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No Suit Required

Hope your day is filled with joy, love and smiles.

Virtual Girls Night Out - Name Game Time!

Hey, Hey blog friends.  Can you believe Easter is here already?  I'm just not mentally prepared to have Easter in March.  I do love this holiday though.  To me it feels like hope, new beginnings and it brings more light in our days!  Yay!  How about we bring more fun to our day and start our Virtual Girls Night Out! (est. 2008 ;-> )  *Add your blog link in the comments below so I know you've stopped by and others will visit with a 'Happy Virtual GNO!' *

Time For Some Tunes!

Emeli Sande -"Next To Me"

It's one of those songs that has a crazy repetition that'll make this tune get in your head and you'll find yourself going 'You'll fi-ah-ih-ahnd him, you'll fi-ah-ih-ahnd him' all-day-long.  Fun?  Or annoying? I know my answer.  It's annoying but I didn't want to go through this alone.  (Cue evil scientist laugh *muwahh haa haa*) 

Time For A Cocktail!
MAIDEN'S BLUSH Ingredients:
*Light, sweet red wine 

What Spring Looks Like

If it's Thursday then it's time to take part in the Writer's Workshop at Mama Kat's.  Today's prompt of choice:
Show us what Spring looks like in your neck of the woods

Make a video - it's fun, easy and free!

Benny being locked out of the Green House so he doesn't eat the tomatoes.
Please join us over at Mama's Kat's Writer's Workshop!  Let me know if you do :->

I Know I Should Stop But I Don't Think I Can

Can I stop at 3 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?  I should. I know I should.  (Darn you Easter candy!)

If it's Wednesday it's time to take part in Sincerely, Paula's Wordless Wednesday.  Join in the photo fun by clicking the button below.  Let me know if you do so I can check out your pic!

What's your favorite Hershey's candy?

A Surprising Favorite

Our friends had been planning and preparing for their home remodel for months.  They had been dreaming of the changes they would make when they bought their, already beautiful, home and knowing their excellent taste we couldn't wait to see the end result.  Once it was done they were proud to show us their favorite new  room, the bathroom.  And their favorite part about their bathroom?  Their non electric bidet.  Well, well.

When I think of the changes we would make to our little house I dream of a larger, more modern kitchen, a master bedroom that takes advantage of our view of the river and a more spacious, spa-like bathroom.  However, when it comes to the bathroom, a "bidet" never crossed my mind as part of my dream plan.  But when I see how excited they are about this latest addition I may have to rethink my remodel dream!

For now my list of changes to our little house grows.   The weather is getting warmer and our use of the  patio and yard expands the size of our li…

Tuesday Truth or Dare - Thunder Thighs

For "Tuesday Truth or Dare"  I'm going with truth again.

I am SO BUMMED.  Here I am, 6 weeks back into my exercise routine, 6 weeks of exercising 6 days a week for about an hour to an hour and a half each time, and my size has not gone down.  Yes, I am much stronger and yes, my jeans zip up easier but GEEZ!

Yesterday Rob, the girls and I went bowling and Rob took a picture of us before we started our games and when I saw the size of my thighs I wanted to cry.

I have been working so hard and it doesn't look like I've done a thing.  Well, it looks like I've been sitting on the couch downing Doritos is what it looks like.  GAHHH!!

Yes, yes, I know that your metabolism slows with age and yes, I am "mid-forties" but come on!  I am just so bummed about this and so tired of my big, ol' butt!!!


I won't stop exercising.  I just wish that it looked like it was working.  That's my Tuesday Truth.

If you choose "dare" your assignmen…

It Would Cheer Me Up Too!

Starting the week off with a laugh:

I'd be willing to give it a try!

Is This Appropriate? - Virtual GNO Time!

Oh my goodness!  What is our cat trying to do to us?!?  She's an old cat who's taken to "singing" all night.  Not cool.  Not cool at all.  I've loaded up her food dish at night and made sure she has plenty of water but now she seems to be "singing" to her water dish.  When she's wailing away I'll go to her and find her above the water dish, wailing away.  WHAT?!?  Hey cat owners, any solutions/ideas?  How about we get our Virtual Girls Night Out going to help us all grease the wheels of ideas.

Time For Some Tunes!

Ben Howard  "Keep Your Head Up"

Time For A Cocktail!

Perfect Pear Margarita

1 oz. 1800 Silver Tequila
.25 oz. Pear Puree
.25 oz. Fresh lime juice
.25 oz. Agave nectar
Combine first four ingredients in a cocktail shake with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a lightly salted high ball glass. 

Yum!  Kind of like a smoothie with a kick.  I like!!!

Time For A Game!

