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We are all "Overcomers"

I love this song, but it turns out I love the video even more.  What a great way to start Monday, with a little inspiration from a few people we all know.  It just goes to show that no matter what you are going through, you CAN prevail!

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Murder Among the Matties

Looking for an idea for your next Halloween Party?  What about a Pirate Murder Mystery themed dinner?  This year my amazing host of a mother put together an awesome dinner party complete with a pirate menu and everything.

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The rules of the game were that everyone had to show up in full costume fitting of the characters they were given ahead of time.  You can order full kits on-line at  Murder Among the Mateys. Along with characters you will be given scripts to be read, questionnaires to create mingling between the guests, and a full kit for “who done it.” Now let me introduce you to our cast.

Our Host with her trust sea dog

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Shoutin’ Roger Dagger

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Governor Napier and his wife Juliana Napier

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Commodore Clearing trying to schmooze Sharktooth Brandy

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Sharktooth Brandy and Rovin Reynolds

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Breathless Betty and Buccaneer Bradshaw

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Cutthroat McPherson and Jean Golddust

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One Eyed Wanda and Merciless Morgan

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Blackspot Jane, Mad Rose, and Gurglin’ Uma

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Antonia Napier and Captain Red Beard

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Sealegs Sam and myself as Thumbless Jacky

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The night was spent bribing people out of their gold coins. As there were prizes for whoever had the most gold coins.

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Until it happened.  Someone was killed. ( I love the fake bloody hand print on the table!)

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I’m not goint to tell you who did it, but everyone had a great time.

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I love my pirate family.

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Have you been to a themed party?  Tell me about it.

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How Do you Do Halloween?

Recently I found myself walking around Jo-Ann Fabric looking for a new project to take on.  My new position at work hasn’t allowed me much time to be creative lately.  Or even blog for that matter.  So a small Halloween decoration seemed like just the thing.  So I picked up…

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And WAH LA!

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I think it turned out pretty nice!

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Here are a some pictures, from my trip to New Orleans last week, of other homes decorated for Halloween.  New Orleans seems to take a cue from Oprah’s playbook.  “Go big or go home”……Go big at home?…same difference.

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So you can just pick one of these up at your local big box store right?

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Do you think the skeletons multiplied over time?  Or is this homeowner just that witty  straight out of the gate?  The gate, I might add, was decorated with pearls as the “pearly gates”.

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In the back is “Skeletons in the Closet”

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In the back is “Bone Dry” and “Grateful Dead”

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I can’t remember them all, but this is “To-Marrow, To-Marrow, I’ll love you, To-Marrow”, “Died Laughing”, “Dem Bones Gonna RISE Again”, “Funny Bone”, “Dog Gone”, “Pelvis Presley”, “Dead Ringer” (Hula Hooping), “Death Spiral” (Kart wheel), “Dead Man’s Curve” (Back bend), “End of the Parade”………..

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Do you have any pictures of your decorations?  Send them to me.  I would love to see them.

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Sailing Dreams

Last weekend I had the opportunity to tour America’s Largest Tall Ship, U.S. Coast Gaurd Cutter Eagle.

I’ll admit, I did tour for completely selfish reasons. For one, I’m thinking about taking sailing lessons and before Sunday, I had never been on an actual sailboat. Second, I knew this would be a great opportunity to take photos up close and personal. In the end though, I was in ahh to learn the ships history and see what great shape it was still in. Since you weren’t able to be there with me, please enjoy this visual tour.

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The Eagle was built in 1936 as a training vessel for German Navy cadets and was used as such throughout WWII. It was originally named Horst Wessel, but after WWII it was captured and seized as a war prize for the United States. So on May 15, 1946 it was commissioned to the U.S. Coast Guard as the Eagle.

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Today the Eagle is used as a seagoing classroom for around 176 cadets and instructors for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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That is, when it’s not docked in port and giving free tours to the locals, which is how I was able to board this history museum on the sea.

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Hopefully I will start my sailing lessons next month, but don’t expect me to be on anything of this size any time soon. I will be starting out on something in the 14′ range.

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Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.”

