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Friday, February 24, 2017

Five on Friday - February 24, 2017

Let's hear it for the weekend!!  Today is kind of a monumental day for me.  It's the last day at my current job ~ the job I've held for over 20 years.  Monday I'll be moving across the hall and working for a new boss and a different department.  The change is both exciting and terrifying all at the same time!  Wish me luck!

Before I head off to work, check out my five for this week ~

1.  Oscars are Sunday!
The anticipation is growing and we don't have much longer to wait to see who will be taking home the golden statues.  The Oscars are this Sunday!  E! News is starting their countdown coverage at 1:30 pm ET.  I'm hoping before Jimmy Kimmel begins his monologue I will have seen all nine best picture nominated films.  Only two more to go!  Will you be watching?

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2.  Kusmi Tea - Imperial Label
I found a new tea love this week ~ Kusmi Tea - Imperial Label.  Here's the product description from Amazon:  "Imperial Label is a Sencha green tea from China combined with orange, cinnamon, liquorice root, and sea buckthorn berries. Kusmi Tea's Imperial Label takes its inspiration from a traditional Russian drink served since the 12th century and drunk as a remedy against the harsh winter conditions. Imperial Label is a comforting, healthy drink which contains sea buckthorn berries, rich in fatty acids that are extremely good for the skin. Sencha green tea is also famous for its high antioxidant levels. This unique blend boasts orange and cinnamon notes, the sweetness of licorice root, and the delicate yet distinctive taste of lemon and sea buckthorn. A hint of vanilla adds balance to the blend.  Delicious as iced tea on hot summer days!  Ideal for afternoon or as a dessert tea!"  I've only experienced it hot, but definitely going to keep it in mind this summer when I'm drinking more iced tea.

Kusmi tea imperial label 4.4 oz.

3.  The Shack
We read The Shack several years ago for book club and I am so excited that the movie is coming out next week.  If you like to read the book before seeing the movie, you might want to grab a copy and read up.  It was a book I had a hard time putting down.  I might read it again just to refresh my memory of the details.  Here's the synopsis from Amazon:  "Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever."

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4.  Asian Chopped Salad
I picked up this Asian Chopped Salad at our Sam's store this week and we loved it! There's lots of good stuff packed in this bag - savoy, green cabbage, carrots, celery, green onions, toasted slivered almonds and crisp wonton noodles.  The tangy yet sweet sesame ginger dressing tops it off perfectly.  Next time I might add in some chicken and call it a meal!  

5.  Yep, this is me...Funny Pictures Of The Day – 38 Pics:

Hope you have a great weekend!  I'm going to hang out with some work friends tonight and Eric and I are going to see Lion tomorrow morning.  We're also excited to be having dinner with Ian and Kayla tomorrow night.  Then Sunday is book club and the Oscars.  With some luck, I'll be back on Monday to give you a complete rundown of the weekend.  See you soon!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Friday Favorites - February 24, 2017

Happy Friday!  We've got some great featured links for you today.  It was hard to narrow down to one link that I wanted to feature, but the winner for me was the St. Patrick's Day Chocolate Covered Oreos.  Which one is your favorite?

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Five on Friday - February 17, 2017

We've made it to Friday!  Are you as excited as I am that it's the weekend?!?  Eric and I had a case of the stomach flu this week and am happy to report it only lasted a little over 24 hours.  Hope that nasty stuff doesn't hit your home!  Glad to report it passed through rather quickly!

Here's my five for this week ~

1.  This House Is Not For Sale Tour
This is a big weekend!!  A friend and I are going to Nashville on Saturday to see our buddy Jon in his This House Is Not For Sale Tour and then racing back to St. Louis to see him here on Sunday.  A double dose of Bon Jovi - does it get any better than that!?!  I think not!  We are super excited and it should be a great weekend.  If you want to pick up his latest CD, click HERE.  And hey Jon, if you want to give us a lift back to St. Louis we'll ride your bus and leave the car in Nashville!

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2.  InSinkErator Hot Water Dispenser
Eric and I are seriously considering adding this appliance to our kitchen.  I've fallen in love with hot tea and taking a cup with me in the car on my way to work.  What I don't love is waiting for the water to get hot on my way out the door. (I might have a patience problem.)  We have this hot water dispenser at work and it is soooooo handy!  You literally just push the button and have instant hot water!  No more waiting around for the kettle to boil.  Think you might want one too?  Check it out HERE.

3.  St. Patrick's Day Pillow
St. Patrick's Day is coming and I'm going to add this adorable pillow to my decorations.  It's on sale right now at Kohl's for only $8.99!  It should last for years so it's definitely worth the price!  Speaking of St. Patrick's Day, I'm going to make every effort to get my decorations out VERY SOON.  I totally neglected Valentine's Day and hate that I missed putting my decorations out inside the house.  I'm determined not to let that happen for St. Patrick's Day!


