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Monday, April 29, 2019

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you all had a good weekend.  As for me, I turned another year older on Friday.  The Mister and I celebrated with a delicious lunch and topped it off by picking up my new car at the dealership.

We checked windowboxes and pots off our list.  Hot pink and bright red geraniums were the plants of the day.  We can also check off watering them for a while because it looks like we are in for another rainy week ahead.

A few weeks ago, my friend, Melanie over at Mel's Second Act nominated me for The Sunshine Bloggers Award.  This award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire creativity and positivity and by bringing sunshine to the blogging community. She mustn't know me too well.  It is a way of encouraging and supporting one another, and also a way to get to know fellow bloggers.

Here are the questions that Melanie posed.


1.  What is one piece of advice you would give yourself when you were just starting your blog?



My advice to myself would be: relax, put in the work, and it will pay off.  When I began my blog almost eight years ago, I worried that no one would ever find my blog, let alone read it.  It took thousands of worthwhile hours to build relationships with other bloggers over the years by visiting and leaving thoughtful comments on their page.  I also tried to answer every reader's email.  I'm very proud to say that my readership has grown at a healthy rate over the years.

Another added bonus that I never saw coming is all the lovely fellow bloggers and readers that I have met along the way.  Several of them have even become dear friends.  For that, I am truly grateful.




2.  If you could work with one brand, who would it be and why?


I would like to work with the National Association of Plastic Surgeons for personal reasons.




3.  What are some of the tools/apps that you find really helpful for your blogging?








4.  Tell us about your best friend.





Cheers to my best friend, the Mister.


Now it's my turn to nominate some of my fellow bloggers.


Tanya
The Other Side of the Road


Lea
Cici's Corner



Shelley
Calypso In The Country



Elizabeth
The Vintage Contessa


Ladies, you may find your questions and rules at the end of this post.


I'm going to be on special assignment for the next week or so.
Here are some clues as to my whereabouts. 
I am not joining the circus.
Nor do I have a photo shoot with Vogue.

Are you in need of some Mother's Day gift ideas?

I've got them herehere, and here.


Until next time...




Photo by Celine Sayuri Tagami on Unsplash


Sunshine Award Nominee Questions

1.  Name one person that you would like to have read your blog and why.

2.  What is your dream job?

3.  Where do you do most of your writing?

4.  Name six people that you would like to host for dinner.

Rules for Sunshine Award
Thank the person who nominated you and includes a link back to their blog.
  1. Answer the questions given by the person who nominated you.
  2. Nominate other blogs and give questions for them to answer.
  3. Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog.
  4. List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post


Thursday, April 25, 2019

More Mother's Day Gift Ideas



Hello, dear friends.  How is your week going so far?  Mine has been fairly quiet - no trips to the vet or waiting hours on end for a repairman to show up.  That's what I call a good week.


The Mister is taking the day off tomorrow.  We are going to be celebrating my birthday all weekend long.  What's on the agenda?  Lots of gardening - window boxes and pots.  Also, we are picking up my new car that was ordered last weekend.  It's the same make and model as the one we are turning in - just a couple of years newer.  The Mister thinks that I wanted the same one as I have because I don't like learning anything new.  He's probably right.

You know how much I love to write these shopping posts.  Can you stand to hear more ideas for Mother's Day gifts? 
  If not, hop over to your next blog.  
I'm not sensitive.




Barrington

Can she use a cute new eyeglass case?



Amazon



Amazon

I'm ordering one of these because they fit two pairs - my readers and sunglasses.
That way I can lose them both at one time.




Anthropologie

Would she appreciate a new pair of groovy readers?



Anthropologie

Or shades?



Anthropologie



Chico's


Chico's

Some bright costume jewelry?



Tory


Amazon



Amazon


Amazon




Lilly

Some bright jewelry?


Lilly

A cute little place to keep her rings?



Lilly

Does she need some neck camo like moi?


Kate Spade



Amazon


A new watch?




Amazon



Amazon


How about a place to organize her technology?

Amazon

Does she want to keep track of her steps?

Amazon

Would she appreciate more music in her life?


Amazon



Amazon

These are my favorite earphones.  As I have whined shared with you, I have had the hardest time finding comfortable earphones.  The Mister bought me these a year ago which rest outside my ears. I will never buy another kind.





Amazon

I love these for the treadmill.




Amazon

If she has a long commute or likes to take walks, she may appreciate a subscription to audible.  Take it from me, it makes my walk and long drives fly by.


Lilly

Does her phone look like it has been dropped one too many times?




QVC

If she hates her neck like me, she'll love this rich neck cream and roller.



Amazon

A friend of mine recommended this night cream to me a few months ago and I love it.  It's rich and absorbs quickly.
Do I look 20 years younger?
Probably not, but I am hopeful.



Amazon

I am a big fan of these peel pads.  
I use them twice a week.




Tell Mom that she can save her $$$ on blowouts if you give her one of these nifty hair dryer/stylers.  I'm still loving mine.



Amazon

If she is suffering from frizzy hair - give her this miracle in a bottle. 
Living Proof also makes a wonderful dry shampootoo.



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Amazon

Does she have a getaway in her future?
Give her some sweet smelling self-tanner so she won't show up looking like Casper.
I'm already on my way to being brown as a berry.


Nordstrom

Does she need a new carry-on for her trip?
This bag is light as a feather and can fit a ton of stuff.




I'm in the process of packing mine.




Amazon

How about a new beach bag packed with beach necessities?




Mark & Graham

My #2 gave me this travel cosmetic case duo.
It fits all of my miracle products.
I'm still waiting for that miracle, btw.




Amazon

How about a new makeup mirror?
I love the 3 magnifications on the side.




Amazon

Is she a reader?
I just started this darling story and I'm already hooked.





Amazon

You could give your MIL this new release with a note saying you're not so bad after all.




Amazon

Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one.
I can't believe Kristy used my photo for her cover!


Amazon

For the entertaining Mom.




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Amazon

If your Mom is a foodie, she will love this one.
I just downloaded it.



Amazon

This sounds like a wonderful book about a great lady. 



Amazon

I like to send my girls a little something on Mother's Day since I wouldn't be a Mother without them.
I think that I'll send them a set of these.

Are you still seeking more inspiration?
You can find it here and here.



Until next time...






Can't wait until my hydrangeas start popping!

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