30th Sep2011

An Egg is Not a Baby

by Daenel

EggsRaise your hand if you remember getting an egg to carry around for a week during sex ed.  looks around Yep, I did too.  I also remember being a little put off because my egg wasn’t ethnically correct, so I took some crayons and markers and turned my little white egg into a little multi~culti oval shaped facsimile of me.  Lemme tell ya, that’s not easily done when you’re a high yellow glasses wearing braces having freckle faced black chick, but I digress.

For one week, Little Egglivia (See what I did there?) went everywhere with me.  I dressed her in a little tissue diaper, slept with her nestled on a pillow and made sure she survived for one week with nary a crack.  On the last day of the week, I happily showed up at school with my two page report on what I’d learned about taking care of a baby.

Scrrrreeeech!

Yep, that was the assignment:  learn to care for a baby by taking care of an egg.  Hmmmm, now that I’ve had children of my own, I can state emphatically that an egg is not a baby.

Miss 16 and child

Enjoying the sweetness

But those creepy little crying dolls?  They’re as close as you can get without bringing home the real thing.  Yesterday, Miss 16 brought home one of those animatronic babies that they give to high school students to teach them what it’s like to care for an infant. Miss 16 is enrolled in a child development course at the high school.  This class is basically a first~year college course for students who plan to go on to college and major in Child Development or Elementary Education.

The girls with child

Miss 16 and Aunt Miss 14 Loving the Baby

Anyway, when Miss 16 brought the baby home, we were absolutely thrilled.  Yes, I realize that this was a doll but I was positively giddy ~ so much more exciting than an egg.  Aunt Miss 14 and Miss 16 named the baby Micaela Kate something or other, I called the baby “MK”.  Yeah, the girls and I were totally in to this baby thing.  About 20 minutes into the doll’s arrival, I’d had enough and booted the kids, the doll and all other noisy things away from me.  The girls, on the other hand, were still in baby heaven.  But Miss 14 bailed after a couple of hours and my son and husband refused to get caught up in our insanity.  That left poor Miss 16 on her own…

Miss 16 and Child 2

So ready to get rid of the baby...

That baby cried.  And cried.  And cried.  The hubs and I could hear Miss 16 pacing around in her bedroom all night.  By Thursday morning, she couldn’t wait for me to get her and Baby MK back to the school.  And, honestly, I couldn’t wait either.  Miss 16 definitely looked like the mother of a newborn ~ she had dark circles under her eyes, she was dragging and, at points, during various conversations, her eyes sorta glazed over.  Her plan for the weekend?  To catch up on the sleep she missed while playing mommy.

When you were in high school, did you get the egg, bag of flour or the baby?  Do you think these programs teach teens responsibility?

28th Sep2011

Work It! Express Business Suits

by Daenel

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Nearly ten years ago, I remember getting ready for one of my first job interviews, everyone kept telling me that I needed to get a black suit.  Inwardly I cringed.  I was so not a suit girl.  I always felt like a little kid playing dressing up. But I bought a basic black skirt suit with a white blouse and sturdy black pumps.  The only jewelry I wore was a watch and my wedding set.  Yikes.  I sat at my interview, fidgeting and tugging at my jacket, wishing that my skirt fit a little bit better, rethinking the whole white blouse and minimal jewelry thing…  I was so distracted by my clothing that I almost flubbed the interview.  However, my wit and charm won them over and I got the job but I’ve never forgotten how I felt in that suit.

Jump ahead to the year 2011 and suits have come a long way, baby.  Gone are the big ol’ shoulder pads, boxy cuts and boring colors of yesteryear.  Today’s suits are soft and figure flattering, they come in a wide range of colors from basic neutrals to bold reds and always classic blacks.  Don’t believe me, then you need to check out the women’s suits at Express.  They are seriously sexy and powerful while still being professional and feminine.  But more than that, these pieces can transition from office wear to ladies’ night by just mixing and matching existing pieces in your wardrobe  

Hands down, my favorite suit is the Women’s Tweed Jacket and Tweed Editor Pant.  I love the classic tweed material and the trendy lines of the suit.  Worn together, the suit is ultra chic but separately, the fitted jacket can easily be worn with a pair of jeans and a white tee with chunky jewelry for a glamorous look. For a boho look, simply tuck a billowy peasant top into the pants, add a few funky pieces of jewelry, a leather saddle bag and a pair of clogs.  

