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From Diapers to Denim and Beyond

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From Diapers to Denim and Beyond

A Parent's Prayer:
Dear Lord:
Please give me the
Strength of an ox,
Patience of a saint,
Memory of an elephant,
Wisdom of a psychic

“It takes a village to raise one child”; discipline and love are the principle factors.



Diapers

Children do not ask to be born nor do they come with an instructional manual. Parenting is a twenty-four seven, lifetime commitment. A huge, personal and social sacrifice but has its own rewards. They are our kids for better, for worse and forever.

Bending the Twig

Kids are cuddly but can also be temperamental and spiteful. We do not return spiteful tactics. This scars them for life; however, we do not reward bad behavior either. We sit them down and explain right from wrong. We also learn from them as they learn from us.



Raising a child is like growing a flower, you must ensure that the stem grows straight and strong so the flower can bloom. 

We create the foundation for our children which includes discipline with love; firm but l…

Paranormal Encounter: The Pearl Earrings

The following is based on a true event.

November of 1994:

After several months of in and out of hospitals,  I decided my mom's declining health would be best attended in a Nursing Home

My extensive commute to and from work in Manhattan, coupled with household responsibilities, made it virtually impossible to give mom the proper home care.

I had just returned from a long visit with mom at the Nursing Home, when the phone rang. It was our family physician announcing that, within one hour of my departure, mom had passed on.

It was bittersweet. For the most part, mom had ruled and controlled my life; yet an empty feeling prevailed since my (at the time) young adult son shared a very special bond with his grandmother.

I took a deep breath; I needed to make arrangements for my mom’s "journey".

The funeral home provided a beautiful blue gown for her. As a Roman Catholic, the traditional rosaries were available for entwining between and over her fingers; however, I chose to break tradi…

How to Roast a Succulent and Perfect Turkey

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I have been hosting Thanksgiving 13 years and would really enjoy taking a year off from the Tom Turkey Project; however, there would be a gap.  I have my own way of prepping and cooking the famous bird and feel the need to share with my readers.
I always ordered and cooked the frozen turkey. Then 3 years ago curiosity and a change of pace had me purchase a fresh bird and so glad I did. The only problem is that a fresh turkey does not come with a lifter; hence, I created my own. See the illustration at the end of this article.
Items needed 70 inches of twine for make-shift turkey lifter 4 Sticks Unsalted Butter Salt and Pepper 

Thanksgiving Eve  Remove giblets and anything that doesn't look right. Rinse the bird inside and out. I run a cup of warm salt water through the bird to ensure the insides are clean.
Place in the refrigerator on a shallow pan and cover the bird with plastic wrap. This ensures freshness and keeps the bird moist.
Thanksgiving morning: Remove bird from the refrigera…

Creating the Year Round Wardrobe

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When we look good, we feel good. Age is not the issue. This applies to all ladies including the sensual senior citizen.
We open the closet, scan our wardrobe and decide we have nothing to wear for that special event.
The mistake we make is buying clothes that are one-dimensional, impracticable, worn only once then shoved to the back of the closet. A waste of precious dollars.
What’s wrong with this picture? The four seasons no longer exist. We have gone from winter into a few days called spring then smack into the hot days of summer; hence, our wardrobe is no longer preset for any one season. 
Today’s smart fashionista knows that all-year round outfits can be a hit when properly accessorized.

By optimizing our wardrobe, we are simply purchasing accessories for what we already have in the closet; hence, giving each outfit at least two or, three different looks. It is also about being able to dress it up or dress it down. This is less stress on the brain and makes for lighter packing, whil…

Revamp Your Shopping Strategy at the Supermarket

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Make the list in advance.Planning the week’s meal,Never Shop on an Empty Stomach. Stay on Budget. Beware of possible food contamination. It’s all about the food. What people do not realize is that there is a right and wrong way to do this.
Make the list in advance. A mental list is okay aisle by aisle if you have the memory of Kreskin but a physical list works better and more efficiently when you write down the items as you run low or completely out of them.  Make certain you have an ample amount of cash in addition to your credit card. Sometimes technology is not friendly at the checkout and cash is the savior.


Planning and cooking in advance for the week. The working professional or homemaker plans, cooks and freezes the week’s meal in advance which is a lifesaver after a long day at work. Plan at least 3 or 4 menus so that variations of these menus may be created as an alternative. 
Never Shop on an Empty Stomach When you are h u n g r y everything looks good and you end up purchasing…

Dressing Down Through The Decades

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Thank God it’s Friday (TGIF).
Along with morning coffee, those words still put a smile on our face.
The Origin of Casual Friday
Back in the early 70’s, a prestigious bank in the Wall S
treet area generated a memo announcing the pantsuit as the official Friday “Dress-down” attire for all female employees. Male employees were permitted to shed their ties and suit jackets; hence Casual Friday was created.


Subsequently, within that decade, a "Jeans 'n' Sneakers" policy was also approved, but restricted to Corporate Management with business-related air travel; otherwise, the corporate dress code remained in effect.

Casual Friday was monitored and continued to produce favorable results; hence, jeans and sneakers were officially deemed acceptable as Friday’s “dress-down” for all essential and non-essential employees.
The one drawback ensued regarding Friday's clients and visitors. The options were weighed as follows: Arrive at the office in full corporate attire then change in…