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The Gift of Glamour and Glasses

The Gift of Glamour and Glasses

Last week I “celebrated” my 54th birthday with hubby and #1 son, I also received a mid-afternoon phone call from my youngest who is away at college, and it was the best birthday I could have ever asked for. Actually I stopped “celebrating” my birthdays many years ago after the death of my sister on September 14, 1992.

However, I know that everyday that I wake up ~ looking up is a gift, a gift that I definitely do not take for granted. However, even with all that being said, it’s always nice to get a little something something to commemorate the actual date of your birth. So this year to commemorate my birth, my gifts were ones of glamour and glasses.

On Sunday morning, I had an appointment with Dawn V. Gilmore, owner and photographer extraordinaire of DawnVGilmorePhotos. I had made an appointment a few weeks prior for the September Special, which was $50.00 for 4 headshots. I was super excited because I had always wanted professional headshots for my blogs and Social Media platforms and this was such a deal, making it a perfect birthday gift. Dawn is a personable and talented photographer who not only made me feel comfortable but she also made me look glamorous!  

Check out these photos!

Headshots by Dawn V Gilmore

By the way, her specialty is Boudoir Photos so if you are looking to have these taken, give her a call!

After the 30 minute photo shoot, I drove to Dunkin Donuts to use my AARP discount of getting a FREE donut with the purchase of a large cup of coffee. I decided to splurge and also purchased a Pumpkin Muffin, a Blueberry muffin for hubby and a dozen munchkins for my son, then headed home to relax.

get a discount with AARP

With his bi-weekly chemo treatments, hubby has his good days and then his not-so-good days, so when he’s smiling, I take full advantage of it with a selfie! #ihatecancer

hubby having a good day

I love to cook more than I enjoy eating out so I decided made a special dinner, Slow Cooked Mediterranean Chicken, you can see the full recipe in a Friday Foodie post next week, but check out this quick video.

Slow Cooked Chicken recipes

The final gift to myself was a new pair of glasses, yes, glasses. I have been wearing them since the age of 50, however, I only wear them to read. I’ve always purchased a pair after each eye exam, but hubby and Malik started purchasing theirs from Spec$forLess, so I decided to give them a try. There are many styles from which to choose and the prices are great, made even more so with our insurance plans.

Spec$ for less in Middletown

Monday afternoon I drove to their store located on 12 East Main Street in Middletown, and the sales person, Janine was a pleasure to work with. I had a lot of fun trying on different pairs and she indulged my lunacy by taking a few pictures.

love my big frame glasses

glasses 1

I love larger rims, AKA Sally Jessie Raphael so those are the ones I tried on. I won’t show you which pair I finally ordered, but I will tell you that they are cute and I may just start wearing them all the time, including in my OOTD photos…we’ll see.

enjoying the glamour of glasses

All in all It was a great birthday, and I want to thank all my virtual friends for their wonderful wishes as I look forward to another blessed year.

AVON Fall Fragrance Giveaway

Now that the heat of the summer is over and the temps are getting cooler, it’s time to snuggle a little closer to our loved ones. I want to make that snuggle a little bit sweeter with an AVON Fall Fragrance Giveaway for men.

Avon Fall Fragrance Giveaway

You can enter this Rafflecopter giveaway below and also get extra points for sharing this post and leaving a comment as to what your favorite fall fragrance is for men. To see more AVON fragrances click the catalog pic below.

avon catalog



A bold fusion of fresh mandarin and cool spices blended effortlessly with intoxicating woods.

