$30 Target Card Giveaway

[ 320 ] November 17, 2014 |

Want to win $30 to Target right before the holiday?

This giveaway is unsponsored. So no need for a bunch of discussion. Just go enter and enjoy!


Giveaway runs from November 18-28.  18 years and over. US ONLY where legal


$30 Target Card. THIS GIVEAWAY IS LISTED EXCLUSIVELY on my blog, so only those who enter HERE will win.

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Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter

[ 101 ] November 16, 2014 |

Plaid is Mad! Bring down your holiday sparkle with plaid!

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

 How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter? Foxcroft sent us this amazing plaid shirt to show you how!

The Chief Blonde is wearing:

Foxcroft Holiday Red Wrinkle Free Tunic (Exact $80)

Sears Pleather Moto Jacket (see it again here and here) (Similar here )

Old Navy Sequin Baseball Shirt (Similar)

Monroe and Main Gold and Rhinestone Necklace ($35, sale: $17)

Black Leggings (Similar)

Loft Suede and Leather Oxford Boot (Similar)

Michael Kors Multifunction Tote (IT HAS POCKETS Inside!) (Exact, $298)

Walt and I went shopping on Friday to a fancy mall in Troy, Michigan called the Somerset Collection. He wanted to go to the Apple store there to ask some questions about his iPhone5s. The Apple Store is huge there and it was a mad house! It made me want to pick up some Apple stock, seriously.


The mall is a perfect place to take indoor outfit shots during Michigan’s dreary fall days.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

How to wear a plaid shirt in the winter? Wear plaid in holiday colors and couple it with lots of bling!

When we left the house, I said to Walt, “Do you think this outfit has too much bling?” He quickly replied, “No! I think the plaid shirt gives it a casual feel, but it still looks dressy.” I wasn’t convinced but I kept it on due to his enthusiasm!

Surprise!  As I shopped, while he was in the Apple store, I had no less than 5 people tell me they liked some aspect of my outfit: the necklace, my lipstick, or the shirt. Now I have worn this outfit before (all black) without the red plaid shirt, and received nary a compliment,  so I am sure it was the pop of red plaid from the Foxcroft shirt that got me all the attention.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

We took the next shot in a long covered “walking sidewalk” overpass that connects two sides of the Somerset collection over a major street.

North-Skywalk-East-Facing Somerset Collection

I show you this for two reasons. One is that I want to illustrate that your fashion pictures as a fashion blogger are still possible in the winter, you just have to be creative. Second, I think it’s fun as a reader sometimes, to understand where we are and what we did to get the shots you see.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

This plaid blouse is part of Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist collection. Haven’t checked out Foxcroft lately? You will be surprised!  They still have the same high quality but the look of their products along with updated social media makes them a force to be considered. Women over 45 (and all our younger friends) should check out our blog article or head over to Foxcroft to view their Holiday Checklist.  

How to wear a plaid shirt in the winter…what do you do?  Will you consider holiday plaid for the upcoming season?

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Cell Phone Disaster Apps, Cell Phone Disaster Tips

[ 39 ] November 14, 2014 |

Smartphone Digital Disaster Prep: Are You Ready?

Cell Phone Disaster Apps blog

During an emergency or disaster, the best approach is to be prepared. Know your risks. Make a communication plan with the family. Prepare an emergency supply kit (water, medications, food, flashlights, etc.). Your smartphone can be a great asset to you during disasters, if you plan well.

Mobile phones can give you the a universe of knowledge in a 4″ x 6″ case. You probably always have your cell phone near you, like an extra appendage. Why not brush up on some cell phone disaster tips?

