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Happy Mother’s Day!

12 May

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Spectacular moms out there, who show me by example how to be a better mom.  Speaking of moms, :), I am so thankful to have these two wonderful children who make my heart overflow with love every single day.  I could not be more proud of both of them!

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Love and miss my mom always and forever.  Thank you for showing me what it’s like to be a wonderful, loving mother and you did it time five!   I hope you are looking down on your grandchildren, all 11 of them, and beaming with pride.

This handsome boy will be home for the summer!  Best. Day. Ever.  Welcome home, Paddy!

I remain thankful and grateful for all of life’s blessings.  Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.  You are all loved and appreciated more than you will know, but I hope you were shown a portion of it today!

Cheers!

xoxo,

T.

My favorite sunglasses!

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Style Charts which Every Woman Needs to Know and a very Happy Mother’s Day!!

8 May

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Thank you Buzz Feed!  I was “hanging out” Thursday evening, 9PM, Cali time…when the feeling of dread came over me…Oh boy…tomorrow is Blog Friday!  How in the World does one not have a “ready blog” for Friday…when one has over 100 blogs “in the hopper”?  I’ll tell you, it’s Easy.  and I can blame that 4-letter word.  Life.  😉  In my own defense, 100 blogs “in the hopper” does not a publishable blog make!

Again, thank you Buzz Feed for providing me with a timely, useful and snappy blog.  Some of these style charts I’ve featured before but some are brand new.  I predict this blog, like the blog, Stylish Things to Know, will be one of my most read blogs.  At least it should be… because there are some very important things to know!

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1. First things first: It’s not you! All sizes are NOT created equally. A guide to vanity sizing.

First things first: It's not you! All sizes are NOT created equally. A guide to vanity sizing.

2. Here’s how to find your “golden number” aka the perfect dress length for your body.

Here's how to find your "golden number" aka the perfect dress length for your body.

3. Figure out which colors to wear with each other.

Figure out which colors to wear with each other.

4. And how to mix patterns and textures.

5. Go mad for this guide to plaids. (SORRY.)

Go mad for this guide to plaids. (SORRY.)

6. And style your stripes.

And style your stripes.

7. Become a print-mixing pro.

Become a print-mixing pro.

8. Here are a few great options for styling a button-up shirt.

Here are a few great options for styling a button-up shirt.

9. Here’s how to tell a mermaid from a mini.

Here's how to tell a mermaid from a mini.

10. And an A-line from a little shift dress.

And an A-line from a little shift dress.

11. And here’s what you should save on, and what you might want to spend a little more on.

And here's what you should save on, and what you might want to spend a little more on.

12. Every collar ever.

Every collar ever.

13. Get a great shirt cuff every time.

Get a great shirt cuff every time.

14. And pull off the perfect jean tuck.

And pull off the perfect jean tuck.

15. Know your bolero from your shrug.

Know your bolero from your shrug.

16. And your car coat from a duffle.

And your car coat from a duffle.

17. Here’s how to look super ~chic~ and ~European~.

Here's how to look super ~chic~ and ~European~.

18. Or make boyfriend jeans work for you? No problem.

Or make boyfriend jeans work for you? No problem.

19. One pair of leggings worn 10 ways.

One pair of leggings worn 10 ways.

20. The five elements you need to go from day to night in a pinch.

The five elements you need to go from day to night in a pinch.

21. Make way for the best bra.

Make way for the best bra.

22. A few easy tips for the petite ladies in the house.

A few easy tips for the petite ladies in the house.

23. Find the right dress shape for your body type.

Find the right dress shape for your body type.

JG

24. For all those times you were like, “What does FORMAL DAYTIME even mean?”

For all those times you were like, "What does FORMAL DAYTIME even mean?"

25. It’s all about that A-line.

It's all about that A-line.

26. Find the neckline that’s most flattering for you.

Find the neckline that's most flattering for you.

27. And the sleeve you love most.

And the sleeve you love most.

JG

28. Check out this visual glossary of bag styles.

Check out this visual glossary of bag styles.

29. And shoe styles.

And shoe styles.

30. Have yourself a hat.

Have yourself a hat.

31. Get glasses like Kanye West. Or Andy Warhol.

Get glasses like Kanye West. Or Andy Warhol.

You can buy a print here.

32. Figure out what glasses work best for your face shape.

Figure out what glasses work best for your face shape.

33. Find a best necklace for each type of collar.

Find a best necklace for each type of collar.

34. And the optimum length for each necklace.

And the optimum length for each necklace.

35. Choose earrings that work best with your face shape.

Choose earrings that work best with your face shape.

36. How many ways are there to wear a scarf? A MILLION WAYS.

How many ways are there to wear a scarf? A MILLION WAYS.

JG

37. Figure out what you need to bring on a trip.

Figure out what you need to bring on a trip.

38. And then learn to pack like a pro.

And then learn to pack like a pro.

39. Here’s how to get your most accurate body measurements.

Here's how to get your most accurate body measurements.

