Monday, October 20, 2014

It's My SITS Day!

It's like my birthday, only better. It's my SITS Day!

For those of you visiting from the SITS Girls site, welcome to my home on the internet. I spent the weekend spiffing things up!  I hope you'll stick around awhile and see what I'm all about.

And for my friends who don't know what SITS is - let me tell you!  SITS Girls (aka The Secret is In The Sauce) was founded in 2008 as a space where bloggers could gather together for online support, to grow their tribe, and to find sponsored opportunities.  If you haven't visited there, take a moment and do it now.  I head to their website at least once a day, and they always have the best information for bloggers both new and seasoned.

Thank you again for stopping by.  I'm off to make myself a SITS day cupcake - and I always share!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Faux Kate Spade

I'm a big fan of diamonds, and I'm a lucky girl because my sweet husband has given me some beautiful ones over the years.

When it comes to fashion jewelry, however, I don't want to pay a lot.  Styles change too much from year to year.  Having said that, I've been eyeing the Kate Spade New York Square Earrings for months.  But I just couldn't bring myself to spend $38 for a pair of costume jewelry earrings.

And then.....I went to Old Navy last week to do a return, and there they were.  Perfect knock offs of the Kate Spade earrings for $6.95.  Now that's the kind of price that makes me happy.  I may or may not have come home with this pink pair and a deep blue color.

For some reason, Old Navy isn't selling their jewelry online, so you'll have to head into the store if you want to pick up these lovelies.

I'm calling it my find of the fall!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  The guys are dragging me kicking and screaming to the Seattle Car Show - ah, the joys of living in a house of men!

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Favorite Pictures of Me

It's Friday with my Lifestyle Sistas, and today we're sharing 5 favorite pictures of ourselves. Ahem...thanks Deena!  I may have mentioned that I'm not very good at putting myself in pictures, and most of the photos from my childhood are at my mom's house in Arizona.  My selection was a bit limited, so I decided to choose five pictures that represent different times in my life.

--The picture in the top right corner was taken when I was three.  We lived in California at the time, and we were at my Grandma Nelda's for Sunday dinner.  I loved going to her house every week - she had a swimming pool, a huge backyard, and an organ in the living room. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood are from there, and I was very sad when we moved to North Carolina and only got to visit once a year.

--Next we have a lovely shot from the teen years.  Could I look any more 80's?  This was my ninth grade basketball picture.  I love basketball, and played until just a few years ago, when my knees couldn't take it anymore!  This was also the year I met my husband to be. He must have been a fan of huge glasses and big hair.

--Below that is a picture on the day I graduated from Washington State University.  I remember being so happy and proud, and ready to take on the fashion world.

--Wedding day 1990 - another very happy day.  I was the opposite of a bridezilla. Working in fashion was extremely stressful and all encompassing, and I had very little time to plan my wedding.  I had no idea what the flowers or cake were going to look like until the day of - and I didn't care.  I was just so excited to finally be marrying my hubby, after eight years of dating.

--And finally, here I am recently, wrinkles and all.  Middle age has hit with a vengeance, but I love my life.  I am completely different than I thought I'd be at this time, but that's the fun in living, right?  You never know where you're going to end up.

I hope you'll link up below, or join us in two weeks for the Five Things I Miss About My Teen Years. In my case, Scott Baio will be involved!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some Super Great Teens

I get so tired of hearing stories on the news about all the bad things teens do.   But recently I came across two stories involving some super great teenagers, and they need to be shared. Kindness is alive and well in this young generation.

Being homecoming queen can be pretty exciting, and when Lillian Skinner found out she had been nominated, she was thrilled.  But days later she was crushed to learn that it was a prank planned by a group of mean girls.  When friends Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez found out about the cruel joke, they made a pact:  if either of them won the crown, they would immediately pass it on to Lillian.

Several weeks later it happened - Anahi was named homecoming queen during the Friday night football game.  Without hesitation, she immediately asked Lillian to come forward, and gave the crown and title to her.  Skinner's reaction was, "Is this a dream or something?" When people ask Alvarez if she won, her reply is beautiful.  "No, Lilly is homecoming queen. Lilly won. I just ran in her place, in her position."

The best part of all?  Ellen DeGeneres heard about the girls, and invited them all to her show, where she gave them each $10,000 towards their future college expenses.  

Three super great teens - proving that loyalty and friendship still mean something.

Several years ago, Genevieve Liu's father drowned in Lake Michigan while trying to save two swimmers.  She was only thirteen at the time, and his death was devastating. Even surrounded by friends and family, she felt very alone.  

Genevieve soon realized that the best way to deal with her grief was to find a purpose, so she created Slap'd (Surviving Life After A Parent Dies).  The site is set up to help teens and young adults deal with the loss of a parent.  They can ask questions and design tribute pages for their loved one, or find articles about loss.

