Monday, July 31, 2017

Star Passage2

I recently received a copy of the book Star Passage Book 2 Heroes and Martyrs by Clark Rich Burbidge. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review, and as always I'll give you an honest opinion.
Available Through Amazon Star Passage Book 2

The Story

Bobby and Mike are brothers, and a life changing accidents leads the brothers toward adventure. Bobby believes that the accident is all his fault, and begins pushing everyone in his life away. But he meets a couple of people who make him think. The friends have a star which can transport them through time. And the star helps individuals learn important lessons in life. 

What I Liked

This book is geared toward young adults. Bobby and his brother Mike face a very real problem in life. How do you deal with things that are the result of one poor choice? Not a huge bad choice, but one that people make in their everyday life. I like that the author has created smart characters, who look for opportunities. And they follow the path that is presented to them. The book has religious themes so it provides readers with positive influences in their lives. All of these make this book a good choice as an end of the summer read for teens.

Star Blog Hop

It's always great to welcome new people into your life. And this week Elizabeth is new in my life. She has joined the blog hop as a cohost. Yay! Welcome Elizabeth, and may the hop bring you loads of adventures.
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Please join us in welcoming our newest FAMILY cohost:
(click to visit her wonderful blog)
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School


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WELCOME to the August "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Since the focus this week is on gardening, I thought I would share a blast from past called Tips For Cooking With Herbs

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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the August "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the July 2017 "You're the Star" blog hop)

5 Best Ways To Add Privacy To Your Garden by Comfort Spring
Add privacy to your garden with fences, hedges, screens and plantings
Floral Design Using a Hay Bale for the Container by Penny's Vintage Home

Gardening, Birdhouses, Backyard Birding


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday's Smiles

There are days when you wake up, and you think isn't my life great? Sometimes there is no particular reason for this coming to mind, but you know life is beautiful.  Today was one of those days for me.

Here are some of the reasons I know that life is beautiful today. I went out and realized that July 31st is National Embroidery Day. I am not an embroiderer, it's one of those things I wish I could tackle, but time is the problem. I was out and about, and there were some of the local embroiderers giving demonstrations on their craft. I thought to myself, isn't it great to see people share what they are passionate about.


Bumping into someone you having seen in years. It's always a reminder of where you have been in the past when you see them. And I always think of some of the things that I miss from that time, and the things that I no longer have to deal with.

Trying to figure out what I want to make for dinner. I heard about how people living in Venezuela are unable to afford food. It's just not available, due to the political issues in the country right now. And I realized I'  lucky to be able to open up the refrigerator and say to myself what do I want to eat. I think it's something we take for granted on a regular basis. And I'm glad that I am able to do it.

So what is bringing a smile to your face today?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Seeing The Wind

I remember having a discussion with someone once. You can't see the wind was what they stated. And it's true. You can't really see the wind, but you can see the result of the wind. We've all seen flags waiving, and we have all felt the wind blowing on our skin.

I remember riding my bike in the Keys when a huge tropical storm was coming through. There was a lot of wind with the storm, and it felt like it was blowing me backwards no matter how hard I peddled.

And then there was the time I drove through an extremely windy part of Texas, I think it was Texas, and all of the trees were kind of leaning. I mean they had grown that way, There was so much wind that the trees permanently leaned to the right. It was kind of a weird site.

And I guess the point of this is the wind is a powerful thing, and like all parts of mother nature. You should respect it, because it doesn't respect you.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 25

This last week has been quite busy. You so the thrifting was a little limited, but I did get out, and I found some super awesome finds as always.

The finds are small but mighty this week. They are simple, but they are oh so useful. My favorite find of the week. Of course it's that little change purse. 
I absolutely loved the floral pattern on this dress. It just had a nice breezy summer feel to it. Perfect for a summer party.
And of course that adorable little kitten coin purse. And a new coin purse is something I truly needed. 

So happy thrifting everyone!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mississippi Blood

I've been reading some books by Greg Iles. Remember the review I wrote of his books The Bone Tree and Natchez Burning. The last book in the trilogy is Mississippi Blood.