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Coca Cola Bringing People Together

“In March 2013, Coca-Cola set out to break down barriers and create a simple moment of connection between two nations — India and Pakistan. The initiative “Small World Machines” provided a live communications portal between people in India and Pakistan and showed that what unites us is stronger than what sets us apart. The key to engaging with each other through the machines was simple: people in India and Pakistan could complete a task, like touching hands, drawing peace, love, and happiness symbols — together.”

This is an amazing example of a company using their social influence in a positive way. Divided by religion and conflict over land (Kashmir), India and Pakistan were brought together for a short time by their love for Coca Cola. I just love seeing positive stories like this. To learn more about the “Small World Machine” project visit Coca Cola’s Happiness Without Boarders.

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Top #10 Best Things about Vacation

Another fun vacation has come and gone and I’m already dreaming of the next one. In the mean time below are the top 10 reasons why I love vacations.

#10 Not being at Work

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#9 Dolphin Watching

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#8 Pedicures and being able to wear Shoes that Show them off

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#7 Arts and Crafts

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#6 Hotels with Pool Slides

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#5 Eating Yummy Food

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#4 Listening to Disney Music all week

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#3 Amusement Parks

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#2 Morning Enterainment

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#1 Spending time with my Awesome Family

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Backyard Makeover

Something else I’ve been up to: Backyard Makeover. Actually, since I moved here, I have been imagining an amazing outdoor living space to enjoy this awesome deck. It just seems I’ve been more caught up in it lately.

So here is what I started with…

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After searching Craigslist for what seemed like weeks, I finally scored this wrought iron table for $60

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Of course what is the point of an outdoor table without an outdoor kitchen? Our modest kitchen may not look like much, but it cooks a mean burger and corn on the cob. Side note, I’m so excited the vines finally grew in!

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Table..check, Grill..check… but it still wasn’t quite the amazing space I imagine in my head. Accessories! That’s what it was missing. Everyone knows accessories are what really set off any livingspace. So, I went to every store I could think of to find the best deal, something that wouldn’t fall apart right away, and wasn’t the same old floral pattern featured in every store.

Pottery Barn, Old Time Pottery, Crate & Barrel, Walmart, Target, Big Lots, Home Goods, Tj Maxx, K-Mart, Hobby Lobby…..No, I didn’t go to all of them in one day. I’m not completely crazy. Turns out, Target had just what I was looking for though. Did I mention Target is directly across the street from my house and the others are no where near me. Yeah, imagine my surprise.

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In any event, I couldn’t stop there. Along came this Craigslist find that seems like a perfect match to my new updated table. However, these cushions are anything but updated. I think they may be the original.

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I’m picturing something along the lines as this for my new set. I can always thank Pottery Barn for these designs outside my budget. This happens to be a Pottery Barn issue that I have been drooling over for a few years now.

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Stay tuned to see how it all turns out.

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I've Been Busy

I know I’ve been away for a while, but I’ve been so busy the past couple of weeks.

It all started with a visit to one of my favorite cities in the US, New Orleans. My Brother, Sister in-law, and Niece moved there over a year ago, so I try to visit as much as I can. I mean who could resist this face.

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I have to tell you, if you ever go to New Orleans, Willie Mae’s Restaurant has the best fried chicken I have ever tasted. The crazy thing is that I don’t even like fried chicken, but Willie Mae’s is amazing! It’s not in the nicest part of town, so there is that, but the inside feels like your visiting someone’s grandparents.

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After Willie Mae’s we always walk off our food in the French Quarter’s. Back in 2009 it was love at first site for me.

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This is my favorite picture of my sister-in-law and Me.

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This time, we spent most of day in the French Market.

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This market isn’t just about the fresh produce or the New Orleans style cooked food, it’s also about the creative vendors. Check out this eye candy.

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Painted Dice or a Fashionable Crab Shells anyone?

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It seems I’m not the only one taken back by the beauty.

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After a quick trip to the playground…

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(My Big Brother and Best Friend)

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it was the adults turn to play.

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Sadly there were no winners, but we closed our trip with another amazing meal at Copeland’s. I realize now how creepy this meal looks, but crab fingers are one of my new favorite things.

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I’m already craving my next visit.