Tuesday {Shoes}Day!

Tuesday {Shoes}day

Good Morning Luv-lies

How are you fairing in this weather?   Today was an all shovel day for me *urgh!*

I sure hope that the abdominal part of this definition is true 😉

Today, the city broke its own temperature record!   You see, the city’s average minimum low is 25 degrees (F).  The record high for today is listed as 74 degrees (F).   Today’s temperature is 3 * yes! – 3 / three/ tre’-* degrees!!  According to the weatherman, that’s a record.

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… As far as I’m concerned, this is one record that we didn’t have to break…

A sunny beach will do just fine, right about now.

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* as long as my electronic devices work … I’m just sayin’ *

Well, today is ‘Tuesday ShoesDay’

and although the weather is next to unbearable, I  had a chance to sport this ‘must have’ D.I.Y. cap

*Laaahv it!!*

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and these ultra sassy but super warm snow boots that almost makes me forget about all of this cold stuff!

Almost. Not. Quite.

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Did I say that I ‘love them’?

But, given a choice, I chose the record high 74 degree  Day!!!!

How are you fairing in this weather, Luv-lie?

Do Tell…..

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{Man} Day Monday:: The First 49 Covers in Less than 60 seconds

Good Monday Morning Luv-lies,

With the upcoming February 2014 Swimsuit edition, Sports Illustrated will be celebrating its fiftieth coveted cover.  That’s 5-0!  WOW!  Who knew that when German-born Babette March appeared on the first cover in  January 1964– standing on the sandy beaches of Cozumel –  that annually, men would be waiting in uncontained anticipation for a glance of the magazines newest buxom bathing beauty?

So here it goes …. 49 years of Cover Beauties in less than a minute….

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Friday Food Porn

A New Friday Theme & Simple home-style food

Happy Friday Luv-lies,

It's a Charlie Brown snow moment

Today is just plain ‘ol  cooooold!!  All week, the weather prognosticators have been predicting this sub-zero, artic blast that they’ve – most appropriately- dubbed  ‘a polar vortex’.   The temperature outside can’t be described as nothing short of bitterly cold!  This is the type of cold that freezes EVERYTHING on contact.  The weather guys  have also been promising that milder temperatures are in store *side eye*.  The snow is coming down fast! crazy fast!  and the wind is brutal! making it feel even more bone chillingly {is that a word? – ‘chillingly‘?} frigid!

I’m really glad that I didn’t ignore the pre-shopping warnings and not wait until the last minute to do that ‘bad weather grocery shopping’.   The procrastinator in me usually waits until the last minute to do those ‘must get done’ things that should be done waaaaay before the weather related closings, delays and traffic snarls have occurred.

And so.  Here I sit.  It’s Friday.  I’m snowed in.  sitting in front of my laptop … and thinking about food….

{Alert! Alert!} Okay. Right about now, I feel a ‘theme’ coming on.

Yes. A Theme.

I think I like the idea of blogging about food.  And the fact that it’s Friday lends itself nicely to a themed alliteration.

I think I have it!

Friday’s around here will feature at least one post that will have a food theme …. and it will forever be known as  ‘Friday Food Porn’.  *throwing confetti in the air*

I can’t guarantee that all of the foods featured will be the healthiest, but I can promise that they will leave your mouth watering….

With the weather today being as it is, I think that it is most befitting that the first post Friday Food Porn be about ‘comfort food’

Why start with the first meal of the day?

Breakfast.

What is could be more decadent than donuts & coffee?   The mini size is a fantastic way to satisfy that ‘first thing in the morning’ sweet tooth without overindulging

Mini Coffee with Donut #Yumlicious!

Mini Coffee with Donut
#Yumlicious!

and for Lunch

Mac ‘n Cheese.  Again, I’m staying with the mini bite.  With a side garden salad – Yowza!

Mac 'n Cheese

Mac ‘n Cheese

…. Dinner

a second meal with cheese?  It’s cold outside…

ahhhhhh. yes.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

and ….Dessert

Warm apple pie

just add a glass of cold milk.  no greater way to end a day

Warm Apple Pie What a way to end a day :)

Warm Apple Pie
What a way to end a day 🙂

 So that’s it.
This has certainly been a deliciously fun way to spend the morning.  Snowed in.  Comfy P.J.’s.  and comfort food.  The greatest beauty of comfort food is its simplicity and the magical way that it transforms us to a time & place that is familiar and safe.