The Story

In this book, the trial takes off, and the truth comes out. Tom Cage gets his day in court. And he is finally able to tell his story. But first we hear the story of how the prosecution believes the murder of Viola occurred. It makes Tom look pretty bad, and you wonder throughout the story what is it that his lawyer is up to. But Tom finally tells his version of what happened. The story is full of a couple of twists that make you wonder what is going on. But it is all wrapped up in the end. And of course, justice is served.

What I Think

I liked most of this book. The court scenes in the book, are great. There is tons of action and twists and turns. While part of you knows what is going to happen at the end of the trial, another part of you thinks maybe that isn't what is going to happen. I felt like the ending of the series was a little weaker though. I don't know, I just wanted a little more justice for the real killer. It was a little bit of a let down to see him not get a day in court. (Hope that isn't a spoiler for you all.) And then there are those times, when Penn seems to take matters into his own hands. Who in real life can get away with that? But overall, this is a good book. And I really do recommend the entire series to all of my readers.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I'm Settled In

A little over a year ago, I had to change positions at my job. My position had been eliminated, and so I took another job. I was grateful that I was able to still have a job. So many laces you work at just give you a ticket to the unemployment office when they are eliminating jobs. But I had another option. I considered myself lucky.

At first I detested my new position. It was a huge change physically, emotionally, and mentally. I had a new set of co-workers. And like all co-workers, there are some you prefer to others. But I knew I did not like the position I was in. Then another one in the same building came open. The shift fit my lifestyle a little better. It wasn't perfect, but I could work with it. The work was a little more up my alley.

So a year has gone by, and I realized the other day, I've settled in. I've settled in to the routine. I've settled into how to navigate through this work environment. And I'm happy with the change. But I'm glad that I've settled in for the long haul. Because I've had jobs that I am miserable in, and life is just much easier when you are happy at work.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It's stuck!

Summer is here, and of course there are tons of items that seem to get stuck on everything. Ever had one of those times when you are in a parking lot, and a piece of gum gets stuck on your shoe? Here are some tips on how to get some of those items unstuck.

Gum On The Shoe

Peanut butter will help with this problem. If you rub it on the area, the oil in the peanut butter detaches the chewy goo. But who wants to do this? It's a little messy. An easier way to do this is wrapping the shoe in plastic, and then place it in the freezer. After a half hour, you can remove the shoe, and scrape off the gum.

The Label

We've all bought that perfect picture frame, and then realized that the label hasn't come off the way we planned. There is glue gum everywhere. The simple solution for this one, is WD-40. First you sock the glass in warm dish water for about fifteen minutes. Then you add your WD-40. Let it sit for a moment, and the sticky will wipe off almost instantly.

Bug Guts

Yep, bugs seem to just be drawn to the grill of your car in the summer. And running through the local car wash doesn't always seem to get the whole mess does it? Run to the hardware store and pick up some mineral spirits. Take a soft cloth and rub it over the area of your car. It's pretty simple. After the bug goo is removed, wash the area with a mild detergent, and wax it.

So hopefully these simple tricks will help you out this summer.

Monday, July 24, 2017

You're A Shining Star Blog Hop

You ever have times when you walk in somewhere, and you know. You just know this is going to be a fine mess. That was what happened to me yesterday. But we all survive messes, and they make us appreciate the good times just a little more don't they? And I am glad it is time for the blog hop. It's something to look forward to every Monday.


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WELCOME to the July "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Most people enjoy the outdoors. And creating a place for those small woodland creatures to thrive always brings hours of enjoyment to wildlife lovers. Here are some great tips to providing that little sanctuary to those woodland creatures.
Creating A Backyard Wildlife Refuge



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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the July "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the June "You're the Star" blog hop)

Easy Blackberry Jam by Comfort Spring
Blackberry Jam with chia seeds


Sweet Sweet Summer by A Day of Small Things....


