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White Lilac In 40 Seconds

Starting the week off with a smile. Make a video - it's fun, easy and free! I've been tracking the growth of this white Lilac for 5 weeks.  If only our laptops had smell-a-vision! To view more "Starting The Week..." posts see:   The Most Important What's Your Body Type?

What Would You Say? Time For The Virtual Girls Night Out!

You've reached the Friday night blog party where all you need to make this party complete is a beverage of your choice (cocktail recipe below for inspiration) and your fuzzy slippers!   This Virtual Girls Night Out is dedicated to a dear pal that I met through blogging.  She's going through major stress from her teenage daughter.  This mom needs a break!  (And caffeine ;->)   Ms. Martha , this party's for you! (*The Virtual GNO began in 2008 and bloggers have been virtually partying ever since.  Leave a comment to let us know you stopped by! *) Time For Some Tunes! Des'ree " You Gotta Be " My oh my - hey hey hey Time For A Cocktail! Absolut Stress Ingredients : - 1/2 oz vodka  (Absolut, of course ;-> ) - 1/2 oz coconut rum  - 1/2 oz peach schnapps - 1 oz orange juice - 1 oz apple juice - 1 oz cranberry juice Directions:  Get out your shaker and pour all the ingredients over ice. Shake away. Pour into a large glass.  


Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.  My writing prompt today: ~Look into your archives. What were you blogging about a year ago around this time?  Are you still dealing with the same thing? Your thoughts? O.K.  This is so weird.  A year ago, April 25th, I was walking to the check-out line of my neighborhood grocery store when I looked down and saw a one-hundred-dollar bill.  There it was, nicely folded in half, in between the checker and the gum display.  I picked it up and handed it to the checker saying "I know this didn't come out of my wallet".  It was placed in the Lost and Found.   Of course I could use that money.  But, it wasn't mine.  I just couldn't pocket it, my guilt would take away any inkling of joy this money could provide. So here we are, a year later, and I'm walking to my car after a stop at my neighborhood Walgreen's.  The sun is shining, it's a beautiful afternoon and then, what's this?  I spot a pretty wallet layin

Look to Castle Dental For Excellent Dental Care in Houston

Guest post by Kramar B Houston, Texas has hundreds of dentists. The sheer number of them can be a deterrent and an obstacle. Where does one start on his quest to locate a   dentist  that can serve the needs of your entire family? The answer may be simpler than you imagine if you call Castle Dental. With 85 locations, you will find a convenient Castle office in or near Houston. Just scroll through the many locations on this site until you find one that is convenient for you. You will be pleased to know that whichever location you choose, you can count out finding highly qualified and licensed dentists with full accreditation from the country’s top dental colleges. That means that every dentist on staff has earned a DDS or DDM degree. You will find that the fees and charges emanating from any services rendered are reasonable. Use the coupons on this site to save even more. Furthermore, you can count on the various offices to accept most dental insurance plans and offer you the l

Smiles Everyone, Smiles!

Lily (r.) and her classmate having a great run It was Run For The Arts day at my daughters school.  (I can't remember the last time I smiled while I was running ;-> )  Love seeing these smiles! I'm sharing with Sincerely, Paula's Wordless Wednesday.  If you participate, let me know!

Kids See Free

Let’s be honest. It's hard to get children excited about the prospect of wearing glasses. Not only was my 11 year old trying to deal with the fact that she needed glasses but she thought that meant they had to look like her fathers.  No, no they don't. My pink-loving girl finally came around to deciding on her first pair when she spotted a sparkly, bedazzled pair in pink.  I f they find a pair that they love, they will be that much more excited to wear them. Luckily, offers a huge variety of awesome children’s glasses that will fit any budget. Even if your budget is zero dollars! Currently, the company is running a special promotion that will get both parents and children excited about glasses. If you purchase any pair of glasses, you can select free children’s glasses from their ‘kids see free’ category. The glasses feature kid safe durable lenses which can withstand active children’s lives. The lenses offer protective coating to protect the sensiti

When Did That Happen?

Oh my yes.  Yes, I do.  

Decorating With Christmas Lights

Christmas time is a wonderful season when many people decorate their houses with beautiful Christmas tree lights. One of our family traditions is to walk around our neighborhood, seeing  how our neighbors are showcasing their holiday arrangements. However you don't have to save your Christmas tree lights for the holiday season alone. They're a fantastic addition to your home decor all year round, especially as a sparkling addition to a summertime patio, arbor or gateway. Many design magazines and television shows, such as the ones featured  in magazines such as Style at Home   showcase a variety of ways you can use Christmas tree lights in your everyday decor, you can see some examples here . During the summer it's a great idea to string your lights outside your patio or a deck, to get that mythical look for a late summer night BBQ. Lights, such as rope lights, can be added with ease to trail along a porch or a railing. These look sweet in basic white but al


Mary Engelbreit - My favorite illustrator Happy Earth Day.   Take a moment, sit in nature, and breathe. (*And... Happy Birthday dear sister Kathi!!!!*)

What Are You Reading? At The Virtual Girls Night Out!

