Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Who's Wearing What Wednesdays #4


We're having a party!!  A linky party!!  

Welcome to Week 4 of our linky party!!  If you're new to the party, welcome.  If not, welcome back!!   Be sure to share this party with others, so that we can watch it grow!

I'm feeling a little blue.  Not sick, but feeling the blue palette of Carylee's outfit.  Carylee, who blogs at More Pieces Of Me, is wearing a shape flattering blue print sheath dress.  She brings out the black in the dress with her tights and heels.  And she adds another layer of blue with her stylish coat.  I love that this dress can be worn during all seasons.  You can check out more of Carylee's looks on her blog.
photos courtesy of morepiecesofme.com

Do you have a piece of clothing for all seasons?

photo courtesy of stylehonestly.com

Our most viewed look from last week's link up is...
Tiffany from Style Honestly 
She always has great style with color.  Visit her link party, Beautiful You, as well.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Feel The Music #29

I like all kinds of music.  Some genres I listen to more than others.  I was never really a big rock fan, although I loved most of the rock music from my childhood.  This song is one of my favorite rock songs.  



Soundgarden gave us this great song, and even greater music video.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the video.  Whatever happened to these guys?  The song for this week is "Black Hole Sun".  

Enjoy!!








Monday, November 24, 2014

Reasons To Avoid Black Friday Sales

On Thanksgiving Day, we celebrate with family and friends.  We give thanks for all that we have been blessed with.  But the next day, Black Friday, we forget what we have and seek out more.

We get trapped into a retail whirlwind, to purchase items, most that we don't even need.  We camp out in front of stores overnight, sometimes for days.  We brave the cold and long lines for material things.

I admit, I did the whole "Black Friday" thing a couple of times.  Didn't even sleep to stay up until the wee hours for a DVD player.  I ran in the store, grabbed what I needed and got in line.  But, no one could check out immediately.  I stood in line FOREVER!!

I went back to the store later on that day.  I was so sure that they would be wiped out of everything.  To my surprise, there was plenty of merchandise in stock!  You mean to tell me that I fought the crowds for nothing?!  Needless to say, I have never done it again.



It is not really worth it to go through the drama of Black Friday.  Here's why:


  1. Crowds.  I don't care for crowds as it is.  But God can't get that many of us to come to church, but we will take off work, leave the kids home alone, camp out for a Black Friday sale.  And even worse, some people actually bring their babies and toddlers with them.
  2. Supply.  Don't be fooled by 'only 5 in stock'.  There is plenty of merchandise available.  They want you to come out early and spend, spend, spend.  If you can hold out, you will more than likely be able to still shop peacefully for that item.
  3. Online Sales.  I have found that the sales are usually better online.  One year, I was shopping for some leather boots.  The shoe department, and the seasonal cashiers, were a mess.  So, I quickly purchased a purse and left.  I went home, got online, and the boots were cheaper.  And I even had a coupon on my receipt for an additional savings.  Better sale, no frustration.  Be beware of hackers on Cyber Monday.
  4. Go For Broke.  People tend to spend all that they have at these sales.  And then a few days later, they have no money for their bills.  Mortgage, rent, utilities are more important than anything you will purchase on Black Friday.  I'm just saying.
  5. Life is Precious.  Yes, your life is at risk during these sales.  People have been trampled, beaten, and worse.  Remember how moms acted behind the Elmo dolls one year?  If things get crazy, turn around and exit the building.  Your life is worth more than the sales.
Happy and safe shopping!!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Math Tip Of The Day: Solving Proportions

A proportion is a relationship between two ratios, or fractions.  Solving proportions can be very easy to do.  The tricky part is setting up the proportion correctly.

Take this problem for example:


A jet travels 410 miles in 2 hours. At this rate, how far could the jet fly in
9 hours? 

You can set up a diagram to ensure that your proportion is done correctly.  The key is to match up the items in the problem.  This particular problem is relating miles and hours.  So when setting up your proportion, you must match them up accordingly.  

The jet travels 410 miles in 2 hours.  We do not know how many miles it travels in 9 hours.  In the diagram below, notice how the hours are matched together, and the miles as well.  Since we do not know the number of miles it travels in 9 hours, the value is listed with a variable of 'x'.


Once you have set up your proportion correctly, then you can begin to solve it using cross multiplication.  You will multiply 410 x 9 = 3690.  Then you will divide this amount by 2.  3690/2 = 1845.   Therefore, your answer is 1845.  Quite easy, yes?!  Now try one on your own!

An ice cream factory makes 160 quarts of ice cream in 10 hours. How many quarts could be made in 48 hours?  


Where you able to set up the proportion correctly?

**words problems courtesy of math-aids.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Moist Chocolate Cake

I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate cake.  I want to love it so badly, but it's just not one of my favorite things.  The problem is that most chocolate cakes that I have encountered are very dry.  Very dry!

I have maybe tried 3 chocolate cakes that I've found to be delicious and moist.  My brother makes a very good chocolate cake, but he hasn't made one in a long time.  My favorite bakery, Bakery Lorraine, has a devilishly moist chocolate cake (we are actually ordering one for Thanksgiving).  But it's been hard finding  a recipe for a super moist one.  But I think I'll give this recipe a try.

photo courtesy of mybakingaddiction.com

The recipe, from My Baking Addiction, uses coffee, something I definitely do not have an acquired taste for.  But maybe, that's what helps give it rich flavor and moistness?!  We shall see.  I will test this recipe out to see if I've found a winner for moist chocolate cake.

What is your recipe for moist chocolate cake?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Who's Wearing What Wednesdays #3


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The Who's Wearing What Wednesdays feature is now a linky party.  

Welcome to Week 3 of our linky party!!  If you're new to the party, welcome.  If not, welcome back!!   We only had a nice increase in link ups last week.

This week's look takes a classic black dress and kicks it up a notch. The black and white striped sleeves add some contrast to the dress.  But that coat!!  I love it!  It is beautifully made and looks so good with the black and white.  Nice job, Michelle and thanks for linking up.  See more of Michelle's looks over at her blog, Michelle's Pa(i)ge


courtesy of michellespaige.blogspot.com
Do you own a colorful winter coat?


Our most viewed look from last week's link up is...
Karen from Lady in Violet
I love the sweater dress and the handbag.  Congrats on being featured again.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Feel The Music #28

Last week's song reminded me of the 80's. This week's song is actually from that era.  The 80's was a time of music explosion.  So many new artists appeared on the scene, even some one-hit wonders.  But I remember listening to this song and many great others by this group.  



The Jets were a group unlike any we had seen before.  Composed of many siblings, the artists were originally from the South Pacific.  But they, as well as their music, were well received by the industry.  The song for this week is "Make It Real".  

Enjoy!!







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