28 February, 2010

Celebrating...the start of a new week

Well, it's time to get ready for a new week...but as we look to getting started with what is to come, let's take a quick look back---a blast to the past!!

Oldies but goodies. Remember when...

It took 3 minutes for the tv to warm-up.

No one had a purebred dog.

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When a quarter was a decent allowance?


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Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?.


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You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped without asking---all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And you got trading stamps to boot?.


Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?.


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They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed...and they did it!.

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No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition and the doors were never locked?.


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Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things that started "that cloud looks like a..."?


Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?.


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And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, that you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

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When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?


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Basically we were in fear of our lives, but not because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc., but because our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.


Remember summers filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar!

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Candy cigarettes?

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Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside?
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Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles?

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Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes?

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Blackjack, Clove anf Teaberry chewing gum?

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Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers?

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Telephone numbers with a work prefix (Yukon 2-601) or party lines?

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Hi-Fi's, 45 RPM records and 78 RPM records?

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S&H Green Stamps?

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And decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'? Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming 'do over!'?

Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?

Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?

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'Oly-oly-oxen-free' made perfect sense?

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?

And water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

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Now didn't that feel good to go back and say "yea, I remember that"?

Celebrate...and look to the past to plan your future!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

27 February, 2010

Celebrating...things that make you go "hmmmm"...

Thought I'd share a dozen things that will hopefully make you go "hmmmm". (Taken from: Interesting Facts - For your warehouse of useless knowledge)
  • A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
  • A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
  • An average person laughs about 15 times a day.
  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
  • "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
  • Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
  • During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants.
  • "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
  • In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  • Mosquitoes have teeth.
Celebrate...thinking about "stuff"!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

Celebrating...the incredible edible eggpressions!!

A friend forwarded this to me in the form of an email and I thought it was perfect to share! How creative to come up with these!!

I'm sure you'll be eggstatic over these...

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Hope you all have an

“Eggcellent” Dayyay!

Celebrate...EGGcellently!!!

Luv Ya!!

Pixxa

26 February, 2010

Celebrating...our 4 legged friends (puppies)

Martha Stewart is amazing to me! Don't get me wrong...I know that she has a huge staff of people who research and create and produce the items on her show, but I think there is something about Martha that just inspires people. She seems to be all about trying to make things yourself. Cooking your own restaurant quality food, doing your own gardening, and crafting your own things. So I try to watch as often as I can.

Earlier this week, I happened to catch part of her show. If you've ever seen her show, you know that Martha Stewart LOVES animals. She has quite an array of pets but I think her favorites are her French Bulldogs Sharkey and Francesca.

One of the segments of this particular show was how to make a dog sweater. It was very cute so I thought I'd share it with you.
Here's the link directly to the Martha Stewart site:
Dog Sweater Instructions

So if you have a cute little puppy, or have a friend who does, pull out your sewing machine and make a cute little sweater for your puppy to enjoy.

25 February, 2010

Celebrating...cute finds!

Thought I'd share some really cute things I've come across.

Was visiting one of my fav blogs, Hostess with the Mostess and found these cute little ideas for twisted icepop molds along with several recipes for homemade popsicles.

A while ago, I found a site for chocolate, Gayle's Chocolates, and...well I won't spoil it, but how cute is this?

Are you into photography? Whether you are or aren't, visit Dumpr for Photo Fun. This site will give you some interesting photo presentations. It's quick, easy and fun, and your friends will be so impressed.

Hope you enjoy!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

24 February, 2010

Celebrating...a taste of summer

Sorry...this post is a bit late. But I was thinking that with all of the snow storms and other winter weather still hitting so many states, today would be a good day for a nice cool, sweet, summer treat! In the midst of your busy day, why not make yourself a homemade lemonade.

Here's a simple recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slices

Directions

In a 1-1/2-quart pitcher stir together the water, lemon juice, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. If desired, chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe and image from Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com)

YUM! A little taste of summer can go a long way on a winter day!

