Thursday, April 28, 2022

Make Mother's Day And Every Day Special With Joyamo Jewelry

Looking for a special gift for Mom or Grandma on Mother's Day? Joyamo has a wonderful selection of custom-made bangles with engravable charms and a sentimental collection of charm bracelets for grandmothers   that make ideal gifts on Mother's Day, birthdays, or any day!

Joyamo Custom Name Necklaces & Jewelry sent me a beautiful silver bangle bracelet with heart-shaped charms that have the names of my three grandchildren on them and I wear it with pride. It's such a pretty bracelet---I love it!
When you order items from JoyAmo, you're getting handmade jewelry by expert artisans that are checked thoroughly by their QA team before being delivered to you. All products are made with high-quality metals and have a perfect finishing. New collections are created on a monthly basis to offer up-to-date looks of the latest fashion trends.  They also offer vintage motifs and patterns but have reinvented the style to fit the personality of today's consumers. 
JoyAmo's inspiration for designing their new pieces are mothers, best friends, lovers, and families. You can add your personal touch to each item by choosing the number of charms you want, or a special message of love engraved on the piece (name, date, or phrase). Once you receive your order, follow their tips for keeping your gold and silver jewelry in pristine condition and safe from tarnishing.

If this sounds like a gift you need for yourself or a loved one, check JoyAmo's online store for a magical experience.
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Friday, April 22, 2022

Fly On The Wall With The Flying Raisins

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, there are three of us bravely opening our homes to you (as if you were a fly) to see what goes on behind closed doors. 

Speaking of flies, this is the time of year when they seem to swarm the backyards of our neighborhood. Whenever we have outdoor barbecues, everything has to be covered to prevent the nasty insects from landing on our food. Just last night, seven flies (yes, SEVEN!!) snuck into our house while we were eating dinner. The dogs went nuts, leaping into the air and snapping at them. My nephew calls the flies "flying raisins"....gross, I know, but accurate because apparently, my dogs think flies are treats. 

I got a small reprieve from the flies a few weeks ago when Hubs and I went to St. Augustine for our 38th wedding anniversary (I didn't see a single fly!). We've been taking this vacation every spring for the past six years, but this time we wanted to try some new things during the trip, so we signed up for a day of jet skiing and an afternoon on the bay in a floating tiki bar. Both items have been on my bucket list for a while now, so I was anxious to do them. We also wanted to try zip lining---until we learned that it was a 45-minute course over an alligator pit. thanks. 

It was freezing cold the day we went to the dock to rent the jet ski. The water was even colder. Hubs had driven a single jet ski before, but this was his first time with a rider (me) in the back. I warned him that if I fell off, it would be grounds for divorce. No pressure, Hubs. 

I'm sorry to say that I did not last longer than 20 minutes, screaming in Hub's ear every time the jet ski wobbled, went airborne, and threatened to tip over into the choppy, Titanic temperature/iceberg water. Oh, and did I mention that the water's surface was also loaded with thousands of worm-like squiggly bugs that hatch this time of year in the bay? Let's just say that I knelt down and kissed the deck once I got off that wretched jet ski. Hubs went out by himself for another 30 minutes and of course, had a blast, worms and all. 

The floating tiki bar was more my speed....sipping tropical drinks on the bay while listening to our favorite tunes and watching the sunset. I could have stayed on it all night...if only there had been a bathroom on board.

Whenever we're in St. Augustine, we also rent a tiny "clown car" to zip around town. It was even easier this time since I've lost weight---I could actually get my legs out from under the miniature dashboard without assistance. So......I celebrated with a martini  (or two) afterward! 

I think the best thing that happened was one night while we were out to dinner, a young couple stopped us after we ate and said they'd overheard us tell the waitress it was our 38th anniversary. The couple was on their honeymoon and said they'd been observing us. They wanted to know how we could still be so happy after so many years---and what the secret to longevity was. I told them patience, forgiveness, compassion, and a LOT of humor!  

All in all, it was a fabulous trip---we enjoyed the best seafood and the most delicious handcrafted cocktails there, and as always, booked the same room at our favorite B&B for next year's anniversary. Perhaps next time we will be brave enough to try the zipline---but only if the alligators are napping. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to grab my fly swatter to kill some of these flying raisins before my dogs turn them into a snack. 

***Want more Meno Mama? Check out my latest article for Always Pets HERE and for my recent work featured on AARP, click HERE and also I can be found on Family Minded HERE

Buzz around these other blogs by clicking on the links for a peek into some other homes:


Baking In A Tornado


The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Friday, March 18, 2022

Fly On The Wall With A Human Cheeseball

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, there are three of us inviting you into our homes for a closer look at what goes on behind closed doors.  