A super great teen - making a difference in the lives of others.

My friend Susan, who blogs at the most -- of every moment, shared another story about some super great teens last week.  It's definitely worth a click and read.

An entire football team of super great teens - showing that they can put themselves aside for the good of someone else.

Kudos to all of these super great teenagers.  You make me glad to be living in a world that you'll be running someday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Style Challenge - Week 1

Hooray, hooray - it's time for the Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge.  This is very good news for two reasons.  First, I don't have to figure out what to wear, since Alison sends me an email every night with the next day's outfit - it's like having a virtual stylist.  Plus, the weather has definitely turned fall-ish here, so I'm actually able to wear the pieces in the challenge.

Over the next few weeks I'll show some of the outfits Alison has put together.  This was day two, and I'm loving my new military jacket.  I was a little worried about wearing brown boots with black jeans, but I listened to Alison, and she was right -  I think it looks pretty good.

On day one she had us pair boyfriend jeans with booties.  This was definitely outside my comfort zone, but I decided to go for it and I got several compliments on the look.

During the next three weeks I'll be linking up with these lovely ladies who are doing the Challenge with me.  Be sure to check out their blogs to see how they styled Alison's looks. Thank you to Deena for the beautiful graphic - she is so talented!

Deena | Christy | Jordan | Carrie C. | Shaunacey | Danielle | Beth | Joy | Sarah | 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Teal Pumpkin Project

I have been very fortunate - neither of my boys has any food allergies.  Both of them wish they were allergic to brussel sprouts, but no such luck.  

One of my older son's best friends, however, has a life threatening peanut allergy.  M carries an epipen with him wherever he goes, and when he was younger and came to spend the night, I always made sure I knew exactly where it was.

The first year M went trick or treating with my son, he couldn't eat 90% of the candy they collected.  As everyone spread their loot on the floor, counting chocolate bars and making trades, M poked through his bag, looking for the few pieces of hard candy that he could eat.  It made me really sad.  

The next Halloween, I decided to give out small toys instead of candy.  I went to the dollar store and bought spider rings, stickers, bouncy balls and colorful pencils.  My "treats" were a hit with the neighborhood kids, and I have continued the tradition.

So I was excited to read recently about the Teal Pumpkin Project, where people are encouraged to place a teal colored pumpkin on their porch to show that they offer non food items to trick or treaters.  The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) website also has a flyer you can download to place by your front door.

When I was little I didn't know anyone who had serious allergies.  But today, one in thirteen children has food allergies, and there has been a significant increase in life threatening allergies in the last ten years.

If you'd like to participate, paint a teal pumpkin or download a flyer from FARE. Dollar stores or websites like Oriental Trading Company have tons of little toys that won't break the bank - some of them are even cheaper than candy!

As an added bonus - you won't have bags of candy left over, waiting for you to eat them yourself.  Personally, I miss the peanut butter cups and Hershey miniatures - but the bouncy balls are fun to play with!

Linking up with Motivation Monday

Monday, October 13, 2014

Selling His Childhood

My mother in law passed away in February after a long illness, and since then we have been taking care of all the little details to close out her estate.

The final thing to do was to sell her home.  She hadn't lived there since 2010, when we had to move her out because she couldn't take care of herself anymore.  Rather than sell it at that time, we rented the house to provide her with a steady stream of income.

Last Monday my husband signed the closing papers on the sale.  When he got home, I expected him to be happy that this last task was finally done.  But he looked at me sadly and said, "I feel like I just sold my childhood".

Of course....why didn't I realize this sooner?  

This was the place my husband came home to when he was born 47 years ago.  There was nothing fancy about it, but it was a good, sturdy little house.  My mother in law took immaculate care of it, and with great pride she paid it off before she retired.

He spent his entire childhood there - walking to school, only a few blocks away.  Playing kick the can out front, and hide and go seek in the huge backyard.  Sneaking out of his bedroom window during high school.  Working on his Camaro in the driveway.

Until he left for college, my husband had never lived anywhere else.  Once we graduated and got married, we still lived close by, and there were countless birthday parties, holidays and family celebrations there.  This house holds thousands of memories.

It's always hard to sell a home and move on, but when that home has been part of your life for 47 years, it's especially difficult.  Especially when that place is the last physical string tying you to your parents.

I hugged him and told him that he did not sell his childhood.  He may have sold the walls that he grew up in, but the memories will never be gone.  The playing, the working, the growing there - will always live on in his heart and mind.

The house was sold to a young family with three children.  I like to think that my husband's old home is smiling, happy to have a new family living inside, ready to start fresh and make more memories.

When he feels ready, I'm sure we will drive by, just to check on it.  And then we'll continue on our way, making new memories.  But we'll never forget the old.
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