2.5 fl oz $29.00 value

Luck Eau De Toilette Spray


6.7 fl oz


3.4 fl oz

Avon Luck After Shave Conditioner

This Rafflecopter Giveaway is open to USA residents only and will end on October 5, 2015 ~ Good luck!
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Sunday Style – Avon

Avon Again

Okay, I know this is a shameless plug, but when you find clothing and accessories at a reasonable price AND you don’t need to leave your home to purchase them it’s a win win – so here we go again with another outfit from Avon!

clothing and accessories from Avon

One thing that I love about shopping Avon is that their clothing is true to size. I have gained several pounds over the last few years thanks to menopause and red wine, but I have yet to purchase a dress that didn’t fit and flatter my figure better than one from Avon.

clothing and accessories from Avon

This particular style is very flattering to every figure because of the lace in the front and back as it gives an illusion of being smaller than you are. The animal print purse from Mark/Avon can be worn over the shoulder with the strap attached or as a clutch with the strap placed inside.

fashion for women over fifty

Same thing with shoes from Avon, I wear a comfortable size 9 and their shoes are definitely true to size. However, if you wear a half size it is suggested you order a size up. I purchased these two-tone pumps before the dress but it’s a perfect match – what do you think?

clothing and accessories from Avon

As far as accessories are concerned, Avon definitely shines in this area, everything from earrings, necklaces to bracelets, rings and watches, including this cute ring/bracelet set.

I have a drawer full of accessories that I have yet to wear, but love the style and keep them for one of those “just in case” moments. I wore this outfit to work last week and felt cute all day, I almost went out after work but hubby wasn’t feeling too well.

Anywho, this outfit will definitely be back in rotation before the winter winds set in.

clothing and accessories from Avon

Make sure to check out the latest Avon catalog at and have an awesome week ahead.

clothing and accessories from Avon

Saving Stores Coupons and Deals


Lord and Taylor Coupons: 20% Off

Find everything that you need for you and your family this Fall at Lord & Taylor! Shop in retail stores across the country or conveniently online at to purchase cool-weather apparel and accessories for men, women and children! This September save on your purchase from Lord & Taylor during the retailer’s Signature Sale! During this sale, save with a 20% discount off regular and sale purchases! Hurry and stock up on everything you need for the Fall. This promo ends on 9/30!



Macys Coupon: 15% Off

Macy’s has everything that you and your family need this Fall! With a wide selection of popular brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Free People, Calvin Klein and more, you are certain to find something for everyone in the family! This September save on Fall must-haves by taking 15% off during Macy’s Get Ready for Fall Sale! Stock up on discounted sweaters, jackets, demin, boots and more during this promo. These savings end on 9/27!



Office Depot Coupon Code: Free Delivery

This Fall, get your home office organized with Office Depot! Save time and money on everything that you need for your office by shopping hassle-free online at Office Depot carries a wide selection of your favorite brands of office essentials like HP, Hammermill, Post-it, Bic, Avery and more! Shop conveniently online now at to get the lowest prices on supplies and essentials for your office, and save with FREE DELIVERY on your purchase of $50 or more!



Peapod Promo: $25 Off

Boost office morale this Fall by stocking your break room with snacks, drinks and cleaning supplies from! Save time and money when you shop conveniently online at and have your supplies and snacks delivered straight to your office! Show your employees you care by loading up on bulk snacks and treats! If you are an Illinois customer, you can save $25 on your first business order at with code during September! Visit today and save. This promo ends on 9/30/15!



Pet 360 Promo Code: $20 Off $150

Simplify your pet parenting process this Fall with the help of! Save time and money on exactly what you need for your pet when you shop conveniently online at offers a wide selection of popular brands for your dog or cat at low prices. Brand offerings at include Only Natural Pet, Heartgard, Nature’s Variety, Frontline and more! Shop hassle-free at this Fall to save with a discount of $20 off your purchase of $150 or more! Stock up on supplies for your furry friend today! Savings end 10/31!



Petco Coupons: $7 Off $70

Find everything that you need for your pet this Fall at popular pet supply retailer, PetCo! Shop in stores or online at to save on your favorite pet brands like Blue Buffalo, Nutro, Natural Balance, Well & Good, Bowl Mates and more! When you shop hassle-free online at this Fall, save on the retailer’s already low prices by taking $7 off your order of $70 or more! Hurry to today and stock up on everything your pet needs while this sale lasts!



