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Something Beautiful Every Day: Pink

ObjectIt makes me happy that someone would have PINK RIMS!

objectMy grandma’s old porch rocker.  Underneath the pink are layers of shades of green and a red even my mom doesn’t remember.pinkhairMy daughter and I bought pink wigs at Otakon 2015 and had a lot of fun with it!  I felt shy about posting this photo but I ended up deciding to use it because my daughter was excited for both of us to buy wigs and wear them AND she commented on how not many moms my age would be having fun with this and she liked that I would enjoy this with her.

My mom feels young at heart even though she is 86.  I feel young at heart no matter how the years pile on.  The truth is that age doesn’t matter.  It’s how you feel inside that matters.  And those of us who like to have fun  shouldn’t feel shy about showing who we are.  So wear your big hair, pink wigs, vintage clothes or whatever it is that makes you beam inside.

 Be Bold.  Be You.  Be Happy.

Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

P.S.  I could not stop playing with my hair!

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7 Things to Do When You are Snowbound

Photo from My First Day Out After Snowmageddon 2015:

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I’ve just spent the past 13 days at home surrounded by snow.  I chimed along with all the  comments on Facebook, but inside I had a dirty little secret.  I’ve enjoyed being stuck at home!

I’m constantly on the run so I’ve treated this solitude like a mini vacation.  I hope some of these ideas might be fun for you and yours.

  • Have a movie marathon:  We watched all of the Harry Potter movies again.  So nice to not have to wait a year in between the next installment.  Another series I would recommend is The Lord of the Rings.  It takes a few hours but it’s worth it.  If you’d rather catch some old black and whites, I don’t think you can beat Jimmy Stewart in Harvey or You Can’t Take it With You.
  • Get creative in the kitchen.  I mixed up a master baking mix and used it to make a gooey chocolate cake in the Crockpot.  Drag out a cookbook.  Find something that makes you excited and give it a try.
  • Eat snow cream.  Snow + milk + sugar + vanilla = YUM!  You remember this treat from your childhood days.  It’s still good.

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  • Sleep.  I caught up on my rest by going to bed when I wanted and getting up when I wanted.  No where to go = no schedule needed!  The couch is your friend when you’re on a snowbound vacation.
  • Start a project.  Eventually, you will want to get up off the couch.  After watching Gala Darling’s Ted Talk, I located my copy of Radical Self Love Boot Camp and started through the course again.  It made me happy to see my pic holding the journal I had decorated for the course mixed in with several others in the collage on the big screen behind her!
  • Spring Clean.  I’ve found the absolute best book on decluttering.  It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  With all this free time, I’ve whizzed through the first few categories and I am well on my way to a simplified home.  I figure if you clean now while the weather’s sloppy, you’ll be able to fly around shopping, travelling and eating out once the weather gets pretty because you will already be done with all that cleaning stuff!  

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  • Read a good book.  I pulled my copy of The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman off the shelf and immersed myself in her stories once again.  What’s your favorite?  Maybe you could reread that coming of age novel you loved when you were 13.  Or pick one from your stack of unread books.  Come on…if you’re like me you know you’ve got a stack like that.

Those are my seven.  All right you creative bloggers and readers…what are some of yours?  I need some new ideas for the next snow!

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Live Your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

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(Outfit details:  Gap jeans, thrifted.  Butterfly top, Belks.  Tomato Red cardigan, gift.  Scarf, knitted by my best friend, Thank You, Laronda!  Boots, Jumbo UGGS, made in Melbourne, Australia.)  I am planning a tutorial on Ugg Boots.  I learned a lot researching this.

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Sometimes I Just Want to be a Plain Jane

Some days I just want to be comfortable.

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Some days I just want to relax.

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Sometimes I just want to be a plain Jane.  How about you?

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

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(Outfit details:  Top, thrifted.  Black heart earrings, Claire’s Boutique.  Socks, Burke’s Outlet.  Converse, Payless.  Pin on shoes, North Market, Columbus, Ohio.)

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Rescue Kitty and Leopard

A few weeks ago my daughter discovered a stray kitten wandering around my mom’s yard.  It’s eyes were running, it had no hair on it’s nose, but she thought he was beautiful.  We brought him home and gave him a steady diet of food, water and love.  Look at him now!

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Like cats everywhere, he has to be in the action.

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What I’m wearing:  Just a casual outfit for errands and lunch out with my mom.  Leopard cardigan, Belks.  White shirt, thrifted.  Jeans, rue21.  Red tennis shoes, Target.  Red heart earrings, Claire’s.  Leather belt, Eddie Bauer.  Note:  A sales clerk at Eddie Bauer told me their items are guaranteed for life.  Just save your receipts.  So this is my BELT FOR LIFE.

Namu is curious about the flashing light and clicking noises.

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Ready for his own blog with this profile shot.

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Namu and his shadow.

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Namu followed me around as I made pictures documenting the changing of the seasons. Sometimes, I’m so caught up in what I’m doing that I miss the gradual changes.  I catch the first tinge of gold and then the next time I remember to look up it’s a full blaze or reds, oranges and golds.  I promised myself that this year I would stop and smell the goldenrod.  Which would be a bad idea since it fires up my allergies, but you know what I mean.

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The changes are subtle.  This year I don’t want to miss a thing.

Until next time,

Debbie

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Summer Brights

I don’t always wear my heart on my sleeve but I do wear my thoughts on my tee.

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Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

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I always dreamed of being a writer.  Besides blog posts and columns, I write poetry, essays and short stories.   I keep looking for new ways to make my dreams come true.

What dreams do you have?  Are you working on making them come true?

I’m participating in Share-in-Style this week with the ever lovely Sacramento.  She inspires me with her style AND with the thoughtful posts she sometimes shares.  Our Share-in-Style prompt is “Summer” and nothing says summer to me more than summer brights.  I found this midi/maxi skirt at Goody’s and fell in love with it’s versatility.  I wore it here as a midi skirt.  Halfway through the day, I pulled it down into a maxi.  I love the versatility of the wide waistband that can be folded or not for differing lengths.  I like this style so much I have also bought one in black and one in a gray and black stripe.  What says “summer” to you?

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

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Girls Day Out

My best friend and I were planning a day out.  Our first question after deciding where we were going was “WHAT ARE WE GOING TO WEAR?!?”

I need to build an outfit and I want it to be girly.  I start with a pink scarf.

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Add some over-the-top earrings…

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Big girls can still like “Hello Kitty”, right?

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With all this color noise, I need to turn down the volume with some neutrals.  Part of our day will involve a walk, so I want to be comfortable and casual.  I add a white top and denim shorts.  Pile on a bold ring to match the earrings and a pink flower vintage pin and I’m good to go.

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What I’m wearing:  Scarf, local store.  White top, Belk’s on sale.  Denim shorts. Walmart.  Belt, Eddie Bauer Outlet.  Earrings, retail store.  Ring, local store.  Purse, Burke’s.  Flip-flops, local store.  Vintage flower pin.

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I’ll post next time about our girl’s day out and show you the final version of what I ended up wearing.  We had an unusual day in a place we just discovered!

Until next time…live your lemonade life!

Debbie

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Love and Danger

Pink signifies love, romance and friendship.  Red signifies danger, energy and passion.  Put them together and you get a a dangerous friendship, an energizing romance, a passionate love…or maybe just a brilliant color combination.

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Red and pink together remind me of Molly Ringwald’s red hair and pink dress in Pretty in Pink.  It’s a cute, fun and girly combination.

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One of the easiest ways to get dressed is to go with one of your favorite color combinations.  What are some of yours?

Live Your (Colorful) Lemonade life,

Debbie