Archive for September, 2015
The Friend Who Just Stands By
When trouble comes your soul to try,
You love the friend who just “stands by”
Perhaps there’s nothing he can do;
The problem is strictly up to you.
For they are problems all your own
And pains the soul must tread alone.
There are times when love cannot smooth the road, nor friendship lift the heavy load
Just to know you have a friend who will stand by:
Or to have a warm hand, it helps, someway to pull you through; although there’s nothing he can do.
And so fervent heart you cry
“God bless the Friend who Just Stands By”
Miss Gloria Cross
Sunday Style in September
Women’s Wear from Rugged Wearhouse
Hello friends and welcome to another edition of Sunday Style in September. If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen this dress and tote that I wore two weeks ago. My son and I went to Rugged Wearhouse in Glasgow with the intent of finding him a backpack to carry his laptop. Unfortunately, he didn’t find a backpack, instead he found a gym bag with the Eagle’s logo on it which is his favorite NFL Team #FlyEaglesFly
When shopping at Rugged Wearhouse I normally head straight to the shoes and then over to the accessories which is where I saw this cute blue tote. I, however, had no intentions of purchasing until I saw the dress!
A perfect sleeveless dress and in my size. I don’t know about you, but it seems as though whenever I find something really cute in a store that doesn’t specialize in Misses clothing there is never one in my size so I lucked out with this find. I also like the double layers coming down from the neckline, a very unique feature.
As the weather cools and we head into Autumn, I can still wear the dress with a cardigan or blazer over top and a pair of black or blue pumps.
Speaking of cooling weather, don’t even ask me how many times I went swimming during the heat of the summer!
I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!
You Pick the Purse 2
Hubby’s 3rd chemo treatment last month was his worse, especially the days immediately following the Thursday shot, he had sore muscles, headaches and insomnia. However, after several restless nights he was finally able to get a good night’s sleep which meant he felt well enough to get up the next morning with me and offered to take a few pictures.
This photo shoot didn’t last long and I tried not to have too many retakes, but as you can tell by my smile which was in response to his, it was a good day! (Ice Cube voice).
Instead of featuring a You Choose the Shoes episode which takes longer to shoot, I decided to do another episode of You Pick the Purse.
This maxi skirt from Boscov’s is one of my favorites because of all of the vibrant colors. The green sleeveless tank was thrifted from Goodwill.
This first purse is from Walmart #yesWalmart and I also picked up one in the black, white and grey combination of colors.
This second purse/clutch was also thrifted from Goodwill and it’s a rattan fabric with colors that compliment the skirt, what do you think?
By the way, if you haven’t done so already, check out the new design of as well as read my posts on the Goodwillde.org blog.
So what do you think? With the wood and bead accessories and beige open toe wedges, which purse would you have worn with this outfit?
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as hubby goes through this. God/Allah has all the power and soon this too shall pass leaving him stronger and healthier and back where he should be…have a mah-vah-lous day!
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My sons are now back in college; Malik is a sophomore down at Bowie State University and Tayair is in his 2nd year of the CLSC program at the University of Delaware, so most nights it’s just “dinner for 2” for hubby and I.
Since his retirement he often likes to prepare dinner so that when I get home which is usually after 7:00 p.m. everything is on the table and ready to eat. Summer is winding down and the days will be getting shorter so he has been checking out the frozen food aisles for new products to stock up on for when the weather gets cooler.
Last week while shopping at Safeway in Glasgow he found Barber Foods new and improved Breaded Stuffed Chicken Breasts which comes in three varieties, Broccoli Cheese, Chicken Kiev, as well as Cordon Bleu, however, since the Cordon Bleu contains ham and we don’t eat pork, it wasn’t an option for him to purchase.
However, the other two Barber Foods products are an excellent choice for a mid-week meal especially when served with Fingerling potatoes and a side salad made with spinach, fresh garden tomatoes and sweet peppers.
Oh, and by the way, this new style recipe of the Breaded Stuffed Chicken Breasts has a much better taste than the previous versions.
Each stuffed chicken breast is a perfectly sized portion and there are 2 individually wrapped entrées in each package therefore, there’s no waste or leftovers to get lost in the back of the refrigerator. Barber Foods Breaded Stuffed Chicken Breasts are made with rib meat and the Broccoli and Cheese variety is filled with broccoli florets and a creamy blend of Swiss and American cheese. The rib meat is raw so it must be thoroughly cooked in an oven, never microwaved until it reaches an internal tempeture of at least 165 degrees which takes about 33 minutes.
Each breaded stuffed chicken breast must be thoroughly baked and cooled for approximately 2 minutes before serving which means hubby can have a fully cooked meal on the table in under an hour, perfectly timed for me getting home. It probably takes him longer to decide which variety to cook than it does to actually cook it!
Barber Foods Breaded Stuffed Chicken can be found in the frozen food section at Safeway and last week they were on sale, oh and if you sign up at www.barberfoods.com, you can get an additional $1.00 off coupon for even more savings.
What side dish would you prepare with a Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breast?
Fall Shoes are in Season @ Goodwill
Slowly but surely I am pairing down my shoe collection as I didn’t wear as many of the summer sandals that I had in previous seasons. I wore far less than a dozen that I really liked including ballerina flats so I boxed up several pairs and donated them to our local Goodwill.
No, I didn’t buy any others to replace them but did realize that I had a pair of brand new sandals that were previously purchased that I hadn’t worn, so they will get a chance to be shoecasted this season!
As a matter of fact these beige sandals were purchased last winter and they were part of a bigger donation from Target. If you are a true blue Goodwill thrifter then you know that several retail stores, including Target often ship their out of season items to Goodwill where you can find them on their “Boutique” racks.
