Summer Style and Hot Weather “Beauty” Tips

31 Jul


i'm worth it

Life is all about perspective.  You either look at the glass as half full or half empty (unless it’s a cold, crisp chardonnay, and in that case it’s always looking to be topped off…but I digress)… So, on the 31st of July, we can look at life and summer in one of two ways.  We either think that summer is nearing a close.   We think when we are staring August straight in the eye, that means that school is looming upon us (or college for my boy, sob-sob) and peace, love and fun in the sun is winding down…Or…we can look at we have 3 more weeks of summer (at least when Paddy goes off to college), and that’s 3 more weeks when we can make the most of every day. Three more weeks to soak up the sun.  Three more weeks to grill off our new BBQ.  Three more weeks to enjoy “family” time…and that includes those who are not necessarily family by blood, but are family nonetheless.  Three more weeks to enjoy those $1 McDonald’s vanilla cones.  Three more weeks to have an ice cream party in the sun room.   You get the drift.  Living and making the most of every day!  Good weather or not, I plan on enjoying every single minute left of summer!


Life is all about perspective.  And in my perspective, I haven’t blogged nearly enough about cute summer fashions.  And while my summer uniform seems to be jogging shorts and a v-neck t-shirt, it doesn’t mean that I’m not capable, and longing to wear some cute summer clothes…even for a night out with my favorite girl for a dirty martini and some sushi!


My Favorite Summer Looks

Fashion Pills Black Lady Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit by Seams For a Desire

Fashion Pills Black Lady Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit by Seams For a Desire

Have one almost Exactly like this, but it’s black and white, and I plan on wearing it to a wedding in September!


Detailed Tank Outfit Idea

Detailed Tank Outfit Idea

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Some of my summer fashion favs from Etcetera!

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Speaking of hot weather…It’s hotter than Blazes here!!



Hot Weather Beauty Hacks – from StyleCaster

Summer is all about having fun outside with your friends, enjoying the gorgeous weather whenever you get the chance. While it’s our favorite season for obvious reasons, there are some aspects of the hot weather that can really put a damper on our beauty routines. So, if you’d rather “glow” than well, downright sweat and become a frizzy mess, we have some summer beauty hacks you’ll want to learn – and put to memory – ASAP. They may seem a bit crazy, but they’re downright effective tricks when the temps border on 100.

baby powder diy

The same way that baby powder can act as a dry shampoo (in a pinch) to absorb excess oil, it works wonders at the beach. Once you’ve got your fill of sun and sand for the day, sprinkle baby powder on your feet, legs, and anywhere else where you’ve got sand stuck to you. The powder will absorb the moisture on your skin from sweat and salt water (which is what makes the sand stick to you) and you’ll be able to wipe all of the sand off immediately.  Yes, it may seem odd to add more powder to your mess – but it works, trust us.

MORE: 12 Weird Ways to Use Coconut Oil

diy baking soda

The safest way to tan is to avoid the sun altogether, but using self-tanner means that sometimes there will be mistakes. To remove any streaky or overly orange patches on your skin, mix together baking soda and a bit of water to create a paste. Use the mixture to gently exfoliate your skin where you need to even out the tanner and you’ll be set! Just make sure to do so over a towel, just in case any of the paste falls on the floor – easy clean up!

deodorant stick

Besides frizz, the worst part of heat styling your hair during the summer is sweating while you’re styling. We all know the struggle of blow drying our hair, and essentially needing another shower once we’re done because of sweat. Avoid all of this with a simple hack: Apply a powder (not gel) deodorant to the back of your neck about 10 minutes before blow drying your hair. It’ll have the same antiperspirant effect on your neck as it does under your arms.

MORE: 10 (Surprising!) Ways to Use a Toothbrush in Your Beauty Routine

how to use dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is a girl’s best friend year-round, but during the summer, it’s actually better when you don’t apply it in the morning. Spritz your roots with dry shampoo at night to let the product absorb oil (and perspiration) throughout the night. Giving dry shampoo a bit of time to work its magic will give you much better results.

aloe vera

As much as we try to prevent sunburn, there are just some days when we miss a spot while putting it on, or we forget to reapply during a day outside. Aloe vera is one of the best ways to soothe burned skin, but chilled aloe vera is even better. Fill up an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and keep it in your freezer all summer long, then pop out a cube or two when you need some extra relief. It will immediately help to soothe your ailing skin.