4.  Where We Fall
I finished reading this book a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it.  It has some very interesting twists!  Here's the recap from Amazon: "By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.

Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.

Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.

For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together…"

It's free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

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5.  Being a Mom....

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Have a wonderful weekend!  We are supposed to have great weather in St. Louis.  Yesterday it actually got up near 70 degrees, which is so nice for the middle of February!  See you back next week.  I'll be back to fill you in on our adventures in Nashville!

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Friday Favorites - February 17, 2017

We've made it to Friday!  YAY!!  Glad you stopped by to check out Friday Favorites.  I'm featuring Mini Sloppy Joe Bites today from The Country Chic Cottage.  They sound fantastic and I can't wait to make them for my next party.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - February 16, 2017

Hey there!  Glad you popped in to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  I have something fun to share with you today - my niece's first birthday party!  It was last weekend and I'm still thinking about it.  I had every intention of doing a weekend post and sharing it with you then, but life happened and here it is Thursday and I'm just getting around to putting my thoughts in writing.

So little Nevaeh turned one and had the cutest princess party ever!  Our family is full of boys, so when this little girl came along it was a whole new world for us!


I have really gotten into using my Silhouette Cameo for enhancements on wrapped gifts.  I fancied up Nevaeh's gift like this ~


My contribution to the decorations was the banner.  The colors her mom choose were so fun to work with and looked great together.  With only having a son, I hadn't had the opportunity to work with pink, gold and lace before!  :)


Here's some other highlights from the party ~


Look at those crown sandwiches!


She was adorable with her smash cake!  Oh, let's face it - she was just flat out adorable all day!


We all got goody bags to take home with chocolate covered popcorn and rice krispie treats in an adorable bag.  Ours didn't make it quite all the way home.  We scarfed it down in the car on the way.  Man, I love birthday parties!  


It was a great day spent with family!  Kids grow up so darn fast and I feel so blessed to live as close as we do to my niece and nephews to see them on these special occasions.  

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Five on Friday - February 10, 2017

Happy Friday!  Who else is shocked that we are already ten days into February?!?  This week flew by and we have a weekend full of fun ahead of us.  I missed sharing my five with you last week because I was sick in bed with a cold and eye infection.  YUCK!!  So glad that's behind me and I'm on the mend.  And I'm excited to share my five with you this week~

1.  Trifecta in the Sky
It's a skywatcher's paradise tonight with three major events to look out for.  Now I'm not an astronomer so forgive me if my description is a bit basic, but here goes.  First we have the full moon, which is call a snow moon because it's in February.  Next up is the penumbral lunar eclipse.  This is scheduled to occur at 6:43 pm central time (thank goodness because I won't have to haul my butt out of bed to see it).  The penumbral lunar eclipse is more subtle than a total lunar eclipse, but we should still be able to see the moon appear slightly darker than usual.  Then last but not least we have Comet 45P.  Look to the east around 3 a.m. Saturday morning and watch for a bright blue-green "head" with a tail.  Bottom line - look up tonight.  You can see some amazing things!

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2.  New Words
Did you hear that the Merriam-Webster dictionary added over 1000 words to its' dictionary?  Boy, that adds a lot of words we can now make in Scramble!  Some of the new words are ~

Throw Shade - publicly criticize or express contempt for someone."if she was really so above it all, she wouldn't have to throw shade"

Binge Watching - the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.  (Already knew the meaning of this word!)

Supercentenarian - a person who is 100 years old or older.

Seussian - of, relating to, or suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss.
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3. National Umbrella Day
Guess what day it is?  It's National Umbrella Day!  If you know me well, you know that sharing an umbrella is something I hate to do.  You see, I'm short and many times if I share my umbrella the person I'm sharing with will hold it so high, I might as well not even be using the device!  Anybody share this issue with me?  Hope no one actually has to use one today, but Happy Umbrella Day!

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Every morning before I roll out of bed I read my daily devotional from Daily Wisdom for Women.  It amazes me how many times the message is just what I need to hear.  The daily reading is short, sweet and only takes a couple of minutes to complete.  It's such an inspirational way to start the day!  If you're looking for a positive way to begin your day, you can get your copy HERE.
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5.  Winter Driving....
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Have a great weekend!  We're joining some friends for a night around the fire pit and headed to our niece's first birthday party.  Should be a fun few days!  See you back next week!

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Friday Favorites - February 10, 2017

Who's ready for Valentine's Day?  (My hand is not raised!) Check out some of the features today and you'll be all set in no time!  Enjoy!

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