Thursday, October 23, 2014

Homecoming Has Changed

Times sure have changed since I was a teenager.

This Saturday is Homecoming for my younger son.  We've spent the past few weeks choosing an outfit for him (which mostly consisted of finding a tie with just the right shade of purple to match her dress), buying a corsage, and finding a restaurant that was willing to make a reservation for fourteen teenagers. Pretty much the same routine as when I was in high school.

It's the "inviting" to Homecoming that has changed.  Gone are the days when the boy asked the girl as they walked between classes, or maybe passed her a note if he was a little shy.

Now boys are expected to go all out on the Homecoming "proposal".  There are entire websites devoted to coming up with the perfect, creative invitation.  A few I found:
  • Choreograph a 60 second dance and perform it during a break in her sporting event
  • Create a scavenger hunt 
  • Write different parts of the message in chalk outside her house for 4 or 5 days
  • Spell out the invitation with candles on her driveway
The lists go on and on, and honestly, these were some of the easier ones.  I've heard of kids spending hundreds of dollars on flowers, balloons and presents - just to ask someone to a dance.

While I suppose the intention is sweet, I've got a few issues.  First, this is putting an awful lot of pressure on boys to come up with the perfect proposal.  T said that girls are hoping for something unique that hasn't been done before.  I was reading a blogger friend's post, and her son decided to opt out of Homecoming because it was too hard to come up with an invitation.  I feel bad for him.

And can we talk about the future?  I do wonder what these kids will expect when it comes time for their marriage proposals. There were no scavenger hunts or choreographed dances when my hubby asked me to marry him, although that would have been very entertaining.

After much debate (and no help from me - harumph), T came up with a cute, easy way to ask his girlfriend to the dance.  He is the Charger mascot at football games, and he asked her at half time in front of the spectators in the stands.  She looks pretty happy about it.

Speaking of Homecoming, it's spirit week at T's school, and today was "tacky tourist" day. He wore his dad's sandals, and my hubby was quite offended that they classified as tacky.  I suggested maybe it was time for a new pair of sandals.

T asked if he could borrow my camera for the outfit.  I told him to take pictures, so I could see what a day in the life of a high school junior looked like - future blog post? This is the best of what he came up with.  Sigh.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Style Challenge - Booties

It's week two of the Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge, and there's been a lot of great fashion going on.

In every challenge there is a piece or two recommended by Alison that is completely outside my comfort zone.  This time it was the booties.  I've never worn them before, and I definitely had no idea how to style them.  But I always listen to Alison, so I bought a pair.

And as usual, I love them.  They take an ordinary plaid shirt and boyfriend jean outfit and make it just a little more interesting.  I found this pair of Franco Sarto booties at Nordstrom Rack for $39.95, which is almost like stealing them.

There have also been dressy sweatshirts, gray jeans, plaid scarves, and lots of sweaters. My kind of challenge!

I'm linking up again today with my lovely friends.  Be sure to check out their blogs to see how they styled Alison's outfits!

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Decor Tour

I love to decorate for Halloween.  When the boys were little I went crazy with spider webs and ghosts all over the house, but over the years I've reduced things to my favorite pieces.

Please join me on a Halloween Decor Tour!

I made the above mason jars using chalk paint and stencils.  I am not crafty AT ALL, but I thought they turned out pretty good.  

Funny story with this little pumpkin.  Last year I signed my hubby up for a glass blowing class, thinking it was for adults.  Reminder to self - always read the small print. Anyway, when he arrived, everyone else was under the age of 10.  Hubby was a good sport and went ahead with the class, and of course the kids thought he was hysterical!

My mother in law gave me these china pumpkins over twenty years ago.  I have no idea how they survived two little boys.

These are my very favorite decorations, so they get a place of honor on the living room mantle.  The Halloween tree makes me so happy, and the funny tombstones remind me of the ones at Disney World.

My mom made this cross stitched haunted house scene for me last year.

And of course, the outside decor.  Because what fun would Halloween be if you didn't try to scare the trick or treaters!

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!

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