Fashion and Fun after Fifty

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In 1998, a young woman who was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago relocated herself, a son and a daughter from Brooklyn, New York to Claymont, Delaware.  Still grieving from the untimely death of her fiance’ and left alone to raise the small children she decided to become a small business owner.

A transplant from New York unable to find the cultural exchanges that she had grown accustomed decided to open Mejah Books, Inc .

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Emlyn DeGannes, or “Ms. M” as she prefers to be called left the Interior Design Industry in NY to become a small vendor in the Tri-State Mall.  There are days when Mejah Books, Inc. is filled with the sounds of Latin, Caribbean or Reggae music, but on this particular Saturday it was the soothing sounds of Meditation Music.

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The staff is pleasant and engaging, you are invited to purchase a cup of coffee, tea or water while you shop. However, if not there to make a purchase feel free to take a seat to read, relax, meditate, or even take a nap.  The aroma, a mixture of oils and incense envelops you into warm comfort.

I walked around checking out the many book titles, magazines, artwork, handcrafted jewelry, body scrubs and lotions. It reminded me of the small boutiques in Soho, as men women and children wandered in and out exchanging pleasantries, enjoying a family day outing.  It didn’t feel as though I had entered this Zen-like area from the cool corridors of a Mall.

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There are books of interest for everyone including children who are welcomed to come in, sit and relax with or without their parents, a perfect place for the back to school crowd.

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Ms. M is also an author and one of her recent works “Voices…Letters to Ms. Em Reflections of Life While Doing Life” is now part of the Education curriculum at the University of Delaware where she is also a guest speaker.

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Now that her son, Jordan and daughter Jewel are grown, she continues to work even outside of the bookstore.  She mentors young ladies through Voices of Beautiful Flowers; is a Cyber School Instructor with achievementcharter.com and she also receives correspondence from inmates from all over the world.  Ms. M takes time to write each of them back or she may send a book of encouragement.  In the back room she has a credenza that contains hundreds of letters and cards from these men and women.

To say, Ms. M is a busy lady would be an understatement, “every day brings more life to discover, you just have to open your heart to find it.”

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If you happen to be in Claymont, stop in at the TriState Mall and visit Ms. M at Mejah Books, Inc.  The shop is open everyday, Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm.  I look forward to returning and featuring her in another one of her many community projects.

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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

My youngest will be entering High School as a Senior which means no more standing at the bus stop in the rain…he drives, and no more back to school shopping…he wouldn’t be caught dead shopping with his mother…besides he has his own Debit Card.

His last year in High School is bittersweet but it doesn’t mean I can’t go “Back to School Shopping” and take advantage of the end of the season sales.

I may not be doing this…

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But I can do this…

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Which is what I did at TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory!

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Jessica Simpson Wedge Shoes @ TJ Maxx

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Floral Dress – $15.00

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Black & White Stripped Maxi – $19.99

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Unlisted loafers – $19.99

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Bandolino Blue Patent Leather Wedges – $19.99

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I didn’t purchase, but these Bandolino pumps were so comfy @ $24.99

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Leaving TJ Maxx I saw Barbie, a true fashionista, whose skirt and top were purchased at Nzinga’s Boutique.  A perfect outfit to wear out and about running errands or shopping (s/o to Steve aka Ken – lol)

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Next I drove down Naamans Road to Burlington Coat Factory at the Tri State Mall

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Maxi Dress – $14.98

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Floral hi-low dress – $6.98

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Infinity Scarf $5.98

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Infinity Scarf – $4.98

I also purchased a pair of CitiClassifed Pumps ($9.98) and Yellow Evening Bag ($7.98) – I love clearance racks just as much as thrifting!

Next year we will be paying College tuition so there will be no more Back to School Shopping for me, also bittersweet!

Have you done any Back to School shopping or taken advantage of the end of season sales?

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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

This week’s Foodie Feature is a 4 ingredient but less than 40 minute meal.  I was in 3 different grocery stores last week, Sunday at Safeway with hubby for the major shopping, then after work on Tuesday at ShopRite and again on Wednesday at Food Lion with my son who needed to get supplies for a BBQ on Friday.

In Shoprite I was looking for ingredients to make the Turkey Tacos and noticed the Veetee Thai Jasmine Rice, my men really like Jasmine Rice so I bought a pack to try.  In Food Lion the Campbell’s Skillet Sauces were on sale and even though I didn’t have my coupons I got it to use with chicken I had in the frig.

Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Veetee Thai Jasmine Rice
  • Campbell’s Skillet Sauce (Thai Green Curry)
  • Vegetable or Olive Oil

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Heat 1 Tbls oil then add 1 lb of chicken breast, slice or diced according to your preference

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Cook until no longer pink, 10-12 minutes then add Campbell’s Skillet Sauce

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Reduce heat, cover and cook an additional 5 minutes

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Microwave Thai Jasmine Rice for 2 minutes

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Spoon chicken over rice and serve

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It’s a bit spicy but my men loved it and I was out of the kitchen quickly!

Have a fantabulous Friday!

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chasing the dream

Chasing the Dream Market Day!

Thursday, August 1st 
11:00am-1:30pm
Rodney Square in Wilmington 
Campers are open for business…come shop over your lunch break!
Turn Up The Heat… 

August Money School Classes! 

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Money Smart Series

Wed., July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Time: 6-8pm

Bear Library

Nicole Henry, Citizens Bank

Participants must attend all sessions to receive certificate.

Lunch and Learn: Social Media and Business

Wed., July 31 Time: 12noon-1:30pm

Claymont Community Center

Stacey Schiller, Stacey Ink

Strategic Ways to Get Out of Debt

Thurs., Aug. 1 Time: 5:30-7:15pm

Dover Library

Rod Hausmann, Primerica

How to Start and Finance Your Small Business Dream

Thurs., Aug. 1 Time: 6-7:30pm

City of Dover Economic Development Office

Tim Reid, SBA

Protecting What’s Important

Tues., Aug 6 Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Kirkwood Hwy Public Library, 6000 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington

Steven Lucas, Edward Jones

Lunch and Learn: Award-winning Customer Service

Wed., Aug. 7 Time: 12noon-1:30pm

Claymont Community Center

Dinette Rivera, Rivera Business Development Group

 Light lunch provided

Foreclosure Prevention

Mon., Aug. 12 Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Newark Library, 750 Library Ave., Newark

Mary Rammel, CCCS of MD and DE

Foreclosure Prevention

Mon., Aug. 12 Time: 6-7:30pm

Georgetown Library, Job Center

Lisa Spellman, Department of Justice

A Mortgage Acceleration Review

Mon., Aug. 12 Time: 6:30-7:30

Rosehill Commuinty Center

Jenine Mills, AGLA

Hello Friends and Happy Monday!

There definitely should be an extra day between Saturday and Sunday because trying to squeeze in chores and relaxation into two can be exhausting!  I trust you all had an enjoyable weekend and hopefully are half way through a stress free Monday.

Today’s outfit is a simple two piece skirt and sleeveless tank that I must have bought about 10 years ago and thanks to the elastic waistband, I will probably have it another 10 years!

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Too much of this makes for a very mellow Monday!

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How are you feeling today?

Linking up today with Tough Cookie Mommy and Life of Meg – come on over and join in on the fun

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Hello Friends and Happy Friday Eve!

AARP

AARP Membership requests began hitting my mailbox way back in my 40’s and now that I am almost 52, I guess the time has come to consider joining.  I am reluctantly accepting the fact that I’m approaching the “S E N I O R” category – REALLY??!!  Hubby and I have been joking for years and betting on who would join first….I’d push the envelop away and say, “oh no I’m too young”, and he’d look at me side-eyed and smirk.

Offers of a Free Gift to join had oftentimes been tempting and there are definitely some great benefits including discounts at Ross Stores on Tuesdays!  Discounts on travel, food, entertainment, health, insurance, shopping, education and training and so much more should have been reason to sign up with a quickness, but I just couldn’t do it.  I had also loved the fact that they provide information on Long Term Care options, Employment Postings, even starting a new business, the benefits of being an AARP member far outweigh the small price to join.

I’ve finally made up my mind and submitted an online membership application, and then I entered the AARP Real People Model Search just for the heck of it.  I don’t expect to be chosen but it seemed like something fun to do as well as memorable to mark the occasion as I approach the wonderful world of “Senior Citizenship”.

If you would like to vote for me, click here, and look for Antionette B in Delaware.

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Hello Friends and Happy Sunday

There’s something special about going to a Church Service on a Sunday morning after a sad Saturday night.  The lifting up of prayers in the sanctuary and bonding brightens your day and provides clarity.

I thank God for being blessed and highly favored and wish the same for you,

MAY PEACE AND BLESSINGS BE UPON YOU MY BLOGGY FRIENDS!

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Sheath Dress – JCPenney

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Fioni Floral PeepToe Pumps – Payless

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Chunky Necklace – Rugged Wearhouse // Scarf and Purse (old)

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Joy Cometh in the Morning

by David J. Stewart

“…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” -Psalm 30:5

 


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