Shoebuy Coupon: 20% Off

The new Fall season calls for new footwear from! has all of the hottest footwear trends for the cooler weather including boots & booties, sneakers, loafers, oxfords and more! Top brands offered at include Merrell, Saucony, Sketchers, New Balance and Keen. This September save on your purchase with a 20% discount off your footwear purchase at Even better, receive FREE SHIPPING with promo code! Shop and save now! This promo ends on 9/30!


starbucks Coupon Code: 20% Off $80

Save on the hottest shoe trends of the season when you shop conveniently online at! carries your favorite brands of footwear for men, women and children at the best prices around! The variety of top brands at include Michael Kors, Converse, Frye, UGG, Timberland, Dr. Martens and Steve Madden! This September, save with a 20% discount off your purchase of $80 or more! Hurry to today and save on Fall styles! Offer ends 9/30!



Sierra Trading Post Coupons: 25% Or 30% Off

Camping season is here! Save on everything you need for outdoor Fall getaways with Sierra Trading Post. Shop online at to save on overstock deals on outdoor apparel, sporting goods, outdoor gear, footwear and more. Discounted brands available at include Icebreaker, Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Chaco, New Balance, SmartWool, Carhartt and more! This Fall save on Sierra Trading Post’s already low prices by taking an EXTRA 25% off your purchase of $125 or more or 30% off your purchase of $200 or more with code!



Body Shop Promo Code: 10% Off

Save on luxurious bath and body products this Fall when you join the Body Shop’s Love Your Body Program! The Body Shop carries a wide selection of nature-inspired skin care, body care, hair care and fragrance products in a variety of delightful scents. When you sign up to be a Love Your Body Program member, you will receive access to exclusive deals and promos. Even better, you will save 10% off every in-store and online purchase!



Musicians Friend Coupon Code: 8% OR 10% Off

Save on all of the musical equipment that you need this September with savings from Musician’s Friend! Musician’s Friend offers convenient online shopping at, and is committed to offering the lowest prices, special financing, 45-day return options and FREE SHIPPING! This September, save even more with 8% off your orders of $89 or more OR 10% off your orders of $249 or more with code! Visit to shop and save today! These savings end 9/30!



Only Natural Pet Store Promo: $15 Off $100

Save time and money by purchasing your pet’s natural and organic foods and supplies online at! Only Natural Pet is committed to keeping your pet happy and healthy with their quality products! Discover the amazing products at this September and save with a $15 discount off your order of $100 or more with code! Save even more with FREE SHIPPING on your purchase! Shop and save today with Only Natural Pet! This promo ends on 9/30!



M and M Promo Code: 10% Off $50

The classic candy M&M’s are far more than the candy from your childhood! These delicious, iconic candies are now available to be personalized with messages and/or photos for birthdays, weddings, business gatherings, new baby arrivals and more! Discover all the ways you can personalize M&M’s by visiting today! When you shop online this Fall, you will save 10% off your My M&M’s purchase of $50 or more! Shop online today at! This offer ends on 10/1!



World Kitchen Coupon: 15% Off

Find everything that you need for your kitchen and dining area conveniently online! Shop World Kitchen carries a wide selection of bakeware, cookware, cutlery, table settings and more, all at great prices! Trusted brands available at include Corelle, Magnalite, Revere, Snapware, Corningware, Pyrex and more! This September save when you shop with by taking 15% off your purchase with code! Hurry and shop! This promo ends on 9/30.



WorldMarket Coupons: 10% Off

World Market is your source for unique, authentic and affordable house wares from around the globe! Shop in retail stores throughout the country, or conveniently online at! World Market carries everything you need for your home including furniture, rugs, lighting, décor, kitchen goods and more! Shop online at today to find exactly what you are looking for to spruce up your home. When you shop online this Fall, save on the retailer’s already discounted rates by taking 10% off your purchase! Shop today and save!