MORE: Awesome Ways to Use Nail Polish (Besides on Your Nails)

lemon juice for stains

Sometimes, even if you’re using clinical strength products, you wind up with stains under your arms on your favorite shirts. If you’re out of spot remover, squeeze lemon juice onto the stains before tossing into the laundry. The acidity of the lemon will lift the sweat stains right out of your shirts.

nail polish hack

DIY manicure mavens know that nothing ruins all your hard work like bubbles in your polish. During the summer, the heat can react with the ingredients in nail polish to make it thicker and a bit globby. Plus, it takes much longer to dry in the summer due to this heat, giving those bubbles more time to make a mess. Store your nail polish in the fridge, keeping it cool and thus getting a much smoother paint job when you do a manicure. If you can’t fit your entire collection in the fridge (because really, who could?) just put the colors you’ll be using, your base and top coat in the fridge for about an hour before you paint your nails for the same effect.

keep razors from rusting

Besides being dull, rust on razors is one of the quickest ways to get nicks while you’re shaving — not to mention infections. Keep your razor alive for longer by storing it outside of the shower, and coat the blades in olive oil between uses to protect the metal from rusting.

chamomile tea bag

Bikini line rash happens to just about everyone, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer. Steep a few bags of chamomile tea in hot water, then let them cool for about 15-20 minutes in the freezer. Lay the tea bags along your bikini line where you see a rash and let the calming effects of the herbs do their job.

dryer sheets

Spending a ton of time outside this summer? Chances are, you’re in a buggy area, which means you’ll need some serious repellent to avoid being eaten alive. To repel bugs, rub dryer sheets all over your clothes (and even your legs), then keep one or two in your back pocket or tucked into your shorts. The scent will repel bugs without needing to spray yourself with bug repellent every few minutes. Bonus: Dryer sheets smell a whole lot better than bug spray ever will!

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It’s not too late to tackle your Summer Bucket List!

Song of the Day:  One Republic, Good Life

When you’re happy like a fool
Let it take you over
When everything is out
You gotta take it in

Oh this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good life

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Stop waiting for Friday!  But wait…It’s Friday!  Make it a great one!!




A horse with no name…:)

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I’m a fantastic driver, btw.

More Sass. More Snark.

24 Jul


Because one blog about Snark and Sass, is never enough.  Two may not be enough either.  My new favorite topic! Live it Love it. Because, life is too short to not spend the morning, giggling. ;)


Truer words…

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Easter was weeks ago!



When walking one’s dog suddenly becomes a neighborhood picnic.




Nothing like a tone of voice…even one that can transcend via email!  Such fun!!


Or a bad year…or a bad several years.  :)


More like an actual steady Flow.


Chardonnay and coffee.  Not always in that order.


It’s a gift.


Caution is absolutely advised. Proceed with caution.


Best. Text. Ever.


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Good, solid advice.


ha ha ha ha ha ha


Or soon to be best selling novels!





Because I was busy thinking about me…


This…is Not true.


Funny, but doesn’t apply to me.  I can be wearing make up and people will ask, “aren’t you feeling well”?


Nothing left to say


Postage paid.


Always trying to be the best I can be.  And funny…always try to be funny.  And surround yourself with people who find you funny.  Nothing better than a good audience.


Or a woman scorned.


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I don’t.  It’s important that you know that.


Been there,  Done that.

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Or come sit next to me.  An oldie, but goodie.  Not necessarily true, but funny nonetheless.


Ignoring is so much better than giving a piece of your mind.


Such a classic!

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Thankfully, I hear 60 is the new 40… so we have that to look forward to.

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Like looking in the mirror.



Team Kourage.




I mean, seriously.

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Or maybe just nicer.


I am happy the “just sayin”  is becoming a saying of the past.

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That and 15,000 daily steps!


I did.  I really did.


Just mostly.

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Choose wisely.


A happy coincidence.  Love that!!




It’s been fun plotting…


Especially me!




Yes, I have!


I am choosing to be younger.  As I say, never lie about your age…unless it’s a case of emergency, like should somebody ask your age!


or Everything.



Just, you know…Best. Quote. Ever!


That I do.

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Welcome to my life. :)



Welcome aboard!





Karma… life’s way of getting even.


Have a seat…it may take awhile.


The delusion.  Yes, the delusion.


Oh yes…


This, it true.


I cannot remember the last time I took a bubble bath.





This, sadly, is not true.


Yeah, this happens to be very, very true!

Song of the Day:  Bruce Hornsby: The Range, Every Little Kiss.  

Everybody here’s a number, not a name
But I guess that’s all right with me
As I sit alone after a long day
In the absence of company
Oh I let my mind wander,
A thousand miles away
What I wouldn’t give for only one night
A little relief in sight
Or someday when times weren’t so tight


Repeat after me. Not my Circus.  Not my Monkeys.


Happy 18th Birthday, Mary!!  Cannot believe these 2 are but 4 weeks away from leaving for college.  As Deb said, and I agree, Cry me a river!


And ain’t that the truth!  Off to continue my quest to have the Best. Summer. Ever!!

Have a Happy Friday!!




That I am!


Not my problem!

Binging. Speaking of TV shows, not Guac and Chips

17 Jul


  1. Binge-watching, also called binge-viewing or marathon-viewing, is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show.

Binging is the new going to the movies.  The new going to the theater.  The new Black.  I have to say, I have partaken.  While trying to while away the time on the elliptical, I started watching shows, every morning, which included:

1.  24 – Jack Bauer is my hero and he was at his best with Chloe.  I have to say, I haven’t watched the final season, the one that was just aired on TV, because I wanted to wait till it was over to binge-watch.

2.  Lost – I have to admit, I began to get Lost watching this.

3.  Nip/Tuck – What don’t you like about yourself?

4. Lipstick Jungle – a girly indulgence.  It was short-lived for good reason, but helped pass 45 minutes on the elliptical.

5.  Cashmere Mafia – only a few episodes, but loved, loved, loved it.

6.  Arrested Development – which I feel is one of the most funny, brilliant, clever shows ever.

7.  Rescue Me – raunchy, but addicting.  I’m contemplating watching it again.

8.  Third Watch – Recommended by my sister and I loved it.  But didn’t remember it, so had to edit this blog. :)


Then, I realized I could actually watch these shows, and not count my steps while on the elliptical.  So, I began to actually “binge” TV programs, which included:

1.  Mad Men – Not sure if it’s the fashion or the cocktails, but this is a very intriguing show.  Very.

2.  Homeland – #TeamBrody.   Yes, I know many are #TeamQuinn, but give me this one.

3.  Breaking Bad – the kids were convinced I’d hate this, since I’m the Queen of Romantic comedies, but I surprised them…and myself.  Walter White.  Loved the show!

4.  Downton Abby – I’m not a fan of English shows, like “Up the down staircase”, but I got addicted to this show one February, when I had a devil of a cold and I had nothing but time on a wintry holiday weekend, so watched 2 seasons and I was hooked.

5.  The Following – A show about a serial killer, starring Kevin Bacon.  Gruesome, but surprisingly addicting.

6. .  House of Cards.  Riveting.  I mean, absolutely, Riveting.

7. .  Friday Night Lights – One word.  Football.  Two words.  Kyle Chandler.  Does Not get better than this.

8.  Bloodline.  2 words.  Kyle Chandler.  I rest my case.


Since I’m not the only expert in binge-watching TV shows, our friends at Buzzfeed have put together quite an extensive watching list.  I mean, this could possibly get you through this summer…especially if you happen to be in Chicago, and the weather has been “less than ideal”.  Many people have recommended to me that I watch “Orange is the new Black”…but I just cannot watch a prison show.  I seem to recall some show “cell block – something”.  Life is too short to watch prison shows.  (TOB).

Binging lists from Buzz Feed

 Warning: after reading these, you may feel the need to clear your weekend schedule and catch up on some great TV.

1. Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad


Number of seasons: Five

What it’s about: Breaking Bad tells the story of high-school Chemistry teacher Walter White, who’s diagnosed with lung cancer. After finding out it’s inoperable, Walter starts producing and selling crystal meth in order to secure his family’s financial future.

2. Friends



Number of seasons: Ten

What it’s about: Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the sitcom is about a circle of friends living in Manhattan and the trials, triumphs and ultimate journey of their lives through their mid-twenties and thirties.

3. Mad Men

Mad Men


Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: Primarily set in the 1960s, Mad Men initially focuses on the Sterling Cooper advertising agency in New York City and the personal and professional lives of those working within the agency. It focuses mainly on Don Draper, creative director and junior partner of the agency.

4. Grey’s Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

Number of seasons: 11 and counting.

What it’s about: The show follows protagonist Meredith Grey and her fellow surgical interns through their journey at Seattle Grace hospital. There’s a lot of love triangles, tears, fights, break-ups and make-ups to keep the drama flowing.

5. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl


Number of seasons: Six

What it’s about: Based on the popular book series, Gossip Girl is about the “scandalous lives of New York’s elite…” or rather, a bunch of rich, high-school students residing in the Upper East.

6. Skins (UK)

Skins (UK)


Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: A British teen drama with juicy and controversial storylines, Skinsfollows different generations of teens finishing school and dealing with friendships, relationships, drugs, sex, mental illness, dysfunctional families and death.

7. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit


Number of seasons: 16 and counting.

What it’s about: An American police crime and legal drama set in New York City, Law and Order: SVU follows the New York officers investigating sexually based offences.

8. Entourage



Number of seasons: Eight

What it’s about: The series chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase and his close friends, as they navigate the land of Hollywood and climb the celebrity ladder. Watch it before the movie comes out!

9. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

20th Television

Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, the show revolves around Buffy Summers and her group of friends as they slay vampires and other demons.

10. Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks

DreamWorks Television

Number of seasons: One

What it’s about: Set in the 1980s, the show follows a group of high school students facing various social struggles. Though only filmed for one season, the show has an incredible cult following.

11. Doctor Who

Doctor Who


Number of seasons: 26 (1963 – 1989), Eight (2005 – present)

What it’s about: A British science-fiction show, Doctor Who depicts the adventure of “the Doctor” a time-travelling humanoid alien, who explores the universe in his TARDIS. A British cult favourite, the show relaunched again in 2005.

12. Catfish



Number of seasons: Four

What it’s about: Catfish is an American reality docu-series, based on the truths and lies about online dating. Each episode is an investigation into whether or not a participant in a virtual relationship is really who they say they are, or if in fact, they are a “catfish.

13. Cheers



Number of seasons: 11

What it’s about: An oldie but a goodie, the show is set in a bar named “Cheers”, where a group of locals meet to socialise.

14. Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation


Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: Starring Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation is a sitcom following Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat tirelessly trying to make her hometown a little more lively.

15. Dexter



Number of seasons: Eight

What it’s about: Set in Miami, the series follows Dexter Morgan, a blood pattern analyst who leads a secret life as a serial killer – hunting down heinous criminals who have not yet suffered consequences for their actions.

16. Lost



Number of seasons: Six

What it’s about: After a plane crashes on a mysterious island, the survivors are left to fend for themselves as they try to survive and attract rescue. Throw in an nknown monster, prior island occupants and other worldy inhabitants and you’ve got a dramatic TV show on your hands.

17. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill


Number of seasons: Nine

What it’s about: The series starts with two half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott who start out as rivals. It progresses to follow the lives of the teens in Tree Hill, their heartbreaks, triumphs and trials as they navigate their way into adulthood.

18. Supernatural



Number of seasons: 10 and counting.

What it’s about: Two brothers come together to hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings in the world.

19. Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars


Number of seasons: Five and counting.

What it’s about: After the disappearance of their friend Alison, four girls are harassed by a mysterious person, going by the name of “A”, who threatens to expose their deepest secrets.


20. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead


Number of seasons: Five and counting.

What it’s about: A new, apocalyptic world is being overrun by flesh-eating zombies. So if you love zombies, this is your show.

21. Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds


Number of seasons: 11 and counting.

What it’s about: The series follows a team of FBI profilers. Working as part of the Behavioral Analysis Unit, the team puts together a profile of the criminal in order to solve the crime.

22. The Fosters

The Fosters

ABC Family

Number of seasons: Two and counting.

What it’s about: The series follows the lives of an interracial lesbian couple, who are raising are blended family of biological, adopted and foster children. Jennifer Lopez is the executive producer of the show.

23. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights


Number of seasons: Five

What it’s about: The show is a drama series about a highschool football team in Texas. Using a fictional small town setting, it addresses many issues facing teen culture including family values and struggles, racism, drugs, lack of economic options and abortion.

24. Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?


Number of seasons: 11

What it’s about: An improvisational comedy show, the original series was hosted by Drew Carey. The show consists of a panel of four performers who play short-form improvisation games including creating characters, scenes and songs on the spot.

25. Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black


Number of seasons: Three and counting.

What it’s about: The series revolves around Piper Chapman, a woman sentenced to 15 months in prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend Alex. The offense occurred ten years prior to the start of the series, so her sudden arrest shocks her law-abiding family and fiancé.

26. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Number of seasons: Five and counting.