40. Hang your clothes on the proper hanger.

Hang your clothes on the proper hanger.

41. And maybe most importantly: The definitive guide to how many times you can wear something without having to wash it.

And maybe most importantly: The definitive guide to how many times you can wear something without having to wash it.

Because ain’t nobody got time for laundry.  Best. Quote. Ever!

Twas but one year ago, this weekend, that Meredith graduated from college.  I mean, OMG…talk about time flying by.  Here’s a fall back Friday pic…or two!

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Note to self…we need new family picture.  Happily, we will have one at POB’s graduation… just 3 weeks away.  Again, OMG.  Seriously, this cannot possibly be happening.  Will we be empty nesters?  Even if a bird has come back to the nest?  Oh, and next weekend is Prom, so that will sure to be an upcoming blog, chock-full of Fabulous Prom pics…and no Prama, please!  Thanks Dr. Stevie, for coining that term.

Prama…ain’t Nobody got time for that!

Some Marvelous Mother’s Day Quotes

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Song of the Day:  If you were here by the Thompson Twins – a little Sixteen Candles for this Friday!

But just like the rain
i’ll be always falling, yeah
only to rise and fall again

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.  I miss my mother every single day, and there isn’t a day (or hour) that goes by that I don’t think of her.  And being a mother is not just about blood.  It’s about love.  Thank you to those who have shown motherly love to me since my mom has been gone.  ❤ ❤ ❤

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On this Mother’s Day weekend, I am feeling so very lucky and blessed that these 2 chickadees call me, Mom…and I love them very, very much.

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Falling back to South Beach in 2008.

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Dinner the night before Meredith went back to college in 2012.

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Just about a year ago this weekend.  Mer’s first week back home!  Just a casual night out. 😉

Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

xoxo,

T.

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Thank you. 😉

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Lucille!

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Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliegerstein/girl-you-look-good?utm_term=.fip0OdPVz#.rlnjLYqpE

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

10 May

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday… ” a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society”.   Each and every day, I say thanks that I’m blessed to be a Mom to Meredith and Patrick (and Murphy)…and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss my Mom. If you are lucky enough to still have your own mother around, tell her you love her and should you want to give her a token of thanks, I’ve listed some ideas if you haven’t yet had a chance to get her a gift of appreciation…for being the very best mom ever.  Remember, your Mom is always the best Mom ever!! 🙂

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Here are some ideas, that I have for Mother’s Day…and then I will present ideas from other sources.

1.  Card – home-made, store-bought…best not to send a someecard!  The kids each wrote me a letter they put in my Christmas stocking telling me why they love me.  I always have those letters with me…and will till the day I die (hopefully down the road, a bit).

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2.  Plant flower pots – Meredith and Patrick did this for me last year, and I loved it…am hoping they do it again this year. 🙂

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3.  Breakfast in Bed – I mean, who doesn’t like this? 🙂

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4.  Take your Mom to brunch, lunch or dinner – while breakfast in bed is great, it’s also great to be treated to a meal out, so your dear mother doesn’t have to cook…unless she likes to.  This sweet mother, does not necessarily enjoy cooking.  But I’d also love a BBQ, if that was offered.

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5.  Pick her favorite movie and watch it with her – My kids will be watching Brian’s Song with me…and my new favorite, Silver Linings Playbook…and perhaps with a little bit of the bubbly?  The double feature will be You’ve Got Mail.

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7.  Why don’t you read her a book she always read you? – why not get your Mom sobbing by reading her, I Love you Forever? 🙂

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What is a Mom’s Work Worth?

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Last Minute Gift Ideas…thanks to Fox News

1.  Celebrity Cookbooks – or just a cookbook you think she’ll love…or something really strange, like this one, to provide many laughs!

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2.  Coats – a lovely new spring jacket!

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3.  Diamonds – and not of the baseball variety, either…Places like Kohl’s and JC Penney have great diamond options without you feeling like you bought the Hope Diamond

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4. “Beautyful”Gifts – cologne; bath products; make-up.

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5.  Purses, Handbags, Pocketbooks! – you cannot go wrong with a new purse!

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6.  Tech Accessories – a iPhone or iPad cover.  Or perhaps an extra charger or battery?

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7. Bags, aka, Baby totes – something sensational to tote all of baby’s things

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8. Clothing – Always a mom pleaser..even better when it’s Etcetera!  And Joy Cmiel, you will Rock this skirt!!

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9.  A Feel Good Gift…Tom’s shoes; Slippers (I love Tory Burch slippers); robe, basically anything cozy!

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10.  Necklace, bracelet, etc…

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Facts about Mother’s Day

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Why is Mom on Facebook?

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Mother Knows Best!!

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Other Gift Ideas

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the corkcicle!

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Love and miss you, Mom.

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Meredith, Patrick and I are off to celebrate Mother’s Day early (thank you Kevin) tonight to cheer on the Bulls…and Congrats to our Blackhawks!

Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

xoxo,

T.

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