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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

What happens when it’s Friday night and you don’t feel like cooking, ordering pizza or going out and a bowl of cereal just won’t cut it? In our house when that happens we head straight to the garage and to the freezer.  There is where I try to keep microwavable meals and snacks specifically for those occasions and last Friday night it was Lean Pockets Pretzel Bread Sandwiches.

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I am not a big proponent of frozen meals & snacks because of the excessive sodium some of them contain but these Lean Pockets brand sandwiches are only 250 calories with 650 mg of sodium which isn’t a lot compared to others that contain well over 1000 mg of sodium.

The Lean Pockets Sandwiches were filled with Spinach and 3  Cheeses, Fontina, Romano and reduced Fat Mozzarella.  I zapped one in the microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds in the crisping sleeve then cut it in half.  It didn’t seem like it had a lot of filling and could have had more spinach, but to my surprise it was quite good and hit the spot. The soft pretzel bread encased a flavorful mix of spinach and cheeses that paired well with my glass of Friday night wine!

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Speaking of wine, I want to reintroduce my “play cousin” Cook E doe Face.  She is a down to earth YouTube Vlogger who will have you in stitches as you watch her create some delicious dishes and “knock you on your butt cocktails”.

Cook E de Face is from Philly and I fell in love with her atty-tud (Philly slang) from the very first video I watched.  In today’s world it is so easy to get caught up in the negativity but you know me, I like to keep it light.  Cook E doe Face has me laughing out loud and reminds me of my own New York cousins.  If it were left up to me she would definitely have a show on the Food or OWN Network!

Check out this recipe for Flatline Cocktail.

 

Have a fantastical day – Smooches!

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Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

Inspired by some awesome photos I’ve seen taken by you guys I decided to upgrade my camera from a Canon PowerShot SX150 to a Nikon CoolPix. Not that a camera will make me a better photographer, it will however, (I hope) make my photos pop with less of a need to rely on editing software.

My husband recommended that I go to Cameras etc and take a look at their selection of used cameras of which was extensive, but I was more interested in the Nikon Coolpix P100 on sale that I had seen in the newspaper.

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Armed with the advertisement I drove into Newark, to Main Street on the campus of the University of Delaware and fed 4 quarters into the parking meter.  Entering the store I was immediately greeted by Imaging Consultant Todd.  I explained what I wanted, showed him the ad and stated that I had “Liked” them on Facebook hoping for a discount.

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Unfortunately, they didn’t have the advertised model in stock but Todd did show me a higher priced model the P520, but before you scream, “bait and switch”, he didn’t try to push me into purchasing it.  He called their Wilmington store and asked to have one shipped for  arrival the next day.

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Todd explained all the features on the P520 and how it compared to the P100 so that I would be familiar and comfortable before making the purchase.  He also took time to show me some used Nikon cameras in the same price range but after I took the camera outside, snapped a few pictures I decided then to buy it.

The time and patience that Todd spent in explaining all the features was awesome, I even had to feed two additional quarters into the meter, I see why they have been a successful business since 1977.

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This camera is an early birthday present to myself and I am looking forward to using it this weekend as we celebrate our 23rd Wedding Anniversary and at the BLMGirls event in DC on the 31st.

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Thank you friends for your inspiration and thank you Todd for your patience!

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A few months ago two lovely ladies nominated me for a Liebster Award, I apologize for just getting around to accepting and thanking them properly.

Thank you Kittehluvs and A Mom’s Point of View, I was truly honored and am humbled that you chose me as a recipient (please accept my apology for the delay in accepting)

 I officially accept both nominations and have combined my answers from each of you and am abiding by the following rules:

  • Post eleven facts about yourself

  • Answer the questions posed by your nominator

  • Pass the award on to eleven new recipients

  • Post eleven new questions to your bloggers

Upon completion, post the Liebster Award badge to your blog, notify your nominees, and link them to the post, as well as linking the person who nominated you.

