perhaps you enjoy taking pictures or hosting great parties, if so, then you need to sign up with Crowdtap.

Crowdtap is a social media network where you can use your creativity to win gift cards and free products from big-name brands. These brands are looking for you to show and tell others how you use everyday items either through photos, videos, and writing. Rewards are then given to the top submissions.

I’ve been a Crowdtapper for a few months and on Monday, I along with several others “tappers” were rewarded with the ultimate Crowdtap sampling to date.  A FREE overnight stay at a Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, courtesy of #DOAC. Most of these Crowdtappers were from New Jersey and the surrounding states including New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, I believe I was the only one from Delaware.

The invitation included a guest, but unfortunately, hubby was unable to attend due to the fact we have an air conditioning leak that needed constant attention. It was a beautiful day and Atlantic City is only a 2 hour drive so I didn’t mind making the trip solo.

heading to Atlantic City

After checking into a Premium room at Caesars Hotel I was able to relax for about an hour before changing clothes and then meeting our Atlantic City representatives in the lobby.  From there we were taken to a #DOAC Pool Party Cocktail Reception at Golden Nugget – H2O Pool Bar and Grill.

Ceasars hotel in Atlantic city


Hail Caesar


in the lobby in my chariot

A Jitney picked us up for this short ride to the reception where several Crowdtap reps greeted us with a #DOAC Swag Bag and Wrist Bracelet. We also received 2 tickets for a Jitney Ride and the bracelet was an identifier to receive special menu prices at certain Boardwalk bars and restaurants. The view from atop the Golden Nugget was awesome and for an hour we mingled and noshed on Beef and Vegan sliders, skewered BBQ Chicken, French Fries, Onion Rings, Salads and an open bar of beers, wines, sodas and water.

Private jitney Rooftop view reception food Atlantic City water tower view from the rooftop Crowdtappers Swag Bag fellow blogger from Ct

After eating and a few brief words from the Crowdtap reps we re-boarded the Jitney and headed back to the beach to check out some amazing sand sculptures.

fellow Crowdtappers

These were just a few of the entries in the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup contest.

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Sand Sculptures

sand sculpture sand sculpture

Afterwards we were on our own so I took advantage of getting some exercise by walking the miles long boardwalk, people watching, taking pictures, browsing the shops, just enjoying the beautiful night atmosphere then ending the day at the casino, losing $60 in the process!

BTW, I found people to take pictures of me after offering to take pictures of them, usually couples who were more than willing to oblige – thank you kind strangers!

white sands on the beach thank you kind strangers for taking my pic Ripley's Believe it or Not museum AC boardwalk Korean War Vet Memorial Caesars at night

me at beach Boardwalk boutiques I was able to capture this beautiful sunset at the sea in AC

beautiful sunset in Atlantic City

I had all intentions of rising at 5:30 am the next day to capture the sunrise over the sea, but hit the snooze button too many times before finally getting out of bed at 8:00 am. It was still a great DOAC way to start the day, a cup of coffee, an ocean breeze and watching the waves lap the shore was an invitation to return with the family.

coffee on the beach

Before checking out at 11:00, I once again walked the boardwalk enjoying the last few hours of this mini vacation.  Then I hit the road and was home exactly 2 hours later, a little more rested and thankful for having been a rewarded Crowdtapper for the day and a big thank you to #DOAC, see ya soon!

DOAC pics 080 mini vaca in AC mini vaca in AC home again

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?  

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You Choose The Shoes | Week 10

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Hello friends…you know what day it is…it’s Hump Day  but it’s also “You Choose The Shoes” day!

Last week’s contenders were definitely not in a tight race but the comments for both were coming in fast and furious, however, you know there can only be one winner so congratulations to everyone who voted for….

Carlos Santana Sandals



I’m expecting this week’s contender’s to be a bit of a challenge only because they both look good with the outfit and are both equally comfortable.  So let’s take a look, shall we:

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 If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you saw this outfit already but so you know the skirt is from JC Penney and that the top was thrifted from Goodwill.  The iPad case and watch believe it or not were purchased from Avon and if you haven’t checked out a catalog lately click here.

you choose the shoes

The first pair of shoes are xhiliration via Target and were purchased several years ago.  I wear them at least 4 times during the summer months because I love the mustard color and they are very comfortable.  The second pair were purchased online at, and were part of a major shoe haul where I ordered more than 5 pairs on the same day (here).

You Choose The shoes


 I love the pops of neon colors which was also very popular in the mid to late 80’s.

You Choose the Shoes

Okay, it’s time to choose the shoes, will it be the mustard yellow xhiliration wedges from Target

xhiliaration wedges from Target


the peach sandals from

sandals from

I can tell this is going to be another tough decision which is why I like having you in my closet!

You choose the shoes and then leave me a comment

You choose the shoes, then leave me a comment as to why you chose them.  In the meantime I’ll be heading over to see the ladies at the Personal Style Linkup, then I’ll be back to respond to your comments.

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Summer Statement Necklace Giveaway | #sp Kisspat Boutique

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

Recently I had a conversation with a few girlfriends who admitted that they didn’t like wearing costume jewelry and preferred to only wear a small gold chain around their neck. You guys know that is not the case for me as I love wearing costume jewelry especially large rings and bold statement necklaces.  There are several reasons why I like to wear them but the number one reason is that they can add pop to a casual outfit or to a plain LBD.

Statement necklace from Kisspat

Statement necklaces can also flatter your face and they look great in pictures. Being the frugal fashionista that I am, you know that I don’t spend a lot of money on anything, especially costume jewelry so when I discovered Kisspat Boutique I was happy that it was in-line with my budget. Kisspat Boutique offers inexpensive jewelry and accessories and they ship worldwide.  They also have weekly giveaways and 10% off your first order.

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Kisspat Boutique Statement Necklace

I like how this necklace jazzed up my thrifted LBD, what do you think. To jazz up one of your summer outfits, Kisspat Boutique has offered to give away a Summer Statement necklace to one of my lucky readers.  This Rafflecopter contest ends at midnight on 7/29/14, so enter today then share this post with others.

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I Still Have Baby Teeth

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  Today is my oldest son’s 22nd Birthday and I still have his baby teeth!  I have a plastic shoe box that contains both of my son’s baby teeth and my baby graduated from High School last month.  I guess it’s time to trash them, or perhaps I should ask them both for a refund!  What do you think?

baby teeth

My grandmother kept a pair of my baby shoes, but I never saw any of my baby teeth or bags of our “first haircut” hair, so I am sure it’s time to throw them out.

baby shoes



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6 Songs for the Summer


Are you ready to get this summer started?  

If so, grab a cold drink, kick off your shoes, sit back and chillax!  

It doesn’t matter whether you are going on vacation or having a staycation, as long as there is music everything will be alright!

Here is a list of my 6 favorite Summer Songs

summer songs

Under the boardwalk – The drifters
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Buster Poindexter – Hot Hot Hot
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heat Wave (HQ)

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
C.o.c.o. Brown ~ Sundress

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #22


Hello friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

I trust you all had a wonderful week and have been enjoying this beautiful weather, but if you are complaining about the heat, perhaps this picture will snap you back!

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Warby Parker

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