How To Build Your Own Kitchen Sink Base by Grandma's House DIY
How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY


Watermelon Aqua Fresca by Comfort Spring Station
watermelon agua fresca close-up
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Will Artificial Intelligence Come To Life

Several years ago, I watched a movie called Artificial Intelligence. The movie made an impact on me, and I have thought about several times through the years. The movie is about robots. The robots look life like. And someone decides to replicate a child. It's strange to see how much the robot is like a real child. The robot is able to make an emotional connection to the humans it is purchased by.

The problem in the movie is what happens to these robots when humans no longer want them. There are those who see them simply as robots, and believe that they can just turn them off. But there are others who know that these artificial intelligent robots have developed emotions.

The movie came to mind when Elon Musk make his warning that artificial intelligence could destroy the world.  There are those who say Musk is being a little crazy with his warning. But I'm not one of them. His warning was a call to us to think through what we are creating. And that we should think through just how we are going to deal with this artificial intelligence. 

How are we going to deal with the possibility that the robots we are creating may develop their own free will? And as a result they may choose to do things differently than we planned. I believe it is a valid question that should be debated no only by scientists, but  by individuals throughout society.

And then earlier this week, I heard a story about artificial intelligence that really caught my attention. A robot in Washington D.C. drove itself into a pool of water. The question is did the robot malfunction? Or did it commit an artificial intelligence version of suicide? We'll never really know, but it is worth thinking about isn't it?



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Night Cowgirl

Sometimes when you are out and about, you find things that you don't expect. And this was the case when I was down at the local festival. It was a booth full of cowboy boots. This may not be too unique if you live in Montana, but I live in Indiana. It was something to see. Boots in all colors and styles were available.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome

This summer I picked up a book called The Lemon Jello-O Syndrome. It wasn't a book that was recommended to me. I hadn't read anything by the author, Man Martin, before this book. It simply caught my eye, and I thought try it out.

The Story

Bone King has a slight disability. He is unable to walk through doors. And it becomes a serious problem in his life. He receives treatment from a strange doctor, who doesn't recommend medicine. He recommends square dancing. But the treatment doesn't always work. And Bone finds that he has to decide who he can trust in life, and what he is willing to do to get well.

What I Think 

I liked this book. Bone is an odd character. He is writing a book on grammar, and he is working on his doctorate. But he is one of those individuals who doesn't have a lot of common sense. In some ways he is likeable, but in others he isn't. He just seems to get a little lost in life. And I actually like the character of Dr. Lemongello. I found that his unusual bedside manner was a breath of fresh air. And then there is that twist in the book, that makes you think about how do we trust the experts?

So, if you are looking for a book, with an unusual character, this book may be for you.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 24

Summer is just a great time for thrifting isn't it? I mean there are sales everywhere. You don't have to depend on the tried and true thrift stores. You can just go down the street, and you will find something for sale somewhere. So since there is an abundance of items this time of year. I decided to present some of my finds in a collage as a change of pace. Let me know what you think of the layout.
I was so glad to find a My Little Pony book. Those ponies are just adorable aren't they?


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Today I Am Grateful For

Earlier this week, I posted a picture of some of a flower I saw on a walk I took at a preserve. It made me think about gratitude. And what am I grateful for in life? I was reading a list of some items someone else was grateful for, and the list included a color.

And I thought to myself, what color am I truly grateful for?

Anyone who has been around me for any length of time knows that my favorite color is blue. Shades of blue are pretty prevalent in my life. I have a blue room in my house. I gravitate toward blue jewelry and clothing. It just relaxes me to see the color blue. But I'm not sure if this is the color I am most grateful for.

I thought that I really like bright pinks. You know the Hello Kitty Pink. It's bright. It's cheery, and it's cute. But that's not the color I am most grateful for.

I green sometimes. It depends on the shade. And maybe on my mood. But that's not the color I appreciate most.

The color I appreciate most is the one in this picture. The yellow orange in the flower. It makes me feel warm when I feel that shade of yellow. I think of the carefree days of summer. And I think of walks in nature.
So now you knw the color I appreciate most, what color are you truly grateful for?