Light in the Box Coupon Code: $10 Off $100

Save on a variety of products when you shop with online retailer,! Light in the Box carries a wide selection of just about everything! The international retailer offers products including clothing, home goods, electronics, shoes, cell phone accessories, wedding and event items and more! Visit today to see what you will save on! When you shop at Light in the Box this September, save even more on the retailer’s already discounted prices by taking $10 off your purchase of $100 or more!



1800 Flowers Promo: Save 15%

This Fall, show you care with gifts and flowers from! Save time and money in the gift giving process when you shop conveniently online with! Find gifts for every event in your life, like birthdays, sympathy, love & romance, get well and more! In addition to flowers, find plants, gift baskets, food and keepsakes when you shop at! This September, save even more with 15% off your gift purchase from! Hurry and find the perfect gift today. This promo ends on 9/30!



Sports Authority Coupons: Save 10%

Save on everything you need to get in shape this Fall with Sports Authority! As one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the nation, Sports Authority offers a wide selection of your favorite athletic brands, including New Balance, Nike, ASICS Champion and more! Stay in the loop by signing up to receive emails notifying you of upcoming sales, promos and events! When you sign up to receive these emails at, save with 10% off your next online or in-store purchase! Sign up and save today!



Sunglass Hut Promo Code: BOGO $40 Off

Find sunglasses from your favorite designer brands at great prices when you shop at The Sunglass Hut! Shop in stores or online at to purchase designer eyewear from brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim, Prada and Persol! Shop Men’s and Women’s eyewear today to save! When you shop now, and purchase any pair of full-priced sunglasses, save with a $40 discount off your second full-priced pair! Hurry to today to find the perfect pairs of sunglasses to save on!



Elizabeth Arden Coupon: 15% Off

Discover classic makeup and skin care products from Elizabeth Arden during their New Customer Exclusive! Shop the popular brand conveniently online at to save on skin care, makeup, fragrance, gift sets and more during this promotional event. During this New Customer Exclusive, save with a 15% discount off your first-time purchase from the retailer! Stock up on all of your favorite Elizabeth Arden products and essentials during this event! Hurry! These savings end on 9/30.


Do You Eat Alone with Others?

Do you remember when eating alone in a restaurant was looked upon as being an awkward situation? Did you ever walk into a restaurant and feel sorry for the person who sat alone with only a book for companionship or perhaps looking straight down into their plate to avoid eye contact with others?


Well those days are long gone, now most people want to dine alone as a matter of fact, they eat heads down and not in prayer, it’s because nine times out of ten most are looking down communicating with their iPhone or Android, even if seated with others.  It always cracks me up when I see a young couple out on a date and both of them are heads down texting or reading from their individual Smartphones.


I often wonder, how will they get to know each other – will they be using words in the future or will they digress back to being hunched over grunting a few words or symbols – lol

If I were a college student today, my major would definitely be in medicine specializing in chiropractic services!

Dining alone which once was viewed as an embarrassment is no longer taboo even at home as there are several reports that have shown that nearly half of all meals and snacks are eaten in solitude.

Marketers have taken note as well, which is why I love the commercials for Dixie “bemorehere” campaign.  It places emphasis on family meal time being with friends and families, fully engaged in conversations, love and laughter and no technology!

Breakfast is the number one meal which is usually eaten alone, whether it’s at home, in the car or at one’s desk. I am guilty of this one especially during the work week. I do however, enjoy having coffee with hubby on the weekends. Family breakfast time or lack thereof, has really hurt demand for items such as orange juice, milk and eggs with more demand for microwavable and fast food meals.

Lunch is number two when it comes to eating solo. Lunch, when eaten at work is usually at one’s desk in a cubicle or office with little to no interaction with peers. Again, I am guilty of this, but I have made it a habit to have lunch with a fellow co-worker at least once per month, otherwise, we are both “brown bagging” it everyday.

