Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Take a Stand in Style

These are stunning hair accessories.  They inspire romance and a daring spirit.  They are magical and whimsical.  To wear one is to say "Notice Me".  Adorned with stones and feather, a woman is sure to feel transformed back to an era of royalty like Egyptian goddesses.  Its amazing how easy we can change how we feel just by styling our hair.   It gives  us a classically beautiful profile and outlook.  It puts forward our inner beauty.  I will make a better effort at style my hair before I go to work.  I can't guarantee I will wear jewels on my hair but I will have a inner crown glowing bright.  Take a stand in style!

Wednesday Blog Hops 
Welcome Wednesday at Take it From Me
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Monday, May 30, 2011

June is National Candy Month

A little chocolate is like a love affair - an occasional sweet release that lightens the spirit.  A lot of chocolate is like marriage - it seems so good at first but before you know it you've got chunky hips and a waddle-walk.  I have a long love affair with candy.   When I was a very young girl I remember day dreaming that I was a princess and that all the candy I ever wanted was available to me.  I love the sweet taste of candy as much as I love their beautiful colors.   A few years ago we went to Disney World where I fell in love with the beautiful candy shops. I truly was a kid in the candy store.  It was magical. 
If it was up to me, I would make candy calorie free and guilt free.  It would be divided into four basic food groups:  milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.  Each one would be like a best friend that would be there in a time of need.  Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!    Like all things, everything in moderation is best, especially candy.  Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.   There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.  I send you sweet wishes for a happy candy month.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day 2011


Prayer for a Fallen Soldier

I saw a soldier kneeling down,  for this was the first quiet place he had found.
He had traveled through jungles, rivers and mud.  His hands were scared and toil-warned.
He folded his hands and looked to the sky...  I saw his tears, as they welled in his eyes.
He spoke to God, and this is what he said.
God Bless my men, who now lie dead;  I know not what You have in mind,
but when You judge, please be kind....  when they come before You,
they will be poorly dressed but will walk proudly, for they have done their best.
Their boots will be muddy and their clothes all torn...  but these clothes they have so proudly worn. 
Their hearts will be still and cold inside, for they have fought their best and did so with pride.
So please take care of them as they pass Your way...
the price of freedom they've already paid.

Faith and Family

Today I am joining it for Spiritual Sundays with a wonderful group of women of faith and sisterhood.  I am blessed to have been visiting with Charlotte and Ginger for a while.  They kindly host a gathering every Sunday where people can come together in thanksgiving and prayer.  There are is nothing more important in life than faith and family.  I am blessed that I moved near my Aunt.  We  have so much fun venturing around Texas.  Here are some pictures of our trip to Salado, Tx. 

Thank you and God Bless You.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Southern Romance

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Robert Frost

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

NBHS Graduation - Class of 2011

My son Vincent graduates from high school tomorrow.  It sounds cliche'ish, but it seems like it was just yesterday that he was starting pre-school.  My little boy has grown into an independent man.  God has been with him every step of the way, guiding him and giving him courage.  Vincent is strong, confident, smart, disciplined, happy, and has a strong foundation of faith.   I'm so proud of my son.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer Activities for Kids ~ Fun & Frugal

It.s that time again.  School is almost out.  Stay-at-home mothers will be putting away their home-school supplies for the summer.  Kids will be jumping for glee as they leave their school campus for the last time.  Eager and excitement will fill their heart.  It is so important that we continue to give them something to motivate their creativity and keep them physically active.  
I remember when my kids were young it was so easy to find things to entertain them during summer vacation.  They would stay home from school, play games, watch TV, attend summer camp, and vacation bible school.  We didn't have a lot of money so we had to get creative.  It really doesn't take a lot of money to have fun and build special memories.  My suggestion to a stress-free summer with the kids is to plan ahead.  Start by taking a calender and write in activities.  Be sure to include activities going on in your community.  To help you come up with theme ideas for the day, you can also include those odd National Holidays that we never seem to remember:  June 2011   July 2011   August 2011 .


Summer Activities for Kids ~ Fun &Frugal

Attend a summer bible camp.
See a $1 movie at the theater.
Have a water fun day. 
Attend “story time” at your local library. 
Set up a lemonade stand.
Teach your kids to fly a kite.
Do fun science experiments.
Kids can play chef for the day.
Build a fort or castle in the living room. 
Host a board game day.
Have a water balloon fight. 
Have a pet bathing party.
Create a mini-me poster and decorate.
Enjoy a pajama day.
Spend a day volunteering your time.
Setup a backyard camping.
Have a scavenger hunt.
Have a kid friendly yard sale.
Put on a musical or play.
Create a container garden.
Go to a bookstore reading program.
Look for free events in your city.
Host slumber party rotations.
Have a backyard Olympics.
Have a potluck block party for kids.
Make sock puppets.
Learn a new language.
Assemble a jigsaw puzzle.
Paint with watercolors.
Make a summer scrapbook.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Celebrity Apprentice

Yeah!!!  Congratulations to John Rich for winning The Celebrity Apprentice. He was playing for his charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  I like the show because the money goes to charity.  The real winners are the charities that receive money throughout the show.  This season, the show was dramatic and brilliantly casted.  I was so impressed with the drive and determination to win money for charity. 
Congratulations to Marlee Matlin for making it to the finals. 
She is celebrity to earn the most money in an episode for her charity,
The Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet Me on Monday ~ Questions & Answers
1.  What is your favorite bagel flavor?
Italian Herb with Cheese

2.  If you had an extra $100 right now, what would you spend it on?
Miss Dior Cherie ~ Eau de Parfum Spray $98

3.  What is the last thing that you felt guilt about doing?
Eating a HUGE piece of Chocolate Cake

4.  Soft serve ice cream or hand dipped?
LOVE hand dipped Strawberry Cheesecake.

5.  Are you allergic to anything?

Monday Blog Hops
Meet Me on Monday Blog Hop at Inspiring You to Save
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Family Ties

Family ties are precious things
woven through the years,
of laughter, love and tears.

Family ties are cherished things
forged in childhood days,by love of parents
deep and true, by tradition, by family ways.  

Family ties are treasured things
and far though we may roam, the tender bond
with those we love still pull our hearts toward home.
Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

American West ~ Roses are Red

I am thrilled.  I just received a birthday gift from my sister Jessica from  JOY Marie's Boutique.  She gave me a gorgeous American West purse.  Jessica is more than my sister, she is one of my best friends.  She is a beautiful woman of faith, strength, and beauty.  I'm older than she is yet her wisdom often comforts me.  Her love for family is admirable and she has a very giving heart.

I'm a Western- Senorita at heart.  I was raised in deep south Texas where cowboys and senoritas often fell in love.  My design style tends to navigate towards a rustic elegant style.  I have a deep love for Americana and the stories of the old West.   I love American West collections because they are individually hand crafted one-at-a-time from 100% hand-picked genuine leather.  The mere mention of "American West" conjures up images of cowboys and pathfinders in search of new frontiers. With this pioneering tradition, American West celebrates the human spirit that lives on in the hearts of many, still today as in days gone by. 

Visit Jessica at her website and Etsy Store.

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