May 22, 2020

Memorial Day Sales + Most Popular Items

Happy Friday - and holiday weekend!

It is hard to believe it is Memorial Day.  There are a lot of great Memorial Day sales happening.  It also important to remember that this day is not just for sales and a day off of work, but to remember and honor those that have served and died serving our country.  Thank you to all those men and women.

Since a lot of us will be heading back to the office soon, I have a feeling we may be doing some shopping to buy some new things to wear.

I personally would be okay if I never returned to the office - and I hope I can prolong working from home as long as possible.  I mentioned in another post that working from home has been amazing!  I am more productive and feel so much healthier.  I read that 60% of workers have said during this pandemic they have felt just as productive or more productive while working from home.  And, they are less stressed.  Working from home is also helping the environment in the process. During this pandemic the carbon emissions have dropped by 17% - which is unprecedented; however, as things have started top open up - our emissions are going up again.

Hopefully, businesses will take notice of this.

As far as weekend sales, those Tory Burch Miller sandals are on sale for 40% off.  And, those espadrille slides are 40% off.

This cute bag.

This summer lace sundress.

This perfect summer tie-front blouse.

This classic and popular jeans.

This classic blazer that is 50% off - great styled with jeans or shorts.

This linen spring jacket for 60% off.

This garden print maxi dress is 50% off.

These Birkenstock sandals are 45% off.

This button front linen camisole for only $18..

These cute woven mules for 60% off.

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May 19, 2020

Summer Picks + Sales

Happy Tuesday!

Hope your week is off to a great start.

Since I have been home, I have been mastering the process of coloring my own hair.  It is something I have always wanted to do - and this "stay at home" order gave me the motivation to give it a try.  I have to say it is a learning process - especially trying to figure out which way to move my hand to apply the color to the roots - when looking at the back of my head in the mirror.  I am amazed at how well it has turned out - and I picked a color that I think actually is better than what my stylist had been using.  Most of all - I have to say I am loving the cost savings.  I am saving about $70 per month, which is a lot of money!

This wrap floral skirt is 50% off.

This cozy sweatshirt is back in stock - and 50% off.

These fun peach workout leggings.

This lace trimmed tank for only $13.

This leopard spring jacket is 65% off.

These seem to be very popular sandals for 30% off.

This comfy cardigan for 50% off.

These jean shorts are a great length and 45% off.

Just in case you missed it - I shared my 10 kitchen essentials HERE.

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May 16, 2020

10 Kitchen Essentials to Cook At Home

Happy Weekend!

Since we are all doing a lot of cooking at home, I thought I would share my 10 kitchen essentials.  I use pretty much most of these on a daily basis.

I have learned that good, healthy cooking is pretty easy. It typically starts with a base - like onions and garlic - to which you add spices and herbs, vegetables, and meat.  For me made from scratch food tastes so much better than any pre-packaged meals.  Growing up, I never ate any processed foods. I don't think I ever had a microwaved dinner. And, still today, I only eat homemade food. Also, I would suggest not using any "seasoning packets" - you can easily create your own spice mixes or grind the spices from seeds or dried peppers.

The more I cook, I have realized that I love Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Indian-inspired foods - like stir fry, hummus, mole and re-fried beans, and curry.  I love Italian-inspired foods - but not necessarily straight-forward Italian, like spaghetti.

Last night, we had beef stir fry.  It was grated ginger, garlic, scallions, some vegetables - carrots and broccoli - and beef (and you could use chicken or shrimp).  The sauce was soy sauce, dry sherry (real alcohol - not vinegar) - a little sesame oil, corn starch, and a little white sugar.  At the end sprinkle with some sesame seeds.  That is it. It is really simple.

 This classic chef's knife.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not use this knife.  I use it to chop pretty much everything.  I have been doing a lot of chopped salads - and it is great for chopping the kale and lettuces.

I have owned this microplane grater for years.  It is great for grating ginger, garlic, lemon/lime zest - which we used in many of our recipes.

 I could not live without this paring knife.  I use it for peeling apples, ginger, and rough cutting vegetables.  