Dinner, my all time favorite meal of the day is one that I do enjoy preparing and eating with the family. We may be guilty of watching television while doing so, but we are together watching the same show, eating where each can be seen and for me, this is the best part of the day.

How about you, are you a (Han) solo eater?

15 Inexpensive Home Upgrades to Install Before Summer Ends

15 Inexpensive Home Upgrades to Install Before Summer Ends

Author: Andy Andersen

Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still time to get ahead before the hustle and bustle of back-to-school season. Here are 15 inexpensive home upgrades you can consider completing before summer ends:

1. Convert a Dormant Room

If you have a spare bedroom in your house that currently serves no particular purpose, now is a great time to convert it into something you’ll love. Converting an empty room into a gaming room, study, or hobby area can save you space in other areas of your house and revitalize a dormant interest as well as a room.

2. Motion-Sensor Lights

Installing motion-sensitive lighting for your home is pretty affordable these days and will save you on your electricity bills as well. Get a motion-sensor light for your porch for energy efficiency and extra security.

3. Soft-Close Drawer Slides

Make your drawers quieter and safer by installing soft-close slides. They’re inexpensive and easy to install. Once you have them, you’ll be surprised at the difference they make. No noise, no pain, and at an affordable price. It’s an upgrade you can’t afford to not look into.

install ceiling fans

4. Ceiling Fans

Looking for an energy-efficient upgrade? Save on cooling costs for the rest of the summer and install some ceiling fans in your home. You’ll be able to cut back on how much you use the AC as you transition from summer to fall.

5. Replace Ornate Lighting

Chandeliers and other ornate lighting fixtures have become outdated and cumbersome for the modern home. Today’s market offers a plethora of great looking contemporary lighting fixtures you can replace them with. Take the time to research how you might achieve greater energy efficiency and look for lighting choices that will cut back on electricity.

6. Temperature Control Sheets

Looking for a way to save on both heating and cooling costs? Look no further than temperature control sheets. This high-tech, low-cost bedding option absorbs and releases heat according to your body temperature, ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep with the added assurance of saving money.

7. Matching Kitchen Appliances

Get rid of your old, mismatched appliances and invest in a set that matches your kitchen. You may not have the funds to do it all at once, but even if you replace your appliances over time, the uniform look you end up with can really revolutionize your kitchen’s decor.

8. Re-paint Your Walls

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as giving your walls a new look. Re-painting your walls in a brand new color or shade is a fun, affordable way to make your home feel like a whole new place. Get it done before summer’s end and you’ll have a whole new home experience for the holidays.

9. Rearrange Your Furniture

Sometimes all your house needs is a simple rearrangement of what’s already in it. Rearranging the furniture can mark the beginning of a new, exciting chapter in your daily life, especially if you do it strategically to create better flow of traffic from room to room. And the best part is, it won’t cost you a dime.

10. Interior Shutters

You may be looking at your windows and noticing that your old blinds are a bit of an eyesore. Luckily for you, interior shutters are a hot commodity in today’s home market. Because of their popularity, you can find affordable quality interior shutters to give your windows a complete makeover just in time for fall.

black out shades keeps the home cooler

11. Blackout Shades

High quality blackout shades like these are a window treatment specifically designed to instantly darken a room. Whether you have a nursery, media room, or master bedroom that you’ve never been able to completely darken the way you’ve wanted, blackout shades are an affordable way to finally get the job done.

12. Add Crown Molding

Crown molding is a popular, budget-friendly way to elegantly re-cap your walls. With a variety of do-it-yourself options out there, installing a new crown molding in your home may be just the right upgrade you’ve been looking for.

