Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yardley Soap, a Blast from the Past...

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I loved Yardley products back in the day.  Way, way back to the sixties, think Jean Shrimpton.  Yardley of London was very pricey then, but not anymore.  It’s still wonderful and now I buy the good smelling English Lavender soap at my local Dollar Tree for a dollar a bar.  Best deal around, it’s awesome for drawers, too.  It’s so soft smelling, brings back memories of days long ago and it’s cheap!

They have other varieties as well.  Oatmeal & Almond and Shea Butter with Buttermilk.  I bought these, too, but nothing compares to Lavender.  Maybe it’s an old(er) lady thing.  Sure works for me, though and it can work for you, too if you have a Dollar Tree in your town.

If not, you can buy them on Amazon Prime for $9.44 for four bars.  Not as good of a deal, but stlll worth it.

Here’s the link, enjoy.  ~ Jan

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm in love with this Thanksgiving table...

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I don’t host Thanksgiving at my house these days.  I’ve passed the torch to the kids, they have big houses and families and it just makes more sense to visit them for the holidays.

But in my dreams, I would so duplicate this idea for Thanksgiving.  I found it in Country Living this morning, it’s everything I love.  A piece of barn board, hoisted up a bit to give it depth, candles, gourds, grapes, maybe add a pear or two and scatter some nuts in their shells, and some grasses picked in a field instead of the green wheat, oh wouldn’t it be de-lovely...

And speaking of tables, here’s a snapshot of mine right now.  And yes, of course it’s overdone, I always overdo it,  and no, you can’t sit here and eat, we eat at the bar.  It’s overdone, too, it’s just the way I roll...

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 Sunflower dishes, gourds, candles, roosters and my fat market pig on a lazy suzan so loaded down it won’t turn.  

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And on my bar, vintage Dept. 56 egg plates, smiley face mugs, a Scentsy jack-o-lantern pot and more roosters and a turkey.  Makes me happy just looking at it….

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Streisand Partners interview with Katie Couric

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This interview was a good one and there were glimpses of what she’s really like.  She wasn’t particularly warm to the idea of making an album in the future with all females.  Also her son, how did she not realize that he couldn’t sing until he was an adult?

I’m not particularly a fan of the lady, way too much attitude,  but oh that voice, nothing will ever compare.  And will I buy the album?  Of course I will, I’m a fan of collaborations anyway and this one looks fantastic.

Here’s the link, it’s worth watching...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mercedes GLA Commercial, best EVER!

Haunted castle - The neorenessaince style Schlossberger Castle in Tura, Hungary, built in 1883

I watched this commercial, was totally fascinated and researched to find out where it’s located.  Noticed the ferris wheel in the background in the frame with the carousel horse.  Can you imagine what this must have been like at the turn of the century?   Such grandeur could never be repeated today, oh, and the car isn’t so bad either :)

Then I kept digging and found that the movie, The Secret of Moonacre was filmed there.  It’s on  NetFlix Instant Stream.  Guess what I’ll be watching this evening...

 

Granny Panties...

Lollipop Underwear | Comfortable Cotton Panties | 3 Pack

Okay, go ahead and laugh at me, but I’m tired of itchy lace, unbreathable, bunching, twisting, crotch riding uncomfortable undies.   I’m old(er) now, is it time for Granny Panties?

Maybe it is.  I was on, as you all know, one of my very favorite sites, Vermont Country Store, and they have Lollipop Panties, and they come in beige now.  There were glowing reviews, women love these, and the price is right, three pairs for $20 and some change.  I’m still vain, I couldn’t handle  white, but beige is a definite possibility.  And you’re all thinking you wouldn’t be caught dead in these things, and neither would I even five years ago.  So go ahead, wear your fancy schmancy ones, I will wear mine, too, but just not when I’m hanging out at home in my ancient yoga pants, these would be the perfect pairing.

Here’s what the Vermont Country Store has to say about these...

For over 60 years, Lollipop cotton underwear has been known for comfort and great fit. We think you deserve that same comfort today. 100% cotton underwear has a gentle elastic waist, a ribbed-knit cotton comfort leg, and a double-lined cotton crotch. Machine wash, line dry. Imported.

