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One Day at a Time

Hello friends, I trust you all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was busy as usual, starting with another Yard Sale Saturday morning where I also recorded a brief video on Periscope, “Toni’s Tips for a Successful Yard Sale” check it out here.  This month I scheduled the Yard Sale to begin an hour later at 8:00 am and then it rained so I didn’t make as much money as I normally do.  I did however, make enough extra pocket change for a few trips to the grocery store including getting ingredients for yesterday’s Slow Cooked Lamb Riblets.  It also gave me yet another opportunity to clear out more clothes, shoes and accessories from my closet. 

wearing a maxi skirt to work

 Speaking of clearing out closets, today’s featured outfit is a closet staple which won’t be going anywhere anytime soon because  it’s comfy, fits well and it’s is a maxi skirt, what more can I say.

wearing a mxi skirt to work

This maxi skirt was purchased from Marshall’s and it part of the Valerie Bertinelli  collection, and for you old heads, you may remember when she play Barbara Cooper on the 70’s sitcom “One Day at a Time” which is actually still being shown every night on Antenna TV.  For you youngsters, she was also married to rocker Eddie Van Halen and now has a cooking show on the Food Network, oh and she was born in Wilmington, Delaware which I never knew. 

maxi skirt from Marshall's

 Anywho, I haven’t shopped Marshall’s in a long time so I am not sure what other items are in her collection, but I do love this multi-patterned skirt.  I believe this top was also purchased at Marshall’s, however, it could be from Ross. 

Valerie Bertinelli maxi skirt Taking it one day at a time is also today’s theme as you may have gathered if you read my earlier post.  This is the anniversary of the death of my sister, Gloria.  One Day at a Time is the only way to keep a positive outlook on life when tragedy strikes at an early age; so as I close out another day without my lil sis, I want thank you all for helping to heal a whole in my heart with your love and support. 

Enjoy the rest of your day and we’ll chat soon!

The Friend Who Just Stands By

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

with love,

Miss Gloria Cross



Sunday Style in September

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

Sunday Styling

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!

Summer sleeveless 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.

summer by the pool

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

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).

You Pick the Purse

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.

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.

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This first purse is from Walmart #yesWalmart and I also picked up one in the black, white and grey combination of colors.

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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 blog.

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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?

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Maxi Monday with Hubby 010

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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Hubby helps in the kitchen with Barber Foods

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #SimplySpecialMeals #CollectiveBias

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.

Barber Foods for Dinner

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.

Dinner for 2 with Barber Foods


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. 

cook until internal temp is 165 degrees

Bake Barber foods until internal temp is 165 degrees


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!

variety of Barber entrees in the freezer


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, you can get an additional $1.00 off coupon for even more savings. 

Barber Foods at Safeway What side dish would you prepare with a Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breast?

Barber Foods Frozen entrees



Fall Shoes are in Season @ Goodwill


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!

Fall Shoes are in Season @ Goodwill

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.

Fall Shoes are in Season @ Goodwill

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?

Fall Shoes are in Season @ Goodwill

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.

thrifted purse 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!

Fall Shoes are in Season @ Goodwill

Are you ready to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn?

4 Totally Awesome Themes for Your End of Summer Party

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.

Ice Cream Sundae. Classic hot fudge sundae.

Ice Cream Sundae. Classic hot fudge sundae.


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.


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).


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.

Friends having garden party at summer time

Friends having garden party at summer time


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!

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Sunday Style in September

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.

Dress from Ross Dress for Less


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. 

Cross body bag from Kohl's

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 or find a paper coupon in Sunday’s circulars. 

Dress from Ross Dress for Less

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. 

dressing for church

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.

Best Burgers in Delaware

Last Saturday was by far the best day of the summer, at least when it came to eating grilled burgers.  The 2015 DE Burger Battle was held at The Cauffiel House in Wilmington and there was plenty of food (all burgers), family fun and musical entertainment.  To top it off, having the opportunity to judge some of the best burgers in Delaware – what more could I ask for? 

If you read Monday’s post you already know who won, but if not, click here to read it. 