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28th Sep2011

Word Filled Wednesday: The Apple of His Eye

by Daenel

Word Filled Wednesday

I’m linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions (click here to learn more about ICD) for Word Filled Wednesday (click here to see this week’s edition).  WFW is a way for participants to share the message of God’s love creatively using a photograph or graphic image combined with a Bible verse.

For more information about Word Filled Wednesday, go here.

26th Sep2011

Monday Mingle: Picture Taking and Holiday Celebrating with Bad Kids

by Daenel

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 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. What kind of camera do you have? Do you consider  yourself proficient?

I have a GE X500 Power Pro Series which I absolutely positively love!  It’s a bridge camera, meaning that it’s a hybrid point and shoot and SLR camera.  You can read my review of the camera here.  If you’re looking to buy a camera, I’d recommend the GE X500.

I think I’m pretty good with the camera, I’ve been asked to take pictures at church events and to take family pictures for a friend.  I’ve also started submitting my pictures in various groups on Flickr after having others encourage me to do so.  One day, I’d like to take a class because I know there’s more to taking pictures than just being able to point and shoot, ya know?

If you like, you can check out my pictures on Flickr by clicking here.

2.  Are you doing any holiday events on your blog this year?

Ummmm, no.

3.  Fill in the blank: My child is an angel, except when he/she ____________________________.

Eat all the snack foods.  I mean, I don’t eat a lot of junk food or anything but when my body wants something sweet it can have a temper tantrum of two~year~old proportions until I feed it something sweet.  And that ain’t easy in this house.  With three teenagers.

Last Tuesday, the twins turned 16 and I had to threaten them with bodily harm so I could get 2 pieces of birthday cake.  I gave them life and I had to threaten to take it away for a piece of cake.  What is that?

Next week’s questions are:

1.  Have you bought your kids Halloween costumes yet?  If so,what are they going to be?

2.  Do you prefer texting or talking on the phone?

3.  How/where do you get most of your ideas for blog posts?

24th Sep2011

Who Has Two Thumbs, Is Pretty Cool and Has the New Facebook Timeline?

by Daenel

This girl.

Yep, I took the plunge and decided to give the new Facebook Timeline a whirl.  As much as I complain about the changes to Facebook and as much as I hate waking up to find that ol’ Zuckerberg has tweaked the settings, I admit to being perversely curious about the new Timeline format.  To get the new Facebook, I followed the directions provided here by TechCrunch.

I have to say, just from my initial look~see, I like it.  A lot.  I like being able to look over my history and see where I was, who I was with and what I was doing at any given time.  I know others think this may be creepy but I find it fascinating.  You can go in and edit your past so to speak by eliminating things or providing more detail through pictures and words.  As a former archivist, I find this sort of digital scrapbook of my life to be a gift for my children.

Cover

Facebook Timeline Cover

Above is what Facebook refers to as the “Cover”.  This is the picture that you choose to represent you.  You can choose any picture to serve as your cover, which is a nice change from the row of tagged photos that used to appear at the top of the page.  Honestly, I hated that people would tag me in random pictures of birds, flowers, pencils, etc and I’d have to go through and untag myself.  Yep, I’m one of those people that has their profile set so that I have to approve any tagging.  You’ll also notice that your profile picture is still in the corner, you can click on that or or on your name to go directly to your profile.

 

Timeline

Facebook Timeline ~ Time Line

On the right hand side is your timeline, you can click anywhere on that timeline to see what you were doing, feeling, reading, whatever, from the moment you signed up for Facebook to the present.  Really, it’s much cooler than it sounds.  My first status update was a very profound “Dani Vaughn-Tucker is at home.”  Yep, I’m proud.  See where it says “Born”?  That indicates the day you were, well, born.  You can go in and add pictures of yourself, interesting tidbits and other ephemera to document that oh~so~important date.  My twin sister and I were born in a car accident, I plan to add the newspaper clipping to my timeline.