     The fly has been enjoying himself in my house this month because my husband seriously, he smells after days of working outdoors in the South Florida heat. It also doesn't help that lately I've really been into cooking and eating cabbage (what?? It's good for you!). So just use your imagination...our house gets.....smelly. Come to think of it, the dogs could use a bath, too.  Anyway, here are some snippets of conversation that nosy fly has overheard in my house of (smelly) horrors: 

"Stop adding drama to the situation. You're acting out just to stir the pot." 
"Yep and at this rate, I'm going to need a bigger ladle, too."

"If you need to poop, eat this breakfast bar---it's loaded with fiber and artificial stuff that will make you go." 
"Sounds like crap to me...."

"Why are you snacking again? I thought you were going to sleep."
"I am, but first, I need a  slumber snack."

"Did you just fart again??"
"Those are just little baby farts, They don't count."
"Well, as much as you've been farting tonight, I'd say you have a whole nursery up in there."

"I don't get it; first, you spoil our kids. Then, you spoil our dogs. The amount of spoiling around here is ridiculous."
"What's the matter...are you mad because you're still waiting in line for your turn?"

"I've been so busy, I haven't showered in four days."
"Oh, so THAT'S why the house smells like someone opened a can of cheese balls!!"

"Come on Honey, show the grandkids how to twerk!"
"No thanks---I'll end up in traction if I try."

So weird----I keep getting ads for corsets. Ha-ha, I don't need one of those."
"Okay, so maybe I do....." 

"What are you staring at in the fridge?"
"A package of buttery croissants."
"Damn, the way you're looking at it, you'd think it was the Holy Grail."
"Anything slathered in butter is the Holy Grail."

"Geez, I feel like a dumpster teddy bear."
"Huh? What?" 
"Like an immortal jellyfish."
"What does that even mean??"
"It means that I'm worn out like a used teddy bone-tired I can't even stand up--like a jellyfish. 
"No, it means you're ready for a dirt nap." 

     Okay, ladies, I know you're jealous...because doesn't every woman want a dumpster teddy bear that smells like cheeseballs and believes butter is the Holy Grail? 

**Want more Meno Mama? Check out my latest article about exotic pets for Always Pets HERE, and some great keto soup recipes I have featured on Family Minded HERE

Check out these other bloggers participating in the Fly On The Wall group blog postings:

 Baking In A Tornado


The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Monday, February 28, 2022

Beautiful Bracelets From Sashka Co. That Support Families In Need

If you are anything like me, you can never have enough bracelets to match your fashion ensemble. I have a bit of a weakness when it comes to jewelry, especially if it is unique and hand-crafted. So when the  Sashka Co. contacted me about sending a few free bracelets in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance! And WOW, I'm glad I did! These bracelets are really lovely, and by purchasing them, you are supporting families in need. Sashka Co. Bracelets has already donated 3,019,000 meals to families through Feeding America. I love that about this company!

When I first received my bracelets, they were a little too snug for my wrist (and I have very small wrists). I asked for larger sizes and the company was very accomodating. My new bracelets arrived yesterday and I was amazed at how well they are made. Each bracelet is hand-crocheted bead by bead with positive vibes by skilled artisans in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. The bracelets are made with cotton and some of the world's finest glass and sterling. They are not stretchy, but they do have some give to them and will roll over most size wrists. Even better, the Sashka Co. offers a lifetime guarantee and a perfect fit promise. They want you to be happy with your purchase and will handle any aspect of your order that you need to be changed. 

According to the company, "Sashka Co. partners with several organizations in Nepal that train and employ hundreds of artisans in rural communities. Our partners are focused on gender equality and empowering women.  The women at the co-ops earn a living wage that exceeds the local minimum wage. Sashka Co. was founded in 2013 with an amazing team of seventeen artisans. Thanks to the support of Sashka Co. Bracelets customers, we now provide sustainable jobs to 450+ artisans in Nepal. Sashka Co. is an official member of the Feeding America Enterprise Society. Donations from Sashka Co. to Feeding America will be matched by Tony Robbins through the 1 Billion Meal Challenge providing twice the impact.  Every $1 donated to Feeding America helps secure and distribute at least 10 meals to people facing hunger through the Feeding America network of food banks."  

I really love my beautiful bracelets and have already received tons of compliments on them. I think you will love them, too. What are you waiting for? Order yours today!

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Fly On The Wall Returns To The Renaissance Festival

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, there are three of us opening our homes so that you can see what goes on behind closed doors. 