To all my friends in the USA, I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day holiday weekend.  If you have plans to travel be safe on the road, and if you will be sticking close to home, eat, drink, and be merry for Tuesday will be here in a minute.  I will be home catching up on some reading and doing a few outdoor chores…pool lounging!  

I will also be firing up the grill and even though my burgers won’t be as good as these, they will be tasty. 

Now without further adieu, here are just a few of the burgers from last week’s #DeBurgerBattle

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The sights of these burgers was awesome so you can just imagine how it was smelling with all those grills fired up – sizzling summer!

The smell of grilled burgers See ya next year at De Burger Battle

Summer Deals and Codes


Sears Coupon: 15% Off

Save on everything you need for your family this Fall when you shop at trusted retailer, Sears! Shop in retail stores across the nation, or conveniently online at! When you shop in-store and online on 9/3 through 9/12 you will save with a 15% discount off all regular and sale price apparel, accessories and fine jewelry! Save big when you stock up on your family’s cool weather must-haves during this amazing promo event at!



Body Shop Coupon: 10% Off

Save on all of your favorite Body Shop products when you sign up for the retailer’s FREE Love Your Body program! When you sign up, you will receive a 10% discount off future purchases of in-store and online products. You will also save with a FREE $10 reward for your birthday month! As a Love Your Body member, you will also be eligible for member-only offers and promos! Shop in retail stores, or conveniently online at



Coupon for Advance Auto Parts: 30% Off

Let the experts on everything car related, Advance Auto Parts, save you time and money on your next auto-related purchase! Shop conveniently online at to save 30% off your order of $50 or more with code! Don’t want to wait for your products to ship? Conveniently select in-store pick up, and your product will be ready and waiting within 30 minutes at a local retail location! Shop online today at to see how you will save!



Amazon Coupon: Only $18.97

Save on all of your Movie & TV purchases when you shop hassle-free online at popular retailer,! You can pre-order the new Cinderella 1-Disc DVD today online at to guarantee the lowest price around! When you pre-order this and other DVDs online at, you are guaranteed the low pre-order price, even if the price increases after the DVD is released! Shop this and other new movie and TV DVD deals today at!



Children’s Place Coupon: 25% Off

Find everything that you need for your children this back-to-school season at The Children’s Place! Shop in-store or online at, now through 9/7 to save 25% off with a PLACE Credit Card purchase! Additionally, save with a 5% discount on your Children’s Place purchases every day, when you are a PLACE Credit Card shopper. Stock up on cooler-weather, Fall apparel and accessory essentials like denim, sweaters, hats, boots and jackets during this amazing promotional event at



Columbia Coupon: Up to 45% Off

Shop at popular outdoor retailer Columbia Sportswear to find everything that you need for your outdoor adventures this Fall! When you shop online at, save up to 45% off your active wear purchase when you browse the retailer’s sale/outlet section! During this savings event, save on Fall must-haves for cooler weather, like jackets, coats, vests, boots and more! Hurry and shop at while supplies last! These amazing savings of up to 45% off end on 9/30!



Crabtree and Evelyn Coupon: Buy 2, Get 2 Free

This Fall, shop more to save more at luxury body product retailer, Crabtree & Evelyn. Shop in retail stores across the nation, or conveniently online at to save on your favorite luxury products! When you buy any two 500mL full-priced products (at $28 each) you will receive two FREE 500mL products of your choice! Stock up on all of your Crabtree & Evelyn essentials during this amazing promotional event! Hurry! These promotional savings ends on 9/30!



Coupon for Overstock: 10% Off

Now through September 10th, save on every purchase you make at popular online retailer,, by taking 10% off your entire order! During this promotional savings event, shop at to save on everything including furniture, apparel, jewelry, electronics, home décor and more! The promotional discount will appear at online check out. This deal excludes sports/toys, health/beauty, media/electronics and cannot be combined with other sales. Shop now and save while supplies last. Promo ends 9/10/15!



Naturalizer Coupon: 10% Off

Find the best prices on stylish, high-quality, Fall footwear this season at! When you shop online during this event, you will save with a discount of 10% off site wide with code! During this promotional savings event, save on cooler-weather, Fall shoe styles and trends, like boots, moccasins, loafers, booties and more when you shop online at Shop hassle free today and receive free shipping on all of your orders of $99 or more!