Celebrate...a taste of summer!

Luv Ya!!

Pixxa

22 February, 2010

Celebrating...social media---safely

Today's post is not so much of a celebration, but more of a "be careful". I was watching the news last week and heard the story on the attached link and thought it was worth sharing.

You can either read the article or check out the video on the link:

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/social.media.burglars.2.1507170.html


So keep networking, but make sure you are aware of the information that you are putting out there!

Celebrating...safely!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

21 February, 2010

Celebrating...preparing for the coming week

It's Sunday evening and just like when you were in school, it's time to plan your week. Here are a few upcoming occasions to celebrate this week.
  • February is American Heart Month so make sure to take some time this last week of February to eat heart healthy, work on an exercise plan, and support heart health. For additional information visit www.goredforwomen.org or www.americanheart.org.
  • February is also National Black History Month. Celebrate by taking some time to discover some of the many contributions that Blacks have made. Some great sites to check are www.BlackFacts.com, 101 Fast Facts, Black History People, and The History of Black Inventors.
  • Feb 22nd is Single-Tasking Day; a day to do one thing at a time without feeling guilty.
  • W.E.B. DuBois was born Feb 23, 1868. Did you know that his full name is William Edward Burghardt DuBois? W.E.B. DuBois, a civil rights activist, sociologist, historian, and author, attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism including scholarship, integration, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, and politics.
  • Feb 25th is National Chili Day, a day to recognize chili as a staple...especially during the cold winter months.
  • Feb 26th Levi Strauss was born 1829 in Bavaria, Germany. He is responsible for creating the first pair of jeans, so don your 501s in celebration.
  • Feb 26th is also For Pete's Sake Day. A world wonders: after all these years, who is Pete and why do we do or not do things for his sake? For more information visit www.wellcat.com.
These are only a few of the things that you can celebrate this week. If you think of any others that you'd like to share, please leave a comment.

Celebrate and have a GREAT week!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

20 February, 2010

Celebrating...networking

I am not much for networking. In fact, I am rather shy in nature (though for some reason the people I hang around don't think I'm shy, but actually refer to me as outgoing...hilarious!!). But I am determined that I want to have a successful blog and to me success is defined by people tuning in to see what I have to say. (is that vain?)

One of the blogs and websites I follow is Crave Chicago. Taken directly from their website, CRAVE Chicago innovatively connects urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in Chicago. Our modern marketplace of soirees, gatherings and online networking serves as your ambassador to everything there is to CRAVE about the Windy City. Sounds good, right? So I signed up to attend the Crave Chicago Blissful Blogette Party, which was held this past Thursday at the J Bar Lounge.

I must say that I had a great time talking to women who blog. It was so interesting finding out how people started blogging, what they blog about and why they blog about what they blog about. It was fun sharing stories and hearing others as they explained the good and the bad of blogging.

I met several women and collected a few cards and over the next few days will be visiting their blogs. Here are some of the blogs and websites:
Hopefully the ladies from the blogs I can't remember will stop by my blog and leave a comment so that I can check them out too!

Thanks Crave Chicago for putting on such a fun event (including a complimentary champagne cocktail), for gifting me wih the Crave Chicago Guide - The Urban Girl's Manifesto, and for putting me in touch with such talented, successful and nice ladies!!

Celebrate...meeting new people!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

19 February, 2010

Celebrating...in a nick of time

I bet you thought that I wasn't going to get my post in today...(big grin!), but I'm here to post in a nick of time. And in celebration of that and the fact that it's Friday Night Dance Party time (or getting ready for the Friday Night Dance Party time), I thought I'd share a fun dance song. Enjoy!



And while looking for that, I found another fav:



And I couldn't go there without taking it here...



Celebrate...and enjoy the dance!