100% cotton panties with gentle elastic waist

Double-lined cotton crotch Ribbed-knit cotton comfort leg<

Pure cotton underwear and panties at The Vermont Country Store. Your favorite Lollipop cotton panties are made to be just as comfortable now as they were years ago.

These are the undies of my childhood, probably yours, too.  Are you laughing out loud yet?  And yes, I know they’re ugly, but I bet they’re comfy and I’m all about comfort now that I’m in my mid sixties.  Well, I’m just going to order these up and see what they’re like.  I might just like them.   And after all, everything does come full circle.  And it’s time to shake it up a bit on the blog, you all haven’t had an eye rolling experience in months now!  

Too much information?  Oh puh-leez, you all know I have no filter and will talk about anything.

You can check them out here. Go ahead, do it, I double dawg dare ya’  and nobody is watching, nobody cares.  hehehehe

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Harris Sisters...

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My daughter-in-law, Deanna and her sisters, Misty and Donna, did a Halloween photo shoot last week when she was in North Carolina.  They posted it on their blog, Harris Sisters GirlTalk, and It’s so special, I thought some of you might enjoy taking a peek.  

John was their photographer and he did an awesome job.  Deanna said that they took the pictures in the woods behind her sister, Donna’s house, and they did get a few strange looks from passersby….

Here’s the link

I've been having a few issues...

 

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I attribute all the discontent, not only my life, but friends and family a well, to last week’s blood moon.

There was a cancellation of a long planned trip, medical issues, a head laceration requiring stitches, neighbors being carted off to the hospital, broken bones, you name it, it happened! Last week was a total disaster, nothing went right… Shall I go on?

And to top it all off, I haven’t been able to blog because of a glitch in my much loved Mars Edit blogging software.  Surely this week will be better, won’t it?  Surely it will… 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Looks who's having a birthday, today!


Happy Birthday Abby Leigh, you're the cutest five year old granddaughter in the whole world!
XoXo ~ Grammie

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Old Closet Switcheroo....



No, this isn’t my closet or my grandchild, but a picture is worth a thousand words, even if it's not your own.

I have a huge pile of clothes in my bedroom, and it’s time once again to switch it out.  Oh, how lucky was I when we lived in the Gingerbread House and I had an entire bedroom papered with pretty wide pink and white striped paper that hubby had turned into a closet for me.  I had a dressing table that overlooked the backyard, a window seat, enough racks for summer and winter clothes, lots of bins and cubbies, it was really awesome.  *sigh* Those were the days, and I didn’t appreciate what I had until now.  I do have a "walk-in" closet these days, but that's about all you can do, just "walk-in."   And LC uses the guest closet for his clothes, because he knows he doesn't have a shot at stuffing his things in my closet.  And he's a neat freak, the clutter would drive us both 'round the bend.

But no matter how messy my closet gets, I can’t compete with a certain family member that is dear to my heart, whose entire closet collapsed last month from the sheer weight and volume of the clothes. It’s not my story to tell,  but it sure is a doozey if it ever does get told ;)

Every year I whine about changing my closet, I vow to throw things away and keep it organized, but I never do.  Now my kitchen pantry has stayed in great shape for a few years now, ever since I put in all those baskets.  But my closet, oh it’s a disaster of epic proportions this fall.

But I have to switch it, cooler weather is coming  and it looks like this is the weekend.  We were headed to visit Ryan’s family and celebrate Abby’s 5th birthday, but the kids and Lindsay are sick so not only do I not get to see the family, I have no excuse to not clean out that damn closet!

Remember a few years ago when I got so overwhelmed with my closet disaster that I sat in the middle of the bed and cried and hubby had to bail me out?  Well, I feel another one of Abby’s come aparts about to happen this year as well.  I already warned poor long suffering LC that I’m not coping well.  I just can’t stand a mess in my older age.  And boy do I have one ahead of me!

So, wish me luck, ladies, it’s not going to be pretty around here Saturday, but a girl’s gotta do what a girls gotta do, unless she has a husband who will do part of it for her. *grin*


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ali McGraw at 75...

 

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 She’s absolutely stunning at 75 with her gray hair.  It’s so refreshing to see a celebrity who looks their age and embraces it instead of trying to recapture youth, which they can never do.  There’s a time for all seasons, and here’s proof positive that it’s okay to look older.

