30th Jun2011

Congratulations to the Newest P&G Manager {In the Family Room}

by Daenel

Congratulations to the HubsToday the hubs is officially a manager at Proctor & Gamble.  And the kids and I couldn’t be prouder of him and his accomplishments.

When the hubs and I got out of the Army 15 years ago, we didn’t know what we were going to do or how we were going to support ourselves, the only thing we knew was that our family had to stay together.  We decided to move to the hub’s hometown in Pennsylvania.  He’ll dispute this factoid but our intended term was for a period of no more than 5 years; we’ve been here for 15 years

At the time, I was pregnant with baby number 4.   We also had 11~month~old twins as well a 2~year~old at home, so working outside of the home was not in the cards for me.  The hubs suggested that I go back to school and finish my degree, which I did ~ I ended up getting my master’s in American History and Library and Information Science.  The hubs, on the other hand, took jobs whenever and wherever he could.  I remember watching him work on the icy roof of a home in the winter and thinking Please God, do not let me become a widow

God answered my prayers and the hubs was hired at P&G on 6 January 1997 (our 4th child was born a day later).  From the moment he was hired, the hubs started setting goals.  He’s always been that way, making lists of things he wants to accomplish, creating 5~year, 10~year and 15~year plans.  His early goals were to get promoted rapidly through the technician ranks and he did.  He became the first black Tech 5 and Tech 6 at the Mehoopany plant in its 45 year history.  Tech 6 is the highest level you can reach at the plant unless you’re a manager.

Almost immediately, the hubs set his sights on becoming a manager.  He learned the various jobs assigned to him, accepted every task (big and small that was handed to him, even the ones that caused me him to lose sleep at night) and allowed nothing to deter him from his goal.  So after 14½ years of hard work, dedication, frustration, excitement and a whole host of other emotions, the hubs has realized his dream.  He has joined the ranks of a select few and is officially a tech to manager promotee effective today.

As part of the promotion, the family and I will be relocating to Missouri where the hubs will begin a new phase in his career with P&G.

Although we don’t say it often, we want you to know that we not only recognize all of your dedication and hard work but we acknowledge the sacrifices you made to support us.  Congratulations on your promotion to manager, Tony! The kids and I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

30th Jun2011

Crazy Days of Summer: Light

by Daenel

Crazy Days of Summer: Light

A picture I snapped of my husband as he was walking through an underpass.  Quite possibly one of my favorites…

Crazy Days of Summer:  Light

Two years ago, our best friends were married at the beach. The bride was playing in the water at the end of the ceremony when I snapped this picture…

Crazy Days of Summer:  Light

This was taken in Texas a few years back.  I’m a librarian, so it’s only natural that I would find a bar called “The Library”.

Crazy Days of Summer:  Light

This was also taken at the beach.  The water and sky were so blue, so perfect.  They were almost indistinguishable…

Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge is hosted by Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi oflive and love…out loud.  It will run from 3 June to 26 August and is open to everyone. Each Friday (posts will go live at 12:01 AM) participants are encouraged to share their favorite images inspired by the weekly theme.

The themes for June are:

Week 1:  3  June ~ Flowers
Week 2:  10  June ~ Refreshing
Week 3:  17 June ~ Water
Week 4:  24 June ~ Yellow

The themes for July are:

Week 5:  1 July ~ Light
Week 6: 8 July ~ Patriotism

To participate:

  • Please share your photos with others by linking directly to your Crazy Days of Summer blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog’s home page or Flickr Photostream. Feel free to share your photos in the Crazy Days of Summer Flickr Group as well.
  • The linky will remain open from 12:00am Friday – 11:59pm Wednesday.
  • Make a few new friends by visiting and commenting on the previous entry in the linky list.

Each Thursday, a few of Alicia’s and Kristi’s favorite images from the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge will be selected and featured at Project Alicia and live and love… out loud.

30th Jun2011

Today I Said “Good~Bye”

by Daenel

Harry K. Miller LibraryI remember how nervous I was when I first went to the campus for my interview.  I wasn’t sure what to expect ~ would everyone be nice, would it be one of those stuffy interviews where everyone asks questions and no one smiles or would it be relaxed and informal.  I went in prepared for the worst and hoping for the best.  It was better than I expected and by the end of the day I had a job offer.