Monday, July 17, 2017

You Are A Star Blog Hop

I once heard someone say that when things are the most difficult you are closest to getting a reward. I reminded myself of this the other day. Things aren't real difficult for me right now. but there are moments when I just get tired of doing the right thing. But thankfully this saying came to mind the other day when I just about had enough of what has been happening recently. I remembered that doing things the right way does pay off in the end. It's just when does the end of a cycle come?
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Welcome to week#3 of the July "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
July "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the June "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 Homemade patriotic Popsicles by A Fireman's Wife





Realities About Cellphone Radiation by Simple Indian Mom



10 Mom Night Out Ideas by Wife Mommy Me

How To Create a Strawberry & Lemon Mojito by Claire Justine





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It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ice Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

Ronald Reagan did something very important during his presidency. Really, he did! He declared July 17th as National Ice Cream Day! It's hard to believe that we had to wait until 1984 to have this declared, but there are things that have to be recognized at some point in time.

So I hear that there are a few ice cream giveaways around the country this year. The first one is at McDonald's. Check to see if your local McDonald's is participating in the promo. If it is, all you have to do is download their app, and you could get a free vanilla ice cream cone that day.

Next, Baskin Robbins is giving away a free slice of their Polar Pizza between noon and five on July 14th.

So there you have it two freebies to celebrate our love of ice cream.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sunshine Flower

Sometimes you see a flower, and it reminds you of everything summer is about. It has the color. It has the attitude, and most importantly, it's just there. When I saw how bright and carefree this flower looked the other day, I just had to get a picture of it. And I thought I would share it with all of you.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Simple Tips on Getting A Good Nights Sleep

I work third shift. And anybody who has worked third shift knows, everything in life revolves around sleep. When am I going to sleep? How do I keep the light out of the room when I sleep? Will someone call me on the phone while I am sleeping? But we all know that a good nights rest is actually the best way to make sure that you start your day out right.

Schedule

Creating a healthy sleep schedule is important. Your body needs to know when it is going to rest. That's why setting a bedtime for children is so important. But it's not just important for children, it's important for adults too. I always feel better when I stay on a sleep schedule. I go to bed around 6:00am. Yep, it's enough time to wind down when I get home from work, and I let myself wake up naturally. It's usually 2:00pm or before. I'm right on schedule for that seven to eight hours of sleep that is recommended. My body just knows what it needs.

Light

I try to get up and spend a little time outdoors each day. The human body really does crave some sunshine.  It helps with mood and energy during the waking hours. And once again it helps maintain the important sleep schedule.

OTC's

Over the counter meds really aren't as helpful as they might sound. I've found that often I get one really long sleep period, and then the next day, I don't sleep at all. It's weird and it can screw up your sleep patterns. Avoid them unless you are really ill and need extra sleep.

Listen

Your body will sleep when it needs to. I have found that there is just a da every once and a while where I sleep almost all day. I'm not kidding. But for one reason or another, my body needs to catch up on rest. Let your body do it. If it is occasional it's healthy. If it is routine then it's a problem. 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Who Really Wants To Be President?

The news has been filled with the usual about the "Russia Scandal". There are reports about who met who. Was it planned, and of course who was there? As I listen to these stories, the big question comes to mind. Who really wants to be president anyway?

Who wants to have everything they say scrutinized by the entire world? I don't. I mean there are times when a huge kerfuffle is made about things that don't really matter. I mean who really cares about some of the things the Donald tweets about. Why is it always in the news?

Who really wants their handshake to be scrutinized? And does it really matter in the grand scheme of politics? Has all of the debate over the meaning of the presidents handshake with the French president addressed the real problem? The real problem is climate control, and our lack of participation isn't it?

Who really wants to have other individuals regulate where we spend our weekends? I only wish I could go away each weekend. But I don't want individuals to tell me I shouldn't be going to my own vacation home for a visit.

So once again I ask, who really wants to be president anyway?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Creating a Backyard Wildlife Refuge

My faithful followers know that I really like wildlife.  I enjoy seeing birds, squirrels and chipmunks. But I live in a city. So I often don't get to see much wildlife. And then I realized I could put together a small wildlife retreat in my backyard that would attract these little animals that I really love.