#Yumlicious!

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I’m Taking the Money Challenge…

Hello Luv-lies,

Got Resolution?  Why not make this little money-saving ditty one of them – I am.  We’ll probably be more successful than say, ummmmmmm ……any weight loss resolutions ( just keeping it real… I’m just saying)

This little challenge seems to be all the rave this year.  It premise seems pretty basic (don’t you just hate when someone says that?  It makes me feel like, if I don’t get it – the first time – I’m a lot challenged… just saying):: You start by saving one dollar  the first week of the year and gradually save $52 in the last week of the year.

The idea seems to have been started last year by,  Kassondra Perry-Moreland, who owns the Facebook group for the 52-Week Money Challenge, and  *BOOM!* it went viral. Kassondra talked to Martin Williams of All Things MW  and offered this reason for starting ‘the thing’::

“I am a single parent, and I have worked at my job for 22 years. I just worked 53 hours alone in this payperiod and do this all of the time. I decided that this is the year that I will have something to show for working all of those hours instead of just bills left over at the end of the year. I work better if I am held accountable, even in my personal life, so I decided to see how many of my friends would be honest and say they needed help with a structured savings plan, and even if they don’t would they help me. I had no idea that it wold turn into what it has in just the last two hours”.

Here’s how the weekly breakdown looks like::

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I’m going to give it a try.  I do think that I’m going to do it in reverse, though.

That way, when the holiday season rolls around, my saving amount will be ‘Min-Na-Mall!

Are You In?

…. do tell

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Friendships, Goals, Inspiration, Keep Callm, Weight Watchers ... The Way I See It

… and to all ‘A Happy New Year’

Happy New Year 2014

Hello Luv-lies,

Happy New Year to you all!

I’m sitting here watching the ‘ball’ drop on this annual  New York City Event.  Watching the mess of confetti that is raining down on the elated  faces that have waited for hours for an opportunity to party celebrate the beginning of a New Year.

The New Year seems to bring about a renewed hope for all of those things that we didn’t and/or couldn’t conquer in the twelve months preceding it.  A New Year seems to inspire us to make good on those promises from before, and/or make a new set of goals/aspirations/dreams and promises.

Although I’ve long given up ‘resolutions’ and haves replaced them with ‘Yearly Inspirations’ and ‘Reflections on the Year gone by’, I can’t help but to get caught up the madness going on in New York’s Time Square.

champagne toast

Somewhere between the commercials and the celebration I’ve come up with my list of this year’s inspirations.

So without further ado, for the 2014 year I am inspired to do the following things …. {in no particular order of significance}

Blog at least three times a week – I enjoy meeting you here in this space (it’s like my virtual coffee shoppe) and after all, I started this blog to keep me accountable…. right?

~ Cook one amazing home made meal a month – this might not seem like a big deal, but take it from someone (that would be me) who has found true excitement in the kitchen – it’s a biiiiiig deal!

~ Reach Weight Watcher’s Lifetime Member Status -Let’s just say that ‘lifetime membership has its bennies’

~ Attend a few non-credit college ‘Learning for Leisure’ courses – right now courses in culinary arts, technology and language are on my list.

~ Races! Races! Races! – the list includes completing at least three each: 5K Races, 10K Races and one half marathon…. I’m taking all suggestions – be kind

~ Do Volunteer work – this has been on my bucket list for a while… now it’s time to put up (shutting up is not an option)

~ Attend at least one Blog Conference – depending upon the location, these can be quite pricey…. but you can’t put a price on the ‘friendships’ that you make in the blogosphere

~ Continue to workout at least five times a week – in addition to eating a helluva lot healthier, this workout routine has brought me great weight loss success and peace of mind!

~ Master this WordPress Blog Platform – full disclosure here…. right now, I am not totally satisfied with my blog… I have to devote more time in making it more user-friendly (amongst other things)….

~ Start a Garden – this is going to be interested… I don’t have much of a green thumb but I’m hell-bent on eating fresh veggies.  So my ‘me logic’ says – ‘want fresh veggies? why not grow them’?  ‘BOOM’ … makes sense to me

This is just a short list of the things that are Inspiring Me.  I’m certain that as the year rolls-out, the list will grow.  And so will the excitement of checking off my yearly inspirational accomplishments….

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So Luv-lies,
What inspires you this year?
…. do tell

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