Super Bowl 50…but the greatest Super Bowl ever was the ’85 Bears!

5 Feb


First of all… Thank you Zack, for telling Meredith to remind me of the ESPN 30 on 30 documentary on the 1985 Chicago Bears. Believe it or not, I was doing “grout work”.  And I’m not just saying that to impress my blog followers.  But, I am/was happy to leave that behind for the time being.  So, my Friday blog that is to be about the Super Bowl is actually going to be a happy trip down memory lane, regarding the ’85 Bears!  It’s my blog and I can do what I want.  Best. Blog. Ever! I will post a link to my last few year’s blogs on Super Bowl food, games, stats, etc at the end of this blog… in case you need some party inspiration.  Plus, they’re pretty sensational!  Just like my ’85 Bears!


If you get a chance, watch the ESPN 30 on 30 documentary on the ’85 Chicago Bears…the Greatest NFL Team of All Time.  Plus, it’s narrated by Vince Vaughn, who I would like to hang with for an afternoon.  He so aptly had to say this about Jay Cutler, “It hasn’t gone terrific”.  Chicago’s an easy city for an athlete…as long as you’re a little bit gracious”.  Ok, haven’t I been saying for years, and quite possibly blogged about the fact the Jay Cutler needs a life coach? I think Vince and I can sit down over a couple of Stellas, and solve the Chicago Bears problems.  Not an easy task, but one that I am up to.  Plus, I’m going to be clearing a few things (or people) off of my schedule, so I’m making time for this.  And I need to figure out how to get to Vince Vaughn, but pretty sure I can make that happen.


My friend Kim (and my Rodan and Fields consultant), her husband Mike and #VinceVaughn…Hmmm… the wheels are turning!


Is it me, or is Vince Vaugh looking better and better?   But I digress… back to the Bears!

Remembering the ’85 Chicago Bears


Stats don’t lie… Unless we’re talking about deflated balls.  #OnceACheaterAlwaysACheater  #Allegedly

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The ’85 had 5 players who are in the NFL Pro Hall of Fame.  That, is remarkable!

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The ’85 Bears.  Two legendary coaches.  One epic season!  #ThrowThatOnANapkin


The Bears defense wrote a letter to George Halas, pleading for Buddy Ryan’s job.  I Love this!


Walter Payton was the Greatest Football player of All Time!  As John Madden (my favorite NFL announcer) once said, “God said, I’m going to make a football player, and he made Walter Payton”.  Best. Quote. Ever.  Well, there are lots of Best. Quotes. Ever in this blog!


Miami Dolphins.  #SpoilSports



Bill Parcells knows what’s he’s talking about


The only 2 coaches, ever, to be carried off the field after a Super Bowl victory.


Walter Payton.  Gone too soon…but how we were blessed to watch him play.

Letter written by Buddy Ryan to the ’85 Bears.  Try and read that without a tear in your eye.  If you can, you have no heart.


Ended the regular season 15-1.  Went on to win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, 46-10.  I remember it like it were yesterday…or 30 years ago!


That…is some pretty nice bling!

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The ’85 Bears… Sensational!  #85Bears  #GreatestEver

Song of the Day:  Dancing on the Ceiling, by Lionel Ritchie.  I heard this song earlier this week, and literally have now listened to it 27 times.

What is happening here
Something’s going on that’s not quite clear
Somebody turn on the lights
We’re gonna have a party
It’s starting tonight

Super Bowl 50… My prediction.  Broncos over the Panthers.  I’m not really a Broncos fan, but I’m a Peyton Manning fan.  And I realize that Cam Newton will be hard to beat and I’m tickled that a former Chicago Bear, is the Panther’s head coach, but end of the day, I’m still a Peyton Manning fan.

Links to my previous Super Bowl blogs


Happy Birthday to one half of America’s Favorite Couple, my brother in law, Bruce!  Who is more than a brother in law…he’s my financial advisor.  “Buy low and sell high”.  “How about Google”?  Yeah, it’s like $900/share.  I would like 1/9 of a share please. :)


What am I reading?

A collection of brilliant quotations for a beautiful life.  Bliss:  Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.  – Joseph Campbell

Timeless Beauty, by Christie Brinkley… I mean, she’s 60 years old?  How is that even fair???

This week’s favorite thing


Thank you my sweet friend Cathy, for giving this to me, because it would have been really awkward to buy it for myself!

But seriously…if you get the chance, watch the ESPN documentary on the ’85 Bears.  Yes, the team was made up a quite the cast of characters…but the talent on that team has never been replicated.  Watching this show was a terrific way to spend 2 hours and it became the inspiration for today’s blog.  Yes, Best. Blog. Ever.


Why am I especially Happy today?  Because I’m meeting some of my very favorite people for Happy Hour!  #HappyEveryHour  #It’s5:00Somewhere  #Cheers

Have a great weekend!  Go Peyton Manning!!





Two words.  Grout work.




Or actually, perhaps it is!


They use the term “high maintenance”…like it’s a bad thing.



Qualities of an Ideal Wardrobe: Coco Chanel

29 Jan


When in comes to an Ideal Wardrobe, I have grown to understand it’s Quality over Quantity…though, sadly, I may have been hoarding black shoes and handbags (not just black), but I did try to hoard quality shoes and handbags, so that must count for something!    Coco Chanel, and she does know a bit about fashion… lists the qualities of an ideal wardrobe.  As with everything, you don’t have to look as this as “the bible”, but perhaps a tip or two will resonate with you.  I happen to be all about: Black & White; Good Shoes; and Dresses.  #Shocking



Black and White

black and white



Good Shoes

good shoes



Plenty of Dresses


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Well-Fitting Clothes



Love her outfit… strongly Dislike her smirk!