"Is This Appropriate?"

Here's how you p…

I Blinked And This Is What Happened

If it's Thursday it's time to participate in Mama Kat's Losin' It Writer's Workshop.   Today's Prompt: ~Begin a post that begins and ends with the same line.

I used to have little girls.

That's Katie on the left and Lily on the right.  Ages 6 and 3.

Lily was in the process of growing out a bang trim that she had given herself with Safety Scissors.  Katie smiled much easier then and was happy to wear pink.  Now, Lily, at age 12 won't let you near her hair with scissors and Katie, age 15, wouldn't be caught any where wearing any pink of any kind.

Now I have a 12 year old who has her ears pierced and is dealing with the hurt of a BFF's change of heart -

and wants to color her hair red.

And a 15 year old who loves catching butterflies in the great outdoors, is a Freshman in High School -

and wants to get her driver's permit.

I used to have little girls.

If you would like to participate click the button below. And please let me know if you do! :-…

Hyacinth's For First Day Of Spring

Happy Spring dear blog pals!  How's the weather where you are?
As I watch my garden grow here and here I can't wait to smell the flowers and for this rain, rain to go away.  
If it's Wednesday then I must be participating in Sincerely, Paula's Wordless Wednesday.  Get your camera and join us!  Let me know if you do :->

New Series - Tuesday Truth or Dare

Tuesday Truth Or Dare
On Tuesday's you can either share truthful feelings on a subject or... do the dare! (See below)   I chose "truth":

So Rob and I had an appointment with a Life Insurance guy last week.  I wonder how people decide to become Life Insurance sales people?  I mean, these are meetings that most people don't want to keep and you're talking about things that you don't want to talk about.  "O.K.  If you invest this much then your spouse gets this dollar amount when you die."  *gulp*
Rob is the money maker in the family but it doesn't mean that his value is more than mine.  However, that's how it feels when you speak with a Life Insurance Agent.  Again I get the "what is it you do?" question.  "What's your weekly income from blogging?"  "How do you get paid blogging?"  and "What exactly is blogging?!"  
Money, money, money.  If I made a lot of money then I guess my time spent writing woul…

Doctors Orders

Starting the week off with a laugh - 

Ann Harrison, W.D.

(Did you guess that W.D. meant 'wine doctor'?  You did, right?)

An Irish Blessing and Some Muppets

For my fellow Muppets fans, may I introduce to you, The Leprechaun Brothers -

Erin Go Bragh!

How to Create a Bedroom Fit for a Princess

Many little girls go through a princess stage.  (In our hearts do we ever grow out of it?) They love Disney princesses and want to read about them and wear princess clothes.  The love of princesses likely grew for these girls when Kate Middleton turned into a real life princess when she married Prince William.  My daughters and I watched the ceremony and I loved it all. If your girl is enraptured with princesses, there is likely nothing that will impress her more than creating a princess themed bedroom.  Room To Grow, suppliers of children's bedroom furniture, have helped me come up with these suggestions.
Here's how to create a bedroom fit for a princess:
1.  Browse for ideas.  The Internet is filled with ideas for inspiration.  Pinterest especially can be a treasure trove.  Just search "princess bedroom" and you'll find pages of ideas.
2.  Decide on your colors.  Pink is standard princess color, but if you don't want an all pink bedroom in case you need to re…

Your Virtual Girls Night Out is BACK! I'm Sunscreen Barbie!

Yeah Baby!  After taking the past, oh, I'd say 6 months of Friday nights off, I do believe I'll kick-start this Virtual Girls Night Out party back up!  This virtual gathering began over 3 years ago. This is for those of us who aren't able to actually get out of the house and party; possible baby-sitter problem, or just exhaustion from a long week and there is no wayanyone is going to make you get out of your comfy clothes and fuzzy slippers.  So get cozy and get ready for our own Friday night Virtual Girls Night Out! Cheers :->  (*Leave a comment with your blog link so I know you stopped by*)

Time For Some Tunes!

Michael Kiwanuka  "Tell Me A Story"

I heard this song on the radio the other morning and I scrambled to my iPhone to get on SoundHound to find out who it was.  Hope you like.

My latest favorite.  Perfect song for the warm, sunny days to come.  

Time For A Cocktail!
(Normally I would show a pic of the cocktail right here but I had a most unfortunate circ…

I Miss Playing Until The Sun Went Down

Mama Kat's Writers Workshop.  Today's prompt:

What do you miss most about your childhood neighborhood?

My neighborhood had anywhere from 3 to 6 kids for me to play with when I was growing up.  We're talking the '70's here so you didn't sit in front of a computer to connect with your friends, you went outside and played.  And you played until either you were called in for dinner or the sun went down.  Those were great times.  I miss our little group.

