Monday, January 30, 2012
Make sure you have a variety of beverages: alcoholic and non-alcoholic. You also need to be sensitive to food allergies and sensitive stomachs. If you are planning to have an actual meal and forgo finger foods and snacks, let your guest be aware so they can save up their appetites. Dips go over great in crowds so put any type of dip in a large bowl with a spoon to prevent double dipping. Have everything set up buffet style so you are not running around everywhere and it can make your guest feel more welcome. You may want to put out some peppermint hard candies to combat any spicy food you served. Make simple dishes so that you are not stressed or tired from cooking all day. Above all, just enjoy! Enjoy some good football and friends/ family. Next year, Steelers!!!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Happy New Year!!! Yes, we get to start all over again; it's Chinese New Year. Year of the Dragon to be exact which is a great year for us to see begin. The dragon is the luckiest and most auspicious of all animal signs. Chinese parents want their kids to get married and married couples strive to have their children during the Year of the Dragon. In case you would like to get into a bit of fun on this day I will give you some tips. In the tradition of Chinese New Year wear red today. Other customs include visiting family and relatives, cleaning the home ( it will remove bad luck and ill-fortunes). In case you would like to incorporate today into your meal a large piece of fried fish is in order because it signals abundance. I wish you all well and hope your year is already full of blessings and abundance, but if not today is your new start!! Peace and blessings to all.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
When I began this blog I didn't imagine it would include anything to do with Paula Deen or her health, but life is like that in many ways. Paula has made her living bringing us her infectious laugh and southern style recipes. Now that all stands to change due to her diabetes diagnosis. My Mother is a Type 2 diabetic and she too was told she can have things in moderation and that is what she does. Paula is being widely criticized for keeping her diagnosis a secret, but before we throw stones I will say maybe she just was not ready to deal with this among the public. She may have needed time to just digest everything. We will not ever know and should not be concerned with that aspect. In the end it is her health and she is the one who pays the price for what she does and does not practice with the management of her condition. So many things are becoming a factor in our daily lives concerning allergies and different types of medical conditions, how we cook our food, and the type of food we buy. What I hope to see is a new movement that comes about making people think more about farming and supporting farmers markets. Check out the slow food movement, google it and get some information. I truly believe whole foods produced by us and Mother Nature are way to get back to where we need to be http://www.slowfoodusa.org/
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I would hope that by this time all of you have tried a Shellac manicure that is offered by your manicurist. Creative Nail Design is the maker of this innovative product and although had many raise an eyebrow in disbelief it holds true to the hype. I know OPI is releasing its own version, but I've only had the Shellac. It is true the Shellac polish will hold you over for 2 weeks with no chips and perfectly polished digits. I do notice that the lighter shades tend to wear a few days extra for me. Companies that sell to the mass market are starting to create at home versions of this product and I may test run a color in the future, but I enjoy my salon experience. Also, I feel like I am doing my small part to help keep the economy running. When you are ready to leave you can reach in your purse, pay your manicurist, go grocery shopping and whip up a meal like the superwoman we all know you to be.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Today I want to share with you what I consider the important topic of what I call "cyber vomit". I know you've heard the phrase "word vomit", well people do cyber vomit all the time. Just because you follow someone on Twitter or Facebook does not mean you share mutual views on all topics. Political views especially should be kept in your own thoughts. I have some people on Twitter and Facebook who say or retweet things about the current President or GOP politicians vying for the GOP nomination that to me are just a waste of my time. I find that my intelligence is insulted when people assume I want to be negative ad exposed to death. I do, however, love hearing how individuals stand on issues. I do not enjoy people throwing stones at a glass houses. And as we all know, all of us reside in a glass house. Do yourself a favor and consider how your words and actions are being viewed by others. And who knows, with the right conversation and proper actions you may actually win someone over.
Friday, January 6, 2012
I posted some pictures of the Mally Beauty Even More Perfect Palette to show you the bag it is contained in, the products, and brushes that come together with this purchase. This palette is only found at QVC.com and is a limited edition so when it is gone, it's gone. She has a More Perfect Palette available at the QVC.com website but you get a few more bells and whistles with this one. I know what you're thinking, "how much makeup does one woman need?" Well, a girl can never have too many options. I travel and when I do have decided to make this my travel makeup no questions asked. I've noted that I'm a full face girl and that includes vacations, yes vacations!!! Now, this bag will hold most of my face, shadow and blush brushes, lip products, 6 eyeshadows, 2 blushes (I mix those together), the eyeshadow base and face highlighter. The only separate products to bring will be concealer, liner, mascara, and powder foundation. My face defender and an extra gloss or two are always on hand in my purse. Something like this makes packing faster, takes up less space, and keeps my liquids down to a minimum for airline travel. We can discuss the coveted face defender in a later post. Until then, stay gorgous
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The above photo is a pair of Smartwool socks one of the best brands ever worn by me. The socks are made in the U.S.A. they tout odor control, moisture management, and temperature regulation. These come in Mens, Womens, Kids, and are sized accordingly; always make sure you are buying the proper size in your socks. The price is $18.99 a pair and they are found on Smartwool's website or you can find them at Dick's sporting goods, and if you are in the northeast Bob's Department Stores. I discovered these socks while we were at The Big E which will be discussed later this year when I go again. These socks wash and wear great and make my Birkenstock clogs all the more comfortable. I no longer have cold feet and have to put the heater on 90 with the speed blasting while out driving. If you are looking to keep your feet or a loved ones feet a bit more cozy these are sure to be worth the try.