Monday, July 25, 2011

NFL Lockout is Over

Falcons are set to hit the field on Friday
I know the Atlanta Falcons fans are happy to hear this news and that the NFL Players Lockout is over. I bet the negotiations were tough, but in the end it all worked out. As Commissioner Roger Goodell said 'Football is Back'. I say Woohoo!

Laugh Out Loud :-)

How to get a lot of comments on a post [comic]
I think bloggers will appreciate this comic, count me in!

Motivation Monday

How is everyone doing on this start to Monday? It's taking a little longer for the sunshine to come out, but hopefully the clouds will make way for them soon. I'm getting focused and have a few things going already on my to-do list. I haven't written about my long-term unemployment in my blog, but it's been tough and the job market even tougher. I am staying positive and have a wonderful support group from my family and friends. I follow many job leads that come my way because you never know when one of them may be the job that says "You're Hired." Those words would be music to my ears. It has been very hard to remain motivated week after week especially on Mondays when others are heading back to work, but I remain just that...Motivated!

Let me end this post on a lighter note ->I read today on the internet that it's National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, now that's Motivation. Have a great week!

Gallery | Santa Fe style defines Smyrna home | ajchomefinder.com

Gallery | Santa Fe style defines Smyrna home | ajchomefinder.com
I like the Sante Fe style and the couple has done a nice job showcasing it in their home. The manicured gardens are well-done and the pool makes you want to dive right in, grab your swimsuit.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beautiful Hummingbirds

After jumping online to catch up with emails and other stuff, I glanced out the door leading out to the patio and saw a lone hummingbird flying around the flower planter which contains purple petunias. The bird hung around for awhile going from bloom to bloom and then flew away. I'm fascinated by the hummingbirds fluttering wings and speed. I was glad to be in the right spot to see their beauty. Happy Sunday!


Photo credit: beglib from morguefile.com

Sunday Movie Matinee

Charlie Chan - The Chinese Ring (1947)
It's a good day to kick back and watch a movie matinee. I remember the famous Charlie Chan solving mysteries and always ending the movie by quoting a nice Chinese proverb. There were bits of humor from the supporting characters in the movies by Charlie Chan's son and house helper. Enjoy viewing!

How Much to Tip for Summer Expenses | Real Simple

How Much to Tip for Summer Expenses | Real Simple
A great article and tips to give you an idea on tipping. The summer vacation is in full swing and this read is right on time.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black


From her signature beehive and dynamite voice, we will remember her music!

Troubled diva Amy Winehouse dead at 27  | accessAtlanta

Troubled diva Amy Winehouse dead at 27 | accessAtlanta
Sad news on her death and at such an early age in life. She had a history of substance abuse and spent stints in rehab, but never was able to beat the addiction. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. RIP, gone too soon!

Frugal Saturday Shopping


Welcome Weekend! I just made some tuna spaghetti and it's in the refrigerator getting the chill on for lunch later. In a few minutes, I plan to dash out and make stops at the local antique stores and consignment shop. I haven't visited neither one in awhile. There is a booth in one of the antique stores with 60% off, I think they are closing their booth soon. I've got my eye out for another sundress like the one in this photo and hope to snag a frugal buy at the consignment store. It's all about being cool in the sweltering heat and these dresses fit the bill.

Good afternoon from Gulfoss waterfall :) a WOW place to be I ... on Twitpic

Good afternoon from Gulfoss waterfall :) a WOW place to be I ... on Twitpic
Just had to share this beautiful waterfall in Iceland. The traveler is right on...it's WOW!
Good afternoon from Gulfoss waterfall :) a WOW place to be I ... on Twitpic

Friday, July 22, 2011

All Fave Everything

All Fave Everything
One of my Twitter followers @fave has the coolest music website called Friday Favecast. I meant to turn my blog readers on to this music, but kept forgetting. He puts out a new Playlist of tracks on Friday's to kick back for great listening. Check it out and Bookmark the site so you can tune in again!

Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca


Shake off the day, we're Livin' La Vida Loca!