What it’s about: Game of Thrones is an adaption of A Song of Ice and Fire, Geore R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels. The series is originally set on fictional continents at the end of a decade-long summer and follows a civil war among several houses for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Sound confusing? Just start watching it. You’ll be hooked.

27. Orphan Black

Orphan Black

BBC America

Number of seasons: Three and counting.

What it’s about: A Canadian science fiction series, Orphan Black stars Tatiana Maslany playing several identical characters who are in fact clones. The series starts with Sarah Manning assuming the identity of one of her clones Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing her suicide. Originally thinking she was a long-lost twin to Elizabeth, Sarah soon realises there’s a lot more going on.

28. Hannibal



Number of seasons: Two and counting. (Season three premiere, June 4).

What it’s about: A psychological-thriller, the series is based on the character appearing in the novel Red Dragon. It focuses on the relationship of FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter a psychiatrist destined to become Will’s enemy.

29. House of Cards

House of Cards


Number of seasons: Three and counting.

What it’s about: House of Cards revolves around Democrat Frank Underwood who initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power in Washington D.C. The series deals with themes of ruthlessness, manipulation and power.

30. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls


Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: The show follows single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her teen daughter Rory, as they live their lives in the fictional town of Stars Hollow. The show covers their story from Lorelai as a pregnant teen runaway, the tempestuous relationship she has with her parents and her close bond with Rory, who holds a strong ambition to make it to an Ivy League college.

31. The Office

The Office


Number of seasons: Nine

What it’s about: The mockumentary depicts the everyday lives of office employees and is an adaption of the BBC series of the same name. It stars Steve Carell, John Krasinski and B.J. Novak among others.

32. Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender


Number of seasons: Three

What it’s about: Set in an Asiatic-like world, the show explores people who are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese martial arts. The series predominantly focuses on 12-year-old Aang and his friends who must bring peace to the world.

33. The West Wing

The West Wing


Number of seasons: Seven

What it’s about: Set in the West Wing of the White House, the episodes follow President Bartlet and his staff through different political issues as well as the personal problems that can surround their professional lives.


Song of the Day: I Ran (So Far Away) by Flock of Seagulls

A cloud appears above your head
A beam of light comes shining down on you
Shining down on you

The cloud is moving nearer still
Aurora Borealis comes in view
Aurora comes in view

And I ran, I ran so far away
I just ran, I ran all night and day
I couldn’t get away

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That I have…

I may be biased, but I think these kids are Super Cute!

Patrick Grad Party 024

I am now re-binge-watching both Friday Night Lights and Bloodline.  What is the common denominator of these 2 shows? Yup, Kyle Chandler!  Best. Summer. Ever!!  Because this isn’t Tiger Beat, I’m not going to post a picture of him, though I’m tempted. :)

Looking forward to a fun wedding weekend with Arika and Brent!







But I can also be sarcastic in my dreams!

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Short…but Sweet!

14 Jul


Best way to start my Tuesday!

Best way to start the day, receiving this email from one of my life-long friends.  Love you Carol!!

With happy thoughts, bubbles of Veuve, Tiffany boxes, great song videos, fashion boards, Nordstrom sale, giant schnauzer, cocoa pork rinds, Stella, great sunglasses, your kids, Bloody Mary bar, ecards, funny stories, Swedish fish vodka, broken/repaired Lladros, junk in our trunks, fishbowl sized frozen strawberry margaritas with chips/salsa, lots of scarf wearing in high school, Ed O, shenanigans of all sorts…things I think of when I think of you sweet friend.



As someone quite wise  said yesterday…If you can count on both hands the number of true friends you have, then you are living a blessed life.  Feeling blessed today. :)

Have a happy Tuesday!




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Damn Good!


For your Life to be Long and Happy…you must use it Well.

10 Jul



A Friday in the summer.  Truly, one of the best days ever.  But why always wait for Friday?  Why not treat every day like Friday?  Even the gruesome Mondays?

4 “Lifehacks from historic philosophers” that will change your life?   I’m not sure these are actually “lifehacks”, which, quite frankly, is a term used wayyyyyyyyyy too much, but these are 4 takes on life, that are right on.   One person is responsible for your happiness and that is you.  Remember that.

the trick is to enjoy life

These 4 lifehacks from historic philosophers will change your life:

For your life to be long and happy, you must use it well.

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it had passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life, but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.” – Seneca

There are plenty of activities that make up our day that do not contribute to the fullness of our life. Some, we are required to do like driving to work and some we choose to do like binge watching House of Cards on Netflix.

