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Hello Friends, I hope you all had a wonderful and restful long holiday weekend!

Today the weather didn’t cooperate so I didn’t get a chance to sit by the pool, so instead I watched “The Haves and Have Nots” marathon on OWNTV Network and worked on my Blog with next week’s posts.

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Last month I received several nominations for Blogger Awards and having finally found the time I want to say, “THANK YOU” and pass them along to others.

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Thank You

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How it works:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.
3. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award.
4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

My nominees – in no particular order:

  1. http://kenyalfashionblog.com/
  2. http://onstyleaction.com/
  3. http://thebigforestuk.wordpress.com/
  4. http://stylesalvation.wordpress.com/
  5. http://cindyknoke.com/
  6. http://cncfashionaccessories.wordpress.com/
  7. http://sonofmountmalang.wordpress.com/
  8. http://chicshoemagnet.wordpress.com/
  9. http://jinelleloves.com/
  10. http://nhcouture.wordpress.com/
  11. http://missuschi.wordpress.com/
  12. http://imagesbytdashfield.wordpress.com/
  13. http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/
  14. http://kaligrafinusantaraonline.wordpress.com/
  15. http://uthamz.wordpress.com/

7 Interesting Things About Me

  1. My Birthday is September 20th

  2. I am left-handed

  3. I LOVE wine

  4. I wear glasses but hate wearing glasses

  5. I have been married for 23 years and am still in LOVE

  6. I love spicy foods

  7. I have a 3 hour daily round trip commute to work

THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU!  

HAVE A FANTABULOUS NIGHT!

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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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Hello Friends and Happy DST Monday!

Woke up thinking it would be a bright and sunny Pre-Spring day, instead it was a dark and damp foggy morning, oh well at least I woke up a lot of people didn’t! (Blessed). The day started out much like most people’s heads…a little foggy, why don’t we abolish Daylight Savings Time, it’s original purpose is no longer valid, what do you think?

Driving in fog is dangerous yet some people feel the need to speed which makes it even worse, unfortunately 6 teenagers lost their lives in Ohio due excessive speeding – God rest their souls! (News Report)

Which brings me to another reason why I don’t like car shopping for my son’s, too many young people die in car crashes. As most of you know my lil sis, Gloria was killed in a car crash in 1992, she was only 29, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her!

Shake it off … shake it off… sorry, didn’t mean to bring you down!

Let’s clear the way for the outfit of the day.

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Black Pencil Skirt – Boscov’s // Colorful Top – GW Boutique (Goodwill) // Animal Print Pumps – DSW // Dooney & Burke Purse – closet staple // Ring and Bracelet – Mizoutlet.com

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What do you think about these pumps with this outfit – should I have worn the green cap-toe pumps from Target?

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One good thing about Daylight Savings Time it will be a sunshine filled commute home!

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Linking up today with #YOLOMondays – join in to meet a new blogger.
Have a fantabulous evening – Smooches!

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Hello Friends, I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday.

It appears as though everyone is back to work because the commute was slow and I drove even slower trying to save gas. Can you believe the prices, I last paid $3.65 for a gallon and it’s goes up a few cents every day.  How much is it in your area?

My commute is 100 miles round trip and it is definitely putting a dent in my wallet, so to save money I have vowed not to shop until April when the prices are supposed to drop. The economic recovery is no where near where it should be and these gas prices aren’t helping!  Before my self imposed shopping freeze I was able to snag two skirts from JC Penney’s for $5 each and am wearing one of them with a thrifted top and blazer.

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Liz Claiborne Collection Skirt – JC Penney // Oxblood Top – GW Boutique (Goodwill) // Black Blazer – GW Boutique

Necklace and Earrings – Payless // Ring – Avon // Hose – Walmart

Mossimo pumps from Target

The Merona pumps were part of the clearance shoe haul from Target.

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Linking up today with Style Statement Tuesday – hop over and meet a new blogger

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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Hello Friends and Happy Back to Work Monday!

The fog this morning was still quite thick making for a slow yet smooth commute into work.  I guess a lot of people decided to work from home because the office is quiet, providing me an opportunity to take a few pictures in house.  Unfortunately I no longer have the ability to work from home….those days are gone forever.  How about you, does your employer provide a WFH or flexible work schedule policy?

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Skirt and Blazer – thrifted from GW Boutique (Goodwill) // Top – closet staple // Attention Peep Toe Pumps – via Kmart // Necklace & Earring Set – Dollar General

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Linking up today with Tough Cookie Mommy ,  YOLOMondays  and Monday Madness- hop on over and meet a few new bloggers

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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Hello Friends and Happy Back to Work Monday!

The fog this morning was still quite thick making for a slow yet smooth commute into work.  I guess a lot of people decided to work from home because the office is quiet, providing me an opportunity to take a few pictures in house.  Unfortunately I no longer have the ability to work from home….those days are gone forever.  How about you, does your employer provide a WFH or flexible work schedule policy?

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Skirt and Blazer – thrifted from GW Boutique (Goodwill) // Top – closet staple // Attention Peep Toe Pumps – via Kmart // Necklace & Earring Set – Dollar General

 OOTD 1 14 13 011OOTD 1 14 13 017OOTD 1 14 13 024

Linking up today with Tough Cookie Mommy ,  YOLOMondays  and Monday Madness- hop on over and meet a few new bloggers

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

dedivahdeals-signature1

Hello Friends and Happy Back to Work Monday!

The fog this morning was still quite thick making for a slow yet smooth commute into work.  I guess a lot of people decided to work from home because the office is quiet, providing me an opportunity to take a few pictures in house.  Unfortunately I no longer have the ability to work from home….those days are gone forever.  How about you, does your employer provide a WFH or flexible work schedule policy?

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Skirt and Blazer – thrifted from GW Boutique (Goodwill) // Top – closet staple // Attention Peep Toe Pumps – via Kmart // Necklace & Earring Set – Dollar General

 OOTD 1 14 13 011OOTD 1 14 13 017OOTD 1 14 13 024

Linking up today with Tough Cookie Mommy ,  YOLOMondays  and Monday Madness- hop on over and meet a few new bloggers

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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