Cool Time with Weekend Guests

Happy Friday! I hope the week has been productive for everybody and many of your to-do list items are done. It's always nice when out-of-town guests come for the weekend. We start to think about places to show them and activities to attend. It's a good idea to check your local community calendar for events especially any freebies. You might just stumble upon an outdoor festival or concert. It's so hot and keeping yourself and guests cool will be a priority. Here are some cool summer favorites to have on hand during their visit:

--->Watermelon: cut up chunks in a large bowl so your guests can easily grab them and put some in a small bowl.
--->Pasta Salad: use any shape of pasta and add tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and more of your veggie favorites. Season to taste and chill in the refrigerator.
--->Grilling: the grill will get plenty of use this weekend with guests in the house. Plan to have enough charcoal or gas ready to grill meats, fish, corn on the cob, etc. Try grilling peaches which I discovered are quite yummy.
--->Water: keep plenty of bottled waters chilled in the frig so your guests can grab one when heading out for an activity or just feeling thirsty. A pitcher of water is also good.
--->Sweet Stuff: no visit is complete without a pound cake or something sweet on the kitchen counter or table. Plan to buy one from the grocery store and don't forget the ice cream for a cool topping.

I think the backyard will get lots of use when weekend guests are visiting. Have lots of fun and stay cool with a glass of lemonade close by.


Photo credit: dmscs from morguefile.com

Grab Your Camera!

I want to see your take on my street style! Winners will be c... on Twitpic
Show your street style for this Nicole Miller contest. You may just win the jersey maxi dress shown in the picture. Hurry, the winner will be chosen today!

I want to see your take on my street style! Winners will be c... on Twitpic

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Social media burning up over heat wave - USATODAY.com

Social media burning up over heat wave - USATODAY.com
I've been sharing my updates about the heat on social media sites. Of course, my blog has been getting it's fair share of heat posts too. My readers don't mind, do you?

All-Female Band

I remember listening to the story a few months back on NPR's Morning Edition about Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's plans to record with an All-Female band for their Mosiac Project. A tune from the new release is available for a free download, see below. If you would like to learn more about how the Project evolved and her style which is described as funk, rock & jazz all rolled into one, visit A Blog Supreme over on NPR.










Good Morning America

Great photo of Good Morning America's meteorologist Sam Champion with fans. It looks like a beautiful day in New York!

7-21 Sam and fans on Twitpic

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Madonna - Into the Groove [Official Music Video]


Get Into the Groove on Hump Day Wednesday and keep it going!

Chick-fil-A to introduce oatmeal Monday  | ajc.com

Chick-fil-A to introduce oatmeal Monday | ajc.com
Get ready next week to start the morning off with this new addition to their breakfast menu. It's a bit pricey at $2.49 so stopping by everyday for a bowl can get expensive - just me being frugal :-)

Neely's Lemon Pasta Salad on the Food Network

Neely's Lemon Pasta Salad on the Food Network
I love pasta salad and this one sounds perfect during these hot summer days. I bet the lemon adds a nice twist along with the other ingredients. Whip one up for home and take some for lunch. It will also be a good at the next potluck backyard BBQ. Delish!

Photos of Club 33 at Disneyland

Photos of Club 33 at Disneyland
Check out these photos of this very exclusive Club at Disneyland. You won't believe how much the initiation fee cost. I suggest saving your money for enjoyment during your visit to the Disney park!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Watch: Hero Chihuahua Chases Away Two Armed Robbers

Watch: Hero Chihuahua Chases Away Two Armed Robbers
Paco knew these robbers were up to no good and showed them the door, Scram!

Quick Organizing Tip

If you have a college-bound teen heading off to college in the fall, it's not too early to start collecting any large, medium or small boxes to use when it's time to start packing their items. Just find a spot in the garage or their room to store the boxes for now. Also, have a sharpie pen ready to label the boxes of the contents inside each box. This will make unpacking easier and give them more time to study. Yep, studying!

Leona Lewis - Collide - Singersroom Media Player

Leona Lewis - Collide - Singersroom Media Player
Hip new single from her forthcoming album, I like it! It's been awhile since she's put out any new music so I'm excited to learn we're in store for more.