 

Activity

Facebook Timeline ~ Activity

The Activity area lists all your posts and activities from your first day on Facebook to the present.  This allows you to see all your information, pictures, the apps you’re using and other information all in one place.  By clicking on “update info”, you can modify information such as job, personal information, etc.  When you select “view activity”, you can see all your actions for the day or any other specified time.  To go back to your page, all you have to do is click on your name or your avatar.  “Home” takes you to your news stream, which basically looks like the same Facebook stream that was rolled out a few days ago.

 

Top Stories

Facebook Timeline ~ Top Stories

This is where the magic happens!  All of your top stories area displays your top photos, stories and other events.  You can scroll back in time or skip around to specific dates and see where you were and what you were doing by clicking the timeline on the right hand side of the screen. So very cool.

You also have the ability to highlight (by starring) or deleting stories in your timeline by clicking the little pencil.

Other little changes:

  • Status ~ on the left hand side; features little icons that symbolize life changes (e.g. got a new job), romantic status, new living arrangements (e.g. bought a house), health and wellness (yes, seriously) and a flag for achievement (e.g. learned a new language)
  • Map ~ shows all the places you’ve ever checked in (it even breaks it down by restaurant, shopping & retail stores and county locations); this is a little creepy ’cause it narrows it down all the way to the time, date and location (I don’t even remember checking in to some of those places ~ guess that’s why this is a good thing)
  • Friends ~ You can tell each month how many friends you’ve added and what they’ve been up to
  • Albums ~ feature one prominent picture along with a couple of smaller pictures; love this, as a photography geek, I like being able to see my friends’ pictures prominently displayed and, well, I like seeing my own pictures showcased too

Right now the only way for you to see the new Facebook Timeline profile is for you to enable it as a developer.  This requires one of two things, either verifying your account using a credit card or by adding a cell phone number.  If you’re not all that gung ho about seeing the new Facebook, you can always wait until 1 October when (I believe) everyone will be getting it.

However, if you have friends who are early adopters (and I do because that’s how librarians roll), you’ll see that their page looks just like what I’ve shown you above except that it’s all about them.  The left hand corner will also display a box containing a list of people that Facebook says is “People to Subscribe to”. Ummmm, I probably won’t be following those suggestions, nothing against Snoop Dogg, but I’m not interested in subscribing to him.

For other opinions on the new Facebook Timeline, you can check out the following:

Are you excited about the new Facebook Timeline?

24th Sep2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

Do you have a pair of shoes that make you feel like you can do anything?

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!

22nd Sep2011

Yarn Along

by Daenel

Yarn AlongI enjoy crocheting.  I find it therapeutic.  I think I’ve said this before…  But I also love the idea of taking a ball of yarn and turning it into something ~ a cozy scarf, a colorful flower, a snuggly blanket…  Wearing something that I made with my own two hands brings me joy and a sense of satisfaction that few other things can.

This week I started crocheting a gray mesh scarf using that I found here at Lilibeth’s Garden.  I adore the airy look of the scarf and have made similar ones before in various yarns.  This time I decided to use a weightier yarn to make the scarf a little heavier while still retaining the airy look.  I’m not sure how it’ll turn out but so far, I’m digging it…

This weekend I’ll start reading The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg.  I received it from TBN for a review and I’m pretty excited about nestling down with a cup of coffee, my book and a blanket.

I’m joining up with Ginny from small things for Yarn Along.  To participate, all you have to do is take a picture of your current crocheting or knitting project along with the book you’re reading and hit the link.  Make sure you visit some of the other participants and share some comment love.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to this weekend?

21st Sep2011

Word Filled Wednesday: Rivers of Living Waters

by Daenel

Word Filled Wednesday

I’m linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions (click here to learn more about ICD) for Word Filled Wednesday.  WFW is a way for participants to share the message of God’s love creatively using a photograph or graphic image combined with a Bible verse.

For more information about Word Filled Wednesday, go here.

21st Sep2011

What I Wore Wednesday #21

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY THIS SATURDAY

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I only have one outfit this week and I totally stole it took inspiration from Lindsay.  She wore this outfit in this post and I just fell in love with it because it looked like the perfect transitional outfit.  So for all you who are wondering if your fashion choices influence others, the answer is a big fat yes!  I think the only thing I’d change is the width of the belt.  Because I have an ahem wider waist, I think I need a thicker belt.