That was almost ten months ago.  Today I had to say good~bye.  Have you ever met someone and thought Wow, I can’t believe we just click like this?  Well, that’s how it was with my co~workers and me.  From the first day I stepped into the library until today when I took my last step out of the library, I felt as if I belonged.  How many people can say that they truly enjoyed working with everyone in their office?

We’ve made all the promises to keep in touch.  Exchanged email.  Friended each other on Facebook.  I hope the connection remains and I hope whoever sits at my desk on Monday morning realizes what an incredible group of people he or she is about to encounter.

29th Jun2011

What I Wore Wednesday #13 and Real Momma, Real Style

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY
It’s a fun meme all about shoes. For more information, click here.

This is my last week of work so I know I’m going to need these challenges more than ever now.  Last time I was a SAHM my wardrobe consisted mostly of the hub’s t~shirts, my own baggy sweats and flip flops.  My hair was always up in a knot on the top of my head.  And I rarely wore makeup.  In fact, when I started my job at Keystone College I made a big production out of tossing my sweats, but I promise you, those things are like Gremlins, they multiply when they come in contact with water and funk.

Wednesday ~ Hanging Out

What I Wore Wednesday

Camisole ~ Kmart
Tank ~ Hanes Men’s T~Shirts, Kmart
Cardigan, Watch ~ Target
Skirt ~ Freebie
Gold Hoops ~ QVC
Necklace ~ Can’t Remember
Bag ~ Coach

Saturday ~ Just Chillin

What I Wore Saturday

Tank ~ Hanes Men’s T~Shirts, Kmart
Skirt, Sandals ~ Dollar General (yes!)
Flower Pin ~ Handmade by Me

Monday ~ Glam Librarian

What I Wore Monday
Tunic ~ Target
Necklace ~ I can’t remember
Flower Pins ~ Michael’s Craft Store
Watch ~ Kmart

Tuesday ~ Stereotypical Librarian

What I Wore Tuesday
Cardigan, Camisole ~ Target
T~Shirt, Watch ~ Kmart
Jeans ~ Old Navy
Flower Pin ~ Handmade by Me

And, um, yeah, my mirror totally needs cleaning.  Yikes!

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Nina from Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style.

The Pleated Poppy

Real Momma Real Style

What article of clothing of yours do you think your family would burn if given the chance?

28th Jun2011

10 Books in 10 Weeks: A Summer Reading Challenge

by Daenel

I’m almost certain PBG over at Dirty Pretty Thangs didn’t mean for her post, 10 Books in 10 Weeks:  Our Summer Reading Challenge to become a challenge beyond her own household but it did.  I’m joining her for 10 Books in 10 Weeks, which began for her on 20 June and will end on Labor Day.  Since I’m a couple of days late ain’t that always the case with me? I’ma start the challenge just as soon as I get home from work today and go from there.

My four choices for 28 June to 20 July are:

Group 1 Books

My four choices for 21 July to 21 August are:

10 Books 10 Weeks Group 2

My two choices for 22 August to Labor Day are:

10 Books 10 Weeks Group 3

I will, of course, post reviews as I finish reading them.

What types of books do you read?  Have you ever joined a reading challenge?  How did you make out?

You can follow me on Goodreads and LibraryThing

28th Jun2011

What Has Brought You Joy?

by Daenel

The Girls

My girls are my pride and joy.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the boy too.  I mean, he is my son and all but there’s something about hanging out with my girls that brings me so much joy.  I can say that because I know the boy doesn’t read my blog but the girls do and if they try to tease him with this post, it’ll backfire because I’ve already texted him and told him that he’s my favoriteHe knows the deal

On this particular day, the girls and I had decided to go walking along the Back Mountain Trail, a nice little path that winds through the mountains where we live.  During most of our walk, the girls were waaaay ahead of me, as I kept stopping to take pictures of every.  little.  thing.  that caught my eye.  At one point, I managed to pass them and as I turned around, I caught my daughter jumping off a rock ~ her mouth wide open, arms and legs flailing, it has been years since I’ve seen such unabashed joy on my daughter’s face.