She’s on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday this morning, here’s a clip.  Enjoy... 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Decor Steals Spice Shelf...

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I’m such a fan of daily Decor Steals.  Every day at 9am they post something new, I subscribe to their mailing list, always check out what they have to offer and occasionally I’ll buy something.  My problem is space, I have to take away and replace anymore, so I pass on a lot of things.

But this metal yellow spice shelf was a “must have.”  It was only $18.50 and it’s awesome!   I’m still looking for the perfect spot, and I’ll find it, but just took a picture of it to share.  It’s so vintage looking, and the detailing and lettering is spectacular on the tins.  Love the mustard color, too.

If you aren’t familiar with this site, you might enjoy it as well.  If you see something you like, you have to order it the same day, or the deal is gone.  They sell out often, too, because the prices are excellent and the quality is good...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Scents...


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Nothing reminds me more of fall that scented candles.  A few days ago, my friend Trisher’s granddaughter was selling Yankee Candles, and since I use wax burners more these days than actual candles, I was going to purchase a variety pack of the little wax tartlets.  Then I went online and read that it’s cheaper to buy votives, because you get twice as much wax for your money.  Just tear the paper off the bottom, slip out the wick and put a knife point to the hole and apply pressure.  This results in it cracking in the middle into two pieces.  I haven’t done it yet, but I will, and then I’ll take it further and separate it into still smaller segments as those little wax cubes are really small.

For a year or so now I’ve been buying Better Homes & Gardens Butterscotch Maple Cream Wax Cubes at WalMart.  I buy them in bulk, because the scent is wonderful and it’s a cheap thrill.  Warm and syrupy, but not overpowering, the smell is intoxicating and the price is only $2.00 for an eight pack.  Lots cheaper than Scentsy which is $5.00 and these smell just as good.

I have multiple electric wax burners going all over the house, some are wall plug-ins and some sit on the table all with the same scent and it smells so good!  A lot of mine are from Scentsy thanks to my friend Ang, but now WalMart has a huge selection.  I really like the wall plug-ins, but the table ones are great for the living room.  Here’s a link if you want to check out WalMart’s selection

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I was talking to my friend, Barb, this week and she’s a Salted Caramel Candle and Wax Cube girl.  She’s used this scent for years, and just this Fall Yankee Candle came out with their Salted Caramel Scent.  So of course I went to Yankee Candle in our local mall today and bought a couple of votives to split and try, once my Butterscotch Maple Cream gives up it’s scent.

NewImageAs soon as I got in the car, I ripped off the wrapper and the smell was fantastic.  Barb always knows the good stuff!  It’s more subtle than my Butterscotch Maple Cream, and I’m guessing since it’s Yankee, the scent will last longer.  We shopped for awhile and every time we got back in the car, the smell was wonderful.

So I’m going to take Salted Caramel for a test drive and if I like it as much as I think, I’ll cough up the big bucks for the Salted Caramel Candle.  That way I can layer the fragrance.

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And while I was in Yankee Candle I spotted these Candle Toppers.  They had a candle burning out the checkout with this fall leaf design with a bronze lid, and it was very pretty.  They had several designs to choose from  and it was only $10. 

Here’s a link to the topper, and from there you can check out the candles.  

Scents have come a long way since the 90’s, when I had the little rings that went on my light bulbs.  I would fill them with Claire Burke scents, and vanilla and cinnamon oils, but I overdid it.  To this day I can’t handle either vanilla or cinnamon smells unless they’re mixed with other fragrances.

So indulge yourself, for not a lotta money you can make your house smell so fallish.  Some of Yankee’s fall scents are - 

Apple Cider
Apple Pumpkin
Apple Spice
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Wreath - this one is on my “must try” list 
Campfire Treat
Caramel Pecan Pie - another one I want to try
Harvest Welcome
Macintosh
Pumpkin Buttercream
Pumpkin Pie
Sugared Apple
Witches Brew

Oh the possibilities, just think, for only $2 you can buy a votive and split it and you can make your house smell amazing!   Well that is unless you have to buy the warmers, but it’s oh so worth it…  ~ Jan 

 

 

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