 My covered sauce pan.  I use this to make my favorite oatmeal each morning - or homemade caramel sauce - or my favorite rice. 

I use this frying pan for pretty much any meal.  I also have the smaller and larger ones, too.

This cookbook - it is all the basics. It really helps to explain the basis of foods - and how to build on them to modify recipes - and make some tasty meals.

 These mixing bowls are great.  I use the small one to make my favorite chocolate cake.

These cutting boards.  I use these daily - to chop my salad, vegetables, etc.

And, this is my husband's favorite coffee grinder.


Just in case you missed it - I shared my thoughts on working from home HERE.

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May 15, 2020

Thoughts On Working From Home + My Daily Finds

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Happy Friday!

It's the weekend.  I had a busy work week as usual. I am ready to relax - and to not be stuck at my computer on chats and calls.  

I have to say though that I am loving working from home.  It is so nice to be able to make my lunch - have a clean bathroom - a clean office - and the comforts of home.  I actually wouldn't mind if I ever went back to an office.  I actually feel more productive at home - and enjoy working more - now that I am not commuting - and sitting in an office building all day.  I feel healthier - and have been happier.

I would hope that businesses would look at how they are still able to get work done (and possibly more work) with people telecommuting  - and there is less pollution to the environment - and less stress on employees that don't have long commutes each day.  I love that I don't have to get up as early - and that I can stay up as late as I want - and still be ready to work (and more awake) at the beginning of the day!  I actually am able to be ready to work earlier in the day. It's a win-win for my employer!

Those are my thoughts on working from home...  now, on to my daily finds...

These cute summer sandals for 60% off.

These white jeans for only $35.

My "go to" summer nail polish.

This fun bracelet.

These leopard espadrilles for 60% off.


This relaxed "lounge" sweater is 50% off.

This summer sundress is only $19.

I like this duvet cover - for a bedroom update.

These lipstick minis are my favorite.

This cute lace dress - in 3 great colors.

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May 14, 2020

5 Reasons to Not Buy a New Apple IMAC

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Happy Thursday! I hope you have had a great week so far.

I have debated writing this, but since I have struggled with this brand new - yet troublesome - Apple iMac for months - I wanted to share my experience in hopes to save others from the headache of buying an iMac.

I should preface this by saying I have worked on Apple (Mac) computers for over 20 years. I am very familiar with how they should run.  This new machine definitely does not live up to my expectations - and honestly, it runs worse than my 2014 iMac (and even my 2013 MacBook Air).  And, according to Apple, there is no problem with this machine - it performs as it should.

I would also like to include - these issues are not related to my Internet speed or connection.


#1 Unresponsive
The spinning wheel has become a constant companion with this machine.  It seems to come around anytime I want to do anything.  And, I mean anything - from opening System Preferences - to an application - to a file.  It doesn't matter the size of the file - or what I try to open - how little or how much I have open - it is just spins.

#2 Little power
It has very little power. I have to limit what I can open and run at the same time. 

#3 Slow
It runs extremely slow with pretty much anything I want to do. It takes forever to shut down, which I have to do often.  I usually end-up force quitting the machine because I can only wait for so many minutes before I loose my patience while the machine thinks about if it wants to shut down. 

#4 Restart
You pretty much have to shut this machine down every day and start from scratch - just to speed things up - and function at any manageable speed. 

#5 Lack of support
I have been calls with Apple (one of them was a very long call) - with no resolve.  I have taken the machine to the store a couple of times, where they have run tests, and totally erased my machine and started from scratch.  I have erased the machine a few times myself.  It is a headache to set up a machine each time - especially with no resolve.

I have realized through this horrible experience that Apple will drive you crazy trying to fix the machine - even if it just might be a "lemon".  They will not do what is right by just giving you a new machine.  Their best (and only) solution is to try to fix it - even if they can't find the problem - and it is a huge inconvenience to you.

 I am so sorry I bought this machine.  It has not been a good experience.

This v-neck sweater is only $8!

This summer tank is only $10.

These summer shorts are 40% off.

This classic blazer is 60% off - and a great color.

These sneakers are 40% off.

This comfy tank is 25% off.

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