Blair Promo Code: 20% Off

You can now shop long-time catalogue retailer, Blair, conveniently online at Now through 9/15, shop the retailer’s trusted products at, and save with 20% off your online order! You will find a variety Women’s and Men’s apparel and footwear, as well as a wide selection of home goods when you shop online at Visit today to save 20% on every purchase during this Fall promo. Hurry and shop! These amazing savings end on September 15th!



Starbucks Coupon: 10% Off

This Fall, keep warm with Starbucks coffee and tea brewed in your very own home! Save on your favorite Starbucks products when you shop online at, with a 10% discount off your first purchase! During this promo, save on pumpkin spice latte and chai supplies, to make the popular beverages from the comfort of your home! Also, find discounts and deals on Summer clearance items! This offer is online only and excludes Verismo machines and pods.



FragranceNet Promo Code: 15% Off

Online fragrance and beauty retailer has been a source for discounted perfumes, makeup, hair care products and more since 1997! Shop conveniently online today to discover’s wide selection of products and brands including D&G, Calvin Klein, Dior, Hermes and more at the lowest prices around! When you shop online now at, save on your purchase by taking a 15% discount off your order! Shop today and save even more with FREE SHIPPING on your order, with no minimum!



Cheryl’s Coupons: $10 Off $60

Find the perfect gift or a treat for yourself at popular baked-goods retailer,! Sweet treats available for hassle-free purchase, online at, include cakes, cookies and brownies in tins, towers, baskets and more! You can shop by occasion or create your own perfect gift conveniently online at Current events and occasions on include Fall, Halloween, Thank you, Birthday and more! Save on your purchase this Fall with $10 off your order of $60 or more!



Saks Fifth Coupon: 10% Off

Saks Fifth Avenue is your source for stylish, designer apparel, footwear and accessories this Fall! If you love their retail stores, be sure to shop conveniently online at! When you shop online, sign up to be an email subscriber to be the first to hear about special promos, deals and more! When you sign up for the email list, save even more with a 10% discount off your first order! Find everything you need for Fall online during this promo!



Claires Coupon: 20% Off

Send you teen or tween back to school with stylish jewelry and accessory trends from Claire’s! If you don’t have time to get to the mall, save time and money by shopping conveniently online at! When you shop online you can browse jewelry, accessories, hair products, beauty items and more. This Fall, save with a 20% discount off your purchase when you shop online at



Toms Coupon: $5 Off $50

In addition to their popular shoes, sustainable retailer TOMS now also carries a wide selection of eyewear, bags, apparel and accessories. Check out the new styles this Fall at and save with a $5 discount off any full-priced $50 TOMS purchase with code! When you shop online at TOMS be sure to check out the many ways that the charitable retailer gives back to the international community! Save on your purchase and give back when you shop during this special at This offer excludes bags and is valid through 9/30.



Coupon for Kohls: 15% Off

Save on just about everything that you and your family need this Fall season with popular family retailer, Kohls! Kohls offers a wide selection of home goods, furniture, apparel, shoes, jewelry, active wear and more at discounted prices. Save on your next Kohls purchase when you shop in stores across the nation or hassle-free online at by taking 15% off your order of $100 or more! With’s already discounted prices and online-only exclusives you are certain to save during this promotional savings event!


starbucks Coupons: 40% Off

Save on active wear for the entire family this Fall with Champion USA! When you shop online at you will save majorly on your purchase with a discount of 40% off your order as well as FREE SHIPPING! carries a wide selection of stylish, quality active wear for Men, Women and Children at low prices! To be eligible for this offer you must purchase a minimum of 2 items. Hurry and shop online now at! This promo ends on 10/15!



Poppin Coupons: 30% Off

This Back-to-School season, educational retailer Poppin has you covered! A perfect resource for students and teachers alike, Poppin offers savings on everything that you need for the classroom. Shop conveniently online at to find supplies for elementary school, middle & high school and college! Now through 9/8/15, save with a 30% discount off your order of $100 or more on select items for teachers! Hurry and shop before school starts! This offer ends on 9/8/15!