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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

The weather so far this Spring has been two tone – warm one day, cold the next … sunny one day, raining the next…warm during the day and freezing at night.  This afternoon it’s expected to be warm which is definitely a relief because the past few nights have been extremely chilly so much so that we had to turn the heat back on.  I am not going to complain too much as there are states that are still dealing with snow and flooding which is far worse than anything we are experiencing.

In keeping with the two tone theme, today’s outfit is a combination of two trends:

Color Blocking and Black & White.

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How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

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OOTD 4 24 13 009Worthington Skirt and Top were  both on clearance at JCPenney

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OOTD 4 24 13 011Black Bubble Necklace was hard to resist  at $3.99 from Rainbow Shops

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Purse (old) – Ross // Sandals – Avon

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Linking up today with Transatlantic Blonde WIWW – hop over and meet a few new bloggers

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!

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Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

Do you remember Bill Withers’ 1977, hit song, Lovely Day?  Not all of the words in this song exactly describes my day but it definitely was a LOVELY DAY!  I took a day off from work so that my son could drop off his car and have it checked and then get to the orthodontist and dentist for treatments.  It was such a lovely day, not only because of the weather but because I got a chance to spend it with my oldest son.  Mothers with teenage and young adult sons know how difficult it can be to get them to spend time with you without complaint, so I took full advantage of it!

We started the day at Delaware Orthodontics in Middletown, this NASCAR-themed office is such a great place for kids of all ages, with video games and a flat screen TV to keep you occupied while in the waiting room.

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After leaving the dentist office we stopped at Rugged Wearhouse where I found these pink, Gingham pumps on clearance for $5.00!

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For lunch we went to Mickey D’s so I could try the new McWrap that I’ve heard so much about, it wasn’t bad for a fast food sandwich.  I had coupons so it was only $1.00, and Tayair was able to get a Buy 1 Get 1 FREE BigMac sandwich.

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It definitely was a lovely day!

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April Happenings @dfli

April Showers Bring Money School Classes!

 

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Take Control! What Everyone Needs to Know About Basic Estate Planning

Wed., April 24, 6:00-8:00pm

Newark Free Library

Guest Instructor – Mary Culley, Morris James LLP

Show Me My Money

Wed., April 24, 7:00-9:00pm

Hockessin Library

Whitney Singer, Clarifi

Money Matters- Budgeting

Wed., April 24, 12noon-1:30pm

Claymont Community Center

Guest Instructor – Nicole Henri, Citizens

Light Lunch Provided!

Foreclosure Prevention

Fri., Apr. 26, 2:00-4:00pm

Elsmere Library

Mary Rammel, CCCS of MD and DE

DSHA Homebuyer Fair

Sat., April 27, 8:30am-4:00pm

Christiana Hilton

Guest Instructor – Delaware State Housing Authority

Business Fashion Savvy on a Shoe String Budget

Sat., Apr. 27, 12:30-3:00pm

Hillcrest Bellefonte Learning Ctr.

Dr. Jay Macklin, Direct Sales & Home Based Business Network

Understanding Your Credit Report

Mon., April 29, 7:00-9:00pm

Hockessin Library

Whitney Singer, Clarifi

Lunch and Learn: Financial Literacy for the Business Owner

Wed., May 1, 12noon-1:30pm

Claymont Community Center

Dinette Rivera, Rivera Business Development Group

Light lunch provided

Do It Yourself Savings

Thurs., May 2, 12noon-1:30pm

Claymont Community Center

Sharon Ann Boland, Citi Community Development

Strategies for Collecting Social Security

Mon., May 6, 6:00-7:00pm

Newark Library

Michael Connor, WSFS Investments

Finding Balance In Your Budget

Mon., May 6, 6:00-7:00pm

Elsmere Library

Steven Lucas, Edward Jones

Business Travel Savings/Tax Tips

Mon., May 6, 6:00-8:00pm

Hillcrest Bellefonte Learning Ctr.

