Written on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 @ 7:08 am
Labor Day is fast approaching; and many are ready for a three-day weekend of fun, excitement and a final good-bye to the summer. But did you know that the first Labor Day was celebrated almost 130 years ago and became a National Holiday on June 28, 1894? Labor Day was created by the labor unions and observes the “social and economic achievements of American workers”. One hundred years ago, the workforce was primarily made of men, as women only worked as nurses, teachers or in the home.
Then in 1941, the United States declared war on Germany and Japan. With a large population of men overseas, World War II gave women the opportunity to work in the defense factories; and become motivated to learn a trade and earn a paycheck. Plus, without the hard work of these brave women, the war might have had a different outcome. And as the war ended and the U.S. declared victory, women quietly gave up their jobs to the returning heroic soldiers.
Those women never forgot that independence; and change began as the next generation of women brought about the Women’s Rights Movement of the 1960′s (Burn those Bras). Because of the courage and determination of our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers, women today are move educated, successful and independent than ever before, whether working outside or inside the home.
In 2011, women make up 50 percent of the American workforce; and are either sharing the breadwinner role or are the sole provider of the household. Women are still breaking through the glass ceiling; and we can only look forward to the future of our daughters.
Written on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 @ 7:54 am
When thinking of Sperry Top-Siders, I imagine a beautiful Cape Cod summer day, a white polo and adorable plaid pink shorts. However, the Autumn cool breezes are soon to arrive; and Sperry’s will be the footwear of choice when wanting to sport a Fall preppy look.
The Sperry Windsor Loafer ($98) is a great shoe that compliments a button-up cardigan and pleated skirt with tights (It’s every guys’ Catholic school-girl fantasy). Or even try the Sperry Top-Sider Cloud Logo Starpoint Boot ($120) that pairs well with skinny jeans and “that never go-out-of-style” cream cable-knit sweater.
This Fall, whatever your style, you can’t go wrong wearing Sperry’s!
Written on Monday, August 29th, 2011 @ 7:44 am
Last night, my husband and I decided to grill a bacon-wrapped pork loin. However, I did not have all the ingredients needed for the accompanying marinade. So, instead of going to the grocery store, I improvised and came up with my “Make It Up As I Go” pork marinade.
Ingredients (I promise these are in your kitchen cabinet or refrigerator right now):
1/3 cup of yellow mustard, 1 tsp of pepper, 1 tsp of salt, 3 tbsp of maple syrup, 1 tsp. of garlic powder, 1 tsp. of onion powder, 1 tbsp of rosemary
I rubbed the mixture on the pork before adding the bacon; and set in the refrigerator for a couple hours before grilling.
Success! This marinade complimented the pork so well, I can’t wait to use it again. Enjoy!
Written on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 @ 8:14 am
My mom has been making this wonderful crock pot Sloppy Joes recipe for years. In fact, a high school bestie still requests that my mother make this delicious dish whenever she visits.
All you need is:
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef, onion powder, one 12 oz. bottle of chili sauce, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper.
Brown the ground beef and drain the excess fat. Then add all ingredients into the crock pot and cook for 3 to 4 hours on low.
It’s fast, easy and soooo good! I love my Sloppy Joes on a hamburger bun with a thin slice of yellow American cheese. Enjoy!
Written on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 @ 7:44 am
This Fall, if your budget doesn’t allow for a complete wardrobe renovation….recycle last year’s Fall closet with new accessories.
This money-saving fashion tip can turn any past outfit into a trendy new look within seconds.
For example, take a pair of last Fall’s jeggings, a long cardigan and cami; and accessorize with wedge booties from Kohl’s®, an Old Navy scarf and jewelry from Charming Charlie.
Recycling your wardrobe with accessories makes you look like a million without spending a million. Happy Shopping!
Written on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 @ 8:57 am
Aunt Jan makes the best Chili Cheese Dip in the world! Besides being super easy and super yummy, it’s a huge crowd pleaser for adults and kids.
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 can of chili (no beans)
8 oz. Cheddar cheese, shredded
Soften cream cheese and pat out in the bottom of a greased glass baking dish. Pour chili over top of cream cheese. Bake 20 minutes at 350°. Add cheddar cheese and bake until melted.
Serve with corn chips. Enjoy!
Written on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 @ 8:38 am
Ladies, why do all the cute summer sandals and high heels hurt? It’s not fair. Well, this question no longer matters because of BAND-AID® Friction Block™. This is my favorite new product on the market, because it allows me to wear all my fun and sexy footwear without fear of uncomfortable blisters.
It’s easy to use, just rub this stick over the areas of your foot that normally blister. It magically blocks blisters before they happen.
So enjoy the rest of your summer blister-free!
Written on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 @ 8:49 am
There’s nothing better than a nice afternoon nap; and now researchers are stating that napping is good for you – mentally and physically. Statistics show that most American adults are not receiving the recommended eight hours per night. This lack of sleep can severely impact your health, job and personality. However, a short work-day nap (10-20 minutes) is the solution. Napping can rejuvenate your energy levels and productivity throughout the day.
“Recognizing the benefits, some corporations have incorporated naps as a workplace option including: Nike (quite rooms), Progressive Insurance (quite rooms), Google (napping pods), Yelo (napping spa) and Deloitte & Touche (nap room).”
However, if unable to catch some zzz’s in the middle of the day, try drinking an energy or caffeinated drink, take a short walk outside or better yet, go to bed early. Even if you can’t fall asleep right away, read a good book – at least you are resting.
Written on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 @ 9:52 am
With Labor Day Weekend fast approaching, it’s time to use all of your “end-of-the-summer” recipes. This is a great recipe my family uses all summer long; and what a great side dish!
Grilled Corn On The Cob:
4 corn ears, buttered-flavored cooking spray, salt, pepper and dill
Pull the husks off the corn ears and remove silk. If there are any bad spots on the ears, cut them out. Place each corn ear on a square piece of aluminum foil. Spray all sides of corn with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt, pepper and dill. Wrap foil securely around corn. Place corn on barbecue pit; and it’s done when tender.