You've reached the Friday night blog party where all you need to make this party complete is a beverage of your choice (cocktail recipe below for inspiration) and your fuzzy slippers!  This party began in 2008 and bloggers have been virtually partying ever since.  Leave a comment to let us know you stopped by! :-> Time For Some Tunes! Fitz and The Tantrums " Out Of My League " I dare you to listen to this and NOT dance around the room - or at least bop around in your chair :-> Time For A Cocktail! April Rain Ingredients: 2 ounces   vodka 1/2 ounce lime juice 1/2 ounce   dry vermouth Lime peel for garnish Preparation: Pour the ingredie nts into a   cocktail shaker   with ice cubes.   Shake   well.   Strain into a chilled   cocktail glass .   Garnish with the lime peel. Delicious.  Cheers! Time For A Question I'm reading a couple of books that are keeping my brain busy.  The latest book from Dr. Daniel Amen is really interesting.  Go

Appreciating The Moment

Lovely Lilac  I feel so lucky to have glorious blossoms in my yard.  (Don't you wish your monitor had smell-a-vision?) Thank you Paula for hosting another wonderful Wordless Wednesday at Sincerely, Paula.

The Most Important

Starting the week with quiet thoughts: Hold those dear to you close in your arms, your thoughts, your heart.   Tell someone today that you love them.

What To Use When Google Reader Goes Away

I've been hearing that Google Reader is going away for months.  When I first saw a mention of this, from someone I follow on Twitter, I thought the library of blogs that I follow would be gone and I would need to start all over.  Now, thanks to my blog pal Paula at Sincerely, Paula I've learned about BlogLovin' and this service is happily filling the shoes of Google Reader, which disbands in July. Keep your favorite reads and blog connections with BlogLovin ! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

A Bit Grimm - Virtual Girls Night Out!

If it's Friday it's time for our weekly blog party, the Virtual Girls Night Out!  Get your fuzzy slippers on and have fun.  And, if you like the t.v. show Grimm, there's a sneak peak below (they were filming in my neighborhood :-> ) Time For Some Tunes! Allen Stone   "Unaware" He has a great version of Bob Marley's "Is This Love".  If you like this song, check that one out too! Time For A Cocktail! Spring Cocktail Ingredients: 2 oz Dry Gin 1 oz Green  Chartreuse 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon juice Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker / stirrer and pour into an unusually shaped glass. Add Crushed Ice.  Did you know that Chartreuse is made with 130 herbal extracts? Sounds fantastic!  Cheers! Time For Some Grimm! I live in Portland, OR and if you're a Grimm viewer (NBC Friday nights 9:00pm) then you've been seeing a lot of my city.  It's filmed here!  So cool.  Yesterday they filmed in the little

How To Get A First Date

My husband and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in two months.  When I saw this writing prompt from Mama Kat's Writers Workshop I just had to share this story :-> T ell Us About A Love Story That Makes You Happy: I was on my way to a guys house, someone who was in that grey area of "almost boyfriend", to have one of those wonderful talks, the 'Where-is-this-going?' kind of talk.  We'd made a lunch date and I was a bit early. When I arrived at his door he walked me into the kitchen. I see a girl sitting at his kitchen table with a guy who has a guitar across this lap. (The "guitar guy" and I had met recently.  I was waiting for my bus with our mutual friend, the grey area guy.  "Guitar Guy" shook my hand and I felt some kind of electric charge - I really did.)  Guitar Guy looks up at me, has a bit of a smirk, and says "Hi".   The four of us sit around the kitchen table not saying much. I'm to

When A Cats Hungry Nothing Else Matters

iPhone Video (Sorry Paula, I guess I'm not very good at keeping things "wordless" :-> ). Fellow cat owner's out there?  How does your cat(s) let you know they're hungry? Please see what others are sharing at Sincerely, Paula's Wordless Wednesday .  

Support Group For Actor's Spouses

(A while back I wrote a post on how I felt being the wife of an actor.  Foremost I have great pride in my husband and enjoy watching him perform.  I know how much he loves the art of acting, it is his passion and I wouldn't want him to stop for anything, it's just that there are acting jobs that call for um... intimacy  on occasion and that can be very tough to accept. This  little post generated a great response from those that are in the same boat as I am.   It sounds like we need a support group.) There seems to be a support group for just about everything these days.  You've got your tried-and-true AA and your NA (Narcotics Anonymous).  You can find support for parenting and even for vegetarianism.  (It's true.  I went to a site and it seems that some feel nagged a lot by their parents for possibly being anemic.  Hmmm.) I think I need to start a support group.  Nothing heavy, nothing worth bringing a box of tissues to, it's just that my husband is an actor an

What's Your Body Type?

