Archives for May 2013

Fashion Tips By: Beth Roy

Figuring out Hemline Confusion


Most of us (and by “us”, I purposely exclude supermodels and adolescent girls) want to make our legs look longer, right?  So why would we cut them off at the widest part of the shortest section?  Skirts that hit at mid calf do just that, and they aren’t flattering on most of us, period.

Here’s a general hemline rule of thumb to simplify things:

If you are petite, aim for the TOP of the knee cap.
If you are tall, aim for the BOTTOM of the knee cap.

Of course there will be exceptions and variations depending on the size of your frame and height of your heel, but when in doubt, aim for the knee.

Which reminds me.  The other day a (very fit & flirty) friend told me she hates her knees.  Aren’t we women funny with the way we focus on a perceived “flaw” that no other else would ever notice?  But we all have our “thing”— mine is my veiney calves, and it’s taken me years to finally ignore them and wear shorts.   Anyway, if you really hate your knees, hem your skirts to just the bottom of your knee cap, but no lower. Or go with a maxi skirt that falls to your ankles and pair it with some fabulous high wedge heels.  Another flirty option if you hate your legs?  Long, flowing, wide-leg pants with a pair killer high heels.

Here’s another tip from someone who has leg issues (did I mention my veins?) –  Jergen’s Natural Glow is your new best friend.  Start using it now, and you’ll be ready to bare your legs when/if the spring weather finally gets here.


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Go ahead…Find your inner flirt.




Join Me for a Twitter Party!

Neutrogena Skin Cleanser #NTGDERM Twitter Party

What:  Most of us have heard of spring cleaning for our living space – but have you considered spring cleaning for your skin?

Changes of temperature can have an effect on your skin – and with spring quickly transitioning into summer, there’s no better time to think about your skincare routine.

Join dermatologist Dr. Doris Day and Neutrogena, the number one dermatologist-recommended skincare brand, for a Twitter party to discuss how you can do some “spring cleaning” for your skin, the importance of daily facial cleansing, and the best products to help you during the seasonal change.

Bring your skincare questions for the dermatologist-on-call Dr. Doris Day, who will be joining us for the party and sharing her tips and expertise.

When: Thursday, May 16, at 12 noon ET (the party will last one hour)

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #NTGDERM hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:

Hashtag: #NTGDERM

Prizes: Throughout the party, we will be giving away prize baskets with Dr. Day’s favorite Neutrogena skincare products, including the following:

  • Pore Refining Daily Cleanser
  • Pore Refining Toner
  • Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask
  • Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 35
  • Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

For more information on skin care from Neutrogena, check out the Neutrogena Expert Center:




Backyard chickens are becoming the next craze…I thought long and hard about this venture and decided with my family that we were going to get baby chicks raise them the eventually have fresh eggs everyday. Our adventure began when we first started looking into Chicken Coops getting familiar with what we needed to keep them safe etc…Predators were our biggest concern, Coyotes,Raccoons,Fox and so on. I did my research and came across this amazing company online called I fell in love with the styles they have to offer.  I chose the 4×6 coop here is why:

Ceiling height 59 in and it sits 14 inches off the ground  Features include :6 Roomy Nesting Boxes and a Double Roost, Keyed Entry Door –  Size: 18in x 49in,Asphalt Shingles, Chicken Door with Latches and Ramp, Hinged Ventilation Lid, Glassboard Floor for an extra layer of protection to the floor surface and easier cleanout, 2 18” x 22” Slider Windows, 4×4 Pressure Treated Runner and Legs. Tech Shield Radiant Barrier Plywood Sheating.  Keeps Coop 30 degrees cooler in warm weather.

Board N Batten Siding  ,   Also available in Painted DuraTemp this is what I chose.

I love that they offer paint and roof choices I was able to select paint colors that went well with my house.

My kids were so excited to begin the process of selecting what type of chicks they wanted. We ordered them from we liked that the chicks were sexted because we can’t have roosters in our neighborhood we only wanted hens…Did you know you do not need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs? So many of my friends asked me that question…

So My Son Jack fell in love with the Rhode Island Red (Rosie),My daughter Isabelle Buff Orpington(Nellie), My other Daughter picked two a Silkie and Easter Egger(April),my Husband wanted a Australorp(Shadie) and I got a Colombian Wyandotte(Nola)  the order is Placed and the chicks arrive to our post office first thing in the morning…



A few days in and we lost our Silkie…I knew they weren’t good with travel that’s why I let Madeline pick too just in case and with a mothers instinct THANK GOODNESS I did…


The coop soon after Arrives…Shipped all the way from Amish country…It was  such a beautiful site when it finally landed at the top of our hill in our backyard. We were all so excited…

After a long summer of these chicks growing in their brooder box it was time to get them in their new home. Isabelle’s chick decided to fly over the top of the coop without us knowing and was taken in the night…Very sad but things are now on the up and up…More chicks are in our future


I would say if chickens are in your future which I highly recommend you will have fund pets that provide you with FRESH eggs and easier then having cats… Please consider for all your coop and chicken needs. They have so much to offer Customer Service and Quality are why we chose to go with them. You will love everything they have to offer:








 So what are you waiting for? Check them out and see for yourself how amazing this company really is.



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Trash to Treasure By: Haydee Latonja another side of the road find…

I am genetically incapable of driving by the curbside treat, no matter how rough and pitiful it may look through the window of my car (my Dad and sister are my picking spotters, so you can see, it runs in the family).  This behemoth, in all of its glorious putty-ness, sang a siren song I couldn’t refuse:IMG_20041t wasn’t until I got home that I realized that this was the one thing I actually needed for my work space:  a place in which to store all of the tricks of my trade (OR all of my favorite knick-knacks..they’re a nightmare to dust, but they make my house a home).IMG_3591-2012-02-23-at-17-17-26-1(Incidentally, the file cabinets were painted and covered with contact paper..and the desk surface is a plywood door.  Necessity is the mother of invention!)

I decided to paint the hutch the same yellow as the file cabinets, thinking ‘What could be easier?’
yellow-hutchWell, it didn’t “quite” match.  Hello, Yellow Submarine! So on to plan B.  When in doubt, go with white (plus I figured that would match the TJ Maxx contact paper I used to cover the front of the cabinets..)Hutch-Open-vertical

I raided the $1 bins at Michaels and found the perfect knobs…Close-up-knob

And Voila! All the goodies are tucked away!Desk-with-Closed-Hutch1

Is it any wonder I ALWAYS stop for curbside treasure?