As our children grow up, it can be hard to capture those precious moments when everything is right with the world ~ there are no bills to worry over, no tests to study for, no sickness yet to be diagnosed.  For this moment, forever captured on film, everything is perfect and this brings me joy.

What has brought you joy today?

25th Jun2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday 10

A few years ago, a friend of mine sent me a postcard that said:  “Change your shoes, change your mood.”  I thought it was absolutely brilliant.  Whenever I put on these shoes, I feel young, flirty and fun.  I don’t wear them often, just enough to remind myself that there’s still a young, flirty and fun woman under all the mom stuff…

Do you have a pair of shoes that are mood changers?

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!

24th Jun2011

Crazy Days of Summer: Yellow

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY
It’s a fun meme all about shoes. For more information, click here.

Flowers

Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge:  Yellow

Crazy Days of Summer: Yellow
Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge: Yellow

Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge: Yellow

I’m not a gardener but somehow these beauties have managed to grow.  They look like little bursts of sunshine, I smile every time I see them…

PS I’ll have one of my favorite yellow items posted tomorrow, so be sure to check back!

Crazy Days of Summer Photo ChallengeCrazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge is hosted by Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi oflive and love…out loud.  It will run from 3 June to 26 August and is open to everyone. Each Friday (posts will go live at 12:01 AM) participants are encouraged to share their favorite images inspired by the weekly theme.

The themes for June are:

Week 1:  3  June ~ Flowers
Week 2:  10  June ~ Refreshing
Week 3:  17 June ~ Water
Week 4:  24 June ~ Yellow

The theme for 5 July is Light…

To participate:

  • Please share your photos with others by linking directly to your Crazy Days of Summer blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog’s home page or Flickr Photostream. Feel free to share your photos in the Crazy Days of Summer Flickr Group as well.
  • The linky will remain open from 12:00am Friday – 11:59pm Wednesday.
  • Make a few new friends by visiting and commenting on the previous entry in the linky list.

Each Thursday, a few of Alicia’s and Kristi’s favorite images from the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge will be selected and featured at Project Alicia and live and love… out loud.

23rd Jun2011

Reading the Bible in 90 Days: What I Learned

by Daenel

Bible in 90 Days with Mom's ToolboxAround November 2010, my mom (an evangelist), and I were talking about bibles and the various translations and their readability, when she told me that she had one that she wanted to send me to read.  Inwardly I groaned.  Growing up, my mom’s not~so~subtle questioning of my salvation had always been a sore spot with me.  In fact, I’d say that it directly led to my rebellious phase.  So when the Bible arrived, I left it in the mailing envelope, on the corner of the dining room table, touching it only to move it from place to place so the family could eat our meals

Around the end of December, I was on Twitter and I noticed this flurry of excited “#B90Days” tweets and being the nosy curious person that I am, I asked what they were talking about.  The 140 character explanation was “We’re reading the Bible in 90 Days with @MomsToolbox for more info go to http://bit.ly/WlduV.”  I checked out Amy’s blog at Mom’s Toolbox and thought Should I attempt this?  I looked at the Bible, still in the plain brown mailing envelope, sitting on the dining room table and said “No.”  I felt like taking the challenge would somehow be giving in to my mom ~ yep, there’s still that streak of rebelliousness…

For days, I thought, I questioned, I meditated and, at the last minute, I signed up to read the Bible in 90 Days with a group of strong, praying women from all across the web.

The first day of the reading, I unwrapped the Bible from the brown wrapper, removed the cellophane wrapping and began what would become a life changing journey…

In classic Daenel style, I didn’t tell my mom until roughly two months into the reading.

