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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Five on Friday - April 21, 2017

Friday is here!  Boy did that come fast.  I honestly don't know where this week went, but it's gone.  I sure hope the weekend doesn't zoom by as fast as the work week did!  That being said, I'm pretty darn excited that the weekend is here already.  Hopefully I'll get some of the things done that I totally blew off doing last weekend.

Before today gets away from us, here's my five for today ~

1.  National Earth Day
Saturday is the celebration of Earth Day.  Get outside and enjoy some fresh air.  Plant some flowers or a garden.  Take a nature hike.  There's lots of fancy ways to make National Earth Day special, but at a bare minimum at least step outside, take a big deep breath and look around you.  We live in the most amazing place.  Let's all try, even for just a day, to help sustain this planet we call home.

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2.  Born in China
Speaking of Earth Day, Disneynature has a movie opening today.  Here's what they have to say about their movie, "Disneynature, in its ongoing quest to bring the natural world to the big screen as never before, presents its most ambitious project to date, taking moviegoers on a grand journey into the wilds of China. “Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families — the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard.

Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of a red-crowned crane, showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time ever.

See Born in China opening week and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to World Wildlife Fund to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards."

Now that sounds like a movie you can take your entire family to!


3.  Starbuck Unicorn Frappacino 
Okay, you've probably already seen this, but Starbuck's has a special Unicorn Frappacino available until Sunday, April 23.  This drink offers you flavor-changing, color-changing magic.  It starts off sweet and fruity and then, right as you are sucking on the straw, changes to a pleasantly sour taste.  I can't really imagine what "pleasantly sour" tastes like, but I believe I'll pass.  Have you had one?


4.  Free HBO and Cinemax Weekend on AT&T
Do you have AT&T as your cable provider?  If so, you might want to know from April 21 to April 24 they are offering a free preview of HBO and Cinemax.  Score!!  I'm really hoping that Pretty Little Lies will be available.  It's supposed to be a bit rainy this weekend.  Perfect to catch a movie (or two) on HBO.

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5.  So true...
Bahaha funny cause it's true bless their little hearts:

Have a great weekend!  If things go as planned, I will have a very clean closet and lots to donate to the American Red Cross when they stop by my house for their pick up next weekend.  See you next week!

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Friday Favorites - April 21, 2017

Welcome to Friday Favorites!  Lots of great features today.  Mine is low card mushroom cap pizzas and boy do they look amazing!  Have fun seeing what all the links are today ~

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - April 20, 2017

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  I, for one, am shocked that it's Thursday already.  Thanks for popping in to see what I'm thinking out loud about today.  Please link up below and share what's on your mind.

Spring is officially here and in St. Louis we have been having some gorgeous weather.  I think we can safely put away the winter wool!  We store our off-season clothes in rubber tubs in our basement and I had Eric drag them upstairs last weekend.  Still haven't touched them, but at least they are in our bedroom and ready for my attention.

I added a couple items to my wardrobe from Old Navy and love them so much I thought I'd share their sale with you today.  These versatile sweaters are perfect to wear with a skirt to the office or with jeans on the weekend.  Click HERE to check them out.  Is it bad that I ordered one in every color??

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While you're on the Old Navy website, check out this beauty.  It's on sale for only $4.99!!  Tell me that wouldn't make an excellent addition to your jewelry case.
                 
I couldn't resist this little dress.  Casual and fun.  And on sale for under $20!!  Click HERE to see it.

             

I have pledged to myself that if I add something to my closet, something else has to go, so I scheduled the American Red Cross to stop by my house later this month for a pick up.  Love that they come right to your door and get your items!  If you are interested in scheduling a pickup, visit them HERE and click on Schedule Your Pickup located in the upper right side of the page.  Your donation is tax deductible and they will leave you a form at the time of pickup.

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So that's what is on my mind today.  What about you?  What are you thinking out loud about?  Link up and share!


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekending - April 14, 2017

Happy Monday after Easter!  Anyone else having a hard time thinking about going to work after the holiday?  We had a very nice few days and, I have to admit, the long to-do list I left work on Thursday night with is still over half full.  The weekend took on a life of its' own and I kind of just went with it.  I know I'll probably pay the price this week, but that's okay.  Sometimes you just need a few days completed off!

Thursday night on my way home I got a few things done and felt like it was a great start to a productive weekend.  Eric's order from Old Navy that didn't fit was returned, my car got a bath and I popped in the Honey Baked Ham store for our Easter ham with not a single other person in line in front of me.  Score!

Friday morning we woke to the sun shining and the birds singing.  It was a great morning for a walk and Eric and I took full advantage of it.  When we returned home, he had to get ready for work and I wanted to sit on the patio for a bit in the sun.  Well, a bit turned into several hours of glorious time.  I opened the computed to monitor my work email and between answering the dings I started reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  It felt good to actually hold a book in my hands.  It has been ages since I read a book not on my Kindle.  If you are looking for beach reads, I would recommend adding this one of your list.

This book was so intriguing I actually finished it over the weekend.  That's a real accomplishment for me because usually a book takes several weeks!  Here's what Goodreads has to say about it ~

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
 


The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by [Gaiman, Neil]
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Friday night after church we met some friends at a wine bar to listen to Brad Noe.  Love his music and he just released his first CD of originals.  He plays a mean guitar and if you close your eyes on his Pearl Jam songs you can definitely hear bits of Eddie Vedder.   Hope he makes it big and I can say I remember him when.



Saturday was another glorious day.  I had to run in to work for a very short time then Eric and I caught a movie before he had to go to work.  I let him pick the movie and he did good.  We watched Going In Style.  Fun flick!  I would recommend seeing it.