Disaster apps to download: Emergency Preparedness

  • FEMA app. Access disaster safety tips, an emergency kit list, emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters. Text ANDROID or APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA) and receive a link for download (standard data/message rates apply) or go to the mobile site http://m.fema.gov and click SOCIAL , APP, TEXT MESSAGES then click ANDROID or APPLE.
  • Red Cross app. Access information on first aid, disaster risks and shelters. Visit www.redcross.org and click OUR FREE APPS at the bottom (available in English and Spanish).
  • ICE (In Case of Emergency) app. Store emergency health information as well as list an emergency contact on the lock screen of your phone so medical technicians can get it as quickly as possible. Search ICE in your app store to download.
  • MyFamily app. Keep your family’s health plan and prescriptions up to date on your phone and you’ll have them in an emergency.  Visit www.HealthFinder.gov for more information.
  • ***PSSST: I downloaded the first two apps. It took 3 minutes max (of course, they are free!). Just do it!

Cell Phone Disaster Tips

cell phone disaster Tips

    • Update your contact list with all the important numbers. In addition to family, friends, neighbors, local authorities, make sure to include medical contacts and pharmacies.
    • Remember to text. Disasters often lead to overwhelmed phone lines. Texting can be a much better form of communication.
    • Invest in solar or hand crank chargers.  Any back-up powering system is good, even car chargers. Also conserve your power by going to airplane mode (cell phone setting) when not in use and reducing screen brightness when in use. Here’s some examples of chargers I found. cell phone disaster Tips 2

Find these Solar and Hand Crank Chargers Here:  #1, #2, #3, #4

  • Use social media to stay informed.
  • Put your important docs within digital reach safely. Scan important records such as household records, medical records, and financial documents, and save the files on a cloud or flash drive. You may also want to password-protect the data you have stored in case of loss or theft. Store the backup records in a safe deposit box or other off-site location.
  • Get safety information sent directly to your phone. Below is a list of disaster specific keywords you can use to sign-up for bi-monthly safety tips via text message:
    • Hurricanes: text HURRICANE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Home fires: text FIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Wildfires: text WILDFIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Tornadoes: text TORNADO to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Earthquakes: text EARTHQUAKE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Winter storms and extreme cold: text WINTER to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Power outages: text BLACKOUT to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Floods: text FLOOD to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • General monthly safety tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
    • Please note: If subscribing to more than one list, send a separate text for each disaster type you would like to subscribe to. There is no limit to the number of subscriptions. Sending STOP will automatically unsubscribe you from all our lists.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications. 

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The Big Book of Bacon, 100 Best Bacon Recipes + $100 Giveaway

[ 111 ] November 12, 2014 |

MMMM Bacon!  The Big Book of Bacon
The Big Book of Bacon

THE BIG BOOK OF BACON: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig, by Jennifer Pearsall; November 4, 2014, 2014; $19.95; ISBN: 9781629145556

WHAT? 100 Best Bacon Recipes

I received The Big Book of Bacon written by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall to review and enjoy. Can I just say, this is something a bacon lover cannot put down. LIKE EVER!  I mean just look at the recipes

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Satisfy your craving for this “candy meat” with dishes that spotlight bacon (like our Mushroom Swiss Burger), and others that use it as subtle, rich flavor enhancer (like the tart Cherry Tomato Pasta made with nutty zucchini and creamy Provolone sauce). You’ll learn how to cook a slice properly, how to navigate brand thickness and choice, and even how to make a Bacon Bowl! YES, I you read that right!  A BACON BOWL!  Here’s another recipe from the book that I am dying to make:

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Alright, now I know you have an idea of the delectable recipes in this 271 page full color book.  You will love the heavyweight coated stock used to make the book and the oversized format. Every recipe has tips and tricks that help you understand the nuances behind each recipe.  There are photos galore, which is a must for me when using a cookbook.  And well…MMMMM BACON!

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Buy the Big Book of Bacon at Amazon. You will want one for everyone on your wish list!


The event will run November 12th – 22nd at 11:59PM EST   18years and older, US only.


Winner will win 5 copies of  the Big Book of Bacon ($100 Value), enough to give everyone on your wish list.  This The Big Book of Bacon Giveaway is featured EXCLUSIVELY on our blogso only those who enter here will win.

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