What I Wore Saturday

How are you transitioning your summer outfits into fall wear?  Or do you have a totally separate spring/summer and fall/winter wardrobe?

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

21st Sep2011

Wordless Wednesday: Ceiling Fan

by Daenel

Ceiling Fan Light Bulb

Ceiling Fan Lights

I took a pictures of the ceiling fan because I’m trying to learn to take pictures of average things in more artistic ways, just to sharpen my skills and train my eyes to look at things differently.

You can see more of my photographic efforts by clicking here to see my Flickr stream…

I’m linking up with Aimee at Girl Talk.

19th Sep2011

Monday Mingle: Memorials, Fall Fashion and Fave Blogs

by Daenel

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. Did you and your family go to any memorials in honor of 9/11 10th anniversary?

No, my family and I didn’t attend any memorials for the 10th anniversary of September 11th.  It wasn’t out of disrespect to those who lost their lives or those who continue to suffer as a result of the attacks, it was just something we didn’t do.  I wrote a post about my hopes for the legacy of September 11th, you can read it here, if you wish.

2.  How is your fall/winter wardrobe looking? Do you need to add to it?

My fall/winter wardrobe is looking pretty spectacular.  I’m so looking forward to wearing this faux fur vest that I bought last year with some of my loser fitting boho tops and dresses.  Last year, I didn’t have the chutzpah to wear it in a “nontraditional” way but I figure, hey, I’m pushing 40, I’ve earned the right to be as funky as I wanna be.

I also have several pairs of boots that I can’t wait to rock.  And, yep, I’ll be doing my socks with boots and skirts look that I did last year.

3.  Name a blog you have really enjoyed reading lately.

Well, there are the usual suspects: Erin’s Slice O’ Heaven, Lisa’s It Keeps Getting Better and a few others…  But I think I need to clean out my reader.  Right now I’m looking for more inspirational blogs about creating a closer relationship to God, so if you know of any, let me know in the comments.

Next week’s questions are:

1. What kind of camera do you have? Do you consider  yourself proficient?

2.  Are you doing any holiday events on your blog this year?

3.  Fill in the blank: My child is an angel, except when he/she ____________________________.

17th Sep2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Hot summer nights fading into cool autumn days…

Peep Toes

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!


15th Sep2011

How I Met My Husband

by Daenel

The KissThe year was 1994, and I was a sweet, innocent little soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, about to celebrate my 2nd year in the Army. This is my story, I can tell it any way that I like, just rest assured that what I’m telling you is the whole truth.  Anyway, I was sitting in the personnel office updating some paperwork, when I see these two guys in a separate part of the office looking at me.  I acknowledged them and kept on talking.  And by acknowledged, I mean, I glared at them and shifted in my chair because they were staring at me.  So I finished my business, said good bye to everyone and started heading out of the office when I felt a tap on my shoulder.

I turned to see one of the guys who was staring at me.  “My friend would like to ask you out.”  I looked him up and down ~ you know that look we give trifling men ~ and said “Tell your friend if he wants to ask me out, step to me like a man and ask me himself.”  Then I walked away. I later found out that the hubs never asked his friend to say anything to me, the guy just thought he was doing his friend a solid.  I also found out that he’d called his mother and told her that he saw his future wife.  Ummmm, yeah, right….  Actually, I guess he was right.  Hahaha After that, I started seeing my future husband everywhere.  So much that I seriously thought he was stalking me.

The future hubs started coming to the mailroom to pick up mail for this female soldier which irritated me to no end.   I was thinking, wait, wasn’t this man just trying to pick me up the other day?  Whatevs… I had a baby at home, I wasn’t in the mood for any foolishness.  I didn’t bother dealing with him, I had neither the patience nor the time.  Turns out, the girl he was picking mail up for was a single mother who was home convalescing and he was just helping out.

Now I have to break right here to give you a little bit of background…  At the time, I was in charge of the Unit Mailroom and I had about 3 male soldiers working for me, who used to always have their buddies at the mailroom, so there were always vehicles parked behind my office.  However, no one ever parked in my parking space.  Ever.

Now back to the story…

Skip ahead a few weeks later, and I pulled into the back of my office and saw this beautiful black Isuzu Rodeo parked in my parking spot.  The windows were down, the music was blaring, it was just begging to be explored.  So I got out of my car, hopped in the truck and started looking around.  I had no idea who this truck belonged to but I was in everything ~ the cds, the glove box, etc.  I would never recommend doing such a thing now but I was bold back in the day.  And I was fairly certain that I was safe because I was working under the assumption that the truck belonged to one of my soldier’s friends.  Anyway, I was sitting in the driver’s seat when who should come walking out but Mr. Helpful.  He walked over to the truck with this big ol’ cheese eating grin on his face, leaned in to the window and said “My name is Sergeant Tucker and I don’t have any money ’cause you’re sitting in it.”  Swoon.  Yep, it was his truck.

And that, my friends, is the story of how I met my husband.

If you’d like to read what happened when I stood up him up on our first date, go here.  I’ll tell you this much, it involves a stalled car on a dark secluded highway, a trucker and a very forgiving man.

14th Sep2011

Word Filled Wednesday: My Happiness is Found in You

by Daenel

Word Filled Wednesday

I’m linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions (click here to learn more about ICD) for Word Filled Wednesday.  WFW is a way for participants to share the message of God’s love creatively using a photograph or graphic image combined with a Bible verse.

For more information about Word Filled Wednesday, go here.

14th Sep2011

What I Wore Wednesday #20

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY THIS SATURDAY

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

Wow, I don’t know what’s going on with me lately.  Well, actually, I do.  Have you ever walked into your closet, looked at all your clothes and thought I have nothing to wear?  Yep, that’s where I’ve been every day.  Either that or the clothes I want to wear simply don’t fit.  Therefore, I only have two outfits this week.  Next week will be better.  I’ll even participate in the challenge being hosted by Aubree at a Yellow Blackbird: a creative blog  (click here to find out more about her challenges).

What I Wore Monday

What I Wore Monday

I wore this outfit before and thought it looked really cute, not so much this go around.  I don’t know if it’s because I buttoned the cardi, which I didn’t do last time or what.  The ring is a cute little somethin’ somethin’ I picked up at Pier 1.  I know, right?  Who knew they had jewelry?  The shoes are a deep wine color.  I think that’s the one thing I did right ~ the color combination.  The cardi is a lime green, the crocheted flower pin (which I made) is turquoise, cream and lime green and the ring is light and dark lime green.  Tres funky, no?

What I Wore Tuesday

What I Wore Tuesday

What can I say about this outfit?  Hmmmm….  I’m kind of iffy on this.  I’ve had the brown t~shirt for a couple of months and never worn it before.  It’s cute but a little clingy around the tummy area.  I layered it with a burgundy tank, which I actually liked.  The beaded necklace is near and dear to my heart because it was made for me by a close friend.  I try to wear it at least once or twice a week.  The long necklace is a one of my faves but I don’t wear it a lot because it makes a heckuva lot of noise when I walk.  The feather headband is another one of those iffy things.  Am I too old to pull it off?  Is it too big for my head?  I dunno.

Do you ever wonder if something you’re wearing is age appropriate?

I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday

13th Sep2011

Wordless Wednesday: Smile You’re on Camera

by Daenel

Smile You're On Camera

Someone painted “Smile, your on camera” on the side of the barn.  So I stopped, smiled and made sure it was on camera.

You can see more of my photographic efforts by clicking here to see my Flickr stream…

I’m linking up with Erin at Slice o’ Heaven (click here to join the Wordless Wednesday fun), Mimi from Woven by Words (click here to hit the link), and 5 Minutes for Mom (click here to see more Wordless Wednesday posts from around the web).

 

12th Sep2011

Walgreens Gives Back: Ways to Give Back to Your Community

by Daenel

Thanks to Walgreens for sponsoring my writing. Help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote.