Luv Ya!
Pixxa

18 February, 2010

Celebrating...upcoming movies

So the Friday before Valentine's Day, I went to the movie solo to see the movie Valentine's Day. I absolutely LOVED the movie (yep, I'm a romantic at heart) and will definitely be buying it when it comes out on dvd. But that's not the reason for this post. I am actually posting about the 15 minutes of previews that were on BEFORE the movie started.

Before you think I'm complaining, I want to let you know that I LOVE seeing the previews. I like to know what is coming. And this 15 minute stretch did not disappoint!! There are so many movies that are coming out that I want to see. Here are a few:

Killers (sorry, unable to embed the video, but here's the link)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jUPUJ9vw20

Our Family Wedding


The Back-up Plan


and of course...Sex and the City 2


Celebrate...with popcorn!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

17 February, 2010

Celebrating...Staying on track


So...how are we doing? Afterall, we are 1-1/2 months into the New Year, and this past weekend was probably the first (or second if you celebrate Superbowl) occasion to jump off the diet bandwagon. Romantic breakfasts in bed, fancy dinners and delectable chocolates for Valentine's Day are great obstacles to staying on track with any weight goals. Are you still on track for diet and exercise and all of your other resolutions? Now is a GREAT time to take a peek back and see what you resolved to accomplish this year. What better day than Ash Wednesday (today) to re-affirm your plans for the year and make sure you are staying on track? I know that I haven't been as faithful to this blog as I am supposed to be. So I want to use Lent to build my discipline to post daily. Yes, for Lent I am giving up my lack of discipline and I will be writing everyday. This will help me to get back on the track that I set for myself for this year. How are you doing with yours?

Celebrate...a second chance to get and stay on track!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

11 February, 2010

Celebrating...smart spending


I absolutely LOVE Superbowl Sunday!! I am not a fanatic football fan, but I do enjoy watching the occasional game. But Superbowl Sunday is the pinnacle!! Not only do you get to watch the football game BUT you get to watch the fabulous work of those advertising and marketing professionals in their Superbowl COMMERCIALS!! Mind you, I love watching commercials anyway, but this day is supposed to have the best of the best! Afterall, this is the most expensive time to run commercials for the entire year.

So this past weekend, I rushed in the house just in time to catch Queen Latifah singing, and sat back ready to watch a wonderful game and see the new commercials. To make a long story short, I thought the first half (game and commercials) was a snore! The game picked up during the second half, but the comercials---I was DEFINITELY disappointed!!

After the festivities, I realized that I didn't remember seeing a Pepsi commercial. Well after 2 days of trying to figure out if I'd missed the Pepsi commercials, Demi Moore was on The Ellen Show and explained that Pepsi did not advertise this year, opting instead to donate $20 million dollars toward their new campaign, the Pepsi Refresh Project. The basic gist of the program is that they are accepting 1000 applications per month for the entire year, to distribute grants to people, businesses and non-profits who have ideas that will make a positive impact. What an absolutely COOL idea!!

Later, I was watching The Wendy Williams Show and she was chatting with guest Raven-Simone. Raven was talking about another initiative from Pepsi, called Pepsi We Inspire. This initiative is an on-line community for women to give them a platform to tell what inspires them, thus inspiring others.

What an awsome thing for Pepsi to do...instead of focusing on their bottom line and trying to be clever in advertising, they decided to put their money to good use and help people! Excellent strategy for building a loyal customer base!!

Check out these two Pepsi initiatives (links above) and...

Celebrate community!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

10 February, 2010

Celebrating...umbrellas

Was checking in with one of the blogs that I follow and found out that today is umbrella day. Interesting that this day isn't in the spring when most places in our country are more likely to have rain (rather than the snow the bulk of our country, especially the east, has been pummeled with over the past week), but nonetheless...it is cause for celebration!!

The post that I saw was on Paper Crafts Connection and since I thought Betsy Veldman did such a wonderful job, I thought I would refer you there (click here). Who knows, the craft projects that follows the umbrella information might make you want to pick up some paper and start crafting---especially if you are snowed in today!

