Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Now I Know What Not To Wear

Contribution by Odis Chan

I am a television fanatic. I love to watch television, and any time that I can find a show geared toward fashion, you can bet that my TVbyDirect is tuned in. I have recently found a great new fashion show that is fantastic and now a can't miss in my house. The show is called What Not To Wear, and it is, without a doubt, the best show that has came on in a long time.

I watch What Not To Wear on my satellite television each week. The show takes fashion-challenged people and puts them to the ultimate test of finding self-esteem and confidence, in part to what they have on. The show is awesome. Some of the people come on the show wearing some pretty radical things, and they have no clue. I love the transformations of these people at the end of the show. It is so amazing!

Lisa Butcher and Mica Paris host the show. They have such an incredible sense of style, they are perfect to host the show. The pair keep the show fun and exciting, and always make me laugh! If you haven't seen it, you are missing out! You will love it, too!

Feels Like SpringTo Me

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The weather today was beautiful.  Here in South Carolina, we made it well into the 70's.  The girls and I spent the day at the park with my best friend, and my son spent the day fishing with one of his friends.  Weather like this makes me really look forward to swimming in mom's pool.

Since we will be living with her come summertime, I want to make a contribution to her yard.  I thought about maybe getting a piece of furniture for around the pool, but she pretty much has everything she needs right now.  I was on the Pier 1 website, and I found these really pretty garden stools. 

I love the bright colors, and I think they would look great on the grass in the pool area.  I also think they would make a great plant table for inside, too.  I might have to get one for me when I finally get a place for me and the kids.  I can see my huge peace lily sitting nicely on op of the stool.

While I was on their website, I signed up for the Pier 1 Outdoor newsletter.  You should, too, because you will find out about an in-store special going on the weekend of March 18-20.  You should also try and meet up at one of their upcoming Pier 1 Tweetups that will be held in Dallas on March 22nd, Atlanta on April 5th and NYC on April 20th.  I wish they were having one closer to me, because I would definitely try to make an appearance.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Art Supplies For My Girls

I took the kids to therapy on Monday, and it ended up that only Brandi and I had time with Elizabeth.  I was having a hard week, and a had a lot to talk about, so by the time I was done, there wasn't enough time left to talk to each of the kids.  I felt that Brandi benefits the most from therapy, so she spoke to her after me.  Next week, Ryan and Kasi will get their turn.

Elizabeth told me she was going to ask Brandi to do some art therapy by drawing a picture of her family, and then describing each person in three words.  It was quite funny to see how she drew each of us, and of course, I was the prettiest.  Elizabeth suggested that I encourage Brandi to start keeping a journal where she can write or draw whenever she is feeling particularly down.

I mentioned this to Brandi, and while she loves the idea, she wants to take it to the next level.  She wants me to look into easels and art supplies so that she can have her own little art studio.  I was a little surprised when Kasi didn't pipe up and agree with her, since she has always loved to draw.  I believe that someday, Kasi will be a famous fashion designer.  She sketches out some pretty nice outfits and dresses.  She would definitely benefit if I got some art studio furniture and made her a little corner where she could pursue her dreams.  I could put her right beside my desk and we could spend time together as I worked and she drew.

I think we need some girl bonding time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Who Knew?

I learned something today.  Some of you might find that shocking, as I pretend to know everything most of the time.  Just kidding.  I don't know everything.  Yet.

Today, I learned that the pants that people wear while riding a horse are called jodhpurs.  I am not even sure how to pronounce it, but they are cute.  I had no idea that you needed all kinds of things to ride a horse.  I just assumed that all you needed was a good pair of jeans and strong leg muscles.  The only time I have been on a horse was when I was little and a park we used to go to offered rides.  I have never been on a horse as an adult.

I have heard that riding can be good therapy.  They say that grooming a horse can be relaxing as well.  I am sure you all know that I am trying to find ways to relax and release some of the tension in my life.  It seems like no matter what I try, I can not seem to get rid of this huge weight that I am carrying around on my shoulders.  The good news is that I have a job interview this Friday, and I think once I am working again, I will feel better.  Part of my stress comes from knowing that my husband is giving me way more money than he can afford to, making sure the kids and I are taken care of.  I want to be able to take some of that burden off of him, and provide for my family as well. 

Now I just need to find someone who has a horse who would be willing to let me ride it.  Thankfully, living in South Carolina, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.  I see horses everywhere.