Happy Birthday Paddy

13 Feb


Happy Birthday to my sweet son!  May this year be the best year ever!  This blog is really more for me, than anyone else. 🙂

Through the years…in an out.


As Kevin would say…the face that launched a thousand ships!

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Mer and Paddy before Gejas

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Paddy and Me (2)

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Mer and Paddy SB 2008

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Mer and Paddy 2

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To the best son ever!  Happy 20th birthday Patrick, my Sonny Bunny!  I shall flag this blog as one of my favorites so I can look at your sweet face, whenever I want!


Mom, Dad, Mer Mer and Maxine



10 Feb


All things Love…  Perhaps because I’ve been signing my blog with xoxo since the inception.  #TrendSetter.  Or perhaps I copied and stole from someone else?  I have no idea, but Here are all things Love!

LOVEable Treats


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Perfect Valentines day treat - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Valentine’s Hearts are irresistible cupid inspired dessert.

Perfect Valentines day treat – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Valentine’s Hearts are irresistible cupid inspired dessert.

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These Oreo’s are my favorite…that is, if I were to eat sweets.

Just some XOXO’s


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Little Sweet Nothings




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LOVEly Gifts

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This XOXO mug is just about the cutest mug I ever have seen!  Thank you NKO!



Sadly…this is not what she wanted.



Love Songs


Mom’s Weekend… Perfect weekend!



Patrick is not nearly as tan as he appears.  🙂


Not looking so bad for 1 AM.

Happy Valentine’s Day!




Basically. 🙂

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It’s a Girl Thing

8 Feb

Thank You, The Berry

Yeah…it’s a girl thing.




Superbowlin’ 2017

3 Feb


Everything you wanted or didn’t care to know about Super Bowl LI (51).  Thank you NY Times, or the Failing @NYTimes are our President would say. 🙂  This was especially helpful, since it’s Blogger’s Day Off!  But, to make this my own, I’ve peppered in some pictures of my own. #Savvy


Super Bowl LI: Sunday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

TV: Fox, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers on the sidelines.


Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, the home of the Texans. The Super Bowl was also held there in 2004, and the Patriots won, beating the Panthers, 32-29, on Adam Vinatieri’s late field goal. The game is also remembered for the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake “wardrobe malfunction” at halftime.

The Super Bowl was also played at Rice Stadium in Houston in 1974.


Teams: New England Patriots (14-2 regular season) versus Atlanta Falcons (11-5). The Patriots are 4-4 in the big game, including a win two seasons ago. The Falcons are playing for only the second time in their history, having lost to the Broncos, 34-19, in 1999.

Line: Patriots by 3. The over/under is 58½, the highest ever for a Super Bowl and a big jump from last year’s 43½.

Offensive weapons: The Pats’ top rusher is LeGarrette Blount, who led the league in running touchdowns. Brady’s favorite target was Julian Edelman.

The Falcons’ top rusher was Devonta Freeman, and Ryan’s favorite target was Julio Jones, who was the only player this season with more than 100 receiving yards a game.

Other stars: Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Devin McCourty and special teamer Matthew Slater were all selected to the Pro Bowl for the Patriots. Center Alex Mack, linebacker Vic Beasley and kicker Matt Bryant made the team for the Falcons. Beasley led the league in sacks with 15½.

Injuries: After playing eight games, Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ superstar tight end, was knocked out for the season with a herniated disk. Another tight end, Martellus Bennett, has ankle problems but is expected to play.


Matt Ryan and Tom Brady during media day on Monday. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

For the Falcons, Jones has a sprained toe and Mack a sprained ankle, but both are likely to play.

Offenses: Both teams have high-powered attacks, led by the Falcons, who ranked first in points, yards per play and yards per pass. The Patriots were third, fifth and third in those categories.

Defenses: The Patriots ranked first in points surrendered, but the Falcons’ defense was not nearly as good, ranking a distant 27th.


Coaches: Neither man got his start at a football power. The Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, played for Wesleyan and the Falcons’ Dan Quinn for Salisbury State. Belichick also played lacrosse and squash and Quinn threw the hammer.


Belichick was fired after five years with the Browns, just as they were moving to Baltimore. He joined the Patriots in 2000 and has won four Super Bowls.

After stints at William & Mary, V.M.I. and Hofstra, Quinn landed on the staff of the 49ers in 2001 and made it to the top job last season with the Falcons. He was the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks in their Super Bowl years of 2013 and 2014, making this his third Super Bowl in four years.

Owners: Robert Kraft, the Patriots’ owner, got his start in sports ownership in the 1970s with the Boston Lobsters of World Team Tennis. The team folded a few years later. The Falcons’ owner, Arthur Blank, was one of the founders of Home Depot. At 74, he has been seen busting out dance moves after Falcons victories this year.

Officials: Carl Cheffers will referee his first Super Bowl. According to Pro-Football-Reference, he called more penalties than average for six consecutive seasons before falling to average this last season.