Dr. Jay Macklin, Direct Sales & Home Based Business Network

 Show Me My Money

Mon., May 6, 6:00-8:00pm

Kirkwood Library

Whitney Singer, Clarifi

 

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Hello Friends and Happy Sunday

I trust you all had a nice weekend and were able to relax or do something fun and exciting or both!  I wasn’t able to clean out my closets but I did have a busy fun filled weekend which started with the honor of being chosen, “Top Blogger of the Week” by Sverve.  I was in a fantastic mood as I headed out leaving my men doing yard work which wasn’t what my sons had planned for their weekend.  While in town I stopped at my favorite lunch spot, The Java House Cafe where they were hosting a book signing by Christian author Richelle Rodgers.  Her book, Forever Growing A Journey of Trust is a motivational book on empowerment and growing your relationship with God.  Richelle is a retired Army Vet who remains very active in supporting other female vets and is currently working on a Women Veterans Leadership Awards Symposium to be held in DC this fall.

Today, The Java House Cafe hosted another book signing by author, Jacqueline Charmane, her 5th book, They Raped Me Once Over and Over Again, is a true story based on her life.  She spoke briefly about some of the heart breaking events in her life including the emotional and physical abuse by both her rapist and husband as well as the the kidnapping of her son. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak with each author after the events, purchased an autographed copy of the books, and took pictures which I will post later this week.

Today, was a bright and sunny day, a little cool but I had just purchased this Printed Cold Shoulder Dress from Avon and wanted to wear it to church.

It reminds me of a 70’s retro dress with the slit sleeves, do you remember Julie from The Mod Squad?

April 2013 046This vibrant floral print dress is only $24.99 for all sizes – S-3X

April 2013 045I wore navy blue heels – thrifted from GW Boutique (Goodwill)

April 2013 047Embellished Cross Collection Rings and Bangles – Avon

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Earrings are silver hoops from jewelry box

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Have a fantastical week – Smooches!

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This was such an honor and a great way to start the weekend!

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The Freshman 15 is nothing compared to the Menopause 20!  In college I could skip a meal and lose 5 pounds, now if I look at a piece of bread I gain 5 pounds. 

The Personal Summers were handled with portable fans and cotton clothing;
The absence of menses was happily welcomed and handled;
The dryness was handled with personal lubricants like KY, Poise and a patient hubby;
The mood swings were handled with red wine and an understanding family
The weight gain is NOT BEING HANDLED WELL

A woman’s body is constantly going through changes, some of them good, others not so much. I’m in the 4th year of menopause and was handling it well until the extra pounds began to increase my body mass index (BMI). Initially I blamed it on the stress of caring for my grandmother before her death in 2009; then I blamed it on kicking a 30-year smoking habit; then on the snow storm of 2010, and the chips I ate while watching the flakes fall.  Next it was the long commute, 3 hours a day back and forth to work. I would walk in the afternoons and on the elliptical in the evenings but it wasn’t enough to burn the necessary calories or speed up my metabolism. Zumba is fun but I haven’t lost a single pound, I did however, twist my knee and realize that I’ve lost all of my rhythm!

I used Sensa, lost 10 lbs, put it back on,  joined NutriSystem, lost 20 lbs, put it back on, cleansed with lemonade laced with cayenne pepper, went carb and sugar free – I hate the bathroom scale!  I’ve gone to the doctor, had my thyroid checked, drink shots of ACV with water after each meal but the pounds refuse to leave.  I’ve tried eDiets, me diets, ABC diets with no success. To say it’s frustrating would be an understatement and I’m getting desperate to lose the “Menopause 20”, and refuse to give up the challenge!

Medical reports state that weight gain during menopause is not uncommon or even my fault, that it’s hormonal and I need to increase the intensity of exercise, (where is Richard Simmons when you need him), and decrease the intake of certain foods and beverages.  So no more Sriracha flavored chips and beer, Triscuits and Cabot cheese or Mexican and Chinese takeout, a sacrifice that I am willing to make.  Tomorrow I fill the grocery cart with lots of fresh fruits, veggies and fish in an attempt to rid myself of the Menopause 20 – wish me luck.

Is weight loss a challenge for you, if so, what is your strategy?

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Happy Fri-Yay!

Finally the end of an exhausting week, so ready to sit back, relax, and have a glass (or two) of wine.  Enjoy your weekend, be safe, stay blessed and tell someone “I Love You!”

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Reflecting on my many blessings!

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I love casual Fridays

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Linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs – hop on over and join the fun

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Have a fantastical weekend – Smooches!

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