Reading the Bible changed me in so many ways:

  • Discipline ~ it takes discipline to make time to read the Bible every day, especially when there are so many other things that are demanding your attention
  • Conviction ~ I started to censor my thoughts and my speech, how could I read God’s word one minute and then laugh at a dirty joke the next
  • Accountability ~ reading each morning became less of a chore (sorry but there were times when it was hard) and more of thrill; I started to delight in tweeting that I’d finished that day’s reading
  • Love ~ through reading, I gained a greater appreciation for God’s love for us: the sacrificial love, the parental love, the enduring love
  • Forgiveness ~ there is nothing that I’ve done that God can’t forgive me for and if He can forgive me, I can forgive myself
  • Knowledge ~ it’s one thing to think you know the Bible, it’s another to know that you know; I grew up in the church, I thought I knew, but I had no idea
  • Appreciation ~ I’ve gained a greater understanding of my mother; yes, her “pushiness” still tends to rankle me a bit but I get it and I appreciate it

Even after reading the Bible in 90 days, I still stumble but I know without a shadow of a doubt that my God is there to help me get back on my feet.

This session, I will be joining Amy and a host of others as a mentor for others who would like to read the Bible in 90 Days.  If you’d like to join us, all you have to do is sign up here and follow the Twitter hashtag “#B90Days”.  If you’d like to request me for your mentor, just put “DaenelT” in the last box.  Either way, let me know in the comments that you’re joining up, I’d like to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

I told my mom about my decision to become a mentor the day I finished reading the Bible in 87 days…

22nd Jun2011

What I Wore Wednesday #12 and Real Momma, Real Style

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY
It’s a fun meme all about shoes. For more information, click here.

Shoe Style Saturday is just a fun way to show off your shoes.  You can write a post to go along with them or simply post a pic, it doesn’t matter, just share a picture, hit the link and then visit other participants.

Now on to What I Wore Wednesday…

What I Wore Monday

Gold Hoops ~ QVC
Watch ~ Kmart
Cardigan, Cami ~ Target
Tunic ~ Burlington Coat Factory
Jeans ~ Freebie

I know it’s a bad picture but I snapped it very quickly while trying to get out of the hotel in Missouri at 3:30 AM.  Not a good time to try to take a selfie, lemme tell ya.  A girl was tired and if you look carefully, you can see my eyes were barely open…  Unfortunately, that picture is the highlight of the day.  You can read about the longest trip home ever from the beginning to the end here and here.  Yes, it’s a two~parter….

Nails

Purple Nail Polish ~ Rite-Aid

About 95% of the time I wear black or dark brown nail polish, yesterday I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a bright color.  Ummmm….mistake.  I’m so totally not feeling this.  Which is a pity because purple is my favorite color.

What color nail polish do you wear in the summer or do you stick to a signature color?

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Nina from Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style.

The Pleated Poppy

Real Momma Real Style

If you’re looking for some fashion inspiration, head on over and join up.  Really, all the participants are truly fab…

21st Jun2011

There’s No Place Like Home

by Daenel

Oh, Dorothy, truer words have never been spoken…

We finally made it home at 9:45 last night.  To read the beginning of this journey, go here, I’ll wait...  Well, no, we made it to Wilkes~Barre, Pennsylvania at 9:45, we didn’t make it to our house until after 10:30.  Yes, a journey that started at 6 AM (3:30 if you count the wake up at the hotel) ended at 10 something last night.

So why were we trapped in the black hole of airports also known as O’Hare International?  A weather delay.  Personally, I’m started to think the whole delay in Chicago thing is a conspiracy, it’s a test of patience, a way for the airlines to toy with people’s emotions…  Someday we’re all gonna find out that there are hidden cameras all over the airport and people’s frustrations are being aired for sport, sort of like The Truman Show.  Paranoid? Maybe.  But this is the kind of stuff that goes through your head when you’re sitting at the airport with nothing else to do.

Tuscan Frittata from TuscanyOn the good side, I did eat one of the most fabulous breakfasts.  Ever.  It was a Tuscan Frittata at the Tuscany.  Who knew airport food could taste so good.  And it’s a good thing it did, because I didn’t eat again until 10 something that night.  I also think I tried just about every flavor of coffee in the airport.  I’m still j~j~jittery.