The dress is from Ross Dress for less and with the multiple colors throughout, I thought the sandals were a perfect match. The heel may be a bit chunky but it’s a nice color coordination nevertheless, what do you think?
A simple pair of gold hoops, an oversized ring and my wooden watch from Jord completes the outfit. Oh, and this off white purse was also thrifted from Goodwill.
I always spray thrifted shoes with a disinfectant spray no matter if they are new or not, and as a matter of fact, I spray all shoes that I purchase because I never know who tried them on before me!
Are you ready to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn?
4 Totally Awesome Themes for Your End of Summer Party
Author: Whitney Hollingshead
Have you planned an end of summer party yet? If not, you really should start planning soon. Summer is the perfect time to throw a party for any reason and you still have a small window of time to enjoy what’s left of the summer season. Whether you want to put together a last minute party for your family, a group of friends, or the entire neighborhood, these themes and accompanying ideas will help you plan and execute a party that’s bound to be one of the highlights of your entire summer.
1. SUNDAE SUNDAY
This fun and yet low key party can be thrown together in a single day if necessary. Send out invitations to your guests. You can use cards, flyers, text messages, email, a Facebook notification, or word of mouth depending on your own personal style. Plan the party for an upcoming Sunday afternoon or evening.
The Basics: Purchase large containers of ice cream (enough for all of your guests). You can choose any combination of flavors, but plain vanilla will probably work the best. Ask each guest to bring two ice cream sundae toppings with them to the party. Set up a sundae building station. (Indoors may work best so that you can keep the ice cream frozen nearby until a new container is needed. However, you can guide guests outside to blankets or chairs on the grass once they have made their own sundaes.)
Take it to the Next Level: Have warm freshly baked cookies available for your guests to top with ice cream and toppings.
Other Considerations: If you’d like this party to be more than a simple social gathering, you can play music and encourage guests to dance. Or you can set up a game of volleyball, break out Twister, or play games like tic-tac-toe or hangman on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.
2. BLOCK PARTY
An end of summer block party is the perfect way to get to know your neighbors better.Just remember to focus your guest list on all of your nearby neighbors.
The Basics: Choose a central location in your neighborhood (even a cul-de-sac or quiet street may work) and notify all of your neighbors of the location, date, and time. Make the event a potluck meal and ask each neighbor to bring two potluck items to share. You can also encourage each household to bring their own plates, cups, and utensils, if desired. Spend the evening chatting with the adults and set up some simple games for the kids.
Take it to the Next Level: Assign a theme to your potluck meal. For example, make the potluck an appetizer night and ask each household to bring two different appetizers to share.
Other Considerations: You can also ask each household to bring their own lawn chairs or camp chairs so that everyone has a place to sit (other than on the sidewalk or grass).
3. POOL MOVIE
If you have access to a swimming pool, you have probably spent a fair amount of time at the pool already this summer. Instead of throwing a basic pool party, mix things up by planning an outdoor movie at the pool.
The Basics: In order to execute a pool movie party, you will need to think about the technical requirements, ideal timing, seating arrangements, pool friendly food, and the best movie to show. You can learn what’s needed for all of these logistics by checking out the great tips listed here.
Take it to the Next Level: Plan food that goes along with the movie. For example, if you are showing Napoleon Dynamite, you can serve cartons of milk and tater tots.
Other Considerations: If children will be attending your party, have a plan for extra safety measures. Showing a movie may distract a lot of your guests and children should always be closely supervised near water.
Baseball is an American pastime, but kickball tends to be more conducive to a party as it works well for a spectrum of abilities and ages and requires only one piece of equipment to play. Here’s how you can turn a pickup game of kickball into a party:
The Basics: Head to the nearest baseball or softball diamond. If possible, reserve one in advance. Divide your guests into teams and quickly go over the general rules of kickball. Determine a set number of innings ahead of time and let the game commence. Bring drinks and treats that are easy to transport for everyone to enjoy after the game. For example, toss some juice pouches in a cooler with ice and bring s’mores treats. (Make rice krispie treats using Golden Grahams instead of rice cereal and melt half a bag of chocolate chips with the marshmallows.)
Take it to the Next Level: Divide up the teams in advance and assign team colors. Encourage each guest to arrive dressed in their team color.
Other Considerations: Mix things up by adding a new requirement every inning for running the bases. For example, in the first inning all players must sing the Star Spangled Banner while running from bases to base. If they forget to sing, they’re out. In the second inning, all players must run with their hands on top of their heads, and so on.
You can use any of the ideas above or use this article for inspiration to formulate your own perfect theme. The end of summer is fast approaching so start planning your end of summer party today!
Hello friends and happy 1st Sunday in September which also happens to be my birthday month #Virgo. Today I attended Sunday service at Mt. Pisgah UAME. which is a small church that is less than a mile from my house. Because it was yet another hot and humid day, I chose to wear this sleeveless dress and a pair of open-toe sandals.
If you didn’t have an opportunity to watch the Kohl’s mini haul video, check it out below and tell me if you liked the skirts. The orange cross body bag was only $7.80 and it was the perfect size to carry to church.
By the way the Labor Day weekend holiday sale is still in effect, $10.00 off, $30.00 purchase plus Kohl’s Cash for every purchase over $50.00 and their clearance racks are packed. You can either download the electronic coupon at www.kohls.com or find a paper coupon in Sunday’s circulars.
This dress was purchased at Ross Dress for Less, which is another store that I love not having to pay full retail price for clothing and accessories.
I hope you all are enjoying this long weekend, that is if you are off from work and I wish you all a wonderful Labor Day tomorrow.