13. Install a New Dishwasher

Most new dishwashers are designed to conserve more water than previous models. If your dishwasher is getting old, it may be worth your while to get a new one. Though you may have to fork out some cash upfront, the money you’ll save on water will be well worth it.

new kitchen remodel

Modern kitchen interior and furnitures

14. Give Your Kitchen Cabinets a New Finish

If repainting your walls is a task that seems a little too daunting at the tail end of the summer, consider refinishing your kitchen cabinets. Your cabinetry is the face of your kitchen, and giving it a new color or shade will make the whole kitchen pop.

15. Install a Water Filter

You’ll save money and the environment by ditching the store-bought water bottles and installing a water filter. This may also give you and your family the incentive to drink more water from day to day. In this sense, a water filter is an opportunity to keep the whole family healthy and environmentally friendly.

With a fresh perspective, a little money, and a few hours of manpower you can add some simple upgrades that will improve your home just in time to enjoy the benefits all winter long.

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Pops of Peach

Sunday Style

Pops of Peach

On September 20, 1961, I was born, which means today is my birthday – my 54th BIRTHDAY to be exact. I was going to sleep in but I have an appointment qt 11:00 am to have a professional headshot taken and I am really looking forward to that.  

Later on if  hubby is feeling we may be head out to lunch mid-afternoon.  I did, however, want to pop in first to show you one of the outfits that I wore to work last month.

outfit of the day

It wasn’t anything fancy, just a plain black pencil skirt with a beige and black sleeveless top which both have been hanging in my closet for years.  The shoes also a combination of black and taupe were purchased from The Shoe Dept in the Exton Mall.  I wanted to jazz it up a bit so I chose to add a few Peach accessories which also match my toenail polish.

tote from Avon

If you recall from one of my videos, this was a tote that I had ordered from Avon and I love the color because it’s one that I hadn’t seen in the stores, I do have a few others that were purchased from Walmart. I love the size of these tote bags as I can just grab one, throw my stuff into it and hit the road.

tote bag purchased from Avon

The peach bracelet was purchased from Old Navy, and I have several in different colors as they were less than $2.00 each on clearance.  The ring was a “dollar discount” find.

Peach tote from Avon

I also wore this peach tote with a thrifted black and white dress which you will see below.

what to wear to work

Pops of Peach with Black and White

Pops of Peach with Black and White


Is there a purse or tote in your closet that’s your go-to bag?

Pops of Peach with Black and White


Find Best Stores Coupons and Deals


Home Shopping Network Coupon: $20 Off $40

This season, save on your Fall shopping when you shop with the Home Shopping Network! In addition to HSN TV, shop conveniently online at to save on the best deals on fashion, beauty, home, kitchen & food, electronics and more! This September, save by taking a discount of $20 OFF your purchase of $40 or more! Hurry and stock up on cooler-weather essentials for the new season! These amazing savings are valid 9/1 through 9/30!



Jos A Bank Promo Code: UP to 70% Off

Find high-quality menswear at discounted prices this Fall at trusted men’s apparel retailer, Jos. A. Bank. Shop online at to browse the popular retailer’s online clearance center, filled with deep discounts and deals! Save up to 70% off your purchase, when you shop hassle-free at this Fall. Hurry and stock up on blazers, suit separates, dress shirts, pants and more during this special, while supplies last! Save even more with FREE SHIPPING on your order!



Kay Jewelers Promos: UP to 50% Off

Treat yourself to a new piece of jewelry this Fall at fine jewelry retailer, Kay Jewelers! Shop in store or conveniently online at to save up to 50% off the original price of clearance items! During this promo, stick to your budget and find beautiful jewelry! Save on unique and beautiful rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more during this special! Hurry and shop these amazing deals, while supplies last. This promo event ends on 9/30/15!



Lamps Plus Promo: $10 Off $150

Find everything that you need for a home makeover this Fall at online home goods retailer,! In addition to being the nation’s largest lighting retailer, Lamps Plus also carries a wide selection of home décor and furniture! Save when you shop conveniently online at this Fall with a $10 discount off your purchase of $150 or more! Hurry and shop today! These savings end on 9/30/15!



