Monthly Archives: May 2014

Flip Flops Mean Summertime in the South

Sweet tea, screened porches and flip flops are all signs of warm weather in the South.  I make a delicious brewed sweet tea, or so my friends say.  I have an old metal rocker that belonged to my grandmother sitting inside my screened porch.  Everything is perfect…almost.  The one dark spot is that although I have the requisite flip flops, my discolored, misshapen toenails were nowhere ready to see the light of day.

To the rescue came my best friend, Laronda.   Laronda has been a nail tech for years and she is excellent at what she does.

If you have less than stellar nails, see what a professional nail tech can do for you.  By the time Laronda was finished I had perfectly pretty normal looking nails.

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Thank you, Laronda, for making my southern summer complete!

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

 

 

 

What is a Lemonade Life?

I got a courtesy phone call the other day from The Most Pleasant Woman Who Works at GoDaddy.  We were chatting away like old friends while she went about updating my account. When we got to the domain name of “I Love My Lemonade Life” she asked, “So…are you loving your lemonade life?”

I honestly replied, “I’m trying…you know how that goes.”  Then we had a nice laugh.  But our conversation got me to thinking…just what is a lemonade life?  Of course, we all know it’s about making the best of things, but what are some tangible ways we can do that?  I came up with a few.

  • Being thankful for and using well what we have instead of fretting over what we don’t have
  • Being content wherever we are, while also doing our best to make where we are better
  • Saying an encouraging word that builds up instead of a negative word that tears down
  • Being able to look at our life realistically and go from there
  • Being kind and positive with ourselves and letting that lightness radiate out to others

These are things we all try to do.  Some days we nail it and other days we fail, but every morning we get a new chance to live again.  We’re taking those lemons…adding some sugar…and making the best life out of it that we can.

Photo courtesy of The Citizen Rosebud

I like sharing all these hopes and dreams and thoughts with you.  And I love hearing from you.  What are some ways that you strive to live the best life you can in your real world circumstances?  How do you live your lemonade life?

Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

Always Young at Heart

Some people can inspire you just by their presence.  It’s not so much what they do, although they do quite a lot.  It’s more about how who they are comes through in everything they do.

My mom is one of those kinds of people.  She is young at heart and I think that’s why I never feel any older, either.  She just turned 85 a couple of days ago and sure she has some aches and pains that come with aging, but…

…she still loves to go out to restaurants for lunch.  And nothing is up her alley more than a good old all day long shopping trip.  She still drives and you won’t find her sitting around the house if it’s a beautiful sunshiny day out like today.

I’ve learned unconditional love from her.  And how to enjoy life.  One of her favorite sayings is,” You never know what a day may bring.”  And, of course, she’s referring to something good happening because that’s just how her mind works.

I’m thankful to have had a happy childhood and a mother who loved me and showed me that life can be fun.  Lessons like that can carry you through the inevitable bad times you go through in life.

When you’ve grown up being VISIBLE to someone, it makes it easier to remember that you matter.

So this is just a short post to honor my mom.  And to give you a little background about where my positive “I Love My Lemonade Life!” philosophy comes from.  I couldn’t have ended up any other way with a mom like mine.

Happy Mother’s Day, Momma!

When you comment, if you like please share if there is a special person in your life who has given you inspiration!

Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

Why Don’t You…Try a 30 for 30 Remix?

As I talked about in an earlier post, my first blog was Thrifty Girl Vintage which began just before a Winter 30 for 30 Remix was starting.  If you are not familiar with the term, a 30 for 30 Remix is where you pick out 30 items of clothing, including pairs of shoes, and mix and match only these items for the next 30 days.  The other catch is that every day you have to have a new ensemble.  No two outfits can be exactly the same.  You can spice up your outfits with scarves, hats, belts, gloves, purses and jewelry as these do not count in your 30 items.

You certainly don’t have to be a blogger to try a 30 for 30 remix.  I would encourage anyone to give it a try.  Reading about someone else’s 30 for 30 remix gives you head knowledge but doing it yourself gives you practical knowledge.  You will realize how few clothes you really need and you will be surprised at how creative you can be when faced with limited resources.

When picking out your 30 items you will want quite a few versatile items with a few interesting items thrown in so you won’t get bored.  The items in my first 30 for 30 remix consisted of tops in white (2), brown (2), orange, pale pink, hot pink, black and black/white striped.  Next were Jeans in dark, light and gray denim, as well as pants in black and dark gray.  Also included were a denim skirt, khaki skirt, camouflage print skirt, black skirt and a basic black dress.  Vests and cardigans were used to change up the looks.  Two vests were chosen, one denim and one olive military style.  My last three items of clothing were cardigans in orange, purple and bright blue.  For shoes, there were brown fur-trimmed shoes, black patient shoes, vinyl rain boots, sweater boots and a pair of black slip-ons.

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After you choose your 30 items, put them together in a special area of your closet or on a free standing rack in your bedroom.  These are the only clothes you’re going to wear for the next 30 days!

Remember, scarves, belts, hats, gloves, purses and jewelry are just like celery on a diet…they don’t count!  Wear as many as you want.  Use all you have.  Try new combinations.

This Winter 30 for 30 Remix took place in February.  The idea is that by the time you are close to the end of a season you are tired of your clothes and are longing for the next season to begin.  So you take advantage of your wardrobe malaise, by doing a remix.

Here is my Winter 30 for 30 Remix from February 2011.

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On the last photo I was giving a big “thumbs up” for making it to the finish line!

Later that year I joined in a Spring 30 for 30 Remix.  I’m not sure how popular remixes are these days, but I would like to do a Summer and a Fall Remix so I can at least have completed one for each season.

I hope I’ve encourage you to consider doing a remix.  Maybe in the future we can join up and do one together!

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

Sunshine and Shine On

Thanks to Elsie of The Cooking Wardrobe for nominating me for the Sunshine and Shine On Awards.   These awards ask you to shine a light by on your life by telling some random facts about yourself.  I learned a lot about Elsie in her post here.

  • Here are some random facts about me…
  • My birthday is on Leap Year.
  • I have three grown children.
  • I love to play Balderdash.
  • I write fiction and poetry.
  • If I could have a secret super power it would be invisibility.
  • Red Lobster is my favorite chain restaurant.
  • I love Miss Marple from the Agatha Christie mysteries.
  • I’ve been married for 26 years.
  • I  have two house cats.
  • I have a season pass to Dollywood.
  • I try to be a vegetarian!
  • I am young at heart like my mom.
  • I like to sit on my front porch.
  • My favorite leisure activity is reading.
  • My favorite movies are The Lord of the Rings trilogy and my favorite old black and white’s are Harvey and You Can’t Take it With You.
  • I really do like lemonade.

The rules for the award are:

The Sunshine Award

Rules of the Sunshine Award:

  • Use the logo below in the post.
  • Link to whoever nominated you.
  • Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
  • Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.”
 Shine On Award

Rules of the Shine On Award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Show appreciation by acknowledging the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and happily pass on this award, making sure to link their blog into your post.
  • Contact your chosen bloggers and let them know.

Every kindness needs to be passed along!  I know that some bloggers may already have these awards or may not have the time to participate.  So, if I nominate you and you aren’t able to join in,  just accept my thanks.  On with the nominations:

And for those bloggers I regularly read or are just getting to know…thank you for inspiring me with your words and images!

Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie