30th Sep2012

Things I’m Looking Forward to This Fall {About Me}

by Daenel

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it never hurts to say it again, “I love sweater weather!” Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. I love snuggling up with cozy sweaters, eating comfort foods and watching my favorite TV shows. “Hell on Wheels“, anyone? But there are a few other things I’m looking forward to this Fall, some are old and some are new, either way I’m looking forward to everything that Fall has to offer:

1.  Seasonal Coffee Flavors

Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}
Oh sweet coffee! Not just the regular flavors but the seasonal ones like Salted Caramel Mocha. I’m so not a Pumpkin Spice Latte fan. Going to coffee houses to get my fix can be pretty expensive, so I searched high and wide for a recipe that I could make at home and I found one at Raves, Faves & Must Haves. ‘Cause that’s what librarians do, we find stuff.

2. New Boots

Boots {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite pair of boots finally kicked the bucket. I adored those boots. I wore them with everything ~ skirts, dresses, jeans, etc. I even wore them after the uppers started to crack and the layers started to peel. I drew the line, however, when water started seeping through the cracks and getting my feet wet. So now the search is on for the perfect replacement…

3. Feathering the Nest

Globe {Living Outside the Stacks}

Since moving to Missouri, the hubs and I have discovered that we enjoy antiquing and checking out second hand shops. In fact, every weekend for the past few weeks, he and I have gotten up bright and early to check out some of the local shops. We enjoy finding pieces that will will fit into our new home. I’ll show you more of our purchases in a later post, a little hint: that globe was our latest purchase.

What are you looking forward to this Fall?

27th Sep2012

New Family Member {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

A few weeks ago, our beloved dog, Squeekerz, ran away from home. To say the kids and I were devastated would be an understatement. For days, the kids and I would go outside calling his name, every time I drove to work, I’d look out my window to see if I saw him roaming the streets, we contacted every animal shelter in the area and posted his pictures all over the web and the local newspapers. No dog had ever been more sought after…

Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

My parents, didn’t want to replace Squeekerz, but they thought refocusing our attention would ease the pain. So they brought us a present…

Junior {Living Outside the Stacks}

Junior is a feisty little Chihuahua who hasn’t given us a moment’s peace since his arrival. He jumps, he steals, he runs circles around us but, mostly, he makes us laugh…

Junior and Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

Junior and Squeekerz {Living Outside the Stacks}

And gets on Squeekerz’s nerves.

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26th Sep2012

Twenty~Two {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

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What I Wore Monday

Earlier this week, my friend Keisa,  leanlibrarian on Instagramchallenged me to ditch my sweats and flip flops in favor of actual clothing, to include makeup and combed hair. Even on days when I don’t plan to leave the house. You may think, oh that’s not so difficult but it is… I’m one of those girls who only does the hair and makeup thing if I’m leaving the house. Otherwise, it’s sweats, oversized tee, flip flops and what the hubs affectionately calls a “nub” but I call a “messy bun”. He really has issues with just about any hairstyle that requires a hair tie. When I’m in the mood to get him going, it’s really kinda funny to see how many pony tails I can create to provoke

Back of Hair {Living Outside the Stacks}

Anyway, Keisa and I have been holding each other accountable on Instagram, using the hashtags #nomorefrump and #nomorefrumpymom, if you’d like to join us, we’d love to have you. It really is a lot of fun sharing ideas, encouraging each other and just talking about how to mix and match different things.

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

As you can tell, my style is somewhat eclectic. I’m almost certain it’s a result of growing up overseas. I also firmly believe that things do not have to match, they just have to go together.  Hmmmm….what is up with my weird expression? Maybe it had something to do with my photographer?

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Floral Hair Pins ~ Dollar General

Necklace, Cardi and Blouse ~ Target

Skinny Jeans ~ Walmart

Bag ~ Maxx New York, QVC

Boots ~ Delia’s

What I Wore Tuesday

On Tuesday I stepped way out of my comfort zone and wore a denim shirt that’s been hanging in my closet since the beginning of summer.

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

It was on sale and I’d seen a ton of cute denim shirts on Pinterest and thought I could pull it off but when the time came I chickened out. But this week, I decided to throw caution to the wind and the shirt a try.

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think I pulled it off. I also tucked my shirt in. gasp And wore a belt. double gasp My waist isn’t quite what I want it to be so I try not to emphasize it too much but, again, I think I pulled it off.

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Denim Shirt, Ribbed tank, Necklace ~ Target

Belt ~ Thrifted

Corduroy Pants ~ Kmart

What fashion risk did you take this week?

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25th Sep2012

Autumn Flowers {Photography}

by Daenel

For the past two days I’ve been working evenings, so I’ve been at a loss as to what to do with myself during the day. Sleep is so not an option. I’m used to being up and moving. So I grabbed my camera and started snapping pictures of things around the house, but nothing inspired me. Then I caught a glimpse of the flowers growing just outside my window…

Autumn Flowers {Living Outside the Stacks}

Aren’t they lovely? I’m not sure what they are but I do love having them outside my front door…

Autumn Flowers {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hope you’re enjoying your day…

24th Sep2012

A New Line and a Deal from Shabby Apple {#nomorefrump}

by Daenel

Shabby Apple Highclere Collection Discount Code HIGHThis week, my friend Keisa,  leanlibrarian on Instagram, has challenged me to ditch my sweats and flip flops in favor of actual clothing, makeup and combed hair. Even on days when I’m not leaving the house. You may think, oh that’s not so difficult but it is… But I’m one of those girls who only does the hair and makeup thing if I’m leaving the house. Otherwise, it’s sweats, oversized tee, flip flops and what the hubs affectionately calls a “nub” but I call a “messy bun”.

We’ll be holding each other accountable on Instagram, so if you’d like to play along please follow me (I’m 4daenelt) and use the hashtag #nomorefrump.

So like any good wannabe fashionista, I’ll be drawing my inspiration from all over the web. But I’ll be specifically checking out Shabby Apple. Have you seen the women’s dresses from Shabby Apple? Seriously, they have some of the most romantic vintage inspired dresses. I know I lean more towards boho chic, but I could easily see how many of their dresses could fit into my wardrobe (just add some funky jewelry, colored tights and a pair of boots)…

And to celebrate the launch of their new line, Highclere, Shabby Apple is offering shoppers a 10% discount sitewide using the code High. The offer expires on 10 October 2012. Take a little looksee and tell me what you like. I’m really diggin’ the Jacobean, a long grey knit jersey v~neck wrap dress. Throw it on with a chunky sweater, a faux fur collar, tights with booths and you’re all set for Autumn…

Will you be dumping the sweats with Keisa and me for the week? If so, leave a comment below and let me know so I can cheer you on.

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What Shabby Apple item would you like to see hanging in your closet?

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24th Sep2012

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy #13 {#Cinchspiration}

by Daenel

Another week and another hmmmm…

If I go by how my clothes are feeling, then I feel like I’ve lost something but if I go by the numbers on the scale, then I haven’t lost a dern thing. My jeans feel a bit loser… Or, at least, I have to wear a belt now unless I don’t mind doing the baggy pants shuffle. So not attractive. Anyway, I’m taking that as a sign that I may be on the right track.

So i went back and looked at last week’s post and I have lost weight! I lost 1 lb! Yay! And this is why it’s important to document your weight loss… This means that I’ve lost a total of 6.4 lbs. Not a lot considering I’ve been doing this for 3 months but I’ll take what I can get. 

Cinchspiration Weigh-In {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve also been making an effort to log my meals and the one thing that’s stuck out is the surprising lack of green stuff in my diet. I thought that I was a healthy eater but when I see my food splayed out in a colored graph, I can see where I’m going wrong and what I need to do to correct the situation. Tonight I made a quick meal that wouldn’t usually call for veggies, but I made some anyway. And rather than stocking up on the other foods, I made sure more than half of my plate was green. According to this handy dandy fruits and vegetables calculator I should eat 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables every day. I think that’s pretty doable, don’t you?

Noom Food Log {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve been using Noom to log my meals. I like it because it provides an analysis of each meal and tells you what you need to do differently to make your meals healthier. And it’s relatively easy to use ~ no scrolling for food portion size, you do a rough estimate based on known objects (thumb, hockey puck, etc.)

Do you eat the proper amount of fruits and veggies? How do you get them all in?

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22nd Sep2012

Red Patent Leather Combat Boots {Shoe Style Saturday}

by Daenel

This is a repost and a link up with Passion for Fashion which is hosted by Lena B. from Lena B, Actually and Beth from Through the Eyes of the Mrs.

Have I told you guys how much I heart boots? I mean I have a serious boot obsession.  And not just when it comes to dressy boots, but I have a thing for quirky boots too. Don’t believe me? Check out these oh so fab cowboy boots right here. So when I saw these funky red patent leather combat boots at the store I simply couldn’t leave ‘em there…

Shiny Red Combat Boots {Living Outside the Stacks} I wore them yesterday with a black sweater for Spirit Day at work. Go Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks! Shiny Red Combat Boots {Living Outside the Stacks} After work, the hubs and I went out for coffee and took a walk along the Mississippi River Walk. We love going down there, it’s so pretty and peaceful. One of these days I’d like to get down there for First Friday. First Friday encourages people to buy local while providing a showcase for local artisans and musicians. You can check out some of my pictures from the Mississippi River Walk by clicking here. Shiny Red Combat Boots {Living Outside the Stacks} I read in a fashion magazine many moons ago that you should always wear stripes somewhere just for fun. Most of the time it’s my socks…

Where did your shoes take you this week? To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is:Shoe Style Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • if you post to Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #ShoeStyleSat
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

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

21st Sep2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. I love bacon. Goodness knows, I love myself some bacon. My friends and I are constantly discussing the many ways bacon can be used to enhance everything from steak to chocolate but it has never once occurred to any of us to use bacon as currency. But one guy, Josh Sankey,  is traveling across the U.S. on Oscar Meyer’s dime using bacon as currency. Everything he gets from gas to food to lodging is paid for using bacon! GeniusDude, if you’re ever in Missouri, I’ll trade you one of my hand crocheted scarves for some bacon. May even throw in a kid or two….

2. And while we’re on the subject of food, did you hear about the college professor who breast fed her kid during class? Now, before everyone gets all “breastfeeding is natural” on me, let me explain, I agree “breast is best” but there are some places a breast should never make an appearance and the classroom is one of them.  The professor’s excuse was that her child was sick and hungry, ummm, stay home with the kid, excuse yourself and let the TA take over while you handle your business, there were plenty of other options.

3. I guess this next one is only natural ’cause what goes in must come out… And, apparently, this mother thought it was OK for it to come out in the middle of a restaurant. Yep, you read it right, a mother found it to be too much of a hassle to take her tyke to the bathroom so she decided to  plop her kid on the pot in the dining area of an eatery. I know how tough it is to potty train, but that’s not right and the manager would have been well within his or her right to ask the parents to leave. And, ummm, doesn’t that violate some health code? I guess she’s never heard the old saying “Never pooh where you eat.”

What had you scratching your head this week?

20th Sep2012

Seventeen Years Ago Today… {Repost for the Birthday of Twin A and Twin B}

by Daenel

Jazmine and BrandonI gave birth to Twin A and Twin B, also known as Jazmine and Brandon.  But, really, their story begins nine days earlier…..

On 11 September 1995, the hubs and I showed up at the hospital for a routine OB visit.  The baby was due in nine days and, almost overnight it seemed, I had put on about 15 or 20 lbs and my pregnancy gait had shifted into full on waddle.  Furthermore, the baby was bouncing all over the place. Don’t babies normally slow down the closer you get to the due date?

Anyway, the hubs and the two~year~old sat in the waiting room while the doctor pulled out the measuring tape and measured my belly.  “Hmmm,” he flipped through my chart, “where’s your ultrasound?”  I noted the apprehension in his voice and replied, “I only have the confirmation ultrasound but they haven’t done one since then.  Why?”  He looked at me over his paperwork, “Well, you’re measuring a little large.  How about if we get you in for an ultrasound?”

I rolled off the table (at that point, that’s all I could do), got dressed and told the hubs that we were headed downstairs to get an ultrasound.

Insert cold belly jelly here

I looked at the ultrasound and started to panic.  My baby was going to be a freak!  There on the screen were two baby heads, one pointed up and one pointed down.  I asked the tech what I was looking at and she replied that I’d have to wait for the doctor, in the mean time, she was going to get my husband.  This did not sound good.

The doctor and the hubs both walked into the room at about the same time, the hubs looked at the screen and started backing away as the doctor announced “TWINS!”  What?  You have got to be friggin kidding me?  Nine days before they’re due and now you’re telling us that we’re having twins? But wait, it gets better…

The doctor went on to explain that the hospital at Fort Polk, Louisiana didn’t deliver twins (especially high risk twins ~ who knew what condition my little monkey babies were going to be in when they arrived?) so we’d have to drive to Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas to have them.

The next day, we drove the two~year~old to Mississippi to my parents’ house and then drove down to Texas.  With me having contractions the whole way.  If you think pot holes are a pain in the butt on a regular day, try hitting them when you’re in labor.

We arrived at BAMC, just in time for them to decide that it would be too much to have the babies right then, so they stopped my labor.  Yes.  They stopped it.  I could have cried.  Then they started doing ultrasounds and stress tests to see how the babies were doing.  The entire time, we could only hear one heartbeat.  Finally, the doctors decided that I needed an amniocentesis but they didn’t really want to do it because they didn’t want to put the babies in any harm with a double stick (anesthesia and the hollow needle).  I told them to do it without the anesthesia. What was I thinking and why didn’t my husband slap me straight?  PAIN!!!!! Worse. Than. Child Birth.

The amnio showed that the babies were developed enough to survive outside of the womb.  So on my original due date ~ 20 September 1995 ~ the doctors induced labor.  At this time, I would like to stop and thank my anesthesiologist because I felt absolutely nothing! I have a picture of him and his wife in the twin’s baby books, that’s how much they mean to me.

Jazmine Danielle was born at 11:40 AM and she was followed ten minutes later by Brandon Anthony.  Their birth was witnessed by the hubs, the seven doctors and nurses  who worked on me, six doctors and nurses for the babies, as well as fifteen to seventeen residents who watched from the observation platform.  I know this because we met one of the residents in the elevator when I was being discharged.  He proudly stated in the elevator before a group of onlookers, “Hey, I saw you have your twins!”  Yuck!

Seventeen years ago today, I was surprised and doubly blessed with two beautiful babies who have grown up to provide me with love, laughter and a healthy dose of humility.  I love you guys and it has been an honor and a privilege to be your mother.

Now start packing your bags, ’cause you’ve got one year left!

19th Sep2012

Twenty~One {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

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Yesterday was the New Staff Orientation at the University. It was basically an opportunity for all of the new staff to get together and learn about the history and culture of the University. I always enjoy these sessions, it makes me feel like I’m part of something big and important. Not that I don’t feel that way beforehand, but after listening to the history of the University and seeing where we are and where we headed, I always get this sense of pride… Anyway, one of the things that stuck with me was the reaction of some of the women when the President of the University asked each of us to share something unique about ourselves.