Scarf in ProgressA little known fact about me is that I love to crochet.  I find it incredibly therapeutic.  But the only things I know how to crochet are scarves, blankets and flowers.  Yep, that’s it.  I can’t make sweaters.  I can’t crochet hats or gloves.  Not even little baby booties.  But what I do make, I make with love.  And as much as I big puffy heart scarves (especially scarves with flowers), I can only wear so many.  And it really seems unfair to keep those warm and oh~so~stylish beauties in my closet, where they’re getting little to no use,  so I give them away.  I also give away the baby blankets that I make.  Not just to friends but to people who are in need.  That is how I give back to my community; I share my talent with those around me.

Think back over the last 6 months, how many natural disasters have there been?  There’ve been earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, etc.  People all over have lost so much.  Now think about your own community, how many people are under employed or have lost jobs?  How many single and/or teen moms are giving birth and don’t have the basics for their babies?

Finished ScarfBlankets and scarves are things that people can always use and will always appreciate.  If you’re unable to make enough on your own, you can always get together a group of friends or people from your church and crochet together.  What an incredible opportunity for outreach.

I don’t believe that giving back to your community always has to be within the confines of a formal organization.  Really, all it takes is one person discovering a need within their community and finding a way to fill it.

How do you give back to your community?  Do you have a special skill that you’ve ever considered sharing with those around you?

*Special note, if you decide to crochet blankets for babies or small children, it’s best to make sure that your work is done in a smoke free, pet free home to reduce allergic reactions.

Don’t forget to help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

12th Sep2011

Monday Mingle:Furniture Moves, Trolls and Bloggy Limits

by Daenel

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 often do you move furniture in your living room?

I love decorating and redecorating, so I move the furniture every couple of years but I change the accessories more often.  And I’ve also found that if you rearrange the furniture a lot, it saves carpets from getting worn in the same places, ya know?

2.  How do you handle hateful comments or emails? Or someone who annoys you in person?

I don’t know if people don’t read my blog or if everyone just agrees with everything I’m saying, but I’ve never received a mean spirited comment on my blog.  I prefer to think everyone just agrees with me.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.

How do I handle people I don’t like in person?  I avoid them.  My face is pretty much like an open book, so I think people can tell when I don’t like them, so they avoid me too.  That works just fine for me.

3.  One thing you will never blog about?

My period.  I don’t know.  The hubs asked me not to blog about or post pics of the kids until they were 15, so I did respect his wishes.  Until Miss 14 went through my blog and counted all the posts that the other kids were mentioned in and how many she was mentioned in and declared it unfair.  We talked it over with the hubs and he agreed I could talk about her.  Hahahaha  I love my kids.

Next week’s questions are from Erin at Slice o’ Heaven:

1. Did you and your family go to any memorials in honor of 9/11 10th anniversary?

2.  How is your fall/winter wardrobe looking? Do you need to add to it?

3.  Name a blog you have really enjoyed reading lately.

11th Sep2011

On September 11th and On Every Other Day

by Daenel

American Flag

Image Courtesy of Microsoft Clipart

I wasn’t sure if I was going to write a remembrance post for today, not because I didn’t want to honor the day but because I wasn’t sure what to say without it sounding trite…

So many people’s lives were forever changed on that day ~ lives were lost, people were injured, wars were fought…  There was just so much of everything that words almost fail me.  I think the best sentiment that I’ve heard all week was from a good friend of mine on Facebook who suggested that instead of reserving all of our love, patriotism and service to others to one day, perhaps, we should spread it throughout the year.  Live each day as if it may be our last.  Love our family and friends, tell them and show them every day.  Forgive those who’ve hurt us…  Extend a helping hand to those in need.  Check on elderly neighbors.  Thank a soldier or first responder and his or her family for their service.  These may seem like little things, but in the grand scheme of things, these small acts mean so much and serve to remind us of what a great country America really is.

So I leave you with this final thought, not just on today but every day, God bless you and God bless America…

10th Sep2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Cozy boots, these are my go~to footwear for the fall.  I love their versatility.  I can wear them all funky like with a corduroy skirt and socks or I can pair them with a pair of jeans and a chunky sweater.  The tops can be folded down to reveal fuzzy brown faux fur or left straight up to show a long line of faux leather.  The weathered broken in look gives them the vintagy boho look that I so adore.  Yep, I’m glad it’s fall and I can officially bust out my boots.

Shoe Style Saturday

What shoes are you most looking forward to wearing this fall?

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!


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