A lot of you know that I sell at a market in New Hope, Pa. It is called Rice's Market and has been around forever- 100 consecutive years!
I get up at 4:45am, (for real!) and drive about an hour and a half to one of the most beautiful areas of Pennsylvania, Bucks county. I sell items that I need to get rid of, that are off season or that I am sick of carrying. It is always a fun day.
After I set up, about 7am, I run over to the middle aisle where all the "used" vendors sell. There are folks selling junk, sellouts of stores, end of auctions, and some actual antique dealers that like to come now and then.
It is always a treasure hunt. ( My husband would disagree. But remember, my best day and his worst day in Paris was spent at Les Puces (The Fleas )
A couple of weeks ago I had my best find yet! I found this beautiful horse that is very heavy, very solid. I knew it would look perfect for display in my booth at the horse shows I sell at... and it was!
It cost me $75 and it is worth every penny. Many new customers came into my booth because of the conversations about "my" horse :)
I have been absent.
I have been negligent regarding my blog.
But, I am here to tell you...
I am back!
I missed blogging and interacting with my "preppy" people, my fellow bloggers, and many of the customers I have met in my travels.
I have some stories to tell and questions to ask.
I have merchandise to share and debut.
I have many finds and treasure I want to show off!
I have been busy. I have been selling, traveling all over.
I have tweeted. I have instagramed and facebooked.
It is not the same!
So please visit back because I will be here.
Photo above is courtesy of my daughter, she felt I was "diva" posing :)
These backpacks are awesome!
Loops on side for lacrosse or field hockey stick.
Plenty of room for extra clothing, shoes, personal items.
Water resistant offering some protection against a rainy game or practice.
My Mom use to say, "its not a fashion show!" whenever I would leave the house. I thought, no, I knew... all eyes were on me,
Which, of course, wasn't true.
But I behaved as such.
I am all about comfort and efficiency.
Have I given up?
I do NOT think anyone is focusing on a Fifty something year-old woman!
I do make sure I am clean, little bit of make-up, no holes or rips in my clothes, put-together out fit and a smile on my face.
I want to be prepared in case I see an old acquaintance or enemy. ( tee hee!)
In 2000 my husband and I went to Paris for the first time.
I cried because I couldn't believe I had waited so long. I should have spent my twenties in Paris.
I knew that I wanted to bring home reminders of our trip.
A Hermes scarf perhaps? A limoges box? Or a Longchamp bag?
Way too much money and we would rather spend that money on the amazing french wine and food!
We also decided that most anything you could buy in Paris... we had in America.
So, we were on a quest. We ended up bringing back French stationery and greeting cards-
Happy Birthday looks so much better when written Bon Anniversaire!
I also brought back linens which, surprisingly, were much better priced than at home.
Our biggest score or coup were these posters we brought back.
Willi's Wine Bar is a Brit owned bistro in the Bourse area of Paris that we loved. Every year they commission a different artist to create a poster commemorating wine and Willi's.
THE perfect souvenir to bring home.
What is an added bonus?
The posters that we bought for $24 thirteen years ago?
Being semi-tech savvy, except for the TV system in our house, I love that I can tell when certain people have read a text or email that I have sent.
Ironically, it is because they have neglected to turn off that feature on their phone or computer.
So, when they get back to me hours later and say they just got it?
I smile to myself and think, " oh no you didn't!"
It's always the same people. They are either waiting for a better offer, checking with others to see what their response should be, or?
Just don't want to deal with it.
It's their choice of course. But I love knowing the inside scoop!
Who likes to try on leggings?
Because I am out Christmas shopping for my daughters AND I need new leggings to wear with the Tizzie shirts I am selling, ( more on that tomorrow) I have done the research and yes...
the hard work!
I have narrowed down the BEST leggings to two different brands.
Lululemon and Zella.
We all know Lulu lemon. Zella is a Nordstrom brand that was developed by a former Lululemon designer.
Here is the breakdown for basic leggings that you can wear to yoga or in every day life:
Wunder Unders for yoga, the gym and everything in between. When winter weather comes, we want to keep on wearing them. We gave this version a brushed finish on the inside to keep us extra toasty. We like to tuck them into our Wellies and go!
fabric + features
the brushed luon lining feels baby-blanket soft and warm on your legs
the wide, soft waistband is designed to eliminate muffin top
stow your yoga pass or gym card in the hidden waistband pocket
the gusset is designed to give your lady business the privacy it deserves
chafe-resistant flat seams let you focus on your practice
leg opening: 8"
"live in" Leggings,
Lean leggings, ideal for working out or wearing out, are cut from a stretchy moisture-wicking knit and are sewn with flatlock seaming for a comfortable, chafe-free fit.
29" inseam; 8 1/4" front rise; 14 1/4" back rise (size Medium).
Hidden waistband pocket stashes cash or a key.
Reflective logo enhances visibility in low light or at night.
Smooth flatlock seaming won’t rub or irritate.
Four-way stretch fabric offers maximum stretch for a wide range of motion.
Moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly to keep you cool and comfortable.