This month the fly accompanied me to the local renaissance festival....again. The fair is in town for 7 weeks, so I will be visiting a few more times ( just can't get enough of those turkey legs!) but I thought I'd share some photos of my first weekend there. For the past few years, I've been dressing up as a fairy rather than in the heavy dresses and capes I once wore to the festival---it gets pretty warm here, and multiple layered dresses, headpieces, and gobs of sparkly fake jewels do not go over well in 85-degree temperatures. Thank God we live in the time of A/C and battery-operated hand-held fans! 

So sit back, munch on a turkey leg, and enjoy some mead while you scroll back through time......

Gotta give this character credit---he wore his mask!

I love men in kilts....makes you wonder what's under all that plaid....

This dude has been my special pirate for over 38 years now...and he's a good sport for putting up with my fairy mischief at the Ren-Fest.

The stuff that nightmares are made of!

I think the wine and mead were kicking in at this point.

Loving on my sweet daughter. Always a good time when we go out together!

Should I tell this lady to "leaf" me alone?

Take me to your castle and feed me a turkey leg!!

Oh yeah, the wine and mead were DEFINITELY kicking in at this point. 

A GREAT time was had by all! Can't wait to go back again!!!

****WANT MORE MENO MAMA? You can catch me this month over at AARP/The Ethel where I'm sharing some yummy crockpot recipes (read it HERE), and in another article for them, I'm sharing the best dogs for women to own (You can read it HERE

Be sure and visit these other bloggers to see what the fly has been up to at their houses:
Baking In A Tornado


The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver 

Friday, January 28, 2022

How To Reclaim Menopause Naturally: One Hot Flash At A Time

 Hot flashes are one of the worst symptoms of menopause---there is nothing worse than getting dressed up to go out for the night, then suddenly feeling a blast of heat that melts the makeup off your face. Sometimes the heat is so intense, it makes you feel claustrophobic and want to crawl right out of your skin.

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How To Reclaim Menopause Naturally: One Hot Flash At A Time.

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No matter how frequently you experience hot flashes, most women would agree that once one starts, they would like it to stop, fast. The unfortunate truth is, that once a hot flash has begun, there is very little that can be done to stop it.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

Fly On The Wall In Limbo

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, three bloggers are bravely inviting you into their homes for a peek at what goes on behind closed doors.

     So far, January has been quite entertaining. We celebrated the New Year, then a grandchild's birthday, and have also had some pretty fun times around the fire pit since the weather here in Florida has turned cold (yes, a whopping 60 degrees----BRRR!). But this is the kind of weather I thrive in---cooler days---because this girl does not like to sweat. And of course, that pesky fly on the wall has been buzzing around my family the whole time, eavesdropping on our conversations. Here are some snippets of what he overhead:  

"That dog food stinks. Is it a new brand?"
"Yep. How did you know?"
"I have a really strong sense of smell, especially for gross stuff."
"Then why did you marry me?"

"What did the doctor say about your swollen knee cap?
"He said  I have water on the knee. I guess I don't have to worry about drowning because this thing is big enough to act as a floatation device. "

"How dumb is this---our car insurance rates went up because they say the area we live in has become more populated."
"So, if we move to a deserted island, will they give us the Gilligan discount rate?"

"It's amazing that those doctors were able to do a human heart transplant by using a pig heart. Hopefully, the patient's body will accept it." 
"Does that mean that from now on, the patient will have an aversion to eating bacon or ham? 

"Whoever invented the game of Twister must have been a master at yoga."
"Or he really liked pretzels." 

"Hey, did you see that you received an invite in the mail to your 45th class reunion? You need to RSVP."
"I doubt the committee will get that many RSVPs. More likely they'll get news of a lot of classmate RIPs."

"Don't you hate waiting for news from the doctor? It leaves your plans in limbo."

"I have a bad back--my limbo days are over." 

"Our dinner guests are arriving soon---do you have everything ready?" 
"Yep! The roast is in the oven, champagne is chilling on ice, the playlist is ready, and I sprayed down the entire house with Microban."
"Nothing says party 2022 like booze and a can of Microban." 

"I can't wait to get to the restaurant! The last time we were there, I loved their handcrafted cocktails."
"Not me--I'm not drinking that stuff again."
"Why? I thought you liked the tropical flavors."
"No, because that Tropical Reef Drink I ordered gave me tropical grief the next morning."

"What did the doctor say about your back? When will you stop being in pain?"
"When I'm dead."

Here's to wishing everyone a Happy 2022! It can only get better, right? RIGHT?? Cheers!

Buzz around these other blogs and see what you think! 

 Baking In A Tornado                      

The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver 


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