Eleven Facts about Me

  1. I live in the 2nd smallest state, Delaware – home of VP Joe Biden

  2. I’ll have been married 23 years in August

  3. I received a BS Degree in Elementary Education from Delaware State (College) University

  4. I love Jazz, Classical and R&B music

  5. I am left handed

  6. I love Classic TV shows – i.e. I Love Lucy, Dragnet, Leave it to Beaver

  7. I am NOT a sports enthusiast nor can I play any sport

  8. I love old school horror flicks – Night of the Living Dead, 1968 version is my all time favorite

  9. I have a soft and loving heart, I look for the good in everyone

  10. I can’t relax – must always be doing something, even while sleeping, my mind is racing

  11. I hate to sweat when exercising but it doesn’t bother me when sunbathing – I know, hubby doesn’t understand that either

  12. I hate driving because I have a 3 hour daily commute to work

Eleven Questions from Kittehluvs

  1. What is your favorite pair of shoes – Polka Dot Pumps

  2. What perfume/scent do you wear – As an Avon Rep I have many but my favorite is Bijan

  3. Do you like vintage or modern style? Explain – Both, and when mixed the vintage becomes the new modern

  4. What is your favorite piece of furniture – My Bed – I love to sleep!

  5. Do you collect something?  What is it?  – I used to collect African American Santas and Angels – but have since stopped buying – time to start downsizing

  6. Favorite Things? Least Favorite Things? Use your imagination – A positive balance in my checkbook – a negative balance in my checkbook!

  7. What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to your readers?  “Don’t Stress The Small Stuff – Life is Too Short”

  8. Thinking about how and when you grew up, where do you think your style inspiration came from? – Born in the 60’s, and raised in New York – no explanation needed

  9. If you could do anything crazy for 1 day and be assured that nothing harmful could happen, what would it be? – Wow…that’s definitely a hard one…hmmm hack the system to wipe my credit report clean, zero balance out everything!

  10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years? – semi-retired and debt free/retired and debt free

  11. What is your best asset? Could be physical or not – Positive Attitude

Eleven Questions from A Mom’s Point of View

  1. What made you decide to start blogging? – After the death of my grandmother, I needed someone to share my bargains and deals with

  2. How often to you write a blog post? – Daily

  3. Do you have children and how many? 2 sons, ages 17 and 20

  4. What is your favorite book? – Everything written by the late E. Lynn Harris

  5. Do you read eBooks or paper books? – both but neither often

  6. How long could you live without electricity? – a week maybe

  7. One word to describe your personality? – Positive

  8. Dog or Cat person? Cat but don’t have either

  9. Have you bought a tablet yet? – I won one from a contest sponsored by WPHL17

  10. Apple or Android? – Both, Apple iPad, Android “not-so-smart” Phone

  11. Facebook or Google+ ? – Both but I like FB better

 

My Nominees

  1. Images by Dashfield

  2. The L Train

  3. Mitzie Mee

  4. Curls and Mo

  5. Calm Healthy Sexy

  6. Divas With A Purpose

  7. Fashion For Lunch

  8. Free UR Closet

  9. Tough Cookie Mommy

  10. Lifestyle Over 40

  11. Pride in Photos

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Where is your fantasy vacation spot?

  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

  3. Who influenced you the most while growing up?

  4. Who do you now admire and why?

  5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

  6. How do you like to travel – planes, trains or automobiles?

  7. What is your favorite quote or inspirational message?

  8. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?

  9. Best gift ever received?

  10. If you could go shopping with someone famous with an unlimited budget who would it be and where?

  11. What is #1 on your Bucket List?

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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday, we’re on the down stroke to the weekend!

Yesterday after work I stopped for gas, paid $3.67/gallon, getting just enough to get home or to a cheaper station. This morning it was $3.69! It’s times like these that I miss living in New York and taking public transportation. Delaware has DART Bus service but I would rather drive than risk being hit over the head with a gun for a bite of sandwich – don’t believe me…it happened on Monday, read the article here

Do you ever drive around burning gas looking for cheaper gas – crazy right!  If I did commute to work on public transportation this Merona tote would be perfect to carry.  It’s not as though I have a lot but if I did, it’s very roomy.  It could also be used an an overnight bag, what do you think?