One of our first stops on the way home, after we gave up on the search for food, was to my mother~in~law’s house to see the kids.  They’ve been using every method short of smoke signals to keep in touch with us while we were gone.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d think they missed us.  But I’m just suspicious enough to err on the side of caution and say they want something, they just haven’t sprung it on us yet.

Our last stop before we arrived at our house was the last fast food place I ever want eat at for the rest of my life.  Not because the food was bad although it really was but because I’m tired of fast food.  I’m seriously at the point where I’d rather go hungry than eat another burger from one of those places.

Anyway, I’ve made it home and I don’t know when I’ll be venturing out into the real world again…

20th Jun2011

Oh the Places We Won’t Go

by Daenel

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that the hubs and I have been having a heck of a time getting back home to Pennsylvania…  Right now, as I type this, we are stuck in the inner thigh of airports ~ Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  I know, right? Look at me blogging from the airport ’cause I’m all I wanna share my adventures in real time with my bloggy friends.  We’ve been in transit since 6 this morning, it’s now 3:56 PM and I’m no closer to getting home than I was when I was curled up on the bed at the hotel.  But before I get to the end, let me start at the beginning…

Tony and the CamaroOn Thursday of last week, the hubs and I flew FIRST CLASS from Wilkes~Barre, Pennsylvania to St. Louis, Missouri due to an upgrade thankyouverymuch to the customer service rep from US Airways who was so incredibly helpful that I wanted to hug her but I restrained myself ’cause I’m not the hugging kind.  Once we arrived in St. Louis, the hubs was able to snag himself a nice little birthday rental, a 2011 CAMARO, for the week at pretty much the  same thing it would cost to rent a Yugo.  How can I describe the sweetness of this Camaro?  It was like bathing in dark chocolate while eating the most decadent Mexican Chocolate Cake with Mocha Glaze followed by a Latte chaser…  *insert dramatic eye roll here*  To say the hubs enjoyed this car would be putting it mildly.  He offered to let me take it for a spin but it was one of those offers like when you offer to give your husband whatever he wants for his birthday but in your head you’re running off a list of things you will and will not do. So I declined.

Anyway, we spent the week hanging out in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Missouri with friends.  I have never seen a more family friendly place in my life.  Seriously, there are two big ol’ parks, a water park, walking and bike trails, shopping and good eating all on the main strip.  The weather was kind of muggy and it rained just about every night but it is the south.  I’m just happy I didn’t get smacked in the face by those ginormous southern bugs.  At one point, I swore I saw some tornadic looking clouds but the hubs thought I was just being paranoid.  Whatevs, that’s why when the zombie apocalypse happens, I will not be sharing my trail mix with him.  OK, I have this whole theory that trail mix and water will save the planet ~ some day, I’ll go into deeper detail but suffice it to say, my theory has already been proven half way correct (Remember the lady who survived 49 days in the wilderness on snow and trail mixDid they ever find her husband Just sayin‘).

On Friday morning, we headed up to Tennessee to visit my twin sister and her kids.  Do you know how incredibly exciting it is to have your baby nephew try to eat your face?  The five~year~old, who will from here on out be known as Hercules, flexed a little kid~muscle and carried an entire box of diapers, all while maintaining a grip on a mini skateboard.  Yep, he gets his multitasking skills from his auntie.

Yesterday we ate some ribs at this place called The Branding Iron. Ohmygosh, I licked my fingers as long as I could without drawing the disgust attention of the other patrons.  Duuuude, those ribs alone were totally worth the trip.  If you’re ever in that part of Missouri, I highly recommend the three rib dinner.

Then we drove back to St. Louis, the hubs returned the car and we prepared to return home.

This leads me to today, sitting in the airport accepting the possibility that I may never see my family again.

18th Jun2011

Loose Threads and Random Thoughts

by Daenel

I promise I haven’t given up writing for capturing souls with that magic box, it’s just that I’ve been busy taxiing kids, touring Missouri and trying to keep all the other knives that I juggle up in the air.  Really, motherhood is not easy.