When you begin to realize that how you spend your time affects how you view your life and your happiness levels, it is easier to choose to do things that lend value to it. You can even make the things you are required to do better by doing something to enhance your life. For instance, you might choose to listen to a positive, uplifting podcast on your way to work instead of the local news station.

Don’t let life pass you by because you are choosing activities that add no value. That doesn’t mean giving up House of Cards altogether, but balance it with meaningful life activities.

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A happy life is one without judgement.

“To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.” – Epictetus

Living without judgement is easier than it sounds and rarely is it completely conquered. We judge because we want to know the answer before we understand the challenge. The first step in moving past judgement is releasing the need for an answer.

Instead of judging, form an opinion. Judgments are assumptions that usually do not change. An opinion, however, is an isolated view of the world that can change with the discovery of new information. Recognizing the difference is the first step to changing judgements into opinions.


Happiness exists in our thoughts.

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” – Marcus Aurelius

No surprise here that our happiness is a byproduct of our thoughts. What might be surprising is that this is not a new idea or the latest fad.

When you read the quote, you can see that Aurelius mentions not to entertain thoughts that aren’t worthy. Not to have them, mind you, but not to entertain them – not to get stuck in them.

The lifehack here is to work on your thinking. Don’t focus on only having positive thoughts because, frankly, that is unrealistic. Instead, focus on not dwelling on the negative ones.


Our habits fuel our happiness.

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

Aristotle understood that we are creatures of habit. Whether those habits serve us or hinder us is the difference between being happy or being stuck in a life where we merely exist.

Choosing the right habits is the ultimate lifehack to help you be happier. Recognize though that choosing can be difficult. Everyone professes to have the best habits for happiness, but the best habits for happiness are the habits that work for us as individuals, and that may be different for each of us.

Some of our greatest life lessons come from ancient philosophers. Their teachings have stood the test of time, and it is worth it to pay attention to what they said. It is often the greatest source of wisdom we have.


Song of the Day:  Patti LaBelle: New Attitude 

I’m feeling good from my hat to my shoe,
Know where I am going and I know what to do,
I’ve tidied up my point of view,
I’ve got a new attitude.



Life is short.  There are no guarantees.  Use it well.











Here’s to the Red, White and Blue!

3 Jul


they call it a blog

A Repost from July 3, 2014… because I love this blog, love the fashions and need some inspiration for the weekend.  And quite frankly, this blog rocks!

A Yankee Doodle, do or die…




4th of July Outfit Ideas


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flag board shorts





4th of July Party Pleasers


These are cupcakes, btw…with the frosting in the middle, as “condiments”.


Hot Diggity Dog Bar


S’mores Bar


Love the fruit tray, in Red, White and Blue, with the Fruit dip in White

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Red, White and Blue Sweet Trable… Where are the Twizzlers?!



I’m not a Sangria gal, but this does look yummy…and festive!


And I have those exact glasses!  I am obsessed with this dessert!



Super easy fruit kabobs!  My specialty, btw.

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Seriously, mason jars are the new black!

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Song of the Day:  Shut up and Dance by Walk the Moon

“Oh don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back, ”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.


Red, White and Brew…let the festivities begin!  Have a happy and safe 4th and God Bless America!!







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Surfs up, baby!


45 Life Lessons Written by a 90-year old…and my Father’s Day Gift Pick

19 Jun

Live your life and forget your age

There are so many of these “life lessons” that seem to come across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.  This one, which says is written by a 90-year old woman, seems to be a nice compilation of many things we’ve seen and heard, but it is Right On.  I’m not 100% certain this is written by a 90-year old, but the lessons are good nevertheless.  Like my previous post Things I know.

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  17. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles.
  31. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  36. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

good music makes a good life

Song of the Day:  One Good Woman, by Peter Cetera.

You bring out the best in me
With love and understanding
Anytime I need some understanding
You are always there

My pick for the best Father’s Day gift this year.


Beertender: from Heineken and Krups, serves up the ultimate at home draught beer experience.  You can use Heineken mini kegs, or whatever you prefer.  Like Stella Artois.  The Beertender retails for $179, and you can buy at Crate and Barrel, Amazon, or




Congratulations to the Stanley Cups Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks!!  One Goal. #BecauseItsTheCup



Hello Summer.  Hello Weekend.  Peace. Love. Fun in the Sun…and not necessarily in that order.

hello summer

Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s out there!

Peace out.








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