Life is Good Coupons: 15% Off

Stay warm this Fall with fun, stylish sweatshirts and hoodies from popular lifestyle brand, Life is Good! This season, shop the retailer’s optimistic products conveniently online at When you shop online at this Fall and sign up for the retailer’s email newsletter, you will save with a 15% discount off your purchase, as well as FREE SHIPPING for new customers. Stock up on cooler weather essentials and save during this event. Shop now through 10/31 and save!



Loft Coupon: Free Shipping

Save on stylish, quality apparel this Fall when you shop at Loft! Shop in stores across the nation, or conveniently online at to save time and money on your Fall shopping! When you shop online at you will have access to online-only promos and specials to save you money on all of your Fall essentials. Save on jackets, sweaters, corduroys, denim, scarves, hats and more during this special. When you shop online at you will receive FREE SHIPPING on your purchase of $125 or more! Hurry and shop! Offer ends 10/31/15!



Hammacher Schlemmer Coupon Code: UP to 82% Off

Save on end-of-season specials on unexpected, quality items from Hammacher Schlemmer when you shop online at! During this End-of-Summer Sale, you will save up to 82% off your purchase when you shop! Shop the retailer’s unique gift and home items hassle-free online at to browse reduced items including sports & leisure, electronics, apparel, toys & games, holiday, travel, personal care and more! Hurry and save while supplies last! This promotional event ends on 9/30/15!



Harry and David Coupon Codes: 15% Off

Find everything that you need for entertaining this Fall at Harry and David! Shop the gourmet retailer’s products in stores throughout the nation, or conveniently online at! Simplify entertaining with delicious Fall-themed foods and treats from Harry & David, like pumpkin cheesecake, amaretto sweet potatoes, oven roasted turkey and apple spice cake! Additionally, save on wine & beverages and Fall gift baskets when you shop at this Fall. Save 15% off your order of $75 or more when you shop now through 9/30!



Steve Madden Coupon: 15% OR 20% OFF

Save on all of your Fall accessories with Steve Madden! Shop the stylish retailer’s designs online at to save on a wide selection of handbags, footwear, accessories and more! Spend more and save more during the Fall promo. During this event, save 15% off your order of $100 o more and 20% off your purchase of $150 or more! Additionally, save time and money with FREE SHIPPING on your order with promo code! Hurry and shop while savings last! This offer ends 9/30/15!



Starbucks Coupon Code: 10% Off

Stay warm this Fall with seasonal beverages and drinkware from Starbucks! Make your favorite Fall Starbuck’s beverages from the comfort of your home with instant pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice sauce, pumpkin spice chai tea latte concentrate, and pumpkin spice chai filter bag tea! Sip your warm beverage in style, with Starbuck’s new Fall drinkware options. Shop now to save on your Fall purchases with 10% off your order if you are a new customer!



JCPenney Promo: 15% Off

Save on everything that you need this Fall when you shop at JC Penny! Shop the nationwide retailer in store or conveniently online at When you shop this Fall, save on everything that you need for the family, with 15% off your purchase! Stock up on cooler-weather essentials like jackets, boots, denim, sweaters, long-sleeve tops, hats, scarves and more during this promo! This offer excludes Sephora, gift cards, services, service plans, current orders/prior purchases, or combination with any other discounts.



Elizabeth Arden Promo Code: 15% Off

Discover premium skin care and make up from Elizabeth Arden and save money when you shop online at this Fall! This September, if you are a new customer, you will save with a 15% discount off your purchase at! Hurry and shop conveniently online to browse cutting edge skin care, make up, fragrance and more from Elizabeth Arden! Stock up on cooler-weather beauty essentials during this Fall promotional event. Shop now! These savings end on 9/30/15!