When the mail was delivered, I noticed the mailman slipping a package in my box.  As fast as my feet could carry me I went to the mailbox to check it out.  It was my Birchbox!!  I swear I heard angels singing when I pulled down the mailbox door.  There was a clay mask sample that I decided to try.  Loved it!  


The rest of the evening should have been spent getting ready for Easter lunch the next day, but it wasn't.  I decided the third season of Grace and Frankie really needed my attention so I binge watched 8 episodes before Eric got home from work.  Finished the rest of the season on Sunday night.  Now it looks like I'll have to wait until the Spring of 2018 for Season 4's release.  So sad we have to wait that long!


Sunday I had to get up extra early to make up for all my laziness to prep for Easter lunch.  We went to early church, then had to grab a quick lunch before going to the St. Louis Blues game.  Thank you Blues for playing a great game on Sunday and giving the fans a win!

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When we returned home from the game, we cleaned up and got somewhat ready to start the week before collapsing in bed (to finished season 3 of Grace and Frankie).  What a fun weekend!  

How was your Easter?  And how long do you think you can leave your Easter decorations up?!?  I don't think I'll have time to take mine down this week!

Check out what others were up to this weekend.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Five on Friday - April 14, 2017

Oh my - am I excited about this day!  Good Friday is a holiday at my work so I can spend the day doing the stuff I typically don't get to do at home during the week.  Can't beat that!  First thing I'm going to do today is read some of my favorite blogs.

Speaking of favorite things, here's my five for this week ~

1.  Senior Pass for National Parks
Are you or do you know someone who is 62 years old?  If so, you should STRONGLY encourage them to get their Senior Pass from the National Park Service as soon as possible.  The Senior Pass currently is only $10 for a lifetime pass.  The cost is increasing to $80 this year.  What can you do with a Senior Pass?  You can get into more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies for your lifetime.  The Senior Pass admits the pass owner and up to 3 passengers in a non-commercial vehicle free entrance into some of the most beautiful spots in the world.  Check out their website HERE for all the details.  But don't wait too long - $10 is a lot less than the $80 you'll have to pay when the price goes up!


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2.  Going In Style
Every Monday, a friend of mine at work and I chat about what movies we saw over the weekend.  Last week he saw Going In Style and said it was really cute.  I'm definitely adding it to my want to see list.  Here's what Rotten Tomatoes has to say about it, "Oscar winners Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules," "Hannah and Her Sisters") and Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine") team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff's comedy "Going in Style." Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money."


3.  Waterproof Garden Gloves with Fingertip Claws
Spring is here and the height of gardening season will be here very soon.  These gloves look like they would be wonderful for any gardener out there!  What a unique Mother's Day gift!  These allow you to plant and dig without hand tools.  Amazing!  Interested in some?  Click HERE to check them out.


We read this book a while back in book club and, man, it's interesting.  Have you read it?  Later this month HBO is featuring the movie and guess who's starring in it - Oprah Winfrey.  HBO says this, "Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. Told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles her search, along with journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever."  The book was intriguing, but I thought by the end it got a little stale.  It's worth a read though.  It's available on Amazon HERE.

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5.  Chat with my clothes...
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Hope you have a very special Easter.  After church, Eric and I will be going to the St. Louis Blues hockey game.  What's on your agenda for the day?  Whatever it is, enjoy your Easter and see you back next week.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Friday Favorites - April 14, 2017

It's Friday!  Are you as excited as I am about today's favorites?!?  We've got some great ones today and since I'm off work, I'm looking forward to checking out all the new links.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - April 13, 2017

Hello friends!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Hope you link up below and share what you're thinking out loud about today.

True confession:  This post almost didn't happen.  I'm off work this Friday thanks to the holiday so that means five days of work needs to be completed in four.  Sometimes real life just gets in the way of the fun stuff (like blogging), but thanks to the St. Louis Blues having a late televised hockey game I'm up later than normal and thought I'd multi task while watching the game.  Please excuse any typos!

I've been doing a lot of thinking about 3,500.  Do you know why I've been thinking about 3,500?  It's not the amount we won in the lottery (I wish!) or the number of new blog followers I got this week (again, I wish!).  It's roughly the number of calories in a pound.

One of my goals this year was to drop a little weight.  Was this one of your goals too?  So I've been thinking a lot about 3,500 because to loose a pound of weight, you roughly have to either eat 3,500 calories less or burn 3,500 calories more in exercising.  DISCLAIMER:  I am NOT a dietitian, physician or any other type of "ian".  I'm just a chubby girl trying to drop a few pounds, so my comments and methods are probably not approved by anyone official.

Since exercising isn't that fun for me and I love to eat, finding a way to make the balance between the two be -3,500 can be a true pain in the butt challenge!  Solution:  My new Fitbit Charger 2 HR!  I don't like it - I LOVE it!

This baby gives me a little reminder every hour if I haven't taken my goal number of steps for that period.  It also tells me how many calories I've burned in a day, how many flights of stairs I taken, how many minutes of activity I've done, plus more.  See why I love it!  If you're interested in one, click HERE to check it out.  I loved mine so much, I got Eric one too.  Now we work together to get our goal number of steps per day and compare our activity minutes.  Honestly, it's been kind of fun challenging each other to get in our steps.

Because the black band really wasn't my favorite thing, I found a couple bands on Amazon that were excellent replacements.  Here's the ones I have ~

I might resemble these ~


Lol pretty much

All in all, this gadget has helped me exercise more and increase my activity.  Yes, I love it.  Now am just wondering why it took me so long to hop on the Fitbit bandwagon.

What are you thinking about today?  Would love to hear from you!


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