Whenever I’ve been apart of group that’s done this exercise, the men and women generally have the same reaction: the men share hobbies and the women will either share something about their kids or say there’s nothing unique about them.

It kinda made me a little sad that some of the women couldn’t think of one unique/interesting to thing to share about themselves. If I could tell women anything, it would be this: YOU ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE YOU’RE YOU. No one else has lived your life, dreamed your dreams, cried your tears.

I have a twin sister but I’m still a unique individual. My experiences are different from those of my sister. I express my feelings differently. She and I shared a womb but we are as different as night and day, with our own gifts and our own stories to tell.

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I wore this outfit to church on Sunday. I was inspired by this outfit on Pinterest. I bought the dress from QVC about 2 or 3 years ago and I think I’ve only worn it once or twice. I was never really sure how to wear it. I just thought it was cute, ya know?

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

The bracelet and ring are Target purchases from a few years back. Notice I didn’t do an exact copy of the outfit, I simply drew inspiration from it. I liked the colors and the sorta boho vibe of it all. But I also have a bit of quirk to my personality, that’s why I added the funky brass ring and the wooden bangle.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

The sweater and boots are also purchases from way back in the day. Sometimes it’s good to shop your closet, especially when you find new ways to work them… You can’t tell from the picture but I’m also wearing gray, tan and cream socks. I love boots, socks and a dress.

Tell me, what makes you unique?

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17th Sep2012

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy #12 {#Cinchspiration}

by Daenel

Cannot believe I’ve hit the 3 month mark. Cannot believe I’ve hit the 3 month mark and I’m in the same exact place that I was in 3 months ago. cue the violins and sad clowns I am not a happy camper. I’m seriously at a loss as to what to do.

I’ve started Shape Up SEMO at work, which is a fitness/wellness program/challenge that encourages us to get up and move for at least 30 minutes a day. A few of my coworkers and I have started walking about 20 to 30 minutes per day, which is nice. We enjoy getting out of the office and seeing the sun, it also makes the day go by a little quicker.

And I’m eating a lot healthier. It finally dawned on me that the fast food was making me sick. And when I say sick, I’m talking seriously nauseous, so I either eat a meal replacement bar or drink a shake. If I can’t get either of those, then I double up on the water. Probably not the healthiest thing but dealing with fast food induced nausea is not fun.

So, how about some numbers?

3 Month Progress Chart {Cinchspiration}

They’re not terribly bad in and of themselves, but for three months? I really thought I’d be in the lower 150s or higher 140s by now. I’m trying not to get discouraged but it really is quite difficult…

What do you do when you feel like giving up? How do you keep your spirits up when you really just want to throw in the towel?

To watch my story unfold, stay tuned as I blog, Facebookvlog, tweet and pin my inches lost. You can follow the Team Cinchspiration conversation on Twitter using #Cinchspiration. I’m also on Instagram, you can follow me here.

If you’d like to learn more about the Cinch® Inch Loss Program, please check out the Shaklee website, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook or follow them on Pinterest.

Please keep cheering me on, remember your words of encouragement, support and advice are so very important to me. Thank you!


Disclosure: I am receiving free Cinch® Inch Loss Plan products from the Shaklee Corporation in exchange for my participation in the #Cinchspiration campaign. All opinions are my own.

14th Sep2012

Brown Sneakers {Shoe Style Saturday}

by Daenel

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Shoe Style Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

This picture was taken outside the hotel in Columbia, Missouri where I stayed while at an ebook retreat. The shoes are scuffy ol’ sneaks that I usually only wear when I’m traveling or working around the house. They’re not particularly attractive, but they serve their purpose. Really, you’d think with all the shoes I have that I’d have at least one comfy yet cute pair.

And just for a some fun, how about a little game of “If I Were…”?