My last child( Of five) is a junior in high school, house will be empty in two years...
Of course we had to get a puppy.
God forbid we should be footloose and fancy free!
And of course we chose an energetic breed, a Jack Russell terrier.
And now? Our main topic of conversation?
Our little, LuLu!
Has she peed? Has she pooped? How was puppy class? Whom did we meet on our MANY walks? Did she behave? Isn't she the smartest/cutest/ bestest puppy- EVER?
Yes. I am one of "those people."
I love my dog.
Because of all our walks, I know my neighbors again- especially those with dogs.
Because of LuLu I am guaranteed exercise everyday, rain or shine.
My husband and I get a kick out of all the funny things puppies do, so there is lots of laughter in our home.
My children come visit more often to see LuLu- so then we see them more often.
So far, all positives and no negatives to having a puppy/dog.
My only regret/
That when we had our other two dogs and cat that they didn't get this same attention and love that LuLu gets...
I am sure you know, (I am always the last!) about the biggest craze, newest fashion statement-
exercise bracelets/activity trackers
There are lots of choices, the main three are,
Nike Fuel Band
They all have their pros and cons. Mainly, they track your activity/steps, your distance, your calories burned, and your sleep quality. They sync up with your phone or computer for easy tracking and analysis.
I just ordered 5 as Christmas presents.
I chose the Jawbone up because of ratings on comfort, ease of use and The sleek look and the color choices.
The price is in line with the others, $129 at https://jawbone.com/up
I chose to go to Jawbone's web site rather than Amazon or other sites. The price was best and I felt like they explained it better. Plus, why not go right to the source if you can?
My big decision was color, there were so many choices! In the end I felt that since this was a bracelet that I would wear every day- I would go with black/boring.
If I wasn't so practical, Mint Green would have done it for me!
Do you use an activity tracker? If so, what type goals did you start with and how long did it take to surpass them?
Every generation, country, region, family, or person has one-or many.
Today is bad for many of us.
Because of where we live or who we knew, the pain is lurking,
I went outside this morning and was automatically relieved that the beautiful day of twelve years ago was not repeated- the crisp air, the azure colored sky, the bright beautiful sun of that day was no where to be found today.
It is hot, humid, and sunny and I am glad- because whenever the weather is most perfect?
I am transported back to that terrible day. Similar to when I hear a song from the summer of 1977 and I am on the beach in Pt. Pleasant, NJ. I swear I can almost taste the salt air just from hearing a song from that time.
I still cannot watch any documentaries or TV specials regarding 9/11.
It isn't the visuals that get to me...
I can't listen to the broadcasts, the 911 calls from the towers, the interviews of families searching for their loved ones.
The pain of that day comes back immediately, powerfully.
So today, like every other September 11th since 2001, I say silent prayers through out the day. I remember those who perished and mostly?
After reading the story below? My heart broke. Although I am not in the position to adopt or foster- no patience or energy left after raising five of my own....
More then ever I would like to train my LuLu to be a service dog.
If you have ever done this, please let me know your story :)
Service Dog Heals a Broken Heart
"There are better boys out there..." said Jason to potential adoptive parents.
Last month, one of our therapists asked to borrow service dog Ruthie because she had to tell a little eight year old that his adoptive parents had changed their minds. Here is her account of what happend:
“As I broke the news to Jason, Ruthie snuggled and nurtured him. We sat amongst my pile of stuffed animals and pillows until, with Ruthie by his side, he drifted off to sleep. He stirred a bit as he slept--whimpering, checking to ensure I was still there, etc.”
This wasn’t the first time Jason felt rejection. First his mom left him, then his aunt, then a foster family, and now the possibility of a real family slipped away. Jason rarely gets his hopes up. In fact, the first time he met the couple who wanted to adopt him, he said "You might want to keep looking. There are better boys out there.”
Being on the front lines of tragedies like this one is hard. But with your support, we will find Jason—and the many Danielles, and Tyrones, and Nikeyas out there who need families - loving homes. Thank you!
If you know someone who might be willing to take a child into his or her home, click here or call 212-932-9009.
I love my girls.
Love my boys too!
However, there is a definite benefit to having daughters in a male dominated family-
Built. In. Allies.
My three sons and husband prefer movies that involve tons of car chases, sci fi, and... violence.
We can watch you tube videos of reunited army vets and their family or pets all night( tissues included) or Bridesmaids for the umpteenth time.
Lana Del Ray on Pandora- Check!
Chilled white wine- check!
Look thru old pics, watch old home movies, or read baby books- check!
When I worry about my sixteen-year-old son and EVERYTHING he does and EVERYWHERE he goes?
My husband and my two sons scoff, shrug, wink and laugh with each other...
My daughters knowingly shake their heads in agreement with me and rub my arm to comfort me.
They, like me, text him to be careful.
We are kindred souls.
One is off to college and the other has... gulp... left to live in NYC.
I will miss them both so much.
On the other hand, because I love them so much?
I am so happy and excited for them! I can't wait to hear about their adventures and experiences.
A whole new chapter...