Layer Love: Five Looks to Steal from the British Open

Layer Love: Five Looks to Steal from the British Open, The GQ Eye: GQ.com
I like these looks especially on golfers Martin Kaymer & Rickie Fowler. All are nicely dressed to play the great game of golf.

Monday, July 18, 2011

'Contagion' trailer spreads the fear | MNN - Mother Nature Network

'Contagion' trailer spreads the fear | MNN - Mother Nature Network
Whew, trailer is kind of scary. This movie opens in September and has an all-star cast so that's good. OK, you ready to watch the trailer :-)

Gallery | Nelson Mandela celebrates 93rd birthday | ajc.com

Gallery | Nelson Mandela celebrates 93rd birthday | ajc.com
Nice pictures of his birthday celebration surrounded by family. Happy Birthday!

New Week, Brown Bag Ideas

Hello Monday and New Week! I hope the morning commute to work was pleasant and all the drivers were happily singing to music in traffic...one can wish, right. I started thinking about the weekly brown bag lunches that I'm always encouraging people to make for lunch at work. As you know, I like the idea of carrying your lunch to work to save money and to eat some of the leftovers so they don't go to waste. I must admit that it probably gets old trying to come up with different things to take each day. If you have gotten into a routine, change things up a bit ->use turkey pastrami instead of just turkey, romaine or green leaf lettuce instead of iceberg on sandwiches, rye bread instead of wheat all the time. Even the condiments could use a makeover by spreading spicy brown mustard on the bread, Yum! Surprise yourself for lunch and enjoy every bite!

Gallery | Roswell couple calls their garage home | ajchomefinder.com

Gallery | Roswell couple calls their garage home | ajchomefinder.com
This downsize turns out to be a great idea by using the detached two-car garage for a more manageable living space. It's nice that the original home is still in the family and the couple can simply walk over to visit. Take a Look!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

'Graphic Elvis' illustrates The King's love of comics - USATODAY.com

'Graphic Elvis' illustrates The King's love of comics - USATODAY.com
So cool to learn Elvis loved superheroes and comic books. Check out the artist sketches of the King of Rock & Roll in this story. I think Elvis would be pleased.

Billie Holiday - Summertime


Summertime and the Livin' is Easy! A great blues singer.

Don't Forget Your Sunglasses

Hi everybody, hope there is lots of sunshine outside your window today. It's a beauty in Atlanta with a lovely breeze to go along with it. I have all the windows open in the house and it feels really good. This has been the best few days from the brutal heat, but I hear it's returning tomorrow. For now, it's all about the coolness of the day. Before I forget, a good friend stopped by yesterday with a bunch of tomatoes from the garden. I have a whole row of them on my kitchen window seal ripening up just a bit more. I can't wait to slice them over my salads and sandwiches. Don't forget to grab your sunglasses as you head out to spend time with family and friends. Enjoy the bursts of sunshine in all you do!


Photo credit: simonfilm from morguefile.com

Saturday, July 16, 2011

High Noon (1952)

High Noon (1952)
How about a classic Western tonight? This one stars Gary Cooper who was a favorite in western flicks. So saddle up and get the popcorn ready to watch a really good western on Classic Cinema Online. Enjoy!

KC & The Band- That's the way i like it.


A beautiful weekend, that's the way I like it!

Three Reasons Why I Love Bistro Boxes | Starbucks Coffee Company

Three Reasons Why I Love Bistro Boxes | Starbucks Coffee Company
Check out this blog post by the marketing product manager about these Bistro Boxes. I think they are the perfect pick for lunch or anytime. The healthy benefits are a plus!

Using a Big Fork May Help You Eat Less

Using a Big Fork May Help You Eat Less
Really, I would have thought using a big fork would make a person grab more food. I like the results of the study especially if it makes us eat less. We may need to dash to the store for bigger cutlery ;-)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hank Azaria's Bel Air Home Homes: architecturaldigest.com

Hank Azaria's Bel Air Home Homes: architecturaldigest.com
Step inside this home and see all it's beauty. There are nice touches throughout and the outdoor spaces lend themselves to great cookouts with friends. You might be wondering who is Hank Azaria. He played the dog walker to the couple on Mad About You and does the voices for many characters on The Simpsons.