Starting the week off with a laugh - Sometimes it's good to have those few extra minutes :-> If you need more smiles for your Monday see " That's When To Worry " and " Doctor's Orders ".

Virtual Girls Night Out Is Playing With The UBP!

If it's Friday it's time for our Virtual Girls Night Out!  And this week we get to party even more because it's time for the annual Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes For Mom. We're going to be partying and hopping all week long.  If you're new to the Virtual GNO this party started in 2008 and we've had great music, delicious cocktails and fun games on Friday nights.  (You can check out our recent parties:   Virtual GNO - Name Game Tim e!   Virtual Girls Night Out Is Back - I'm Sunscreen Barbie .)  I'm happy you're here :-> Time For Some Music! Gary Clark  Jr.   "Ain't Messin' Round" Time For A Cocktail! White Capris Ingredients:   0.75 oz Banana Liqueur 0.75 oz Cream 0.75 oz White Creme de Cacao Directions:   Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. Fill a Tumbler almost full of ice cubes, and strain drink into a tumbler.  Too many of these and i

It's Good! I Like It!

For Mama Kat's (Pretty Much World Famous) Writer's Workshop I've chosen the writing prompt: Something New You've Tried: My husband loves Sushi.  I enjoy it on occasion, however my husband loves sushi and has said he could eat it every day.  Each time I join him at our neighborhood sushi place I dare myself to try the eel (a.k.a. Unagi), but it's just not working well for me.   When it comes to trying Sake (rice wine) that seems to be an easier go for me.  Recently I had plum sake and it was not only delightfully served, but it tasted delightful as well.   Best served cold, with many flavors being discovered with little sips.  And in the immortal words of my aunt Joan who, while on a wine tasting afternoon in glorious France, after her fourth of fifth glass, said "It's good!  I like it!"  Plum Sake.  It's good!  I like it! If you would like to take part in Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop click the button below.  Leave me a com

Visit To Multnomah Falls, Oregon

If it's Wednesday it's time to participate in Sincerely, Paula's Wordless Wednesday. Katie and Lily For last weeks Spring Break we took in the sites off what our surroundings have to offer.  When you live in Portland, OR you have a lot of beauty to choose from!   Here's a glimpse of Multnomah Falls, Oregon . Lily and Katie from the bridge of Multnomah Falls Lily is developing a fear of heights so today we made it to the Benson Foot Bridge, 105 feet above the lower cascade, you see in the picture above. Katie with a view of the top of the Falls You can climb to the top of Multnomah Falls which, all together, reaches the height of 620 feet.  (It is incredible, so if you get the chance, please do it!) I know this is supposed to be a "wordless Wednesday" but I seem to have the hardest time holding back the words, don't I?  If you are participating please leave a comment.  If you would like to participate click the button below (and let

Tuesday Truth or Dare - Chocolate? I'll Pass

When I hear women go absolutely crazy over chocolate I smile, nod and wonder... 'why'? When I see a funny quip about women's love for shoes I smile, nod and think, 'I have to wear them, and that's why I buy them.' I'm sure, when I was younger, I enjoyed chocolate.  But it just doesn't get me now.  I mean, I don't crave it.  I could be so-o-o-o-o hungry and chocolate could be the only thing in the cupboard and I do believe I would pass it by.  But it seems like I'm the only woman around who feels this way. It's like I'm missing a Woman+Chocolate DNA link or something. Honestly I ask, what's the deal with chocolate? Now shoes.  Shoes are a clothing item that is a necessity for most parts of the United States.  (I haven't visited Hawaii yet but I have a vision that you walk around bare foot with flowers in your hair.)  I need to protect my feet, so I buy shoes.  I'm 5'10", and have been since I was around 14 years

Getting You On Your Way

There are many choices when it comes to purchasing car insurance that it’s helpful when you find a resource that will help your discern the difference between options.  One company sounds like it has all you need but perhaps you’re thrown by what appears to be cheap auto insurance and you can’t believe the offer.  Then you read another description, and another and another and you can get easily confused.   It doesn't need to be confusing; sometimes what appears to be cheap car insurance is actually just a really good deal. When you visit the website of they can help you find the right insurance that will fit your financial situation and get you on your way to being a more secure, responsible driver.  They guide you through steps of comparing auto insurance prices in your area and they offer on-line help to answer any questions that can arise from your research.  Fault, or No-Fault insurance? Mandate? Liability?  These are terms that most of us don’

That's When To Worry

Starting the week off with a laugh: True! I do exercise, it's just that running has never been my thing.  It has a lot to do with the fact that I like to breathe. If you're needing more jolly in your Monday see more of my "Starting The Week Off With A Laugh" series by clicking " It Would Cheer Me Up Too "  and " Doctors Orders ".