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Animal Print booties were purchased last year on clearance at Deb Shop and the pantsuit is from the back of the closet – the shoulder pads dates it.  Worthington scoop neck top was $4 from JC Penney and Merona tote was part of my shoe haul from Target.

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Ring – SamsBeauty.com // Scarf – Beauty Supply Store // Earrings – forgot where purchased

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Linking up with Style Elixir and The Pleated Poppy – hop over and meet a new blogger

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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“eShakti-We Design – You Customize”

I am doing this review for eShakti, an international fashion design company in India that sells ready-to-wear and customized women’s clothing.  eShakti specializes in affordable custom made clothing for women in sizes 0-36W.  They have been featured in Vogue, Glamour and O Magazines and now include design teams in New York and California.   In an effort to reach a wider audience they have contacted several bloggers including myself to review an item of clothing from their stock.

I chose this ready-to-wear blue stripe dress and am not only in love with the color but also in how it fits my body frame.  It is an all-season knit dress, so today I added a thrifted denim bolero jacket and black patent leather pumps.

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The scoop neck, cap sleeves and side zipper has it fitting me to a “T”, it’s a very nice cut.  After wearing, I machine washed on delicate and hung to dry with no problems, it kept it’s shape and only needs a cool iron to remove the wrinkles.

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eShakti has a large selection of clothing and their shipping is 7-9 business days including custom clothing, however, certain styles sell out quickly including this one.

For a limited time, you can register and save $25 on your first offer or use coupon code 31BLA778

Thank you Mark & Cleo, owners of The Java House Cafe in Middletown, DE location of this photo shoot.

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Product Review Disclosure:  

Any products which have been gifted or provided free to me for review will be mentioned in the post and are posted only if it is a good fit for De Divah Deals’ aesthetics and content.   Any sponsored giveaways or posts will also be noted as such.

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

To all my friends in the New England territory I hope you are ready for the Nor’easter and that you’ll stay safe indoors this weekend.  I’m sure there will be several changes and cancellations of events for New York’s Fashion Week activities.  The parade in New Rochelle that was scheduled Saturday to celebrate Ray Rice and The Ravens’ Super Bowl win was postponed until March 2nd.

We are getting rain with a chance of flurries beginning around midnight with little to no accumulation   I don’t mind snowstorms that occur on the weekends late a night because we are safe indoors and not on the road with the crazies.

My son wasn’t too happy taking the pics this morning which is puzzling because I was the one standing out in the rain!

 

I was playing around with the photo editing with PhotoScape which I like better than PicMonkey and Pixl.

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Today for Casual Friday I am channeling my inner MJ with the Fedora and Mary Tyler Moore throwing it into the air but those pics didn’t come out too well!

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Outfit today are all closet staples, blue skinny jeans , cardigan and striped top // Pashima – Boscov’s // Mossimo boots thrifted new – GW Boutique (Goodwill)  // Arm Candy and Rings – jewelry box

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Linking up today with Two Thirty-Five Designs & A Mommy’s Blog – hop over and meet some new bloggers!

Have a fantabulous afternoon!

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Fri-Yay~Fri-Yay~Fri-Yay

The best day of the work week!

One of my Friday night rituals is to stop at Pockets Discount Liquors in New Castle for a bottle of Barefoot Sweet Red wine. This evening was no exception, however, tonight they were hosting a taste testing. Shannon Heinz, proprietor of Schnizzie Vodka was providing samples of her newly released Sparkling Vodka Cocktail.   Schnizzie is an all natural, sparkling cocktail made with premium vodka infused with real strawberries, distilled from sugar cane and sweetened with light agave nectar.  It is gluten free and made in New York, my sample was poured over ice but can be consumed chilled without ice.

Schnizzie is the first Sparkling Vodka Cocktail on the market but the quality can be compared to Ciroc or Van Gogh Vodka. Shannon has had several taste testings throughout the state and more information can be found on her Facebook page, http://www.Facebook.com/schnizzie. Packaged in a cellophane bag makes it a perfect holiday gift or in my case a great drink while decorating the house.

Goodnight and remember to always drink responsibly.

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