Gallery | Chris Brown on the 'Today' show | accessatlanta.com

Gallery | Chris Brown on the 'Today' show | accessatlanta.com
Great pics and his dance moves are like WOW! I must say that Chris loves tattoos, you'll see!

TGIF is Peachy Keen

Hello everyone and hope your Friday is off to a great start. It's so nice to welcome cooler temps in Atlanta today. The heatwave earlier this week was brutal. I would normally be pretty bummed out with a sky full of clouds on Friday, but not so this time around. I welcome it! I bought some fresh peaches at the store yesterday and just sliced one up to go with my coffee and toast. Just the perfect light brunch to give me a jolt of energy to finish this blog post and other stuff :=) The food prices are still high on everything. Although I did snag a good price on cucumbers at $.48 cents each, I bought two. We are all finding ways to stretch our dollars and pinch pennies. Keep those coupons with you for extra savings when you spot a deal. Well, time to eat more of that yummy peach. My energy is up and I feel peachy keen!


Photo credit: squaio from morguefile.com

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly - Southern Girl


A Thursday evening spin from your Southern Girl. Have a great night!

Shaquille O'Neal joining Turner Sports' 'Inside the NBA'

Shaquille O'Neal joining Turner Sports' 'Inside the NBA'
I think he will be a great fit along with the other analysts. It sure didn't take long for Shaq to land a gig after announcing his retirement from the NBA. This one is perfect!

Gallery | Miami offers tour of city's best graffiti | ajc.com

Gallery | Miami offers tour of city's best graffiti | ajc.com
I know graffiti gets a bum rap because it's seen as defacing public buildings, but you have to admit that the graffiti artist's are super talented. The graffiti is colorful and vivid. Take note of the scooters the tourists are riding on while viewing the graffiti, Hip!

Army experiments with off-the-shelf smartphones - USATODAY.com

Army experiments with off-the-shelf smartphones - USATODAY.com
An innovative move by the Army. It looks like the smartphones will aid the troops in many ways.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Steal This Playlist! Music: GQ.com

Steal This Playlist! Music: GQ.com
This summer Playlist is Super Cool! As the read states, it can be played at a beach side romance or backyard BBQ. I dig all the songs especially Tracks #2 & #6.

Gallery | Sade performs at Philips Arena | accessatlanta.com

Gallery | Sade performs at Philips Arena | accessatlanta.com
Great photos from her sold out show in Atlanta. Singer John Legend is touring with her and opened the show.

National French Fries Day

If we ever needed a reason to add fries to our food order, today would be the day. It's National French Fries Day, pass the ketchup!


Photo credit: alcinoe from morguefile.com

Haven't seen anyone for miles :) peaceful calm hiking ..... on Twitpic

Haven't seen anyone for miles :) peaceful calm hiking ..... on Twitpic

Haven't seen anyone for miles :) peaceful calm hiking ..... on Twitpic
Great pic from my new Twitter follower. I am going to like his hiking travels like this one in south west England. Happy trails!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sherwood Schwartz Dies at 94

Sherwood Schwartz Dies at 94
He was the creator of two sitcom classics, Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. Both were my faves and probably yours too. The theme song for each show is included in the read and I still know the words ;-)

Ways to Beat the Heat

I'm thinking nothing but cool thoughts and finding ways to beat the heat. Here are just a few:

--->Drink plenty of water to stay steps ahead of dehydration. Make sure there's a full pitcher of cool water in the refrigerator.
--->Stay cool by eating more salads, watermelon, and any other fresh fruits.
--->Be very careful outdoors even if you are working in the shade and take plenty of breaks to cool down.
---> Try to avoid using the kitchen oven for roasting or baking. If you have a slow cooker, use it instead to keep from heating up the house.
--->
A store bought rotisserie chicken is right on time. For the sweet tooth, a couple of Oreo or chocolate chip cookies from the bag are simply perfect.

Stay Cool my Friends!

'The Dark Night Rises' poster arrives - USATODAY.com

'The Dark Night Rises' poster arrives - USATODAY.com
Check out this poster for the new movie not due out until next year. I know it will be hanging on the walls of many Batman fans!