It's a pretty easy project, that can bring hours of entertainment. It involves things that we have in our everyday lives.

Yep, those logs, can attract those small woodland creatures that we all find so adorable. It's simple the small nooks and crannies in these wood piles provide small hideouts for those animals. And wood often provides food for some of these little animals. It's natural!

Now, I know there are some of you readers who are saying I don't want to haul logs into my yard. You don't have to. You can use some of the twigs and brush to create a small refuge. Simple clear out an area. A lot of you already have compost piles, why not add this little extra?

There is one thing those of you who live in areas that are homes for poisonous snakes and scorpions. These piles can attract them. So make sure you all use caution when you approach the habitat you create!



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Should The Parent Decide?

I listened to the news today. There were the usual stories about Trump and his Russian connection. There were stories about Mosul. But one story grabbed my ear. The story of Charlie Gard. Charlie is only 11 months old. Charlie was not dealt a good hand in the genetic card game. He has a rare condition that leaves him with brain damage, and he is connected to life support. Charlie lives in Britain. And his parents want to take him to the States for a treatment that has a slim chance of saving his life.

But according to British law, Charlie's welfare has to be taken into consideration. And so Charlie's life hangs in the hand of the courts, not in the hands of his parents. The courts have decided that it is in Charlie's best interest to remain in Britain. It would be better for him not to receive the experimental treatment.

When I heard this, I thought something doesn't seem right. The courts are deciding if a parent has the right to try and save their child's life. It seems to me that these individuals are seeking out something good for Charlie. They want him to be able to live. I don't think that is an unusual desire for any parent.

But why aren't Charlie's parents able to decide this? It's because the experts say there is no point in trying. It's true, that the odds of the treatment may not pay off. But shouldn't it be up to his parents to decide and not the courts?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday's Star Blog Hop

Monday has returned. And I recently read a quote that came to mind today. Candy is nature's way of making up for Monday. It's true most individuals dread Monday's, but keep in mind you can't get to Friday without slogging through a Monday can you? Anyway, on to the hop!

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Welcome to the second week of the July blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Since I rambled on a little bit about Monday's in my intro. And most of people think about it is the dreaded beginning of the work week. I thought I would share a link to a post called I Want A Job Just Like...
Read, enjoy, and make sure you share today! 

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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the July "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 
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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team's blogs:
Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic
Darlene @ Let It Shine

Anna @ Cuddlebug Cuties
Angel @ Sew Crafty Angel


This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the June "You're the Star" blog hop)

Farmhouse Barn Doors by Penny's Vintage Home




Patriotic Fabric Card by Joy's Jots, Shots & Whatnots


Doily Table Runner by Howling at the Moon



Two 4th of July Banners by Antique Mamma

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Rainy Day

We all think of the sunny days of summer, but this year seems to be presenting an awful lot of rainy days. And they seem to be hitting me on my days off. So many people say they enjoy staying home and reading a book on a rainy day. And I enjoy doing that too. But there are a lot of things you can see on a rainy day if you go outside.
I think I will remember to my dying day, a day at summer camp. It was a rainy day. I mean a deluge. And if you are a child, and you are at camp. Spending time inside is just not an option. We all were out playing in the rain. We were jumping in puddles, and we were sliding around in the mud. And then low and behold, the camp clown came walking down the hill with his hands in his hair. His hair was covered in bubbles. Yep, he was washing his hair. It's an image that has stuck with me for years. And it has always reminded me that you either complain about what is going on around you, or you can embrace the moment.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 23

I really have been trying to cut back on some of my thrifting. I have set some goals on the amount of work I have to complete before I purchase any new items. So my purchases are a little less than they have been in the past, but no need to fear I have purchased items. Here are the finds for the week.
This week I picked up two shirts, a pair of shoes and a stamp pad. Not a big haul, but they are items that I can put to use. I love the little studs on the shoes and they are Anne Klein's. Life is full of great surprises. That ink stamp pad was only .50 cents. I really need it for some of the art journaling I have been doing.

But the tank top is my absolute favorite find of the week. I love the shiny sequined cross on the black background. It just screams cool.