  • If I were a gemstone, I’d be a piece of Amber
  • If I were a scent, I’d be a mix of pomegranate and orange
  • If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be “Wild Safari” Leather Oxford Wedge by Poetic License  Love love love their shoes!
  • If I were the weather, I’d a be a cool Autumn day
  • If I were a facial expression, I’d be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s
  • If I were a car, I’d be my Hummer big and obnoxious, baby
  • If I were a time of day, I’d be sunset
  • If I were a month, I’d be November The kids and I like to eat cranberry orange bread while I make Thanksgiving dinner
  • If I were a place, I’d be a coffee shop
  • If I were a liquid, I’d be a big ol’ mug of coffee
  • If I were a taste, I’d be something exotic
  • If I were a sea animal, I’d a whale
  • If I were a food, I’d be orange cranberry tea loaf
  • If I were a color, I’d be a deep rich purple but not blue purple, red purple
  • If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a saxophone
  • If I were a flower, I’d be an Iris
  • If I were a planet, I’d be Earth
  • If I were an object, I’d be a coffee grinder
  • If I were a fruit, I’d be a pomegranate
  • If I were a sound, I’d be laughter
  • If I were a day of the week, I’d be Sunday

I found this cute meme on Sinead in the Sun, if you have time, head on over and check her out.

Where did your shoes take you this week?

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is:Shoe Style Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • if you post to Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #ShoeStyleSat
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

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

12th Sep2012

Twenty {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Are You a Shoe Girl?

Please Join Me on Saturday for Shoe Style Saturday!

Shoe Style Saturday is just fun way to share pictures of your shoes. Find more information by clicking here. If you plan to link up, leave a comment below and let me know so I can check it out.

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What I Wore Sunday

I’ve spent the last few days looking at some of my favorite clothes to see how I can transition them for fall/winter. Here in Missouri, we’re still battling high 80 and low 90 degree weather but I’m trying to bring in fall. Even if I have to do it all by myself.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs talked me into buying this dress. I wasn’t sure about it because of the deep V in the front. I’ve seen other women wear maxi dresses very similar to this without a layering piece and they still look modest, I tried but I just couldn’t pull it off. And, since I was going to church, I figured, hey, better keep the girls under wraps… So I added a lace cami and a denim jacket and felt muuuuch better.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

For fall and winter, I think I can add a cute scarf to fill in the neckline and it’ll be perfect. I may even swap out the denim jacket for a chunky sweater in a corresponding color. Or maybe even that cool faux fur vest that I have hanging in my closet…  What d’you think?

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hi~lo hem also made me pause. I haven’t worn a hi~lo hem in forever. I think since I was in my mid~twenties… But I kinda liked it once I got it on. The hem kinda brings the attention to the shoes, ya know? So now I’m thinking some funky boots for fall/winter and it’ll be all good.

Are you preparing your wardrobe for fall and winter? What are you most looking forward to wearing?

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11th Sep2012

On September 11th and On Every Other Day {Repost}

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 Sep2012

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy #11 {Cinchspiration}

by Daenel

Cafe Latte Shake {Cinchspiration}I don’t have any weight loss pictures this week. See what had happened was… Um, I simply didn’t take any. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not happy with my progress so far. I thought this far into the Cinch Inch Weight Loss Program that I would have lost a decent amount of weight. Instead, I seem to keep losing the same 3 lbs over and over again. Not fun. In fact, it’s quite frustrating.

I see the pictures of my other Team #Cinchspiration friends and I gasp at the changes that I see in them… Thinner faces, smaller waist lines, lower numbers on the scale, etc. Then I look at myself and I’m left with a resounding What the heck? I’m drinking the shakes, eating the bars, walking the walks, but nothing seems to be happening. I don’t want to give up but I’m oh so very close to throwing in the towel.

To watch my story unfold, stay tuned as I blog, Facebookvlog, tweet and pin my inches lost. You can follow the Team Cinchspiration conversation on Twitter using #Cinchspiration. I’m also on Instagram, you can follow me here.

If you’d like to learn more about the Cinch® Inch Loss Program, please check out the Shaklee website, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook or follow them on Pinterest.

Please keep cheering me on, remember your words of encouragement, support and advice are so very important to me. Thank you!


Disclosure: I am receiving free Cinch® Inch Loss Plan products from the Shaklee Corporation in exchange for my participation in the #Cinchspiration campaign. All opinions are my own.

08th Sep2012

Brown Oxfords {Shoe Style Saturday}

by Daenel

This is a repost and a link up with Passion for Fashion which is hosted by Lena B. from Lena B, Actually and Beth from Through the Eyes of the Mrs.

Happy Saturday! I hope all is going well in your neck of the woods. We’ve been having mad crazy storms all week long. Seriously, I never knew the sky could go from bright and sunny to dark and gloomy so quickly. In fact, we were without power for a couple of hours last night. And fearing the power wouldn’t come back on, the family and I ate ice cream by candle light. We couldn’t have all that ice cream melt. And if you eat ice cream by candle light it doesn’t count, right? Right?

Brown Oxfords {Shoe Style Saturday}

Brown Oxfords, Boscov’s

I’ve decided to change Shoe Style Saturday up a bit and use this space as an opportunity to share some of my favorite posts from my internet travels this week. Please go visit and share some comment love, I’m sure they’d appreciate it:

  1. A Stylish Little Lady ~ When the hubs and I got married, we didn’t have a wedding. It was the ol’  Justice of the Peace for us (we were both in the Army, family and friends too far away, etc). This has always been one of our biggest regrets and now life has gotten in the way… But if I were going to plan a wedding, I’d want it to be very similar to what Chandra is planning. It’s gonna be beautiful!
  2. Coffee and a Book Chick ~ Natalie is a serious book lover and as a librarian, I can’t help but to love that. And with Banned Books Week just around the corner, I was happy to see that Natalie and a few other bloggers will be reading and reviewing banned books to celebrate the right to read. Side note: Natalie also hosts some crazy cool read~alongs, so if you’re a book lover, definitely check her out.
  3. Gigi Marie the Chic Homeschool Mama ~ Are you ready to drool on your keyboard? Then take a gander at Gina’s recipe for Baby Back Ribs. Seriously, you’ll never see a more nom worthy photo or easy to follow recipe. Really, her blog is worth a visit just for the photos.
  4. Rediscovering Domesticity ~ Audra is so inspirational and I love her post about evicting Bill Nye from her family’s life. She confronted his anti~creationist stance with all the love, patience and gentleness of a true defender of the faith.

Where did your shoes take you this week?

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is:Shoe Style Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • if you post to Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #ShoeStyleSat
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

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

07th Sep2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk1. Did you know you could get fired for mooning your boss? Apparently, Jason Selch didn’t know this until he took his bosses at Bank of America to court for firing him after he mooned them. Ummmm, even grade schoolers know they’ll get in trouble if they whip their butts out in public so why this grown man didn’t realize this is beyond me. I sure hope his 15 seconds of satisfaction was worth the millions he lost in bonuses, salary, etc.

2. So a judge has ordered a sex change operation for a prisoner serving a life sentence for the 1990 murder of his wife. Seriously? This is what my tax money is going to now? The justification for this tax~payer funded surgery is that this is “the only form of adequate medical care” for this guy who’s been living as a female in prison. I don’t mind my money going towards basic meals and healthcare but to pay for a sex change operation for a prisoner who murdered his wife… Unacceptable. And let’s not even discuss the fact that this man is serving a life sentence for murder. The murder of his wife. Where was the concern for “adequate medical care” and basic human rights when he chose to take his wife’s life?

3. I’ve always hated jumbotron public proposals mostly because the woman always looks like a deer caught in the headlights. But this proposal is hands down by far the worst proposal ever. Ever. A guy in Russia went through all the trouble of hiring a film crew, script writer, etc to stage his own death so his girlfriend would see how empty her life would be without him.  What the heck? After his girlfriend cried appropriately upon discovering his bloodied body in a wrecked car, he sprung to life and proposed. If that’d been me, the film crew would have been able to provide footage for the evening news.