Coffee For Less Coupons: 5% Off

Cooler weather is quickly approaching, and what better way to stay warm than with coffee and tea? Let save you money on all of your hot beverage purchases this Fall! In addition to traditional coffee and coffee beans, also carries a wide variety of K-Cup Pods, other coffee pods, coffee machines and more! Visit today to save with an exclusive offer of 5% off all purchase sitewide with code! Hurry and shop! This promo ends on 9/29!



Fossil Promos: Save 30%

Save on classic men’s and women’s accessories from popular retailer Fossil, during the retailer’s current end-of-season sale event! During this sale, save with 30% or more off of your purchase from! Incredible sale items included in this end-of-season promo, include the brand’s timeless watches, stylish handbags, leather wallets, tasteful jewelry and other accessories! Hurry and stock up on all of the accessories that you need for the Fall season while supplies last! These savings won’t last long!



Dress Barn Coupon: $15 Off $75

Did you know, that in addition to a wide selection of dress styles, The Dress Barn also carries tops, pants, denim, skirts, outerwear and more? With sizes ranging from 4 to 24, you are certain to find everything that you need for the Fall in your size this season! Save on The Dress Barn’s wide variety of clothing options when you shop online at this Fall! When you shop online this season, save with a $15 discount off your purchase of $75 or more! Save even more with $4.95 flat rate shipping with code! Hurry and shop! This September special ends on 9/30!



Discount School Supply Coupons: $20 Off $100

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Wilsons Promo: $10 Off $100

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Are You Prepared for A Natural Disaster?

It no longer matters where you live in today’s world, there’s always a possibility that your area can be affected by a natural disaster, whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flooding or wildfires therefore, it’s important to be prepared. 

Today’s preparations include much more than just hiding in the basement or covering your head as you kneel under a desk at school– remember this?

Hiding under the desk in the 60s

Every family should have an Emergency Preparedness Kit and the following is a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit as  recommended by the US government.

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelett
    es, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.


  • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies

Non-prescription drugs:

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Laxative

Other first aid supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit – EFFAK (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

family portrait

Remember the unique needs of your family members, including growing children, when making your emergency supply kit and family emergency plan.

For Baby:

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications
  • Moist towelettes
  • Diaper rash ointment

For more information about the care and feeding of infants and young children during an emergency, visit the California Dept. of Public Health website.

For Adults:

  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses

Ask your doctor about storing prescription medications such as heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin and other prescription drugs.

If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt 

We all hope never to need any of these kits, but like my grandmother used to say, “it’s better to be safe than sorry” .


Do you have an emergency disaster kit?

Are you ready for a natural disaster?

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You Pick the Purse 3

Hello friends and welcome to “You Pick the Purse 3” and in honor of this episode, I am featuring 3 different purses.  However, before we begin, let’s talk about the dress.  What’s not to love about a maxi dress in the summer?  It is definitely comfortable enough to wear towards the end of the summer especially when the temps were in the high 90’s not only in August but straight into early September. 

summer maxi dress


This is one of my favorite maxi dresses because it’s perfect to wear to work, church or out to dinner.  I decided to wear a pair of yellow sandals sold at Avon, yellow statement necklace purchased from Walmart #yesWalmart and a yellow cocktail ring. 

fashion for less

So take a look at each purse then leave a comment as to which one you would have chosen to wear with this maxi dress. 

purse from Avon

This first purse, also from Avon was chosen to match the sandals and other accessories.  The white purse was purchased from Rugged Wearhouse and I carried it when we went on vacation in June to the Dominican Republic which  loved it because I was able to carry a lot on board the plane. 

white purse from Rugged Wearhouse

The last purse is a black, crochet boho bag that I’ve had since forever and cannot remember where purchased! 

black crochet purse

I’ve knotted the top of this crochet boho bag but I do like that it has a long “handle”.  Okay, take a look at all three and let me know which one you like the best.

yellow purse from Avon

  black crochet purse white tote from rugged wearhouse

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!