The Three of Us1.  I’ve been in Missouri since Thursday ~ flew in first class…  So.  Much.  Leg.  Room.  Our flight attendant was hilarious, swore up and down people tell him he looks like Denzel Washington. Ummm, he was about 5′ 8″ and balding.  But he made me laugh.

2.  I finally got to see my sister’s baby for the first time in 8 months.  Ohmygosh, talk about heart melt.  He let me hold him.  My mom and my sister both said he’s not too cool with letting strangers near him.  He even let me kiss him.  The love fest last about 30 minutes, then something snapped and that kid screamed his little head off.  But for a few minutes, I was in Aunty Heaven.

3.  The hubs rented a 2011 Camaro for our trip (got a sweet little discount ’cause it’s his birthday).  Loving the car, but if I hadn’t had a tubal 14 years ago, I certainly wouldn’t be able to have kids now.  The hubs hit the gas so much, my uterus is strapped into the back seat of the car.

4.  I’m totally obsessed with shows that give you an inside look at prisons.  I’m not really certain why, maybe it’s the “it’s like a car wreck and I can’t look away” thing.  But whenever one of those shows comes on TV, I’m hooked for hours.  The positive side, I know I can’t ever get locked up.  Not that I was ever planing to do so or anything but, you know there are times when that man of mine…  Whew, let me not put anything in print

5.  Being in Missouri has made me realize how much I miss the South.  The people, the food, the heat, I miss it all….

Where would you like to go for vacation this summer?

17th Jun2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

Sometimes all a mom wants to do is hold the remote and kick up her feet…

Clogs ~ Kmart

How do you relax when you get the chance?

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!


17th Jun2011

Crazy Days of Summer: Water

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY
It’s a fun meme all about shoes. For more information, click here.

Frances Slocum State Park

Frances Slocum State Park

A few weeks ago, the hubs suggested that we drive to the lake and take some pictures.  This was one of the best ideas he’d had in a long time.  The lake was incredibly beautiful and watching people fish was relaxing.

Huntsville Dam

Huntsville Dam

This dam is about 300 feet from my house.  Hard to believe something so beautiful can be so dangerous.  A few years ago, it burst and we were evacuated from our homes at 2 something in the morning.  Hard part? Remembering to take the necessities and not the sentimental things like photo albums, cards, childrens’ art.

Falls Pennsylvania

Falls, Pennsylvania

While driving to our friends’ home, we came across this charming little dock.  Can you imagine sitting here with your family, fishing and just enjoying the breeze?

Crazy Days of SummerCrazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge is hosted by Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi oflive and love…out loud.  It will run from 3 June to 26 August and is open to everyone. Each Friday (posts will go live at 12:01 AM) participants are encouraged to share their favorite images inspired by the weekly theme.

The themes for June are:

Week 1:  3  June ~ Flowers
Week 2:  10  June ~ Refreshing
Week 3:  17 June ~ Water
Week 4:  24 June ~ Yellow

To participate:

  • Please share your photos with others by linking directly to your Crazy Days of Summer blog post or Flickr photo, not your blog’s home page or Flickr Photostream. Feel free to share your photos in the Crazy Days of Summer Flickr Group as well.
  • The linky will remain open from 12:00am Friday – 11:59pm Wednesday.
  • Make a few new friends by visiting and commenting on the previous entry in the linky list.

Each Thursday, a few of Alicia’s and Kristi’s favorite images from the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge will be selected and featured at Project Alicia and live and love… out loud.

15th Jun2011

What I Wore Wednesday #11

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY
It’s a fun meme all about shoes. For more information, click here.

What I Wore Wednesday

Cardi ~ Deb’s
Maxi Dress ~ Strawberry
Thong Sandals ~ Dollar General (Kid you not! You can read more about them here)
Bag ~ Maxx New York, QVC

I’m so not a dress wearer but the hubs suggested that I pick up this maxi dress a couple of weeks ago while we were out and I love it.  In fact, I love it so much that I’ve worn it 2 times this week.  gasp I really need to pick up another one.

What fashions are you loving this summer?