Song of the Day: St. Elmo’s Theme Song, by Man in Motion – Mer and I were watching this movie and she said, “I wish they still made songs like this”.  I agree!  Love this song.  As a matter of fact, it’s the first song in my wedding video. :)

I can see the new horizon underneath the blazin’ sky
I’ll be where the eagle’s flying higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future’s lyin’, St. Elmo’s fire

There is a 2016 Book Challenge… I may blog about that in the next week or so, because one of my goals is to read more.  I like to have 2 or 3 books going at once.  While I love reading on my Kindle, or iPad, I do like reading an actual book.  There’s something fulfilling about flipping those pages.  So this year, I think I will post about books I’m reading, lest you are looking for some suggestions, as well as a Favorite Thing in each blog.  And if I’m going to get really crazy, perhaps a recipe I’ve tried which I love as well as What I’m Watching!    Best. Blog. Ever!


Books I’ve been reading

Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll.  4 stars out of 5 (my rating)

Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty.  Also 4 stars out of 5

The Girl on the Train.  5 stars out of 5

Bossypants by Tina Fey.  4/5

One of my new Favorite Things:  Canvas clutch from LSULeslie.  Perfect complement to my carry-on bag!


Recipe of the Week/Day

Parmesan Rosemary Crisps

1 loaf of French Bread – cut in thin slices

Butter – I like the Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Parmesan Cheese


Butter slices of french bread.  Sprinkle each with Parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle Rosemary on top.  Place on small pan in toaster oven and toast for 3 minutes.

It truly is that easy.  You could get all crazy and put on a baking sheet and bake in an oven, but this truly takes 5 minutes and that includes the toasting time.

Bon Appetit!


What I’m Watching – Movies

An Affair to Remember – introduced this classic to Meredith.  She loves it as much as I

Brooklyn – great movie, nominated for an Academy Award this year

The Martian – Loved it!

St. Elmo’s Fire – another one I shared with Mer.  She loved the music more than the movie

TV Shows I’ve binge-watched

Suits – didn’t finish the series.  Finishing it is now on my Bucket List

White Collar – I was so sad when this was done.  So, so sad!

Scandal – if not only to watch how Olivia Pope dresses…

Madame Secretary – and yes, I agree, I’d prefer Tea Leoni as our Secretary of State!


Since we’ve started the new year being Kind, and embracing the 30-Day Kindness Challenge (and Yes, I am still doing this, btw, but since I haven’t been to a drive-through, I’m banking that one to do soon), I like to think it has made a difference. At least for me.  The more you seek Kindness, the more you find Kindness. :)  Surround yourself with kind people.  Life is too short to be around people who suck the very life out of you! #TrueWords


Happy Birthday Maxie!  She’s been a member of our family for a year and we are celebrating her 4th Birthday!!  She’s been a true blessing to our family!


Upcoming blogs:  Groutfits; Book Challenge; Things on my mind; Manners; Something Super Bowl related and whatever else happens to tickle my fancy!

Peace out.






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30-Day Kindness Challenge

18 Jan

30 acts of kindness challenge

No one said you have to start a 30-day challenge on the first of the month.  I’m starting this today on Martin Luther King Day!  Maybe a day won’t match up with a Kindness challenge”, but you can swap it out with another challenge, or come up with your own.  There are no rules here.  Just like there really are no hard and fast fashion rules.  And yes…you can wear white after Labor Day.  Even though I’m actually pretty certain I’m kind every day, I’m going to try and go the extra mile with this one.


I’m starting todays challenge with “Giving 3 compliments to strangers”…which is to you my blog followers, and yes, I realize that between Carol, Carolyn, Meredith, Louise, NKO, Cinda and my other pals who follow this blog, they don’t equate to strangers, however since I’m averaging 1000+ views per day on this blog, this is for the 9994 other people who just may read this.

  1.  You are very smart and savvy to be reading this blog.
  2. If you read and/or follow this blog, that must mean you have an excellent sense of humor and I find that most endearing.
  3. Reading my blog makes me happy and that makes you a great person. :)

And just for the heck of it, I’m going to compliment 3 strangers that I happen upon today!

Life is short.  Be kind.  Be very kind…even when they don’t deserve it. ;)



kill them with kindness

Style and Swag

17 Jan


Life is short.  Flaunt your Style.  Flaunt your Swag!



Good Morning!

8 Jan


Wave away my yesterday
Cause I’m leaving it behind me.
Hello sunshine, come what may.
I feel something new inside me.
I hear the birds singing
Now my alarm’s ringing
Get up, get up, hey!

Lyrics from the song of the day… and I can’t think of a better way to start a Friday!



Song of the Day:  Good Morning by Mandisa

It’s a good morning!
Wake up to a brand new day
This morning,
I’m stepping, stepping on my way
Good morning,
You give me strength,
You give me just what I need
And I can feel the hope that’s rising in me.
It’s a good morning

52 Weeks to an Organized Home:  2016 Plan

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And while you are enjoying your fabulous morning and whistling to this fabulous song, why not join me in this 52-week Home Organizing Challenge?


Peace.  Love.  Joy.  And maybe, just maybe, a little Fun in the sun?

Happy Friday!




D.  All of the above


Sorry for the profanity, but this is Hilarious.  and true!


Well…basically, yes I am.






2016…New beginnings

2 Jan


2016…Let’s do this!  Let’s start Monday! ;)

Song of the Day:  Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

May you find Peace, Love and Joy in the new year!




Happy Thanksgiving

26 Nov


Happy Thanksgiving! :)




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