Monday, July 11, 2011

WORLD PREMIERE: Listen To Pia Toscano’s New Single ‘This Time’ [AUDIO]

WORLD PREMIERE: Listen To Pia Toscano’s New Single ‘This Time’ [AUDIO]
Listen to Season 10 'American Idol' contestant new single. She visited "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" today for the debut. I like it!

Frugal Travel Tip

As you plan the family vacation or solo trip by car this summer, keep in mind how much money can be saved by packing your own munchies, water, and more instead of buying them on the road. Plan to invest in a cooler that will hold enough ice to keep items cool. Always check to make sure the ice hasn't melted in the cooler when you make stops. If needed, refill the cooler with ice and replenish the bottled waters from your supply so they can be cooling and ready to grab when needed. If you catch a sale on bottled water, buy extras to have ready to take along on the trip. The gas prices have gone back up, but the vacation travel season is still in full swing. Happy travels & savings!

Gallery | Trisha Yearwood's childhood home for sale | ajchomefinder.com

Gallery | Trisha Yearwood's childhood home for sale | ajchomefinder.com
Take a look inside this country music star's childhood home. I bet there are many fond memories growing up there.

7-Eleven wants to give you a free Slurpee today | MNN - Mother Nature Network

7-Eleven wants to give you a free Slurpee today | MNN - Mother Nature Network
Stop by 7-Eleven for this freebie today. The store is celebrating it's 84th anniversary. The temps are hot and a Slurpee is so cool!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
A romantic comedy on Saturday night is just right.

Weekend Hello!

I got an early start this morning on errands and feel pleased to have the grocery store run out of the way. I probably have mentioned before that getting an early start on weekend errands is a good idea. For one, the stores have restocked the shelves and produce sections. I bought a fresh head of romaine lettuce today. Also, it's nice not having to wait in long checkout lines or dodge the shopping carts down the aisles. While out and about this weekend, take a load off and stop for ice cream. This photo makes you want to step right up and place an order...will that be one or two scoops :) Have a wonderful weekend!


Photo credit: pickle from morguefile.com

Larry David taking 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' to NYC - USATODAY.com

Larry David taking 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' to NYC - USATODAY.com
New season will feature some cool guest stars and the NYC location is nice!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody


Taking it back to an earlier time in her music career. A great song and video, I love her hair. I see you dancing ;-)

Gallery | Space shuttle history | ajc.com

Gallery | Space shuttle history | ajc.com
Great photos on the history of the Space shuttle missions. This day is truly historic!

TGIF, We Have Liftoff!

TGIF is super as the final mission of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from the Kennedy Space Center lifted off! The space program ends after 30 years with this launch and it's been some kind of wonderful. We will never forget the astronauts who lost their lives on some space missions. Boldly Go!

Hands-on with Spotify: Promising, with Let-Downs

Hands-on with Spotify: Promising, with Let-Downs
This sounds like a cool music service, but has yet to debut in the U.S. Just thought I'd put it on your radar to be on the lookout for it. How's that? :-)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gallery | 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' London premiere | accessatlanta.com

Gallery | 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' London premiere | accessatlanta.com
Nice pics from the premiere and fans show their enthusiasm!

The Firkin and Gryphon restaurant review, Dunwoody

The Firkin and Gryphon restaurant review, Dunwoody
The Atlanta food critic gives this restaurant a fair review. The photos of a few dishes look yummy and the hamburger gets a good nod.

Healthy Tidbit ->Step Out for Sun

If you're planning to spend the day inside the house working on various things, take a few minutes to step outside on the porch or deck and sit a few minutes in the sun. It's a good way to get a dose of vitamin D which our bodies need. I'm not advocating staying out in the sun for a long period of time given the skin cancer risks and let's not forget the hot temps, but just long enough to soak up bits of sunshine. Drink a cool glass of ice water while you're out there and then head back inside. The fresh air will do you good and you just might see one of these beautiful butterflies on the flowers. Now that would be delightful!