The Pleated PoppyWhat I Wore Wednesday was started by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy as a way to force herself out of the stay~at~home/work~at~home mom wardrobe of tees and sweats.  Now others have joined in just because, well, it’s fun and it gives you ideas for different ways to mix and match your clothes.  And, seriously, don’t we all need a little inspiration? To join in, all you have to is take a picture of what you wore on Wednesday, post it to your blog and then let Lindsey know…

15th Jun2011

Wordless Wednesday: Gazebo

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY
It’s a fun meme all about shoes. For more information, click here.

Gazebo

Gazebo in the backyard of a house

I took this while walking with my daughters along the Back Mountain Trail

For more Wordless Wednesday check out:

14th Jun2011

Starbucks App for Android is Finally Here

by Daenel

And life just got a little bit better.  Can I tell you how excited I am about this?  The Starbucks app allows you to pay for your coffee using your mobile phone (currently only available at 6800 stores including all Target® Starbucks stores, just use the filter to see if your store accepts mobile payments).  You can also use the app to register your card, check your balance, track your stars and reload your balance.

Once you download the app, you’ll be asked to sign in or create an account.  You will then have the option of enabling mobile payments.  Next you’ll add your card number if you have one.  Then you’re all set.

To download the app, just click here.

Will you be downloading the new Starbucks app to your Droid?

14th Jun2011

Advice for Miss 17 Upon Her Graduation

by Daenel

Squeekerz and Miss 17For 17 years, you’ve listened to my “Dos” and “Don’ts”.  You’ve shrugged me off at times and, at others, you’ve nodded and agreed.   I’ve shared my struggles of single motherhood with you.  Walking miles in the hot Louisiana sun because I didn’t have a car or the money for a taxi, just to get you from the babysitter’s house.   We’ve grown from a team of two to a family of seven.  You must of have known that Dad was the man for us, you loved him from the start.  So much has happened in the seventeen years that we’ve shared this journey together…

A few days ago, I turned to my friends and asked them to share their words of wisdom with you as you go forth into the next stage of your life.  Please take heart and listen to the wisdom of the web…

From my friends on Twitter:

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When you kids were little, I used to tell you that God handpicked each and every one of you to live with me.  I thank Him for trusting me with the privilege of watching you grow into a beautiful young lady.  It has been my honor and I look forward to watching you walk your path.  My prayer for you is that you’ll trust in God, follow your heart and let common sense prevail.  Now get outta my house!

13th Jun2011

Makeup Free Monday Mingle: It’s All About the Mail

by Daenel

MISS 17 GRADUATED ON FRIDAY, 10 JUNE 2011!!!!

It was a beautiful ceremony, even if it was hot and I had to stand outside on a football field in the sun while wearing heels. But it was so worth it to see my daughter reach this milestone. Everyone thought I’d cry and, honestly, so did I, but all I felt was an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment. Miss 17 graduated as a member of the National Honor Society. She never tried drugs, she didn’t get pregnant and I never had to pick her up from the police station.  I used to tell my children that they were handpicked by God to live with me.  Every day, I thank Him for the privilege, the pleasure and the trust.


Makeup Free MondayMakeup Free Monday is hosted by The Beauty Bean as an initiative for women to celebrate real beauty.  I love makeup almost as much as I love shoes but I also like encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty.  Confidence is beautiful, makeup is the enhancer.

If you decide to participate in Makeup Free Monday let me know in the comments.

Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are:
1. How long can you go without getting mail in the mailbox (not your email inbox)?

If we’re talking bills, I get that every day.  If we’re talking about letters and cards, unless my mom sends me something, I can go months.

2. Snail mail or email?  How do you conduct most of you business correspondence?

The best way to contact me is via text.  The next best way is email.  The only people I really talk to on the phone is my mom (my plan is to teach her the joys of texting this summer)…

3. Do you still send cards or letters?  What was the last card or letter you sent and to whom?

My mom fusses at me on a regular basis because I’ve forsaken all things “hard copy” for the digital world.

Next week’s questions are:
1. Have you put away the winter clothes until next year?
2. What is your typical daily summer attire?
3. Finish this sentence…  “Why is that every time I __________?”

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is:

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

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