Cities: In addition to the Patriots’ four titles, in this century the Red Sox have won three World Series, and the Celtics and the Bruins have a title each. Atlanta, which has had baseball and football teams since 1966 and basketball since 1968, has just a single title, the 1995 World Series. Its hockey team, the Thrashers, made the playoffs once in 12 years, then moved to Winnipeg. An earlier hockey team, the Flames in the 1970s, were a little better, but never won a title before moving to Calgary.

Coin toss: George Bush and Barbara Bush will participate. The Patriots will get to make the call. They always call heads.


Entertainment: At halftime, Lady Gaga follows in the footsteps of Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and U2. Also the New Kids on the Block, Up With People and an impersonator-magician named Elvis Presto. No guest performers have been announced yet, though based on previous years there could be surprises. Before the game, Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones, from the original cast of “Hamilton,” will perform “America the Beautiful.” Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem.


Roman numerals:Last season, the league dropped a long tradition and made the game Super Bowl 50 rather than Super Bowl L. This year, Roman numerals are back. Enjoy Super Bowl LI or 51. 🙂

Super Snacks







You know it’s gonna be a great day…


I’ve had an interesting week.. Last weekend I fell “out” of a bathtub, while trying to tweak some decorating, and ended up with a bruised knee and a bruised calf (different legs, btw), but it’s given me lots of self-deprecating material, so I’m going along with the flow and am happy I didn’t break a hip!    Plus, it makes for a “colorful” stories…Pun intended.  I also went to a Vision Board/Feng Shui workshop, which was Fantastic… and I just may blog about it, but it’s had a very positive impact on my week.  Mind over matter.  And to top off my fabulous week, I’m off to Mom’s weekend.  Not that’s gonna be a blog!


Falling back to last year’s Mom’s weekend!  And a good time was had by all!


Have a Super Weekend!  Sending lots of love to my friend, J today.  You’re gonna make it after all!!






If you can’t say something nice…make it Funny!

1 Feb



Because today is Wednesday and not Friday.  Because we may need a few chuckles.  Because life is too short not to laugh and not to snort while laughing.  And because two more days till I see my sonny bunny!


Actually, I’m always nice and I usually love my outfit.  🙂


I’ve been known to show great restraint!




Brownies for breakfast…the breakfast of champions!  Or the breakfast of moms!


May the odds be ever in your favor.  You know who you are. 😉




Working on that, however.


This, happens to be true.


Actually, two bobby pins.


Piles and piles of clothes.


Very, very weak.  Especially my upper body, but that’s a horse of a different color.


🙂 🙂 🙂




This could happen


I did not raise you this way.


Basically, true.


But up until 9PM…wild, wild, wild.




I believe in miracles.


Mama’s back.


This, is true.


Just a touch.


Healthy snacks.  Pumpernickel pretzels, from Trader Joe’s, are my new favorite.  With greek yogurt dip.


Very, very pretty.


They were accurate.  Very accurate.


Best. Day. Ever.




Again, sad, but many times, very very true.


Happy Birthday!


Never, ever, ever, btw.

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You know like Wednesday!


Always make it funny!

Have a wonderful, wacky Wednesday!!




Who Can Turn the World on With Her Smile?

27 Jan



Sometimes a death, even one of someone you didn’t actually know, can hit you quite hard.  Mary Tyler Moore’s death did just that.  Hit me very, very hard. I grew up watching the Mary Tyler Moore show and wanting to live in St. Paul (but remain a Bears fan and not a Vikings fan). Mary Tyler Moore was pretty, funny, smart, sassy and was indeed, a wonderful role model, especially for young girls.  Mary Tyler Moore was a trailblazer. She had a wardrobe that I envied, even when I believe I was wearing stretch pants and matching polyester tops.  #Ugh. Mary Richards had a great career and fun, snappy friends.  Everyone loved her.  She wasn’t married and didn’t have children, but that didn’t define her or the character.  I loved the show in the 70’s and even re-watched it three years ago when I needed something to while the time away when I was on the elliptical.  I plan on introducing Meredith to it, as well… as soon as we are done with The Gilmore Girls, which looks to be this weekend. 🙂

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Image dated October 10, 1962. Hollywood, CA. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 10: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Image dated October 10, 1962. Hollywood, CA. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

I also loved her in the character of Laura Petrie.  I’m not sure we watched it “live”, but it was on reruns for about 30 years, so between the Dick Van Dyke show and the Andy Griffith show, our weeknight early evenings had all of us sitting in front of the TV.  “Oh Rob” and the “Twizzle” are two things that always make me smile.  And the ottoman.  Gotta love the ottoman. 🙂


And hey look… her outfit is back in style!  Flats and skinny pants. #OnTrend


As my #SoleSister said, Mary Tyler Moore was so good in the role of Beth, in Ordinary People, she kind of hated her for a while.  I’m pretty sure not many people could say that about Mary Tyler Moore, Mary Richards or Laura Petrie.  I loved that move and will also introduce Mer Mer to it  But only after she watches the Mary Tyler Moore show and the Dick Van Dyke show, so she loves Mary, before she hates her. 😉

International chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) Children's Congress 2005, Mary Tyler Moore speaks to child delegates and parents on the West Front of the Captiol, to kick off awareness activities in D.C. She testify before a Senate hearing, tomorrow (Tuesday 6/21) with 150 child delegates that traveled to D.C. to remind Congress and the Administration of the critical need to find a cure for the disease.

International chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) Children’s Congress 2005, Mary Tyler Moore speaks to child delegates and parents on the West Front of the Capitol, to kick off awareness activities in D.C. She testify before a Senate hearing, tomorrow (Tuesday 6/21) with 150 child delegates that traveled to D.C. to remind Congress and the Administration of the critical need to find a cure for the disease.

MTM was an advocate and champion for those with Type 1 Diabetes.  Diagnosed at the age of 33, she was a 20-year chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)  and is credited with helping raise funds for research, which was about $25 million in 1984 to more than $1 billion today.  Mary Tyler Moore’s death highlights the toll lifelong Type 1 Diabetes has on one’s body.  Her death can bring about more discussion and hopefully additional funds raised to help eradicate this cruel disease.


Mary was an advocate for animals.  Everyone matters.  All humans.  All animals.  Must love dogs. 😉

MTM Quotes


1. “Whatever it is, it’s OK because it’s what it is. Don’t be looking for perfection. Don’t be short-tempered with yourself. And you’ll be a whole lot nicer to be around with everyone else.”

2. “I knew at a very early age what I wanted to do. Some people refer to it as indulging in my instincts and artistic bent. I call it just showing off, which was what I did from about three years of age on.”

3. “I’m not an actress who can create a character. I play me.”

4. “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.”

5. “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

6. “Having a dream is what keeps you alive. Overcoming the challenges makes life worth living.”

7. “I’ve had the fame and the joy of getting laughter — those are gifts.”

8. “Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you’re really strangers.”

9. “You truly have to make the very best of what you’ve got. We all do.”

10. “My grandfather once said, having watched me one entire afternoon, prancing and leaping and cavorting, ‘This child will either end up on stage or in jail.’ Fortunately, I took the easy route.”

11. “I’m an experienced woman; I’ve been around … well, alright, I might not’ve been around, but I’ve been … nearby.”


Who would have thought that Betty White would outlive Mary Tyler Moore?  I hope I haven’t jinxed this, because I am a huge fan of Betty White!


In her later years, MTM may have had some unfortunate plastic surgery.  Who cares?  This picture is how I shall choose to remember her.


Song of the Day:  Love is all Around, by Joan Jett (yes, not the original, but I like this snappy version)

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can never tell, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all
You’re gonna make it after all
How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can never tell, why don’t you take it
You might just make it after all
You might just make it after all

Guess who turned 5 this week?  Maxine!!  Happy 5th birthday Maxie and Happy 2 years with us. We love you!


And just like that… we are at Super Bowl 51, for crying out loud!  No Bears, but again, we have the Patriots.  And the Falcons.  I shall be rooting for the Patriots, for my friend Cathy.  #TrueFriend

Planning my Super Bowl blog, as I write. Can’t wait!


You’re gonna make it after all!  🙂 🙂 🙂







52 Changes to Make for a Healthier Lifestyle

13 Jan




Perhaps because I started the year with a true Ferris Bueller’s Day off.


It’s unfortunate that Mer and Paddy don’t look excited. The driver looks concerned. Yet another reminder to always remove your sunglasses when taking pictures!

Styling and Swagging…and the day had just begun!  Then off to enjoy some Make Your Own Bloody Mary’s from a 30-foot bar, that included crab legs!


Then went on to enjoy some adult libations at the Bears/Vikings game…and Yes, I’m wearing a Vikings sweater.  When in Rome.  Or Minneapolis.



Then traveled for 4 days to Austin, TX for a work conference, where I enjoyed more adult libations, BBQ, fried chicken and did I mention, adult libations, while hobnobbing with more of my favorite peeps?

Alright, Alright, Alright

Alright, Alright, Alright

Terry, Lora and Not Willy Nelson

Terry, Lora and Not Willy Nelson

To round off the middle of the month, a last-minute trip to an all-inclusive resort, aka all you can eat and drink .  Oh no, more adult libations?  Then laying on the beach?



And we are only halfway through January.



I believe it’s time to make some changes!  Or 52 changes!

Song of the Day: My Own Worst Enemy, by Lit

Please tell me why
The car is in the front yard and I’m
Sleeping with my clothes on
Came in through the window last night
And you’re gone gone
It’s no surprise to me I am my own worst enemy
Cause every now and then I kick the living shit out of me
A smoke alarm is going off and there’s a cigarette
Still burning

(you’re welcome)


Ok…2017, Bring it on!  It’s going to be the Best. Year. Ever…




Style and Swag.