I grew up next to the freeway (glamorous!). The idea of what could be on the other side of the chain link fence that separated us from the row of decorative pine trees, that were to "hide" the freeway traffic, and possible hidden "treasures" was always on our minds.  It looked like a secret place, so there must be something good there, right?  A constant dare was to climb that fence and see life on the other side.

One summer, when the sun was about to go down, my friend John Scott climbed that fe…

Watching It Grow

Spring is my favorite time of the year.  No matter what has happened the rest of the year you see hope when you look down, down at the ground and see the bulbs pushing through, look up at the bare branches sprouting and the smell of every little blossom that reminds me to breathe, and breathe deep.

I'm joining Wordless Wednesday at Sincerely, Paula.  Click the button below to see others that are participating and to join in the fun yourself!  Let me know if you do :->

Pinterest Laws

It's good to keep things balanced :->

I Don't Like This Conversation

Just had a meeting with a Life Insurance Rep.  I have to say, it's hard to be excited about this kind of meeting.  All those numbers:  Life expectancy, pay this-much and you'll get this-much if you pass, put in $ and you'll get it IF you pass before a certain age.


I have to put myself into another mind set for these meetings.  I try to stay involved and not go wandering off in my thoughts somewhere, like not think about how I would like to be talking about just-about-anything-else then Life Insurance.

Happily the meeting ended with our rep. needing to catch a plane to spend the weekend in the Napa Valley.  We perked right up when we heard that.  Talk about a "happy place" for Rob and I!!!  We brought out our books and gave him recommendations for wineries to visit.  It's his first trip with his girlfriend and he was happy for the input.

We didn't bond over our "death money" conversation, we bonded over wine, as it should be.

If only we we…

Keeping My Hopes Up

Through grey clouds and rain drops I'm hopeful for Spring.

I'm joining in the weekly link-up at Sincerely, Paula - Wordless Wednesday.  Please join us!  (And if you do, please let me know so I can visit your WW post :-> )

Before You Speak: THINK

I will definitely be sharing this with my daughters.  (It's a good reminder, no matter what age.)  
My 6th grader is beginning to experience her first friendship drama and I'm reminding her to keep the situation between her and her friend, not to include their whole group which will surely make their issues so much bigger than they need to be.  (Maybe if I told her 'Save the drama for your mama' she'll actually do it ;-> ).
I really see it now, the age when emotional differences between men/women begin.  When you're a 12 y/o girl you begin to feel that you're getting the hang of relationships and you want to get all involved, and talk, and share, and try to figure things out with your oh-so-mature 12 y/o mind.  When you're a 12 y/o boy you don't want to talk about feelings, you want to either tell gross jokes, go play with a ball of some kind, or rough house with your friends.
At what age does this behavior truly change?
We'll see how this s…

Time To Check Something Off The List

We've lived in our little house for over 15 years now and you know what?  That long list of " we-can-change-this/we-can-move-that/we-can-build-this" that we created when we were buying our bungalow still has the same ideas on the paper, just not in reality.  Nothing has been crossed off, checked off, or erased.  Oh wait, we did get new windows.
It isn't that we can't handle a change in our surroundings, we can.  It's just that Rob and I aren't the DIY-er's that we thought we would be.  Work, children, extra activities have been taking precedence over panel removing.  But Spring is on its way and I think we're feeling inspired for something fresh and new.  Our flooring would be a great place to start.
When purchasing this house we inherited a floor tile that looks like it would be perfectly acceptable in the kitchen of The Brady Bunch.  I compare the look to brown confetti.  (They don’t make brown confetti and there’s a reason why.)  The time for …

Not Ready To Get Rid Of The Glitter

Today's Prompt:  Incorporate the phrase “stop looking at me like that” into your post.  
I agreed to let our 12 year old be a Goth Cheerleader for Halloween.  This was the first year that Lily didn't want to be something sweet, like a Princess or a Unicorn or a Cowgirl, so I put away the "glitter kit" and changed it up to red lips and black eyeliner.  (A part of me wanted it to look as good as possible but then, my other thought was, what if it looked too good, and she wanted to keep the Gothy-ness of it all every day.  I'm barely OK with lipgloss!  There's no telling how I would handle eyeliner!) 
I will never forget seeing my 12 year old daughter in her Halloween make-up.  My precious, little, blond haired, blue-eyed, round-faced Lily all of a sudden had cheek bones.  Her eyes were no longer sleepy looking, they were questioning, knowing, and a bit sarcastic.  She kept putting her hands on her hips, raising her eyebrows and saying, "Stop looking at me…