Happy Umbrella Day!!

Luv Ya!
Pixxa

09 February, 2010

Celebrating...Valentine's Day---despite me!

I just can't seem to get it together! I was planning to help you through Valentine's Day party planning, but I just haven't gotten it done. But I just came across some helpful hints on Recipezaar.com so I thought that I would at least point you in their direction. The info is about a Budget Friendly Fare and provides recipes for several different courses. There was Cupid's Cosmo, Smothered With Love Chicken and Burning Love Chocolate Cream Cake...what more could you want?!! So if you are planning a party, you might want to check it out!

Burning Love Chocolate Cream Cake - Photo by Pamela/Recipezaar.Com

Hope you find something fun, interesting and sexy!! (wink!)

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

03 February, 2010

Celebrating...Valentine's Day Dessert Buffets

I swear that I am not turning this into a foodie blog---BUT (ha ha!), I came across 2 posts on Valentine's Day Dessert Buffets from Amy Atlas' blog Sweet Designs. They were so pink and cute that I just had to share.


Here's part one.

Here's part two.

Celebrate...sugar highs!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

02 February, 2010

Celebrating...over the top treats

First of all, my apologies!! Here I am supposed to be sharing fun and interesting celebrations with you, and I have done absolutely NOTHING for this weekend's Super Bowl party and I have definitely dropped the ball on the Valentine's Day Party plans. Sorry---life got in the way!!

But I had to stop what I was doing to post this. Here's a little background. This summer I am going to Cleveland, Ohio (to the National Barbie Convention, of course!). When I travel to other cities, I love to find out what the local specialties are so that I can taste them. I happened to be watching The Wendy Williams Show a few weeks ago (yes, I am a big fan---"how 'u doin'?") and a DJ Wendy used to work with mentioned a sandwich called a Polish Boy. When he described what it was, I added it to the top of my list of things to try in Cleveland. Well, Wendy, preparing for Super Bowl Sunday decided to show how to make the sandwich on her show today. OH...MY...GOSH!!! It's OVER THE TOP!!! That's all that I can say!! Well...that and I can't wait to try one!!! (big grin!) And this is alot for me because I typically don't like to mix my foods---yep, I eat one thing at a time.

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!! As for me...I'm waiting to have an authentic one in Cleveland before I try making one, but after that...well, let's just say that I already know what kind of bread I will be using!!

Celebrate...and pass the napkins!!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

Polish Boy Sub

Delish!

Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away and Chef Gregby Camp from “Mickey Flickey’s Amazing Wings” is teaching us how to make one of Cleveland’s signature dishes, the Polish Boy.

The four basic ingredients are polish sausage, cole slaw, barbecue sauce and french fries. That sounds like heaven to us!

Ingredients:

  • A toasted 7″ steak of sausage bun
  • 7-inch all-beef Polish sausage, preferably Kosher (each sausage is about 3 to 3 1/2 ounces)
  • Coleslaw
  • French Fries
  • Barbecue sauce (Mickey uses his secret-recipe sauce; viewers can use their own recipe or store-bought BBQ sauce)

Directions:

  • Deep fry the sausage for 4 to 6 minutes in 350ยบ vegetable fry oil.
  • Remove sausage (don’t drain), then grill for 30 seconds on each side, just enough to dry the sausage.
  • Dip the sausage link (using tongs) into some barbecue sauce.
  • Place the BBQ covered sausage in a toasted bun.
  • Using a serving spoon, cover the sausage with creamy coleslaw.
  • Using tongs, cover coleslaw with french fries.
  • Using a 1 1/2 ounce ladle spoon, drizzle fries with BBQ sauce.

Serve and enjoy!

If you’re in the Cleveland area, make sure you stop by:
Mickey Flickey’s Amazing Wings
4818 Turney Road
Garfield Heights (Cleveland), OH 44125
(216) 341-4818