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Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

I’m on the road again, this time heading to our Nation’s Capital for a BLMGirls DMV Blogger Meet Up.

I am super excited and can’t wait to get there!

If you too are traveling, be safe and we’ll chat next week!

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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

Hubby and I left early Saturday morning so we could attend the Wedding of my 2nd cousin Kyton Carolina, who was getting married to Shivon Anderson in Mt. Vernon, NY.  We wanted to be on the road before 9:30 am so that we could cross the GW Bridge before noon…unfortunately it didn’t happen.

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It was smooth sailing going across the Delaware Memorial Bridge

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Driving the New Jersey Turnpike wasn’t too bad either…until Exit 11 and that’s when the backup occurred due to road construction!

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Finally the skyline of NYC

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Crossed the GW way off schedule

We finally made it to New Rochelle at 1:00 pm. but with less than an hour to relax and converse with our friends before dressing.  Sherri and I sat outside and had a Barcardi Mojito which definitely helped me unwind, hubby stay inside and talked with Curtis.

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Now I am ready for a Wedding

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I cleaned up nicely – right?!

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We made it to the Church a little late but thankfully we didn’t miss any of the ceremony.

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The Groom anxiously awaiting his Bride

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The Bride taking that nervous walk down the aisle

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“With This Ring I Thee Wed”

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Extinguishing the Unity Candle

The First Kiss

“You May Salute Your Bride!”

Jumping the Broom

Time to Jump The Broom

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kyton Carolina!

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My cousins

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Hubby with my aunt and grandmother of the Groom

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My 2nd and 3rd cousins

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Unfortunately my family fun ended abruptly when our son called to tell us he was rear-ended in the school parking lot after football practice.  Hubby and I never made it to the reception at Glen Island Park instead we turned around and headed back to Delaware.

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Crossing back over the Delaware Memorial Bridge at sunset

What a WWW – Whirlwind Weekend Wedding!

BTW – Kyton was a Jr. Usher in our Wedding 23 years ago – talk about feeling old!

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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

In my current job I no longer have much of an opportunity to travel and my daily commute from Middletown, DE to West Chester, PA can be quite boring.  Yesterday I had the chance to make a site visit to Marlton, NJ, or as I like to call it, “Exit 4 on the Jersey Turnpike”.  Not to say that driving straight away on the turnpike wasn’t boring because it was, what made it all worthwhile was the location itself.

The building is surrounded with a man made pond that has ducks, a fountain and beautiful flora.  The Atrium is also serene and peaceful with tall palm trees, plants and flowers.  I think coming into this building on a daily would put anyone in the right frame of mind no matter what the traffic was like in getting there.  Here are just a few pictures of the outside, I will post the interior shots tomorrow.

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Quasi Botanical Gardens

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OOTD 7 23 13 021Blouse – Walmart // Capris – GW Boutique // Sandals -Rainbow Shop

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There are tables and chairs if you want to sit outside to have lunch or just enjoy the view

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Have a fantastical day – Smooches!

Linking up with Transatlantic Blonde – come on over and join the fun!

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Hello Friends and Happy Friday Eve!

My normal daily commute into work is 90-minutes, but throw in a gapper delay or a car accident and it can easily turn into 2 hours which was the case this morning.  My ultimate fantasy is to have one of those space cars that George Jetson drove…remember that 1960’s cartoon, The Jetsons?

Life is so unpredictable and I was granted traveling mercies for which I am blessed and truly thankful!

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ootd 5 2 13 003The weather has warmed up nicely and today is a beautiful Spring day.

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Dress via JCPenney – On clearance for $6.40!

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Today is Thankful Thursday

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ootd 5 2 13 001Linking up with Diva’s with a Purpose & Thrifters Anonymous – come on over meet some new bloggers.

Have a fantastical day – Smooches!

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Heading out of town on vacation and feel the need to thrift but don’t know where to go?

There’s an app for that!

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Find the nearest Goodwill location on-the-go with their new mobile app for Android and iOS devices!

Enable your phone’s geolocation services to see a list of Goodwill locations near you, or search by entering your address information. You’ll also see hours for each location and the various types of services they offer.

Download the free app today and be on your way! 

Happy thrifting and remember to only use hands-free devices while driving!

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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 Thursday my friends, I hope you are having a stress-free productive day.  This is the last day of skirt week because tomorrow I will be traveling and won’t be in the office.  I still have a lot more to wear but I did find several that will be sold at next month’s Flea Market.  This weekend I may tackle the shoes but if not, it will definitely be done before the end of the month.

This skirt still had the price tag on it, clearance for $7.98, from Burlington Coat Factory and I almost didn’t wear it.  It’s ruffled on the sides and I thought it might accentuate my thighs but the color matched the shoes (purchased here) so I cut the tag and wore it.  The multi color top is a closet staple as is the jewelry (because I can’t remember where purchased).

I picked up this cloth fan at Dollar Tree to keep in my purse for those “personal summer” moments!

Have a blessed day ~Smooches!


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