Photo credit: earl53 from morguefile.com

An eco-friendly lawn you don't have to mow

An eco-friendly lawn you don't have to mow - July 7, 2011
I like this eco-friendly idea and believe many homeowners try to use more of these products on their lawns. I bet the hubby & teens in the house will smile slyly at not having to crank up the lawnmower on Saturday mornings.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Don't Stop Believing - Journey


I Love the '80s and this song was a fave back then and still one today! The song's title is my positivity...Don't Stop Believing!

Gallery | Laundry rooms go glam | ajchomefinder.com

Gallery | Laundry rooms go glam | ajchomefinder.com
Take a Look! You might just get the family to load & unload the laundry in these glam rooms. Hey, they just might fold too :-) I especially like the photos with the workstation incorporated into the laundry room. You can work on your blog while you're at it.

Extreme couponing backlash | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Extreme couponing backlash | MNN - Mother Nature Network
I have read that some stores have changed their coupon policies and I hope the TLC show Extreme Couponing isn't the only reason. I enjoy using coupons and the savings can really add up. I like that stores are limiting how many items can be purchased so that others have a chance to buy it too. Keep Clipping!

Funny Quote of the Day

People always ask me 'Were you funny as a child?' Well, no, I was an accountant ~Ellen DeGeneres

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How to Pull Off That Wristband Thing, Wear It Now: GQ.com

How to Pull Off That Wristband Thing, Wear It Now: GQ.com
Check out these Wristbands that are all the rave. They can add a pop of color and style around the wrist.

Tuesday Groove

Hope everyone had a nice holiday and it's terrific when the workweek starts on a Tuesday. Many of us may not have completely unplugged from our emails, blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. while vacationing this 4th of July. I will admit that I didn't, but still tried to limit how often I jumped online. It may take a day to really get back into the groove of your routine and that's not so bad. We all probably needed the break and the chance to refresh. Use today to organize your work and start on some easy projects and work your way up each day to the bigger ones. Have a great week!

Malia Obama becomes a teenager on Fourth of July  | ajc.com

Malia Obama becomes a teenager on Fourth of July | ajc.com
Sweet and bet it was a fun day for Malia. To celebrate at the White House had to be the coolest!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Just a short blog post to wish my readers a Happy 4th of July! I bet many of you have the grill fired up already and lots of good food cooking. In this heat, it's a good idea to get started early. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Enjoy the day with family, friends and neighbors. I know some areas are experiencing drought conditions and are discouraging fireworks or may have banned them altogether. If sparklers are OK, the kiddies would probably like to see them light up. Be Safe & Have Fun!

Credit: Free images from acobox.com

Gallery | 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race: Troops run overseas | ajc.com

Gallery | 2011 AJC Peachtree Road Race: Troops run overseas | ajc.com
Nice photos of our Troops running the Race over in Kuwait. We salute your patriotism!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Massive Tree House May Soon Be Named the World's Largest

Massive Tree House May Soon Be Named the World's Largest
Take a look, it's massive alright. Hope it makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month! Enjoy your favorite flavors all month long ;-)

Credit: Free images from acobox.com

Gallery | AJC Peachtree Road Race by the numbers | ajc.com

Gallery | AJC Peachtree Road Race by the numbers | ajc.com
Here are some fun facts about this Race that's held on the 4th of July every year. I have to give it to the runners who train hard for the chance at winning. It's usually scorching hot and humid by race time so I know grabs for water will be important. Good Luck!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Blonde Ice (1948)

Blonde Ice (1948)
Five great picks on Classic Cinema Online. I chose this one, it's right up my alley of intrigue. Your out-of-town guests might like to watch a classic flick this holiday weekend. If you pick a spooky one, dim the lights!

TGIF, You Betcha!

Just maybe you took today off from work to make this an even longer holiday weekend. If not, I'm sure the office staff will thin out probably by lunch as some work only a half day. For those folks who work from home, freelance, or simply don't hold the traditional 9-5 job, you may have decided to finish projects early so that your Friday can be light. If you are expecting out-of-town guests this weekend, today is probably going to be busy around the house, yard, and shopping. There's always lots to do, but don't forget to delegate chores with other family members so you're not overwhelmed. I got an early start on projects & paying some bills, can't forget them on the 1st of the month. It's TGIF, You Betcha!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sharing from Vogue.com

Sharing from Vogue.com: Summer's Best Beach Reads
Your bookmark won't stay long in the pages of these reads. They all sound great, real page turners!

Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall


Hump Day Wednesday Rocks!

Frugal Austerity

The recent news stories of the austerity plans Greece will implement with tax hikes and spending cuts aren't going over so well with the country's citizens. I read that it's a must for Greece to develop this plan in order to receive financial assistance by the International Monetary Fund. The U.S. economy is still bouncing back from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression so belt-tightening is happening all around the world. I know cutbacks to family budgets are probably still going on. My frugal lifestyle helps me maintain a comfortable living, but it's not easy at times especially with high gas and food prices. I am always encouraging people to save and budget their money. If you got a raise or bonus on your job, put it in your savings account. The vacation season is here and families may be finally giving the staycation the boot. Be frugal and live an austerity life so you can head to a beach getaway for summer enjoyment. Don't forget to take along your favorite read!

Credit: Free images from acobox.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

InPHOTOS: Alicia Keys Visits GMA, Plus Wax Unveiling

InPHOTOS: Alicia Keys Visits GMA, Plus Wax Unveiling
Great interview with Robin Roberts and photos of Wax Unveiling. I love the dress Alicia is wearing, she's gorgeous!

Album Review: BeyoncĂ©'s '4' Muddles Its Message

Album Review: Beyoncé's '4' Muddles Its Message
I'm listening to the new album as I write this post. I like it and nice to have some new music by Beyonce!

Today's Cool Tip

Next time you finish a snack such as Pringles or Fritos, save the canister. These canisters are handy to reuse especially for car or camping trips with the kids. They help keep snacks fresh and break-free while traveling. Give it a try!

Keith Urban Wants Fans to Get Closer on New Tour

Keith Urban Wants Fans to Get Closer on New Tour
Great Q&A and bet fans will look forward to a country music good time!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Few remaining door-to-door sales people | PRI.ORG

Few remaining door-to-door sales people | PRI.ORG
I just had to post this story because I was intrigued to know there are still sales people going door-to-door. The salesman being interviewed in the story has a great attitude for a job he's been doing for years. I remember seeing sales people ringing doorbells while visiting at my grandmother's house many years ago. They even rang our doorbell :)

Booty Pop entrepreneurs turn niche idea into successful firm - USATODAY.com

Booty Pop entrepreneurs turn niche idea into successful firm - USATODAY.com
I am happy for their success with this product, but it's not for me. I would rather do my glute exercises to give my derriere shape and lift. I wonder if ladies would where it everyday or maybe just for a curvy look while out on the town or special event ;-)

Moody Monday!

Yep, Monday is here and the beginning of a new week. I recall wearing all black to work on Mondays. I look back now and think was that dark color describing my mood or an easy outfit decision. I say perk up your back-to-work outfit with a pop of color. I bet the compliments will be flying from your co-workers when they pass your desk on how nice the color looks on you. Try wearing some of the bright colors that are all the rave this season like yellow, lime green, orange, and fuschia. If you need a mood buster, these bright colors might help get you ready to take on the day. Don't stop at Monday, keep mixing it up all week long!

Gallery | Marietta home boasts French accents | ajchomefinder.com

Gallery | Marietta home boasts French accents | ajchomefinder.com
Great curb appeal and more at this home. I dig the French flair!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet Sunday

Hello, it's a Sweet Sunday with sunshine galore. I hope everyone is enjoying a nice weekend and dinner with family and friends is always a nice way to spend the day. Don't forget dessert and apple pie is a yummy choice. A dollop of ice cream or Cool Whip on top makes this dessert even more perfect. Here's to a Sweet Sunday in all you do!

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Gallery | Baseball mascots | ajc.com

Gallery | Baseball mascots | ajc.com
Check out these baseball mascots who help make the day at the park a fun event. I know kids enjoy seeing them and they help get fans into the spirit of the game too. My fave is the Atlanta Braves mascot, of course!