What had you scratching your head this week?

06th Sep2012

Abandoned Egg {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Abandoned Egg

The hubs found the nest under the lid on our propane tank. I’m sure by now that there’s probably nothing in the shell but y’all know my fear of birds (shell or not) so I didn’t touch anything to find out. And, omg, so many feathers on the nest!

I’m linking up with:

05th Sep2012

Nineteen {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Are You a Shoe Girl?

Please Join Me on Saturday for Shoe Style Saturday!

Shoe Style Saturday is just fun way to share pictures of your shoes. Find more information by clicking here. If you plan to link up, leave a comment below and let me know so I can check it out.

What I Wore Sunday

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, I absolutely positively love Junk Gypsies on HGTV, so when I went to their website and saw that mug on sale, I just had to have it. Unfortunately, you can’t see it very well in that picture, but trust me, it’s one big honkin’ hunk of ceramic fabulousness. I didn’t receive any compensation for this, I just big puffy heart that show and, well, that ginormous mug helps me to get my coffee happy on.

What I Wore Sunday

Anyway, I wore this outfit to church on Sunday, the dress is a little somethin’ somethin’ I picked up from Walmart a few years ago but rarely wear. Not really sure why, since I absolutely adore it. And, yo, it was a steal for something like $12. The jacket has been in my closet forever.

What I Wore Sunday

See how I’m finally starting to work accessories into my outfit? I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, I have so much great stuff that just sits in my drawer…

What I Wore Sunday

Ever since we moved to Missouri a year ago, I have been dying to get a pair of cowboy boots. I mean, like seriously scoping out cowboy boots only to get sticker shock. As much as I love shoes, there’s no way I could justify the price. So when my coworkers and I went into this little consignment shop called The Clothesline, I about fainted when I spotted a red pair sitting on a shelf. Honestly, how perfect are those boots? And they only cost me $8.50. Shut the front door! Total score, right?

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

So what did you wear this week? 

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

03rd Sep2012

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy #10 {#Cinchspiration}

by Daenel

I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to Team Cinchspiration for not participating in the campaign as much as I should have. We’ve been without internet for awhile due to our move but now that I have full time access again I’m back.

Weigh In

Starting Weight: 161.8 lbs

Measurements

Bust: 38 in (38 and 3/4 in)

Waist: 35.5 in (36 and 3/4 in)

Hips: 42 in (42 and 3/4 in)

With the move, I haven’t been eating as I should… Fast food, vending machine items, sodas, etc. Not good at all. The worst part isn’t the fact that I’ve gained weight, the worst part is how awful I feel.  It’s funny how quickly the body adapts to eating clean healthy meals and how quickly it all falls apart when you go back to your bad habits.

Starting next week, my coworkers and I will be participating in Shape Up Southeast, a competition to get people moving and losing weight. I’m so very excited about this. Right now, the ladies and I walk about a mile a day but I plan to add more mileage and incorporate some sort of workout into my day. We’re settled in our home so I can start doing Zumba again. This makes me incredibly happy.

Pedometer Collage

To watch my story unfold, stay tuned as I blog, Facebookvlog, tweet and pin my inches lost. You can follow the Team Cinchspiration conversation on Twitter using #Cinchspiration. I’m also on Instagram, you can follow me here.

If you’d like to learn more about the Cinch® Inch Loss Program, please check out the Shaklee website, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook or follow them on Pinterest.

Please keep cheering me on, remember your words of encouragement, support and advice are so very important to me. Thank you!


Disclosure: I am receiving free Cinch® Inch Loss Plan products from the Shaklee Corporation in exchange for my participation in the #Cinchspiration campaign. All opinions are my own.

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